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Moms for Moms Yard Sale to benefit homeless May 10 in Peabody

May 1, 2014 08:12 AM

The Citizens for Adequate Housing (CAH) homeless family shelters will hold the first annual Moms for Moms Yard Sale on Saturday, May 10 from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 40 Washington St. in Peabody.

Generously sponsored by Phil Richard Insurance, Eastern Bank, and the Rotary Club of Peabody, the sale will feature children’s toys, gently worn and clean children’s clothing, furniture, books, cribs, strollers, games, and more.

In addition to the yard sale, there will be a craft for children to make something for mom and refreshments provided by West Congregational Church. Donations can be dropped off that morning between 5 and 6:30. All proceeds will benefit CAH’s programs for families experiencing homelessness.

“An event like this has a way of bringing everyone together,” says Corey Jackson, CAH executive director. “The needs in our area continue to grow and we anticipate this event will expand every year as a way to build an even stronger bond with all of our neighbors.”

The Inn Between and Inn Transition now house over 24 families and have an additional five families in Salem and Lynn. The agency also works with hundreds of families across the North Shore to stabilize their housing situations. The agency has placed a priority on increasing the area’s affordable housing stock with purchases of property for its Inn Homes program. Over the past several years, CAH has secured 15 low-income rental units for families in need.

“This event is to celebrate families and to honor the role of moms in our CAH community and the general community. We are looking forward to a fun event and hope to have a great turnout,” said Libby Tangney, CAH president and event chair.

For more information, please contact Renee Pelletier at 978-531-9775.

Anti-Defamation League interfaith dessert seder Sunday at Salem State

March 28, 2014 05:28 PM

The following was submitted by the Anti-Defamation League New England:

The Anti-Defamation League New England Region will hold its North Shore Interfaith Dessert Seder Sunday, March 30 at Salem State University at 2:30 p.m.

A diverse, interfaith community will come together for this model Seder, drawing attention to the universal Passover themes of hope, liberation, and freedom as they apply to everyone in the community.

“The Passover Seder is a symbol of the struggle for freedom and is an opportunity to pause from our daily routines to reflect on the role that faith has played in each person’s journey to America," said ADL Regional Director Robert Trestan in a statement. "We are honored to convene people from across the North Shore to celebrate our common bonds and acknowledge how the pursuit of freedom has impacted people of all faiths.”

This year’s Seder will be led by Adam Smith, Executive Director of the North Shore Teen Initiative, and Lindsay James, Chaplain at Endicott College in Beverly. The recipient of the Leonard P. Zakim Humanitarian Award will be the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Salem State University, with special recognition being given to Harriet Wacks, Christopher Mauriello, and Robert McAndrews.

The Interfaith Seder will establish and maintain alliances against prejudice, anti-immigrant violence, anti-Semitism, racism, and all forms of bigotry. The Seder will provide a unique opportunity for people in the North Shore area to come together and celebrate the myriad groups and faiths that make up our nation and community.

The Anti-Defamation League, founded in 1913, is the world’s leading organization fighting anti-Semitism through programs and services that counteract hatred, prejudice, and bigotry.

The seder will be held at Salem State's South Campus, 11 Harrison Road. Admission is free.

Economic Outlook 2014: Promising Growth for Social Media and High Tech

March 14, 2014 10:00 AM
The following was submitted by the NSTC:

Robert A. Gough, Jr., Ph.D. economist, educator, on-air personality and President and CEO of G-enovation, Lexington, MA says while economic growth will be volatile during 2014, social media is poised to present a wide range of growth opportunities to an expanding spectrum of businesses. Come hear all of Bob’s 2014 economic prognostications at the North Shore Technology Council March breakfast event, Wednesday, March 26, 2014, 7:00 - 9:00 AM (7:00 AM networking and continental breakfast; 7:45 AM program begins). Danversport Yacht Club, 161 Elliott Street, Danvers, MA. Register for this event at The registration fee is $25 for NSTC members and $50 for non-members.  E-mail for more information. Sponsored by Good Leads.


