, Newburyport, MA

July 12, 2011

Business briefs

New bike shop, cafe grand opening

EZ Pedaler of Newburyport and Friendesha Internet Café© will be holding a ribbon-cutting on Thursday, July 14, at 4 p.m. at their location at 40R Merrimac St. in downtown Newburyport next to the Chamber of Commerce office. Mayor Donna Holaday and the chamber will take part in the celebration. Check out the electric bikes and enjoy samplings from the café©. All are welcome to attend. EZ Pedaler rents and sells electric and pedal bicycles. Friendesha serves breakfast, lunch, coffee and has free WiFi.

Wetmore expands career coaching services

This summer, Marie Wetmore will be hosting a free coaching call, in session on Mondays from 6 to 6:50 p.m. This is an opportunity for someone who has always wanted to try coaching to get 10 or 15 minutes of laser coaching (short, focused coaching) at no charge. Residents of the North Shore are invited to participate by calling 781-219-3240, during the session time.

In addition, Wetmore announces the launch of three coaching groups: the 40 Precious Hours career coaching group, the Be a Lion life coaching group and the Creative Professionals Mastermind group for artists, writers, dancers and other creative professionals.

These meeting groups are held in a virtual setting where clients call in from the comfort of their homes or offices. To find out more, visit or call 781-219-3240.

She also offers individual and group coaching to adults, ranging from college seniors to retirees, and offers free resources including coaching tools, an e-zine, and a podcast, available on the website.

Bella Salon to hold ribbon cutting

Bella Salon, 92 Pleasant St., is hosting a grand opening and ribbon-cutting event on Thursday, July 14. The ribbon cutting will take place at 4 p.m., and the salon will be celebrating its grand opening from noon to 6 p.m. There will be food and music, as well as free mini services available for hair, make-up, skin and nails.

Porter new oncology navigator at Winchester Hospital

Kathleen Porter, RN, of Newburyport was named to the new role of oncology navigator at Winchester Hospital. Oncology navigation is a specialized service offered to patients, families and caregivers to facilitate timely access to quality health and psychosocial care, from prediagnosis through all phases of the cancer experience. Research indicates that cancer patients who are assisted by nurse navigators report better compliance with treatment plans and an improved quality of life.

In her position, Porter will assist patients and their families by streamlining scheduling of appointments and procedures, providing education and referrals, and offering emotional support.

Porter has extensive experience in nurse navigation and oncology care. Most recently, she worked for 17 years at Eastern Connecticut Health Network in Manchester, Conn., where she was an intensive care unit nurse, cardiac rehabilitation nurse and manager, women's health coordinator and breast care coordinator.

She received her bachelor of science degree in health administration from Saint Joseph's College of Maine, and she received her associate degree in nursing from Northern Essex Community College in Haverhill. Certified as a breast care nurse by the Oncology Nursing Society, Porter has worked closely with the American Cancer Society and the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation.

To learn more about oncology services at Winchester Hospital, visit

Boragine attends beauty show

The hair trend for the summer/fall 2011 season is new coloring and highlighting techniques and the addition of a unique hair accessory, according to Linda Boragine, owner of Linda's Alpha Omega Salon in Salisbury, who has just returned from the International Beauty Show in Las Vegas.

Boragine attended seminars given by some of the top stylists in the industry, including Marco Pelusi, colorist to the stars, Martin Parsons recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award in the Canadian Hairdressing Industry and New York designer Nick Arrajo.

Macintosh joins Bob Brandt & Associates

Deborah Macintosh has joined the financial services team of Bob Brandt & Associates, a financial advisory practice of Ameriprise Financial Services Inc. located in Newburyport.

As an associate financial advisor with the team, Macintosh works directly with clients to implement their financial plans, service their accounts, and make adjustments as their goals and needs change over time.

Macintosh brings more than 10 years of financial services experience to her new position. Previously, she worked for Infinex Investments, at the Institution for Savings, as a financial advisor and director of investment operations. There, Macintosh developed and oversaw individual investment plans for 250 clients and developed policies to ensure the bank was compliant with investment regulations. She also worked as a financial advisor with Smith Barney/Citigroup (now Morgan Stanley Smith Barney) in Danvers, where she built a strong client base and worked directly with clients to provide personal service and investment programs to meet individual client goals.

Macintosh is a member of the board of the Merrimack River Feline Rescue Society. She and her husband, Alan, live in Newburyport.

To learn more about Bob Brandt & Associates, visit their website at

Plum Island man named dealership sales manager

Dennis Pietro of Plum Island has been hired as sales manager at Jaffarian Automotive Group, a family-owned, full-service dealership. In the position, Pietro is responsible for managing and training the sales team and maintaining Jaffarian's high level of customer service throughout its sales operations. He comes to Jaffarian with 11 years of sales experience at dealerships, with nine of them in management.

Institution for Savings donates to Ipswich YMCA Early Education Center

The Institution for Savings, through its 2 Depot Square Ipswich Charitable Foundation, has donated $250,000 towards the construction of a new state-of-the-art YMCA Early Education Center set to open later this summer as part of the Powder House Village facility on County Road in Ipswich. The new center is part of a 50,000-square-foot complex that will also house 48 affordable housing units and a full-service Institution for Savings banking office. The YMCA's preschool will take up residence in half of the space while its afterschool program will take the other.

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