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Business roundup: Brinson joins Fidelity Bank

Burt Brinson has joined Fidelity Bank in Salisbury as city executive/ vice president and business development officer.
He will be responsible for business development and customer service.
Before joining Fidelity Bank, Brinson served as executive vice president of Citizens South Bank, where he was responsible for sales programs, training, portfolio growth and staff and branch development.
He also worked with Wachovia Bank as senior vice president in charge of all business banking activities in Rowan, Stanly, Cabarrus and Union counties.
Brinson received his undergraduate degree from East Carolina University, his master’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his doctorate from Hartford University.
“I am excited to be a part of the Fidelity Bank team in Salisbury,” Brinson said. “Fidelity Bank is well positioned to provide top quality service and products to the citizens and businesses in the Salisbury community, even in these uncertain economic times.”
Brinson and his wife, Gayle, live in Salisbury and have two adult sons.
Founded in 1909, Fidelity Bank is a full-service financial institution headquartered in Fuquay-Varina with approximate assets of $1.4 billion. The bank owns and operates 69 branches in 26 counties in North Carolina and Virginia.
Hot dog stand back on South MainAfter a winter break, Hotdogs R Us will return to its spot outside of Salisbury Square Antiques at 111 S. Main St., Salisbury.
The hot dog vendor has some menu additions for 2009. They include New York-styled hot pastrami, a Reuben sandwich, “The Bratwurst” and fresh-squeezed lemonade.
Hours will be from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Friday.
Charles Ramsey heads Hotdogs R Us.
Other style hot dogs include New York, Chicago, chili cheese, sauerkraut and “Carolina,” with numerous toppings available. Soft drinks and bottled water also are sold.New technology helps senior careComfort Keepers has unveiled a new line of in-home care technology called SafetyChoice by Comfort Keepers.
This assists seniors in aging independently at home, whether used with or without in-home care.
Comfort Keepers partnered with Guardian Medical Monitoring and CK Franchising, Inc.
The products include personal emergency response units with GPS technology and other monitoring devices that can detect certain activities by those with Alzheimer’s and other dementia-related illnesses.
“Technologies like these, in combination with personal caregiving, lead to improved health outcomes and quality of life for seniors,” said Lori Eberly, owner of three area Comfort Keepers franchises. “These technologies make it possible for them to continue living at home ó where they most want to be ó safely, confidently, and independently.”
Professionals monitor the devices at central stations and can provide phone notifications to first responders or family members.
The units can help seniors summon help quickly with the push of a button in the event of a fall, illness or other emergency at home.
You can contact Comfort Keepers at 704-630-0370.
New Allstate rep offers investments
Erle Craven IV has recently joined the Allstate Financial Services Division as a financial representative providing variable annuity, variable life and mutual fund products, in addition to traditional life insurance and long term care products.
“Planning for the financial future is just as important as protecting yourself against a loss, which insurance is designed to do,” says Cliff Butler, Allstate’s regional field vice president. “Craven specializes in financial products like mutual funds, variable annuities and variable universal life insurance to help families plan wisely for the future.”
Craven, located at 444 Jake Alexander Blvd., can be reached by phone at 336-253-9782 or via e-mail at erlecraven@allstate.com.
Allstate has five families of mutual funds: Fidelity Advisor, Oppenheimer, Van Kampen, AIM and MFS. Craven is appointed with the broker dealer Allstate Financial Services, LLC.
Food Lion offers Upromise option
Food Lion has joined a list of companies partnering with Upromise, a private source of college funding contributions.
Harris Teeter, Farm Fresh, Kroger and CVS are among others partnering with Upromise, according to a report in the Daily Press of Hampton Roads, Va.
You can set up an account for your child and register your grocery store cards at upromise.com. Every time the card is scanned, Upromise makes a small contribution to your child’s fund. Shoppers with several children can set up multiple accounts.
The amount of the contribution varies from 1 to 5 percent of the participating product. For example, if a customer buys Nestle Morsels, 3 percent of the product’s price will be added to the Upromise account. A complete list of participating products is on the Upromise Web site.
In addition to the college fund, Upromise also offers paperless coupons that can be loaded onto the grocery card. Every month, new coupons are added to the upromise. com/ecoupons Web site. These products are earn college funds for the buyer when purchased.
Shoppers can add funds to their Upromise account by registering a credit card online. Thousands of retailers, such as Bed Bath & Beyond, Sears and McDonald’s also participate in the Upromise program. Every time your registered credit card is used at a participating store, a percentage of the purchase total will be added to the Upromise account.
Consumer advocates advise against using your debit or checking account card for online activity. Most credit card companies offer better insurance against identity theft and stolen cards.
Upromise is a subsidiary of Sallie Mae, a source of student loans that began as a government-sponsored entity and privatized in 2004. For more information on the security of the Upromise and Sallie Mae companies, visit salliemae. com.
Joyner caregiver of month for February
Cathy Joyner has been named caregiver of the month for February at Home Instead Senior Care, 625 W. Innes St.
She joined the company in February of 2006. The Salisbury native has two daughters and a grandson.
Contact Home Instead Senior Care at 704-636-2010 or www.homeinstead.com.
Arey part of radiation control groupSteve Arey, manager of Biomedical Equipment Service Technicians of Rowan LLC in Salisbury, has been accepted as an affiliate member of the Conference of Radiation Control Program Directors Inc.
Among the objectives of CRCPD are to promote radiological health, cooperative enforcement programs and radiation control laws; encourage programs supporting radiation control and the interchange of experience among radiation control programs; and collect and make accessible information to membership.
Each person who sells or services ionizing radiation machines must be registered with the State Radiation Protection Section.
Arey and his wife, Mary, live in Salisbury.
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