hgazette.com, Haverhill, MA

February 20, 2014

City's senior baseball league seeks players

The Haverhill Gazette

---- — The Red Sox are poised for spring training, and the city’s own baseball season is not far off.

Haverhill Senior Baseball is accepting applications for the 2014 season.

The spring season will run from mid-April through the end of May. The summer season is from early June through early August.

The league is open to players ages 13 to 15 living in the Haverhill area.


When: Sign-ups will be held at the public library on March 1 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Online: Applications are also available online at haverhillseniorbaseball.com and can be mailed to PO Box 5202, Bradford, MA 01835.

Contacts: Larry O’Brien at 978-373-6982 or Dan Francescone at 978-807 5068

Here are other activities and events in the Haverhill area:

Participants needed for manufacturing program: Northern Essex Community College is looking for two dozen men or women to enroll in a free, 25-week, Advanced Manufacturing Training Program.

Information sessions will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. on Feb. 18 at NECC Riverwalk, 360 Merrimack St., Lawrence, and on Feb. 20 at NECC’s Haverhill campus, 100 Elliot St. These sessions are free to attend.

Participants can chose to enroll in the basic machine track offered in partnership with Whittier Regional Vocational Technical High School or the basic electronic track offered in partnership with the Greater Lawrence Technical School. Tuition is grant funded.

The program begins April 22 and ends in late October. Classes are from 3 to 8 p.m., four to five days a week. This program, which was modeled on a similar but shorter NECC pilot program which resulted in jobs for those who completed the program, will prepare participants for jobs as Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machine operators, CNC machine technicians, electro-mechanical assemblers, electrical and electronic technicians, and test technicians.

Graduates of the pilot program have been hired by Arwood Machine Inc. in Newburyport, which is a manufacturer of ultra-precision metal components used in aerospace, communications and defense, and AW Chesterton in Groveland, a global leader in the manufacture of polymer and mechanical seals.

More information is available from Renee Deyermond at rdeyermond@necc.mass.edu or 978-659-1223.

Health workshop planned: Dr. Beth Greene of New Life Chiropractic in Central Plaza will share tips and suggestions for keeping the spine healthy at all ages to minimize pain and maximize function.

The workshop will be Feb. 20 at 10 a.m. at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St.

Greene will focus on the importance of being active, preventing and healing injury as well as the role good nutrition plays in our lives. To reserve your seat, contact Kathy Bresnahan or Rita LaBella at 978-374-2390.

Lend-a-Hand auction on tap: Opportunity Works will hold its 30th annual televised Lend-a-Hand auction on Feb. 22.

This popular auction is held in partnership with Comcast and will be broadcast live from noon to 9 p.m. on local public access channels in the Greater Newburyport and Haverhill areas. The auction will be streamed online at www.portmedia.org. Some of the auction items can be seen and bids will be accepted at www.biddingforgood.com/opportunityworks, leading up to preview night and the televised auction. Some items will go on to the live auction.

You can view the items and offer pre-bids on Feb. 20 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. during Preview Night at the Nock Middle School, 70 Low St., Newburyport. Admission is free. Opportunity Works is a nonprofit agency with sites in Newburyport and Haverhill that provides employment, specialized day habilitation and community and recreation services for adults with developmental disabilities. For more information call 978-462-6144 or visit www.opportunityworks.org. Also visit on Facebook.

New musical on tap: Northpoint Bible College will present a new musical, “The Song of Hosea,” on Feb. 20, 21 and 22 in the school’s fine arts center.

All shows start at 6:30 p.m. Written and directed by Alan Bailey, “The Song of Hosea’’ tells the story of a prophet called by God to marry a prostitute in order to show her and the world the power of redemptive love. This show deals with themes of prostitution and human trafficking and is not suitable for children.

Northpoint Bible College is at 320 S. Main St. Admission is free and a freewill offering will be taken at intermission. For more information, contact Northpoint at 978-478-3400.

College finance meeting planned: Northern Essex Community College will host a FAFSA Day Massachusetts on Feb. 23 at 1 p.m. in the John R. Dimitry Building, 45 Franklin Street, Lawrence.

Counselors will guide participants through the process of completing and filing a FAFSA application form online. Spanish translators will be available. NECC is one of more than two dozen locations throughout the state that will host FAFSA filing events.

To register for this event, visit www.fafsaday.org. More information is available form Despina Lambropoulos at 978-556-3607, dlambropoulos@necc.mass.edu or Erika Callahan at 978-738-7487, ecallahan@necc.mass.edu.

Prescription Advantage presentation on tap: Kathy Devine of the Executive Office of Elder Affairs in Massachusetts will discuss the Massachusetts Prescription Advantage Program on Feb. 25 at 10:30 a.m., at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St.

Prescription Advantage is a prescription drug insurance plan available to Massachusetts residents 65 and older, as well as younger people with disabilities who meet income and employment guidelines. More information is available from Kathy Bresnahan or Rita LaBella at 978-374-2390.

Master piano workshops offered: The Music Program at Northern Essex Community College will offer two free masters workshops in the art of piano playing by NECC music faculty member Christina Dietrich on March 2 and April 13 from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Hartleb Technology Center on the Haverhill campus, 100 Elliot St.

These workshops will give piano players the chance to perform and learn in a cooperative group setting. Solo piano works and instrumental and vocal works with piano accompaniment of various levels of difficulty will be explored. Various aspects of piano performance and preparation will also be discussed. Students at all levels of playing ability will benefit from attending these workshops.

More information is available from Dietrich at cdietrich@necc.mass.edu.

Get Smart Haverhill fundraiser set to go: Haverhill public schools and UNO Pizzeria & Grill will hold their second annual Get Smart Haverhill fundraiser from March 3 to April 13.

