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Affiliated Chambers of Commerce of Greater Springfield
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• 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.

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
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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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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





Chamber Corners Departments

CHamber corners: Upcoming Events

ACCGS
www.myonlinechamber.com
(413) 787-1555
• Sept. 14: After 5, 5-7 p.m. at Mama Iguana’s, Mai• Street, Northampton. Members, $10; non-members, $20. To reserve tickets, contact Cecile Larose at (413) 755-1313 or [email protected]
• Sept. 15: ACCGS board of directors meeting, 8-9 a.m., TD Bank Conference Center, Springfield.
• Sept. 19: ACCGS Golf Tournament, Ludlow Country Club, Tony Lema Drive, Ludlow. Shotgu• start at noon. Cost per golfer, $150. Contact Cecile Larose, [email protected]
• Sept. 21: ERC board of directors meeting, 8-9 a.m., the Gardens of Wilbraham, Community Room, 2 Lodge Lane, Wilbraham.
• Sept. 21: ACCGS ambassadors meeting, 4-5 p.m., EDC Conference Room, Springfield.
• Sept. 21: PWC Luncheon, “Up the Ladder: The Power of Education.” Special guest speaker: Carol Leary, president, Bay Path College. Reserve tickets through Lyn• Johnson, [email protected]
• Sept. 30: Hampden/Wilbraham Golf Classic, Country Club of Wilbraham. Shotgu• start at noon. Cost per golfer: $110. Contact Sarah Tsitso, [email protected]

Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce
www.amherstarea.com
(413) 253-0700
• Sept. 21: Chamber breakfast, 7:15-9 a.m. Hosted by: Applewood at Amherst. Topic updates o• North and South Amherst and Kendrick Park. Sponsored by Elite Home Health Agency. Tickets: $15 for chamber members; $20 for non-members.
RSVP at (413) 253-0700 or [email protected]

Chicopee Chamber of Commerce
www.chicopeechamber.org
(413) 594-2101
• Sept. 21: Salute breakfast, 7:15-9 a.m. at the MassMutual Learning & Conference Center, 350 Memorial Dr., Chicopee. Tickets: $19 for members; $26 for non-members.
• Sept. 27: Rake i• the Business Table Top Expo & Business Networking Event, 4:30- 7 p.m. at the Castle of Knights, 1599 Memorial Dr., Chicopee. Presented by the Chicopee, Greater Holyoke, Greater Westfield, and the North Central Connecticut Chambers of Commerce. Exhibitor fee: $100 per table. Admissio• fee: $5 pre-registered, $10 at the door. Sig• up online www.chicopeechamber.org, or call (413) 594-2101

Greater Easthampto• Chamber of Commerce
www.easthamptonchamber.org
(413) 527-9414
• Sept. 24: Recycling Day, 8:30 a.m-1 p.m. Responsibly dispose of your old computer, monitor, television, stereo and/or home and office appliances. Ope• to all members of area communities. Location: Valley Recycling, 245 Easthampto• Road (Route 10), Northampton. Contact the chamber office at (413) 527-9414 or [email protected] for recycling fees. Recycling services courtesy of Duseau Trucking, Hatfield. Proceeds to benefit chamber community programs.

Holyoke Chamber of Commerce
www.holyokechamber.com
(413) 534-3376
• Sept. 14: Holyoke Chamber Clambake, 5 to 7:30 p.m., Holyoke Country Club. Presented by United Water and sponsored by Kittredge Center at Holyoke Community College, Reidy Heating & Cooling Inc., Weld Management. and Westfield Bank. A seafood feast: lobster, steamers, clam chowder, make your ow• strawberry shortcake bar, and much more. Raffle prizes, cash-prize putting contest, discounted golf, 50/50 raffle. Cost: $30. Call (413) 534-3376 to reserve tickets, or register online at holyokechamber.com
• Sept. 16: Legislative Coffee Hour, 7:45 to 9:15 a.m., Yankee Pedlar Inn, 1866 Northampto• St. Sponsored by Dowd Insurance Agency and Loomis Communities. Featuring Sen. Michael Knapik and Rep. Michael Kane discussing the challenges and opportunities facing the Commonwealth, Holyoke, and local businesses i• the months ahead. Cost: $20 for members, $25 for non-members. Call Wanda Zabawa at (413) 534-3376 to reserve tickets, or register online at holyokechamber.com
• Sept. 21: 2011 Pacesetter Awards Recognitio• Breakfast, 7:30 a.m., the Log Cabin. Sponsored by Ferriter & Ferriter, Attorneys; Lester Halper• & Co., P.C.; People’s United Bank; and Ross Insurance Agency. The Pacesetter Awards go to exceptional small businesses and nonprofit agencies, entrepreneurs, and advocates who make other businesses successful. Cost: $20. Call (413) 534-3376 to reserve tickets, or register online at holyokechamber.com
• Sept. 27: The 14th Annual Rake i• the Business Table Top Showcase, 4:30 to 7 p.m., Castle of Knights, 1599 Memorial Dr., Chicopee. Presented by the Greater Holyoke, Chicopee, Greater Westfield, and North Central Connecticut chambers of commerce. A cost-effective networking opportunity for one’s business, with opportunities to meet potential new customers and clients. Cost: $100 for chamber member exhibitors, $5 for the public. Call (413) 534-3376 to reserve tickets.

Northampto• Area Young Professional Society
www.thenayp.com
(413) 584-1900
• Sept. 15: Vote the Valley, 5-7 p.m., Springfield Country Club, West Springfield. YPS (Young Professional Society of Greater Springfield) i• Partnership with NAYP (Northampto• Area Young Professionals) bring back Vote the Valley.

