Whittier Tech gets ugly for a cause

Ronna Burroughs won the ugly sweater contest at Whittier Tech.

Whittier Regional Vocational Technical High School in Haverhill got ugly this holiday season to raise money for those in need. The school held an Ugly Holiday Sweater Day on Dec. 20, and students and faculty who dressed to the theme were asked to make a small donation to the school’s annual holiday fund. Whittier Tech raised $200 for the school’s annual holiday fund, which is used to purchase gifts for area families. Ronna Burroughs, a sophomore from Haverhill, wore the sweater that was deemed ugliest — a white ensemble decorated with full-size stockings and garland.

MidiCi, the Neopolitan Pizza Company, will hold its grand opening at Assembly Row in Somerville on Jan. 11 — and will be giving out pies for free. Every guest at the event will receive a free margherita pizza to celebrate the national chain’s first New England location. On Jan. 12, 20 percent of all sales will be donated to the Somerville High School Culinary Arts Program and the Somerville Homeless Coalition.

Sean Goldman is the new director of Veterans Services at Northern Essex Community College in Haverhill.

A former US Marine has taken on the role of director of Veterans Services at Northern Essex Community College in Haverhill. Sean Goldman will split his time between this position and serving as a mental health clinician in the Student Life office. Goldman, 32, from Derry, N.H., served for eight years in Iraq, Belgium, Tanzania, and China. He earned his undergraduate degree while in the service, and got his master’s in social work from Boston University after his discharge.


The Amesbury Council on Aging and Senior Community Center is now accredited by the National Council on Aging. This means the Amesbury center’s values and resources are in line with the national council’s standard. The National Council on Aging accredits groups that go through a two-step process of gathering community assessment, and then an on-site review by a representative of the organization. The accreditation is good for five years.

Bella is looking for a home.

Bella, an 11-month-old, 5-pound Yorkshire terrier-mix, was surrendered to the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals at Nevins Farm in Methuen after her family lost their home in November. But shelter veterinarians soons discovered a potentially fatal condition in the pup’s heart. Bella will have surgery in the next couple of weeks, and once she heals up, she’ll be ready for adoption. Bella gets along with most humans (young and old), as well as other dogs and cats. Interest adopters can e-mail

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