Merrimack College grad shoots aspirations ‘Over The Moon’ By Jill Diver Pursuing aspirations for a career in music can be an unforgiving and tough road to travel. However, its a journey Merrimack College graduate AJ Edwards is committed to completing. With the release of his first album, “Start Over The Moon,” Edwards has marked significant progress on that path. “I always tell myself someday, if I keep at it and do the best I can, I’ll make it,” said Edwards, 25, whose album is available on iTunes.
By Jill Diver
With a pink hard hat, manicured nails, a bright, white smile and not a hair out of place, Gerry-Lynn Darcy is an unexpected figure on a construction site.
“It’s a challenge to be a woman in a man’s world,” Darcy said. “A lot of people question your ability.”
By Jill Diver
When adults looks at Victoria Yin’s paintings, a next logical question is this: “What drives a 12-year-old girl to explore profoundly mature concepts so very deeply?”
Ask the child to articulate the wellspring for her work, and she answers: “I don’t know; I just paint what I like.”
Questions aside, Yin’s art has created quite a stir — on the local scene with the Andover Artist’s Guild and more widely through the International ArtExpo in Las Vegas, among other places.
Yin traveled to the expo in 2008 with her mother, Eva Xu, and showed her work in the company of about 300 other artists.
CATCHING UP WITH… By Jill Diver Joining the world in mourning the death of singer Michael Jackson, local entrepreneurs Elaine Schwager and Kristin Hodder watched Brooke Shields eulogize her life-long friend at his memorial service. At the end of her speech, Shields said that Jackson’s favorite song was Charlie Chaplin’s “Smile.” And when Jermaine Jackson sang the last words of the song, “just smile,” Schwager and Hodder had an idea: Somehow they had to get their Just Smile T-shirts to Brooke Shields and the Jackson family. An outgoing woman, Schwager, 37, owns and runs Fitness for You Gym in North Andover. The more reserved Hodder, 24,… Keep Reading