Matthews appointed senior residential loan officer
Peter B. Matthews has been appointed Newburyport Five Cents Savings Bank's senior residential loan officer. Most recently, Matthews served as the director of business development at the Institution for Savings. Previously, he worked for seven years as a mortgage loan officer at First & Ocean Bank, now TD Bank. Matthews started his banking career with the North Shore Bank and served in several different management and customer service positions, working there for 18 years. Staying true to the Newburyport Five Cents Savings Bank's unwavering commitment to community involvement, Matthews is an active volunteer as a corporator at the Anna Jaques Hospital and volunteering for the American Cancer Society and the American Red Cross. His memberships include the Newburyport, Amesbury, Salisbury, North Shore and Hampton (N.H.) chambers of commerce, and he is also an active member of the Greater Newburyport Board of Realtors.
Whole Music expands to Amesbury
E.J. Ouellette's Whole Music has announced the opening of a new studio in the Carriage Mill Building. Whole Music is offering a range of private music lessons and group instruction for students of all ages and skill levels. This expanded musical enterprise welcomes beginners and has a popular and growing community of adult musicians who take part in JamshopsTM (ensembles) held on most evenings. The historic building features multiple teaching rooms and ensemble space for workshops and acoustic sessions. High-end recording and production, artist development, and music instruction are also available in Whole Music's Byfield location. Fall semester registration is ongoing, and interested students can schedule lessons in either Amesbury or Byfield by calling 978-462-9020.
Halloween party at Cameron Office Supplies
The Amesbury Chamber of Commerce & Industrial Foundation and Cameron Office Products are hosting the ninth annual Halloween Party on Wednesday, Oct. 27, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Cameron Office Products in Amesbury. The annual event is open to the public and is held in conjunction with Cameron Office Products, the Greater Newburyport Chamber of Commerce & Industry and the Salisbury Chamber of Commerce. The party will boast a haunted mansion, music, refreshments, scareoke, tarot card readings and more. A free drink ticket will be given to those in costume. Prizes will be awarded for costumes. RSVP to the chamber at 978-388-3178.
Devakara coming to Amesbury
Devakara, a professional mental health center committed to helping individuals realize their optimal potential, is opening at the Cedar Street Lofts in Amesbury on Oct. 10. Weekly programs will offer an eclectic selection of workshops geared toward growing and strengthening mind, body and spirit. The grand opening on Oct. 10 will focus on alternative ways of finding careers, with small business expert Janet Richey and organizational consultant Chris Mann leading the brainstorming and self-exploration. Devakara founder, Beth Macy, will help participants find careers. For more information, visit www.devakara.com.
New ownership at Roots to Wings
Mike Houlihan, a Newbury native and former management consultant and technology executive, has taken ownership of Roots to Wings Yoga Studio in Byfield. Houlihan became interested in yoga after his wife, Beth, introduced him to it as a relief from stress. After Wendy Hall, the previous owner of the studio, left to manage a large yoga and spiritual center in New Jersey, Houlihan, a close friend of Hall, stepped in, leaving the corporate life behind. "I had a lot of fear about leaving the corporate world. With Beth at home with the kids, I was afraid to give up the security and control I thought I had in the corporate world. I began to realize what I thought I had was an illusion. I experienced so much clarity and joy from healing my body that I wanted to help others in the same way. Once I got clear about who I was and what made me the happiest, the decision to take ownership of Roots to Wings became easy," Houlihan said. Roots to Wings offers adult yoga, children's yoga, self-healing workshops and private energy healing. For information, visit www.rootstowings.com or call 978-463-9642.
Zach Field Drum Studios moves
Zach Field Drum Studios is relocating to a more commercial location in the Tannery Marketplace at the beginning of October. The new downtown space, located in Mill 1, Suite #8, will have four separate drum rooms for private instruction, as well as a large ensemble room for hand drum ensembles and steel drum ensembles. Steel drum groups are offered for elementary, middle and high school age students as well as adults. There is a special ensemble for preschoolers, Plum Island Pans for Kids. Each group rehearses once a week for 12 weeks in preparation for the final semester performance at the Firehouse Center for the Arts. The new location allows for collaboration with the Musical Suite and the Dance Place, as well. ZFDS has four instructors, all of whom hold a degree in music performance: Austin Bryant, Conal Ryan, Phil McGowan and owner Zach Field.
Norris earns certification
Dawn Norris of Dawn Norris Photography in Newburyport has earned the Certified Professional Photographer designation from the Professional Photographic Certification Commission. Norris earned this designation after meeting rigorous requirements measuring her artistic and technical competence. The Professional Photographic Certification Commission currently recognizes fewer than 2,000 certified professional photographers. The certification agency is the same organization that designates certified professional accountants. Norris' work may be viewed on her website at www.dawnnorris.com. She is currently accepting clients on a special project basis only.
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