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Ameristar Casinos Announces Agreement to Purchase Former Westinghouse Site
LAS VEGAS — In anticipation of the legalization of casino gaming in Massachusetts, Ameristar Casinos Inc. (NASDAQ-GS: ASCA) announced last week it has entered into a definitive agreement to purchase land in Springfield, Mass., with the intent to apply for the sole casino license for Western Mass. and, if awarded, build a luxury hotel and entertainment resort. “This is a great opportunity for Ameristar to build on a one-of-a-kind site within the city limits of Springfield, a city that would greatly benefit from an economic development project of this magnitude,” said Gordon Kanofsky, Ameristar’s CEO. “There are not many attractive new-market growth opportunities for casino companies, and this one in particular fits squarely within the Ameristar business model as an upscale regional destination casino operator.” Ameristar has agreed to purchase the 41-acre site at Page Boulevard and Interstate 291 (the former Westinghouse complex) for $16 million from an affiliate of the O’Connell Development Group Inc., which had anticipated a large-scale retail project on the site. Since Westinghouse vacated the property in 1970, it had been utilized for light industrial purposes, but more recently had been vacant. The buildings on the site are being razed, and the property will be delivered to Ameristar substantially ready for construction. Ameristar’s development plans are preliminary but are expected to include a state-of-the-art casino continuously updated with the newest and most popular slot machines and a variety of table games, a luxury hotel, a diverse offering of dining venues, retail outlets, entertainment and meeting space, and structured parking. “As with all of our other properties, we look forward to partnering with the city and community to ensure our project visually complements the surrounding neighborhood and suitable street improvements are made to accommodate increased traffic in the area,” said Kanofsky. Subject to the satisfactory completion of Ameristar’s due diligence, the closing of the purchase is expected to occur in January 2012. Ameristar Casinos  has eight casino hotel properties primarily serving guests from Colorado, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska and Nevada.

Poll: Palmer Resort Casino Favored Over Springfield Venue
WILBRAHAM — By a margin of 61.4% to 42.5%, residents of four Western Massachusetts counties who have visited a casino during the past two years would prefer visiting a Palmer destination resort casino over a Springfield venue, should gaming become legalized. Market Street Research of Northampton conducted the survey from Oct. 20-26. The survey included 350 residents of the four counties with a margin of error between 3.1% and 5.2%, according to Julie Pokela, principle of Market Street Research. “We interviewed those who have visited a casino, and who don’t live in either Palmer or Springfield, determining preference in Western Massachusetts between a possible Palmer or Springfield resort casino,” said Pokela. The survey also found that a large majority of residents of Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden, and Hampshire, 75.8%, have visited a resort casino, while 23.9% have never visited a casino. Of those who have visited a casino during the past two years, nearly half, 48.5%, have visited two or more times. The Mohegan Sun has proposed a resort casino for Palmer on 152 acres of land owned by The Northeast Group, and Penn Gaming recently announced interest in a Springfield casino venue. “One of the considerations was to determine if the public prefers venues ‘in the woods’ such as Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods or in urban areas such as Springfield,” said Paul Robbins, public relations consultant to Northeast. “The survey was designed to determine preference among those in Western Mass. who are located within an hour’s drive of both Palmer and Springfield.”

October Employment “Stable”
WASHINGTON — The nation’s labor market posted stable growth in October, according to Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis. “The economy added 104,000 private sector jobs last month, and we also added 102,000 more jobs than had previously been reported in August and September,” said Solis in a statement. The unemployment rate dropped to 9%, its lowest level in six months. “The number of long-term unemployed — defined as Americans out of work for 27 weeks or more — fell by 366,000 in October, the biggest drop since 1948,” she said. Additionally, the jobless rate for African-Americans dropped a percentage point to 15.1%, its lowest level since August 2009. “We’ve now created 2.8 million jobs over 20 consecutive months of private sector growth, including more than 1 million jobs this year alone,” she said. GDP growth in the third quarter was 2.5% — the fastest rate in more than a year and nearly twice that of the previous quarter. Businesses reported significantly fewer layoffs in October. Consumer and business spending are both up, reflecting Americans’ increased confidence in our recovery progress. “Unfortunately, we continue to see job losses in government and construction, both areas where passage of the American Jobs Act would have a direct and immediate effect on job creation,” said Solis. Overall, non-farm payroll added 80,000 jobs in October, reflecting the loss of 24,000 government jobs and 20,000 jobs in construction. “The policies this administration has pursued have added jobs back into the economy, but the pace of our recovery continues to be influenced by the failure of Congress to pass legislation to put Americans back to work,” she said. In the week ending Oct. 29, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 397,000, a decrease of 9,000 from the previous week’s revised figure of 406,000. The total number of people claiming benefits in all programs for the week ending Oct. 15 was 6,781,960, an increase of 103,117 from the previous week. Extended benefits were available in Alabama, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Washington, West Virginia, and Wisconsin during the week ending Oct. 15.

Census: Re-Emergence of Concentrated Poverty in Local Cities
SPRINGFIELD — As the first decade of the 2000s drew to a close, the two downturns that bookended the period, combined with slow job growth between, clearly took their toll on the nation’s less fortunate residents, according to a new report, The Re-Emergence of Concentrated Poverty: Metropolitan Trends in the 2000s, by the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program. Over a 10-year span, the country saw the poor population grow by 12.3 million, driving the total number of Americans in poverty to a historic high of 46.2 million. By the end of the decade, more than 15% of the nation’s population lived below the federal poverty line — $22,314 for a family of four in 2010 — though these increases did not occur evenly throughout the country. An analysis of data on neighborhood poverty from the 2005-09 American Community Surveys and Census 2000 reveals that: After declining in the 1990s, the population in extreme-poverty neighborhoods — where at least 40% of individuals live below the poverty line — rose by one-third from 2000 to 2005-09. By the end of the period, 10.5% of poor people nationwide lived in such neighborhoods, up from 9.1% in 2000, but still well below the 14.1% rate in 1990. For the Springfield metropolitan area, which includes Holyoke, a total population of 520,801 included 58,565 classified as “poor” while 16,311 were classified as “poor in extreme poverty.” The extreme poverty areas in Springfield cited in the report included the neighborhoods of Brightwood, Memorial Square, McKnight, Old Hill, Six Corners, Lower Liberty Heights and the South End. In Holyoke, tracts considered in extreme poverty were bordered by Interstate 391, Beech Street and the Connecticut River. Local officials have cited the weak economy and job losses as reasons for these extreme poverty neighborhoods. The report noted that in the past decade, the Springfield Metropolitan Area has seen a 2% increase in concentrated poverty neighborhoods.

Departments People on the Move

Josiah B. Neiderbach recently joined the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission in Springfield as a Land Use and Environment Planner.
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Lynn Brown

Lynn Brown

Lynn Brown has been appointed First Vice President of Commercial Banking at PeoplesBank in Holyoke. Brown joins PeoplesBank with more than 26 years of experience in the financial-services industry. She is a seasoned commercial banking professional who has worked in the area for the majority of her career. At her previous position, Brown was responsible for managing a commercial-loan portfolio totaling more than $85 million. She is the chair of the board of directors for the Behavioral Health Network and is a member the board of directors for the East Longmeadow Education Endowment Fund.
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Amy B. Royal has been named a Director of Aditus Inc., a community-based education and employment agency serving individuals with developmental disabilities. She is a Senior Partner at Royal LLP, a management-side labor- and employment-law firm.
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Nancy Milkey

Nancy Milkey

Nancy Milkey, PG, LSP, has been named Tighe & Bond’s Technical Practice Leader for the Environmental Practice Group. In this role, she coordinates and champions the Westfield firm’s extensive environmental-assessment capabilities and ensures the group stays abreast of local, state, and federal regulations that impact clients. She is a registered brownfields professional, a Massachusetts-licensed site professional, and a professional geologist in New Hampshire.
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Alicia M. Szenda has been appointed Director of Sales at the Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau. She previously served as Group Sales Manager. In her new position, Szenda manages convention and meetings sales for all member properties in the Pioneer Valley, and serves as the hotel liaison for the TEAM Springfield sales strategy for conventions. She will also coordinate group tour activities for the bureau.
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Elisabeth E. Johnson has been appointed by TD Bank as Vice President, Portfolio Manager in Commercial Real Estate in Springfield. She is responsible for managing a $280 million portfolio of commercial mortgages and lines of credit, as well as credit administration, risk management, and compliance of existing loans.
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Katya Cerar has been named Director of Transition Aged Youth Services at ServiceNet.
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United Bank, based in West Springfield, announced the following:
Donna George-Ebbeling

Donna George-Ebbeling

• Donna George-Ebbeling has been named Senior Vice President and Chief Credit Officer. She brings with her more than 25 years of banking experience in credit administration, most recently with People’s United Bank and previously with the former Bank of Boston. Her experience includes credit analysis, management of regional credit departments, and risk-management responsibilities.
• Donna Easton-Vicalvi has been promoted to Vice President, Government Banking. A former town treasurer with more than 15 years experience in municipal government and banking when she joined United Bank in 2008 as assistant vice president of government banking, Easton-Vicalvi has since built and maintained significant customer relationships with numerous municipalities in the surrounding area. She also plays an active role with various industry and community organizations.

Opinion
The Challenge for Domenic Sarno

When Springfield officials set the wheels in motion for a charter change that would double the length of mayoral terms in office to four years, we heralded the move as a tremendous opportunity for the city.
The sea change would enable the corner office holder to act and govern without the many pressures and limitations — real and imagined — that are part and parcel to running for re-election every two years.
Now, Domenic Sarno has that opportunity. We urge him to make the most of it, and we expect that he will. Indeed, he will welcome the breathing room and operating room that a four-year term provides, and in the meantime, we expect that he’ll be spending a lot less time over the next several years talking about how resilient the city is and how it plans to bounce back from the latest natural disaster;  the city is certainly due for a break.
Sarno’s four-year mission is rather simple, yet also quite complex: create real progress as this city, like many major Northeast urban centers that were once manufacturing centers, tries to reinvent itself. The main goal (again, simple to say but quite difficult to do) is make the City of Homes a place where people want to live and companies want to do business.
That’s it. There are myriad specific assignments and goals — improving schools and reducing a cripplingly high drop-out rate; making the streets safer; revitalizing neighborhoods; re-invigorating the downtown; and bringing more people out of poverty — but they are merely the means to accomplish those primary objectives.
Reversing a city’s fortunes certainly isn’t easy, but there is plenty of evidence that it can be done here. In the ’70s, Boston was one of the poorest cities in the nation, a community people were fleeing; now it’s among the wealthiest. Two decades ago, Cambridge was among the least-popular mailing addresses for businesses, and especially startups, in the state. Now, it’s one of the most popular. Only 15 years ago, Lowell was experiencing another in a seemingly endless string of declines. Now, it has become a model for urban revival that many cities are trying to emulate, following enormous success with those two basic missions listed above.
The common denominator in each case was hard work, effective planning, and realization that there are no short cuts and no silver bullets. In Springfield, this means resisting the inevitable proposals to place a casino here — perhaps even in the embattled, tornado-ravaged South End, where a casino will be billed as a savior  — and going about urban revitalization the old-fashioned way.
Jobs are at the heart of this assignment, as they are in every other city in this region, and across the country for that matter, and what the city needs is a multi-faceted approach to address this concern by focusing on several fronts: from workforce training, to creating a downtown that will attract and retain young professionals; from fostering a much stronger creative economy, to transforming the city’s ethnic diversity into a real asset.
There are other pieces to this puzzle — everything from effective marketing of the city and its attributes to increasing the inventory of market-rate housing in and around downtown — and they need to be addressed simultaneously.
The good news, as we said at the top, is that the mayor now has more time and freedom from the pressures of constant re-election campaigns with which to operate. That’s not a license to take one’s foot off the gas, but it is an opportunity to govern more effectively and aggressively.
It’s now up to Sarno to seize that opportunity.

Company Notebook Departments

Easthampton Savings Bank Surpasses $936M in Assets
EASTHAMPTON — At the end of the third quarter, Easthampton Savings Bank had total assets of $936 million, according to William S. Hogan, Jr., president and CEO. Assets were up more than $86 million from a year ago, an increase of 10%. Also, over the past year, total loans increased 8% or almost $49 million, an increase of almost $18 million over the last quarter. Total loans now stand at $635 million. Hogan noted that the bank’s deposit growth was more than $87 million or 13% from a year ago. Deposits were up almost $11 million for the quarter. Total deposits now stand at $755 million. “This past quarter has been another successful one,” said Hogan in a statement. “We achieve this level of success with exceptional employees and support from all of the communities we call home.” Hogan added that bank officials look forward to completing the year on an “up note” with strong performance.

Big Y Foods Opens
Store in Lee
LEE — Big Y Foods opened a 45,900-square-foot World Class Market at 10 Pleasant St. on Nov. 3, at the site of the former truck stop Diesel Dan’s. The new Big Y reflects today’s modern supermarket standards along with an in-store pharmacy, prepared meals section and eat-in cafe, according to store director Steve Gigliotti. Additionally, there is 5,000 square feet of retail space that is available for a future tenant. Cocca Development of Boardman, Ohio, served as general contractor for the expansion in conjunction with several local subcontractors for the completion of the $15 million development. Gigliotti and his team has hired approximately 150 employees to operate the store. The hours of operation will be 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Big Y’s pharmacy will accept most major insurance plans and will be managed by Darice Taxter, R.Ph., along with John Graham, R.Ph. Wellness services include flu shots, total cholesterol and blood pressure, glucose and body fat and osteo with blood pressure. Pharmacy hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sundays. As part of Big Y’s grand opening celebration, the four schools in Lee each received $500 as part of the company’s longstanding commitment to education.

MassMutual Plans $1.33B Dividend Payout for Policyholders
SPRINGFIELD — Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual) recently announced it has approved payment of an estimated $1.33 billion in dividends to eligible participating policyholders in 2012, an increase of $105.5 million over the prior year, representing an 8.6% increase. The annual dividend, which MassMutual has paid to policyholders consistently since the 1860s, is one of the key benefits of purchasing a participating policy from a mutual company that is operated for the benefit of its policyholders, according to Roger Crandall, chairman, president and CEO, MassMutual. “The value of doing business with a mutual company has never been more abundantly clear, and MassMutual is proud to deliver on that enduring value by continuing our legacy of strong dividend payouts,” said Crandall in a statement. “Our increased dividend payout in 2012 demonstrates our longstanding commitment to mutuality, financial strength, and those who matter most to us, our policyholders.” The total dividends for 2012, approved by MassMutual’s Board of Directors, include a dividend interest rate of 7.0% on all eligible participating life insurance policies. This announcement comes at a time when MassMutual maintains among the highest financial strength ratings in its industry and is reporting record levels of surplus ($11.2 billion as of Sept. 30) and total adjusted capital ($13.4 billion as of Sept. 30), which are key indicators of the company’s overall financial strength, added Crandall.

Carrazza Financial Merges with St. Germain Investment Management
SPRINGFIELD — Michael R. Matty, CFA, CFP president, of St. Germain Investment Management announced the merger of his company with Frank Carrazza Financial Planning. Frank A. Carrazza Jr. assumes the position of director of Financial Planning for the firm. He will oversee the financial planning services of St. Germain while continuing his responsibilities of managing client assets and providing financial and insurance planning advice to individuals and small business owners. Carrazza brings a broad range of knowledge and experience in areas of investments, income and capital preservation.  Since 1976, he has been an independent professional since leaving a senior position at IBM in Boston. As a financial advisor, he offered securities through Commonwealth Financial Network, a broker/dealer and member of FINRA and SIPC. He has served as president of the Estate Planning Council of Hampden County as well as president of the Western Mass Chapter of Financial Service Professionals. Because of his expertise in financial planning, business succession planning, insurance and estate planning, Carrazza holds the following certifications: certified financial planner [CFP], chartered life underwriter [CLU], chartered financial consultant [ChFCA], accredited investment fiduciary [AIF] and registered investment advisor [RIA]. St. Germain is a privately held company specializing in investment management for individuals and institutions. Founded in 1924, St. Germain services national and international clients from two offices, one in Springfield,  the other in Hartford.

UMass Amherst Police Have New Station
AMHERST — The UMass Amherst Police Department recently conducted a ribbon-cutting ceremony for its new building at 585 East Pleasant St. At the ceremony, speakers included Robert C. Holub, UMass Amherst chancellor, Henry Thomas III, UMass trustee from Springfield, who represented the UMass Board of Trustees and the UMass Building Authority, and Johnny C. Whitehead, UMass Amherst police chief. During the festivities, the department opened the building for tours and had specialty units, including the police horses and motorcycle officers, available. The $12.5 million facility is located at the intersection with Tillson Farm Road, across from the Amherst Fire Department’s North Fire Station. The department began full-time use of the new building in April. The building, designed by the firm Caolo & Bieniek Associates, is also the first new construction on campus to meet leadership in energy and environmental design (LEED) certification standards. Whitehead noted in a statement that the new station provides the department with all of the tools that a highly professional police force needs.

Agenda Departments

MassEcon Awards
Nov. 22: Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick will be the featured speaker at the eighth annual Team Massachusetts Economic Impact Awards Luncheon at the Seaport Hotel in Boston. Registration begins at 11 a.m., followed by networking at noon and a lunch with master of ceremonies Anthony Everett, co-anchor and reporter of WCVB-TV’s Chronicle. Honorees are: ‘Gold,’ A123 Systems, Central; Airxchange, Southeast; Communispace, Greater Boston; Kiva Systems, Northeast; and Smith & Wesson, West; ‘Silver,’ Acacia Communications, Central; Coca-Cola, West; Dassault Systemes, Greater Boston; Horizon Beverage, Southeast; and Jessica’s Brick Oven, Northeast; ‘Bronze,’ General Dynamics AIS, West; GT Advanced Technologies, Northeast; HubSpot, Greater Boston; Reinhart Food Service, Southeast; and Simonds International, Central. Those named Gateway City Champions are Biomedical Research Models, Worcester; and Solectria Renewables, Lawrence. Jerry Sargent, president of Citizens Bank, will receive the Chairman’s Award. For information on tickets and sponsorships, contact Sean Getchell at (781) 489-6262, ext. 13.

Forum Welcomes Chris Matthews
Dec. 1: The Springfield Public Forum series will host Hardball host Chris Matthews at 7:30 p.m. at Springfield Symphony Hall. Matthews will present “JFK and the Presidency, Past and Present.” The lecture is free to the public; no reservations are required. For more information, visit www.springfieldpublicforum.org.

Anthropologist Lecture
Feb. 22: Susan Darlington, a professor at Hampshire College, will discuss her latest book, The Ordination of a Tree: the Thai Buddhist Environmental Movement, as part of the Ovations series at Springfield Technical Community College. Darlington has studied the work of Buddhist monks in Thailand who are engaged in rural development and environmental conservation. The science-based talks, at 10:10 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. in Scibelli Hall Theater, will also include insights into religion and social activism. The presentations are free and open to the public. For more information, call (413) 755-4233.

Author Lecture
March 28: Internationally acclaimed author Tom Perrotta will read from his upcoming novel, The Leftovers, at 10:10 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. in Scibelli Hall Theater, as part of the Ovations series at Springfield Technical Community College. The talks are free and open to the public. Two of Perrotta’s books, Election and Little Children, have been made into movies, and five novels have been national bestsellers. For more information, call (413) 755-4233.

Slam Poet Lecture
April 13: Taylor Mali, a former high-school teacher who has emerged from the slam poetry movement as one of its leaders, will discuss his performances at 10:10 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. in Scibelli Hall Theater, as part of the Ovations series at Springfield Technical Community College. The talks are free and open to the public. For more information, call (413) 755-4233.

Chamber Corners Departments

ACCGS
www.myonlinechamber.com
(413) 787-1555

• Dec. 2: East of the River 5 Town Chamber Annual Holiday Breakfast, at Twin Hills Country Club, Longmeadow. Doors Open at 7:15 a.m. Tickets: $20 for members; $30 for non-members.
• Dec. 6: Springfield Chamber of Commerce Executive Directors’ meeting, noon-1 p.m. in the  EDC Conference Room, Springfield.
• Dec. 7: ACCGS [email protected], at the Delaney House in Holyoke. Doors open at 7:15 a.m. Tickets: $20 for members; $30 for non-members.
• Dec. 9: ACCGS Legislative Steering Committee, 8-9 a.m. in the TD Bank Conference Center, Springfield.
• Dec. 14: ACCGS After 5, 5-7 p.m., at WWLP TV-22, Chicopee. Tickets: $10 for members; $20 for non-members.
• Dec. 15: ACCGS Executive Committee meeting, noon-1 p.m., in the TD Bank Conference Room, chamber offices.
• Dec. 21: ERC Board of Directors’ Meeting, 8-9 a.m., at The Gardens of Wilbraham, Community Room, 2 Lodge Lane, Wilbraham.
Dec. 21: ACCGS Ambassadors Meeting, 4-5 p.m., EDC Conference Room, Springfield.

AMHERST AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
www.amherstarea.com
(413) 253-0700

• Dec. 14: Amherst Area Chamber After 5/Holiday Party, 5-7 p.m. at the Amherst Brewing Company, 100 University Dr., Amherst, MA 01002. Admission: $5 for members; $10 non-members. For more information, visit www.amherstarea.com

CHICOPEE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
www.chicopeechamber.org
(413) 594-2101

• Dec. 6: Holiday Party, 4:30-6:30 p.m. Hosted by the Chicopee Chamber of Commerce. Free to members.
• Dec. 21: Salute Breakfast, 7:15-9 a.m., at the Castle of Knights, Chicopee.  Advance tickets: $19 for members; $26 for non-members; at the door: $21 for members; $28 for non-members.

FRANKLIN COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
www.franklincc.org
(413) 773-5463

• Dec. 2: Holiday Hor D’oeuvres Party, 6-9 p.m. This is a great event for adults to socialize, learn about wine, and jazz. Live music by Espresso jazz (6-9). Hosted by Chandler’s located at Yankee Candle Village, Routes 5 &10 in South Deerfield. Tickets: $40 per person.

GREATER HOLYOKE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
www.holycham.com
(413) 534-3376

• Dec. 14: Holiday Salute Breakfast, 7:30 a.m., at the Yankee Pedlar, 1866 Northampton St. Co-sponsored by Holyoke Gas & Electric and Health New England. Tickets: $20 for members; $25 for non-members.
n Dec: 21: Holyoke Chamber After Hours, 5-7 p.m. Hosted and sponsored by the Delaney House, 3 Country Club Road, Holyoke Tickets: $10 for members; $15 for non-members.

GREATER NORTHAMPTON CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
www.explorenorthampton.com
(413) 584-1900

• Dec. 7: December Arrive @5, 5-7p.m. at Thornes Marketplace. Sponsored by King Auto Body, Johnson & Hill Staffing, and United Bank. Tickets: $10 for members
• Dec. 13: New-member lunch, noon-1 p.m. Hosted by the Northampton Chamber of Commerce, 99 Pleasant St., Northampton.

NORTHAMPTON AREA YOUNG PROFESSIONAL SOCIETY
www.thenayp.com
(413) 584-1900

• Dec. 8: NAYP monthly networking event, at the Hotel Northampton
36 King St., Easthampton. Featured nonrofit is the Food Bank of Western Mass.

SOUTH HADLEY/GRANBY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
www.shchamber.com
(413) 532-6451

• Dec. 3: South Hadley Holiday Stroll, 2:30 p.m. The event begins for youngsters at the Town Common where festive music will ring out beginning at 2:30 p.m. At 3, Santa and his elves will parade to the Common with the help of the South Hadley High Tiger Pride Marching Band. There will be an opportunity for youngsters to sit with Santa and have mom or dad take pictures. New this year, bring your own camera for pictures with Santa. Musical performances will continue until 5 p.m. when the tree lighting will take place on the Common. Festivities will be held at the Common in South Hadley.

