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WESTFIELD — At a check presentation ceremony on November 13, the Polish National Credit Union made a $15,000 donation to the capital campaign of the Friends of the Westfield Senior Center Inc. The donation was made at the Westfield River Branch of the PNCU by Branch Manager Cynthia L. Houle, to the Friends of the Westfield Senior Center’s board of directors. PNCU President and CEO James Kelly, commented on the credit union’s commitment to the Westfield community. “Our branch in Westfield is one of our largest and most vibrant locations, and we enjoy being involved in supporting the community in any way we can. The new Senior Center is going to be a wonderful asset to the community and PNCU is thrilled to be a part of it.” The donation will be used for furnishings at the new senior center, currently under construction on Noble Street in Westfield. “The Polish National donation will enable us to provide comfortable furniture and accessories for the new Senior Center that Westfield’s seniors will benefit from for years to come,” said board member Tom Keenan. “Polish National is genuinely concerned about the community and making Westfield a better place to live.”

Founded in 1921, The Polish National Credit Union is one of the largest credit unions in the Pioneer Valley. Headquartered on Main Street in Chicopee, the credit union operates full-service branches in Chicopee Center, Granby, Westfield, Southampton, Hampden, and Wilbraham.

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BOSTON — The Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development (EOLWD) reported this week that preliminary estimates from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) show Massachusetts added 1,200 jobs in October for a total preliminary estimate of 3,424,600. The October total unemployment rate remained unchanged at 6.0%. Since October 2013, Massachusetts has added a net of 52,600 jobs, with 50,400 jobs added in the private sector. The total unemployment rate for the year is down 1.2% from the October 2013 rate of 7.2%. BLS also revised its September job estimates to a 7,800-job gain from the 9,400-gain previously reported for the month. Here’s an October 2014 employment overview:
• Information added 1,900 jobs (+2.0%) over the month. Over the year, the sector added 7,900 jobs (+9.1%);
• Construction gained 1,300 jobs (+1.1%) over the month. Over the year, the sector has added 2,400 jobs (+2.0%);
• Education and Health Services added 800 jobs (+0.1%) over the month. Over the year, the sector Education gained 16,000 jobs (+2.2%);
• Professional, Scientific and Business Services gained 200 jobs (0.0%) over the month. Over the year, the sector added 14,500 jobs (+2.9%);
• Other Services had no change in its jobs level over the month. Over the year, Other Services jobs are up 1,100 jobs (+0.9%);
• Trade, Transportation and Utilities lost 1,800 jobs (-0.3%) over the month. Over the year, the sector gained 7,200 (+1.3%) jobs;
• Leisure and Hospitality lost 1,500 jobs (-0.4%) jobs over the month. Over the year, the sector added 100 (0.0%) jobs;
• Financial Activities lost 500 jobs (-0.2%) over the month. Over the year, the sector added 1,900 jobs (+0.9%);
• Manufacturing lost 400 jobs (-0.2%) jobs over the month. Over the year, Manufacturing lost 700 jobs (-0.3%); and
• Government added 1,200 jobs (+0.3%) over the month. Over the year, the sector gained 2,200 jobs (+0.5%).

The October 2014 estimates show 3,334,800 Massachusetts residents were employed and 211,000 were unemployed, for a total labor force of 3,545,800. The October labor force increased by 14,100 from 3,531,700 in September, as 16,400 more residents were employed and 2,300 fewer residents were unemployed over the month. The labor force was an estimated 61,800 above the 3,484,000 October 2013 estimate, with 100,600 more residents employed and 38,800 fewer residents unemployed. The unemployment rate is based on a monthly sample of households. The job estimates are derived from a monthly sample survey of employers. As a result, the two statistics may exhibit different monthly trends.

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SPRINGFIELD — Access to Baystate Medical Center, including Baystate Children’s Hospital and the Medical Office Building, via the hospital’s Medical Center Drive entrance off Springfield Street will be temporarily closed to both vehicular and pedestrian starting Nov. 22 for one month.
The closure will not affect access to the hospital’s Emergency and Trauma Center, Wesson, and Chestnut Buildings, all of which remains the same.
 The change in traffic pattern is necessary in order to provide space on Medical Center Drive, between the Daly Building main entrance and Springfield Street, for a large crane required for the installation of a new air handling unit, part of the hospital’s continuing efforts to upgrade its facilities.

During the approximately four weeks of construction and installation of the air handler on the hospital roof, access to Baystate Medical Center will be via the Chapin Terrace end of Medical Center Drive. Signs off both I-91 north and southbound will direct vehicle traffic south on Springfield Street to Chapin Terrace. The project is expected to be complete on or about Dec. 20. Also, the PVTA will temporarily suspend service to its bus stop on Medical Center Drive, and will bring riders to its stop on Chestnut Street, where they will be directed to enter the hospital through the Wesson Building. “Our goal is to continue to provide easy access to Baystate Medical Center and the Medical Office Building, and to ensure patients, visitors, and employees can safely get where they need to go. We’ll put in place plenty of signage, police redirecting traffic at the closed-off entrance on Springfield Street, and valet parkers who will further assist people in reaching their destination,” said Louis Faassen, manager of Construction Services, Facilities Planning and Engineering, Baystate Medical Center.
For more information on Baystate Medical Center, visit baystatehealth.org/bmc.

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SPRINGFIELD — The construction project to expand the Sister Caritas Cancer Center at Mercy Medical Center is on schedule, and a ‘topping off’ ceremony will be held Nov. 20 to mark the completion of the project’s main structure with the placement of the top steel beam. A topping off ceremony is a tradition within the construction industry and is held when the highest structural point in the building construction is attained. To celebrate this event, the last steel girder is signed, lifted into place and welded to the structure. A small evergreen tree and the American flag are also secured to the girder as it is hoisted to the top of the structure. The tree is meant to represent the strength of the new building and the desire for the construction project to remain injury-free. The $15 million expansion of the Sister Caritas Cancer Center, which will add an additional 26,000 square feet of space on two levels, is designed to provide more comprehensive care delivery and added convenience for patients. In addition to Radiation Oncology services, Medical Oncology offices, physician offices and exam rooms will be located on the first floor. Medical Oncology treatment and infusion space, an oncology pharmacy and laboratory space will be located on the second floor.

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Casino Project Generates Challenges, Anticipation

A panoramic view of the section of Springfield’s South End that will be transformed into MGM’s $800 million casino complex.

A panoramic view of the section of Springfield’s South End that will be transformed into MGM’s $800 million casino complex.

Thirty-three months.

That’s how long MGM Resorts International has to complete construction on its $800 million casino complex in Springfield’s South End, according to the host-community agreement inked early this year.

That means August 2017, if you haven’t already done the math.

Kevin Kennedy, Springfield’s chief development officer, said the city (or MGM) might eventually erect one of those digital displays that counts down the months, days, hours, minutes, and seconds until something starts, as cities hosting the Olympics have done. But even without such a device, everyone involved will know that the clock is ticking — and that time, as that old saying goes, is money.

That’s why MGM didn’t put this project aside during the four months between when it was announced that a measure to repeal the state’s gaming law would appear on the election ballot and when it was soundly defeated, said Mike Mathis, president of MGM Springfield.

“There was a mandate from our chairman, Jim Murren, and our president, Bill Hornbuckle, an attitude that ‘we’re going to win this on Nov. 4, so let’s keep the intensity up so we don’t lose that time,’” said Mathis, adding that work pressed on with everything from final design to workforce-development issues to the overall timetable for what will easily be the largest construction project in this region’s history.

In some ways, this initiative will look like one of those 1960s-style urban-renewal projects, said those we spoke with, noting that several buildings, many of them damaged by the June 2011 tornado, will be torn down within the 14.5-acre site, and a number of businesses will be relocated to make way for the casino project. But it will also be different in many respects.

Indeed, this will be a private project, one that won’t bulldoze an area, but rather preserve many buildings within it, including historic 101 State St. — the original home of MassMutual — as well as First Spiritual Church and the façade of distinctive 73 State St. And instead of taking taxpaying properties off the rolls, as many of those massive urban-renewal projects did, this one will raise the amount of taxes generated within those 16 acres from $634,000 at present to $17.6 million when the casino opens its doors.

Mathis, who has been involved with several MGM casino initiatives, in this country and abroad, said the Springfield project presents some distinctive challenges — and opportunities — with its urban setting, its location in a state that has no experience with gaming at this level, and its so-called inside-out design.

“They’re all unique, but this is particularly unique, because of the integration with the existing downtown environment; this is not a greenfield project,” he explained. “There’s no template in our portfolio for a project like this, but that said, we’ve built in challenging environments at major scale, so this is certainly within our wheelhouse.”

Mike Mathis

Mike Mathis says MGM’s Springfield casino complex is unique in many respects, and thus it presents a number of challenges.

Mathis said work has already commenced on the site, with some soil testing underway, as well as surveying and preliminary work to attain excavation permits. The first component of the complex to take shape will be a 3,500-car parking garage that will sit on the site of the tornado-damaged Zanetti School, said Mathis, noting that the casino project will take a number of existing surface parking spaces offline in the South End. He expects that facility to be completed over the next 12 to 14 months.

Next will come the hotel tower, which will incorporate the façade of 73 State St. into its design, as well as other components on what Mathis called “parallel tracks.” These include retail areas, a projected 50 units of market-rate housing near the casino site, and other facilities. Many of those components will be preceded by demolition of existing structures, including the school, the Western Mass. Correctional Alcohol Center on Howard Street, and a retail complex on Main Street, among others, and the relocation of roughly 20 businesses.

Meeting that 33-month mandate will be challenging on many levels, especially if the planned I-91 viaduct reconstruction project takes place at the same time, as expected. But all parties involved — MGM, the city, and the state — have no shortage of incentives to meet that timetable.

For this issue, BusinessWest talked with Mathis, Kennedy, and others about what the next 33 months might be like. The words heard most often were ‘challenging’ and ‘exciting.’

The Suspense Is Building

Kennedy, who has played a role in several development projects — from the new federal courthouse to significant improvements to State Street to Union Station — in his current role and also as aide to U.S. Rep. Richard Neal, said the casino will be like those initiatives in some ways, but there are important differences that might actually make the MGM complex a smoother, easier undertaking.

“The scale is obviously much different than anything we’ve ever done here in Springfield before — there haven’t been any $800 million projects,” he told BusinessWest. “However, the nature of the projects and how a project gets done … they’re all pretty similar in terms of permitting, demolition, and all the things that will happen here.

“But in terms of complications, while this is the largest economic-development project we’ve undertaken, the complexity of it, from a government standpoint, is actually less than either the U.S. courthouse and State Street,” he went on. “On the courthouse, not only did we have to make deals with property owners, tear down a portion of Technical High School, and move the Alexander House, but this was a three-tiered governmental project — there was federal, state, and local involvement, and everyone has their regulatory issues. And when you’re redoing 3.2 miles of State Street, we were two years in the planning process alone.”

But the casino project will undoubtedly have its challenges, said Kennedy, adding that one matter of particular concern is infrastructure and, more specifically, old and deteriorating water and sewer lines in that part of the city.

“When we had our negotiations with MGM, we talked to them extensively about these infrastructure issues, and they are very much on board for this because they can’t afford to have a water or sewer problem,” Kennedy noted. “And we don’t want them to have a breakdown, either, because some of our funds are attached to their ability to do business.”

The Western Mass. Correctional Alcohol Center

The Western Mass. Correctional Alcohol Center on Howard Street will be one of the buildings demolished to make way for the casino.

Overall, the keys to keeping the project on schedule and free of problems are organization and communication, said Kennedy, who was preparing last week for the first of what will be regular meetings “between our team and their team” (MGM).

“We’ll start to scope out what the issues are, how we’re going to do this, and who needs to be assembled on either side of the table in order to coordinate this and deliver the project by August 2017,” he explained.

Mathis acknowledged that building an urban casino — and building one in a heavily regulated state like Massachusetts — will be a different experience for himself and MGM, but lessons learned during other projects will serve the company well.

“We’ve built City Center, an 18 million-square-foot project in Las Vegas, one of the largest private developments at that time in the entire country, so we know how to do sophisticated construction in tough environments,” he said. “So we’re confident we can hit our time period. But it takes a lot of work, it takes a lot of preparation, and our group recognizes that.”

Meanwhile, all the principal parties involved — MGM, the city, and the state — have plenty of motivation to help this project proceed on schedule.

“The great thing is that the state is our partner on this, as is the city,” said Mathis. “We all have the common goal to get this facility up and start generating revenue and putting people to work.”

Overall, he said he hopes to harness the considerable energy present at a gathering at the Basketball Hall of Fame on election night to move the casino project from the drawing board to reality.

“The energy in the room was palpable — everyone wanted to be a part of this,” he told BusinessWest, adding that this level of support and enthusiasm should help the company navigate the many kinds of challenges that will present themselves over the next 1,000 days or so.

Placing Their Chips

Indeed, while the transformation of the site in the South End will be the focus of most of the region’s attention over the next three years, there are many other matters to address to ensure a successful opening in the summer or fall of 2017, said Mathis, adding that MGM and its many types of partners in this region are already working on some of them.

Relocation of businesses to be displaced by the casino complex is one such matter, said Mathis, noting that uncertainty in the wake of the referendum vote has delayed this process somewhat and has now generated a new sense of urgency (see related story, page 43).

“One of the things that we negotiated with the city was to provide incentives — we’ll pay the moving costs for tenants if they relocate in the downtown Springfield area,” he explained. “For those who take us up on that offer, we’ll be happy to subsidize that move and keep the energy downtown. We’re already talking with other commercial property owners about space that they can make available that we can provide a pre-agreed group rate to and make this transition as easy as possible.”

Meanwhile, MGM is preparing to close on roughly $35 million worth of real estate it has acquired in the South End for the project, he went on, adding that designs for the project, while not final, are close, and at this moment they do not require any additional acquisitions.

As designs are completed, the company will also go about hiring a general contractor for the massive project, he went on, adding that there are a number of developments happening simultaneously.

“We’re excited about our preparedness to move forward with the project with our different contractors and suppliers,” he said, adding that workforce development is another focal point moving forward. And there are challenges in this regard, Mathis told BusinessWest, because gaming is new to the Bay State, and thus there is no trained workforce in place, as there would be in Las Vegas, Atlantic City, or Macau.

“There is a significant amount of training that needs to take place in a market like this that doesn’t have casinos or gaming,” he said, adding that MGM is working with a host of parties, including the area community colleges and regional employment boards, to identify and then train a workforce.

Another partner is the American Red Cross and its Boots to Business program. As part of that initiative, several area veterans will go to Las Vegas to be trained on table games. After eight months of training and honing their skills, they will return to this region and train others who have been identified as good candidates for those positions.

Other priorities for MGM and various partners are to develop a comprehensive marketing strategy for MGM Springfield — one that focuses on the Bay State as well as surrounding states with competing casinos — and work to sell Springfield (and its new casino) as a destination for meetings and conventions.

“A casino is one of the things that meeting planners look for, but they also look for the things that come with a casino, like four-star hotel rooms, which this market doesn’t have. They look for high-end restaurants and diverse entertainment experiences,” he said, adding that MGM’s complex will make this region that much more attractive to those booking conventions.

“We’re one of the largest convention-space operators in the world — our Mandalay Bay events center is the fifth-largest convention facility in the country — so we know as much about conventions as we do about gaming,” Mathis went on, adding that MGM has a huge database of current and potential clients, including some groups that are too small to consider Las Vegas, but would find Springfield a good fit.

Mary Kay Wydra, director of the Greater Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau, said that, with the defeat of ballot Question 3, Springfield and the region as a whole can now market themselves as the future home of a gaming complex, a considerable addition to the current list of amenities.

“If we can capture a fraction of their [MGM’s] national and international database and get the regional groups that those entities represent, those will be obvious targets as the building opens and the casino comes online,” she told BusinessWest. “They’re already familiar with MGM — they know what that brand stands for — and they know its quality and what they’re going to get. We’re excited about starting our work with them in that matter.”

Not Hedging Their Bets

That excitement, coupled with large doses of anticipation, should make the next 33 months an intriguing time for the region, one that will test the imagination — and sometimes the patience — of all those involved.

“It would not be wise to think that we’re not going to have some challenges as we go through this,” Kennedy told BusinessWest. “There will be some bumps in the road. We have a partnership with MGM, and any partnership will have some tension built into it. There will be some issues as we move through this process.”

But as all those we spoke with noted, there is more than enough incentive to get through those issues and clear those bumps.

August 2017 will no doubt arrive quickly, and the countdown has already begun.

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

Commercial Real Estate Sections
Casino Vote Spurs Movement in Real-estate Market

Main Street between Harrison Avenue and Falcons Way

The buildings along Main Street between Harrison Avenue and Falcons Way are among those expected to draw interest from businesses to be displaced by the casino.

Kevin Jennings called it “an election-night hangover.”

That’s how he chose to describe the relative — and unexpected — quiet on the morning of Nov. 5, maybe a dozen or so hours after it became clear that ballot Question 3 was going to be defeated and that the casino era had officially begun in Springfield.

“But then on Thursday, the floodgates opened,” said Jennings, president of Springfield-based Jennings Real Estate, in reference to the volume of phone calls to his office, most of them from business owners who will be displaced by the $800 million gaming complex to be built by MGM Resorts International in the city’s South End.

And he expects the calls to keep coming in the weeks and months to come as the dust only begins to start settling from this momentous development, one that has the potential to lift the local real-estate market from the general doldrums that have characterized it for the more than a decade now.

“My expectation is that we will be busy, and the whole trickle-down from this will be fantastic,” he told BusinessWest. “It will involve not only the real-estate brokers, but the lawyers, the phone companies, the contractors, the rug companies, the movers, and many others.

“The trickle-down will be significant and exciting,” he went on. “For the first time in I don’t how long, the landlords in Springfield who have slugged it out for the past 15 years will finally see some rent appreciation.”

While he was somewhat more reserved in his tone, Doug Macmillan, president of Macmillan & Son Inc., said essentially the same thing as he speculated on what will certainly be an intriguing time for the downtown real-estate market.

“I don’t think we’ve ever seen anything quite like this — it’s a dynamic change,” said Macmillan, who came into the business started by his father just as the real-estate bust of the late ’80s was gaining steam and has seen a number of economic cycles since. “This is certainly going to be interesting.”

73 State St

The stately building at 73 State St., part of which will be used for the casino’s hotel, is among those whose tenants must find new homes.

And the relocation of businesses to be displaced by the casino is only one of the reasons why.

Indeed, while many tenants in buildings along State, Main, and other streets in or near the South End will have to be moved to make way for the casino and MGM’s operations, there are others who will want to be near that $800 million complex — or away from it, as the case may be. Meanwhile, Macmillan has started getting calls from some parties concerned about the casino and I-91 reconstruction projects happening simultaneously, and the possible negative impact on their business.

“We’ve seen a fair amount of people who are actively contingency planning for how all this construction for the casino and the viaduct might impact their business downtown,” he said. “They’re wondering if customers are going to be able to get to them and if employees are going to be able to get to work. They’re thinking about whether they should set up a satellite office or do something different. It’s created a lot of … not pandemonium, but certainly uncertainty.”

MGM is offering incentives to businesses to be displaced by its complex — $3 per square foot for those who stay in Springfield and $4 per square foot for those who remain in the central business district.

And while the downtown market has tightened up somewhat in recent years, with new businesses and organizations ranging from MassLive to Bay Path University moving in, there is still plenty of space available in many different categories.

One full floor and many smaller spaces are available in 1350 Main St., also known as One Financial Plaza, said Bill Low, a broker with NAI Plotkin, which is leasing agent for the top 12 floors in that building. There is also some space in both Tower Square and Monarch Place, Macmillan noted. Meanwhile, considerable square footage is available in Harrison Place and other buildings along Main Street between Harrison Avenue and Falcons Way, noted Jennings, who is handling those properties for owner Glenn Edwards.

Jennings said he’s already had a few soon-to-be-displaced business owners sign on the dotted line, and he expects several more in the months to come as the project moves forward.

“Our goal is to be 100% occupied,” he said of the properties along Main Street. “That’s ambitious, but we’re optimistic.”

1350 Main St.

One Financial Plaza, a.k.a. 1350 Main St., is another property expected to draw interest from displaced businesses, including many law firms.

For this issue and its focus on commercial real estate, BusinessWest takes an in-depth look at this exciting time for the local market and at how this unique opportunity might play itself out.

New Lease on Life

MacMillan told BusinessWest that he didn’t care to speculate on how many businesses will be displaced by the casino and MGM’s day-to-day operations and how much square footage is represented by those pending relocations. “I really have no idea, and if I guessed, I’m sure I’d be way off.”

Jennings said he’s heard some numbers, such as 250,000 square feet, in reference to the amount of real estate involved — meaning property to be demolished or made part of the casino complex.

Whatever the figure is, it adds up to an unprecedented opportunity for area landlords and brokers to fill space that in some cases has been vacant for more than a decade.

And, in many ways, movement to seize that opportunity began months ago.

Indeed, Edwards has invested a significant amount of money in capital improvements to the properties along Main Street in anticipation of the casino moving forward, said Jennings, adding that his firm has been proactive with regard to marketing the space, opting not to wait until after the vote on Question 3.

“We put together a strategic list of properties that we have both for sale and lease in Springfield,” he explained, “and knocked on doors.”

And there are many to knock on within the 14.5-acre area in which the casino will be built, he said, noting that there are many lawyers and other professionals in both 95 State St. and 73 Main St. — located just a block or two from the Hampden County Hall of Justice — which will both become part of the casino complex.

Meanwhile, there are several retail operations along Main Street and other service businesses within the casino site that will have to be relocated.

Some will move out of that area and perhaps out of the city, but Jennings and Macmillan believe many will opt to stay downtown.

And some of these business owners are being proactive themselves when it comes to finding a new address, opting not to wait until the votes were counted on Nov. 4 to consider some options.

“The day after the election, my phone did ring a little louder and a little longer than it normally does,” said Macmillan. “But a lot of these people have been forward-thinking enough to understand that they need to be proactive about this, because they’re only going to have X amount of time to find a new home.

“We’ve been working with some groups for more than a year now,” he continued, “because they’ve recognized this eventuality and wanted early on to identify where they thought they might like to be.”

However, some waited until after the vote, said Low, and now they’re making up for lost time.

“There were some people who didn’t bother calling — they just showed up at 1350 Main St. and asked to see space,” he told BusinessWest, adding that a few businesses have made verbal commitments to take space there. “You hardly ever see anything like that.”

He noted that the building is attractive to the law firms and solo practitioners that will be displaced by the casino because of its proximity to the courthouse and the flexible nature of the available space.

Jennings said he’s brokered some deals for smaller spaces, 2,000 square feet and under, and also a few in the 2,000-to-4,000-square-foot range. And since Question 3 was defeated, the volume of inquiries has increased exponentially.

They come during a time that Macmillan described as a “resurgence of interest in downtown,” a period during which UMass Amherst has opened a center in Tower Square; Bay Path, MassLive, and Thing5 have moved into 1350 Main St.; New England Public Radio has relocated into the Fuller Block; and Accountable Care Associates has taken a full floor in Monarch Place; just to name a few developments.

“There’s been a renewed interest in downtown that is unrelated to the casino,” he explained. “We’ve been extremely busy leasing an awful lot of downtown office space for the past two years. Some of them are new tenants, some of them expanding; there’s been a lot of activity, and we’ve done a number of deals.”

The “shuffling of the deck,” as he called it, that will result from the casino projectg — and is, in many respects, already underway, will further tighten and stabilize the market, and likely push lease rates higher.

“With all this interest we’ve seen in downtown before the casino, the downtown market has tightened up; there’s still a fair amount of space, but there’s not the same amount that there was two years ago,” Macmillan said, speculating that perhaps 80% of the Class A space and 70% of the Class B space downtown was occupied.

Jennings said the surge of interest is already impacting rates in some of the properties he’s representing. At Harrison Place, he noted, space that was quoted at $11 or $12 per square foot is now being quoted at $17, and there have been similar increases at other properties along Main Street.

Low said the asking prices at 1350 Main St. may soon be rising, adding that those who wait to begin the process of finding a new home will likely pay more for that square footage.

Building Momentum

As he talked about the recent history of the downtown commercial real-estate market, Macmillan said there have been a number of “fits and starts” over the past few decades, small gains that have been slowed or reversed by economic declines in the early ’90s, just after 9/11, and the Great Recession.

The dawn of the casino era presents the opportunity for something far more substantial and lasting, he said, although the overall impact of this massive development is still difficult to predict.

What is known is that this situation presents a rare opportunity, one that all those involved are committed to take full advantage of.

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

Departments People on the Move

Farmington Bank announced the following:

Michael Moriarty

Michael Moriarty

Michael Moriarty has been named Senior Vice President, Commercial Team Leader, and Regional Executive. Moriarty is a 24-year veteran of the Western Mass. banking industry. He comes to Farmington Bank from United Bank, where he most recently served as executive vice president and regional commercial executive. Moriarty is the treasurer of Human Resources Unlimited in Springfield and is a member of the board of directors of the West Springfield Boys and Girls Club and St. Thomas School in West Springfield. Moriarty received a bachelor’s degree from Merrimack College and an MBA degree from Western New England University.
Joseph Kulig

Joseph Kulig

Joseph Kulig has been named Vice President, Commercial Lender. Kulig also has 24 years of local banking experience, and has held the position of relationship manager at both United Bank and TD Bank. Kulig is a member of the board of directors of Rebuilding Together Springfield, West Springfield Youth Soccer Club, and West Springfield Wildcats Baseball Club. Kulig received his bachelor’s degree from UMass Amherst and an MBA degree from Western New England University.
Joseph Young

Joseph Young

Joseph Young has been named VicePresident, Commercial Lender. Young also brings to Farmington Bank more than 24 years of local banking experience. Previously a senior vice president of commercial lending at United Bank, Young is a 20-year retired veteran of the U.S. Air Force. He serves on the board of directors of the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Westfield. Young received his bachelor’s degree from St. Leo College in Florida; and
Candace Pereira

Candace Pereira

Candace Pereira has been named Assistant Vice President, Commercial Portfolio Loan Officer. Pereira, with nearly 10 years of local banking experience, comes to Farmington Bank from United Bank, where she most recently served as a commercial lending officer. Pereira is a member of the board of directors at the Gray House in Springfield. She received her bachelor’s degree from UMass Amherst. In September, Connecticut-based Farmington Bank announced its plans to enter Massachusetts with the establishment of a commercial-lending office and two de novo hub branches, subject to regulatory approval, located in West Springfield and East Longmeadow. With this expansion, Farmington Bank services will now be available from Hampden County to New Haven, Conn., spanning New England’s Knowledge Corridor, an interstate partnership of regional economic-development, planning, business, tourism, and educational institutions that work together to advance the region’s economic progress.
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Jean Deliso

Jean Deliso

Jean Deliso has been named a member of the 2014 Chairman’s Council of New York Life. Members of the elite Chairman’s Council rank in the top 3% in sales achievement among New York Life’s elite sales force of more than 12,000 licensed agents. Deliso has accomplished this level of achievement after 30 years in the financial-services industry. Her passion for finance and strategic planning led to the creation of Deliso Financial and Insurance Services in 2000. Deliso began her career in corporate accounting in Tampa, Fla., where she consulted with small-business owners on financial operations and maximizing performance. She has been a New York Life agent since 1995 and is associated with New York Life’s Connecticut Valley General Office in Windsor, Conn. She serves on many boards in her community, including the Pioneer Valley AAA Auto Club and Pioneer Valley Refrigerated Warehouse, and is currently chairman of the board at the Community Music School of Springfield. She is a past chairman of the board at the YMCA of Greater Springfield and a past trustee of the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts and the Bay Path College Advisory Board.
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Morrison Mahoney LLP announced that attorney Jennifer Rymarski has been elected a Partner. Rymarski, who practices in the Boston-based firm’s Springfield office, serves a wide base of clients in the arenas of medical malpractice litigation, as well as employment, business, and corporate law. Rymarski has more than 10 years of experience as an attorney and more than 15 years of experience in the legal field. She has a diverse background in medical-malpractice defense work and general business law, communications, and management. Rymarski advises healthcare clients on litigation matters and other issues involving healthcare law. She also serves as defense counsel for court cases and Board of Registration in Medicine investigations and complaints. For general business clients, she offers business advice, including dispute resolution, collections, adherence to corporate and regulatory formalities, and negotiations concerning leases, contracts, financing, and bankruptcy. Rymarski earned a bachelor’s degree from Westfield State University, a certificate of paralegal studies from Elms College, and a juris doctor from Western New England University School of Law. She is a member of the Massachusetts Bar Assoc. and the Hampden County Bar Assoc., and is also licensed to practice law in Connecticut. She serves as a board member of the Children’s Study Home. Rymarski has been named a “Rising Star” in Boston magazine for four consecutive years.
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Mary Hurley

Mary Hurley

The law firm of Cooley Shrair announced that Mary Hurley, Esq., retired first justice of the Chicopee District Court, has returned to private practice with Cooley Shrair. Hurley served 19 years as a judge, following 18 years as a practicing attorney. She was a principal with Cooley Shrair and served two terms as mayor of Springfield before accepting an appointment as a state court justice. Hurley actively serves as a member of the advisory board for the Elms College Criminal Justice Program and the College Club of Greater Springfield. Her background of community service includes work as a trustee of Elms College, the Springfield Library and Museums Assoc., Springfield College, and Holyoke Community College, as well as service on the boards of directors for such organizations as Sisters of Providence Health System, Springfield Symphony Orchestra, and Alcoholism and Drug Services of Western Mass. Inc. She is also a recipient of the Massachusetts Bar Assoc. Public Service Award. Hurley earned her J.D. from Western New England College School of Law and her bachelor’s degree from Elms College, where she also obtained a teaching certificate and an honorary doctorate.
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Patrick McCann

Patrick McCann

Robert Herchert

Robert Herchert

Tighe & Bond, a civil and environmental engineering firm, recently appointed two new members to its board of directors, Patrick McCann and Robert Herchert. McCann has more than 30 years of leadership experience in the environmental, engineering, and construction business. He joined Weston Solutions, an infrastructure-redevelopment firm with offices nationwide, in 1996 and led the company through a successful transformation from public to employee ownership. He became chief operating officer in 1997, president in 1998, and CEO from 2003 to 2013. Currently, McCann serves as board chair for Water for People, an international development organization with operations in nine countries that focuses on providing sustainable water and sanitation to some of the poorest villages in the developing world. He also serves as a board member for Harris & Associates, a West Coast construction-management and design firm, as well as the SUNY Oneonta Foundation. Herchert has nearly 50 years of leadership experience in the public and private sectors, with approximately half of those in the professional-services industry. For the past 13 years, he has been chairman of the board at Freese and Nichols Inc., an engineering, architecture, and environmental-science firm headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas. He also develops and maintains client relationships, and is a Freese and Nichols representative in community and civic activities. Prior to this, he was the firm’s president and CEO for 11 years. Previously, Herchert served as city manager for the City of Fort Worth from 1978 to 1985, and as executive vice president for Texas American Bancshares from 1985 to 1990. Over the years, he has served on numerous boards to support government, business, and community initiatives, and has served on various corporate boards. In 2009, he joined the board of Terracon Consultants Inc., where he also chairs the executive compensation committee and serves on the governance committee.
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Craig Smith

Craig Smith

Craig Smith has joined Berkshire Community College (BCC) as Vice President for Institutional Advancement and Executive Director of the BCC Foundation. In this dual role, Smith is responsible for developing, directing, and implementing internal and external fund-raising for both the college and the foundation as well as advancing community initiatives that promote BCC’s mission, direction, and goals. Smith, who has extensive experience in capital-campaign fund-raising as well as annual and planned giving programs, previously served as managing director of the Berkshire Theatre Group in Pittsfield. Prior to that, he was the development director at the Becket-Chimney Corners YMCA in Becket. “Craig’s years of fund-raising and management experience will be a true asset to our institution, the advancement division, and the BCC Foundation,” said BCC President Ellen Kennedy. “His knowledge, coupled with his ties to the Berkshires, will certainly help him forge relationships not only with our donors and alumni, but also with our students, faculty and staff, and the community at large.” He earned a master’s degree from Assumption College in Worcester, and a bachelor’s degree from Eastern University in St. Davids, Penn.

Company Notebook Departments

PeoplesBank Again Named a Top Corporate Charitable Contributor
HOLYOKE — PeoplesBank was honored by the Boston Business Journal with a “Top Corporate Charitable Contributor” award for the seventh year in a row. The bank was recognized along with other recipients at the publication’s annual Corporate Citizenship Summit on Sept. 10 at the Westin Copley Place hotel. The award was accepted by Douglas Bowen, president and CEO of PeoplesBank, on behalf of the bank’s more than 250 associates. Susan Wilson, first vice president of Corporate Responsibility at PeoplesBank, noted that, “through our Community Care Program, we have contributed millions of dollars to local nonprofit organizations that provide services to the residents of Hampden and Hampshire counties. Our bank associates are committed to the community through their own generosity as well. They enthusiastically volunteer their time to help local schools, teach financial-education classes, clean up parks, plant trees, and help revitalize neighborhoods.” Wilson added that the bank’s charitable-giving program focuses on academic excellence, community vibrancy, and environmental sustainability. She also noted that PeoplesBank associates devote an average of 6,000 hours to volunteer work each year, and that 48 of the bank’s officers serve on the boards of directors and committees of 115 area nonprofit organizations.

Southwick Forastiere Funeral Home Celebrates 30 Years in Business
SOUTHWICK — Forastiere Family Funeral & Cremation announced the 30th anniversary of Southwick Forastiere Funeral Home, which opened on College Highway in Southwick in 1984. “For three decades, we have had a professional and compassionate team caring for families in Southwick and surrounding communities,” said Frank Forastiere, president and funeral director of Forastiere Family Funeral & Cremation. “Building a connection within the community and earning the trust of the families we work with are important aspects of our longevity, and we hope to continue to provide the same quality of service for years to come.” Forastiere Family Funeral & Cremation has served the Greater Springfield area since 1905, when Frank M. and Carmela Forastiere opened the original storefront on Water Street (now Columbus Avenue) in Springfield. In 1911, Forastiere’s flagship facility moved to William Street in Springfield before finally settling on Locust Street in Springfield, where it still resides today. Colonial Forastiere Funeral Home, located in Agawam, opened its doors in 1980, followed by Southwick Forastiere Funeral Home in 1984. “We have a vested interest in this community. We care for its members during times of grief,” said Forastiere. “Our staff is dedicated to meeting the needs of each and every family that passes through our doors. That dedication means a lot to our clients.” For more information, visit www.forastiere.com.

Monson Savings Bank Wins Gold Community Champions Award
MONSON — For the second year in a row, Monson Savings Bank has won the Gold Community Champions Award given by the New England Financial Marketing Assoc. (NEFMA). This year, the award was based on the bank’s extraordinary measures to improve and increase financial literacy throughout its communities. While the award was given by NEFMA, in order to insure impartiality, the judging was done by members of the PennJerDel Bank Marketing Assoc. in Pennyslvania, New Jersey, and Delaware, so that there was no connection to any of the banks being reviewed. Efforts by banks and credit unions all over New England were considered. According to Vincent Valvo, the organizer of the competition, “we received a record number of submissions, yet we gave out a more limited number of awards this year. That’s a clear reflection that judges held the submissions to a high bar and only rewarded the best of the best.” Monson Savings was the only winner in the financial-literacy category in which up to nine awards could have been given (gold, silver, and bronze for large, medium, and small banks). “We were extremely pleased to receive this award,” said Steve Lowell, president of Monson Savings. “We have become increasingly concerned about financial literacy and the fact that many people lack the money-management knowledge and skills they need to ensure long-term stability for themselves. We’ve made this a strategic priority and are addressing the issue on many fronts, including teaching in the schools; holding complimentary workshops on important financial topics that are open to everyone in the community; partnering with MassSaves, a statewide effort to help people improve their financial knowledge and build wealth; and offering banking products and services specifically designed to help young people learn how to bank and save. Our people are working very hard at this, and I am so very proud of them.”

MassMutual Approves $1.6B Dividend Payout to Policy Holders
SPRINGFIELD — Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Co. (MassMutual) announced that its board of directors has approved an estimated dividend payout of $1.6 billion for 2015, marking the third consecutive year the company has paid a record dividend to eligible participating policy owners and members. The dividends to be paid in 2015 reflect a dividend interest rate of 7.10% — maintaining the same rate as 2014 — for eligible participating permanent life and annuity blocks of business. The approved estimated payout represents an increase of $92 million — or 6.2% — over 2014, and reflects updated investment, mortality, expense, and other experience, as well as the distribution of other business earnings from the company’s asset-management and non-participating businesses. The 2015 MassMutual dividend payout marks the 17th consecutive year that it exceeds $1 billion. MassMutual has paid more than $21 billion in dividends over the last two decades, and although dividends are not guaranteed, the company has paid dividends to eligible participating policyowners consistently since the 1860s.

HMC Receives $3.9M for Behavioral Health, ED Enhancements
HOLYOKE — Holyoke Medical Center (HMC) has been awarded $3.9 million by the Mass. Health Policy Commission (HPC) for a project to enhance behavioral healthcare services for patients. The two-year project has an aggressive completion deadline of January 2017. The funds awarded by HPC are Phase 2 of the Community Hospital Acceleration, Revitalization, and Transformation (CHART) investment program, dubbed “Driving System Transformation.” HPC awarded $60 million for projects throughout the Commonwealth, for which they received requests of more than $117 million. HMC’s award was the highest award for a single hospital and reflects the recognition of the need for improved conditions as well as the vital role HMC plays in the community. The award also came with the expressed support from many local and state officials, including state Reps. Aaron Vega, Joseph Wagner, and John Scibak and state Sen. Don Humason. “This funding will allow us to create significantly improved conditions for all our patients, especially those with behavioral-health needs. Programmatic changes and designated treatment space for behavioral-health patients in the Emergency Department will help to avoid unnecessary hospitalization and reduce re-hospitalization of behavioral-health patients,” said HMC President and CEO Spiros Hatiras. Approximately half of the funds awarded by HPC, nearly $2 million, are designated to assist in a designated treatment space in the ED for behavioral-health patients, of which the total cost is estimated to be between $6 million to $7 million. Holyoke Medical Center will organize a capital campaign and invest in the balance of funds needed to complete the Emergency Department redesign project. The HMC Emergency Department serves more than 45,000 patients per year and will continue to serve the community through the redesign and construction phase of the project. The renovations of the ED will provide a designated treatment area needed to deliver safe, comprehensive behavioral-health services to a wide range of patients. The renovations are expected to begin in early 2015 and be completed by the end of the same calendar year. This initiative will also introduce robust care navigation in partnership with community organizations to ensure that patients receive targeted interventions, are referred to the ‘right’ services, and successfully follow through on their care plans to achieve optimal short- and long-term health outcomes. “This project is an amazing opportunity to provide specialized emergency care for people with mental-health and substance-abuse issues,” said HMC Director of Behavioral Health Baxter Chandler. “Not only will we more effectively address a patient’s emergency behavioral-health needs, we will also enhance our ability to connect patients with appropriate treatment and community services, reducing the need to return to the ED.”

