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January 31, 2013

Barbershop quartets offer singing Valentines

Barbershop quartets from the Beverly Northshoremen Chorus will once again make Valentines Day very special for many lovers throughout Essex County, when they arrive unannounced at offices, homes, schools and other venues, to present a Singing Valentine to unsuspecting recipients from their sweethearts.

In addition to singing two love songs, the quartets will also present the recipients of the singing Valentines with a long stemmed rose, a card, and a photo of the event.

“This is one of the warmest and most rewarding days we have as a chorus,” said Jack Dowd of Salem, who is in charge of logistics and scheduling for the day-long event.

“The looks on the faces of those who receive these valentines are priceless. They are so touched that the person they love would send them a Singing Valentine, and more often than not the tissues come out,” Dowd said with a laugh. “It’s a joy to take part in this.”

The Singing Valentines represent one of the major fundraisers for the non-profit Northshoremen, who put on shows at area assisted living facilities and nursing homes throughout the year, and appear at concerts and a cappella nights at no charge to help local high schools fund their music programs.

For further information about giving your sweetheart the gift of a Singing Valentine, please contact Jack Dowd at 978-744-3592, or email northshoremen@verizon.net .

Restaurant Week celebrated in Methuen

METHUEN – Over 30 businesses are participating in Methuen’s first Restaurant Week which kicked off Sunday and is running through Saturday.

“We planned Restaurant Week to bring attention to Methuen businesses,” said Mayor Steve Zanni, who was joined Sunday for lunch by State Treasurer Steve Grossman, State Sen. Kathleen O’Connor Ives, and State Reps. Linda Dean Campbell and Frank Moran. The group stopped by Borrelli’s Deli on Merrimack Street for a late afternoon bite.

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