, Gloucester, MA

September 4, 2012

Business briefcase

Gloucester Daily Times

---- — Mitchells join J Barrett & Company

Patricia and James Mitchell, full-time realtors on the North Shore, have joined J Barrett & Company in the Manchester office.

The Mitchell team has achieved an enviable success record selling 153 homes in seven years.

“Our individual skill sets dovetail seamlessly throughout the entire real estate process,” said James, who also has 25 years of experience in architectural design and residential construction. “In addition, one of us is always available to answer questions or to solve a problem.”

Patricia, who was a licensed stockbroker and has an extensive business background that includes operating her own business, agrees.

“Selling or buying a house is life-changing and the transition process can be difficult,” said Patricia in a statement. “It’s comforting to know that someone is on your side — and we are.”

“We are all about building relationships, developing good communications, listening, analyzing, and then following through,” said James. “J Barrett has that same collaborative approach with every client and with their agents as well.”

“Teamwork on all levels makes it possible to be more successful on all levels,” said Patricia.

“Having real estate professionals of the caliber of James and Patricia is an invaluable asset for our company and all our clients,” said Jon Gray, president, in a statement.

“One of our goals as a company is to constantly expand the depth of our in-house expertise and they are a significant resource in that ongoing effort.”

Long-time Manchester residents, James is originally from Marblehead and Patricia, who grew up in Ohio and California, has lived in the Boston area since 1973.

$4.37M home sold in Manchester

Karen Fogarty and John Farrell, sales associates in the Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in New England’s Beverly office, recently completed the sale of 4 Cobb Ave. in Manchester for $4,375,000. The transaction represents the third highest-priced single-family home sale in Manchester thus far in 2012, according to statistics from MLS Property Information Network .

Sales of luxury homes in Manchester have remained steady compared to a year earlier. Eleven single-family homes priced at more than $1 million have sold in the community, similar to the sales pace experienced in the first eight months of 2011.

Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in New England has been involved in the top five most expensive single-family home sales so far this year in Manchester, representing either the buyer or seller in each transaction.

Fogarty and Farrell represented the buyers in the sale of 4 Cobb Ave, located on Manchester’s Smith’s Point. The home offers 8,530 square feet of living space, nine bedrooms, five fireplaces, six full bathrooms and two half baths, and a sweeping staircase that accentuates the front foyer.

“Interest in the high-end market on the North Shore has been more robust as a result of stronger consumer confidence in the marketplace this past year. This sale is the latest example of a significant transaction in the region,” said Katharine Pickering, sales manager of the Coldwell Banker’s Beverly office, in a statement.

Fogarty said the homebuyers, a couple relocating from London, were focused on finding a home in Manchester.

“My clients immediately appreciated how truly magnificent this property is and seized the opportunity to own it,” said Fogarty in a statement. “It is a wonderful home for entertaining.”

Added Farrell, “The location of the property, just steps away from Singing Beach, is a significant bonus for the homebuyers. 4 Cobb Avenue is not the traditional shingle-style home you would expect to find in a seaside town. The home’s stately design and architecture are more reminiscent of residences you find in Brookline, Cambridge or Lexington.”

Sudbay partners with youth soccer

Sudbay Chevrolet is supporting Fisherman Youth Soccer through the Chevrolet Youth Soccer Program. This sponsorship will include both monetary and equipment donations during the Fall 2012 youth soccer season.

Chevrolet Youth Soccer is a grassroots initiative that establishes a positive relationship between local dealers and the communities they serve. Sudbay Chevrolet is sponsoring Fisherman Youth Soccer as a part of Chevrolet’s nation-wide commitment to support youth sports, one community at a time. Over the course of the season, Sudbay Chevrolet will donate equipment to the organization which may include soccer balls, ball bags, ball pumps, field cones, coach’s kits, corner flags, scrimmage vests, mini pop-up goals and first aid kits.

In addition, each sponsored organization will take part in the “Chevrolet Youth Soccer Breakaway Giveaway” which is a fundraiser in which each organization can raise $10,000. The “Chevrolet Youth Soccer Breakaway Giveaway” features a grand prize of a 2013 Chevrolet Malibu, along with other great prizes such as HD televisions, courtesy of the local Chevrolet dealership.

