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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.

New Enterprise Center program targets execs of growing companies

March 21, 2014 10:00 AM
The following was submitted by the Enterprise Center at Salem State University: 

The Enterprise Center at Salem State University will launch a program specifically for the owners and top executives of rapidly growing North Shore businesses on Friday, April 25, 2014. Applications are currently being accepted for The Growth Program, now in its 4th year. An information session will be held on Tuesday, April 1st  from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the Enterprise Center.
"Participants rave about this program," said Enterprise Center CEO Christine Sullivan. "That's because it is action-oriented and focuses directly on the unique issues that owners of growing businesses are dealing with. Just as important, it gives them a full year of support and advice from experts, mentors, and other growth company owners and execs."
The Growth Program is a yearlong certificate program with three components-seminars focused on growth issues, personal mentors, and confidential CEO support groups-all designed specifically to help executives dealing with a problem many companies would love to have: keeping up with their own success. Companies that are growing quickly often find that their financial and other systems become outmoded, and their management team is faced with a whole new set of challenges, from staffing to funding.
The Growth Program tackles these issues head on and helps participants develop, implement, and monitor a growth action plan. It runs for a full year, beginning April 25, 2014. It costs $1,800 and is open to business owners and senior managers of companies with three or more employees, revenues of $1 to 25 million, and an annual growth rate of 10 percent. Complete program details, including application forms, are available at 
Mory Creighton, CEO of Pinpoint Laser Systems in Peabody MA, is representative of previous CEOs who have participated in the program. "The seminars were absolutely fantastic...the depth and the content were very good. The CEO group was a terrific place where I could bring my business issues and learn from other CEOs how they were handling similar issues."
To register for the information session, apply to the program, or simply learn more, go to Interested parties may also contact Susan Moulton, or call her directly at 978-542-2379. 
The Enterprise Center at Salem State University arms business owners with the knowledge and skills they need to start their business, grow and succeed. The Enterprise Center is located at 121 Loring Avenue, Salem, MA  01970.  Phone 978-542-7528.

Salem Arts Festival calls for artists

March 21, 2014 10:00 AM
The following was submitted by the Salem Arts Festival: 

The Salem Arts Festival has announced an invitation to local artists to submit their work for festival participation consideration. The deadline for submission is set for April 4th. 
"Salem is busting at the seams with visual artists, musicians, poets, dancers, and more," said Kylie Sullivan of Salem Main Streets. "We want our festival to reflect the diversity of artists and artistic organizations in our community.  We’re especially committed to having increased community involvement and representation this year." 
Now in its sixth year, the Festival will take place from June 6-8, 2014.  Thousands are expected to attend this free family-friendly festival which lights up Salem’s downtown corridor with an art show, street fair, and live performances. All events take place in downtown Salem, within walking distance of public transportation.
The 2014 festival will consist of:

·         a gallery of juried artists’ work in Old Town Hall

·         outdoor stage venues for performance and dance at Derby Square and Artists’ Row

·         a juried street fair on Essex Street Pedestrian Mall and Derby Square

·         a collaborative public arts project – HulaArt

·         a separate gallery space for student art and community projects

·         film screenings

Artists selected for the Old Town Hall gallery will have an opportunity to sell their work at (with 10% of proceeds going to Salem Arts Festival). 


For the first time, the Arts Festival will have a central theme – the theme of this year’s festival is SPICE!  “Applicants do not have to reflect ‘spice’ in their work,” Sullivan explains, “but we hope that artists and performers might be inspired to explore the theme and how it connects to Salem’s identity.  We are specifically accepting suggestions for collaborative community activities that play with the idea of spice as a theme.”

Applications should be completed and submitted by April 4th.  Applications can be found and submitted via the Salem Arts Festival website, While the festival prefers electronic applications, applicants are welcome to pick up and drop off hard-copies of the form at Salem Arts Festival/Salem Main Streets, 265 Essex St., Salem, MA 01970.

