NewburyportNews.com, Newburyport, MA

February 7, 2012

Business News in Brief


Valentine's Day wine, chocolate pairing

Jewell Towne Vineyards will hold a Valentine's Day Wine and Chocolate pairing on Saturday, noon to 4 p.m., at the winery in South Hampton. Partnering with the Lindt Chocolate Shop located in the Industrial Park in Stratham, N.H., they will be sampling a variety of premium chocolates paired with Jewell Towne wines. Both chocolate and wine will be available for purchase during the event. The event is open to the public, free of charge, and no reservations are needed. For more information, visit their website at www.jewelltownevineyards.com or call 603-394-0600.

Soucy named as GNAR board secretary

The Greater Newburyport Association of Realtors (GNAR) named Jean Soucy as secretary of the board of directors.

Elected to the position on Oct. 10, Soucy assumed her duties at an installation ceremony on Jan. 10. As a Greater Newburyport Association of Realtors officer, she will serve on the Grievance, Professional Standards and Events Committees, and will chair the organization's Public Relations Committee.

Soucy's numerous professional activities and industry contributions are complemented by a long history of community involvement and leadership in the Newburyport area, most recently serving as president of the board of trustees for Unity on the River.

Born in Haverhill, Soucy has two children and is a 20-year resident of Newburyport. She holds a business management degree from Merrimack College and is a broker with William Raveis — The Dolores Person Group.

Georgetown Therapeutic Massage welcomes new massage therapist

Georgetown Massage, which has been providing massage therapy since 2003, welcomes Barbara Hill to its highly trained staff. In addition to providing massage for the traditional relaxation and sore muscle relief benefits, Hill specializes in orthopedic and sports massage, with focus on the neck, upper body and lower back.

She is a graduate of Spa Tech Institute, is licensed by the commonwealth of Massachusetts and is a member of Associated Massage and Bodywork Professionals. She is certified in Meagher Sports massage and Cervical Orthopedic Massage. She also practices sports massage on equine athletes, which has enhanced her intuitive touch.

Georgetown Massage can be contacted at 978-352-7677 or www.GeorgetownMassage.com. Georgetown Therapeutic Massage is at 20 West Main St., and is open Monday through Saturday.

High Tail Acres named Horse Farm of Distinction

High Tail Acres of Newbury is one of 33 horse farms and stables in the state recently earning the designation of 2012 Horse Farm of Distinction from the Massachusetts Farm Bureau Federation.

High Tail Acres is a training, lesson, boarding and show stable at the end of High Tail Lane in Newbury. It hosts a winter tournament every January, offers horsemanship programs throughout the year for all ages and abilities, hosts birthday parties and is available for clinics and demonstrations. Its horses and students have earned numerous regional and national awards.

The 6,000-member Massachusetts Farm Bureau Federation represents farmers involved in all facets of agriculture. The Horse Farm of Distinction program began in 1990 to recognize and present to the public horse farms and stables that set high standards and achieve a level of excellence in overall horse health, farm management and compliance with public safety.

For more on High Tail Acre, stop by the farm Monday through Friday after 3 p.m. or visit www.hightailacres.com.

Newbury floral designer named Bride's Choice

WeddingWire has selected Le Reve Floral Design in Newbury to receive its Bride's Choice Awards 2012 for Flowers & Decor for the second straight year. The annual awards program recognizes the top local wedding vendors from the WeddingWire Network who demonstrate excellence in quality, service, responsiveness and professionalism within the wedding industry.

Winners are selected based on reviews from past newlywed clients. Le Reve Floral Design is owned by Darcy Hammer. Visit www.lerevefloraldesign.com for more.

Newburyport firm completes reverse merger

Brain Tree International Inc. announced that it has completed a reverse merger with privately held Trunity, Inc., the result of which is that Trunity has become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Brain Tree, which changed its name to Trunity Holdings, Inc.

Under the terms of the merger agreement, the former Trunity shareholders exchanged their shares for Trunity Holdings shares so that upon the closing of the merger, the former Trunity shareholders own 99% of Trunity Holdings f/k/a Brain Tree. Trunity Holdings has applied for a new stock symbol to take effect in the near future.

Terry Anderton, co-founder and CEO of Trunity, commented, "We believe that along with the 2200+ scientists and expert contributors from over 150 academic institutions from 60 countries that publish on the Trunity platform using Trunity's cloud based eLearning and Virtual Textbook solution, we have created a transformational end-to-end solution to address the huge educational marketplace. We are pleased to be taking the next step in Trunity's evolution, by becoming a publicly-traded company. We look forward to rewarding our shareholders with opportunities associated with transformation and virtualization that is occurring rapidly in the educational space."

Trunity, Inc. is a Delaware corporation headquartered in Newburyport. Trunity has developed a fully hosted knowledge-sharing platform — that focuses on the rapidly growing eLearning, virtual textbook and corporate communications marketplace.

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