EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

April 23, 2013

Methuen to dedicate tree to bombing victims

The Eagle-Tribune

---- — METHUEN — Mayor Steve Zanni and the Methuen Arbor Group announced they will dedicate a tree Friday to the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings.

“We’ve been planning to hold a ceremony on National Arbor Day at the Nevins Memorial Library,” Zanni said. “Our intention was to plant a symbolic tree on Library property to kick off the Arbor Group’s city-wide plantings. Given the tragedy that occurred on April 15th, we all agree it would be appropriate to dedicate this tree to the victims.”

“I think it is very appropriate that the Arbor Group dedicate this tree in memory of the victims and their families,” said Arthur Nicholson, who is helping organize the event. “Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to those who are suffering. We are one nation, united!”

“We’ve all been devastated by what happened in Boston,” said Krista McLeod, Executive Director of the Nevins Memorial Library. “Having a tree planted on our property reminds us that we are still a free and great people. It is a fitting tribute to the memory of those killed and injured in the blasts.”

Methuen will be celebrating Arbor Day on Friday, April 26 at the Nevins Memorial Library. Beginning at 3 p.m., residents are invited to attend a free event co-sponsored by the Methuen Arbor Group and Salem Co-Operative Bank. A ceremonial tree will be planted, while residents and businesses who donated to the Arbor Group will be thanked for their support of Methuen’s efforts to be a greener community.

Establishments support fight against breast cancer

NORTH ANDOVER — Treat the special women in your life to decadent desserts while also helping fight breast cancer during Boston Bakes for Breast Cancer from May 6 through Mother’s Day on May 12. More than 300 restaurants, supermarkets, bakeries, cafés, chocolate and ice cream shops, throughout Massachusetts will participate in Boston Bakes for Breast Cancer, including:

:Andover: Pink Tree Sweets, Salvatore’s, Samuel’s at the Andover Inn, Stop & Shop, Whole Foods Market, and Yella Grille

Lawrence: Salvatore’s

Methuen: Not Your Average Joe’s and Stop & Shop.

North Andover: Pazzo Gelato Cafe and Stop & Shop.

North Reading: Stop & Shop.

Participating establishments have the option to designate all sales of one specific dessert or 50 percent of proceeds from their entire dessert menu to support Bakes for Breast Cancer, Inc., a non-profit breast cancer organization dedicated to making a difference. Bakes for Breast Cancer, Inc. will contribute 80 percent of proceeds to breast cancer research and care at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

Boston Bakes for Breast Cancer was founded in 2000 by Carol Brownman Sneider in memory of her mother, Eva Brownman, who died of breast cancer. Since its inception the event has raised more than $650,000 for breast cancer research and care at Dana-Farber through the Eva Brownman Research Fund currently under the direction of Eric Winer, MD, director of the Breast Oncology Center and Thompson Senior Investigator in Breast Cancer Research, Susan F. Smith Center for Women’s Cancers at Dana-Farber.

WBZ’s Dan Roche at charity gala

ANDOVER — The Service Club of Andover’s Annual Charity Gala and Auction will feature WBZ-TV sports anchor and celebrity Dan Roche. The Emmy award winning Roche will bring his two decades of Boston sports coverage to entertain at the Club’s annual fundraising event that supports the organization’s significant work in the area of youth and adults with developmental disabilities and other youth programming.

This year’s event will be held on Saturday, April 27 at 6 p.m. at the Andover Country Club. This year’s auction will again be highlighted with the presentation of the “Make a Difference Award” presented to an individual or group that has made a major impact in the areas of the Club’s mission. This year’s recipient is the Merrimack Valley YMCA. For further auction and ticket information, please visit www.serviceclubofandover.org.

Hispanic author to speak at Lawrence High School

LAWRENCE — Emerging Hispanic author Ernesto Quinonez will read from his book “Bodega Dreams” and lead a discussion titled “What is Activism in Today’s World,” during a White Fund lecture on May 3 from 8:45 to 10 a.m. at Lawrence High School.

This event is free and open to the public and is presented in partnership with Northern Essex Community College. Raised in Spanish Harlem, Quinonez is a product of the New York City public school system. Early on, he was hailed by the Village Voice as a “writer on the verge.” His debut novel, “Bodega Dreams,” has become a landmark in contemporary literature and is required reading in many high schools and colleges around the country. Quinonez is an associate professor at Cornell University’s MFA program. He will read from “Bodega Dreams” and lead a discussion of what small actions individuals might be able to do in their everyday lives, in order to contribute to social causes and bring change. The White Fund’s purpose is to have a free series of interactive presentations for Lawrence area adults, youth, and children.

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 contact Martha Leavitt at mleavitt@necc.mass.edu. Visit online at www.necc.mass.edu/whitefund.