Banner Year for K of C Charities
BILLERICA -- The Billerica Knights of Columbus recently presented a $17,000 check to the Massachusetts Knights of Columbus Tootsie Roll Charities Fund. The organization was the top fundraiser in the state for the ninth consecutive year.
The money was raised during a drive over Columbus Day weekend and a golf tournament in September. It funds special needs research, outreach programs and the purchase of medical equipment for individuals with intellectual and physical disabilities.
-- ELIZABETH DOBBINS
Craig hosts pancake breakfast
TYNGSBORO -- Tyngsboro resident and marathoner Beth Craig is hosting a pancake breakfast Saturday, Jan. 19, from 8 to 11 a.m., at Tyngsboro Sportsmen’s Club, 90 Westford Road. The cost is $10, and there will be raffles. Proceeds will benefit the Hoyt Foundation, for which Craig will be raising money when running the Boston Marathon this April.
Dick Hoyt will be on hand Saturday to enjoy breakfast as well as talk to folks about the foundation, which raises money and awareness for people with disabilities.
-- DAN PHELPS
Chelmsford offers business grant
CHELMSFORD -- The town is offering a Small Business Grant Program, thanks to a partnership with the Merrimack Valley Small Business Center and $40,000 in funding from the state Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development.
Grants are available in increments of $2,000 to $10,000 and will be awarded based on criteria determined by MVSBC and town staff and an interview with the town Business Development Grant Initiative advisory council.
All Chelmsford retail, restaurant, and other storefront businesses are eligible to apply for the limited, one-time grant program with proposals to improve business outcomes (revenue, jobs, visibility, etc.) or open new storefronts. Center Village and Vinal Square storefronts preferred.
The deadline to submit applications is Jan. 28 by midnight. For more information, contact Director of Business Development Lisa Marrone at firstname.lastname@example.org or 978-244-3303.
The application form and additional details can be accessed from a link on the front page of the town website, www.townofchelmsford.us .
-- ALANA MELANSON
Public forum with school board
CHELMSFORD -- The School Committee will hold a public forum later this month to discuss new ways of looking at the school day.
Among the topics the committee will discuss and seek public input on:
n Creating alternative learning opportunities for students weather-related cancellations and other unexpected changes to the school-year schedule;
n Later school start times, especially at the high-school level;
n Changes to vacation scheduling, including replacing the February and April school vacation weeks with a single break in March.
The forum will be held Tuesday, Jan. 29 at 7 p.m. at the Chelmsford Police Department training room, located at 2 Olde North Road.
-- ALANA MELANSON