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John Williamson

John Williamson says a casino, if approved, will start a chain reaction of tenant relocations and other real-estate activity.

John Williamson says “the stage is being set” for a flurry of real-estate activity in downtown Springfield — all related to an $800 million casino development that might never materialize.
“There’s an interesting dynamic taking place in the central business district of Springfield,” said the president of Williamson Commercial Properties. In the event that MGM Resorts International wins its bid to build a gaming resort just a few blocks south of the downtown towers, “they’re in the process of trying to assemble as much of the property as they can in the project area, which involves getting various properties under contract to purchase.”
Robert Greeley, partner at R.J. Greeley Co., has noticed the same dynamic taking shape. “Still, until a decision is made, however long that takes, there are so many uncertainties that it’s very difficult for people to make decisions,” he noted. “A lot of owners and landlords will hold out, thinking there’s a windfall on its way, but until they know whether the casino is coming or not, it just puts a significant unknown into the equation.”
Bob Greeley

Bob Greeley says casino proponents tend to gloss over the possible negative impacts of major construction and traffic.

The general consensus among real-estate brokers headquartered in downtown Springfield is that the short-term chess moves — building owners contracting with MGM and current tenants of those buildings scrambling to find other homes for their businesses — has begun in earnest, particularly since city leaders chose to back MGM’s project over the other competing proposal, by Penn National Gaming in the North End.
“We’re anticipating the relocation of some businesses in the project area, and those things are all ongoing,” Williamson said. “There are numerous properties that MGM has under contract; if the casino goes through, it will acquire those properties. There are also a few properties they’ve already purchased. If the casino doesn’t go through, they’ll simply turn around and sell the properties they acquired.”
None of this early movement should come as a surprise, said Evan Plotkin, president of NAI Plotkin, considering the scope and cost of the proposal — neither of which Springfield has encountered before.
“That’s going to impact a lot of things that go on downtown. In the short term, in anticipation of a possible casino, a lot of people are jockeying around, trying to relocate. The goal is to try to keep businesses in the downtown and not have them move out. My sense is that many of the businesses want to stay in the downtown.”
And that perception touches on the bigger real-estate question downtown: what will the long-term impact be if the Gaming Commission grants MGM a casino license early next year, when the voting is slated to take place?
“There’s a positive effect on the commercial market already taking place, and also expanding opportunity out there in the form of speculation,” Williamson said. “I know there are properties that, because of the fact that they may be acquired, have magically increased in value, so there’s a lot of jockeying for position going on.
“If the casino comes to Springfield,” he continued, “it’s going to have a dramatic impact on the commercial market, and especially the commercial office market, because there are several office buildings in the project area that will be razed to make room for the casino. Those tenants have to find alternative quarters, and that means the amount of office space in the market will decline, and vacancy will diminish. That increase in occupancy raises the value of all properties, which benefits the tax base. It’s good old supply and demand.”
Some aren’t convinced, however, that a casino will be an attractive business neighbor, particularly in the short team. Greeley, for one, cited potential impacts on traffic, street closures, and general construction-related bustle for several years to come. “I think most people who have not experienced this scale of project will be freaked out by the kind of traffic impacts this thing has.”
For this issue’s focus on commercial real estate, BusinessWest delves into the pros and cons, both short- and long-term, of the proposed MGM Springfield casino, and why it’s generating both excitement and anxiety for area property owners and tenants alike.

Lease of Their Problems
Springfield is competing with two other proposals — Hard Rock International in West Springfield, and Mohegan Sun in Palmer — for the sole gaming license the state will award in Western Mass. If MGM is successful, Williamson said, commercial vacancy downtown will certainly decline.
“Landlords now sitting on a lot of vacancy have potential to fill varying amounts of that space up. It’s good for the market all around,” he told BusinessWest. “Lease rates in Springfield have been flat or slightly declining for years, moreso in the class B and C market — the class A market is pretty stable ­and really won’t be impacted as significantly as B and C properties at the present time.”
From a broker’s perspective, he said, the project will generate demand for space, at least within a six- or seven-block radius of the casino. “This has been called the largest economic-development project in the history of Springfield, taking place smack dab in the heart of the central business district. It will really strengthen the class B and C commercial properties downtown.”
One downside, he said, is tenants finding they have to pay more rent than they are currently paying, “but in some cases, the landlord is going to have to buy them out of their leases, if they have long-term leases, because they need the building to be sold free and clear of all tenants. That may offset any increase in rent they’ll have to pay.”
The possibility of a casino has placed many businesses in a tough place, Greeley said — both those interested in moving into the casino zone, and those who might be forced out. “No one wants to sign a long-term lease not knowing what the future is going to be. It’s a problem.”
And if the casino doesn’t come, he added, after all the preliminary scurrying among property owners near the MGM proposal, “a lot of people will be left with stars in their eyes, and it’ll take them awhile to come back down to earth and be realistic about what the market is without a casino.”
As an analogy, he cited a CVS or Walgreens that overpays — say, $1.5 million — for a corner lot. “Now, the owners of the other three corners, who paid $400,000, think they can get a million and a half, but that’s not going to happen just because CVS was willing to pay it. That purchase really distorts the market.”
In the same way, he continued, if the casino era closes in Springfield several months from now, as abruptly as it began, site owners who were hoping for a casino buyout might be left with an inflated sense of how much South End property is actually worth.
But if MGM does win the Western Mass. bid, “you’ll see opportunities for businesses,” Williamson said. “Some stand-alone businesses may be able to replicate what they do inside the casino. It’s really to MGM’s credit that they’re looking at local companies to have a major presence in the casino. Some of the mom-and-pops may find themselves smack dab right in the middle of the most expensive economic-development project to take place in this city.”
Plotkin agreed, citing MGM’s promotion of its ‘inside-out’ casino concept, one that incorporates surrounding businesses in the project.
“The development plan is very outward-focused, and it’s going to incorporate a lot of the other businesses and entertainment venues downtown,” he said. “And I would hope the cultural and entertainment aspects will not only be an attraction regionally for people to come and visit Springfield, but perhaps to live in Springfield.”
Plotkin likes to paint a picture of downtown Springfield as a sort of an “urban theme park,” he explained. “How do you create that? What do you need to incorporate in a downtown to make it welcoming for people to live and work? If you have a catalyst like MGM, a development of that size and scope, it’s natural you’re going to have spinoff businesses, and hopefully that will lead to more development of market-rate housing and subsequent retail — not just retail associated with the casino, but other retail that you would need to provide goods and services to people moving downtown. I think there’s potential for tremendous spinoff.”

