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Building Permits Departments
The following building permits were issued during the months of February and March 2012.

AGAWAM

Berkshire Power
36 Moylan Lane
$20,000 — Convert warehouse to locker room

Six Flags New England
1623 Main St.
$200,000 — Frame new entry to Big Ben’s building

William Deveno
45 Vassar Road
$15,000 — Office renovations

AMHERST

150 Fearing St., LLC
150 Fearing St.
$4,500 — Sub-divide office space

Amherst College
Converse Hall
$36,000 — New flooring

Amherst College
Frosting Library
$149,000 — Addition of café on first floor of library

Carex LLC
15 Research Dr.
$112,000 — Finish office in existing space

CHICOPEE

200 Tillary, LLC
165 Front St.
$17,500 — Renovations for a bathroom and utility room

Anaber LLC
720 Memorial Dr.
$28,000 – Strip and re-roof

City of Chicopee
115 Baskin Dr.
$447,000 — Roof replacement and masonry repairs at the D.P.W.

City of Chicopee
5 West Main St.
$804,000 — Demolish former Facemate buildings

Hershal, LLC
600 Memorial Dr.
$100,000 — First-floor lobby renovation and addition of fitness center and boardroom

EASTHAMPTON

Anup Sangar
29 Union St.
$4,000 — Minor renovations of existing space

Easthampton Savings Bank
241 Northampton St.
$5,841,000 — New three-story commercial bank

Mt. Tom Development
311 East St.
$63,000 — Complete interior of building

EAST LONGMEADOW

Riv Serrazina
382 North Main St.
$64,000 — New roof

HOLYOKE

Elmwood Towers Associate
485 South St.
$250,000 — Install new equipment building

Gail M. Sullivan
77 Locust St.
$6,000 — Install new roof at restaurant

Holyoke Hospital Inc.
6 Isabella St.
$12,000 — New roof

South Holyoke Apartments
529 South Bridge St.
$30,000 — Install new roof

LUDLOW

American Tower Corporation
31 Ravenwood Dr.
$15,000 — Cell tower antennas

David Lavoie
733 Chapin St.
$46,000 — Re-shingle roof

Lavoie Properties, LLC
394-402 Chapin St.
$1,500 — Replace doors

NORTHAMPTON

Atwood Drive LLC
8 Atwood Dr.
$3,070,000 – Construct 40,000-square-foot medical office building

Bally Bunion Realty, LLC
108 Main St.
$3,000 — Remove non-load bearing partitions

Frank Fournier III Trustee
376 Easthampton Road
$5,000 — Move stairs

James H. Graham
20 Ladd Ave.
$20,000 — Construct two walls in shop area

Service Properties Inc.
78 Conz St.
$15,000 — New roof

Smith College
30 Belmont Ave.
$95,000 — Office renovations on first and second floors

Smith College
102 Lower College Lane
$10,000 — Remove open stairway

SOUTH HADLEY

Mount Holyoke College
50 College St.
$7,000 — HVAC renovation

SPRINGFIELD

3 Pointer, LLC
643-649 Main St.
$45,000 — Interior renovations

1350 Main Street, LLC
1350 Main St.
$23,000 — Interior renovation to combine two suites

City of Springfield
36 Court St.
$120,000 — Interior finishes and removal of wall on the fourth floor

Cottage Hill Church
315 Cottage St.
$129,000 — Roof replacement

Helen & Joe Nowak
537 Main St.
$13,000 — Remodel existing restaurant

Hispanic Resources Inc.
364-366 Main St.
$6,500 — Renovations

State Street N.E. Development, LLC
1525 State St.
$464,000 — Renovate 12,566-square-feet for new retail tenant space

WEST SPRINGFIELD

Baystate Health
40 Daggett Dr.
$12,000 — Renovate 892-square-feet of space for a doctor’s office

Dick Harty
1501 Elm St.
$2,000 — Renovate existing commercial kitchen

H & P Realty LLC
218 Memorial Dr.
$80,000 — Strip and re-roof

Paul Longtin
1268 Riverdale St.
$50,000 — Renovate exterior of restaurant

Agenda Departments

‘Music for the Eyes’
Through April 7: The artwork of Preston Trombly, host of Sirius/XM Satellite Radio’s nationally broadcast Symphony Hall channel, titled “Music for the Eyes,” will be exhibited through April 7 at the Arno Maris Gallery in Ely Hall on the Westfield State University campus. Regular gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday from 2 to 5 p.m., Thursday from 2 to 7 p.m., and Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m. For more information, call (413) 572-4400 or visit www.westfield.ma.edu/galleries.

Author Lecture
March 28: Internationally acclaimed author Tom Perrotta will read from his upcoming novel, The Leftovers, at 10:10 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. in Scibelli Hall Theater, as part of the Ovations series at Springfield Technical Community College. The talks are free and open to the public. Two of Perrotta’s books, Election and Little Children, have been made into movies, and five novels have been national bestsellers. For more information, call (413) 755-4233.

ADA, FMLA Workshop
March 29: Royal LLP, in conjunction with the Human Service Forum, will present a workshop at the Delaney House in Holyoke on the compliance issues involving the ADA and FMLA. The interactive workshop addresses some of the most common questions that upper management faces each day. Attendees will learn skills and strategies that can help reduce the risk of employment litigation. For more information on the 8:30 a.m. to noon event, contact Ann-Marie Marcil at (413) 586-2288 or visit www.humanserviceforum.org.

Not Just Business as Usual
April 5: Former NBA player and businessman Ulysses “Junior” Bridgeman will be the guest speaker at the Springfield Technical Community College Foundation’s third annual Not Just Business as Usual event at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield. A cocktail and networking reception is planned from 5:30 to 7 p.m., followed by the dinner program from 7 to 9 p.m. Bridgeman spent most of his 12-year NBA career with the Milwaukee Bucks, but also played for the Los Angeles Lakers. He is the current franchise owner of more than 160 Wendy’s and 120 Chili’s restaurants. The event encourages local businesses to come together for an evening to network, learn from one another, and support student success. Funds from the event will provide students access to opportunities through scholarships, technology, and career direction to be successful future employees and citizens. “It’s a time to celebrate innovations, change, and our region’s success,” said STCC Foundation Interim Director Robert LePage. A variety of sponsorship opportunities are available, and individual tickets are $175 each. For more information, contact LePage at (413) 755-4477 or [email protected]

Constitution Café
April 10: Author and philosopher Christopher Phillips’ latest book, Constitution Café, draws on the nation’s rebellious past to incite meaningful change today. He proposes that Americans revise the Constitution every so often, not just to reflect the changing times, but to revive and perpetuate the original revolutionary spirit. He will present a free lecture at 8 p.m. in the dining hall at Blake Student Commons, on the Bay Path College campus, 588 Longmeadow St., Longmeadow. The lecture is part of the annual Kaleidoscope series. For more information, call (413) 565-1000 or visit www.baypath.edu.

Marketing Basics Seminar
April 11: The Mass. Small Business Development Center Network will host a lecture titled “Marketing Basics” from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Greater Northampton Chamber of Commerce, 99 Pleasant St., Northampton. Dianne Doherty of the MSBDC Network will present the workshop that will focus on the basic disciplines of marketing, beginning with research (primary, secondary, qualitative, and quantitative). For more information, call (413) 737-6712 or visit www.msbdc.org/wmass. The cost is $40.

RetireSmart Seminar
April 11: MassMutual’s Retirement Services Division continues its web-based RetireSmart interactive participant education series with “Understanding Target-Date and Target-Risk Investments” at noon. The 30-minute presentation will cover taking charge of your retirement-investing strategy in today’s market environment; the ABCs of target-date and target-risk strategies, and how these investments may fit into your overall plan. Space for the live online seminar is prioritized to retirement-plan sponsors and participants on MassMutual’s platform. MassMutual retirement-plan clients can register by logging into their retirement-plan account at www.retiresmart.com or by visiting www.retiresmartseminars.com.

