---- — METHUEN — Taza Mediterranean Cuisine and the Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce will have a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the restaurant’s opening on Dec. 11, at 3:30 p.m. Taza is located at 169 East St., in Methuen.
Taza incorporates authentic Mediterranean cuisine with classic favorites. The decor and atmosphere complement the extensive wine list and creative martini selections.
For more information, visit tazamethuen.com.
NORTH ANDOVER — Cowan Bolduc Doherty LLC and Avolve LLC will hold a collection drive to benefit Lazarus House Ministries through Dec. 10. Donations of nonperishable food, clothing and toys will be accepted at Cowan Bolduc Doherty’s office at 231 Sutton St., Suite 1E, in North Andover, between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Donations should be new and unwrapped. For a detailed list of donation items, visit cbdcpa.com or call Shelly Mead at 978-620-2000.
LOWELL — Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union announces that it is again hosting a Toys for Tots drive to collect new, unwrapped toys that U.S. Marine Corps Reserve members will donate to families whose children would otherwise go without gifts.
The U.S. Marine Corps Reserves sponsors Toys for Tots to help less fortunate children experience the joys of the season by delivering, through a new toy, a message of hope and inspiration. Since its inception in 1947, Toys for Tots has distributed more than 452 million toys to more than 209 million children.
New, unwrapped toys may be dropped off at any Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union branch location through Dec. 14.
WINDHAM — The Greater Salem Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the Greater Salem Contractors Association, held their annual holiday dinner and dance on Dec. 1, at the Castleton Banquet Center in Windham. Guests celebrated the beginning of the season with raffle prizes, dinner, and dancing provided by Get Down Tonight Entertainment. The party gave both organizations an opportunity to build business relationships in a festive atmosphere.
HAVERHILL — International Cars, Ltd. (ICL) and its family of dealerships, including Honda North, Dover Honda, Dover Chevrolet, Audi Stratham and Porsche of Stratham, presented a donation of $15,000 to Veterans Northeast Outreach Center, located in Haverhill. To commemorate “Veterans Appreciation Month,” ICL dealerships donated $100 from every vehicle sold to the center and its programs addressing the needs of veterans and their families throughout the Merrimack Valley.
NORTH ANDOVER — The Andover Tennis Club is again teaming up with the Willows Racquet and Fitness Center in North Andover and the Trull Brook Tennis Center in Tewksbury for a toy drive to benefit the children served by the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health’s Children’s Case Management Service in the Lowell and Lawrence areas.
Anyone wishing to donate a toy for a child 6-15 years old can drop off their donation during regular business hours at either the Willows Racquet and Fitness Center, 815 Turnpike St., North Andover or at the Trull Brook Tennis Center, 170 River Road, Tewksbury.
The toy drive will run through Dec. 16. For more information, call the Willows at 978-687-0505 or Trull Brook at 978-851-3133.
LOWELL — Drum Hill Ford is bringing Ford Motor Company’s “Drive 4 UR Community” program to Lowell in an effort to raise up to $6,000 for Habitat for Humanity of Greater Lowell.
For every person who takes the wheel and test-drives a new Ford vehicle at the Merry Moose Craft Fair at ReStore in Billerica on Dec. 15, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Drum Hill Ford and Ford Motor Company will donate $20 to Habitat for Humanity of Greater Lowell. The funds raised will be used to support local housing projects in the area in the coming year.
NASHUA — The Law Offices of Joseph M. Annutto, PLLC announce the opening of their new Corporate Section featuring attorneys Joseph Annutto, Tara Ward, Brian Cowan, and Katherine Spillane. The new section features an interdisciplinary approach to addressing the needs of business throughout New Hampshire and northern Massachusetts. Annutto Law’s team brings together over 20 years of experience helping small businesses, more than 25 years of experience in consumer and corporate bankruptcy, and 15 plus years of experience in the banking industry. Whether it is forming a business, negotiating or litigating contracts, resolving disputes with customers, addressing debts owed to or by the business, reorganization through Chapter 11 Bankruptcy or dissolving the company, Annutto Law has assembled a group of lawyers with the skills and experience needed by any business.
