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Old Masters to Monet

Monet 1
Monet 2
Monet 3
Monet 4More than 150 guests attended the D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts’ preview reception for the exhibition “Old Masters to Monet: Three Centuries of French Painting” from the Wadsworth Atheneum. Guests included exhibition sponsors and major donors to the Springfield Museums. The exhibition of 50 masterpieces will be on view through April 29. “Old Masters to Monet” was organized by the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art in Hartford. Presentation of the exhibition in Springfield is funded in part by the Michele and Donald D’Amour Fund, established in 2008 to bring world-class art exhibitions to the D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts. From top: from left, Patricia Hambley, Mark Hambley, and Joanna Rosenthal: from left, Joanna Rosenthal, David Starr; Holly Smith-Bové, president of the Springfield Museums; and Peggy Starr; from left, Lyman Wood; Merrie Wood; Heather Haskell, director of the Springfield Art Museums; Julia Courtney, curator of art, Springfield Museums; Michele D’Amour; Dr. Eric Zafran, curator of European art at the Wadsworth Atheneum; and Donald D’Amour; Dr. Paul Friedmann looks over some of the paintings.

















Food Fest West

The West of the River Chamber of Commerce (WRC) staged its Fifth Annual Food Fest West on Dec. 8 at Crestview Country Club in Agawam. Sponsored by Western Massachusetts Electric Co., First Niagara Bank, and OMG Inc., the event featured the foods of area restaurants including Carrabba’s Italian Grill, Casa di Lisa, Chez Josef, Crestview Country Club, Lower Pioneer Valley Educational Collaborative, Magic Spoon, Mama Iguana’s, Nina’s Cookies, Nora’s, O’Connor’s Pub & Grille, Partners Restaurant, Tekoa Country Club, and Tokyo Asian Cuisine. Restaurants competed to win awards and prizes for best food and best presentation during the course of the evening. A chef auction was also be held, where attendees could bid on meals provided by their favorite chefs.  Proceeds raised by Food Fest West will go toward the Partnership for Education and the WRC Educational Fund, which provides grants to businesses for on-the-job training and continuing educational needs. Top, the team from the Magic Spoon. Bottom, some of the desserts that tempted attendees.






Award-winning Efforts


At Freedom Credit Union’s recent annual dinner, Ana Frasco, mortgage processor, top, received the President’s Award from Barry Crosby, Freedom president and CEO. The award recognizes her commitment to professional excellence. She was nominated by a colleague who recognized her exemplary attitude in her service to members and fellow employees, and her contributions to the success of the credit union. In addition, Julia Beaudoin, bottom, Freedom’s director of Human Resources, received a special Tribute Award from Crosby for her leadership actions taken during the tornado on June 1, 2011, ensuring the safety of employees and members at the Freedom branch on Main Street in Springfield.

Company Notebook Departments

Big Y Sponsors
Sack Hunger Program
SPRINGFIELD — In a chain-wide effort to help the hungry within their local communities, all Big Ys are participating in Sack Hunger, which utilizes large, green, reusable grocery bags filled with staple, non-perishable food items selected by the food banks. The sacks include corn flakes, instant rice, elbow macaroni, kidney beans, peanut butter, cut green beans, sweet peas, whole kernel corn, chunk light tuna, and quick oats. Customers purchase a pre-assembled bag of groceries for $10, and then Big Y distributes the bags to that region’s local food bank. In turn, the food banks distribute the filled sacks to area soup kitchens, food pantries, senior food programs, day care centers, as well as many of their other member agencies. All the donated sacks will be distributed within the supermarket’s marketing area so every donation stays within the local community. Big Y’s Sack Hunger campaign began in November and runs through December.

UMass, State Open
Marine Research Station
AMHERST — UMass Amherst and the Mass. Division of Marine Fisheries recently celebrated the opening of a shared marine-science research center following a $400,000 renovation. The station investment, located on an Atlantic Ocean cove in Gloucester, seeks to promote sustainable fisheries and economic development. The research station assesses the behavior of fish and the size and health of fisheries, which are vital to the state’s economy. In 2010, the commercial Massachusetts fishing industry landed 282 million pounds of seafood valued at $470 million.

AIC Breaks Ground for Eastern Gateway Project
SPRINGFIELD — The first phase of the city’s Eastern Gateway project was launched recently with a groundbreaking ceremony in front of 1168 State St. The Eastern Gateway represents a joint venture between American International College (AIC) and DevelopSpringfield, the city’s nonprofit, 501(c)(3) economic-development corporation. The project seeks to create a mixed-use development that will include appropriate institutional, retail, and commercial uses; offer a pedestrian environment at the entrance of AIC’s athletic field complex, and serve both the college and the neighborhood. Also, by revitalizing the underdeveloped section between Austin Street and Roosevelt Avenue, the project aligns with the city’s efforts to continue strengthening the State Street corridor. The redevelopment program resulted from a study commissioned in 2008 by the State Street Alliance, an affiliation of more than 60 businesses, educational institutions, neighborhood councils, faith-based organizations, and nonprofits. The study identified near-term development opportunities for revitalizing the 3.2-mile-long corridor, and recommended several projects, including a supermarket to serve the Mason Square community and market-rate residential housing at 195 State St. — a project that is underway. Eastern Gateway is a multi-phase effort; phase 1 includes acquisition, remediation, and greening of the area, and phase 2 includes refinement of a site development plan, construction, and work to transform a marginal pedestrian environment into a vibrant, contemporary urban district.