Springfield Museums Announce Major Grants to Fund Renovations
SPRINGFIELD — The Springfield Museums have received two major grants to fund exterior renovations to the William Pynchon Memorial Building (formerly known as the Connecticut Valley Historical Museum). Through $120,000 from the Cultural Facilities Fund of the Massachusetts Cultural Council and another $50,000 from the Beveridge Family Foundation Inc., the Museums will be able to repair and restore the building’s slate roof, replace its gutters, rebuild its shutters and dormers, and paint the building in accordance with historical-preservation standards. Renovations to the building have already commenced, with completion targeted for the spring of 2015. The ultimate goal of the renovation is to reclaim the museum’s aesthetic appearance and prepare it for the installation of an exhibition honoring the life and work of Theodor Geisel (Dr. Seuss). Working in close collaboration with community leaders and educators, the museums plan to design and build a literacy-based, interactive exhibition titled “The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss” that will make his works come alive for children and their families, while also helping to boost Springfield’s profile as a regional and national destination. “The Pynchon Memorial Building is an integral component of the architectural landscape of the Quadrangle and cultural life of downtown Springfield, and we’re deeply indebted to the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the Beveridge Family for their help in reviving this elegant building,” said Springfield Museums Vice President Kay Simpson. Named after the founder of Springfield, the William Pynchon Memorial Building was built in 1927 to house the extensive collections of the Connecticut Valley Historical Society. Designed by Springfield architect Max Westhoff, the building exemplifies the Georgian Colonial Revival style that was popular in the early 20th century and reflected the prevailing attitudes about the importance of preserving and interpreting America’s colonial past. The central doorway has a ‘broken scroll’ pediment, pineapple centerpiece, and flanking pilasters, all characteristic hallmarks of Connecticut Valley homes of the 18th century. The Massachusetts Cultural Facilities Fund is a program of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, administered through a collaborative arrangement between MassDevelopment and the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

Cooley Dickinson Recognized for Patient-safety Record
NORTHAMPTON — Cooley Dickinson Hospital was honored with an ‘A’ grade in the fall 2014 Hospital Safety Score, which rates how well hospitals protect patients from errors, injuries, and infections. The Hospital Safety Score is compiled under the guidance of the nation’s leading experts on patient safety and is administered by the Leapfrog Group, an independent industry watchdog. The first and only hospital-safety rating to be peer-reviewed in the Journal of Patient Safety, the score is free to the public and designed to give consumers information they can use to protect themselves and their families when facing a hospital stay. “Cooley Dickinson is fortunate to have a community of staff and providers who make delivering quality and safe care their daily priority,” said Joanne Marqusee, president and CEO of Cooley Dickinson. “But high quality and patient safety require not only skilled people with a commitment to great care, it also requires leadership at all levels to make safe systems and teamwork a priority.”

Visual Changes Announces Start of Construction Project
EAST LONGMEADOW — Visual Changes Inc. has announced its plans to build a premier day spa and salon at 100 Shaker Road in East Longmeadow. The company will partner with Craig Sweitzer & Co., LLC on the project. The site is a former post office and currently houses Atrium Dental Group, another Sweitzer construction project. With the addition of Visual Changes, the property is near full occupancy. “The design goal for Visual Changes is to create an environment that is simultaneously serene and high-tech with a cosmopolitan feel,” said founder Mark Maruca. The 2,300-square-foot facility will feature vaulted ceilings, state-of-the-art private spa spaces, and upscale stations for salon services.

Briefcase Departments

DevelopSpringfield to Create Downtown Innovation Center
SPRINGFIELD — Gov. Deval Patrick’s recent announcement of $2 million in MassWorks Infrastructure Program funding to MassDevelopment marks a critical step toward the creation of the Springfield Innovation Center. The project is a collaboration between DevelopSpringfield, the state Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development, MassDevelopment, the city of Springfield, Valley Venture Mentors, the Springfield Innovation Hub, and MassMutual. “The Patrick administration has been committed to providing support to communities like Springfield so that they can grow and prosper,” said Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Greg Bialecki. “Revitalizing a community through infrastructure improvements will make it easier for businesses to grow and communities to flourish.” The project includes rehabilitation of more than 16,000 square feet of mixed-use space, which will include a 9,000-square-foot business-accelerator program with co-working, presentation, and function space and an innovation café, as well as additional office space. “We are really looking forward to collaborating on this project,” said Paul Silva, co-founder of Valley Venture Mentors. “This new space will provide a home that will bring together more than 50 startups a year to collide with each other, investors, customers, and the local business community.” The Springfield Innovation Hub’s goal is to create a series of “watering holes” throughout the Pioneer Valley with the flagship location being in downtown Springfield, said Delcie Bean, founder of the Springfield Innovation Hub. “These cafés will cater to audiences ranging from students to professors, business people to entrepreneurs, and just about anyone else looking for a cool, energetic spot to grab a coffee, have a meeting, or meet a friend. We will be featuring a mix of high-tech and low-tech solutions that will create a space that is both exciting and approachable. The objective of these watering holes is to create concentrations of energy and people where ‘collisions’ can occur. The Springfield Innovation Hub will be a 501(c)(3) organization which seeks only to spur economic growth and development by creating centers for energy, collaboration, and collision.” DevelopSpringfield purchased a building earlier this month at 276-284 Bridge St. in a block of historic buildings known as the Trinity Block. On Oct. 20, the Springfield City Council approved the sale of a vacant adjacent building at 270-272 Bridge St. to DevelopSpringfield in the same block to support the project. Funds to advance the development of this project, including property acquisition and rehabilitation of the two buildings, have been provided by the Commonwealth through a MassWorks Infrastructure Program grant to MassDevelopment by MassMutual. “Less than 500 feet around the corner from 1550 Main, the Springfield Innovation Center will represent an exciting addition to the city of firsts,” said MassDevelopment President and CEO Marty Jones. “MassDevelopment appreciates this vote of confidence in us from MassWorks, and looks forward to partnering with Mayor [Domenic] Sarno, DevelopSpringfield, and the local business community to continuing to make downtown Springfield a more attractive destination for businesses old and new alike.” Planned rehabilitation includes the installation of an elevator, window restoration and replacement, mechanical-system upgrades, re-roofing, and re-pointing on the front exterior and interior fit-out for Valley Venture Mentors’ business accelerator and office space. “The Springfield Innovation Center is conceived as a cornerstone of downtown Springfield’s newly designated Innovation District, building on the legacy of the area’s 19th-century history of industry and innovation, a wealth of architecturally significant historic buildings, and proximity to the downtown core,” said Jay Minkarah, President and CEO of DevelopSpringfield.

Western Mass. Sports Commission Launches ‘Fan in a Can’ Initiative
SPRINGFIELD — The Western Mass. Sports Commission (WMSC), a division of the Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau (GSCVB), recently put together a memorable direct-mail campaign called “Fan in a Can,” providing rights holders with all of the necessities they need to be a fan … literally. With plenty of indoor and outdoor facilities to choose from, along with the area’s outstanding attractions, full complement of lodging and restaurants, easy accessibility, and great affordability, Western Mass. offers everything event planners need to host an unforgettable and highly successful event. Close to 200 cans are in the process of being mailed out across the nation to senior-level planning executives within sports organizations for all types of events from disc golf, rowing, and bowling to more traditional sports like soccer and basketball. The eye-catching tin can includes a foam finger that screams “we’re #1,” a pom-pom, a cowbell, a temporary tattoo, a Lands End winter beanie, and a printed, call-to-action sales piece. “We hope that, by doing such a fun and interactive direct-mail piece, potential event planners who would not have considered Western Mass. as a location for their next event will now reach out and have a conversation with us about bringing their event to our area,” said Mary Kay Wydra, president of the GSCVB. “On behalf of the Western Mass. Sports Commission, we look forward to working with event planners and are excited to bring a diverse mix of sports to the area.” The WMSC will be at TEAMS Expo in Las Vegas in November where rights holders will be able to find a Fan in a Can on display and speak to a representative from this region regarding hosting potential events. For regional information, visit the GSCVB website at www.valleyvisitor.com, or contact Director of Sales Alicia Szenda at (413) 755-1346 or [email protected] to plan your next sports event.

Construction Employment Rises in Most Metro Areas
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Construction employment expanded in 236 metro areas, declined in 53, and was stagnant in 50 between September 2013 and September 2014, according to a new analysis of federal employment data released by Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials said that, as firms expand their payrolls, many are finding a limited supply of available qualified workers. “It is good news that construction employment gains have spread to more than two-thirds of the nation’s metro areas,” said Ken Simonson, chief economist for the association. “But there is a growing risk that contractors in many of these regions will have trouble finding qualified workers to complete the rising volume of projects.” According to a recent construction-industry survey conducted by the association, 83% of construction firms report having a hard time finding qualified craft workers. They called on federal, state, and local officials to act on the measures outlined in the association’s workforce-development plan to make it easier to establish new programs designed to prepare students for high-paying careers in construction.

Grants Awarded for Workforce-development, Job-training Efforts
SPRINGFIELD — In July 2014, the city of Springfield issued an RFP soliciting proposals from providers for job training and workforce development. As a result of this solicitation, the city is awarding a total of $250,000 in HUD Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funds to three separate agencies to provide job-training and workforce-development programs to residents of disaster-impacted neighborhoods. There will be a special focus on recruiting residents of the Six Corners and South End neighborhoods, as the residents of these neighborhoods face multiple barriers to employment, and both areas were heavily impacted by both the long- and short-term effects of the natural disasters that occurred in 2011. Training Resources of America will receive $85,100; Springfield Technical Community College will receive $94,449; and Window Preservation, LLC, in partnership with the Hampden County Sheriff’s Department, will receive $70,451. “Providing education and job training to our residents is vital in our efforts in knocking down poverty and crime,” said Mayor Domenic Sarno. “Whenever we can step up and provide opportunity, it is a win-win for us all.” The city anticipates that the contracted organizations will provide training to a minimum of 100 Springfield residents. The programs will involve a variety of educational instruction subjects, including high-school-equivalency preparation, English language, math, computers, customer service training, and more. The varied programs will prepare and enable trainees to obtain permanent positions in fields such as educational and health services, food service, leisure and hospitality, social assistance, wholesale and retail trade, financial and business services, insurance and real estate, office and administrative support, accounting, bookkeeping, payroll services, legal services, advertising, manufacturing, asbestos/lead abatement, and construction.

Springfield Museums Announce Major Grants to Fund Renovations
SPRINGFIELD — The Springfield Museums have received two major grants to fund exterior renovations to the William Pynchon Memorial Building (formerly known as the Connecticut Valley Historical Museum). Through $120,000 from the Cultural Facilities Fund of the Massachusetts Cultural Council and another $50,000 from the Beveridge Family Foundation Inc., the Museums will be able to repair and restore the building’s slate roof, replace its gutters, rebuild its shutters and dormers, and paint the building in accordance with historical-preservation standards. Renovations to the building have already commenced, with completion targeted for the spring of 2015. The ultimate goal of the renovation is to reclaim the museum’s aesthetic appearance and prepare it for the installation of an exhibition honoring the life and work of Theodor Geisel (Dr. Seuss). Working in close collaboration with community leaders and educators, the museums plan to design and build a literacy-based, interactive exhibition titled “The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss” that will make his works come alive for children and their families, while also helping to boost Springfield’s profile as a regional and national destination. “The Pynchon Memorial Building is an integral component of the architectural landscape of the Quadrangle and cultural life of downtown Springfield, and we’re deeply indebted to the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the Beveridge Family for their help in reviving this elegant building,” said Springfield Museums Vice President Kay Simpson. Named after the founder of Springfield, the William Pynchon Memorial Building was built in 1927 to house the extensive collections of the Connecticut Valley Historical Society. Designed by Springfield architect Max Westhoff, the building exemplifies the Georgian Colonial Revival style that was popular in the early 20th century and reflected the prevailing attitudes about the importance of preserving and interpreting America’s colonial past. The central doorway has a ‘broken scroll’ pediment, pineapple centerpiece, and flanking pilasters, all characteristic hallmarks of Connecticut Valley homes of the 18th century. The Massachusetts Cultural Facilities Fund is a program of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, administered through a collaborative arrangement between MassDevelopment and the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

Mullins Center Hosts Toy Drive to Benefit Children
AMHERST — The Mullins Center and Global Spectrum Charities have partnered with Toys for Tots to host the Holidaze Toy Drive, running through Saturday, Nov. 29. The goal of the drive is to collect new toys for less-fortunate children during the holidays. Gearing up for the “Cirque Dreams Holidaze” performance at the Mullins Center on Thursday, Dec. 11, the venue is hosting this toy drive to tie into the performance. Members of the public are urged to drop items off at the Mullins Center box office Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. and Saturday between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Everyone who donates a toy will receive $5 off their ticket to see “Cirque Dreams Holidaze” on Dec. 11.

AMA Supports Regulation to Restrict E-cigarettes
DALLAS — As electronic cigarettes continue to gain popularity among youth in the U.S., the American Medical Assoc. (AMA) is reinforcing its support for regulatory oversight of e-cigs. The nation’s largest physician organization adopted new policy that would establish the minimum legal purchase age of 18, place marketing restrictions on manufacturers, and prohibit claims that electronic cigarettes are effective tobacco cessation tools. According to estimates from the National Youth Tobacco Survey, electronic cigarette use among middle-school and high-school students in the U.S. has grown at a rapid rate in recent years. The prevalence of those who said they’ve tried an e-cigarette doubled among both of these groups from 2011 to 2012. The survey also found that more than 263,000 middle- and high-school students who had never before smoked reported using electronic cigarettes in 2013, a threefold increase from 79,000 in 2011. “The AMA supports the FDA’s proposed rule to regulate electronic cigarettes, and we urge the federal government to implement more stringent regulations that will further protect our nation’s youth and overall public health,” said AMA member Dr. William Kobler. “The new policy will continue the AMA’s efforts to deter the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors.”

Departments 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

343 Apple Valley Road
Ashfield, MA 01330
Amount: $160,000
Buyer: Justin Sherman
Seller: Diane Greenman
Date: 10/08/14

74 Ranney Corner Road
Ashfield, MA 01330
Amount: $214,500
Buyer: Anne F. Boltz
Seller: Cheryl E. Brown
Date: 10/06/14

BUCKLAND

115 Ashfield Road
Buckland, MA 01338
Amount: $230,000
Buyer: Peter H. Wood
Seller: Betsy A. Felix
Date: 10/10/14

96 Clesson Brook Road
Buckland, MA 01338
Amount: $216,500
Buyer: Cynthia A. Simurro
Seller: Jason Heilman
Date: 10/16/14

72 Elm St.
Buckland, MA 01338
Amount: $260,000
Buyer: Elia A. Sinaiko
Seller: Johnson Investment TR
Date: 10/16/14

CONWAY

381 South Deerfield Road
Conway, MA 01341
Amount: $229,000
Buyer: Heath E. Roberts
Seller: Justin S. Allis
Date: 10/15/14

GILL

7 Cove View Lane
Gill, MA 01354
Amount: $228,000
Buyer: Simon E. Scher
Seller: Adam N Zaykoski
Date: 10/08/14

GREENFIELD

37 Brookside Ave.
Greenfield, MA 01301
Amount: $185,000
Buyer: Patrick J. Merrigan
Seller: Lovette, Beatrice L., (Estate)
Date: 10/15/14

194 Cleveland St.
Greenfield, MA 01301
Amount: $180,000
Buyer: Greenfield Real Estate
Seller: Lane Construction Corp.
Date: 10/14/14

150-152 Conway St.
Greenfield, MA 01301
Amount: $172,500
Buyer: Caroline A. Whitbeck
Seller: John S. Anderson
Date: 10/15/14

78 Riddell St.
Greenfield, MA 01301
Amount: $218,500
Buyer: Sarah M. Bellemare
Seller: Craig W. Gibson
Date: 10/10/14

HAWLEY

Bozrah Road
Hawley, MA 01339
Amount: $120,000
Buyer: Kyle D. Clark
Seller: Eugene J. Tanguay
Date: 10/06/14

9 Stetson Road
Hawley, MA 01339
Amount: $140,979
Buyer: FNMA
Seller: Stephen C. Kimball
Date: 10/06/14

HEATH

26 South Road
Heath, MA 01346
Amount: $650,000
Buyer: Jason Heilman
Seller: Andrew H. Berman
Date: 10/16/14

MONTAGUE

32 Hillside Road
Montague, MA 01351
Amount: $208,877
Buyer: Jason D. Grader
Seller: Benjamin R. John
Date: 10/07/14

5 Lyman St.
Montague, MA 01349
Amount: $142,900
Buyer: Alexia E. Cota
Seller: US Bank
Date: 10/14/14

NORTHFIELD

45 Gill Center Road
Northfield, MA 01360
Amount: $247,000
Buyer: James P. Smith
Seller: James Barrett Parrish LT
Date: 10/10/14

602 Mount Hermon Station Road
Northfield, MA 01360
Amount: $137,000
Buyer: FNMA
Seller: Lucille H. Moran
Date: 10/06/14

ORANGE

15-17 East Main St.
Orange, MA 01364
Amount: $462,134
Buyer: Orange Teen Housing Inc.
Seller: Orange Teenhousing LLC
Date: 10/17/14

96 Eagleville Road
Orange, MA 01364
Amount: $152,763
Buyer: Bank New York Mellon
Seller: Raymond C. Aucoin
Date: 10/07/14

SHUTESBURY

29 Leverett Road
Shutesbury, MA 01072
Amount: $252,000
Buyer: Michael Pill
Seller: Karen E. Baronas
Date: 10/10/14

WARWICK

50 Athol Road
Warwick, MA 01378
Amount: $128,000
Buyer: Prudence Carnahan-Gavin
Seller: Susanne E. Gunnard
Date: 10/15/14

HAMPDEN COUNTY

AGAWAM

61 Campbell Dr.
Agawam, MA 01001
Amount: $138,000
Buyer: Earl R. McNamee
Seller: Michael J. Paynter
Date: 10/10/14

115 Columbia Dr.
Agawam, MA 01030
Amount: $282,000
Buyer: Dean M. Berry
Seller: James M. Monteith
Date: 10/15/14

142 Country Road
Agawam, MA 01001
Amount: $225,000
Buyer: Daren T. Conlin
Seller: Scott Kenney
Date: 10/15/14

35 Elbert Road
Agawam, MA 01001
Amount: $192,500
Buyer: Steven T. Winter
Seller: William V. Sinico
Date: 10/17/14

187 Lancaster Dr.
Agawam, MA 01001
Amount: $328,000
Buyer: Scott Kenney
Seller: Nils L. Griffin
Date: 10/15/14

30 Lango Lane
Agawam, MA 01001
Amount: $360,000
Buyer: Jenniffer Duque
Seller: PBI Inc.
Date: 10/10/14

68 Washington Ave.
Agawam, MA 01001
Amount: $132,600
Buyer: Artem Dyachkov
Seller: Charles E. Jenks
Date: 10/17/14

33 Woodcock Court
Agawam, MA 01030
Amount: $177,000
Buyer: Peter J. Porra
Seller: William J. Boyd
Date: 10/17/14

BRIMFIELD

103 Brookfield Road
Brimfield, MA 01010
Amount: $215,000
Buyer: Jared Fortin
Seller: Mellnick, Richard, (Estate)
Date: 10/10/14

CHESTER

East River Road
Chester, MA 01050
Amount: $128,900
Buyer: Edgar Phillips-Jones
Seller: Stuart Arbeit
Date: 10/07/14

CHICOPEE

548 Chicopee St.
Chicopee, MA 01013
Amount: $275,000
Buyer: 548-554 Chicopee St LLC
Seller: Sandra Cieslak
Date: 10/07/14

202 College St.
Chicopee, MA 01020
Amount: $229,000
Buyer: Amy B. Kugler
Seller: Christopher M. Peloquin
Date: 10/10/14

165-167 Fairview Ave.
Chicopee, MA 01013
Amount: $190,000
Buyer: Donald Peery
Seller: Lynn A. Wightman
Date: 10/09/14

47 Goodhue Ave.
Chicopee, MA 01020
Amount: $179,900
Buyer: Timothy K. Bullens
Seller: Brian W. Summers
Date: 10/08/14

126 Labelle Dr.
Chicopee, MA 01020
Amount: $229,000
Buyer: Thomas H. Scott
Seller: Gary B. Szymaniak
Date: 10/15/14

73 Leo Dr.
Chicopee, MA 01020
Amount: $237,400
Buyer: Robert D. Walker
Seller: Jeffrey F. Wenzel
Date: 10/17/14

Nelson St. #1-2
Chicopee, MA 01020
Amount: $200,000
Buyer: CRA Holdings Inc.
Seller: Lake Point Realty LLC
Date: 10/07/14

234 Old Lyman Road
Chicopee, MA 01020
Amount: $190,000
Buyer: Philip Lamoreux
Seller: Sandra M. Kennedy
Date: 10/14/14

65 Royal St.
Chicopee, MA 01020
Amount: $133,000
Buyer: Crystal D. Dasilva
Seller: Teresa Poirier
Date: 10/08/14

EAST LONGMEADOW

52 Bent Tree Dr.
East Longmeadow, MA 01028
Amount: $410,000
Buyer: Claudia F. Penna
Seller: Michael T. Barbieri
Date: 10/10/14

8 Boulder St.
East Longmeadow, MA 01108
Amount: $254,900
Buyer: Normand F. Cormier
Seller: Amanda H. Alexiadis
Date: 10/06/14

177 Hampden Road
East Longmeadow, MA 01028
Amount: $205,000
Buyer: Sarah E. Moses
Seller: Paul A. Yacovone
Date: 10/07/14

64 Heatherstone Dr.
East Longmeadow, MA 01028
Amount: $250,000
Buyer: Christopher Dowd
Seller: James F. Foard
Date: 10/10/14

144 Old Farm Road
East Longmeadow, MA 01028
Amount: $410,000
Buyer: Stephen Zhang
Seller: United Bank Residential
Date: 10/10/14

285 Pease Road
East Longmeadow, MA 01028
Amount: $255,000
Buyer: Amy Schulze
Seller: Claudia F. Penna
Date: 10/10/14

Pondview Dr. #3
East Longmeadow, MA 01028
Amount: $140,000
Buyer: Thomas Hanifan
Seller: Joseph Chapdelaine & Sons
Date: 10/08/14

330 Porter Road
East Longmeadow, MA 01028
Amount: $160,000
Buyer: Fredia L. Degray
Seller: Farrell, Antonietta, (Estate)
Date: 10/06/14

GRANVILLE

855 Main Road
Granville, MA 01034
Amount: $305,000
Buyer: Douglas T. Balfour
Seller: John A. Devine
Date: 10/17/14

HAMPDEN

23 Edward St.
Hampden, MA 01036
Amount: $216,000
Buyer: Joseph L. Montano
Seller: Phillip C. Lovell
Date: 10/15/14

HOLLAND

1 Waterfront Way
Holland, MA 01521
Amount: $280,000
Buyer: Eugene J. Segaline
Seller: Quechee RT LLC
Date: 10/17/14

HOLYOKE

314 Apremont Hwy.
Holyoke, MA 01040
Amount: $190,000
Buyer: Raquelle Defelice
Seller: James R. Franz
Date: 10/15/14

74 Cherry Hill
Holyoke, MA 01040
Amount: $233,000
Buyer: Susan M. Wesolowski
Seller: Maureen Lucey
Date: 10/08/14

220 Easthampton Road
Holyoke, MA 01040
Amount: $249,000
Buyer: Suzanne Cappella
Seller: Edward J. Cauley
Date: 10/10/14

657-663 High St.
Holyoke, MA 01040
Amount: $599,900
Buyer: HR Holyoke LLC
Seller: Kevin Cruz
Date: 10/09/14

105 Hillside Ave.
Holyoke, MA 01040
Amount: $177,000
Buyer: Jose Cora
Seller: Jason L. Curtis
Date: 10/17/14

4 Hillview Road
Holyoke, MA 01040
Amount: $220,000
Buyer: Patricia A. Mullady
Seller: Phyllis R. Feldman
Date: 10/15/14

12 Liberty St.
Holyoke, MA 01040
Amount: $146,000
Buyer: Jill M. Roach
Seller: Premier Source Credit Union
Date: 10/17/14

50 Lower Westfield Road
Holyoke, MA 01040
Amount: $147,000
Buyer: Hari Sharma
Seller: John P. Brunelle
Date: 10/17/14

116-124 Sargeant St.
Holyoke, MA 01040
Amount: $599,900
Buyer: HR Holyoke LLC
Seller: Kevin Cruz
Date: 10/09/14

44 Vassar Circle
Holyoke, MA 01040
Amount: $135,000
Buyer: 3f Properties LLC
Seller: Florence Savings Bank
Date: 10/17/14

122 Vermont St.
Holyoke, MA 01040
Amount: $196,500
Buyer: Jason M. Proctor
Seller: Louise S. Lashway
Date: 10/10/14

LONGMEADOW

11 Brooks Road
Longmeadow, MA 01106
Amount: $299,000
Buyer: Daniel M. Kelly
Seller: Einzig, Betty J., (Estate)
Date: 10/16/14

144 Burbank Road
Longmeadow, MA 01106
Amount: $337,000
Buyer: Andrew J. Mariani
Seller: Michael P. Dunnirvine
Date: 10/07/14

75 Cobblestone Road
Longmeadow, MA 01106
Amount: $330,000
Buyer: Steven A. Alminas
Seller: Ronald M. Schnitzler
Date: 10/15/14

82 Crestview Circle
Longmeadow, MA 01106
Amount: $860,000
Buyer: Alice Y. Chang
Seller: Sturbridge Development LLC
Date: 10/16/14

303 Deepwoods Dr.
Longmeadow, MA 01106
Amount: $365,000
Buyer: Joseph R. Yvon
Seller: John K. Casanova
Date: 10/08/14

476 Frank Smith Road
Longmeadow, MA 01106
Amount: $233,800
Buyer: Jennifer K. Lapointe
Seller: Rachel E. Chick
Date: 10/06/14

86 Lincoln Road
Longmeadow, MA 01106
Amount: $245,000
Buyer: Stuart B. Gordon
Seller: Robert F. Chalero
Date: 10/17/14

31 Longmeadow St.
Longmeadow, MA 01106
Amount: $440,500
Buyer: Julia A. Cowley
Seller: Ross FT
Date: 10/10/14

93 Osceola Lane
Longmeadow, MA 01106
Amount: $385,000
Buyer: Susan E. Fitzgerald
Seller: Bridget T. Regan
Date: 10/17/14

109 Wild Grove Lane
Longmeadow, MA 01106
Amount: $625,000
Buyer: David Fontaine
Seller: Judith M. Collins
Date: 10/10/14

LUDLOW

102-104 Booth St.
Ludlow, MA 01056
Amount: $270,500
Seller: Anthony Pio
Date: 10/07/14

120 Chapin St.
Ludlow, MA 01056
Amount: $295,000
Buyer: Robert M. Ollquist
Seller: Joseph R. Stejna
Date: 10/10/14

Daisy Lane
Ludlow, MA 01056
Amount: $140,000
Buyer: Gerald E. Dubour
Seller: MHB Inc.
Date: 10/17/14

133 Pond St.
Ludlow, MA 01056
Amount: $161,000
Buyer: Paul R. Racine
Seller: Gary P. Shannon
Date: 10/15/14

121 Richmond Road
Ludlow, MA 01056
Amount: $155,000
Buyer: Paul M. Miele
Seller: Gloria E. Tetrault
Date: 10/17/14

83 Skyridge St.
Ludlow, MA 01056
Amount: $203,155
Buyer: FNMA
Seller: James T. Gennette
Date: 10/14/14

54 Stivens Dr.
Ludlow, MA 01056
Amount: $224,000
Buyer: Zachary M. Falconer
Seller: Fernando E. Alfaia
Date: 10/08/14

MONSON

321 Cedar Swamp Road
Monson, MA 01057
Amount: $239,400
Buyer: Nathan M. Kology
Seller: Garrett J. Cavanaugh
Date: 10/10/14

25 Country Club Heights
Monson, MA 01057
Amount: $244,000
Buyer: Steven J. Ziobrowski
Seller: Laurie A. Petsche
Date: 10/14/14

28 Country Club Dr.
Monson, MA 01057
Amount: $215,000
Buyer: Alicia Martel
Seller: William F. Donovan
Date: 10/10/14

11 Pease Ave.
Monson, MA 01057
Amount: $170,000
Buyer: Frederick J. Baxter
Seller: Remo J. Pizzichemi
Date: 10/09/14

16 Reynolds Ave.
Monson, MA 01057
Amount: $190,000
Buyer: Donald T. Macomber
Seller: Timothy B. Gregoire
Date: 10/17/14

170 Wales Road
Monson, MA 01057
Amount: $255,000
Buyer: Matthew Gautreau
Seller: Christopher J. Dowd
Date: 10/10/14

PALMER

3201 Main St.
Palmer, MA 01069
Amount: $230,859
Buyer: FNMA
Seller: Tracy Flematti
Date: 10/17/14

2002 Overlook Dr.
Palmer, MA 01080
Amount: $200,000
Buyer: Brenda L. Methot
Seller: Louis A. Brodeur
Date: 10/16/14

SPRINGFIELD

1235 Allen St.
Springfield, MA 01118
Amount: $132,000
Buyer: Daniel W. Brueno
Seller: Donald H. Matthews
Date: 10/10/14

96 Appleton St.
Springfield, MA 01108
Amount: $136,000
Buyer: Daenia M. Bernard
Seller: Global Homes Properties
Date: 10/16/14

116-118 Ardmore St.
Springfield, MA 01104
Amount: $131,000
Buyer: Oscar A. Dalmasi
Seller: Dustin L. Ruby
Date: 10/16/14

136-138 Arthur St.
Springfield, MA 01104
Amount: $173,000
Buyer: Giovanni Solivan-Lebron
Seller: Mong D. Nguyen
Date: 10/10/14

115 Clayton St.
Springfield, MA 01107
Amount: $145,000
Buyer: Luis Acosta
Seller: Ayala Enterprise LLC
Date: 10/07/14

211 Breckwood Blvd.
Springfield, MA 01109
Amount: $117,500
Buyer: Aaron Stonacek
Seller: Debbie A. Cowdrey
Date: 10/17/14

52 Brentwood St.
Springfield, MA 01108
Amount: $201,684
Buyer: FNMA
Seller: Anthony Son
Date: 10/16/14

1041 Carew St.
Springfield, MA 01104
Amount: $126,000
Buyer: John H. Sanders
Seller: Jason S. Balut
Date: 10/17/14

82-84 Cherrelyn St.
Springfield, MA 01104
Amount: $140,000
Buyer: Ruben D. Avendano
Seller: City Joe LLC
Date: 10/17/14

50 Colony Road
Springfield, MA 01106
Amount: $450,000
Buyer: Charles A. Bellows
Seller: Daniel M. Kelly
Date: 10/16/14

108 Dartmouth St.
Springfield, MA 01109
Amount: $209,552
Buyer: FNMA
Seller: James Llewellyn
Date: 10/15/14

189 Dayton St.
Springfield, MA 01118
Amount: $217,777
Buyer: PNC Bank
Seller: Andrea M. Sticco
Date: 10/16/14

18 Doyle Ave.
Springfield, MA 01104
Amount: $148,000
Buyer: Benjamin J. Nadeau
Seller: Blueline Management LLC
Date: 10/14/14

61 Grattan St.
Springfield, MA 01119
Amount: $159,900
Buyer: Carlos J. Colon-Alicea
Seller: Mark A. Young
Date: 10/10/14

55 Marengo Park
Springfield, MA 01108
Amount: $165,417
Buyer: Peter A. Negosanti
Seller: Maria L. Negosanti
Date: 10/16/14

172 Marsden St.
Springfield, MA 01109
Amount: $123,500
Buyer: Juanita Rosa
Seller: Legacy Strategic Investment
Date: 10/07/14

97 Melba St.
Springfield, MA 01119
Amount: $141,000
Buyer: Marjorie M. O’Donnell
Seller: Kevin M. Murphy
Date: 10/09/14

65 Midway St.
Springfield, MA 01151
Amount: $117,000
Buyer: Matthew W. Roache
Seller: Annette Cotela
Date: 10/15/14

340 Naismith St.
Springfield, MA 01104
Amount: $249,900
Buyer: Nicola Barrett
Seller: Bretta Construction LLC
Date: 10/09/14

57 Pomona St.
Springfield, MA 01108
Amount: $143,851
Buyer: Nationstar Mortgage LLC
Seller: Judith A. Hanke
Date: 10/14/14

137 Shawmut St.
Springfield, MA 01108
Amount: $122,500
Buyer: Linda F. Jordan
Seller: Melro Associates Inc.
Date: 10/08/14

14-16 Taft St.
Springfield, MA 01108
Amount: $146,910
Buyer: Katy M. Carpio
Seller: Michael J. Quinlivan
Date: 10/15/14

71 Virginia St.
Springfield, MA 01108
Amount: $135,000
Buyer: Danny P. Rebelo
Seller: Catalina Visalden
Date: 10/17/14

SOUTHWICK

66 Davis Road
Southwick, MA 01077
Amount: $239,900
Buyer: Tina M. Beaudry
Seller: Neil L. Denowitz
Date: 10/17/14

10 Depot St.
Southwick, MA 01077
Amount: $183,702
Buyer: FNMA
Seller: Douglas H. Teece
Date: 10/17/14

73 North Lake Ave.
Southwick, MA 01077
Amount: $140,526
Buyer: FNMA
Seller: Roger Dalpian
Date: 10/08/14

21 Shaggbark Dr.
Southwick, MA 01077
Amount: $120,000
Buyer: Lbdnbd LLC
Seller: Andree D. Buscemi
Date: 10/06/14

234 Sheep Pasture Road
Southwick, MA 01077
Amount: $177,714
Buyer: Norman H. Storey
Seller: Rachael W. Teach
Date: 10/07/14

TOLLAND

135 Owls Nest Lane
Tolland, MA 01034
Amount: $159,100
Buyer: Melissa L. Saulenas
Seller: John Mercede
Date: 10/10/14

WESTFIELD

25 Chestnut St.
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $171,500
Buyer: Cynthia J. Geiger
Seller: Robert J. Schulze
Date: 10/14/14

7 Delancy St.
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $155,000
Buyer: Catherine Naputi
Seller: George Janke
Date: 10/10/14

21 Lindbergh Blvd.
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $155,000
Buyer: Vaughn Willis
Seller: Marie A. Kaleta
Date: 10/07/14

14 Livingstone Ave.
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $150,000
Buyer: Joseph N Rollins
Seller: Sherri A. Hawes
Date: 10/10/14

2 Morris St.
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $225,000
Buyer: Jacklyn F. O’Neill
Seller: Peter S. Brancewicz
Date: 10/08/14

20 Murray Ave.
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $170,000
Buyer: Wells Fargo Bank
Seller: Ethel Ramonas
Date: 10/09/14

168 Prospect St. Ext.
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $204,500
Buyer: Shannon L. Oleksak
Seller: Stephen Foster
Date: 10/09/14

41 Saint Dennis St.
Westfield, MA 01085
Buyer: Siarhei L. Ryhal
Seller: FHLM
Date: 10/06/14

14 Sterling St.
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $212,469
Buyer: FNMA
Seller: Kevin M. Swords
Date: 10/16/14

199 Susan Dr.
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $125,000
Buyer: Stephen A. Foster
Seller: US Bank
Date: 10/16/14

91 Woodside Ter.
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $192,400
Buyer: Amy K. Dowland
Seller: Linda Steglinski
Date: 10/17/14

WILBRAHAM

23 Deerfield Dr.
Wilbraham, MA 01095
Amount: $150,000
Buyer: Milton L. Knudsen
Seller: Wilbraview LP
Date: 10/10/14

7 Falcon Heights
Wilbraham, MA 01095
Amount: $494,340
Buyer: FNMA
Seller: Douglas I. Hanson
Date: 10/08/14

10 Marilyn Dr.
Wilbraham, MA 01095
Amount: $625,000
Buyer: Shawn O’Connor
Seller: Marian E. Bergeron
Date: 10/15/14

12 Meadowview Road
Wilbraham, MA 01095
Amount: $165,000
Buyer: Edward C. Hough
Seller: Charles R. Fortin
Date: 10/17/14

200 Soule Road
Wilbraham, MA 01095
Amount: $325,000
Buyer: Jason Grondin
Seller: Russell C. Mooney
Date: 10/17/14

644 Stony Hill Road
Wilbraham, MA 01095
Amount: $299,900
Buyer: Catherine C. Deloria
Seller: Douglas M. Hagopian
Date: 10/17/14

892 Stony Hill Road
Wilbraham, MA 01095
Amount: $260,000
Buyer: Kim L. Crowther
Seller: Jane P. Broderick
Date: 10/10/14

WEST SPRINGFIELD

622 Amostown Road
West Springfield, MA 01089
Amount: $187,640
Buyer: Donald D. Dumais
Seller: Robert A. Bengle
Date: 10/17/14

33 Baldwin St.
West Springfield, MA 01089
Amount: $154,500
Buyer: Glenn R. Demarco
Seller: SAJ Real Estate LLC
Date: 10/10/14

510 Birnie Ave.
West Springfield, MA 01089
Amount: $150,000
Buyer: FNMA
Seller: Barbara E. Hawrylciw
Date: 10/17/14

620 Elm St.
West Springfield, MA 01089
Amount: $163,000
Buyer: Michael J. Keane
Seller: Paul D. Bessette
Date: 10/10/14

94 Havenhurst Road
West Springfield, MA 01089
Amount: $260,000
Buyer: Michael J. Szawlowski
Seller: Sandra A. Barbeau
Date: 10/14/14

217 Morgan Road
West Springfield, MA 01089
Amount: $212,500
Buyer: Constantin Malancea
Seller: Adam R. Kellogg
Date: 10/17/14

57 Penrose Dr.
West Springfield, MA 01089
Amount: $345,000
Buyer: Brian J. Chapman
Seller: James R. Lachapelle
Date: 10/17/14

70 Robinson Road
West Springfield, MA 01089
Amount: $285,000
Buyer: Nicholas Toma
Seller: James M. Mitchell
Date: 10/15/14

