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January 11, 2013

Childhood anxiety expert to give talk

Merrimack Valley in a minute

The Eagle-Tribune

---- — METHUEN — Nationally recognized childhood anxiety expert Dr. Donna Pincus will discuss her book “Growing Up Brave: Expert Strategies for Helping Your Child Overcome Fear, Stress, and Anxiety” on Saturday at Nevins Memorial Library from 1-2:30 p.m.

This book is a guide for family members, teachers, and other professionals dealing with the excessive anxiety that afflicts the one in five children today diagnosed with an anxiety disorder and those who are undiagnosed. Dr. Pincus is the Director of the Child and Adolescent Fear and Anxiety Disorders Treatment Program at Boston University. For more information call 978-686-4080 x13. There is no cost to attend.

Still time to enroll at NECC

The spring semester at Northern Essex Community College begins Wednesday, Jan. 23, and it’s not too late to register for courses that will lead toward a degree or a certificate.

Northern Essex offers over 70 associate degrees and certificates in fields such as liberal arts, health care, criminal justice, computer science, paralegal, technology and engineering, arts & design, paralegal studies, and much more. Classes and programs are offered days, evenings, weekend, and online. Campuses are in Haverhill and Lawrence.

Walk-in hours for interested students are available Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Friday from noon to 4:30 p.m. in Haverhill (Behrakis One-Stop Student Services Center, 100 Elliott St.) or Lawrence (Dimitry Building, 45 Franklin St.)

For more information, contact enrollment services at Northern Essex at 978-556-3700 or admissions@necc.mass.edu or visit www.necc.mass.edu.

Tinnitus support group meets

WILMINGTON — On Wednesday Jan. 16, the tinnitus support group will meet at the Family Medical Center , 500 Salem St. Dr. Sara Barnes, audiologist, will be leading the group. The meeting is open to anyone who has tinnitus - noises in the head. Family members and friends are encouraged to attend as well to understand the information.

The meeting is held in the conference room at the entrance of the facility. Parking is free. The meeting begins at 1 p.m. and lasts about an hour.

Tinnitus can be caused by medications, noise exposure, hearing loss, or diseases. There is no “cure” for tinnitus, but there are various devices available that may be of help to give relief from the noises in the head.

Mayor hosts tax assistance forum

METHUEN — Mayor Steve Zanni was joined yesterday at the Methuen Senior Activity Center by Brian Lynch from the Department of Revenue (DOR in hosting a forum for Methuen seniors to discuss Massachusetts’ Senior Circuit Breaker Tax Credit.

“Massachusetts offers several tax-relief programs to seniors living on limited incomes,” Zanni said. “The big problem is that a lot of seniors never look into it because they think they wouldn’t qualify. My hope was that this forum surprised our seniors by showing them that they likely qualify for some of these benefits.”

The Senior Circuit Breaker program has existed for just over a decade. The program offers a property-tax credit of up to $1,000 for qualifying seniors.

In order to qualify, seniors must show that their annual property-tax obligation, coupled with 50 percent of their water and sewer bills, exceed 10 percent of their income. Among other qualifiers, the assessed value of a senior’s home cannot exceed $705,000.

“I hear from seniors all the time about their limited incomes,” explained Zanni. “I’m trying my hardest to keep our property taxes as low as possible, and this program is a great way to get more money back in the pockets of our residents.”

Zanni said the tax credit is also available to residents who rent.

“If a resident’s renting, and 25 percent of their rent exceeds 10 percent of their income, then they are likely eligible,” Zanni said.