Marblehead resident Ronnie Orris-Northrop, a Realtor and notary public, joined the Marblehead Chamber of Commerce. Orris-Northrop is a member of the North Shore Association of Realtors, Massachusetts Association of Realtors, North Shore Jewish Community Center and the Dolphin Yacht Club in Marblehead.
James Ott, an award-winning chef, was named executive chef at the Salem Waterfront Hotel & Marina. Most recently, Ott held three executive chef positions for Ocean Properties, a hotel and resort management development company. Ott is a graduate of Concordia College and received culinary arts training at Johnson & Wales University and Boston University.
The Cressy Team, which consists of Realtors Carole, Eric and Lori Cressy, and Heather Cressy Dalton, have joined J. Barrett & Company in Marblehead. The family team was started by Carole, a Marblehead resident, who looked to her daughter-in-law Lori to fill in as a temporary assistant. Lori remained on the team and, six years ago, was joined by Eric, a former boat builder and magazine publisher, and sister Heather, who grew up in real estate. J. Barrett & Company has offices in Beverly, Ipswich, Gloucester, Manchester and Marblehead.
Swampscott resident Marilyn Jarvis was named 2013 president of the Massachusetts Chapter of the Council of Residential Specialists, a nonprofit affiliate of the National Association of Realtors. Jarvis is a broker with Keller Williams in Beverly. She is a graduate of the Massachusetts Association of Realtors Leadership Academy and was named the Massachusetts Realtor of the Year in 2009. She has served as president of the North Shore Association of Realtors and was also named the Massachusetts Certified Residential Specialist of the Year.
North Shore Community Health Inc. received $100,000 from the Partnership for Community Health, a grant created by Neighborhood Health Plan and Partners HealthCare. NSCHI was awarded a grant in the health information technology category. The money will be used to improve electronic health records. The agency has health centers in Salem, Peabody and Gloucester that provide medical services in multiple languages, regardless of patients’ ability to pay.
The Salem Jazz and Soul Festival was given a Gold Star Award from the Massachusetts Cultural Council for its nonprofit mission of producing free concerts and supporting music education on the North Shore. Local cultural councils in every city and town in the state can nominate an organization, and a handful are selected for the Gold Star Award. The award will be presented this spring.