Building Permits Departments

The following building permits were issued during the month of May 2012.

AMHERST

Amherst College
Johnson Chapel
$4,000 — Repair and cleanup of water damage

Amherst Colonial Village, LLC
200 South East St.
$13,000 — Roof repairs

Jan Eidelson
138 Sunderland Road
$1,500,000 — Build new structure for Amherst Survival Center

Peter Grandonico
23 North Pleasant St.
$25,000 — Interior renovations for Froyo World

EASTHAMPTON

City of Easthampton
19 Union St.
$1,500 — Repair granite steps at Council on Aging

David Boyle
422 Main St.
$200,000 — Construct 84 self-storage units

David Shelton
39 Union St.
$5,000 — Create new 3,000 square feet of gym space

Frank Basile
16 Industrial Parkway
$8,000 — Repair damaged trolley hoist-support system

Lisa Fusca
93-95 Main St.
$2,000 — Repair rear egress

HOLYOKE

Bayview Financial
345-363 Dwight St.
$200,000 — Emergency exterior repairs

Holyoke Boys Club
70 Nick Cosmos Way
$74,600 — Remove existing roof and install new

Sacred Heart Parish
427 Maple St.
$4,000 — Construct pergola

Verano Apartments, LTD
560-562 South St.
$40,000 — Repair structural columns

LUDLOW

Five Star Cleaners
433 Center St.
$3,500 — Alterations

Kapinos Mazur Funeral Home
64 Sewall St.
$40,000 — Reshingle

KUB Properties
4 Pell St.
$30,000 — Alterations

Oak Tree Inn
782 Center St.
$24,000 — Alterations

Richard Kelleher
44 Sewall St.
$40,000 — Reshingle

NORTHAMPTON

Colvest/Northampton, LLC
327 King St.
$383,500 — Construct new commercial bank with drive-up; foundation only

Easthampton Savings Bank
297 King St.
$34,500 — Relocate ATM

Look Park
300 North Main St.
$12,000 — Move building onto new foundation

Packaging Corp. of America
25 Mount Tom Road
$178,000 — New roof

SOUTHWICK

SBA Communications
686 College Highway
$20,000 — Replace six antennas

SPRINGFIELD

Diamond Affiliates, LLC
125 Paridon St.
$20,000 — Upgrade antennas

Diocese of Springfield
123 William St.
$84,000 — Exterior repairs

Golden Eagle Apartments
129-145 White St.
$17,000 — Renovations

MD Trading Corp.
19 St. James Ave.
$46,000 — Interior renovations

Springfield College
701 Wilbraham Road
$19,000 — Bathroom renovations

Stockbridge Court, LP
45 Willow St.
$10,000 — Rebuild handicap ramp

WESTFIELD

Ann Woodson
67 Elm St.
$7,600 — Interior repairs

University Housing, LLC
27 Washington St.
$2,500,000 — Construction of new student apartments for Westfield State College

WEST SPRINGFIELD

Century Investment
73 State St.
$14,000 — Interior fit-out for a doctor’s office

Eastern States Exposition
1305 Memorial Dr.
$6,000 — Exterior repairs

Matthew Griswold
1838 Riverdale St.
$20,000 — Renovations to existing building

Robin Taylor
255 Interstate Dr.
$12,000 — Reroof

Agenda Departments

Management Fundamentals Workshop
May 24: Lyne Kendall of the Massachusetts Small Business Development Center Network will present “Business Plan Basics” from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Amherst Town Hall, first floor meeting room, 4 Boltwood Walk. The workshop will focus on management fundamentals from start-up considerations through business-plan development. Topics will include financing, marketing and business planning. The cost is $40. For more information, call (413) 737-6712 or visit www.msbdc.org/wmass.

State of the Region
June 5: The Hartford-Springfield Economic Partnership (HSEP) will stage its 2012 State of the Region Conference, from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Holiday Inn Enfield-Springfield at One Bright Meadow Blvd. in Enfield. The event will have as its theme “State Collaboration and the Region’s Future.” Keynote speakers will be Catherine Smith, commissioner of the Conn. Department of Economic and Community Development, and Gregory Bialecki, Mass. secretary of Housing and Economic Development. Mary Ellen Jones, chair of the Connecticut Airport Authority, also will speak. There is no charge, but pre-registration is necessary.  For more information and to register, visit www.hartfordspringfield.com. The Hartford-Springfield Economic Partnership is an interstate collaboration of regional economic-development, planning, business, tourism, and educational institutions that work together to advance the region’s economic progress.

YMCA CELEBRATION
June 18:  Given the YMCA of Greater Springfield’s history with the game of basketball, it is only fitting that a celebration of the organization’s 160th Anniversary will be staged at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. The event, to start at 6 p.m., will feature a keynote address by successful sports and business leader Mannie Jackson and Boston Globe sportswriters and ESPN commentators, Jackie MacMullan and Bob Ryan. MacMullan and Ryan, both Basketball Hall of Fame Award winners, will together share with guests their thoughts and experiences covering the celebrated Boston sports teams, with a special concentration on the Boston Celtics. Jackson is a former player for the Harlem Globetrotters who, after a successful business career, purchased the Globetrotters from near bankruptcy and extinction, reinvigorating one of America’s most popular sports brands. Jackson will share stories and insights from his life beginning with literally being born in a railway boxcar, to becoming the first African American player at the University of Illinois, to becoming the president of a unit of Honeywell Corporation, and his ultimate purchase of the Globetrotters and his experiences around the world with the team. Jackson is now a philanthropist and author, who recently released a book called Boxcar to Boardrooms; My Memories and Travels, that chronicles his inspiring journey. The book is on sale now www.boxcarholding.com with all proceeds donated to cancer research and the I-LEAP Academic Scholarship Program. “We are extremely honored to be joined by these three amazingly talented sports icons,” says Kirk Smith, President & CEO, YMCA of Greater Springfield. “I couldn’t ask for a better way to commemorate our 160th anniversary than with them at Center Court of the Basketball Hall of Fame.” Tickets to the June 18 celebration are available by contacting Peggy Graveline, Development assistant at the YMCA of Greater Springfield, at [email protected], or by calling (413) 739-6951, ext. 179. Tickets are $160/each, or $1,500 for a table of 10. All proceeds from the event will benefit the YMCA of Greater Springfield’s 2012 Annual Scholarship Campaign.

