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Building Permits

The following building permits were issued during the months of May and June 2018.


ICNE Group Realty, LLC
1070 Suffield St.
$81,500 — Modify wall locations, renovate two rooms, and new finishes in six rooms

Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield
823-835 Main St.
$16,500 — Roofing


Amherst College
Mead Art Building
$15,000 — Move existing door in restroom

Amherst College
Webster Hall
$40,000 — Paint, replace carpet, and lighting fixtures in classroom

Gleason Johndrow Rentals, LLC
10 University Dr.
$8,000 — Remove wall in kitchen of the Hangar, install new steel door for trash removal

PVP Holdings, LLC
30 Boltwood Walk
$65,000 — Remodel interior finishes, new bar construction


James Costigan Sr., Janice Costigan
32-34 Roosevelt Ave.
$17,500 — Remove and rebuild front-porch floor

Crown Atlantic Co., LLC
514 Montgomery St.
$30,000 — Verizon Wireless to remove antennas and replace with new antennas and ancillary equipment

Rene Fagnant
728 Grattan St.
$10,925 — Frame and sheetrock interior, replace doors


Autumn Properties, LLC
221 Northampton St.
$69,000 — Install ductwork for two HVAC units and refrigerant piping for Cumberland Farms

CH Realty VII CG Mact Bird, LLC
124 Northampton St.
$98,000 — Build addition to rear of car wash

Williston Northampton School
40-50 Park St.
$114,000 — Roofing


City of Northampton
125 Locust St.
$28,152 — Remove and replace garage door for DPW

Malvern Panalytical
22 Industrial Dr.
$1,000 — Replace window

Nonotuck Mill, LLC
296 Nonotuck St.
$3,000 — Add three partitions
Northampton Golf
135 Main St.
$2,500 — Non-illuminated monument sign

Smith College
102 Lower College Lane
$16,000 — Upgrade interior finishes in Ainsworth Gym, including ceiling, paint, flooring, and lockers

Suher Properties, LLC
76 Pleasant St.
$15,000 — Remove ceiling and wall partitions


143 Main Street Realty Corp.
125 Main St.
$60,000 — Install 12 roof-mounted panel antennas, microwave dish, and one GPS antenna

3640 Main Street, LLP
3640 Main St.
Alter medical office tenant space for New England Retinal Consultants

Blue Tarp Redevelopment, LLC
12 MGM Way
$343,328.80 — Tenant fit-out for Starbucks at MGM Springfield

Industry Avenue Holdings, LLC
66 Industry Ave.
$54,800 — Alter warehouse and office space for Refco Manufacturing

1295 State St.
$260,000 — Alter existing women’s restroom

Springfield Boys Club
481 Carew St.
$405,795 — Install roof-mounted solar panels

Springfield College
263 Alden St.
$30,390 — Interior demolition for future buildout of Dunkin’ Donuts in Springfield College Campus Union

Springfield College
263 Alden St.
$15,000 — Alter office space

Springfield Redevelopment Authority
55 Frank B. Murray St.
$200,000 — Alter space for community space and office areas on second floor of Union Station

Trident Alloys Inc.
181 Abbe Ave.
$481,500 — Add rooftop solar panels to commercial building


CH Realty VII CG Mact Bird, LLC
1130 Riverdale St.
$15,000 — Exterior modifications, new entry arcade

Costco Wholesale
119 Daggett Dr.
$234,239 — Remodel restrooms

Coyote Realty
117 Park Ave.
$17,800 — Fire-protection system

Garrett Distefano
431 Gooseberry Road
$10,000 — Porch roof, pour concrete slab under porch, install new doors

Picture This

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Xtraordinary Efforts

Berkshire Bank closed all locations early on June 5 for its third annual Xtraordinary Day, which provides employees the opportunity to volunteer in communities the bank and its affiliates serve. This year’s Xtraordinary Day included almost 90 community projects with 92% of employees participating, contributing more than 7,000 hours of service. In Berkshire County, projects include a Habitat for Humanity multi-site build in partnership with Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity; assembling of teacher-appreciation kits at Farmington River Elementary; landscaping and painting with Hillcrest Educational Centers; and cleanups with Housatonic River Walk, Northern Berkshire Community Coalition, Boys & Girls Club of the Berkshires’ Camp Russell, and the West Stockbridge Historical Society.
In the Pioneer Valley, projects include:

Tree planting and park improvements with ReGreen Springfield

Gift wrapping at Birthday Wishes

Painting and landscaping at Lupa Zoo

Painting and landscaping at Lupa Zoo, Amelia Park Children’s Museum, Girls Club of Greenfield, and YMCA of Springfield; painting the West Springfield Boys & Girls Club; and shelving books and landscaping at the Westfield Anthaneum

Taste of Things to Come

The Boston Foundation recently awarded Holyoke Community College the 2018 Deval Patrick Prize for Community Colleges for expanding its culinary-arts and hospitality programs to address industry needs, and for the partnerships the college put together to construct the new HCC MGM Culinary Arts Institute in Holyoke’s Innovation District. First awarded in 2015, the Deval Patrick Prize recognizes community colleges that do an outstanding job partnering with employers to build effective career pathways for their students. Part of the $50,000 prize money is allocated for a free line-cook training program for experienced kitchen workers that started on June 4. Pictured below: faculty and staff stand on the second-floor landing of the new HCC MGM Culinary Arts Institute. At bottom: Culinary Arts lab tech and HCC alumnus Tyler Carrier prepares mussels for a lunch event during the spring 2018 semester.

faculty and staff stand on the second-floor landing of the new HCC MGM Culinary Arts Institute

faculty and staff stand on the second-floor landing of the new HCC MGM Culinary Arts Institute

Culinary Arts lab tech and HCC alumnus Tyler Carrier

Culinary Arts lab tech and HCC alumnus Tyler Carrier prepares mussels for a lunch event during the spring 2018 semester

Community Spirit

Community Bank N.A. team members from the Springfield branch recently participated in Bowl for Kids’ Sake, an annual bowling event that raises funds for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hampden County. The branch donated $2,500 in scholarships for the organization, contributing to a grand total of more than $40,000 in proceeds raised during the 2018 event. “Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hampden County provides premier services in one-on-one mentoring that really makes a difference in a child’s life,” Community Bank N.A. Vice President, Commercial Banking Officer Michael Buckmaster said. “Our Springfield team is proud to support the organization and help them continue to make a significant impact in our community.”

