SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

November 14, 2012

Business Briefcase


The Salem News

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Almiris Contreras, a Dominican Republic native and Rockport resident, was inducted as a new member into the Beverly Rotary Club. Contreras is currently a bank officer and branch manager of Rockport National Bank in Beverly.

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Margaret Brennan was awarded Eastern Bank’s 2012 Community Advocacy Award, which honors people who have given their time and talent to address a vital need in their community. Brennan, the chief executive officer of North Shore Community Health Center Inc., was recognized for her ongoing efforts to provide and expand high quality health and dental care to patients living on the North Shore. North Shore Community Health provides high-quality, comprehensive primary care that is accessible, culturally and linguistically competent, and community directed for all residents of North Shore and Cape Ann communities regardless of ability to pay. The 2012 Community Advocacy Award recipient is chosen by a select group of Eastern Bank executives.

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During North Shore Women in Business’ annual dinner at the Danversport Yacht Club, newly elected President Gayla Bartlett of Cranney Companies introduced newly elected members of the NSWIB board of directors and discussed NSWIB’s new alliance with the North Shore Chamber of Commerce and The Enterprise Center at Salem State University. Karen Andreas, the publisher of The Salem News, was the keynote speaker at the annual dinner. Bartlett succeeds Christine Letterman, who served as president this past year.

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Hamilton resident John Farrell, a sales associate with the Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage office in Beverly, was recognized as a leading sales associate nationally for the second quarter of 2012. Farrell was among the top 1,000 NRT sales associates who represent the top 2 percent of performers among NRT’s 45,000 sales associates across the country. NRT is the parent company of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage. Farrell was also the 2010 and 2011 recipient of the Coldwell Banker International President’s Elite Award for production, which honors the top 1 percent of approximately 90,000 of Coldwell Banker’s sales associates worldwide. Farrell is a member of the Lyndon State College Alumni Association, the Northeast Organic Farmers Association, and the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association.

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Beverly resident Dianne Palter Gill, dean of corporate and community education at North Shore Community College, successfully defended her dissertation, “Noncredit and Credit Missions at Community Colleges: The Dilemma of Organizational Identities,” at the University of Massachusetts Boston. Gill, who’s also the recipient of the James Jacobs Scholarship in 2011, presented her dissertation findings at The National Council for Workforce Education in Long Beach, Calif. Gill is a founder of the New England Workforce Network and represents NSCC at the Beverly Rotary Club, where she also serves on the executive board.

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Danvers resident Taylor Hill has joined the staff at Larson’s Quality Automotive Service Inc. in Peabody. She recently served as a panelist on the “Paving the Road to Success: The Next Generation” for Automotive Service Association’s Mechanical Industry Forum during Automotive Service and Repair Week in New Orleans. Hill and three other panelists discussed the issues within the automotive industry and how to successfully employ Generation Y employees. Hill has been in the auto industry for two years.

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Marblehead resident Pamela Nottingham, the managing director of investments with the Nottingham Wealth Management Group of Wells Fargo Advisors in Beverly, was recognized with the Wells Fargo Advisors Spirit Award. The award tributes Nottingham’s personal and professional achievement. Nottingham, who is also a member of the firm’s exclusive Premier Advisor program, received the award during a Wells Fargo Advisors conference in Miami. The award presentation included a video of her life with testimonials by friends, relatives and colleagues about her personal achievements. Nottingham is an active member of the Marblehead Harbor Rotary Club and a Paul Harris Fellow.

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Martin Schneer has joined the Jewish Community Center of the North Shore as the new executive director. Prior to joining the JCC, Schneer worked as executive director at the Adolph and Rose Levis Jewish Community Center, a $10.5 million agency in Boca Raton, Fla. Schneer previously served as executive director of the Jewish Community Centers of Greater Philadelphia.

Giving

As part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Peabody Glen Health Care Center held its annual Chowder Fest, which raised more than $1,000 for Mass General/North Shore Cancer Center. Bertucci’s in Peabody co-sponsored the event and donated an unlimited supply of its signature pizza, and Peabody Glen’s entire staff donated homemade baked goods for a bake sale at the event. Peabody Glen’s director of nursing, Catherine Yarrow, also assembled grab-bags that included instruction cards for self-examinations to help people recognize early warning signs. In addition to the Chowder Fest, throughout October, Peabody Glen employees raised awareness and money for the Cancer Center by selling breast cancer awareness bracelets and edible treats at the front desk. Peabody Glen Health Care Center is a 150-bed rehabilitation and nursing facility in Peabody and offers short-term rehab and memory care.

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The East Boston Savings Bank Charitable Foundation has made grants totaling $150,647 for the 2012 distribution year. Organizations receiving grants include 13 from Essex County, seven from Middlesex County and 15 from Suffolk County. North Shore recipients include Change is Simple, Citizens for Adequate Housing and Northshore Education Consortium. All recipients were honored at a breakfast, hosted by EBSB Chairman and CEO Richard Gavegnano, at the bank’s headquarters in Peabody. The East Boston Savings Bank Charitable Foundation was established to provide funding to support charitable causes and community development activities within the communities of EBSB. Since its inception in 1998, the foundation has distributed more than $1.2 million in funding.

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The Heritage Salem Five Charitable Foundation awarded a $5,000 grant to the Plummer Home for Boys for On Point, a program in Salem’s Point neighborhood helping youths on probation and other neighborhood youths. On Point is operated by The Plummer Home for Boys in collaboration with Salem police and the Essex County Juvenile Court.