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DBA Certificates

The following business certificates and/or trade names were issued or renewed during the month of January 2021. (Filings are limited due to closures or reduced staffing hours at municipal offices due to COVID-19 restrictions).


All One Massage
235 Greenfield Road
Melanie Phillips

Get It Together
26 Pleasant St.
Jenelle Wilkins, Marion MacMunn

Natural Stone Creations
3B Meadow Oak Lane
Ross Finch
Revisions Candles
175 North Main St.
Jaimie Allen


Amy Dawn Kotel Productions
56 Dunphy Dr.
Amy Dawn Kotel

41 Strong Ave.
Christos Christodoulou

Honey & Wine
150 North Main St.
Alana Daviann Traub

The Institute for Emerging Adulthood
25 Main St., Suite 218
Jaycelle Monsanto Pequet

Lime Red Teahouse
11 Pleasant St.
Joe Deng

Milestone Farm
Valley Field Road
Angela Plassmann

Pig Pug Press
535 North Farms Road
Travis Norsen

Silent Source, LLC
58 Nonotuck St.
Harry Winton Ridabock II

Solana James Design
29 Cahillane Terrace
Solana Thais James


A-Z Exterior Repairs
258 Hillside Road
Maksim Vovk

JRG Real Estate & Auction Services, LLC
68 Will Palmer Road
Tiffany Jacquier


Atlantic Travel
120 Steiger Dr.
Avis Lemire

Chrissy G’s Cakes
9 Michael Dr.
Christine Gustafson

Complete Excavating
16 Murray Ave., #3
William Kafanov

Distinct Impressions, LLC
4 Columbia St.
Angela Cooley

Franklin Auto Body
11 Dwight St.
Paul Mancino

Greater Springfield PAL
28 West Silver St.
Boys & Girls Club

John & Ariana, LLC
108 Wild Flower Circle
Anna Blanco

MDN Consulting, LLC
66 Flynn Meadow Road
Jason McDonald

Meeting House Commons Condominium Trust
138 Main St.
Brian Houser

Ravenwood Investigations
57 Jaeger Dr.
C. Lee Bennett

Red Cardinal
265 Union St.
RC Retail Westfield, LLC

Uplifting Art
6 Coleman Ave.
Tracey Miller

Veteran to Veteran Support & Assistance
14 Lowell Ave.
Peter Dehey IV

Zoey Management Service
76 Gary Dr.
Zhong Chen


Allegiance Lease & Rental
268 Park St.
Michael Sirignano

Angelo Bertelli’s Liquor Mart
726 Main St.
Michael Passerini

Club Fitness
1452 Memorial Ave.
Steven Suschana

Costco Liquors
119 Daggett Dr.
Gail Tsuboi

Dean Auto Sales
6 River St.
Richard Rindels

Eddie Shore Enterprises Inc.
1305 Memorial Ave.
Catherine Pokorny

Huntington Creative Commercial Photography
132 Myron St.
David Michalak

640 Riverdale St.
Timothy Mulson

Massage Envy
935 Riverdale St.
Mark Sarrazin

Mattress Firm
935 Riverdale St.
Vernon Holguin

1095 Westfield St.
Yousuf Jaafar

Rafa Transportation, LLC
203 Circuit Ave.
Rafael Mkanga

Riverdale Imports
1497 Riverdale St.
Joseph Spano

1329 Riverdale St.
Umeshkumar Patel

Victory International Store Inc.
573 Union St.
Andrey Kolesnichenko

DBA Certificates

The following business certificates and/or trade names were issued or renewed during the month of January 2021. (Filings are limited due to closures or reduced staffing hours at municipal offices due to COVID-19 restrictions).


119 Middle St.
Robie Grant

Heamour Farm
245 Bay Road
Shannon Rice-Nichols

Original Body Wisdom
104 Russell St.
Donna Brooks

Z Auto
105 East St.
Michael Zera


Balin Eye and Laser Center
269 Locust St.
Nancy Balin

Chadams Glass
148 Crescent St.
Elliot Adams

Florence Cannabis Co.
131 Texas Road
Chris Rivers; FCC Holdings, LLC

Hamp Hybrids, LLC
10 Michelman Ave.
Roberta Wooldridge

Liberty Tax Service
242 King St.
Saqib Tasneem

Mill River Design Build
6 High St.
Matthew Kozveh

North Street BNB
117 North St.
Susan McEvoy

O’Rourke’s Auto School
122 Federal St.
Robert Demers

Play Incubation Collective
264 Riverside Dr.
Sarah Marcus, Rachel Schneider

Shewman Copyediting Services
30 Allison St.
Kathleen Shewman

Street Lather
256 Pleasant St., #202
Candice Streeter

Valley Performance Playground
264 Riverside Dr.
Sarah Marcus

The Vintage Cellar
11 Bridge St.
Daniel Egan


Down to Earth Stump Grinding and Landscaping
14 Granaudo Circle
Michael Morris


Bountiful Baskets
23B Hubbard St.
Anna Stanton

Castle – the Window People
1029 North Road
Francisco Cortes Jr.