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 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 log onto www.businesswest.com.

WBOA 30th Anniversary
June 21: Chez Josef in Agawam will be the setting for the 30th anniversary celebration of the Women’s Business Owners Alliance of the Pioneer Valley (WBOA) at 6 p.m. The WBOA will recognize its 2012 Business Woman of the Year, as well as its 2012 Outstanding New Member, and will name its Top Women in Business in the Pioneer Valley. Renate Oliver, WBOA founder, will also be a featured speaker. The event will feature entertainment by Jeannie Pomeroy-Murphy, as well as a raffle fund-raiser. For more information or tickets, call (413) 525-7345 or visit www.wboa.org.

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.

Massachusetts Chamber Summit
Sept. 9-11: The Massachusetts Chamber board of directors will conduct its annual Business Summit and Awards Ceremony Sept. 9-11 at the Resort and Conference Center at Hyannis. The two-day meeting allows participants to meet with business professionals from across the state, as well as listen to state and local elected officials who will discuss the future of business in Massachusetts. Additionally, representatives from the Massachusetts Office of Economic Development will discuss loans, grants, and tax incentives available to business owners. Industry experts will also be on hand to discuss topics such as leveraging social media, search-engine optimization, and health care cost containment. The winners of the Business of the Year Award and the Employer of Choice Award will also be announced during the summit. For more information, call (617) 512-9667 or visit www.masscbi.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, e-mail [email protected], or visit www.wmbexpo.com.

Company Notebook Departments

Hampden Bancorp Plans Cash Dividend
SPRINGFIELD — Hampden Bancorp Inc., the holding company for Hampden Bank, recently announced it had a $624,000, or 246.6%, increase in net income for the three months ended March 31, 2012, to $877,000, as compared to $253,000 for the same period in 2011. The provision for loan losses decreased $575,000 for the three-month period ended March 31, 2012 compared to the same period in 2011, due to decreases in delinquent loans, including non-accrual loans, declining impaired loans, and continued improvement in general economic conditions. In addition, the company’s total assets increased $37.8 million, or 6.6%, from $573.3 million at June 30, 2011 to $611.1 million at March 31, 2012. Securities increased $19.6 million, or 17.5%, to $131.5 million, and cash and cash equivalents increased $7.2 million, or 23.0%, to $38.3 million at March 31, 2012. Deposits increased $18.2 million, or 4.4%, to $435.4 million at March 31, 2012, from $417.3 million at June 30, 2011. The company has been focused more on obtaining core deposits than time deposits, according to Thomas R. Burton, CEO and vice chairman. “Economic conditions in our local economy continue to improve, as evidenced by a decline in delinquent and impaired loans as well as a nominal increase in loan growth,” he said. “We have reduced the provision for loan losses while continuing to maintain strong ratios related to our reserve coverage. Overall, we are pleased with the results but recognize that asset growth is necessary for continued financial improvement.” The board of directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.04 per common share, payable on May 31, to shareholders of record at the close of business on May 16.

WMECo Launches Mobile Web Site
SPRINGFIELD — Western Massachusetts Electric Co. (WMECo) recently launched a mobile Web site for customers who use smartphones. Using the new mobile site, customers can view their account, pay their bill, view current power outages, or report a new power outage, all from the specially designed Web site. “It’s important to us that our customers feel we are accessible,” said Peter Clarke, WMECo president and chief operating officer. “They have told us they want more and easier ways to manage their accounts and receive information from us, so this is a logical next step for us to deliver on that request.” The mobile Web site works with either an iPhone or Android device. When customers access wmeco.com from a smartphone, they will be automatically directed to the mobile-friendly Web site.  In addition, the mobile site puts customers one touch away from calling or e-mailing WMECo customer service and from accessing the company’s Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube pages. Customers may also click a link on the site to view the company’s full Web site. WMECo, a Northeast Utilities company, serves approximately 210,000 customers in 59 communities throughout Western Mass.

Whalley Selected for ITC47 Contract
SOUTHWICK — Whalley Computer Associates (WCA) was recently awarded the ITC47 contract, which will allow it to continue to sell technology products such as desktop computers, laptops, servers, storage devices, and numerous other related technology products to organizations that use the Massachusetts State Purchasing Contract as a purchasing tool. WCA, a leading supplier to Massachusetts K-12 schools, partners with 181 of the state’s 320 school systems to provide technology products, services, training, and consultation. WCA also works with 57 cities and towns, 36 law-enforcement departments, 19 public colleges and universities, and 12 state agencies. “I think the number of Massachusetts organizations that have selected us as their primary vendor validates our decision to remain a large, regional, locally owned business,” said Paul Whalley, vice president and a former elementary-school teacher. Whalley noted that WCA is the sixth-largest vendor of the prestigious Massachusetts Higher Education Consortium (MHEC) contract, which has 600 suppliers providing computers, books, vehicles, science materials, furniture, and nearly every other product required by public Massachusetts colleges and universities. “WCA is also unique in having an office in the western part of Massachusetts and another in Central and Eastern Mass.,” said Whalley. “This allows us to rapidly and easily service those organizations that have offices throughout the state.”

Tighe & Bond Ranked Among Top Design Firms
WESTFIELD — The Engineering News-Record (ENR) once again ranked Tighe & Bond among the top 500 design firms in the nation, according to David Pinsky, president. ENR ranks companies by the previous year’s gross revenue for providing design services to domestic and international markets. Tighe & Bond ranked 272 in ENR’s 2012 report, which exceeds last year’s ranking of 309 and reflects the firm’s 2011 annual gross revenue of $36 million. “Last year was a very successful and profitable year for us,” said Pinsky. “We saw growth in all of our primary business units and acquired a sixth office in Portsmouth, N.H., that enables us to better serve our clients in that state, Southeastern Maine, and Northeastern Mass. All of this is backed by our ongoing commitment to deliver the highest-quality services to our clients on time and within budget.” The Boston Business Journal also ranked Tighe & Bond as one of the largest engineering firms in Massachusetts, according to Pinsky. In its 2012 Book of Lists, the journal ranked the firm 12th out of 25 top-billing firms.

