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October 24, 2013

Cross Border Expo is Thursday


The Haverhill Gazette

---- — Would you like to tour exhibits by local restaurants, shops, spas and other businesses?

Are you a business person interested in connecting with other merchants?

Or are you a Boston Bruins fan?

If so, the fourth annual Cross Border Expo has something for you.

The expo will be held on Thursday, Oct. 24, from 4 to 7 p.m. in the gymnasium on Northern Essex Community College’s Haverhill campus, 100 Elliot St.

Admission is free.

This event is presented by the Greater Salem, N.H. and Greater Haverhill Chambers of Commerce, in partnership with Platinum Sponsor Pentucket Bank.

The event will highlight chamber members and area businesses and offer consumers the opportunity to directly connect with businesses throughout Southern New Hampshire, the Merrimack Valley and beyond. Exhibitors include restaurants, retailers, professional services, salons, spas, banks, non-profits and others. Exhibitors will offer food samples, discounts and direct sales to promote their goods and services to the public and peer businesses. Last year’s event hosted more than 90 vendors and had more than 1,000 attendees.

This year’s expo features free admission, free parking, free raffles every hour (including a cruise to the Bahamas), a live radio broadcast, coupons and discount offers and three celebrity guests.

Both Boston Bruins home game national anthem singer Rene Rancourt and American Idol contestant Liz Bills of Haverhill will perform and visit with guests, sign autographs and take photos.

This year’s premier guest celebrity, sponsored by Supercuts, is famed Boston Bruins great Terry O’Reilly.

To sign up as an exhibitor, contact the Greater Haverhill Chamber at 978-373-5663 or the Greater Salem Chamber at 603-893-3177.

Platinum Sponsor is Pentucket Bank. Silver Sponsors are Haverhill Bank, Holy Family Hospital, Trinity EMS and Spectrum Marketing. Celebrity Sponsor is Supercuts. Media Sponsor is The Eagle-Tribune. Host Sponsor is NECC. In-kind sponsors include Conte Electric and Haverhill Community Television.

IF YOU GO

What: Fourth annual Cross Border Expo

When: Thursday, Oct. 24, from 4 to 7 p.m.

Where: Gymnasium on Northern Essex Community College’s Haverhill campus, 100 Elliot St.

Admission: Free

Here are other activities and events around Haverhill:

Discount tickets extended for Auction Gala: Team Haverhill has extended its discount for tickets to its “All Aboard Auction Gala” for an additional week.

Early bird tickets can be purchased for $40 each at www.teamhaverhill.org until midnight on Oct. 25. Starting Oct. 26, tickets are $50 each, while available.

The Auction Gala is 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 $25,000 contribution towards the Art Walk at the Bradford Rail Trail. With Matt Noyes as the auctioneer, the money 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. For more information, visit online at www.teamhaverhill.org or email artwalkbrt@teamhaverhill.org.

Rocks and minerals topic of program: Northern Essex Community College’s Life Long Learning Program will host Bill Hammond of Haverhill in a presentation on rocks and minerals on Oct. 24 at 2 p.m. in the Hartleb Technology Center on the college’s Haverhill campus, 100 Elliott St.

Admission is $2.

Hammond will explore the earth and the world of rocks and minerals. Hammond has been mining for rocks and crystals in New England for more than 30 years. He has also done extensive glacial geological research on Haverhill. There will be a question-and-answer session after his presentation.

Life Long Learning is a program of lectures, study groups, and trips for adults. All programs are open to the public.

For more information, contact Charlene Boucher at 978-659-1225 or cboucher@necc.mass.edu.

Psychic reading night: Winnekenni Castle will host an evening of psychic readings on Oct. 24 from 6 to 9:30 p.m.

Readers will be on hand inside the castle for appointments. The castle’s regular readers, Judith-Anne, Valeria and Kuri, will be joined by special guest reader of the month, Terri Bessette, a specialist reader of cards and runes.

Cost is $20 per 15-minute reading. Multiple appointments may be purchased to create longer blocks of time with the readers. Appointments are booked at the door only. Doors open at 5:55 p.m. Guests are permitted to purchase later-hour appointments, leave the castle and then return in time for their session. Socializing before and after appointments in the castle’s main hall is welcomed. Refreshments will be available. For more information, visit www.winnekenni.com.

