---- — NORTH ANDOVER — Off-Season Sports and Physical Therapy in North Andover announces the addition of three new colleagues to their team of sports medicine practitioners. Kathleen Searles, MS, RD, CSSD, LDN, Alexa Shea, DC, CCSP, and Judy Bousquin, BA, Reiki Master are all pleased to join one of the largest multidisciplinary sports rehabilitation clinics in Massachusetts. Searles, a Board Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics works with athletes and active people who are looking for improved performance with better nutrition and hydration. As a Registered Dietitian, she provides individualized nutrition counseling for health related concerns. Dr. Shea, a board certified chiropractic sports physician licensed in the state of Massachusetts, specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal conditions through evidence based orthopedic care. Bousquin has practiced Reiki for seven years. Throughout her life and various careers, her love of healthy living and passion for natural approaches to health care and wellbeing was a constant. Many years of community involvement and enthusiasm for connecting with people also form Bousquin’s Reiki practice. To schedule an appointment, call 978-688-6181 or visit theoffseason.net.
SALEM, N.H. — Dr. Jessica Parr has joined the faculty of The American College of History and Legal Studies (ACHLS) as the new Professor of History. Dr. Parr specializes in the history of race and religion in the Early Modern Atlantic World. Her work has received a number of fellowships and grants, including from the Boston Athenaeum, the Munson Institute, and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of Early American History. Dr. Parr is also an editor for H-Atlantic, an international online discussion list for Atlantic World History from 1500 to 1800. In addition, she is a contributor to the More Than a Map Project, a smartphone application that allows users to locate, experience, and create African American history from the palm of their hand. Prior to joining ACHLS, Dr. Parr taught at a number of other area colleges, including the University of New Hampshire at Manchester and Granite State College.
LOWELL — Sage Bank announces that the board of directors has approved the promotion of Steven Stewart to Senior Vice President of Commercial Lending. Stewart, a resident of Salem, N.H., joined Sage Bank in September 2012 as Vice President, Group Leader in Commercial Lending. Prior to joining Sage Bank in 2012, he served as Vice President of Commercial Lending at the Lowell Five Cent Savings Bank for five years. As Senior Vice President of Commercial Lending, Stewart is crucial to developing and maintaining relationships with commercial businesses in the Merrimack Valley region. In his new role, he will lead the bank as it builds relationships with new commercial customers.
LAWRENCE — Staples Foundation, the private charitable arm of Staples, Inc., has awarded $3,500 to Lazarus House Ministries, Inc. under a program that lets Staples associates direct donations. Staples Foundation Grant will fund the Work Preparation Training program which aims to move families and individuals out of poverty and homelessness and to assist them in becoming productive and self-sufficient citizens within their communities. Lazarus House provides classroom education, pre-employment skills classes, job training and ongoing mentoring. The grants are part of a philanthropic initiative created by Staples Foundation which allows Staples associates around the world to direct funding to nonprofit organizations that are focused on education or job skills. The program encourages local community engagement by awarding larger grants to organizations where associates are highly engaged in volunteering or fundraising, up to $25,000 per organization. The program, called 2 Million and Change, will award funds to organizations around the world, reaching more than $2 million in grants by the end of the year. In 2012, associates globally directed more than $2.1 million of Staples Foundation grants to 470 nonprofit organizations.
NORTH ANDOVER — Pazzo Gelato Cafe employee, Emily O’Brien, presents a check in the amount of $840.70 to Kim and Michela Myerson of North Andover from the Pazzo employee community jar program. Each month Pazzo employees donate all gratuities collected for that month to a local charity. This month’s recipient was the Myerson family’s annual “Hackers for Hope” Golf Tournament to raise funds for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation dedicated to raising funds for the advancement of research and patient care for those afflicted by Cystic Fibrosis. “Hackers for Hope”is one of five events the Myerson family holds annually to raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Pazzo Gelato Cafe is located at 99 Turnpike St., North Andover, in the Eaglewood Shops Shopping Center.
