Members in the News

Members in the News | January 2018

Bean Group’s Ashley Parks donates $10k to humane society

Cocheco Valley Humane Society is pleased to announce that Dover resident and local Bean Group Realtor Lee Ann Ashley Parks has donated $10,000 to support the care of the animals that have come through our doors this year.

“I have always had a soft spot for the underdog and animals. I thought it was time to put my money where my mouth was and give back to CVHS, especially where the organization is in such desperate need of a new building. I decided that I would contribute a portion of my commission for every transaction in 2017. My goal was $10,000,” said Ashley Parks. “I lost my rescue cat, Mr. May, last fall of 2016, he was a fighter, and I wanted to help all those animals that needed a second chance like we gave him. My husband, David Lindh, Jr. and I are proud that we were able to help.”

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Seacoast Sports Club helps fight breast cancer

Seacoast Sports Clubs, a health and fitness company with facilities around the seacoast, recently held a fundraiser across all five clubs where $3,000 was raised and donated to the Betty J. Borry Breast Cancer Retreats and Adventure Weekend headquartered in Durham.

Founded in 1995 by Betty J. Borry, the Breast Cancer Retreats and Adventure Weekend provide adventure-based opportunities for women living after breast cancer. Participants challenge themselves physically, emotionally and spiritually finding understanding and support.

Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women and the second leading cause of cancer death. One in eight women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime.

During the fall registration period, Seacoast Sports Clubs donated all registration fees to the fundraiser. The general manger of SSC-West End in Portsmouth, Kate Beland, organized the effort that also allowed members to donate to the cause.

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Portsmouth400 Names New Director

With the countdown to 2023 now six years away, Portsmouth Historical Society has named Susan Labrie director of Portsmouth400. Labrie was selected from a host of talented candidates by the Portsmouth400 Steering Committee, which was established as a cooperative effort between the City of Portsmouth and the Society. Labrie will work full-time for the Society as the liaison to the Steering Committee that will oversee fundraising and public outreach and coordinate events and programs leading up to and during the anniversary celebration.

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Five teams vie to redevelop McIntyre

The City Council understands the gravity of the task it faces when councilors get ready to choose a developer to partner with on the redevelopment of the McIntyre Federal Building and its 2-acre site, Mayor Jack Blalock said this week.

Picking a team to redevelop the property under provisions of the federal Historic Monument program will be a challenge, given the credentials of all five teams, Blalock said. “They’re all very impressive, it’s going to be very difficult to narrow it done to one,” he said.

Four development teams attended a recent City Council workshop to talk about their credentials and they represented a who’s who of prominent Seacoast and Boston developers. Michael Simchik, principal of 100 Market Street LLC, is also expected to file a proposal for his company’s redevelopment plan, but did not attend the recent workshop.

The Kane Co. and DeStefano Architects of Portsmouth have teamed up with Redgate developers out of Boston and Bruner/Cott Associates, an architectural firm out of Cambridge, Massachusetts, that specializes in historic preservation projects.

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