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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 

• 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 

• Ellen Randle, family law; and

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

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HOLYOKE — University Products Inc. (UPI), manufacturer and distributor of archival-quality storage products for museums, libraries and archives worldwide, announced the realignment of its management team.

Chief Financial Officer John Adamson, who joined UPI in 1995 and has worked in sales and marketing, human resources, and accounting, has been appointed president and will be charged with coordinating and implementing the future direction of the company.

Company founder David Magoon, will continue as chairman of the board, and Scott Magoon will continue as CEO. Bob Boydston, who joined the company in 1976, will remain as senior vice president and is also chief operating officer of the corporation.

Museums, libraries, historical societies, archives and similar institutions are among UPI’s worldwide clients. The company offers products for conservation, restoration, and preservation of books, photos, documents, collectibles, textiles, artwork, artifacts, and natural-history specimens. University Products is also the manufacturer of Lineco brands, sold and distributed worldwide by art and framing retailers.

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HOLYOKE — The Greater Holyoke Chamber of Commerce announced the return of the popular ACE (Ask a Chamber Expert) business workshop series. Sponsored by PeoplesBank and the Republican/MassLive, the series is member-taught by successful, knowledgeable community business owners and professionals who are eager to pass on their knowledge to business people and entrepreneurs in Greater Holyoke communities.

The next installment in the series will be a panel discussion, with experts from digital, television, radio, and print media, on Wednesday, Sept. 9 at 8:30 a.m. at the Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center located at 100 Bigelow St. in Holyoke. Topics ranging from how to plan a press conference to learning the difference between a press release and a press advisory will be discussed.

Admission is $15 for Holyoke Chamber members with advance registration and $20 for all others, and includes a continental breakfast. Reservations may be made online at holyokechamber.com/events.

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EAST LONGMEADOW — HUB International New England, formerly FieldEddy Insurance, a division of insurance-brokerage firm HUB International Limited, announced that employees recently held a food drive to benefit the East Longmeadow Council on Aging.

The drive was staged in response to published reports that the local Council on Aging is in dire need of food and personal items this time of year. HUB International employees immediately reached out and pulled together in an effort to personally donate whatever they could.

“I always knew our employees were great, but seeing them come together to help others leaves a lasting impression,” said Timm Marini, president of HUB International New England. “The employees saw a problem in their own backyard and reached into their own pockets in order to help those less fortunate. They worked together as a team in order to do something that will have a long-term effect on others.”

The total amount of donations is not known at this time, and the agency itself will make a contribution in addition to the employee donations. These items were delivered to the East Longmeadow Council on Aging on Aug. 26.

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PITTSFIELD — Berkshire Hills Bancorp Inc. has appointed Ron MacDonald to the position of senior vice president, corporate auto sales leader.

MacDonald joins Berkshire from First Niagara Bank, where he served as first vice president, national sales manager, focused on expanding the indirect auto finance business across the Northeast. He has more than 30 years of experience in the automotive business, including previous roles at TD Bank as the national sales manager for auto finance and various positions within the auto-dealer community. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of New Hampshire.

“I am excited to have Ron join the bank and take on a leadership role in expanding our prime indirect auto unit,” said Sean Gray, executive vice president and head of Retail Banking. “With his extensive auto-lending relationships and experience across New England, he is the right person to expand on the successful platform Berkshire has established in New York. Ron will be leading Berkshire’s indirect team, providing strategic direction to develop and expand relationships throughout our footprint, with a focus on building long-term partnerships and managing the secondary marketing of this product. This is another example of our commitment to ongoing leadership recruitment and revenue diversification, and we look forward to profitable growth from this business line.”

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NORTHAMPTON — The 2015 Northampton Jazz Festival will begin Tuesday, Sept. 8 with a performance at the Northampton Jazz Workshop and various other performances during that week, culminating with the main-stage, all-day event on Saturday, Sept. 12.

The main concert event will take place from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. in downtown Northampton on Hampton Avenue, behind Thornes Marketplace.

