Agency News

Moving Pictures Video & Film in Glastonbury has produced, directed and edited a series of public service announcements for the Connecticut Mentoring Project. The spots are tagged: “Make the most of an hour. Mentor a child.” KGA Advertising in Middletown developed the concepts while Becky Benedict produced and Jim Nikodemski directed for Moving Pictures.
The Kotchen Group in West Hartford has been retained by Krylon in Saddle River, N.J., for a new product launch and by Kurt S. Adler Inc. in New York to handle public relations for the Polonaise Collection, a line of handcrafted glass ornaments and collectibles imported from Poland. The agency also has landed assignments from Health Communications, Deerfield Beach, Fla.
Benes Communications in Lexington has been awarded design projects by New Balance, Royal Philips Electronics and Scientific Atlanta. Benes will work as a partner with each firm in the areas of advertising, collateral, Web, multimedia and direct mail.
Kaupp/Fortƒ in Boston has been named agency of record by Abington Savings Bank, which operates 11 branches north of Boston. The agency will create an integrated marketing campaign for the client.
Karen Schwartzman, a public relations consultant with more than 20 years of experience on both the client and agency side, has opened her own firm called Polaris Public Relations, Boston. Schwartzman most recently served as senior vice president of Fleishman-Hillard, providing litigation support, crisis management and community relations counsel. She joined Fleishman’s Boston office after seven years at BankBoston, where as director of media relations from 1995-98 she served as chief media contact. Prior to that, she was senior manager of community media relations for three years. Polaris Public Relations aims to provide strategic communications services to corporations facing significant public exposure caused by unusual events or circumstances.
Rain Castle Communications in Newton, working with NetNumina Solutions, has developed a Web site for the Massachusetts Port Authority ( Among the site’s offerings is FlightTracker, which allows users to check the status of arrivals and departures at Logan International Airport.
Sharon Merrill Associates, Boston, received an excellence award for investor relations at the Silver Anvil Awards. SMA was recognized for its work for Alpha Industries in the category of public companies with sales of up to $500 million.
A-Type Media Group of Boston has launched a Web site for Kimball Borgo Real Estate ( and has redesigned its own site (
The president and co-founder of Waltham’s Schwartz Communications, Steve Schwartz, has been elected to a five-year term on the board of trustees of Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine. Schwartz graduated from Bowdoin in 1970 prior to receiving his MFA from Columbia University.
Dickinson Direct in Braintree received two bronze awards for its work for client SunTrust Bank from the Direct Marketing Association’s Atlanta chapter in the categories of consumer direct mail and direct response material.
Red Brick Design in North Chelmsford received a certificate of design excellence at Print magazine’s regional design awards.
C. Paul Luongo Co. in Boston has been retained by Dataram Corp. in Princeton, N.J., for public relations chores.
Cambridge-based Barrett Communications has completed a new banner series and jump page for Northern Light Technology, an Internet search engine also in Cambridge.
Collaborative Communications has moved to 2 Canal Park, Cambridge, Mass., 02141.
Cambridge-based The Weber Group, a unit of Weber Public Relations Worldwide, has opened a new office in Austin, Texas, to support its clients in the Southwest. Weber also has offices in Palo Alto, Calif.; Portland, Ore.; and San Francisco.
Stimpson Communications celebrated its 15th anniversary with an office relocation. Its new address: P.O. Box 5174, Wayland, Mass., 01778; telephone, (508) 647-0705.
Philip Johnson, founder and president of Philip Johnson Associates in Cambridge, has joined the board of Partners in Health, also in Cambridge. The design firm recently completed a report for the nonprofit organization that serves the dual function of providing information and soliciting donations. Partners in Health offers medical resources to the poor around the world.
JLPinnix in Lexington, which specializes in customized multimedia PowerPoint productions, has formed a co-marketing venture with Mass AV.
Bozkurtian Design in Belmont has been awarded a direct mail assignment from Ardent Software in Westboro. The design firm specializes in corporate communications for high-tech companies.
Baron Graphics in Portsmouth has been named agency of record for Carlisle Restoration Lumber in Stoddard. The family-owned business is a leading provider of natural wood flooring and wood products. A new ad campaign themed, “It’s only natural,” a redesigned corporate logo and collateral materials will break in the coming weeks.
Brown & Co. Graphic Design in Portsmouth has donated the development and creation of a Web site for Pro Portsmouth, a nonprofit organization that promotes the artistic and business communities and enhances the quality of life on the coast. Brown & Co. last year created the 375th anniversary logo for the city.
Joanne Rotando, president of JVR Communications in East Providence, recently completed her third marathon as part of the Leukemia Society’s Team in Training Program, finishing the Mayor’s Midnight Sun Marathon in Anchorage, Alaska. Rotando last year finished the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon in San Diego and the U.S. Marine Corp Marathon in Washington, D.C. Rotando participated in honor of 5-year-old Jack Hendrickson, who at age 2 was diagnosed with acute lymphocytic leukemia.
Jager DiPaulo Kemp Design in Burlington has been retained by Champion International Corp. in Stamford, Conn., for the Champion Web line of coated papers launched earlier this year. JDK has been tapped to handle branding, positioning, logo design and collateral development as well as provide Web site design consultation.
Evergreen Advertising & Marketing in Middlebury has been tapped by Conseco Direct Life to create direct mail test packages for an insurance program targeting consumers age 50 and older. Initially, the shop will create fulfillment packages for leads generated by national TV commercials.