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Cops Recognized for Raising Funds

January 8, 2019

PEPPERELL -- The Pepperell Police Department has received a certificate of appreciation for the department’s efforts during the 2018 First Responder No-Shave November fundraiser benefiting Home Base, a Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital program. To date, the police department has raised $2,979 for clinical care and support services available to veterans, service members and their families at Home Base.

Throughout November, participating police officers each pledged $100 to Home Base in exchange for a month-long waiver from the department policy restricting facial hair. The fundraising page is www.because.massgeneral.org/fundraiser/1735588 .

-- RICK SOBEY

‘Sermon in a Song’ in Chelmsford

CHELMSFORD -- Cabaret singer and Rabbi Deborah Zecher will present her lively show “Sermon in a Song” and Havdallah at Congregation Shalom Saturday evening.

Zecher, originally of Pittsburgh, served as spiritual leader at Hevreh of the Southern Berkshires in Great Barrington from 1992 to 2014. A lifelong lover of music, in 1995 she created the show “Broadway Bible” and began presenting it for groups around the Northeast.

Educated in cabaret at Berkshire Music School and the National Cabaret Conference at Yale, Zecher was one of six fellows at the 2017 Eugene O’Neill Cabaret Conference and was recently nominated for Best Debut Show of 2018 at broadwayworld.com for her cabaret show “On Purpose” at Don’t Tell Mama in New York City.

The event is Saturday at 7 p.m. at Congregation Shalom, 87 Richardson Road. The event is free. Attendees can RSVP to office@congregationshalom.org .

For information, visit deborahzecher.com .

-- ALANA MELANSON

Tewksbury awaits census forms

TEWSKBURY -- Officials ask that residents return completed Annual Town Census forms to the town clerk’s office as soon as possible to facilitate a prompt completion of the project.

The annual census, which calculates population figures to ensure adequate funding, housing benefits, voting rights and more, relies on a form each year. Follow-up mailings are expensive, officials said in a Monday press release.

Those who did not receive a census form or who recently moved to town can contact the town clerk’s office at (978) 640-4355 or at townclerk@tewksbury-ma.gov .

-- CHRIS LISINSKI

Special offer on train service

LOWELL -- The commuter rail’s $10 promotional weekend pricing is back for the new year.

The MBTA and its operating partner for the commuter rail, Keolis Commuter Services, announced that the special $10 commuter rail weekend fare pilot will resume on Jan. 5.

This special weekend fare is available from the first train on Saturday to the last train on Sunday, and may be used across all zones and lines. The special $10 all-weekend fare will be available on the mTicket app, on board trains (cash or credit card from conductors), and at ticket windows at North, South and Back Bay stations. The fare applies to customers age 12 and above. The fare allows adults to travel with two children under 12 at no additional cost.

-- RICK SOBEY

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