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Massachusetts 2018 Small Business Day on Beacon Hill

Massachusetts 2018 Small Business Day on Beacon Hill

April 10th, 2018 9:30 am – 12:00 pm Eastern

To ensure your voice as a job creator is heard, NFIB and our ally business organizations will host a Small Business Day on Beacon Hill as an opportunity educate policy makers on the effects of legislative proposals that increase the cost of doing business and prevent your business from growing and creating more jobs. This is your chance to say enough is enough!


Omni Parker House Hotel
60 School Street
Boston, MA 02108

The 2018 North Central Massachusetts Health and Human Services Legislative Breakfast Presents: RESILIENT VILLAGES AT SCALE: A NEW PATH FORWARD

The 2018 North Central Massachusetts Health and Human Services Legislative Breakfast Presents…
Hosted by
The Joint Coalition On Health
In Partnership with North Central Massachusetts Minority Coalition,
Indigenous Peoples Network, Tenderness Gathering Place, 4-9-North,
Boston Medical Center and Vital Villages
Friday, April 13, 2018
Chocksett Inn, 59 Laurelwood Road, Sterling, MA
7:30 AM to 10:30 AM (Breakfast and check-in starts at 7:30)
Rhonda Cornum is a former United States Army General Officer, a former Desert Storm Prisoner of War and the former Assistant Surgeon General for the U.S. Army. Additionally, as the first Director of the U.S. Army’s novel Comprehensive Soldier Fitness (CSF) initiative, she offers a unique perspective into Psychological and Physical Fitness at scale.
Renée Boynton-Jarrett is a practicing primary care pediatrician at Boston Medical Center, a social epidemiologist and the founding director of the Vital Village Community Engagement Network. Through the Vital Village Network, she is supporting the development of community-based strategies to promote child well-being in three Boston neighborhoods. The CSF strategy represented the model for universal implementation of physical and psychological health promotion within the Department of Defense and having affected 1.1 Million Soldiers, remains the single largest implementation of wellbeing and positive psychological skills in scope and scale globally.
Dr. Boynton-Jarrett’s work focuses on the role of early-life adversities as life course social determinants of health. She has a specific interest in the intersection of community violence, intimate partner violence, and child abuse and neglect and neighborhood characteristics that influence these patterns. This event is free and open to the public, however, space is limited and advance registration is required.
Go To WWW.EVENTBRITE.COM and search for 2018 North Central Massachusetts Health and Human Services Legislative Breakfast
For questions or if you experience any difficulty registering, please contact Susan Buchholz at

ARC of opportunity/North Central Career Center April 17th job fair

There is still time to register for The North Central Career Center’s job fair at the Arc of Opportunity – April 17, 2018, 4:30pm-6pm.   Space is very limited in the facility, so please respond as soon as possible if interested in participating.  This event is open to the public and we expect a good sized crowd of job seekers with a wide range of experience.

We hope you can join us for the April 17th job fair at the Arc of Opportunity in Fitchburg.

Leominster Credit Union to hold Fall Shred-A-Thon

April 2, 2018 – Leominster Credit Union will hold a Shred-A-Thon at its headquarters located at 20 Adams Street, Leominster, MA on Saturday, May 5, 208 from 9:00AM – Noon.

Members and non-members can get rid of old, sensitive documents by shredding and recycling them at the Shred-A-Thon.  All items will be shred on site by a secure shredding service, New England Security Shredders.

Members of the community can bring up to three legal size file boxes or three 13-gallon kitchen trash bags to be shred for free.  However, we will be accepting donations to Habitat for Humanity during the event.  The Shred-A-Thon helps raise awareness about recycling and of course the importance of shredding personal documents to protect against identity theft.

Important documents to bring to the Shred-A-Thon include bank statements, tax returns, medical bills, credit card statements and other personal documents.

For more information contact Joanne Lattanzi, AVP/Marketing 978-466-7240 or

Founded in 1954, Leominster Credit Union (LCU) is a member-owned, not-for-profit financial cooperative with a full range of deposit, lending and other financial services.  Headquartered in Leominster, Massachusetts, LCU is proud to claim over 50,000 members and more than $675 million in assets.  LCU has seven branch locations in Leominster, Worcester, Clinton, Holden, Sterling and North Leominster with ATM services at all branch locations.  24-hour online banking services are available at and by telephone at 800-649-4646.

New Director of Behavioral Health Services Announced

Community Health Connections (CHC) welcomes Julia Shirk Williams, LMHC, as the organization’s newest Director of Behavioral Health Services.  Ms. Williams was chosen for the position for her significant leadership, management, mentoring skills and extensive clinical background.

Before joining CHC’s staff, Ms. Williams was the Director of Outpatient Services – Community Services and Partial Hospitalization Programs at Lowell Treatment Center.  There she was responsible for the clinical, managerial and financial oversight of its behavioral health practitioners, Case Management, Therapeutic Monitoring, In-Home Therapy, the Family Stabilization Team, and Community Support Services.   Previously Ms. Williams worked for Eliot Community Human Services, The Children’s Room, The Gifford School, Acton Cooperative School, and the Parental Stress Line developing strategies, providing support and directly engaging clients of all ages in behavioral health treatment.

Ms. Williams holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts and a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology from Lesley University, Cambridge, Massachusetts.  She also is a Certified Paralegal/Legal Assistant and describes herself as a “curious, life-long learner”.

Community Health Connections is the federally-qualified health center serving the communities of North Central Massachusetts.  It provides primary medical, dental, behavioral health, optometry and substance abuse treatment services, for all ages, and accessible to anyone regardless of income or insurance status.  Sites include Fitchburg Community Health Center, Greater Gardner Community Health Center, and Leominster Community Health Center and ACTION Community Health Center.  CHC also provides preventive dental services at more than 55 schools in the region through its Caring For Kids program.  More information may be found on the website or by calling 978-878-8100.