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    Methuen MSPCA helps rescue dogs from hoarder

    Methuen MSPCA helps rescue dogs from hoarder

    TO THE RESCUE: The MSPCA at Nevins Farm in Methuen recently teamed with a shelter in Springfield to rescue 31 animals that had been kept in the basement of a Springfield home.

    Eight of the 31 dogs - 29 purebred miniature pinschers and two Belgian Tervurens - were taken in by Nevins Farm. Six of the dogs have been adopted and two remain, 12-year-old Creampuff and 10-year-old Fritter, both miniature pinschers. The rest went to a Springfield shelter.

    The dogs were living in filthy conditions and had serious internal and external parasite infestation, as well as serious dental disease as a result of neglect. All were undernourished.


    Nevins Farms is working to resolve Creampuff and Fritter’s health issues and then will work toward finding them permanent homes.

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    “This is another in a series of extreme hoarding cases we’ve seen in the last year,’’ said Mike Keiley, director of the animal care and adoption center at Nevins Farm.

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    PREP HALL OF HONOR: St. John’s Preparatory School in Danvers has recognized four members of the school community with induction into its Hall of Honor: Thomas Haas, Donna and Elliot Katzman, and Brother Ron Santoro.

    The Hall of Honor, established in 1997, recognizes individuals for extraordinary commitment and contributions to the school.


    Haas, a 1974 graduate, is also the recipient of the 2012 Distinguished Alumnus Award. A pilot and flight instructor, he is involved at the Prep through his support for the arts, educational technology, and student activities, particularly as a mentor for the Aviation Club.

    Haas is a trustee of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, vice president of the New Hampshire Aviation Historical Society, and a trustee of LightHawk, an environmental aviation organization that donates flight services to conservation groups across the country. He lives in Portsmouth, N.H.

    Donna and Elliot Katzman have long been active at St. John’s. They are the parents of two Prep graduates - Matthew Katzman, class of 2001, and David Katzman, class of 2005. Elliot Katzman has served as a member of the board of trustees since 2003, and he and Donna are longtime members of the Headmaster’s Council.

    Donna Katzman is a former teacher at St. Mary of the Assumption School in Lawrence, and Elliot Katzman is a general partner with Commonwealth Capital Ventures. Formerly of North Andover, they now live in Boston.

    Santoro, who began teaching at St. John’s in 1972, is known among colleagues and students for his belief in the power of the arts to nurture self-confidence and intellectual curiosity. In addition to teaching, he served as director of the Drama Guild at St. John’s for many years, winning the statewide high school drama festival a dozen times. In 2007, he received the Ryken Award, which recognizes exceptional dedication and commitment to the school and to the vision and goals of Xaverian education worldwide. He is retired.


    WHO’S WHAT WHERE: Amy Geller, a native of Hampton, N.H., has been named artistic director of The Boston Jewish Film Festival. She has long been active in the Boston film community, including producing a variety of feature, documentary, and short films; curating film festivals; and serving as associate director of the festival. She lives in Cambridge. . . . Fortune Kalala, a senior at Central Catholic High School in Lawrence, was recently honored and awarded a scholarship by the Catholic Schools Foundation at its 22d annual Inner City Scholarship Fund Dinner. Kalala, an honor roll student, moved to Lawrence when he was 13 from Mozambique, where he had lived in a refugee camp with his family. After years of fleeing political unrest and civil war, Fortune began the seventh grade not knowing any English. After two years of hard work, he was accepted to Central Catholic and was able to attend because of a scholarship provided by the Inner-City Scholarship Fund. He spoke at the recent dinner, and received a $5,000 scholarship for college.

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