Massachusetts high school students have until April 1 to enter a video essay in the Massachusetts Bar Association's contest in hopes of winning a scholarship.
The contest marks Law Day on May 1, and videos must be submitted on the subject of "Diversity in the Law." Only students in grades nine to 12, who live in Massachusetts and attend schools in the state, are eligible.
To enter, students must complete an online entry form at www.MassBar.org/videocontest, post their original family friendly video (no copyrighted material) of one to three minutes in length to www.YouTube.com by 5 p.m. April 1, and mail a high-quality copy to the MBA.
A panel of four judges, including MBA President Valerie A. Yarashus and Norfolk Probate and Family Court Associate Justice Angela N. Ordonez, who co-chair of the association's Diversity Task Force, which is providing funding for the winning scholarships, will select the winning entries based on originality, creativity, adherence to the theme and overall quality.
Scholarships will be awarded in the amounts of $1,000 for first place, $500 for second place and $250 for honorable mention.
Scholarship winners and their families will be invited to attend a special ceremony and screening of their videos during the MBA's House of Delegates meeting at the Hilton Hotel, Dedham, on May 19. The event and contest celebrate Law Day, recognized nationally each May 1 to reflect on the importance of law and its effect on the country and society.
For full details on the contest, including a video and the rules, visit: www.MassBar.org/videocontest.
Superintendent sets coffee with residents
ANDOVER — Superintendent Claudia Bach will hold a "Coffee Chat" on Wednesday, March 17 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
The public is welcome to meet with her and discuss subjects of interest at the Starbucks, 14 Main St. This is one of a series of dates that Bach set up at the beginning of the school year where anyone can stop by on that particular date.
Future chats are scheduled for April 15, May 19 and June 10, but the dates are subject to change. Visit the superintendent's page at www.aps1.net and click on "Coffee Chat" for more information.
Enjoy some hoop, comedy at Timberlane
PLAISTOW — The Court Jesters Comedy Performance Basketball Team will appear at Timberlane Regional High School on Thursday at 7 p.m.
The event is sponsored by the Council for Timberlane Athletics. The team consists of former NBA and college players who take pride in being able to reach out to young people and teach positive values such as staying drug- and alcohol-free, and making positive life choices.
The Court Jesters mix basketball with trickery and entertainment as they play against teachers, principals, janitors and parents.
Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students, and should be purchased in advance at the high school. For information, call Angelo Fantasia at 603-382-6541, ext. 249.
Newton will learn how to plan for future
NEWTON — Residents are invited to Town Hall on Sunday as Plan New Hampshire presents its recommendations for the town's future.
The program begins at 1:30 p.m. as Plan New Hampshire explains the results of September's design charette. The Planning Board will attend.
Charette books are available for viewing at Town Hall during regular business hours. For information, contact the Planning Board office at 603-382-4405, ext. 15.
Hannah Duston hosts vendor gift fair
HAVERHILL — Residents of Hannah Duston Healthcare Center, 126 Monument St., will hold a multi-vendor gift fair March 27, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and March 28, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., in the activities room.
The fair to benefit the resident activity fund will feature gift items from Arnie Mendelsohn of Rosemount Station/Merrimack Valley Hospital, gift baskets from McNutts and other vendors. More information is available from Jean Diamontopoulos at 978-373-1747.
Free tax preparation services offered
HAVERHILL — IRS-certified volunteers are providing free tax preparation at Community Action Inc., 145 Essex St., now through April 10.
Community Action serves Haverhill and other Merrimack Valley communities by providing low- and moderate-income taxpayers with free tax return preparation. Federal and Massachusetts returns will be e-filed.
Dates for preparation are Mondays, 9 a.m. to noon; Wednesdays and Thursdays, 6 to 9 p.m.; and Saturdays, 9 a.m. to noon. Appointments can be scheduled by calling Marilyn Luther at 978-373-1971, ext. 285, or Marge Hooper at 978-373-1971, ext 227. Residents are encouraged to call and take advantage of the child tax credit, EITC and education credits and to see if they qualify for the free tax preparation.