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Business Talk Podcast Special Coverage

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

Episode 40: Nov. 23, 2020

George Interviews Eugene Cassidy, president and CEO of the Eastern States Exposition

Eugene Cassidy

BusinessWest Editor George O’Brien talks with Eugene Cassidy, president and CEO of the Eastern States Exposition. The two discuss the pandemic and its impact not only on the Big E, but the region’s large and very important tourism and hospitality sector. They also discuss ways businesses like the Big E have pivoted and created new revenue streams, such as the Big E’s hugely successful Golden Ticket campaign. It’s must listening, so join us on BusinessTalk.

 

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Opinion

A Chain Reaction of Impact

Back in 2007, BusinessWest launched its 40 Under Forty recognition program to celebrate the achievements of the region’s rising stars. A couple years later, it created Difference Makers, which recognizes individuals who are, well, making a difference in their communities. The Healthcare Heroes awards followed three years ago, recognizing high achievers in that important sector.

Clearly, we love identifying and writing about people and organizations that deserve the attention; we’re as inspired writing those stories as you (hopefully) are when you read them.

Plenty of women have been honored by all three programs — in many years, in fact, women comprise a majority of winners. So why did we launch the Women of Impact program in 2018? Is it really necessary?

In a word, yes. First of all, while there are many women of achievement in this region — and have been for a long time — not enough of them have received the recognition they are due.

But another reason, one that has become more clear over the first three cohorts of Women of Impact, is that this program spotlights ways in which honorees not only shine on their own, but help other women do the same.

In this year’s class alone, you can read about Carol Campbell, president of Chicopee Industrial Contractors, who has not only personally mentored many women over the years, but cultivated a management team entirely made up of women — in an industry still dominated by men.

And Pattie Hallberg, CEO of the Girl Scouts of Central & Western Massachusetts, who has devoted her professional life to understanding the issues and challenges facing women and girls, and finding proactive ways to address them.

And Christina Royal, president of Holyoke Community College, who understands how critical an affordable college education is to women, including low-income women, women of color, and working mothers, many of whom have been thrown for a loop by the pandemic and recession, and rely on HCC’s support to stay on their degree path.

The stories go on, in many cases echoing the honorees’ desire not only to succeed in life, but to make sure women following behind them have the tools they need to do the same and, in turn, inspire the next generation.

This is not the easiest time for women in the workforce. In fact, in September, about 617,000 women stopped working — about eight women for every man who dropped out, in fact — partly due to competing demands from home, especially young kids who need support with remote learning.

Even during more, well, normal times, BusinessWest has long told the stories of not only women who are helping their peers navigate challenges, but organizations like the Women’s Fund of Western Massachusetts, Dress for Success Western Massachusetts, Girls Inc. of the Valley, and so many more who’ve made it their mission to help women succeed, now and in the future.

In short, women in this region are making an impact every day. We’re honored to be able to tell some of their stories.

 

Company Notebook

UMass Donahue Institute Receives $32.5 Million from Head Start

HADLEY — The UMass Donahue Institute has been awarded a new five-year, $6.5 million per year cooperative agreement to direct the Head Start National Center on Program Management and Fiscal Operations (NCPMFO), a role it has filled for the past five years under an earlier award. Under the new cooperative agreement, the institute will continue to work in collaboration with its partners: Family Health International 360, Zero to Three, and the UCLA Anderson School of Management. NCPMFO will continue to disseminate clear, consistent guidance, materials, and trainings on Office of Head Start priorities for the development and implementation of sound management systems and strong internal controls in Head Start programs across the country. NCPMFO’s work addresses topics such as risk management, governance, data collection and analysis, budgeting, management of multiple funding sources, and leadership, including the annual Head Start Management Fellows Program conducted at UCLA. NCPMFO’s work reaches approximately 1,700 grantees of Early Head Start and Head Start programs located in all states, including those programs serving American Indian and Alaska Native tribes and migrant and seasonal workers. NCPMFO is one of four national center cooperative agreements recently awarded. The others address early childhood development, teaching, and learning; early childhood health; behavioral health and safety; and parent, family, and community engagement.

 

Thunderbirds Foundation Donates $15,000 to Rays of Hope

SPRINGFIELD — Springfield Thunderbirds President Nathan Costa presented a check for $15,000 to the Baystate Health Foundation for Rays of Hope from proceeds raised by the sale of specialty pink jerseys worn at the 2020 Pink in the Rink night in March. Each year since the team’s inception, the Thunderbirds have held a Pink in the Rink night to benefit Rays of Hope, complete with participation by breast-cancer survivors, pink ice, and pink specialty jerseys. The event has sold out each of the past four seasons, and has become a signature event in the area to raise awareness. This past season’s event took place on March 7, and was again sold out, with a capacity crowd of 6,793. The Thunderbirds Foundation has contributed more than $80,000 to the Baystate Health Foundation and the Rays of Hope through the proceeds of specialty jersey auctions from the annual Pink in the Rink night.

 

Davis Family Establishes New Scholarship Fund in Honor of Mary Walachy

SPRINGFIELD — The Davis family has established the Joseph F. and Helen C. McGovern Scholarship Fund at the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts in honor of the Irene E. & George A Davis Foundation’s recently retired Executive Director Mary Walachy. Walachy retired in June after serving 23 years as executive director of the family foundation, and the fund is named after Walachy’s parents, both strong advocates for education. Walachy’s father, Joseph McGovern, was an entrepreneur who owned and operated Notion Thread, a manufacturing company in West Springfield. Walachy’s mother, Helen, also worked with her husband at the company. The scholarship fund will provide resources for successful applicants studying education or social work. It will be awarded through the Community Foundation’s scholarship program, which awards approximately 1,000 scholarships to 800 students annually. The program considers academic merit and financial need in its applicant reviews. Walachy earned a master’s degree in social work and, prior to joining the Davis Foundation, served as CEO of the Mental Health Assoc. Walachy was hired in 1997 as the first executive director of the foundation. Under her leadership, the foundation created several signature programs, including Cherish Every Child, the nationally-recognized Reading Success by 4th Grade initiative, and the Funder Collaborative for Reading Success, as well as the establishment of Springfield Business Leaders for Education and the launch of Educare Springfield.

 

Berkshire Theatre Group Awarded $1 Million Gift

PITTSFIELD — Berkshire Theatre Group and Artistic Director and CEO Kate Maguire announced a generous gift of just over $1 million from the family of the late Mary Anne Gross in honor of her lifetime love of both theatre and the Berkshires. This award also recognizes the tireless efforts of Berkshire Theatre Group in producing the first live Actors’ Equity-approved musical in the U.S. this past summer, following the shutdown of live performing arts due to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in March. The Gross family will also award just over $1 million to Pittsfield’s Barrington Stage Company. The Gross family gift will support payroll and basic operating costs for the next six months in order to ensure there are no furloughs or layoffs while the theater continues to raise funds in support of future artistic programming. A portion of the gift is structured as a matching grant to leverage additional donations for 2021. In July, Berkshire Theatre Group’s musical, Godspell, the first musical in the U.S. approved by the Actors’ Equity Assoc. (AEA) during the COVID-19 pandemic, opened a five-week run under a tent outside of the Colonial Theatre. Due to popular demand and critical acclaim, the run was extended for two weeks. The musical ran from Aug. 6 to Sept. 20. Berkshire Theatre Group has just been approved once again by AEA and will present Truman Capote’s Holiday Memories outdoors at its Stockbridge campus from Nov. 20 to Dec. 20.

 

Home City Development Wins Funding for Elias Brookings Apartments

SPRINGFIELD — Home City Development Inc. (HCDI), a Springfield-based affordable-housing development organization, was awarded resources from the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) to adapt and rehabilitate the former Elias Brookings School into 42 affordable rental housing units, to be known as Elias Brookings Apartments. The award includes $1 million in low-income housing tax credits (to generate more than $9 million in equity), $4.4 million of soft debt, and project-based rental vouchers. Other funds for the project include state and federal historic tax credits, city of Springfield HOME and Community Preservation Act funds, and construction and permanent loans. MassHousing will provide the permanent first mortgage loan and a subordinate workforce-housing loan. HCDI plans to begin construction in early 2021 and complete the work in 12 months. The project will serve a range of incomes, including extremely low-income households, low-income households, and workforce housing. Select apartments are reserved for clients of the Department of Mental Health, people with disabilities, and homeless households. HCDI will offer a variety of supportive services to all residents. The property will be managed by Housing Management Resources, an organization with extensive experience managing comparable properties. Built as the Elias Brookings School in 1925, the building was severely damaged in the June 2011 tornado and was closed. This redevelopment aims to contribute significantly to the revitalization of the of the Maple Hill, Six Corners, and Old Hill neighborhoods, which were heavily impacted by the tornado. HCDI is working with Davis Square Architects, development consultant Gerry Joseph, Allegrone Construction, Klein-Hornig LLP, and Shatz, Schwartz, and Fentin, P.C., as well as many other partners on this project.

 

Mercedes-Benz of Springfield Wins Community Service Award

CHICOPEE — The Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce announced that Mercedes-Benz of Springfield was chosen as its Community Service Award recipient. This award honors a business, nonprofit, or individual which has benefited the lives of the Amherst-area community through their work and outreach. The Driven by Community platform officially launched in March, although it has been implemented at the dealership since the doors opened three years ago. Since then, Mercedes-Benz of Springfield has partnered with more than 250 local organizations, raised more than $20,000 when COVID-19 impacted local businesses, and hosted numerous fundraising and charity events at the dealership — most recently, a drive-in movie night with proceeds donated to the Urban League of Springfield to support its mission. The virtual A+ Awards Show will be livestreamed from Hadley Farms Meeting House on Thursday, Nov. 12.

 

Wellfleet Partners with binx health to Keep College Students Safe

SPRINGFIELD — Wellfleet Insurance has teamed up with binx health to offer college clients access to easy at-home/in-dorm sample collection for COVID-19 testing using binx’s enterprise solutions for population health screening. The ‘binx boxes’ are showing up in dorm rooms of thousands of students on Wellfleet’s college client campuses, offering school officials a quick, easy way to test a campus population, with oversight and test ordering by on-site university clinicians. The model amplifies the power and reach of university administration in their efforts to test, track, and trace the COVID-19 infection status among students, faculty, staff, and vendors. Students ‘activate’ binx boxes online, complete sample collection in their dorms or at home, then drop off completed kits at centralized locations for lab processing. Results are rapid, often under 24 hours from sample receipt. Wellfleet, one of the nation’s leading student health-insurance carriers, worked with binx on behalf of client colleges and universities to deliver a first-of-its-kind platform that makes population testing a reality for the nation’s college campuses. The testing platform offers a unique, modular approach enabling tailored rollout and customized deployment based on university population needs. Serving as a ‘digital hub,’ binx enables seamless linking of patients to university administration via clinician ordering tools, global logistics, at-home/in-dorm sample collection, viral trend analysis and reporting, rapid lab testing, contact tracing, and live customer service and support, all offered at an affordable, per-test fee by university. In addition to introducing clients to tailored COVID-19 testing solutions, Wellfleet has also adapted policies to help members, including helping to ensure student members aren’t saddled with out-of-pocket costs related to COVID-19, and enhanced coverage for telemedicine visits.

 

Bradley Recognized by Condé Nast Traveler Readers as Eighth-best U.S. Airport

WINDSOR LOCKS, Conn. — The Connecticut Airport Authority (CAA) announced that Condé Nast Traveler released the results of its annual Readers’ Choice Awards, with Bradley International Airport recognized as the eighth-best airport in the U.S. The awards are the longest-running and most prestigious recognition of excellence in the travel industry. Bradley International Airport was recognized as a top-10 airport for the fourth consecutive year. “This award is a tremendous honor during a challenging year for the travel industry, and we are proud to once again be recognized among our nation’s best airports,” said Kevin Dillon, executive director of the Connecticut Airport Authority. “We thank the travel community for their continued vote of confidence in Bradley International Airport and for underscoring the value of traveling through a smaller airport. Now more than ever, Bradley Airport stands out by always offering a clean, safe, and convenient travel experience.”

 

MCLA Adopts Test-blind Policy Through Fall 2022

NORTH ADAMS — In support of Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts’ ongoing commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and in recognition of the public health crisis brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, the MCLA Office of Admission will be waiving the SAT/ACT testing requirement for students who apply for fall 2021 and fall 2022. MCLA will also pilot a test-blind/test-free policy for fall 2021 applicants. National and institutional data point to high-school work being indicative of student success in college and a more equitable means of assessment than standardized-test scores. For many years, research studies have found that wealthy students have significant advantages through the college-application process. A 2013 study from researchers at the University of Pennsylvania and University of Southern California, for example, found that the difference in SAT scores between high- and low-income students was twice as large among black students compared to white students. MCLA’s application is free, and students are considered for merit-based scholarships at the same time as they submit their application. MCLA has an early-action deadline of Dec. 1. Those who apply must submit their official high-school transcript, including first-quarter senior grades and any transcripts for college-level courses taken, as well as a personal statement/essay. To find out more, visit mcla.edu/apply.

 

AIC Hosts Mural Honoring Mason Square Resident

SPRINGFIELD — American International College (AIC) recently honored a Springfield individual known to residents in Mason Square as Preacherman with a mural on the college’s maintenance building located at the corner of State and Reed streets. Born Randolph Lester, he was a well-known community member who was given the Preacherman moniker as he was often seen walking around the Mason Square area carrying a Bible. Collaborating on the construction of the mural was Britt Ruhe, the founder of Fresh Paint Springfield, a creative initiative in 2019 that invited artists to paint building walls downtown. Ruhe is the director of Commonwealth Murals and manages the Community Muralist Institute, featuring individual mural installations that meaningfully engage and uplift communities. AIC alumnus Andrew Cade, president of the Springfield Cultural Council and senior vice president of the Urban League of Springfield, supported the project with a grant from the Springfield Cultural Council and other resources to assist with the mural. The artist, Greta McLain, has has extensive mural-making experience and created the “Home, Here” mural on the Chestnut Towers parking garage on Dwight Street.

 

Summerlin Floors Awarded Woman-owned Business Certificate

AMHERST — Summerlin Floors has been awarded the official woman-owned business certificate from the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), the largest certifier of women-owned businesses in the U.S. and a leading advocate for women business owners and entrepreneurs. Summerlin Floors has been busy during the COVID-19 pandemic, completing the certification process and reaching its goal of achieving the woman-owned business certificate, along with announcing a new scholarship that will be awarded to a woman of color. To achieve WBENC certification, woman-owned businesses complete a formal documentation and site-visit process administered by one of WBENC’s 14 regional partner organizations. The WBENC certification gives woman-owned businesses the ability to compete for real-time business opportunities provided by WBENC corporate members and government agencies. To give back to the community and future generations, the company launched a new scholarship last month, awarding a $2,500 scholarship to a woman of color pursuing a degree in business at Greenfield Community College (GCC). For more information and to apply for this scholarship, contact the GCC Admissions Office at www.gcc.mass.edu/admissions or (413) 775-1801.

 

Excel Dryer Supports Square One’s Adopt-a-Classroom Initiative

SPRINGFIELD — For the fourth consecutive year, Excel Dryer has committed an annual gift of $5,000 to support Square One’s Adopt-a-Classroom initiative. The gift comes at a critical time as Square One recently expanded its early-education program to include full-day remote learning support for children in kindergarten through grade 5, in addition to its traditional preschool classrooms and family childcare offerings. The funds will be used to offset expenses associated with classroom supplies, meals, and professional development. Square One’s Adopt-a-Classroom program is part of the agency’s Campaign for Healthy Kids, a multi-year fund-development initiative focused on the agency’s commitment to providing healthy meals, physical fitness, social-emotional well-being, and a healthy learning environment. Square One currently provides early-learning services to more than 500 infants, toddlers, and school-age children each day, and family support services to 1,500 families each year, as they work to overcome the significant challenges in their lives.

 

Incorporations

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

BRIMFIELD

Infinite Granite Inc., 116 Little Alum Road, Brimfield, MA 01010. Cody Langlitz, same. Granite construction.

CHICOPEE

Save Our Youth, Inc., 6 Ralph Circle, Chicopee, MA 01020. Luiz Nevarez, same. Said organization is organized exclusively for charitable, religious, educational, and scientific purposed, including, for such purposes, the making of distributions to organizations that qualify as exempt organizations under 50 1(C)(3) of the internal revenue code, or corresponding section of any future federal tax code. Specific purpose is to provide assistance and resources to inner city/underprivileged youth, so they have a safe after-school program and better opportunities for the future.

YAAD Food Bar and Grill Inc., 66 Cabot St., Chicopee, MA 01013. Orlando Roberts, 199 Fargo St. Springfield, MA 01119. Restaurant and bar business.

EAST LONGMEADOW

Visit Madhesh Nepal, Inc., 7 High Meadow Circle, East Longmeadow, MA 01028. Pramod Sarraf, same. Travel and business promotion.

GRANBY

Mandolin New England, Inc., 117 Amherst St., Granby, MA 01033. Adam Sweet, same. We are a musical organization that puts on free concerts for the needy throughout New England, but specifically in Western Massachusetts and Rhode Island where our principals are based.

GILL

Renaissance Repair Inc., 390 Main Road, Gill, MA 01354. Douglas A. Edson, same. Maintenance/repair of commercial vehicles and equip.

HOLYOKE

Crossover Corporation, 522 Maple St. Holyoke, MA 01040. Elisandro Cuevas, same. Holding company.

LONGMEADOW

Nubeco, Corp., 82 Canterbury Lane, Longmeadow, MA 01106. Brian Newburn, same. Restoration.

Trusted Caregivers Inc., 123 Dwight Road, Longmeadow, MA 01106. Tonia Giggs, 931 North St. Suffield, CT 06078. Home care.

NORTHAMPTON

Organization of Biological Field Stations, 5 Chapin Dr., Northampton, MA 01063. Christopher N. Lorentz, Ohio River Biology Field Station 8309 Mary Ingles High California, KY 41007. The purposes of Organization of Biological Field Stations Inc. include the following: to facilitate the highest quality environment for scientists, students, teachers and the public to pursue research and education, and to enhance biological and environmental understanding.

PALMER

Lowmat, Inc., 3012 Thorndike St., Palmer, MA 01069. Gary Buelow, same. Develop and operate software app.

San Mac Medical Inc., 1199 South Main St., Palmer, MA 01069. Mark Borsari, 2 Sutton Place East Granby, CT 06026. Manufacturing of medical supplies.

PITTSFIELD

Kanoa, Inc., 11 Westview Circle, Pittsfield, MA 01201. Cristina Oncken Cook Dubin, same. Consulting services.

SPRINGFIELD

Ekmalian Tools Inc., 355 Trafton Road, Springfield, MA 01108. James G. Ekmalian Jr., same. Retail sale of tools and equipment.

Ken G Transport Inc., 37 Tiffany St. Springfield, MA 01108. Edith Nunez, same. Transport.

WESTFIELD

McCabe and Son Home Improvement Inc., 15 May St., Westfield, MA 01085. Samantha Galvin, same. Home remodeling.

WEST SPRINGFIELD

Blackhorse Transportation Inc., 425 Union St., Room 16 West Springfield, MA 01089. Ruvim Rakhubenko, 41 Irving St. West Springfield, MA 01089. Trucking.

DBA Certificates

The following business certificates and/or trade names were issued or renewed during the month of October 2020. (Filings are limited due to closures or reduced staffing hours at municipal offices due to COVID-19 restrictions).

DEERFIELD

Fiddlehead Farm
717 Greenfield Road
Danielle Marie

Green Insurance
55 North Main St.
Rick Green

Penelope Tarasuk, Ph.D. Psychoanalyst
8 Mountain Road
Penelope Tarasuk

HADLEY

Five College Farms
319 River Dr.
Ted Crooker

Sweet Meadow Farm
319 River Dr.
Ted Crooker

Trans World Food Market
50 Russell St.
David Tran

LONGMEADOW

Arch Promotions
60 Tecumseh Dr.
Donna Fein

Jane E. Crosby, Attorney at Law
734 Longmeadow St., Suite 301
Jane Crosby

Longmeadow High School Class of 2020
36 Brittany Road
Eleni Kollias

A Mold Man, LLC
785 Williams St., #175
Michael Guardione

Platinum Consulting
52 Laurel Lane
Philip Frogameni

SOUTHWICK

Kim Hartman House Cleaning
26 Fernwood Road
Kim Hartman

Thompson Transportation
719 College Highway
Shane Thompson

WESTFIELD

A.R. Deliveries
49 Klondike Ave.
Anatolie Reznicenco

Complete Lawn & Landscape
273 Prospect St. Ext.
Kyle Patrick

Fox Eye Photography
1925 East Mountain Road
Jessica Beaupre

GTK Sales
26 Lady Slipper Circle
Telman Galustov

Javo Publication
125 Ridgecrest Dr.
Jeff Vanoudenhove

Maura Bonavita Skin Care
154 Wild Flower Circle
Maura Bonavita

Sabai Jai Market
32 Jessie Lane
Jeffrey Rusin

Westfield Big Y Express #122
330 East Main St.
Big Y Express

WEST SPRINGFIELD

Business Solutions Inc.
64 Bacon Ave.
Taveon Crump

Cardinal Classics NE/AR
33 Heywood Ave.
Fran Cardinal

The Crest Room
706 Westfield St.
Kenneth Maryea

Dixon Orthodontics
232 Park St.
Jeffrey Dixon

Elegant Décor and Rental
189 Dewey St.
Anna Aseyeva

JX Hair
33 Westfield St.
Julia Mailloux

Keltic Fire
70 Windsor St.
John Crean

Kidwell Electric
100 Front St.
Dirk Kidwell

Krizvnu
257 River St.
Krizia Valentino

Schandorf Enterprise
12 Royce Court
Donald Schandorf

Sherwin-Williams Automotive Finishes
47 Roanoke Ave.
Daniel Clark

Bankruptcies

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

Baez, Marilyn
14 Pembroke Circle
Springfield, MA 01104
Chapter: 7
Date: 10/06/2020

Baez, Martha
62 Waverly St.
Springfield, MA 01107
Chapter: 7
Date: 10/06/2020

Chapin, David S
Chapin, Hillary K.
a/k/a King, Hillary
P.O. Box 264
Wales, MA 01081
Chapter: 7
Date: 10/13/2020

Cheney, Anthony W.
46 Ludlow Road
South Hadley, MA 01075
Chapter: 7
Date: 10/09/2020

Cipolla, Charles Anthony
93 Pine Grove St.
Springfield, MA 01119
Chapter: 7
Date: 10/08/2020

Citlak, Ahmet
81 Bluebird Circle
Ludlow, MA 01056
Chapter: 7
Date: 10/08/2020

Cusson, Jody L.
100 North St.
Granby, MA 01033
Chapter: 7
Date: 09/30/2020

Drihmi, Abdel Jalil
170 Mayflower Road
Springfield, MA 01118
Chapter: 7
Date: 10/08/2020

Fernet, Shirley Ann
PO Box 965
Orange, MA 01364
Chapter: 7
Date: 10/07/2020

Henry-Smith, Hyacinth C.
62 Olmsted Dr.
Springfield, MA 01108
Chapter: 7
Date: 09/30/2020

Johnson, Christine G.
a/k/a Labonte, Christine
5 Converse St.
Longmeadow, MA 01106
Chapter: 7
Date: 09/30/2020

Kibodya, Issihaka A.
50 Middlesex St.
Springfield, MA 01109
Chapter: 7
Date: 10/08/2020

LeFebvre, Robert S.
43 Laurel St.
Holyoke, MA 01040
Chapter: 7
Date: 10/08/2020

Mancini, Gina A.
2 Still Brook Lane
Feeding Hills, MA 01030
Chapter: 7
Date: 10/07/2020

Marshall, Michael C.
84 Byers St., Apt. 101
Springfield, MA 01105
Chapter: 7
Date: 10/08/2020

McPherson, Bruce A.
135 Polaski Ave.
Chicopee, MA 01013
Chapter: 7
Date: 10/01/2020

Pringle, Joyce A.
67 Edgewood St.
Springfield, MA 01109
Chapter: 7
Date: 10/08/2020

Rickett, Amy Leigh
163 Stafford Hollow Road
Monson, MA 01057
Chapter: 7
Date: 09/30/2020

Rivas, Jose
62 Craig Dr., Apt 2A
West Springfield, MA 01089
Chapter: 7
Date: 10/07/2020

Scibelli, Jordan P.
48 Rutledge Ave., 3rd Fl.
Springfield, MA 01105
Chapter: 7
Date: 10/01/2020

Tarquini, Adam M.
52 Castle St.
Springfield, MA 01118
Chapter: 7
Date: 10/13/2020

Torres, Carlos M.
382 Allen Park Road
Springfield, MA 01118
Chapter: 7
Date: 10/05/2020

Trapanese III, Francis P.
40 Stetson Dr.
Greenfield, MA 01301-9726
Chapter: 7
Date: 10/05/2020

Real Estate

The following real estate transactions (latest available) were compiled by Banker & Tradesman and are published as they were received. Only transactions exceeding $115,000 are listed. Buyer and seller fields contain only the first name listed on the deed.

FRANKLIN COUNTY

BERNARDSTON

222 Brattleboro Road
Bernardston, MA 01337
Amount: $260,555
Buyer: Steven A. Barscz
Seller: Don J. Powell
Date: 10/09/20

120 Northfield Road
Bernardston, MA 01337
Amount: $192,800
Buyer: Jack E. Wilder
Seller: Eugene A. Dwight
Date: 10/08/20

BUCKLAND

26 Conway St.
Buckland, MA 01338
Amount: $236,000
Buyer: Brian Koshinsky
Seller: Conway Street Realty LLC
Date: 10/09/20

CHARLEMONT

55 Burrington Road
Charlemont, MA 01339
Amount: $203,000
Buyer: Alexandra N. Kamyk
Seller: Martha R. Roman
Date: 10/14/20

COLRAIN

13 Church St.
Colrain, MA 01340
Amount: $160,000
Buyer: Andrew Lincoln
Seller: Deerfield Avenue Realty Inc.
Date: 10/16/20

135 East Colrain Road
Colrain, MA 01340
Amount: $227,000
Buyer: Zoe Lindstom-Ruhf
Seller: Chris P. Trewhella
Date: 10/09/20

GILL

179 Main Road
Gill, MA 01354
Amount: $242,000
Buyer: Timothy P. Meyer
Seller: Gary E. Parzych
Date: 10/09/20

GREENFIELD

1357 Bernardston Road
Greenfield, MA 01301
Amount: $260,000
Buyer: Alysandra Zagame
Seller: Fernand A. Zagame
Date: 10/15/20

37 Brookside Ave.
Greenfield, MA 01301
Amount: $270,000
Buyer: Louisa J. Edwards
Seller: Patrick J. Merrigan
Date: 10/13/20

216 Green River Road
Greenfield, MA 01301
Amount: $350,000
Buyer: Patrick J. Merrigan
Seller: Carole A. Lemay
Date: 10/13/20

36 Leyden Road
Greenfield, MA 01301
Amount: $280,000
Buyer: Adom C. Balcom
Seller: Jaimye S. Ingraham
Date: 10/07/20

130 Leyden Road
Greenfield, MA 01301
Amount: $210,000
Buyer: Samuel D. Howe
Seller: Matthew Brown
Date: 10/15/20

114 Lovers Lane
Greenfield, MA 01301
Amount: $265,000
Buyer: Jo-Ann A. Helbig
Seller: Alfred W. Myslicki
Date: 10/16/20

33 Newell Pond Road
Greenfield, MA 01301
Amount: $275,000
Buyer: Devon Lucier
Seller: Glen A. Stratton
Date: 10/07/20

6-8 Park Ave.
Greenfield, MA 01301
Amount: $288,500
Buyer: Brady P. McCloud
Seller: Mihail Iavorschi
Date: 10/07/20

119 Shelburne Road
Greenfield, MA 01301
Amount: $212,000
Buyer: Shawn S. Fitzherbert
Seller: Matthew McCarthy
Date: 10/15/20

9 Sunset Square
Greenfield, MA 01301
Amount: $267,000
Buyer: Robert Murray
Seller: Alexander V. Siano
Date: 10/14/20

107 Verde Dr.
Greenfield, MA 01301
Amount: $395,000
Buyer: Alexander V. Siano
Seller: Greenfield KMW LLC
Date: 10/14/20

LEYDEN

60 Glen Road
Leyden, MA 01301
Amount: $429,000
Buyer: Joshua Ziter
Seller: John W. Helbig
Date: 10/16/20

MONTAGUE

74 Dry Hill Road
Montague, MA 01351
Amount: $250,000
Buyer: Tegin L. Teich
Seller: Bryna R. Ziobro
Date: 10/08/20

90 Turners Falls Road
Montague, MA 01376
Amount: $306,000
Buyer: Alan P. Meyer
Seller: Layne V. Floyd
Date: 10/16/20

71 Turnpike Road
Montague, MA 01376
Amount: $375,000
Buyer: Amie M. Keddy
Seller: Abdias Garcia
Date: 10/09/20

NORTHFIELD

177 Main St.
Northfield, MA 01360
Amount: $327,500
Buyer: Jill Price-Marshall
Seller: Amy K. Hildenbrand
Date: 10/09/20

ORANGE

681 East Main St.
Orange, MA 01364
Amount: $218,000
Buyer: Jorge L. Nieves
Seller: Orange Properties LLC
Date: 10/16/20

340 Holtshire Road
Orange, MA 01364
Amount: $242,000
Buyer: Lisa A. Korpiewski
Seller: Normand R. Poirier
Date: 10/14/20

225 Walnut Hill Road
Orange, MA 01364
Amount: $200,000
Buyer: Nancy J. Cody
Seller: Patrick J. Cody
Date: 10/09/20

171 West River St.
Orange, MA 01364
Amount: $165,000
Buyer: Christopher J. Garcia
Seller: Aaron J. Thibeault
Date: 10/09/20

123 Winter St.
Orange, MA 01364
Amount: $191,000
Buyer: Derek P. Dirienzo
Seller: Wetherby, Carol A., (Estate)
Date: 10/15/20

SHUTESBURY

15 Hawks View Road
Shutesbury, MA 01072
Amount: $649,000
Buyer: Elena M. Vazey
Seller: Cynthia Gerstl-Pepin
Date: 10/16/20

SUNDERLAND

180 Hadley Road
Sunderland, MA 01375
Amount: $342,500
Buyer: Todd E. Fruth
Seller: Kevin B. Kohler
Date: 10/09/20

491 Hadley Road
Sunderland, MA 01375
Amount: $437,500
Buyer: Michael A. Case
Seller: Timothy F. Markowski
Date: 10/13/20

369 Montague Road
Sunderland, MA 01375
Amount: $245,000
Buyer: Thomas Adair
Seller: Boulden, Gilbert A., (Estate)
Date: 10/15/20

248 South Silver Lane
Sunderland, MA 01375
Amount: $220,000
Buyer: Daniel Salls
Seller: James J. Toth
Date: 10/08/20

WARWICK

40 Dusty Lane
Warwick, MA 01364
Amount: $125,000
Buyer: Stephen A. Martin
Seller: Mary J. Fay
Date: 10/16/20

 

HAMPDEN COUNTY

AGAWAM

201 Adams St.
Agawam, MA 01001
Amount: $293,000
Buyer: Adam Vanbuskirk
Seller: Nicholas R. Jerard
Date: 10/07/20

82 Albert St.
Agawam, MA 01001
Amount: $275,000
Buyer: Michael G. Piccin
Seller: Michael E. Piccin
Date: 10/09/20

471 Barry St.
Agawam, MA 01030
Amount: $240,000
Buyer: Denis E. Doroshenko
Seller: Marilyn Foley
Date: 10/16/20

33 Dartmouth St.
Agawam, MA 01001
Amount: $219,900
Buyer: Ardian Ademi
Seller: Thomas K. Dickinson
Date: 10/09/20

19 Highland Ave.
Agawam, MA 01001
Amount: $212,000
Buyer: Thong Nguyen
Seller: Guerrin, Susan G., (Estate)
Date: 10/16/20

