Annual Window Decorating Contest
The Amesbury Chamber of Commerce & Industrial Foundation invites all businesses to participate in the 10th annual Holiday Window Decorating Contest.
Decorate your storefront this holiday season by displaying your products or services in the spirit of the holiday. Participants will be judged on creativity and best use of product.
The annual Window Decorating Contest is open to all businesses. The deadline for entering is Nov. 29. Judging will take place on Dec. 2, and winners will be announced at the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony on Dec. 4.
For entry forms, visit www.amesburychamber.com or call 978-388-3178.
New board members at Opportunity Works
Opportunity Works is pleased to announce its two recently appointed members to its board of directors, Richard Eaton and Peter Falconi. Richard A. Eaton has served as president and chief executive officer of The Newburyport Five Cents Savings Bank since 1994 and has 32 years of service with the bank. His community involvement is extensive. Peter Falconi is owner and operations manager at Port Broadcasting (WNPB Radio 1450 AM). He is a highly experienced radio professional with more than 30 years of expertise in the areas of radio programming, operations, marketing and management, as well as ownership, sales, budgeting and capital acquisition.
Online ordering for Loretta restaurant
Customers of Loretta can now order their lunch or dinner online at www.lorettarestaurant.com, and at the same time help their community. As a way to promote Loretta's online ordering capability, the restaurant will donate a portion of its takeout sales to the Pettengill House, a local nonprofit organization. Loretta's system lets patrons place and pay for their orders online, then pick up their food at the restaurant at a pre-determined time. To place an order, customers start by going to the online ordering section at http://www.lorettarestaurant.com/order. They pick the date and time of the pickup, and then select items from Loretta's menu.
Giorgio named director
Northeast HomeCare, Beverly and Addison Gilbert hospitals' Medicare-certified home care agency and a program of Northeast Senior Health, announces that Louis A. Giorgio, M.D., has been named to the position of medical director. In his new role, he will offer ongoing consultation and education to Northeast HomeCare's clinical staff as they provide comprehensive home health services to patients in 18 communities north of Boston. A resident of Newburyport, Giorgio has more than 20 years of experience as a physician. Board-certified in internal medicine, he is a hospitalist with Northeast Health Systems. He is also a member of the Northeast Physician Hospital Organization, a network of primary care and specialist physicians working collaboratively with Beverly and Addison Gilbert hospitals to ensure the delivery of accessible, high-quality care to residents of the North Shore.
MPG Home Design comes to Newburyport
Located in a 2000-square-foot renovated motorcycle repair shop, MPG Home Design is a one-stop experience for home interior shopping, with architectural design, interior design, vintage furniture, art gallery, and in-shop upholstery. Designer Mindi Poston Gay and architect Derek Rubinoff are the proprietors of the eclectic shop, which combines gray and white interior walls with brightly colored furniture and bold artwork from local and national artists. For more information, call Poston Gay at the store at 978-462-7500.
iMarc websites named finalists
Two websites created by iMarc, a local Web design firm on Inn Street, have been selected as finalists in the 15th annual MITX Interactive Awards. Hosted by the Massachusetts Innovation and Technology Exchange, the awards recognize excellence in the creation of Web innovations designed, produced or developed in New England. The nomination was received by iMarc for its work on the websites for .406 Ventures (www.406ventures.com) and EcoHealth Alliance (www.EcoHealthalliance.com). The MITX Awards are known to be the largest and most prestigious awards competition in the country for technology innovations and celebrate the best creative and technological accomplishments emerging from New England. This is another award for iMarc, a firm that in the last few years has been recognized for numerous awards and named to the 2010, Inc. list of 5,000 fastest growing private American companies.
Bryan named senior vice president
The Georgetown Savings Bank recently named Philip J. Bryan of Danvers to the position of senior vice president of retail lending. In his new position, Bryan will assume responsibility for promoting the banks' full range of retail lending services, with specific attention to growing the residential mortgage banking operation.