HAVERHILL — L’Arche Irenicon, Haverhill, a residential community providing lifelong homes for adults with developmental disabilities, celebrated their 30th anniversary on Oct. 4, with a breakfast at the Black Swan Country Club in Georgetown. L’Arche Irenicon is a unique residential living model where core members (disabled) and their live-in assistants (abled staff) live together creating homes. L’Arche was founded in France in 1963 and today has over 137 communities in over 38 countries around the globe. Patricia Deegan, PH.D, a nationally recognized disability rights activist and longtime friend of L’Arche Irenicon, was the keynote speaker at the breakfast. Irenicon honored three community organizations who have made a difference in the lives of the community members: the LaSalette Faith Community, the Wadleigh Foundation and the Topsfield Fire Department. For more information, visit larcheirenicon.org.
TEWKSBURY — Anton’s Cleaners’ 19th annual Coats for Kids winter coat drive will run through Jan. 11. Anton’s Cleaners’ goal is to help individuals who otherwise wouldn’t be able to keep themselves and their families warm. Participating companies and organizations collect good quality, warm winter coats and then bring them to any of Anton’s Cleaners’ 42 locations or one of the five Jordan’s Furniture stores. Participating companies receive posters and other marketing material to promote the drive within their companies and groups. Participating schools receive the opportunity to earn rewards for their school while helping babies, kids and adults in their own community through this program. Once collected and cleaned, coats are distributed free of charge through the Coats for Kids Distribution Partners network, which includes organizations such as BU Medical Center Outreach Van Project, Catholic Charities, Community Giving Tree, Massachusetts Community Action Programs (MASSCAP), Mental Health Association of Greater Lowell, Middlesex Human Service Agency, Salvation Army, Taunton State Hospital, Wish Project and many more. Last year’s drive collected 52,000 coats, with Anton’s donating over $10,000 in cleaning services. For more information or to sign up and become a corporate partner, visit antons.com.
HAVERHILL — The Walnut Square School PTO held its annual Fall Festival on Oct. 20. Past, present and future Walnut Square students attended the event. The National Junior Honor Society from J.G. Whittier Middle School volunteered their time to help make the event a success. Walnut Square School is currently collecting gently used coats, hats, mittens, etc. All sizes will be accepted and all items received will be washed courtesy of EZ Way Cleaners and will then be donated to the Emmaus House. Email Heather Delle Chiaie at firstname.lastname@example.org or Maura Ryan-Ciardiello at Maura52157@aol.com or join the Walnut Square School PTO Facebook Page for more information and updates.
LAWRENCE — Raytheon Corporation has awarded a Math Hero Award and grant of $2,500 to Central Catholic math teacher, Jarrod Brown, through Raytheon’s “Math Moves U” program. The “Math Moves U” awards program recognizes 35 full-time mathematics teachers from across the USA who have made great strides in instilling a love of math in students and for their dedication to enriching math instruction in high schools across the US. Brown was nominated for the Raytheon award by current and former students, Mary ‘15 and William Rayno ‘13, for his instructional creativity and patience, varied use of technology resources, and his ability to share his enthusiasm for mathematics with his students. Brown will use the Raytheon grant to complete his Master’s Degree in Mathematics Education. The program has also awarded a matching $2,500 grant to Central Catholic in Brown’s name. The matching grant will be utilized to fund “math apps” on students’ iPads and expand technology-based mathematics resources for students.
LOWELL — Keith Page of Acton, an employee of Fred C. Church Insurance, has been promoted to Small Business Manager. Page joined the agency in 2011, as a Commercial Team Leader in the agency’s Lowell headquarters. He has 28 years of insurance experience, is a licensed Property & Casualty Producer and holds the CIC designation.
LOWELL — John Deignan of Tewksbury, an employee of Fred C. Church Insurance, has been promoted to Commercial Team Leader. Deignan joined the agency in 2010, as a Commercial Account Manager in the agency’s Lowell headquarters. He has six years of insurance experience, is a licensed Property & Casualty Producer and holds the CSRM designation.