50 Kensington St.
Agawam, MA 01030
Amount: $210,000
Buyer: John P. Elias
Seller: Sara E. Chaffee
Date: 10/06/20

54 Kensington St.
Agawam, MA 01030
Amount: $240,000
Buyer: Cennet M. Kilic
Seller: William R. Lyne
Date: 10/09/20

274 Meadow St.
Agawam, MA 01001
Amount: $175,000
Buyer: Thomas E. Cascio
Seller: Blackak, Lucille H., (Estate)
Date: 10/07/20

472 Meadow St.
Agawam, MA 01001
Amount: $223,000
Buyer: Shorty Billups
Seller: Sergey Abramov
Date: 10/14/20

90 North Alhambra Circle
Agawam, MA 01001
Amount: $209,000
Buyer: Brenda L. Parent
Seller: Michael J. Wood
Date: 10/05/20

62 Northwood St.
Agawam, MA 01030
Amount: $317,500
Buyer: Timothy A. Potito
Seller: Alex Vilkhovoy
Date: 10/05/20

27 Pheasant Run Court
Agawam, MA 01030
Amount: $249,900
Buyer: Nicholas E. Clark
Seller: Richard S. Jackson
Date: 10/08/20

150 Pineview Circle
Agawam, MA 01001
Amount: $325,000
Buyer: Richard C. Messenger
Seller: Peter T. Lepper
Date: 10/13/20

74 Ramah Circle South
Agawam, MA 01001
Amount: $275,000
Buyer: CHG Realty LLC
Seller: Chlastawa LLC
Date: 10/15/20

South Bridge Dr.
Agawam, MA 01001
Amount: $1,200,000
Buyer: JPGCO LLC
Seller: Garra LLC
Date: 10/14/20

102 White Fox Road
Agawam, MA 01030
Amount: $330,000
Buyer: Thomas Dickinson
Seller: Bryan Cote
Date: 10/09/20

BRIMFIELD

3 Shaw Road
Brimfield, MA 01010
Amount: $705,000
Buyer: Glenn S. Welch
Seller: James M. Hurley
Date: 10/08/20

CHICOPEE

186 Arcade St.
Chicopee, MA 01020
Amount: $320,000
Buyer: Damaris Carmona
Seller: Luz A. Eichstaedt
Date: 10/16/20

6 Barbara St.
Chicopee, MA 01020
Amount: $267,000
Buyer: Mariana Acosta
Seller: Douglas P. Allard
Date: 10/09/20

32 Boutin St.
Chicopee, MA 01020
Amount: $226,000
Buyer: Michael P. Michon
Seller: Juan F. Monsalve
Date: 10/08/20

66 Bray St.
Chicopee, MA 01020
Amount: $282,500
Buyer: Tara M. Muhlhausen
Seller: John W. Walz
Date: 10/15/20

115 Broadway St.
Chicopee, MA 01020
Amount: $185,000
Buyer: Gary Lopuk
Seller: Thomas R. Nowak
Date: 10/05/20

75 Catherine St.
Chicopee, MA 01013
Amount: $368,000
Buyer: Hector F. Torres-Alvarado
Seller: Ganna Boyko
Date: 10/14/20

93 Clairmont Ave.
Chicopee, MA 01013
Amount: $227,000
Buyer: Aaron Beaulieu
Seller: Brianna L. Kring
Date: 10/16/20

24 Cyran St.
Chicopee, MA 01020
Amount: $240,000
Buyer: Roland G. Provost
Seller: Clayton, Sandra J., (Estate)
Date: 10/14/20

322 Dale St.
Chicopee, MA 01020
Amount: $320,000
Buyer: Daniel Burgos
Seller: MA Home Buyers LLC
Date: 10/07/20

105 Fairview Ave.
Chicopee, MA 01013
Amount: $220,000
Buyer: Lymari Albelo
Seller: Sisters Of Saint Joseph
Date: 10/07/20

11 Hearthstone Ter.
Chicopee, MA 01020
Amount: $235,000
Buyer: Ryan F. Nelson
Seller: Robert D. Yergeau 2018 RET
Date: 10/09/20

36 Irene St.
Chicopee, MA 01013
Amount: $200,000
Buyer: Colleen A. Larochelle
Seller: Anthony J. Zepko
Date: 10/06/20

49 Irene St.
Chicopee, MA 01013
Amount: $235,000
Buyer: Kassandra M. Pedraza
Seller: Richard Ethier
Date: 10/15/20

160 Jacob St.
Chicopee, MA 01020
Amount: $271,000
Buyer: Suzanne Valcheva
Seller: Stephen G. Young
Date: 10/09/20

15 Leonard St.
Chicopee, MA 01013
Amount: $230,000
Buyer: Ryan J. Manning
Seller: Ashley M. Gallagher
Date: 10/07/20

29 Linden St.
Chicopee, MA 01020
Amount: $250,000
Buyer: Michael C. Sugrue
Seller: James Despres
Date: 10/07/20

115 Ludlow Road
Chicopee, MA 01020
Amount: $340,600
Buyer: Angela M. Perez
Seller: Premier Home Builders Inc.
Date: 10/13/20

56 Marble Ave.
Chicopee, MA 01013
Amount: $200,000
Buyer: Caitlyn A. McGibbon
Seller: Seamus P. Cullen
Date: 10/09/20

23 Marten St.
Chicopee, MA 01020
Amount: $250,000
Buyer: Milton C. Bird
Seller: Jerod R. Laflamme
Date: 10/13/20

68 Mary St.
Chicopee, MA 01020
Amount: $525,000
Buyer: MDDO LLC
Seller: Margaret M. Twarowski
Date: 10/07/20

72 Mary St.
Chicopee, MA 01020
Amount: $525,000
Buyer: MDDO LLC
Seller: Margaret M. Twarowski
Date: 10/07/20

29 Narragansett Blvd.
Chicopee, MA 01013
Amount: $185,000
Buyer: Charles F. Bisson
Seller: Nubile, Rosalia, (Estate)
Date: 10/09/20

45 Narragansett Blvd.
Chicopee, MA 01013
Amount: $237,000
Buyer: Jacob Colon
Seller: Westside Housing Inc.
Date: 10/05/20

49 Prospect St.
Chicopee, MA 01013
Amount: $525,000
Buyer: MDDO LLC
Seller: Margaret M. Twarowski
Date: 10/07/20

147 School St.
Chicopee, MA 01013
Amount: $275,000
Buyer: Zahraa Abdullah
Seller: Joel I. Roach
Date: 10/16/20

36 Schorr St.
Chicopee, MA 01020
Amount: $212,000
Buyer: Angel Rivera
Seller: Dennis J. Stoltz
Date: 10/13/20

73 Stedman St.
Chicopee, MA 01013
Amount: $185,500
Buyer: Spencer Lockhart
Seller: Jean G. Ouimette
Date: 10/09/20

97 Szetela Dr.
Chicopee, MA 01013
Amount: $255,000
Buyer: Brian H. Jones
Seller: Matthew G. Costa
Date: 10/05/20

185 Szetela Dr.
Chicopee, MA 01013
Amount: $286,500
Buyer: Matthew A. Jayko
Seller: Brian H. Jones
Date: 10/05/20

71 Wilson Ave.
Chicopee, MA 01013
Amount: $170,000
Buyer: Travis A. Brooks
Seller: Madeline Cornwell
Date: 10/07/20

34 Windsor St.
Chicopee, MA 01020
Amount: $190,000
Buyer: Theodore Chagnon
Seller: Joseph C. Nowak
Date: 10/15/20

EAST LONGMEADOW

170 Canterbury Circle
East Longmeadow, MA 01028
Amount: $504,900
Buyer: Robert T. Whiteley
Seller: David M. Fugler
Date: 10/16/20

41 Helen Circle
East Longmeadow, MA 01028
Amount: $130,000
Buyer: David Chapdelaine
Seller: Clifford P. Ahern
Date: 10/07/20

230 Kibbe Road
East Longmeadow, MA 01028
Amount: $314,000
Buyer: Denise M. Moore
Seller: Brian McClelland
Date: 10/05/20

58 Mapleshade Ave.
East Longmeadow, MA 01028
Amount: $257,000
Buyer: Alicia A. Laterreur
Seller: Deborah A. Elgers
Date: 10/13/20

159 North Main St.
East Longmeadow, MA 01028
Amount: $239,900
Buyer: Megan E. Popp
Seller: Salvatore Napolitano
Date: 10/06/20

140 Patterson Ave.
East Longmeadow, MA 01028
Amount: $372,000
Buyer: Jeremy J. Kele
Seller: Heather R. Magnus
Date: 10/09/20

94 Porter Road
East Longmeadow, MA 01028
Amount: $155,000
Buyer: Patriot Living LLC
Seller: O’Neill, Thomas N., (Estate)
Date: 10/08/20

18 Redstone Dr.
East Longmeadow, MA 01028
Amount: $279,000
Buyer: Jose A. Santiago
Seller: Osvaldo Almodovar
Date: 10/05/20

109 Vineland Ave.
East Longmeadow, MA 01028
Amount: $333,000
Buyer: Przemyslaw P. Szura
Seller: Anthony M. Neffinger
Date: 10/08/20

203 Westwood Ave.
East Longmeadow, MA 01028
Amount: $339,900
Buyer: Cheng-Hao Shih
Seller: Martin J. Manning
Date: 10/13/20

320 Westwood Ave.
East Longmeadow, MA 01028
Amount: $240,000
Buyer: Hajar R. Aldouri
Seller: Edward J. Buckley
Date: 10/15/20

GRANVILLE

521 South Lane
Granville, MA 01034
Amount: $345,000
Buyer: Justin Monfette
Seller: Donald F. Canfield
Date: 10/05/20

HAMPDEN

521-525 Main St.
Hampden, MA 01036
Amount: $249,000
Buyer: Norman Charest
Seller: Raymond C. Bartolucci
Date: 10/07/20

40-A Oak Knoll Dr.
Hampden, MA 01036
Amount: $271,000
Buyer: Robert W. Feliton
Seller: Bruce J. Strange
Date: 10/08/20

25 Potash Hill Lane
Hampden, MA 01036
Amount: $300,000
Buyer: Deon Smith
Seller: Ana M. Dagostino
Date: 10/15/20

92 Raymond Dr.
Hampden, MA 01036
Amount: $256,000
Buyer: KC 290 Main Street LLC
Seller: Fortier, Robert B., (Estate)
Date: 10/08/20

67 Stony Hill Road
Hampden, MA 01036
Amount: $209,000
Buyer: Katherine L. Eliza
Seller: Nicholas Torretti
Date: 10/09/20

HOLLAND

227 Brimfield Road
Holland, MA 01521
Amount: $277,000
Buyer: Shaina C. Kolakowski
Seller: John P. Galarneau
Date: 10/09/20

HOLYOKE

18 Bray Park Dr.
Holyoke, MA 01040
Amount: $170,000
Buyer: James M. Hogan
Seller: Mark R. Collins
Date: 10/15/20

14 Francis Ave.
Holyoke, MA 01040
Amount: $215,000
Buyer: Israel Blanco
Seller: Luis E. Roldan
Date: 10/14/20

1155 Hampden St.
Holyoke, MA 01040
Amount: $280,000
Buyer: George Oquendo
Seller: Amer F. Ahmed
Date: 10/08/20

16 Hitchcock St.
Holyoke, MA 01040
Amount: $223,900
Buyer: Joshua Jimenez
Seller: Brian J. Lepine
Date: 10/16/20

877 Homestead Ave.
Holyoke, MA 01040
Amount: $242,400
Buyer: Robert Fisette
Seller: Fisette Realty Corp.
Date: 10/16/20

10 Laurel St.
Holyoke, MA 01040
Amount: $205,000
Buyer: Arelis Diaz
Seller: Fernando Aponte
Date: 10/14/20

227 Michigan Ave.
Holyoke, MA 01040
Amount: $275,000
Buyer: Andrew J. Herbert
Seller: Eric H. & Frances R. Dugroo TR
Date: 10/16/20

111 Mosher St.
Holyoke, MA 01040
Amount: $3,000,000
Buyer: EGH W. LLC
Seller: Sonoco Products Co.
Date: 10/16/20

70 Pinehurst Road
Holyoke, MA 01040
Amount: $287,500
Buyer: Nadia Tafreshi
Seller: Sydney A. Plum
Date: 10/07/20

58 Waldo St.
Holyoke, MA 01040
Amount: $230,000
Buyer: Jonathan Mills
Seller: Jessica L. Appleby
Date: 10/13/20

187 Walnut St.
Holyoke, MA 01040
Amount: $205,000
Buyer: Reina L. Cruz
Seller: Federico A. Taveras
Date: 10/09/20

661 West Cherry St.
Holyoke, MA 01040
Amount: $500,000
Buyer: Timothy R. Deshaies
Seller: Bellamy H. Schmidt
Date: 10/14/20

348 West Franklin St.
Holyoke, MA 01040
Amount: $144,000
Buyer: US Bank
Seller: Martin J. Contant
Date: 10/15/20

LONGMEADOW

103 Birchwood Ave.
Longmeadow, MA 01106
Amount: $295,000
Buyer: Jeremy Desjardins-Smith
Seller: Therese Tjimis
Date: 10/09/20

198 Burbank Road
Longmeadow, MA 01106
Amount: $210,000
Buyer: Noreen Greenman
Seller: Thomas R. Aylesbury
Date: 10/16/20

141 Cedar Road
Longmeadow, MA 01106
Amount: $316,000
Buyer: Angelina K. Rinaldi
Seller: Frank A. Amato
Date: 10/15/20

90 Colony Road
Longmeadow, MA 01106
Amount: $467,000
Buyer: Jonathan A. Goldman
Seller: Mark R. Wojcik
Date: 10/15/20

117 Crescent Road
Longmeadow, MA 01106
Amount: $380,000
Buyer: Stanislav Rukhman
Seller: Heidi D. Davis
Date: 10/05/20

49 Drury Lane
Longmeadow, MA 01106
Amount: $390,000
Buyer: Rose A. Hill
Seller: Stephen D. Hoyt
Date: 10/14/20

176 Dunn Road
Longmeadow, MA 01106
Amount: $580,000
Buyer: Kately Smithling-Kopcsay
Seller: Joanne Hetherington
Date: 10/09/20

28 Edgemont St.
Longmeadow, MA 01106
Amount: $240,000
Buyer: Linda B. Edelson-Slocum
Seller: Andrew D. Appleby
Date: 10/16/20

69 Edgewood Ave.
Longmeadow, MA 01106
Amount: $424,900
Buyer: Vera M. Denyko
Seller: Paul Huijing
Date: 10/06/20

178 Edgewood Ave.
Longmeadow, MA 01106
Amount: $299,500
Buyer: David S. Hutchins
Seller: Lisa Dailey
Date: 10/05/20

29 Elmwood Ave.
Longmeadow, MA 01106
Amount: $250,000
Buyer: Sophie Stevenson
Seller: Lori A. Snyder
Date: 10/08/20

17 Glenwood Circle
Longmeadow, MA 01106
Amount: $185,000
Buyer: Nola Management LLC
Seller: Stephen G. Haramut
Date: 10/05/20

12 Hillcrest Ave.
Longmeadow, MA 01106
Amount: $465,000
Buyer: Joseph R. Dion
Seller: Brian R. Curran
Date: 10/05/20

671 Maple Road
Longmeadow, MA 01106
Amount: $263,000
Buyer: Kevin J. Quinn
Seller: Debra A. Judson
Date: 10/16/20

568 Pinewood Dr.
Longmeadow, MA 01106
Amount: $505,000
Buyer: Oswald J. Obando
Seller: Helen E. Santaniello
Date: 10/09/20

41 Shaker Road
Longmeadow, MA 01106
Amount: $225,000
Buyer: Nathan A. Nadeau
Seller: Diane B. Nadeau
Date: 10/15/20

LUDLOW

209 Autumn Ridge Road
Ludlow, MA 01056
Amount: $498,000
Buyer: Derek Chandonnet
Seller: Hemlock Ridge LLC
Date: 10/14/20

49 Crest St.
Ludlow, MA 01056
Amount: $199,000
Buyer: Trevor J. Lewicki
Seller: Craig J. McKay
Date: 10/15/20

299 Fuller St.
Ludlow, MA 01056
Amount: $265,000
Buyer: Joseph M. Scurti
Seller: Source 9 Development LLC
Date: 10/05/20

186 Highland Ave.
Ludlow, MA 01056
Amount: $160,000
Buyer: Dominic L. Seguro
Seller: Domingos A. Seguro
Date: 10/05/20

6 Miller St.
Ludlow, MA 01056
Amount: $1,002,186
Buyer: Hopkinton LNG Corp.
Seller: Bay State Gas Co.
Date: 10/16/20

27 Stanley St.
Ludlow, MA 01056
Amount: $150,000
Buyer: Ryan D. Boucher
Seller: Roger W. Boucher
Date: 10/16/20

24 Voltage Ave.
Ludlow, MA 01056
Amount: $226,000
Buyer: Fallon M. St.Aubin
Seller: Philip M. Harrington
Date: 10/09/20

MONSON

13 Green St.
Monson, MA 01057
Amount: $199,900
Buyer: Luke Paull
Seller: Ruby Realty LLC
Date: 10/16/20

4 Hampden Court
Monson, MA 01057
Amount: $171,000
Buyer: Timothy West
Seller: Bruce D. Murphy
Date: 10/15/20

156 Hovey Road
Monson, MA 01057
Amount: $479,000
Buyer: James Talbot
Seller: Gary A. Wandmacher
Date: 10/09/20

MONTGOMERY

332 Main Road
Montgomery, MA 01085
Amount: $300,000
Buyer: Taylor Derrig
Seller: Denis G. Senecal
Date: 10/08/20

PALMER

2055 Main St.
Palmer, MA 01080
Amount: $150,000
Buyer: Juan Larronde
Seller: Daniel H. Roy
Date: 10/14/20

1010 Park St.
Palmer, MA 01069
Amount: $615,000
Buyer: VPR Cap Partners 2 LLC
Seller: Bank Of America
Date: 10/15/20

SPRINGFIELD

14 Adams St.
Springfield, MA 01105
Amount: $125,000
Buyer: Shkeya Brittle
Seller: Amaan Realty LLC
Date: 10/09/20

Adams St.
Springfield, MA 01101
Amount: $207,000
Buyer: Greg Gardener
Seller: Amat Victoria Curam LLC
Date: 10/07/20

78 Agnes St.
Springfield, MA 01118
Amount: $191,000
Buyer: Kircys E. Canela-Santos
Seller: Darlene A. Tait
Date: 10/09/20

49 Albemarle St.
Springfield, MA 01109
Amount: $200,000
Buyer: Tyrah R. Browne
Seller: Value Properties LLC
Date: 10/16/20

173 Albemarle St.
Springfield, MA 01109
Amount: $217,000
Buyer: Johanne Theodat
Seller: Bretta Construction LLC
Date: 10/06/20

69-71 Alden St.
Springfield, MA 01109
Amount: $190,000
Buyer: Charlie Vargas
Seller: R. M. Blerman LLC
Date: 10/06/20

54 Aldrew Ter.
Springfield, MA 01119
Amount: $133,400
Buyer: Short4u RT
Seller: Roundpoint Mortgage Servicing
Date: 10/13/20

30 Armory St.
Springfield, MA 01105
Amount: $260,000
Buyer: Jose R. Vargas-Gonzalez
Seller: Luz P. Rios-Garcia
Date: 10/14/20

33 Ashley St.
Springfield, MA 01105
Amount: $160,000
Buyer: Belgica Cordero
Seller: Carlos M. Alicea
Date: 10/16/20

122 Barrington Dr.
Springfield, MA 01129
Amount: $405,000
Buyer: Marvin M. Sinzore
Seller: Bretta Construction LLC
Date: 10/16/20

156 Barrington Dr.
Springfield, MA 01129
Amount: $450,000
Buyer: Dwayne Early
Seller: Bretta Construction LLC
Date: 10/06/20

11-13 Baywood St.
Springfield, MA 01109
Amount: $222,000
Buyer: Francheska M. Melendez
Seller: Olmsted Realty LLC
Date: 10/09/20

43 Berard Circle
Springfield, MA 01128
Amount: $224,000
Buyer: Pedro Montanez-Charriez
Seller: IB Investments
Date: 10/07/20

24 Bissell St.
Springfield, MA 01119
Amount: $222,500
Buyer: Bretta Construction LLC
Seller: Dwayne Early
Date: 10/06/20

114 Briggs St.
Springfield, MA 01151
Amount: $285,000
Buyer: John B. Borrero
Seller: Diana R. Bannon
Date: 10/16/20

25 Burke St.
Springfield, MA 01151
Amount: $258,000
Buyer: Veronica M. Reyes
Seller: Ruby Realty LLC
Date: 10/14/20

125 Cambridge St.
Springfield, MA 01109
Amount: $222,000
Buyer: Shaundell Diaz
Seller: Alycar Investments LLC
Date: 10/15/20

31 Canterbury Road
Springfield, MA 01118
Amount: $180,000
Buyer: Venia Noel
Seller: Michelle L. Somerville
Date: 10/15/20

399 Central St.
Springfield, MA 01105
Amount: $190,000
Buyer: Chantal Louis
Seller: Danichia J. Vega
Date: 10/05/20

64 Chilson St.
Springfield, MA 01118
Amount: $230,000
Buyer: Isiz V. Rivas
Seller: Michael L. O’Connor
Date: 10/14/20

40 Connecticut Ave.
Springfield, MA 01104
Amount: $156,000
Buyer: John P. Sullivan RET
Seller: Mary A. Dean
Date: 10/15/20

40 Cooper St.
Springfield, MA 01108
Amount: $212,000
Buyer: Gina Mickiewicz
Seller: Daniel J. Fenton
Date: 10/06/20

56 Copeland St.
Springfield, MA 01108
Amount: $201,000
Buyer: Jennifer Goodyear
Seller: Paige N. Derry
Date: 10/09/20

19 Craig St.
Springfield, MA 01108
Amount: $210,000
Buyer: Stacia C. Bryant
Seller: Brian W. Vaudrin
Date: 10/07/20

34 Croyden St.
Springfield, MA 01107
Amount: $165,000
Buyer: Gabriela Aviles-Sanchez
Seller: Marisol Guevara
Date: 10/14/20

24 Delaware Ave.
Springfield, MA 01119
Amount: $330,000
Buyer: Ramon Burgos
Seller: Bretta Construction LLC
Date: 10/09/20

296 Dickinson St.
Springfield, MA 01108
Amount: $125,000
Buyer: Omar Abeed
Seller: US Bank
Date: 10/05/20

28 Drury St.
Springfield, MA 01129
Amount: $234,900
Buyer: Christopher Kochanek
Seller: Yvonne Grondin
Date: 10/09/20

80 East St.
Springfield, MA 01104
Amount: $205,000
Buyer: Dana Mitchell-Peterson
Seller: Rose A. Hill
Date: 10/14/20

176 Eddy St.
Springfield, MA 01104
Amount: $175,000
Buyer: Keysha Burgos
Seller: Elizabeth Lopez
Date: 10/09/20

100 Edgemont St.
Springfield, MA 01109
Amount: $166,000
Buyer: Alfonso Jimenez-Jimenez
Seller: Dorothy Smith
Date: 10/09/20

133 Ellsworth Ave.
Springfield, MA 01118
Amount: $172,500
Buyer: Charlotte E. Hines
Seller: Jamianne Turner
Date: 10/16/20

7 Fordham St.
Springfield, MA 01104
Amount: $168,000
Buyer: Yesseni Irizarry-Morales
Seller: Michael E. Rogers
Date: 10/09/20

17 Frontenac St.
Springfield, MA 01151
Amount: $275,000
Buyer: Orlando A. Lopez
Seller: Property Keys LLC
Date: 10/09/20

19 Fullerton St.
Springfield, MA 01151
Amount: $190,000
Buyer: Helen J. Pino
Seller: Anthony Bourget
Date: 10/13/20

75 Garland St.
Springfield, MA 01118
Amount: $200,000
Buyer: Nicholas Stahovish
Seller: Michael Tranghese
Date: 10/14/20

25 George St.
Springfield, MA 01105
Amount: $280,000
Buyer: Xiaomao B. Wang
Seller: KPD Properties LLC
Date: 10/15/20

526 Gifford St.
Springfield, MA 01118
Amount: $191,000
Buyer: Juan Caraballo
Seller: Kelnate Realty LLC
Date: 10/14/20

210 Gresham St.
Springfield, MA 01119
Amount: $330,000
Buyer: Treyvontae R. Goodman
Seller: Bretta Construction LLC
Date: 10/16/20

33 Greenwich St.
Springfield, MA 01107
Amount: $300,000
Buyer: Wytas Properties LLC
Seller: Peter E. Sares
Date: 10/09/20

132 Grover St.
Springfield, MA 01104
Amount: $125,000
Buyer: Sullane LLC
Seller: Carol M. Tamkovich
Date: 10/15/20

123 Hadley St.
Springfield, MA 01118
Amount: $260,000
Buyer: Tesia M. Pollock
Seller: Megliola, Elizabeth A., (Estate)
Date: 10/15/20

38 Hatch St.
Springfield, MA 01129
Amount: $215,000
Buyer: Reyes M. Vazquez
Seller: Deena A. Polom
Date: 10/14/20

14 Irvington St.
Springfield, MA 01108
Amount: $270,000
Buyer: Abdikadir S. Mohamed
Seller: Mashawn Jones
Date: 10/15/20

92 Jardine St.
Springfield, MA 01107
Amount: $188,000
Buyer: G. M. Paneto-Almodovar
Seller: CIG 4 LLC
Date: 10/09/20

79 Jeffrey Road
Springfield, MA 01119
Amount: $219,000
Buyer: Ricky E. Bowens
Seller: Laurence A. Trupe
Date: 10/15/20

61 Johnson St.
Springfield, MA 01108
Amount: $277,000
Buyer: Anthony F. Almodovar
Seller: Jaime J. Melendez
Date: 10/08/20

89 Juniper Dr.
Springfield, MA 01119
Amount: $236,000
Buyer: A. R. Dones-Schipper
Seller: Brital 1987 LLC
Date: 10/16/20

69 Keddy St.
Springfield, MA 01109
Amount: $180,000
Buyer: Preciouse Oise
Seller: Cornelius Brouder
Date: 10/14/20

20 Labelle Dr.
Springfield, MA 01129
Amount: $210,000
Buyer: Anthony Girard
Seller: John F. Long
Date: 10/14/20

33 Littleton St.
Springfield, MA 01104
Amount: $210,000
Buyer: Erica Pagan
Seller: Jonathan Ortiz
Date: 10/09/20

283 Longhill St.
Springfield, MA 01108
Amount: $475,000
Buyer: Johnnie Asencio
Seller: Michael A. Gulish
Date: 10/09/20

146 Lumae St.
Springfield, MA 01119
Amount: $245,000
Buyer: Amaralyss L. Negron
Seller: Equity Trust Co.
Date: 10/05/20

145-151 Main St.
Springfield, MA 01105
Amount: $730,000
Buyer: Lachenauer LLC
Seller: BP LLC
Date: 10/09/20

31 Manchester Ter.
Springfield, MA 01108
Amount: $200,000
Buyer: Maria C. Salmeron
Seller: Filomena M. Vivenzio
Date: 10/09/20

128 Newfield Road
Springfield, MA 01119
Amount: $171,500
Buyer: Amanda C. Mills
Seller: Janisette Silveira
Date: 10/15/20

38-40 Oak St.
Springfield, MA 01151
Amount: $730,000
Buyer: Lachenauer LLC
Seller: BP LLC
Date: 10/09/20

60 Old Brook Road
Springfield, MA 01118
Amount: $275,000
Buyer: Jaimarie G. Ely
Seller: Kelly A. Partridge
Date: 10/14/20

72 Old Farm Road
Springfield, MA 01119
Amount: $201,000
Buyer: Ter.esa A. Wesley
Seller: Randy D. Degray
Date: 10/07/20

115 Packard Ave.
Springfield, MA 01118
Amount: $292,000
Buyer: Michael Tranghese
Seller: Robert J. Gossman
Date: 10/14/20

66 Palo Alto Road
Springfield, MA 01128
Amount: $315,000
Buyer: Carmen Rivera
Seller: John E. Balesky
Date: 10/13/20

104-106 Pasadena St.
Springfield, MA 01108
Amount: $149,200
Buyer: AAD LLC
Seller: K&S Holdings LLC
Date: 10/08/20

120 Patricia Circle
Springfield, MA 01119
Amount: $227,000
Buyer: Joseph T. Cardaropoli
Seller: Rehab Home Buyers LLC
Date: 10/07/20

343 Plumtree Road
Springfield, MA 01118
Amount: $227,000
Buyer: Timothy Riordan
Seller: Clifford P. Jensen
Date: 10/09/20

173 Powell Ave.
Springfield, MA 01118
Amount: $205,000
Buyer: Michael A. Bartolo
Seller: Ute A. Schmidt
Date: 10/06/20

104 Rollins St.
Springfield, MA 01109
Amount: $162,000
Buyer: Lisa A. Kirby
Seller: Ryan F. Nelson
Date: 10/09/20

735 Saint James Ave.
Springfield, MA 01104
Amount: $170,000
Buyer: Andrew A. Lopriore
Seller: John H. Fortune
Date: 10/16/20

53 Silver St.
Springfield, MA 01107
Amount: $160,000
Buyer: Erykya Rivera
Seller: Juan Santana
Date: 10/13/20

100 South Branch Pkwy.
Springfield, MA 01118
Amount: $320,000
Buyer: Guidewire Inc.
Seller: Sheila A. Gilligan
Date: 10/09/20

138 Spear Road
Springfield, MA 01119
Amount: $155,000
Buyer: Jose A. Muniz
Seller: Andy W. Pacheco
Date: 10/16/20

27 Stocker St.
Springfield, MA 01129
Amount: $160,000
Buyer: Anne F. Brady
Seller: Charlene Bermudez
Date: 10/16/20

999 Sumner Ave.
Springfield, MA 01118
Amount: $249,000
Buyer: Dia L. Green
Seller: Joseph Sullivan
Date: 10/05/20

33 Surrey Road
Springfield, MA 01118
Amount: $202,000
Buyer: Gloria Jimenez
Seller: Springhouse Properties LLC
Date: 10/08/20

146 Talmadge Dr.
Springfield, MA 01118
Amount: $183,500
Buyer: Jennifer R. Small
Seller: Eunice W. Wegge
Date: 10/07/20

438 Tinkham Road
Springfield, MA 01129
Amount: $140,000
Buyer: Cornerstone Homebuying LLC
Seller: Woodworth, David A., (Estate)
Date: 10/16/20

35 Trillium St.
Springfield, MA 01108
Amount: $275,000
Buyer: Jessica J. Jenkins
Seller: Tamara Cruz
Date: 10/16/20

52 Undine Circle
Springfield, MA 01109
Amount: $262,000
Buyer: Natalie Dunn
Seller: Michele Giles-Romero
Date: 10/06/20

52 Walsh St.
Springfield, MA 01109
Amount: $192,500
Buyer: Tia A. Brown
Seller: Brown, Evelyn, (Estate)
Date: 10/13/20

65 Washburn St.
Springfield, MA 01107
Amount: $155,000
Buyer: Alex X. Pirela
Seller: Franklin Housey
Date: 10/15/20

15 Welcome Place
Springfield, MA 01109
Amount: $229,900
Buyer: Michelle Melendez
Seller: Valley Castle Holding LLC
Date: 10/06/20

