Time to vote for president

Early voting for the March 5 Presidential Primary continues through March 1 at Sanborn Hall at the Methuen Public Safety Building, 90 Hampshire St. Hours are 8am-4:30pm from Monday, Feb. 26 through Friday, March 1.

On March 5, polls will be open 7am=8pm.

For more info, contact the City Clerk’s Office.


COVID/RSV Clinic is March 14

The Methuen Health Department, in partnership with Letourneau’s Pharmacy in Andover, is sponsoring a COVID/RSV Clinic on Thursday, March 14 from 10am-noon at the Methuen Senior Center, 77 Lowell St. Sign up for the clinic by calling the center at (978) 983-8825. Please bring your insurance ID and prescription ID when you come to the clinic.


Everybody’s Irish at these celebrations!

*Mayor Neil Perry’s St. Patrick’s Day Celebration on March 14, 6pm at Merrimack Golf Club. Corned beef and cabbage dinner, music by Sean Buckley. $40. Tickets: (978) 828-5973.

*St. Patrick’s Dinner on March 16, 5pm at St. Andrew’s Church, 90 Broadway. Corned beef and cabbage dinner, Irish sing-along, raffles. BYOB. $18 for adults, $9 for ages 5-12, free to those age 4 and under. Call for tickets: (978) 590-8094.

*Methuen veterans and their guests are invited to a St. Patrick’s Day Dinner Dance at VFW Post 8349 on March 17 from 2-6pm. There will be a corned beef dinner, refreshments, coffee, door prizes, a 50/50 raffle and cash bar. Entertainment by Joe n’ Linda. Tickets are $15 for veterans/auxiliary and $20 for guests. Only 80 tickets available. RSVP by March 8 to (603) 475-3360. The VFW is located at 26 River St., Methuen.


Telethon, auction benefits MHS seniors

The Methuen Scholarship Foundation’s annual Telethon & Auction is set for March 18 and 19 from 6:30-9pm. Donate $50 and receive: a $40 gift card to Texas Roadhouse, $15 for a Bada Bing cheese pizza and $15 for a Launch free-jump session. Check out the 80-plus online auction items – including sports memorabilia, gift baskets, recreational tickets and more – at biddingowl.com/methuenscholarships. Visit the MethuenLife Facebook page for telethon viewing/donating info closer to the event date.


Hop on over to these Easter events

*Bunny Bazaar and Pancake Breakfast: March 23, 9am-2pm at St. Monica’s School, 213 Lawrence St., Methuen. Breakfast served 9am-noon. $8 per person and tickets will be available at the door. Raffles, games, crafts and cookie decorating.

*City of Methuen Easter Egg Hunt: March 30, 11am at Grey Court Park (behind City Hall). Features a visit from the Easter Bunny, music, candy, games. BYOB (Bring Your Own Basket) for the egg hunt. Parking available at St. Basil’s, 30 East St. Hosted by Methuen Parks and Rec, and open to Methuen residents only.


Prepare for, celebrate Easter at St. Andrew’s

St. Andrew’s Church, 90 Broadway, invites the public to join them as they spiritually prepare to celebrate Easter.

*Lenten Reflection & Discussion Series: Program held jointly with St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in North Andover. Every Wednesday during Lent, at 7pm. Call for more information, The Rev. Eleanor Prior, (518) 610-3190.

*Services for Holy Week and Easter: Palm Sunday March 24th – Morning Prayer with Passion Reading & Music at 9:30am; Maundy Thursday March 28th — Service at 7pm; Good Friday March 29th — Stations of the Cross at 7pm; Easter Sunday March 31 — Easter Breakfast at 8:30am, followed by Holy Eucharist Service at 9:30am with Easter Egg Hunt after service.


Time to sign up for school!

Registration is now open for the following educational programs for the littlest learners:

St. Monica School Early Childhood Program: Currently accepting applications for their PreK 3 and PreK 4 programs for fall 2024. The Catholic grammar school is located at 212 Lawrence St., Methuen. For a tour, call (978) 686-1801.

Chapel School: For children 2.9-5 years old, there is a 2-, 3- and 5-day preschool program with customizable days. There are also half-day classes and extended-day classes. Chapel has been in Methuen for 60-plus years. Info: (978) 689-8414. Chapelschoolmethuen.com.


Backpack program re-stocking shelves

The Methuen Schools Backpack Program recently announced they’re running low on a few popular items. Can you help re-stock their shelves?

Food-filled backpacks are given out each Friday to needy students referred to the program, helping to sustain them over the weekend.

The program is in need of cereal; microwavable soup, mac and cheese and Chef Boyardee; snack bars (granola bars, cereal bars, etc.); fruit cups; and peanut butter and jelly (plastic jars please).

