HAVERHILL — Jaffarian Volvo Toyota recently partnered with Marigold Montessori Haverhill to donate musical instruments for the school’s outdoor education area. This “Rainbow Trio Ensemble” includes Rainbow Bongos, Rainbow Metallophone and Rainbow Chimes. These instruments from Percussion Play are sized for little hands, have pentatonic tuning — no off-tune notes, and create a safe musical haven to explore new sounds in the fresh air.
“Musical exploration aligns well with our Montessori philosophy and provides many benefits including enhancing brain development, supporting non-verbal affective communication skills, improving spatial skills, and boosting academic achievement,” said Janet Begin, founder and co-teacher/leader.
“As we learn more and more about what makes children successful in the future, it’s important to move swiftly to support the Haverhill community to empower our children’s success,” said Gary Jaffarian, president and CEO of Jaffarian Volvo Toyota.
Marigold Montessori educates students ages 2.9 to 6 and is part of the Wildflower Network of micro-schools that promotes exploration, independence, and healthy development for children. Visit wildflowerschools.org/ma/marigold or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Marigold Montessori is located at Trinity Church, 26 White St.
Winter coats needed
HAVERHILL — Ruth’s House thrift shop at 111 Lafayette Square is currently accepting donations of new or gently used winter coats. Donations are accepted Wednesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Donations cannot be accepted on Sundays, Mondays or Tuesdays.
Common Ground names new executive director
HAVERHILL — Common Ground Ministries at 194 Winter St. has named Bill Spirdione of Haverhill as its new executive director. Spirdione served as a board member at Common Ground for the last several years and will continue to serve as an associate pastor at New Life Assembly of God Church until the end of the year. Spirdione begins his new job in January. Ron Mills, former executive director of Common Ground, will become chairman of the board and president. Common Ground serves the city’s low-income and homeless population. It operates a food pantry and serves breakfast Saturdays and Sundays and lunch every weekday.
Bevilacqua re-elected to tourism board
HAVERHILL — Joseph Bevilacqua, president and CEO of the Merrimack Valley of Commerce, was recently re-elected to the board of directors of the North of Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau.
The bureau is one of the 16 Massachusetts regional tourism councils charged with increasing visitation to the 34 cities and towns in Essex County, attracting all travel sectors including leisure, business, groups, weddings, and special events from both domestic and international travelers.
Three Haverhill lawyers recognized
HAVERHILL — Three lawyers from the firm of Kazarosian Costello LLP in Haverhill were recently recognized in the 2022 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.
Attorney Marsha Kazarosian earned rankings in the practice areas of personal injury litigation – plaintiffs, civil rights law, and employment law – individuals. Walter Costello Jr. was recognized in the area of personal injury litigation – plaintiffs. Marc Moccia was selected for recognition in two practice areas: personal injury litigation – plaintiffs and family law. All three attorneys have received the best lawyers honor in years past.
Kazarosian has been practicing law for more than 30 years and in 2021 she was appointed to the inaugural Massachusetts Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Commission. Costello has been practicing law for more than 40 years. Moccia has been practicing for 10 years. He is past president of the Haverhill Bar Association and currently serves on the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Standing Committee on Lawyer Well-Being.
Best Lawyers publishes its attorney listings in partnership with U.S. News & World Report and other media partners. The goal of the rankings is to help those who need legal services identify the lawyers best qualified to represent them.
Newburyport Bank donates $1,000 to Exchange Club of Haverhill
HAVERHILL — Newburyport Bank recently donated $1,000 to the Exchange Club of Haverhill in sponsorship of the second annual Hillie Hunt, the club’s fall scavenger hunt that was held Oct. 15.
The Exchange Club of Haverhill is one of more than 900 Exchange Clubs across America. Members exchange ideas and information about how to better serve the community. Exchange, organized in 1911, is a nationwide organization with a 96-year tradition of community service.
“The Exchange Club is such an active part of the community focused on many improvement initiatives,” said Lloyd L. Hamm, president and CEO of Newburyport Bank. “They held the first Hillie Hunt last year and it was a rousing success. “We’re extremely proud to support it.”
Learning about safety
HAVERHILL — The Haverhill fighting Museum recently distributed Safety Packets to all Haverhill third graders.
This booklet was developed by the museums’ education department as a family tool to prevent and prepare for home emergencies.
Haverhill Bank sponsored the booklets and Whittier Vo-Tech’s Graphic Department printed them.
The packets included 14-page safety booklets along with free family passes to visit the Firefighting Museum, which is now closed for the season.
Visit online at www.haverhillfirefightingmuseum.org.
Register for Winter Intersession
HAVERHILL/LAWRENCE — Registration is open now for Northern Essex Community College’s Winter Intersession. Dozens of classes will be offered online starting on Jan. 3 and run for two or four weeks.
With courses like Intro to Business, U.S. History I, and Statistics, Winter Intersession provides an opportunity for students to get caught up or get ahead in their degrees. It’s not just for NECC students; area students who are home on break from other colleges and universities can easily transfer the credits they earn during an intersession course. Classes are also affordable. A typical three-credit course costs less than $800.
Registration is also open for spring semester, which starts Jan. 19.
Nashville comes to Haverhill
HAVERHILL — New Life Christian Assembly of God Church at 966 Main St., will host Nashville’s award-winning quartet, MARK209, in concert Thursday, Dec. 9, at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m. Celebrate the season with familiar classics and carols in four-part harmony, and some of the group’s latest songs from their new CD, “Christmas Trees and Cowboy Boots.” Admission is $5. Call Dawn at 603-329-6047 to register your name and number of people in your party.