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October 10, 2013

Learn how bridge repairs can affect your train commute


The Haverhill Gazette

---- — The MBTA will host a community meeting this week to discuss planned repairs to the downtown railroad bridge.

An MBTA team will review the construction schedule and impact to commuter train service. The century-old railroad bridge at the Western end of downtown carries freight and commuter trains. Local officials have said they fear the deteriorated bridge could become dangerous to travelers unless repairs are made.

The meeting is Oct. 10 at 7 p.m. in City Hall.

If you have a disability and need assistance to fully participate in the meeting, American Sign Language interpreters, assistive listening devices, handouts in alternate formats or other aids will be provided upon request.

IF YOU GO

What: Public review of downtown railroad bridge project

When: Oct. 10, 7 p.m.

Where: Room 301 of City Hall, 4 Summer St.

More information: Available from Jill Barrett at 860-570-0740 or jbarrett@fhiplan.com

Here are events and activities happening around the city:

Halloween dance in child’s memory: A Halloween dance in memory of Kayden Lafontaine will be Oct. 19 from 7 to 11 p.m. at the Amvets hall, 576 Primrose St.

The event is for ages 18 and over and will feature a disc jockey, raffles, costume contest with prizes, door prizes and snacks.

This event is being held in memory of Heather Lafontaine’s infant son, Kayden, and for all infants who lost their lives to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. Those who plan to attend the event are invited to share photos and a short story of a good memory they have of their child to be included on a memory board at the event.

Send photos and stories as well as ticket requests to HNL1973@comcast.net and include “Fundraiser” in the subject line. Tickets, available in advance or at the door, are $15 each or two for $25. All proceeds benefit the Kayden Lafontaine Memorial Fund and the First Candle organization.

First Candle is one of the nation’s leading nonprofit organizations dedicated to safe pregnancies and the survival of babies through the first years of life. Kayden Lafontaine would have been 10 on Oct. 8.

Auction Gala planned for Nov. 16: Team Haverhill will hold its “All Aboard Auction Gala” on Nov. 16 at the Haverhill Country Club, 58 Brickett Lane.

Doors open at 6 p.m. This event will feature a live and silent auction to help Team Haverhill meet its goal of raising $25,000 to match Pentucket Bank’s generous $25,000 contribution towards the Art Walk at the Bradford Rail Trail. With Matt Noyes as the auctioneer, the funds raised will allow Team Haverhill to commission the Art Walk, in partnership with Pentucket Bank. The Art Walk will feature several large, permanent sculptures, and a handful of smaller sculptures that will likely rotate.

The Auction Gala, also sponsored by Pentucket Bank, will include a dinner and live entertainment by members of Spotlight Playhouse. Early bird tickets can be purchased for $40 each at www.teamhaverhill.org before Oct. 17. On Oct. 17, tickets are $50 each, while available. Be sure to buy your tickets early as this event is likely to sell out. For more information, or to learn how to donate an item to the auction before the Oct. 17 deadline, visit online at www.teamhaverhill.org or email artwalkbrt@teamhaverhill.org.

Winter coat drive on:Text ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/Solid$ID/NothingText ColorText Color$ID/NothingText ColorText Color Anton’s Cleaners will launch its 19th annual Coats for Kids winter coat drive beginning Oct. 14 and running through Jan. 11, 2014.

The drive has the simple goal of helping individuals who otherwise wouldn’t be able to keep themselves and their families warm.

Participating companies and organizations collect good quality, warm winter coats and then bring them to any of Anton’s Cleaners’ 42 locations or one of the five Jordan’s Furniture stores. Once collected and cleaned, coats are distributed free of charge through the Distribution Partners network, which includes Community Action Inc. in Haverhill, the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children in Lawrence, The Community Group in Lawrence, Community Teamwork Inc. in Lowell, Mental Health Association of Greater Lowell Inc. and The Wish Project in Lowell.

