Armenian Genocide is subject of exhibit

Staff photoTom Vartabedian

A photo exhibit commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide is happening throughout the month of April at the public library.

The collection by photographer Tom Vartabedian is titled “Armenian Village People — A Country Kaleidoscope” and depicts life in modern-day Armenia, a century following a devastating massacre by the Ottoman Turkish Government that killed 1.5 million people and left another million displaced from their homeland.

Thirty color images represent part of a collection taken by Vartabedian during two trips to Armenia over the past decade, covering scenes of people living and toiling in the mountains and valleys. The images depict life in this historic land whose history dates back more than 3,000 years.

The Haverhill library and others throughout the Merrimack Valley and the North Shore will feature the exhibit during this centennial year.

It is being displayed on the second-floor gallery by the children’s room.

Vartabedian, a Haverhill Gazette columnist, worked as a photographer and writer for 40 years before retiring from the newspaper a decade ago. Much of his photography these days is dedicated to travel and pleasure.

This exhibit can be seen on the second floor during regular library hours during April: Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. The library will be closed April 19 and 20.



What: Photo exhibit commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide

Where: Haverhill Public Library

When: Regular library hours during April



Here are activities and events going on around Haverhill:

Relay for Life fundraiser planned: A Penny Sale and Raffle to help raise money for the American Cancer Society's Relay For Life in Haverhill will be held April 11 at the Haverhill Lodge of Elks, 24 Summer St.

Doors open at 1 p.m. and drawings for more than 200 prizes begin at 5 p.m. Everyone is welcome to attend. More information is available by emailing


WOW Conference planned: The Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce will hold its 19th annual Winning Opportunities for Women (WOW) Conference April 17 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. This day-long event will be held at the Blue Ocean Music Hall in Salisbury.

Registrations are being accepted.

Guest speakers include: Liz Brunner, CEO of Brunner Communications and a former news anchor for WCVB-TV; Mary Ann Esposito, chef and star of “Ciao Italia” on PBS; Cindy Stumpo, CEO of C. Stumpo Development and star of the HGTV reality show “Tough as Nails;” and Tricia Bradley, founder of Serious Fun Productions LLC.

Tickets include the conference, a continental breakfast, lunch, and a private shopping experience. Seating is limited. WOW sponsors and vendors are being sought.

For tickets or more information, contact the chamber at 978-373-5663 or visit online at


Adult education forum planned: The Haverhill Adult Education Coalition will host a community forum on adult education on April 10 from 10 a.m. to noon at the public library, 99 Main St.

Cynthia Faulkner, director of education and training programs at Community Action Inc. and co-chairperson of the coalition, said the organization is a a rekindling of the former Haverhill Partners for Literacy that has been idle for several years. Current members include representatives from the city, the library, United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley, Holy Family Hospital at Merrimack Valley, Haverhill Public Schools, Whittier Regional High, Northern Essex Community College, Haverhill YMCA, Emmaus Inc., Valley Works Career Center and Community Action Inc.

Space is limited and registration is required. More information is available from Patricia Pelletier at 508-982-8535 or


Health and Wellness Focus of NECC Fair: Northern Essex Community College will host a Health Profession Health and Wellness Fair on April 13 from 9 a.m. to noon in the lobby of the first and second floors of the Spurk Building on the college’s Haverhill campus, 100 Elliott St.

This event, which is free and open to the public, will showcase the various health programs offered at NECC as well as educate visitors on different health issues affecting society. Student and faculty representatives will be available to discuss the value of each academic health program as well as health issues related to that program’s topic.

Topics include The Use & Function of the Automated External Defibrillator, Getting a Good Night’s Sleep; What is your Blood Type and How the Blood Bank Finds the Perfect Match for You; Oral Health equals Overall Wellness: The Oral Systemic Connection; How Reiki Heals You; Domestic Violence; Privacy & Security in Protected Health Information; Smoking Cessation & Lung Health Awareness; Bone Fractures; Phlebotomists – We’re so Vein; Conjunctivitis and Who Says Medical Coding Isn’t Fun?

A spokesperson from the New England Organ Bank will discuss the merits of enrolling to be an organ donor; a reiki master will be available to demonstrate this alternative therapy. All individuals who visit all tables and complete raffle cards will be entered into raffles for various prizes.

More information is available from Linda Comeau at


Northern Essex remembers Lincoln: Northern Essex Community College will present a morning long event, “NECC Remembers President Lincoln 150 Years Later” to commemorate the anniversary of his assassination on April 14 beginning at 9 a.m. in the Hartleb Technology Center on the Haverhill Campus, 100 Elliott St.

The morning will begin with a welcome by NECC President Lane Glenn followed by a reading of the Gettysburg Address by Northern Essex theater professor Jim Murphy.

