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YEA! Program helps kids 12-18 learn to run a business


The road to success in business is starting earlier than ever, thanks to the Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!). The 30-week afterschool program licensed by the Peabody Area Chamber of Commerce pairs middle to high school students on the North Shore with mentors in the business community who help them start a business. “We’re the only Chamber in Massachusetts that operates the program,” said Peabody Area Chamber President Deanne Healey.

Now in its second year in Peabody, the program started at the Rochester (N.Y.) Institute of Technology about seven years ago. The Peabody YEA! Program serves seven local students who participate in the three-phase program. “We spend the first 10 weeks vetting ideas – what are they interested in, what are they passionate about, what kind of problems can they solve,” said Healey.

Sarkis Sarkisian, owner of Sarkisian Sportswear, is a mentor in the program for the second year. Healey approached him nearly three years ago about bringing YEA! to Peabody. “I thought this was a good opportunity to help young people understand the real practical way of starting a business,” he said.

This year Sarkisian, along with Healey, was an instructor for Phase 1. “I talked about how to start your business, how to create a business plan and how to search for vendors if you were looking to do a product,” he said.

In Phase 2, students are paired with mentors. “What we did this year was have seven mentors and seven students,” Healey said, “and we put them through sort of a ‘speed dating’ so they could meet each of the mentors.” Each mentor had a chance to get to know each child’s strengths and interests, and they were matched accordingly.

“[The students] know what their business is going to be, and then they meet with their mentors weekly and go through all the different aspects of it – what their financials are, who their target market is, what their cost of goods sold is, etc.,” Healey said.

In the local YEA! program’s first year, one of the students was selected out of 1,700 nationwide to present her business plan at the U.S. Small Business Summit in Washington, D.C. Ashley Horton, now a college student in San Diego, is still operating her fitness clothing business – HappiWear – from her dorm room.

The hands-on approach of YEA! gives the students an opportunity to learn things they couldn’t get from a book, such as how to handle pitfalls and issues that come up on a day-to-day basis in business. “I like the way this program is structured,” Sarkisian said, “and the kids seem to be accepting it very well.”

The students agree that it’s very helpful. Sofia Vasconcelos, a sophomore at PVMHS, said, “My mentor – she’s great. We send weekly emails to each other and keep in contact all the time.”

Twelve-year-old Matthew Ciampa of Lynnfield says the mentoring has already helped him. “It gives you a bunch of real-world experience, such as writing a business plan,” he said. “You get so much important stuff that you need for the real world, and there are people that guide you there.”

Sofia is looking forward to Phase 3 – the final 10 weeks – when the students get their investor panel. “Then we can start getting the money to help start up our business,” she said. “We can be successful and thriving.”

“One of the things I learned a long time ago was to utilize tools that are available to you and have no cost,” Sarkisian said.

The YEA! program is one of them. “It provides an ideal opportunity to give back to the community,” Healey said, “and instill real, life-long skills in our future workforce.”

YEA! is open to any student on the North Shore. Interested students can apply for the October 2017 program by visiting or calling Maria Terris, Program Manager, at 978-531-0384.

By Pam Wehbi


Pilgrim Rehab to launch Better Breathers Club on Feb. 8

Pilgrim Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Center in Peabody will host the American Lung Association’s Better Breathers Club on the second Wednesday of each month. The first meeting will be held Wednesday, Feb. 8 at 2 p.m. in the first floor dining room at Pilgrim Rehab, which is located at 96 Forest St. in Peabody. For more information and to register, contact Sonja Nathan at (978) 532-0303.

The American Lung Association’s Better Breather Clubs are support groups for adults with lung disease. The club offers patient-focused, community-based, educational opportunities and support to people with chronic lung disease (especially chronic obstructive pulmonary disease [COPD], but also asthma, idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis [IPF], lung cancer and others) as well as to their family members, friends and caregivers.

Recently, Pilgrim Rehab introduced a new pulmonary rehabilitation program designed for patients who need management of respiratory conditions, including COPD, pneumonia, bronchitis and sleeping disorders. The program offers personalized treatment plans with therapy available seven days a week. Treatment plans include coughing and breathing exercises, exercises to improve pulmonary function and energy conservation, walking at least twice daily, monitoring of oxygen saturation with physical activity, therapeutic chest percussion, oxygen delivery systems set-up assessment, treatment recommendations and consultation on complex medical needs.

Pilgrim Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Center is a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Service (CMS)–rated five-star, not-for-profit organization that has been caring for people of the North Shore area since 1965. Pilgrim Rehab has been awarded national Excellence in Action awards from My InnerView for employee satisfaction ratings and customer satisfaction ratings. Conveniently located off Route 128, less than a mile from Northshore Mall and close to Beverly, Salem and Union Hospitals and the Lahey Clinic, Pilgrim Rehab provides top quality, personalized short-term rehabilitation, long-term skilled nursing care, and respite care in a warm, homelike setting. Hospice services are available for compassionate end-of-life care. Pilgrim Rehab has been recognized by the American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) with both the Bronze “Commitment to Quality” award and the Silver “Achievement in Quality” award, the first two steps toward the Gold “Excellence in Quality” recognition. Pilgrim Rehab is accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, an organization that integrates additional quality improvement principles into the daily operations with focus on improved resident outcomes. Pilgrim Rehab accepts Medicare, Medicaid and a variety of private and managed care insurances, as well as private funds. Pilgrim Rehab is owned by Berkshire Healthcare, a leader among not-for-profit, post-acute care organizations in Massachusetts. For more information, visit


Peabody Rotary scholarship applications now available

Peabody Rotary is once again offering multiple scholarships for Peabody residents who are now high school seniors and planning to go on to further their education after graduation. There will be several $1,000 scholarships awarded to students who exemplify Rotary’s motto of “Service Above Self.” Applicants must demonstrate that they reach out to others through community service, either locally, regionally or internationally.