WINDHAM — Derry Medical Center and Londonderry Family Practice welcome Anne Barry, D.O., to its practice of 35 family practice providers. Dr. Barry is seeing patients at the new Derry Medical Center offices at Castle Commons, 49 Range Road in Windham, as well as in the Londonderry Family Practice Center offices at 6 Buttrick Road in Londonderry.
Dr. Barry earned her medical degree from New England College of Osteopathic Medicine in Biddeford, Maine, and completed her residency in Family Medicine at New Hampshire Dartmouth Family Medicine at Concord Hospital in Concord.
Derry Medical Center has been providing comprehensive care for families in the greater Derry community for almost 50 years. For more information, call 603-537-1300 or visit DerryMedicalCenter.com.
NORTH ANDOVER — Dr. Joseph Sliwkowski, a board-certified physician in family and sports medicine with twenty years experience in acute care, including urgent care, sports medicine and occupational medicine, is bringing Doctors Express, a new concept in consumer-focused health care, to North Andover. Through his new practice, Dr. Sliwkowski will serve residents of North Andover and the Merrimack Valley, giving patients quicker access to healthcare professionals while unclogging overburdened emergency rooms across the region.
State and local officials, members of the Merrimack Chamber of Commerce and others joined Dr. Sliwkowski and his medical and business staff at a grand opening celebration on Dec. 6. Doctors Express North Andover is located at 129 Turnpike St.
The goal of Doctors Express is to provide an alternative to over-crowded emergency rooms for non-emergency treatment, and to offer patients a place to be seen when their doctor’s office is closed or fully booked.
Dr. Sliwkowski and his medical staff will provide treatment for non-life-threatening illness and injuries, such as earaches, fractures, lacerations, and infections, using state-of-the-art digital X-ray and lab services on site.
Doctors Express North Andover will be open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Most major insurance plans are accepted, as is Medicare, and affordable cash options are available for those without insurance. No appointment is necessary. Flu shots will be available. For more information, visit doctorsexpressnorthandover.com.
WATERTOWN — The Tufts Health Plan Foundation announces nearly $1 million in new funding to 31 Massachusetts and Rhode Island-based organizations as part of its second cycle of funding for 2012. In total, the foundation distributed approximately $2.8 million in grants to 77 nonprofit organizations in 2012.
Included in the Cycle 2 2012 grants is the Merrimack Valley Food Bank, which received $10,000 to fund its Mobile Pantry Program. The Mobile Pantry helps homebound low-income elderly and disabled individuals in Greater Lowell to maintain good health. The program delivers free nutritious foods and health information monthly, offering eligible clients better nutrition to develop healthy eating habits and reduce and/or prevent food insecurity.
AMHERST, N.H. — Frederick’s Pastries employees have completed the process of building their annual Gingerbread House Village Display. The village is currently ready for viewing and will be displayed through Christmas at the Route 101A, Amherst, N.H. store. The public is invited to visit the store and vote for their favorite house.
Displays are also set up in Frederick’s Pastries Bedford, N.H. and North Andover locations, but voting only happens in Amherst, N.H.
For more information, visit pastry.net.
LAWRENCE — Merrimack Valley Hospice announces that Ann Stauble, MSW, LICSW, has been promoted to director of Clinical Services. In this new position, Stauble will provide leadership and coordination for the hospice care delivered in the 90 cities and towns served by the not-for-profit agency based in Lawrence.
Stauble will lead a staff of more than 100 managers, clinical professionals, nurse practitioners, nurses, therapists, and support volunteers who provide expert end-of-life care services in the home to an average of 200 patients on any given day.
Prior to her new position as director, Stauble served as palliative care manager for Merrimack Valley Hospice. She brings with her a decade of experience in community-based health and social services. She began her career in the inpatient hospital setting. She resides in Methuen.
