---- — DANVERS — Windover Construction announces that construction has officially begun at St. John’s Prep in Danvers on a 74,000 square-foot, five-story academic building to house the school’s Computer Science, Mathematics, Science, and World Languages departments. Headmaster Edward Hardiman, PhD and Principal Keith Crowley, PhD led the April 3 groundbreaking ceremony. The new facility is expected to be completed in September 2015. The Xaverian Brothers sponsored school is for young men in grades 6 through 12. The new building expands on the concept of STEM education (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) to include a campus-wide focus on multi-disciplinary education. Highlights of the building include a robotics lab, a seminar room, a study room, flexible work and meeting spaces, and a two-story, multi-purpose lobby on the first floor. Design elements such as interior glass walls will be used extensively throughout the first and second floors to visually engage students with the projects and activities going on inside. This concept extends to the exterior of the building, where outdoor spaces will allow students to carry conversations beyond the classroom. It will be fully accessible and is designed to meet the requirements for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certification. Windover is renowned for their work on education institutions throughout New England, including The Cambridge School of Weston; Montserrat College of Art in Beverly; Brookwood School in Manchester; The Governor’s Academy in Byfield; Phillips Academy in Andover, Phillips Exeter Academy in Exeter, N.H., and Endicott College in Beverly.
BOSTON — Four Lawrence Catholic schools participated in the 24th Annual Inner-City Scholarship Fund (ICSF) Dinner Celebration on April 3, at the Copley Marriott, which honored Robert Kraft. This year’s ICSF Dinner highlighted schools in Lawrence and the surrounding Merrimack Region. The ICSF is the signature program of the Catholic Schools Foundation (CSF), which distributes scholarships to students with demonstrated financial need attending Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Boston. The concert choir from Central Catholic High School performed during the dinner program. Notre Dame Cristo Rey and Bellesini Academy students were highlighted in the student video and were also student greeters as guests arrived. Lawrence Catholic Academy also participated by having students present on the history of Lawrence during the cocktail hour. This year’s dinner, chaired by Jay Hooley, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of State Street Corporation, raised over $3.2 million for the Inner-City Scholarship Fund (ICSF). The annual event helps provide financial aid to as many as 5,000 students across grades K-12 in Boston’s Catholic schools. CSF estimates it will award $6.5 million in scholarships, $1 million in program grants to schools and another $500,000 in donor-specified initiatives in the 2014 fiscal year. The Catholic Schools Foundation provides scholarships and program support to over 80 Catholic schools within the Archdiocese of Boston. To learn more about the programs and services through CSF, visit csfboston.org.
HAVERHILL — Hair Cuttery teamed up with The National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV), the leading voice for domestic violence victims and their advocates, for its spring Share-A-Haircut program, held May 5-6. Every time an adult received a haircut at any of the Hair Cuttery salons in New England, including the salon in Haverhill, a haircut was donated, through NNEDV, to a woman living in a domestic violence shelter in the local community. In its 15th year, Share-A-Haircut has benefited three-quarters of a million people. Originally, the program benefited children in need, but it has grown to help people of all ages. Earlier this year, 50,000 free haircut certificates, valued at $900,000, were donated to men, women and children across the U.S. in homeless situations. Hair Cuttery has an established history of charitable giving through local and national causes, including (but not limited to) Dress for Success, American Cancer Society, Special Olympics, Buzzing 4 Change, The St. Baldrick’s Foundation, Easter Seals, The Hero Campaign, and Susan G. Komen for the Cure. For more information, visit haircuttery.com.
CAMBRIDGE — RBM Technologies, Inc., the global pioneer in software-as‐a‐service (SaaS) visual merchandising solutions for retailers, announces that Ken Sonberg has been hired as its new Chief Technology Officer. Leveraging extensive mobile, cloud and software development experience from startups to global organizations, Sonberg will oversee RBM’s engineering and IT organizations in the development and deployment of its software solutions. Building on the recent announcement of RBM’s $9.5 million financing and hiring of E.Y. Snowden as CEO, the company has recruited Sonberg to the executive team to accelerate the expansion of its leadership position in North America’s mobile retail stores and its growth in international markets and new retail verticals. Sonberg’s career has focused on leading and scaling talented technology organizations, implementing lean, yet highly effective agile teams, and shaping complex, enterprise scale software solutions using the latest in open source and cloud computing technologies. He comes to RBM from Mobiquity, a Boston-area leader in the “mobilization” of enterprises, where he has been Vice President of Development. Prior experience includes Vice President of Development at BCGI, where he oversaw a software development and systems organization with staff on three continents, delivering SaaS billing and payments solutions to large mobile operators.
NORTH ANDOVER — Frederick’s Pastries donated $468 to support the one year anniversary of The One Fund, Inc., which was set up by Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick and Boston Mayor Tom Menino to help those most affected in the Boston Marathon bombings. For three weeks in April, all three Frederick’s Pastries locations sold their specialty flavored Boston Cream Pie jumbo cupcakes, and a portion of the proceeds was donated directly to The One Fund, Inc. In addition to purchasing the specialty cupcakes, all three Frederick’s Pastries stores accepted donations to directly benefit The One Fund at store checkouts. For more information, visit pastry.net.
PEABODY — James Muse, senior vice president of North Shore Bank’s Retail Banking Division, was elected president of The Salem Partnership at their Annual Meeting on June 3, at the Hawthorne Hotel in Salem, Mass. The Salem Partnership is an organization that facilitates collaboration between businesses, nonprofit organizations and government agencies in working on economic development issues pertaining to the city of Salem and its general vicinity, which benefit both the partners and community in general. More information on the Salem Partnership is available at salempartnership.org.
LOWELL — Rebecca Medeiros, an employee of Fred C. Church Insurance since 1996, has earned the Associate in Claims (AIC) designation. The Associate in Claims program is a nationally recognized educational program for claim representatives and claim management personnel. Achieving this designation indicates an in-depth understanding of claims principles and practices as demonstrated by passing the rigorous AIC national examinations. Medeiros, Personal Lines Claims Supervisor, is a licensed Insurance Producer and holds the designations of Accredited Advisor in Insurance and Certified Insurance Service Representative.
LOWELL — Matthew Magiera, Commercial Insurance Account executive, recently attended the Hartford School of Insurance’s two-week New Producer program and obtained the CLCS (Commercial Lines Coverage Specialist) designation. Magiera joined Fred C. Church Insurance in April.
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