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    A job shadow day, Bridgewell’s 60th anniversary, and a senior smiles program

    01noinformer -- Sixty Lawrence High School students participated in a job shadow day at local businesses. (Robert Benson)
    Lawrence High School students on Job Shadow Day.

    More than 60  Lawrence High School juniors visited 23 companies on Job Shadow Day, which was held March 16. Students were able to spend the morning at companies in the fields of health care, business and nonprofit administration, communications, education, science and technology, and more. They received tours of the facilities and were able to try their hand at some of the work each company does on a daily basis. The Lawrence Partnership, the event organizer, will continue to work with the businesses that participated in order to coordinate summer and fall internships for the students. The day concluded at Elder Services for the Merrimack Valley with lunch and speeches from representatives of the Lawrence Partnership, Lawrence Public Schools, and some of the companies involved.

    The 88,000 square foot wellness center at St. John’s Preparatory School, a Xaverian Brothers school for boys in grades 6 through 12 in Danvers, won gold at the 2017 Design Build-Institute of America New England award program. The facility, which opened in the fall of 2017, boasts two tracks, an indoor aquatic center, a two-level fitness space, locker rooms, and a cafe. The building allows lots of natural light and is located near the school’s Cronin Memorial Stadium. The project was designed by Flansburgh Architects of Boston and built by Windover Construction of Beverly.

    01noinformer -- The wellness center at St. John’s Preparatory School won gold at the 2017 Design Build Institute of America New England award program. (Robert Benson)
    Robert Benson
    The wellness center at St. John’s Preparatory School won gold at the Design Build-Institute of America New England award program.

    Dr. Diane Bonanni, a Stoneham dentist, will lead a “Saving Senior Smiles” program during the Stoneham Chamber of Commerce’s annual Health & Wellness Expo on April 7. Bonanni will discuss the importance of maintaining seniors’ oral health, even as other health care concerns arise. Seniors will have the opportunity to participate in a question and answer session and will receive a gift bag. The program will be held at the Stoneham Central Middle School and will begin at 10 a.m. Register for the program at the Senior Center or by calling Bonanni’s office at 781-438-7900.


    Bridgewell, a Peabody-based social and human services organization, is celebrating its 60th anniversary. Bridgewell provides community housing, day programs, outpatient treatment, and recovery services. The organization was founded as Greater Lynn Mental Health in 1958 as a child guidance center and began opening residential programs in the 1970s during the deinstitutionalization movement. Bridgewell’s longest resident is Joan, known by friends as the “Sweet Lady.” Joan, a legally blind 83-year-old woman, has lived independently at a Bridgewell residence for more than 40 years. She enjoys riding roller coasters and vacationing in New York and New Hampshire.

    01noinformer -- Kelly J. Martin (left), the CEO of Bridgewell, and Joan, Bridgewell's longest resident. (Handout)
    Kelly J. Martin, president of CEO of Bridgewell, and Joan, the nonprofit’s longest resident.

    Julia Preszler can be reached at