HAVERHILL — On Nov. 28, The Whittier Pharmacist, Inc. received an unannounced inspection by the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Pharmacy, the regulatory board responsible for licensure in the state. The Board of Pharmacy has temporarily restricted the dispensing of specialized compounding, which is a small component of the practice at The Whittier Pharmacist, Inc.
Since its inception in 1995 The Whittier Pharmacist, Inc. has continually met the USP 797 and ISO 5 standards in biannual inspections for its IV/compounding room. For the last five years, those inspections were conducted by the industry recognized consulting firm Solana & Sons. Despite Solana & Sons’ most recent inspection and subsequent certification on Nov. 15, the Board of Pharmacy issued a cease and desist on the use of the IV/compounding room, and made recommendations regarding how to meet the board’s new interpretation of recent changes in USP 797 standards. Whittier Pharmacy Inc. will meet the new standards in the next two to three weeks. All other areas of pharmacy practice were found to be in compliance with Board of Pharmacy standards and regulations.
The Whittier Pharmacist, Inc. will continue to provide full pharmacy services to its patients utilizing commercially available compounds when prescribed. The Whittier Pharmacist, Inc. has always maintained the highest standards of excellence in care in the pursuit of quality pharmacy services and was not found to have any safety, licensing or regulatory violations during this most recent inspection.
LOWELL — Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union announces that Kathleen Grieco, senior vice president and chief lending officer, will retire on Dec. 31, after 20 years of service to the Credit Union.
Grieco joined Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union in 1992 as the assistant vice president of mortgage lending. Throughout her tenure, Grieco has overseen consumer and mortgage lending as well as collections. She has over 30 years of financial management experience in the banking industry. Grieco lives in Andover. She has three grown children and one grandchild.
NEWTON — Michael Badolato of Newton has been named Dean of Academic Technology at North Shore Community College (NSCC) in Danvers. In his new position, Badolato will oversee NSCC’s Distance Learning & Instructional Technology and Instructional Media & Production Services departments.
Prior to joining NSCC, Badolato held administrative positions at Middlesex Community College and Berklee College of Music and was an adjunct faculty member at the Boston University Graduate School of Education. He also served as a private consultant in the Internet industry for a variety of clients across the business, nonprofit and educational sectors.
Badolato serves as chair of the Massachusetts Colleges Online (MCO) statewide collaborative of online learning and academic technology administrative officers and is a member of the Society for College and University Planning (SCUP), EDUCAUSE and NERCOMP.
LOWELL — Trinity EMS announces the promotion of Jon Kelley as the dispatch/communications manager. Kelley has been a member of the Trinity family for 16 years and has been servicing the EMS industry for nearly 20 years. He has been an EMT-B since 1994 and was hired as a full-time dispatcher for Trinity in 1996.
Through the years, Kelley has taken on a variety of tasks within the Dispatch/Communications Center. As more responsibility was entrusted to him, Kelley accepted those tasks with energy and enthusiasm. More recently, he has risen as a leader in the center, finding new ways to increase efficiency and productivity within Trinity EMS.
HAVERHILL — Gabriel Rodriguez of Haverhill has recently joined Haverhill Bank as Bradford branch manager.
Rodriguez is responsible for both the day-to-day activities of the branch as well as business development and account creation. Before joining Haverhill Bank, Rodriguez held various banking positions in the Merrimack Valley. He started his banking career as a teller and worked his way up to branch manager. Most recently, Rodriguez was employed with Citizens Bank where he managed two branches simultaneously.
Born in the Dominican Republic, Rodriguez has lived in Haverhill for nearly 20 years. He is a graduate of Northern Essex Community College, where he earned an associate’s degree in business in 2007.
Haverhill Bank’s main office is at 180 Merrimack St. in Haverhill. Haverhill Bank also maintains offices at 163 South Main St., 1094 Main St., 100 Lafayette Square, Haverhill High School, Whittier Regional Vocational Technical High School and 6 West Main St., Merrimac.
HAVERHILL — Merrimack Valley Hospital announces that primary care physician William Ingram, MD has joined Steward Medical Group and will begin practice in Haverhill on Jan. 2.
