, Salem, MA

December 26, 2012

Business Briefcase

The Salem News

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David M. Ryder, president of Ryder Realty Inc. in Beverly, has earned the nationally recognized Short Sales and Foreclosure Resource certification from the National Association of Realtors. The certification allows Realtors to help sellers navigate the complexities of short sales and help buyers pursue short sale and foreclosure opportunities. To obtain certification, Realtors are required to take one core course and three webinars.


Rebecca Plummer Rohloff was honored as the Higher Education Art Educator of the Year by the Massachusetts Art Education Association. The statewide award honors a higher-education art educator for extraordinary achievements and significant service to art students. Rohloff is an assistant art professor at Salem State University.


Bradley Bass, a sales professional with Century 21 North Shore in Danvers, was inducted into the Master Sales Society, an international association composed of an elite group of sales professionals who have successfully accomplished the level of Master. Bass completed 42 days of training and took an oath to uphold the high standards and core values that the Master Sales Society demands. Less than 1 percent of all salespeople nationwide have earned the select designation.


Marblehead residents Melanie Nathan and Caroline Lawler joined North Shore Physicians Group’s obstetric and gynecology practices in Danvers, Salem and Swampscott.

Dr. Nathan received her medical degree from the University of South Florida College of Medicine and completed a residency at Tufts Medical Center.

Dr. Lawler graduated from University of Connecticut School of Medicine and completed her residency at University of Texas Health Sciences at San Antonio.

Both physicians are board-eligible in obstetrics and gynecology and deliver babies at the North Shore Medical Center Birthplace.


Debra Devenne of People’s United Bank in Danvers and Robert Schneider of Lahey Clinic Medical Center North Shore in Peabody joined the YMCA Metro North Board of Directors. The YMCA consists of branches in Lynn, Peabody, Saugus and Melrose.

Devenne joined People’s United Bank as a senior vice president, team leader, in 2009. She serves on the Friends Committee for the North Shore Education Consortium and is a former board member for the Center for Women & Enterprise of Boston and the North Shore Chamber of Commerce.

Schneider is the chief operating officer for the Lahey Clinic Medical Center North Shore. He has served on the American Medical Group Association Board of Directors and the Steering Committee for the Group Practice Improvement Network.


Salem resident Paul Bernstein was honored by the Massachusetts Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys at its annual meeting. Bernstein, who is retiring from the chapter board of directors, was recognized for his advocacy for elder seniors and his commitment to raising awareness of legal issues affecting seniors. The National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys is the premier organization of elder and special needs law attorneys.


Salem resident Jack Walsh, owner of Dancing Sand, a premier glass art company, donated two custom-etched and hand-painted bottles with the Massachusetts Fallen Heroes Logo carved into the glass for the Fallen Heroes Auction at the Boston Convention Exhibition Center on Dec. 7. The bottles raised $1,000 for the charity, which helps surviving military families.


As part of the annual Pie in the Sky fundraiser, sales associates and employees from the Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage office in Salem raised approximately $50,000 through pie sales, which contributed to the more than $560,000 that was generated during this year’s Pie in the Sky campaign for Community Servings. Community Servings is eastern Massachusetts’ only free, home-delivered meals program for families and individuals with HIV/AIDS and other acute life-threatening illnesses. For every pie sold, Community Servings will be able to feed one client for five days.


The Landmark School Outreach Program in Beverly launched the Language-Based Teaching Series, a collection of teaching guides designed to empower kindergarten-through-grade-12 educators to help struggling students achieve success. “Language-Based Learning Disabilities,” written by Patricia W. Newhall, is the first in the series and provides concise information and a selection of informal diagnostic tools to help teachers identify language-based difficulties and target supportive and remedial instruction. Newhall serves as the associate director for the Landmark School Outreach Program.


VascuVis in Wenham was awarded the highly competitive NSF SBIR Phase I funding for development of vascuCAP, to begin in January. The company seeks to establish feasibility and market potential of vascuCAP, the company’s vascular disease computer-aided prognostic software that detects vulnerable atherosclerotic plaques. The goal of vascuCAP’s Phase I research is to extend beyond static diagnostics by developing an integrated segmentation, registration and classification MRI scan and computer-aided analysis toolkit for prognosis prediction of stable or unstable plaque from longitudinal MRI data. The technology represents a cost-effective, safe and capable plaque assessment tool to enable effective, fast and appropriate treatment.


Salem Theatre Company was awarded a $2,500 grant ($5,000 over two years) from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. The grant was awarded through MCC’s PEERS Program and will support the operations of the theater company over the next two years. The Salem Theatre Company is a nonprofit organization in Salem that presents classic, contemporary and new works of exceptional theater.

New businesses

Aligned for Life Chiropractic LLC, a chiropractic office, celebrated its grand opening with an open house and ribbon-cutting ceremony at its new location, 317 and 319 Rantoul St., Beverly. The event included music by DJ Willy, face-painting, tours, and consultations and posture checks.


Paolo Laboa, an Italian award-winning chef, was named executive chef and partner at Prides Osteria, 240 Rantoul St., Beverly. Prides Osteria, owned by Michael Magner, opened for the first time on Dec. 1 and features pasta made from scratch daily, local produce and exclusively hormone-free meats.