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ECSB elects two to new positions

East Cambridge Savings Bank’s Board of Trustees re- cently elected Gisela L. Margotta senior vice president and Michael S. Allen vice president. Margotta, who also serves as the Treasurer & Chief Risk Officer of the Bank, first joined ECSB in 1989 as a comptroller and has been elected to a number of positions including vice presi- dent in 1990, treasurer and corporator in 1996, and chief risk officer in 2007. Allen oversees deposit oper- ations, electronic banking, loan servicing, and serves as the Bank’s Community Reinvestment Act Officer. He first joined the bank as a part-time branch clerk in 1986. He worked in a number of positions including assistant manager of deposit services in 1999 and de- posit operations manager in 2003.

Recycle ink cartridges to benefit youth

Cambridge businesses are encouraged to participate in the spent ink cartridge recycling program launched by former City Councillor & community leader Larry Ward. Local corporations donate spent cartridges for redemp- tion at office supply stores. Each returned cartridge re- sults in a $2 store credit that is used to purchase arts & craft and school supplies for local youth programs. In 2010, nearly 700 ink cartridges were redeemed for some $1,500 in supplies. Recipients include: Cambridge Community Center, Cambridge YWCA, Margaret Fuller House, Salvation Army, Mass. Avenue Baptist Church, as well as the ML King, Peabody and Cambridgeport K- 8 elementary schools. Collection bins are located at all the participating nonprofits and elementary schools. To donate a cartridge, wrap it in a paper or plastic bag and place it into one of the collection bins.

Hyatt awarded Four Diamonds by AAA

Hyatt Regency Cambridge, Overlooking Boston has been named a recipient of the esteemed AAA Four Diamond rating. Only four percent of over 31,000 prop- erties approved by AAA achieve this prestigious award. The Hyatt recently underwent a multi-million dollar ren- ovation that introduced re-styled guestrooms and suites and modern amenities. This summer, in addition to a 10% discount, AAA guests also enjoy complimentary full American breakfast for two daily in Zephyr on the Charles. The hotel also recently acquired two new 12 passenger shuttle vans with extended weekend hours to provide complimentary service to neighboring hot spots and local points of interests.

Play golf on June 6 to support children

On June 6, James F Farr Academy, Inc. will hold their 20th Annual Golf Tournament at Indian Pond Country Club in Kingston, MA. Registration begins at 7 a.m. Proceeds will assist in supporting special projects, such as the School To Career Transition Program (STC) to train and assist Farr Academy students in developing skills needed to enter the workforce; playground upgrades and special activities for the children at Agape Inn; and en- hanced gross motor playground equipment at the Brookline Infant Toddler Center (BITC). In addition to golfing, there are sponsorship and program book ad op- portunities. Visit or call/e- mail Christina Rubbicco at (617) 497-2620 ext. 14 or for more information.

PURE Rooms come to Homewood Suites

Travelers to the area and can breathe a little easier knowing the Homewood Suites by Hilton/Cambridge-Arlington has introduced PURE Allergy Friendly Rooms. The Cambridge-Arlington all-suite hotel is setting a new standard for the area by offering 10 PURE rooms that create an allergy-friendly environment and remove up to 98% of bacteria and viruses. These ultra-comfortable accommodations are enjoyed by all guests, but bring an extra level of relief to asthma and allergy sufferers by providing the cleanest, freshest air for a more restful sleep during their stay.

CASPAR announces new Exec. Director

The Board of Directors of CASPAR (Cambridge and Somerville Programs for Alcoholism and Drug Rehabilitation, Inc.) has selected a new Executive Director, Wilfred W. Labiosa. He has more than 15 years of experience in the field of substance abuse, mental health, public health and nonprofit management. Locally, he has worked with city and state health de- partments, nonprofit organizations, and government agencies in the metro Boston, Worcester, Brockton and Lowell areas. Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Mr. Labiosa is active in numerous professional associations and has been a board member of several not-for-profit organizations. For more information about CASPAR, Inc. visit

E-mail press releases to, fax (617) 354-9874 or mail to Lisa S. Cohen, 859 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02139. See the calendar on the back page for deadlines. Photos/artwork are welcome.

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