In Demand
Of course, that kind of commercial spinoff will require an influx of talented workers, in a variety of fields, Plotkin noted.
“Businesses are looking for a trained workforce, and a lot of us on the sidelines are wondering if there is enough of a trained workforce in the region to satisfy what MGM needs,” he said, adding that Greater Springfield companies will also have to deal with competition from a casino that needs some 2,000 employees and will certainly lure many away from their current jobs. “I think it’s important that businesses see an increased flow of human capital to the area; that’s a critical point for our success as a city.”
Greeley — who was involved in a third Springfield casino proposal, pitched by Ameristar Casinos on Page Boulevard, until that project was withdrawn late last year — remains unconvinced that a South End casino will be the economic-development catalyst many hope it will be.
“If the casino comes, you have all the impacts over three years, at least, for all the construction and disruption that accompanies such a project,” he said. “This will be the largest construction project in the history of Springfield, and if it’s coming, it’s going to take years for the property owners not directly involved with the casino to come to terms with whether or not they’re going to be positively affected.
“I don’t want to be the rain-on-the-parade guy,” Greeley continued, “but I am very skeptical how much positive effect there will be outside the casino-owned facilities. For example, I don’t think the Fort restaurant will benefit. People aren’t going to eat at the Fort, then come to the casino. That’s not the mentality anywhere.”
Plotkin disagrees. “In all my discussions with MGM, we believe they’re an organization that has a great understanding of what the urban landscape should look like. They’re not looking at a casino in a vacuum; they’re looking at the big picture. Frankly, nobody wants to visit a city just to drop into the city casino, and then leave.
“This is an opportunity,” he told BusinessWest, “to make the entire city more welcoming, to shine a light on some other offerings we have as a downtown, which are many, but have been underappreciated by a lot of people.”
Greeley sees it differently. “A lot of people are drinking the Kool-Aid about how impactful this is going to be on development outside the casino footprint,” he said, “but nothing suggests to me that adding a whole bunch of traffic to the South End will be helpful to other businesses than those directly involved in the casino.
“I think this is being sold as a panacea,” he concluded. “That’s how it’s being marketed. But I haven’t seen a building yet where the renderings didn’t look wonderful.”

Joseph Bednar can be reached at  [email protected]

Building Permits Departments
The following building permits were issued during the month of June 2013.

AGAWAM

Louis Egnatowich
525 Springfield St.
$18,000 — New roof

AMHERST

Amherst College
Campus Center
$285,000 — Cosmetic improvements

Johnson & Gata Realty, LLC
24 Webster Ct.
$5,000 — Replacement windows

United Church
121 North Pleasant St.
$1,040,000 — Expansion and renovation of Unitarian Universalist Society of Amherst Meeting House

CHICOPEE

Atlantic Construction
18 Arlington St.
$30,000 — Re-roof and re-side

Chicopee Housing Authority
Benoit Circle
$245,000 — Window replacement

Pioneer Cold
149 Plainfield St.
$70,000 — Install shipping doors and dock ramp pads

NORTHAMPTON

Chakalos Investments Inc.
345 Haydenville Road
$6,900,000 — Construct a three story 76,000-square-foot senior living retirement center

Cooley Dickinson Hospital
30 Locust St.
$115,000 — Renovate OB unit

Coolidge Center, LLC
47 Pleasant St.
$47,000 — Renovate second floor

Dimension Real Estate, LLC
59 Service Center Road
$13,000 — Replace roof, fascia, and soffit

Gleason Brothers, Inc.
1 Gleason Plaza
$15,000 — Interior renovation

Hampshire Property Group
25 Main St.
$47,000 — Construct interior partitions and staircase between 4th floor and mezzanine

Stop & Shop
238 King St.
$195,000 — Divide former video space into two spaces

The Coca Cola Company
48 Industrial Dr.
$120,000 — 2,300-square-foot addition foundation

Thorne’s Marketplace, LLC
150 Main St.
$30,000 — Frame new dressing rooms

SOUTH HADLEY

Mount Holyoke College
50 College St.
$6,000 — New roof

SPRINGFIELD

1350 Main Street, LLC
1350 Main St.
$61,000 — Alterations to existing space for a fitness center on the ninth floor

1600 Main Street Inc.
1600 Main St.
$255,000 — 3,000-square-foot interior build out

Bernie Medical, LLC
300 Bernie Ave.
$42,500 — Renovation to existing space

Bethany Rd. Properties, LLC
121 Memorial Dr.
$260,000 — Create office space in existing building

C & W Real Estate Company, LLC
1200 Main St.
$75,000 — Alterations to create a television studio and offices

Colrest/State Street, LLC
600 State St.
$106,500 — Remodel of CVS

Main Sheldon, LLC
2684-2708 Main St.
$3,500 — Renovation to stairway

NE Enterprises
1200 West Columbus Ave.
$685,000 — Convert existing welcome center into restaurant and bar

Springfield College
250 Wilbraham Ave.
$780,000 — Addition of new stair tower to existing Locklin Hall

WEST SPRINGFIELD

1275 LLC
1275 Elm St.
$48,000 — New roof

La-Z-Boy Furniture
1299 Riverdale St.
$12,000 — Roof repair

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

BUCKLAND

165 Bray Road
Buckland, MA 01370
Amount: $125,000
Buyer: Meredith A. Raftopoulos
Seller: Clinton Davis
Date: 05/15/13

CONWAY

1076 Pine Hill Road
Conway, MA 01341
Amount: $315,000
Buyer: Tracy R. Blaylock
Seller: Gary W. Kuck
Date: 05/15/13
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DEERFIELD