Slam Poet Lecture
April 13: Taylor Mali, a former high-school teacher who has emerged from the slam-poetry movement as one of its leaders, will discuss his performances at 10:10 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. in Scibelli Hall Theater, as part of the Ovations series at Springfield Technical Community College. The talks are free and open to the public. For more information, call (413) 755-4233.

Christo to Keynote Riverscaping Conference
April 19-22: An international conference on the art, history, and science of the river will feature the celebrated artist Christo, whose latest project will be to install 5.9 miles of fabric over a stretch of the Arkansas River in Colorado. The Five College Riverscaping Conference also includes lectures, gallery openings, student poster sessions, and a two-day symposium opened by Jonathan Lash, Hampshire College’s new president and the former president of the World Resources Institute. The conference marks the conclusion of the 18-month Five College Riverscaping project, funded in large part by a grant from the American delegation to the European Union and in partnership with river experts from Hamburg, Germany. Aimed at developing sustainable approaches to reconnecting people with the river, the Riverscaping effort has brought together students, policy makers, artists, academics, entrepreneurs and environmentalists in a series of ‘laboratories.’ Centered around education, research, and design, the laboratories focus on Massachusetts’ stretch of the Connecticut River and the Elbe River in Hamburg. Christo’s address, at Smith College’s John M. Green Hall, will open the conference on April 19. He will discuss the two current projects that he and Jeanne-Claude (who died in 2009) have initiated: “Over the River” on the Arkansas River and “The Mastaba,” in the United Arab Emirates. The river installation, planned for the summer of 2015, will involve suspending nearly six miles of luminous fabric panels over a 42-mile stretch of the upper Arkansas River in Colorado. The project, while controversial, has received federal and state approval. Lash will open Saturday’s symposium sessions with his comments on “Why the River Matters.” Other highlights of the symposium on Friday and Saturday include papers by a wide range of designers, scientists, and scholars from around the world, including Jinnai Hidenobou of Hosei University in Tokyo, Johan Varekamp of Wesleyan University, and T.S. McMillin of Oberlin College, author of The Meaning of Rivers. A student session takes place on Friday evening, and a performance of music and readings will follow on Saturday. The entire conference, including Christo’s address, is free and open to the public, but online registration is required. Visit www.riverscaping.org for a complete schedule and to register for the Christo address and all the other events.

Comedy Night to
Benefit Charities
April 21: Smith & Wesson Corp. will host a benefit comedy show to support two local children’s charities, the Shriners Hospitals for Children and the Ronald McDonald House, beginning at 6 p.m. at the Cedars Banquet Hall, 419 Island Pond Road, Springfield. Tickets are $30 per person, and include the show, hot and cold hors d’oeuvres prior to the show, a cash bar, raffles, fund-raising, games, and music. Teddie Barrett of Teddie B. Comedy will emcee the event, featuring professional comedians Bill Campbell, Dan Crohn, and Stacy Yannetty Pema. For tickets or more information, contact Phyllis Settembro, Smith & Wesson, (413) 747-3597; Karen Motyka, Shriners Hospital, (413) 787-2032; or Jennifer Putnam, Ronald McDonald House, (413) 794-5683.

‘Adapt, Diversify,
Reinvent & Grow’
May 16: Local business owners will talk about what they have done to keep ahead of the many demands on their time, and at the same time adjust for the economic environment, during a workshop titled “Adapt, Diversify, Reinvent & Grow” at the Scibelli Enterprise Center, 1 Federal St., Springfield. Presenters include Paul DiGrigoli of Digrigoli Salon & School of Cosmetology; Tara Tetreault of Jackson & Connor; Kate Vishnyakov of Kate Gray Inc.; and Rick Ricard of Larien Products. The 9 to 11 a.m. session is sponsored by the Mass. Small Business Development Center Network. The cost is $40. For more information, call (413) 737-6712 or visit www.msbdc.org/wmass.

NYC Bus Trip
June 30: The Chicopee Chamber of Commerce will host a bus trip to New York City, leaving the chamber parking lot at 7 a.m. and returning around 9:30 p.m. Participants are on their own for the day in New York City. Tickets are $45 per person. For more information, contact Lynn at (413) 594-2101.

40 Under Forty
June 21: BusinessWest will present its sixth class of regional rising stars at its annual 40 Under Forty gala at the Log Cabin Banquet & Meeting House in Holyoke. The June 21 gala will feature music, lavish food stations, and introductions of the winners. Tickets are $60 per person, with tables of 10 available. Early registration is advised, as seating is limited. For more information, call (413) 781-8600, ext. 100, or visit www.businesswest.com.

Western Mass.
Business Expo
Oct. 11: BusinessWest will again present the Western Mass. Business Expo. The event, which made its debut last fall at the MassMutual Center in downtown Springfield, will feature more than 180 exhibitors, seminars, special presentations, breakfast and lunch programs, and the year’s most extensive networking opportunity. Comcast Business Class will again be the presenting sponsor of the event. Details, including breakfast and lunch agendas, seminar topics, and featured speakers, will be printed in the pages of BusinessWest over the coming months. For more information or to purchase a booth, call (413) 781-8600, or e-mail [email protected], or visit www.wmbexpo.com.

Briefcase Departments

Springfield Official
Named to Casino Panel
BOSTON — Bruce Stebbins, business development director for the city of Springfield since September 2010 and a former member of the Springfield City Council, has been named to the Massachusetts Gaming Commission. The five-member panel is now complete. The other members are Chairman Steve Crosby; Judge James McHugh, who served on both the Superior Court and the Massachusetts Appeals Court; Gayle Cameron, a former New Jersey State Police lieutenant colonel; and Enrique Zuniga. Prior to his work with the city, Stebbins worked for the National Assoc. of Manufacturers and the Mass. Office of Business Development.

WMECo Grant Seeks to Boost Industry Competitiveness
SPRINGFIELD — The precision-manufacturing industry in Western Mass. received a major boost recently with the announcement of a $10,000 private initiative to increase the skills competencies of employees. The Regional Employment Board of Hampden County Inc. (REB) received the grant from Western Massachusetts Electric Co. (WMECo) to provide skills-enhancement courses and college-credit courses to 65 incumbent employees of the region’s precision-manufacturing companies. The award will be used as a match to a $150,000 grant received by the REB and its partners represented by the Western Mass. Chapter of the National Tooling Machining Assoc. (WMNTMA), which was announced in October by Secretary Gregory Bialecki of the Mass. Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development. The $150,000 grant from the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative’s John Adams Innovation Institute supports the work of the REB’s Precision Manufacturing Regional Alliance Project (PMRAP), which is focused on generating innovative and creative ideas that will raise the industry’s and region’s economic profile. “We are pleased to make a contribution to education that will stimulate growth for small and medium-sized precision-manufacturing companies,” said Peter Clarke, WMECo president and COO. “The region will benefit from sustained job creation and continued economic development.” In addition to the REB and the WMNTMA, partners in PMRAP include Holyoke Community College, Springfield Technical Community College, the Economic Development Council of Western Mass., and the region’s seven vocational-technical-comprehensive high schools. “The Patrick-Murray administration has made strong investments in growing the Commonwealth’s advanced manufacturing industry,” noted Bialecki. “This grant, in addition to the $150,000 grant from last year, will go a long way to helping give employees the vital training they need to help support their companies’ and industry’s continued growth.”

