Openings, closings, events, and more north of Boston

Paul and Margaret Chisholm, Malden Catholic Principal Brother Thomas Puccio, and Headmaster Thomas Doherty.

Malden Catholic High School’s 10th annual gala, on April 7, had more than 300 guests in attendance, including Malden Mayor Gary Christensen. The event raised more than $300,000, which will go toward funding academic and cocurricular programs, financial aid, and athletics. Among those honored were Medford residents Paul and Margaret Chisholm, who were awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award for their steadfast support of Malden Catholic. Also honored were school community members Brother Daniel Cremin of Melrose, Dr. James McIntyre of Peabody, and Steven Smoot of Boston, who were given the Brother Robert J. Sullivan CFX 1945 Medal for exemplary service.

The YWCA of Greater Lawrence has appointed Nina K. Goodwin as the program director at the Lynn-based YWCA North Shore Rape Crisis Center . The NSRCC has provided education and crisis intervention services to 27 communities in the North Shore since 1981. Goodwin, with eight years’ experience in sexual assault crisis work, said she hopes to see continued growth of the NSRCC. For information, including how to volunteer, go to

(From left) Kristen Blanchet Keegan (selling realtor), Jenny Sech (Align member and new homeowner), Jim Sullivan (Align vice president of community development), and Hugh Fitzpatrick (closing attorney).

Jenny Sech, a single mother of three, has become the first member of Align Credit Union to purchase a home through Align’s Community Dream Mortgage Program . After completing a six-week Community Teamwork class and applying for an Individual Development Account, she was able to get her mortgage and purchase a home in Lowell. For information, go to


For those interested in being a hospice volunteer, Care Dimensions is hosting an eight-week training program starting May 6. The program will be held Fridays from 9 a.m. to noon at the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers. After completing the program, volunteers will be given opportunities to visit patients, perform clerical work, volunteer at special events, and more. For information or to register, contact Fran Clements at 978-750-9349 or

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