Care Dimensions celebrates its nurses

METHUEN — Patricia Ramsden, RN, Cynthia Ayoub, RN, Paula Marques, LPN and Donna Sargent, RN, Care Dimensions nurses from Methuen, were recognized for their professionalism, leadership and commitment to excellence in patient care during National Nurses Week in May.

Consumers have new fashion, dining options this summer

SALEM, NH — EbLens, Appleseed Crepe & Bread and Windsor Fashion are now open at The Mall at Rockingham Park. Additionally, Sunglass Hut, located on the upper level between Dairy Queen and Charlotte Russe, Finish Line, located on the lower level next to Red Robin, and Taco Bell, located in the Dining Pavilion, have completed renovations to showcase a fresh new look for shoppers and diners. 

EbLens, located on the upper level by Dick’s Sporting Goods, sells trendy brands of urban-inspired casual clothing, activewear and footwear. The store, which also sells school uniforms, sells brands such as Timberland, Phat Farm, NIKE, RocaWear and more. In operation for about half a century, EbLens, which started out as an army and navy store, has undergone a transformation and emerged as a mainstream urban apparel retailer. 

Windsor Fashion is an apparel and accessory company located on the upper level, between Sephora and Swarovski.

Established in 1950, the family-owned business creates products that fit the life and work styles of today’s junior and contemporary women, with a mission to serve its customers in a courteous and professional manner. 

Appleseed Crepe & Bread, now open in the Dining Pavilion near Lush and Au Bon Pain, serves up crepes, breads and fresh salads. 

The Mall at Rockingham Park is located at 99 Rockingham Park Blvd. For more information, visit

Hatem-Roy is Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley’s new CEO

LAWRENCE — Joan Hatem-Roy has been named as the new chief executive officer of Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley. 

“We are very excited about Joan’s appointment to this new leadership position,” said Roseann Robillard, president of the agency’s Board of Directors. “Her 35 years of clinical expertise and program development skills have helped Elder Services build a 42-year stellar reputation as the northeast’s regional leader in elder care.”

In 1983, Hatem-Roy became the first protective service worker in Massachusetts and began assembling a comprehensive crisis intervention team that included staff with expertise in the areas of protective services, mental health counseling, money management and specialized skills related to suicide prevention and hoarding. She was promoted to director of Home Care in 1985 and led the process for a major organizational change that focused on interdisciplinary casework between nurses and social workers. This shift positioned the agency for new opportunities to work with health care systems, community services and elder housing.  Hatem-Roy is also credited with establishing the agency’s social work licensure program that has supported more than 600 individuals in receiving and maintaining their social work license.

Since 2010, Hatem-Roy has served as the assistant director with a focus on health care programs. She helped develop the nationally renowned center of excellence that provides evidenced-based workshops to help manage chronic health needs for thousands of Massachusetts residents.

Hatem-Roy helped pioneer new programming in transitional care efforts to support hospitals in safely discharging patients with the appropriate resources. Her expertise and business acumen is sought by other organizations across the country that are working with elders and trying to develop health care delivery systems that improve the overall health of all older adults.

She lives in Haverhill with her husband and two children.

Merrimack Valley YMCA donates Camp Otter scholarships to Wonderfund

LAWRENCE — The Alliance of Massachusetts YMCAs announces that its member Ys are donating 35 scholarships for camp sessions this summer to the Wonderfund, the newly relaunched charity serving children supported by the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families. The Merrimack Valley YMCA is joining the effort, donating sessions at Camp Otter, a co-ed day camp located on Captain’s Pond in Salem, New Hampshire.

More than 30 YMCAs across the Commonwealth have donated at least one week of camp to children, in response to a statewide appeal for donations from Massachusetts First Lady Lauren Baker, who serves as vice chair of the Wonderfund.

The Wonderfund’s mission is to provide wonderful moments for children in DCF. It’s a goal that is very much in line with the mission of the YMCA. “Summer camp is an opportunity to build confidence, make friends, and just enjoy being a kid,” said Claudia Soo Hoo, executive director of camping services for the Merrimack Valley YMCA. “We were happy to join other YMCAs in the alliance to support this effort for children in DCF.”

