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SPRINGFIELD — American International College (AIC) announced four promotions, most effective July 1.

Nicolle Cestero has been promoted to chief operating officer, executive vice president, and retains her title as chief of staff. Cestero joined AIC in July 2011 as the associate vice president for Human Resources. Since that time, she has assumed increasing levels of responsibility and scope of duties. In 2012, she was named vice president for Human Resources and Title IX coordinator. She was promoted to senior vice president for Human Resources and Title IX coordinator in 2016, and two years ago, she was named chief of staff and senior vice president for Human Resources.

Among the responsibilities in her newly expanded position, Cestero will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of the college, while continuing to serve as advisor to the president, playing an integral role in implementing AIC’s strategic plan. Cestero will oversee the college’s legal matters and support presidential and institutional initiatives to ensure project deadlines are met and targeted outcomes are attained. She serves on the president’s cabinet and all individual board committees. Additionally, she will play a key role, in collaboration with the board of trustees, in the nationwide search for President Vince Maniaci’s successor following the recent announcement of his retirement at the end of the 2021-22 academic year.

Matthew Scott has been serving as vice president for Student Affairs and dean of students since July 2020. He will add Title IX coordinator to his area of responsibilities. With that addition, he will be the designated official from AIC with primary responsibility for coordinating compliance with Title IX, including providing leadership for Title IX activities; consultation, education, and training; and helping to ensure that the institution responds appropriately, effectively, and equitably to Title IX issues.

As vice president and dean of students, Scott oversees the Division of Student Affairs, which includes Student Life, the Saremi Center for Career Development, and Dexter Health and Counseling Services. The following programs and services fall under his purview: residence education; student conduct; student activities; diversity and engagement; campus recreation programs such as intramural sports, fitness, and wellness programs; and the Fitness Center.

Jessica Chapin has been promoted to director of Athletics and will oversee all aspects of AIC athletic programs. Chapin joined AIC in 2014 as the compliance coordinator. Among her duties, she is responsible for the day-to-day administration of the athletics department, including oversight of compliance with ensuring NCAA Division I and Division II rules and bylaws, retention, financial aid, and new-student recruitment, collaborating with offices across campus. She is the Title IX deputy coordinator for Athletics.

In 2017, Chapin was appointed to a four-year term with the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II Management Council, serving on the national student-athlete advisory committee, convention planning team, committee on infractions, legislation committee, and research committee. She currently serves on the NCAA’s women’s volleyball regional advisory committee and was recently appointed to a four-year term on the NCAA committee on infractions. She currently serves on the executive committee of both the Atlantic Hockey Assoc. and the National Intercollegiate Rugby Assoc.

Michael Eriquezzo has been promoted to director of Marketing and Communications. He will have oversight of all aspects of institutional digital and traditional marketing, web, and public-relations functions for the college, including the semi-annual Lucent magazine with a circulation to more than 30,000 alumni. Eriquezzo came to AIC as the art director and senior designer in 2017 from Go Graphix in East Longmeadow, where he served as project manager and creative lead, and the Children’s Study Home, where he was the external communications manager.

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HOLYOKE ­— Holyoke Community College (HCC) and Enchanted Circle Theater are joining forces to offer an in-person racial-justice program this summer for area youth.

Called “I Am Somebody,” the four-day, interactive performing-arts program will run Monday, July 19 through Thursday, July 22 from 9 a.m. to noon each day in the HCC Kittredge Center for Business and Workforce Development.

The program is free and limited to 15 youth ages 8 to 11 chosen through a lottery to be held Monday, June 21.

“Enchanted Circle is proud to offer this exciting, new, creative youth-development program in partnership with Holyoke Community College,” said Priscilla Kane Hellweg, executive and artistic director of Enchanted Circle Theater, a Holyoke-based nonprofit that combines arts and education. “The arts are such a powerful teaching and learning tool for the expression of cultural identity and an inspiring platform for getting to know ourselves and each other.”

Participants will explore racial justice through a variety of creative activities, including writing, music, visual art, movement, and theater.

“Students will be encouraged to find and use their own unique voices to express their understanding of equity and racial justice,” said Michele Cabral, HCC’s executive director of Professional Education and Corporate Learning. “In celebrating themselves, each other, and our collective community, they will examine how we are each unique, diverse, and yet all connected.”

Following the final session on July 22, parents are invited to attend a lunch and family arts-sharing celebration from noon to 1 p.m. in the Kittredge Center.

The sessions will be led by Enchanted Circle teaching artists Maya Rivera and Axel Cruz. Rivera is a visual artist, performer, vocalist, and photographer who holds a bachelor’s degree in theater from Smith College. Cruz, who has theater degrees from HCC and UMass Amherst, is an actor, dancer, choreographer, theater director, stage manager, and designer.

In advance of the June 21 lottery, interested parents and their children are invited to attend a virtual family information session on Thursday, June 13 at 5:30 p.m.

To sign up for the information session or to apply for the “I Am Somebody” program, e-mail Sharon Grundel at [email protected].

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LENOX — Christopher Silipigno has been promoted to CEO of Renaissance Investment Group, LLC, a financial-services firm headquartered in the Berkshires that specializes in comprehensive financial counseling and investment management for high-net-worth individuals. Managing approximately a half-billion dollars in assets, Renaissance’s clients reside across the U.S. with a concentration in Western Mass., Upstate New York, Connecticut, and Vermont.

For the last three years, Silipigno has served as chief operating officer, working to grow the business, lead organizational development efforts, and advise clients. During this time, Renaissance has increased its client base at its fastest pace in 20 years and nearly doubled the amount of assets being managed. Silipigno has been instrumental in this development, as well as helping Renaissance introduce new technology, providing even closer client contact and enhanced information sharing for clients and the team, said Trevor Forbes, the firm’s president and chief investment officer.

“His efforts have been instrumental in helping the company and its clients through the last difficult and challenging 12 months, coping with the rigors of COVID and working remotely,” Forbes added. “I am delighted to be able to announce this well-deserved appointment, which provides for long-term continuity for both our staff and clients, which has been a hallmark of our success since the establishment of Renaissance 21 years ago. I wish Chris every success in his new role and look forward to continuing our work together in the coming years.”

Added Silipigno, “I was extremely impressed with the team at Renaissance from the time I began working with them just over three years ago. Having initially spent a considerable amount of time with clients and professional associates that work with the firm, it quickly became clear that Renaissance offers financial planning and investment-management services that are truly exceptional and well-regarded. This fact has provided a strong tailwind to our growth efforts. I am honored to accept this appointment and plan to continue and further develop Renaissance’s client-centric focus as we move into the future.”

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SPRINGFIELDBusinessWest’s 15th annual 40 Under Forty gala will take place at the Log Cabin Banquet & Meeting House in Holyoke on Thursday, Sept. 23. The class of 2021 was introduced to the region in the magazine’s May 12 issue, and the profiles may be read online at businesswest.com.

Tickets cost $80 per person. This is expected to be a sellout event, and tickets will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis. To reserve a spot, call (413) 781-8600, or e-mail [email protected].

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BOSTON — An emerging economic recovery and good news about COVID-19 pushed business confidence slightly higher in Massachusetts during May.

The Associated Industries of Massachusetts (AIM) Business Confidence Index rose 1.2 points to 61.9 last month, leaving it almost 20 points higher than a year ago. Confidence levels remain comfortably in optimistic territory.

The increase was the fourth in five months and came as Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker announced the resumption of full business activity in the Commonwealth. The federal government also said vaccinated people no longer need to wear masks in most public settings.

Meanwhile, the Massachusetts unemployment rate fell to 6.5% during April as employers created 5,100 jobs. Massachusetts has gained an estimated 392,300 jobs since the nadir of the COVID crisis.

“Employers remain confident amid a state economy that is projected to grow at a 8.7% annual rate in the second quarter and 6.9% in the third quarter of this year,” said Sara Johnson, vice chair of the AIM Board of Economic Advisors (BEA) and executive director of Global Economics at IHS Markit. “The economy still faces challenges ranging from persistent worker shortages to global supply-chain disruptions, but there is a sense that we are returning to a more normal economic situation.”

The AIM Index, based on a survey of more than 140 Massachusetts employers, has appeared monthly since July 1991. It is calculated on a 100-point scale, with 50 as neutral; a reading above 50 is positive, while below 50 is negative.

The constituent indicators that make up the Business Confidence Index were mostly positive during May. Employers’ confidence in their own companies posted its seventh increase in eight months, rising 2.2 points to 63.8. The Company Index was 18.1 points higher than it was a year ago.

The Massachusetts Index assessing business conditions within the Commonwealth was 60.7, up 0.3 point for the month and 23.3 points since May 2020. The U.S. Index measuring conditions nationally lost 0.9 points in May but gained 21.6 points for the year.

The Current Index, which assesses overall business conditions at the time of the survey, surged 3.7 points to 60.3. The Future Index, measuring projections for the economy six months from now, lost 1.3 points for the month at 63.5.

The Employment Index was flat at 56.9 as employers now able to open at full capacity confronted an acute shortage of qualified workers. A separate AIM survey last month revealed that 60% of employers currently have job openings, and 53% cannot find qualified workers to fill those vacancies.

Confidence among manufacturing companies increased 2.2 points, leaving it 19.3 points higher than its year-earlier level. Small companies (63.2) were more bullish than large companies (62.1) or medium-sized companies (60.9).

Katherine Kiel, professor of Economics at the College of the Holy Cross and a BEA member, said Baker’s decision to lift almost all COVID-related business restrictions will help public-facing industries that were most affected by the pandemic.

“The retail, hospitality, restaurant, and travel sectors that lost hundreds of thousands of jobs throughout Massachusetts last year now have the opportunity to bring back some of those jobs,” she noted. “At the same time, construction and other sectors are likely to benefit from federal stimulus dollars and a possible federal infrastructure bill.”

AIM President and CEO John Regan, also a BEA member, said the economic recovery received an important shot in the arm last week when the Massachusetts Legislature and the Baker administration took multiple steps to stabilize an unemployment-insurance system battered by the COVID recession.

Baker signed legislation that will moderate an unexpected spike in unemployment-insurance taxes by spreading the levies over the next 20 years. The new measure, together with a previous UI rate freeze and the administration’s announcement that Massachusetts will reinstate the requirement that people who collect unemployment benefits must actively search for a job, aims to stabilize the stressed UI system in the short term and encourage people to return to the workforce.

“These were important steps to helping employers and workers alike get back on their feet and move the economy forward,” Regan said. “The one step that remains is for policymakers to use some of Massachusetts’ federal stimulus money to stabilize the unemployment system for the long term.”

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SPRINGFIELD — The Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts (CFWM) announced a grant of $150,000, spread over the next three years, to the Healing Racism Institute of Pioneer Valley (HRIPV). The grant represents a significant contribution to the initiative’s capital drive to raise $1 million in commitments now to support and build capacity for the organization over the next three years.

The multi-year, strategic grant is part of CFWM’s ongoing commitment to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion in workplaces and promote equitable growth in the region. The funding will support HRIPV’s capacity in engaging communities across the state of Massachusetts in its signature two-day training. HRIPV has been in existence since 2012, and more than 1,000 community members have participated in its programming.

Funds from the capital drive have also allowed HRIPV to develop a comprehensive online and virtual series of trainings and programming. The Healing Racism initiative will also be resuming in-person training sessions in July. Members of the community interested in participating can learn more and register online at www.healingracismpv.org.

The first $50,000 grant to HRIPV will occur in July 2021. According to the Community Foundation, the multi-year funding approach will guarantee revenue stability while HRIPV meets demands for its services and continues its capital-campaign efforts.

“As an alumna of HRIPV’s two-day anti-racism training, I know what a powerful experience it is,” said Katie Allan Zobel, president and CEO of the Community Foundation. “I have seen firsthand the transformation in the community that HRIPV has catalyzed. That is why the foundation is investing in them to help expand their capacity for the future. We recognize the critical role HRIPV can play in creating shared understanding, connecting diverse members of our community, and dismantling systems that perpetuate inequalities. I’m optimistic about our partnership with HRIPV and encourage others to join us to work together toward a more equitable region.”

This award will also help HRIPV build its internal infrastructure and capacity to help ensure its sustainability efforts.

“The Healing Racism Institute is a recognized leader in promoting anti-racism within the Pioneer Valley,” said Paul Murphy, chair of the CFWM board of trustees. “We welcome the opportunity to partner with HRIPV in the expansion of its transformative program. We’re delighted to grant this funding as part of our commitment to invest and foster racial equity in our communities.”

The Healing Racism Institute is led by Vanessa Otero, one of the co-founders of HRIPV and an original member of the board until assuming the position of interim director in 2020.

Added Frank Robinson, board chair of the Healing Racism Institute of Pioneer Valley, “we welcome and celebrate this crucial grant for the important work we are doing to create more equitable communities, and see the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts as a critical partner in that work.”

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SPRINGFIELD — Thanks to the generosity of Summerlin Floors, Ryan McCollum of RMC Strategies, and the Springfield Thunderbirds, Chikmedia has chosen four $500 scholarship awardees for its 2021 Chik of the Future scholarships.

Chikmedia, a boutique firm offering strategic marketing planning and creative PR, launched its annual scholarship this year to support future generations of marketing professionals. Chikmedia offered four $500 scholarships in 2021, and a variety of local businesses decided to match that scholarship amount. These four scholarships are being awarded to Western Mass. women who are high-school graduates pursuing a college degree in marketing, public relations, communications, or business. They are:

Shermarie Hyppolite is pursuing a double major in communication and public relations with the hope to one day become a successful public-relations professional specializing in brand building and storytelling. She aims to have her own public-relations agency that can help uplift brands and create a space in the public-relations industry for women and non-binary people of color.

“Winning this scholarship is so meaningful to me because it feels special to have won it from public-relations professionals since it is my dream to become one as well,” Hyppolite said. “I am so grateful to be awarded something that will allow me to further my education in public relations.”

Claudia Gonzalez is currently obtaining her degree in marketing with the goal of working in a television and networking company. Additionally, she will be pursuing her MBA this fall at Bentley University.

“I am honored to receive this scholarship from an organization that empowers women in business with diverse and cultural backgrounds,” Gonzalez said. “Winning this scholarship brings me a lot of joy and some financial relief.”

Kimberley Moore is completing her degree in communications with a concentration in human resource management at DeVry University. As a mother of six daughters, she made a commitment early in their life to instill the importance of education, including hard work and dedication. She is proud to say that all have finished or are still attending college, and it is now her turn to do the same.

“I am honored to be selected to receive the Chik of the Future Scholarship. This will certainly assist as I continue the final stretch of my educational journey as a non-traditional student,” Moore said. “It also gives me the push and motivation to work even harder and maintain my 4.0 GPA. I am deeply appreciative of your generosity and support.”

Saniya Stewart is a full-time student at American International College and a dual-enrollment student at a local community college. She simultaneously attends both colleges, working toward her bachelor’s degree and the prerequisites for a master’s degree in healthcare management. Her goal is to open a nonprofit healthcare facility in her hometown of Springfield to be an advocate for those who truly need a person to lean on.

“I am ecstatic to be a recipient of the Chik of the Future Scholarship. As a black woman in a male-dominated major, it is important to receive support and recognition; I am glad that Chikmedia makes it a priority to recognize students such as myself,” Stewart said. “This scholarship will help with my educational expenses and aid me in becoming a trailblazer in the business community.”

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SPRINGFIELD — Junior Achievement of Western Massachusetts (JAWM) held its annual EnTEENpreneur Challenge on May 7, naming three sophomores from the business technology program at Pathfinder Regional Technical High School the winners of the virtual competition. Sean Moon, Cody Ostiguy, and Max Sanderson received top honors for Private Pockets, a teen business that sells ties with hidden pockets in the back for customers to store business cards, cash, and credit cards.

“We are so proud of all the students who participated, especially since the virtual nature of the competition added extra challenges,” said Jennifer Connolly, president of JAWM. “It was a hard decision for our judges, but the Private Pockets team really checked off all the boxes. We congratulate them on their success.”

The EnTEENpreneur Challenge is a regional teen pitch contest in which teams create a comprehensive business plan and product idea for a small business and pitch it to a team of judges, similar to the reality show Shark Tank.

The concept for the ties was the brainchild of Moon, but Ostiguy and Sanderson helped bring the idea to fruition. The team would like to expand their company at some point to include socks with pockets in them.

Judges for the event were provided by its sponsors and included Wesley Days, UMass Springfield; Amanda Garcia, Elms College; and Mychal Connolly, Stand Out Truck. The winning team received a $5,000 scholarship to Elms College, a $500 cash prize, and their photos featured on a Stand Out Truck roaming billboard truck.

“This is the second year we held this popular event virtually due to the pandemic,” Connolly said. “We hope to return to a live format next year.”

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SPRINGFIELD — The Fresh Paint Springfield mural festival has been transforming 10 large exterior walls into art in Mason Square and downtown throughout the week, culminating in weekend events to celebrate the new art in the city. A block party will be held on Saturday, June 12 from 3 to 7 p.m. outside Mason Square Library, 765 State St., with food, music, and a paint party, along with mural bus tours at 3:30 and 5 p.m.

During the Saturday block party, ribbon cuttings will take place for two Mason Square murals: at 4 p.m. at the Heritage mural, 727 State St. — originally the oldest mural in Springfield, painted in 1967 by local artists Don and Paul Blanton — which has been repainted during Fresh Paint 2021; and at 4:45 p.m. at the Wall of Fame mural, 827 State St., which features portraits of 13 pioneering men and women, past and present, from Mason Square in Springfield, painted by several Western Mass. portrait artists.

State Rep. Bud Williams, Springfield Cultural Council President Andrew Cade, and a member of the Springfield City Council will attend and offer remarks at the ribbon cuttings, along with Nelson Stevens, who was a lead artist and organizer of 37 murals that were painted in Springfield in the 1970s and an early member of AfriCOBRA, an African-American artists’ collective formed in Chicago in the 1960s.

On Saturday, there will also be mural bus tours on a double-decker Peter Pan bus, leaving from the Mason Square Library, 765 State St., at 3:30 and 5 p.m. The tour will visit all the new murals that were painted during Fresh Paint 2021, along with the murals that were painted during Fresh Paint 2019. Tours will also be held on Sunday, June 13 at noon and 1:30 p.m.

This year’s festival involved members of the community in the design and painting of all 10 murals, which has resulted in opportunities for more than 1,000 Springfield residents to actively participate in the beautification of the city. Also new to the festival this year is the community mural apprentice program, which paired 10 local artists with established muralists to learn how to independently engage with the community in designing and painting large, professional murals.

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BOSTON — The Baker-Polito administration announced the launch of the $4.6 million rapid re-employment grant program, with the first round of grant funding totaling $360,000 being awarded to six employer partner programs that will train 105 participants. The grants will support training residents who have experienced an employment interruption due to COVID-19 and help place them in high-demand job categories such as information technology and healthcare by scaling up training opportunities provided by organizations to employers.

