BUZZ Tammy Tech Collective

Pictured from left are: Kathie Shields, the executive director of Tech Collective; Tammy Fuller, the chief software architect and co-founder of Echo Messaging Systems, Inc.; and Tim Hebert, the chairman of the Tech Collective. (Submitted photo)

Tammy Fuller, the chief software architect and co-founder of the Lincoln, R.I. based Echo Messaging Systems, has been awarded the 2014 TECH10 award by the Tech Collective, Rhode Island's industry association for information technology and bioscience. Fuller is a North Attleboro native who was recognized for the development of the Find Me family of safety apps which provide GPS location and geo-tracks of an individual who doesn't arrive at their destination at pre-determined time and her volunteer work teaching mobile app development to underserved youth at the Woonsocket non-profit RiverzEdge Arts.

Two new stores opened this past week at the Wrentham Village Premium Outlets. J. Crew opened its third store, J. Crew Men's Store, directly across from its existing store. J. Crew also operates Crew Cuts, with children's clothing, in Wrentham. Also, luxury designer Michael Kors opened after relocating into a larger space.

Patriot Place's Muse Paintbar, which combines step-by-step painting instruction with a bar and restaurant, is now open at the Foxboro shopping center at Gillette Stadium. Located at 217 Patriot Place (across from Splitsville Luxury Lanes), Muse Paintbar offers painting sessions each week open to the public.

Erin Smith and Marie Fisher were honored as the Top Associates for the Month of October at the North Attleboro office of DHD Real Estate Associates LLC.

Norma Holland, of Mahwah, N.J. won the two-night weekend getaway sweepstakes package in Mansfield. The Patriots Weekend Getaway Sweepstakes includes: two tickets to today's New England Patriots vs. Miami Dolphins game at 1 p.m. at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, a two-night stay at the Holiday Inn Mansfield and two gift certificates to Pike's Peak Mining Co. Restaurant and Cibo Matto Caffe. The prize package was sponsored by the Southeastern Massachusetts Visitors Bureau (SMVB) and the Holiday Inn Mansfield in an effort to encourage interested travelers to the website, and to join the site's mailing list for exclusive travel deals and offers in the region.

The Ninety Nine Restaurant announced that $547,000 was raised for 65 local chapters of the Boys & Girls Clubs throughout New England and New York in the month of October during the restaurant's annual Boys & Girls Club Fundraiser, including $8,212 raised at the North Attleboro location.

Sturdy Memorial Hospital in Attleboro has made two appointments, including:

* Christopher Stoves is the new director of Nutrition and Food Services. He joined Sturdy in 1985 and has held a variety of leadership positions within this department. Since 1994, he has been the food service manager. In his new role, Stoves directs, plans and implements the hospital's nutrition and food service activities. He's a graduate of Johnson & Wales University, with degrees in culinary arts and food service management.

* Jason Dahl is the new food service manager and is responsible for ordering, receiving, inventory, production, quality, and service of foods, including menu production. He's a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, where he earned a degree in culinary arts.

Five Norwood Hospital physicians were named to Boston Magazine's 2014 annual Top Doctors list. The Norwood Hospital physicians are obstetrician/gynecologist John Al-Jamal, pediatrician Jonathan Caine, general surgeon Peter Lydon, family medicine specialist James Macek and psychiatrist Norman Tabroff.

Sturdy Memorial Hospital of Attleboro has earned a couple of recent honors, including:

* The American Diabetes Association (ADA) has awarded the ADA Education Recognition Certificate to Sturdy Memorial Hospital's Diabetes Management Program. The association's Education Recognition Certificate assures that educational programs meet the National Standards for Diabetes Self-Management Education Program, and will offer high-quality education that is an essential component of effective diabetes treatment. To learn more about the diabetes management program at Sturdy Memorial Hospital, call 508-236-7151 or visit

* The hospital's Pulmonary Rehabilitation Department was recently honored by the Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Foundation (COPDF) as being one of the country's top 40 performing Pulmonary Education Program (PEP) Pulmonary Rehab Centers. The nationwide recognition acknowledges that Sturdy's Pulmonary Rehabilitation is actively using COPDF patient education materials and talking effectively with patients about enrolling in On Track, the post-pulmonary rehab graduation health management program. Sturdy is one of 257 pulmonary rehabilitation programs that participate in this initiative.

