LAWRENCE — Each year, at the annual Evening of Sharing and Caring, Mary Immaculate Health/Care Services (MIHCS) presents the St. Marguerite d’Youville Pilgrimage of Love Award to honor a person who leads the way in the journey of love and service and gives far more to the community than he or she receives. The award is named for the founder of the Grey Nuns, St. Marguerite d’Youville. At this year’s gala, Robert Ingala, president and CEO of the Greater Lawrence Family Health Center, will be honored in recognition of his exceptional community leadership and service. Ingala’s long and distinguished health care career spans over 35 years. He has held various positions including vice president at Franciscan Children’s Hospital in Boston; CEO of Hale Hospital in Haverhill; to his current position as president/CEO of the Greater Lawrence Family Health Center. This year’s presentation will take place on Sept. 16, from 5:30 to 9 p.m. at DiBurro’s Function Facility in Ward Hill. For information about sponsorship opportunities, tickets or more details about the event, call Karen Sullivan at 978-620-1477.

NEWBURYPORT — Anna Jaques welcomes Dr. Robert Slocum to the medical staff and Holistic Family Practice in Newbury. A board-certified family practice physician, Dr. Slocum offers patients a wealth of experience treating people of all ages, from all walks of life, with all types of medical concerns. He served a number of years as medical director for Families First in Portsmouth, a community health center providing care to the uninsured and under-insured. He is committed to improving his knowledge of community health, and as part of that commitment is presently studying for a Masters of Public Health. Dr. Slocum is now seeing new patients at Holistic Family Practice in Newbury. To make an appointment, call 978-465-9770 or visit holisticfamilypractice.com.

READING — Donato Tramuto, the CEO and chairman of Physicians Interactive Inc. (PI), has been selected as an inaugural recipient of the Red Jacket Award from PharmaVOICE Magazine. The Red Jacket Award recognizes a select and distinguished group of leaders who have been lauded by their colleagues and peers for their many contributions to their companies and the life sciences industry at large. PharmaVOICE is introducing the award this year in conjunction with events celebrating the magazine’s 10th anniversary of publishing. Tramuto is being honored by PharmaVOICE for his commitment to innovation, motivation, mentorship and philanthropy in the life sciences industry over the past three decades.

WORCESTER — The latest round of Workforce Training Fund Grants includes awards to MassMEP clients for support of the manufacturing workforce in Massachusetts. The grants will deliver training to 944 individuals and create 134 new jobs. Workforce training is being offered to manufacturing companies across the state. It provides a variety of programs designed to expand employees’ skills, train new hires, and help companies secure new business and grow. Programs include Lean training, basic manufacturing skills training, team involvement problem solving, and product development. Recipients of the latest Workforce Training Fund Grants include: Lentros Engineering, Stergis Windows and Doors, Distron Corp, Blount Fine Foods Corp., North Easton Machine Company Inc., Globe Composite Solutions, Golden Cannoli Shells, Co., Inc., Lampin Corp., Acumentrics Holding Corporation, Forty Seven Brand, and M&K Engineering. In addition, the Central Massachusetts Workforce Investment Board received a grant to facilitate training for Dexter-Russell, G&F Industries, INCOM, Southbridge Sheet Metal Works, and United Lens Company.

