EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

July 24, 2013

North Andover Merchants Association seeks crafters, food vendors

The Eagle-Tribune

---- — NORTH ANDOVER — The North Andover Merchants Association (NAMA) is seeking food vendors, merchants and crafters for its 3rd annual Fall Festival Sunday, Sept. 29 from 10 a.m to 4 p.m. on the grounds of the North Andover Knights of Columbus, 505 Sutton St.

Any business can sign up, regardless of the community from which they are from.

In addition to craft exhibitors, the festival will include live music, children’s games and activities, a haunted house for all ages, hay rides, beer & wine tent, and much more. The event will conclude with an evening bon fire and hot chocolate at dusk.

The event will be heavily advertised by NAMA and like last year, a large turnout is anticipated. Booth space for merchants/crafters is $25 for NAMA members and $75 for non-members. Food vendor fee is $50 for NAMA members and $100 for non-members. Note: A food permit is required from the Town of North Andover.

Early sign-up is recommended as booth space will be awarded on a first come -first served basis. Same type crafters, food vendors and services will be limited in order to provide greater diversity and variety to the festival offerings.

Applications are available on NAMA’s website at: http://www.northandovermerchants.org/documents. For additional information contact Sylvie Foulds at: sylf19@comcast.net or Pat Roche at: patroche375@comcast.net.

Lebanese American scholarships awarded

The 30th annual American Lebanese Awareness Association Scholarship Awards Banquet was held on Saturday, June 8 at Michael’s Function Halls in Haverhill.

Twenty six students of Lebanese American descent were awarded $35,000 in scholarships bringing the total amount of scholarships awarded since the ALAA’s inception in 1983 to nearly $1 million.

The ALAA is a non-profit organization, established in 1983, to aid people of Lebanese decent. The scholarship program is one of the organizations annual affairs, awarding deserving students financial assistance for their college education.

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.

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,” said Congresswoman Niki Tsongas.

“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.”

“Since the inception of LFMR in 1994, Greater Lawrence Family Health Center (GLFHC) has been a leader in training the ‘Physicians of Tomorrow’. The innovative Teaching Health Center initiative is now a model for community medicine education throughout the country. We are encouraged by the support, and hope the federal government continues to support such initiatives into the future,” said Dr. Joseph W. Gravel, Jr., Chief Medical Officer and Residency Director for the Greater Lawrence Family Health Center and Lawrence Family Medicine Residency.

Lawrence agency receives $121K grant

The Greater Lawrence Community Action Council has been awarded a $121,000 grant from Massachusetts Health Connector to help consumers understand new coverage options available as a result of the Affordable Care Act and find the most affordable coverage that meets their needs.

The Lawrence agency is one of 10 agencies across the state to receive the funds under the first year of what is known as the Massachusetts Navigator program.

Navigators will assist consumers – individuals, families and small businesses – from application through enrollment into new health insurance plans using culturally- and linguistically-appropriate methods.

“Reaching people where they live and using language that they understand is essential for maintaining the coverage gains achieved to date in Massachusetts” said Jean Yang, Executive Director of the Health Connector. “Through these partnerships, we are maximizing one component of our broad-based effort to educate consumers about the launch of federal health care reform.”