Gough says, “The last five years have retaught us an important and oft forgotten lesson about free enterprise: technology, market dynamics, and innovative opportunities march forward regardless of the ineptitudes of government.  2014 will be a year of extremes and interesting opportunities: shackled policy options for Washington, no new solutions as a result, and more volatility; but exciting new business paradigms, promising growth niches, and opportunistic market and investment options, particularly for high tech.
“One space rich with opportunities is the rapidly growing communications platform on which most industries and almost all demographic groups now participate: social media. At the epicenter of this vast expanse of life in virtual space are the Millennials – 80 million tech-savvy, hyper-connected social media addicts between the ages of 18 and 33 with $600 billion in retail spending power this past year. They alone are reinventing retail. Closely following are the near 80 million Baby Boomers who now comprise the fastest growing user segment of the social media world. Combined, these two groups pose a gamut of exciting possibilities so grand that new product advances that will impact almost all aspects of life from technology and entertainment to nursing home life and service are limited only by the imagination.”
Robert A. Gough, Jr., Ph.D. is President and CEO of G-enovation, of Lexington, MA, a predictive analytics company that provides clients with strategic consulting and simulation applications. Prior to this he was Managing Director of Lexington Partners, an investment-banking firm, where he helped to establish or expand several companies in the biotech, communications, software, internet, and investment spaces. Before that, he was Managing Director and Chief Investment Strategist of Fernwood Investment Management.

Bob received his Ph.D. in Economics from Duke University. He has testified before various U.S. House and Senate Committees on economic, industry, and policy issues and has been principally involved with Fortune 500 decision makers, both domestically and abroad. Bob has lectured frequently at various leading colleges and universities, including teaching at Wellesley College for 10 years.

He has appeared nationally on the Lehrer News Hour, Today Show, Good Morning America, and the CBS Evening News.  He has also guest-hosted radio talk shows on National Public Radio and a number of AM stations.  Bob has been Economics Editor at WBZ-TV, the CBS affiliate in Boston, appearing regularly on news programs to discuss and analyze topical economic issues and breaking news event, as well as done radio commentaries in the Boston and other markets.

About the North Shore Technology Council

The North Shore Technology Council (NSTC) is a non-profit, volunteer-led organization with a mission to be the leading collaborative for fostering technology businesses in Massachusetts' north-of-Boston region.  The council's mission is to build a strong ecosystem for the success of technology businesses North of Boston by facilitating collaboration, networking, professional growth and economic development in a collegial fashion.  The NSTC welcomes the participation of technology businesses, senior executive and employees of technology businesses, entrepreneurs, companies that support technology businesses, academic and governmental units and nonprofits.  The council is on the Web at Its office is at the Cummings Center, in Beverly, Massachusetts.

Basic car repair with "The Car Doctor"

March 14, 2014 10:00 AM
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The following was submitted by the Peabody Institute Library: 

On Thursday, April 10, beginning at 7 p.m., residents can bring their questions and "ask the Car Doctor."

Join John F. Paul to learn basic car care and how to maximize the life of your car. He will also discuss hybrid and alternative fuel vehicles and whether they make sense for you. 

With nearly 40 years experience, John F. Paul knows cars. As AAA's Car Doctor and the Manager of Public Affairs for Southern New England, he writes new car reviews, feature articles and a Q&A column in the AAA publication Horizons. He hosts the Car Doctor radio program Saturday from 9-10am on WROL AM 950 and appears as a regular guest on many radio and TV programs, including Good Morning America. 

Register for this program at or 978-774-0554

Railroads in New England

March 14, 2014 10:00 AM
The following was submitted by the Peabody Institute Library:

On Wednesday, April 2, beginning at 7 p.m., residents can see how no other form of transportation has had such an impact on the development of the United States as did railroads. With the rise of the automobile and the interstate highway system in the post World War II era, railroads faced a dramatic decline. Are railroads dead or dying? Join us for an interesting overview of local railroading covering:

-Danvers.  How it related to the outside railroad network, and how it looks today.

-An overview of current rail operations in New England.

-Get ready for summer adventure with suggested rail themed entertainment stops around New England, New York, Pennsylvania and beyond!

Stephen Delaney has long been interested in how transportation shapes our society. Having grown up at the tail end of the steam era...he just barely remembers steam trains, but he and his Dad were on the last steam excursion train from Boston to Portland. His interest includes teaching a course at Boston University entitled "Special Topics in Transportation."   An experienced photographer, Steve will incorporate railroad photographs into his presentation.