Community Spirit

Pictured, from left: Diane Dunkerley, Michael Buckmaster, and Keith Nesbitt, commercial banking officers; Jackie Guenette, branch manager; and Natasha Miranda, customer service representative

Court Dockets

The following is a compilation of recent lawsuits involving area businesses and organizations. These are strictly allegations that have yet to be proven in a court of law. Readers are advised to contact the parties listed, or the court, for more information concerning the individual claims.

Sheyla Rosado v. Massachusetts Institute of Alternative Medicine Inc.
Allegation: Negligence; plaintiff struck by falling cabinet, causing personal injury: $4,820.66
Filed: 5/3/18

Hector Luccas v. James Austin Co.
Allegation: Employment discrimination, retaliation: $7,000+
Filed: 5/11/18

Carmela Daniele v. CVS Pharmacy
Allegation: Negligence; plaintiff struck by poorly stacked cartons of water, causing injury: $5,000
Filed: 5/14/18

Sound Marine Transport, LLC v. Bassett Yacht & Boat Sales, LLC
Allegation: Unjust enrichment, money owed for services rendered, fraud: $2,703.96
Filed: 5/18/18

Cornelia Roberge v. Gil’s Gym and Racquet Health Club, LLC d/b/a All Day All Night Fitness of Ludlow and Wilbraham
Allegation: Negligence; plaintiff thrown from treadmill, causing personal injury: $25,090.85
Filed: 5/10/18

Carol Szulc, by and through her daughter, Laura J. Murray v. Julian Hernandez, D.O.
Allegation: Medical malpractice: $3,400,000
Filed: 5/11/18

Donna M. Mattice, as personal representative of the estate of Thomas J. Monty v. Vibra Hospital of Western Massachusetts, LLC
Allegation: Wrongful death
Filed: 5/14/18

Athanasia Kazonis v. the Stop & Shop Supermarket Co., LLC and the Stop & Shop Cos. Inc.
Allegation: Negligence; slip and fall causing personal injury $25,000+
Filed: 5/24/18

Cristina M. Ianello v. 110 Elm Street, LLC and the Celery Stalk
Allegation: Negligence; slip and fall causing personal injury: $119,993.56
Filed: 5/24/18

Hunt Country Furniture Inc. v. Berkshire Home Design Outlet Inc.
Allegation: Money owed for goods sold and delivered: $7,113.28
Filed: 5/21/18

Barbara L. Denette v. Stop & Shop Supermarket Co., et al
Allegation: Employment discrimination: $230,000
Filed: 5/18/18

Cheryl Sperry, administrator for Charles Sperry v. Betsy Green, NP; Joseph Tassoni, M.D.; and OnCall Urgent Care Center
Allegation: Medical malpractice, wrongful death: $56,880
Filed: 5/24/18

Estate of Eleanor Bolotin v. Dr. Henry Simkin
Allegation: Medical malpractice, wrongful death: $25,000+
Filed: 5/25/18

Kerry Sue O’Riley, as personal representative of the estate of Richard R. O’Riley v. Timothy M. Brazee; TJ Property Services, LLC; SPS New England Inc.; and Safety Insurance Co.
Allegation: Negligence, wrongful death: $1,000,000+
Filed: 5/30/18

Joseph Vass v. Fuel Services Inc.
Allegation: Negligence and breach of warranty; oil spill in basement causing property damage and personal injury; $73,691
Filed: 5/21/18


Financial-literacy Workshops
July 11 to Aug. 1: Springfield Partners for Community Action Inc. will host financial-literacy workshops starting Wednesday, July 11 and continuing every Wednesday through Aug. 1. Sessions run from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at 721 State St., Springfield, and are free and open to the public. Workshops are facilitated by the agency’s on-staff, nationally certified credit counselors. Series learning objectives include budgeting, credit, managing money, and debt. Participants completing the course will be presented with certificates of achievement, documenting an additional skill to enhance participants’ résumés or include in their personnel files on the job. Refreshments will be served, and raffle prizes will be offered. Call Springfield Partners at (413) 263-6500 to register.

Brightside Golf Classic
July 23: More than 200 golfers are expected to participate in the 38th Annual Brightside Golf Classic at Springfield Country Club in West Springfield. Two tee times are available. Registration and breakfast for the morning session will begin at 6:45 a.m. with a shotgun start at 7:30 a.m. Lunch and registration for the afternoon session will begin at 11:30 a.m. with a 1 p.m. shotgun start. The evening reception will be held immediately following the tournament from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Prices include green fees, golf cart, breakfast and/or lunch, a gift and swag bag, and reception featuring cocktails, food stations, auction, networking, and live entertainment. On-course food and beverages will be provided by event sponsors throughout the day. Golfers will also be eligible for a chance to win prizes and participate in raffles. The event chairs are John Kendzierski, founder and director, Professional Dry Wall Construction Inc.; Matt Sosik, president and CEO, Easthampton Savings Bank; Hank Downey, vice president, commercial loan officer, Florence Savings Bank; and Dan Moriarty, senior vice president, chief financial officer, Monson Savings Bank. For more information on sponsorships, donations, and attending the event, contact Suzanne Boniface at (413) 748-9935 or [email protected]

Future Tense Lecture
Sept. 20: The second installment of the BusinessWest lecture series Future Tense, titled “Change Considerations: An Examination of Lean Process, Market Disruption, and the Future of Your Business,” will take place on Thursday, Sept. 20 from 8 to 9:30 a.m. at Tech Foundry, 1391 Main St., ninth floor, Springfield. The lecture, open exclusively to CEOs and business owners, will be delivered by Mark Borsari, president of Sanderson MacLeod. The cost is a $25 donation to Tech Foundry. Event sponsors include Paragus IT, the Jamrog Group, and Meyers Brothers Kalicka, P.C. With increasingly automated business processes, AI, and machine manufacturing, lean concepts are becoming more important than ever in terms of staying competitive. Borsari will discuss change and innovation through lean concepts and focus on resulting cultural considerations. To register, visit businesswest.com/lecture-series.

