Workforce Investment Board wins funds for veterans
The Walmart Foundation has awarded a $25,000 grant to the Merrimack Valley Workforce Investment Board for “Close the Gap” Veterans Services. Walmart funding will be used to support occupational skills training for veterans who are not eligible for any other veteran-targeted federal or state job training. The ValleyWorks Career Center in Lawrence will operate the program through its Local Veterans Employment Representatives. Services will take place over the next nine months.
The Merrimack Valley has an above average number of very disadvantaged veterans. In 2011, Merrimack Valley veterans between the ages of 20 and 24 had an average unemployment rate of 30 percent.
The MVWIB/VWCC served nearly 1,000 veterans in fiscal year 2012, and is on course to surpass that number in fiscal 2013.
The MVWIB serves employers and workers across the Merrimack Valley and Greater Newburyport. Visit www.mvwib.org for more.
Newburyport Bank awards $88,000
The Newburyport Five Cents Savings Bank and its Charitable Foundation awarded more than $88,000 in grants to 11 nonprofit community organizations during the fourth quarter of 2012.
Grant recipients include Greater Newburyport Opportunity Works, Amesbury Education Foundation, Gulf of Main Institute/Newburyport, Newburyport Literary Association, River Valley Charter School, Plum Island Taxpayers Association, The Arc of Greater Haverhill-Newburyport, Pettengill House, Our Neighbors’ Table, The Boston Fellows and Salvation Army of Newburyport.
Barnes joins Newburyport podiatry practice
Dr. Angela M. Barnes has become an associate podiatrist at Dr. DiResta and Associates podiatry practice at the Forrester Street Professional Building in Newburyport and she has joined the active medical staff at Anna Jaques Hospital in Newburyport.
Barnes is a graduate of the Kent State University School of Podiatric Medicine in Ohio. During her medical school training, she served as a delegate for the student chapter of the American Association for Women Podiatrists and was also a student tutor for anatomy and pathology. She was a recipient of the prestigious North Central Academy Scholarship in 2004 and 2005. Prior to beginning her studies in podiatric medicine, she studied biology at the Indianapolis University Purdue University.
She arrived in New England after finishing three years of residency in podiatric medicine and surgery, including serving veterans for two years at Hunter Holmes McGuire Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Richmond, Va.
at Ivy Lane
Ivy Lane at 31R Pleasant St. in downtown Newburyport will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony tomorrow at 4 p.m. The home furnishings and décor shop owned by Cheryl Judge and Jennifer Wilkins opened in the fall and features industrial, primitive and European antiques and vintage finds along with new eclectic home décor furnishings and accessories, gourmet chocolates, textiles, garden treasures, jewelry, beauty products and more. Ivy Lane also carries CeCe Caldwell paints and offers a variety of painting workshops. Wine and cheese will be served and the first 20 guests will receive a free gift. Mayor Donna Holaday and the Greater Newburyport Chamber of Commerce & Industry will be on hand for the event. For more information, visit Ivy Lane on Facebook at www.ivylanenewburyport/facebook.com. To register, call the chamber at 978-462-6680 or visit http://business.newburyportchamber.org/Events/details/ribbon-cutting-at-ivy-lane-6153.
North Shore Language Center adding Italian
North Shore Language Center on Bridge Road in Salisbury is adding an adult beginner Italian class to its schedule. The center, which opened in September, already offers a variety of foreign language classes, including Spanish, French and Mandarin. The goal of owners Mariana Lynch and Jennifer McCormick is to bring a vibrant excitement about learning foreign language to the area. Their experienced team of native and bilingual educators offers 45-minute programs daily that incorporate music and movement into the curriculum. Visit www.nslcenter.com for more information.
Provident Bank announces promotions
Charlie Cullen, president and CEO of The Provident Bank, has announced nine recent promotions.
Gary Coltin, who joined Provident Bank in 2008 with more than 30 years of banking industry experience, was named executive vice president of retail banking, marketing and public relations.
David Randall, who has been with Provident Bank since 1989 and has more than 35 years of banking experience, has been named senior vice president of deposit operations and Bank Secrecy Act officer.
Additional promotions and new job titles announced by Cullen include: Denise Atherton, assistant vice president, compliance officer; Leanne Corning, assistant vice president, branch manager; Jennifer Brown, knowledge officer; Sarah Corneau, operations officer/Bank Secrecy Act specialist; Jeff Eaton, call center manager/officer; Steve Smith, retail officer, branch manager; and Anne Lapointe, vice president and chief talent officer.
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