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Honoring Martin Luther King Jr.

Several organizations are holding events honoring the memory and spirit of Martin Luther King Jr.

The North Shore Black Women's Association, Inc. holds its 13th annual Martin Luther King Jr. luncheon Saturday in Malden.

Keynote speaker is Robin M. Chandler, director of the women's studies program at Northeastern University. The Rev. Jeffrey Brown of Union Baptist Church in Cambridge and attorney Kenny Mazonson of the Malden Neighborhood Basketball League, Inc., will be honored at this year's event.

Founded in 1993, the association is a nonprofit that aims to unite and strengthen communities and their diversity through educational and cultural activities.

The luncheon is at Anthony's, 106 Canal St., 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Tickets are $40. Call 781-324-7547.

Preston N. Williams speaks at the 29th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Sunday Service at the First Religious Society Unitarian Universalist Church in Newburyport Sunday.

Williams is the Houghton Professor of Theology and Contemporary Change at Harvard Divinity School and nationally known for his scholarly work on Martin Luther King Jr. and in social ethics. He also is an ordained minister in the United Presbyterian Church.

Williams will speak on ''Transforming the Soul of America." It is a combined service with participation from Central Congregational Church and Belleville Congregational Church, both in Newburyport, and First Parish Church of Newbury.

The event also includes a children's program and performance by a combined youth choir. It begins at 10:30 a.m. at 26 Pleasant St.

Holocaust survivor Sonia Weitz of Peabody will be honored at the sixth annual Martin Luther King Jr. awards dinner hosted by the Friends of the Danvers Committee for Diversity, Inc., Monday at Danversport Yacht Club.

The award is given to people who have shown a commitment to social justice and advancing King's ideals.

Weitz will speak at the event. The Danvers High School Chamber Singers and Women's Chorus, under the direction of Alexa Vogelzang, and the Follow Hymn Interfaith Choir, led by Doreen Murray, will perform.

The event begins at 6 p.m. Tickets are $25. Call 978-777-0001, ext. 3023.

DONOR DRIVE: Billy Senopoulos of Medford, a 27-year-old with cystic fibrosis, needs a lung transplant. His former employer, Honda North in Danvers, is aiding efforts to find two living donors.

The company raised $3,000 for The B Nice Foundation, a Wakefield-based charitable organization, to aid in the search for donors and help pay for some medical costs associated with a transplant.

Senopoulos, a graduate of Malden Catholic High School, hopes to find two donors, each to give one of their five lung lobes for the transplant. His rare AB blood type makes the search even more challenging.

''When we heard of the efforts to help raise money in the search for a donor, the employees wanted to help," said Devin Sullivan, general manager of Honda North. ''We held various events through our employee ownership committee to raise money. We understand the challenges Billy and his family face."

Senopoulos worked at Honda North several years ago and his uncle, Garry Cole, has been employed by the company for seven years.

For more on the B Nice Foundation and how to help, visit or call 617-721-9794.

FAMILY TRADITION: The sons of the late Raymond Battistelli are continuing their father's legacy of raising money for the poor and needy through the Good Friday Walk, Inc.

Alan Battistelli of Rockport is the new president of the Good Friday Walk and David Battistelli of Beverly is vice president.

The organization also has three new trustees, John Rattigan, Roelof Kromhout, and Mary Kuconis, all of Beverly.

Money is raised through a walk, usually with more than 500 participants, each Good Friday and in a separate holiday fund-raising appeal.

The 13-mile Beverly walk originates at St. John the Evangelist School, 111 New Balch St., and travels through downtown, along the shoreline to St. Margaret's, then back the same route to St. John's.

This year's walk is scheduled April 15. Call 978-922-3945.

WHO, WHAT, WHERE: Aldair Deoliveira, of the Bradford section of Haverhill, is the new executive chef at the Best Western Lord Wakefield. A native of Brazil, he was trained at the New England Culinary Institute and began his career as an assistant chef at Harvard University. He was a chef for the late Julia Child and has worked with several restaurants and facilities in Greater Boston. He also was executive chef at Haverhill Country Club. . . . Tracy Mehr-Muska of Swampscott has received certification from the Association of Professional Chaplains. A graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary, where she earned a master of divinity degree, she was ordained by the Presbyterian Church in 2003 and has been staff chaplain at Hospice of the North Shore in Danvers since September 2004. . . . Stanley Trocki Jr. has been named executive director of the Seacoast Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Gloucester. . . . Stanley J. Lukowski, chairman and CEO of Eastern Bank Corporation, received the Dr. E. Augustus Holyoke Memorial Award from North Shore Medical Center for his professional excellence and service to the community.

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