Vocational school honors, art sale, and a new police officer

Officer Amanda Santos, in her UMass Amherst police uniform, has joined the Burlington Police Department.
Officer Amanda Santos, in her UMass Amherst police uniform, has joined the Burlington Police Department.Mike Dean for Northern Essex Community College

Five students at Massachusetts vocational schools have been nominated for a national award. The US Presidential Scholars program recently expanded to include career and technical schools. Three of the five nominees come from north of Boston: Ashlin Reyes of Greater Lawrence Technical School in Andover; Megan Brown of Shawsheen Valley Technical High School in Billerica; and Emily Shal of Whittier Regional Vocational Technical High School in Haverhill. Each state nominates five students, then the US Department of Education selects 20 semifinalists. Five are invited to Washington, D.C., to receive awards in the spring.

Two nonprofits north of Boston received $25,000 grants from Eastern Bank to help them keep up with the people they serve. Lazarus House in Lawrence and the Fitch Home in Melrose each received Partnership Grants from the Boston-based bank. Lazarus House Ministries helps provide food, clothes, household items, emergency shelter, and workforce training to people in need. The Fitch Home provides affordable assisted and senior living. The bank awarded $250,000 in total to 10 nonprofits in its most recent round of grants.


A psychology professor at the University of Massachusetts Lowell was recently named the 2018 Distinguished University Professor for her research on workplace sexual harassment and equity. Professor Meg Bond directs the UMass Lowell Center for Women and Work, an interdisciplinary think tank for gender-based equality in the workforce. Bond teaches courses in community social psychology, workplace diversity, and interpersonal dynamics. She has spoken to audiences on campus and beyond about her work as it relates to the #MeToo movement.

Salem State University will celebrate its students’ artwork at the Ellison Campus Center on Thursday, Dec. 20. A closing reception with hot chocolate and cookies commemorates the end of the 10-day exhibition and art sale. The display is free to the public, but people are invited to buy student artwork.


The Burlington Police Department recently added a new officer to its team. Amanda Santos will move on from her police work at UMass Amherst, where she started as a police cadet in 2016 and eventually became a full-time officer. The Watertown resident completed training at the Northern Essex Community College/Methuen Police Academy and can speak four languages.

Morgan Hughes can be reached at morgan.hughes@globe.com.