EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

April 29, 2013

NECC student is one of '29 Who Shine'

The Eagle-Tribune

---- — Mark Hargreaves of Methuen, a computer information technology major at Northern Essex Community College, will be among the honorees at next month’s “29 Who Shine” student recognition ceremony in Boston. Created in 2011 to recognize outstanding students at all 29 of the state’s public campuses, the event this year will take place May 2 at the State House.

Hargreaves graduated from Greater Lawrence Vocational Technical School 15 years ago and became a mechanic. When he was laid off from his job with a forklift company two years ago, he decided it was time to pursue his dream of a college education and he enrolled at Northern Essex.

According to Computer Science Professor Russ Gouveia, who nominated him for the honor, Hargreaves was serious about his education from the start, excelling in the classroom and organizing student study groups.

He was soon recruited to serve as a supplemental instructor, leading study sessions for students enrolled in computer science courses, and as a computer science tutor. As Professor Gouveia writes “Everybody seeks out Mark because he’s so helpful.”

Hargreaves is planning to transfer to Merrimack College or Southern New Hampshire University to pursue a bachelor’s degree in computer science part time while working full time.

Changes announced for senior citizen program

BRENTWOOD — Rockingham County commissioners have lifted a freeze on admissions for the adult medical day program for senior citizens as they decide whether to keep the financially-strapped program.

Eliminating the freeze, in effect for several months, would allow new members to join and help generate much-needed income for the Helen F. Wilson Adult Medical Program, according to Commissioner Thomas Tombarello of Sandown.

Commissioners have also set a series of enrollment goals through the end of the year to help determine if the program is financially viable, he said. The program, which received $278,000 in funding for this year, currently serves about two dozen senior citizens from throughout the county.

Commissioners also announced other changes aimed at saving the 33-year-old program. They include requiring new members to attend at least three days a week and cutting back on transportation services.

Hampstead library staffer releases novel

HAMPSTEAD — Meet Marcia Strykowski, a Hampstead Public Library staff member, on Saturday starting at 1 p.m. in the library’s second-floor meeting room.

Strykowski will celebrate the release of her debut novel, “Call Me Amy,” which will be published in May by Luminis Books. The novel is set in a small Maine village where a wounded seal-pup propels 13-year old-Amy into an unlikely alliance with an unusual older woman and a mysterious boy.

There will be food, music, door prizes and fun. Copies of the book will be available for purchase.

For more information, call 329-6411. The library is located at 9 Mary E. Clark Drive.