Buy a chance to put your face on mural

Earn a spot on the Essex Street Mural: The Essex Street Gateway Mural Committee is pleased to announce an exciting opportunity for an individual to have their likeness in the Essex Street Gateway Mural.

Raffle tickets are $20 and one lucky winner will actually have themselves or designate another to be painted in the mural.

Tickets went on sale June 7 at NMTW Credit Union, 20 Cushing Ave., all Pentucket Bank branches, Angles and Arts, 80 Wingate Street, all Haverhill Bank branches and Keon's Restaurant, 105 Washington Street, or by contacting Team Haverhill at Team.Haverhill@comcast.net.

Raffle tickets are limited and available until July 21 with the drawing to be held July 22. Entrants must provide a means to be contacted on the date of the drawing and must be prepared to submit a photo image for the artists to work or be available for a photo session prior to July 29. In the event that the winner cannot be contacted, or cannot supply a photo by the deadline, an alternate winner will be selected. For more information visit www.TeamHaverhill.org.

Nominations sought for volunteers awards

Nominations are being accepted for Mayor James Fiorentini's Volunteers of the Year awards program. The deadline to submit nominations is June 24. The awards will be presented at this year's Independence Day Celebration on July 3 at Riverside Park. These awards will recognize those Haverhill citizens who have distinguished themselves in our community through their service and dedication to improving the city. Please send your nomination information to mayorsawards@cityofhaverhill.com or by mail to: Vincent Ouellette, Human Services Director, Haverhill Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St., Haverhill, MA 01830.

Hillie Athletics' Sign Up: The Haverhill Athletic Department will hold informational meetings for all students interested in playing a sport at Haverhill High School next year. Three sessions will be offered: June 16 at 6:00 p.m., June 20 at 4:00 p.m. and June 20 at 6:00 p.m. All potential student-athletes (including incoming freshmen) and at least one parent/guardian are asked to attend one of these sessions.

23rd Cycle for Shelter set for July 24

The 23rd Cycle for Shelter to benefit Emmaus is July 24 at Northern Essex Community College in Haverhill. For the first time, cyclists and volunteers can register online, track donations by creating a personal fundraising page, create your own cycle or volunteer team and track the progress of the entire event.

Cyclists can choose from four exciting routes of 20, 50, 62 (100K) or 100 miles with staggered start times between 7 and 10 a.m. The routes wind along the Merrimack River through historic Rocks Village and along the scenic New Hampshire seacoast. The Cycle For Shelter event has been listed in the magazine "Bicycling" as one of its readers favorite rides. There is a minimum fundraising level of $200. Registration fee is $46 until May 30 then $75 until July 19. Registration fee is $100 on the day of event, if space is available. Be a top pledge collector and receive great prizes.

Money raised through Cycle for Shelter supports Emmaus programs that help homeless families and individuals rebuild their lives. Emmaus programs in Haverhill assist 2,500 different people each year. Emmaus has been recognized in Massachusetts and nationally as a best practice model for responding to homelessness. Fore more information about participating, donating, volunteering or becoming a sponsor, visit online at www.emmausinc.org.

Flea Market: The Haverhill Clubhouse will hold a giant community flea market on July 9 at GAR Park. The event is from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tables are available to the public for $25 dollars each. Payment is by money order or cash. For more information contact the clubhouse at 978-521-6957 or haverclub@gmail.com. Visit online at www.haverhillclubhouse.org, The nonprofit Haverhill Clubhouse is dedicated to helping men and women of all ages recovering from mental illness in their pursuit of a full, healthy life.

Summer Reading Adventure set to begin

The Children's Department at the public library will hold its Summer Reading Adventure kickoff June 25 at 10:30 a.m. Chldren's entertainer Jungle Jim will present a wild and whacky program featuring lively stories from other cultures and balloon sculptures. Register at www.haverhillpl.org by clicking on Calendar of Events. Visit Jungle Jim at www.junglejimboston.com.

