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October 26, 2012

Merrimack Valley in a minute


The Eagle-Tribune

---- — LAWRENCE — Socks for Seniors is an annual community service project to collect new socks to be distributed to elderly in local area nursing homes around the holidays.

The program begins with Make A Difference Day tomorrow - The Official Kick-off of the 2012 Socks For Seniors Campaign and runs thru Christmas.

The group is looking for local area coordinators near Lawrence to help with collecting socks this year.

To help sign up at this link: http://www.socksforseniors.com/register.html.

Veterans Day pancake breakfast

LAWRENCE - City Councilor-at-large Roger Twomey is hosting his annual pancake breakfast for veterans Sunday, Nov. 11 from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m at Reliefs In, The Firefighters Club, One Market St,

Tne event is open to all. A donation of $5 would be appreciated. There is no cost for veterans.

For tickets contact 978-685-7558 or rogertwomey@comcast.net.

Employers welcome to WTF session

HAVERHILL — Northern Essex Community College and ValleyWorks Career Center in partnership with the City of Haverhill invite local employers to attend a Workforce Training Fund informational session on Friday Nov. 9 from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. This session will give employers an opportunity to learn more about the recent changes to the WTFP and the state funding opportunities available through the Massachusetts Workforce Training Fund (WTFP). The WTFP program enables businesses to provide training and development opportunities for their employees.

This session is free and will focus on the new guidelines for the WTFP General, Express and Hiring Incentive Grants. Michael Corcoran, Supervisor of Operations at the State Department of Workforce Development, will present a 90 minute information-packed session to help Massachusetts companies determine which grants are most appropriate and available for their employees’ training needs.

The session will be held at the Friendisha Café Conference Room which is located at 34 Rogers Ave. in the Ward Hill Industrial Park.

You must pre-register to attend.

To register or if you have questions contact Dan Halloran at (dhalloran@necc.mass.edu).

Girls Inc. celebration features attorney general

U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz will speak at the first annual “Girls Have a Dream and Birthday Bash Celebration’’ presented by Girls Inc.

The event is Nov. 8 at 5 p.m. at the Renaissance Golf Club, 377 Kenoza St. Since 2009, Ortiz has served as Massachusetts’ first female U.S. Attorney. She is the lead attorney prosecuting James “Whitey’’ Bulger on behalf of the federal government.

“Attorney Ortiz, with her background, hard work and success, epitomizes what our mission is — to create an environment where girls can learn to see their true potential through education and experience,” said Robin Whitson, executive director of Girls Inc.

The event will honor three local women: Mary Ellen Daly O’Brien, a registered nurse/case manager for Merrimack Valley Hospital and Haverhill’s only female city councilor; Molly Sullivan Sliney, a two-time Olympic winner and educational/motivational speaker to school-aged children; and Penelope Guerrero Perez, a member of the Girls Inc. community and a designer for the successful brand Timberland. The event will include a sneak preview of pictures taken by girls at Girls Inc., which will be available for purchase in mid-November at the Shops@90 Washington St. This event is supported by Pentucket Bank, Haverhill Bank and King Graphics. Tickets or sponsorship information are available from Robin Whitson at 978-372-0771, ext. 225.