From 10:45 a.m. to noon, there will be a panel of NECC faculty discussing selected topics including Andrew Morse – “Lincoln and the Legislature”; Stephen Russell – “The Merrimack Valley in the Civil War”; and Thomas Greene – “Stake of the Union: Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter.” Katie Formosi, vice president of NECC’s Contemporary Affairs Club will moderate the event.

At noon there will a staged reading of Act 3, Scene 2 of “Our American Cousin,” by NECC theater students followed by a moment of silence.

Throughout the morning, Lincoln ephemera from NECC Professor Rich Padova’s private collection will be on display in the Tech Center.

This presentation is part of Movers, Shakers and Opinion Makers, a series sponsored by NECFC's Global Studies Department. 


Haverhill Reads 2015 - Five Free Events: The public library will host a series of events in April to celebrate Haverhill Reads.

This year’s book is “The Leftovers” by Tom Perrotta. Space is limited at all events.

Learn to make a memory book with local artist Sabrina Pilet-Jones on April 9 at 7 p.m. Bring photographs of loved ones and the library will provide everything else.

Learn about the history of bicycles and where to bike in the area when Riverside Cycle of Haverhill presents “Bicycles: Then and Now” on April 14 at 7 p.m.

Forensic Science Roadshow with Paul Zambella is April 16 at 6:30 p.m. Venture into the world of CSI with this interactive program that will introduce attendees to the fascinating study of forensic science.

Learn about funeral homes with Pat Driscoll of Driscoll Funeral Home in Bradford on April 18 at 1 p.m. Driscoll will discuss topics such as what happens inside a funeral home and how get a body gets there from the hospital.

Tom Perrotta, author of “The Leftovers” will discuss his work on April 23 at 7 p.m. Perrotta will answer questions and sign books. Come listen to this best-selling author whose works have been adapted for film and television. Refreshments will be served.

Register for these events online at under Calendar of Events or call 978-373-1586.


NECC to host Navy Band: The Navy Band Northeast Pop Ensemble will present a free concert in the Hartleb Technology Center on Northern Essex Community College’s Haverhill campus, 100 Elliott St., on April 10 at 7 p.m.

This event is open to the public. Seats are general admission on a first-come, first-served basis. Under the direction of Lt. Gregory Fritz, the concert band performs a wide variety of musical styles including traditional band music, popular standards and patriotic favorites.

The band, which is attached to the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, R.I., and serves the military and civilian communities throughout the Northeastern United States, is comprised of 45 talented professional Navy musicians from across the country.

This event is sponsored by the NECC Music Department. More information is available from Michael Lecuyer at


NECC to present “Avenue Q”: Find out what happens to starry eyed children when they become adults in “Avenue Q,” presented by Northern Essex Community College’s Top Notch Players on April 10, 11, 17 and 18 at 7:30 p.m., and April 16 at 4 p.m. in the Top Notch Theatre on the third floor of the Spurk Building on the college’s Haverhill campus, 100 Elliott St.

Tickets are $10 for general admission and $8 for students and senior citizens. Tickets are available at the door and through

An American play, “Avenue Q” is a coming-of-age parable, addressing and satirizing the issues and anxieties associated with entering adulthood. Its characters lament that as children, they were assured by their parents, and by children’s television programs such as PBS’s Sesame Street, that they were “special” and “could do anything,” but as adults, they have discovered to their surprise and dismay that in the real world their options are limited, and they are no more “special” than anyone else.

The musical is notable for the use of 11 puppets, animated by unconcealed puppeteers, alongside three human actors.


Chamber plans Energy Summit: The Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce will present its first Energy Summit in the Greater Haverhill area for business owners and consumers.

This breakfast event is April 22 from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Merrimack Valley Golf Club, 210 Howe St., Methuen. Attendees will be updated on the newest policies and regulations from the Massachusetts Department of Energy, how they will impact business and what can be done to improve efficiency and lower costs of energy consumption. Speakers include Matthew Beaton, secretary for the Massachusetts Department of Energy and Environmental Affairs; Quincy Vale of MassAmerican Energy, and Marcy Reed of National Grid.

The event will include vendors representing alternative energies and newest technologies in the mainstream and green energy markets, an E-cycling event in which all IT related electronics will be accepted for a small donation (a full list of accepted items is available) and Shred Day, during which business and personal documents will be destroyed for a small donation. A full breakfast will be served. Tickets are $25 per person. Seating is limited and RSVPs are required. Sponsors include Holy Family Hospital and Covanta Energy. More information is available by calling 978-373-5663 or by email to


New spring and summer trips offered: The Council on Aging is offering a new trip to Nantucket for the 2015 Daffy Festival on April 24 and 25.

