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Jack Russell terrier on the run from Peabody to North Reading

August 11, 2014 06:14 PM

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The public is being asked to be on the lookout for a Jack Russell terrier mix who has been on the run through several communities for nearly two weeks.

The little dog was spotted in West Peabody on July 31, but the city’s animal control officer was unsuccessful in catching her after a resident called to say the dog was in her backyard.

The dog then eluded capture by animal control in Lynnfield on Aug. 1.

After she was seen on Lake Street in West Peabody near Devil's Dishful Pond, rescuers set up a trap, feed station, and a camera. But the next time the dog was reported seen on Aug. 7, she was running around Wilmington.

The latest reports say she's been seen running frantically off Park Street in North Reading.

The dog weighs about 15 pounds, is white and tan with brown spots, and is not wearing a collar.

Those who spot her are asked not to chase her. Call 781-334-8364.

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.

After 33 seasons on bench, Jane Heil retires as Peabody girls' basketball coach

March 5, 2014 09:24 PM

By Joseph Saade, Globe Correspondent
Jane Heil announced Wednesday afternoon that after 33 seasons with the program, she was stepping down as varsity girls' basketball coach at Peabody High.

"It's with some sense of regret, but mostly joy," said a somber Heil, who was surrounded by family, friends, staff, and her players in a press conference at the school. You just know...you'll know when it's time."

Heil, 66, admitted that while she pondered the idea of retirement back in the summer, she did not made her final decision until about a week ago before her final home game, the 700th of career, against Reading in the first round of the Division 1 North tournament. Peabody finished 16-6 overall, losing to Central Catholic, 59-41, in the North quarterfinals.

"Half of my life has been given to this program," she added. "What this program has given to me, I couldn't tell you or put it into words or a sentence.

"My life has been made better and richer because of this program."

Peabody High principal Eric Buckley(cq) recalled when Heil handed him her retirement letter last week.

"She came up to me and told me, 'Honest to God, I just wrote this last night, and I didn't think it would be this hard'," Buckley said.

The legacy Heil leaves behind is unmatched.

Her journey started during the 1977-78 season before she briefly retiring after the 1994-95 season. She came back four years later during the 1999-00 campaign.

In 33 seasons, Heil compiled a 528-173 record. The Tanners made 27 appearances in the D1 tournament, captured 17 Greater Boston League titles, one Northeastern Conference title, two D1 North titles, and one state title.

She was inducted into Massachusetts Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame on Nov. 23, 2013.

"It's not about the records," Heil said. "Winning is what you're there for, but it's about the friendships that you make."

"I wouldn't be here if it wasn't for my players," she continued. " I don't think anybody can love this program more than me. I am about the happiest person on the planet right now."

Originally published on the blog The High School Sports Blog.

Jane Heil retires as Peabody girls' basketball coach

March 5, 2014 09:24 PM

By Joseph Saade, Globe Correspondent
Jane Heil announced Wednesday afternoon that after 33 seasons with the program, she was stepping down as varsity girls' basketball coach at Peabody High.

"It's with some sense of regret, but mostly joy," said a somber Heil, who was surrounded by family, friends, staff, and her players in a press conference at the school. You just know...you'll know when it's time."

Heil, 66, admitted that while she pondered the idea of retirement back in the summer, she did not made her final decision until about a week ago before her final home game, the 700th of career, against Reading in the first round of the Division 1 North tournament. Peabody finished 16-6 overall, losing to Central Catholic, 59-41, in the North quarterfinals.

"Half of my life has been given to this program," she added. "What this program has given to me, I couldn't tell you or put it into words or a sentence.

"My life has been made better and richer because of this program."

Peabody High principal Eric Buckley(cq) recalled when Heil handed him her retirement letter last week.

"She came up to me and told me, 'Honest to God, I just wrote this last night, and I didn't think it would be this hard'," Buckley said.

The legacy Heil leaves behind is unmatched.

Her journey started during the 1977-78 season before she briefly retiring after the 1994-95 season. She came back four years later during the 1999-00 campaign.

In 33 seasons, Heil compiled a 528-173 record. The Tanners made 27 appearances in the D1 tournament, captured 17 Greater Boston League titles, one Northeastern Conference title, two D1 North titles, and one state title.

She was inducted into Massachusetts Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame on Nov. 23, 2013.

"It's not about the records," Heil said. "Winning is what you're there for, but it's about the friendships that you make."

"I wouldn't be here if it wasn't for my players," she continued. " I don't think anybody can love this program more than me. I am about the happiest person on the planet right now."

Originally published on the blog The High School Sports Blog.

Rachel Alexis joins Citizens for Adequate Housing

February 28, 2014 10:00 AM
The following was submitted by Citizens for Adequate Housing:

Citizens for Adequate Housing recently welcomed Rachel Alexis as Senior Director of Homeless Family Programs. Alexis brings 17 years of local and global social services experiences with programs that promote the social and economic well-being of individuals, families and diverse communities, including shelter and housing initiatives. She will have the rewarding task of improving the strategy and overall impact of CAH programs on families at risk of, or currently, experiencing homelessness.