RAYMOND, N.H. — Jewett Automotive Design & Construction, a division of Raymond, N.H.-based Jewett Construction Company, Inc., has contracted with Commonwealth Motors to provide interior renovations to its Nissan and Honda dealerships in Lawrence. The Nissan project involves converting a portion of the existing service area into an expanded body shop, while work at the Honda facility includes the construction of a sound soffit to buffer service area noise from service advisors and service customers. This is the third project Jewett Automotive has undertaken for Commonwealth Motors. In 2012, Jewett extensively renovated its Nissan dealership, a three-phase project involving multiple additions, and built a ground-up, state of the art Chevrolet dealership for the client as well. Jewett Automotive Design & Construction specializes in design/build auto dealership facilities, auto dealership additions, auto dealership renovations and auto dealership fit-ups all across New England. Clients include Long Subaru, Watertown Ford, the Tulley Automotive Group, Olsen Cadillac, the Melkonian Group and the Grappone Automotive Group. Additional information about the firm can be found at jewettautomotive.com.
BOSTON/TEWKSBURY — Jeffrey Aron, CFP, MSFP has joined Wealth management Advisors, LLC, as a Wealth Manager. Aron is a Certified Financial Planner Practitioner and has over 20 years of experience in servicing the needs of high net worth clients.
LOWELL — Fred C. Church, Inc., was named as one of the 2013 Best Places to Work in Insurance. The awards program as created in 2009 by Business Insurance in partnership with Best Companies Group. The 2013 Best Places to Work in Insurance list is made up of 65 companies from across the country.
HAVERHILL — In the wake of Haverhill Community Television’s 25th anniversary event, held at Renaissance Golf Club in Haverhill on Nov. 20, the Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce and Haverhill Community Television were privileged to welcome Gov. Deval Patrick to Haverhill on the morning of Nov. 21. The governor joined in celebration of HCTV’s anniversary and grand unveiling of their new logo. The Chamber’s executive staff, President Sven Amirian and Vice President Jen Cantwell, were featured performers and contributors in the television studio’s featured movie trailers which were highlighted at the event. The trailers emphasized decades of Haverhill history, politics and business with parodies of feature films. Over 230 people appreciated the efforts of the community-based television station, including elected officials, business leaders and community members, who came together in an effort of comradery and celebration. Pictured from left to right are Sven Amirian, president of the Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce; Gov. Patrick; Darlene Beal, executive director of Haverhill Community Television; and Clare Macoul, chairwoman of the Board of Directors of the Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce. For more information about the Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce, visit HaverhillChamber.com.
SALEM, N.H. — Northeast Rehabilitation Hospital Network (NRHN) has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for its Stroke and Brain Injury Programs by demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission’s national standards for health care quality and safety in disease-specific care. The certification award recognizes NRHN’s dedication to continuous compliance with The Joint Commission’s state-of-the-art standards. Northeast Rehabilitation Hospital Network underwent a rigorous on-site review in September. A Joint Commission expert evaluated NRHN for compliance with standards of care specific to the needs of patients and families, including infection prevention and control, leadership and medication management. Learn more about The Joint Commission at jointcommission.org.
BOSTON/TEWKSBURY/SALEM, N.H. — Sullivan Bille, P.C., a regional accounting firm with offices in Tewksbury, Boston and Salem, N.H., would like to congratulate Steve Lowry for passing the CPA exam. Lowry has been with the firm for nine years as a member of the Small Business Department. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Massachusetts Society of Certified Public Accountants. He and his wife currently live in Lowell.
ANDOVER — The Andover Choral Society welcomes Michael Driscoll to the role of music director. Driscoll has served as music director of Boston’s Saengerfest Men’s Chorus and has been a guest conductor with Chorus pro Musica. He is currently the director of choirs at Brookline High School, president of the Massachusetts chapter of the American Choral Director’s Association and a doctoral candidate in choral conducting at Boston University.
HAVERHILL — The Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce announces the grand opening of Ocasio’s True Martial Arts, a longtime Chamber member who has just relocated to 192 Merrimack St., Suite 1, in downtown Haverhill. Ocasio’s was formerly located at the beginning of Merrimack Street, close to Main Street and Route 125. The grand opening celebration and ribbon cutting ceremony were held on Nov. 20. Included in the ceremony were Joshua Munoz, instructor; Sven Amirian, president of the Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce; Herman Ocasio, owner; Mayor James Fiorentini, city of Haverhill; Kim Ocasio, executive administrator; and Isiah Ocasio, instructor. For more information on Ocasio’s True Martial Arts, visit ocasiostma.com.
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