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Lucky 13th

Joe-and-Carm-ManziBrothers Joe (left) and Carmino Manzi, co-owners of Villa Napoletana restaurant in East Longmeadow, recently celebrated their 13th anniversary in business with a party at the restaurant on North Main Street. They’re standing in front of a Sunoco modified racecar they sponsor that is driven by John Catania at Thompson Speedway in Connecticut in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series.

Link to Libraries

Link to LibrariesGeorge Burtch, vice president for Global Integration at Hasbro, is seen with fourth-grade students at the Center for Excellence School in Holyoke, where he is participating in the Link to Libraries nonprofit celebrity read-aloud program. The Link to Libraries program offers youth in underserved communities reading programs, new books, and opportunities to meet area business executives who often mentor area youth. For more information on Link to Libraries, go to

NCCJ Honorees

NCCJThe National Conference for Community and Justice staged its annual Human Relations Award Banquet on June 14 at the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield. The agency, founded in 1927 as the National Conference for Christians and Jews, is a human-relations organization dedicated to fighting bias, bigotry, and racism in America.  Honored with
NCCJ Human Relations Awards for 2001 are, from left, Dr. Saleem Bajwa, Thomas Burton, youth award recipient Rosaline Abraham, James O’S. Morton, and Hyman Darling.

Read-aloud Event

Read-aloud Event 1Read-aloud Event 2Read-aloud Event 3Read-aloud Event 4The United Way of Pioneer Valley and BusinessWest’s Difference Makers collaborated to present a special read-aloud session at the Holyoke Public Library that was part of the Connect to Reading Book Drive staged to collect books for the Hasbro Summer Learning Initiative. From top, BusinessWest Senior Writer Joe Bednar engages a pair of young people in a reading exercise; BusinessWest Advertising Consultant Gwen Burke has one of the young people read to her; dozens of young people and their parents take part in the reading initiative; BusinessWest Advertising Consultant Tina Kuselias reads to a group of young students.

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