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    Operation Bootstrap expands its adult learning center in Lynn

    Dr. Somava Stout has won a leadership award.
    Dr. Somava Stout has won a leadership award.

    MOVING UP: Operation Bootstrap, an adult learning center, recently moved to a larger location on the second floor of the J.B. Blood Building in Lynn.

    Edward Tirrell, executive director of the nonprofit, said the new space will allow it to serve more students and offer more courses in English for speakers of other languages, adult basic education, basic computer literacy, US citizenship, career exploration, and pathways to gainful employment.

    Earlier this year, Operation Bootstrap announced it received $4 million in grants to be allocated over the next five years. The goal is to develop and expand curriculum to better assure student success, opportunities through higher education, and employment.


    “Operation Bootstrap looks forward to welcoming the community to our new location,” said Tirrell.

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    For over 35 years, Operation Bootstrap has provided educational services to people 16 and older, with or without a diploma but reading below ninth-grade level, and to adults who need to improve English skills.

    The program offers free day and evening classes. It serves 250 from more than 30 countries and has a waiting list of 500. Operation Bootstrap is in Suite 203 of the J.B. Blood Building, 20 Wheeler St., Lynn. Call 781-599-8543 or visit  

    ART FOR KIDS: Pathways for Children, which provides early education services in the region, holds its signature art event for the year, “A Place At The Table: Giving Children Opportunities for Success,” Nov. 9 at Cruiseport Gloucester

    For the gala, 16 well-known local artists have transformed Parsons-style tables into colorful and vibrant works of art. Tables are on display around Cape Ann and featured in a live auction at the gala, which benefits Pathways programs.

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    Local artists have turned tables into works of art to benefit Pathways for Children in Gloucester.


    The evening begins at 6 with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. It includes a silent auction of 12 hand- crafted table tops. Painted canvases by children in the Pathways Art Club will also be on display and for sale.

    Tickets are $150. Call Diana Foster  at 978-281-2400, ext. 320 or visit

    POSITIVE PLAYING: Endicott College  and the Positive Coaching Alliance  present a workshop, “Double-Goal Coach: Coaching for Winning and Life Lessons,” Sunday at the college campus in Beverly.

    The event is free and open to all youth sport coaches, organizers, and administrators. The interactive workshop introduces the alliance’s Double-Goal Coach model, based on three principals: honoring the game, filling emotional tanks, and the ELM (Effort, Learning, Mistakes) tree of mastery.

    It also presents research from experts in coaching, education, and sports psychology. Participants gain access to practical, proven tools.


    It runs 4-6:30 p.m. in the college’s Post Center. For more or to register, contact Dina Gentile at 978-232-2430 or

    WHO’S WHAT WHERE: Dr. Somava Stout  of Cambridge Health Alliance  is one of 10 winners of the first Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Young Leader Award. The award recognizes leaders from across the country, age 40 or younger, for contributions to improving the nation’s health. The awards also recognize a strong potential for future leadership. Stout is a primary care physician committed to improving health of underserved communities through patient-centered health system redesign. She is a vice president at Cambridge Health Alliance and an instructor in medicine at Harvard Medical School. . . . The North Shore Community College Foundation welcomed two new members to its board of directors. James Horrocks  of Essex brings experience in financial management to the board as the managing director of Integrated Financial Partners Inc. in Danvers. Andrea Kantaros  of Peabody is vice president and market manager at People’s United Bank in Beverly. The foundation raises funds for educational programs, technical assistance, facilities, culture and arts initiatives, and scholarships.

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