Quaboag Hills Chamber of Commerce
www.qvcc.biz
(413) 283-2418

South Hadley/Granby
Chamber of Commerce
www.shchamber.com
(413) 532-6451
• Sept. 13: Skinner Museum Stroll, 5-7 p.m. Sponsored by Mount Holyoke College. Special guest: Lyn• Pasquerella, president of Mount Holyoke College. Highlights: tours of Skinner Museum collection; refreshments under the tent. Tickets: $5 for chamber members.

Greater Westfield Chamber of Commerce
www.westfieldbiz.org
(413) 568-1618
• Sept. 12: Mayor’s Coffee Hour, 8-9 a.m. Hosted by the Holiday In• Express, Barnes Meeting Room. Complimentary coffee and Danish. Call the Chamber office at (413) 568-1618 if you pla• o• attending.
• Sept. 16: Chamber September Breakfast. Registratio• begins at 7:15 a.m. Hosted by 104th Fighter Wing Air National Guard Base, 175 Falco• Dr., Westfield. Guest speaker will be Alla• W. Blair, President and CEO of the Economic Development Council of Wester• Mass. Cost: members, $20; non-members, $25. Contact Carrie Dearing at (413) 568-1618 or at [email protected]
• Sept. 27: 14th Annual Rake i• the Business Table Top Showcase. The Greater Westfield, Chicopee, Greater Holyoke, and North Central Connecticut Chambers of Commerce will hold a multi-chamber trade show. Members may purchase a table for $100; purchase includes four complimentary admissio• tickets. Admissio• for the public is $5 for anyone who pre-registers, $10 at the door. Sponsorship opportunities are also available at a platinum, gold, or silver level. Call the Carrie at (413) 568-1618 or e-mail, [email protected]

YPS – Young Professional Society of Greater Springfield
www.springfieldyps.com
• Sept. 15: Vote the Valley, 5-7 p.m. at Springfield Country Club, West Springfield. YPS (Young Professional Society of Greater Springfield) i• Partnership with NAYP (Northampto• Area Young Professionals) bring back Vote the Valley.

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
William Leahy v.Wal-Mart Inc.
Allegation: Negligent maintenance of premises causing slip and fall: $45,717.18
Filed: 4/5/11

HAMPDEN SUPERIOR COURT
Cherokee Enterprises v.Northeast Contractors Inc.
Allegation: Breach of contract: $25,000
Filed: 6/6/11

Ernie Hernandez v.Poolman Pool & Spas
Allegation: Negligence in pool installation: $34,194
Filed: 3/30/11

Edward T. Koczur v.Daniel J. O’Connell and Plumb & Mackinnon, P.C.
Allegation: Employment retaliation: $25,000+
Filed: 6/10/11

Pioneer Valley Concrete Services v.
AM Lithography Corp.
Allegation: Non-payment of materials and labor on a construction project: $25,414.50
Filed: 4/15/11

Standard Plating Co. v.Specialty Loose Leaf Inc.
Allegation: Failure to pay for services: $80,850.75
Filed: 4/11

HAMPSHIRE SUPERIOR COURT
Kapiloff’s Glass Inc. v.Ralph’s Blacksmith Shop
Allegation: Breach of contract against subcontractors for labor and materials: $69,733.37
Filed: 7/12/11

NORTHAMPTON DISTRICT COURT
C&S Trucking Inc. v.Northeast Mesa, LLC
Allegation: Breach of contract for failure to pay amounts due: $21,745
Filed: 7/6/11

Nadim Kresmid v.C&S Wholesaler Inc.
Allegation: Plaintiff was run over by a forklift at C&S Wholesaler: $229,815.76
Filed: 6/28/11

Paul Bacon v.Lockwood Construction
Allegation: Breach of contract for failure to pay purchase price: $15,000
Filed: 7/6/11

SPRINGFIELD DISTRICT COURT
Chase Glass & Allied Products Inc. v.Miller Development and US 1 Construction, Inc.
Allegation: Breach of contract for labor and materials on a construction project: $12,591.30
Filed: 6/1/11

Liberty Mutual Fire Insurance Co. v.Mula Materials Corp.
Allegation: Non-payment on two workers’ compensation policies: $11,147.73
Filed: 6/20/11

Meravic Inc. v.Floral Fantasies by Lois Inc.
Allegation: Breach of contract and unjust enrichment: $5,385.20
Filed: 6/17/11

Optimum Building & Inspection Corp. v.Lizotte Glass Inc.
Allegation: Breach of contract for labor and materials on a construction project: $13,198.67
Filed: 6/20/11

The Professional Agency Protective Services v.HP Waterford Inc. and Waterford Hampden, LLC
Allegation: Breach of contract for security services: $14,083.50+
Filed: 6/17/11

WESTFIELD DISTRICT COURT
Western Mass Electric Co. v.Sander Family, LLC
Allegation: Non-payment of utility services: $14,084.79
Filed: 5/17/11

Agenda Departments

AIM Executive Forum
Sept. 16: Ralph de la Torre, chairman and CEO of Steward Health Care Systems, will be the guest speaker at the Associated Industries of Massachusetts Executive Forum at the Waltham Westin Hotel. He will discuss how his organization has grown into the largest integrated community health care organization in New England and its plans to reshape the health delivery landscape. Registration, which includes breakfast, is $55 per person, $90 for non-members, for the 7:45 to 9:15 a.m. program. To register, visit www.aimnet.org or call Julie Fazio at (617) 262-1180.

Classic Car Show
Sept. 18: The Chicopee Rotary Club will sponsor its 10th annual Classic Car Show in the Big Y parking lot on Memorial Drive in Chicopee. The event, staged from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., recognizes over 30 different classes of cars with awards. The committee is soliciting for sponsorships as well as car registrations. Preregistration is $10, while registration that morning is $15. Trophies will be given in all categories, and all presenters will receive a dash plaque. Admission to the car show is free to the community and includes an airbag-deployment demonstration at noon. Refreshments will be available throughout the day. As a fund-raising event, the show raises money for the club’s many projects, including its Helping Hands Program, which provides holiday meals to economically disadvantaged families, and also supports the Polio Plus Project, which fights to eliminate polio throughout the world. Proceeds from this event will also directly benefit the Chicopee Elks Club’s annual Veteran’s Day Dinner. For more information or to obtain a registration, call Don Roy’s Auto Body at (413) 593-5010.