Healthcare Heroes
Oct. 25: The second annual class of Healthcare Heroes will be feted at the Starting Gate at GreatHorse in Hampden. Meanwhile, the deadline to nominate an individual or organization has been extended to July 9. Healthcare Heroes, a recognition program involving the Western Mass. healthcare sector, was launched last spring by HCN and BusinessWest. The program was created to shed a bright light on the outstanding work being done across the broad spectrum of health and wellness services, and the institutions and individuals providing that care. Categories include ‘Lifetime Achievement,’ ‘Emerging Leader,’ ‘Patient/Resident/Client Care Provider,’ ‘Innovation in Health/Wellness,’ ‘Health/Wellness Administrator,’ and ‘Collaboration in Healthcare.’ To nominate someone, go HERE.  Healthcare Heroes sponsors include American International College (presenting sponsor), National Grid (partner), Renew.Calm (supporting sponsor), and the Elms College MBA program (supporting sponsor).

Chamber Corners

(413) 499-1600

• July 18: 1Berkshire Chamber Nite, 5-7 p.m., hosted by NBT Bank on North Street.

• July 22: BYP Summer Social, 1:30-7:30 p.m. Begin with a catered lunch at Tanglewood with the Boston Young Professionals and end the evening with a cocktail reception at Berkshire Botanical Gardens.

• July 31: Entrepreneurial Meet-up, hosted by Shire Breu Hous, Dalton.

(413) 253-0700

• July 30: 15th Annual Golf Tournament, hosted by Orchards Golf Club, South Hadley. Schedule: 10:30 a.m.: registration, putting contest, and light lunch; noon: shotgun start, scramble format; 5 p.m.: social hour and cash bar; 6 p.m.: dinner and awards ceremony. Hole-in-one, longest-drive, and closest-to-pin contests. Cost: $150 per player, $600 for a foursome. To register, visit www.amherstarea.com/events/details/2018-golf-tournament-19060.

(413) 527-9414

• June 27: Speaker Breakfast 2018, 7:30-9 a.m., hosted and sponsored by Williston Northampton School, 19 Payson Ave., Easthampton. Keynote speaker Kate Harrington, Human Resource manager for Smith College, will speak on “Hiring the Right Fit.” She will help attendees understand how to develop a diverse applicant pool, know what questions to ask, and recognize what questions to avoid. She will also point out what to look for in a great employee and how to watch for bias. Cost: $25 for members, $30 for non-members. Pre-registration is suggested. For more information, visit www.easthamptonchamber.org or call the chamber office at (413) 527-9414.

(413) 534-3376

• July 9: Grow with Google, hosted by MassMutual Center, Springfield. Grow with Google is an initiative to help small businesses, startups, job seekers, developers, and teachers improve the skills they need to prepare for a job, find a job, or grow their business. These free, live workshops include “Get Found on Google Search and Maps,” “E-mail, Spreadsheets, and Presentations,” “Reach Customers Online with Google,” “Get Started with Code,” “Using Data to Drive Growth,” and “Coding for Kids.” Join us for the whole day or a specific workshop. Greater Holyoke Chamber members receive first priority registration. To register, e-mail Jordan at [email protected]

(413) 584-1900

• July 11: July Arrive @ 5, 5-7 p.m., hosted by Northampton Country Club, 135 Main St., Leeds. Cost: $10 for members.

(413) 568-1618

• July 12: 41st Pancake Breakfast, 7-11 a.m., hosted by South Middle School, 30 West Silver St., Westfield. Rain or shine. Attractions include a bounce house, face painting, entertainment, a live broadcast from WSKB 89.5, and vendor tables. Sponsors to date include BusinessWest (pancake sponsor), Appalachian Press (placemat sponsor), Puffer Printing (ticket sponsor), and Dunkin’ Donuts (coffee sponsor). Cost: $6 for adults, $5 for seniors, $3 for kids under 10. For additional sponsorships or tickets, call the chamber at (413) 568-1618 or visit www.westfieldbiz.org.

(413) 787-1555

• July 19: Golf Tournament, 11 a.m., hosted by Crestview Country Club, 281 Shoemaker Lane, Agawam. Reservations may be made at www.springfieldregionalchamber.com, [email protected], or (413) 755-1310.

(413) 426-3880

• July 25: West Meets West at the Ranch Networking Event, 5-7 p.m., hosted by the Ranch Golf Club in Southwick. Join us as we pair up with the Greater Westfield Chamber for an evening of games, fun, networking, and food. These events bring members and non-members together to network in a laid-back atmosphere. Cost: free for members, $10 for non-members. For more information about this event, contact the chamber office at (413) 426-3880, or register online at www.westoftheriverchamber.com.

• Aug. 6: 15th Annual Scholarship Golf Tournament, hosted by the Ranch Golf Club in Southwick. Schedule: 11:30 a.m.: registration; noon: lunch; 1 p.m.: shotgun start, scramble format. Putting contest, 15th hole air cannon, Carrabba’s Cuisine Hole, and more. Cost: $125 for golf and dinner. For more information and tickets to this event, contact the chamber office at (413) 426-3880 or [email protected], or register online at www.westoftheriverchamber.com.


• June 28: Tenth annual Great Golf Escape, hosted by the Ranch, 65 Sunnyside Road, Southwick. Visit springfieldyps.com for registration information.