THREE RIVERS CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
www.threeriverschamber.org
(413) 283-6425
• Dec. 5: Monthly meeting of the Three Rivers Chamber of commerce, 7-8 p.m.Hosted by the Three Rivers Chamber of Commerce, 2376 Main St.

WEST OF THE RIVER CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
www.ourwrc.com
(413) 426-3880

• Dec. 8: Food Fest West, 6-8 p.m., at Crestview Country Club, 281 Shoemaker Lane, Agawam. Tickets: $25 in advance; $30 at the door. All proceeds go to WRC’s Educational Fund, providing scholarships and business education grants to West Springfield and Agawam. For more information, contact Tamara Fricke, [email protected] or (413) 426-3880

GREATER WESTFIELD CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
www.westfieldbiz.org
(413) 568-1618

• Dec. 9: Holiday breakfast, 7:30-9 a.m. at Shaker Farms Country Club, 866 Shaker Road.  Sponsors: Gold, Westfield Bank; Silver, Easthampton Savings Bank and The Carson Center for Human Services Inc. Highlights: the holiday benefactor this year is the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Westfield; attendees are asked to bring unwrapped gifts for children ages 5-15; age-appropriate games and toys are desired. Tickets: $25 for members; $30 for non-members

YPS-Young Professional Society of Greater Springfield
www.springfieldyps.com

• Dec. 15: Third Thursday, 5-7 p.m., Mckinney & Burbach Tavern, 1127 Main St., Springfield, 01105.  For more information on this event, visit www.springfieldyps.com

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CHD Turns 40

The Center for Human Development celebrated 40 years of service to the community at its recent annual meeting, staged at the Storrowton Tavern and Carriage House. The event featured keynote speaker Bob Fazzi, managing partner of Fazzi Associates and CHD co-founder and former presudent, as well as presentation of the Rick Moriarty Volunteer of the Year Awards. The winners were Doris Chrzanowski, Nancy Evans, and Janice Morin. Clockwise, from above, three of CHD’s founders (from left), Fazzi, Bill Seretta, and Art Bertrand share a moment with CHD President/CEO Jim Goodwin; standing (left to right) are: Jeff Sattler, president, Nuvo Bank; Heidi Delisle, vice president, AW Hastings; Mat Geffin, Webber & Grinnell Insurance. Seated (left to right) are: Hannah Butler, Human Resources director at Lenox Saw; Amy Royal, principal of Royal LLP; Carol Fitzgerald, vice president of CHD; and Amy Roberts, vice president of Kollmorgen; standing (left to right) are: Terry Regina, board member, CHD; Jim Goodwin; Mike Williams, vice president with Chicopee Savings Bank CHD and board member; Bill Seretta; and Michael Weekes, president, Mass. Providers Council. Seated (left to right) are: Art Bertrand; Jay Primack, principal, Moriarty & Primack and chairman of the CHD Board of Directors; Bob Fazzi; and Diana Buckley, principal, Buckley Consulting and wife of Bob Fazzi; Seated (left to right) are: Doris Chrzanowski; her husband, Tom Chrzanowski; Nancy Bazanchuk, CHD; Michelle Theroux, vice president of CHD; and Ron Ancrum, executive director of the Community Foundation of Western Mass. Standing (left to right) are: Denise Dukette, vice president of New England Bank and CHD board member; Evan Plotkin, NAI Plotkin and CHD board member; and Karen Cabana, CHD.

Chamber Corners Departments

Affiliated Chambers of Commerce of Greater Springfield
www.myonlinechamber.com
(413) 787-1555

• Nov. 9: ACCGS After 5, 5 to 7 p.m., Fran Johnson’s, 1050 Riverdale St., West Springfield. Network, build relationships, and forge strategic partnerships. The After 5 offers business professionals from diverse industries an opportunity to exchange business leads while socializing in a casual atmosphere. To register for the event, contact Cecile Larose at
[email protected]

• Nov. 9: PWC November Meeting, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Basketball Hall of Fame, Springfield. Speaker: Jamie Williamson, MCAD Commissioner, presenting “Up the Ladder, The Public Sector.” To register, contact Lynn Johnson at (413) 755-1310 or [email protected]

Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce
www.amherstarea.com
(413) 253-0700

• Nov. 16: After 5, 5 to 7 p.m., Chandler’s Restaurant at Yankee Candle Village, South Deerfield. Cost: $5 for members, $10 for non-members. Register online at www.amherstarea.com

Chicopee Chamber of Commerce
www.chicopeechamber.org
(413) 594-2101

• Nov. 16: November Salute Breakfast, 7:15 to 9 a.m., Summit View Banquet & Meeting House. Cost: $19 for members, $26 for non-members. Register online at www.chicopeechamber.org

Greater Westfield Chamber of Commerce
www.westfieldbiz.org
(413) 568-1618

• Nov. 7: Coffee Hour with Mayor Daniel Knapik, 8 to 9 a.m., Tiger’s Pride, Westfield Vocational & Technical High School, 33 Smith Ave., Westfield.

• Nov. 17: Greater Westfield Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting and Awards Dinner, 6 p.m. cocktail hour followed by dinner and award presentations from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., School Street Bistro, 10 School St., Westfield. Awards include: Large Business of the Year, Westfield State University; Small Business of the Year, Pioneer Valley Railroad; Businesswoman of the Year, Cathy Gendreau, owner of Peppermill Catering, LLC; Businessman of the Year, Bruce Turcotte, CFO of Columbia Manufacturing, Inc.; Don Blair Community Service Award, John Whalley III. Cost: $45 for members, $50 for non-members. VENTS

Opinion
Jobs: The Next Global Conflict

“As of 2008, the war for good jobs has trumped all other leadership activities, because it’s been the cause and effect of everything else that countries have experienced. This will become even more real in the future as global competition intensifies. If countries fail at creating jobs, their societies will fall apart. Countries, and, more specifically, cities, will experience suffering, instability, chaos, and eventually revolution. This is the new world that leaders will confront.”
This is a passage from a recently released book called The Coming Jobs War, written by Jim Clifton, chairman of Gallup. In it, he contends that the next great global conflict won’t be about ideology or religion or territory; it will be all about jobs, or, rather, what he calls “good” jobs.
He defines these as jobs with a paycheck from an employer and steady work that averages 30 or more hours per week. He contends that there are about 1.2 billion of these good jobs in the world right now, and Gallup polls show that roughly 3 billion of the 5 billion adults in the world work or want to work and need a good job.
That’s a roughly 1.8 billion shortfall. The cities, regions, and countries that fare well in closing this gap will prosper. As for those who don’t … what did Clifton say again? “Instability, chaos, and eventually revolution.”
Those are strong words, but they are pretty hard to argue with. About the only fault we find with Clifton’s argument is his persistent use of the future tense with regard to this global jobs conflict. It isn’t coming — it’s already here, and elected officials, economic-development leaders, and this region’s business community should definitely take heed.
For evidence of the severity of the situation, they need only review the latest data from the Census Bureau about the increasing number of people falling into poverty. There are now 46.2 million poor Americans, or 15.1%, the highest rate in nearly two decades. Of those, 2.6 million fell into poverty last year.
Some did so because they didn’t have a job, but for many, the cause was lack of one of those good jobs, which this region and this country as a whole are simply not creating in the numbers that they have in the past. The reasons are many, from the lingering recession and advancing automation to the migration of manufacturing to other regions and other continents, but the bottom line is that this country is failing on what is now the most important battleground of all.
How do we create good jobs? If the answer to that question came easily, 1.8 billion wouldn’t be looking for them today. The answer is complex, and it involves many components, starting with a greater focus on math and science, similar to what happened more than a half-century ago, a spark that did a lot more than put a man on the moon in 1969; it also helped inspire most of the advances in computer and information technology over the past 40 years.
What is also needed is continued emphasis on entrepreneurship, which is needed to take new ideas and transform them into producers of not only jobs, but those good jobs. And our region must be able to compete for the entrepreneurs and the companies and jobs they will create. This means a large, qualified workforce, costs that are at least in line with other regions, and an environment where ‘pro-business’ is more than a catchphrase — it’s a way of life.
In his book, Clifton compares the jobs conflict to World War II. The latter, he writes, was fought for freedom and for leadership of the free world. “It was for all the marbles … and a loss would have changed everything.”
The jobs war is also for all the marbles, and a loss will change everything.
And, as we said, that war isn’t coming; it’s already here.

Bankruptcies Departments

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

Amaro Rodriguez, Carmen Judith
195 Walnut St.
Holyoke, MA 01040
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 09/20/11

Andrews, Kim M.
6 White Terrace, Apt. 12
Pittsfield, MA 01201
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 09/28/11

Ansara, Peter M.
P.O. Box 605
West Springfield, MA 01090
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 09/28/11

Bacon, Pamela R.
20 East School St., 2nd Fl.
West Springfield, MA 01089
Chapter: 13
Filing Date: 09/19/11

Bagley, Richard A.
Bagley, Marjorie P.
129 St Kolbe Dr.
Holyoke, MA 01040
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 09/29/11

Bein, Constance E.
a/k/a Jaeger, Constance E.
77B Mosely Ave.
Westfield, MA 01085
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 09/28/11

Bengle, Barbara A.
48 Holy Family Road
Holyoke, MA 01040
Chapter: 13
Filing Date: 09/26/11

Benvenuto, Patrick
Benvenuto, Pamela A.
a/k/a Holmes, Pamela A.
9 Nolan Lane
Feeding Hills, MA 01030
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 09/21/11

Bierowka, Stanley A.
Bierowka, Bonnie-Jean
249 Glenoak Dr.
Springfield, MA 01129-1526
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 09/29/11

Borden, Michael H.
203 East St.
Great Barrington, MA 01230
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 09/27/11

Bourcier, Shana V.
P.O. Box 569
Hampden, MA 01036
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 09/29/11

Brannan, Carla J.
8 School St.
Hatfield, MA 01038
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 09/28/11

Brannan, Virginia A.
37 Barna St.
Ludlow, MA 01056
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 09/22/11

Brooks, Tracey Evelyn
8 Standish Court
Greenfield, MA 01301
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 09/29/11

Butler, James M.
70 Ruthven St.
Springfield, MA 01128
Chapter: 13
Filing Date: 09/19/11

Camilleri, Richard Paul
20 Linden Dr.
South Hadley, MA 01075
Chapter: 13
Filing Date: 09/21/11

Caplette, Margaret E.
81 South Maple St.
Westfield, MA 01085
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 09/20/11

Carlin, Marc E.
66 Worcester St.
West Springfield, MA 01089
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 09/26/11

Carroll, Day Lone-Wol
a/k/a Day Lone-Wolf Carroll
77 North Main St.
Orange, MA 01364
Chapter: 13
Filing Date: 09/28/11

Castagna, Antonio
Castagna, Krystal
a/k/a Boland, Krystal
52 Allengate Ave.
Pittsfield, MA 01201
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 09/29/11

Castine, Dan A.
Castine, Paula A.
91 Bungalow Ave.
Greenfield, MA 01301
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 09/20/11

Chamberlain, Ronnie
84 West Orange Road
Orange, MA 01364
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 09/28/11

Champagne, Mark D.
Champagne, Linda M.
73 Narragansett Blvd.
Chicopee, MA 01013
Chapter: 13
Filing Date: 09/21/11

Chretien, Donald
Chretien, Gina
97 East St.
Granby, MA 01033
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 09/20/11

Clements, Donna M.
53 Nelson St.
West Springfield, MA 01089
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 09/21/11

Connaughton, Douglas L.
53 Partridge Dr.
Springfield, MA 01119
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 09/26/11

Cote, Kristen Elizabeth
15 Bieniek Ave.
Adams, MA 01220
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 09/26/11

Croshier, Darrell R.
Croshier, Rose M.
47 Scammell Ave.
Pittsfield, MA 01201
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 09/21/11

Damon, Mark D.
PO Box 402
South Barre, MA 01074
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 09/28/11

Designs by Lori
Runnals, Lorrie Anne
1 Lynch Place
South Hadley, MA 01075
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 09/30/11

Desreuisseau, Larry G.
Desreuisseau, Tammy L.
67 Ross Ave.
Ware, MA 01082
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 09/26/11

Desrosiers, John W.
Desrosiers, Debra L.
867 Lenox St.
Athol, MA 01331
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 09/17/11

DiPadua, James Francis
DiPadua, Christine
673 Old Petersham Road
Barre, MA 01005
Chapter: 13
Filing Date: 09/28/11

Dirlinger, Michael D.
Dirlinger, Summer D.
24 Mark St.
Springfield, MA 01129
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 09/20/11

Drake, Linda A.
PO Box 354
Sturbridge, MA 01566
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 09/19/11

Duda, Stephanie M.
72 Green St.
Athol, MA 01331
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 09/24/11

Durgin, Rodney L.
63 Dorrance St.
Chicopee, MA 01013
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 09/17/11

Ehrlich, Stewart R.
70 Chestnut St.
Springfield, MA 01103
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 09/21/11

Fabres, Phillip D.
P.O. Box 1047
Sheffield, MA 01257
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 09/27/11

Fournier, Donat Joseph
Fournier, Tina Marea
62 Oliver St.
Easthampton, MA 01027
Chapter: 13
Filing Date: 09/28/11

Fournier, Richard A.
Fournier, Patricia M.
Perreault, Patricia M.
280 Pleasant St.
Holyoke, MA 01040
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 09/23/11

Glabach, Henrietta B.
a/k/a Iken, Henrietta B.
88 Main St., Apt. 4
Northfield, MA 01360
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 09/22/11

Gochinski’s Landscaping
Dynamite Daycare
Gochinski, Steven Stanley
Gochinski, Nicole Lynn
176 Mill Village Road
Deerfield, MA 01342
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 09/22/11

Gosselin, Mark A.
Gosselin, Kristi L.
a/k/a McLeod, Kristi
26 Pebble Mille Road
Springfield, MA 01118
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 09/22/11

Graham, Shirley Caroline
71 State St., Apt. 227
Northampton, MA 01060
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 09/22/11

Green, Harriet C.
387 South Athol Road
Athol, MA 01331
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 09/20/11

Haley, John E.
P.O. Box 2084
Westfield, MA 01088-2084
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 09/24/11

Heitz, Daniel Paul
Heitz, Brenda Lee
a/k/a Poudrier, Brenda Lee
68 Oliver St.
Easthampton, MA 01027
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 09/28/11

Horton, John Michael
61 Bridge Road
Florence, MA 01062
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 09/16/11

Huttle, Francis P.
Huttle, Penny L.
78 Davenport St.
North Adams, MA 01247
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 09/30/11

Hvizd, Helen E.
87 Locks Pond Road
Shutesbury, MA 01072
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 09/26/11

Impionbato, Samuel K.
Impionbato, Elizabeth M.
50 Sunnyslope Ave.
Agawam, MA 01001
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 09/29/11

Keane, Darrell R.
26 E. Alvord St.
Springfield, MA 01108
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 09/22/11

Kelton, Dorothy Ann
69 Prescott Lane
Orange, MA 01364
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 09/22/11

Knight, Rosemarie G.
133 Jabish St., Apt. H
Belchertown, MA 01007
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 09/28/11

Lambert, William J.
251 Fair Oak Road
Springfield, MA 01128
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 09/23/11

Layne, Oliver H.
Layne, Zulma
44 Border St.
Springfield, MA 01104
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 09/23/11

Littlepage, Thomas P.
Littlepage, Felicity S.
739 Daniel Shay’s Highway
Box B22
Athol, MA 01331
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 09/20/11

Lorenzana, Michelle
23 Beacon Ave.
Holyoke, MA 01040
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 09/20/11

Lucia, T. (Tyarni) Rose
66 Worcester St.
West Springfield, MA 01089
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 09/26/11

Machado, Jose M.
Machado, Neyda L.
a/k/a Morales, Neyda L.
36 Ashland Ave.
Springfield, MA 01119
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 09/19/11

Madera, Erika
33 Agnes St.
Springfield, MA 01118
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 09/28/11

Maloney, Matthew C.
P.O. Box 123
Ashfield, MA 01330
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 09/29/11

Margree, Lisa M.
625 Miller St.
Ludlow, MA 01056
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 09/20/11

Maroney, Kevin Nelson
Maroney, Florence Loraine
10 B Lois St.
Lee, MA 01238
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 09/16/11

Matvejuk, Patricia
25 Woodland Ave.
Chicopee, MA 01020
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 09/28/11

Maziarz, Lynette M.
119 Morgan St.
Granby, MA 01033
Chapter: 13
Filing Date: 09/28/11

McArdle, Thomas S.
41 Kellie Dr.
Pittsfield, MA 01201
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 09/27/11

Moczulewski, John Phillip
567 Sylvester Road
Florence, MA 01062
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 09/29/11

Montalvo-Saez, Marilyn
a/k/a Saez, Marilyn
186 Rosewell St.
Springfield, MA 01109
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 09/22/11

Mota, Confesora
161 Wollaston St.
Springfield, MA 01119
Chapter: 13
Filing Date: 09/19/11

Norwood, Kurt A.
6 Fox Run Dr.
Belchertown, MA 01007
Chapter: 13
Filing Date: 09/21/11

Omasta, Lynn Ann
P.O.Box 196
North Hatfield, MA 01066
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 09/22/11

Osowski, Walter F.
Osowski, Barbara A.
168 Prospect St. Ext.
Westfield, MA 01085
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 09/23/11

Pomerville, Lisa A.
16 Sterling Road
Agawam, MA 01001
Chapter: 13
Filing Date: 09/29/11

Ragno, Joseph C.
27 Sczygiel Road
Ware, MA 01082
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 09/24/11

Rai, Praveen K.
115 Farmington Road
Amherst, MA 01002
Chapter: 13
Filing Date: 09/29/11

Ranzoni, Raymond J.
Ranzoni, Trina A.
5 Beecher St.
Adams, MA 01220
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 09/27/11

Rivas, Joel B.
34 Lafayette St.
Springfield, MA 01109
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 09/27/11

Rivera, Hector L.
a/k/a Rivera/Fuentes, Hector Luis
63 Elliot St.
Springfield, MA 01105
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 09/23/11

Roberts, Kathleen R.
9 Grant St.
Springfield, MA 01109
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 09/21/11

Roissing, Jennifer
22 Regal St.
Springfield, MA 01118
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 09/30/11

Russom, Lucia D.
271 West Leyden Road
Bernardston, MA 01337
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 09/20/11

Samuels, Stephen B.
Samuels, Kathleen B.
166 Lakeway Dr.
Pittsfield, MA 01201
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 09/27/11

Sawyer, Steven P.
91 Lombard Road
Hubbardston, MA 01452
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 09/24/11

Sherard-Thompson, Councilette
301 Wilbraham Road
Springfield, MA 01109
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 09/29/11

Shrout, Anthony Lee
11 Knight Ave.
Easthampton, MA 01027
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 09/26/11

Shrout, Kristen Levac
11 Knight Ave.
Easthampton, MA 01027
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 09/26/11

Simard, Yvette M.
39 Coolidge Road
Chicopee, MA 01013
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 09/19/11

Swayger, Michael J.
18 Llewellyn Dr.
Westfield, MA 01085
Chapter: 13
Filing Date: 09/19/11

Tran, Linh Khanh
Nguyen, Le Thi
27 Converse St.
Springfield, MA 01108
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 09/23/11

Wenner, Gene C.
15 Richmond Ave., 1st Fl.
Pittsfield, MA 01201
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 09/27/11

Wharton, Angie M.
77 Hall St., #101C
Sturbridge, MA 01566
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 09/18/11

Wild, Clayton A.
Wild, Renee C.
234 Klaus Anderson Road
Southwick, MA 01077
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 09/28/11

Williams, John David
Williams, Sabina
a/k/a Iskhakova, Sabina
6 Pleasant St.
Ware, MA 01082
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 09/30/11

Woods, Rebecca L.
244 Silver Lake St.
Athol, MA 01331
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 09/20/11

Departments People on the Move

Shatz, Schwartz and Fentin, P.C. of Springfield and Northampton announced that eight of the firm’s attorneys have been selected as 2011 Massachusetts Super Lawyers. In choosing Super Lawyers, ballots are sent by Law & Politics to more than 31,000 Massachusetts attorneys who have been in practice for five or more years. These attorneys then nominate their peers based on professional achievement and a high level of peer recognition. Independent research is then conducted on each of the nominees, followed by a blue-ribbon panel-review process, and the top 5% in each state are named Super Lawyers. The objective of the Super Lawyers selection process is to create a credible, comprehensive, and diverse listing of outstanding attorneys that can be used as a resource to assist attorneys and sophisticated consumers in the search for legal counsel. The following Shatz, Schwartz and Fentin, P.C. attorneys have been named 2011 Super Lawyers:

Stephen A. Shatz

Stephen A. Shatz

• Stephen A. Shatz, who specializes in real-estate development, real-estate finance, and commercial leasing;
• Steven J. Schwartz, family-business planning, mergers and acquisitions, corporate law, and estate planning;
Gary S. Fentin

Gary S. Fentin

• Gary S. Fentin, commercial and tax-exempt finance, real estate, reorganization and workout, and representation of not-for-profit organizations;
Timothy P. Mulhern

Timothy P. Mulhern

• Timothy P. Mulhern, taxation law, business organizations, exit planning for business owners, estate planning, and probate;
Steven Weiss

Steven Weiss

• Steven Weiss, business bankruptcy, workout, and reorganization;
Michele J. Feinstein

Michele J. Feinstein

• Michele J. Feinstein, estate planning and taxation, estate administration, probate, and elder law;
Carol Cioe Klyman

Carol Cioe Klyman

• Carol Cioe Klyman, estate planning, estate settlement, elder law, guardianships, and probate litigation; and
Ann I. Weber

Ann I. Weber

• Ann I. Weber, estate planning, elder law, and probate.

