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    The Passover Band in Wakefield, art by the month, and more

    An oil painting, “Blue Water,” by Lennie Mullaney, won the cover spot on the 2013 Artists of the Seacoast calendar.
    Lisa Nugent photo
    An oil painting, “Blue Water,” by Lennie Mullaney, won the cover spot on the 2013 Artists of the Seacoast calendar.

    KLEZMER AND MORE: The Passover Band from Trieste, Italy, and Boston performs at Temple Emmanuel of Wakefield on Saturday.

    The group is a progressive folk rock band, which plays original music based on Jewish themes and klezmer favorites.

    The band has toured Italy, the United States, Slovenia, Croatia, Austria, and Japan. It has released three CDs and is working on a fourth, due out next summer.


    Band members are Davide Casali, director, composer, electric bass, clarinet, and backing vocals; Eliana Cargnelutti, electric guitars and backing vocals; Alessandro Colombo, drums and backing vocals; Ellen Garfield, lead vocals; Samuele Orlando, keyboards and synthesizer.

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    The concert begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $18, $10 for students younger than 13. 

    Call 781-245-1886 or visit

    ART BY THE MONTH: Works by 13 area artists appear in the 2013 Artists of the Seacoast calendar, now on sale to benefit Families First Health and Support Center in Portsmouth, N.H.

    The cover painting, “Blue Water” by Lennie Mullaney  of Portsmouth, was part of a Memorial Bridge series she completed for her University of New Hampshire master in fine arts exhibition. 


    Other participating artists are Willis Lefavour, Dustan Knight, Susan Kneeland, James Collins, Chaya O’Grady, Peter Welch, Wendy Hazen, Kimberly Meuse, Norma Machado, Francois Lamothe, K. Lee Mock, and Peg Duffin.  

    Thanks to sponsorships and donated services from local businesses, all proceeds from calendar sales go to support the health and family services provided by Families First.

    The nonprofit provides affordable primary, prenatal, and oral health care; parenting classes and group and family programs; one-on-one support for families facing challenges; and mobile health care for the homeless.

    Call 603-422-8208 or visit

    A GENEROUS GIFT TO RIDE: Northeast Senior Health has received a $100,000 donation from local philanthropist Ralph Bates  to enhance transportation at the Spectrum Adult Day Health Program, which serves people with Alzheimer’s disease and their families.


    Through the donation, the program has purchased two new passenger vans to transport clients to Spectrum facilities in Beverly and North Andover.

    “We are thrilled with this generous gift from Mr. Bates,” said Darcey Lepisto Adams, director of community programs at Spectrum. “Our vans are able to pick up and drop off clients at their homes — making it easier on busy families who rely on transportation offered by Spectrum. The new vans will be a tremendous bonus for our clients with Alzheimer’s disease and help them to maintain their independence in the community.”

    Spectrum Adult Day Health vans make more than 350 trips a month, transporting clients to and from Spectrum facilities, as well as taking them on field trips and weekly outings.

    Adams said that for clients with memory disorders, having a familiar driver and riding with other Spectrum members helps with what can be difficult transitions in the morning and evening.

    “I am so happy to see my gift immediately help others in need,” said Bates, of Manchester-by-the-Sea, a philanthropist who is committed to local communities and helping the underserved.

    Call 978-921-2065, ext. 226, or visit

    WHO’S WHAT WHERE: Wakefield’s Janice Nigro  has been selected as a 2012 Top Women of Law by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly. She was one of 50 women honored for “great professional strides and demonstrated outstanding accomplishments in private practice, the corporate arena, and social advocacy.” She and her brother, attorney Eugene A. Nigro , have continued the legal practice, Nigro, Pettepit & Lucas, LLP in Wakefield, which was started by their father in 1945.  In 2007, the firm established a second office in Newburyport. Nigro has been practicing estate and trust planning and administration, probate litigation, personal injury, and general civil litigation since 1983 . . . The Peabody Essex Museum in Salem has appointed Austen Barron Bailly  as the museum’s first George Putnam Curator of American Art. Bailly previously was head of the American Art department at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and held positions at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Wildenstein & Co., Inc., in New York. At the Peabody Essex Museum she will lead the development of a multi-faceted American art program focusing on exhibitions, new interpretation in the galleries, and expanding the museum’s collection, which includes paintings, decorative arts, photographs, folk art, and textiles representing more than 300 years of art and culture.

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