31 Eastern Ave.
Deerfield, MA 01373
Amount: $225,200
Buyer: Scott W. Lewis
Seller: Zaijac, Zislaw W., (Estate)
Date: 05/10/13

315 Upper Road
Deerfield, MA 01342
Amount: $128,000
Buyer: Susan J. Howard
Seller: Richard J. Calisewski
Date: 05/10/13

GREENFIELD

13 Cleveland St.
Greenfield, MA 01301
Amount: $180,000
Buyer: TO Karlson Props. LLC
Seller: Mohammed Basal
Date: 05/16/13

7 Congress St.
Greenfield, MA 01301
Amount: $569,000
Buyer: 325 Canton Street LLC
Seller: William F. Martin
Date: 05/17/13

51 East Cleveland St.
Greenfield, MA 01301
Amount: $191,000
Buyer: Agnes T. Atkinson
Seller: Michael Labombard
Date: 05/15/13

44 Verde Dr.
Greenfield, MA 01301
Amount: $245,000
Buyer: Alexander M. Bourassa
Seller: Greenfield Coop Bank
Date: 05/09/13

20 Woodleigh Ave.
Greenfield, MA 01301
Amount: $209,000
Buyer: Thomas K. Blankenship
Seller: Jonathan R. Leiws
Date: 05/17/13

LEVERETT

364 North Leverett Road
Leverett, MA 01054
Amount: $365,000
Buyer: Sawmill River TR
Seller: Susan C. Powers
Date: 05/08/13

206 Pratt Corner Road
Leverett, MA 01054
Amount: $350,000
Buyer: Kimberly A. Nedeau
Seller: Denise M. Govoni
Date: 05/15/13

216 Pratt Corner Road
Leverett, MA 01054
Amount: $350,000
Buyer: Kimberly A. Nedeau
Seller: Denise M. Govoni
Date: 05/15/13

MONTAGUE

49 Court Square
Montague, MA 01351
Amount: $150,000
Buyer: Andrew W. Kostecki
Seller: Wendy E. Kostecki
Date: 05/15/13

197 Turnpike Road
Montague, MA 01351
Amount: $145,000
Buyer: Marsha J. Bonnett
Seller: Eric C. Emond
Date: 05/08/13

NORTHFIELD

868 Old Wendell Road
Northfield, MA 01360
Amount: $315,000
Buyer: Joel A. Nelson
Seller: Paul H. Robie
Date: 05/16/13

SHELBURNE

45 Water St.
Shelburne, MA 01370
Amount: $215,000
Buyer: Peter J. Moser
Seller: Gail A. Bissell TR
Date: 05/08/13

110 Zerah Fiske Road
Shelburne, MA 01370
Amount: $377,000
Buyer: Michael P. Labombard
Seller: Daniel E. Flint
Date: 05/15/13

WARWICK

460 Richmond Road
Warwick, MA 01378
Amount: $198,000
Buyer: Stephen P. Stewart
Seller: John W. Chandler
Date: 05/10/13

HAMPDEN COUNTY

AGAWAM

157 Cambridge St.
Agawam, MA 01030
Amount: $152,500
Buyer: Joseph M. Santaniello
Seller: Henrietta M. Shea
Date: 05/06/13

44 Campbell Dr.
Agawam, MA 01001
Amount: $131,000
Buyer: Timothy J. Roberts
Seller: Wells Fargo Bank
Date: 05/15/13

136 Clover Hill Dr.
Agawam, MA 01030
Amount: $239,000
Buyer: Rexhep Nuhiu
Seller: Lyubov Shevchenko
Date: 05/08/13

170 Coyote Circle
Agawam, MA 01030
Amount: $490,000
Buyer: Shawn L. Hammerschmidt
Seller: Dominic J. Candido
Date: 05/17/13

115 Edgewater Road
Agawam, MA 01001
Amount: $250,000
Buyer: Audrey Dwane
Seller: William E. Freeman
Date: 05/15/13

58 Elbert Road
Agawam, MA 01001
Amount: $205,000
Buyer: Jonathan L. Watson
Seller: Paul A. Tatro
Date: 05/17/13

89 Norris St.
Agawam, MA 01030
Amount: $174,000
Buyer: Keith M. Barlow
Seller: Martin M. Radewick
Date: 05/17/13

411 Southwick St.
Agawam, MA 01030
Amount: $332,000
Buyer: Christopher D. Rochon
Seller: Roger H. Blood
Date: 05/15/13

52 Warren St.
Agawam, MA 01001
Amount: $289,000
Buyer: Matthew J. Sady
Seller: Howard J. Murphy
Date: 05/17/13

63 Zacks Way
Agawam, MA 01001
Amount: $360,000
Buyer: Lukasz Wilk
Seller: T. Russo Construction Corp.
Date: 05/08/13

BRIMFIELD

1164 Dunhamtown Brimfield Road
Brimfield, MA 01010
Amount: $236,500
Buyer: Michael J. Wood
Seller: Michael E. Kszaszcz
Date: 05/14/13

CHICOPEE

96 Arnold St.
Chicopee, MA 01013
Amount: $117,000
Buyer: Russell B. Jopson
Seller: Chad L. Crocker
Date: 05/10/13

500 Britton St.
Chicopee, MA 01020
Amount: $240,000
Buyer: Phaneuf Realty LLC
Seller: Ernest A. Larocque
Date: 05/10/13

607 Burnett Road
Chicopee, MA 01020
Amount: $179,000
Buyer: Mark D. Vega
Seller: FNMA
Date: 05/13/13

18 Driscoll St.
Chicopee, MA 01020
Amount: $175,000
Buyer: Jean Foley
Seller: Paul R. Gallagher
Date: 05/17/13

467 East St.
Chicopee, MA 01020
Amount: $137,500
Buyer: Ahmedsaadis A. Bracero
Seller: Jeanne Clow
Date: 05/14/13

190 James St.
Chicopee, MA 01020
Amount: $135,000
Buyer: Brian F. Gregersen
Seller: Deutsche Bank
Date: 05/09/13

90 Maryland Ave.
Chicopee, MA 01020
Amount: $172,500
Buyer: Stephanie V. Barton
Seller: Lukasz A. Tabor
Date: 05/17/13

285 Montgomery St.
Chicopee, MA 01020
Amount: $125,000
Buyer: Cindy S. Kwajewski
Seller: Michelle L. Robbins
Date: 05/10/13

