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Meet Aaron Beaudoin of AJ's Home Services

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Loacted in Dracut, MA AJ's Home services success is based on the years of experience and dedication to satisfying each and every one of our customers by installing quality-roofing systems that have stood the test of New England’s sometimes-harsh weather. 

ROOFING:

A.J.’s Home Services Inc. has been providing roofing solutions for Massachusetts and Southern New Hampshire for over 15 years. We are certified with multiple roofing manufacturers, such as G.A.F. and CertainTeed. Our installers are also certified applicators, guaranteeing that your home or business will receive the best quality installation available in roofing today.

  • Asphalt Shingles
  • Membrane
  • Wood Shingle
  • Slate
  • Copper
  • Metal
  • New Construction
  • Repair
  • Inspections

SIDING:

Vinyl Siding is among the most popular coverings for the exterior of houses today. It is a great investment for adding value to your home.  Not only does it look beautiful it’s maintenance-free.  A simple soap and water rinse once a year is all that’s required to remove dirt and maintain the look of freshly painted wood. With so many colors and designs to choose from you can let your imagination take over.

Roof Shoveling and Snow Plowing

Meet Doug Wiggins of D.W. Constable Services

What is a Constable?

Constables offer Discreet, Professional, and Dependable service to Private Citizens, Small Businesses, Corporations, Insurance Companies, Attorneys, State Agencies, and the Federal Government. If you need court documents served upon a party involved in Civil or Criminal Litigation with the State, District or Superior Courts.

Who should call D.W. Constable Services office?

Any individual that needs to have papers served (including legal documents, letters, notice of court dates, and eviction notices), should contact D.W. Constable Services either in person or by telephone.  If you have questions regarding papers you received from court or papers that you have had served by our office, feel free to call our office and we will answer any questions to the best of our ability.  While we are not allowed to give legal advice, we can often advise you regarding legal procedures, including the process of evicting a tenant from your apartment or home. 

For further info Contact Doug Wiggins:

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Phone: 978-596-5877

E-Mail: mybusiness978@outlook.com

Website: http://www.dwconstableservices.com/

FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/dwconstableservices/

Transformational Beginnings Program Manager Wanted

United Teen Equality Center (UTEC)

Transformational Beginnings Program Manager 

The Transformational Beginnings (TB) Program Manager guides and supports all youth who participate in the Mattress Deconstruction and Recycling Enterprise, the first phase of workforce programming.  S/he plans and implements daily structured programming, which includes working in the mattress recycling warehouse, workshops, talking circles, and orientation sessions.  Above all else, the TB Program Manager identifies as a dedicated youth worker with a passion for transitional employment programming. The individual values innovation and creativity and is inspired to address the challenges and benefits of an integrated youth development social enterprise business. Reporting to the Senior Director of Programs, the position also works with the Chief Innovation Officer, Mattress Recycling Operations Manager, Director of Youth Promise, and TB Coaches to develop, manage, and support the Mattress Recycling social enterprise. 

Responsibilities and Outcomes

  • ·         Supervise and manage a crew of up to 20 youth in the mattress recycling warehouse
  • ·         Develop, plan, and facilitate Transformational Beginnings orientation and weekly workshops for new enrollees to UTEC’s workforce development programs
  • ·         Complete weekly performance reviews for all youth who complete 3 days of attendance per week
  • ·         Responsible for promoting 4-5 youth a month to the next stage of programming (food services or woodworking)
  • ·         Provide support  to the Mattress Recycling Operations Manager  and Chief Innovation Officer in developing and maintaining operations process and protocols in Mattress Recycling  
  • ·         Collaborate with the Senior Director of Programs, Director of Youth Promise and workforce staff in implementing quality integrated programing and preparing youth for a continuum of workforce and educational opportunities
  • ·         Manage youth time sheets, attendance, payroll, evaluations, and daily activities and enter data in ETO, UTEC’s performance management database
  • ·         Supervise 1 AmeriCorps member in Mattress Recycling

