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November 6, 2013

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Blythe Purdin, a resident of Salem and a kindergarten teacher in Nahant, is one of 53 teachers selected by the National Education Association and Teach Plus to serve as a Future of the Profession fellows During the yearlong program, she and other fellows will gain a foundation in education policy, research and best practices from around the nation, and then they will advise the union leadership on policies to better serve students and retain excellent teachers.

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Mary Cayer, a resident of Ipswich, has joined J. Barrett & Co. as a Realtor in the agency’s Ipswich office.

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Joseph Hajjar has been named general manager of Honda North in Danvers. Most recently, Hajjar held the position of general manager at Fall River Ford. Honda North is one of five New England dealerships that comprise International Cars Ltd., an employee-owned company based in Danvers.

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Alexandria Peary, an associate professor of English at Salem State University, has been selected as one of two recipients of the 2013 Iowa Poetry Prize, which is awarded annually by the University of Iowa Press. Peary’s winning collection, titled “Control Bird Alt Delete,” will be published in March 2014 by the University of Iowa Press. She has previously published two books of poetry, “Fall Foliage Called Bathers & Dancers” (2008) and “Lid to the Shadow” (2010).

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Patrick Cornelissen, a resident of Salem, has been awarded the Collegiate Conference and Events Professional certification for achievement in the conference and events management field. Cornelissen is director of operations at Endicott College and founder of the Misselwood Concours d’Elegance, a classic car event that serves as a fundraiser for scholarships at Endicott College.

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Julie Cunningham has been promoted to the role of account manager at Rhino Public Relations in South Hamilton. Prior to joining the firm in 2012, Cunningham worked as a producer for NECN, New England Cable News. Cunningham graduated from St. Michael’s College with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communication.

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