Wexford St.
Springfield, MA 01101
Amount: $146,000
Buyer: William Raleigh
Seller: Ulrick, Linda I., (Estate)
Date: 10/15/20

108 Wilber St.
Springfield, MA 01104
Amount: $135,200
Buyer: Kiomarie Santiago
Seller: Patrick L. Plourde
Date: 10/06/20

26 Winding Lane
Springfield, MA 01118
Amount: $177,500
Buyer: Justin Preman
Seller: Mark A. Kornacki
Date: 10/16/20

18 Yamaska Road
Springfield, MA 01118
Amount: $320,000
Buyer: Katherine Carrasquillo
Seller: Kirk Weingarten
Date: 10/08/20

SOUTHWICK

14 Bungalow St.
Southwick, MA 01077
Amount: $205,000
Buyer: Stephen M. Gelgut
Seller: Douglas W. Bradshaw
Date: 10/06/20

325 College Hwy.
Southwick, MA 01077
Amount: $335,500
Buyer: Christin E. Gingras
Seller: Daniel Warriner
Date: 10/07/20

473 College Hwy.
Southwick, MA 01077
Amount: $195,000
Buyer: Jacob D. Parker
Seller: Norman H. Storey
Date: 10/16/20

140 Feeding Hills Road
Southwick, MA 01077
Amount: $200,000
Buyer: Christopher Lapan
Seller: Susan R. Laroche
Date: 10/08/20

162 Feeding Hills Road
Southwick, MA 01077
Amount: $240,000
Buyer: Christian Prosper
Seller: Tomas Kielasinski
Date: 10/14/20

155 Fred Jackson Road
Southwick, MA 01077
Amount: $475,000
Buyer: Albert J. Rusilowicz
Seller: Michele V. Urban
Date: 10/09/20

24 Knollwood Road
Southwick, MA 01077
Amount: $181,000
Buyer: Anthony Gaudino
Seller: Russell J. Mercier
Date: 10/09/20

Overlook Lane #34
Southwick, MA 01077
Amount: $205,000
Buyer: Todd Richards
Seller: Joseph F. Baltronis
Date: 10/15/20

WALES

41 Stafford Road
Wales, MA 01081
Amount: $390,000
Buyer: Alan J. Towle
Seller: Serge P. Arel
Date: 10/06/20

37 Union Road
Wales, MA 01081
Amount: $325,000
Buyer: Brian K. Potter
Seller: William J. Matchett
Date: 10/07/20

7 Woodland Heights
Wales, MA 01081
Amount: $165,000
Buyer: Bonnie Kerness
Seller: Cornerstone Homebuying LLC
Date: 10/13/20

WEST SPRINGFIELD

65 Althea St.
West Springfield, MA 01089
Amount: $217,000
Buyer: Susan Vecchio
Seller: Joyce T. Manchino
Date: 10/13/20

70 Armstrong St.
West Springfield, MA 01089
Amount: $200,500
Buyer: Joshua L. Lane
Seller: Keith Ondras
Date: 10/14/20

204 Ashley St.
West Springfield, MA 01089
Amount: $234,000
Buyer: Ter.rell Williams
Seller: Sally S. Amaral
Date: 10/09/20

20 Brightwater St.
West Springfield, MA 01089
Amount: $255,000
Buyer: Jami D. Filiault
Seller: Cynthia M. Depalma
Date: 10/16/20

38 Cass Ave.
West Springfield, MA 01089
Amount: $220,000
Buyer: Vincent Costanzi
Seller: Patrick J. Hourihan
Date: 10/16/20

33 Chapin St.
West Springfield, MA 01089
Amount: $193,000
Buyer: Jorym Millete-Mercedes
Seller: Liliya Petrovna-Anipko
Date: 10/06/20

208 City View Ave.
West Springfield, MA 01089
Amount: $310,000
Buyer: Daniel W. Adams
Seller: Joseph M. Messer
Date: 10/07/20

74-80 Doty Circle
West Springfield, MA 01089
Amount: $260,000
Buyer: John & Lorraine LLC
Seller: Ralph D. Cleveland
Date: 10/09/20

16 Exposition Ter.
West Springfield, MA 01089
Amount: $150,000
Buyer: 1312 Memorial Avenue LLC
Seller: Expo Realty LLC
Date: 10/07/20

47 Hampden St.
West Springfield, MA 01089
Amount: $178,000
Buyer: Anthony M. Podmore
Seller: Shauna N. Seligman
Date: 10/09/20

97 Hampden St.
West Springfield, MA 01089
Amount: $265,000
Buyer: William A. Ulasewich
Seller: Linda M. Page
Date: 10/09/20

7 High Meadow Dr.
West Springfield, MA 01089
Amount: $330,000
Buyer: Jaclyn Magee
Seller: Mark A. Tokarz
Date: 10/16/20

175 Jeffrey Lane
West Springfield, MA 01089
Amount: $455,000
Buyer: Marco G. Amato
Seller: Ronald P. Campurciani
Date: 10/16/20

107 Lancaster Ave.
West Springfield, MA 01089
Amount: $235,000
Buyer: Ricardo T. Wright
Seller: Nancy E. Lane
Date: 10/13/20

88 Old Barn Road
West Springfield, MA 01089
Amount: $300,000
Buyer: Jeanne S. Goodsell
Seller: James J. Flowers
Date: 10/16/20

88 Partridge Lane
West Springfield, MA 01089
Amount: $400,000
Buyer: Maksim Loboda
Seller: Andrey Korniyenko
Date: 10/16/20

118 Pease Ave.
West Springfield, MA 01089
Amount: $276,000
Buyer: Emma C. Lewin-Opitz
Seller: Donald B. Berry
Date: 10/09/20

125 South Blvd.
West Springfield, MA 01089
Amount: $139,000
Buyer: Ievgenii Gusiev
Seller: John P. Targonski
Date: 10/05/20

WESTFIELD

32 Allen Ave.
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $173,400
Buyer: James Jylkka
Seller: McConnell, Constance M., (Estate)
Date: 10/06/20

188 Apple Blossom Lane
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $188,500
Buyer: Jeffrey Keating
Seller: Deutsche Bank
Date: 10/05/20

8 Birch Bluffs Dr.
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $220,000
Buyer: Charles N. Parker
Seller: Roman Radetskyi
Date: 10/16/20

62 Birch Bluffs Dr.
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $230,000
Buyer: Daniel H. Estee
Seller: Glenn P. Duperrault
Date: 10/05/20

110 Christopher Dr.
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $445,000
Buyer: Bryan Cote
Seller: Christopher Robare
Date: 10/09/20

38 Church St.
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $230,000
Buyer: Morizio Brothers Mgmt. LLC
Seller: Richard K. Adams
Date: 10/05/20

286 Falley Dr.
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $157,183
Buyer: William C. Butcher
Seller: Butcher, Richard H. Sr., (Estate)
Date: 10/06/20

5 Franklin Ave.
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $210,000
Buyer: Carlos E. Batlle
Seller: David F. Kellner
Date: 10/07/20

12 Mallard Lane
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $400,000
Buyer: Bento Fernandes
Seller: MaryMargaret Burke
Date: 10/09/20

154 Glenwood Dr.
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $600,000
Buyer: Andrey Korniyenko
Seller: Cui X. Lin
Date: 10/15/20

4 King St.
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $175,000
Buyer: Kelnate Realty LLC
Seller: Assemblies Of God
Date: 10/16/20

85 Larchly Ave.
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $236,500
Buyer: Holly Goulet
Seller: Arena, Mary C., (Estate)
Date: 10/13/20

16 Lozier Ave.
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $275,000
Buyer: Konstantin A. Belyakov
Seller: Gennadiy A. Lisitsin
Date: 10/16/20

410 Montgomery Road
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $477,000
Buyer: Mary M. Burke
Seller: Andrey Rudin
Date: 10/09/20

46 Mountain View St.
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $305,000
Buyer: Jared M. Hague
Seller: Laurence D. Hunt
Date: 10/05/20

259 Notre Dame St.
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $217,000
Buyer: Alan Powers
Seller: David M. O’Connell
Date: 10/15/20

48 Orange St.
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $143,500
Buyer: Backlot Industries LLC
Seller: Mark Sears
Date: 10/08/20

35 Skyline Dr.
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $391,000
Buyer: Ronald D. Mack
Seller: Yevgeniy Yunikov
Date: 10/16/20

13 West School St.
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $219,000
Buyer: Jada M. Wiggins
Seller: Barbara A. Soto
Date: 10/16/20

39 West School St.
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $320,000
Buyer: Daniel Malancea
Seller: Mohammad Saleem
Date: 10/16/20

WILBRAHAM

35 Brookside Dr.
Wilbraham, MA 01095
Amount: $439,900
Buyer: Kerryann M. Serju
Seller: Wendy S. Coffey
Date: 10/16/20

30 Delmor Ave.
Wilbraham, MA 01095
Amount: $259,000
Buyer: John E. Cutler
Seller: Plumtree Real Estate LLC
Date: 10/06/20

159 Main St.
Wilbraham, MA 01095
Amount: $217,000
Buyer: Shauneen Coutu
Seller: Jason A. Grondin
Date: 10/16/20

2 Merrill Road
Wilbraham, MA 01095
Amount: $290,000
Buyer: Francis Federico
Seller: Lori A. Tetrault
Date: 10/09/20

102 Mountain Road
Wilbraham, MA 01095
Amount: $213,000
Buyer: Joshua R. Blanchard
Seller: Ferne Andre
Date: 10/05/20

12 Ruth Dr.
Wilbraham, MA 01095
Amount: $380,000
Buyer: Kevin T. Burke
Seller: Lawrence M. Borysyk
Date: 10/16/20

408 Springfield St.
Wilbraham, MA 01095
Amount: $273,000
Buyer: Joseph E. Selva
Seller: Scott A. Richard
Date: 10/09/20

648 Stony Hill Road
Wilbraham, MA 01095
Amount: $275,000
Buyer: Karisa N. Syner
Seller: Chase, Dorothy M., (Estate)
Date: 10/14/20

903 Stony Hill Road
Wilbraham, MA 01095
Amount: $200,000
Buyer: Hilario G. Tucker
Seller: Robert L. Page
Date: 10/06/20

1022 Stony Hill Road
Wilbraham, MA 01095
Amount: $375,000
Buyer: Clifford Jensen
Seller: Rebecca S. Hurt
Date: 10/09/20

2 Vista Road
Wilbraham, MA 01095
Amount: $370,000
Buyer: Daniel Fenton
Seller: James Henriques
Date: 10/06/20

7 Whitford Place
Wilbraham, MA 01095
Amount: $550,000
Buyer: Darrin Dwight-Ray
Seller: John Barghout
Date: 10/13/20

9 Woodsley Road
Wilbraham, MA 01095
Amount: $521,000
Buyer: Michael R. Chechile
Seller: Jeanne M. Schmidt
Date: 10/15/20

HAMPSHIRE COUNTY

AMHERST

104 Belchertown Road
Amherst, MA 01002
Amount: $367,000
Buyer: Nora Junaid
Seller: Dana Corson
Date: 10/16/20

99 Chestnut St.
Amherst, MA 01002
Amount: $420,000
Buyer: Jessica J. Somers
Seller: Owen Shufeldt
Date: 10/16/20

156 Columbia Dr.
Amherst, MA 01002
Amount: $422,000
Buyer: Raj K. Shahi
Seller: Ranju Shahi
Date: 10/06/20

50 East Leverett Road
Amherst, MA 01002
Amount: $335,700
Buyer: Mehran Pouresmail
Seller: Patricia A. Leitch
Date: 10/15/20

19 Glendale Road
Amherst, MA 01002
Amount: $285,000
Buyer: Lori S. Colliander
Seller: Nghia H. Le
Date: 10/13/20

87 Harlow Dr.
Amherst, MA 01002
Amount: $300,000
Buyer: Mariano C. Carmona
Seller: David D. Hixon
Date: 10/14/20

18 Hickory Lane
Amherst, MA 01002
Amount: $395,000
Buyer: Daniel Lawren
Seller: Nina C. Bonazzi
Date: 10/15/20

590 Middle St.
Amherst, MA 01002
Amount: $465,000
Buyer: Julian M. Marinus
Seller: Richard L. Last
Date: 10/15/20

169 Northampton Road
Amherst, MA 01002
Amount: $350,000
Buyer: Michael M. MacDonald
Seller: Whaples, Miriam K., (Estate)
Date: 10/05/20

826 South East St.
Amherst, MA 01002
Amount: $434,000
Buyer: Abraham Marder
Seller: Jie Liang
Date: 10/15/20

Trillium Way
Amherst, MA 01002
Amount: $151,000
Buyer: Amir Mikhchi
Seller: Marion A. Waskiewicz RET
Date: 10/07/20

BELCHERTOWN

310 Bardwell St.
Belchertown, MA 01007
Amount: $385,000
Buyer: Jacob W. Walker
Seller: Gary A. Bosselait
Date: 10/15/20

301 Boardman St.
Belchertown, MA 01007
Amount: $385,000
Buyer: Geremias P. Encarnacion
Seller: Sergey Savonin
Date: 10/06/20

4 Daniel Square Ext.
Belchertown, MA 01007
Amount: $255,000
Buyer: Timothy Merchant
Seller: Nepus, Paul James, (Estate)
Date: 10/06/20

81 Gulf Road
Belchertown, MA 01007
Amount: $424,000
Buyer: Khiran M. Raj
Seller: Leslie J. Franks
Date: 10/07/20

170 Jackson St.
Belchertown, MA 01007
Amount: $435,000
Buyer: Carmen S. Wallace
Seller: David M. Clegg
Date: 10/16/20

491 Michael Sears Road
Belchertown, MA 01007
Amount: $240,000
Buyer: Benjamin S. Duby
Seller: Richard E. Duby
Date: 10/13/20

115 North Main St.
Belchertown, MA 01007
Amount: $195,000
Buyer: James Bachand
Seller: Barbara W. Freed RET
Date: 10/07/20

19 Robin Lane
Belchertown, MA 01007
Amount: $328,500
Buyer: Richard S. Ethier
Seller: Joydell Cebula
Date: 10/15/20

24 Rockrimmon St.
Belchertown, MA 01007
Amount: $570,000
Buyer: Nicholas J. Moynihan
Seller: Jeffrey D. Odom
Date: 10/15/20

442 Warren Wright Road
Belchertown, MA 01007
Amount: $235,000
Buyer: Sara E. Laplante
Seller: G. E&M N. Lobenstine LT
Date: 10/16/20

CUMMINGTON

17 West Main St.
Cummington, MA 01026
Amount: $208,200
Buyer: Chelsea A. Lepak
Seller: Kaitlyn M. Myers
Date: 10/16/20

EASTHAMPTON

Colonial Ave.
Easthampton, MA 01027
Amount: $135,000
Buyer: W. Marek Inc.
Seller: Donna L. Wain
Date: 10/09/20

27 Drury Lane
Easthampton, MA 01027
Amount: $150,000
Buyer: Elizabeth Jackson
Seller: Cheryle A. Campbell
Date: 10/05/20

204 Loudville Road
Easthampton, MA 01027
Amount: $315,000
Buyer: Alice Lee
Seller: Erin Wheeler-Zimbler
Date: 10/15/20

420 Main St.
Easthampton, MA 01027
Amount: $270,000
Buyer: Brahm Alaaiod
Seller: Steven J. Fickert
Date: 10/15/20

24 Morin Dr.
Easthampton, MA 01027
Amount: $273,000
Buyer: Jacquelyn Claver
Seller: Mark A. Dean
Date: 10/13/20

GRANBY

17 Easton St.
Granby, MA 01033
Amount: $277,000
Buyer: Robert W. Driscoll
Seller: Susan T. Pratt
Date: 10/06/20

65 West St.
Granby, MA 01033
Amount: $190,000
Buyer: Benjamin A. Surner
Seller: Barbara A. Laramie
Date: 10/16/20

HADLEY

198 River Dr.
Hadley, MA 01035
Amount: $218,000
Buyer: Matthew D. Kushi
Seller: Mary R. Kushi
Date: 10/05/20

Stockbridge St.
Hadley, MA 01035
Amount: $300,000
Buyer: Walter J. Czajkowski
Seller: Henry & Linda Fil LT
Date: 10/13/20

5 Sunrise Dr.
Hadley, MA 01035
Amount: $405,000
Buyer: Maiya L. Otsuka
Seller: Jody E. Devine
Date: 10/15/20

HUNTINGTON

24 Allen Coit Road
Huntington, MA 01050
Amount: $150,000
Buyer: Andrea A. Jordan-Amberg
Seller: USA HUD
Date: 10/05/20

253 Goss Hill Road
Huntington, MA 01050
Amount: $136,000
Buyer: Sue A. Fopiano
Seller: Frederick R. Fopiano
Date: 10/06/20

NORTHAMPTON

115 Audubon Road
Northampton, MA 01053
Amount: $675,000
Buyer: Rachel M. Koppelman
Seller: Dikinson, Nancy W., (Estate)
Date: 10/14/20

42 Bliss St.
Northampton, MA 01062
Amount: $258,000
Buyer: Michele L. Ruschhaupt
Seller: Bliss Hampshire TR
Date: 10/06/20

174 Bridge Road
Northampton, MA 01062
Amount: $325,000
Buyer: Angela M. Ditaranto
Seller: Kathleen Poklewski
Date: 10/07/20

294 Cardinal Way
Northampton, MA 01062
Amount: $535,000
Buyer: Andrea Agliati
Seller: Thomas A. Miranda
Date: 10/09/20

226 Emerson Way
Northampton, MA 01062
Amount: $739,077
Buyer: Richard L. Last
Seller: Sunwood Development Corp.
Date: 10/15/20

238 Emerson Way
Northampton, MA 01062
Amount: $147,000
Buyer: Ann-Marie Starck
Seller: Rosemund LLC
Date: 10/09/20

526 Florence Road
Northampton, MA 01062
Amount: $607,000
Buyer: Suri B. Roth-Katz
Seller: Darien Mcfadden
Date: 10/14/20

717 Florence Road
Northampton, MA 01062
Amount: $228,965
Buyer: Great Barrington Sunoco
Seller: David S. Smokler
Date: 10/15/20

Hockanum Road
Northampton, MA 01060
Amount: $605,000
Buyer: Steven J. Niedbala
Seller: Grygorcewicz, Joseph P., (Estate)
Date: 10/16/20

59 Ice Pond Dr.
Northampton, MA 01062
Amount: $579,000
Buyer: Elizabeth D. Simpson
Seller: Nu-Way Homes Inc.
Date: 10/16/20

20 Pine St.
Northampton, MA 01062
Amount: $400,000
Buyer: Jane E. Dalton
Seller: James J. Cronin
Date: 10/05/20

398 Pleasant St.
Northampton, MA 01060
Amount: $605,000
Buyer: Steven J. Niedbala
Seller: Grygorcewicz, Joseph P., (Estate)
Date: 10/16/20

408 Pleasant St.
Northampton, MA 01060
Amount: $605,000
Buyer: Steven J. Niedbala
Seller: Grygorcewicz, Joseph P., (Estate)
Date: 10/16/20

91 Round Hill Road
Northampton, MA 01060
Amount: $1,372,500
Buyer: Shanthi Thomas
Seller: A. Kim Saal
Date: 10/09/20

129 Sandy Hill Road
Northampton, MA 01062
Amount: $261,000
Buyer: Jennifer Brunton
Seller: Peter J. Clogston
Date: 10/07/20

112 Washington Ave.
Northampton, MA 01060
Amount: $1,110,000
Buyer: D. A&J Westcott 2012 FT
Seller: Sanford Bloomberg RET
Date: 10/14/20

PLAINFIELD

1 Pleasant St.
Plainfield, MA 01070
Amount: $250,000
Buyer: Jamie M. Wooldridge
Seller: Thatcher, Arthur C., (Estate)
Date: 10/09/20

63 South Central St.
Plainfield, MA 01070
Amount: $260,000
Buyer: Samantha J. Tomao
Seller: Jamie M. Wooldridge
Date: 10/07/20

SOUTH HADLEY

19 Foch Ave.
South Hadley, MA 01075
Amount: $240,000
Buyer: Joseph A. Roxo
Seller: Robert J. Poirier
Date: 10/09/20

36 Lathrop St.
South Hadley, MA 01075
Amount: $243,000
Buyer: Brittany L. Caouette
Seller: Robert A. Methot
Date: 10/16/20

11 Laurie Ave.
South Hadley, MA 01075
Amount: $259,000
Buyer: Kyle J. Callahan
Seller: Marissa Montemagni
Date: 10/08/20

298 Newton St.
South Hadley, MA 01075
Amount: $790,000
Buyer: Joseph A. Marois
Seller: Careys Flowers Inc.
Date: 10/09/20

300 Newton St.
South Hadley, MA 01075
Amount: $790,000
Buyer: Joseph A. Marois
Seller: Careys Flowers Inc.
Date: 10/09/20

302 Newton St.
South Hadley, MA 01075
Amount: $790,000
Buyer: Joseph A. Marois
Seller: Careys Flowers Inc.
Date: 10/09/20

33 North Main St.
South Hadley, MA 01075
Amount: $290,000
Buyer: Linda Taylor
Seller: Michal P. Kosciolek
Date: 10/09/20

50 Prospect St.
South Hadley, MA 01075
Amount: $316,000
Buyer: Samuel T. Clarke
Seller: Scot M. Duguay
Date: 10/15/20

11 Queen Circle
South Hadley, MA 01075
Amount: $177,500
Buyer: Laurabeth Parent
Seller: Consolini, Laura P., (Estate)
Date: 10/16/20

11 Saybrook Circle
South Hadley, MA 01075
Amount: $263,000
Buyer: Frederick C. Kielbasa
Seller: Robert C. Wallace
Date: 10/15/20

15 Sycamore Knolls
South Hadley, MA 01075
Amount: $290,000
Buyer: Alexandria Moriarty
Seller: June M. Beattie
Date: 10/16/20

SOUTHAMPTON

45 Gilbert Road
Southampton, MA 01073
Amount: $449,900
Buyer: Jacob E. Gold
Seller: Michael J. Trusas
Date: 10/16/20

62 Gilbert Road
Southampton, MA 01073
Amount: $350,000
Buyer: Peter M. Gregg
Seller: Mary A. Jasinski
Date: 10/06/20

Quigley Road
Southampton, MA 01073
Amount: $120,000
Buyer: Harold A. Butson
Seller: Pellegrini Development LLC
Date: 10/08/20

WARE

4 Crescent St.
Ware, MA 01082
Amount: $219,000
Buyer: Wendy Howes
Seller: Judy A. Cerrone
Date: 10/09/20

5-A&B Mirabile Dr.
Ware, MA 01082
Amount: $299,900
Buyer: Sultana Anton
Seller: Carrie A. Alley
Date: 10/06/20

256 Greenwich Road
Ware, MA 01082
Amount: $375,000
Buyer: Jonathan T. Orzech
Seller: Douglas R. Koczur
Date: 10/15/20

24 Pleasant St.
Ware, MA 01082
Amount: $218,000
Buyer: Steven A. Click
Seller: Rafael Capellan-Polanco
Date: 10/16/20

23 Shoreline Dr.
Ware, MA 01082
Amount: $275,000
Buyer: Jeremiah Blankenbaker
Seller: Rebecca A. Berg
Date: 10/15/20

WESTHAMPTON

Blueberry Hill Road #7
Westhampton, MA 01027
Amount: $122,500
Buyer: Martin M. Downey
Seller: Patrick Properties LLC
Date: 10/14/20

WILLIAMSBURG

5 Deer Haven Dr.
Williamsburg, MA 01039
Amount: $675,900
Buyer: Peter F. Falco
Seller: Jihong Tang
Date: 10/05/20

WORTHINGTON

23 Sam Hill Road
Worthington, MA 01098
Amount: $275,000
Buyer: Seamus P. Cullen
Seller: Dustin Donovan
Date: 10/09/20

Building Permits

The following building permits were issued during the month of October 2020. (Filings are limited due to closures or reduced staffing hours at municipal offices due to COVID-19 restrictions).

AMHERST

Arbors at Amherst, LP
130 University Dr.
$172,500 — Roofing

Winter Light Properties, LLC
264 North Pleasant St.
$5,000 — Repairs to cupola

CHICOPEE

1890 Chicopee, LLC
154 School St.
$8,000 — Roofing

Chicopee Provision Co.
19 Sitarz Ave.
$93,200 — Roofing

Dhanya Real Estate Holdings, LLC
21 Bay State Road
$100,000 — Finish previously started elevator shaft and finish second-floor office space

Zhen Yun Dong
108 West St.
$65,000 — Remodel retail space for new restaurant, remodel women’s restroom, install new fixtures, sushi bar, update plumbing and electrical

Dorothy Krawiec
2 Valier Ave.
$25,000 — Remove and replace three antennas and six remote radio heads

Mike Laser Enterprises, LLC
675 Fuller Road
$11,200 — Install fire alarm

LEE

Town of Lee
385 Pleasant St.
$48,500 — Roofing on salt shed

LENOX

Boston Symphony Orchestra
30 Richmond Mountain Road
$40,000 — Replace north foundation wall

GL&V USA Inc.
175 Crystal St.
$48,000 — Roof repair

Craig Switzer
2 Holmes Road
$12,500 — Roofing

NORTHAMPTON

Cosenzi Automotive Realty, LP
48 Damon Road
$1,500 — Non-illuminated front wall sign

City of Northampton
33 Hockanum Road
Upgrades and repairs to multiple wastewater-treatment plant systems

City of Northampton
212 Main St.
$3,682 — Form alcove for bottle-filling station

Maura Glennon
17 Main St.
$4,300 — Add service/pickup window with overhanging room and steps

Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield
99 King St.
$275,000 — Add parking lot, replace concrete stairs and ramp, and add lighting

PITTSFIELD

195 South St.
Edwin Helitzer
$81,178 — Roofing

395 North, LLC
391 North St.
$2,500 — Spot repoint mortar on building exterior as needed

Cafua Realty Trust CXXVI, LLC
18 First St.
$5,500 — Remove and replace drive-thru menu-board footing

Four Industrial Drive, LLC
4 Industrial Dr.
$152,254 — Add paint booth and paint-mixing room to interior of building

Macfarlane Family Partners, LP
190 South St.
$66,113 — Remodel interior finishes

One Hundred One South Street
101 South St.
$227,132 — Demolish existing first-floor HVAC system, install new HVAC system

SPRINGFIELD

401 Liberty Street, LLC
10 Heywood St.
$41,800 — Alter space for new Friends of the Homeless emergency shelter for men, alter another space for supervision area and two toilets

1780 HCHQ Inc.
1780 Main St.
$175,000 — Install fire-alarm system at Way Finders

Gogri Inc.
740 Boston Road
$225,000 — Repair fire-damaged gas station, build addition, install new roof system

Francisco Gonzalez
2924 Main St.
$3,500 — Repair block wall

MGM Springfield Redevelopment, LLC
1028 Main St.
$354,917 — Install fire-alarm system for Walhburgers

Northgate Center, LLC
1985 Main St.
$150,000 — Alter tenant space for Center for Human Development training center

Miguel Pedrosa
2530 Main St.
$15,000 — Roofing

Solutia Inc.
730 Worcester St.
$1,110,000 — Repair commercial roof covering on Building 89, Eastman Co.

WILBRAHAM

2034-2040 Boston Road, LLP
2034 Boston Road
$3,845 — Sign for Garvey’s Nutrition, Energy, Lifestyle

Stony Hill Road Realty, LLC
805 Stony Hill Road
$20,000 — Remove and replace six antennas, remove additional three antennas

Agenda

A+ Awards Show

Nov. 12: The Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce 2020 A+ Awards Show will be held virtually and broadcast live from Hadley Farms Meeting House, with PeoplesBank serving as presenting sponsor. Each year, the chamber gives A+ Awards to individuals and organizations that enrich the life of the community through their work in education, business, and civic engagement in Amherst, Belchertown, Hadley, Leverett, Pelham, Shutesbury, Sunderland, and the Pioneer Valley as a whole. This year’s honorees include Betsey McInnis (Lifetime Achievement Award), Phoenix Fruit Farm of Belchertown (Leader in Innovation Award), Kestrel Land Trust of Amherst (Leader in Sustainability Award), Ash Crawford, director of Operations at Amherst Coffee (Young Professional Award), Mercedes-Benz of Springfield (Community Service Award), and Lisa Eugin of Encharter Insurance (Chamber MVP). New this year is the COVID Hero, a nonprofit or individual who provided essential support services, went above and beyond, and took initiative to put others before self to benefit the greater good. Live voting will take place to choose a winner from the following organizations and individuals: Amherst Survival Center, Arizona Pizza, Bistro 63, Mary Beth Ogulewicz of the Amherst Senior Center, Rebekah Demling of ARPS PGO, and Wheelhouse Catering. Also new this year, David Jeffway, owner of Sharper Vision, will create video tributes for each awardee. A virtual access pass to the view the live awards show costs $20, or a $50 VIP package includes the virtual access pass, a $25 Amherst-area gift certificate, a hard copy of the 2020 A+ Awards Journal, and sponsor gifts. Registration is open, and A+ Award dinner sponsorships and ads are still available for the virtual extravaganza; for more information, visit amherstarea.com. E-mail Pazmany at [email protected] with any inquiries.

 

Bright Nights at Forest Park

Nov. 25 to Jan. 3: Bright Nights at Forest Park will take place this year. Spirit of Springfield and the city of Springfield have developed protocols to provide a safe and festive event that has been a holiday tradition since 1995. They will be instituted during setup, breakdown, and during the event, and include masks, regular cleaning, online ticketing, and more. Restrooms will be for emergency use only, and the usual bustling gift shop, amusement rides, horse-drawn wagon and carriage rides, and visits and supper with Santa will not be available. This will help keep all visitors safe and socially distanced in their vehicles during the experience. Bright Nights at Forest Park is three miles of a unique holiday experience featuring more than 675,000 lights and iconic displays like Seuss Land, Everett Barney Mansion, Toy Land, Happy Holidays, Springfield, and so many more. It generates $15 million in economic impact annually and has created a lifetime of family memories in its 25-year history. It also promises to be one of the safest events, with families contained in their cars. Admission will be $23 per car weeknights, weekdays, and holidays. Discounted tickets will be available at participating Big Y World Class Markets for $16.50. Due to bus-capacity limitations in Massachusetts, admission for buses has been reduced to $100 for buses with capacity of more than 30 people. Vehicles with seating from 17 to 30 people will be charged $50 for admission.

 

Healthcare Heroes

Nov. 18: Since the phrase COVID-19 came into our lexicon, those working in the broad healthcare field have emerged as the true heroes during a pandemic that has changed every facet of life as we know it. BusinessWest and its sister publication, the Healthcare News, will pay tribute in their own way, by dedicating their annual Healthcare Heroes program in 2020 to those who have emerged as true heroes during this crisis. The gala celebrating the winners will be held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Sheraton Springfield Monarch Place Hotel in two separate events because of state restrictions on crowd size. The first event will honor the staff at Holyoke Medical Center; Christopher Savino, Emeline Bean, and Lydia Brisson, clinical liaisons for Berkshire Healthcare Systems; Rabbi Devorah Jacobson, director of Spiritual Life at JGS Lifecare; the Nutrition Department at Greater Springfield Senior Services Inc.; and Friends of the Homeless. The second cohort includes Mark Keroack, president and CEO of Baystate Health; the Institute for Applied Life Sciences at UMass Amherst; Maggie Eboso, Infection Control and Prevention coordinator at Mercy Medical Center; Jennifer Graham, home health aide at O’Connell Care at Home; and Helen Gobeil, staffing supervisor at Visiting Angels West Springfield. Tickets cost $90 per person. To make a reservation, contact Jennifer Godaire at (413) 781-8600, ext. 100, or [email protected]. The Healthcare Heroes program is sponsored by Elms College (presenting sponsor), Baystate Health and Health New England (presenting sponsor), and partner sponsors Bulkley Richardson, Comcast Business, and Trinity Health New England/Mercy Medical Center.