At Saturday’s signature performance, which is free and open to the public, featured performers will include the Gretchen Parlato & Lionel Loueke Duo, the Zaccai Curtis Latin Jazz Quartet featuring Ray Vega, the Edmar Casteneda Trio, Pete McGuinness, the Jeff Holmes Quartet, and the Franz Robert/Benny Woodard Trio featuring Conner Duke.

Paul Arslanian, co-creative director of the Northampton Jazz Festival, said the lineup for this year’s main event is unique from that of previous years. “We’re featuring young, unique voices and artists who are exploring different avenues of jazz. We’re hoping to showcase a wide variety of jazz genres.”

The week’s events begin Tuesday, Sept. 8 with a performance by tenor saxophonist Felipe Salles at the Northampton Jazz Workshop at the Loft at the Clarion Hotel, starting at 7:30 p.m. Saxophone students from UMass Amherst will be performing with Salles, along with the Green Street Trio.

From Wednesday, Sept. 9 to Friday, Sept. 11, Downtown Struts are planned in Amherst, Easthampton, and Northampton, respectively. The struts will give music lovers a chance to explore many different venues in each town and hear local and regional jazz musicians perform.

David Picchi, co-creative director of the Northampton Jazz Festival alongside Arslanian, said performers for the Amherst Downtown Strut on Wednesday, Sept. 9 are still being finalized. However, Free Range Cats will be one of the bands featured.

On Thursday, Sept. 10, the Easthampton Downtown Strut, which will commence at 5:30 p.m., will feature the Pangeans in front of the Old Town Hall, the Nancy Janoson Trio at Galaxy, and the Carol Smith Trio at Nini’s Ristorante.

The Northampton Downtown Strut on Friday, Sept. 11 will include seven additional bands, starting at 6 p.m.: Mtali Banda Oneness Project on the Northampton Court House lawn, the O-Tones at McLadden’s, the Claire Arenius Trio at One Bar & Grill, the Scott Mullett Trio at the Deck Bar, the Jeremy Turgeon Quartet at Ibiza Tapas Wine Bar, FlavaEvolution at Sierra Grille, and Mammal Dap at Bishop’s Lounge.

The main performances on Saturday, Sept. 12 will kick off with the Jazz Futures Stage on the Hampshire Courthouse Lawn with student bands from six local schools: UMass Amherst, Amherst College, Holyoke Community College, Greenfield Community College, Pioneer Valley Performing Arts High School, and Northampton Community Music Center.

The Saturday main-stage concert will be hosted by two notable emcees from New England Public Radio. Tom Reney, host of the radio show Jazz à la Mode, will announce the performers in the first half of the festival, followed by Kari Njiiri, host of Jazz Safari and a senior news reporter for NEPR.

In addition, at least 10 food trucks will be on site to offer such fare as pizza, sausage, organic burgers, and ice cream throughout the day. The second annual Northampton Jazz Festival Home Brew Challenge will take place from 3 to 5 p.m.; regional home brewers will have an opportunity to put their brews to the test with guest tasters.

For more information or to help sponsor the event, contact Yvonne Mendez at [email protected]. Jazz fans can get more information at www.njfest.org. Contributions may be sent to Northampton Jazz Festival, P.O. Box 641, Northampton, MA 01061.

Major sponsors include Baystate Urgent Care, TD Bank, North Coast Brewing Co., Thelonius Monk Institute of Jazz, UMass Fine Arts Center, Northampton Arts Council, MassLive, McLadden’s, Northampton Jazz Workshop, Silverscape Designs, Florence Bank, the Artisan Gallery, Hampshire Hospitality Group, the Clarion Hotel, 90+ Cellars, Delap Real Estate, Lia Auto Group, Log Cabin/Delaney, Thornes Marketplace, and Daury Wealth Management.

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PITTSFIELD — Berkshire Community College’s (BCC) Office of Community Education & Workforce Development, in collaboration with Greylock Insurance Agency, will offer a new workshop, “Introduction to Insurance” (INS 21), starting in September.

The workshop, which will run on Tuesdays from 6 to 9 p.m. from Sept. 22 through Nov. 10, will explore the many diverse careers in the insurance industry, from IT to marketing.