Trademarks Webinar
Sept. 20: Donald Holland, Esq. will present a webinar titled “Protect Your Trademarks” 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.

STCC Ovations Series
Sept. 21: Mime Robert Rivest will lead off the Ovations special-events series at Springfield Technical Community College with performances scheduled 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]

Instant Issues Lunch Series
Sept. 21: The Hon. Patrick Binns, Canadian consul general to New England, will be the guest speaker at the Instant Issues Brown Bag Lunch Series, sponsored by the World Affairs Council of Western Mass. His noon lecture is titled “Beyond the Border: Canada-New England Relations.” Before coming to Boston in 2010, he served as Ambassador of Canada to Ireland. The event is planned at One Financial Plaza, community room, third floor, at 1350 Main St. (corner of Main and Court), Springfield. The cost is $5 for members, $15 with lunch; or $10 for nonmembers, $20 with lunch. For reservations prior to Sept. 19, call (413) 733-0110.

Filmmaker at STCC
Sept. 23: Lawrence Hott, documentary filmmaker, will talk about his upcoming work, The War of 1812, as part of the Ovations special events series at Springfield Technical Community College. His presentations are scheduled at 10:10 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. in Scibelli Hall Theater. In describing this war, Hott will also bring attendees into the world of the documentary film and its process. For more information or to bring a group, contact Ovations coordinator Phil O’Donoghue at (413) 755-4233 or [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]

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.

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]

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Community Response

The American Red Cross Pioneer Valley Chapter has benefited from a recent outpouring of generosity from area individuals and businesses. At top left, the chapter’s executive director, Rick Lee (right), accepts a check for $20,000 from UBS Financial Services in Springfield to support local disaster-relief and recovery efforts. The check, representing a corporate donation, a company matching gift, and employee contributions, is presented by George Keady III, UBS senior vice president and branch manager (left), and James Calabrese, UBS account vice president. Bottom, the staff of Texas Roadhouse in Springfield presents a $13,000 donation to Mary Nathan, the chapter’s director of Disaster Services. The restaurant fed victims of the June 1 tornadoes and helped with cleanup, then coordinated a fund-raiser involving Texas Roadhouse restaurants all over New England to raise the $13,000 donation.

Opinion
Massachusetts Can Be a Model for Growth

During my travels across Massachusetts in the past few weeks, residents have expressed frustration and outright disgust with Washington. They don’t need Standard & Poor’s to tell them what they already know: Washington spends too much, borrows too much, and has for the most part been unable or unwilling to address our debt and deficit challenges in a bipartisan way.
We need to stop the finger-pointing and come up with a bipartisan and bicameral compromise to solve the nation’s fiscal problems. There are three key steps we need to take: cut spending, create a sound long-term fiscal plan, and enact a pro-jobs legislative agenda. In each case, recent history in Massachusetts can be a useful guide.
First, we need to stop spending so much.
In 2001 and ’02, the bursting of the technology bubble hit the Massachusetts economy hard. Our unemployment rate was growing faster than any other state in the country, and we faced a fiscal crisis that many experts said was the worst since World War II. The projected deficit for 2003 was nearly $3 billion.
But instead of raising taxes, Democrats and Republicans worked across the aisle: we tightened our belts and balanced the books by cutting spending. It wasn’t easy, but after some tough negotiations and resetting of priorities, we turned our deficit into a surplus, and the economy and jobs started coming back.
In Congress, we need to stop dithering and start looking at every opportunity for savings, both big and small. We can save at least $5 billion by stopping the ethanol subsidy, $15 billion by selling unused federal properties, and $150 billion by addressing the duplicative programs and improper payments recently brought to light by the Government Accountability Office. These are just a few examples of the waste that steals money from worthy projects. These are the types of bills we need to send to the president.
Second, Washington needs a solid long-term plan to get the $14.5 trillion federal debt under control.
In 2005, when S&P upgraded Massachusetts’ credit rating, it cited two key factors: reduced spending and greater budget certainty. Washington needs to do the same thing.
Many businesses in Massachusetts say they are paralyzed by uncertainty about Washington’s next move and overregulation. They can’t plan, and they are too nervous to hire new workers.
Congress needs to take a hard look at the long-term drivers of our debt — entitlements, the defense budget, annual spending, and our tax code — and have an honest conversation with the American people about how their money is being spent. Both Democrats and Republicans will have to accept less than 100% of what they want to get a big deal done, but that deal would give our job creators some of the stability that they are craving. And we must ensure that, in crafting reforms, those at or near retirement do not see changes to their promised benefits.
Finally, we need to implement a broad, pro-growth agenda.
In decades past, Massachusetts was often cynically referred to as ‘Taxachusetts’ and derided for its anti-business environment. But when the Legislature was faced with those daunting deficits in 2003, we didn’t panic and increase taxes. By holding the line, Massachusetts’ national tax burden ranking improved. We can do the same thing in Washington to compete globally. With personal income tax rates about to increase for millions of Americans in 2013, we need a broad tax-reform package that eliminates the special loopholes, simplifies the tax code, and lowers rates.
We should finally get moving on the stalled trade agreements with Korea, Panama, and Colombia that will open new markets to our products. And we should implement a common-sense approach to regulation that tells the world (including our own entrepreneurs) that America is open for business.
Americans know that borrowing 42 cents out of every dollar we spend is unsustainable, and that a record $14.5 trillion debt threatens our economic stability and future. However, despite our current challenges, America still has more potential for economic growth and job creation than any other country on earth. It’s time for us here in Congress and the administration to put our differences aside and do our job.