“As Massachusetts focuses on economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, it is important that we think strategically about getting people back to work and increasing our investments in programs that are successfully serving local businesses and people most affected,” Gov. Charlie Baker said. “The rapid re-employment program can help thousands of people get access to high-demand jobs in the Commonwealth through workforce training and building skills to get people hired quickly.”

The rapid re-employment program is designed to help businesses develop a pipeline of workers to meet their skills needs as well as providing better lifetime earnings potential for those whose job prospects have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic. These grants are funded through the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The application process is rolling through Sept. 30 or until funds are expended.

“No economy can succeed without a high-quality workforce. This funding will help individuals and businesses accelerate a return to full employment that is more equitable and leads to more employment resiliency in Massachusetts,” Labor and Workforce Secretary Rosalin Acosta said.

One of the six partner programs is based in Western Mass.: Tech Foundry: which is being awarded $80,000 to train 20 participants. In partnership with MassHire Springfield Career Center, Tech Foundry will provide training and placement to prepare individuals impacted by COVID-19 for jobs as computer network support administrators. Trained individuals will be placed at Rediker Software, Paragus Strategic IT, Veritas Prep Charter School, and Winslow Technology Group.

“This grant program will play a key role in helping people get back to work, which is a central component of our strategy for economic recovery,” Housing and Economic Development Secretary Mike Kennealy said. “As we continue taking steps to put this pandemic behind us, efforts that assist in matching workers with available jobs and that provide necessary training to address gaps in skills will further our goal of accelerating the Commonwealth’s recovery.”

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BOSTON — University of Massachusetts President Marty Meehan said the university system is emerging from the pandemic period “with its academic, research, and financial strengths fully intact” and positioned to play a major role in driving economic renewal and recovery in the Commonwealth.

“Thanks to the leadership of the board of trustees and the sound management of our chancellors and finance teams, the University of Massachusetts is positioned to thrive — not just for the next fiscal year or decade, but for generations,” Meehan said.

Speaking at a quarterly meeting of the UMass board of trustees, during which the board approved the university’s operating budget for the coming year, Meehan said there are many signs UMass has weathered the COVID-19 storm and is moving forward in its mission of service to the Commonwealth.

For example, the five campuses of the UMass system recently awarded 19,000 degrees to students, the vast majority of whom will live and work in Massachusetts. Meehan projects that student enrollment will remain stable and that each of the UMass campuses will be open to students when the new academic year begins in the fall.

The university is also on course to end this fiscal year with a balanced budget and projects a 6% increase in its workforce, bringing staffing back to pre-pandemic levels. Meanwhile it will use $113 million in federal recovery funds to provide emergency grants to students in need while also freezing tuition for most students for a second consecutive year.

“As I said at our recent commencements, we can now feel the breeze of reawakening and recovery flowing throughout the university and in our daily lives,” Meehan said. “UMass answered the call throughout the dark days of the pandemic and will continue to be there for Massachusetts and for the world.”

Rob Manning, UMass board of trustees chairman, said the university established sound goals and benefited from strong management and leadership throughout the pandemic period.

“Over the past year and a half, our driving principles have been simple — preserve the strength of the university and do as much as we can for the students who have been hit hardest by this crisis,” Manning said. “By balancing the need to stabilize operating costs with the imperative to support our neediest students, we have held true to our mission throughout the most challenging of circumstances.”

Both Meehan and Manning also indicated that, while the university is currently on firm financial footing, the expiration of federal funding after this fiscal year, combined with ongoing disruption in the higher-education industry nationwide, will require continued vigilance and innovative management in the coming years.

UMass expects to receive $258.6 million in total federal stimulus funding. In addition to the $113.5 million that will support student emergency grants, the university will strategically invest $145 million of these one-time funds — available through the end of fiscal year 2022 — to create a financial bridge to future fiscal years with the goal of ensuring financial stability for the long term.

“We are grateful to the members of the Massachusetts congressional delegation, to the leaders in the U.S. House and Senate, and to the president for stepping up to assist UMass and all of higher education,” Meehan said. “The federal funds are a critical bridge for this fiscal year and next, allowing us to make the necessary strategic decisions to keep UMass financially strong for the long term.”

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SPRINGFIELD — MGM Springfield announced it will partner with local brewery White Lion Brewing to provide guests a wide selection of craft beer during the resort’s Free Music Fridays concert series at the Plaza. Located in downtown Springfield, the brewing company will activate a bar and beer trailer from 6 to 9 p.m. where guests can tap into local brews while enjoying live music from local musicians. Concerts are scheduled to run from 7:30 to 9 p.m.

“MGM Springfield is proud to partner with White Lion Brewing, a company who, similar to our team, has a focus and commitment to revitalizing the area,” said Chris Kelley, MGM Springfield’s president and chief operating officer. “We look forward to working together to bring the community a terrific lineup of great live music as well as a taste — or sip — of Springfield with White Lion’s wonderful offerings.”

Ray Berry, White Lion Brewing’s president and general manager, added that “White Lion is extremely happy to extend its long-standing relationship with MGM Springfield. There has always been synergy and mutual creativity in our efforts to support the local community and local business. We are excited to showcase a number of craft and artisan breweries with everyone at Free Music Fridays.”

MGM Springfield kicked off the new concert series on June 4 with FAT. Upcoming local favorites scheduled to perform include Brass Attack, Trailer Trash, Darik and the Funbags, and Michelle Brooks-Thompson, among many others. For details on the Free Music Fridays concert series, including lineup updates, visit mgmspringfield.com.

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AGAWAM — The Local Farmer Awards program, funded since 2015 by community philanthropic leaders and businesses, recently distributed checks of up to $2,500 to 81 farmers in Western Mass. and Eastern New York. The funds, totaling $180,000, support infrastructure improvements and equipment.

“Our local farmers continue to be an intrinsic and crucial part of our communities. We recognize their growing need for assistance now more than ever,” said funding partner Charles D’Amour, Big Y president and CEO. “For over 85 years, Big Y has been proud to support hardworking farmers and their families, and as partners with the Harold Grinspoon Charitable Foundation, we provide one more way to help our local growers thrive.”

In its short history, the awards program has made more than $900,000 available to local growers, who have become better positioned to expand, compete in the marketplace, and provide the public with the health and environmental benefits of local farming.

Not surprisingly, the pandemic fueled a need for some unexpected projects and new equipment. Stillman Quality Meats in Hardwick won its award to purchase a commercial egg-washing machine necessitated by a 10-fold increase in demand for eggs, a demand now anticipated to grow.

Winner Gideon Porth, owner of Atlas Farm in Deerfield, added that “we are incredibly grateful for funds to buy a flat-filling machine for our greenhouse operation, a quantum leap in both labor efficiency and uniformity of flats for seeding. Our plants and people are loving it.”

Program funders, all of whom recognize the urgent need to invest in local farms, include the Harold Grinspoon Charitable Foundation in partnership with Big Y, along with Ann and Steve Davis, the DeNucci Group at Merrill Lynch, Farm Credit East, HP Hood LLC, PeoplesBank, Audrey and Chick Taylor, Baystate Health, Country Bank, and others.

Local Farmer Awards Director Cari Carpenter of the Harold Grinspoon Charitable Foundation noted that farmers have exhibited enormous persistence, creativity, and great spirit throughout COVID-19. “We are incredibly fortunate to be able to purchase local farm products at farmers’ markets, farm stands, CSA [community supported agriculture] shares, and in our grocery stores. We urge all consumers to continue buying local farm products whenever and wherever they can.”

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WILBRAHAM — Following a national search, Wilbraham & Monson Academy (WMA) named former prep and collegiate standout Sara Ugalde head coach of its inaugural girls’ ice hockey team. Ugalde will take the helm of the program beginning July 1.

“We are extremely excited to have Sara Ugalde joining WMA to launch our girls’ hockey program,” Head of School Brian Easler said. “We feel incredibly fortunate to have found Sara. With her depth of playing and coaching experience in youth leagues, prep-school hockey, collegiate and professional hockey, combined with her passion to build this program and grow the sport for girls, we look forward to Sara’s impact as the founding head coach of this new program for female WMA scholar-athletes.”

A hockey MVP as a player at Westminster School, Ugalde helped lead Middlebury College to NESCAC championships in 2011 and 2012. Her experience with collegiate hockey coaching includes assistant women’s ice hockey coach at Trinity College, Williams College, and Colby College. She was director and coach of the Connecticut Junior Rangers and assistant coach for the NWHL Connecticut Whale, and has helped run multiple hockey camps throughout the country.

“I am extremely excited to join the Wilbraham & Monson Academy community,” Ugalde said. “I am thankful and honored for the opportunity to build the girls’ hockey program. Throughout the entire interview process, I was moved by the unified vision and support displayed by members of WMA. After years working at the collegiate level, I am delighted to rejoin the prep-school sphere. I am looking forward to finding players that add to the already-established excellence at WMA and helping them reach their athletic aspirations.”

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GREENFIELD — Melanson announced that Patrice Squillante, CPA, principal at the accounting firm, has passed away after battling cancer over the past year.

Squillante came to Melanson in 1987 and became a principal in 1995. She was instrumental in developing the firm’s governmental practice and making it what it is today. She spearheaded the firm’s governmental audits and was responsible for the uniform guidance (single-audit) protocols and compliance.

“The entire Melanson team is grieving this great loss and will be keeping Pat’s family in our thoughts during this difficult time,” the firm said in a statement. “For the last 33 years, she was not just a colleague, but a true friend and mentor who always knew how to keep things fun and make us laugh. Pat will be greatly missed by not only our team, but by her clients as well.”

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WEST SPRINGFIELD — Visiting Angels of West Springfield announced that Alissia Prefontaine was named Caregiver of the Month for March. She has been with Visiting Angels since November 2015 and has had more than 30 clients in that time.

As the agency notes, “Ali is a very warm individual and takes her time with each of her clients to make sure they have whatever they need. She has a gentle personality that allows her to get along with each and every client.

“Ali specializes in committing to many small cases, meaning that she must form a personal bond with a wide number of clients and quickly adjust to each individual situation. She is always willing to help pick up shifts and new clients; as a result, she has dealt with a wide variety of situations and always knows exactly what to do in order to best assist her client. Whether caring for clients with dementia, on hospice care, or simply providing companionship, Ali is warmhearted and caring. For example, Ali once had a client she was very attached to. When this individual unfortunately passed away, Ali was there to support the husband as well as each and every grieving family member.

“We are so thankful at Visiting Angels for Ali, who has truly displayed her dedication and true passion as a caregiver. She is always able to help and care for those who can’t do so themselves. Her quality of care and commitment to her clients is why she has been named Caregiver of the Month.”

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NORTHAMPTON — The Applied Mortgage team announced that Branch Manager Lindsay Barron LaBonte has been recognized as the number-one loan originator at a mortgage company in Western Mass., for both the number of units and volume of loans funded for 2020. The May 24 special section of the Warren Group’s Banker & Tradesman magazine features the top Massachusetts loan originators of 2020.

The list of rankings is pulled from the National Mortgage Licensing System public records for Hampshire, Hampden, Franklin, and Berkshire counties. Barron LaBonte and her team at Applied Mortgage have been ranked as the top loan originator at a mortgage company for both 2019 and 2020.

“I am incredibly thankful for both the continuous community support throughout the years and also the committed work of my team here in Northampton and at HarborOne Mortgage,” she said. “We are proud to carry on the Applied Mortgage legacy as a second-generation, family-managed branch which continues to serve the home-ownership needs of our Western Mass. community.”

Added Chris Urick, vice president and regional sales manager for HarborOne Mortgage, of which Applied operates as a DBA, “Lindsay works tirelessly to help her clients understand the mortgage process and give them the best in class service in her marketplace. She and her team continue the great dedication to customer service that her father Todd was known for when he started and built Applied Mortgage. HarborOne is proud to have her on our team as she continues to set the bar for excellence in mortgage lending.”

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SPRINGFIELD — Anyone who knew Andy Yee knew how much he loved his family and friends, the restaurant business, good food, entertainment, and his community. And while many are mourning the loss of the legendary restaurateur, the Student Prince & the Fort will celebrate his life with a 60th birthday bash on Friday, June 11, featuring some of the things Yee loved.

The event take place indoors and outdoors at 8 Fort St. in Springfield beginning at 5 p.m. It will kick off with a proclamation by Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno, a welcome by Yee’s restaurant partner and friend Peter Picknelly, and a word from Rudi Scherff, longtime former owner of the Fort.

The menu will include Yee’s favorite dishes from the Fort kitchen, while the Fort bar will serve his favorite drink menu, and, because Yee loved music, a lineup of live music will be offered with no cover charge.

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SPRINGFIELD — Bulkley Richardson has enhanced the firm’s summer associate program, welcoming four law students this summer.

Briana Dawkins is currently attending Western New England University School of Law and earned a bachelor’s degree from Curry College, summa cum laude, in 2018. She was an intern at the U.S. Department of Labor and the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities.

Sean Buxton is currently attending Western New England University School of Law. He is a 2019 graduate of Princeton University, cum laude, where he earned a bachelor’s degree. He was an intern at the Hampden County District Attorney’s Office and for Judge Alberto Rivas in the Superior Court of New Jersey.

Shriti Shah is currently attending the University of Connecticut School of Law. She received a master of management studies degree in 2017 from K. J. Somaiya Institute of Management Studies and Research, and a bachelor of commerce degree in 2004 from SIES College of Arts, Science and Commerce, both affiliated with the University of Mumbai.

Jacob Kosakowski is currently attending Suffolk University School of Law. He is a 2018 graduate of UMass Amherst, summa cum laude, and served as an intern for Chief Justice Paul Dawley and the Child Abuse Unit of the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office.

Summer associates are introduced to the inner workings of a law firm, receive mentorship from lawyers ranging from firm leaders and retired judges to junior associates, and are exposed to real-life legal matters. All of this year’s summer associates anticipate a spring 2022 graduation from law school.

“Having a robust summer program is a vital component of the firm’s growth,” said Kevin Maynard, chair of the firm’s hiring committee. “Our attorneys take pride in mentoring new lawyers, and the summer associate program is where it all begins. By inviting bright, new talent to the firm, we have the opportunity to play a significant role in the start of their careers.”

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SPRINGFIELD — Freedom Credit Union is collecting cash donations at its 11 branches throughout the region to benefit the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts, which leads the fight against food insecurity throughout Hampden, Hampshire, Franklin, and Berkshire counties. Donations will be accepted through Saturday, July 31.

“Food insecurity is more prevalent than you might expect,” Freedom Credit Union President Glenn Welch said. “More than 100,000 people across the region’s four counties are in need of support, especially as we all continue to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. As an institution, we are proud to raise awareness and funds to help the Food Bank provide for those in need.”

Since 1982, the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts has helped provide much-needed food to area residents. It sources products from donations and then supplies it to participating pantries, meal sites, and shelters throughout the region. Its work allows individuals, families, seniors, children, veterans, and people with disabilities to lead healthy and meaningful lives.

Based on the donations received in their previous fiscal year, the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts was able to provide the equivalent of 12.3 million meals, a significant increase over previous years.

“You don’t need to donate a lot to make a difference — any amount helps to make a significant impact in ensuring that your neighbors have enough to eat,” Welch said. “A $1 donation to the Food Bank can actually provide up to four meals for those in need. We can all work together to create a hunger-free Western Massachusetts.”

Throughout the months of June and July, Freedom Credit Union employees and members, as well as the community at large, are invited to make monetary donations in support of this cause at any Freedom branch. All funds collected during this time will directly benefit the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts.

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Brewing Up Business

 

 

 

 

 

One Way Brewing opened its doors at 807 Maple Road in Longmeadow on May 22, marking the launch of Longmeadow’s first brewery. One Way Brewing released a flagship beer, Kickstarter, a New England IPA. Pictured at top: two of the many customers who showed up at the event, which featured lines stretched around the building for much of the day. Above, Jason Tsitso, partner and head brewer, loads up six-packs of beer for sale at the kickoff event

 

 


 

 

Honoring a Legacy

Springfield’s Sinai Temple and the Jerome S. Gurland Human Relations Award Committee recently selected Greater Springfield Habitat for Humanity (GSHFH) as the 2021 award recipient. GSHFH Executive Director Aimee Giroux (pictured, right) met with Rabbi Jeremy Master (left) on May 26 to accept the honor. Award namesake Rabbi Gurland of Longmeadow, who passed away on May 20, had been an advocate for community service and interfaith relations. Giroux said the funds will be used to promote community involvement, primarily with youth volunteers through construction on its Bay Street project.

 


 

 

Customers’ Choice Community Grants

During a May 18 celebration at Look Park, Florence Bank awarded $100,500 to 32 community organizations through its 19th annual Customers’ Choice Community Grants Program. Each year, Florence Bank customers are invited to vote for their favorite local nonprofit; to qualify for a community grant, organizations must receive at least 50 votes. In 2020, almost 7,000 votes were cast. Pictured: Monica Curhan, senior vice president and Marketing director, joins President and CEO Kevin Day in leading the awards presentation.

 


 

Agenda

Free Music Fridays

June 4 to Sept. 3: Live music will returns to MGM Springfield with the new Free Music Fridays Concert Series. Every Friday, some of the area’s most popular rock bands will perform on the Plaza at MGM Springfield starting at 7:30 p.m., weather permitting. Kicking off the 2021 series is FAT featuring Peter Newland. Additional local favorites such as Trailer Trash, Darik and the Funbags, and Michelle Brooks-Thompson, among others, are scheduled to perform throughout the summer. The Plaza Bar will reopen for Free Music Fridays, offering summer cocktails, beer, and non-alcoholic beverages, among other options. Guests also can enjoy MGM Springfield’s diverse food and beverage offerings before or after the concerts, with options including the Chandler Steakhouse, Tap Sports Bar, and Southend Market venues including Bill’s Diner, Jack’s Lobster Shack, Wicked Noodle, and Hearth Grill. For additional details on the Free Music Fridays Concert Series, including lineup updates, visit mgmspringfield.com.

 

Asnuntuck Foundation Golf Tournament

June 15: Asnuntuck Community College’s foundation and Aerospace Components Manufacturers will host a golf tournament fundraiser — the program’s 13th annual tournament and the first year the fundraiser will be held at Tunxis Country Club in Farmington, Conn. Proceeds from the event will benefit to the Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center at Asnuntuck, which features leading-edge technology and has educated more than 9,000 students since 1998. Additional sponsors committed to the tournament include Air Industries Group/Sterling Engineering, Aerospace Alloys Inc., Aeroswiss, Advance Welding, Pilot Precision Products, Kaman Precision Products, Willington Nameplate, Accu-Rite Tool and Manufacturing Co. Inc., and Jarvis Surgical Inc. Golfers will pay $150 for 18 holes of golf. The entry fee also includes a cart, goody bags, and two drink tickets. The day will also include a barbecue lunch and fountain drink, along with dinner and an ice cream sundae bar. Golfers will have a chance at door prizes, and awards will be presented to top golfers during the dinner portion of the evening. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m. with tee-off at 1 p.m. Golfers will play with a ‘shamble,’ which is a modified scramble. This format has each golfer hit their tee shot, and the group picks the best one and plays their own ball from there. Visit birdease.com/amtgolf to register and learn about sponsorship opportunities. For more information, contact event coordinator Joshua Ware at [email protected] or (203) 228-2768.