HAMPSHIRE COUNTY

AMHERST

74 Blue Hills Road
Amherst, MA 01002
Amount: $430,000
Buyer: John M. Snyder
Seller: Henry E. Whitlock
Date: 10/14/14

22 Eames Ave.
Amherst, MA 01002
Amount: $430,000
Buyer: Tiffany R. Clay
Seller: Kathleen E. Ford
Date: 10/16/14

112 Leverett Road
Amherst, MA 01002
Amount: $215,000
Buyer: John L. Miller
Seller: Sarah A. Bevilacqua
Date: 10/06/14

3 Moss Lane
Amherst, MA 01002
Amount: $238,500
Buyer: Naomi M. Elliott
Seller: Audrey M. O’Connell
Date: 10/10/14

147 North Whitney St.
Amherst, MA 01002
Amount: $360,000
Buyer: Pavers NT
Seller: Wharton C. Clay
Date: 10/16/14

265 South East St.
Amherst, MA 01002
Amount: $165,000
Buyer: Hilary Whitlock
Seller: Karen J. Mills
Date: 10/17/14

11 Teaberry Lane
Amherst, MA 01002
Amount: $485,000
Buyer: John Siano
Seller: Carolyn P. Collette
Date: 10/07/14

BELCHERTOWN

124 Allen Road
Belchertown, MA 01007
Amount: $355,000
Buyer: Adam C. Hebert
Seller: Craig H. McCauley
Date: 10/17/14

298 Cold Spring Road
Belchertown, MA 01007
Amount: $266,250
Buyer: Corey J. Lajoie
Seller: Andrew K. Carey
Date: 10/15/14

191 East St.
Belchertown, MA 01007
Amount: $215,000
Buyer: Andree M. Pages
Seller: Ronald Toelken
Date: 10/16/14

87 Railroad St.
Belchertown, MA 01007
Amount: $162,656
Buyer: FNMA
Seller: Mary E. Fickett
Date: 10/17/14

36 Sarah Lane
Belchertown, MA 01007
Amount: $184,559
Buyer: USA
Seller: Larry G. Desreuisseau
Date: 10/15/14

29 Stebbins St.
Belchertown, MA 01007
Amount: $230,000
Buyer: Phillip E. Chilson
Seller: Scott A. Anderson
Date: 10/06/14

207 Warner St.
Belchertown, MA 01007
Amount: $316,000
Buyer: Christopher Peterson
Seller: 21st Century Green Homes
Date: 10/10/14

CUMMINGTON

225 Trouble St.
Cummington, MA 01026
Amount: $295,000
Buyer: Sarah E. Tompkins
Seller: Paul A. Dion
Date: 10/10/14

EASTHAMPTON

22 Knight Ave.
Easthampton, MA 01027
Amount: $269,000
Buyer: John Mortimer
Seller: Norah B. Seiger
Date: 10/15/14

28 Mckinley Ave.
Easthampton, MA 01027
Amount: $245,000
Buyer: Emily A. Lees
Seller: Kim P. Hackworth
Date: 10/15/14

41 South St.
Easthampton, MA 01027
Amount: $149,900
Buyer: Mary M. Roensch LT
Seller: Bruce D. Sylvia
Date: 10/17/14

GRANBY

189 East St.
Granby, MA 01033
Amount: $235,000
Buyer: Westover Metropolitan Development Corp.
Seller: Robert D. Walker
Date: 10/15/14

School St.
Granby, MA 01033
Amount: $325,000
Buyer: International EC LLC
Seller: FMJ Realty LLC
Date: 10/17/14

HADLEY

133 Middle St.
Hadley, MA 01035
Amount: $159,334
Buyer: John A. Lipski
Seller: Elizabeth A. Newman
Date: 10/08/14

HATFIELD

115 Elm St. #31
Hatfield, MA 01038
Amount: $249,900
Buyer: William H. Bittner
Seller: Hatfield Village LLC
Date: 10/10/14

450 Main St.
Hatfield, MA 01038
Amount: $230,000
Buyer: Mt. Tom Properties LLC
Seller: Walker P. Lee
Date: 10/17/14

108 Straits Road
Hatfield, MA 01038
Amount: $450,000
Buyer: Duval Logging LLC
Seller: Stephen F. Bruscoe
Date: 10/17/14

HUNTINGTON

14 Kennedy Dr.
Huntington, MA 01050
Amount: $315,000
Buyer: Maureen Lucey
Seller: Donald & Janice Gormley NT
Date: 10/08/14

84 Searle Road
Huntington, MA 01050
Amount: $345,000
Buyer: Paul C. Stanley
Seller: Theodore M. Lapointe
Date: 10/17/14

NORTHAMPTON

1152 Burts Pit Road
Northampton, MA 01062
Amount: $235,000
Buyer: Joanne K. Clark
Seller: Samuel J. Lococo
Date: 10/06/14

19 Drewsen Dr.
Northampton, MA 01062
Amount: $135,000
Buyer: Gregory R. Haas
Seller: Deborah Coon
Date: 10/17/14

808 Florence Road
Northampton, MA 01062
Amount: $230,000
Buyer: Daniel L. Polachek
Seller: Lauretta R. Dietrich
Date: 10/17/14

12 Hinckley St.
Northampton, MA 01062
Amount: $305,000
Buyer: Patrick A. Corliss
Seller: Glenn Alper
Date: 10/10/14

SOUTH HADLEY

59 Bardwell St.
South Hadley, MA 01075
Amount: $206,000
Buyer: Melissa Holmes
Seller: Michelle George
Date: 10/17/14

336 Brainerd St.
South Hadley, MA 01075
Amount: $308,000
Buyer: Robert F. Caselden
Seller: Bridget E. Gardner
Date: 10/10/14

16 Brittany Road
South Hadley, MA 01075
Amount: $300,000
Buyer: Benjamin H. Hale
Seller: Paul D. Boudreau
Date: 10/06/14

8 Cypress Dr.
South Hadley, MA 01075
Amount: $198,000
Buyer: Tracy A. Copeland
Seller: Nancy M. Herrick
Date: 10/07/14

60 East St.
South Hadley, MA 01075
Amount: $174,000
Buyer: Prateek Rajbhandari
Seller: William P. Butler
Date: 10/10/14

6 Lawrence Ave.
South Hadley, MA 01075
Amount: $166,000
Buyer: Anthony A. Chambers
Seller: Ronald F. Bisiewicz
Date: 10/17/14

36 Ludlow Road
South Hadley, MA 01075
Amount: $160,000
Buyer: Steve Aube
Seller: Linda L. Drozdowski
Date: 10/10/14

Ludlow Road #3
South Hadley, MA 01075
Amount: $160,000
Buyer: Steve Aube
Seller: Linda L. Drozdowski
Date: 10/10/14

Ludlow Road #4
South Hadley, MA 01075
Amount: $160,000
Buyer: Steve Aube
Seller: Linda L. Drozdowski
Date: 10/10/14

34 Queen Circle
South Hadley, MA 01075
Amount: $169,950
Buyer: Suzanne M. Frenette
Seller: Karen E. Lappalainen
Date: 10/10/14

154 Stony Brook Village
South Hadley, MA 01075
Amount: $307,000
Buyer: Drummer RT
Seller: Whispering Pines
Date: 10/07/14

29 Upper River Road
South Hadley, MA 01075
Amount: $385,000
Buyer: Scott G. George
Seller: Daniel F. Muldoon
Date: 10/17/14

7 Valley View Dr.
South Hadley, MA 01075
Amount: $442,500
Buyer: Michael & L. Matyszewski RET
Seller: James Mumm
Date: 10/07/14

8 Virginia Dr.
South Hadley, MA 01075
Amount: $310,000
Buyer: Brian W. Summers
Seller: Todd T. Holt
Date: 10/08/14

SOUTHAMPTON

13 Cottage Ave.
Southampton, MA 01073
Amount: $210,000
Buyer: Bruce A. Slabinski
Seller: Nathan Sansouci
Date: 10/17/14

WARE

304 Beaver Lake Road
Ware, MA 01082
Amount: $287,500
Buyer: Russell C. Mooney
Seller: Debra A. Charette
Date: 10/17/14

42 Crescent St.
Ware, MA 01082
Amount: $203,500
Buyer: Kristine A. Roach
Seller: FNMA
Date: 10/16/14

121 Glendale Circle
Ware, MA 01082
Amount: $180,000
Buyer: Jarrod Dandurant
Seller: Mark A. Orszulak
Date: 10/17/14

14 Indian Hill Road
Ware, MA 01082
Amount: $155,500
Buyer: Katie J. Cienciwa
Seller: George E. Moeckel
Date: 10/16/14

WORTHINGTON

123 Capen St.
Worthington, MA 01098
Amount: $210,000
Buyer: Samantha L. Kabat
Seller: Mary A. Munson FT
Date: 10/10/14

8 Dingle Road
Worthington, MA 01098
Amount: $150,000
Buyer: Joshua J. Tanner
Seller: Susan S. Martin
Date: 10/07/14

27 Ireland St.
Worthington, MA 01098
Amount: $230,000
Buyer: Kathleen E. Ford
Seller: Madeleine A. Cahill
Date: 10/16/14

Sam Hill Road
Worthington, MA 01098
Amount: $176,000
Buyer: Theodore M. Lapointe
Seller: Edward & Shirley Porter LT
Date: 10/17/14

Daily News

AGAWAM — Two Massachusetts businesses were selected as Employer of Choice Award recipients by the Employers Assoc. of the NorthEast (EANE). Paragus Strategic IT of Hadley and R.H. White Construction Companies, based in Auburn, received their awards at EANE’s Employment Law and HR Practices Conference on Nov. 4.

Winners of the Employer of Choice Award are recognized for developing a culture for transforming and rewarding employee performance. Entrants are judged in categories that include company culture, training and development, communication, recognition and reward, and work-life balance.

“Both R.H. White and Paragus have succeeded in creating amazing workplace cultures which maximize employee engagement, creativity, and organizational success,” said Meredith Wise, president of EANE. “They are truly connected to their communities, contributing financially as well as with staff time and talent to various charities and events.”

Paragus Strategic IT employees attend 90 to 100 hours of learning and development each year. In 2012, the company was ranked by Inc. magazine as one of the 5,000 fastest-growing companies in the country. R.H. White Construction Companies celebrated its 90th anniversary last year with a goal to raise $90,000 for local charities; the company actually raised $156,000. It provides more than $700,000 in safety-related training to employees annually.

Employers who have been in business for at least three years and have a minimum of 25 employees are eligible to participate; both the company size and its resources are considered in the screening and selection process. Sponsored by EANE and the Massachusetts Chamber of Commerce, the award has been given since 2011.

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AMHERST — The University of Massachusetts created six new startup companies within the past year, its best-ever annual performance, and set new records for patent applications and the number of faculty members disclosing inventions, President Robert Caret said.

The new companies reflect the university’s increased focus on coaching, mentoring, and providing other services and support to help researchers start businesses. Also, for the eighth straight year, UMass generated more than $30 million in licensing income, enough to ensure that the university maintains its perch in national surveys of universities with the highest licensing income derived from academic research.

“Our success is proof that the leading-edge research performed by our distinguished faculty and the high-performing students who work alongside them is growing every day in relevance and importance,” Caret said. “We want to accelerate these efforts because this research — and the new treatments, products, services, and companies it spawns — adds tremendous value to society and impacts the quality of life in Massachusetts.”

In addition to the six new startups, the UMass recorded 157 patent applications and 180 faculty invention disclosures for fiscal year 2014, which ended June 30. In all three categories, it was the university’s best-ever yearly performance. The university also was granted 54 patents for ideas that have the potential to be commercialized. UMass generated more than $31 million in licensing revenue in fiscal year 2014. The six companies spun out of UMass inventions this year were:

• Felsuma, “Geckskin Adhesive Technology,” by Al Crosby and Duncan Irshick, professors at UMass Amherst. Felsuma is commercializing a new technology, Geckskin, licensed from UMass Amherst. Geckskin is a three-dimensional, transformational adhesive that can attach and release repeatedly from multiple surfaces with high bonding strength. It is based on technology developed in the laboratories of Crosby in Polymer Science and Irschick in Biology. The major markets are large and include clothing, shoes, households, medical devices, military, and construction. The company is headed by Rana Gupta, an entrepreneur and former venture capitalist.

• Aha! Productions/Innovation Accelerator, “Obscure Features Hypothesis,” by Joseph McCaffrey from UMass Amherst. The company licenses UMass software technology that is useful in creativity and invention processes. The firm’s first product, Analogy Finder, offers a software package that seeks to rationalize the process of creativity and invention. The software seeks out analogous solutions to problems by hunting through patent databases, research libraries, and other sources. Innovation Accelerator is headed by James Pearson, an alumnus of UMass Amherst’s Mechanical and Engineering Department.

• Sonation, “Expert System for Musical Accompaniment,” by Chris Raphael from UMass Amherst. The company is developing music software technology that transforms singing and playing instruments into a more interactive, fun experience. It is creating apps that simulate playing with a full band or orchestra that listens and responds to the user’s style. The first product, Cadenza, is available at the iStore for use on the iPad. The product, to be introduced in the next two years, will expand the application to other devices, instruments, and available music. The company is headed by Ann Chao, a Harvard MBA and former strategy consultant.

• Voyager Therapeutics, “RNA Interference,” by Phil Zamore, Guangping Gao, Neil Aronin, and others at UMass Medical School. The company is developing gene-therapy methods to treat several important neurological diseases, including ALS, Parkinson’s disease, and Huntington’s disease. Voyager will focus on adeno-associated virus as the vector and will try to effect gene replacement or gene knockdown to effect the relevant protein production. The company, financed by $45 million in funding from a venture capitalist, will be located in Cambridge.

• TATT, LLC, “Use of siRNA to Preserve Organs for Transplant,” by Timothy Kowalik and Marc Uknis, professors at UMass Medical School. The company is based on technology, developed by Kowalik and Uknis, that relates to the use of siRNA to improve organs being used for transplantation by minimizing organ rejection, transplantation-mediated transmission of viral infection, and the triggering of apoptosis in transplanted tissue.

• Agalimmune Ltd., “Cancer Immunotherapy,” by Dr. Uri Galili from UMass Medical School. The company is developing innovative immunotherapies for the treatment of solid tumors based on Galili’s work. The company is based in London and California and has received initial funding from Loxbridge Research, LLP and Animatrix Capital, LLP. Dr. Giles Whalen, professor of Surgical Oncology at UMass Medical School, is working with the company to bring its first product, Alphaject Technology, to clinics.

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — Construction employers added 12,000 jobs in October and the sector’s unemployment rate fell to 6.4%, the lowest rate for October since 2006, according to an analysis by Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials said the construction-employment gains, along with rising wages and weekly hours, are consistent with survey results showing more firms having a hard time finding enough qualified workers to fill available positions.

Construction employment totaled 6,095,000 in October, the highest total since May 2009, with a 12-month gain of 231,000 jobs or 3.9%, said Ken Simonson, the association’s chief economist. Residential building and specialty trade contractors added a combined 8,000 employees since September and 130,600 (6%) over 12 months. Non-residential contractors — building, specialty trades, and heavy and civil engineering — experienced an overall gain of 3,600 employees for the month and 99,800 (2.7%) over 12 months.

“For the past several months, the construction industry has added jobs at double the all-industry rate of 1.9%,” Simonson said. “Construction wages, which were already higher than the private-sector average, rose 2.6% in the last year — the fastest rate since early 2010 — as contractors ramped up their search for qualified workers. There were fewer unemployed, experienced construction workers last month than at any time in the past eight years. Meanwhile, all construction employees worked an average of 39.2 hours per week, tying the highest mark since that series began in March 2006. Together, these indicators — high weekly hours, low unemployment, and accelerating wage gains — point to an industry that may be on the verge of acute difficulty filling key positions.”

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BOSTON — MGM Resorts International received a unanimous vote from the Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) on Thursday, officially granting MGM Springfield a license to operate a resort casino in downtown Springfield.

In June, the MGC entered into an agreement to award MGM Resorts the Region B Category 1 license upon final resolution of a ballot initiative to make gaming illegal in Massachusetts. On Tuesday, Massachusetts voters overwhelmingly supported keeping the gaming statute in place.

“This has been one of the most exciting weeks in MGM’s history,” said James Murren, chairman and CEO of MGM Resorts International. “We are grateful to the voters of the Commonwealth, and especially the people of Springfield, for voting for jobs and economic opportunities. Today we want to thank the Massachusetts Gaming Commission for formalizing our agreement that will allow us to revitalize a great downtown.”

MGM will pay its $85 million licensing fee to the commission on Nov. 17. Following the historic vote, MGM Springfield immediately began work on the property. On Wednesday morning, heavy equipment was at Howard Street School to conduct geotechnical soil assessments. The site will house a 3,500-space parking garage. This is the first time since 2012, when MGM first formally announced its interest in a resort casino in Springfield, that construction activity has taken place on the site. It signals the kickoff to early preparations for a spring 2015 groundbreaking.

“It is extremely gratifying to have equipment on site, not only because it signals the start of the work, but because the people of Springfield no longer have to imagine MGM Springfield,” said President Michael Mathis. “Their future is now.”

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WESTFIELD — Tighe & Bond, a leading civil and environmental engineering firm, recently appointed two new members to its board of directors, Patrick McCann and Robert Herchert.

“Pat and Bob each bring substantial industry experience and leadership to Tighe & Bond that will be an asset to our strategic and growth initiatives,” said David Pinsky, president and CEO. “Their past professional successes — as well as their external and fresh perspectives — are just what we need to complement our existing board of directors and fine-tune our performance.”

McCann has more than 30 years of leadership experience in the environmental, engineering, and construction business. He joined Weston Solutions, an infrastructure-redevelopment firm with offices nationwide, in 1996 and led the company through a successful transformation from public to employee ownership. He became chief operating officer in 1997, president in 1998, and CEO from 2003 to 2013.

Currently, McCann serves as board chair for Water for People, an international development organization with operations in nine countries that focuses on providing sustainable water and sanitation to some of the poorest villages in the developing world. He also serves as a board member for Harris & Associates, a West Coast construction-management and design firm, as well as the SUNY Oneonta Foundation.

Herchert has nearly 50 years of leadership experience in the public and private sectors, with approximately half of those in the professional-services industry. For the past 13 years, he has been chairman of the board at Freese and Nichols Inc., an engineering, architecture, and environmental-science firm headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas. He also develops and maintains client relationships, and is a Freese and Nichols representative in community and civic activities.

Prior to this, he was the firm’s president and CEO for 11 years. Previously, Herchert served as city manager for the City of Fort Worth from 1978 to 1985, and as executive vice president for Texas American Bancshares from 1985 to 1990. Over the years, he has served on numerous boards to support government, business, and community initiatives, and has served on various corporate boards. In 2009, he joined the board of Terracon Consultants Inc., where he also chairs the executive compensation committee and serves on the governance committee.

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Springfield Welcomes a New Industry — and a Brighter Economic Outlook

SubwayPage6DPA few hundred new jobs in Springfield is always cause for celebration. But city leaders are thinking much bigger than that.

For instance, David Cruise recalled his first meetings with representatives of CNR Changchun Railway Vehicles, the Chinese-based rail-car manufacturer that announced a $565 million deal last month to build at least 284 new subway cars for the MBTA, and to base its operations at the former Westinghouse site in Springfield.

“We were very excited about the opportunity to have CNR Changchun here in the area — it’s a very unique opportunity to bring sustaining wages and career opportunities to people of all ages,” said Cruise, president and CEO of the Regional Employment Board of Hampden County (REB). “We believe they’re very, very committed — not only to fulfilling this contract with the MBTA, but using that contract to expand their business in other parts of the country, while keeping their corporate offices and manufacturing facility here in Springfield.”

Kevin Kennedy, Springfield’s chief development officer, said he and Mayor Domenic Sarno have the same idea.

“In our discussions, what really intrigued the mayor and me the most is that they immediately said to us, ‘we want to make this our American manufacturing headquarters,’” Kennedy told BusinessWest. “Their goals went well beyond the MBTA contract, and it says to us that they plan to have prolonged growth, sustained growth, both from a jobs point of view and and from an ecomomic-development point of view … from every point of view we could think of.”

In other words, the world’s largest rail-car maker setting up shop in Springfield could represent far more than the expected initial 100 to 125 construction jobs and 225 to 250 jobs at the plant.

David Cruise

David Cruise says he was impressed with CNR Changchun’s commitment to growing in Springfield.

“They are very serious about getting into the American rail-car market,” Kennedy continued. “After the original contract, they’re looking at other opportunities, and we could see significant job growth. And I think the key right now — the thing everyone in political and private life is talking about — is jobs.”

Sarno agreed. “The impression I get from them is, this is really going to blossom for them,” he said. “Increased jobs are going to come from this — good-paying jobs, hundreds of jobs — and will solidify and strengthen the tax base. But I think this is something even bigger. This will be their North American hub; they’re already looking at secondary projects in the Springfield area.”

In other words, CNR Changchun’s decision to set up shop in Springfield, catalyzed by the MBTA’s decision to award the company the contract to manufacture almost 300 new cars, could lead to many more economic benefits down the road — or the track, as the case may be.

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The saga that eventually brought CNR Changchun to Springfield began late last year, when the MBTA first announced the project.

“We’re always looking for different opportunities, and when we came across the MBTA advertising for the bid, we contacted them and got the list of bidders who had taken out bid specs, and we contacted all of them to talk about Springfield, how Springfield would be very receptive to them coming here,” Kennedy said. “As it turned out, potential bidders had already looked at Springfield. We ended up with two that already had half a stake down in the ground here, and we met with both over a period of months.”

Those companies were CNR Changchun — which bought the former Westinghouse site from Pinnacle Entertainment — and Hyundai Rotem, which aimed to build a plant on Progress Avenue. Both companies met extensively with city officials and learned about potential workforce-training initiatives involving Springfield Technical Community College, Holyoke Community College, Western New England University, and Roger L. Putnam Vocational Technical Academy, as well as the region’s two one-stop career centers, CareerPoint and Future Works, and entities like the REB and the Economic Development Council.

“One of my first questions for the CNR folks, when they indicated they had taken an option on the property from Pinnacle, was ‘why Springfield?’” Kennedy said. “They said to me, ‘you’ve got a great workforce, a great location, great transportation system. We think this would be a really good place for workforce development and for our employees to work.’”

The city’s appeal would only be heightened, he added, by the MGM Springfield resort casino to be built in the South End if a ballot measure aimed at barring casinos in Massachusetts is defeated this Tuesday. “A number of Millennials are interested in quality-of-life issues, and we’re not talking about gambling; we’re talking about entertainment.”

Meanwhile, the entire Page Boulevard corridor around the Westinghouse site could see a bump in quality of life, Sarno added.

“The restaurants in that area are ecstatic. Now we’re going to get spinoff businesses — people are going to want to eat, get their hair cut, need this, need that,” the mayor said. “We also have great housing stock there. Someone may say, ‘hey, I work here; if I buy a house in the area, I can walk to work.’ There’s tremendous potential there for the long haul.”

Cruise also used that term ‘long haul’ when describing his interactions with CNR Changchun over the past several months.

“We would have been pleased with whomever was selected if they were coming into the area, but we’re particularly pleased by this selection,” he said. “In the discussions we were part of, it was pretty evident to us that this company was committed to being in the area for the long haul — that the MBTA contract to provide rail cars in Boston was critical to them, but they were going to use this as a platform for additional business around the country.”

In addition, “our impression was that they were committed to making certain that local residents were hired for their production and assembly positions, and that was really important to us,” Cruise said. “Their reputation as the largest builder of railway cars in the world certainly wasn’t lost on us. I was impressed by a number of things they had to say. This could be very, very significant.”

Sarno said the company appreciated the way the city seamlessly brought together players from the business, political, and workforce-development realms to craft a vision of what the city and its environs could offer.

“They really liked the red carpet we rolled out for them here in Springfield,” the mayor said. “CNR Changchun is very good with grassroots, with reaching out, and had meetings with Putnam, WNEU, workforce-development people, the media, vendors, the employment base. They really wanted to touch every base they could here in Springfield, and we helped facilitate that.”

Added state Sen. Gale Candaras, at the recent press conference where Gov. Deval Ptrick announced the MBTA deal, “their level of engagement with people here was amazing. Right from the beginning, they wanted to be here; they were committed to this site.”

Engine for Growth

Like Kennedy, the mayor said the city’s greatest appeal to CNR Changchun — which will do business here under the name CNR MA — is its worker pool and, more importantly, the infrastructure already being built to train it for what are expected to be well-paying precision-manufacturing jobs.

For the REB’s part, Cruise explained, it will take a three-pronged approach. It will coordinate with the CareerPoint and Future Works career centers, the Department of Veterans Services, and area vocational high schools to identify existing candidates for jobs; help develop training programs at Putnam, STCC, and WNEU to increase that pool; and work closely with labor unions whose members have the required skills associated with rail-car assembly, as well as the REB’s network of advanced-manufacturing firms to connect CNR MA with area companies that can manufacture required parts and components.

“When trying to build a workforce of this size, you have to have educational outreach programs to make certain the community as a whole is aware of the positions that will be available — primarily production opportunities, but I suspect some in the corporate office in Springfield as well,” Cruise told BusinessWest.

“It’s critical that companies assist CNR in their efforts to get the workforce,” he continued, “but also make certain, as the workforce is selected, that we have an infrastructure in place to continue to provide skills to their incumbent workforce. In my opinion, this area has the educational infrastructure to be able to respond to workforce needs, which is not something you find in too many areas. I suspect one of the reasons CNR chose Springfield as a location for their facility was that they saw the resources available here, and I think that was important to them.”

CNR MA expects to break ground on its new, $60 million plant sometime in 2015, just as planned worker-training programs begin to gear up. The initial project to build 152 Orange Line cars and 132 Red Line cars — replacing vehicles that have been in use for between 35 and 45 years — is set to continue until a planned delivery date of 2021, but by then, the company is hopeful that an expanded workforce will be busy with other projects well into the future.

“This is huge,” Cruise said, “not only for the whole issue of job creation, but also for some of the smaller companies, sheet-metal companies, and the labor unions here in the area, who can be suppliers and partners in this work.

“We think it will have a ripple effect on other companies,” he continued. “Whenever you bring a manufacturing facility of this magnitude in the area, there will be some spinoff for some of the smaller companies that provide goods and services to them. That’s critical.”

Richard Davey, secretary and CEO of the Mass. Department of Transportation, recognized the importance of this project to the people of Springfield.

“The governor has talked about transportation not being about just trains and buses, but lifting communities, about jobs and economic development,” he said.

Added Patrick, “they’ve been thoroughly vetted; they’ve constructed these kinds of cars all over the world, and they’re very well-respected. One condition of this deal is that they do the assembly and manufacturing here in Western Mass., and they have chosen to do that right here in East Springfield.”

Springfield Bound

Sarno suspects that most people didn’t consider his city a front-runner, yet, after CNR Changchun officials visited about 50 sites along the Northeast corridor, it settled on Springfield.

“Even though the region’s manufacturing base has eroded since the old days, dating back to the ’70s, it’s still a hotbed for precision machining,” he told BusinessWest. “And they liked what they saw here. They liked the supports from the city and state, they liked the workforce development we have here, our farm system, and they really loved the property.”

The mayor also believes the rise of a new industry in Springfield could be a catalyst to attract other manufacturing firms of all types. “I think it’s the best advertisement to come to Springfield.”

Kennedy said a manufacturer of this size and reputation locating in Western Mass. is unheard of these days, but in a way, it fits in perfectly with the other positive changes happening in Springfield, from MGM Springfield and Union Station to the area colleges procuring a presence downtown and the development of an innovation district plan.

“All these pieces of the puzzle are coming together — it’s happening,” he said. “There’s certainly enthusiasm happening in the business community, recognizing what’s happening here. What we need now is to translate this into a real marketing effort for Springfield, so the general public can see it.”

And other businesses, of course.

“We really are at a pivotal moment in the city’s history,” Sarno said, citing not just potential new jobs, but planned improvements in public safety and education. “We’re moving in the right direction, though obviously we always want to do more.

“I’m bullish on Springfield,” he concluded, “and I think people are starting to be bullish on Springfield as well.” Including, in CNR Changchun, one more large firm that’s betting big on the City of Homes.

Joseph Bednar can be reached at [email protected]

Opinion
Another Triumph for Springfield

When it was first announced that CNR Changchun Railway Vehicles Co., a manufacturer of urban mass-transit vehicles based in China, was interested in building replacement subway cars for the MBTA’s Red and Orange lines in Springfield, the news was greeted with a large dose of skepticism.

And why not? Things like that just haven’t happened in Springfield in recent years— or decades, for that matter. They’re talked about, but the talk rarely translates into anything substantive. The $565 million contract to build nearly 300 subway cars was the kind of development that simply went somewhere else.

The fact that it didn’t, and that the subway cars will be built in the former Westinghouse complex in East Springfield, is perhaps the best aspect to this encouraging story, although there are many positives to take from it.

First and foremost are the jobs — a projected 100-plus new construction jobs from the building of a 150,000-square-foot plant, and more than 200 new manufacturing positions — as well as the quality of those jobs. Indeed, at a time when many of the jobs coming to the region are in service, distribution, or call centers, these are manufacturing positions, the type that every region covets.

There’s also the prospect for more manufacturing coming to Springfield and this region in general if all goes as well as expected with these subway cars in terms of providing this company with a qualified workforce. This state and this region cannot sell themselves as being low-cost (at least when compared to southern states and foreign countries like Mexico), and they can’t market themselves as being business-friendly, because, by and large, they are not. But a quality, well-trained workforce is a strong selling point.

And then, there’s the needed boost the city gains with regard to its image. Newspapers in Boston and elsewhere were placing ‘Springfield’ in stories that had nothing to do with poverty, crime, or high dropout rate. And it had probably been some time since they’d done that.

But, as we said, maybe the best thing to come from this may well be a needed jolt of confidence — or another jolt, as the case may be. There is a growing sense that things can be done in this city, because they are being done.

This list includes the three colleges that now call downtown Springfield home — UMass Amherst, Bay Path University, and Cambridge College — as well as Union Station, a project that many thought they’d never see come to fruition; an emerging innovation district; and even the successful effort to keep the Student Prince restaurant (the Fort) from becoming merely a part of the city’s past.

And if voters do the right thing and vote ‘no’ on Question 3 on Election Day, there will be yet another boost in confidence, in the form of an $800 million resort casino that will rise in the city’s beleaguered South End.

Springfield still has a number of challenges to confront, including its high poverty rate and equally high dropout rate, but there is some real momentum in the city now, a sense that things are possible, that good things can happen here.

And with that momentum will hopefully come a change in attitude, so the next time a company announces its intention to bring jobs to the city, the news won’t be greeted with that same level of skepticism.

Sections Super 60
Program Marks 25 Years of Honoring the Top-performing Companies

Super60logoIt started a quarter-century ago.

The program was smaller — it was known as the Fabulous 50 back then — and was conceived as a fund-raising event for what is now the Affiliated Chambers of Commerce of Greater Springfield (ACCGS), and also as an opportunity to celebrate the top-performing companies that characterized the region’s diverse economy.

Along the way, it has become a fall tradition, and the phrase ‘Super 60 company’ has become a bragging right for businesses large and small, said ACCGS President Jeff Ciuffreda, as he referenced the class of 2014.

It will be celebrated on Nov. 14 at Chez Josef in Agawam, which has traditionally been sold out for the Super 60 luncheon, and should be this year as well.

And, as in the previous 24 years, the Super 60 lists are characterized by diversity — in a number of forms (see snapshots below). First, geographically. Nearly 20 cities and towns in Western Mass. are represented by the companies in the Total Revenue and Revenue Growth categories, including both the larger cities, such as Springfield, Holyoke, and Westfield, but also the smaller towns, such as Ware, Belchertown, and Southwick.

There’s also diversity in terms of the industrial sectors represented on those lists. There are winners from the financial-services sector, retail, manufacturing, education, healthcare, technology, service, distribution, construction, and the region’s large nonprofit realm. And there’s diversity in terms of size, with some of the region’s largest employers on the Total Revenue list, and some of its smaller rising stars on the Revenue Growth compilation.

Add it all up, and this year’s winners provide ample reason for optimism as the region continues to battle its way back from the prolonged recession that began in 2007.

“Small business is the backbone of our region,” said Ciuffreda, “and the success of this year’s winners is a clear indication that our regional economy is strong.”

This strength is reflected in the numbers posted by this year’s winners. The average revenue of the companies in the Total Revenue category exceeded $35 million, with combined revenue of more than $1 billion. Meanwhile, one-third of the companies in the Revenue Growth category posted growth in excess of 50%, with the average growth of all honorees in that category at more than 49%.

Topping the Total Revenue category is West Springfield-based Balise Motor Sales, which now boasts more than 20 facilities (new- and used-car dealerships, collision-repair shops, and car washes) in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Placing second is the Stavros Center for Independent Living, with NUVO Bank & Trust Co. placing third.

In the Revenue Growth category, Springfield-based City Enterprise Inc., a woman-owned commercial and residential builder, finished on top, followed by Troy Industries Inc. and Chemex Corp.

Also, 16 companies qualified for both categories. They include the Dennis Group, Gandara Mental Health, Joseph Freedman Co., Maybury Associates, M.J. Moran, Northeast Treaters, NUVO Bank & Trust Co., PC Enterprises (Entre Computer), Pioneer Valley Concrete Services, Premier Source Credit Union, Tighe & Bond, Troy Industries, Universal Plastics Corp., and Whalley Computer Associates. Each was placed in the category where it finished highest.

The winners will be saluted at the annual luncheon, which this year will feature Friendly Ice Cream President and CEO John Maguire as keynote speaker.

Maguire is credited with engineering a strong turnaround at the company, which began with a single shop in Springfield in 1935, grew into a regional powerhouse, but struggled through the ’90s and the first part of this century, eventually filing for bankruptcy.

The celebration luncheon is presented by Health New England and sponsored by Hampden Bank, Zasco Productions, and WWLP-TV22.

Reservations for the luncheon are required and can be made online at www.myonlinechamber.com or by e-mailing Sarah Mazzaferro at [email protected] Tickets are $50 for ACCGS members, $70 for non-members. The deadline for reservations is Nov. 7.

Fast Facts:

What: The Super 60 Luncheon
When: Nov. 14, 11:30 to 1:30 p.m.
Where: Chez Josef, Agawam
Keynote Speaker: John Maguire, president and CEO, Friendly’s
For more Information: Visit www.myonlinechamber.com

TOTAL REVENUE

1. Balise Motor Sales
122 Doty Circle, West Springfield
(413) 733-8604
www.baliseauto.com
Jeb Balise, President and Dealer
Now one of the largest retailers of new and used automobiles in New England, Balise Motor Sales, which traces its roots back to 1929, operates more than 20 dealerships, collision-repair shops, and car washes in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Brands sold and serviced include Buick, Chevrolet, GMC, Ford, Honda, Hyundai, Lexus, Mazda, Nissan, Scion, Subaru, Toyota, and Volkswagen. The company now employs more than 1,000 people at its various facilities.

2. Stavros Center for Independent Living
210 Old Farm Road, Amherst
(413) 256-0473
www.stavros.org
Jim Kruidenier, Director
The Stavros Center for Independent Living, founded in 1976, is one of the oldest independent-living centers in the country. It is the goal at Stavros to give people with disabilities the tools to take charge of their life choices, act on their own behalf, and overcome situations that reduce their potential for independence. The company operates three offices, in Amherst, Springfield, and Greenfield. Offerings include deaf and hard-of-hearing services, housing services, building services, options counseling, a transition-to-adulthood program, personal-care-attendant services, and many others.

3. Nuvo Bank & Trust Co. *
1500 Main St., Springfield
(413) 787-2700
www.nuvobank.com
Dale Janes, CEO
NUVO Bank is a locally owned, independent small-business bank located in downtown Springfield. NUVO provides loans, deposits, and cash-management services for personal-banking and business-banking needs.

The Assoc. for Community Living
220 Brookdale Dr., Springfield
(413) 732-0531
www.theassociationinc.org
Barbara Pilarcik, R.N., Executive Director
For 60 years, the Assoc. for Community Living has been creating opportunities, building relationships, and improving lives of children and adults with developmental disabilities and their families. The agency’s caring and experienced workforce empowers individuals with developmental disabilities to live with dignity, bringing fulfillment, community, and valuable relationships into their lives.

Charter Oak Insurance and Financial Services Co.

330 Whitney Ave., Holyoke
(413) 374-5430
www.charteroakfinancial.com
Peter Novak, General Agent
A member of the MassMutual Financial Group, Charter Oak been servicing clients for 127 years. The team of professionals serves individuals, families, and businesses with risk-management products, business planning and protection, retirement planning and investment services, and fee-based financial planning.

City Tire Company Inc.
25 Avocado St., Springfield
(413) 737-1419
www.city-tire.com
Peter Greenberg, President
Brothers Peter and Dan Greenberg, the third generation of a family-owned business founded in 1927, have grown the business to 11 locations in Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Hampshire, and Vermont. The company offers one-stop shopping for tires of all shapes and sizes and a full compliment of maintenance and repair services.

Commercial Distributing Co. Inc.
46 South Broad St., Westfield
(413) 562-9691
www.commercialdist.com
Richard Placek, Chairman
Founded in 1935 by Joseph Placek, Commercial Distributing Co. is a family-owned and -operated business servicing more than 1,000 bars, restaurants, and clubs, as well as more than 400 package and liquor stores. Now in its third generation, the company continues to grow through the values established by its founder by building brands and offering new products as the market changes.

The Dennis Group, LLC *
1537 Main St., Springfield
(413) 746-0054
www.dennisgrp.com
TOM DENNIS, CEO
The Dennis Group offers complete planning, design, architectural, engineering, and construction-management services. The firm is comprised of experienced engineering and design professionals specializing in the implementation of food-manufacturing processes and facilities.

Environmental Compliance Services Inc.
588 Silver St., Agawam
(413) 789-3530
www.ecsconsult.com
MARK HELLSTEIN, PRESIDENT AND CEO
For more than 25 years, ECS has specialized in environmental site assessments; testing for asbestos, lead, indoor air quality, and mold; drilling and subsurface investigations; and emergency-response management.

Gandara Mental Health Inc. *
147 Norman St., West Springfield
(413) 736-8329
www.gandaracenter.org
Dr. Henry East-Trou, CEO
Focusing on the Latino/Hispanic community, Gandara Center provides substance-abuse recovery, mental-health, and housing services for men, women, children, adolescents, and families throughout the Pioneer Valley.

Joseph Freedman Co. Inc. *
115 Stevens St., Springfield
(888) 677-7818
www.josephfreedmanco.com
John Freedman, President
Founded in 1891, the company provides industrial scrap-metal recycling, specializing in aluminum, copper, nickel alloys, and aircraft scrap, and has two facilities in Springfield — a 120,000-square-foot indoor ferrous facility, and a 60,000-square-foot chopping operation.