 

Business Talk Podcast Special Coverage

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

Episode 36: Oct. 26, 2020

George talks with Nate Costa, president of the Springfield Thunderbirds

Nate Costa

BusinessWest Editor George O’Brien talks with Nate Costa, president of the Springfield Thunderbirds. The two discuss the fate of the upcoming season and the factors that will determine if, when, and under what circumstances games might again be played. They also discuss the importance of the team to the ongoing efforts to revitalize Springfield, and how the Thunderbirds stay relevant during this ultra-challenging time. It’s must listening, so join us on BusinessTalk.

 

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Healthcare Heroes Class of 2020

**EVENT POSTPONED**

Out of an abundance of caution, and at the advice of area healthcare leaders, some of whom were among those slated to be honored, BusinessWest and The Healthcare News have decided to postpone the Healthcare Heroes event slated for Wednesday, Nov. 18 to a future date.
This difficult but necessary decision was made as COVID cases continue to spike across the region and across the country, and as area hospitals see a surge in admissions due to the virus.
“Given what’s been happening the past several days, those of us at BusinessWest and The Healthcare News decided that this was certainly not the time to be staging any kind of live event, even one with the few dozen people that were slated to be in attendance,” said George O’Brien, editor and associate publisher of the sister publications. “This year’s honorees deserve a moment in the spotlight, and we will provide them that moment. But at this time, when local, regional, state, and national healthcare leaders are encouraging people to avoid gatherings of any size, we decided the prudent and responsible move is to postpone our event.”

Since BusinessWest and its sister publication, Healthcare News, launched the new recognition program known as Healthcare Heroes in 2017, the initiative has more than succeeded in its quest to identify true leaders — not to mention inspiring stories — within this region’s large and very important healthcare sector.

The award was created to recognize those whose contributions to the health and well-being of this region, while known to some, needed to become known to all. And this is certainly true in this year of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Several months ago, the decision makers at the two publications knew that, during this very difficult time, our healthcare community was challenged as perhaps never before, and had to summon its collective strength, imagination, and dedication to clear a seemingly endless list of hurdles and continue to provide needed services to the residents of this region.

We knew that a sector already heavily populated with heroes would have even more individuals worthy of that term. So we invited people to nominate these heroes for the award we created, and the judges tasked with scoring them were impressed and, in some ways, overwhelmed by the stories generated by these nominations.

Overall, everyone who was nominated this year is a hero, but in the minds of our judges, 10 of these stories stood out among the others. The Healthcare Heroes for 2020 are:

The 2020 Healthcare Heroes

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Meet the Judges

Harry Dumay

Harry Dumay

Harry Dumay is president of Elms College in Chicopee. Prior to becoming the 11th president of Elms in 2017, Dumay was senior vice president for Finance and chief financial officer for Saint Anselm College from 2012 to 2017. He formerly served as chief financial officer and associate dean at Harvard University’s Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, associate dean at Boston College’s Graduate School of Social Work, and director of Finance for Boston University’s School of Engineering.

 

Cristina Huebner Torres

Cristina Huebner Torres

Cristina Huebner Torres is director of Research and Wellness at Caring Health Center in Springfield and a winner of the Healthcare Heroes award in 2019 in the category ‘Innovation in Healthcare.’ With more than 15 years of experience in public-health research, her work is guided by theoretical frameworks from social epidemiology and medical anthropology focused primarily on social determinants of health, health disparities, and health equity as they shape chronic illness prevention and management among ethnically diverse, urban, low-income populations.

Kathy Wilson

Kathy Wilson

Kathy Wilson is the retired president and CEO of Behavioral Health Network (BHN) and winner of the Healthcare Heroes award in 2019 in the category of ‘Lifetime Achievement.’ She served in her role at BHN for more than 30 years, growing it into a $115 million network of behavioral-health programs with more than 2,000 locations and more than 40 locations, ranging from detox centers and step-down facilities to 24-hour crisis-intervention centers and developmental- and intellectual-disability services.

Business Talk Podcast Special Coverage

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

Episode 34: Oct. 12, 2020

George O’Brien talks with Pam Victor, founder of Happier Valley Comedy

George O’Brien talks with Pam Victor, founder of Happier Valley Comedy, about her unique business, which focuses on improvisation and resilience training to help with professional development, how she’s had to pivot during the pandemic …. and also about how to stay positive, as difficult as that is, during these difficult times for all those in business. It’s must listening, so join us on BusinessTalk.

 

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Business Talk Podcast

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

Episode 32: Oct. 5, 2020

George Interviews Sandra Doran, President of Bay Path University

In this episode of BusinessTalk, BusinessWest Editor George O’Brien talks with Sandra Doran, president of Bay Path University. In a wide-ranging interview, the two discuss everything from COVID and its impact on campus life, to the many challenges already facing higher education before the pandemic, to the many ways in which COVID may ultimately change the higher education ‘experience.’

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The Business of Pivoting

Nicole Ortiz, founder and president of Crave Food Truck

Nicole Ortiz, founder and president of Crave Food Truck

Nicole Ortiz remembers a lot of people having some serious doubts about whether she should go forward with her plans to put a food truck into operation late last spring.

After all, it was the middle of a pandemic, people were staying home, the economy was tanking, and the restaurant business, perhaps more than any other, was suffering mightily.

But Ortiz, a graduate of the Culinary Arts program at Holyoke Community College, was determined to make her dream, which she would call Crave, become reality — pandemic or not.

She had already acquired the vehicle itself, and her experience in the accelerator program operated by EforAll Holyoke had given her the confidence (and technical know-how) to get her show — a food truck specializing in Puerto Rican cuisine — on the road … literally.

Problem was, it was not business as usual when it came to securing the needed approvals and permits from city officials.

“It was even difficult to speak with officials from cities because people weren’t working as much, and you couldn’t even get into city halls,” she said. “Everything has to be mailed in, which takes … as long as that takes. Meanwhile, a lot of cities don’t have ways to do this online; you can’t e-mail them or submit a form online. You have to mail it in, and that took a while.”

But Ortiz persevered, and opened for business just over a month ago. Her truck, usually parked on Race Street, not far from the Cubit Building and just a few blocks from the computing center, is actually exceeding goals set higher than most everyone she knows thought were reasonable.

Successful launches in the middle of COVID-19 are certainly rare, and for most area entrepreneurs, especially those trying to get a concept off the ground or to the next level, these are challenging times, when the focus is on pivoting and adjusting to meet changing needs and changing ways of doing things.

Juan and Elsie Vasquez, owners of 413 Family Fitness

Juan and Elsie Vasquez, owners of 413 Family Fitness, are like many small-business owners in that they have had to pivot during the pandemic and create new revenue streams.

In most all ways, the same can be said of the region’s entrepreneurship ecosystem itself, which specializes mostly on programs focused on people gathering in large numbers or sitting across a table from one another — things that can’t be done during a pandemic. Agencies within the ecosystem have been pivoting and adjusting as well.

This is especially true of Valley Venture Mentors (VVM), the nonprofit based in Springfield’s Innovation Center, which is in the midst of what interim Director Chris Bignelli, a partner with the Alchemy Fund, calls a ‘reset.’

That’s the word he chose to describe a retrenching after most of the agency’s staff members left within a week of each other last spring, and after COVID prevented it from staging any of the large gatherings for which it became known — not only here, but across the state and beyond.

“Our mentors advise entrepreneurs about the importance of pivoting and changing directions when needed, and we’re doing the same,” he said, adding that the pandemic and other forces are compelling the agency to look inward and find new and perhaps different ways to provide value to entrepreneurs while also providing support to other agencies and initiatives within the ecosystem.

“For a while there, it really felt like we were kind of providing therapy to small-business owners.”

As VVM resets and reinvents, though, work within the ecosystem goes on during these trying times — despite COVID, and in many cases in an effort to help business owners survive it.

People like Juan and Elsie Vasquez. They operate 413 Family Fitness in Holyoke, a business that, like most all gyms, was devastated by the pandemic. With help from those at EforAll Holyoke, the couple has pivoted to everything from outdoor classes to staging quinceañeras, or sweet-15 birthdays (a tradition among Hispanics), and leasing out their space to third parties (more on that later).

Meanwhile, another initiative within the ecosystem, WIT — Women Innovators and Trailblazers — is continuing its mentoring program despite COVID, and is preparing to embark on its third cohort of matches.

Leah Kent

Leah Kent says the mentor she’s been matched with through the WIT program, Melissa Paciulli, has helped her set firm goals for her business and move out of her comfort zone.

The second cohort, featuring 45 teams, up from 20 in the first, was started just before the pandemic shut things down, noted Ann Burke, vice president of the the Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts and one of the architects of the program, adding that she had some concerns about whether those matches could withstand COVID and its highly disruptive nature.

But for the most part, the partnerships persevered, and many have the legs to continue even after the formal program is over.

“We were really trying to see what would happen with the cohort and how they would respond with all that was happening,” said Burke. “I thought most of them would just throw up their hands and say, ‘we can’t do this’ amid all the business issues, personal issues, and issues at home. But for the most part, that’s not what happened.”

For this issue, BusinessWest takes an in-depth look at the local entrepreneurship ecosystem and how it is carrying on through the pandemic, providing more evidence of its importance to the region.

Keep on Trucking

Flashing back several months and then fast-forwarding to today, Ortiz described the process of opening with a single word — ‘crazy.’

That sentiment applied to everything from getting her truck outfitted for the road — meaning wrapped with her logo and fully equipped — to buying all the supplies she needed (which meant going to the grocery store a number of times), to getting those aforementioned permits and approvals. Work started later than she wanted, and everything was made more difficult by the pandemic.

“Most of March and half of April, I called a halt to everything,” she said, noting that she bought the truck in February, but, because of the pandemic — and also the fact that she was still in school, which was also more complicated — she wasn’t able to advance her plans. “And then I started to feel more comfortable, and by the end of the April, I was going full speed.”

Or at least the speed at which City Hall would allow her to travel.

Now that she’s open, all that craziness seems like a distant memory, and business is, as she noted, exceeding expectations.

“We’ve been busy every day, and we usually sell out by the end of the day,” she said, noting that Craze features tacos, rice bowls, vegetarian and vegan dishes, and more, and uses social media to connect with potential customers. “COVID might actually be helping because people don’t want to go to restaurants.”

She credits EforAll — she was the first-place winner in its recent winter accelerator — with helping her get the doors open, especially with such matters as insurance and accounting, but also focusing on the model she wanted and the service she wanted to provide.

And such work is carrying on in the COVID-19 era, although it’s somewhat different and also in some ways more challenging, said Tessa Murphy-Romboletti, executive director of EforAll.

“We’ve been really fortunate that we can continue to offer a lot of the services that we provided before the pandemic in a virtual format,” she explained. “And we made that pivot very quickly, out of necessity.”

Elaborating, she said the agency was in the final stages of its winter cohort when the pandemic hit, and quickly shifted to not only a virtual platform, but a somewhat different purpose as it helped both those cohort members and other small businesses cope with everything that was happening.

“For a while there, it really felt like we were kind of providing therapy to small-business owners,” she explained. “We felt like there were a lot of things out of our control, but what we did want to do was support them, whether it was with help navigating PPP loans or even just applying for unemployment. We were doing a lot of one-on-one support and just helping people however we could.”

“It gives people a place to come and brainstorm as a group and impose that accountability that can sometimes be missing when you’re running your own venture.”

And such help was certainly needed, she said, adding that, in the case of PPP, many small businesses didn’t know if they were eligible, and if they were, they certainly needed assistance with paperwork that most established businesses turned over to a seasoned accountant. Meanwhile, a number of local, state, and federal grant programs emerged, and small businesses needed help identifying which ones might be appropriate and then navigating the application process.

Beyond that, EforAll also helped some businesses identify ways to pivot and find new revenue streams in the middle of a pandemic, Murphy-Romboletti said, adding that such assistance was provided to restaurants — helping them move beyond takeout and Grubhub, for example — and to other kinds of ventures, like 413 Family Fitness, which is one of those businesses that just ‘graduated’ from the most recent accelerator.

Like all fitness centers across the state, this operation had to shut down back in the spring, said Elsie Vasquez, forcing the company to pivot. It did so by offering classes online, then a shift to outdoor classes, more one-on-one personal training, and finally a reopening of the studio in July, with a host of restrictions.

“We’ve even done some space rental to bring in some revenue,” she told BusinessWest, adding that EforAll has been invaluable in helping to not only identify ways to generate business, but make them reality.

“The biggest thing we learned is that we have to pivot our business,” she explained. “We came in with an idea of what we wanted to do, and it’s been working out OK, but EforAll really opened our eyes to the fact that we have to think differently, and that your beginning result may not be your end result.”

In Good Company

While companies are pivoting, so too are some of the agencies within the ecosystem that serves them. And VVM is probably the best example.

Hope Gibaldi, who was serving the agency in a part-time role when the pandemic hit and is now full-time, serving as engagement manager, told BusinessWest that the agency has had to readjust as a result of the pandemic and its inability to stage the large gatherings it became known for.

Meanwhile, is doing what its mentors advise entrepreneurs to do — assess needs within the community and go about meeting them.

“There were listening sessions prior to the pandemic,” she noted, “and we’ve been taking the priorities identified during those sessions with an eye toward addressing them, while also trying to figure out how we can continue to provide value to entrepreneurs during COVID and what programming might look like when we come out of COVID.”

Elaborating, she said hybrid models blending in-person and remote programming are being considered, while, in the meantime, the agency is creating ways to bring people together on a remote basis to share ideas and work through common problems.

One such program is the introduction — or reintroduction, to be more precise — of ‘Entrepreneurial Roundtables,’ a peer-led “accountability group,” as she called it, that meets via Zoom.

“It’s a place where mentors and entrepreneurs can come and address their challenges,” Gibaldi explained. “It gives people a place to come and brainstorm as a group and impose that accountability that can sometimes be missing when you’re running your own venture.”

Other initiatives already in place or in the planning stages, she said, include everything from the agency’s once-thriving Community Nights (now handled remotely) to expert-in-industry mentorship, to a book club, to be launched in January, focusing on offerings in entrepreneurship, marketing, personal and professional growth, and more.

Overall, VVM looks a little different, but its mission hasn’t changed, Gibaldi said, adding that it is working to partner with other agencies and initiatives within the ecosystem to help them succeed.

One example is WIT, and helping to recruit mentors for that program, which has thus far created dozens of effective matches.

Leah Kent and Melissa Paciulli comprise one such match. The former is a writer and book designer who also helps other writers with the process of getting published, while the latter is director of the STEM Starter Academy at Holyoke Community College. Kent described the relationship as an intriguing, and effective, collision of science and creativity.

“We can understand each other quite well, but we bring different strengths,” she explained. “That complementary pairing has been so fantastic. In my work, she’s really honed in on the way that I help readers finish their manuscripts and get their work published.”

The two were part of the cohort that launched last March; the kickoff gathering was on March 12, and the next day, schools were shut down, and much of the business world ground to a halt. Kent’s original mentor was not able to continue participating because of the pandemic, so she was reassigned, if that’s the right word, to Paciulli, whom she credits with taking her outside her comfort zone and helping her set the bar higher professionally and personally.

Paciulli said Kent is her second match through WIT, and one of many business owners and students she has mentored over the years. She finds the work invigorating and rewarding, especially when the mentee is coachable and open-minded — like Kent.

“When you’re working with entrepreneurs and they’re coachable, and they take action on your direction, because it’s an iterative process of finding your product, getting it to market, and pivoting when you need to … it’s a super-cool experience to be part of one’s journey in that way,” she said. “When they’re coachable and they’re action-oriented — and she is — it’s awesome.”

Where There’s a Will…

Summing up what the past seven months or so have been like for entrepreneurs and small businesses, Murphy-Romboletti said it’s been a continuous run of challenges that have tested them — and her agency — in every way imaginable.

In many ways, COVID-19 and everything it has thrown at these businesses only reinforces what she pretty much already knew.

“What always inspires me about entrepreneurs is that, if you tell them ‘no,’ they just say, ‘OK, let me find out a way to make this work,’” she said.

Many have been doing just that, providing more evidence of their resiliency and more reminders of the importance of the entrepreneurship ecosystem to this region and its future.

The pandemic has slowed some things down and added to the already-long list of hurdles entrepreneurs have to clear, but it certainly hasn’t stopped people like Nicole Ortiz — and countless others — from getting down to business.

George O’Brien can be reached at [email protected]

Class of 2020 Event Galleries Special Coverage

It was a different kind of event, to be sure, but BusinessWest’s Difference Makers class of 2020 was celebrated in style on Sept. 24 at the Upper Vista at the Log Cabin Banquet & Meeting House in Holyoke. Honorees, their guests, and sponsors were in attendance at an event where safety and social distancing were paramount, while hundreds more took in the ceremonies remotely. Download the Program Guide HERE

Difference Makers is sponsored by Burkhart Pizzanelli, Mercy Medical Center, The Royal Law Firm, and TommyCar Auto Group, while the Tom Cosenzi Driving for the Cure Charity Golf Tournament, MHA, and United Way of Pioneer Valley are partners.

The 2020 Virtual Event

Scenes from the 2020 Event

2020 Difference Makers

Christopher ‘Monte’ Belmonte

DJ at WRSI the River Radio

His March is Changing
The Conversation
on Food Insecurity

Ira Bryck

Consultant and Former Executive Director of the Family Business Center of Pioneer Valley

He’s Helped Create
Fun, Imaginative
Learning Experiences

Sandy Cassanelli

CEO of Greeno Supply

She’s Fighting to Find a Cure for Metastatic Breast Cancer

Dianne
Fuller Doherty

Retired Director of the Massachusetts Small Business Development Center

She’s Retired … but Not from Her Role as a Difference Maker

Ronn Johnson

President and CEO of Martin Luther King Jr. Family Services Inc.

This Community Leader
Has Tackled Many Roles
With a Sense of Purpose

Steve Lowell

President and CEO of
Monson Savings Bank

Giving Back Has Always Been a Big Part of His Life — and His Work

Rick’s Place

This Unique Nonprofit Provides Support, Light in the Darkest of Times

2020 Sponsor Videos

2020 Sponsors

Pay it Forward Non-Profit Partners


Photography for this special section by Leah Martin Photography

Opinion

Editorial

Over the years, we’ve written a number of times about the importance of promoting entrepreneurship and mentoring those trying to start and grow their own businesses.

This component of economic development, one that is often overlooked amid efforts to attract large businesses, open new industrial parks, and grow new business sectors like biotech, is vital because small businesses have always been the key to the growth and vitality of individual communities and regions like Western Mass.

Just as important, these small businesses — everything from restaurants to dry-cleaning establishments; from dance studios to clothing stores — help give these communities their identity and make them more livable.

And that’s why we’ve been a strong supporter of what has become a movement of sorts in this region to encourage entrepreneurship and help those who have made the decision to put their name over the door — figuratively if not, in many cases, literally. Within this movement has been the creation and development of what’s been called the entrepreneurship ecosystem, which has many moving parts, from agencies that support entrepreneurs to colleges with programs in this subject, to venture-capital firms that provide the vital fuel to help businesses get to the next stage.

This ecosystem has always been important, but it’s perhaps even more important now in the middle of this pandemic. That’s because — and you know this already, but we need to remind you — a large number of small businesses are imperiled by this crisis. Their survival is not assured by any means, and as the calendar turns to fall — with winter not far behind and no relief in sight from this pandemic — uncertainty about the fate of many businesses only grows.

As the story on page 6 reveals, agencies and individuals that are part of the ecosystem have been working to help businesses navigate their way through this whitewater, be it with help securing a grant from the local chamber of commerce or a Paycheck Protection Program loan, or making a successful pivot to a different kind of service or a new twist on an old one that would help with all-important cash flow.

Meanwhile, the work of mentoring those in business or trying to get into business goes on, often with powerful results, as that same story recounts. Initiatives such as WIT (Women Innovators and Trailblazers) creates matches that provide rewards to both parties, but especially the young (and, in some cases, not so young) women working to turn ideas into businesses and smaller businesses into larger, more established ventures.

It would have been easy to put such initiatives on the shelf for several months until the pandemic passes, but we don’t know when it’s going to pass, and the business, if we want to call it that, of supporting people like Nicole Ortiz, who recently put her food truck on the road in Holyoke, and Leah Kent, who wants to grow her business that supports writers and helps them get works published, must go on.

And it does, because, as we said, the creation and development of small businesses isn’t just one component of economic-development activity in this region; it is perhaps the most important component of all. v

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First Responders Luncheon

The Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce recently hosted its annual First Responders Luncheon. Pictured below, from top to bottom: chamber board members and event organizers (from left) Hannah Rechtschaffen of the Mill District, Beth Pearson of Pearson Wallace Insurance, and Heidi Flanders of Integrity Development and Construction, gather outside Pasta E Basta to receive fresh lunches to deliver to first responders in seven communities the chamber serves; Amherst firefighters and EMTs gather for lunch at North Station, flanked by Rechtschaffen and Claudia Pazmany, executive director of the Amherst Area Chamber; Pearson (left) delivers meals to the Leverett Police and Fire departments.

 

 

 


 

Strike Out Hunger

KFC was the presenting sponsor of the Westfield Starfires Strike Out Hunger Campaign, donating $10 for every strikeout at Bullens Field during the 2020 season. $1,500 was presented at the Starfires season finale to benefit the Westfield Boys & Girls Club summer meals program. Pictured: Starfires Manager Tony Deshler, Director of Baseball Operations Evan Moorhouse, Westfield Boys and Girls Club Chief Advancement Officer Bo Sullivan, Starfires co-owner Christopher Thompson, Westfield Boys & Girls Club CEO Bill Parks, and Starfires pitcher of the year and strikeout leader Chase Jeter.

 

 

 

 


 

Wealth Management

Shared Expertise

Empower Retirement and Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Co. (MassMutual) announced they have entered into a definitive agreement for Empower to acquire the MassMutual retirement-plan business. The acquisition will capitalize on both firms’ expertise, provide technological excellence and deep product capabilities, and create scale to the benefit of retirement-plan participants and their employers.

Based on the terms of the agreement and subject to regulatory approvals, Empower will acquire the retirement-plan business of MassMutual in a reinsurance transaction for a ceding commission of $2.35 billion. In addition, the balance sheet of the transferred business would be supported by $1 billion of required capital when combined with Empower’s existing U.S. business.

The MassMutual retirement-plan business comprises 26,000 workplace savings plans through which approximately 2.5 million participants have saved $167 billion in assets. It also includes approximately 2,000 employees affiliated with MassMutual’s retirement-plan business who provide a full range of support services for financial professionals, plan sponsors, and participants.

“Empower is taking the next step toward addressing the complex and evolving needs of millions of workers and retirees through the combination of expertise, talent, and business scale being created,” said Edmund Murphy III, president and CEO of Empower Retirement. “Together, Empower and MassMutual connect a broad spectrum of strength and experience with a shared focus on the customer. We are excited about the opportunity to reach new customers and serve even more Americans on their journey toward creating a secure retirement.”

“We believe this transaction will greatly benefit our policy owners and customers as we invest in our future growth and accelerate progress on our strategy.”

The transaction, expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2020 pending customary regulatory approvals, will increase Empower’s participant base to more than 12.2 million and retirement-services record-keeping assets to approximately $834 billion administered in approximately 67,000 workplace savings plans.

“In Empower, we are pleased to have found a strong, long-term home for MassMutual’s retirement-plan business, and we believe this transaction will greatly benefit our policy owners and customers as we invest in our future growth and accelerate progress on our strategy,” said Roger Crandall, MassMutual chairman, president, and CEO. “This includes strengthening our leading position in the U.S. protection and accumulation industry by expanding our wealth-management and distribution capabilities; investing in our global asset-management, insurance, and institutional businesses; and delivering a seamless digital experience — all to help millions more secure their future and protect the ones they love.”

The MassMutual retirement-plan business has grown substantially over the past decade, with the number of participants served doubling to more than 2.5 million and assets under management more than quadrupling from $34 billion to more than $160 billion.

The combined firm will serve retirement plans sponsored by a broad spectrum of employers. These include mega, large, mid-size, and small corporate 401(k) plans; government plans ranging in scale from state-level plans to municipal agencies; not-for-profits such as hospital and religious-organization 403(b) plans; and collectively bargained Taft-Hartley plans. The transaction will also bring MassMutual’s defined-benefit business under the umbrella of plans Empower serves.

Empower and MassMutual intend to enter into a strategic partnership through which digital insurance products offered by Haven Life Insurance Agency, LLC3, and MassMutual’s voluntary insurance and lifetime income products will be made available to customers of Empower Retirement and Personal Capital.

Empower today administers $667 billion in assets on behalf of 9.7 million American workers and retirees through approximately 41,000 workplace savings plans. Empower provides retirement services, managed accounts, financial wellness, and investment solutions to plans of all types and sizes, including private-label record-keeping clients.

In August, Empower announced it had completed the acquisition of Personal Capital, a registered investment adviser and wealth manager. The Personal Capital platform offers personalized financial advice, financial planning, and goal setting, providing insights and tools for plan participants and individual investors. In addition, Empower’s retail business provides a suite of products and services to individual retirement-account and brokerage customers.

Features

This Nonprofit Is Finding New Ways to Provide a ‘Safe Place’

Kelsey Andrews (third from left, with Therese Ross, program director; Bill Scatolini, board president; and Diane Murray, executive director) calls Rick’s Place “a wonderful support system” — and much more.

Diane Murray says that, like most nonprofits, Rick’s Place is responding to the pandemic in a proactive fashion.

In other words, this agency, founded to provide peer support to grieving families, and especially children, has, out of necessity, changed, pivoted, and in some ways reinvented itself, said Murray, its executive director, noting that much of this involves carrying out its mission in a virtual manner.

“As soon as we became aware that it wasn’t safe to have in-person meetings, we moved to a virtual format for all our peer-support groups,” she told BusinessWest. And that was very successful. We were surprised at how well children made that transition; it’s hard enough to be grieving and talk about it in person with your peers, but looking at a screen can be tricky. But we sent them activities, and they would complete them and bring them to the meeting. It’s worked quite well.”

As she noted, grieving and talking about loss among a group of peers is hard, but it has become a proven method for helping children and families cope with the loss of a loved one. And Rick’s Place has been bringing people together in this way and providing what many call a ‘safe place’ since 2007.

Its mission, and its success in carrying it out — which made the agency the latest of several nonprofits to be named Difference Makers by BusinessWest — was summed up succinctly and effectively by Program Director Therese Ross when we spoke with her back in February.

“It’s a unique grief journey, but it’s also a universal experience,” she noted. “To hear from other people how they manage when their child says this or does that, it’s real boots on the ground, people living it, and it’s really helpful.”

Providing such help was the overarching goal for the many friends of Rick Thorpe, the former football star and 1984 graduate at Minnechaug High School who was among the more than 1,100 people who died in the South Tower of the World Trade Center on 9/11. He left behind his wife, Linda, and newborn daughter, Alexis. Searching for ways to memorialize Rick, friends and family members eventually turned to Alexis for inspiration and created a bereavement center in her honor.

In 2020, the work of this agency goes on, but obviously many things have changed, and in the meantime, new and different needs have emerged, said Murray, noting, as just one example, the restrictions placed on funeral services for the first several months of the pandemic.

“Deaths during the COVID era are so much more complicated for kids,” she explained. “Losing a grandparent or parent — and not being able to have the usual services you would have and seeing a large number of family and friends — has impacted the grief and made it more complicated. Also, in many cases, they didn’t get a chance to say goodbye, and that makes the process so much more difficult. We’re focusing on these COVID-era issues with families and giving them information on how to start that grief journey.”

Overall, though, a movement to virtual services has been the biggest change brought about by COVID-19, Murray noted, adding that, in addition to virtual peer sessions, the agency is also conducting virtual training sessions with local school systems on the impact of grief on students. Meanwhile, she and others at the agency are talking with area schools about taking the popular eight-week ‘grief groups’ it had been offering to a virtual format now that school has started up again.

“The schools are where we see our most diverse population and students with the greatest economic need,” she explained. “Finding a way to continue those virtually is very important to us. We’re talking to some school counselors who are very invested in getting our programs into the schools virtually.”

Since 2007, Rick’s Place and its loyal supporters — and there are many of them — have been invested in providing much-needed support to those who are grieving. In the COVID-19 era, the word ‘place’ has taken on new meeting. Now, in many cases, it’s not an actual, physical place, but rather … well, a computer screen where people can still gather. And where they can share, cope, and learn together.

As Murray said, the agency has had to pivot and in some cases reinvent. But its vital mission, one that has made it a Difference Maker, remains unchanged.

—George O’Brien

Features

This Advocate and Cheerleader Remains Active on Many Fronts

Photo by Leah Martin Photography

When we first introduced Dianne Fuller Doherty back in February, we used the term ‘semi-retired’ to describe her status — and it’s the appropriate phrase to use.

Indeed, while she has stepped down from her role as director of the Massachusetts Small Business Development Center Network’s Western Mass. office, she remains heavily involved in this region, and on a number of fronts — everything from mentoring young people, especially women, to serving on several boards and being part of a few prominent search committees, such as the one that eventually chose Robert Johnson to be the sixth president of Western New England University (see story, page 29).

And most, if not all, of her work has been in some way impacted by COVID-19, including that search at WNEU, and another at Tech Foundry.

“We never met any of the candidates — only the winner after he had been given the position,” she said of the WNEU search, noting that all interviews were conducted remotely, a process she didn’t think would be very effective, but ultimately proved to be. “When we started both these searches, I said, ‘how can we not meet these people?’ It turned out it was incredibly effective — you really got to know these candidates.”

Fuller Doherty’s commitment to remain involved in this region and be, in some respects, a cheerleader for it comes naturally. She’s been doing this she came to Western Mass. in the early ’70s after marrying attorney Paul Doherty, a community leader himself, who passed away several years ago. And she become involved with everything from the creation of the Women’s Fund — she was one of the original founders — to the growth and maturation and the region’s entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Over the course of her lengthy career, she was a business owner — she and partner Marsha Tzoumas started a marketing firm that bore their last names — and, as director of the Small Business Development Center, one who helped countless small businesses get off the ground and to that proverbial next level.

She has a great deal of experience in all matters of launching and operating a business, and she’s never been shy about sharing it with others.

As she told us in February, her MO has always been to provide a kind of tough love to entrepreneurs — in other words, be supportive whenever possible, but also honest and realistic, telling people what they needed to hear, not what they wanted to hear.

“The best advice I give to people is to ask enough questions so that they can come to the right conclusion on whether this is the right time, or the right place, or the right financial backing to go forward,” she said when we first spoke with her. “You let them come to the decision about whether it’s a ‘no.’ And if it’s a ‘yes,’ then you just try to be as supportive as possible and it them know that there are going to be highs and lows in any business, and the challenges will come. But the rewards will come also.”

For Fuller Doherty, the biggest reward has been to see the region continue to grow, prosper, and meet the enormous potential she has always thought it possessed. Progress has come on a number of fronts, she said, listing everything from the advancement of women, thanks to groups like the Women’s Fund, to that entrepreneurial ecosystem, to the capital of the region, the city of Springfield.

She told BusinessWest she has always been focused on ‘what’s next’ for the region, and especially Springfield, and believes the answer may lie in housing.

“Education requirements dictate housing investment,” she explained. “And I think we can do a lot with housing; Springfield used to be the City of Homes, and I think it can come back to that.”

