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September 6, 2013

Methuen Back to School Clothes Project raises $7K

The Eagle-Tribune

---- — METHUEN — The Methuen Arlington Neighborhood (M.A.N.) Back to School Clothes Project last month raised $7,010 in contributions to help provide clothing, backpacks and other back-to-school supplies for the neediest children.

The project, first developed two years ago by Methuen’s First Church Congregational, was launched to bring together local businesses, organizations, private citizens, political leaders and church members to provide a complete school outfit, backpack and school supplies for the neighborhood’s neediest children. This year, the project received generous donations from an array of businesses, including Cedar’s Mediterranean Food and Market Basket.

“It has been an honor to stand with the amazing members of First Church Congregational in this effort to ensure all of the area’s children walk into school on their first day with the clothes, backpacks and supplies needed to succeed,” said State Rep. Diana DiZoglio, who was involved in the fundraising effort.

“I am so grateful to have been part of the First Church Congregational family team who gave so much of their time and talent to the M.A.N. Back to School Project,” said Methuen City Councilor Lisa J. Yarid-Ferry. “The Back to School Project was rewarding for everyone involved: the children, the volunteers and all of the organizations who generously participated in this wonderful event.”

Free prostate cancer screening offered

METHUEN — Holy Family Hospital is offering a free prostate cancer screening for men 55 to 69 years of age on Thursday, Sept.12 from 4-6 p.m. at their William L. Lane Cancer Center, 70 East St. The screening is open to the public. To schedule an appointment, please call 800-488-5959.

Lawrence receives $900K for affordable housing project

BOSTON — MassHousing and the state Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) announced $11.5 million in Affordable Housing Trust Fund (AHTF) loan closings for affordable housing communities in seven communities, including Lawrence. The AHTF financing will help create or substantially rehabilitate and preserve the affordability of 1,506 apartments in the seven communities.

The recent AHTF loan closings include $900,000 for the 18-unit 108 Newbury St. in Lawrence. Lawrence Community Works is constructing a new four-story building with two and three-bedroom apartments on a blighted vacant lot on Newbury Street. DHCD also provided $900,000 in financing for the project.

“Affordable housing is always in high demand across Massachusetts,” said Aaron Gornstein, Undersecretary for Housing and Community Development. “The Affordable Housing Trust Fund is one tool that we have for creating more affordable and accessible housing for young families and individuals and meeting Governor Patrick’s production goal of 10,000 new multi-family units a year in the Commonwealth.”

Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign launched

The Eagle-Tribune is organizing a Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign for the month of October, and we want you to be a part of it.

We are looking for Merrimack Valleyresidents who have battled or are battling breast cancer, who have been otherwise touched by this disease, and who would like to share their stories.

Your stories will be used in our special news coverage next month, both in print and online at eagletribune.com to help educate the community about all aspects of a breast cancer diagnosis, including detection, treatment, survival and support.

If you are interested in sharing your story, or would like more information, contact Cheryl Lecesse at clecesse@salemnews.com or 978-338-2664.