L. Alexandra Hogan

L. Alexandra Hogan

The firm also announced that L. Alexandra Hogan has been selected as a 2011 Massachusetts Super Lawyers Rising Star. In 1998, Super Lawyers launched Rising Stars in Minnesota to recognize the top up-and-coming attorneys in the state — those who are 40 years old or younger or who have been practicing for 10 years or fewer. Today, Rising Stars honors attorneys in more than 35 states. Hogan focuses her practice on business litigation, bankruptcy, and creditor and debtor rights.
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David W. Eidle has joined Berkshire Bank as Senior Vice President of Corporate Initiatives. He will lead the project-management office and provide leadership, design, direction, and strategic oversight for all corporate-wide initiatives, including mergers-and-acquisition integration, primary systems conversions, major business initiatives, and program implementation.
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Stephen H. Bryant, President of Columbia Gas of Massachusetts in Springfield, has been appointed to the Board of Directors for the New England Council, a nonpartisan alliance of businesses and academic and health institutions.
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Claire Kenna

Claire Kenna

Claire Kenna has joined Park Square Realty’s Westfield office as a Sales Associate.
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Seth N. Stratton has joined Fitzgerald Attorneys at Law in East Longmeadow. Stratton is a litigator with experience at Boston and Hartford firms.
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Structural Engineer Matthew Dodge has joined Tighe & Bond of Westfield, specializing in the assessment and mitigation of vibrations on building structures to ensure occupant comfort and satisfactory operation of sensitive equipment. He also specializes in designing massive jointless concrete structures that resist cracking from temperature fluctuations and long-term shrinkage.
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Keith A. Minoff

Keith A. Minoff

Attorney Keith A. Minoff has been named to the list of Massachusetts Super Lawyers for 2011 and is featured in New England Super Lawyers Magazine, a supplement to the November issue of Boston magazine. The selections for the list are made by the research team at Super Lawyers, a service of the Thomson Reuters legal division, which undertakes a rigorous multi-phase selection process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, independent evaluation of candidates by the attorney-led research staff, and a peer review of candidates by practice area. Each year, more than 37,000 ballots are sent to lawyers statewide. The Super Lawyers list represents the top 5% of attorneys in Massachusetts. Attorney Minoff specializes in business litigation and employment law. He has a law office in Springfield and lives in Northampton.
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Arley Ewald has been promoted to Financial Reporting Officer for Chicopee Savings Bank and Chicopee Bancorp Inc.
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Matthew C. Wisdom has been named Manager of TD Bank at 460 Newton St., South Hadley. An assistant vice president, he is responsible for new-business development, consumer and business lending, managing personnel, and overseeing the day-to-day operations at the branch bank.
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Attorney Aaron W. Wilson has been reappointed by Gov. Deval L. Patrick to the Holyoke Housing Authority. He will serve a five-term term through May 2016. He is the current Vice Chair, and served as Chair of the board the last three years.
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Top Women of Law, the fourth annual event sponsored by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, recently celebrated legal educators, trailblazers, and role models who have demonstrated outstanding accomplishments in social justice, advocacy, and business.
Ellen W. Freyman

Ellen W. Freyman

Attorney Ellen W. Freyman of Shatz, Schwartz and Fentin, P.C., of Springfield and Northampton, was among the women honored for accomplishments in the legal community.

Agenda Departments

Forum Welcomes
Robin Wright
Nov. 9: The Springfield Public Forum series will host foreign affairs analyst Robin Wright at 7:30 p.m. at Springfield Symphony Hall. Wright will present “Rage and Rebellion in the Middle East.” The lecture is free to the public with no reservations required. For more information, visit www.springfieldpublicforum.org.

Serious Fun Event
Nov. 10: MassINC and CommonWealth magazine will host a seriously funny look back at the year in politics and media with pols, pundits, and the press. All proceeds will support MassINC’s CommonWealth Campaign for Civic Journalism as well as a scholarship program for those entering the field. The event is planned at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, with cocktails at 6 p.m. and dinner and the program starting at 7:30 p.m. For more information, visit www.seriousfun2011.org or contact Lauren Louison at (617) 224-1613 or [email protected]

Author Lecture
Nov. 11: Christina Asquith, author and journalist, will account her years in hiding in Iraq that resulted in her book, Sisters in War, as part of the Ovations special events series at Springfield Technical Community College. Her presentations are at 10:10 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. in Scibelli Hall Theater. For more information or to bring a group, contact Phil O’Donoghue at (413) 755-4233 or [email protected]

Willie Ross School Partners with Baystate
Nov. 15: The Willie Ross School for the Deaf is partnering with Baystate Health Continuing Education in sponsoring a conference titled “Educating Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Children: From Research to Practice.” The conference is geared toward physicians, nurses, audiologists, speech/language therapists, and educators of the deaf and hard-of-hearing. Families of deaf or hard-of-hearing children are also encouraged to attend. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m., and the program concludes at 3 p.m. Tuition through Nov. 1 is $50 online and $60 by mail (after Nov. 1, the cost is $60 online and $70 by mail), which includes continental breakfast and lunch. Tuition is waived for parents of deaf or hard-of-hearing children, who can register on the Willie Ross Web site. The seminar will offer perspectives on the development and education of deaf and hard-of-hearing children and provide information and guidance in educational placement decisions, amplification choices and early intervention. For more information on the event, visit www.baystatehealth.org/learn.

Forum Welcomes
Siddhartha Mukherjee
Nov. 15: The Springfield Public Forum series will host Pulitzer Prize winner Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee at 7:30 p.m. at Springfield Symphony Hall. Mukherjee will present “Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies.” The lecture is free to the public, and no reservations are required. For more information on the event, visit www.springfieldpublicforum.org.

HAPHousing Symposium
Nov. 16: “Envisioning a Resurgent Springfield Metro” will be the theme of HAPHousing’s annual symposium at the MassMutual Center in Springfield. A keynote address is planned by Winston-Salem, N.C. Mayor Allen Joines. The event begins with an afternoon symposium and panel at 3 p.m. about the importance of community-wide collaboration in envisioning a revitalized and resurgent Springfield and metro area. HAP Executive Director Peter Gagliardi will moderate a panel that will include information from other resurgent cities, with participation by Joines; Gerald Hayes, co-chairman of Rebuilding Springfield, the entity coordinating tornado recovery in the city; as well as other panelists. Joines will address attendees during dinner, which begins at 6 p.m. In addition, awards will be presented to community leaders, including Ronald and Brenna Sadowsky, for their community involvement and leadership in collecting and distributing household resources for homeless families and those displaced by the tornado. Ron Ancrum, president of the Community Foundation, will also be recognized for spearheading the City-to-City initiative in Springfield that linked city metro leaders with those in Winston-Salem. For more information, call HAP at (413) 233-1500.

All-Schubert Program
Nov. 20: Members of the Chamber Music Society will perform “Piano Quintet in A Major,” known as the ‘Trout Quintet,’ at 3 p.m. at Wistariahurst Museum, 238 Cabot St., Holyoke. The score captures the air of the Austrian mountains, the rushing streams, the slippery grace of fish eluding the fisherman’s net, and the wit of friends in a tavern after a day’s hike. The all-Schubert program is in the style of the lively musical gatherings of the composer and his friends in 1820s Vienna. The musicians will perform in period costume. The program includes songs, a duet, and a rarely heard vocal quartet performed by Junko Watanabe, soprano; Eileen Ruby, mezzo-soprano; Peter Shea, tenor; and David Perkins, baritone. For more information and reservations, call (413) 322-5660 or visit www.chambermusicwistariahurst.com.

MassEcon Awards
Nov. 22: Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick will be the featured speaker at the eighth annual Team Massachusetts Economic Impact Awards Luncheon at the Seaport Hotel in Boston. Registration begins at 11 a.m., followed by networking at noon and a lunch with master of ceremonies Anthony Everett, co-anchor and reporter of WCVB-TV’s Chronicle. Honorees are: ‘Gold,’ A123 Systems, Central; Airxchange, Southeast; Communispace, Greater Boston; Kiva Systems, Northeast; Smith & Wesson, West; ‘Silver,’ Acacia Communications, Central; Coca-Cola, West; Dassault Systems, Greater Boston; Horizon Beverage, Southeast; Jessica’s Brick Oven, Northeast; ‘Bronze,’ General Dynamics AIS, West; GT Advanced Technologies, Northeast; HubSpot, Greater Boston; Reinhart Food Service, Southeast; and Simonds International, Central. ‘Gateway City Champions’ are Biomedical Research Models, Worcester; and Solectria Renewables, Lawrence. Jerry Sargent, president of Citizens Bank, will receive the Chairman’s Award. For information on tickets and sponsorships, contact Sean Getchell, (781) 489-6262, ext. 13.

Forum Welcomes
Chris Matthews
Dec. 1: The Springfield Public Forum series will host Hardball host Chris Matthews at 7:30 p.m. at Springfield Symphony Hall. Matthews will present “JFK and the Presidency, Past and Present.” The lecture is free to the public; no reservations are required. For more information on the event, visit www.springfieldpublicforum.org.

Opinion
Are Background Checks Discriminatory?

In two hearings held earlier this year, the Equal Opportunity Employment Commission (EEOC) heard testimony about whether or not background checks cause a disparate impact on minorities.
Advocates for ex-offenders and various watchdog groups from around the country argue that it must, because African-Americans and Latinos have higher arrest and conviction rates than whites. Although the EEOC claimed its hearings to be fair and unbiased, many critics have argued that the panelists invited to speak were strongly biased in favor of limiting background checks.
The commissioner heard testimony from defense attorneys, various academics, and two employers who had positive experiences hiring ex-offenders.
In a letter to the EEOC sent from the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights (USCCR), Commissioners Peter Kirsanow, Gail Heriot, and Todd Gaziano asserted that the hearings were not balanced and that the omission of important data was a mistake.
The commissioners said the EEOC should have heard important research from economists Harry Holzer and Stephen Rafael, as well as public-policy professor Michael Stoll. Their research, published in the Journal of Law and Economics, showed that employers with access to background checks were actually about 10% more likely to hire minorities than those without access to that information.
The commissioners wrote that the studies from Holzer, Rafael, and Stoll “suggest that, in the absence of criminal-background checks, some employers discriminate statistically against black men and/or those with weak employment records.”
The USCCR commissioners have asked the EEOC to convene another hearing specifically to look at this additional information and to consider the negative impact that limiting background checks would have on minorities.
What should employers do? The discussion in Washington and around the country will continue, hopefully in a fair and balanced way that all sides can agree with. When it concludes, it is possible that the EEOC may revise its existing guidance or simply leave it alone. That doesn’t mean that employers should just wait it out. With increased attention on this matter and a surge in lawsuits claiming discrimination, now is the time for employers to look carefully at their policies and procedures regarding background checks.
Employers should always ensure that hiring decisions are made consistently. When negative information returned on a background check is considered, employers should be careful to weigh the job-relatedness of the crime and the amount of time passed since the completion of the sentence.
Some employers also look to consider additional factors such as any positive work experience since the sentence, references, or civic activity.
The Employers Association of the NorthEast (EANE) will be hosting a Webinar about this topic on Nov. 30 from 12:30 to 2 p.m.  Employers interested in attending can register by visiting www2.gotomeeting.com/register/531504930.

John McTighe is vice president of Strategic Information Resources, a background-screening company based in Springfield; (800) 813-4381; [email protected]

Opinion
Idea Mill Points Way to a Vibrant Holyoke

“Being down at the bottom gives you the chance to come back.”
That was one of the many messages that John Geraci, who has launched several Internet-based startups, left with participants at Idea Mill (see cover story, page 38). He was addressing an audience of entrepreneurs, business leaders, city-planning experts, and others interested in seeing Holyoke make exactly that kind of comeback.
‘Down at the bottom’ may have been a harsh way to put it, but it’s undeniable that this unique community — one of the nation’s first planned industrial cities, with a central manufacturing district built along a series of canals — has seen better days; it still ranks among the poorest cities in Massachusetts, and many of those formerly bustling mills have been vacant for decades.
But change is in the air.
Local economic-development officials have been talking about the rise of an Innovation District along the canals, and city leaders are buoyed by the ongoing development of the high-performance computing center that won’t produce many jobs, but will surely raise the city’s profile in attracting other high-tech businesses.
Idea Mill, which brought together a few dozen visionaries to discuss Holyoke’s potential, further focused those goals by emphasizing, throughout the day, the concept of ‘entrepreneutial density,’ the idea that many innovative companies, startups and established firms alike, working in one area raises the bar for all of them — not just through competition, but collaboration as well.
The idea of CEOs discussing current projects and future ideas among one another wasn’t the paradigm 20 years ago, said Baer Tierkel, another serial entrepreneur, but that kind of shared passion can be the lifeblood for a growing economy — in this case, one that could spring up in the old mill buildings along the canals.
That’s why another recurring theme at Idea Mill was promoting those buildings themselves, and convincing entrepreneurs to see them not as relics from a long-ago past, but living real estate with a palpable sense of history mingled with a modern, funky vibe. Many businesses have already caught on — the success of Open Square, where the conference was held, speaks to that — but event organizers believe the Innovation District can be so much more.
There’s plenty to be excited about in the Paper City these days, from the high-performance computing center to the possibility of a large resort casino. But what the speakers at Idea Mill made abundantly clear is that the city’s fortune won’t rise on technology itself, or any individual building project, but on people with passion and a vision, competing with each other while collaborating on something greater: a new, vibrant Holyoke.
We’ve said many times that economic development and job growth in this region will come organically. It will happen the same way it happened 200 years ago, with entrepreneurs taking concepts for new products and turning them into businesses. There are many ways to foster entrepreurship, and one of them is to relate success stories that happened here (complete with the challenges and struggles that are part and parcel to each of those stories) with the hope that they will inspire others who want to choose that path, and convince them that they don’t have to move to Cambridge or Silicon Valley to achieve those dreams.
That’s what Idea Mill is all about, and we consider it an exciting addition to the many endeavors taking place in the Valley to inspire the vision and entrepreneurial daring it will take to transform Holyoke and the entire region.
And that’s an idea worth developing.

Building Permits Departments

The following building permits were issued during the month of October 2011.

AGAWAM

Coopers Commons, LLC
159 Main St.
$77,500 — Interior and exterior renovations

Southgate Properties, LLC
830 Suffield St.
$200,000 — New roof and steel decking

Suffield Street Partners, LLP
62-64 Gold St.
$32,000 — Interior upgrade for warehouse use

CHICOPEE

Curry Realty, LLC
765 Memorial Dr.
$3,819,000 — Construction of a 12,454-square-foot addition and renovation of existing

Jeffrey J. Campbell, Inc.
649 Meadow St.
$21,000 — Storage addition

John Salema
751 Meadow St.
$85,000 — Renovate interior of sales area and restrooms

Main Street Property
340 McKinstry Ave.
$13,500 — Interior renovation for new tenant

LUDLOW

Oak Tree Inn
782 Center St.
$5,000 — New deck

NORTHAMPTON

Billmar Corporation
330 North King St.
$104,000 — Addition and renovations

Leachate Treatment Facility
170 Glendale Road
$30,000 — Mount radiator and reinstall engine

SPRINGFIELD

Diocese of Springfield
405 Boston Road
$148,500 — New roof

Humra Nseem
806 Main St.
$3,000 — Exterior repairs

Robert Flanagan
67 Allen St.
$42,000 — New roof

Mark Patel
154 Island Pond Road
$15,000 — New roof

Phoenix House of New England
15 Mulberry St.
$54,000 — Install replacement windows

SHA
20 Lafrance St.
$100,000 — Renovate community room at Moxon Apartments

Tom McCarthy
357 Cottage St.
$20,000 — Install 35 replacement windows and roof repairs

WEST

Aldo Bertera F.L.P.
40 Larone Ave.
$625,000 — Erect a 7,140-square-foot auto detailing shop

380 Union Street Inc.
380 Union St.
$105,000 — New roof

United Methodist Church
802 Main St.
$150,000 — Repair tornado damage

Bankruptcies Departments

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

Alvarado, Nancy I.
a/k/a Fleury, Nancy I.
17 Adams St., Apt. 1R
Chicopee, MA 01013
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 09/12/11

Avery, Judith
156 South Road
Peru, MA 01235
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 09/07/11

Barrett, Jayme E.
89 Midway St.
Indian Orchard, MA 01151
Chapter: 13
Filing Date: 09/13/11

Basile, Diane M.
7 Orchard St.
Belchertown, MA 01007
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 09/12/11

Belanger, William J.
6 Kenway Dr.
Springfield, MA 01104
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 09/01/11

Berkshire Environmental
Cinescape The Winter Palace
Gray, William H.
Gray, Carol J.
19 Bishop Estate Road
Lenox, MA 01240
Chapter: 11
Filing Date: 09/12/11

Bertera, Debra A.
a/k/a Peet, Debra Ann
34 Gladsworth St.
Springfield, MA 01104
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 09/09/11

Brunelle, Joel David
10 Ridge Ave.
Pittsfield, MA 01201
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 09/12/11

Bucchiere, David
139 Union St., Unit 18
Westfield, MA 01085
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 09/14/11

Caribe, Maria E.
175 Walnut St.
Holyoke, MA 01040
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 09/01/11

Carr, William Michael
Carr, Megan Kathleen
a/k/a Murphy, Megan Kathleen
102 Clark St.
Belchertown, MA 01007
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 09/07/11

Cartagena, Maria T.
1335 Dwight St., Apt. 2R
Holyoke, MA 01040
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 09/08/11

Chernock, Barry S.
Chernock, Debra E.
82 Merriweather Dr.
Longmeadow, MA 01106
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 09/02/11

Chofay, James J.
Chofay, Marianne E.
a/k/a Hines, Marianne
a/k/a Cirelli, Maryanne E.
84 Riverboat Village Road
South Hadley, MA 01075
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 09/14/11

Christie, Nancy J.
16 Joyce St., Apt. 20
Ludlow, MA 01056
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 09/09/11

Davis, Nathaniel T.
Davis, Dawnelle
a/k/a Bolden, Dawnelle
144 Ferncliff Ave.
Springfield, MA 01119
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 09/09/11

DeSantis, Kathryn Marie
38 North St., Apt. 1
Ware, MA 01082
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 09/12/11

Deyo, Floyd T.
5 Christian Hill Road
Great Barrington, MA 01230
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 09/07/11

Deyo, Karin A.
a/k/a Kell, Karin A.
5 Christian Hill Road
Great Barrington, MA 01230
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 09/07/11

Dipietro, Fallon
192 Benedict Road
Pittsfield, MA 01201
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 09/08/11

Easthampton Travel
Tessier, Richard J.
14 Arrowhead Dr.
Hadley, MA 01035
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 09/14/11

Engley, Ann M.
7 Ave. C
Turners Falls, MA 01376
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 09/02/11

Feen, Mark D.
Feen, Cynthia J.
46 Wilmont St.
Chicopee, MA 01013
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 09/08/11

Ferreira, Michael A.
491 Winsor St.
Ludlow, MA 01056
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 09/09/11

Flagg, Henry E.
45 Quail Dr.
Chicopee, MA 01020
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 09/15/11

Forcier, Connie M.
a/k/a Miller, Connie
55 L St.
Turners Falls, MA 01376
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 09/14/11

Fotiadis, Dimitrios
10 Wrentham Road, Apt. 21
Worcester, MA 01602
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 09/07/11

Gladu, Jeffrey D.
Gladu, Melissa J.
55 Irene St.
Chicopee, MA 01013
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 09/09/11

Gonzalez, Jesus
750 White St.
Springfield, MA 01108
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 09/12/11

Gonzalez, Jose M.
14 Wilber St.
Springfield, MA 01104
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 09/01/11

Gonzalez, Pamela B.
a/k/a Bongiovanni, Pamela
118 Maple St
Agawam, MA 01001
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 09/15/11

Greene, Barry L.
Greene, Lana M.
7 Victorian Dr.
West Springfield, MA 01089
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 09/13/11

Grimaldi, Juliann Elizabeth
56 Cherry St.
Northampton, MA 01060
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 09/12/11

Hemingway, George Warren
Hemingway, Denise Faye
39 Montague St.
Turners Falls, MA 01376
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 09/07/11

Henry, Vicki M.
2007 Palmer Road
Three Rivers, MA 01080
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 09/12/11

Hooker, John
139 Union St., Unit 18
Westfield, MA 01085
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 09/14/11

Jones, Brian W.
Jones, Tiffany B.
116 Hampton Ave.
Westfield, MA 01085
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 09/08/11

Laflamme, Francis M.
1154 Montgomery St.
Chicopee, MA 01013
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 09/02/11

Lapierre, Rena Dianne
31 South St., Apt. B
South Hadley, MA 01075
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 09/14/11

Leboeuf, Colleen M.
7 Park Ave.
Monson, MA 01057
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 09/13/11

McGale, Terry A.
13 Charpentier Blvd.
Chicopee, MA 01013
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 09/13/11

Medina, Mireya
89 Longhill St., Apt. 4
Springfield, MA 01108
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 09/01/11

Mimitz, Kasandra L.
491 Bridge Road, Apt. 1401
Florence, MA 01062
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 09/07/11

Mitchell, Donald E.
698 Mill St.
Feeding Hills, MA 01030
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 09/07/11

Mitchell, Guilia L.
a/k/a Rovinski, Guilia L.
698 Mill St.
Feeding Hills, MA 01030
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 09/07/11

Motta, Darlene B.
47 Shearer St.
Palmer, MA 01069
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 09/09/11

Ordonez, Philip T.
50 Marengo Park
Springfield, MA 01108
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 09/06/11

O’Rourke, William
O’Rourke, Joanne
473 Homestead Ave.
Holyoke, MA 01040
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 09/01/11

Pannozzo, Lori A.
11 Maple Lawn Dr.
Monson, MA 01057
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 09/12/11

Parrish, Jeffrey S.
87 Saint James Ave.
Holyoke, MA 01040
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 09/12/11

Perkins, Christopher S.
Perkins, Magaly C.
50 Baldwin Dr.
Hampden, MA 01036
Chapter: 13
Filing Date: 09/14/11

Phillips, Richard E.
31 Old Post Road
Worthington, MA 01098
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 09/09/11

Pinnock, Kurt
50 Campechi St.
Springfield, MA 01104
Chapter: 13
Filing Date: 09/02/11

Prue, Kevin A.
512 Pinedale Ave.
Athol, MA 01331
Chapter: 13
Filing Date: 09/13/11

Roberts, Nelson C.
38 South Longyard Road
Southwick, MA 01077
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 09/07/11

Rock, MaryAnne F.
47R Thomas St.
Chicopee, MA 01013
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 09/13/11

Rzeszutek, Randall J.
3 Gross Lane
Easthampton, MA 01027
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 09/14/11

Sanchez, Carlos A.
Sanchez, Rosibel
a/k/a Mejia, Ursula R.
42 Pine St.
ittsfield, MA 01201
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 09/06/11

Shepardson, Kevin B.
Shepardson, Mary L.
139 Appleton Ave.
Pittsfield, MA 01201
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 09/08/11

Skala, Lois B.
7 Ridgewood Road
Wilbraham, MA 01095
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 09/09/11

Smithies, Hector I.
PO Box 221
Westfield, MA 01086
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 09/09/11

Sperlonga, Torey A.
3 Pinnacle Dr.
Adams, MA 01220
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 09/06/11

Sutton, Joseph L.
Sutton, JoAnne
12 Oriole Dr.
Chicopee, MA 01020
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 09/09/11

Trow, Mary Lou
31 Village Park Road
Amherst, MA 01002
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 09/14/11

Warren, Diane M.
59 Stearns Terrace
Chicopee, MA 01013
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 09/09/11

Western Mass Shipping, Inc.
BF, Inc.
Goin Postal
Brooks, Frank C.
Brooks, Fumie
282 Narragansett Blvd.
Chicopee, MA 01013
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 09/15/11

Whalen, Michael C.
23 Britton St.
Chicopee, MA 01020
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 09/07/11

DBA Certificates Departments

The following Business Certificates and Trade Names were issued or renewed during the month of October 2011.

AGAWAM

Alex Zmaczynski
604 North Westfield St.
Alex Zmaczynski

Joan M. Luchini
299 Walnut St.
Joan M. Luchini

Sullivan Property Preserve, LLC
146 Adams St.
Alexander Sullivan

CHICOPEE

KNT Computer
1880 Memorial Dr.
Tue A. Bui

New England Blend
192 Montgomery St.
Richard F. Freitag Jr.

