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Steve Weiss says he’s getting a steady volume of calls from business owners with questions about bankruptcy or liquidation.

Steve Weiss says the wave of bankruptcies that he and others in his line of work are expecting certainly hasn’t reached shore yet, to use a phrase appropriate for this time of year.

“But you can definitely see it building out there — it’s coming; you can see it rolling in,” said Weiss, who specializes in bankruptcies and workouts for the Springfield-based law firm Shatz, Schwartz & Fentin.

This wave is comprised of both corporate and consumer (personal) bankruptcies, and it will be large and hit with considerable force, he went on, adding that a number of factors are colliding that will make it so.

On the corporate side, while many companies have been able to hang on and survive the pandemic to date, they have done so thanks largely to government stimulus initiatives that are due to be exhausted soon, leaving business owners and managers wondering how they will pay people and all their bills. And on the consumer side … it’s a very similar story.

Indeed, unemployment benefits and stimulus checks have helped many make ends meet, but those checks are projected to end soon for large numbers of people, if they haven’t ended already.

“My phone is starting to ring more with business owners who are either unsure how they’re going to make it, or are sure they can’t — the virus has just clobbered their business,” said Weiss, who said his next phone call after the one with BusinessWest was with a business owner looking to talk about bankruptcy or perhaps liquidation.

“My phone is starting to ring more with business owners who are either unsure how they’re going to make it, or are sure they can’t.”

Such calls are starting to come in with increasing frequency, said Mike Katz, a partner with the Springfield-based firm Bacon Wilson and one of the region’s pre-eminent bankruptcy specialists. He used a different, though similar, metaphor to describe what’s coming.

“I think the dam is about to break — we’re on the cusp of a tsunami of bankruptcies,” he said. “It hasn’t happened yet, but it’s going to happen.”

There have already been many, especially on the corporate side, he went on, noting that many large and famous names, many from the retail sector, have filed for Chapter 11 protection. That list, which continues to grow, includes Lord & Taylor, J. Crew, Brooks Brothers, Gold’s Gym, Neiman Marcus, JCPenney, Hertz, 24-Hour Fitness, Chuck E. Cheese, California Pizza Kitchen, and Men’s Wearhouse.

Those names reveal the types of businesses that are most in jeopardy, Katz continued, adding that, locally, many small businesses in the hospitality, retail, and fitness realms — but many other sectors as well — face severe challenges as they try to survive the pandemic.

For some in this category, an emerging option is what’s being called the ‘fast-pass’ small-business bankruptcy process, otherwise known as Subchapter V of Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code. This new subsection, which became effective in February, is not a response to COVID-19, but certainly seems to be tailor-made for the economic crisis the pandemic has created.

Mike Katz

Mike Katz is expecting a “tsunami” of bankruptcy filings. What he doesn’t know is when this wave will hit.

That’s because, as the name suggests, it is a faster, less expensive Chapter 11 reorganization path, designed specifically for much smaller businesses than those that seek the Chapter 11 route. To be eligible for Subchapter V, an entity or an individual must be engaged in commercial activity, and its total debts — secured and unsecured — must be less than $7.5 million, a new number (the old one was $2.725 million) resulting from provisions of the COVID-inspired CARES Act. At least half of those debts must come from business activity.

Katz and others we spoke with said the fast-pass option holds potential for some businesses, but there are challenges within its many provisions, including the need to come up with a reorganization plan within 90 days of the filing. Such plans may be difficult to develop given how difficult it is to see even a few weeks down the road, let alone several months, because of the pandemic.

“The one downside is you file your bankruptcy papers, and you’re required, within 90 days, to put a plan in place,” said Mark Cress, a bankruptcy specialist with the Springfield-based firm Bulkley Richardson. “That’s a short window, and a lot of small businesses are barely holding their own.”

For this issue and its focus on law, BusinessWest talked with these bankruptcy lawyers about what they can already see coming. They can’t predict when this particular surge will begin, but they say it’s almost unavoidable.

Chapter and Verse

While Katz and Weiss were crafting analogies to waves and tsunamis, Cress wanted to draw parallels to the Great Depression.

Indeed, he told BusinessWest that the current conditions rival, and in some cases (such as the quarterly decline in GPD) actually exceed those of the Great Depression that started roughly 90 years ago.

“This is worse than the Great Depression in a lot of ways,” he said. “The dip in the economy — it dropped by a third — was something we’ve never seen before. And but for the way the Fed has handled this, it would be devastating; those multi-trillion-dollar programs … they’re the only thing that’s sustaining us. Without that, the whole house of cards would collapse.”

To further state his case — that’s an industry term — Cress pointed to numbers contained in an analysis authored by Morning Consult economist John Leer, who noted that, without additional funding, millions of unemployed Americans are at risk of financial insolvency by the end of this month.

“The personal finances of workers who have been laid off or placed on temporary leave since the onset of the pandemic deteriorated in July,” Leer wrote. “The July survey found that 29% of unemployed and furloughed workers lacked adequate savings to pay for their basic living expenses for the month, up 16% in June. This monthly change contrasts with June, when the finances of laid-off and furloughed workers improved. At that point in time, many renters and homeowners took advantage of the rent-deferral and mortgage-forbearance options included in the CARES Act, thereby driving down their monthly expenses.”

Mark Cress

Mark Cress says the new ‘fast-pass’ bankruptcy process may be a viable option for some, but the process doesn’t leave business owners much time to create a reorganization plan.

Cress backed up that commentary with some other, very sobering numbers regarding renters.

“One-third of all renters weren’t able to make their July rent,” he noted. “And more than 60% were concerned they won’t make August. So you can imagine the ripple effects this will have … many small-time landlords, with one or two tenants, may not be able to pay their mortgage.

“And you if get enough defaulted mortgages … then banks start to pull in their horns, and all of a sudden the credit markets freeze up, and you have a real disaster,” he went on, drawing analogies, again, to what happened nine decades ago.

Looking at these statistics and possible scenarios, it’s easy to see why bankruptcy lawyers are expecting a wave, or tsunami, of personal bankruptcies to hit this area — and the nation as a whole — soon, with ‘soon’ being a relative term.

“Some people are getting unemployment benefits, but it looks like that’s ending,” said Weiss. “There’s a foreclosure and eviction moratorium that’s ending in October, and there are already people living on credit cards and exhausting their savings just trying to get through this — and it’s going to be a while before jobs come back.

“So it’s a matter of sooner than later,” he went on. “And bankruptcy is something of a trailing indicator; it takes people a while to get the point where they need to file for bankruptcy — the credit-card bills don’t become unmanageable until several months go by.”

By the Numbers

But the wave will almost certainly involve corporate bankruptcies as well, said those we spoke with, noting that many businesses have struggled to merely survive the past five months. And with the state already pumping the brakes on its reopening plan as reported cases increase, and ever more uncertainty about the future, survival is becoming more of a question mark for many businesses.

That’s especially true within the restaurant sector, said those we spoke with, noting that, while many have been able to reopen, their revenues are still a fraction of what they were pre-COVID. And with fall and then winter coming — meaning far fewer opportunities to serve outdoors — some in this sector are wondering if, and for how long, they can hang on.

“I think the dam is about to break — we’re on the cusp of a tsunami of bankruptcies. It hasn’t happened yet, but it’s going to happen.”

“I’ve been contacted by a number of restaurants, in particular, over the past few months,” said Katz, adding that there have been inquiries from those in other sectors as well. “Some of these have managed to hold on, some have closed some locations while keeping others open … but the number of people I’ve talked to just today tells me that the dam is just teetering, and I think there’s going to be unprecedented times in the bankruptcy field.”

This speculation leads him back to the new fast-pass small-business bankruptcy process, and questions about just how many businesses may try to take advantage of this emerging option, and whether they can be successful with such bids.

“I think a lot of businesses will try doing this because you have a 90-day maximum to get in and get out — that’s how fast this Chapter 11 is going to go,” he explained. “And the whole thing is predicated upon the fact that you only have to propose a plan that provides more to the creditors than they would receive in a liquidation, with no voting.

“Under the current Chapter 11 process, there’s a whole voting process, where you have to get two-thirds of the dollar amount and a majority of the number of creditors to vote in favor of it,” he went on. “But with this process, there’s no voting — it’s a much more streamlined process, and it’s far less expensive.”

With the new ceiling of $7.5 million, many more businesses are now eligible to take this route. But that same 90-day in-and-out period, while attractive in one respect, is daunting when it comes to actually putting a reorganization plan in place.

“I’ve talked with a number of people about it because people are still trying to figure how it works — there isn’t a lot of legal guidance or precedence,” said Cress. “But having to put a plan together in 90 days is going to be very difficult for many small businesses. If you don’t have any profits or any cash and you’re living hand to mouth, it really places an undue burden on you to figure it all out and get creditor sign-off in 90 days.”

Katz agreed. “Most traditional Chapter 11 cases are multi-year, and reorganization is based in projections,” he told BusinessWest. “How do you project when this COVID situation is going to change? If you’re a restaurant, how can you project when people are going to come back to your restaurant and you can go back to something approaching capacity?”

The Bottom Line Is the Bottom Line

Those lawyers we spoke with all expressed a desire not to sound like an alarmist.

But as they talked about what they’re seeing, reading, and hearing on the phone calls they’ve already taken, they admit it’s difficult not to take that tone.

“For many businesses, it’s a matter of survival at this point,” said Cress, noting that survival is becoming more difficult in some sectors with each passing month. “It’s becoming apparent that the recovery is not going to happen as quickly as some had originally hoped, and the effect is going to be much deeper and longer-lasting than people are even letting on.”

And one seemingly unavoidable consequence of all this is bankruptcies, on both the corporate and consumer sides of the ledger.

As Weiss said, the wave hasn’t crashed ashore yet, but if you look — and you don’t have to look hard — you can see it building.

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

Daily News

SPRINGFIELD — Bulkley Richardson partners Michael Burke and Mark Cress were named 2022 Lawyer of the Year in their respective practice areas by Best Lawyers in partnership with U.S. News Media Group.

Burke was recognized for his work in personal-injury litigation, and Cress was recognized for his work in corporate law. Burke and Cress have been named by Best Lawyers since 2001 and 2003, respectively.

Lawyer of the Year rankings are awarded to one lawyer per practice area in each region, making it a distinguished accolade. Honorees receive this award based on their extremely high overall peer feedback within specific practice areas and metropolitan regions.

Daily News

SPRINGFIELD — Bulkley Richardson partners Mark Cress and John Pucci were named 2023 Lawyer of the Year in their respective practice areas by Best Lawyers, in partnership with U.S. News Media Group.

Cress was named the 2023 Lawyer of the Year for bankruptcy and creditor debtor rights/insolvency and reorganization law and was also recognized in 2022 as Lawyer of the Year for his work in the area of corporate law. He leads the firm’s banking, finance, and bankruptcy practice group and has significant experience representing banks and other financial institutions, for-profit and not-for-profit entities, and individual clients in connection with all forms of financing and business transactions. He also represents parties in creditor-debtor relationships and appears on behalf of creditor parties in proceedings before the U.S. Bankruptcy Court.

Pucci was named the 2023 Lawyer of the Year for white-collar criminal defense and has held that title for 10 of the past 13 years for his success as a litigator. He co-chairs the firm’s independent investigations practice and represents individuals and companies in complex civil and criminal litigation of all kinds in both state and federal court, as well as in responding to government investigations and in conducting corporate internal investigations. He has particular experience in the areas of white-collar criminal defense and state and federal regulatory agency matters.

Lawyer of the Year rankings are awarded to one lawyer per practice area and region. Honorees receive this award based on their high overall peer feedback within specific practice areas and metropolitan regions.

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Kamari Collins

Kamari Collins

Kamari Collins was recently appointed to the position of Dean of Academic Advising and Student Success at Springfield Technical Community College by the STCC board of trustees after serving as the college’s director of academic advising since 2011. Collins began his employment with the college in 2007 as an academic counselor. Prior to his employment with STCC, he served as the director of youth and education programs at the Urban League of Springfield for several years. Collins earned both his bachelor’s degree and his master’s degree with a concentration in organizational management and leadership from Springfield College. He was named one of BusinessWest magazine’s 40 Under Forty in 2009 and currently serves as a board member of the Children’s Study Home and Urban League of Springfield Inc. and the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts education committee.
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William Hart Jr.

William Hart Jr.

John Pucci

John Pucci

Fourteen lawyers from Bulkley Richardson were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America 2015. Bulkley Richardson had the most honorees of any law firm in Springfield, with 12 of its 14 selected lawyers based in its Springfield office. Two of the firm’s honorees were also named Springfield “Lawyer of the Year” in specific practice areas. William Hart Jr. was so honored in the category of trusts and estates, and John Pucci for criminal defense, white-collar. He was also recognized in the area of criminal defense, non-white-collar. The following Bulkley Richardson lawyers were also selected for the 2015 edition of Best Lawyers:
Peter Barry

Peter Barry

Michael Burke

Michael Burke

Mark Cress

Mark Cress

Francis Dibble Jr.

Francis Dibble Jr.

Daniel Finnegan

Daniel Finnegan

Robert Gelinas

Robert Gelinas

Kevin Maynard

Kevin Maynard

David Parke

David Parke

Melinda Phelps

Melinda Phelps

Donn Randall

Donn Randall

Ellen Randle

Ellen Randle

Ronald Weiss

Ronald Weiss

Peter Barry: construction law;
Michael Burke: medical-malpractice law (defendants); personal-injury litigation (defendants);
Mark Cress: bankruptcy and creditor/debtor rights; insolvency and reorganization law; corporate law;
Francis Dibble Jr.: bet-the-company litigation; commercial litigation; litigation (anti-trust, labor and employment, securities);
Daniel Finnegan: administrative/regulatory law; litigation (construction);
Robert Gelinas: personal-injury litigation (defendants);
Kevin Maynard: commercial litigation; litigation (banking and finance, construction);
David Parke: corporate law;
Melinda Phelps: medical-malpractice law (defendants); personal-injury litigation (defendants);
Donn Randall: commercial litigation;
Ellen Randle: family law; and
Ronald Weiss: corporate law; mergers and acquisitions law; tax law.
Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as a definitive guide to legal excellence. Because it is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey in which more than 52,000 leading attorneys cast almost 5.5 million votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their practice areas, and because lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed, inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor. Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.”
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Robinson Donovan, P.C. announced that seven of its attorneys will be included in the 2015 edition of the prestigious national guide Best Lawyers in America. Robinson Donovan attorneys were included in a number of categories, with three lawyers earning additional Lawyer of the Year recognition for their practice area. Only one lawyer in each practice area in each community is eligible to be named Lawyer of the Year. The Robinson Donovan honorees include:
Richard Gaberman: corporate law; real estate law, commercial; tax certiorari; tax law; trusts and estates (23rd consecutive year); Lawyer of the Year, real-estate law. Also previous Lawyer of the Year award for trusts and estates
James Martin: franchise law, automobile dealerships; real-estate law, franchise
Jeffrey McCormick: personal-injury litigation, automobile collision; catastrophic injury; civil litigation; ethics and professional responsibility; insurance; medical malpractice; premises liability; professional malpractice
Carla Newton: family law; Lawyer of the Year, family law
Nancy Frankel Pelletier: personal-injury law, defendants (10th consecutive year)
Patricia Rapinchuk: employment law, management; litigation, labor and employment; Lawyer of the Year, employment law, management
Jeffrey Roberts: corporate law; trusts and estates; also previous Lawyer of the Year award for trusts and estates
For more than 30 years, Best Lawyers has been regarded, by both the legal profession and the public, as the definitive guide to legal excellence in the U.S. The 2015 volume of Best Lawyers, the 21st edition, is based on a rigorous evaluation process that included thousands of clients, highly skilled lawyers, and law-firm representatives.
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Tina Stevens

Tina Stevens

Tina Stevens has joined Greenfield Community College as an adjunct faculty member for the academic year. She will be teaching “Principles of Marketing,” an in-depth course covering the fundamental concepts of marketing, including the hands-on preparation of a marketing plan for a local business. Stevens is the principal and creative director of Stevens 470 in Westfield, a multi-channel marketing consultancy. With more than 20 years of experience growing the agency and working with a diverse mix of clients, she has real-world experience in developing and directing marketing plans. She focuses her attention on creating successful strategies for clients and executing those solutions throughout today’s marketing channels. Stevens attended Greenfield Community College and earned an associate degree in graphic design. She received her bachelor’s degree from Westfield State University and also has a master’s degree in advertising design from Syracuse University through its Independent Study Degree Program for working professionals in the creative industry.
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The National Science Foundation (NSF) has selected UMass Amherst Professor James Kurose to serve as Assistant Director for its directorate for Computer & Information Science & Engineering (CISE). The three-year appointment begins in January 2015. Kurose is distinguished professor in UMass Amherst’s School of Computer Science, a position he has held since 2004. He has also served in a number of administrative roles, including chair of the department, interim dean, executive associate dean of the College of Natural Sciences, and senior faculty advisor to the vice chancellor for research and engagement. With Keith Ross, he co-authored the textbook Computer Networking: A Top-Down Approach, which is in its 6th edition. CISE’s mission is to promote the progress of computer and information science and engineering research and education and advance the development and use of cyber infrastructure; promote understanding of the principles and uses of advanced computer, communication, and information systems in support of societal priorities; and contribute to universal, transparent, and affordable participation in a knowledge-based society.
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Attain Therapy + Fitness announced the hiring of Michael Fall, who will act as the facility Manager and treating Physical Therapist at the recently acquired facility at 65 Springfield Road in Westfield. Fall has been practicing orthopedic physical therapy for more than 30 years. He has owned, built, and subsequently sold two private practices in Connecticut. He earned a bachelor’s degree in physical therapy from Quinnipiac University in 1983, a master’s degree in orthopedic physical therapy in 1992, and his Ph.D. in biomechanics from the University of Connecticut in 2001. In 2013, he was accepted into the prestigious Gray Institute, where he completed two 40-week fellowship programs in applied and advanced applied functional science, and earned his fellowship in applied functional science.
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Dr. Thomas Wadzinski has joined Dr. James Bell, Dr. Amy Pelletier, Dr. Hanna Awkal, and nurse practitioner Mary Andaloro on the provider staff at Fairview Pediatrics. Board-certified in general pediatrics and pediatric endocrinology, Wadzinski will be able to provide both primary-care and pediatric-endocrinology services to his patients. Wadzinski earned both his medical degree and his Ph.D. in biomedical sciences from UMass Medical School in Worcester, and completed his pediatric residency at Baystate Medical Center. He recently completed a pediatric-endocrinology fellowship at Baystate Medical Center, including service as an adjunct research assistant professor at UMass Amherst.

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Dr. Lynnette Watkins

Dr. Lynnette Watkins

Dr. Lynnette Watkins, an ophthalmologist and healthcare administrator and leader, has been named president and CEO of Cooley Dickinson Health Care. Currently the group chief medical officer for the Baptist Health System/Tenet Healthcare – Texas Group, she will begin her new role at Cooley Dickinson on Sept. 27. Since joining Baptist Health System/Tenet Healthcare in 2017, she has been a member of a team that has provided executive oversight for the multi-hospital system that stretches across the state, with more than 3,600 beds and $3.45 billion in patient revenue. She also has significant leadership experience in community-hospital settings. In addition, Watkins has ties to Massachusetts and the Mass General Brigham system, having completed her residency at Massachusetts Eye and Ear, where she began her clinical career in ophthalmology and oculoplastic surgery and served on the faculty of Harvard Medical School. Before joining the Baptist Health System, Watkins held the position of chief medical officer and chief operating officer at Paris Regional Medical Center in Paris, Texas. She has also served as chief medical officer in Tenet’s Abrazo Community Health Network in Arizona. Her career as a healthcare executive began in Mishawaka, Ind., where she was vice president and chief medical officer for the Saint Joseph Health System/Trinity Health. Watkins earned her undergraduate and medical degrees at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and completed her internship in internal medicine at Truman Medical Center in Kansas City before coming to Boston in 1995 as a resident in ophthalmology at Massachusetts Eye and Ear. After residency, she completed a fellowship in oculoplastic surgery at the University of Iowa, then returned to Massachusetts Eye and Ear, where from 1999 to 2004 she directed the emergency ophthalmology service and walk-in clinic and was an attending physician in the Ophthalmic Plastic Surgery Service.

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Brian Rucki

Brian Rucki

Amanda Carpe

Amanda Carpe

Bacon Wilson announced that Brian Rucki and Amanda Carpe have joined the firm as associate attorneys. Rucki is a member of the real-estate team, and Carpe has joined the probate and estate-planning department. Prior to joining Bacon Wilson, Rucki spent five years practicing law in Westfield, where he worked on all aspects of real-estate transactions including purchases, sales, refinances, and title work, as well as estate-planning matters. Previously, he also served as a clerk in the solicitor’s office for the town of Agawam, where his work focused on municipal law. He attended Western New England University School of Law, earning his juris doctor laude in 2016. He earned a bachelor’s degree from UMass Amherst in 2013. Carpe comes to Bacon Wilson with five years of experience in estate planning, estate administration, guardianship, conservatorship, and residential real estate. She previously practiced in Ludlow and Worcester. In addition to her work in estates and probate, she clerked for the Hampden County Juvenile Court and interned with the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families, where her work focused on juvenile and child-welfare law. She earned her juris doctor in 2016 from Western New England University School of Law, and a bachelor’s degree from Wilkes University in 2013.

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Joseph Deady

Joseph Deady

Kaitlyn Malin

North Brookfield Savings Bank announced the promotions of Joseph Deady and Kaitlyn Malin within the Operations department. Deady has been promoted to Digital Services manager/fraud analyst. He will be responsible for ensuring the bank is using all possible digital products to align with its strategic goals and the needs of our customers, while overseeing account fraud. He joined the bank as a teller in 2011 and has held various roles, including supervisor and management roles and finally fraud analyst in the Operations department in 2015. Most recently, he held the title of Operations specialist and fraud analyst, handling debit-card fraud claims and account compromises and processing and reviewing international wires. Deady has more than 10 years of professional banking experience and holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. He is also ACH-certified. He supports his local communities by volunteering his time and attending fundraising events for local, community-focused organizations like Camp Putnam in New Braintree. Malin has been promoted to Operations specialist. She holds an associate degree from Mount Wachusett Community College. She previously held the position of Operations customer service representative, where she was tasked with answering customer calls and connecting customers and non-customers with appropriate staff to assist them. She also was responsible for reviewing all daily Operations reports. Before coming to the bank in November 2020, she worked as a teller at Athol Savings Bank. In her three years, there she assisted customers with transactions, concerns, and other inquiries. In her new role, Malin will be responsible for reviewing reports to mitigate fraud and risk for both the bank and customers as well as servicing customers’ online banking needs and completing account modifications such as travel notifications.

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J. Williar Dunleavy, chairman of Berkshire Bank and its parent company, will retire in September, the bank announced. He will be succeeded on the board of both the bank and Berkshire Hills Bancorp by David Brunelle, currently vice chairman. Brunelle is co-founder of Northe Pointe Wealth Management in Worcester. He has been on the board since 2017. Dunleavy took over as chair of the board in late 2019, when Bill Ryan, formerly the chief exective of Banknorth, gave up the position for health reasons.

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Joseph DaSilva

Joseph DaSilva

Richard Glejzer

Richard Glejzer

Jeannette Smith

Jeannette Smith

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) recently welcomed three new vice presidents to its executive team: Joseph DaSilva, vice president of Administration and Finance; Richard Glejzer, vice president of Academic Affairs; and Jeannette Smith, vice president of Student Affairs. DaSilva has worked in public higher education for more than 28 years, the last 21 at Springfield Technical Community College (STCC). During his tenure as vice president of Administration and chief financial officer, he provided executive-level vision, leadership, planning, and direction, and managed all aspects of fiscal operations, facilities management, Campus Police, Information Technology, Student Financial Services, and Human Resources/Employee Benefits and Operations Center. Glejzer was most recently the interim dean of Graduate Studies at Muhlenberg College, and previously served as provost and dean of Faculty at Marlboro College for 10 years. Prior to joining Marlboro, he served as professor and chair of English at North Central College and as chair of the college’s academic programs and policy committee. Among his other institutional duties, he served on the college’s steering committee and the dean’s academic advisory committee. He was a faculty liaison to the board of trustees. Earlier in his career at North Central, Glejzer revised the composition program as the director of Writing. Smith is a scholar-practitioner with 16 years of work experience in higher education, having worked most recently as the associate dean of Student Affairs and Engagement at Evergreen State College. She was previously employed at Truckee Meadows Community College, the University of Nevada Reno, and Elmhurst College. Her practice areas of experience include student unions, residence life and dining, academic advising, financial aid, shared governance, and student employment. Her scholarship areas of interests include policy, equity, financial aid, and student development.

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Sam Einzig

Sam Einzig

UMassFive College Federal Credit Union recently introduced Sam Einzig as the newest member of UMassFive’s Retirement Planning and Investments team available through CUSO Financial Services, L.P. He supports the credit union’s team of CFS financial advisors by scheduling appointments, sending appointment reminders, and helping with advisor administrative duties and service work. As an advisor assistant, he is also now the primary contact for current and prospective clients looking to work with the credit union’s trio of financial advisors. Einzig has worked at UMassFive as a member service specialist since September 2018, prior to taking on his latest role with the Retirement Planning and Investments team. He is licensed as a producer of life insurance and accident and health or sickness insurance in Massachusetts, and is currently pursuing his FINRA Series 7 and 66 securities licenses. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Berklee College of Music in Boston, where course studies in music business and taxation in the music industry kindled his interest in the financial world, as well as helping people.

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Country Bank announced several recent staff promotions. Julie Yi has been promoted to senior vice president, controller and Operations. She has extensive experience in finance and operations and serves on Country Bank’s senior management team. She holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Nevada Las Vegas and is a certified public accountant. Justin Calheno has been promoted to assistant vice president, Retail Lending. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business management from Westfield State University and is a graduate of the New England School for Financial Studies. He serves as a board member for the Ludlow Boys and Girls Club. Lisa Saletnik has been promoted to assistant vice president, Business Systems. She holds an associate degree in health science from Bay Path University and is a graduate of the New England School for Financial Studies. Mackenna Hogan has been promoted to Commercial Banking Administration officer. She holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from UMass Amherst. Antonio Palano has been promoted to assistant vice president, Retail Lending. He holds an associate degree in business administration from Springfield Technical Community College. Newly appointed officers include Sam Pursey, Erin Skoczylas, Ashley Swett, and Sarah Yurkunas. Pursey has been promoted to Relationship Management officer. He holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from UMass Amherst. Skoczylas has been promoted to assistant controller. Erin holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Western New England University, an associate degree in business administration from Springfield Technical Community College, and is a graduate of the New England School for Financial Studies. Swett has been promoted to Customer Care Center officer. She is a graduate of the New England School for Financial Studies. Yurkunas has been promoted to Relationship Management officer. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business from Bay Path University, a certificate from the Massachusetts Bankers Assoc. in Fundamentals of Credit Analysis: Intro to Commercial Lending, and is currently enrolled in the New England School for Financial Studies.

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Mary Cate Mannion

Mary Cate Mannion

Garvey Communication Associates Inc. (GCAi) announced that veteran ABC News affiliate reporter and anchor Mary Cate Mannion has joined the team as a digital PR analyst and will be responsible for planning, producing, and editing video content; photo supervision; and writing posts for digital dissemination on platforms like Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, and the Google Ads Display Network, but not Tik Tok, as well as working directly with media publications. She is working in GCAi’s Springfield edit suite with award-winning video producer Darcy Young and planning digital campaigns with award-winning digital marketer James Garvey, who is based in GCAi’s Marina del Rey, Calif. office. Mannion is an award winner in her own right, receiving a Broadcasters Award and two Emmy nominations during her tenure as an anchor and energy-news reporter with NBC News affiliate KFYR-TV. Her reporting was also used in an investigative segment by John Oliver on HBO’s Last Week Tonight, and she has served as a correspondent for Headline News. She earned a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism from Emerson College. She crossed paths with Young during her time at Western Mass News, when she emceed the Springfield Colleen Contest, for which Young is a long-time volunteer. Mannion also her singing skills during an American Idol audition in Boston and was successful for six rounds. Mannion has also achieved considerable success as a competitive Irish dancer, something she is still enthusiastic about today as a member of Springfield’s Claddagh School.

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Mercedes Maskalik, formerly the director of Marketing at CUE Inc., a membership and professional-development nonprofit organization, has been appointed assistant vice president for Marketing and Communication at Western New England University. In her new role, Maskalik will oversee the university’s Division of Marketing and External Affairs, whose mission and purpose is to broadly and creatively share the story of Western New England University regionally, nationally, and internationally. In her previous position as director of Marketing at CUE, Maskalik was responsible for the development, coordination, and management of all marketing and communications efforts to promote the CUE brand, the professional learning community, and the professional learning events. She received her master’s degree in organizational communications from Central Connecticut State University and a bachelor’s degree in English from Southern Connecticut State University. An active member of a number of international associations, Maskalik’s professional affiliations include the American Marketing Assoc., the Public Relations Society of America, and the European Assoc. of Communications Directors. She is the co-author of Social Marketing Environmental Issues, a theoretically grounded text on social-marketing strategies for influencing environmental behaviors.

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Bryan Czajkowski

Bryan Czajkowski

Market Mentors, a marketing, advertising, and public-relations agency, announced the addition of Bryan Czajkowski as director of Production and Technology. He brings more than 25 years of experience to the newly created position, in which he oversees the agency’s web, design, video, and production operations. Czajkowski most recently served as chief technology officer for Rebel Interactive Group in Southington, Conn. Through this and previous positions, he has gained extensive experience working with international and national organizations across diverse industries, from finance and insurance to automotive and aerospace. The opportunity to integrate his various professional skills and interests is something that drew Czajkowski to the Market Mentors position.

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Bulkley Richardson announced that Mike Sweet has joined the firm as a partner in the Business and Finance department. Sweet started his career at a Wall Street-based law firm and has been practicing in Springfield for the past 25 years. His practice focuses on representing businesses and the people that own and manage those businesses through all stages of their business cycle, as well as in their personal lives. “This is an exciting development for the firm and furthers our goals for continued growth and talent acquisition,” said Dan Finnegan, managing partner. “Mike has established longtime relationships with his clients and continues to achieve successful results for them. He has earned the reputation of a great lawyer, and we feel honored to have him on our team.”

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Vanessa Smith

Vanessa Smith

Vanessa Smith, senior vice president and chief legal officer for Baystate Health, has been appointed to the Holyoke Community College (HCC) board of trustees by Gov. Charlie Baker. The term will run until March 1, 2025. “I am passionate about education and its ability to empower, inspire, break down barriers, and create pathways to opportunity,” Smith said. “I am honored to begin my service as trustee during Holyoke Community College’s celebration of its 75th anniversary, and I look forward to helping shape its bright future.” Smith has worked for Baystate Health since 2016 as associate general counsel, vice president, chief general counsel, and now senior vice president and chief legal officer. Prior to that, she was a partner in the law firm Bulkley, Richardson and Gelinas, LLP in Springfield. She has also worked as an assistant attorney general in the New York Attorney General’s Office in Syracuse and as a court attorney for the New York State Court of Appeals. She holds a law degree from Syracuse University College of Law and a bachelor’s degree in French from Wells College.

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Bulkley Richardson partners Michael Burke and Mark Cress were named 2022 Lawyer of the Year in their respective practice areas by Best Lawyers in partnership with U.S. News Media Group. Burke was recognized for his work in personal-injury litigation, and Cress was recognized for his work in corporate law. Burke and Cress have been named by Best Lawyers since 2001 and 2003, respectively. Lawyer of the Year rankings are awarded to one lawyer per practice area in each region, making it a distinguished accolade. Honorees receive this award based on their extremely high overall peer feedback within specific practice areas and metropolitan regions.

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Michael Cardaropoli

Michael Cardaropoli

Attorney Michael Cardaropoli, a partner in the law firm Pellegrini, Seeley, Ryan and Blakesley, has been appointed to serve on the board of directors of Springfield Habitat for Humanity. “I’m proud of the opportunity to serve on the board of this incredible organization,” he said. “We have a rich history as a firm of charitable connections to the community. I had first-hand experience with the Habitat for Humanity team as we worked on the SGT Sullivan house, and I am so pleased to now be a part of their ongoing efforts.” Twelve staff members from Pellegrini Seeley, Ryan and Blakesley donated a total of nearly 100 man hours to kick off the Gunnery Sgt. Thomas J. Sullivan project on the first build day in 2018. The firm also contributed $2,500 to the effort. “As a firm, we are committed each day to help make the lives better for the residents of Springfield,” Cardaropoli said.

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Bacon Wilson announced that eight of the firm’s attorneys have been named to Best Lawyers in America 2022. Kenneth Albano, the firm’s managing partner, was recognized in Best Lawyers for business organizations, including LLCs and partnerships; Michael Katz for bankruptcy and reorganization; Stephen Krevalin for family law; Hyman Darling for elder law; Gary Breton for banking/finance law and business organizations; Gina Barry for elder law; Mark Tanner for real-estate litigation; and Peter MacConnell for real-estate law. In addition, MacConnell was named 2022 Lawyer of the Year for real-estate law in Springfield, a designation presented to a single outstanding lawyer in each practice area for each region. Bacon Wilson, P.C. is one of the largest Pioneer Valley firms, with 43 attorneys and approximately 80 paralegals, administrative assistants, and support staff. The firm has five locations, in Springfield, Amherst, Hadley, Northampton, and Westfield. First published in 1983, Best Lawyers is regarded as one of the definitive guides to legal excellence. There is no opportunity to pay for a listing; rather, lists are based entirely on peer review.

People on the Move

Greenfield Savings Bank (GSB) recently announced six employee appointments and promotions.

Jocelyn Alvord

Jocelyn Alvord

Jocelyn Alvord was promoted to manager at the Shelburne Falls branch office. She will be responsible for overseeing the operations of the branch. She has been with GSB since 2015, starting as a teller and then quickly moving up to super banker in the new GSB office in Hadley. She was promoted to assistant manager in the Hadley branch before moving back to Shelburne Falls, where she has been serving as assistant branch manager. Alvord actively participates in civic and charitable events such as Moonlight Magic and the Bridge of Flowers Road Races in Shelburne Falls and Monte’s March for the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts. She has volunteered at the Shelburne Falls Visitor Center and helped coordinate the Giving Tree Program with the Mary Lyons Foundation to provide holiday gifts to local educators.

Sherie Lewis

Sherie Lewis

Sherie Lewis has been named vice president and Operations officer. In her new role, she oversees the Deposit and Loan Operations teams including deposit processing, operations administration and quality control, digital, and loan operations. She is leading a variety of projects to enhance the bank’s use of technology, improve automation, and increase efficiency. In addition, she works closely with other departments of the bank to ensure seamless operation and regulatory compliance. She joined GSB with more than 20 years of banking experience.

Lisa McKenna

Lisa McKenna

Lisa McKenna has been promoted to assistant vice president and Conway branch manager. She has worked at GSB for more than 30 years, starting as a teller in 1988 at the main office in Greenfield. She then worked in GSB’s Customer Service department and was previously manager of Greenfield and South Deerfield. She was most recently assistant vice president and the branch manager for South Deerfield and Conway before shifting exclusively to Conway’s branch manager. McKenna is very active in the local community, volunteering for the Franklin County chapter of the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life, the Greenfield Kiwanis Club, and the South Deerfield Women’s Club.

