Barry Finegold

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State Sen. Barry Finegold, D-Andover, has been selected as one of six rising leaders from across the country selected to join the NewDEAL, a recently launched national network that is committed to highlighting innovative ideas from state and local elected leaders who are pro-growth progressives.

Gov. Martin O'Malley of Maryland and U.S. Sen. Mark Begich of Alaska, Honorary Chairs of the NewDEAL, recognized Finegold for his leadership in promoting the growth of wind energy.

"Right now in Massachusetts, we spend $22 billion a year on energy costs, most of which goes to jobs out of state. We need to keep more of these jobs in-state, and easing the permitting process for wind turbines would do just that," Finegold said. "I believe this is not only good for the environment but will also be a major job creator."

Finegold and the other NewDEAL leaders are currently featured in video introductions on the NewDEAL's interactive website,www.NewDEALLeaders.org.

North Andover Senior Center events

Fuel assistance program: Friday, Oct. 7, 12:15 p.m., presented by Greater Lawrence Community Action Energy Division. Fuel Assistance Director Linda Soucy will be available to answer questions and assist with applications. Sign up at reception desk at the senior center or by calling 978-688-9560.

Foxwoods: Next scheduled trip, Tuesday, Oct. 18, $25 includes lunch buffet, transportation and Keno. Bus leaves from St. Michael's parking lot at 6:30 a.m.

Supper club: Thursday, Oct. 20, The Irish Cottage, Methuen. Bus: $2, Order off the menu. Depart Senior Center at 4 p.m.

Harvest dinner: Sunday, Oct. 23, 1-4 pm at the Senior Center. Roasted chicken, mashed potatoes, green beans, cranberry sauce and apple crisp. Entertainment by Russ McQueen. Tickets: $15 for adults and $6 for children under 12. This event is open to the public and is sponsored by the Friends of the North Andover Senior Center. Tickets are on sale at the Senior Center.

Halloween party: Friday, Oct. 28, 12:30-2:30 p.m., $2 per person. Refreshments, games and costume prizes. Limit 100 seniors, please sign up early.

The Senior Center is located at 120 R Main St. For more information call, 978-688-9560

Childrens' programs slated at Stevens Memorial library

NORTH ANDOVER - A new series of children's programs at Stevens Memorial Library begins in October. Parents may sign up their children for the age-appropriate events in the Children's Room. There are story times for preschoolers (3 1/2 years), kindergartners, and 1st & 2nd graders. A new "Bio-Pic" story time has been added. Children in grades 3 through 6 can participate in a Book Club. For more information, please come into the Children's Room or call 978-688-9505.

Program explores NECC's 40-year history in Lawrence

In celebration of Northern Essex Community College's 50th anniversary, the White Fund Enlightenment Series will present a panel discussion exploring the college's 40-year history in Lawrence on Thursday, Oct. 6 at 6:30 p.m. Titled "Let's Chat: Northern Essex Community College Grows Up in Lawrence," the program will cover the historical evolution of the college's Lawrence Campus from the early days, when classes were held at many locations throughout the city, to today, when the college has four sites in Lawrence and ambitious plans for expansion. The program will be held on the third floor of the Lawrence Public Library.

Dr. Jorge Santiago, an NECC professor and director of the Institute for Community and Workforce Development at NECC, Katharine "Kathy" Rodger, retired director of the Lawrence campus, and Richard Padova, an NECC alumnus and current history, government, and geography professor, will discuss the community involvement that allowed the campus to be launched, and past and present social conditions of Latinos on campus.

This presentation is free and open to the public.

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