Maria’s Family Restaurant Hosts Merrimack Valley Chamber Welcome Back Lunch

Downtown Haverhill’s Maria’s Family Restaurant is hosting a welcome back lunch for the Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce Wednesday, July 22. The noon-1:15 meal includes either chicken parmesan or salad with grilled chicken. Masks are required when entering and leaving the restaurant and seating is limited. Maria’s is located at 81 Essex St., Haverhill. Tickets are $20 for members and $30 for non-members.

Cancelled: Haverhill Chamber Plans Business After Hours at Zorvino Vineyards July 15

This event has been cancelled. The Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce plans a “Business After Hours” mixer next week at Zorvino Vineyards in Sandown, N.H.

The networking event is free and includes light appetizers, wine tastings and a cash bar. There will be a Picnic Promenade with donated baskets, highlighting Chamber members, being raffled off throughout the evening. Chamber members meet Wednesday, July 15, from 5-7 p.m., at Zorvino Vineyards, 226 Main St., Sandown, N.H. There’s more information at

Greater Lawrence Family Health Center’s Napolitano Chairs National Advocacy Task Force

Rich Napolitano of Methuen was recently appointed the new chair of the National Association of Community Health Centers’ Advocacy Task Force. Napolitano, who serves as Greater Lawrence Family Health Center’s senior vice president of external relations and chief marketing and development officer, said he is looking forward to working with the national Association’s Grassroots Advocacy team and the Health Center Advocacy Network. “Community health centers face many challenges and need to continue working collaboratively so our needs are heard loud and clear,” Napolitano explains. “Our collective voice needs to be even stronger as we face these challenges together for our staff, our communities and, most importantly, those who need us most, our patients.”

At Greater Lawrence Family Health Center, where he has served since 2014, Napolitano and his team are responsible for marketing and communications, public relations, development and fundraising, grants and contracts administration, legislative affairs and community relations. Napolitano has represented GLFHC and its patients in local initiatives such as the City of Lawrence Mayor’s Health Task Force Executive Committee and as a founding board member of the Lawrence Partnership, currently serving on the Lawrence Partnership Advisory Council.

Theoharides to Address Merrimack Valley Chamber’s Energy and Environmental Conference

State Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Kathleen A. Theoharides plans to address attendees at this month’s “2020 Energy and Environmental Virtual Conference.”

The free event, presented by the Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce, takes place online, Wednesday, July 15, from 10-11 a.m. There will also be a group of panelists discussing energy issues. Registration is required by clicking here. For more information, call 978-686-0900 or email [email protected]

Juros Assumes Chair of Greater Haverhill Chamber; Says Group Positioned to Meet Challenges

Local architect Matthew E. Juros takes over tomorrow as chairman of the Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce. Juros, owner of Fishbrook Design Studio, succeeds Northern Essex Community College President Lane A. Glenn. He acknowledges the unusual times facing the Chamber and its members. “We’ve got challenges that none of us could have ever anticipated. This Chamber is positioned to meet the challenges of COVID and Black Lives Matter from our core values,” he explains.

Rivolve Coworking Opens in Haverhill, Providing Alternatives to Traditional Offices

Haverhill’s Rivolve Coworking, offering alternatives to traditional office space, opened its new River Street office this month with the Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce on hand for a ribbon-cutting celebration. Rivolve Coworking is open on the second floor at 205 River St. It provides individuals, entrepreneurs or small companies with various workspaces that may be rented daily, weekly or monthly.  Opportunities include individual offices, open-seating and conference rooms equipped with the necessary tools for everyday office work. It is owned by James P. Schiavoni Jr. and James M. Schiavoni. Christina Faxon is treasurer and director of operations.

Haverhill-based L’Arche Boston North Elects Keating Board Chair

Bill Keating has been elected chair of the Haverhill-based L’Arche Boston North. Keating, who is the chief financial officer of the Nexxus Group of Beverly, succeeds Joseph Kennedy, retired senior vice president/CFO of Georgetown Bank, who served as board chair since 2016. L’Arche Boston North Executive Director and Community Leader Jennifer Matthews said, “Bill has been with the board for two years and brings a tremendous amount of experience both professionally as a CFO and personally as a parent of a child with an intellectual disability. Bill is passionate about sharing the mission of L’Arche with the greater community and investing in strategic opportunities to grow our vision and impact while strengthening our roots in L’Arche’s International Federation.”

Keating joined the L’Arche Boston North’s board of directors in April 2018, bringing a wealth of knowledge and experience in strategic and financial oversight. He has served as chief financial officer of the Nexxus Group and Micropore, of Elkton, Md., and as a member of the finance faculty at Bentley University.

Merrimack Valley Credit Union Presents $15,000 in College Scholarships to Area High School Grads

Merrimack Valley Credit Union recently awarded $15,000 in college scholarships to 15 high school students from its field of membership both north and south of Boston. Students were honored during a virtual ceremony June 8, where they celebrated with family and members of Merrimack Valley Credit Union’s senior management team. Over the past four years, Merrimack Valley Credit Union has awarded 36 students with nearly $45,000 in scholarships to pursue higher education. Merrimack Valley Credit Union President and CEO John Howard, said “The scholarship recipients were selected because of their commitment to education and to their community both in and out of school. While many had to modify how they demonstrated that commitment in the past few months—through remote learning and finding other ways to help in the community—we are confident that the flexibility and resiliency they have shown these past few months will prove useful not only in college, but also in their careers.”

The organization received 178 applications from students at 66 different high schools located across the two regions.