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June 9, 2013

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The Eagle-Tribune

---- — HAVERHILL — In partnership with Pentucket Bank, the Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce will host its 97th Annual Meeting and Annual Dinner on June 20, at DiBurro’s Function Facilities in Ward Hill. The Annual Meeting is open to all active members and begins at 5:30 p.m., cocktail hour begins at 6 p.m., followed by dinner and program.

The Annual Dinner is the capstone event of the Chamber’s program year. This year, the Chamber’s dinner will encompass the “Boston Strong” theme. A portion of event proceeds will be made as a donation to the One Fund, a fundraiser organized to help victims in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings. Keynote speaker, Dave McGillivray, is the owner of Dave McGillivray Sports Enterprises, Inc., race director of the B.A.A. Boston Marathon, world-class athlete and motivational speaker. This will be the first public speaking engagement held by the race director since the tragedy on April 13.

In addition to McGillivray, the Chamber will welcome Boston Police Department Superintendent Frank Mancini as well as many first responders who were present and actively participating in the crowds by providing first aid to the wounded. These responders will be honored during the Annual Dinner.

An annual tradition of highlighting the past year of achievements and preparing for the next program year, the passing of leadership and recognizing award winners are two additional highlights of the event. Two-term outgoing chairman John Chemaly, president of Trinity EMS, will pass the gavel to incoming chairwoman Clare Macoul of Bank of New England. Award winners Elaine Barker, owner of Paper Potpourri; Jean Poth, vice president at Northern Essex Community College; and Larry Olasky, volunteer for Haverhill’s Brightside and Team Haverhill, will be honored at the event.

Barker, a Haverhill resident and business owner, will be presented with The Charles E. Billups Award, an award presented to an individual who goes above and beyond the call of duty in furtherance of the Chamber’s mission. The Jerry Loy Outstanding Director Award is awarded to an individual member of the Chamber Board of Directors whose support and involvement has been truly exceptional. Poth, a member of the Chamber’s board, executive committee and finance committee, participates as a fully committed board member, attending events, hosting meetings and as a sponsor.

Olasky will receive the Community Leadership Award. This award is given to acknowledge and recognize a person who is an “unsung hero” in the community, and who has made a positive impact to improve the quality of life in the community. Olasky is a Haverhill resident and community volunteer who quietly contributes to the community and is also an individual member of the Chamber.

Tickets to the Annual Dinner are $85 per person or $750 per table. Tickets include cocktail hour and hors d’oeuvres, dinner, awards ceremony tributes and keynote speech.

Reservations and payment are due by June 12. Non-Chamber businesses and the public are welcome and encouraged to attend the event. For more information, call Jen Cantwell at 978-373-5663, email jen@haverhillchamber.com or visit haverhillchamber.com.

ANDOVER — The Savings Bank recently sponsored a free First Time Homebuyer Seminar at its Andover Office for approximately 30 area residents who are preparing for the purchase of their first home. The seminar included presentations by several local professionals, including representatives from The Savings Bank, who discussed their areas of expertise in the home buying process to help potential buyers make informed decisions.

Among the area residents who attended the seminar were (seated, left to right) Leah and William Morasse of Andover, and Brandon Nelson of Somerville.

The panel of speakers included (middle row, left to right) Kathleen Beaulieu, Senior Vice President – Senior Retail Loan Officer, The Savings Bank; Linda Joaquin, Loan Originator for the Merrimack Valley area, The Savings Bank; and Joanne Catanzano, Insurance Agent, TSB Insurance Services. (Back row, left to right) Ray Jackson, Jackson Home Inspection, Inc.; Mark Simeola, Attorney, Simeola & Simeola of Wakefield; Tyler Richards, Real Estate Broker, Lillian Montalto Signature Properties of Andover.

HAVERHILL — The Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce its merger with Creative Haverhill. Creative Haverhill, formerly located in City Hall, has been relocated to the Chamber office, located at 80 Merrimack St., in downtown Haverhill.

The blending of the organizations was devised by the Chamber’s board, the City of Haverhill and multiple stakeholders interested in a strategy to cohesively and strategically drive economic development in the city. The coordinated efforts of both organizations will further expand opportunities for businesses to grow and prosper, particularly the creative economy.

Creative Haverhill works with the Chamber’s staff and Board of Directors to provide a central resource for arts and culture in the city. The Chamber is pleased to be working with Creative Haverhill’s David Zoffoli as the arts and culture coordinator and the newest member of the Chamber team.

Zoffoli, a seasoned veteran in the arts and culture sector, shares with the Chamber his 30 plus year career as a theater director, producer, administrator and educator, notably working with the North Shore Music Theatre and the Merrimack Repertory Theatre, as well as with Boston University, Northeastern University, Harvard, UMass Lowell, and Middlesex Community College.

In 2004, Zoffoli introduced the city to the Massachusetts Cultural Council’s (MCC) prestigious John and Abigail Adams Arts Grant program when Mayor James Fiorentini appointed him to the all-volunteer Haverhill Cultural Council. He has stewarded five successful years of Haverhill arts programming with MCC funding for the Haverhill Cultural Council and Creative Haverhill, which has become the central resource for arts and culture in the city.

The Adams Art Grant program, which provides resources to Massachusetts cities that want to leverage local assets to drive the creative economy, was the financial catalyst to birth Creative Haverhill when Haverhill was awarded the grant money in 2010. The state funding is matched at the local level to drive economic development and build the capacity of creative micro-enterprise, such as local artists and cultural institutions.

Creative Haverhill identifies, nurtures and promotes a regional creative workforce, supporting creative businesses and organizations by building their capacities to do what they do with more tools to operate smarter. Creative Haverhill provides the public with creative programming which features hundreds of things to do and learn about in Haverhill. For more information on Creative Haverhill, visit creativehaverhill.org.

The Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce creates and fosters a prosperous business environment and supports the growth and profitability of their members, providing the resources, advocacy, information, networking and marketing opportunities for members’ success. For more information on the Chamber, visit haverhillchamber.com.

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