---- — HATHORNE — The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education will conduct a Coordinated Program Review of the Special Education, Civil Rights, Career Vocational Technical Education and English Language Learners programs at the Essex Agricultural and Technical School District during the week of Jan. 28. Such reviews are routinely conducted by the department to satisfy federal and state requirements.
The department will rate the implementation of each requirement reviewed during the visit. Both the department’s report and any subsequent corrective action plans are public information and will be available to the public upon request. Program Review Final Reports are also available on the department’s website at doe.mass.edu.
Any member of the public may request to be interviewed by telephone by a member of the department’s visiting team. Those wishing to be interviewed should call the office of Superintendent-Director Roger Bourgeois at 978-750-9213 no later than Jan. 25, or they may call the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education at 781-338-3723. A member of the visiting team will contact each person desiring an interview within two weeks after the completion of the onsite visit.
LAWRENCE — Adrian Pyke, a North Shore-based electrical engineer, has acquired Sanchez Associates of Lawrence from its founder, Albert Sanchez of Newburyport.
Going forward, the company will operate under the name Sanchez Microelectronics and will continue to provide hybrid integrated circuitry components used in the aeronautics, aerospace and defense sectors.
The company produces hybrid integrated circuits, which are compact electronic devices performing a range of functions in applications where space is a premium and where reliability is absolutely critical. Its products can be found in a variety of military and civilian applications, particularly avionics. It is certified as a military preferred supplier.
Although he relinquishes the CEO role, Sanchez will remain actively involved through a transition period and will also consult as needed in the future, assuring a continuity of service to current and future customers.
METHUEN — Steven DiNoto was manager of Apple’s Global Security Operations Center before he was recently hired by Amazon to serve as that company’s senior manager in charge of global business continuity. Prior to that, for 11 years, DiNoto was the chief administrative officer of the San Jose, Calif., Police Department. Earlier jobs included top-level administrative posts with the Lawrence, Malden and Middlesex County Police Departments.
DiNoto’s first job was with the Lowell Police Department, where he played a role in the development of the city’s crime analysis unit, a task that would serve him well in his next position as Middlesex County deputy sheriff.
DiNoto, formerly of Methuen, is a 1994 graduate of the University of Massachusetts Lowell.
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.
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.
HAVERHILL — Rebuilding Together Greater Haverhill, Inc. (RTGHI) has been awarded a grant from the Merrimack Valley General Fund, a fund of the Essex County Community Foundation. RTGHI will use the grant funds to repair homes of low-income homeowners.
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.
BRADFORD — Lochinvar, LLC, a leading manufacturer of high-efficiency water heaters and boilers based in Lebanon, Tenn., announces that Joseph DiPietro of DiPietro Heating & Cooling, Inc. in Bradford was selected as the winner of a drawing for an all-expenses-paid trip for two to Nashville. The prize package includes accommodations for three days, as well as tickets to the world’s largest country music festival in June 2013.
Lochinvar hosts the Nashville Experience every year for members of its VIP Contractor Program. For each registration of a qualified Lochinvar boiler or water heater, participating contractors receive an entry into a drawing for the monthly giveaway. When the drawing was held for November, DiPietro’s registration card was randomly selected as the winner.
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.
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