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September 16, 2013

Inaugural poet to speak at White Fund Lecture


The Eagle-Tribune

---- — LAWRENCE — Inaugural poet Richard Blanco, a Cuban-American author, will present a lecture titled “Becoming an American,” on Tuesday, Sept. 24 at Lawrence High School, 70-71 North Parish Road, as part of the Northern Essex Community College’s White Fund Lecture Series.

This event, which is free to the public, runs from 8:45 to 10 a.m. and includes a question and answer session followed by a book signing.

Blanco was selected this year by President Obama to be the fifth inaugural poet in history, joining the ranks of such luminary poets as Robert Frost, Maya Angelou, Miller Williams and Elizabeth Alexander. On Jan. 21, he read his original poem, “One Today” as an honorary participant in the official inaugural ceremony.

Blanco also penned “Boston Strong,” a poem he performed at the TD Boston Garden Benefit Concert and at a Boston Red Sox game at Fenway Park. Blanco’s poems have appeared in top literary journals including The Nation and the New Republic. He currently lives in Bethel, Maine.

For more information on this lecture contact Martha Leavit at mleavitt@necc.mass.edu. Funded by a generous financial gift from the Honorable Daniel Appleton White, the White Fund Lecture Series has provided cultural conversation featuring well-known lecturers in fields such as history, literature, travel, the arts, and politics. The White Fund is collaborating with Northern Essex on this series. For more information or to be notified of upcoming events in the White Fund Enlightenment Series, call 978-738-7403 or visit www.necc.mass.edu/whitefund.

New England Authors Book Sale announced

HAVERHILL — The Haverhill High School Classical Academy Parents Association and the New England Authors Expo will hold a book sale on Saturday, Sept. 21 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the high school, 137 Monument St. Meet and chat with many local New England authors and publishers. Search through hundreds of publications for the newest releases and rare finds. Book subjects include fiction, non-fiction, children’s books, poetry, local history, science, and young adult. Admission is free and food will be available for purchase.

Taste of the Merrimack Valley set for Sept. 25

ANDOVER — Several Merrimack Valley restaurants will offer samplings of their dishes at the second Taste of the Merrimack Valley Sept. 25 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Andover Town House (Old Town Hall), 20 Main St.

In addition, area businesses will have raffles and a silent auction.

Proceeds benefit the Youth Development Organization, Inc., which offers out of school enrichment programs for Lawrence students.

During the program, members of the YDO musical theater group performs and students who spent two weeks in India will show a presentation. There will also be slideshows and video of other activities.

Tickets are $40 per person or $60 per couple. To purchase tickets, contact Leslie at 978-688-4300 or log on to www.TasteforYDO.eventbrite.com.

Mary Immaculate forms guild

LAWRENCE — Mary Immaculate Health/Care Services recently announced the formation of the Mary Immaculate Guild Inc., president and chief executive officer, Gerard J. Foley announced.

The guild was established to assist the center to carry out its mission and improve residents’ lives through service and fundraising, just as the Holy Family Hospital Men’s Guild supported the Holy Family Hospital. MI Nursing/Restorative Center was originally founded by the Grey Nuns in 1868, and has enjoyed 145 years of service to families in the Greater Lawrence area.

Heading the board are, president, Charles Gangi, treasurer, Donald Marinelli, both of North Andover and clerk, John Felci of Lawrence. Members of the board of directors are Gerard Foley, Winchester, Stewart Goff, Belmont, Scott Martin, Salem, N.H., Thomas O’Neil, and Karen Sullivan both of Salisbury, Robert Perrault, Methuen and Pam Streletsky of Haverhill.

Family Service name changes

LAWRENCE — Effective this month Family Service, Inc. changed its name and brand to Family Services of the Merrimack Valley to better reflect its roots in the community as well as the variety of services it provides.

Executive Director, Liz Sweeney said although Family Services focuses many efforts in Lawrence, many of their programs serve children and families throughout the Merrimack Valley. The social service agency will continue to operate its more than 20 programs including Court Appointed Special Advocates, the Samaritans of Merrimack Valley, youth mentoring, parent education and mental health counseling.

The design and brand identity were the result of a year of work by a volunteer group that included a community impact consultant from the Highland Street Foundation and volunteers from the Lawrence Jericho Road Project.

Family Services of the Merrimack Valley will remain at 430 North Canal St. and its telephone number will remain the same, 978- 327-6600. However, its web address has changed to www.FSMV.org and its email configuration to LFirst@FSMV.org.

Black Cat Benefit Bash is Oct. 11

METHUEN — Animal Rescue Merrimack Valley (ARMV) will hold its annual Black Cat Benefit Bash on Friday, Oct. 11 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the historic Nevins Memorial Library, 305 Broadway, Methuen.

This silent auction/fundraiser benefits the area’s homeless animals and will feature psychic readings, entertainment, food prepared by local chefs, a silent auction and raffles.

Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door. Proceeds help ARMV purchase food, provide medical care and fund sterilization clinics for the many feral, stray, and foster cats in its care.

