Million dollar gift to create Y's older-adults center

At it annual Reach Out for Youth and Families Auction Gala, Merrimack Valley YMCA honored Andover resident Rosalyn Wood for doing something no one else has done in the Y's 132-year history. She has donated $1 million.

The money will be used to build the Active Living Center for Older Adults in the expanded Andover/North Andover YMCA on Haverhill Street.

Continuing her late husband's passion of caring for seniors, Rosalyn Wood's support of the expansion project will ensure that senior YMCA members have access to physical and nutritional programs in a comfortable space, a press release reported.

"My late husband, the Rev. Cornelius Ayer Wood Jr., was passionate about taking care of seniors, and I am proud to carry on his legacy by donating to the YMCA for the purpose of senior wellness," Wood said in the press release. "I believe what the YMCA has in store for seniors is wonderful. The versatility and accessibility of the center is fantastic. In many communities, seniors get overlooked. I am happy to help ensure that never happens in the Merrimack Valley, with great organizations like the YMCA."

The Y reported that its gala secured a 25-percent increase in fundraising over last year, raising $125,000.

- Judy Wakefield

Man's supercar gets super attention

Andover resident Dan Morocco's simple trip to a pharmacy for earplugs received a good deal of attention Easter Sunday.

The Andover psychologist has just finished building a two-seater "supercar" that can reach 200 mph.

The newly completed car hs no muffler, so Morocco parked outside CVS on Main Street on Easter Sunday to run inside and buy earplugs. When he came out, his car had attracted a crowd. He happily told people about the car and posed for pictures.

"I really enjoy talking about it and answering questions," he said.

For a complete story on Morocco and his car, pick up next week's Townsman.

- Judy Wakefield

Celebrate Mother's Day by giving family a home

Lowe's and Merrimack Valley Habitat for Humanity are looking for women to volunteer at a Lawrence Habitat construction site for at least one day during a nine-day event that culminates on Mother's Day.

The effort is part of Habitat for Humanity's National Women Build Week, May 5-13, a Habitat initiative developed in partnership with Lowe's.

Now in its fifth year, National Women Build Week challenges women to devote at least one day to creating simple, decent and affordable housing in their local communities. Nearly 31,000 women volunteers from all 50 states have participated in the previous four events.

This year's theme, "The Build Generation," reflects the event's goal to recruit and train women volunteers, as well as welcome the next generation of Habitat Women Builders - young women, ages 18-24 - to help support Habitat's mission to create affordable housing.

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