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Community Resource Fair Set Sept. 13

August 1, 2018

FITCHBURG -- The Office of Mayor Stephen DiNatale and the City of Fitchburg Community Development Department will hold the third annual Community Resource Fair for all city residents at the Senior Center from 4-7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 13.

This free event will feature representatives from area community service agencies and state and city departments.

The topics will include: health and wellness, counseling and support groups, child care, education, public health, public safety, housing and shelter assistance, elder care, food resources, domestic violence and abuse, energy and fuel assistance - and many more. There will also be a variety of workshops and demonstrations held throughout the fair and many free raffles.

Admission is free and Sodexo Food Services will be providing a free, healthy snack.

HealthAlliance closure hearings set

LEOMINSTER -- The state’s Department of Public Health will hold a public hearing Wednesday evening on the proposed closures of UMass Memorial HealthAlliance-Clinton Hospital’s inpatient pediatric, pulmonary rehab and cardiac rehab units, as well as the hospital’s emergency care center in Fitchburg.

The forum will be held at 6 p.m. at the DoubleTree Hotel on Erdman Way and feature remarks from hospital administrators. Community members will also have the opportunity to address hospital staff and state officials on their thoughts on the proposed closures.

While state officials have no legal authority over the hospital’s decision, the closures have been widely condemned by the public and by local officials in recent months. Members of the Fitchburg City Council recently passed a resolution in opposition to the loss of the city’s urgent care center. Fitchburg Mayor Stephen DiNatale has also voiced his concerns about HealthAlliance’s plan and is prepared to speak during the hearing.

Bunnell named interim Lunenburg AD

LUNENBURG -- James Bunnell was appointed as interim athletic director of the school district, Superintendent Kate Burnham announced Monday.

He previously worked as an athletic director for the North Middlesex Regional School District and high schools in Saugus and Framingham.

Bunnell is a Fitchburg State University graduate who studied middle school education and educational leadership.

He has been recognized for his work, including a spot on the 40 under 40 list of leaders in the sports industry from around the country by Coach and Athletic Director Magazine.

Peter McCauliff, the former athletic director and dean of students for the high school, retired in May. He began as director in 2005 and took on the dual role of AD and dean of students in August 2017.

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