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November 21, 2013

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NECC remembers JFK: Northern Essex Community College will host “A Weekend of Remembrance: The Story of JFK” beginning Nov. 22 in the Hartleb Technology Center, 100 Elliott St., Haverhill.

Free and open to the public, this event is being held to commemorate the life and legacy of President John F. Kennedy, who was assassinated 50 years ago on Nov. 22, 1963. The weekend-long event will begin with an opening ceremony at 10 a.m. Confirmed speakers include Mayor James Fiorentini, state representatives Diana DiZoglio and Leonard Mirra, and Governor’s Councilor Eileen Duff.

Organized by faculty member Richard Padova from the NECC Global Studies Department, this event will feature historical exhibits that include an invitation packet to a dinner that was to be held the evening of the assassination and a memento that was given to mourners at JFK’s funeral Mass. There will also be campaign-related items on display from Kennedy’s house, senate and presidential runs, including some rarities.

On Nov. 23 at 11:30 a.m., a panel discussion featuring NECC history professors Andrew Morse and Ligia Domenech will present “The JFK Assassination: What Really Happened,” moderated by NECC student Christopher Cox.

Throughout the weekend, visitors will also have an opportunity to write their memories of JFK in a memory book, view a video of his life, and enter a free drawing for a basket of presidential books. Hours are Nov. 22 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Nov. 23 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Nov. 24 from noon to 4 p.m.

For more information, contact Padova at 978-556-3297 or rpadova@necc.mass.edu.

Coffeehouse performances on tap: Singer/songwriter Hayley Sabella will perform at the Cat in the Cradle Coffeehouse in Byfield on Nov. 23.

Sabella’s independence and earnest truth-seeking are evident in the intrinsic lyrics and playful vocals of her songs, highlighted by catchy guitar stylings. The Lenny Solomon Band will perform old-time music that generates a timeless quality. There are still modern dilemmas and diversions, wars to protest and thought-provoking lyrics to be heard.

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