, Gloucester, MA

April 16, 2013

Business briefcase

Gloucester Daily Times

---- — CATs hosts inaugural event

Cape Ann Trail Stewards (CATs), a new nonprofit organization, is hosting its inaugural event this weekend.

CATs was founded by residents of Gloucester, Rockport, Manchester and Essex to help landowners and conservation organizations protect, maintain and expand Cape Ann’s trail networks.

By matching volunteers with trails in need of stewardship, CATs will connect Cape Ann residents with the vast network of trails in the area and help preserve these recreational resources for our community. CATs will arrange workdays where volunteers can learn about trail construction and maintenance.

The board of directors includes Cape Ann residents, and representatives from the Essex County Greenbelt, Essex County Trails Association, Cape Ann Climbing Coalition, the New England Mountain Bike Association and other user groups.

CATs invites the public to join the inaugural cleanup workday at Gloucester’s Goose Cove Reservoir on Sunday, April 21, at 1 p.m. Cleanup will take place rain or shine. Participants will meet in the lot along Gee Avenue.

Participants should wear sturdy shoes and dress appropriately for the weather, and should bring rakes, shovels and buckets, if available. CATs will supply gloves and other materials.

To register, visit

Notus begins second year

Notus Learning Center, which provides comprehensive tutoring services in the Para Research building in Gloucester, has started its second year.

Ilter Bakkal of Rockport, one of the founders, said, in a statement, he is pleased with the feedback he has received from local students and families, many who have been seeking help with subjects in the middle and high school level.

Bakkal said the center’s mission encompasses the goal of helping students develop lifelong learning habits while addressing more immediate issues students face in their grade and college admission.

More specifically, he continued, the center offers two track instructional programs. The first is the SAT or ACT prep offered by qualified instructors in small classes, with not more than five students per class. Each class is tailored to student needs and aptitudes. The second track is one-on-one high school subject tutoring customized on the basis of each student’s strengths and challenges. Additionally, the center can assist with helping to improve information absorption, study performance and organizational habits.

“Overall the center works to help students achieve their highest potential, while striving to keep the cost affordable,” said Bakkal.

The center’s name stems from a form of the word “knowledge, wisdom and learning” in Greek and Latin.


Commercial builder adds to staff

Windover Construction, a Manchester-based builder of commercial projects for institutional and corporate clients, has added local professionals to its team.

The new employees are project administrator John Carey, a Hamilton resident and former member of the GE Hudson River Dredging Project and JP Morgan Chase; project administrator Suzy Clancy, a Beverly resident and former employee of Bond Brothers, Berry (a division of Suffolk Construction), Mullen Advertising and Beverly Hospital; and project executive Peter C. Gourdeau, a Hamilton resident, director of the Salem Five Cents Savings Bank and the Salem Five Bancorp, and former senior vice president of Gourdeau Limited Inc.

Seasonal openings

Riverside Bistro, 112 Main St. in Essex, has reopened for the season. The restaurant is being managed by a new team and has a new chef, Julio Varela. The drink and food menus have been changed, and a there is now a tiki bar on the riverside deck.

Also now open is the Lobster Pool Restaurant, 329 Granite St. in Rockport. It is open 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays this month; on May 3 the restaurant will be open seven days a week.

The Seaglass Restaurant at The Castle Manor Inn, 141 Essex Ave. in Gloucester, is open Wednesday through Sunday for breakfast and dinner. Wednesday, from 5 to 9 p.m., is prime rib night.

Deadline nears for Assistive Tech Expo

WORCESTER – Early-bird discoounted registration for this year’s Easter Seals Assistive Technology Expo for attendees and exhibitors closes Friday.

The expo will be held June 3 at the DCU Center in Worcester. The event will feature a full day of assistive technology workshops and exhibits for people with disabilities, their families, educators, therapists and professionals who work in the field of assistive technology.

Assistive technology includes a wide range of software, hardware and other devices that give people with disabilities increased independence at home, at school, at work and in the community.

Easter Seals Massachusetts is known nationwide for its Assistive Technology Program, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year.

To attend the expo, contact Rufina at or 508-751-6312. If you would like to be an exhibitor, contact Paula at or 508-751-6345.

State gas prices fall 9 cents per gallon

The price of a gallon of gas in Massachusetts has plummeted 9 cents in the past week.

AAA Southern New England reports Monday that self-serve, regular is now down to an average of $3.47 per gallon, a nickel below the national average.

The price in Massachusetts is 18 cents lower than a month ago and 42 cents lower than at the same time last year.

AAA found a gallon of self-serve, regular selling as low as $3.29 per gallon and as high as $3.73.

On Cape Ann, gas prices Monday ranged from $3.59 per gallon in Gloucester to $3.79 a gallon in Manchester.

To check out gasoline prices on Cape Ann, visit

Apps help save money on prescriptions

Two new smartphone apps are now available to help consumers save money on the cost of prescription drugs and to offer a daily reminder to stay current on their medications.

Consumers can now save up to 80 percent on prescription drug costs with their smartphone. The free NeedyMeds Drug Discount Card App is all that’s needed to save on prescription drugs, over-the-counter medicines and medical supplies and pet prescription drugs you purchase at a pharmacy.

And once you have your medicines, NeedyMeds Alert provides a simple solution to remembering to take your medicine.

Every month, the NeedyMeds Drug Discount Card saves people more than $1.5 million. The average savings on any given prescription is about 50 percent or $35 per prescription. With the new NeedyMeds Drug Discount Card App consumers have information on how and where to save right on their smartphone.

Anyone can use the NeedyMeds Drug Discount Card App regardless of income, residency status, insurance coverage or age. Just show the card image to the pharmacist to find out what the savings will be.

New to this version is a Pharmacy Finder that includes the more than 70,000 pharmacies that accept the card. Simply enter your ZIP code to find all of the pharmacies in your neighborhood that accept the card.

“One difference that distinguishes the NeedyMeds Drug Discount Card from many other cards is that no personal information is gathered about our users,” said Rich Sagall, MD, president of NeedyMeds, in a statement. “That’s valuable marketing information that many other card companies use or sell — something we don’t do. The same goes for our new smartphone app.”

The app is available for both the iPhone and Android phones.

Remembering to take medications can be difficult. With different drugs on different schedules, it’s all too easy to forget doses. NeedyMeds Alert, a free smartphone application from NeedyMeds, provides a simple solution to this problem.

“Everyone is busy these days and remembering to take medications can be tough,” said Sagall. “Now anyone with a smartphone can receive reminders.”

NeedyMeds Alert lets users enter all of their medicines, doses, and times they should be taken. Then, just like clockwork, a pop-up reminder appears when it’s time to take a particular medication.

Unlike other similar apps, NeedyMeds Alert is more than just a reminder. App users can learn important facts about their medications and find out about possible low-cost generic substitutes. In addition, users may enter a list of their doctors and pharmacies for an easy reference tool.

Both the Drug Discount App and NeedyMeds Alert are available for the iPhone and Android-running smartphones.

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