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CTI schedules Champions of Community Action event

DRACUT — The local nonprofit Community Teamwork Inc. will honor community members during its largest fundraising event of the year at the Four Oaks Country Club from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, May 26.

During the Champions of Community Action event, CTI will honor Bill Lipchitz, for 50 years of community action; Pam and Jim Houlares, for their work as early education philanthropists; and Aleksandra and Bobby Tugbiyele, for their commitment as diversity, equity and inclusion advocates.

Attendees donation/sponsorship of $1,000 or more qualifies for the Community Investment Tax Credit Program, which provides the donor with a 50% Massachusetts tax credit/refund on their donation/sponsorship.

To look into sponsorship opportunities, or to sponsor the event or to reserve tickets, visit

Pollard Memorial Library to host author Jamie Ford

LOWELL — The Pollard Memorial Library Foundation will host bestselling author Jamie Ford during its Meet the Author event from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, May 18.

Ford is the author of the novels “Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet,” “Love and Other Consolation Prizes” and “Songs of Willow Frost.” During the event Ford will talk about his recent books and his new novel, “The Many Daughters of Afong Moy,” which is set to be released in June.

People can participate either in-person or virtually.

Tickets will be available at the door the night of the event, which will take place in Memorial Hall, on the second of the library, at 401 Merrimack St.

For those attending virtually, online event registration is required and hosted by Eventbrite. To register, visit

The free event includes a suggested donation of $50 in person, or $30 virtual.

Lowell students win scholarships from Sheet Metal Workers Local 17

LOWELL — A pair of Lowell High School seniors, Stella Cortese and Iyanci M. Lopez, were awarded scholarships by the Sheet Metal Workers Local 17, a division of the SMART Northeast Regional Council.

The Lowell recipients received a total of $8,000 in funds to support them throughout their higher education.

The program, 100% funded by the membership of Local 17, ranges from one-time $750 scholarships to four-year scholarships totaling $16,000. For every hour a member works, seven cents is contributed to Local 17’s scholarship fund. Over time, this commitment and the collections have made a difference for hundreds of local students in paying for tuition, books, and other academic fees.

“Our scholarship program is part of our union’s commitment to giving back to the communities where our members live and work,” said SMART NERC President Bob Butler. “When we invest in these hard-working students, we’re helping build the future of these communities.”

Since 1983, the program has awarded over $2.1 million in scholarships based on the state Labor History Exam performance or through a lottery drawing.

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