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GLCAC offers home safety repair program for seniors

LAWRENCE — The Greater Lawrence Community Action Council, Inc. is accepting applications for Project SENIOR, a free home safety repair program for residents 60 years and older living in Andover, Lawrence, Methuen and North Andover.

Project SENIOR helps senior citizens live safely in their homes by fixing common safety problems that can lead to injury. Examples include broken steps, decks and ramps; missing or loose handrails; no shower or bathroom grab bars; clutter that poses a trip hazard or blocks an exit; and malfunctioning bathroom fans.

“We understand the challenges seniors face and this is one way we can help them live safely and independently in their own homes,’’ said Evelyn Friedman, GLCAC’s executive director.

Operated by GLCAC and funded by Wells Fargo, the program was founded as a collaboration between GLCAC and the Lawrence Community Development Department. More than 100 seniors have been helped by the program since 2005. 

The deadline to apply for assistance is Dec. 31. For more information or to apply, call 978-681-4956 or visit

Suglia named president of Bank of New England

ANDOVER — Bill Suglia is the newly appointed president of Bank of New England. 

Suglia, who joined the bank a year ago, is a seasoned real estate professional and bank executive who brings more than 30 years of lending and credit management experience to his new role. He also has extensive knowledge of both the New Hampshire and metro Boston markets.

Prior to joining Bank of New England, Suglia was a senior vice president and division executive at Citizens Bank and most recently worked at both Salem Five and Eastern Bank as a senior loan officer.

He and his wife, Lisa, currently reside in Andover, where they raised four children. 

Bank of New England is a locally owned, privately held commercial bank that specializes in real estate project finance with nine retail branches located in the Merrimack Valley and southern New Hampshire. For more information, visit

MVCC plans fall business expo

ANDOVER — The Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce will host its Fall Back to Business Expo, Trade Show, Health and Wellness Fair Wednesday, Sept. 13, at the Andover Country Club, 60 Canterbury St.

The chamber’s extensive multimedia advertising campaign will enable exhibitors to get the word out about their products and services to a large number of people. Interested exhibitors are encouraged to sign up before Monday, July 31, to take advantage of the early bird pricing. 

Visitors will enjoy raffles, door prizes, a hot plated luncheon and a guest speaker.

The expo will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and free parking is available for visitors and exhibitors alike.

For more information and to register, visit Contact 978-686-0900 or email with questions.

Apitz earns LGH’s highest honor

LAWRENCE — Methuen resident, Mary Apitz, RN, received the 2017 Excellence Above All award during a presentation ceremony at Lawrence General Hospital May 8.

Established in 1975, the Excellence Above All award is Lawrence General’s highest honor. The award recognizes a current employee who exhibits outstanding professionalism, positive attitude, high performance, achievement, and exemplary customer service.

An operating room nurse in the Surgical Services Department, Apitz has held a number of different positions at Lawrence General over the past 32 years, all of which have contributed to her considerable knowledge and expertise.

Apitz started at Lawrence General as a volunteer, working in several different departments before becoming a central supply aide and then an operating room instrumentation specialist prior to completing her education and becoming a surgical nurse.


Two local real estate companies join forces 

LONDONDERRY — 1st Choice In Real Estate is now affiliated with Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate/The Masiello Group. 

Located in the Crossroads Mall in Londonderry, 1st Choice In Real Estate has been servicing southern New Hampshire and northern Massachusetts for more than 20 years. Many of 1st Choice In Real Estate’s agents have been with the firm since launching their real estate careers, and many have attained Top Producer status as well as RE/MAX Hall of Fame Awards. 

The Masiello Group has been a trailblazer in the local real estate market for more than 52 years. The firm closed nearly 7,500 real estate transactions in 2016, resulting in $1.5 billion in sales volume and more than 98 percent customer satisfaction. 

