EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

September 28, 2008

Haverhill News in Brief

Italian festival is on

HAVERHILL — Today's annual Italian festival will take place as originally scheduled.

The event, called the North of the North End Italian Festival, will happen from noon to 6 p.m. in the Washington Street/Columbus Park section of downtown.

A walking tour of Haverhill buildings rich in Italian heritage will start at 1 p.m. at the Sons of Italy lodge, 124 Washington St.

If there is any change to either event, updates will be posted on The Eagle-Tribune's Web site — www.eagletribune.com.

City lawyer elected VP of state bar association

Marsha V. Kazarosian of Haverhill has been elected vice president of the Massachusetts Bar Association for 2008-09, beginning Sept. 1. Kazarosian is managing partner of Kazarosian Law Offices in Haverhill, where she concentrates in civil litigation, family law and discrimination.

Long active in bar associations across the state, Kazarosian is a past president of the Essex County Bar Association and the Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys.

She was named one of the top 10 lawyers in the state in 1999 by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, after successfully suing the Haverhill Golf and Country Club for gender discrimination. In 2006, Massachusetts Super Lawyers magazine chose Kazarosian for its cover story, titled, "The Power of Marsha Kazarosian."

Kazarosian is a corporator of the Pentucket Five Cents Savings Bank and a member of the Essex County 150th Anniversary Committee. She has served as a board member of the Northern Essex Community College Foundation.

She received her bachelor's degree from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 1978 and earned her law degree from Suffolk University Law School in 1982. She is a graduate of Phillips Academy in Andover.

Acupuncturist named Customer of the Year

Acupuncturist Mike Arsenault was awarded the designation of Customer of the Year by Opportunity Works at its annual meeting recently.

Opportunity Works is a nonprofit organization in Haverhill and Newburyport that offers job opportunities and services to people with disabilities. Arsenault has worked with Opportunity Works for more than a year. The agency provides shipping and labeling services for his company, Emily Skin Soothers, which sells herbal skin care products.

Arsenault announced the launch of a free-informational Web site for people suffering with skin problems called myskinbetter.com. He created it after caring for his daughter, who was born with eczema. Arsenault has worked as an acupuncturist in Ipswich since 1999.

Last day for library book sale tomorrow

HAVERHILL — Tomorrow is the last day of the Public Library book sale.

It will take place from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Books sell for $2 a bag that day. This is the annual fall sale. The library has book sales three times a year.

Merrimack College names interim VP

Merrimack College has appointed Dr. Michael J. Bell as interim vice president for academic affairs, a position formerly known as provost.

Bell served as provost and vice president of academic affairs at Franklin Pierce University in New Hampshire from 2005 to 2008, and as vice president for academic affairs for Elmhurst College in Illinois from 1997 to 2005.

He has held several faculty positions as a professor of English, and is published in numerous publications.

"I am delighted to be at Merrimack and to have the opportunity to work with such an excellent community of teachers and scholars, students and administrators," Bell said.

In his new position, he will provide college-wide leadership for academic programs and a campus culture of learning, teaching and study.