But there is work still to do on all these fronts, she acknowledged, and she wants to continue playing a meaningful role in all of it.

In other words, she has no intention of slowing down, even in the era of COVID-19, and this attitude, this mindset, certainly explains why she is a member of the Difference Makers class of 2020.

—George O’Brien

Features

COVID Has Brought New Challenges to an Already-intense Cancer Fight

Photo by Leah Martin Photography

Sandy Cassanelli has always been a fighter.

Which is good, because these first nine months of 2020, the year of COVID, have tested her in every way imaginable.

Let’s start with her health. As most know, she was diagnosed with stage-4 breast cancer four years ago, and has been not only fighting that fight, but helping others fight it as well through the Breast Friends Fund, a charity that raises funds that go directly to metastatic breast-cancer research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

Having a terminal illness in the middle of a pandemic, though, brings even more challenges to the fore.

“There was the realization that this virus could kill me,” she said, noting that, for obvious reasons, she began working at home back in March. “And my husband, Craig, had to be careful to make sure he wasn’t bringing anything home to me; he would take off his clothes in the garage and run up to the shower every day. He jokes that I would spray Lysol on him before I would let him in the house.”

Meanwhile, as she started a new treatment regimen and underwent tests and biopsies, the protocols were much different.

“At Dana-Farber, my husband always comes with me — he’s never missed an appointment,” she explained. “But once everyone started locking down, only the patients could go, so I had to go from my first scans to see if my new treatment was working by myself. And since March, I’ve had to go to every appointment by myself. It’s been very challenging not to have the support of my husband.”

Let’s move on to her business that she manages with Craig — Greeno Supply. Near the top of the list of the products it supplies to a wide range of customers are a number of items in high demand but short supply during the pandemic — paper towels, toilet paper, cleaning supplies … all those things. Getting them — and meeting the needs of customers — has been daunting, to say the least.

“It was very challenging — it was hard to get these things from our suppliers,” she said of products that ranged from those paper goods to gloves, masks, and other PPE. “We had to reinvent the wheel and go out to different suppliers just to get these items. And we’re still struggling — we’re still reinventing the wheel.”

And then, there’s family, or life at home, a phrase that has certainly taken on new meaning during this pandemic.

Cassanelli, like many parents, and especially many women, has been working at home and helping her children with school at home. In this case, the children were in eighth and 12th grade, respectively — big years, graduation years. Not a year one would want to spend confined at home.

“I’ve been battling for seven years, so my daughters are used to adversity and things not going the way normal life goes,” she explained. “They’ve been dealing with a lot, and they actually did really well because they know how to deal with adversity. But I’d have to say that when the final announcement came that they wouldn’t be going back to school and there was no graduation — that was probably the only time that tears flowed in my house.

“When I was first diagnosed with stage-4 cancer, the doctor set a goal for me and my older daughter Samantha — that I would get to see her graduate and walk across the stage” she went on. “So it was a double whammy — but we moved on.”

Overall, Cassanelli’s ability to meet all these challenges head on helps explain why she’s a Difference Maker in this memorable year.

It’s a mindset summed up perfectly by something she said to BusinessWest back in February while discussing her diagnosis and her approach to life.

“Does it suck? Yeah, it totally sucks. But me crawling up in a ball and putting the sheets up over my head is not going to fix anything, so I might as well just get up and go,” she said. “I try not to sweat the small stuff. I believe that every day is a gift, and I’m going to make the best of that day, and I’m going to be positive, because if I’m positive, then everyone around me is going to be positive.”

COVID-19 — and all that has thrown at her — isn’t small stuff. But she doesn’t seem to be sweating it, either.

—George O’Brien

Features

Former Family Business Center Leader Is Still Delivering Frank Talk

Ira Bryck spent 25 years as the executive director of the Family Business Center of the Pioneer Valley. And over that quarter-century, he left an indelible mark on those he helped through his rather unique style and ability to create impactful learning experiences.

These included plays he authored, dinner meetings with provocative speakers, and, quite often, frank talks about family businesses and whether people should be part of them or not.

And he continues to make a mark, even though he’s retired from the FBC, as it was called, and the center itself has gone out of business. He does it through a radio show with WHMP called The Western Mass. Business Show a variety of consulting work, and even his work in the COVID-19 era to help keep the residents of Amherst, where he has lived for some time, safe as college students return to campuses.

In all these settings and circumstances, Bryck speaks his mind, creates dialogue, and helps to generate progress in many forms. And that, in a nutshell — and he wrote a play called A Tough Nut to Crack — is why he is a member of the Difference Makers class of 2020.

He has decided not to join his fellow classmates for the ceremony on Sept. 24 due to a strong desire to help keep his family safe during this pandemic — two adult children and their families with New York addresses have moved in with him as they seek what amounts to higher ground during the pandemic — but he has definitely earned his place on the podium, even if he’ll be addressing his audience remotely.

That’s because, since being named director of the fledgling FBC in 1994, he has done things his way — and in an ultimately effective way. And he has helped educate and inspire an important, if often unrecognized, segment of the local economy — its family businesses.

They come in various shapes and sizes and cross a variety of sectors, but they share common issues and challenges. When we talked with Bryck in February, he compared small businesses to snowflakes in that no two are alike, and summoned that famous opening line from Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina: “All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.”

Bryck has addressed these issues and challenges in a manner that had members of the FBC describe him, alternately, as ‘communicator,’ ‘connector,’ ‘facilitator,’ and even ‘entertainer.’

One long-time member described his style and his approach this way: “He can take things that are very theoretical and make them realistic. It’s one thing to read a paper from a professor who deals in theory, but it that reality? Can that be applied to the everyday businessperson? Ira was able to translate those kinds of things.”

And he’s still doing all that, just in different settings and with different audiences. With his radio show, he just passed a milestone — his 300th interview.

“It’s a nice exercise to meet and interview someone every week,” he said. “It’s been a lot of fun and a tremendous learning experience.”

Meanwhile, he’s also working with Giombetti Associates as a senior advisor working on personality assessments, coaching, and organizational development. He’s involved in several projects, including one with a private school in Springfield that is undergoing a change in leadership.

“We’re restructuring and creating much more of an idea system within their leadership team,” he explained, adding that he’s working on another project involving a Connecticut grower of plants and trees that is seeking to make structural changes and increase self-awareness and self-management.

He’s also coordinating a roundtable for area business owners. “We meet monthly and just explore people’s challenges and help each other think things through, and that also involves coaching,” he said, adding that he’s also involved with the family business center at Cornell University, participating in what he called a “speed-dating event involving mentors and mentees.”

“All this keeps me busy, but I’m only working about half as much as I used to,” he explained. “Which leaves me plenty of time of walk five to 10 miles a day, so I’ve lost 45 pounds.”

Overall, he’s still finding ways to educate — and also entertain, in some cases — while also making a mark on those he’s working with.

In short, he’s still very much making a difference in this region — and well beyond it.

—George O’Brien

Features

His March Will Go On … but with Fewer Marchers

Monte Belmonte says the COVID-19 pandemic has brought about some changes in what he does on the radio each day.

Like helping his listeners know what day it is — a simple assignment that has become a good deal more difficult as the days blend together and the things that make them different are increasingly removed from the equation.

“I would come in and do my show the same way I’d been doing it, except I introduced what I call ‘quaran-themes’ — a different musical theme for each day of the week,” explained Belmonte, a DJ with WRSI the River Radio in Northampton. “Wednesday, for example, is wanderlust Wednesday, where I take people musically to places they couldn’t otherwise go — like the ukulele version of ‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow’ to make them feel like they could go on that trip to Hawaii they were supposed to go on but couldn’t.”

Like everyone else, Belmonte is making needed adjustments because of the pandemic — at home, at work, on the air — and especially with the fundraiser to combat food insecurity that now bears his name: Monte’s March.

Indeed, the march, which takes place in November and has grown exponentially — in every way — since he started it back in 2010, has, in recent years, attracted hundreds of marchers who have joined Belmonte on his two-day trek from Springfield to Greenfield. This year, in the name of social distancing, those marchers will be encouraged to stay home and support the effort virtually, something many supporters have already been doing.

“It’s such a long walk that people have participated virtually over the years — where they create a fundraising team and set up a fundraising page — so at least there some institutional knowledge,” he explained, noting that specific details of this year’s march are coming together and will be announced soon. “But now, with everyone doing almost everything virtually, I think people will want to participate.”

And they certainly need to participate, he went on, because need has never been greater. That’s because the pandemic is leaving many in this area unemployed and in need of help — bringing the broad issue of food insecurity to the forefront as perhaps never before.

Nightly newscasts show long lines of cars at designated locations to pick up donations of food. Many of those being interviewed say this is the first time they’ve ever needed such help and that they never imagined they would be in such a situation. It’s a scenario playing itself out in California, Florida, Texas — and the Pioneer Valley.

“Because of the pandemic, hunger has been in the forefront of people’s minds in a different way,” Belmonte told BusinessWest. “I’ve talked with some of the survival centers, and the need has definitely grown.”

Getting back to his day … Belmonte said the pandemic has certainly impacted that as well — in ways beyond his song to signal what day it is.

Indeed, he noted that, in many ways, radio, and his work on the air, have more become more important and more appreciated in the era of COVID-19 as people look for some normalcy and comfort in their lives.

“Especially in the beginning, the pandemic reinforced how important radio is to people at a time like this,” he noted. “It’s a medium that feels more personal and intimate than some others; maybe the commuting times have changed, but people are still going places in their car, so most of the time it’s just you and your radio in your car together. When people needed a listening ear and a voice and some kind of sense of normalcy that might have been lost, they turned to radio in a different way.”

Meanwhile, he has used his show, his platform, to provide needed information and also try to help the businesses that have been impacted by the pandemic, especially restaurants.

“We offered to the restaurant community what amounted to public-service announcements,” he explained. “We said, ‘let us know what you’re doing, whether it’s takeout or whatever,’ and we called it the ‘takeout menu.’ It let people know what different restaurants were doing at different times.”

Overall, Belmonte said some things are starting to feel a least a little more like normal. But the pandemic is still impacting lives in all kinds of ways — which is why he’s still helping people understand what day it is.

And also why he’s hoping his next march will be among his most successful — even if supporters are not actually on the road with him.

—George O’Brien

Incorporations

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

AGAWAM

Gourmet to Go Inc., 26 Perry Lane, Agawam, MA 01001. Stephen A. Amato, same. On-site catering and food preparation.

ATHOL

King’s Memorials Inc., 1265 South Main St., Athol, MA 01331. Peter D. King, 5 Sanders Street, Apt. B, Athol, MA 01331. Design, carve, and sell public memorials.

CHICOPEE

Hidden Tradition Distilling Company, 185 Frontenac St., Chicopee, MA 01020. Michael Alan Styckiewicz, same. Alcoholic beverages and distilled spirits.

CUMMINGTON

Hilltown Vision Fund Inc., 17 Packard Road, Cummington, MA 01026. Kathryn Regina Eiseman, same. To support activities that further a common vision for an ecologically and financially sustainable rural economy and culture in the Hampshire County.

EAST LONGMEADOW

KM Corporate Services, 82 Birch Ave., East Longmeadow, MA 01028. Alfred Adegboyegun, same. Provide physician support services and innovation.

GRANBY

Kingston Estates Inc., 83 Harris St., Granby, MA 01033. Nolan R. Hodgins, same. Purchase, sell, improve, manage, rent real estate.

GREAT BARRINGTON

Jetstream Support Services Inc., 777 Main St., Great Barrington, MA 01230. Rebecca Shoval, 407 East 12th St., New York, NY 10009. Provision of payroll, benefits and other support.

LENOX

Holborn Foundation Limited, 14 Pine Knoll Road, Lenox, MA 01240. Yuko Torigoe, 27 Langley Road, Newton Center, MA 02459. Promotes experimentation in cultural design, supports discovery, and seeks to support and document important conclusions about the crossroads of technology, philanthropy, and creative culture.

PITTSFIELD

Honey Am Home Corp., 82 Wendell Ave., Ste 100, Pittsfield, MA 01201. Yeyson Pimentel, same. Sale of honey and organic products.

JI Mei Inc., 26 Dunham Mall, Pittsfield, MA 01201. Kang Chen, same. Limited-service restaurant.

Kessler Alair Insurance Services Inc., 82 Wendell Ave., Suite100, Pittsfield, MA 01201. Charles Kessler, same. Insurance sales.

Krupa Realty Inc., 31 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield, MA 01201. Rakeshkumar Vyas, 12 West Dr., Edison, N.J. 08820. Gas station.

SHELBURNE FALLS

Guaranteed Power International Inc., 398 Mohawk Trail, Shelburne Falls, MA 01370. Calvin M., Clarak, 745 Williamsburg Road, Ashfield, MA 01330. Make, buy, market, and sell automobile and truck component parts.

SPRINGFIELD

GreenGrab Inc., 172 Birchland Ave., Springfield, MA 01119. Odaliz Breton, same. On demand delivery platform.

Hancock Used Tires Inc., 556 St. James Ave., Springfield, MA 01109. Jose Vardes, same. Operating of an auto tire service business.

Hipress Corp., 432 Belmont Ave., Springfield, MA 01108. Ramon E. Espinal, 23 Tulsa St., Springfield, MA 01118. Retail sales.

WESTFIELD

K&K Services Inc., 16 Hunters Slope, Westfield, MA 01085. Kirill Katalnikov, same. Plumbing and HVAC services.

WILLIAMSTOWN

Growth Generation Inc., 228 Main St., Apt. 129, Williamstown, MA 01267. Arthur Aronov, same. Retail sales.

Features

He Has Plans to Retire, but No Plans to Scale Back His Involvement

Photo by Leah Martin Photography

When we talked with Steve Lowell back in January, he related just how familiar he became with the commute from Cape Cod to Upton in the middle of the state, where he lived, earlier in his career.

That’s because, while he was working for a bank on the Cape, he also became heavily involved in the community there — as part of his work, but mostly because giving back is his MO. He recalled that he was on the Cape so much, many people thought he lived there.

When we reconnected several days ago, Lowell was again talking about this commute, but from a different perspective.

Indeed, only days after he was introduced as a member of the Difference Makers class of 2020 in February, Lowell announced he would be retiring as president and CEO of Monson Savings Bank, effective early next year, and stepping into a role new for this institution — chairman of the board. He and his wife, Anne, are in the process of relocating to the Cape, but he now keeps a small apartment in Brookfield and is there three or four nights a week, because he’s not only neck-deep in the transition of leadership at the bank (Dan Moriarty, the long-time CFO at the bank, has been named his successor), he’s still active in this region. Make that very active.

And he intends to remain involved with a number of organizations in this region, which means he’ll doing that commuting thing again.

“I’ll be around,” he said with conviction, he said, noting that’s not certain how long he will continue those living arrangements in Brookfield. “One way or another, I’ll be around.”

And while his work and that of his team at MSB has been somewhat different because of the COVID-19 pandemic, such as handling PPP loan applications, the basic formula hasn’t changed, he said, meaning Monson continues to fill the many roles of a community bank — and continues to search for new growth opportunities in a heavily banked region.

“In spite of COVID, we’ve moving forward, and we’re looking to the future,” he told BusinessWest, noting that the institution recently opened a new branch in East Longmeadow. “We’re trying to build an organization that is resilient enough to withstand not only this but anything else that might happen.”

While working to build this organization, Lowell is transitioning into his new role as chairman, one that will translate into a good deal of mentoring and also helping to guide the bank through a period that will likely be much more difficult than the one it just went through.

“I think 2021 is going to be an extremely challenging year, so I’m happy to stay involved and lend whatever expertise I can to them to make sure we keep things going in a really positive way,” he said. “I’m excited about that; I’m honored that they thought that this would be helpful, and I’m looking forward to it; I think it’s going to be a lot of fun.”

Meanwhile, as noted earlier, he will continue a career-long pattern of being heavily involved in the community, work that has involved nonprofits and institutions ranging from the United Way of Pioneer Valley to Link to Libraries; Baystate Health’s Eastern Region (Wing Memorial and Mary Lane hospitals) to the Western Mass. Economic Development Council (EDC).

“They’ve asked me to stay on for another year as chairman of the board of the Baystate Health Eastern Region,” he said. “And I just got asked by Rick Sullivan [president and CEO of the EDC] to continue on as treasurer — he said, ‘even though you’re going to be down on the Cape, can you stay on as treasurer?’ And I said, ‘as long as you’ll have me.’”

That request, and his answer in the affirmative, both speak to why Lowell is a member of this Difference Makers class of 2020. He’s almost always said ‘yes’ when asked to serve, and, more importantly, he usually didn’t wait to be asked.

He noted that, as he was arriving in this region in the late spring of 2011, the region — and Main Street in Monson — were hit, and hit hard, by a tornado. And as he’s retiring — at least from his role as president and CEO — the world, and Main Street in Monson, are being hit, and hit hard, by a pandemic.

“People might be happy to see me go,” he joked.

That’s certainly not the case. Even more to the point, he won’t be going anywhere soon, except for that commute he knows all too well.

—George O’Brien

Features

Meeting Community Needs Has Become Even More Critical During a Difficult Year

Ronn Johnson has spent a lifetime improving the neighborhood of his youth — and impacting lives far beyond it.
(Photo by Leah Martin Photography)

When times got tougher for struggling families back in March, they appreciated any resources they could access, from emergency food supplies to educational assistance to … lotion?

“With children being home every day, parents were super stressed, and they needed a way to manage it all,” said Ronn Johnson, president and CEO of Martin Luther King Jr. Family Services Inc. in Springfield.

“We said, ‘let’s deliver pampering products to these women — lotions, bath oils, shower gels, facial scrubs — things they can use to pamper themselves with on occasion, once the children are down,” he told BusinessWest earlier this month. “With the response we got, it was like we’d given them a pot of gold — they said, ‘these are things I’ve never been able to get for myself.’”

Those items were complemented by deliveries of hard-to-find cleaning supplies and paper products. But they certainly didn’t replace the bread-and-butter services of the organization, from educational resources to healthy-food access.

The pandemic, in fact, only laid bare a growing need for such services — and new ways of delivering them.

“It was a tremendous challenge to pivot on a dime. We’ve had to restructure ourselves from being an after-school resource to being a remote-learning center,” Johnson said, noting that the organization serves many economically disadvantaged families that need extracurricular support and don’t want to have to choose between their kids and making a living. “Work is important to them, but their child’s education is also important. We’re one of the resources in the community trying to be responsive to the needs of children.”

The center has also expanded its emergency-food program, serving up to 400 people weekly. Even so, pantry volunteers weren’t seeing some of the faces they expected to see — mainly older people — and learned these regulars were staying at home because of fears for their health.

So Johnson talked to community partners, in particular Baystate Health, which helped procure a cargo van to deliver food to homes. The volunteer-driven delivery program began with about 10 recipients and now visits some 65 elderly, sick, and shut-in individuals every week.

Johnson’s work with MLK Family Services — the latest stop in a career dedicated to his community — is one reason he was chosen as a Difference Maker, along with his work with the Brianna Fund, named for his daughter, which has raised more than $750,000 over 22 years and helped 50 children with physical limitations access tools to improve their lives.

But he stresses that he can’t do his job alone. To serve 750 different people each week with after-school programs, college courses, family support, public-health outreach, sports programs, cultural activities, and more — with only about $1.6 million in annual funding — he relies not only on his team, but more than 100 volunteers.

They worked together to open summer camp this year, he noted. “That was well-thought-out; we assured we had all the safe distancing and PPE, and we made it work, with no incidents of the virus spreading. It was a real benefit to both children and their parents, to provide meaningful activities for them eight hours a day.”

Community members stepped up this spring and summer in other ways as well. For example, a woman came by in late March to donate a new laptop to the center, along with funds to distribute items like coloring books, flash cards, notebooks, crayons, and markers so kids could occupy themselves when holing up at home became the new normal.

Johnson also credited the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts for its financial support of the center, as well as donations that came in after Common Wealth Murals and Art for the Soul Gallery drew attention to the center in June with a mural, called “Say Their Names,” honoring individuals killed by police violence.

He’s equally gratified that people are talking.

“It’s been heartwarming and affirming that our white neighbors and other community members have extended their support to us, not only financially, but they’re looking to be engaged in conversations,” he said. “So many families from the suburbs and the hilltowns came to Mason Square to show their children this mural.”

It’s a conversation being held back on the national level by leaders who refuse to engage in these issues and create positive momentum, he added. Yet, he’s encouraged by young people of all races who are energized by fighting for social justice.

“That is very encouraging,” he said. “We need to build bridges to understanding and have it happen in a more global way than just these pockets of support.”

In the meantime, he’ll keep building bridges locally, and making a difference for families whose needs go much deeper than lotion.

But a little pampering never hurt.

—Joseph Bednar

Alumni Achievement Award Cover Story

Finalists for Award Are Leaders in Business — and in the Community

Launched in 2015, and known then as the Continued Excellence Award, BusinessWest’s Alumni Achievement Award recognizes a previous 40 Under Forty honoree who has continued to build on his or résumé as a rising star in this region and leader both in business and within the community. The five finalists for 2020 — Carla Cosenzi, Peter DePergola, Mike Fenton, Paul Kozub, and James Leahy — epitomize what this award, sponsored by Health New England, is all about, and why it is among the most coveted of BusinessWest’s many awards.

 

Carla Cosenzi

She’s driven to succeed — in business and in the community

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Peter Depergola

This pioneer remains on the leading edge in the field of bioethics

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Mike Fenton

He has a passion for the law, and for serving his constituents

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Paul Kozub

This entrepreneur — and his label — have come a long way in 15 years

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James Leahy

This city leader has always been an ambassador — and a connector

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Opinion

Editorial

Let’s face it — it’s been a long, hard year. And it’s only September.

Indeed, the pandemic has made this not only one of the most trying times almost anyone can remember, but one of the most tiring, especially when it comes to the seemingly unending barrage of bad news that began back in the dead of winter. Bright spots have been few and far between.

Which brings us to BusinessWest’s Alumni Achievement Award. That’s the new name attached to a program started several years ago called the Continued Excellence Award. By whatever name it goes, this is an important honor, but one that often gets a little lost amid some of our other awards.

This one, sponsored this year and the past few years by Health New England, is presented to a Forty Under 40 winner who has continued to build upon their résumé professionally and perhaps within the community as well.

And this year’s class of five finalists provides a strong ray of light in a year that has been mostly dark. They are:

• Carla Cosenzi, president of TommyCar Auto Group, is also a winner of BusinessWest’s Difference Makers Award. Over the past several years, she has added dealerships to the company’s portfolio and many new lines to the list of nonprofit groups and causes she and the company support, especially Driving for the Cure, which raises money to battle brain cancer.

• Mike Fenton, an attorney with Springfield-based Shatz, Schwartz and Fentin as well as a Springfield city councilor, has been a finalist for this award many times, and for good reason. He represents Ward 2, but he’s had a strong impact across the city, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.

• Paul Kozub, founder and president of V-One Vodka, is the pure entrepreneur in this group, and a multiple winner of our awards, including Top Entrepreneur in 2016. We’ve followed his story from the very beginning, when his was a struggling brand trying to break out. Now it’s in several states, and is the official vodka of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

• James Leahy, has a day job — with the Massachusetts State Lottery — and a city job, as an at-large city councilor in Holyoke who just celebrated two decades in that role. But his influence extends far beyond City Hall; indeed, he’s become actively involved in a number of Holyoke institutions.

• Peter DePergola is director of Clinical Ethics at Baystate Health. In a very short time, he has become not only a regional and state leader in the emerging field of bioethics, but a national and even international leader as well, particularly as he applies his expertise to the COVID-19 crisis.

The winner of the 2020 Alumni Achievement Award will be announced on October 8 at this year’s drive-in 40 Under Forty event at Mercedes Benz Springfield. But all of these individuals are winners. And, more importantly, the region is the winner for having them working, living, and making contributions inside the 413.

Alumni Achievement Award

President, TommyCar Auto Group

She’s Driven to Succeed — in Business and in the Community

Carla Cosenzi

Carla Cosenzi has become a solid role model for her children, Niko and Talia, when it comes to getting involved in the community.

Carla Cosenzi moved into her new office at Northampton Volkswagen some time ago.

But she’s never quite found the time to fully decorate.

Indeed, there are a number of drawings created by her children that haven’t found their way on to the walls yet, and, likewise, there are several plaques, photos, BusinessWest awards (in the plural), and assorted pieces of memorabilia still waiting to be hung.

Among them is a popular framed poster featuring an image of legendary Green Bay Packers head coach Vince Lombardi above the words ‘What it takes to be Number One,’ and a quote that has become one of her favorites:

“Winning is not a sometime thing; it’s an all the time thing. You don’t win once in a while; you don’t do things right once in a while; you do them right all of the time. Winning is a habit.”

The poster once belonged to her father, Tom, and she more or less inherited it from him — along with a number of other things. She said her father lived by the words in that quote — especially the part about doing things right all the time — and, not surprisingly, she does as well.

“I try to instill in my children — and especially my daughter, because she’s older — the importance of community and giving back to the community. And she will often attend events with me; it’s important for her to be there with me to see that it’s not just about giving money — it’s about getting involved.”

She’s inherited his entrepreneurial spirit — she and her brother, Tom Jr., have greatly expanded the business, adding several dealerships in recent years — as well as his commitment to serve the community, especially with the Tom Cosenzi Driving for the Cure Charity Golf Tournament, staged each year to raise funds to battle brain cancer, which claimed her father when he was just 52 years old. Since it was launched in 2009, the tournament has raised more than $1 million to support brain-tumor research at the Dana Farber Center for Neuro-Oncology.

But also through the Carla Cares Program, which could be called the philanthropic arm of TommyCar Auto Group. The program assists charitable and nonprofit organizations across Western Mass., Southern Vermont, Southern New Hampshire, and Northern Connecticut. Just a partial list of organizations it has supported through donations and other forms of support includes Baystate Children’s Hospital, Big Brothers Big Sisters, the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts, Unify Against Bullying, NoHo Pride, Cooley Dickinson Hospital, Dress for Success Western Massachusetts, and many others.

This desire to serve the community — and to do things right all the time — is an operating mindset, if you will, that has earned Cosenzi not only her 40 Under Forty plaque (class of 2012), but another BusinessWest honor as well — the Difference Makers award in 2019. And it was on display the day BusinessWest visited Cosenzi. The golf tournament was just a few days away, and, as always, she was involved with every detail, right down to the gift baskets for the silent auction and raffle.

“I like to get involved in every aspect of this — it’s who I am,” she said. “It’s been that way from the beginning.”

But the fact there was a tournament at all is testimony to Cosenzi’s competitive spirit and desire to continue the fight against brain cancer.

Indeed, in the year of COVID-19, a number of fundraising events such as this one have been canceled or gone virtual — not that you can play a virtual golf tournament. But Cosenzi, after a number of discussions with tournament committee members — and talks with Twin Hills Country Club, where it took place — decided to press ahead and make something happen.

And they did. It wasn’t as large as in recent years — one course instead of two and, therefore, perhaps half the number of golfers — but it was a memorable start to the drive to get to the second million dollars in donations.

And while Cosenzi was busy helping with last-minute details of the tournament, so too were her children, especially her daughter, Talia, who has become a fixture at the event in recent years. Indeed, she has her own tent, Talia’s Tent, from which she sells lemonade for the cause. Because of the pandemic, she won’t be able to do that this year, so she’s making bracelets and sugar scrubs to sell online the day of the tournament.

“I’m proud to say that they know what they’re raising money for, and they’re very excited to help,” she said. “They feel like they’re part of making the difference, which is really exciting for me to see in my children.

“I try to instill in my children — and especially my daughter, because she’s older — the importance of community and giving back to the community,” she went on. “And she will often attend events with me; it’s important for her to be there with me to see that it’s not just about giving money — it’s about getting involved.”

Thus, the words on that Vince Lombardi poster have been passed down to a third generation of the Cosenzi family. They all live by the notion that you don’t do things right only once in a while.

—George O’Brien

Alumni Achievement Award

Director of Clinical Ethics, Baystate Health

This Pioneer Remains on the Leading Edge in the Field of Bioethics

Peter DePergola

Peter DePergola, wearing his mask outside Baystate Medical Center, a new requirement, has become a national leader in the emerging field of bioethics.

Peter DePergola described it as a “haunting experience.”

He then amended that statement slightly — but poignantly.

“It was incredibly haunting,” he told BusinessWest while retelling his experiences writing a white paper eventually to be titled “Ethical Guidelines for the Treatment of Patients with Suspected or Confirmed Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19),” published in the Online Journal of Health Ethics.

As that title suggests, this is a guide to help medical professionals and healthcare facilities decide who would be treated for the virus and how; specifically, it addresses how limited resources are to be expended and in what circumstances. It was a guide that kept him up nights while he was writing it, and one he truly hoped no one would ever have to use.

But when he wrote it — at the height of the surge that hit the eastern part of the state in April — it seemed likely, if not almost certain, that his own employer, Baystate Health, would be putting it to use.

“I really thought — I truly believed — that we would be using this policy within weeks,” he said, adding that he was working with administrators at Baystate who were preparing to become overwhelmed and would need guidance on, among other things, how to proceed when the number of patients who needed a ventilator exceeded the number of machines available.

It never came to that, and DePergola hopes it never does, but his white paper is there for use if the circumstances arise.

As for why it was so haunting, he said he was writing guidelines, or thresholds, for receiving care that he knew his own loved ones would not meet.

“As I wrote it, I realized that people that I cared about, even my own mother, may not qualify, or meet the criteria, that I have developed in collaboration with my colleagues, to receive a life-sustaining resource,” he said. “It was incredibly difficult to separate my own personal feelings and moral responsibilities to my family from the greater good of the public.”

DePergola’s white paper goes a long way toward explaining why he has become a leading voice in the emerging field of bioethics, not only in this region, but across the state and the nation. And also why he has, for the first time, become a finalist for the Alumni Achievement Award, five years after receiving his 40 Under Forty plaque, and two years after receiving another of BusinessWest’s honors — its coveted Healthcare Heroes award in the category of Emerging Leader.

But there are many other examples, including his steady, if not meteoric, rise within the ranks of experts in the bioethics field.

When he joined the other members of the 40 Under Forty class of 2015 at the Log Cabin, he was a staff ethicist at Baystate and the only person to hold that title in Western Mass. Now a professor of Bioethics and Medical Humanities at Elms College, he’s still the only ethicist in the 413, but his influence now extends well beyond this region.

This was evidenced by his appointment to the Commonwealth’s Crisis Standards of Care (CSC) Advisory Committee in the spring.

The 17-member panel, which in April produced a document titled “Crisis Standards of Care Planning for the COVID-19 Pandemic,” was comprised mostly of noted experts from institutions in the eastern part of the state, including Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Boston’s Children’s Hospital. And DePergola was, by his estimate, 20 years younger than any other member.

He remembers a number of heated discussions among the members of the panel, including one that involved whether healthcare providers should receive primary access to scarce resources.

“For a while, I was the minority on that subject, saying that I did think that healthcare providers should get priority because they are the means by which we can care for many more people,” he told BusinessWest. “So even on just utilitarian grounds, which is not the best way to make moral decisions, it just made sense that, if we didn’t take care of the individuals who are, in essence, the tools by which we could heal the general public, then there would be no one else. If we didn’t prioritize them, what incentive would they have to come to work?”

A revised version of the committee’s “Crisis Standards of Care Planning” eventually did stipulate that healthcare workers would get priority, and it included a number of other measures contained in DePergola’s white paper.

The fact that the two documents are now very similar speaks to just how quickly and profoundly DePergola his risen to the status of national, and even global, leader in the field of bioethics.

And also why he is one of the five finalists for the Alumni Achievement Award.

