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Powerful women

Building on last year’s lineup that included the Urban Rangers, the Swampscott Public Library is looking for 10 teen bands for the town’s Harbor Festival on June 25. For details, call Sandy at 781-596-8867, ext. 304. Building on last year’s lineup that included the Urban Rangers, the Swampscott Public Library is looking for 10 teen bands for the town’s Harbor Festival on June 25. For details, call Sandy at 781-596-8867, ext. 304.
By Wendy Killeen
April 21, 2011

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Each year, local women gather to recognize peers who work tirelessly to effect social change and to inspire others to join them in helping move communities forward.

The 13th annual Women Honoring Women Luncheon, presented by Gloucester-based Wellspring House, is May 2 at the Crown Plaza North Shore in Danvers.

The keynote speaker is Elisabeth Griffith, an author, historian, and educator. Her 1984 book, “In Her Own Right,’’ is a biography of Elizabeth Cady Stanton that chronicles her role as social activist and pioneer for women in the second half of the 19th century. Griffith will speak about “Women of Power.’’

The ceremony’s guests of honor are Pam Hawes of Ipswich and Leslee Shlopak of Rockport.

Hawes, an educator for 17 years who teaches at the Brookwood School in Manchester-by-the-Sea, has fostered a partnership with Wellspring that creates a tangible way for her first-graders to assist less-fortunate children.

Shlopak has been working with Wellspring House for 13 years. She served as a trustee from 2000 to 2009 and chaired its board from 2003 to 2008. She is credited with bringing a deeper sense of purpose to Wellspring’s work and encouraging programming that allows families to improve their personal and professional lives.

Since 1981, Wellspring House has been helping Cape Ann families move out of poverty with adult education and job training, affordable housing, education and support, and emergency shelter.

Call 978-281-3558 or visit

RUN THE TRAILS: To raise awareness of its extensive local network of trails, Essex County Greenbelt is expanding its participation in the North Shore Trail Run Series.

Sponsored by the New England Running Company, the series has seven races scheduled, three on properties affiliated with the conservation organization.

The series kicks off May 6 with a 5K race at Pipestave Hill in West Newbury, a 213-acre town-owned property. In 2001, Greenbelt helped the town plan a permanent conservation restriction for the recreation area that was approved by Town Meeting.

Greenbelt is a nonprofit land trust that works with communities and homeowners to protect ecological areas, farmland, scenic vistas, and open space in Essex County. Since 1961, it has protected 14,000 acres.

The North Shore Trail series includes seven trail races over seven months, ranging from a 5K to a marathon, over diverse terrain. The two other races on Greenbelt properties are in Hamilton on July 16 and Beverly on Aug. 27.

The Pipestave Hill race begins at 6 p.m. Runners can register online at or on race day at 5 p.m. Call 978-768-7241 or visit

EYE TO EYE: The Lynn Lions Club is holding free eye screenings Saturday at Volunteer Field in conjunction with the opening of the Little League season.

“Providing free screenings to our community is an important part of the Lynn Lions Club’s mission to aid the blind and visually impaired in our community,’’ said Sean Crowley, the club’s president.

“The free screenings help seniors and children alike by providing eye exams that can catch issues before they develop into significant problems and can encourage members of the community to get treatment,’’ Crowley added.

The Eye Mobile van is staffed by local ophthalmologists. Screenings are available from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

WHO’S WHAT WHERE: Elizabeth Macomber of Beverly has been elected vice president for education for the New England Association for Healthcare Philanthropy. The mission of the association is to enhance the value of philanthropy and advance the professionalism of people who serve nonprofit health care organizations. Macomber is vice president of philanthropy for Hospice of the North Shore & Greater Boston, based in Danvers. . . Melinda Grieco of Danvers has joined Northeast HomeCare in Beverly as a cardiac specialist and telehealth coordinator. She evaluates and monitors patients with cardiac and pulmonary diseases in their homes, and coordinates services from their doctors.

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