Josh Mozeleski

Josh Mozeleski

Josh Mozeleski has been named investment officer and Infinex investment executive. In his role as Infinex investment executive, he will be able to offer access to insurance and investment products through Infinex Investments. He joins GSB as a securities registered investment executive with more than nine years in the banking industry. He obtained a Massachusetts individual producer license as well as both the FINRA Series 6 and Series 63 registrations, plus a Nationwide Mortgage Licensing System and Registry license. He is also a Massachusetts notary public. An active volunteer in the community, he has previously helped organize a food drive at Open Pantry Community Services in Springfield. Most recently, he helped run his local Toys for Tots program.

Vyeluv “Mpress” Nembhard

Vyeluv “Mpress” Nembhard

Vyeluv “Mpress” Nembhard joined Greenfield Savings Bank (GSB) in May as a CRA analyst and Community Outreach officer. She assists the vice president of Compliance/CRA officer in creating and updating financial aid outreach presentations to a wide range of community partners, businesses, schools, and customers, focusing on low- to moderate-income applicants and minority/women-owned businesses. Nembhard is active in the local community, including being a commissioner of Greenfield’s Human Rights Commission, a member of the Greenfield Cultural Council, and CEO of her nonprofit, UACSAM. She also produces the “Moving Mountains Media” program on Greenfield Community Television. She most recently organized Greenfield’s first annual Juneteenth cultural and youth event celebration.

Kimberly Zabek

Kimberly Zabek

• Finally, Kimberly Zabek has been promoted to Greenfield Savings Bank’s South Deerfield branch manager and officer. In that role, she oversees the branch’s daily responsibilities, focusing on local business development. She has been in banking for more than 25 years and with Greenfield Savings Bank for more than 10 years, most recently serving as the assistant branch manager in Hadley. In addition to her managerial role, Zabek has been featured in many of the bank’s advertisements, including voicing certain radio spots, in GSB Teller Connect/ATMs and e-statement promotional videos, and on the Teller Connect/ATM welcome screens. Recently, she voiced animated videos for a GSB career fair. She also represents the bank at community events around the Pioneer Valley, such as the Northampton and Greenfield Pride events, the Hot Chocolate Run in Northampton, and Moonlight Magic in Shelburne Falls.

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Molly Gray, president and chief administrative officer of the Baystate Health Eastern Region, has announced her retirement, effective Oct. 9. Ronald Bryant, president of Baystate Noble Hospital and Baystate Franklin Medical Center – Northern Region, will extend his role to become president of Baystate Health Regional Hospitals, which also includes Baystate Wing Hospital in Palmer, which Gray currently serves as president and chief administrative officer of the Baystate Health Eastern Region. Gray has served Baystate Health and the community for 34 years. She has held seven roles with progressive responsibility, culminating in her role as president and chief administrative officer for the Baystate Health Eastern Region, including Baystate Wing Hospital and Baystate Mary Lane Outpatient Center. She joined Baystate Health in 1988 as a professional nurse and transitioned to a managerial role as a level IV nurse manager, a unit manager, and then Women and Infants’ manager. An advocate for children’s health issues, Gray assumed the role of director of Women’s Services and Baystate Children’s Hospital in 2003. In 2013, she was promoted to vice president of Baystate Health Children’s Hospital, Women’s Services, Behavioral Health, Observation and Emergency Services. In 2016, she assumed the role of vice president and chief Nursing officer for the Baystate Health Eastern Region and was promoted in 2019 to her current role. Bryant joined Baystate Health in 2015 as president of Baystate Noble Hospital. Previously, he was executive vice president and CEO for the Noble Hospital Health System. In 2018, he was promoted to president of both Baystate Noble Hospital and Baystate Franklin Medical Center. He brings a wealth of leadership experience and a passion for positive change within the Western Mass. healthcare community. During his time as president of Baystate Noble Hospital in Westfield and Baystate Franklin Medical Center in Greenfield, he successfully developed the strategic and operational plans for the two hospitals, comprised of 200 combined beds and nearly 1,800 team members. He will now oversee three hospitals with nearly 300 combined beds and more than 2,300 Baystate team members.

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Christina Royal

Christina Royal

Holyoke Community College (HCC) President Christina Royal will retire from the college after the 2022-23 academic year, she announced today. Her last day will be July 14, 2023. Royal, 50, said she is not leaving HCC for another job and has no specific plans. Royal started at HCC in January 2017. She is the fourth president in the 75-year history of HCC and not only the first woman to hold the position, but the first openly gay and first bi-racial person to serve HCC as president. Presidential search plans will begin immediately. Before coming to HCC, Royal served as provost and vice president of Academic Affairs at Inver Hills Community College in Inver Grove Heights, Minn. Prior to that, she was associate vice president for E-learning and Innovation at Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland and director of technology-assisted learning for the School of Graduate and Continuing Education at Marist College. She holds a PhD in education from Capella University and a master’s degree in educational psychology and a bachelor’s degree in math from Marist. In her announcement, Royal cited some of the milestones of her tenure: working collaboratively to develop HCC’s first strategic plan, advancing equity across the institution, and investing in programs to support students’ basic needs, such as creating the President’s Student Emergency Fund (to provide grants to student facing immediate financial needs), opening Homestead Market (the first campus store in Massachusetts to accept SNAP benefits), partnering with Holyoke Housing Authority (to help students find affordable housing), and launching the Itsy Bitsy Child Watch Program (to provide HCC student-parents access to free, short-term care for their children). Other highlights include opening the HCC MGM Culinary Arts Institute on Race Street; reopening the HCC Campus Center after a two-year, $43.5 million renovation; establishing El Centro, a bilingual center dedicated to the needs of Latinx students; weathering a global pandemic; and celebrating HCC’s 75th anniversary as the oldest two-year college in Massachusetts.

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With 22 years of experience as a certified safety professional (CSP), Scott Smith has joined Tighe & Bond as director of Safety and Health. Smith has worked on a global scale facilitating hazard analysis, reducing costs, risks, and recordable injuries for companies across North America, Canada, and Asia. As director of Health and Safety for Tighe & Bond, Smith will develop and maintain programs, procedures, policies, and training to mitigate safety and health hazards and risks to personnel. He will work closely with the firm’s safety steering committee and lead a team of safety representatives across Tighe & Bond’s business lines and 12 offices. Smith has an advanced education in environmental health and safety, receiving a master’d degree in industrial hygiene from UMass Lowell and a doctor of law and policy degree in occupational safety from Northeastern University. Additionally, he continues his education on the latest policies and practices by active involvement in the American Society of Safety Professionals, the American Industrial Hygiene Assoc., and the National Safety Council. Smith has been an active participant and change leader on corporate boards and worked with global industry groups to develop integrated safety and health-management frameworks. He has published multiple peer-reviewed articles addressing safety integration, adult education, and hazards assessment, and continues to perform original research.

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John Sieracki

John Sieracki

The office of Institutional Advancement at Holyoke Community College (HCC) recently welcomed John Sieracki as its first leadership gift officer and manager of campaign initiatives. Sieracki joins HCC after nearly 19 years at Mass Humanities, where he started in 2003 as director of Development. In that role, he built a multi-faceted Development office from scratch that now has a thriving major donor program, a robust and engaged volunteer group, a prestigious awards dinner, and multi-platform annual appeals. He also managed a portfolio of major gift prospects resulting in five- and six-figure donations and oversaw capital campaign planning. Prior to that, he served as director of Development for the Northern Forest Center and Baltimore Educational Scholarship Trust. His 30-year career also includes stints in development at Landmark College, New York Law School, New York Academy of Sciences, and Children of Alcoholics Foundation. He has also been active in the Western Mass. community as a volunteer, serving as a board member and president of the Amherst Committee for a Better Chance program, and treasurer of Blues to Green, producer of the annual Springfield Jazz and Roots Festival. In his new role, Sieracki will manage a portfolio of donors and prospects and seek new major gifts and deeper philanthropic relationships. He will also manage and support the efforts of HCC’s capital-campaign steering committee, work closely with the college’s board of trustees and HCC Foundation’s board of directors on fundraising involvement, and organize and lead other campaign-related initiatives. He holds a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Delaware and a master’s degree in fine arts in creative writing and poetry from UMass Amherst, where he received the Best New Poets Award from the Department of English.

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Bacon Wilson, P.C. announced that eight of its attorneys have been named to Best Lawyers in America for 2023. They are: Kenneth Albano, recognized in the category of business organizations (including LLCs and partnerships); Gary Breton, banking and finance law; Gina Barry, elder law; Hyman Darling, elder law; Mark Tanner, litigation – real estate; Michael Katz, bankruptcy and creditor debtor rights/insolvency and reorganization law; Peter MacConnell, real-estate law; and Stephen Krevalin, family law. Daniel McKellick was also recognized in Best Lawyers’ Ones to Watch in America for his work in real-estate law. The firm was also recognized in Best Lawyers’ Best Law Firms in U.S. News & World Report. The firm is regionally ranked in tier 1 in banking and finance law, tier 2 in business organizations (including LLCs and partnerships), tier 2 in elder law, and tier 2 in family law.

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Bulkley Richardson partners Mark Cress and John Pucci were named 2023 Lawyer of the Year in their respective practice areas by Best Lawyers, in partnership with U.S. News Media Group. Cress was named the 2023 Lawyer of the Year for bankruptcy and creditor debtor rights/insolvency and reorganization law and was also recognized in 2022 as Lawyer of the Year for his work in the area of corporate law. He leads the firm’s banking, finance, and bankruptcy practice group and has significant experience representing banks and other financial institutions, for-profit and not-for-profit entities, and individual clients in connection with all forms of financing and business transactions. He also represents parties in creditor-debtor relationships and appears on behalf of creditor parties in proceedings before the U.S. Bankruptcy Court. Pucci was named the 2023 Lawyer of the Year for white-collar criminal defense and has held that title for 10 of the past 13 years for his success as a litigator. He co-chairs the firm’s independent investigations practice and represents individuals and companies in complex civil and criminal litigation of all kinds in both state and federal court, as well as in responding to government investigations and in conducting corporate internal investigations. He has particular experience in the areas of white-collar criminal defense and state and federal regulatory agency matters. Lawyer of the Year rankings are awarded to one lawyer per practice area and region. Honorees receive this award based on their high overall peer feedback within specific practice areas and metropolitan regions.

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Flying Cloud Institute (FCI) has hired Angela Parker as a science and art educator. In this role, she will lead the summer program, vacation camps, classroom residencies, and family STEAM challenge events, and work with the FCI team to inspire the next generation of artists and engineers. She brings multifaceted K-12 educational experiences to the organization as it continues to partner with local school districts to bring meaningful experiences to students. Parker’s past experience includes initiating a multi-site STEAM museum program for the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art in collaboration with the Connecticut Science Center. She also launched a tour titled “STEAM: Sketch Like a Scientist!” that drew connections between the skills used by artists and scientists. While at the Visual Arts Center of Richmond, Va., she worked with teaching artists to plan school tours that incorporated studio art activities, ranging from bookmaking to ceramics. As a classroom teacher at St. Ignatius Loyola Academy, she created interdisciplinary learning experiences for K-12 students, and at Capital and Asnuntuck community colleges, she trained and supported adult students.

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Nicole Skelly

Nicole Skelly

Berkshire Bank announced the promotion of Nicole Skelly to first vice president, regional financial center manager for the Pioneer Valley in Massachusetts. She will manage the daily operations of financial centers in the Pioneer Valley, which includes Springfield and surrounding towns. Skelly brings more than 25 years of banking experience to her new role at Berkshire Bank. Most recently, she was vice president and senior branch officer of the Springfield offices, which include multiple sites at Berkshire Bank. Before joining Berkshire, she was a personal banker for United Bank. Outside of work, Skelly is a 2014 Graduate of Leadership Pioneer Valley, where she learned how to address the challenges and opportunities of this region. She also volunteers at events such as the Springfield Pride Parade, the Springfield Boys and Girls Club, and the Irish Cultural Center of New England.

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Jeremy Payson

Jeremy Payson

Tony Worden, president and CEO of Greenfield Cooperative Bank and its Northampton Cooperative Bank division, announced that Jeremy Payson has joined the bank as the new senior vice president – controller, based out of its King Street, Northampton location. Payson comes to Greenfield Cooperative Bank with many years of financial-planning and analysis experience, most recently with Northern Bank and Berkshire Bank, and was previously the treasurer for Big Y Foods Inc. He holds an MBA from Western New England University.

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The Peace Development Fund announced the addition of two new foundation associates, Sophia Trifone and Sonya Epstein, in its Amherst office. Trifone will oversee the organization’s communication work, including social media, newsletters, press outreach, and annual publications. Epstein will be focused on donor data management, ensuring accurate accounting of donations, grant requests, and support for fiscally sponsored organizations. After earning her associate degree from Holyoke Community College, Trifone began her career with a prominent local nonprofit focusing on arts and culture in Holyoke’s Puerto Rican cultural district. In her time there, she notably fundraised for signature events and projects, hosted walking tours of the city’s artwork, collaborated with other community organizations, and aided in weekly food distribution. Epstein is a community organizer who has been deeply involved with student activism around restorative justice, free public higher education, and LGBTQ liberation for many years. They are an immigrant from Belarus and studied social thought & political economy and sociology at UMass Amherst.

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John Bechtold

John Bechtold

Eggtooth Productions announced that board member and frequent collaborator John Bechtold has been appointed to the role of creative director for the company. Working closely with founder and Artistic Director Linda McInerney, Bechtold’s role will be to help guide the creative vision for Eggtooth’s original works. Following award-winning experiences at Eggtooth’s Double Take Fringe Festivals in 2011-2013, Bechtold’s first full-length production with Eggtooth came in 2016 with an immersive version of William Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale, taking over the entirety of the then-vacant Arts Block (now Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center) in downtown Greenfield. With an emphasis on site-inspired design, he has been dubbed the “Valley’s genius of immersive theater” by the Valley Advocate, with a list of immersive works including Sam’s Place (Shea Theater), Stagehand (Shea Theater and Academy of Music), Before You Became Improbable (Emily Dickinson Museum), and Gem of the Valley (Chester Theatre).

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SPRINGFIELD — Bulkley Richardson announced that 15 lawyers from the firm were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in the 2024 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. These lawyers were recognized in 24 unique areas of practice. They are:

Peter Barry: construction law, healthcare law, and education law;
• Kathy Bernardo: real-estate law;
Michael Burke: medical malpractice law (defendants) and personal-injury litigation (defendants);
Mark Cress: banking and finance law, bankruptcy and creditor-debtor rights/insolvency and reorganization law, and corporate law;
Francis Dibble Jr.: bet-the-company litigation, commercial litigation, white-collar criminal defense, labor and employment litigation, and securities litigation;
Daniel Finnegan: administrative/regulatory law, construction litigation, and construction law;
Scott Foster: business organizations, including LLCs and partnerships;
Mary Jo Kennedy: employment law (individuals) and employment law (management);
Kevin Maynard: commercial litigation, banking and finance litigation, and construction litigation;
David Parke: corporate law and mergers and acquisitions;
Jeffrey Poindexter: commercial litigation and construction litigation;
John Pucci: bet-the-company litigation, general-practice criminal defense, and white-collar criminal defense;
Jeffrey Roberts: corporate law and trusts & estates;
Michael Roundy: commercial litigation; and
Ronald Weiss: corporate law, mergers and acquisitions law, and tax law.

Lawyers who are nominated for consideration are voted on by currently recognized Best Lawyers working in the same practice area and located in the same geographic region. Lawyers on The Best Lawyers in America list are reviewed by their peers based on professional expertise, and recognitions are based purely on the feedback received.

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SPRINGFIELD — Bulkley Richardson announced that 16 lawyers from the firm were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in 2023 edition of Best Lawyers in America. These lawyers were recognized in 24 unique areas of practice. They include:

• Peter Barry (in the practice areas of construction, education, healthcare);

• Kathleen Bernardo (real estate);

• Michael Burke (medical malpractice law: defendants, personal injury litigation: defendants);

• Mark Cress (banking and finance, bankruptcy and creditor debtor rights/insolvency and reorganization law, corporate);

• Francis Dibble Jr. (bet-the-company litigation, commercial litigation, criminal defense: white-collar, litigation: labor and employment, litigation: securities);

• Daniel Finnegan (administrative/regulatory law, construction, litigation: construction);

• Scott Foster (business organizations, including LLCs and partnerships);

• Mary Jo Kennedy (employment);

• Kevin Maynard (commercial litigation, litigation: banking and finance, litigation: construction);

• David Parke (corporate, mergers and acquisitions);

• Jeffrey Poindexter (commercial litigation, litigation: construction);

• John Pucci (bet-the-company litigation, criminal defense: general practice, criminal defense: white-collar);

• Jeffrey Roberts (corporate, trusts and estates);

• Michael Roundy (commercial litigation);

• Elizabeth Sillin (nonprofit/charities law, trusts and estates); and

• Ronald Weiss (corporate, mergers and acquisitions, tax).

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SPRINGFIELD — Bulkley Richardson announced that 13 lawyers from the firm were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2022. These lawyers were recognized in 20 unique areas of practice. They are:

• Peter Barry, recognized in the fields of construction law and healthcare law;

• Michael Burke, medical malpractice law – defendants and personal-injury litigation – defendants;

• Mark Cress, banking and finance law, bankruptcy and creditor-debtor rights/insolvency and reorganization law, and corporate law;

• Francis Dibble Jr., bet-the-company litigation, commercial litigation, criminal defense – white-collar, litigation – labor and employment, and litigation – securities;

• Daniel Finnegan, administrative/regulatory law and litigation – construction;

• Scott Foster, business organizations (including LLCs and partnerships);

• Kevin Maynard, commercial litigation, litigation – banking and finance, and litigation – construction;

• David Parke, corporate law and mergers and acquisitions;

• Melinda Phelps, medical-malpractice law – defendants and personal-injury litigation – defendants;

• Jeffrey Poindexter, commercial litigation;

• John Pucci, bet-the-company litigation, criminal defense – general practice, and criminal defense – white-collar;

• Elizabeth Sillin, nonprofit/charities law and trusts and estates; and

• Ronald Weiss, corporate law, mergers-and-acquisitions law, and tax law.

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SPRINGFIELD Bulkley Richardson announced that 14 lawyers from the firm were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2021. Bulkley Richardson had more honorees than any other law firm in Springfield. These 14 lawyers were recognized in 20 unique areas of practice.

  • Peter Barry — Construction Law
  • Michael Burke – Medical Malpractice Law (defendants), Personal Injury Litigation (defendants)
  • Mark Cress — Banking and Finance Law, Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Corporate Law
  • Francis Dibble, Jr. — Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Criminal Defense (White-Collar), Litigation (Antitrust), Litigation (Labor and Employment), Litigation (Securities)
  • Daniel Finnegan – Administrative / Regulatory Law, Litigation (Construction)
  • Robert Gelinas — Personal Injury Litigation (defendants)
  • Kevin Maynard — Commercial Litigation, Litigation (Banking and Finance), Litigation (Construction)
  • David Parke — Corporate Law
  • Melinda Phelps — Medical Malpractice Law (defendants), Personal Injury Litigation (defendants)
  • Jeff Poindexter – Commercial Litigation
  • John Pucci – Bet-the-Company Litigation, Criminal Defense (General Practice), Criminal Defense (White-Collar)
  • Elizabeth Sillin – Nonprofit / Charities Law, Trusts and Estates
  • Ronald Weiss – Corporate Law, Mergers and Acquisitions Law, Tax Law
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SPRINGFIELD — Bulkley Richardson announced that 12 lawyers from the firm were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2020.

These 12 lawyers were recognized in 20 unique areas of practice:

  • Peter Barry: Construction Law;
  • Michael Burke: Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants; Personal Injury Litigation — Defendants;
  • Mark Cress: Banking and Finance Law, Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Corporate Law;
  • Francis Dibble Jr.: Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Criminal Defense: White-Collar, Litigation – Antitrust, Litigation – Labor and Employment, Litigation – Securities;
  • Daniel Finnegan: Administrative / Regulatory Law, Litigation – Construction;
  • Robert Gelinas: Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants;
  • Kevin Maynard: Commercial Litigation, Litigation — Banking and Finance, Litigation — Construction;
  • David Parke: Corporate Law;
  • Melinda Phelps: Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants, Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants;
  • John Pucci: Bet-the-Company Litigation, Criminal Defense: General Practice, Criminal Defense: White-Collar;
  • Elizabeth Sillin: Nonprofit / Charities Law, Trusts and Estates; and
  • Ronald Weiss: Corporate Law, Mergers and Acquisitions Law, Tax Law.

 

Lawyers named to The Best Lawyers in America© publication were recognized by their peers in the legal industry for their professional excellence in 146 practice areas. For the 2020 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America, 8.3 million votes were analyzed, which resulted in the inclusion of more than 62,000 lawyers, or approximately 5% of lawyers in private practice in the United States.

 

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SPRINGFIELD — Thirteen lawyers from Bulkley Richardson were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America for 2019. These 13 lawyers were recognized in 19 unique areas of practice. They include:

• Peter Barry: construction law;

• Michael Burke: medical malpractice law (defendants); personal-injury litigation (defendants);

• Mark Cress: bankruptcy and creditor-debtor rights/insolvency and reorganization law; corporate law;

• Francis Dibble Jr.: bet-the-company litigation; commercial litigation; criminal defense (white-collar); litigation (antitrust); litigation (labor and employment); litigation (securities);

• Daniel Finnegan: administrative/regulatory law; litigation (construction);

• Robert Gelinas: personal-injury litigation (defendants);

• William Hart: trusts and estates;

• Kevin Maynard: commercial litigation; litigation (banking and finance); litigation (construction);

• David Park: corporate law;

• Melinda Phelps: medical-malpractice law (defendants); personal-injury litigation (defendants);

• John Pucci: bet-the-company litigation; criminal defense (general practice); criminal defense (white-collar);

• Elizabeth Sillin: nonprofit/charities law; trusts and estates; and

• Ronald Weiss: corporate law; mergers and acquisitions law; tax law.

In addition, Pucci and Sillin were each named 2019 Springfield, Mass. Lawyer of the Year in their respective practice areas — criminal defense and trusts and estates, respectively — by Best Lawyers, in partnership with U.S. News Media Group. Lawyer of the Year rankings are awarded to only one lawyer per practice area in each region.

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LONGMEADOW — At Glenmeadow’s annual meeting in November, attorney David Carlson, chair of the nonprofit’s governance committee, announced three new members of the Glenmeadow board of directors and five new corporators.

Naren Dhamodharan, John Gallup, and Annette Lerner will now join the board, while Mark Cress, Christopher Gill, Marie Stebbins, and Julie Siciliano have retired from service.

The new members join Paul Nicholson, Dusty Hoyt, Crystal Diamond, Lawrence Bernstein, David Carlson, Dennis Fitzpatrick, Richard Goldstein, Jerome Gurland, Susan Megas, Amy Santarelli, and Norman Smith on the panel. New officers, also elected at the annual meeting, are Hoyt, chair; Fitzpatrick, vice chair; Smith, clerk; and Santarelli, treasurer.

New corporators are Paul Barden, Sean Anderson, Leslie Smith Frank, Jackie Quimby, and Elaine Tourtelotte. Glenmeadow is a nonprofit organization, and corporators are its legal entity, empowered to elect board members and to amend the bylaws. Corporators also support the mission of Glenmeadow by serving as ambassadors.

Dhamodharan has extensive experience in affordable housing for elders, specifically in developing assisted living. Prior to establishing Hampden Park Capital & Consulting in Northborough, for which he is president, he was director of Housing and Supportive Services at the Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs. Under his direction, the office developed a successful, affordable assisted-living model in existing elderly-housing communities.

Gallup retired as president and CEO of Westfield’s Strathmore Paper Co. in 1992. He was involved in different capacities with Baystate Medical Center and the Baystate Health Foundation, serving on the foundation’s President’s Society. He won the National Conference for Community and Justice’s Human Relations Award along his wife, Paula. Currently, he is a charter trustee with the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts and is involved with the Willie Ross School for the Deaf.

Lerner brings leadership skills from her experience as vice president of a publishing company and stock-photo agency in New York City for 12 years. She was also president of a women’s organization at her temple and an active member of a parent-teacher association when her children were young. Since moving to Glenmeadow from Florida a year and a half ago, she has been an active member of the community, working in the Glenmeadow store, developing relationships, and volunteering with fund-raisers.

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LONGMEADOW — Glenmeadow Retirement held its 130th annual meeting of corporators on Nov. 3. Newly elected to the volunteer board of directors were Crystal Diamond, a realtor with Coldwell Banker, and Ian MacNeill, director and branch manager with UBS Financial Services. Debra Taylor, a community volunteer, was also elected as a new corporator.

Diamond and MacNeill join existing board members Suzanne Smith, chair; Paul Nicholson, vice chair; Mark Cress, treasurer; Dusty Hoyt, clerk; Dr. Lawrence Bernstein; William Burrows; David Carlson; Christopher Gill; Richard Goldstein; Ellen McKenna; Susan Megas; Ann Marie Rome; and Marie Stebbins.

Established in 1884, Glenmeadow is a nonprofit, accredited continuing-care retirement community, providing independent and assisted living at its campus at 24 Tabor Crossing in Longmeadow and expanded Glenmeadow at Home services throughout Greater Springfield.

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SPRINGFIELD — Fourteen lawyers from Bulkley Richardson were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America 2015. Bulkley Richardson had the most honorees of any law firm in Springfield, with 12 of its 14 selected lawyers based in its Springfield office.

Two of the firm’s honorees were also named Springfield “Lawyer of the Year” in specific practice areas. William Hart Jr. was so honored in the category of trusts and estates, and John Pucci for criminal defense, white-collar. He was also recognized in the area of criminal defense, non-white-collar. The following Bulkley Richardson lawyers were also selected for the 2015 edition of Best Lawyers:

• Peter Barry: construction law

• Michael Burke: medical-malpractice law (defendants); personal-injury litigation (defendants)

• Mark Cress: bankruptcy and creditor/debtor rights; insolvency and reorganization law; corporate law

• Francis Dibble Jr.: bet-the-company litigation; commercial litigation; litigation (anti-trust, labor and employment, securities)

• Daniel Finnegan: administrative/regulatory law; litigation (construction)

• Robert Gelinas: personal-injury litigation (defendants)

• Kevin Maynard: commercial litigation; litigation (banking and finance, construction)

• David Parke: corporate law

• Melinda Phelps: medical-malpractice law (defendants); personal-injury litigation (defendants)

• Donn Randall: commercial litigation

• Ellen Randle: family law

• Ronald Weiss: corporate law; mergers and acquisitions law; tax law

Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as a definitive guide to legal excellence. Because it is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey in which more than 52,000 leading attorneys cast almost 5.5 million votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their practice areas, and because lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed, inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor. Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.”

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Amherst Farmer Refines Method of Growing Plants Without Soil

Joseph Swartz

Joseph Swartz shows off the roots of lettuce plants growing hydroponically in his greenhouse at Swartz Family Farm in Amherst.

Imagine growing 120,000 pounds of food each year without any soil on top of public housing in the Bronx.

Although the idea may sound farfetched, it’s not a fantasy. Instead, it’s one of many projects that Joe Swartz of Swartz Family Farm in North Amherst has accomplished in recent years.

Swartz is a master hydroponic gardener who has taken the industry to new heights. In fact, the New York City farm he designed for Skytop Vegetables was the first in the nation to be grown on top of a public-housing structure. “I did the early sketches on my kitchen table in Amherst,” he said, as he talked about the 8,000-square-foot rooftop farm that opened in February 2013, and provides fresh, nutritious vegetables to residents of the building and neighborhood as well as patrons of nearby restaurants and markets.

Swartz has gained international recognition as an expert in hydroponics, which is a method of growing plants without soil. They are planted from seeds in holes set in plastic containers and thrive on a nutrient solution dissolved in water that runs beneath them and is recycled after the plants take what they need from it.

Swartz has 28 years of experience in operating a year-round, pesticide-free, hydroponic vegetable-and-herb facility in Amherst. It’s a field he entered long before most people thought about where their produce came from and environmental concerns created a demand for locally grown vegetables and fruits.

As a result, Swartz has become a leading expert in hydroponic system design, high-end crop production, biological pest control, system troubleshooting, and much more, and has spoken all over the U.S. and in many foreign countries about his groundbreaking work.

“It’s very gratifying, and when I think of the evolution of all that has happened in the industry since I began my farm, it’s mind-boggling,” he said, adding that he gave a recent lecture at a national conference in Las Vegas and was just invited to speak at a major agricultural conference in England.

The concept of transforming unused rooftop space into a hydroponic garden has many environmental benefits, which include water conservation. “All rainwater that strikes a flat roof has to be channeled into the city’s stormwater systems, and most systems in U.S. cities are completely overwhelmed; one inch of rain that falls on an acre equates to 27,000 gallons of water,” Swartz explained, adding there are more than 15,000 acres of rooftop space in New York City alone.

“But a rooftop greenhouse has gutters on all sides, and rainwater is sent into an underground tank, where it is filtered, cleaned, and used for farming,” he went on. “So it allows us to take a waste product and convert it into food in a very sustainable manner.”

Benefits also accrue from the fact that a rooftop greenhouse shares synergy with the building. Sun that hits the roof and requires the building to be cooled is absorbed by the crops, which also absorb heat from the building in winter, preserving it rather than having it simply go into the atmosphere, Swartz said.

In addition, the system takes heat from the building’s smokestack and uses it to heat the greenhouse. “It capitalizes on heat that is normally wasted. Plus, the greenhouse has thermal curtains that hold the heat in at night. So it’s a win-win situation for the building owner and the owner of the garden,” he told BusinessWest. “It also produces jobs for local residents without many job skills and allows people in the neighborhood to get fresh, nutritious food that doesn’t have to trucked in from thousands of miles away.”

And rooftop gardens, which are rapidly expanding across the country, also provide inner-city children with agricultural knowledge. “We worked with a local school in the Bronx, and a frightening number of children thought milk was made in a manufacturing plant. They had no concept that it came from an animal,” Swartz said. “And most of the people in the neighborhood got their food from a small convenience store and did not have access to nutritious, locally grown vegetables and herbs until the garden was created.”


Growing Venture

Swartz Family Farm has been in business for 100 years, but Swartz likes to keep a low profile, and there are no signs to mark the entrance to his home, greenhouses, and acreage on 11 Meadow St.

“My grandfather Joseph and his wife Anastasia purchased 40 acres and started this farm after they came here from Poland in 1919,” he said. The couple grew mixed vegetables and tobacco and raised their family on the site.

Swartz’s father and uncle took the farm over in the ’50s and turned it into a large-scale potato-growing operation. In addition to growing potatoes on their farmland, they rented land in Hadley, Amherst, Sunderland, Hatfield, and South Deerfield; at the peak of their business, they were raising 300 acres of potatoes.

But his uncle died in 1970, and in the ’80s, the price of land became exorbitantly expensive due to extensive residential development in the area. “As my father got older, he scaled back to the 40 acres here.”

Swartz was in high school when he realized farming his family’s land on a seasonal basis was not a viable option because the economy was booming and seasonal help and additional farmland for crops were unavailable. “So I decided I had to look at a small-scale, very intensive type of agriculture,” he said.

His interest in controlled environmental agriculture, or hydroponics, began in 1985 when he was a student at the Stockbridge School of Agriculture at UMass Amherst. He learned the system had been pioneered in Holland and had expanded to the United Kingdom and Spain, where hydroponic greenhouses were operational year-round.

“The same nutrients you would normally apply to a field are dissolved in water,” he noted. “The plants take what they need, and the rest is recaptured and reused. It only requires 10% of the water needed for conventional agriculture, so it is a very environmentally friendly form of agriculture.”

However, the university did not have a program where Swartz could learn how to implement this growing method on a large scale. But he was fortunate enough to meet a retiree living in Ashby, Mass. who was running a small greenhouse growing hydroponic flowers. He had been the lead associate at Cornell University’s research center on Long Island, was originally from Holland, and had pioneered a large portion of the hydroponic technology that was being implemented in the U.S.

Swartz received valuable guidance from him on how to produce a premium product year-round inside a greenhouse on his property.

But when he began building a greenhouse on his family’s land and shared his plan with local farmers, they thought the idea was ridiculous.

“I was considered a crackpot. We have a very tight-knit agricultural community in the Valley, and no one understand why I would grow produce in water when there was beautiful soil here,” he recalled. “But for me, it was a necessity.”

The day after Swartz graduated from UMass, he began working in his new, 5,000-square-foot greenhouse. “At that time, there were 13 hydroponic farms in the state, and today we are the only one of them that is still in operation — we have the longest-running hydroponics farm in the Commonwealth,” Swartz told BusinessWest, adding that he also grew seasonal vegetables on the farm’s 40 acres and sold them to traditional markets.

But his greenhouse thrived. “In my first year, I produced more than 80,000 heads of Boston lettuce in it. In a field, you only get 5,000 heads per acre, and you can only plant one crop. But I was able to plant year-round,” he said, explaining that he devised a system where he was continuously harvesting and reseeding in different sections of the greenhouse.

Paradigm Shift

Swartz has continued to produce hydroponic crops at Swartz Family Garden for 30 years. Lettuce has always been a staple, but after his initial success, he built two other greenhouses and soon was shipping 300 cases of sweet basil a week to 42 Whole Foods stores across the Northeast.

About 15 years ago, when hydroponics became more well-known, Swartz delved into consulting work, which was a natural transition, although he continued farming his own greenhouses. “There were very few experts in the U.S. back then, and there wasn’t much information about how to grow hydroponically on a sustainable, commercial scale,” he said.

Over the past five years, as awareness and concern about the environment escalated, the demand for local products began to rise.

“Public awareness changed buying habits, and the demand for urban agriculture began to grow,” Swartz said. “It was a paradigm shift because, before that, food was produced on large commercial farms which were often not even in this country.” In fact, when he first began to sell Boston lettuce, there was nothing but iceberg lettuce in the stores, and there was no demand for any other variety.

About four years ago, Swartz was approached by two men who were starting a company called Sky Vegetables. “They wanted to take the concept of urban agriculture one step further and build commercial farms on flat city rooftops, because there is so much of that space that is unused,” he said.

He became their director of farming, and in 2009 began designing a hydroponics rooftop garden for a new LEED Platinum-certified building in the Bronx that would be used for public housing. Arbor House was completed in 2012, and the rooftop farm opened in February 2013.

“The space was leased for $1 for 99 years, and lettuce and cooking greens such as chard, kale, sweet basil, upland cress, and baby bok choy are grown there. Sky Vegetables operates the farm independently, and the building’s residents have the opportunity to get food from it via a community-supported agriculture program,” Swartz said.

Today, his wife, Sarah, operates their hydroponic farm in Amherst, which sells produce to local vendors such as Atkins Market. Swartz left Sky Vegetables six months ago to consult full-time with growers across the globe. He just finished an ongoing project in Kuwait and is going to Dubai to assist a large-scale farm in replicating a hydroponics system in Singapore. “I need to fine-tune the system before they can expand and replicate it,” he explained.

Limitless Potential

Swartz has more than 49,000 hours of greenhouse production time and has also done consulting work in a variety of settings. This year he has already been to Nassau, Bahamas; Santa Cruz, Calif.; Atlanta; Halifax, Nova Scotia; and Las Vegas.

“Hydroponic gardens range from simple, home-built systems that are outside, to conventional greenhouse systems, to very high-level, computer-controlled greenhouses, to a garden in Nova Scotia that grows without sunlight inside a warehouse, using LED lighting,” he explained. “It’s a 100% controlled atmosphere — and the final frontier is space.”

Indeed, he noted that a colleague, Gene Giachumelli, professor of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering and director of the Controlled Environment Agriculture Center at the University of Arizona, is designing a hydroponics food-production system for outer space, where one of the challenges is zero gravity.

“It’s a very interesting industry, and hydroponics is the safest food-production method possible,” Swartz said, as he stood on his family farm, gazed at his greenhouse, and recalled his own history.

