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Recognition for immigrant entrepreneurs, an invention expo, and help with plumbing





TheImmigrant Learning Center, a Malden-based organization that advocates for immigrants in their communities, recognized 40 immigrant business owners at the 2018 Immigrant Entrepreneur Awards Dinner at the Royal Sonesta Boston on May 3. The nominees own businesses in 19 Massachusetts communities and hail from 24 different countries. Umesh Bhuju, an immigrant from Nepal and cofounder of Zumi’s Espresso in Ipswich, won the neighborhood business award for showing that a business can be profitable while promoting positive social and environmental change. His shop includes art, shows, music, lectures, and fair-trade, organic coffee. The other local winner, in the category of business growth, was Fausto Garcia, a Dominican Republic native who founded a metal finishing business, Five Star Plating, in Lawrence.

20noinformer -- From left: Mass. Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Jay Ash; winners Umesh Bhuju, Zumi’s Espresso, and Fausto Garcia, Five Star Plating; The ILC Founder and CEO Diane Portnoy; winners Bettina Hein, Pixability, and Michael Koeris, Sample6; Master of Ceremonies and WBUR Reporter Shannon Dooling; and Denzil Mohammed, ILC Public Education Institute director (Immigrant Learning Center)

Immigrant Learning Center

From left: Mass. Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Jay Ash; winners Umesh Bhuju, Zumi’s Espresso, and Fausto Garcia, Five Star Plating; The Immigrant Learning Center founder and CEO Diane Portnoy; winners Bettina Hein, Pixability, and Michael Koeris, Sample6; Master of Ceremonies and WBUR Reporter Shannon Dooling; and Denzil Mohammed, ILC Public Education Institute director.

More than 1,000 people visited UMass Lowell’s Invitation to Innovation event at the school’s Tsongas Center. The expo showcased 100 examples of student ingenuity, ranging from a solar-powered device that collects trash from waterways to a Formula One-style race car and other projects made with 3D printing. The inventions were created by students participating in the school’s DifferenceMaker Program, which teaches entrepreneurial skills.

The Community Family, an adult day health center for elders and disabled adults with locations in Everett, Medford, and Lowell, received a $200,000 10-year grant from the Cummings Foundation. The funds will allow the nonprofit to enhance the programs it offers to its clients, such as music, exercise, art therapy, and other special events. The Community Family serves 325 adults each year. The grant was awarded as part of the Cummings Foundation’s Sustaining Grants program. An awards ceremony was held May 3 at TradeCenter 128 in Woburn.

20noinformer -- Bill and Joyce Cummings share a photo with The Community Family Executive Director Anne Marchetta and Board member Sherri McCormick at the Cummings Foundation Sustaining Grants Awards Night on Thursday, May 3. (The Community Family)

The Community Family

Bill (left) and Joyce Cummings (far right) with Community Family Executive Director Anne Marchetta (second from left) and board member Sherri McCormick at the Cummings Foundation Sustaining Grants Awards Night.

Employees from MillTown Plumbing, a Chelmsford-based company that provides commercial and residential plumbing and HVAC services, volunteered to make repairs at The Paul Center in Chelmsford. The repairs included replacing cracked toilets, water lines, and spigots, and an electric heater, as well as replumbing a shower. Materials were donated by local businesses. The Paul Center provides services to young people ages 6 to 21 with disabilities and their families.

20noinformer -- MillTown Plumbing staff made plumbing repairs at The Paul Center in Chelmsford on April 21. (Tara Goodwin)

Tara Goodwin

MillTown Plumbing staff made repairs at The Paul Center in Chelmsford.

Julia Preszler can be reached at julia.preszler@globe.com.


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