A new hospitality school, backyard bird research, and an extra hand from AmeriCorps

From left, Eastern Bank Chair and CEO Bob Rivers, Community Advocacy Award Recipient Deb Ansourlian, and Victoria Aboagye-Adinkra, who spoke at the event honoring Ansourlian.
From left, Eastern Bank Chair and CEO Bob Rivers, Community Advocacy Award Recipient Deb Ansourlian, and Victoria Aboagye-Adinkra, who spoke at the event honoring Ansourlian.Marilyn Humphries

The Lupoli Family Foundation recently pledged $500,000 to help Northern Essex Community College support a new hospitality and culinary school in Haverhill. The pledge will jump-start an anticipated $1 million endowment to fund a chair or lead faculty member for the program. The Lupoli Family School of Hospitality and Culinary Arts is expected to open in downtown Haverhill in 2019. The facility will occupy two floors of The Heights, a 10-story luxury, mixed-use development project built by Lupoli Companies. It will feature classrooms, laboratories, a test kitchen, and a restaurant where student chefs can hone their craft.

Deb Ansourlian executive director of Girls Inc. of Lynn, was recently honored with a Community Advocacy Award from Eastern Bank. The local affiliate of the national organization provides resources and programming to help girls navigate gender, economic, and social barriers. Prior to joining Girls Inc. of Lynn, Ansourlian served as executive director of the Hattie B. Cooper Community Center, was chief operating officer of United Cerebral Palsy in Watertown, and worked at The Greater Boston Food Bank.


Ten members of the AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps recently finished working on an affordable housing project in Salisbury. The group of 18- to 24-year-olds helped build seven housing units for the Lawrence-based Merrimack Valley Habitat for Humanity from October through mid-December. AmeriCorps also worked on Lawrence ReStore and construction sites.

Families with young children are invited to celebrate Tu B’Shevat, the Jewish holiday of the birthday of trees, in Beverly. On Sunday, Jan. 13, from 11 a.m. to noon, families with children age 6 and younger are invited to plant herbs, listen to a story, make crafts, and enjoy snacks. The event will be held at Temple B’nai Abraham, 200 Lothrop St., Beverly. The program is free and open to all. To RSVP, contact Phyllis Osher at 978-740-4404 or posher@lappinfoundation.org. Walk-ins are welcome.


Mass Audubon’s Joppa Flats Education Center in Newburyport invites the public to observe bird research and banding on Sundays through Feb. 24. Joppa Flats bird banding station manager Ben Flemer will capture wild birds in the area and bring them inside to measure, weigh, examine, and release them after placing a unique band on their leg to connect other bird researchers with the data he’s collected. Participants will learn about local “backyard birds” and why they live there while watching scientific research in action. Drop-in sessions are free and open to the public. The next ones are scheduled for Sunday, Jan. 13, and Sunday, Jan. 20. Each event takes place from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Lawrence General Hospital was recently awarded a three-year, nearly $100,000 grant to help pregnant women with opioid use disorder. The grant is intended to help them navigate the health care system and connect with peer support. The new components are an addition to the hospital’s existing inpatient treatment program. The grant comes from the Peter and Elizabeth C. Tower Foundation. “Patient navigators” will help the women access mental health services, secure transportation to appointments, and connect with other organizations that can provide assistance with food, housing, clothing, and other basic necessities.

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