Learn about good posture: A representative from Northeast Rehabilitation Hospital Network will be at the Citizens Center on Oct. 24 at 10:30 a.m. to present an interactive seminar on body mechanics.

Good body mechanics may prevent or correct problems with posture (the way you stand, sit, or lie.) and may also protect your body, especially your back, from pain and injury.

Rhonda Martin of Northeast Rehab will lead the group in a series of activities including carrying groceries, lifting boxes and household chores to practice proper body mechanics. To register for this event, contact Mary Connolly, community health coordinator, at 978-374-2390, ext. 15.

Shoe Workers Plaza to be dedicated: The Haverhill Historical Commission will dedicate the new Shoe Workers Memorial Plaza on Oct. 26 at 10 a.m.

The public is invited to celebrate the generations of men and women who worked in the shoe industry in Haverhill. A bronze plaque honoring the city’s shoe workers will be unveiled on the side of the parking garage’s exterior brick wall, opposite the commuter rail station.

The new Shoe Workers Plaza is located in the front of the MVRTA parking garage, an area where many of Haverhill’s original shoe workers once lived and worked. The plaza features new landscaping and benches. Funding for the framing of historical shoe worker photos and the bronze plaque comes from private donations and the Haverhill Cultural Council.

To make a tax deductible donation to this project, send checks payable to: Haverhill Historical Commission, Haverhill City Hall, Room 201, Attn: Sandra Palmer, 4 Summer St., Haverhill, MA 01830. Please include Shoe Workers Memorial Plaza on the memo line.

Shopping expo planned: The Women’s Guild of the Armenian Church at Hye Pointe in Haverhill will hold a preholiday shopping expo on Oct. 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the church hall at 110 Main St.

Participating vendors include Lia Sophia, Partylite, 31 Bags, Tastefully Simple, Mary Kay, Seaglass Jewelry Designs, Razz-Berry Designs, Fusion Salon and Day Spa and Scentsy. Each table will offer a raffle item. Admission is $5 and complimentary coffee and pastry will be served. All proceeds benefit the church building fund.

Artisan Fair on tap: West Church at 767 Broadway will hold an Artisan’s Fair on Oct. 26 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The church is celebrating “Faith and Art” month this month. Events include a trip to the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, a series of lectures on Faith and Art, two-dimensional artwork on display, and an Artisan Fair that is open to the public.

Art and hand-crafted items will be available for purchase, including quilts, table linens, pottery, jewelry, fine art, wood crafting, organic yarn, knitted and crocheted items, stained glass, doll clothing, photography, hand-made soaps and Christmas ornaments. Pick up some treats at the Bake Table to support West Youth. Stop in and chat with authors who will be selling their latest works. View the gallery highlighting some local artists. Stop by the Kulea table to see and buy African crafts made by women in Tanzania and learn about the organization helping orphans in that country.

Parking is available outside the church buildings. More information is available from Jennifer Castle at jennycastle8@gmail.com 617-462-0657.

Bean supper planned: St. James Episcopal Church in Groveland will hold its second bean supper of the season on Oct. 26 from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Parish Hall, 119 Washington St.

The meal includes baked pea and kidney beans, hot dogs, potato salad, cole slaw and homemade desserts. Cost is $7 for adults and $3 for children. More information is available at www.saintjamesgroveland.org.

Haunted Halloween tour of cemetery: Members of the Essex County Ghost Project will lead a costumed Halloween tour and paranormal investigation of the “haunted” Hilldale Cemetery on Oct. 26.

Gates open at 7 p.m. and the event begins at 7:30 p.m. Cost is $10 per person or $15 for a family of up to four. Kids and adults are invited to wear their Halloween costumes, bring cameras and audio recording equipment. All proceeds go to the purchase of new lawn equipment by the Hilldale Cemetery Association. More information is available from Thomas Spitalere at 978-376-2807.

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 an important meeting for all Medicare recipients. More information is available from Kathy Bresnahan or Rita LaBella at 978-374-2390.

