Betzi De La Rocha, formerly the assistant manager at North Shore Bank's Highland Avenue office in Salem, was named the sales and service manager for the bank's West Peabody office, located in Hannaford supermarket. De La Rocha has worked for North Shore Bank since 2001.
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Jacqueline Senn, an independent health insurance agent, received the Silver Star Award from the Business Network International Enterprise Chapter in Salem for the best 45-second elevator speech delivered at the chapter's weekly meeting. Senn's pitch targeted businesses with 10 or more employees who seek custom-designed health insurance plans.
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Swampscott resident Richard Gindes received an agent achievement award from William Raveis Real Estate. Gindes, a Harvard graduate, is a certified buyer representative and serves as the social media consultant and agent dashboard specialist for William Raveis Real Estate's Marblehead office. Gindes served as a member of the Legislative Committee for the North Shore Association of Realtors, is a top producing agent for William Raveis Breast Cancer Fund, and is a walk ambassador for the Aids Action Committee.
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Attorney Garrett Miller joined Beverly-based Blue Vase Marketing and will serve as corporate counsel and head of the legal and compliance department. Miller replaces Todd Murphy, who will join Callahan & Dewan, a private law firm in Salem. Blue Vase Marketing is a direct marketing management company.
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Elaine Clarke of Sagan Realtors successfully completed Course 202 of the Massachusetts Association of Realtors Realtor Institute program. The two-day course updates Realtors and real estate associates about current issues and trends.
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Fay Salt, a sales associate at Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage office in Beverly, was named the No. 1 sales associate for transaction sides for properties sold in Beverly in 2011. She also won a Diamond Society award, given to the top 8 percent of approximately 85,000 sales associates worldwide in the Coldwell Banker system. Danvers resident and sales associate Pamela Spiros was named the No. 1 sales associate for total dollar volume and total residential units sold in the town of Danvers in 2011. Spiros has been the top sales associate for total residential units sold for five consecutive years.
The Salem McDonald's on Traders Way in Highland Plaza celebrated its grand reopening with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, activities and a visit from Ronald McDonald. The remodeled McDonald's is designed to reflect a more upscale and contemporary decor, including flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi. The restaurant's owner and operator, Larry Kimmelman, presented a donation to Salem Public Schools.
J. Barrett & Company's real estate office at 4 S. Main St., Ipswich, is serving as a drop-off center for food donations for the Ipswich Community Food Pantry, an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization. Nonperishable food donations are accepted during regular business hours.
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Brooksby Village has donated 14 used stoves to the Department of Public Services, Peabody Vocational School, Peabody Fire Department and Peabody City Hall. The stoves, originally purchased for Brooksby Village residents, are being donated due to the retirement community's transition to flat-top stoves in all new units.