, Gloucester, MA

January 29, 2013

Business briefcase

Gloucester Daily Times

---- — Emerson Inn receives Bride’s Choice Award

WeddingWire, the nation’s leading online wedding marketplace, has announced that Emerson Inn by the Sea has been selected as a winner of the prestigious WeddingWire Bride’s Choice Awards 2013 for its wedding ceremony and reception venue in Rockport. This is the third year in a row Emerson Inn by the Sea has received this award.

This annual awards program recognizes the top five percent of wedding professionals in the WeddingWire Network who demonstrate excellence in quality, service, responsiveness and professionalism.

Emerson Inn by the Sea’s selection as a Bride’s Choice Award 2013 winner was made based on the positive experiences expressed by past clients on WeddingWire, the world’s largest wedding review site. While many industry awards are given by the host organization, the WeddingWire Bride’s Choice Awards winners are determined solely based on reviews from real newlyweds and their experiences working with Emerson Inn by the Sea.

“Now in its fifth year, the Bride’s Choice Awards program continues to recognize the elite wedding professionals who exemplify a commitment to quality, service and professionalism,” said Timothy Chi, chief executive officer of WeddingWire, in a statement. “We are honored to recognize Emerson Inn by the Sea for their impressive achievements within the wedding industry.”

To read reviews, visit

J Barrett donates to The Open Door

J Barrett & Company has made a $4,500 donation to The Open Door in Gloucester.

“The Open Door makes a significant impact on the issue of hunger that is unfortunately a reality today regardless of geographic location,” said Jon Gray, president, in a statement. “We appreciate the enthusiastic response our business has received over the past five years from clients throughout the North Shore. This is an opportunity for us — the brokers and the company — to give back and to show our support for the entire community.”

“We are very grateful for such a generous donation that went directly to our Holiday Meal Basket program,” said Julie LaFontaine, executive director of The Open Door, in a statement. “Hunger is a year-round issue but during the holiday season the situation is particularly difficult for low-income households struggling to pay rent or the mortgage and, in addition, facing higher heating and utility bills. Families struggling to make ends meet find it hard to stretch their food budgets to include a festive holiday meal. That is where we come in.”

LaFontaine reported that the organization has seen a 20 percent increase in the number of times people ask for help.

“It’s tough out there and people are struggling,” LaFontaine said. “For many, unemployment benefits have run out; others are re-employed but at lower wages. Unfortunately their expenses remain the same. Either way they don’t have enough money to make ends meet.”

This year’s holiday season was especially busy. Last year for example, The Open Door, which is open 52 weeks a year, distributed 1,702 turkey baskets with all the trimmings to families throughout the region between November and December. That figure represents 10,212 meals to 2,941 people. In 2011, 1,665 food baskets were distributed during the same time period.

J Barrett & Company has contributed to The Open Door for the past three years.

“The decision to continue to support The Open Door comes directly from our agents,” Gray said. “They recognize the significant accomplishments of the organization and wanted to do whatever we could to help.”

Pantry collects tons of tuna

Volunteers stood outside Market Basket at Gloucester Crossing on the Martin Luther King Jr. weekend, collecting canned goods, especially tuna, for The Open Door, which runs Cape Ann’s food pantry.

The Open Door, a nonprofit organization, was set a goal of 2,000 cans of tuna to stock up for the winter.

The volunteers were organized by Gloucester’s Democratic City Committee as its project for the MLK National Day of Service on Saturday, Jan. 19. Generous shoppers and residents donated 2,160 pounds of food and $182.51, according to Julie LaFontaine, executive director of The Open Door.

“It wasn’t all tuna — there was other food — but it was a good start,” she said.

Qara Medical opens in Rockport

Qara Medical has announced the opening of its medical weight loss and noninvasive skin rejuvenation practice in Rockport.

Qara Medical was founded to address the overwhelming need for a comprehensive personalized weight loss program that allows for close physician follow-up, support, education and counseling with 24-hour a day coverage.

The practice also includes noninvasive skin care using fractional laser technology, medical peels and a line of skin anti-aging products.

Dr. Sydney E. Jimenez, a 1985 graduate of Rockport High School, completed her medical education at The Johns Hopkins Medical School. She finished her residency in internal medicine at Columbia University Presbyterian Hospital in New York.

Dr. Jimenez is board certified in internal medicine and member of the American Society of Bariatric Medicine. She is an attending physician at the Massachusetts General Hospital Revere Healthcare Center.

A Rockport resident and a mother of three, she is sharing a medical practice with her father, Dr. Sydney Wedmore.

Patients are welcomed for a free consultation; call 978-309-8440.

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