State Awards Downtown Haverhill Developer Tax Credits to Help Meet Housing Demand

A Haverhill developer, about halfway through renovating an historic downtown property into 21 apartments, was approved Tuesday for $1.3 million in state housing development tax credits aimed at encouraging more housing options and lowering costs. Developer Jonathan Cody is in the process of restoring the 1856-era Franklin Block at 200 Merrimack St., for market rate apartments. The building, in a disconnected part of the Washington Street Shoe District, was for many years known as the home of D.J. Casey Paper Co. and other commercial tenants. “I would like to thank Gov. Maura Healey, Secretary Edward Augustus, Mayor Melinda Barrett and everyone at the (Executive Office of Housing and Livable Communities) EOHLC.

Newburyport Bank Names Haverhill’s Sanchez Vice President, Residential Mortgage Officer

Newburyport Bank recently elevated Joshua P. Sanchez to vice president, residential mortgage officer. Prior to receiving his new appointment, Sanchez worked as assistant vice president and residential mortgage officer in the residential lending division at Newburyport Bank’s Amesbury Lending Center, 43 Main St. A Haverhill resident, Sanchez received his bachelor’s in business management from Fisher College and has more than 20 years of experience in banking.

Merrimack Valley Credit Union Raises $40,000 for Financial Edge Education Program

Merrimack Valley Credit Union raised nearly $40,000 at its early June Charity Golf Classic at Atkinson Country Club to support its Financial Edge educational program. Merrimack Valley Credit Union partnered with Banzai to develop Financial Edge, a program that improves the financial literacy of students and adults by offering training and digital tools to schools and community organizations throughout the Merrimack Valley. President and CEO John J. Howard thanked sponsors. “Your support gives community members of all ages the knowledge, skills and confidence to overcome the financial obstacles they will encounter throughout their lives,” he said. Schools and organizations interested in learning more about the Financial Edge program may email [email protected] for more information.

Healey Lauds North Andover’s 6K, Among Other GreenTech Companies

North Andover’s 6K, a battery material producer, was among Massachusetts climate tech industry leaders honored this week by Gov. Maura T. Healey. Healey hosted a celebration of all 28 of Time Magazine’s Top GreenTech Companies for 2024. 6K and other state firms were recognized with a Governor’s Citation for their contributions to Massachusetts’ economy and competitiveness. Lt. Gov. Kim Driscoll, Economic Development Secretary Yvonne Hao, Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Rebecca Tepper, Massachusetts Clean Energy Center CEO Emily Reichert and Climate Chief Melissa Hoffer also participated. “I’ve had the opportunity to visit many of these climatetech companies over the past few months, and I have been so impressed by the cutting-edge work that they’re doing in communities across the state,” said Healey.

Bauer Financial Awards Pentucket Bank 5-Star Superior Rating for 129th Consecutive Quarter

This month marks 129 consecutive quarters that Pentucket Bank has received Bauer Financial’s 5-Star Superior Rating for financial strength and stability. The rating was assigned based on financial data as of March 21, and comes with the added prestige of being a “Best of Bauer Bank.” Banks must maintain their five-star rating for 100 consecutive quarters to receive this title. “Pentucket Bank has been helping customers achieve their financial goals, both personal and business, for 133 years,” said Bauer Financial President Karen Dorway. “Its employees appreciate all opportunities and challenges thrown in their direction. They want to be the best banking partners in the community because they know, when their customers succeed, so do they.”

Eammon’s Heart Freedom Illumination Project Gets Boost From North Shore Realty Group

Eammon’s Heart Foundation for Recovery and Prevention received a boost recently for its Freedom Illumination Project from local representatives of the North Shore Realty Group. The Freedom Illumination Project, the brainchild of Eammons Heart Foundation President Helen Sheehan, was created more than two years ago to use solar-powered lighting to light up United States flags flying above Haverhill monuments. In time for Memorial Day this year, North Shore Realty Group’s and Newburyport Lion Frank Bertolino heard Sheehan discuss the project and stepped into action. “My boss, Frank, wanted to do this with and for me. When he had heard of this Haverhill-based project, knowing how much Haverhill means to me, he couldn’t contain his excitement.

Essex County Community Foundation Names Lloyd as Next President

Stratton Lloyd becomes the new president and CEO July 1 of Beverly-based Essex County Community Foundation, a $130 million grantmaking organization. Lloyd, of Wenham, succeeds Beth Francis who announced her retirement last fall. Lloyd has served the Foundation for the past six years as executive vice president and chief operating officer. The organization said he was chosen for his experience, leadership skills and deep knowledge of the Foundation’s work and of Essex County. “What happens in Essex County matters to me, and I am thrilled for this opportunity to build on the Foundation’s 25-year history of collaborative work to create a vibrant and thriving region,” Lloyd said in a statement issued last Friday.” He added, “It’s clear that the role of our community foundation is to act as an anchor organization in the community, a place where we can come together across difference and create change together.”

The national search for the Foundation’s next leader included community input and expert guidance.

Role-Playing Game and 3D Printing Stores Hold Grand Opening June 22

Haverhill-based Creatorpult Design agency and Queen’s Gambit game store host a joint grand opening Saturday—which is National Free RPG Day—geared to tabletop role-playing game fans. Both companies plan events, sales, tours, demonstrations and giveaways. In addition, Creatorpult will be demonstrating its 3D printers and laser cutters all weekend. A subset of Creatorpult Games, Creatorpult Design specializes in 3D rendering, printing and engravings as well as repair for 3D printers for individuals and small businesses alike. Queen’s Gambit is a game and hobby shop focused on family boardgames, role-playing games, accessories, puzzles and more.