Pentucket Bank Promotes Petrou to Assistant Vice President

Samantha Petrou this summer was named assistant vice president small business relationship manager at Haverhill-based Pentucket Bank. Petrou, of Haverhill, joined Pentucket Bank and the commercial credit department in April of 2014 as assistant vice president/commercial credit analyst. In her new role, Petrou assumes responsibility of directly managing small business lending relationships up to $500,000. She will work closely with branch managers, mortgage originators and other areas of the bank to help grow not only small business loans, deposits and other services, but deposits, mortgages and bank services for the owners of these small businesses as well. She came to Pentucket Bank with more than eight years of banking experience.

Align Credit Union Conducts School Supplies Drive

Align Assistant Vice President and Amesbury Branch Manager Charlotte Arivella, Member Services Representative Hannah Reed and teller Pamela Howes display donations received during the summer school supply collection drive. (Courtesy photograph.)

Align Credit Union, which has a Haverhill branch, again collected school supplies this summer during July and August. The goal was to help students in need begin the school year successfully by receiving donations of backpacks, binders, notepads, pens, pencils and more. Align collected donations from credit union members and non-members alike at Align’s locations at 19 Haverhill Road, Amesbury, and 87 Hale St., Lowell. “Some families struggle to find the money to buy basic supplies,” said Align President Ken Del Rossi.

New ‘Hidden Pig’ Restaurant to Fill Empty Historic District Storefront

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A new restaurant will soon fill the long-vacant former Blue Finn Grille space in downtown’s Washington Street Historic District. “The Hidden Pig,” featuring what is described as “burgers and bacon” fare, plans to open in mid-October, said Phillip C. Bentham II, owner and manager. The space, near the downtown railroad station at 130 Washington St., is currently undergoing renovations. When complete, the restaurant will feature a 24 by 24-foot deck in the rear facing the Merrimack River. “I’ve always had a knack for it.

New Asian Bistro To Bring 120-Seat Restaurant to Riversedge Plaza

Floor plan of new Yummy Asian Bistro. A new 120-seat Asian-style restaurant is expected to open this fall at Riversedge Plaza in Haverhill. Yummy Asian Bistro will occupy the site of Olympia Sports, 223 Lincoln Ave. It was recently granted an all alcoholic beverage license from the Haverhill License Commission, pending construction. The restaurant, expected to open in November, will undergo $100,000 worth of renovations and offer 4,000 square feet of dining space.

Veterans Northeast Outreach Chamber Business of the Month

From left to right, Julian Jaramillo, Jillian Harmon, John Ratka, John Guerin for the Chamber, Randy Carter, Jason Gilbert and Donna Re. (Courtesy photograph.)

The Veterans Northeast Outreach Center, established in 1985, was named Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce’s “Business of the Month” for June. Established in Lawrence, the center began as a storefront operation, staffed largely by volunteers, to provide support and advocacy to Vietnam Veterans. Through the years, the focus of the center has expanded to accommodate more than 36,000 veterans in our region who are eligible for care. It provides care to Veterans and their families, from basic food and shelter to advocacy, information, referrals and career, and education services.

Gomes Takes Helm of Home Health Foundation

Karen Gomes has been appointed president and CEO of Home Health Foundation, succeeding John G. Albert, who retired at the beginning of the month. Lawrence-based Home Health Foundation includes Home Health VNA, Merrimack Valley Hospice and HomeCare. The non-profit has annual revenues of $60 million and serves 110 cities and towns throughout northeastern Massachusetts, Merrimack Valley and southern New Hampshire. The organization recently announced Haverhill’s Merrimack Valley Hospice House will be called High Pointe House in honor of major donors Stephen and Joan Clark who operate High Pointe Foundation. “I am honored to be selected by the Board of Trustees to continue to advance home health and hospice services to benefit patients and families in this region,” said Gomes.

Align Credit Union Awards 17 Scholarships

Align President and CEO Ken Del Rossi with Craig Rich, Align Board Member and Scholarship Committee Chairman Rick Piecewicz, Summer Kelley, Mackenzie Webb, Alex Corcoran, Kristin Brown and Align Vice President of Community Development James Sullivan. (Courtesy photograph.)

Align Credit Union this week announces the winners of its 24th annual scholarship program. Since the program’s inception in 1994, Align has awarded scholarships to 266 students to assist them in pursuing higher education. “One of the best investments a person can make is in his or her education,” said Align President and CEO Ken Del Rossi. “With the cost of a college education escalating each year, it’s also becoming one of the largest investments.

MV Chamber Presents Beer and Business Next Week at the Tap

A craft beer tasting is the highlight of a Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours Mixer next Tuesday at The Tap Restaurant and Brew Pub. Sponsored by the Tap and Holy Family Hospital, the mixer takes place Tuesday, June 27, from 5 to 7 p.m., at The Tap, 100 Washington St., Haverhill. The event features hors d’oeuvres and beverages, raffles, and door prizes courtesy of: Cory Glass, Cranney Companies, E-Z Way Cleaners and Formal Wear and My Mad Packers. Tickets are $10 for members and $20 for non-members and available by calling 978-686-0900 or visiting merrimackvalleychamber.com.