“My father and many other people thought I was crazy when I started this. But I have taken the farming techniques I developed in the Valley and am working with growers across the globe today,” he said, adding that pesticides are not needed, and “you cannot get safer food products.”

That endeavor has no limits, and Swartz will continue to grow his own business as well as help other people across the world create farms without soil, sunlight, and other factors — in the process transcending what any farmer could have imagined several generations ago.

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Jeffrey Fialky, shareholder of the Springfield-based law firm of Bacon Wilson, P.C., was recently named Chairman of the Springfield Chamber of Commerce. Fialky is a member of the firm’s corporate, commercial, banking, and municipal departments, where he specializes in sophisticated business, financing, and commercial real-estate transactions, representing the interests of business owners and lending institutions, as well as municipalities and landowners. Fialky is the former President of the Young Professional Society of Greater Springfield, and is also currently Chair of the Springfield Museums membership and development committee, and serves as a director on the boards of the United Way of Pioneer Valley, the Scibelli Enterprise Center at STCC, Alden Credit Union, and the Jewish Federation of Western Mass. Fialky earned his BA from the University of New Hampshire and his JD from Western New England University School of Law.
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Bulkley Richardson recently announced that several of the Springfield-based firm’s lawyers were selected by their peers for legal-industry accolades. The following lawyers were named to The Best Lawyers in America 2014:
• Francis Dibble Jr. was named the Best Lawyers 2014 Springfield Litigation – Labor and Employment Lawyer of the Year. Dibble was also recognized in the areas of bet-the-company, commercial, antitrust, and securities litigation;
• David Parke was named the Best Lawyers 2014 Springfield Corporate Law Lawyer of the Year; and
• John Pucci was named the Best Lawyers 2014 Springfield Criminal Defense: Non-white-collar Lawyer of the Year. Pucci was also recognized in the area of criminal defense (white collar);
• In addition, the following Bulkley Richardson lawyers were also selected for the 2014 edition of Best Lawyers in specific practice fields:
• Peter Barry, construction law;
• Michael Burke, medical-malpractice law (defendants) and personal-injury litigation (defendants);
• Mark Cress, bankruptcy and creditor-debtor rights, insolvency and reorganization law, and corporate law;
• Daniel Finnegan, administrative/regulatory law and litigation (construction);
• Robert Gelinas, personal-injury litigation (defendants);
• William Hart, trusts and estate;
• Kevin Maynard, commercial litigation and litigation (banking and finance, construction);
• Melinda Phelps, medical-malpractice law (defendants) and personal-injury litigation (defendants);
• Donn Randall, commercial litigation;
• Ellen Randle, family law; and
• Ronald Weiss, corporate law, mergers-and-acquisitions law, and tax law.
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United Bank recently announced the promotions of seven staff members at the bank’s corporate offices in West Springfield:
• Nira Flatley was promoted to Assistant Vice President, Collections Manager. A graduate of Bay Path College with nearly 25 years of banking experience, she is responsible for managing residential delinquencies within the bank’s loan portfolio;
• Kristyn Samere, who joined the bank in 2010, is now Assistant Vice President of Training and Development. She is an active member of the Society for Human Resources Management and the American Society for Training and Development. A business administration graduate of Roberts Wesleyan College, she is currently pursuing an MBA at Northeastern University;
• Amy Ganci was appointed Assistant Vice President, Commercial Lending Administration. With more than 21 years of experience in the commercial-lending field, Ganci joined the bank in 2011. She holds a degree in business/financial management from Westfield State University and an associate’s degree from Greenfield Community College;
• Jennifer DeBarge was promoted to Marketing Officer. A graduate of Westfield State University, she joined the bank in 1998 as a teller and transferred to the marketing department in 2003 as marketing assistant;
• Ana Ricardo, who joined the bank in 2008 and has more than 15 years of residential lending experience, was promoted to Underwriting Officer;
• Ann Vallance was promoted to Business Banking Officer. She began her banking career in 2004 and joined the bank in 2012 in the areas of commercial lending and credit analysis; and
• Patricia Pasterczyk was promoted to Business Banking Officer. She joined the credit department in 2011 with more than 30 years of financial-services experience. She graduated magna cum laude from Elms College with a bachelor’s degree in business management. She also attended the School for Financial Studies at Babson College and holds a certificate in advanced paralegal studies from Elms College.
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Shatz, Schwartz, and Fentin, P.C. announced that eight of the Springfield-based firm’s attorneys were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2014:
Stephen Shatz was named the Best Lawyers 2014 Springfield Real Estate Law Lawyer of the Year. Shatz, first listed in the publication in 1993, was selected for his work in the specialty areas of banking and finance law and real-estate law. A shareholder since 1969, he concentrates his practice in the areas of real-estate development, real-estate finance, and commercial leasing;
• Steven Schwartz was selected for the areas of corporate law, business organizations and closely held companies, and family-business law. He concentrates his practice in the areas of family-business planning, mergers and acquisitions, corporate law, and estate planning;
• Gary Fentin was selected for his work in the areas of commercial transactions and banking and finance law. His practice areas include commercial and real-estate finance and development, industrial revenue bonds, affordable housing, estate planning, business law, and business foreclosures and workouts. Fentin manages the firm’s tax-exempt bond practice and is the only counsel west of Worcester approved as bond counsel to the Mass. Development Finance Agency;
• Michele Feinstein was selected in the areas of elder law and trusts and estates. She concentrates her practice in the areas of estate planning and administration, elder law, probate litigation, health law, and corporate and business planning;
• Carol Klyman, first listed in the publication in 2007, was selected for her work in the area of elder law. Her practice areas include elder law, estate planning and administration, special-needs trust planning, estate settlement, guardianships, and probate litigation;
• Timothy Mulhern, first listed in the publication in 2008, was selected for his work in the areas of tax law and corporate law. He concentrates his practice in family-business planning, taxation, corporate law, and estate planning;
• Ann (Ami) Weber, first listed in the publication in 2007, was selected for her work in the area of elder law. She practices in the areas of estate-tax planning, estate administration, probate, and elder law; and
• Steven Weiss, first listed in the publication in 2008, was selected for his work in the areas of bankruptcy and creditor-debtor rights as well as insolvency and reorganization law. His practice areas include commercial and consumer bankruptcy, reorganization, and litigation. Weiss manages the firm’s bankruptcy, reorganization, and workout practice, and has been a member of the private panel of Chapter 7 trustees for the District of Massachusetts since 1987, and also serves as a Chapter 11 trustee.

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American International College announced the following:

Mark Mastroianni

Mark Mastroianni

• Mark Mastroianni, Hampden County District Attorney, has been named to the Board of Trustees. Mastroianni received his bachelor’s degree from AIC and his juris doctorate from Western New England University. He was admitted to the Massachusetts State Bar in 1990 and the U.S. District Court of Massachusetts in 1991, and served as an assistant district attorney from 1990 to 1995, where he prosecuted cases and supervised District Court staff attorneys on matters of law, trial technique, and sentencing, authorized increases and reductions in charges, and implemented and maintained office policies and procedures; and
Daniel Warwick

Daniel Warwick

• Daniel Warwick, Springfield Superintendent of Schools, has been named to the Board of Trustees. A lifelong Springfield resident, he holds a certificate of advanced graduate studies and a master’s degree in Education, both from AIC, a bachelor’s degree in Education from Westfield State University, and fellowships for advanced educational learning from Harvard University, the University of Pittsburgh, and American International College. Appointed superintendent in 2012, Warwick began his career with Springfield Public Schools nearly 40 years ago and has a wealth of experience as a teacher, principal, and administrator.
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The Springfield-based law firm Bulkley Richardson announced that nine of the firm’s lawyers have been named to the 2012 Massachusetts Super Lawyers list. They are:
• Mark Cress, whose practice areas include bonds/government finance, banking, and bankruptcy, and creditor/debtor rights;
• Francis Dibble Jr., business litigation, health law, and antitrust litigation;
• Patrick Kennedy, business litigation, banking, and intellectual-property litigation;
• Mary Kennedy, employment and labor, and schools and education;
• Kelly McCarthy, health law;
• David Parke, business/corporate and mergers and acquisitions;
• John Pucci, also included in the Top 100 list of Massachusetts Super Lawyers, whose practice areas include business litigation and criminal defense (white collar);
• Donn Randall, banking and business litigation; and
• Ellen Randle, family law.
Also, two lawyers were named to the 2012 Massachusetts Rising Stars list:
• Matthew Kane, whose practice areas include banking, business litigation, and general litigation; and
• Kelly Koch, family law and estate planning and probate.
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Jules Gaudreau, President of The Gaudreau Group Inc. Insurance and Financial Services Agency, was voted Best Insurance Agent, and Werner Maiwald was voted Best Financial Advisor, in the Best of Boston Road ceremony at Ludlow Country Club. The Wilbraham-based agency also won Best Overall Professional Services and Most Philanthropic. More than 1,600 votes were submitted to the Boston Road Business Assoc. during this year’s competition.
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Skoler, Abbott & Presser, P.C. announced that Best Lawyers, the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession, has named Jay Presser as the 2013 Springfield Labor Law – Management Lawyer of the Year. Presser has been a member of the firm since 1977 and is head of the firm’s litigation practice. He has more than 35 years of experience litigating employment cases before administrative agencies, including the National Labor Relations Board, the Mass. Commission Against Discrimination, and the State Labor Relations Commission. Only a single lawyer in each practice area in each community is being honored as the Lawyer of the Year for 2013. Presser has been selected in the 10th anniversary edition of The Best Lawyers in America because he has been included in that esteemed list for the past 10 years. In addition, Presser has been chosen by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly as one of its Lawyers of the Year, and was recently selected as a Massachusetts Super Lawyer.
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Donald Frydryk

Donald Frydryk

Monson Savings Bank has announced the appointment of Donald Frydryk to the bank’s Board of Trustees. He is also a Corporator and a customer of the bank. Frydryk, Managing Partner of Sherman & Frydryk, a land-surveying and engineering firm based in Palmer, is a professional engineer and a pofessional land surveyor.
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Michael Fenton recently joined the Springfield-based law firm Shatz, Schwartz and Fentin, P.C. Fenton is admitted to practice law in Connecticut and Massachusetts, and his practice will focus on business law, commercial real estate, and estate planning. At 25, Fenton is the youngest city councilor in the Springfield’s history, having been elected twice since his first term at 22. A graduate of Cathedral High School and a cum-laude honors graduate of Providence College, where he received his bachelor’s degree in Political Science, Fenton received his MBA and JD from Western New England University, where he served as publishing editor of the Law Review and was an Oliver Wendell Holmes Scholar. Fenton clerked at Shatz, Schwartz and Fentin, P.C., and Bacon Wilson, P.C., and is a BusinessWest 40 Under Forty honoree in the class of 2012.
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Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno announced recently that James Leydon, formerly Director of Constituent Services, has replaced Attorney Thomas Walsh, former Director of Communications. In addition, William Baker joined the Mayor’s staff as the new Director of Constituent Services.
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STCU Credit Union recently hired Maria Lopez as Assistant Vice President, Westfield branch. Lopez, who speaks Spanish and English, brings over 23 years experience, including 13 years in mortgage lending.

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Michael Jonnes

Michael Jonnes

The Springfield Symphony Orchestra (SSO) announced the departure of Executive Director Michael Jonnes, effective Dec. 31. Jonnes, whose career with SSO began in 1998, was instrumental in helping to acquire a distinguished roster of soloists and developing a wide range of collaborative efforts with community groups and nonprofits throughout the region. He also led the search that brought Kevin Rhodes on as music director. Jonnes has more than 30 years of experience in nonprofit management in the orchestral realm. Prior to the SSO, he was the executive director of the Jackson Symphony Orchestra in Jackson, Tenn. Jonnes and his wife will relocate to be closer to family. A national search is currently underway to find his successor, and Peter Salerno will serve as Interim Executive Director during the search. The SSO will honor Jonnes with an audience reception following the Jan. 12, 2013 concert, “Scheherazade.”
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Jeffrey Pierce

Jeffrey Pierce

TD Bank recently named Jeffrey Pierce as Vice President, Business Development Officer in Small Business Administration (SBA) Lending in Hartford, Conn. With 27 years of experience in banking, finance, and lending, Pierce will be responsible for providing SBA financing to qualified small businesses throughout a two-state region that includes Hartford as well as the Springfield and Worcester areas in Massachusetts.
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Shirley Stephens recently joined the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission (PVPC) as Housing Coordinator, where she will work in the Community Development section of the agency and will be involved in the application intake and outreach process for various PVPC-administered housing-rehabilitation programs throughout Western and Central Massachusetts. Stephens is a licensed realtor with RR & Co. Realty Inc., helping distressed homeowners in Springfield.
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Members of the WGBY Board of Tribunes have voted to accept three new members to join the 2013 roster. Merricka Breuer, Patricia Crutchfield, and Norma Friedman were named as the newest members of WGBY’s board at the station’s recent annual meeting. Breuer is director of Marketing and Business Development at Ink & Toner Solutions in Northampton, Friedman is an adjunct professor at UMass Amherst’s University Without Walls, and Crutchfield is director of Human Resources at the Gandara Mental Health Center in Springfield.

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

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Stephen A. Roulier

Stephen A. Roulier

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

Rebecca Caplice

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

Michael P. Buckmaster

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

Amy E. Fyden

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

Beverly Walz

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

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Lisa Green

Lisa Green

Catherine Thompson

Catherine Thompson

The African Hall Committee of the Springfield Museums announced the recipients of the 2023 Ubora Award and Ahadi Youth Award. Lisa Green, a distinguished professor at UMass Amherst, is this year’s Ubora Award recipient, and Catherine Thompson, a 2023 graduate of Springfield Central High School who is headed to Johns Hopkins University, was chosen for the Ahadi Youth Award. Named for the Swahili word meaning ‘excellence,’ the Ubora Award has been awarded annually since 1992 to an African-American adult who has demonstrated a commitment to Greater Springfield and has exhibited excellence in the fields of community service, education, science, humanities, or the arts. Green is an expert in syntax and African-American English (AAE). She founded the Center for the Study of African American Language at UMass in 2006 and has directed it ever since. She is also the author of two books and is working on a third. She is an active volunteer and mentor with the Greater Springfield Chapter of Links Inc., the Western Massachusetts Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, and the Xi Xi Omega Chapter of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority. And since 1996, she has been running a children’s summer reading program that she started at a church in her hometown of Lake Arthur, La. The Ahadi Youth Award has been given since 2009 to an African-American student (age 19 or younger) who embodies the Swahili word for ‘promise’ and excels both in academics and service to the Greater Springfield community. An outstanding student who graduated sixth in her class, Thompson is passionate about community service, especially with regard to social justice. For instance, at the Pioneer Valley Project, she worked on getting teens to pre-register to vote; as a teen-advocacy board member for Girls Inc. of the Valley, she attempted to increase awareness of racial justice, mental health, equal rights, and sexual- and domestic-violence issues. She was also actively involved in myriad clubs and organizations throughout high school, including the Key Club, the National Honor Society, student government, and the varsity tennis and soccer teams.

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Lukman Arsalan

Lukman Arsalan

Elms College has named Lukman Arsalan its new vice president of Enrollment Management and Marketing, effective Aug. 14. In this role, Arsalan will become a member of the president’s cabinet. Arsalan joined Elms College following his most recent appointment as the dean of Admissions and Financial Aid at King’s Academy in Madaba, Jordan. Prior to that, he served as dean of Admission at Franklin and Marshall College in Pennsylvania and director of Global Enrollment and Student Success at Trinity College in Hartford, Conn. He brings a wealth of experience in higher education to this leadership role at Elms and will lead the college’s strategic efforts to attract outstanding students from Massachusetts, New England, and beyond. At King’s Academy, Arsalan achieved record-breaking application numbers and successfully launched a national campaign to attract talented students. During his tenure at Trinity College, he built a reputation for his dedication to providing a student-success ecosystem, while significantly increasing the college’s international applications, net revenue, and global brand recognition.

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Heather Iampietro

Heather Iampietro

Legacy Counsellors, P.C. recently welcomed its newest associate attorney, Heather Iampietro. She focuses her practice on real-estate transactions and estate planning. Iampietro received her juris doctorate from Western New England University School of Law in 2021 as a part-time student, while working full time in commercial and residential real estate as a paralegal at local firms. As a paralegal, she gained experience in all aspects of the real-estate process from inception through closing. She received her bachelor’s degree in legal studies and a certificate of advanced paralegal studies from Bay Path University in 2016.

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Greenfield Community College’s Information Technology team has new leadership with the addition of Antoine Harrison as vice president of Information Technology. Harrison brings more than 25 years of experience in information technology to the campus, including more than 14 years leading IT efforts within education. Harrison joins GCC at a time when numerous large projects are either underway or will soon be at the college to improve student and employee experience, including implementation of GCC’s first-ever CRM, upgrading the college’s enterprise systems, strengthening GCC’s cyber network security, and instituting an identity-management system. Harrison came most recently from Worcester Polytechnic Institute where he served as the institution’s deputy chief information officer. While there, he led critical technology areas and provided key guidance to senior leadership on enterprise applications, data-analytics infrastructure, integrations, business intelligence, web development, and project management. Previously, he has also contributed to infrastructure and technology projects in a variety of disciplines, including higher education, K-12 education, government, and private industry. He has also been recognized nationally for his innovative work, including being featured in industry magazine Toggle as one of the country’s top innovative CIOs.

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Julie Beck

Julie Beck

Elms College named Julie Beck its new dean of the School of Nursing (SON). Beck joins Elms from Wilson College in Chambersburg, Pa., where she recently served as director of Nursing and Health Sciences. The author of the book The Meaning of Voice to Experienced Nurses in Magnet Hospitals, Beck has more than 20 years of higher-education experience in nursing and holds a doctoral degree in adult education from Penn State University. She also holds an MSN in nursing education from Villanova University and a BSN from Bloomsburg University in Pennsylvania. Beck will be a key member of Elms’ leadership, bringing a new strategy and vision that will reinforce the strengths of the School of Nursing.

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Springfield Thunderbirds General Manager Kevin Maxwell announced that Jeff Jordan has been promoted to manager of Hockey Operations. Previously the Thunderbirds’ video coach and Team Services coordinator, Jordan will continue his work with the coaching staff in the video department during the 2023-24 season. Jordan joined the St. Louis Blues’ AHL affiliate in 2019 when he was hired by the San Antonio Rampage as the team’s video coach. Before starting his professional career, he served as an assistant coach with the Ontario Hockey League’s Ottawa 67’s in 2014-15 and 2015-16.

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Bulkley Richardson recently welcomed Jennifer Santucci to the firm as an associate in the Real Estate department. She will work with clients on drafting and negotiating purchase and sale agreements; reviewing and analyzing sales contracts, LLC/corporate documents, trust documentation, and title commitments; and preparing for and conducting closings. Her experience also includes real-estate financing, including representing various lenders in commercial real-estate transactions, and preparation of loan agreements and other loan documents on behalf of lenders. Santucci earned a juris doctorate from Suffolk University Law School in 2014 and a bachelor’s degree, summa cum laude, in criminal studies from Johnson & Wales University in 2009.

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Jane Wolfe

Jane Wolfe

Greenfield Cooperative Bank (GCB) announced that Jane Wolfe, executive vice president of Residential Lending, successfully completed the inaugural American Bankers Assoc. (ABA) Wharton Leadership Lab at the University of Pennsylvania. She earned an ABA Wharton Executive Leadership Certificate, a prestigious credential that demonstrates her excellence in leadership and strategic planning. Wolfe is a valuable member of GCB’s senior leadership team and a leader in the residential-lending industry, with more than 20 years of experience providing service and solutions to the bank’s customers and partners.

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The St. Patrick’s Committee of Holyoke announced that its 71st grand marshal is Mary Lynch, a Holyoke native and 34-year member of the St. Patrick’s Committee of Holyoke. The grand marshal of the annual parade is the committee’s highest local honor given to a person who has distinguished themselves as a loyal person to their career, family, and Irish ancestry. Lynch is a graduate of Holyoke Catholic High School, Holyoke Community College, and Westfield State College, where she earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education. She retired in 2017 as a long-time professor of Early Childhood Education at Holyoke Community College. She also served on several boards, including the Greater Holyoke YMCA and the Irish Cultural Center of Western New England. She was honored in 2010 with the Oldershaw Award from the Greater Holyoke YMCA, which is its highest honor given to an individual who has made significant volunteer contributions to the Greater Holyoke community. “Auntie Mary,” as she’s known to many on the committee, has held many important roles, including chair of the JFK and Memorial Mass, Grand Marshal’s Reception, Coronation Ball, and Awards Dinner. She has also served on the program book and tartan committees, parade coordination, and the board of directors. She was honored with the Rohan Award in 1996 and was a member of the Grand Colleen Court in 1970.

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Tim Deshaies

Tim Deshaies

Florence Bank recently presented its 2023 Community Support Award to Tim Deshaies, director of Retail Operations at the bank. The award was established by the bank in 1997 as a means of formally recognizing employees who are active in the community and give their personal and professional time to local nonprofit organizations. Each year, the award recipient can select an organization to which the bank will donate $500. Deshaies has chosen the Therapeutic Equestrian Center, citing the work the organization does with horse-assisted therapy for people in the community. Deshaies came to Florence Bank in 2007. He holds a master’s degree in business administration from Western New England University. He is active in the community, serving as treasurer of the Therapeutic Equestrian Center and the Wistariahurst Foundation, vice president of Black Horse Trust, and director of Mansir Trust.

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Berkshire Money Management (BMM), a full-service financial-advising firm with offices in Dalton and Great Barrington, announced the expansion of its Great Barrington team with the addition of Airen Wadsworth as front office coordinator. In that role, he is the first person to welcome guests to the new Great Barrington office at 72 Stockbridge Road. His goal is to help every client and visitor feel comfortable, at home, and part of the BMM culture. He will also support the firm with scheduling, data entry, and other vital tasks. He earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from MCLA in 2018.

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Dorian Guidi

Dorian Guidi

Monson Savings Bank (MSB) recently announced the promotion of Dorian Guidi to portfolio manager. He will continue to be based out of the Monson Savings Bank Loan & Operations Center, located at 75 Post Office Park in Wilbraham. Guidi is a graduate of Western New England University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in finance and accounting. Additionally, he completed the School of Commercial Lending facilitated by the Massachusetts Bankers Assoc. in October 2020, and the Leadership Institute facilitated by the Springfield Regional Chamber in June 2022. He is currently attending the New England School for Financial Studies and is on track to graduate in 2024. With more than eight years of banking experience, five of which have been at Monson Savings, Guidi has the background and banking knowledge to serve the bank’s commercial borrowers. Prior to working with MSB, Guidi spent 3 years at TD Bank as a teller and customer service representative. In his new role as portfolio manager, he will be responsible for assisting the bank’s commercial-loan officers with managing established commercial banking relationships and facilitating the underwriting, closing, and booking of new commercial-loan requests. Additionally, he will work to support the commercial loan department with audits and regulatory exams.

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KeyBank announced that Dennis Breitrick has joined the bank as senior Business Banking relationship manager for its Connecticut and Western Mass. market. In his new role, he will provide customized financial solutions to improve cash flow, such as commercial lines of credit, SBA financing, equipment financing, cash management, merchant services, commercial real-estate financing, and more to businesses with sales revenues between $3 million and $50 million annually. A graduate of Fordham University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree, Breitrick joins KeyBank from M&T Bank (formerly People’s United Bank), where he served as a business relationship manager since 2019. Previously, he spent 10 years with JPMorgan Chase Bank in similar roles serving business clients.

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Kathryn Crouss

Kathryn Crouss

Doherty, Wallace, Pillsbury and Murphy, P.C. (DWPM) announced that Kathryn Crouss, who became a shareholder at the firm in January, was named the 78th president of the Hampden County Bar Assoc. (HCBA). Crouss joined the firm in May 2022 and became a shareholder at the start of this year. With extensive experience in both family law and employment matters, she is a certified mediator and represents family-law clients both in court and through alternative dispute resolution. In addition to her service as president of the Hampden County Bar Assoc., Crouss also serves on the board of Community Legal Aid and has chaired the its Access to Justice fundraising campaign for the past two years. She has served on the board of the Hampden County Bar Assoc. since 2018.

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Shatz, Schwartz and Fentin announced that eight of its lawyers have been awarded in the 2024 editions of The Best Lawyers in America and Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in America. Steven Schwartz was named a Lawyer of the Year in the field of business organizations (including LLCs and partnerships). He was also chosen for The Best Lawyers in America in the fields of business organizations (including LLCs and partnerships), closely held companies and corporate law. Gary Fentin was named a Lawyer of the Year in the fields of banking and finance law and commercial transactions/uniform commercial code (UCC) law. Carol Cioe Klyman was named a Lawyer of the Year in the fields of elder law and trusts and estates. Timothy Mulhern was named a Lawyer of the Year in the fields of corporate law and tax law. Steven Weiss was named a Lawyer of the Year in the fields of bankruptcy and creditor debtor rights/insolvency and reorganization law. Mark Esposito was named to Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in America in the fields of commercial litigation and litigation – labor and employment. Also selected by their peers for inclusion in the 2024 edition of The Best Lawyers in America are Michele Feinstein, recognized in the fields of trusts and estates litigation, elder law, and trusts and estates; and James Sheils, recognized in the field of commercial transactions/ uniform commercial code (UCC) law.

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Bulkley Richardson announced that 15 lawyers from the firm were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in the 2024 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. These lawyers were recognized in 24 unique areas of practice. They include Peter Barry: construction law, healthcare law, and education law; Kathy Bernardo: real-estate law; Michael Burke: medical malpractice law (defendants) and personal-injury litigation (defendants); Mark Cress: banking and finance law, bankruptcy and creditor-debtor rights/insolvency and reorganization law, and corporate law; Francis Dibble Jr.: bet-the-company litigation, commercial litigation, white-collar criminal defense, labor and employment litigation, and securities litigation; Daniel Finnegan: administrative/regulatory law, construction litigation, and construction law; Scott Foster: business organizations, including LLCs and partnerships; Mary Jo Kennedy: employment law (individuals) and employment law (management); Kevin Maynard: commercial litigation, banking and finance litigation, and construction litigation; David Parke: corporate law and mergers and acquisitions; Jeffrey Poindexter: commercial litigation and construction litigation; John Pucci: bet-the-company litigation, general-practice criminal defense, and white-collar criminal defense; Jeffrey Roberts: corporate law and trusts & estates; Michael Roundy: commercial litigation; and Ronald Weiss: corporate law, mergers and acquisitions law, and tax law.

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HCC Named One of State’s Top Women-led Businesses

HOLYOKE — For the second year in a row, Holyoke Community College (HCC) has been named one of the top women-led businesses in Massachusetts by Boston Globe Magazine and the Women’s Edge, formerly the Commonwealth Institute, a nonprofit that supports top female executives. Taken together, the 100 companies on the list represent a total revenue and operating budget of $75.9 billion. HCC and its president, Christina Royal, were ranked 61st. The full list was published Oct. 30 in the annual “Women & Power” edition of the magazine. Royal was also one of 11 executives from the list featured in a separate article, “‘Resist the Temptation to Fit the Mold: Eleven Leaders Share Insights on Cultivating Diverse, Dynamic Teams in Challenging Times.” Royal has been the president of HCC since January 2017. She is the fourth president in HCC’s 75-year history and the first woman to hold that office. In August, she announced that she will retire from HCC after the 2022-23 academic year. Also making the Top 100 list at number 59 was 1983 HCC alumna and Westfield native Linda Markham, president of Cape Air and Nantucket Airlines, based in Hyannis.

 

UMass Amherst Named a Bike Friendly University

AMHERST — UMass Amherst has been designated as a Bike Friendly University (BFU) by the League of American Bicyclists, a grassroots advocacy organization encouraging better bicycling and protecting the rights of people who bike. UMass Amherst is one of only eight universities in Massachusetts to receive the commendation for providing safe, accessible biking on campus. Providing bike-friendly accommodations is a vital part of the university’s Sustainable UMass initiative. In recent years, four-foot-wide bicycle lanes have been constructed on the primary campus roadways of Massachusetts Avenue, North Pleasant Street, and Commonwealth Avenue to promote safe bike travel. In 2016, the university expanded its bike access for students, faculty, and staff by becoming a founding member of ValleyBike Share, and six bike-share stations are now spread across campus to allow students, faculty, and staff to easily rent and return bikes. The UMass Bicycle Commuter Program coordinates the Campus Bicycle Advisory Committee to help the university prioritize bike-related goals on campus, and the UMass Amherst Bike Library rental program, operated by the Student Government Assoc. and the Physical Plant, lets students, faculty, and staff borrow bikes for free, for as long as an entire academic year. UMass joins Harvard, MIT, UMass Lowell, Bentley University, Tufts University, and Boston University’s Charles River and medical-school campuses as Bike Friendly Universities. Since the program launched in 2011, such designations have been certified at 222 U.S. colleges and universities in 47 states.

 

V-One Earns Top Honors at Warsaw Spirits Competition

HADLEY — From its distillery in Kamien, Poland and its headquarters in Hadley, Valley Vodka Inc. recently announced that its original V-One Vodka earned its third Double Gold medal at the Warsaw Spirits Competition in Poland. The Warsaw Spirits Competition is in its fifth year, and this was the third time V-One has competed. This year, the number of entries and producers was record-breaking, with hundreds of alcoholic beverages from more than 32 countries. In the most competitive category, unflavored vodka (in the wheat/spelt/barley category), V-One earned the Double Gold with a score of 93.14.

 

Bulkley Richardson Named Best Law Firm in 12 Areas

Best Lawyers, in partnership with U.S. News and World Report, ranked Bulkley Richardson as 2023’s Best Law Firm in the Springfield region in the following 12 practice areas: banking and finance law, bankruptcy and creditor debtor rights/insolvency and reorganization law, business organizations (including LLCs and partnerships), commercial litigation, corporate law, criminal defense – general practice, criminal defense – white collar, litigation – labor and employment, medical-malpractice law – defendants, personal-injury litigation – defendants, tax law, and trusts and estates law. To be eligible for a ranking, a law firm must have at least one lawyer included in the year’s list of Best Lawyers. Bulkley Richardson had 16 lawyers included on the 2023 Best Lawyers list, and two of the firm’s partners, Mark Cress and John Pucci, were named 2023 Springfield-area Lawyers of the Year. Rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process that includes the collection of client and lawyer evaluations and peer reviews from leading attorneys in their field.

 

GCAi’s Video for Harvard Tours Middle East

SPRINGFIELD — Harvard Graduate School of Education tapped GCAi’s New England Corporate Video (NECV) division over the summer to produce a series of videos (click here to view) on the Middle East Professional Learning Initiative (MEPLI). MEPLI aims to develop the capacity of teachers in the region. The fellowship is job-embedded and lasts for one year, providing scholarships for professional-education courses (online and/or residential) and support for incorporating learning into existing work. Fellows receive a certificate in professional education upon successful completion of the program. The NECV-produced videos, now being shown at presentations on the program in the Middle East, were shot on campus at Harvard University and produced at NECV’s edit suite in Springfield. Three separate videos were produced, including English, English and Arabic, and all-Arabic language versions. Visit www.youtube.com/watch?v=lP3aBOEQqz0 to view the videos.

 

Liberty Bank Supports Habitat for Humanity

WEST SPRINGFIELD — Liberty Bank recently selected Greater Springfield Habitat for Humanity (GSHFH) to receive one of its community grants. The foundation aims to help low- and moderate-income families improve their economic situation and quality of life. Through Liberty Bank Foundation, Liberty Bank supports nonprofit organizations that its neighbors depend on to build strong families and communities. Grant making is focused on organizations that serve people within Liberty Bank’s market area. GSHFH is a housing ministry dedicated to strengthening communities by empowering low-income families to change their lives and the lives of future generations through home-ownership and home-repair opportunities. This is accomplished by working in partnership with diverse people, from all walks of life, to build and repair simple, decent, affordable housing.

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SPRINGFIELD — Best Lawyers, in partnership with U.S. News and World Report, ranked Bulkley Richardson as 2023’s Best Law Firm in the Springfield region in the following 12 practice areas: banking and finance law, bankruptcy and creditor debtor rights/insolvency and reorganization law, business organizations (including LLCs and partnerships), commercial litigation, corporate law, criminal defense – general practice, criminal defense – white collar, litigation – labor and employment, medical-malpractice law – defendants, personal-injury litigation – defendants, tax law, and trusts and estates law.

To be eligible for a ranking, a law firm must have at least one lawyer included in the year’s list of Best Lawyers. Bulkley Richardson had 16 lawyers included on the 2023 Best Lawyers list, and two of the firm’s partners, Mark Cress and John Pucci, were named 2023 Springfield-area Lawyers of the Year. Rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process that includes the collection of client and lawyer evaluations and peer reviews from leading attorneys in their field.

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Christine Shea

Christine Shea

David Lawson

David Lawson

Nicholas Mishol

Nicholas Mishol

Taylor Sawicki

Taylor Sawicki

Olivia Freeman

Olivia Freeman

Meyers Brothers Kalicka, P.C. (MBK) recently welcomed Christine Shea, CPA, MSA as a manager; David Lawson, MSA as a tax supervisor; Nicholas Mishol and Taylor Sawicki as associates; and Olivia Freeman as an administrative assistant. Shea joined MBK in 2022 with more than 25 years of experience in general accounting, cost accounting, auditing, and tax in both public accounting and corporate firms. She holds a master’s degree in accounting from Northern Illinois University and is a certified public accountant in the state of Massachusetts. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the Massachusetts Society of Certified Public Accountants (MSCPA). Lawson joined MBK in 2022. He has practiced public accounting since 2018 and worked for the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the Department of Treasury for 16 years. His experience in several different divisions and job functions at the IRS provides a strong basis for understanding a variety of tax issues and insight into the IRS’s approach to compliance issues. Mishol is a member of the Audit and Accounting department at MBK. He received his bachelor of business administration degree in accounting from the Isenberg School of Management at UMass Amherst and holds an associate degree in business administration from Holyoke Community College. He has practiced public accounting since June 2022. Sawicki is a member of the Audit and Accounting department at MBK. She has worked in public accounting since January 2021, working mainly with individual tax returns, and looks forward to expanding her experience as an audit associate. She holds a bachelor of business administration degree, concentrating in accounting. Freeman joined Meyers Brothers Kalicka, P.C. as an administrative assistant. She brings an attitude of efficiency, hard work, ambition, and care to the team at MBK, seeking to make clients feel comfortable and cared for by the firm.

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The Advertising Club of Western Massachusetts’ trustees of the Order of William Pynchon announced their selection of two local residents, Carol Cutting and Sherry Elander, as recipients of this year’s Pynchon Medal. Cutting has been the owner and operator of WEIB 106.3 FM since 1999. She persisted through a protracted legal battle to become the first black woman to operate a radio station in Massachusetts. In so doing, she fulfilled a 15-year vision of bringing representation of the region’s African-American community to the airwaves. She has also served in a host of change-making organizations, including Alpha Kappa Alpha and the National Assoc. of Black-Owned Broadcasters. For nearly 24 years, Elander has served as a special-education teacher in Westfield Public Schools, with a special focus in helping students transition to life after their formal education. Throughout her career, she has built a program designed to bring college, career, and other life goals within reach for countless students with intellectual, developmental, and/or physical disabilities. The program she developed, and the network of advocacy she built, has become a model for districts throughout the state and for educators across the country. She has developed partnerships with colleges and universities, local businesses, and policymakers in Western Mass. and beyond, all with a view to maximizing opportunity for her students. The presentation of the Pynchon Medal and celebration will take place on Thursday, Oct. 13 at the Delaney House in Holyoke. Event details and ticket information can be found at adclubwm.org or by calling (413) 342-0533.

