, Newburyport, MA

October 16, 2012

business briefs

Newburyport Daily News

---- — 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 (ABA) 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.

Graduates work in all areas of the law including criminal, family, real estate, corporate, insurance, administrative law, personal injury, bankruptcy, and immigration.

Northern Essex offers both an associate degree and certificate in paralegal studies. For information on the Paralegal program go to

McCarthy receives award from NEWWA

Margaret A. McCarthy of Amesbury received the 2012 Younger Member of the Year Award from the New England Water Works Association (NEWWA), the region’s largest and oldest not-for-profit organization of water works professionals.

“This award recognizes Margaret’s outstanding dedication and service to the association through her involvement in programs and committees,” said Raymond J. Raposa, NEWWA executive director.

McCarthy is a team leader specializing in water treatment, distribution and automated-metering programs for Weston & Sampson of Peabody, a civil, environmental, and architectural design consulting firm providing services to public and private sector clients throughout the eastern U.S.

Since completing her co-op program at the firm in 2001, she was an engineer, project engineer, then project manager before being promoted to her present position.

She received a bachelor of science and a master of science degree in civil engineering from Northeastern University. She is a registered professional engineer in Massachusetts.

A member of the New England Water Works Association and American Water Works Association for more than a decade, McCarthy is a long-time member of NEWWA’s education, program and young professionals committees.

She and her husband, Jason, a water treatment plant manager for the Town of Danvers, have two daughters: Kelly and Sarah.

Stepanian to receive the Lillian Wald Service Award

On Oct. 30, Merrimac’s public health nurse, Eileen Stepanian, will receive the Lillian Wald Service Award. Nominees for this award include individuals that depict exemplary public health nursing practice to the public. Nominees must have demonstrated initiative and resourcefulness in developing efforts to improve the health of the public through political, legislative, or interdisciplinary activism. The noteworthy achievements represent a leadership role in promoting social reform activities for client groups, influencing health policy and health laws, strengthening public health nursing practice, and/or through collaborating with other health care workers, legislators, and public officials.

This national recognition will take place in San Francisco, and coincides with Stepanian’s 80th birthday. She has served the community for over 41 years as the public health nurse and has taught and mentored many students and nurses during this time.

After School Solutions opens

Solutions, which has been providing counseling services to the Newburyport area for 8 years from its offices at 184 State St., announced the opening of After School Solutions, a place for teens who need a place to go after classes end.

Their philosophy is based on a simple idea: teens need to be seen, heard and respected. When they aren’t, it can negatively impact their grades, sense of self-worth, social behavior and ability to form healthy relationships. Today’s busy pace, both at home and at school, often leaves teens feeling disconnected.

After School Solutions addresses these challenges in part by keeping classes small. This allows them to focus on teens’ individual needs, while still leaving time to expose them to some of life’s bigger ideas. Their primary offering is the After School Solutions program, with two daily sessions running from 2:45 to 5 and 5 to 7 p.m.

After School Solutions gives teens structured time to complete their homework in a comfortable and focused environment with a trained tutor on hand. They will have time to ask questions, discuss individual challenges and ideas, and hear tips on how to conquer life’s demands.

For more information, visit

North of Boston CVB mixer at Rowley winery

On Thursday, Oct. 25, the North of Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau will hold a mixer at the Mill River Winery in Rowley. The public is invited to taste and enjoy a selection of Mill River wines, local and international cheeses, antipasto, Italian cured meats, artisan breads and, of course, chocolate. Tours of the winery will be available.

This is an event to celebrate the harvest season, and to support the efforts of the North of Boston CVB to promote tourism in the region. Tourism is the third largest industry in the state of Massachusetts, creating over 124,700 new jobs last year and over $1.1 billion in tax revenue.

Tickets are $20 and must be reserved ahead of time. For more information, contact Maria at 978-465-6555 or by email at

Pelletco receives ACTION award and relocates to the 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 semi-finalist in the Cleantech Open, Northeast region. Pelletco provides locally sourced and sustainable alternative energy solutions utilizing patented biomass fuel technology. Their advanced pellet technology burns substantially cleaner than traditional petroleum, propane, electrical and even wood pellets.

The Newburyport CleanTech Center (NCTC) is a non-profit clean technology business incubator and accelerator and a member of ACTION. The NCTC will provide Pelletco with a physical presence in their new markets and will leverage their network of like-minded companies to expand their 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. “When we passed the Clean Energy Act of 2008, it was landmark legislation with a vision for a future with low-cost, clean-energy alternatives in the commonwealth. This project at Anna Jaques is evidence of that goal being realized.”


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