Halloween party planned: Northern Essex Community College’s Life Long Learning Program will host a Halloween party on Oct. 31 at 2 p.m. in the Hartleb Technology Center on the college’s Haverhill campus, 100 Elliott St.

Costumes are optional, but there will be prizes for those who decide to march in a Horribles Parade in costume. Entertainment is a belly dance performance by IL’NARA, Hanna Yashmetsyeva of Haverhill.

Tickets are $15 and include lunch and entertainment. For tickets or more information, contact Charlene Boucher, NECC Life Long Learning coordinator, at 978-659-1225 or cboucher@necc.mass.edu, Kathy Bresnahan or Rita LaBella at the Council on Aging at 978-374-2390, or Darlene Sutton at Bethany Homes at 978-374-2165. Life Long Learning is a program of lectures, study groups, and trips for adults. All programs are open to the public.

Trip planned: 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 motor coach transportation.

An overnight trip to the White Mountain Hotel in North Conway, N.H. is planned for Nov. 21 and 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.

Library offers children’s program: Music and Movement for Kids, a program for children ages 2 to 5, will be held Oct. 28 at 10:30 a.m. at the public library.

Please register online.

Throughout November, the library children’s room will be collecting diaper donations for the Anchor of Hope Diaper Drive. Stop by to drop off new diapers in any size or brand. Register online at www.haverhillpl.org. More information is available by calling 978-373-1586, ext. 641, or by emailing smoser@mvlc.org.

Council on Aging plans Halloween party/dance: The Council on Aging will host a Halloween party/dance for the city’s senior citizens on Oct. 31 from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.

The event will be held at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St., and will include entertainment by disc jockey George Whitehouse of A Goodtime DJs. Whitehouse will bring his Coney Island Photo Booth as an added treat.

Prizes will be awarded for the best costumes, which are optional. The culinary staff at the Wingate of Haverhill will prepare food. The event will include door prizes. Tickets are $5 per person. For tickets or more information, contact Kathy Bresnahan or Rita LaBella at 978-374-2390.

NECC plans open house:Text ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/Solid$ID/NothingText ColorText Color$ID/NothingText ColorText Color Northern Essex Community College will hold 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.

This event 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.

Visitors can tour the campus, learn about financial aid, and explore the college’s more than 70 academic programs. Topics of discussion 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.

More information is available by calling 978-556-3700 or admissions@necc.mass.edu.

Holly Berry Fair at Phoenix Row: Bethany Community Services will host a Holly Berry Fair on Nov. 2 from 9 a.m to 2 p.m at 22 Phoenix Row in downtown Haverhill.

Parking is free on Saturdays.

The fair will feature handcrafted items, baked goods, homemade candy, jewelry and gently used items. Food and beverages will be available.

All proceeds benefit the Phoenix Resident Council. More information is available from Darlene Sutton, activity director, at 978-374-2165.

Free seminar on memory planned: Neuropsychology and Retraining of Memory and Cognitive Function, a medical Meet the Expert seminar with Neuropsychologist Dr. Buck H. Woo, is Nov. 5 from 6 to 7 p.m. in Merrimack Valley Hospital’s first floor auditorium.

Attendees will learn why combining neurological assessment with cognitive training is effective, why different memory disorders require different treatments, and how to identify cognitive disorders from patient deficits.

Free and open to the public. Registration is required. Light refreshments will be served. One contact hour in nursing awarded at the end of the presentation. More information is available from Jean at 978-420-1168 or jean.macdougall-tattan@steward.org.

Circuit Breaker Program talk planned: Brian Lynch from the Massachusetts Department of Revenue will discuss the Circuit Breaker Program on Nov. 6 at 10:30 a.m. at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St.

This program is a state income tax credit for eligible Massachusetts residents age 65 and older who paid rent or real estate taxes during the year. Income restrictions are $53,000 for single and $80,000 for married taxpayers. Assets are not included in the calculation, however, a Massachusetts State Income Tax Form and a Circuit Breaker Schedule CB must be filed. To learn more about this program and to see if you qualify, contact Kathy Bresnahan or Rita LaBella at 978-374-2390.

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 help 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.

Veteran’s Day parade planned: The city’s annual Veteran’s Day parade is scheduled for Nov. 11.

