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Celebrating the Fort
On Dec. 3, the new ownership team at the Fort restaurant and the Student Prince staged an elaborate open house at the Springfield landmark. The event drew hundreds of long-time customers, supporters of the new ownership team, regional elected officials, business leaders, and the governor-elect, Charlie Baker. Top to bottom: principal owners Peter Picknelly, left, and Andy Yee; the scene outside as onlookers take in some speeches and then a unique ribbon cutting featuring link sausage; Baker addresses those gathered for the ceremony; the scene inside the renovated restaurant; Baker and Yee share a moment in front of the landmark.
Service Above Self
The Basketball Hall of Fame and the Rotary Club of Springfield recently honored York Mayo, Bob Perry, and Bob Delaney at the fifth annual Service Above Self luncheon. Mayo is a long-time community volunteer and CEO and president of the Roger L. Putnam Technical Fund, as well as serving on the advisory board of ROCA and several other boards, and co-founding the Springfield Unity Festival. Perry has served with the Exchange Club, the Greater Springfield YMCA, the Western Mass. Lacrosse Officials Assoc., the Roger L. Putnam Technical Fund, the Children’s Chorus of Springfield, and Ronald McDonald House, and is currently the board president of the Greater Springfield Habitat for Humanity. Mayo and Perry co-founded, with Dr. Mark Jackson, the Millbrook Scholars program, which provides housing, tutoring, and life-skills mentoring to graduating seniors from Springfield high schools. National honoree Delaney is an NBA referee and crew chief, consultant, public speaker, and founder of two basketball-officiating academies. He has a background in lawenforcement and has worked with the New Jersey State Police. Pictured at top: Hall of Fame President John Doleva, Rotary Club President Rick Lee, Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno, Perry, Mayo, Delaney, and Colvest Group CEO Frank Colaccino. At bottom: Delaney; Perry; Millbrook Scholars Stephen Ramos, Nick Perez, and Derick Lopes; and Mayo.