MANCHESTER-BY-THE-SEA — Windover Construction announces that the second phase of construction has begun with the recent groundbreaking for six new homes in the Manchester-by-the-Sea Summer Hill neighborhood. The anticipated completion date is spring 2015. Created through a cluster zoning ordinance to encourage the permanent preservation of open space, Summer Hill sits on the site of one of the North Shore’s legendary summer estates. Surrounded by over 14 acres of conservation land and gathered around a village green, the three- and four-bedroom homes range in size from 3,480 to 4,125 square feet. Deeded right-of-way to the beach, walking trails, and breathtaking ocean views add to the desirability of this new neighborhood. The completed first phase consists of six homes with 30 percent sold or under contract. Designed by Beverly architectural firm Siemasko + Verbridge, Summer Hill’s homes are constructed with energy efficient technology and such desirable features as a first floor master suite, Viking kitchen appliances, a convenient mudroom and a spacious three-season screened porch. Eco-friendly features include a common septic system that eliminates nitrogen discharge, and a system of “rain gardens” designed to reduce nitrogen and phosphorous from storm water. Two model homes from Phase I, currently open for viewing, are decorated by the award-winning interior design firm Timeless Interiors of South Hamilton. Windover creates sophisticated luxury homes, state-of-the-art commercial and institutional spaces and urban multi-family communities, all executed with a passion for attention to detail. The winner of numerous industry awards, Windover’s skilled team of professionals possesses a deep understanding of the construction process and collaborates with clients to provide an exceptional experience from inception of their project to completion. The firm is headquartered in Manchester, Mass., and works with clients throughout New England. For additional information on Summer Hill, contact J. Barrett & Company at 978-381-0123, or visit SummerHillManchester.com. For information on Windover, call 978-526-9410, visit windover.com or email info@windover.com.

HAVERHILL — The Exchange Club of Haverhill hosted their third annual Recognition Night on June 18, at the Bradford Country Club. The annual event which celebrates education, community, patriotism, rescue and partnerships, was sponsored in part by Pentucket Bank. Dr. Lane Glenn, president of Northern Essex Community College, spoke at the event. The honorees included: Victoria Buelow, Pentucket Regional School, ACE Scholarship Award finalist; Olivia Buelow, Pentucket Regional School, ACE Scholarship Award finalist; Dave Hart, Book of Golden Deeds recipient; Bill Lafey, So Proudly We Hail recipient; Driscoll Funeral Home, So Proudly We Hail recipient; Firefighter Keith W. Grant, Firefighter of the Year recipient; Lieutenant John F. Marchand, Firefighter of the Year recipient; Firefighter Michael Sullivan, Firefighter of the Year recipient; Detective Daniel McDonald, Officer of the Year recipient; Officer George Dekeon, Officer of the Year recipient; Paramedic Garret DeJong, Paramedic of the Year recipient; and Paramedic Kirk Brigham, Paramedic of the Year recipient.

HAVERHILL — The Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce announces that by a unanimous vote of its Board of Directors, Stacey Bruzzese has been selected to succeed Sven Amirian as president of the organization. Bruzzese, who began her new role on July 7, was chosen from a field of more than 50 applicants from all over the Northeast region by a nine member search committee that included representatives from the Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce finance and executive committees. She was presented to members of the Chamber’s Board of Directors for final approval at a special meeting on June 9. Bruzzese, a resident of Windham, previously served as the executive director of the Greater Derry Londonderry Chamber of Commerce and has been successfully involved with Chambers of Commerce for the last ten years. Her recent accomplishments as head of the Greater Derry Londonderry Chamber include creating and implementing new programs, organizing profitable fundraising activities and overall membership growth of 43 percent since 2012. Her prior experience includes directing marketing and media efforts for the Greater Salem, New Hampshire Chamber of Commerce. In addition to her Chamber responsibilities Bruzzese volunteers her time in many community and civic activities, including the New Hampshire Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives.

HAVERHILL — Pentucket Bank announces the promotion of Amy Barcelos to Assistant Vice President/Business Process Manager. Barcelos has been with Pentucket Bank for three years, most recently as the Training Officer. In her new role, Barcelos will be responsible for retail systems and operations, with a focus on process improvement; including documenting and streamlining operational procedures, which will lead to an even higher level of quality service experience for our customers. She has over ten years of experience in the banking industry including various roles within the branch and in Human Resources. Barcelos resides in Hampstead with her husband and three children.

HAVERHILL — Pentucket Bank welcomes two new members to their New Hampshire branches, Saima Alrai of Windham and Nicole Apkarian of Pelham. Alrai came on board in May as the Senior Branch Manager of Pentucket Bank’s Salem branch, located at 234 North Broadway, in the North Broadway Crossing Plaza. She comes to Pentucket with over 21 years in retail banking and is responsible for overseeing daily operations of the Salem branch as well as building strong business and community relationships in and around the Salem market. Apkarian began at Pentucket Bank in April as the Assistant Branch Manager of the Hampstead branch, located at 201 Route 111. She comes to Pentucket with over nine years of branch experience. She is an active volunteer with the Crossroads Church in Pelham, as well as Neighbors in Need in Lawrence.

