---- — HAVERHILL — Merrimack Valley Hospice announces that the Merrimack Valley Hospice House expansion project is well underway and that two co-chairs have been selected to lead the fundraising campaign. Scott Cote, president of Pentucket Bank, and Mary Jane Werner, vice chair of the Board of Trustees, have agreed to lead the $2 million fundraising campaign to expand the Merrimack Valley Hospice House by seven additional suites.
Since Merrimack Valley Hospice House opened in June 2009, it has been operating at or near capacity, serving more than 1,500 patients. Licensed by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health for a 21 suite facility, the Hospice House was designed for a two-phase construction: the initial 14 suites, then, a final phase of seven suites at a time when occupancy and demand for services exceeded capacity. No one anticipated that time would come so quickly.
The addition of the new wing will allow for 21 private patient suites in total, of which two may accommodate pediatric patients. All suites feature skylights, a private bathroom and seating and space for loved ones to visit at any time of day or night. The wing will reflect the existing peacefulness of a home setting with patios, family gathering area, a care station and several common areas.
For more information, visit MerrimackValleyHospice.org.
METHUEN — Rockland Trust announces that Jeffrey McManus of Methuen has joined its Investment Management Group as vice president and financial consultant. An experienced financial advisor, McManus provides Rockland Trust’s wealth management services to clients in the Metro North area.
Prior to joining Rockland Trust, McManus was a financial advisor at Bank of America Merrill Lynch in Andover and previously at AARP Financial, Inc. in Tewksbury. He worked in defined contributions as a plan sponsor representative at Putnam Investments until 2005.
LAWRENCE — Imajine That, an award winning educational indoor play space for children, gains a valuable partner. Sal Lupoli, president and CEO of Lupoli Companies, parent company of Sal’s Pizza, Salvatore’s Restaurants and Riverwalk Properties, joins hands with Susan Leger-Ferraro, founder of Imajine That, to take the children’s play space to new levels.
The expansion of the existing location will include the addition of Little Sal’s Culinary Institute, Little Sal’s Cafe with new food options, a new arts and crafts area, a Whole Foods sponsored grocery store and Smart Board technology for classrooms and party rooms. The expansion is expected to be completed by summer 2013.
Imajine That is the 2012 winner of the Boston Parents Paper, Best Play Space and Best of the Best, North Shore Magazine. Imajine That is currently located at The Riverwalk, 354 Merrimack St., Lawrence, with two current Boston Public Schools pop ups, with eight additional locations slated to open within Boston Public Schools by fall 2013.
NORTH ANDOVER — Edgewood’s recent Aqua Zumba event raised $800 for the Massachusetts Alzheimer’s Association. Over 27 participants participated in the fundraiser. Aqua Zumba is a fun and safe way to exercise in the water and provides great cardio and toning benefits. Nancy Ryan, the exercise specialist at Edgewood, was an instructor at the event. Ryan teaches Aqua Zumba classes three times a week to residents as well as Zumba classes at the North Andover Senior Center.
LOWELL — Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union announces that it earned an overall rating of “Outstanding” from the state’s Division of Banks following its 2012 Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) review. This is the third consecutive CRA review in which Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union has received an overall rating of “Outstanding.” It was also rated as “Outstanding” during its 2008 and 2004 reviews by the state Division of Banks.
ANDOVER — Boston Partners Financial Group of Andover, led by Managing Partner Mark Marroni, JD, LLM, CLU, ChFC, has been named the recipient of the Leading with Excellence – President’s Trophy from John Hancock Financial Network, as announced recently by Brian Heapps, president, John Hancock Financial Network (JHFN). This is the highest honor JHFN bestows upon one of its independent firms nationwide. As recipient of JHFN’s top award, the firm, its management team and financial representatives have demonstrated that they consistently deliver a personalized, high-touch approach to helping their clients achieve their financial goals.
DANVERS — American Honda Motor Co., Inc., announces that Honda North in Danvers has earned the President’s Award for its exceptional performance in 2012. This annual award is presented to Honda’s top-ranking dealerships that achieved excellence in all areas of operation: customer service and sales satisfaction, sales, training, and facility. This is the third consecutive year and fifth overall that Honda North has earned the distinguished President’s Award.
SALEM, N.H. — Bank of New England is pleased to welcome Stuart Erbstein as a Vice President of Commercial Real Estate Lending. Erbstein is a commercial real estate professional with over 25 years of experience in lending, strategic planning and structuring of commercial projects. He has knowledge of all New England markets.
Bank of New England provides financing for a broad range of projects and property types including multi-family, retail properties, office buildings, industrial properties and construction to permanent financing.
For more information, visit bankofnewengland.com or call 603-894-5700.
HAVERHILL — Haverhill Bank will join CVS and other stores in a planned 22,000 square foot retail plaza along Route 97 at the Methuen and Salem, N.H. border. The Salem Planning Board recently gave conditional approval to the plaza at 389-396 Main St. and 5 Hampstead Road, Salem, N.H. The development on the site of the Green Barn restaurant is part of a plan by Thur Ken II of Salem, N.H. The traditional, New England-style building features wood-frame construction, brick finishes, clapboard siding and decorative fabric awnings. Haverhill Bank plans two drive-up teller lanes and a drive-up ATM lane. The bank branch, Haverhill Bank’s first in New Hampshire, will have six to eight employees. Haverhill Bank’s next step is to gain approval from bank regulators.
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