Law Firm Earns
Top Ranking
SPRINGFIELD — Shatz, Schwartz and Fentin, P.C. has recently been named in the 2011-12 edition of U.S. News – Best Lawyers as one of the “Best Law Firms” in America. The firm received Metropolitan First Tier Ranking for Banking and Finance Law, Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Corporate Law, Elder Law, Real Estate Law, and Tax Law. “While we very much value our clients, and our commitment to them is paramount, it is a thrill to have been recognized as one of the best law firms in America by our peers,” noted Gary Fentin, partner. “We have a very dedicated and talented team, and it is because of their hard work that we have been given, and accepted, this tribute.” Currently, the firm has 13 attorneys. Best Lawyers compiles lists of outstanding attorneys by conducting exhaustive peer-review surveys in which thousands of leading lawyers confidentially evaluate their professional peers, according to Fentin.

Comcast Launches Xfinity Phone Service in Granby
GRANBY — Comcast recently announced that residents and businesses in town now have access to innovative and reliable voice service, according to Mary McLaughlin, senior vice president of Comcast’s Western New England region. Comcast’s Xfinity Voice and Business Class Voice services for homes and businesses, respectively, are now available and can be combined for ‘triple-play’ packages that include cable television, Internet services, and phone services. McLaughlin noted that residents and businesses can switch to Comcast without changing their current phone numbers. “We’re excited to provide Granby with access to our full product suite and to also provide a new choice in quality phone service,” she added.

Bank Celebrates Customer Appreciation Week
PITTSFIELD — Berkshire Bank celebrated its partnership with Legacy Banks during Customer Appreciation Week on Dec. 12-16. The weeklong celebration included a variety of special events and promotions, including an Android smartphone giveaway program. Additionally, members of the community were asked to vote for their favorite nonprofit organization to win a $1,000 grant from the Berkshire Bank Foundation –Legacy Region. A total of $11,000 will be provided to 11 community organizations as part of the initiative.

Big Y Again Will Sponsor Spalding Hoophall Classic
SPRINGFIELD — The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame recently announced that Big Y World Class Markets will continue its partnership as the presenting sponsor of the 2012 Spalding Hoophall Classic. The high-school basketball tournament is in its 11th year and has expanded to five days with 46 teams at Springfield College’s Blake Arena on Jan. 12-16. Seven of the nation’s top nine teams from the ESPN FAB 50 rankings will be participating. “We are extremely grateful for Big Y’s commitment to the Hall of Fame and the Spalding Hoophall Classic,” said John L. Doleva, president and CEO of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. “Big Y has been a major participant in the Springfield community, and their support will continue to make an impact on hundreds of aspiring basketball players from New England and around the country.” Tickets are on sale at the Basketball Hall of Fame for $15 for adults and $10 for youths/students (18 and under). All patrons who present a Big Y World Class Market Savings Card will receive a $1 discount on each ticket purchased. For more information on the event, visit www.thehoophallclassic.com.

Northeast Realty Chooses Egan, Flanagan and Cohen
SPRINGFIELD — Northeast Realty Associates LLC, owner of a 152-acre parcel of land in Palmer where Mohegan Sun is proposing to develop a destination resort casino, has retained the law firm Egan, Flanagan and Cohen, P.C. The firm will offer a range of services for Northeast Realty, with attorney Stephen E. Spelman serving as lead counsel relating to the Palmer project. Spelman previously served as an assistant district attorney at the Hampden County District Attorney’s office, and has also worked for Davis Polk & Wardwell in New York City.

Chamber Corners Departments

ACCGS
www.myonlinechamber.com
(413) 787-1555

Jan. 4: [email protected], 7:15-9 a.m. at the Sheraton Springfield. The monthly breakfast pays tribute to individuals, businesses, and organizations for major contributions to civic and economic growth and for actions that reflect honor on the region. The chamber breakfast gives your company exposure to business owners, upper management, and salespeople. Each month, September through June, the event is hosted at a different location throughout the ACCGS community. To reserve tickets, contact Cecile Larose at (413) 787-1555 or [email protected]

Jan. 4: After 5, 5-7 p.m. Network, build relationships, and forge strategic partnerships. The ACCGS After 5, held the second Wednesday of certain months September through June, offers business professionals from diverse industries an opportunity to exchange business leads while socializing in a casual atmosphere. For more information, contact Cecile Larose at (413) 787-1555 or [email protected]

Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce
www.amherstarea.com
(413) 253-0700

Jan. 11: Amherst Area Chamber Breakfast & Annual Meeting, 7:15-9 a.m., at the Courtyard by Marriott. Tickets: $12 for members, $15 for non-members.

Jan. 25: Amherst Area Chamber After 5, 5-7 p.m. Cost: $5 for members; $10 for non-members. The new chamber Web site will debut.

Franklin County Chamber of Commerce
www.franklincc.org
(413) 773-5463

Jan. 17: Business After Hours, 5-7 p.m. at the Farm Table at Kringle Candle, Bernardston. Tickets: $5 for members, $8 for non-members.

Jan. 27: Breakfast Series, 7:30-9 a.m. at the Greenfield Corporate Center. Program TBA. Co-sponsored by F/H Career Center. Tickets: $12 for members, $15 for non-members.

Greater Easthampton Chamber of Commerce
www.easthamptonchamber.org
(413) 527-9414

Jan. 26: Chamber Annual Meeting & Awards Dinner, 5 p.m. at Southampton Country Club. Annual awards presentation for business, business person, and nonprofit members of the year. Also, a review of a successful, 2011, and a celebration of member milestones. Cost: $30 per person, inclusive. For more information, visit [email protected]

Greater Holyoke Chamber of Commerce
www.holycham.com
(413) 534-3376

Jan. 11: 2011 Winners Circle, 5-7 p.m., at the Yankee Pedlar, 1866 Northampton St., Holyoke. Sponsored by Dowd Insurance Agency; Holyoke Community College; Holyoke Medical Center; PeoplesBank; Resnic, Beauregard, Waite & Driscoll; and Universal Plastics. Cost: $25. Call the chamber at (413) 534-3376.

Jan. 18: Chamber After Hours, 5-7 p.m., at Mrs. Mitchell’s Kitchen, 514 Westfield Road, Holyoke. Sponsored by Holyoke Credit Union. Cost: $10 for members, $15 cash for non-members.

