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Making sure everyone gets a birthday party

Hannah Finn of Andover creates a birthday cake for a child living in a homeless shelter.

A sophomore at Andover High School has partnered with local shelters to make sure all children get a chance to celebrate their birthday. Hannah Finn started the One Wish Project at the Lazarus House Shelter in Lawrence, where she provides a custom homemade birthday cake, party decorations, and presents to the younger residents. Finn has since expanded her work to the Casa Nueva Vida shelter, also in Lawrence. Finn will add a third partnership with Cor Unum Meal Center in Lawrence next month. To get involved, donate, or learn more, visit onewishproject.us.

Rowley resident Mark Leff is working with the Be Like Brit Foundation to expand orphanages and build homes in Haiti. Leff, a senior vice president at Salem Five Bank, got involved with the foundation through his clients, Len and Cherylann Gengel, the founders of the organization and the parents of Britney Gengel, who died in the 2010 earthquake. Leff has worked with the Be Like Brit Foundation to organize five trips to Haiti. In September, he brought volunteers to build two new homes for families in need.


The Brush Art Gallery & Studios in Lowell has two spaces available for rent to any artists looking to join. The gallery is located in the Lowell National Historical Park. All working studios are open to the public five to six days a week. Studio artists produce paintings, illustrations, photography, jewelry, sculpture, ceramics, quilts, and hand-woven items. Artists at the gallery collaborate on events and assist with visitors. Free parking is included. For more information or to arrange a visit, e-mail Jim Dyment at director@thebrush.org or call 978-459-7819.

Stor-U-Self has signed on to be the U-Haul neighborhood dealer for the Wakefield community. Stor-U-Self, located at 400 Audubon Road, will now offer U-Haul trucks, trailers, towing equipment, moving supplies, and box pickup. To reserve products at Stor-U-Self, call 339-219-6441.


The new mixed-use facility in downtown Stoneham.

New businesses and technology companies are moving into the newly constructed building at 380 Main St. in downtown Stoneham . London-based Kinetic Software is moving its Greater Boston office from Wakefield to Stoneham. Web design business Full Circle Design and online marketer X Agency also are moving to the new building. The first floor will also include retail space that will house chef Patrick Campbell’s Stones Common House & Kitchen. The building will open Jan. 1.

Zipporah Osei can be reached at zipporah.osei@globe.com.