Kittredge Equipment Co. Inc.
100 Bowles Road, Agawam
(413) 304-4100
www.kittredgeequipment.com
Wendy Webber, President
Founded in 1921, Kittredge Equipment Co.is one of the nation’s leading food-service equipment and supply businesses. It boasts 70,000 square feet of showroom in three locations — Agawam, Williston, Vt., and Bow, N.H., making it the largest total showroom in New England, with in-stock inventory of equipment and smallware consisting of more than 7,000 different items. The company also handles design services, and has designed everything from small restaurants to country clubs to in-plant cafeterias.

Marcotte Ford Sales
1025 Main St., Holyoke
(800) 923-9810
www.marcotteford.com
BRYAN MARCOTTE, PRESIDENT
The dealership sells new Ford vehicles as well as pre-owned cars, trucks, and SUVs, and features a full service department. Marcotte has achieved the President’s Award, one of the most prestigious honors given to dealerships by Ford Motor Co., on multiple occasions over the past decade.

Maybury Associates Inc.*
90 Denslow Road, East Longmeadow
(413) 525-4216
www.maybury.com
John Maybury, President
Since 1976, Maybury Associates Inc. has been designing, supplying, and servicing all types of material-handling equipment throughout New England. Maybury provides customers in a wide range of industries with solutions to move, lift, and store their parts and products.

Northeast Treaters Inc./Chemical Wood Treaters *
201 Springfield Road, Belchertown
(413) 323-7811
www.ntreaters.com
David Reed, President
Northeast Treaters, founded in 1985 in Belchertown, is a manufacturer of pressure-treated lumber. In 1996, an additional facility was added in Athens, N.Y. to produce fire-retardant treated lumber.

Quabbin Wire & Cable Co. Inc.
10 Maple St., Ware
(413) 967-6281
www.quabbin.com
Paul Engel, President
Quabbin Wire & Cable Co. is a privately held corporation that manufactures a variety of thermoplastic shielded and unshielded cables that are sold through distribution. Cable applications and markets include local area networks (LANS), industrial LAN systems, telecommunications systems, control and Instrumentation, process-control interconnect, computer peripherals, low-capacitance data, point-of-sale equipment, sound and audio instrumentation, fire alarm and security systems, medical devices, and custom-designed signaling applications.

Rediker Software Inc.

2 Wilbraham Road, Hampden
(800) 213-9860
www.rediker.com
RICHARD REDIKER, PRESIDENT
Rediker software is used by school administrators across the U.S. and in more than 100 countries, and is designed to meet the student-information-management needs of all types of schools and districts.

Sarat Ford Lincoln
245 Springfield St., Agawam
(413) 789-5400
www.saratford.com
Jeff Sarat, President
Founded in 1929 by John Sarat Sr., Sarat Ford has become the largest Ford dealership in Western Mass., and today, grandson Jeff Sarat leads the company. The full-service dealership includes a state-of-the-art body shop, and a new, 10,000-square-foot expansion offers a 24-bay service center that houses a $1 million parts inventory featuring Ford, Motorcraft, Motorsport, and a variety of other specialty manufacturers.

Specialty Bolt & Screw Inc.
235 Bowles Road, Agawam
(413) 789-6700
www.specialtybolt.com
Kevin Queenin, President
Founded in 1977, Specialty Bolt & Screw (SBS) is a full-service solutions provider of fasteners, vendor-managed inventory (VMI) programs, and c-class commodities. Based in Agawam, it has locations in Valcourt, Quebec; Juarez, Mexico; Queretaro, Mexico; Rovaniemi, Finland; and Kaohsiung, Taiwan.

Spectrum Analytical Inc.
11 Almgren Dr., Agawam
(413) 789-9018
www.spectrum-analytical.com
Hanibal Tayeh, CEO
For more than a decade, Spectrum Analytical Inc. has provided quantitative analysis of soil, water, and, more recently, air samples, as well as petroleum products. Consulting firms, industries, municipalities, universities, and the public sector are among the constituencies that make up the client list.

Springfield College
263 Alden St., Springfield
(413) 748-3000
www.springfieldcollege.edu
Mary-Beth Cooper, President
Founded in 1885, Springfield College is a private, independent, coeducational, four-year college offering undergraduate and graduate degree programs with its Humanics philosophy — educating students in spirit, mind, and body for leadership in service to others.

Tighe & Bond Inc. *
53 Southampton Road, Westfield
(413) 562-1600
www.tighebond.com
David Pinsky, President
Having celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2011, Tighe & Bond specializes in environmental engineering, focusing on water, wastewater, solid-waste, and hazardous-waste issues, and provides innovative engineering services to public and private clients around the country and overseas.

United Personnel Services Inc.
1331 Main St., Springfield
(413) 736-0800
www.unitedpersonnel.com
PATRICIA CANAVAN, PRESIDENT
United provides a full range of staffing services, including temporary staffing and full-time placement, on-site project management, and strategic recruitment in the Springfield, Hartford, and Northampton areas, specializing in administrative, professional, medical, and light-industrial staff.

University Products Inc.
517 Main St., Holyoke
(413) 532-3372
www.universityproducts.com
John Magoon, President
University Products is one of the nation’s leading manufacturers and suppliers of materials for conservation, restoration, preservation, exhibition, and archival storage. The company’s catalog includes thousands of paper and plastic enclosures, specialty tapes and adhesives, preservation framing supplies, and archival storage boxes. In addition, it distributes furnishings, tools, equipment, chemicals, and other materials that contribute to the field of preservation.

Valley Fibers Corp.

75 Service Center Road, Northampton
(413) 584-2225
www.yarn.com
Steve Elkins, CEO
Valley Fibers Corp., operating as Webs Amera’s Yarn Store, was founded in 1974, and ships products for knitters, weavers, and spinners in Alaska, Hawaii, Canada, the continental U.S., and internationally. Products consist of all forms of natural and man-made fibers for clothing and accessories in addition to crochet accessories, tools, and more.

Valley Opportunity Council Inc.

35 Mount Carmel Ave., Chicopee
(413) 552-1554
www.valleyopp.com
Stephen Huntley, Executive Director
The Valley Opportunity Council (VOC) is the largest and most diverse community-action agency in the region. It has a network of support and collaborative services that include energy assistance, nutrition, early education and childcare, adult education, senior services, housing, money management, and transporation.

WestMass ElderCare Inc.
4 Valley Mill Road, Holyoke
(413) 538-9020
www.wmeldercare.org
Priscilla Chalmers, Executive Director
WestMass ElderCare is a private, nonprofit agency with a mission to “to preserve the dignity, independence, and quality of life of elders and disabled persons desiring to remain within their own community.” The agency offers a variety of services for elders, their families and caregivers, and persons with disabilities. Programs and services include supportive housing, home care, options counseling, adult family care, nutrition programs, adult foster care, and group adult foster care.

Whalley Computer Associates Inc. *
One Whalley Way, Southwick
(413) 569-4200
www.wca.com
JOHN WHALLEY, PRESIDENT
WCA is a locally owned family business that has evolved from a hardware resale and service group in the ’70s and ’80s into a company that now focuses on lowering the total cost of ownership of technology and productivity enhancement for its customers. Whalley carries name-brand computers as well as low-cost performance compatibles.

YMCA of Greater Springfield
275 Chestnut St., Springfield
(413) 739-6951
www.springfieldy.org
Kirk Smith, President and CEO
The YMCA of Greater Springfield, established in 1852, is the fourth-oldest Y in the world, second-oldest in the country, and third-oldest in North America only to Montreal and Boston. The Y provides services annually to more than 115,000 members, and the program participates in 14 cities and towns across the region. Facilities include the Downtown Springfield YMCA Family Center, the Scantic Valley YMCA Family Center in Wilbraham, the Agawam YMCA Wellness & Program Family Center, and the Dunbar YMCA Family & Community Center in Springfield.

* Indicates company qualifed in both categories

REVENUE GROWTH

1. City Enterprise Inc.
38 Berkshire Ave., Springfield
(413) 726-9549
www.cityenterpriseinc.com
Wonderlyn Murphy, president
City Enterprise Inc. offers skilled general-contracting services to the New England region. The company prides itself on custom design and construction of affordable, quality homes and the infrastructure surrounding each project.

2. Troy Industries Inc. *
151 Capital Dr.,
West Springfield
(866) 788-6412
www.troyind.com
Erhan Erden, president
Troy Industries is a leading U.S. government contractor that designs and manufactures innovative, top-quality small-arms components and accessories and complete weapon upgrades. Many iconic firearms manufacturers incorporate Troy products into their weapons, including Smith & Wesson, Sturm Ruger & Co., Viking Tactics, POF-USA, LaRue Tactical, LWRC International, Noveske, and HK Defense.

3. Chemex Corp.
11 Veterans Dr., Chicopee
(413) 331-4460
www.chemexcoffeemaker.com
Liz Grassy, president
The Chemex coffeemaker was invented in 1941 by Dr. Peter Schlumbohm. Made simply from non-porous, borosilicate glass and fastened with a wood collar and tie, it brews coffee without imparting any flavors of its own. Chicopee-based Chemex Corp., a family-owned company, manufactures Chemex coffeemakers, bonded filters, handblown water kettles, and accessories for worldwide distribution.

American Pest Solutions Inc.
169 William St., Springfield
(413) 781-0044
www.413pestfree.com
Robert Russell, president
For about a century, American Pest Solutions has been taking care of families and business owners to keep their properties free from ants, bedbugs, rodents, roaches, termites, and other harmful pest infestations. By utilizing products and pest-treatment solutions designed to minimize impacts on the surrounding environment, American takes an ecologically sensitive approach to pest control for the environmentally concerned client.

Boys & Girls Club Family Center Inc.
100 Acorn St., Springfield
(413) 739-4743
www.bgcafamilycenter.org
O’Rita Swan, executive director
The Boys & Girls Club Family Center, featuring a regulation-size gym, a full-size indoor swimming pool, and rooms where kids study and play, is devoted to the idea that children need a place where they are nurtured, protected, and loved. The center offers a variety of activities for children and teens, at all times of the day and early evening. Open year-round, its programs include a pre-school program, after-school program, teen drop-in program, and summer camp.

CanAm Fibers
100 State St., Ludlow
(413) 525-9018
www.canamfibers.net
Peter Meuiner, president
CanAm Fibers has established itself as a well-known and highly respected supplier of varied and specialty-grade paper products to export markets, particularly third-world countries, a segment that allows CanAm to offer domestic suppliers a feasible and economically advantageous avenue in which to dispose of excess material.

Convergent Solutions Inc.
9501 Post Office Park, Wilbraham
(413) 509-1000
www.convergentsolutions.com
Arlene Kelly, CEO
A healthcare billing solutions provider founded in 2006, Convergent Solutions provides hardware and software products that help eliminate human error in medical billing processes, thus helping bring down the cost of healthcare.

Dietz & Co. Architects Inc.
17 Hampden St., Springfield
(413) 733-6798
www.dietzarch.com
Kerry Dietz, CEO
Dietz & Co. provides a full range of architectural services in the public and private sectors, including work in housing, education, healthcare, commercial facilities, historic preservation, and sustainable projects. The firm seeks to bring the benefits of integrated design into all its projects, from individual buildings to entire neighborhoods.

FIT Solutions, LLC
25 Bremen St., Springfield
(413) 733-6466
www.fitsolutions.us
Jackie Fallon, president
Since 2004, FIT Solutions has been partnering with clients, from small-business owners who have only a few IT needs to large companies that have small IT departments, to provide the best candidates for a variety of IT positions. Serving both the Massachusetts and Connecticut markets, FIT Solutions determines the exact qualifications and skills needed, as well as the personality traits desired, in order to find candidates that fit an array of technology-based positions.

The Gaudreau Group
1984 Boston Road, Wilbraham
(413) 543-3534
www.gaudreaugroup.com
Jules Gaudreau, president
A multi-line insurance and financial-service agency established in 1921, the Gaudreau Group combines the traditional service philosophy of an agency with the talents of a dynamic marketing organization. With the expertise and resources that enable clients to respond to an ever-changing economic environment, the agency offers a broad range of insurance and financial products from basic life, home, and auto insurance to complex corporate services, employee benefits, and retirement plans.

GMH Fence Company Inc.
15 Benton Dr., East Longmeadow
(413) 525-3361
www.gmhfence.com
Glenn Hastie, owner
Serving the Western Mass. area for more than over 20 years, GMH Fence Co. is one of largest and most respected fence companies in the region. The fencing contractor offers quality service and fence installations from a selection of wood, aluminum, steel, and vinyl fencing that are durable and virtually trouble-free for residential, commercial, and industrial fencing requests.

Haluch Water Contracting Inc.
399 Fuller St, Ludlow
(413) 589-1254
Thomas Haluch, president
For 30 years, Haluch Water Contracting has served the region as a water-main construction and excavation contractor specializing in water, sewer, pipeline, and communications and power-line construction.

Hampden County Career Center / CareerPoint
850 High St., Holyoke
(413) 532-4900
www.careerpointma.com
David Gadaire, executive director
Since 1996, Hampden County Career Center Inc., d/b/a CareerPoint, has been serving the workforce and economic-development needs of individual job seekers, social-service agencies, and the business community throughout Hampden County and beyond. The center transforms the maze of complex, bureaucratic employment and training programs into one seamless service-delivery system for job seeking and employer customers alike.

Holyoke Community College Foundation Inc.
303 Homestead Ave., Holyoke
(413) 552-2546
www.hcc.edu/the-hcc-foundation
Erica Broman, executive director
The Holyoke Community College Foundation was created four decades ago to help the college meet the needs of the region’s citizens and workforce, by raising both funds and awareness and supporting programs and activities in keeping with the mission of the college.

Innovative Business Systems Inc.
161 Northampton St,. 
Easthampton
(413) 584-4274
www.for-ibs.com
Dave DelVecchio, president
For a quarter-century, IBS has provided information-technology solutions designed to meet the stated business objectives of its customers through a process-oriented, consultative approach, with services including exchange conversions, data-replication solutions, disaster recovery and business continuity, and much more.

Janice Yanni, DDS
180 Westfield St., West Springfield
(413) 739-4400
www.yanniorthodontics.com
Dr. Janice Yanni, owner
Dr. Janice Yanni specializes in orthodontic treatment for children, teens, and adults with offices in West Springfield as well as Tolland, Conn., using the latest in technology and a variety of treatment options, including Invisalign, Invisalign Express, Incognito, Six Month Smiles, and traditional braces.

M.J. Moran Inc. *
4 South Main St., Haydenville
(413) 268.7251
www.mjmoraninc.com
James Moran, CEO
The M.J. Moran company was formed in February of 1978 and has steadily grown in size. Services include plumbing, HVAC systems, process piping systems, high-pressure gas and steam systems, medical-gas systems, design/build services, and mechanical construction management. Repeat customers include Top Flite/Callaway Golf, Milton Bradley, Suddekor, Smith College, Mount Holyoke College, Amherst College, Eaglebrook School, Northfield Mount Hermon, and the Cooley Dickinson Hospital.


Market Mentors, LLC

1680 Riverdale St., West Springfield
(413) 787-1133
www.marketmentors.com
Michelle Abdow, principal
A full-service marketing firm, Market Mentors handles all forms of marketing, including advertising in all mediums, media buying, graphic design, public relations, and event planning.

Netlogix Inc.
181 Notre Dame St., Westfield
(413) 586-2777
www.netlgx.com
Marco Liquori, president
NetLogix offers a wide range of IT services, including equipment sales; managed network services and remote monitoring; network design, installation, and management; network security and firewalls; disaster-recovery and business-continuity services; VoIP; wi-fi; and more.

Northeast Security Solutions Inc.
33 Sylvan St.,
West Springfield
(413) 733-7306
www.northeastsecuritysolutions.com
George Condon, president
Northeast Security Solutions takes a unique, integrated approach to security by bringing together locks, access control, alarms, safes, camera systems, and door-replacement systems to enhance clients’ security.

O’Connell Professional Nurse Service Inc.
14 Bobala Road, Holyoke
(413) 533-1030
www.opns.com
Francis O’Connell, president
For more than two decades, O’Connell Professional Nurse Service has grown to deliver a range of home-health and staffing services across the Pioneer Valley. Services range from nursing care and geriatric healthcare management to advocacy and transportation.

Paragus Strategic IT
84 Russell St., Hadley
(413) 587-2666
www.paragusit.com
Delcie Bean IV, president
While still in high school, Delcie Bean founded Paragus IT in 1999, first under the name Vertical Horizons and then Valley ComputerWorks. Under the Paragus name, it has grown dramatically as an outsourced IT solution for area clients. From information technology solutions to CMR-17 compliance to EMR implementation, Paragus provides business computer service, computer consulting, information-technology support, and other proactive services to businesses of all sizes.

PC Enterprises / Entre Computer *
138 Memorial Ave., West Springfield
(413) 736-2112
www.pc-enterprises.com
Norman Fiedler, CEO
PC Enterprises, d/b/a Entre Computer, assists organizations with procuring, installing, troubleshooting, servicing, and maximizing the value of technology. In business since 1983, it continues to evolve and grow as a lead provider for many businesses, healthcare providers, retailers, and state, local, and education entities.

Pioneer Valley Concrete Service Inc. *
66 North Chicopee St., Chicopee
(413) 534-8171
Dan Smith, owner and president
Pioneer Valley Concrete Service is one of the largest open-shop concrete contractors in New England with experience in warehouse, industrial, institutional, foundation, flatwork, and mass concrete construction, with single-limit bonding capacity in excess of $12 million and aggregate bonding capacity in excess of $20 million, and more than 80 field personnel in addition to a fully staffed office.

Premier Source Credit Union *
232 North Main St.,
East Longmeadow
(413) 525-2002
premier-sourcecu.com
Bonnie Raymond, CEO and president
Premier Source Credit Union (formerly Kelko Credit Union) was founded in 1941 by the employees of Kellogg Envelope Co. Kelko merged with Twin Meadows Federal Credit Union in 2000, with Spalding Employees Credit Union in 2001, and with Embeco Credit Union (Hasbro Games) in 2006. Combining the resources of these credit unions has allowed it to continue providing personal attention, while expanding its products and services.

Topato Corp.
14 Industrial Parkway, Easthampton
www.topatoco.com
Jeffrey Rowland, president
Topato Corp. is a widely recognized online retailer of webcomic and related merchandise established around 2004 by artist Jeffrey Rowland. Its services are exclusively for established, original, independent Internet creators with a proven record of solid updates and a considerable existing audience.

Universal Plastics Corp. *
75 Whiting Farms Road, Holyoke
(800) 553-0120
www.universalplastics.com
Joseph Peters, CEO
Since 1965, Universal Plastics has been a leading force in the custom thermoforming industry. It specializes in precision custom thermoforming, a plastic-manufacturing process that converts a sheet of plastic into a highly detailed finished product with less tooling investment than other plastic molding processes.

V&F Auto Inc.
443 Springfield St, Agawam
(413) 789-2181
www.vfauto.com
Frank Palange, owner and president
Since 1988, V & F Auto Inc. has been a local, family-owned and -operated auto-repair center servicing Agawam and neighboring areas. As an approved AAA auto-service shop, its ASE-certified technicians have years of experience working on both domestic and import vehicles of all makes and models and can work with customers to find cost-effective repair and maintenance alternatives.

Valley Home Improvement Inc.
340 Riverside Dr.,
Florence
(413) 517-0158
www.valleyhomeimprovement.com
Steven Silverman, owner
Valley Home Improvement has specialized in home improvement, renovations, and remodeling service in Leeds, Hadley, Amherst, Sunderland, Florence, and Northampton since it was founded in 1991. Home-improvement and remodeling services include kitchen design, bathrooms, additions, sunrooms, screen porches, basement finishing, weatherization/insulation services, garages, and custom cabinetry and countertops.

Westside Enterprises Inc.
1004 Shoemaker Lane, Agawam
(413) 786-1414
www.westsideenterprises.com
Gary Mitchell, president
With a proven track record for project management and superior craftsmanship, Westside Enteprises is a general contractor offering project management, consulting/site management, project estimating, contract negotiations, quality-control management, subcontractor coordination, material purchasing and handling, site work, interior fit-up, and in-house craftsmen. Other specialties include all types of landscaping, retaining walls, snow removal, and emergency construction.

* Indicates company qualifed in both categories

Insurance Sections
The Line Is Blurry, but Employers Must Be Careful Not to Cross it

By BILL GRINNELL

Bill Grinnell

Bill Grinnell

As business owners, our quest for increased efficiency and cost-effective solutions has led many of us to hire subcontractors. It often makes sense to subcontract for work outside of your expertise or for extra work during abnormally busy times of the year.

From an insurance standpoint, subcontracting work has advantages. A sole proprietor with no employees is not required to have workers’ compensation insurance in Massachusetts. Thus, this cost is eliminated by subcontracting work within the law.

But subcontracting work within Massachusetts law is much easier said than done.

Massachusetts Is Tougher Than the IRS

The laws governing subcontracting are much more complicated and stringent in Massachusetts than they are on a federal level. The IRS is the government agency that determines whether a worker is an employee or an independent contractor, due to the tax implications of the determination.

The IRS has a list of 20 factors it uses to determine a worker’s status. The factors pertain to how, when, and where the work is performed. Some of these factors include:

• Whether a worker must comply with the employer’s instructions for the work;
• Whether the employer provides specific training;
• Whether the worker must comply with hours set by the employer; and
• Whether the worker is on the job full-time.

In Massachusetts, the law presumes that everyone you hire is an employee until proven otherwise. You’ve heard of innocent until proven guilty? Well, in Massachusetts, every freelancer you hire is an employee until proven an independent contractor.

Misclassification Is Costly

Misinterpreting the laws can have unexpected and costly consequences. Employers found to have misclassified an employee as an independent contractor may be subject to income-tax liability for withholding that should have occurred with wages that should have been paid, FICA and FUTA contributions, state unemployment-contribution payments, potential overtime and other wages owed, workers’ compensation insurance premiums, and civil and criminal liability.

Non-willful violations of the law can incur fines of up to $10,000 and imprisonment for up to six months for a first offense. For violations found to be willful, the fine can rise to $25,000, and imprisonment can last up to one year for a first offence.

To steer clear of these landmines, ensure that your subcontractors qualify as independent contractors.

Three Critical Tests for Independent Contractors

In Massachusetts, there are three critical tests workers must pass to be deemed independent contractors: They must be free from the employer’s control, they must work outside the employer’s usual course of business, and they must do the same work regularly for other companies.

Freedom from Control
A worker must be free from the presumed employer’s control and direction in performing the service, both under a contract and in fact. To be free from an employer’s direction and control, a worker’s activities must be carried out with independence and autonomy. For example, workers should provide their own tools, set their own hours, and take their own approach to completing a job.

In the old days, paper-delivery boys and girls were deemed independent contractors. Today they are considered employees, and we no longer see young kids delivering papers door-to-door.

Work Must Be Outside the Usual Course of Business
To qualify as an independent contractor, the worker’s job or service also must be performed outside the usual course of business of whothat performs work that is part of the normal service delivered by the employer may not be treated as an independent contractor.

Here’s where the lines get sketchy. I have seen nightmares created by insurance-company auditors. If a home builder hires a plumber, is that outside of his usual course of business? Some insurance auditors interpret this law very strictly and take the position that any construction activity performed for a general contractor is in the same course of business. Thus, the auditor makes a charge for any uninsured subcontractors.

Work Must Be Done Regularly for Others
Third, an independent contractor must represent himself or herself to the public as being in business to perform the same or similar services. Furthermore, an independent contractor often has a financial investment in a business that is related to the service he or she is currently performing for the employer.

For example, if a restaurant were to hire the same driver to pick up meats and fresh produce every day and that driver only drove for that one restaurant, an employee relationship would exist.

Make sure your subcontractors pass all three tests to ensure that you will not be hit with penalties and saddled with a higher head count than you wish.

If you have questions about your subcontractor relationships, contact an insurance professional.

Bill Grinnell is president of Northampton-based Webber and Grinnell Insurance Agency; [email protected]

Departments People on the Move

The Springfield-based regional law firm Bacon Wilson, P.C. announced that six attorneys have been named to the 2014 New England Super Lawyers list, and four attorneys have been named to the 2014 New England Rising Stars list. Only 5% of New England’s lawyers were honored as Super Lawyers. They were identified for their background, experience, professional achievement, and peer recognition. Rising Stars are under 40 years old or have been practicing law for less than 10 years. Fewer than 2.5% of New England lawyers were named Rising Stars. The following Bacon Wilson attorneys were honored as Super Lawyers:

Gary L. Fialky

Gary L. Fialky

Michael B. Katz

Michael B. Katz

Paul H. Rothschild

Paul H. Rothschild

Stephen Krevalin

Stephen Krevalin

Hyman Darling

Hyman Darling

Gina Barry

Gina Barry

Adam Basch

Adam Basch

Todd Ratner

Todd Ratner

Kevin V. Maltby

Kevin V. Maltby

Spencer Stone

Spencer Stone

• Gary Fialky, business/corporate;
Michael Katz, bankruptcy and business;
Paul Rothschild, general litigation;
Stephen Krevalin, real estate;
Hyman Darling, estate planning and probate; and
Gina Barry, estate planning and probate.
The following Bacon Wilson attorneys were honored as Rising Stars:
Adam Basch, construction litigation;
Todd Ratner, estate planning and probate;
Kevin Maltby, employment and labor; and
Spencer Stone, business/corporate.
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Donna George-Ebbeling

Donna George-Ebbeling

PeoplesBank has announced the appointment of Donna George-Ebbeling as First Vice President and Credit Risk Manager. She brings more than 32 years of banking experience to her new position. George-Ebbeling’s responsibilities include all aspects of credit and loan administration as well as the development of loan policies and procedures. She also manages the credit-analysis function and oversees the commercial-loan administration area. George-Ebbeling received a bachelor’s degree in English from Fairfield University. She also holds a master’s degree in finance from UMass Amherst.
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Robinson Donovan, P.C., announced that eight of its attorneys have been named to the 2015 Massachusetts Super Lawyers list. In addition, three attorneys were named Rising Stars, a designation for attorneys 40 years old or younger or in practice for 10 years or fewer. No more than 5% of lawyers in a state are named to Super Lawyers, and no more than 2.5% are named to Rising Stars. “Super Lawyers is proud to provide visibility to outstanding attorneys,” said Julie Gleason, director of research for Super Lawyers. Added Jeffrey Roberts, the firm’s managing partner, “the number of attorneys receiving this award at Robinson Donovan highlights the quality of the firm’s lawyers and their dedication to the practice of law.” Robinson Donovan attorneys on the 2015 Massachusetts Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists, and the practice areas in which they are recognized, are as follows:
Jeffrey Roberts, partner, estate planning and probate;
Jeffrey McCormick, partner, general litigation;
James Martin, partner, closely held business;
Nancy Frankel Pelletier, partner, civil litigation: defense;
Patricia Rapinchuk, partner, employment litigation: defense;
Carla Newton, partner, family law;
Richard Gaberman, of counsel, estate planning and probate;
Kevin Chrisanthopoulos, associate, general litigation;
David Lawless, associate, state, local, and municipal (Rising Star);
Jeffrey Trapani, associate, general litigation (Rising Star); and
Michael Simolo, associate, estate planning and probate (Rising Star).
Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The annual selections are made using a patented, multi-phase process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates, and peer reviews by practice area. The result is a credible, comprehensive, and diverse listing of exceptional attorneys.
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The Springfield-based law firm Sullivan, Hayes & Quinn announced the following:
Meghan Sullivan

Meghan Sullivan

Meghan Sullivan, managing partner, has been selected for inclusion in the 2014 New England Super Lawyers magazine. Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, is a rating service of outstanding lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Sullivan has extensive knowledge in the areas of employment law, discrimination law, labor relations, affirmative action, OSHA compliance, personnel policy, and training. She has represented employers in numerous judicial proceedings, administrative hearings, and arbitrations in both the public and private sectors; before the National Labor Relations Board; and before state anti-discrimination agencies, the U.S. Department of Labor, in state courts, and in federal District Court. She has also conducted numerous seminars, supervisory training sessions, and management-development programs, and is a sought-after speaker for numerous organizations and entities on topics ranging from discrimination to wage-and-hour laws.
Layla Taylor

Layla Taylor

• Attorney Layla Taylor, a partner with the firm, has been selected to the 2014 Massachusetts Rising Stars list. Taylor, a partner at Sullivan, Hayes & Quinn, LLC, joined the firm in 2004. She is experienced in assisting clients with human-resource management and policy development, as well as advising both private- and public-sector clients on legal compliance and best practices in the workplace. She routinely assists employers in workplace immigration matters and in negotiating employment contracts and separation agreements;
Alice Pizzi

Alice Pizzi

• Attorney and Alice Pizzi has been selected to the 2014 Massachusetts Rising Stars list. Pizzi, a graduate of Western New England College School of Law, joined Sullivan, Hayes & Quinn, LLC in 2009 and has focused on the defense of discrimination and wrongful-employment cases filed against employers, employment litigation, employment benefits, and public-sector labor relations. Pizzi is listed on the Mass. Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD) panel of sexual-harassment and prohibited-discrimination trainers who have successfully completed the MCAD’s certified program for workplace trainers.

Company Notebook Departments

United Financial Bancorp Posts Solid Third Quarter
GLASTONBURY, Conn. — United Financial Bancorp Inc., the holding company for United Bank, announced results for the quarter ended Sept. 30, 2014. These results represent the first full fiscal quarter as the combined United Financial (merger of legacy Rockville Financial Inc. and legacy United Financial Bancorp Inc.) Rockville was the legal acquirer in the merger of equals with legacy United, in a transaction that closed on April 30, 2014, and Rockville changed its name to United Financial Bancorp Inc. at that time. The company had net income of $10 million, or $0.19 per diluted share, for the quarter ended Sept. 30, compared to Rockville’s net income of $4.6 million, or $0.18 per diluted share, for the quarter ended Sept. 30, 2013. Operating net income for the third quarter of 2014 was $10.5 million (non-GAAP), or $0.20 per diluted share, adjusted for $4.5 million (pre-tax) of expenses related to the merger, $3.8 million (pre-tax) net positive impact of the amortization and accretion of the purchase accounting adjustments (or fair-value adjustments) as a result of the merger, and $430,000 (pre-tax) net gains on sales of securities. Operating net income for the quarter ending June 30 was $5.8 million (non-GAAP), or $0.13 per diluted share, adjusted for $21.3 million (pre-tax) of expenses related to the merger, $4.9 million (pre-tax) net impact of the amortization and accretion of the purchase accounting adjustments (or fair-value adjustments) as a result of the merger, and $589,000 (pre-tax) net gains on sales of securities. Operating net income for the third quarter of 2013 was $4.6 million (non-GAAP), or $0.18 per diluted share, adjusted for income of $29,000 (pre-tax) from net gains on sales of securities. “I am pleased to announce that, during United Financial Bancorp, Inc.’s first full quarter as a merged entity, the company reported strong organic earning asset growth, highlighted by 10% annualized commercial loan growth and record residential mortgage loan production, while maintaining superior asset quality,” stated William Crawford IV, CEO of United Financial Bancorp Inc. and United Bank. “While this is a difficult operating environment for banks, the company will continue its strategy of organic growth and commitment to enhancement of long-term shareholder value through operational and capital efficiency.” Other financial highlights:
• Third-quarter net income of $10.0 million, or $0.19 per diluted share, and operating net income of $10.5 million, or $0.20 per diluted share;
• A 12% increase in operating revenue, compared to linked quarter;
• A 22% increase in operating expense, compared to linked quarter;
• A 3.56% GAAP tax-equivalent net-interest margin, compared to 3.86% in the linked quarter. On an operating basis, the third-quarter tax-equivalent net-interest margin was 3.23%, compared to 3.34% in the linked quarter; and
• Operating non-interest expense/average assets decreased to 2.32% from 2.38% in the linked quarter.

Freedom Launches ATMs in Rite Aid Pharmacies in Western Mass.
SPRINGFIELD — Freedom Credit Union and Welch ATM announced that Freedom Credit Union-branded ATMs are now available in Rite Aid pharmacies in Agawam, Chicopee, Easthampton, Holyoke, Lee, Monson, Pittsfield, Southwick, Springfield, West Springfield, and Westfield. Freedom will also provide its members with surcharge-free access to all 224 Rite Aid pharmacy locations in Massachusetts and Connecticut. In addition to custom branding, Welch ATM is providing new, fully compliant ATM machines and complete management. “We are excited to provide Freedom Credit Union with ATM branding at Rite Aids in Massachusetts,” said Adam Hobelmann, senior vice president at Welch ATM. “Our company strives to provide customer satisfaction, and we look forward to offering easy cash access and consistent ATM service to Freedom Credit Union’s members.” Over the past 11 years, Freedom Credit Union has grown from one branch to 10. The newest branch opened in September in the Roger L. Putnam Vocational Technical Academy on State Street in Springfield.

Florence Bank Sets Grand Opening at Hadley Branch
HADLEY — Florence Bank, a mutually owned savings bank serving the Pioneer Valley through nine branch locations, will celebrate the official opening of its new Hadley location at 377 Russell St. on Nov. 8 between 10 a.m. and noon. The public is invited to help celebrate the important milestone by joining officials from the bank for a grand-opening ceremony that includes a ribbon cutting, a weathervane dedication in memory of John Devine, refreshments, and entertainment. The opening of this branch culminates a construction project that began in the spring. The bank’s new home is only a few doors down from where it has been serving the town for nearly 20 years. “The bank owns the real estate at its new location, whereas we rented our previous space at 335 Russell St. It made sense for us to own the space and have control over renovations and upgrades as needed,” said John Heaps, Jr., president and CEO of Florence Bank. “Plus, this is a truly state-of-the-art facility that we believe will be very well-received and appreciated by our customers and friends.” Amenities and features of the new, 3,150-square-foot branch include direct access from Route 9; a full-service teller line with state-of-the-art technology for quick cash handling; walk-up and drive-up ATMs with smart technology for easy depositing; three drive-up lanes, including a drive-up ATM; expanded private offices and a private conference room; an energy-efficient building to minimize the carbon footprint; and a comfortable waiting area with a coffee bar and free wi-fi. Wright Builders Inc. and HAI Architecture worked on the design and construction of the new building in close cooperation with officials from the bank. Toby Daniels, vice president and branch manager of the Hadley branch, will continue in that role in the new location.

Paragus Ranks Among ICIC and Fortune’s Inner City 100 Winners
SPRINGFIELD — The Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC) and Fortune announced that Paragus Strategic IT was selected for the 2014 Inner City 100, a list of the fastest-growing inner-city businesses in the U.S. This year, for the first time in the list’s 16-year history, the Inner City 100 consists of 10 fast-growing businesses from 10 industry categories: construction, manufacturing, professional services, food and beverage, retail, media and communications, software and information technology, transportation and logistics, healthcare and biotechnology, and arts, entertainment, and recreation. Applicants ranked according to revenue growth against their industry peers, as well as overall. Paragus Strategic IT ranked sixth in the software and information-technology category, and 35th overall on the list of 100. The Inner City 100 program recognizes successful inner-city businesses and their CEOs as role models for entrepreneurship, innovative business practices, and job creation in America’s urban communities. Paragus Strategic IT, an outsourced IT-solutions business and a nonprofit that trains high-school students in IT, reported 2013 revenues of $3.54 million and a gross growth rate of 328% from 2009 to 2013. The full list of winners can be viewed at fortune.com. Preceding the Oct. 16 awards celebration, winners attended a two-day small-business symposium designed exclusively for urban firms. The 2014 Inner City 100 winners represent a wide span of geography, hailing from 53 cities and 23 states. The winners grew at an average compound annual growth rate of 39% and an average gross growth rate of 336% between 2009 and 2013. Collectively, the top 100 inner-city businesses employ 8,276 people and created 5,119 new jobs between 2009 and 2013. Not only are the winners powerful job creators in their communities, they also help develop their employees — 73% provide business-skills training, and 69% provide professional-development training to all full-time employees.

Baystate Partners with VertitechIT on IT Infrastructure Project
SPRINGFIELD — Looking to maintain its role as one of the largest and most technically advanced health systems in New England, Baystate Health has launched a new IT infrastructure-redevelopment effort to be managed by Holyoke-based VertitechIT. Baystate Vice President and Chief Information Officer Joel Vengco announced the initiative, which includes updates to critical IT technologies and migration to a new, advanced data center. “Our doctors, nurses, and clinicians need access to critical records at all times, in all of our facilities, and on multiple platforms,” said Vengco. “This initiative, including our data-center move to a new facility in downtown Springfield, will allow our more than 10,000 employees to better serve more than a million patients every year and fully utilize the technology that has made us a keystone of the Western Mass. community.” Vengco has called on VertitechIT, one of the fastest growing healthcare-technology consultancies in the country, to manage the project. “Baystate is among the most respected institutions of its kind in the nation,” added VertitechIT CEO and founder Michael Feld. “It’s our job to make sure they have the infrastructure to continue to provide seamless care between the academic medical center, two community hospitals, and numerous outpatient and primary-care facilities. And from a purely selfish standpoint, it’s nice to have such a prestigious client in our own backyard.” VertitechIT formally opened its new national headquarters at Open Square on Oct. 17.

Executech Sold to Dan Serrenho and Partners
AGAWAM — Executech, one of the area’s leading providers of office supplies and equipment, recently announced the sale of its business to Vice President of Sales Dan Serrenho. Serrenho and employees Hilary Leclair, William Walsh, and Greg Nivison jumped at the chance to acquire the business from owner David Centracchio when Centracchio decided to sell. According to Serrenho, “our goal is to let the community know that we are here to continue providing excellent service to our customers. The transition will be transparent in terms of service.” Added Kathleen Anderson, president of the Greater Holyoke Chamber of Commerce, “we congratulate Mr. Serrenho and all the Executech employee owners on their new roles as small-business owners. Small businesses are the backbone of the community’s economy, and the Holyoke chamber is fully committed to supporting our local businesses.” Executech, located at 53 Ramah Circle South in Agawam, offers a full range of sales, leasing, and service of office supplies and business machines and equipment. “We’ve learned that local ownership is key to meeting the needs of the business of our community,” said Serrenho.