Last year’s drive collected 52,000 coats, with Anton’s donating more than $10 million in cleaning services since the program’s inception. Promotional partners include Jordan’s Furniture, KISS 108, Wicked Local, Fox 25 and Jam’n 94.5.

More information is available from Stephanie Littlefield at 978-851-3721, ext. 15, or Stephanie@antons.com. Visit online at http://antons.com/cfk.

Campaign reception planned: The Committee to Re-Elect Tom Sullivan to the City Council will host a campaign reception on Oct. 10 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Wang’s Table, 46 Merrimack St.

Sullivan said he chose this restaurant because of a positive and exciting development he has been involved in regarding the restaurant’s planned move to 46 Washington St. For more information visit online at www.tomsullivan.us.

Black Cat Benefit Bash planned: Animal Rescue Merrimack Valley (ARMV) will hold its annual Black Cat Benefit Bash on Oct. 11 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the historic Nevins Memorial Library, 305 Broadway, Methuen.

This silent auction/fundraiser benefits the area’s homeless animals and will feature psychic readings, entertainment, food prepared by local chefs, a silent auction and raffles. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door. Proceeds help ARMV purchase food, provide medical care and fund sterilization clinics for the many feral, stray, and foster cats in its care.

ARMV donation boxes are located at the Market Basket in RiversEdge and Westgate plazas in Haverhill, at Market Basket and Shaw’s in Plaistow, N.H., at Market Basket in North Andover and Lawrence and at Stop & Shop in Methuen. Donations can also be dropped off at pet adoption events being held weekly at the Petco store in Plaistow. For tickets to the gala, sponsorship opportunities or for more information about ARMV, call 978-374-7233 or visit online at www.armv.org.

Annual Bobby Bell race and walk on tap: The 27th Annual Bobby Bell 5-Mile Road Race/Walk will be Oct. 13 at the Lasting Room Grille, 122 Washington St.

The walk begins at 10:30 a.m., followed by the race at 11 a.m. The fee is $25 for pre-entry and $30 the day of the event. Free T-shirts go to the first 70 walker entries and first 260 runner entries. There will be awards in various age, weight, and specialty categories. There will also be gender-graded scoring.

A buffet will follow, along with raffle prizes and music from a disc jockey. The event benefits local scholarships, the Haverhill Police Auxiliaries, Haverhill’s Brightside and the Andover Striders. Fee is $25 for pre-entry and $30 the day of the event. Information is available from David LaBrode at 978-373-3408, 978-376-8289 or ickylabrode@verizon.net. Visit online at www.yankeetiming.com/Bbell.

Fall trips planned: The Council on Aging still has room on the Best of Times Italian Festival motorcoach trip to Luciano’s at Lake Pearl in Wrentham.

This trip is planned for Oct. 15 and includes a show by comedian, Rocco Ponzi. Meal choices include chicken Parmesan or baked haddock. Tickets are $79 per person.

A Best of Times trip to see “Liza and Judy Together Again” at Venus De Milo in Swansea is planned for Nov. 12. Tickets are $79 per person and include lunch, tickets to the show and motorcoach transportation. An overnight trip to the White Mountain Hotel in North Conway, N.H. is planned for Nov. 21-22.

This trip includes dining, holiday entertainment, special cocktail pricing and shopping at the Christmas Dove and Calef’s Country Store in Barrington, N.H. Cost is $230 per person, double occupancy. More information is available from Kathy Bresnahan or Rita LaBella at 978-274-2390.

Walk for Youth planned: The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Haverhill will hold its ninth annual Walk for Youth on Oct. 19 starting at 10 a.m.

Rain date is Oct. 20. The walk will begin and end at the club, 55 Emerson St. The family friendly 2-mile route throughout Haverhill’s downtown is designed for people of all ages and walking abilities. Bottled water and light refreshments will be provided. The first 300 people to register will receive Walk for Youth T-shirts.

Money raised enhances the club’s after-school programs, including homework help, daily nutritious snacks, computer center, fine arts program, floor hockey and basketball leagues, cheerleading, dance, martial arts, volleyball, teen programs and game room activities.