The parade will form at 10 a.m. on Kenoza Avenue in front of VFW Lorraine Post 29, 64 Kenoza Ave. The parade will start at 10:30 a.m. and proceed to Monument Square, then down Main Street to the Global Peace Monument on Ginty Boulevard, where services will be held.

At the conclusion of the services, the colors will be retired and the parade will be disbanded. A buffet luncheon will be held at the American Legion Farm, 1314 Main St.

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. 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.

Learn about senior bullying: Jason Ebacher, assistant superintendent of training for the Essex County Sheriff’s Department, will be at the Citizens Center on Nov. 13 at 10:30 a.m. for a presentation on senior citizens bullying.

Ten to 20 percent of senior citizens have experienced some type of senior-to-senior aggression. This presentation is open to the public. To register for this event, contact Kathy Bresnahan or Rita LaBella at 978-374-2390.

Fundraiser for Georgetown resident: A fundraiser for Scott Collin, a lifelong local resident and employee of the Georgetown Water Department, will be held on Nov. 16 from 5 to 10 p.m. at the VFW Post Hall, 435 Andover St., Georgetown.

Collin is battling Scleroderma, a group of diseases that affect connective tissue that supports skin and internal organs.

Scott and his wife Lisa will be putting their lives on hold this coming January when Scott travels to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to undergo a double lung transplant.

Scott’s family and friends are holding this fundraiser to help with the medical expenses related to his condition and his upcoming procedure. This event, titled “Lungs for Scott,” will include door prizes, music, silent auction items, raffles, food and a cash bar. Tickets are $10 at the door. Donations can be made to the “Lungs for Scott” account at the Georgetown Savings Bank, 2 East Main St.

If you would like to make donation of an item for the raffle table or silent auction, contact Kathy Collin before Nov. 10 at 978-352-2276. Learn more about Scott Collin at www.youcaring.com/lungsforscott. Learn about the effects of Scleroderma at www.scleroderma.org.

Master piano workshop offered: The Music Program at Northern Essex Community College is offering a masters workshops in the art of piano playing on 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.

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

Neighborhood meeting planned: Team Haverhill will host a neighborhood meeting to discuss renovation plans for the Portland Street Playground on Nov. 20 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Parish Hall at Trinity Episcopal Church.

Please use the William Street entrance.

Families and individuals who live near the playground are encouraged to attend this event, which will include a complimentary dinner and an alternate activity for children. Pre-registration is encouraged to ensure sufficient food and child care.

The agenda includes a review of the basic layout for the renovated site, which is expected to include a playground area for children and a basketball court. The planning team will present various options for play equipment and seek feedback from potential playground users about which they would like to see included.

Residents can make dinner reservations by email to info@teamhaverhill.org. Please include your name, address, telephone number, and ages of children attending. You can also leave a telephone message for Team Haverhill at 978-228-1060. Please include your name, phone number, and ages of children who will be attending.

Trip to Foxwoods Casino coming up: 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 motor coach 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.

Horgan Memorial Swim Meet planned: Haverhill High School will host the third annual Michael J. Horgan Memorial Swim meet on Nov. 30 at 2 p.m.

Registration begins at 1 p.m. Swimmers of all ages are invited to attend this fun, relay-based meet. Proceeds will go towards a scholarship awarded in Horgan’s name. Entries will be accepted on Saturday at the meet.

All registered swimmers will receive long-sleeve commemorative T-shirts and bathing caps for a $25 registration fee, or $10 for 12 and under. Registration at the door is $30. Spectator admission is a suggested donation of $10. New this year is the option of creating your own relay team. Participants and spectators can register online at www.mikehorganswimmeet.org.

For more information, send email to info@mikehorganswimmeet.org. Checks can be made payable to the Michael J. Horgan Memorial Fund, to the attention of Samantha Cerasuolo-Hackett, 13 Allen St., Bradford, MA 01835.

Christmas concert planned: The First Church of Christ in Bradford will present a Christmas concert featuring The New England Tenors on Dec. 1 at 2 p.m. Admission is a free will donation.

Please bring a nonperishable food item to support the Sacred Hearts Food Pantry. This concert is sponsored by Flowers by Steve. Visit online at www.fccbradford.org.