MeVa Transit Promotes Mendez to Second in Command, Names Two Others to Posts

Merrimack Valley Transit, known as MeVa, for short, recently promoted two—as deputy administrator and outreach coordinator respectively—and hired a comptroller. Niorka “Nio” Mendez, who received her start at the agency as a bus driver in 2014 and promoted three years later to administration, was elevated to second in command as deputy administrator at the start of the month. Besides beginning as a bus driver, Mendez has served a marketing director, communications director and chief communications director. “Always eager to learn and grow, she has applied her boundless energy to every task, brought the very best out of each of her colleagues, represented MeVa as our first ever graduate of Latinos in Transit’s Leadership Academy and served as de facto deputy administrator without the benefit of any official title,” Administrator Noah S. Berger told MeVa’s Advisory board last month. Nataylia Curet was also promoted from office coordinator to outreach coordinator, taking on many of Mendez’ former duties.

Cedar’s Tsakirellis Tells Haverhill Chamber Members How Family’s Story Shaped Her Values

Aimee Tsakirellis, this year’s Greater Haverhill Chamber Community Leadership award recipient, not only works in the food industry, she has a special place in her heart for feeding the hungry. Tsakirellis, executive vice president of marketing at Haverhill-based Cedar’s Mediterranean Foods, said her lessons learned came from her parents’ own food insecurity. Her father was raised on a small island in Greece in a household without electricity or running water. His parents worked as cotton and potato farmers to support him and his siblings. “He told me they had one chicken in their yard, and they would pray it would lay an egg they could share it for dinner,” she explained.

American Heart Association Honors Pridestar Trinity EMS for Rapid Care Approach

Pridestar Trinity EMS has received the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline EMS Bronze achievement award for its commitment to offering rapid and research-based care to people experiencing the most severe form of heart attacks and strokes, ultimately saving lives. The Mission: Lifeline EMS achievement award focuses on agencies’ on-scene care, bringing to the forefront the collaboration and contributions to patient care for prehospital providers. “Pridestar Trinity EMS is honored to be recognized by the American Heart Association for our dedication to providing optimal care for heart attack patients,” said David Green, director of Clinical Services and Education. “The Mission: Lifeline program puts proven knowledge and guidelines to work on a daily basis, so patients have the best possible chance of survival.”

Emergency Medical Services staff can begin treatment when they arrive—up to an hour sooner than if someone goes to the hospital by car. EMS staff are also trained to provide resuscitation efforts to someone whose heart has stopped.

Link House Benefits from $6K Pentucket Bank Charitable Foundation Donation

The Pentucket Bank Charitable Foundation recently donated $6,000 to Amesbury-based Link House to expand the work of the Children and Teen Center for Help, or CATCH for short. CATCH serves children 5 to 18 in all of Pentucket Bank’s Massachusetts communities plus Newburyport, Newbury and Salisbury. “Societal pressures on our young people are perhaps greater than ever before, and it is up to us to do our part to help those that who are in need of resources and support. Link House provides vital services in this area, and we need support them in their mission,” said Foundation Board member and Pentucket Bank President Eric G. Leuteritz. For more than 50 years Link House, has helped more than 8,900 individuals improve their mental well-being and take positive steps towards living sober, independent and productive lives.

Chefs and Farms Pair Up to Celebrate Summer’s Bounty at Tattersall Farm-to-Table July 25

Local chefs and restaurants partner with regional farms Thursday, July 25, at Tattersall Farm-to-Table for a walk-around tasting event to support local businesses. Attendees can enjoy all-evening access to locally grown food, drinks and live music. Peak-season food such as summer vegetables, pork sausage and Greek lamb will be provided by the participating farms including Heron Pond Farm, Lillooet Farm, Late Bloom Farm and Old Wild Farm. Dishes will be prepared by the chef and restaurant collective headed by Chef Kristen Carbone and including Scott Sanderson of L’Arche Boston North Culinary Program, Paul Emmitt, La Pizza Di Forno and Mark’s Deli. Welcome cocktails will be provided by Craft Collective, and five tables of drink selections including wine, hard cider, craft beer, spirits and mead will be provided by Tozi Imports, Marzae Wines, Saltbox Cider, Anchor & Hope Wine, 1634 Meadery, Bird Dog Cider, Idle Hands Craft Ales, Great Marsh Brewing Company, Ipswich Ale Brewery and Banded Brewing Co.

Haverhill Fire Receives Donation of High-Powered Chop Saw From Merrimac Industrial Sales

The Haverhill Fire Department last week received a new, high-powered electric chop saw for quickly opening difficult-to-access spaces during emergencies. Merrimac Industrial Sales, the Haverhill-based provider of power tools for tradespeople, custom electrical panels and stock electrical components, donated the saw made by Milwaukee Tools. During a presentation at the Water Street fire station, Fire Chief Robert M. O’Brien discussed an essential use of the tool for ventilating a burning structure. “Beautiful piece of equipment that will get us quick access into the roof of a burning building. That directly relates to how fast we can remove the smoke and keep our firefighters and the occupants of that building safe,” he said.

Merrimack Valley Chamber Members to Network, Tour Stevens-Coolidge House and Gardens

Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce members have an opportunity next Tuesday to have breakfast, participate in networking and tour the Stevens-Coolidge House and Gardens. The Stevens-Coolidge property was the summer home of Helen Stevens Coolidge and her husband, John Gardner Coolidge—a diplomat descended from Thomas Jefferson and a nephew to Isabella Stewart Gardner—from 1914 to 1962. It is owned and managed by The Trustees of Reservations. Chamber members meet Tuesday, July 9, from 8-9:15 a.m., at 153 Chickering Road, North Andover. Admission is $10 for members and $20 for non-members.

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.