The 2011 Summer Reading Adventure, "One World, Many Stories," is sponsored by your local library, the Massachusetts Library System, the Boston Bruins and the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners. Children in Kindergarten through grade five can register starting June 18 at www.haverhillpl.org. Click on the link to the Children's

Department. The first 300 kids to sign up will receive a free book bag. The program runs from June 25 to Sept. 2. Children can set their own reading goal: 20 hours or 40 books. As you read your way through the summer, you can

move your game piece across the Children's Department windows, which represent the 10 different countries being studied this summer. Those reaching the goal will receive a free book and a prize packet from the Topsfield Fair, which entitles you to free admission. Each week features a different country and activity starting with Australia week on June 27. It features an Australian "campfire" program and folktales at 6:30 p.m. Aboriginal dot art is June 30 from 10 to 11 a.m. Aboriginal mask making is July 1 from 1 to 2 p.m. Registration is not required for these activities. For more information call 978-373-1586, ext. 630.

Puppet show open to grandparents and their grandchildren

Northern Essex Community College's Life Long Learning Program will present Brenda Weber and her Patriotic Puppet Show on June 23 at 2 p.m. in Room 103 of the Technology Center on NECC's Haverhill campus. Admission is $2 per person. This event is geared to grandparents and their grandchildren. Weber, of Atkinson, N.H., will present her life-sized puppets in a show full of patriotic music and will be singing and dancing with her puppets. Life Long Learning is a program of lectures, study groups, and trips for adults. All programs are open to the public. For more information contact Charlene Boucher at 978-556-3825 or cboucher@necc.mass.edu.

Haverhill Post Office to host direct mail event

Small businesses are invited to attend a Grow Your Business Day event on June 22 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the lobby of the Post Office at 2 Washington Square. As part of this Grow Your Business Day event, sponsored by Haverhill Postmaster Donna Legro, postal service representatives will provide information and answer questions about a new "Every Door Direct Mail" program intended to assist in growing small businesses. This new streamlined process enables a business to affordably extend its customer reach. Businesses can target a location without using a mail list, build more customer traffic, find new customers, increase revenue and reduce mail preparation costs. This event is presented by Haverhill Postmaster Donna Legro, post office staff and USPS Business Solutions Specialist Andrew Niederberger.

This event is free, but participants are encouraged to pre-register at USPS.com/growyourbusinessday.

Fidelity House opens new home in Haverhill.

Fidelity House Human Services, headquartered in Lawrence, recently opened its newest group home in Haverhill.

Since 1971, this nonprofit organization has offered individuals with developmental disabilities opportunities and supports to live rich and full lives within their own communities. Today, Fidelity House serves nearly 700 adults and children with developmental disabilities and their families throughout the Merrimack Valley. Fidelity manages 18 staffed homes in Lawrence, Methuen, Andover, Georgetown as well as Haverhill, where a 19th home is being built as well.

Funding to open new group homes is from past and present donations to Fidelity House and from the Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services (DDS). Fidelity House is the primary provider of services to individuals with developmental disabilities as well as support services to their families in the Merrimack Valley.

Art camp for teens

Local artist Sharon Silverman will hold an art camp this summer for youths and teens ages 12 to 18.

Classes meet weekdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., June 27 to Aug. 5 at Angles & Art, 80 Wingate St. Cost is $100 per week and includes supplies. The week of July 5 runs Tuesday through Saturday instead of the usual Monday through Friday.

Participants are asked to pre-register and pay at Angles & Art before the camp begins. Registration takes place Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Fridays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information contact Sharon Silverman at silvermanarts@comcast.net.

Benefit Concert: Enjoy an evening of classic rock while supporting those with developmental disabilities. Come join Massachusetts Advocates Standing Strong (MASS) for a benefit concert featuring the Low Murphy Band at AMVETS Post 147, 576 Primrose St., on June 17 from 7 p.m. to midnight.

All are welcome to join us for a fantastic evening of music and fun. Tickets are $10 per person and will be available at the door. To purchase tickets in advance, or group reservations, please call 781-789-4274.

Senior lunch features talk by surgeon

Merrimack Valley Hospital will host a senior lunch on June 28 at 1 p.m. This luncheon program will be in the auditorium and will feature guest speaker Dr. Edwin S. Menor, a general surgeon who will talk about the most common hernias in adults. Cost is $5 and includes the presentation and a lunch of chicken marsala, rice, broccoli, salad, rolls, dessert, coffee and tea. To register please call Kathy at 978-521-8140. Merrimack Valley Hospital is at 140 Lincoln Ave.