123 Polaski Ave.
Chicopee, MA 01013
Amount: $175,000
Buyer: Adam J. Lajoie
Seller: Tracey A. Devitt
Date: 05/17/13

50 Riverpark Ave.
Chicopee, MA 01013
Amount: $154,000
Buyer: Martino A. Santaniello
Seller: Delfina R. Madeira
Date: 05/17/13

100 Rolf Ave.
Chicopee, MA 01020
Amount: $133,000
Buyer: David J. Duplessis
Seller: Dungruethai Yomdit
Date: 05/17/13

86 Sesame Dr.
Chicopee, MA 01020
Amount: $283,000
Buyer: Jason P. Mastorakis
Seller: Aspen Props. Group LLC
Date: 05/07/13

31 Thomas St.
Chicopee, MA 01013
Amount: $220,000
Buyer: Jorge A. Burgos
Seller: Arclair Dev. LLC
Date: 05/10/13

56 Ward St.
Chicopee, MA 01020
Amount: $134,025
Buyer: Antonina M. Fox
Seller: Jason P. Mastorakis
Date: 05/06/13

91 Watson St.
Chicopee, MA 01020
Amount: $130,000
Buyer: Jean Dersienska
Seller: Rene A. Laplante
Date: 05/13/13

28 Willow St.
Chicopee, MA 01020
Amount: $244,900
Buyer: James J. Niss
Seller: Carol Turgeon
Date: 05/17/13

EAST LONGMEADOW

36 Athens St.
East Longmeadow, MA 01108
Amount: $160,000
Buyer: Grigoriy Shulga
Seller: Josue Diaz
Date: 05/16/13

169 Braeburn Road
East Longmeadow, MA 01028
Amount: $282,500
Buyer: Alexander Grisaru
Seller: Roosevelt Hill LLC
Date: 05/14/13

478 Chestnut St.
East Longmeadow, MA 01028
Amount: $235,000
Buyer: Annemarie Tucker
Seller: Suzanne S. White
Date: 05/09/13

62 Deer Run Terrace
East Longmeadow, MA 01028
Amount: $420,000
Buyer: Christopher M. Eddy
Seller: Kenneth F. Bernier
Date: 05/15/13

69 Hanward Hill
East Longmeadow, MA 01028
Amount: $255,000
Buyer: John Sawyer
Seller: Scott M. McGuire
Date: 05/10/13

10 Jennifer Lane
East Longmeadow, MA 01028
Amount: $209,900
Buyer: Aaron W. Granahan
Seller: Joseph F. Giordano
Date: 05/10/13

2 Kelsey St.
East Longmeadow, MA 01028
Amount: $158,000
Buyer: Gilson Vila
Seller: Walter M. McSweeney
Date: 05/17/13

167 Pease Road
East Longmeadow, MA 01028
Amount: $390,000
Buyer: Randall I. Feher
Seller: Pamela K. McCarthy
Date: 05/14/13

37 Pease Road
East Longmeadow, MA 01028
Amount: $195,000
Buyer: John T. Haynes
Seller: Patricia Carroll
Date: 05/15/13

451 Porter Road
East Longmeadow, MA 01028
Amount: $275,000
Buyer: Joanne M. Bernier
Seller: Richard J. Matuszczak
Date: 05/15/13

HAMPDEN

38 Carmody Road
Hampden, MA 01036
Amount: $280,000
Buyer: Jeffrey P. Zilch
Seller: Stephen L. Haskins
Date: 05/13/13

46 Genevieve Dr.
Hampden, MA 01036
Amount: $265,000
Buyer: Andrew P. Netherwood
Seller: John W. Leger
Date: 05/17/13

140 Rock A. Dundee Road
Hampden, MA 01036
Amount: $420,000
Buyer: Michelle W. Daley
Seller: Scott A. Kertenis
Date: 05/06/13

39 Stony Hill Road
Hampden, MA 01036
Amount: $120,000
Buyer: SW & Wood Construction Inc.
Seller: Diane K. Miklasiewicz
Date: 05/06/13

76 Valleyview Dr.
Hampden, MA 01036
Amount: $210,000
Buyer: Claudia Muradian-Brubach
Seller: Joseph Belardo
Date: 05/17/13

24 Walnut Road
Hampden, MA 01036
Amount: $225,000
Buyer: Maureen K. Chesky
Seller: Craig Campbell
Date: 05/16/13

HOLLAND

79 Sandy Beach Road
Holland, MA 01521
Amount: $317,500
Buyer: Christopher Renson
Seller: Douglas Say
Date: 05/06/13

HOLYOKE

142 Beech St.
Holyoke, MA 01040
Amount: $119,500
Buyer: Edna Pagan
Seller: Marta Santiago
Date: 05/10/13

129 Hillside Ave.
Holyoke, MA 01040
Amount: $160,500
Buyer: Leo Campbell
Seller: Michael T. Bellingham
Date: 05/10/13

357 Jarvis Ave.
Holyoke, MA 01040
Amount: $203,000
Buyer: James D. Fay
Seller: Kevin A. Jourdain
Date: 05/06/13

37 Knollwood Circle
Holyoke, MA 01040
Amount: $204,495
Buyer: Wells Fargo Bank
Seller: Matthew A. Hamel
Date: 05/16/13

135 Lincoln St.
Holyoke, MA 01040
Amount: $196,500
Buyer: Mary B. Agostino
Seller: Daniel E. Wilga
Date: 05/10/13

301 Linden St.
Holyoke, MA 01040
Amount: $190,000
Buyer: William S. Cassidy
Seller: Kristen A. Beam
Date: 05/10/13

68 Nonotuck St.
Holyoke, MA 01040
Amount: $174,000

Buyer: Kristen A. Beam
Seller: Baldwin, Elizabeth A., (Estate)
Date: 05/10/13

222 Pine St.
Holyoke, MA 01040
Amount: $125,000
Buyer: Arnaldo R. Lopez
Seller: Carmelo Lorenzi
Date: 05/10/13

208 Race St.
Holyoke, MA 01040
Amount: $347,000
Buyer: SPS Investments LLC
Seller: Holyoke Supply Co.
Date: 05/13/13

233 Walnut St.
Holyoke, MA 01040
Amount: $186,000
Buyer: Jacob Santos
Seller: Jessica Ojeda
Date: 05/08/13

257 West Franklin St.
Holyoke, MA 01040
Amount: $122,800
Buyer: Richard A. Ochs
Seller: Maureen M. Dearborn
Date: 05/14/13

