EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

March 19, 2013

English MCAS test postponed until March 25

The Eagle-Tribune

---- — BOSTON — An approaching storm that could drop close to a foot of snow on some parts of Massachusetts prompted the state to postpone the MCAS English composition exam scheduled for today to March 25.

The Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System test was scheduled to be administered to public school students in the fourth, seventh and 10th grades.

The state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education yesterday sent a memo to school officials around the state announcing that the test would be postponed due to the likelihood of school closings today.

Attorney General Ortiz to address NECC graduates

Carmen Ortiz, the U.S. Attorney for the District of Massachusetts, will be the featured speaker at Northern Essex Community College’s 51st Commencement on Saturday, May 18 at 11 a.m.

The commencement will be held under a tent on the quadrangle on the college’s Haverhill Campus and approximately 1,100 graduates are expected to receive certificates and associate degrees.

“U.S. Attorney Ortiz has dedicated much of her professional career to public service, and she is a role model for our students,” said NECC President Lane Glenn. “She holds the distinction of being the first Hispanic and the first woman to represent Massachusetts as U.S. Attorney.”

Ortiz was nominated by President Barack Obama for the position of U.S. attorney and was confirmed by the U.S. Senate in November of 2009. As the chief federal law enforcement officer in Massachusetts, she supervises the prosecution of all federal crimes and the litigation of all civil matters in which the federal government has an interest. She oversees the work of more than 200 attorneys and support staff in Boston, Worcester and Springfield.

Prior to becoming U.S. Attorney, she was an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the economic crimes unit of the U.S. Attorney’s Office (Massachusetts), and also served as grand jury supervisor. Ortiz also served for eight years as a state prosecutor in Middlesex County, where she oversaw the District Court, and prosecuted homicides, sexual assaults, robberies and other felony cases.

Lawrence Central Little League, Babe Ruth final sign-up

LAWRENCE — All boys and girls ages 4 to 18 who wish to plays baseball, softball, or T-ball this spring and summer must register Friday, 4 to 8 p.m. and March 23 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Central Catholic High School, 300 Hampshire St., main gym entrance.

Registration fees range from $50 to $80.

All players must be accompanied by a parent or guardian and bring a copy of birth certificate. All returning players and coaches must register.

Volunteers are needed.

For more information call 978-685-0232 (English) or 978-479-0244 (Spanish).

Upcoming events at The Center for Punchard

ANDOVER — The Center for Punchard, formerly the Andover Senior Center, 30 Whittier Court, scheduled the following events. Pre-registration required for all events and space is limited. Call for information: 978-623-8321. Or visit www.andoverseniorcenter.org for our complete listings.

St. Patrick’s Day Concert: Friday, March 22 at 1:30 p.m. $6 includes refreshments. Glenshane Irish Folk Due entertains with music from Ireland and the British Isles. Featured are guitar, bass, tin whistle, harmonica and piano melodic. This program is sponsored in part by a grant from the Andover Cultural Council.

The best American short stories of 2011: Wednesdays, April 3, 10, 17, 24 and May 1 at 10 a.m. $15 for the series. Edited by Geraldine Brooks with Heidi Pitlor. Join together as a group to read and discuss selections from this important collection of American short stories. Please read “Ceiling”, “Housewifely Arts” and “Free Fruit for Young Widows” before the first class.

Arthritis pain management: Friday, April 12 at 9:30 a.m. Free. Dr. Christopher Condon, Chiropractor, will discuss how chiropractic care can help arthritic individuals remain more mobile and in turn, reduce potential stresses that can cause further discomfort and disability.

High tea and history: Wednesday, April 17; 2 p.m. RSVP necessary as space is limited to 30. Held at the Andover Historical Society, 97 Main Street. Call 978-475-2236 to make reservations. Jane Cairns discusses the Andover naturalists William Goldsmith and Alice Buck as well as several lesser-known naturalists at the turn of the 20th century. Please note: Teas return to The Center on May 15, so RSVP will be necessary here at that time.

What’s next?: Thursday, April 18; 7p.m; $3. AARP President, Mike Festa unveils the new “Work Reimagined” initiative and the exciting advocacy that AARP is doing on behalf of its 50+ constituents, both locally and in Washington.

Music for a spring afternoon: Monday, April 22 at 1:30 p.m. $5 includes light refreshments. Back by popular demand! Familiar and not-so-well known classical, swing, and Broadway hits will be performed by soprano Wendy Heckman. Accompanied by Carolyn Skelton, pianist, who will also play selections. Purchase begins now.

Trip: Stoneham Theater Matinee: “Thoroughly Modern Millie”: Wednesday, April 24; 10:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. $50 includes show, lunch and transportation.