SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

April 2, 2014

Business Briefcase


The Salem News

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Richard Gill and Tamas Juhasz, teachers of Advanced Placement statistics and chemistry, respectively, at Peabody Veterans Memorial High School, are two of 22 Massachusetts public high school Advanced Placement teachers who have been named Partners in Excellence Award Winners for their outstanding contributions to student achievement in STEM education. The recipients are among more than 500 teachers at more than 60 schools participating in Mass Insight Education’s AP program focused on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education. Gill, Juhasz and other recipients will be honored at the Partners in Excellence Award Celebration at the Museum of Science in Boston on April 17.

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Josh Ackman has been named camp and community engagement director of the JCC of the North Shore’s Summer on the Hill camps. Melissa Caplan has also been named director of the new Special Needs Inclusion program at Summer on the Hill camps.

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Mark Evans has been appointed clinic director at the Beverly Outpatient Clinic at the Cummings Center in Beverly. Evans is a faculty adviser at Boston College School of Social Work and provides consultation and trainings to schools, Massachusetts state agencies and other venues around the topics of sexual abuse, post-traumatic stress disorder, behavior management and other mental health, substance abuse and homelessness issues. Operated by Lahey Health Behavioral Services, the clinic provides counseling to men, women, families, teens and schools.

Giving

The YMCA of the North Shore and its 1,154 employee donors across seven locations, including the Salem YMCA, have raised more than $127,000 for the organization’s 2014 Annual Campaign, increasing donations by $11,000, a nearly 9 percent increase over 2013. At the Salem YMCA alone, 149 staff members contributed $12,795.

Milestones

Eight entrepreneurs have been named semifinalists and will compete for cash prizes and publicity in the Enterprise Center’s 2014 North of Boston Business Plan Competition. Semifinalists are Atlantic Saltworks; Arete Rehabilitation; AuthEntry; CrowdComfort; LearLabs; Madam Posy; We All Scream Ice Scream Co.; and Women on the Move LLC. Over the next few days, the semifinalists will work with coaches in preparation for presentations to judges who will determine the finalists on April 10. The public is invited to the grand finale on April 23 at the Enterprise Center on the Salem State University campus, when the three finalists present their plans to an audience of judges, regional business leaders and other interested attendees. This year’s winner receives $5,000, and second- and third-place winners receive $3,000 and $2,000 respectively.

Atlantic Saltworks hand-harvests seawater from the North Shore of Massachusetts to create an all-natural, delicate, flake finishing salt.

Arete Rehabilitation offers skilled nursing facilities, hospitals and home care agencies; physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists and rehabilitation management on a long-term, short-term and temporary contractual basis.

AuthEntry’s physical LogiKey device and a secure one-time pass code ensure online identity security and help reduce IT support and help-desk costs.

CrowdComfort lets building owners, operators and occupants share information about building comfort, maintenance and safety issues with an easy-to-use smart device application.

LearLabs is a veteran-owned business providing professionallylit, branded, close-up photography of jewelry — mainly for use in retail settings — with its LearLite system.

Madam Posy designs stylish hair accessories in the form of mix-and-match fabric flowers that are magnetized to snap onto headbands, ponytail holders or barrettes.

We All Scream Ice Scream Co. produces all-natural vegan and gluten-free ice cream made from coconut and almond milk, which is available locally in a variety of decadent gourmet flavors.

Women on the Move LLC is a one-stop shopping concierge service focused on providing customized move management and offering a variety of services to save time and money when moving.

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The law firm Pierce, Pierce & Napolitano in Salem has received metro-area designation in the U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers’ 2014 “Best Law Firms” rankings as a top-tier firm in the practice area of workers’ compensation law, claimants. The ranking is based on a rigorous evaluation process that includes the collection of client and lawyer evaluations, peer review from leading attorneys in their field and review of additional information provided by law firms as part of the formal submission process. To be eligible for a ranking in a particular practice area and metro region, a law firm must have at least one lawyer who is included in Best Lawyers in that particular practice area.

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Cassie’s Travel Service in Danvers has been recognized as a top-selling travel agency by Sandals & Beaches Resorts and was awarded the Best of the Best agency recognition Awards USA and Outstanding Sales Achievements.

Donna Cassie, the agency’s CEO, received the following awards: CEO Award of Excellence; Sandals Spirit Award; and Chairman’s Royal Club 2014. Joyce Kost was also recognized with Certified Sandals Specialist Platinum Status.

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Boston Children’s Theatre and Shore Country Day School in Beverly have announced a creative and collaborative partnership beginning the summer of 2014. BCT will present its preprofessional Summer Studios program on the Shore Country Day School campus where students ages 9 to 19 will perform in the school’s new, 375-seat theater. Summer Studio attendees will also have access to the school’s Center for Creativity, which includes classrooms for all arts disciplines and studios, and eventually the Innovation Lab.

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Cataldo Ambulance Service Inc., a private provider of emergency medical transportation in the commonwealth, was presented with a plaque from the Better Business Bureau for 25 years of accreditation. The BBB presents this award to companies in good standing that have met the standards of commitment to honesty, integrity, ethics and trust. Cataldo Ambulance Service provides 911 responses for 15 municipalities, hospitals and private contracts from 21 base locations throughout Greater Boston and the North Shore, including Marblehead, Peabody and Salem.

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Laura Lanes Skin Care in Salem has been named a 2014 Bioelements World Class Spa by Bioelements Professional Skin Care, a system of take-home and pro-use products used in professional facials. Bioelements World Class spas are selected to represent the country’s best in spa amenities and dedication to excellence in the spa industry.