EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

May 21, 2013

E-ZPass transponders available at AAA branches

The Eagle-Tribune

---- — Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) Secretary and CEO Richard A. Davey and Registrar of Motor Vehicles Rachel Kaprielian yesterday joined AAA of Southern New England to announce the availability of E-ZPass transponders at 17 AAA branches across the state.

“Expanding the avenues through which motorists may join the E-ZPass program is an important convenience for MassDOT to offer,” said Secretary Davey. “Considering our many mutual customers, AAA is a logical partner in this effort and we are proud to bring this service to their members.”

E-ZPass transponders are now available to AAA members at AAA branches across Massachusetts, including in: Auburn, Boston, Burlington, Framingham, Haverhill, Lawrence, Leominster, Lowell, Newburyport, Newton, North Andover, Peabody, Plymouth, Rockland, Saugus, Waltham and Westwood.

E-ZPass users can forget about keeping cash and change on hand as they skip the line at the cash booths and travel, instead, through dedicated lanes without stopping. As residents begin to plan summer travel, it is important to note that E-ZPass is accepted on toll roads from Maine to Virginia and west to Illinois.

For transportation news and updates visit MassDOT at our website: www.mass.gov/massdot, blog: www.mass.gov/blog/transportation, or follow MassDOT on twitter at www.twitter.com/massdot and Facebook at www.facebook.com/massdotinfo.

Going the Distance arrives June 10

The Going the Distance coaching service will hold its speed and conditioning program at Andover High School for 10 Mondays beginning June 10.

The annual summer camp for youths age 5-18 starts every Monday at 6 p.m. and ends at 7:15 p.m. at the outdoor track.

The goal of the program is to develop and enhance the athlete’s fitness and conditioning through sessions that improve speed, quickness, balance agility, form and sport-specific technique.

Participants learn conditioning strategies for future training and continued development throughout their athletic sessions.

Athletes are grouped by age and guided each week by coaches through a variety of drills that focus on the program’s objectives. All drills are designed to maximize the ability and potential of each age group, from the youngest through a challenging program for high school athletes.

For more information and to register, go to www.goingthedistancefb.com/youth.aspx or contact Dave Smith at dave@goingthedistancefb.com.

Employees honored for work at NECC

Three Northern Essex Community College employees Tricia Butler of Methuen, Sue MacAvoy of Atkinson, and Paula Pancorbo of North Andover, recently received the quarterly employee recognition award for the second quarter of 2013.

The Employee Recognition Award recognizes the many and varied contributions of the college’s nearly 700 employees. Recipients receive a $150 certificate to the restaurant or mall of his or her choice.

Butler has worked at NECC for 14 years and is an administrative assistant in the NECC division of Law, Education, and Social Professions.

MacAvoy has been the NECC athletic director since 1999. Prior to that she served as head volleyball coach, assistant woman’s basketball coach, sports center supervisor and fitness center monitor, assistant coordinator of athletic recreation and intramurals, and women’s volleyball coach.

Pancorbo has worked as Northern Essex for 20 years. She works on the Lawrence campus in Enrollment Services.