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Kayla Staley

Kayla Staley

The Springfield Museums announced the 2022 Ubora Award and Ahadi Youth Award winners. Now in its 31st year of celebrating leadership by people of African heritage, the Ubora Award honors Dr. Gerald Cutting and Carol Moore Cutting as exemplary leaders and role models. Meanwhile, the 13th Ahadi Youth Award honors the activist energy and artistic power of Kayla Staley. The award ceremony will be held on Saturday, Sept. 17 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Wood Museum of Springfield History. Dr. Gerald Cutting is the first and only African-American individual to own and operate a veterinary hospital and clinic in Western Mass. At age 11, he decided he wanted to be a veterinarian so he could help save animals. After graduating as a doctor of veterinary medicine from Tuskegee University in Alabama, he worked hard to achieve this dream of owning his own practice, mentoring and encouraging students to explore STEM careers. For almost 50 years until his retirement, he lived his dream of serving multiple generations of ‘pet parents’ at his clinic in Chicopee. With the goal of connecting community through communication, Carol Moore Cutting applied in 1984 to the Federal Communications Commission for a radio frequency permitting her to build a FM station. After an exhaustive 15-year legal battle with an existing broadcaster, she prevailed all the way to the Washington D.C. Court of Appeals, and finally began test broadcasting in 1999. She became the first woman in Massachusetts and the first African-American in New England to be granted a construction permit to build, own, and continuously operate an FM radio station, WEIB-106.3 Smooth FM. Staley is a rising senior at the Conservatory of the Arts in Springfield, maintaining a 4.0 GPA and earning more than $20,000 in vocal scholarships since January 2021, as she was selected to receive private coaching and lessons from Broadway stars, college professors, summer overnight music intensive enrichment camps, and master classes with Broadway coaches. She is a frequent guest artist with Grammy winner Ben Gundersheimer (Mister G), and she often performs in the community. Staley is among two students from the Conservatory of the Arts accepted into the Massachusetts Music Educator’s Assoc. Western Regional Honors Festival Choir, the first time in 20 years any student has represented the city of Springfield in this event.

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Local law firm Shatz, Schwartz and Fentin announced that eight of its attorneys were listed in Best Lawyers in America 2023. Steven Schwartz was named a Lawyer of the Year in the field of business organizations. He was also selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America in the fields of bankruptcy and creditor debtor rights/insolvency and reorganization law, business organizations (including LLCs and partnerships), closely held companies and family business law, and corporate law. Michele Feinstein was named a Lawyer of the Year in the field of trusts and estates and was also selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America in the fields of litigation: trusts and estates, elder law, and trusts and estates. Mark Esposito was named One to Watch by Best Lawyers in the field of litigation: labor and employment. The other attorneys selected by their peers for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America 2023 are: Gary Fentin, who was recognized in the fields of banking and finance law and commercial transactions/uniform commercial code (UCC) law; Carol Cioe Klyman, selected in the fields of elder law and trusts and estates; Managing Partner Timothy Mulhern, recognized in the fields of corporate law and tax law; James Sheils, recognized in the field of commercial transactions/UCC law; and Steven Weiss, selected in the fields of bankruptcy and creditor debtor rights/insolvency and reorganization law.

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Arlen Carballo

Arlen Carballo

E. David Wilson

E. David Wilson

American International College (AIC) announced Arlen Carballo as a new member of the board of trustees and long-time board member E. David Wilson as trustee emeritus. Carballo is the executive director of Finance for MGM Springfield, overseeing all aspects of finance operations for both gaming and non-gaming areas. She has been part of the MGM Springfield team since the property opened in 2018, serving as the resort’s first director of Financial Planning. Prior to MGM Springfield, Carballo was part of the opening team for MGM National Harbor in Maryland. She is a graduate of the MGM Resorts Management Associate Program and has held leadership roles across both finance and operations at MGM’s Bellagio and Mandalay Bay properties in Las Vegas. She holds a bachelor’s degree in hotel and restaurant management from Northern Arizona University and is a graduate of the HACR 2022 Young Hispanic Corporate Achievers program. Wilson joined the AIC board of trustees in 1991, while serving as president of Milton Bradley. A graduate of the Harvard Advanced Management Program, he was vice president of Parker Brothers before joining Milton Bradley as manager in the game division in 1980. He was later promoted to senior vice president of Sales by Hasbro Industries, the parent company, before being named president, a title he held until his retirement in 2005. In June 2021, following 30 years of service to the institution, Wilson retired from the AIC board of trustees.

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Bulkley Richardson announced that 16 lawyers from the firm were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in 2023 edition of Best Lawyers in America. They include: Peter Barry (in the practice areas of construction, education, healthcare); Kathleen Bernardo (real estate); Michael Burke (medical malpractice law: defendants, personal injury litigation: defendants); Mark Cress (banking and finance, bankruptcy and creditor debtor rights/insolvency and reorganization law, corporate); Francis Dibble Jr. (bet-the-company litigation, commercial litigation, criminal defense: white-collar, litigation: labor and employment, litigation: securities); Daniel Finnegan (administrative/regulatory law, construction, litigation: construction); Scott Foster (business organizations, including LLCs and partnerships); Mary Jo Kennedy (employment); Kevin Maynard (commercial litigation, litigation: banking and finance, litigation: construction); David Parke (corporate, mergers and acquisitions); Jeffrey Poindexter (commercial litigation, litigation: construction); John Pucci (bet-the-company litigation, criminal defense: general practice, criminal defense: white-collar); Jeffrey Roberts (corporate, trusts and estates); Michael Roundy (commercial litigation); Elizabeth Sillin (nonprofit/charities law, trusts and estates); and Ronald Weiss (corporate, mergers and acquisitions, tax).

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Emi Lee

Emi Lee

UMassFive College Federal Credit Union recently introduced Emi Lee as the newest member of its expanding UMassFive Retirement Planning and Investments team available through CUSO Financial Services, LP. Lee supports two of the credit union’s CFS financial advisors, Aimee Marden and Dana Graham. She schedules appointments, sends appointment reminders, and helps with advisor administrative duties and service work. As an advisor assistant, she is also now the primary contact for current and prospective clients looking to work with Marden and Graham. After joining UMassFive as a part-time member service representative in November 2019, Lee quickly transitioned into a full-time position as a member service specialist at the Hadley branch in March 2020. In that role, she excelled at educating members financially and connecting them to the financial services most relevant to their needs. Her background includes a bachelor’s degree in anthropology from Smith College.

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Community Access to the Arts (CATA) announced the appointment of Kelly Galvin as program director. She joins current CATA staff members Jeff Gagnon and Kara Smith, who have been promoted to the program director position, to create a new, three-person arts leadership team at the nonprofit, reporting to Executive Director Margaret Keller. CATA strategically restructured staff roles to develop a shared program leadership model, following the retirement of long-time staff member Dawn Lane, coupled with vigorous growth in CATA’s arts programs serving people with disabilities. The three-person arts leadership team will work closely with Keller to seize opportunities and provide inclusive arts programs for people with disabilities across the Berkshires and Columbia County. Galvin joins CATA as an accomplished director, producer, and teaching artist. She has been a company member with Shakespeare & Company since 2008 and served as the artistic associate at WAM Theatre. As a director and producer, she has led acclaimed productions at Shakespeare & Company, Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, the Theater at Woodshill, and Gloucester Stage, and assisted at regional theatres including the Guthrie and Asolo Repertory Theatre. She is the founder of the rig, an organization in Western Massachusetts working to create connections through the arts and to redistribute cultural resources to a larger portion of the community.

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Charlene Smolkowicz

Charlene Smolkowicz

Freedom Credit Union recently announced the promotion of Charlene Smolkowicz from commercial credit manager to assistant vice president. She has been with Freedom since 2016 and is based in the main office in Springfield. In her role, she manages the Commercial Credit department, underwriting process, and analyst team for commercial and industrial, commercial mortgage/commercial real estate, and nonprofit borrowers. She is also responsible for maintaining sound portfolio credit quality and monitoring risk. Smolkowicz earned her bachelor’s degree in business administration at Northeastern University in Boston and a graduate certificate in nonprofit management at Bay Path University. She also completed the Massachusetts Bankers Assoc. Advanced School of Commercial Lending at Babson College. Active in the community, she serves as treasurer and chairs the finance committee for the board of directors for Viability Inc., and participates in both the WIT (Women Innovators & Trailblazers) Mentor Match Program and the Springfield School Volunteers Read-Aloud program. She was recognized by United Way of Pioneer Valley as Volunteer of the Year in 2012.

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St. Louis Blues President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced that the club hired Jordan Smith as an assistant coach for the Blues’ AHL affiliate, the Springfield Thunderbirds. Smith spent the last five years in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) as an associate coach with the Sudbury Wolves (2017-18) and Soo Greyhounds (2018-22). He was on the same coaching staff as current Thunderbirds Goalie Coach Dan Stewart with the Greyhounds from 2018 to 2020. Smith reached the postseason with Soo in 2019 and 2022. Smith is now the third member of the Thunderbirds’ coaching staff with ties to the Soo organization. Head coach Drew Bannister served in the same position for the Greyhounds from 2015 to 2018. A native of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Smith began his coaching career in 2012-13 with the Thunder Bay North Stars of the Superior International Junior Hockey League before serving four seasons as a head coach with the Soo Thunderbirds of the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League (2013-17), where he won four division titles and compiled a 176-29-10-3 record. In his playing career, Smith was a second-round selection by the Anaheim Ducks in 2004 but was forced to retire from professional hockey due to injury after two AHL seasons with the Cincinnati Mighty Ducks and Portland Pirates. He also skated for the Greyhounds from 2001 to 2005, putting up 68 points in 211 games in the OHL. In addition, the Springfield Thunderbirds announced two staff promotions and two new hires ahead of the 2022-23 season. Matthew McRobbie has been promoted to director of Business Development. An original member of the Thunderbirds’ front office, this is McRobbie’s third promotion within the organization. He served as a senior account executive from 2016 to 2021 before taking on the role of manager of Ticket Sales last season, where he oversaw the Thunderbirds’ team-record year in tickets sold and ticket revenue. In his new role, McRobbie, an alumnus of Springfield College, will be focused on working with local and national brands in the Thunderbirds’ Corporate Sales department. Additionally, John Jones, Jr. has been promoted to senior account executive. An alumnus of Florida State University, Jones has been a member of the Thunderbirds’ Ticket Sales department since the 2018-19 season. The Thunderbirds have also announced the hires of Nate Lynch and Alana Mather as account executives in ticket sales. Lynch joins the Thunderbirds full-time after serving as an intern in the team’s Ticket Sales department. He graduated from Eastern Connecticut State University in 2021. Mather joins the Thunderbirds after serving as an intern with the team for two seasons while a student at Western New England University.

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Megan Moynihan

Megan Moynihan

Sydney Brady

Sydney Brady

United Way of Pioneer Valley (UWPV) announced two new appointments within the company. Longtime employee Megan Moynihan has been promoted to serve as UWPV’s chief operating officer. In this role, she will oversee all daily operations and fundraising. She previously held the positions of senior director of Finance and manager of Finance & Operations, and she has been in UWPV’s Finance department since 2012. Moynihan holds a bachelor’s degree in finance and administration from Salve Regina University and is a graduate of the Springfield Leadership Institute program. Sydney Brady joined UWPV in June as the call-center supervisor for the Call2Talk Center in Springfield. Call2Talk is United Way’s emotional-support and suicide-prevention hotline. Brady holds a bachelor’s degree from Lasell University and previously served as a Call2Talk intern. She is currently earning her master’s degree in Social Work at Springfield College.

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Skoler, Abbott & Presser, P.C., a labor and employment law firm serving employers in the Greater Springfield and Worcester areas, announced that one of its partners, Timothy Murphy, has been recognized by his peers for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America for 2023. He is listed in three fields: employment law: management, labor law: management, and litigation: labor and employment. Focusing his practice on labor relations, union avoidance, collective bargaining and arbitration, employment litigation, and employment counseling, Murphy has been included in Best Lawyers in America every year since 2013, and was Lawyer of the Year in 2015, 2018, 2020, and 2022. Murphy is very active within the local community, sitting on boards of directors for several area organizations, such as the Human Service Forum and Community Legal Aid. He also is a member of the World Affairs Council.

 

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SPRINGFIELD — Best Lawyers, in partnership with U.S. News & World Report, ranks Bulkley Richardson as 2022 Best Law Firm in the Springfield region in the following 11 practice areas: bankruptcy and creditor debtor rights/insolvency and reorganization law, banking and finance law, commercial litigation, corporate law, criminal defense: general practice, criminal defense: white-collar, litigation – labor and employment, medical malpractice law – defendants, personal injury litigation – defendants, tax law, and trusts and estates law.

To be eligible for a ranking, a law firm must have at least one lawyer included in its list of Best Lawyers. Bulkley Richardson has 13 lawyers included on the 2022 Best Lawyers list, and two of the firm’s partners, Mark Cress and Mike Burke, were named 2022 Springfield-area Lawyers of the Year. Rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process that includes the collection of client and lawyer evaluations and peer reviews from leading attorneys in their field.

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Christopher Caouette

Christopher Caouette

Greenfield Cooperative Bank announced that Christopher Caouette has joined the bank as the new senior vice president – credit officer. He will be based in the main office at 62 Federal St. in Greenfield. “We are thrilled to add someone with Chris’s experience and reputation to the team,” said Tony Worden, president and chief operating officer. “I believe he will be an excellent addition to Greenfield Cooperative Bank.” Having spent the majority of his career in the Pioneer Valley, Caouette arrives with more than 30 years of banking experience, most recently as vice president, credit officer at another area bank. He holds an MBA in finance from UMass Amherst and attended the Massachusetts Bankers Assoc. BankExec program – School for Financial Studies, where he finished second among 10 competing bank groups.

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The Advertising Club of Western Massachusetts’ trustees of the Order of William Pynchon announced their selection of two local residents, Helen Caulton-Harris and Victor Rojas, as recipients of this year’s Pynchon medal. Caulton-Harris has served for decades as a tireless advocate for low-income residents, underserved neighborhoods, and communities of color. As director of the city of Springfield’s Health and Human Services division, she led the charge in making COVID-19 testing and vaccination sites widely available to all city residents. Rojas serves as director of technology for the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Holyoke and a role model for the city’s most vulnerable young people, connecting them with life-changing academic opportunities. During the pandemic, he worked to connect underserved students to internet access and led the effort to deliver thousands of meals and snacks to students who would otherwise receive them at school. Due to a postponed event in 2020, the Advertising Club announced its upcoming event will be a combined celebration for Pynchon recipients from 2020 and 2021. Last year’s recipients, Janine Fondon and Elizabeth Wills-O’Gilvie, will also receive their medals at the upcoming ceremony. The presentation of the Pynchon Medal and celebration will take place on Thursday, Oct. 7 at the Log Cabin in Holyoke. Event details and ticket information can be found at adclubwm.org or by calling (413) 342-0533.

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Ryan McEleney

Ryan McEleney

American Eagle Financial Credit Union (AEFCU) announced the appointment of Ryan McEleney as senior vice president, chief people officer. As CPO, McEleney will lead the advancement of talent-management and human-capital-development strategies, as well as cultivate workforce plans and programs that align with the organization’s overall business objectives. He will serve as a member of the company’s executive leadership team, reporting directly to the president and CEO. American Eagle’s current president and CEO, Dean Marchessault, announced earlier this year that he will retire at the end of 2021, at which time the credit union’s current Senior Vice President and Chief Lending Officer Howard Brady will assume the role of president and CEO. McEleney brings nearly 20 years of human-resources and training experience to American Eagle, most recently serving as senior vice president, director of HR Analytics & Technology at Webster Bank. He previously held positions in the areas of incentive compensation, HR strategy, and talent and culture programs. He has been a featured speaker at HR Leaders, the HR Leadership Summit, Innovate Work, Future of Work, and HR for Financial Services, to name a few, and has also been a guest lecturer at Southern Connecticut State University. McEleney is a senior certified professional from the Society of Human Resources Management. He earned his bachelor’s degree in general studies from the University of Connecticut and graduated from the Center for Excellence in Teaching & Learning in 2015. He has a Six Sigma green belt from Central Connecticut State University in addition to both his leadership certification and his culture certification from the Disney Institute. He also has an advanced facilitation certificate from the Langevin Institute. He currently serves as director and co-chair of the diversity, equity and inclusion committee for the Governor’s Prevention Partnership (GPP). He also co-founded, and now serves as a director of, Walk with Us, an organization supporting families impacted by brain cancer.

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Francine Berman, renowned data scientist, researcher, and co-founder of the Research Data Alliance, will join UMass Amherst’s College of Information and Computer Sciences (CICS) faculty this fall as a research professor and Stuart Rice Honorary Chair. She will work across the UMass campus to build and lead a new initiative in public-interest technology. A leading researcher in the field of data science, Berman has focused her past work on the societal, ethical, and environmental impacts of information technology. Most recently, she has been working to ensure that the internet of things develops in ways that are beneficial for human society and the ecosystem, topics she explored as a 2019-20 Katherine Hampson Bessell Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. She currently serves as the Edward P. Hamilton Distinguished Professor of Computer Science at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. At UMass Amherst, Berman will lead a new initiative focusing on public-interest technology. The initiative will blend teaching and research with hands-on practice and provide students, alumni, and the community with tools to reap the benefits and minimize the risks of the technological world we live in. This initiative will span the university’s Amherst and Mount Ida campuses, leveraging the Newton location for outreach and student experiential learning. Berman’s academic expertise has translated to an extensive career in public service. A member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, she was appointed to the National Council on the Humanities in 2015. In recognition of her service-focused work, she was selected by the National Academy of Public Administration for inclusion in its 2020 class of Academy Fellows. In 2012, she co-founded the Research Data Alliance (RDA), a community-driven international organization that builds global infrastructure to enable data sharing and data-driven research. Since its launch in 2012, RDA has attracted nearly 12,000 members from more than 130 countries and has built data infrastructure in use by groups and projects all over the world. Berman has also served in academic leadership roles, including as vice president for Research at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, director of the San Diego Supercomputer Center, and director of the National Science Foundation’s Partnership for Advanced Computational Infrastructure, a consortium of 41 research groups, institutions, and university partners with the mission of developing national infrastructure to support data-intensive and computationally intensive applications. Berman is a fellow of the Assoc. of Computing Machinery, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and the American Assoc. for the Advancement of Science. Before joining RPI, she taught at Purdue University as an assistant professor and at the University of California San Diego as a professor. She earned her master’s degree and doctorate from the University of Washington.

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Timothy Murphy

Timothy Murphy

Skoler, Abbott & Presser, P.C. announced that one of its partners, attorney Timothy Murphy, was recognized by his peers as a 2022 Lawyer of the Year in Springfield for his work in Labor Law – Management. Only a single lawyer in each practice area in each community is honored with this award. In addition, Murphy is recognized in Best Lawyers in America 2022 in three fields: employment law – management, labor law – management, and litigation – labor and employment. Focusing his practice on labor relations, union avoidance, collective bargaining and arbitration, employment litigation, and employment counseling, Murphy has been included in The Best Lawyers in America every year since 2013 and was Lawyer of the Year in 2015, 2019, and 2020. In 2017, he was named “Man Enough to Be a Girl Scout” by the Girls Scouts of Central and Western Massachusetts. He also sits on boards of directors for several area organizations, such as the Human Service Forum and Community Legal Aid, and is a member of the World Affairs Council.

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Shatz, Schwartz and Fentin announced that seven of its attorneys were listed in The Best Lawyers in America 2022, and two were also named a Lawyer of the Year. They include Shareholder Michele Feinstein, recognized in the fields of litigation – trusts and estates, elder law, and trusts and estates; Shareholder Gary Fentin, banking and finance law and commercial transactions/Uniform Commercial Code law; Shareholder Carol Cioe Klyman, elder law and trusts and estates (she was also named a Lawyer of the Year in the field of trusts and estates); Managing Partner Timothy Mulhern, corporate law and tax law; Shareholder Steven Schwartz, bankruptcy and creditor debtor rights/insolvency and reorganization law, business organizations (including LLCs and partnerships), closely held companies and family business law, as well as corporate law (he was also named a Lawyer of the Year in the field of business organizations); Shareholder James Sheils, commercial transactions/Uniform Commercial Code law; and Shareholder Steven Weiss, bankruptcy and creditor-debtor rights/insolvency and reorganization law. Best Lawyers listings are published in dozens of countries around the world. The 2022 edition includes more than 67,000 attorneys in 148 practice areas, covering all 50 states and the District of Columbia, and inclusion in this year’s publication is based on more than 9.4 million detailed evaluations of lawyers by other lawyers.

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Bulkley Richardson announced that 13 lawyers from the firm were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2022. These lawyers were recognized in 20 unique areas of practice. They include Peter Barry, recognized in the fields of construction law and healthcare law; Michael Burke, medical malpractice law – defendants and personal-injury litigation – defendants; Mark Cress, banking and finance law, bankruptcy and creditor-debtor rights/insolvency and reorganization law, and corporate law; Francis Dibble Jr., bet-the-company litigation, commercial litigation, criminal defense – white-collar, litigation – labor and employment, and litigation – securities; Daniel Finnegan, administrative/regulatory law and litigation – construction; Scott Foster, business organizations (including LLCs and partnerships); Kevin Maynard, commercial litigation, litigation – banking and finance, and litigation – construction; David Parke, corporate law and mergers and acquisitions; Melinda Phelps, medical-malpractice law – defendants and personal-injury litigation – defendants; Jeffrey Poindexter, commercial litigation; John Pucci, bet-the-company litigation, criminal defense – general practice, and criminal defense – white-collar; Elizabeth Sillin, nonprofit/charities law and trusts and estates; and Ronald Weiss, corporate law, mergers-and-acquisitions law, and tax law.

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Mark Fuller, who has served as interim chancellor of UMass Dartmouth since January, was named permanent chancellor. He has served in the interim capacity since January, following nine years as dean of the UMass Amherst Isenberg School of Management, which rose to national prominence under his leadership, and three years as UMass Amherst vice chancellor for Advancement. Fuller spent 12 years in the UMass system prior to being named interim chancellor in January, including nine transformative years at Isenberg, which is now ranked as the number-one public undergraduate business program in the Northeast by U.S. News & World Report. Isenberg’s online MBA program rose to the top ranking in the nation, and third in the world, according to the Financial Times. With an alumni base of 60,000 (similar to that of UMass Dartmouth), the annual giving to the Isenberg School increased from $2 million to $10 million on Fuller’s watch. As vice chancellor for Advancement for three years, he was a key player in redesigning UMass Amherst’s Advancement activities and building greater coordination between alumni communications, engagement, and fundraising. Prior to joining the UMass system, Fuller was a professor and department chair at Washington State University for nine years and began his career in academia with eight years at Baylor University. His research interests are especially relevant to today’s world, including technology-supported learning, distance education, and teamwork in technology-mediated environments. His teaching interests include executive education, leadership, information-systems strategy, e-commerce, change management, and project management.

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Kim Zabek

Jared Cyhowski

Jared Cyhowski

Elisabeth Porter

Elisabeth Porter

Greenfield Savings Bank (GSB) recently announced the promotions of Kim Zabek, Jared Cyhowski, and Elisabeth Porter. Zabek has been appointed assistant manager of the bank’s Hadley office. She will oversee the daily operations of the office and assist customers with their banking. She first joined Greenfield Savings Bank in August 2011 as assistant manager in Shelburne Falls, and in 2015 she was promoted to manager of the GSB call center. Most recently, she held the position of assistant manager of the South Deerfield office. An active community volunteer, Zabek has served on the board of Friends of Children in Hadley and is a member of the South Deerfield Women’s Club. Cyhowski has been promoted to Loan Operations specialist. In his new position, he will work with customers providing residential and consumer loan servicing. He started his career at GSB as a teller supervisor and was previously promoted to customer-service representative in the bank’s call center. Cyhowski joined GSB in May 2016 after attending Fitchburg State University, where he graduated with high honors in communications and a minor in English. He is a member of the Lambda Pi Eta Communication Studies Honor Society. He has volunteered at a range of community events, including Superhero Nights for Kids, where he wore a Mario (from Nintendo) costume, and he has volunteered at the Great Falls Festival (a/k/a Pumpkin Fest) in Turners Falls. Porter has been promoted to Corporate Support specialist, with responsibilities of assisting and providing support services to the bank’s CEO, COO, and financial officer. Her daily responsibilities include assisting in the preparation of reports, scheduling meetings and events, and maintaining official minutes. She will also assist other Greenfield Savings Bank executives as needed. Porter joined GSB in 2018 as a teller, and by October was promoted to customer service representative. This past March, she was promoted to the position of super banker. She is active in the community and volunteers at many GSB-sponsored community events.

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Skoler, Abbott & Presser, P.C., a labor and employment law firm serving employers in the Greater Springfield and Worcester areas, announced that one of its partners, Timothy Murphy, was listed in Best Lawyers in America for 2021. He was recognized in three fields: employment law – management, labor law – management, and litigation – labor and employment. Focusing his practice on labor relations, union avoidance, collective bargaining and arbitration, employment litigation, and employment counseling, Murphy has been included in Best Lawyers in America every year since 2013, and was Lawyer of the Year in 2015, 2019, and 2020. Murphy is very active within the local community. He sits on boards of directors for several area organizations, such as the Human Service Forum and Community Legal Aid. He also is a member of the World Affairs Council and the Finance Committee in Wilbraham. In 2017, he was named “Man Enough to Be a Girl Scout” by the Girl Scouts of Central and Western Massachusetts.

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Bacon Wilson, P.C. announced that 10 attorneys have been named to Best Lawyers in America for 2021. Kenneth Albano, the firm’s managing partner, was recognized in Best Lawyers for business organizations including LLCs and partnerships; Michael Katz for bankruptcy and reorganization; Stephen Krevalin for family law; Hyman Darling for elder law; Gary Breton for banking/finance law and business organizations; Gina Barry for elder law; Jeffrey Fialky for commercial finance; Mark Tanner for real-estate litigation; Paul Rothschild for litigation; and Peter MacConnell for real-estate law.

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Jeffrey Roberts

Jeffrey Roberts

James Martin

James Martin

Nancy Frankel Pelletier

Nancy Frankel Pelletier

Patricia Rapinchuk

Patricia Rapinchuk

Carla Newton

Carla Newton

Richard Gaberman

Richard Gaberman

Robinson Donovan, P.C. announced six attorneys were listed in Best Lawyers in America for 2021, and one was also named Lawyer of the Year in her field. Jeffrey Roberts, managing partner, practices corporate and business counseling and estate planning, and was named in the practice areas of corporate law and trusts and estates. He has received Best Lawyers recognition for 29 consecutive years. James Martin, partner, was listed in the practice areas of franchise law and real-estate law. He concentrates his practice on corporate and business counseling, litigation, and commercial real-estate law, and is a member of Robinson Donovan’s alternative dispute resolution group. He has received Best Lawyers recognition for 21 consecutive years. Nancy Frankel Pelletier, partner, was listed in the practice area of personal injury litigation-defendants. A member of the firm’s alternative dispute resolution group, she concentrates her practice in the areas of litigation and alternative dispute resolution. She has received Best Lawyers recognition for 16 consecutive years. Patricia Rapinchuk, partner, was listed in the fields of employment law – management and litigation – labor and employment. She was also named Lawyer of the Year in the field of employment law – management. She practices employment law and litigation. She has received Best Lawyers recognition for 12 consecutive years. Carla Newton, partner, was named in the field of family law. She focuses her practice on divorce and family law, litigation, corporate and business counseling, and commercial real estate, and is a member of the firm’s alternative dispute resolution group. She has received Best Lawyers recognition for nine consecutive years. Richard Gaberman was named in the fields of corporate law, real-estate law, tax law, and trusts and estates. He focuses his practice on corporate and business counseling, commercial real estate, and estate and tax planning law. He has received Best Lawyers recognition for 29 consecutive years.

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Bulkley Richardson announced that 13 lawyers from the firm were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America for 2021. Bulkley Richardson had more honorees than any other law firm in Springfield. These 14 lawyers were recognized in 20 unique areas of practice. They include Peter Barry, recognized for construction law; Michael Burke, medical-malpractice law (defendants) and personal-injury litigation (defendants); Mark Cress, banking and finance law, bankruptcy and creditor-debtor rights/insolvency and reorganization law, and corporate law; Francis Dibble Jr., bet-the-company litigation, commercial litigation, criminal defense (white-collar), litigation (antitrust), litigation (labor and employment), and litigation (securities); Daniel Finnegan, administrative/regulatory law and litigation (construction); Robert Gelinas, personal-injury litigation (defendants); Kevin Maynard, commercial litigation, litigation (banking and finance), and litigation (construction); David Parke, corporate law; Melinda Phelps, medical-malpractice law (defendants) and personal-injury litigation (defendants); Jeff Poindexter, commercial litigation; John Pucci, bet-the-company litigation, criminal defense (general practice), and criminal defense (white-collar); Elizabeth Sillin, nonprofit/charities law and trusts and estates; and Ronald Weiss, corporate law, mergers and acquisitions law and tax law.

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Shelley Daughdrill

Shelley Daughdrill

Florence Bank has promoted Shelley Daughdrill to the position of senior vice president, director of Retail Banking. In her new role, she will oversee the bank’s retail banking operations and direct and supervise the retail administrative staff and managers throughout the bank’s branches, as well as the Customer Service Center. Daughdrill first joined Florence Bank in 2005. Prior to her recent promotion, she served as vice president and area manager. During her tenure at the bank, she’s been the recipient of both the President’s Award and the Community Service Award, given by the bank to employees who consistently go above and beyond at work and in the community. Daughdrill is also the recipient of the 2011 Paul Winske Access Award given by Stavros, a local nonprofit organization that supports people with disabilities. The annual award is given to organizations and people who go above and beyond for the people they serve. Daughdrill is a graduate of the New England School for Financial Studies at Babson College. Additionally, she is currently enrolled at UMass Amherst pursuing a bachelor’s degree in business studies. She serves her community as a board member and attendance chair of the Amherst Rotary Club.

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Coldwell Banker Community Realtors announced the addition of Realtor Lori Baronas to its roster of professional real-estate agents serving Franklin and Hampshire counties. Baronas has had her Realtor and broker licenses for more than 42 years. Her father started Dresser Real Estate in Turners Falls when she was a child, and once in high school, she began helping out in the office. When her father retired in the 1980s, she took over the office in addition to working at UMass, earning a general business and finance degree from UMass, running a bookkeeping business, and raising her two children, Megan and Justin. She has long been active in her community, volunteering in the public schools her children attended. Her biggest achievement was starting the Pop Warner Football league in Deerfield more than 26 years ago and chairing the Frontier Athletic Field Lights Project, which allowed the children to play night games. Baronas is a member of the Realtor Assoc. of Pioneer Valley, the National Assoc. of Realtors, and the Massachusetts Assoc. of Realtors. With Coldwell Banker, her primary focus will be residential real estate in Franklin and Hampshire counties.

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The Springfield Rescue Mission (SRM) introduced its new executive director, Kevin Ramsdell Sr. Ramsdell served in the U.S. Navy, receiving two honorable discharges, and has been employed by Ford Motor Co. for 35 years. He also has been a part of his local church and involved in many areas of ministry. The Springfield Rescue Mission is a leader in meeting the needs of the poor and homeless in Greater Springfield. The SRM provides food, shelter, clothing, medical attention, Christian counseling, literacy training, and advocacy through its emergency shelter, give-away center, mobile feeding program, rehabilitation center, and transitional living facility, all free of charge. The programs help individuals take meaningful steps toward becoming responsible and productive members of the community.

Company Notebook

Bulkley Richardson Launches Blockchain, Cryptocurrency Group

SPRINGFIELD — Bulkley Richardson recently launched a Blockchain and Cryptocurrency practice group to provide solutions for businesses adopting blockchain technology in a complex and changing regulatory landscape. The group’s attorneys have broad-based experience in key areas affecting blockchain technologies, including financial services and banking, intellectual property, securities regulation, emerging businesses, corporate law, mergers and acquisitions, taxation, and digital privacy and cybersecurity. Blockchain technologies like cryptocurrencies and non-fungible tokens (NFTs) are changing the way businesses operate. The rise of the blockchain has spurred a wave of innovation that is disrupting the market and spawning new areas of the digital economy. As blockchain innovation continues to grow and evolve, so do the legal, regulatory, and business challenges. The Blockchain and Cryptocurrency practice group includes attorneys Mark Cress, Dan Finnegan, Scott Foster, Bart Galvin, Lauren Ostberg, Ron Weiss, and Sarah Willey. With a cross-disciplinary approach, Bulkley Richardson aims to assist clients in capitalizing on new business opportunities and meeting the challenges in this rapidly evolving industry.

 

Whalley Computer Associates Named One of Tech Elite 250

SOUTHWICK — Whalley Computer Associates (WCA) has once again been named to the Tech Elite 250 list comprised of solution providers in the U.S. and Canada that have made the investments necessary to earn the highest level of certifications from the largest and most prestigious manufacturers of technology products and services, such as Amazon Web Services, Cisco, Dell, IBM, Microsoft, Nutanix, VMware, HPI, and HPE, to name a few. CRN, a brand of the Channel Company, named WCA to the Tech Elite 250 in 2016 and 2019 as well. WCA’s engineering team has earned about 125 certifications with nearly 30 different manufacturers by numerous dedicated engineers. Founded in 1979, WCA has been providing IT solutions and services to customers throughout New England and upstate New York for 42 years. While it boasts a diverse customer base from small customers to numerous Fortune 100 companies in a wide array of industries, WCA is one of North America’s leading technology solution providers to healthcare, retail, finance, K-12, higher education, and government agencies on both the state and local levels.

 

Darby O’Brien Advertising Launches Catch & Keep Initiative

SOUTH HADLEY — For more than 40 years, Darby O’Brien Advertising has created and executed innovative branding, advertising, and political campaigns. In recent years, clients have increasingly asked the agency to bring its same out-of-step approach to another important area of business: recruiting. Many businesses, especially in technology and manufacturing, are facing unique challenges in today’s job market. Many have plenty of well-paid positions open but are unable to find the right candidates to fill them. Then, when they find the right people, it can be a challenge to keep them. Traditional headhunters and online hiring services often fall short, offering boilerplate approaches to a problem that needs customized solutions — and offering no follow-up. The agency decided to launch Catch & Keep after developing successful recruiting campaigns for clients including VSS CNC Machining, the Mental Health Assoc., Paragus IT, and Berkshire Real Estate. Case studies and more information on Catch & Keep can be found at darbyobrien.com/recruiting.

 

National Science Foundation Grants $649,000 to WNEU

SPRINGFIELD — The National Science Foundation (NSF) awarded Western New England University (WNEU) $649,111 for a five-year grant to offer scholarships to students. The target populations are students who are high achievers in high school whose family demonstrates they will benefit from financial aid. The grant will create a community-outreach program to increase the number of high-school and middle-school students entering and succeeding in STEM fields. The grant, titled Sustainable Pathways to Success for Low-income STEM Students Emphasizing Research and Innovation, was awarded to Jingru Benner, assistant professor of Mechanical Engineering and a team of educators from the university including Dean Hossein Cheraghi, Michael Rust, and Anthony Santamaria from the College of Engineering; Raymond Ostendorf from the College of Arts and Sciences; and Bryan Gross, vice president for Enrollment Management and Marketing. Benner will serve as principal investigator and project director. The project will increase the number of high-school students who have access to enroll in the WNEU Mechanical Engineering program. The grant provides funding for an annual need-based scholarship that will be added on top of each student’s WNEU merit scholarship and can be combined with the university’s Women in Engineering or FIRST Robotics Scholarships. In addition, the grant will fund critical resources for students in the program to receive targeted support to help them successfully graduate.

