Methuen Police Seek Info on Third Man Involved in Thursday Kidnapping and Armed Robbery

Methuen Police are looking for a third person after arresting and charging a man and woman with armed robbery and kidnapping Thursday night. Twenty-five-year-old Eric Deugarte and 24-year-old Meghan Wood, both of Methuen, were both charged with armed robbery and kidnapping, according to Mayor Neil Perry and Police Chief Joseph Solomon. Deugarte was also charged with assault with a dangerous weapon and conspiracy to commit a crime. The third person is described as an adult light-skinned black male with a long ponytail, weighing approximately 155 pounds. Anyone with information is asked to call Methuen Police at 978-983-8752.

Market Basket Supermarkets Extends the Shopping Day Until 8, Beginning Sunday

Market Basket supermarkets is gradually expanding its hours, while still keeping its senior shopping hours. Back in March, the grocery store chain added senior shopping hours, but curtailed its days in response to restrictions surrounding the coronavirus. Beginning Sunday, however, all locations open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m., each day. Market Basket has set 6-7 a.m., daily, special senior shopping hours at all locations for those above the age of 60.

Pentucket Regional Elementary Students Showcase Their Inventions at National Convention

Five elementary school students in the Pentucket Regional School District will represent the Northern New England region in the remotely held Henry Ford Annual Invention Convention U.S. Nationals next month. Superintendent Justin Bartholomew said sixth grade students at the Helen R. Donaghue School in Merrimac and Dr. John C. Page Elementary School in West Newbury participated in the Young Inventors’ Program this school year as part of the district’s STEM curriculum. Students taking part in the national competition were sixth grader Jackson Miller, sixth grader Owen McDonald, fourth grader Camden Miller and fifth grader Charlie Botto, all students at the Page School, and Madelyn Grimes, a sixth grade student at the Donaghue School in Merrimac. Grimes received the Animal Welfare award for her invention, a “Glow Feeder.” She developed a pet-feeding center with bowls that light up when pets finish eating, which allows everyone in a household to know the pets have been fed. McDonald and Jackson Miller received both the Entrepreneurship and the Health and Wellness Awards for their Thermosleeve, a heated physical therapy sleeve that promotes blood flow and helps reduce pain.

Northern Essex Adapts to the Times with New Remote Micro-Internship Service

Northern Essex Community College continues to adapt to the realities of COVID-19, creating a program of short-term “micro-internships” for students. The college’s Career Services says the internships are paid professional assignments that are carried out remotely over 15 to 40 hours. There will be a webinar next Tuesday for companies interested in the concept. Ashley Moore, director of career services, says “These micro-internships will give students supplemental income and valuable skills quickly, while providing local and national employers with help on special projects.”

The college is partnering with three local chambers—Merrimack Valley, Greater Haverhill and Greater Newburyport—to expand opportunities for students, and with Parker Dewey, a micro-internship consulting company to offer this service. Companies who are interested in learning more about micro-internships and how to post assignments may attend the virtual information session hosted by Moore and Parker Dewey founder Jeffrey Moss Tuesday, June 2, at 12:30 p.m. Employers may register here or by contacting Moore at [email protected] or 978-556-3946.

Essex County Sheriff’s Department Academy Recruit, 29, Dies During Training at Northern Essex

A 29-year-old recruit at the Essex County Sheriff’s Department’s Basic Training Academy at Northern Essex Community College died during physical fitness exercises Tuesday. Anish Khalifa, of Woburn, started the academy in April as a member of BTA Class 20-01. He also served as a reserve officer with the Woburn Police Department since March 2019, Essex County Sheriff Kevin Coppinger said today. “Our hearts are heavy with the unexpected passing of this fine young man,” Coppinger said. “Our training officers were with him at the time and immediately began to perform CPR and other life-saving measures, but tragically were unable to revive him.

Haverhill Plaistow YMCA Prepares to Honor DiBurro, Goldstein at 2020 Virtual Gala This Thursday

The coronavirus pandemic is forcing many nonprofit organizations to change the ways they raise money, and this Thursday, the Haverhill and Plaistow YMCA shifts gears this year and moves its Virtual Legacy Gala online. The Y honors Ernie DiBurro and Al Goldstein as it raises money for summer literacy and enrichment camps for children. Regional YMCA Executive Director Tracy Fuller says all sponsors stayed onboard despite this years’ change in plans. “They have all said they would support the work the Y is doing right now, and are more than willing to support it even though we’re moving to a virtual event. So, for us, the type of the work we are doing is really resonating and, again, we’re grateful to have such amazing business partners in the Greater Haverhill and Plaistow communities,” she said.

United Way Distributes $300,000 COVID-19 Aid to 19 Merrimack Valley Organizations

Two months after launching a fundraising effort to help individuals and families impacted by the COVID-19 crisis, United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley says it has distributed $300,000 to 19 Merrimack Valley organizations. The amount is part of $4 million the agency has sent to 158 community-based organizations across the region to provide flexible emergency financial assistance to individuals and families impacted by the crisis. Local groups receiving aid include ACT Lawrence, Boys and Girls Club of Haverhill, Boys and Girls Club of Lawrence, Boys and Girls Club of Greater Lowell, Boys and Girls Club of Lower Merrimack Valley, Catholic Charities, Common Ground Ministries, Community Teamwork, Community Action, Dwelling House of Hope, Emmaus, Greater Lawrence Community Action Council, Groundwork Lawrence, International Institute of New England, Lawrence CommunityWorks, Merrimack Valley Food Bank, Open Hand Pantry, Society of St.Vincent de Paul and UTEC. More than 6,700 donors—representing individuals, corporations and foundations—have committed more than $7 million to help families affected by the crisis since United Way launched the COVID-19 Family Support Fund on March 14. United Way is also working in partnership with elected officials and community leaders in more than a dozen Gateway cities and towns to lead a coordinated, unified response to the financial impact of closing non-essential businesses.

Podcast: Sen. Diana DiZoglio Wants More Legislative Input into Baker Business Reopening Plans

With legislation moving forward in the state Senate to help businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, state Sen. Diana DiZoglio says she and other legislators felt cut out of Gov. Charlie Baker’s recovery program. DiZoglio made the revelation Thursday when she appeared as a guest on WHAV’s morning program. “It’s not a situation where we have been able to participate in those discussions, necessarily, you know. When this thing is planned, which is rolled out by the lieutenant governor and the secretary of economic development, alongside the governor, those conversations on the advisory board were being had with not one legislative representative being able to speak during those meetings. We were able to listen, but we were not allowed to speak, and give input,” she explains.