In addition to servicing all matters relating to the buying and selling of real estate, The Masiello Group’s network of allied industry partners provide a spectrum of homeownership services, including mortgage, title and closing, insurance, and home warranty. To learn more about Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate The Masiello Group, visit

Barbagallo, Gardner recognized for their contributions

NORTH ANDOVER — The Rockingham County Bar Association has inducted Atty. Ralph A. Barbagallo Jr. and the Hon. Sawako Tachibana Gardner, Judge of the 10th Circuit, District Division, in Portsmouth, into the “Loyal Order of the Rock.” The presentation is made each year, at the annual meeting, to members who have made notable contributions to the profession and the community.

Atty. Barbagallo is a former two-time president of the Rockingham County Bar Association and presently serves on its Board. He is a member of the New Hampshire Bar Association Legislative Committee and has a personal injury practice with offices in North Andover, Hampton and Salem, New Hampshire. 

Judge Gardner began her law career as a public defender in Portsmouth District Court. After switching to prosecution in Carroll County, she went over to family court before being appointed to the bench.

NH Bankers Association elects officers, directors

CONCORD — The New Hampshire Bankers Association (NH Bankers) elected officers and directors for the coming fiscal year during its Annual Meeting June 20.

Dan Morrison, president and CEO of Optima Bank, was elected chairman of the Board. 

Those elected to the NH Bankers Executive Committee were Mark Pitkin, president and CEO of Sugar River Bank, as vice chairman; Steve Webb, president-NH of TD Bank, as treasurer; and Richard Wallis, president and CEO of Piscataqua Savings Bank, as secretary.

Ron Magoon, president and CEO of Franklin Savings Bank, was approved as a new member of the NH Bankers Board of Directors.

Ann R. Lally, president of Salem Co-operative Bank and David Mansfield, CEO of The Provident Bank, were re-elected to the NH Bankers Board. They join currently elected board members James O’Neill, president and CEO of Federal Savings Bank; and Philip Emma, president of Merrimack County Savings Bank.


Ethan Allen stocks Merrimack Valley Habitat for Humanity ReStore

LAWRENCE — Ethan Allen, as part of its ongoing partnership with Habitat for Humanity, has donated a range of home goods, primarily oriental and contemporary wool rugs, to the Merrimack Valley Habitat for Humanity ReStore.

Last year, Ethan Allen donated close to 4,000 products to Habitat ReStores across the U.S. and Canada. This year’s donations should bring estimated total donations to 48,000 with a total estimated retail value of more than $19 million.

Proceeds from the sale of products, which include rugs, lamps and housewares, will assist Habitat in its mission to help families achieve strength, stability, and self-reliance through shelter.


GLCAC names Perrault ‘Hero in Action’

METHUEN — Dr. Thomas S. Perrault Sr. was honored for his 37 years of service during Greater Lawrence Community Action Council’s 2017 Heroes in Action Gala at the Andover Country Club. The annual gala recognizes those who take action to make a difference in the lives of children in need. More than 300 people attended the event, a fundraiser for GLCAC’s children’s programs.

Dr. Perrault, founder of Perrault Chiropractic Offices, Inc. in Methuen, served on the GLCAC Board of Directors from 1977 to 2013, the last two as president. In addition to his 37-year tenure on the GLCAC board, Dr. Perrault served on the Methuen School Committee for 12 years and has been involved in numerous civic and community organizations. He has been a practicing chiropractor for 55 years.

Dr. Perrault and his wife, Sandra, have been married for 57 years. They have five children, seven grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.

PEM appoints Dr. Asher neuroscience researcher

SALEM, Mass. — The Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) has appointed Dr. Tedi Asher as neuroscience researcher. The position, the first for an art museum, supports PEM’s neuroscience initiative and is made possible through a grant from the Barr Foundation.

Dr. Asher earned her Ph.D. from Harvard Medical School’s Biological and Biomedical Sciences program and has spent the last 12 years gaining experience in a wide range of fields, including neuroscience and psychology. At PEM, she will synthesize neuroscience research findings and make recommendations on how museums can enhance and enrich the visitor experience.

