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February 22, 2012

Business News in Brief

The Tutoring Tree at Tokyo Joe's

The Tutoring Tree, a local tutoring company, has teamed up with Tokyo Joe's Karate Studios on Route 1 in Salisbury as part of an effort to help support the whole child — in mind, in body and in spirit.

Co-owners Alison Trimper and Anne Miles have opened the center, which provides reading, writing and math support to students in grades kindergarten to 12. They offer individualized instruction. The Tutoring Tree also provides test preparation classes for the MCAS, SAT and other academic exams.

For more information, contact Trimper at or 781-718-8332 or Miles at or 617-291-4709. The website is

Brandt named five-star wealth manager

For the third year in a row, Bob Brandt has been named a five-star wealth manager by Five Star Professional and Crescendo Business Services. This year, fewer than two percent of wealth managers in the Boston area qualified for the award, which is based on overall client service.

Five Star Professional partnered with Crescendo Business Services to find wealth managers who satisfy 10 objective eligibility and evaluation criteria that are associated with wealth managers who provide quality services to their clients. As a financial advisor trained in behavioral finance, Brandt focuses on values-based financial planning that recognizes the impact of emotions on financial decision-making.

Brandt has been providing financial planning and asset management services to individuals, families and businesses for 23 years. He received behavioral finance training with the Lennick Aberman Group in 2010, and earned his certified financial planner certification in 1994. He and his wife, Karen, live in Byfield with their two daughters.

Bob Brandt & Associates recently moved to newly-renovated offices in The Brackett Heel Building at 7 Prince Place in Newburyport.

Stanley joins Nigro Pettepit & Lucas

Sara Stanley, Esq. has joined Nigro Pettepit & Lucas, LLP, a full-service litigation and dispute resolution law firm with offices located in Wakefield and Newburyport, specializing in probate and estate litigation, and civil litigation, as well as personal injury law and estate planning. She is licensed to practice law in Massachusetts.

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