SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

December 12, 2012

Business Briefcase


The Salem News

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Danvers resident Bob Raiche was nominated by a congressional leader of Massachusetts for a Nobel Peace Prize for his role in founding Friends Forever in 1986. Friends Forever works to promote trust, empathy and friendships among cultures in conflict by working with international and local youth leaders. The organization serves as a liaison between U.S. and international communities, allowing people of all backgrounds to participate firsthand in the international peace process. Raiche currently serves on the organization’s Board of Directors.

The Nobel Peace Prize awards innovative work in the areas of advocacy of human rights, arms control and mediation of international conflicts.

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Salem resident Mariflor Uva was named assistant vice president of budget and planning at North Shore Community College in Danvers. Uva will oversee NSCC’s planning and institutional research, Auxiliary Services Department, and NSCC’s bookstores. Prior to joining NSCC, Uva served as the vice president of finance and administration for Net Atlantic Inc. in Salem. Uva holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix and a Bachelor of Arts from Boston College. She served as a treasurer for North Shore Women in Business and was a member of the CFO Roundtable, the Beverly Kiwanis and the Salem Chamber of Commerce.

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Wenham resident Darryl Del Torchio joined J. Barrett & Company’s Beverly Farms office as a full-time real estate agent. Prior to joining J. Barrett & Company, Del Torchio ran Del Torchio Computers, which sold to Fortune 500 and 1000 companies. She also worked as an investment assistant for trust funds investments at the Boston Company.

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Austen Barron Bailly was appointed as the first George Putnam curator of American art at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem. Bailly joins PEM’s curatorial team following her post as the head of the American art department at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and previous positions at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Wildenstein & Co. Inc. in New York. Bailly will lead the development of the museum’s multifaceted American art program, focusing on exhibitions, new interpretation in the galleries and expanding the museum’s collection. Bailly’s hire comes at the cusp of the museum’s $650 million campaign and expansion project.

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The Community House of Hamilton and Wenham has appointed the following new members to the Community House Board: Hamilton residents Dennis Cusick, Jonathan Lamb and Colin Smith and Wenham resident John Gallant. The new board members will serve three-year terms.

Giving

The Danversbank Charitable Foundation Inc. donated $10,000 to Career Collaborative of Boston in support of the organization’s efforts in helping chronically low-income adults get and keep good jobs. The Danversbank Charitable Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Danversbank, which was acquired by People’s United Bank in 2011.

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Townsend Oil & Propane, a full-service, family-owned and -operated business in Danvers, competed in the 2012 Jolly Jaunt 5K in Danvers and achieved its goal of raising $2,500 to support the Special Olympics.

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New England BioLabs awarded a $2,000 grant to the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Salem to help fund art installations in Salem. The grant allows children in the arts program to have the opportunity to experience contemporary art for themselves in addition to giving back to the community. Club members will work on a mural project, which will be displayed in Salem.

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Panera Bread in Beverly presented a $4,500 check to the Greater Beverly YMCA to benefit the “Y for All” annual campaign, which provides financial assistance for 1,950 kids, adults and families to access Greater Beverly YMCA memberships and programs. The Beverly bakery-cafe originally collected $2,250 from customers through its in-store Operation Dough-Nation canisters and then matched its customer donations dollar for dollar, bringing the donation total to $4,500.

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International Cars Ltd. and its family of dealerships, including Honda North in Danvers, presented a $15,000 donation to Veterans Northeast Outreach Center in Haverhill. To commemorate Veterans Appreciation Month, ICL dealerships donated $100 from every vehicle sold to the center and its programs, which address the needs of veterans and their families throughout Merrimack Valley.

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Beverly Main Streets and the city of Beverly have awarded $25,000 in grants to downtown property and business owners as part of the 2012 Facade and Sign Improvement Grant Program. This year’s program expanded to include small grants for sign improvements, as well as larger grants for facade improvements. The following properties received grants to improve facades: EJ Cabots Restaurant (280 Cabot St.), Kitty O’Sheas Irish Pub (154-156 Cabot St.), Organic Rainbow (267 Rantoul St.), Pride’s Osteria Restaurant (240 Cabot St.) and R.C. Realty (275-283 Cabot St.). The following properties received grants to improve signs: Greater Beverly YMCA (245 Cabot St.) and Chive Events (252 Rantoul St.). Recipients are in the final stages of completing improvements. Funding for the Facade and Sign Improvement Grant Program is provided by the city’s Community Development Block Grant funds. Beverly Main Streets administers the program and selects recipients who must match or exceed the amount of the grant. Over the last three years, the city has provided $73,000 in grants, while the recipients have spent approximately $200,000 on improvements.

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Northeast Senior Health received a $100,000 donation from local philanthropist Ralph Bates to enhance transportation at Spectrum Adult Day Health Program, which serves clients with Alzheimer’s disease and their families. Through the donation, the program has purchased two new passenger vans to transport clients to Spectrum facilities in Beverly and North Andover. Spectrum Adult Day Health Program is a program of Northeast Senior Health’s complete continuum of care for seniors on the North Shore.

Milestones

Eliza Mellen-Smith Acupuncture joined the Marblehead Chamber of Commerce and celebrated its new membership with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Eliza Mellen-Smith Acupuncture, a general acupuncture practice, is at 24 Norman St., Marblehead.

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Eastern Insurance Group was recognized by Best’s Review magazine’s 2012 December issue as one of 10 U.S. insurance agencies “That Get it Right.” The agency is being recognized for re-creating its customer service model while continuing to grow and retain clients. Best’s Review, A.M. Best Company’s award-winning monthly publication, covers the global insurance industry. Eastern Insurance Group has a branch in Danvers.

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Eastern Bank successfully completed its merger with The Community Bank, which included converting more than 16,000 former Community Bank customer accounts to Eastern. The merger gives Eastern 99 branch locations and 128 ATMs across eastern Massachusetts. Eastern Bank’s local branches are in Beverly, Danvers, Marblehead, Peabody, Salem and Swampscott.

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Northeast HomeCare, a Medicare-certified home health agency based in Beverly, was, for the second year in a row, named to the 2012 HomeCare Elite list. The HomeCare Elite annual review identifies the top 25 percent of home care agencies in the country. Northeast HomeCare was also one of seven Massachusetts-based agencies to be recognized as a top 500 provider nationwide. HomeCare Elite winners are ranked based on quality of care, patient experience and financial management by the National Research Corporation. Northeast HomeCare is a program of Northeast Senior Health, a division of Northeast Health System.

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The Peabody Area Chamber of Commerce has joined the new clean energy network and information hub called Chambers for Innovation and Clean Energy. CICE was founded by local chamber executives to help local chambers and member companies navigate the clean energy space, spur business innovation and accelerate business competitiveness through clean energy. Through its membership with CICE, the Peabody Area Chamber of Commerce will provide valuable information, tools and best practices for member businesses to save money and pursue local, state and national clean energy incentives.

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Gordon College in Wenham was awarded a matching grant from the Imago Dei Fund of $15,000 over the next three years, which Gordon will match with another $15,000. The grant will establish a rotating environmental fund devoted to specific energy efficiency projects on campus. Supplemental support for larger projects will come from the college’s physical plant department budget for energy improvements. In the first year of the grant, the campus will replace the light bulbs in student parking lots, bringing the wattage in 38 lights down from 460 to 135 watts, which will save about $6,400. The change in electricity generation will also save 54,000 pounds of carbon dioxide from being discharged into the atmosphere and will remove the need to use light bulbs containing mercury.