 

‘Cook Your Way to Hormone Health’

June 17, 24: Bella Foodie LLC announced 2021 dates for its “Cook Your Way to Hormone Health” virtual cooking workshop with Renae Taply of Tap into Wellness. This event will help women in the community learn how to optimize their hormone health through foods and balancing the plate. The workshop will be held 100% virtually, but attendees will still feel the excitement of an in-person event. During the event, participants will be guided through creating meals utilizing phase-specific foods that naturally support hormone balance. The event will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. on both dates. Tickets to the event cost $45 upon registration. After registration, participants will receive an ingredient list for the cook-along portion with Ashley Tresoline, owner of Bella Foodie. During the two-part workshop, participants will learn how food can affect the hormones; learn seasonal recipes for every phase of one’s hormone life; and engage in a talk about hormone health and wellness. The sessions will include Q&A time, a cook-along portion and demonstration, and handouts on hormones, recipes, and meal guidance. To register, visit www.eventbrite.com/e/cook-your-way-to-hormone-health-tickets-154772991183.

 

AIC President’s Cup Golf Outing

June 18: American International College (AIC) will host its 13th annual President’s Cup Golf Outing at Wintonbury Hills Golf Club in Bloomfield, Conn. Proceeds from registrations and sponsorships directly benefit AIC scholarship programs, which are essential in the college’s support of students and future alumni. Since the President’s Cup Golf Outing began in 2007, the tournament has raised more than $500,000 toward scholarships for deserving students. Many sponsorship opportunities are available in addition to foursome and individual golfer registrations. The event’s gold sponsor is C&W Services. Given recent modifications to some COVID-19 restrictions, the tournament will begin with a shotgun start at 9:30 a.m., with check-in and continental breakfast available in advance. A BBQ lunch will be served, and an awards dinner at the conclusion of the tournament will round out the day. For more information about the President’s Cup, including sponsorship support, foursomes, and individual golfer participation, or to donate items for the raffle, call (413) 205-3520 or e-mail [email protected]. Registration is available online at www.aic.edu/presidentscup. The registration deadline is Friday, June 11.

 

Dress for Success Tag Sale

June 18-24: Dress for Success Western Massachusetts will host another of its popular clothing tag sales — this time outside under a huge tent in the parking lot of the Eastfield Mall. Hundreds of women have refreshed their wardrobes at past tag sales, while at the same time supporting Dress for Success’ mission to empower women to achieve economic independence. Women can choose from an extensive array of clothing, shoes, accessories, and more. These new and gently used items include selections from name-brand fashion houses such as Anne Klein, Evan Picone, Ellen Tracy, and many more. Customers can fill a shopping bag for only $25. Individuals with clothing they would like to donate can call (413) 732-8179 to make an appointment. Because the tag sale is outside, there will not be rooms to try on clothes. If anyone buys something that doesn’t fit, they can pass it on to friends or others in need. For everyone’s safety, shoppers are asked to wear a mask while inside the tent. Volunteers are needed on June 14-17 to set up, June 18-24 to staff the tent, and June 25 to break down the event. Anyone interested should e-mail [email protected].

 

Healthcare Heroes Nominations

Through June 24: In the spring of 2017, the Healthcare News and its sister publication, BusinessWest, created a new and exciting recognition program called Healthcare Heroes. It was launched with the theory that there are heroes working all across this region’s wide, deep, and all-important healthcare sector, and that there was no shortage of fascinating stories to tell and individuals and groups to honor. That theory has certainly been validated. But there are hundreds, perhaps thousands of heroes whose stories we still need to tell, especially in these times, when the COVID-19 pandemic has brought many types of heroes to the forefront. Nominations will be accepted in seven different categories: Patient/Resident/Client Care Provider, Health/Wellness Administrator/Administration, Emerging Leader, Community Health, Innovation in Health/Wellness, Collaboration in Health/Wellness, and Lifetime Achievement. The Healthcare Heroes event is presented by Elms College. Nominations can be submitted at businesswest.com/healthcare-heroes/nominations. For more information, call (413) 781-8600.

 

Blue Sox Youth Baseball Clinics

June 28 to July 1; July 5-8; July 12-15: The Valley Blue Sox of the New England Collegiate Baseball League, in coordination with presenting sponsor Holyoke Medical Group, announced three youth baseball clinic dates. At these clinics, to be held in three different locations around Western Mass., participants will hone their hitting, pitching, and fielding skills with instruction from Blue Sox players and coaches. The dates and locations are as follows: June 28 to July 1, 9 a.m. to noon, Hadley Elementary School fields (rain date July 2); July 5-8, 9 a.m. to noon, Mackenzie Stadium, Holyoke (rain date July 9); and July 12-15, 9 a.m. to noon, Spec Pond Recreation Area, Wilbraham (rain date July 16). The registration cost for each clinic is $120. The clinics are open to children ages 6-13. Every child who participates in the youth clinic will receive two tickets to the Blue Sox Clinic Night on Wednesday, July 21. This night is a way to commemorate the work put in during the clinics, and every child will have the opportunity to take the field with the Blue Sox during the pregame ceremonies. To register for these youth clinics, click www.bluesoxcamps.com for the Hadley or Holyoke clinic, or www.wilbrahamrec.com for the Wilbraham clinic. For more information, visit www.valleybluesox.com and select ‘Youth Clinics’ from the drop-down menu.

 

40 Under Forty Gala

Sept. 23: BusinessWest’s 15th annual 40 Under Forty gala will take place at the Log Cabin Banquet & Meeting House in Holyoke. The class of 2021 was introduced to the region in the magazine’s May 12 issue, and the profiles may be read online at businesswest.com. Tickets cost $80 and will go on sale on June 7. This is expected to be a sellout event, and tickets will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. To reserve a spot, call (413) 781-8600, or e-mail [email protected].

 

People on the Move

Seth Stratton

Fitzgerald Attorneys at Law and MGM Springfield announced that attorney Seth Stratton will be leaving his position as vice president and legal counsel of MGM Resorts’ Northeast Group by mid-June to rejoin Fitzgerald as the firm’s managing shareholder. In this leadership role, he will assist the firm’s clients on a wide range of business-related matters, including corporate governance, commercial development, regulatory matters, and dispute resolution. During his time with MGM Springfield, Stratton oversaw legal affairs, regulatory compliance, and government relations in connection with the development, construction, and opening of the $950 million MGM Springfield destination resort casino in downtown Springfield. In 2019, his role expanded to serve as property general counsel and officer for two operating MGM casinos: MGM Springfield and Empire City Casino in Yonkers, N.Y. In that capacity, Stratton provided strategic oversight, management, and direction for legal, regulatory, compliance, risk, and government-affairs functions for both casino complexes and served as an officer and executive committee member for each property. He will now bring this business, development, and management experience to his work with Fitzgerald.

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Crystal Neuhauser

Crystal Neuhauser

Bay Path University announced that Crystal Neuhauser has been named vice president of Institutional Advancement, effective June 21. Neuhauser comes to Bay Path after serving as the associate vice president of Advancement at Franklin Pierce University, where she increased overall giving by 41% in 2020. Prior to Franklin Pierce, she directed advancement and development initiatives at Yale University, Quinnipiac University, and Mitchell College, and also worked within the nonprofit community sector. Her career experience spans fundraising, donor relations, alumni engagement, grants, and corporate contributions. She also served on a strategic planning subcommittee at Franklin Pierce. Neuhauser is currently working toward a doctorate of education in educational leadership at New England College. She earned her master’s degree in organizational leadership from Quinnipiac College and her bachelor’s degree in business management from Albertus Magnus College. At Bay Path, Neuhauser will serve as a member of the executive staff. In this role, she will provide strategic leadership for fundraising, including responsibility for annual giving; corporate, major and planned gifts; endowment; capital campaigns; alumni and constituent-relations efforts; stewardship; and advancement services. As a nonprofit higher-education institution, Bay Path depends on the generosity of donors to fund scholarships and important initiatives that make a difference in students’ lives.

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Rachel Rubinstein

Rachel Rubinstein

Springfield College announced that Rachel Rubinstein has been named dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, effective July 12. Rubinstein was professor of American Literature and Jewish Studies at Hampshire College for 16 years, where she also served as the dean of Academic Support and Advising for six years. She subsequently became Holyoke Community College’s inaugural vice president of Academic and Student Affairs, a position that combined two previously separate divisions. Most recently, she has been serving as senior advisor to the deputy commissioner of Academic Affairs and Student Success at the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education, where she has focused on supporting initiatives in the state’s equity agenda. The child of immigrants from Mexico, Rubinstein’s scholarship focuses on migration, multi-lingualism, racial formation, and literary nationalism, as well as on pedagogies in the fields of ethnic and race studies. She is the author of Members of the Tribe: Native America in the Jewish Imagination, as well as the co-editor of Arguing the Modern Jewish Canon and, most recently, Teaching Jewish American Literature, a volume in the MLA’s Options for Teaching series. She received her bachelor’s degree in English from Yale University and her PhD in English and American literature from Harvard University.

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Nicole Domnarski

Nicole Domnarski

FSB Financial Group, the investment division of Florence Bank, announced that Nicole Domnarski, after working two years as an assistant financial advisor, has transitioned to financial advisor. She began her career in the financial-services industry 24 years ago and has been employed by FSB Financial Group for the past 10 years, helping advisors protect and preserve clients’ wealth. As a financial advisor, she will work directly with individuals and business owners to develop strategic, long-term financial plans to help customers achieve their financial goals and objectives. Domnarski is a graduate of Springfield Technical Community College and is a chartered retirement planning counselor certified by the College for Financial Planning. She is an investment advisor representative with Commonwealth Financial Network, and holds Series 6, 7, 31, 63, and 65 registrations. She is also licensed to sell both life and health insurance.

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The Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts (CFWM) announced the appointment of Denise Hurst as vice president for Community Impact and Partnerships. In this redesigned role meant to deepen community engagement and drive program efficacy and representation, Hurst will oversee community investments, including grants, scholarships, and new efforts to strengthen advocacy, technical assistance, data and research, and evaluation in regional projects and initiatives. This appointment is the latest example of CFWM’s ongoing commitment to advance equity in the region by elevating community voices, cultivating new coalitions and partnerships, and advancing the organizational effectiveness of nonprofits. Hurst joins the Foundation after serving Springfield Technical Community College (STCC) as vice president of Advancement & External Affairs, where she led development for the college as the executive director of the STCC Foundation, and later oversaw marketing, communications, and government affairs. Prior to that, she was appointed regional manager of the Massachusetts State Lottery in Western Mass. by state Treasurer Deb Goldberg and has worked as site director for the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health, as well as an adjunct professor at Cambridge College. She comes to CFWM with a wealth of knowledge, experience, and established networks across Hampden, Hampshire, and Franklin counties. For more than a decade, Hurst served as an elected member of the Springfield School Committee. She led the charge to establish the Minority Caucus for the Massachusetts Assoc. of School Committees (MASC) and served as the former chair of the caucus, as well as the former vice president of MASC. Hurst has been honored with several awards, including BusinessWest’s 40 Under Forty class of 2014, 2015 100 Women of Color in New England, and 2015 Top 25 Women to Watch in Western Mass., and most recently as the 2019 Woman of the Year by the Professional Women’s Chamber.

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Nancy Creed

Nancy Creed

Nancy Creed, president of the Springfield Regional Chamber, has been elected president of the Massachusetts Assoc. of Chamber of Commerce Executives (MACCE) through 2022. MACCE is a Massachusetts-based organization that offers resources and networking opportunities to its member chamber of commerce professionals across the Commonwealth. Creed has amassed more than 25 years of strategic alliance building, communications, public relations, media relations, and government and community outreach experience. She has served as president of the Springfield Regional Chamber since 2016. Prior to becoming chamber president, she served as vice president of Marketing and Communications. She holds a bachelor’s degree in magazine journalism from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, is certified in nonprofit organization management through the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Institute for Organization Management, and is a 2000 graduate of the Springfield Regional Chamber’s Leadership Institute. Creed has served in a variety of capacities on the MACCE board, including Region 1 vice president, secretary, and vice president.

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Michael Sullivan

Michael Sullivan

Julius Lewis

Julius Lewis

UMassFive College Federal Credit Union announced the retirement of Michael Sullivan, longtime board director and original founding member of the credit union, at its 54th annual meeting in March. New director Julius Lewis was also elected to the open position at the virtual event. Sullivan’s legacy extends well beyond UMassFive in the world of credit unions. While he served originally as a UMassFive board member beginning in 1982, and as the credit union board chair at UMassFive from 1986 to 1993, he concurrently held the titles of director, vice chair, and chair of Mass CUNA (1986-1998). During this time, he was instrumental in the merger of the two state credit-union leagues that eventually became the Cooperative Credit Union Assoc. (CCUA). As a thank you for his many contributions, UMassFive has dedicated the board room in its Hadley executive area as the Michael Sullivan Board Room in his honor. Newly elected board member Julius Lewis has been a member of the credit union since 2010 and, throughout the years, has helped promote UMassFive’s products and services within the local community. He is a graduate of the Isenberg School of Management at UMass Amherst, which played a major role in launching his professional career in the financial industry. He has worked as an independent financial consultant, specializing in insurance products since 2003. In 2006, Lewis created and began hosting The Lewis & Morrow Financial Hour, a weekly financial radio talk show broadcasted throughout the region and online. In 2017, he started his company, JDL Financial, and has received several awards and achievements within his profession. UMassFive welcomes his new perspectives and ideas to the board.

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Mill Town announced it has hired Dennis Robinson as the company’s chief operating officer and president of Bousquet Enterprises, a group of recreational and hospitality businesses based in the Berkshires. Beginning immediately, Robinson will be responsible for the management, operations, and financial performance of the company’s operating business portfolio. He will also oversee major capital projects related to these sites, which include Bousquet Mountain Ski Area, Bousquet Sport (formerly Berkshire West Athletic Club), the Camp by Bousquet (formerly the Lakeside Christian Camp), the Gateways Inn, and Mission Bar & Tapas. Robinson brings more than three decades of management experience to the team. Following an MBA from Harvard Business School, he spent nine years with the New Jersey Sports & Exposition Authority, the ownership entity of the Meadowlands and MetLife Stadium. From 1999 to 2007, he was the senior vice president of Business Operations for the NBA in New York. Upon returning to the New Jersey Sports & Expo Authority in 2008, he led facility management of Giants Stadium, Meadowlands Racetrack, Monmouth Park Racetrack, and the IZOD Center. More recently, Robinson held leadership roles at Formula 1 and was the chief of staff and acting secretary of State for the state of New Jersey from 2015 to 2017. Robinson has an undergraduate degree from Wesleyan University, where he was a varsity football player; a master’s degree in sport management from UMass Amherst; and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

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Kate Keiderling

Kate Keiderling

OMG Inc. appointed Kate Keiderling to the position of director of Human Resources and Environmental Health and Safety (HR/EHS). In her new position, she is responsible for developing and executing strategies that continue to provide a culture that is safe, healthy, supportive, inclusive, open, and creative. In her new role, she will work closely with the senior management team to plan and execute business strategies that address corporate safety, as well as effective personnel management. She is also responsible for improving the company’s current HR/EHS structure, programs, and processes as necessary to support OMG employees and business goals. She reports to Hubert McGovern, president and CEO of OMG. Keiderling joined OMG Inc. from Paradigm Precision in Manchester, Conn., where she was director of Human Resources for North America. Earlier, she spent 16 years in various HR positions with Pratt & Whitney, most recently as associate director of Human Resources for military engines. She also worked for the Travelers Insurance. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Elms College and a master’s degree in human resource development from American International College.

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Fred Mills

Fred Mills

New England’s largest healthcare-centric managed service provider and value-added reseller is positioning itself for national growth with the addition of Fred Mills as its new vice president of Sales. Mills joins baytechIT after stints as senior director of Worldwide Healthcare Alliances and Business Development for data-management provider Commvault, and director and general manager at Hewlett Packard Enterprise for Healthcare in the Americas. The effort is also part of a national sales strategy for the entire Pixel Health portfolio of companies under the direction of newly appointed Chief Revenue Officer Barbara Casey. BaytechIT was founded in 2018 as a partnership between Pixel Health and Baystate Health System. The company’s U.S.-based call center and field-services staff supports more than 150 hospitals, clinics, and independent medical practices, with more than 16,000 devices under management. The company maintains sales partnerships with Microsoft, HPE, Cisco, Hewlett Packard, Dell, and Lenovo, among others. Mills will support clients throughout the U.S. and will be based in Raleigh, N.C. He holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing and finance from the Boston College Carroll School of Management.

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Emma Redman

Emma Redman

SkinCatering Salon & Spa, located inside Tower Square in downtown Springfield, announced the promotion of its spa coordinator, Emma Redman, to its leadership team as the new salon & spa manager. Redman will oversee daily operations and social-media coordination, while leading a growing unit of nine employees. After several years in customer service at Six Flags New England, acting in local theatre productions, and working as a special-effects and bridal makeup artist, Redman began as a part-time front-desk employee at SkinCatering in 2019 and was quickly promoted to full-time spa coordinator just a few months later. In 2020, Redman’s support during the spa’s temporary closure during the COVID-19 pandemic was invaluable as she adeptly navigated the unknown to help preserve SkinCatering’s extensive client base for their return. As SkinCatering Spa evolved into SkinCatering Salon & Spa in December with its expansion in its new location on the first floor of Tower Square, Redman’s responsibilities increased, and she continued to show great leadership promise, SkinCatering owners Leanne Sedlak and Kim Brunton Auger said.

 

Company Notebook

Wahlburgers Opens at MGM Springfield

SPRINGFIELD — Wahlburgers announced that its restaurant at MGM Springfield is now open to the public and ready to serve guests. The Wahlburgers MGM Springfield team is looking forward to becoming a part of the community and providing guests with an exciting dine-in experience as well as offering takeout. The popular casual dining concept founded by brothers Mark, Donnie, and Executive Chef Paul Wahlberg, and the subject of A&E Network’s Emmy-nominated reality show for 10 seasons, will feature a chef-inspired menu that brings guests its signature lineup of burgers along with entrée salads, sandwiches, and more. The restaurant’s full bar will offer a large selection of craft cocktails, wines, and local beers. Wahlburgers Springfield MGM is located at 1028 Main St., at the corner of Main and Union streets in downtown Springfield. The 4,900-square-foot restaurant will be open daily for lunch and dinner. In honor of the late family matriarch, Alma Wahlberg, the chain’s Springfield location includes a special ‘Alma’s table.’ This design element is adorned with photos from her childhood through her adult life, along with snapshots of her family members. Those who join the WahlClub rewards program by downloading the Wahlburgers app will have access to exclusive promotions, earn points for every dollar spent, and redeem rewards for free food and merchandise. Online ordering and delivery are also available via the Wahlburgers app.

