Comcast Textbook Challenge: Haverhill schools announced that Comcast will match donations dollar for dollar, up to $5,000, for the Textbook Challenge through May 31. The Textbook Challenge began in January as a way for individuals and organizations to give a tax-free donation to support the purchase of textbooks and supplements. The average textbook costs $65. To support a classroom of 25 students costs $1,625. To support an entire class of 600 students costs $39,000. The Textbook Project has received just over $25,000 in the last three months. Tax-free donations by check or money order can be sent to: Haverhill Public Schools, The Textbook Project, 4 Summer St., Room 104, Haverhill, MA 01830.



Chamber news

Greater Haverhill

Annual golf tournament: Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley will host its annual golf tournament June 8 honoring Bruce Arnold. Registration deadline is May 18. Costs: individual golfer registration is $130; golf cart sponsor is $350; cart sponsor and foursome is $800; tee/green sponsorship and foursome is $630; foursome special is $500; tee/green sponsor is $150; lunch only is $50. For more information, call Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley at 800-892-0890 or visit www.esmv.org.

Ninety-first annual dinner honoring the anniversary of John Greenleaf Whittier’s birth on June 7 at 6 p.m. at DiBurro’s Function Facilities, 887 Boston Road, Ward Hill. Also honored will be the recipients of the Charles E. Billups Award, the Laurie Chase Community Leadership Award, the Jerry Loy Outstanding Director Awards and a special farewell to chamber President Sally Cerasuolo-O’Rourke. Cost is $60 per person or $600 for a table in preferred seating. Entree is choice of shrimp and filet mignon or chicken cordon bleu.

Chamber president search: The chamber search committee seeks applicants for president, the position currently held by Sally Cerasuolo-O’Rourke, who is leaving June 30. The committee agreed that the new president should possess excellent leadership, managerial and communications skills, be able to expand membership growth, increase member services and direct economic development initiatives. Resumes will be accepted until the end of the month and interviews will follow with the aim of filling the post by July 1. Candidates may apply in confidence by submitting a résumé and supporting materials to Davis c/o Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, 40 Kenoza Ave., or by e-mailing jefferson.davis@nemoves.com.

Free advice: Service Core of Retired Executives (SCORE) offers free and confidential advice and counseling to individuals starting a business or already in business. Sessions are on Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce, 87 Winter St.

For information on all Greater Haverhill Chamber events, call 978-373-5663.



Merrimack Valley

Annual golf tournament: Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley will host its annual golf tournament June 8 honoring Bruce Arnold. Registration deadline is May 18. Costs: Individual golfer registration is $130; golf cart sponsor is $350; cart sponsor and foursome are $800; tee/green sponsorship and foursome are $630; foursome special is $500; tee/green sponsor is $150; lunch only is $50. For more information, call Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley at 800-892-0890 or visit www.esmv.org.

Super blood drive on May 31 from 1:30 to 7:30 p.m., Andover Town House, 20 Main St., sponsored by Ironstone Farm. Participants can enter to win Red Sox tickets as “Blood Donor of the Game.” To schedule an appointment, call 800-448-3543 or visit www.givelife.org.

Small-business recognition day on June 1, 7:30 to 9 a.m., DiBurro’s Function Hall, 887 Boston Road. Cost is $20. For more information, call 978-372-0441.

Golf: The 22nd annual Kiwanis Club of Greater Lawrence’s “Golf Day for Kids” is July 9 at the Hickory Hill Golf Course, Methuen. Proceeds benefit child education, safety and health programs. There will be a 50/50 raffle, post-tournament cookout and prizes. For more information, registration forms or to make a donation or raffle item, call Al DeLuca at 978-527-6222.

Business directory: Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce is putting together its business directory, which is professionally printed to help reach your target audience. For information, contact Will Carpenter at 978-686-0900 or wcarpenter@merrimackvalleychamber.com.



Homebased Businesswomen’s Network

Annual network dinner: June 14. For information on the dinner or any other events, call Kate Victory at 978-777-8840.



Radio hosts sought

Local radio station WCCM 1490 AM is recruiting people to host their own radio shows. Areas of needed expertise include sports, news, real estate experts, health care providers, attorneys and financial experts. For information, call John Basset at 978-683-7171.



Business network

The Haverhill chapter of Business Network International holds a free networking breakfast every Friday at 7 a.m. at the Haverhill Best Western. For information, call Dianne McDermott, 978-394-5166.



Post business card

The Haverhill Public Library provides a bulletin board for local businesses to display business advertisements on 3x5 cards. Cards will be dated and posted for six months. For information, call 978-317-1586.

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