Donations can be purchased and dropped off at any of the Methuen Public Schools, Central Office (located at Branch Street) or use the program’s convenient Amazon Wish List (search MPS Food Backpack Program) have food delivered directly to their food pantry. Gift cards are also greatly appreciated.


Disabilities group seeks volunteers

If you are a current resident of Methuen who is interested in advocating to make this a great place to live for people with disabilities by ensuring our city is accessible and in compliance with ADA standards, consider joining the Methuen Disability Commission.

To apply, go to the website cityofmethuen.net and search for “Talent Bank application.”

 

Consider giving the Gift of Life

The best gifts are often free! That’s the case with giving the gift of life via an American Red Cross blood drive. Below is a list of upcoming drives in Methuen. Visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment.

  • March 4, 2-7pm at the Methuen VFW, 26 River St.
  • March 8, 1-6pm at Methuen YMCA, 129 Haverhill St.
  • March 13 and 20, 2-7pm at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 90 Broadway.
  • April 1, 2-7pm at the Methuen VFW, 26 River St.

The need for blood is constant and only volunteer donors can fulfill that need for patients in our community. Nationwide, someone needs a unit of blood every 2 to 3 seconds and most of us will need blood in our lifetime


‘Willy Wonka Jr.’ auditions in March

The Center for Performing Arts Dance Studio and Acting School invites actors, singers and dancers ages 5-18 to audition for “Willy Wonka Jr.” on Wednesday, March 6 at 55 Chase St., Methuen. Call (978) 975-7668 or (978) 258-4547 for an audition time. Performances are June 8 and 9.


Winter parking ban in effect

As of Dec. 1, winter weather and snow-removal operations could lead the Methuen Police Department to enforce its winter parking ban. During those times, no vehicles will be permitted to park on any roadway between 1 and 6am. Vehicles in violation of the ordinance will be ticketed and are subject to towing. When the ban is being enforced, announcements will be made online at Methuen.gov/parking and on the Police Department’s social media pages. More info is available at the Winter Parking Ban Information Line: (978) 983-8643.


Try your hand at bocce

Don’t just sit around this winter! The Sons of Italy Methuen Lodge 902 is forming its Winter Bocce Leagues for all levels of play. If you’ve never played bocce before and want to learn how, come to Open Bocce on Fridays at 6:15pm. SOI seasoned bocce coaches will facilitate and teach bocce during fun pick-up games (ages 18 and up).

SOI’s Merrimack Street building features the only 4 indoor bocce courts on the East Coast! For more info, call Lisa at (603) 560-3262 or Jim at (978) 994-1276.


Needed: Canes, walkers, wheelchairs

The Methuen Senior Activity Center has resumed its durable-equipment loan program on a limited basis. Methuen seniors can borrow equipment temporarily as a cost-saving measure. Do you have a good-condition walker, wheelchair, cane, tub seat or other items that a senior in need could use? To make a donation, call (978) 983-8825.


Register for Mobil Food Market

Greater Lawrence Family Health Center’s Mobile Food Market will distribute food from 11:30am-1:30pm at 34 Haverhill St., Lawrence on the following dates: Jan. 27, Feb. 24 and March 23. To request an appointment or register, call (978) 689-6731.

Food is provided by The Greater Boston Food Bank.


Adult ed offers language, GED help

Do you want to take ESOL classes to improve your English language skills or Adult Basic Education (ABE) classes to prepare to pass the HiSET or GED to obtain high school equivalency? 

Fall registration at the Dr. Shirley Forrest Callan Methuen Adult Learning Center, 10 Ditson Place, Methuen, is ongoing and by appointment so call (978) 681-9407.

Classes include: Beginning ABE, Intermediate ABE, Fast Track Math, Beginning ESOL, Intermediate ESOL and ESOL.

All classes are free and funded by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Methuen Public Schools and the City of Methuen.


Methuen Public Schools is hiring

Looking for a job where you are on the same schedule as your school-age child? Methuen Public Schools may be the place for you! Wanted are program assistants, crossing guards, food service staff, cafeteria monitors as well as teachers and other staff. For a full slate of job opportunities in the district, visit Methuen.k12.ma.us.


AgeSpan offers caregiver support

Taking care of loved ones can be challenging! AgeSpan, previously known as Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley, offers a variety of family caregiver support groups, both virtually and in person.

*Caregivers Caring for Those with Memory Loss: Virtual and in-person options. Contact Cindy Hession Richard at chession@agespan.org for info.

*Grandparents Raising Grandchildren: Third Thursday of the month), 11am-noon.
Contact Cindy Hession Richard at chession@agespan.org for info.