“We need new approach to this work to minimize the number of families living in motel and maximize the number of families exiting shelter to permanent housing,” says Corey Jackson, Executive Director of CAH. “From her vast experience on the local, national and international level, she has an approach that is both innovative and full of compassion.”

More recently, Alexis worked for two years in Haiti with Habitat for Humanity International’s senior management team that led a $40 million multi-faceted, multi-phase earthquake response operation. The team provided shelter and housing solutions to over 33,000 households, and served an additional 26,000 residents through community-owned development projects.

Alexis also directed social services for The Massachusetts Salvation Army at state Headquarters in Boston for over eight years. There, she provided strategic and technical leadership, expertise, support and training to a diverse array of over eighty field-based programs across Massachusetts that helped individuals and families overcome poverty, crisis, addiction and homelessness through a comprehensive and multi-service approach. 

Raised in Manchester-by-the Sea, Rachel received a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Northeastern University and a Master of Social Work degree from The University of Michigan, with a macro specialization in Social Services Administration, Social Policy and Planning, and Research and Evaluation.

Metro Credit Union donates to Citizens for Adequate Housing

February 26, 2014 10:00 AM
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The following was submitted by Metro Credit Union:

Metro Credit Union, the largest state-chartered credit union in Massachusetts, presented a donation of $500 in new, warm blankets as well as a check for an additional $500 to Peabody-based Citizens for Adequate Housing.  The donation was made at Metro CU’s branch at 68 Main Street in Peabody.  Branch employees also donated another $135 during the presentation.

Metro CU’s Peabody branch manager Vanessa Silveiria presented the blankets and check to Corey Jackson, Executive Director of Citizens for Adequate Housing, which ends homelessness one family at a time by providing a dignified, nurturing, and supportive environment that empowers each family to reach its social and economic potential.

“Gifts like this one from Metro Credit Union represent so much more than the value of the donation,” said Jackson.  “They symbolize renewed hope and a second chance for every family we serve.”

Metro CU encourages the community to support organizations like Citizens for Adequate Housing, which works tirelessly to empower homeless families and create more success stories in the communities it serves. Donations, which can be made online at www.cahns.org have the following essential impact in the community:

$100 supplies emergency diapers to a family in need.
$250 transports family members to medical appointments and job interviews.
$500 covers groceries for all of the families we serve.
$1,000 funds services and housing for one homeless family.
About Metro Credit Union

Metro Credit Union is the largest state-chartered credit union in Massachusetts with over $1.2 billion in assets, and serves more than 150,000 members.   It is a growing, federally insured financial institution and a leading provider of a full range of financial services to anyone living or working in Essex, Middlesex, Suffolk, Norfolk, Plymouth, Barnstable or Worcester counties in Eastern Massachusetts, as well as Massachusetts state employees and retirees throughout the Commonwealth.

Founded in 1926, Metro CU is a non-profit cooperative institution, owned by and operated for the people who use and benefit from its products and services.  Metro CU uses superior customer service and technology to deliver a full range of financial products to consumers and businesses in eastern Massachusetts.  Metro CU is well known for providing members with unlimited refunds of other banks’ ATM fees through its My Reward Checking account.

Metro CU has 14 branch offices conveniently located in Boston, Burlington, Chelsea, Framingham, Lawrence, Lynn, Melrose, Peabody, Salem, and Tewksbury, and is also a leader in workplace banking, serving over 1,800 companies throughout the state.

Learn more about Metro Credit Union at www.metrocu.org.

Registration open for Hebrew in a Heartbeat

February 22, 2014 10:00 AM
The following was submitted by the Lappin Foundation:

North Shore teens, prepare to be amazed at how much Modern Conversational Hebrew you’ll learn in only 4 surprisingly fun and easy Sunday evenings!  Are you total beginner? Can’t speak a word of Modern Hebrew?  This is the class for you!  The only prerequisite is a desire to learn and a sense of humor, no Hebrew reading skill is required.  Classes will meet on Sundays from 6:30 – 8 p.m. at Aviv Centers for Living, 240 Lynnfield Street in Peabody, March 2 – 23.
 
Elana Gerson, the instructor for the class, has won numerous awards for her 18+ years’ work with US Military linguists at the world-renowned Defense Language Institute.  Elana has extensive experience teaching adults, kids and teens in a variety of settings including Hebrew schools and camps.  Her unique and innovative immersion method combines Berlitz, Total Physical Response and other techniques  with the use of games, audio-visuals and laughter for classes that are guaranteed to be intensive, fun, and most of all, EFFECTIVE!
 