Columbia Gas Supports Link to Libraries
SPRINGFIELD — Columbia Gas of Massachusetts has given a grant to Link to Libraries to help promote literacy and donate books to public elementary schools and nonprofit organizations in Western Mass. The funds will be used to supply all children entering kindergarten in Holyoke and Springfield with literacy bookbags. “We are tremendously honored that the Columbia Gas of Massachusetts has decided to join us in our mission,” said Susan Jaye-Kaplan, Link to Libraries co-founder. “This grant will have substantial economic impact in our mission to enhance early literacy and promote that all youth be proficient readers by grade 4.” Steve Bryant, president of Columbia Gas, noted that “Columbia Gas, as well as our employees, is committed to supporting families in need. Helping to provide books to kindergarten children is just one way we can help ensure that children get started on the right path to become lifelong readers.” Since its inception in 2008, Link to Libraries has donated more than 50,000 new books to area youth.

Big Y Adds 41st Pharmacy
SPRINGFIELD — Big Y Foods Inc. recently opened its 41st pharmacy in the World Class Market at 700 Main St., Suite 2, in Great Barrington. Pharmacy Manager Helen Costello, R.Ph., will be working alongside pharmacist Julie Samale, R.Ph. and technician Raeven Fuller to bring added convenience to grocery shoppers in Southern Berkshire County. Pharmacy hours will be weekdays, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sundays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Big Y Pharmacies plan to conduct special wellness events throughout the next few months, including total cholesterol and blood-pressure screenings, glucose and body-fat-percentage testing, and skin analysis. Big Y currently operates pharmacies throughout Massachusetts and Connecticut.

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

Cross Logistics Inc., 135 Brien St., Agawam, MA 01001. Mohamad M. Borhot, same. Transportation services.

Ecotek Print Solutions Inc., 417 Springfield St., #203, Agawam, MA 01001. Abdallah Ghalayini , same. Digital signage equipment and services.

Angels Take Flight Inc., 103 Lealand Ave., Agawam, MA, 01001. Tamara J. Blake, 136 Rosewell St., Springfield, MA 01109. A non-profit organization that provides luggage and transitional items to local children in foster care placements, hospital settings, homeless shelters, domestic violence shelters, or other safe homes.

BELCHERTOWN

21st Century Green Homes Inc., 368 Turkey Hill Road, Belchertown, MA 01007. James F. Bachand Jr., same. Real estate purchases, sales, and construction of residential homes.

CHICOPEE

Donald J. Ruel Electric Inc., 72 Parenteau Ct., Chicopee, MA 01020. Donald J. Ruel, same. Licensed electrician.

Rusin Services Inc., 76 Cote Ave., Chicopee, MA, 01020. John Rusin, same. General cleaning and maintenance services.

EASTHAMPTON

Rsk Media Inc., 116 Pleasant St., Unit 325, Easthampton, MA, 01027. Matthew B Harrison, 6 Pepin Ave., Easthampton, MA 01027. Photo and video production.

FEEDING HILLS

Extreme Enterprice Inc., 371 South Westfield St., Feeding Hills, MA 01030. Danny Acevedo, 336 Tokeneke Road, Holyoke, MA 01040. Auto body.

GREENFIELD

Roundabout Books Inc., 16 West St, Greenfield, MA 0130. Raymond Joseph Neal II, 16 West St., Greenfield, MA 01301. Used book sales.

HOLYOKE

Imagine Philanthropy Inc., 591 Northampton St., Holyoke, MA 01040. Tuti B. Scott , 591 Northampton St., Holyoke, MA 01040.

Umoja Now Inc., 17 Old Jarvis Ave. Holyoke, MA 01040. Pascal Kelvin Akimana, same. To prevent all forms of violence and heal its effects. To promote gender equality. To build sustainable peace in local communities across the African continent.

INDIAN ORCHARD

K&O Corp., 1295 Worcester St., Indian Orchard, MA 0115. Orlando Ovalles, same. Grocery store.

LEE

Hannn Lerner, P.C., 184 Main St., Lee MA 01238. Jeremia A. Pollard, same. Legal services.

LENOX

Massachusetts Equine Welfare Council Inc., 431 New Lenox Road, Lenox, MA, 01240. Barbara E. Kellogg, same. To provide assistance and education to equine owners and the public to ensure equine welfare; to foster and encourage and assist in the humane care and treatment of equines.

NORTHAMPTON

Wishbone Productions Incorporated Inc., 43 Warburton Way, Northampton, MA 01060. Matthew McCloghry, same. Fund raising, sales and marketing.

PITTSFIELD

Berkshire Lockshop Inc., 24 Dalton Ave., Pittsfield, MA 01201. David Hicks, same. Locksmith services.

R & A Bertolino Inc., 43 Bellmore Dr., Pittsfield, MA 01201. Robert M Bertolino, same. Food services.

RUSSELL

Russell Enterprise Inc., 265 Dickinson Hill Road, Russell, MA 01071. Nadezhda Burkovskiy, same. Truck leasing.

SOUTHWICK

Paul Martin Construction Corp., 23 Berkshire Ave., Southwick, MA 01077. Paul Martin, same. Commercial construction and renovations.

SPRINGFIELD

Charlene’s Boutique Inc., 114 State St., Springfield, MA 01103. Charlene S. Naylor, same. Retail store-storefront; sales-clothing.

Easy Checks & Variety Inc., 494 Central St., Springfield, MA 01109. Rajesh R. Patel, 102 Sterling Road, Springfield, MA 01119. Check cashing.

Metropolitan Insurance Union Inc., 251 Boston Road, Springfield, MA 01109. Lance D. Letourneau, same. Insurance center.

Goodness Outreach Ministries Inc., 145 Bay St., Springfield, MA 01109. Derrick Augustus Samms, 801 Chicopee St., Chicopee, MA 01013. To propagate the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Re Green Springfield Inc., 1441 Main St., Suite 601, Springfield, MA 01108. Timothy J. Ryan, 72 Morningside Park, Springfield, MA 01108. The corporation is organized for charitable, scientific purposes, which include the development, creation and implementation of sustainable planting, caring and maintenance of trees and vegetation in the city of Springfield.

Iglesia Pentecostal Jesus La Rosa De Saroin Inc., 316 1/2 Belmont Ave., Springfield, MA 01108. Mercedes Figueroa, 44 Allen Park Road, Springfield, MA 01118. Bible studies and religious studies related to the church.

