Photo by Jim Walker/Conventures, Inc.Jenny Konjoian of Andover, back row, third from right, was part of a group of more than 20 runners who brought attention to the Armenian genocide as they completed the 199th running of the Boston Marathon last month. 

Marathon run in honor of the Armenians

Jenny Konjoian of Andover joined more than 20 runners last month in completing the 119th Boston Marathon in honor of the history and legacy of the Armenian genocide.  

She and the other runners wore specially designed emblems on race day to call attention to the genocide’s 100th anniversary and to salute how Armenians have survived and thrived in the generations that have followed. 

The program was coordinated by the The Knights of Vartan, Ararat Lodge of Cambridge, who saw the marathon as an opportunity to bring attention to the genocide, which is historically recognized on April 24 when the first mass arrests and killings occurred in 1915.

Local professor sits on NECC Alumni Panel

Northern Essex Community College history professor Richard Padova of Andover recently shared his professional experiences with interested students, staff and faculty as part of a Liberal Arts Alumni Panel at the school’s Haverhill campus. 

A 1980 graduate of NECC, Padova transferred to Salem State College, where he earned his bachelor’s degree. He later received a master’s degree from Northeastern University in Boston and is currently enrolled at Salem State University working toward a second master’s degree.

A longtime educator, he has been teaching history, geography and government courses at Northern Essex since 2005. He most recently organized a NECC speakers series titled “Movers, Shakers and Opinion Makers,” which invites distinguished individuals from government and politics to campus to speak about issues impacting today’s society.

The panel was organized by NECC’s Alumni Relations Office, Career Connections and Liberal Arts Department. David Godin, a graduate fellow from Merrimack College in North Andover who is working with NECC’s Career Connections, moderated the discussion.

Ring named president of state audiology group 

Wendy J. Ring, audiologist and owner of Andover Hearing Center, was recently appointed president of the Massachusetts Academy of Audiology.

Ring has served on the organization’s 10-member board for the last three years and will take on the role of president for 2015.

The Massachusetts Academy of Audiology is a professional organization dedicated to serving the interests of audiologists and the people they provide hearing and balance testing and treatments for in the state. The organization’s objective is to provide continuing education, monitor legislative concerns and mentor new audiologists. 

Pinkney wins local Toastmaster speech contest

Andover’s David Pinkney of Eastern Middlesex Toastmasters was this year’s winner of Eastern Middlesex Toastmasters Club’s International Speech Contest held earlier this spring.

His winning speech was titled “Where is the Future?” Pinkney joined Toastmasters two years ago and his achievements include completion of Competent Communication and Leadership Programs.

Pinkney earned the right to represent Eastern Middlesex Toastmasters Club in last month’s Area Competition, where contestants delivered their five- to seven-minute speeches on subjects of their choice. 

To learn more about the Toastmasters Eastern Middlesex Chapter, which meets twice a month in Stoneham, visit or email


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