Scott Brown is a Republican U.S. senator from Massachusetts.

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

Building Permits Departments

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

AGAWAM

Kathy Ayre
644 Main St.
$40,000 — Interior renovations to office space

Mushy’s Golf Center, LLC
369 Main St.
$40,000 — Install 6 new antennas

AMHERST

Amethyst Farm, LLC
89 Northeast St.
$1,500 — Install new stairway to basement

Amherst Cinema, LLC
28 Amity St.
$9,000 — Converting existing space to GoBerry

Yosrex Limited Partnership
266 East Hadley Road
$3,000 — Repair roof

CHICOPEE

Callaway Golf Sales Co.
425 Meadow St.
$90,000 — Enclose room

Chicopee Housing Authority
28-100 Debra Dr.
$64,000 — Repair brick facade at Memorial Apartments

JND Property
107 South St.
$8,000 — Insulate existing walls and attic

Chicopee Village Limited Partnership
149-155 Eastern Dr.
$11,200 — Strip and re-shingle roof

HADLEY

Lancomb Holdings, LLC
191 Russell St.
$19,800 — new roof

W/S Hadley Properties, LLC
353 Russell St.
$30,000 — Replace existing HVAC rooftop units

HOLYOKE

Holyoke Mall
50 Holyoke St.
$100,000 — Remodel existing Spencer’s Store

LUDLOW

Oak Tree Inn
782 Center St.
$30,000 — Repair fire damage

NORTHAMPTON

Evert N. Fowle
20 Center St.
$17,000 — Install replacement windows

Florence Fire Station
69 Maple St.
$10,500 — Replace windows

Gandara Mental Health Center
25 Graves Ave.
$3,500 — Exterior renovations

Northampton Sewerage Treatment Plant
33 Hokanum Road
$10,000 — Install flat plate solar thermal collectors

Robert G. Curran Jr.
244 Main St.
$65,000 — Renovate interior

SOUTH HADLEY

Mount Holyoke College
50 College St
$7,000 — New roof

Robert F. Kennedy Children’s Action Corp.
87 Canal St.
$13,000 — Install new hood and exhaust fans

SOUTHWICK

Mount Tekoa Group
7 Veteran St.
$10,000 — Remodel store

Southwick Historical Society
86 College Highway
11,000 — Remodel bathroom

SPRINGFIELD

Cityview2 Limited Partnership
102 Armory St.
$150,000 — Exterior renovations

WESTFIELD

City of Westfield
28 West Silver St.
$1,976,000 — Erect two stair towers and elevators

Frank Demarinis
217 Root Road
$139,000 — Construction of 2,950-square-foot addition

North Elm Realty Inc.
55 North Elm St.
$17,000 — Interior renovations

Rocky’s
2 Free St.
$1,540,000 — New construction

Shell Oil Company
259 North Elm St.
$80,000 — Remodel interior

Westfield Alpine Company, LLC
1029 North Road
$10,000 — Repair fire damage to Nino’s Pizza

WEST SPRINGFIELD

Center for Human Development
332 Birnie Ave.
$137,000 — Renovate 3,088 square feet of office space

Fred L. Aaron
1472 Riverdale St.
$237,000 — Renovate 4,193 square feet in existing retail space

Fred L. Aaron
1472 Riverdale St.
$99,765 — Renovate 2,050 square feet in existing retail space

Hayden Corp.
333 River St.
$17,000 — Repair tornado damage

Hofbrahaus
1105 Main St.
$47,000 — New roof

Taco Bell
298 Memorial Ave.
$60,000 — Interior renovations

Bankruptcies Departments

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

Allen, John E.
143 Ardsley Road
Longmeadow, MA 01106
Chapter: 11
Filing Date: 07/09/11

Alukonis, David P.
616 Cottage St.
Athol, MA 01331
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 06/30/11

Alvarado, Carmen I.
311 Columba St.
Chicopee, MA 01020
Chapter: 13
Filing Date: 07/11/11

Alvarado, Pedro
405 Allen Road
Belchertown, MA 01007
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 07/07/11

Baker, Jason Allen
Baker, Carrie Lyn
60 Plain St.
Easthampton, MA 01027
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 07/15/11

Beach, Diane Rita
240 East St.
Springfield, MA 01104
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 07/06/11

Belanger, Donald A.
Belanger, Evelyn C.
a/k/a Poteralski, Evelyn C.
27 West St.
Belchertown, MA 01007
Chapter: 13
Filing Date: 06/30/11

Bellofatto, Mark A.
Bellofatto, Kristen T.
105 Via Maria
Lee, MA 01238
Chapter: 13
Filing Date: 06/30/11

Belyshev, Stanislau
Belyshev, Lyudmila
56 Federal St.
Agawam, MA 01001
Chapter: 13
Filing Date: 07/13/11

Brewster, William R.
Brewster, Janet T.
19 Muzzy St.
Chicopee, MA 01020
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 06/30/11

Cairns, Thomas C.
30 Willow Lane
Belchertown, MA 01007
Chapter: 13
Filing Date: 06/30/11

Cavanaugh, Susan F.
59 Los Angeles St.
Springfield, MA 01107
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 06/30/11

Champagne, Donald
115 Wilton St.
Springfield, MA 01109
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 07/12/11

Chase, Susan S.
a/k/a Cohen, Susan Chase
1070 West Road
Williamsburg, MA 01096
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 07/13/11

Collins, Raymond J.
53 Liberty St.
North Adams, MA 01247
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 06/30/11

Conception, Luz E.
15 North Summer St.
Holyoke, MA 01040
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 07/14/11