PEM’s neuroscience initiative is based on a recognition that several of the ways art museums present and interpret art do not necessarily align well with the ways people’s brains work. Over the next year, Dr. Asher, Dan Monroe, PEM’s Rose-Marie and Eijk van Otterloo director and CEO, and PEM’s Interpretive Team will periodically consult with a neuroscience advisory group to review strategies and findings.

Dr. Asher will also work with PEM to author a publication that guides the museum’s application of select neuroscientific knowledge. This publication will be shared with art museums worldwide.


Four agents recognized as top producers at annual gala

NORTH ANDOVER — Four sales professionals from Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Verani Realty’s North Andover office were recognized as top producers in 2016 by the Northeast Association of Realtors (NEAR). NEAR individual top producers achieve a minimum of $3.5 million in sales volume or 10 sides, and are ranked according to four categories of Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum. 

Stephanie Jones attained Platinum status, the firm’s highest sales volume ranking for top producing individuals; Barbara Sullivan attained Silver status; and Lisa Simmons and Patricia Curley attained Bronze status. The agents were recognized during NEAR’s annual awards gala at the Andover Country Club.

Curley has been involved in housing for more than 30 years, from multifamily housing with investors and developers to single-family residential housing with buyers and sellers. She is eCertified, a Certified International Property Specialist, a Certified Relocation Specialist, and is licensed in Massachusetts. Originally from Long Island, New York, Curley has lived in the Andover area for more than 25 years. 

Jones has more than 30 years’ experience in the housing industry and is licensed in both New Hampshire and Massachusetts. She is a Certified Buyer Specialist, a Certified Home Marketing Specialist, is eCertified and is Fine Homes & Relocation Certified. She has repeatedly been ranked as a top producer by the Northeast Association of Realtors and has been recognized multiple times by Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices for her strong sales performance. Most recently, Jones completed selling a new construction project of 10 townhomes in Bradford. 

Simmons has been providing service to buyers and sellers for more than 15 years. She is a Certified Buyer Representative, a Certified Relocation Specialist, a Luxury Market Specialist, and is eCertified. She also has knowledge and experience with the building process and is certified in new construction. 

Sullivan has nearly 30 years of real estate experience, and has a vast knowledge of Boston North, Boston’s Beacon and Back Bay neighborhoods, and the Seacoast area of New Hampshire. Her areas of expertise include older homes and antiques, and she is licensed in both Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Sullivan’s successful track record has earned her various awards and recognitions, including being named one of Boston’s Top 20 Brokers in 2015.

Buonanno opens new office to enhance IT services, support

NORTH ANDOVER — Armand Buonanno recently opened CMIT Solutions, an information technology (IT) services provider, in North Andover. 

Offering a broad spectrum of proactive computer maintenance, monitoring, and virtual technology packages, along with quick response services when unexpected crises occur, CMIT Solutions specializes in working with the small business community.

Buonanno has more than 20 years of experience in the technology industry, having previously worked in the wagering-technology sector of the gaming industry. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business, a certificate in management, and a Master of Business Administration. Through CMIT Solutions, Buonanno is primed to become a trusted adviser to local businesses.

CMIT Solutions was ranked number one in its category in Entrepreneur Magazine’s 2015 Franchise 500 list. 

The new office is located at 800 Turnpike St., Suite 300, North Andover. To learn more about CMIT Solutions, visit

Hospice residence renamed High Pointe House 

HAVERHILL — Merrimack Valley Hospice House, located at 360 North Ave. in Haverhill, has been renamed High Pointe House, the hospice and palliative care residence of Merrimack Valley Hospice. 

“We are so honored to have recently received a very generous, anonymous pledge of support that allows the donor to be recognized by naming the hospice House,” said Karen Gomes, RN, MS, CPHQ, president and CEO of Home Health Foundation, which includes Merrimack Valley Hospice, Home Health VNA and HomeCare, Inc. “This wonderful gesture supports patients and families in need of comprehensive end-of-life care and builds on our unwavering commitment to compassion and dignity for patients and families throughout the communities we serve.”

The newly named High Pointe House, which opened in June 2009, contains 21 private suites as well as libraries, indoor and outdoor dining areas, family gathering areas, walkways and gardens. Since opening, the House has provided comprehensive end-of-life care to more than 4,000 patients, and grief and bereavement support to families and loved ones.

