METHUEN — The Methuen Police Department hosted its 10th annual senior pasta dinner last week, dishing up ziti and meatballs free to 300 Methuen seniors at the senior center.

The Methuen Police Patrolmans Association and the Methuen Police Superior Officers Association sponsored the event and cooked the meal, which was served with fresh bread donated from Piro’s Bakery on Merrimack Street. Piro's also donated two sheet cakes for dessert.

"The annual Senior Supper is a great way for our department to connect with our senior residents and give back to our community," Chief Joseph Solomon said. "It's also a fun, happy event for everyone involved."

Mayor James Jajuga agreed, and said, "This is a great event for our senior community, and it's wonderful that our police department takes the initiative each year to reach out and host this meal."

Fallen firefighters to be honored

METHUEN — The Methuen Firefighters Relief Association will recognize Firefighter Memorial Sunday on June 9.

Fallen firefighters will be honored in a ceremony at the Central Fire Station, 24 Lowell Street, during a breakfast for family and friends. Methuen Firefighters Local 1691 will present scholarships to students.

Business/community leaders to be honored

HAVERHILL — The Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce will honor five business and community leaders at its 103nd Annual Dinner & Awards Gala.

This event is open to the community and and will be held from 5:30 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, June 6, at Renaissance Golf Club. 

This flagship event will recognize five outstanding individuals with: the Charles E. Billups Award, Jerry Loy Award, Community Leadership Award and the Chamber Service Award.

This dinner also marks the “passing of the torch” of Chamber leadership. Long serving chairman, Paul Magliocchetti of Sheehan, Schiavoni, Jutras & Magliocchetti will step down and Lane Glenn, president of Northern Essex Community College will take the reins as the Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce’s chairman of the board.

This annual dinner will also serve as an introduction to the chamber’s new board of directors, which will welcome Penny Guerrero-Perez, Shaw Rosen of Lupoli Companies, Paul Smith of Holy Family Hospital, Delia Duran-Clark of Mill Cities Leadership Institute and Maria Tusinski of AFLAC.

This year’s theme “Investing in Haverhill” will celebrate the innovators and entrepreneurs that contribute to the advancement of Haverhill. Real estate developer Dave Traggorth of Traggorth Companies is the keynote speaker and will share why he’s chosen to invest so much into Haverhill and what opportunities exist for this region.

Tickets are available for $100 a person. To purchase tickets, visit online at or email

Princess tea party at Winnekenni Castle

HAVERHILL — Winnekenni Castle will hold its annual spring "Dolly 'n' Me Princess Tea" at 1 p.m. on Sunday, June 9.

This signature castle event is an opportunity for young girls to wear their frilly finest, bring along their favorite doll, and have a special grown-up day. The event will feature fancy finger food and treats, tea from fancy pots and a visit with the Princess of Winnekenni Castle. A Genuine American Girl Doll will be raffled. The event also includes photo opportunities and fun activities and other special surprises.

Doll clothes and other favorite items will be available for purchase. This event is recommended for children ages 3 and up.

With advance online purchase, tickets are $25 per child and $30 per adult. If space is available, tickets at the door will be $30/child and $35/adult.

Seating will be limited. To purchase tickets, visit or

Greek food fest is this weekend

HAVERHILL — If you enjoyed the Greek food at the annual Greek Festival at The Holy Apostles Greek Orthodox Church last November, then you will surely want to attend the annual spring Food Fest which has been extended to three days, June 7, 8 and 9 at the Hellenic Community Center, 154-156 Winter St.

Hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday.

The menu of authentic Greek fare will include baked lamb, pork and chicken kebobs, pastichio, roasted potatoes, spinach pie, rice pudding, baklava, loukoumades (honey balls) and other Greek pastries. There will also be raffle prizes.

Admission and parking are free.

Library hosts talk on war letters

HAVERHILL — The Council on Aging and the public library will present a talk titled "Reconstructing History & Genealogy: Mom's WWII Letters" in the library's Johnson Auditorium at 2 p.m. on Thursday, June 6.

In May 2017, Corinne Smith found her mother's stash of more than 100 letters from 16 servicemen she had corresponded with from 1944 to 1945. Smith began to trace the soldiers' family trees with one goal in mind: to return the letters in person to their children.

This presentation links history and genealogy to present-day research and diligence. Smith, who is originally from Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, served for several years on the board of the Blair County Genealogical Society in Altoona, Pennsylvania. Her first book was a self-published family history titled "From Saxony to the Lehigh Valley: The Descendants of Ludwig Hossfeld" (1992). Since then, she has written several books about American author Henry David Thoreau. She is a former librarian and lives in Gardner, Massachusetts. Register for this program at or call 978-373-1586, ext. 608.