 

One-day HCC Campaign Raises $122K for Student-support Programs

HOLYOKE — Led by auto dealer Gary Rome, trustees, alumni, and friends, Holyoke Community College raised $122,000 for student-support programs last month during its one-day “Together HCC: Drive to Change Lives” campaign. Organizers had set a goal of 150 donors for the 24-hour fund drive on April 27. The final tally was 295. Rome, an HCC Foundation board member, had issued a donation challenge of $10,000 if the campaign met its goals of securing 150 new donors and 1,000 social-media posts using the hashtag #TogetherHCC. He presented a check to HCC officials at his Holyoke dealership on May 4. In addition to Rome, Peg Wendlandt and Gary Wendlandt, Jim Izatt, Dylan Pilon, trustees Robert Gilbert and Charlie Epstein, HCC Foundation board member Mike Roundy, and the HCC Alumni Council all posed match and challenge gifts for the campaign. Alumnus Myke Connolly, owner of Stand Out Truck, donated the use of his mobile billboard. In addition to his #TogetherHCC donation, Connolly created the Stand Out Truck Celeste Berger Annual Scholarship at HCC to be awarded this spring to a current HCC student of marketing, business, or entrepreneurship.

 

Monson Savings Bank Supports Shriners Mini Golf Tournament

MONSON — As part of its efforts to support the health, happiness, and overall well-being of local children, Monson Savings Bank has embraced Shriners Hospitals for Children – Springfield as a continued community partner, with MSB making its second donation to the children’s hospital this year. Monson Savings Bank President and CEO Dan Moriarty met with Stacey Perlmutter, director of Development for the hospital, and special guest Fezzy Bear, the Springfield Shriners’ adored ambassador, to present the bank’s $1,500 donation to the Shriners’ Putting for a Purpose Mini Golf Tournament. Shriners Hospitals for Children – Springfield is a pediatric hospital that specializes in treating orthopedic conditions, burns, spinal-cord injuries, urology, cleft lip, and cleft palate. The children’s hospital offers both inpatient and outpatient levels of care, with services including rehabilitation, fracture care, and sports health and medicine. Shriners provides treatment to children regardless of families’ financial capabilities and relies on donations from events, like its fund-raising Putting for a Purpose Mini Golf Tournament, to provide expert care to children. This year’s event is set to take place Sept. 9-11 at Stony Falls Miniature Golf at McCray’s Farm in South Hadley.

 

Healthtrax Physical Therapy Opens in West Springfield

WEST SPRINGFIELD — Healthtrax Physical Therapy recently opened its third clinic combining restorative clinical treatments inside Healthtrax Fitness, 155 Ashley Ave., West Springfield. Treatments are provided by physical therapist Brian Ferreira. Working as a physical therapist since 2006, he is a certified in manual therapy and earned his master’s degree in physical therapy at the University of Hartford. He is experienced in advanced manual-therapy skills and outpatient orthopedics. Services not only target the current issues (pain, weakness, etc.), but address underlying movement impairments, and treating these biomechanical dysfunctions results in better, more sustainable outcomes for each patient based on medical history, co-morbidities, and goals of therapy, Ferreira noted. The scope of diagnoses the center can treat includes low back and neck pain, rotator-cuff tendinitis, tennis elbow and golfer’s elbow, knee and hip pain, plantar fasciitis, ankle sprains, spinal stenosis, hand and thumb pain, osteoarthritis, degenerative disc and joint disease of the spine, nerve pain and sciatica, poor balance and unsteady gait, and general deconditioning due to disease or illness. Open to the public and Healthtrax Fitness members, Healthtrax Physical Therapy treats patients of all ages and abilities, including adult and youth athletes, pre- and post-operative patients, workers’ comp injury patients, motor-vehicle accident patients, children with orthopedic conditions, and those needing work conditioning or hardening.

 

BFAIR Partners with Boston College School of Social Work on Project

NORTH ADAMS — BFAIR partnered with the Boston College School of Social Work on a project with graduate students this spring as part of its “Creating and Sustaining Social Enterprises” course. This course focuses on important concepts and stages in considering revenue-producing programs in a nonprofit setting to add financial stability. Students are involved in basic data gathering and analysis and organize their conclusions in a business plan for the enterprise effort. As such, they conducted a brief survey to provide BFAIR with information regarding its service that provides employment for people with disabilities and is beneficial to the environment. BFAIR’s Bottle and Can Redemption Center, located in North Adams, helps the community by providing residents with a way to exchange redeemable bottles and cans for cash while remaining true to its mission. The culmination of the course resulted in an expansion of BFAIR’s Bottle and Can Redemption Center in the form of a pop-up service working with the North Adams Housing Authority, Berkshire Housing, and the city of North Adams. The pop-up service will give these locations the opportunity to redeem or donate their bottles during certain timeframes during the week at six different locations in North County starting in June.

 

Bradley International Airport Adds New Non-stop Destinations

WINDSOR LOCKS, Conn. — The Connecticut Airport Authority (CAA) announced that Bradley International Airport is one of the launch airports for Breeze Airways. The newly founded carrier announced its official, national debut with the rollout of a route network across the U.S. At Bradley, it will launch four new non-stop destinations this summer, including Charleston, S.C. (currently operating), and Columbus, Ohio; Norfolk, Va.; and Pittsburgh (all beginning July 22). The new non-stops will operate on a single-class Embraer aircraft, with a two-by-two seat configuration. Breeze Airways offers booking flexibility that includes no change or cancellation fees for flights changed or canceled up to 15 minutes before scheduled departure. The CAA also announced that Bradley has launched new non-stop service to Minneapolis with Sun Country Airlines. The service to Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport operates twice a week. In September, Sun Country Airlines will also be launching new non-stop service from Bradley International Airport to Orlando, Fla.

 

Carr Hardware TV Spots Win Gold Telly Award

PITTSFIELD — Carr Hardware announced that its “Dewitts” advertising campaign, created by Clayson Creative, has won a Gold Telly Award for 2021 in the business-to-consumer category. In the ads, the Dewitts are the world’s worst do-it-yourselfers and are in constant need of help from the experts at Carr Hardware. See their latest videos at shop.carrhardware.com/the-dewitts. The Telly Awards, the world’s largest honor for video and television content across all screens, has announced this year’s winners, including Jennifer Garner’s “Pretend Cooking Show” series, RadicalMedia’s “Crime Scene: The Vanishing at the Cecil Hotel” documentary series, Partizan’s “Fantastic Voyage” campaign, and the Clayson Creative/Carr Hardware “Dewitts” campaign. Founded in 1979, the Telly Awards are judged by the Telly Award Judging Council, a group of leading video and television experts from some of the most prestigious companies in entertainment, publishing, advertising, and emerging technology, such as WarnerMedia, NBC News, Framestore NY, and Vimeo, to name a few. Carr Hardware plans to bring more Dewitts videos to its customers in the upcoming year.

 

SSO Musicians Say Leaders Show Lack of Commitment to Future

SPRINGFIELD — In a recent letter to supporters and the media, a group representing Springfield Symphony Orchestra (SSO) musicians leveled a number of complaints at SSO leadership, claiming that the lack of a 2021-22 concert schedule, failure to replace departed Executive Director Susan Beaudry or renew the contract of Music Director Kevin Rhodes, and a dispute over the musicians’ collective bargaining agreement have put the future of the organization in doubt. Musicians of the Springfield Symphony Orchestra (MOSSO) alleges that the SSO board of directors’ executive management committee has effectively shut down the organization. MOSSO noted that the SSO board has essentially eliminated artistic leadership by minimizing Rhodes’ role and putting off renewing his contract, which expired on May 31, and has launched no national search for Beaudry’s successor. For the time being, Development Director John Anz is serving as interim executive director. According to MOSSO, the SSO board’s solution to current financial challenges has been to eliminate staff positions and drastically reduce the number of performances and players performing. MOSSO maintains that the board’s own endowment and fundraising reports show that SSO finances are improving and that, instead of cutting performances, the SSO should continue growing its successful development program, start applying for grant funding (as have similar performing organizations), and turn over management of the SSO to an executive director with a proven track record of success. The SSO board claims that the 2021-22 season cannot be planned in the absence of a successor to the 2017-20 collective bargaining agreement (CBA), but MOSSO notes that federal law requires that the terms of an expired CBA remain in effect until a new agreement is reached.

 

River Valley Counseling Center Wins $50,000 Technology Makeover

HOLYOKE — River Valley Counseling Center (RVCC) announced it has been awarded a $50,000 technology makeover from Insight Enterprises and Intel. RVCC is one of three winners in the Connected Workplace Makeover Contest, which was created to help businesses address the effects of aging technology. As a winner, RVCC will receive IT consultation from Insight and $50,000 worth of new 11th Gen Intel Core Processor devices, including Intel vPro Platform PCs built for business. The contest targeted small and mid-sized companies of fewer than 1,000 employees that have been particularly strapped for resources or may be struggling to adapt IT systems and processes to the shifting marketplace amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The contest focused on three areas of critical IT needs: productivity; updating tools, particularly for remote work; security; and total cost of ownership. More than 1,200 U.S. organizations submitted contest entries sharing why they needed a workplace makeover. RVCC was named the winner in the productivity category. Intel Evo vPro PCs will allow RVCC to service clients in a timelier manner, roll out better telehealth options, stay secure, and be HIPAA-compliant. Over the next month, Insight and Intel will be conducting on-site consultations with RVCC to help the team identify the best technology upgrades for their clinic located at 303 Beech St. in Holyoke. It is expected that productivity based at this location could improve by up to 25% by replacing poorly running computers, including some still running on Windows Vista.

 

Holyoke Medical Center Opens Two New Behavioral-health Units

HOLYOKE — Holyoke Medical Center opened and began providing care in two new behavioral-health units on June 1. The new units are located in the main hospital at 575 Beech St., Holyoke, and consist of one 16-bed adult behavioral-health unit and one 18-bed geriatric behavioral-health unit. These units are in addition to the 20-bed adult behavioral-health unit that has been serving the community since 1989. “Holyoke Medical Center has always been committed to providing the care and services that meet the needs of our community. As an independent community hospital, we are also able to adapt quickly as those needs change,” said Spiros Hatiras, president and CEO of Holyoke Medical Center and Valley Health Systems. “The construction for these two units started in January of this year, when the veterans staying with us since April 2020 were able to return to the Soldiers’ Home. In less than five months, our team was able to transform and build two state-of-the-art units, designed specifically to support the needs of the growing number of behavioral-health patients throughout our region.”

Incorporations

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

AGAWAM

Hardina Enterprises Inc., 124 Anthony St. Agawam, MA 01001. Richard R. Hardina, same. Construction, building, management.

BELCHERTOWN

Mexcalito Taco-Bar Inc., 281 Mill Valley Road, Belchertown, MA 01007. Antonio Marquez Diaz, same. Restaurant.

CHICOPEE

Pagan Auto Repair Inc., 136 Exchange St., Apt. 2 Chicopee, MA 01013. Joselito Pagan, same. Auto repair.

EAST LONGMEADOW

A&M Distributor Inc., 303 Pease Road, East Longmeadow, MA 01028. Angela Marino, same. Food bakeries distribution.

FEEDING HILLS

Blue Way Express Inc., 44 Greenock St., Feeding Hills, MA 01030. Alexandr Zgerya, same. Transport.

HOLYOKE

620 Industries Inc., 620 Beaulieu St., Holyoke, MA 01040. Kristofer Emmett Craddock, 280 Nassau St. Springfield, MA 01129. Agricultural industries.

LUDLOW

Roupa Inc., 36 Massachusetts Ave., Ludlow, MA 01056. Carlos F. Martins, same. Self-service laundromat and other related services.

NORTHAMPTON

Fifteen Foods Inc., 38 Main St. Northampton, MA 01060. Endamian Stewart, 316 South St. Northampton, MA 01060. Educational programs.

PITTSFIELD

Dorn Davis Corp., 82 Wendell Ave., Suite 100, Pittsfield, MA 01201. James Smith, same. Developing and creating intellectual property, BR.

SPRINGFIELD

43 Sullivan Street Inc., 15 Ludlow Ave. Springfield, MA 01151. Luke Ross, same. Purchase, sell, hold, develop, and manage real estate.

Black Star Construction Inc., 843 Chestnut St., Springfield, MA 01107. Jose Miguel Perez, same. Construction and construction management.

 

WEST SPRINGFIELD

Olive Tree Painting Inc., 64 Hanover St., West Springfield, MA 01089. Ashlee E. Rios, same. Painting services.

WILBRAHAM

Sinking Feeling Inc., 77 Manchonis Road, Wilbraham, MA 01095. Matthew V. Blanchard, same. Clothing retail.

Taylor Sales Inc., 11 Delmor Circle Wilbraham, MA 01095. Elizabeth Faye Hebert, same. Designer eyewear sales.

DBA Certificates

The following business certificates and/or trade names were issued or renewed during the month of May 2021. (Filings are limited due to closures or reduced staffing hours at municipal offices due to COVID-19 restrictions).

DEERFIELD

No. 6 Design Build
43 Sugarloaf St.
Eric Parham

RK Woodworking
2 Porter St.
Ryan Kurkulonis

Sheep & Shawl
12 Mountain Road
Elizabeth Sorenson

Stillwater Meadow Farm
230 Stillwater Road
Michael Didonna

Yellow Rose Birth Services, LLC
34 King Philip Ave.
Jacqueline Tuttle

HADLEY

Blueprint Gallery
8 Railroad St.
Timothy Brewer

Energy Unwinding, LLC
234 Russell St., #201
Kimberly Kyounghokoh

King of Stonewalls
38 Greenleaves Dr., #201
Horacio Gomes

PetSmart
367 Russell St.
PetSmart, LLC

LONGMEADOW

Flagship Dental Group
123 Dwight Road
Melissa Tedford

Laterreur Landscapes and Gardens
34 Oakwood Dr.
Richard Laterreur

Lukino
127 Hazardville Road
Luong Vu

Neumann Associates
122 Knollwood Dr.
Sandra Neumann

One Way Brewing
112 Longview Dr.
Zachary Schwartz

Restorative Health and Wellness
175 Dwight Road, #109
Shalonda Edwars

Sheffield Reserve
241 Sheffield Ave.
Sonny Mello

Yerlot
962 Frank Smith Road
Marpreet Sandhu

WESTFIELD

Comfort Air
21 Barbara St.
Vladimir Lesnik

First Choice Storage, LLC
402 Southampton Road
First Choice Storage, LLC

Genesis Construction, LLC
28 Otis St.
Genesis Construction, LLC

Guided Touch Therapy
26 Orange St.
Thomas Campbell

I.K. Air Conditioning
7 St. Pierre’s Lane
Ivan Kulyak

Khalil Transportation Co.
136 Meadow St.
Khaleel Al Saadi

Lawrence P. Zabielski, CPA
65 Broad St.
Lawrence Zabielski

Palais Arrache
38 Elm St., #1
Zoe Pusey

Readings by Brandy
69 Southwick Road
Readings by Brandy

Salvador Burgos
27 East Bartlett St.
Salvador Burgos

Stanton Contracting
147 Tannery Road
Richard Stanton III

Westfield Gulf
288 Elm St.
Siddhi Vinayak Corp.

Xander’s Spot Barber Shop
24 Elm St.
Eddie Assad

WEST SPRINGFIELD

Al Nassir International Market
217 Elm St.
Abdullah Nassir

Asian Mart
753 Union St.
Gopal Gurung

Bartman
149 Circle Dr.
Bartholomew Moriarty

Beauty Nail
201 Elm St.
Thao Hai Ly

Body Love Essence
35 High St.
Delicia Walker

Laxmi Transportation Inc.
425 Union St.
Arjun Tamang

Marsupicool Design
14 Dewey St.
Katherine McClelland

New Hope Bookworks
26 Gilbert St.
Bertha Hickling

NV Concepts Unlimited Inc.
95 Apple Ridge Road
Timothy Bonito

Powerhouse Gym
1452 Memorial Ave.
Richard Medway

Sunny Side Up, LLC
46 Morgan Road
Barbara Lewko

Then G Creations
240 Dewey St.
Angelica Geas

Bankruptcies

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

Arventos, Faith H.
9 Homestead St.
Palmer, MA 01069
Chapter: 7
Date: 05/13/2021

Boulanger, Frederic
1 Ingram St.
South Hadley, MA 01075
Chapter: 7
Date: 05/13/2021

Catalano, Richard Dwayne
Catalano, Diane
110 Amherst St.
Granby, MA 01033
Chapter: 7
Date: 05/12/2021

Durant, Compton
1418 Worcester St.
Indian Orchard, MA 01151
Chapter: 7
Date: 05/07/2021

Ellsworth, Darrell K.
26 Richmond Lane, 2nd Fl.
Adams, MA 01220
Chapter: 7
Date: 05/06/2021

Faust, Kenneth P.
26 Oak Hill Road
Greenfield, MA 01301
Chapter: 7
Date: 04/30/2021

Francis, Mark Robert
103 Ludlow Road
Chicopee, MA 01020
Chapter: 7
Date: 05/12/2021

Freytes, Libnie Y.
83 Firglade Ave.
Springfield, MA 01108
Chapter: 7
Date: 05/11/2021

Gunawan, Yenna S.
1020 Old Hardwick Road
Barre, MA 01005
Chapter: 7
Date: 05/01/2021

Heming, David S.
33 Woodmont St.
West Springfield, MA 01089
Chapter: 7
Date: 05/15/2021

King, Dexter C.
690 Burt Hill Road
Tolland, MA 01034
Chapter: 7
Date: 05/13/2021

Kittler, Scott M.
Kittler, Lynda P.
a/k/a Fiel, Linda Phay
203 Cadwell Road
Pittsfield, MA 01201
Chapter: 7
Date: 04/30/2021

Maxwell, Nehemiah Washington
33 Cloran St.
Springfield, MA 01109-2203
Chapter: 7
Date: 05/04/2021

Monday, Shonn K.
98 Greenwich Road
Ware, MA 01082
Chapter: 7
Date: 05/13/2021

Owczarski, Matthew
Owczarski, Julie A.
45 Glenoak Dr.
Springfield, MA 01129
Chapter: 7
Date: 05/07/2021

