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The Massachusetts School of Law presents animal rights day

Staff of Beverly Hospital outside an operating room suite named after Michael and Elizabeth Ruane, longtime donors. He is the hospital’s former chairman of the board.

Staff of Beverly Hospital outside an operating room suite named after Michael and Elizabeth Ruane, longtime donors. He is the hospital’s former chairman of the board.

A DAY FOR THE ANIMALS: The Massachusetts School of Law in Andover presents its seventh annual Animal Rights Day on Saturday.

The event, which is open to the public and free, features a slate of issues addressed by animal rights and legal experts. A police dog demonstration will be presented by the Essex County Sheriff’s Department, and the Andover Fire Department will explain the equipment on a fire truck.

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The National Education for Assistance Dog Services, an organization that provides canine assistance to people who are deaf or have a disability, will be represented at the event, as well as BlueDog, an Andover company that provides dog walking and training.

Activities for children will include an Easter egg hunt with the Easter Bunny, face painting, animal crafts, and the pony Boo from New England Equine Rescue North in West Newbury.

Copies of the book “Please, Can We Keep the Donkey?” a collection of animal stories by members of the Massachusetts School of Law community and edited by Diane Sullivan and Holly Vietzke, will be on sale. All proceeds will benefit the Shadow Fund, established by the school to assist animals with medical needs. The fund was the outgrowth of donations collected by the school to help a local Vietnam veteran, Robert Burke, whose dog, Shadow, required surgery that Burke was unable to afford.

A complimentary breakfast at 8 a.m. will kick off the event; a complimentary lunch also will be provided. The event will end at 2 p.m.

Although not required, event organizers request that anyone interested in attending should send an e-mail to animallaw@mslaw.edu, with “plan to attend” in the subject line.

The event takes place at the law school, 500 Federal St., Andover.

Call 978- 681-0800 or visit www.mslaw.edu.

SHARING THE BOUNTY: Farm Direct Coop is accepting new members for the 2013 season at its pick-up locations in Marblehead, Salem, and Melrose.

Working with local farmers for more than 20 years, the nonprofit Farm Direct Coop brings freshly picked organic and sustainable fruits and vegetables to members on a weekly basis.

With more than 780 members in the region, a coop of this size is a benefit to both farmers and the community, by creating a reliable market for organic growers and fresh, local food for people in the surrounding communities.

By purchasing an annual share, members get the freshest available seasonal produce for 20 weeks, from early June through late October.

Farm Direct Coop also offers a local cheese share; a chef’s share with a specially picked assortment of spices, herbs, vinegars; and a bread share.

Financial aid is available to people in need via the Farm Direct Coop’s member sustained Community Aid Fund.

For more details or to sign up, visit www.farmdirectcoop.org or call 877-FDC-FARM. (877-332-3276).

WHO’S WHAT WHERE: Dr. Alfred DeMaria Jr. of Melrose has been honored by the Massachusetts Medical Society as the 2013 recipient of its Special Award for Excellence in Medical Service. The award honors a physician who has provided exceptional care and dedication to the medical needs of his or her patients and the general public. DeMaria is medical director for the Bureau of Infectious Disease of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health . . . .

A new operating-room suite at Beverly Hospital has been named after Mike Ruane, a longtime donor and former chairman of the board at the hospital. Denis Conroy, interim president of Northeast Health System, said Ruane and his wife, Liz, of Wenham, have been among the top philanthropic supporters and leaders at Beverly Hospital and Addison Gilbert Hospital in Gloucester for more than a decade, contributing more than $800,000 and inspiring a strong culture of giving within the health system. . . .

Two men who have dedicated their lives to working on behalf of victims of human rights violations and social injustice recently received the 2013 Salem Award. Thomas Doyle, an ordained priest, was instrumental in exposing sexual abuse within the Catholic Church. Horace Seldon, once a United Church of Christ minister, has spent 45 years teaching about and working to eliminate racism.

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