For a limited time, The Sponsors of Mass Save — Cape Light Compact, National Grid, NSTAR Electric, Unitil and Western Massachusetts Electric Company — are offering a special $100 rebate to residential electric customers for recycling outdated, second refrigerators or freezers through the Mass Save appliance recycling program.
The Mass Save appliance recycling program encourages residential electric customers to reduce their energy use by recycling old refrigerators and freezers. Many people don’t realize older refrigerators and freezers require as much as three times the amount of energy as newer, more efficient models. By participating in the program, customers will receive the special $100 rebate and save as much as $150 a year by lowering their household energy usage.
Refrigerators and freezers must be in working order, clean and empty, with an inside measurement of between 10 and 30 cubic feet — standard size for most units. A maximum of two units per household per calendar year will be accepted.
The program runs year-round with a $50 rebate, but the special $100 rebate only lasts through Feb. 28.
Customers can schedule a free home pickup by calling 1-877-545-4113 or visiting www.Masssave.com/Recycle.
“If you’ve got an old fridge or freezer chugging away in your garage or basement, this is the best time to recycle and enjoy the special $100 rebate,” said Ed White, vice president of customer and business strategy, National Grid. “Not only are you earning easy money without doing any heavy lifting, but you can save up to $150 throughout the year in reduced energy costs by retiring your energy-inefficient fridge or freezer.”
Units picked up through the program are transported to an appliance recycling facility operated by JACOEnvironmental. JACO safely removes harmful materials from the old energy-guzzlers, reclaiming 95 percent of the materials in the appliances for reuse in manufacturing new products. Even the foam insulation is safely incinerated to generate electricity.
Martin Luther King’s legacy celebrated
HAVERHILL — Temple Emanu-El of Haverhill, in partnership with Calvary Baptist Church will conduct a prayer service and musical tribute to Martin Luther King on Friday at 7 p,.m.
Officiated by members of the Greater Haverhill Clergy Association, joint choirs from Temple Emanu-El, Calvary Baptist and members of the Moishe Kavod House in Boston will celebrate Dr. King’s legacy of diversity and freedom, with a special memorial tribute to international global leader Nelson Mandela. Musical direction is by Calvary Baptist Music Director Joseph Devoe and Mindy Harris. Service will take place at Temple Emanu-El, 514 Main Street, Haverhill. Service is open to the public. A Fellowship reception will follow. For more information, visit www.templeemanu-el.org or call: (978) 373-3861.
Also in Haverhill on Monday, Emmaus House is hosting a day of service in honor of King from 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Participants can sign up for one of four service projects to help the homeless and feed the hungry in Haverhill. For more information or to register, call 978-241-3444, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or register by logging on to http://tinyurl.com/emmausmlkday.
Public meeting planned on Emerald Ash Borer
NORTH ANDOVER — A public hearing will be held Tuesday, Jan. 28 from 6:30– 8:30 p.m. at the Stevens Memorial Library 345 Main St. to discuss the implications surrounding the recent discovery of Emerald Ash Borer in eastern Massachusetts trees.
Representatives from the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) will be on hand at the meeting.
Central to this meeting is the issue of establishing a quarantine boundary within the affected county that would restrict the movement of certain wood products under certain conditions. Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in a question-and-answer session, and general feedback will be elicited to help guide the state’s actions as it moves forward with responding to the discovery of this destructive pest.
If you have questions about the public meeting, please call 617-626-4974 or email DCR.Updates@state.ma.us.
BESL course offered at Northern Essex
LAWRENCE — A Basic English as a Second Language (BESL) course will be offered this spring through Northern Essex Community College’s Center for Adult Education Programs and Practitioners at NECC Riverwalk, 360 Merrimack St., Lawrence. This high-beginner level course for non-native speakers of English is designed to help students develop their language skills in reading, writing, listening and speaking for effective communication in the workplace, for everyday use within the community, and in preparation for entering Academic ESL at NECC. Students will also develop and begin to use strategies for independent learning.
The cost is $235 per person. The class meets Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 to 9 p.m., Jan. 23 through May 15. Class will not be held during NECC’s spring break or on holidays. For more information or to register, contact Cynthia Faulkner at email@example.com or 978-659-1279.
Volleyball team needs donations for Disney trip
HAVERHILL — The Haverhill High School girls volleyball team has been invited to compete in the 2014 KSA National 4-day Sports Event at Walt Disney World in Florida in August.
Each team member must raise funds to offset the cost of the trip.
Donations (to HHS Girls Volleyball) to help defray the cost of the trip can be dropped off at any Haverhill Bank location. Visit online at haverhillbank.com.
To donate gift certificates or products for the team’s silent auction event, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. A total of 22 girls are on the school’s Varsity and JV volleyball teams. KSA Events is a nonprofit organization, which sponsors high school sporting events and provides individual scholarships to select seniors competing in the events. By giving athletes the opportunity to further develop and demonstrate the educational aspects of sports, KSA national events exposes students to new forms of responsibility and sportsmanship. The volleyball team thanks the community for its support.
State Sen. Kathleen O’Connor Ives’ holds office hours
State Sen. Kathleen O’Connor Ives will hold office hours Friday in Haverhill and Methuen. Appointments are not required.
In Haverhill they will be at the Haverhill Public Library, Milhendler Room, 1-2 p.m.PM. Office hours will be held at the Haverhill Public Library, Milhendler Room. Appointments are not required.
The Methuen office hours will be from 3-4 p.m. at the Nevins Memorial Library, Trustee’s Room.
For any questions, please contact her office at (617) 722-1604 or by emailing Christopher.Power@masenate.gov
H&R Block offers free Second Look
HAVERHILL – The H&R Block office at 2 Water St. will host a free Second Look event tomorrow from 6-8 p.m. At the same time, Next Step Living will host an efficiency workshop about how to save on energy costs during this harsh winter
Second Looks provide a professional review of a return not prepared by H&R Block and advice on what to do if variances are found.
Those attending will have an opportunity to talk with H&R Block tax professionals about their 2010, 2011, 2012, and current tax returns, as well as receive tax tips, information on tax law changes, tax planning and other financial issues. Residents can also take advantage of H&R Block’s free Tax and Health Care Review.
The energy efficiency workshop will include information on related programs, financing, and incentives.