Commuter Rail Vax Express Brings COVID-19 Shots to Lawrence on Haverhill Line Saturday

To encourage COVID-19 shots in “disproportionately impacted communities with low vaccination rates,” the state’s new Commuter Rail Vax Express makes a stop this Saturday at the Lawrence train station on the Haverhill Line. The Vax Express, operated by CIC Health in partnership with Keolis, takes over MBTA Commuter Rail comes to Lawrence this Saturday, June 19, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

“The Commonwealth continues to lead the nation in vaccinating our residents, and our goal remains getting every person who wants a vaccine a shot,” said Gov. Charlie Baker in a statement. “As we get closer to our goal of vaccinating over four million residents, we are increasing targeted, community-based clinics to reach remaining populations.”

Vaccinations take place aboard the train, staffed by CIC Health partner Cataldo Ambulance. The public may walk-up without an appointment or book an appointment in advance. The Vax Express offers the two-dose Pfizer vaccine for ages 12 and up and the single-dose J&J vaccine for ages 18 and up.

DiZoglio Sends Warm Words to Duff After Governor’s Councilor Withdraws from Auditor’s Race

Following Governor’s Councilor Eileen Duff’s announcement Friday that she is withdrawing from the state auditor’s race, one of her erstwhile opponents offered words of compassion. Sen Diana DiZoglio of Methuen said she spoke with Duff after learning of a “family health situation” that forced her withdrawal. “Eileen Duff’s passion and genuine love for our community is contagious. She’s the real deal and my heart goes out to her and her family. I encourage those who know her to reach out and let her know that we’re here for her and have her back,” DiZoglio told WHAV Friday afternoon.

Duff Withdraws from State Auditor’s Race Due to Family Health Situation

Governor’s Councilor Eileen Duff withdrew Friday from the race to succeed Suzanne M. Bump as state auditor. Duff, who was elected in 2012 as a governor’s councilor for Massachusetts’ 5th district, said a “family health situation” forced her withdrawal. “…I cannot justify the time commitment of a statewide run for office at this time and will be withdrawing from the race. Family always comes first for the Duffs,” she said in a statement. Duff said she plans to seek re-election to Governor’s Council.

Northern Essex Community College Students Elect Grace as College Trustee

Human Services major Chrissy Grace of Dracut is joining the Northern Essex Community College Board of Trustees as the newly student-elected representative. Grace graduated from high school in 2004 and quickly found success working in the tech field as a product representative. But, after having a daughter three years ago, she said she feared running out of options for career growth and decided to move back home and work for her family’s transportation business. When COVID-19 struck, she decided to enroll at Northern Essex for the spring semester as a human services major, saying she was inspired to take on the new challenge by seeing her young daughter adapt and thrive during the pandemic. “She is three, she has spent most of her life in COVID and if she can do it, I can do it,” Grace said.

Judge Sentences Former Methuen Man to Two Years in Prison for Identity Theft

A former Methuen man was sentenced to two years in prison Wednesday for aggravated identity theft and fraudulent use of a Social Security number. According to Acting U.S. Attorney Nathaniel R. Mendel, 32-year-old Manuel Enrique Arias Aguasvivas was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Rya W. Zobel to two years in prison and one year of supervised release. Arias Aguasvivas will also be subject to deportation to the Dominican Republic after completion of his term. Arias Aguasvivas pleaded guilty Feb. 17, to one count of aggravated identity theft and one count of false representation of a Social Security number.

All 267 Whittier Tech 2021 Graduates Have Firm Plans for Their Post-Pandemic Careers

This year’s class president at Whittier Regional Vocational Technical High School probably said it best when she told the school’s 267 graduates last week, “Nobody plans for a global pandemic halfway through their high school experience.”

Makayla Hoffman of Rowley delivered the sole speech during last Thursday’s ceremony. “However, a lot of life is unpredictable and unplanned and Whittier has given us the tools we will need to take on whatever this life throws at us when we walk across the stage and move on from this chapter,” she said. And, move they did. Of the class of 2021, 101 plan to immediately enter the workforce, 78 plan to attend a four-year college, 67 plan to attend a two-year college, 15 will attend a technical/trade school and six enlisted in the military. Valedictorian Alyssa Michel of Haverhill, who studied engineering, will attend Northeastern University this fall, while Salutatorian Lilly Fox of Amesbury, who studied masonry, plans to enter the masonry field right away.

Atkinson Women’s Civic Club Plans 2021 Outdoor Artisan Market Saturday, June 19

The Atkinson Women’s Civic Club is having its 2021 Outdoor Artisan Market Saturday, June 19, with music, craft and food vendors and raffles. There will be 31 local artisan vendors and activities for the whole family. All proceeds support the Atkinson community. The event takes place Saturday, June 19, from 10 a.m.- 3 p.m., rain or shine, at Atkinson Community Center, 4 Main St., Atkinson.

Sen. DiZoglio Declares Run for State Auditor, Targets Non-Disclosure Pacts, Baker’s Pandemic Spending

Sen. Diana DiZoglio of Methuen, who has been at odds with the Senate leadership much of the year, formally said today she will seek the office of state auditor being vacated next year by Suzanne M. Bump. Bump, the first woman elected to the post, said recently she is not running for a fourth term. DiZoglio, reiterating a theme she has raised in the state senate, said she will audit Gov. Charlie Baker’s pandemic spending. “The millions of taxpayer dollars spent on no-bid contracts during the failed vaccine rollout requires greater transparency. I will also launch an audit into the tragedy surrounding the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home,” she said in a statement.