 

Elms College Athletics to Join GNAC This Fall

CHICOPEE — Elms College and the Great Northeast Athletic Conference announced that the Blazers’ GNAC core membership will begin this fall with the upcoming 2021-22 academic year. Last October, both the institution and the league office issued a joint announcement indicating Elms would join the GNAC with the 2022-23 academic year; however, that timeline has since been adjusted. Elms had been a member of the New England College Conference since 2007, claiming 19 league championships while leading the way in All-Academic selections. The Blazers’ swimming and diving programs have been associate members of GNAC since 2006, last competing at the 2020 GNAC championships just prior to the COVID-19 pandemic shutdown. Now all 17 sport programs will compete in the same conference, including baseball, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s cross country, field hockey, men’s golf, men’s and women’s lacrosse, men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s outdoor track and field, as well as men’s and women’s volleyball. GNAC Commissioner Joe Walsh, the conference office, and current members are working diligently to make scheduling adjustments to accommodate the Blazers’ programs, as Elms will now begin its GNAC journey this fall with men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s cross country, field hockey, men’s golf, and women’s volleyball.

 

MCLA Receives $28,000 Grant from Massachusetts DHE

NORTH ADAMS — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) has received a $28,720 Higher Education Innovation Fund Grant from the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education (DHE), which recently announced a slate of $1.7 million in grants for the state’s public colleges. These grants fund initiatives that help colleges work toward racial equity in Massachusetts public higher education. The grant will allow the MCLA Department of Public Safety to work with a consulting firm specializing in improving police departments’ relationships with their communities. The consultant will work with MCLA to develop an interactive training module for the Department of Public Safety with the goal of increasing cultural competency and engagement of its officers and staff with the MCLA community. Most of the grant proposals funded by DHE seek to provide faculty and staff equity training for transforming campus pedagogy, syllabi, curriculum, and campus life, with the goal of making the institution a truly nurturing environment for students of color.

 

UMass Board of Trustees Approves In-state Tuition Freeze for 2021-22

BOSTON — The University of Massachusetts board of trustees voted to approve UMass President Marty Meehan’s proposal to freeze tuition for all in-state undergraduate and graduate students at UMass Amherst, Boston, Dartmouth, and Lowell for the 2021-22 academic year. The vote marks the second consecutive year of tuition and mandatory fee freezes at UMass for in-state undergraduate and graduate students. The Boston, Dartmouth, and Lowell campuses also froze out-of-state student tuition. The net price of a UMass education — price minus financial aid — remains consistent with other New England public land-grant universities and 31% below peer private institutions. In addition to a tuition freeze, the university increased its institutionally funded financial aid to a record high of $352 million this fiscal year. This aid, which is funded directly by the university, accounts for 40% of the total aid UMass students receive and is comprised primarily of scholarships and grants. Since 2015, institutional aid has increased by $116 million, or 49%. At least 25% of UMass students at each campus receive Pell Grants. The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund is projected to provide $23 million to UMass to further support students, and last year’s CARES Act provided $23 million in direct aid to students. These grants are not considered or included as financial aid.

 

Brenda Cuoco & Associates to Open Second Branch in Longmeadow Shops

LONGMEADOW — Brenda Cuoco & Associates Real Estate Brokerage announced the addition of a new flagship office location opening soon in the Longmeadow Shops. The office is currently under construction, with a target opening date of May 1, and will be located at 714 Bliss Road, adjacent to Starbucks. The addition will support the steady and sustained growth that the brokerage has seen in the last several years and will complement the existing office located at 2442 Boston Road in Wilbraham. The brokerage will also actively recruit top-performing agents to help serve this new community. The firm sold 164 properties last year with a volume of $46.8 million.

 

AIC to Name Renovated Basketball Locker Room in Honor of Frank Oppedisano

SPRINGFIELD — The American International College (AIC) men’s basketball locker room will enjoy a much-needed makeover with help from friends in the community. Earlier this year, a group of alumni expressed an interest in doing something meaningful to help AIC men’s basketball in memory of their friend and former teammate, Frank Oppedisano, class of 1967. In addition to their fundraising effort, AIC Athletics engaged alumni and supporters during Athletics Giving Week last month. Donors were asked to consider giving to a general fund or team of their choice, with proceeds from the campaign earmarked to benefit student-athletes and athletic programs at the college. The new locker room will offer additional locker space, new flooring, and Yellow Jacket branding throughout, and will be named in honor of the Springfield native who was a four-year member of the basketball program. Before his passing in March 2020, Oppedisano was a regular at AIC men’s basketball home games and routinely provided congratulations after a win or unconditional support in defeat.

 

Bradley Debut Non-stop Service to Atlanta on Frontier Airlines

WINDSOR LOCKS, Conn. — The Connecticut Airport Authority (CAA) announced the debut of non-stop service from Bradley International Airport (BDL) to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) on Frontier Airlines. The service will commence on June 11 and will operate four times per week. To view flight times and booking information, visit www.flyfrontier.com. With the debut of non-stop service to Atlanta, Frontier Airlines will now offer five non-stop destinations from Bradley International Airport this summer. The airline’s other destinations include Denver, Miami, Orlando, and Raleigh-Durham.

 

Daily News

SPRINGFIELD — Bulkley Richardson recently launched a Blockchain and Cryptocurrency practice group to provide solutions for businesses adopting blockchain technology in a complex and changing regulatory landscape.

The group’s attorneys have broad-based experience in key areas affecting blockchain technologies, including financial services and banking, intellectual property, securities regulation, emerging businesses, corporate law, mergers and acquisitions, taxation, and digital privacy and cybersecurity.

Blockchain technologies like cryptocurrencies and non-fungible tokens (NFTs) are changing the way businesses operate. The rise of the blockchain has spurred a wave of innovation that is disrupting the market and spawning new areas of the digital economy. As blockchain innovation continues to grow and evolve, so do the legal, regulatory, and business challenges.

The Blockchain and Cryptocurrency practice group includes attorneys Mark Cress, Dan Finnegan, Scott Foster, Bart Galvin, Lauren Ostberg, Ron Weiss, and Sarah Willey. With a cross-disciplinary approach, Bulkley Richardson aims to assist clients in capitalizing on new business opportunities and meeting the challenges in this rapidly evolving industry.

COVID-19 Daily News

SPRINGFIELD — As developments surrounding COVID-19 continue to escalate daily, concerns beyond personal health and safety have quickly emerged. The virus has already made a significant impact on the global economy, altering the way businesses operate, as well as potentially seismic shifts in consumer activity.

To address issues critical to businesses and their employees, Bulkley Richardson has launched a COVID-19 response team comprised of seasoned attorneys in the areas of business, finance, employment, schools, healthcare, and cybersecurity. In this time of great uncertainty, businesses are seeking legal counsel to help navigate this fluid landscape and prepare as we enter a period of uncertainty and rapid change.

Bulkley Richardson understands that each business will be affected differently and that taking proactive measures may help to minimize the risk of business interruptions. This COVID-19 response team has prepared an initial catalog of issues to be considered by each business owner or manager and has posted this information at bulkley.com. In the upcoming days, we will be expanding on this list and providing further detailed guidance. If you have specific questions, contact a member of the COVID-19 response team below or call (413) 272-6200.

The team consists Scott Foster (business, cybersecurity), Mark Cress (business, banking and finance), Mary Jo Kennedy (employment), Ryan Barry (business, banking and finance, healthcare, schools, colleges, and universities), Judge John Greaney (strategy), and Christopher St. Martin (employment, teleservices).

People on the Move

Michele Feinstein

Gary Fentin

Carol Cioe Klyman

Timothy Mulhern

Steven Schwartz

James Sheils

Steven Weiss

Shatz, Schwartz and Fentin, P.C. announced that seven of its attorneys were listed in Best Lawyers in America for 2020. Best Lawyers is the oldest and most respected peer review publication in the legal profession, and its peer-reviewed listings are published in almost 75 countries around the world. The seven Shatz, Schwartz and Fentin lawyers listed for inclusion this year are: Shareholder Michele Feinstein, in the fields of elder law and trusts and estates; Shareholder Gary Fentin (banking and finance law and commercial transactions/Uniform Commercial Code law); Shareholder Carol Cioe Klyman (elder law); Managing Partner Timothy Mulhern (corporate law and tax law); Shareholder Steven Schwartz (business organizations, including LLCs and partnerships; closely held companies; and family business law, as well as corporate law); Shareholder James Sheils (commercial transactions/Uniform Commercial Code law); and Shareholder Steven Weiss (bankruptcy and creditor/debtor rights, and insolvency and reorganization law). Feinstein concentrates her practice in the areas of estate planning and administration, elder law, probate litigation, health law, and corporate and business planning, including all aspects of planning for the succession of business interests, representation of closely held businesses and their owners, and representation of physicians in their individual and group practices. Fentin concentrates his practice in the areas of commercial and real-estate finance and development, industrial revenue bonds, affordable-housing development and finance, business law, and business foreclosures and workouts. He manages the firm’s tax-exempt bond practice and has acted as bond counsel and/or purchaser’s counsel in hundreds of such issues since 1978. Klyman concentrates her practice in the areas of elder law, estate planning, special-needs-trust planning, estate settlement, guardianships, trust and estates litigation, and MassHealth appeals. Mulhern concentrates his practice in the areas of family-business planning, taxation, corporate law, commercial real estate, and estate planning. Schwartz concentrates his practice in the areas of family-business planning, mergers and acquisitions, corporate law, and estate planning. His practice involves representation of principals in family-business planning (including exit planning for business owners), representation of individuals and corporations in the purchase and sale of business enterprises, strategic planning for the future of clients’ businesses, and providing advice on alternatives in financing through loans and venture capital. Sheils concentrates his practice in the areas of commercial finance law, creditors’ rights, banking law, and telecommunications siting matters. Weiss concentrates his practice in the areas of commercial and consumer bankruptcy, reorganization, and litigation. He supervises the firm’s bankruptcy, reorganization, and workout practice and represents creditors, debtors, and others in both commercial and consumer bankruptcy cases throughout Massachusetts. Weiss has been a member of the private panel of Chapter 7 Trustees for the District of Massachusetts since 1987.

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Attorneys Michael Burke, John Pucci, and David Parke, partners at Bulkley Richardson, were each named 2020 Lawyer of the Year recipients in their respective practice areas by Best Lawyers in America, in partnership with U.S. News Media Group. Burke was honored in the area of Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants, Parke in Corporate Law, and Pucci in Criminal Defense – General Practice. Lawyer of the Year rankings are awarded to one lawyer per practice area and region. In total, 12 lawyers from the firm were selected by their peers for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America 2020. They include Peter Barry (recognized in the field of construction law), Michael Burke (medical malpractice law – defendants and personal-injury litigation – defendants); Mark Cress (banking and finance law, bankruptcy and creditor-debtor rights/insolvency and reorganization law, and corporate law); Francis Dibble Jr. (bet-the-company litigation, commercial litigation, criminal defense – white-collar, litigation – antitrust, litigation – labor and employment, and litigation – securities); Daniel Finnegan (administrative/regulatory law and litigation – construction); Robert Gelinas (personal-injury litigation – defendants); Kevin Maynard (commercial litigation, litigation – banking and finance, and litigation – construction); David Parke (corporate law); Melinda Phelps (medical-malpractice law – defendants and personal-injury litigation – defendants); John Pucci (bet-the-company litigation, criminal defense – general practice, and criminal defense – white-collar); Elizabeth Sillin (nonprofit/charities law and trusts and estates); and Ronald Weiss (corporate law, mergers-and-acquisitions law, and tax law).

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Patricia Rapinchuk

Robinson Donovan, P.C. announced that attorney Patricia Rapinchuk, a partner at the firm, was recently selected as her region’s Lawyer of the Year for 2020 in the field of Litigation – Labor and Employment, by Best Lawyers in America. Rapinchuk a successful track record as a trial lawyer and concentrates her practice in employment law and litigation. She is a member of the Massachusetts Bar Assoc., the Hampden County Bar Assoc., the Hampshire County Bar Assoc., and the Women’s Bar Assoc. of Massachusetts. She is regularly honored by Massachusetts Super Lawyers, being selected as a Top 50 Woman in Massachusetts in 2012, 2013, 2015, and 2017. Additionally, this is her fourth Best Lawyers Lawyer of the Year recognition in Litigation – Labor and Employment, being previously honored in 2016, 2018, and 2019. Rapinchuk earned her bachelor’s degree from Mount Holyoke College and her juris doctor from the University of Connecticut.

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Timothy Murphy

Skoler, Abbott & Presser, P.C. announced that one of its partners, Timothy Murphy, was recognized by his peers as a 2020 Lawyer of the Year in Springfield for his work in Labor Law – Management. Only a single lawyer in each practice area and community is honored with this award. In addition, Murphy is recognized in the 2020 edition of Best Lawyers in America for his work in Employment Law – Management, Labor Law – Management, and Litigation – Labor and Employment. Focusing his practice on labor relations, union campaigns, collective bargaining and arbitration, employment litigation, and employment counseling, Murphy has been included in Best Lawyers in America every year since 2013 and was also Lawyer of the Year in 2015 and 2019. In 2017, he was named Man Enough to Be a Girl Scout by the Girls Scouts of Central and Western Massachusetts. Murphy is also active within the local community, sitting on boards of directors for several area organizations, such as the Springfield Regional Chamber and Community Legal Aid. He is also a member of the World Affairs Council and the Finance Committee in Wilbraham.

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William Granger

William Granger has been named chief information officer at Greenfield Savings Bank. He will oversee the operations of the Information Technology (IT) Department, support the operation of the bank, and develop a long-term strategy for IT for the bank. He joins Greenfield Savings Bank with more than 20 years in IT and eight years working in the financial and banking industry. He served for six years in the U.S. Air Force and then earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting at George Mason University. After graduation, he became a CPA. He also completed the Artificial Intelligence course at the MIT Management Executive Program.

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Alissa Mariano

Catherine Cagino

EMA Dental recently welcomed two new doctors to the practice: Alissa Mariano, DMD, and Catherine Cagino, DDS, MS. Mariano completed her doctorate at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in 2016 and completed her post-graduate specialty residency in advanced prosthodontics at Tufts in 2019. As a prosthodontist, she has focused her education on comprehensive rehabilitation and reconstruction of complex dental needs and implant dentistry. She is currently working both in Western and Eastern Mass., limiting her practice to prosthodontics. She is board-eligible and will be completing the final part of the American Board of Prosthodontics National Exam to become a board-certified prosthodontist this fall. Cagino graduated from the University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine in 2013 and continued her education there in the Advanced Education in Prosthodontics residency program, earning her certificate in prosthodontics in 2016. During her residency, she also completed a master’s degree in Oral Sciences. Her master’s research thesis evaluated a new processing method for denture base acrylic resin. After graduation from residency, Cagino pursued sub-specialty training, completing a one-year fellowship in maxillofacial prosthetics at UCLA. Maxillofacial prosthetics focuses on treatment of patients with defects of the head and neck region due to cancer, surgery, trauma, and birth defects. Cagino’s clinical interests include the dental management of pre- and post-radiation and chemotherapy patients as well as treatment of maxillectomy and mandibulectomy patients.

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Dietz & Co. Architects Inc. announced that Laura Davis has been promoted from architectural associate to job captain. Davis joined the firm in April and specializes in commercial renovations and fit-outs. She is currently working on design for renovations to a casino. Prior to joining Dietz, she worked on various retail tenant-improvement and restaurant projects nationwide. Davis graduated from Ohio State University with a bachelor’s degree in Interior Design.

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Kayce Babinksi

DiGrigoli Salon announced that Kayce Babinksi, who has been a member of the artistic team for just over a year, was promoted on Aug. 1 from a junior stylist to a senior stylist. Babinski specializes in vivid colors, balayage, and braided updos. She earned this promotion by being a dedicated and loyal stylist, increasing her clientele, and continuously staying educated on the latest trends and techniques. She is a graduate of DiGrigoli School of Cosmetology and has attended several national hair shows and classes in Orlando, Fla. and New York City to make sure her clients are getting the best possible service. She has also been integral in supporting and promoting DiGrigoli’s own hair-product line, Paul Joseph Professional.

People on the Move
Amanda Mercier

Amanda Mercier

Amanda Mercier of the Gaudreau Group recently achieved the Registered Employee Benefits Consultant (REBC) designation from the National Assoc. of Health Underwriters (NAHU), which views this designation as the highest form of recognition in the health-insurance industry, demonstrating Mercier’s commitment to educational leadership within the insurance profession. The REBC designation distinguishes Mercier as an elite practitioner in her field. The program analyzes group benefits with respect to the ACA environment, contract provisions, marketing, underwriting, rate making, plan design, cost containment, and alternative funding methods. The largest portion of this program is devoted to group medical expense plans that are a major concern to employers, as well as to employees.

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In recognition of another record-breaking season for the business, the Springfield Thunderbirds announced that three staff members will take on new roles for the 2018-19 season. Thunderbirds President Nathan Costa announced the promotions of Steve Kunsey to senior manager of Business Development and Nicole Taylor to Business Development & Special Events executive. Additionally, Frank Grimaldi will take on a new role as Ticket Operations and Retention executive. Kunsey and Taylor were key members of the Thunderbirds’ sponsorship sales staff during the 2017-18 season. That department reached a new pinnacle with more than $1.2 million in corporate cash for the first time in Springfield AHL history, including 177 corporate accounts — the second-highest total in the AHL. Grimaldi will take on his new role after previously serving as an account executive in Ticket Sales. He will oversee the Thunderbirds ticketing system, with a focus on digital ticketing and data collection.

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Caryl Connor

Caryl Connor

For the third year in a row, Caryl Connor of the Mortgage Department of Greenfield Savings Bank has been named the area’s top mortgage originator by number of loans, according to the journal Banker & Tradesman. The report also ranked Connor the area’s number-two loan originator by total dollar amount of loans, and the number-six loan originator in the state based on number of loans.

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Robinson Donovan, P.C. announced that seven attorneys were listed in The Best Lawyers in America 2019. They include:

• Jeffrey Roberts: corporate law; trusts and estates;

• Jeffrey McCormick: personal-injury litigation (defendants); personal-injury litigation (plaintiffs);

• James Martin: franchise law; real-estate law;

Nancy Frankel Pelletier: personal-injury litigation (defendants);

• Patricia Rapinchuk: employment law (management); and litigation (labor and employment. She was also named Lawyer of the Year in the field of litigation (labor and employment);

• Carla Newton: family law; and

• Richard Gaberman: corporate law; real-estate law; tax law; trusts and estates.

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Isaac Fleisher

Isaac Fleisher

Bacon Wilson announced that Isaac Fleisher joined the firm as an associate on the firm’s business and corporate team. As an accomplished transactional attorney, Fleisher has broad experience in all aspects of business representation, for legal matters ranging from mergers and acquisitions to business formation and financing, real-estate transactions including land use and zoning issues, copyright work, and mediation and arbitration. He also has experience representing clients in the rapidly expanding solar-energy and cannabis industries. Earlier in his career, Fleisher worked as in-house counsel for a prominent musical theater licensing agency in New York City, and as a legal fellow for the New York state attorney general. He serves on the board of the Lander-Grinspoon Academy in Northampton, and is a member of the Hampden County Bar Assoc. pro bono advisory board.

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Thirteen lawyers from Bulkley Richardson were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America for 2019. These 13 lawyers were recognized in 19 unique areas of practice. They include:

Peter Barry: construction law;

Michael Burke: medical malpractice law (defendants); personal-injury litigation (defendants);

Mark Cress: bankruptcy and creditor-debtor rights/insolvency and reorganization law; corporate law;

• Francis Dibble Jr.: bet-the-company litigation; commercial litigation; criminal defense (white-collar); litigation (antitrust); litigation (labor and employment); litigation (securities);

• Daniel Finnegan: administrative/regulatory law; litigation (construction);

• Robert Gelinas: personal-injury litigation (defendants);

• William Hart: trusts and estates;

Kevin Maynard: commercial litigation; litigation (banking and finance); litigation (construction);

• David Park: corporate law;

• Melinda Phelps: medical-malpractice law (defendants); personal-injury litigation (defendants);

• John Pucci: bet-the-company litigation; criminal defense (general practice); criminal defense (white-collar);

• Elizabeth Sillin: nonprofit/charities law; trusts and estates; and

• Ronald Weiss: corporate law; mergers and acquisitions law; tax law.

In addition, Pucci and Sillin were each named 2019 Springfield, Mass. Lawyer of the Year in their respective practice areas — criminal defense and trusts and estates, respectively — by Best Lawyers, in partnership with U.S. News Media Group. Lawyer of the Year rankings are awarded to only one lawyer per practice area in each region.

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Dr. Yannis Raftopoulos

Dr. Yannis Raftopoulos

Dr. Yannis Raftopoulos, a board-certified bariatric surgeon and weight-management specialist at Holyoke Medical Center, has been selected to give a podium presentation at Obesity Week 2018 in Nashville, Tenn. in November. Obesity Week is an international event focused on the basic science, clinical application, surgical intervention, and prevention of obesity. By combining both the American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) and the Obesity Society (TOS) annual meetings, Obesity Week is the largest obesity meeting in the world, bringing together world-renowned experts in obesity to share innovation and breakthroughs in science. Raftopoulos will present his findings on effectively assisting patients in losing 10% of their body weight before bariatric surgery. With a sample size of nearly 1,400 patients, out of which 190 patients were from Holyoke Medical Center, patients who are able to lose more than 10% of their body weight before bariatric surgery had substantially better results after two years post-surgery than those who did not lose weight or lost less than 10% of their body weight. This is the first time that such effective weight loss prior to surgery has been reported and additionally has been linked to better weight loss after surgery long-term.

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Dr. Steven Nguyen

Dr. Steven Nguyen

Facial Cosmetic & Maxillofacial Surgery, P.C. announced that Dr. Steven Nguyen, an Atlanta native, has joined the oral-surgery practice. Nguyen earned his DMD degree at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in Boston. He also completed a general practice residency at Jacobi Medical Center in Bronx, N.Y. Afterward, he was accepted into the six-year MD integrated Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Residency Program at the Mount Sinai Downtown/Jacobi Medical Center in New York City, and received his MD degree from Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Nguyen practices the full scope of oral and maxillofacial surgery procedures, including repair of oral-facial trauma, orthognathic surgery, general anesthesia and IV sedation, wisdom-teeth removal, bone grafting and dental implants, management of oral pathology, treatment of temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disease, minimally invasive salivary gland procedures, as well as traditional dentoalveolar surgery. He maintains certifications in BLS, ACLS, PALS, and ATLS.

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David Henry, a Christmas tree grower and owner of the Henry Co. Insurance, has been named chairman of the board of Eastern States Exposition. A trustee of the ESE since 1983, Henry has served as a member of its board of directors since 2005, and has been secretary since 2012. Henry has been an independent insurance agent for 50 years, specializing in life, disability, and long-term care. He has been named to the Senior Agent Hall of Fame and the Million Dollar Round Table. In October 1978, Henry purchased the Scituate, R.I. farm that had been in his family for more than 160 years, the land where he began growing Christmas trees at the age of 12 as an FFA project. Under Henry’s leadership, the property became the largest Christmas tree farm in Rhode Island. With help from his wife, Linda, Henry tends to between 90,000 and 100,000 Christmas trees on the 131-acre farm that bears his name. Simply called Henry’s Christmas Tree Farm, the sprawling land has been in his family since 1851. The Eastern States Exposition has been an important part of Henry’s life for more than 50 years. He attended the Big E as an FFA member and served as the Rhode Island state FFA president.

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Dr. Laki Rousou

Dr. Laki Rousou

The American Lung Assoc. announced that Dr. Laki Rousou, program director of the Lung Cancer Screening Program at Holyoke Medical Center, was named a LUNG FORCE Hero for his commitment to making a difference in the community for individuals living with lung cancer. Rousou is a thoracic surgeon at Holyoke Medical Center. He trained in general surgery at New York University Langone Medical Center and completed a research fellowship in cardiothoracic surgery at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center/West Roxbury VA Hospital – Harvard Medical School. He then completed his cardiothoracic surgery residency at Yale New Haven Hospital/Yale Medical School. Rousou is board-certified in general surgery and thoracic surgery with broad expertise in diseases of the chest and abdomen. His particular interests are on lung cancer and minimally invasive/robotic surgery for the treatment of thoracic surgical diseases. As an official LUNG FORCE Hero, he will become a storyteller for the American Lung Assoc. and a voice for awareness, research, and education on lung cancer.

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Webster Bank announced that Tim Patneaude has been promoted to executive vice president. Patneaude serves as chief operating officer for HSA Bank, a division of Webster, and has a broad range of responsibilities, including information technology, banking operations, professional services, project management, and continuous improvement. Since joining HSA Bank in 2015, he has made significant improvements in process, measurements, and focused execution across the organization, resulting in superior performance. Patneaude earned a bachelor’s degree in information systems at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

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Whittlesey announced that Tom Davis, CPA, CFE has been named a manager in the firm’s Holyoke office. In this role, he is responsible for expanding and managing assurance and advisory engagements. Davis has more than eight years of experience in providing accounting, tax, and advisory services to manufacturing and distribution, retail, renewable energy, construction, and nonprofit organizations. Over his career, he has managed client relationships, made process improvements, and analyzed data to provide actionable insights for his clients. Davis formerly served as audit manager for a national public accounting firm. He is a graduate of Boston College and has an MBA in accounting from the University of Phoenix. Whittlesey also announced the promotions of Abbie Gamache, Joshua Labonte, Kristie Nowik, and Bryan Santiago to senior associate.

Departments Real Estate

The following real estate transactions (latest available) were compiled by Banker & Tradesman and are published as they were received. Only transactions exceeding $115,000 are listed. Buyer and seller fields contain only the first name listed on the deed.

FRANKLIN COUNTY

BERNARDSTON

48 Hillcrest Dr.
Bernardston, MA 01337
Amount: $191,100
Buyer: Paul C. Skiathitis
Seller: Edward W. Banach
Date: 11/30/16

BUCKLAND

188 Lower St.
Buckland, MA 01338
Amount: $124,500
Buyer: Cheyenne A. Dufresne
Seller: Matthew S. Thompson
Date: 11/29/16

CHARLEMONT

34 Johnson Road
Charlemont, MA 01339
Amount: $325,000
Buyer: Christopher E. Geier
Seller: Ruth E. Werner
Date: 11/29/16

8 Mountain Road
Charlemont, MA 01339
Amount: $174,900
Buyer: Edward D. Hazel
Seller: FNMA
Date: 11/30/16

280 Zoar Road
Charlemont, MA 01339
Amount: $1,100,000
Buyer: Woodland MHP LLC
Seller: Woodland Park Inc.
Date: 12/09/16

COLRAIN

11 Church St.
Colrain, MA 01340
Amount: $125,000
Buyer: Amanda S. Haney
Seller: Tim A. Dusenberry
Date: 12/02/16

149 Old Cricket Hill Road
Conway, MA 01341
Amount: $237,000
Buyer: Troy R. Lucier
Seller: Russell TR
Date: 12/07/16

25 Phillips Hill Road
Colrain, MA 01340
Amount: $230,000
Buyer: Walter H. Keintzel
Seller: Christina D. Bell
Date: 12/02/16

DEERFIELD

40 Sugarloaf St.
Deerfield, MA 01373
Amount: $219,000
Buyer: Joseph E. Charnley
Seller: John F. Sobieski
Date: 12/09/16

GREENFIELD

25 Cedar St.
Greenfield, MA 01301
Amount: $165,900
Buyer: Lindsi Chail
Seller: Jane A. Brady
Date: 11/28/16

410 Davis St.
Greenfield, MA 01301
Amount: $175,500
Buyer: William K. Bettencourt
Seller: Sean P. Pierce
Date: 11/28/16

31 Gold St.
Greenfield, MA 01301
Amount: $155,000
Buyer: Elizabeth J. Perry
Seller: Perry, Raymond G. Jr., (Estate)
Date: 12/05/16

78 Lincoln St.
Greenfield, MA 01301
Amount: $179,500
Buyer: Helen L. Murphy
Seller: Kathryn K. Roszko
Date: 11/30/16

35 Meadow Lane
Greenfield, MA 01301
Amount: $295,000
Buyer: Richard Alexander
Seller: Susan N. Lemeshow
Date: 12/02/16

36 Phillips St.
Greenfield, MA 01301
Amount: $235,000
Buyer: Alex R. Cowley
Seller: Edward R. Desmaisons
Date: 12/08/16

30-D Phyllis Lane
Greenfield, MA 01301
Amount: $249,000
Buyer: Nicholas B. Langlois
Seller: Aaron A. McCloud
Date: 12/09/16

412 Plain Road
Greenfield, MA 01301
Amount: $200,000
Buyer: Yogesh Malik
Seller: Therese M. Root
Date: 11/30/16

260 Silver St.
Greenfield, MA 01301
Amount: $250,000
Buyer: Van Bro Co. LLC
Seller: Fox Brook RT
Date: 11/30/16

40 Plantation Circle
Greenfield, MA 01301
Amount: $150,000
Buyer: Wilmington Savings
Seller: Timothy J. Currier
Date: 12/08/16

31 Stetson Dr.
Greenfield, MA 01301
Amount: $275,000
Buyer: Sean P. Pierce
Seller: Anne D. Connington RET
Date: 11/28/16

270 Turners Falls Road
Greenfield, MA 01301
Amount: $179,000
Buyer: Mathew D. Smith
Seller: Susanne Lacosse
Date: 11/28/16

53 Washburn Ave.
Greenfield, MA 01301
Amount: $175,000
Buyer: Monkeith E. Arnold
Seller: First United Methodist Church
Date: 12/09/16

LEVERETT

43 Long Plain Road
Leverett, MA 01054
Amount: $192,000
Buyer: Brian A. Goodridge
Seller: Robert E. Hatt
Date: 12/07/16

LEYDEN

71 Glen Road
Leyden, MA 01301
Amount: $165,000
Buyer: Patricia J. West
Seller: Scott C. West
Date: 12/05/16

443 West Leyden Road
Leyden, MA 01337
Amount: $375,000
Buyer: Matthew Donahue
Seller: William R. Travis
Date: 12/09/16

MONTAGUE

58 High St.
Montague, MA 01376
Amount: $145,500
Buyer: Joseph F. Sulda
Seller: Sicley, Carol D., (Estate)
Date: 11/30/16

85 K St.
Montague, MA 01376
Amount: $139,000
Buyer: Hunter G. Swanson
Seller: Mary A. Greene
Date: 12/02/16

4 Main St.
Montague, MA 01351
Amount: $225,000
Buyer: Lynn A. Abraham
Seller: Susan F. Conger
Date: 11/28/16

148 Montague City Road
Montague, MA 01301
Amount: $145,000
Buyer: J. Lucinda Kidder
Seller: Elizabeth A. Fitz
Date: 11/29/16

34 Park St.
Montague, MA 01349
Amount: $157,000
Buyer: William R. Travis
Seller: Matthew Donahue
Date: 12/09/16

2 Wrightson Ave.
Montague, MA 01376
Amount: $199,500
Buyer: Kevin F. Manion
Seller: Gerald A. Thayer
Date: 12/09/16

NORTHFIELD

546 South Mountain Road
Northfield, MA 01360
Amount: $225,000
Buyer: Joshua C. Roman
Seller: Eric Smith-Kaeppel
Date: 12/09/16

16 Warwick Road
Northfield, MA 01360
Amount: $199,900
Buyer: Marie J. Ndiaye
Seller: Congdon INT
Date: 11/30/16

ORANGE

150 Drew Blvd.
Orange, MA 01364
Amount: $209,900
Buyer: Christine Ghidoni
Seller: Erik J. Rousseau
Date: 12/05/16

181 East Main St.
Orange, MA 01364
Amount: $200,000
Buyer: Kyle Higgins
Seller: Macur Enterprises Inc.
Date: 12/06/16

56 Perry Road
Orange, MA 01364
Amount: $174,000
Buyer: Ross Archambault
Seller: Christopher A. Dodge
Date: 11/28/16

502 South Main St.
Orange, MA 01364
Amount: $180,000
Buyer: Robert J. Farrow
Seller: Bryan Gates
Date: 12/09/16

419 Tully Road
Orange, MA 01364
Amount: $213,000
Buyer: Mark A. Sprague
Seller: Gregory R. McIntyre
Date: 12/02/16

230 West River St.
Orange, MA 01364
Amount: $165,500
Buyer: Roxanne P. Kakitis
Seller: Robert L. Holst
Date: 12/01/16

123 Wheeler Ave.
Orange, MA 01364
Amount: $295,000
Buyer: Robert E. Wright
Seller: Joan D. Raughtigan
Date: 11/29/16

SHUTESBURY

85 Locks Pond Road
Shutesbury, MA 01072
Amount: $332,114
Buyer: FNMA
Seller: Moore, Stephen L., (Estate)
Date: 11/30/16

SUNDERLAND

2 Hubbard Hill Road
Sunderland, MA 01375
Amount: $275,000
Buyer: Chia-Yu H. Lo
Seller: MCM Capital Partners LLC
Date: 12/01/16

WHATELY

191 Christian Lane
Whately, MA 01093
Amount: $205,000
Buyer: Jamie H. Scott
Seller: Gromaski IRT
Date: 11/30/16

HAMPDEN COUNTY

AGAWAM

50 Albert St.
Agawam, MA 01001
Amount: $250,000
Buyer: Michael Quinlan
Seller: Jessica Nuzzolilli
Date: 12/02/16

43 Alhambra Circle North
Agawam, MA 01001
Amount: $236,500
Buyer: Victor Ostas
Seller: Mark A. Graveline
Date: 11/30/16

248 Barry St.
Agawam, MA 01030
Amount: $305,000
Buyer: Conrad J. Lariviere
Seller: John L. Franco
Date: 12/02/16

8 Carmen Ave.
Agawam, MA 01030
Amount: $280,000
Buyer: David E. Borowski
Seller: Craig A. Luczynski
Date: 12/08/16

45 Cedar Knoll Dr.
Agawam, MA 01030
Amount: $385,000
Buyer: Hiep Le
Seller: Anatoliy Belozerov
Date: 11/28/16

32 Colonial Ave.
Agawam, MA 01001
Amount: $194,500
Buyer: Jason Rheaume
Seller: Paul R. Gauthier
Date: 12/02/16

88 Jennie Circle
Agawam, MA 01001
Amount: $280,000
Buyer: Tarkan Topcuoglu
Seller: Rachel F. Moura
Date: 11/29/16

198 North Westfield St.
Agawam, MA 01030
Amount: $181,000
Buyer: Andrei Shyshla
Seller: Cheryl A. Weber
Date: 12/05/16

21 Parker St.
Agawam, MA 01001
Amount: $212,500
Buyer: Anthony S. Bohn
Seller: Tony W. Nascembeni
Date: 12/06/16

57 Perry Lane
Agawam, MA 01001
Amount: $185,650
Buyer: Brandon Kubik
Seller: Althea A. Cowles
Date: 12/02/16

99 Pleasant Dr.
Agawam, MA 01030
Amount: $248,000
Buyer: Joshua W. Gehring
Seller: Edward Smaha
Date: 11/28/16

6 Ridgeway Dr.
Agawam, MA 01030
Amount: $150,000
Buyer: Thomas M. Hamilton
Seller: Renee Hamilton
Date: 12/01/16

109 Shoemaker Lane
Agawam, MA 01001
Amount: $170,000
Buyer: Ruslan Yusenko
Seller: Haskins, Grace E., (Estate)
Date: 11/30/16