LAWRENCE — Kati Sweeney has been named chief operating officer of CLASS, Inc. Sweeney, who has been CLASS’ director of Program Operations since 2010, will report to Bob Harris, president and CEO. Sweeney is responsible for all of the nonprofit’s operations, including programs, in addition to working closely with Harris and the executive team to lead CLASS’ business and initiatives. Sweeney, a Danvers resident, joined CLASS in 2008 as director of Quality Enhancement, and was promoted to director of Program Operations in 2010. Before joining CLASS, she was a case worker in the City of Manchester’s Welfare Office and also spent eight years with Riverbend Community Mental Health Center.

NORTH READING — Police Chief Michael Murphy announces the following promotions: Detective Michael McAuliffe to Sergeant, Patrolman Scott Tilton to School Resource Officer, and Patrolman Kevin Donle to Detective. New Sergeant Michael McAuliffe has been a member of the North Reading Police Department since 1994 and was advanced to Detective in December 2007. New School Resource Officer Scott Tilton has been with the department since 1988. He has also been the department’s Safety Officer since 1996. Officer Tilton was the NRPD Officer of the Year in 2009. New Detective Kevin Donle has been a full time North Reading Police Officer since August 2002. He was a Reserve Patrol Officer for three years prior to being hired full time. He has previously served as the department’s school resource officer.

LOWELL — Align Credit Union proudly supported the Arc of Greater Haverhill-Newburyport’s 52nd Annual Candlelight Ball on May 2. The Arc of Greater Haverhill-Newburyport, a grassroots nonprofit organization, was founded in 1962. The organization advocates with and for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families throughout the Merrimack Valley and seacoast communities. For the past 52 years, the Arc has customized services to nurture the development and self-discovery of those with developmental disabilities. One of their main events is the Candlelight Ball. This year, more than 200 people were in attendance celebrating with a meal, inspiring speeches and a night of dancing. The Candlelight Ball serves as a main fundraiser for the organization.

LOWELL — Align Credit Union’s female employees proudly supported the Habitat for Humanity’s Women Build Week in Lowell. Habitat for Humanity of Greater Lowell is a nonprofit organization that works towards eliminating poverty housing and homelessness by building and rehabbing simple, decent homes with the help of the homeowner and volunteers. Habitat for Humanity of Greater Lowell builds homes in Bedford, Billerica, Burlington, Carlisle, Chelmsford, Concord, Dracut, Dunstable, Lowell, Reading, Tewksbury, Tyngsboro, Wakefield, Westford and Wilmington. In this area, the cost of building a home averages between $130,000 and $650,000. The success of Habitat for Humanity is predicated on the strength of its volunteers and donations. The goal of Women Build Week is to empower women to take action against poverty housing conditions in Greater Lowell by raising funds and building together to make a family’s dream of home ownership a reality. Pictured are Align Credit Union employees (from left to right): Assistant Vice President of Home Financing and Business Development Maureen Couture; Retail Analyst Jessica Daigneault; Vice President of Accounting Susan Gill; Hale St. Lowell Branch Manager Jennifer Rivera-Cintron; Consumer Loan Underwriter Deana Manautou; Vice President of Marketing Lauren Robinson; and Senior Home Financing Consultant Amy Pearce.

LOWELL — Align Credit Union announces the winners of its 21st annual scholarship program. Since the program’s inception, Align has awarded more than 230 students scholarships to assist with the pursuit of higher education. This year’s winners include: Ashley Toland of Tewksbury, Matthew Theriault of Burlington, Megan Burke of Westborough, Molly Burke of Westborough, Meghan Fawcett of Dracut, Micayla Freehan of Danvers, Andrew Lowman of Windham, Sarah Malala of Lynnfield, Emily Baker of North Chelmsford, Anna Rosada of Lowell, and Andrew Dunn of Westford. The winners were recognized at a luncheon with members of Align’s Scholarship Committee and Align President and CEO Ken Del Rossi where they received their checks and certificates of achievement. Pictured from left to right: Align Board of Director Second Vice Chairman and Chairman of the Scholarship Committee Rick Piecewicz, Andrew Dunn, Andrew Lowman, Megan Burke, Anna Rosada, Molly Burke, Emily Baker, and Align President and CEO Ken Del Rossi.

