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The Buzz Online
Published Monday, March 13, 2017

Left to right: Will Taylor, office manager, and T Antonio, CEO, of Trigger Devils. Courtesy Photo

This Week's Spotlight: Rochester's Department of Economic and Community Development loaned $30,000 to Seacoast Gymnastics and $50,000 to Trigger Devils, a video game startup, through its Job Opportunity Benefit Loan Program. The program was designed to provide financial assistance and increase job opportunities through the creation and/or retention of jobs, and mandates that at least 51 percent of jobs created through the program must be filled by moderate to low income persons. Businesses using the loan to retain jobs must prove that the jobs would be lost otherwise. Seacoast Gymnastics used the funds to relocate and double her staff from six to 12, while also planning on hiring two more employees. Trigger Devils plans to use the funds to flesh out the company’s professional retail packaging and supplement the marketing budget.


Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Verani Realty hired Thomas Giles as realtor in its Belmont office. Giles, who has experience in the building trades and in computer technology, previously owned a flooring contracting company.


Catholic Medical Center in Manchester opened the Women’s Wellness & Fertility Center of New England. The staff is focused on NaProTECHNOLOGY, a practice for women who want healthcare practiced in line with their Catholic faith.


The Friends Program, a nonprofit social service agency in Concord, received a $5,000 from the Norwin S. and Elizabeth N. Bean Foundation in Manchester to support its Foster Grandparent Program in the Queen City. The nonprofit also received $5,000 from the Rite Aid Kids Cents Foundation to support its Youth Mentoring Program in Merrimack County.


Hoyle, Tanner & Associates, an employee-owned engineering firm with offices in Manchester, Portsmouth, Florida, Maine and Vermont, opened an office at 50 High St. in North Andover, Massachusetts. The firm moved its office in Hopkinton, MA to the new location.


Construction is underway for Meredith Village Savings Bank’s newest office at 2839 Lafayette Rd. in Portsmouth, across from the Beach Plum restaurant. The branch is expected to open in the early summer of 2017.


Milestone Engineering & Construction in Concord completed a new 13,800-sq. ft. office and warehouse at 6 Whitney Dr. in Concord for Lakes Region Tent and Event. The Architect for the project was H.L. Turner Group, also in Concord.


Motorcycles of Manchester (MOMS) signed a letter of intent to acquire F.B. Spalding, a Polaris and John Deere dealership that’s been in business since 1902. MOMS, which also has two locations in Massachusetts, is aiming to expand its business to Northern New England and Canada.


The NH Division of Travel and Tourism in Concord is offering approximately $90,000 in grant funds from its Joint Promotional Program to qualified organizations of the state’s travel and tourism industry. The division has granted $824,184 in matching funds to 16 organizations since July 2016. The final round of grant applications for FY 2017 are due by April 11.


Palmer and Sicard in Exeter promoted Dusty Libby to the dual position of safety manager and commissioning and warranty manager. Libby, who previously worked as an HVAC technician, replaces Ken Radford, who worked as part-time safety manager for the past 6½ years.


PCS, a nonprofit offering psychotherapy services in Bedford, Manchester, Nashua and Portsmouth, hired Kevin Longo and Barbara Merrill as counselors. Longo has 15 years of experience working with opioid dependent individuals. Merrill previously worked at Greater Nashua Mental Health Center and will continue to see patients at Spidaliere Psychological Associates, also in Nashua.


People’s United Bank’s Community Foundation donated $3,500 to Big Brothers Big Sisters of New Hampshire in Manchester. The grant will aid in expanding and enhancing the organization’s existing mentoring partnerships with local colleges, universities and corporations, providing college and career-focused mentors.


Portsmouth Regional Hospital is temporarily increasing its involuntary inpatient bed count by 50 percent, effective March 10th. The hospital has a 30-bed Behavioral Health Unit.

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