Qualifications and Competencies

  • ·         At least 3 years of youth development experience with proven-risk youth
  • ·         At least one year of supervisory experience preferred
  • ·         Experience developing lesson plans and an understanding of group dynamics
  • ·         Flexibility: Thrives in a hectic and fast paced environment; open to other perspectives
  • ·         Commitment: Genuinely cares about the youth’s and UTEC’s success
  • ·         Relentless: Does not give up on youth, proactively reaches out to youth, can see youth succeeding even when the youth cannot see it her/himself
  • ·         Leads by Example: Demonstrates punctuality, reliability, sound judgment, stress management and team work to corps members, other staff, and youth; works side-by-side with crew on-site or off-site
  • ·         Controlled Response: Remains calm and objective when confronting defense-provoking situations; tolerates stress
  • ·         Creativity: Develops innovative solutions to challenging problems and creates engaging, fun workshops and program experiences for youth
  • ·         Coachable: Open to feedback and personal and professional improvement
  • ·         Relationship Builder: values and nurtures relationships between self and youth, self and community partners, self and colleagues
  • ·         Drive: Hunger to do an excellent job, a passion to own one’s work, proactively comes up with systems and solutions to make one’s work more effective
  • ·         Well Organized: Can manage at the high level while keeping day-to-day on track
  • ·         Attention to Detail: Creates and maintains protocols that enhance youth experience and provides positive environment for youth
  • ·         Team Player: Upholds UTEC’s mission, values, and vibe
  • ·         Sense of Humor: Ability to laugh at oneself a must! 

Benefits: 3 weeks paid vacation, 10 paid sick days, and health/dental benefits (50-85% subsidized).

To Apply

Strong candidates should submit a thoughtful cover letter and resume to jobs@utec-lowell.org. Please type “Transformational Beginnings Program Manager” in the subject line of the email. Candidates whom we choose to interview will be contacted. Please no calls or email about this position.

 

 

 

 

 

Manchester Choral Society

CONTACT INFORMATION for MCS Press Release:

Kirsten Mohring – 731-9360

9 Stonehenge Road

Londonderry, NH 03053 

 

MCS Seeks New Singers for Requiem Poem 

Looking to sing some incredible music this spring? Then come sing with us, the Manchester Choral Society! This season our Masterworks series will feature Maurice Durufle's "Requiem" and the world premiere of  "Requiem Poem” by award-winning New Hampshire composer Jonathan Santore. 

All interested singers from high school and beyond are welcome to attend our first open rehearsal on Monday, January 25, 2016 at St. Catherine of Siena School (206 North St. Manchester, NH) from 7:00-9:00pm. To sign up for an audition contact Betty Dunn (603-893-8501, email canobieque@aol.com). For further information about Manchester Choral Society, go to www.mcsnh.org or contact Co-president Liz Sheil at lsheil@ymail.com or Co-president Megan Carrier at megan.c.carrier@gmail.com

MCS is supported by generous donations from many individuals, local businesses and foundations including the NH Charitable Foundation (Corbit Fund), and the Frederick Smyth Institute of Music.

The Manchester Choral Society is a non-profit auditioned community chorus established in 1961.  MCS is committed to sharing and promoting the best in choral music of a variety of styles and periods through vibrant performance, collaboration, and educational and community outreach.  Concerts for the public are offered several times a year under the musical direction of Dr. Dan Perkins, who has served over two decades as Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities at Plymouth State University. Dr. Perkins is also Music Director of the New Hampshire Master Chorale, and has served as the Principal Guest Conductor of the Vietnam National Opera and Ballet in Hanoi, guest conductor of the Dartmouth Concertato Singers, Dartmouth Handel Society, and as the Music Director of the Hanover Chamber Orchestra, and New Hampshire Friendship Chorus. Dr. Perkins’ choirs have performed all over the world, including Europe, Brazil, Ecuador, Peru, South Africa, South Korea, and Vietnam.   