New Image Construction & Remodeling
17 High St.
Jeremy Dion

LUDLOW

Bernard Cabinetry
330 Ventura St.
James Bernard

Hair West Designs
322 West Ave.
Christine Peacey

Ludlow Travel Agency
176 Wenson St.
Maria Malaguias

NORTHAMPTON

360 Background Solutions
209 Cardinal Way
David Reinhart

Dan Gough Painting
69 Bridge Road
Daniel McGough

J.D. Powers Property Management, LLC
92 Glendale Road
David Powers

Pawjamas
557 Easthampton Road
Debra Wysock

Shiva Shakti Power Vinyasa Yoga
17 Strong Ave.
Brandon Compagnone

Silver Impressions
98 Pleasant St.
Anna King

The Taxi Inc.
One Roundhouse Plaza
Chester Krusiewski

SPRINGFIELD

5th Avenue Jewelry
1655 Boston Road
Hyun C. Kim

Adam Beshara Inc.
479 Breckwood Blvd.
Adam J. Beshara

Alice McGrath
52 Canterbury Road
Alice J. McGrath

BWF Inc.
354 Main St.
Joseph M. Pafumi

Byte Bak Computers
20 Dartmouth St.
Kimberly J. Gavin

Christian Brothers Builders
195 Arcadia Blvd.
Gary W. Pippin

Cotto’s Power Washing Inc.
16 Tyler St.
Alexander Cotto

Defy Dravity
1655 Main St.
Raul Roman

East Coast Advertising
106 Pasco Road
Jason Avezzie

Ebony Hill Web Design
111 Florida St.
Derrick A. Hill

El Mariachi Loco
607-609 Page Blvd.
Reyna Farnham

Envy Nails
1777 Boston Road
Loan Nguyen

Gamers Galaxy, LLC
494 Central St.
Otto W. Anthony

Le’Buddies Helping Hands
62 Whittier St.
Althea Carter

Lucky 7 Cleaner
1003 St. James Ave.
Young Y. Choi

WEST SPRINGFIELD

BCS Performance
161 Wayside Ave.
Jason Brazee

Bertera Flat
657 Riverdale St.
Bertera Foreign Motors Corporation

Debron’s Full Service Salon
242 Westfield St.
Deborah L. Scharmann

Law Office of Gerard B. Matthews
1252 Elm St.
Gerard B. Matthews

Montessori Children’s House
118 Riverdale St.
David Ruggiera

New England Estate Sales and Service
38 Neptune Ave.
Peter Zaitz

Online Fabric Store
333 Park St.
Mayer A. Kahan

Ralph’s Express
1900 Westfield St.
Ralph E. Figueroa

Red’s Towing and Service Center
1528 Riverdale St.
Gary B. Sheehan

Wag’n Tails Doggy Daycare
91 Westwood Dr.
Marylynn C. Murray

Company Notebook Departments

Mercy Joins HNE’s Medicare Advantage Provider Network
SPRINGFIELD — Health New England (HNE) recently announced that Mercy Medical Center has become a part of its Medicare Advantage provider network. Any HNE member, regardless of product, can now access the services available at Mercy Medical Center. The hospital and physicians of the Sisters of Providence Health System (SPHS), which Mercy is a part of, have been in HNE’s commercial and Mass Health product networks for several years, and HNE is the health-insurance provider for the employees of SPHS. “HNE is excited about the extension of our partnership with SPHS,” said Peter Straley, HNE president and CEO. “We know that one of the most important components of any health-insurance product is the network of hospitals and physicians available to the members. This addition to our Medicare Advantage provider network enables us to be a viable option for all Medicare beneficiaries in our region.” Daniel Moen, SPHS president and CEO, echoed those sentiments. “Mercy Medical Center welcomes this opportunity to further our relationship with HNE,” he said. “Mercy’s participation as a member of the HNE Medicare Advantage provider network ensures that Medicare beneficiaries in our region are able to access the high-quality, high-value care at Mercy, no matter which Medicare plan they choose for health care coverage.”

Hampden Bank Offers Second Chance Mortgage
SPRINGFIELD — Hampden Bank has announced the availability of a new mortgage product specifically designed for those whose credit has been adversely affected by the recession. Robert Michel, senior vice president of retail lending, noted that the Second Chance Mortgage is a viable solution for those deemed ‘not bankable’ during these difficult economic times but who are working conscientiously to rebuild their credit. “Whether it’s directly due to the recession, job loss, bankruptcy, reduction of income, or other life events, such as divorce or illness, we know there are many good, hardworking people out there who, for one reason or another, have taken a serious hit in recent times,” he said. “We also know that many of these same people have been working hard to re-establish their credit, and we feel they at least deserve a second look and perhaps a second chance.” Michel added that the Second Chance Mortgage “could be the solution to get them back into home ownership.” Specific underwriting criteria must be met, and qualification will be determined on a case-by-case basis, with previous strong credit history and current ability to repay being major considerations.

Monson Savings Bank Wins SBA Award
MONSON — The Small Business Administration (SBA) recently announced that Monson Savings Bank has won the Lender of the Quarter Award for the third quarter of fiscal year 2011. The award was given to the bank in recognition of its “excellent” SBA activity for the quarter, according to Steven Lowell, president of Monson Savings. The bank had six SBA loan approvals from April 1 through June 30, which ranked it in the ‘Top 15 SBA Lenders in the State’ category. Additionally, the bank tripled its overall SBA activity since 2010 with 18 loans through the first three quarters of the SBA fiscal year. “We are very pleased to be able to help so many customers by leveraging the SBA lending programs,” said Lowell. “I’m not surprised we are ahead of so many larger banks statewide in this arena, because we specialize in working with small and mid-sized businesses.”

Companies Partner to Provide Cobiax Product for Miami Art Museum
LUDLOW — Meredith-Springfield Associates Inc. recently announced its partnership with Barker Steel, LLC to provide high-tech materials for the new, $220 million Miami Art Museum (MAM). Meredith-Springfield is a plastic-extrusion blow-molding manufacturing and engineering company that manufactured thousands of spheres from recycled plastic which were set into steel wire cages for Barker Steel, the licensed distributor for the Cobiax voided concrete system, headquartered in Milford. The wire cages and spheres were shipped in tower-crane-ready bundles for use in concrete slabs in the construction of the MAM. With Cobiax building units, the building slabs are up to 35% lighter than solid flat concrete slabs, and present up to 15% less load on foundations, which allows increased freedom for structural conception. “This type of building system also allows for up to 20-meter spans with no obstructing beams, which amounts to 40% fewer columns,” said Mel O’Leary, president and CEO of Meredith-Springfield. “By using spherical-resin products, strategically encased in concrete with reinforcing steel, one can leave out as much concrete as possible while maintaining the full flexural strength of the slab and allowing a biaxial load transfer. The result is overall weight reduction, increased seismic performance, cost reduction, and environmental sustainability.” The MAM design involves large spans of floor and ceiling without the typical number of columns so that the view from sea to land or vice versa is not completely obstructed. The museum building itself, totaling 120,000 square feet at the core, includes a wide stair connecting the platform to the sea and a promenade. The hanging gardens from ceiling to floor are not interrupted by numerous columns, and the building becomes part of the shoreline and helps visitors gradually transition from Miami’s tropical climate to the museum’s more regulated interior.

Study Rates MassMutual #1in Satisfaction
SPRINGFIELD — In Boston Research Group’s 2011 Defined Contribution Plan (DCP) Retirement Advisor Satisfaction and Loyalty Study, MassMutual’s Retirement Services Division earned the number-one overall satisfaction rating from retirement-plan advisors among all 17 record keepers in the study. MassMutual scored 13 points higher than its nearest competitor and 28 points above the industry average overall. MassMutual placed in the top quartile in every category ranking and garnered the most number-one ratings among all record keepers in the study, clinching the top rating in each of the following: overall satisfaction, wholesaler accessibility/availability, wholesaler expertise in the retirement services industry, thought leader in the 401(k) industry, partners with you (advisor) for success, marketing assistance (proposals, presentations, seminars), internal wholesaler ability to resolve problems, and making it easy to do business with them. The nationwide survey of retirement advisors was conducted from February to April 2011, and the results of the recordkeeping portion represent 17 leading defined-contribution retirement-plan providers. Findings are based on the percentage of advisors who were ‘very satisfied’ with the record keeper.

Briefcase Departments

Colleges Form Partnership on Workforce Training
SPRINGFIELD — Businesses throughout Hampden and Hampshire counties can now access custom-designed workforce training through a partnership between Holyoke Community College (HCC) and Springfield Technical Community College (STCC). TWO — Training & Workforce Options — is a joint endeavor that provides a single source for customized workforce development and training in the region. HCC President Bill Messner noted that the colleges have offered extensive workforce training and development for decades, but now there is one telephone number and easy Web access for this business resource. STCC President Ira Rubenzahl added that TWO will offer a wide range of training, from computer software and certification preparation to manufacturing; from management skills to ESL in the workplace. “Our goal is to make Western Mass. a more desirable place to grow your business,” said Rubenzahl. Messner added that “both colleges have a long-term track record; it makes sense for us to combine and offer greater efficiency.” Classes will be scheduled at the need and desire of the customer, whether immediately or at some preferred time in the future. TWO can also provide distance classes online if that’s more convenient for the individual employees, or provide an instructor at the business address. Debbie Bellucci, dean of the STCC School of Continuing Education and Distance Learning, noted that contract training can be designed based on an individual company’s specific needs and desired outcomes. For more information on TWO, call (413) 755-6100.

UMass Wins Grant to Host $7.5 Million Northeast Climate Science Center
AMHERST — U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar recently announced that UMass Amherst has been chosen to lead a consortium of seven universities and host a major new endeavor, the Northeast Climate Science Center, through a five-year, $7.5 million grant. It will support federal, state, and other agencies by studying the effects of climate change on ecosystems, wildlife, water, and other resources in the region. UMass Amherst and partner institutions in Wisconsin, Minnesota, New York, and Massachusetts will together receive $1.5 million core funding each year for five years, with more project-specific funds available. The Northeast CSC is one of eight established by the Interior Department since Salazar founded the program in 2009. The region includes New England and states west to Minnesota and south to Maryland. “Selecting the locations for the final three of our eight climate science centers is a major milestone in our efforts to implement our department-wide climate-change strategy,” Salazar said. “The nationwide network of climate science centers will provide the scientific talent and commitment necessary for understanding how climate change and other landscape stressors will change the face of the U.S., and how the Department of the Interior, as our nation’s chief steward of natural and cultural resources, can prepare and respond.” Specific challenges could include climate impacts on water resources, agriculture and grazing, fish and wildlife responses to climate change, forest resilience, invasive species, protecting migratory fish and waterfowl, sea-level rise, coastal erosion, flood management, and water quality. Funded research is only one benefit of being named a CSC. The designation also positions the university for a future leadership role in regional and national climate research, according to Michael Malone, UMass Amherst vice chancellor for research and engagement. Principal investigator of the new CSC at UMass Amherst is Richard Palmer, head of Civil and Environmental Engineering, with co-principal investigators Raymond Bradley, distinguished university professor and director of the Climate System Research Center; Curt Griffin, professor of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation and co-director of the Environmental Sciences Program; and Keith Nislow, wildlife and fish team leader of the USDA Forest Service Northern Research Station. Bradley noted there is a pressing need for information on how climate change will affect conditions at the local level, which requires studies using high-resolution climate models. “Most studies so far provide broad-scale assessments at the national level,” he said, “but resource managers need more detailed information that is relevant to their specific problems. One of our goals for the new center is to develop this capability.” Palmer said that, to win this major federal recognition, UMass Amherst and its partner institutions demonstrated that they offer unparalleled research strengths and established multi-disciplinary collaborations spanning the Northeast region needed to carry out research on specific regional climate-change effects. Graduate students from many UMass Amherst departments and undergraduates in the Commonwealth Honors College will be involved in the Northeast CSC, including a possible exchange program with other regional centers. In addition to UMass Amherst, other Northeast CSC members are the University of Wisconsin Madison, the University of Missouri Columbia, the University of Minnesota, the College of Menominee Nation in Keshena, Wis., the Marine Biological Laboratory at Woods Hole, Mass., and Columbia University in New York City. According to the Department of the Interior, the eight regional climate science centers extend from a hub at the National Climate Change and Wildlife Center at the U.S. Geological Survey national headquarters. In addition to Interior Department bureaus such as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Park Service, other federal cooperating agencies taking part in the CSC program are the U.S. Forest Service and NOAA. State, tribal, landowner, and non-governmental organization interests also will be engaged in identifying science priorities for the CSCs. Other climate science centers are located in Alaska, the Pacific Islands, and the Northwest, Southwest, North Central, South Central, and Southeast regions of the U.S.

UMass Amherst Cops $3M Grant for Science, Math Teacher Development
AMHERST — The School of Education at the UMass Amherst has received a six-year, $3 million grant from the National Science Foundation to create a network that helps train and retain science and mathematics teachers for middle and high schools in Western Mass. The project addresses the critical need for middle- and high-school science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) teachers through collaboration between UMass Amherst educators — and researchers from the School of Education and the colleges of Natural Sciences and Engineering — and mathematics and science administrators from regional school districts. The participating schools include the Springfield, Holyoke, and Greenfield public schools and the Mahar Regional School District in Orange. The Amherst-based Hitchcock Center for the Environment, a nonprofit organization focused on the professional development of teachers and the education of young people in the sciences, is a key partner in this project. The program is designed to encourage talented students and professionals to pursue teaching careers and develop long-term commitments to teaching students in high-needs secondary schools. This grant was accompanied by $1.5 million in matching contributions from the university and project partners. UMass Amherst faculty involved in the grant are Kathleen Davis, Sandra Madden, and Barbara Madeloni, all of the School of Education’s department of Teacher Education and Curriculum Studies; Stephen Schneider, head of the department of Astronomy in the College of Natural Sciences; and Paula Sturdevant Rees, from the Water Resources Research Center and the College of Engineering. The six-year project supports an engaged community of 20 master teacher fellows — teachers with master’s degrees and demonstrated excellence in teaching currently working in the partner districts — and 20 teaching fellows who are post-baccalaureate students and professionals holding STEM degrees who will earn a teaching credential and teach in a high-needs district. It provides these science and mathematics teachers with community support, licensure, graduate degrees and certificates, and salary supplements while they teach.

Massachusetts Public Higher Ed Enrollment Hits All-time High
BOSTON — The Mass. Department of Higher Education recently released data showing that the state’s public colleges and universities continue to experience substantial enrollment growth, hitting a 10-year record high in 2011. The 2011 Early Enrollment and Long-term Trend Comparisons, presented to the Mass. Board of Higher Education this morning, show a 23% increase in undergraduate enrollment at the state’s community colleges, state universities and University of Massachusetts campuses between fall, 2001 and fall, 2011. The report also shows that selected colleges and universities have witnessed dramatic fall-to-fall enrollment increases in the past year. Framingham State University’s enrollment increased 15%, while Worcester State University’s enrollment grew by 9%. These increases occurred despite a smaller pool of high school graduates across the state due to various demographic changes. “The data tell an important story, namely that our public colleges and universities continue to play a decidedly more important role in educating the future citizens and workforce of the Commonwealth,” said Richard M. Freeland, Commissioner of Higher Education for Massachusetts. “While the numbers are not as dramatic as in recent years, this new analysis shows that our enrollment growth remains consistent and our role in educating the state’s future citizenry and workforce continues to expand.” While the greatest growth in enrollment over the past few years has been at the community college level, this past year saw the highest enrollment increases in the state university segment. Framingham State University President Timothy Flanagan attributes the increase to the university’s own growth plan, accommodation of transfer students, and current economic realities. “Families are seeking value, which they define as high quality academic programs and world class faculty to prepare students for careers and further study,” said Flanagan.

School of Public Health Wins $2.5M Grant, National Recognition
AMHERST — Training to improve the nation’s public health system by strengthening the technical, scientific, managerial, and leadership competence of current and future public-health workers will soon be under way in Springfield, Holyoke, Pittsfield, and the Berkshires, supported by a four-year, $2.5 million grant to the School of Public Health and Health Sciences (SPHHS) at UMass Amherst. Dean Marjorie Aelion, with lead faculty investigators Dan Gerber and Stuart Chipkin, recently announced the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services award to the SPHHS at UMass Amherst, which creates a Public Health Training Center on the campus. Similar awards were also given to Yale, Columbia, and Johns Hopkins universities. Through the center, training will be available to 30 current community health workers in Springfield, Holyoke, Pittsfield, and the Berkshires each year over the next four years. Concurrently, 30 UMass Amherst SPHHS undergraduate student interns will be placed in some of the communities to help administer new programs each year.

Departments People on the Move

Yuki Cohen

Yuki Cohen

Yuki Cohen has been named Vice President and Wealth Advisor for the Wealth Management Division of Berkshire Bank in Pittsfield. Cohen will work with a variety of clients and institutions throughout the Berkshire County and Pioneer Valley markets, providing trust-administration and asset-allocation services to wealth-management clients.
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Attorney Karina L. Schrengohst has joined Royal LLP, based in Northampton, focusing her practice in labor law. She will represent unionized employers in court, defending them against unfair labor practice charges, and before administrative agencies, such as the National Labor Relations Board. Also, she will assist clients at arbitrations in matters involving contract interpretation and employee discipline or discharge and advise non-union clients on developing the best practices for maintaining a union-free workplace.
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Shefali Desai has been appointed National Sales Leader of Emerging Markets for MassMutual’s Retirement Services division, based in Springfield. Desai is responsible for leading the division’s 15 sales directors, as well as third-party administrator channel managers targeting small-market retirement plans.
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Ralph F. Abbott Jr.

Ralph F. Abbott Jr.

Skoler, Abbott & Presser, P.C., with offices in Springfield, Worcester, and Meriden, Conn., has announced that Ralph F. Abbott Jr. has been named the 2012 Springfield Employment Law-Management Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers, a peer-review publication in the legal profession. Abbott has been a member of the firm since 1975. In addition to providing employment-related advice to employers, he assists clients in remaining union-free and represents employers before the National Labor Relations Board.
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Heather Bosworth has joined Park Square Realty’s Westfield office as a Sales Associate.
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Johanna M. LaClair has joined the Insurance Center of New England as a Personal Lines Sales Representative.
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James E. Vinick has been named Treasurer of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield.
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Chicopee Savings Bank announced the following:
• Martha M. Rickson has been named Branch Officer of the West Springfield branch office; and
• Maribel Torres has been named Assistant Vice President of Retail Lending.
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Western New England College in Springfield announced the following:
• Nuno C. Alves has been named Instructor of Electrical and Computer Engineering;
• Anthony E. English has been named Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering;
• Joe A. Riofrio has been named Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering; and
• Brian K. Smith has been named Assistant Professor of Industrial Engineering.
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Joseph DaSilva has been named Vice President of Administration at Springfield Technical Community College.
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Florence Savings Bank announced the following promotions:
• Susan A. Pepin-Phillips has been named Vice President of Marketing;
• Shelley M. Daughdrill has been elected Assistant Vice President and Branch Manager;
• Michele Z. Lawrence-Bennett has been named Assistant Vice President and Security Officer;
• Sharon C. Malouin has been elected Audit Officer; and
• Robert E. Teto has been elected Virtual Branch Manager.
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Western New England University in Springfield recently appointed new members of the faculty at the College of Arts and Sciences:
• Eric L. Clark has been named Assistant Professor of Mathematics;
• William R. Force has been named Assistant Professor of Sociology;
• Jacob L. Krans has been named Assistant Professor of Neuroscience;
• Sean P. McClintock has been named Assistant Professor of Chemistry;
• Alexander S. Rosas has been named Assistant Professor of Political Science and Director of the Law and Society program; and
• Heather Stassen-Ferrara has been named Assistant Professor of Communication.

Chamber Corners Departments

ACCGS
www.myonlinechamber.com
(413) 787-1555

• Nov. 2: Business @ Breakfast, 7:15 to 9 a.m., The Cedars, Springfield. The monthly breakfast pays tribute to individuals, businesses, and organizations for major contributions to civic and economic growth and for actions which reflect honor on the region. The breakfast gives your company exposure to business owners, upper management, and salespeople. To register, contact Cecile Larose at [email protected]

• Nov. 9: ACCGS After 5, 5 to 7 p.m., Fran Johnson’s, 1050 Riverdale St., West Springfield. Network, build relationships, and forge strategic partnerships. The After 5 offers business professionals from diverse industries an opportunity to exchange business leads while socializing in a casual atmosphere. To register, contact Cecile Larose at [email protected]

• Nov. 9: PWC November Meeting, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Basketball Hall of Fame, Springfield. Speaker: Jamie Williamson, MCAD Commissioner, presenting “Up the Ladder, The Public Sector.” To register, contact Lynn Johnson at (413) 755-1310 or [email protected]

Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce
www.amherstarea.com
(413) 253-0700

• Nov. 16: After 5, 5 to 7 p.m., Chandler’s Restaurant at Yankee Candle Village, South Deerfield. Cost: $5 for members, $10 for non-members. Register online at www.amherstarea.com

Chicopee Chamber of Commerce
www.chicopeechamber.org
(413) 594-2101

• Nov. 16: November Salute Breakfast, 7:15 to 9 a.m., Summit View Banquet & Meeting House. Cost: $19 for members, $26 for non-members. Register online at www.chicopeechamber.org

Greater Easthampton Chamber of Commerce
www.easthamptonchamber.org
(413) 527-9414

• Nov. 2: Taming the Social Media Beast, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., UMass Amherst Campus Center, Room 1011. To register, contact Heidi at [email protected] or (888) 865-1244.

Greater Northampton Chamber of Commerce
www.explorenorthampton.com
(413) 584-1900

• Nov. 2: Arrive @5, 5 to 7 p.m., Northampton Brewery, 11 Brewster Court, Northampton. A casual mix and mingle with colleagues and friends. Register online at www.explorenorthampton.com

Greater Westfield Chamber of Commerce
www.westfieldbiz.org
(413) 568-1618

• Nov. 2: WestNet After 5 networking event, 5 to 7 p.m., Westfield Bank, 300 Southampton Road, Westfield. Great networking opportunity, so bring business cards. Cost: $10 for members, $15 for non-members.

• Nov. 7: Coffee Hour with Mayor Daniel Knapik, 8 to 9 a.m., Tiger’s Pride, Westfield Vocational & Technical High School, 33 Smith Ave., Westfield.

• Nov. 17: Greater Westfield Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting and Awards Dinner, 6 p.m. cocktail hour followed by dinner and award presentations from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., School Street Bistro, 10 School St., Westfield. Awards include: Large Business of the Year, Westfield State University; Small Business of the Year, Pioneer Valley Railroad; Businesswoman of the Year, Cathy Gendreau, owner of Peppermill Catering, LLC; Businessman of the Year, Bruce Turcotte, CFO of Columbia Manufacturing, Inc.; Don Blair Community Service Award, John Whalley III. Cost: $45 for members, $50 for non-members.

Departments Picture This

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Spreading the Word

ReadAloud1

ReadAloud1

At top, Doug Bowen, right, president of Holyoke-based PeoplesBank, was the featured reader at the Link to Libraries Celebrity Read Aloud 2011-12 academic year program. Bowen read at Sullivan Elementary School in Holyoke to a most attentive and excited group of fifth-graders. Having grown up in the city, his presentation included a discussion with the students on the importance of being good readers and students, and what living and working in the community means to him both personally and professionally. Bowen is seen here with John Breish, principal of the Sullivan School, and several fifth-grade students.
ReadAloudGOB

ReadAloudGOB

Below, BusinessWest editor George O’Brien, left, was a guest reader earlier this month at the White Street School in Springfield. He’s seen here with fourth-grade teacher Jay Brunt and his class. For more information on the initiative, visit www.linktolibraries.org.