Greater Northampton Chamber of Commerce
www.explorenorthampton.com
(413) 584-1900

Jan. 4: January [email protected], 5-7 p.m., at Verizon Wireless/Wireless Zone, 162 North King St., Northampton. Sponsored by Normandeau Communications Inc. Cost: $10 for members. [email protected] is a casual mix and mingle with your colleagues and friends.

Northampton Area Young Professional Society
www.thenayp.com
(413) 584-1900

Jan. 12: NAYP Monthly Networking Event, 5-7 p.m., at the World War II Club, 50 Conz St., Northampton. Cost: free for members, $5 for guests.

Professional Women’s Chamber
www.professionalwomenschamber.com
(413) 755-1310

Jan. 18: Professional Women’s Chamber Business Expo, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., at Max’s Tavern at the Basketball Hall of Fame. Accepting reservations for the 14th Annual Tabletop Expo. Last year’s successful expo was a sellout. Sign up today to showcase your company’s products and services or to attend the event. Display price includes a draped table and lunch for one. General admission tickets include specialty sandwiches, fruit, chips, and dessert.  For more information, contact Lynn Johnson at (413) 787-1555 or [email protected]

Greater Westfield Chamber of Commerce
www.westfieldbiz.org
(413) 568-1618

Jan. 9: Mayor’s Coffee Hour, 8-9 a.m., at Dunkin’ Donuts, 625 East Main St., Westfield. Cost: free.

Jan. 18: WestNet networking event, 5-7 p.m., at Tucker’s Restaurant, 625 College Highway, Southwick. Opportunity to meet other local businesses and chamber members. Cash bar and free hors’doeuvres. Tickets: $10 for chamber members, $15 for non-members. Your first WestNet is always free.

Briefcase Departments

Big Y Acquires Louis & Clark Locations
SPRINGFIELD — Louis & Clark Drug Stores have signed an agreement to sell the assets of two of their pharmacy locations to Big Y Foods Inc. The Louis & Clark Drug Stores at 471 Breckwood Blvd. in Springfield and 459 Main St. in Wilbraham will be operated as Big Y’s Louis & Clark Pharmacies. Louis & Clark will continue to operate their remaining locations. “As a family-owned and -operated company, we are excited to be working with another family-owned and -operated company to continue to serve the needs of our local community. Through our partnership with Big Y, we are able to maintain our local roots,” said Skip Matthews, president of Louis & Clark. Through our partnership with Big Y, we are able to focus our business efforts on the growing fields of home medical equipment and specialty pharmaceutical services, while Big Y focuses on its strength in retail pharmacy.” In addition, Big Y Pharmacies and Louis & Clark will work together to develop Louis & Clark’s ongoing home medical equipment division by offering referrals and consultations to Big Y customers through Louis & Clark’s Medical Supplies and Equipment located at 309 East St. at the corner of Page Boulevard in Springfield, and the satellite Louis & Clark location at 238 Northampton St. in Easthampton. Through the years, Louis & Clark has been one of the region’s premier independent pharmacy and health care solutions providers. This new relationship with Big Y will ensure that continuity of services for these two stores. Louis & Clark Drug Stores were founded in 1965 by Louis Demosthenous and Clark Matthews. The first store, based in Chicopee, was named Airline Drug, but customers and friends commented so frequently on the opportune names of the partners, Louis & Clark, that they soon named the company after the two explorers, Lewis and Clark, who traveled across America in 1804. All current Louis & Clark employees at both locations will have an opportunity to interview for employment with Big Y.

MassCBI Updates Name
BOSTON — The Massachusetts Chamber of Business and Industry recently announced its new identity, the Massachusetts Chamber of Commerce Inc. “At the Massachusetts Chamber, we strive to represent all business interests in and around the Commonwealth,” said Debra Boronski, president and founder of the organization. “While we serve business and industry, the purpose of a statewide chamber of commerce is to increase wealth and prosperity by facilitating the growth of existing businesses and fostering new ones. Simply put, the Massachusetts chamber’s focus is the Commonwealth’s economic well-being.” The organization provides legislative advocacy, marketing, networking, educational, and informational programs for businesses in the state. The chamber also provides managerial services for local chambers of commerce and professional organizations such as the West of the River Chamber of Commerce and the Realtors Commercial Alliance of Massachusetts. For more information, visit www.masscbi.com.

Construction Industry a Lagging Indicator
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The nation’s construction industry lost jobs for a second straight month, shedding 12,000 jobs in November, according to the Dec. 2 jobs report by the Department of Labor. During the past 12 months, the construction industry has added 18,000 jobs, an 0.3% increase. The construction unemployment rate slipped from 13.7% in October to 13.1% in November, and is down from 18.8% in November 2010. Non-residential building construction employment decreased by 1,200 jobs for the month, but has added 9,900 jobs, or 1.5%, from the same time last year. Residential construction building employment decreased by 3,000 jobs for the month and has lost 400 jobs, or 0.1%, compared to the same time last year. In related news, for the week ending Dec. 3, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 381,000, a decrease of 23,000 from the previous week’s revised figure of 404,000. The four-week moving average was 393,250, a decrease of 3,000 from the previous week’s revised average of 396,250. The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.8% for the week ending Nov. 26, a decrease of 0.2% from the prior week’s unrevised rate. The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending Nov. 26 was 3,583,000, a decrease of 174,000 from the preceding week’s revised level of 3,757,000.

