Methuen Police, Cops for Kids With Cancer Donate $5,000 to 9-Month-Old Fighting Leukemia

A 9-month-old boy and his family received a $5,000 donation from the Methuen Police Department and Cops for Kids with Cancer. The ceremony, hosted by Chief Joseph E. Solomon, Mayor James P. Jajuga, and Cops for Kids’ Treasurer Ed McNelley was held last Friday at Methuen Police headquarters. The boy, Michael Burns Jr., was diagnosed with acute leukemia as a newborn last October and has undergone intensive treatments in the months since. His family struggled to coordinate frequent hospital visits with work schedules and eventually applied to the charity earlier this year. “No family, and certainly no young child should have to endure what the Burns family has throughout Michael’s young life,” Solomon said.

Northern Essex’s Glenn Pushes for Police Higher Ed. Requirements at Statehouse

Northern Essex Community College leaders were in Boston late last week to push for higher education requirements for police officers across the Commonwealth, delivering testimony during a hearing in front of the Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security at the Statehouse. The proposed bill backed by Glenn and NECC Chief Operating Officer Mike McCarthy, who joined Glenn at the Statehouse Thursday, comes at a time when the Merrimack Valley is working to manage a shortage in available police officers. Last month, Haverhill Mayor James J. Fiorentini sought to hire part-time officers to help ease the deficit. During his appearance in Boston last week, Glenn supported a bill presented by Rep. Paul A. Tucker and Sen. Michael O. Moore, that would require candidates for full-time police positions to have an associate degree in criminal justice, among other suggested higher education alternatives. Currently, there are no education requirements for officers in the Commonwealth, except for those covered by Civil Service, who must have a high school diploma, equivalency certificate or three years’ experience in the armed forces.

Haverhill Public Library Hosts Talk on Human Trafficking July 23

Cheri Crider, a survivor of sex trafficking, is headed to Haverhill on Tuesday, July 23 to talk about her experiences during a free lecture at the Haverhill Public Library from 6-8 p.m. in the auditorium. The session, called “Human Trafficking: A Public Health Crisis,” is open to all, but those attendees under age 17 are required to have a parent or guardian present. Crider plans to discuss the negative health and psychological impacts the sex trafficking industry can have and provide some ways to prevent more children from getting involved. No registration is required, but seating is limited. For more information on this event, contact Brendan at 978-373-1586 ext.

Elder Services’ Brown Bag Program Seeks Volunteers

Volunteers are needed for a few hours each month to distribute food pantry staples as a part of Elder Services and the Greater Boston Food Bank’s program aimed at serving low-income seniors across the Merrimack Valley. The program distributes 3,000 bags of perishable and non-perishable food items to low-income elders each month, basing operations out of Pentucket Lake Elementary School on Concord Street. The volunteer-driven program seeks locals to not only assemble bags once a month on Tuesday mornings, but to also deliver items to senior centers and other centralized drop-off points in area towns. To volunteer, call 978-946-1272.

Northern Essex Names Dolan-Wilson New VP of Institutional Advancement

Changes this summer are on the way at Northern Essex Community College. A Lowell woman, Allison Dolan-Wilson, began her post last week as the vice president of institutional advancement. Dolan-Wilson has had a long career working related posts at other colleges, most recently serving as the executive director of alumni relations at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. At Northern Essex, she will be in charge of fundraising, communications and workforce development. Lane Glenn, president of Northern Essex says Dolan-Wilson will be a great addition to their team.

Haverhill Public Meetings: Week of July 8

Tuesday, July 9

The Haverhill Retirement Board meets at 9:00 a.m. in room 303 of City Hall, 4 Summer St., Haverhill. The City Council holds its regular session at 7 p.m. in the Council Chambers, room 204 of City Hall. River Street’s proposed marijuana shop CNA Stores, goes before the Council in an effort to receive a special permit, with CEO Robert DiFazio outlining the store’s security and parking plan, among other operating procedures. Wednesday, July 10

At 7 p.m. in room 202, the Planning Board meets to discuss an application for construction of 13 new, nonprofit multifamily housing units at 20 Newcomb St. Thursday, July 11

The Haverhill Conservation Commission meets, with members expected to consider a construction project for four new single-family homes on Bradford’s Montvale Street.

Pentucket Players Stage “Pippin” July 12-14 at Bradford Country Club

Merrimack Valley theater group The Pentucket Players are set to perform “Pippin” under the Bradford Country Club tent for four shows July 12-14 at the Bradford Country Club, 201 Chadwick Road, with tickets on sale now. The Tony Award winning musical follows a mysterious theater troupe and retells the extraordinary life of the son of medieval King Charlemagne. Featuring music written by Stephen Schwartz, the Broadway version of “Pippin” was directed by Bob Fosse. Tickets for the Pentucket Players show are $28, with dinner included for $60. To purchase tickets or for more information, call 978-521-9259.

Haverhill Chamber Hosts Workouts on Boardwalk This Summer—Starting Saturday

Work out—outdoors! Beginning Saturday, July 6, the Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce offers free workouts at Harbor Place on the outdoor boardwalk. Classes are held Saturday mornings at 8 a.m. weekly in July and August. Local fitness pros from The Giving Tree Yoga and Wellness Center, Cedardale Health and Fitness and Empowered Body are offering their services free of charge, with attendees asked to bring water and a mat for comfort. No advance registration is required and more information and a full list of classes is available by calling 978-373-5663.