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Mattapoisett teacher wins top honor

MATTAPOISETT TEACHER WINS TOP HONOR: The worst part about Greta Anderson’s day is there’s not enough of it.

The 29-year-old elementary-school art teacher at Center and Old Hammondtown schools in Mattapoisett lives for teaching her students about art, her driving passion. But there’s only so much time in a day.

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“It’s one of those jobs where you don’t have a chance to look at the clock,” she said. “Before you know it, the day is over and you wish you had more time to get stuff done.”

For her efforts, Anderson, who has taught for four years in Mattapoisett and eight overall, was picked as the 2013 Massachusetts Art Education Association’s Elementary Art Educator of the Year. She received the award last weekend at the association’s conference at Salem State College. 

The Westborough native earned her teaching degree at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and knew from an early age what she would be doing for a career, she said.

“I had an art teacher in school I really looked up to,” she said. “So I thought what a perfect way to combine my love of art and working with kids.”

Anderson is an artist, specializing in landscape painting, using her summers and weekends to create her works. She has taught in three school districts, including Taunton and Somerset.

“I was very lucky,” she said. “The community and administration in all those communities have been very supportive of the arts.”

The satisfaction she derives from her work is as simple as it is varied, she said.

“Every day is different, seeing the kids open up and share their creative ideas on their views of the world,” she said. “I teach kids in kindergarten through grade six, from five- to 10-year-old children, and to see them develop is rewarding, they grow up so much in that time.”

BUSINESS BRIEFS: Paul DeRensis, Mansfield’s town counsel and former Foxborough town counsel, was named one of 2012’s New England Super Lawyers in the November issue of Boston Magazine. He practices with the firm Deutsch Williams Brooks DeRensis & Holland P.C. in Boston. His practice focuses on municipal law, and he was one of 11 lawyers in New England, seven from Massachusetts, recognized in the government/cities/municipalities law area.

Author Jeff Kinney  of Plainville was honored recently at the Canton-based Boy Scouts of America Old Colony Council’s annual Distinguished Citizens Award Dinner, its signature fund-raising event. Kinney is the best-selling author of “The Diary of a Wimpy Kid” series, an online game developer and designer, and creator of the website Poptropica. He was honored with the award for his writing and Web creations, community contributions, and efforts as a cubmaster and scouting parent to his two young sons, said Richard Stritzinger, CEO of the Old Colony Council. Past honorees have included Andrew H. Card Jr., Jack Conway,  William Delahunt, and Christopher Oddleifson.  

Marie Antonellis (inset) of Norwell has joined Lauren’s Massage in that town as a licensed massage therapist. She is a recent graduate of the Spa Tech Institute in Plymouth. Her areas of specialty include Swedish, deep tissue, range of motion, and pre-natal massages. She is also a Reiki 1 level practitioner.

Duxbury-based VERC Enterprises, which operates convenience stores and Mobil/Gulf gasoline stations in the area, raised $9,257 for breast cancer research during the Strides Against Breast Cancer walk in October. A team of 50 employees, friends and family represented the company at the walk, including employees Rich PayneBrenda Hart, and Jordans Hernandez  of the Kingston store; Paul Williams of the Raynham store; and Margaret Leary Meaghann EatonCourtney Vercollone, and Ann Allen, who work at the Duxbury headquarters.

Cynthia Cunningham Wicks  of Marion was named president of Southcoast Physicians Network, part of the Southcoast Health System based in New Bedford. The network is a community-based physicians group of primary and specialty care practices and Southcoast-affiliated practices. Before joining Southcoast, Wicks was vice president of Healthcare Network Strategy for Capital District Physicians’ Health Plan in Albany.

The Sharon-based Trustees of Reservations honored several employees recently from its Neponset Management Unit with employee of the year awards. Canton residents Dennis Camp, superintendent, and Ronan Moore, assistant superintendent; Walpole resident Josh Hasenfus, Bird Park property manager in Walpole; and Jeff McKay  of Braintree, maintenance technician, received the awards. All care for and manage many of the Trustees’ local holdings, including the Bradley Estate and Signal Hill in Canton; Moose Hill Farm in Sharon; Bird Park; Governor Hutchinson’s Field in Milton, and the Governor Ames Community Park in Easton, the conservation group’s latest acquisition.

Paul E. Kandarian can be reached at Kandarian@globe.com.
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