Benefit in memory of the late Thomas Gray is June 17

The friends and family of the late Thomas Gray of Bradford will hold a benefit in his memory on June 17 at DiBurro's in Ward Hill. Proceeds will go to the Gray Children Memorial Fund, which was set up at the Merrimack Valley Federal Credit Union in Haverhill. The event will include raffles for items such as Red Sox tickets, autographed Mickey Ward boxing gloves, John Cena autographed photos and memorabilia, KC and The Sunshine Band tickets and backstage passes as well as gift certificates and baskets donated by local businesses. There will also be appetizers and entertainment, featuring headlining act Downtown Charlie.

Gray, 39, died in a motorcycle accident on April 26 close to his Kingsbury Avenue home, where he lived with his wife India Gray and their two children, Lucien, 13, and Atticus, 8. Known to his friends as Tom, Gray was a native of Bradford and was educated in Haverhill's schools. He attended Whittier Tech and Northern Essex Community College. Gray was a machinist for Mass Transit and worked for the MBTA for 17 years.

Tickets are $50 per person and are available by contacting Geno Barone at 978-360-6044 or at genobarone@hotmail.com.

You can also send a check payable to the Gray Children Memorial Fund c/o India Gray, and mail to Geno Barone PO Box 1712, Haverhill MA 01831. Your tickets will be at the door. Tickets must be purchased in advance in order to obtain a proper head count. Visit the "Benefit for the Gray Family" on Facebook.

23rd Cycle for Shelter set for July 24

The 23rd Cycle for Shelter to benefit Emmaus is July 24 at Northern Essex Community College in Haverhill. For the first time, cyclists and volunteers can register online, track donations by creating a personal fundraising page, create your own cycle or volunteer team and track the progress of the entire event.

Cyclists can choose from four exciting routes of 20, 50, 62 (100K) or 100 miles with staggered start times between 7 and 10 a.m. There is a minimum fundraising level of $200. Registration fee is $46 until May 30 then $75 until July 19. Registration fee is $100 on the day of event, if space is available. Be a top pledge collector and receive great prizes.

Money raised through Cycle for Shelter supports Emmaus programs that help homeless families and individuals rebuild their lives. For more information about participating, donating, volunteering or becoming a sponsor, visit online at www.emmausinc.org.

Scouting Events

Boy Scout Troop 87 will host two upcoming events in Groveland. Dallis Hurd will host a flea market and pasta dinner on June 18 at Groveland Congregational Church, 4 King St. This is to raise money for his Eagle Community Service project, which will refurbish and landscape the courtyard at Pentucket Middle School. The flea market is from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine. Tables are $30. The dinner is from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. and includes American chop suey, bread and butter, refreshments and dessert. The cost is $8 for adults and $5 for children. For flea market tables or dinner reservations contact Marie Hurd at mhurd09@aol.com.

Steven Schulz will hold a car wash on June 18 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., behind the Town Hall complex. This is to raise money for his Eagle Community Service Project, which will be improving and renovating an area at Coastal Connections in Amesbury.

Community service projects such as these require a lot of funding and volunteer hours, and benefit the community across age and ability spectrums. Troop 87 had five Scouts become Eagle in the last three years, and looks forward to the completion of this year's Eagle projects.

Bruins support summer reading

The Boston Bruins are once again teaming up with libraries across the Commonwealth to encourage kids and teens to keep reading over the summer. Tim Thomas, Milan Lucic, Mark Recchi and other players helped libraries develop Favorite Books of the Boston Bruins, a recommended reading list, to encourage children and teens to read a variety of books over the summer. The lists and the books are available for kids to check out at the public library. To encourage participation, the Bruins offer prizes for children and teens selected from a pool of candidates who demonstrate outstanding reading involvement. Last year, Haverhill teen Grace Azzarito won an autographed Milan Lucic hockey puck. This year's prizes include an opportunity to greet members of the Bruins before they take the ice during a home game. You can sign up for summer reading at www.haverhillpl.org or stop by the library. Favorite Books of the Bruins and prize details are available at www.mass.gov/libraries.

