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October 23, 2012

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---- — NECC paralegal program receives ABA approval

The nearly 30-year-old Northern Essex Community College Paralegal Program recently received reapproval from the American Bar Association for another seven years. It is one of just six ABA-approved paralegal programs in Massachusetts.

The American Bar Association, through its Standing Committee on Paralegals, has promoted the role of the paralegal as a vital member of the legal services delivery team for more than 30 years.

The approval process consists of several stages, including the preparation of a self-evaluation report and supporting documents, review by educational consultants, a site visit to the program, and consideration by the Standing Committee on Paralegals Approval Commission.

Students were first admitted to the Northern Essex Paralegal Program in 1983. The program was first approved by the ABA in 1988. To date, more than 600 students have graduated from the NECC Paralegal Program.

Pelletco receives ACTION award, relocates to Newburyport CleanTech Center

ACTION, the Association of Cleantech Incubators of New England, awarded Pelletco space in one of its 13 incubators across New England. Pelletco is using the award to expand its operations to the Newburyport CleanTech Center. Pelletco received the award as a semifinalist in the Cleantech Open, Northeast region. Pelletco provides locally sourced and sustainable alternative energy solutions utilizing patented biomass fuel technology. Its advanced pellet technology burns substantially cleaner than traditional petroleum, propane, electrical and even wood pellets.

The Newburyport CleanTech Center is a nonprofit clean technology business incubator and accelerator and a member of ACTION. The center will provide Pelletco with a physical presence in its new markets and will leverage its network of like-minded companies to expand its sales.

Anna Jaques touts clean energy efforts

Anna Jaques Hospital in Newburyport is crediting its new $8 million energy-efficient power plant and other new efficient systems in greatly reducing its energy consumption. Officials say the Zampell Power Plant, named in recognition of the financial support of Christine and James Zampell, will reduce the hospital’s energy use by 15 percent as well as its carbon footprint.

Hospital president Delia O’Connor said in a release that “becoming more energy efficient helps contain the cost of operating a hospital. It is also the right thing to do for the environment.”

O’Connor credits the support of National Grid, including its representatives Steve Szczechura and Fred Paine, and state Rep. Michael A. Costello, D-Newburyport, whose combined efforts helped bring clean energy to Anna Jaques, along with $235,000 in rebates. The purchase of energy-efficient boilers, chillers, automated systems and lighting qualified Anna Jaques for rebates from National Grid under the company’s energy initiatives and incentives program.

Costello said the effort is an example of how local businesses, government and nonprofits working together can make things happen for the community.

Chamber breakfast speaker series Nov. 1

The Greater Newburyport Chamber of Commerce will host their November breakfast speaker series on Thursday, Nov. 1. The November breakfast will feature Richard A. Davey, Massachusetts DOT secretary of transportation and chief executive officer as the guest speaker.

Secretary Davey leads an organization that operates with a single mission: to provide a safe, reliable and efficient transportation network for residents of the Commonwealth.

The November Breakfast Speaker Series is being sponsored by TD Bank.

The Breakfast is scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 1, from 7:30 to 9 a.m., at the Ocean Room, The Pavilion, 4 Oceanfront North, Salisbury Beach. A continental breakfast will be served to all who attend, reservations are required. Admission is $15 for Chamber members and $25 for non-members. To reserve a seat, call the Chamber at 978-462-6680.

Job Fair Nov 27

ValleyWorks Career Center will present the November Job Fair - “A Salute to US Military Veterans”, Nov. 27 at the Northern Essex Community College, Technology Center, 100 Elliott Street, Haverhill MA. The fair is from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Upwards of 20 or more employers are expected to participate in the event.

Employers wishing to participate in this event should contact ValleyWorks Career Center at 978-722-7000. Job seekers can meet with representatives of a variety of industries. Event organizers say first impressions matter, and suggest attendees practice their 30-second introductions, dress neatly and have a clean appearance, bring multiple copies of their resumes and come prepared to complete job applications. Membership or pre-registration is not required. Career Center members are asked to bring their membership information for quicker entrance. Watch for updated employer listing and event details at www.valleyworks.cc.

BauerFinancial gives Haverhill Bank top, five-star rating

BauerFinancial has awarded Haverhill Bank with its top, five-star rating. The “superior” five-star rating is based on industry standard, annual financial data as of June 30. Five-star institutions appear on BauerFinancial’s “recommended report.” The ratings classify each institution based on a variety of factors including capital level, profitability, historical trends, reserves, regulatory compliance and asset quality.

“I am pleased by BauerFinancial’s independent recognition of Haverhill Bank’s important and top-ranked standing among financial institutions. The five-star rating is a testament to the standards we put into place and the core practices that have been at the foundation of the bank for 135 years,” said Haverhill Bank President and Chief Executive Officer Thomas L. Mortimer.

BauerFinancial Inc. has been analyzing and reporting on the financial condition of the nation’s banking industry since 1983.

A depositor-owned institution, Haverhill Bank was founded in 1877 and is the oldest cooperative bank in Massachusetts. The bank’s Main Office is at 180 Merrimack St. in Haverhill. Haverhill Bank also maintains offices at 163 South Main St., 1094 Main St., 100 Lafayette Sq, Haverhill High School, Whittier Regional Vocational Technical High School and 6 West Main St., Merrimac.

Amesbury Sealing Products achieves OSHA SHARP award

Amesbury Sealing Products announced that their Amesbury manufacturing facility has been granted a Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP) award from OSHA in recognition of operating an exemplary injury and illness prevention program at their work site. Officials from the Massachusetts Department of Labor Standards and OSHA presented the award to the 55 employees at the Amesbury facility at 57 South Hunt Rd., on Oct. 22 and celebrated their outstanding effort and commitment to safety in the workplace.

The plant became the fifth Amesbury unit that has achieved the SHARP award, the others being located in North Carolina and South Dakota. Fewer than 1,600 worksites in the country and only 11 in Massachusetts currently share the honor of SHARP recognition. The Amesbury facility is an OEM producer of the Foam-Tite product line of weather seals, unique foam gaskets used by many of the major U.S. window manufacturers to prevent air and water infiltration in their window products.

The company, also known as Amesbury Group and Amesbury Industries, originated in 1978 when the Bailey Company spun off their commercial department at 21 Water St. to create an independent corporation.

By participating in the SHARP program and by meeting the stringent OSHA requirements, the U. S. Department of Labor rewards these businesses who have demonstrated their exemplary programs by removing their company’s name from OSHA’s Programmed Inspection Schedule.

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