LONGMEADOW

56 Brooks Road
Longmeadow, MA 01106
Amount: $485,000
Buyer: Azad A. Jabiev
Seller: John Roden
Date: 05/16/13

22 East Primrose Dr.
Longmeadow, MA 01106
Amount: $335,000
Buyer: Jiansong Xu
Seller: Geoffrey Weigand
Date: 05/15/13

19 Eton Road
Longmeadow, MA 01106
Amount: $405,500
Buyer: David T. Florian
Seller: Colony Realty LLC
Date: 05/15/13

148 Greenacre Ave.
Longmeadow, MA 01106
Amount: $289,000
Buyer: Adam L. Deutsch
Seller: Gregory S. Schneider
Date: 05/16/13

1630 Longmeadow St.
Longmeadow, MA 01106
Amount: $258,000
Buyer: Travis D. Page
Seller: Nicholas F. Azar
Date: 05/13/13

18 Maple Road
Longmeadow, MA 01106
Amount: $224,900
Buyer: Quynh L. Nguyen
Seller: David L. Mesecher
Date: 05/09/13

90 Meadow Road
Longmeadow, MA 01106
Amount: $192,000
Buyer: Brian J. Bagnall
Seller: Kristen Nolfi
Date: 05/08/13

96 Salem Road
Longmeadow, MA 01106
Amount: $420,000
Buyer: Craig M. Outhouse
Seller: Michael G. Mason
Date: 05/16/13

5 Summit Ave.
Longmeadow, MA 01106
Amount: $267,500
Buyer: Thomas J. Kucab
Seller: Vincenzo Amore
Date: 05/16/13

1231 Williams St.
Longmeadow, MA 01106
Amount: $250,000
Buyer: Michael E. Chagnon
Seller: Michael E. Chagnon
Date: 05/06/13

LUDLOW

52 Dowd Court
Ludlow, MA 01056
Amount: $385,000
Buyer: Richard L. Frigon
Seller: Jacqueline Rosa
Date: 05/08/13

580 Fuller St.
Ludlow, MA 01056
Amount: $200,000
Buyer: AHB FT
Seller: Stephen M. Breslin
Date: 05/08/13

43 Overlook Dr.
Ludlow, MA 01056
Amount: $238,500
Buyer: Charlotte N. Descognets
Seller: Richard L. Frigon
Date: 05/08/13

109 Parker Lane
Ludlow, MA 01056
Amount: $322,000
Buyer: Lang Lin
Seller: Richard L. Askew
Date: 05/17/13

127 Parker Lane
Ludlow, MA 01056
Amount: $434,000
Buyer: David C. Costa
Seller: Hemlock Ridge LLC
Date: 05/15/13

109 Pine Knoll Dr.
Ludlow, MA 01056
Amount: $241,000
Buyer: Kelly S. Mateus
Seller: Horacio J. Sousa
Date: 05/10/13

5 Wood Dr.
Ludlow, MA 01056
Amount: $135,000
Buyer: Jose M. Alves
Seller: Donald V. McCabe
Date: 05/13/13

MONSON

158 East Hill Road
Monson, MA 01057
Amount: $225,000
Buyer: Timothy M. Nale
Seller: David Goraj
Date: 05/10/13

20 Thayer Road
Monson, MA 01057
Amount: $125,000
Buyer: Eric R. Meffen
Seller: Diane L. Meffen
Date: 05/15/13

135 Upper Palmer Road
Monson, MA 01057
Amount: $145,000
Buyer: Shawn A. Gouger
Seller: Leah M. Ray
Date: 05/07/13

PALMER

77 Squier St.
Palmer, MA 01069
Amount: $125,000
Buyer: John W. Morrison
Seller: Coulter, Constance E., (Estate)
Date: 05/17/13

37 Ware St.
Palmer, MA 01069
Amount: $132,000
Buyer: Jason W. Bessette
Seller: Rivers, Janina, (Estate)
Date: 05/16/13

RUSSELL

135 Timberidge Dr.
Russell, MA 01071
Amount: $176,310
Buyer: FNMA
Seller: Christopher G. Miltimore
Date: 05/08/13

SPRINGFIELD

84 Andrew St.
Springfield, MA 01109
Amount: $128,276
Buyer: FNMA
Seller: Hommy Ortiz
Date: 05/07/13

126 Arcadia Blvd.
Springfield, MA 01118
Amount: $185,000
Buyer: Norma M. O’Brien
Seller: Carol A. Moreau
Date: 05/17/13

53 Bissell St.
Springfield, MA 01119
Amount: $258,702
Buyer: FNMA
Seller: Rose Ndiritu
Date: 05/13/13

127 Bowles Park
Springfield, MA 01104
Amount: $120,000
Buyer: HSBC Bank USA
Seller: Robert G. O’Leary
Date: 05/14/13

459 Carew St.
Springfield, MA 01104
Amount: $125,000
Buyer: Jose R. Vasquez
Seller: Thomas A. Hanifan
Date: 05/07/13

115 Corey Road
Springfield, MA 01128
Amount: $148,000
Buyer: Michelle A. Mejias
Seller: Robert F. Midghall
Date: 05/13/13

210 Dayton St.
Springfield, MA 01118
Amount: $137,000
Buyer: Michael Ashe
Seller: FHLM
Date: 05/16/13

21 Draper St.
Springfield, MA 01108
Amount: $120,530
Buyer: US Bank
Seller: Juana M. Santiago
Date: 05/08/13

23 Emerson St.
Springfield, MA 01118
Amount: $165,000
Buyer: Felix C. Torres
Seller: Episcopal Diocese Of Western Mass.
Date: 05/14/13