There will also be one $2,000 Sam Berns Scholarship awarded to a student who, in addition to demonstrating community service activities, also must describe what personal obstacles have been overcome. The Sam Berns Scholarship was created in 2014 in honor of a young man who exemplified courage and integrity in the face of the challenges of Progeria, and whose “can do” attitude and positive outlook on life have inspired millions to live life to its fullest. Sam, who passed away in January 2014 at the age of 17, was the inspiration behind the creation of the Peabody-based Progeria Research Foundation, whose mission is to find a cure for Progeria. Progeria is a rare, rapid aging disease that afflicts children, who die of heart disease at an average age of 14 years.

Application packages can be found at Applications must be submitted by April 7, 2017. For additional information see the website or contact either Cathy Gravel, Chair of the Scholarship Committee, at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or Audrey Gordon, Chair of the Sam Berns Scholarship Committee, at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Funds for these scholarships are raised through many activities, including the annual Taste of the North Shore (on March 21 this year) and the Torigian Golf Classic, a joint venture with the Peabody Area Chamber of Commerce. Peabody Rotary meets at 7:30 on Thursday mornings at Red’s Kitchen & Tavern. For membership information, contact Membership Chair Martha Holden at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Lady Tanners basketball fall in battle with Bishop Fenwick



In girls’ basketball action on Sunday, the Peabody Tanners held a 17-14 lead in the early stages of the second quarter before defending state champion Bishop Fenwick went on an 18-4 tear to break the game open. From there, the contest never got closer than seven points in a 67-52 home win for the Crusaders. The loss brought an end to Peabody’s three-game winning streak. The Tanners, who fell to 4-4 overall after Sunday’s defeat, were coming off a rout of Winthrop two days earlier.

“I’m pleased with our effort. I thought we hung tough all game. But [Bishop Fenwick] had too many easy baskets and beat us down court too often,” said Peabody coach Stan McKeen. “We didn’t box out well either. They put a lot of pressure on us and I think fatigue was a factor, especially at the end. I’m not making excuses, though, they were the better team today, and that’s why they’re state champions.”

On the other side, the Crusaders, who hoisted their 2016 Division III title banner in a ceremony before the game, notched their seventh victory of the season. BF head coach Adam DeBaggis said two big runs – the second quarter explosion in particular – by his squad were the keys to coming away with the win.

“Stretching that lead just before halftime was huge. We got a fast start in the third quarter as well,” he said. “All of a sudden it went from a five-point game to a really big lead.”

Samantha Mancinelli (22 points and 10 rebounds) and sophomore Jaxson Nadeau (14 points, 10 boards and 7 steals) led the way for BF. For Peabody, Melissa Gray earned a double-double by netting 20 points and grabbing 11 rebounds. Helping her out in the scoring column were Katie Wallace and Alyssa Alperen with nine points each. Chinenye Onwuogo and Catherine Manning combined for 14 boards.

The Tanners led 13-12 after one quarter before Fenwick’s second-period surge put them behind by a 32-21 count at the break. The Crusaders scored the first seven points of the second half and increased their advantage to 51-35 entering the final stanza.

The Tanners battled back to climb within seven at 58-51 with 2:30 remaining in the game, but Peabody could manage just one point the rest of the way. At the same time BF added nine to close it out.

On Friday, Jan. 13, Peabody recorded its fourth victory by rolling to a 72-34 triumph at Winthrop. Gray (14 points) and Alperen (10 points) led the offense. Serena Laro canned nine points and hauled down 10 boards and Onwuogo grabbed eight boards and finished with eight points.

By Greg Phipps


Peabody Tanners Swimming & Diving loses to Lynn Classical in a nail-biter

Peabody Tanners Swimming and Diving fell to Lynn Classical in a one-point nail-biter, 91-92.Their season record is now 4 wins, 3 losses.

First-place finishes for the Tanners include the 200-yard medley relay (William Connolly, Millie Teague, Cailin Currie and Conor McCarthy); Kirsten Currie (100- and 200-yard freestyle, achieving an MIAA State Championship–qualifying time in both events); Conor McCarthy (200-yard individual medley and 100-yard breaststroke); William Connolly (100-yard freestyle); Cailin Currie (500-yard freestyle); and Cana Teague (100-yard backstroke, achieving an MIAA North Sectional Championship–qualifying time).

“This was a great meet for our athletes,” said Coach Maureen Shea. “Most of the races came down to the official’s judgement at the finish. They have developed greatly as both individual athletes with their best times and championship qualifying times, and as a team.”

The Tanners will next compete against Revere at their home pool at the Torigian Family YMCA on Jan 24 at 7:00 p.m.

By Maureen Shea


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