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Merrimack Valley

May 14, 2013

Club director receives Dependable Leader Award

LAWRENCE — Steve Kelley, associate director of Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence, was presented with a Dependable Leader Award by Maytag and Boys & Girls Clubs of America.

Kelley and the club will be given a $20,000 financial award that will further enhance the club’s efforts to be a safe, dependable place that enable young people to achieve.

The Maytag Repairman paid a surprise visit to the club Wednesday to honor Kelley and his dedication to the Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence.

“Kelley has left an indelible imprint on the lives of hundreds of youth in the city of Lawrence” through the implementation of the Academic Basketball program at the club 30 years ago, according to a statement from Maytag.

“Kelley has influenced thousands of individuals both on and off the court. He is a coach, a father figure, a mentor, a friend, an advisor and a strict disciplinarian who reaches out not only to the players but to the families’ extending his involvement way beyond basketball practices and games,” the statement said.

“Kelley teaches tenacity, fair play, teamwork, responsibility, discipline, mental toughness, mutual respect, and the importance of academic achievement. In a school district where only 38.4 percent of entering freshman graduate from high school, almost every Academic Basketball participant is a graduate, and more than 80 percent go on to post-secondary education,” the statement said.

Methuen honors municipal board, commission members

METHUEN — Like most communities, the city of Methuen utilizes the service of dozens of residents who volunteer on municipal boards and commissions with little fanfare.

“Methuen simply wouldn’t function were it not for the countless hours that our residents contribute,” says Mayor Steve Zanni. “It’s a fact: these volunteers provide an essential service to the City.”

Zanni recently nvited residents Edward Miller Jr. and Henry Foderaro to a City Council meeting to be recognized for their work. Miller served on the Community Development Board for 26 years, while Foderaro served on the Licensing Board for 18 years.

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