35 Hood St.
Springfield, MA 01109
Amount: $124,900
Buyer: Madalyn Rolon
Seller: Yelena Ivanova
Date: 05/10/13

108 Jerilis Dr.
Springfield, MA 01119
Amount: $145,100
Buyer: Marie Fernandez
Seller: Rafael Bones
Date: 05/08/13

116 Johnson St.
Springfield, MA 01108
Amount: $204,790
Buyer: US Bank
Seller: Judy Alberto
Date: 05/17/13

87 Lloyd Ave.
Springfield, MA 01119
Amount: $127,000
Buyer: Deutsche Bank National
Seller: Shirley F. Ross
Date: 05/17/13

211 Merrimac Ave.
Springfield, MA 01104
Amount: $124,000
Buyer: Donna L. Williams
Seller: Frank C. Tripoli
Date: 05/14/13

1230 Page Blvd.
Springfield, MA 01104
Amount: $122,500
Buyer: Francisco A. Pacheco
Seller: Gordon R. Fettes
Date: 05/06/13

1 Palmyra St.
Springfield, MA 01118
Amount: $120,000
Buyer: Jared D. Smith
Seller: Judy R. Brew
Date: 05/16/13

194 Parkerview St.
Springfield, MA 01129
Amount: $204,000
Buyer: Keith Worthy
Seller: Albert N. Garnier
Date: 05/17/13

280 Plumtree Road
Springfield, MA 01118
Amount: $154,900
Buyer: Leroy L. McFarlane
Seller: Oriana B. Jones
Date: 05/17/13

42 Redstone Dr.
Springfield, MA 01118
Amount: $187,500
Buyer: Jacob P. Goodin
Seller: Christopher M. Eddy
Date: 05/15/13

149 Regal St.
Springfield, MA 01118
Amount: $133,000
Buyer: Sharon C. Ritchie
Seller: Jeffrey P. Zilch
Date: 05/13/13

126 Rochford Circle
Springfield, MA 01128
Amount: $120,000
Buyer: Kenneth R. Yarkey
Seller: Kearns, Audrey B., (Estate)
Date: 05/17/13

56 Rochford Circle
Springfield, MA 01128
Amount: $148,500
Buyer: Rebecca J. Larace
Seller: Judith M. Fleury
Date: 05/17/13

18 South Shore Dr.
Springfield, MA 01118
Amount: $169,000
Buyer: Judith Brown
Seller: Stephanie E. Gonzalez
Date: 05/17/13

33 Slumber Lane
Springfield, MA 01128
Amount: $145,000
Buyer: Nathaniel D. Raymond
Seller: Stephanie Pierzchala
Date: 05/14/13

27 Wellington St.
Springfield, MA 01109
Amount: $122,500
Buyer: Neish M. Cordova
Seller: PEC Properties 1 LLC
Date: 05/17/13

59 White Oak Road
Springfield, MA 01128
Amount: $153,500
Buyer: Grahams Construction Inc.
Seller: Melissa A. Keegan
Date: 05/17/13

49 Wing St.
Springfield, MA 01151
Amount: $140,000
Buyer: Jessica Lopez
Seller: Mary Montemagni
Date: 05/08/13

40 Woodcrest Road
Springfield, MA 01129
Amount: $237,000
Buyer: Raymond Gonzalez
Seller: Lisa M. Clewes
Date: 05/17/13

SOUTHWICK

130 South Loomis St.
Southwick, MA 01077
Amount: $250,000
Buyer: Jeremy R. Burns
Seller: Peter A. Bennett
Date: 05/16/13

26 South Loomis St.
Southwick, MA 01077
Amount: $204,000
Buyer: Randall Bourque
Seller: Stephen A. Roulier
Date: 05/13/13

WALES

42 Lake George Road
Wales, MA 01081
Amount: $272,000
Buyer: Scott A. Taylor
Seller: Roberta T. Bennett
Date: 05/06/13

WESTFIELD

11 Airport Dr.
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $180,000
Buyer: Frank A. Demarinis
Seller: Mark J. Staruk
Date: 05/14/13

37 Coolidge Ave.
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $185,000
Buyer: Alexander E. Schultz
Seller: Adam Casineau
Date: 05/17/13

69 Crane Ave.
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $187,000
Buyer: John S. Haftmann
Seller: Mark R. Gilman
Date: 05/17/13

Flynn Meadow Road
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $300,000
Buyer: RSP Realty LLC
Seller: Cowles & Cowles LLC
Date: 05/08/13

149 Granville Road
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $214,000
Buyer: Kathleen A. Harrington
Seller: Melissa A. Glynn
Date: 05/13/13

67 Highland Ave.
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $140,000
Buyer: William Johnston
Seller: Jean T. Rainey
Date: 05/10/13

2 Laurel Terrace
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $188,000
Buyer: Scott T. Gregory
Seller: Thomas M. Bacis
Date: 05/14/13

457 Loomis St.
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $305,000
Buyer: Ryan W. Taylor
Seller: Henry W. Skerry
Date: 05/15/13

168 Meadow St.
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $180,000
Buyer: Jacob Girard
Seller: USA HUD
Date: 05/17/13

170 Meadow St.
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $180,000
Buyer: Jacob Girard
Seller: USA HUD
Date: 05/17/13

11 Shadow Lane
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $248,000
Buyer: Melanie J. Casineau
Seller: Roy J. Federer
Date: 05/17/13

14 Taylor Ave.
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $208,233
Buyer: Bayview Loan Servicing
Seller: William R. Gambill
Date: 05/09/13

