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April 5, 2011

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2nd award nomination for Butinksi Designs

Butinski Designs, which has been in business only two years, has just been nominated for the second year in a row for a Louie award by the greeting card association. More than 900 entries, including international companies submitted designs. Butinski Designs is one of three finalists that will be announced in New York City on May 16. The company was started after the owner battled cancer and wanted to change her life from corporate pharmaceutical recruiter to card designer. The company's first retail space, Upstairs Paper, is at 31 State St., Newburyport.

Seacoast social media company partners with Celebrities for Charity

Social Kitchen, a social media strategy and management company based in Seabrook has been retained as the social media company of record for Celebrities for Charity Foundation of Andover. Social Kitchen is offering support in Celebrities for Charity's social media endeavors, as the foundation experiences a period of rapid growth. Celebrities for Charity is currently offering online raffles with prizes that include opportunities to hang out with actor Charlie Sheen following his upcoming "Live: My Violent Torpedo of Truth" show in Detroit, two premium tickets to every Boston Bruins home playoff game in 2011, plus dinner with Boston Bruins superstar Milan Lucic, and more. The online raffles are being hosted using Celebrities for Charity Foundation's patented technology at

Williamson joins staff of Essex County Greenbelt

Essex County Greenbelt Association executive director Ed Becker has announced that Mary Williamson of Salisbury has joined the staff as Greenbelt's director of community engagement. In the newly created position, Williamson will direct all constituent-centered marketing and communications strategies and manage opportunities for meaningful public engagement with Greenbelt's portfolio of more than 250 protected properties. In addition, Williamson will further promote Essex County Greenbelt Association activities and initiatives that protect open space for recreation, agriculture and intrinsic scenic qualities. For more information about Greenbelt programs, visit or call 978-768-7241.

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