Cook, Janice M.
52 Kendall St.
Granby, MA 01033
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 07/15/11

Cordi-Allen, Barbara M.
143 Ardsley Road
Longmeadow, MA 01106
Chapter: 11
Filing Date: 07/09/11

Cortes, Zahiara C.
82 Roberto Clemente St.
Holyoke, MA 01040
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 07/14/11

Coviello, Scott C.
a/k/a Knight, Scott
Coviello, Marcy V.
125 South Loomis
Southwick, MA 01077
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 06/30/11

Crockwell, Jason M.
102 Brown St.
Pittsfield, MA 01201
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 07/05/11

Dean, Gary E
Of Sports, Gary Dean D/ Sorts
37 Enterprise St.
Adams, MA 01220
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 06/30/11

Delgado, Ramon A.
Delgado, Marina A.
660 Chestnut St.
Springfield, MA 01107
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 06/30/11

Dodge, Christopher James
Dodge, Yvette Marie
17 Mountain Road
Gill, MA 01354
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 07/12/11

Dumas, Nicole
a/k/a Lowell, Nicole J.D.
23 Yvonne St.
Chicopee, MA 01013
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 06/30/11

Ellery, Sheryll Ann
48 Demont Ave.
Pittsfield, MA 01201
Chapter: 13
Filing Date: 07/14/11

Flagg, Joseph M.
PO Box 233
South Barre, MA 01074
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 06/30/11

Fournier, Mary Ellen
72 Witheridge
Feeding Hills, MA 01030
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 07/14/11

Garstka, Gregory Frank
Garstka, Nancy Kay
a/k/a Garstka, Sunshine
10 Tammy Lane
Southwick, MA 01077
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 07/12/11

Gilsinger, Michael R.
Gilsinger, Krystal L.
a/k/a Ouellette, Krystal L.
14 Wayne St.
Springfield, MA 01118
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 07/12/11

Haber Home Improvement
Haber, Fred C.
Haber, Alice
1 Lansing Ave.
South Hadley, MA 01075
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 07/13/11

Hamel, Sandra
671 Springfield St.
Agawam, MA 01030
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 06/30/11

Haskins, Thomas L.
Haskins, Terri J.
a/k/a Moore, Terri J
5 Sanders St., Apt. D
Athol, MA 01331
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 06/30/11

Heap, Donna M.
34 Pearl St.
Chicopee, MA 01013
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 07/01/11

Herman, Leta Gwen
122/130 Old Bay Road
Belchertown, MA 01007
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 07/12/11

Hindle, John M.
Hindle, Beverly A.
17 Taylor St.
Holyoke, MA 01040
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 07/15/11

Hopkins, Marie D.
383 East River St. Apt. #5
Orange, MA 01364
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 07/08/11

Johnson, Barbara L.
110 Wheeler Ave.
Springfield, MA 01118
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 07/15/11

Keepin It Local
Michelin, Omer R.
Michelin, Sandra-Ann M.
161 West Main St.
Orange, MA 01364
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 07/07/11

Kleczek, Gregory T.
439 Prospect St.
Chicopee, MA 01020
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 06/30/11

Kopacsy, Margaret S.
167 Hanson Dr.
Springfield, MA 01128
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 07/11/11

Kuzminski, Casimir
Kuzminski, Doris
27 Bennett Road
Hampden, MA 01036
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 07/07/11

Lanouette, Karen M.
a/k/a Rust, Karen
39 Robinson Dr.
Westfield, MA 01085
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 07/01/11

Lanouette, Philippe J.
39 Robinson Dr.
Westfield, MA 01085
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 07/01/11

Latham, Henry Francis
17 Moody Bridge Road
Hadley, MA 01035
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 07/15/11

Ledgard, John P.
Ledgard, Maria J.
185 Simonds St.
Athol, MA 01331
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 07/09/11

Lemieux, James A.
604 Poole St
Ludlow, MA 01056
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 07/14/11

Leroux, Kevin
1241 New Braintree Road
Oakham, MA 01068
Chapter: 13
Filing Date: 07/06/11

Longto, Dennis Norman
27 Crooked Ledge Road
Southampton, MA 01073
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 07/14/11

Longto, Raya Chandreyee
a/k/a Ontanada, Raya C.
P.O.Box 204
Southampton, MA 01073
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 07/14/11

Mahon, Patrick R.
50 Tyringham Road
Lee, MA 01238
Chapter: 13
Filing Date: 07/08/11

Mann, Brian M.
669 Dewey St.
West Springfield, MA 01089
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 07/01/11

Martin, Martha H.
32 Pascal Dr.
Springfield, MA 01119
Chapter: 13
Filing Date: 07/11/11

Mathieu, Amy Beth
20 Beaver Dr.
South Deerfield, MA 01373
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 07/13/11

McAlister, Noeline R.
a/k/a Symons, Noeline
a/k/a Ahsha, Neline
97 Lincoln St.
Holyoke, MA 01040
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 06/30/11

McGale, David J.
7 Constitution Ave.
Warren, MA 01083
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 07/15/11

Milfort, Peter M.
Milfort, Marjorie L.
a/k/a Armitage, Marjorie L.
86 Fuller St. #15
Ludlow, MA 01056
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 06/30/11

Miner, Raymond
Miner, Diane M.
92 Massachusetts Ave.
Ludlow, MA 01056
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 07/15/11

Mongeau, Christopher L.
9 Ralph Ave.
South Hadley, MA 01075
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 07/06/11

Mosijchuk, Nadezhda
38 Spencer St.
Agawam, MA 01001
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 06/30/11

MT Trucking Co., Inc.
457 Old Dana Road
Barre, MA 01005
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 06/30/11

Myers, Deborah
88 Rondeau St.
Palmer, MA 01069
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 07/12/11

Myers, Philip J.
88 Rondeau St.
Palmer, MA 01069
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 07/12/11

