Page 6 THE EVERETT ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, JANUARY 14, 2022 Vaccine equity project seeks volunteers for Everett and Malden T he Vaccine Equity and Access Program (VEAP) of Social Capital Inc. (SCI) is seeking members of the Everett and Malden communities to serve as VEAP Leaders to help promote local vaccination clinics this winter. VEAP is a U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)–funded project designed to increase public confidence in the COVID-19 and flu vaccines. SCI’s VEAP focuses on training trusted community members to encourage people in their network to get vaccinated. Through this project, SCI is working with community leaders to reach people who are at the highest risk of COVID-19. SCI recently expanded its VEAP initiative to serve Everett and Malden, as both communities have been identified by the Department of Public Health as having need for more vaccine equity outreach work. In particular, SCI is seeking to recruit people interested in a VEAP leadership role to encourage participation in the series of upcoming vaccine clinics that have been scheduled. Training and a stipend are available for VEAP leaders. Those tapped for this role will be asked to educate family, friends and neighbors about the vaccines and promote vaccination opportunities at local clinics. Other outreach activities conducted by the leaders will include flier distribution, attending community events with proper COVID-19 precautions, and sharing information about the clinics through social media. SCI is particularly interested in recruiting VEAP leaders who can speak one or more of the following languages: Spanish, Portuguese and Haitian Creole. Please share this opportunity with others who might be a good fit! Given the current COVID-19 surge, anyone interested in the VEAP program is encouraged to contact VEAP Coordinator Charlie Kwitchoff (ckwitchoff@socialcapitalinc. org) as soon as possible. Everett man facing charge of securities fraud C By Christopher Roberson hristopher Esposito, the officer and director of mobile marketing firm Code2Action, was charged on January 7 in connection with spending more than $50,000 in investor funds to cover his own personal expenses. Between August 2019 and February 2020, Esposito, 55, of Everett, allegedly sold shares of his company to shareholders at “sub-penny prices.” According to federal law enforcement officials, Esposito “deliberately misled prospective investors about Code2Action’s plan and ability to complete a reverse merger.” According to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), a reverse merger involves a public company acquiring a private company in a manner that allows the private company to circumvent the complex process of going public. Esposito allegedly told the investors that the reverse merger would allow them to sell their shares at a profit. In addition, he allegedly misappropriated approximately $57,000 to pay personal expenses. Esposito also never told prospective investors that the SEC had previously obtained a final judgment against him for securities fraud. Esposito has since agreed to plead guilty to one count of securities fraud. Under federal law, he could face up to 20 years in prison followed by three years of supervised release and a $5 million fine. Likely named to President’s List at Coastal Carolina University C ONWAY, S.C. – Isaiah Likely of Everett was recently named to the President’s List at Coastal Carolina University (CCU) for the 2021 fall semester. Students must have a 4.0 grade point average to be eligible for the President’s List. Likely, a senior Recreation and Sport Management major, is a tight end for the school’s NCAA Division I football team. In December 2021, he announced his intention to enter the 2022 NFL draft. First responders save infant’s life S hortly before midnight on January 9, Everett 911 received a report of a 15-day-old child with difficulty breathing. Everett Police and Fire responded two minutes later, finding the infant with shallow respirations and a faint pulse. After putting the child in the ambulance, Cataldo paramedics and EMTs recognized that the infant’s condition was continuing to decline, and they immediately took measures to save the boy’s life. The paramedics and EMTs together with the staff at CHA Everett Hospital were able to save the boy. Once stabilized, the baby was transferred to Boston Children’s Hospital. “I’d like to recognize the outstanding work of Everett Firefighters Paul Covelle and Ian Tweedale, Everett Police Department members Sgt. Cristiano, Officer Wall, and Officer Flores as well as Cataldo Paramedics and EMTs Todd Hodgkiss, Adam Riley, Devin Morrison, and Rob Czujuk,” said Mayor Carlo DeMaria. “While incidents similar to this happen frequently, our first responders consistently deliver professionalism, excellent care and outstanding service.”

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