EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

September 25, 2013

Forum on autism report at Tenney School tomorrow

The Eagle-Tribune

---- — METHUEN — Mayor Steve Zanni is joining with the Methuen Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) in hosting a regional forum on the Massachusetts Autism Commission Report tomorrow at 6 p.m. at the Tenney Grammar School. The forum will feature a presentation by the Chairman of the MA Autism Commission.

“I’ve really valued the opportunity to work closely with the parents of SEPAC,” said Zanni. “Through our many interactions it has come up that our autistic residents really do face a number of obstacles. I thought it would be a great idea to bring together our local SEPAC with state officials so that they can learn more about the future of services in Massachusetts.”

Mayor Zanni reached out to Barbara LâItalien, who formerly represented parts of Methuen in the State Legislature and currently Chairs the Autism Commission, to come to Methuen and discuss the Commission’s findings.

“This is a person who is recognized as a state-wide expert on this issue,” said Mayor Zanni. “I’m glad that Barbara is coming and speaking directly with our residents.”

The forum is free and open to both residents and non residents alike. Light refreshments will be served.

For more information, contact Phil DeCologero in the Mayorâs Office at 978-983-8506.

NECC will host college fair Oct. 20.

Northern Essex Community College will once again host the New England Association of College Admission Counseling (NEACAC) Fair on Sunday, Oct. 20, from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Sports and Fitness Center on the Haverhill campus, 100 Elliott St., exit 52 off Rte. 495. Approximately 150 colleges and universities from around the country will be participating in this year’s fair.

This event, which is free and open to the public, will be co-hosted by the Greater Newburyport College Night Association, consisting of the school districts of Amesbury, Georgetown, Newburyport, Pentucket, and Triton Regional Schools.

“We are encouraging anyone who is considering college to attend,” said Jill Palermo, Northern Essex Enrollment Services. “It’s a great way to connect with college admissions counselors and learn more about individual colleges.”

For a list of colleges and universities that are scheduled to participate please visit http://www.necc.mass.edu/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/NEACAC-College-Fair.pdf

For more information, please contact Enrollment Services at 978-556-3735 or admissions@necc.mass.edu.

Restaurant supports Alzheimer’s walk

ANDOVER - The Alzheimer’s Association 2013 Northeastern Massachusetts Walk to End Alzheimer’s will take place on Sunday, Sept. 29 at 200 Brickstone Square .

This year, as in the past three years, Gahiji Marshall, Manager of theNot Your Average Joe’s restaurant in Methuen and members of his staff will prepare, donate, deliver, set up and serve food for the walkers. They have also hosted kick off parties at the restaurant leading up to the event. Not Your Average Joe’s Founder and CEO Steven Silverstein lost his brother to Alzheimer’s just last year.

“We are truly grateful to Gahiji and his staff at Not Your Average Joe’s for their incredible generosity,” said Colleen Warren, Development Officer, Alzheimer’s Association, Massachusetts/New Hampshire Chapter. “They have certainly found a fantastic way to support our cause by volunteering their time and talents for our walkers.”

“We set up a table so that walkers can easily come through and enjoy a delicious made-from-scratch selection,” said Gahiji Marshall. “This year, we will be arriving with freshly prepared soup by our Head Chef Tim Henning, who will be joining me to serve at the event. It’s great to see the amount of support out there for such a wonderful cause.”

Alzheimer’s is now the nation’s sixth-leading cause of death.

To learn more or to sign-up to participate in the Northeastern Massachusetts Walk to End Alzheimer’s, call 800-272-3900 or visit www.alzwalkMANH.org.

Jazz performance at the Chit Chat Lounge

HAVERHILL — Enjoy the music of jazz pianist and composer Thelonious Monk when Bobby Spellman and Friends perform at the Chit Chat Lounge, 103 Washington St., on Sunday, Sept. 29 from 6 to 10 p.m. A West Newbury native and jazz trumpeter, Spellman will be performing music by eccentric bebop icon Thelonious Monk and will be joined by drummer and Ipswich native Connor Baker, as well as Boston-based improvisers Tyler Burchfield, Damien Scalise, and Frank Ojeda. Admission is free. This is a 21 and over event.

Neighborhood group to hold Harvest Festival

HAVERHILL — A Harvest Festival hosted by the neighborhood group, Urban Kindness, will be held on Sunday, Sept. 29 from 1 to 4 p.m. Urban Kindness is a branch of The Vine, a new spiritual community in Haverhill. This event will feature food, music and games and is being held in an effort to engage residents in the Mount Washington neighborhood and to build community pride and involvement using the success of The Vine Community Garden on Washington Street, the success of the Fantini Flower Garden, the ongoing creation of DJs Dream Garden (in front of DJs Variety at the corner of High and Washington streets) and efforts to have cleaner streets. Please contact Keith Boucher at zoomblaster@yahoo.com to let him know you would like to attend this event or for more information. Visit The Vine online at http://thevinehaverhill.com.