STURBRIDGE

Bonneau Anesthesia Services Inc., 69 Mashapaug Road, Sturbridge, MA 01566. Jean-Paul Bonneau, same. Nurse anesthesia services.

WEST SPRINGFIELD

Ar-Rahman Co. Inc, 470 Main St., West Springfield, MA 01089. Ulkadir Hussein, 3 Union St., West Springfield, MA 01089. Grocery store.

Car Development Inc., 122 Doty Circle, West Springfield, MA 01089. James E. Balise Jr., same. Financing and redevelopment of real estate.

WILBRAHAM

Lamontagne Auto Body Inc., 8 Fairview Road, Wilbraham, MA 01095. Glen Lamontagne, 8 Fairview Road, Wilbraham, MA 01095. Auto Body repairs.

Manny’s Olive Oil Inc., 1872 Boston Road, Wilbraham, MA 01095. Barbara J. Rovithis, 1872 Boston Road, Wilbraham, MA 01095. Manufacture, sales, and distribution of olive oil.

Cover Story
Wayne McCary Exits the Big E Stage with Plenty of Memories

Cover-BW0512bWayne McCary was asked to speculate on how many visits he might make to the Big E this fall.
He offered a slight chuckle and then a wide grin that spoke volumes. “I really don’t know, but I’m sure I’ll get there — I’ll be one of those people eating my way through the fair,” said the Big E’s outgoing president as he thought ahead briefly to what will be his first trip to the West Springfield landmark as a non-employee in more than four decades.
“I certainly don’t want to be a shadow,” he continued, referring to his desire not to even appear to be looking over the shoulder of his successor, Gene Cassidy, who will take over in a month. “However, I’m looking forward to seeing it through the eyes of a spectator, rather than having the 24/7 responsibility of running the show.”
And while he might enjoy not having that burden of responsibility, McCary made it clear that he’s had a lot of fun at the fair in his many capacities over the years. “Every business has its trials and tribulations, and we’ve had plenty, but I’ve enjoyed every day that I’ve ever been here.”
This attitude, if that’s what one chooses to call it, explains a lot about McCary, his lifelong love affair with outdoor entertainment, and especially his passion for the Big E. Indeed, he told BusinessWest (and he’s told just about everyone else) that the very first time he visited it, as a high-school student growing up on the Connecticut shore, he said to himself that he wouldn’t just work there someday — he would like to run the place.

Wayne McCary

Wayne McCary knew from his first visit to the Big E that this was an institution he wanted to be part of — and someday manage.

He’s done just that for the past few decades, orchestrating a number of changes, but also maintaining many traditions, some that go back as far as the fair itself — 1916. It’s been a delicate balancing act, he said of this mix of old and new concepts, and a necessary one in an age when people have less time to devote to recreation and entertainment, and so many more options when it comes to how to spend that time.
And as he reflected on his long tenure with the Big E, McCary used both words and numbers to convey what he considers an economic success story, as well as a career path that met and probably exceeded all his dreams.
With the latter, he tossed out figures like 40 million — the number of people he estimates have passed through the Big E gates for year-round events during his 21 years as president — and also 95%, the number of survey respondents who said they enjoyed the fall fair enough to plan a return trip; $225 million, the amount the Big E contributes to the local economy each year; and 1.26 million, the Big E attendance record, set in 2009.
As for the former, well, he turned to Robert Frost and borrowed the last two lines from his classic poem “The Road Not Taken” to wrap up his sentiments on his time at the Big E for its 2001 annual report: “Two roads diverged in a wood, and I — I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.”
For this issue, BusinessWest will look back with McCary on his lengthy career and, in essence, explain why he would choose that verse.

A Hard Act to Follow
Although McCary didn’t officially start working for the Big E until 1973, when he took the title executive assistant, he said his fingerprints have been on the current incarnation of the fair since the mid-’60s.
By then, he was booking talent for a Boston-based company called Lordly & Dame Inc., and the Big E was one of his clients. He told BusinessWest that he collaborated with then-Big E President Bill Wynne to orchestrate an important change in the fair’s philosophy on entertainment.
Up to that point, he explained, the fair was featuring well-known names from television and Hollywood — Jack Benny, Bob Hope, and Lorne Greene were among the names he mentioned — and charging patrons to see and hear them. “One of my early charges from him [Wynne] was to reinvent the format for entertainment at the Big E, and the biggest change was to go from paid celebrity concerts and appearances to free entertainment.”
And one of the first big acts to appear with this new format was Diana Ross & the Supremes, a group that that been selling out venues across the country, which prompted McCary and officials at the Big E to make elaborate plans for overflow crowds.
However, there were many empty seats in the Coliseum for both shows, and for a few reasons. “People either didn’t believe that it was the real group, or they didn’t perceive it would actually be free — that was such a new concept,” McCary recalled. “So it took a few years before the general public became acclimated to the fact that the Big E was actually going to give away that magnitude of talent.”
But the adjustment was eventually made, he continued, and today mostly free entertainment — there is paid admission to a few shows a year — remains one of the hallmarks of the Big E. And that development has been just one of many changes, large and subtle, to come to the show in recent decades.
How McCary would come to preside over them is an intriguing story that really starts in a different New England entertainment venue — Ocean Beach Park in New London. It was there that he spent countless hours as a teenager, getting a “taste,” as he put it, for the outdoor-amusement industry. “I spent most of my youth around that beach, almost every day of every summer; I first went to work there when I was 14.”
It was soon after that he made his first trip to the Big E in the late ’50s, a trip that would eventually shape the career path he chose.
“I was blown away by the diversity of what was here,” he said of the first visit to the Big E. “I left there thinking, ‘this would be a great place to work and be part of the management team in the future.’”
But it would be several years before he would get to find out first-hand.
Indeed, after graduating from the University of Hartford with a business degree, he would take a job with Hartford Bank & Trust, knowing that his real interests lay elsewhere. “I knew my destiny was in the outdoor-entertainment business.”
He eventually landed at Lordly & Dame, and was soon booking entertainment for 25 fairs and circuses, including many rising country music stars, such as Dolly Parton and Barbara Mandrell.
Although he enjoyed his work, McCary desired to work at a venue. And although he had opportunities to take his career in a number of directions, geographically and otherwise, he chose the Big E because of its diversity, strong agricultural heritage, and totally unique multi-state character.
As executive assistant, he said he “rode shotgun” on entertainment and handled a number of specific projects, such as an expansion and renovation of the midway in the mid-’70s.
He worked in that capacity for a a decade before leaving to become executive director of the Cumberland County Civic Center in Portland, Maine, only to return to the Big E as senior vice president in 1986. He would become executive vice president in 1989 and president in 1991.
And through his tenure in that position, he said he was driven by a single goal: “to make the Big E the Disney of the fair industry.”