Forgay Shares Professional Leadership Secrets
LONGMEADOW — Bushido Business: The Fine Art of Professional Leadership is a new anthology featuring Richard Forgay II, president and CEO of Business Leadership Mastery. Forgay joins forces with internationally recognized business icons to share their secrets of success in ways one can immediately apply to business and life for sustainable success. Bushido is the traditional ethical code, or ‘way of the warrior,’ of the Japanese samurai. It is founded on the seven values by which they conducted their life and business of warfare — honesty and justice, heroic courage, compassion, polite courtesy, complete sincerity, loyalty, and duty and honor. Forgay, along with authors and professional speakers Tom Hopkins, Brian Tracy, and Stephen Covey, apply this historical code to the challenges faced by today’s leaders in business, government, education, and other diverse arenas. Forgay noted that the book shares time-proven methods of achieving sustainable success through leadership, team building, sales, marketing, business operations, interpersonal relationships, and customer-service excellence. Forgay’s contribution to the anthology is titled “Mastering the Bushido Code.” “Bushido Business is a moral compass, an authentic expression of individual and organizational values that defines their influence and culture,” he said. With straightforward language and supporting diagrams, Forgay applies the Bushido Code to modern-day professional leaders and actual events. Then he facilitates a structure for readers to apply their own virtues and values to be prepared to do the same in their chosen fields of expertise through a series of self-assessment Bushido Challenges that, if accepted, promise to produce immediate and transformational results. Forgay challenges leaders to embrace their traditional principles and values as the blueprint for major transformation. “Adherence to empowering values is always in vogue,” he said. “Identifying and activating value-based cultural standards of excellence is a way for leaders and teams to embody dignity, trust, and professionalism in their realms of responsibility among those they lead and serve in the business, government, educational, and spiritual communities.” Forgay educates and empowers top executive and entrepreneurial leaders to excel at growing companies where people, productivity, customer satisfaction, and profits thrive in any economy. For more than two decades, he has led and served thousands of people to achieve all-time-high sales and multi-million-dollar revenues, and he has earned international recognition as an effective executive leader in high-pressure, intensely competitive environments in the highest levels of corporate America. For more information on Bushido Business, visit www.businessleadershipmastery.com. Insight Publishing of Sevierville, Tenn. released the book on March 7. It retails for $19.95.

Project Provides Free Interview Clothes
ENFIELD, CT — For many soon-to-be college graduates at Asnuntuck Community College, Stacy’s Closet is a way to relieve some of the stress students with limited resources face, according to Stacy Lanigan, associate director of career services. Stacy’s Closet, now in its sixth year, solicits donations year-round of gently used business clothes from the college’s faculty and staff, as well as the surrounding community. In keeping with the community college’s mission, Lanigan noted that the clothes are also available free to members of the community. She said the college is committed to serving all residents in its service area, which includes Enfield, East Granby, East Windsor, Ellington, Granby, Somers, Stafford Springs, Suffield, and Windsor Locks. Stacy’s Closet accommodates students graduating in June and December. Offerings include shirts and blouses, business suits, shoes, belts, and ties. “We aim to prepare the whole student,” said Katie Kelley, dean of Student Services. “Not just academically, but also for the expectations in the workplace and the interview process.” Donations of clean, professional attire on hangers are being accepted through April.

Construction-industry Employment ‘Sluggish’
WASHINGTON, D.C. — In the week ending March 10, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims in the construction industry was 351,000, a decrease of 14,000 from the previous week’s revised figure of 365,000, according to the U.S. Labor Department. The four-week moving average was 355,750, unchanged from the previous week’s revised average of 355,750. The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.6% for the week ending March 3, a decrease of 0.1 percentage point from the prior week’s unrevised rate of 2.7%. The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending March 3 was 3,343,000, a decrease of 81,000 from the preceding week’s revised level of 3,424,000. The four-week moving average was 3,394,250, a decrease of 25,250 from the preceding week’s revised average of 3,419,500. In related news, Associated Builders and Contractors noted that, despite a loss of 13,000 construction jobs in February, the industry’s unemployment rate dipped to 17.1%, down from 17.7% in January. The nation’s construction industry has added 65,000 jobs, up 1.2%, since February 2011, when the unemployment rate stood at 21.8%. The non-residential building construction sector added 2,000 jobs in February and has added 15,000 jobs, or 2.3% year over year, with employment now standing at 663,200. The residential building construction sector added 2,000 jobs for the month and has added 7,000 jobs, up 1.3%, compared to one year ago, with employment at 573,000. “Predictions for monthly job growth have been on the rise, and February’s performance exceeded those expectations,” said ABC chief economist Anirban Basu. “However, that is only true for the broader economy, not for the construction industry.” Basu added that ABC’s Construction Backlog Indicator, which declined during the fourth quarter of last year, foreshadowed this jobs report and indicates that construction-industry employment is likely to be sluggish in the months ahead. “The good news is that the overall economy continues to mend, implying ongoing recovery in construction spending,” said Basu. “This should eventually translate into more-stable non-residential construction employment growth later this year.” The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending March 3 were in New York (+16,478), California (+4,320), Pennsylvania (+2,859), Texas (+2,116), and Virginia (+1,554), while the largest decreases were in Massachusetts (-2,974), Rhode Island (-1,071), New Jersey (-1,034), Puerto Rico (-562), and Kentucky (-284). Overall, the nation added 227,000 jobs as the private sector expanded by 233,000 jobs and the public sector shrank by 6,000 jobs, according to the Labor Department. Year over year, the nation added 2,021,000 jobs, up 1.5%. The unemployment rate stood at 8.3% in February, unchanged from January.

‘Western Mass. Economic Review 2012’ Available
SPRINGFIELD — Western Massachusetts Electric Co. (WMECo) recently published “Pioneering Futures: Western Massachusetts Economic Review 2012,” reviewing the lifestyle, educational, and business aspects that make the area an attractive region. “Western Mass. offers a prosperous future for businesses looking to move to the region,” said Peter Clarke, president and chief operating officer of WMECo. “WMECo proudly produces this publication in order to expose the many appealing attributes of this unique location.” Clarke noted that some areas covered in the review include the region’s industry mix, business innovation, education and productivity, international trade, and quality of life. The review also compares the region’s ranking in these and other areas to nearby regions and other states. The review can be found at www.wmeco.com/business/growyourbusiness/publications.aspx?sec=nr. Printed copies may be requested by calling (413) 787-9333.

Departments Incorporations

The following business incorporations were recorded in Hampden, Hampshire, and Franklin counties and are the latest available. They are listed by community.

AGAWAM

Associates in Women’s Health Care P.C., 200 Silver St., Agawam, MA 01001. Sharon MacMillan MD, 129 Silver Creek Dr., Suffield, CT 06078. Women’s Health Care Services.

AMHERST

Econ4 Inc., 418 North Pleasant St., Amherst, MA 01002. James K. Boyce, 14 Elf Hill Road, Amherst, MA 01002.

BELCHERTOWN

Education Yes Inc., 43 Allen St., Belchertown, MA 01007. Jeffry B. Hatch, 1704 Millcreek Way, Salt Lake City, UT 84106. Non-profit organization dedicated to developing and teaching positive integrative approaches to transform the learning process of all students.

EAST LONGMEADOW

EBBE Inc., 43 Thompson St., East Longmeadow, MA 01028. Michael Finn, 30 Oakhill Circle, Chicopee, MA 01020

GANBY

34 Carver Street Inc., 7 Carver St., Granby, MA 01033. Patrick Bensen, same. Holding Real Estate.

GREENFIELD

Canines Helping Autism and PTSD Survivor Corp., 559 Country Club Road, Greenfield, MA 01301. William Gordon, same. Provide persons with a diagnosis of PTSD or an autism spectrum disorder access to a network of services related to the use of a service dog at minimal cost.

Family Legacy Partners Inc., 465 Coltrain Road, Greenfield, MA 01301. Cynthia L. Nims, same. Financial services including mortgage.

HADLEY

D&B Kelley Farm Inc., 100 Stockbridge St., Hadley, MA 01035. Daniel Kelley, 117 Stockbridge St., Hadley, MA 01035. To engage in the operation of farming.

