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March 5, 2013

Free tax preparation help offered in Lawrence

LAWRENCE - United Way of Massachusetts Bay & Merrimack Valley, along with Bank of America, is once again providing low-income residents and families with opportunities for free tax prep assistance and help maximizing the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC).

Funding of $125,000 from Bank of America will allow United Way to provide services at agencies in Boston, Quincy, Lynn, Lawrence, Waltham, and Chelsea.

Last year, this effort resulted in more than $6 million in tax refunds.

“The tax refund returned to hard-working individuals and families through EITC is money that can use to meet critical budget needs, to pay bills, climb out of debt or save for the future,” said Michael K. Durkin, president of United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley.

In Lawrence the service will be provided by Lawrence Community Works, Inc.

168 Newbury St. For more information and appointments, call-978-722-2623. Also,

Greater Lawrence Commuity Action Council, 350 Essex St. For information and appointments, call 978-654-5676

Rodolpho’s honored as Storefront of the Month in Lawrence

LAWRENCE - The owners of Rodolpho’s Pizzeria, 121 South Broadway, have been selected for the Storefront of the Month award for February by the office of Mayor William Lantigua.

The owners Leo Borges and Hezio Nascimento make sure the sidewalk is clean of snow and ice and every day, the team at Rodolpho’s clears trash from the gutter and sidewalks at their business, the mayor’s office said in a statement.

“A clean storefront is great for business,” said Mr. Leo Borges.

Free document shredding in Lawrence

LAWRENCE - Lawrence Community Shred Day is set for tomorrow from 9:30-11 a.m. at the Lawrence Senior Center, 155 Haverhill St.

The event, part of National Consumer Protection Week, gives the public a safe place to safely discard all personal, confidential documents for free.

It is hosted by Lawrence Postmster Richard Pace.

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