A graduate of University of Pennsylvania Medical School, Dr. Ingram completed his internship and junior residency at Boston City Hospital, and served as senior resident in medicine at Boston University Hospital. He is board certified in internal medicine as well as quality assurance and utilization review. Dr. Ingram’s special interests include heart disease, prostate cancer and nutrition.
Dr. Ingram will join Dr. Marcia Chatfield at Advanced Internal Medicine of Haverhill. Their office is located in Suite 303 of the Merrimack Medical Center (the medical office building attached to Merrimack Valley Hospital), 62 Brown St., in Haverhill.
Dr. Ingram is presently an investigator in clinical trials for flu, diabetes, hypercholesterolemia, hypertension and Alzheimer’s disease with ActivMed practices and research.
Dr. Ingram is accepting new patients. For more information or to schedule an appointment, visit steward.org or call 1-800-488-5959.
HAVERHILL — Margaret (Meg) Hogan, vice president of External Relations for Home Health Foundation, which includes Home Health VNA, Merrimack Valley Hospice and HomeCare, Inc., has been appointed to the board of L’Arche Irenicon, Inc.
L’Arche Irenicon is a Haverhill-based residential community for adults with developmental disabilities.
Hogan oversees the development and implementation of strategic agency-wide marketing, advertising, and philanthropic initiatives to advance and promote patient care services to a variety of constituencies at Home Health Foundation, She has over 25 years experience in strategic, operational, and legislative aspects of the not-for-profit healthcare field.
Hogan currently serves as co-chair of the Mass Home Care Alliance Legislative and Policy Committee, board member of the Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus, and on the Healthcare Committee for the Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce.
HAVERHILL — Carole Greenfield of Groton was installed as the incoming president of the Hadassah Northern New England Region, which encompasses 20 chapters and 5,000 women in northeastern Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Maine.
Sherry Comerchero of Haverhill was installed as region organization vice president. Other board members include Harriet Wollman of Bedford, recording secretary; Yona Carmichael of Carlisle, treasurer; and Kathy Kerstein and Sonia Mirkin of Burlington, and Rhonda Saunders and Sondra Finegold of Andover, area vice presidents.
Founded in 1912, Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, is growing its commitment to innovative and life-changing medical care and research, women’s empowerment, education, advocacy, philanthropy and building Jewish identity.
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.
LAWRENCE — Episcopal City Mission’s Burgess Urban Fund recently presented their 2012 grantee awards to 21 grassroots community organizations. The total funds distributed in 2012 is up 17 percent over last year and the minimum grant also increased from $5,000 to $10,000. Merrimack Valley Project received a $10,000 grant and the YWCA of Lawrence received a $10,000 grant.
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.
LOWELL — Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union announces the donation of $2,165 to the Merrimack Valley Food Bank, thanks to the generous contributions of the Credit Union’s employees.
The Merrimack Valley Food Bank, based in Lowell, is a nonprofit organization committed to providing food and personal care items to emergency feeding programs serving the low-income, homeless, and hungry. It is one of four food banks in Massachusetts that serves food pantries, shelters, soup kitchens, day and residential programs that, in turn, serve individuals and families.
NORTH ANDOVER — A Little Easier Recovery announces that it has received a grant from The Massachusetts Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure (Komen MA) in the amount of $39,989 to fund “The Jacki Program.”
A Little Easier Recovery, a nonprofit organization located at 43 High St., Suite 120, in North Andover, provides a recovery jacket called the “Jacki” that appears to be an everyday jacket when in reality, it aides cancer patients enduring treatment and recovery. The Jacki has necessary pocketing, Velcro seams, and sensitive fabric that allows for a full range of motion while keeping patients stylish and comfortable. Top hospitals provide the Jacki, free of charge, to all breast cancer patients. This is only possible through grants and donations to A Little Easier Recovery. The company donates directly to hospitals to distribute at the discretion of nurses and surgeons. Since its inception, over 8,900 Jacki recovery jackets have been given to patients as a gift, and the nonprofit aims to supply thousands more.
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.
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