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March 29, 2013

U.S. Senate debate at UMass Lowell, April 8

Merrimack Valley in a minute

The Eagle-Tribune

---- — LOWELL — Candidates seeking to fill the U.S. Senate seat representing Massachusetts will debate at UMass Lowell on Monday, April 8.

The candidates in the Democratic primary — U.S. Rep. Stephen Lynch and U.S. Rep. Edward Markey — will debate starting at 7:30 p.m. All three candidates in the Republican race — businessman Gabriel Gomez, former U.S. Attorney Michael Sullivan and state Rep. Dan Winslow — have been invited to debate, as well. If they accept, the Republican debate will be held at 6 p.m.

UMass Lowell student panelists will ask questions of the candidates at the event, which is co-sponsored UMass Lowell and the Boston Herald. The moderator will be media entrepreneur and reporter Jaclyn Cashman. Students from schools across Massachusetts will be invited to attend, along with the public and all media organizations, including any TV and radio stations interested in airing the debate live.

The candidates are seeking to replace John Kerry, who resigned from the Senate earlier this year to become U.S. secretary of state. Voters will go to the polls for the Democratic and Republican primaries April 30 with the winners facing each other in the special election on June 25.

Register to vote at Andover Town Meeting by April 16

The Andover Annual Town Meeting will be held on May 6, 7 and 8 at the Andover High School Collins Field House at Andover High School on Shawsheen Road. The meetings will start at 7 p.m. each night.

The last day to register to vote for the Annual Town Meeting is Tuesday, April 16. The town clerk’s office will be open for new registrations from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. that day.

A shuttle bus will be available to take voters to and from the parking lots to the field house on the first two nights of the Town Meeting (May 6 and 7). Shuttle service will start at 6:15 p.m.

The Finance Committee Report will be mailed to each household no later than April 26. For more information call the town clerk’s office at 978-623-8255.

Education and fun at NECC Summer Kids’ Program

Kitchen Chemistry, Spa Science, and May the Force be with You are just a few of the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) concentrated courses that will be offered this summer at Northern Essex Community College’s STEM College for Kids summer program which has all the fun and games of a traditional summer camp with the added benefit of a focus on STEM.

Kitchen Chemistry looks at home kitchens as science labs while Spa Science explores chemical reactions when making fizzers, lotions, and shampoo, and May the Force Be with You studies gravity using games, toys, and experiments.

STEM College for Kids, which has divisions for juniors 9 to 11 years old and seniors 12 to 14, is held on the Haverhill campus, 100 Elliott St.

There are four one-week sessions: July 8-12, July 15-19, July 22-26, and July 29-August 2. Courses run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and extended care is available before and after camp.

Participants enroll in three courses a day at a cost of $70 per course per week. The morning session runs from 9 to 11 a.m., midday session is 11:45 a.m. to 1:35 p.m. and the afternoon session is 2 to 4 p.m. The courses are filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

STEM College for Kids offers summer classics like art games, collage, jewelry making, junk box creations, and nature crafts. Other courses include cartooning, digital photography, fact or fiction, fashion design, floral design, from script to screen, journalism, magical media, painting on silk, singers and songwriters, and world dance.

A few courses including horticulture, t-shirt design, floral design, jewelry making, painting on silk, fashion design, and magical media require an additional $20 materials fee.

For additional information contact Mary Shattuck at mshattuck@necc.mass.edu or call 978-659-1237 or visit the college’s website necc.mass.edu.

Zorro silent film back on the big screen at Merrimack College

NORTH ANDOVER — The film that first brought ‘Zorro’ to the big screen and turned actor Douglas Fairbanks into Hollywood’s first-ever action hero. ‘The Mark of Zorro’ (1920) will once again fill the silver screen, accompanied by live music on Wednesday, April 3 at 7 p.m. at the Rogers Center for the Performing Arts on the campus of Merrimack College, 315 Turnpike St. Admission is free.

The screening, the latest in the Rogers Center’s silent film series, will feature live accompaniment by Jeff Rapsis, a New Hampshire-based composer who specializes in creating scores for silent films. Admission is free and open to the public.

The program will be proceeded by a discussion of the film by author and historian Christopher DiGrazia that will start at 6:30 p.m.

For more information, call the Rogers box office at (978) 837-5355.