, Salem, MA

July 11, 2012

Business Briefcase

The Salem News

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Beverly resident Alan Temkin, senior financial planner of Temkin Financial Group, earned membership in the insurance industry’s Million Dollar Round Table. MDRT membership is recognized internationally as the standard of sales excellence in the life insurance and financial services business. Temkin is a member of Beverly Rotary, Beverly Chamber of Commerce, North Shore Chamber of Commerce and Beverly Main Streets.


Marblehead resident Robert Gurman, a certified financial planner practitioner, was elected president of the Essex County Estate Planning Council, the local affiliate of the National Association of Estate Planners and Councils. Gurman will serve on the Board of Directors of the local affiliate. Gurman is also a member of the Financial Planning Association and has worked in the financial services industry for 21 years.


Marblehead resident Penny Wigglesworth, founder of the nonprofit Penny Bear Company, was awarded her second Paul Harris Award by the Marblehead Rotary Club. Wigglesworth’s company creates teddy bears that are given to people needing comfort, compassion and friendship. Wigglesworth is the author of “Penny Bear’s Gift of Love” and also started Circles of Hope, a weekly program that offers encouragement to those in need.


North Shore Medical Center awarded the following registered nurses and caregivers for their outstanding service and clinical excellence: Broadhead Clinical Excellence Awards to registered nurses Catherine Gallant, Marta Kane and Dorris O’Leary; Broadhead Clinical Nursing Excellence Award for Advanced Practice to registered nurse Carrie Siefken; NSMC Nursing Leadership to registered nurse Melissa Bruning; and the Blodgett Award to caregiver Becky Delande and registered nurse Melissa Kimball .


Ellen Gordon

joined Aviv Centers for Living as the new community relations coordinator. Gordon will be responsible for coordinating with the North Suburban JCC and Aviv’s volunteer network, the Friends of Aviv, and for developing community outreach and connection efforts. Aviv Centers for Living has branches in Peabody and Swampscott.


Beverly resident Maureen Trefry

joined the YMCA of the North Shore’s Board of Trustees. Trefry joins 10 existing YMCA trustees in their role of managing the investment strategy of the Y’s endowment. Trefry is vice president of wealth management for Eastern Bank and is also involved with the North Shore United Way Finance Committee, Beverly Rotary, Hospice of the North Shore & Greater Boston Planning Giving Committee, and a member of the Essex County Estate Planning Council.


The Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

office in Salem launched its newly enhanced website, The website has more than 750,000 registered users and is visited on average more than 1 million times each month.


Single Source was named the agency of record for Windover, a leading commercial and residential construction and development company in Manchester-by-the-Sea. Single Source will be responsible for developing and executing Windover’s strategic marketing plan. Single Source is a full-service marketing, advertising and promotions agency in Danvers.



The CoCo Key Hotel & Water Resort Boston-North Shore, 50 Ferncroft Road, Danvers, celebrated the beginning of a $10 million renovation project, which will convert the hotel into a DoubleTree by Hilton this fall. Renovations include updates to the meeting space and the addition of new technological amenities. After renovations are complete, the hotel will be branded as the DoubleTree by Hilton Boston-North Shore and will include 365 rooms, more than 30,000 square feet of flexible meeting and event space, an oversized fitness center, a pool with a 65,000-square-foot water park activity center, and an on-site spa.

New businesses

La Cosa Nostra Italian Kitchen

celebrated its grand opening with a ribbon-cutting ceremony with Mayor Kim Driscoll and members of the Salem Chamber of Commerce. The restaurant, 293 Jefferson Ave., Salem, offers a wide range of Italian meals.



Re-find men’s boutique, 244 Washington St., Salem, held its official ribbon-cutting ceremony with Mayor Kim Driscoll, local business leaders, owner Shelley Matthews and husband John Matthews, along with customers and family members. It is Shelley Matthews’ second store to open in less than a year. The men’s boutique specializes in new and resale clothing and accessories.


The Beverly Education Foundation donated $38,000 in support of Beverly High School

’s 1 to 1 Learning Initiative. The donation will be used to subsidize laptop expenses for students qualified for the free and reduced lunch program; support the cost of running the laptop support tech center, and maintenance and repair of laptops; and for loaner laptops for “gap” students, who missed by a marginal amount qualifying for standard financial assistance.


Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley received a donation of 364 Keurig Mini Coffee Makers from Right at Home, In Home Care and Assistance, a senior home care agency in Salem owned by Marblehead residents Rosaleen Doherty and Jay Kenney. Keurig sales at Elder Services has reached almost $9,000, with proceeds benefiting The Elder Care Fund, a financial resource available to adults 60 and older who live in the Merrimack Valley and have an emergency or unique financial situation with no other monetary resource.