Berkshire Community College Receives 2014 Trendsetter Award
PITTSFIELD — Berkshire Community College (BCC) has received the 2014 Trendsetter Award for Growing and Advancing the Berkshire Economy by 1Berkshire, an independent not-for-profit corporation charged with strengthening and growing the economy in Berkshire County. The award, which was presented last month at 1Berkshire’s Celebrate the Berkshires event, is presented annually to an individual or organization with “a project that attracts new residents or new jobs or enhances the current workforce attributes for a single employer, targeted employee segment, or the region as a whole.” BCC was recognized for its unique collaborative partnership with the vocational schools in the Berkshires, in particular Taconic High School. The partnership between BCC and Taconic to produce the new advanced-manufacturing employee program was launched in October 2013 with the unveiling of a new, state-of-the-art lab. The lab is housed at Taconic and provides both BCC and Taconic students with the advanced technical skills that are needed in the new high-tech manufacturing workplace. BCC’s investment, along with matching funds from the state’s 2013 Vocational Equipment Grant Program, yield a $250,000 capital infusion into the new manufacturing lab. The lab includes a learning system consisting of two programmable computer numerical control (CNC) machines with a material-handling robot, hardware, simulation software, and other cutting-edge CNC equipment. This learning system was provided by funds from the Massachusetts Community Colleges & Workforce Development Transformation Agenda (MCCWDTA), a statewide Department of Labor grant. The kickoff event celebrated new manufacturing and BCC’s participation in MassDevelopment’s AMP (Advanced Manufacturing Program) it up! initiative. In addition to the investment into the manufacturing lab, BCC utilized funding from MCCWDTA and AMP it up! to promote manufacturing as a livelihood through the use of billboards and other advertising displayed throughout the county celebrating October as ‘manufacturing month.’ Presentations were also made to targeted audiences to promote advanced manufacturing as a career. BCC then offered its new advanced-manufacturing training certification program in partnership with Taconic High School to a pilot group of unemployed and incumbent workers at no cost. This 10-week, 66-hour, Level 1 program launched a statewide certified curriculum and employer-led training initiative developed by the Mass. Extension Partnership (MASSMEP) called MACWIC, (Mass. Advancement Center, Workforce Innovation Collaborative.) Following the Level 1 program, a 16-week, 115-hour, Level 2 program was established to build upon the Level 1 programming and meet the needs of the paper and plastic manufacturing companies in the Berkshires. The overall mission of the program is to preserve manufacturing knowledge and to execute the transfer of knowledge, all while meeting the needs of local employers. In addition to the programming at Taconic High School, BCC also assisted with a special manufacturing program offered at McCann Vocational Technical High School in North Adams.

Briefcase Departments

Decision Reduces Electric Transmission Profits, Benefits Consumers
LUDLOW — New England electricity consumers will get a roughly $60 million refund and pay less for transmission service in the future due to a federal ruling reducing the profit that power-grid owners are allowed to earn on their investments. The Massachusetts portion of the refund is expected to be about $28 million, with Massachusetts municipal utilities receiving a refund of approximately $4 million. The decision by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) reduces the allowed rate of return on equity (ROE) for transmission owners from 11.14% to 10.57%. In a 2011 complaint to the FERC spearheaded by the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office, the Massachusetts Municipal Wholesale Electric Company (MMWEC) and others claimed the 11.14% profit margin was too high, given changes in economic conditions and interest rates since 2006, when the ROE was established. Utility regulators and consumer advocates from throughout New England, as well as U.S. Sen. Edward Markey, also supported the complaint. The Oct. 16 FERC decision found the higher rate to be “unjust and unreasonable,” set the new rate at 10.57%, and ordered refunds of overpayments for the period from October 2011 through December 2012. Litigation is continuing at the FERC to secure additional refunds. “This is an important and positive decision for all New England consumers, and it’s gratifying to see these years of effort coming to a close with a large net benefit for our customers,” said MMWEC CEO Ronald DeCurzio. “We are pursuing additional refunds of overpayments made in 2013 and 2014 and will continue our work to ensure that transmission investments are justified and beneficial to consumers.” DeCurzio said the refunds certainly are welcome, but the benefit increases as the lower rate of return is applied in years ahead to long-term transmission investments. The current $7 billion invested in New England transmission facilities is expected to increase to $11 billion by 2017, and the costs avoided with a lower rate of return will increase as the transmission investment base grows. The FERC has ordered New England’s transmission owners to file a refund report within 45 days of the Oct. 16 order. The transmission companies include National Grid, Northeast Utilities, NStar, Unitil, and Fitchburg Gas & Electric. MMWEC, a nonprofit, public corporation and political subdivision of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, is the joint action agency for public power in Massachusetts, providing a variety of power-supply, financial, risk-management, and other services to the state’s consumer-owned, municipal utilities.

Massachusetts Employment Numbers Up 9,400 in September
BOSTON — The Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development reported that preliminary estimates from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) show Massachusetts added 9,400 jobs in September, for a total preliminary estimate of 3,425,000. The September total unemployment rate was 6.0%, up 0.2% over the August rate. Since September 2013, Massachusetts has added a net of 64,100 jobs, with 62,000 jobs added in the private sector. The total unemployment rate for the year is down 1.2% from the September 2013 rate of 7.2%. BLS also revised its August job estimates to a 4,900-job loss from the 5,300-loss previously reported for the month.

Construction Employment Increases in 39 States
WASHINGTON, D.C.­ — Construction firms added jobs in 39 states between September 2013 and September 2014 while construction employment increased in 34 states and the District of Columbia between August and September, according to an analysis of Labor Department data by Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials noted that the construction job gains come as more construction firms report having a hard time finding qualified workers to fill key positions. “Construction firms in most states have been expanding during the past year,” said Ken Simonson, the association’s chief economist. “But as those firms expand, they have to work harder to attract their skilled craft workers and key construction professionals.” Florida added the most construction jobs of any state (41,900 jobs, 11.2%). Ten states shed construction jobs during the past 12 months, with construction employment unchanged in D.C. and New Mexico. Association officials said the new employment figures show that the industry continues to add new workers after its years-long downturn. But they cautioned that more and more firms are reporting labor shortages. “Hard as it is to imagine, given what this industry has been through the past few years, but many firms are very worried about their ability to find, recruit, and retain qualified workers as the industry continues to rebound,” said Stephen Sandherr, the association’s CEO.

MMS Urges Adoption of Regulations Governing Licensure, Health IT
WALTHAM — The Mass. Medical Society recently urged the state Board of Registration in Medicine (BRM) to adopt a set of proposed regulations that would satisfy a statutory requirement that physicians demonstrate proficiency in health information technology as a condition of maintaining their license to practice medicine. Testifying before the BRM, society Vice President Dr. James Gessner said the requirement is a provision of Chapter 224, the state health-reform law on cost control and quality enacted in August 2012. Chapter 224 required the BRM to establish as a condition of licensure regulations that physicians “demonstrate proficiency in the use of computerized physician order entry, e-prescribing, electronic health records, and other forms of health-information technology, as determined by the board.” The law further specified that, to demonstrate such proficiency, physicians must establish the skills to comply with federal meaningful-use requirements for health information technology. The requirement takes effect Jan. 1, 2015. According to the Massachusetts eHealth Institute, however, only 15,000 physicians who practice in the state have met or are expected to meet federal meaningful-use requirements. The state currently licenses more than 40,000 physicians. “Most of the remaining physicians are, under the law, ineligible for meaningful-use incentives and could lose their license if this statute were interpreted to require meaningful use as a standard for licensure,” said Gessner, adding that this situation would severely affect patient access to care across the Commonwealth, as physicians are prohibited from practicing medicine without a license. “The board has been left to interpret this statutory requirement on its own in a logical manner that is productive and serves the interests of the public. The Massachusetts Medical Society strongly supports the proposed regulatory approach the board has taken in compiling a thoughtful way to implement this requirement.” Among the BRM’s proposals are a provision that applicants may demonstrate skills through their employment with, credentialing by, or contractual agreements with an eligible hospital or critical-access hospital with a federally certified meaningful-use program; by being either a participant or authorized user in the Massachusetts Health Information Highway; or by completing three hours of continuing medical education in electronic records and meaningful use. The BRM also proposed several exemptions from the requirement, including those not engaged in the practice of medicine, such as researchers; medical residents and interns who are experienced with electronic records; those holding an administrative license and not engaged in direct patient care; those with a volunteer license, as these physicians often provide care to the most vulnerable and needy patients; and those on active military duty called into service during a national emergency. Another provision has been proposed to allow physicians coming to Massachusetts who have never been exposed to such a requirement to have the opportunity to be licensed and complete the requirement either through their employment site or other categories after arrival. Gessner, while indicating that large numbers of physicians will be able to comply with the statutory requirement by participating in one of the proposed categories, also cautioned BRM members that, “should any of these categories be eliminated or substantially changed, the impact would be profound on physicians, patients, and the board itself to process such denials of licensure.”

Regional Children’s Hospitals Begin Clinical Collaboration 
 
SPRINGFIELD — Baystate Children’s Hospital and Connecticut Children’s Medical Center have launched a new collaboration addressing potential ways to improve access to high-quality and high-value healthcare for children in Western Mass. and Connecticut. The two organizations, which both provide high-level inpatient pediatric and neonatal care as well as comprehensive outpatient services for children and adolescents, will work together to determine whether they can increase the availability, sophistication, and coordination of pediatric services throughout the Connecticut River Valley, and collaborate with community pediatric providers to improve the overall health and wellness of children in the region. Both have been recognized by U.S. News and World Report among the top U.S. children’s hospitals. “We recognize that an opportunity exists to bring together the talent, vision, and expertise of some of the leading healthcare providers in Western and Southern New England,” said Dr. Fernando Ferrer, chief physician executive at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center. “As the pediatric healthcare environment becomes more complex, the responsible approach is to consider what is in the best interests of our children and families. We are committed to working together with this in mind.” Added Dr. John Schreiber, chief physician executive of Baystate Health, “our two organizations have a lot in common: similar cultures of placing the patient at the very center of our focus and strong commitments to the health of our communities in the broadest sense. In these common traits, we see the foundations of a very successful collaboration.” Examples of areas where both organizations agree that a collaborative approach could improve access and quality of care include pediatric neurosurgery, ophthalmology, pulmonology, and urology, all areas where current provider shortages can make getting care difficult for patients and families. The proposed collaboration may extend beyond clinical-care delivery as the organizations will also jointly explore the potential for expansion of a new pediatric accountable-care organization (ACO) that is now being developed in Western Mass. by Baycare Health Partners, Baystate’s affiliated physician-hospital organization. The goal of an expanded children’s ACO will be to improve the coordination of care between pediatric primary-care providers, specialists, and hospitals throughout the Connecticut River Valley; support the continuing development and implementation of healthcare-quality measures specific to caring for children; and continue the paradigm shift in the provision of care, from treating children when they’re sick to focusing on keeping them well. Another area of potential will be developing research collaborations between the organizations in order to expedite discovery and treatment of pediatric conditions. Both facilities are Children’s Miracle Network hospitals.

Departments 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

1452 Hawley Road
Ashfield, MA 01330
Amount: $305,000
Buyer: Anna Westley
Seller: Eleanor Lazarus LT
Date: 09/29/14

BERNARDSTON

474 Bald Mountain Road
Bernardston, MA 01337
Amount: $202,000
Buyer: Ryan J. Gunnison
Seller: Perry J. Brulotte
Date: 09/30/14

102 Charlemont Road
Buckland, MA 01338
Amount: $349,000
Buyer: Andree M. Duval
Seller: Bear Ridge RT
Date: 09/30/14

123 North St.
Buckland, MA 01338
Amount: $262,500
Buyer: William J. Knittle
Seller: Brenda M. Spofford
Date: 10/03/14

BUCKLAND

124 North St.
Buckland, MA 01338
Amount: $290,000
Buyer: Mauricia Alvarez
Seller: Anna J. Rice
Date: 09/26/14

CHARLEMONT

37 Schaefer Way
Charlemont, MA 01339
Amount: $175,000
Buyer: Russell E. Perkins
Seller: Larry J. Lemek
Date: 09/30/14

Warfield Road
Charlemont, MA 01339
Amount: $972,700
Buyer: 133 Warfield Realty LLC
Seller: Jeffrey W. Glaze GST TR
Date: 09/22/14

COLRAIN

158 East Colrain Road
Colrain, MA 01340
Amount: $165,000
Buyer: Martin D. Driggs
Seller: Kasky LT
Date: 09/22/14

CONWAY

149 Whately Road
Conway, MA 01341
Amount: $255,000
Buyer: Robbie J. Edwards
Seller: Heather D. Truelove
Date: 09/30/14

DEERFIELD

3 Hadfield Road
Deerfield, MA 01373
Amount: $450,000
Buyer: Daniel F. Graves
Seller: Nicole Bernier
Date: 09/30/14

49 King Philip Ave.
Deerfield, MA 01373
Amount: $336,000
Buyer: Richard B. Reeves
Seller: Richard H. Barnes
Date: 10/03/14

256 Lower Road
Deerfield, MA 01342
Amount: $348,000
Buyer: Shao Z. Kuo
Seller: Robert S. Douglass
Date: 09/22/14

31 South Main St.
Deerfield, MA 01373
Amount: $320,000
Buyer: David Wolfram
Seller: Rita J. Powers
Date: 09/22/14

9 West St.
Deerfield, MA 01373
Amount: $450,900
Buyer: Beth E. Malloy
Seller: James B. Sinclair
Date: 09/30/14

ERVING

88 Old State Road
Erving, MA 01344
Amount: $160,000
Buyer: Michael T. Rau
Seller: Jeffrey P. Kaminski
Date: 09/26/14

GREENFIELD

100 Barton Road
Greenfield, MA 01301
Amount: $167,900
Buyer: Timothy K. Dowd
Seller: Robert E. Knower
Date: 10/02/14

15 Camp Ave.
Greenfield, MA 01301
Amount: $124,500
Buyer: WTE Recycling Inc.
Seller: John E. Miner
Date: 09/30/14

27 Cooke St.
Greenfield, MA 01301
Amount: $178,000
Buyer: Allen W. Woods
Seller: Levitch, Gerald I., (Estate)
Date: 09/26/14

43 Country Club Road
Greenfield, MA 01301
Amount: $279,000
Buyer: David E. Moscaritolo
Seller: Richard E. Rodman
Date: 09/30/14

398 Deerfield St.
Greenfield, MA 01301
Amount: $225,000
Buyer: Meadows Café & Golf Center
Seller: 5&10 Entertainment LLC
Date: 10/01/14

80 Elm St.
Greenfield, MA 01376
Amount: $155,000
Buyer: Luz M. Oyola
Seller: David F. Markley LT
Date: 09/30/14

261-265 Federal St.
Greenfield, MA 01301
Amount: $235,000
Buyer: James W. Renaud
Seller: Brian J. Matteson
Date: 09/26/14

46 Hastings St.
Greenfield, MA 01301
Amount: $205,000
Buyer: Marion B. Griswold
Seller: Amy S. Moscaritolo
Date: 09/30/14

191 Leyden Road
Greenfield, MA 01301
Amount: $213,500
Buyer: Kathy A. Proudy
Seller: Lamar B. Gore
Date: 09/30/14

65 Lincoln St.
Greenfield, MA 01301
Amount: $165,000
Buyer: Michael A. Phelps
Seller: Diana L. Constantine
Date: 10/03/14

18 Linden Ave.
Greenfield, MA 01301
Amount: $187,500
Buyer: Jessica D. Gordon
Seller: Michael E. Ellis
Date: 10/02/14

24 Raingley Road
Greenfield, MA 01301
Amount: $163,000
Buyer: Richard L. Welch
Seller: Lawrence P. Roy
Date: 09/30/14

20 Washburn Ave.
Greenfield, MA 01301
Amount: $178,000
Buyer: John E. Miner
Seller: Rose B. Caouette
Date: 09/30/14

LEVERETT

95 Amherst Road
Leverett, MA 01054
Amount: $384,000
Buyer: Anne K. Schuyler
Seller: Anne K. Schuyler
Date: 09/25/14

293 Shutesbury Road
Leverett, MA 01054
Amount: $199,000
Buyer: Terence F. McCue
Seller: Richard H. Roberts
Date: 09/22/14

MONTAGUE

25 Coolidge Ave.
Montague, MA 01376
Amount: $123,000
Buyer: Doreen Kamansky
Seller: Lisa J. Mackenzie
Date: 09/26/14

32 Federal St.
Montague, MA 01349
Amount: $142,000
Buyer: Reller Group LLC
Seller: Carol L. Cameron
Date: 09/30/14

464 Millers Falls Road
Montague, MA 01349
Amount: $165,000
Buyer: Robert W. Laffey
Seller: Tracy L. Bartus
Date: 09/22/14

71 Park St.
Montague, MA 01349
Amount: $141,000
Buyer: Ryszard Brynda
Seller: Douglas R. McNamara
Date: 09/30/14

21 Turners Falls Road
Montague, MA 01301
Amount: $510,000
Buyer: Stuart Warner
Seller: Colonial Gardens RT
Date: 09/26/14

NEW SALEM

27 Millington Road
New Salem, MA 01355
Amount: $180,000
Buyer: Dixie L. Paquin
Seller: Dana K. Crosby
Date: 09/26/14

ORANGE

73 East Road
Orange, MA 01364
Amount: $138,557
Buyer: FNMA
Seller: Dong N. Dam
Date: 09/30/14

SHUTESBURY

Leonard Road
Shutesbury, MA 01072
Amount: $118,400
Buyer: Northwest Realty LLC
Seller: Potyrala, Chester J., (Estate)
Date: 10/03/14

121 Leonard Road
Shutesbury, MA 01072
Amount: $385,000
Buyer: Rui Fernandes
Seller: Amelia G. Vieira
Date: 09/22/14

SUNDERLAND

236 Hadley Road
Sunderland, MA 01375
Amount: $318,500
Buyer: Susan H. Clatworthy
Seller: Robert M. Wojtowicz
Date: 09/25/14

61 Plumtree Road
Sunderland, MA 01375
Amount: $240,000
Buyer: Zhiqiang Chu
Seller: Erick S. Burnett
Date: 09/24/14

WARWICK

922 Orange Road
Warwick, MA 01378
Amount: $154,000
Buyer: Joshua R. Chapin
Seller: US Bank
Date: 09/26/14

WHATELY

38 Conway Road
Whately, MA 01093
Amount: $160,000
Buyer: Wayne G. Cournoyer
Seller: Wayne A. Cournoyer
Date: 09/30/14

145 Long Plain Road
Whately, MA 01093
Amount: $274,000
Buyer: Kevin A. Wrisley
Seller: Linda M. Theriault
Date: 09/29/14

HAMPDEN COUNTY

AGAWAM

328 Cooper St.
Agawam, MA 01001
Amount: $311,500
Buyer: Brandon J. Donovan
Seller: Farid R. Faruqui
Date: 09/26/14

29 Kensington St.
Agawam, MA 01030
Amount: $157,500
Buyer: Joseph A. Renaud
Seller: Damon Hristopoulos
Date: 09/26/14

6 Lango Lane
Agawam, MA 01001
Amount: $322,500
Buyer: Roberto Nieves
Seller: Melody A. Alvarado
Date: 10/01/14

1178 Main St.
Agawam, MA 01001
Amount: $156,500
Buyer: Oleg Adzhigirey
Seller: Martin M. Radewick
Date: 09/24/14

608 Main St.
Agawam, MA 01001
Amount: $169,000
Buyer: Myron W. Littlehale
Seller: Bethany Assembly Of God
Date: 09/24/14

42-44 Mark Dr.
Agawam, MA 01001
Amount: $389,000
Buyer: Almeiro Serna
Seller: Langone Realty Corp.
Date: 09/25/14

623 North Westfield St.
Agawam, MA 01030
Amount: $380,000
Buyer: Andrey Iodlovskiy
Seller: Alfred T. Ingham
Date: 09/30/14

94 Roosevelt Ave.
Agawam, MA 01030
Amount: $245,000
Buyer: Scott B. Silvia
Seller: Wongab Seo
Date: 09/26/14

268 South West St.
Agawam, MA 01030
Amount: $255,000
Buyer: Roberta Zupcich
Seller: Margaret A. Clark
Date: 09/26/14

214 Springfield St.
Agawam, MA 01001
Amount: $365,000
Buyer: JK Real Estate LLC
Seller: Edward T. Mish RET
Date: 09/30/14

89-91 Sunnyslope Ave.
Agawam, MA 01001
Amount: $221,000
Buyer: Stanislav Gvinter
Seller: Langone Plumbing & Heating
Date: 09/30/14

16 Tanglewood Lane
Agawam, MA 01030
Amount: $174,900
Buyer: George Mulry
Seller: FNMA
Date: 10/02/14

35 Western Dr.
Agawam, MA 01001
Amount: $164,900
Buyer: Marcia C. Hamel
Seller: Keith R. Senecal
Date: 09/26/14

BLANDFORD

6 Beulah Land Road
Blandford, MA 01008
Amount: $195,000
Buyer: Laurie A. Kline
Seller: Stephen C. Poteat
Date: 09/30/14

BRIMFIELD

31 7th St.
Brimfield, MA 01010
Amount: $152,000
Buyer: Seth Mitchell
Seller: Robert Kenevan
Date: 09/25/14

10 Adams Dr.
Brimfield, MA 01010
Amount: $200,000
Buyer: Brian G. McDonald
Seller: Nicolas J. Hebert
Date: 09/22/14

32 Lyman Barnes Road
Brimfield, MA 01010
Amount: $205,000
Buyer: Matthew P. Beaudry
Seller: Dennis M. Maheux
Date: 10/03/14

84 Tower Hill Road
Brimfield, MA 01010
Amount: $372,000
Buyer: Kenneth A. Lind
Seller: Cameron L. Holland
Date: 09/26/14

36 Washington Road
Brimfield, MA 01010
Amount: $249,000
Buyer: Kenneth G. O’Keefe
Seller: Kenneth E. Stearns
Date: 09/30/14

CHESTER

53 Middlefield Road
Chester, MA 01011
Amount: $118,000
Buyer: William J. Clark
Seller: George E. Skwirz
Date: 10/03/14

463 Route 20
Chester, MA 01011
Amount: $147,500
Buyer: James J. Nodwell
Seller: Joseph A. Kurtz
Date: 09/26/14

Skyline Trail
Chester, MA 01011
Amount: $175,000
Buyer: Michael T. Starr
Seller: Jules S. Gimbrere
Date: 09/23/14

CHICOPEE

54 Artisan St.
Chicopee, MA 01013
Amount: $125,000
Buyer: 54 Artisan St. Chicopee LLC
Seller: Joanne H. Darcy
Date: 09/23/14

17 Barre Circle
Chicopee, MA 01013
Amount: $172,000
Buyer: Diane M. Casa
Seller: Garvin C. Headley
Date: 09/26/14

174 Beauregard Terrace
Chicopee, MA 01020
Amount: $142,000
Buyer: Kenneth M. Mills
Seller: Jason Chew
Date: 09/25/14

203 Blanchard St.
Chicopee, MA 01020
Amount: $136,000
Buyer: Luis Builders Inc.
Seller: Jamroth LLC
Date: 10/01/14

23 Bonneville Ave.
Chicopee, MA 01013
Amount: $181,000
Buyer: Garvin C. Headley
Seller: Allen D. Donofrio
Date: 09/26/14

52 Casey Dr.
Chicopee, MA 01020
Amount: $180,000
Buyer: Julie A. McCusker
Seller: Michelle A. Mathieu
Date: 09/26/14

137 Champagne Ave.
Chicopee, MA 01013
Amount: $173,000
Buyer: Marian E. Bergeron
Seller: Janet Dipietro
Date: 09/22/14

33 Chapel St.
Chicopee, MA 01020
Amount: $205,000
Buyer: Ahmed Mustafa
Seller: Abbas M. Hamdan
Date: 10/01/14

26 Claire St.
Chicopee, MA 01020
Amount: $160,000
Buyer: Jacqueline R. Paul
Seller: Kevin F. Trombley
Date: 09/29/14

72 Farmington St.
Chicopee, MA 01020
Amount: $207,500
Buyer: Paula D. Drown
Seller: Ronald F. Ritter
Date: 09/23/14

39 Fernwood St.
Chicopee, MA 01020
Amount: $196,261
Buyer: FNMA
Seller: Theresa C. Belisle
Date: 09/24/14

30 Harrison Ave.
Chicopee, MA 01020
Amount: $245,000
Buyer: Eric J. Laflamme
Seller: Theresa V. Pete
Date: 10/01/14

197 Lafayette St.
Chicopee, MA 01020
Amount: $155,000
Buyer: Amanda M. Godbout
Seller: Kathleen P. Boucher
Date: 09/30/14

61 Langevin St.
Chicopee, MA 01020
Amount: $218,000
Buyer: Matthew J. Mitchell
Seller: Jill A. Nawskon

68 Lariviere Dr.
Chicopee, MA 01020
Amount: $239,000
Buyer: Loon Hill Plaza LLC
Seller: Michael F. Curtis
Date: 09/29/14

90 Loveland Terrace
Chicopee, MA 01020
Amount: $227,000
Buyer: Robert L. Hall
Seller: James J. Joe
Date: 09/22/14

46 McKinstry Ave.
Chicopee, MA 01013
Amount: $150,000
Buyer: Carlos M. Nunez
Seller: Miguel Pedrosa
Date: 09/25/14

554 McKinstry Ave.
Chicopee, MA 01020
Amount: $188,000
Buyer: Amanda L. Jordan
Seller: Thomas S. Gajowski
Date: 09/26/14

56 Nye St.
Chicopee, MA 01020
Amount: $226,000
Buyer: Jeffrey W. Brochu
Seller: Retha J. Dawson
Date: 09/30/14

Saint James Ave.
Chicopee, MA 01020
Amount: $1,312,500
Buyer: Vista Estates LLC
Seller: Jaleo LLC
Date: 09/26/14

30 Saint James Ave.
Chicopee, MA 01020
Amount: $189,000
Buyer: JJS17 Acquisition Co LLC
Seller: Ammar & Fotoun LLC
Date: 10/01/14

258 Springfield St.
Chicopee, MA 01013
Amount: $205,700
Buyer: Andrew R. Prats
Seller: Victor J. Morando
Date: 09/23/14

434 Springfield St.
Chicopee, MA 01013
Amount: $331,150
Buyer: Victor J. Morando
Seller: Thomas S. Minerich
Date: 09/24/14

15 Thaddeus St.
Chicopee, MA 01020
Amount: $119,000
Buyer: Michael Stoeckard
Seller: Gregory Bertsch
Date: 09/30/14

119 Wheatland Ave.
Chicopee, MA 01020
Amount: $158,000
Buyer: Sandra Rivera
Seller: Davidian Co. LLC
Date: 10/03/14

EAST LONGMEADOW

20 Anne St.
East Longmeadow, MA 01028
Amount: $174,900
Buyer: Mary S. Christensen
Seller: Hickman, Ann M., (Estate)
Date: 09/24/14

19 Harris Dr.
East Longmeadow, MA 01028
Amount: $210,000
Buyer: National Equity Inc.
Seller: David H. Clark
Date: 09/25/14

11 Juniper Lane
East Longmeadow, MA 01028
Amount: $327,500
Buyer: Lauren A. Capobianco
Seller: Diane M. Johnson
Date: 09/26/14

5 Lester St.
East Longmeadow, MA 01028
Amount: $195,500
Buyer: Olivia M. Schnorf
Seller: Aaron F. Smith
Date: 09/30/14

276 Millbrook Dr.
East Longmeadow, MA 01028
Amount: $422,600
Buyer: Kevin M. Gaboury
Seller: Vernon Meyer
Date: 10/03/14

128 Mountainview Road
East Longmeadow, MA 01028
Amount: $329,000
Buyer: Stanley R. Shaw
Seller: Vladislav M. Beznos
Date: 10/03/14

Pondview Dr. #10
East Longmeadow, MA 01028
Amount: $150,000
Buyer: Mary Jo Christy
Seller: Joseph Chapdelaine & Sons
Date: 10/01/14

280 Porter Road
East Longmeadow, MA 01028
Amount: $251,000
Buyer: Anthony J. Danos
Seller: Raymond J. Kallaugher
Date: 09/30/14

18 White Ave.
East Longmeadow, MA 01028
Amount: $317,000
Buyer: Tracey Krol
Seller: Ryan Ogowan
Date: 09/30/14

12 Wisteria Lane
East Longmeadow, MA 01028
Amount: $420,000
Buyer: Ram S. Patath
Seller: Andrea Pereira
Date: 09/26/14

GRANVILLE

881 Beech Hill Road
Granville, MA 01034
Amount: $240,000
Buyer: Matthew Ripley
Seller: Stephen A. Gladding
Date: 09/30/14

HAMPDEN

25 Maple Grove Road
Hampden, MA 01036
Amount: $290,000
Buyer: Christopher R. Dunn
Seller: Carolyn L. Rodgers
Date: 09/25/14

HOLLAND

137 East Brimfield Road
Holland, MA 01521
Amount: $142,000
Buyer: Derek Mott
Seller: Marivani A. Guarda
Date: 09/25/14

HOLYOKE

33 Dicsal Lane
Holyoke, MA 01040
Amount: $350,000
Buyer: Daniel M. Glanville
Seller: William R. Chagnon
Date: 09/25/14

695 Homestead Ave.
Holyoke, MA 01040
Amount: $175,000
Buyer: John W. Powers
Seller: Ryan D. Hamel
Date: 09/25/14

20 Jefferson St.
Holyoke, MA 01040
Amount: $196,000
Buyer: Christine J. Bell
Seller: Emily A. Edwards
Date: 09/30/14

1010 Main St.
Holyoke, MA 01040
Amount: $127,000
Buyer: Gary Rome Holyoke LLC
Seller: Tobias, Stanley T., (Estate)
Date: 09/23/14

243 Oak St.
Holyoke, MA 01040
Amount: $155,000
Buyer: Timothy J. Brunelle
Seller: Timothy W. Purington
Date: 09/29/14

183 Sargeant St.
Holyoke, MA 01040
Amount: $129,900
Buyer: Betty Kaplowitz
Seller: Timothy V. Daniels
Date: 09/29/14

30 Sheehan Dr.
Holyoke, MA 01040
Amount: $155,000
Buyer: Gabriel Rodriguez
Seller: Thomas J. Cammilleri
Date: 09/26/14

535 South Bridge St.
Holyoke, MA 01040
Amount: $240,000
Buyer: Sparrow Holdings LLC
Seller: Louis J. Luchini
Date: 09/23/14

23 Wellesley Road
Holyoke, MA 01040
Amount: $289,900
Buyer: Rachael M. Hougen
Seller: William Cubi
Date: 09/30/14

LONGMEADOW

452 Bliss Road
Longmeadow, MA 01106
Amount: $230,000
Buyer: Xiuyun Zhang
Seller: Mary W. Palmer
Date: 09/25/14

118 Blueberry Hill Road
Longmeadow, MA 01106
Amount: $470,000
Buyer: Bernadette E. Dunnirvine
Seller: Earlon L. Seeley
Date: 09/30/14

259 Blueberry Hill Road
Longmeadow, MA 01106
Amount: $320,000
Buyer: Patrick M. Sullivan
Seller: Li Zhang
Date: 10/03/14

160 Ellington Road
Longmeadow, MA 01106
Amount: $529,900
Buyer: Wesley L. Oakford
Seller: Shaun P. Gaus
Date: 09/26/14

215 Hazardville Road
Longmeadow, MA 01106
Amount: $268,000
Buyer: Jason C. Chew
Seller: Gerald H. Tober
Date: 09/25/14

91 Longfellow Dr.
Longmeadow, MA 01106
Amount: $324,000
Buyer: Jacqueline E. Mackechnie
Seller: Eric Lundberg
Date: 09/30/14

221 Meadowlark Dr.
Longmeadow, MA 01106
Amount: $265,000
Buyer: Stuart D. Weissman
Seller: Lawrence F. Marquis
Date: 09/26/14

60 Merriweather Dr.
Longmeadow, MA 01106
Amount: $340,000
Buyer: John R. Ketcham
Seller: Sen Li
Date: 09/29/14

47 Normandy Road
Longmeadow, MA 01106
Amount: $825,000
Buyer: William F. Peffer
Seller: Amy W. Wistreich
Date: 10/02/14

483 Williams St.
Longmeadow, MA 01106
Amount: $370,000
Buyer: Thanh T. Vo
Seller: Giuseppina M. Camerota
Date: 09/26/14

1280 Williams St.
Longmeadow, MA 01106
Amount: $1,000,000
Buyer: Pearson Williams Development Co.
Seller: Alliance Of Orthodox Congregation
Date: 09/30/14

LUDLOW

44 Center St.
Ludlow, MA 01056
Amount: $190,000
Buyer: Chun J. Kim
Seller: Sandra A. Shooshan
Date: 10/02/14

449 Chapin St.
Ludlow, MA 01056
Amount: $160,000
Buyer: Michael Paine
Seller: Clyde Snow
Date: 10/03/14

32 Elaine Dr.
Ludlow, MA 01056
Amount: $292,500
Buyer: Kevin F. Trombley
Seller: Robert B. Showalter
Date: 09/29/14

75-77 Fuller St.
Ludlow, MA 01056
Amount: $127,825
Buyer: Gervasio Crespo
Seller: Adelina Crespo
Date: 10/01/14

20 Gamache Dr.
Ludlow, MA 01056
Amount: $301,000
Buyer: Jason Mourao
Seller: Gerald E. Dubour
Date: 09/30/14

230 Kendall St.
Ludlow, MA 01056
Amount: $223,900
Buyer: Paul T. Carr
Seller: James M. Quill
Date: 10/02/14

132 Pondview Dr.
Ludlow, MA 01056
Amount: $165,000
Buyer: Timothy Hnatow
Seller: Paul W. Hibbard
Date: 09/30/14

60 Posner Circle
Ludlow, MA 01056
Amount: $140,000
Buyer: Meagan Y. Belanger
Seller: Tourtellotte, Joanne M., (Estate)
Date: 10/01/14

465 State St.
Ludlow, MA 01056
Amount: $208,000
Buyer: Michael J. Almeida
Seller: Jose R. Sa
Date: 09/26/14

18 Warwick Dr.
Ludlow, MA 01056
Amount: $217,500
Buyer: Joseph B. Lanucha
Seller: Jazab LLC
Date: 09/30/14

MONSON

85 Main St.
Monson, MA 01057
Amount: $243,786
Buyer: FNMA
Seller: Michael Mun
Date: 10/03/14

128 Maxwell Road
Monson, MA 01057
Amount: $252,000
Buyer: Eric A. Berman
Seller: Lindsay E. Huot
Date: 09/29/14

PALMER

45 Converse St.
Palmer, MA 01069
Amount: $125,000
Buyer: Lenoard E. Deshais
Seller: Rollande T. Salois
Date: 09/26/14

3175 Foster St.
Palmer, MA 01069
Amount: $220,000
Buyer: Kevin G. Chapman
Seller: Kim A. Gettens
Date: 09/29/14

9 Homestead St.
Palmer, MA 01069
Amount: $250,900
Buyer: Anthony E. Arventos
Seller: Nathan Nye
Date: 09/26/14

N/A
Palmer, MA 01069
Amount: $120,000
Buyer: FNMA
Seller: Armand T. Madelle
Date: 10/02/14

61 River St.
Palmer, MA 01069
Amount: $192,000
Buyer: John Michael Dean
Seller: Amy B. Schulze
Date: 09/26/14

19 Ware St.
Palmer, MA 01069
Amount: $198,000
Buyer: Crystal A. Floyd
Seller: Anthony E. Arventos
Date: 09/26/14

SPRINGFIELD

1325 Allen St.
Springfield, MA 01118
Amount: $120,000
Buyer: Kristin A. Pancotti
Seller: Theresa K. Geier
Date: 10/03/14

Allen St.
Springfield, MA 01101
Amount: $31,007,400
Buyer: 5 Town Station LLC
Seller: Urstadt Biddle Properties
Date: 09/29/14

110 Audubon St.
Springfield, MA 01108
Amount: $130,000
Buyer: Yahaira Dejesus
Seller: Jimmy J. Linch
Date: 09/29/14

35 Bennington St.
Springfield, MA 01108
Amount: $159,000
Buyer: Brianna L. Laporte
Seller: Steven C. Barnett
Date: 10/01/14

130 Berkshire Ave.
Springfield, MA 01109
Amount: $125,000
Buyer: Jasvinder Arora
Seller: Edward J. Walsh
Date: 09/24/14

95 Birchland Ave.
Springfield, MA 01119
Amount: $118,500
Buyer: Gregory J. Heffernan
Seller: Donald R. Scott
Date: 09/29/14

1344 Bradley Road
Springfield, MA 01118
Amount: $125,000
Buyer: Nicholas M. Brown
Seller: Kotowski, Henry I., (Estate)
Date: 09/30/14

276-280 Bridge St.
Springfield, MA 01103
Amount: $395,000
Buyer: Develop Springfield Corp.
Seller: BSC Realty Inc.
Date: 09/26/14

46 Bronson Terrace
Springfield, MA 01108
Amount: $152,000
Buyer: Ronald G. Senez
Seller: Batya Cohen
Date: 09/25/14

16 Burt Road
Springfield, MA 01118
Amount: $164,044
Buyer: US Bank
Seller: Charles F. Moberg
Date: 10/03/14

111 Clydesdale Lane
Springfield, MA 01129
Amount: $132,000
Buyer: PNC Bank
Seller: Madeline Alicea
Date: 09/22/14

135 Emerson St.
Springfield, MA 01118
Amount: $199,900
Buyer: Tek Gautam
Seller: Roberta W. Twining
Date: 10/03/14

342 Forest Park Ave.
Springfield, MA 01108
Amount: $235,000
Buyer: Louis W. Harm
Seller: Joan P. Flahive
Date: 09/26/14

41 Garfield St.
Springfield, MA 01108
Amount: $125,000
Buyer: Stacy M. Sheard
Seller: Peter J. Tivnan
Date: 09/24/14

55 Glenoak Dr.
Springfield, MA 01129
Amount: $183,000
Buyer: Joshua L. Messer
Seller: Brian J. Maloney
Date: 09/30/14

33 Greenleaf St.
Springfield, MA 01108
Amount: $140,000
Buyer: Alexis Vergara
Seller: Richard W. Tyminski
Date: 10/03/14

41 Hampden St.
Springfield, MA 01103
Amount: $339,900
Buyer: Silver P. Serra
Seller: Helder F. Nunes
Date: 10/02/14

240 Jeffrey Road
Springfield, MA 01119
Amount: $158,000
Buyer: Robert F. Gayle
Seller: Paul E. Jerusik
Date: 09/26/14

38 Kittrell St.
Springfield, MA 01119
Amount: $127,500
Buyer: Laura Landry
Seller: Leo Norkin
Date: 09/22/14

34 Marmon Court
Springfield, MA 01129
Amount: $177,000
Buyer: Curtis Miarecki
Seller: Gary D. Poehler
Date: 09/26/14

59 Mayflower Road
Springfield, MA 01118
Amount: $121,000
Buyer: Anthony Cicero
Seller: Kyle Anderson
Date: 09/26/14

110 Melha Ave.
Springfield, MA 01104
Amount: $115,000
Buyer: Raefat Tleis
Seller: Gilbert R. Barton
Date: 09/30/14

62 Midway St.
Springfield, MA 01151
Amount: $119,900
Buyer: Zachary Cortis
Seller: James W. Fiore
Date: 09/30/14

162 Northampton Ave.
Springfield, MA 01109
Amount: $181,997
Buyer: FNMA
Seller: Robert Burgess
Date: 09/25/14

40 Ogden St.
Springfield, MA 01151
Amount: $145,000
Buyer: Thomas Day
Seller: Frank D. Roda
Date: 09/25/14

50 Orange St.
Springfield, MA 01108
Amount: $137,000
Buyer: Precious Williams
Seller: Bert V. Wright
Date: 10/03/14

130 Powell Ave.
Springfield, MA 01118
Amount: $122,000
Buyer: Justin D. Anstett
Seller: Christopher R. Driscoll
Date: 09/29/14

