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AVH Realty Inc. grows, moves

Atlantic Vacation Homes and parent company AVH Realty Inc. recently relocated from their Prospect Street location to a newly renovated office building at 4 Old County Road in Gloucester.

“We moved our offices to a new location in order to continue our growth as a company, as well as to provide the highest level of service and support to our guests and to our homeowners,” said Carole Lynn Sharoff, president of AVH Realty, Inc. “While we loved our Victorian house on Prospect Street, our new location puts us just off of Eastern Avenue with easy access to points across Cape Ann. With our signage visible from the main road, our new home will make it much easier for our guests and homeowners to visit our offices.”

Michelle Williams, general manager of Atlantic Vacation Homes, said “The new space provides us with the opportunity to increase our operational efficiency as a team and as a business. We’re ramping up for the summer season now, so the move was quite timely.”

Atlantic Vacation Homes handles all aspects of property rental, from marketing and advertising, reservations, housekeeping services, linen and laundry services, property management, and creating unique travel experiences for guests. In addition, AVH Realty, Inc. provides professional real estate services for buyers and sellers, as well as for renters in need of long-term housing in Cape Ann and North Shore markets. Members of their team all live, work, and play on Cape Ann.

Team honored for harbor mediation

The team who worked on Gloucester Harbor remediation project recently received three awards from Engineering News-Record’s Regional Best Project competition.

GZA, a multi-disciplinary firm providing geotechnical, environmental, ecological, water, and construction management services, as well as Anchor QEA, and Charter Construction shared the Best Water/Environment Project Award, the Excellence In Safety Award of Merit, and Project Of The Year – New England Region for the manufactured gas plant cleanup project.

The project began in 2010, when GZA was commissioned to perform a preliminary site investigation. The team dredged the harbor, excavated coal tar contaminated soil, drove piles and poured specially engineered concrete for new retaining walls and environmental protection.

For the award-winning Phase IV of the project, highlights included:

* Construction of a new seawall system at and around Solomon Jacobs Park, which in some cases meant excavating to depths of up to 20 feet.

* Construction of automated pumping systems to remove coal tar from depths of 60 feet.

* Dredging of 28,000 cubic yards of sediments, including temporary removal of local piers and floating docks in advance of the work, with reconstruction at the end of the work.

“Gloucester was an incredibly interesting, challenging and rewarding project that brought a great group of companies together to improve the environment and restore Gloucester’s historic shorelines,” Matt Barvenik, GZA senior VP and lead principal on the project said.

“We are very proud to have been part of such a significant restoration project in such a popular coastal community,” said Bill Hadge, GZA president and CEO. “There was no precedent for much of what the team had to deal with, which made the result that much more remarkable.”


Gloucester resident Alex F. Mattera has joined Partridge Snow & Hahn as a member of its Litigation and Commercial Restructuring and Asset Recovery practice groups, based in Boston. He focuses his practice on business litigation and bankruptcy issues. Mattera is a frequent panelist on behalf of the American Bankruptcy Institute, the Boston Bar Association, and Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education. He earned his J.D. from Boston College Law School and an M.A. from Boston University. He received his B.A. with honors from the University of Rhode Island. He is a deacon and serves on the finance committee at the Orthodox Congregational Church in Lanesville.

North Shore resident Mark Dawson has opened an Expedia Cruise Ship Center in Beverly. The center, located at 47 Enon St., opened its doors on March 25. One of 255 retail franchises operating across North America, it is owned and operated by Dawson. A Massachusetts native with an engineering background, Dawson spent 25 years working as an IT executive in the pharmaceuticals and life sciences industry, a career which took him regularly to all corners of the globe and sparked an interest in switching his career focus to the travel business.

Brewing party

Pink Boots Society, a collaboration of female brewers dedicated to promoting and inspiring women in the beer industry through education, seminar programs, and various beer-centric events, will be welcomed into Salem’s Ledger Restaurant for a tap takeover on April 22. The event will feature eight exclusive beers crafted by various Pink Boots Society brewers, representing Notch, Night Shift and Lamplighter breweries among others. Women will also be heading the food; guest chef Tracy Chang of Cambridge’s PAGU will be cooking up small plates, and Ledger’s own pastry chef Michelle Boland will be whipping up her signature sweets. Daniel Gursha, executive chef of Ledger, will be serving small plates to complement the beers. Tickets, $25 each, include admission to the event, one raffle ticket and snacks by the chefs. They are on sale at

Gourmet Gala

Billy Costa and Kiss 108 are hosting the 10th annual North Shore Cancer WALK Gourmet Gala on Friday, May 3, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Acura of Peabody, 233 Andover Street, Peabody. Nearly 20 restaurants and food vendors will be offering samples of their signature dishes. Live and silent auctions and other surprises will highlight the evening. Tickets are $100 each. Proceeds from the 2019 WALK and Gourmet Gala will be used to provide support to oncology services on the North Shore Medical Center’s Salem campus as well as for clinical trials, wellness care and other oncology services at the Massachusetts General/North Shore Cancer Center in Danvers. For tickets and details, visit


Beverly Bootstraps, which provides resources to families and individuals in need in Beverly and Manchester, raised more than $171,000 at its Boots & Blooms Gala on April 5 at Cruiseport Gloucester. The event raised a record amount to support Beverly Bootstraps’ programs and services. The gala included a floral competition, in which Debbie Stashis-Douglass of Danvers Garden Club won the Garden Club Category, while Garden Designs by Kristen, of Ipswich, triumphed in the Florist Category.

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