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May 14, 2013

Cape Ann business briefcase


Gloucester Daily Times

---- — BankGloucester supports The Hive

BankGloucester has presented a check for $1,000 The Hive.

The Hive provides teenagers and adults with a creative outlet and opportunities to build self-confidence, as well as a place to learn job skills that will enable young people to become employable members of today’s growing creative economy.

The Hive has 4,000 square feet of studio space on Pleasant Street, and is part of Cape Ann Art Haven, a nonprofit in downtown Gloucester founded in 2008 with the mission of providing a place for the community to have exposure to the arts.

The original Art Haven, located on Main Street, continues to offer classes for children.

The Hive features a computer lab, a pottery studio, classroom space, artist studios for rent, multi-use space, a function room/community space, a cinema, and an art material thrift store (in progress).

Desmond, Phillips retire from SeniorCare

Kate Desmond, a veteran nurse and Rockport resident, has retired after 15 years of service to SeniorCare. She plans to travel and spend more time with her family and friends.

Desmond joined SeniorCare as a staff nurse and was promoted to nurse manager six years ago. During her tenure at the agency, her department grew from two staff nurses, to having a nurse assigned to each program. At the time of her retirement, she supervised eight nurses and an administrative assistant. Her department acted as the approval agents for the Massachusetts Enhanced Community Options Program, Waivered Services under MassHealth, and the Personal Care Programs.

Agency staff members and managers prepared a going away reception in Desmond’s honor, and there were many expressions of gratitude for her service and advocacy for the welfare of SeniorCare’s consumers.

SeniorCare Inc. also recently announced the retirement of Elizabeth Phillips, of Gloucester, one of its longtime care managers, after more than two decades of service.

Phillips holds a certificate in aging services from Boston University and is a past recipient of the Excel Award, given for excellence in case management by the Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs.

Previously, Phillips was employed at various local businesses, such as the Chamber of Commerce, National Fish, and the Office of the District Attorney. Her key relationships from previous endeavors gave her a special understanding of the needs of many of her consumers who were aging within the Cape Ann community.

When asked what excited her about her work over the years, Phillips said that she valued the contribution she could make toward enabling her clientele to live at home more independently.

She will enjoy time with her husband, John, extended family and friends, and cooking, gardening and reading in retirement.

Seppala elected chairman of DIF

Norman Seppala, president and chief executive officer of Granite Savings Bank in Rockport has been elected chairman of the board of directors of the Depositors Insurance Fund.

The DIF provides excess deposit insurance to 62 Massachusetts-chartered savings banks. At DIF member banks, all deposit amounts above FDIC insurance limits are insured in full by the Depositors Insurance Fund.

Seppala has been president and chief executive officer of Granite Savings Bank since 1990. He has served on the DIF board of directors since 2008.

A graduate of Bentley University, Seppala is a former director and chairman of the Massachusetts Bankers Association and past chairman of the Savings Bank Employees Retirement Association. He is a member of the Rockport Rotary Club.

 

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