NewburyportNews.com, Newburyport, MA

October 4, 2011

Business News in Brief


Art Association hosts chamber mixer

The Newburyport Art Association at 65 Water St. in Newburyport will host a Members Mixer on Thursday, Oct. 13, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Chamber members are invited for an evening of networking and mingling among the artwork at the Newburyport Art Association.

Cocktails and raffles are planned. Ten Center restaurant will supply the hors d'oeuvres. Discounted memberships to the art association will be available that night to anyone who joins the nonprofit organization. Call the chamber at 978-462-6680 or visit www.newburyportchamber.org.

Polcari elected VP of NEWWA

David G. Polcari of Groveland has been elected vice president of the New England Water Works Association (NEWWA), the region's largest and oldest not-for-profit organization of water works professionals.

Polcari is an associate and New England client service manager for CDM, an international consulting engineering firm.

He received a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and a master of science degree in civil engineering from Northeastern University.

A member of the New England Water Works Association for 16 years, Polcari previously served as Massachusetts state director. He also chaired the sponsor services committee and served as a member of the executive, planning, site selection and younger member recognition committees. He is a former director of the association's professional development council and administration council. A mentor in NEWWA's mentor/mentee program, Polcari is also actively involved with the young professionals committee.

NECC leader in completion movement

Northern Essex Community College has been recognized as a leader in the national student completion movement by Achieving the Dream, a national nonprofit. Northern Essex is one of 23 institutions designated as a 2011 Leader College for demonstrating sustained improvement and accomplishments on key student achievement indicators. Two additional Massachusetts community colleges, Bunker Hill and Roxbury, were also selected.

Northern Essex has been participating in Achieving the Dream, a national effort to close the gaps in student success, particularly among minority and low-income students, for the past four years. Funding and support from Achieving the Dream has allowed Northern Essex to review and measure current practices and develop new initiatives to help improve student outcomes such as retention and graduation rates.

As a result of its participation in Achieving the Dream, the college has created math tutoring centers in Haverhill and Lawrence; introduced supplemental instructors in challenging courses; developed a College Success skills course; expanded and improved academic advising services; and made several new policy changes with an eye toward student success.

Haverhill attorney new NECC trustee

William D. Cox Jr., Esq., of Haverhill, has been appointed to the Northern Essex Community College Board of Trustees by Gov. Deval Patrick. Cox, who has his own law practice, also has held the position of city solicitor for Haverhill for more than seven years. He has worked in the legal arena for better than two decades in both the public and private sectors. A graduate of Bradford College, he also attended the University of London and American University. Cox earned his juris doctor degree from New England School of Law. Prior to opening his private practice, Cox briefly served as assistant district attorney for Essex County. He is currently board president of Career Resources Corporation in Haverhill, a member of the Northern Essex Community College legal studies advisory board and a member of the Haverhill, American and Massachusetts Bar Associations.

Shady Oaks Organics wins $11,000 loan

Shady Oaks Organics, an organic mushroom farm in Newburyport, has received an $11,000 loan under the MassDevelopment/The Carrot Project Small Farm Loan Program. Shady Oaks grows multiple varieties of oyster and shiitake mushrooms from bales of organic wheat straw at its new 3,100-square-foot facility and is using loan proceeds to build out that space and purchase new equipment. The farm relocated there after cultivating and selling its first crop of rare varieties of organic mushrooms, grown in a small basement. The new facility helps increase its capacity and efficiency. Shady Oaks Organics supplies its mushrooms to several well-known restaurants on the North Shore and in Boston. The company also participates in farmers markets in Newburyport, Amesbury, Boston, Cambridge and Gloucester.

The Carrot Project's founder and Executive Director Dorothy Suput said Shady Oaks has "done a tremendous job of test-marketing their product, are filling a gap in local markets and have a business model with high-growth potential, all from an urban agricultural space."

The loans helped Shady Oaks finish renovating its new indoor mushroom production facility and paid for its first round of production inputs and supplies, company partner Nathan Seyler said.

Gandelman appointed director of home care

Living Innovations (www.livinginnovations.com), an agency that provides in-home and community support to the elderly, and people with disabilities and long-term illnesses, has appointed Beth I. Gandelman as director of home care. Gandelman, a longtime marketing and business development professional, will manage the agency's initiatives that provide in-home services to the elderly and people with long-term illnesses throughout New Hampshire, Maine and northeastern Massachusetts. Gandelman brings about 20 years of experience working in home care, assisted living and hospice. Prior to joining Living Innovations, Gandelman was director of business development at a hospice program in Waltham and was regional marketing manager for a private duty home care agency. Prior to this, she was director of marketing and physician relations for a Greater Boston fertility center. She was also an independent sales and marketing consultant for several Massachusetts-based health care clients. For more information, visit www.livinginnovations.com or call (603) 422-7308.

Living Innovations (www.livinginnovations.com), an agency that provides in-home and community support to the elderly, and people with disabilities and long-term illnesses, has appointed Beth I. Gandelman as director of home care. Gandelman, a longtime marketing and business development professional, will manage the agency's initiatives that provide in-home services to the elderly and people with long-term illnesses throughout New Hampshire, Maine and northeastern Massachusetts. Gandelman brings about 20 years of experience working in home care, assisted living and hospice. Prior to joining Living Innovations, Gandelman was director of business development at a hospice program in Waltham and was regional marketing manager for a private duty home care agency. Prior to this, she was director of marketing and physician relations for a Greater Boston fertility center. She was also an independent sales and marketing consultant for several Massachusetts-based health care clients. For more information, visit www.livinginnovations.com or call (603) 422-7308.

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