Hebrew in a Heartbeat is a free program of the Lappin Foundation, whose mission is enhancing Jewish identity across generations and is supported by CJP.  For more information or to sign-up for this program contact Susan Feinstein at 978-740-4431 or sfeinstein@lappinfoundation.org.

Meet Julia Child! at Peabody Institute Library

February 21, 2014 10:00 AM
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The following was submitted by the Peabody Institute Library:

The Delvena Theatre Company will be presenting Meet Julia Child! at the Peabody Institute Library, 15 Sylvan Street, Danvers, on Wednesday, March 19, at 7:00 PM.

Meet Julia Child! is a live performance featuring "Julia Child" doing what she did best.  The audience will learn more about her life and have the opportunity to view "Julia" on the set of The French Chef, an amusing and fun experience.  After the performance, the cast will open up for discussion regarding Julia Child.

This original edutainment production will feature Lynne Moulton and Fran Baron.

The Delvena Theatre Company has been doing to-go shows for the last several years at various venues throughout the New England area. The Company was founded in 1992, and prior to "going on the road" performed at different locations throughout Massachusetts, most often at the Boston Center for the Arts.  Delvena was nominated for five Independent Reviewers of New England awards.  Its production of 'Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?' was on Theatre Mirror's Best List for acting, directing and production.  Presentations of  'Anna Weiss' and 'Beyond Therapy' were included on Theatre Mirror's best play list and 'Blue Heart' was placed on Aisle Say's best list.

Meet Julia Child! is supported in part by a grant from the Danvers Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

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

Upcoming events, support groups

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

Survivors of Breast Cancer:  Wellness Group at Lahey Medical Center
Peabody Survivors of Breast Cancer:  Wellness Group meets on the first Thursday of each month from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in Conference Room A, first floor Lahey Medical Center, One Essex Center Drive, Peabody.  There is no fee. For further information or to register, please contact Deborah Smulian-Siegel, MSW, LCSWMFT, BC-DMT, 781-744-7779.
 
 
Blood Cancer Support Group at Lahey Medical Center, Peabody
A Blood Cancer Support Group: 'Family & Friends'. Hosted by Lahey Hospital & Medical Center on behalf of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, meets on the third Monday of each month from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Lahey Medical Center, Peabody, One Essex Center Drive, Peabody.  The free support group is held in Conference Room A, second floor, North Wing (next to Orthopaedic Surgery).  Dinner is served. For further information or to register, please contact Deborah Smulian-Siegel, MSW, LCSWMFT, BC-DMT, 781-744-7779.
 
 
Freedom from Smoking ~ Quit Smoking for Life!
Lahey Health Peabody and Burlington
 
Take advantage of the American Lung Association's Freedom from Smoking program and make the choice to give up tobacco. Peggy Russo, CTT-M, tobacco treatment specialist, Lahey Hospital & Medical Center, Burlington, and other Freedom from Smoking certified instructors will review this step-by-step plan for tobacco treatment.
 
Learn how to overcome your tobacco addiction so that you may start enjoying the benefits of better health.  Enjoy a small group setting, fun, interactive learning environment and participant workbook and other informative materials.
 
In this program, you will learn about:  Medicines that can help you stop smoking, Lifestyle changes that make quitting easier, managing stress, avoiding weight gain and developing a new self-image.
 
In Peabody, noontime programs are held third floor Conference Room, One Essex Center Drive.
 
In Burlington, sessions are held 6 p.m. in the Kariotis Conference Room, 41 Mall Road.
For available dates and times, please pre-register at Lahey.org/TobaccoTreatment or call the Quitline at 781-744-7848 to register or for further information.
 
 
Leukemia and Lymphoma: Family and Friends

A free Leukemia and Lymphoma Support Group for family and friends will be held are held
In Conference Room A, third floor, One Essex Center Drive, Peabody, MA.
For available dates or to register, please contact  Deborah Smulian-Siegel, LICSW
Lahey Health Social Work Department at 781-744-7779.
 
 
 
Look Good....Feel Better Program at Lahey Hospital and Lahey Medical Center
(For Women Undergoing Cancer Treatment)
 
The American Cancer Society conducts the Look Good....Feel Better program for women undergoing cancer treatment.
 
Guided by volunteer cosmetologist, female cancer patients who participate in this class will learn how to use make-up and skin care techniques to overcome the appearance-related effects of chemotherapy and radiation.  Women also learn ways to disguise hair loss with wigs, scarves and other accessories.  Following the program, participants are provided a complimentary make-up kit.
 
This program is held at Lahey Hospital & Medical Center, 41 Mall Road in Burlington and Lahey Medical Center One Essex Center Drive in Peabody throughout the year.   Classes are held on Tuesdays from  2 p.m. to 4 p.m.   For class availability or to register, please call
Deborah Smulian-Siegel, MSW, LCSW, LMFT, BC-DMT, 781-744-7779.

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