EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

January 31, 2013

Barbershop quartets offer singing Valentines

The Eagle-Tribune

---- — 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.

Following their lunch at Borrelli’s, Zanni brought the delegation by Mann Orchards on Pleasant Valley Street to grab some coffee and apple crisp.

In addition to sampling some of the great selection at Mann’s, the group met with the owners and residents. They were also joined by Restaurant Week co-sponsors, including Ray Wrobel of NMTW Community Credit Union; Matt McLennan of Century 21 McLennan & Co; and Michael Bevilacqua and Will Carpenter of the Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce.

GLTS adult education accepting registrations for spring classes

ANDOVER - With almost 50 adult education courses currently offered at Greater Lawrence Technical School, students can gain expertise in a wide array of subjects. According to the U.S. Department of Education, an estimated 90 million Americans participate in some form of adult education each year, including career training and basic education.

Whether it’s a ServSafe Certification, Administrative Medical Assisting, Lifeguard Training, Basic Electricity, CPR, Zumba, or a cooking class, anyone from a student to a senior citizen can register at the school at 57 River Road.

Classes are starting soon for the Spring 2013 semester. Anyone interested in registering can do so online at http://www.glts.net/programs/night-school/adult-education.html

or by contacting GLTS at 978-686-0194.

Evening of Sweet Indulgence Saturday

Billy Costa, from Kiss 108FM and the TV Diner, will be coming to the Merrimack Valley again to promote the region’s restaurants, caterers and bakeries. This year there are vendors from nine communities competing for the coveted “Best Dessert in the Merrimack Valley” Trophy. Those attending the event vote for their favorite sweet treat.

Representing Andover will be Andover’s newest bakery, Pink Tree Sweets, and the On the Bone restaurant from the Wyndham Hotel. Joining them, representing North Andover, will be Cakes by Design.

The event will take place at the University of Massachusetts Lowell Inn & Conference Center on Saturday from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. The cost for general admission is $35 per person in advance or $40 at the door. Reserved seats are $40 in advance. For tickets, email sweetindulgencesinfo@comcast.net, or call 978-494-0769.

The event is sponsored by Andover’s Congregation Beth Israel of the Merrimack Valley.