Great Clips
253 East Main St.
Catie Laraway

Little Jess Conversation
50 Roosevelt Ave.
Jessica Gambale

Pardon Our Appearance
77 Mill St.
Dezaray Negron

Salon Thairapy
338 Springdale Road
Trisha Carpenter

Smart Systems Cleaning
15 Cornish Dr.
Smart Systems Cleaning

Studio 1 Workshop
80 West Silver St.
Marie Matthews

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Superheroes Saving Lives

JGS Lifecare recently unveiled its new “Superheroes Saving Lives” campaign. Created in English and Spanish, the three-month campaign features videos from Ruth’s House Assisted Living Residence and Leavitt Family Jewish Home residents, who thank the staff for their heroic efforts in keeping them safe during the pandemic. The campaign slogan — “Not all superheroes wear capes. At JGS Lifecare, we wear masks” — emphasizes the fact that healthcare workers have emerged as real-life superheroes, risking their own health every day to save the lives of residents.




Hand in Hand

Mercy Medical Center is participating in an international art project recognizing healthcare workers for their efforts during the pandemic with small, handcrafted ‘hand medals’ designed to create a link between the creator and the recipient. Mercy’s participation in the Hand Medal Project is a partnership with Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts in Richmond, Va. and artists connected to VCU who crafted 400 hand medals for distribution to Mercy nurses. Pictured, from left: Darlene Cunha, chief Nursing officer, presents a hand medal to Joseph Culver, a nurse in the Intensive Care Unit, as Mercy President Deborah Bitsoli looks on.




Round Up with Carr

Through Carr Hardware’s recent “Round Up with Carr’” campaign, customers donated $1,221.82 to the Enfield Dog Park, in Enfield, Conn. and $1,423.25 to Gifts of Love in Avon, Conn. As a fundraiser for those organizations, Carr Hardware offered customers in those two communities the opportunity to round up their purchases to the nearest dollar over the holiday season. Pictured: Ken Cohn (left) and Heather McDonald (right) of Carr Hardware present a check to Karen Pugliese, president of Enfield Dog Park.



Company Notebook

Thunderbirds Announce Suspension of 2020-21 Season

SPRINGFIELD — The Springfield Thunderbirds announced that they are one of three AHL franchises that have elected to opt out of play for the upcoming 2020-21 season. The decision, made in conjunction with their NHL affiliate, the St. Louis Blues, was based on numerous safety and logistical concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic and will allow the organization to turn its full focus toward the 2021-22 season. The Thunderbirds will maintain their status as active members of the AHL and return to play next season. “Over the past few months, we have worked tirelessly with the St. Louis Blues to explore every possible avenue for returning to play this season,” Thunderbirds President Nate Costa said. “Unfortunately, due to health and safety concerns, travel logistics, new player-supply rules, and other considerations, the Blues and Thunderbirds collectively determined that it was in the best interests of all parties to opt out for this season. Given the current status of the COVID-19 pandemic in Massachusetts, it has also become clear that we will be unable to host fans at our games in the foreseeable future. As an independently owned franchise, our foremost obligation is to ensure that our team is financially viable for the long term, something that is not possible without game-day revenue.”


Hazen Paper Wins Award for 2020 Holographic Calendar

HOLYOKE — The International Hologram Manufacturers Assoc. (IHMA) recently named Hazen Paper’s 2020 holographic calendar Best Applied Decorative/Packaging Product at the Excellence in Holography Awards 2020. Featuring a fire-breathing dragon with three-dimensional scales, the oversized calendar utilized an array of innovative holographic techniques to create a decorative design the IHMA called “outstanding.” These holographic designs included Hazen-Lens behind the months of the year, gray-motion for the sky background, color-motion for the dragon, and two-channel color-motion lenses and fire-motion lenses to animate the flames. The calendar was originated entirely within Hazen’s state-of-the-art holographic lab and manufactured in Hazen’s Holyoke facility on Hazen Envirofoil, an environmentally friendly product. Made with renewable energy, transfer-metallized Envirofoil is made with less than 1% of the aluminum of traditional foil laminate, a recycled film carrier that is reused again and again, and is repulpable as paper after de-inking. It was offset-printed using UV-cure inks with customized opaque white by AM Lithography of Chicopee.