Company Notebook

UMass Amherst Surges in Ranking of Sustainable Universities
AMHERST — A national program that measures accomplishments in sustainability in higher education has placed UMass Amherst ninth in the nation, a leap of 20 places from the previous rating in 2015. The ‘gold’ rating from the Assoc. for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education’s (AASHE) Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System (STARS) program recognizes sustainability accomplishments in areas such as academics, research, engagement, operations, and administration. The rating is good for three years. The university scored a 75.77 to earn its gold rating, a significant increase from its score of 68.18 in 2015, which was also a gold. UMass Amherst is now rated ninth in the STARS Campus Sustainability Index among U.S. doctorate-granting institutions, up from 29th in 2015. To prepare the rating application, sustainability staff and others involved in ‘green’ campus efforts used an online sustainability evaluation tool to report data in the categories of academics, campus engagement, operations, and planning/administration. In a letter that was part of the reporting process, Subbaswamy cited a number of recent actions, including creation of the School of Earth and Sustainability; installation of the largest solar-power project of any college in New England; the design and construction of the John W. Olver Design Building, which is the largest and most technologically advanced academic contemporary wood structure in the U.S.; and the decision to be the first major public university to divest its endowment from direct holdings in fossil fuels.

Thunderbirds Donate $20,000 to Rays of Hope Foundation
SPRINGFIELD — The Springfield Thunderbirds recently presented a check in the amount of $20,000 to the Rays of Hope Foundation, the culmination of a second-year partnership with Baystate Health. The $20,000 was raised through ticket sales and jersey auctions from the Thunderbirds’ second annual Pink in the Rink game on March 10. A sellout crowd of 6,793, many of whom were dressed in pink, witnessed a moving pregame ceremony honoring breast-cancer survivors and battlers. In their two seasons partnering with Rays of Hope on Pink in the Rink night, the Springfield Thunderbirds have raised more than $30,000 for breast-cancer awareness and research. The Thunderbirds’ full 2018-19 schedule, including the date for the third annual Pink in the Rink, will be unveiled later this summer.

AIC Names New Health Sciences Facility for Frank Colaccino
SPRINGFIELD — American International College (AIC) announced that the new health sciences educational facility located at 1020 State St. in Springfield will be named the Colaccino Center for Health Sciences in recognition of Frank Colaccino, a 1973 alumnus of the college. Colaccino is the founder, president, and CEO of the Colvest Group in Springfield, a firm that specializes in land planning and development; commercial real-estate site selection; shopping center research, development, leasing, and management; and office-space rental and leasing services. While serving as chair of the board of trustees finance committee in 2005, Colaccino was instrumental in helping restore the college’s solvency after facing extreme financial jeopardy. In 2007, and again in 2015, he assumed the role of chairman of the board of trustees. Colaccino is the first alumnus in the college’s history to hold this position. Set to open this fall, the two-story, 20,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility will house AIC’s new exercise science programs in addition to expanded occupational therapy and physical therapy offerings. Athletic training programs will be introduced beginning in 2021. Located in the geographic center of Springfield, the Colaccino Center for Health Sciences complements the ongoing redevelopment of downtown by extending revitalization efforts up the State Street corridor to the Mason Square/Upper Hill neighborhood.

Gándara’s ArtSong Reception Celebrates Young Artists, Performers
SPRINGFIELD — The fifth annual Gándara Youth Art Exhibit, ArtSong, hosted a gallery reception and silent auction on June 7 at the former federal building, 1550 Main St., Springfield. The family-friendly event featured youth paintings and live music performances. Youth artists in the ArtSong Arts Enrichment Program spent months working on their pieces as a part of their art therapy. Of the 65 pieces on display, created by youth ages 3 to 17, more than 10 Gándara Center residential DCF programs were represented at the show. Attendees were able to bid on all artwork on display. Event proceeds from the auction and T-shirts designed by one of the artists will directly support young artists by providing supplies to help sustain this unfunded art-therapy program. “It’s so inspiring to see what the youth created — not only for me, but also for the artists,” said Amy Porchelli, founder and director of ArtSong. “They really enjoyed the process of making art, and they got a true sense of accomplishment because they saw what they could do for the community as artists.” Porchelli said some of the artists were new to the program, and some have been in it for quite a while and came to the reception to perform music they had developed and recorded at the Gándara Center’s Holyoke Youth Development Center media lab studio.

Northeast Solar Installs Solar Array for Gardening the Community
HATFIELD — Northeast Solar announced that the new farm stand for Springfield-based nonprofit Gardening the Community, at 200 Walnut St. in Mason Square, is now being powered by a free solar-power array made possible in part by a collaboration with two area donors. The farm stand is the 11th free solar installation completed by Northeast Solar, and the list continues to grow as the company identifies more nonprofit organizations operating in the Pioneer Valley to work with. The nonprofit solar installations are part of the company’s larger mission under its commitment to the community program. Greg Garrison, president of Northeast Solar and a graduate of the Greenfield Community College (GCC) Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency program, started the company in 2010 after serving as a business consultant for the previous owner in 2009. Over the past year, Northeast Solar has been working with Garrison’s former GCC professor, Brian Adams, and Morey Phippen, a long-time social-service worker in Northampton, to bring free solar power to local community organizations. To date, Northeast Solar has installed free solar for DIAL/Self, ServiceNet, Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture, Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary, the Peace Development Fund, Dakin Animal Shelter, Nasami Farm, the Amherst Survival Center, Historic Northampton, and now Gardening the Community.

Easthampton Students Complete My Financial Future Program
EASTHAMPTON — Mary Rawls, vice president and co-CRA officer at Greenfield Cooperative Bank (GCB) and its Northampton Cooperative division, announced that 59 students at Easthampton High School have received certificates of recognition for the My Financial Future program being sponsored by the bank. Rawls noted that GCB partnered with EVERFI, a nationally recognized educational technology firm to provide the program at no cost to area high schools. My Financial Future is an interactive, online training program that prepares teachers to use online modules and teaches real-life skills to students so they are better prepared to handle their personal finances in the future. Module topics include how to prepare a budget, how to complete forms such as FAFSA for college aid, the differences between (and risks of) debit and credit cards, how to handle a checking account, and more. Greenfield Cooperative Bank started with just one school last September, and in its first school year the program has been expanded to four area high schools, with four more actively working with the bank and EVERFI to kick off their own classes. Greenfield Co-op has placed particular focus on connecting with the communities it serves by sponsoring schools in Franklin and Hampshire counties. If any other Franklin or Hampshire county school is interested in the program, they may contact Rawls at (413) 772-0293.

