---- — QUINCY — Peapod, a leading online grocery service, announces its “Holiday Turkey Bowling – Strike Out Hunger” initiative to continue its support of local communities. When visiting Peapod.com, customers will have the chance to choose their own turkey to be bowled for charity down a virtual bowling alley. For every turkey bowled, Peapod will donate $1 (up to $15,000) to local food banks in its delivery areas. Peapod expects to donate over $62,000 in 2012 to fight hunger in its delivery areas, including Connecticut, Washington D.C., Illinois, Indiana, Massachusetts, Maryland, New York, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin.
Most recently, Peapod’s “Facebook Fall Fan Food Drive” donated $1 for every new “like” the Peapod Facebook page received. At the same time, the online grocer let shoppers participate in a virtual food drive on Peapod.com to donate groceries to food pantries in the regions it serves for a grand total of $12,500 in food and financial donations.
Peapod will continue to donate to food banks throughout 2012, especially during the holidays. For more information, visit peapod.com or Facebook.com/PeapodDelivers.
WINCHESTER — Winchester Hospital has recognized Amy Pellerin, RN of Haverhill as its most recent recipient of the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses after a patient’s granddaughter nominated her for being so “attentive, gentle and concerned” to her grandmother. The DAISY Award, presented in collaboration with the American Organization of Nurse Executives, is part of the DAISY Foundation’s program to recognize the exceptional efforts that nurses make each day.
In recognition of her selection, Pellerin received a DAISY Award pin, a hand-carved sculpture called “A Healer’s Touch” and a certificate.
To learn more about the DAISY Award program, visit daisyfoundation.org.
BOSTON — The Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) awarded Haverhill resident Brett Portalla with its “Logan SAFE” award. The award honors employees whose actions demonstrate exemplary security awareness in their daily responsibilities at Boston Logan International Airport.
Portalla, an aviation officer at Logan Airport, observed an individual taking photos in a security restricted area. Officer Portalla approached the individual and explained that photography is not permitted in the secure area of the airport. Officer Portalla then asked the individual to delete the photographs, confirmed that the images were deleted and notified the State Police.
Portalla was recognized with ten other airport employees at a ceremony attended by Gov. Deval Patrick and Lt. Gov. Timothy Murray at Logan’s Terminal E.
LOWELL — Robert Caruso, chairman of The Lowell Five Cent Savings Bank, announces the recent hire of Mark Katimy. Katimy joins The Lowell Five as a vice president of commercial lending. With over 18 years of banking experience, Katimy has held positions at Andover Bank, Stoneham Cooperative Bank, and most recently at Reading Cooperative Bank. He will primarily focus on serving the needs of Lowell Five’s commercial customers in the Tewksbury and Wilmington areas.
LOWELL — Robert Caruso, chairman of The Lowell Five Cent Savings Bank, announces the recent hire of Patricia O’Donnell. O’Donnell joins The Lowell Five as a mobile mortgage loan originator. She has experience in both banking, real estate, and most recently held the position of director of marketing for James L. Cooney Insurance and Real Estate. As a mobile mortgage loan originator, O’Donnell will meet with mortgage applicants at their home or office to find and secure the appropriate loan.
LAWRENCE — Merrimack Valley Federal Credit Union announces the promotion of Digna Jhonson. She has accepted the Riverwalk Branch Manager position in Lawrence.
Jhonson has been with the Credit Union for the past five years, working in the back office Loan Servicing department. Prior to joining Merrimack Valley, Jhonson worked as a building manager for a local nonprofit organization. She has two children, Joshua and Leslie.
HAVERHILL — The George C. Wadleigh Foundation, Inc., continues its program of grants to local charitable organizations. President of the Wadleigh Foundation, Edmund J. Cote Jr., reports that in December 2012, more than $577,000 was distributed to 17 Greater Haverhill organizations involved in the care and housing of the aged indigent, indigent and homeless.
NORTH ANDOVER — Cowan Bolduc Doherty LLC announces the promotion of Joshua Pfeil, CPA, to the position of principal as of Jan. 1. Pfeil has been an essential member of the CBD team for over 14 years. Since earning his degree in accountancy from Western New England College in 1999, he has developed vast audit expertise in industries such as manufacturing, distribution and real estate companies, construction companies, and employee benefit plans.
Cowan Bolduc Doherty has been providing professional accounting and consulting services in New England for 24 years. For more information, call 978-620-2000 or visit cbdcpa.com.
HAVERHILL — The Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce Membership Services Committee, in partnership with Haverhill Bank, will host former captain of the Boston Bruins and recent inductee into the Massachusetts Hockey Hall of Fame Rick Middleton as the featured keynote speaker at the 23rd annual Business Awards Breakfast on Feb. 18, at the Renaissance Golf Club, 377 Kenoza St., in Haverhill. The event will run from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m.
The Membership Services Committee holds this event to recognize member businesses that have been active in the Chamber and the community throughout the year. The breakfast will honor the 11 businesses that received the “Business of the Month” awards for 2012. They are: Lowell Five Cent Savings Bank (January), Pentucket Medical Associates (February), Gold Leaf Fine Jewelry (March), Law Office of Attorney Thomas J. Sullivan (April), The Landmark Building (May), Baystate Financial Services LLC (June), Best Western Merrimack Valley (July/August), Spectrum Marketing Inc. (September), Holland’s Flowers of Bradford (October), Pentucket Bank (November), and Ashley’s Hallmark Shop (December).
In addition to these businesses the Chamber will also recognize annual award recipients who have supported the Chamber and their community in 2012, in addition to acting as leaders in their respectful categories. These award winners are: Business of the Year: Pentucket Medical Associates, Education: Career Resources Corporation, Family Owned Business: Nunan Florist & Greenhouses, Healthcare: Holy Family Hospital/A Steward Family Hospital, Manufacturing: Diversified Business Systems, Pioneer of the Year: Cakes by Erin, LLC, Restaurant: Krueger FlatBread, Retail/Wholesale: The Inside View LLC, Interior Designs, Rookie of the Year: Skin Serenity Medispa, Service for Non-Profit: Bethany Homes Inc., Service for Profit: Smile Braces, Technology: Hudson Design Group LLC, Women in Business: Chang’s Taekwondo America.
Tickets to the event are $35 per person or $300 for a table of 10 and include a full breakfast, keynote speaker and awards ceremony. To reserve a seat, contact Jen Cantwell at the Chamber, 978-373-5663 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about the Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce, visit HaverhillChamber.com.
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