Each person who registers will be given a pledge form for individual or corporate sponsorship. Entry forms are available by calling Kathleen Pruett at 978-374-6171, ext. 102. In lieu of walking, donations can be sent to the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Haverhill, 55 Emerson St., Haverhill, MA 01830. The club serves an average of 275 girls and boys daily and has an annual membership of over 800.

Craft fair planned at Citizens Center: The Council on Aging will host a Craft Fair on Oct. 19 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St.

Local senior citizens will sell handcrafted items. More information is available from Kathy Bresnahan or Rita LaBella at 978-374-2390.

Class reunion planned: Haverhill High School’s Class of 1978 will hold its 35-year reunion on Oct. 19 from 7 to 11 p.m. at Salvatore’s on the River in Lawrence.

Tickets are $50 per person. A cash bar will be available. For more information, email haverhillhighschool1978@yahoo.com or call Janine at 860-377-0649 or Robyne at 978-374-4420.

Scout Troop celebrates 100 years: Troop One Haverhill, the oldest Boy Scout troop in the Yankee Clipper Council, will hold its 100th anniversary celebration on Oct. 19 at 6 p.m. at North Point Bible College, 320 S. Main St., Bradford.

There will be a program with a guest speaker followed by dinner. Tickets are $20 per person. The troop meets every Friday night from September to mid-June at the Good Shepherd Methodist Church, 471 Main St. For more information about this event, contact David Nichols at pavid@msn.com or 978-373-4310.

Master piano workshops offered: The Music Program at Northern Essex Community College will offer two free masters workshops in the art of piano playing on Oct. 20 and Nov. 17, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Hartleb Technology Center on the Haverhill campus, 100 Elliott St.

Piano players will have an opportunity 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 with NECC music faculty member Christina Dietrich. Various aspects of piano performance and preparation will also be discussed. Students at all levels of playing ability are invited.

Dietrich has appeared as a soloist with several orchestras and has performed at Jordan Hall in Boston, Symphony Hall in Boston, and Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center in New York. She earned a bachelor’s in music from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, her master’s in music from Boston University and pursued her Doctor of Musical Arts degree at that institution. She is currently on the piano faculty of Indian Hill Music, Northern Essex Community College, and is founder and administrative director of the Chopin Conservatory of Music on the North Shore.

For more information about these workshops contact Dietrich at cdietrich@necc.mass.edu.

NECC to host college fair: Northern Essex Community College will once again host the New England Association of College Admission Counseling (NEACAC) Fair on Oct. 20 from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Sports and Fitness Center on the Haverhill campus, 100 Elliott St.

About 150 colleges and universities from around the country will be participating in this year’s fair. This event, which is free and open to the public, will be co-hosted by the Greater Newburyport College Night Association, consisting of the school districts of Amesbury, Georgetown, Newburyport, Pentucket, and Triton Regional Schools.

For a list of colleges and universities that are scheduled to participate, visit online at www.necc.mass.edu/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/NEACAC-College-Fair.pdf. For more information, contact Enrollment Services at 978-556-3735 or admissions@necc.mass.edu.

Symposium on wound care planned: Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, Merrimack Valley Hospital and Steward Health Care’s second annual Symposium on Wound Care will be held on Oct. 26 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Hartleb Technology Center on the Haverhill campus of Northern Essex Community College, 100 Elliott St.

Speakers and topics are: Walter Kwass, MD: Introduction and Overview of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy; Vera Cooke, DDS, MD: Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy for Osteoradionecrosis; Tammy Dingman, CHT: Managing Risks and Complications of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy; and Micah Hemani, MD: Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy in Management and Treatment of Radiation Induced Cystitis.

Cost of $25 includes breakfast beverages, lunch, and 3.5 continuing education credits for nurses and physicians. The event is open to the public. Deadline for registration is Oct. 11.