Rivera-Cotto, Vilma I.
1360 Berkshire Ave.
Indian Orchard, MA 01151
Chapter: 7
Date: 05/12/2021

Southworth, Michael E.
13 Martin Farms Road
Hampden, MA 01036
Chapter: 7
Date: 04/30/2021

Weber, Raymond R.
209 Main St.
West Springfield, MA 01089
Chapter: 7
Date: 05/05/2021

Young, Joseph M.
350 West St., Lot 34
Ludlow, MA 01056
Chapter: 7
Date: 05/13/2021

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

284 John Ford Road
Ashfield, MA 01330
Amount: $372,500
Buyer: Eliot W. Greenwald
Seller: Todd T. McKenna
Date: 05/10/21

Old Stage Road
Ashfield, MA 01330
Amount: $215,000
Buyer: Margaret J. Burrington
Seller: Rhonda L. Shippee
Date: 05/07/21

COLRAIN

1 Church St.
Colrain, MA 01340
Amount: $180,000
Buyer: John J. Shivock
Seller: Megan N. Weller
Date: 05/14/21

DEERFIELD

36 Snowberry Circle #A
Deerfield, MA 01342
Amount: $435,000
Buyer: Jean Schwartz
Seller: Ragus LLC
Date: 05/05/21

ERVING

26 Ridge Road
Erving, MA 01344
Amount: $342,500
Buyer: Robert Holst
Seller: Michael E. Doyle
Date: 05/13/21

GREENFIELD

110 Beech St.
Greenfield, MA 01301
Amount: $260,000
Buyer: Brooke M. Steinhauser
Seller: Michael C. Stempel
Date: 05/07/21

19 Bradford Dr.
Greenfield, MA 01301
Amount: $12,750,000
Buyer: CCM Properties Group LLC
Seller: Corridor Greenfield LLC
Date: 05/05/21

183 Chapman St.
Greenfield, MA 01301
Amount: $180,000
Buyer: Jason M. Bessette
Seller: Robert D. Parda
Date: 05/04/21

316 Chapman St.
Greenfield, MA 01301
Amount: $250,000
Buyer: Michael A. Mullin
Seller: Mitchell E. Clark
Date: 05/10/21

68 Cheapside St.
Greenfield, MA 01301
Amount: $300,000
Buyer: David M. Steiner
Seller: Bruce G. Thomas
Date: 05/12/21

28 Davenport Way
Greenfield, MA 01301
Amount: $515,000
Buyer: Xianmei Li
Seller: Irena Vartanyan
Date: 05/03/21

23 Eastern Ave.
Greenfield, MA 01301
Amount: $272,200
Buyer: Sheriann Ahearn
Seller: Mark A. Sirum
Date: 05/07/21

54 Ferrante Ave.
Greenfield, MA 01301
Amount: $270,000
Buyer: Lindsay M. Comeau
Seller: James A. Burgess
Date: 05/11/21

155 Hope St.
Greenfield, MA 01301
Amount: $122,000
Buyer: Justin M. Lapointe
Seller: John Delabruere
Date: 05/06/21

37 Mary Potter Lane
Greenfield, MA 01301
Amount: $380,000
Buyer: Danny Mason
Seller: David Howe
Date: 05/07/21

152 Petty Plain Road
Greenfield, MA 01301
Amount: $172,000
Buyer: Tanya Bryant
Seller: Donald M. MaCleod
Date: 05/10/21

61 Smith St.
Greenfield, MA 01301
Amount: $160,000
Buyer: Fiodor Tahiji
Seller: Anna E. Ripley LT
Date: 05/12/21

40 Summer St.
Greenfield, MA 01301
Amount: $251,000
Buyer: Virginia G. Nowakoski
Seller: Lewis Z. Culver
Date: 05/14/21

LEVERETT

10 Hannabrooke Dr.
Leverett, MA 01054
Amount: $149,000
Buyer: Jonathan S. Klate
Seller: Merritt, H. R. 2nd, (Estate)
Date: 05/05/21

83 Juggler Meadow Road
Leverett, MA 01054
Amount: $582,582
Buyer: Jacob Park
Seller: A. K. Zimmerman TR
Date: 05/07/21

MONTAGUE

197 Avenue A
Montague, MA 01376
Amount: $280,000
Buyer: 108 Properties LLC
Seller: SW Kazimierza Society
Date: 05/13/21

7 Bridge St.
Montague, MA 01349
Amount: $230,000
Buyer: Travis C. Whittle
Seller: Seth R. Ainsworth
Date: 05/05/21

22 West Main St.
Montague, MA 01349
Amount: $200,000
Buyer: Pioneer Valley Redevelopers
Seller: Pioneer Valley Redevelopers
Date: 05/03/21

NORTHFIELD

87 Hinsdale Road
Northfield, MA 01360
Amount: $258,700
Buyer: Luzmin Fernandez-Saldana
Seller: Christopher E. Weir
Date: 05/05/21

1058 Millers Falls Road
Northfield, MA 01360
Amount: $295,000
Buyer: Viorel Marin
Seller: Albert P. Krejmas
Date: 05/11/21

ORANGE

10 2nd St.
Orange, MA 01364
Amount: $117,000
Buyer: Denise MacAllister
Seller: Stephanie C. Cross
Date: 05/07/21

100 Adams St.
Orange, MA 01364
Amount: $219,000
Buyer: Stephanie C. Cross
Seller: Frances D. Hadsel
Date: 05/07/21

79 Fountain St.
Orange, MA 01364
Amount: $150,000
Buyer: Hans Rickheit
Seller: Tammi-Lynn M. Labier
Date: 05/14/21

120 Fountain St.
Orange, MA 01364
Amount: $294,900
Buyer: Carline L. Lemoine
Seller: Kurt C. Enko
Date: 05/06/21

Tully Road #2
Orange, MA 01364
Amount: $155,000
Buyer: Brenda Brier
Seller: Robert H. Robinson
Date: 05/12/21

SHELBURNE

67 Baker Road
Shutesbury, MA 01072
Amount: $272,000
Buyer: Harold Norris
Seller: Ayesha Lateef
Date: 05/10/21

430 Montague Road
Shutesbury, MA 01072
Amount: $235,000
Buyer: Gus Sideris
Seller: Stephen C. Westerling
Date: 05/12/21

2 South Maple St.
Shelburne, MA 01370
Amount: $215,000
Buyer: Andrew E. Smith
Seller: Diane Poland
Date: 05/14/21

SHUTESBURY

32 Leverett Road
Shutesbury, MA 01072
Amount: $115,000
Buyer: A9N Group LLC
Seller: KJF Group LLC
Date: 05/03/21

HAMPDEN COUNTY

AGAWAM

58 Alhambra Circle North
Agawam, MA 01001
Amount: $267,500
Buyer: Lindsay Cournoyer
Seller: Wesley Gutowski
Date: 05/07/21

165 Anvil St.
Agawam, MA 01030
Amount: $700,000
Buyer: Ankit Patel
Seller: Michael J. Pellerin
Date: 05/07/21

110 Coronet Circle
Agawam, MA 01030
Amount: $263,000
Buyer: Ryan M. Perreault
Seller: Stephen J. Perreault
Date: 05/07/21

70 Faymore Dr.
Agawam, MA 01001
Amount: $301,000
Buyer: Uziel Soto
Seller: Karla L. Camacho-Rivera
Date: 05/11/21

163 Florida Dr.
Agawam, MA 01001
Amount: $300,000
Buyer: Luis E. Moya
Seller: Susan Mansi
Date: 05/10/21

16 Forest Road
Agawam, MA 01001
Amount: $380,300
Buyer: Amy M. Kelly
Seller: Frank A. Cavallo
Date: 05/14/21

57 Hastings St.
Agawam, MA 01030
Amount: $215,000
Buyer: Monique A. Simon
Seller: Christopher M. Chechile
Date: 05/10/21

62 Maple St.
Agawam, MA 01001
Amount: $250,100
Buyer: Christopher W. Pass
Seller: Marjorie Colli
Date: 05/06/21

BLANDFORD

246 Brookman Dr.
Blandford, MA 01008
Amount: $365,000
Buyer: Kelly M. McVoy
Seller: Digregorio RE LLC
Date: 05/07/21

19 Herrick Road
Blandford, MA 01008
Amount: $250,000
Buyer: Raymond C. Hultay
Seller: Jacob N. Smith
Date: 05/07/21

BRIMFIELD

1119 Dunhamtown Brimfield Road
Brimfield, MA 01010
Amount: $317,000
Buyer: Adam C. Blake
Seller: Karen L. Wallace
Date: 05/05/21

CHESTER

116 Route 20
Chester, MA 01011
Amount: $120,000
Buyer: Jacob Sanders-Leis
Seller: Beverly A. Garceau
Date: 05/14/21

CHICOPEE

34 Beverly St.
Chicopee, MA 01013
Amount: $187,950
Buyer: CIG 4 LLC
Seller: Rimor Properties LLC
Date: 05/14/21

95 Boutin St.
Chicopee, MA 01020
Amount: $150,000
Buyer: Guy C. Meade
Seller: Meade, Francis J. 3rd, (Estate)
Date: 05/04/21

614 Britton St.
Chicopee, MA 01020
Amount: $335,000
Buyer: William Ishler
Seller: Kari L. Trombley
Date: 05/14/21

1035 Burnett Road
Chicopee, MA 01020
Amount: $328,000
Buyer: Luz M. DeLaPaz-Cartagena
Seller: Jeffrey Lareau
Date: 05/10/21

90 Cambridge St.
Chicopee, MA 01020
Amount: $242,000
Buyer: Bryan Trapp
Seller: John-Michael Mikkola
Date: 05/06/21

50 Chapel St.
Chicopee, MA 01020
Amount: $214,200
Buyer: Katelyn Plasse
Seller: James P. Demers
Date: 05/14/21

134 College St.
Chicopee, MA 01020
Amount: $291,000
Buyer: Elizabeth M. Roy
Seller: Jeannette M. Sterniak
Date: 05/13/21

53 Cyran St.
Chicopee, MA 01020
Amount: $220,000
Buyer: Tyler E. Theriault
Seller: Frank N. Laflamme
Date: 05/07/21

214 Dayton St.
Chicopee, MA 01013
Amount: $290,000
Buyer: Jonathan Solivan-Reyes
Seller: Anthony Dominguez
Date: 05/10/21

14 Harrington Road
Chicopee, MA 01020
Amount: $151,000
Buyer: Nefy I. Campos
Seller: Victor E. Mikalunas
Date: 05/12/21

63 Homer Ave.
Chicopee, MA 01020
Amount: $235,000
Buyer: Michae Leonidovich-Dipon
Seller: Daniel Maslowski
Date: 05/12/21

82 Jamrog Dr.
Chicopee, MA 01020
Amount: $236,000
Buyer: Griffin Fitzell
Seller: Guiel, Gerald E., (Estate)
Date: 05/07/21

64 Maplewood Ave.
Chicopee, MA 01013
Amount: $340,000
Buyer: Waldemar Moreno
Seller: Laura L. Dugre
Date: 05/14/21

141 Mary St.
Chicopee, MA 01020
Amount: $176,000
Buyer: Alexandra P. Schoolcraft
Seller: City Of Chicopee
Date: 05/07/21

251 McCarthy Ave.
Chicopee, MA 01020
Amount: $319,900
Buyer: Pierre A. Monast
Seller: Mary T. Lacroix
Date: 05/13/21

786 McKinstry Ave.
Chicopee, MA 01020
Amount: $225,000
Buyer: Zachary R. Beaulieu
Seller: Tyler J. Chick
Date: 05/14/21

108 New York Ave.
Chicopee, MA 01020
Amount: $250,000
Buyer: Vanessa Rodriguez
Seller: Matthew Yacubek
Date: 05/14/21

57 Parenteau Dr.
Chicopee, MA 01020
Amount: $292,000
Buyer: Ashley Nesby
Seller: Sylvia R. Macciomei
Date: 05/07/21

218 Prospect St.
Chicopee, MA 01013
Amount: $225,000
Buyer: Kevin C. Waller
Seller: Anthony G. Falcetti
Date: 05/04/21

18 Roberts Pond Lane
Chicopee, MA 01020
Amount: $298,000
Buyer: Ashley C. Earl
Seller: Flipping Springfield Investment Group
Date: 05/06/21

89 Rochester St.
Chicopee, MA 01020
Amount: $250,000
Buyer: Miguel A. Aguirre-Rivera
Seller: Caitlin M. Casey
Date: 05/03/21

20 Sachem St.
Chicopee, MA 01013
Amount: $260,000
Buyer: Jacob Stetson
Seller: Sachem Street LLC
Date: 05/07/21

289 Sheridan St.
Chicopee, MA 01020
Amount: $339,000
Buyer: Joel Oritz
Seller: DGL Properties LLC
Date: 05/07/21

88 Vadnais St.
Chicopee, MA 01020
Amount: $286,000
Buyer: Jessica Welsh
Seller: George Landry
Date: 05/14/21

69 Wanda St.
Chicopee, MA 01013
Amount: $260,000
Buyer: Nicole M. August
Seller: Shane Brooks
Date: 05/03/21

EAST LONGMEADOW

191 Canterbury Circle
East Longmeadow, MA 01028
Amount: $549,900
Buyer: Jamie Kilty
Seller: Christine Withbroe
Date: 05/06/21

70 Gates Ave.
East Longmeadow, MA 01028
Amount: $215,000
Buyer: Annette Quinones
Seller: Phyllis M. Smith
Date: 05/07/21

14 Lasalle St.
East Longmeadow, MA 01028
Amount: $275,000
Buyer: Jeffrey J. Corless
Seller: Jonathan Guinipero
Date: 05/14/21

15 Lasalle St.
East Longmeadow, MA 01028
Amount: $186,000
Buyer: Brital 1987 LLC
Seller: Thomas H. Ryan
Date: 05/14/21

22 Lasalle St.
East Longmeadow, MA 01028
Amount: $220,000
Buyer: JB Realty Solutions LLC
Seller: Theriault, Theresa A., (Estate)
Date: 05/07/21

58 North Circle Dr.
East Longmeadow, MA 01028
Amount: $240,000
Buyer: Nicole A. Rodriguez
Seller: Dorinne A. Rodriguez
Date: 05/12/21

696 Parker St.
East Longmeadow, MA 01028
Amount: $183,113
Buyer: AEM Prop Investments LLC
Seller: Sambor, Frank J., (Estate)
Date: 05/04/21

118 Patterson Ave.
East Longmeadow, MA 01028
Amount: $310,000
Buyer: Kristen J. Russo
Seller: Shahid Ghuman
Date: 05/11/21

167 Porter Road
East Longmeadow, MA 01028
Amount: $250,000
Buyer: Christopher Lupien
Seller: Sara Nunez
Date: 05/04/21

379 Porter Road
East Longmeadow, MA 01028
Amount: $445,000
Buyer: Daniel McNeish
Seller: Pioneer Housing LLC
Date: 05/04/21

South Bend Lane #2
East Longmeadow, MA 01028
Amount: $155,000
Buyer: Michael Frank Design LLC
Seller: Goldstein, Ronald I., (Estate)
Date: 05/04/21

53 Tufts St.
East Longmeadow, MA 01108
Amount: $355,000
Buyer: Paulette Wright
Seller: Mark D. Templeman
Date: 05/13/21

GRANVILLE

515 South Lane
Granville, MA 01034
Amount: $230,000
Buyer: John P. Cunha
Seller: Malia Homebuyers LLC
Date: 05/05/21

HAMPDEN

63 Bayberry Road
Hampden, MA 01036
Amount: $245,755
Buyer: Cabana Properties 3 LLC
Seller: Emilla Chiarella
Date: 05/12/21

517 Glendale Road
Hampden, MA 01036
Amount: $515,000
Buyer: Erica Teles
Seller: Patricia A. Pastoreck
Date: 05/11/21

62 Old Orchard Road
Hampden, MA 01036
Amount: $300,000
Buyer: John-Michael Mikkola
Seller: Lauri A. Mikkola
Date: 05/06/21

88 Scantic Road
Hampden, MA 01036
Amount: $339,000
Buyer: Dygo L. Tosa
Seller: Steven H. Sheldon
Date: 05/14/21

HOLLAND

169 Brimfield Road
Holland, MA 01521
Amount: $387,900
Buyer: Megan G. Lyons
Seller: George J. Carling
Date: 05/14/21

25 Stony Hill Road
Holland, MA 01521
Amount: $205,000
Buyer: Craig W. Babcock
Seller: Bradley S. Sherrod
Date: 05/13/21

HOLYOKE

173-175 Brown Ave.
Holyoke, MA 01040
Amount: $280,000
Buyer: Kimberly Bermudez
Seller: Angel L. Rodriguez
Date: 05/04/21

91 Chapin St.
Holyoke, MA 01040
Amount: $200,000
Buyer: Katherine E. Henchey
Seller: Alex Cowley
Date: 05/04/21

32 Clinton Ave.
Holyoke, MA 01040
Amount: $149,000
Buyer: Kristy M. Reillo-Rosado
Seller: Welch, Edward, (Estate)
Date: 05/10/21

107 Cross Road
Holyoke, MA 01040
Amount: $459,000
Buyer: Xinghuan Chen
Seller: Crown Meadow Corp.
Date: 05/07/21

82-84 Davis St.
Holyoke, MA 01040
Amount: $310,000
Buyer: Gandara Mental Health Center
Seller: Carlos A. Cirino
Date: 05/13/21

419 Hillside Ave.
Holyoke, MA 01040
Amount: $256,500
Buyer: Amanda D. Tebo
Seller: Scott Kosak
Date: 05/12/21

328 Linden St.
Holyoke, MA 01040
Amount: $131,000
Buyer: Rebecca J. Foltasz
Seller: FNMA
Date: 05/14/21

188 Madison Ave.
Holyoke, MA 01040
Amount: $180,000
Buyer: 188 Madison Avenue RT
Seller: Hampson, Frederick J., (Estate)
Date: 05/14/21

65 Mountain Road
Holyoke, MA 01040
Amount: $328,000
Buyer: Ashley A. Brackett
Seller: Amy B. Taylor
Date: 05/14/21

157 Norwood Ter.
Holyoke, MA 01040
Amount: $220,000
Buyer: Samantha Taylor
Seller: Alan D. Hogan
Date: 05/14/21

141 Oxford Road
Holyoke, MA 01040
Amount: $300,000
Buyer: Eileen Kos
Seller: Merrill C. Desrosiers
Date: 05/12/21

7 Park Slope
Holyoke, MA 01040
Amount: $289,900
Buyer: Alan D. Hogan
Seller: Ashley A. Brackett
Date: 05/14/21

196 Sargeant St.
Holyoke, MA 01040
Amount: $201,000
Buyer: Michelle J. Kyser
Seller: Mildred A. Brennan
Date: 05/12/21

105 Sheehan Dr.
Holyoke, MA 01040
Amount: $235,000
Buyer: Joseph K. Prattico
Seller: Richard C. Page
Date: 05/11/21

187 South St.
Holyoke, MA 01040
Amount: $220,000
Buyer: Holyoke 187 South St LLC
Seller: Nan Properties LLC
Date: 05/07/21