468 Southwick St.
Agawam, MA 01030
Amount: $215,000
Buyer: Timothy L. Seidl
Seller: Sherrill A. Montessi
Date: 12/02/16

121 Westview Lane
Agawam, MA 01030
Amount: $422,538
Buyer: Jeffrey T. Robb
Seller: Poplar Development LLC
Date: 12/09/16

94 White Fox Road
Agawam, MA 01030
Amount: $148,000
Buyer: Angelica Ochoa-Mayo
Seller: Citizens Bank
Date: 11/29/16

BLANDFORD

74 Main St.
Blandford, MA 01008
Amount: $166,000
Buyer: Brenton R. Keefe
Seller: Robbin L. Conde
Date: 12/08/16

BRIMFIELD

73 Brookfield Road
Brimfield, MA 01010
Amount: $192,000
Buyer: Jonathan R. Balderelli
Seller: R&K Int
Date: 12/09/16

67 Marsh Hill Road
Brimfield, MA 01010
Amount: $399,999
Buyer: Annett Farrington-Kramer
Seller: David M. Kornacki
Date: 12/09/16

25 Tower Hill Road
Brimfield, MA 01010
Amount: $275,000
Buyer: Daniel J. Cohen
Seller: Jean M. Frazier
Date: 12/09/16

19 Paige Hill Road
Brimfield, MA 01010
Amount: $165,000
Buyer: Uriah T. Smith
Seller: John H. Degnan
Date: 12/02/16

CHICOPEE

105 5th Ave.
Chicopee, MA 01020
Amount: $125,000
Buyer: Thomas D. Knightly
Seller: June R. Knightly
Date: 12/09/16

21 Adams St.
Chicopee, MA 01013
Amount: $187,500
Buyer: Jesus Guzman
Seller: Michael Donskoy
Date: 11/29/16

5 Arcade St.
Chicopee, MA 01020
Amount: $151,900
Buyer: FNMA
Seller: Christina Corey
Date: 12/02/16

127 Beauchamp Terrace
Chicopee, MA 01020
Amount: $175,000
Buyer: Heather M. Longley
Seller: Thomas F. Hurley
Date: 12/02/16

53 Beverly St.
Chicopee, MA 01013
Amount: $185,000
Buyer: Anthony M. Lee
Seller: Joel Rodriguez
Date: 12/09/16

96 Beverly St.
Chicopee, MA 01013
Amount: $199,000
Buyer: Christian J. Serrano
Seller: Moises Pagan
Date: 11/30/16

143 Blanan Dr.
Chicopee, MA 01020
Amount: $235,000
Buyer: US Bank
Seller: Melissa L. Kolek
Date: 12/08/16

117 Caddyshack Dr.
Chicopee, MA 01020
Amount: $500,000
Buyer: Dennis L. Pelletier
Seller: Thomas J. Jendrysik
Date: 12/07/16

17 Charbonneau Terrace
Chicopee, MA 01013
Amount: $160,000
Buyer: Inga Foksha
Seller: Delia Cendeno
Date: 12/09/16

33 Cortland St.
Chicopee, MA 01020
Amount: $120,000
Buyer: David N. Sevostyanov
Seller: Kellie M. Aldrich
Date: 11/30/16

50 Deroy Dr.
Chicopee, MA 01020
Amount: $237,500
Buyer: Joseph M. Parente
Seller: Joanna U. Boutin
Date: 12/09/16

525 East Main St.
Chicopee, MA 01020
Amount: $119,000
Buyer: US Bank
Seller: William E. Mitchell
Date: 12/02/16

466 Front St.
Chicopee, MA 01013
Amount: $185,000
Buyer: Dominic A. Iannuzzi
Seller: Eric Poirier
Date: 11/28/16

199 Jacob St.
Chicopee, MA 01020
Amount: $189,900
Buyer: Ozkan Yagan
Seller: Audrey Laroche
Date: 12/09/16

44 Juliette St.
Chicopee, MA 01013
Amount: $129,000
Buyer: US Bank
Seller: Robert A. Cramer
Date: 11/29/16

Lombard Road
Chicopee, MA 01020
Amount: $2,170,604
Buyer: GR Realty 2 LLC
Seller: Blue Bird MHS LLC
Date: 12/08/16

69 Main St.
Chicopee, MA 01020
Amount: $250,000
Buyer: Veden LLC
Seller: Roofers & Slaters Local 248
Date: 12/09/16

23 Marguerite St.
Chicopee, MA 01020
Amount: $180,000
Buyer: Chonvee Heng
Seller: Kim M. Schmidt
Date: 12/09/16

N/A
Chicopee, MA 01020
Amount: $2,170,604
Buyer: GR Realty 2 LLC
Seller: Blue Bird MHS LLC
Date: 12/08/16

44 Parenteau Court
Chicopee, MA 01020
Amount: $287,500
Buyer: Jacek Wanat
Seller: David M. Pise
Date: 11/30/16

70 Pine St.
Chicopee, MA 01020
Amount: $115,000
Buyer: Samantha J. Soli
Seller: Lemay, Roland A., (Estate)
Date: 12/02/16

40 Rita St.
Chicopee, MA 01020
Amount: $156,000
Buyer: German L. Santiago
Seller: Margaret A. Chartier
Date: 11/30/16

84 Rochester St.
Chicopee, MA 01020
Amount: $245,000
Buyer: Justin M. Edington
Seller: N. Riley Realty LLC
Date: 12/08/16

896 Sheridan St.
Chicopee, MA 01020
Amount: $901,000
Buyer: JJN Realty LLC
Seller: TJK Realty LLC
Date: 12/06/16

6 Sunset Dr.
Chicopee, MA 01020
Amount: $157,000
Buyer: Collette Paro
Seller: Stefanie C. Adkison
Date: 11/28/16

133 Syrek St.
Chicopee, MA 01020
Amount: $195,000
Buyer: Maria Delcarmen-Calderon
Seller: Melinda Couture
Date: 12/05/16

25 Thomas St.
Chicopee, MA 01013
Amount: $245,000
Buyer: Jesus M. Garcia
Seller: N. Riley Realty LLC
Date: 11/28/16

43 Thornwood St.
Chicopee, MA 01020
Amount: $175,000
Buyer: Joseph M. Skawinski
Seller: Nancy A. Misialek
Date: 11/28/16

88 Vadnais St.
Chicopee, MA 01020
Amount: $168,900
Buyer: George Landry
Seller: John P. Howard
Date: 12/02/16

24 Walnut St.
Chicopee, MA 01020
Amount: $125,500
Buyer: Hussein Hamadi
Seller: Juliette R. Buchanan
Date: 12/09/16

125 Walter St.
Chicopee, MA 01013
Amount: $305,000
Buyer: Monicah N. Mwangi-Maguta
Seller: Sergey Dikan
Date: 12/05/16

EAST LONGMEADOW

303 Allen St.
East Longmeadow, MA 01028
Amount: $247,500
Buyer: Paul E. Romanko
Seller: Edward J. Linehan
Date: 12/02/16

34 Anne St.
East Longmeadow, MA 01028
Amount: $126,400
Buyer: FNMA
Seller: Kimberly J. Bousquet
Date: 12/01/16

175 Braeburn Road
East Longmeadow, MA 01028
Amount: $330,000
Buyer: Roman Catholic Bishop Of Springfield
Seller: Roland D. Gelinas
Date: 12/06/16

39 Day Ave.
East Longmeadow, MA 01028
Amount: $212,000
Buyer: Christopher J. Bolduc
Seller: Richard A. Kroll
Date: 11/30/16

90 Hanward Hill
East Longmeadow, MA 01028
Amount: $185,000
Buyer: Joseph T. Chisholm
Seller: Lynda Glenn-Healey
Date: 12/08/16

39 Pondview Dr.
East Longmeadow, MA 01028
Amount: $606,830
Buyer: James R. Channing
Seller: Joseph Chapdelaine & Sons
Date: 12/05/16

46 Putting Green Circle
East Longmeadow, MA 01108
Amount: $230,000
Buyer: Vincent G. Laduke
Seller: Mary A. Laduke
Date: 12/05/16

30 John St.
East Longmeadow, MA 01028
Amount: $240,000
Buyer: Caitlin Leone
Seller: Frank Iovine
Date: 12/02/16

12 Knollwood Dr.
East Longmeadow, MA 01028
Amount: $151,000
Buyer: Karen L. Merrill
Seller: Archie H. Plante
Date: 11/29/16

15 Lombard Ave.
East Longmeadow, MA 01028
Amount: $260,000
Buyer: Heather R. Magnus
Seller: Brian Baker
Date: 11/30/16

2 Lull St.
East Longmeadow, MA 01028
Amount: $138,000
Buyer: John R. Carney
Seller: Krista L. Proctor-Traynor
Date: 11/28/16

167 Millbrook Dr.
East Longmeadow, MA 01028
Amount: $445,000
Buyer: Erin N. Duchesne
Seller: Henry H. Kuok
Date: 12/02/16

Overlook Dr.
East Longmeadow, MA 01028
Amount: $279,000
Buyer: Peppino Maruca
Seller: Pamela L. Hood
Date: 11/29/16

49 Saint Joseph Dr.
East Longmeadow, MA 01028
Amount: $160,000
Buyer: Lancelot V. Watson
Seller: Caswell Boreland
Date: 12/01/16

19 Silver Fox Lane
East Longmeadow, MA 01028
Amount: $150,000
Buyer: Joshua Labarre
Seller: C&M Builders LLC
Date: 12/02/16

2 Winterberry Lane
East Longmeadow, MA 01028
Amount: $410,000
Buyer: Mark P. Denver
Seller: Douglas R. Bessette
Date: 12/08/16

HAMPDEN

36 Raymond Dr.
Hampden, MA 01036
Amount: $219,000
Buyer: Erica S. Kimball
Seller: James E. Clarke
Date: 11/28/16

HOLLAND

65 East Brimfield Road
Holland, MA 01521
Amount: $255,000
Buyer: Zachary J. Gendreau
Seller: Leonard A. Hess
Date: 12/09/16

11 Island Road
Holland, MA 01521
Amount: $320,000
Buyer: Lynn L. Croteau TR
Seller: Richard M. Silverman
Date: 12/08/16

HOLYOKE

39-41 Belvidere Ave.
Holyoke, MA 01040
Amount: $225,000
Buyer: Margaret M. Magri
Seller: William R. Klopfer
Date: 11/30/16

85-87 Calumet Road
Holyoke, MA 01040
Amount: $215,000
Buyer: Michael B. Miseph
Seller: Gator LLC
Date: 12/05/16

10 Columbia St.
Holyoke, MA 01040
Amount: $180,000
Buyer: Jaysleen Gonzalez
Seller: Robert W. Chipman
Date: 11/28/16

369 Jarvis Ave.
Holyoke, MA 01040
Amount: $214,000
Buyer: Luis A. Rivera
Seller: Anthony R. Lavigne
Date: 12/06/16

25 Orchard St.
Holyoke, MA 01040
Amount: $175,000
Buyer: Sakare Anderson
Seller: Sofia Lemons
Date: 12/09/16

84 Sargeant St.
Holyoke, MA 01040
Amount: $400,000
Buyer: Jackson Canal LLC
Seller: Holyoke Redevelopment Authority
Date: 12/09/16

8 Sheehan Dr.
Holyoke, MA 01040
Amount: $161,500
Buyer: Miguel A. Rivera
Seller: Caitlin E. Bonafilia
Date: 11/30/16

31 Steiger Road
Holyoke, MA 01040
Amount: $377,500
Buyer: Marianne G. O’Leary
Seller: Frank D. Jimerson
Date: 11/30/16

114 Vermont St.
Holyoke, MA 01040
Amount: $206,000
Buyer: Richard W. Gauthier
Seller: Elizabeth Breen-Sardella
Date: 12/02/16

LONGMEADOW

23 Belleclaire Ave.
Longmeadow, MA 01106
Amount: $262,500
Buyer: Jordan Montoya
Seller: Geoffrey E. Rosenblat
Date: 12/01/16

34 Colony Acres Road
Longmeadow, MA 01106
Amount: $354,000
Buyer: Jennifer Sklar
Seller: Richard X. Butera
Date: 12/09/16

36 Converse St.
Longmeadow, MA 01106
Amount: $221,000
Buyer: Joseph Santaniello
Seller: Toby K. Simonoff
Date: 11/29/16

273 Converse St.
Longmeadow, MA 01106
Amount: $400,000
Buyer: James L. Marvel
Seller: Mark D. Cress
Date: 11/30/16

90 Dartmouth Road
Longmeadow, MA 01106
Amount: $530,520
Buyer: David M. Decandio
Seller: Bruce H. Leshine
Date: 12/06/16

34 Drury Lane
Longmeadow, MA 01106
Amount: $317,500
Buyer: Eric Haviland
Seller: Joslyn Banas
Date: 12/09/16

50 Hilltop Road
Longmeadow, MA 01106
Amount: $450,000
Buyer: Richard W. Purrington
Seller: Vinodray R. Shah
Date: 11/28/16

86 Longmeadow St.
Longmeadow, MA 01106
Amount: $160,000
Buyer: John Brock
Seller: Seth A. Marshall
Date: 11/29/16

97 Maple Road
Longmeadow, MA 01106
Amount: $262,900
Buyer: Dawn M. Nay
Seller: Adrian Phaneuf
Date: 12/09/16

41 Roseland Terrace
Longmeadow, MA 01106
Amount: $166,000
Buyer: Etavab RT
Seller: Mary E. Gray
Date: 11/30/16

69 Sheffield Ave.
Longmeadow, MA 01106
Amount: $255,500
Buyer: Shawn Cummings
Seller: Kmetz, Richard, (Estate)
Date: 12/09/16

LUDLOW

18 Bowles Ave.
Ludlow, MA 01056
Amount: $260,000
Buyer: Shirley C. St.John
Seller: Richard A. Andre
Date: 12/09/16

84 Cardinal Circle
Ludlow, MA 01056
Amount: $370,000
Buyer: Richard Andre
Seller: Kenneth Valentine
Date: 12/09/16

1212 Center St.
Ludlow, MA 01056
Amount: $225,000
Buyer: William G. Leblanc
Seller: Machado, Richard, (Estate)
Date: 12/08/16

292 Howard St.
Ludlow, MA 01056
Amount: $144,000
Buyer: Shawn M. Qualls
Seller: Patricia A. Swiderski
Date: 11/30/16

16-18 Munsing Ave.
Ludlow, MA 01056
Amount: $275,000
Buyer: Nelson R. Rodrigues
Seller: Michael Chapdelaine
Date: 12/01/16

165 Prospect St.
Ludlow, MA 01056
Amount: $158,000
Buyer: Lisa A. Knowles-Warren
Seller: Mya Realty LLC
Date: 11/29/16

64 Prospect St.
Ludlow, MA 01056
Amount: $140,000
Buyer: FNMA
Seller: Minerva Santana
Date: 11/30/16

300 Winsor St.
Ludlow, MA 01056
Amount: $163,500
Buyer: Philip S. Tomkiel
Seller: Deidra M. Thompson
Date: 11/28/16

MONSON

127 Town Farm Road
Monson, MA 01057
Amount: $379,000
Buyer: Ross T. Pelletier
Seller: Stephen W. Roy
Date: 12/09/16

126 Upper Hampden Road
Monson, MA 01057
Amount: $314,900
Buyer: Raymond J. Downey
Seller: Martin R. Bolduc
Date: 12/09/16

51 Wales Road
Monson, MA 01057
Amount: $200,000
Buyer: Nicholas L. Flebotte
Seller: Andrew P. Beaulieu
Date: 11/28/16

4 Zuell Road
Monson, MA 01057
Amount: $215,040
Buyer: US Bank
Seller: David J. Kane
Date: 11/29/16

PALMER

324 Burlingame Road
Palmer, MA 01069
Amount: $329,900
Buyer: Martin R. Bolduc
Seller: Michael E. Lacoste
Date: 12/09/16

27 Fox St.
Palmer, MA 01069
Amount: $149,900
Buyer: Ra Tim
Seller: Scott D. Wolf
Date: 11/30/16

85 Jim Ash Road
Palmer, MA 01069
Amount: $269,000
Buyer: Luke E. Venneri
Seller: Gordon R. Fettes
Date: 11/28/16

1019-1021 Maple St.
Palmer, MA 01069
Amount: $169,500
Buyer: Noria A. Gomez
Seller: Lawrence J. Ochs
Date: 12/05/16

77 North St.
Palmer, MA 01080
Amount: $130,000
Buyer: Daniel M. Darling
Seller: Edward H. Smola
Date: 11/30/16

55 Olney Road
Palmer, MA 01069
Amount: $252,500
Buyer: Wells Fargo Bank
Seller: Philip J. Burns
Date: 12/01/16

1428 Park St.
Palmer, MA 01069
Amount: $161,000
Buyer: Kathleen Allan-Gadbois
Seller: Gabriel B. Mansfield
Date: 12/06/16

3 Silvia St.
Palmer, MA 01080
Amount: $185,000
Buyer: Gareth E. Desautels
Seller: Donald J. Allain
Date: 11/28/16

RUSSELL

1172 Huntington Road
Russell, MA 01071
Amount: $247,500
Buyer: Michael G. Lyman
Seller: Anthony D. Maloni
Date: 12/01/16

SPRINGFIELD

974 Allen St.
Springfield, MA 01118
Amount: $130,000
Buyer: Alanna Williams
Seller: Shannon M. Maliqi
Date: 12/08/16

76 Alwin Place
Springfield, MA 01101
Amount: $390,000
Buyer: Thomas D. Moore
Seller: Grahams Construction Inc.
Date: 12/06/16

797 Armory St.
Springfield, MA 01107
Amount: $131,900
Buyer: Anthony Torres
Seller: Luis A. Rivera
Date: 12/06/16

62-64 Avon Place
Springfield, MA 01105
Amount: $1,255,000
Buyer: MNBC LLC
Seller: Monaco-Western Mass. Properties
Date: 12/05/16

69 Alwin Place
Springfield, MA 01128
Amount: $374,000
Buyer: Hamid Hussain
Seller: Grahams Construction Inc.
Date: 12/02/16

75 Avon Place
Springfield, MA 01105
Amount: $695,000
Buyer: MNBC LLC
Seller: Avon Place Real Estate Assoc.
Date: 12/05/16

38 Bacon Road
Springfield, MA 01119
Amount: $144,000
Buyer: Ann F. Baj
Seller: Eleanore A. Messier
Date: 11/28/16

28 Barton St.
Springfield, MA 01104
Amount: $143,000
Buyer: Jeffrie Bodon
Seller: Erica I. Capeles
Date: 11/30/16

720 Berkshire Ave.
Springfield, MA 01109
Amount: $210,000
Buyer: Hann Realty Berkshire Inc.
Seller: Keith Archambault
Date: 11/30/16

61 Bircham St.
Springfield, MA 01104
Amount: $145,000
Buyer: Luis A. Rodriguez
Seller: Lynne McDonough
Date: 11/30/16

76 Birchland Ave.
Springfield, MA 01119
Amount: $165,000
Buyer: Angela M. Richards
Seller: Andrew R. Dacruz
Date: 11/30/16

160 Bolton St.
Springfield, MA 01119
Amount: $219,900
Buyer: Mental Health Association
Seller: Joseph E. Lyons
Date: 12/09/16

744 Bradley Road
Springfield, MA 01109
Amount: $139,900
Buyer: Diane H. Stone
Seller: Daphne M. Reid
Date: 11/28/16

38 Cara Lane
Springfield, MA 01028
Amount: $235,000
Buyer: Carlos E. Restrepo
Seller: Sandra H. Starczewski
Date: 11/30/16

72 Cara Lane
Springfield, MA 01028
Amount: $225,000
Buyer: Matthew J. Fontaine
Seller: Heather R. Magnus
Date: 11/30/16

31-33 Carver St.
Springfield, MA 01108
Amount: $161,738
Buyer: USA HUD
Seller: Donna Lessard
Date: 12/09/16

213 Corona St.
Springfield, MA 01104
Amount: $159,900
Buyer: Miguel A. Campos
Seller: John V. Nadeau
Date: 11/30/16

25 County St.
Springfield, MA 01109
Amount: $160,000
Buyer: Tishana Gomez
Seller: Sergey Savonin
Date: 12/02/16

30 Craig St.
Springfield, MA 01108
Amount: $165,000
Buyer: Christopher K. Frey
Seller: Lisa Santaniello
Date: 12/01/16

129 Croyden Terrace
Springfield, MA 01104
Amount: $129,000
Buyer: Angel O. Rivera-Alvez
Seller: Couch, Mary Ann, (Estate)
Date: 11/28/16

48 Dayton St.
Springfield, MA 01118
Amount: $195,000
Buyer: Richard Guirand
Seller: Llewelyn S. Dunwell
Date: 11/29/16

28 Doyle Ave.
Springfield, MA 01104
Amount: $125,000
Buyer: 114 Wellington Street TR
Seller: Elaine R. Radwanski
Date: 12/02/16

90 Edendale St.
Springfield, MA 01104
Amount: $141,000
Buyer: Cintia Rivera
Seller: Raul Gonzalez
Date: 12/09/16

19 Emmet St.
Springfield, MA 01119
Amount: $145,000
Buyer: Timothy Maynard
Seller: Andrzej Lipski
Date: 12/09/16

98 Ferncliff Ave.
Springfield, MA 01119
Amount: $170,000
Buyer: Ryan C. Shewchuk
Seller: Blueline Management LLC
Date: 12/01/16

209 Forest Hills Road
Springfield, MA 01128
Amount: $141,000
Buyer: Gerard Szymczyk
Seller: Gary Wright
Date: 12/07/16

53 Geneva St.
Springfield, MA 01151
Amount: $130,000
Buyer: Ileana Castillo
Seller: PAS Development Inc.
Date: 11/30/16

365 Grand Valley Road
Springfield, MA 01128
Amount: $155,000
Buyer: David P. Robillard
Seller: David Robillard
Date: 12/02/16

152 Grayson Dr.
Springfield, MA 01119
Amount: $214,900
Buyer: Ryan W. Kalriess
Seller: Green Fields Inc.
Date: 12/07/16

814 Grayson Dr.
Springfield, MA 01119
Amount: $129,000
Buyer: Yamaira Gonzalez
Seller: Candis A. Rose
Date: 11/30/16

38 Greaney St.
Springfield, MA 01104
Amount: $155,000
Buyer: James Rooney
Seller: Labrecque, Rita F., (Estate)
Date: 12/08/16

96 Hermitage Dr.
Springfield, MA 01129
Amount: $165,000
Buyer: Elizabeth Alicea-Torres
Seller: Annmarie Alexander
Date: 11/29/16

208 Jeffrey Road
Springfield, MA 01119
Amount: $207,000
Buyer: Clarence Boateng
Seller: Thomas D. Moore
Date: 12/06/16

47 Judith St.
Springfield, MA 01118
Amount: $151,000
Buyer: Walter L. Hoskins
Seller: Kathleen M. Cahill
Date: 12/02/16

199 Keddy St.
Springfield, MA 01109
Amount: $174,900
Buyer: Julissa Ramirez
Seller: Alyssa L. Stebbins
Date: 12/02/16

391 Kent Road
Springfield, MA 01129
Amount: $214,564
Buyer: Bayview Loan Servicing
Seller: Derek J. Kilmurray
Date: 12/05/16

30 Kirk Dr.
Springfield, MA 01109
Amount: $155,000
Buyer: Joseph M. Ortiz
Seller: Home Equity Assets Realty
Date: 11/28/16

34-36 Leete St.
Springfield, MA 01108
Amount: $134,059
Buyer: US Bank
Seller: Anna S. Matos
Date: 11/28/16

49 Mallowhill Road
Springfield, MA 01129
Amount: $160,000
Buyer: Carla M. Sylla
Seller: Constance C. Mandeville
Date: 11/30/16

95 Maplewood Terrace
Springfield, MA 01108
Amount: $146,600
Buyer: FNMA
Seller: Stephanie L. Ehiwele
Date: 12/06/16

41 Margaret St.
Springfield, MA 01105
Amount: $155,000
Buyer: Rinh Kim
Seller: Dennis J. Bertelli
Date: 11/29/16

48 Marmon St.
Springfield, MA 01129
Amount: $262,500
Buyer: Matthew W. Gladu
Seller: Propcity LLC
Date: 12/09/16

631 Newbury St.
Springfield, MA 01104
Amount: $140,000
Buyer: Brian E. Figueroa-Solis
Seller: Richard W. Owen
Date: 11/29/16

34 Normandy Road
Springfield, MA 01106
Amount: $341,000
Buyer: Jeffrey L. Cebula
Seller: Adelaide Firestone
Date: 11/30/16

64 Oak Hollow Road
Springfield, MA 01128
Amount: $241,000
Buyer: Roland J. Murdock
Seller: Benjamin F. Turnberg
Date: 12/07/16

149 Oakland St.
Springfield, MA 01108
Amount: $132,000
Buyer: Lan Oak Realty LLC
Seller: Maria Decesare
Date: 12/02/16

1465 Parker St.
Springfield, MA 01129
Amount: $135,000
Buyer: Migdalia Montalvo
Seller: Brian J. McNally
Date: 11/28/16

1939 Parker St.
Springfield, MA 01128
Amount: $220,000
Buyer: V. S. Provencio-Mendoza
Seller: Steven W. Hastings
Date: 12/09/16

580 Plainfield St.
Springfield, MA 01107
Amount: $190,000
Buyer: Kerim D. Senkal
Seller: Yevgeniy Norkin
Date: 12/05/16

1408 Plumtree Road
Springfield, MA 01119
Amount: $226,900
Buyer: Christopher C. Pickford
Seller: Richard P. Muise
Date: 12/02/16

385 Plumtree Road
Springfield, MA 01118
Amount: $115,000
Buyer: Wilmington Savings
Seller: Maria Lyon
Date: 12/02/16

108 Prouty St.
Springfield, MA 01119
Amount: $183,700
Buyer: Margaret G. Lynch
Seller: Carlos E. Restrepo
Date: 11/30/16

75 Rochelle St.
Springfield, MA 01109
Amount: $144,900
Buyer: Coloni Brown
Seller: MDDO LLC
Date: 12/02/16

14 Savoy Place
Springfield, MA 01104
Amount: $220,000
Buyer: Shadera D. Lewis
Seller: Bretta Construction LLC
Date: 11/30/16

155 Senator St.
Springfield, MA 01129
Amount: $200,000
Buyer: Corwin C. Waddell
Seller: Bao H. Nguyen
Date: 12/09/16

144 Spring St.
Springfield, MA 01105
Amount: $1,255,000
Buyer: MNBC LLC
Seller: Monaco-Western Mass Properties
Date: 12/05/16

Stuart St. (ES) #11
Springfield, MA 01101
Amount: $232,200
Buyer: Donald Coleman
Seller: East Coast Contracting
Date: 12/09/16

39 Tamarack Dr.
Springfield, MA 01129
Amount: $206,500
Buyer: Efrain Bermeo
Seller: Catherine A. Gulluni
Date: 12/02/16

49 Tamarack Dr.
Springfield, MA 01129
Amount: $239,000
Buyer: Ronald E. Russell
Seller: Michael A. Woytowicz
Date: 12/06/16

5 Teakwood Road
Springfield, MA 01128
Amount: $130,900
Buyer: Citimortgage Inc.
Seller: Laura A. Cox
Date: 12/08/16

86 Temby St.
Springfield, MA 01119
Amount: $189,900
Buyer: Cassandra F. Smith-Denson
Seller: Josh C. Haygood
Date: 12/02/16

131 Undine Circle
Springfield, MA 01109
Amount: $145,900
Buyer: Willmary Vega
Seller: Miguel A. Acevedo
Date: 12/05/16

97 Wachusett St.
Springfield, MA 01118
Amount: $242,500
Buyer: Deutsche Bank
Seller: Joann Johnson
Date: 11/29/16

83 Warrenton St.
Springfield, MA 01109
Amount: $167,000
Buyer: Ingrid M. Serrano
Seller: Global Homes Properties
Date: 11/30/16

98 Washburn St.
Springfield, MA 01107
Amount: $139,000
Buyer: Amedee Ortiz
Seller: Brian P. St.Amand
Date: 12/02/16

68-70 Watling St.
Springfield, MA 01104
Amount: $167,500
Buyer: Joao M. Pereira TR
Seller: Michael J. Hanifan
Date: 11/29/16

181 West Allen Ridge Road
Springfield, MA 01118
Amount: $165,500
Buyer: Jodi-Ann Williams
Seller: Patricia A. Manzi
Date: 11/30/16

8 White Birch Dr.
Springfield, MA 01119
Amount: $184,000
Buyer: Jason Kleps
Seller: Jose Serrano
Date: 12/01/16

411 Wilbraham Road
Springfield, MA 01109
Amount: $198,000
Buyer: Jeremy Rodriguez
Seller: Christopher E. Wurszt
Date: 12/05/16

83 Winter St.
Springfield, MA 01105
Amount: $1,255,000
Buyer: MNBC LLC
Seller: Monaco-Western Mass Properties
Date: 12/05/16

14-16 Woodmont St.
Springfield, MA 01104
Amount: $208,000
Buyer: Jaime Vazquez
Seller: Elvin Blanco
Date: 12/01/16

211-213 Worthington St.
Springfield, MA 01103
Amount: $285,000
Buyer: Edale Realty LLC
Seller: Laberty Properties Inc.
Date: 11/29/16

49 Yamaska Road
Springfield, MA 01118
Amount: $171,000
Buyer: Robert L. Hernandez
Seller: Edna T. Hansen
Date: 11/28/16

29 Zephyr Lane
Springfield, MA 01128
Amount: $153,000
Buyer: Jillian M. Chiaro
Seller: Frank J. Chiaro
Date: 12/01/16

SOUTHWICK

16 Bonnie View Road
Southwick, MA 01077
Amount: $150,000
Buyer: Tasos FT
Seller: Leigh M. Stellato
Date: 12/01/16

1 Gillette Ave.
Southwick, MA 01077
Amount: $190,000
Buyer: Nicole K. McKona
Seller: Donald Nooney
Date: 12/05/16

14 Granaudo Circle
Southwick, MA 01077
Amount: $255,000
Buyer: Michael A. Morris
Seller: Amber L. Bach
Date: 12/08/16

131 Granville Road
Southwick, MA 01077
Amount: $425,000
Buyer: Guy Lariviere
Seller: Nancy L. Lane
Date: 12/02/16

151 Mort Vining Road
Southwick, MA 01077
Amount: $233,000
Buyer: David R. O’Brien
Seller: Thomas J. Dussault
Date: 12/02/16

10 Pine Knoll
Southwick, MA 01077
Amount: $350,000
Buyer: Amber L. Bach
Seller: Robert A. Silverstein
Date: 12/08/16

274 South Longyard Road
Southwick, MA 01077
Amount: $174,000
Buyer: Tedd C. Cecchetelli
Seller: Eric Payette
Date: 11/30/16

TOLLAND

207 Lakeside Dr.
Tolland, MA 01034
Amount: $395,000
Buyer: Edwin J. Hudson
Seller: Joan P. Maxson
Date: 11/30/16

WALES

12 Reed Hill Road
Wales, MA 01081
Amount: $276,650
Buyer: Douglas Ritchie
Seller: Ross Tylor-Pelletier
Date: 12/02/16

2 Shaw Road
Wales, MA 01081
Amount: $268,900
Buyer: Scott Valcourt
Seller: Denise L. Ard
Date: 12/07/16

26 Woodland Heights
Wales, MA 01081
Amount: $187,096
Buyer: Sean C. Madura
Seller: Gary M. Pilon
Date: 11/30/16

WESTFIELD

17 Big Wood Dr.
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $320,000
Buyer: Benjamin T. Taglieri
Seller: Patricia E. Sullivan
Date: 11/30/16

89 Crescent Circle
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $308,000
Buyer: Michael J. O’Neil
Seller: Laurette T. Bishop
Date: 11/30/16

542 East Mountain Road
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $198,000
Buyer: Jacob C. Danek
Seller: Arthur B. Bovino
Date: 12/09/16

167 Elizabeth Ave.
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $239,900
Buyer: Joseph D. Binan
Seller: Kimberly Sulek
Date: 12/09/16

164 Falley Dr.
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $230,000
Buyer: Nicholas J. Gezotis
Seller: Michael J. O’Neil
Date: 11/30/16

16 Glen Ridge Dr.
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $255,000
Buyer: Justin P. White
Seller: Nikolaus J. Schmitter
Date: 12/05/16

13 Jefferson St.
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $192,804
Buyer: Nationstar Mortgage LLC
Seller: Joshua Vincent
Date: 12/05/16

173 Main St.
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $175,000
Buyer: Laura C. Smithies
Seller: Rebecca A. Cekala
Date: 11/28/16

94 North Elm St.
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $3,800,000
Buyer: North Elm LLC
Seller: Ronald E. Schortmann
Date: 11/30/16

10 Parker Ave.
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $227,000
Buyer: Karl S. Menard
Seller: Michael Buckley
Date: 12/08/16

107 Pinehurst St.
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $167,000
Buyer: Trista M. Perrea
Seller: Benjamin Taglieri
Date: 11/30/16

71 Pochassic St.
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $179,900
Buyer: Christine Bussolari
Seller: Ba T. Pho
Date: 11/30/16

125 Ridgecrest Dr.
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $330,000
Buyer: Jeffrey Vanoudenhove
Seller: Joel E. Schwartz
Date: 12/09/16

399 Springdale Road
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $345,000
Buyer: Matthew A. Bonafilia
Seller: Kevin M. White
Date: 12/01/16

84 Susan Dr.
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $261,000
Buyer: Joshua M. Krassler
Seller: Stephan A. Warren
Date: 11/29/16

52 Woodbridge Lane
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $165,000
Buyer: Nicholas D. Fitzgerald
Seller: USA HUD
Date: 11/28/16

WILBRAHAM

35 Burleigh Road
Wilbraham, MA 01095
Amount: $273,000
Buyer: Jennifer A. Grono
Seller: Kerry A. Tarpey
Date: 12/01/16

20 Eastwood Dr.
Wilbraham, MA 01095
Amount: $339,900
Buyer: Andrew Rostek
Seller: Lawrence G. Jenkins
Date: 11/30/16

19 Forest St.
Wilbraham, MA 01095
Amount: $136,000
Buyer: Kevin Woodard
Seller: John J. Manning
Date: 12/05/16

1158 Glendale Road
Wilbraham, MA 01095
Amount: $345,000
Buyer: Raymond Arroyo
Seller: DF Development & Construction Management
Date: 12/05/16

10 Herrick Place
Wilbraham, MA 01095
Amount: $280,000
Buyer: William M. Falzone
Seller: Frances K. Mell
Date: 11/30/16

16 McIntosh Dr.
Wilbraham, MA 01095
Amount: $420,000
Buyer: William C. Nolan
Seller: Gary M. Hochheiser
Date: 12/09/16

26 Merrill Road
Wilbraham, MA 01095
Amount: $139,200
Buyer: Freedom Mortgage Corp.
Seller: Harry J. Tarzian
Date: 11/29/16

50 Oakland St.
Wilbraham, MA 01095
Amount: $290,000
Buyer: Matthew S. Barkyoumb
Seller: FSV RET
Date: 12/01/16

8 Old Orchard Road
Wilbraham, MA 01095
Amount: $235,000
Buyer: Darell Mitchell
Seller: John W. Stearns
Date: 11/30/16

16 Porter Dr.
Wilbraham, MA 01095
Amount: $294,900
Buyer: Kevin Q. Corridan
Seller: Richard A. Coffey
Date: 11/30/16

160 Soule Road
Wilbraham, MA 01095
Amount: $352,500
Buyer: Michael E. Lacoste
Seller: Vincent Cardillo
Date: 12/09/16

32 Stonegate Circle
Wilbraham, MA 01095
Amount: $370,000
Buyer: Minhaj Moushum
Seller: John P. Sherbow
Date: 12/02/16

108 Stony Hill Road
Wilbraham, MA 01095
Amount: $125,000
Buyer: Jeanna Stewart
Seller: Jeffrey C. Allard
Date: 12/09/16

690 Stony Hill Road
Wilbraham, MA 01095
Amount: $340,000
Buyer: Sherwin Road RT
Seller: 911 Stony Hill Road LLC
Date: 12/05/16