Meet Andre Mills Owner/Illustrator of AKM Graphics

Looking for the perfect image/logo for your business? Want to create fun t-shirts for your next family reunion or mega party? You know what you want but need some help in creating the design? You need to talk to my Friend Andre!

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Andre loves to "Create Joy Thru Art". He is currently publishing his web comic Becka & Dre. Becka and Dre is a fun comic about the mayhem that Dre gets into with Becka. Plus all the craziness that happens with their friends. Follow Becka, Dre, Marcie, Puck, Sasha, and Ahman as they enjoy and navigate modern life. 

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AKM Graphics specializes in professional custom illustrations for your book, brochure, t-shirts, poster, event, logo home or office. 

Contact Andre:

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Phone: 978-310-1661

Website: http://www.akmgraphics.com/

Email: info@akmgraphics.com

FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/MillsStopArt/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/AKMGraphicsLLC

 

 

PT Financial Service Rep /Teller wanted in Acton

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Have You Been to Noodles & Company in Nashua, NH Yet?

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Massachusetts DECA District V Conference

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On January 7th, 2016 over 500 high school students from the great Merrimack Valley area will be competing in the annual DECA District competition.  DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe. 

Part of this competition is a mock interview with a business professional.  This year we need over 75 judges to run the event.  Your day will run from 8am - 1pm.  During that time you will meet with several students all interviewing for the same position or solving a problem.  

Following are the details:

Event:              Massachusetts DECA District V Conference

Location:         Chelmsford Radisson, 10 Independence Way, Chelmsford, MA

Date/Time:      Thursday, January 7th, 2016 @ 8:30am

(In case of snow:  Friday, January 8th)

http://massdeca.org/blog/conferences/district-conferences/

 
 

Resume for Chris Williams

Chris D. Williams

chrisd.williams@yahoo.com   ◊   www.linked.com/in/chrisdibblewilliams   ◊   978.886.1946

Finance Professional with strong analytical and communication skills with experience bringing people together to tackle difficult issues. My management style, which draws on the basic tenets of quality management, is focused on quantifiable results driven by every member of the group. Record of analytics, strategic vision and results-oriented leadership across numerous industries and institutions.

Core Expertise includes:

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Financial Analysis

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Process Improvement

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Budgeting

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Finance Operations Management

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Training/Curriculum Development

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Team Building

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Public Speaking

 

Career Snapshot

MA Families Organizing for Change

Project Coordinator who conceptualized, developed and grew Housing Connections, a state-wide tool to allow families of the disabled to connect to find housing for their loved ones. Led seminars on housing as well as transition topics; designed and led goal-setting process for Northeast region (2012 – present). www.mfofc.org/housingconnections/

United Airlines

Manager Cargo Revenue Accounting, with responsibility for accounting, customer service, collections, claims and records management (2000 – 2003).

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Developed and implemented detailed quality metrics for all functions; instituted long-term performance improvement plan resulting in dramatic operational improvement over three years:

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Reduced days sales outstanding by 70%.

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Reduced oldest open invoices by 85%.

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Reduced longest customer service response times by 96%.

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Renegotiated collection vendor contract to save $800k (52%) with improved control processes.

Manager Long Term Cargo Planning, with planning responsibility for warehouses, equipment, automation, process, quality and data (1998 – 2000).

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Implemented performance measurement and quality standards for field cargo operations.

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Restructured O’Hare ware house renovation for savings of 13 months and $10 million (11%). Full scope of renovation completed within timeframe and budget.

Financial Analyst, Controller’s Division, responsible for collaborating with field maintenance operations to develop $1.9 billion operating budget (1997 – 1998).

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Modeled maintenance productivity and cost to align spending with operational volume.

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Valued numerous ESOP scenarios in support of union contract negotiations.

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Promoted to manager after just 10 months.