HATFIELD

Grill ’N Chill Inc., 127 Elm St., Hatfield, MA 01038. Anthony R. Paciorek, 25 Dwight St., Hatfield, MA 01038. Food service / restaurant.

HNE Inc., 4 Prospect Court, Hatfield, MA 01038. Kenneth Holhut, 15 Circle Dr., Hatfield, MA 01038. Food service, bar, and restaurant.

LONGMEADOW

Bond Financial Group Inc., 171 Dwight St., Suite 201, Longmeadow, MA 01106. Dylan E. Bond, same. Providing a full range of financial planning products and services.

LUDLOW

HLZC Holdings Inc., 1020 East St., Ludlow, MA 01056. Jose Salvador, same. Property management.

NORTH ADAMS

Hoosac Valley Community Development Corporation, 150 Ashland St., North Adams, MA 01247. Marie Harpin, 15 Rock St., North Adams, MA 01247. The corporation will engage in activities intended to contribute to the preservation of existing or the creation of new affordable housing.

NORTHAMPTON

Foundation for Orthopedic Reconstruction Inc., 70 Old South St., Northampton, MA 01040. Patricia Defelice, 60 Cleveland St., Holyoke MA 01040. The corporation’s purpose is to identify persons that are in need of, and would not otherwise have access to, medical implants and orthopedic reconstruction.

PALMER

George Stewart Inc., 1006 Pine St., Palmer, MA 01069. George R. Stewart Jr., same. Service and consulting.

SOUTH HADLEY

ALZ Enterprises Inc., 183 East St., South Hadley, MA 01075. James M. Earle, same. To build a fund to finance, research, and development for the cure for Alzheimer’s disease and also finance childhood development programs.

SPRINGFIELD

Baitus Salaam Inc., 605 Dickinson St., Springfield, MA 01108. Kimat Khatak, 15 Pheasant Run, South Hadley, MA, 01075. Arrange, hold and establish prayers in accordance to the teachings of Quran and Sunnah specific only to Hanafi Fiqh (Jurisprudence).

BDL Restaurants Inc., 15 Angelica Dr., Springfield, MA 01129. Shanna M. Rhoades, same. Restaurant holdings.

Fenco Global Industries Corp., 44 Cabinet St., Springfield, MA 01129. Fenella Alicia Sitati, same. Technology sales and services.

Fierceblaze Inc., 1655 Main St., Springfield, MA 01108. Juan R. Perez, 89 Kensington Ave., Springfield, MA 01108. Web Design and software development.

Graphic Excellence Inc., 1441 Main St., Springfield, MA 01103. Michael S. Connors, 57 Robin Road, Longmeadow, MA 01106. Printing, copy, graphics, and mailing services.

Iglesia Pentecostal De Dios Sanando Al Herido Inc., 57 Grosvernor St., Springfield, MA 01107. Carlos Luis Cosme, same. Worship place for the needed.

STOCKBRIDGE

Berkshire Management Solutions Inc., 5 Sergeant St., Stockbridge, MA 01262. Christopher May, same. Consulting and job recruiting.

WESTFIELD

A Positive Energy Boost Inc., 6 Parker Ave., Westfield, MA 01085. Steven William Pomeroy, same. Retail sales of goods, selling online and direct.

Opinion
Continuing the Search for Answers

State Rep. Jim McGovern hit the nail on the head — repeatedly.
In his comments to attendees at a recent symposium titled “Digital Games: Playing in the Valley” (see story, page 17), he said that few industries “can project the growth characteristics of the game industry.” And he’s right. He then said that, to get the regional economy back on its feet, video games comprise “one of the answers.” Right again.
And notice the use of the plural, because it’s important.
Indeed, there are still many people in this region looking for the answer, or the next big thing. After decades of searching, one would think that they would know by now that there isn’t one answer to this region’s problems when it comes to vibrancy, job creation, and overall reinvention from its days as a manufacturing hub. And there won’t be one big thing, either.
It must be many things, or many answers. Which brings us back to the symposium at Hampshire College earlier this month. It was there that speaker after speaker — from college professors to elected officials like McGovern to people like Allan Blair, president of the Western Mass. Economic Development Council — talked about how this region could be a hub for video-game-related businesses, and how it should be.
Not all, but most of the active ingredients are there to make this happen, the various speakers said, listing everything from cost of living to a critical mass of young college students, to a quality of life sought by the younger generations. The challenge, they said, is to foster this young, still-growing industry, and to overcome the hurdles, such as the lack of a solid reputation in this industry and also the incomprehensible lack of high-speed Internet access in some of the more remote but still-desirable areas of this region.
The day’s events and speeches could be summed up as a call to action, an effort to raise awareness when it comes to the job potential of a still-misunderstood subsector of the economy, and an attempt to rally the necessary support to convert something that most consider a longshot into something doable.
We need more events like this in Western Mass. because we need to tap a number of wells when it comes to innovation and job creation, in fields like video games, green energy, the biosciences, medical-instrument manufacturing, and more.
The first step is to acknowledge and understand the full potential of some of these emerging industries or clusters — and many speakers admitted that they hadn’t previously had such an appreciation of the video-game sector — and then to be carefully aggressive in creating an environment in which such ventures can thrive.
‘Carefully aggressive’ might sound like an oxymoron, but it’s not. Cities, regions, and states must indeed be aggressive when it comes to supporting potential jobs — Rhode Island was when it gave former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling’s video-game business, 38 Studios, a $75 million loan to get to the next level in the Ocean State — but they must also be prudent. Massachusetts learned the lesson the hard way when it gave huge incentives to Evergreen Solar, not understanding that market forces would soon drive production of such systems overseas.
No one could have imagined 30 years ago that video games would be a course of study in college and a source of many thousands of jobs worldwide. Likewise, no one knows what we’ll be saying these same things about 30 years from now.
What we do know is that the region must be diligent in its search for answers — in the plural — because it will take many of them to create the solid jobs our communities will need moving forward.

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Members of the media had the opportunity to tour the inside of the Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center on March 14. John Goodhue, executive director of the center (seen at top and second-from-top),  led a tour of the 90,000-square-foot, $168 million facility taking shape at the former Mastex Industries site in downtown Holyoke. Work on the center is expected to be completed at the end of this year. Partners in the center are the University of Massachusetts, Harvard University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston University, Northeastern University, EMC Corp., and Cisco Systems.




















St. Patrick’s Day Breakfast

Berkshire-Bank

The Greater Westfield Chamber of Commerce staged its annual St. Patrick’s Day Breakfast on March 16. A number of city officials and state legislators took to the podium, and BusinessWest Editor George O’Brien delivered the keynote address. At top, a delegation from Berkshire Bank takes in the festivities, while below, representatives of Noble Hospital enjoy the day’s events. At bottom, the Westfield Colleen, Meagan Susan Casey (center), enjoys a bite of cake with her court, from left, Meaghan Kwarzinski, Ryan Hickson, Sinead Smith, and Connor Sheehan.

Company Notebook Departments

Big Y Completes LED Lighting Retrofit
SPRINGFIELD — Big Y Foods and Groom Energy recently announced the completion of a significant LED lighting retrofit at Big Y’s distribution facility in Springfield. The energy-efficiency upgrade is part of a broader scope of sustainability-oriented investments in its operation that will reduce the company’s environmental impact. The newly implemented LED lighting system applies the latest lighting and networking technologies, bringing better illumination, operating efficiency, and energy-savings monitoring to the Springfield distribution center. The upgrade replaced existing T5- and T8-based fluorescent lighting systems, both within the dry and cooled areas, and will reduce annual energy consumption by more than 521,833 kilowatt hours. This initiative will eliminate more than 4,000 pounds of carbon annually. Groom Energy worked closely with the Big Y energy-management team to design, test, and install the upgrade. The system is based on LED products from Digital Lumens, a Boston-based LED-systems manufacturer. The project was supported by financial incentives from Western Massachusetts Electric Co., which regularly supports energy-savings upgrades by its commercial and industrial customers. “We’re very pleased with the results of our lighting-upgrade project,” said Gary Kuchyt, manager of the Energy and Sustainability Department at Big Y Foods. “It has been a successful collaboration from the onset and will help us to dramatically reduce our energy costs — a great outcome for our company and our customers.”

