EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

October 30, 2013

7th Annual TIP Family 5K Run/Walk Sunday

The Eagle-Tribune

---- — LAWRENCE — The Trauma Intervention Program of Merrimack Valley still seeks participants and sponsors for its 7th annual TIP Family 5K Run/Walk set for Sunday.

Money raised will help fund the ongoing development of a healing garden at Henry P. Schruender Memorial Park in Methuen and other TIP programs. The Methuen-based nonprofit organization runs a 24-hour on-call service of volunteers who provide emotional first aid to traumatized children and adults in the Merrimack Valley.

TIP began the run/walk seven years ago in memory of the late Brenda Waller, a longtime TIP volunteer who continued to assist victims of traumatic or tragic events while fighting a decade-long battle with cancer until her death Nov. 2, 2006. Waller’s husband, Donald, who died in April, is also be honored this year.The event is a major fundraiser for the group that serves Andover, Haverhill, Lawrence, North Andover and Methuen. Race Day entry fee is $30

The walk will begin 10:30 a.m. from the Claddagh Restaurant and Pub, 339 Canal St., with the run scheduled to follow at 11 a.m.. Checks should be made payable to TIP of Merrimack Valley and can be mailed to TIP Family 5K, 68 Main St., Suite 8, Andover, MA 01810. Or call 978-475-8477 for details. Free food and refreshments will be served at the Claddagh following the walk/run. The top three winners in each of eight age categories will receive a medal. Walkers will be entered with a chance to win a prize. TIP will present T-shirts to the first 200 entrants.

TIP volunteers undergo special training to prepare them for work with community first responders that include police, firefighters, EMTs and local hospitals in emergency situations. They respond all hours of the day to help victims of traumatic events such as serious car crashes, fires, drownings, suicides and sudden deaths.

Honoring medical professionals who served their country

LAWRENCE — Veterans Assisting Veterans (VAV) and Pentucket Medical Associates (PMA), are jointly sponsoring a Black Tie Fundraising Event on Saturday, Nov. 9.

This event will unite all of the major health care organizations of eastern Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire in tribute to the doctors, nurses, medics and corpsmen who serve our nation saving troops both during war as well as our wounded veterans once they return home.

“VAV is excited to host this event to honor the medical field. Without them there would be enormous suffering and death. We want to recognize and thank them for their compassion and dedication,” said Dennis Moschella, president of Veterans Assisting Veterans.

The dinner will be held at Salvatore’s Restaurant Olympia Function Room on Merrimack Street in Lawrence, from 6 p.m. – 11 p.m. with a presentation from Dr. Cameron Wright, who serves as a Colonel in the US Army Reserve (USAR) and has been deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. Dr. Wright is currently a visiting surgeon at Mass General Hospital serving as Associate Chief of Thoracic Surgery, Associate Program Director and Chair of Quality for Surgery.

Dancing and socializing will follow. The proceeds from this event will go to numerous grassroots veterans’ organizations including:

Operation Thank You: Whose volunteers visit veterans in nursing and veterans’ homes with food, gifts and companionship.

Ironstone Farm Equine Encounters Program for Veterans: Which successfully treats homeless combat veterans with Post Ttraumatic Stress Disorder and other mental problems from war.

American Veterans with Brain Injuries (AVBI): Which provides support to the families of American Service members and Veterans who have suffered brain injuries.

The American Widow Project: Which helps military widows rebuild their lives.

“Our goal is to provide the services so urgently needed by those who have survived war but are suffering from the lingering effects,” according to John Sarro, executive director of Pentucket Medical Associates.

“This is an unprecedented opportunity for the eastern Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire medical communities to unite and honor their own heroes — both sung and unsung,” Sarro added.

Events planned at the Methuen Senior Activity Center

METHUEN — The Methuen Senior Center’s Annual Holiday Craft Fair will be held Saturday, Nov. 2. from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the center, 77 Lowell St. The event features a variety of craft items, a luncheon snack bar, free hourly drawings, pastry shop, jewelry table, gift shop table and a giant raffle with dozens of prizes to choose from including gift certificates, cash prizes and great gifts items. Admission is free.

Mark your calendars for the ‘60’s Invasion, Nov.16. This show band features music and television trivia from the 60’s, with tributes to artists like Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan and Roy Orbison. They’ll take you through the seasons through music and thrill you with history of rock. Show begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $9 per person and are available at the center or at the door. Open to the public! Call 978-983-8825 for more information.

On Nov.18, (National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month) the center Methuen will host an Alzheimer’s/Dementia Registry event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Methuen Police Department and TRIAD Senior Safety Program will conduct this sign-up clinic for families to register information about a loved-one diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or Dementia. Information gathered, including an up-to-date photograph, is designed to assist authorities in the locating and safe return of a family member who may have wandered off.

Have you made your New Year’s Eve plans? Come to center that night starting at 7 p.m. for a dinner catered by The Party Connection ( sorbet, garden salad, rolls & butter, prime rib, oven roasted potatoes and vegetables, strawberry shortcake, coffee and tea) followed by dancing from 8:30 p.m. to12:30 a.m. with music by Fred Manzi Trio. BYOB. $50 per person. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Public invited. Space is limited so reserve your tickets early – 978-983-8825.

Diabetes awareness event Friday

ANDOVER — The Center at Punchard, 30 Whittier Court, will host a diabetes awareness and testing session on Friday, Nov. 1 starting at 9:30 a.m. Free with pre-registration. You will have an opportunity to have your own blood sugar tested that day. Pre-registration required for all events. Open to entire community. Call 978-623-8321. Visit www.andoverseniorcenter.org for complete listings.

Poet Laureate Pinksy at Merrimack tonight

NORTH ANDOVER –­­– What happens when a great poetic voice joins force with jazz improvisations? Come find out tonight at 7 at Merrimack College when U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Pinksy teams up with musicians Laurence Hobgood and Stan Strickland for an evening of poetry and jazz in Our Mother of Good Counsel Chapel in Austin Hall.

The performance is sponsored by the Writers House at Merrimack. A new initiative, the Writers House is dedicated to creative writing, reading, and thinking, for students, faculty, alumni, and the community at large. The event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited.

At a recent ribbon cutting, Merrimack President Christopher Hopey noted that the Writers House is the first of its kind in New England. The bright, inviting space, located in the new Academic Innovation Center (on Cullan Ave.), will host readings and talks by fiction writers, poets, journalists, scholars, filmmakers, engineers, business leaders, and more.

The Writers House will also sponsor collaborative programs through which Merrimack students can get involved with local schools and non-profits.