CiderFeast New England Returns to Downtown Haverhill June 22

CiderFeast New England comes back to downtown Haverhill next month to celebrate the region’s apple heritage with an all-inclusive tasting event featuring craft ciders from some of the top cider makers in the area. Organizers say New England’s unique climate and soil, coupled with the Puritan value of self-sufficient agriculture, has given the region an unrivaled crop of apples. As the area was settled, easy transport via abundant waterways fueled the growth of the apple industry. Today, New England remains a top producer of apples and hard cider. “We’re excited to bring back CiderFeast New England for another year,” said Jimmy Carbone, founder of Destination Downtown Haverhill and Craft Haverhill.

Bong & Pong Championship Raises $16,000 for YWCA to Support Sexual Assault Victims

The First Annual Bong & Pong Championship, hosted earlier this month by Stem Haverhill, attracted 32 teams and more than 300 participants and raised  $16,000 for the YWCA Northeastern Massachusetts to help support sexual assault victims.

Stem Haverhill owner Caroline Pineau noted cannabis entrepreneurs have added “an exciting and innovative approach to fundraising and social equity in Massachusetts since legal sales began in 2018. “I can’t express enough admiration for everyone who supported and attended this great event, not just because of the money we raised for a truly great cause, but for demonstrating once again how committed the cannabis business community is to supporting important local organizations and giving back to society,” Pineau said. Bando Alternative Group, a home delivery and transportation business and a social equity applicant, won the Ping Pong competition, with Treeworks, a product manufacturer based in Hatfield, coming in at runner-up. Eunice Ziegler, director of advancement for YWCA Northeastern Massachusetts, said, “Earlier this year, the Stem Haverhill team contacted us about hosting a ping pong tournament to benefit our work around sexual assault awareness and support services. The creativity floored us…everything came to life, and there were over 300 attendees, and it was even more impactful than we imagined.

Sal’s Pizza Closes North Andover Shop, Opens at ‘Flagship’ Haffner’s Location in Lawrence

Sal’s Pizza has closed its North Andover location, but fans of the slices won’t go without with the opening of a shop at Haffner’s new “flagship” location on Merrimack Street in Lawrence. Sal’s Pizza calls the new location at 425 Merrimack St. “innovative” and “cutting-edge” as part of Energy North’s gas station, car wash, convenience store and Crack’d Kitchen Express. CEO and President Salvatore N. Lupoli said he is “deeply grateful for the loyalty and support” of North Andover customers over 33 years. “We will cherish the memories of our customers, employees and the North Andover community for years to come,” said Lupoli.

Smart Manufacturing Resiliency Summit Next Month Sets Stage for Future Haverhill Tech Hub

A Summit on Smart Manufacturing Resiliency, taking place next month at Northern Essex Community College, could very well paint a picture of Haverhill’s economic future. The summit, envisioned in part by City Council Vice President John A. Michitson and turned into a reality by the Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Haverhill Foundation and the college, focuses on smart manufacturing across three major industries: advanced manufacturing, life sciences and climate technology. Speaking before the City Council Tuesday, state Rep. Andy X. Vargas said he hopes the summit will be a catalyst for making Haverhill an attractive location for those types of industries. “I think we have two really impressive clusters of manufacturing here—food manufacturing and climate technology—and so, we want to make sure that people see Haverhill as a place to bring those types of businesses, right, to invest in,” he explained. Academia is another advocate for the future of advanced manufacturing.

Greater Lawrence Family Health Center Presents Making a Difference Award to Arbella Foundation

Greater Lawrence Family Health Center presented The Arbella Insurance Foundation with its highest honor during its recent 18th Annual Making a Difference Gala. The Health Center, which operates primary care locations in Haverhill, Methuen and Lawrence, has received support from the foundation for many years, but credits the organization with providing exceptional help during the pandemic. Arbella Insurance Foundation helped ensure the Health Center was able to first test and then vaccinate not only patients, but any Massachusetts resident in need. In addition, Arbella has assisted GLFHC in caring for homeless patients and with renovations to its largest site so as to expand the Lawrence Family Medicine Residency program. The health center is now able to train 48 primary care physicians in its four-year program, at a time when there is a shortage of primary care doctors.

Greater Haverhill Chamber Plans Business After Hours Wednesday at Dustin-Duston Garrison House

The Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce is planning a business after hours event this Wednesday at the historic Dustin-Duston Garrison House. Caretakers of the property say the brick-and-mortar building was “built during 1697 as a garrison, created to protect the early American colonists from threat of attack by the northern Abenaki natives. It is recognized as an example of First Period architecture. This garrison, manned by local militia, was one of six located in Haverhill and the only one constructed of local bricks.”

The mixer takes place Wednesday, May 10, from 5:30-7:30 p.m., at 655 Hilldale Ave., Haverhill. Admission is free.

Attorney Gallagher Joins Downey Law Group and DLG Closing

Attorney Aubrie L. Gallagher of Amesbury recently joined Downey Law Group and DLG Closing. Gallagher, an experienced estate planning, probate and trust administration lawyer who practiced solo for more than 10 years, joins the growing law practice based in Topsfield and Haverhill. She comes from three generations of estate planning and probate attorneys, following in the footsteps of her mother, Attorney Janice Weyland Sinclair, and grandfather, attorney Wendell P. Weyland, who was a certified public accountant and estate attorney in the Topsfield and Boxford areas. “My favorite part of what I do is working with families to help give them peace of mind so that they are prepared should something happen to one of them. I spend a lot of time making sure my clients fully understand what the documents in an estate plan will do for them, and that all possible contingencies from their particular situation are addressed.

Merrimack Valley Credit Union’s 2023 Charity Golf Classic Benefits School Financial Literacy Programs

Registration is open for Merrimack Valley Credit Union’s 2023 Charity Golf Classic, presented by Synergent. This year’s tournament features an all-inclusive entry fee that includes on-course contests, a raffle, beverages, food and more. All golfers have an opportunity to shoot a golf ball air cannon for a chance to win a tropical vacation. There is also a separate silent auction. Proceeds will be dedicated to a new financial literacy program the credit union is developing in partnership with Banzai!, a national financial training organization that partners with credit unions around the country.