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Opinion

December 25, 2012

Editorial: Some cheers, some jeers for recent newsmakers

CHEERS to you, our friends and readers, for giving so generously to the Santa Fund. As of Monday, donations to the fund totaled $100,429.

Your generosity helps people like Lisa, a single mother with three children. Lisa works while the children are in school, but her pay is low and there is little left over after necessities are met. Lisa hopes that this year the Santa Fund can help her get warm winter coats for the children.

The Santa Fund also helps people like Veronica, who is on transitional assistance and living in a motel with her three children until an apartment can be found. She was hoping for a few gifts to surprise her children with on Christmas morning.

Our Santa Fund accepts donations all year round. You can help these people in need — our neighbors here in the Merrimack Valley and Southern New Hampshire — with a donation by cash, check, VISA, MasterCard, Discover or American Express made in person at our office or mailed to Eagle-Tribune Santa Fund, 100 Turnpike St., North Andover, MA 01845.

Thank you for your generosity and support.

CHEERS to two brothers from Salem, N.H., who are building a business making and selling traditional Italian liqueurs.

Philip and Nick Mastroianni are the co-owners of Fabrizia Spirits in Salem, and the makers of Fabrizia Limoncello, a gold medal winning spirit that is growing in popularity in New Hampshire and several other states.

The Mastroiannis have been making limoncello for about four years now. Their recipe is based on one made by a cousin in Calabria, Italy. At first, Philip made the liqueur for himself and family. But a relative suggested he produce it for sale and thus a business was born.

Now, they have two full-time employees, a gold medal from the 2012 San Francisco World Spirits Competition and a following that’s growing across the country.

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