NoteWorthy – 11/19/17

Joseph Girard-Meli on November 19th, 2017

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Samantha and Joe Faro

Faro Opens Tuscan Kitchen Seaport

Tuscan Kitchen Seaport will open its doors at 64 Seaport Blvd. on Monday, Nov. 20, bringing Chief Food Taster and Founder Joe Faro’s artisan Italian fare to a spectacular second-floor space in One Seaport, a marquee destination in Boston’s hottest neighborhood.

“It’s so exciting to see all that’s happening in the Seaport and we are beyond thrilled to be part of this neighborhood’s renaissance,” Faro said. “Our space is simply stunning and we can’t wait to share our homemade pastas, hearth-baked breads, imported wines and cheeses, and specially-curated menu of authentic Italian dishes with our guests in Boston.”

The One Seaport location will be the fourth for Faro’s Tuscan Kitchen, following openings in Salem, N.H., in 2010, Burlington, Mass., in 2014, and Portsmouth, N.H., in 2017. Tuscan Kitchen Seaport will occupy a 14,000 square foot space. The 300-seat restaurant will also include an 80-seat wine bar, an espresso bar and almost 2,000 square feet of private dining space that includes a separate, glass-encased wine room.


Enterprise Bank Named #1 Place to Work Among Large-Sized Companies in Massachusetts

Enterprise Bank has been named the number one place to work among large-sized companies in the employee-based “Top Places to Work in Massachusetts” survey from The Boston Globe. Enterprise Bank has been recognized as a top employer since 2012.

In a joint statement, Chairman George Duncan, President Richard Main and CEO Jack Clancy said, “We are so deeply honored and humbled that the opinions of our team members have earned us recognition as the Top Place to Work in Massachusetts. There is nothing more important to us than our Enterprise Family, who have made Enterprise what it is today. Our team and work environment is our greatest asset and is what sets us apart from other companies. We are truly a family — united by our core values of integrity, community, excellence, teamwork and professionalism — and this recognition is a reflection of the spirit and purpose on which our Enterprise operates.”


Northern Essex Community College President Lane Glenn congratulates the winners of the NECC Employee Recognition Award for the fourth quarter of 2017. L-r: NECC President Lane Glenn, Sarah Comiskey, Michael Kolotila and Chris Amaru.

Northern Essex Employees Recognized

Three Northern Essex Community College employees, Christopher Amaru of Haverhill, Michael Kolotila of Danville, N.H., and Sarah Comiskey of Beverly recently received the employee recognition award for the fourth quarter. The Employee Recognition Award recognizes the many and varied contributions of the college’s nearly 700 employees. Employees are selected each quarter based on recommendations from supervisors and co-workers. Recipients receive a $150 certificate to the restaurant or mall of his or her choice.

Amaru, a lead developer in NECC’s Management Information Systems (MIS) department for the last eight years, previously worked as a staff associate in NECC’s finance department for seven years. Tracy Fitzgerald, NECC’s payroll director, in nominating Amaru, noted how after working on a recent project with him, she realized how invaluable he is to the college. She wrote in her nomination, “After meeting with other colleges I realized just how much time Chris has saved the payroll office every pay period. Other colleges take days to pull together reports and spreadsheets that I can get in a matter of minutes.”

A 24-year employee of NECC, Kolotila is a senior system analyst and adjunct faculty member. He was nominated by co-worker Cherie Hagen who wrote in her nomination, “Michael is often in the front lines, setting the example in teamwork, cooperation, brilliance in his knowledge and abilities, as well as humility and humor. He consistently lets others know he can and will help, before ever being asked. … (Michael) has been “a major player and key advisor in the advancements and successes of the college … his standards remain high at all times.”

Comiskey, a four-year employee of Northern Essex, is an administrative assistant in the institutional advancement office. She received eight nominations. In her nomination Jean Poth, vice president of institutional advancement wrote, “Sarah has consistently high work standards. Sarah is a perfectionist in her work and regularly meets or exceeds all of her goals. Her writing and editing skills working with the marketing department have, in particular, received praise from a variety of college leaders.”


GLFHC Senior Vice President and Chief Development Officer Rich Napolitano speaks with NACHC National Director of Advocacy & Civic Engagement Amanda Pears Kelly at the 4th Annual Friends of Greater Lawrence Family Health Center event at Andover Country Club.