Early Career

As Training Manager at Zacks Investment Research, developed and delivered multi-faceted training program for equity selection software. Back tested and assessed client equity investment strategies. Significant writing and public speaking. As Portfolio Risk Manager at Singer/Wenger Trading Company, analyzed risk in 25 exchange-traded option markets using a modified Cox/Ross/Whaley option valuation model. Offset risk in option positions using commodities futures contracts.

 

Education & Certification

MBA, Finance and Statistics

University of Chicago, Booth School of Business

 

BA, Economics

Northwestern University

 

Charter of Financial Analysis

 

 

Other

 

Designed, tested and implemented proprietary investment strategy with average returns above the S&P500 but only 55% of the risk of long stock using equities and equity options (2007-2013).

 

Cooking instructor and blogger at www.ucancook.net, with a passion for teaching people to make food that is healthy, tasty and REAL.

 

Developed and taught Investment Club, an investment enrichment course for 4th and 5th grade students from 2005 – 2010. Designed 4-factor stock picking model for students based on writing web common in elementary schools.

 

Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) from 2004 – 2009 and Education Surrogate Parent (ESPP) from 2006 – 2014 advocating for teens in the Massachusetts foster care system

 

 

Current board memberships: Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services Citizens’ Advisory Board, South Church Youth Board, Northeast Arc Transition Task Force

Acupuncture Center of Southern NH December Newsletter

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The Acupuncture Newsletter

December 2015

Vicki Jessop Lic. Ac., MAc, Dipl. Ac. (NCCAOM)
Acupuncture Center of Southern NH
71 Spit Brook Road, Suite 407
Nashua, NH 03060
603-589-9805

Relieve Pain Naturally with Acupuncture

Increasingly, people are looking for more natural approaches to help relieve painful conditions instead of relying on medications. Acupuncture can be helpful for all types of pain, regardless of what is causing the pain or where the pain is located. Some studies have shown the pain relief it provides can last for months.

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the brain before and after acupuncture treatment for pain shows dramatic decreases in brain activity -- up to 70 percent. This decrease in brain activity in certain areas of the brain is thought to be the reason for the reduction of pain caused by the acupuncture treatments. In addition to reducing pain, acupuncture also hastens the healing process by increasing circulation and attracting white blood cells to an injured area.

The basis of acupuncture is expressed in this famous Chinese saying: "Bu tong ze tong, tong ze bu tong" which means "free flow: no pain, no free flow: pain." In other words, any kind of pain or illness represents an obstruction in the normal flow of Qi or life force. Simply put, acupuncture moves Qi, restoring free flow.

Acupuncture has become readily accepted in mainstream modern medicine as a viable option for pain management and studies support its therapeutic effects.

In a German study, published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, 1,162 adults with chronic, lower back pain were divided into groups treated with either the standard pharmaceutical and exercise therapy commonly used in conventional medicine or acupuncture. The researchers reported that acupuncture provided relief and lasting benefit to nearly twice as many lower back pain patients as drugs and exercise. Forty-eight percent of the acupuncture patients reported at least a one-third decrease in pain along with improvement in their ability to function, versus 27 percent of the patients treated with conventional methods reporting such benefits.

If you or someone you love suffers from acute and chronic pain, please call to find out more about how acupuncture and Oriental medicine can help you.

 

Acupuncture for Low Back Pain

Low back pain is an extremely common concern, affecting anywhere from 75 to 90 percent of people at some point in their lives. Low back pain is second only to the common cold as a cause of lost days at work and is one of the most common reasons to seek medical care, including acupuncture. In fact, one of the top reasons that people get acupuncture treatments is for low back pain.

In a study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, researchers from the University of Maryland School of Medicine analyzed 33 studies covering more than 2,100 patients from around the world on acupuncture for low back pain.

They found acupuncture provided definite pain relief in the short-term (defined as relief sustained for three weeks after the end of the acupuncture sessions).

