Lawrence businesses honored with manufacturing awards

Courtesy photo. From left to right: State Rep. Jeffrey Roy, D-Franklin, co-chairman of the Manufacturing Caucus; state Rep. Diana DiZoglio ,D-Methuen, member of the Manufacturing Caucus; and Brenna Schneider, founder and CEO of 99Degrees Custom. 

BOSTON — Two Lawrence-based manufacturing businesses were recently recognized at the Statehouse.

Lawrence-based apparel manufacturer 99Degrees Custom and Microsemi of Lawrence were honored as part of the second Manufacturing Month Award Ceremony highlighting manufacturers across the commonwealth.

99Degrees Custom specializes in sewn and bonded sports and activewear. The company produces for leading and emerging brands that produce technical apparel for a number of markets including running, yoga, crossfit, cycling and rock climbing.

State Rep. Diana DiZoglio, D-Methuen, nominated the business for the award. She is a member of the legislature's Manufacturing Caucus.

“It is an honor to receive this nomination and to reflect on the last few years,” said Brenna Schneider, founder and CEO of 99Degrees Custom. “I'm thankful for the continued local and state support, which have helped to advance my vision and catalyze our growth. It is my team's spirit of innovation and the energy in our rising immigrant city that motivate me to build a future for apparel manufacturing that will make the Merrimack Valley proud.”

DiZoglio called 99Degrees Custom a “sterling example of American ingenuity that provides jobs across a wide spectrum of the Massachusetts workforce.”

State Rep. Frank Moran, D-Lawrence, nominated Microsemi, which has a comprehensive portfolio of semiconductor and system solutions for the aerospace and defense, communications and industrial markets.

He called the company "a tremendous asset to our community in terms of not only their manufacturing expertise, but also for the good paying jobs they offer our residents."

Register for health insurance at GLCAC 

LAWRENCE — Residents can sign up or re-enroll for health insurance starting on Nov. 1 at the Greater Lawrence Community Action Council (GLCAC) Inc.

Open enrollment for plans available next year under the Affordable Care Act runs from Nov. 1 through Jan. 23, 2018. It is a time for existing customers to shop around and make sure they have the right plan before re-enrolling, as well as a time for those who don't have health insurance to sign up for it.

“Applying and picking a plan can be a confusing process,’’ GLCAC Executive Director Evelyn Friedman said. “GLCAC is available to help find an affordable plan that works for you and your family.’’

GLCAC has been designated an official Navigator by the Massachusetts Health Connector and will be open during the week and one Saturday a month to help residents gain access to health care coverage.

Call GLCAC at 978-620-4784 to set up an appointment with a Navigator staff member.

Walk-in hours are also available from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday at 305 Essex St., second floor, Lawrence. The office will also be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the following Saturdays: Nov. 18, Dec. 16 and Jan. 20.

Appointments are recommended to reduce wait times.

Local high schools participate on TV game show

Students from 103 high schools across the state will compete on Sunday, Nov. 5, for the chance to participate on the ninth season of "High School Quiz Show," an Emmy Award- and Parents' Choice Award-winning program produced and broadcast by WGBH.

Local radio and television personality Billy Costa hosts the show. 

During "Super Sunday," each academic team of four students will take an identical 50-question quiz oral quiz based on Massachusetts curriculum and current events. 

Phillips Academy in Andover will send students to the competition for the first time this year. They'll be joined by other local schools including Andover High School, Haverhill High School, Methuen High School and North Andover High School.

The top 16 teams will advance to compete in the televised, single-elimination, bracketed academic tournament that will determine a state champion. The season will culminate for the first time with an "Interstate Invitational," with WGBH’s High School Quiz Show state champions competing against New Hampshire Public Television’s (NHPTV) "Granite State Challenge" state champions, the "High School Quiz Show: Rhode Island" state champions and the "High School Quiz Show: Maine" state champions for the ultimate title.

High School Quiz Show begins taping at WGBH in January in front of a studio audience. It will premiere at 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3, on WGBH 2.

 

 

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