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December 27, 2012

Community announcements

The Haverhill Gazette

---- — Library changes schedule for Special Collections room

The Special Collections room at the public library will open with different hours in the New Year.

The room will be open Wednesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 3 p.m., instead of Wednesday and Friday. Special Collections houses Massachusetts Vital Statistics, Haverhill photos, Haverhill High yearbooks, historical information about the city and genealogy resources.

Visit the library online at haverhillpl.org or contact Carol Verny at 978-373-1586, ext. 621.

Library closed on New Year’s Day

The public library will close at 5 p.m. on Dec. 31, and will be closed Jan. 1, for New Year’s Day.

The library will reopen Jan. 2, at 9 a.m. Visit the library online at haverhillpl.org or call 978-373-1586.

Possible Dreams 2013 is next month

The Team Haverhill civic organization invites all Haverhill residents to participate in “Possible Dreams 2013,” a community-wide conversation about Haverhill’s future.

Possible Dreams 2013 will be held Jan. 28 at 7 p.m. in the Hartleb Technology Center on the Haverhill campus of Northern Essex Community College. This year’s theme is “Eyes on the Stars, Feet on the Ground” — symbolizing Haverhill’s growing aspirations for cultural and economic vitality, as well as a growing realism about what it takes to implement inspiring initiatives.

Since 2008, Team Haverhill’s Possible Dreams event has brought the community together to envision a brighter future for the city, with an annual attendance of more than 125 people, including local residents, public officials, organizational leaders, business owners and volunteers. Community-based initiatives that were born at past Possible Dreams events include the dramatic expansion of curbside recycling, revitalization of the Haverhill Farmers Market, and establishment of the River Ruckus festival.

The evening’s popular World Cafe format creates a welcoming environment and encourages lively discussion in smaller groups. There is no cost to participate in the event. Coffee and sign-in is at 6:30 p.m. Walk-ins are welcome, but pre-registration is requested to insure adequate seating. Register online at possibledreams.eventbrite.com. For more information send email to TeamHaverhill.PossibleDreams@gmail.com.

Nonprofit names

new board member

Margaret “Meg’’ Hogan, vice president of external relations for Home Health Foundation, was recently appointed to the board of L’Arche Irenicon Inc.

A Haverhill-based residential community for adults with developmental disabilities, L’Arche Irenicon is part of a worldwide network of more than 130 communities that provide a family-like atmosphere, allowing both those who have an intellectual disability and those who do not to create a home.

Hogan oversees the development and implementation of strategic agency-wide marketing, advertising, and philanthropic initiatives to advance and promote patient care services to a variety of constituencies at Home Health Foundation, one of the largest and most respected home care agencies in Massachusetts.