8 Redstone Dr.
Springfield, MA 01118
Amount: $194,900
Buyer: Andrea Lopez-Jones
Seller: Gina M. Ferrera
Date: 09/30/14

50 Steuben St.
Springfield, MA 01151
Amount: $129,900
Buyer: Ermer A. Cruz
Seller: J. B. Camerlin Real Estate
Date: 11/30/12

372 Sumner Ave.
Springfield, MA 01108
Amount: $170,000
Buyer: Bhanu Tiwari
Seller: Gladys Wolmart
Date: 09/30/14

832-834 Sumner Ave.
Springfield, MA 01108
Amount: $191,000
Buyer: Kinjal Vyas
Seller: Minh H. Bui
Date: 09/29/14

5 Town Plaza
Springfield, MA 01101
Amount: $31,007,400
Buyer: 5 Town Station LLC
Seller: Urstadt Biddle Properties
Date: 09/29/14

205 Winton St.
Springfield, MA 01118
Amount: $226,000
Buyer: Concepcion Morales
Seller: Michael W. Bush
Date: 09/23/14

SOUTHWICK

35 Berkshire Ave.
Southwick, MA 01077
Amount: $365,000
Buyer: Paul E. Jerusik
Seller: Robin A. Gardner
Date: 09/26/14

107 Coes Hill Road
Southwick, MA 01077
Amount: $200,000
Buyer: Witchwood Realty LLC
Seller: Karen B. Legace
Date: 09/26/14

31 Deer Run
Southwick, MA 01077
Amount: $460,000
Buyer: Richard C. Rigazio
Seller: Gary M. Grosso
Date: 09/30/14

2 Iroquois Dr.
Southwick, MA 01077
Amount: $370,000
Buyer: Robert E. Slattery
Seller: Jane D. Widun
Date: 09/26/14

17 Lake Shore Dr.
Southwick, MA 01077
Amount: $599,900
Buyer: Lace Twins LLC
Seller: Borrowed Time Realty LLC
Date: 10/01/14

141 Mort Vining Road
Southwick, MA 01077
Amount: $255,000
Buyer: Jane D. Widun
Seller: Ernest R. Lempke
Date: 09/26/14

1 Pauline Circle
Southwick, MA 01077
Amount: $236,000
Buyer: Allison E. Leavitt
Seller: Richard R. Winiarski
Date: 09/30/14

30 Powder Mill Road
Southwick, MA 01077
Amount: $165,000
Buyer: Kara K. Jorud
Seller: Patricia S. Sambo
Date: 09/25/14

5 Reservoir Road
Southwick, MA 01077
Amount: $399,900
Buyer: Robin A. Gardner
Seller: Jeffrey Imbriglio
Date: 09/26/14

WESTFIELD

17 Adams St.
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $140,000
Buyer: Ryan M. Curran
Seller: Christina K. Crow
Date: 09/26/14

Ascutney Ave. (rear)
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $345,000
Buyer: Michael G. Kosinski
Seller: Atlantic Tree Nursery
Date: 10/02/14

151 Berkshire Dr.
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $163,000
Buyer: Christopher D. Castanera
Seller: Marcial Otero
Date: 09/24/14

11 Cleveland Ave.
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $165,000
Buyer: Stephen R. Slater
Seller: Michael A. Denardo
Date: 09/30/14

47 Colony Circle
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $270,550
Buyer: Richard P. Saloomey
Seller: Leonard F. Latour
Date: 09/23/14

14 Cross St.
Westfield, MA 01085
Buyer: Travis K. Lucia
Seller: Cheryl A. Denardo
Date: 09/30/14

East Main St.
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $345,000
Buyer: Michael G. Kosinski
Seller: Atlantic Tree Nursery
Date: 10/02/14

58 Elizabeth Ave.
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $260,000
Buyer: Victoria D. Reed-Britt
Seller: Veniamin Solokhin
Date: 10/01/14

50 Flynn Meadow Road
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $395,000
Buyer: Aaron F. Smith
Seller: RSP Realty LLC
Date: 09/30/14

25 Glenwood Dr.
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $150,000
Buyer: E. R. Donovan
Seller: High, William H., (Estate)
Date: 09/29/14

133 Granville Road
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $240,000
Buyer: Stephen A. Gladding
Seller: James F. Florek
Date: 09/30/14

6 Hawthorne Ave.
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $284,000
Buyer: Crist C. Roussi
Seller: Matthew T. Vanheynigen
Date: 09/26/14

154 King St., Ext.
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $183,500
Buyer: Don P. Marks
Seller: Rebecca L. Lannon
Date: 09/30/14

27 Laurel Ave.
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $231,400
Buyer: James Ramistella
Seller: Robert F. Field
Date: 10/03/14

147 Main St.
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $161,000
Buyer: Donald Robert
Seller: Robert N. Holmes
Date: 09/26/14

33 Mill St.
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $315,000
Buyer: Shakedown Properties LLC
Seller: Rosemary S. Fortier
Date: 10/02/14

45 Miller St.
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $135,000
Buyer: John E. Wood
Seller: Regina A. Mullens
Date: 09/29/14

90 Montgomery St.
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $280,000
Buyer: Wesley Shewchuk
Seller: Rosemary J. Nevins
Date: 09/30/14

61 Murray Ave.
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $207,000
Buyer: Daniel E. Roy
Seller: Matthew C. Marchesi
Date: 10/01/14

Neck Road #28
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $345,000
Buyer: Michael G. Kosinski
Seller: Atlantic Tree Nursery
Date: 10/02/14

259 Notre Dame St.
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $157,500
Buyer: David M. O’Connell
Seller: Cindy T. Lacoste
Date: 09/30/14

60 Old Farm Road
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $229,700
Buyer: Jeffery E. Popoli
Seller: Richard L. White
Date: 10/03/14

24 Ridgeview Terrace
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $187,500
Buyer: Nicholas M. Mobrice
Seller: Artur Lech
Date: 09/26/14

54 Riverside Dr.
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $188,000
Buyer: Evan V. Serella
Seller: Matthew Bishop
Date: 09/26/14

514 Southwick Road
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $120,000
Buyer: Christopher F. King
Seller: Kenneth Mitchell
Date: 09/29/14

Union St.
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $345,000
Buyer: Michael G. Kosinski
Seller: Atlantic Tree Nursery
Date: 10/02/14

914 Western Ave.
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $162,000
Buyer: Richard J. Gogal
Seller: Richard J. Gogal
Date: 09/25/14

23 Wieser Dr.
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $277,500
Buyer: Angela J. Larke
Seller: FNMA
Date: 09/29/14

27 Woodcliff Dr.
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $328,000
Buyer: Cathy M. Martin
Seller: David M. Woelper
Date: 09/30/14

WILBRAHAM

16 Highmoor Dr.
Wilbraham, MA 01095
Amount: $265,000
Buyer: Kristopher T. O’Connor
Seller: Kevin M. Gaboury
Date: 10/01/14

2 Kensington Dr.
Wilbraham, MA 01095
Amount: $215,000
Buyer: Manuel Bernardo
Seller: James R. Wawrzyk
Date: 09/26/14

137 Manchonis Road
Wilbraham, MA 01095
Amount: $160,000
Buyer: Crystal L. Morin
Seller: Nicholas Fazio
Date: 09/30/14

24 Maple St.
Wilbraham, MA 01095
Amount: $156,000
Buyer: Charles J. Haunton
Seller: Denise Tessier-Brown
Date: 09/24/14

252 Monson Road
Wilbraham, MA 01095
Amount: $210,000
Buyer: Kenneth R. Knodler
Seller: Gilda M. Balboni
Date: 09/25/14

29 Pineywood Ave.
Wilbraham, MA 01095
Amount: $212,500
Buyer: Bank Of America
Seller: Pamela Sergienko
Date: 09/25/14

277 Stony Hill Road
Wilbraham, MA 01095
Amount: $187,000
Buyer: Steven C. Barnett
Seller: Richard K. Lovell
Date: 10/01/14

328 Stony Hill Road
Wilbraham, MA 01095
Amount: $220,000
Buyer: Katelyn Bortolussi
Seller: Michael Teixeira
Date: 10/03/14

8 Surrey Lane
Wilbraham, MA 01095
Amount: $308,000
Buyer: Anthony J. Daniele
Seller: John Kiah
Date: 09/29/14

WEST SPRINGFIELD

Amostown Road
West Springfield, MA 01089
Amount: $166,000
Buyer: Matthew Stetson
Seller: Lucia, Joseph T., (Estate)
Date: 10/02/14

137 Ashley St.
West Springfield, MA 01089
Amount: $187,500
Buyer: John J. Ryan
Seller: Justin W. Glaze
Date: 09/30/14

69 Bridge St.
West Springfield, MA 01089
Amount: $175,000
Buyer: Tariq Rahmat
Seller: Brian McNally
Date: 09/23/14

70 Butternut Hollow Road
West Springfield, MA 01089
Amount: $210,000
Buyer: Tracy L. Bartus
Seller: John E. Wood
Date: 09/29/14

30 Chestnut St.
West Springfield, MA 01089
Amount: $180,000
Buyer: Michael G. Piccin
Seller: Justin D. Tisdell
Date: 09/30/14

68 Elmwood Ave.
West Springfield, MA 01089
Amount: $180,000
Buyer: Jeremy A. Keough
Seller: Wesley D. Shewchuk
Date: 09/30/14

33 Harbey Road
West Springfield, MA 01089
Amount: $280,000
Buyer: Joseph S. Valentino
Seller: Mark D. Lussier
Date: 09/30/14

116 Herrman St.
West Springfield, MA 01089
Amount: $225,000
Buyer: Stephen Muller
Seller: Erwin J. Luippold
Date: 09/26/14

1219 Piper Road
West Springfield, MA 01089
Amount: $183,500
Buyer: Harry Melendez
Seller: Equity T Co.
Date: 10/01/14

1321 Piper Road
West Springfield, MA 01089
Amount: $127,000
Buyer: Mark Ryaboklyach
Seller: Lavigne, Lionel O., (Estate)
Date: 10/03/14

263 Poplar Ave.
West Springfield, MA 01089
Amount: $167,500
Buyer: Ian B. Shute
Seller: William J. Ahern
Date: 09/24/14

173 River St.
West Springfield, MA 01089
Amount: $350,000
Buyer: MLSZ Properties LLC
Seller: Buddy Realty LLC
Date: 09/26/14

45 Rochelle St.
West Springfield, MA 01089
Amount: $154,600
Buyer: Regina R. Ranstrom
Seller: Richard S. Harty
Date: 09/26/14

HAMPSHIRE COUNTY

AMHERST

27 Country Corners Road
Amherst, MA 01002
Amount: $232,500
Buyer: Linda L. Fijol
Seller: Sheralyn Bechtold
Date: 09/22/14

69 Dennis Dr.
Amherst, MA 01002
Amount: $407,500
Buyer: Roger A. Magnus
Seller: Allan F. Hershfield
Date: 10/03/14

144 Leverett Road
Amherst, MA 01002
Amount: $425,900
Buyer: Jungwoo Lee
Seller: Joslad & Associates PC
Date: 09/30/14

199 Northampton Road
Amherst, MA 01002
Amount: $185,000
Buyer: Shou Hu
Seller: Sung, Young J., (Estate)
Date: 09/23/14

124 Summer St.
Amherst, MA 01002
Amount: $389,900
Buyer: Andrew S. Neuman
Seller: Kscbj Properties LLC
Date: 09/24/14

172 Summer St.
Amherst, MA 01002
Amount: $195,000
Buyer: Frank Flaherty
Seller: Pascoe, Dorothy B. C., (Estate)
Date: 09/29/14

BELCHERTOWN

478 Bardwell St.
Belchertown, MA 01007
Amount: $325,000
Buyer: William H. Allan
Seller: Frank L. Ives
Date: 09/24/14

60 Daniel Square
Belchertown, MA 01007
Amount: $210,050
Buyer: US Bank
Seller: Jamie G. Vousineau
Date: 09/26/14

223 Federal St.
Belchertown, MA 01007
Buyer: Laurie M. Shea
Seller: Utama Abdulwahid
Date: 10/03/14

570 North Liberty St.
Belchertown, MA 01007
Amount: $120,500
Buyer: Property Edge LLC
Seller: Coyer, Alice E., (Estate)
Date: 10/01/14

7 Overlook Dr.
Belchertown, MA 01007
Amount: $260,000
Buyer: Ryan J. Senecal
Seller: C. G. Weaver
Date: 09/25/14

Rural Road
Belchertown, MA 01007
Amount: $115,000
Buyer: Stephanie M. Tremblay
Seller: Robert E. Cote
Date: 09/25/14

CUMMINGTON

54 Lilac Ave.
Cummington, MA 01026
Amount: $212,000
Buyer: Julielyn P. Becker
Seller: John M. Stevens
Date: 10/01/14

104 Porter Hill Road
Cummington, MA 01026
Amount: $155,000
Buyer: Ana E. Toth
Seller: Jean B. Mazeau TR
Date: 09/26/14

EASTHAMPTON

16 Arthur St.
Easthampton, MA 01027
Amount: $700,000
Buyer: Segal Property Mgmt. LLC
Seller: RLRW LLC
Date: 09/25/14

36 Campbell Dr.
Easthampton, MA 01027
Amount: $188,000
Buyer: Christopher B. Shattuck
Seller: Shelley M. Daughdrill
Date: 09/23/14

3 Carillon Circle
Easthampton, MA 01027
Amount: $197,400
Buyer: Gertrude E. Hooks
Seller: Bank Of America
Date: 09/30/14

15 Center St.
Easthampton, MA 01027
Amount: $242,900
Buyer: Bruce A. Andrew
Seller: Jeffrey W. Ketcham
Date: 09/26/14

28 East Green St.
Easthampton, MA 01027
Amount: $200,000
Buyer: Andrew M. Dunn
Seller: Laurie A. Kline
Date: 09/30/14

5-7 Lincoln St.
Easthampton, MA 01027
Amount: $193,000
Buyer: Cory A. Staples
Seller: Keith D. Powers
Date: 09/24/14

1 Park Ave.
Easthampton, MA 01027
Amount: $268,800
Buyer: Robert A. Canon
Seller: Thomas E. Downie
Date: 09/26/14

11 Silver Lane
Easthampton, MA 01027
Amount: $322,500
Buyer: Thomas E. Downie
Seller: Eugene S. Picard
Date: 09/26/14

33 Treehouse Circle
Easthampton, MA 01027
Amount: $342,500
Buyer: Phebe B. Sessions
Seller: EH Homeownership LLC
Date: 09/29/14

10 Truehart Dr.
Easthampton, MA 01027
Amount: $272,500
Buyer: Nathan W. Adams
Seller: Tammy L. Kaleta
Date: 09/26/14

GOSHEN

12 Lilly Pond Lane
Goshen, MA 01032
Amount: $235,000
Buyer: Lucas A. McCraw
Seller: John B. Rustico
Date: 09/30/14

82 Shaw Road
Goshen, MA 01026
Amount: $259,500
Buyer: John F. Bienz
Seller: Jonathan R. Funk
Date: 09/26/14

44 West Shore Dr.
Goshen, MA 01032
Amount: $325,000
Buyer: Philip W. McArthur
Seller: Susan Fortgang
Date: 10/03/14

HADLEY

85 Rocky Hill Road
Hadley, MA 01035
Amount: $360,000
Buyer: Dirgha B. Gurung
Seller: William H. Allan
Date: 09/24/14

216 Russell St.
Hadley, MA 01035
Amount: $205,000
Buyer: Amir Mikhchi
Seller: Jennifer L. Snyder
Date: 10/01/14

HATFIELD

15 North St.
Hatfield, MA 01038
Amount: $319,000
Buyer: Margot C. Lacey
Seller: Thomas J. Wickles
Date: 09/26/14

168 Pantry Road
Hatfield, MA 01038
Amount: $170,000
Buyer: Walter K. Feldman
Seller: Carol S. Dryzgula
Date: 09/29/14

HUNTINGTON

62 Old Chester Road
Huntington, MA 01050
Amount: $219,900
Buyer: Ashley J. Spear
Seller: Jamie Desormier
Date: 09/24/14

NORTHAMPTON

69 Barrett St.
Northampton, MA 01060
Amount: $260,000
Buyer: Christopher Mereschuk
Seller: Patricia A. Mullady
Date: 09/26/14

69 Bridge St.
Northampton, MA 01039
Amount: $740,000
Buyer: 69 Bridge Street LLC
Seller: All Smiles LLC
Date: 09/22/14

307 Damon Road
Northampton, MA 01060
Amount: $120,000
Buyer: Isaac Chow
Seller: Kubasek, Laura S., (Estate)
Date: 09/26/14

53 East Center St.
Northampton, MA 01053
Amount: $300,000
Buyer: Jacob N. Masenior
Seller: Susan F. O’Neill
Date: 09/30/14

22 Forest Glen Dr.
Northampton, MA 01062
Amount: $175,000
Buyer: Peter L. Galvagni
Seller: Marguerite A. Hewes
Date: 10/02/14

68 Hatfield St.
Northampton, MA 01060
Amount: $268,000
Buyer: L. P. Audette Builders Inc.
Seller: David J. McCutcheon
Date: 10/01/14

20 Linden St.
Northampton, MA 01060
Amount: $340,000
Buyer: Grace A. Bianciardi
Seller: Timothy H. McNerney
Date: 09/26/14

90 Moser St.
Northampton, MA 01060
Amount: $543,605
Buyer: Karen L. O’Brock
Seller: Kent Pecoy & Sons Construction
Date: 09/25/14

100 North Maple St.
Northampton, MA 01062
Amount: $215,000
Buyer: Matthew J. Kozuch
Seller: Bodin, Richard L., (Estate)
Date: 09/30/14

256 North Maple St.
Northampton, MA 01062
Amount: $240,000
Buyer: Maura F. Bradford
Seller: Deacon, Joan, (Estate)
Date: 10/03/14

358 South St.
Northampton, MA 01060
Amount: $149,000
Buyer: Earl R. Illingsworth
Seller: Joel I. Schulman
Date: 10/01/14

82 Stone Ridge Road
Northampton, MA 01062
Amount: $457,000
Buyer: Randy S. Kaplan
Seller: Keith H. Davis
Date: 10/01/14

645 Westhampton Road
Northampton, MA 01062
Amount: $245,000
Buyer: Kara B. Mcmahon
Seller: Annette O’Leary TR
Date: 09/26/14

946 Westhampton Road
Northampton, MA 01062
Amount: $177,500
Buyer: Charles W. Baranowski
Seller: Christine K. Barry
Date: 09/26/14

PLAINFIELD

9 Mountain St.
Plainfield, MA 01070
Amount: $500,000
Buyer: 9 Mountain Retreats RE
Seller: David A. Danielson
Date: 10/02/14

SOUTH HADLEY

502 Amherst Road
South Hadley, MA 01075
Amount: $184,000
Buyer: Pamela J. Doyle
Seller: John N. Thibbitts
Date: 09/26/14

15 Applewood Lane
South Hadley, MA 01075
Amount: $228,000
Buyer: James R. Brady
Seller: Helene S. Grunes
Date: 10/03/14

333 Granby Road
South Hadley, MA 01075
Amount: $230,000
Buyer: Brian S. McClaflin
Seller: Griffin, Michael A. Jr, (Estate)
Date: 10/01/14

2 Hillside Ave.
South Hadley, MA 01075
Amount: $174,000
Buyer: Angela Belieu
Seller: Christine M. Germain
Date: 10/03/14

Jacobs Way #1
South Hadley, MA 01075
Amount: $299,900
Buyer: Mary L. Pigott
Seller: Home Improvement Assocs.
Date: 09/24/14

11 Lois Ave.
South Hadley, MA 01075
Amount: $227,000
Buyer: Cornelius J. Debeer
Seller: Paul E. Horne
Date: 09/24/14

25 McKinley Ave.
South Hadley, MA 01075
Amount: $180,000
Buyer: Genti Lagji
Seller: Donna-Lou Fournier
Date: 10/01/14

33 Queen Circle
South Hadley, MA 01075
Amount: $170,000
Buyer: Caleb M. Machak
Seller: Douglas M. Bernstein
Date: 09/30/14

11 Saybrook Circle
South Hadley, MA 01075
Amount: $195,500
Buyer: Robert C. Wallace
Seller: Barbara D. Keegan
Date: 09/25/14

118 Willimansett St.
South Hadley, MA 01075
Amount: $216,000
Buyer: Ryan M. Kobus
Seller: Mark D. Griswold
Date: 09/26/14

SOUTHAMPTON

3 Beccari Lane
Southampton, MA 01073
Amount: $650,000
Buyer: Suzanne McElroy
Seller: Michael A. Cosgriff
Date: 10/02/14

8 Nicholas Lane
Southampton, MA 01085
Amount: $150,000
Buyer: F&G Development Corp.
Seller: Chester J. Kellogg
Date: 09/25/14

30 Valley Road
Southampton, MA 01073
Amount: $387,000
Buyer: Mark Daughdrill
Seller: Philip M. Westerman
Date: 09/23/14

WARE

5 Gareau Ave.
Ware, MA 01082
Amount: $120,000
Buyer: Russell Kularski
Seller: Catherine E. Koczur
Date: 09/25/14

19 Oakridge Circle
Ware, MA 01082
Amount: $220,000
Buyer: Robert P. Beaulieu
Seller: Eric A. Ellison
Date: 09/24/14

43 Old Poor Farm Road
Ware, MA 01082
Amount: $245,000
Buyer: Michael S. Soja
Seller: Kevin Chapman
Date: 09/29/14

6 Pleasant St.
Ware, MA 01082
Amount: $263,456
Buyer: Flagstar Bank
Seller: John Williams
Date: 09/26/14

WESTHAMPTON

334 Southampton Road
Westhampton, MA 01027
Amount: $435,000
Buyer: Maren E. Buck
Seller: Jason A. Doktor
Date: 09/26/14

WILLIAMSBURG

22 High St.
Williamsburg, MA 01062
Amount: $212,000
Buyer: Anna R. Lawrence
Seller: Elizabeth M. Huntley
Date: 09/23/14

31 Hyde Hill Road
Williamsburg, MA 01096
Amount: $212,500
Buyer: Elizabeth M. Filson
Seller: Gerald D. Lashway
Date: 10/03/14

Departments Incorporations

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

CHICOPEE

Cruz & Gallagher Insurance Agency Inc., 1643 Memorial Dr., Chicopee, MA 01020. Jeff Cruz, 124 Mulberry St., Springfield, MA 01105. Insurance Agency.

Elek-Holz Inc., 165 Front St., Suite 3407, Chicopee, MA 01013. Jennifer Yanyuk, 148 Telegraph Ave., Chicopee, MA 01020. Woodworking and electronics manufacturing.

EASTHAMPTON

Bethlehem House Inc., 33 Knipfer Ave., Easthampton, MA 01027. Pamela Hibbard, same. Provides a wide range of services and resources to parents facing pregnancy.

Easthampton Precision Manufacturing Inc., 16 Arthur St., Easthampton, MA 01027. Jeremy Segal, same. Manufacturing machine/fabrication shop.

FLORENCE

Brick and Feather Brewery Inc., 221 Pine St., Suite 140, Florence, MA 01062. Lawrence George, same. Beer brewery.

HADLEY

Body Spa Inc., 367 Russell St., Hadley, MA 01035. Yu Pei, 4170 Main St. B3357, Flushing NY 11355. Body Spa.

NORTHAMPTON

Dr. Kate Klemer Inc., 86 Moser St., Northampton, MA 01060. Katherine Pastrich-Klemer, same. Chiropractic and nutritional services.

PITTSFIELD

Berkshire Innovation Center Inc., 81 Kellogg St., Pittsfield, MA 01201. B. Stephen Boyd, 24 Glendale Road, West Stockbridge, MA 01266. Provides facilities and educational programs that enable and accelerate innovation and growth of existing businesses in Berkshire County.

Cat Construction Inc., 70 Downing Parkway, Pittsfield, MA 01201. Michael Walsh, same. Construction services.

SOUTH HADLEY

Curran-Jones & O’Brien Inc., 33 Lamb St., South Hadley, MA 01075. Timothy O’Brien, 27 Hilltop St., West Springfield, MA 01089. Funeral Home.

SPRINGFIELD

EB Homes, 1670 Parker St., Springfield, MA 01128. Evan Willard, same. Real estate redevelopment, investing.

WESTFIELD

ABA Transport, 121 A Otis St., Westfield, MA 01085. Aleksandr Bunin, same. Operating specialty and dedicated services of transporting foods, commercial goods, vehicles, and other commodities via flatbed, container, and heavy hauling trailers on a for-hire basis.

Alessio’s Pizza Inc., 16 Kelly Dr., Westfield, MA 01085. Alessio Calabrese, same. Pizza restaurant.

Daily News

HOLYOKE — Holyoke Medical Center (HMC) has been awarded $3.9 million by the Mass. Health Policy Commission (HPC) for an innovative project to enhance behavioral healthcare services for patients. The two-year project has an aggressive completion deadline of January 2017.

The funds awarded by HPC are Phase 2 of the Community Hospital Acceleration, Revitalization, and Transformation (CHART) investment program, dubbed “Driving System Transformation.” HPC awarded $60 million for projects throughout the Commonwealth, for which they received requests of more than $117 million. HMC’s award was the highest award for a single hospital and reflects the recognition of the need for improved conditions as well as the vital role HMC plays in the community. The award also came with the expressed support from many local and state officials, including state Reps. Aaron Vega, Joseph Wagner, and John Scibak and state Sen. Don Humason.

“This funding will allow us to create significantly improved conditions for all our patients, especially those with behavioral-health needs. Programmatic changes and designated treatment space for behavioral-health patients in the Emergency Department will help to avoid unnecessary hospitalization and reduce re-hospitalization of behavioral-health patients,” said HMC President and CEO Spiros Hatiras.

Approximately half of the funds awarded by HPC, nearly $2 million, are designated to assist in a designated treatment space in the ED for behavioral-health patients, of which the total cost is estimated to be between $6 million to $7 million. Holyoke Medical Center will organize a capital campaign and invest in the balance of funds needed to complete the Emergency Department redesign project.

The HMC Emergency Department serves more than 45,000 patients per year and will continue to serve the community through the redesign and construction phase of the project. The renovations of the ED will provide a designated treatment area needed to deliver safe, comprehensive behavioral-health services to a wide range of patients.

The renovations are expected to begin in early 2015 and be completed by the end of the same calendar year. This initiative will also introduce robust care navigation in partnership with community organizations to ensure that patients receive targeted interventions, are referred to the ‘right’ services, and successfully follow through on their care plans to achieve optimal short- and long-term health outcomes.

“This project is an amazing opportunity to provide specialized emergency care for people with mental-health and substance-abuse issues,” said HMC Director of Behavioral Health Baxter Chandler. “Not only will we more effectively address a patient’s emergency behavioral-health needs, we will also enhance our ability to connect patients with appropriate treatment and community services, reducing the need to return to the ED.”

Daily News

EAST LONGMEADOW — Visual Changes Inc. has announced its plans to build a premier day spa and salon at 100 Shaker Road in East Longmeadow. The company will partner with Craig Sweitzer & Co., LLC on the project. The site is a former post office and currently houses Atrium Dental Group, another Sweitzer construction project. With the addition of Visual Changes, the property is near full occupancy.

“The design goal for Visual Changes is to create an environment that is simultaneously serene and high-tech with a cosmopolitan feel,” said founder Mark Maruca. The 2,300-square-foot facility will feature vaulted ceilings, state-of-the-art private spa spaces, and upscale stations for salon services.

Daily News

SPRINGFIELD — In July 2014, the city of Springfield issued an RFP soliciting proposals from providers for job training and workforce development. As a result of this solicitation, the city is awarding a total of $250,000 in HUD Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funds to three separate agencies to provide job-training and workforce-development programs to residents of disaster-impacted neighborhoods.

There will be a special focus on recruiting residents of the Six Corners and South End neighborhoods, as the residents of these neighborhoods face multiple barriers to employment, and both areas were heavily impacted by both the long- and short-term effects of the natural disasters that occurred in 2011. Training Resources of America will receive $85,100; Springfield Technical Community College will receive $94,449; and Window Preservation, LLC, in partnership with the Hampden County Sheriff’s Department, will receive $70,451.

“Providing education and job training to our residents is vital in our efforts in knocking down poverty and crime,” said Mayor Domenic Sarno. “Whenever we can step up and provide opportunity, it is a win-win for us all.”

The city anticipates that the contracted organizations will provide training to a minimum of 100 Springfield residents. The programs will involve a variety of educational instruction subjects, including high-school-equivalency preparation, English language, math, computers, customer service training, and more. The varied programs will prepare and enable trainees to obtain permanent positions in fields such as educational and health services, food service, leisure and hospitality, social assistance, wholesale and retail trade, financial and business services, insurance and real estate, office and administrative support, accounting, bookkeeping, payroll services, legal services, advertising, manufacturing, asbestos/lead abatement, and construction.

Daily News

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Construction employment expanded in 236 metro areas, declined in 53, and was stagnant in 50 between September 2013 and September 2014, according to a new analysis of federal employment data released by Associated General Contractors of America.

Association officials said that, as firms expand their payrolls, many are finding a limited supply of available qualified workers. “It is good news that construction employment gains have spread to more than two-thirds of the nation’s metro areas,” said Ken Simonson, chief economist for the association. “But there is a growing risk that contractors in many of these regions will have trouble finding qualified workers to complete the rising volume of projects.”

According to a recent construction-industry survey conducted by the association, 83% of construction firms report having a hard time finding qualified craft workers. They called on federal, state, and local officials to act on the measures outlined in the association’s workforce-development plan to make it easier to establish new programs designed to prepare students for high-paying careers in construction.

Daily News

SPRINGFIELD — A groundbreaking ceremony will be held on Thursday, Oct. 30 at 1 p.m. for the expansion of the Pioneer Valley Christian Academy’s present facilities at 965 Plumtree Road, with construction of new physical-education and academic facilities.

The $6 million project will include a 17,000-square-foot gymnasium and physical-education complex, a media center, and five classrooms, as well as three additional tennis courts, a multi-purpose athletic field, an expanded baseball field, and a new entrance with additional parking. The expansion will connect with the present elementary-, middle-, and high-school areas. In case of inclement weather, the ceremony will take place in the current gymnasium.

Daily News

SPRINGFIELD — The Springfield-based regional law firm Bacon Wilson, P.C. announced that six attorneys have been named to the 2014 New England Super Lawyers list, and four attorneys have been named to the 2014 New England Rising Stars list.

Only 5% of New England’s lawyers were honored as Super Lawyers. They were identified for their background, experience, professional achievement, and peer recognition. Rising Stars are under 40 years old or have been practicing law for less than 10 years. Fewer than 2.5% of New England lawyers were named Rising Stars.

The following Bacon Wilson attorneys were honored as Super Lawyers:
• Gary Fialky, business/corporate;
• Michael Katz, bankruptcy and business;
• Paul Rothschild, general litigation;
• Stephen Krevalin, real estate;
• Hyman Darling, estate planning and probate; and
• Gina Barry, estate planning and probate.

The following Bacon Wilson attorneys were honored as Rising Stars:
• Adam Basch, construction litigation;
• Todd Ratner, estate planning and probate;
• Kevin Maltby, employment and labor; and
• Spencer Stone, business/corporate.

Daily News

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Construction firms added jobs in 39 states between September 2013 and September 2014 while construction employment increased in 34 states and the District of Columbia between August and September, according to an analysis of Labor Department data by Associated General Contractors of America.

Association officials noted that the construction job gains come as more construction firms report having a hard time finding qualified workers to fill key positions. “Construction firms in most states have been expanding during the past year,” said Ken Simonson, the association’s chief economist. “But as those firms expand, they have to work harder to attract their skilled craft workers and key construction professionals.”

Florida added the most construction jobs of any state (41,900 jobs, 11.2%). Ten states shed construction jobs during the past 12 months, with construction employment unchanged in D.C. and New Mexico.

Association officials said the new employment figures show that the industry continues to add new workers after its years-long downturn. But they cautioned that more and more firms are reporting labor shortages. “Hard as it is to imagine, given what this industry has been through the past few years, but many firms are very worried about their ability to find, recruit, and retain qualified workers as the industry continues to rebound,” said Stephen Sandherr, the association’s CEO.

Daily News

HADLEY — Florence Bank, a mutually owned savings bank serving the Pioneer Valley through nine branch locations, will celebrate the official opening of its new Hadley location at 377 Russell St. on Nov. 8 between 10 a.m. and noon.

The public is invited to help celebrate the important milestone by joining officials from the bank for a grand-opening ceremony that includes a ribbon cutting, a weathervane dedication in memory of John Devine, refreshments, and entertainment. There will be a live remote from 93.9 the River, live performances from the bank’s ‘Always’ dancers, face painting, and balloon animals for the kids. One lucky grand-prize winner will end up with a new lawn tractor. And for all who attend, a number of valuable coupons will be distributed courtesy of Amherst Nurseries, Chery Nina Salon & Day Spa, Fitness Together, Flayvors of Cook Farm, Friendly’s, the Healing Zone, Monkey Business, North Hadley Sugar Shack, the Toy Box, Valley Bike & Ski Werks, Vision Showcase, and Wildwood Barbecue.

The opening of this branch culminates a construction project that began in the spring. The bank’s new home is only a few doors down from where it has been serving the town for nearly 20 years. “The bank owns the real estate at its new location, whereas we rented our previous space at 335 Russell St. It made sense for us to own the space and have control over renovations and upgrades as needed,” said John Heaps, Jr., president and CEO of Florence Bank. “Plus, this is a truly state-of-the-art facility that we believe will be very well-received and appreciated by our customers and friends.”

Amenities and features of the new, 3,150-square-foot branch include direct access from Route 9; a full-service teller line with state-of-the-art technology for quick cash handling; walk-up and drive-up ATMs with smart technology for easy depositing; three drive-up lanes, including a drive-up ATM; expanded private offices and a private conference room; an energy-efficient building to minimize the carbon footprint; and a comfortable waiting area with a coffee bar and free wi-fi.

Wright Builders Inc. and HAI Architecture worked on the design and construction of the new building in close cooperation with officials from the bank. Toby Daniels, vice president and current branch manager of the Hadley branch, will continue in that role in the new location.

Daily News

SPRINGFIELD — Gov. Deval Patrick announced on Tuesday that the MBTA will present to the board of the Mass. Department of Transportation (MassDOT) the recommended company to manufacture and deliver 284 new subway cars for the Red and Orange Lines, replacing decades-old vehicles.

Joined by MassDOT Secretary and CEO Richard Davey and MBTA General Manager Dr. Beverly Scott, as well as state and local officials, Patrick announced that the recommended company, CNR MA, will build a 150,000-square-foot facility in Springfield to assemble the vehicles, creating more than 250 new manufacturing and construction jobs in the region. The contract is pending approval by the MassDOT board, which is schedule to meet today to vote on the recommendation.

The contract with CNR MA will include the purchase of 152 new Orange Line vehicles and 132 new Red Line vehicles to replace the 44-year old Red Line cars and 32-year old Orange Line cars. The contract also includes the option to purchase an additional 58 Red Line cars. The new cars will provide improved reliability, accessibility, and energy efficiency. New car features include increased capacity and additional seating, wider and electrically operated doors, four accessible areas per car, LED lighting, modern HVAC systems, and advanced passenger-information and announcement systems.

“This is a critical investment in the future of public transportation in Greater Boston and in the economic well-being of Western Mass.,” said Patrick. “It will open up opportunities for the residents of the Pioneer Valley by creating quality construction and manufacturing jobs that will propel growth in the region for years to come.”

The design process will take approximately three years for the Orange Line cars and an additional 15 months for the Red Line. Pilot cars for the Orange Line are to be delivered in early 2018, and the Red Line pilot cars will be delivered about a year later. Delivery of production cars will occur at a rate of approximately four cars per month between winter 2018 and winter 2021 for the Orange Line and between fall 2019 and spring 2021 for the Red Line.

CNR MA intends to build a new manufacturing facility for final assembly of the Red and Orange Line vehicles at 655 Page Blvd. in Springfield. This facility will serve as CNR MA’s U.S. Headquarters. CNR MA plans to build a facility that includes more than 150,000 square feet of manufacturing and office space. The facility will also include a dynamic test track, which will enable testing prior to shipment of the vehicles to the MBTA. CNR MA plans to invest $60 million of its own resources into the facility. CNR MA estimates the new facility will create more than 150 new manufacturing jobs and 100 new construction jobs. Construction of the new plant is expected to begin in the fall of 2015.

“The awarding of this contract is the culmination of years of work and development by teams at MassDOT and the MBTA,” said Davey. “By making this important investment, and ensuring that it provides for new jobs and increases economic opportunity in Massachusetts, we are making a commitment to the future of sustainable, accessible public transit that is more reliable, more frequent, and better serves the needs of our Commonwealth.”

The new Orange Line cars will replace the entire current fleet that has an average of 1.5 million miles on them. On a typical weekday, the Orange Line fleet carries more than 200,000 people. The order will also increase the fleet size, allowing for increased passenger capacity and decreased passenger wait times by reducing headways from six minutes to four during rush hour. The Red Line order will replace the current fleet of ‘No. 1’ cars, and the additional contract option would allow for replacement of the 27-year old ‘No. 2’ cars. The ‘No. 1’ cars have an average of 2.3 million miles, and the ‘No. 2’ cars an average of 1.4 million miles; these cars currently run on the Red Line, which serves an average of 272,000 customers on a typical weekday.

“Today marks an important step in improving the daily commutes of hundreds of thousands of our MBTA customers,” said Scott. “By replacing the aging fleets of Red and Orange Line cars, we will be able to reduce travel and wait times, increase capacity, and improve accessibility, security, and the overall experience for our customers.”

The total project budget is approximately $1.3 billion, and includes the funds necessary to expand and improve the MBTA’s rail-car maintenance and storage facilities in Medford and Boston. Made possible by the passage of the Transportation Finance Law last year, the Orange and Red Line car-procurement project is funded entirely by state transportation bond funds. The request for proposals was released a year ago, and six companies submitted proposals. Of the six proposals, four of them met the minimum requirements and were rated on criteria including technical and manufacturing experience, past performance, quality assurance, and price. CNR MA submitted the lowest bid at $556.6 million.

