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Red Cross to Honor ‘Enduring Hero’ LaPierre of Haverhill, Among Others, at Breakfast

Bill LaPierre of Haverhill is one of a number of area residents being honored next month as a “Merrimack Valley Hero” when the American Red Cross and Honda North host the annual Northeast Massachusetts Everyday Heroes Breakfast. Organizers says the ceremony salutes those who have done “extraordinary things.” LaPierre was selected for the honor as “Enduring Hero.”  Besides LaPierre, area heroes include Humanitarian Hero, Ted Bucci and family of Hamilton; Community Hero, Abbey Roundy of Essex; First Responder Heroes, Officer Ted Lane of Beverly and Dr. Vinod Narra of Danvers; Mission Hero, Deb Duxbury of Methuen; Youth Heroes, Zoe Milmoe of Boxford and Molly Wogan of Middleton; Workplace Hero, National Grid; and Philanthropic Hero, Schneider Electric. “Each year, the American Red Cross honors people who go above and beyond in service to others, exemplifying the spirit of our own mission. These heroes are honored in recognition of their good works,” Red Cross officials said in a statement. The breakfast, which is expected to draw more than 500 attendees, takes place Thursday, March 26, from 7:30-9 a.m., at DoubleTree by Hilton Boston North Shore, 50 Ferncroft Road, Danvers.

‘Spring into Action’ Senior Health Fair Returns to North Andover in March

“Spring Into Action,” the North Andover Senior Center’s annual health fair, returns to promote senior health and good habits. The event includes exhibits, local merchants, keynote addresses and senior living opportunities. Attendees are able to receive health screening such as blood pressure and cholesterol tests. The event is Monday, March 30, at the Senior Center 120R Main St., 8 a.m.-1 p.m.

For more information contact Lya Morse at [email protected] or call 978-688-9560.

Today’s Obituaries—Feb. 17: Dodier, Praiano

Jolene M. (Archambault) Dodier, 50, passed away on Feb. 12, at Lawrence General Hospital. Born, raised and educated in Haverhill, she attended St. Joseph’s School and graduated from Haverhill High School. Attending Fitchburg State and Northern Essex Community College, she obtained an associate degree in business.

Haverhill School Committee Almost Ready with Superintendent’s Goals for this School Year

Although it is already mid-February, the Haverhill School Committee is still in the process of hammering out a set of goals for the current school year for Superintendent Margaret Marotta. Committee members submitted multiple plans but have not been able to reach a consensus on what those goals should include.  However, as agreed last Thursday night, they are getting closer. A revised copy of goals was distributed—a plan committee member Toni Sapienza Donais said is very close to being finished. “I think that we’re at like 99.99% agreement on the board with the wording as it currently stands. I think that the one piece that is missing from this is, I believe, meeting with the superintendent for her input on it,” Donais said.

UMass Lowell iHub Aims to Attract Solo Entrepreneurs, Small Teams to Downtown Haverhill

To bolster usage of UMass Lowell’s Haverhill Innovation Hub, the university has rolled out a new membership plan for technology-based startups by sole proprietors. The iHub, as it is known, is located at 2 Merrimack St. Designed to “drive economic innovation throughout the region,” the Haverhill incubator has attracted Microshare, CJK Technologies, Uncommon Catalyst, IT Squared, Stories Podcast and QueueDr.

“The new shared co-working option in Haverhill provides flexibility for single entrepreneurs or small startup teams. It gives them the space they need to work, along with access to supportive resources and programs and professional meeting space, all at a rate that startups can afford,” said Tom O’Donnell, UMass Lowell’s senior director of innovation initiatives and iHub director. Memberships include access to shared co-working space, conference rooms and the university’s secure, high-speed wireless network. In addition, the iHub offers entrepreneurs access to the expertise and research support of UMass Lowell’s world-class faculty.

Commuter Alert: State to Close Single Left Southbound I-495 Lane Wednesday and Thursday

As work progresses on the $102 million I-495 bridge replacement project, commuters face daytime lane restrictions this Wednesday and Thursday between exits 48 and 49. State transportation officials said a single left lane on the southbound side of the highway closes Feb. 19 and 20, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., both days, for joint repairs to the south abutment. Three lanes of a new northbound bridge have been completed and are carrying traffic. The new bridges are designed to last 75 years as opposed to the existing bridges built less than 60 years ago.

U.S. Reps. Trahan, Moulton, Kuster and Pappas Seek Fed Help to Stop Combined Sewer Overflows

Congresswoman Lori Trahan has assembled a coalition of Massachusetts and New Hampshire U.S. representatives fighting for an additional $500 million to help resolve the problem of combined sewer overflows into the Merrimack River. Trahan is joined by Reps. Seth Moulton of Massachusetts and Annie Kuster and Chris Pappas of New Hampshire. They sent a letter to the chairwoman and ranking member of the Interior, Environment and Related Agencies Subcommittee of Appropriations requesting additional money be allocated for the Environmental Protection Agency’s Sewer Overflow and Stormwater Reuse Municipal Grant Program for the year beginning next October. “Every American has a right to clean, safe drinking water.

Haverhill Exchange St. Patrick’s Day Breakfast for Preventing Child Abuse

The Exchange Club of Haverhill is having its 19th annual Rick Barry St. Patrick’s Day Breakfast event to benefit programs preventing child abuse. The event features traditional Irish music, lucky shamrock contest, scratch ticket giveaway and a 50/50 raffle. Tickets are $40 per person or $350 for a table of 10. The event is 7:30 a.m., Tuesday March 17, at DiBurro’s Function Facility, 887 Boston Road, Haverhill.