WILBRAHAM

7 Acton St.
Wilbraham, MA 01095
Amount: $173,900
Buyer: Sherica C. Rowe-Singleton
Seller: Adelia Pedro
Date: 05/08/13

12 Circle Dr.
Wilbraham, MA 01095
Amount: $155,000
Buyer: Ana Carvalho
Seller: Joseph Pedula
Date: 05/15/13

9 Linwood Dr.
Wilbraham, MA 01095
Amount: $214,000
Buyer: Barbara Robert
Seller: Suzanne Laba
Date: 05/15/13

68 Stony Hill Road
Wilbraham, MA 01095
Amount: $157,000
Buyer: Ana M. Beleza
Seller: Gail P. Doty
Date: 05/06/13

WEST SPRINGFIELD

48 Alexander Dr.
West Springfield, MA 01089
Amount: $650,360
Buyer: Thomas J. Berozsky
Seller: West Meadow Homes Inc.
Date: 05/15/13

55 Bliss St.
West Springfield, MA 01089
Amount: $218,000
Buyer: Pavlo Nikulin
Seller: Roman Zayats
Date: 05/10/13

758 Main St.
West Springfield, MA 01089
Amount: $150,000
Buyer: Xiuyu Ma
Seller: Virginia M. Taillefer
Date: 05/17/13

297 Morgan Road
West Springfield, MA 01089
Amount: $120,299
Buyer: Robert Holmes
Seller: Wells Fargo Bank
Date: 05/16/13

250 Sawmill Road
West Springfield, MA 01089
Amount: $318,000
Buyer: Stephen I. Alois
Seller: Thomas J. Berozsky
Date: 05/17/13

16 Wistaria St.
West Springfield, MA 01089
Amount: $157,500
Buyer: US Bank
Seller: Jamie Frisbie
Date: 05/13/13

HAMPSHIRE COUNTY

AMHERST

148 Columbia Dr.
Amherst, MA 01002
Amount: $350,000
Buyer: Deepankar Basu
Seller: Yung Y. Chen
Date: 05/08/13

120 Red Gate Lane
Amherst, MA 01002
Amount: $370,000
Buyer: Joseh D. Duffey
Seller: Boulder Hill Construction LLC
Date: 05/10/13

44 South Mount Holyoke Dr.
Amherst, MA 01002
Amount: $290,000
Buyer: Tien Pham
Seller: Wenjun Xing
Date: 05/15/13

6 Wildflower Dr.
Amherst, MA 01002
Amount: $450,000
Buyer: Jesse Ferris
Seller: Ralph J. Murphy
Date: 05/06/13

BELCHERTOWN

100 Barton Ave.
Belchertown, MA 01007
Amount: $249,000
Buyer: Karen R. Henning
Seller: Bernard E. Wilkess
Date: 05/06/13

18 Canal Dr.
Belchertown, MA 01007
Amount: $208,000
Buyer: Arnold Niedbala
Seller: Mount Tom Properties LLC
Date: 05/10/13

17 Plaza Ave.
Belchertown, MA 01007
Amount: $304,000
Buyer: Constance G. Brown RET
Seller: Nicholas Marciano
Date: 05/13/13

EASTHAMPTON

176 Everett St.
Easthampton, MA 01027
Amount: $251,000
Buyer: Ronak Patel
Seller: Surckha Patel
Date: 05/13/13

1 Industrial Pkwy.
Easthampton, MA 01027
Amount: $700,000
Buyer: Middle Franklin Dev. Group
Seller: Jenoptik Optical Systems
Date: 05/10/13

94 Pomeroy St.
Easthampton, MA 01027
Amount: $400,000
Buyer: Garry D. Youmell
Seller: Kyle D. Kinlock
Date: 05/10/13

76 Strong St.
Easthampton, MA 01027
Amount: $250,000
Buyer: Carol M. Twiss
Seller: Garry D. Youmell
Date: 05/10/13

GRANBY

9 Mary Lyon Dr.
Granby, MA 01033
Amount: $202,000
Buyer: Amy K. Baker
Seller: Jason F. Randall
Date: 05/14/13

34 New Ludlow Road
Granby, MA 01033
Amount: $151,000
Buyer: Ivonette Ortiz-Rodriguez
Seller: Bruce L. Tetrault
Date: 05/14/13

HADLEY

5 Meadow St.
Hadley, MA 01035
Amount: $129,000
Buyer: Valley Building Co. Inc.
Seller: Mill Cottage LLC
Date: 05/17/13

58 Russell St.
Hadley, MA 01035
Amount: $180,000
Buyer: Donna Burhoe
Seller: Kristen B. Walser
Date: 05/16/13

HATFIELD

359 West St.
Hatfield, MA 01066
Amount: $160,000
Buyer: 359 LAP LLC
Seller: Robert D. Herfurth
Date: 05/06/13

HUNTINGTON

87 County Road
Huntington, MA 01050
Amount: $340,000
Buyer: Justin W. Green
Seller: Lorraine Layman
Date: 05/08/13

NORTHAMPTON

212 Acrebrook Dr.
Northampton, MA 01062
Amount: $125,299
Buyer: Patricia Duffy
Seller: Bank Of America
Date: 05/08/13

26 Burts Pit Road
Northampton, MA 01060
Amount: $165,000
Buyer: Jeffrey A. Dan
Seller: Jennifer M. Johnson
Date: 05/16/13

26 Dickinson St.
Northampton, MA 01060
Amount: $265,000
Buyer: Colee Asia
Seller: Mary B. Agostino
Date: 05/10/13

87 Dunphy Dr.
Northampton, MA 01062
Amount: $213,000
Buyer: Lesley J. Eckert
Seller: Hecotr L. Santos
Date: 05/17/13

696 Florence Road
Northampton, MA 01062
Amount: $300,000
Buyer: Kathryn S. Crouss
Seller: Haytham M. Omar
Date: 05/15/13

18 Hillside Road
Northampton, MA 01060
Amount: $547,000
Buyer: Henry A. Brown
Seller: Boyd T. Hehn
Date: 05/10/13

91 Moser St.
Northampton, MA 01060
Amount: $489,734
Buyer: Timothy M. Levy
Seller: Kent Pecoy & Sons Construction Inc.
Date: 05/08/13

