Gloucester Daily Times
---- — Murray certified as financial planner
Cape Ann Savings Bank recently announced that Trust Officer Dean H. Murray of Gloucester earned distinction as a Certified Financial Planner (CFP) by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. This achievement follows a rigorous training and testing regiment designed to complement the expertise he has developed during his 23-year career in trusts and investments.
All CFPs are required to put their clients’ interests ahead of their own at all times. This code of ethics is actively enforced and distinguishes Murray from financial professionals in the area, according to Cape Ann Savings Bank Vice President and Senior Trust Officer John T. Brennanin a statement.
“To earn the CFP designation, Dean has proven his commitment to the highest standards of professional conduct in the financial industry,” said Brennan. “This level of professionalism is nothing new for Dean, but this certification should give Cape Ann residents greater confidence in his abilities because CFP professionals are considered the best in the business.”
Murray joined Cape Ann Savings Bank in 1991, shortly after earning a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maine. At Williams College School of Banking and Cannon Financial Institute at Boston University, he also earned the titles of Certified Trust and Financial Advisor and Certified IRA Services Professional.
At Cape Ann Savings Bank, he is responsible for a broad range of accounts, including personal trusts, estates, investment management, employee benefits and individual retirement accounts.
In his spare time, Murray contributes his time to a variety of community groups, including being a member of the Essex County Estate Planning Council and the Gloucester Lyceum and Sawyer Free Library. He is also currently serving as the director of the Gloucester Little League. Murray resides in Gloucester with his wife of 22 years and two children.
Eco-Trip scavenger hunt
The Cape Ann TimeBank will hold a green technology scavenger hunt called the Eco-Trip on Saturday, April 20, 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., in downtown Gloucester. Players will solve verbal and visual puzzles to learn what local businesses are doing to lessen their carbon footprints.
Participating businesses include Cape Ann Farmers Market, Nor’east Cleaners, Jim’s Bagel & Bake Shoppe, Harbor Health Group, Dogtown Books, Mill River Consulting, Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce, and Latitude 43.
The event will culminate with an after-party with refreshments and prizes from local merchants at Latitude 43 at 2:30 p.m.
It’s $10 to play solo or in teams before April 13. After that, it’s $15.
To register or for more information, visit www.capeanntimebanks.org.
DeVries joins Appleby & Wyman
Appleby & Wyman, an independent insurance agency headquartered in Beverly, recently announced that John DeVries has joined the agency.
“We are so pleased to have John on our team. He is a consummate professional with significant experience,” said Lisa Marciano, one of the agency owners, in a statement. “On a personal note, John is a great person and always looking to give back — including being an active member of the Gloucester Community Emergency Response Team.”
“His values of providing outstanding service, being an active member of the community and giving back are in perfect alignment with the values of our agency,” Marciano said. “We look forward to our clients having an opportunity to work with John.”
“I am proud to be part of the team at Appleby & Wyman. The agency represents some of the very best insurance companies and is known for their comprehensive approach to helping clients with their insurance — and being an advocate in the event of a claim,” DeVries said. “As an independent agency Appleby & Wyman works for clients, not the insurance companies, allowing for a match of clients needs with the best products at the best price. I look forward to being able to help people in the community with their insurance and risk management.”
DeVries has an extensive background in insurance — helping small, medium and large businesses in developing comprehensive risk management programs. A graduate of the Boston College School of Management, he keeps up to date with the latest happenings in the insurance arena with ongoing training and continuing education courses.
DeVries resides in Gloucester.
Gas prices down another 4 cents
Massachusetts gas prices are down another four cents, and have now dropped seven cents per gallon in the past month.
AAA Southern New England reports Monday that the average cost of a gallon of self-serve, regular has fallen to $3.65 in the past week.
The current price is three cents below the national average and eight cents less than the local price at the same time a year ago.
AAA found self-serve, regular selling for as low as $3.51 per gallon and as high as $3.89.
Prices for gasoline, per gallon, on Cape Ann ranged in Monday from $3.75 in Manchester to $3.85 in Rockport.
To find what gas costs at local filling stations, visit gloucestertimes.com/gas.
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