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GIVINGBased in Beverly full circle of the earth received a grant from the Beverly Whole Foods Market Community Giving Program. The grant, in the amount of $2,982, will be applied to the general operating budget of the organization to complete the construction of a hoop at 36 Foster Street in Beverly. This facility will serve as a community resource providing information on organic land care and native plants, as well as educational programs focused on reducing chemical pesticides and herbicides from our environment. For more information on Full Circle Earth, visit

North Shore Bank donated $1,200 to Open door in Gloucester. The proceeds were donated by bank employees as part of their weekly “Jeans Day” program, which launched in 2015 and has since donated more than $90,000 to local charities and nonprofits. In exchange for $5 a week, bank staff are allowed to wear jeans to work on Fridays with the funds raised, pooled, and then donated to an area charity designated by a bank employee.

Based in Beverly Coastal and exterior windows recently donated materials and labor to install a new roof at a Lynn veteran’s home, in partnership with Essex County Habitat for Humanity. Owner Stephanie Vanderbilt explained that it was part of his company’s Roof for Heroes program, which aims to provide a complete GAF roofing system free of charge to people who protect our communities, such as veterans. According to Vanderbilt, Vincent Gunning, a Vietnam War Navy veteran and retired postman, lived in a house where the roof was literally collapsing from rot. Gunning also has a prosthetic leg and mobility issues, which makes it difficult to manage the upkeep of his home. Once Don Preston of Habitat for Humanity contacted Vanderbilt, she said her company went to work the following week. “I feel very lucky to be able to give back to Vincent to give him peace of mind with a roof over his head…for a lifetime,” she said. So far, the Beverly-based company has donated more than $150,000 in labor and materials to Essex County Habitat for Humanity.


Salem Resident Ellen Fleming-Clark joined the board of the Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus. A client executive at an S&P 500 technology company, Fleming Clark served as CFO for Congressman Carol Shea Porter (New Hampshire First District).

Jamieson Wicks, a Topsfield native and Peabody resident, has been named North Shore Community College’s (NSCC) new assistant vice president for facilities operations and services. Prior to his appointment as AVP, he was Director of Facilities at NSCC and in his new role he will be responsible for the development and improvement of all NSCC facilities infrastructure including new builds, renovations and upgrades. program needs. In addition, he will be responsible for all facilities-related capital planning with architects, engineers, in-house physician practices, and external state agencies to advance the college’s strategic vision.

Raminder Luther, Ph.D. was named Dean of the Bertolon School of Business at Salem State University, effective Feb. 13. She had served as Acting Dean of the Bertolon School since May 2020, and had previously served as a finance professor at the school for 22 years.

In December 2020, Bertolon School received AACSB accreditation, a distinction enjoyed by only 5% of business schools worldwide, and the first of Massachusetts state universities to receive this accreditation.

Sales Associate Tyler Collins joined J Barrett & Company at the Cummings Center office in Beverly. Collins, who has deep family roots on the North Shore, honed her customer skills during a years-long retail and sales career in New York City. Ipswich native and estate agent Rhiannan Thompson also recently joined the Cummings Center office. On her way to becoming a full-time realtor, Thompson served as an agent’s assistant and lived in several North Shore communities, including Danvers, Marblehead, Peabody and Ipswich.

Salem Residents Vanessa Wood, Kristin Eisenzopf, Gail McCarthy and Jenne Robertson, all Care Dimensions social workers based in Danvers were honored during National Social Work Month, March 2022, for their contributions, compassion and commitment to their patients. The mission of these hospice and palliative care social workers is to encourage the expression of feelings, improve family communication, support the family in their adjustment, connect families with community resources and education and to provide support to the patient and their family throughout the journey to the end. of life.

Michael A. Torrielli has been named the new director of retail sales at North Shore Bank. Prior to joining North Shore Bank, Torrielli – a graduate of the New England School for Financial Studies – served as Senior Vice President, North Regional Director of Cambridge Savings Bank and, in total, brings nearly 25 years of global experience in retail banking in his new position. .


The town of Danvers received the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award from the Government Finance Officers Association for its fiscal year 2022 budget document, an honor enjoyed by less than 5% of municipalities. The GFOA budget award reflects the highest principles of government budgeting and adherence to nationally recognized guidelines, including a budget that serves effectively as a policy document, financial plan, operations guide, and communications device. .

“As an elected official, the announcement of this award reinforces my confidence that our community’s finances are managed professionally and efficiently,” said Gardner Trask, Chairman of the Board of Select.

the Best Western Plus North Shore Hotel, 50 Dayton St. in Danvers, received the Best Western Hotels & Resorts Director’s Award for its exceptional quality standards. The Manager’s Award recognizes Best Western brand hotels that rank in the top 20% of more than 2,200 North American properties for quality assurance. Hotels must also meet Best Western’s requirements for design and high customer service ratings to be eligible for the award.

Magical beginnings, a family network of early childhood centers, recently cut the ribbon for its new school, at 50 Dunham Ridge Road in Beverly. This is the seventh location for Magical Beginnings, which also has centers in Peabody, Hamilton, Maple Street and River Street in Middleton, Wakefield and Essex. The Beverly School opened on October 25 and a grand opening was celebrated on November 9 with the Greater Beverly Chamber of Commerce. Founder and CEO Linda Hassapis started a daycare in the basement of his Peabody home in 1990 when he was 20 years old. And by 2000, Linda’s Quality Daycare had become Magical Beginnings, which was incorporated that year with its first preschool center. In 2021, the company also founded the Skip and Shirley LaBrie Scholarship Fund, named after Hassapis’ parents, for students pursuing their Early Childhood Education degree at Peabody Veterans Memorial High School. The new Beverly site is approximately 6,200 square feet and provides six classrooms for different ages: two preschool classrooms, two toddler classrooms and two infant classrooms. The playground has a large outdoor area with use divided into toddler and preschool areas. At full capacity, the school will accommodate 40 preschoolers, 18 toddlers and 14 infants.


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