, Newburyport, MA

June 7, 2011

Business briefs

Summer cocktails at Greetings by Design

Sheila Bridgland of Dingo Creative will discuss the basics of design at Greetings by Design, 4A Winter St., Newburyport, tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. In conjunction with her visit, the shop is offering 20 percent off personalized stationery, and cocktails will be served from 4 to 8 p.m. For more information, call 978-225-6700 or email

Proactive Chiropractic opens in Salisbury

Dr. Meaghan M. Newman is establishing an office at 167 Elm St., in the Rangeway Center plaza next to Jurassic Mini Golf, Simon's Roast Beef and the new Port City Pets.

All are welcome to attend an open house on Tuesday, June 14, from 3 to 6 p.m. There will be refreshments, office tours, giveaways, free personalized consultations with the doctor and coupons for free family spine checks available. Proactive Chiropractic is a kid-friendly environment, so bring them along.

A native of Lancaster, Newman attended Nashoba Regional High School. She graduated magna cum laude with an undergraduate degree in biology and minor in psychology from Assumption College. She enrolled at Palmer College of Chiropractic in Florida. She passed four National Board exams, a physiotherapy National Board exam, Florida Radiology, Florida Jurisprudence and a Massachusetts Jurisprudence Exam.

Newman has held licenses and practiced in both Florida and Massachusetts and is a member of the Merrimack Valley Chiropractic Society, Newburyport Mothers Club, the Salisbury Chamber of Commerce and Latitude fitness club.

For more information, call 978-358-8184 or check out

How to sell your home in a down market

Steve Robinson from Stone Ridge Properties will discuss downsizing and making a house marketable, even in a poor economy.

Steven Babjak, owner of Center Stage Home Stagers by Crum Hill Design Group, will have helpful tips and ideas on how to get your house ready before it goes on the market to achieve a faster sale. Kate Grondin from Home Transition Resource will explore the difficulties of moving and help determine what services may be needed to achieve a stress-free transition, including space planning and move supervision. The program will be held June 23 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Atria Merrimack Place, 85 Storey Ave., Newburyport. Admission is free. For more information, contact Phyllis Cogilano at 978-462-7324.

Chamber holds annual meeting

The Greater Newburyport Chamber of Commerce & Industry announced at its 45th annual meeting held on May 13 that the board of director leadership has changed and that seven new members have joined the board of directors.

At the annual meeting, the following board of director leadership changes took place.

The incoming chair of the board is Mary Williamson, director of Community Engagement at Essex County Greenbelt Association. Additionally, seven new members have joined the board of directors: David Frick, Transaction Resources Inc.; Kim Gobbi, Newburyport Today; Diane Gronbeck, Brass Lyon; Steve Pfingst, David's Tavern on Brown Square; Michael Munday, Arwood Machine Corporation; Georgieanna Svenson, Four Star Limousine; and Nancy Von Kittlitz, Law Office of Nancy Von Kittlitz.

Recognition was also given to outgoing Chair Mary Anne Clancy, vice president of communications at the Institution for Savings, and outgoing board members Ralph Castagna, Castagna Construction; Chris Fraser, Fraser Automotive; Mark Friery, Plum Island Grille; and Lori Guertin, Essex Street Inn.

A new executive committee was announced, as well. That committee is chair, Mary Williamson, Essex County Greenbelt Association; chair elect, Scott Eaton, Newburyport Five Cents Savings Bank; foundation chair, Mary Anne Clancy, Institution for Savings; treasurer, Steve DeGuglielmo, Fritz DeGuglielmo, LLC, CPAs; clerk, Kate G. Kelly, Kelly's Taylor Rental; vice chair, Mark Goldstein, Anna Jaques Hospital; vice chair, Carl Strube, WNBP Radio; director, Louis Rubenfeld, senior retired member; and director, Chuck Withee, The Provident Bank.

The following business award recipients were announced as well: Retailer of the Year Award — Oregano Pizzeria and Ristorante; Chamber Ambassador — Tony Furnari and the Department of Public Service; and Business of the Year — iMarc.

The Greater Newburyport Chamber of Commerce & Industry is an 800-member organization whose mission is to address the needs of its members and be a leader in economic development while being sensitive to the community.

Duff is Mass. Marine Educator of the Year

Mass Audubon education coordinator Liz Duff received the distinguished Massachusetts Marine Educator of the Year Award presented by Massachusetts Marine Educators on April 30 at the organization's annual meeting. The award recognizes an individual who has demonstrated exemplary work in the field of marine science, while educating students, teachers and the community at large and serving as role model for environmental and marine awareness.

Since 1996, through Mass Audubon's Salt Marsh Science Project, Duff has involved elementary through college students in 10 coastal cities and towns ranging from Salisbury to Boston in real-world research that contributes to salt marsh restoration, management plans and activities.

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