The Massachusetts Association of Vocational Administrators last week named its slate of officers. Dr. Heidi Riccio, superintendent of Essex North Shore Agricultural and Technical School in Danvers, is the group’s new vice president.


MassDevelopment has awarded $50,000 to North Shore Community Health through its Community Health Center Grant Program. The program offers grants to fund capital improvement projects including construction, renovation, equipment, furniture, technology-related projects, as well as facility needs related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Founded in 1977 as Peabody Family Health Center, North Shore Community Health’s mission is to provide health care for a diverse population of low-income, medically underserved, uninsured, and underinsured residents.. NSCH provides medical, dental, behavioral health, and substance use services at its 10 sites in Gloucester, Peabody, and Salem, and also operates the Student Health Center at Peabody Veterans Memorial High School and the Teen Health Center at Salem High School. NSCH will use this grant to buy essential dental equipment for its Gloucester Family Health Center, Peabody Family Health Center, and Salem Family Health Center.

The Lappin Foundation, based in Beverly, is one of 140 nonprofits to receive grants of $100,000 to $500,000 each through Cummings Foundation‘s $25 Million Grant Program.The organization will receive $100,000 over five years for its Holocaust Symposium for Teens. The grant will enable Lappin Foundation to increase the number of schools that offer the Holocaust Symposium by training more educators and facilitators to deliver it. Through the use of primary sources, including curated materials consisting of films, Holocaust survivor testimonials, biographies and more, the Holocaust Symposium for Teens educates students about the dangers of hate when it goes unchecked and prepares them to respond when antisemitic and other hateful incidents occur in their schools and communities. The Holocaust Symposium for Teens is available to high schools and teen engagement groups at no charge. For information about hosting a symposium, email or visit


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