The Salem Arts Festival is organized by Salem Main Streets and a collaboration of Salem organizations which provide for the festival, including the Salem Arts Association, Salem State University’s Center for Creative and Performing Arts, the Kensington-Stobart Gallery, and Salem Collective of Artists and Musicians.  This program is supported in part by a grant from the Salem Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.
For more information, please see or contact Kylie Sullivan at or (978)744-0004 (x15).

HAWC St. Paddy's Breakfast

March 12, 2014 05:43 PM
The following was submitted by HAWC:

Thanks to the generosity of Rep. John Keenan, this year’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Irish Breakfast in Salem will benefit HAWC, Healing Abuse Working for Change, Inc. and their life-saving and life-changing services.

When:  Friday, March 14, 2014.  7:30 am – 9:30 am (doors open at 6:45 am)

Where:  Finz Seafood & Grill, 76 Wharf Street, Salem, MA

Suggested Donations: $50, $100 and $150

RSVP/Additional Information:  Maryanne Tierney Askwyth at , (978) 744-2299 ex. 127 before Friday March 7th.

HAWC update

February 27, 2014 10:00 AM
The following was submitted by the Healing Abuse Working for Change: 

Annual St. Patrick's Day Irish Breakfast and Political Roast

This year, the cause is new. The Healing Abuse Working for Change is grateful to Rep. John Keenan for the generous idea to keep the Annual St. Patrick's Day Irish Breakfast going as a fundraiser for survivors. March 14. Doors open at 6:45am.
The event will have the traditional look and feel you've come to enjoy, featuring our local and regional elected officials, and of course, lots of laughs as usual.  

Director of Development Position

The Director of Development is a critical senior-level position, reporting to the Executive Director and working closely with the leadership team and board to plan and execute a comprehensive, integrated fund development program.  S/he must ensure that the development office creatively and systematically engages prospects and donors; researches and pursues funding opportunities from foundations, government, corporations, and individuals; sets strategies for solicitation and follows through; plans high-quality events; and designs donor-centered communications that represent HAWC's mission and values. Apply today.

HAWC Winter Training

On February 6 volunteers and 3 staff completed HAWC's 45 hour anti-oppression domestic violence training which teaches about our multicultural, diverse and inclusive services. This training aims to educate participants on societal oppression and privileges that are happening around us everyday.  Visit our Blog.

HAWC's mission is to create social change by taking action against personal and societal patterns of violence and oppression

Local couple talks about their love for one another, and their bank

February 20, 2014 10:22 AM
The following was submitted by Castle:

When two people make the commitment to share their lives together it means sharing dreams, plans, homes, pets and maybe even a checking account. The decision to combine finances is a big step in any relationship – just ask Guy and Andrea Schiavone, a Wakefield couple who is part of a customer-focused video series for their local bank, Salem Five.
In the video, the couple discusses their decision to combine their finances, why they chose to bank with Salem Five, and the importance of starting an account for the newest member of their family, a boxer pup named Chooch. You can view the video, Andrea, Guy, and Chooch - A Love Story on the bank’s website.

Salem Democrats to elect delegates to state convention

February 19, 2014 10:00 AM
The following was submitted by the Salem Democratic City Committee:

Democrats in Salem will be holding a caucus at Salem High School on March 1, 2014 at 10:00am (with registration starting at 9:30am) to elect 31 delegates and 21 alternates to the 2014 Massachusetts Democratic Convention, where Democrats from across Massachusetts will vote to endorse candidates for statewide office. The convention will be held on Friday June 13 and Saturday, June 14, 2014 at the DCU Center in Worcester.

"This is going to be an exciting year as we build on our recent successes and prepare for the elections in 2014," commented Massachusetts Democratic Party Chairman Senator Tom McGee. "Caucuses are the next step in growing our community organizing strategy for victory. People who were part of candidate campaigns in 2012 and 2013 have the opportunity to become part of their local Democratic Party organizations."