1047 Tinkham Road
Wilbraham, MA 01095
Amount: $229,000
Buyer: James J. Mell
Seller: William Falzone
Date: 11/30/16

23 West Colonial Road
Wilbraham, MA 01095
Amount: $377,300
Buyer: Sydney L. Guevin
Seller: William F. Petrone
Date: 12/02/16

WEST SPRINGFIELD

82 Althea St.
West Springfield, MA 01089
Amount: $180,000
Buyer: Donald C. Wood
Seller: Alexey Rudenko
Date: 12/05/16

1085 Amostown Road
West Springfield, MA 01089
Amount: $225,000
Buyer: Cecelia Laporte
Seller: Anthony M. Cruz
Date: 11/28/16

17-19 Armstrong St.
West Springfield, MA 01089
Amount: $210,000
Buyer: Jamie Piangerelli
Seller: Stacey D. Thomas
Date: 12/02/16

67 Armstrong St.
West Springfield, MA 01089
Amount: $146,000
Buyer: Ceciley M. Fenno
Seller: Jeremy W. McPherson
Date: 11/28/16

25 Boulevard Place
West Springfield, MA 01089
Amount: $140,000
Buyer: Shruti B. Oza
Seller: Nationstar Mortgage LLC
Date: 12/09/16

73 Craiwell Ave.
West Springfield, MA 01089
Amount: $212,000
Buyer: Tara C. Garstka
Seller: Mary L. McCormick
Date: 11/30/16

340 Dewey St.
West Springfield, MA 01089
Amount: $169,900
Buyer: James F. Lane
Seller: Nora M. Johnson
Date: 11/30/16

18 Elm Circle
West Springfield, MA 01089
Amount: $151,000
Buyer: Olivia R. Saxer
Seller: Daniel W. Green
Date: 11/30/16

80-82 Irving St.
West Springfield, MA 01089
Amount: $155,000
Buyer: Nariman Z. Askarov
Seller: Jason G. Martineau
Date: 11/30/16

72 Lennys Way
West Springfield, MA 01089
Amount: $392,900
Buyer: Kevin M. White
Seller: William F. Messner
Date: 12/09/16

158 Lower Beverly Hills
West Springfield, MA 01089
Amount: $182,900
Buyer: Carol A. Cote
Seller: John M. Clark
Date: 11/30/16

715 Main St.
West Springfield, MA 01089
Amount: $184,000
Buyer: 715 Main Street Realty
Seller: Iqbal Murtaza
Date: 12/07/16

567 Morgan Road
West Springfield, MA 01089
Amount: $395,000
Buyer: Bryan Castor
Seller: Raymond A. Callahan
Date: 11/28/16

218 Morton St.
West Springfield, MA 01089
Amount: $219,900
Buyer: Kathleen P. Hamada
Seller: Joanne L. Bigelow
Date: 12/06/16

9 Norman St.
West Springfield, MA 01089
Amount: $190,000
Buyer: Dominic Pompi
Seller: Antonio P. Argiro
Date: 12/08/16

264 Poplar Ave.
West Springfield, MA 01089
Amount: $128,500
Buyer: Jeffrey R. Mitchell
Seller: Shirley M. Coyne
Date: 12/09/16

615 Rogers Ave.
West Springfield, MA 01089
Amount: $183,000
Buyer: Angel R. Villar
Seller: Sheileen M. Goodman
Date: 12/08/16

HAMPSHIRE COUNTY

AMHERST

107 Alpine Dr.
Amherst, MA 01002
Amount: $336,900
Buyer: Richard Graham-Maclean
Seller: Paul Dubin
Date: 12/08/16

87 Columbia Dr.
Amherst, MA 01002
Amount: $350,000
Buyer: Columbia Realty Income
Seller: Aaron M. Dulles
Date: 12/09/16

989 East Pleasant St.
Amherst, MA 01002
Amount: $235,000
Buyer: Xian G. Dole
Seller: Hettie C. Thompson
Date: 12/07/16

2 Edge Hill Road
Amherst, MA 01002
Amount: $258,000
Buyer: Kuo H. Lee
Seller: Venanzio Carbone
Date: 12/01/16

Pelham Road
Amherst, MA 01002
Amount: $250,000
Buyer: Amethyst Farm LLC
Seller: Joshua S. Goldstein
Date: 12/02/16

466 S. Pleasant St.
Amherst, MA 01002
Amount: $295,000
Buyer: Hang Z. Huang
Seller: Justin T. Serpone
Date: 12/01/16

BELCHERTOWN

28 Cloverhill Road
Belchertown, MA 01007
Amount: $439,900
Buyer: Avelino S. Casimiro
Seller: Mark C. Pedro
Date: 12/01/16

453 Franklin St.
Belchertown, MA 01007
Amount: $330,000
Buyer: Doug J. Cameron
Seller: Dahlia Development Ltd
Date: 11/29/16

25 Fuller St.
Belchertown, MA 01007
Amount: $195,000
Buyer: Tabitha J. Baceski
Seller: Joan W. Hutchinson
Date: 11/30/16

31 Lamson Ave.
Belchertown, MA 01007
Amount: $317,500
Buyer: Kristen E. Carlson
Seller: Deep Woods Real Estate Development
Date: 12/02/16

14 Laurel Ridge Dr.
Belchertown, MA 01007
Amount: $290,000
Buyer: Slawomir Liminski
Seller: John V. Lombardi
Date: 12/01/16

471 Michael Sears Road
Belchertown, MA 01007
Amount: $259,900
Buyer: Mathis Sherwood
Seller: Sandra M. Riley
Date: 12/09/16

140 Old Bay Road
Belchertown, MA 01007
Amount: $420,000
Buyer: Julie D. Daigle
Seller: Antonio Jorge
Date: 12/09/16

15 Sherwood Dr.
Belchertown, MA 01007
Amount: $242,000
Buyer: James R. Strong
Seller: Yih-Ming Hsiao
Date: 11/30/16

South Washington St.
Belchertown, MA 01007
Amount: $274,716
Buyer: LJ Development LLC
Seller: Catherine L. Gaouette
Date: 12/09/16

3 Westwood Dr.
Belchertown, MA 01007
Amount: $235,950
Buyer: Leslie R. Dougherty
Seller: Joel Brown
Date: 11/30/16

CUMMINGTON

395 West Cummington Road
Cummington, MA 01026
Amount: $128,000
Buyer: Dalton T. Noel
Seller: Benjamin K. Baumann
Date: 11/30/16

EASTHAMPTON

1-3 Clinton St.
Easthampton, MA 01027
Amount: $168,000
Buyer: Jonathan N. Kelley
Seller: Brendan R. Flaherty
Date: 12/09/16

25 Colonial Ave.
Easthampton, MA 01027
Amount: $170,000
Buyer: Emerald City Rentals LLC
Seller: Yellowbrick Property LLC
Date: 12/08/16

17 Golden Dr.
Easthampton, MA 01027
Amount: $339,900
Buyer: Paul Barry
Seller: Richard W. Gauthier
Date: 12/02/16

9 Gross Lane
Easthampton, MA 01027
Amount: $294,800
Buyer: Erin M. Szalankiewicz
Seller: Westley Desotle
Date: 11/30/16

180 Main St.
Easthampton, MA 01027
Amount: $256,000
Buyer: Elizabeth A. Rist
Seller: Glaskowsky, F. N., (Estate)
Date: 11/29/16

18 McKinley Ave.
Easthampton, MA 01027
Amount: $280,000
Buyer: Rachel Tapley
Seller: Thomas S. Cameron
Date: 12/01/16

44 Oliver St.
Easthampton, MA 01027
Amount: $326,500
Buyer: Ann E. Favorite-Lynch
Seller: Deborah L. Barr
Date: 12/09/16

9 Reservation Road
Easthampton, MA 01027
Amount: $314,000
Buyer: Mark S. Maulucci
Seller: Shirley Gamble-Cordes
Date: 11/30/16

74 South St.
Easthampton, MA 01027
Amount: $230,500
Buyer: Barry Decarli
Seller: Jill P. Burlingame
Date: 11/28/16

GOSHEN

41 Dresser Hill Road
Goshen, MA 01096
Amount: $195,000
Buyer: Kurt R. Finch
Seller: Lucia M. Kielbasa
Date: 11/28/16

GRANBY

175 East St.
Granby, MA 01033
Amount: $260,000
Buyer: Westover Metropolitan Development Corp.
Seller: Robert R. Fimbel
Date: 11/29/16

HATFIELD

26 Bridge St.
Hatfield, MA 01038
Amount: $379,900
Buyer: Christina Sekaer
Seller: Kathleen Z. Zeamer
Date: 12/02/16

462 Main St.
Hatfield, MA 01038
Amount: $281,000
Buyer: Paul C. Roud
Seller: Debra L. Overstreet
Date: 11/29/16

228 Straits Road
Hatfield, MA 01038
Amount: $289,000
Buyer: Rips LLC
Seller: Loretta C. Stevens TR
Date: 12/06/16

HUNTINGTON

8 Bromley Road
Huntington, MA 01050
Amount: $198,000
Buyer: Richard D. Sherwood
Seller: Denise M. Petersen
Date: 11/28/16

68 Littleville Road
Huntington, MA 01050
Amount: $308,000
Buyer: Steven V. Cormier
Seller: D&B Fortin RET
Date: 12/02/16

MIDDLEFIELD

117 Clark Wright Road
Middlefield, MA 01243
Amount: $175,000
Buyer: Keith A. Albee
Seller: Thomas Slipski
Date: 11/30/16

88 Town Hill Road
Middlefield, MA 01243
Amount: $188,000
Buyer: Michael W. Romanowski
Seller: Donald J. Savery
Date: 12/02/16

NORTHAMPTON

189 Bridge St.
Northampton, MA 01060
Amount: $375,000
Buyer: Louise W. Corbett
Seller: Peter P. Paniczko
Date: 12/09/16

32 Bright St.
Northampton, MA 01060
Amount: $405,000
Buyer: Thea N. Calkins
Seller: Kira A. Wojtech
Date: 12/08/16

8 Edgewood Terrace
Northampton, MA 01060
Amount: $281,500
Buyer: Nicole A. Long
Seller: Joann W. Aalfs LT
Date: 11/29/16

496 Elm St.
Northampton, MA 01060
Amount: $225,000
Buyer: Jonathan Dubinsky
Seller: Ryan M. Quinn
Date: 12/09/16

40 Garfield Ave.
Northampton, MA 01062
Amount: $361,000
Buyer: Brad C. Timm
Seller: Marceline Ayres
Date: 12/02/16

37 Holyoke St.
Northampton, MA 01060
Amount: $322,500
Buyer: Eric N. Wolpin
Seller: John J. Boucher
Date: 12/08/16

48 Lake St.
Northampton, MA 01062
Amount: $249,000
Buyer: Cristen A. Nagle
Seller: Scott A. Morin
Date: 11/28/16

25 Madison Ave.
Northampton, MA 01060
Amount: $375,000
Buyer: Alina T. Gross
Seller: Barbara B. Edwards
Date: 12/08/16

273 Main St.
Northampton, MA 01060
Amount: $910,000
Buyer: Safe Journeys LLC
Seller: Francis A. Johnson
Date: 12/01/16

57 Redford Dr.
Northampton, MA 01062
Amount: $217,000
Buyer: Kelli M. Steele
Seller: Paul M. Barry
Date: 12/01/16

552 Ryan Road
Northampton, MA 01062
Amount: $305,000
Buyer: Saharra Pensivy
Seller: James M. Brushway
Date: 12/08/16

101 Straw Ave.
Northampton, MA 01062
Amount: $185,000
Buyer: Jessica L. Laclair
Seller: Bak, Helen C., (Estate)
Date: 11/30/16

15 Swan St.
Northampton, MA 01060
Amount: $210,000
Buyer: David K. Marshall
Seller: Hollingsworth, Susan I., (Estate)
Date: 12/08/16

97 Vernon St.
Northampton, MA 01060
Amount: $972,446
Buyer: Sundeep M. Shukla
Seller: Bercume Construction LLC
Date: 11/30/16

PLAINFIELD

36 Bow St.
Plainfield, MA 01070
Amount: $275,000
Buyer: Keith M. Patenaude
Seller: Birch Hollow LLC
Date: 12/09/16

98 North St.
Plainfield, MA 01070
Amount: $139,000
Buyer: Frances Vilbon
Seller: FNMA
Date: 12/08/16

75 North Central St.
Plainfield, MA 01070
Amount: $145,000
Buyer: Barbara M. Taylor
Seller: Keith M. Patenaude
Date: 12/09/16

SOUTH HADLEY

25 Carriage Lane
South Hadley, MA 01075
Amount: $325,000
Buyer: Phylicia M. Lavigne
Seller: Peter E. Shea
Date: 12/07/16

112 College St.
South Hadley, MA 01075
Amount: $190,000
Buyer: Christopher B. Day
Seller: Nancy L. Gardiner
Date: 11/30/16

10 Dale St.
South Hadley, MA 01075
Amount: $224,000
Buyer: Bruce Barrett
Seller: Rolanda J. Rattelle
Date: 12/02/16

200 East St.
South Hadley, MA 01075
Amount: $304,000
Buyer: Asherah B. Allen
Seller: Rene S. Beauchemin
Date: 12/05/16

10 Enterprise St.
South Hadley, MA 01075
Amount: $192,500
Buyer: Casey L. Miner
Seller: Robert Desrochers
Date: 11/30/16

140 Main St.
South Hadley, MA 01075
Amount: $127,000
Buyer: Aaron Stark
Seller: Stark, David M., (Estate)
Date: 12/02/16

9 Marcel St.
South Hadley, MA 01075
Amount: $222,000
Buyer: Marcie Whitman
Seller: Jennifer M. Vannoy
Date: 12/09/16

7 Overlook Road
South Hadley, MA 01075
Amount: $282,500
Buyer: Samuel I. McArthur
Seller: Daniel W. Goble
Date: 11/29/16

275 Pearl St.
South Hadley, MA 01075
Amount: $227,500
Buyer: Cara E. Sheedy
Seller: Christine Tropp-Orlen
Date: 12/08/16

41 River Road
South Hadley, MA 01075
Amount: $185,000
Buyer: David G. Klingener
Seller: J. Lucinda Kidder
Date: 11/28/16

13 West Cornell St.
South Hadley, MA 01075
Amount: $235,000
Buyer: Luke Trahan
Seller: Helen T. Deshaies IRT
Date: 11/29/16

95 Willimansett St.
South Hadley, MA 01075
Amount: $265,000
Buyer: Jaidan Realty Property Management
Seller: Carolanne Bright
Date: 11/30/16

SOUTHAMPTON

Woodmar Lane #F
Southampton, MA 01073
Amount: $150,000
Buyer: G&F Custom Built Homes
Seller: Chester J. Kellogg
Date: 12/08/16

WARE

17 Lee Road
Ware, MA 01082
Amount: $300,000
Buyer: Cory N. Stoner
Seller: Richard R. Tumolo
Date: 11/29/16

66 Pleasant St.
Ware, MA 01082
Amount: $148,806
Buyer: Yellowbrick Property LLC
Seller: Yellowbrick Property LLC
Date: 11/30/16

5 Wildflower Dr.
Ware, MA 01082
Amount: $285,000
Buyer: Catharine M. Armentrout
Seller: Belco Construction Co. Inc.
Date: 11/29/16

WESTHAMPTON

71 Montague Road
Westhampton, MA 01027
Amount: $290,000
Buyer: Ryder J. Henderson
Seller: Strayer, Anne L., (Estate)
Date: 11/30/16

WILLIAMSBURG

32 Main St.
Williamsburg, MA 01096
Amount: $215,000
Buyer: Dennis F. Crommett
Seller: Alan J. Bernhardt
Date: 12/09/16

WORTHINGTON

24 Old Main Road
Worthington, MA 01098
Amount: $174,000
Buyer: Drew A. Hornickel
Seller: Ashley L. Tompkins
Date: 12/09/16

187 Ridge Road
Worthington, MA 01098
Amount: $312,500
Buyer: Michael J. Marich
Seller: Kent S. Hicks

Departments Real Estate

The following real estate transactions (latest available) were compiled by Banker & Tradesman and are published as they were received. Only transactions exceeding $115,000 are listed. Buyer and seller fields contain only the first name listed on the deed.

FRANKLIN COUNTY

ASHFIELD

203-215 Main St.
Ashfield, MA 01330
Amount: $275,000
Buyer: Noah J. Decker
Seller: Scott A. Decker
Date: 11/01/16

BERNARDSTON

51 Fox Hill Road
Bernardston, MA 01337
Amount: $282,400
Buyer: Joshua M. Mitera
Seller: Peck FT 2012
Date: 11/03/16

BUCKLAND

9 Laurel St.
Buckland, MA 01338
Amount: $152,000
Buyer: Lotus Yu
Seller: Christine Cusson
Date: 11/04/16

CHARLEMONT

127 Main St.
Charlemont, MA 01339
Amount: $275,000
Buyer: 127 Main St Realty LLC
Seller: Dennis C. Avery
Date: 11/02/16

COLRAIN

256 Thompson Road
Colrain, MA 01340
Amount: $210,000
Buyer: Carl A. Purington
Seller: Purington, Myrtle L., (Estate)
Date: 11/01/16

DEERFIELD

196 Mill Village Road
Deerfield, MA 01342
Amount: $205,900
Buyer: Carl Davis
Seller: US Bank
Date: 11/01/16

GREENFIELD

36 Cleveland St.
Greenfield, MA 01301
Amount: $175,000
Buyer: Michael D. Frank
Seller: Meehan, Elizabeth A., (Estate)
Date: 11/02/16

449 Country Club Road
Greenfield, MA 01301
Amount: $119,000
Buyer: Bank Of America
Seller: Judith K. Boersma
Date: 11/08/16

645 Country Club Road
Greenfield, MA 01301
Amount: $180,000
Buyer: Walter L. Williams
Seller: Robert P. Lafleur
Date: 11/01/16

58 Haywood St.
Greenfield, MA 01301
Amount: $118,000
Buyer: Jordon Stempel
Seller: Wells Fargo Bank
Date: 11/09/16

172 Highland Ave.
Greenfield, MA 01301
Amount: $300,000
Buyer: Lupinewood LLC
Seller: John G. Bailey
Date: 11/02/16

201 Munson St.
Greenfield, MA 01301
Amount: $725,000
Buyer: Munson St. Properties LLC
Seller: Greenfield Savings Bank
Date: 11/04/16

40 Summer St.
Greenfield, MA 01301
Amount: $177,000
Buyer: Lewis Zoey-Culver
Seller: David F. Bassett
Date: 11/02/16

HAWLEY

59 East Hawley Road
Hawley, MA 01339
Amount: $293,000
Buyer: Jonathan C. Schaefer
Seller: Eugene J. Tanguay
Date: 11/01/16

LEVERETT

346 Long Plain Road
Leverett, MA 01054
Amount: $315,000
Buyer: Daniel M. Levine
Seller: Donald R. Putnam
Date: 11/10/16

14 Richardson Road
Leverett, MA 01054
Amount: $314,000
Buyer: Jed Proujansky
Seller: Terry E. Gaberson
Date: 11/10/16

MONTAGUE

41 Court Square
Montague, MA 01351
Amount: $499,500
Buyer: Brittany J. Czarick
Seller: Janet G. Haas
Date: 11/10/16

NORTHFIELD

6 Ferncliff Ave.
Northfield, MA 01360
Amount: $163,000
Buyer: Angelica L. Beausoleil
Seller: Jennifer J. Newton
Date: 11/04/16

11 Lyman Road
Northfield, MA 01360
Amount: $136,833
Buyer: Wilmington Savings
Seller: Tamara L. Adams
Date: 11/02/16

54 New Plain Road
Northfield, MA 01360
Amount: $160,500
Buyer: Dawn M. Kazokas
Seller: Samuel J. Browning
Date: 11/04/16

ORANGE

72 Adams St.
Orange, MA 01364
Amount: $124,500
Buyer: Matthew P. Hanks
Seller: John W. Griffiths
Date: 11/10/16

337 North Main St.
Orange, MA 01364
Amount: $148,000
Buyer: Michael Gobeille
Seller: Kayla S. Rice
Date: 11/09/16

SHELBURNE

103 Mechanic St.
Shelburne, MA 01370
Amount: $220,000
Buyer: Michael S. Bromberg
Seller: Susan M. Broadhurst
Date: 11/01/16

6 Warren Ave.
Shelburne, MA 01370
Amount: $260,000
Buyer: Thomas P. Crean
Seller: Jeremy J. Schriber IRT
Date: 11/09/16

SHUTESBURY

294 West Pelham Road
Shutesbury, MA 01072
Amount: $545,000
Buyer: Rick B. Woodruff
Seller: William D. Kirtz
Date: 11/09/16

SUNDERLAND

109 East Plumtree Road
Sunderland, MA 01375
Amount: $433,000
Buyer: Jorn Myre
Seller: Michael B. Stone
Date: 11/01/16

17 North Plain Road
Sunderland, MA 01375
Amount: $253,500
Buyer: Eric S. Banach
Seller: Kevin W. Bernotas
Date: 11/09/16

HAMPDEN COUNTY

AGAWAM

387 Adams St.
Agawam, MA 01001
Amount: $235,000
Buyer: Daniel L. Welling
Seller: Sean P. Leahy
Date: 11/01/16

791 Barry St.
Agawam, MA 01030
Amount: $294,000
Buyer: Edward Rivers
Seller: Benoit L. Dion
Date: 11/10/16

31 Country Road
Agawam, MA 01001
Amount: $210,500
Buyer: Joshua A. Fournier
Seller: Marie T. O’Donnell
Date: 11/02/16

41 Debra Lane
Agawam, MA 01001
Amount: $285,000
Buyer: Ronald P. Brown
Seller: Gary T. Stone
Date: 11/02/16

37 Gunn Geary Lane
Agawam, MA 01001
Amount: $299,000
Buyer: Amy L. Boyd
Seller: Donna M. Christensen
Date: 11/10/16

71 Hall St.
Agawam, MA 01030
Amount: $187,900
Buyer: Susan M. Owen
Seller: Noel J. Girard
Date: 11/01/16

24 Highland Ave.
Agawam, MA 01001
Amount: $193,000
Buyer: George Pascaru
Seller: Mikhail Taranenko
Date: 11/04/16

1129 Main St.
Agawam, MA 01001
Amount: $150,000
Buyer: Paulo A. Villegas
Seller: Claire O’Toole
Date: 11/09/16

437 South West St.
Agawam, MA 01030
Amount: $225,000
Buyer: Tatyana Kirilovich
Seller: Patricia L. Semanie
Date: 11/03/16

BLANDFORD

10 Maple Lane
Blandford, MA 01008
Amount: $195,000
Buyer: Ryan J. Simmitt
Seller: Donald E. Blanchette
Date: 11/08/16

BRIMFIELD

34 Farmington Circle
Brimfield, MA 01010
Amount: $458,000
Buyer: Michael A. Woytowicz
Seller: Hillside Development Corp.
Date: 11/09/16

CHESTER

114 Bromley Road
Chester, MA 01050
Amount: $292,500
Buyer: Michael T. Decker
Seller: Gary P. Marcoullier
Date: 11/03/16

7 Soisalo Road
Chester, MA 01011
Amount: $227,000
Buyer: Linda L. Malcovsky
Seller: Valerie A. Leone-Ragucci
Date: 11/04/16

CHICOPEE

165 Clarendon Ave.
Chicopee, MA 01013
Amount: $149,197
Buyer: Wilmington Savings
Seller: Alexander Jovan
Date: 11/07/16

254 East Main St.
Chicopee, MA 01020
Amount: $154,000
Buyer: Alejandro Marrero
Seller: Marie Tylek
Date: 11/04/16

1247 East Main St.
Chicopee, MA 01020
Amount: $1,072,050
Buyer: DKRV Commercial Props. LLC
Seller: CEA Realty LLC
Date: 11/09/16

56 Fairview Ave.
Chicopee, MA 01013
Amount: $151,453
Buyer: Citizens Bank
Seller: Darius J. Shepard
Date: 11/09/16

44 Gilmore St.
Chicopee, MA 01013
Amount: $128,000
Buyer: Kenneth A. Allard
Seller: Dyan Viens
Date: 11/04/16

30 Leona Ave.
Chicopee, MA 01013
Amount: $210,000
Buyer: Rebecca K. Stadnicki
Seller: Doris E. Mozdzanowski
Date: 11/10/16

854 Meadow St.
Chicopee, MA 01013
Amount: $190,000
Buyer: Olatomide Ogunfeibo
Seller: Joshua A. Mozeleski
Date: 11/01/16

275 Moore St.
Chicopee, MA 01013
Amount: $220,800
Buyer: Wells Fargo Bank
Seller: Maryann Rogers
Date: 11/08/16

73 Sunflower Ave.
Chicopee, MA 01013
Amount: $146,000
Buyer: Heather L. Huot
Seller: Michelle M. Cormier
Date: 11/08/16

EAST LONGMEADOW

154 Hampden Road
East Longmeadow, MA 01028
Amount: $135,000
Buyer: C&M Builders LLC
Seller: Household Finance Corp. 2
Date: 11/04/16

27 Maryland St.
East Longmeadow, MA 01028
Amount: $320,000
Buyer: C&M Builders LLC
Seller: Giuseppe V. Capua
Date: 11/04/16

59 Pioneer Circle
East Longmeadow, MA 01028
Amount: $135,000
Buyer: Michael F. Collins
Seller: Nancy P. Jarvis
Date: 11/07/16

16 Sturbridge Lane
East Longmeadow, MA 01028
Amount: $535,000
Buyer: Steven F. Tereso
Seller: Andrew D. Mees
Date: 11/01/16

17 Susan St.
East Longmeadow, MA 01028
Amount: $195,000
Buyer: Kyle W. Barlow
Seller: Lloyd R. Hildreth
Date: 11/04/16

226 Westwood Ave.
East Longmeadow, MA 01028
Amount: $252,000
Buyer: Daniel Leary
Seller: Sadia Kausar
Date: 11/04/16

HAMPDEN

70 Bennett Road
Hampden, MA 01036
Amount: $202,000
Buyer: Anna L. Marion
Seller: Michael J. Marion
Date: 11/04/16

576 Main St.
Hampden, MA 01036
Amount: $155,900
Buyer: Mahlon Peterson
Seller: Stedman, Linda J., (Estate)
Date: 11/01/16

203 North Monson Road
Hampden, MA 01036
Amount: $120,000
Buyer: Anna Mascaro
Seller: Ellsworth M. Frey
Date: 11/07/16

6 Pinewood Road
Hampden, MA 01036
Amount: $259,900
Buyer: Beverly H. Hoekstra
Seller: Fresh Pinewood LLC
Date: 11/03/16

311 Wilbraham Road
Hampden, MA 01036
Amount: $137,600
Buyer: Wilson Wong
Seller: Deutsche Bank
Date: 11/02/16

HOLLAND

117 Butterworth Ext.
Holland, MA 01521
Amount: $255,279
Buyer: George Markopoulos
Seller: US Bank
Date: 11/08/16

14 Union Road
Holland, MA 01521
Amount: $180,000
Buyer: Antonia S. Young
Seller: Laurie E. Schlatter
Date: 11/10/16

HOLYOKE

17 Argyle Ave.
Holyoke, MA 01040
Amount: $197,000
Buyer: Gina A. Mitchell
Seller: Curtis J. Hoye
Date: 11/04/16

881 Hampshire St.
Holyoke, MA 01040
Amount: $150,000
Buyer: Kimberly M. Levy
Seller: Ducharme, Valda E., (Estate)
Date: 11/07/16

33 Mayer Dr.
Holyoke, MA 01040
Amount: $272,500
Buyer: E. A. Delpilar-Morales
Seller: Bruno Taborelli
Date: 11/07/16

408 Southampton Road
Holyoke, MA 01040
Amount: $200,000
Buyer: Mary Y. Xie
Seller: Seth R. Taylor
Date: 11/10/16

9-11 Thorpe Ave.
Holyoke, MA 01040
Amount: $142,500
Buyer: Molly A. Smith
Seller: Thomas Ferrante
Date: 11/04/16

5 Upland Road
Holyoke, MA 01040
Amount: $199,900
Buyer: John R. Wagner
Seller: Jean Griot
Date: 11/09/16

LONGMEADOW

1535 Longmeadow St.
Longmeadow, MA 01106
Amount: $189,900
Buyer: Patriot Living LLC
Seller: FHLM
Date: 11/10/16

99 Oxford Road
Longmeadow, MA 01106
Amount: $515,000
Buyer: Frances R. Cress
Seller: Wilbur M. Swan
Date: 11/04/16

LUDLOW

157 Carmelinas Circle
Ludlow, MA 01056
Amount: $560,000
Buyer: Pio Real Estate LLC
Seller: Adelina Teixeira
Date: 11/02/16

22 Overlook Dr.
Ludlow, MA 01056
Amount: $248,000
Buyer: Elias Colon
Seller: Eduardo Rego
Date: 11/07/16

106 Pine Cone Lane
Ludlow, MA 01056
Amount: $259,850
Buyer: Richard J. Corsi
Seller: Elizabeth A. Gamache
Date: 11/08/16

26 Raymond St.
Ludlow, MA 01056
Amount: $188,000
Buyer: Richard A. Belden
Seller: Kevin Czaplicki
Date: 11/03/16

MONSON

12 Macomber Road
Monson, MA 01057
Amount: $303,000
Buyer: Gloria Rubin
Seller: Gregory S. Leighton
Date: 11/10/16

137 Munn Road
Monson, MA 01057
Amount: $370,000
Buyer: Gregory S. Leighton
Seller: Craig R. Levesque
Date: 11/07/16

18 Wales Road
Monson, MA 01057
Amount: $223,000
Buyer: Craig R. Peltier
Seller: David E. Mill
Date: 11/10/16

243 Wilbraham Road
Monson, MA 01057
Amount: $349,000
Buyer: Mark Wegryn
Seller: Kenneth P. Barrepski
Date: 11/07/16

PALMER

90 Buckland St.
Palmer, MA 01069
Amount: $185,000
Buyer: Laura B. Yarbrough
Seller: Anthony A. Heropoulos
Date: 11/01/16

2030 Calkins Road
Palmer, MA 01069
Amount: $185,000
Buyer: David E. Bachand
Seller: Christine F. Reim
Date: 11/04/16

1537 North Main St.
Palmer, MA 01069
Amount: $120,000
Buyer: GR Properties LLC
Seller: Duda Realty LLC
Date: 11/08/16

1294 Ware St.
Palmer, MA 01069
Amount: $344,500
Buyer: PVU Palmer Realty LLC
Seller: Angelica Properties LLC
Date: 11/09/16

SPRINGFIELD

74 Aldrew Terrace
Springfield, MA 01119
Amount: $162,000
Buyer: Mark A. Fiore
Seller: Della Ripa Real Estate
Date: 11/04/16

34 Ashwood St.
Springfield, MA 01151
Amount: $185,000
Buyer: Raul Fraga
Seller: Bonnie E. Kiley
Date: 11/01/16

55 Bennington St.
Springfield, MA 01108
Amount: $175,000
Buyer: Dawn M. Amell
Seller: Angela Cosenzi
Date: 11/04/16

235 Bolton St.
Springfield, MA 01119
Amount: $123,711
Buyer: Elisa M. Ramos
Seller: Richard E. Eggleston
Date: 11/04/16

28 Cara Lane
Springfield, MA 01028
Amount: $270,000
Buyer: Tajh Monroe-White
Seller: Dennis B. Chechile
Date: 11/01/16

233 Corcoran Blvd.
Springfield, MA 01118
Amount: $135,000
Buyer: Timothy Harwood
Seller: Joshua A. Cusson
Date: 11/01/16

24 Crest St.
Springfield, MA 01109
Amount: $129,000
Buyer: Michelle Y. Sanabria
Seller: Dawn M. Amell
Date: 11/04/16

100 Cuff Ave.
Springfield, MA 01104
Amount: $123,500
Buyer: Margarita Cruzado
Seller: Sileski, Selma, (Estate)
Date: 11/07/16

71 Dearborn St.
Springfield, MA 01109
Amount: $125,450
Buyer: Deutsche Bank
Seller: Jessie Beckett
Date: 11/09/16

57 East Allen Ridge Road
Springfield, MA 01118
Amount: $155,000
Buyer: Manuel H. Medina
Seller: Shaun K. Allen
Date: 11/10/16

138 Gillette Ave.
Springfield, MA 01118
Amount: $163,400
Buyer: Julie-Ayn Montalvo
Seller: David P. Robillard
Date: 11/04/16

13-15 Groveton St.
Springfield, MA 01118
Amount: $132,000
Buyer: Yaritza Reyes-Colon
Seller: Victor F. Degray
Date: 11/10/16

142 Jasper St.
Springfield, MA 01109
Amount: $130,000
Buyer: Richard E. Rosado
Seller: Marques T. Stallings
Date: 11/10/16

185 Kerry Dr.
Springfield, MA 01118
Amount: $124,000
Buyer: North Harlow 4 LLC
Seller: Richard H. Brody
Date: 11/04/16

140-142 Laconia St.
Springfield, MA 01129
Amount: $171,000
Buyer: Francisco J. Miranda
Seller: Robert E. Wojtczak
Date: 11/02/16

106 Malden St.
Springfield, MA 01108
Amount: $260,000
Buyer: London Realty LLC
Seller: Eric Marthinsen
Date: 11/07/16

47 Martin St.
Springfield, MA 01108
Amount: $167,900
Buyer: Tamika Rose
Seller: James Fiore
Date: 11/01/16

216 Mazarin St.
Springfield, MA 01151
Amount: $254,900
Buyer: Zadok Nwafor
Seller: Quetszy A. Melendez
Date: 11/10/16

59 Peekskill Ave.
Springfield, MA 01129
Amount: $247,000
Buyer: Rosalia Esquilin-Santos
Seller: PCI Construction Inc.
Date: 11/01/16

117 Pennsylvania Ave.
Springfield, MA 01118
Amount: $210,000
Buyer: Donna Karam
Seller: Russomando, Mafalda A., (Estate)
Date: 11/10/16

156 Powell Ave.
Springfield, MA 01118
Amount: $167,000
Buyer: Jessica S. Alicea
Seller: Anthony T. Gamelli
Date: 11/10/16

241 Prentice St.
Springfield, MA 01104
Amount: $146,500
Buyer: Adam D. Bergeron
Seller: Gerrit M. Devries
Date: 11/04/16

11 Providence St.
Springfield, MA 01109
Amount: $125,000
Buyer: Massachusetts Mutual Life
Seller: Beth A. Washington
Date: 11/04/16

47-49 Somerset St.
Springfield, MA 01108
Amount: $165,000
Buyer: Ciaramar Vazquez-Collazo
Seller: Brian G. Bartish
Date: 11/09/16

192 Spikenard Circle
Springfield, MA 01129
Amount: $157,000
Buyer: Aletta N. Martinez
Seller: Peck, Linda M., (Estate)
Date: 11/01/16

39 Washburn St.
Springfield, MA 01107
Amount: $154,000
Buyer: Dionne Real Estate LLC
Seller: Dionne Real Estate LLC
Date: 11/04/16

