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April 4, 2013

Ex-Celt Herren to address school safety conference

The Eagle-Tribune

---- — Former Boston Celtic Chris Herren will be the featured speaker at Essex County District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett’s 11th Annual School Safety Conference on April 11, 2013. Herren chronicled his struggle with drug addiction in his book “Basketball Junkie” and founded The Herren Project which provides assistance to families affected with addiction.

“We are returning to the topic of teen substance abuse because nothing threatens the safety of young people more than drug and alcohol use. While some national surveys show that teen alcohol and some drug use is declining, most American school children will be offered drugs or alcohol before they graduate,” Blodgett said. “We know that young people who use drugs and alcohol are more likely to have a lower academic performance, be involved in criminal activity, either as the perpetrator or as the victim, or become addicted. Therefore we must continue to find ways to address this issue.”

John J. Arvantis, Special Agent in Charge, New England Field Division of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, and Emily Feinstein, Project Director of the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University, will also address the conference.

Each year, Blodgett invites national experts to address school administrators, law enforcement, juvenile court officials and other state and local agencies who serve school-age young people on some aspect of school safety.

“My aim in hosting these annual meetings is to encourage a collaborative approach to addressing the many facets of school safety,” Blodgett said. “This is not the sole job of the police or the school department, but all of us working together to ensure that our young people are safe and well informed about the consequences of their actions.”

The event is not open to the public.

Career fair set forUMass-Lowell today

LOWELL —Today’s 18th Annual UMass-Lowell Career Fair is expected to be the largest ever on campus.

The event will host 150 employers looking for college graduates entering the job market. More than 800 students are expected to attend.

The event is from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Campus Recreation Center, East Campus, 100 Pawtucket St., Lowell. For more information, contact UMass-Lowell media relations.

Chess club meets April 17 in Lawrence

LAWRENCE — The Lawrence Chess Club will meet April 17 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Lawrence Public Library at the corner of Haverhill and Lawrence streets.

The club is free and meets every third Wednesday of the month. All ages and abilities are welcome. English is not required.