Opinion
The Region’s Show of Force

A few weeks back, we referenced how long and difficult this year has been for the region and its business community given all the natural disasters and near-disasters, as well as the lingering recession and its many effects.
Despite all that, we said, there is still much to be proud of and to look forward to as we gauge the strength and diversity of the region’s economy and its prospects for the future. And we’ll get a chance to prove it on Oct. 18 at the MassMutual Center, when the curtain rises on the first Western Mass Business Expo.
Technically, this gathering is a trade show, a business-to-business event featuring the exhibits of more than 130 companies, as well as informational seminars and presentations designed to inform and entertain, and a day-capping networking social. But in reality, it is a celebration of the region’s business community, and we hope that you’ll take part in that celebration.
That’s because, while BusinessWest is producing the expo and the MassMutual Center is hosting it, the event really belongs to the business community, and it will be responsible for providing the energy in the room and, ultimately, the momentum that can be taken from it.
But let’s back up a minute. BusinessWest made the decision to produce this event — and also change its name and character — as part of its ongoing and ever-evolving mission to turn a mirror on the region’s business sector and spotlight the people and the individual companies that define it.
For the better part of two decades, this was done via the printed word, in a monthly and then twice-monthly publication. In recent years, we’ve added special events such as the 40 Under Forty and Difference Makers recognition programs, which salute, respectively, the rising stars and individuals who find new and compelling ways to give back to the community and contribute to quality of life in Western Mass. We’ve also become an active partner with the region’s chambers of commerce, working with them in many ways to bring benefits to members and enable area businesses to become more competitive in today’s global, ultra-competitive marketplace.
The Western Mass Business Expo takes our mission a step further and to a different medium, if you will. We’re still shining a mirror, in many respects, but going much further as well, with informational seminars and programs, and the creation of the networking events aimed at helping area businesses make the all-important connections needed to grow and get to the next level.
As we said, this is a BusinessWest production, but it is really an event owned by the business community. And, ultimately, the success of a trade show isn’t measured by how many companies are exhibiting, but by how much those in attendance can take home with them and how much positive energy the event creates.
We’ve spent the spring and summer creating programs that will provide a number of take-aways for all those in attendance. They feature decision makers and they are designed for both design makers and those who carry our their decisions. But that positive energy? Well, that’s up to all those work and do business in this region.
We hope that everyone who is able will be at the MassMutual Center on Oct. 18. It’s an event that promises to be time well-spent — and it just might help people forget what a trying year this has been and focus on how great next year can be.

Company Notebook Departments

Girls Inc. Benefits From Comedy Night
HOLYOKE — The Women Business Owners Alliance of the Pioneer Valley (WBOA) recently presented Girls Inc. of Holyoke with a check for $2,950, proceeds from a Women’s Night of Comedy. The spring fund-raiser featured comediennes Tina Giorgi, Julie Barr, and Jenny Zigrino. “We are delighted to receive this gift,” said Suzanne Parker, executive director of Girls Inc. “In addition to the generous donation from the WBOA, some members of our board of directors were so inspired at the check presentation that they made additional gifts of their own as well. These donations will help us to continue to offer the cutting-edge, educational, and fun programs that inspire girls to be strong, smart, and bold.”

United Bank Aids
Tornado Relief
WEST SPRINGFIELD — With its partnership in the ABC40/FOX6 Tornado Relief Fund as well as grants awarded by its foundation, United Bank recently announced that a total of $89,500 in donations has supported local tornado relief and recovery efforts. The amount is in addition to the bank’s earlier gift of $25,000 to the Red Cross immediately following the June 1 tornado. The ABC40/FOX6 fund raised $40,000. Individual grants of $10,000 each were awarded to the American Red Cross, Pioneer Valley Chapter; the Salvation Army, Springfield Corps; the Community Foundation of Western MA Tornado Relief Fund; and United Way of Pioneer Valley Tornado Recovery Fund. Also, the United Bank Foundation awarded $49,500 to nine organizations that were impacted by the tornado and those providing immediate relief to the community. The recipients were: Dakin Pioneer Valley Humane Society, $2,000; DevelopSpringfield Corp., $10,000; Holyoke Chicopee Springfield Head Start, $4,000; Pioneer Valley Montessori School, $2,500; Rebuilding Together Springfield, $10,000; South End Community Center, $2,500; Springfield Rescue Mission, $2,000; Square One, $12,500; and Westfield Public Schools, $4,000.

Johnson & Hill Donates to Link to Libraries
PIONEER VALLEY — Johnson & Hill Staffing Services and Link to Libraries Inc., have joined forces for its inaugural Welcome to Kindergarten “Read Together” Literacy Bag Project. The newest initiative for Link to Libraries is the donation of more than 2,000 literacy kits to children entering kindergarten in Springfield and Holyoke public schools. The literacy bags include new bilingual books, bookbags, bookmarks, and parent educational materials supplied by the Irene and George Davis Foundation. “It is most important that our local children have the tools they need to start the school year on the right foot and to help them achieve their intellectual potential,” said Susan Jaye-Kaplan, co-founder of Link to Libraries. “We hope that these literacy kits will stimulate interest in reading and provide books to begin their own home library. We greatly appreciate the support of Andrea Hill-Cataldo and the staff of Johnson & Hill Staffing. It is community partners like this that help us reach our goals.”

Big Y to Eliminate
Self-checkouts
SPRINGFIELD — Big Y Foods Inc. has announced it will eliminate all self-checkout lanes in all its stores by the end of the year. Big Y first implemented self-checkout lanes in 2003. After extensive research, Big Y noted that the self-checkout lanes not only do not save customers time, but usually take them even longer to check out than customers in standard checkout lanes. Big Y concluded that the self-checkout technology could neither improve nor replace the value of a friendly cashier who is able to personally help each customer in their lane, according to Michael Tami, vice president for information resources and technologies. “Our self-checkout technology could not deliver on the service needs of our customers,” he said. “In short, we were not able to provide the exceptional customer service through them that has made Big Y what it is today.”

ACC Bistro Open for Cooking Classes
ENFIELD, Conn. — Hands-on cooking experiences are available to students this fall at Asnuntuck Community College (ACC), led by chef Bill Collins. Collins, a personal chef in Western Mass. and a professional chef for more than 18 years, provides a variety of course options to students looking to enhance their culinary prowess at ACC’s Bistro. Experience in the kitchen is not a prerequisite for the classes. The only requirements are that students bring a chef’s knife, a paring knife, a dish towel, and storage containers to bring home leftovers. All classes will include copies of the recipes Collins will be teaching. Classes are being offered at a variety of lengths ranging from one to four evenings. For more information on classes, visit www.acc.commnet.edu or call (860) 253-3034.

TNR Global to Attend UMass Career Fair
AMHERST — Karen Lynn, director of business development, and Natasha Goncharova, co-founder and managing director of TNR Global, will be representing the firm at UMass Amherst’s Career Fair for Engineering, Natural Sciences & Technology students on Sept. 28. “The University of Massachusetts offers a comprehensive computer science program where students emerge strong candidates for the kind of technical work required of TNR software developers,” said Michael McIntosh, vice president of search technologies. TNR Global is a systems design and integration company focused on enterprise-search and cloud-computing solutions for publishing companies, news sites, Web directories, academia, enterprise, and SaaS companies.

Banks Announce
Merger Plans
ADAMS — Adams Co-Operative Bank and South Adams Savings Bank, both headquartered in town, have agreed to combine their two institutions to form a new community bank serving Berkshire County. A joint announcement of the plan was made recently by Joseph Truskowski Jr., president and CEO of Adams Co-Operative Bank, and Charles O’Brien, president and CEO of South Adams Savings Bank. The combined bank will consist of seven full-service offices located in Adams, Cheshire, Lanesboro, Lee, Williamstown, and North Adams. Truskowski and O’Brien emphasized that both banks are committed to creating jobs in Berkshire County, and no jobs will be eliminated as a result of the merger. The two bank headquarters, which bookend downtown Adams, will also remain fully used. The new bank will be formed under a Massachusetts savings bank charter, with Truskowski serving as president and O’Brien as CEO. The managing boards of the two banks will be merged to create a new board of trustees. In addition, all deposits will continue to be insured in full at the new bank through a combination of coverage from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. and the Depositors Insurance Fund of Massachusetts. The merger is subject to approval by the depositors of Adams Co-Operative Bank, corporators of South Adams Savings Bank, and regulatory agencies. The merger is expected to be completed during the first quarter of 2012.

United Rentals Supports Extreme Makeover
SPRINGFIELD — United Rentals in Ludlow worked around the clock in early September providing construction equipment and services to the latest project in Springfield chosen by the ABC show Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (see related story, page 36). The build benefits Sirdeaner Walker, who has become a national voice against bullying in schools after surviving the loss of her son. The build is also part of United Rentals’ fifth year of partnership with the award-winning television show, which has relied on the company for equipment and volunteers on more than 80 new-home constructions. “Over 80 projects and more than 5,000 pieces of equipment, United Rentals has come through for us every time,” said Diane Korman, senior producer of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. “Even in remote locations, United Rentals always has a branch close enough to arrange all the equipment we need, ensure its reliability, and deliver it within a three-hour window. Most importantly, they share our ‘safety first’ philosophy.” The episode featuring the Walker family will air on ABC on a date to be announced.

Opinion
United Way Merits Strong Support

Our community is filled with people, companies, and organizations who’ve proven they’re willing to do what it takes to help improve the lives of those in need while also investing in our community’s future. Last year alone, countless lives were improved by the generosity shown throughout our community, with an amazing $6.1 million given to the United Way of Pioneer Valley Campaign. We asked for everyone to give 110%, and many of you stepped up to meet the challenge.
One year later, we’ve made a lot of progress together, but there is more to be done. Just a few months ago, residents in our area faced tragedy and devastation. On June 1, three tornadoes ripped through our area, leaving a trail of destruction, crumpling homes, businesses, and schools. United Way of Pioneer Valley immediately took responsibility for the coordination of local volunteer services and partnered with a national organization, All Hands Volunteers, to support regional volunteerism. We assisted local chapters of organizations such as the Red Cross and Salvation Army in the identification and matching of volunteers for immediate relief, and we continue to work with local organizations to provide volunteer support to recovery efforts.
Additionally, we established a tornado-recovery fund in partnership with the Jewish Federation of Western Mass. that has raised $300,000. To date, our allocation team has awarded more than $125,000 to local organizations assisting individuals impacted by the tornado, and will continue to focus its efforts on the unmet needs of local residents.
The reverberations from the tornadoes are still being felt in the Pioneer Valley and will forever change the landscape of our community. As we get ready to start up our 2011 campaign, we are committed to fulfill the long-term response strategy to the needs that will continue to emerge in the coming weeks and months.
At the same time, we must face the issues of our community that were present before our area was faced with natural disaster. We will face these issues with the same hope, optimism, and courage that we always have with a new conviction of determination.
Far too many families are in need of food and shelter, and too many of our children arrive unprepared for school and later struggle to make it to their high-school graduation.
We, as a community, are the only ones who can make a change for the better. Everyone deserves the opportunity to have a good life, a quality education that leads to a stable job, enough income to support a family through retirement, and good health. UWPV supports a powerful network of agencies and programs that help people meet the essential human needs of life each day, and often they do it with too few resources.
We have a great challenge ahead, and we need your help to improve lives and our community. Your decision to give to the United Way is critical to the future of our community.
There are many ways to give — you can give your time, you can lend your voice and advocate for others, and you can give financially. You can find these opportunities on our Web site at www.uwpv.org. Your decision to get involved will impact the lives of the men, women, and children in our community that we pass on the street each day. So please give what you can, when you can.
If you’re someone who has given to us in previous years, thank you. If you’re just joining the United Way family, welcome.We need everyone, because we’re stronger together.

Dora D. Robinson is President and CEO of United Way of Pioneer Valley.

Agenda Departments

Museums10 Focuses on Photography
Ongoing: Museums10, a collaboration of 10 college-affiliated museums in the Pioneer Valley, features seven photography exhibitions this fall, related lectures and discussions, and a symposium on Trans-Asia photography, all presenting a world that is at once far away and close at hand. With works of art from Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Americas, the exhibitions and events collectively reveal a globalized world and distinct styles of photography. Mount Holyoke College Art Museum (www.mtholyoke.edu/artmuseum) will present “World Documents,” works by international photographers, through Dec. 18, while the Smith College Museum (www.scma.smith.edu/artmuseum) will showcase the El Muro photography series by Cuban artist Eduardo Hernández Santos. “Cuba Seen Through Photographic Collages and Lithographs” will be on display through Oct. 6 at the Hampshire College Liebling Center Mann Gallery (www.hampshire.edu), while “Bagels & Grits: Exploring Jewish Life in the Deep South” will be featured at the Yiddish Book Center (www.yiddishbookcenter.org) through Sept. 30. Rounding out the exhibitions are “The Instant of Combustion: Barbara Morgan Dance Photography” at the University Museum of Contemporary Art (www.umass.edu/fac/umca) through Oct. 16, and “A Memorial Display in Honor of Jerome ‘Jerry’ Liebling, Photographer, Filmmaker, Educator,” at the Mead Art Museum (www.amherst.edu/museums/mead) through Oct. 23. Historic Deerfield will also host the Hallmark Institute of Photography exhibition through December (www.historic-deerfield.org). For more information on lectures and related events, visit www.museums10.org.

Retirement Planning Roundtable
September 29: The Affiliated Chambers of Commerce of Greater Springfield will present a roundtable discussion titled “Focus: Your Corporate Retirement Plan” from 8:30 to 10 a.m. at the Springfield Sheraton. A continental breakfast will be served from 8 to 8:30 a.m. Department of Labor representative Mary Rosen, associate regional director of the Boston office, will discuss the key provisions of recent legislation affecting defined contribution plans. Participants will gain insights from research on more than 1,000 U.S. plan sponsors to determine how one plan stacks up against another. A presentation by Alliance Bernstein, facilitated by the New England Wealth Management Group of Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, is also planned. Pre-registration is required for the free event. To register, e-mail Lynn Johnson at [email protected]

Patents Webinar
Oct. 4: Donald Holland, Esq. will present a webinar titled “The Basics of Patents” beginning at 11 a.m. for approximately 40 minutes. He is the senior partner at Holland & Bonzagni, P.C., based in Longmeadow. Webinar attendees will have the opportunity to ask specific questions at the end of the presentation. For more information or to register, visit www.hblaw.org/webinars or call (413) 567-2076.

Western Mass. Business Expo
Oct. 18: Businesses from throughout Hampden, Hampshire, Franklin, and Berkshire counties will come together for the premier trade show in the region, the Western Mass. Business Expo, produced by BusinessWest, and staged at the MassMutual Center in Springfield. The show will feature breakfast and lunch programs arranged by the Affilaited Chambers of Commerce of Greater Springfield, nearly two dozen seminars on the business issues of the day, several presentations in the Show Floor Floor Theater on timely topics, and the sophisticated networking program known as Mine Your Business. The day will conclude with a networking social from 2 to 4 p.m. The cost for a 10-by-10 booth is $700 for members of all area chambers, and $750 for non-members; corner booths are $800 for all chamber members and $850 for non-members, and a 10-by-20 booth is $1,200 for all chamber members and $1,250 for non-members. For more information, log onto www.businesswest.com or www.wmbexpo.com, or call (413) 781-8600, ext. 100.

Trade Secrecy Protection Webinar
Oct. 20: Donald Holland, Esq. will present a webinar titled “Trade Secrecy Protection” beginning at 11 a.m. for approximately 40 minutes. He is the senior partner at Holland & Bonzagni, P.C., based in Longmeadow. Webinar attendees will have the opportunity to ask specific questions at the end of the presentation. For more information or to register, visit www.hblaw.org/webinars or call (413) 567-2076.

Cartoonist Lecture
Oct. 21: Cartoonist Leigh Rubin, renowned for the comic strip Rubes, will be the featured speaker as the Ovations special-events series continues this fall at Springfield Technical Community College. Rubes is syndicated in more than 400 newspapers and publications worldwide. His presentations, at 10:10 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. in Scibelli Hall Theater, will cover art, satire, and communication. For more information or to bring a group, contact Ovations coordinator Phil O’Donoghue at (413) 755-4233 or [email protected]

We’ve Got Your Back
Run/Walk
October 22: New England Neurosurgical Associates will sponsor its first We’ve Got Your Back 5K Run/Walk at Forest Park in Springfield, beginning at 9 a.m. The event, which will benefit the Spinal Research Foundation, will also include a spinal health fair beginning at 8 a.m. The certified 5K race begins at 9, followed by a one-mile run/walk. Winners of the race will receive cash prizes ranging from $50 to $300. All children who finish the one-mile run/walk will be given a commemorative medal. For more information, call (413) 781-2211.

Entrepreneurship Lecture
October 27: Sue Morelli, chief executive officer and president of ABP Corp., will be the guest speaker at Bay Path College’s Innovative Thinking & Entrepreneurship Lecture Series in Longmeadow. Since joining Au Bon Pain in 1988, Morelli has worked her way up the ranks of the Boston-based, fast-casual bakery and café to become president and CEO in 2006. Under her leadership, the company now has more than 300 store locations, with almost 200 in the U.S. and the remainder in Thailand, India, South Korea, and the Middle East. She is currently leading a redesign of store interiors, a major menu transformation, and the opening of more than 30 new cafés per year. The lecture begins at 8:15 a.m.; a networking continental breakfast starts at 7:30 a.m. For more information, visit www.baypath.edu.

Licensing Intellectual Property Webinar
November 1: Donald S. Holland, Esq. will present a webinar titled “Licensing Intellectual Property” beginning at 11 a.m. for approximately 40 minutes. He is the senior partner at Holland & Bonzagni, P.C., based in Longmeadow. Webinar attendees will have the opportunity to ask specific questions at the end of the presentation. For more information or to register, visit www.hblaw.org/webinars or call (413) 567-2076.

Serious Fun Event
Nov. 10: MassINC and CommonWealth magazine will host a seriously funny look back at the year in politics and media with pols, pundits, and the press. All proceeds will support MassINC’s CommonWealth Campaign for Civic Journalism as well as a scholarship program for those who are entering the field. The event is planned at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, with cocktails at 6 p.m. and dinner and the program starting at 7:30 p.m. For more information, visit www.
seriousfun2011.org or contact Lauren Louison at (617) 224-1613 or [email protected]

Author Lecture
November 11: Christina Asquith, author and journalist, will account her years in hiding in Iraq that resulted in her book, Sisters in War, as part of the Ovations special events series at Springfield Technical Community College. Her presentations are at 10:10 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. in Scibelli Hall Theater. For more information or to bring a group, contact Ovations coordinator Phil O’Donoghue at (413) 755-4233 or [email protected]

Chamber Corners Departments

Greater Easthampton Chamber of Commerce
www.easthamptonchamber.org
(413) 527-9414

•  Oct. 8: Casino Night, 6-11 p.m., One Cottage St., Easthampton. Come try your luck and win prizes at an array of gaming tables. Hors d’oeuvres and cash beer and wine bar throughout the evening. Sponsored by Easthampton Savings Bank and Finck & Perras Insurance Agency. Cost: $25 in advance, $30 at the door.

• Oct. 13: Networking by Night Business Card Exchange, 5-7 p.m., Easthampton Fore Department, 32 Payson Ave. Sponsored by Greater Easthampton’s Jr. Miss Program. Hors d’oeuvres by Glory Days Restaurant, door prizes. Cost: $5 for members, $15 for non-members.

• Oct. 24: Celebrity Bartenders Night, 6-9 p.m., Opa-Opa Steakhouse and Brewery, 169 College Highway, Southampton. Join us for a night of fun with local celebrities mixing your drinks. Tips benefit the chamber’s Holiday Lighting Fund. Raffles and fun. Cost: free.

Greater Holyoke Chamber of Commerce
www.holycham.com
(413) 534-3376

• Oct. 12: Autumn Salute Breakfast, 7:30-9 a.m., the Log Cabin. Sponsored by Holyoke Medical Center. Cost: $20 for members, $25 for non-members. Call Wanda Zabawa at (413) 534-3376 to reserve tickets or register online at holyokechamber.com

• Oct. 18: Mine Your Business Two-on-Two Networking Event, 2-4 p.m., MassMutual Center, Springfield. Sponsored by the Greater Holyoke Chamber of Commerce, BusinessWest, Chicopee Chamber of Commerce, First American Insurance, Holyoke Community College, Log Cabin-Delaney House, Marcotte Ford, and Meyers Brothers Kalicka. To take place at the Western Mass. Business Expo. Make your reservation by calling Wanda Zabawa at (413) 534-3376. Cost: table fee of $350 includes a buffet.

• Oct. 19: Holyoke Chamber After Hours, 5-7 p.m., hosted and sponsored by Country Inn & Suites, One Country Club Road. Cost: $10 for members, $15 for non-members. Call the chamber at (413) 534-3376 to sign up, or register online at holyokechamber.com

• Oct. 20: Holyoke City Council Candidate Forum, 6:30-9 p.m., Dean Technical High School Cafetorium, 1045 Main St.

• Oct. 26: Holyoke City Council Candidate Forum, 6:30-9 p.m., Dean Technical High School Cafetorium, 1045 Main St.

Northampton Area Young Professional Society
www.thenayp.com
(413) 584-1900

• Oct. 5: October Arrive @5, chamber’s annual open house, 5-7 p.m., Greater Northampton Chamber of Commerce, 99 Pleasant St. Sponsored by Crocker Communication, Pioneer Training, and Innovative Business Systems. The must-go networking event of the year. Cost: $10 for members.

• Oct. 7: October Meet & Eat Breakfast, 7:30-9 a.m., hosted and sponsored by the Hotel Northampton. “Beyond Sound Bytes: What Is Really Going On with the Economy,” featuring Owen Ullman, news editor of USA Today. Sponsored by Dietz & Company Architects and Calvin Coolidge Nursing & Rehabilitation Center for Northampton. Cost: $20 for members, $30 for non-members.

