EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

January 11, 2013

Mayor urges Haverhill residents to get flu shots


The Eagle-Tribune

---- — Mayor James Fiorentini is urging residents to reach out to their primary care physicians or local pharmacies to request a flu shot.

There is a flu epidemic in Boston and the mayor wants to prevent the spread of the flu in Haverhill. If you have health insurance, there is no deductible or co-pay for the shot.

The flu (influenza) is a viral infection. We are in the middle of the season for the virus and the best prevention is a flu shot, the mayor said.

Visit www.mass.gov/flu for information about the flu. The information is provided in English and Spanish.

“I suggest that residents get a flu shot to protect themselves from certain strains of the flu,” Fiorentini said. “Experts recommend keeping away from infected persons and frequent hand washing too.”

Still time to enroll at NECC

The spring semester at Northern Essex Community College begins Wednesday, Jan. 23. There’s still time to register for courses that will lead toward a degree or a certificate.

Special walk-in hours are tomorrow (Jan. 12), from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the One Stop Student Services Center on the Haverhill Campus, 100 Elliott St.

All interested students are also invited to attend an information session at noon, to learn about programs, courses, careers, financial aid, and more. Northern Essex offers over 70 associate degrees and certificates in fields such as liberal arts, health care, criminal justice, computer science, paralegal, technology and engineering, arts and design, paralegal studies and much more.

Classes and programs are offered days, evenings, weekend, and online. Campuses are in Haverhill and Lawrence. More information is available from enrollment services at 978-556-3700 or admissions@necc.mass.edu. Visit online at www.necc.mass.edu.

Donate to Skate event is Jan. 21

The Ice Skating Academy will hold a “Donate To Skate” event on Monday, Jan. 21, from noon to 2 p.m. at the Veteran’s Memorial Skating Rink, located behind Haverhill High School.

This event will be a free skate for the public and is being held in recognition of National Ice Skating Month, which is observed across the nation during the month of January.

The Ice Skating Academy will also be honoring Martin Luther King Jr. that day. The theme for this event is Making Dreams Come True. Admission is a suggested donation of a non-perishable food item to be donated to Somebody Cares New England.

This two hour session for a free community skate will include free ice rentals provided by the city, courtesy of Vincent Ouelette, recreation director, a disc jockey and free snacks donated by The Ice Skating Academy as well as free instruction by ISA professionals, directed by Jill Pignatiello.

The Ice Skating Academy is a sanctioned U.S. Figure Skating Basic Skills & Hockey Skills Program that teaches all disciplines of ice skating starting at age 3 through adults of all ages. More information is available at www.theiceskatingacademy.us.

Pentucket Bank announces promotions

Pentucket Bank President and CEO Scott Cote along with the bank’s Board of Trustees recently announced the promotion of three officers for 2012. Stephen Jaskelevicus was promoted to Senior Vice President/Commercial Loan Officer.

Jaskelevicus came to Pentucket Bank two years ago with over 25 years of commercial lending experience. His primary responsibilities are the origination of Commercial and Industrial and Commercial Real Estate loans in both Massachusetts and New Hampshire.

He is well known in the Greater Haverhill market for his extensive knowledge and experience in the Commercial Real Estate field as well as being a member of the Greater Haverhill Foundation and serving on several other volunteer boards and committees throughout his career.

Susan M. Bonenfant was named Vice President/Deposit Compliance Manager and BSA Officer. Bonenfant began her career at Pentucket Bank as an Investment Officer in 2003 and has successfully fulfilled several roles over the past nine years moving into her most recent focus on Bank Secrecy Act (BSA), Privacy and Deposit Compliance.

She is also known at the bank for her extensive community involvement, such as her work on the Elder Service Merrimack Valley Money Management Advisory Council, the Boards at Girl’s Inc., NECC Alumni Advisory Board in Haverhill and serving community meals at the Haverhill Citizens Center. Bonenfant was the YWCA Women of the Year in 2008. She lives in Plaistow, N.H.

Claire M. Koffman was named Vice President/Lending Compliance Manager. Koffman’s most recent role was as the Assistant Vice President of Lending Compliance, which she attained after her initial position with the bank in 2006 as Lending Quality Control Officer.

Her primary role is to develop, administer and monitor programs to ensure Pentucket Bank’s compliance with laws and regulations governing loan operations and loan product offerings. She was the chair of the bank’s Identity Theft Awareness Committee in 2012 and organized the bank’s “Shred Day” last fall.

Koffman lives in Bradford with her husband and has three sons. For more information visit pentucketbank.com.