—George O’Brien

Alumni Achievement Award

Attorney, Shatz, Schwartz and Fentin; Springfield City Councilor

He Has a Passion for the Law, and for Serving His Constituents

Mike Fenton

Mike Fenton has now spent more than a decade representing Springfield’s Ward 2.

When he was running for the Ward 2 Springfield City Council seat in 2009 while attending law school at Western New England University, Mike Fenton, who was competing in a deep, well-credentialed field, didn’t think he’d win.

“And when I did win … I didn’t think I’d stay,” he told BusinessWest, figuring that, in time, maybe a few years, he would be immersed in his law career and essentially done with his service to the city.

Suffice it to say Fenton was wrong with both of his projections. Indeed, 11 years later, he is still representing Ward 2 while still building that law practice — he’s a partner with the Springfield-based law firm Shatz, Schwartz, and Fentin, specializing in commercial real estate, business planning, commercial finance, and estate planning.

“A few years into it, I just fell in love with it,” he said of his multi-faceted work with the City Council. “I fell in love with all of it — with helping constituents, the city budget, and some of the more complicated aspects of city government; it’s very rewarding work.”

These sentiments explain why Fenton is now a multiple-year finalist for the Alumni Achievement Award, previously known as the Continued Excellence Award. He hopes that 2020 will be the year he’ll break through, but he admits to having other things on his mind right now.

“I fell in love with all of it — with helping constituents, the city budget, and some of the more complicated aspects of city government; it’s very rewarding work.”

That list includes the now nationwide focus on police-community relations — “we’re taking steps to increase accountability and transparency within the department” — and especially COVID-19. The pandemic is impacting both his law practice — there’s been a general slowing of the commercial real-estate market, but an understandable surge in estate-planning work — and the city of Springfield, which is impacted in many ways, especially within its business community.

As Fenton talked about the changing landscape, one can hear the concern in his voice and the passion he has for serving the city he grew up in.

“The biggest casualty to this pandemic, after you take in the public-health and human cost, which is obviously first and foremost, is commercial real estate and the economy,” he noted. “The commercial real-estate market was doing much better than it had in the decades leading up to 2020, and then the pandemic hit, and like every other place, not only this country but around the globe, it’s a completely different environment now.

“There’s no doubting that Springfield was hitting its stride, and the pandemic has thrown us a curveball,” he went on. “Everything from stalled progress at MGM to questions now about development in the area around the casino, to Worthington Street and what’s going to happen there, to losing Big Mamou’s … there’s a lot of losses that will have to be made up when we get to the other end of this pandemic.”

Fenton said he’s looking forward to serving the city as it works to recover from those losses. To explain this passion, he flashed back to 2009 and his decision to seek public office. Actually, he started the discussion with a different decision — the one to attend law school at Western New England, which offered him a full scholarship, instead of Boston College, where he thought he was headed.

That decision, which he now counts among the most important (and best) of his life, brought him back home. And as he was making that decision, his cousin sent him a news article detailing how Springfield was going through a change in its charter, moving from nine at-large city councilors to a 13-member board, with eight of them representing wards. And this started talk of a possible run for one of those seats.

“I was a political science major, but I never thought about a career in politics — I didn’t want a career in politics,” he explained, adding that a City Council seat wasn’t a career, but it was “a great opportunity to meet people and serve the city I love.”

So he ran, launching his career just a few weeks after graduating from Providence College. And again, to his surprise, he prevailed against a number of opponents with better name recognition and better credentials.

He now represents Ward 2, which includes Hungry Hill, East Springfield, and Atwater Park, balancing a long list of city responsibilities with an equally hectic schedule within his law practice. “I’ve been successful at balancing the two because I’m extremely passionate about both of them,” he told BusinessWest. “Politics, and elected office, is not my career, and it will never be my career — but I really enjoy serving my city in this capacity.”

With that, he explained not just why he’s a finalist for the Alumni Achievement Award, but why he’s now been a finalist several times.

—George O’Brien

Alumni Achievement Award

Founder, V-One Vodka

This Entrepreneur — and His Label — Have Come a Long Way in 15 Years

Paul Kozub, left

Paul Kozub, left, seen here with business partner and former Patriots star Ty Law, is growing V-One into a national brand.

When BusinessWest caught up with Paul Kozub recently, he had just wrapped up some promotional video work with Ty Law, former New England Patriots standout cornerback and member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame class of 2019.

Law is now a partner with Kozub in his venture, V-One Vodka, and the videos being shot were at the Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. That’s because V-One has been named the official vodka of the Hall for this year — when most all activities, including the induction ceremony, have been postponed because of the pandemic — and next.

The juxtaposition of all this — official vodka of the Hall of Fame, Ty Law as spokesperson — help show just how far Kozub and his label have come since he became part of the very first 40 Under Forty class in 2007. Back then, he was struggling to get his brand off the ground and into bars, restaurants, and package stores in the 413. It wasn’t exactly a one-man show, but it was very close, with Kozub making most of the deliveries himself.

Today, he’s in four states — Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and New Hampshire — and he’s poised to enter four more, including Ohio. He had plans to be in roughly 30 by this fall, and signed on with a distributor to make that happen, but COVID-19 has put many of the plans … well, on ice.

“In Florida, Texas, and some of these other states, there are so many problems that it’s not a good time to launch a new brand,” he noted. “Are the bars and restaurants open? Are the bars closed? That’s typically half our business.”

But Kozub, who was named BusinessWest’s Top Entrepreneur in 2016 and thus has a few pieces of hardware from the magazine on display somewhere, has certainly come a long way in the 15 years since he started this journey in his basement, using a few thousand dollars left to him by his uncle to create his own vodka.

“You have to have that perseverance; there are so many hurdles when you’re running a business — and in today’s present moment, there are even more. You have to love what you do and have the passion for it. If there’s a roadblock or wall, you have to figure out a way around it or through it.”

Indeed, he now has his own distillery in Poland; work continues to expand his footprint geographically; he’s spent $500,000 to create a new bottle — an important part of the puzzle in this industry; and he continues to defy the odds when it comes to making a vodka label stand out and be successful in an immensely crowded field.

“About 97% of new vodkas fail within the first three years,” said Kozub, who used that statistic to segue his way back to the pro football Hall of Fame and a discussion he had recently with its president, Dave Baker.

“We talked about the 33 million people who have played football, the 27,000 who have played in the NFL, and the 300 who are in the Hall of Fame. What did it take for those people? What qualities did they have to have to be one of those 300?” he asked rhetorically, drawing a parallel to those who get to the top of their field in any business, and especially his.

“You have to have that perseverance; there are so many hurdles when you’re running a business — and in today’s present moment, there are even more,” he said while answering his own question. “You have to love what you do and have the passion for it. If there’s a roadblock or wall, you have to figure out a way around it or through it. When it comes to vodka … yes, you have to have a great product, but you have to be willing to work very hard.”

Kozub’s been doing that since he first launched V-One in 2006, trading in life as a loan officer at a local bank for the life he’s always dreamed of — one as an entrepreneur.

It’s not an easy life, certainly, but it’s the one he certainly prefers.

“When you run a small business, it has to be your life,” he said in conclusion. “I don’t know many small-business owners who are playing a lot of golf or have a lot of time on their hands. For me, it’s all about my family and about my business.

“To be successful, you have to love it,” he went on. “Like I told Dave Baker … my worst day at V-One was better than my best day of being a banker. But that doesn’t mean it’s easy. The challenges that come up — the financial challenges, the HR challenges, the legal challenges … all those things don’t end. And we’re still a very small brand; if we do get bigger and become a national brand, the challenge then becomes how do you stay successful — how do you stay on top?”

As Kozub said, the challenges — the roadblocks and the walls — keep coming. And he rather enjoys finding ways to get through them or around them.

—George O’Brien

Alumni Achievement Award

Assistant Director of Business Development and Promotion Sales, Massachusetts State Lottery; Holyoke City Councilor

This City Leader Has Always Been an Ambassador — and a Connector

James Leahy

James Leahy, seen outside City Hall, has become involved a wide array of Holyoke institutions.

James Leahy joked that being an at-large city councilor is not a reference to his size.

The six-foot, four-inch Leahy has had a lot of experience retelling that one-liner — more than 20 years worth, actually. Indeed, he was first elected to that body in 1999, when he was only 26, after a run very much inspired by his father (more on that later).

He admits to not expecting to spend two decades in that post, but he has, and in the meantime, he has become involved in, well … all things Holyoke, or almost all things. Indeed, he has devoted considerable time, energy, and expertise to the Holyoke St. Patrick’s Day Parade, and also been involved with everything from the Holyoke YMCA to the Volleyball Hall of Fame; from the Holyoke Children’s Museum to the Westfield State University board of trustees (he’s an alum), as well as Holyoke’s famous merry-go-round.

And recently, he started and still maintains the Hello Holyoke Community Forum.

He does all this while keeping a day job as assistant director of Business Development and Promotion Sales for the Massachusetts State Lottery, a position that requires him to rotate between offices in Springfield and Worcester.

When asked how he finds time for all this, Leahy, who is often described as an ambassador for the city and a ‘connector’ for people looking for help with a problem or issue, gave an answer that speaks volumes about why, a decade after earning his 40 Under Forty plaque, he is a finalist for the coveted Alumni Achievement Award.

“I find the time,” he said. “But more importantly, I find the right amount of time. One of my strong suits is organizational skills, and I try to teach my children that. I think some of them have it, and some of them don’t. I tell them that they have to put the right amount of quality time into whatever they’re doing. If I can’t give 100%, then I’m not doing it.”

Suffice it to say he’s given 100% to Holyoke, and to ascertain how and why that is, we return the subject of Leahy’s father, Thomas, who emigrated to this country from Ireland, arrived with a strong work ethic, and passed on to his children some strong advice about service to the community.

“When my father arrived here, he worked in Boston, and he heard stories about [former Mayor] James Michael Curley and other politicians,” Leahy explained. “He was always talking about politics, and he loved politics. I was named James Michael Leahy, and I’m pretty sure that has something to do with James Michael Curley.

“My dad always talked about giving back and how America gave him what he has,” Leahy went on. “He was always stressing two things — one, that you had to give back, and two, if you’re going to live somewhere and raise your family there, you should be a cog in the wheel; you should be part of the community.”

That mindset was reinforced by his mother, Mary Ellen, a prolific volunteer, he continued, adding that it was only a few years after graduating from Westfield State that he first decided to seek one of Holyoke’s at-large council seats. He remembers the time well; he was not only running for office that November, but getting married that same month. And his birthday and his his fiancée’s birthday were the same day, Nov. 19.

“I was thinking, ‘this could be the best month of my life,’” he recalled. “And then I thought, ‘if I lose the election, that will put a damper on things.’”

But he didn’t lose, and he’s gone on to win every two years since. But, as noted, his work within the city goes far beyond City Council chambers and City Hall — and to institutions like the merry-go-round, the children’s museum, the YMCA, and especially the parade, which he became involved at the behest, if one can call it that, of his father-in-law, attorney Peter Brady.

“He was very active on the parade committee,” Leahy recalled. “I was still in college when I started dating his daughter; I can remember him handing me an application and saying, ‘fill this out — if you’re going to be part of this family, you’re going to be part of the parade committee.’”

And he has been, serving in a number of capacities, from board president to his current assignment, co-marketing director. He is one of many working hard to help the parade bounce back from a year when it had to be canceled — for the first time anyone can remember — because of the pandemic.

No, ‘at-large’ has nothing to do with Leahy’s size. But you could say it has everything to do with his involvement in — and impact on — this historic city, which continues to be very large indeed.

—George O’Brien

Daily News

SPRINGFIELD — Following guidance from the White House, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and state and local public health authorities, Springfield Armory National Historic Site is increasing recreational access and services. The National Park Service (NPS) is working service-wide with federal, state, and local public health authorities to closely monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and using a phased approach to increase access on a park-by-park basis.

Beginning August 28, Springfield Armory National Historic Site, in coordination with Springfield Technical Community College, will begin offering ranger-guided tours of the historic grounds on Fridays at 11 a.m., weather permitting. Tours will be limited to 10 and pre-registration is required via the park website calendar of events www.nps.gov/spar  or Facebook page at www.facebook.com/sparnhs. As tours take place on state and federal property, Springfield Technical Community College requires attendees to wear face coverings and practice social distancing.

With public health in mind, the following facilities remain closed to the public at this time:

  • Springfield Armory museum and visitor center;
  • All public restrooms;
  • Park grounds; and
  • All Springfield Technical Community College buildings

“We are working in close coordination with Springfield Technical Community College administrators to offer access for our visitors while ensuring the health and wellness of all,” said Superintendent Kelly Fellner. During this closure the park is continuing the critical systems upgrades work through the NPS contracted services of Gardner Construction & Industrial Services Inc. In addition, the park is addressing critical maintenance needs in order to provide new safety and cleaning measures.

Real Estate

The following real estate transactions (latest available) were compiled by Banker & Tradesman and are published as they were received. Only transactions exceeding $115,000 are listed. Buyer and seller fields contain only the first name listed on the deed.

 

FRANKLIN COUNTY

ASHFIELD

1237 Baptist Corner Road
Ashfield, MA 01330
Amount: $330,000
Buyer: Abigail L. Ferla
Seller: Krasnoselsky RET
Date: 07/20/20

BERNARDSTON

105 Bald Mountain Road
Bernardston, MA 01337
Amount: $255,000
Buyer: Kenney Deome
Seller: F. R. Foster Indenture Of Trust
Date: 07/22/20

BUCKLAND

37 Bray Road
Buckland, MA 01338
Amount: $440,000
Buyer: Colleen M. Bachman
Seller: Lynn Anderson
Date: 07/13/20

39 Franklin St.
Buckland, MA 01338
Amount: $219,000
Buyer: Riely Hogan
Seller: Donald P. Kahn
Date: 07/13/20

34 Sears St.
Buckland, MA 01338
Amount: $260,000
Buyer: Carly S. Vernon
Seller: Jonathan E. Kendrick
Date: 07/24/20

COLRAIN

7 New County Road
Colrain, MA 01340
Amount: $198,900
Buyer: Robin M. Greenough
Seller: Claire T. Denison
Date: 07/15/20

DEERFIELD

15 Beaver Dr.
Deerfield, MA 01373
Amount: $170,000
Buyer: Maureen A. Warner
Seller: FNMA
Date: 07/17/20

82 Stillwater Road
Deerfield, MA 01373
Amount: $385,000
Buyer: Jinbyoung Nam
Seller: Jae W. Yun
Date: 07/24/20

80 Sugarloaf St.
Deerfield, MA 01373
Amount: $160,000
Buyer: Rylan Baronas
Seller: Christine R. Baronas
Date: 07/22/20

82 Sugarloaf St.
Deerfield, MA 01373
Amount: $150,000
Buyer: Edward L. Baronas
Seller: Christine R. Baronas
Date: 07/22/20

GILL

446 Main Road
Gill, MA 01354
Amount: $295,000
Buyer: Paul Zilinski
Seller: Cathleen A. Benben
Date: 07/17/20

GREENFIELD

175 Barton Road
Greenfield, MA 01301
Amount: $198,000
Buyer: Catherine W. Connolly
Seller: Beaudoin, Damase L. Jr., (Estate)
Date: 07/16/20

232 Conway St.
Greenfield, MA 01301
Amount: $180,000
Buyer: Hannah M. Cardin
Seller: K&C Real LLC
Date: 07/17/20

101 Cottage St.
Greenfield, MA 01301
Amount: $230,250
Buyer: Jason Rotkiewicz
Seller: Fusa Iwamoto
Date: 07/13/20

109 Green River Road
Greenfield, MA 01301
Amount: $307,500
Buyer: Jesse M. Merriett
Seller: Brosky IRT
Date: 07/14/20

29 High St.
Greenfield, MA 01301
Amount: $180,000
Buyer: Corey N. Kline
Seller: Vladimir Agapov
Date: 07/15/20

316 Log Plain Road
Greenfield, MA 01301
Amount: $349,000
Buyer: Eugene A. Rice
Seller: Thomas W. Wyman
Date: 07/20/20

46 Summer St.
Greenfield, MA 01301
Amount: $244,000
Buyer: Joseph Shaida
Seller: Kathleen MacMunn
Date: 07/17/20

16 Woodbine St.
Greenfield, MA 01301
Amount: $231,000
Buyer: Seth R. Ainsworth
Seller: Vickowski, Mark A., (Estate)
Date: 07/15/20

MONTAGUE

139 4th St.
Montague, MA 01376
Amount: $163,000
Buyer: Sean Duram
Seller: Richard G. Becker Jr. LT
Date: 07/14/20

12 Coolidge Ave.
Montague, MA 01376
Amount: $190,000
Buyer: Christopher A. Hall
Seller: Paul C. Zilinski
Date: 07/15/20

282 Greenfield Road
Montague, MA 01351
Amount: $330,000
Buyer: Christian D. Rountree
Seller: Thomas N. Tompkins
Date: 07/23/20

58-62 L St.
Montague, MA 01376
Amount: $295,000
Buyer: Yuerong Chen
Seller: Qiu E. Liu
Date: 07/23/20

NORTHFIELD

80 Highland Ave.
Northfield, MA 01360
Amount: $360,000
Buyer: Patrick Ford
Seller: Douglas E. Farrick
Date: 07/20/20

1046 Millers Falls Road
Northfield, MA 01360
Amount: $267,500
Buyer: Paul Cameron
Seller: Nelson F. Lebo
Date: 07/17/20

40 North Lane
Northfield, MA 01360
Amount: $220,000
Buyer: Christopher A. Scott
Seller: MTGLQ Investors LP
Date: 07/24/20

852 Old Wendell Road
Northfield, MA 01360
Amount: $280,000
Buyer: Carol A. Shapiro
Seller: James M. Ladzinski
Date: 07/17/20

ORANGE

262 Oxbow Road
Orange, MA 01364
Amount: $258,000
Buyer: Samuel P. Mercier
Seller: Michael W. Hamlett
Date: 07/21/20

25 School St.
Orange, MA 01364
Amount: $185,000
Buyer: Aaron J. Sousa
Seller: John J. Cody
Date: 07/16/20

Tully Road
Orange, MA 01364
Amount: $200,000
Buyer: Channel Z. Seismometry Inc.
Seller: Louise C. Dorian
Date: 07/15/20

SHELBURNE

80 Bardwells Ferry Road
Shelburne, MA 01370
Amount: $150,000
Buyer: Margaret G. Payne
Seller: Kayel G. Deangelis
Date: 07/15/20

41 Mechanic St.
Shelburne, MA 01370
Amount: $311,000
Buyer: Mary A. Dalton
Seller: Davenport, Sylvia W., (Estate)
Date: 07/17/20

397 Montague Road
Shutesbury, MA 01072
Amount: $315,000
Buyer: Alison M. McIntire
Seller: Andrea Fitzpatrick
Date: 07/22/20

711 Wendell Road
Shutesbury, MA 01072
Amount: $540,000
Buyer: Robert S. Clay
Seller: Julian F. Janowitz RET
Date: 07/23/20

SUNDERLAND

10 Bureks Cross Road
Sunderland, MA 01375
Amount: $419,900
Buyer: Scott W. Foster
Seller: Linda B. Caron
Date: 07/17/20

123 North Plain Road
Sunderland, MA 01375
Amount: $435,000
Buyer: Joseph W. Elias
Seller: Monika M. VanDalsen RET
Date: 07/24/20

190 North Silver Lane
Sunderland, MA 01375
Amount: $129,500
Buyer: J2K Realty LLC
Seller: Joan M. Delano
Date: 07/17/20

152 Plumtree Road
Sunderland, MA 01375
Amount: $410,000
Buyer: Raman Gudimella
Seller: Mike Chalam
Date: 07/21/20

WARWICK

63 Chestnut Hill Road
Warwick, MA 01378
Amount: $365,000
Buyer: Nathan D. Blehar
Seller: James M. West
Date: 07/22/20

WENDELL

61 Bullard Pasture Road
Wendell, MA 01379
Amount: $225,000
Buyer: Christopher G. Rice
Seller: Georgina A. Kish
Date: 07/20/20

WHATELY

129 Conway Road
Whately, MA 01093
Amount: $310,000
Buyer: Jaclyn J. Jones
Seller: David M. Dove
Date: 07/24/20

305 Haydenville Road
Whately, MA 01093
Amount: $250,000
Buyer: Joel S. Monahan
Seller: Kyle J. Monahan
Date: 07/24/20

HAMPDEN COUNTY

AGAWAM

90 Bridge St.
Agawam, MA 01001
Amount: $190,000
Buyer: Anna Borisova
Seller: Scott Settembro
Date: 07/24/20

85 Broz Ter.
Agawam, MA 01030
Amount: $190,000
Buyer: Dominik A. Dasilva
Seller: Albert B. Cawley
Date: 07/20/20

328 Cooper St.
Agawam, MA 01001
Amount: $369,900
Buyer: Richard G. Davenport
Seller: Brandon J. Donovan
Date: 07/15/20

24 Frances St.
Agawam, MA 01030
Amount: $197,000
Buyer: Laurie A. McCaslin
Seller: Helen Pariza
Date: 07/13/20

57 Hendom Dr.
Agawam, MA 01030
Amount: $170,000
Buyer: Andrii Zhyhaniuk
Seller: Barna, David A., (Estate)
Date: 07/14/20

75 Highland St.
Agawam, MA 01030
Amount: $245,000
Buyer: Katarzyna A. Swistak
Seller: Roy E. Tatro
Date: 07/14/20

48 Merrill Dr.
Agawam, MA 01001
Amount: $255,000
Buyer: Andrey Sholopa
Seller: Thomas J. Stanton
Date: 07/24/20

35 Mountainview St.
Agawam, MA 01001
Amount: $181,000
Buyer: Andrew J. Guiel
Seller: William C. Barker
Date: 07/22/20

75 Pheasant Run Circle
Agawam, MA 01030
Amount: $285,000
Buyer: Joanne M. Brochetti
Seller: Richard G. Davenport
Date: 07/15/20

118 School St.
Agawam, MA 01001
Amount: $280,000
Buyer: William J. Murray
Seller: Gilroy Prop Renewal Inc.
Date: 07/14/20

240 Valley Brook Road
Agawam, MA 01030
Amount: $300,000
Buyer: Daniel A. Kennedy
Seller: Francis X. Kennedy
Date: 07/17/20

BRIMFIELD

89 Cubles Dr.
Brimfield, MA 01010
Amount: $262,500
Buyer: Lisa Wong
Seller: Sean Keogh
Date: 07/17/20

28 Marsh Hill Road
Brimfield, MA 01010
Amount: $585,000
Buyer: Thomas W. Kane
Seller: Craig M. Healy
Date: 07/13/20

30 Sturbridge Road
Brimfield, MA 01010
Amount: $510,000
Buyer: 49 Realty LLC
Seller: JMS Realty Corp.
Date: 07/13/20

138 Warren Road
Brimfield, MA 01010
Amount: $317,000
Buyer: Marilyn M. Diorio
Seller: Kristen M. Tirado
Date: 07/13/20

CHESTER

16 Campbell Road
Chester, MA 01011
Amount: $154,500
Buyer: Sarah E. Eddy
Seller: Mary Lafortune-Chase
Date: 07/14/20

CHICOPEE

143 Carriage Road
Chicopee, MA 01013
Amount: $380,000
Buyer: Sang K. Choe
Seller: Darrell E. Jesberger
Date: 07/24/20

70 Chateaugay St.
Chicopee, MA 01020
Amount: $188,000
Buyer: Edwin W. Juma
Seller: Emily C. Lobdell
Date: 07/17/20

14 Cobb Ave.
Chicopee, MA 01013
Amount: $226,000
Buyer: Donna H. Goss
Seller: Ronald F. Roy
Date: 07/20/20

39 Dewey St.
Chicopee, MA 01020
Amount: $194,000
Buyer: Loridan A. Mardukhayeva
Seller: Christopher Braese
Date: 07/17/20

76 Falmouth Road
Chicopee, MA 01020
Amount: $205,000
Buyer: Christopher L. Reyes
Seller: Thomas J. Pappas
Date: 07/24/20

30 Henry Harris St.
Chicopee, MA 01013
Amount: $220,500
Buyer: Shayla Perez
Seller: Jennifer L. Robb
Date: 07/14/20

33 Leclair Ter.
Chicopee, MA 01013
Amount: $169,950
Buyer: Abigail K. Tait
Seller: Pensco TR Co.
Date: 07/23/20

126 Leo Dr.
Chicopee, MA 01020
Amount: $220,000
Buyer: Patrick J. McAnulty
Seller: Germaine Lamothe
Date: 07/17/20

37 Moreau Dr.
Chicopee, MA 01020
Amount: $270,000
Buyer: Chad Beaudette
Seller: Vicki Garrity
Date: 07/13/20

49 Murphy Lane
Chicopee, MA 01020
Amount: $279,250
Buyer: Anna L. Cody
Seller: Theodore Saletnik
Date: 07/13/20

68 Oakwood St.
Chicopee, MA 01020
Amount: $205,000
Buyer: Mabell B. Teixeira
Seller: Protz, Gladys M., (Estate)
Date: 07/24/20

11 Ogden St.
Chicopee, MA 01013
Amount: $212,000
Buyer: Delmarina Lopez
Seller: Frieda K. Kaloroumakis
Date: 07/24/20

49 Pennsylvania Ave.
Chicopee, MA 01013
Amount: $207,000
Buyer: Glenn E. Loiselle
Seller: John T. McGrath
Date: 07/22/20

117 Providence St.
Chicopee, MA 01020
Amount: $248,000
Buyer: Sulaika Febles
Seller: Dorothy J. Bennis
Date: 07/22/20

50 Robbins Road
Chicopee, MA 01020
Amount: $349,000
Buyer: Edward O’Connor
Seller: N. Riley Realty LLC
Date: 07/16/20

103 Saratoga Ave.
Chicopee, MA 01013
Amount: $210,000
Buyer: Tania Davenport
Seller: Andrew Kochanek
Date: 07/17/20

67 Sunnyside St.
Chicopee, MA 01020
Amount: $255,000
Buyer: Derek J. Langevin
Seller: Brals LLC
Date: 07/17/20

40 Taft Ave.
Chicopee, MA 01020
Amount: $179,900
Buyer: Terrance J. Beusee
Seller: William E. Reid
Date: 07/24/20

8 Trafton St.
Chicopee, MA 01013
Amount: $175,000
Buyer: Amber D. Zych
Seller: Amani Group LLC
Date: 07/24/20

23 Trafton St.
Chicopee, MA 01013
Amount: $128,800
Buyer: Elizabeth Garcia
Seller: USA HUD
Date: 07/16/20

179 Waite Ave.
Chicopee, MA 01020
Amount: $248,000
Buyer: Christie A. Scott
Seller: Brenden A. Boucher
Date: 07/23/20

EAST LONGMEADOW

119 Allen St.
East Longmeadow, MA 01028
Amount: $250,000
Buyer: Charles D. Kuszinna
Seller: Joseph T. Ristau
Date: 07/13/20

62 Baymor Dr.
East Longmeadow, MA 01028
Amount: $165,000
Buyer: Jonathan A. Miorandi
Seller: Joan Storey
Date: 07/24/20

22 Bettswood Road
East Longmeadow, MA 01028
Amount: $285,000
Buyer: Christopher R. Monette
Seller: Joshua J. Eldridge
Date: 07/17/20

169 Brookhaven Dr.
East Longmeadow, MA 01028
Amount: $400,000
Buyer: Joseph T. Ristau
Seller: Brendan Kavanagh
Date: 07/13/20

104 Franconia Circle
East Longmeadow, MA 01028
Amount: $302,000
Buyer: Kevin J. Connor
Seller: William E. Grohe
Date: 07/17/20

8 Kenneth Lunden Dr.
East Longmeadow, MA 01028
Amount: $260,000
Buyer: Liza M. Nascembeni
Seller: Sandra A. Hubbard
Date: 07/15/20

210 Prospect St.
East Longmeadow, MA 01028
Amount: $517,500
Buyer: Jeffrey N. Carabetta
Seller: Danielle E. Damour
Date: 07/17/20

321 Prospect St.
East Longmeadow, MA 01028
Amount: $298,000
Buyer: Bridget Foy
Seller: Thomas E. Wolslegel
Date: 07/24/20

47 Senecal Place
East Longmeadow, MA 01028
Amount: $459,000
Buyer: Joshua J. Wingler
Seller: Stephen K. Atwater
Date: 07/17/20

31 Shawmut St.
East Longmeadow, MA 01028
Amount: $168,150
Buyer: William J. Ward
Seller: Marino, Marilyn L., (Estate)
Date: 07/24/20

347 Somers Road
East Longmeadow, MA 01028
Amount: $260,000
Buyer: Mayada H. Alhendawi
Seller: Brandy A. Hartz
Date: 07/22/20

16 Stonehill Road
East Longmeadow, MA 01028
Amount: $515,000
Buyer: Ryan M. Barton
Seller: Ming Zhao
Date: 07/21/20

77 Wood Ave.
East Longmeadow, MA 01028
Amount: $245,000
Buyer: Kendra L. Phillips
Seller: BGRS LLC
Date: 07/24/20

26 Woodlawn St.
East Longmeadow, MA 01028
Amount: $340,000
Buyer: Rachel Gibson
Seller: Patrick A. Gorham
Date: 07/16/20

HAMPDEN

32 Baldwin Dr.
Hampden, MA 01036
Amount: $270,000
Buyer: Gregory Dagostino
Seller: Choma, George W., (Estate)
Date: 07/24/20

HOLLAND

4 Big Tree Lane
Holland, MA 01521
Amount: $295,000
Buyer: Jay Demartino
Seller: Ronald A. Walker
Date: 07/13/20

29 Kimball Hill Road
Holland, MA 01521
Amount: $204,900
Buyer: Positive Spin Real Estate
Seller: CNC Note Holdings LLC
Date: 07/24/20

5 Long Hill Road
Holland, MA 01521
Amount: $255,000
Buyer: Ronald M. Joseph
Seller: Andrew Shaw
Date: 07/23/20

8 Old Stafford Road
Holland, MA 01521
Amount: $455,000
Buyer: Calabrian Properties LLC
Seller: Roche, Marlene J., (Estate)
Date: 07/23/20

96 Sturbridge Road
Holland, MA 01521
Amount: $260,000
Buyer: Ronald L. Zigler
Seller: Steven Kasper
Date: 07/17/20

HOLYOKE

126-128 Beech St.
Holyoke, MA 01040
Amount: $200,000
Buyer: Albert E. Paone
Seller: Spear Sr., Maurice V., (Estate)
Date: 07/24/20

6 Cherry Hill
Holyoke, MA 01040
Amount: $175,000
Buyer: US Bank
Seller: Shaena A. Gubala
Date: 07/23/20

207 Elm St.
Holyoke, MA 01040
Amount: $162,000
Buyer: LC 2 Holyoke LLC
Seller: OneHolyoke Community Development Corp.
Date: 07/24/20

62 Francis Ave.
Holyoke, MA 01040
Amount: $215,000
Buyer: Rachael Saunders
Seller: Alexis Brook-Fairlie
Date: 07/24/20

205 Hillside Ave.
Holyoke, MA 01040
Amount: $267,400
Buyer: James Mihalak
Seller: Nadia Muusse
Date: 07/24/20

64 Hillview Road
Holyoke, MA 01040
Amount: $234,900
Buyer: Manasvini Singh
Seller: G. S. Tubbs LT
Date: 07/22/20

357 Jarvis Ave.
Holyoke, MA 01040
Amount: $237,000
Buyer: Nolan L. Fonda
Seller: James D. Fay
Date: 07/22/20

22 Moss Ave.
Holyoke, MA 01040
Amount: $185,000
Buyer: Colleen M. Walsh-Barnes
Seller: David J. Fuette
Date: 07/17/20

270 Mountain Road
Holyoke, MA 01040
Amount: $150,000
Buyer: Matthew J. Sattler
Seller: Ann P. Body
Date: 07/17/20

98 Pinehurst Road
Holyoke, MA 01040
Amount: $276,400
Buyer: Ryan Copeland
Seller: Peter A. Magri
Date: 07/24/20

16-18 Ridgewood Ave.
Holyoke, MA 01040
Amount: $225,000
Buyer: Elizabeth P. Martins
Seller: Peccioli, Josephine, (Estate)
Date: 07/14/20