Report: Corporations Paying Few State Taxes
BOSTON — A comprehensive new study, from the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP) and the Massachusetts Public Interest Research Group (MASSPIRG), profiles the 265 consistently profitable Fortune 500 corporations, finding that 68 companies paid no state corporate income tax in at least one of the last three years, and 20 of these corporations averaged a tax rate of zero or less during the 2008-10 period. “Individual taxpayers and Main Street businesses end up having to pick up the tab when these corporations avoid paying their taxes,” said Deirdre Cummings, legislative director for MASSPIRG. The report, “Corporate Tax Dodging in Fifty States, 2008-2010,” was produced by the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP) and recently released in conjunction with MASSPIRG. It examines Fortune 500 companies that filed SEC filings with required information on total state taxes paid that year. Only companies that reported profits in all three years were included in the study. It includes EMC, Raytheon, and Staples, which are headquartered in Massachusetts. “Our report shows these 265 corporations raked in a combined $1.33 trillion in profits in the last three years, and far too many have managed to shelter half or more of their profits from state taxes,” said Matthew Gardner, executive director at the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy, and the report’s co-author. “They’re so busy avoiding taxes, it’s no wonder they’re not creating any new jobs.” EMC is one company covered in the report. It reported annual profits each year from 2008 to 2010, netting over $2.3 billion during the period, and paid 0.3% in state taxes across the nation. Raytheon is another example, with annual profits netting over $8 billion but paying just 2.3% in state taxes across the country. The report finds that 68 of the 265 companies managed to pay no state income tax at all in at least one year from 2008 through 2010, despite telling their shareholders they made almost $117 billion in pretax U.S. profits in those no-tax years. Some companies, such as DuPont, Goodrich, International Paper, and Intel, paid no net state income tax over the full three-year period. MASSPIRG’s own study last year on the use of offshore tax havens found that household tax filers in Massachusetts pay on average $608 in additional federal taxes to make up for revenue lost due to use of offshore tax havens. “We need to level the playing field,” said Cummings. “Companies should thrive based on how productive and innovative they are, not based on their aggressive tax lobbyists and lawyers and their ability to devise elaborate tax-avoidance schemes.”

Bankruptcies Departments

The following bankruptcy petitions were recently filed in U.S. Bankruptcy Court. Readers should confirm all information with the court.

Abdou, David G.
Abdou, Andrea G.
322 Lyon St.
Ludlow, MA 01056
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 11/08/11

Acevedo, Santos
59 St. Lawrence Ave.
Springfield, MA 01104
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 11/01/11

Agure, Donna
34 Craig Dr., Apt. E 5
West Springfield, MA 01089
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 11/10/11

Arpin, Cindy
6 Farragut St.
Springfield, MA 01104
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 11/10/11

B&B Landscaping and Excavating
Piccolo, Robert J.
260 East Center St.
Lee, MA 01238
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 11/02/11

Bak, Bruno M.
Bak, Patricia A.
95 Forest St.
Chicopee, MA 01013
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 11/04/11

BDF Property Improvements
Forgue, Jason R.
Forgue, Katharine M.
23 Bromley Road
Chester, MA 01011
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 11/02/11

Beamon, Tracy
37 Border St.
Springfield, MA 01104
Chapter: 13
Filing Date: 11/11/11

Benedetti, Sherri
Benedetti, Michael
180 Green River Road
Greenfield, MA 01301
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 11/05/11

Bessette, Kristen M.
a/k/a Jaskulski, Kristen M.
53 James St.
Feeding Hills, MA 01030
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 11/08/11

Brown, Diana L.
49 Old Farm Road
Chicopee, MA 01020
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 11/07/11

Butler, William D.
Butler, Deborah A.
95 Westwood Dr.
Sturbridge, MA 01566
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 10/31/11

Camp, Patrick W.
23 Windsor St.
West Springfield, MA 01089
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 11/07/11

Carter, Glenn T.
Carter, Constance A.
363 Bullard Road
Oakham, MA 01068
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 10/31/11

Champaca Journeys
Leupold, John Eric
35 New South St., #201
Northampton, MA 01060
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 11/09/11

Colon, Carole A.
a/k/a Hall, Carole A.
5 Bellwood Road
Springfield, MA 01119
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 11/10/11

Cook, Thomas B.
18-20 O’Connor Ave.
Holyoke, MA 01040
Chapter: 13
Filing Date: 11/15/11

Corbett, Elizabeth M.
189 Springfield Road
Westfield, MA 01085
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 11/08/11

Cosme, Marianne Nina
15 William St.
Chicopee, MA 01020
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 11/14/11

Cote, Gail P.
310 Stafford St., #151
Springfield, MA 01104
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 11/08/11

Crow, Karen A.
a/k/a Moorehouse, Karen
3 Jeane Dr.
Holyoke, MA 01040
Chapter: 13
Filing Date: 11/09/11

Cruz, Edith
100 Division St., Apt. 802
Springfield, MA 01107
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 11/15/11

Cruzado-Vila, Concepcion
938 St. James Ave.
Springfield, MA 01104
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 10/31/11

Delgado, Mark A.
494 School St. #303.
Athol, MA 01331
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 10/31/11

Dessources, Marie Kettelyne
616 Armory St.
Springfield, MA 01104
Chapter: 13
Filing Date: 11/08/11

DH Enterprises
Hescock, Danny L.
11 Oak St.
Gill, MA 01354
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 11/08/11

Diaz, Luis A.
15 Morris St.
Westfield, MA 01085
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 10/31/11

Donnachie, Stephen M.
Donnachie, Diane
44 River Road
Worthington, MA 01098
Chapter: 13
Filing Date: 11/02/11

Dyl, Stanley A.
350 Meadow St #69
Agawam, MA 01001
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 11/14/11

Elser, David M.
35 Glenwood Ave.
Pittsfield, MA 01201
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 11/09/11

Etheridge, David R.
59 Sylvester St.
Springfield, MA 01109
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 10/31/11

Fernandes, Roberto
21 Jackson St., #2
Holyoke, MA 01040
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 11/08/11

Fontaine, Paul L.
873 Springfield St., Apt.#7
Feeding Hills, MA 01030
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 10/31/11

Fontanez, Gilrolanel
500 Hancock St., Apt G
Springfield, MA 01105
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 11/08/11

