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June 10, 2014

Business Briefs

Childs joins Pilot Communications Group

Pilot Communications Group, LLC, of Newburyport, an integrated communications agency targeting emerging and small- to medium-sized businesses, announced Emmy-honored Jay Childs has joined the firm as director of video services. With the addition of Childs to the Pilot team, the firm is now offering full video production capabilities.

“Jay has been living the ‘every picture tells a story’ mantra for more than 20 years as principal at his own Portsmouth, N.H., production studio — JBC Communications,” said Jim Barbagallo, Pilot’s founder and CEO. “With Jay leading the way, we’re now able to provide clients with powerful, visual story-telling capabilities — an ideal complement to the firm’s content development and communications consulting capabilities.”

Childs has built a reputation for his diverse video production capabilities and expertise. He worked with the UMass Lowell marketing team to produce the UMass Pre-Tour Video and with Unitil, public utility, to produce Unitil Directional Drill Film, a video chronicling the efforts of engineers to enhance the state’s Spaulding Turnpike.

His “Caring For Mo” documentary, which captured a nurse’s courageous battle with breast cancer, was nominated for an Emmy by the New England Chapter of the National Association of Television Arts and Sciences.

Learning Outpost offers alternative to traditional school

Students have a new option for grades 6-12 in Newburyport this fall. Applications are currently being accepted for September. Learning Outpost offers students a chance to design their own curriculum to suit their goals, such as attending a four-year university, becoming an entrepreneur or pursuing an elite athletic career.

“Learning Outpost is not a typical school,” said co-founder Pam Ameen. “Our philosophy is based on a new model of education. One-on-one instruction, small group experiences and coaching toward self-directed learning are a few of the advantages. We are providing a collaborative environment, allowing students to ask questions and supporting them as they search for the answers.”

Learning Outpost also offers many traits Montessori-schooled students will recognize. “Our program is a natural progression of the Montessori method for upper grades curriculum,” said Andrew Soracco, currently a teacher at River Valley Charter School, co-founder of Learning Outpost. “For more information about Learning Outpost, visit their website at

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