Martin Luther King Jr. Community Service is January 14 | Local News

HAVERHILL — Temple Emanu-El will hold its annual Shabbat service in honor of the late Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King Jr. virtually on Friday, January 14 at 7 p.m. The service can be viewed on Zoom (, Facebook Live and HC Media.

This annual service, celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. King in song and prayer, is presented by Temple Emanu-El in partnership with Calvary Baptist Church. The service will follow the weekly Sabbath liturgy and include readings selected from the writings of Dr. King.

Cantor Vera Broekhuysen, spiritual leader of Temple Emanu-El, will lead the service; members of the Greater Haverhill Clergy Association will also participate. The Temple Emanu-El Makheila (Choir), led by Broekhuysen, and the Calvary Baptist Church Praise Team and Shrine Choir, led by Minister of Music Walter Medley III and former Minister of Joe DeVoe Music, will present musical selections to celebrate the great civil rights leader.

“We are grateful to bring our shared community together again to build on Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King’s legacy of perseverance, patience and a clear vision of future goals, as we navigate our way through the abundant challenges of our moment,” Broekhuysen said.

The NECC offers non-credit cooking classes

HAVERHILL – Northern Essex Community College is offering a series of non-credit culinary courses at the new NECC Lupoli family-run culinary arts institute, which will offer something for everyone, from the novice cook to the more experienced chef.

The series begins on January 24 and will continue until June 21. Each course will last one evening.

Most courses have an ethnic theme, exploring food from countries around the world, including India, Mexico, Lebanon, Greece, Italy, and Thailand. Also on offer are Seafood 101, quick pestos and sauces, Latin street food, and more. All classes will be taught safely with mandatory masks and limited numbers for social distancing.

Local chefs who will be teaching include Colby Bergeron, Phuong Lai-Matzker, Shilpi Ranjan and Alison Hartung.

Classes are $80 each and there is a discount for students who enroll in three or more classes: Chef de Cuisine, five classes for $260; Executive chef, four courses for $224 and sous chef, three courses for $192. Located in The Heights, the new 10-story luxury building on Merrimack Street, the institute includes state-of-the-art classrooms, labs and kitchens and offers non-credit community courses as well as credit programs in culinary arts and cooking. hotel management. For more information, visit, contact [email protected], or call 978-556-3060.

Mayors and City Managers Breakfast

HAVERHILL — The Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce will hold its next annual Mayors and City Managers Luncheon Forum on January 14 from 7:15 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. at Michael’s Function Hall, 12 Alpha St. The event includes a breakfast Full hot buffet served at 7:15 a.m.

The cost is $30 for members and $50 for future members.

To register, go online at under “Events” or call 978-686-0900.

The Planning Commission will meet on January 20

HAVERHILL – The Merrimack Valley Planning Commission will hold its monthly virtual meeting on Thursday, January 20 at 11 a.m. The agenda includes updates of Commission activities and is available on the MVPC website For more information, contact Nancy Lavallee at [email protected]

Norma P. Rex