225 Sargeant St.
Holyoke, MA 01040
Amount: $133,500
Buyer: Catherine L. Gobron
Seller: USA HUD
Date: 07/24/20

687 West Cherry St.
Holyoke, MA 01040
Amount: $375,000
Buyer: Jennifer A. Fairlie
Seller: Mark M. Simonich
Date: 07/24/20

LONGMEADOW

62 Birch Road
Longmeadow, MA 01106
Amount: $330,000
Buyer: Janell Sargent
Seller: Steven P. Marczak
Date: 07/13/20

132 Brookwood Dr.
Longmeadow, MA 01106
Amount: $325,000
Buyer: Yizheng Wei
Seller: Jean M. Achatz
Date: 07/15/20

Captain Road
Longmeadow, MA 01106
Amount: $370,000
Buyer: Masha M. Sorkin
Seller: Matthew Katz
Date: 07/17/20

108 Colony Road
Longmeadow, MA 01106
Amount: $425,000
Buyer: Andrew Pieterse
Seller: Charles A. Zaremba
Date: 07/14/20

120 Crestview Circle
Longmeadow, MA 01106
Amount: $550,000
Buyer: Daniel R. Schwarting
Seller: John Kole
Date: 07/21/20

104 Fenwood Road
Longmeadow, MA 01106
Amount: $290,000
Buyer: Mark C. Henshaw
Seller: Michele Johnson
Date: 07/22/20

69 Longfellow Dr.
Longmeadow, MA 01106
Amount: $335,000
Buyer: Kyle M. Pierce
Seller: Michael N. Sitaras
Date: 07/22/20

117 Longmeadow St.
Longmeadow, MA 01106
Amount: $418,000
Buyer: Patrick Palafox
Seller: Mark C. Henshaw
Date: 07/22/20

40 Lynnwood Dr.
Longmeadow, MA 01106
Amount: $390,000
Buyer: Cameron M. Green
Seller: Ferrero, John J., (Estate)
Date: 07/16/20

501 Maple Road
Longmeadow, MA 01106
Amount: $277,500
Buyer: Jeffrey W. Trace
Seller: Paul Gitsas
Date: 07/24/20

21 Memery Lane
Longmeadow, MA 01106
Amount: $1,206,250
Buyer: Drew P. Sadowsky
Seller: Jodie B. Foster
Date: 07/15/20

55 Mill Road
Longmeadow, MA 01106
Amount: $348,500
Buyer: Hillary T. Dumond
Seller: Robert J. Kapner
Date: 07/17/20

59 Sunset Lane
Longmeadow, MA 01106
Amount: $255,000
Buyer: Ryan C. McCarthy
Seller: John D. Warwick
Date: 07/22/20

79 Wenonah Road
Longmeadow, MA 01106
Amount: $410,000
Buyer: Glenn T. Shapiro
Seller: Patrick J. Sheehy
Date: 07/17/20

LUDLOW

764 Center St.
Ludlow, MA 01056
Amount: $318,000
Buyer: Fengming Li
Seller: Eric R. Otto
Date: 07/20/20

Cislak Dr.
Ludlow, MA 01056
Amount: $160,000
Buyer: Michael Morais
Seller: Gois RT LLC
Date: 07/17/20

30 Clark St.
Ludlow, MA 01056
Amount: $225,000
Buyer: Andrew N. Smith
Seller: Dominik A. Dasilva
Date: 07/20/20

56 Fuller St.
Ludlow, MA 01056
Amount: $218,000
Buyer: Joshua T. Docherty
Seller: Jacqueline A. Martin
Date: 07/14/20

657 Fuller St.
Ludlow, MA 01056
Amount: $279,900
Buyer: Michael H. Spera
Seller: Alexandre F. Mendes
Date: 07/24/20

55 Jerad Dr.
Ludlow, MA 01056
Amount: $400,000
Buyer: Brenden A. Boucher
Seller: Janelle R. Zick
Date: 07/20/20

208 Munsing St.
Ludlow, MA 01056
Amount: $202,000
Buyer: Louis P. Langlois
Seller: Larry D. Shimmell
Date: 07/21/20

266 Pine Cone Lane
Ludlow, MA 01056
Amount: $643,000
Buyer: Ann Hammon
Seller: Richard A. Henry
Date: 07/24/20

47 Pondview Dr.
Ludlow, MA 01056
Amount: $162,359
Buyer: Samuel Shaw
Seller: Carrington Mortgage Services LLC
Date: 07/17/20

142 Pondview Dr.
Ludlow, MA 01056
Amount: $200,000
Buyer: Sarah Byrnes
Seller: Borek, Edward T., (Estate)
Date: 07/24/20

Sunset Ridge #14
Ludlow, MA 01056
Amount: $125,000
Buyer: David M. Pise
Seller: Baystate Developers Inc.
Date: 07/22/20

110 Tower Road
Ludlow, MA 01056
Amount: $235,000
Buyer: Kerry M. Cesan
Seller: Benjamin D. Davis
Date: 07/20/20

60 Vienna Ave.
Ludlow, MA 01056
Amount: $215,500
Buyer: Adam J. Dube
Seller: Karen E. Closser
Date: 07/24/20

MONSON

10 Bethany Road
Monson, MA 01057
Amount: $342,500
Buyer: Stephen J. Bashaw
Seller: William Lamb
Date: 07/15/20

17 Cote Road
Monson, MA 01057
Amount: $375,000
Buyer: Darnell Cortes
Seller: Cliste RT
Date: 07/22/20

197 Main St.
Monson, MA 01057
Amount: $125,000
Buyer: Jkel LLC
Seller: Monson Savings Bank
Date: 07/13/20

42 Thayer Road
Monson, MA 01057
Amount: $370,000
Buyer: Alexander Sao
Seller: Robert J. Maggi
Date: 07/15/20

PALMER

80 Beech St.
Palmer, MA 01069
Amount: $400,000
Buyer: Bruce E. Allen
Seller: Andrea Caporiccio
Date: 07/15/20

41 Forest St.
Palmer, MA 01069
Amount: $280,000
Buyer: Frederick J. Kotowski
Seller: Kari A. Gracie
Date: 07/13/20

24 Oakland St.
Palmer, MA 01069
Amount: $239,000
Buyer: Nikolas Diaz
Seller: Edward A. Schlesinger
Date: 07/15/20

4030-4032 Pine St.
Palmer, MA 01069
Amount: $190,000
Buyer: Amanda Schiltz
Seller: Alan M. Veale
Date: 07/17/20

41-43 Randall St.
Palmer, MA 01069
Amount: $290,000
Buyer: Fazal Badshah
Seller: Syed Hashmi
Date: 07/13/20

58 Randall St.
Palmer, MA 01069
Amount: $115,605
Buyer: Brad M. Dimiero
Seller: US Bank
Date: 07/16/20

9 Ridge Road
Palmer, MA 01069
Amount: $345,501
Buyer: Reynaldo Pedraza
Seller: James M. Hurley
Date: 07/14/20

80 Water St.
Palmer, MA 01069
Amount: $179,900
Buyer: Dawn Robare
Seller: Sarah J. Kazan
Date: 07/14/20

RUSSELL

75 Highland Ave.
Russell, MA 01071
Amount: $278,000
Buyer: Timothy P. Lafreniere
Seller: Leo S. Hicks
Date: 07/15/20

SPRINGFIELD

174 Abbott St.
Springfield, MA 01118
Amount: $283,500
Buyer: Hien Q. Nguyen
Seller: Gentile Real Estate LLC
Date: 07/13/20

1146 Allen St.
Springfield, MA 01118
Amount: $181,711
Buyer: Connor Curtis
Seller: Michelle E. Hayes
Date: 07/13/20

390-392 Allen St.
Springfield, MA 01118
Amount: $187,500
Buyer: Amark 2 RT
Seller: Rosemary Moriarty
Date: 07/16/20

106 Ambrose St.
Springfield, MA 01109
Amount: $250,000
Buyer: Samantha Otero
Seller: Zakhariy Tsikhotskiy
Date: 07/16/20

128 Barrington Dr.
Springfield, MA 01129
Amount: $427,000
Buyer: Kimberly McCarthy
Seller: Bretta Construction LLC
Date: 07/21/20

195 Birchland Ave.
Springfield, MA 01119
Amount: $190,000
Buyer: Sabiha B. Ansari
Seller: Dennis C. Anghilante
Date: 07/24/20

25 Bruce St.
Springfield, MA 01119
Amount: $226,000
Buyer: Lakisha K. Cruz
Seller: Daniel Morais
Date: 07/24/20

78 California Ave.
Springfield, MA 01118
Amount: $190,000
Buyer: Timothy Noonan
Seller: Jennifer L. McCarthy
Date: 07/17/20

1006 Carew St.
Springfield, MA 01104
Amount: $149,000
Buyer: Deshaunna Henderson
Seller: Sallyanne Heneghan
Date: 07/23/20

66 Chauncey Dr.
Springfield, MA 01129
Amount: $191,000
Buyer: Carl E. Allen
Seller: Steven M. Kobierski
Date: 07/24/20

89 Cliftwood St.
Springfield, MA 01108
Amount: $384,000
Buyer: Cliftwood Realty LLC
Seller: Underpass Holdings LLC
Date: 07/14/20

Covel St.
Springfield, MA 01101
Amount: $222,500
Buyer: John E. Petrone RET
Seller: John R. Lapierre
Date: 07/13/20

139 Darling St.
Springfield, MA 01151
Amount: $150,000
Buyer: Hector Arzuaga-Santiago
Seller: James W. Fiore
Date: 07/24/20

20 Dutton St.
Springfield, MA 01151
Amount: $199,000
Buyer: Walberto Rios
Seller: Samuel Trahan
Date: 07/17/20

1107-1111 East Columbus Ave.
Springfield, MA 01105
Amount: $225,000
Buyer: Patriot Living Properties LLC
Seller: Peter Buoniconti
Date: 07/15/20

29 Eddy St.
Springfield, MA 01104
Amount: $185,500
Buyer: Mary Williams
Seller: Gelson D. Laguerre
Date: 07/22/20

51 Eleanor Road
Springfield, MA 01108
Amount: $190,000
Buyer: Hector I. Miranda
Seller: Brital1987 LLC
Date: 07/23/20

30 Farnsworth St.
Springfield, MA 01107
Amount: $175,000
Buyer: Emily M. Cruz-Dejesus
Seller: Raymond Ricardi
Date: 07/17/20

34 Front St.
Springfield, MA 01151
Amount: $4,000,000
Buyer: Honore LLC
Seller: C. B. Property Management Inc.
Date: 07/13/20

253 Gillette Ave.
Springfield, MA 01118
Amount: $245,000
Buyer: Melanie S. Avdoulos
Seller: CIG 4 LLC
Date: 07/20/20

121 Harrow Road
Springfield, MA 01118
Amount: $243,000
Buyer: Marybeth V. Tabb
Seller: John R. O’Donnell
Date: 07/17/20

Hastings St.
Springfield, MA 01101
Amount: $168,000
Buyer: Edwin M. Sanchez
Seller: Bernice Foster
Date: 07/22/20

70 Kerry Dr.
Springfield, MA 01118
Amount: $200,000
Buyer: Alexandria N. Armstrong
Seller: Kevin J. Connor
Date: 07/17/20

35 Mayfield St.
Springfield, MA 01108
Amount: $148,000
Buyer: CIG 4 LLC
Seller: Ismael C. Torres
Date: 07/15/20

116 Lang St.
Springfield, MA 01104
Amount: $162,000
Buyer: Alyxa M. Leon
Seller: Jane Milanczuk
Date: 07/22/20

175 Maple St.
Springfield, MA 01105
Amount: $675,000
Buyer: Lachenauer LLC
Seller: Marcin Wodecki
Date: 07/22/20

65 Mapledell St.
Springfield, MA 01109
Amount: $487,500
Buyer: Round 2 LLC
Seller: Hedge Hog Industries Corp.
Date: 07/21/20

66 Mapledell St.
Springfield, MA 01109
Amount: $487,500
Buyer: Round 2 LLC
Seller: Hedge Hog Industries Corp.
Date: 07/21/20

75 Mapledell St.
Springfield, MA 01109
Amount: $487,500
Buyer: Round 2 LLC
Seller: Hedge Hog Industries Corp.
Date: 07/21/20

76 Mapledell St.
Springfield, MA 01109
Amount: $487,500
Buyer: Round 2 LLC
Seller: Hedge Hog Industries Corp.
Date: 07/21/20

79 Mapledell St.
Springfield, MA 01109
Amount: $487,500
Buyer: Round 2 LLC
Seller: Hedge Hog Industries Corp.
Date: 07/21/20

34 Merrimac Ave.
Springfield, MA 01104
Amount: $205,000
Buyer: Elba I. Ramos-Arce
Seller: Shu Cheng
Date: 07/24/20

68 Merrimac Ave.
Springfield, MA 01104
Amount: $150,000
Buyer: Juan C. Suarez-Colon
Seller: Luz M. Gonzalez
Date: 07/15/20

155 Middle St.
Springfield, MA 01104
Amount: $167,000
Buyer: Russell T. Paulding
Seller: June Associates LLC
Date: 07/23/20

56-58 Miller St.
Springfield, MA 01104
Amount: $330,000
Buyer: Chaz A. Nieves
Seller: TL Bretta Realty LLC
Date: 07/21/20

57 Miller St.
Springfield, MA 01104
Amount: $170,000
Buyer: Victor Encarnacion
Seller: Sonia Cotto
Date: 07/22/20

30 Nagle St.
Springfield, MA 01151
Amount: $295,000
Buyer: Mary J. Soto
Seller: Nu-Way Homes Inc.
Date: 07/20/20

134 Newhouse St.
Springfield, MA 01118
Amount: $205,000
Buyer: Samantha J. Dion
Seller: Bridget A. Foy
Date: 07/24/20

103 North Branch Pkwy.
Springfield, MA 01119
Amount: $170,000
Buyer: John Stevenson
Seller: Bruce L. Tetrault
Date: 07/13/20

172 Newhouse St.
Springfield, MA 01118
Amount: $198,000
Buyer: Peter Lemelin
Seller: Joshua C. Lachapelle
Date: 07/13/20

221 Norfolk St.
Springfield, MA 01109
Amount: $150,000
Buyer: Lisa M. Merriweather
Seller: Evelyn Machuca
Date: 07/14/20

251 Oakland St.
Springfield, MA 01108
Amount: $175,000
Buyer: Igael Rodriguez
Seller: Quazi R. Islam
Date: 07/23/20

21-23 Oakwood Ter.
Springfield, MA 01109
Amount: $208,000
Buyer: Nexius LLC
Seller: Veronica Addison
Date: 07/17/20

127 Old Brook Road
Springfield, MA 01118
Amount: $120,000
Buyer: Ruby Realty LLC
Seller: John T. Olszewski
Date: 07/24/20

101 Orchard St.
Springfield, MA 01107
Amount: $190,000
Buyer: Marielis Robledo-Torres
Seller: Greater Sprfield Habitat
Date: 07/17/20

32-34 Parallel St.
Springfield, MA 01104
Amount: $173,000
Buyer: Brital 1987 LLC
Seller: Wells Fargo Bank
Date: 07/13/20

34 Parkwood St.
Springfield, MA 01108
Amount: $190,000
Buyer: Shakira Howard-Ferguson
Seller: Karyn L. Bienia
Date: 07/17/20

70-72 Pinevale St.
Springfield, MA 01151
Amount: $220,000
Buyer: Raymond R. Descoteaux
Seller: Enio Kasmi
Date: 07/15/20

1321 Plumtree Road
Springfield, MA 01119
Amount: $270,000
Buyer: Asia M. Stewart
Seller: Timothy J. Mickiewicz
Date: 07/24/20

112-114 Price St.
Springfield, MA 01104
Amount: $783,000
Buyer: Henry Komosa
Seller: Thomas K. Reen
Date: 07/22/20

118-120 Price St.
Springfield, MA 01104
Amount: $783,000
Buyer: Henry Komosa
Seller: Thomas K. Reen
Date: 07/22/20

122-124 Price St.
Springfield, MA 01104
Amount: $783,000
Buyer: Henry Komosa
Seller: Thomas K. Reen
Date: 07/22/20

128-130 Price St.
Springfield, MA 01104
Amount: $783,000
Buyer: Henry Komosa
Seller: Thomas K. Reen
Date: 07/22/20

14 Rencelau St.
Springfield, MA 01118
Amount: $235,000
Buyer: Edwin L. Tarraza
Seller: Scott Demoe
Date: 07/13/20

68 San Miguel St.
Springfield, MA 01104
Amount: $219,900
Buyer: Anamarie Marrero
Seller: Anthony Bourget
Date: 07/22/20

78 Shady Brook Lane
Springfield, MA 01118
Amount: $180,000
Buyer: Jessenia Velez
Seller: Andrew Smith
Date: 07/20/20

127 Shady Brook Lane
Springfield, MA 01118
Amount: $195,000
Buyer: Raymond K. Seaver
Seller: Douglas A. Mackie
Date: 07/17/20

64 Shady Brook Lane
Springfield, MA 01118
Amount: $189,000
Buyer: Audrey St.John
Seller: William T. Raleigh
Date: 07/15/20

30 Skyridge Dr.
Springfield, MA 01128
Amount: $235,000
Buyer: Charles J. Saufler
Seller: Brian Webber
Date: 07/21/20

22 Stephanie Circle
Springfield, MA 01129
Amount: $275,000
Buyer: Angela Harris
Seller: Chrissy Metras
Date: 07/24/20

29 Stephanie Circle
Springfield, MA 01129
Amount: $224,000
Buyer: Jordan W. Paull
Seller: Laurie A. Trasatti
Date: 07/24/20

Surrey Road (SS)
Springfield, MA 01101
Amount: $120,000
Buyer: Ruby Realty LLC
Seller: John T. Olszewski
Date: 07/24/20

42-44 Sycamore St.
Springfield, MA 01109
Amount: $216,000
Buyer: Emilio Rivera
Seller: Eda Ema LLC
Date: 07/23/20

125 Tiffany St.
Springfield, MA 01108
Amount: $188,505
Buyer: Heather P. Burakiewicz
Seller: Jeffrey A. Shaw
Date: 07/13/20

31 Tumbleweed Road
Springfield, MA 01109
Amount: $197,000
Buyer: Kendrick Santos
Seller: Mary J. Soto
Date: 07/17/20

93 Villa Pkwy.
Springfield, MA 01109
Amount: $170,000
Buyer: Maurice J. Brown
Seller: A&D Property Group LLC
Date: 07/23/20

83-85 Wait St.
Springfield, MA 01104
Amount: $239,000
Buyer: Miguel Zapata
Seller: Robert Sullivan
Date: 07/23/20

250 West Allen Ridge Road
Springfield, MA 01118
Amount: $220,000
Buyer: Cathlene P. Sares
Seller: Joel M. Marrero
Date: 07/15/20

188 Wachusett St.
Springfield, MA 01118
Amount: $193,000
Buyer: Z. I. Sanabria-Rodriguez
Seller: Bento Fernandes
Date: 07/17/20

64 White Oak Road
Springfield, MA 01128
Amount: $201,500
Buyer: Sara P. Beach
Seller: Kathleen E. Powers
Date: 07/17/20

194 Wildwood Ave.
Springfield, MA 01118
Amount: $228,000
Buyer: Samantha Panniello
Seller: Kenyon, Mark A., (Estate)
Date: 07/17/20

8-10 Woodmont St.
Springfield, MA 01104
Amount: $210,000
Buyer: Jesus M. Franco
Seller: Abdul-Ghani Mourad
Date: 07/15/20

122-124 Woodmont St.
Springfield, MA 01104
Amount: $235,000
Buyer: Diana Gonzalez
Seller: Sharlene J. Howard
Date: 07/17/20

SOUTHWICK

52 Berkshire Ave.
Southwick, MA 01077
Amount: $190,000
Buyer: Patrick L. Hope
Seller: Catherine Vadnais
Date: 07/24/20

119 Granville Road
Southwick, MA 01077
Amount: $250,000
Buyer: Jordan T. Dewey
Seller: Michael Massai
Date: 07/21/20

45 Granville Road
Southwick, MA 01077
Amount: $225,000
Buyer: Adam Seaman
Seller: Richard F. Amellin
Date: 07/21/20

1 Mockingbird Lane
Southwick, MA 01077
Amount: $360,000
Buyer: Byron Wendling
Seller: Robert S. Sullivan
Date: 07/24/20

7 Mockingbird Lane
Southwick, MA 01077
Amount: $408,000
Buyer: Brian R. Webber
Seller: Kurt G. Langheld
Date: 07/21/20

38 Mort Vining Road
Southwick, MA 01077
Amount: $126,750
Buyer: RM Blerman LLC
Seller: Janet L. Mashia
Date: 07/17/20

18 Patriots Way
Southwick, MA 01077
Amount: $459,000
Buyer: Kristina M. Fraser
Seller: Lawrence A. Nowak
Date: 07/15/20

76 South Longyard Road
Southwick, MA 01077
Amount: $555,000
Buyer: Brandon J. Donovan
Seller: Kristina M. Fraser
Date: 07/15/20

WALES

5 Heck Road
Wales, MA 01081
Amount: $125,500
Buyer: Sean M. Greene
Seller: Lianne M. Foster
Date: 07/23/20

105 Stafford Road
Wales, MA 01081
Amount: $219,000
Buyer: Shalom Villanueva
Seller: Ryan K. Kress
Date: 07/22/20

161 Union Road
Wales, MA 01081
Amount: $300,000
Buyer: Ryan Kress
Seller: Andre R. Gingras
Date: 07/22/20

WEST SPRINGFIELD

111 Beacon Hill Road
West Springfield, MA 01089
Amount: $278,500
Buyer: Merita Ademi
Seller: Genevieve M. Broderick
Date: 07/23/20

21 Boulevard Place
West Springfield, MA 01089
Amount: $170,000
Buyer: Nathaniel Flint
Seller: Sherry A. Girard
Date: 07/14/20

355 Circle Dr.
West Springfield, MA 01089
Amount: $210,000
Buyer: Lucindy A. Amell
Seller: Eric R. Fenton
Date: 07/17/20

175 East Gooseberry Road
West Springfield, MA 01089
Amount: $375,500
Buyer: Patrick Felton
Seller: Nicholas L. Marsh
Date: 07/20/20

79 Ely Ave.
West Springfield, MA 01089
Amount: $217,700
Buyer: Emma L. Harness
Seller: Kristopher M. Forrette
Date: 07/24/20

60 Forest Glenn
West Springfield, MA 01089
Amount: $300,000
Buyer: Sankung Sanyang
Seller: Gregg M. Kaye
Date: 07/17/20

109 Green Meadow Lane
West Springfield, MA 01089
Amount: $210,000
Buyer: Eric S. Pouliot
Seller: Sharon S. Pouliot
Date: 07/17/20

70 Grove St.
West Springfield, MA 01089
Amount: $261,000
Buyer: Dwight Northrup
Seller: Sharon I. Driscoll
Date: 07/24/20

738 Main St.
West Springfield, MA 01089
Amount: $309,200
Buyer: Parish Cupboard Inc.
Seller: 738 Main Street LLC
Date: 07/13/20

146 Robinson Road
West Springfield, MA 01089
Amount: $190,000
Buyer: Christine M. Caney
Seller: Christine M. Caney
Date: 07/22/20

47 Spring St.
West Springfield, MA 01089
Amount: $240,000
Buyer: Erik Tancrati
Seller: Lake Rentals LLC
Date: 07/24/20

77 Tatham Hill Road
West Springfield, MA 01089
Amount: $275,000
Buyer: Michael J. Keesee
Seller: David J. Akey
Date: 07/20/20

148 Van Horn St.
West Springfield, MA 01089
Amount: $264,000
Buyer: Kelly J. Fay
Seller: CIG 4 LLC
Date: 07/13/20

70 Verdugo St.
West Springfield, MA 01089
Amount: $244,000
Buyer: Miriam Rubio
Seller: Mary L. Cross
Date: 07/23/20

WESTFIELD

10 Belmont St.
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $228,000
Buyer: Chap & Lane LLC
Seller: Lake Rentals LLC
Date: 07/22/20

79 Cardinal Lane
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $385,000
Buyer: Thomas Scott-Smith
Seller: Gary S. Manley
Date: 07/17/20

20 Deborah Lane
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $300,000
Buyer: Nataliya Bateyko
Seller: Burnickas, Thomas F., (Estate)
Date: 07/13/20

59 East Silver St.
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $265,000
Buyer: Bujar Mallopolci
Seller: Gregory P. Strattner
Date: 07/17/20

45 Furrowtown Road
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $380,000
Buyer: Melissa E. Bodanza
Seller: G&F Custom Built Home Inc.
Date: 07/15/20

701 Holyoke Road
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $250,000
Buyer: Cynthia Wenzel
Seller: Carl R. Bean
Date: 07/24/20

46 Kittredge Dr.
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $291,000
Buyer: Geoffrey Parenteau
Seller: Eric S. Pouliot
Date: 07/17/20

105 Long Pond Road
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $344,000
Buyer: Krzysztof D. Jandzis
Seller: David Garstka Builders LLC
Date: 07/17/20

152 Montgomery St.
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $211,000
Buyer: Heniek Wykowski
Seller: Joseph E. Cabana
Date: 07/23/20

3 Morgan Ave.
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $200,000
Buyer: JS Sampson Development
Seller: Northwest Realty LLC
Date: 07/23/20

87 Pequot Point Road
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $190,000
Buyer: Lisa A. Dube
Seller: Ernesto Nolasco
Date: 07/16/20

71 Putnam Dr.
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $250,000
Buyer: Eric S. Kusnick
Seller: Melissa A. Ancelli
Date: 07/24/20

144 Susan Dr.
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $360,000
Buyer: Nicole K. Puza
Seller: Seth R. Brosnan
Date: 07/17/20

113 Tannery Road
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $360,000
Buyer: Emily C. Pierce
Seller: Michael E. Fregeau
Date: 07/17/20

944 Western Ave.
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $233,000
Buyer: Timothy J. Kent
Seller: Kyle M. Pierce
Date: 07/22/20

60 White St.
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $185,000
Buyer: David J. Hearn
Seller: Michael J. Hearn
Date: 07/24/20

WILBRAHAM

2 Apple Hill Road
Wilbraham, MA 01095
Amount: $370,000
Buyer: Christopher McCarthy
Seller: Patricia A. Vigneault
Date: 07/17/20

8 Decorie Dr.
Wilbraham, MA 01095
Amount: $235,000
Buyer: Matt Schafer
Seller: Joseph P. Saimeri
Date: 07/21/20

13 Joan St.
Wilbraham, MA 01095
Amount: $350,000
Buyer: Zach V. Limoges
Seller: Sean E. Casella
Date: 07/13/20

233 Main St.
Wilbraham, MA 01095
Amount: $205,000
Buyer: Custom Homes Development Group LLC
Seller: Hayden B. Tibbetts
Date: 07/17/20

579 Main St.
Wilbraham, MA 01095
Amount: $380,000
Buyer: Michael J. Barcome
Seller: Geoffrey F. Steil
Date: 07/13/20

4 Mark Twain Dr.
Wilbraham, MA 01095
Amount: $407,000
Buyer: Nicholas S. Munn
Seller: Lauren J. Czaplicki
Date: 07/16/20

20 Pearl Lane
Wilbraham, MA 01095
Amount: $322,500
Buyer: Jason R. Jennings
Seller: William C. Lynch
Date: 07/24/20

4 Sunnyside Ter.
Wilbraham, MA 01095
Amount: $218,000
Buyer: Duc H. Huynh
Seller: Derek P. Dalessio
Date: 07/24/20

8 Woodsley Road
Wilbraham, MA 01095
Amount: $446,830
Buyer: Joseph Ciejek
Seller: Alfred C. Piel
Date: 07/16/20

HAMPSHIRE COUNTY

AMHERST

75 Aubinwood Road
Amherst, MA 01002
Amount: $538,000
Buyer: Nathan B. Green
Seller: Chocorua Realty Investment LLC
Date: 07/13/20

8 Canterbury Lane
Amherst, MA 01002
Amount: $685,000
Buyer: Jennifer S. Pinkus
Seller: W. Bruce Croft
Date: 07/23/20

902 East Pleasant St.
Amherst, MA 01002
Amount: $245,000
Buyer: Kilerine Properties LLC
Seller: Lynne K. Edwards
Date: 07/15/20

137 Farview Way
Amherst, MA 01002
Amount: $390,000
Buyer: Kelsey Whipple
Seller: Mary E. Hocken RET
Date: 07/15/20

87 Morgan Circle
Amherst, MA 01002
Amount: $431,299
Buyer: Laura Pfeffer
Seller: Bryn I. Geffert
Date: 07/13/20

36 Mount Holyoke Dr.
Amherst, MA 01002
Amount: $410,000
Buyer: Thomas J. Haley
Seller: Deborah J. Gilmore
Date: 07/24/20

45 Overlook Dr.
Amherst, MA 01002
Amount: $380,000
Buyer: Matthew M. Andrews
Seller: Village Of Light Inc.
Date: 07/20/20

37 Pomeroy Lane
Amherst, MA 01002
Amount: $430,000
Buyer: Shiting Lan
Seller: Jeremy D. Ober
Date: 07/21/20

34 Potwine Lane
Amherst, MA 01002
Amount: $379,500
Buyer: Felicia Sullivan-Bakaj
Seller: Benjamin M. Rau
Date: 07/13/20

1055 South East St.
Amherst, MA 01002
Amount: $400,000
Buyer: Vanessa DeHarven
Seller: Sharon S. Carty
Date: 07/22/20

106 Shutesbury Road
Amherst, MA 01002
Amount: $696,000
Buyer: Alys Malcolm
Seller: Christine M. Warren
Date: 07/22/20

12 Tanglewood Road
Amherst, MA 01002
Amount: $569,000
Buyer: Sarah Nahm
Seller: Ramakrishna Janaswamy RET
Date: 07/20/20

BELCHERTOWN

374 Bay Road
Belchertown, MA 01007
Amount: $319,900
Buyer: William E. Lancto
Seller: Theodore M. South
Date: 07/16/20

301 Boardman St.
Belchertown, MA 01007
Amount: $385,000
Buyer: Geremias P. Encarnacion
Seller: MS Homes LLC
Date: 07/17/20

40 Boardman St.
Belchertown, MA 01007
Amount: $242,000
Buyer: Creaig Dunton
Seller: Daniel R. Hodgen
Date: 07/17/20

76 Dana Hill
Belchertown, MA 01007
Amount: $295,000
Buyer: Bikram Bhandari
Seller: Matthew J. Tudryn
Date: 07/13/20

22 Dogwood Dr.
Belchertown, MA 01007
Amount: $415,000
Buyer: Deborah J. Gilmore
Seller: Donald R. Besancon INT
Date: 07/24/20

21 East Walnut St.
Belchertown, MA 01007
Amount: $225,000
Buyer: 5 Shamrocks LLC
Seller: Precise Properties LLC
Date: 07/22/20

258 Gulf Road
Belchertown, MA 01007
Amount: $220,000
Buyer: E. Garmon Residence TR
Seller: Debora Greenberg-Brink
Date: 07/21/20