Fortier, David L.
90 Main St., Apt. C
Northfield, MA 01360
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 11/10/11

Gaspari, Alexander
Gaspari, Fay A.
66 Kon Tiki Circle
Chicopee, MA 01020
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 11/03/11

Gonzalez, Katrina Maria
331 Cold Spring Ave.
West Springfield, MA 01089
Chapter: 13
Filing Date: 11/05/11

Goodwin, Roy J.
75 Birch St.
Athol, MA 01331
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 11/14/11

Griswold, Corinna M.
P.O. Box 514
Haydenville, MA 01039
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 11/10/11

Griswold, Jr., Ronald J.
Griswold, Emmanouilla
106 Fenton Road
Monson, MA 01057
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 11/15/11

Harper, Phillip V.
Harper, Jane V.
15 Webbs Ct.
Ware, MA 01082
Chapter: 13
Filing Date: 11/11/11

Harris, Diane Mary
PO Box 557
Pittsfield, MA 01202
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 11/09/11

Hart, Laurie A.
19 Greenwood Ave.
Holyoke, MA 01040
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 11/15/11

Hilson, Arthur L.
Hilson, Cynthia L.
a/k/a Noyes, Cynthia
a/k/a Gonzalez, Cynthia L.
275 Gresham St.
Springfield, MA 01119-1469
Chapter: 13
Filing Date: 11/09/11

Hopkins, Marla Jean
30 High St.
Easthampton, MA 01027
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 10/31/11

Hoynoski, Tina E.
62 Union St., Apt. 1
Westfield, MA 01085
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 11/10/11

Hurst, Jeffrey R.
180 Cherokee Dr.
Springfield, MA 01109
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 11/08/11

Jopson, Mildred P.
41 Chestnut St., Apt. 514
Holyoke, MA 01040-4631
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 11/10/11

Jurkowski, Kilean P.
Jurkowski, Nicole L.M.
60 Pleasant St., Apt. A
Easthampton, MA 01027
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 11/10/11

Kabaniec, Cynthia A.
P.O.Box 1008
Ashfield, MA 01330
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 11/05/11

Kirkpatrick, Mark D.
40 Spruce St.
East Longmeadow, MA 01028
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 11/08/11

Krause-Cote, Marie
22 Canal St.
South Hadley, MA 01075
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 11/07/11

Laporte, Marta B.
34 Schley St.
Springfield, MA 01109
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 11/10/11

Lauziere, Elizabeth E.
767 Beacon Circle
Springfield, MA 01109
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 11/10/11

Lefebvre, Brian K.
Lefebvre, Cathleen
a/k/a Normand, Cathleen
a/k/a Rios, Cathleen
90 Riverboat Village Road
South Hadley, MA 01075
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 10/31/11

Lichtenberger, Lisa M.
1794 White Pond Road
Athol, MA 01331
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 11/14/11

Lizotte, Scott A.
166 West Main St., Apt. 3
Orange, MA 01364
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 10/31/11

Lombard, John F.
166 West Main St., Apt. 3
Orange, MA 01364
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 10/31/11

Lusty, William Joseph
430 Old Warren Road
Palmer, MA 01069
Chapter: 13
Filing Date: 11/01/11

Martinez, Ramiro
300 Walnut St.
Holyoke, MA 01040
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 11/07/11

Martinson, Todd J.
22A Main St.
Monson, MA 01057
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 11/15/11

Matos, Samuel
587 South Bridge St.
Holyoke, MA 01040
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 11/14/11

McCutcheon, Eric J.
555 Russell Road, Apt. J61
Westfield, MA 01085
Chapter: 13
Filing Date: 10/31/11

McHugh, Paul E.
519 East River St., Lot 29
Orange, MA 01364
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 10/31/11

Mejias, Rolando
Mejias, Flor M.
59 David St.
Springfield, MA 01104
Chapter: 13
Filing Date: 11/15/11

Michaels, Katie F.
a/k/a Colby, Katie F.
113 Brewster St.
Springfield, MA 01119
Chapter: 13
Filing Date: 11/01/11

Napravnick, Gina
18 Kent Ave.
Pittsfield, MA 01201
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 11/10/11

Nardin, Rosalie M.
P.O. Box 419
Stockbridge, MA 01262
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 11/10/11

Narvaez, Carmen M.
a/k/a Carmen, Narvaez
a/k/a Melendez, Carmen
43 Portland St.
Holyoke, MA 01040
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 11/09/11

Nelson, Dianna L.
109 Marten St.
Chicopee, MA 01020
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 10/31/11

Nelson, Michael A.
76 Hazen St.
Springfield, MA 01119
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 10/31/11

Noga, Peter E.
Noga, Erica L.
18 Laurel Road
Huntington, MA 01050
Chapter: 13
Filing Date: 11/09/11

O’Soro, Michael David
O’Soro, Noreen Bellmore
75 Strong Ave.
Pittsfield, MA 01201
Chapter: 13
Filing Date: 11/03/11

Paro, Tina M.
103 Doverbrook Road
Chicopee, MA 01022
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 11/07/11

Patenaude, Charles Raymond
Haire, Teresa Catherine
60 Purinton Road
Shelburne Falls, MA 01370
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 10/31/11

Peich, Milan P.
116 North Ridge Road
Westfield, MA 01085
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 11/10/11

Pichierri, Randall Vincent
10 Chamberlain Hill Road
Barre, MA 01005
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 11/09/11

Pioneer Tax & Business Service
Bistro 186
Hampshire Financial & Business
Lowney, Robert B.
P.O. Box 265
Hatfield, MA 01038
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 11/03/11

Rivadeneira, Carlos
15 Kelleher Dr.
South Deerfield, MA 01373
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 10/31/11

Smith, Craig A.
64 Whitney St.
Orange, MA 01364
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 10/31/11