INK Products Supports Square One
CHICOPEE — INK Products, an office-products, printing, and promotional-products supplier, is teaming up with local businesses in an effort to raise funds for Square One. Tom Guertin, founder of INK Products at 25 Grove St., noted that Square One will receive a percentage of a business’ purchases as a donation direct from INK Products. “This is another way local businesses, including mine, can give something extra to Square One,” he said. For more information on the promotion, contact Guertin at (413) 594-7533.

Hampden Bank
Charitable Giving
Tops $716,000 in 2011
SPRINGFIELD — The Hampden Bank Charitable Foundation Inc.’s charitable giving topped $716,000 in 2011, according to Glenn Welch, president and COO of Hampden Bank. “In addition to our foundation grants, the bank also provided significant financial support to area communities in excess of $116,000 through our marketing and human-resources departments’ community-relations activities,” noted Welch. He added that much of the funding was allocated to youth development, school enrichment, and Little League programs throughout Hampden County. “As we prepare to celebrate our 160th anniversary on April 13, I can think of no better way to mark the occasion than by recommitting ourselves to our long history of community service and support as we move through the 21st century,” he said. Community organizations receiving grants included the American Red Cross, the Salvation Army, DevelopSpringfield, the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts, Friends of the Soldiers Home of Holyoke, Square One, and Rebuild Together.

Three Companies Join to Create Red Thread
BOSTON — Three New England businesses have joined forces to become Red Thread, according to Jenny Niemann, chairman of the company. The newly combined regional enterprise connects work, workers, and the workplace as the authorized Steelcase dealer in New England. Red Thread is comprised of three companies that previously operated under the names of Office Environments of New England, bkm Total Office, and Business Interiors. “When we initially brought these three companies together, we knew they were three strong brands, each with its own brand equity in its own territory,” said Niemann in a statement. “An ancient legend describes a red thread as an unbreakable link between those meant to be together. Rebranding under Red Thread enables us to express to our customers the connection we see between our culture, values, and business mission.” Niemann added that the name also “articulates our aspiration to help our customers identify their own common threads — the way their brand, culture, and promise can be effectively expressed through their environments’ furniture, technology, architectural systems, and audio-visual solutions.” For more information, visit www.red-thread.com.

Monson Savings Reports ‘Outstanding Results’
MONSON — Monson Savings Bank President Steve Lowell recently announced that the bank’s 2011 results surpassed national and statewide benchmarks for growth and profitability while posting a record year for giving back to the community. During the bank’s annual meeting, Lowell noted that deposits grew in 2011, predominantly in core deposits, by 11%. Also, Monson Savings achieved a return on assets of 0.66%, which ranked first among peer banks throughout Massachusetts, according to Lowell. “The bank also announced outstanding results for its Financial Advisory Services division and compared these results to the 172 other banks that partner with Infinex Financial Group throughout the East Coast,” he said. “Specifically, Monson Savings ranked second of the 50 peer banks and 24th out of all Infinex partners.” He also noted that the bank gave back a record $142,000 to the community in charitable donations. “What I am most proud of is that we were able to give back so much to our community last year,” said Lowell, “while at the same time keeping our institution growing and financially healthy. We had an outstanding year, and I can’t thank our customers, staff, board, and corporators enough for their contributions.”

Open Square Welcomes Brave One Agency
HOLYOKE — Brave One, an agency specializing in corporate social responsibility and sustainability communications, recently selected Open Square for its new location. The agency plans to grow considerably in the coming year, and Brave One founders Lukas Snelling and Jesse Mayhew feel the building will allow them to grow while staying true to its commitment to sustainability. “We are really excited to be in Holyoke and participate in the Paper City’s digital revival,” said Snelling. “We think this city provides a great platform for us to do business, and we look forward to the possibility of expanding even further here.” Mayhew echoed the sentiments of Snelling. “Open Square seemed like a natural fit,” he said. “Not only are they reusing beautiful mill space, but they are generating their own renewable energy to power our office. We couldn’t be happier to be part of such an amazing and growing community.” Both founders hope their growth “will be a contributing force in Holyoke’s continued revitalization.” Brave One’s new office is located at 4 Open Square Way, Suite 219. For more information, visit www.braveoneagency.com.

Easthampton Savings Launches eBranch
EASTHAMPTON — Easthampton Savings Bank has introduced a new eBranch that will be replacing its Web site at bankesb.com, according to William Hogan, president and CEO. “Our goal was to mirror what a typical experience would be for one of our customers visiting a branch and to bring it to our virtual site,” Hogan said. “This will allow greater online functionality and resources for our customers, making the entire site more convenient and easier to use.” The new eBranch will offer site search, online account opening, loan applications, and customer service along with fun and useful tools such as interactive calculators and an educational-resource center. To celebrate the launch, the bank is offering a CD and auto-loan special online. For more information, call (413) 527-1111.

JN Phillips Auto Glass Expands Service
CHICOPEE — JN Phillips Auto Glass recently opened a 7,500-square-foot distribution center in the city, and also added a Springfield service center and relocated its Northampton service center to 144 King St. “Combined with its service centers in Chicopee and Pittsfield, JN Phillips has increased the company’s ability to provide Western Mass. customers even faster, more convenient auto-glass replacements and repairs while ensuring the highest safety standards possible,” said Robert Rosenfield, CEO. Rosenfield also noted that the company has begun offering windshield recycling. “It took some time, almost two years, and a financial commitment to figure out how to do it, but it was worth it, and our customers really appreciate knowing that, when they have us replace their windshields, the damaged ones don’t end up in landfills,” said Rosenfield. “For all of us in this beautiful Pioneer Valley, preserving our environment is paramount.” In related news, Dan and Matt Bean, former operators of Bean’s Auto Glass, a locally owned family business for more than two decades, have joined JN Phillips Auto Glass. “We are very proud to be part of JN Phillips Auto Glass now,” said Dan Bean. “This is another family-owned business that puts customer service and community values first. The company’s commitment to safety, convenience, and expertise leads our industry.”

United Bank Foundation Awards $34,500
WEST SPRINGFIELD — The United Bank Foundation recently awarded $34,500 in grants to community initiatives in the Springfield area during the organization’s most recent round of funding, according to Dena Hall, president. Womanshelter/Companeras, a Holyoke-based nonprofit dedicated to assisting victims and survivors of domestic violence, received $5,000 in support from the foundation. In Springfield, students will benefit from the foundation’s $5,000 grant to Springfield School Volunteers to support the Science, Math, and Reading Tutoring (SMART) program. Also, a $5,000 grant will provide support to the Enchanted Circle Theater, an educational theater company based in Holyoke that inspires learning through the arts. The foundation awarded grants of $4,000 each to the Community Adolescent Resource and Education (CARE) Center in Holyoke, to fund a portion of the teen Rowing Strong, Rowing Together program; to Noble Hospital in Westfield, to purchase recliners for psychiatric patients in the Emergency Department; and to Springfield College, to fund the East Campus renovation project. Additional grants included $3,000 to the Carson Center for Human Services in Westfield, to fund a fully accessible spray park for Kamp for Kids; and $2,500 to Valley Community Development Corp., to support a foreclosure-prevention counseling program for Hampshire County residents. Grants of $1,000 each went to Domus Inc. to support the community youth and adult basic-education program in Greater Westfield; and to the Northampton Center for the Arts, to support Northampton Draws, a free community art festival and workshop. The United Bank Foundation has awarded more than $1.4 million in grants since it was established in 2005 as a permanent source of funding to benefit communities in United Bank’s market area.