Greater Lawrence Family Health Center Holds 4th Annual Friends Event

Greater Lawrence Family Health Center held its 4th Annual Friends Event on Tuesday, Nov. 14, at the Andover Country Club. The health center uses the event to thank its donors, legislative advocates, board of directors, business leaders network and other supporters for their help, and to present their Annual Report, which contains highlights from the past fiscal year.

This year, GLFHC had three new initiatives for the event: a video giving an overview of the health center’s mission; a new 24-page “Storytelling the Mission” book, created by Merrimack College intern Alex Becker, which highlights some of the organization’s most poignant stories from staff both on the front lines and back end; and a speech from the National Association of Community Health Centers’ National Director of Advocacy & Civic Engagement Amanda Pears Kelly, who discussed the yet-to-be-solved funding cliff.

To view GLFHC’s Annual Report for fiscal year 2017, visit


NoteWorthy - 11/19/17YWCA Dedication of The Residence Highlights Organization’s Mission

The Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce conducted a ribbon cutting on Tuesday, Nov. 14, to mark the dedication of the YWCA’s The Residence in Haverhill in honor of the organization’s former Executive Director Mary B. O’Brien.

Under O’Brien’s leadership, the YWCA grew its mission and now offers more than 26 programs surrounding domestic and/or sexual violence, women’s health services, transitional housing, pre-, after-school and summer children’s programs, gender-specific programs for girls, as well as health and fitness classes and programs.

The Residence is located on Winter Street. The recent remodel addressed needed maintenance and included modifications for handicap accessibility. The home offers single room apartments with shared common spaces, allowing for safe and affordable housing for local low-income women in need.



Craig A. Jesiolowski, president of Steward – Holy Family Hospital’s campuses in Methuen and Haverhill, has joined Northern Essex Community College’s Foundation Board. A resident of Newbury, he holds a bachelor’s in biology from the University of Illinois and a master’s degree from Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO. Jesiolowski is a current board member of the Merrimack Valley Chamber and the Lawrence Partnership Board. The NECC Foundation, Inc. is a nonprofit organization that provides support for the college and its students. Incorporated in 1972, the Foundation assists NECC by making connections with the business community, foundations, and other potential revenue sources. It additionally hosts fundraisers and special events. Funds raised are used for student scholarships, equipment purchases, program revitalization efforts, faculty and staff development, and other needs as they arise and as approved by the Foundation Board of Directors.

Crystal Rose McCarthy has been announced as Lowell Transitional Living Center’s new development manager. McCarthy will fill the vacancy created by Jennifer Sagalyn’s departure in June. The selection was made after a regional search and selection process, during which McCarthy served as development coordinator and interim development director for the organization. McCarthy’s background includes over eight years of planning, budgeting, writing, supervisory and project management experience. Crystal has served as a volunteer and was awarded the South Middlesex Opportunity Council’s Volunteer of the Year Award in 2015 for her work to create a library at the shelter for its residents and visitors.



November 23

The 28th Annual Winner’s Circle Running Club Wild Turkey Trot will start at Pipestave Hill / Mill Pond Recreation Center at 8:30 a.m. This Merrimack Valley Thanksgiving tradition is a 3.1 mile cross-country run/walk that benefits West Newbury youth sports programs, as well as the charitable activities and running programs of the Running Club. West Newbury, Mass. |

November 30

The Boys and Girls Club of Greater Lowell will hold its Twentieth Anniversary Holiday Auction at the Lowell Memorial Auditorium at 5:30 p.m. Over 400 guests enjoy a silent auction andl dinner catered by Lenzi’s, followed by an exciting live auction. Lowell, Mass. |

December 1

Methuen Memorial Music Hall will be holding its annual Holiday Open House from 7 to 9 p.m. Attendees can enjoy displays, raffles, light refreshments and — of course — seasonal music played on the Hall’s famous “Great Organ.” Admission is free, but a donation to the Organ Restoration Fund is suggested. Methuen, Mass. |

December 2

The Concord Museum will hold the 2017 Holiday House Tour from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Participants will walk through a selection of private residences decked out in the holiday spirit by local interior designers. Proceeds will benefit the education initiatives of the Museum. Concord, Mass. |

December 7

Lowell Community Health Center will host its third annual Winter Mixer from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Enjoy food with catering by UTEC, music by Harry and the Squires of Soul, raffles, and general merriment. The mixer is a great way to kick off the holiday season. Proceeds will benefit the health center’s Teen BLOCK program, which supports the healthy development of young people and empowers them to become leaders in the community. Lowell, Mass. |


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