LAWRENCE — Two community institutions have been granted Workforce Development grants, according to the office of state Rep. Frank Moran, D-Lawrence.

Northern Essex Community College, which has a campus in downtown Lawrence, was awarded $142,313 to provide training in leadership, management and supervisory skills, through June 30, 2020.

Imajine That was awarded $35,000 to provide training for profession/industry specific and technical skills, also through June 30, 2020.

The grants are provided through the Workforce Training Fund Small Business Direct Access Program, which supports the upgrading of skill programs for small business employees, enhancing the competitiveness and economic viability of these businesses.

“Each year I witness the Workforce Training grants benefiting tremendous training centers and small businesses in our community and around the Commonwealth. Imajine That and NECC are two such worthy recipients, and I look forward to seeing our community benefit and thrive from the various new skills training that will be possible through these grants,” Moran said in a statement.

Chamber hosts secretary of education

ANDOVER — The Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce will host its next Executive Series Luncheon featuring Education Secretary James Peyser next week.

Peyser is the event's featured speaker. The luncheon will be held from noon to 1:15 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 4, at the Lanam Club, 260 North Main St., Andover.

The cost is $20 for members. For more information or to register, visit

Andover High Class of ‘78 holds 40th reunion

TEWKSBURY — The Andover High School Class of 1978 will hold its 40th reunion next month.

A lot has changed since graduation – commencement ceremony speaker Jay Leno was still a rising comedian and actor at the time – but Andover school pride remains.

The reunion will begin at 6 p.m. Sept. 29 at the Holiday Inn in Tewksbury. Enjoy an evening of fun, trivia, stories and good food with old friends.

Tickets are $50 per person ($40 per person for paid registrations received before Sept. 15). To purchase tickets, contact Lea Savely at

Attendees are eligible for discounted overnight hotel rates. Call the Holiday Inn, Tewksbury at 978-640-9000 for more information about room rates and availability.

Sign up for Cub Scouts

METHUEN — Registration for Cub Scouts is coming up soon.

Sign-ups for boys and girls in kindergarten through fifth-grade will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 20 at Nevins Memorial Library.

Scouts who sign up will receive a free rocket.

Call Tom at 508-574-3328 with any questions.

Senior center sponsors Foxwoods trip

METHUEN — The Methuen Senior Activity Center will host a Foxwoods Casino Day Trip on Oct. 4.

The bus leaves at 7 a.m. and returns about 6:30 p.m.

Tickets are $30 per person and include a $10 food or free buffet voucher and a $15 bonus slot play voucher.

Space is limited. Tickets are available at the senior center, 77 Lowell St., Methuen.