Also, thanks to Sudbay Chevrolet and other participating area Chevrolet dealers, youth soccer participants will have a chance to attend a youth clinic with local professional soccer coaches.

“We are looking forward to a great season with Fisherman Youth Soccer that will be filled with exciting games and an enhanced experience for the teams through the equipment and cash donations,” said Sal LoGrasso, of Sudbay Chevrolet, in a statement. “Chevrolet Youth Soccer is just one example of how committed our dealership is to supporting the youth and families in our community.”

The 2012 program will provide assistance to an impressive 314 organizations in the Northeastern region and Chevrolet dealers will contribute over $500,000 in monetary and equipment donations.

Valliere named chief medical advisor

VNA Care Network & Hospice, Gloucester’s District Nurses at 8 Angle St., Gloucester, recently appointed Mary A. Valliere, MD, as chief medical advisor.

Dr. Valliere brings more than two decades of experience to her new role overseeing the medical component of patient care provided by the agency’s home health care, palliative care and hospice clinicians. VNA Care Network & Hospice’s home-based health care helps people of all ages remain at home while dealing with a wide range of illnesses and injuries, including congestive heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and diabetes. The agency’s hospice team offers physical, emotional, spiritual and practical support to terminally ill patients and their loved ones.

With a specialty in palliative medicine, Dr. Valliere has worked to improve the quality and availability of palliative and hospice care for patients and families as well as the health care system in the areas of communication, comfort and continuity of care for all patients facing the end of life.

Her experience includes serving as the senior clinical consultant for the Medical Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment (MOLST) Demonstration and Expansion Projects, palliative care clinical consultant for the UMass Memorial Medical Center and UMass Memorial Hospice, chief of palliative medicine for UMass Memorial Medical Center and hospitalist for UMass Memorial Medical Center, Fairlawn Rehabilitation Hospital, and Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital. Dr. Valliere is currently assistant professor of medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

A graduate of the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester, she was a resident in internal medicine, chief medical resident and faculty scholar fellow in addiction medicine at the Medical Center of Central Massachusetts/Worcester Memorial Hospital. Dr. Valliere was a faculty scholar at the Harvard Medical School Center for Palliative Care. She is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine, American Society of Addiction Medicine and American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine.

O’Connor joins YMCA board

The YMCA of the North Shore recently welcomed the addition Liz O’Connor

to the Y Association Board. She will be joining 35 already committed Y volunteers in leading the nonprofit organization in strengthening its 25 North Shore communities in youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.

O’Connor is a member of the Cape Ann Y Board where she holds the position of board president. She is a partner with

Kline, Gardner and O’Connor

where she has practiced law for the past 20 years. O’Connor is involved with many local nonprofits and is a board member for the Essex County Bar Association.

“Liz is dedicated to helping the Y achieve its mission,” said Jack Meany, chief executive officer of the YMCA of the North Shore, in a statement. “Her perspectives and leadership will have a great impact on the Y’s efforts and prove to be a positive asset to the north shore community.”

Breiter trained for expanding housing opportunities

Janet Breiter, broker associate at Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, is the first CBRB affiliate in the region to complete a newly-created training program, launched by North Shore Association of Realtors

(NSAR) which is designed to prepare Realtors® to be a specialized resources about affordable housing opportunities.

The program, ”Expanding Housing Opportunities,” is an adjunct to NSAR’s North Shore Homes Program, which operates an online database of homebuying financial grants and loans.

“Affordable housing doesn’t necessarily mean low-income,” said Breiter in a statement. “In Essex County, for example, household family income can be $123,660 to qualify.” Breiter also said that there are many loan programs for qualified, credit-worthy buyers, to achieve the goal of home ownership.

As a result of the EHO training, Breiter explained that she is in the process of establishing a collaborative network of lenders, municipal representatives, legal professionals, Internet sites and other resources for client referral purposes.

Along with first-time homebuyers, Breiter said government/municipal employees, including teachers, firefighters and police, and numerous demographic groups, can benefit from her EOH services.

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