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Gordon College's Center for Christian Studies was awarded a grant by the John Templeton Foundation's Religion and Innovation in Human Affairs Program, administered by the Historical Society, in preparation of the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation approaching in 2017. The grant supports CCS' initiatives and publications, including the project titled "Protestantism? Reflections in Advance of the 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation: 1517-2017," co-directed by CCS director Thomas Albert Howard.
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Middleton-based Thomson Communications received two Bell Ringer Awards at the 44th annual Bell Ringer Awards Ceremony held by The Publicity Club of New England, the region's oldest nonprofit public relations trade organization. The awards honor the work done by public relations and communications professionals across New England. Thomson Communications entered the Bell Ringer award competition for work done on behalf of two of its clients, including Cakes for Occasions in Danvers. The firm was awarded the Bronze Bell for securing a half-hour show on Bloomberg Television, which focused on Kelly Delaney, owner of Cakes for Occasions.
fLirT, a consignment shop and store offering clothes, new and vintage accessories and unique objects, held a grand-opening ceremony at its new location on Pickering Wharf, 63 Wharf St., Salem.
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Every Occasion Boutique, a women's boutique, held a ribbon-cutting ceremony at its location on Pickering Wharf, 96 Wharf St., Salem. Mayor Kim Driscoll, the Salem Chamber of Commerce, local business leaders and friends and family were present.
The winner of Shetland Park Self-Storage's free-storage-for-a-year contest is Bahija Hamchout. The name of every new customer who rented a self-storage unit between April 16 and 30 was automatically entered into Shetland Park's drawing for a year of free storage. Shetland Park Self-Storage is a state-of-the-art self-storage facility in Shetland Park on Salem Harbor.
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The Salem YMCA is the recipient of $1,000 as part of Cranney Home Services' Cranney Cares for the Community Campaign in May.