Show of Resilience
Looking back on the past 40 years, and especially his tenure as president, McCary believes he’s succeeded in that goal.
For evidence, he returns to those numbers regarding attendance, economic impact, and repeat visitation, but also to the fact that the Big E has survived and thrived over the past several decades, while many state fairs have downsized or ceased operations altogether.
“The Big E is a nonprofit 501(c)(3), but it’s never been subsidized,” McCary explained, “and many of our counterparts, many of the big fairs in this country, are heavily subsidized by the state, and that’s turning out to be an albatross in today’s world.”

It took some doing, but Wayne McCary was finally able to coax a Big E visit out of of then-Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.

It took some doing, but Wayne McCary was finally able to coax a Big E visit out of of then-Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.

Elaborating, he said that, as states struggle financially — and most all of them are — they have been forced to cut back on their support for fairs, and there have been some casualties, such as the Michigan State fair, which ceased operations last year.
“It was a creature of the state, and the state could no longer afford to subsidize its existence,” said McCary, noting that California is another state that has dramatically reduced its support for fairs. “And there are other fairs whose destiny is in harm’s way.”
McCary attributes the Big E’s longevity and continued growth to a number of factors, including everything from its six-state personality to its focus on the visitor experience, to a successful bid to lengthen the fair from 14 to 17 days in 1994.
The addition of that third weekend — a proposal twice rejected by officials in West Springfield before they approved it — has provided the fair with a needed cushion against revenue-sapping bad-weather days as well as a way to lessen what is still a considerable traffic burden on neighborhoods surrounding the Big E.
“The 17-day fair has helped put a much more solid economic foundation under the fair,” he explained. “It alleviated the worst traffic conditions and allowed for some moderate growth.”
Another key to the Big E’s financial success has been the ability to grow its book of business for events throughout the year to more than 120, although those numbers have been challenged in recent years by the opening of the MassMutual Center and other publicly supported venues.
Maintaining and growing that year-round business will be a challenging but necessary assignment in the years to come.
“We need to continue to be successful in attracting as many year-round events as possible,” McCary told BusinessWest. “The cost of sustaining the exposition can’t be driven solely by the revenues that come in during the Big E. As good as they are, as with every business, overhead here doesn’t shrink, and that will be a challenge going forward.”
Lengthening the fair and expanding the year-round side of the business have been two of many accomplishments he can cite during his tenure. Others include:
• Establishment of the Big E/West Springfield Trust, whereby 1% of the Eastern States Exposition’s gross revenues are contributed to the fund annually, with allocations made to worthy organizations and town projects; since the fund’s inception in 1994, contributions have totaled nearly $2.5 million;
• More than $36 million in capital improvements to the infrastructure and new facilities, including a new Equine Arena last year;
• Creation of the Big E Super Circus, with is seen by 80,000 fairgoers each year; and
• Many new innovations, including an authentic Mardi Gras parade and many international exhibits.
And as he talked about these developments, McCary stressed repeatedly that success in business is never the result of just one individual, and that is especially true with the Big E.
“The positive outcome that we have had is the result of the hard work of dedicated employees, volunteers, agricultural exhibitors, concessionaires, and entertainers,” he told BusinessWest. “I’ve always had tremendous respect for every individual who plays a role on the outcome of the exhibition — be it a ticket taker, a volunteer in Storrowton Village, a ride operator, shuttle bus driver, or a 4-H exhibitor; every single person’s contribution makes a difference.
“I’ve never seen my job as being more important than any other person’s as part of the fabric of producing this place,” he continued. “And that’s something I’ve tried to instill in everyone here; it takes a lot of people working together to make all this happen.”

State of the Eastern States
McCary is fond of saying that the Big E is “in the business of making memories.”
He’s referring to visitors and participants when he says that, but he has many of his own. They involve interaction with individuals and families, weather (good and bad), and specific episodes — everything from meeting a number of celebrity entertainers to being able to shake then-Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney’s hand at the fair — finally.
“We had to basically shame him into coming,” he said, noting that the presumptive Republican presidential candidate was by far the most reluctant Massachusetts governor when it came to making personal trips to the Big E, although he eventually stopped by near the end of his tenure.
And then, there was 9/11.
That day and the ones that followed (the fair was slated to open three days after the terrorist attacks) led to some of the most difficult decisions he had to make in his tenure. And with the benefit of hindsight, he can say that most all of them were made correctly.
“Planes weren’t flying for a few days; professional sports were shut down,” he said when recalling the time just after the attacks. “We had to make the decision whether we should open the exposition. Would it be appropriate? Would it be safe to open? Those were the questions we needed to answer.
“We had a lot of discussions with many officials in the six New England states, from the governors’ offices to security to police,” he continued, “and in the end the chairman of our board said, ‘it’s your call.’ We did decide, obviously, to go forward, and our thinking was that you didn’t have to come to the Big E, but you could if you wanted to. And I had a feeling that, perhaps because of the nature of the fair and its tradition, and being part of the culture of New England, that it might be able to contribute to the healing process.”
As it turned out, he was right.
More than 1 million people came to the fair, said McCary, adding quickly that, while there was a different feel than anyone had ever experienced there, the fair did indeed help people move on after the tragedy. “People wanted an opportunity to be with other people,” he went on. “I think the fair and its traditions exemplified the spirit of America; people were not willing to let what happened in New York compromise their life.”
Looking ahead, McCary said that he considers it part of his job description as president to see that the tradition of the Big E is handed down to the next generation of leadership, just as it was handed down to him.
Thus, he’s working closely with Cassidy, long-time Big E CFO, on transition issues, with the goal of a seamless transfer of control. Until his last day, June 26, he intends to continue what has been an ongoing process of passing on what he knows to those who will lead the Big E into the future.
“When you’ve had a career that’s spanned nearly 40 years here, most of what you’ve learned isn’t written down anywhere,” he explained. “You carry it with you, and I’m trying to share as much of that experience as I can with my successor and others in leadership here.”
McCary believes he’s handing over a Big E that, despite numerous challenges, is well-positioned for the future. He lists a number of positive attributes, including its traditionally strong entertainment lineups and ability to attract top talent, a first-class physical plant (“it’s old, but in great shape”), a highly respected professional staff, ongoing commitments from the six New England states to maintain and strengthen their participation along the Avenue of States, and devotion to the agricultural traditions that have been part of the show since the beginning.
“I believe this is an opportunity for a new generation to pick up the torch and build, hopefully, on what I’m leaving behind,” he explained. “There will be new ideas, new challenges, and different approaches; it’s important to keep any company  healthy and prosperous going forward.”
Overall, he believes that, if the Big E can continue to provide the quality visitor experience it has historically, while also remaining on firm financial footing, it should remain viable decades into the future.
“To borrow that old Coke slogan — this is the real thing,” he said of the fair experience in general and the Big E in particular. “It’s a family destination, and there’s only a few remaining.”
And even at a time of unparalleled competition for individuals’ time — be they adults or children — McCary believes there will always be room for the fair.
“Our lifestyle today is such that so much of it is computerized and electronic, and quite often, people don’t even have a chance to socialize in the workplace — a lot of people work from home,” he explained. “But there is still something within most of us; we want to get out and touch things and smell things and be part of something. And the fair can bring all those things together, and that’s why 1.2 million people come here in September — they like the excitement, and they like the diversity.”