Naumowicz, Lori A.
13 Benefit St.
Chicopee, MA 01020
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 07/08/11

Niedzielski, Joseph D.
Niedzielski, Cynthia B.
25 Northampton St.
Easthampton, MA 01027
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 06/30/11

Ohlson, Beryl Elizabeth
34 Greenleaves Dr.
Hadley, MA 01035
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 07/11/11

O’Neal, Michael S.
a/k/a Oneale, Michael S.
1130 Parker St.
Springfield, MA 01129
Chapter: 13
Filing Date: 07/08/11

Page-Lacoff, Teri O.
38 Pomeroy St.
Easthampton, MA 01027
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 07/13/11

Palmer, Deborah Ann
28 Bridge St.
Monson, MA 01057
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 07/15/11

Paquin, Lester W.
120 Pleasant St.
Barre, MA 01005
Chapter: 13
Filing Date: 07/04/11

Parks, Neal Stuart
122/130 Old Bay Road
Belchertown, MA 01007
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 07/12/11

Patridge, Gordon W.
Landers-Patridge, Donna L.
15 Dugan Road
Ware, MA 01082
Chapter: 13
Filing Date: 07/01/11

Pitts, Victoria Ann
252 Chestnut St.
East Longmeadow, MA 01028
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 07/06/11

Porter, Ronald N.
Porter, Elizabeth Tomaya
3 Birch Knoll Dr.
Wilbraham, MA 01095
Chapter: 13
Filing Date: 07/07/11

Potter, Nancy R.
82 Lathrop St.
South Hadley, MA 01075
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 07/05/11

Pouliot, Jeffrey
Pouliot, Faith M.
a/k/a Robare, Faith
786 East Mountain Road
Westfield, MA 01085
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 07/01/11

Rahal, Ali
5 High St.
Westfield, MA 01085
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 07/08/11

Roache, Donald R.
82 Fargo St.
Springfield, MA 01119
Chapter: 13
Filing Date: 07/11/11

Roes, Robert N.
Roes, Sandra E.
10 Third Ave.
Ware, MA 01082
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 07/07/11

Russell, Theodore C.
Russell, Lisa D.
32 Shirley St.
Wilbraham, MA 01095-2000
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 07/05/11

Sandgren, William
Sandgren, Heather
202 Brookfield Road
Warren, MA 01083
Chapter: 13
Filing Date: 07/08/11

Santiago, Arcangel
245 Orange St.
Springfield, MA 01108
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 07/01/11

Sias, Annemarie
a/k/a Spear-Sias, Annmarie
155 Woodland Dr.
Hampden, MA 01036
Chapter: 13
Filing Date: 07/05/11

Smith, Philip Todd
70 Shumway St., A-1
Springfield, MA 01119
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 07/11/11

Soares, Isabel M.
21 Bristol St.
Ludlow, MA 01056
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 07/11/11

Soto, Anthony
10 James St.
Holyoke, MA 01040
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 07/14/11

Sponberg, Julieanne
Southwick, MA 01077
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 07/05/11

Stefanelli, Paul T.
Stefanelli, Candice S.
14 Como Drive
Chicopee, MA 01020
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 07/05/11

Stratton, Micah P.
Stratton, Diana L.
660 East River St.
Orange, MA 01364
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 06/30/11

Tom’s Siding and Window
Breault, Thomas J.
Breault, Michele
4 Huntington Road
Blandford, MA 01008
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 06/30/11

Total Property Maintenance
O’Brien, Daniel S.
O’Brien, Deborah A.
a/k/a Janik, Deborah A.
88 Butternut St.
Springfield, MA 01128-1049
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 07/08/11

Turcotte, Raymond G.
52 Littleville Road
Huntington, MA 01050
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 07/15/11

Turner, Kimberly M.
a/k/a Broussard, Kimberly Marie
8 Conifer Dr.
Agawam, MA 01001
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 07/08/11

Vandini, Judy Ann
1286 Granby Road
Chicopee, MA 01020
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 07/13/11

Weinberg, James
Weinberg, Helene
1072 Stony Hill Road
Wilbraham, MA 01095
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 07/14/11

Zantouliadis, George
20 Hampton Terrace
Easthampton, MA 01027
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 07/11/11

