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May 24, 2013

Community leaders lauded in Salisbury

Grossman joins Chamber of Commerce in recognizing individuals


The Louie A. Halison Community Service Award went to Jan Morse, the CEO of The Newburyport Five Cents Savings Bank, who Takesian described as the bank’s “backbone.”

“Jan Morse encourages her employees to take pride in supporting the communities they serve,” he said. “She shows by example, involvement and commitment to the many community based organizations in the true spirit of Louis A. Hailson. She believes in paying it forward.”

The Chamber Leadership Award was presented to Delia O’Connor, president of Anna Jaques Hospital.

Named hospital president in 2005, Takesian said, O’Connor has shown an extreme commitment to the community.

“The face of Anna Jaques Hospital has changed under her leadership,” Takesian said. “She is a motivating force in her organization. She’s always accessible, always ready listen.”

Longtime Salisbury advocate Connie Grasso and Alpha Omega Salon owner Linda Boragine were co-winners of the Chamber’s Appreciation Award this year.

Grasso’s a valued member of the Chamber of Commerce, earning praise for the endless hours she’s put into its marketing projects, whether by designing a brochure or working on raffles, Takesian said. Boragine drew praise for being an enthusiastic ambassador for the chamber and town, and for her hard work on Salisbury’s upcoming 375th anniversary celebration.

The chamber also announced its scholarship recipients last night. They are Meghan Hickey, who plans to attend UMass Lowell to study physical therapy, and Kelsie Ferris, also heading to UMass Lowell to study English and journalism.

The Service Center of Greater Lawrence Carmela Zappala Memorial Scholarship went to Christopher Reusch, who will attend Merrimack College this fall. This scholarship goes to a Salisbury student who exemplifies community service.

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