Did you know….
The Lawrence clock tower has the second biggest clock face in the world?
Now you know.
(photograph by Daniel Balbony)
Today, not for an affiliation with WGITH, but because of my role as a sister, on June 14, 2011, I went to the South Lawrence East Elementary School’s Flag Day assembly. I approached the “front” door(the one in the back of the school), being a part of this school when I was younger, each step meant a moment in the past. I felt kind of like an old lady. You know, those that reminiscing their past, thinking, “Oh if I were that age again”. It meant a lot to my sister, me showing up there that it; our parents, not because they’re uninvolved, but because they’re too busy, don’t show up to these events. She begged me to come the night before, and I didn’t feel up to it in the morning, but I’m definitely glad I was able to make it. People hear it all the time: The younger generation that represents the hope for society. Today it deem true. When I hear people say bad things about this city although I am glowering I also smile at how ignorant the things they say are. None of the performances were of high class quality, but they were amazing in the eyes of the audience. Besides the bad things people try to preach at you about your own city, there are good things sprinkled around like glitter, and with a little nudge in the right direction, the city will be illuminated a little more by each generation
Tonight we were invited by Pavel Payano, and the Greater Lawrence Young Professionals Network to a discussion with State Senator Barry Finegold at 10 Pemberton Way in Lawrence. Four of us went, Aguedo, Tony, Roberta, and I, but we ran into the usual suspects like Quin from GLYPN, Isabel from SIM, Chris from Movement City, Victor from the Boys and Girls Club, and Balbony, who always comes to support community events. Senator Finegold challenged us to create a blueprint of the change we wanted to see, a sort of manifesto of what we wanted Lawrence to look like in the near future. A common theme among the concerns was the issue of a tarnished city image, and we were proud to be tackling the problem ourselves. It seems we all have the same goal, we just have to gather our resources, set a game plan or a “blueprint”, reach out to our network like Mr. Finegold, and push until we see the results we want.
To me graduation was a time to reflect on everything we have worked for. I feel that getting the diploma is like the plack of a long period of hard work. I am really going to miss all my friends who have helped me get here. Now I feel ready to move to the next stage. I am very grateful for being a lancer and being apart of the Graduating class of 2011.-Genesis Peralta
On Friday June 2nd the WGITH team was exclusively invited to attend the LHS Alumni dinner. At the dinner, alumnis from as far back as 1950 were present. The team mingled with some of the older Alumni, meeting Nat Wiener, a 1950’s alumni who stated that he was proud to hear that Lawrence still had active young adults such as ourselves. The Alumni dinner presumed with many scholarships being given out to members of the class of 2011 and five hardworking juniors from MST and BMF received book awards from prestigious colleges.Two of our own, Gladys Gitau and Michael Mena, were awarded with the Brandeis Book Award and Harvard Book Award, respectively.
Aguedo, Jerisson and Tony playing waiters.
Gladys won ‘Tuesdays with Morrie’ and Michael won ‘The Harvard Book’
Members of the Class of 1950
Today, May 28th, the WGITH team went to Claddagh’s to participate in a fundraiser for the award-winning Lawrence High School Robotics Team, the Gearheadz. At the fundraiser there were demonstrations of past and current robotics. The guests were encouraged to drive the robots. Along with this year’s Gearheadz there were members from previous years in attendance as well. The Gearheadz are currently preparing for an out-of-state competition next week.
Tonight, June 4th, was a lovely night, clear and warm, and perfect for a charity auction in nearby North Andover. What’s Good in the Hood was invited to the New Paint Auction, a fundraiser for the Essex Art Center’s kid’s programs. Along with other Lawrence High School students and National Honor Society members, WGITH helped out by holding freshly painted work during the live auction and helping host, local meteorologist Matt Noyes, spot bidders in the crowd. The event, elegantly planned by Lana Schofield and Leslie Costello, featured fine dining, and decorations that ushered in that light summer feel we’ve long awaited. The artwork itself was brilliant. Many local artists were featured including Lawrence High students Keyla Rodriguez, Kristopher Farraher, and Jason DeJesus. About 30 paintings were sold, some going for as high as $1900. With so much support going towards the livelihood of Lawrence kids, we were happy to have taken part in the event.
(above picture: Susan Tucker was a state senator for MA)
(above picture: The volunteers)
(above picture: Jason DeJesus holding up his artwork that was auctioned)
(Matt Noyle and Leslie Costello with the raffle)
(Matt Noyes auctioning the artwork)
(Mehan would tell the background of the artwork before it was auctioned)
(The Silent Auction took place also)
(On the Live Auction the audience was quite lively and excited!)
(and the food was delicious. by: Two Chefs Are Better Than One Catering)