5 Washington Ave.
Holyoke, MA 01040
Amount: $195,000
Buyer: Wilfredo R. Gonzalez
Seller: US Bank
Date: 05/10/21

69-71 West Glen St.
Holyoke, MA 01040
Amount: $350,000
Buyer: Robert Everett-Moniz
Seller: Victor J. Garriga
Date: 05/05/21

LONGMEADOW

41 Deepwoods Dr.
Longmeadow, MA 01106
Amount: $480,000
Buyer: Aaron Terry
Seller: Charles F. Grincavitch
Date: 05/05/21

118 Field Road
Longmeadow, MA 01106
Amount: $243,000
Buyer: Kimberly Hickson-Torres
Seller: Janet K. Dawson
Date: 05/10/21

386 Green Hill Road
Longmeadow, MA 01106
Amount: $1,095,000
Buyer: Joseph N. Sarcona
Seller: Brian K. Burke
Date: 05/03/21

300 Inverness Lane
Longmeadow, MA 01106
Amount: $595,000
Buyer: Emily Keane
Seller: Joann Grimaldi
Date: 05/03/21

6 Meadow Road
Longmeadow, MA 01106
Amount: $275,000
Buyer: Christopher K. Curtis
Seller: Andrea S. Martin
Date: 05/12/21

133 Pleasantview Ave.
Longmeadow, MA 01106
Amount: $461,500
Buyer: Steven B. Kivitz
Seller: Danielle N. Finch
Date: 05/03/21

79 Wildwood Glen
Longmeadow, MA 01106
Amount: $420,000
Buyer: Silvio Baruzzi
Seller: H. James Law
Date: 05/03/21

LUDLOW

82 Edison Dr.
Ludlow, MA 01056
Amount: $223,000
Buyer: Daniel A. Hill
Seller: David G. Lamotte
Date: 05/10/21

143 Erin Lane
Ludlow, MA 01056
Amount: $365,000
Buyer: Fabio X. Conceicao
Seller: Nuno G. Costa
Date: 05/14/21

57 Haswell Circle
Ludlow, MA 01056
Amount: $310,000
Buyer: Joseph K. Racine
Seller: Erica L. Tele
Date: 05/04/21

303 West St.
Ludlow, MA 01056
Amount: $176,000
Buyer: Jarred R. Belisle
Seller: Mary T. Mikaelian
Date: 05/04/21

MONSON

78 Ayers Road
Monson, MA 01057
Amount: $320,000
Buyer: Alan Caswell
Seller: Emerald City Rentals LLC
Date: 05/05/21

14 Hampden Court
Monson, MA 01057
Amount: $150,000
Buyer: Larry Desreuisseau
Seller: Larry Desreuisseau
Date: 05/07/21

248 Hovey Road
Monson, MA 01057
Amount: $300,000
Buyer: George R. Landry
Seller: Jeffrey P. Spillane
Date: 05/14/21

269 Hovey Road
Monson, MA 01057
Amount: $358,000
Buyer: Matheau J. Hohn
Seller: Bao J. Hang
Date: 05/10/21

4 Main St.
Monson, MA 01057
Amount: $325,000
Buyer: Andrea J. Frykenberg
Seller: Martha M. Rickson
Date: 05/14/21

251 Main St.
Monson, MA 01057
Amount: $205,000
Buyer: Monica L. Lindsay
Seller: Charles Lindsay
Date: 05/04/21

258 Old Warren Road
Monson, MA 01069
Amount: $315,000
Buyer: Jingzhan Mai
Seller: Thomas J. Zelazo
Date: 05/07/21

MONTGOMERY

13 Chamberlain Road
Montgomery, MA 01050
Amount: $175,000
Buyer: Craig M. Perras
Seller: Gabriella R. Steria
Date: 05/06/21

509 Main Road
Montgomery, MA 01050
Amount: $232,000
Buyer: David York
Seller: G&H Homes LLC
Date: 05/14/21

PALMER

3 Beauregard Dr.
Palmer, MA 01069
Amount: $374,900
Buyer: Bretner Raphael
Seller: Christopher D. Valenta
Date: 05/13/21

4129-4131 Church St.
Palmer, MA 01069
Amount: $280,000
Buyer: Sabrina M. Cruz
Seller: Marc A. Bessette
Date: 05/12/21

300 Main St.
Palmer, MA 01080
Amount: $268,000
Buyer: Thomas J. Zelazo
Seller: Maria Kubiak
Date: 05/07/21

1673 North Main St.
Palmer, MA 01069
Amount: $300,000
Buyer: Derick Jackson
Seller: Nichodemus A. Tetteh
Date: 05/14/21

1004 Oak St.
Palmer, MA 01069
Amount: $145,000
Buyer: Todd Young
Seller: Wayne A. Tetreault
Date: 05/05/21

2-4 State St.
Palmer, MA 01069
Amount: $318,300
Buyer: Michelle M. Rame
Seller: JNB Property Investment Inc.
Date: 05/13/21

RUSSELL

25 Blandford Stage Road
Russell, MA 01071
Amount: $189,900
Buyer: Luke Paull
Seller: Ruby Realty LLC
Date: 05/14/21

SOUTHWICK

29-R Charles Johnson Road
Southwick, MA 01077
Amount: $120,000
Buyer: Kathleen M. Veronesi
Seller: James Hannon
Date: 05/14/21

47 Fernwood Road
Southwick, MA 01077
Amount: $265,000
Buyer: Nicole Argiro
Seller: Donna Kuralt
Date: 05/14/21

10 Foster Road
Southwick, MA 01077
Amount: $175,000
Buyer: Revampit LLC
Seller: Ronald N. Rodier
Date: 05/06/21

286 Granville Road
Southwick, MA 01077
Amount: $250,000
Buyer: Jian R. Wang
Seller: Mark E. Cressotti
Date: 05/10/21

11 Liquori Dr.
Southwick, MA 01077
Amount: $138,000
Buyer: Michele L. Parrow
Seller: Christopher R. Parrow
Date: 05/11/21

Sawgrass Lane #21
Southwick, MA 01077
Amount: $469,000
Buyer: Thomas Mogavero
Seller: Hamelin Framing Inc.
Date: 05/07/21

SPRINGFIELD

95 Abbott St.
Springfield, MA 01118
Amount: $233,000
Buyer: Bonus Thopuathu
Seller: Michael T. Merrill
Date: 05/14/21

226 Allen St.
Springfield, MA 01108
Amount: $170,000
Buyer: MS Home LLC
Seller: Timothy Nguyen
Date: 05/14/21

663 Allen St.
Springfield, MA 01108
Amount: $215,000
Buyer: Manuela C. Casey
Seller: Melinda S. Russo
Date: 05/14/21

123 Amherst St.
Springfield, MA 01109
Amount: $286,000
Buyer: Edgard J. Rivera-Jimenez
Seller: Chad Lynch
Date: 05/04/21

102 Arcadia Blvd.
Springfield, MA 01118
Amount: $215,000
Buyer: Isidalia Serrano
Seller: Fumi Realty Inc.
Date: 05/11/21

1277 Bay St.
Springfield, MA 01109
Amount: $220,000
Buyer: Zoraida Perez-Sanchez
Seller: Ahmed Al-Jashaam
Date: 05/06/21

26 Beech St.
Springfield, MA 01105
Amount: $192,000
Buyer: Luis F. Cruz
Seller: Gregory Brown
Date: 05/03/21

308-312 Belmont Ave.
Springfield, MA 01108
Amount: $340,000
Buyer: Queen LLC
Seller: Garken Realty LLC
Date: 05/13/21

314-1/2 Belmont Ave.
Springfield, MA 01108
Amount: $340,000
Buyer: Queen LLC
Seller: Garken Realty LLC
Date: 05/13/21

318 Belmont Ave.
Springfield, MA 01108
Amount: $340,000
Buyer: Queen LLC
Seller: Garken Realty LLC
Date: 05/13/21

320-322 Belmont Ave.
Springfield, MA 01108
Amount: $340,000
Buyer: Queen LLC
Seller: Garken Realty LLC
Date: 05/13/21

729 Belmont Ave.
Springfield, MA 01108
Amount: $315,000
Buyer: Oluwakemi O. Crayton
Seller: Joseph M. Santaniello
Date: 05/05/21

814 Belmont Ave.
Springfield, MA 01108
Amount: $225,000
Buyer: Dipak M. Tiwari
Seller: Chhabi Pathak
Date: 05/06/21

70 Bolton St.
Springfield, MA 01129
Amount: $220,000
Buyer: Brianna Sass
Seller: Joseph E. Hastain
Date: 05/07/21

163 Bowles St.
Springfield, MA 01109
Amount: $118,114
Buyer: US Bank
Seller: Ivan Marshall
Date: 05/13/21

791-793 Carew St.
Springfield, MA 01104
Amount: $282,500
Buyer: Carlos D. Vasquez
Seller: Alexander Perez
Date: 05/11/21

54 Catharine St.
Springfield, MA 01109
Amount: $152,000
Buyer: Siam Williams Investment Group LLC
Seller: Yorkshire Properties LLC
Date: 05/05/21

82 Chilson St.
Springfield, MA 01118
Amount: $260,000
Buyer: Cristina Mendoza
Seller: Tamara Feliciano
Date: 05/10/21

159 College St.
Springfield, MA 01109
Amount: $158,000
Buyer: Round 2 LLC
Seller: Yorkshire Properties LLC
Date: 05/05/21

170-172 Corthell St.
Springfield, MA 01151
Amount: $215,000
Buyer: Joejoe Properties LLC
Seller: Djuan J. Barklow
Date: 05/03/21

68 Davenport St.
Springfield, MA 01119
Amount: $190,000
Buyer: Serena Sheffield
Seller: Angelika G. Rodriguez
Date: 05/14/21

38 Daviston St.
Springfield, MA 01128
Amount: $225,000
Buyer: Monica P. Wright
Seller: Juan A. Villalba
Date: 05/04/21

193 Daviston St.
Springfield, MA 01108
Amount: $175,000
Buyer: Cherina Rodriguez-Lora
Seller: Linda J. Berrios
Date: 05/04/21

88 Dimmick St.
Springfield, MA 01109
Amount: $250,000
Buyer: Deven M. Decoste
Seller: Jose Santos
Date: 05/14/21

251 Dorset St.
Springfield, MA 01108
Amount: $145,000
Buyer: Robert J. Schroeter
Seller: Wilson, John F., (Estate)
Date: 05/07/21

62-64 Draper St.
Springfield, MA 01108
Amount: $292,000
Buyer: Jonathan Medina
Seller: Lam H. Nguyen
Date: 05/14/21

58 Drexel St.
Springfield, MA 01104
Amount: $200,000
Buyer: Myrta I. Sierra
Seller: Luis Sierra
Date: 05/14/21

172 East Allen Ridge Road
Springfield, MA 01118
Amount: $275,000
Buyer: Dexter Polk
Seller: Tara Adhikari
Date: 05/14/21

95 Eddy St.
Springfield, MA 01104
Amount: $230,000
Buyer: Yesenia Valentin
Seller: CIG 4 LLC
Date: 05/12/21

71 Eddywood St.
Springfield, MA 01118
Amount: $213,300
Buyer: Tascon Homes LLC
Seller: Darlene J. Stewart
Date: 05/04/21

99 Eddywood St.
Springfield, MA 01118
Amount: $190,000
Buyer: Kerri F. Sullivan
Seller: Amelia E. Galik
Date: 05/04/21

88-90 Edgeland St.
Springfield, MA 01108
Amount: $197,000
Buyer: Zahid Farooqui
Seller: John D. Ross
Date: 05/06/21

369 El Paso St.
Springfield, MA 01104
Amount: $175,000
Buyer: Hutheyfa Jameel
Seller: Betty J. Duncan
Date: 05/05/21

71 Endicott St.
Springfield, MA 01118
Amount: $220,000
Buyer: Cassandra L. Fett
Seller: Barbara J. Nero
Date: 05/14/21

33 Florida St.
Springfield, MA 01109
Amount: $225,000
Buyer: Brendaliz A. Santiago
Seller: Jack R. Rodrigues
Date: 05/13/21

249 Garnet St.
Springfield, MA 01129
Amount: $235,000
Buyer: Kristee Picard
Seller: Erik L. Greene
Date: 05/07/21

289 Gilbert Ave.
Springfield, MA 01119
Amount: $389,900
Buyer: Fouzia Haji
Seller: Bretta Construction LLC
Date: 05/05/21

137 Hartford Ter.
Springfield, MA 01118
Amount: $207,263
Buyer: American Financial Resources
Seller: James A. Sims
Date: 05/12/21

34 Herbert Ave.
Springfield, MA 01119
Amount: $260,000
Buyer: Victoria Perez
Seller: Nitza B. Martinez-Hurley
Date: 05/06/21

279 Hermitage Dr.
Springfield, MA 01129
Amount: $150,000
Buyer: Kimberley A. Early
Seller: Sarah N. Early
Date: 05/03/21

332 Holcomb Road
Springfield, MA 01118
Amount: $275,500
Buyer: Jenna Esoo
Seller: Thomas H. Hofstetter
Date: 05/11/21

56 James St.
Springfield, MA 01105
Amount: $115,000
Buyer: Nextlife Realty LLC
Seller: Yorkshire Properties LLC
Date: 05/05/21

113 Kerry Dr.
Springfield, MA 01118
Amount: $140,000
Buyer: Shakenna K. Williams
Seller: Christopher Welz
Date: 05/13/21

163 Kimberly Ave.
Springfield, MA 01108
Amount: $230,000
Buyer: Steven D. Murray
Seller: Omar Loaiza
Date: 05/05/21

182 Lebanon St.
Springfield, MA 01109
Amount: $175,000
Buyer: Natasha C. Hernandez
Seller: Alexander Granovsky
Date: 05/03/21

31-33 Langdon St.
Springfield, MA 01104
Amount: $249,500
Buyer: Jeremy E. Barnett
Seller: Joseph Abdow
Date: 05/13/21

19-21 Lawe St.
Springfield, MA 01151
Amount: $389,900
Buyer: Richard W. Yen
Seller: Susan Greco
Date: 05/14/21

15 Leete St.
Springfield, MA 01108
Amount: $172,000
Buyer: Birch Properties LLC
Seller: MPower Capital LLC
Date: 05/12/21

42 Macomber Ave.
Springfield, MA 01119
Amount: $227,000
Buyer: Danielle M. Monet
Seller: Marisa L. Garib
Date: 05/12/21

272 Main St.
Springfield, MA 01151
Amount: $160,000
Buyer: Jose L. Rodriguez
Seller: VIP Home & Associates LLC
Date: 05/13/21

29 Marble St.
Springfield, MA 01105
Amount: $202,000
Buyer: Shylee Hook
Seller: JJS Capital Investments LLC
Date: 05/11/21

128-130 Massachusetts Ave.
Springfield, MA 01109
Amount: $190,000
Buyer: Stefanie Mejia
Seller: USA HUD
Date: 05/04/21

30 Mazarin St.
Springfield, MA 01151
Amount: $185,000
Buyer: Colleen E. Burkhart
Seller: SRV Properties LLC
Date: 05/13/21

87 Melville St.
Springfield, MA 01104
Amount: $128,000
Buyer: JoeJoe Properties LLC
Seller: Alessandro Calabrese
Date: 05/04/21

247 Merrimac Ave.
Springfield, MA 01104
Amount: $200,000
Buyer: Veronica Garcia
Seller: Gary R. Cutler
Date: 05/13/21

48 Merrill Road
Springfield, MA 01119
Amount: $246,999
Buyer: Maxine Bailey
Seller: Marjorie Moise
Date: 05/06/21

94-96 Mooreland St.
Springfield, MA 01104
Amount: $240,000
Buyer: Whitney S. Blissett
Seller: Jerine Blissett
Date: 05/11/21

191 Navajo Road
Springfield, MA 01109
Amount: $184,000
Buyer: Jody Boss
Seller: Dennis R. Boss
Date: 05/05/21

158-160 Oak Grove Ave.
Springfield, MA 01109
Amount: $310,000
Buyer: Candice Person
Seller: RBT Enterprise LLC
Date: 05/14/21

36 Oak Grove Ave.
Springfield, MA 01109
Amount: $136,000
Buyer: JoeJoe Properties LLC
Seller: Mark Holmes
Date: 05/11/21

248-250 Orange St.
Springfield, MA 01108
Amount: $226,000
Buyer: Maribel Galinato-Wills
Seller: Tat Holdings LLC
Date: 05/14/21

25 Oxford St.
Springfield, MA 01108
Amount: $328,000
Buyer: Marjorie Moise
Seller: Alexey Shishkov
Date: 05/13/21

209 Peekskill Ave.
Springfield, MA 01129
Amount: $265,000
Buyer: Lissamar Cruz
Seller: MBC Properties LLC
Date: 05/07/21

75 Pemaquid St.
Springfield, MA 01119
Amount: $225,000
Buyer: Jose R. Alamo
Seller: Alberto Archeval
Date: 05/07/21

52 Pheland St.
Springfield, MA 01109
Amount: $215,000
Buyer: Nikolas Morissette
Seller: Glen T. Kaplan
Date: 05/12/21

65-67 Phoenix Ter.
Springfield, MA 01104
Amount: $275,000
Buyer: Dorice V. Meyitang
Seller: Richard G. Sorcinelli
Date: 05/03/21

15 Porter St.
Springfield, MA 01104
Amount: $230,000
Buyer: Melissa Arroyo
Seller: Fay C. Maylor
Date: 05/14/21

115 Powell Ave.
Springfield, MA 01118
Amount: $185,000
Buyer: Erin E. Broderick
Seller: Iosif Zenchenko
Date: 05/06/21

5 Randall Place
Springfield, MA 01108
Amount: $225,000
Buyer: Michael A. Ponce
Seller: Jose Ortiz
Date: 05/14/21

96 Rhinebeck Ave.
Springfield, MA 01129
Amount: $250,000
Buyer: Angelica Cruz
Seller: Stanley J. Bys
Date: 05/14/21

104 Roosevelt Ave.
Springfield, MA 01118
Amount: $210,000
Buyer: Daniel Waldbillig
Seller: Saczyk, Elizabeth A., (Estate)
Date: 05/06/21

153 Seymour Ave.
Springfield, MA 01119
Amount: $224,900
Buyer: Dianary Lee
Seller: Issac Agyemang
Date: 05/06/21

46-48 Shawmut St.
Springfield, MA 01108
Amount: $151,500
Buyer: Brital 1987 LLC
Seller: Adrain Calixto
Date: 05/12/21

