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July 15, 2013

Rock out on Londonderry Common


The Eagle-Tribune

---- — LONDONDERRY — Concerts on the Common continue Wednesday with the Jamie Lynn Hart Band from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

This will be a rocking evening of music, both originals and covers. The bad weather location is the Londonderry High School cafeteria. The rest of the summer lineup includes: July 24, Bruce Marshall Group; July 31, Ken Yates and Brian Dunne; Aug. 7, Manchuka.

Tsongas hosts Twitter Town Hall

Today from 4-5 p.m. Congresswoman Niki Tsongas will host a virtual Town Hall-style meeting on Twitter to answer questions from Third District residents.

The Twitter Town Hall will be similar to traditional town hall meetings in which participants ask questions and discuss issues directly with Congresswoman Tsongas, except it will take place online via Twitter and people can participate from the convenience of their homes.

To get involved, follow her Twitter account at www.twitter.com/nikiinthehouse. Post a question you’d like her to answer and add the hashtag #AskNiki to your post. The congresswoman will reply to as many questions as possible during the allotted time period.

Blood donors needed in Derry

DERRY — Blood donors are needed tomorrow between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. at the Salvation Army, 18 Folsom Road.

In July, all donors will receive a coupon for $2.50 off the purchase of a 48-ounce container of Turkey Hill’s All Natural Ice Cream.

Donate blood and you will also have the chance to win two Boston Red Sox tickets and to be honored at Fenway Park as the Blood Donor of the Game. To make an appointment to donate blood, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org.

Chamber of Commerce emerges as clean energy catalyst

While clean energy progress remains slow at the national level, local chambers of commerce are taking the reins in their local communities to drive economic development around clean energy, according to a first-of-its-kind report released in May by Chambers for Innovation and Clean Energy.

Based on surveys of hundreds of local chambers of commerce, CICE’s report highlights 10 chambers and includes the Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce. The report says the 10 chambers are spurring new business opportunities for local companies and giving their member businesses a voice in policy discussions around clean energy and energy efficiency.

The Merrimack Valley Chamber partnered with Nexamp, a local clean-energy solutions provider, to help 46 companies in Northeast Massachusetts save more than $30 million collectively over the next 30 years. The Chamber’s Clean Energy Program helped spark the largest solar projects in both Haverhill and Lawrence. Chambers for Innovation and Clean Energy is a national clean energy network and information hub for local chambers of commerce.

Created and led by local chambers, CICE helps fellow chambers and their member companies successfully navigate and prosper in the clean energy space. CICE provides access to clean energy information, best practices, energy experts, incentives, and business opportunities. CICE’s Advisory Council includes Chamber CEOs from every region of the country. The report is available online at www.chambersforinnovation.com/changeagents.

Curbside donation pickup in Londonderry

LONDONDERRY — The Big Brother Big Sister Foundation is in need of lightly used clothing and small household items.

The foundation will collect donations door to door in Londonderry tomorrow. To schedule a free curbside pickup, call 1-800-483-5503 or email donate@bbbsfoundation.org.

Donations are tax deductible. The Foundation also offers special pickups for electronics recycling and car donations. Visit bbbsfoundation.org for information.

College receives grand funding for English language instruction

Northern Essex Community College was awarded a three-year, $300,000 Smith Family Foundation grant to provide a Career Pathways Bridge Program that will place, per year, some 40 advanced English language learners with aspirations of a career in health or information technology on the fast track to reaching their goal.

This new, two-semester program, which begins in September at NECC’s Riverwalk campus on Merrimack Street in Lawrence, integrates intensive English reading and writing, math, career, and college readiness skills. NECC will receive $100,000 a year for the next three years. This program was designed specifically to accelerate the education of advanced English language learners from the Merrimack Valley who are not quite ready to enter a college degree or certificate program.

“All too frequently we see students who are advanced in their English speaking skills and want to pursue a degree, but have no awareness of what a health or IT career might entail,” says Irene Chalek, executive director, Center for Adult Education Programs and Practitioners. “After completing this program they should have the career awareness and English skills to choose and enter a college certificate program.” For more information contact Amanda Kelly at 978-659-1283 or akelly@necc.mass.edu.

The Richard and Susan Smith Family Foundation is committed to effecting permanent positive change in the lives of the residents of Greater Boston, particularly individuals and families in economically disadvantaged communities. Today, three generations of the Smith family oversee the Foundation, stewarding approximately $10 million annually in grants aimed at promoting greater health, educational attainment and economic mobility.

Curbside donation pickup in Londonderry

LONDONDERRY — The Big Brother Big Sister Foundation is in need of lightly used clothing and small household items.

The foundation will collect donations door to door in Londonderry tomorrow. To schedule a free curbside pickup, call 1-800-483-5503 or email donate@bbbsfoundation.org.

Donations are tax deductible. The Foundation also offers special pickups for electronics recycling and car donations. Visit bbbsfoundation.org for information.