Elected officials sworn in Jan. 3

Methuen’s slate of newly elected officials will be publicly sworn into office Wednesday, Jan. 3 at 5:30pm at the Methuen Memorial Music Hall, 90 Broadway. All are welcome. City Council members will hold their first meeting the following day at 7pm in the Great Hall at the Searles Building. Watch on television or online (both live and On Demand) via Methuen Community Studios at methuentv.org.

Ready to toss the holiday tree?

The gifts have all been opened, Christmas cookies are eaten and it’s back to reality.

Here are some options to dispose of your live holiday tree:

St. Monica’s School will pick up Methuen residents’ trees Dec. 30 and 31, and Jan. 6, 7, 13 and 14. Cost is $10. Contact Mark Krzywicki, who donates his time for this school project, at (978) 500-7880.

Boy Scout Troop 60 will pick up Methuen residents’ trees on Jan. 6 and 13. Cost is $7. To schedule pickup, text Dawn Breen at (978) 335-3102 or e-mail boyscouttreepickup@aol.com.

You can also bring your tree to the Nicholson Stadium parking lot or the Transfer Station on Huntington Avenue. If you are experiencing a hardship and none of these options work for you, City Councilor Joel Faretra tells MethuenLife that residents can contact the DPW at (978) 983-8545and they will work with you on pickup.

Learn how to create TV shows & podcasts

Methuen Community Studios is again offering free classes to Methuen residents on the creation of television shows and podcasts.

Here’s the class lineup:

  • Studio CREW: Jan. 16, 23 and 30, 10:30am-12:30pm or 6-8pm.
  • On-Air Hosting:Jan. 25, 10:30am-12:30pm or 6-8pm.
  • Produce a TV Show: Feb. 1, 10:30am-12:30pm or 6-8pm.
  • Shooting on Location: Jan. 9 and 16 from 2-4pm OR Jan. 18 and 25 from 10:30am-12:30pm.
  • Produce and Host a Podcast: Feb. 8 and 15 from 6-8pm.

All classes are held at MCS, 20 Aegean Drive, Unit 11. Sign up by calling (978) 689-8627 or e-mailing mhoule@methuentv.org.

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. Leagues are open to the public. Play begins Jan. 8 and leagues play Monday through Friday evening and Wednesday afternoon.

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 Mobile 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, 36 Boylston St., 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 (978) 308-5313.

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.