Greater Westfield Chamber of Commerce
www.westfieldbiz.org
(413) 568-1618

• Oct. 3: Mayor’s Coffee Hour, 8-9 a.m., Elm Street Diner, 266 Elm St. Cost: free. To register, call the chamber office at (413) 568-1618 or e-mail Carrie Dearing at [email protected]

• Oct. 12: WestNet after-5 “Oktoberfest” networking event, 5-7 p.m., East Mountain Country Club. Speed connecting (a business card exchange), cash bar, and complimentary food. Cost: $10 for members, $15 for non-members. Walk-ins always welcomed. To register, call the chamber office at (413) 568-1618 or e-mail Carrie Dearing at [email protected]

Court Dockets Departments

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

CHICOPEE DISTRICT COURT
Daniel Leblanc v. Travelers Insurance of MA
Allegation: Refusal to pay benefits arising from motor-vehicle accident: $25,000
Filed: 7/28/11

Kathleen Riebesehl v. Elliot Beals & Sons General Contracting Inc.
Allegation: Defendant took payment from plaintiff for construction services and never performed: $15,000
Filed: 8/3/11

FRANKLIN SUPERIOR COURT
Ace Fire and Water Restoration Inc. v. the Box Car Restaurant
Allegation: Non-payment of services rendered: $37,081.13
Filed: 8/11/11

Joann E. Rees v. D.H. Enterprises and Daniel Hescock
Allegation: Breach of contract for home improvement services: $400,000
Filed: 8/11/11

HAMPDEN SUPERIOR COURT
Kirk C. Bryant v. Crossglobe Transport, LTD
Allegation: Breach of employment contract: $100,000
Filed: 8/1/11

Laurie A. Vadnais, administratrix of the estate of Judith A. Moran v. Marc Linson, M.D.
Allegation: Medical malpractice in the death of a 64 year-old woman following surgery: $25,000+
Filed: 8/3/11

Ted Ondrick Co., LLC v. Patriots Environmental Corporation
Allegation: Non-payment of services and materials: $52,496.07
Filed: 8/10/11

HOLYOKE DISTRICT COURT
Alberto Cruz v. Save-a-Lot
Allegation: Plaintiff sustained injuries while shopping when an employee transporting boxes of goods negligently caused boxes to fall on plaintiff: $4,405
Filed: 5/16/11

The Darcy Co. v. Prism Builders Inc.
Allegation: Non-payment of goods sold and delivered: $8,310.10
Filed: 7/1/11

SPRINGFIELD DISTRICT COURT
United Rentals Inc. v. Lunus Construction Inc.
Allegation: Non-payment of materials, equipment, and services for a construction project: $12,135.74
Filed: 6/30/11

Vion Holdings LLC v. Mastex Industries Inc. and Jeffrey Stream
Allegation: Non-payment of monies loaned: $5,096.53
Filed: 7/13/11

Westfield Bank v. Protemps Inc.
Allegation: Non-payment of monies loaned: $10,158.28
Filed: 7/14/11

WESTFIELD DISTRICT COURT
Barbara A. Cohen v. Tip Top Nails
Allegation: Negligence in cutting the skin around a nail causing a fungus to be introduced in the bloodstream and subsequent hospitalization: $24,999.99
Filed: 7/19/11

Departments Picture This

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United Way Day of Caring

The United Way of Pioneer Valley recently conducted its annual Day of Caring, organizing volunteers from area businesses who performed needed projects around the region.
Below, from top: front to back, Diane Haggerty, Linda Vela, and Nicole Bryar of MassMutual volunteer at the West Springfield Council on Aging; from left, Rebecca Barlow, Tricia Parolo, Gail Couchon, and Sue Gendron of MassMutual work at Abner Gibbs Elementary School; from left, Narinder Kaur, Kathy Giordano, Jennifer Saltis, Cathy Lafortune, and David Woytowicz of MassMutual volunteer at Stanley Park; from left, Lauren Bouvier, Amy Martin, Andrew Conner, and Christine Landry of PeoplesBank pitch in at Chicopee Child Day Center.
Photos courtesy of Ed Cohen



















More Caring
More from the United Way of Pioneer Valley Day of Caring, below from top: Christine Warren of the Davis Foundation volunteers at Wistariahurst Museum; Angel Diaz-Mangiafic of MassMutual lends a hand at the Children’s Museum of Holyoke; Donna Bernard of Jubinville Insurance pitches in at Wistariahurst Museum; Michelle White of MassMutual works at the Children’s Museum of Holyoke; Corey Tomlinson of MassMutual volunteers at the YMCA of Greater Springfield.

Photos courtesy of Joe Aberdale





Building Permits Departments

The following building permits were issued during the month of September 2011.

AGAWAM

Cumberland Farms Inc.
794 Springfield St.
$250,000 — Renovations to existing building

AMHERST

Jones Property Limited Partnership
15A Pray St.
$6,000 — Strip and re-roof

The Common School Inc.
521 South Pleasant St.
$9,800 — New roof

Yosrex Limited Partnership
266 East Hadley Road
$3,000 — Repair 1,000-square-foot roof

CHICOPEE

Curry Realty, LLC
765 Memorial Dr.
$3,819,000 — Construct 12,454-square-foot building and renovate existing structure

First Congregational Church
306 Chicopee St.
$16,000 –—Replace 21 windows

John Salema
751 Meadow St.
$85,000 — Renovate interior of sales area and restrooms

GREENFIELD

Baystate Franklin Medical Center
164 High St.
$4,800 — Remove existing doors and replace with fire-rated doors and frames

Jones Property Limited Partnership
21 Mohawk Trail
$8,000 — Interior renovations

HADLEY

Lacomb Holdings, LLC
191 Russell St.
$19,800 — New roof

Pearson Hadley, LLC
380 Russell St.
$120,000 — Tenant fit out of first floor tenant

Pyramid Mall of Hadley Newco, LLC
4 Clinton Square
$124,000 — Renovation of restaurant to “Chicken Now”

Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion Charter
317 Russell St.
$84,000 — Classroom renovation

HOLYOKE

Holyoke Gas & Electric
2 Bigelow St.
$52,102,000 — Construct a 90,300-square-foot research center

Sisters of St. Joseph
34 -38 Lower Westfield Road
$15,000 — Install cabinets, tile, and closets

LUDLOW

Town of Ludlow
181 South St.
$370,000 — Shed at Westover Golf Course

PALMER

Sherwood Lumber
24 Third St.
$166,000 — Enclose existing building

SOUTH HADLEY

Mount Holyoke College
50 College St.
$3,000 — Construct ramp at Wilder Hall

U.S. Industrial
7 Gaylord St.
$519,000 — Commercial renovation

SPRINGFIELD

American International College
963 State St.
$89,000 — Replace windows

Boston Road Realty, LLC
665 Boston Road
$63,500 — Build out for two tenants

FNMAE
422 Franklin St.
$15,000 — Replace roof

MassWest, LLC
122 Central St.
$18,500 — Interior renovations

WESTFIELD

Bank of America
10 Main St.
$120,000 — New roof

David Schenna
845 Airport Industrial Park Road
$58,000 — Construct new building

Silverstreet
6 Coleman Ave.
$12,000 — Alterations

Stacy Lavertu
53 N. Elm St.
$2,500 — New siding

WEST SPRINGFIELD

83 Worthen St. Inc.
657 Riverdale St.
$125,000 — Renovate 2,500-square-foot of retail space for an auto dealership

380 Union St. Properties
380 Union St.
$4,000 — New canopy over loading dock

Developers Diversified Realty
935 Riverdale St.
$150,000 — Renovate 2,114 square feet of existing space for a phone store

West Springfield Boys & Girls Club
615 Main St.
$17,000 — Roof repairs

Bankruptcies Departments

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

Allard, Christopher J.
639 Burnett Road
Chicopee, MA 01020
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 08/12/11

Almonte, Ricardo B.
Almonte, Maria M.
55 Greendale Ave.
Pittsfield, MA 01201
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 08/01/11

Anderson, Stephen M.
49 Cherry St.
Easthampton, MA 01027
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 08/09/11

Andrews, Jesicca L.
57 Armstrong St.
West Springfield, MA 01089
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 08/11/11

Bergeron, Lawrence E.
Bergeron, Tammy J.
137 Lancaster Ave.
West Springfield, MA 01089
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 08/04/11

Bertini, Michael A.
129 Ventura St.
Ludlow, MA 01056
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 08/09/11

Blake, Sophia T.
87 Maryland St.
Springfield, MA 01105
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 08/08/11

Borden, Grover L.
582 Pleasant St.
Holyoke, MA 01040
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 08/04/11

Bou, Angel L.
1237 Burts Pitt Road
Florence, MA 01062
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 08/04/11

Bouchard, Dennis Joseph
57 G St.
Turners Falls, MA 01376
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 07/31/11

Boutin, Michelle A.
40 Holyoke St., Apt 1
Easthampton, MA 01027
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 08/10/11

Bruneau, Helga A.
3 Federal St.
Millers Falls, MA 01349
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 08/02/11

Bubar, John J.
119 White Oak Road
Springfield, MA 01128
Chapter: 13
Filing Date: 08/10/11

Candello, Antonio P.
Candello, Angela Dawn
506 Brattleboro Road
Bernardston, MA 01302
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 08/15/11

Castonguay, Mark R.
Castonguay, Ruth A.
87 Oakridge St.
Chicopee, MA 01020
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 08/13/11

Christensen, Mildred Christine
#92 Village Park Road
Amherst, MA 01002
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 08/15/11

Clegg, Shannon Rose
a/k/a Paquette, Shannon Rose
a/k/a Boyle, Shannon Rose
228 River Road
South Deerfield, MA 01373
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 08/09/11

Colon, Wilberto
Colon, Sandra M.
1447 Northampton St.
Holyoke, MA 01040
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 08/10/11

Conniff, Robbin A.
a/k/a Ryan, Robbin A.
a/k/a Barlow, Robbin A.
153 Spikenard Circle
Springfield, MA 01129
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 08/12/11

Cruz, Anna M.
a/k/a Bartley, Anna
61 Beverly St.
Chicopee, MA 01013
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 08/12/11

Deacon, Mark E.
11 Brookline Ave.
Westfield, MA 01085
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 07/31/11

Demary, Karen M.
a/k/a Adler, Karen
1029 West St.
Pittsfield, MA 01201
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 08/11/11

Deraleau, Aaron D.
192 Brook Road
Warren, MA 01083
Chapter: 13
Filing Date: 08/01/11

Duffy, James B.
Duffy, Sandra J.
1094 Western Ave.
Westfield, MA 01085
Chapter: 13
Filing Date: 07/31/11

Durham, Glenn E.
Durham, Katie C.
427A Belchertown Road
Amherst, MA 01002
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 08/11/11

Emery, John A.
Emery, Denise A.
84 Mattawa Circle
Orange, MA 01364
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 08/01/11

Ferreira, Maria A.
1031 Worcester St.
Springfield, MA 01151
Chapter: 13
Filing Date: 08/10/11

Fischer, Todd H.
442 Warren Wright Road
Belchertown, MA 01007
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 08/15/11

Gagne Brothers Home Improvement
Gagne Brothers, Inc.
Gagne, Brett R.
Gagne, Erin M.
638 Rogers Ave.
West Springfield, MA 01089
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 08/11/11

Gardner, Justine L.
16 Congress St.
Pittsfield, MA 01201
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 08/03/11

Gauthier, Margaretha F.
38 Colorado St.
Springfield, MA 01118
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 08/01/11

Giza, Chester J.
134 Yale St.
Ludlow, MA 01056
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 08/09/11

Glenn, Sherri-Lyn
a/k/a Hill, Sherri-Lyn
a/k/a Berube, Sherri-Lyn
68 Aster Ct.
Greenfield, MA 01301
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 08/15/11

Goodell, Sr. Douglas M.
Goodell, Andrea L.
227 Franklin St.
Building 13, Apt. D
North Adams, MA 01247
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 08/12/11

Graham, Dawn L.
Graham, Ian M.
218 Upper Valley Road
Becket, MA 01223
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 08/02/11

Grenier, Eric A.
Grenier, Sara M.
570 Cottage St.
Athol, MA 01331
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 07/30/11

Grosse, Danielle L.
29 Lehigh St.
Springfield, MA 01104
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 08/12/11

Hagelstein, Patricia Roxanne
104 Pomeroy Meadow Road
Southampton, MA 01073
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 08/11/11

Hamer, Ann P.
55 Florida St.
Springfield, MA 01109
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 08/12/11

Hatfield, Thomas Ross
Hatfield, Dolores Carolyn
485 West Cummington Road
Cummington, MA 01026
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 08/11/11

Jacobs, Frankie Dale Vernail
Jacobs, Erica Naa Morkoh
121 Orange St.
Springfield, MA 01108
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 08/08/11

James, Emma Jean
79 Crescent Road
Longmeadow, MA 01106
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 08/11/11

Johnson, James F.
260 Garvey Dr.
Springfield, MA 01109
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 08/11/11

Kennedy-Cawley, Roxine M.
1087 South Washington St.
Becket, MA 01223
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 08/03/11

Kohlenberger, Lee A.
Kohlenberger, Amy M.
a/k/a Bowman, Amy
P.O. Box 4221
Pittsfield, MA 01202
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 08/03/11

LaPointe, Forrest Dale
LaPointe, Rosibel Maria
5 Gatewood Road
Springfield, MA 01119
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 08/09/11

Lester, John C.
23 Joanne Road
Springfield, MA 01119
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 08/09/11

Lopez, Edgardo
Lopez, Norma I.
a/k/a Martinez, Norma I.
50 Miller St.
Springfield, MA 01104
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 08/10/11

Lynch, Stacy M.
143 Wilbraham Road
Monson, MA 01057
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 08/04/11

Macutkiewicz, Alec E.
129 West Ave.
Ludlow, MA 01056
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 08/05/11

Madden, Bridget
17 Chickering St.
Pittsfield, MA 01201
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 08/11/11

Maiorino, Alfonse F.
6 Eagle St.
Southwick, MA 01077
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 08/11/11

Martin, Gary S.
Tessier-Martin, Linda J.
270 East Main St.
North Adams, MA 01247
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 08/11/11

Martin, Mary W.
27 Morin Dr.
Easthampton, MA 01027
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 08/10/11

Mason, Albert R.
Mason, Dorothy E.
99 Elmar Dr.
Feeding Hills, MA 01030
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 08/15/11

Matthews, Edward James
Matthews, Marie Alma
21 Franklin St.
Millers Falls, MA 01349
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 08/04/11

McCann, Christy L.
40 High St.
Warren, MA 01083
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 08/12/11

McCann, Thomas W.
40 High St.
Warren, MA 01083
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 08/12/11

Medeiros, Clifton
25 Gardens Dr.
Springfield, MA 01119
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 08/11/11

Meehan, Mary J.
P.O Box 164
Cheshire, MA 01225
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 08/01/11

Meyer, Kathleen Ann
a/k/a Rogers, Kathleen
52 Shattuck St.
Greenfield, MA 01301
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 08/09/11

Miller, Starr A.
643 Newton St., Apt 9
South Hadley, MA 01075
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 08/14/11

Mitchell, Penny
25 Abbe Ave.
Springfield, MA 01107
Chapter: 13
Filing Date: 08/12/11

Montes, Carmen L.
1237 Burts Pitt Road
Florence, MA 01062
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 08/04/11

Morey, Jerry W.
Morey, Tina S.
221 Alum Hill Road
Ashley Falls, MA 01222
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 08/11/11

Moson, Olivia S.
77 High St., Apt 4
Agawam, MA 01001
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 08/15/11

Mueller, Marie T.
P.O. Box 592
East Longmeadow, MA 01028
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 08/01/11

Nelson, Christopher J.
1295 Pendleton Ave.
Chicopee, MA 01022
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 08/09/11

Nepomnyashiy, Yuriy
189 Burbank Road
Longmeadow, MA 01106
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 08/08/11

O’Connor-Allyn, Kelly A.
2 Hawthorne Lane
Holyoke, MA 01040
Chapter: 13
Filing Date: 08/11/11

Olson, Nancy E.
1389 West Housatonic St.
Pittsfield, MA 01201
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 08/11/11

Ortiz, Steve
Ortiz, Elizabeth Kristen
a/k/a Chapin, Elizabeth Kristen
871 Country Club Road
Greenfield, MA 01301
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 08/11/11

Papananias, George
16 Captain Lathrop Dr.
South Deerfield, MA 01373
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 08/15/11

Pendergast, Sheila
114 Warren St.
West Springfield, MA 01089
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 08/11/11

Pereira, Cesar M.
Pereira, Lisa M.
35 Redstone Dr.
East Longmeadow, MA 01028-1244
Chapter: 13
Filing Date: 08/11/11

Perry, Russell
Clark-Perry, Celma
196 King St.
Springfield, MA 01109
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 08/09/11

Politis, Garrett A.
Politis, Nancy Q.
51 Willshire Dr.
Williamstown, MA 01267
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 08/03/11

Pollard’s Tavern & Grill
Szydlo, David Walter
25 Florence Road
Easthampton, MA 01027
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 08/04/11

Raymond, Timothy D.
202 Rolf Ave.
Chicopee, MA 01020
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 08/09/11

Raynor, Jamie K.
32 Ellington St.
Agawam, MA 01001
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 08/02/11

Rinault, Philip J.
242A State Ave.
Palmer, MA 01069
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 08/11/11

Robitaille, Carol Ann
P.O. Box 874
Chicopee, MA 01021
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 08/08/11

Rokhkind, Dmitriy
Rokhkind, Yana
48 Braeburn Road
East Longmeadow, MA 01028
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 07/31/11

Sevigny, Jean Louis
Sevigny, Carol E.
791 James St.
Chicopee, MA 01020
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 08/12/11

Smith, Lakyna C.
207 Bay St.
Springfield, MA 01109
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 08/09/11

Smith, Nikki S.
a/k/a Smith-Skubel, Nikki
33 Mountain St.
Plainfield, MA 01070
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 07/30/11

Soucie, Mark J.
Soucie, Ann M.
238 Dorset Road
Athol, MA 01331
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 07/30/11

Spencer, Betty A.
739 Daniel Shays Highway
86 Earle Dr.
Athol, MA 01331
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 07/30/11

Stebbins, Gerald W.
P.O.Box 32
Bernardston, MA 01337
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 08/15/11

Sunn, Michael G.
Sunn, Carol A.
1095 Mohawk Trail – Lot 2
North Adams, MA 01247
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 08/11/11

Surreira, Peter F.
135 Higher Brook Dr.
Ludlow, MA 01056
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 07/30/11

Talbot, Kathleen M.
287 Notre Dame St.
Westfield, MA 01085
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 08/11/11

Tharaldson, Shaun Edwin
159 Park St.
Easthampton, MA 01027
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 08/04/11

Tintin, Giovanny P.
54 Housatonic St.
Lee, MA 01238
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 08/15/11

Vo, Kim Chi
a/k/a Le, Chi
14 Crystal St.
Springfield, MA 01108
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 08/09/11

Welch, Douglas E.
10 Rosedell Dr. Ext.
Westfield, MA 01085
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 08/07/11

White, Richard A.
73 Hall Road
P.O. Box 493
Sturbridge, MA 01566
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 08/12/11

DBA Certificates Departments

The following Business Certificates and Trade Names were issued or renewed during the month of September 2011.

AMHERST

Center for Pelvic Physical Therapy
24 North Pleasant St.
Carolyn Bentley

Johnny’s Tavern
30 Boltwood Walk
The Amherst Restaurant Group, LLC

CHICOPEE

A.F. Carosella
485 Broadway St.
Michael Leary

Castle Properties
140 Leona Ave.
Michael Tarrant

Mechanical Expert Service
57 Clarendon Ave.
Yeugeniy Bukhantsov

GREENFIELD

Bicycles Unlimited
322 High St.
Robert G. Perry

Family Vacuum
28 Chapman St.
Tory Groth

Franklin First Credit Union
57 Newton St.
Martha Richardson

Frosted
43 Lincoln St.
Shelly A. Phillips

Greenfield High School Alumni Association
22 Bouker St.
Cynthia Bompastore

Maurice’s Inc.
233 Mohawk Trail
Ann Fleming

Treasure Mountain Mining
40 Church St.
Jeanne A. Greene

West Winds Inn
151 Smead Hill Road
Sandra L. Waskewicz

Woodland Forest Soap
99 Lunt Dr.
Catherine Couta

HADLEY

Cash in Rush
367 Russell St.
Bunyod, Inc.

Happy Valley Pet Service
108 East St.
Jennifer Parry

Here We Grow
123 Russell St.
Michael W. Lodge

Liquors 44
458 Russell St.
Andrew Morrison

Tj Maxx
454 Russell St.
TJX Companies

Valley Dentists
138 Russell St.
Peter Cinner

HOLYOKE

Arete Performance Solutions
28 Bassett Road
Debra Gerard

Auto Zone
2231 Northampton St.
Stephanie Forbes

Beaner Beer Company
108 Cabot St.
Jay Hebert

BZD Dental Associates
610 South St.
Badri Z. Debian

Solstice Marketing Concepts
50 Holyoke St.
John Judge

PALMER

Palmer Counsel Center
1085 Park St.
Margaret Warrington

Rising Tide Consultant
320 Flynt St.
Brian Kraft

VCA Palmer Animal Hospital
1028 Thorndike St.
Healthy Pet Corp.

SOUTHWICK

Fresh Fields Deli & Café
326 College Hwy.
Craig R. Samuelson

Prototype Services
10 Industrial Road
Vity Stankis

SPRINGFIELD

4DGlenns Consultancy
203 Wilbraham Road
Devere K. Glenn

A & U, Inc.
882 Sumner Ave.
Gazanfer Kurtulus

A to Z Auto Clinic
11 Front St.
Angel Zaragoza

Affordable Property Management
109 Pennsylvania Ave.
Franklyn E. Dailey

Aspen Contracting Inc.
784 Bay St.
Pat Nussbeck

Baystate Visiting Nurse
50 State St.
Ruth Odgren

Bella Luna Accessories
24 Olmsted Dr.
Nicole Ariekke

Beliz Ecotech Cleaning Services
185 Hickory St.
Vickie Denise

Best Decorative Concrete
82 Darling St.
Craig A. Miller Jr.

C & R Handyman Services
167 Longhill St.
Carmen B. Morales

CW Price
1522 Boston Road
Morris Cohen

Computech Solutions
47 Sumner Terrace
Jerrard Sylvester

Crystal Barn Interiors
124 Gillette Circle
Kerry L. Shorrock

Davila’s Auto Performance
279 Mill St.
Jose L. Davila

Elephant For a Dollar II
1690 Boston Road
Liselot Walker

Eli Clothing
318 Bay St.
Bernadina Ramirez

Finest Candy’s
400 ½ State St.
Angel L. Castillo

Gafney Real Estate
122 Santa Barbara St.
David P. Gafney

Gamestop 233
1655 Boston Road
Michael Nichols

Hbookz
12 Mattoon St.
Ibn-Husein Muhammad

High Class Society
74 Lamont St.
Kassim S. Manzi

Int Sabor Latino
17 Grimaldi St.
Rafael A. Dominguez

J. Lo Home Improvement
21 Standish St.
Jorge I. Lopez

J.T. Builders
278 Denver St.
Jack Tardy

Jahsette’s Hair Salon
63 Hollywood St.
Vinette Byfield

Jewelry Arch
141 Aldrew Terrace
Carol A. Gallagher

Johnny Mac Liquors
1949 Wilbraham Road
John J. McCarthy

Kool Smiles, PC
1070 St. James Ave.
Tu Tran

WESTFIELD

CADCAMZ
37 Florence St.
Peter Lupien

Creative Expressions
74 Putnam Dr.
Linda L. Coffin

L & M Construction
33 Gifford Ave.
Luis Morales

Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultant
11 Heggie Dr.
Michal Harling

R.J. Amusements, LLC
11 Radisson Lane
Marc P. Herbert

Solid Ground
27 Susan Dr.
David L. Guilbert

The Groomer
77 Main St.
Tracy Durkee

Westfield Action Sports Photography
1417 East Mountain Road
John J. Sharon

WEST SPRINGFIELD

Bertera Collision Repair Center
160 Westfield St.
Bertera Chrysler Corporation

Discount Office Furniture Inc.
2131 Riverdale St.
Kenneth F. Wytas

Fringe and Flourish
7 Upper Church St.
Ashley Sovinski

Manchester Home Improvement
209 Rogers Ave.
Barry Manchester

Manners and More
7 Beauview Terrace
Dianne Provost

New England Estate Sales & Service
38 Neptune Ave.
Peter Zaitz

O & M
1658 Memorial Ave.
Marina L. Shah

Oleksii Delivery Service
261 Union St.
Oleksii Nerovnia

Parks Academy Tae Kwan Do Inc.
632 Kings Hwy.
Chong K. Park

S & P Deli
246 Elm St.
Hillenbrand, LLC

Salon Blue
470 Westfield St.
Shaun Drugan

Stop N’ Save Smoke Shop
2011 Riverdale St.
Muhammad T. Abbasi

Tomasko Electric
848 Elm St.
Green Energy Sol Inc.

