DanversCARES Featured in Northshore Magazine

Communal Caring with DanversCARES

A town-wide partnership whose mission is to help youth and families make healthy decisions.

(Article appears on page 90 of September 2018 issue of magazine)

What does it take to get the superintendent of schools, a representative of the police department, a selectman, a member of the clergy, high school students, and over 20 other community leaders together each month? In Danvers, the answer is DanversCARES, a town-wide partnership whose mission is to help youth and families make healthy decisions.

DanversCARES started in the mid 1990s as a school-based health advisory committee with the vision to invite community partners to the table to support school-based health and physical education efforts.

About 10 years ago, the group evolved into a formal community-based partnership led by former program director Peg Sallade. The group, which now includes acting director (formerly the assistant director) Lyle Harrod, adheres to the philosophy that partnerships are built on community involvement and designed to address local needs. This is done through collaborative dialogue, prioritizing concerns, and seeking partners and resources to support the work.

And boy has this group been working! Using data collected by regular surveys, DanversCARES has tackled issues including access to alcohol and prescription medication by teens, a mentor program run by Danvers High School upperclassmen athletes for incoming freshmen athletes, internet safety, and opioid prevention.

“The value of the partnership model is that we can really get a pulse on what is happening in the community in order to take the appropriate measures to address [it],” says Sallade. “Having spent my career in public health and prevention, I have been pleased to work in a community where so many people from so many different parts of the town come together to make a difference.”

Danvers supports youth and families in many ways: a good school system, opportunities for community service, quality recreation programming and facilities, effective social services, and more. “All of these help make Danvers a healthy, vibrant community,” says Steve Bartha, town manager. “However, we can’t pretend that Danvers is perfect. We have many of the same issues facing communities across the Commonwealth and around the country. DanversCARES helps us to identify and respond to those issues.”

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Northshore Magazine Features Clark School’s Art Program

Clark School’s Expanding Performing Arts Program

At Clark School in Rowley, local students have the opportunity to express themselves through an expanding performing arts program.

(Page 84 of September 2018 issue)

“I’m gonna live forever. I’m gonna learn how to fly, high.” Anyone who turned on the radio in the early 1980s couldn’t escape these lyrics from the song “Fame.” It was the title song of the hit movie of the same name, which was followed by a long-running TV series and, a 2009 movie remake. Each iteration focused on the lives of students attending the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts, New York City.

While Rowley, Massachusetts, might not match the bright lights and big-city feel of New York, local students now have a greater opportunity to express themselves with Clark School’s expanding performing arts program.

Clark School, an independent private school, was founded in 1978 to provide a unique and individualized approach to education. It moved from Danvers to Rowley in 2014, but has always offered drama as part of its yearly curriculum for both lower and high school students.

Drama is just one element of the Clark School arts program, however, which focuses on developing an individual, local, and global understanding of art. Students work on finding their own individual artistic voice by learning techniques in a variety of media, including drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, and digital photography. Each student works on expanding their skills and improving their art foundation.

One particularly interesting class is a yearlong course on video blogging, known as vlogging. “This replaces a typical journalism class and allows students to create a library of YouTube videos for private or public viewing,” says Jeff Clark, head of Clark School. “It is another way to get kids interested in the important art of storytelling.”

Performing arts have always been extremely important to Clark, who, after college, performed professionally in repertory theater, including a Broadway tour, prior to his educational career and founding of Clark High School.

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ClearRock offers SELF readers “Benefits to Negotiate When You Take a Job”

Susan Peppercorn of ClearRock is quoted by SELF.com in an article titled  “17 Benefits (Other Than Salary) You Can Negotiate When You Take a Job”

“One perk to consider is asking for is a severance package written into your contract. This package would activate should the company be acquired or should you be laid off due to no fault of your own, and it can help you ensure that you’re prepared in case things go awry.” —Susan Peppercorn, a senior career transition consultant with the leadership development firm ClearRock

Read more: https://www.self.com/story/benefits-you-should-negotiate

Clear Rock comments about surviving a bad manager

Laura Poisson, President of ClearRock, Inc., recently commented for Collegerecruiter.com about how to thrive in your new job when you have a bad manager.

Boss shouting at employee

How to thrive in your new job when a bad manager cramps your style

January 05, 2017 by

Congratulations on landing that first job out of college. The hard work has paid off.

Now welcome to the real world. A world where bad managers can quickly turn fun, exciting new jobs into a recent college grad’s worst nightmare.

“Getting a job one loves is a wonderful accomplishment for recent college graduates,” says Laura Poisson, President of ClearRock, Inc., a Boston-based career transition, outplacement, leadership development, and executive coaching firm. “However, having to deal with a bad manager can make that new job a nightmare. It is often hard, especially for a younger person or someone who is new to a company, to determine the best way to deal with a difficult boss.”

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Gourmet Gala raised nearly $60,000 to benefit North Shore Cancer WALK

Check out photos from the recent Gourmet Gala held at Acura of Peabody. The event brought in nearly $60,000 to benefit the North Shore Cancer WALK, taking place on June 28th in Salem. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the WALK, making it one of the oldest walks in the North Shore.

Photos:  https://www.flickr.com/photos/northshoremedicalcenter/sets/72157652222326160

Indigo Salon & Day Spa featured in Boston Magazine online

Indigo Salon & Day Spa featured in Boston Magazine online, bridal section.

Here is a sneak peek of the article….