Organic Herb and Vegetable Gardening at the Peabody Institute Library

March 14, 2014 10:00 AM
The following was submitted by the Peabody Institute Library:

On Thursday, April 17 at 7 p.m., residents can learn how backyard gardening offers an economical way to have nutritious, safe local food and make positive contributions to the environment. Topics will cover basic organic growing principles as well as practical steps to build your soil, fight diseases and manage pests. Learn the growing requirements (soil, sunlight, water) of different types of vegetables as well as tips for planting, harvesting and preserving - from patio containers to large garden plots.

Rita C. Wollmering founder of the HERB FARMacy is a dynamic, engaging speaker on horticultural topics with a specialty in herbs and "going green." She brings a depth of knowledge, broad experience and personal passion to each topic. Her ability to present information in an informative and interactive way that is fun for participants has received wonderful praise from gardening groups across New England.

Register for this program at or 978-774-0554.

Keeping tradition alive for half a century

March 13, 2014 10:00 AM
The following was submitted by Ingrid Barry:

Square dancing, the MA state folk dance, has been entertaining folks and getting them moving all across the US and beyond for generations.  Many square dance organizations have folded, unable to compete with all that modern society has to offer but one club right here on the North Shore has been keeping the tradition alive for 50 years.  

On March 15th, Riverside Squares, the Danvers based club, will celebrate it’s 50th anniversary with a special dance to be held at the beautiful hall at the North Shore Community Baptist Church, 9 Hart St. in Beverly Farms.  Starting at 7:30, the dancers will dance to 3 different callers.  Anyone who would like to see what square dancing is all about can stop by to watch for free.  

The club normally dances at the All Saints Episcopal Church of the North Shore, 46 Cherry St. in Danvers, MA.  They offer 15 week class sessions twice a year, in September and January, on Wednesday nights.  Once again, folks are free to stop in to watch.  Anyone who would like to be notified prior to the start of the September class can leave their contact information during their visit or call 978-774-8159.

Health programs, support groups

February 21, 2014 10:00 AM
The following was submitted by Addison Gilbert Hospital:

Free Blood Pressure Screening Lahey Outpatient Center, Danvers – February 26
A free blood pressure screening is held at Lahey Outpatient Center, 480 Maple Street, Danvers, on the 4th Wednesday of each month from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. in the Cafe at the Center.  Appointments are not necessary and all are welcome and invited to attend.  The Cafe is located inside the main entrance to the right.

Initial Evaluation for Free Lung Cancer Screening at Lahey Outpatient Center, Danvers
An initial evaluation for a free Lung Cancer Screening will be held on Tuesday, March 4 from 11 a.m. -     2 p.m. at the Lahey Outpatient Center, 480 Maple Street, Danvers.  The evaluation will be held in the Cafe located inside the main entrance of the center.
Beverly Radiology Associates and Beverly Hospital are offering a free low-dose chest CT screening to individuals who meet the established National Comprehensive Cancer Network's (NCCN) high-risk criteria.  Persons between the ages of 50 and 74 who have smoked at least an average of one pack of cigarettes per day for twenty-years, may meet the criteria and qualify for a free screening.   To learn if you meet the criteria for the screening, an initial assessment is required and will be held on    March 4.  Those who meet the criteria will be provided a date, time and location for a free CT scan.
Appointments are not necessary and the initial evaluation takes just a few minutes.  It is not necessary to be a resident of Danvers to participate.  All are welcome and invited to attend.
While private insurers and the Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) do not currently cover low-dose CT lung screening, and most hospitals charge a self-pay of at least $350. for this screening, Beverly Hospital is determined to help bring awareness and accessibility of this testing to all people at high-risk at no charge.



