hgazette.com, Haverhill, MA


August 21, 2013

The Lamp Post


College’s pockets deepen: Northern Essex Community College recently got a modest financial boost, thanks to Eastern Bank. Bob Rivers, president and chief executive officer of the bank, visited the school to make a $10,000 donation. As the college strengthens financially, NECC students received a record amount of scholarship money this year.

It didn’t take much: All it took for drivers to slow down when merging from Route 125 at Main Street onto Interstate 495 was a little pruning of branches. When state highway workers were paving that stretch of the highway recently, they also cut some branches away from a yield sign there. The Lamplighter has noticed in recent months drivers repeatedly zipping past the sign, apparently because they did not see it. But now that the branches are pruned, drivers are slowing down at the merge.

Helping with her creative skills: It was worth a try for Noreen Fantasia. The Northern Essex Community College reading tutor from Salem, N.H., had never created a PowerPoint, movie, or video in her life. But that didn’t stop her and two friends from creating a six-minute, YouTube video tribute titled “Boston State of Mind” which has received close to 8,000 views. It is designed to support One Fund Boston, where people donate to help victims of the Boston Marathon bombings.

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