---- — METHUEN — A standing-room-only crowd handed Mayor Stephen Zanni a convincing straw poll victory Saturday at the Methuen Democratic City Committee’s annual pancake breakfast.
Zanni defeated mayoral challenger Jennifer Kannan 169 to 102 in the straw poll (62 to 38 percent). The breakfast was held at the Methuen Senior Center.
“I am proud of my accomplishments as mayor, and I’m excited that my record of producing results for Methuen is being heard loud and clear,” said Zanni in a statement. “I intend to continue campaigning my hardest right up to Election Day.”
In attendance Saturday were Democratic candidates for governor Martha Coakley, Juliette Kayyem and Joe Avellone.
Zanni hosts political roast
METHUEN — Mayor Stephen Zanni’s annual Columbus Day roast will take place Friday from noon to 2 p.m. at the Sons of Italy, 450 Merrimack St.
Tickets for the event are $25 and include a full lunch. Guests will be treated to jokes at the expense of local political leaders. Proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society.
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ValleyWorks Career Center receives praise
BOSTON — The Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development has announced that five of the state’s 32 One-Stop Career Centers, including the ValleyWorks Career Center for Lawrence and Haverhill, have been honored for outstanding service to Massachusetts veterans.
Through the U.S. Department of Labor’s Jobs for Veterans State Grant Program, the Massachusetts Department of Career Services (DCS) annually awards incentive grants to recognize One-Stop Career Centers for their efforts in demonstrating improvement and modernization of employment, training and placement services for veterans; rewarding and celebrating excellence in priority of service; developing a library of best practice techniques; and improving performance outcomes for veterans.
ValleyWorks received a Gold Award of $10,500.
Eric Nelson of Haverhill and Clifton “Bryhn” McLeod of Georgetown are the Veteran Employment Representatives for ValleyWorks Career Center.
“The ValleyWorks Career Center staff is committed and dedicated to assist veterans by providing quality training and employment services that utilize their former skills to re-enter the workforce, earning a good wage with career ladders,” said Arthur Chilingirian, Executive Director of the ValleyWorks Career Center. “We prioritize our services to those men and women who selflessly served our country.”
Historian/author to speak on American revolution
ANDOVER - Award-winning historian Dr. Eliga Gould will present a talk based on his recent book, “Among the Powers of the Earth: The American Revolution and the Making of a New World Empire,” on Tuesday, Oct. 15, at 4 p.m. at Massachusetts School of Law, 500 Federal St.
Gould’s book has received several awards, including The Library Journal’s 2012 Best Book honor and the Society of Historians of the Early American Republic’s 2013 Best Book prize. It was also a finalist for the 2013 George Washington Book Prize.
Gould, who received his Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University in Maryland, is a professor and chairman of history at the University of New Hampshire at Durham, specializing in Colonial, Revolutionary and Early Atlantic History. His first book, “The Persistence of Empire,” won the 2000 Jamestown Prize from the Omohundro Institute in Virginia.
The talk is sponsored by the American College of History and Legal Studies (www.achls.org), and hosted by Massachusetts School of Law. It is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. Copies of Gould’s book will be available for sale and signing. Seating is limited and reservations are requested by Oct. 11 by contacting Dr. Jessica Parr, ACHLS professor and chairwoman of history, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 603-458-5145, ext. 10.