Irene M. O’Brien Honored After Nearly Two Decades of Service as North Andover Senior Center Executive Director

After nearly two decades of service as executive director of the North Andover Senior Center, Irene M. O’Brien will this year be retiring.

O’Brien, who previously served the Towns of Salisbury, Newbury, and Groveland, was recently celebrated for her service during a St. Patrick’s Day celebration hosted by State Senator Diana DiZoglio (D-Methuen) at the Senior Center.

DiZoglio, fellow Senator Bruce E. Tarr (R-Gloucester) and State Representatives Christina A. Minicucci (D-North Andover) and Tram Nguyen (R-Andover) presented O’Brien with proclamations from the Legislature in honor of her service and accomplishments.

“In her role as executive director, Irene has been a tireless leader and advocate, helping countless older adults in the community by identifying their health, economic and social needs and working with them to improve their quality of life,” said DiZoglio. “She will be greatly missed but we wish her all the best in her retirement!”

DiZoglio, Perry Call on Baker for More Vaccines to the City of Methuen

State Senator Diana DiZoglio (D-Methuen) and Methuen Mayor Neil Perry are calling on the Baker Administration to allocate additional COVID-19 vaccines to the City of Methuen.

Their request comes on the heels of the City of Methuen being designated a “red” community by the state Department of Public Health, meaning it is among the municipalities with the highest COVID-19 rates in the Commonwealth.

“While we appreciate the Administration recently, finally providing the City of Methuen with some vaccines, the allocation needs to be significantly ramped up now, at a time when the community needs it most,” said DiZoglio. “We are continuing to see the bulk of vaccines go to the mass vaccination sites, which are inaccessible to many residents, especially among our most vulnerable populations. People should be able to turn conveniently to their local municipal provider to receive this critical vaccine. I strongly urge the Administration to allocate additional vaccines to the City of Methuen as soon as possible.”

“While I’m grateful that we have been able to get 600 vaccine doses the last several weeks, it’s important to note that Methuen is once again this week designated as a red or high-risk community,” said Perry. “That, combined with the announcement yesterday of near-term eligibility dates for remaining citizens, makes it imperative that we are able to increase the supply to match the demand, We need the pace of vaccine distribution increased to enable every resident of our community to get vaccinated – because at our current pace, it would take more than a year – and that is simply unacceptable.”