Community Spotlight Features
Hampden Strives to Increase Revenue, Cut Costs

John Flynn

John Flynn says Hampden is a town rich in community spirit, where many municipal officials are following in the footsteps of family members who served before them.

John Flynn says many people want to make improvements to their homes but are curtailed by their budgets and increases in the cost of living. “Municipalities are no different, and it’s always a balancing act between what we want to do and what we can afford,” said the chair of the Select Board in Hampden, adding that budgetary decisions are determined by residents at town meetings.

He noted that one way to raise additional revenue is to attract new businesses, but Hampden’s ability to do so is limited by its lack of town water and sewer facilities. However, town officials and employees are working diligently to find ways to increase services and make infrastructure improvements without burdening the taxpayers.

Flynn said this is important because Hampden is a small town with a number of significant financial obligations, which include payments on a $2 million bond taken out to improve its roads over a five-year period, and approximately $8 million owed as the town’s share of the new $67.4 million Minnechaug Regional High School that opened two years ago and serves students from Hampden and Wilbraham.

“The payments for the school will be spread out over 30 years, but it’s a pretty big bill to pay,” Flynn said. “However, we are continually looking to reduce costs through grants and programs, including those offered by the state and federal government and the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission. As a result, we are able to continue to improve the town while lightening the burden of the cost to the taxpayers, who are our friends and neighbors.”

Jane Budynkiewicz agrees. “The school department has a grant writer, but the town does not, so we take time out from our normal schedules to fit this in,” said the Board of Health coordinator. “I try my hardest to get anything that will help the people in this town. They put their faith in me, so I constantly work to find something, bigger, better, and more helpful.”

Over the past year, proactive measures by the Select Board have led to a number of initiatives, which include two solar-energy projects on town-owed property that have the potential to generate income while reducing Hampden’s electric bill.

Flynn said the selectmen and the energy company Soltage are currently in negotiations, with the shared goal of building solar-collection systems on the town’s capped landfill and the roof of Thornton Burgess Middle School.

Seeds for the projects were sown last year when several companies expressed interest in building solar facilities in Hampden. The proposals led the selectmen to schedule meetings with officials from other communities that have small-scale solar-electricity systems on publicly owned land, and it soon became clear that there were economic benefits with few drawbacks.

Flynn said Hampden’s landfill is an ideal location for a solar-collecting station, which fits in perfectly with the vision selectmen had for the property years ago when it was capped. “It was repurposed to allow the land to generate income; a piece of the property is being leased for a cell-phone tower, but we wanted to find a way to use the large, grassy area on the site to bring in revenue while keeping our overhead to a minimum and limiting the impact on our residents,” he noted, adding that, in addition to generating income, the Select Board hopes the cost of running the town’s streetlights might be mitigated because the line item constitutes Hampden’s largest electric expense.

In addition to these public projects, requests to install solar stations on private property are on the rise. Several weeks ago, construction began on a 3.2-megawatt, photovoltaic electricity-generating facility at the privately owned Kibbe Farm gravel pit on 229 Somers Road. The property is being leased by Minnechaug Solar, LLC (formerly known as Soltas Holdings, LLC).

And earlier this month, a special permit was granted to Stephen Andwood that will allow him to use a portion of a lot he owns for a solar-energy facility that will be built by solar-solutions provider Heliovaas.

“A proposal for a fifth solar project, which would also be built on private property, was presented to the board at our Oct. 6 meeting,” Flynn said. “The number of solar projects taking place in Hampden over the past year has exploded.”

An increase in tax revenue is also expected when a major renovation of Hampden Country Club is complete. The club was sold at auction in 2012 for $1.4 million, and since that time, the golf course and pro shop have been redesigned, and a $9 million banquet facility is under construction that will hold more than 200 people.

Flynn cited yet another project that will add to the tax coffers. “Last year, National Grid started work on a new substation off of Allen Street which is almost finished. We anticipate that all of these projects will increase our tax revenue by $300,000, which is a significant amount for Hampden.”

Exemplary Dedication

Flynn said community spirit is a cornerstone of life in Hampden. He told BusinessWest that it can be seen and felt in places such as Village Food Mart, where friends and neighbors inadvertently meet and enjoy conversations while they tend to the daily tasks of living.

“People who live here fall in love with the town,” he said as he extolled Hampden’s attributes and noted that some families have made it their home for more than a century.

“Many of the people who serve in our town government have family members who held similar positions, and saw how rewarding these roles can be,” Flynn noted, adding that his father and great-grandfather were long-term selectmen, and the Town Hall, which is getting a facelift thanks to Community Preservation Act funds, was donated to the town by a Hampden family.

Senior Center Director Becky Moriarty agrees that community spirit flourishes in all segments of the population. “Hampden is an amazing town, and I have been very fortunate to work here for 12 years. The Senior Center community is like one big family, and our building is like a home away from home,” she said.

However, she concurs that efforts to procure funding for services and amenities to improve the lives of residents has to be aggressive and ongoing in order for the town to continue to offer the lifestyle residents enjoy today.

“The budget we receive from the town is not always enough, so supplementing it with grant funds is how we fill in the financial gaps,” Moriarty explained, as she listed grants the senior center received within the past year.

They include an annual Formula Grant from the Executive Office of Elder Affairs that pays for a part-time activities coordinator; Title IIIB grant funding from Greater Springfield Senior Services, which pays for a portion of the outreach coordinator’s salary; a grant from the Hampden Cultural Council that was used to provide entertainment at a celebratory event; and a grant from the Mass. Assoc. of Councils on Aging that allowed the center to offer an Aging Mastery Program, which is a health and wellness initiative.

Budynkiewicz cited other examples of how the town benefits from grants and outside funding.

“Two years ago, the Hampden Health Coalition purchased a trailer for the Board of Health that costs $5,234, and we were able to fill it with emergency-preparedness equipment, which includes cots, blankets, pillows, medical supplies, and personal-care kits, with state funding,” she noted. “As a result, if we have a major power outage, I can call the fire or police department and have them tow the trailer to a designated site and have a shelter equipped in less than an hour.”

She also just received news that an application for a $1,400 grant for the transfer station was approved by the Mass. Dept. of Environmental Protection. “We want to use it to put up new signage and look into recycling bins,” she said.

Cost-saving measures are also adopted by every town department whenever there is opportunity to do so. “We take advantage of discount pricing for natural gas and gasoline by participating in a county-wide contract,” Flynn said, while the Select Board belongs to a regional group that includes representatives from Wilbraham, East Longmeadow, Longmeadow, and Ludlow, who share ideas to promote growth, increase revenue, and reduce the price tag associated with running their towns.

Graybar Electric recently contacted town officials and offered to help obtain energy-efficient lightbulbs through a Department of Energy Resources grant program. “We were approved for 565 free, energy-efficient lamps for the Town Hall and anticipate they will save us $525 a year,” said Select Board Administrative Assistant Pamela Courtney.

She agrees that town employees are very dedicated, and cited a few examples of their laudatory commitment.

“Eva Wiseman, who is the town clerk and tax collector, is always looking for ways to reduce costs in her office, which she achieves by doing much of the work herself, rather than contracting it out. And the Board of Health coordinator [Budynkiewicz] employs every tactic she can to get the best prices on anything that needs to be purchased for the town and continually goes above and beyond to work for the 5,000-plus bosses who employ all of us on a daily basis,” Courtney said, referring to the residents.

“In fact, the employees of the town of Hampden always do more than is expected from them, particularly when it comes to providing good service and saving money,” she went on. “We live in the town, so it behooves us to work hard to manage our budgets well.”

Gaining Ground

Flynn said residential growth is beginning again after being stalled by the economy for years, and two homes in a 20-lot subdivision were sold last year. A new church is also planned, and the wide range of benefits the community offers is expected to continue.

“We don’t just give lip service to the idea of doing more,” he said. “We believe we have the best roads in the area and great schools, which all adds up to a source of tremendous community pride.”

Hampden at a glance

Year Incorporated: 1878
Population: 5,139 (2010)

Area: 19.7 square miles

County: Hampden

Residential Tax Rate: $18
.00
Commercial Tax Rate: $18.00
Median Household Income: $65,662
Family Household Income: $75,407
Type of government: Select Board
Largest Employers: Hampden-Wilbraham Regional School District, Rediker Software Inc., Hampden Police Department

* Latest information available

Building Permits Departments

The following building permits were issued during the month of October 2014.

CHICOPEE

A-1 Snow Machine Products
717 Fuller Road
$29,000 — Reroof

City of Chicopee
277 Front St.
$318,000 — Remodel bleachers and add a handicap ramp

Griffith Road, LLP
218 Griffith Road
$80,000 — Renovate second-floor office

WE 77 Champion, LLC
77 Champion St.
$796,000 — Interior renovations and exterior concrete pad

LUDLOW

Yogurt City
221 East St.
$25,000 — Alterations

NORTHAMPTON

D.A. Sullivan and Sons Inc.
82 North St.
$60,000 — Interior tenant fit out

Matthew Pitoniak
193 Main St.
$59,000 — Build out for Subway

Northampton City Hall
210 Main St.
$6,000 — Install new granite landing and step in the front of City Hall

Pulaski Park Academy of Music
274 Main St.
$183,000 — Repair fire escape

Veteran’s Administration Hospital
425 North Main St.
$5,700,000 — Construction of four buildings for residential units

Windhorse Associates
211 North St.
$68,000 — Office renovation

Wright Builders
74 Village Hill Road
$1,492,000 — Construct two-story townhouse condominiums

SOUTH HADLEY

Loomis Village
246 North Main St.
$35,000 — Repairs

L.P.M. Partnership
314 Newton St.
$10,000 — Roof work

Mount Holyoke College
50 College St.
$32,000 — Build stairs

Mount Holyoke College
50 College St.
$16,500 — Renovations at Clapp Hall

SPRINGFIELD

Sprint
400 Taylor St.
$1,400,000 — Renovate generator room and replace generators

WESTFIELD

City of Westfield
45 Noble St.
$1,324,625 — Construction of a new senior center

Reed Hall Holding, LLC
29 School St.
$4,000 — Renovation for storage area

WEST SPRINGFIELD

380 Union Street, LLC
380 Union St.
$56,000 — New roof system

Bob’s Court Apartments
2073 Riverdale Road
$18,000 — Strip and re-roof

Medallion Motel
18 River St.
$4,000 — Rebuild stairs on the front of building

Departments 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

1517 Cape St.
Ashfield, MA 01330
Amount: $120,000
Buyer: Anne Schermerhorn
Seller: Kabaniec, Cynthia A., (Estate)
Date: 09/17/14

BERNARDSTON

238 Fox Hill Road
Bernardston, MA 01337
Amount: $327,500
Buyer: W. S. McMillan
Seller: Karen D. Murphy-Davis
Date: 09/12/14

94 South St.
Bernardston, MA 01337
Amount: $252,500
Buyer: Kristina J. Bergeron
Seller: Matthew J. Heilman
Date: 09/12/14

COLRAIN

56 Thibodeau Dr.
Colrain, MA 01340
Amount: $175,000
Buyer: Brian D. Gilbert
Seller: Russell F. Gilbert
Date: 09/11/14

CONWAY

Route 116
Conway, MA 01341
Amount: $359,000
Buyer: Karen A. Dunphy
Seller: Edwin A. Rose
Date: 09/19/14

DEERFIELD

38 Eastern Ave.
Deerfield, MA 01373
Amount: $200,000
Buyer: Thomas Vega
Seller: Karen B. Phillips
Date: 09/16/14

18 Settright Road
Deerfield, MA 01373
Amount: $212,000
Buyer: Gene L. Divincenzo
Seller: Frederick E. Wissmann
Date: 09/08/14

GILL

74 French King Hwy.
Gill, MA 01354
Amount: $750,000
Buyer: Taggart NT
Seller: David L. Manning
Date: 09/15/14

GREENFIELD

335 Adams Road
Greenfield, MA 01301
Amount: $228,718
Buyer: Brian Kleeberg
Seller: James H. Wright
Date: 09/08/14

337 Adams Road
Greenfield, MA 01301
Amount: $228,718
Buyer: Brian Kleeberg
Seller: James H. Wright
Date: 09/08/14

93 Conway St.
Greenfield, MA 01301
Amount: $130,000
Buyer: John V. Crowe
Seller: Raymond F. Yarmac
Date: 09/12/14

5-7 Osgood St.
Greenfield, MA 01301
Amount: $280,000
Buyer: Michael L. Audet
Seller: Kenneth R. Hubbard
Date: 09/08/14

73 Thayer Road
Greenfield, MA 01301
Amount: $225,000
Buyer: Kurt W. Seaman
Seller: Gregory J. King
Date: 09/12/14

107 Vernon St.
Greenfield, MA 01301
Amount: $195,000
Buyer: Karen D. Murphy-Davis
Seller: Kurt W. Seaman
Date: 09/12/14

104 Wildwood Ave.
Greenfield, MA 01301
Amount: $175,000
Buyer: Matthew R. Smith
Seller: Charlotte A. Baker
Date: 09/18/14

LEVERETT

412 Long Plain Road
Leverett, MA 01054
Amount: $259,900
Buyer: Gregory S. Spiridopoulos
Seller: FNMA
Date: 09/11/14

MONTAGUE

36 Davis St.
Montague, MA 01301
Amount: $115,000
Buyer: Nicholas J. Wyman
Seller: Jon Wyman
Date: 09/18/14

15 Old Northfield Road
Montague, MA 01351
Amount: $260,000
Buyer: Matthew J. Wanamaker
Seller: Casey S. Ryan
Date: 09/15/14

NEW SALEM

60 Stone Hill Road
New Salem, MA 01355
Amount: $209,000
Buyer: John Desrosiers
Seller: FNMA
Date: 09/11/14

ORANGE

25 2nd St.
Orange, MA 01364
Amount: $197,500
Buyer: Joshua A. Dasilva
Seller: Troy M. Kelly
Date: 09/12/14

SHELBURNE

3 Allen Road
Shelburne, MA 01370
Amount: $270,000
Buyer: Vicki L. Martin
Seller: Dorothy F. Page
Date: 09/10/14

SHUTESBURY

88 Shore Dr.
Shutesbury, MA 01072
Amount: $185,000
Buyer: Joshua A. Kingsbury
Seller: David Price
Date: 09/16/14

WARWICK

65 Royalston Road
Warwick, MA 01378
Amount: $152,069
Buyer: FNMA
Seller: Sam Nussenblatt
Date: 09/16/14

HAMPDEN COUNTY

AGAWAM

76 Birch Hill Road
Agawam, MA 01001
Amount: $293,000
Buyer: John W. Saulenas
Seller: Edward J. Loguidice
Date: 09/16/14

37-39 Bridge St.
Agawam, MA 01001
Amount: $130,000
Buyer: Liliya Zimokha
Seller: Nikolay Fronchkevich
Date: 09/11/14

12 Centerwood Dr.
Agawam, MA 01001
Amount: $250,000
Buyer: Erol Kumas
Seller: Frank A. Rueli
Date: 09/19/14

46-48 Cooley St.
Agawam, MA 01001
Amount: $165,659
Buyer: FNMA
Seller: Ann C. Fluet
Date: 09/18/14

39 Hunting Lane
Agawam, MA 01001
Amount: $299,500
Buyer: Douglas A. Leblanc
Seller: Diane R. Flagg
Date: 09/08/14

86 Ottawa St.
Agawam, MA 01001
Amount: $125,000
Buyer: Yan F. Zhao
Seller: PHH Mortgage Corp.
Date: 09/12/14

86 Peros Dr.
Agawam, MA 01001
Amount: $211,000
Buyer: Epathea D. Litmer
Seller: Eric M. Hollander
Date: 09/15/14

137 Suffield St.
Agawam, MA 01001
Amount: $181,500
Buyer: Sean R. Clark
Seller: Wayne D. Vangsness
Date: 09/12/14

230 Valley Brook Road
Agawam, MA 01030
Amount: $271,000
Buyer: David R. Gallerani
Seller: Robert J. Peters
Date: 09/12/14

BLANDFORD

63 Main St.
Blandford, MA 01008
Amount: $150,000
Buyer: Susan E. Arkoette
Seller: Alyshia J. Horvath
Date: 09/10/14

BRIMFIELD

47 Cubles Dr.
Brimfield, MA 01010
Amount: $130,000
Buyer: 47 Cubles Drive TR
Seller: Mary L. Buss
Date: 09/08/14

8 Dix Hill Road
Brimfield, MA 01010
Amount: $302,500
Buyer: Sandra L. Messenger
Seller: Lynne Powel
Date: 09/08/14

Prospect Hill Road
Brimfield, MA 01010
Amount: $150,000
Buyer: W. S. Gerrish
Seller: Dorothy H. Gerrish
Date: 09/17/14

CHICOPEE

11 Call St.
Chicopee, MA 01013
Amount: $125,000
Buyer: Fairview Fence Inc.
Seller: Ernest J. Bovat
Date: 09/19/14

5 Cochran St.
Chicopee, MA 01020
Amount: $186,962
Buyer: FNMA
Seller: Shawn O. Merriman
Date: 09/12/14

18 Fanwood Ave.
Chicopee, MA 01020
Amount: $150,000
Buyer: Wesley Gumlaw
Seller: David E. Ruffner
Date: 09/11/14

28 Fisher St.
Chicopee, MA 01020
Amount: $158,000
Buyer: Nicholas White
Seller: Patrycia C. Witwicki
Date: 09/15/14

71 Florence St.
Chicopee, MA 01013
Amount: $148,400
Buyer: Roseanne P. Brewer
Seller: Richard Szydziak
Date: 09/16/14

75 McCarthy Ave.
Chicopee, MA 01020
Amount: $176,000
Buyer: Daniel L. Thumm
Seller: Gregoire, Cecile M., (Estate)
Date: 09/19/14

23 Mount Vernon Road
Chicopee, MA 01013
Amount: $142,500
Buyer: Damon C. Ritter
Seller: Daniel J. Pawlowski
Date: 09/15/14

21 Narragansett Blvd.
Chicopee, MA 01013
Amount: $158,000
Buyer: Orlando Cornier
Seller: Alex Vilkhovoy
Date: 09/15/14

90 Parenteau Dr.
Chicopee, MA 01020
Amount: $180,000
Buyer: James P. Pagan
Seller: David J. St.Lawrence
Date: 09/10/14

57 Ridgewood Road
Chicopee, MA 01013
Amount: $160,000
Buyer: John M. Fitzgerald
Seller: Diane J. Bourdeau
Date: 09/12/14

788 Sheridan St.
Chicopee, MA 01020
Amount: $500,000
Buyer: A&C Fernandes LLC
Seller: Tim Dee Rainey Investments LLC
Date: 09/17/14

42 Simone Road
Chicopee, MA 01013
Amount: $202,000
Buyer: Nathan Staples
Seller: Brandon A. Warren
Date: 09/10/14

123 Wheatland Ave.
Chicopee, MA 01020
Amount: $143,000
Buyer: Michael S. Duffus
Seller: Mitchell Nowak
Date: 09/12/14

58 Woodlawn St.
Chicopee, MA 01020
Amount: $195,000
Buyer: Linda Theriault
Seller: George J. Giokas
Date: 09/15/14

EAST LONGMEADOW

82 Avery St.
East Longmeadow, MA 01028
Amount: $233,500
Buyer: Kelly S. Macneil
Seller: Jennifer E. Maurer
Date: 09/19/14

27 Betterley Lane
East Longmeadow, MA 01028
Amount: $480,000
Buyer: Christopher F. Conboy
Seller: Bretta Construction LLC
Date: 09/11/14

Capri Dr.
East Longmeadow, MA 01028
Amount: $139,900
Buyer: Kent Pecoy & Sons Construction
Seller: Bella Vista Land Holdings
Date: 09/09/14

38 Gerrard Ave.
East Longmeadow, MA 01028
Amount: $199,000
Buyer: 38 Gerrard Ave. LLC
Seller: John F. Mahan
Date: 09/18/14

1 Parker St.
East Longmeadow, MA 01028
Amount: $200,000
Buyer: James M. Georgantas
Seller: Walter R. Clune
Date: 09/10/14

371 Pease Road
East Longmeadow, MA 01028
Amount: $374,900
Buyer: Hung T. Tu
Seller: Thomas J. Franciosa
Date: 09/15/14

Pembroke Terrace
East Longmeadow, MA 01028
Amount: $117,000
Buyer: Italo Santaniello
Seller: Brian S. Hampson
Date: 09/15/14

15 Sanford St.
East Longmeadow, MA 01028
Amount: $195,000
Buyer: Raymond F. Wheeler
Seller: Donald W. Carrington
Date: 09/12/14

190 Somers Road
East Longmeadow, MA 01028
Amount: $140,000
Buyer: Chad P. Herrick
Seller: Englewood Investment LLC
Date: 09/11/14

GRANVILLE

847 Main Road
Granville, MA 01034
Amount: $300,500
Buyer: Eric Jones
Seller: Jose A. Rivera
Date: 09/10/14

HAMPDEN

14 Echo Valley Dr.
Hampden, MA 01036
Amount: $232,000
Buyer: Michela L. Paolucci
Seller: Bryan M. Blair
Date: 09/08/14

45 Mill Road
Hampden, MA 01036
Amount: $240,000
Buyer: Kimberly A. Varandas
Seller: Irene M. Varandas
Date: 09/15/14

HOLLAND

27 Candlewood Dr.
Holland, MA 01521
Amount: $260,000
Buyer: Richard C. Heineman
Seller: Hampden Bank
Date: 09/19/14

65 Stafford Road
Holland, MA 01521
Amount: $138,154
Buyer: Bank New York Mellon
Seller: Alexander A. Haney
Date: 09/15/14

7 Waterfront Way
Holland, MA 01521
Amount: $435,000
Buyer: Gerard A. Rocchi
Seller: Kim R. Lawlor
Date: 09/12/14

HOLYOKE

4 Applewood Lane
Holyoke, MA 01040
Amount: $220,000
Buyer: Amy Rodriguez
Seller: Andrzej S. Ciborowski
Date: 09/19/14

2 Brenan St.
Holyoke, MA 01040
Amount: $159,000
Buyer: Justine L. Nugent
Seller: Robert J. Wing
Date: 09/15/14

4 Burns Way
Holyoke, MA 01040
Amount: $285,000
Buyer: Gary C. Hammer
Seller: Roxanne F. Maranda
Date: 09/12/14

89 Jarvis Ave.
Holyoke, MA 01040
Amount: $245,025
Buyer: FNMA
Seller: Celester Sullivan
Date: 09/12/14

185 Mountain View Dr.
Holyoke, MA 01040
Amount: $345,000
Buyer: Ryan McMahon
Seller: Donna L. Rickerby
Date: 09/17/14

459 Rock Valley Road
Holyoke, MA 01040
Amount: $280,000
Buyer: Thomas J. Cirelli
Seller: Donald J. Damato
Date: 09/15/14

84 Vermont St.
Holyoke, MA 01040
Amount: $233,000
Buyer: Tamer Ramadan
Seller: Bruno Braglia
Date: 09/12/14

LONGMEADOW

26 Burbank Road
Longmeadow, MA 01106
Amount: $144,000
Buyer: Richard M. Anderson
Seller: Susan A. Anderson
Date: 09/17/14

31-33 Chandler Ave.
Longmeadow, MA 01106
Amount: $220,000
Buyer: Matthew R. Desmarais
Seller: Mary J. Harrison
Date: 09/12/14

147 Hillcrest Ave.
Longmeadow, MA 01106
Amount: $329,250
Buyer: Matthew J. Zick
Seller: Jeffrey Adams
Date: 09/16/14

12 Longmeadow St.
Longmeadow, MA 01106
Amount: $270,300
Buyer: Joseph P. Gasparini
Seller: Devon J. Walterscheid
Date: 09/18/14

259 Longmeadow St.
Longmeadow, MA 01106
Amount: $415,500
Buyer: Robert C. Henry
Seller: Susan J. Hall
Date: 09/15/14

88 Meadowlark Dr.
Longmeadow, MA 01106
Amount: $242,500
Buyer: Gary B. Mantolesky
Seller: Thomas M. Scanlon
Date: 09/19/14

177 Yarmouth St.
Longmeadow, MA 01106
Amount: $205,000
Buyer: Lorin Kelleher
Seller: Ruth G. Sandow
Date: 09/10/14

LUDLOW

28 Brewster St.
Ludlow, MA 01056
Amount: $134,000
Buyer: Steven R. Gran
Seller: Kulewicz, Helen E., (Estate)
Date: 09/16/14

7 Eden St.
Ludlow, MA 01056
Amount: $140,000
Buyer: Chrysti L. Orchulek
Seller: Richard D. Orchulek
Date: 09/11/14

53 Helene St.
Ludlow, MA 01056
Amount: $282,000
Buyer: Maria S. Pereira
Seller: Antonio L. Balbino
Date: 09/15/14

Parker Lane
Ludlow, MA 01056
Amount: $129,900
Seller: Whitetail Wreks LLC
Date: 09/18/14

201 Wedgewood Dr.
Ludlow, MA 01056
Amount: $287,500
Buyer: Porfirio Martins
Seller: Carlos A. Vaz
Date: 09/12/14

MONSON

155 Brimfield Road
Monson, MA 01057
Amount: $410,000
Buyer: David J. Doyle
Seller: Jose E. Martinez
Date: 09/12/14

60 East Hill Road
Monson, MA 01057
Amount: $145,000
Buyer: Matthew P. Santucci
Seller: William R. Arment
Date: 09/12/14

51 Lakeside Dr.
Monson, MA 01057
Amount: $595,000
Buyer: Frederick S. Kadushin
Seller: Andrew Jaffee
Date: 09/19/14

137 Maxwell Road
Monson, MA 01057
Amount: $116,000
Buyer: Alyssa Boudreau
Seller: Swanson, Carl A., (Estate)
Date: 09/12/14

PALMER

2004-A&B Calkins Road
Palmer, MA 01069
Amount: $250,000
Buyer: Cheryl P. Soper
Seller: Koprek, Barbara J., (Estate)
Date: 09/18/14

11 Christine St.
Palmer, MA 01069
Amount: $160,000
Buyer: Randall E. Paxton
Seller: Nathan J. Smith
Date: 09/12/14

6 Deborah St.
Palmer, MA 01069
Amount: $145,000
Buyer: Rosetta Piecuch
Seller: Bank New York Mellon
Date: 09/18/14

145 Peterson Road
Palmer, MA 01069
Amount: $315,000
Buyer: Edward H. Lamothe
Seller: Kim L. Miller
Date: 09/19/14

RUSSELL

59 Raymur Dr.
Russell, MA 01071
Amount: $116,667
Buyer: Kenneth M. Hawk
Seller: Kenneth M. Hawk
Date: 09/08/14

SPRINGFIELD

172 Bacon Road
Springfield, MA 01119
Amount: $157,500
Buyer: Lesley A. Ramirez
Seller: Liza M. Rivas
Date: 09/18/14

42-44 Beauchamp St.
Springfield, MA 01107
Amount: $146,000
Buyer: Jenson Bermudez
Seller: Robert J. Wihbey
Date: 09/16/14

81 Bessemer St.
Springfield, MA 01104
Amount: $115,000
Buyer: Olga L. Yanginski
Seller: Morneau, Adelyn M., (Estate)
Date: 09/19/14

400 Cadwell Dr.
Springfield, MA 01104
Amount: $1,425,000
Buyer: Palmer Paving Corp.
Seller: Bassette Realty LLC
Date: 09/10/14

15 Catharine St.
Springfield, MA 01109
Amount: $2,764,200
Buyer: City Of Springfield
Seller: Early Childhood Centers
Date: 09/15/14

35 Clement St.
Springfield, MA 01118
Amount: $189,500
Buyer: Daniel M. Billingsley
Seller: Sylena Echevarria
Date: 09/19/14

37 Denwall Dr.
Springfield, MA 01119
Amount: $149,900
Buyer: James P. Ferris
Seller: Sara E. Courchesne
Date: 09/19/14

58-60 Enfield St.
Springfield, MA 01151
Amount: $133,000
Buyer: Paul M. Pereira
Seller: Adelia M. Pedro
Date: 09/19/14

46 Ferncliff Ave.
Springfield, MA 01119
Amount: $127,000
Buyer: Lucila J. Santana
Seller: Rickus, Robert M., (Estate)
Date: 09/16/14

17 Gary Road
Springfield, MA 01119
Amount: $123,000
Buyer: Elena R. Goodrow
Seller: Norman G. Morin
Date: 09/15/14

125 Granger St.
Springfield, MA 01119
Amount: $144,000
Buyer: Mark E. Pariseau
Seller: Zeker RT
Date: 09/12/14

30 Grattan St.
Springfield, MA 01119
Amount: $155,000
Buyer: David A. Sanders
Seller: AJN Rentals LLC
Date: 09/19/14

105 Harkness Ave.
Springfield, MA 01118
Amount: $115,000
Buyer: Michael Davenport
Seller: Garrett R. McDonald
Date: 09/15/14

130-132 Laconia St.
Springfield, MA 01129
Amount: $161,000
Buyer: Daniel Stodulski
Seller: David R. Kotfila
Date: 09/08/14

51 Lakevilla Ave.
Springfield, MA 01109
Amount: $165,000
Buyer: Sandra Rivera
Seller: Gary Decoteau
Date: 09/19/14

46 Lancaster St.
Springfield, MA 01118
Amount: $164,000
Buyer: Ralph V. Angeli
Seller: Kimberly B. Cass
Date: 09/12/14

15 Lawndale St.
Springfield, MA 01108
Amount: $141,534
Buyer: FNMA
Seller: Christopher D. Broughton
Date: 09/17/14

1070 Liberty St.
Springfield, MA 01104
Amount: $125,958
Buyer: FHLM
Seller: Erica N. Larner
Date: 09/10/14

137 Millbrook Road
Springfield, MA 01128
Amount: $172,000
Buyer: Dayaliz Cruz
Seller: Timothy Willetts
Date: 09/19/14

213 Morton St.
Springfield, MA 01119
Amount: $130,000
Buyer: Leon Jackson
Seller: DNB Assets Inc.
Date: 09/08/14

39 Oregon St.
Springfield, MA 01118
Amount: $156,500
Buyer: Tom A. Callard
Seller: Pasqualina D. Cignoli
Date: 09/17/14

77 Oregon St.
Springfield, MA 01118
Amount: $164,000
Buyer: Markus M. Neugebauer
Seller: Jeffrey A. Nadeau
Date: 09/19/14

1433 Parker St.
Springfield, MA 01129
Amount: $130,000
Buyer: Yolette M. James-Miller
Seller: Ziyu Xu
Date: 09/12/14

19 Parkerview St.
Springfield, MA 01129
Amount: $146,500
Buyer: Ekow A. Bortsie
Seller: Megan Ford
Date: 09/12/14

78 Princeton St.
Springfield, MA 01109
Amount: $129,000
Buyer: Katrika N. Joseph-James
Seller: Eleonore M. Shell
Date: 09/16/14

48 Rencelau St.
Springfield, MA 01118
Amount: $162,000
Buyer: Celeste Valdes
Seller: Constance J. Mahoney
Date: 09/17/14

30 Sanderson St.
Springfield, MA 01107
Amount: $140,000
Buyer: JP Morgan Chase Bank
Seller: Whitman Properties Inc.
Date: 09/19/14

106 South Shore Dr.
Springfield, MA 01118
Amount: $225,000
Buyer: Patrick Burke
Seller: George St.Pierre
Date: 09/12/14

227 Spikenard Circle
Springfield, MA 01129
Amount: $131,000
Buyer: David A. Aponte
Seller: Whitney, Gene C. Jr., (Estate)
Date: 09/15/14

27 Timothy Circle
Springfield, MA 01119
Amount: $119,900
Buyer: Jerry J. Forbes
Seller: Clarice M. Hackett
Date: 09/19/14

83 Vann St.
Springfield, MA 01119
Amount: $177,500
Buyer: Ryan A. Brown
Seller: Deborah A. Roe
Date: 09/16/14

52 West Bay Path Terrace
Springfield, MA 01109
Amount: $150,000
Buyer: Regina M. Woods
Seller: Roberto Nieves
Date: 09/08/14

11-13 Wait St.
Springfield, MA 01104
Amount: $153,287
Buyer: FNMA
Seller: Robert J. Hagberg
Date: 09/12/14

106 Wilbraham Road
Springfield, MA 01109
Amount: $250,000
Buyer: Martin Luther King Jr. Family Services
Seller: Presbytery of Southern New England
Date: 09/17/14

65 Wilshire Road
Springfield, MA 01118
Amount: $178,233
Buyer: FHLM
Seller: Jorge Sepulveda
Date: 09/10/14

57 Woodland Road
Springfield, MA 01129
Amount: $231,500
Buyer: Frederick J. Hill
Seller: Christopher Allsop
Date: 09/16/14

SOUTHWICK

6 Evergreen St.
Southwick, MA 01077
Amount: $320,000
Buyer: Samuel J. Rickless
Seller: Eric J. Lazarin
Date: 09/10/14

20 Gableview
Southwick, MA 01077
Amount: $538,000
Buyer: Emmanuel J. Avgoustakis
Seller: Edward R. Schultz
Date: 09/12/14

282 Granville Road
Southwick, MA 01077
Amount: $191,500
Buyer: James T. Nelson
Seller: Hamann, Sandra J., (Estate)
Date: 09/18/14

7 Veteran St.
Southwick, MA 01077
Amount: $159,900
Buyer: Trista L. Casey
Seller: Mount Tekoa Group LLC
Date: 09/17/14

WALES

23 Holland Road
Wales, MA 01081
Amount: $186,663
Buyer: FNMA
Seller: Jeffrey J. Brady
Date: 09/15/14

WEST SPRINGFIELD

45 Abigaile Lane
West Springfield, MA 01089
Amount: $411,000
Buyer: David C. Lucia
Seller: Cardinal Homes Inc.
Date: 09/18/14

742 Amostown Road
West Springfield, MA 01089
Amount: $253,000
Buyer: Joseph M. Labranche
Seller: Olga L. Yaginski
Date: 09/19/14

16 Bonair Ave.
West Springfield, MA 01089
Amount: $205,000
Buyer: Justin H. Carr
Seller: Scott D. Beliveau
Date: 09/12/14

31 Exeter St.
West Springfield, MA 01089
Amount: $214,066
Buyer: Wells Fargo Bank
Seller: Daniel G. Sullivan
Date: 09/19/14

40 Johnson St.
West Springfield, MA 01089
Amount: $180,000
Buyer: Nicholas M. Belanger
Seller: Jeremy D. Cushing
Date: 09/11/14

23 Kelso Ave.
West Springfield, MA 01089
Amount: $125,900
Buyer: Steven Dionne
Seller: Mark W. Holden
Date: 09/12/14

96 Labelle St.
West Springfield, MA 01089
Amount: $127,916
Buyer: FNMA
Seller: Shawn J. Weaver
Date: 09/11/14

190 Laurel Road
West Springfield, MA 01089
Amount: $170,000
Buyer: Lindsey V. Marek
Seller: Karen L. Graziano
Date: 09/18/14

1900 Westfield St.
West Springfield, MA 01089
Amount: $125,000
Buyer: Heritage Ventures LLC
Seller: Deutsche Bank
Date: 09/09/14

166 Woodbrook Terrace
West Springfield, MA 01089
Amount: $350,000
Buyer: Sylena Echevarria
Seller: Beverly J. Lodi
Date: 09/19/14

WESTFIELD

23 Allen Ave.
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $180,050
Buyer: Carlos L. Nunez
Seller: Scott P. Martell
Date: 09/15/14

51 Blueberry Ridge
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $385,000
Buyer: Kimberly B. Cass
Seller: Mark A. Stewart
Date: 09/12/14

12 Columbia St.
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $153,000
Buyer: Tatyana Oleynik
Seller: Arthur W. Purdy
Date: 09/09/14

24 Cornish Dr.
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $220,000
Buyer: Deryck C. Auger
Seller: Luigi P. Dellaluna
Date: 09/15/14

5 Grandview Dr.
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $196,000
Buyer: Petro Kabysh
Seller: Jason W. Garvulenski
Date: 09/18/14

3 Locust St.
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $127,000
Buyer: Michael C. Ogilvie
Seller: Clapp, Leona, (Estate)
Date: 09/15/14

658 Montgomery Road
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $230,000
Buyer: Timothy J. Crane
Seller: Eloise H. Adair
Date: 09/08/14

25 Rita Mary Way
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $425,001
Buyer: FNMA
Seller: Kenneth J. Czuchra
Date: 09/18/14

Sackett Road
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $125,000
Buyer: Francis A. Friguglietti
Seller: Northwest Realty LLC
Date: 09/17/14

7 Taylor Ave.
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $249,900
Buyer: Joshua M. Cline
Seller: Anatoliy Vavreshchuk
Date: 09/08/14

7 Tow Path Lane
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $215,000
Buyer: Anthony Ford
Seller: Josephine Nardacci
Date: 09/12/14

28 Woodbridge Lane
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $223,000
Buyer: Paula Ribeiro
Seller: Alyssa M. Goodreau
Date: 09/19/14

WILBRAHAM

100 3 Rivers Road
Wilbraham, MA 01095
Amount: $176,000
Buyer: Richard N. Jones
Seller: Michael W. Dane
Date: 09/19/14

41 Cypress Lane
Wilbraham, MA 01095
Amount: $457,114
Buyer: Michael R. Boilard
Seller: Mile Oak Land Holdings
Date: 09/18/14

11 Harness Dr.
Wilbraham, MA 01095
Amount: $430,000
Buyer: Anthony E. Poindexter
Seller: Edward C. Murphy
Date: 09/15/14

3 Oakridge Dr.
Wilbraham, MA 01095
Amount: $219,000
Buyer: Cecelia M. Arsenault
Seller: Thomas P. O’Connor
Date: 09/18/14

4 South Park Dr.
Wilbraham, MA 01095
Amount: $245,000
Buyer: Scott J. Arel
Seller: Hellyar, Eleanor M., (Estate)
Date: 09/18/14

41 Stonegate Circle
Wilbraham, MA 01095
Amount: $413,000
Buyer: Daniel P. Joyce
Seller: John E. Fulton
Date: 09/18/14

HAMPSHIRE COUNTY

AMHERST

422 Belchertown Road
Amherst, MA 01002
Amount: $30,250,000
Buyer: BC Rolling Green LLC
Seller: GPT RG Amherst LLC
Date: 09/10/14

106 Glendale Road
Amherst, MA 01002
Amount: $230,000
Buyer: Edwin Osorio
Seller: Lisa M. Khanna
Date: 09/12/14

5 Hartman Road
Amherst, MA 01002
Amount: $375,000
Buyer: Peter G. Talmage
Seller: Shirley R. Pion
Date: 09/16/14

22 Hickory Lane
Amherst, MA 01002
Amount: $369,900
Buyer: Cheryl E. Mattocks
Seller: JN Duquette & Son Construction
Date: 09/15/14