Attleboro resident Charise Perkett Glasson principal and owner of Charise Perkett Glasson Interiors, is one of the distinguished designers participating in Inspired Interiors, a holiday designer show house to benefit the Room to Dream Foundation, whose mission is to create healing environments in hospitals, communities, and homes for children and adolescents who are facing chronic illnesses.

Norwood Hospital's laboratory was recently awarded Accreditation by the College of American Pathologists (CAP) following a standard on-site inspection by the organization. The CAP is the global leader in laboratory quality assurance and the Norwood laboratory is one of only 7,600 CAP-accredited facilities worldwide.

The Stroke Center at Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island of Pawtucket has received the Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Gold Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association. This is the fifth consecutive year Memorial Hospital has been recognized by the American Heart Association.

HR Knowledge, Inc. of 905B South Main St., Suite 203 in Mansfield, a provider of payroll, benefits brokerage and HR consulting services has been named to Boston Business Journal's (BBJ) 2014 list of largest employee benefits firms, a designation which recognizes the largest companies in Massachusetts. This is the second time that HR Knowledge has been on the list; the company ranked 11th.

The Arc of South Norfolk honored Don Rodman, right, the founder and president of Rodman Ford in Foxboro, at its 60th anniversary gala event at the Four Points by Sheraton of Norwood. Rodman, shown with Don Burke, left, was honored for his community service and for being the creator and driving force of The Rodman Ride for Kids, which has raised more than $90 million since 1991.

Honey Dew Donuts presented a check for $39,046 to the Joe Andruzzi Foundation of Mansfield, which helps cancer patients and their families. Honey Dew collected $19,523 from this campaign during the month of October and then matched that amount with its own contribution.The presentation was held Nov. 20 at Honey Dew's corporate offices in Plainville after the company led a consumer call-to-action campaign selling $1 window decals at all locations to raise money for the Joe Andruzzi Foundation. The Mansfield Honey Dew shop sold more than 2,000 logos, the most in the chain.

Bristol County Savings Bank, with its main office and corporate headquarters located in Taunton, was named one of the state's best employers in the Boston Globe's 2014 Top Places to Work. The bank was ranked the 28th best workplace in the "Large Employers" category.

Dr. Timothy Lowney Jr. has joined Family Medical Associates of Canton and Seekonk, the practice founded by his father, Dr. Timothy Lowney, some 35 years ago. The practice is introducing new services including transitional care and home care, plus urgent care that will cater to walk-in patients. Family Medical Associates' Seekonk office is located at 194 Central Ave.

Jen Zinno of Sharon, the owner of Mickey Adventures, a full-service travel agency specializing in Disney vacations, spent a week at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando attending Disney's 2014 EarMarked Conference. The EarMarked conference is an invitation-only event with nationally known speakers, industry professionals and Disney executives.

Nancy Munson, the CEO of Bristol Elder Services, was named the 2014 Richard J. Bond Executive of the Year at the Providers' Council's 39th annual Convention and Expo held at the Copley Place Hotel. The award is given to a chief executive officer or executive director in recognition of their creativity, contributions, and accomplishments within the human services community. Individuals are nominated by their colleagues for this special recognition. Munson has been with Bristol Elder Services, Inc. since 1982, and was appointed chief executive officer in 1993.

Panera Bread has named these area employees Associates for the Quarter: Donna Webber of North Attleboro for the North Attleboro store, Megan Gates of Attleboro the Plainville store and Kelise Alexander of Attleboro for the Seekonk store.