AP NEWS

Center Lands $40K Grant

April 4, 2019

LOWELL -- The Center for Hope and Healing received a $40,000 grant to help its cause of ending sexual violence.

The grant came courtesy of Raliance, a national partnership dedicated to stopping future cases of sexual harassment, misconduct and abuse. It represents a one of ten grants totaling $470,000 the partnership awarded to organizations across the country in honor of the Day of Action for Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

The Center for Hope and Healing intends to use the grant to improve outreach strategies, organizational policies and practices to better serve transgender women of color who have survived abuse in the community.

-- JON WINKLER

Arbor Day event

GROTON -- Local residents are encouraged to speak for the trees at this year’s Arbor Day Celebration. Co-sponsored by the Groton Garden Club and the Friends of the Tree Warden, the event will showcase the planting of a Stellar Dogwood tree at the Charles Gordon Square Common near the intersection of Pleasant and Main Street on April 27 at 1 p.m. The tree is meant to honor the memory of Lola, a Groton Police Department K9 who passed away last December. Seedlings for trees will also be passed out throughout the day for more planting.

-- JON WINKLER

Paper shredding at DFCU

ACTON -- Of the many ways to fight identity theft, one of the more effective methods is simply making sure certain documents are cut up to look like snowflakes.

Digital Federal Credit Union’s Acton branch will welcome that method on April 3 with its first Free Paper Shredding event at 100 Powdermill Road from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Partnering with professional document destruction company E.L. Harvey, the branch will host two giant paper--shredding trucks allowing attendees to properly dispose of personal documents containing sensitive information.

Paper, paper clips, staples and elastics are acceptable, though plastic binders will not be allowed. Attendees can bring a limit of five bankers boxes or five paper grocery bags full of papers to the event.

DCU will also offer each attendee a free credit report analysis and tips on how to prevent identity theft.

-- JON WINKLER

Alzheimer’s talk

LOWELL -- In an effort to spread awareness about the latest in Alzheimer’s and dementia research, the Alzheimer’s Association is hosting an AlzTalks regional research presentation on April 30. At the presentation, Dr. Rebecca Amariglio will discuss brain changes associated with memory loss and different types of dementia, early detection, lifestyle intervention, clinical trials and risk factors. The program starts at 6:15 p.m. at the UMass Lowell’s Saab Emerging Technologies and Innovation Center in the Perry Atrium located at 40 University Ave.

-- EMMA R. MURPHY

Health, safety fair on April 6

TYNGSBORO -- The town is hosting a Health & Safety Fair from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on April 6 at Tyngsboro Elementary School, 205 Westford Road.

There will be free health screenings, free child ID kits with fingerprinting and DNA samples, police K-9 demonstrations, Narcan training, and more. There will be a limited availability of free Narcan, which is an FDA-approved nasal form of naloxone for the emergency treatment of a known or suspected opioid overdose. There will also be activities for all ages and free giveaways.

-- AMARIS CASTILLO