NORTH ANDOVER — Doug Alexander, a North Andover resident, has been chosen to chair the American Heart Association's 2019 Boston Heart Walk.

Alexander had emergency bypass surgery after suffering a heart attack in 2015 at the age of 48. During his recovery, he resolved to not only take steps to improve his own health, but to inspire others to do the same.

“Each time you incorporate more physical activity into your day, you’re taking a step in the right direction,” said Alexander. “The key is to find activities you enjoy and make them part of your routine.”

The Boston Heart Walk is among 300 Heart Walks held in communities across the nation. Nearly one million people walk each year for a singular mission, to cure heart disease and stroke. This year, the Boston Heart Walk will be held on Saturday, Sept. 7. It begins at the Hatch Shell and offers participants the choice between 1, 3 or 6-mile routes along the Charles River Esplanade.

When people lace up their sneakers or form a Heart Walk team, they are instrumental in funding innovative breakthroughs. Donations help create new technologies, such as the artificial heart valve, cholesterol drugs, stents and the mechanical heart pump.

Each day, about 2,150 Americans die from heart disease – the top killer in the United States. Stroke, the number five killer and a leading cause of severe disability, claims the lives of nearly 219,000 each year.

All members of the community are welcome to participate in the Heart Walk to help change the story of heart disease and stroke in Boston. Those who walk are committed to funding research that keeps hearts beating.

“The Heart Walk funds groundbreaking research and programs in Greater Boston that create a world of longer, healthier lives,” said Alexander. “I am honored to play a role in the promise of a healthier future.”

Alexander lives in North Andover with his wife, Kristine, and three sons, ages 22, 19 and 17. He brings a proven and consistent record of achievement and decades of leadership experience to Heart Walk. This year’s Boston walk is expected to draw 9,000 people and aims to raise $1.4 million.

Over the past 25 years, the American Heart Association has funded $3.4 billion in research. But the work is far from done. The Association is nearing the $5 billion mark as it works to fund big ideas to pioneer breakthroughs in our understanding and treatment of heart disease and stroke.

For more information or to register for the Boston Heart Walk, visit bostonheartwalk.org.

Local boxer preps for second professional bout

HAVERHILL — Boxer Harry Gigliotti, 24, of Bradford is currently in training at the nonprofit Haverhill Downtown Boxing for his second professional bout. Gigliotti will be fighting Kris Jacobs of Fall River on May 31 at the Castleton Banquet and Conference Center in Windham. The Boston Boxing Promotions "Friday Nights Fights" event will be held at 8 p.m.

In his first professional match on Jan. 25 at the Castleton, Gigliotti faced Theo Desjardins of Providence in the 147-pound welterweight division. Gigliotti scored a technical knockout, 43 seconds into the first of four, 3-minute rounds.

Gigliotti's sponsors include Dr. Sam Amari of Kenoza Chiropractic of Haverhill, Allied Computer Brokers of Amesbury, Jeff Moriarty of Kelley's Restaurant of Bradford, C.M. Bailey & Sons Plumbing and Heating of Haverhill, Daniel Sardella of Vaporlicious on River Street and Anthony Jimenez of Wavy SZN of Lawrence.

Tickets are available at Haverhill Downtown Boxing, 84 Locust St., or by calling Ray Hebert at 978-420-9718.

Backers sought for Build the Dream dinner 

ANDOVER — Members of Andover Community Trust announce the annual Build the Dream dinner on Thursday, June 13 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Andover Town House, 20 Main Street.

The dinner is a major fundraiser supporting the non-profit work dedicated to the development and advocacy of affordable homes for families. ACT is actively engaged in the construction of six homes (three duplexes) on Lupine Road.

Lupine Road is the result of several years of efforts by Andover Community Trust, Merrimack Valley Habitat for Humanity and South Church in Andover. The first two building foundations have been poured and volunteers have been working on the first MVHH duplex. The students of Greater Lawrence Technical School are on site to begin framing the ACT duplex and will continue their work throughout the 2019-20 school year. This will be the fifth and sixth ACT homes built by GLTS students and their instructors.

State Rep. Tram Nguyen, D-Andover, will be a keynote speaker at the dinner. Nguyen represents the 18th Essex District, which includes parts of Andover, Boxford, North Andover, and Tewksbury.

Tickets can be purchased online at AndoverCLT.org. For more information about tickets and event sponsorship, contact Denise Johnson at info@AndoverCLT.org or 978-276-9228.

Three sisters open breakfast cafe

HAVERHILL — Three sisters, all Haverhill natives, recently opened a breakfast cafe they aptly named, "Sisters Cafe," which is located in Academy Plaza in Bradford.

Laurie Erickson of Londonderry and her sisters Kim Walsh and Lisa Wadsworth, both of Haverhill renovated and redecorated the former Breakfast Cafe to create a cozy and bright atmosphere. Kim and Lisa have lengthy experience in waitressing, including at the former Al's Diner on Primrose Street, while Laurie is a pastry chef at Finesse Pastries, which her daughter Chelsey Erickson operates in Somerville and Boston. Their head chef is Kim's husband, Rick Walsh, who leads a staff of two cooks. They have other staff as well.

The business seats around 50 people and in addition to standard breakfast items, the menu includes pastries made daily at Finesse, such as coffee cake along with an assortment of scones, turnovers, muffins and cookies.

"People are loving the pastries as they are all freshly made daily," Erickson said. "We always wanted to work together and we're enjoying it."

Landlords Guild to meet

HAVERHILL — The Haverhill Landlords Guild will meet from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, May 28, at the Roma Restaurant in Bradford. Come share your challenges and solutions for a more professional property ownership. All landlords, property managers or those who might someday like to own income producing property are invited to attend. You do not have to be a member of the Landlords Guild to attend. More information is available at haverhillguild@gmail.com.