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    Easton salon wins ‘outstanding business’ honor

    Ed and Nora Blum will be honored on Jan. 26.
    Richard Bertone
    Ed and Nora Blum will be honored on Jan. 26.

    Edward and Norah Blum own and run a large business, Makeovers Salon & Spa in Easton, which with 74 employees makes it, Ed Blum said, the largest employer of beauty professionals under one roof in the state.

    It’s a big business with big customer numbers, upward of 1,600 a week, with a big heart: Over its 24-year history, the salon has donated to local charities, organized fund-raising events, and given salon services and support for various causes. On Jan. 26, the husband-and-wife team will be recognized for their efforts, and those of their employees, when they receive the Easton Chamber of Commerce’s Outstanding Business Citizen Award at the chamber’s eighth annual Business Appreciation Night at the Easton Country Club.

    “This award means a lot to us,’’ Ed Blum said. “We have always lived by the philosophy that if you are successful, you give back. We’re blessed by having a lot of people who come through our business who have given as well; the more you know about them the more you realize how uniquely good people are.’’


    The company helps causes in various ways. Every Friday, for example, the salon hosts “Jean Day,’’ with employees paying $5 to wear jeans, which goes to local charities. After the terrorist attacks on 9/11, the salon did a huge fund-raiser and Nora Blum brought the money to New York City, with several employees, to give to families of firefighters who died in the World Trade Center collapse.

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    They’ve held fund-raisers for Wheels for Avery, to help buy a van for a seriously disabled Easton boy, and the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. The salon has also held a day of beauty for the wives of soldiers serving in Iraq.

    Also at the chamber event, Aaron Millman of Easton, a senior at Oliver Ames High School, will receive the chamber’s Community Service Scholarship. The young man currently works for the New England Revolution, was captain of his high school soccer team, and wants to pursue an education in sports management.

    The huge spa and salon, Ed Blum said, “is like a big village of warm, loving people who at their core are really into fashion and the human condition. We’re very fortunate to have such a desirable place to work, people who come to work here know it’s more a lifestyle than a place of employment.

    “It’s not just about walking in and doing what you do for a job,’’ he said. “It’s about giving back and sharing.’’


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    Physician Mark Waltzman (inset) was appointed chairman of the pediatrics department at South Shore Hospital in Weymouth. He joined the hospital’s medical staff in 1999, as well as the medical staff at Children’s Hospital in Boston, where since 2008 he has been assistant medical director of emergency medicine. Waltzman will continue to foster the relationship between South Shore and Children’s hospitals, which recently signed an agreement to expand the availability of pediatric emergency care provided by Children’s doctors to around the clock, every day of the year. In addition, pediatric specialty care access for the region was enhanced by adding 19 specialty services provided by Children’s specialists who are practicing at Children’s Physicians South on Main Street in Weymouth.

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    Attorney Scott J. Clifford, with Epstein, Lipsey & Clifford PC in Hanover, was named to the board of governors of the Massachusetts Academy of Trial Lawyers. He is a graduate of the New England School of Law and practices in the areas of civil litigation, with a focus on construction and corporate litigation.

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