UML Raising Funds for Gym Fix
LOWELL -- UMass Lowell is launching a campaign to raise $5 million toward renovations of Costello Athletic Center, officials announced Thursday.
The Center was built in 1967, and although minor updates took place, school leaders say further work is needed as athletic programs transition to Division 1. Planned renovations include creation of a student-athlete lounge called River Hawk Central and, eventually, a new sports performance center.
The school hopes to raise $5 million by 2020 to support the renovations. $1.5 million has been secured already thanks to a contribution from an anonymous donor.
-- CHRIS LISINSKI
Big move Sunday by congregation
ANDOVER -- Congregation Beth Israel (CBI) of the Merrimack Valley will formally move into its new home on Sunday. A brief service will be held at 10 a.m. at Building 6, Dundee Park, Suite 301, Dundee Park Drive. It will be followed by brunch at 11 a.m. and a dedication ceremony at 12 p.m. The community is invited. A voluntary contribution of $20 per person supports the synagogue. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to The Greater Lawrence Disaster Relief Fund, managed by the Essex County Community Foundation.
CBI was established when Temple Beth El of Lowell and Congregation Tifereth Israel of Andover merged in 2004.
Alternative energy event Dec. 5
LOWELL -- Residents can learn all about Solarize Lowell and alternative energy systems at a panel on Dec. 5. This program offers deeply discounted solar and heat pumps for residents, cutting energy costs and helping fight climate change, according to officials. The panel will take place at 19 Palmer St., in Enterprise Bank’s community room, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 5.
-- RICK SOBEY
Barrett-Byam open house Friday
CHELMSFORD -- The Chelmsford Historical Society will hold a holiday open house at the Barrett-Byam Homestead on Friday, Dec. 7 from 6:30-9 p.m. All are welcome to attend the event, tour the homestead and enjoy the holiday decorations provided by the Open Gate Garden Club. Traditional holiday carols will be performed by 2 Cat Duo and light refreshments will be served. The homestead is located at 40 Byam Road. For information, visit http://chelmhist.org ./
-- ALANA MELANSON
Chevalier to help Dana-Farber
BILLERICA -- Bfitt60 coach and Best Fitness personal trainer Leah Chevalier will hold a Bfitt60 fundraiser class Saturday to support her upcoming bike ride in the Pan-Mass Challenge in August. Every dollar raised goes directly to cancer research and treatment at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
Chevalier will ride in honor of her father, a 35-year cancer survivor, and her grandfather, who died from cancer. She and her parents form “Team Lick Cancer,” and must raise a minimum of $15,000.
The class will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Bfitt60 Studio at 99 Chelmsford Road, North Billerica. The cost to participate is $20 per person. -- ALANA MELANSON