*General Caregiver Support: Virtual program offered the third Thursdays of the month, 1-2pm. Contact Lyn Brennan at lbrennan@agespan.org.


Y invites you to My Kids Closet

My Kids Closet at the Methuen YWCA is a great place to donate unwanted, good-condition clothing. It’s a free clothing exchange for families, with items ranging in size from 2T to 14. Register for a 15-minute time slot to shop or to drop off items by calling (978) 683-5266.


Order birth, death certs online

You can now order copies of birth, death and marriage certificates online, through the City Clerk’s Office. In general, cost is $10 per certificate, plus mailing. There are also options for the public to pick up the certificates for free, and to pay by credit card, debit card, check or money order.

Go to cityofmethuen.net, hover over “How Do I,” then click “Birth, Marriage, Death Certificate.”

Unsure whether the certificate you need is on file in Methuen? Call the office before ordering! (978) 983-8515.


Mobile Market is open to all

The AgeSpan Mobile Market offers fresh food and nonperishable grocery items the third Tuesday of each month from 10am-noon at the Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence, 136 Water St. This is free to Merrimack Valley residents of all ages. First come, first served. Info: AgeSpan.org.


Meals on Wheels drivers needed

It’s called one of the best volunteer “jobs” you can have!

AgeSpan, formerly known as Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley and North Shore, is seeking drivers and on-call volunteers to support their home-delivered meals program. This is a way to help older adults who are isolated at home and continue to be hard hit by the lingering effects of COVID.

Volunteer drivers deliver a daily nutritious meal as well as a friendly face and smile. The role requires a three-hour commitment, a valid driver’s license, and background check.

AgeSpan provides a stipend and free training for adults aged 18 and over. This is a fantastic opportunity for retirees, couples, friends, and family members to help out adults age 60-plus and those with disabilities.

Learn how you can make a difference by calling Joyce Dastou at (978) 651-3021 or e-mail jdastou@agespan.org.


State offers 24/7 mental-health help

Are you or someone you care about struggling with mental health or substance use? In crisis, or working hard to prevent one? It can be difficult to know where to turn for help.

The new Massachusetts Behavioral Health Help Line connects you directly to clinical help, when and where you need it. It’s free, it’s available 24/7, and real-time interpretation is available in over 200 languages. The helpline can help individuals and families navigate the behavioral health system and access treatment, including mobile crisis services.

Visit www.masshelpline.com or call or text (833) 773-2445 for support.


New life for old eyeglasses

The Methuen Lions Club has partnered with Nevins Library to help those in need of eyeglasses.

A drop-off center for used prescription and reading glasses has been set up at the library, in the room to the left of the main desk. For nearly 100 years, Lions members have worked on projects designed to prevent blindness, restore eyesight and improve eye health and eye care for hundreds of millions of people worldwide.

To join the Lions, call Dave at (978) 398-5313.


VFW invites you to play pool, bingo, etc.

The Arnold Greenwood VFW Post 8349 invites the public to socialize and have fun at their 26 River St., hall. They are open Tuesday to Sunday from noon until the bartender’s discretion.

Tuesday is Dart Night, Wednesday they play the card game 45s, Thursday is for free pool tables and Friday is 3-card bingo with Joe and Linda. On Saturday at 2pm, the Auxiliary raffles off gift cards from Methuen merchants and restaurants. Sunday is Chill Day, where the public can come down watch sports on TV with friends.

The VFW supports veterans and other local residents.

The post’s hall is available for rent, and veterans get a discount.

To find out more, stop in or call (978) 686-9626.


Hope for loved ones of addicts

The Circle of Hope, a support group for family members dealing with a loved one suffering from addiction, meets Mondays at Sanborn Hall (same building at the Methuen Police Station) at 6:30pm. For more information or resources, please call Phil Lahey at (978) 886-2949. Not ready for a group meeting? Call Phil to talk privately.


Volunteer drivers needed

Be a spot of brightness for a senior, and volunteer to drive!

The Northern Essex Elder Transport Program (NEET) provides rides for seniors from their homes to medical appointments.  Can you volunteer to drive 6 to 8 hours a month? Mileage reimbursement and supplemental insurance provided. Call (978) 388-7474 to learn more about this flexible volunteer opportunity. Info: driveforneet.org

 

Old meds, needles can go to station

You can dispose of your prescription medication and needles at the Methuen Police Department anytime of the day or night. There are two drop boxes located in the police station lobby that the public can access 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

The MedReturn Drug Collection Unit allows citizens to drop off expired or unwanted prescription medications (no loose pills, please). The Sharps Container Disposal Unit lets you dispose of used needles in a safe manner. Simply bring your sharps in a safe container for disposal or there are containers located next to the box.