Sponsors are CCS New England, the Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce and Align Credit Union. Last year, the program raised nearly $8,000 for Haverhill schools and provided Tilton School with a SMART Board valued at nearly $1,800, donated by CCS New England.

From March 3 through April 13, guests of UNO can support the Haverhill public school of their choice by having 20 percent of their total bill donated directly to their school. Just present a fundraiser ticket to your server during this time period. The school that raises the most funds will receive a SMART Interactive Response System and applicable software valued at $4,000, donated by CCS New England. Align Credit Union is providing weekly incentive prizes to schools that raise the most funds during the program. Prizes include a laptop, iPad and a $500 Staples gift card.

A celebration party will be held at the end of April. Get Smart Haverhill fundraiser tickets are available online at www.haverhill-ps.org or www.haverhillchamber.org. Fundraiser tickets are valid for use in the restaurant and bar, as well as for take-out, delivery and catering. Tickets may be printed or shown to your server on your phone.

Learn about osteoporosis and hypothyroidism: Controversies in Endocrinology: Should we treat patient over 60 with osteoporosis, hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism and low testosterone differently? is senior lunch presentation with Endocrinologist Neil Ravin, MD.

The event will be March 4 from 1 to 2 p.m. in Merrimack Valley Hospital’s first-floor auditorium. The cost of $5 includes a full dinner of corned beef with boiled cabbage, potatoes, baby carrots, mixed green salad, dinner rolls, coffee, tea and dessert. The hospital is at 140 Lincoln Ave. Registration is required. For more information or to register, please call 978-521-8140.

Annual Run to the Beach on tap: The Andover Striders, in association with the Winners’ Circle Running Club, will hold the annual Run to the Beach 30K, otherwise known as the “Goin Down the Road Feelin Bad” run, March 16 at 10 a.m.

The race starts at the North Andover VFW and finishes at the Winner’s Circle Sports Bar in Salisbury.

For more information, contact Dave LaBrode at 978-376-8289 or ickylabrode@verizon.net. Visit LaBrode on Facebook for updates.

Church plans craft fair: Riverside Memorial Church, 278 Groveland St., will hold its fifth annual craft fair on April 5 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Event organizers are seeking crafters to participate in this event. The fee is $35 for an 8-by-2 1/2-foot table, with chairs included.

All proceeds support Riverside Memorial missions fund. For more information, contact Renee Cannon at 617-455-2792 or ms.renee1969@yahoo.com. Space is limited.

Day and overnight trips planned: Bethany Community Services is planning a variety of day and overnight trips and tours this year.

They include a trip to Memphis, Tennessee, April 5 to 13 featuring tours of Graceland, the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Museum and Birthplace and more.

A Caribbean Escape Reposition Cruise from Clearwater to Boston is April 25 to May 9. A trip to the Wildwood Crest and Cape May, New Jersey Shore, is June 3 to 6. A trip to Atlantic City, Philadelphia and New York City is Sept. 14 to 18. A trip to New York City with two nights on the Norwegian Gem is Nov. 7 to 9 and includes tickets to the Radio City Rockettes Christmas Show, visit to the 9-11 Memorial and a New York City tour.

Day trips include the Boston Flower and Garden Show on March 12, Debbie Reynolds at Mohegan Sun on April 15, Disney on Ice at the DCU Center on April 23, the Tony Pace Show at White’s of Westport on May 15, North Shore Acappella at Luciano’s at Lake Pearl on May 20, and The Temptations live in concert at Venus De Milo on June 11. More information is available from Darlene Sutton at 978-374-2165 or dsutton@bethanycommunities.org.

Community Free Market planned: Good Shepherd United Methodist Church and The Vine/Urban Kindness will hold a Community Free Market on April 12 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Good Shepherd UMC, 471 Main St.

The event includes a free bread and soup lunch. This event is similar to a flea market where customers shop and are given tickets to pay for their purchases, but everything is free.

The two organizations are looking for donations of household goods and clothing to make available for free to the community. No TVs, computers or large furniture will be accepted. Items can be dropped off on April 6 from 10 a.m. to noon at 471 Main St., April 10 from 5 to 7 p.m., April 11 from 5 to 8 p.m. and April 12 from 8 to 10 a.m. More information is available from Keith Boucher at 603-203-4917 or zoomblaster@yahoo.com.

NECC to host second annual Campus Classic 5K/Fun Run: Northern Essex Community College will host its second annual Campus Classic 5K and Fun Run on May 3.

The USATF certified 5K race will begin at 10 a.m. on the college’s Haverhill Campus, 100 Elliott St., and wind through the rural campus and surrounding residential neighborhood. Competitive runners — as well as novices and walkers — are invited to participate. Registration for the 5K is $25 before April 5 and $30 after that date. Online registration will remain open until April 30.

Children 12 and younger are invited to participate in the Fun Run, which is organized by age group with the first race beginning at 9 a.m. Registration for the Fun Run is $10. Following the race, there will be children’s activities including face painting and an obstacle course.

For more information or to register online, visit www.necc.mass.edu/campus-classic or contact Lindsey Mayo at lmayo@necc.mass.edu or 978-556-3621.

STEM College for Kids returns to NECC: Northern Essex Community College’s STEM College for Kids summer program will return to the Haverhill campus July 7 to Aug. 1.

Participants can enroll for one week or all four weeks. While the program is designed with a focus on fun Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) courses, there are many art and athletic opportunities to choose from.

Children are encouraged to explore different subjects, gain new knowledge, and develop new skills in an engaging and supervised college campus environment. For more information or to be put on the brochure mailing list once the schedule has been finalized, please contact Vanessa Pepin at 978-659-1207 or email vpepin@necc.mass.edu. Visit the college online at www.necc.mass.edu.