C&J Bus Lines has opened a new location in Tewksbury to offer non-stop, executive-class transportation to New York City. The bus company is offering a special rate of $39.95 for a one-way ticket now until June 15.
“Our non-stop, executive service from Tewksbury to New York provides a new option for convenient, comfortable travel,” said C&J President Jim Jalbert.
C&J will operate non-stop trips daily to New York City’s Port Authority from a new travel stop at the Holiday Inn Tewksbury-Andover at 4 Highwood Drive. Located in the heart of the Merrimack Valley at the junction of routes 93 and 495, C&J’s new location offers convenient travel to New York from Tewksbury, Andover, Lowell and Haverhill, as well as from Salem, N.H.
C&J has modified seating on its New York coaches to maximize comfort and leg room by reducing the total number of seats to just 30 from the industry standard of 55. The service includes free Wi-Fi, roomy leather seats, free bag checks, free parking in Tewksbury, complimentary snacks and beverages, as well as free video entertainment.
Passengers do need to make reservations ahead of time.
C&J will offer two daily round trips to New York City on Sunday through Friday and one round trip Saturday. Departures from Tewksbury on Monday through Friday are at 7:20 a.m. and 1:20 p.m. Weekend service from Tewksbury to New York will include departures at 7:20 a.m. on Saturday and 10:50 a.m. and 4:50 p.m. on Sunday.
For Northbound trips from New York’s Port Authority, C&J will offer two daily round trips Sunday through Friday and one round trip Saturday. Departures from New York City on Monday through Friday are at 8 a.m. and 1 p.m., while weekend Northbound departures are scheduled for 8 a.m. on Saturday and noon and 4:30 p.m. on Sunday.
Tickets can purchased online at http://www.ridecj.com/tickets.
Grant to provide employee training for Lawrence company
LAWRENCE — A local technology business, Mainstream Global of Lawrence, will benefit from a new grant program designed to help community colleges respond to employer requests for workforce training.
Northern Essex Community College has received a $27,218 from the Massachusetts Rapid Response Fund to deliver computer training and Spanish language classes to Mainstream Global employees.
Founded in 2000, Mainstream Global specializes in reusing and repurposing technology devices along with secure data erasure for organizations including computer OEMs (original equipment manufacturers), contract manufacturers, and service companies around the globe.
Today, Mainstream Global has over 100 employees worldwide including 40 office and warehouse personnel in Lawrence. In the last 15 months, Mainstream Global has opened up 4 international processing sites in South America. Today the facility in Lawrence, combined with its other sites receive and process over 50,000 computer assets monthly.
Luis Yepez, Chief Operating Officer and founder stated, “We began with the belief that a small company can make a difference. Over the course of the past 13 years our goals have been validated by some of the largest organizations in the world as well as our local community, in which we strive to support and see flourish.”Four warehouse employees will receive training on Microsoft Office Suite, 12 administrative support staff will learn Advanced Excel, and two warehouse supervisors and two administrative support staff will acquire Spanish language training to better communicate with the local and international offices. Training will begin in June and run through September.
LHS alumni banquet June 6
LAWRENCE — The Lawrence High School alumni night banquet will be held on Thursday, June 6 at p.m. in the LHSA cafeteria. All alumni are invited to join us in welcoming our new members as we award this year’s scholarships.
Please RSVP by May 31st to Chris Eldredge at email@example.com or leave a message at the alumni office 978-722-8481.
Tsongas introduces HIRE Act
WASHINGTON — Congresswoman Niki Tsongas introduced the Helping Individuals Return to Employment (HIRE) Act, which would provide grants to help areas of the country that are experiencing persistently high unemployment rates put residents back to work improving their community.
This bill would establish a grant program through the Department of Labor to allow areas of the country still battling high unemployment to hire people who are desperately seeking work while simultaneously providing an opportunity to invest in projects benefitting the community.
Eligible grantees can include local governments, workforce investment boards, and non-profit organizations located in, or primarily serving hard hit areas.
Jobs funded through the HIRE Act must provide at least 20 hours of work a week, workers must be hired within a 60 day window of the grantee receiving funds, and funds must be used to create new jobs, as opposed to simply funding existing jobs.
The bill provides maximum flexibility to the local grantee about which types of jobs to fund based on the needs of the community. For example, funds can be used to hire workers for public works, beautification, historic restoration, tutoring, adult education, among others that meet community needs.
“The HIRE Act will help put unemployed Americans back to work improving and serving their community. People take pride in working to improve their communities instead of simply collecting benefits, no matter how well-earned those benefits are. These jobs also help unemployed workers gain skills, grow their network of contacts, and avoid lengthy gaps on their resumes as they look for permanent positions,” she said in a statement.