Local woman heading regional Arthritis Walk

Gloucester resident Carol Pallazolla is this year's chairperson for the 2011 North Shore Arthritis Walk.

For the past 10 years, Pallazolla, community relations coordinator for Northeast Senior Health for Northeast Health System, has been a certified Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program leader, focused on encouraging everyone, particularly seniors, to move daily to both prevent and treat arthritis.

Pallazolla has been involved with the North Shore Arthritis Walk since its inception in 2004 and under her leadership the event has grown to more than 600 walkers.

This year's walk will take place Sunday, May 22 from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Lynch Park in Beverly. This special event, with proceeds directed to the Arthritis Foundation, features a 1- and 3-mile course followed by a post-walk party for children and adults. The party will have music, games, avist by Red Sox mascot Wally the Green Monster, entertainment and raffles.

There are several ways to support the North Shore Arthritis Walk: starting a team, making a donation, providing a raffle ticket, purchasing a road sign, becoming a sponsor, volunteering the day of the walk, and joining in the fun on May 22. For further information about Arthritis Walk, please visit www.northshorearthritiswalk.org or call 617-219-8234.

Realtor specializes in BOA short sales

A Realtor specializing in North Shore properties is also a Bank of America short sale specialist.

George Crotty of Zip Realty can answer questions from Bank of America mortgage-holders wishing to sell their home but who owe more than the current value.

Crotty, who has nine years of sales experience, can be contacted at 1-800-CALL-ZIP x3900 or george.crotty@ziprealty.com

Class on effectiveness at trade shows

On Wednesday, March 2, from 4 to 5:50 p.m., Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce will hold an interactive session designed to help you plan your trade show strategy to leverage your time, money and energy, and achieve your goals by perfecting more effective booth skills. Learn how to determine "prospects" from "suspects," and sharpen your 30-second messaging to define your business and distinguish it from competition. Learn the all-important art of effective trade show follow-up. Make the end of a trade show the beginning of success. To register, or for more information, call Tim Burton at 978-283-1601. The session will be held at the chamber's conference room, 33 Commercial St., Gloucester.

Road race adds premier sponsor

North Shore home improvement leader The Building Center announced the signing of the premier race title sponsorship for the opening race in the YuKanRun.com Road Race Series. The upcoming race in Gloucester will be renamed the Building Center YuKanRun.com 1-Mile Road Race.

The company will serve as the title sponsor of the inaugural event that will be held on Saturday, April 9, at 9 a.m. The race will start along Stacy Boulevard at the entrance to Stage Fort Park on Western Avenue in Gloucester.

"The Building Center is very pleased to become the title sponsor of this new race," said Tom Alves, chief operating officer at the Building Center. "The race will take place in the heart of the city and we enjoy giving back to the community."

From its waterfront location at One Harbor Loop, The Building Center has served the hardware and building materials needs of Gloucester for 100 years of operation.

Giving back to the community is a focus of the event. Portions of race proceeds will help support The Open Door's food pantry in Gloucester. "The 1-mile course is great for seasoned runners and beginners alike," said Julie LaFontaine, executive director of The Open Door. "It is a mile that makes a difference for our neighbors in need."

To learn more about the race or to register online today, visit www.YuKanRun.com.

Georgia firm working with Varian on solar

A Georgia company says it has expanded a partnership with a Gloucester company.

Suniva Inc. of Norcross, Ga., is working with Varian Semiconductor Equipment Associates of Gloucester on ion implantation of boron in the manufacture of solar photovoltaic (PV) cells.

Suniva Inc. said the collaboration will enable it to use fewer processing steps in the manufacture of its n-type cell, the ARTisun Star, which has targeted cell efficiencies approaching 20 percent.

Suniva states that it plans to mass produce the ARTisun Star as early as the first quarter of 2012..

In other news, Varian will deliver a presentation at the Morgan Stanley Technology, Media & Telecom Conference in San Francisco on Thursday, March 3, at 12:05 p.m. Pacific Standard Time.

A live broadcast of the presentation will be available on the company's investor relations page, via its website, www.vsea.com.

Varian Semiconductor Equipment Associates Inc. is the leading producer of ion implantation equipment used in the manufacture of semiconductors. The company is headquartered in Gloucester, and operates worldwide.

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