One-year mark for Reading Co-operative
Reading Co-operative Bank this spring celebrated the one-year anniversary of its Andover office at 20 Central St.
During its first year, the bank has become involved with local organizations such as the Andover Business Center Association and the Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce, donated to local groups like the Andover Youth Center, and participated in events like the Andover summer concert series, Andover Day, Holiday Happenings and more, according to Amy LaMarche, Andover branch supervisor.
Michael Enright of Baystate Financial Services, a partner of Reading Co-operative Bank, said in a press release, “Andover is such a thriving town. It has been a pleasure working with families and business owners in the community. I look forward to continuing to provide financial planning and wealth management services to Andover and the surrounding area.”
Whole Foods play at Imajine That
Imajine That, the educational indoor play space for children at The Riverwalk, 354 Merrimack St., Lawrence, has opened a new Play Market by Whole Foods Andover. The “mini” play location mirrors parts of the actual Whole Foods Market store in Andover to encourage children to learn about smart food choices and good nutrition.
In addition to the Play Market, an ongoing expansion at Imajine That will include the addition of Little Sal’s Culinary Institute, with new food options; a renovated infant/toddler station with new items donated from Discount School Supply, a new arts and crafts area, additional classes and workshops and Smart Board technology for classrooms and party rooms.
The expansion is expected to be completed this summer.
State managers earn certificate
Andover residents Richard Bizzozero, employed by the state Executive Office of Energy and Environment Affairs, and Yean-Ai Long, employed by the state Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development, were among 78 managers who recently completed the Commonwealth Management Program.
The managers represented all eight secretariats and 37 agencies across the executive branch. During the year-long program, managers explore ways to provide better service to the citizens of the commonwealth and streamline processes to gain efficiencies in their agencies. The program was launched in October 2010. All executive branch managers with at least one year of management experience are eligible.
Local joins RE/MAX Andrew Realty
Ed Accomando of Andover has joined the sales team at RE/MAX Andrew Realty Services based in Medford and Stoneham. For more than a decade, Accomando has specialized in the marketing and sale of both residential and commercial real estate. He has also been involved in property management for the past four years. Previously, Accomando was affiliated with Weichert Realtors-Blueprint Brokers and Wolfson-Cutler Real Estate of Medford.
A native of Somerville and prior resident of Medford, Accomando is a longtime resident of Andover where he and his wife, Sheila, raised their five children. His three oldest sons are officers in the U.S. Navy and have served overseas. A member of the Disabled American Veterans as well as a member of the Sons of Italy #1359 Club of Medford, Accomando also has been involved in a variety of professional, civic and charitable organizations. He is a member of both the National and Massachusetts associations of Realtors and Greater Boston Real Estate Board. He may be reached at 781-395-7676 or at Edward.Accomando@gmail.com
Holzman named Five Star wealth manager
Eileen F. Holzman of Centinel Financial Group was named a 2013 Five Star wealth manager for the second straight year based on an independent survey conducted by Crescendo Business Services of more than 100,000 high-net-worth consumers and industry representatives in the Greater Boston area. Financial professionals were evaluated on 10 criteria, including customer service, integrity, knowledge/expertise, communication, value for fee charged, meeting of financial objectives, quality of recommendations and overall satisfaction. The Five Star list represents only 7 percent of the wealth managers in the Boston area.
In addition to achieving the career status, Holzman was also recognized for once again qualifying as a member of the Million Dollar Round Table, considered the premier association for financial professionals. She lives in Andover.
Fred. C. Church acquires Tewksbury agency
Fred C. Church Insurance has acquired the Gleason Insurance Agency of Tewksbury.
Gleason Insurance Agency was established in 1949. As owner Paul Gleason approached retirement, he decided to merge his agency with Fred C. Church. The staff at Gleason have joined Fred C. Church and continue operating out of their offices at 1764 Main St., Tewksbury.
Fred C. Church, Inc. has an office in Andover.
Hospice aide recognized for service
Hospice aide Jeanne Puffer of Andover was recognized by Hospice of the North Shore & Greater Boston during the 36th annual celebration of National Assistant Nursing Week in June. Agency president Diane Stringer called her company’s hospice aides “unsung heroes of hospice care ... who are loved by patients and families for the tender-loving care they provide” and thanked them for their hard work and loyalty and invaluable support they provide each patient and family they serve.
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