Smith, Melissa A.
15 James St.
Greenfield, MA 01301
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 10/31/11

Snow, Jonathan K.
25 Norman Circle
Turners Falls, MA 01376
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 10/31/11

Spooner, William A.
118 Eagleville Road
Orange, MA 01364
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 11/02/11

Stec, Elizabeth M.
52 Casino Ave.
Chicopee, MA 01013
Chapter: 13
Filing Date: 11/08/11

Surprenant, Louise A.
42 Roberta Circle
Agawam, MA 01001
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 11/15/11

Theodorakis, Nickolas H.
71 Larchley Ave.
Westfield, MA 01085
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 11/08/11

Torres, Magda
66 Pine St.
Holyoke, MA 01040
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 11/08/11

Vega, Jose L.
P.O. Box 955
Rutland, MA 01543
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 10/31/11

Vittorino, JoAnn
190 Rolling Green Dr.
Amherst, MA 01002
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 11/10/11

Wegrzyn, Paul A.
Wegrzyn, Cassandra A.
PO Box 383
Chicopee, MA 01021
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 11/14/11

Widelo, John W.
157 West Main St.
Orange, MA 01364
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 10/31/11

Williams, Daniel Christopher
21 Riverside Dr.
Florence, MA 01062
Chapter: 13
Filing Date: 11/02/11

Wilson, James E.
Wilson, Annmarie R.
54 Chester St.
Chicopee, MA 01013
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 11/10/11

Yerrick, Kevin M.
49 Velma Ave.
Pittsfield, MA 01201
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 10/31/11

Opinion
Investment Key to a Resurgent Springfield

While visiting Grand Rapids, Mich. recently, several members of a delegation from Greater Springfield (see related story page 20) — participants in a program called City2City — engaged in a little game of ‘what if …’
“Suppose a group from Grand Rapids were to come to the City of Homes,” those initiating the exercise began. “Where would we take them, and what could we show them that would make them say, ‘wow!’”
There was some disagreement, but the general consensus was that such a delegation should certainly visit the Technology Park at Springfield Technical Community College and its Scibelli Enterprise Center, both unique facilities. Baystate’s Hospital of the Future (a $250 million initiative) would certainly be on a tour agenda, as well as the Pioneer Valley Life Sciences Institute, which the health system has developed in conjunction with UMass Amherst. The Quandrangle might warrant a visit (especially its new history museum, a tribute to Springfield’s industrial past). The Basketball Hall of Fame might make the itinerary, and perhaps the convention center, although every major city seems to have one of those.
So those playing this game concluded that, while Springfield has some things going on, there probably isn’t enough to fill a two-day visit with interesting stops, and thus certainly not enough to qualify Springfield for the same title Grand Rapids has earned: ‘resurgent city.’
It’s easy to see why Springfield is on the wrong end of the City2City tours: while those communities have successfully reinvented themselves and diversified their economies from strong manufacturing bases (or are well down that road), Springfield is still in the early stages of that process.
But there is something else missing as well. It was a word heard repeatedly in both Winston-Salem and Greensboro, N.C., visited by a City2City delegation a year ago, and again in Grand Rapids: investment. Individuals and corporations are investing in those three communities. Some are investing in Springfield (MassMutual, Baystate Health, and Big Y, for example, can’t be expected to do more), but simply not enough.
Instead, many businesses and individuals are dis-investing, by moving out of the city and especially its downtown, or by standing on the sidelines and hoping that someone else will take the lead in revitalizing Springfield. Such actions are still signs of the troubling times for the region’s largest city and unofficial capital.
The Grand Rapids city manager told the Springfield delegation that many of the professionals and businesses that had moved out of the Furniture City in the ’70s and ’80s have moved back in. The reason? Because they not only want to be there, but feel they need to be there. How many business owners can say the same about Springfield?
Not enough, certainly, and the reason is obvious: the city hasn’t given them enough cause to feel that way. Despite the many stops of interest listed above, Springfield is still lacking momentum, lacking what those in Grand Rapids called “game-changers,” and lacking investment.
The June 1 tornadoes and the vacant lots they’ve created in the South End and elsewhere provide opportunities for some investment, and the possibility for some true game-changers. In the meantime, there were plenty of vacant and underutilized properties before the twister struck, and a general lack of vibrancy on most days.
But Springfield is a classic chicken-and-egg case. Specifically, why would people invest in a city that lacks momentum and vibrancy? But how does a city gain vibrancy unless people are willing to invest?
Somehow, both things have to start happening at once. Most say this will occur when there’s a spark, something like the huge hotel renovation project in Grand Rapids or that city’s new downtown arena. Sparks are good, but what’s better is a general understanding that investments in Springfield are investments in this region — and investments in a better future for everyone.

Departments People on the Move

The Board of Directors of Hampden Bancorp Inc., the holding company for Hampden Bank, has unanimously elected Glenn S. Welch President and Chief Operating Officer of the company and the bank effective Jan. 1, 2012. In addition, effective Jan. 1, 2012, Welch has been appointed as a director of the company and the bank. As president, Welch will succeed Thomas R. Burton, who, after serving 17 years as President and CEO, will remain on as the Vice Chairman and CEO of the company and the bank. “After conducting an extensive search that identified several superbly qualified candidates, we have decided that Glenn S. Welch is our choice to lead Hampden,” said Stuart F. Young Jr., Chairman of the Board. “It was extremely important that we find a new president who could build on the strong foundation already in place at Hampden — for which we are grateful for the leadership our current president, Tom Burton, has provided over the years.” In announcing Welch’s appointment, Burton commented, “as a purpose-driven organization, it is vital that we select a leader who not only understands the inner workings of the bank and the industry, but one who has a constant focus on our customers, our shareholders, and on the communities we serve. Glenn was the single candidate who demonstrated he could deliver on all counts. I am delighted with this decision.” Welch has been employed by Hampden since April 1998, serving most recently as executive vice president and division executive of Business Banking. He previously served as vice president of Commercial Loans from April 1998 to June 2002. Prior to joining Hampden, Welch served as vice president, Middle Market Group, at Fleet Bank. Welch is a graduate of Western New England University and earned his MBA from the University of Massachusetts. He currently serves as chairman of the Affiliated Chambers of Commerce of Greater Springfield (ACCGS), chair of the board of the Scibelli Enterprise Center and Western New England University Business Advisory Board, Treasurer of the Exchange Club of Springfield, member of DevelopSpringfield, and participant in the City2City project.