8 Washington St.
Springfield, MA 01108
Amount: $131,000
Buyer: Jonathan A. Quinones
Seller: Francesco Lacopo
Date: 11/09/16

30 Wells St.
Springfield, MA 01104
Amount: $172,900
Buyer: Brenda Gonzalez
Seller: Christopher L. Edge
Date: 11/10/16

529 White St.
Springfield, MA 01108
Amount: $192,000
Buyer: Christian Negron
Seller: Jasmine Matta-Naylor
Date: 11/08/16

SOUTHWICK

296 Granville Road
Southwick, MA 01077
Amount: $383,000
Buyer: Joseph M. Coppa
Seller: David K. Recoulle
Date: 11/04/16

21 Lauren Lane
Southwick, MA 01077
Amount: $385,000
Buyer: Harry C. Lane
Seller: Ronald K. Vezina
Date: 11/10/16

352 North Loomis St.
Southwick, MA 01077
Amount: $236,000
Buyer: Seth A. Lalli
Seller: Steven C. Girard
Date: 11/10/16

TOLLAND

28 Ona Road
Tolland, MA 01034
Amount: $653,125
Buyer: Linda M. Balicki TR
Seller: Robert Churchill
Date: 11/07/16

WALES

32 Main St.
Wales, MA 01081
Amount: $229,900
Buyer: William B. Warren
Seller: Charles H. McKinney
Date: 11/04/16

WESTFIELD

211 Barbara St.
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $236,000
Buyer: Anthony J. Brignoli
Seller: Matthew J. Rinaldi
Date: 11/10/16

75 Brookline Ave.
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $175,000
Buyer: Nelya Balan
Seller: FHLM
Date: 11/04/16

5 Daylily Lane
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $374,000
Buyer: Steven F. Exware
Seller: Bent Tree Development LLC
Date: 11/01/16

154 Glenwood Dr.
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $600,000
Buyer: Cui X. Lin
Seller: Brad A. Whitaker
Date: 11/09/16

162 Honey Pot Road
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $270,000
Buyer: Justin Dauplaise
Seller: Eric Dauplaise
Date: 11/03/16

174 Honey Pot Road
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $210,000
Buyer: Eric N. Dauplaise
Seller: Craig A. Kamps
Date: 11/03/16

8 Noble St.
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $185,000
Buyer: Luisa J. Sarabaez
Seller: Debra J. Barker
Date: 11/02/16

15 Oakcrest Dr.
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $275,000
Buyer: Erika Walas
Seller: Michael Foy
Date: 11/10/16

24 Pinewood Lane
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $155,000
Buyer: Randy McGregor
Seller: V. Michael Clapper
Date: 11/10/16

261 Ponders Hollow Road
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $217,000
Buyer: Gerald L. Verardo
Seller: Ukrainian Selfreliance Credit Union
Date: 11/01/16

44 Sabrina Brooke Lane
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $120,000
Buyer: Jason A. Lavallee
Seller: Jason A. Lavallee
Date: 11/04/16

169 Southwick Road
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $191,000
Buyer: Sarah G. Perreault
Seller: Amber M. Matos
Date: 11/04/16

50 Southview Terrace
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $227,500
Buyer: Christopher Morris
Seller: Michael L. Rickson
Date: 11/08/16

200 Southwick Road
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $2,700,000
Buyer: 2nd Oakwood Terrace LLC
Seller: Joseph F. Colette
Date: 11/04/16

25 William St.
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $119,000
Buyer: Deborah A. McLaughlin
Seller: FNMA
Date: 11/10/16

64 Woodside Terrace
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $143,000
Buyer: Anthony M. Fratamico
Seller: Marth-E LLC
Date: 11/09/16

WILBRAHAM

2525 Boston Road
Wilbraham, MA 01095
Amount: $3,708,000
Buyer: Prime Storage Boston Road
Seller: EBR LLC
Date: 11/09/16

26 Carla Lane
Wilbraham, MA 01095
Amount: $403,900
Buyer: Burt H. Fahy
Seller: Custom Homes Development Group
Date: 11/09/16

772 Main St.
Wilbraham, MA 01095
Amount: $415,000
Buyer: Omar Ezziddin
Seller: Nazih Zebian
Date: 11/09/16

4 Monson Road
Wilbraham, MA 01095
Amount: $164,000
Buyer: Rachel M. Kellner
Seller: Deutsche Bank
Date: 11/04/16

10 Poplar Dr.
Wilbraham, MA 01095
Amount: $241,000
Buyer: FNMA
Seller: Joyce Meiresonne
Date: 11/04/16

7 Ridgewood Road
Wilbraham, MA 01095
Amount: $124,900
Buyer: Moreland Realty LLC
Seller: Wilmington Savings
Date: 11/01/16

23 Ripley St.
Wilbraham, MA 01095
Amount: $215,000
Buyer: Karen D. Boisvert
Seller: Lynsey M. Cantalini
Date: 11/03/16

664 Stony Hill Road
Wilbraham, MA 01095
Amount: $150,000
Buyer: Ahmad A. Habboub
Seller: Carolyn J. Lacasse
Date: 11/10/16

WEST SPRINGFIELD

132 Bonair Ave.
West Springfield, MA 01089
Amount: $131,000
Buyer: Maher Elkobersi
Seller: Prescott, Catherine E., (Estate)
Date: 11/03/16

56 Bonnie Brae Dr.
West Springfield, MA 01089
Amount: $199,000
Buyer: Heidi A. Gomez
Seller: Diana L. Marshall
Date: 11/08/16

243 Elm St.
West Springfield, MA 01089
Amount: $280,000
Buyer: A&R Cerrato LLC
Seller: Richard Gallerani
Date: 11/09/16

398 Elm St.
West Springfield, MA 01089
Amount: $325,000
Buyer: Agnes Properties LLC
Seller: Maecar Realty Inc.
Date: 11/10/16

122 Highland Ave.
West Springfield, MA 01085
Amount: $214,000
Buyer: Home Equity Assets Realty
Seller: Home Equity Assets Realty
Date: 11/04/16

85 Jensen Circle
West Springfield, MA 01089
Amount: $162,093
Buyer: Bank New York Mellon
Seller: Scott D. Ramsdell
Date: 11/02/16

255 Laurel Road
West Springfield, MA 01089
Amount: $180,000
Buyer: Paul C. Shields
Seller: Lisa F. Reagan
Date: 11/04/16

27 Queen Ave.
West Springfield, MA 01089
Amount: $175,000
Buyer: Abdul Majid-Rahmat
Seller: Marie A. Bovat
Date: 11/04/16

HAMPSHIRE COUNTY

AMHERST

20 Bridge St.
Amherst, MA 01002
Amount: $130,000
Buyer: Plumtree Real Estate LLC
Seller: Donald R. Morrow
Date: 11/08/16

177 Henry St.
Amherst, MA 01002
Amount: $265,000
Buyer: Kendra D. Weisbin
Seller: Patrick A. Ray
Date: 11/10/16

BELCHERTOWN

40 Autumn Lane
Belchertown, MA 01007
Amount: $365,000
Buyer: Suzanne T. Jorey
Seller: Gary M. Martins
Date: 11/07/16

535 North Washington St.
Belchertown, MA 01007
Amount: $350,000
Buyer: Brian L. Gendron
Seller: Piemonte, Peter T., (Estate)
Date: 11/10/16

94 Old Amherst Road
Belchertown, MA 01007
Amount: $127,500
Buyer: Matthew J. Stone
Seller: Tolzdorf, Peter M., (Estate)
Date: 11/07/16

CHESTERFIELD

18 Soaker Road
Chesterfield, MA 01096
Amount: $250,000
Buyer: Richard J. Labbee
Seller: Ellen J. Laroche
Date: 11/10/16

CUMMINGTON

73 West Main St.
Cummington, MA 01026
Amount: $290,000
Buyer: Laura M. Goodspeed
Seller: Cynthia M. Volk
Date: 11/07/16

EASTHAMPTON

60 Division St.
Easthampton, MA 01027
Amount: $349,900
Buyer: Kathleen McDade-Joss
Seller: Thomas M. Bacis
Date: 11/10/16

205 East St.
Easthampton, MA 01027
Amount: $235,000
Buyer: Wendy S. Sawyer
Seller: Alexis J. Neubert
Date: 11/10/16

89 Holyoke St.
Easthampton, MA 01027
Amount: $185,000
Buyer: Mary T. Martone
Seller: Leah P. Cartmell
Date: 11/01/16

26 Line St.
Easthampton, MA 01027
Amount: $289,500
Buyer: Daniel D. Rist
Seller: Edward J. Gawle
Date: 11/04/16

298 Main St.
Easthampton, MA 01027
Amount: $219,500
Buyer: K. Lesli Ligorner-Ritchie
Seller: Mai Stoddard
Date: 11/04/16

GRANBY

255 Carver St.
Granby, MA 01033
Amount: $225,000
Buyer: Carl R. Parylak
Seller: Richard Ordynowicz
Date: 11/04/16

55 Ferry Hill Road
Granby, MA 01033
Amount: $130,000
Buyer: Scott Family Properties
Seller: Henry, Dorothy L., (Estate)
Date: 11/04/16

107 North St.
Granby, MA 01033
Amount: $345,000
Buyer: Samuel A. McClellan
Seller: John K. Rhicard
Date: 11/10/16

12 Woodside Terrace
Granby, MA 01033
Amount: $235,901
Buyer: Citibank
Seller: Mark A. Dufault
Date: 11/02/16

HADLEY

117 East St.
Hadley, MA 01035
Amount: $305,000
Buyer: George J. Kermensky
Seller: Nelson P. & B. C. Lemay RET
Date: 11/01/16

24 Maple Ave.
Hadley, MA 01035
Amount: $143,000
Buyer: Emerald City Rentals LLC
Seller: Timothy J. Porter
Date: 11/04/16

Spruce Hill Road
Hadley, MA 01035
Amount: $305,000
Buyer: Allards Farm Inc.
Seller: Westfield Bank
Date: 11/03/16

HATFIELD

161 North Hatfield Road
Hatfield, MA 01038
Amount: $235,000
Buyer: Jerome J. Maczka
Seller: Jillian N. Minor
Date: 11/03/16

HUNTINGTON

154 County Road
Huntington, MA 01050
Amount: $243,500
Buyer: Joshua P. Driscoll
Seller: Rozanne L. Chouinard
Date: 11/10/16

MIDDLEFIELD

268 Skyline Trail
Middlefield, MA 01243
Amount: $162,000
Buyer: Louise M. Harlow
Seller: Peter Oligny
Date: 11/07/16

NORTHAMPTON

48 Blackberry Lane
Northampton, MA 01060
Amount: $260,000
Buyer: J. R. Caldwell-O’Keefe
Seller: June W. Klaes
Date: 11/07/16

293 Elm St.
Northampton, MA 01060
Amount: $672,000
Buyer: Benjamin G. Steinberg
Seller: Harry G. Bertram
Date: 11/10/16

15 Garfield St.
Northampton, MA 01062
Amount: $230,000
Buyer: Philip R. Shumway
Seller: Pamela A. Parenteau
Date: 11/10/16

333 Prospect St.
Northampton, MA 01060
Amount: $444,500
Buyer: Sustaining Partners LLC
Seller: Thomas A. Porter
Date: 11/10/16

59 Sherman Ave.
Northampton, MA 01060
Amount: $311,500
Buyer: German Alvarado
Seller: Paula Chakravartty
Date: 11/07/16

41 Spruce Lane
Northampton, MA 01062
Amount: $395,000
Buyer: Marguerite A. Merrigan
Seller: Ivana Tonoff-Toone
Date: 11/04/16

PLAINFIELD

189 Prospect St.
Plainfield, MA 01070
Amount: $194,782
Buyer: Kim M. Vieira
Seller: Christine M. Brandon
Date: 11/01/16

SOUTH HADLEY

260 Amherst Road
South Hadley, MA 01075
Amount: $292,000
Buyer: Brian M. Church
Seller: Richard M. Howe
Date: 11/03/16

29 Easy St.
South Hadley, MA 01075
Amount: $160,000
Buyer: Jenny Malinowski
Seller: Zachary L. Stupak
Date: 11/09/16

325 Hadley St.
South Hadley, MA 01075
Amount: $259,000
Buyer: Robert Stockton
Seller: Lindsay A. Berry
Date: 11/10/16

13 Hollywood St.
South Hadley, MA 01075
Amount: $283,000
Buyer: Christina M. Ramos
Seller: James D. St.Hilaire
Date: 11/08/16

44 Judd Ave.
South Hadley, MA 01075
Amount: $190,000
Buyer: Amanda Mackey-Desautels
Seller: Wallace J. Desautels
Date: 11/07/16

122 Main St.
South Hadley, MA 01075
Amount: $245,000
Buyer: Anna M. Brick
Seller: Martin P. Zebrowski
Date: 11/04/16

14 Rivercrest Way
South Hadley, MA 01075
Amount: $354,602
Buyer: Cathy A. Labrie
Seller: Rivercrest Condominiums
Date: 11/04/16

SOUTHAMPTON

61 Coleman Road
Southampton, MA 01073
Amount: $405,000
Buyer: Jonathan Jay
Seller: David Garstka Builders
Date: 11/08/16

10 Old Harvest Road
Southampton, MA 01073
Amount: $448,500
Buyer: Joel J. Haznar
Seller: Hamelin Framing Inc.
Date: 11/10/16

WARE

4 Coldbrook Dr.
Ware, MA 01082
Amount: $275,000
Buyer: Emmett Rooney
Seller: MRT Development LLC
Date: 11/04/16

44 Greenwich Road
Ware, MA 01082
Amount: $165,000
Buyer: Shawn M. Kopec
Seller: David B. Poulin
Date: 11/10/16

197 River Road
Ware, MA 01082
Amount: $212,000
Buyer: Cole R. Murphy
Seller: Francis M. Quinlan
Date: 11/10/16

WESTHAMPTON

79 Northwest Road
Westhampton, MA 01027
Amount: $207,000
Buyer: Shayla R. Howe
Seller: Elizabeth G. Koziol
Date: 11/01/16

67 Pine Island Lake
Westhampton, MA 01027
Amount: $150,000
Buyer: Daniel J. Letendre
Seller: Demers, Richard F., (Estate)
Date: 11/10/16

WILLIAMSBURG

8 Deer Haven Dr.
Williamsburg, MA 01039
Amount: $135,000
Buyer: Polly F. McGrath
Seller: Jayne Benjulian
Date: 11/07/16

84 Goshen Road
Williamsburg, MA 01096
Amount: $225,000
Buyer: Pierre J. Belhumeur
Seller: Keith H. Snow
Date: 11/03/16

WORTHINGTON

57 Fairman Road
Worthington, MA 01098
Amount: $300,000
Buyer: Eugene R. Labrie
Seller: Tompkins FT
Date: 11/10/16

Departments People on the Move

Robinson Donovan, P.C., a full-service law firm based in Springfield, announced that seven attorneys were honored by The Best Lawyers in America© for 2017. They are:

• Attorney Jeffrey Roberts, Managing Partner at the firm, in the practice area of corporate law and trust and estates. Roberts graduated from Colgate University (Bachelor of Arts, 1968) and Georgetown University (Juris Doctor, 1974).

• Attorney Jeffrey L. McCormick, a Partner at the firm, in the practice areas of personal injury litigation — defendants and personal injury litigation — plaintiffs. He graduated from the University of Massachusetts (Bachelor of Arts, 1970 and Master of Education, 1971) and Seton Hall University (Juris Doctor, 1975).

• Attorney James F. Martin, a Partner at the firm, in the practice areas of franchise law and real estate law. Martin attended Georgetown University (Bachelor of Arts, 1975 and Juris Doctor, 1978).

• Attorney Nancy Frankel Pelletier, a Partner at the firm, in the practice area of personal injury litigation — defendants. Notably, she was named a 2017 Best Lawyers in America© Lawyer of the Year, for her practice of personal injury litigation in Springfield. Pelletier is a graduate of Boston College (Bachelor of Arts, 1981) and George Washington University (Juris Doctor, 1984).

• Attorney Patricia M. Rapinchuk, a Partner at the firm, for her practice in employment law and management in Springfield. She graduated from Mount Holyoke College (Bachelor of Arts, 1979) and the University of Connecticut (Juris Doctor, 1989).

• Attorney Carla W. Newton, a Partner at the firm, in the practice area of family law. Newton is a graduate of Lesley College (Bachelor of Arts, 1972), Suffolk University (Juris Doctor, 1980) and Boston University (Master of Laws, 1990).

• Attorney Richard M. Gaberman, of Counsel for Robinson Donovan, P.C., in the practice areas of corporate law, real estate law, tax law and trusts and estates. He is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts (Bachelor of Business Administration, 1960), Boston College (Bachelor of Laws, 1963) and Boston University (Master of Laws in Taxation, 1968).

Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers® has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey. Over 79,000 leading attorneys are eligible to vote and more than 12 million votes have been received to date on the legal abilities of lawyers in their practice areas. Lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed; therefore, inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor. Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.”

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The Gaudreau Group Insurance and Financial Services Agency announced that Judy Davis has joined its Employee Benefits team. Davis has more than 25 years of experience in the corporate employee benefits industry, with a focus on designing and implementing benefits plans and services for organizations large and small.

She joins The Gaudreau Group after having spent 11 years as Vice President of Sales in the Employee Benefits Division at Insurance Center of New England in Agawam.  Prior to her time at Insurance Center, Davis was Vice President of Employee Benefits at Banknorth (now USI) Insurance Agency in Springfield.

“I’m very proud to have joined an organization that exemplifies the same high standards of exceptional customer service and integrity that I have provided my clients for over 25 years,” says Davis.

Jules Gaudreau, President of The Gaudreau Group added, “Judy is a great addition to our industry-leading Employee Benefits division. With the largest staff in the region, robust compliance programs, and high-tech employer and employee software solutions on her side, Judy will deliver real, impactful results to our clients.”

Davis is the recipient of several accolades and awards, including the 2013-2014 Top Woman in Insurance in the “Top 25 Women to Watch” in Western Mass., as well as the 2015 “Friend of Stavros” award from Stavros Center for Independent Living in Amherst, MA.  She has served on several Chamber of Commerce boards and committees in the Western Mass. area.

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Spherion Staffing Services, a local recruiting, staffing, and workforce-solutions provider, recently honored West Springfield franchise owner Brian Houle with the company’s 2016 Excellence in Safety Award. The annual award recognizes the Spherion owner who maintains the lowest workplace-injury rate among placed employees during the previous year and consistently demonstrates a safety-first mentality. Through an emphasis on safety protocols and a commitment to ensuring employees understand and adhere to workplace regulations, Houle and his team improved their year-over-year injury frequency rate by nearly 20%. Houle frequently participates in panels and calls to relay new safety-improvement best practices, and implements new strategies to ensure compliance with changing legislative regulations. “Ensuring the safety of our employees is of paramount importance to Spherion, and Brian Houle epitomizes our commitment to providing a secure a comfortable work environment,” said Sandy Mazur, division president of Spherion. “Brian and his team go above and beyond to identify opportunities to drive even greater workplace efficiency through safety. We are thrilled to honor their accomplishments and willingness to lead by example in achieving exceptional customer service.” Houle joined Spherion in 2013, and has since grown the West Springfield branch to include a team of four dedicated staffing and recruiting experts.

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Jeffrey Lomma

Jeffrey Lomma

The Springfield Regional Chamber of Commerce announced that Jeffrey Lomma has joined the chamber team as member services director. He will be responsible for ensuring the continuous and steady growth of the chamber’s membership by building and maintaining a comprehensive and aggressive membership recruitment, retention, and service program. He will also develop and manage programs and services that grow member businesses, service member needs, and increase the overall value offered to members. Lomma comes to the chamber with nearly 10 years of experience in sales, business development, and customer service. As a former Springfield Regional Chamber ambassador and past treasurer for the North Central Connecticut Chamber of Commerce, he is well-versed in chamber management and member services. Lomma has been with Westfield Bank since 2007, most recently serving as a branch manager. Among his many client relationship responsibilities, he worked with local community members and nonprofits to support community-reinvestment initiatives and played a pivotal role in growing the location’s portfolio. Lomma also served as a business specialist for the bank, where he helped lead the small-business sales-training program, managed customer relationships, and assisted in opening a banking center in a new market in Enfield, Conn. A former board member with the Springfield Performing Arts Development Corp. and the Springfield Hockey Heritage Society, and committee member with the Young Professionals Society of Greater Springfield, Lomma currently serves as a member of the board of directors for Junior Achievement of Western Massachusetts and on the Greater Springfield Senior Services Money Management Program Advisory Council. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Western New England University.

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Skoler, Abbott & Presser, P.C., a labor and employment law firm serving employers in the greater Springfield area, today announced that four attorneys were honored by The Best Lawyers in America© for 2017:

• Ralph F. Abbott Jr. was listed in Best Lawyers in the categories of Arbitration, Employment Law — Management, Labor Law — Management, and Mediation. A partner since 1975, Abbott is known throughout the legal community for his work representing management in labor relations and employment-related matters, providing employment-related advice to employers, assisting clients in remaining union-free, and representing employers before the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). Abbott also has numerous credits as an author, editor, and teacher, and a record of civic and community involvement. He has been selected by his peers for inclusion in Best Lawyers consecutively, since 1989.

• Jay Presser, was listed in Best Lawyers in the categories of Employment Law — Management, Labor Law — Management, and Litigation — Labor and Employment law. Presser has more than 35 years of experience litigating employment cases. He has successfully defended employers in civil actions and jury trials and handled cases in all areas of employment law, including discrimination, sexual harassment, wrongful discharge, wage hour, FMLA, ERISA and defamation. He has won appeals before the Supreme Judicial Court and the First and Second Circuit Courts of Appeals and represented employers in hundreds of arbitration cases arising under collective bargaining agreements. He has been selected by his peers for inclusion in Best Lawyers every year since 1991.

• John Glenn was listed in Best Lawyers in the categories of Arbitration, Employment Law — Management, and Labor Law — Management. He has been a partner of the firm since 1979 and spent his career representing management in labor relations and employment-related matters. In addition to providing employment-related advice to employers, he assists clients in remaining union-free and represents employers before the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). He has extensive experience negotiating collective bargaining agreements, representing employers at arbitration hearings and before state and federal agencies. Prior to joining Skoler, Abbott & Presser, Glenn was employed by the National Labor Relations Board in Cincinnati, Ohio. He has served as an adjunct professor of labor law at Western New England University School of Law and is a member of the American Academy of Hospital Attorneys. He has been selected by his peers for inclusion in Best Lawyers repeatedly, since 1995.

• Timothy Murphy was listed in Best Lawyers in the categories of Employment Law — Management, Labor Law — Management, and Litigation — Labor and Employment. A partner in the firm, Murphy joined Skoler, Abbott & Presser after serving as general counsel to an area labor union and serving as an assistant district attorney for the Hampden County District Attorney’s Office. His practice includes labor relations and employment litigation, as well as employment counseling. A native of the Springfield area, Murphy is a graduate of the Western New England University School of Law. He is a frequent contributor to business and human resource publications and a contributing author to the Massachusetts Employment Law Letter. He has been selected by his peers and listed by Best Lawyers every year since 2013, and was named the Best Lawyers 2015 labor and employment law “Lawyer of the Year” in Springfield.

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Two Sullivan Hayes & Quinn, LLC attorneys have been named Lawyer of the Year for 2017 by The Best Lawyers In America. Selection, which is based on professional evaluations by other attorneys, honors only one attorney in each professional practice area and community. Meghan Sullivan is Lawyer of the Year for Labor Law – Management, the fifth year in the past six years that she has been selected for that honor. Gordon Quinn was honored for Litigation – Labor and Employment. Additionally, Sullivan’s accomplishments for clients resulted in her being named to The Best Lawyers in America for Employment Law – Management and Labor Law – Management and Litigation – Labor and Employment. Quinn was selected by The Best Lawyers in America for his work in Employment Law – Management and Labor Law – Management, and Litigation – Labor and Employment. Again named to The Best Lawyers In America was Fred Sullivan, who has now been included for more than 20 consecutive years.  He was named for his work in Employment Law – Management and for Labor Law – Management. Sullivan Hayes & Quinn represents employers in a variety of Western Mass. industries and throughout the Northeast in employment- and labor-law issues.

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Stephan Chase, president of Fuel Services Inc. in South Hadley, was recently re-elected to serve a second two-year term as Massachusetts state director of the National Propane Gas Assoc. (NPGA) board. Chase has been President of Fuel Services for more than 25 years. The company has evolved over the years, adding additional service areas and new fuels to the mix. His commitment to the propane industry extends to educating consumers on the benefits of this type of energy. He is also an active board member and the incoming secretary for the New England Propane Gas Assoc., a board member of the BBB of Central and Western MA, and a Navy veteran, having served on the USS Little Rock. “As the leader in the fuel industry in Western Massachusetts, I am honored to be re-elected as the Massachusetts state director for the NPGA. It is a position I accept with great pride,” Chase said. Richard Roldan, president and CEO of NPGA, addeed that Chase’s re-election is evidence of his support and desire to continue to actively participate in the work of the NPGA. “His service to the association is greatly appreciated,” Roldan said. The National Propane Gas Assoc. is the national trade association representing the U.S. propane industry. Its memberships include small businesses and large corporations engaged in retail marketing of propane gas and appliances. Currently, the NPGA consists of approximately 2,800 memberships from companies in all 50 states.

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Fourteen lawyers from area law firm Bulkley Richardson were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2017.

Bulkley Richardson had the most honorees of any law firm in Springfield, with 12 of its 14 selected lawyers based in its Springfield office.

Three of the firm’s honorees were also named Springfield “Lawyer of the Year” in specific practice areas:

• William Hart was named the Best Lawyers® 2017 Springfield Trusts and Estates “Lawyer of the Year”;

• John Pucci was named the Best Lawyers® 2017 Springfield Criminal Defense (White-Collar) “Lawyer of the Year.” Pucci was also recognized in the area of Criminal Defense (General Practice); and

• Ellen Randle was named the Best Lawyers® 2017 Springfield Family Law “Lawyer of the Year.”

The following Bulkley Richardson lawyers were also selected for the 2017 edition of Best Lawyers®:

• Peter Barry — Construction Law;

• Michael Burke — Medical Malpractice Law (Defendants); Personal Injury Litigation (Defendants);

• Mark Cress — Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law; Corporate Law;

• Francis Dibble Jr. — Bet-the-Company Litigation; Commercial Litigation; Criminal Defense (White-Collar); Litigation (Antitrust, Labor and Employment, Securities);

• Daniel Finnegan — Administrative/Regulatory Law; Litigation (Construction);

• Robert Gelinas — Personal Injury Litigation (Defendants);

• Kevin Maynard — Commercial Litigation; Litigation (Banking and Finance, Construction);

• David Parke — Corporate Law;

• Melinda Phelps — Medical Malpractice Law (Defendants); Personal Injury Litigation (Defendants);

• Donn Randall — Commercial Litigation;

• Ronald Weiss — Corporate Law; Mergers and Acquisitions Law; Tax Law

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Keith Minoff was recently selected by his peers for inclusion in the 2017 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America in the areas of commercial litigation and corporate law. Minoff represents businesses and individuals throughout Western Massachusetts in the areas of business litigation and employment law.

He received his law degree with honors from George Washington University in 1983 and has been a practicing attorney for more than 30 years. Minoff maintains a law office in downtown Springfield.

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Bacon Wilson announced that four partners have been selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2017.

Michael Katz was selected for bankruptcy and reorganization, Paul Rothschild for plaintiff’s litigation, Jeffrey Fialky for commercial and finance, and Stephen Krevalin received the honor for family law for the fifth consecutive year.

Founded in 1895, Bacon Wilson, P.C. is one of the largest firms in the Pioneer Valley, with 42 lawyers, and approximately 60 paralegals, administrative assistants, and support staff. The firm’s offices are located in Springfield, Amherst, Northampton, and Westfield.

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The board of directors of the Professional Women‘s Chamber (PWC), a division of the Springfield Regional Chamber, has elected its officers to lead the division: Laurie Cassidy as President; Tracy Sicbaldi as Acting Vice President; Caron LaCour as Treasurer; Jeannie Filomeno as Assistant Treasurer; and Liz Rappaport as secretary. Janet Casey serves as Past President.

Cassidy is the executive director of the West Springfield Council on Aging/Senior Center and has served in that position since 2010. Prior, she served with the Greater Springfield Senior Services as its area agency on aging director and its regional ombudsman director. She has extensive volunteer experience, currently serving as a member of the Sisters of Providence Health System Board of Trustees, Mary’s Meadow Board of Trustees, West Springfield commission on Disabilities, and West Springfield Garden Club. She is also the secretary and treasurer of the West Springfield Emergency Planning Committee and Medical Reserve Corps and associate member of the West Springfield Veterans Council. She has been a member of the PWC since 2011.

Sicbaldi is an accountant with Overland Solutions Inc. and has more than 30 years of banking experience and six years as a municipal treasurer. She joined the PWC in 2006 and has served as its treasurer, vice president, and president.

LaCour is a Certified Public Accountant working with Burkhart Pizzanelli P.C. She focuses on taxation of individuals, businesses and nonprofit corporations. This is LaCour’s first term on the PWC board and is active on its scholarship, woman of the year and program committees. She is also actively involved with Rays of Hope and the Red Thread Network.

Filomeno is the human resource manager at Marcotte Ford Sales, Inc., her family business where she has worked since graduating college. She has served on the PWC board for three terms, served as the co-chair of its mentoring program and is a member of its scholarship committee.

Rappaport is a third-generation property manager at Century Investment Company.  Prior to joining the family business, she served in a marketing and brand management role at WF Young.  In addition to the PWC, Rappaport is actively involved with the Jimmy Fund taking a leadership role in several fund-raising activities each year.

Casey, principal and founder of Marketing Doctor, served as the PWC president for the past two years.

Board members Jacquelyn Bangs, senior account manager for EMC; Marikate Murren, director, training and workforce development for MGM Springfield; and Gillian Palmer, business development and group sales coordinator for the Eastern States Exposition, will round out the executive committee.

The PWC supports the female professional through networking opportunities, provides scholarships for nontraditional students returning to the workforce and mentors students through a partnership with Springfield Technical Community College.

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VertitechIT, a nationally known healthcare leader in the design and implementation of hyper-converged network architecture, has promoted Gerry Gosselin to the position of Vice President, Engineering. Having formerly served as the company’s Director of Technical Operations, Gosselin brings with him more than eighteen years of programming and network engineering experience.

“Gerry’s wealth of early experience as a programmer shines through in his infrastructure design skills,” said VertitechIT Chief Operations Officer Gregory Pellerin.  “As health system IT departments across the country adopt a software-defined approach to networking and storage, we’re confident that Gerry will further our leadership position in the industry.”

Gosselin will oversee VertitechIT’s team of senior engineers and architects in determining technology, scope, and level of effort for all company projects. He joined the company in 2013 and has developed high-level IT experience in network engineering, monitoring and management, virtualization, system administration, and systems integration.

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Link to Libraries Inc. announced the addition of new members to its executive board:

• Gail Baquis is a graduate of the University of Maine with a degree in journalism. She has been a volunteer with Link to Libraries since its inception in 2008 and has been the project director for the LTL Read Aloud programs and the RAP – Reading Any Place for Homeless Youth program.

• Tammy Trudeau is a graduate of University of Massachusetts.  She has been involved with numerous fund raising events for Link to Libraries and other local organizations.

• Kelly Dawson, CPA, Audit Manager for Meyers Brothers Kalicka, P. C. She received her Bachelor of Science in Biology from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She also holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Massachusetts. Her professional affiliations include the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and Massachusetts Society of Certified Public Accountants.

• Amy Scott is the Founder of the marketing firm Wild Apple Design Group in Wilbraham and is best know for website design success in non-profit, education and for profit sectors. She is a BusinessWest Forty Under 40 Alum.

• Laura McCarthy, Attorney is an associate at Bacon Wilson, P. C. where she practices bankruptcy, corporate law, commercial and residential real estate and other transactional matters. She is a graduate of Boston University School of Law.

• Dr. Jennifer Stratton has been teaching students from the kindergarten to graduate level for more than 15 years. She is certified as a reading specialist and holds a doctoral degree from AIC in education. In addition to teaching, Jen hosts a blog (JenStratton.com) where she shares the sports stories of athletes who play adaptive sports and authors children’s books about Paralympians.

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SPRINGFIELD Fourteen lawyers from area law firm Bulkley Richardson were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2017.

Bulkley Richardson had the most honorees of any law firm in Springfield, with 12 of its 14 selected lawyers based in its Springfield office.

Three of the firm’s honorees were also named Springfield “Lawyer of the Year” in specific practice areas:

 

  • William E. Hart was named the Best Lawyers® 2017 Springfield Trusts and Estates “Lawyer of the Year”;
  • John P. Pucci was named the Best Lawyers® 2017 Springfield Criminal Defense (White-Collar) “Lawyer of the Year.” Pucci was also recognized in the area of Criminal Defense (General Practice); and
  • Ellen M. Randle was named the Best Lawyers® 2017 Springfield Family Law “Lawyer of the Year.”

 

The following Bulkley Richardson lawyers were also selected for the 2017 edition of Best Lawyers®:

  • Peter H. Barry — Construction Law;
  • Michael H. Burke — Medical Malpractice Law (Defendants); Personal Injury Litigation (Defendants);
  • Mark D. Cress — Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law; Corporate Law;
  • Francis D. Dibble, Jr. — Bet-the-Company Litigation; Commercial Litigation; Criminal Defense (White-Collar); Litigation (Antitrust, Labor and Employment, Securities);
  • Daniel J. Finnegan — Administrative/Regulatory Law; Litigation (Construction);
  • Robert A. Gelinas — Personal Injury Litigation (Defendants);
  • Kevin C. Maynard — Commercial Litigation; Litigation (Banking and Finance, Construction);
  • David A. Parke — Corporate Law;
  • Melinda M. Phelps — Medical Malpractice Law (Defendants); Personal Injury Litigation (Defendants);
  • Donn A. Randall — Commercial Litigation;
  • Ronald P. Weiss — Corporate Law; Mergers and Acquisitions Law; Tax Law

Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. For the 2017 edition of The Best Lawyers in America®, 6.7 million votes were analyzed, which resulted in more than 55,000 leading lawyers being included in the new edition. Lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed; therefore inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor.

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SPRINGFIELD — Fourteen lawyers from Bulkley Richardson were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2015. Bulkley Richardson had the most honorees of any law firm in Springfield, with 12 of its 14 selected lawyers based in its Springfield office.

Three of the firm’s honorees were also named Springfield Lawyer of the Year in specific practice areas:

• Michael Burke was named Lawyer of the Year in Springfield for personal-injury litigation (defendants);

• David Parke was named Lawyer of the Year in Springfield for corporate law; and

• John Pucci was named Lawyer of the Year in Springfield for criminal defense (non-white-collar). Pucci was also recognized by Best Lawyers in the area of criminal defense (white-collar).

Attorneys from all of Bulkley Richardson’s offices were represented in the selection for Best Lawyers 2015, including the following nine based in 
Springfield:

• Peter Barry, construction law;

• Mark Cress, bankruptcy and creditor-debtor rights, insolvency and reorganization law, and corporate law;

• Francis Dibble Jr., bet-the-company litigation, commercial litigation, and litigation 
(anti-trust, labor and employment, securities);

• Daniel Finnegan, administrative/regulatory law and litigation (construction);

• Robert Gelinas, personal-injury litigation (defendants);

• Kevin Maynard, commercial litigation, litigation (banking and finance, construction);

• Melinda Phelps, medical-malpractice law (defendants), personal-injury litigation 
(defendants);

• Ellen Randle, family law; and

• Ronald Weiss, corporate law, mergers-and-acquisitions law; tax law.