EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

September 13, 2013

North Andover man's 'Wicked Blue' wins UMass-Lowell field-naming contest

The Eagle-Tribune

---- — LOWELL — Following a month-long social-media contest, UMass Lowell announced “Wicked Blue” as the winning nickname of its new field hockey surface at halftime of its game against Northwestern University Monday afternoon.

The nickname, one of more than 200 nominations, was submitted by David Alaimo of North Andover, whose daughter, Hope, is a freshman on the UMass Lowell field hockey team.

Alaimo was presented a framed print of the nickname, signed by each member of the team, at halftime of the match with Northwestern.

The contest was a joint effort between UMass Lowell’s Office of University Relations and the Department of Athletics and utilized social-media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter and a poll on UMass Lowell’s website.

“In the end, the vote was overwhelmingly in favor of ‘Wicked Blue,’” said Scott Donnelly, assistant athletic director of marketing and promotions. “The name generated almost half the votes. I think it has regional flair and highlights the field’s bold blue color.”

Part of a $2 million facilities upgrade over the summer (UMass Lowell’s soccer/lacrosse fields simultaneously renovated), the blue surface – one of only a handful in the country – was a perfect match. It is the university’s primary color. The blue field surface was licensed to UMass Lowell by Boise State University for free and in perpetuity.

“We wanted to make a statement as we enter our first year in Division I as a member of the America East Conference,” said Director of Athletics Dana Skinner. Broadening awareness of the university is always a goal and the uniqueness of the blue field has already generated a great deal of interest.”

‘High-dose’ flu clinics for seniors

ANDOVER — Three “high-dose” flu clinics for seniors ages 65 and up have been scheduled for this fall in Andover.

The clinics will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 24; Thursday, Sept. 26; and Tuesday, Oct. 1, by appointment only from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at The Center at Punchard, 30 Whittier Court.

Call the Health Department at 978-623-8295 to schedule an appointment. Consent forms are available at the Health Department, Town Offices, senior center and online at www.andoverma.gov.

Maine Artist Featured in ArtSpace

Maine artist Paul Oberst is presenting his large scale art installation titled “Banded/Cornered/Assembled” at Northern Essex Community College’s Bentley Library ArtSpace on the Haverhill campus, 100 Elliott St., now through Oct. 12. An opening reception is on Thursday, Sept. 12 from 3 to 5 p.m.

“This show is an exploration of the NECC gallery with elements brought into the space to reconfigure and activate the environment,” says Oberst, who resides in Freedom, Maine. “Though I work in a variety of media, I have done site-specific installations, several in the Boston area and lately have explored more and more indoor and exterior environments. A common challenge in all the work is how to make the maximum impact with the least amount of resources.”

Most recently, Oberst created the stage backdrop installation for the Boston Jazz Festival organized by Steve Provisor, Emerson College Theatre in Boston. One of his most recent exhibits was “Maze,” another site specific sculpture commission for Summer Arts Festival, DeCordova Museum and Dana Park in Lincoln.

The Bentley Library ArtSpace is open Monday through Thursday from 2 to 9 p.m., Friday from 2 to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

This ArtSpace exhibit is sponsored by the college’s Art & Design Dept. For more information contact Patricia Kidney at pkidney@necc.mass.edu or Marc Mannheimer at mmannheimer@necc.mass.edu.

Eagle-Tribune sponsors Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign

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 Greater Haverhill residents 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.