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March 12, 2013

Business Briefcase


Gloucester Daily Times

---- — Northeast Harvest agricultural confab

TOPSFIELD — Northeast Harvest Buy Local will host the annual Northeast Harvest Agricultural Conference on Tuesday, March 19, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Coolidge Hall, Topsfield Fairgrounds.

Consumers, farmers, farmers markets managers, agricultural commissioners, state officials, and legislators from Middlesex and Essex counties are invited to attend.

Preregistration cost is $20, registration the day-of is $25.

Coffee will be served in the morning, and lunch will be provided.

The conference will include sessions on new FDA regulations, backyard poultry, farmers’ markets, farm to table cooking, and an opportunity to earn two spray credits.

The topics of the new fruit fly and the stink bug will be discussed for earned credits.

To register, visit www.northeastharvest.com. Call 978-887-5000 or email joy@topsfieldfair.org.

State medicos offer tips to parents

WALTHAM — As reports of child sexual abuse increase at Massachusetts schools and with the Pennsylvania State and church pedophile scandals still in memory and making headlines, the Massachusetts Medical Society is encouraging parents and guardians to learn more about child sexual abuse with the publication of “Protecting Your Child from Sexual Abuse,” a collaborative effort with Massachusetts Citizens for Children.

The free 12-page brochure includes basic information on child sexual abuse; tips to help protect children; potential signs and changes in behavior to look for; what to do if abuse is suspected; and resources on reporting, preventing, and treatment of child sexual abuse.

“Protecting Your Child from Sexual Abuse” and the other brochures in the series are available free via download from the Massachusetts Medical Society at www.massmed.org/violence. Printed copies may be ordered individually or in sets from the Medical Society by writing to dph@mms.org or calling 1-800-322-2303 x7373.

Short takes

Giuseppe’s Ristorante and Piano Bar, corner of Main and Washington streets in Gloucester, has announced it will be closed Easter Sunday, March 31.

Opening April 1 for the summer season is Ohana, 151 Main St. in Gloucester. Owners Enx Dadulas, the executive chef, and Alyssa Cohen, the manager, offer New American cuisine at the restaurant.

Realtors raise money for Perkins School

The sales associates of the Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage office in Gloucester, in conjunction with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Cares, the company’s charitable foundation, raised more than $76,000 for Perkins School for the Blind at a recent fundraiser.

The money was raised during the eighth annual Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Cares Spirit of Home Awards Celebration held at the Boston Harbor Hotel. More than 300 real estate professionals from throughout New England, as well as business and community leaders gathered for the event, which featured a live and silent auction.

A highlight of the celebration was the presentation of the Community Cares Spirit award. Leslie Nordin, an active member of the Perkins School for the Blind Board of Trustees, accepted the award on behalf of Perkins. Nordin, of Hingham, is the mother of Sawyer, an 8-year-old boy who began his education at the infant-toddler program at Perkins School for the Blind in Watertown. An avid supporter and spokesperson for organizations that benefit individuals who are blind or visually impaired, Nordin spoke about the incredible support she and Sawyer received at Perkins.

Pat Villani, president of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage New England, and other guests, including Senate President Therese Murray, D-Plymouth, and longtime supporters of Perkins, were entertained by WCVB-TV anchor Susan Wornick, who served as mistress of ceremonies. Serving as guest auctioneer was Jim Wells, who manages the Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Hingham office.

Gas prices down 3 cents per gallon

BOSTON — The price of a gallon of gas has fallen three cents in Massachusetts and is now in line with the national average.

AAA Southern New England reports Monday that self-serve, regular has dropped to an average of $3.69 per gallon, the same as the national average.

The current price is still a penny higher than a month ago, but two cents per gallon lower than at the same time last year.

AAA found self-serve regular selling for as low as $3.55 per gallon and high as $3.89.

On Monday, prices for regular gasoline on Cape Ann ranged from $3.79 a gallon in Manchester to $3.85 per gallon in Gloucester.

To find the least expensive gas on Cape Ann, visit www.gloucestertimes.com/gas.

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