Opinion
Finding Ways to Engage Young People

Diane Garcia will tell you that she didn’t enter the General Business program at Western New England University with the intention of pursuing a career in the nonprofit realm. By her junior year, when people said the word ‘boardroom,’ she was thinking about Corporate America, multi-national corporations, and money.
By the time she graduated in the spring of 2009, however, those words meant something else altogether — the word ‘community.’ That’s because she’d not only been in a boardroom, but had a seat in one — serving the YMCA of Greater Springfield. Indeed, Garcia was a participant in the pilot program that became the school’s nonprofit board internship initiative (see story, page 24).
Inspired by her tenure at the Y, she accepted an Americorps Vista position in the National Development Office of Jumpstart in Boston upon graduation, and today works for a search firm that specializes in finding executives for nonprofits. Her story speaks to the success of WNEU’s program in accomplishing its broad mission of benefiting both students and area nonprofits by injecting youth onto those agencies’ boards. But it also speaks volumes about the ongoing need to engage more young people in this community, its businesses, and institutions.
More evidence is provided by the story on page 50, which relates the work done by Smith College student Annie Waters to help piece together a strategy to utilize the arts to bring more vibrancy to Springfield’s downtown.
As these programs clearly show, everyone wins in these situations, and especially the region, even if those young people don’t stay in the 413 area code.
Backing up a bit, the WNEU initiative was started with the idea that by placing top students on nonprofit boards and giving them full voting privileges, the students would gain experience, confidence, and a front-row seat with which to view the important work these agencies do in the community — something they couldn’t accomplish in the classroom.
Students have had the opportunity to help plan and execute such events as the YMCA’s annual fundraising breakfast, the Springfield Boys & Girls Club’s Festival of Trees, and the Hometown Heroes breakfast staged by the Pioneer Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross. And while doing so, they’ve gained an appreciation not simply for the work these agencies do, but how much support they need to keep on fulfilling their missions. And, by sitting on the boards and taking part in key votes, they can see first hand the importance of leadership and involvement in quality of life.
Meanwhile, the nonprofits have received an infusion of youth, a different perspective on the issues to come before the board, and probably an experienced voice when it comes to the matter of fully utilizing technology and social media to inform and educate.
In short, what was a theory three years ago is no longer a theory; it’s fact. And along the way, this program has provided more evidence that when we engage young people from our colleges and universities in the community, good things result, and for all the parties involved.
Moving forward, this region needs more programs like this, initiatives that not only offer real-world experiences, as people like to call them, but thrust students into the community, and into leadership roles as well. Placing a 21-year-old on a board with full voting privileges is an extreme, but there are myriad other ways in which area schools can put the talent in area classrooms to work in area businesses, nonprofits, city halls, and town halls.
On the flip side, too many businesses look upon internships and co-ops as time-consuming endeavors that are more trouble than they’re worth. This thinking is shortsighted and a hindrance to the long-term vibrancy of the region.
As Diane Garcia’s story and others like it show, the word ‘classroom’ has many definitions, and most of them don’t involve four walls and a blackboard. We need to create more ways to expand that definition further, and strengthen our region in the process.
All it takes is a little imagination.

DBA Certificates Departments

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

AGAWAM

Bonavita Law Office
1775 Main St.
Anthony Bonavita

Jack Patterson Medical Sales
77 Debra Lane
Jack Patterson

Pondside Garage
704 Springfield St.
John Warren

Pure Power RF
50 Witheridge St.
Fred Stefanik

Silver Leaf Enterprises, LLC
36 Danny Lane
Bradley Wright

AMHERST

Game Central Station
220 North Pleasant St.
Younis Ghulam

Minuteman Cleaners Inc.
5 Pray St.
Moon J. Chang

V.I.D. Nail
181B University Dr.
Huy N. Thai

Winsome Smiles
50 Autumn Lane
Danielle Intile

CHICOPEE

Accounting Solutions
64 Robin Ridge Road
Traci Hopkins

Cosmo Cut & Style Salon
1890 Memorial Dr.
Viet N. Nguyen

Royal Coach Limousines, LLC
658 Fuller Road
John Garcia

HADLEY

Easy Mattress Stores, LLC
206 Russell St.
Paul Neto

Gomes Homes Health Care
18 New Lane
Ester Gomes

HOLYOKE

All in One Plus
92 Suffolk St.
Javier Rosa

B & V Automotive
101 North Bridge St.
Robert S. Vogel

M & L Car Audio & Clothing Accessories
119 High St.
Miguel A. Vega

Points East Accupuncture and Herbal Medicine
4 Open Square Way
Mark Mamuszka

The Hair Place
103 Chapin St.
Ronald E. Holland

NORTHAMPTON

L & T Respess Books
136 West St.
Linwood Respess

Pilar’s Cleaning Service
51 Con St.
Pilar Serpa

Kelli @ Continuous Creations
30 North Maple St.
Kelli Richardson

SOUTHWICK

Dang Shades
45 Rosewood Lane

Jimmy’s Pizza
81 Point Grove Road
K & S Restaurant Group, LLC

NWST, LLC
267 Hillside Road
Ralph Depalma

Silvercrest Farm
233 Mortvining Road
Paul Gregoire

Splatter Room
108 Congamond Road
Jeffrey Caron

SPRINGFIELD

M & P Cleaning Services
49 Ranney St.
Michely Acevedo

Omar’s Fashion
469 Main St.
Djibrilla Bonkano

Orchard Medical Associate
835 Worcester St.
Kevin Epstein

P & J Rentals
31 Florida St.
Jack Rodrigues

Pea Soup Catering
183 Emerson St.
Dianna Lemieux

Quick Pic Convenience Store
1343 Carew St.
Amir M. Paracha

Radiance Wellness Center
108 Dartmouth St.
Will G. Llewellyn

Santos Home Repair
76 Edgement St.
Jesus M. Santos

Smartalk
351 Bridge St.
Leonard Weitz

The Onlinebiz
55 Revere St.
Ormond Husbands

Town Pizza
459 Main St.
Waqar S. Khokhar

Travel Adventures
26 Hanson Dr.
Yelena Vatnikova

Wicked Tan
1760 Boston Road
Anna M. Major

WESTFIELD

DAS Alarm Systems Inc.
845 Airport Industrial Park Road
David Schenna

Debbie Reynolds Dance Academy
132 Elm St.
Debbie Reynolds

Guidance for Inner Peace
509 Southwick Road
Janice Pagano

Mayflowers at Pilgrim Candle Market Place
16 Union Ave.
Melissa Fouche

Menard Construction & Design
46 Stuart Place
Dennis Menard

P & C Group
50 Castle Hill Road
Paul Byrne

Patriot Freightliner Western Star, LLC
910 Southampton Road
Deborah Barss

Real China
116 Elm St.
Bizhen Zhu

Roberts Construction
31 Valley View Dr.
Jeffrey Roberts

Salvador’s Engraving and Awards
22 North Cherry St.
Bernadette Salvador Toomey

Shaker Farms Country Club
866 Shaker Road
Daniel Kotowicz

Tina Escalante Cleaning Service
80 George St.
Tina F. Escalante

TSC International
20 Camelot Lane
Todd S. Cieplinski

Western Mass Alliance
21-25 Montgomery St.
Brandon Palmer

Yellow Stonehouse Farm
354 Root Road
Constance Adams

WEST SPRINGFIELD

Absolute Transportation
59 Day St.
Ismat Niyazov

Agawam Melody Band
181 Park Ave.
George W. David

Anthony Wheeler Real Estate
116 Cedar Woods Glenn
Anthony Wheeler

Avada Hearing Care Center
459 Riverdale St.
Edbar Corporation Inc.

