Pentucket Bank Provides up to $20K Donation to Back Exchange Club of Haverhill Scholarships

Pentucket Bank has teamed up with the Exchange Club of Haverhill to provide up to $20,000 in scholarships to class of 2024 graduates. Scholarships include the ACE Award, recognizing a student who is successful in the face of adversity with a $3,000 scholarship; Youth of the Year, celebrating an outstanding young individual who excels in leadership and academics with a $3,000 scholarship; Book of Golden Deeds, $3,000 scholarship honoring selfless acts of kindness and community impact; and the Young Citizenship, acknowledging students who are honest, hardworking, helpful and fair. These are multiple awards for $1,000 each. “We are extraordinarily proud to join forces with the Haverhill Exchange Club to provide these scholarships,” said bank CEO Jonathan H. Dowst. “They reward several different categories of leadership among our youth and also, of course, provide funds for them to fulfill their dreams through higher education.

Merrimack Valley Chamber Hosts U.S. Small Business Administration’s Awards Ceremony

Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce member Stephanie Vanderbilt, owner of Coastal Windows and Exteriors in Beverly, was awarded the Massachusetts Small Business Person of the Year award during a Friday event hosted by the Chamber. More than 300 people turned out for the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Massachusetts Small Business Awards Ceremony with District Director Robert Nelson, state Economic Development Secretary Yvonne Hao and state Auditor Diana DiZoglio. Vanderbilt’s award earned her an invitation to the White House to join other winners from around the country. Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce Vice President Michael Bevilacqua previously told WHAV the “Washington connection” is Marlene Cintron, appointed by the White House to be regional administrator, overseeing U.S. Small Business Administration programs in the Atlantic Region, and also currently serving as acting administrator for programs in New England.

Indie Retailer Bull Moose to Open Store in Plaistow Next Month, Plans to Host Local Poets, Musicians

Indie Media Retailer Bull Moose will open a store in Plaistow, N.H., in June, with the new location likely hosting performances by local musicians and poetry readings. With staff moving 10 miles from a Salem, N.H., shop closing May 18, President Shawn Nichols told WHAV, employees “collectively selected” the 34 Plaistow Road location, according to a press release. The retailer mostly carries records, CDs—including on consignment from local artists—books and games. During the pandemic, Nichols told WHAV they stopped hosting performances by local artists, but have started to get back into public events recently. “The thought around the space in Plaistow will be that it could be used for someone with an acoustic guitar, or a table for role playing games, or for a poetry recital.”

He added, “[In] the last year or so, we’ve started to really get back into it, but it’s rebuilding that old muscle memory.

Amazon North Andover Celebrates Milestone of Hiring 100,000 Veterans Companywide

Amazon this week celebrated reaching a global milestone of hiring 100,000 veterans and military spouses in a North Andover ceremony attended by Massachusetts Veterans Services Secretary Jon Santiago and Labor Secretary Lauren Jones. The 100,000th military hire was made at Amazon’s recently opened robotics fulfilment center in North Andover. During the ceremony, Amazon donated $50,000 to Massachusetts Fallen Heroes, a business accelerator for military veterans and Gold Star Family entrepreneurs. As part of its ongoing commitment to supporting servicemembers and their families, Amazon said it has donated more than $400,000 in community grant opportunities to nonprofit organizations who serve veteran, military and Gold Star families. As WHAV previously reported, Amazon opened the 3.8 million square-foot North Andover fulfillment center in January.

Lawrence Community Works Takes Home First Prize in Haverhill-Based Digital Equity Challenge

An idea to bring free Wi-Fi and education to a Lawrence public housing project was the top winner of the third annual Digital Equity Challenge pitch contest that took place May 2 in Haverhill. Lawrence Community Works was awarded $5,000 for first place for a project to provide free, reliable Wi-Fi throughout its affordable housing project in Lawrence as well as provide a community advocate to help residents access Wi-Fi and Internet resources. “LCW’s community programs are designed for maximum integration with residential life and to support an overarching goal of family economic mobility,” said Jacob Greer, Executive assistant and resource developer at Lawrence Community Works. “No matter how someone may be connected to the LCW network, our goal is for them to access a diverse menu of supportive resources and offerings depending on their individualized situation and aspirations.”

Rachid Moukhabir of Methuen won second place for his proposal to expand his information technology training program, called Mass Association for Computer and Internet Resources.  Moukhabir said his program helps underserved populations enter the IT workforce and provides support and further training to allow those workers to continue to grow in the industry. Josefa Arriagada Saieh, a MassDevelopment fellow working in Lawrence, and Karina Calderon of the Lawrence Partnership won third place and audience favorite for a project to turn an under-utilized alleyway in Lawrence into vibrant community space with free outdoor Wi-Fi access.

Greater Haverhill Chamber to Bestow Honors During 108th Annual Celebration June 6

A city official, community volunteer, business leaders and others are among those to be honored next month when the Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce holds its 108th Annual Celebration at one of Haverhill’s newest venues. During the summer kickoff party, Haverhill Community Development Director Andrew K. Herlihy will be presented with the Chamber’s public service award, while Melissa Cerasuolo is honored as community volunteer; Cedar’s Mediterranean Foods Executive Vice President Marketing Aimee Tsakirellis, community leadership; and Haverhill Public-Private Partnership Director Allison Heartquist, Chamber director of the year. The Chamber Service Award goes to North of Boston Convention and Visitor’s Bureau and Community Catalyst Award to Northern Essex Community College. The event takes place Thursday, June 6, from 5-9 p.m., at Bosa Coastal Italian’s rooftop, 160 Merrimack St., Haverhill. Admission is $150 each and includes appetizers, live music, Spacetown Band and a cash bar.

Moore Staffing Services of Methuen Becomes Part of Leddy Group

Moore Staffing Services of Methuen is now part of Leddy Group, joining the network of staffing providers throughout New England. Since 1980, Moore Staffing Services has been a top employment service for industries like accounting, engineering, healthcare and manufacturing. The company said Leddy Group’s mission of helping people in New England find meaningful work gives Moore Staffing greater capabilities. “Leddy Group will undoubtedly be an outstanding partner for Moore’s clients, candidates and employees,” said former COO and President Michael Moore. Patty McGrail, senior vice president of Leddy Group, added, “We’re also excited to diversify and continue to grow the Moore Staffing/Leddy Group client portfolio and develop true strategic relationships.”

Founded in 1994, Leddy Group has grown its employment service offerings to span across New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine and Massachusetts.

Updated: Fashion Trendsetters Yolanda Cellucci and Sondra Celli to Address Women in Business Lunch

Note: The location has been changed to Michael’s Function Hall at Phoenician Restaurant, 12 Alpha St., Haverhill. Fashion icons Yolanda Cellucci and Sondra Celli, mother and daughter, are scheduled to address members of the Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce as well as the public at the end of the month. Cellucci created a successful fashion house and bridal center in 1967, which continues as an online store, while Celli has been featured in TLC’s “My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding” and its spinoff series “Gypsy Sisters.”

They’ll share their stories during a Women in Business Lunch, Thursday, May 30, from noon-1:15 p.m., at Michael’s Function Hall at Phoenician Restaurant, 12 Alpha St., Haverhill. Admission is $35 per person. Registration is accepted online at or by calling 978-686-0900.