785 Main St.
Amount: $320,000
Buyer: Historic Renovations
Seller: Holness, Evadne, (Estate)
Date: 09/18/14

143 Pondview Dr.
Amherst, MA 01002
Amount: $329,900
Buyer: Alison L. McCoy
Seller: Daniel M. Melley
Date: 09/15/14

BELCHERTOWN

391 Bardwell St.
Belchertown, MA 01007
Amount: $325,000
Buyer: Wayne G. Conant
Seller: James S. Dean
Date: 09/19/14

272 Bay Road
Belchertown, MA 01007
Amount: $271,500
Buyer: Kenneth W. Douglas
Seller: A. S. Christianson
Date: 09/16/14

151 Chauncey Walker St.
Belchertown, MA 01007
Amount: $175,000
Buyer: Cynthia L. Girard
Seller: Diane M. Neill
Date: 09/11/14

38 Eugene Dr.
Belchertown, MA 01007
Amount: $335,000
Buyer: Thomas W. Peavey
Seller: Johnson FT
Date: 09/12/14

586 George Hannum Road
Belchertown, MA 01007
Amount: $230,000
Buyer: Kevin M. Cote
Seller: Cheryl A. Smith
Date: 09/08/14

17 Oakwood Dr.
Belchertown, MA 01007
Amount: $237,000
Buyer: Donna J. Kelley
Seller: Kathryn C. Wood
Date: 09/09/14

44 Old Sawmill Road
Belchertown, MA 01007
Amount: $410,000
Buyer: James S. Dean
Seller: Richard W. Boughton
Date: 09/19/14

244 Rockrimmon St.
Belchertown, MA 01007
Amount: $235,000
Buyer: Sean P. Ahearn
Seller: Mary Forcier
Date: 09/18/14

CHESTERFIELD

145 South St.
Chesterfield, MA 01012
Amount: $115,000
Buyer: Thomas J. Janik
Seller: Daniel R. Meehan
Date: 09/15/14

EASTHAMPTON

11 Chestnut St.
Easthampton, MA 01027
Amount: $243,825
Buyer: Daniel Berrien
Seller: Mary O’Brien Irons RET
Date: 09/18/14

84 Garfield Ave.
Easthampton, MA 01027
Amount: $273,000
Buyer: Melinda N. Grant
Seller: David C. Deswert
Date: 09/16/14

19 Kania St.
Easthampton, MA 01027
Amount: $225,000
Buyer: Stephen E. Lapienski
Seller: Jason Johnson
Date: 09/15/14

106 Lovefield St.
Easthampton, MA 01027
Amount: $166,071
Buyer: FNMA
Seller: Scott E. Young
Date: 09/18/14

57 Northampton St.
Easthampton, MA 01027
Amount: $190,000
Buyer: Shira J. Simon
Seller: Andrew M. Dunn
Date: 09/16/14

16 Saint James Ave.
Easthampton, MA 01027
Amount: $160,000
Buyer: Kay L. Badgett
Seller: Koing Taing
Date: 09/18/14

19 Willow Circle
Easthampton, MA 01027
Amount: $340,000
Buyer: Jessica A. Lucia
Seller: Crown Meadow Corp.
Date: 09/12/14

GOSHEN

47 Fuller Road
Goshen, MA 01032
Amount: $178,000
Buyer: Marcus L. Soifer
Seller: Jason T. McMahon
Date: 09/08/14

GRANBY

124 Carver St.
Granby, MA 01033
Amount: $321,000
Buyer: Michael J. Thornton
Seller: Jason T. Thobodeau
Date: 09/17/14

4 Jackielyn Circle
Granby, MA 01033
Amount: $174,887
Buyer: FNMA
Seller: Mercedes A. Hunter
Date: 09/10/14

129 North St.
Granby, MA 01033
Amount: $130,000
Buyer: Tyler E. Scheinost
Seller: Dianne L. Berrelli
Date: 09/18/14

126 School St.
Granby, MA 01033
Amount: $275,000
Buyer: Carl M. Deprey
Seller: Karen Ellard
Date: 09/12/14

HADLEY

370 River Dr.
Hadley, MA 01035
Amount: $389,900
Buyer: Daniel E. Holcomb
Seller: Valley Building Co. Inc.
Date: 09/19/14

HATFIELD

8 Day Ave.
Hatfield, MA 01038
Amount: $295,000
Buyer: Nicole M. Skorupski
Seller: Gary M. Kuchyt
Date: 09/19/14

38 King St.
Hatfield, MA 01038
Amount: $336,000
Buyer: Karen L. White
Seller: Yagodzinski, C. J. Jr., (Estate)
Date: 09/19/14

3 Pine Edge Way
Hatfield, MA 01038
Amount: $410,000
Buyer: Dorothy J. Yagodzinski
Seller: John G. Knight
Date: 09/19/14

361 West St.
Hatfield, MA 01066
Amount: $310,000
Buyer: Elizabeth J. Widner
Seller: Mary G. Sullivan
Date: 09/16/14

HUNTINGTON

128 Goss Hill Road
Huntington, MA 01050
Amount: $265,000
Buyer: Jason T. McMahon
Seller: Timothy J. Crane
Date: 09/08/14

47 Old Chester Road
Huntington, MA 01050
Amount: $135,000
Buyer: Yelena Goretskiy
Seller: James E. Greene
Date: 09/12/14

NORTHAMPTON

8 5th Ave.
Northampton, MA 01060
Amount: $485,000
Buyer: Alison Hopkins
Seller: Jessica L. Berrien
Date: 09/18/14

256 Bridge Road
Northampton, MA 01062
Amount: $285,000
Buyer: Frederic Siegel
Seller: James A. Santospago
Date: 09/15/14

575 Bridge Road #G6
Northampton, MA 01062
Amount: $165,000
Buyer: Kimberly Talbot
Seller: Elizabeth A. Sloan
Date: 09/10/14

174 Chestnut St.
Northampton, MA 01062
Amount: $277,500
Buyer: Sandra L. Berchulski
Seller: Jacqueline P. Lapienski
Date: 09/15/14

18 East St.
Northampton, MA 01060
Amount: $305,000
Buyer: Allison T. Flynn
Seller: Scott P. O’Connor
Date: 09/10/14

37 Evergreen Road
Northampton, MA 01053
Amount: $351,000
Buyer: Elizabeth A. Codding
Seller: Debra Orgera
Date: 09/10/14

182 King St.
Northampton, MA 01060
Amount: $675,000
Buyer: Suffolk Street RT
Seller: Nuger Realty LLC
Date: 09/17/14

98 Market St.
Northampton, MA 01060
Amount: $298,000
Buyer: Valley Building Co. Inc.
Seller: Peter J. Martula
Date: 09/19/14

48 Marshall St.
Northampton, MA 01060
Amount: $271,500
Buyer: Erotides S. Silva
Seller: Nilanjana Dasgupta
Date: 09/12/14

28 North Maple St.
Northampton, MA 01062
Amount: $650,000
Buyer: Southpaw Properties LLC
Seller: Treasure Towers LLC
Date: 09/09/14

117 Riverbank Road
Northampton, MA 01060
Amount: $315,000
Buyer: Vinayak Ramanan
Seller: Rosemund LLC
Date: 09/19/14

87 Spruce Hill Ave.
Northampton, MA 01062
Amount: $335,000
Buyer: Scott P. O’Connor
Seller: Lacasse FT
Date: 09/10/14

35 West Farms Road
Northampton, MA 01062
Amount: $194,500
Buyer: Laura Linck
Seller: Michelle E. Birrell
Date: 09/11/14
16 Walnut St.
Northampton, MA 01060
Amount: $290,000
Buyer: Stephen L. Kowalczyk
Seller: Jeffrey Shotland
Date: 09/08/14

PLAINFIELD

91 Pleasant St.
Plainfield, MA 01070
Amount: $195,000
Buyer: Keith R. Bohonowicz
Seller: Guyette, Margaret A., (Estate)
Date: 09/12/14

SOUTH HADLEY

598 Granby Road
South Hadley, MA 01075
Amount: $219,000
Buyer: Diane Anthony
Seller: Joan Maciver
Date: 09/15/14

5 Lynch Place
South Hadley, MA 01075
Amount: $125,874
Buyer: USA VA
Seller: Aydin B. Brannon
Date: 09/17/14

4 Marcel St.
South Hadley, MA 01075
Amount: $189,000
Buyer: Sara B. Dugas
Seller: John C. Hotham
Date: 09/19/14

SOUTHAMPTON

5 Jeanne Circle
Southampton, MA 01073
Amount: $270,000
Buyer: Jason E. Johnson
Seller: Jeffrey J. Hines
Date: 09/10/14

Old Harvest Road #6
Southampton, MA 01073
Amount: $165,000
Buyer: Lauryn E. Malanowski
Seller: Triple 7 LLC
Date: 09/17/14

Old Harvest Road #8
Southampton, MA 01073
Amount: $175,000
Buyer: L. P. Audette Builders Inc.
Seller: Triple 7 LLC
Date: 09/17/14

WESTHAMPTON

63 Pine Island Lake
Westhampton, MA 01027
Amount: $475,000
Buyer: C.C.H. Faith LLC
Seller: Carol A. Tumey
Date: 09/15/14

WILLIAMSBURG

13 Cole Road
Williamsburg, MA 01039
Amount: $352,475
Buyer: Ruth J. Oland
Seller: Donna J. Hansen
Date: 09/11/14

5 Old Goshen Road
Williamsburg, MA 01096
Amount: $203,000
Buyer: Theresa A. Tangredi
Seller: Steven H. Bridgens
Date: 09/10/14

WORTHINGTON

16 Old Post Road
Worthington, MA 01098
Amount: $140,000
Buyer: Michael P. Frazier
Seller: Thomas F. Cizek
Date: 09/12/14

2 Packard Park
Worthington, MA 01098
Amount: $245,000
Buyer: Michael P. Frazier
Seller: Thomas F. Cizek
Date: 09/12/14

DBA Certificates Departments

The following Business Certificates and Trade Names were issued or renewed during the month of October 2014.

AGAWAM

2 Moms with a Mop
71 Oak Lane
Nancy Gentile

Best Choice Self Defense
80 Ramah Circle
Antonne B. Mathes

FreshRide, LLC
75 Anvil St.
Nicholas Noto

Majestic Transportation
1 South End Bridge Circle
James McKoy

Marshfellows
562 Springfield St.
Autumn Silva

CHICOPEE

Cabral Concrete by Design
208 Granby Road
Kevin Cabral

Crosstown Courier Service Inc.
165 Front St.
Christopher Noyes

Hannah’s Closet
477 Britton St.
Lindsay Haesqert

KJR Landscaping
15 East St.
Kevin Belder

The Hair Team
19 White Birch Plaza
Maxime Partyka

HOLYOKE

ABC Mini Store
621 South Canal St.
Robert J. Cell

ADK Improvements
120 Front St.
Edward Owen
Cecy’s Café
330 Whitey Ave.
Cecilia G. Perry

Finish Line
50 Holyoke St.
Edward Wilhelm

Jag D
14 Greenwood Ave.
James P. Watson

Lady Boutique
254 Maple St.
Iris Sanchez

Toys R’ Us Express
50 Holyoke St.
Gary W. Hunt

LUDLOW

Butler Carpet Cleaning
23 Cady St.
Carl Mesheau

Royal Paving Construction
196 Rood St.
Peter Fernandes

Wow Bela
255 East St.
Suzette Batista

NORTHAMPTON

Holy Cow Online Marketing
71 Oleander Dr.
Lawrence Daniele

Rayton Logging
331 Burts Pitt Road
Peter Rayton

Ryan’s Jewelers
14 Strong Ave.
John Malikowski

The Sierra Grille
41 Strong Ave.
O’Brian Tomalin

Vendant Multicultural Media
63 Rick Dr.
Natalia Munoz

Woodles Restaurant
257 Main St.
Saowanee Pechanupong

SPRINGFIELD

1 Stop Cuts
494 Central St.
Joselito Sanchez

7th Heaven Pest Control
64 Champlain St.
Wilfredo Gonzalez

AMB Production
73 Denver St.
Jordan Alexander

Angel’s Auto Detailing
15 Girard Ave.
Angel M. Rivera

Architectural Home Improvement
68 Euclid Ave.
Dwight Ware

Attain Therapy Fitness
1739 Allen St.
Performance Rehab

B & R Marketing
27 Terrace Lane
Alycia Brown

Bay State Gas Company
2025 Roosevelt Ave.
Robert E. Smith

Bay State Commercial Cleaning
21 Victoria St.
Jacob Kiniry

Booth Usher, LLC
76 Palo Alto Road
Brandon J. Behnk

Buen Provecho Restaurant
30 Fort Pleasant Ave.
Julio DeJesus

Busy B’s Cleaning Service
24 Harmon Ave.
Patricia E. Blomquist

CM Marketing
122 Johnson St.
Craig McRobbie

Caring Pharmacy
377 Belmont Ave.
Vietaz, Inc.

Ciro’s Restaurant
26 Fremont St.
Rose Marconi

Cottage Street Liquors
276 Cottage St.
Virajsinh R. Mahida

Dollar Tree
1101 Boston Road
Dollar Tree, Inc.

Foundation for TJO Animal Hospital
66 Industry Ave.
Thomas J. O’Connor

Fufu’s Beauty Supply
942 State St.
Dine F. Amadou

Furches Performance
406 Oak St.
Brandon J. Furches

Golden Nails Spa
1198 Parker St.
Thi Tai

Heavenly Grooming
1648 Carew St.
Norberto Crespo

J & L Property Improvement
287 El Paso St.
Luz Y. Reyes

Jemm Productions
25 Luden St.
Juan E. Maldonado

WEST SPRINGFIELD

AMZ Transportation
43 Russell St.
Laylo Niyazova

Andy Home Improvement
268 Elm St.
Anibal Montes

A Taste of Lebanon, LLC
553 Main St.
Maher Awkal

Bart Truck Equipment, LLC
358 River St.
James DiClementi

Brock Investigations
51 Park Ave.
John Brock

Carpet & Floor Store
1497 Riverdale St.
Joseph Spano

G.G. Westside Remodeling
13 North Blvd.
Gheorghe Grigoras

JB Wington & Associates
35 Shady Brook Lane
John Smith

Landmark at Monastery Heights
110 Monastery Ave.
Lisa Burke

M.D.S. Complete Cleanout
22 Bascom St.
Matthew D. Sawyer

Natural Nails
244 Memorial Ave.
Minh K. Dang

Normandeau Memorials
1635 Riverdale St.
John Johnson

O’Connell’s Convenience Plus
2044 Riverdale St.
James J. Zoltek

Omniglow, LLC
865 Memorial Ave.
George Stanbury

Shatlot Thai Cuisine
1435 Riverdale St.
Jirawat Ninsri

Shtarker Moving & Storage
203 Circuit Ave.
Robert Kughner

Sprint
1102 Riverdale St.
Sprint Spectrum

Briefcase Departments

Massachusetts Community Colleges Consortia Awarded $20 Million
BOSTON — A consortia proposal submitted collectively by the 15 community colleges in Massachusetts, led by Massasoit Community College, has been selected by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) for the fourth and final round of federal funding from the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training Grant (TAACCCT). The community colleges are advancing a comprehensive approach to addressing the training and educational needs of workers and employers statewide with a focus on articulated pathways to careers in high-growth STEM sectors (science, technology, engineering, and math, as well as advanced manufacturing and healthcare). The $20 million grant is the highest-funded of the 66 awarded in the country by the DOL. The project, titled Guided Pathways to Success in STEM (GPSTEM), will use the national Complete College America Guided Pathways to Success model to assist eligible students in obtaining degrees and certificates in STEM fields. The model focuses on reducing the time to completion of certificates and degree programs, resulting in more students entering employment in the Commonwealth and/or transferring into baccalaureate programs to add to their credentials. During the three-year grant period, 24 STEM degree options and 58 certificate programs will be newly created or significantly enhanced in partnership with business and industry, the Commonwealth’s workforce system, the state universities, and the University of Massachusetts. The project will also build capacity on the highly successful Career & College Navigator model the Massachusetts community colleges designed and implemented during the round-one TAACCCT grant award in 2011. An important part of the round-four initiative will focus on creating collaborative pipelines for students to seamlessly transfer to baccalaureate programs to meet industry demand in certain STEM industry areas. “Creating key pipeline collaborations in the STEM fields in conjunction with the state universities and UMass will serve as a new model for creating comprehensive higher education and industry partnerships in the Commonwealth,” said Bill Hart, executive officer of the Mass. Community Colleges Council of Presidents. The focus is primarily on helping TAA-eligible, unemployed and underemployed workers and veterans enter STEM programs and obtain high-skill, high-wage jobs. However, the funding to implement Complete College America’s GPS model will assist community colleges in infusing additional comprehensive student supports throughout the 15 campuses that will benefit all student populations. “This grant will help our college better prepare students in high-growth areas such as IT, engineering technology, and science,” said Springfield Technical Community College President Ira Rubenzahl. “Working together to secure this significant federal funding is an incredible accomplishment. It’s a wonderful example of how the collaboration and partnerships between the 15 community colleges can benefit our students and the region.”

Construction Employers Add 16,000 Jobs in September
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Construction employers added 16,000 jobs last month, and the sector’s unemployment rate fell to 7%, the lowest rate for September in years, according to an analysis released by Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials said the construction-employment gains come as more firms report having a hard time finding enough qualified workers to fill available positions, citing the lack of local vocational training programs, especially at the secondary level. “While we are eager to see even more construction-employment gains, there is no denying the fact that the industry has been in recovery mode for much of the past three years,” said Stephen Sandherr, the association’s CEO. “But the industry won’t be able to keep filling positions if there aren’t enough qualified workers available to fill them.” Construction employment totaled 6,079,000 in September, the highest total since May 2009, with a 12-month gain of 230,000 jobs, or 3.9%, Sandherr noted. Residential building and specialty-trade contractors added a combined 11,800 employees since August and 129,400 (5.9%) over 12 months. Non-residential building and specialty-trade contractors hired a net of 3,700 workers for the month and 100,300 (2.7%) since September 2013. However, heavy and civil-engineering contractors, which perform the majority of public-sector construction, increased their headcount by only 500 in September and 29,000 (3.3%) over the year amid tight government budget conditions. The number of workers who said they looked for work in the past month and had last worked in construction fell to 604,000 in September. The last time the number of unemployed construction workers dropped that low was August 2007, a time when the construction industry was struggling with widespread construction-worker shortages that prompted project delays and increased costs, Sandherr noted.

United Way Announces Resource Development Council Members
SPRINGFIELD — The United Way of Pioneer Valley (UWPV) has announced the slate of volunteers who will serve on its 2014-15 Resource Development Council (RDC), the organization’s volunteer fund-raising arm. It is comprised of a group of volunteer community and business leaders who are committed to the mission of the UWPV. “This is a very exciting time for the United Way. Today’s United Way is immersed in 21st-century fund-raising, 24-hour community impact, seven days a week,” said Steve Lowell, president of Monson Savings Bank and RDC Chair. “Contributions to the United Way have enabled them to impact our community in ways we can only imagine: a student, otherwise unable, graduated from high school; 1,500 children who were homeless started school ready to learn because they received a backpack loaded with school supplies; a family ate nourishing dinners replete with fresh fruits and vegetables; teen pregnancy was reduced; and, after years of living on the financial edge, a woman improved her credit and opened her first bank account.” In addition to Lowell, the United Way of Pioneer Valley Resource Development Council includes Ann Burke, vice president of the Western Mass. Economic Development Council; Shaun Dwyer, first vice president of PeoplesBank; Lisa McMahon of the Westfield State University Foundation; Jeffrey Fialky, attorney with Bacon Wilson, P.C.; Bennet Markens, president of the Markens Group; Denis Gagnon Jr., vice president of Excel Dryer; Susan Mielnikowski, attorney with Cooley Shrair, P.C.; Mathew Geffin, vice president of Webber & Grinnell Insurance Agency; Barbara Moffat, vice president of Marketing/External Affairs for WNEU; Sam Hamner, CFO and principal of Field Eddy; Arlene Putnam, consultant at Putnam Associates; attorney Cynthia Tucker; Carol Katz; and Jeffrey Sullivan.

Springfield Boys & Girls Club Tops Donor Goal
SPRINGFIELD — Peter A. and Melissa Picknelly set a lofty goal for the Springfield Boys & Girls Club recently. If the club could bring in 150 new donors in the month of September, they would donate $15,000 to the cause. Recently, the club announced that it had secured 184 new donors, who contributed a combined total of $9,102. With the Picknellys’ $15,000 donation, the total raised for the month tops $24,000. The couple decided to offer this challenge grant in honor of Peter’s late father, Peter L. Picknelly, former president of Peter Ban Bus Lines, who credited much of his personal and professional success to the lessons he learned at the Springfield Boys & Girls Club as a child. “The club was a big part of my father’s life, from the years he spent there as a child to his time as an active member of its board of directors,” said Peter A. Picknelly, who has been a member of the club’s board of directors for 10 years. “Melissa and I are so pleased to see how the community rallied around the club and helped us reach this goal. My father would be very proud.” Added Sarah Tsitso, executive director of the Springfield Boys & Girls Club, “we are so grateful to all 184 donors who joined us on this journey. It was exciting to have the opportunity to expose a whole new set of people to the important work going on inside the club every day. We can’t thank Peter and Melissa enough for their leadership and generosity. It is truly humbling.” The Springfield Boys & Girls Club has been a mainstay of youth development in the city for more than 123 years. Its afterschool and summer programs focus on the core areas of academic achievement, health and wellness, and good citizenship. The club serves approximately 1,500 at-risk youth, ages 5 to 18, each year.

DevelopSpringfield Announces Grant for Façade Improvements
SPRINGFIELD — DevelopSpringfield announced that it has awarded a $40,000 grant for façade improvements to 1525 Main St., the new downtown location for New England Public Radio (NEPR). The grant is made possible under DevelopSpringfield’s Corridor Storefront Improvement Program, which provides grants of up to $10,000 per storefront for exterior improvements to first-floor businesses located on State and Main streets in Springfield. Improvements to this space included renovations to multiple storefronts to accommodate fit-out of the new headquarters and studios in Springfield. The recently awarded funds were used to revitalize and repair the existing façade and included new windows, doors, and frames, along with reconstruction of some existing window fixtures. NEPR celebrated its grand opening in September. “DevelopSpringfield is proud to partner with NEPR by supporting façade improvements to their new facility on this important Main Street corridor,” said Jay Minkarah, president and CEO of DevelopSpringfield. “The improvements have made a tremendous visual impact and highlight the vibrancy of our downtown.” DevelopSpringfield’s Corridor Storefront Improvement Program was established in 2009 to enhance the visual appeal of State and Main streets while providing assistance to businesses making investments in these two key corridors within the city. For more information on the Corridor Storefront Improvement Program, visit www.developspringfield.com and click on ‘programs,’ or contact Minkarah at (413) 209-8808 or [email protected]

State Officials Promote Workforce Development

SPRINGFIELD — State officials joined U.S. Labor Secretary Tom Perez and U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan this week at Springfield Technical Community College to recognize the Commonwealth’s leadership in developing a robust workforce pipeline to meet the needs of employers across Massachusetts. Perez and Duncan highlighted two rounds of grants, totaling $40 million, awarded to Massachusetts community colleges by the U.S. Department of Labor to further the efforts of Gov. Deval Patrick’s administration to align educational programs at community colleges with the needs of local employers. “Working together, we have strengthened the connections between our campuses, our employers, and our workforce so that each and every one of our students has the opportunity to thrive,” Patrick said. “Community colleges are a critical asset in our strategy to develop a middle-skills workforce for jobs in demand. I’m proud Secretary Perez and Secretary Duncan have recognized our successful model.” The consortium of Massachusetts community colleges awarded in these two grant rounds has drawn national attention for building systems between community colleges, adult-basic-education programs, and workforce-development partners and industry leaders to offer students more training and education programs that better reflect the needs of local industry. To date, 151 degree and certificate programs have been developed or redesigned for accelerated learning, and credentials for 40 programs have been made stackable for more comprehensive certification of skills. Among students who have gone through these programs, 70% attained employment, while 85% completed online credit hours. The latest round of federal funding received by the Massachusetts consortium will focus on reducing the time it takes students to complete certificate and degree programs that lead to careers in high-growth STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) sectors, as well as advanced manufacturing and healthcare. “This type of collaborative effort between our community colleges and our local businesses bridges career and education, allowing the Commonwealth to lead the nation in career development,” said Secretary of Education Matthew Malone. “This vital combination of skills will give our students the competitive edge they will need to succeed in the global workforce.”

Employment Picture Improves Slightly in Massachusetts
BOSTON — The Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development reported that the seasonally unadjusted unemployment rates for August were down in most labor-market areas, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The preliminary statewide unadjusted unemployment rate estimate for August was 6.0%, down 0.1% from July. Over the year, the statewide unadjusted rate was down 1.0% from the August 2013 rate of 70%. During August, the Worcester area recorded a gain in jobs, while the remaining 11 areas for which job estimates are published reported losses. The largest losses occurred in the Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, and Haverhill-North Andover-Amesbury areas. Since August 2013, nine of the 12 areas added jobs, with the largest percentage gains in the Worcester, Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, Framingham, and Springfield areas. The Leominster-Fitchburg-Gardner, Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, and Haverhill-North Andover-Amesbury areas lost jobs. Job losses were impacted by temporary employment disruptions in the retail-trade sector. The seasonally adjusted statewide August unemployment rate was 5.8%, up 0.2% over the month and down 1.4% over the year. The rate was 0.3% below the 6.1% national unemployment rate.

Florence Bank Awards Team Jessica $5,000
BELCHERTOWN — Team Jessica Inc. has been awarded a $5,000 grant from Florence Bank, and will use the funds to support the building of Jessica’s Boundless Playground (JBP), an effort that has been ongoing for the past four years. Once completed, JBP will be the only 100% all-inclusive playground in New England. It has been carefully designed to be a multi-generational activity structure that engages people of all ages and abilities. Every area of the playground caters to those with mobility concerns, while at the same time being fun and engaging for able-bodied people. JBP will also allow wounded veterans in long-term rehab to experience the healing power and simple joy of playing with their own children. The playground will cost more than $475,000 to build. Team Jessica has hosted more than 15 fund-raising events over the past fouryears, and the efforts have raised more than $385,000, including three Community Preservation Act grants totaling $140,000 from the town of Belchertown. This total also includes several independent fund-raisers thatlocal businesses conducted for the project, as well as many large gifts from area organizations. Last month, more than 200 volunteers came together for a weekend build event that culminated in the construction of the majority of the playground structure. “We’re preparing for the final stages of construction — building the ramps, timing the poured-in-place rubber surface — while at the same time still conducting the last round of fund-raising,” said Patti Thornton, Team Jessica’s grant writer. “This grant comes at a perfect time, and we’re so thankful to the community-minded people at Florence Bank.” Florence Bank’s history in community commitment is 140 years deep. No stranger to corporate social responsibility, the bank distributed $1 million to local nonprofits in the past three years alone. For the past 12 years, the bank has been allowing its customers a voice in where donations will be allotted through its Customer’s Choice Community Grants Program. This year, Team Jessica is listed on the online ballot under the category ‘Community Support,’ which can be found at www.florencesavings.com/vote. Paper ballots are located at any Florence Bank. Voting concludes Dec. 31, 2014. “We are excited to be part of this extraordinary effort to bring an all-inclusive playground to Belchertown,” said Florence Bank President and CEO John Heaps Jr. “The enthusiasm and support for this project is overwhelming. We are happy to be part of it.”

Massachusetts Employment Up 9,400 in September
BOSTON — The Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development reported that preliminary estimates from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) show Massachusetts added 9,400 jobs in September, for a total preliminary estimate of 3,425,000. The September total unemployment rate was 6.0%, up 0.2% over the August rate. Since September 2013, Massachusetts hasadded a net of 64,100 jobs, with 62,000 jobs added in the private sector. The total unemployment rate for the year is down 1.2% from the September 2013 rate of 7.2%. BLS also revised its August job estimates to a 4,900-job loss from the 5,300-loss previously reported for the month.

Court Dockets Departments

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

CHICOPEE DISTRICT COURT
Atlantic Charter Insurance Co. v. Eagle Transit, LLC
Allegation: Non-payment of workers’ compensation premiums: $5,143
Filed: 9/19/24

Northeast IT Systems Inc. v. D & D Masonry & Chimney
Allegation: Non-payment of equipment and services: $1,300+
Filed: 9/18/14

HAMPDEN SUPERIOR COURT
Mark T. Laramee v. Lisa Mackechnie and Vesuvio, LLC d/b/a Carpaccio
Allegation: Default on agreement: $295,457.23
Filed: 8/14/14

Mary Ellen Morisette v. Westfield Meadows Corp. and John J. Shannon
Allegation: Failure to pay wages: $500,000+
Filed: 8/22/14

Victor Shibley, Kathleen Sweeney, and Canterbury Construction Inc. v. United Bank

Allegation: Violation of consumer protection, negligence, wrongful debit, and breach of contract: $815,000+
Filed: 8/13/14

HAMPSHIRE SUPERIOR COURT
Michael P. Kamenides, as personal representative of the estate of Mark P. Kamenides v. Ryder Funeral Home Inc. and William W. Ryder
Allegation: Breach of contract, interference with a corpse, negligence, and severe emotional distress: $29,305
Filed: 7/18/14

Safety Insurance Co., as subrogee of Thomas and Cynthia Downey v. Rowenta Inc. a/k/a Groupe SEB, USA
Allegation: Product liability causing fire: $585,522.62
Filed: 7/22/14

Saloomey Construction Inc. v. Jet Properties
Allegation: Non-payment of labor and materials: $39,940.60
Filed: 9/3/14

Todd McLeague v. One World Technologies Inc. and Ryobi Technologies Inc.
Allegation: Negligence in the design and manufacture of a circular saw causing injury: $64,900
Filed: 9/19/14

NORTHAMPTON DISTRICT COURT
Easthampton Savings Bank v. David A. Weise d/b/a Weise Design and Construction
Allegation: Breach of contract: $21,000
Filed: 8/11/14

Florence Savings Bank v. Zbignew Kosior d/b/a Kings Hill Construction
Allegation: Monies owed for overdraft and bounced-check fees: $3,016.21
Filed: 8/7/14

Paul Duga v. Bernard F. Shea d/b/a Shea Tree Service
Allegation: Failure to pay rent: $38,000
Filed: 8/5/14

SPRINGFIELD DISTRICT COURT
Liberty Mutual Insurance Co. v. NMR Associates Inc.
Allegation: Non-payment of workers’ compensation insurance: $9,261.69
Filed: 8/6/14

The Hartford Courant Co. v. Excellence Auto Exchange Inc.
Allegation: Non-payment of advertising services rendered: $3,365.00
Filed: 8/19/14

US Foods Inc. v. MGB Inc. d/b/a Electric Café and Margaret Boxold
Allegation: Non-payment of goods sold and delivered: $9,137.30
Filed: 8/1/14

Vanguard Mold Remediation Inc. v. DLP Hospitality, LLC and Shailesh D. Patel
Allegation: Non-payment of balance for mold remediation: $17,450
Filed: 8/27/14

Sections Supplements

In September, BusinessWest presented its 2014-15 Resource Guide. What follows are needed additions and corrections to the charts that appeared in that issue:

• Changes to Accounting Firms
:
Meyers Brothers Kalicka, P.C.
Services: Management-advisory services; audit and accounting services; multi-state and international taxation; tax planning and return preparation; employee benefit-plan audits; family and independent business services; business valuations; financial planning and wealth management; cost-segregation studies; certified fraud examiners; construction; healthcare; education; not-for-profit; real estate; manufacturing, wholesale, and distribution
Bova, Harrington & Associates, P.C.
Number of CPAs: 7
Number of Partners: 2

• Addition to Audio-Visual/Multi-Media Companies:
Kirby Productions
1 Doane Ave., Agawam, MA 01001
(413) 388-5714; www.kirbyproductions.com
Employees: 1
Services: Full-service HD video production company specializing in writing, videography, and motion design; TV commercials; promotional videos; viral videos; event videos; video blogs; production studio with green screen available
Contact: Al Liptak

• Changes to Auto Dealers:
Balise Chevrolet Buick GMC
General Manager: John Perez
Balise Ford of Wilbraham
General Manager: Charles Dansby

• Addition to Banks in Western Mass.:
Farmington Bank
www.farmingtonbankct.com
Assets: $2,110,028,000
Deposits: $1,513,501,000
Net Income: $3,704,000
Total Equity Capital: $232,209,000
Total Loans and Leases: $1,822,487,000
Commercial Loan Volume: $253,406,000
Secured by Real Estate: $546,350,000
(Figures are year-end 2013. Farmington Bank, based in Connecticut, entered the Massachusetts market in 2014.)

• Change to Colleges with MBA Programs:
Elms College
Contact: Donna Graziano

• Addition to Computer Network/IT Services:
Network Advantage Associates
2098 Roaring Brook Road, Conway, MA 01341
(413) 223-9007; www.net-vantage.com
Contact: Roy Cohen
Service Area: Pioneer Valley
Services: Integrates advanced strategic technologies in small businesses, professional practices, and nonprofits; business continuity/disaster recovery; on- and off-site backup and recovery; information-technology management; systems and network administration; virtualization solutions; custom VoIP solutions; server upgrades and migrations; Enterprise wireless; Google/Oracle solutions

• Addition to Day Spas:
Elements Hot Tub Spa
373 Main St., Amherst, MA 01002
(413) 256-8827; www.elementshottubspa.com
Owners: Jeff and Diana Krauth
Services: State-of-the-art private hot tubs; infrared saunas; aromatherapy steam room; individual and couples massage; advanced therapeutic bodywork modalities; natural facials; spa services
Preferred Product Line: France Laure Natural Care

• Change to Dental Services:
Florence Dental Care
Head of Practice: Benjamin Falk, DDS
Specialties: General and cosmetic dentistry for all ages including  tooth-colored fillings, porcelain veneers, and crowns; smile makeovers and ZOOM whitening; preventive care including all phases of gum (periodontal) treatment; comprehensive dental care including root-canal therapy, oral surgery and extractions, dental implants, and bone grafting; digital X-rays and photographs; emergency care

• Addition to Financial Services/Brokerage Firms:
Gage-Wiley & Co. Inc.
120 King St., Northampton, MA 01060
(413) 584-9121; www.gagewiley.com
Licensed Brokers in Western Mass.: 8
Total Licensed Brokers Nationally: 9
Branch Manager: Christopher Milne
Services: Comprehensive wealth management; independent brokerage and investment-advisory services; retirement, estate, and financial planning; life and long-term-care insurance.
 
• Additions to Home Care Options:
Porchlight VNA/Home Care
32 Park St., Lee, MA 01238
2024 Westover Road, Chicopee, MA 01022
(413) 243-1212; www.porchlighthomecare.org
Director: Holly Chaffee
RN/LPN Care: Yes
Services: Skilled nursing; wound care; infusion therapy; telemonitoring; physical, occupational, and speech therapies; mother/baby care; nutritional counseling; mental-health services; psychiatric nursing; home health aide services; CHF disease management; community health programs
Porchlight Home Care
21 High St., Lee, MA 01238
2024 Westover Road, Chicopee, MA 01022
(413) 243-1122; www.porchlighthomecare.org
Director: Dawn Dewkett 
RN/LPN Care: Yes
Services: Care management; personal care attendants; home health aides; certified nursing assistants; homemakers; companionship; live-in services; transportation/door-to-door program; medication reminders; 24-hour care; complimentary assessments; long-term-care planning; 24-hour nurse oversight; home visiting nurse practitioner

• Addition to Insurance Agencies:
John M. Glover Agency
4 Open Square Way, Suite 213, Holyoke, MA 01040
(413) 534-1500; www.johnmglover.com
Full-time Agents: 2
Full-time Employees: 2
Local Offices: 1
Type of Insurance: Property/casualty, auto, home, business, life, health, workers’ comp
Top Local Officials: Kyle Sullivan, John Sullivan
 
• Change to Insurance Agencies:
The Dowd Insurance Agencies
Type of Insurance: Commercial, personal, life, employee benefits, surety

• Change to Law Firms:
Gove Law Office
Second address: 358 Sewall St., Ludlow, MA 01056
(413) 583-5196; www.govelawoffice.com
Lawyers: 2
Areas of Practice: Business representation; commercial and banking matters; residential and commercial real estate; estate planning and probate administration; landlord/tenant; bankruptcy; personal injury

• Addition to Physical Therapy Outpatient Facilities:
Active Physical Therapy & Wellness, LLC
2301 Boston Road, Wilbraham, MA 01095
(413) 596-5362; www.activeptw.com
Administrator: Patricia O’Brien
Services: Outpatient clinic offering individualized manual therapy treatment for neck and back pain, sports injuries, post-surgery, arthritis, shoulder and knee problems; private treatment rooms; fitness center

• Change to Physical Therapy Outpatient Facilities:
HealthSouth Hospital of Western Massachusetts
Administrator: Victoria Healy

• Addition to Skilled Nursing/PT Facilities:
Life Care Center of Wilbraham
2399 Boston Road, Wilbraham, MA 01095
(413) 596-3111; www.lcca.com/182
Administrator: Dennis Lopata
Services: Subacute and rehabilitation programs provide a bridge between hospital and home; physical, occupational, and speech therapy; orthopedic recovery program; VitalStim therapy for swallowing or dysphagia difficulty; CPI wound care; aquatic-therapy program; long-term and respite care

• Addition to Telecom/Voice/Data Providers:
Network Advantage Associates
2098 Roaring Brook Road, Conway, MA 01341
(413) 223-9007; www.net-vantage.com
Contact: Roy Cohen
Service Area: Pioneer Valley
Services: Integrates advanced strategic technologies in small businesses, professional practices, and nonprofits; business continuity/disaster recovery; on- and off-site backup and recovery; information-technology management; systems and network administration; virtualization solutions; custom VoIP solutions; server upgrades and migrations; Enterprise wireless; Google/Oracle solutions

• Change to Web Development Companies:
Last Call Media
136 West St., Suite 01, Northampton, MA 01060

• Addition to Western Mass. Area Computer Retailers:
Northeast IT Systems Inc.
777B Riverdale St., West Springfield, MA 01089
(413) 527-8090; www.northeastit.net
Employees: 8
Owner/Manager: Joel Mollison
Products/Services: Computer and network equipment sales and service; hardware and software; computer network and IT consulting services for small to midsized businesses and municipalities; firewalls; network security; remote access/VPN; servers; virtualization; VoIP phone systems; backup and disaster recovery; spam filtering

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