If there’s ever a day you want your makeup to shine (we mean, of course, in a perfectly matte yet freshly glowing way), it’s your wedding. All eyes are on you, and Lori Contarino, owner of Indigo Salon & Day Spa in Lowell, has these timeless tips that will get you to full tilt blushing bride status.

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Indigo Salon & Spa to Participate in Clean Water Challenge

Indigo Salon & Day Spa to Participate in Clean Water Challenge

Lowell Boutique to Donate Money from Services on April 13th

Lowell, Mass (March 30, 2015): Indigo Salon & Day Spa will be participating in the Aveda Clean Water Challenge on April 13th. The full-service boutique, located in the historic downtown district of Lowell, will donate 100 percent of the money collected for services performed between 9am – 12:00pm, with a goal of raising $1,000. Employees, who are excited to be a part of this challenge, will volunteer their time and offer clients specified services for 50 percent off the regular rate.

“This is a great way for us to demonstrate our support of a very important environmental initiative,” said Lori Contarino, owner of Indigo Salon & Day Spa. “Everyone should have access to clean water and we want to do what we can to help the cause and incent our clients to get behind it as well. We know we can count on the people of Greater Lowell.”

Since April is Earth Month, Indigo Salon & Day Spa will take donations throughout the month in support of the Clean Water Challenge. Through the power of salons, spas, stores, institutes, guests and supporters, Aveda has raised over $36 million for environmental causes since 1999, more than $32 million for clean water projects at home and around the world.

Indigo Salon & Day Spa is now taking appointments for April 13th and invites you to call ahead at (978) 677-6580 as space is limited. Help in this challenge; help our earth and our children’s future. Be part of the change.

For more information about Indigo Salon & Day Spa, visit www.indigosalon-dayspa.com

About Indigo Salon & Day Spa

The Merrimack Valley’s finest salon and day spa, Indigo is located in the historic downtown area of Lowell. Their experienced staff of beauty professionals specialize in hair, skin and nail care as well as therapeutic massage, waxing, and make-up application. Their award-winning salon offers leading-edge services in a relaxed environment that invites clients to relax, rejuvenate and emerge feeling their best, most beautiful self. Indigo Salon & Day Spa is located at 165 Merrimack Street in Lowell, MA. For more info or salon hours, visit www.indigosalon-dayspa.com


Dennis “Oil Can” Boyd to Help Northeast Arc Swing into Spring

The Northnortheast arc eventeast Arc, a not-for-profit organization that helps children and adults with disabilities become full participants in the community, is hosting its annual fundraiser with the baseball-themed Swing into Spring event. Taking place on Saturday, March 21, 2015 from 6:30 – 10:30 p.m. at the Kernwood Country Club in Salem, funds raised atSwing into Spring will be dedicated to the Northeast Arc’s recreation programs.

“The kids and adults with disabilities we support are at greater risk for loneliness, isolation and chronic illness than the general public. Fortunately Northeast Arc’s recreation programs offer the chance to get fit, stay active, and most importantly, to make friends,” said Northeast Arc CEO Jerry McCarthy.

The evening will include cocktails, dinner, and a live auction hosted by Kim Carrigan, longtime Northeast Arc advocate and co-host of The Financial Exchange on WRKO-AM. Former Red Sox pitcher, Dennis “Oil Can” Boyd and sports journalist Mike Shalin will be on hand to sign copies of their books and assist Kim with the live auction. Guests atSwing into Spring will enjoy wine provided by Kappy’s Liquors and the artwork of caricaturist John Doherty of Beverly during the reception.

Some of the auction items include: An opportunity to see Red Sox games at both Fenway Park and Yankee Stadium with a two night hotel stay in New York, A 5 day/4 night stay for eight on Martha’s Vineyard, Tickets to see James Taylor in concert at Fenway Park and an acoustic guitar signed by James Taylor, tickets to see the New England Patriots with the opportunity to meet former players and be part of a pre-game chalk talk, tours of WCVB, Channel 5, and a visit to the WROR studio for a live broadcast of the Loren & Wally Show.

Top event sponsors include: Cy Young Sponsor: Eastern Bank; Carlton Fisk Sponsors:Northeast Clinical Services, the Rainer Family and United Benefit Services and Media Sponsor: The Salem News.

Tickets to the Northeast Arc’s Swing into Spring event are available for purchase online at http://bit.ly/swingwithnearc or call Randi Holland at 978-624-2407.


About The Northeast Arc

Northeast Arc was created in the 1950s by parents of children with disabilities who rejected the assumption that their children should be institutionalized. Now serving over 7,000 people annually in more than 150 Massachusetts cities and towns, Northeast Arc is dedicated to helping people with disabilities become full participants in the community, choosing for themselves how to live, learn, work, socialize and play. The agency does this through a variety of programs, including Autism Services, Day Habilitation, Deaf Services, Early Intervention, Employment Services, Family Support, Personal Care Assistance, Recreation, Residential and Transition. The agency also runs the ArcWorks Community Art Center on Foster Street in Peabody. Northeast Arc is the largest Arc in the state of Massachusetts and the 4th largest Arc in the country.

Insight Performance releases survey results

Survey Finds this year is the year for companies to “Solidify and Profit”

Trend towards business improvement  

 Dedham, Mass. – February 18, 2015 – Insight Performance, a human resources consulting and employee benefits firm, has issued results from its fourth annual Human Resources Programs & Business Climate survey. The survey, conducted in partnership with the Smaller Business Association of New England (SBANE) consists of respondents primarily of New England businesses ranging in size. Respondents were asked to identify trends regarding business conditions, hiring and employee benefits and programs.

Click here to read the rest of the survey:  2015 Survey release final