EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

July 19, 2013

DiZoglio hosts Methuen, North Andover Senior Centers at State House

The Eagle-Tribune

---- — BOSTON — State Rep. Diana DiZoglio, D-Methuen, recently hosted a tour of the Massachusetts State House for the Methuen and North Andover Senior Centers.

More than 40 residents of the senior centers participated in the visit, as they toured both the State House and State Library, gathered for a photo atop the building’s Grand Staircase and spoke with area lawmakers over coffee and pastries.

Joining DiZoglio with the seniors were State Sens. Bruce E. Tarr, R-Gloucester, and Kathleen O’Connor-Ives, D-Newburyport, and State Reps. Linda Dean Campbell, D-Methuen, and Frank A. Moran, D-Lawrence.

“I spent all of last year door-knocking and visiting with residents in the district, so I thought it’d be fun to host them here at the State House,” said DiZoglio. “While we were able to discuss issues of serious concern, we were also able to have good times, given all of the extra joy the seniors brought in their visit. They brightened up my day.”

“I’ve never been to the State House before, so this is quite an experience,” said visitor June McDonald. “This place is so big, I imagine I’d get lost in it on my own.”

“Over the years, I’ve visited Boston all the time, but I never got around to coming to the State House,” said visitor Frank Stallone. “This was an opportunity I couldn’t pass up.”

Entrants sought for Jimmy Fund Walk

BOSTON — The 25th annual Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk presented by Hyundai is seeking walkers. Set for Sunday, Sept. 8, the one-day fundraising event to fight all cancers offers four routes: the 26.2-mile route starting from Hopkinton; the 13.1-mile route from Babson College in Wellesley; the 5-mile route from Boston College; and the 3-mile route from Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. All routes end at the Copley Square finish line in Boston. Participants will walk to raise more than $7 million to support lifesaving adult and pediatric patient care and cancer research at Dana-Farber. The fundraising minimum is $300 for walkers age 13 and older and $100 for children 12 and younger. Participants enter the discount code BOSTON for $5 off the registration fee. To register for the Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk on Sept. 8, or to support a walker, visit JimmyFundWalk.org or call (866) 531-9255.

PMA indoor yard sale set for Sept. 21

METHUEN — Presentation of Mary Academy is hosting a giant Indoor yard sale, Saturday, Sept. 21 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Dupre Center, located on the school grounds, 209 Lawrence Street in Methuen. $25 for an 8-foot table. With questions or to reserve a table, email plaliberte@pmamethuen.org.

Driver safety program July 24

ANDOVER — An AARP driver safety program will be held Wednesday July 24 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at The Center at Punchard, 30 Whittier Court. The cost is $12 for AARP members and $14 for non-AARP members payable to AARP. Plus: $5 payable to The Town of Andover. Lunch not included. Workshop explores driving technologies, rules of the road and age-related challenges.

Greater Lawrence Family Health Center receives HHS funding

LAWRENCE — The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has announced that the Greater Lawrence Family Health Center is a recipient of a $225,000 grant for the agency’s Affordable Care Act Teaching Health Center (THC) Graduate Medical Education (GME) Payment Program, it was announced yesterday by Congresswoman Niki Tsongas.

The program assists organizations in increasing the number of primary care residents and dentists trained in community-based ambulatory patient care settings. The current supply of the primary care workforces is insufficient to meet the health needs of the U.S. population, and this program intends to alleviate some of that concern.

“Using federal funds to partner with local communities to create jobs and address public needs puts us on a solid path to help strengthen our economy,” Tsongas said. “The significant return on this investment will have ongoing reverberations – with this money this important community institution will be able to expand their staff and at the same time, they will be aiding the health of our communities. This is a big win for the well-being of residents, as well as for our local economy.”

“The Lawrence Family Medicine Residency is on the front line of addressing the shortage of primary care physicians in the region,” said Dr. Joseph W. Gravel, Jr., Chief Medical Officer and Residency Director for the Greater Lawrence Family Health Center and Lawrence Family Medicine Residency. “This second year of support through the Department of Health and Human Services coincides with expanding our program from eight resident physicians per year to 10. With this growth, LFMR can carry on our mission of creating an environment where physicians are dedicated to the field of family medicine, especially in underserved communities.”