METHUEN — Continuing a tradition he began last year, Mayor Stephen Zanni has been trying to have a meal at each of the participating businesses during Methuen’s second annual Restaurant Week.

“It’s certainly not easy — on my wallet or my waistline,” said Zanni, who noted that he gained 5 pounds last year. “I think it’s important to support our businesses, and Restaurant Week is a good excuse.”

Having begun on Sunday, Methuen’s Restaurant Week is running until Saturday, Feb. 1.

Two dozen businesses are participating this year, including restaurants, pubs, bakeries, eateries and pizzerias will be offering extra deals and promotions to customers. Information on participating establishments can be found at

Long known for their support of local businesses, Align Credit Union and Century 21 McLennan & Co both signed on to help promote Restaurant Week across the City.

Each time Zanni stops at a business, he is joined by either a City Councilor or member of the School Committee.

“I want our businesses to see that every one of our local officials cares about and is interested in the success of local economy,” said Zanni. “The benefit of being joined by a different official is that we have the opportunity speak at length about things we’d like to see for Methuen. It has been a really positive step in improving relations, especially between the councilors and myself.”

For more information on Restaurant Week, contact Phil DeCologero at 978-983-8506 or check out

Individual Investors meeting tonight

METHUEN — The January meeting of the Educational SIG of the American Association of Individual Investors will be hosted by the moderator, Frank Ford tonight at the Nevins Memorial Library, 305 Broadway.

There is no charge for attending the meeting and no requirement that you be an AAII member. The speaker Mark J. Alaimo, CPA/PFS, CFP, MSFP will provide an overview of the things you need to know about tax planning for 2014.

The topic: “Savvy 2014 Tax Planning.” Articles on the subject will be forwarded to SIG members prior to the event. The meeting will be held at the Nevins Methuen Memorial Library on Jan. 30 at 6:45 p.m. and will end promptly at 8:45 p.m.

Tsongas to receive women’s award from Boston Chamber of Commerce

BOSTON — U.S. Rep. Niki Tsongas, D-Lowell, will be awarded a 2014 Pinnacle Award from the Boston Chamber of Commerce today at the Boston Marriott Copley Place.

Tsongas is being honored with the award for achievement in government. She will be recognized along with other local business and community leaders.

The Chamber’s Pinnacle Awards are given annually to honor professional women who demonstrate excellence in the areas of management, entrepreneurship and lifetime achievement.

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