“The name High Pointe House reflects our beautiful and peaceful setting and is meaningful to the donor, a proud and private local family,” said Donna Deveau, vice president of External Relations for Home Health Foundation. “The name helps build upon our legacy of caring and compassion, and represents the ability of patients and families to experience respect and dignity with reminders of life’s celebrations during their individual journeys.”

For more information on High Pointe House or to request a brochure, call 978-552-4186 or visit


Haverhill Crossings participates in ‘1,000 Radiant Acts of Kindness’

HAVERHILL — Associates of Benchmark Senior Living at Haverhill Crossings took the phrase, “random acts of kindness,” to a whole new level during the month of June.

In honor of parent company Benchmark Senior Living’s 20th anniversary, they joined fellow associates and residents across seven Northeast states in setting a goal to commit “1,000 Radiant Acts of Kindness” in the towns where their 54 senior living communities are located. They surpassed their goal by completing 1,204 acts.

Every Benchmark community committed to performing at least 20 acts of kindness locally, and Haverhill Crossings added to the company’s total by surprising its neighbors and others nearby.

“We were so excited to share compassionate acts in the Haverhill community,” says Jack Walczak, the community’s executive director. “Our associates surprised the police department with strawberry shortcakes one afternoon to show our appreciation for all they do. Some donated blood to the Red Cross while other associates gave free car washes to neighbors in the area. One unsuspecting mother of three received a bouquet of flowers as she stood in line at the grocery store.”

The Benchmark Senior Living mission, to “Elevate Human Connection,” was at the heart of the Radiant Acts initiative, as was giving back to the communities and families that have supported the company’s growth for the past 20 years. 

“Connecting with people and putting them at the center of everything we do is what has set Benchmark apart since 1997,” says Tom Grape, company founder and CEO. “Our associates’ acts were not random but rather conscientious efforts to radiate kindness and make people feel good.”

Those good feelings went both ways, says Walczak. “We love our neighbors and this community, and it was an honor to be able to give back while surprising a few people along the way.”

Haverhill Crossings offers assisted living, dementia care and memory care services. Visit for more information.


Grainger Foundation supports The Psychological Center

LAWRENCE — The Grainger Foundation has donated $10,000 to The Psychological Center, Inc. – Daybreak Shelter, which provides food, shelter, mental health services, addiction counseling and life skills to those in need. 

“This grant will be used to help us continue with all of the necessary updates to the shelter,” said Carina Pappalardo, chief executive officer of The Psychological Center. “We safely support men and women each night as they grow toward a healthier and better tomorrow. We are grateful to The Grainger Foundation for its generosity.”

Grainger has been a part of the Lawrence business community for more than 45 years as the leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair, and operating products.


Lawrence General nurses recognized during award ceremony

LAWRENCE — Five Lawrence General Hospital nurses were presented with the inaugural Lawrence General nursing awards at a Nurses Week luncheon.

The nursing award recipients included: Christina Berard, RN, Medical/Surgical, of Newton, New Hampshire, who received the Clinical Leader Award; Faith Cruz, RN, Maternal Child Health, of Methuen, who received the Mentorship Award; Stacy Justice, RN, Telemetry, of Haverhill, who received the Novice Nurse Award; Abigail Wertz, RN, Emergency Center, of Bradford, who received the Compassion Award; and Elaine Ziminsky, RN, IV Team, of Chelmsford, who received the Nursing Engagement Award.

Nominated by their peers, these individuals were recognized for their professionalism, clinical expertise, and ongoing dedication to the patients of Lawrence General.


Buiocchi, Conway appointed to executive management committee

LAWRENCE — Patricia Buiocchi, RN, MBA, NHA, and Julie Conway, RN, Esq., are the two new senior administrators on Home Health Foundation’s Executive Management Committee.

Buiocchi will join Home Health Foundation as vice president of strategic operations. In this role, she will assume direct oversight for the Referral and Utilization Review Departments, as work continues on the development and centralization of clinical admission functions across multiple business lines. Buiocchi has 27 years of clinical and operational experience, most recently as vice president of development and strategic planning at Northeast Rehabilitation Hospital.