Bryan's background in retail lending extends for over 20 years. Most recently, he held the position of senior vice president of retail and lending at Metro Credit Union in Chelsea. Bryan is a graduate of UMass Dartmouth, where he earned his bachelor's degree in human resource management in 1986. Over the years, he has participated in numerous industry specific educational and professional development programs.
Amesbury Chamber seeking gift-card donors
The Amesbury Chamber of Commerce and Industrial Foundation Inc. is inviting all businesses in Amesbury to promote their businesses by donating a gift card to the annual holiday gift-card raffle. The winner of the gift-card raffle will be announced at the annual holiday restaurant showcase on Dec. 1 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Amesbury Playhouse Dinner Theater. Any business that would like to donate a gift card to the raffle should call the chamber at 978-388-3178 to arrange to have one of the members pick up the donation.
O'Brien's General Store anniversary
O'Brien's General Store, with locations in Seabrook and Portsmouth, N.H., celebrated its 35th anniversary on Oct. 2 with an array of giveaways and raffles, food, drinks, and festivities. The event was especially exciting for Leslie and Debbie Goodhue of Seabrook and Claire Mangos of Portsmouth, who won the weeklong Las Vegas trips that were raffled off. Leslie and Debbie Goodhue and Claire Mangos and guest will each enjoy round-trip airfare and a weeklong stay at Tahiti Village in Las Vegas, Nev., compliments of O'Brien's General Store.
Ankeles returns to WNBP
Jacky Ankeles, one of the most recognized radio personalities north of Boston, has joined "The Legends" WNBP AM 1450. Ankeles started hosting a new program weekdays 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Oct. 18. Based in Newburyport, WNBP is a locally owned, independent radio station reaching Cape Ann to Portsmouth, N.H., and throughout the Merrimack Valley.
"We are thrilled to have Jacky join 'The Legends' and bring her familiar and beloved voice back to listeners on the North Shore," said WNBP co-owner and operations manager, Pete Falconi. "New and faithful fans will enjoy her show that includes our popular lineup of 'legendary songs by legendary singers,' as well as new informative feature segments on North Shore, Seacoast and Merrimack Valley businesses and people."
"I'm very excited about becoming part of the WNBP family and getting back to the music, listeners and the community," Ankeles said. "It has always been my goal to have people to turn on the radio and feel like they're spending time with a friend and that we're enjoying the music together ... that happens on local radio. WNBP is a gem. Its growing success and popularity are directly a result of the station's extremely talented and knowledgeable broadcast veterans at the helm. They care about, and are totally devoted to, the community."
Edward Jones adviser wins service award
Rosemarie Kountz, of the financial services firm Edward Jones, recently won the firm's Service Award for eight years of hard work and enthusiasm as an Edward Jones financial adviser. "I can't believe it's been eight years," Kountz said. "This firm has proved to be everything I expected. It is truly dedicated to individual investors and understanding each investor's unique financial goals. For that reason, I am proud to represent this firm in Newburyport."
Allen joins Ambrosi Donahue
The Newburyport accounting firm of Ambrosi Donahue Congdon & Co., P.C., is pleased to announce the newest member of their professional staff, Michael H. Allen. Mike graduated this year from the Whittemore School of Business and Economics at the University of New Hampshire with a Bachelor of Science in accounting. He joins the firm after interning this past tax season.
Noyes named to MRWC board of directors
Merrimack River Watershed Council executive director Catherine Arning has announced that Duncan Noyes has been named to its board of directors. Noyes, a lifelong Amesbury resident, was also elected treasurer. As a member of the MRWC board, Noyes looks forward to building on the positive momentum that has developed in recent years. "We can't rest on our laurels," he said. "Through good science, conscientious stewardship, education and advocacy, we must strive for continuous improvement in the watershed to ensure that the Merrimack remains the environmental treasure it is today."
Zach Field Drum Studios moves
Zach Field Drum Studios has relocated to a more commercial location in the Tannery Marketplace. The new downtown space, located in Mill 1, Suite #8, has 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.
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