Steve Lewis Subaru Donates $52,225 to Dakin Humane Society
HADLEY — As part of its ongoing support of local communities, Steve Lewis Subaru recently presented a check for $52,225 to Dakin Humane Society in Springfield. From Nov. 16, 2017 to Jan. 2, 2018, during its Share the Love event, Subaru of America Inc. donated $250 to a charity of the customer’s choice for every new vehicle purchased or leased. The list of charities included ASPCA, Meals on Wheels America, Make-A-Wish, and the National Park Foundation. Dakin Humane Society was selected by Steve Lewis Subaru as its hometown charity choice. For the customers who chose Dakin, Steve Lewis Subaru added $25 per vehicle, putting each donation made to Dakin at $275. Subaru of America and its retailers hope to exceed a grand total of $115 million donated since the creation of Share the Love.

People on the Move
Tracy Sicbaldi

Tracy Sicbaldi

PeoplesBank announced the appointment of Tracy Sicbaldi as assistant vice president, Commercial and Institutional Banking. She has more than 35 years of financial-services and banking experience. In her new position, she will identify, develop, and manage new municipal, commercial, and institutional deposit relationships. Sicbaldi is the former treasurer of the towns of Hampden and Monson. She is a member of the Massachusetts Collectors and Treasurers Assoc., the Hampden County Collectors and Treasurers Assoc., the Hampshire and Franklin Collectors and Treasurers Assoc., and the Worcester County Collectors and Treasurers Assoc. She is a former member of the Eastern Mass Treasurers and Collectors Assoc. and attended all educational state and county municipal meetings. Her professional volunteer service includes serving as treasurer, vice president, and president of the Professional Women’s Chamber; the finance chair of the Rays of Hope steering committee; and a past board member of the Affiliated Chambers of Commerce of Greater Springfield (ACCGS) and the YWCA of Western Massachusetts.


Jeanne Woods

Jeanne Woods

Florence Bank promoted Jeanne Woods to the position of assistant vice president and branch manager for the bank’s Amherst location. Woods joined Florence Bank in 2001 and previously served as assistant branch manager of the Amherst office. She is a development committee member for the Amherst Survival Center. “We are thrilled to announce the promotion of Jeanne Woods,” said Florence Bank President and CEO John Heaps Jr. “She is a dedicated and valued employee who consistently delivers great results. She has been an asset to the bank for many years, and I look forward to watching her progress even further in the years to come.”


Lynn Ostrowski-Ireland

Viability Inc. announced that Lynn Ostrowski-Ireland has been appointed chief operating officer, a new position within Viability, reporting directly to President and CEO Dick Venne. As COO, Ostrowski-Ireland will be responsible for overseeing the operation of Viability’s programs and services across the 36 locations in five states in which it currently operates. Ostrowski-Ireland is the former executive director of the National Aetna Foundation, where she led strategic grants and programs and enterprise-wide corporate social-responsibility strategy and reporting. She also held numerous leadership positions at Health New England, including director of Marketing, Communications and Brand, director of Community Relations and Health Programs, and director of Corporate Responsibility & Government Affairs. She is recognized for her expertise in population health and addressing social determinants of health, and has addressed national audiences on many public-health topics, most recently keynoting at the National Cancer Foundation and the National Oncology Nurses Congress. Ostrowski-Ireland has achieved several certificates of advanced study from Harvard Business School of Executive Education as well as Johns Hopkins University. She holds a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree from Springfield College, and a Ph.D. from Capella University. She was honored at the 2017 Bay Path University Women’s Leadership Conference and inducted into the Bay Path University Women’s Leadership Hall of Fame.


The board of directors of the Ludlow Community Center/Randall Boys & Girls Club announced that Mechilia “Chile” Salazar has accepted the role of president and CEO of the center. Salazar previously served as executive director of the Boys and Girls Club of Middlesex County in Somerville. Her experience also includes positions as chief Development officer of the Base in Roxbury and Room to Grow in Boston. “I am excited to join such a committed group of leaders at the Randall Boys & Girls Club and build on the best of the team and organization,” she said. “I look forward to working relentlessly to ensure that the club continues to be a positive place where every young person feels loved, knows that they matter, and has access to the resources and opportunities to succeed. I am excited about harnessing the strength of this tight-knit community that has helped make the culture in and outside the club great.”


Chris Palames

Disability-rights activist Chris Palames is the recipient of this year’s Distinguished Service Award from Holyoke Community College. Palames is the founder of the Stavros Center for Independent Living in Amherst, executive director of Independent Living Resources in Florence, and a retired consultant for the Massachusetts Division of Capital and Asset Management, which manages construction projects for publicly owned facilities in the state. He has served on the Northampton Commission on Disability and the Massachusetts Disability Policy Consortium, and frequently advises the staff in HCC’s Office for Students with Disabilities and Deaf Services. HCC President Christina Royal presented the Distinguished Service Award to Palames at HCC’s 71st commencement ceremony at the MassMutual Center in Springfield on June 2. Palames began his life as an activist as a freshman at Wesleyan University in the 1960s, demonstrating for civil rights on the White House lawn. A spinal-cord injury left him a quadriplegic, but, after a year recuperating, he was back, protesting the Vietnam War and completing his bachelor’s degree in psychology.