ARMV donation boxes are located at the Market Basket in RiversEdge and Westgate plazas in Haverhill, at Market Basket and Shaw’s in Plaistow, N.H., at Market Basket in North Andover and Lawrence and at Stop & Shop in Methuen.

Donations can also be dropped off at pet adoption events being held weekly at the Petco store in Plaistow. For tickets to the gala, sponsorship opportunities or for more information about ARMV, call 978-374-7233 or visit online at www.armv.org.

Newton event helps elderly buy fuel

NEWTON — Victory Fuel is hosting a fundraiser Sunday to help the elderly with heating fuel costs.

The End-of-Summer Senior Sizzle will be from noon to 6 p.m. at the company’s office at 191 S. Main St.

Owner Leo Larochelle will perform with his band, Streetsong, along with disc jockey Christopher Michaels. There will be food, raffles, vendors, an obstacle course, rock-climbing wall and games for children.

There is no charge, but donations are appreciated to help the elderly. People should bring their own chairs and blankets.

For more information, call 382-4328.

Author to speak on scholarships

ATKINSON— Joan Ryan will be speaking on Saturday at Kimball Library from 12:30 to 2 p.m. to discuss her book, “Scholarship Matters: A Parent’s Guide to College and Private Scholarships.”

Ryan will share her three-step process that has proven to equip families with the documentation and skills needed to successfully navigate the college and scholarship application process. This free presentation is being sponsored by the Timberlane Regional High School PTSA and is open to the public.

Her book will also be available for purchase. For more information, visit scholarship-matters.org.

Kimball Library is located at 5 Academy Avenue.

Clipper City Job Fair is Sept 24

NEWBURYPORT — ValleyWorks Career Center will present the eighth annual Clipper City Job Fair on Sept. 24 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Masonic Hall, 31 Green St., Newburyport. Upwards of 20 or more employers are expected to participate in the event, which is being held in partnership with Newburyport Mayor Holaday’s office and the Greater Newburyport Chamber of Commerce.

Job seekers can meet with representatives of a variety of industries, including administration, communication, customer service, education, engineering, finance, health care, insurance, food service, machining, manufacturing and transportation.

Event organizers say first impressions matter, and suggest attendees practice their 30-second introductions, dress neatly and have a clean appearance, bring multiple copies of their resumes and come prepared to complete job applications.

Membership or pre-registration is not required. Career Center members are asked to bring their membership information for quicker entrance. Parking is available at the municipal parking lot for a nominal fee. The site is accessible by MVRTA bus.

The schedule is online at www.mvrta.com. For driving directions visit www.google.com/maps. Watch for updated employer listing and event details at www.valleyworks.cc.

Eagle-Tribune sponsors Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign

The Eagle-Tribune is organizing a Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign for the month of October, and we want you to be a part of it.

We are looking for Greater Haverhill residents who have battled or are battling breast cancer, who have been otherwise touched by this disease, and who would like to share their stories.

Your stories will be used in our special news coverage next month, both in print and online at eagletribune.com, to help educate the community about all aspects of a breast cancer diagnosis, including detection, treatment, survival and support.

If you are interested in sharing your story or would like more information, contact Cheryl Lecesse at clecesse@salemnews.com or 978-338-2664.

Lockhart returns to the Merrimack Valley for NECC fundraiser

There is still time to buy tickets to see Keith Lockhart and Friends on Sept. 28 at 7:30 p.m. at the Collins Center for the Performing Arts at Andover High School.

This event is presented by the Northern Essex Community College Foundation, Inc., the Women of NECC, and the NECC Alumni Association. Proceeds from the event will benefit NECC’s Endowment Fund.

Lockhart will present a talk on composer Igor Stravinsky’s “The Soldier’s Tale,” illustrated by periodic interludes of music performed by a group of seven musicians. The 1918 theatrical Russian parable meant to be “read, played, and danced” tells the tale of a soldier who trades his fiddle to the devil for a book that predicts the future of the economy.

Lockhart became the 20th conductor of the Boston Pops in 1995, adding his artistic vision to the Pops tradition established by his predecessors John Williams and Arthur Fiedler. This is a return visit to the Merrimack Valley for the 53-year-old New York native.

For tickets, which are $35 each, call 978-556-3870 or visit www.mvarts.info. For more information or to request communication access, visit www.necc.mass.edu/signature-event. Discounts are available for students and groups.

St. Augustine’s holds Shawl Tea

ANDOVER — Communities Together Inc., formerly The Greater Lawrence Council of Churches, and St. Augustine Parish in Andover will sponsor the 10th Annual Interfaith Prayer Shawl Tea at St. Augustine Parish, Center for Education and Ministry, 35 Essex St., Andover on Tuesday, Sept. 17, From 2 to 3:30 p.m.

Come celebrate the Prayer Shawl Ministry and offer shawls for a blessing by clergy.

Speaker, Colette Crowley, Chaplain at Lowell General Hospital, has titled her remarks, “Wrapped in Love.” Anne Daly, LICSW, Social Worker at Edgewood Retirement Community, will share “Reflections on the Prayer Shawl Tea and Ministry.”

This event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP by Thursday, Sept. 12 to Klara at the St. Augustine Parish office 978-475-0050 x37 or klarapvajda@gmail.com.