DBA Certificates Departments

The following Business Certificates and Trade Names were issued or renewed during the months of February and March 2012.

AGAWAM

1st Stop Café
369 Walnut St.
Jennifer Haile

Agawam Fruits and Vegetable Market
301 Springfield St.
Andrey Akimov

Cordi Truck LLC
470 Shoemaker Lane
Robert Arrington III

Security Consultant
37 Royal St.
Greg Norman

TNT Tent and Table Rentals
362 North St.
Anthony Boido

AMHERST

Boston Dance Challenge
200 West Pomeroy Lane
John Schimmel

Golden Booty Tanning
6 University Dr.
Kimberly Gomes

Markamusic
12 Charles Lane
Alfredo Chapelliguen

CHICOPEE

Ashley’s Fashion Place
342 Front St.
Victor Davila

Commercial Services
6 Stone Ave.
Mark Skrodzki

David’s Home Plans
188 Wildermere St.
David Dejordy

Keaton’s Kleaning Service
43 Juliette St.
Jason Keaton

The Fab Glam Boutique
148 Broadway St.
Isaiah Weldon

The Flyin Donkey
17 Barre Cir.
Garvin C. Headley Jr.

Top Dog Removal Services
340 Grattan St.
James Mcgourn

Western Mass RV Rental
376 Chicopee St.
Shawn-Ellen Krajcik

EASTHAMPTON

Dawson Home Health Assistance
2 Culdaff St.
Kobina Dawson

Hairy’s Pet Supply
155 Northampton St.
Scott Murray

Hero Watch Repair
4 Wilton Road
Avrey LaValley

New England Remodeling General Contractor
67 Division St.
Thomas M. Bacis

Pioneer Laptop Repair
19 Dartmouth St.
Derek Pevey

R & H Roofing, LLC
59 South St.
Charles Robertson

HADLEY

Aegis Chiropratic
241 Russell St.
Lisa Sanderson

HOLYOKE

Al’s Snack Shop
147 High St.
Natasha M. Correa

Fudge Puppy
56 Suffolk St.
Danielle Pikul

M & H Construction
635 Homestead Ave.
Mark Haradon

Seeds of Life
205 Bemis Ave.
Theresa Grisanti

Subway Restaurant
1506 Northampton St.
Rajendra Patel

Western Mass Ob/Gyn
15 Hospital Dr.
Hank J. Porter

NORTHAMPTON

7-Eleven
60 King St.
Kimberly Tasneem

AD Firearms Education and Training
92 ½ Maple St.
Andrew R. Davis

Andy’s Spacework
142 Riverdale Dr.
Ann E. Dollard

Antiques Corner
5 Market St.
Louis M. Farrick

Delap Real Estate LLC
158 North King St.
Dennis Delap

Fight for the Future Center for Rights
217 Pine St.
Tiffiny Cheng

Hinge
48 Main St.
Brian Aussant

Living Out Studio
219 Main St.
Scot P. Padgett

Orzel Tree & Logging
150 Federal St.
Justin Vezina

Root
11 William St.
Tanya Hart

The Foundrey
24 Main St.
Sally Noble

PALMER

Elite DJ Services
1330 Ware St.
Robert A. Roy

Hollywood Cuts and Styles
1622 North Main St.
Naomi L. Mills

The Yellow House Inc.
1479 North Main St.
Bonny Rathbone

SPRINGFIELD

7C’s Press
208 Main St.
Edward S. Kamuda

A.J. Electric, LLC
22 Rapalus St.
Nidal Adeid

Affordable Heating
12 Fairhaven Dr.
Wilfredo Cruz

Ahava Flora Inc.
81 Beacon Terrace
Juan C. Ocasio

American Lung Association
393 Maple St.
American Lung

Aqui Me Quedo 2
15 Locust St.
Jose DeJesus

Arce’s Print
2460 Main St.
Adrian Arce

Atlas Convenience Store
411-417 St. James Ave.
Aziz Ahmed

Audri’s Catering
47 Manor Court
Audri Lavern

Auntie Sue’s Cookies
48 Groton St.
Susan M. Byrne

Bettey Rips & Things
339 Boston Road
Betty Seibles

Boylan Overhead Door
90 Tapley St.
Sean A. Boylan

Captain Pizza
30 Fort Pleasant Ave.
Nelson Rivera

Chase and Sons Chainsaw
20 Maple St.
Sheryl A. Chase

Contractors Kitchen
88 Industry Ave.
Joseph A. Frye

Dallas & Co.
161 Laconia St.
Richard Anthony

Daly Appraisal Services
40 Bangor St.
James M. Daly

Discount Smoke & Groceries
431 White St.
Nafees Niazi

E.V. Translation Services
6 Temple St.
Edgar Vaskanyan

Eddie Moore Carpentry
40 Ionia St.
Eddie L. Moore

Emely Market
168 Eastern Ave.
Rony Almonte

Executive K9
87 Hanson Dr.
Michael Vincent

Executive Real Estate Inc.
535 Main St.
Amy F. Rio

Floor Maintenance Service
1655 Main St.
Ramon L. Rosado-Cruz

Gary Kennett
95 Forest Park Ave.
Gary Kennett

Geeta Foods Inc.
191 Berkshire Ave.
Mohammad N. Galani

Gentle Smiles LLC
1410 Carew St.
Annie Watson

Hess
453 Cooley St.
R.J. Lawlor

Hispanic Communications
133 Maple St.
Norma Rodriguez

Hollywood Tans
354 Cooley St.
Steven J. Corvin

International Barber Shop
13 Locust St.
Francis A. Rivera

J.T. Sound Factory
485 Central St.
John Feliciano

Tripticstar
298 Allen Park Road
Michelle Barnaby

Unlimited Pawn
1199 Sumner Ave.
Andrew Phan

Western Mass Warriors
335 Newbury St.
Junior S. Williams

WEST SPRINGFIELD

911 Expedited Trucking
82 Grove St.
Ellen F. Gregory

Aardvark Property Holdings LLC
1457 Riverdale St.
Arthur R. Doty

Advance Welding
47 Allston Ave.
Melinda Mitton

Carolina Bedding of Western Mass
1702 Riverdale St.
Daniel A. Wells

Elegant Nail Salon
1333 Westfield St.
Lien T. Tran

Freihoffer’s Baking Company
358 Park St.
Andrew Shulman

Goodhind, Harten, & Associates
1252 Elm St.
Alan R. Goodhind

Integrated Equity Services
975 Elm St.
Thomas P. Sweeney

Irizarry & Irizarry Consultant Services
183 Greystone Ave.
Jose H. Irizarry

J Squared
136 Nelson St.
James J. McMahon III

Michael Gousy Inc.
180 Westfield St.
Michael J. Gousy

Point Blank Paintball Inc.
1457 Riverdale St.
Arthur R. Doty

The Official Cuts Barber Shop
715 Main St.
Luis A. Marrero

Western Mass Services
208 Labelle St.
Leonard Cowles

Chamber Corners Departments

AFFILIATED CHAMBERS
OF COMMERCE OF GREATER SPRINGFIELD
www.myonlinechamber.com
(413) 787-1555

• April 3: Springfield Chamber of Commerce Executive Directors meeting, noon to 1:30 p.m., EDC Conference Room, Springfield.
• April 4: ACCGS Business @ Breakfast, at the MassMutual Learning & Conference Center, Memorial Drive, Chicopee. Doors open at 7:15 a.m. Cost: $20 for members, $30 for non-members.
• April 11: ACCGS After 5, 5-7 p.m., hosted by Get Set Marketing, 207 Worthington St., Springfield. Cost: $10 for members, $20 for non-members.
• April 13: ACCGS Legislative Steering Committee, 8-9 a.m., at the TD Bank Conference Center, Springfield.
• April 18: ERC Board of Directors meeting, 8- 9 a.m., at the Gardens of Wilbraham, Community Room, 2 Lodge Lane, Wilbraham.
• April 18: ACCGS Ambassadors Meeting, 4-5 p.m., EDC Conference Room, Springfield.
• April 19: ACCGS Executive Committee meeting, noon to 1 p.m., in the TD Bank Conference Room, Chamber Offices.
• April 25: Annual Beacon Hill Summit. Save the date for the ACCGS’ yearly State House visit. Details to follow soon.

