Port lawyer lauded for elder advocacy
Newburyport lawyer Margot Birke was recognized as Member of the Year by the Massachusetts Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys for her commitment of time and energy as chairwoman of the group’s programming committee.
Birke was selected for the honor from among the chapter’s 500-plus members. She was among those honored at the chapter’s annual meeting for advocacy of elder services and commitment to raising awareness of legal issues affecting seniors.
Lagasse named to Regis College board
Ann M. Lagasse of Newburyport has been named to the board of trustees of Regis College in Weston. Lagasse, a 1979 graduate of Regis College, was co-founder and principal of Piper Properties Management Company in Newburyport for 20 years. She was responsible for purchasing, redeveloping and managing 35 historic mixed-use properties in the city, including retail, office, residential and commercial tenants. Currently, Lagasse is managing Boston’s Seaport marina projects and developing an inn and a mega yacht marina in Boston’s North End. She is the recipient of four annual Historic Preservation Awards for Commercial Buildings from the City of Newburyport and received the Women of Influence Award from the Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce.
Lagasse said it was an honor to be elected to the board, “especially at this time when the college is undergoing a master plan, and I will have the opportunity to use my experience in property development to fulfill a major objective of the strategic plan.”
Lagasse is also active at the Joslin Diabetes Center and Anna Jaques Community Health Foundation, serving as chairwoman of the board since 2009. She earned her bachelor of arts in economics from Regis and her master in business administration from Northeastern University in Boston in 1988.
Coldwell grateful for ‘Pie in the Sky’ support
The Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage office in Newburyport is thanking the community for participating in its annual “Pie in the Sky” fundraiser to benefit Community Servings.
Linda Knight, sales manager of the office in Newburyport, especially singled out Absolut Hair Salon in addition to all those in the area who supported Pie in the Sky. She said many clients of Community Servings will receive free nutritious meals at their homes because of the generosity.
Together, CBRB raised approximately $50,000, contributing to the $560,000 that was generated by this year’s Pie in the Sky campaign for Community Servings.
Community Servings is Eastern Massachusetts’ only free, home-delivered meals program for families and individuals with HIV/AIDS and other acute life-threatening illnesses. Each day, Community Servings delivers a nutritious lunch, dinner and a snack to 800 men, women and children too ill to shop or cook for themselves.
The sales associates of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage encouraged neighbors throughout the community to purchase Thanksgiving pies that were prepared and donated by more than 150 of Greater Boston’s best restaurants and caterers. For every pie sold, Community Servings will be able to feed one client for five days.
Local horse farm wins top honors
High Tail Acres, LLC of Newbury was one of 31 horse farms and stables statewide recently honored by the the Massachusetts Farm Bureau Federation’s with the “2013 Horse Farm of Distinction” award.
High Tail Acres is a training, lesson, boarding and show stable. Its horses and students have earned numerous regional and national awards. High Tail Acres hosts a UPHA Winter Tournament every November, offers horsemanship programs throughout the year for all ages and abilities, hosts birthday parties and is available for clinics and demonstrations.
The Horse Farm of Distinction program began in 1990 to recognize 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 Acres, visit www.hightailacres.com.
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