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NEWBURYPORT — David Boudreau, a veteran senior vice president and commercial lender, was recently chosen to lead the Institution for Savings’ commercial lending division.

Stu Steinberg, CFP, CPA, MBA, owner and founder of Eaglerock Financial in Newburyport, was recently honored with Boston’s 2021 Five Star Wealth Manager Award. Steinberg has received the award nine years in a row for professional excellence in the industry.

AMESBURY — While growing up, John DeSimone always loved cars. It was a love he had to tap when, as a young man, he banged up his 1984 Monte Carlo SS.

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AMESBURY - Eddie Costello, owner of Eddie's Barber Shop in Amesbury, recently celebrated his first anniversary in business, an anniversary he thought might not come after COVID-19 restrictions forced him and all Massachusetts barber shops to close back in March. 


SEABROOK — Hair salons, barbershops and retail stores began reopening Monday with limited services and restrictions on the number of people allowed in their buildings.


NEWBURYPORT – Local business owners discussed Tuesday how they have adapted since COVID-19 shuttered stores and restaurants across the city and how they are gearing up for reopening with approval from state and local health officials.

NEWBURYPORT — Beginning Friday, local small businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic may apply for loans through the federal Paycheck Protection Program.

With U.S. stocks rallying to fresh all-time highs on the news of a trade deal, the National Association of Home Builders’ monthly confidence index showed a 5 point increase to 76 in December.

AMESBURY – Todd Schell established the first Edward Jones office in Amesbury in 1994. Twenty-five years later, there are two Edward Jones offices serving clients in Amesbury, and the firm, headquartered in St. Louis, continues to grow.

AMESBURY — On the Local Pulse internet radio broadcast Saturday, restaurateur Sean Toomey discussed his latest venture, Sky Hi Kitchen and Bar, and its unusual beginning.

NEWBURYPORT – Broker/owner John Wells announced recently that Wellsco Realty is affiliating with Century 21 and will now do business as Century 21 Wellsco.

AMESBURY — The city could see up to $1.3 million each year in new property tax revenue when the $70 million Maples Crossing ice hockey complex opens.

NEWBURYPORT – Newburyport Bank recently named Kevin F. Hulse vice president, residential loan officer. Hulse will focus on residential lending, as well as financial products and business strategy development.

NEWBURYPORT – Beach Plum Flower Shop is celebrating its 30th year in business with a three-day birthday party for customers from Thursday through Saturday.

BOSTON – The Attorney General's Office said it has reached agreements with two Massachusetts companies, including one in Amesbury, and sent warning letters to 17 other businesses found to be in violation of a state law barring employers from asking about criminal record information on an ini…


SALISBURY — Coastal Finds Marketplace, featuring an eclectic selection of wares from vintage vendors, local artisans, consigners and pop-up retailers, recently opened its doors at 25 Bridge Road.

AMESBURY – The Partnership for Amesbury Community and Teens is organizing the "Seize your Summer" event where young people can expand their knowledge of local businesses and possible careers and find out what job opportunities are available this summer.

Tesla has lost nearly $6 billion since setting out to revolutionize the auto industry 15 years ago, but CEO Elon Musk foresees a profitable future fueled in part by a ride-hailing service made up of electric cars driven by robots.

NEWBURYPORT — A local company, Koya Leadership Partners, has been ranked by Forbes as one of the top 25 executive recruiting firms on its “America’s Best Recruiting Firms” list.

NEWBURYPORT – It isn’t often that you find a librarian on a bank’s board of directors, but Dorothy R. “Dottie” LaFrance did just that, and leaves a lasting legacy at Newburyport Bank.


AMESBURY – Dave Mansfield, CEO of The Provident Bank, announced this week the Provident Community Charitable Organization has donated $30,000 to The Pettengill House Inc. to assist with expansion of its Amesbury facility.

NEWBURYPORT – A reception for artist Mary Taggart is scheduled for April 4 at the recently expanded Under the Sea Gallery at Nauti Pearl, 18 State St.

BOSTON – At $365,000, the year-to-date median home sale price in Massachusetts is up 4.9 percent over last year and raising eyebrows among buyers, sellers and those left on the outside of the market activity.

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NEWBURYPORT – The Institution for Savings achieved the highest operating earnings and net income in its 198-year history last year, President and CEO Michael J. Jones reported at the bank’s 199th annual meeting.


WEST NEWBURY — Physicist Albert Einstein called it “the highest form of research.” Playwright George Bernard Shaw said we’ll grow old without it. And educator Maria Montessori dubbed it “the work of the child.”

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ANDOVER — Less than two months into her new job as the director of business, arts and cultural development, Ann Ormond completed her newsletter database that included contacts for every business owner in town.


AMESBURY — The Amesbury Chamber of Commerce is clearing away the winter blahs with a city-wide “Paint the Town Red with Romance” promotion.

NEWBURYPORT — Timothy Felter, executive vice president, CFO and treasurer of Newburyport Five Cents Savings Bank, received the National Outstanding Eagle Scout Award from the National Eagle Scout Association. 

BOSTON – The coalition behind last year’s successful bill raising the minimum wage says the restaurant industry is trying to backtrack on part of the legal agreement, which an industry official says has created a “logistical nightmare.”

BOSTON – Confidence levels among Massachusetts employers hit a two-year low in December, driven by national factors like the federal government shutdown and the largest one-month stock market decline since the Great Depression.

NEWBURYPORT – Chipotle, a national restaurant chain known for quick Mexican-style meals, will be opening a location at Port Plaza later this year, according to a company spokeswoman.

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NEWBURYPORT — With a new walk-in urgent care clinic scheduled to open on Storey Avenue next week, hospital officials are wary, but optimistic about the kind of care its providers can offer to local patients.


Stocks have been falling for more than two months, with investors all but begging the Federal Reserve to stop lifting short-term interest rates. Higher rates hurt stocks by making other, less risky investments look more attractive and by driving up borrowing costs for companies and consumers.

NEWBURYPORT – Newburyport Five Cents Savings Bank added a new member to its commercial lending team, naming Robert H. Jones as vice president, commercial loan officer.

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