234 Shawmut St.
Springfield, MA 01108
Amount: $200,000
Buyer: Kyle Yang
Seller: John E. Dempsey
Date: 05/14/21

8 Stebbins St.
Springfield, MA 01109
Amount: $405,000
Buyer: Eridania Arias
Seller: Harvey Bryson
Date: 05/12/21

99 Sunridge Dr.
Springfield, MA 01119
Amount: $212,000
Buyer: Jesus Negron
Seller: Tara N. Adhikari
Date: 05/04/21

125 Sunrise Ter.
Springfield, MA 01108
Amount: $219,000
Buyer: Xavier Diaz
Seller: Bryan B. Bergeron
Date: 05/14/21

84 Sylvan St.
Springfield, MA 01108
Amount: $240,000
Buyer: James Barnes
Seller: Ana D. Serna
Date: 05/03/21

57 Tavistock St.
Springfield, MA 01119
Amount: $242,000
Buyer: Tanasha Edwards
Seller: David M. Laliberte
Date: 05/03/21

47 Vermont St.
Springfield, MA 01108
Amount: $242,000
Buyer: Amy Pagan
Seller: Miguel Rafael
Date: 05/12/21

25 Wells Ave.
Springfield, MA 01119
Amount: $261,000
Buyer: Jesus Pereira
Seller: Jason R. Chapdelaine
Date: 05/14/21

91 Wilber St.
Springfield, MA 01104
Amount: $232,000
Buyer: David Baez-Vega
Seller: Tascon Homes LLC
Date: 05/03/21

93 Wolcott St.
Springfield, MA 01104
Amount: $255,000
Buyer: Paris Burton
Seller: Emerald City Rentals LLC
Date: 05/12/21

76-80 Woodside Ter.
Springfield, MA 01108
Amount: $270,000
Buyer: Maria A. Cotto
Seller: Alycar Investments LLC
Date: 05/04/21

1386-1388 Worcester St.
Springfield, MA 01151
Amount: $130,000
Buyer: CIG 4 LLC
Seller: Michael P. Fraga
Date: 05/04/21

WALES

139 Union Road
Wales, MA 01081
Amount: $233,000
Buyer: Sherri A. Knapik
Seller: Tamara E. Gething
Date: 05/04/21

WEST SPRINGFIELD

1110 Amostown Road
West Springfield, MA 01089
Amount: $329,500
Buyer: Anne Hutchinson
Seller: Matthew M. Paige
Date: 05/10/21

123 Belmont Ave.
West Springfield, MA 01089
Amount: $321,250
Buyer: Christopher Proctor
Seller: Marvin D. Blakley
Date: 05/07/21

86 Lowell St.
West Springfield, MA 01089
Amount: $178,000
Buyer: Nicholas Katsoulis
Seller: John Crean
Date: 05/07/21

57 Meadowbrook Ave.
West Springfield, MA 01089
Amount: $260,000
Buyer: Megan Young
Seller: Grant J. Young
Date: 05/13/21

63 Nelson St.
West Springfield, MA 01089
Amount: $250,000
Buyer: Cindy S. Delgatto
Seller: Brice W. Herrick
Date: 05/06/21

91 Oakland St.
West Springfield, MA 01089
Amount: $295,000
Buyer: Robert Bernier
Seller: Joseph Adamowicz
Date: 05/07/21

162 Ohio Ave.
West Springfield, MA 01089
Amount: $435,000
Buyer: Emma M. Wood
Seller: William J. Stone
Date: 05/04/21

732 Piper Road
West Springfield, MA 01089
Amount: $245,000
Buyer: Ronald Zemtsov
Seller: Kenneth P. Wolff
Date: 05/14/21

116 Poplar Ave.
West Springfield, MA 01089
Amount: $290,000
Buyer: Maria R. Rodrigues
Seller: Ashley Enterprises Inc.
Date: 05/03/21

216 Prospect Ave.
West Springfield, MA 01089
Amount: $281,000
Buyer: Rachel Pike
Seller: Andrew Christopher
Date: 05/14/21

2033 Riverdale St.
West Springfield, MA 01089
Amount: $385,000
Buyer: Sai Leela LLC
Seller: Doctor Swami Corp.
Date: 05/07/21

68 Smyrna St.
West Springfield, MA 01089
Amount: $225,000
Buyer: Paul Rodriguez
Seller: Colin Sokolowski
Date: 05/07/21

125 South Blvd.
West Springfield, MA 01089
Amount: $280,000
Buyer: Max J. Weisenbach
Seller: Ievgenii Gusiev
Date: 05/03/21

2170 Westfield St.
West Springfield, MA 01089
Amount: $280,000
Buyer: Salam A. Zebian
Seller: Lorilee K. Geissler
Date: 05/05/21

WESTFIELD

2 Ascutney Ave.
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $127,900
Buyer: Michele C. Forgey
Seller: Nico Paolucci
Date: 05/14/21

10 Carroll Dr.
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $268,000
Buyer: John R. Costigan
Seller: Robert Martin
Date: 05/05/21

6 Christopher Dr.
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $280,000
Buyer: W. P. Bermejo-Arcentales
Seller: C. U. Bermejo-Arcentales
Date: 05/13/21

3 Dubois St.
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $270,000
Buyer: Jack R. Davis
Seller: David Perez
Date: 05/07/21

11 Evergreen Dr.
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $180,000
Buyer: Sylvain P. Thibault
Seller: Joan Fraczek-Spadoni
Date: 05/03/21

22 Highland View St.
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $178,000
Buyer: Matthew J. Murphy
Seller: Michael J. Griffin
Date: 05/04/21

12 Kelly Dr.
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $448,000
Buyer: Richard C. Hasko
Seller: Charles T. Monnier
Date: 05/13/21

15 Maple St.
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $200,000
Buyer: Michelle Strattner
Seller: Gregory P. Strattner
Date: 05/06/21

3 Mill St.
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $310,000
Buyer: Benjamin J. Duga
Seller: William D. Dansereau
Date: 05/12/21

North Road
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $350,000
Buyer: RYMC LLC
Seller: BDMG LLC
Date: 05/07/21

262 Paper Mill Road
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $285,000
Buyer: Jenna C. Falcetti
Seller: Claire P. Crean
Date: 05/04/21

24 Russell Road
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $215,000
Buyer: Kyle R. Wundt
Seller: Samantha L. Brousseau
Date: 05/14/21

954 Russell Road
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $362,000
Buyer: Andrew Christopher
Seller: Alex Bublik
Date: 05/14/21

212 Southampton Road
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $215,000
Buyer: Sardinhas Constante Realty
Seller: L&S Memorials Inc.
Date: 05/14/21

14 West School St.
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $236,000
Buyer: Robyn Banks
Seller: April Weiss
Date: 05/07/21

78 White St.
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $213,750
Buyer: Sofia J. Chlastawa
Seller: Jean M. Chlastawa
Date: 05/07/21

WILBRAHAM

47 Brainard Road
Wilbraham, MA 01095
Amount: $350,000
Buyer: Darrell R. Levesque
Seller: Elaine J. Gernux
Date: 05/10/21

9 Deer Run Dr.
Wilbraham, MA 01095
Amount: $552,700
Buyer: Ariane E. Hopkinson
Seller: Brian L. Holley
Date: 05/14/21

1182 Glendale Road
Wilbraham, MA 01095
Amount: $368,000
Buyer: Matthew Yacubeck
Seller: Sousa, Robert J. Jr., (Estate)
Date: 05/10/21

8 Herrick Place
Wilbraham, MA 01095
Amount: $460,000
Buyer: Daniel Gaouette
Seller: Pierre E. Beauchamp
Date: 05/14/21

24 Longview Dr.
Wilbraham, MA 01095
Amount: $455,000
Buyer: Kyle Short
Seller: Jason A. Mancuso
Date: 05/14/21

680 Main St.
Wilbraham, MA 01095
Amount: $250,000
Buyer: Karen L. Kubaska
Seller: Brian M. Kibbe
Date: 05/14/21

9 Old Carriage Dr.
Wilbraham, MA 01095
Amount: $359,900
Buyer: Brian M. Kibbe
Seller: Timothy S. Scully
Date: 05/14/21

12 Pidgeon Dr.
Wilbraham, MA 01095
Amount: $374,000
Buyer: Jeffrey Hurley
Seller: Kristen L. Gleason
Date: 05/04/21

8 Stirling Dr.
Wilbraham, MA 01095
Amount: $347,000
Buyer: Teresa Harvey
Seller: Patricia Smith
Date: 05/14/21

1-3 Stony Hill Road
Wilbraham, MA 01095
Amount: $327,000
Buyer: Waylynn T. Garcia
Seller: Pioneer Properties LLC
Date: 05/07/21

HAMPSHIRE COUNTY

AMHERST

52 Blue Hills Road
Amherst, MA 01002
Amount: $351,000
Buyer: Larissa R. Chernock
Seller: Pari Riahi
Date: 05/14/21

615 East Pleasant St.
Amherst, MA 01002
Amount: $345,000
Buyer: Eames Ave LLC
Seller: Andrew W. Best
Date: 05/07/21

77 McClellan St.
Amherst, MA 01002
Amount: $455,000
Buyer: Jayant Taneja
Seller: P. C. & P. F. Schneider IRT
Date: 05/14/21

772 North East St.
Amherst, MA 01002
Amount: $815,000
Buyer: Erica A. Reisig
Seller: Joanne T. Swanson
Date: 05/14/21

63 Pokeberry Ridge
Amherst, MA 01002
Amount: $775,000
Buyer: Abhijit V. Deshmukh
Seller: Brett A. Marquard
Date: 05/07/21

7 Potwine Place
Amherst, MA 01002
Amount: $395,000
Buyer: William E. Barker
Seller: FNMA
Date: 05/05/21

115 Sand Hill Road
Amherst, MA 01002
Amount: $457,000
Buyer: Dan Bevacqua
Seller: Robin A. Morris
Date: 05/12/21

632 South Pleasant St.
Amherst, MA 01002
Amount: $453,500
Buyer: Alexander M. Gontar
Seller: Francis X. Bock
Date: 05/13/21

34 Spaulding St.
Amherst, MA 01002
Amount: $450,000
Buyer: Yair Zick
Seller: Carlson, David R., (Estate)
Date: 05/12/21

544 Station Road
Amherst, MA 01002
Amount: $475,000
Buyer: Nicole C. Pellaton
Seller: Susanne M. Gavin
Date: 05/07/21

Tuckerman Lane
Amherst, MA 01002
Amount: $120,000
Buyer: Luis Builders Inc.
Seller: Phil Potts Roaring Bluff
Date: 05/04/21

BELCHERTOWN

458 Bardwell St.
Belchertown, MA 01007
Amount: $336,000
Buyer: Shufang Chen
Seller: Christopher J. Waldron
Date: 05/03/21

139 Barton Ave.
Belchertown, MA 01007
Amount: $368,000
Buyer: Alison C. West
Seller: Bryan J. Litz
Date: 05/07/21

370 Bay Road
Belchertown, MA 01007
Amount: $400,000
Buyer: Thomas E. Smith
Seller: M&G Land Development LLC
Date: 05/14/21

47 Edelcy Dr.
Belchertown, MA 01007
Amount: $330,000
Buyer: Jacob N. Smith
Seller: Chevalier FT
Date: 05/11/21

726 Franklin St.
Belchertown, MA 01007
Amount: $307,400
Buyer: Jeremy Marmal
Seller: Luke Paull
Date: 05/05/21

64 Magnolia Lane
Belchertown, MA 01007
Amount: $452,400
Buyer: Gene A. Wylie
Seller: J. N. Duquette & Son Construction Inc.
Date: 05/03/21

183 Stebbins St.
Belchertown, MA 01007
Amount: $270,000
Buyer: Casey J. Dunphy
Seller: Jassen M. West
Date: 05/07/21

41 Westview Dr.
Belchertown, MA 01007
Amount: $350,000
Buyer: Bryan J. Litz
Seller: Gary J. Maziarz
Date: 05/07/21

CHESTERFIELD

40 Bisbee Road
Chesterfield, MA 01012
Amount: $320,000
Buyer: Daniel A. Blair
Seller: James F. Fortini
Date: 05/14/21

Ireland St.
Chesterfield, MA 01012
Amount: $200,000
Buyer: Grant Morrow 3rd FT
Seller: Lauren Baldwin
Date: 05/13/21

134 Sugar Hill Road
Chesterfield, MA 01096
Amount: $125,000
Buyer: Dale View Apartments LLC
Seller: Shirley Scott
Date: 05/03/21

CUMMINGTON

629 Berkshire Trail
Cummington, MA 01026
Amount: $130,000
Buyer: Emily Olin
Seller: Lyons, Mark J., (Estate)
Date: 05/05/21

EASTHAMPTON

47 Bryan Ave.
Easthampton, MA 01027
Amount: $372,500
Buyer: Karen A. Johnson
Seller: Amy E. Quinlan
Date: 05/12/21

34-36 Emerald Place
Easthampton, MA 01027
Amount: $136,000
Buyer: Zoe M. Johnson
Seller: Jeffrey W. Snape
Date: 05/03/21

14 Garfield Ave.
Easthampton, MA 01027
Amount: $422,000
Buyer: John J. Sefton
Seller: Francis P. Lepine
Date: 05/12/21

13 Gross Lane
Easthampton, MA 01027
Amount: $304,000
Buyer: Marie Dunn
Seller: Paul R. Wheeler
Date: 05/07/21

108 Line St.
Easthampton, MA 01027
Amount: $350,000
Buyer: Dylan S. Wells
Seller: W. Marek Corp.
Date: 05/10/21

289 Main St.
Easthampton, MA 01027
Amount: $401,000
Buyer: Kyle Taylor
Seller: Harris, Therese A., (Estate)
Date: 05/13/21

29 Mutter St.
Easthampton, MA 01027
Amount: $259,400
Buyer: Megan K. Cater
Seller: Diane Rossini
Date: 05/07/21

34 Rabideau Dr.
Easthampton, MA 01027
Amount: $292,000
Buyer: Jessie Warner
Seller: Tara A. Blondin
Date: 05/14/21

Reservation Road
Easthampton, MA 01027
Amount: $157,000
Buyer: Michael A. Jurkowski
Seller: Michael R. Chunyk
Date: 05/07/21

10 Strong St.
Easthampton, MA 01027
Amount: $278,000
Buyer: Scott A. Thompson
Seller: Michael J. Matrishon
Date: 05/03/21

8-14 Terrace View
Easthampton, MA 01027
Amount: $410,000
Buyer: Nicholas D. Duprey
Seller: Ethier FT
Date: 05/03/21

44 Ward Ave.
Easthampton, MA 01027
Amount: $176,000
Buyer: Bernd H. Gottschalk
Seller: Bogdanski, Joanne J., (Estate)
Date: 05/04/21

23 Water Lane
Easthampton, MA 01027
Amount: $239,000
Buyer: William Archambeault
Seller: Scott N. Phaneuf
Date: 05/07/21

GRANBY

7 Darrel Ave.
Granby, MA 01033
Amount: $200,000
Buyer: Shane A. Clark
Seller: Lovern, Donald J., (Estate)
Date: 05/10/21

HADLEY

6 Crestview Dr.
Hadley, MA 01035
Amount: $340,000
Buyer: Brendan M. Henrich
Seller: Roohina V. Seihoun
Date: 05/03/21

2 High Meadow Road
Hadley, MA 01035
Amount: $559,000
Buyer: Joseph R. Polino
Seller: Bethany L. Jacques
Date: 05/14/21

26 Mount Warner Road
Hadley, MA 01035
Amount: $542,000
Buyer: 26 Mt Warner RT
Seller: Jeffrey T. Reynolds
Date: 05/14/21

River Dr.
Hadley, MA 01035
Amount: $180,000
Buyer: Joseph J. Czajkowski
Seller: Marilyn E. Larose TR
Date: 05/06/21

HATFIELD

19 Pleasant View Dr.
Hatfield, MA 01038
Amount: $450,000
Buyer: Katherine M. Horan
Seller: Dzialo, Frederick J. Sr., (Estate)
Date: 05/06/21

HUNTINGTON

7 Pine St.
Huntington, MA 01050
Amount: $200,000
Buyer: Andrew Roberts
Seller: Sarah C. West
Date: 05/05/21

66 Searle Road
Huntington, MA 01050
Amount: $265,200
Buyer: Nathan Labay
Seller: Lone Creek Properties LLC
Date: 05/06/21

MIDDLEFIELD

13 Becket Road
Middlefield, MA 01243
Amount: $200,000
Buyer: Tyler J. Main
Seller: Pensivy, Michael F. Jr., (Estate)
Date: 05/05/21

NORTHAMPTON

73 Blackberry Lane
Northampton, MA 01060
Amount: $400,000
Buyer: Linda Patterson
Seller: Deborah R. Donahue
Date: 05/14/21

16 Butler Place
Northampton, MA 01060
Amount: $670,000
Buyer: Kellyanne R. Mahoney
Seller: Ruddeforth FT
Date: 05/13/21

151 Chestnut St.
Northampton, MA 01062
Amount: $295,000
Buyer: Emily K. Brennan
Seller: Daniel E. Hewins
Date: 05/07/21

337 Elm St.
Northampton, MA 01060
Amount: $850,000
Buyer: Daniel T. Roach
Seller: Patrick J. Lonsway
Date: 05/03/21

23 Fair St.
Northampton, MA 01060
Amount: $442,000
Buyer: Lia Yanis
Seller: Chenyeh Huang
Date: 05/14/21

26 Finn St.
Northampton, MA 01060
Amount: $235,000
Buyer: Abraxas RT
Seller: Peter C. Volpe
Date: 05/07/21

63 Florence Road
Northampton, MA 01062
Amount: $239,300
Buyer: Dey Summer
Seller: Steven P. Jones
Date: 05/13/21

30 Hawthorne Ter.
Northampton, MA 01062
Amount: $682,000
Buyer: Daniel L. Fierst
Seller: Jennifer A. Samolewicz
Date: 05/03/21

2 Main St.
Northampton, MA 01062
Amount: $440,000
Buyer: 2 Main Street RT
Seller: Sheridan Real Estate LLC
Date: 05/12/21

117 Olander Dr. #3B
Northampton, MA 01060
Amount: $355,300
Buyer: Nancy L. Lowe
Seller: Sunwood Development Corp.
Date: 05/03/21

83 Pomeroy Ter.
Northampton, MA 01060
Amount: $814,000
Buyer: Steven M. Waksman
Seller: Deborah M. Henson
Date: 05/07/21

120 River Road
Northampton, MA 01053
Amount: $2,200,000
Buyer: Eric Properties LLC
Seller: Equinox Partners LLC
Date: 05/12/21

