Deputy Fire Chief Russ Moyer Retires from Georgetown Fire Department

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Georgetown Fire Department
Fred A. Mitchell Jr., Fire Chief
47 Central Street
Georgetown, MA 01833

For Immediate Release

Monday, July 10, 2017

Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 617-993-0003
Email: john@jgpr.net

Deputy Fire Chief Russ Moyer Retires from Georgetown Fire Department

GEORGETOWN — Chief Fred Mitchell announces that Deputy Chief Russ Moyer has retired from the Georgetown Fire Department.

After serving Georgetown for 29 years, Deputy Chief Moyer retired on July 1. He was recognized for his years of service during a retirement ceremony on June 25 — his last day of work — at Georgetown’s Erie Fire Station, where he was formerly a member.

Moyer first began working at the department when he was 18 as a call firefighter. Over the years he climbed the ranks, serving as lieutenant and then deputy chief.

During his career at the Georgetown Fire Department, Moyer earned his Firefighter level 1 and 2 training, and became certified in CPR and as an Emergency Medical Technician. He’s also attended numerous trainings over the years, including the National Fire Academy’s off campus program on fire behavior and combustion, and completed courses at the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy.

As deputy chief, Moyer oversaw the Fire Prevention Division and most recently headed the Fire Operations Division.

“It’s always bittersweet to see a beloved member of the department retire, but we’re all happy that Deputy Chief Moyer is beginning his next adventure,” Chief Mitchell said. “I want to thank him for his years of dedicated service to the Georgetown community and to this department. We all wish him the best in his future endeavors!”

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Northeast Metro Tech Accepting Nominations for 2018 Hall of Fame Recipients

Northeast Metro Tech
Superintendent David DiBarri
100 Hemlock Road
Wakefield, MA 01880

For Immediate Release

Monday, June 26, 2017

Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 617-993-0003
Email: john@jgpr.net

Northeast Metro Tech Accepting Nominations for 2018 Hall of Fame Recipients

WAKEFIELD — School Committee Chairman Deborah Davis of Woburn is pleased to announce that Northeast Metro Tech is accepting nominations for its 2018 Athletic Hall of Fame induction ceremony.

Established in 2015, Northeast’s Hall of Fame recognizes and honors past athletes, coaches, individuals, and teams who made outstanding contributions that brought pride and distinction to the athletic program. Inductees are chosen on a bi-annual basis.

“We’re extremely excited to open nominations for the 2018 Hall of Fame,” Athletic Director Don Heres said. “There have been so many talented athletes, coaches, teams and individuals who have contributed to the success of Northeast’s athletic program. We encourage community members to nominate those, young and old, who have made us proud to be Golden Knights.”

Nominations for the 2018 awards ceremony, which is scheduled to be held in March, are now open. Those interested in submitting someone for the Hall of Fame can do so online here. Applications can also be downloaded and filled out and returned to the school. All nominations are due by Oct. 2 at 6 p.m.

Candidates are eligible to be inducted into the Hall of Fame five years after graduation or five years after leaving the program. Additionally, they must meet the following criteria:

Athlete: Northeast athletes must have earned a varsity letter in a sport they played for at least two years. Candidates will be chosen on the basis of outstanding play, integrity, sportsmanship, character and contribution to the team or teams they played on.

Coach: A coach’s eligibility will be based upon a high degree of competency, leadership and success. Candidates must have contributed toward promoting sound educational values in their athletes. To qualify, coaches must have coached for at least five years at Northeast and coached in the same sport for four years.

Team: An athletic team’s eligibility will be based upon the success of the team. Teams are eligible for induction after the fifth year of the graduation of the senior members of the team.

Significant contributor: Any administrator, athletic trainer, game official or other school supporter who demonstrated tremendous dedication to Northeast’s athletic program, supported the school’s student athletes or brought positive recognition to a team or teams.

The Hall of Fame currently includes 10 members: athlete Pam Shields Eagan, Ed White, Northeast’s first athletic director, John Driscoll, former coach and athletic director, athlete Barry Bilicki, the 1986-87 hockey team and their coach Frank Muse, athlete Mike DeBenedictis, athlete Michael Keith, former coach Tony Cardarelli and athlete John Reynolds.

Those who would like make a donation to the Hall of Fame can make checks payable to Northeast Technical School. They can be mailed to the school, attention Donald Heres, 100 Hemlock Road in Wakefield 01880.

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Class of 2017 Students Graduate From Greater Lawrence Technical School

Greater Lawrence Technical School
Superintendent John Lavoie
57 River Rd, Andover,
MA 01810

For Immediate Release

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 617-993-0003
Email: john@jgpr.net

Class of 2017 Students Graduate From Greater Lawrence Technical School

ANDOVER — Superintendent John Lavoie is pleased to announce that 302 students graduated from Greater Lawrence Technical School last week.

On Thursday, June 8, at 6 p.m., seniors from 19 vocations earned their diplomas during a ceremony outside on the athletic field. 

