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April 13, 2014

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The Eagle-Tribune

---- — WAKEFIELD — The Retail Lending Department at The Savings Bank has been recognized by Banker & Tradesman as the No. 1 Mortgage Lender for 2013 in Wakefield. The well-respected banking publication indicated this recognition was based on the number of loans closed on one to four family owner occupied homes, as well as home equity and commercial real estate loans. TSB was also the No. 1 lender in Wakefield for 2012. According to Banker & Tradesman data, The Savings Bank ranked at the top of more than 200 lenders who serviced the Wakefield area in 2013. The Savings Bank closed 122 loans during the year in Wakefield, totaling more than $31.3 million. Of the 122 loans, 28 represented purchase mortgage loans totaling more than $8.1 million, and 94 non-purchase mortgage loans totaling $23.1 million. The Bank’s successful First Time Home Homebuyer Program closed 46 loans for $14.5 million in 2013, 10 of which were in Wakefield, according to Kathleen M. Beaulieu, Senior Vice President – Retail Lending Officer. Wakefield loans closed through this program totaled $3,107,200. For information about the mortgage lending program offered by The Savings Bank, call 781-246-0400 or visit tsbawake24.com.

Joining in the celebration is (front row, left to right) Kathleen Beaulieu, Senior Vice President – Retail Lending; and Cristina Picanco, Administrative Assistant; (back row, left to right) Melody Silveira, Loan Processor; Christine Bombaci, Vice President – Retail Lending; Courtney Miano, Underwriter; Jeff D’Alessandro, Assistant Vice President - Senior Loan Originator; and Jamie Devou, Loan Processor.

ANDOVER — Staffing Industry Analysts, the global advisor on contingent work, announces the winners of the 2014 Best Staffing Firms to Work For awards. ALKU won The Best Staffing Firm to Work For in North America in the medium category; staffing firms with 51-200 employees. Employees from nearly 140 staffing firms took surveys, conducted by Quantum Workplace on behalf of Staffing Industry Analysts, measuring 10 key engagement categories including teamwork, trust in senior leaders, feeling valued, manager effectiveness, compensation and benefits. The winners were announced at the 23rd annual Staffing Industry Analysts’ Executive Forum, held March 18-21 at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront in San Diego, Calif. Other finalists in the medium size category included LiquidAgents Healthcare, LaSalle Network, HireStrategy and The Davis Companies. ALKU was recognized as a finalist by Staffing Industry Analysts as a Best Staffing Firm to Work For in 2012 and is honored to have won this year in the medium size category. ALKU believes in providing their employees with opportunity for growth and career development as well as treating them with respect, and in turn they will do the same for their clients and candidates.

METHUEN — Tripoli Bakery and Pizza has opened a new store in the Howe Street Market, located at 163 Howe St., in Methuen. The new shop features freshly made, hand crafted Italian breads, a wide variety of cookies and cannoli, pastries and cakes. The pizza is made on site to order. Tripoli also has locations in Lawrence, North Andover and Seabrook Beach, serving pizza and bakery goods. The Salisbury Beach location serves pizza only all year round. For directions or more information, call 978-682-0080.

HAVERHILL — The Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce announces the resignation of Sven Amirian as head of the organization. Amirian submitted his resignation to the Chamber Board of Directors stating that he has enjoyed his time as the President of the Chamber but is leaving to pursue other opportunities. He has held his position with the Chamber since 2012. During his tenure, the Chamber has enjoyed resurgence in the business community, as well as forming successful partnerships with the Amesbury, Lowell, Newburyport, and Salem (NH) Chambers, with whom Haverhill has staged numerous joint events. Passionate about green energy, Amirian combined his love of the green movement with Chamber member promotions, by creating a NASCAR-like promotional vehicle, an all-electric vehicle adorned with member logos. He was also instrumental in helping to obtain a cultural district designation for the City of Haverhill. In the coming weeks a search committee will set about the task of finding a replacement. Clare Macoul, chairwoman of the Board of Directors, will lead the group in finding the next leader of the organization. Amirian’s last day will be June 30.

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