West Side Hypnosis
12 Railroad St.
Louise E. Jahr

BANKRUPTCIES

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

Allard, Christopher J.
639 Burnett Road
Chicopee, MA 01020
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 08/12/11

Almonte, Ricardo B.
Almonte, Maria M.
55 Greendale Ave.
Pittsfield, MA 01201
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 08/01/11

Anderson, Stephen M.
49 Cherry St.
Easthampton, MA 01027
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 08/09/11

Andrews, Jesicca L.
57 Armstrong St.
West Springfield, MA 01089
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 08/11/11

Bergeron, Lawrence E.
Bergeron, Tammy J.
137 Lancaster Ave.
West Springfield, MA 01089
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 08/04/11

Bertini, Michael A.
129 Ventura St.
Ludlow, MA 01056
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 08/09/11

Blake, Sophia T.
87 Maryland St.
Springfield, MA 01105
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 08/08/11

Borden, Grover L.
582 Pleasant St.
Holyoke, MA 01040
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 08/04/11

Bou, Angel L.
1237 Burts Pitt Road
Florence, MA 01062
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 08/04/11

Bouchard, Dennis Joseph
57 G St.
Turners Falls, MA 01376
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 07/31/11

Boutin, Michelle A.
40 Holyoke St., Apt 1
Easthampton, MA 01027
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 08/10/11

Bruneau, Helga A.
3 Federal St.
Millers Falls, MA 01349
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 08/02/11

Bubar, John J.
119 White Oak Road
Springfield, MA 01128
Chapter: 13
Filing Date: 08/10/11

Candello, Antonio P.
Candello, Angela Dawn
506 Brattleboro Road
Bernardston, MA 01302
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 08/15/11

Castonguay, Mark R.
Castonguay, Ruth A.
87 Oakridge St.
Chicopee, MA 01020
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 08/13/11

Christensen, Mildred Christine
#92 Village Park Road
Amherst, MA 01002
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 08/15/11

Clegg, Shannon Rose
a/k/a Paquette, Shannon Rose
a/k/a Boyle, Shannon Rose
228 River Road
South Deerfield, MA 01373
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 08/09/11

Colon, Wilberto
Colon, Sandra M.
1447 Northampton St.
Holyoke, MA 01040
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 08/10/11

Conniff, Robbin A.
a/k/a Ryan, Robbin A.
a/k/a Barlow, Robbin A.
153 Spikenard Circle
Springfield, MA 01129
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 08/12/11

Cruz, Anna M.
a/k/a Bartley, Anna
61 Beverly St.
Chicopee, MA 01013
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 08/12/11

Deacon, Mark E.
11 Brookline Ave.
Westfield, MA 01085
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 07/31/11

Demary, Karen M.
a/k/a Adler, Karen
1029 West St.
Pittsfield, MA 01201
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 08/11/11

Deraleau, Aaron D.
192 Brook Road
Warren, MA 01083
Chapter: 13
Filing Date: 08/01/11

Duffy, James B.
Duffy, Sandra J.
1094 Western Ave.
Westfield, MA 01085
Chapter: 13
Filing Date: 07/31/11

Durham, Glenn E.
Durham, Katie C.
427A Belchertown Road
Amherst, MA 01002
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 08/11/11

Emery, John A.
Emery, Denise A.
84 Mattawa Circle
Orange, MA 01364
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 08/01/11

Ferreira, Maria A.
1031 Worcester St.
Springfield, MA 01151
Chapter: 13
Filing Date: 08/10/11

Fischer, Todd H.
442 Warren Wright Road
Belchertown, MA 01007
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 08/15/11

Gagne Brothers Home Improvement
Gagne Brothers, Inc.
Gagne, Brett R.
Gagne, Erin M.
638 Rogers Ave.
West Springfield, MA 01089
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 08/11/11

Gardner, Justine L.
16 Congress St.
Pittsfield, MA 01201
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 08/03/11

Gauthier, Margaretha F.
38 Colorado St.
Springfield, MA 01118
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 08/01/11

Giza, Chester J.
134 Yale St.
Ludlow, MA 01056
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 08/09/11

Glenn, Sherri-Lyn
a/k/a Hill, Sherri-Lyn
a/k/a Berube, Sherri-Lyn
68 Aster Ct.
Greenfield, MA 01301
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 08/15/11

Goodell, Sr. Douglas M.
Goodell, Andrea L.
227 Franklin St.
Building 13, Apt. D
North Adams, MA 01247
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 08/12/11

Graham, Dawn L.
Graham, Ian M.
218 Upper Valley Road
Becket, MA 01223
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 08/02/11

Grenier, Eric A.
Grenier, Sara M.
570 Cottage St.
Athol, MA 01331
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 07/30/11

Grosse, Danielle L.
29 Lehigh St.
Springfield, MA 01104
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 08/12/11

Hagelstein, Patricia Roxanne
104 Pomeroy Meadow Road
Southampton, MA 01073
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 08/11/11

Hamer, Ann P.
55 Florida St.
Springfield, MA 01109
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 08/12/11

Hatfield, Thomas Ross
Hatfield, Dolores Carolyn
485 West Cummington Road
Cummington, MA 01026
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 08/11/11

Jacobs, Frankie Dale Vernail
Jacobs, Erica Naa Morkoh
121 Orange St.
Springfield, MA 01108
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 08/08/11

James, Emma Jean
79 Crescent Road
Longmeadow, MA 01106
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 08/11/11

Johnson, James F.
260 Garvey Dr.
Springfield, MA 01109
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 08/11/11

Kennedy-Cawley, Roxine M.
1087 South Washington St.
Becket, MA 01223
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 08/03/11

Kohlenberger, Lee A.
Kohlenberger, Amy M.
a/k/a Bowman, Amy
P.O. Box 4221
Pittsfield, MA 01202
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 08/03/11

LaPointe, Forrest Dale
LaPointe, Rosibel Maria
5 Gatewood Road
Springfield, MA 01119
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 08/09/11

Lester, John C.
23 Joanne Road
Springfield, MA 01119
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 08/09/11

Lopez, Edgardo
Lopez, Norma I.
a/k/a Martinez, Norma I.
50 Miller St.
Springfield, MA 01104
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 08/10/11

Lynch, Stacy M.
143 Wilbraham Road
Monson, MA 01057
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 08/04/11

Macutkiewicz, Alec E.
129 West Ave.
Ludlow, MA 01056
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 08/05/11

Madden, Bridget
17 Chickering St.
Pittsfield, MA 01201
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 08/11/11

Maiorino, Alfonse F.
6 Eagle St.
Southwick, MA 01077
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 08/11/11

Martin, Gary S.
Tessier-Martin, Linda J.
270 East Main St.
North Adams, MA 01247
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 08/11/11

Martin, Mary W.
27 Morin Dr.
Easthampton, MA 01027
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 08/10/11

Mason, Albert R.
Mason, Dorothy E.
99 Elmar Dr.
Feeding Hills, MA 01030
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 08/15/11

Matthews, Edward James
Matthews, Marie Alma
21 Franklin St.
Millers Falls, MA 01349
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 08/04/11

McCann, Christy L.
40 High St.
Warren, MA 01083
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 08/12/11

McCann, Thomas W.
40 High St.
Warren, MA 01083
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 08/12/11

Medeiros, Clifton
25 Gardens Dr.
Springfield, MA 01119
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 08/11/11

Meehan, Mary J.
P.O Box 164
Cheshire, MA 01225
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 08/01/11

Meyer, Kathleen Ann
a/k/a Rogers, Kathleen
52 Shattuck St.
Greenfield, MA 01301
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 08/09/11

Miller, Starr A.
643 Newton St., Apt 9
South Hadley, MA 01075
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 08/14/11

Mitchell, Penny
25 Abbe Ave.
Springfield, MA 01107
Chapter: 13
Filing Date: 08/12/11

Montes, Carmen L.
1237 Burts Pitt Road
Florence, MA 01062
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 08/04/11

Morey, Jerry W.
Morey, Tina S.
221 Alum Hill Road
Ashley Falls, MA 01222
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 08/11/11

Moson, Olivia S.
77 High St., Apt 4
Agawam, MA 01001
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 08/15/11

Mueller, Marie T.
P.O. Box 592
East Longmeadow, MA 01028
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 08/01/11

Nelson, Christopher J.
1295 Pendleton Ave.
Chicopee, MA 01022
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 08/09/11

Nepomnyashiy, Yuriy
189 Burbank Road
Longmeadow, MA 01106
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 08/08/11

O’Connor-Allyn, Kelly A.
2 Hawthorne Lane
Holyoke, MA 01040
Chapter: 13
Filing Date: 08/11/11

Olson, Nancy E.
1389 West Housatonic St.
Pittsfield, MA 01201
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 08/11/11

Ortiz, Steve
Ortiz, Elizabeth Kristen
a/k/a Chapin, Elizabeth Kristen
871 Country Club Road
Greenfield, MA 01301
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 08/11/11

Papananias, George
16 Captain Lathrop Dr.
South Deerfield, MA 01373
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 08/15/11

Pendergast, Sheila
114 Warren St.
West Springfield, MA 01089
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 08/11/11

Pereira, Cesar M.
Pereira, Lisa M.
35 Redstone Dr.
East Longmeadow, MA 01028-1244
Chapter: 13
Filing Date: 08/11/11

Perry, Russell
Clark-Perry, Celma
196 King St.
Springfield, MA 01109
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 08/09/11

Politis, Garrett A.
Politis, Nancy Q.
51 Willshire Dr.
Williamstown, MA 01267
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 08/03/11

Pollard’s Tavern & Grill
Szydlo, David Walter
25 Florence Road
Easthampton, MA 01027
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 08/04/11

Raymond, Timothy D.
202 Rolf Ave.
Chicopee, MA 01020
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 08/09/11

Raynor, Jamie K.
32 Ellington St.
Agawam, MA 01001
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 08/02/11

Rinault, Philip J.
242A State Ave.
Palmer, MA 01069
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 08/11/11

Robitaille, Carol Ann
P.O. Box 874
Chicopee, MA 01021
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 08/08/11

Rokhkind, Dmitriy
Rokhkind, Yana
48 Braeburn Road
East Longmeadow, MA 01028
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 07/31/11

Sevigny, Jean Louis
Sevigny, Carol E.
791 James St.
Chicopee, MA 01020
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 08/12/11

Smith, Lakyna C.
207 Bay St.
Springfield, MA 01109
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 08/09/11

Smith, Nikki S.
a/k/a Smith-Skubel, Nikki
33 Mountain St.
Plainfield, MA 01070
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 07/30/11

Soucie, Mark J.
Soucie, Ann M.
238 Dorset Road
Athol, MA 01331
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 07/30/11

Spencer, Betty A.
739 Daniel Shays Highway
86 Earle Dr.
Athol, MA 01331
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 07/30/11

Stebbins, Gerald W.
P.O.Box 32
Bernardston, MA 01337
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 08/15/11

Sunn, Michael G.
Sunn, Carol A.
1095 Mohawk Trail – Lot 2
North Adams, MA 01247
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 08/11/11

Surreira, Peter F.
135 Higher Brook Dr.
Ludlow, MA 01056
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 07/30/11

Talbot, Kathleen M.
287 Notre Dame St.
Westfield, MA 01085
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 08/11/11

Tharaldson, Shaun Edwin
159 Park St.
Easthampton, MA 01027
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 08/04/11

Tintin, Giovanny P.
54 Housatonic St.
Lee, MA 01238
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 08/15/11

Vo, Kim Chi
a/k/a Le, Chi
14 Crystal St.
Springfield, MA 01108
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 08/09/11

Welch, Douglas E.
10 Rosedell Dr. Ext.
Westfield, MA 01085
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 08/07/11

White, Richard A.
73 Hall Road
P.O. Box 493
Sturbridge, MA 01566
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 08/12/11

Departments Incorporations

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

BECKET

Jacob’s Ladder Real Estate Inc., 2727 Jacob’s Ladder Road, Becket, MA 01223. John Conboy, 1515 Reservoir Road, East Otis, MA 01029. Residential and commercial real-estate broker.

GRANBY

NE Woods & Waters USA Inc., 87 Kendall St., Granby, MA 01033. Dianne Gordan, same. Advertising and publishing.

HOLYOKE

Nationwide Automotive Administrators Inc., 220 Linden St., Holyoke, MA 01040. Ilya Shnayder, same.

LEE

Red Apple Garden Inc., 23 Park Plaza St., Lee, MA 01238. Kong Liand Ni, same. Restaurant.

LENOX

Lenox Alliance for the Arts & Humanities Inc., 34 Church St., Lenox, MA 01240. Robert Romeo, 510 Walker St., Lenox, MA 01240. Performance space for a broad range of cultural and artistic presentations.

LUDLOW

Rosewood Meadows Inc., 187 East St., Ludlow, MA 01056. Suzie Ice, 9 Wandering Meadows, Wilbraham, MA 01095. Real-estate broker.

NORTHAMPTON

Meadow City Conservation Coalition Inc., 42 Phillips Place, Northampton, MA 01060. Jane Potter, same. Nonprofit organization designed to preserve the natural character of the flood plain of the Connecticut River and the nearby Northampton area.

SOUTH HADLEY

Prime Interstate Painting Inc., 65 Columbia St., South Hadley, MA 01075. Bradley Forbes, same. House painting and related services.

SOUTHWICK

KTI Aircraft Maintenance Inc., 41 South Loomis St., Southwick, MA 01077. Andrew Keenan Sr., same. Aircraft-maintenance service.

SPRINGFIELD

Jauna Gaita Inc., 21 Harvard St., Springfield, MA 01109. Juris Zagarins, same. Nonprofit organization designed to support Latvian culture, language, and literature.

Jumbo Supermarket Inc., 932 Worthington St., Springfield, MA 01105. Angel Pena, 15 Stedman St., Chicopee, MA 01013. Supermarket-grocery sales.

Keya Petroleum Corp., 491 Allen St., Springfield, MA 01108. Vasantlal Amrutlal Shah, 321 Longhill St., Springfield, MA 01108. Gas station with convenience store.

Law Office of William T. Walsh Jr., P.C., 83 State St., Springfield, MA 01103. William T. Walsh Jr., same. Law office.

Myids Inc., 51 Denton Circle, Springfield, MA 01104. Mohammad Ali Hazratji, 492 Hall Hill Road, Somers, CT 06071. Sales of ID tags for apparel.

Olympic Deli Restaurant Inc., 232 Chestnut St., Springfield, MA 01103. Francisco Rosario, same. Deli and restaurant.

Rivera & Rivera Act Against Foreclosure Inc., 44 Duryea St., Springfield, MA 01104. Marisol Feliciano, same. Nonprofit organization providing community assistance and services.

Royal Hair Design Inc., 101 Mulberry St., Apt. 113, Springfield, MA 01105. Liran Avital, same. Hair salon.

S.E.M. Convenience Store Inc., 248 Dickinson St., Springfield, MA 01108. Stamatios Moraitakis, same. Convenience store.

WEST SPRINGFIELD

LTG Inc., 41 Oleander St., West Springfield, MA 01089. Rachael Lynn Albee, same. IT services with focus of MSP.

Precision Install Inc., 11 Smith Ave., West Springfield, MA 01089. Eric Poirier, 115 Austin St., Chicopee, MA 01013. Kitchen installations and home improvements.

WESTFIELD

JPY Flooring Inc., 172 Meadow St., Apt. B, Westfield, MA 01085. Julian Yurtuc, same. Flooring sales and installation.

Real China Restaurant Inc., 116 Elm St., Westfield, MA 01085. Bizhen Zhu, same. Restaurant.

Opinion
The Glass Is More Than Half Full

There have been a lot jokes lately about people seeing a plague of locusts coming down State Street in Springfield — or what they would do if they did see one.
Likewise, there’s been more attempted humor concerning the notion that adversity builds character. If it does, most in this region would say we’ve got more than enough character, thank you.
Indeed, it’s been quite a year, and it’s far from over. The winter was long and brutal. The recovery … that should be put in the form of a question, as in ‘what recovery?’ Gas prices soared back up over $4 a gallon, and although they’re down a little, they remain a challenge to progress. Meanwhile, debt crises here and abroad have sent the stock market reeling in recent weeks and raised the specter of the dreaded double dip.
Then came the natural disasters: first the tornado, from which full recovery will take years, then the minor earthquake (no damage, but it shook people up, literally and figuratively), and then the tropical storm, which didn’t hit with full fury, but try telling that to many people in Franklin County.
So as 2011 heads for the three-quarter pole, many people are looking for the locusts, figuring they have to be next. However, while being pessimistic and cynical in this climate — both economically and meteorologically —  there is room for a little optimism. In other words, yes, things could be much worse, and they are in many parts of this country and other nations as well. Why see the glass as at least half full? Consider these reasons:
• Adversity does, indeed, build character, and out of the trials and travails of 2011, some positive energy and new sources of resiliency have been found. The tornado turned many sections of Springfield, West Springfield, and other communities upside down, but now there is a chance to rebuild and perhaps create momentum from new initiatives. Meanwhile, the sum of the natural disasters and other forms of turmoil (and survival of all of that) could create more needed confidence in the region — an ‘if we can make though all this, we can make it through anything’ mentality.
• The jobs market, while not robust, or anything approaching that description, is at least holding steady, with signs of progress. The cutbacks at Baystate Health and Milton Bradley have been the only real setbacks, while companies such as Smith & Wesson, Big Y, and others have been adding workers, and many businesses are seemingly on the cusp of having enough confidence to move forward with new hiring.
• The region continues to foster entrepreneurship through incubation efforts and mentorship programs that will eventually pay huge dividends for the Greater Springfield area. As we’ve said many times before, while it’s great to lure corporations that will bring hundreds of jobs to an area, the more likely scenario for growth is through small-business development, and this region is making great strides in efforts to encourage entrepreneurial thinking and help companies survive those ultra-challenging first few years.
• The ‘eds and meds’ sectors remain strong and show promise to become even greater forces in the local economy. Baystate’s Hospital of the Future is on schedule to open soon, and most all area health care providers have survived the recent economic upheaval more or less intact. The pace of hiring has slowed, but it is still solid. On the higher-education side, schools like American International College have enjoyed strong growth (see story, page 10), while all the institutions in the region have contributed critical resources — especially their student populations — to help spur economic development in many forms, both in individual communities such as Westfield, Chicopee, and Holyoke, and across the region as a whole.
We haven’t even mentioned the high-performance computing center in Holyoke, the emerging ‘green’ business sectors, and the strong possibility that a casino will be built in Palmer or Holyoke over the next several years.
Add it all up, and there is indeed reason for optimism, not merely cause to look over the hill for locusts.

Building Permits Departments

The following building permits were issued during the month of August 2011.

AGAWAM

Kurt and Paula Walker
60 North Westfield St.
$240,000 — New roof system

Western Mass Electric Company
198 Springfield St.
$450,000 — Foundation for new building

AMHERST

Hampshire College
Cole Science Center
$226,000 — New roof

Hampshire College
Enfield House
$17,000 — New roof

Peter Grandonico
25 North Pleasant St.
$6,500 — Install fire sprinkler system

CHICOPEE

Chicopee Boys and Girls Club
580 Meadow St.
$77,000 — Install windows and a fire sprinkler system

Faith Methodist Church
181 Montcalm St.
$10,000 — Install new windows

VSH Realty Inc.
1061 Memorial Dr.
$300,000 — Renovate interior at Cumberland Farms

HADLEY

Parmar and Sons Inc.
37 Russell St.
$145,000 — Remodel of existing space

Pyramid Mall of Hadley
367 Russell St.
$1,425,000 — Renovate Cinemark building to include three additional theatres

Pyramid Mall of Hadley
367 Russell St.
$67,000 — Remodel existing Beauty Plus

HOLYOKE

Blessed Sacrament
1945-1951 Northampton St.
$20,000 — Install new windows

LUDLOW

Alberto Tavares
257 Fuller St.
$25,000 — New roof

NORTHAMPTON

Edwards Church of Northampton
297 Main St.
$25,000 — Upgrade kitchen including new hood

GE Healthcare
22 Industrial Dr.
$13,000 — Interior renovations

Smith College
50 Elm St.
$16,000 — Renovate third-floor bathroom in Clark Hall

Smith College
60 Elm St.
$27,000 — Install stair lift and remodel bathroom in Greene Hall

Tiffany Matrone
7 Armory St.
$48,000 — Renovate existing office to tattoo/piercing parlor

SOUTH HADLEY

Douglas King
5 Hadley St.
$115,500 — Renovations

Mount Holyoke College
50 College St.
$4,500 — Install windows

SOUTHWICK

Dunkin Donuts
497 College Highway
$10,000 — Re-roof

Southwick Acres
256 College Highway
$4,200 — Wooden pavilion

SPRINGFIELD

City of Springfield
200 Birnie Ave.
$1,244,800 — New roof at Gerena School

WESTFIELD

Centro Heritage SPE 6, LLC
231 East Main St.
$80,000 — Interior renovation to retail space

City of Westfield
350 Southampton Road
$60,000 — Addition

First Congregational Church
18 Broad St.
$112,000 — Install 24 custom windows

Jeffrey Glaze
Arch Road
$5,000 — Interior renovations

Gene Kosinski
420 Russelville Road
$31,000 — Install solar panels

Lower Mill, Inc.
47 Mill St.
$564,000 — Office build out of the first floor

Zak Francis
1414 Russell Road
$66,000 — Addition

WEST SPRINGFIELD

CPAN Corp.
339 Bliss St.
$115,000 — Tornado damage repair

Francis O’Brien
1043 Westfield St.
$108,000 — Addition to commercial structure

Friendly’s Ice Cream Corp.
1855 Boston Road
$16,000 — Re-roof

Kouad, LLC
340 Memorial Ave.
$19,000 — Repair roof damage

Ras Patel
560 Riverdale Road
$27,500 — Roof repair

Town of West Springfield
26 Central St.
$1,034,000 — 288 new windows at Colburn Elementary

U.S. Corrugated, Inc.
100 Palmer Ave.
$168,000 — Strip and re-roof

Bankruptcies Departments

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

Andino, Minerva
P.O. Box 364
West Springfield, MA 01090
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 07/22/11

Angeletti, Mary E.
59 Yeoman Ave.
Westfield, MA 01085
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 07/22/11

Barbour, Emily H.
93 Water St.
Palmer, MA 01069
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 07/22/11

Bernard, Richard
21 Ames Ave., Apt. A
Chicopee, MA 01013
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 07/18/11

Berthiaume, Nathan
Wagher, Robin
413 Belchertown Road
Ware, MA 01082
Chapter: 13
Filing Date: 07/20/11

Blair, Tempyl R.
281 Langevin St.
Chicopee, MA 01020
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 07/20/11

Bowden, Patricia Grace
150 Lincoln St.
Holyoke, MA 01040
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 07/27/11

Brannon, Aydin Blaine
a/k/a Brannon, Amy Beth
c/o Ostrander Law Office
P.O. Box 1237
Northampton, MA 01061
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 07/25/11

Britt, Robert E.
Britt, Margaret A.
390 King Road
Athol, MA 01331
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 07/28/11

Brophy, Wendy A.
1600 Church St.
North Adams, MA 01247
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 07/18/11

Brosky, Edward J.
a/k/a Broski, Edward J.
Brosky, Janet H.
a/k/a Westberg, Janet Helen
1083 Old Coldbrook Road
Barre, MA 01005
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 07/26/11

Canterbury, Cheryl A.
4 Bradlind Ave.
Wilbraham, MA 01095
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 07/22/11

Chamberlain, Ronnie
84 West Orange Road
Orange, MA 01364
Chapter: 13
Filing Date: 07/28/11

Chizik, Lynn M.
74 Springside Ave.
Pittsfield, MA 01201
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 07/26/11

Claine, John H.
Claine, Kimberly L.
409 Chapman St.
Greenfield, MA 01301
Chapter: 13
Filing Date: 07/19/11

Cook, Mary J.
18 Lamplighter Lane
Springfield, MA 01119
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 07/19/11

Cornelius, Darlene M.
110 Main St.
Westfield, MA 01085
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 07/16/11

