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July 26, 2013

NECC program helps boomers with business ideas


The Eagle-Tribune

---- — More people are using retirements and layoffs as a way to launch their second act in life. A new eight-week, non-credit course titled “Entrepreneurial Training Program (ETP) Intensive for Boomers,” is designed for boomers who have a business idea they want to explore, will be offered this fall through Northern Essex Community College’s Center for Corporate and Community Education.

While NECC has offered an ETP course for more than a decade, this new course is designed specifically for individuals born between 1946 and 1964. The “Boomerpreneurs” are looking to their retirement years as an opportunity to be their own boss while continuing to generate an income, according to Diane Zold-Gross, assistant Dean for the Center for Corporate and Community Education at the Riverwalk in Lawrence.

The course will be taught by Paul Jermain, experienced instructor and consultant and business owner of Jermain and Company.

The course, which will be offered Monday evenings from 6:30 to 9 starting Sept. 23 at the Riverwalk. Participants will create a solid business plan and learn the skills and knowledge to implement that plan. They will learn how to size and segment markets; evaluate the competition, determine the best product/service offering, create a marketing plan and consider the impact of factors such as management background and location on the new enterprise. Developing and using financial statements such as: balance sheets, sales forecasts, and cash flow and income statements will also be examined.

For more information contact Dianne Lahaye at dlahaye@necc.mass.edu or 978-659-1222.

Mary Immaculate Health Care services appoints new board members

LAWRENCE — Mary Immaculate Health/Care Services elected Arline El-Ashkar and Dr. Deborah Turiano, to its Board of Directors for four year terms. The appointments were unanimously approved by Covenant Health Systems Directors.

El-Ashkar is Director of Clinical Resources at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. She has served as a consultant to top medical providers including Phillips Medical and Benchmark, and has extensive clinical and managerial experience gained through tenures at Harvard University, Care Group/Deaconess Waltham Hospital; Boston Medical Center, Lahey Clinic Medical Center and Massachusetts General Hospital.

El-Ashkar of Methuen, earned a nursing degree at the Lawrence General Hospital School of Nursing. She attended the McGill University School of Nursing as an undergraduate and earned her MSN at Boston University. She also holds a Post Master Certificate in Nursing Education Matriculation from the University of Massachusetts in Lowell.

Turiano, of Andover, has been a practicing physician thorughout the Merrimack Valley and Southern New Hampshire. She is a staff physician at both Merrimack College and at Phillips Academy.

She has experience in palliative and hospice care. Turiano has served a number of Medical Directorships including appointment at the Dr. Matthew S. Schwartz Hospice and Palliative Care Center in Chelsea; Life Choice Hospice in Middleton and several of the SolAmor Hospice sites in southern New Hampshire. She has served as a consultant for hospice patients at Anna Jaques Hospital, Lawrence General Hospital and Tewksbury Hospital. She is also has a special interest in medical ethics.

In addition to the new members of the board, officers were also re-appointed for 2013-2014. They are: Dr. John R. Niceforo, Jr., chairperson; Marrgaret V. Shaheen, Vice Chairperson’; Karen J. Miller, Treasurer; Kelly A. Sullivan, Clerk and Fred P. Shaheen, Director of the Executive Committee.

Director of Lazarus House Ministries honored

LAWRENCE — H. Bridget Shaheen will receive the Marguerite d’Youville “Pilgrimage of Love Award” Oct. 17 from 5:30 to 9 p.m. at DiBurro’s Function Facility in Ward Hill.

The award is bestowed annually by Mary Immaculate Health/Care Services at its annual Evening of Sharing and Caring to honor a community leader. The award is named for the founder of the Grey Nuns, Marguerite d’Youville.

Shaheen, Executive Director of Lazarus House Ministries, will be recognized for her community leadership and service to the needy and homeless by offering emergency shelter, food and clothing to people in crisis.

In addition to her work at Lazarus House, Shaheen have served on the Board of Directors of Mary Immaculate Health/Care Services and the German Home of Lawrence and is a former Trustee of Lawrence General Hospital.

She has been involved in prison ministry for 20 year, has been part of the cursillo community for 30 and travelled to Gulfport, Mississippi to help out in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

For information about sponsorship opportunities, tickets or more details about the Evening of Sharing and Caring, please contact Karen Sullivan by calling 978-620-1477.

Topsfield Fair to host annual 5K Walk/Run Race

TOPSFIELD — The Topsfield Fair will be hosting the second annual 5K Walk/Run Race to help support the Essex Agricultural Society’s College Scholarship fund.

The event will take place on Sunday, Sept. 29. Check-in begins at 8 a.m. Race starts at 10.

The race begins and ends at the Topsfield Fairgrounds, 207 Boston St. (Route 1). The registration fee is $25 and includes the race, t-shirt (for the first 200 people to register), refreshments and music after the race.

“The Essex Agricultural Society is the organization that runs the Topsfield Fair,” said James O’Brien, general manager of the Topsfield Fair.

“This year we gave out $27,000 in scholarships to high school seniors who are furthering their education by entering college. This doesn’t include thousands in additional scholarship money distributed by several of our departments, including bee keeping, rabbits, sportsman building, and many others.”

Entry forms can be completed and submitted at www.Topsfieldfair.org. Online registration is available for runners paying by credit card.

Runners paying by check need to download the form from the site and mail it to Topsfield Fair, PO Box 134, Topsfield, MA 01983.

Prizes will be awarded to the men and women with the fastest time in each of the following divisions: Under 20, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60 and over, 70 and over, and 80 and over.