EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

February 27, 2013

Youth Center, site work go before public

The Eagle-Tribune

---- — ANDOVER — Two projects expected to impact parking at the town’s senior center will be the focus of a community forum at the Public Safety Center on Thursday.

The meeting will speak to two projects: the expected construction of the Cormier Youth Center behind Doherty Middle School, and a $3.2 million proposal to replace all paved surfaces around the middle school.

The $3.2 million project is coming to annual Town Meeting, while construction on the youth center will likely start later this year, pending two articles changing the project at annual Town Meeting.

Officials on the Andover Youth Center Building Committee will update the community on the project, including how residents will be asked to break the project into two phases and move the footprint of the building at town meeting.

Both projects are expected to affect parking at the Center at Punchard, previously the Senior Center, on Whittier Court. The forum will be held at the Public Safety Center, 32 North Main St., on Thursday at 7 p.m.

Celebrate the joy of reading at mall

SALEM — On Saturday, Simon Kidgits Club at The Mall at Rockingham Park, kicks off its annual Book Blast event and invites families to join in the outer space-themed adventure that celebrates books and the joy of reading.

The event offerings include a read-aloud session, set to take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Lord & Taylor Court, Level 2.

Children are invited to bring a new or gently used book to the event to be donated to Family Continuity. Williams-Sonoma will provide a Stars Wars cookie decorating activity.

Kidgits members can decorate library totes, create shining star crafts, participate in connect the stars activity and design their own solar system.

For more information about the Simon Kidgits Club, visit simon.com/kidgits/.

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Going shopping today? Help TIP

A grocery store in Andover will be setting aside a portion of its sales today to benefit a local program that helps families when they need it most.

Five percent of all sales at Whole Foods Market on Railroad Street will benefit Trauma Intervention Program of Merrimack Valley (TIP) today, Wednesday.

TIP, which is run out of Andover but responds to emergencies throughout the community, is a team of specially-trained citizen volunteers who are called by police officers, fire fighters and hospital personnel to provide emotional and practical support to victims of traumatic events in the first few hours following a tragedy.

For more information on TIP, visit traumaintervention.com.

Miriam’s Seder to be held March 17

ANDOVER — The Merrimack Valley Jewish Federation’s (MVJF) Miriam’s Seder will celebrate its Bat Mitzvah year at the annual event to be held at Temple Emanuel in March.

While honoring this year’s Merrimack Valley B’not Mitzvah, MVJF will be collecting new and used items for Bat Mitzvah age Jewish teens in Cuba.

School and art supplies, undergarments, socks, make up and costume jewelry are expensive and hard to come by for these young women.

Miriam’s Seder is an annual intergenerational event that celebrates women in Jewish History. Mothers, aunts, grandmothers and girls over age 8 are all welcome to attend.

New for this year, are two hands-on workshops to be held on a first-come, first-serve basis. One workshop will explore the Haggadah, the Seder prayer book, while the other is a how-to on holding a kid-friendly Seder.

Since the Seder’s inception, the Federation has presented a Miriam’s Leadership Award annually to a Jewish woman who has made a contribution and difference in the Merrimack Valley.

This year, in conjunction with the Seder’s thirteenth year celebration, organizers wanted to honor this important milestone of young women in the Merrimack Valley. Those who have celebrated their own Bat Mitzvah this year will receive a gift of an on site, makeover.

The event will be held at Temple Emanuel, 7 Haggetts Pond, on March 17 from 3 to 8 p.m. It will begin with Kasbah style shopping and appetizers from 3 to 5 p.m., followed by the Seder and dinner.

Tickets for Miriam’s Seder are $39, or $35 seniors over 70, and $56 for sponsors.

For more information about the event, please contact the Merrimack Valley Jewish Federation at 978-688-0466 or on the website at www.mvjf.org.