Hollow Beauty: The Empty Storefront Galleries Project kicks off June 18 with the work of local photographer Andrew Schirmer. Look for these stunning images in the windows of the former Antique Mart, 90 Washington Street, and enjoy a free reception with the artist on June 30 at 7 p.m.

Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce Exclusive Dinner: Experience a rare opportunity for a private reception and book signing with Andre Dubus III at the Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce's 95th Annual Dinner on June. VIP ticket holders will receive a complimentary copy of Townie, a photo with the author, and dinner with Andre. For more information contact Jen Cantwell at 978-373-5663.

Prepare for your loved one's funeral: Saint James Episcopal Church, 119 Washington St. in Groveland, will host a three-lecure series on aging with dignity on June 5, June 12 and June 26. Topics include crafting final wishes, planned giving and preparations for the funeral. There is a $5 fee for materials. Register immediately for all three or any of the sessions at saintjameschurch@comcast.net. For more information call 978-373-1270.

Senior Art Exhibit at the Library

The Haverhill Public Library will present an exhibition of art created by local seniors through June 24.

The show features works created by students of Cara Smoley, who teaches drawing and painting at the Citizens Center. The show will include works in oil, watercolor, pastel, acrylic and pencil all made by Haverhill's seniors. Art will be on display in the second floor gallery during regular library hours: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The library will be closed Memorial Day weekend. For more information call the library at 978-373-1586 or visit www.haverhillpl.org.

NECC students honored at State House

Two Northern Essex Community College students, Sharon Black of Methuen and Jessica Dick of Haverhill, were recently honored for their academic achievements at a ceremony at the Massachusetts State House.

The two were part of a group of 17 students from across the state selected for Phi Theta Kappa's All Academic Team, based on their academic record and recommendations from their professors. Phi Theta Kappa is an international honor society for community college students.

Black, a mother of three, recently graduated from NECC as a paralegal major. She was involved in the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, Emerging Student Leaders Program, and the Presidential Student Ambassador Program. She was also a member of the student senate, a legal research and writing teaching assistant and tutor, and a member of the Paralegal Club. Black plans to attend the American College of History and Legal Studies in Salem, N.H., and hopes to become a disability lawyer. Dick, a 2009 graduate of Central Catholic, graduated from Northern Essex as a Liberal Arts major. She was involved in the Honors Program as the Honors Ambassador, was a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, and was in the Student Leadership Development Program. Dick plans to attend UMass Boston as an English major and wants to be a high school English teacher. Each community college has the opportunity to nominate two students for this competition. Nominees to the All-USA/All-State Academic Teams are eligible for stipends provided by Coca-Cola.

Patrick O'Connor of Haverhill earned Dean's List status for the 2011 spring semester at Lasell College. He's currently majoring in Hospitality and Event Management and will graduate in 2012.

Lindsay Reid of Haverhill, a graduating Senior at Gettysburg College, received the French Cultural Counselor's Award at the College's Spring Honors Day ceremonies in May.

Western New England College students named Colby R. Starner and Marimar Escoto, both of Haverhill, to the Dean's List for the spring semester of 2011. Starner is a sophomore majoring in Criminal Justice and Escoto is a junior majoring in integrated liberal studies.

Six Haverhill students graduated from the University of New Hampshire on May 21 in Durham NH:

Alexandru Sabau earned a AAS degree in Horticultural Technology Highest Honors

Jill Cardarelli earned a BS degree in Health Management & Policy

Matthew Standley earned a BSME degree in Mechanical Engineering

Ian Cormier earned a BS degree in Microbiology Magna Cum Laude

Cory Fiset earned a BS degree in Business Administration:Accounting with Summa Cum Laude honors

Lisa Harvey earned a BA degree in English

Alexander Gannon earned a BS degree in Business Administration:Accounting with Cum Laude honors

Lindsey Robinson earned a BA degree in English

Saint Joseph's College of Maine named Alyssa Callahan and Monica Messina of Bradford to the Dean's List for the spring semester of 2011.

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