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December 19, 2013

Haverhill news in brief

The Haverhill Gazette

---- — 300 kids await Christmas help

HAVERHILL — The Salvation Army in Haverhill needs your help in making Christmas special for local children. Salvation Army Lt. Jeff Hardy says there are still over 300 children who have not been adopted for this Christmas season through the Salvation Army Angel Giving Tree program. If you would like to help make a child’s wishes come true, drop by The Salvation Army at 395 Main St. and pick up an angel. You can shop for that child or pick up unwrapped gifts and bring them to The Salvation Army and the gifts will be matched with an appropriate child. More information is available by calling 978-374-7571.

NECC students help at holiday

HAVERHILL — Northern Essex Community College students in Professor Isabelle Gagne’s Developmental Psychology 1: Childhood and Adolescence course took time to volunteer and donate goods to Emmaus Inc. in Haverhill this holiday season.

After seeing a video in class on homelessness, Gagne’s students decided to help by collecting and donating goods to Emmaus. They decided to do this on their own and out of the goodness of their hearts, Gagne said. Items collected included food, arts and craft supplies, as well as household goods and toiletries.

Students in the class have also been volunteering their time a couple days a week to tutor school-aged children at Emmaus.

Emmaus Inc. is a community-based-non-profit cooperation that provides housing and services to homeless adults and families in Haverhill.

Pentucket aids Loan Fund

HAVERHILL — Pentucket Bank representatives visited the Friendship Drive Housing Cooperative in Salem, N.H., on Sept. 12, along with the Rev. David Yasenka of the Triumphant Cross Lutheran Church and Tara Reardon, director of the NH Community Loan Fund, to present the Loan Fund with a check for $10,000. The donation from the bank will be used to assist the Friendship Drive Housing Cooperative in installing concrete pads for the heating oil tanks that belong to the Coop’s rental units. EPA guidelines have prohibited oil companies from delivering oil to any unit that does not sit securely on a concrete base; seven of the units at Friendship Drive did not comply and would therefore not have been able to receive oil deliveries after Oct. 1. Pentucket Bank Senior Vice President John DeBaun was made aware of this issue by the Rev. David Yasenka and worked with Pentucket Bank President/CEO Scott Cote to determine a way in which the bank could assist. The donation of $10,000 was sent to the NH Community Loan Fund, the organization that will then filter the funds to the Housing Cooperative as they are needed to pay for the work. This donation will also allow the Housing Coop to pour a new slab for a new, donated housing unit to be placed in the housing park. This will offer a currently displaced Salem family a stable place to live. For more information, visit pentucketbank.com and facebook.com/pentucketbank.

‘Vets are Special’ campaign

Haverhill’s Carmen Johnson has teamed up with two other local business owners to honor veterans. Through their “Veterans are Special” campaign, Johnson, Michelle Orescovich and Susan Keefe are offering extended discounts to past and present members of the military. The discounts, which began on Veterans Day, will extend through the end of the year. Johnson, a licensed muscular therapist, is offering a $20 discount on a one-hour massage. Orescovich, who operates Amore Salon, a full-service beauty salon, is providing a $10 savings on men’s and women’s haircuts. Keefe, the principal at Susan’s Homeopathy, offers natural, holistic healing services for a variety of ailments. Her discount is $50 off an initial consultation. All three businesses are located at 246 Main St. in North Reading. Services are provided by appointment only. For more information, visit veteransarespecial.org or call 978-973-3009.

Branch opening in 2014

NORTH ANDOVER — Pentucket Bank has received approval of their plans for the construction of a new branch location in North Andover. The North Andover Planning Board and Conservation Committee have given the green light for the new full service Pentucket Bank branch which will be located at 1077 Osgood St. Pentucket Bank anticipates construction of its newest office to begin in the spring of 2014 and plans to be open for business in late 2014.

L’Arche Irenicon’s 30th

HAVERHILL — L’Arche Irenicon, Haverhill, a residential community providing lifelong homes for adults with developmental disabilities, celebrated their 30th anniversary on Oct. 4, with a breakfast at the Black Swan Country Club in Georgetown. L’Arche Irenicon is a unique residential living model where core members (disabled) and their live-in assistants (abled staff) live together creating homes. L’Arche was founded in France in 1963 and today has over 137 communities in over 38 countries around the globe. Patricia Deegan, PH.D, a nationally recognized disability rights activist and longtime friend of L’Arche Irenicon, was the keynote speaker at the breakfast. Irenicon honored three community organizations who have made a difference in the lives of the community members: the LaSalette Faith Community, the Wadleigh Foundation and the Topsfield Fire Department. For more information, visit larcheirenicon.org.

School helps Emmaus

HAVERHILL — The Walnut Square School PTO held its annual Fall Festival on Oct. 20. Past, present and future Walnut Square students attended the event. The National Junior Honor Society from J.G. Whittier Middle School volunteered their time to help make the event a success. Walnut Square School is currently collecting gently used coats, hats, mittens, etc. All sizes will be accepted and all items received will be washed courtesy of EZ Way Cleaners and will then be donated to the Emmaus House. Email Heather Delle Chiaie at hdellechiaie@yahoo.com or Maura Ryan-Ciardiello at Maura52157@aol.com or join the Walnut Square School PTO Facebook Page for more information and updates.

Governor fetes HCTV

HAVERHILL — In the wake of Haverhill Community Television’s 25th anniversary event, held at Renaissance Golf Club in Haverhill on Nov. 20, the Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce and Haverhill Community Television were privileged to welcome Gov. Deval Patrick to Haverhill on the morning of Nov. 21. The governor joined in celebration of HCTV’s anniversary and grand unveiling of their new logo. The Chamber’s executive staff, President Sven Amirian and Vice President Jen Cantwell, were featured performers and contributors in the television studio’s featured movie trailers which were highlighted at the event. The trailers emphasized decades of Haverhill history, politics and business with parodies of feature films. Over 230 people appreciated the efforts of the community-based television station, including elected officials, business leaders and community members, who came together in an effort of comradery and celebration.

Ocasio’s grand opening

HAVERHILL — The Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce announces the grand opening of Ocasio’s True Martial Arts, a longtime Chamber member who has just relocated to 192 Merrimack St., Suite 1, in downtown Haverhill. Ocasio’s was formerly located at the beginning of Merrimack Street, close to Main Street and Route 125. The grand opening celebration and ribbon cutting ceremony were held on Nov. 20. Included in the ceremony were Joshua Munoz, instructor; Sven Amirian, president of the Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce; Herman Ocasio, owner; Mayor James Fiorentini, city of Haverhill; Kim Ocasio, executive administrator; and Isiah Ocasio, instructor. For more information on Ocasio’s True Martial Arts, visit ocasiostma.com.

Winter coat drive continues

TEWKSBURY — Anton’s Cleaners’ 19th annual Coats for Kids winter coat drive will run through Jan. 11. Anton’s Cleaners’ goal is to help 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. Participating companies receive posters and other marketing material to promote the drive within their companies and groups. Participating schools receive the opportunity to earn rewards for their school while helping babies, kids and adults in their own community through this program. Once collected and cleaned, coats are distributed free of charge through the Coats for Kids Distribution Partners network, which includes organizations such as BU Medical Center Outreach Van Project, Catholic Charities, Community Giving Tree, Massachusetts Community Action Programs (MASSCAP), Mental Health Association of Greater Lowell, Middlesex Human Service Agency, Salvation Army, Taunton State Hospital, Wish Project and many more. Last year’s drive collected 52,000 coats, with Anton’s donating over $10,000 in cleaning services. For more information or to sign up and become a corporate partner, visit antons.com.