Dr. Mark Keroack, president and CEO of Baystate Health, is the 78th chair of the Massachusetts Health & Hospital Assoc. board of trustees. He succeeds Kate Walsh, president and CEO of Boston Medical Center. In his inaugural address, Keroack discussed his deep interest in the major policy proposals and other efforts now underway to advance healthcare both statewide and nationally. He also acknowledged that many of these endeavors are currently overshadowed by disruptive challenges buffeting hospitals, health systems, and other care providers. “We must reconnect with our core purpose, to remind both our team members and our communities of who we are and what we have always been,” he said. “We need to remind ourselves of our history of being there for our communities for generations, reliably serving all those who need our help, innovating, and caring for the person and not just the disease. And as we step up, as we find our voice, I believe we will learn something about ourselves and what we share in common.”


Brooke Hallowell, dean of the Springfield College School of Health Sciences and Rehabilitation Studies, was one of 14 signatories for international associations that founded the initiative of the Global Rehabilitation Alliance (GRA), which gathered for the first time on May 22 at the World Health Assembly hosted by the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva. Hallowell will continue to serve as a founding representative to the Global Rehabilitation Alliance for the next three years. The alliance will be a platform for united advocacy and awareness-raising to strengthen rehabilitation in health and social systems around the world. Many organizations serve this goal through working to improve accessibility to services, quality of care, the building of rehabilitation workforce capacity, and strengthening of data collection. The Global Rehabilitation Alliance will aim to further these efforts through raising the profile of rehabilitation and strengthening networks and partnerships. Hallowell has a global reputation in collaborative development of rehabilitation services and frameworks, especially in under-resourced regions. Most recently, she held adjunct faculty appointments and visiting professorships at universities in Korea, Malaysia, and Honduras. She is involved in current research, educational, and clinical program collaboration in Malaysia, Cambodia, China, India, Japan, Vietnam, Russia, and Honduras.


BusinessWest Accepting Nominations for Women of Impact Awards
SPRINGFIELD — BusinessWest has launched a new recognition program to honor a specific segment of the local population: women who are making an impact in and on this region. Nominees who score the highest in the eyes of a panel of three independent judges will be honored at a luncheon in December (date and venue to be determined). “We decided to create a special program recognizing women because, after careful consideration, we decided that this region needed one and that BusinessWest was the right organization to do it,” Kate Campiti, associate publisher and sales manager for BusinessWest, explained. “While women have certainly made great strides over the past several decades, and many women have made great achievements and broken through that proverbial glass ceiling, doing so remains a stern challenge for many.” ‘Women of Impact’ was chosen as the name for the program because, while nominees can be from the world of business, they can also be from other realms, such as the nonprofit community, public service, law enforcement, education, social work, the mentorship community, a combination of all these. Nominations for this honor, due on Aug. 3, should be written with one basic underlying mission: to explain why the individual in question is, indeed, a woman of impact. Nominations should explain, when applicable, how the nominee has made impactful accomplishments or contributions that have positively influenced business or the community; how the nominee demonstrates unwavering passion and commitment for an issue that has made a difference in the lives of others; how the nominee has influenced other women through her actions and contributions; how the nominee exemplifies qualities of spirit, service, compassion for others, or professionalism to achieve accomplishments, and how she may have overcome adversity in order to give back to the community; how the nominee has applied innovative thinking to push the boundaries and find new and better ways to do things; and how the nominee has consistently demonstrated exceptional and progressive leadership. Additional information and nomination guidelines are available at HERE. Nominations may be submitted HERE. For more information about this event, call Bevin Peters, Marketing and Events director, at (413) 781-8600, ext. 100, or e-mail [email protected]

Governor Baker Announces Western Mass. Rail Initiatives
BOSTON — Gov. Charlie Baker joined Transportation Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack, U.S. Rep. Richard Neal, Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno, members of the Massachusetts Legislature, and local leaders at Union Station in Springfield on June 12 to announce a request for proposals for a consultant team to study the feasibility of east-west passenger rail service, the launch of a pilot for passenger rail service between Greenfield and Springfield, and one-seat service through Springfield to Hartford and New Haven, Conn. The RFP will enable the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) to carry out an extensive study over approximately 18 months, analyzing many aspects and options for potential east-west passenger rail service. In addition to studying potential passenger service from Springfield to Boston, the study will look at potential origins farther west such as Pittsfield and Palmer. This will include engaging with stakeholders and evaluating the potential costs, speed, infrastructure needs, and ridership of potential passenger rail service throughout this corridor. The administration also announced that a term sheet has been finalized with the Connecticut Department of Transportation which will enable the start of passenger rail service between Springfield and Greenfield beginning on a pilot basis in spring 2019. Under the agreement, MassDOT will fund the cost and management of the pilot service, which will be operated by Amtrak and conclude in fall 2021. The pilot will provide two round-trips each day and make stops at stations in Greenfield, Northampton, Holyoke, and Springfield. Southbound service will be provided in the morning hours, and northbound in the evenings. This pilot service will leverage the MassDOT-owned Knowledge Corridor, which is currently used by Amtrak’s Vermonter service, and the recently renovated Springfield Union Station. Meanwhile, the new 62-mile Hartford Line began operating on June 16, with trains running approximately every 45 minutes between Springfield and several cities and towns in Connecticut, including Windsor Locks, Windsor, Hartford, Berlin, Meriden, Wallingford, and New Haven.

Greylock Works Transforming Mill with Help from MassDevelopment
NORTH ADAMS — MassDevelopment has provided a $1.1 million loan to Greylock WORKS LLC, the developer of the Greylock Mill, a former cotton-spinning mill campus in North Adams that Greylock WORKS is transforming into a mixed-use commercial development. The organization will use loan proceeds to continue renovations of the Weave Shed, which includes a 26,000-square-foot event venue and commercial kitchen where the owners have been producing regional festivals and dance parties, as well as hosting weddings and other private events. This loan builds on significant support from the state and MassDevelopment, including nearly $4 million in MassWorks Infrastructure Grant Program funding for North Adams. The two awards enabled the city to complete public infrastructure improvements necessary for the development’s ongoing construction. The Greylock Mill is a 240,000-square-foot former cotton-spinning facility that stretches 700 feet along Route 2 in North Adams. Plans for the building’s campus include wholesale scaled artisanal food production, a boutique hotel, housing, and event space. The Baker-Polito administration, through MassDevelopment, has worked with the developer across numerous aspects of the project, providing pre-development funding and grants through the Brownfields Redevelopment Fund, the Site Readiness Program, and the Collaborative Workspace Program.

