, Derry, New Hampshire

August 8, 2013


Derry News

---- — Deadline looms for Gear for Grades

There is still time to donate new school supplies to Citizens Bank Gear for Grades program that will send 3,000 local children back to school with important items to help them learn.

Through Friday, Aug. 9, pencils, pens, notebooks, folders and other school supplies can be donated at any Citizens Bank branch across New Hampshire.

The Gear for Grades program is a part of Citizens Helping Citizens Strengthen Communities, the bank’s program for contributing to the economic vitality of communities. Since 2003, the program has helped more than 215,000 children across the bank’s footprint.

“Through the Gear for Grades program, thousands of children in New Hampshire will return to school with essential school supplies like notebooks, pencils and pocket folders that will help them succeed in the classroom,” said Joe Carelli, president, Citizens Bank and RBS Citizens, New Hampshire. “We thank everyone who has already donated school supplies to this year’s program and want to remind the public that there is still time to make a donation that will contribute to the academic success of so many children in our community.”

The program will donate 100 filled backpacks to The Upper Room in Derry.

Chamber seeks citizen, business nominees

The Greater Derry Londonderry Chamber of Commerce has announced the start of the awards season. The Chamber is now accepting nominations for the Citizen of the Year and Business of the Year Awards.

Each of these awards is presented annually at the Chamber’s Annual Dinner and Business Meeting. The 2013 Awards Ceremony will be held at Atkinson Resort & Country Club on Oct. 10.

Typically, the winners are individuals/businesses who have made significant contributions in their community and have proven longevity and commitment to the betterment of society.

The Citizen of the Year Award is presented to an individual who has made contributions in some of the following areas: outstanding leadership, civic pride, exemplary vision, community contributions, religious activities, charitable/non-profit programs, educational programs and/or has enhanced the environment of this community.

The Business of the Year Award is given in recognition of a business or organization in the Greater Derry Londonderry community that has demonstrated some of the following: outstanding leadership and contributions to growth of the business community, community pride, employee relations, support of education within the community, ability to adjust and overcome adversity, and community service minded.

The winner of these prestigious awards will also be part of the 2013 Derry Holiday Parade. To nominate a local business, or an individual, visit and download the nomination form. All entries must be received by Sept. 6.

Nominations may be faxed to 432-7938, emailed to or mailed to Greater Derry Londonderry Chamber of Commerce, 29 West Broadway, Derry, 03038.