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January 16, 2013

Merrimack Valley NAACP hosts MLK breakfast Monday

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Methuen schools

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METHUEN — Parents and students can keep with their local schools on Twitter, as each school and the district launch its own Twitter handle.

The schools and the district can communicate bits of information immediately. Follow them at these handles: @MPS_Tenney, @MPS_Timony, @MPS_CGH, @MPS_Marsh, @MPS_MethuenHigh, @MPS

LGH launches Weight Management & Bariatric Center

LAWRENCE — Lawrence General Hospital has launched a Weight Management and Bariatric Center, which will offer treatment options, education and support to assist people struggling with obesity.

The center offers a comprehensive weight loss program that offers patients solutions to help reduce the risks of health and achieve weight loss success.

The program offers patients a multidisciplinary team of experts who work with patients to identify treatment options, including medication, surgery, nutrition education and lifestyle management, so that patients can maintain long-term weight loss and health.

Bariatric surgery has been recognized by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) as a successful treatment for obesity in patients unresponsive to other methods of weight loss.

The new center will be led by Dr. Abraham Frech. To learn more visit www.lawrencegeneral.org.

Direct care worker training program offered at NECC

LAWRENCE — A free, 50-hour program to train personal and home care aides will be offered at Northern Essex Community College through its Workforce Development and Community Education program at the Riverwalk thanks to a federal grant.

Classes will be held Monday through Friday, Feb. 25 through March 8 from 9 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. Students must attend all training days to successfully complete the program. It is designed to teach students the skills that will support them in their role as a personal care attendant or homemaker.

In Massachusetts personal care aides earn a set rate of $12.68 an hour while working for an independent consumer employer. On average, homecare aides earn between $10 and $11 an hour working for a home care agency.

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