The trip includes the Heritage Plantation in Sandwich, a Cape Cod Canal cruise, a night at the Hampton Inn in West Yarmouth, a lobster bake dinner, and a steamship cruise to Nantucket for Daffy Day. The group will return via the fast ferry and will arrive back in Haverhill about 9:30 p.m. Cost is $299 per person, double occupancy.

Other excursions being planned include a Chocolate, Wine and Lobster trip on May 16; a Jazz Cruise in Gloucester on July 6; a Finger Lakes Wine Festival trip, July 11 to 13; Nova Scotia Atlantic Canadian Cruise, Sept. 2 to 8; and a Caribbean Repositioning Cruise, Oct. 30 to Nov. 14. Several trips are in the planning stages, so watch for updates. More information is available from Kathy Bresnahan or Rita LaBella at 978-374-2390 or


NECC Campus Classic 5K and Fun Run: Northern Essex Community College will hold its second annual Campus Classic 5K and Fun Run on May 2.

The USATF certified 5K race will begin at 10 a.m. on the college’s Haverhill campus, 100 Elliott St., and will wind through the rural campus and surrounding residential neighborhood. Competitive runners — as well as novices and walkers — are invited to participate. Registration for the 5K is $25 before April 5 and $30 after that date. Online registration will remain open until April 30.

Children ages 12 and under are invited to participate in the Fun Run, which is organized by age group with the first race beginning at 9 a.m. Registration for the Fun Run is $10. Following the race, there will be children’s activities, including face painting and an obstacle course.

The first 200 5K registrants and the first 50 Fun Run participants will receive T-shirts. Awards in the 5K go to the top male and female overall plus age divisions. All Fun Run participants will receive an award.

Participants are encouraged to wear apparel from their own college. Proceeds from the race will benefit the NECC Annual Fund, which provides support for student scholarships and academic programs.

For more information or to register, visit or contact Lindsey Mayo at or 978-556-3621.


Trivia Night planned: The Haverhill Education Foundation will host its semi-annual Trivia Night on May 9 at The Roma Restaurant in Bradford.

First prize is $300, second prize is $100 and third prize is $50. There will also be a special Haverhill round with a prize of $50. Free finger food, homemade desserts, and coffee will be served. The Roma will offer a cash bar.

Registration in advance is required. Take advantage of the Early Bird discount by registering before April 25 at or call 978-697-5620 for a registration form. After April 25, tickets will be $40 per person. Teams must consist of six to 10 members. If you do not have enough team members, you can still participate. The Trivia Night Committee will pair you up with others in a Wild Card Team. There will be no tickets sold at the door.

The foundation is an all-volunteer, nonprofit, tax exempt organization which supports programs and projects in the Haverhill Public Schools. The Haverhill High Model UN team, the Discovery Club after-school and summer program, the Robotics program as well as the annual District Parent Council’s Write Away!! Contest have received support from the foundation.


Boston Pops trip planned: The Council on Aging is planning a trip to see the “The Pops Plays The Beatles” on May 13 at Symphony Hall in Boston.

Participants will hear the music of The Beatles in symphonic treatments. 

This trip includes a stop at the Prudential Center California Pizza Kitchen, reserved seating in the second balcony, and luxury motor coach transportation. Cost for this trip is $95. More information is available from Kathy Bresnahan or Rita LaBella at 978-374-2390.


Scavenger hunt planned: A “Walk to Rock” Scavenger hunt and party will be held May 30 from 5 to 10 p.m. at 99 Washington St.

Details about the event are available at The event will take place in the downtown. Teams will be searching for various items and will be asked to perform various tasks in this music-themed event. Entry fee, including admission to the after-party, is $40 per person.

Teams should include four to six people. Tickets for the party only are $30 each. The party will feature live music by Business Time along with appetizers from The Tap restaurant. Sponsorships are available. Proceeds go to assist low income seniors in Haverhill with heating their homes. This event is presented by the Breakfast Exchange Club of Greater Haverhill. More information is available by emailing or by calling Celeste Begley, president of the Breakfast Exchange Club, at 781-548-0017.


Trip to Robert Frost Farm planned: Actor and lecturer Stephen Collins will lead a guided tour of the Robert Frost Farm in Derry on June 30.

During the drive from Haverhill to the farm for the Council on Aging event, Collins will recite many of Frost’s beloved poems and talk about his life and times. A Park Ranger will lead a guided 45-minute tour of this National Historic Landmark.

The Robert Frost Farm was home to Robert Frost and his family from 1900 to 1911. Lunch is at the Colosseum Restaurant in Salem following the tour. Cost of this trip is $59 and includes lunch. More information is available from Kathy Bresnahan or Rita LaBella at 978-374-2390.


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