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Stephen A. Roulier

Stephen A. Roulier

Stephen A. Roulier has joined Springfield College as Director of the Marketing and Communications Department. He is responsible for strategic marketing, public relations, and brand management.
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Michelle R. Crosby has been appointed Branch Manager at PeoplesBank for its East Main Street office in Westfield.
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Rebecca Caplice

Rebecca Caplice

Rebecca Caplice, President and Chief Executive Officer of Greenfield Savings Bank, has been elected to the Board of Trustees of American International College in Springfield.
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Michael P. Buckmaster

Michael P. Buckmaster

Michael P. Buckmaster has been named Vice President, Commercial Lending at NUVO Bank & Trust Co. in Springfield.
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Freedom Credit Union of Springfield announced the following:
Amy E. Fyden

Amy E. Fyden

• Amy E. Fyden has been appointed Branch Officer of the Easthampton branch; and
Beverly Walz

Beverly Walz

• Beverly Walz has been appointed Branch Officer of the 16 Acres branch in Springfield. As branch officers, both Fyden and Walz oversee the financial and lending operations of their branch, develop new business opportunities with individuals and businesses, and promote financial literacy at area schools.
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Laurie Norton Moffatt, Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, has been nominated into the National Arts Strategies’ highly competitive chief executive program. She is one of 100 executive leaders in the cultural sector chosen to participate in the program. During the next two years, she will engage in discussions with colleagues from the U.S. and abroad about issues including budgeting, financial stability, marketing and development, as well as abstract problems including the role of the arts in modern life and maintaining relevance in a diverse, rapidly changing world.
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Attorney Diana Sorrentini-Velez recently engaged in a discussion with area high-school student peer mediators to enhance their understanding and knowledge surrounding effective mediation and conflict resolution. She is an attorney at Cooley, Shrair in Springfield, and concentrates her practice on mediation, divorce, family law, and special-education law. She also serves as a family-law mediator, having completed the Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education-sponsored Family Law Meditation training program.
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Thomas L. Plasse has been named Director of Finance of the Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield.
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Nadia M. Baral has joined Westfield Bank as Vice President and Compliance Officer. A certified regulatory compliance manager, Baral is responsible for the bank’s overall regulatory compliance.
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Mary MacIlvain has joined Dietz & Co. Architects as Marketing Coordinator.
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Glenmeadow in Longmeadow recently announced new board officers and members. They are:
• Eric Fuller, Chairman;
• Suzanne Smith, Vice Chair;
• Paul Nicholson, Treasurer;
• Mary Downey Costello, Clerk;
• Mark Cress, new member of the board; and
• Christopher Gill, new member of the board. In addition,
• Lawrence Bernstein has been elected a Corporator;
• Suzanne Boniface has been elected a Corporator;
• Rabbi Amy Wallk Katz has been elected a Corporator; and
• David Carlson has been elected a Corporator.
Existing members of the board include William Burrows, George Keady, Peter Landon, Ellen McKenna, Mary Meehan, Ann Marie Rome, Joel Weiss, Rachel St. Onge-Boisseau, and Sr. Betsy Sullivan.
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The Johnson Memorial Medical Center (JMMC) board of directors announced recently that David R. Morgan will lead JMMC as President and Chief Executive Officer, dropping the “interim” from his title. Morgan began his tenure at JMMC in 2008 as a consultant and in 2009 was named interim chief operating officer of the organization. During just those two years Morgan restructured the financial and revenue cycle operations of JMMC, and created and implemented an operations improvement program. Morgan continued to serve as JMMC’s chief operating officer until May of this year when he was named interim president and chief executive officer.

DBA Certificates Departments

The following Business Certificates and Trade Names were issued or renewed during the month of December 2011.

AMHERST

1Tek
310 Market Hill Road
Gregg Hutchins

Acupuncture Works
479 West St.
Linda Robinson-Hidas

Amherst Corner
18 North Plesant St.
Mohamed Nagooradumai

Integrated Strategies Group
88 Grantwood Dr.
Zvi Rozen

Moving Mentor Inc.
123 Maplewood Circle
Barbara Perman

Spyntegrity
35 South Pleasant St.
Lindsay Abbate

Stone House Farm
649 East Pleasant St.
Candace Tolley

The Flexible Farmer
55 High St.
Lydia Irons

HADLEY

63 East Realty, LLC
63 East St.
Babak Gojgini

Applebee’s
100 Westgate Center
Apple New England

Creamy Delights
71 Lawrence Plain
Patricia McCarthy

Gamestop
367 Russell St.
Gametop Inc.

Harvest Market
78 Comins Road
Peggy Thibbitts

Kentucky Fried Chicken
3 South Maple St.
Michael Houston

Longview Farm
14 Barstow Lane
Steven Barstow

M. Jolly Trucking
45 Knightly Road
Matt Jolly

Old Navy
339 Russell St.
Old Navy LLC

Twin Oaks Farm
116 Stockbridge St.
Linda Kingsley

HOLYOKE

Gary’s Specialgiftmerchandise.com
631 South Summer St.
Garrison Pollard Sr.