59 Oakridge Dr.
Belchertown, MA 01007
Amount: $316,000
Buyer: Amanda Vigue
Seller: Michael A. Demento
Date: 07/14/20

10 Old Sawmill Road
Belchertown, MA 01007
Amount: $520,000
Buyer: Mingxu You
Seller: Gail A. Oberg
Date: 07/24/20

77 Pondview Circle
Belchertown, MA 01007
Amount: $425,000
Buyer: Brandon G. Floyd
Seller: Mark Iwanicki
Date: 07/21/20

401 Rockrimmon St.
Belchertown, MA 01007
Amount: $260,000
Buyer: Carl R. Merrick
Seller: Erik Miller
Date: 07/21/20

41 Shea Ave.
Belchertown, MA 01007
Amount: $420,000
Buyer: William Lamb
Seller: Gail A. Collins
Date: 07/15/20

175 West St.
Belchertown, MA 01007
Amount: $264,000
Buyer: Erica Letson
Seller: Susan M. Cox
Date: 07/20/20

238 West St.
Belchertown, MA 01007
Amount: $370,000
Buyer: Sandra A. Wilk
Seller: Joseph N. Accardi
Date: 07/17/20

243 West St.
Belchertown, MA 01007
Amount: $269,900
Buyer: Jonathan Cassella
Seller: Norman E. Olmstead
Date: 07/23/20

CUMMINGTON

133 Porter Hill Road
Cummington, MA 01026
Amount: $325,000
Buyer: David M. Clark
Seller: Charles R. Marinus
Date: 07/24/20

EASTHAMPTON

59 Parsons St.
Easthampton, MA 01027
Amount: $249,000
Buyer: Sasha D. Starr
Seller: Aaron D. Martin
Date: 07/20/20

1 Ranch Lane
Easthampton, MA 01027
Amount: $238,000
Buyer: Autumn L. Porubsky
Seller: Christian G. Labonte
Date: 07/17/20

17 Spring St.
Easthampton, MA 01027
Amount: $325,000
Buyer: Anna C. Clarke
Seller: Christopher Lee
Date: 07/15/20

74 Williston Ave.
Easthampton, MA 01027
Amount: $184,500
Buyer: Corbin H. Chicoine
Seller: HSBC Bank USA
Date: 07/21/20

GOSHEN

34 Main St.
Goshen, MA 01032
Amount: $208,000
Buyer: Timothy Hutt
Seller: Leigh-Ellen Figueroa
Date: 07/17/20

GRANBY

132 Aldrich St.
Granby, MA 01033
Amount: $360,000
Buyer: Ingrid L. Nelson
Seller: Wendy A. Connally
Date: 07/24/20

138 Amherst St.
Granby, MA 01033
Amount: $241,000
Buyer: Matthew Daives
Seller: Matthew Gross
Date: 07/21/20

317 Batchelor St.
Granby, MA 01033
Amount: $181,000
Buyer: Brian W. Jerome
Seller: David R. Wald FT
Date: 07/21/20

18 Greenmeadow Lane
Granby, MA 01033
Amount: $315,000
Buyer: Johnny Rivera
Seller: Home Rehabit LLC
Date: 07/22/20

8 Trout Lily Lane
Granby, MA 01033
Amount: $599,000
Buyer: Liam Ross
Seller: R. Ira Hare
Date: 07/17/20

60 West State St.
Granby, MA 01033
Amount: $450,000
Buyer: Ayan Realty LLC
Seller: Jill A. Johnson
Date: 07/21/20

HADLEY

10 Arrowhead Dr.
Hadley, MA 01035
Amount: $379,000
Buyer: W. G. Graham TR
Seller: David O. Patriquin
Date: 07/17/20

7 Cemetery Road
Hadley, MA 01035
Amount: $333,000
Buyer: Genevieve E. Higgins
Seller: Molly Smith
Date: 07/24/20

13 Frost Lane
Hadley, MA 01035
Amount: $420,000
Buyer: Timothy E. Johnson
Seller: Ashwin Ramasubramaniam
Date: 07/13/20

139 Hockanum Road
Hadley, MA 01035
Amount: $580,000
Buyer: Hilary B. Price
Seller: Real A. Rouillard
Date: 07/23/20

48 Huntington Road
Hadley, MA 01035
Amount: $358,000
Buyer: Iain Kelly
Seller: Ervin K. Laclair
Date: 07/23/20

211 Middle St.
Hadley, MA 01035
Amount: $465,000
Buyer: Richard M. Fill
Seller: Joyce C. Fill
Date: 07/15/20

111 Stockbridge St.
Hadley, MA 01035
Amount: $180,000
Buyer: William E. Kelley
Seller: Catherine A. Kelley
Date: 07/15/20

3 Sunrise Dr.
Hadley, MA 01035
Amount: $390,000
Buyer: Matthew J. Tudryn
Seller: Richard M. Fill
Date: 07/15/20

HATFIELD

66 Chestnut St.
Hatfield, MA 01038
Amount: $391,000
Buyer: Jamison A. Bradshaw
Seller: Thomas J. Wickles
Date: 07/16/20

30 North Hatfield Road
Hatfield, MA 01038
Amount: $228,000
Buyer: Andrew Marciano
Seller: Richard Giedel
Date: 07/24/20

HUNTINGTON

49 County Road
Huntington, MA 01050
Amount: $413,000
Buyer: Christian G. Labonte
Seller: Denise C. Harning
Date: 07/17/20

46 Littleville Road
Huntington, MA 01050
Amount: $197,000
Buyer: Andrew Reynolds
Seller: Renee N. Boylan
Date: 07/14/20

79 Searle Road
Huntington, MA 01050
Amount: $140,000
Buyer: Matthew A. Still
Seller: Wanat, Ann E., (Estate)
Date: 07/20/20

NORTHAMPTON

44 Berkshire Ter.
Northampton, MA 01062
Amount: $395,000
Buyer: Nolava LLC
Seller: Betty J. Longtin
Date: 07/22/20

191 Brookside Circle
Northampton, MA 01062
Amount: $330,000
Buyer: Kristolynne Crawley
Seller: Dale M. Jones
Date: 07/17/20

43 Center St. #G
Northampton, MA 01060
Amount: $250,000
Buyer: Bambi M. Rattner
Seller: Safe Passage Inc.
Date: 07/20/20

40 Elizabeth St.
Northampton, MA 01060
Amount: $430,000
Buyer: Richard P. Marsh
Seller: Charles R. Robertson
Date: 07/16/20

60 Emerson Way
Northampton, MA 01062
Amount: $665,000
Buyer: Scott M. Haselkorn
Seller: S. L. Haselkorn TR 2019
Date: 07/14/20

17 Glendale Road
Northampton, MA 01062
Amount: $249,225
Buyer: Peter J. Ludwig
Seller: John W. Cotton
Date: 07/13/20

46 Harrison Ave.
Northampton, MA 01060
Amount: $750,000
Buyer: Sara Farber
Seller: Karen Axelrod
Date: 07/24/20

18 Hayes Ave.
Northampton, MA 01060
Amount: $325,000
Buyer: Heather B. Breismeister
Seller: Thelma Hamilton
Date: 07/20/20

7 High Meadow Road
Northampton, MA 01062
Amount: $639,000
Buyer: Wendy W. Woodson
Seller: Peter C. Kenny
Date: 07/14/20

43 Ice Pond Dr.
Northampton, MA 01062
Amount: $599,000
Buyer: Samantha A. McVay
Seller: John D. Rogers
Date: 07/13/20

671 Kennedy Road
Northampton, MA 01053
Amount: $530,000
Buyer: Seth Brosnan
Seller: Kathryn D. Girardin
Date: 07/17/20

261 King St.
Northampton, MA 01060
Amount: $1,250,000
Buyer: Sajid Kahn
Seller: Y&B Realty Inc.
Date: 07/14/20

128 North St.
Northampton, MA 01060
Amount: $375,000
Buyer: Hamp 2020 LLC
Seller: McClellan, Elaine, (Estate)
Date: 07/22/20

78 Ridgewood Ter.
Northampton, MA 01060
Amount: $440,000
Buyer: Ruth Bauman
Seller: Jerelyn Parker-Peregrine
Date: 07/15/20

66 Woodland Dr.
Northampton, MA 01062
Amount: $475,000
Buyer: Nicholas D. Duprey
Seller: William R. Dupre
Date: 07/15/20

PLAINFIELD

24 South Union St.
Plainfield, MA 01070
Amount: $319,000
Buyer: Sydney Jones
Seller: Michal C. Lumsden
Date: 07/20/20

678 West Main St.
Plainfield, MA 01070
Amount: $340,000
Buyer: Brett Leav
Seller: Lawrence C. Jowett
Date: 07/17/20

SOUTH HADLEY

66 Amherst Road
South Hadley, MA 01075
Amount: $383,000
Buyer: Jenyou Hwang
Seller: Michael P. Mazur
Date: 07/17/20

652 Amherst Road
South Hadley, MA 01075
Amount: $200,000
Buyer: Conor D. Hennessey
Seller: Kimberly S. Robinette
Date: 07/21/20

11 Blueberry Bend
South Hadley, MA 01075
Amount: $460,000
Buyer: Kyle T. Krow
Seller: Ronald A. Michalski RET
Date: 07/23/20

51 College View Hts.
South Hadley, MA 01075
Amount: $295,000
Buyer: Matthew C. Watson
Seller: Manuel, Richard D. Jr, (Estate)
Date: 07/17/20

369 Granby Road
South Hadley, MA 01075
Amount: $380,000
Buyer: John J. Hay
Seller: Lawrence D. Tower RET
Date: 07/15/20

274 North Main St.
South Hadley, MA 01075
Amount: $210,000
Buyer: Arielle Faye-Foulds
Seller: Joanne Hay
Date: 07/15/20

192 Pearl St.
South Hadley, MA 01075
Amount: $155,000
Buyer: Benjamin K. Godek
Seller: Richard T. Stebbins
Date: 07/24/20

17 Upper River Road
South Hadley, MA 01075
Amount: $455,000
Buyer: Rory M. Pommerening
Seller: Gregory A. Schmidt
Date: 07/17/20

8 Upper River Road
South Hadley, MA 01075
Amount: $391,000
Buyer: Melissa Calhoun
Seller: Kristen J. Steele
Date: 07/17/20

SOUTHAMPTON

9 Birchwood Dr.
Southampton, MA 01073
Amount: $640,000
Buyer: Joe E. Skinner
Seller: Richard L. Truehart Jr. LT
Date: 07/24/20

34 High St.
Southampton, MA 01073
Amount: $260,000
Buyer: Jeremy L. Harman
Seller: Pamela A. Dods
Date: 07/24/20

8 Kevin Dr.
Southampton, MA 01073
Amount: $499,900
Buyer: Gregory A. Schmidt
Seller: Jared A. Conaboy
Date: 07/17/20

WARE

74 Beaver Lake Road
Ware, MA 01082
Amount: $205,000
Buyer: Alicia J. Alvaro
Seller: Guimond, Eleanor M., (Estate)
Date: 07/24/20

87 Church St.
Ware, MA 01082
Amount: $170,400
Buyer: Freedom Mortgage Corp.
Seller: Nicole Sicard
Date: 07/14/20

75 Cummings Road
Ware, MA 01082
Amount: $450,000
Buyer: David Sajdera
Seller: Roger C. Bouchard
Date: 07/17/20

93 Old Poor Farm Road
Ware, MA 01082
Amount: $175,852
Buyer: Jeffrey W. Provost
Seller: USA HUD
Date: 07/16/20

11 Warebrook Village
Ware, MA 01082
Amount: $132,000
Buyer: Rebecca L. Chaffee
Seller: Derek E. Shumate
Date: 07/15/20

WILLIAMSBURG

57-R Adams Road
Williamsburg, MA 01039
Amount: $530,000
Buyer: Heather R. Love
Seller: Richard P. Marsh
Date: 07/16/20

16 Fairfield Ave.
Williamsburg, MA 01039
Amount: $297,500
Buyer: Joanna S. Moran
Seller: Heather G. Richard
Date: 07/24/20

111 Old Goshen Road
Williamsburg, MA 01096
Amount: $750,000
Buyer: Debra G. Pinucci
Seller: J. Keenan Burns
Date: 07/17/20

18 North Farms Road
Williamsburg, MA 01062
Amount: $200,000
Buyer: Jason T. Novak
Seller: Michael R. Labbe
Date: 07/24/20

WESTHAMPTON

32 Northwest Road
Westhampton, MA 01027
Amount: $420,000
Buyer: Aaron Martin
Seller: Yuriy Gavrilov
Date: 07/21/20

310 Northwest Road
Westhampton, MA 01027
Amount: $355,000
Buyer: Gregory C. Clausen
Seller: William F. Seney
Date: 07/15/20

WORTHINGTON

85 Cold St.
Worthington, MA 01098
Amount: $228,500
Buyer: Daniel Matica
Seller: Gary A. Munn
Date: 07/24/20

Opinion

Editorial

Nearly five months into the COVID-19 pandemic, one of the biggest issues — and questions — to emerge involves remote work and its future.

Indeed, while many people have returned to the office over the past several weeks, large numbers of employees continue to work from home. And the longer they do that — with generally positive results when it comes to productivity and overall satisfaction among managers and workers alike — the more people ask the $64,000 question: is this the future of work?

The answer right now is, by and large, ‘we don’t know — but we’re certainly looking at it.’ And the reasons for this are obvious. Having large numbers of people working at home could save companies considerable amounts of money on real estate, office design and accommodations, and other expenses. And from some of the early reports, they can do this while making employees happier — most of them enjoy working from home and not commuting — and perhaps more productive, partly because, again, they’re happier and they’re not commuting.

But this goes well beyond real estate, and that’s why this issue deserves the attention it is now getting. Remote work has the potential — the potential, mind you — to perhaps level the playing field when it comes to urban and rural areas, and also perhaps change the landscape when it comes to downtowns dominated by office buildings — and the businesses that serve the workers in those buildings.

That’s perhaps. We’re getting a little ahead of ourselves, but not really. These are the kinds of questions — and scenarios — that are already being talked about.

As that talk goes on, so does the discussion about remote work itself. As noted earlier, most of the early returns are positive. Companies do talk about how they miss the in-person interactions and a loss of the some of the collaborative spirit that comes with having everyone working in the same space.

But generally, they also talk about how productivity has not been impacted by people working at home, and how much employees appreciate these new arrangements. Some companies, like Google, have already told employees (most of them, anyway) they can and will work at home until roughly this time next year.

Whether these arrangements are being made, tolerated, and even applauded purely because of the pandemic remains to be seen. Maybe, when there’s a vaccine, everyone will return to the office and things will be as they were in February 2020.

But that now seems unlikely. COVID has, in many ways, shown the world that working from home is a viable option, one that could bring benefits for employers and employees alike. And this opens up a number of possibilities.

Indeed, individuals now living in Boston won’t have to live in that area to work for companies located there. They can live in Western Mass., where the living is cheaper, the air is cleaner, and the roads are less clogged (for now). Speaking of roads, do we have to worry about them being clogged again?

Meanwhile, people living in Western Mass. won’t have to work for companies located in Western Mass. Some of them don’t anyway, but now more can enjoy that option.

And what about high-speed rail? Will we still need it if far fewer people will need to travel across the state to work? Seems like the playing field may be leveled without it.

While in some respects these seem like questions for another day, they are appropriate to ask right now. And if the pandemic lingers and people continue to work from home successfully and productively into next year, these questions will be asked more and more — and the answer might well become obvious, if it isn’t already.

There have been many stories to emerge from this pandemic, but remote working may be the biggest of them all. There are many questions still to be answered and research to be done, but this may just be the future of work — or a very big part of it. And the impact could be enormous.

Opinion

Opinion

The recent news that two small businesses located in the Shops at Marketplace in downtown Springfield — Serendipity and Alchemy Nail Bar — will be closing permanently due to a sharp decline in business from the pandemic provides more direct evidence of the damage being done to the business community from this crisis.

A number of small businesses have already closed over the past four and a half months, and those numbers will surely rise as the pandemic continues to keep people in their homes. Many of these closings are seemingly unavoidable — they involve businesses, such as event venues, bars, and restaurants, where people gather in large numbers indoors, something the pandemic has made all but impossible if people want to stay safe.

But some could be avoided if the residents of this area find ways to provide needed support. Many are already doing that, but these numbers need to grow if the Western Mass. business community is to avoid losing more of its valued members.

And we say valued, because that’s exactly what they are. Businesses are not simply establishments that occupy space in buildings and provide goods and services. They are part of the community, and often a big part.

They employ people. They pay taxes. They support organizations like the United Way and the Chamber of Commerce. Their employees often serve on boards and commissions and lend their support to local causes.

When a business closes, we lose a lot more than a place to buy shoes. When a restaurant closes, we lose more than our favorite pizza joint. When a tourist attraction shuts its doors, we lose more than a place to take the kids on a Saturday.

Supporting local businesses has always been important, but it is even more so during this crisis because so many of them are imperiled. As we have chronicled over the past several months, ventures in every sector of the economy have been rocked by this pandemic.

Indeed, companies recording sales of 60% or 70% of last year’s totals are having a good year. And most are not in that category, with declines of 70%, 80%, or even 90% over last year. Many of these businesses have been helped by assistance from the federal government in the form of PPP loans, SBA loans, and small grants from individual cities and towns. But many have exhausted those funds, and the pandemic shows no signs of letting up.

It doesn’t take someone with a degree in accounting to understand that most businesses simply cannot sustain losses like this for much longer. And some have already concluded that they can’t sustain them any longer.

With each headline like the one about Serendipity and Alchemy closing, there is regret about what we’ve lost. And as mentioned earlier, we lose more than a shop that sells an item or makes good Italian food. We lose tax dollars, and we lose a piece of our community.

There are many ways to support a business even if you can’t visit it in person — from buying a gift certificate to getting takeout to buying online. And by exercising these options, we can perhaps avoid losing some of the businesses that still call Western Mass. home.

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Brewing Up Some News

Joined by state Rep. Tom Petrolati and leadership from Westmass Area Development Corp., Loophole Brewing Services announced plans for its new location at 90 First Ave. in Ludlow. The planned 21,000-square-foot brewery, taproom, and beer garden will occupy the former jute-processing building on a 2.5-acre parcel at the eastern end of the Ludlow Mills complex. Loophole co-founders Jeff Goulet, Aaron Saunders, and Todd Snopkowski plan to acquire the space from Westmass. In addition to the brewing operations, Loophole plans to have food offerings and more for taproom and beer-garden guests.

 


Meeting a Surging Need

Easthampton Community Center

Easthampton Community Center Executive Director Robin Bialecki and Thomas Conner, Florence Bank branch manager and vice president

Florence Bank donated $7,500 to the Easthampton Community Center to support its Food Pantry Program that serves 22 towns throughout the Pioneer Valley and provides food each month to 6,000 food-insecure individuals in need, including more than 600 children in the greater Easthampton area through the Kid’s Summer Pantry Program.

 

 


Drive-by Party

On July 15, Fleming Cocchi, a longtime resident of Wilbraham, turned 100 years old, and Visiting Angels of West Springfield, the home-care service that has taken care of Cocchi and his wife since 2014, organized a drive-by celebration. A parade of friends, family, and community members — including fire trucks and police cars — gathered to drive by Cocchi’s house with signs, balloons, bows, and birthday wishes. Cocchi waved from his porch with a big smile on his face as the cars and trucks passed by.

 


 

 

People on the Move
Prudence Blond

Prudence Blond

Prudence Blond has been promoted to vice president and trust officer at Greenfield Savings Bank. In her new position, Blond, as a client service officer, oversees the administration and tax departments and also works with the Bank’s internal and external auditors. Blond joined the bank after graduating from Greenfield Community College in 1997 as a teller. In 1999, she was promoted to trust operations associate with responsibility for processing operational work along with administrative assistant tasks of the GSB Trust Department. Over the next 10 years, she began to work directly clients and was promoted to assistant trust officer, then trust officer, then to assistant vice president and trust officer before her new promotion to vice president and trust officer. After graduating from GCC, she earned a personal trust diploma through the American Bankers Assoc. in 2011 and a general financial services diploma through the Centre for Financial Training. She has continued to take educational classes in administration, personal tax preparation, trust and estate-tax preparation, financial planning, and IRAs. She earned her certified trust and financial advisor (CTFA) designation in 2012 through the Institute of Certified Banks. Blond is currently serving on the board of directors, personnel committee, and nominating committee at LifePath Inc. (formerly known as Franklin County Home Care Corp.). She is a member of the annual campaign team at Greenfield Community College. She has previously served on the board of trustees, as treasurer, and as Sunday school superintendent at Robbins Memorial Church.

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Kevin Bowler

Kevin Bowler

Michael Tucker, president and CEO, announced that Kevin Bowler has joined Greenfield Cooperative Bank as the new senior vice president of Loan Resolution. He began working in the Northampton office on July 1. “Kevin brings to us over 30 years of lending experience,” Tucker said. “We are lucky to have someone with his level of experience in handling and working with commercial and residential credits to help them through these times.” Bowler, who will report directly to Tony Worden, executive vice president and chief operating officer, previously worked for Peoples United Bank (the Bank of Western Massachusetts). He has a bachelor’s degree from Westfield State University.

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Leadership Pioneer Valley (LPV) recently welcomed Lidya Rivera-Early of Springfield Technical Community College (STCC) to its board of directors. Rivera-Early has a demonstrated history of serving on various boards and committees within the community. As an LPV LEAP alumna, she also brings a passion for both the mission of the organization and the continued success of the Pioneer Valley. “We are delighted to have Lidya join us,” said Lora Wondolowski, Leadership Pioneer Valley executive director. “Lidya understands firsthand the value of LPV. She will bring her voice, skills, and experiences to the board and will help LPV to fulfill its mission of building and connecting more diverse, committed, and effective leadership for the Pioneer Valley.” The Board also announced that Russell Peotter and Annamarie Golden will continue for an additional year in their current roles as chair and vice chair, respectively. Francia Wisnewski will continue as clerk, and Callie Niezgoda as treasurer.

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Daisy Pereira-Tosado joins

Daisy Pereira-Tosado joins

Didi de Almeida

Didi de Almeida

The Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts (CFWM) announced two new staff members, filling key development and finance roles at the organization. Daisy Pereira-Tosado joins CFWM as director of Philanthropy, and Didi de Almeida has been hired as account manager. Pereira-Tosado is responsible for bolstering and diversifying the foundation’s development strategy. She brings 25 years of experience in the nonprofit arena and has led and served in leadership roles for community-based organizations, most recently as senior director of Philanthropy at New England Public Media. Pereira-Tosado has developed many valuable resources for the local community as an active volunteer for local organizations such as Girls Inc. of Holyoke, Link to Libraries, and the Springfield Puerto Rican Day Parade Committee. She is a graduate of Boston University. Meanwhile, de Almeida brings seven years of experience in nonprofit accounting management for local nonprofit organizations, and recently earned her MBA from the Isenberg School of Management at UMass Amherst. Prior to her graduate studies, de Almeida was fiscal manager for the Center for New Americans, business manager for the Brick House Community Resource Center, and staff accountant for the MassHire Franklin Hampshire Career Center. Her experience includes budgeting, compliance, financial reporting, expense tracking, tax filing, and audit preparation.

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Bulkley Richardson announced that Christopher Gelino will be spending the next several weeks at the firm as a summer associate. During this assignment, he will have the opportunity to assist with legal work from all practice areas within the firm. Gelino is currently attending the University of Connecticut School of Law with an expected graduation date of May 2021. He is a 2014 graduate of the University of Connecticut, where he received degrees in both political science and human rights, and was recognized as a university honors scholar. He also earned a master’s degree in international politics in 2017 from the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London.

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E. Thomas Foster

E. Thomas Foster

Denise Jordan

Denise Jordan

American International College (AIC) recently welcomed two members to its board of trustees: E. Thomas Foster and Denise Jordan. Foster is managing director of the Retirement Advisor University Speakers Bureau. A 1970 graduate of American International College, he also attended Suffolk University Law School. In a career spanning more than 30 years, he is well-regarded as an industry expert, educating and advising individuals and businesses on the retirement marketplace, including products, legislation, regulation, and compliance. Most recently, Foster served as the spokesperson for MassMutual Retirement Services, working directly with financial advisors and employers to educate about 401(k) and other qualified retirement-savings plans. In 2007, he co-authored a book on practice management for advisors titled To Sell or Not to Sell … Employer Retirement Plans. He has been featured in numerous publications, including the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, the Dallas Morning News, the Miami Herald, the Los Angeles Times, Forbes, Kiplinger, Financial Planning, Investment News, and the London Stock Exchange. Jordan was born and raised in the city of Springfield. She attended Lincoln University in Pennsylvania, where she received a bachelor’s degree in political science, and in 2000, she earned a master’s degree in human resource development from American International College. AIC presented Jordan with an honorary doctor of laws degree in 2019, awarded for outstanding achievement in the social sciences and for significant community contributions at the local and national levels. Jordan worked for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in a variety of roles for more than 20 years. In 2008, she became the city of Springfield’s first African-American chief of staff, a position she held for more than a decade in the office of Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno. She currently serves as executive director of the Springfield Housing Authority, the third-largest public housing authority in the state. She has held seats on many boards and has won several awards for her volunteer work.

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Crystal Cote-Stosz

Crystal Cote-Stosz

Christopher Heights of Northampton announced that Crystal Cote-Stosz has joined its team as executive director, effective immediately. Cote-Stosz brings a long history of elder-care experience. She began her career in elder care in 2007 as an information and referral specialist and later moved up to a geriatric resource advisor with Greater Springfield Senior Services. In 2009, she and her family relocated to Easthampton, and in 2010, she accepted a position in social work at the Northampton Senior Center. Within a year at the senior center, she was promoted to assistant director. Her responsibilities included volunteer recruitment, scheduling, training, and supervising the social worker, activities director, and fitness center, ensuring the needs of elders in the Northampton community were met with dignity, respect, and enthusiasm. Cote-Stosz’s commitment to serving elders presented a new opportunity in 2016 at the Lathrop Home in Northampton, where she accepted the position of executive director in 2016 and focused her talents on expanding relationships with community partners, developing effective teams within the Lathrop community, and increasing resident census to stabilize the operations of the home. She said she enjoyed the growth opportunity and experiences she had at the Lathrop Home and is now accepting this new opportunity to expand to a larger community.

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Country Bank announced several grant recipients associated with its Community Heroes campaign, an effort to recognize exceptional acts of service by local individuals in the region and the continued fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. As part of the campaign, more than 200 heroes were nominated through an online submission process explaining why they should be chosen. A new hero was selected each week and awarded a $250 gift card to the local business of their choice. In addition, a donation to a COVID-19 relief organizations was made in their name. The chosen Community Heroes include Noelle Grace Efantis, registered nurse at Baystate Wing Hospital; Michelle and Jay Demore of Demore’s Automotive Center; Paula Perrier, director of Child Development Services at the YMCA Tri-Community Child Development Center; Benjamin Mead, operations manager of Environmental Services at St. Francis Hospital; Alan Tracy, Pioneer Valley USO director at Westover Air Reserve Base; and the directors and transit care specialist at Beers & Story Funeral Home of Palmer. Country Bank continues to be one of the many businesses supporting its communities throughout the pandemic. The bank has made $450,000 in donations to local COVID-19 relief efforts and continues to look for ways to give back in a meaningful way during these challenging times.

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Mary-Anne Schelb

Adam Berman, president of JGS Lifecare, announced that Mary-Anne Schelb has rejoined the JGS Lifecare team as director of Business Development for the Western Mass. market. Prior to returning to JGS Lifecare, Schelb led marketing operations at Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital in Ludlow. In her prior role at JGS Lifecare as director of Sales and Community Relations, she developed strategic partnerships and spearheaded the efforts that succeeded in making Longmeadow a dementia-friendly community. Prior to that, she headed up sales, marketing, and community relations at Monastery Heights Assisted Living in West Springfield. Schelb is very active in numerous community organizations. She is a Rotarian, a board member of the East of the River Chamber of Commerce, and a member of the West of the River Chamber of Commerce, the Retirement Marketing Directors Assoc., the Western Massachusetts Eldercare Professionals Assoc., the Women Business Owners Alliance, the Western Mass. Elder Care Conference steering committee, and the Tri-County Partnership, just to name a few. She began her career with an accounting certification from St. John’s School of Business and worked in the mainstream until continuing onto a more wellness-based path as a Holistic Health Practitioner, holding master/teacher certifications from the International Center for Reiki Training. She is also a certified cranial sacral therapist in Profound Neutral from the Neurovascular Institute.

Building Permits

The following building permits were issued during the month of July 2020. (Filings are limited due to closures or reduced staffing hours at municipal offices due to COVID-19 restrictions).

CHICOPEE

American Towers, LLC
645 Shawinigan Dr.
$25,000 — Modify existing cellular monopole equipment, swap three antennas and three remote radio units, add one cable fiber

Janet Hughes
358 Britton St.
$2,500 — Replace seven windows

Bob Ladas
725 Memorial Dr.
$648,772 — New vehicle service station building

Shawn Peabody
18 Victoria Park
$2,300 — Replace six windows

Valley Opportunity Council
35 Mount Carmel Ave.
$28,950 — Repair parapet masonry

GREENFIELD

278-302 Main Street, LLC
278 Main St., #307A
$25,000 — Divide existing room for storage area, new door and frame, new sink location, upgrade ductwork, minor electrical work, hot-water tank, plumbing

Green Fields Market
144 Main St.
$12,043 — Reconfigure deli area, move serving line, remove half wall

Greenfield Community College
270 Main St.
$28,451 — Accessibility upgrades on first-floor bathrooms

LEE

Eric Montgomery
815 Pleasant St.
$23,000 — Interior demolition

Montra II Inc.
51 Park St.
$10,000 — New exterior door with landing and window

NORTHAMPTON

Cousins Investments, LLC
48 Damon Road
$80,050.19 — Demo flood cuts in offices due to water mitigation

Fernway, LLC
178 Industrial Dr.
$235,532 — Interior demolition, build out partition walls and ceilings

Hampshire Franklin & Hampden Agricultural Society
54 Bridge St.
$129,000 — Proposed radio-frequency equipment on new wooden utility pole, replacing existing wooden utility pole

Hill Institute
83 Pine St.
$37,500 — Add attached shed to existing storage barn

India Palace Restaurant
26-28 Main St.
$414,650 — Renovation and addition of single residential unit

Jo Landers
6 Service Center Road
$68,000 — Divide one tenant space into two, add bathroom and meeting room

PITTSFIELD

Bank Row Realty Trust
8 Bank Row
$72,849 — Roofing

First United Methodist Church
55 Fenn St.
$30,400 — Roofing

Gathering of Israel
16 Colt Road
$11,000 — Roofing

Three Ninety Five North, LLC
391 North St.
$10,000 — Alter new bathroom on first floor of barbershop; install new access door, flooring, and tile

SPRINGFIELD

City of Springfield
962 Carew St.
$8,000 — Repair existing accessible entry ramp at Liberty School

City of Springfield
1170 Carew St.
$57,000 — Alter existing library area for use as four classroom spaces in Van Sickle School

Joseph Frigo, Lisa Frigo
90 William St.
$18,900 — Roofing at Frigo’s Foods

Hamden Home Buyers
557 Worthington St.
$15,000 — Roofing at vacant Lido’s restaurant

Springfield Investment Group, LLC
795 Worcester St.
$91,981 — Alter medical tenant office space for Select Physical Therapy

Springfield Investment Group, LLC
835 Worcester St.
$91,981 — Alter commercial tenant space for medical office use for Select Physical Therapy

Springfield Redevelopment Authority
31 Elm St.
$2,360,920 — Selective interior demolition on seven interior floors, structural repairs and bracing, install new concrete retaining wall, install temporary lighting for proposed mixed-use building