EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

October 24, 2013

Merrimack Valley Idol show Nov. 9

The Eagle-Tribune

---- — ANDOVER — Quota International of Andover will present “Merrimack Valley Idol” on Saturday, Nov. 9 at the Wyndham Andover from 6 to 10 p.m. The evening will feature a competition between nine talented contestants from the Merrimack Valley. They will be competing for $500 in prize money and a chance to open a future performance by the New England Tenors.

The contestants in alphabetical order are: Heather Alfano of Salem, N.H., Nurilys Cintron of Lawrence, Emma Harris of Andover, Jillian Knopping of North Andover, Megan Lally of Salem, N.H., Anna McCabe of Lawrence, Josef Nocera of Newburyport, Dakota Driscoll of Dunstable, and Jamie Dyan Taker of Haverhill. All of the contestants have amazing talent.

Judges for Merrimack Valley Idol include local celebrities Mike Fay, Elizabeth Sarantos, and Rebecca Farnham. Mike Fay, founder of TTS (That’s The Spirit) operates local youth sports and theater programs. Mike is a theater producer-performer with multiple DASH Award nominations. He is the creator of the New England Tenors for whom the Merrimack Valley Idol winner will open in concert at the Rogers Center at Merrimack College in February of 2014.

Rebecca Farnham, Opera Director at Treble Chorus of New England, also teaches piano and voice privately and educates young actors in local community theater and Shakespeare. Operatically, she has served in several leading roles, including “Le Nozze di Figaro,” and “Candide.” She toured Germany with the Lyric Opera Studio performing Mozart’s, “Die Zauberflöte,” and studied Opera in Verona, Italy as part of Opera Viva!

Elizabeth Sarantos, a private reading and writing tutor, studied voice with Priscilla Ganley. She is a chorus member and serves on the board of directors of the New England Classical Singers and a member of The Choral Majority gospel choir. She has performed in solo recitals and has sung with the Lawrence Choral Arts Society and the Master Singers of Lexington.

Those interested in purchasing tickets for the event should contact: Louise Hadad at: lhadad@comcast.net. Quota International of Andover is a non-profit organization whose focus is to provide financial support, time and resources to help meet the needs of disadvantaged women and children and hearing impaired children in the Merrimack Valley. In addition to the competition, The Merrimack Valley Idol evening, will include a dinner, a cash bar, auctions and more.

Turn in prescription drugs Saturday

METHUEN — The Police Department in conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Administration will be holding a Prescription Drug Turn-In on Saturday, Oct. 26, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This event will be held at the Methuen Police Station located at 90 Hampshire St.

Residents can turn in all expired or unused prescription and over the counter medication. Residents who have prescription medication for turn in who are concerned about their personal information can leave their information on the bottles because the medication will be incinerated immediately following the event.

This event is held so citizens can properly dispose of medication. It is not recommended to throw the medication in the trash or flush it down the toilet as this could make its way into the water supply. Anyone with questions can call Sergeant Gunter at 978-983-8792.

Finegold sets staff open office hours

Senator Barry Finegold and staff will hold open office hours Friday, Oct. 25th in Lawrence, Andover, Dracut and Tewksbury. Office hours will be held at the following locations and times:

Lawrence Public Library, third floor (Robert Frost Room), 51 Lawrence St., 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Memorial Hall Library, first floor (Trustees Room), 2 North Main St. in Andover, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Parker Memorial Library, second floor (Study Room), 28 Arlington St., Dracut, 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Tewksbury Public Library, second floor (Study Room), 300 Chandler St., 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.