North Shore Science Supervisors Association honored 11 science educators at its annual awards banquet on April 11. Local teachers receiving awards as Exemplary Science Educators were Trish Regan, 10th-grade biology teacher at Beverly High School; Allison Lundstrom, ninth-grade biology teacher at Danvers High; and Laurie Lovely, seventh-grade science teacher in the Marblehead Public Schools.
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Ipswich resident Binni Hackett, a real estate broker in J. Barrett & Company's Ipswich office, ranked No. 1 in Ipswich for the first quarter of 2012. J. Barrett & Company's Ipswich office is also first on the list among real estate firms for the same quarter.
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Gregg Whyte, associate professor of computer science at Salem State University, was awarded the Bill Anderson Memorial Outstanding Service Award by the United States Chapter of the International Society for Business Education at the annual convention of the National Business Education Association in Boston. The award is the highest honor that can be bestowed on an individual for service to the organization.
The Danversbank Charitable Foundation awarded a $7,500 grant to The Plummer Home for Boys' On Point program, which serves youths in The Point neighborhood of Salem. Some teens use On Point as a safe place for recreation; others are sentenced to On Point by the Juvenile Court as an alternative to incarceration, with requirements that include community service, educational goals and personal goals. On Point is a collaborative effort of The Plummer Home for Boys, the Salem police and the Essex County Juvenile Court.
Sagan Realtors has expanded its office in Vinnin Square. The new space features a designer showroom, state-of-the-art media room and expanded conference room. Sagan Realtors started in the basement of Phyllis Sagan's Marblehead home and has now grown to a staff of more than 40 Realtors.
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The winner of the 2012 North of Boston Business Plan Competition is Shady Oaks Organics of Newburyport, a grower and seller of gourmet mushrooms. Second place was shared by two Beverly companies, Advastim LLC, a developer of a wireless (leadless) system to improve spinal cord and other treatments involving neurostimulation, and Imagination Brands, the manufacturer of Doodle Roll, an all-in-one paper and crayon activity kit. There were more than 40 entrants in this year's competition, which is hosted by the Enterprise Center at Salem State University.