Couture, Francis R.
Couture, Susanne T.
616 Granby Road
South Hadley, MA 01075
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 07/29/11

Cremonti, Nicholas D.
36 Sunbriar Dr.
Westfield, MA 01085
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 07/26/11

Curto, Shannon M.
210 Stebbins St., Apt. #2R
Chicopee, MA 01020
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 07/21/11

Dalpe, Frank R.
Dalpe, Sara M.
931 Granby Road
Chicopee, MA 01020
Chapter: 13
Filing Date: 07/20/11

Dauplaise, Todd
12 Autumn Lane
Belchertown, MA 01007
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 07/18/11

DeForge, Jason J.
252 Leonard St.
Agawam, MA 01001
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 07/18/11

Demers, Robert H.
Demers, Cynthia L.
485 Beech St.
Holyoke, MA 01040
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 07/29/11

DeSousa, Richard Canto
45 River Road
Sturbridge, MA 01566
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 07/21/11

Durand, Timothy M.
Durand, Shannon A.
One Hillcrest Road
Southwick, MA 01077
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 07/28/11

Faulha, Paul J.
P.O. Box 566
Ludlow, MA 01056
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 07/25/11

Forman, Brandi M’dele
19 Main St., Apt. 5
Easthampton, MA 01027
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 07/29/11

Fox, Darlene C.
48 Michigan St.
Indian Orchard, MA 01151
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 07/18/11

Fydenkevez, Christopher W.
Fydenkevez, Kimberly A.
46 Country Lane
Sunderland, MA 01375
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 07/27/11

Gebo, Debra A.
37 Barrington Dr.
Springfield, MA 01129
Chapter: 13
Filing Date: 07/28/11

Gerard, Vincent J.
8 Plantation Dr.
Agawam, MA 01001
Chapter: 13
Filing Date: 07/27/11

Goldrick, Loretta I.
89 Circle Dr.
Chicopee, MA 01020
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 07/29/11

Grande, Guy-Michael
105 Maryland St.
Springfield, MA 01108
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 07/29/11

Granger, Robert Allen
492 Morgan Road
West Springfield, MA 01089
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 07/20/11

Greenberg, Steven R.
Rossow, Deborah L.
P.O. Box 144
Ashfield, MA 01330
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 07/20/11

Harrington, Heather L.
32 Lakewood Circle
Berkshire, MA 01201
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 07/18/11

Hedeen, Paul D.
394 Granby Road
Chicopee, MA 01020
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 07/26/11

Hernandez, Maria
2991 Main St. #1
Springfield, MA 01107
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 07/28/11

Hopper, Megan A.
a/k/a Merrill, Megan A.
68 Larkspur St.
Springfield, MA 01108
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 07/25/11

Howell, Justin E.
475 Somers Road
East Longmeadow, MA 01028
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 07/22/11

Howell, Katherine J.
a/k/a Prechtl, Katherine
475 Somers Road
East Longmeadow, MA 01028
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 07/22/11

Hull, Bruce N.
172 Fairview Ave.
Athol, MA 01331
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 07/25/11

Iglesias, Bruce G.
Iglesias, Colleen Y.
9 Laro Road
Southwick, MA 01077-9526
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 07/21/11

Jacobs, Michael John
P.O. Box 615
Monson, MA 01057-0615
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 07/22/11

Jensen, Richard
36 Colonial Park
Three Rivers, MA 01080
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 07/29/11

Johnson, David S.
106 Cheney St.
Orange, MA 01364
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 07/28/11

Johnson, Latania M.
247 Denver St.
Springfield, MA 01109
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 07/21/11

Jones, Jerry H.
10 Silver St.
Great Barrington, MA 01230
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 07/19/11

Joseph, Manson P.
30 Danforth Ave.
Pittsfield, MA 01201
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 07/18/11

Kodreanu, Galina
Codreanu, Dorel
6 Lemnos Lane
Springfield, MA 01119
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 07/25/11

Kulig, Wesley
63 Jarvis Ave.
Holyoke, MA 01040
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 07/27/11

Lajeunesse, Gregory D.
124 Elizabeth Ave.
Westfield, MA 01085
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 07/28/11

Lajewski, Patricia A.
Lajewski, Clifford
200 Fowler Road
Westfield, MA 01085
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 07/29/11

Lear, Philip G.
12 School Road
Bernardston, MA 01337
Chapter: 13
Filing Date: 07/26/11

Libardi, Wanda E.
482 Pomeroy Ave.
Pittsfield, MA 01201
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 07/23/11

Lopez, Veronica
a/k/a Colon-Lopez, Veronica
385 Nottingham St.
Springfield, MA 01104
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 07/20/11

Luciano, Jerry
99 Jenness St.
Springfield, MA 01104
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 07/29/11

Madore, Joseph R.
Madore, Judy
12 Quaboag Valley
Palmer, MA 01069
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 07/28/11

Maruca, Umberto T.
18 Zuell Hill Road
Monson, MA 01057
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 07/27/11

Maung, Hla Win
Win, Thaw Dar
43 Kenwood Terrace
Springfield, MA 01108
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 07/28/11

McCarthy, Cheryl A.
26 Aldrich St.
Belchertown, MA 01007
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 07/28/11

McIver, Joseph L.
Larson, Lorraine B.
23 Rollins St.
Springfield, MA 01109
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 07/22/11

Meunier, Jeffrey
Meunier, Catherine
73 Barrett St., Apt. 6
Northampton, MA 01060
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 07/26/11

Moffat, Bethany Ann
a/k/a Brennan-Moffat, Bethany Ann
51 Prospect St.
South Hadley, MA 01075
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 07/29/11

Moncrieffe, Lenworth A.
Allamby-Moncrieffe, Debra
PO Box 81173
Springfield, MA 01138
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 07/29/11

Monteiro, Carolyn M.
a/k/a Crawford, Carolyn M.
100 Harkness Road
Pelham, MA 01002
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 07/21/11

Nassar, Micah G.
45 Williow St., Apt. 30
Springfield, MA 01103
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 07/21/11

Paknia, Daniel
19 Eunice Dr.
Longmeadow, MA 01106
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 07/28/11

Parent, George S.
Parent, Joan C.
Hubbert Place
93 Tanal St., Apt 203
South Hadley, MA 01075
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 07/20/11

Parente, Joseph M.
Parente, Sandra E.
74 Lawrence Road
Chicopee, MA 01013
Chapter: 13
Filing Date: 07/21/11

Peers, James Henry
Peers, Sheila Mary
633 Bernardston Road
Greenfield, MA 01301
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 07/29/11

Peloquin, Jeanne M.
17 Highland Ave.
South Hadley, MA 01075
Chapter: 13
Filing Date: 07/29/11

Perez, Dionisio
70 Shumay St., Lot 22
Springfield, MA 01119
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 07/29/11

Phelps, Charles D.
Phelps, Patricia A.
P.O. Box 437
Southwick, MA 01077
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 07/28/11

Poirier, Christopher A.
410 Montcalm St.
Chicopee, MA 01020
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 07/20/11

Polci, Keith
Polci, Carrie A.
a/k/a Touchette, Carrie
653 Main St.
Hampden, MA 01036
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 07/27/11

RAN Builders
Nelson, Richard A.
17 Mountain St.
Haydenville, MA 01039
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 07/29/11

Rebeiro, Raymond A.
96 Fisherdick Road
Ware, MA 01082
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 07/18/11

Redmond, Richard D.
Redmond, Robin A.
41 Dana Hill
P.O. Box 174
Belchertown, MA 01007
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 07/21/11

Rendon, Marco A.
Rendon, Silvia A.
557 Leadmine Road
Sturbridge, MA 01566
Chapter: 13
Filing Date: 07/29/11

Rivera, Luis A.
1553 Carew St.
Springfield, MA 01104
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 07/29/11

Roberts, Cheryl R.
14 Pleasant St.
South Deerfield, MA 01373
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 07/26/11

Roberts, James A.
131 Old Amherst Road
Sunderland, MA 01375
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 07/26/11

Robitaille, Sara
83 Ingham St.
Chicopee, MA 01013
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 07/26/11

Roby, Wendell R.
141 Riverboat Village
South Hadley, MA 01075
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 07/28/11

Rodriguez, Miguel A.
Rodriguez, Rosa M.
23 Wolcott St.
Holyoke, MA 01040
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 07/29/11

Ryan, Patricia A.
56 Wells Ave.
Chicopee, MA 01020
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 07/27/11

Ryan, Robert M.
93 Mechanic St.
Shelburne Falls, MA 01370
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 07/27/11

Santiago, Jacqueline
65 Longwood Ave.
Holyoke, MA 01040
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 07/21/11

Scagliarini, Albert A.
Scagliarini, Joanne
70 Grant St.
Wilbraham, MA 01095
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 07/21/11

Sullivan, Kathleen M.
35 South Main St.
South Deerfield, MA 01373
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 07/26/11

Szyluk, Marc P.
Wales-Szyluk, Rebecca L.
102 Belleclaire Ave.
Longmeadow, MA 01106-1418
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 07/20/11

The Flower Shop
Jeffrey’s Auto Sales
D’Aurizio, Jeffrey D.
106 Dunham Road
Warren, MA 01083
Chapter: 13
Filing Date: 07/19/11

Theriault, James R.
71 Clark St.
Chicopee, MA 01013
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 07/27/11

Thirsher, Beverly J.
3 Beacon Dr.
Palmer, MA 01069
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 07/19/11

Tri-State Cleaning
Krstyen, David J.
Krstyen, Jodylee
17 South St.
Three Rivers, MA 01080
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 07/29/11

Valcourt, James E.
Valcourt, Cynthia S.
379 West Royalston Road
Athol, MA 01331
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 07/25/11

Valentin, David
Valentin, Nereida
64 Fordham St.
Springfield, MA 01104
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 07/20/11

Waldron, Deborah J.
238 Wells St.
Greenfield, MA 01301
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 07/25/11

Wayte, Natalie J.
51 Elbert Road
Agawam, MA 01001
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 07/26/11

Whalen, Crystal L.
182 Monson Turnpike Road
Ware, MA 01082
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 07/16/11

Wilson, Kenneth
44 Louise St.
Springfield, MA 01118
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 07/21/11

DBA Certificates Departments

The following Business Certificates and Trade Names were issued or renewed during the month of August 2011.

AGAWAM

From Dust Till Gone
15 Ley St.
Bridget Alaimo

Gary Polacco Mason Construction
75 Highland St.
Gary Polacco

Majestic Tile Restoration
1132 North St.
Aaron Musa

The Landlocked Dog, LLC
1325 Springfield St.
Ulrike Colonna

AMHERST

Blazers Natural Stove Co.
170 East St.
Lijing Zhang

Mom’s House Chinese Food Market
318 College St.
Fred Wang

Weld Communications
746 Bay Road
Eric Weld

CHICOPEE

Econolodge
357 Burnett Road
Dinesh Patel

LHH & T, LLC
185 Dale St.
Leslie Charles

Salon Jade Hair & Nails
450 Memorial Dr.
Jasmine Reyes

HADLEY

Burger King
359 Russell St.
F.P.S. Inc.

R & S Landscaping
21 Campus Road
Enrique Ortiz

HOLYOKE

Baby Crochet & MB More
254 Maple St.
Dezirez L. Bermudez

Fini’s Ice Cream
2 Fini Road
Dianne M. Sutherland-Fini

Holy Oak Tattoo
1735 Northampton St.
Brendan J. Kennedy

Lyman Laundry
228 Lyman St.
Chi-Ping Pan

Residential Mailboxes Online
575 Pleasant St.
David P. Lavigne

NORTHAMPTON

CDT Construction
158 North Maple St.
Eugene Tacy

Mystical Thrift and Consignment
30 Maple St.
Christa Hilfeis

Skyline Recovery Service
376 Easthampton Road
Frank Fournier III

SOUTHWICK

Angel Wings Couriers
23 Congamond Road
Margaret Tichy

Delreo Home Improvement
131A North Lake Road
Gary Delcamp

Pioneer Valley Martial Arts
320 College Highway
Christopher Miltimore

Red Riding Hood’s Basker Inc.
108 Congamond Road
Marjorie Secora

Stonehedge Farms
56 Kline Road
Donald Corey

SPRINGFIELD

2 Dog Art
71 Midway St.
Gail A. Konopka

Best Home Improvements
39 Algonquin Place
David A. Collins

Chic Afrique African Hair
494 Central St.
Sheila Coly

CQ Talk
351 Bridge St.
Leonard Weitz

Craig Masonry
67 Arden St.
Christine M. Howe

Crickets Corner
414 Chestnut St.
Christine M. Howe

Crystal Bubbles
175 Spring St.
Joseph L. Ridley

DT Paint & Improve
1655 Main St.
Daniel J. Torres

Every Body Needs a Massage
6 North Chatham St.
Sheila Prevost

Expose
21 Dunhill St.
David Noel Maynard

Federici Property Service
164 Carol Ann St.
David N. Maynard

Hispanic Mark Inc.
1145 Main St.
John D. Perez

Irie Designz Custom Silk
80 Sunset Dr.
Paul A. Wilson

Lysak’s Academy
1492 Allen St.
Walter Lysak Jr.

La Campesina Sea Food
2550 Main St.
Maria V. Cardona

WESTFIELD

All-Stars Dance Center
209 Root Road
Kim Starsiak

Friends of the Columbia Greenway Rail Trail
55 Franklin St.
Don Podolski

Gregory
356 Valley View Dr.
Grigoriy Ruge

LTW Custom Cosmetics
32 White St.
Lyn Wegiel

Main Street Hair Company
32 Main St.
Nancy Whittier

Mama Cakes
31 Elm St.
Kimberly McNutt

New Corner Variety
2 Crown St.
Laura Parker

Northeastern Exterior Makeovers
2 Klondike Ave.
Michael Forrett

Professional Handyman
20 Old Feeding Hills Road
Keith Meyer

Swayger Plumbing & Heating
18 Llewellyn Dr.
Michael Swayger

Tiny Paws
362 Montgomery Road
Eileen M. Scully

Union Mart
420 Union St.
Meet Patel

Wizard Cycle Supply
8 Schumann Dr.
Paul E. Jaeger

WEST SPRINGFIELD

Amokatrade
60 Mercury St.
Tiba Tiangbe

Bee Clean Services
753 Union St.
Olga Pchelka

Century Buffet Inc.
247 Memorial Ave.
Xue L. Ye

Fireside Designs
1759 Riverdale St.
Jean Peloquin

GBS Brows
1313 Riverdale St.
Shiva P. Neupane

Jerry Rome Nissan
500 Riverdale St.
Balise JRN Inc.

JMR Welding and Fabrication
33 Allston Ave.
Jason R. Moore

Longoit.com
56 Hillside Ave.
Kevin J. Longo

Michael’s Arts and Crafts
1081 Riverdale St.
Michaels Stores, Inc.

Metro PCS
935 Riverdale St.
Jamie Woodruff

Naea Energy Massachusetts, LLC
15 Agawam Ave.
Kim C. Marsili

Price Rite of West Springfield
1106 Union St.
Corpo PRRC Inc.

R and B Auto Repair Shop
2296 Westfield St.
Fahid Ranjha

Rolandini Brothers Westside Maso
127 Harwich Road
Chris Rolandini

Starlift Equipment Inc.
36 Roanoke Ave.
Raymond Picarillo

Departments Incorporations

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

AMHERST

Craig’s Door — A Home Assoc. Inc., 69 South Pleasant St., Amherst, MA 01002. Gerald Gates, same.

CHICOPEE

Gerardo’s Transit Inc., 32 Mercelle St., Chicopee, MA 01020. Kellymar Alejandro, 47 Parkside St., Springfield, MA 01020. Passenger transport for hire.

FEEDING HILLS

Absolute Transport Inc., 24 Hickory St., Feeding Hills, MA 01030. Mazen Awkal, same. Vehicle transport

HAMPDEN

Gio’s Pizzeria Inc., 9 Allen St., Hampden, MA 01036. Giovanni Cirillo, 95 Wedgewood Dr., Ludlow, MA 01056. Restaurant.

HOLYOKE

Adult Community Employment Supports Inc., 30 Center St., Holyoke, MA 01040. Lizzy Ortiz, 32 Mansfield St., Springfield, MA 01108. Vocational programs for people over 18 with disabilities.

HPL Realty Corp., 335 Maple St., Holyoke, MA 01040. Terry Plum, 70 Pinehurst St., Holyoke, MA 01040. Nonprofit corporation to benefit the Holyoke Public Library.

International Laser Solutions Inc., 362 Race St., Holyoke, MA 01040. Edward Sordillo, 97 Lariviere Dr., Chicopee, MA 01020. Laser marking, etching and engraving.

LENOX

Good Vibes Distributing Inc., 172 Housatonic St., Lenox, MA 01240. Kevin Kirshner, same. Wholesaler.

NORTH ADAMS

Howling Inc., 135 Bonair Ave., North Adams, MA 01247. Jared Bruce Decoteau. Same. Restaurant.

PALMER

Advanced Precision Products Inc., 7 First St., Palmer, MA 01069. Jeffrey Buck, same. Precision component manufacturing.

PITTSFIELD

Erich Schmidt, 435 South St., Pittsfield, MA 01201. Erich Schmidt, 37 Bracelan Court, Lenox, MA 01240.

SOUTHWICK

Acclaim Properties Inc., 464 North Loomis Street, Southwick, MA 01077. David Tagliavini, 149 Prospect St., Suffield, CT 06078. Property management.

J & C Property Services Inc., 114 Granville Road, Southwick, MA 01077. Craig Filiault, same.

SPRINGFIELD

American Center for Immigrant Development Inc., 857 State St., Springfield, MA 01109-3103. Eskedar Ayehu Adamu, 33 Maple St., Malden MA, 02148. After-school program including job search and job training.

David Peck, DMD, 174 Worthington St., Springfield, MA 01103. David Peck, DMD 153 Prynwood Road, Longmeadow, MA 01106. General dentistry.

Forest Park Business Assoc. Inc., 185 Belmont Ave, Springfield, MA 01108. Daniel Morrissery, 119 Marengo Park, Springfield, MA 01108. Nonprofit organization.

Hispanic Mark Inc., 1145 Main St., Suite 501, Springfield, MA 01103. John David Perez, 247 Central St., Floor 2 Springfield, MA 01105. Business consulting.

WEST SPRINGFIELD

Ageo Tech Solutions Inc., 2042 Westfield St., West Springfield, MA 01089. Anthony Kashmanian, same. Computer technician.

Bertera Foreign Motors Corp., 657 Riverdale St., West Springfield, MA 01089. Aldo Bertera, 162 Forest Ridge Road, West Springfield, MA 01089. Foreign automobile sales and service.

Dijon Express Corp., 91 Hill St., West Springfield, MA 01089. Ildar Ismailov, same. Transportation services.

In Our hands Day Care Center Inc., 101 Belmont Ave., West Springfield, MA 01089. Joyce Roswess, same. Day care center for children.

WESTFIELD

Infiniti Logistics Inc., 108 Miller St., Westfield, MA 01085. Yaroslav Burkovskiy, same. Truck leasing.

WILBRAHAM

Bizcykl Inc., 8 Powers Dr., Wilbraham, MA 01095. Gregory Allan Pastore, same. Waste and recycling management.

Canosa Restaurants Inc., 5 Anvil Road, Wilbraham, MA 01095. Santiago Canosa, same. Restaurant

Company Notebook Departments

Paul Robbins Associates Wins International Award
WILBRAHAM — Paul Robbins, owner of Paul Robbins Associates, took home a Silver Award in the 2011 Summit Creative Award competition for his documentary-style video titled Housing First, produced for the Western MA Network to End Homelessness. Robbins previously won a Summit Creative Award in 2008 and again in 2009 for videos he produced for HAP Housing, the region’s housing partnership. The video tells the story of the Housing First initiative in Western Mass., which is designed to help families and individuals avoid homelessness by providing housing and support services, through the eyes of four people helped by the initiative in Hampden, Hampshire, Franklin, and Berkshire counties. The video can be viewed on the network’s blog, westernmasshousingfirst.org. This year’s panel of international judges included a host of creative directors from design agencies around the world, including Brazil, Kuwait, Australia, Denmark, Dubai, Malaysia, Canada, and the U.S.  Entries in 23 creative categories are judged against a stringent set of standards. During the blind judging events (entering company names are withheld), judges search for innovative and creative concepts, strong execution, and the ability to communicate and persuade. This year’s creative competition included entries from companies in 22 countries, including Austria, China, Hong Kong, India, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, Spain, the Netherlands and the U.S. Paul Robbins Associates is a strategic-communications consultancy providing public-relations and marketing planning, design, and execution; crisis communication services; compelling video presentations; Web site design; and blog creation and content management for companies, nonprofit organizations, and policy initiatives.

Bacon Wilson Blog Earns Recognition
SPRINGFIELD — Bacon Wilson, P.C.’s blog, Employment Law Bits, has been nominated as a Top 25 Employment Law Blog by LexisNexis. Employment Law Bits was launched in June 2005, and since then has supplied readers with weekly posts regarding legal issues facing both employees and employers in both text and video format. “We are very pleased to have our work singled out in a sea of about 2 million employment-law blogs,” noted Employment Law Department Chairman Paul Rothschild, Esq. “Our blog demonstrates a six-year commitment to informing employees, employers, and HR managers of changes within the law that affect them, and we intend to continue putting out such information that helps our constituency.” Employment Law Bits can be found at bwlaw.blogs.com. Bacon Wilson has offices in Springfield, Westfield, Northampton, and Amherst, and employs 43 attorneys and 65 paralegals, secretaries, and support staff..

MassMutual Offers New TPA Business Implementation Kit
SPRINGFIELD — MassMutual Retirement Services recently launched its latest version of the Third-Party Administrator (TPA) New Business Implementation Kit, further streamlining the plan installation process and increasing ease of use. The kit provides TPAs with all necessary documents to complete the plan installation process, facilitating each retirement plan’s smooth transition to MassMutual Retirement Services. The enhanced version has been recognized to increase ease of use, by simplifying and grouping related questions and incorporating funding and Web site applications. The incorporation of these applications reduced, on average, four signature requirements, according to Gary Stamborski, vice president of TPA and new business operations. “MassMutual is committed to providing TPAs, advisors, and sponsors with the best plan installation service in the marketplace today,” said Stamborski. “The new kit is one way we are striving to exceed the expectations of everyone involved throughout the plan installation experience.” Stamborski noted that the kit will continue to undergo an annual review to incorporate industry best practices and efficiencies as well as valuable feedback from TPAs, advisors, and sponsors.

Six Flags to Add
Goliath Coaster
AGAWAM — Six Flags New England  announced the addition of Goliath, a suspended, looping, boomerang coaster. New England’s newest coaster will reside in the Crack Axle Canyon section of the park and will make its debut in late spring of 2012. The ride experience will begin when guests are strapped into chairs suspended from the track above; then Goliath sends riders dangling face-down out of the station and up the first tower. Once riders reach the top of the tower, they are dropped into a complete vertical 18-story freefall, reaching speeds of 65 mph before racing head over heels on the outside of a 102-foot-tall vertical loop, followed by a 110-foot-tall butterfly turn before rocketing up the second 19-story tower. “Six Flags New England is thrilled to announce the addition of Goliath to our already-amazing arsenal of rides,” said Jason Freeman, Six Flags New England park president. “This ride delivers pure adrenaline from start to finish and solidifies our commitment to adding high-volume fun for the entire family.” Goliath joins a large lineup of coasters, including Cyclone, Batman the Dark Knight, Mind Eraser, and Bizarro

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