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Sheriff supports residents struggling with behavioral and health issues

Middlesex County Sheriff Peter Koutoujian has announced he is joining the Familiar Faces Leadership Network, which works to improve health and justice systems nationwide.

The network, led by the National Association of Counties, was launched in May and seeks to provide and organize better care options for people with behavioral and health issues, especially those moving in and out of shelters. for the homeless, prisons and crisis centres.

Koutoujian, alongside other selected local officials, is part of the network’s inaugural cohort, where he will work to expand data sharing between communities in Middlesex County to better identify familiar faces and support residents who most need. In the network, he will also communicate with various elected officials and visit the communities that are implementing these data sharing practices.

Because of his experience helping ‘familiar’ residents of Middlesex and his work with the Medication Assisted Treatment and Opioid Directed Recovery programme, Koutoujian said he hopes to meet a growing need for support in all jurisdictions.

“The Middlesex Sheriff’s Office, local law enforcement partners and behavioral health providers work every day to provide essential supports and services to those who need them most,” Koutoujian said. “Through our participation in the Familiar Faces Leadership Network, I believe we will be able to expand and enhance the incredible efforts that are already underway in Middlesex County.”

Lowell car dealership signs with U-Haul

LOWELL – Dave Ducharme’s Auto Sales has been a neighborhood U-Haul dealership for the Greater Lowell community since last week.

The auto dealership, located at 190 Lincoln Street, will now provide U-Haul trucks, trailers, towing equipment and other rental items along with an in-store pickup box.

The Lowell dealership is one of more than 21,000 in the United States and Canada that offer U-Haul products, and rental locations benefit financially from customers who rent U-Haul equipment.

Chelmsford School of Music will now offer lessons on Saturdays

CHELMSFORD — Music lessons in piano, guitar, ukulele and more will now be offered on Saturdays at Music Elements.

The School of Music, at 160 Turnpike Road, has announced that those interested in taking lessons on a variety of instruments can book practice sessions over the weekend. Music Elements is home to several music teachers – some of whom are Berklee College of Music and New England Conservatory of Music graduates – to teach piano, drums, all brass and wind instruments, violin and viola, guitar , bass, ukulele, mandolin and vocals.

Children ages 3 to 6 can participate in the Little Elements program, and the school also offers two summer theater camps for school-aged children.

Children and adults of all experience are encouraged to enroll in the school’s weekly 30-60 minute lessons, which involve both playing and learning the instrument.

For more information or to fill out a request form, go to or contact Music Elements directly by email at [email protected] or by phone at 978 -221-5641.

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