66 Sherman Ave.
Northampton, MA 01060
Amount: $599,900
Buyer: Joan Dalin
Seller: CTNA Construction LLC
Date: 05/06/21

284 Spring St.
Northampton, MA 01062
Amount: $330,000
Buyer: Steven M. Sanderson
Seller: Ward FT
Date: 05/07/21

628 Westhampton Road
Northampton, MA 01062
Amount: $530,000
Buyer: Jordy Rosenberg
Seller: Jeffrey M. Gnatek
Date: 05/13/21

PELHAM

200 Daniel Shays Hwy.
Pelham, MA 01002
Amount: $712,000
Buyer: Timothy E. Montgomery
Seller: Mark M. Santos
Date: 05/07/21

SOUTH HADLEY

35 Chestnut Hill Road
South Hadley, MA 01075
Amount: $360,000
Buyer: Josh M. Rilla
Seller: Joseph D. Canina
Date: 05/03/21

19 Cornell St.
South Hadley, MA 01075
Amount: $265,000
Buyer: Chad A. Furman
Seller: Thomas A. Heim
Date: 05/14/21

36 Dale St.
South Hadley, MA 01075
Amount: $214,000
Buyer: Gilroy Prop Renewal Inc.
Seller: Francis J. Galat
Date: 05/05/21

5 Enterprise St.
South Hadley, MA 01075
Amount: $300,000
Buyer: Mark J. Burton
Seller: Brital 1987 LLC
Date: 05/13/21

105 Pittroff Ave.
South Hadley, MA 01075
Amount: $340,600
Buyer: Genevieve Sarnak
Seller: Susan E. Labonte
Date: 05/13/21

14 Saybrook Circle
South Hadley, MA 01075
Amount: $225,000
Buyer: John R. Spear
Seller: Brian R. Stoffer
Date: 05/06/21

193 Woodbridge St.
South Hadley, MA 01075
Amount: $333,573
Buyer: Susan D. Sachs
Seller: Kathleen S. Monast
Date: 05/13/21

SOUTHAMPTON

Edwards Road
Southampton, MA 01073
Amount: $185,000
Buyer: Alan M. Dzialo
Seller: Margaret A. Papalegis
Date: 05/04/21

Fitch Farm Way #4
Southampton, MA 01073
Amount: $175,000
Buyer: Thomas Quinlan
Seller: RGB Industries Inc.
Date: 05/03/21

150 Russellville Road
Southampton, MA 01073
Amount: $375,000
Buyer: Jill M. Thurman
Seller: Brendan J. Sheehan
Date: 05/07/21

WARE

3 East St.
Ware, MA 01082
Amount: $305,000
Buyer: GDS Realty LLC
Seller: CEP Real Estate LLC
Date: 05/14/21

5-7 East St.
Ware, MA 01082
Amount: $305,000
Buyer: GDS Realty LLC
Seller: CEP Real Estate LLC
Date: 05/14/21

9 East St.
Ware, MA 01082
Amount: $305,000
Buyer: GDS Realty LLC
Seller: CEP Real Estate LLC
Date: 05/14/21

261 Greenwich Road
Ware, MA 01082
Amount: $312,000
Buyer: Tyler Chick
Seller: Jacob J. Perron
Date: 05/14/21

61 Hardwick Pond Road
Ware, MA 01082
Amount: $227,300
Buyer: Shawn Cantwell
Seller: Brown, Patrick J., (Estate)
Date: 05/13/21

6 Highland St.
Ware, MA 01082
Amount: $250,000
Buyer: Hailee B. Brohman
Seller: Foley Capital LLC
Date: 05/03/21

42 West Main St.
Ware, MA 01082
Amount: $255,500
Buyer: Alexis Lane
Seller: New England Equities LLC
Date: 05/14/21

44 Warebrook Village
Ware, MA 01082
Amount: $125,000
Buyer: Colton Rier
Seller: Gerald R. Harrington
Date: 05/12/21

70 West St.
Ware, MA 01082
Amount: $164,000
Buyer: Jeff Bousquet
Seller: Diane M. Frazier
Date: 05/14/21

WORTHINGTON

438 Kinnebrook Road
Worthington, MA 01098
Amount: $349,000
Buyer: John J. McDonagh
Seller: John H. Fritz
Date: 05/03/21

265 Ridge Road
Worthington, MA 01098
Amount: $480,000
Buyer: Tardigrade LT
Seller: James A. Ryan
Date: 05/03/21

Daily News

LONGMEADOW — Bay Path University announced that Shannon McCarty will join the university as vice president for Academic Affairs, effective July 12. Her appointment comes after a comprehensive nationwide search led by the firm Academic Search and supported by a 12-member faculty and staff cross-functional search committee.

McCarty comes to Bay Path from National University in La Jolla, Calif., where she serves as vice president, Teaching and Learning, and associate vice president for the Center of Innovation. Prior to that, she held several positions of increasing responsibility over 10 years at Rio Salado College in Tempe, Ariz., from residential faculty, Biology, to faculty chair, Physical Science Department, to her last appointment as dean of Instruction and Academic Affairs.

“Dr. McCarty is a transformative leader who brings an innovative mindset to her work and is passionate about student success and outcomes,” said Sandra Doran, president of Bay Path University. “Her breadth of experience across curriculum development, program implementation, grant administration, student-experience optimization, and data-driven predictive-analytics decision making, together with her collaborative leadership style, makes her the ideal person to join Bay Path at this exciting, pivotal juncture as we launch our new strategic plan and move forward in an increasingly competitive marketplace.”

As vice president for Academic Affairs, McCarty will be responsible for creating a shared vision that fosters innovation in an environment of collegiality and cooperation; developing a sustainable business and educational model that strengthens the fiscal health of the institution, building on existing assets in response to changes in the macro-environment; championing diversity equity and inclusion at the policy and curricular level to create a welcoming environment for all students, faculty, and staff; and ensuring alignment of curricular content and modalities with student and workforce needs.

McCarty earned her Ph.D. in professional studies from Capella University, her master of education degree in educational leadership from Arizona State University, and her bachelor’s degree in biology and chemistry from the University of Arizona.

“I am inspired by Bay Path’s innovative and forward-thinking approach to supporting its diverse student population across all divisions with a focus on workforce readiness,” McCarty said. “I look forward to the opportunity to bring strategic initiatives forward; to continue creating exceptional student experiences while advancing Bay Path’s diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts; collaborating with faculty and staff; and building partnerships with the community while ensuring financial sustainability as the higher-education model continues to shift and expand.”

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WEST SPRINGFIELD — The Massachusetts Society of Certified Public Accountants (MSCPA) announced that Julie Quink, CPA, CFE, was elected to the board of directors for its 2021-22 fiscal year.

Quink is managing principal at Burkhart, Pizzanelli, P.C., where she is responsible for attestation practices, including performing and supervising engagements. The MSCPA board of directors is a group of 19 elected members that sets policies, manages programs, and oversees activities that benefit the 11,000-member organization and accounting profession in Massachusetts.

“The MSCPA’s board of directors are a remarkable diverse group of individuals who play a vital role in shaping the priorities of the society and truly want to better the profession,” said Amy Pitter, president and CEO of the MSCPA. “I am thrilled to have Julie on the board and look forward to seeing how her leadership will continue to benefit the society, community, and the profession in the year ahead.”

With more than 30 years of experience in public accounting and three years of private, corporate accounting experience, Quink performs and consults on fraud and forensic engagements. In addition, she is involved in the accounting and consulting aspects of the practice and manages engagements of various sizes and complexity. She also performs services relative to forensic and fraud-related engagements.

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HOLYOKE — River Valley Counseling Center (RVCC), a multi-faceted mental-health agency, will hold its sixth annual golf tournament fundraiser on Friday, Sept. 10 at 10:30 a.m. at East Mountain Country Club in Westfield. The event is presented by Action Ambulance Service Inc.

“Funds raised will support the programs that we provide to children and teens in the community, in schools, and through local partnerships,” said Rosemarie Ansel, RVCC’s executive director. “The event is a great time for participants, both on and off the course.”

The cost per golfer is $100 and includes greens fees, a golf cart, a gift bag, lunch, and dinner. Golfers will also be able to participate in course contests and a raffle. Registration will begin at 9 a.m. with a 10:30 a.m. shotgun start. Sponsorship opportunities are available. Visit rvccinc.org/golf for more information and to register or sponsor online.

The Journal of American Medical Association Pediatrics indicated that as many as one in six U.S. children between the ages of 6 and 17 have a treatable mental-health disorder such as depression, anxiety, or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Over the past year, RVCC has provided uninterrupted essential services to the most vulnerable children and teens throughout the Pioneer Valley. RVCC has kept offices open safely for those requesting in-person appointments, successfully introduced virtual care and telehealth services, and provided counseling programs and activities to students in RVCC-partnering school districts throughout Hampden and Hampshire counties.

With the addition of Westfield Public Schools this past fall, RVCC now provides 11 school districts with mental-health counseling to students during the school day. RVCC expanded further into the Greater Westfield area with a new outpatient clinic, which opened in April. Recently, RVCC also partnered with the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Holyoke to provide counseling services to children who are club members.

Support of RVCC’s sixth annual golf tournament, the organization’s premier fundraising event, will directly impact the children, teens, and families who receive RVCC’s compassionate, innovative, and life-changing services.

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HADLEY — Paragus IT has always defined its core services as the ‘three pillars of IT’: on-demand support, security and compliance, and strategic planning. It announced it has launched a new division to support a fourth pillar: automation.

A process can be automated if it is repetitive in nature, doesn’t require logical thinking or human intervention for completion, and has the potential for costly human error or inconsistency. Potential automated processes for businesses include appointment booking, employee scheduling and onboarding, issue tracking and resolution, social-media activity, and much more.

“Every business has at least a handful of manual processes that could benefit from being completely automated,” Paragus CEO Delcie Bean said. “Automation can substantially save time and money while increasing accuracy, efficiency, and profitability. We are more than an outsourced IT vendor for our clients — we’re a strategic partner. By lightening their workload and eliminating these time-consuming tasks, we’re helping our clients devote additional time and resources to focusing on more important things.”

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SPRINGFIELDBusinessWest’s 15th annual 40 Under Forty gala will take place at the Log Cabin Banquet & Meeting House in Holyoke on Thursday, Sept. 23.

Tickets cost $80 per person. This is expected to be a sellout event, and tickets will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis. To reserve a spot, call (413) 781-8600, or e-mail [email protected].

The class of 2021 was introduced to the region in the magazine’s May 12 issue, and the profiles may be read online at businesswest.com.

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Samuel Ortiz

WARE — Country Bank announced that Samuel Ortiz has joined its Commercial Lending division. A 40-year veteran of the commercial-lending industry, Ortiz is an experienced business-development leader serving Western and Central Mass. He earned an associate degree in business administration from Springfield Technical Community College (STCC) and has attended various banking and financial programs throughout his career, including the School of Finance and Management at Fairfield University. He is also a Certified Internal Auditor.

Prior to joining Country Bank, Ortiz worked for Common Capital, where he was responsible for all aspects of business-loan operations. He also owned his own consulting firm, where he provided small-business loan underwriting, as a consultant, to the Western Massachusetts Enterprise Fund in Greenfield.

“I truly enjoy working with small and mid-sized businesses seeking opportunities to enhance and grow their businesses,” Ortiz said. “Being proactive, creative, and looking outside the box to identify opportunities in helping existing and new customers brings me great satisfaction and pride.”

Miriam Siegel, first senior vice president, Human Resources, added that “welcoming Sam to the small-business lending team at Country Bank is very exciting for us. He has an extensive background working with business owners to develop business plans and financing strategies and, in the process, building long-term partnerships. These partnerships are what define Country Bank, and Sam is a valuable addition to our team and exemplifies our iSTEP corporate values of integrity, service, teamwork, excellence, and prosperity. We are pleased that he has chosen Country Bank to be his employer of choice.”

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CHICOPEE — Elms College will host its fourth annual Executive Leadership Breakfast on Friday, June 11 at 7:30 a.m. The program will begin at 8 a.m.

Attendance in person is by invitation only, and attendees will adhere to ElmsSafe protocols. To see the livestream of the event, visit form.jotform.com/211195021547146.

The keynote speaker at the breakfast will be Baystate Health President and CEO Dr. Mark Keroack, whose talk is titled “The New Normal: What Will It Be and When Will It Be Here?”

“The entire nation is experiencing this transition to the new normal as more and more of the COVID restrictions are released. Given his leadership at the state level in the effort to fight the pandemic, Dr. Mark Keroack is perfectly placed to help Western Massachusetts leaders discern what we can expect post-pandemic,” said Harry Dumay, president of Elms College.

Under Keroack’s leadership, Baystate Health has expanded the reach and variety of its clinical services, incorporating two new community hospitals. He is a graduate of Amherst College and Harvard Medical School and received his master’s degree in public health from Boston University. Keroack serves on several local boards focused on improving quality of life in his native Springfield and across Western Mass., as well as on several state and national boards.

The Executive Leadership Breakfast is an annual event featuring talks by the region’s leaders on topics of relevance to area businesses and the economy of Western Mass. Sponsors of the June 11 event include Westfield Bank, Chicopee Savings Bank Charitable Foundation, O’Connell Oil Associates, Baystate Health, Big Y, Marois Construction, Health New England, Freedom Credit Union, the O’Connell Companies, Aramark, Collins Electric Co., Fuss & O’Neill, Discount Office Furniture, Polish National Credit Union, and Teddy Bear Pools & Spas.

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NORTH ADAMS — From Tuesday, June 1 to Thursday, June 17, the MCLA Institute for the Arts and Humanities will host its annual Summer Symposium, a series of four events on the theme of accountability.

The series will close on June 17 from 2-4 p.m. with an experiential poetry workshop offered by the Mastheads, led by architect Tessa Kelly and poet Sarah Trudgeon. The workshop will launch INSCAPES, a year-long, regional campaign designed to highlight the creativity of all residents across the Berkshires through public poetry prompts and text-based art installations.

Following the workshop, any Berkshire resident can engage with the poetry prompt and enter an original poem on the INSCAPES website. The prompt asks, “what defines the Berkshires for those who live here?” Entrants should write a couplet (a two-line poem) about a specific place in Berkshire County. From the poems submitted on the website, three to six will be selected and featured on billboards designed by the Mastheads and installed throughout the Berkshires. Others will be included in an original video to be screened outdoors at the Pittsfield Common on Saturday, July 24 before a live screening of “Tanglewood in the City.”

Closing out the campaign later this fall, the Mastheads will facilitate an INSCAPES poetry workshop with MCLA students and install their work on Mastheads-designed flags around the MCLA campus.

Registration for the June 17 kickoff poetry workshop can be accessed by clicking here.

To submit an INSCAPE couplet, visit www.themastheads.org/inscapes.

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SPRINGFIELD — In the spring of 2017, the Healthcare News and its sister publication, BusinessWest, created a new and exciting recognition program called Healthcare Heroes.

It was launched with the theory that there are heroes working all across this region’s wide, deep, and all-important healthcare sector, and that there was no shortage of fascinating stories to tell and individuals and groups to honor. That theory has certainly been validated.

But there are hundreds, perhaps thousands of heroes whose stories we still need to tell, especially in these times, when the COVID-19 pandemic has brought many types of heroes to the forefront. And that’s where you come in.

Nominations for the class of 2021 are due Thursday, June 24, and we encourage you to get involved and help recognize someone you consider to be a hero in the community we call Western Mass. in one (or more) of these seven categories:

• Patient/Resident/Client Care Provider;

• Health/Wellness Administrator/Administration;

• Emerging Leader;

• Community Health;

• Innovation in Health/Wellness;

• Collaboration in Health/Wellness; and

• Lifetime Achievement.

Our Healthcare Heroes event is presented by Elms College. Nominations can be submitted by clicking here. For more information, contact Jennifer Godaire, Marketing and Events Director, at (413) 781-8600, ext. 100, or [email protected].

Business Talk Podcast Special Coverage

We are excited to announce that BusinessWest, in partnership with Living Local, has launched a new podcast series, BusinessTalk. Each episode will feature in-depth interviews and discussions with local industry leaders, providing thoughtful perspectives on the Western Massachuetts economy and the many business ventures that keep it running during these challenging times.

Episode 67: Monday, June 7, 2021

George O’Brien talks with John Doleva, president and CEO of the Basketball Hall of Fame

BusinessWest editor George O’Brien talks with John Doleva, president and CEO of the Basketball Hall of Fame. The two discuss the state’s New Normal stage of reopening, new exhibits at the Hall, and how 2021 is shaping up as a strong, memorable  year for the shrine. It’s must listening, so tune in to BusinessTalk, a podcast presented by BusinessWest in partnership with Living Local.

 

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SPRINGFIELD — Springfield Technical Community College (STCC) named an interim vice president of Advancement and External Affairs, a leadership position that oversees institution-sustaining efforts, engagement writ large, and strategic communication.

Shai Butler

Shai Butler, who starts June 7, will work closely with STCC President John Cook to support the college’s mission. In this role, Butler will carry a portfolio that includes fundraising, governmental relations, strategic marketing, branding, and communication. The role also ensures deep connections with the STCC Foundation, and Butler carries the dual title of executive director of the STCC Foundation.

“We’re thrilled that Dr. Butler is joining us at STCC,” Cook said. “She brings tremendous intellect, along with a wealth of experience in higher education, to this role. Particularly impressive is her understanding of fundraising and community outreach, as well as her leadership of equity initiatives, which are so prominent in our mission at STCC.”

Butler most recently served as vice president for Student Development at the College of Saint Rose in Albany, N.Y.

Jennifer Brown, president of the STCC Foundation board of directors, said the board is looking forward to working with Butler. “The foundation board is pleased to welcome Dr. Shai Butler to Springfield Technical Community College. She will be a strong asset to enhance and support the mission of the STCC Foundation.”

Butler is no stranger to Western Mass.; her husband, Odo Butler, worked at American International College from 2018 to 2020, and they have enjoyed camping trips to Becket.

“I’m excited about joining STCC and looking forward to meeting faculty, students, staff, as well as the many partners in the community, government, education, and industry,” Butler said. “STCC is a gem for Greater Springfield, and I look forward to supporting its goals and mission in my role at the college.”

Known by her students as “Dr. Shai,” Butler led the creation of the division of Student Development at the College of Saint Rose, where she had worked in various leadership roles since 2007. For many years, she served as the chief diversity officer. She began her career in higher education at the University at Albany – State University of New York, where she worked for over a decade, and where she previously earned a bachelor’s degree in English and a master’s degree in educational administration and policy studies. In 2014, she earned a doctoral degree in law and policy at Northeastern University in Boston.

A speaker, writer, and influencer on diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), as well as women’s leadership, mentorship, sponsorship, and professional development, Butler is an executive contributor for higheredjobs.com. In addition, her research on educational access for low-income students opened the door for her to join 60 educators at a 2014 White House conference on increasing the number of youth and traditional college-aged students of color majoring in STEM fields.