Lowell High students get a funny financial lesson

Lowell High students got schooled in money matters earlier this month — by a comedian. Financial speaker Colin Ryan visited the school Nov. 14 to talk to kids about budgeting, credit cards, and evading marketing tactics in a presentation loaded with humor and pop culture references. Ryan started his touring career after realizing he could combine the educational work he did at the credit union he was employed at in Vermont with the stand-up comedy he did on the side. The visit was sponsored by Lowell-based Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union.

Rabbi Arthur Green, a scholar on Kabbalah and Jewish mysticism, will speak on his studies at Temple Emanu-El in Haverhill on Dec. 10. Green is the author of “Tormented Master: The Life and Spiritual Quest of Rabbi Nashman of Bratslav.” A continental breakfast will be served at 9:30 a.m. before the presentation, which will begin at 10. A donation of $10 is recommended. Those interested in attending can call the temple at 978-373-3861.

Tina Rosado of Medford has been named to the Boston Prideboard of directors. Rosado has been volunteering for the LGBT community through Boston Pride for the past 16 years, and has produced events including Pride Day @Faneuil Hall. Rosado works in the urology department at Massachusetts General Hospital.


Andover High School’s quiz team recently qualified to compete against 15 teams from across Massachusetts on WGBH’s High School Quiz Show. The schools chosen received the highest scores on a qualifying oral quiz event earlier this month at WGBH’s studio. The Andover Quiz Team is a student club that meets weekly to practice trivia questions and competes in Quiz Bowl tournaments. The show begins taping in January in front of a studio audience, and will premiere Feb. 3. Phillips Academy Andover also will send a team to the show.

A new transitional sober home in Lowell opened Nov. 16 with over $15,000 in donated furniture from Bob’s Discount Furniture. Zack’s House is run by Lowell House Inc., an addiction treatment and recovery program. The new house, specifically for men ages 18 to 25, is a temporary residence program for those working to adopt alcohol- and drug-free lifestyles.

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