, Salem, MA

August 7, 2013

Business Briefcase

The Salem News

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Beverly resident Elizabeth Martinez has joined J. Barrett & Company as a full-time, bilingual real estate agent in the agency’s Beverly Farms office. Beverly resident Michelle Theriault also joins the Beverly Farms office as a full-time Realtor.

Swampscott Realtor Susan Ayala-Bridge has joined the agency in its Marblehead office. Ayala-Bridge is fluent in English, Spanish, Italian and French, and has earned professional real estate designations including Accredited Buyer’s Representative and Certified Buyer’s Representative. A Realtor for more than 14 years, Ayala-Bridge served as the former owner of a five-person agency in Winthrop.


Salem resident Kate Jordan has been named the new Housing Search director at HomeStart, Inc. where she will assist homeless individuals and families who are currently being housed in shelters with locating permanent and affordable housing. In her new role, Jordan will work with HomeStart’s management team to oversee the agency’s long-term planning goals and assist with the development of programs. She will be responsible for the hiring, training, and supervision of housing staff and manage all internal development programs. In addition, Jordan will lead a monthly meeting of Greater Boston’s housing advocates, and will act as HomeStart’s primary liaison with local shelters and fellow supportive organizations. Prior to joining HomeStart, Jordan managed the Housing Consumer Education Center within Metropolitan Boston Housing Partnership. HomeStart is a nonprofit organization that works to end and prevent homelessness in Greater Boston by assisting individuals in obtaining permanent housing and settling into the community, and by developing strategies to address systemic barriers to housing placement.


Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt has raised $30,000 to support Boston Children’s Hospital through contributions made by customers, franchises and the company’s corporate office during a monthlong fundraising initiative at all of its Massachusetts locations, including Marblehead and Salem. All money raised benefits the Children’s Fund, which supports the hospital’s greatest areas of need in care, research, medical training and community health.


North Shore Community College’s Environmental Club, along with several faculty and staff members, have planted NSCC’s first community garden at Alfalfa Farm in Topsfield. The garden plot was donated by NSCC Professor Richard Adelman, whose family owns Alfalfa Farm. Organizers dedicated the garden to retiring NSCC President Wayne Burton of Durham, N.H., and Vice President of Academic Affairs Paul Frydrych of Ipswich, who is also retiring, in recognition of their support and commitment to NSCC students and sustainability.


Ocean Genome Legacy, a nonprofit organization in Ipswich, and New England Biolabs Inc., has expanded to Northeastern University where OGL’s Ocean Genome Resource collection will be housed in Northeastern University’s Marine Science Center in Nahant. The collection is a publicly accessible genome bio-repository that contains samples of DNA from species, many of which are rare. The collection will continue to be used to uncover some of the ocean’s deepest mysteries, and to reveal genomic information that can help cure diseases, improve sustainability of global food and energy supplies, and protect the environment.

Founded in 2001 by Dr. Donald Comb, also founder and former chief executive officer of New England Biolabs, OGL is a nonprofit environmental research organization and DNA bank dedicated to promoting new methods for the study and conservation of marine species through preservation and analysis of their DNA.


Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates has been recognized as a Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality in the Healthcare Equality Index 2013, an annual survey conducted by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, the educational arm of the country’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender organization. Harvard Vanguard earned top marks for its commitment to equitable, inclusive care for LGBT patients and their families, who can face significant challenges in securing adequate healthcare. Harvard Vanguard, with a practice location in Peabody, was one of a select group of 464 health care facilities nationwide to be named a Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality.


The Marblehead Chamber of Commerce Nominating Committee is seeking nominations for the 2013 Community Awards and Board of Directors for the chamber. Each year, the chamber recognizes individuals and businesses for their commitment to the community of Marblehead. Members of the community are encouraged to nominate individuals and businesses. Businesses that are nominated for Business of the Year must be chamber members. Nominations are due on Friday, Aug. 23, by 5 p.m. Details and forms are available at


The community is encouraged to nominate individuals to receive Peabody Area Chamber of Commerce’s Harry Ankeles Community Service Award, which recognizes a leader in the business community whose community service and spirit contribute to the rich, cultural heritage of the city of Peabody. The award was established in memory of chamber member and Peabody resident Harry Ankeles and is presented annually to a chamber member who exemplifies selfless dedication to the community. All nominations should be made in writing and submitted by Friday, Aug. 16, to the Peabody Area Chamber of Commerce, 24 Main St., Suite 28, Peabody, MA, 01960; or faxed to 978-532-7227; or emailed to


LCB Senior Living, LLC, held a ground-breaking ceremony for The Residence at Riverbend, its new independent, assisted and memory care residence for seniors located at 149 County Road in Ipswich. The ceremony celebrated the $20 million project, which is slated to create more than 70 permanent jobs with a $1.8 million annual payroll; more than 50 construction jobs; and serve as one of the largest employers in the area. The project will include 75 apartments, 10 percent of which will be affordable housing.