EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

October 29, 2013

Methuen Orange Leaf joins toy drive for local boy's cause

The Eagle-Tribune

---- — METHUEN—Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt will officially open its doors on Saturday, Nov. 2 at The LOOP with face painting, limo rides, tethered hot air balloon rides, and more—all as part of an effort to help Wesley Gangi, 9, of Methuen, collect toys for patients at the Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center.

Wesley has faced challenges with health issues since he and his two brothers were born premature. He’s undergone over 35 surgeries and spent a considerable part of his life in the hospital. Still, Wesley wants to help other kids in need by holding a toy drive, with the help of Orange Leaf and The LOOP, so children have new toys to play with when they are in the hospital. That is how “Wesley’s Wishes” was created.

Visitors who donate money or a new unwrapped toy will receive a 50 percent off coupon for a yogurt purchase.

“Wesley is an exceptional young man and I jumped at the chance to help his cause,” said Mike Hennessy, owner of the Methuen Orange Leaf.

The event starts at 11 a.m. when representatives from The LOOP and Orange Leaf will welcome Wesley and his family to the Center Courtyard. There will be music, family-friendly activities and raffles until 3 p.m. Tethered hot air balloon rides, sponsored by Orange Leaf, will be $5 for children and $10 for adults, weather permitting, with all proceeds going towards the “Wesley’s Wishes” fund.

Toys and donations can also be dropped off at The LOOP management office prior to the event, Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

See Oscar winner Meryl Streep at UMass Lowell

LOWELL — Actress Meryl Streep, who has played more than 100 roles and holds the record for the most Academy Award and Golden Globe Award nominations, will take the stage at the Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014.

“A Conversation with Meryl Streep” — which will also feature bestselling author Andre Dubus III, a UMass Lowell English faculty member – — is the latest event in the Chancellor’s Speaker Series. It is co-sponsored by the UMass Lowell English Department’s Theatre Arts Program and the College of Fine Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. Proceeds from the event will benefit student scholarships.

Tickets go on sale to the public on Friday, Nov. 1 and are $30 for general admission, $50 for reserved arena seating and $70 for reserved floor seating; prices do not include applicable fees and there is a limit of eight tickets per person. Tickets will be sold at the Tsongas Center box office, www.tsongascenter.com and 866-722-8780.

Admission to the event is free for UMass Lowell students with valid ID who obtain tickets in advance and in person at the Tsongas Center box office.

Tower Hill Assoc. hosts candidates

LAWRENCE — The Tower Hill Neighborhood Association will be holding a special general meeting, including a candidates forum, starting at 6:30 p.m. at OLGC Parish Judson Hall, directly behind St. Augustine’s Chapel, 526 Lowell St.

This is an opportunity for residents to ask questions before election day. Interim Police Chief, Captain James Fitzpatrick will be in attendance to discuss public safety concerns along with current City Councilors. Light refreshments will be available. For additional information call THNA President, Dan Clark, 978-902-0595.