CHELMSFORD - Steven Ovalle has been appointed executive director of The Paul Center for Learning and Recreation, Inc., a nonprofit organization that serves children and young adults with moderate to severe disabilities. He holds a master's degreen in exercise physiology from Oregon State University, and a bachelor's degree in exercise physiology from Bridgewater State University. He has served as Director of employment and training at Opportunity Works in Newburyport, where he developed Project Search, a partnership with Northern Essex Community College.

He also served as vice president of operations at Grand Traverse Industries in Traverse City, Michigan, where he increased vocational programming for adults with disabilities from 150 individuals to 350 individuals.

Lowell Folk Festival plans fundraiser

LOWELL -- The Lowell Folk Festival will hold its annual fundraiser from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday, June 20, at Ricardo's Café Trattoria, Gorham Street. The suggested donation is $50 per person and the event will feature hors d'oeuvres, cash bar and entertainment. For tickets and information, contact Craig Gates at or 978-275-1764

Discovery Museums receive grant

ACTON -- The Discovery Museums have received a $1,500 grant recommended by the Foundation for MetroWest's Youth in Philanthropy (YIP) student group at Middlesex School in Concord.


The funds will support the museums' Especially for Me program series, which offers free events for families of children who are deaf or hard of hearing, have a visual impairment, or are on the autism spectrum. Visitors can find the schedule and register for Especially for Me events at

Westford Girl Scouts raise hunger awareness

WESTFORD -- Girl Scout Troop 85009 will be at the June 21 Westford Farmers Market from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 21, to remind the community of the needs of the Westford Pantry. The Scouts met with the Westford Rotary Club on Thursday, May 19, discuss their Bronze Award Project, which focuses on a community need, education and helping to get the need met year-round.

The troop will have a booth at the opening day of the Westford Farmers Market to accept donations to the pantry of non-perishable foods and on this day only, will be able to accept donations of fresh purchased produce from Market Basket or Whole Foods to raise awareness of the Westford Community Gardens.