Las Chicken Market
341 Appleton St.
Lidia C. Rodriguez

M & E Barbershop
120 Suffolk St.
Militza Santos

Pett Operations Inc.
50 Holyoke St.
Robert Pett

Sports Zone
50 Holyoke St.
James M. Dent

NORTHAMPTON

Cellu-Spray Insulation
55 Maple St.
Jonathan Tayer

Clarity Bodywork
16 Center St.
Sarah Hagedorn

Clinic Alternative Medicine
98 Main St.
Jennifer Nery

Comfort Heating & Cooling
7 Hinckles St.
Dale R. Simmons

Health FX
41 Locust St.
Timothy Molitoris

Island Homes USA
19 Tyler Circle
Alan M. Miller

Mad Capture Media
151 Media St.
Max Benjamin

Misty River Ballooning
82 Bliss St.
Donald LaFountain

My Garage
109 Bridge St.
Diane Todrin

Qi Internetics
241 King St.
John Zebrum

River of Grace Yoga
176 Crescent St.
Carole Bull

Vessel Coffee
28 Green St.
Rabeeh Saleh

Village Computers
18 Michelman Ave.
Aaron Clark

SPRINGFIELD

Julio C. Beltran Cleaning
87 Belle St.
Julio C. Beltran

LA Fitness
1150 West Columbus Ave.
LA Fitness

M. Clark Photography
75 Prouty St.
Maria F. Clark

Michelle’s Hair Salon
50 Hartley St.
Michelle R. Green

Palazzo Café
1350 Main St.
Luisa Cardaropoli

Primos Pizza
824 Worthington St.
Marie Melikian

School of the Noble
24 Schuyler St.
Ahmad A. Sharif

Smith & Wesson
2100 Roosevelt Ave.
Jeffrey D. Buchanan

Sunny Nails
801 Belmont Ave.
Van P. Nguyen

The Chicharron Restaurant
494 Central St.
Rafael Marte

Tools Home Improvement
42 Manhattan St.
Hector Quiles

Up’n Coming Artist
19 Layzon Brothers Road
Devin R. O’Connor

Vinh Chau Restaurant
409 Dickinson St.
Phuong Nguyen

WESTFIELD

Cassin Academy of Irish Dance
17 Castle Hill Road
Maura Cassin

Prolamina Corporation
132 North Elm St.
Joseph Kwederis

Utility Service New England
4 Coleman Ave.
David Miller

WEST SPRINGFIELD

Century Auto Service
1615 Riverdale St.
Peter R. Platanitis Jr.

Karen Provost Massage Therapy
698 Westfield St.
Karen F. Provost

Pavel Water Filtration
70 Windsor St.
Henry H. Pavel

Titan U.S.A.
140 Baldwin St.
Ralph S. Colby

Building Permits Departments
The following building permits were issued during the month of December 2011.

AGAWAM

A.D.E. Enterprises, LLC
916 Suffield St.
$160,000 — Interior renovations

Dollar Tree
830 Suffield Road
$6,200 — New sprinkler system

First Baptist Church
760 Main St.
$42,000 — New roof

AMHERST

Orchard Run Associates
1150 West St.
$346,000 — Install driven post-racking system to support 46 KW grid-tied solar array

PVP Holdings
36 Boltwood Walk
$2,500 — Interior renovation

Pioneer Valley Living Care Center
1 Spencer Dr.
$16,000 — Third-floor renovations

HADLEY

Aegis Real Estate, LLC
241 Russell St.
$293,000 — Rear addition to building

Dunkin Donuts
41 South Maple St.
$59,000 — Remodel interior

GGP Quality Enterprises, LLC
P.O. Box 1146
$2,500 — Interior renovations

HOLYOKE

Matthew Mainville
475 Maple St.
$151,000 — Renovate three apartments for ADA compliance

SBA Sites Inc.
29 Mt. Tom Ski Road
$646,000 — Install access road, tower, and foundations

SBA Sites Inc.
29 Mt. Tom Ski Road
$69,000 — Modify existing tower

NORTHAMPTON

6 Crafts Avenue, LLC
376 Pleasant St.
$37,000 — Exterior renovations

Cooley Dickinson Hospital, Inc.
30 Locust St.
$56,000 — Renovate meeting room for new chapel

Kelly Kristan
263 Main St.
$617,000 — Renovate second and third floor

New Frills Inc.
15 King St.
$11,600 — Replace rubber roof

Northampton Terminal Associate
1 Old South St.
$11,000 — Construct walls to create new offices

Ten Main Street Florence, LLC
10 Main St.
$85,000 — Renovation to medical office space

WAM, LLC
115 Industrial Dr.
$26,000 — New roof

Roman Catholic Bishop of Springfield
101 King St.
$74,000 — Repair and replace roof

Seven Bravo Two, LLC
152 Cross Path Road
$130,000 — Construct rooftop solar panel on storage building

SOUTH HADLEY

First Congregational Church
1 Church St.
$6,850 — Build storage rooms

SPRINGFIELD

APG Properties
130 Eastern Ave.
$78,000 — Re-roof

E. Brook, LP
309 Fernbank Road
$24,000 — New roof

Springfield Housing Authority
347-367 Central St.
$550,000 — Re-roof

WESTFIELD

City of Westfield
28 West Silver St.
$1,976,000 — Alterations

David Schenna
845 Airport Industrial Park
$58,000 — New metal building

Engineer Realty Corporation
53 Southampton Road
$50,000 — Alterations

First Congregational Church
18 Broad St.
$112,000 — Alterations

Koziar Capital, LLC
66 Union St.
$115,000 — Alterations

Lower Mill Inc.
77 Mill St.
$564,000 — Alterations

Shell Oil Company
259 North Elm St.
$80,000 — Alterations

WEST SPRINGFIELD

Creanza Realty
945 Main St.
$295,000 — New roof

E & K Realty Trust
60 Gary Dr.
$120,000 — Renovate 3,750 of office space

VFW
764 Riverdale St.
$14,000 — New roof

Victoria Temple Church of God
521 Union St.
$69,000 — Exterior renovation