Employer Confidence Surges in May
BOSTON — Business confidence surged during May to its highest level since the summer of 2000, driven by improving employer outlooks about the state and national economies. The Associated Industries of Massachusetts (AIM) Business Confidence Index rose 2.4 points to 66.6 last month after increasing modestly during April. The BCI has risen in five of the last six months and now stands 5.8 points higher than its level a year ago. Confidence remains well within the optimistic range. The only whiff of concern came in the index that measures hiring, which dropped 1.5 points for the month and 0.2 points during the year. Economists believe the weakness in the AIM Employment Index reflects the persistent shortage of workers in Massachusetts that has forced some employers to postpone expansions or to decline new business opportunities.

Springfield Dementia Friendly Coalition Receives Grant
SPRINGFIELD — The newly formed Springfield Dementia Friendly Coalition (SDFC) has been awarded a Dementia-Friendly Capacity Building Grant from the Massachusetts Council on Aging under a Service Incentive Grant from the Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs. The Council on Aging grant will enable the coalition to hold focus-group meetings over the coming months with local government and public officials, first responders, and members of the business community to make them aware of the issues facing individuals living with dementia, their friends, family, and care partners, to give an overview of the movement and elicit their thoughts and engagement in the initiative. In addition, the group will meet with those living with dementia and their care partners and expand the Dementia Friendly website, www.dementiafriendlycommunities.org. An estimated 5.7 million Americans ages 65 and older are living with Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of dementia. Nearly 60% of people with dementia live in their own communities, and one in seven live alone, creating an urgent need for communities to support people with dementia and their caregivers. SDFC partners include the Springfield Department of Elder Affairs/Council on Aging, Springfield Partners for Community Action, Greater Springfield Senior Services, the Alzheimer’s Assoc., Silver Life Care at Home, Chapin Center, El Grupo de Apoyo, and Loomis Lakeside at Reeds Landing. A calendar of upcoming events is available at www.dementiafriendlycommunities.org. For more information or to get involved, contact Scott-Mitchell at (413) 263-6500, ext. 6518, or [email protected], or Carol Constant at (413) 588-5184 or [email protected].


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


Mass Landlord Education Inc., 11 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002. Thea L. Costine, 131 Main St., Shelburne Falls, MA 01370. To provide education and assistance to individuals new to the business of being a landlord.


Jim Whitney Plumbing & Heating Inc., 336 Huckle Hill Road, Bernardston, MA 01337. James D. Whitney, same. Plumbing and heating.


Kifar Zaydee Corp., 196 Egremont Plain Road, Egremont, MA 01258. Peter Neustadter, same. Real-estate rentals.


Massachusetts Families for College Success Inc., 2 Cole Road, Haydenville, MA 01039. Marc Kenen, same. Educates the public about the need to increase the number of Massachusetts residents who attend and graduate from college.


Mision Sembradores Inc., 890 Berkshire Ave., Indian Orchard, MA 01151. Michelle Aviles, same. Support churches, pastors, ministers, missionaries, and other lay and clergy personnel facilitating education, training, and on-the-field experiences.


Koala Tree Inc., 297 Pleasant St., Northampton, MA 01060. Ron Kretschmar, 80 Bolton St., Springfield, MA 01119. The purpose of the corporation is to promote access to healthcare.


KSW Home & Building Services Inc., 4 Laurel St., Shelburne Falls, MA 01370. Kelly S. Warger, same. Construction.


L F Meat Food Market Corp., 89 Wilbraham Road, Springfield, MA 01109. Francisco Augusto Cabrera, Springfield, MA 01109. Grocery-store products.

Mad Max Transportation Inc., 46 Haumont Terrace, Springfield, MA 01104. Max Charvayev, same. Transportation.

MC Carpet Inc., 72 Rittenhouse Terrace, Springfield, MA 01108. Christian Brito Quilambaqui, same. Flooring contractor.


Kao Services, P.C., 1225 Stony Hill Road, Wilbraham, MA 01095. Kathleen A. O’Malley, same. Legal services.

DBA Certificates

The following business certificates and trade names were issued or renewed during the months of May and June 2018.


If Wishes Were Horses
321 Main St.
Kay Gregory

Outre Real Estate
141 North Pleasant St., Suite 661
Jason Gray

PeopleFirst Technology Consulting
409 Main St.
Zach Fried


Styled to Go
6 Moss Lane
Andrea Stasio Pikul


Dance Dynamics
527 Grattan St.
Angela Breault-Klusman

Echo Painting and Renovation
73 Clarendon Ave.
Igor Morozov, Vladimir Morozov

Moore Productions
12 Daniel Dr.
Andrew Moore

601 Memorial Dr.
Abigail Allu

Total Cleaning Plus
211 Summit Ave.
Andrea Baush Regan


A. Chauvin Logistics
9 Braeburn Road
Angela Clemente


Daily Operation
42 Cottage St.
David Schrier, Jessica Pollard, David Clegg

Hair by Lisa
186B Northampton St.
Lisa Joy

Nature to Nurture Life Coaching
16 Pleasant Green West
Tracie Beasley

Waters Fine Goods + Coffee
20 Cottage St.
Mary Foster


Ace Property Consultants
27 Bunker Circle
David Preste

Elements Therapeutic Massage
80 Center Square
Ron Levin

James A. Kelly
6 Lee St.
James Kelly

Progressive Massage
168 Denslow Road
Patricia Gill

203 Shaker Road
Scott Hauser


Greenfield Shell #04055
242 Mohawk Trail
Nouria Energy Retail Inc.