LOWELL — Align Credit Union employees along with the Street Team from one of Boston’s top radio stations, Mix 104.1, helped children from the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Haverhill beat the heat with a cool treat from the station’s ice cream truck. More than 100 campers from the club were at Camp Tasker, the club’s summer home in Newton, N.H., to enjoy swimming, fishing, boating, soccer, baseball/softball, basketball, tennis, arts and crafts, and team-building activities on the 23-acre property on Country Pond.

STONEHAM — Eric Marsh has been appointed Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of the StonehamBank management team. Marsh brings more than 20 years of financial industry experience to his new position, and was most recently the Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer and Senior Vice President at Greenfield Co-operative Bank in Greenfield. He is also a Certified Public Accountant, licensed from the state of New York. In his new position, Marsh will oversee the day-to-day financial operations of StonehamBank. He lives in Derry with his wife and two sons.

SALEM, N.H. — Tuscan Kitchen has been selected by the readers of New Hampshire Magazine’s BRIDE as “Best of Bride 2014” for Rehearsal Dinner Venue. The winners, who were selected in an online poll, will be listed in the next issue of BRIDE, coming in September, and on the website, bridenh.com.

ANDOVER — PSMJ Resources, Inc., the premier management consulting firm for the A/E/C industries, has selected Wright-Pierce to this year’s Circle of Excellence. An indicator of sustainable business practices, Wright-Pierce has been a member of the Circle of Excellence since 2006. The Circle of Excellence is designed to highlight firms that are successfully managed, based on 13 key performance metrics that demonstrate outstanding achievements in profitability, overhead, cash flow, productivity, business development, staff growth, and turnover. Wright-Pierce is an award-winning engineering firm specializing in water, wastewater, stormwater, and infrastructure services for public and private clients throughout the Northeast. For more than 65 years, Wright-Pierce has been providing clients with reliable, affordable and sustainable solutions. Founded in 1947, Wright-Pierce is employee-owned and has a staff of more than 200 engineers and support professionals located in seven offices throughout New England including Andover.

BRENTWOOD — On Friday, Aug. 8, a flag and certificate were presented to the residents of Rockingham County Rehabilitation and Nursing Center. They will hang proudly on the wall of the facility’s new Resident/Family Room. Rodney Anderson, SSG Crew Chief and Lorna Bryan, CW2 Pilot were at the home to present the flag that had flown two lifesaving medevac missions over Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom (call sign “Dustoff 10”). Bryan is a nurse at the Rockingham County Rehabilitation and Nursing Center.

Pictured from left to right are Rodney Anderson, Lorna Bryan, and Steven Woods, administrator.

LAWRENCE — Communities Together, Inc., announces the retirement of David Edwards as executive director of Communities Together, Inc. Edwards began his service in September 1993 with the Greater Lawrence Council of Churches, now known as Communities Together, Inc. With his strength, the organization increased collaborative events and activities, and improved and expanded successful programs at Hancock Courts, Diaper Drives, Vacation Bible School, Lenten Worship, and Chaplains providing Pastoral and Spiritual Care. Under Edwards’ leadership, several programs received local, state and national recognition for excellence. Communities Together, Inc. also announces the appointment of Angie F. Estevez as executive director. Estevez began service with Communities Together as a board member through the Jericho Road/YWCA Cultural Inclusion Program in 2013. Estevez studied Urban Ministries and Mental Health Counseling at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and earned her master’s degree in Nonprofit Management and Philanthropy from Bay Path College. She will be a part of Boston University’s Institute for Nonprofit Management & Leadership Program for the 2014-2015 year. She is committed to the faith-based sector and has served in a variety of positions with several local nonprofit organizations including Community Action, Inc., Greater Lawrence YWCA and Family Services, Inc.

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