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Greater Newburyport YWCA hosts MLK breakfast

PASTA PROGRESS — Students at the Pioneer Charter School of Science in Everett designed and built bridges out of spaghetti. The students weighed their creations and administered destructive testing to determine the sturdiness of each bridge.
PASTA PROGRESS — Students at the Pioneer Charter School of Science in Everett designed and built bridges out of spaghetti. The students weighed their creations and administered destructive testing to determine the sturdiness of each bridge.

PEACE IN PROGRESS: Nancy Earls, director of the Newburyport Learning Enrichment Center, is the recipient of the YWCA’s 2013 Nancy E. Peace Action Against Prejudice Award. 

She will be recognized at the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast at Newburyport City Hall on Monday.

The Nancy E. Peace Award was established in 1998 by the YWCA of Greater Newburyport to recognize individuals who, through their professional or volunteer lives, have made valuable contributions toward eliminating racism, fighting prejudice, and celebrating diversity.


In the fall each year, the public is invited to nominate an adult or youth who lives or works in one of the communities served by the YWCA, which include Newburyport, Newbury, West Newbury, Amesbury, Merrimac, Salisbury, Georgetown, Rowley, Ipswich; and Seabrook, Hampton, Hampton Falls, and Kensington, N. H.

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Earls was nominated by Andrea Egmont, director of Newburyport Youth Services.

“Over the past 14 years, Nancy has developed programs, rallied volunteers, and created collaborations to help families residing in low-income housing throughout Newburyport confront and overcome obstacles to education and thereby break a cycle of poverty,” Egmont said.

“At every table, Nancy speaks up for those who have been overlooked or not invited,” she continued. “Nancy deserves to be recognized for her contributions to fighting prejudices and celebrating diversity; for knocking on doors and breaking down walls.”

The guest presenter at the breakfast is Jamele Adams, associate dean of student life at Brandeis University in Waltham.


Adams works with campus groups to promote and enhance opportunities to celebrate diversity at Brandeis. He also oversees the Community Prejudice Response Task Force.

Doors open at 8 a.m. for registration and a continental breakfast. The program begins at 8:30 a.m. Tickets are $25, $20 for senior citizens, free for high school students.

Call the YWCA at 978-465-9922, ext. 10, or visit Tickets are also available at the door.

SUMMER SHOPPING: Summer may seem a long way off, but it’s not too early to think about what the kids will be doing during those lazy days.

The annual summer camp fair at Masconomet Regional High School  in Topsfield will be held Saturday.


The free event is for families with kids.

More than 35 camps will be represented, ranging from traditional outdoor and day programs such as Camp Rotary in Boxford and Roaring Brook Camp in Rutland, Vt., to specialty camps and global community service and adventure trips for teens.

The fair runs noon to 4 p.m. Visit

GONE FISHIN’: The Swampscott Yacht Club  hosts its next Fish Tales from the Fish House lecture, “Lobsters vs. Cod,” on Wednesday.

Jon Grabowski,  a professor and researcher from the Marine Science Center of Northeastern University in Nahant, talks about the two popular seafood species of coastal Massachusetts and Maine and their interactions with each other.

“We live so close to the sea, that many people might be tempted to take the cod or lobster sitting on their plate for granted,” said Steve Speranza,  vice commodore of the yacht club. “I think there are many stories about the challenges of getting that seafood from sea to table, and I think Jon is the one to tell them.”

The Fish House, which was built in 1896, is on the National Register of Historic Places and is the only municipal fish house on the East Coast.

The event, which begins at 7 p.m., is free and open to the public, but reservations are requested. Call 781-962-5587. 

WHO’S WHAT WHERE: Dr. Jeffrey Phillips  has joined the medical staff at Winchester Hospital. A family medicine doctor, he is practicing at Medford Family Care in Medford. Phillips received his medical degree from the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester. He completed a three-year residency in family medicine at Tufts University in Boston, where he was chief resident. Phillips replaces Dr. Poul Laplante, who started the practice 20 years ago and retired in the fall. . . . Alexander D. “Lex” Crosett III  of North Andover has been appointed to the executive team of Conservation Services Group. As executive vice president of software and services, Crosett oversees the company’s software development, information systems, and network operations. Crosett holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia and a master’s of business administration from the University of Vermont. 

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