Capital Enterprises
172 Harwich Road
Arthur A. Arena

Discount Medical Depot, LLC
70 Windsor ST.
John Crean

Entre Computer Center
138 Memorial Ave.
P.C. Enterprises Inc.

HGL Transport
59 Lowell St.
Latipsha Kaimov

Kozar Realty, LLC
70 Greystone Ave.
Steven Kozar

LTG, Inc.
41 Oleander St.
Rachel L. Aibee

Mass Trans Insurance Agency
54 Oleander St.
Roman Shtetan

Music Tuitions
66 Irving St.
Mera Goroshit

Quality Appraisal Company
73 Rogers Ave.
Donald C. Pinkerman

The Friendly Barber Shop
90 Elm St.
Daniel V. Dineen

The Klassic Beauty Spot
2003 Riverdale St.
Sukhpal Kaur

Departments Incorporations

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

AGAWAM

JFBH Business Consulting Inc., 54 Colonial Ave., Agawam, MA 01001. James Hansmann, same. Business consultation services.

AMHERST

Local Links Inc., 36 Hallock St, #2, Amherst, MA 01002. Katie Byrne, 50 Castle Hill Road, Westfield, MA, 01085. Nonprofit organization designed to promote volunteerism and create opportunities for people to volunteer with various charitable organizations.

BELCHERTOWN

RBN Construction Inc., 38 Cedar Glen, Belchertown, MA 01007. Roman Nowakowski, same. Construction services.

CHICOPEE

New Amazon Foods Corp., 96 Chestnut St., #2, Chicopee, MA 01013. Luis Tavares Junior, 22-19 74th St. East Elmhurst, NY 11106. Frozen foods distribution.

GRANVILLE

Houston Enterprises-CT Inc., 43 Dickinson Dr., Granville, MA 01034. Thomas Houston, same. Pizza Hut franchise.

EAST LONGMEADOW

Lux Boutique Inc., 632 North Main St., East Longmeadow, MA 01028. Patrizia Anna Liquori, 35 Cross Meadow Road, East Longmeadow, MA 01028. Clothing and accessories retail store.

EASTHAMPTON

Music and Poetry Synchronized Inc., 116 Pleasant St., Suite 328, Easthampton, MA 01027. Thomas Willits, 39 Massasoit St., Northampton, MA 01060. Nonprofit organization developed to provide music and poetry educational programs to children.

FEEDING HILLS

Responsible Driver Inc., 547 Springfield St., Feeding Hills, MA 01030. Gerald Smith, Jr. 52 Clematis Road, Agawam, MA 01001. Driving school.

GREENFIELD

Just Roots Inc., 97 Shelburne Road, Greenfield, MA 01301. Ted Wat, 87 Oakland St., Greenfield, MA 01301. Nonprofit organization.

HAMPDEN

La Cucina Express Inc., 4 Allen St., Hampden MA 01036. Geri Ann Cimmino, same. Restaurant.

HOLYOKE

HIM Tech Inc., 62 B Lower Westfield Road, Holyoke, MA 01040. Sirjana Lamichhane, same. IT consultation services.

LEE

Sullivan Station Restaurant Inc., 109 Railroad St., Lee, MA 01238. Darleen Marie Zradi Miss, 3 Vin Bebert Blvd., Pittsfield, MA 01201. Restaurant.

MONSON

Suffield Lumber Company Inc., 202 Palmer Road, Monson, MA 01057. David Kenniston, same. Lumber sales.

NORTHAMPTON

Wilde Investment Corp., 126 Vernon St., Northampton, MA 01061. Will Carswell, same. Investment holding services.

SPRINGFIELD

G.R.A.M.M. Corporation, 62 Kirk Dr., Springfield, MA 01109. Terrelle castle, same. Distribution of finished goods.

Hampden Entertainment District Inc., 11-13 Hampden St., Springfield, MA 01103. Heriberto Flores, 833 Chestnut St., Springfield, MA 01107.

Iglesia Pentecostal La Senda De La Vida En Cristo Inc., 312 Locust St., Springfield, MA 01118. Jose De Jesus, 1144 Summer Ave., Springfield, MA 01118. Church.

Jablonski Devriese Architects Inc., 29 Elliot St., Springfield, MA 01105. Stephen Jablonski, 22 Green Lane, Springfield, MA 01107. Architectural design firm.

New England International Chaplaincy Inc., 39 Groton St., Springfield, MA 01129. Religious ministry.

Northstar Recycling Company Inc., 89 Guion St., Springfield, MA 01104. Seth Goodman, 47 Academy Dr., Longmeadow, MA 01106. Materials Brokerage.

Roebuck Investment Corporation Inc., 1331 Main St., 2nd Floor, Springfield, MA 01103. John Santanella, same. Investment company.

Tropical Food Marketing Deli Inc., 343 Wilbraham Road, Springfield, MA 01109. Antonio Jimenez, same. Deli.

WEST SPRINGFIELD

OGI Trans Incorporated, 39 Colony Road, West Springfield, MA 01089. Zdenko Dosen, same. Trucking and freight transportation services.

WESTFIELD

First Slavic Pentecostal Church of Springfield Inc., 64 Kennsington Ave., Westfield, MA 01085. Pawel Lubanski, same.

Genesis Spiritual Life and Conference Center Inc., 53 Mill St., Westfield, MA 01085. Frank Irr, 18 Huntington Lane, Norwich, CT 06360. Retreat and educational conference center for individuals and groups.

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