Conway has accepted the position of vice president of clinical services/chief clinical officer at Home Health Foundation. Her duties will include the development of clinical services and the evaluation and implementation of clinical programs. With more than 30 years of clinical experience, she brings a broad range of experience in home health care, clinical operations and senior management to the role. Prior to joining Home Health Foundation, she was the division director for multi-site clinical operations at Bayada Home Health Care.


Wind River Environmental acquires Soucy’s Septic Service 

SALEM, NH — Wind River Environmental, a full-service liquid waste management service provider, has acquired Soucy’s Septic Service in Salem, New Hampshire.

Founded in 1986 by John Soucy, Soucy’s is a trusted septic tank contractor that specializes in septic system design, drain cleaning, rejuvenation, septic repair and more, handling all aspects of septic tank management from prep to clean up. Soucy’s serves residential and commercial customers in southern New Hampshire and northern Massachusetts.

“The reputation and expertise of the Soucy’s team deepens Wind River’s existing capabilities and client base,” said John O’Connell, Wind River’s CEO. “The company is known as one of the most trusted septic system experts and we look forward to carrying their reputation forward with our combined teams – whether responding to emergency or routine septic and drain cleaning needs.”

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Thompson joins Dartmouth Medical School Faculty

NORTH ANDOVER — North Andover native, Becky Thompson, MD, has accepted a position as assistant professor of neurology at Dartmouth College’s Geisel School of Medicine in Hanover, New Hampshire. For the past two years, Dr. Thompson has been completing fellowship training in movement disorders, a subspecialty of neurology, at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) in Omaha.

Dr. Thompson earned her bachelor’s degree in neuroscience from Vanderbilt University in Tennessee. She earned her Doctor of Medicine from American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine (AUC) on the Caribbean island of St. Maarten in 2011. After graduating from AUC, Dr. Thompson completed residency training in neurology at UNMC.

She is glad to be returning to the Northeast, closer to her family and friends in North Andover.


Holy Family Hospital, Steward Medical Group welcome Gorodetsky

ANDOVER — Primary care physician Jeffrey Gorodetsky, MD has joined the medical staff at Holy Family Hospital and Steward Medical Group and is accepting new patients at SMG New England Family Practice of Andover.

Dr. Gorodetsky earned his medical degree at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences in Washington, D.C., and then completed his residency in family medicine at Halifax Medical Center in Daytona Beach, Florida.

A diplomate of the American Board of Family Practice and fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians, his special interests are wellness, preventive health care, pediatrics and sports medicine.

At SMG New England Family Practice of Andover, located in Doctors Park, 140 Haverhill St., Dr. Gorodetsky has joined practice with Dr. Anthony Turiano, Dr. Jocelyn Duffy and Dr. Prathima Chaloori.

For more information or to make an appointment, call 978-269-0030.


New England Financial Group merges with Baystate Financial

DANVERS — Baystate Financial, founded in 1901, announces its merger with New England Financial Group, founded in 1908, of West Hartford, Connecticut.

“Our entire business is built on our relationships with clients. At all times, our clients are our top priority. We are pleased that Baystate Financial shares this same guiding principle,” said Jim Marlor, managing partner at New England Financial Group. “Combining forces with a firm like Baystate is an exciting step forward for our firm.”

“We are excited to welcome the New England Financial Group team of 60 advisers and staff to Baystate Financial. Together, we will draw on our decades of experience in financial planning to enhance our combined client service offering,” said David C. Porter, managing partner of Baystate Financial. “Focus has played an instrumental role in our expansion throughout New England and the New England Financial Group is the ideal partner to help us achieve our vision of becoming the preeminent wealth management firm in New England.”

Through this merger, Baystate Financial is comprised of a team of more than 350 advisers and 250 support associates, all of whom contribute to building financial plans for a wide variety of individuals and businesses. With 17 offices throughout New England, Baystate Financial has built a reputation for helping its clients gain clarity, leverage and financial independence. 



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