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December 19, 2013

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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.

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