EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

April 24, 2013

Oliver School student awaits transplants

The Eagle-Tribune

---- — LAWRENCE — Jordi Ortiz was diagnosed with a cancerous tumor in his liver in November 2012 and is currently awaiting a multiple organ transplant.

Over the past several months he had been receiving chemotherapy once a week at Boston Children’s Hospital/Dana Farber. These treatments have left him with a suppressed immune system which does not allow him to attend school. Before he was diagnosed Jordi was an active, hard-working 8th grade student at the Henry K. Oliver School, with aspirations of going to high school and eventually attending college.

His classmates have been running various fundraisers to help Jordi and his family through this trying time. If you would like to help in anyway contact the Henry K. Oliver School at 978-975-5966. Donations of any amount will be accepted.

Donations will be used to enable the family to purchase a vehicle to transport the Jordi to and from Boston for his treatments.

Cultural grants awarded in North Andover

NORTH ANDOVER — The North Andover Cultural Council has awarded 10 grants totaling $4,400 for cultural programs in the town.

This year’s grants include: North Andover Council on Aging, North Andover School’s Enrichment Council, Merrimack Valley Philharmonic Society, Inc., Treble Chorus of New England, New England Classical Singers, Stevens Memorial Library and Thomas Elementary School.

The grants were announced by State Sen. Kathleen O’Connor Ives , and Rep. Diana Di Zoglio and Linda Ann Mac Donald, chair of the North Andover Cultural Council.

The North Andover Cultural Council is part of a network of 329 Local Cultural Councils serving all 351 cities and towns in the Commonwealth. The LCC Program is the largest grassroots cultural funding network in the nation, supporting thousands of community-based projects in the arts, sciences and humanities every year. The state legislature provides an annual appropriation to the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency, which then allocates funds to each community.

Statewide, more than $2.3 million will be distributed by local cultural councils in 2013.

Prescription Drug Turn-In on Saturday

METHUEN — The Methuen Police Department in conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Administration will be holding a Prescription Drug Turn-In on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This event will be held at the Methuen Police Station, 90 Hampshire St.

Residents can turn in all expired or unused prescription and over the counter medication. Residents who have prescription medication for turn in who are concerned about their personal information can leave their information on the bottles because the medication will be incinerated immediately following the event.

This event is held so citizens can properly dispose of medication. It is not recommended to throw the medication in the trash or flush it down the toilet as this could make its way into the water supply. Anyone with questions can call Sgt. Gunter at 978-983-8792.

Child safety seat checkup Saturday

LAWRENCE — Lawrence General Hospital and Commonwealth Motors are sponsoring a child safety seat checkup this Saturday.

The event will run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Commonwealth Chevrolet, 155 Marston St. (Exit 45 off Interstate 495).

Nationally certified child passenger safety technicians will be on hand to check your child’s safety seat.

Valley student and youth entreprenuers to showcase ideas

LAWRENCE — The Merrimack Valley Sandbox will be holding the 2013 Sandbox Catalyst Showcase today from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at Everett Mills, 15 Union St.

More than 100 student and youth entrepreneurs will be presenting their innovative ideas from various sectors such as food, fashion, education, and technology. The Sandbox Catalyst Program works with high schools, colleges, and community youth groups to provide connections, support, and seed grants to students and youth to try out their entrepreneurial ideas. Since the beginning of 2011, the Catalyst Program has funded more than 600 student and youth entrepreneurs.

Ideas being showcased include a hybrid power tricycle for special-needs children with poor leg/core strength, tasty homemade Asian steam buns, and a fashionable purse with built-in lights and speakers.

“I’m excited to present Grab a Bite, a website to help students get deals on local restaurants, at the 2013 Sandbox Catalyst Showcase,” says Aldo Beqiraj, a senior electrical engineering student at UMass Lowell. “The seed grant has helped me launch off the ground to allow me to purchase faster servers for our website and iPhone apps. This will help our customers have a better experience and thus grow our business.”

In addition to these entrepreneurs showcasing their ideas, there will be a pitch contest for the top entrepreneurs. The special guest speaker for the evening will be Jeffrey White, chief creativity officer of Rightside Shirts.

The Catalyst Program partners with various colleges, high schools, and community youth groups including UMass Lowell, Lawrence High School, and the Boys and Girls Club of Lawrence.

180° Shoppe opens April 28 in Methuen; Accepting donations

METHUEN — On Sunday, April 28, Blueskies Wellness, Inc. will open 180° Shoppe, a donations-based store at Village Plaza, 436 Broadway. The volunteer-staffed store will sell donated items such as new/like new clothing, jewelry, and household items, and will feature a café for customers to enjoy coffee, tea and baked goods.

All proceeds will go directly to support Blueskies Wellness, Inc., a 501(c)3 non-profit agency which provides bullying-prevention services and behavioral health counseling from licensed clinicians throughout the greater Merrimack Valley area. All donations to 180° Shoppe can be dropped off at the store, or donors can schedule an appointment by contacting: (978) 655-1823 email: 180degreeshoppe@gmail.com.