In spite of the large number of pathological conditions that can give rise to low back pain, up to 85 percent of the cases are classified by physicians as 'non-specific'. When low back pain is examined from an Oriental medicine perspective, it is seen as a disruption to the flow of Qi within the area and associated with a specific disharmony and is treated accordingly.

The disruption of Qi that results in low back pain is usually associated with the following three disharmonies:

Weak Kidney Qi - In Oriental medicine, the lower back is referred to as the “dwelling of the kidneys”. The majority of chronic low back pain conditions are associated with kidney deficiency. Pain related to kidney deficiency is typically dull and erratic. It is usually aggravated by fatigue and improves with rest.

Stagnation of Qi and Blood - When the flow of Qi along the meridians that traverse the lumbar region becomes congested, it is referred to as the stagnation of Qi and blood. This presents with a severe stabbing pain that is worse with rest and better with movement, tender to touch, and can be accompanied by stiffness and tightness.

Invasion of Cold and Dampness - Cold, damp type pain is generally worse in the morning and when the weather is cold and damp. This type of pain improves with movement and the application of heat. Stiffness and contraction of back muscles that is aggravated by immobility indicates cold predominance. Swelling, numbness, and a heavy sensation are indicative of dampness.

 

Ah Shi Points

Not all acupuncture points have a specific name and specific location. Some of the most effective points to use in acupuncture are local points of tenderness. These points are referred to as Ah Shi points, which in Chinese literally means, “That’s the point!”

Ah Shi points were first mentioned during the Tang dynasty (founded in 618 AD) classic book Thousand Ducat Prescriptions. These points become spontaneously tender when disease or injury occurs, or in locations where Qi has become congested. They are not among the regular acupuncture points on a specific meridian or pathway.

Their locations are not fixed; they are the points that, upon palpation, are the most sensitive. In many cases, a small knot or pea-sized nodule can be felt under the skin at these points of tenderness.

The Ah Shi points are especially effective in the treatment of pain and are often used in conjunction with local and distal acupuncture points.

If you have pain, palpate around the area of pain to see if you can find the Ah Shi points. This is a great way to self-treat the problem.

 

 

In This Issue

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Relieve Pain Naturally with Acupuncture

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Acupuncture for Low Back Pain

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Ah Shi Points

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Post Operative Pain Relief

Post Operative Pain Relief

Research from Duke University Medical Center has shown that acupuncture can significantly reduce surgical patients’ post-operative pain and their need for powerful opioids to treat pain.

Duke University anesthesiologists combined data from 15 randomized clinical trials to reach their conclusion. Using acupuncture both before and after surgery produced the best results for patients, who reported lower levels of post-operative pain and a significantly reduced need for painkillers. In addition, acupuncture mitigated the negative side effects of opioids when they were used.

“The most important outcome for the patient is the reduction of the side effects associated with opioids,” said T.J. Gan, M.D., the Duke anesthesiologist who presented the study at the annual scientific conference of the American Society for Anesthesiology in San Francisco in October 2007. Gan pointed out that acupuncture is a relatively inexpensive therapy that has virtually no side effects when practiced by trained professionals.

Many other studies have shown acupuncture effective in reducing post-operative nausea and vomiting compared with other medications.

According to a meta-analysis presented at the American Society of Anesthesiologists' meeting, acupuncture reduced rates of post-operative nausea by 32 percent, pruritus (itchiness at the surgical site) by 25 percent, dizziness by 38 percent, and urinary retention by 71 percent compared with control groups.

Acupuncture is excellent for managing post-surgical side effects such as surgical pain, loss of appetite, and upset stomach or nausea. In addition to strengthening the immune system and increasing energy, acupuncture is also a great way to reduce swelling, decrease stiffness and pain, reduce scarring and scar tissue, and assist with a quick recovery.

If you, or a loved one, will be undergoing surgery, please call us to see if acupuncture can improve your recovery.