Chronic Pain Support Group at Beverly Hospital at Danvers
To resume again on April 1
A free Chronic Pain Support Group is held each Wednesday from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Lahey Outpatient Center,  480 Maple Street, Danvers. 
The program is facilitated by George Beilin, Ed.D, Licensed Psychologist.   To register or
for further information, please call 978-922-6613.
Weight Management Program
Beverly Hospital at Danvers
The Weight Management Program at the Lahey Outpaient Center, Medical and Day Surgery Center, located at 480 MapleStreet, Danvers, is dedicated to making weight loss goals
obtainable through a medically-dedicated weight loss program.
The program begins with a comprehensive evaluation by the Weight Management Team consisting of: Nursing assessment, nutrition assessment and exercise assessment. Together with your doctor, the program is tailored to you.
Through education, exercise and counseling, this program can help identify and modify risk factors.   Adverse health conditions associated with obesity include:  diabetes, cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, high serum cholesterol, cancer, respiratory difficulties, muscular and skeletal problems.
A physician referral is required to participate in the Weight Management Program.  For further information or to schedule an appointment, please call 978-304-8424.   You may also visit the
Smoking Cessation
Smoking Cessation programs at Lahey Outpatient Center, Danvers
The lifestyle Management Institute located at Lahey Outpatient Center, 480 Maple Street, Danvers, is now offering two programs tailored for your needs.
Individual Counseling with a certified tobacco treatment specialist.  One-on-one counseling designed for those that may need a more individual approach and may want to consider pharmaceutical aids.   The fee for a 30-minute session is $35. (some insurance carriers cover this, check with yours).  Please call 978-304-8301 to register or for further information.
American Lung Association “Freedom From Smoking Program”
This is a group program which provides different smoking cessation techniques.  Group support is a key part of this program.  This a eight-week program.
The program includes studying your smoking habits, building motivation, winning strategies, stress management, weight control active fun and exercise and assertive communication.
This program is held at Lahey Outpatient Center, 480 Maple Street, Danvers in Conference Room A located inside the main entrance.  To register or for further infomation, please call 978-304-8020.

Pioneer Charter School of Science holding open enrollment

February 19, 2014 10:00 AM
The following was submitted by the Pioneer Charter School of Science:

Pioneer Charter School of Science (PCSS), a grade 7-12 public charter school, is now holding open enrollment for both PCSS I in Everett and PCSS 2 in Saugus.
Both PCSS campuses are accepting students in grades seven through nine. Chelsea, Everett, and Revere residents receive priority for the Everett campus and Danvers, Lynn, Peabody, Salem, and Saugus residents receive priority for the Saugus campus.
Families can enroll their students through an online application on PCSS’s website or submit a paper version. For information, parents can call the school at 617-389-7277.
If there are more students seeking to enroll then spots available, PCSS will hold a lottery to determine who will be enrolled. This year’s lottery is scheduled for March 13th, 2014 at the Everett campus. Students who do not receive spots will be placed on a waiting list and will be contacted as openings become available.
PCSS I and II are tuition-free, public schools open to all Massachusetts students based on spaces available. PCSS offers a rigorous academic curriculum that emphasizes math, science, and analytical thinking skills balanced by a strong foundation in the humanities. The schools offer extended days/hours and career-oriented college preparation. Students must pass five math and five science classes in order to graduate, more than state standards, and students must also complete 40 hours of community service. The schools have a 200-day school calendar, extended days (7:30 a.m. – 3.35 p.m.), tutoring until 4:30 p.m. and “voluntary” Saturday classes for students who need extra help.
On last year’s MCAS, PCSS I students outperformed students from neighboring districts as well as statewide averages, and the school earned Level 1 status from the state – the highest designation of academic achievement. Compared to districts across the state, PCSS students ranked first in 10th grade English and 10th grade Science, Technology and Engineering.
Pioneer Charter School of Science does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, creed, sex, gender identity, ethnicity, sexual orientation, mental or physical disability, age, ancestry, athletic performance, special need, proficiency in the English language or a foreign language, or prior academic achievement.

Traveling Librarian visits France

February 19, 2014 10:00 AM
The following was submitted by the Peabody Institute Library: 

The Traveling Librarian Visits France Wednesday, March 12 at  7:00pm. The Dordogne is a particularly beautiful part of southwestern France, named for the river that meanders westward through it to the Atlantic Ocean. It’s known for its many châteaux, brooding over bends in the river, and charming medieval and renaissance towns like Bergerac, Cahors, and Sarlat, and the dramatic pilgrimage site of Rocamadour. 

The area is also full of caves with prehistoric artwork, such as the famous one at Lascaux, that remind you just how long human beings have lived in this lush and productive region. Its proximity to the important wine-growing areas of Bordeaux contribute to the locals’ love of fine cuisine, which in this part of France makes good use of duck, truffles, foie gras, walnuts, freshwater fish, and local cheeses.

Join Beebe Library of Wakefield reference librarian Jeff Klapes, the “Traveling Librarian,” for a travel lecture focusing on photographs of the Dordogne region of southwestern France and a discussion of the geography and culture of that area.

Register at or 978-774-0554.

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