Tighe & Bond Named Finalist for Engineering Excellence Awards

WESTFIELD — Tighe & Bond Inc. has been recognized by the American Council of Engineering Companies of Massachusetts (ACEC/MA) as a 2020 Engineering Excellence Award Finalist (Gold Award). Tighe & Bond, in conjunction with a team of subconsultants and property owner ENGIE North America, transformed the site of the Mt. Tom coal-fired power plant into the state’s largest community solar and energy-storage facility. In 2014, the Mt. Tom coal-fired power plant in Holyoke stopped operations, and ENGIE North America began the task of decommissioning and closing the power-plant site. This undertaking involved demolition of the coal-fired plant and remediation of many areas of the property. A portion of the site was also used for renewable-energy generation and energy storage to benefit the region and the city of Holyoke. The project team aided with the decommissioning design of the property and worked to obtain a complex array of environmental and land-use permits for the entire project for future industrial and commercial redevelopment. The Tighe & Bond environmental team developed the remedial design for the power plant and the associated coal ash management on the property. The largest component of the property restoration included risk-based evaluations and various capping strategies to address coal ash that has been deposited over much of the property. The successful coal-ash closure approach resulted in preserving and protecting nearby waterways, including the Connecticut River and Kennedy Brook, as well as more than 50 acres of vegetated forest and associated rare and endangered species habitat. For the solar project, the project team provided permit-level design and engineering support as well as construction-period design for the energy-storage system. This project developed the largest community solar project in Massachusetts and the largest utility-scale energy-storage installation in the Commonwealth.


UMass Amherst Grad Students Receive Financial Support

AMHERST — The economic and research hardships stemming from the global COVID-19 pandemic have strained campuses around the country, including UMass Amherst. Especially hard-hit are graduate students in the sciences, as their research opportunities and funding trajectories have been greatly reduced by COVID-19 public-health restrictions. In response, the university’s College of Natural Sciences (CNS) created the Graduate Student Fellowship Fund this fall to provide additional funding to graduate students who need to extend their work for another year, and to make available innovations in data collection for those who are unable to conduct in-person experiments. The largest gift to the fund so far has come from alumni and long-time supporters Richard and Barbara Mahoney, who contributed $100,000 in early December. The contribution has sparked additional donations from donors who recognize the value of graduate-student research in the college and want to support those students. Graduate students are at the core of the research enterprise on campus, putting in thousands of hours to run experiments, collect data, and analyze findings. But due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many graduate students have lost the opportunities they previously had to spend much-needed time in labs or out in the field. More than 1,000 graduate students are working toward degrees across CNS.


Florence Bank Donates Nearly $100,000 in 2020 to Ease Food Insecurity

FLORENCE — Florence Bank donated nearly $100,000 in 2020 to support a new food-distribution collaborative and nine other longtime nonprofits with a mission to feed people who are battling food insecurity in the Pioneer Valley. The gifts have been made since March to organizations in all corners of the region, including the hilltowns, to help ease the economic strain brought on by COVID-19. In the spring, Florence Bank donated $50,000 to the Community Food Distribution Project created jointly by the Northampton Survival Center and Grow Food Northampton to help fund emergency food distribution in the early months of the pandemic. The new collaborative makes food staples available through on-site distributions at nearly a dozen local sites. Northampton Survival Center and Grow Food Northampton established the organization in partnership with Community Action Pioneer Valley, the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts, the city of Northampton, and Northampton Public Schools. Grow Food Northampton and the Northampton Survival Center each received $25,000 from the bank. Since May, Florence Bank has also made the following gifts to these local nonprofits: Amherst Survival Center, $10,000; Springfield Rescue Mission, $10,000; Easthampton Community Center, $7,500; Chesterfield Community Cupboard, $5,000; the Gray House Market of Springfield, $5,000; Easthampton Congregational Church, $2,500; the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts, as part of Monte’s March, $1,000; Lorraine’s Soup Kitchen & Pantry of Chicopee, $1,000; and Open Pantry Community Services Inc. of Springfield, $1,000. Florence Bank also nominated Lorraine’s Soup Kitchen to receive a $5,000 award from the Massachusetts Bankers Assoc. Charitable Foundation, which the nonprofit has accepted.


Nursing Schools Almanac Names AIC Among Best Schools for Nursing

SPRINGFIELD — Nursing Schools Almanac has released its 2020 rankings of the best nursing schools in the U.S. In collecting data on more than 3,000 institutions nationwide, only 20% made the list of the best nursing schools in each geographic region. The nursing program at American International College (AIC) was named in both the New England and Massachusetts categories, placing 45th in the region and 21st in the state. Each school was evaluated on three dimensions: the institution’s academic prestige and perceived value, the breadth and depth of nursing programs offered, and student success, particularly on the NCLEX licensure examination. Nursing Schools Almanac combined the assessments into an overall score and ranked the schools accordingly. According to Dean of Health Sciences Karen Rousseau, “while the demand for healthcare professionals grows each year, at no time has that need been more critical than now. The School of Health Sciences at American International College provides access to educational opportunities that develop a diverse network of skilled individuals who provide comprehensive nursing care in a variety of settings and who are able to demonstrate leadership in evidence-based practice to promote continuous improvement in the quality and safety of healthcare.”