West Newbury Fire Reports No Injuries From Saturday’s Four-Alarm Single-Family Home Blaze

No injuries were reported following a four-alarm fire Saturday afternoon at a single-family home in West Newbury. West Newbury Fire Chief Michael Dwyer said residents of the home at 2 Reeds Lane were able to safely escape prior to firefighters’ arrival. Damage to the home, however, displaced the family. Firefighters were initially dispatched at about 12:15 p.m. for a report of a lawnmower fire near the home. Upon arrival, firefighters found heavy smoke and flames fully engulfing the side of the home and an attached deck.

Bates, Rocks Village and Other Drawbridges to Receive Testing in Advance of Seasonal Boating

Area drawbridges over the Merrimack River, including the William H. Bates and Rocks Village Bridges, are being tested over the next few days. The Massachusetts Department of Transportation will be conducting multiple test openings of the Rocks Village Drawbridge, between Haverhill and West Newbury, take place from 8 p.m., Monday, April 12, through 4:30 the next morning. Similarly, the Bates Drawbridge, along routes 97 and 113 between Haverhill and Groveland, is being tested from 8 p.m., Wednesday, April 14, through 4:30 a.m., Thursday, April 15. Test openings are to ensure that drawbridges are ready to operate during the upcoming boating season and to train new drawbridge operators. Testing is part of a $4.19 million District 4 drawbridge operation, maintenance and repair contract awarded to SPS New England of Salisbury.

Trinity EMS and Atkinson Police Demonstrate Life-Saving Emergency Box at Woodlock Park

Trinity EMS and Atkinson Police this week demonstrated an emergency call box that allows fast access to an automated external defibrillator donated by Trinity at Woodlock Park in Atkinson, N.H.

Atkinson Police, through private donations and public money, constructed and installed a new “safety station” with a camera on top and a button for a direct line into the police department. When pressed, Atkinson’s police dispatchers can remotely open to door and provide access to the defibrillator. Atkinson Police Chief Timothy J. Crowley demonstrated the safety station with Trinity EMS President John Chemaly. The chief said the emergency box at Woodlock Park is now available to the many families and seniors that use the park all year round to play soccer, baseball or pickle ball or just walk the trails. “Residents from three months to 93-year-old use the park, and what better way to protect our community with this new safety station,” Crowley said.

Greater Lawrence Family Health Center Opens Vaccine Clinic at Northern Essex Community College

Greater Lawrence Family Health Center opened its fourth COVID-19 vaccine clinic yesterday at the Lawrence Campus of and Northern Essex Community College. The clinic is within the Dimitry Building on the corner of Franklin and Lowell streets in Lawrence. The health center also operates clinics in Methuen, Haverhill and at its West clinical site at 700 Essex St. in Lawrence. “This is an outstanding opportunity for our health center to expand our COVID vaccine outreach through another collaboration with our educational partner Northern Essex Community College, ensuring that we provide the vaccine to as many people as possible in Lawrence and surrounding communities,” said Health Center President and CEO John M. Silva.

Methuen Man Receives Eight-Year Prison Sentence for Selling Drugs at Local Restaurant

A Methuen man was sentenced Thursday in federal court in Boston for selling fentanyl at a local restaurant. Twenty-eight-year-old Alexsander Padro was sentenced by U.S. District Court Chief Judge F. Dennis Saylor IV to eight years in prison and four years of supervised release. Padro pleaded guilty last September to distributing more than 40 grams of fentanyl. Acting U.S. Attorney Nathaniel R. Mendell’s office said, “Padro sold more than 40 grams of fentanyl to a cooperating source at a restaurant in Methuen on July 10, 2019. Padro also sold more than 40 grams of fentanyl to an undercover officer in March 2019 and $1,000 worth of fentanyl to an undercover officer in April 2019.”

Northern Essex Community College’s Heineman On Track to Lead North Shore College

Northern Essex Community College isn’t just graduating students. It is now graduating college presidents. College Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs William Heineman was the unanimous choice of the North Shore Community College Board of Trustees to become the college’s fifth president. If approved by the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education, Heineman takes over July 1. “What I saw during the interview process is a strong institution with a deep commitment to its students and its community.

Merrimack Valley Chamber’s Spring Business Expo, Trade Show, Job, Health and Wellness Fair Today

The Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce’s Spring Business Expo, Trade Show, Job, Health and Wellness Fair goes online Wednesday. Attendees may promote their organizations, products and services; carry on interactive discussions; and network with exhibitors Wednesday, April 7, from 1-3 p.m. There is no charge to attend. Following the Expo, there is a free Virtual Business Networking Mixer, from 3:15-4 p.m. The format is speed networking with break out rooms to help make new business connections. All participants will be sent contact information from the other attendees to continue relationship building after the event. Register for links at merrimackvalleychamber.com or call 978-686-0900.

YWCA Northeastern Mass. Honors 22 at Next Month’s 38th Annual Tribute to Women

Twenty-two women will be honored in May when YWCA Northeastern Massachusetts presents its 38th Annual Tribute to Women. Since 1983, the YWCA’s Tribute to Women has recognized more than 1,200 Merrimack Valley and North Shore women leaders from business and community organizations. Organizers say, “A hallmark of Tribute is that women honored come from all walks of life; their contributions are varied, and all are remarkable in their own unique way.”

The Tribute to Women takes place virtually May 13, at 6:30 p.m.  This year, Tribute to Women’s Diamond sponsor is again Pfizer. Northshore Magazine and WHAV are media partners. Sponsorships for this major fundraiser are also available by contacting Jeanne Osborn at [email protected] or 978-687-0331 ext.