Eyes on the Prize
McCary is due to become a grandfather for the first time in a few weeks. That’s just one of many things he’s looking forward to as he hands over the reins. “My wife [Annette] and I are looking forward to doing more of the things we want to do, as opposed to things we have to do.”
And he’ll be transitioning to the next stage of his life with few, if any, regrets and a great deal of gratitude for what he’s been able to do professionally.
“Not many people have the luxury of working at something for most of their career that they have a passion for,” he said. “I’ve clearly had that luxury; it’s been a 40-year adventure.”
And this fall, he’ll have another luxury — a chance to relax and eat his way through the fair like everyone else.

George O’Brien can be reached at [email protected]

Departments People on the Move

Denise V. Laizer

Denise V. Laizer

Denise V. Laizer, Senior Vice President and Chief Lending Officer for Easthampton Savings Bank, has been named a Community Bank Hero for 2012 by Banker and Tradesman magazine. Readers of Banker & Tradesman were asked to nominate individuals who work in a Massachusetts community bank, are respected industry professionals who have made a significant impact on those around them, and make outstanding contributions to their institution. Criteria for candidates also included giving back to the community and the industry with time, energy, and resources through volunteerism, community service, and charity. Laizer, who was one of 16 selected, will be honored at a special awards ceremony in Boston on May 23.
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Michael Ravosa was recently elected to the Board of Trustees at American International College in Springfield. He is the Vice President for Investment for the RBD Wealth Management Group, UBS Financial Services.
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United Fresh Foundation’s Center for Leadership Excellence has chosen John Heon, Produce and Floral Sales Manager, Big Y World Class Market in Great Barrington, as an honoree for its 2012 awards. Heon was honored among 25 produce managers representing 20 supermarket chains, commissaries, and independent retail stores within the U.S. and Canada. Winners were selected by a team of produce experts who examined efforts to increase produce consumption through everyday excellence in merchandising, special displays and promotions, community service, and commitment to total customer satisfaction. Heon has been with Big Y for 31 years.
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North Brookfield Savings Bank announced the following:
• Rick Egan has been named Assistant Vice President and Commercial Loan Officer. He is responsible for developing new and existing commercial-lending relationships, advising business customers on available lending products, and helping borrowers achieve their financing goals.
• Lillian Carlson has been named Loan Officer. She is responsible for creating and maintaining relationships with existing and prospective loan customers as well as assisting customers with the mortgage-lending process and helping them find financing solutions.
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Kim Bushey