Hair’s the Thing
259 Federal St.
Kelley Goddard

Jennifer Torrey, LICSW
57 Elm St.
Jennifer Torrey

Melissa Scheid Frantz
38 Lovers Lane
Melissa Scheid Frantz

Our Daily Bread
401 Chapman St.
Francine Schrock, Barbara Sund

Summit Behavioral Wealth
525 Bernardston Road, Suite 1
Summit Behavioral Wealth, LLC


Barstow Massage Body Work
8 River Dr.
Heather Barstow

Boisvert Farm, LLC
70 Lawrence Place
John Boisvert

Jekanowski Farms, LLC
38 Roosevelt St.
Kevin Jekanowski, Paul Jekanowski

Kkuljaem Korean Kitchen
367 Russell St.
Paul Anst

Next Barn Over
15 Lawrence Place
Rachel Young


Boston Bud Factory
73 Sargeant St.
Frank Dailey, Carlo Sarno

Fashion Nails II
293 High St.
Phat Dang

Gadget Depot
247 Main St.
Diego Munoz Torres

Music by Blood in the Water
340 Hillside Ave.
Eric Paquette

Pure Air Systems
511-6B Whitney Ave.
Bruce Burns

Stop & Shop Supermarket #009
28 Lincoln St.
The Stop & Shop Supermarket Co., LLC

Stop & Shop Supermarket #030
2265 Northampton St.
The Stop & Shop Supermarket Co., LLC

T. Vouros Studio
80 Race St.
Tyler Vouros


Crystal Clear Window Washing
350 Converse St.
Brian Wright

Max Eva Holdings
24 Maple Terrace
Adam McComb

Universal Auto Sales
228 Burbank Road
Jeffrey Consenzi


Da Silva Salon
116 Alfred St.
Anna Porra

Joe’s Farm
189 Rood St.
Jose Baltazar

Kristine Chapin
300 West Ave.
Kristine Chapin

Pioneer Valley Junior Soccer League
41 Owens Way
Louis Teixeira


Animal Alliances
137 Damon Road
Caroline Moore

Badger’s Flowers & Co.
55 Clark St.
Christine Adams

Bambu Bicycles
174 Spring St.
The Chilson Design Collaborative

Birdhouse Music
164 Main St.
Glenn Alper

Cutchins Programs for Children and Families Inc.
78 Pomeroy Terrace
Tina Champagne

Hair’s the Thing
21 Locust St.
Kelley Goddard

New Directions School
78 Pomeroy Terrace
Tina Champagne

Pioneer Valley Driving School
241 King St.
Mary Paciorek

Progression Brewing Co.
9 Pearl St.
Andrew Starkweather

The Pure Massage and Spa
30 Strong Ave.
Yuting Huang

Revival Homestead Supply
123 Hawley St., Unit 14
Melody Figge

Western Earthworks
275 Hatfield St.
John Henderson-Adams, Benjamin Hix


Children 2 Learn
73 Klaus Anderson Road
Francis Mancini Jr.

Ming House
648 College Highway
Shu Ming Chen

Southwick Motors
483 College Highway
Anthony Novak

Stacey Gravanis
36 South View Dr.
Stacey Gravanis


Aveanna Healthcare
2071 Roosevelt Ave.
AND Venture Inc.

Blue Life Behavioral Health
529 Main St.
Frank Gallo

Brown Mini Market
178 Oakland St.
Derek Brown

Candido Osorio
7 Shepard Dr.
Candido Osorio

Caraballo Flooring
626 White St.
Luis Caraballo

Family Pawn
461 Main St.
Star Hai Duong

Feng Enterprises, LLC
42 Berkshire Ave.
Feng Zheng

Fresh Start Marketing
39A Nokomis St.
Kaiya Hill-Thomas

Georgie’s Barber Shop
776 Liberty St.
Jorge Cruz

Gilded Lily Florist
1926 Wilbraham Road
Lisa Rubner

John’s Parking
48 Bliss St.
John Fortin

Keshav Shivam Corp.
527 Allen St.
Gaurav Patel

Kingslee Shuttle Service
25 Hutchinson St.
Kenneth Alexander

Krishna Keshay Corp.
570 Sumner Ave.
Gaurav Patel

M & T Unlimited Gifts
68 Maynard St.
Victor Arroyo

M.C.O. Trucking, LLC
75 Bryant St.
Orlando Soto

Mass. Scalp Inc.
143 Main St.
Lordi Smith

Meraki Hair Studio
1498 Allen St.
Natasha Rodriguez

164 Main St.
Barbara Lyons

Rosado Trucking
28 Marengo Park
Luis Rosado

Smiley Sevi and Abhi Inc.
1121 State St.
Sneh Kumar

1019 St. James Ave.
T & W Subway Inc.

VIP Cuts
143 Main St.
Andres Ortiz

WMass Construction
14 Alsace St.
Armando Roman

Yanet’s Beauty Salon
519 Main St.
Charlie Melo-Perez


Fortini Construction and Remodeling
138 Feeding Hills Road
Matthew Fortini

Groomtastic Pet Salon
22 School St.
Whitney Stevens

J. Burke Engineering
29 Salvator Dr.
James Burke

NES Worldwide Inc.
3 Progress Ave.
NES Worldwide Inc.

Progress Enterprises Inc.
3 Progress Ave.
Progress Enterprises Inc.

Simply Rustic
26 North Elm St.
Debra Fortin

Trinity Health of New England Medical Group
140 Southampton Road
Riverbend Medical Group Inc.

Trinity Health of New England Medical Group
395 Southampton Road
Riverbend Medical Group Inc.

Workshop 818
38 School St.
Workshop 818


Advanced Aesthetics & Wellness Center
120 Westfield St.
Yelena Ivanov

Atlantis Fresh Market
884 Westfield St.
Orkun Gonul

Hale Home Improvement
573 Westfield St.
Todd Hale

Licensed Avon Beauty Center
250 Westfield St.
Deborah Scharmann

Total Fitness Equipment
1267 Riverdale St.
Jon Valles

White Pumpkin Design
57 Angeline St.
Jennifer Ehle


David Kravchuk Electric
76 Stony Hill Road
David Kravchuk