AMHERST AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
www.amherstarea.com
(413) 253-0700

• March 28: Margarita Madness, 5-7 p.m., at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. The public is invited. Cost: $25 per person, $40 per couple; chamber members are $20 per person. A margarita-tasting event will be featured;  sample 12 margaritas and vote for your favorites. Sponsored by MassLive.com, the Valley Advocate, Greenfield Savings Bank, Applewood at Amherst, Copycat Amherst, Encharter Insurance LLC, Hope & Feathers Framing, Johnny’s Tavern, Judie’s Restaurant, 30 Boltwood, Lit, the Pub, UMass Fine Arts Center, Your Promotional Consultant/NEPM, and more.
• April 11: Chamber breakfast, 7:15-9 a.m., at the Lord Jeffery Inn. Cost: $15 for non-members, $12 for members.
• April 17: Chamber Brown Bag: “Networking Secrets from an Ex-Wallflower,” 12:30-2 p.m., in the Jones Library large meeting room. Guest speaker: Val Nelson.
• April 25: Chamber After 5, 5- 7 p.m., event location to be announced. Cost: $10 for non-members, $5 for members.

CHICOPEE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
www.chicopeechamber.org
(413) 594-2101

• April 1: April Salute Breakfast, 7:15- 9 a.m., at the Kittredge Center at Holyoke Community College. Cost: $19 for members, $26 for non-members.
• April 12: Business Executive Roundtables, 8:30-10:30 a.m. The CEO Roundtables program will match up to 15 business leaders from non-competitive companies based on company size and expectations. It is not an industry group. Participants come from companies in various fields to confidently share their unique perspectives, experience, business challenges, and lessons learned during regular monthly meetings that offer intellectual discussion and debate. Cost: $75 for members, $100 for non-members.
• April 25: April Business After Hours, 5-7 p.m., at the Hampton Inn in Chicopee. Cost: $5 for members, $15 for non-members.

GREATER HOLYOKE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
www.holycham.com
(413) 534-3376

• April 24: HCC non-credit course. Special chamber rate. Call the chamber for more information.

GREATER NORTHAMPTON CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
www.explorenorthampton.com
(413) 584-1900

• April 4: Arrive @5, 5-7 p.m., hosted by RK Miles, 24 West St., West Hatfield.  Arrive when you can, stay as long as you can; a casual mix and mingle with colleagues and friends. Sponsored by Keiter Builders. Cost: $10 for members, $15 for non-members. For more information about the event or to RSVP, call the chamber at (413) 584-1900, or e-mail [email protected]

PROFESSIONAL WOMEN’S CHAMBER
www.professionalwomenschamber.com
(413) 755-1310

• April 3: Professional Women’s Chamber New Member Welcome Reception, 6-8 p.m., at the 350 Grill, Worthington St., Springfield. Free hors d’oeuvres; cash bar.
• April 11: Professional Women’s Chamber Roundtable, “Health and Wellness,” 11 a.m.-1 p.m., hosted by Max’s Tavern, MassMutual Room, Springfield. Cost: $25 for members, $35 for non-members.
• April 26: The Professional Women’s Chamber “Chocolate Affair,” 6- 9 p.m., at Chez Josef, Tivoli Room, Agawam. Featuring chocolate desserts, cordials, and shopping at vendor booths. Cost: $25 in advance, $40 at the door.
GREATER WESTFIELD CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
www.westfieldbiz.org
(413) 568-1618

• March 28: WestNet Plus One!, 5-7 p.m., hosted by PeoplesBank, 281 East Main St., Westfield. Network with fellow chamber members and meet new members and businesses in the area. Guest speaker: Patrick Berry, President of the Westfield News. Cost: $10 for chamber members, $15 cash for non-members. Don’t forget your business cards. To register, call Carrie Dearing at (413) 568-1618 or e-mail [email protected]
• March 31: 2012 Spring Southwick Economic Development Commission (EDC) Home & Business Show, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., at Town Hall, 454 College Highway, Southwick. This tabletop exhibit of Southwick businesses is free to the public, and the EDC will be collecting non-perishable food items for the local Food Pantry. Several free seminars will be held. Please visit www.southwickma.info for more information.

YOUNG PROFESSIONAL SOCIETY OF
GREATER SPRINGFIELD
www.springfieldyps.com

• April 19: April Third Thursday, 5-7 p.m., hosted by Adolfo’s Ristorante, 254 Worthington St., Springfield.

Bankruptcies Departments

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

Acevedo, Denise M.
107 Barre St.
Springfield, MA 01119
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 02/21/12

Alibozek, Michael J.
32 East Road
Adams, MA 01220
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 02/29/12

Allen, Robert Q.
Allen, Catherine M.
14 Coakley Dr.
Chicopee, MA 01020
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 02/23/12

Barszewski, Joanne Mary
392 Montague Road #22
Sunderland, MA 01375
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 02/27/12

Bass, Ingrid E.
359 Springfield St.
Feeding Hills, MA 01030
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 02/28/12

Beaudry, Francis H.
P.O. Box 907
Warren, MA 01083
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 02/28/12

Belisle, Penny M.
513 Springfield St.
Chicopee, MA 01013
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 02/17/12

Berthiaume, Nathan H.
413 Belchertown Road
Ware, MA 01082
Chapter: 13
Filing Date: 02/23/12

Brown, Robert A.
148 Hillsdale Road
Great Barrington, MA 01230
Chapter: 13
Filing Date: 02/23/12

Brunette, Steven P.
26 Chestnut St.
Hatfield, MA 01038
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 02/21/12

Busbin, John R.
79 Evergreen Dr.
Holyoke, MA 01040
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 02/28/12

Carmody, Julia M.
49 Enfield St.
Indian Orchard, MA 01151
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 02/21/12

Carver, Jonathan David
52 Irene St.
Springfield, MA 01108
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 02/21/12

Cayer, David S.
105 Island Pond Road
Springfield, MA 01118
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 02/27/12

Chambers, Molly P.
85 Crescent St.
Greenfield, MA 01301
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 02/17/12

Chasles-Snyder, Gigi M.
a/k/a Chasles Labbe, Gigi M.
48 Claverack Road
Whately, MA 01093
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 02/20/12

Cora, Crystal
a/k/a Mccarthy, Crystal
111 Malibu Dr.
Springfield, MA 01128
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 02/29/12

Crocker, Donna Haley
76 Hazelwood Ave.
Longmeadow, MA 01106
Chapter: 13
Filing Date: 02/22/12

Cumba, Jose Antonio
Cumba, Maria Mercedes
44 Webster St., 1st Fl.
Springfield, MA 01104
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 02/21/12

Dargis, Tatiana
a/k/a Banari, Tatiana
1161 Westfield St.
West Springfield, MA 01089
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 02/17/12

Davila, Maria E.
66 Jenness St.
Springfield, MA 01104
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 02/17/12

Daye, Martin Oliver
24 East Cleveland St.
Greenfield, MA 01301
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 02/23/12

Deblois, Normand P.
Deblois, Leona Rose
1157 Elm St., Apt 5
West Springfield, MA 01089
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 02/17/12

Delnegro, Andrew F.
Delnegro, Judy A.
74 Mill Road
East Longmeadow, MA 01028
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 02/27/12

DeMeyer, Tracy A.
25 Keegan Lane 8C
Greenfield, MA 01301
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 02/20/12

