, Salem, MA

January 29, 2014

Business Briefcase

The Salem News

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Brian Fontaine has been named senior pet stylist at Salem Paw Spa, a pet boutique at 63 Wharf St. in Salem.


Nancy Hathaway has been promoted to branch officer at East Boston Savings Bank’s branch in Danvers. Hathaway joined the bank in 2011 as assistant branch officer when the bank opened its new branch in downtown Danvers. A Peabody resident, she has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Salem State University and is active in the Wicked Running Club.


Meghan Burke of Marblehead has been named to the board of directors of the Boston-based nonprofit FUEL Education, which provides financial incentives and college access curriculum to low-income families. She is a public finance attorney who leads the education practice at the Mintz Levin law firm in Boston.


Bill and Joyce Cummings of the Cummings Foundation received the Edward H. Linde Public Service Award from NAIOP, a commercial real estate association in Massachusetts. They were also honored with the Irish International Immigrant Center’s Solas Award, which is given to leaders who are committed to working toward a society where people from all countries enjoy equal opportunities, protections and respect. Their Cummings Foundation has granted more than $20 million during the past two years to Greater Boston nonprofits, including about $2 million in Beverly and Salem.


Beauport Ambulance Service has been awarded the contract to provide the emergency ambulance service for the town of Hamilton. As part of the contract, Beauport will staff and garage an advanced life support ambulance out of the Hamilton Public Safety Building. Beauport serves metro Boston north, including Danvers, and has 24 vehicles and more than 70 employees.


North Shore Community Action Programs has relocated to 119 Rear Foster St., Building 13, in Peabody. The move consolidates the social service agency’s programs into a single location, streamlining operations internally while providing one-stop convenience for the 12,000 low-income individuals who use NSCAP’s antipoverty programs each year.


Metro Credit Union donated $1,000 to Haven from Hunger in Peabody to help feed 40 families a Christmas dinner. Haven from Hunger is a nonprofit soup kitchen and food pantry that distributes emergency food to local residents.


As part of its HopeLine program for survivors of domestic violence and their families, Verizon Wireless awarded HAWC, Healing Abuse Working for Change, a $1,000 “Kids In Need” grant to purchase gifts for children this past holiday season. HAWC is based in Salem and serves individuals from 23 cities and towns who have been affected by domestic abuse. Verizon’s HopeLine program collects used wireless phones, batteries and accessories, in any condition, and uses the proceeds to provide wireless phones and cash grants to local shelters and nonprofit organizations that focus on domestic violence prevention and awareness.


The Heritage Salem Five Charitable Foundation has awarded $10,000 to the Plummer Home for Boys to support the On Point program, which helps youths at risk of being removed from their families to continue living at home while completing a 90-day program to help stabilize their lives. On Point also serves other young people living in the Point neighborhood in Salem. The gift includes a $5,000 grant and an additional $5,000 given in memory of John Galaris, who in recent years had served on both the Heritage Salem Five Charitable Foundation’s board and the Plummer Home board.