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    Top bank, a reusable shopping bag, and a scholarship in memory of a Salem State student

    10noinformer -- Sarah Podradchik, right, and her sister, Abby, hold the bags she designed at a HomeGoods store in Allston. (Dana-Farber Cancer Institute)
    Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
    Sarah Podradchik (right), and her sister, Abby, hold the bags Sarah designed at a HomeGoods store in Allston.

    The Institution for Savings, which is headquartered in Newburyport and has branches throughout the region, was named the number 1 provider of quality banking in northeastern Massachusetts at the first annual Banking Choice Awards. The bank also placed second in Customer Service and third in Technology. The awards were sponsored by Banker & Tradesman and The Warren Group and recognized banks in four categories: customer service, technology, contribution to community, and overall quality. An awards gala was held at the Omni Parker House in Boston for the top three banks in each category.

    Sarah Podradchik, a 13-year-old from Melrose who is a Jimmy Fund Clinic patient battling a rare brain tumor, designed a reusable shopping bag that will be sold at HomeGoods. The bag is pink and features hearts of various sizes and colors. The limited edition bag is on sale for 99 cents at participating HomeGoods stores across the country. For each bag sold, HomeGoods will donate 50 cents to the Jimmy Fund, which raises money to support cancer care and research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston.

    Christopher Joyce

    Friends and family of Christopher Joyce, a senior business student at Salem State University who was shot and killed just two weeks before graduation, have established a scholarship in Joyce’s name for first generation college students. The group hopes to raise more than $25,000 for the scholarship. Donations can be made at salemstate.edu/Joyce. Joyce was an active member of the Brotherhood program on campus and played intramural sports.

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    Pure Drive Golf has opened at 224 West Cummings Park in Woburn. The 4,600-square-foot indoor facility offers professional instruction, club fitting, and practice opportunities. The facility features five private golfing bays – designed and constructed by Cummings Properties – equipped with technology that provides instant feedback on 27 components of both swing and ball flight. It also offers golfers the ability to virtually experience more than 100 famous golf courses from around the world. Pure Drive Golf is owned by Adam Kolloff, who has more than 10 years of experience as a golf instructor.

    Golf enthusiasts can play the best courses in the world - virtually - in Woburn. (Cummings Properties)
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    Golf enthusiasts can play the best courses in the world - virtually - in Woburn.

    Erland Construction, based in Burlington, participated in the 12th annual 5K Walk/Run for Autism, which benefits the New England Center for Children in Southborough. As longtime supporters of this organization, Erland employees have been involved with this event for several years. Erland is a construction management and general contracting firm.

     The Erland Construction team at the Walk/Run for Autism: (from left) John Suttie, Bill and Amy Mack, Chris Harrison, Nicole Pinkham, Heidi Aliski, and Nancy Martin. (handout)
    The Erland Construction team at the Walk/Run for Autism: (from left) John Suttie, Bill and Amy Mack, Chris Harrison, Nicole Pinkham, Heidi Aliski, and Nancy Martin.

    Julia Preszler can be reached at julia.preszler@globe.com.