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October 12, 2012

Women's Fund of Essex County celebrates 10 years

Merrimack Valley in a minute

Staff report
The Eagle-Tribune

---- — The Women’s Fund of Essex County will host its 10th Annual Grant Awards Luncheon on Thursday, Oct.18, from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Peabody Marriott Hotel, 8 Centennial Drive, Peabody.

The luncheon will recognize and honor the recipients of the Fund’s 2012 grant awards in the funding field of economic self-sufficiency and security, including Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence, Citizens for Adequate Housing, COMPASS for Kids, Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley, Inc., Girls Inc. of Greater Haverhill, Girls Inc. of Lynn, HAWC (Healing Abuse, Working for Change), Healthy Directions, Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center/ Girls Inc. of the Seacoast Area, Wellspring House, YMCA of the North Shore and YWCA of Greater Lawrence.

The Women’s Fund of Essex County was founded in 2003 to promote philanthropy and to raise and distribute funds to organizations that provide opportunities and promote solutions for women and girls in need throughout county. It has awarded over $500,000 in grants to non-profit organizations to date.

To purchase tickets to the Luncheon and learn more about The Women’s Fund, please visit www.thewomensfundec.org.

Methuen hosts marching band show

METHUEN — The 14th Annual Methuen Band Show will be held Sunday at Nicholson Stadium.

The show is sponsored by the Methuen Ranger Band Parents Association in association with the Massachusetts Instrumental and Choral Conductors Association (MICCA).

The show will include performances by high school marching bands from Andover, Bedford, Dracut, Norwood, Tewksbury, and the Methuen Ranger Marching Band and Color Guard.

In addition, the show will feature a guest exhibition performance by the University of Massachusetts – Lowell Marching Band.

The show begins at 1 p.m. and will close with an award ceremony at 4 p.m. The public is welcome to attend and concessions will be available. Nicholson Stadium is located on Pleasant View Street.

Central Catholic to celebrate homecoming with fireworks

LAWRENCE - Central Catholic High School will celebrate its annual homecoming football game tonight at 7 at Lawrence Veterans’ Stadium. The game features the Central Catholic Raiders vs. the Tewksbury HS Redmen.

Alumni and friends are invited to a pre-game “End Zone Tailgate BBQ” from 5:30- 7 p.m.

A fireworks display immediately follows the game.

Central Catholic will hold its annual Open House for prospective students on Sunday, 12:30 –4 p.m.

Methuen officials hold voter forum

METHUEN - On Oct. 10, Methuen Mayor Steve Zanni and City Clerk Tina Touma-Conway hosted an interactive forum at the Methuen Senior Activity Center to discuss voting procedures and answer questions from residents.

“I think this was a good opportunity to explain voting, upcoming deadlines, registering, and voting absentee,” said Zanni. “Our City Clerk does a great job at making information available to residents, and I appreciate that she was so detailed in discussing elections and answering questions.”

Zanni described the forum as a continuation of his efforts to bring City Hall directly to the people.

Touma-Conway has been especially active in making her office accessible to residents, including appearing on the mayor’s monthly TV show in August, and having her office featured in the mayor’s October newsletter.