Checks must be made payable to Merrimack Valley Hospital and mailed to Merrimack Valley Hospital, C/O Jean MacDougall-Tattan, Marketing Department, 140 Lincoln Ave., Haverhill, MA 01830. For more information or to register, contact Jean MacDougall-Tattan at 978-420-1168 or jean.macdougall-tattan@steward.org.

Talk on Medicare planned: Susan Cripps and Pat Paradis of the Elder Services SHINE program will be at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St. on Oct. 30 at 9:30 a.m. to discuss important Medicare information for this year’s re-enrollment period.

This is a “must attend” meeting for all Medicare recipients. More information is available from Kathy Bresnahan or Rita LaBella at 978-374-2390.

Public invited to learn about NECC: Anyone interested in learning more about Northern Essex Community College is invited to attend an Open House on Nov. 2 from 10 a.m. to noon in the Hartleb Technology Center on the college’s Haverhill campus, 100 Elliott St.

Visitors can take a tour of the Haverhill campus, learn about financial aid, and explore the college’s more than 70 academic programs. Topics to be discussed will include transfer options after graduating from NECC, support services available to help students succeed and the many clubs, sports, and other opportunities available to students. This Open House is geared toward high school juniors and seniors and their families as well as adult students who are considering returning to school for career or personal growth. More information is available by calling 978-556-3700 or admissions@necc.mass.edu.

Wine tasting and charity auction on tap: The Pentucket Kiwanis Club of Haverhill will hold its fifth annual Let’s Make a Difference wine tasting and charity auction on Nov. 8 in the Galleria Room at Maria’s Restaurant, 81 Essex St.

Cost of $35 per person includes wine and beer tasting, carving and pasta station, and silent and live auctions. All proceeds benefit community programs, projects and charities in Greater Haverhill. For tickets or more information, contact Nancy McKenna at nancy.mckenna@ymail.com or 978-521-0445, or Nate Webster at 978-204-4692.

Applications for Christmas assistance accepted: The Salvation Army of Haverhill will be accepting applications for Christmas assistance from Nov. 4 to 7 from 9:30 a.m. to noon, and from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Applicants will need to bring identifications for every adult in the house, proof of income, proof of residence in Haverhill or Groveland, proof of any income or support, including public support, and birth certificates and insurance cards for all children 13 and younger. Applications will be taken at The Salvation Army, 395 Main St., entering through door 6. More information is available from Lt. Jeff Hardy at 978-374-7571.

Scavenger Hunt planned: A scavenger hunt to benefit the Buttonwoods Museum will be held on Nov. 11.

Participants are asked to meet on the lower level of the Merrimack Street parking deck at 5 p.m. The hunt begins at 6 p.m. Teams of four to eight people will be given clues to solve as they navigate their way around town. Sign up early to assure your team’s reservation. An extra point clue will be given to your team upon payment so the sooner you pay, the sooner you will receive your clue. Cost is $45 per person, or $40 if paid by Oct. 26.

Please make checks payable to the Buttonwoods Museum. Please bring payment to any EZ-Way Cleaners location or mail a check with the names of your team to: Peter Carbone, 48 Colby St., Bradford, MA 01835. Your final clue will bring you to a party with a cash bar and a catered buffet by Simply Perfect Catering, compliments of Pattie & Stephen Crimmin. More information is available from Peter Carbone at 508-320-7710 or peteracarbone@yahoo.com. The Buttonwoods Museum/Haverhill Historical Society is a nonprofit, privately supported organization charged with maintaining and displaying historical artifacts from Greater Haverhill. This event is a Silver Bullet Production.

Trip to Foxwoods Casino planned: Bethany Community Services and the Haverhill Council on Aging will host a trip to Foxwoods Casino on Nov. 20.

The trip departs from the Merrivista apartment complex on Water Street at 6:15 a.m. and from the Highway Department, 500 Primrose St., at 6:45 a.m.

Cost of $30 includes deluxe motorcoach transportation, a full buffet lunch and slot play. Early signup is encouraged by calling Darlene at 978-374-2165 or Kathy or Rita at 978-374-2390, ext. 11 or ext. 16. Payment in full is due at sign up.