Kim Bushey

Santander Holdings USA Inc. and Sovereign Bank, N.A., wholly owned subsidiaries of Banco Santander, announced the appointment of Kim Bushey as Senior Vice President and Business Banking Executive for Connecticut and Western Mass. Bushey, based out of the West Hartford, Conn. office, will be responsible for serving the needs of local businesses with annual revenue of $3 million to $20 million.
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Attorney Danielle I. Nicklas has joined Cooley Shrair in Springfield as Associate Legal Counsel. Nicklas focuses her practice on health law, including health care compliance, risk management, Stark law, and anti-kickback regulations.
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James M. Lavelle, General Manager of the Holyoke Gas & Electric Department, will receive the 2012 Henry A. Fifield Award for Voluntary Service to the Greater Holyoke Chamber of Commerce. The late Henry Fifield was an Ampad executive who served the chamber in many capacities, including chairman of the board. Lavelle will be honored at the 122nd annual meeting of the Holyoke Chamber on May 30 at the Log Cabin Banquet and Meeting House. The award presentation and reception for Lavelle will be a highlight of the annual meeting, which will also include an election of officers and directors for the 2012-13 year.
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David Fedor, an independent Financial Advisor affiliated with Commonwealth Financial Network and President of Fedor Financial Group in West Springfield, was named to Commonwealth’s Winners Circle. The distinction recognizes 167 out of Commonwealth’s 1,400 financial advisors nationwide.
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The Hampden County Bar Assoc. announced the following:
• Attorney Kevin J. Claffey received the John M. Greaney Award during the association’s National Law Day Ceremony at Springfield District Court; and
• Noreen E. Nardi received the John M. Greaney Award during National Law Day. The annual awards are given to both an attorney and a non-attorney who are deemed outstanding citizens of the Hampden County legal community.
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John Elder Robison was among 15 individuals recently selected to serve on the U.S. Health and Human Services Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee. Robison is an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Elms College, Chicopee. He speaks publicly about his experience as a person on the autism spectrum, and is the author of Look Me in the Eye: My Life with Asperger’s and Be Different: Adventures of a Free-Range Aspergian.
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Tighe & Bond of Westfield announced the following:
• Stephen Seigal, P.E., BCEE, has joined the firm as a Vice President, and will work out of the Worcester office. A civil engineer with 36 years of regional experience in the wastewater industry, Seigal has planned, designed, and provided construction-phase engineering services for more than 24 wastewater treatment facilities throughout the region.
• David Loring, P.E., LEED AP, has been named Technical Practice Leader for the Civil Practice Group. In this role, he will coordinate and advance the firm’s civil-engineering capabilities, oversee the continual advancement of relevant technical skills, and promote professional development of key staff. He will also ensure that the Civil Practice Group stays abreast of local, state, and federal regulations that impact clients. Loring is a licensed civil engineer and construction supervisor in Massachusetts, as well as a LEED Accredited Professional.
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American International College in Springfield has named Dr. Cesarina Thompson Dean of the School of Health Sciences. Thompson will begin her duties on July 1. She was inducted as a Fellow in the National League for Nursing’s Academy of Nursing Education for her research and scholarly activities focusing on advancing nursing education. She received a Ph.D. in Adult Education and a M.S. in Nursing from the University of Connecticut, and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Bridgeport.
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The Massachusetts Municipal Wholesale Electric Company (MMWEC) announced the following election of directors and officers:
• Paul Robbins, Principal of Paul Robbins Associates and a gubernatorial appointee, was elected Chairman;
• Phillip W. Sweeney, Marblehead Municipal Light Department Commission Chairman, was elected to a two-year term on the board;
• Kevin P. Kelly, Groton Electric Light Department Manager, was elected to a three-year board term; and
• Peter D. Dion, General Manager of the Wakefield Municipal Gas & Light Department, was re-elected by the membership to his fourth one-year term as President of MMWEC.
Additional MMWEC officers for the coming year, as elected by the board, include:
• Ronald C. DeCurzio, CEO and Secretary;
•  Jeffrey B. Iafrati, Treasurer;
• Stephen J. Smith, Assistant Treasurer;
•  Nancy A. Brown, Assistant Secretary; and
•  Nicholas J. Scobbo Jr., General Counsel.
Other MMWEC directors, elected previously by the membership, include:
• Gary R. Babin, Director of the Mansfield Municipal Electric Department;
• Jeffrey R.  Cady, Manager of the Chicopee Muncipal Lighting Plant;
• Sean Hamilton, General Manager of the Sterling Municipal Light Department;
• Jonathan V. Fitch, Princeton Municipal Light Department Manager; and
• James M. Lavelle, Holyoke Gas & Electric Department Manager.
In addition to Robbins, Michael J. Flynn serves on the board as gubernatorial appointee. Flynn also represents the Town of Wilbraham on the board, with Luis Vitorino and John M. Flynn representing the towns of Ludlow and Hampden, respectively.
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Big Y Foods Inc. of Springfield announced the following:
• Michael J. Galat has been named interim Senior Director of Employee Services. He will oversee the entire department, including employee policies and procedures, training and development, morale and engagement, recognition, progressive discipline, employee benefits, and wellness initiatives; and
• Sean S. Nimmons has been appointed a District Director for the eastern zone. He is responsible for managing all aspects of the 15-store zone, including employees, financial performance, merchandising, and operations.
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Daniel R. Moriarty has been named Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Monson Savings Bank. A member of the bank’s senior leadership team, he is responsible for leading the bank’s financial functions, operations, and reporting.

DBA Certificates Departments

The following Business Certificates and Trade Names were issued or renewed during the month of May 2012.

AGAWAM

4 U Siding & Roofing
605 Southwick St.
Dmitriy Bruskly

Agawam Wellness
430 Main St.
Nichole Hines

Custom Cabinet & Millwork Inc.
62 Suffield St.
Garrett Kimball

Tucano Applications
14 Mansion Woods
Leonardo D. Mascarenhas

Wargamers’ Terrain
73 Tobacco Farm Road
Joe Linares

AMHERST

Arise Pizzeria
28 Amity St.
Emily Wadham

Smoking Otter Furniture
13 Ridgecrest Road
Ben Paus-Weiler

CHICOPEE

Jonken Lawncare
1981 Memorial Dr.
Kevin Blanton

Kava Press
57 Springfield St.
Lyudmila Shumska

Knight Home Improvement
18 Mellen St.
Richard E. Knight Jr.

Renzo Services
70 Broadway St.
Carlos Carrero

Westover Tailor Shop
1512 Memorial Dr.
Cengiz Ihas

EASTHAMPTON

Brickyard Maintenance
142 Pleasant St.
James Wittmer II

Eastside Auto Recovery and Transport
3 West St.
Aneudi Bermudez

The Botaniste
101 Main St.
Corina Miller

Video 4 Good
116 Pleasant St.
Media Shower Productions

HADLEY

Interskate 91 North
367 Russell St.
William Hoeffer

Shaolin Kung Fu Center
231 Russell St.
Ryan Budny

Z Auto
105 East St.
Michael Zera

HOLYOKE

Dollar Rite
50 Holyoke St.
Sawkat Owali

Easy Pick Convenience
224 Lyman St.
Arfa Shaikh

NORTHAMPTON

Amulet Nine
225 Elm St.
Elisabeth Beller

Aqua View Design
16-20 Crafts Ave.
Yue Zhang

Harlowe Luggage
196 Main St.
Robert Murdick Jr.