"We have a lot of great candidates running for statewide office," Senator McGee added. "Anyone who is interested in getting involved in a campaign for Governor, Lieutenant Governor or any other statewide office, can attend their local caucus and learn how to get involved.”
The caucus is open to all registered Democrats in Salem, and the Salem Democratic City Committee welcomes participants. To be eligible to run as a delegate, a voter must reside in Salem and have been registered to vote as a Democrat by January, 31, 2014. Delegates will be divided equally between men and women, and all ballots will be written and secret. Youth, minorities, and people with disabilities who are not elected as delegates or alternates may apply to be "add-on" delegates. Salem High School is handicapped accessible. Details on the rules can be found at

The Salem Democratic City Committee normally meets on the third Monday of the month. For more information on the caucus or the Committee, please contact Marsha Finkelstein, Chair of the Salem Democratic City Committee at 978-219-9890 or or find them on Facebook at and Twitter at For general information on the Convention or the Democratic Party please contact 617-939-0800 or

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.

PEM appoints new curator of Indian and South Asian art

February 19, 2014 10:00 AM
The following was submitted by the Peabody Essex Museum: 

The Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) announces the appointment of Sona Datta, Ph.D., as its new curator of Indian and South Asian Art. Datta comes to PEM from the British Museum, London, where during her eight-year tenure as art historian and curator, she specialized in the visual culture of South Asia. At PEM, Datta will play a pivotal role in shaping the museum’s program in South Asian art primarily through innovative exhibitions, interpretation and programming as well as strategic collection enhancement and research.

“Sona’s expertise in Indian art from the medieval to the modern, as well as her demonstrated ability to present living artistic traditions, are perfectly in tune with our ambitions for Indian art at PEM,” said Lynda Roscoe Hartigan, The James B. and Mary Lou Hawkes Chief Curator.

Datta’s research in modern Indian art and especially the post-1947 art of Bengal are well-matched to the strengths of PEM’s South Asian collection, especially the 19th-century vernacular arts of Bengal and PEM’s world-class collection of Kalighat paintings. In recent years, Datta has turned her attention to modernism in Indian art and the wider South Asian region, particularly Pakistan and Bangladesh. Shortly after arriving at the British Museum in 2005, Datta co-curated the groundbreaking “Voices of Bengal” season. The exhibition made an installation out of a creative process, which set a new bar for exhibiting living traditions. The project attracted more people of South Asian extraction than any project in the British Museum’s history.  Datta’s curatorial approach has been particularly successful in attracting new audiences and particularly engaging diaspora communities.

More recently, her acquisition of innovative modern art from Pakistan took the British Museum’s engagement with contemporary South Asia in a new direction. The history of Pakistan is the subject of a new television series she is currently developing with the BBC.

Datta earned her B.A. in the History of Art from Kings College, Cambridge University, where she received the GWH Rylands prize for Excellence in the History of Art. She then completed her M.A. in South Asian studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, and her Ph.D. from the Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff University. Datta is a member of the Society of South Asian Studies and the American Council for Southern Asian Art. Born in London, she has also lived in India, Indonesia and Switzerland. She speaks Bengali and has studied Tamil and Sanskrit.

PEM’s Indian Collection
PEM is home to the most important collection of modern-era Indian art, from colonial times to the present, outside India. In 2001, the acquisition of the Chester and Davida Herwitz Collection of post-Independence art from India established PEM as the first museum outside of India to focus on the achievements of its modern artists. The Herwitz Collection of post-1947 Indian paintings -- some 1,600 works by approximately 70 artists -- remains unparalleled in any American or European museum. Painting dominates the overall collection, in large measure because of the Herwitz Collection, but also because of its deep holdings in the vernacular Kalighat painting tradition: PEM’s Kalighat paintings constitute one of the top three collections in the world.
PEM is preeminent internationally for representing the art of the modern era, from the period of British colonial rule to the present, in what is modern-day India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. Additionally, the extensive Bhutanese textile collection is the most important in an American museum, and the museum has diverse works from various Southeast Asian cultures, principally from the Philippines, Thailand, Burma, Indonesia, Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos, as well as from Tibet and Nepal.

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