Students of the 51st graduating class represent the communities of Lawrence, Andover, North Andover and Methuen.

Superintendent Lavoie praised students for their work over the last 12 years, recognizing that the expectations and demands students faced throughout the years have never been higher. Their future, he said, comes down to one question: Are they willing to continue to put in the effort, continue to work hard and continue to learn?

“You have already seen so much change in your short lifetimes, and through learning, you have adapted well to it,” Superintendent Lavoie said. “But I will tell you that what you have experienced up to this point is nothing compared to the changes you will see in the future. You cannot survive in any career, or—more importantly—grow within a career if you don’t commit yourself to learning throughout your life.”

Principal Elizabeth Freedman shared a collection of statements from students about how GLTS changed them throughout their four years at the school. From their career choice to their personal beliefs, students all had their own memories of how the school affected their lives.

Keynote Speaker Leo Lamontagne, chairman of the School Committee, asked students to walk through life with respect for themselves and others.

“Think about your experience here at GLTS,” Lamontagne said. “When you showed respect in the classroom or shop by getting things done on time as asked, you were shown respect. On the sports field, win or lose, no matter what sport it is, Reggies show respect, and our respect helps get us our results. The same is going to be true in your next journey.”

Valedictorian Christopher Molinari, of Methuen, noted that graduates come from a variety of backgrounds, and that each person that sat in the stadium is their own unique person. He encouraged his peers to follow their aspirations, whatever they may be, and to be their true selves, regardless of social norms, in all future endeavors.

Salutatorian Jennie Vuong, of Lawrence, quoted political figure Edmund Jennings Lee, who once said to surround yourself with those who see the greatness in you, even when you don’t see it in yourself. She carried that message throughout her speech, concluding that on the road to success, it is your friends and loved ones that will be there in times of need.

“I hope that one day the most important lesson I ever learned in my four years of high school resonates within you,” Vuong said. “Surround yourself with people who push you to become the best version of yourself and push you to pursue your dreams because each and everyone of us deserves all that the world has to offer.”

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Greater Lawrence Technical School Breaks Ground at New Athletic Facility

Greater Lawrence Technical School
Superintendent John Lavoie
57 River Rd, Andover,
MA 01810

For Immediate Release

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 617-993-0003
Email: john@jgpr.net

Greater Lawrence Technical School Breaks Ground at New Athletic Facility

ANDOVER — Superintendent John Lavoie is pleased to announce that school and state officials, along with a group of student-athletes at Greater Lawrence Technical School, broke ground yesterday morning at a new athletic facility.

Superintendent Lavoie greeted the crowd at the 8 a.m. ceremony and told attendees that the groundbreaking is the latest step in a process that began in 2010.

“Although it has been a challenge to get here, I cannot express enough the importance of this project to our school and students. I believe physical education is a key component to a healthy and successful life,” Superintendent Lavoie said. “This new facility will motivate more students to participate in athletics. These new fields will help to strengthen school spirit and pride. Students, as athletes and spectators, will have a place to show their Reggie pride.”

With ground broken on the first of three planned phases, yesterday’s ceremony marked the beginning of construction of a new football/soccer field, which will also have a quarter-mile track and track and field facilities. Construction will be completed by the start of the 2017-2018 school year in the fall.

GLTS hopes to break ground on phase two in the spring of 2018, which includes turfing the softball and baseball fields, adding lighting and configuring the field for youth soccer fields.

State Rep. Frank A. Moran (D-Lawrence), who graduated from GLTS in 1989, attended the event and expressed the pride he knows students, parents and family members will feel once the field is completed.

“This is an exciting day not only for the Greater Lawrence Technical High School, but for the district and the community,” state Rep. Moran said. “I am delighted that GLTS will be embarking on this innovative project, which will give students the opportunity to have access to more sports and activities.

Carl Grygiel, Co-Chair of the Field Committee, also shared his excitement for the project that will bring new athletic experiences to students.

“This is not going to be a field of dreams, it’s going to be a school of dreams,” Grygiel said. “Players from Andover, North Andover, Lawrence and Methuen will all come here and say this is where we want to be. We look forward to a tremendous opening this fall.”

To conclude the ceremony, students, school and state officials turned the soil.

Also in attendance at the ceremony included: State Rep. Diana DiZoglio (D-Methuen), June Black, District Director for Congresswoman Niki Tsongas, Assistant Superintendent-Director/Principal Elizabeth Freedman, Mark Torrisi, Co-Chair Field Committee, GLTS School Committee/Field Committee member Jessica Finocchiaro (Methuen), GLTS School Committee/Field Committee member Marilyn Fitzgerald (Andover), GLTS School Committee Chairman Leo Lamontagne (Lawrence), GLTS School Committee member Gary Mannion Jr. (Lawrence), GLTS School Committee member Barbara Grondine (Methuen), Liz Bennett, GLTS Director of Grants/Community/Workforce Development, and Sarah Starkweather, GLTS Athletic Field Campaign Fundraiser.

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