Students will identify and describe the basic principles of insurance as well as how insurance jobs relate to one another, and will become familiar with the principles that underlie property and liability insurance. The course will also introduce students to insurance contracts, marketing, underwriting, claims adjustment, risk management, and general policy provisions.

The course, which will be taught by Sharon MacEachern, assistant vice president of Operations at Greylock Insurance, is made possible through Greylock Insurance Agency and its matching grant donation from Arbella Insurance Foundation. The cost per participant is $240 and includes all materials. Classes will be held in Melville Hall (Room 201) on BCC’s main campus in Pittsfield.

“Introduction to Insurance” is the first of three eight-week courses required to earn an AINS (associate in general insurance) designation. Participants who complete all three courses will also receive a certificate of completion from Berkshire Community College. To register, visit www.berkshirecc.edu/workshops or call (413) 236-2127.

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SPRINGFIELD — The Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau (GSCVB) announced that Thomas Burke will serve as the new chairman of the Western Mass. Sports Commission (WMSC), a division of the GSCVB. Burke replaces John Heaps Jr., president and CEO of Florence Bank, who served a two-year term as chairman.

Burke was the co-owner of Burke Beverage in Chicopee for 28 years before selling the company in 2004. Since 2005, he has served as a coach at Granby High School for varsity golf and girls basketball. Burke has been, or is currently, involved in a variety of civic organizations, including the Jimmy Fund Council of Western Mass., Spirit of Springfield, the Springfield Parking Authority, the Greater Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau, and the Springfield Youth Commission.

“There is so much excitement surrounding Springfield and Western Mass., and I am absolutely thrilled to be a part of it,” Burke said. “Hosting upcoming events like the MIAA boys and girls basketball state championships in March 2016 and the UMass Holiday Showcase in December will prove to be great events for the area in the immediate future, only followed by bigger events like the International Jugglers Association Festival in 2018.”

The Western Mass. Sports Commission is a division of the GSCVB that seeks to increase the economic impact of sporting events in the area by coordinating regional sporting event bids, hosting and marketing the events, and raising the stature and awareness of the region as a sports and tourism destination.

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SPRINGFIELD — The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced that John Ritenour, chairman of Insurance Office of America (IOA), has been unanimously elected to the Hall’s board of trustees. He will serve as one of 33 members, beginning a three-year term immediately.

“It is an honor to be named to the board of trustees and to represent the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame,” Ritenour said. “I look forward to working with the highly talented and prestigious group that guides the Hall, including many legends of the sport and the outstanding roster of civic and business leaders, such as Chairman Jerry Colangelo and President and CEO John Doleva and his accomplished staff.”

Ritenour and his wife, Valli, founded Insurance Office of America in Florida in 1988 with a vision to have an organization that gave ownership to its sales associates. The company now boasts more than 225 sales partners and more than 600 employees who claim ownership. IOA has grown from $188,000 in revenue the first year to more than $120 million today.

“The Basketball Hall of Fame has had a tremendous relationship with IOA for a number of years,” said Doleva. “As a well-respected businessman, philanthropist, and fan of the game, John Ritenour will be an excellent addition to our board of trustees.”

The trustees are responsible for preserving the fundamental mission and financial well-being of the Basketball Hall of Fame. They serve as ambassadors for the Hall, promoting its core mission, which is to celebrate the greatest moments and people in basketball. Made up of individuals that work in or have worked in the game, as well as business leaders that have supported the game, the board also elects all governors of the Hall.

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HOLYOKE — Gov. Charlie Baker announced this week that two local community colleges will receive $5.5 million for capital projects: $2.5 million for Holyoke Community College, and $3 million for Springfield Technical Community College.

He said the funds are part of the administration’s capital-investment plan, with an eye on closing a persistent ‘skills gap’ in the Commonwealth, between the skills employers require and those of currently available workers. Closing that gap, he said at a press conference announcing the grants, is “critically important to us and critically important to the success of the Commonwealth.”

HCC will build a new, more energy-efficient campus center. The current facility houses several classrooms, the campus bookstore, dining services, and a media center. STCC plans to renovate Building 19 into a new student-learning commons.