Home Town Healthcare Store
142 North King St.
Heriberto Tapanes

Pho Vietnam
18 Main St.
Giang Nguyen

Sid Vantage
279 Main St.
Jill Boyce

The Laughing Tomato
20 Hampton Ave.
Armando Verea

Vend Magic
73 Bridge St.
Barbara Marsh

PALMER

Tenczar’s Food Store
2004 Main St.
Rejesh Patel

The Blue Veins Band
1028 School St.
Matthew Skowyra

SOUTHWICK

Conlin Interiors
17 Island Pond Road
Sonia Sube

Extreme Tree
9 Robin Road
Zachary Dougherty

Friends of the Southwick Rail Trail
454 College Highway
Roger Yargeau

Full Bobbin Quilting
27 Gargon Ter.
Catherine Barwikowski

Lunique Realm
160 Point Grove Road
Lynne Hartwell

SPRINGFIELD

Lil Divas Boutique
65 Sycamore St.
Elizabeth Matos

Lion Like it or Not
108 Yale St.
Sheldon Alexander

M.V.M. Balloon Design
172 Eastern Ave.
Benjamin Martinez

Mahigani Flava LLC
248 White St.
Yvette Anderson

Martin’s Barbershop
165 White St.
Martin Nieves

Mikey’s Pizza
89 Main St.
Mohammad M. Tajerha

One Stop Cuts
494 Central St.
Radalle Hubbard

P J & E Home Improvement
94 Draper St.
Paul Jeannenot

P.B. Remodeling
565 Riverside Road
Pedro Baez

Partnership Nest Egg Club
37 James St.
Tracey A. Maddix

PH Photography
115 Denwall St.
Anitra Brown

S & S Wholesale Corporation
90 Pinta Circle
Suraji S. Omar

Simply Divine Beauty Lounge
607 Dickinson St.
Kelly Rochelle

Small Repair / PC
45 Itendale St.
Fred L. Moskowitz

Something to Talk About
1500 Main St.
Diane Evans

Step in Styel
280 Oakland St.
Sean Brantley

Stop & Shop
415 Cooley St.
Stop & Shop

Sweet Start Family Childcare
36 Amanda St.
Germaris Pinero

Tamaz Inc.
32 Boston Road
Mazhar Iqbal

Universal Cuts
172 Eastern Ave.
Jossimarye Melendez

Velez Home Improvement
22 Wilmont St.
Evelio V. Garcia

Vessels of Silver and Gold
8 Navajo Rd.
Ingrid Ingram

War and Fantasy Games
20 Old Farm Road
Wayne Liggan

Xiuli Li Corporation
271 Belmont Ave.
Xiuli Li

Youth Logic
80 Congress St.
Experience Wellness

WESTFIELD

Complete Tax Service Inc.
85 Reservoir Ave.
Shelley LaCross

Design the Line Custom Clothing
246 Elm St.
Joshua Kelsey

Dine & Play Buffet
77 Mill St.
Michael Ventrice

Glitz, Glamour, N’Elegance
160 Elm St.
Stephanie L. Wesolowski

Westfield Vacuum Center
281 Notre Dame St.
Annette Barl

WEST SPRINGFIELD

Afterglow RV Auto Detailing
134 Orchard View St.
Michael J. Stefano

Cori’s K9 Clip
242 Elm St.
Cori Napolitan

Cornerstone Construction Co.
105 Hampden St.
Anatoliy Paliy

E. Scott Landscaping
320 Massachusetts Ave.
Eric Scott

Hale Channel Photography
124 Lincoln St.
Brian M. Hale

JJ’s Soft Serve & More
16 Chestnut St.
Montagna Enterprises Corporation

Lattitude
1338 Memorial Ave.
Inspirations Food

North Garden Chinese Restaurant
42 Myron St.
Raymond Kan

Peak Performance Exterior Home Improvement
103 Lower Beverly Hill
Eric Barkyoumb

Ready Motors
2405 Westfield Road
Victor Meyko

The Puppy Place
935 Riverdale St.
Richard Carty

Van Deene Medical Building Partner
75 Van Deene Ave.
Jonathan C. Sudal

Westside Checking
205 Elm St.
JMT Check Cashing Inc.

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Continuing the Legacy

The Sisters of Providence Health System staged its eighth annual Continuing the Legacy luncheon on May 4 in the Springfield Sheraton ballroom. More than 500 people attended the annual fundraiser, at which guests are inspired by, and educated about, the SPHS mission, services and advancements. The event introduces the multi-year giving society, Providence Circle, and invites guests to provide financial or other support. From top, Judith Danek, of Chicopee, tells the gathering about her family’s positive experiences at Mercy Medical Center; John E. Sjoberg, SPHS trustee and SPHS Foundation Board chair, speaks to attendees; and Daniel P. Moen, President and CEO, SPHS, (standing) is surrounded by members of the Sisters of Providence congregation; seated (from left) are Sisters Mary McGrath, SP, Ruth McGoldrick, SP, Margaret McCleary, SP, and Elizabeth Oleksak, SP. Standing (from left) are Sisters Mary Martin de Porres, SP, Priscilla St. Pierre, Joan Manning, SP, and Ann Horgan, SP.














Art of the Matter

Students from the UMass Amherst Commonwealth Honors College, none of whom are Fine Arts majors, showcased their artwork in a pre-concert gallery opening and reception in the lobby of One Financial Plaza on May 12. The students’ works were inspired by Gustav Holst’s The Planets, being performed that evening by the Springfield Symphony Orchestra. Top to bottom, exhibiting senior Rachel Mroz and guest Charlene Baiardi discuss a painting; parents Louise and Bernie Hartnett and Connoisseur Rosemary Tracy Woods view a recreation of Botticelli’s Primavera; James Vinick of Moors & Cabot Investments and Marjorie Koft contemplate an artist’s unique chimpanzee concept; Springfield City Councilor Timothy Rooke and Spirit of Springfield President Judy Matt discuss the artists’ talent; and (from left) Professor John Simpson, Beverly Hill, Evan Plotkin, and Willie Hill Jr. celebrate the opening of the exhibit and gallery. The event was sponsored by UMass Amherst, NIA Plotkin, and Springfield Symphony Orchestra.





























Corridan Center Dedication

The Springfield Technical Community College (STCC) Technology Park dining commons courtyard was recently dedicated to Brian Q. Corridan, president and CEO of the investment firm Corridan & Co. Corridan was honored in recognition of his years of service to the STCC Board of Trustees, including several years as president, a lengthy tenure as chairman of the STCC Assistance Corporation Board of Directors, and strong record of community service. Top, Corridan (center) poses with former STCC President Andrew Scibelli and Gail Carberry, former STCC vice president and current president of Quinsigamond Community College in Worcester. Below, Corridan with his family in front of the plaque inside the center.








Greaney Award Winners

On May 1, the fourth annual John M. Greaney Awards were given out during the Hampden County Bar Association’s National Law Day Ceremony in the Springfield District Court. The awards are given to both an attorney and non-attorney who are deemed outstanding citizens of the Hampden County legal community. Here, Greaney, center, is seen with this year’s winners, Kevin J. Claffey, Esq., and Noreen E. Nardi.