Desmond Landscaping
White, Desmond
17 Cloran St.
Springfield, MA 01109
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 02/27/12

Desousa, Ruy T.
97 Water St.
Palmer, MA 01069
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 02/28/12

Dialessi, Robert G.
Dialessi, Lynn P.
22 Reed St.
Agawam, MA 01001
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 02/22/12

Dondey, Joseph P.
41 Newell St.
Pittsfield, MA 01201
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 02/28/12

Dondey, Torey L.
a/k/a Lheureux, Torey
41 Newell St.
Pittsfield, MA 01201
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 02/28/12

Dowers, Amy M.
PO Box 175
Chester, MA 01011
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 02/29/12

Dumas, Eric Joseph
339 Grattan St.
Apartment 2
Chicopee, MA 01020
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 02/27/12

Dyer, Tiffany L.
29 Quincy Ave., Apt 1
Chicopee, MA 01020
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 02/20/12

Echevarria, Juan J.
17 Washington Ave.
Holyoke, MA 01040
Chapter: 13
Filing Date: 02/29/12

Edwards, Phillip Arthur
Edwards, Nancy Ann
P.O. Box 205
Shutesbury, MA 01072
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 02/20/12

Gautier, Jennifer V.
17 Halsey St.
Springfield, MA 01104
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 02/16/12

Hebler, Todd M.
52 Newell St.
Pittsfield, MA 01201
Chapter: 13
Filing Date: 02/21/12

Henderson, Jennifer G.
P.O. Box 751
Sheffield, MA 01257
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 02/21/12

Hrycay, Kenneth
28 Horseshoe Dr.
Chicopee, MA 01022
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 02/29/12

Jones, Edward A.
Jones, Gail A.
185 Pinegrove Dr.
Pittsfield, MA 01201
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 02/29/12

Joseph-James, Katrika N.
71 Whittier St.
Springfield, MA 01108
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 02/21/12

Kasperek, Christopher Paul
306 Barry St.
Feeding Hills, MA 01030
Chapter: 13
Filing Date: 02/17/12

Kazonis, Michael
62 Middle St.
Florence, MA 01062
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 02/20/12

Kennedy, Mary Ellen
20 Granby Heights
Granby, MA 01033
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 02/23/12

LaFrance, James A.
P.O. Box 344
South Deerfield, MA 01373
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 02/20/12

Langlois, Theodore
418 Meadow St. #A9
Agawam, MA 01001
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 02/29/12

Lenkowski, Cara M.
10 Prospect St.
Easthampton, MA 01027
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 02/29/12

Lovely, Michael S.
116 Polaski Ave.
Chicopee, MA 01013
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 02/23/12

Lussier, Keri A.
267 Ridge Road
Athol, MA 01331
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 02/27/12

MacKay, Bonnie L.
a/k/a MacKay-Vachula, Bonnie L.
42 Basket St.
Huntington, MA 01050
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 02/29/12

Macznik, Eric A.
Macznik, Claudia C.
52 Posner Circle
Ludlow, MA 01056
Chapter: 13
Filing Date: 02/23/12

Manning, William J.
18 Palmer Road Unit 17
Monson, MA 01057
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 02/29/12

Manzoor, Muhammed T.
165 Lumae St.
Springfield, MA 01119
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 02/24/12

Martell, Jan S.
Martell, Tammi A.
130 Bacon Road
Ware, MA 01082
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 02/29/12

MBS Enterprises
New Day Real Estate
Seward, Michael Brett
P.O. Box 829
Bondsville, MA 01009
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 02/23/12

McClintock, Saundra D.
443 Beech St.
Holyoke, MA 01040
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 02/29/12

Melbourne, Mary E.
39 Agnes St.
Springfield, MA 01118
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 02/16/12

Michienzi, Audrey
106 Wilson Road
Barnardston, MA 01337
Chapter: 13
Filing Date: 02/21/12

Moore, Roberta F.
a/k/a Sczepanski, Roberta F.
95 Syrek St.
Chicopee, MA 01020
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 02/28/12

Morales, Alberto M.
3 Carriage Lane
Amherst, MA 01002
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 02/20/12

Moriarty, Laura M.
66 Pleasant St., Apt. 3R
Easthampton, MA 01027
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 02/28/12

Murray, Aaron P.
Warfield, Elizabeth A.
367 Union St.
Springfield, MA 01105
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 02/29/12

Nalewanski, Rachael Leigh
19 Stone Path Lane
Easthampton, MA 01027
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 02/27/12

O’Neil, Judith A.
87 East Road
Adams, MA 01220
Chapter: 13
Filing Date: 02/27/12

Oster, Tamara M.
30 Kenlee Gardens, Apt. 2R
South Hadley, MA 01075
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 02/28/12

Ouimette, Tina L.
a/k/a Chaves, Tina L.
68 School St.
Chicopee, MA 01013
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 02/17/12

Parenteau, Kenneth J.
Parenteau, Geraldine R.
a/k/a Parenteau, Dina R.
111 Glendale St.
Chicopee, MA 01020
Chapter: 13
Filing Date: 02/17/12

Patel, Brijesh D.
112 Florence St.
Leeds, MA 01053
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 02/21/12

Patenaude, Dana R.
Patenaude, Tami E.
47 Cypress St.
Greenfield, MA 01301
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 02/17/12

Poole, James
Poole, Carol Garden
847 New Braintree Road
Oakham, MA 01068
Chapter: 13
Filing Date: 02/21/12

Pothier, Richard A.
250 Reed St.
West Warren, MA 01092
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 02/27/12

Pothier, Sandra L.
250 Reed St.
West Warren, MA 01092
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 02/27/12

R.C.R. Enterprises, Inc.
Ruscio, Robert C.
Ruscio, Cheryl A.
52 Garden Ave.
Westfield, MA 01085
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 02/20/12

Ramos, Gary L.
51 Howes St.
Springfield
MA, MA 01118
Chapter: 13
Filing Date: 02/27/12

Redman, Kerry-Ann
33 Ferris St.
Indian Orchard, MA 01151
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 02/28/12

Richard, Ronald G.
Richard, Mary F.
a/k/a Newhouse, Mary F.
160 slumber Lane
Springfield, MA 01128
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 02/22/12

Rivera, Roman
a/k/a Nieves/Rivera, Roman
Viera, Milagros
395 Parker St.
Springfield, MA 01129
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 02/28/12

Roseberry, Rene
Roseberry, Lynn
222 Sheldon Road
Barre, MA 01005
Chapter: 13
Filing Date: 02/27/12

Sierra, Wilfredo
P.O. Box 3626
Springfield, MA 01101
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 02/27/12

Smith, Michael J.
Smith, Colleen M.
10 Longview Dr.
Wilbraham, MA 01095
Chapter: 13
Filing Date: 02/16/12

Spusta, Kimberlyanne
18 Howard St.
Ludlow, MA 01056
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 02/29/12

Stanger, Jesse J.
277 Main St.
Sturbridge, MA 01566
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 02/27/12

Starkey, Courtney L.
97 Congamond Road
Southwick, MA 01077
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 02/29/12

Strickland, Christine C.
a/k/a Raddatz, Christine
221 Ventora St.
Ludlow, MA 01056
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 02/29/12

Taylor, Richard W.
Taylor, Virginia A.
13 Charles Place
Athol, MA 01331
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 02/29/12

Taylor, Steven J.
12 Crestview Dr.
PIttsfield, MA 01201
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 02/16/12

Tyler, Lemart E.
Tyler, Anne M.
33 Michael Dr.
Westfield, MA 01085
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 02/29/12

Winslow, David B.
41 C St.
Athol, MA 01331
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 02/21/12

Zhupikov, Dmitriy
Zhupikov, Yuliya
58 Hanover St.
West Springfield, MA 01089
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 02/27/12