Provident Bank's Bob Jones to retire
After a distinguished 37-year career in commercial banking, Bob Jones will retire at the end of this year. Jones is vice president/commercial lending at The Provident Bank's Seabrook branch.
Born and raised in Newburyport, Jones has spent his entire career in banking within the Greater Newburyport and Seacoast New Hampshire regions, where he has remained dedicated to making the community a better place to live and work.
He joined The Provident Bank in 2004 from First & Ocean National Bank in Newburyport, where he had worked for 10 years. He previously worked at some of the area's other prominent banks, including Bank of New England, Eastern Bank and Northeast National Bank in Amesbury.
Jones gives generously of his time and expertise to support civic and community organizations. He remains treasurer of The Pettengill House, a social services agency in Salisbury, where he has been a board member for 10 years. He is a former Finance Committee member for the Anna Jaques Community Health Foundation, where he also remains a corporator. In addition, he is a board member of Housing Support Inc. in Newburyport; chairman of the board of directors at the Coastal Economic Development Corporation in New Hampshire; an executive member and treasurer of the board for the Hampton Area Chamber of Commerce; and first vice chairman of the Salisbury Chamber of Commerce board of directors.
Vine Associates merges with GZA
David Vine, principal of Vine Associates Inc. of Newburyport, announced that he has merged his firm with GZA GeoEnvironmental of Norwood. The merger enables Vine Associates to provide the full range of engineering and environmental services to clients.
Vine Associates has been in business in Newburyport for the past 23 years. Most recently, Vine Associates has been assigned a five-year work task contract with the U.S. Coast Guard, providing waterfront services throughout the country. It is currently providing bathymetric surveys at eight Coast Guard facilities in Florida, Texas and Louisiana.
The firm has also been instrumental in developing the waterfront improvements in Newburyport, New Bedford, Salem, Beverly and Boston Harbor for the Massachusetts Port Authority and the City of Boston.
Anders Bjarngard and Frank Vetere, both registered Massachusetts professional engineers, have joined Vine Associates in the Newburyport office. Bjarngard's specialty is in geotechnical projects, and he leads GZA's Dam Safety Engineering group. Vetere is a geotechnical engineer and licensed site professional specializing in hazardous waste site assessment and remediation.
ENPRO names new project scientist
ENPRO Services Inc., a Newburyport firm specializing in the management of oil and hazardous waste, has named project scientist Tony Santa Fe to its local office.
Prior to joining ENPRO, Santa Fe worked in the Environmental and Safety Auditing department of Merrimack Environmental in Merrimac. He earned a bachelor's degree in Safety Science from Keene State College, N.H.
As a project scientist at ENPRO's Newburyport headquarters, Santa Fe will provide technical support within the Technical Services Division, including overseeing and documenting initial response actions and subsequent remedial activities, planning and implementing field investigations.
In addition, he will perform environmental sampling and field screening, reduce and analyze data, draft technical reports, and coordinate with ENPRO clients, regulatory agency personnel and subcontractors.
Consulting firm helps with green program
NEWBURYPORT - Environmental consulting firms Horsley Witten Group Inc. and ICF International are teaming together again to kick off the second round of technical planning assistance to 28 Massachusetts communities striving to achieve Green Communities certification under the Department of Energy Resources.
Between now and May 2011, the firms will assist 28 communities by guiding them through these five qualifying criteria for achieving Green Communities status:
Adopt as-of-right siting for renewable/ alternative energy generation, R&D, or manufacturing sites;
Adopt expedited permitting process;
Create an Energy Reduction Plan to reduce energy use by 20% in five years;
Purchase only fuel-efficient vehicles; and
Adopt Stretch Code or minimize life cycle cost.
Once Green Community status is achieved, communities become eligible for grant funding to implement a range of energy-efficiency and renewable-energy projects.
Horsely Witten, with offices in Newburyport, will be serving as the primary client coordinator for 11 of the 28 communities, including the North Shore communities of Beverly, Boxford, Franklin and West Newbury.
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