14 Orchard St.
Northampton, MA 01060
Amount: $260,000
Buyer: Brenda J. Church
Seller: Jo Anne P. Howlett
Date: 05/10/13

11 Ormond Dr.
Northampton, MA 01062
Amount: $220,000
Buyer: Jonathan K. Fogelson
Seller: Ruth Yeh
Date: 05/15/13

164 Overlook Dr.
Northampton, MA 01062
Amount: $315,000
Buyer: Santoyo Pacheco
Seller: Hardev Singh
Date: 05/09/13

110 Turkey Hill Road
Northampton, MA 01062
Amount: $172,500
Buyer: Marya J. Avedon
Seller: K. E. Avedon-Tresselt
Date: 05/16/13

15 West Farms Road
Northampton, MA 01062
Amount: $365,000
Buyer: Humayun LLC
Seller: West Farms Realty LLC
Date: 05/16/13

1095 Westhampton Road
Northampton, MA 01062
Amount: $327,476
Buyer: Easthampton Savings Bank
Seller: Monkey Man LLC
Date: 05/13/13

SOUTH HADLEY

12 Atwood Road
South Hadley, MA 01075
Amount: $185,500
Buyer: Stray Horse Props. LLC
Seller: William J. Rokowski
Date: 05/16/13

60 Bridge St.
South Hadley, MA 01075
Amount: $275,000
Buyer: Diamond Property Svcs. LLC
Seller: Cheryl A. Bonavita
Date: 05/09/13

70 College View Hts.
South Hadley, MA 01075
Amount: $240,000
Buyer: Peter B. Blain
Seller: Warren M. Bock
Date: 05/08/13

68 Columbia St.
South Hadley, MA 01075
Amount: $129,551
Buyer: USA VA
Seller: Christopher D. Mackenzie
Date: 05/08/13

6 Oak Ave.
South Hadley, MA 01075
Amount: $177,000
Buyer: Andrew T. Barrett
Seller: Christine E. Schoenborn
Date: 05/15/13

SOUTHAMPTON

165 Brickyard Road
Southampton, MA 01073
Amount: $214,900
Buyer: Joycelyn H. Kinlock
Seller: Zachariah F. Chornyak
Date: 05/15/13

238 County Road
Southampton, MA 01073
Amount: $180,000
Buyer: Joann Bennett
Seller: Edmond P. Laprade
Date: 05/15/13

35 Fomer Road
Southampton, MA 01073
Amount: $292,000
Buyer: Sven Kielhorn
Seller: Patrick J. Pompei
Date: 05/14/13

WARE

63 Babcock Tavern Road
Ware, MA 01082
Amount: $230,000
Buyer: Michael J. Riordan
Seller: Gregory Czech
Date: 05/08/13

23 Beach Road
Ware, MA 01082
Amount: $190,000
Buyer: Philip E. Ethier
Seller: James A. Gately
Date: 05/10/13

50 Crescent St.
Ware, MA 01082
Amount: $168,000
Buyer: Michael J. Barry
Seller: Mark R. Pauette
Date: 05/10/13

111 East St.
Ware, MA 01082
Amount: $185,788
Buyer: JP Morgan Chase Bank
Seller: Stephen S. Hagberg
Date: 05/10/13

84 Fisherdick Road
Ware, MA 01082
Amount: $265,000
Buyer: Christopher M. Rasys
Seller: Daniel P. Talbot
Date: 05/17/13

21 Highland St.
Ware, MA 01082
Amount: $405,000
Buyer: Kristien Hennessey
Seller: Joseph C. Cassaro
Date: 05/17/13

17 Otis Ave.
Ware, MA 01082
Amount: $135,000
Buyer: Justin E. Matys
Seller: Robert Kopka
Date: 05/07/13

82 West Main St.
Ware, MA 01082
Amount: $115,000
Buyer: Maxwell C. Labier
Seller: 82 West Main Street RT
Date: 05/08/13

WESTHAMPTON

61 Hathaway Road
Westhampton, MA 01027
Amount: $315,000
Buyer: Scott R. Tirrell
Seller: Thomas C. McCarthy
Date: 05/14/13

7 Northwest Road
Westhampton, MA 01027
Amount: $254,000
Buyer: Kyle D. Kinlock
Seller: Matthew T. Lowney
Date: 05/10/13

WILLIAMSBURG

5 Edwards St.
Williamsburg, MA 01039
Amount: $285,000
Buyer: Charles G. O’Connell
Seller: Heath, Raymond F. Jr., (Estate)
Date: 05/17/13

Departments Incorporations

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

AMHERST

Hangar of Westfield Incorporated Enterprise, 55 University Dr., Amherst, MA 01002. Harold Tramazzo, same. Restaurant franchise.

Help our Kids Inc., 194 Lincoln Ave., Amherst, MA 01002. Noryn Resnick, same. To identify the needs of children in foster care in the Greater Springfield area.

BELCHERTOWN

Kuni Money Inc., 134 south St., Belchertown, MA 01007. Sushma Patel, same. Check cashing, money service, retail.

CHICOPEE

JBM Company Inc., 165 Prospect St., Chicopee, MA 01013. Jacinto Blanco-Munoz, same. Restaurant.

LS Propriety Maintenance Inc., 954 Chicopee St., Chicopee, MA 01013. Luciano Santos, same. Property maintenance.

EASTHAMPTON

Julie Tomlinson Inc., 75 Northampton St., Easthampton, MA 01027. Julie Tomlinson-Nolan, same. Wholesale jewelry sales.

GREENFIELD

Green River Brewers & Distillers Inc., 17 Wildwood Ave., Greenfield, MA 01301. Joseph Gochinski, same. Brewing and distilling malt beverages, alcoholic beverages, and spirits.

HADLEY

Healing Through Horses Inc., 105 Stockbridge Road, Hadley MA 01035. Joanne Elizabeth Huff, 107 Brookline Ave., Holyoke, MA 01040. To create a healing environment through experiential learning with horses.

HATFIELD

Independent Automotive Repair Inc., 8B Linseed Hill Road, Hatfield, MA 01038. Gregory Lawrence, same. Auto repair services.

Northeast Pit Bull Rescue Inc., 129 Prospect St., Hatfield, MA 01038. Daniel Korpiewski, same. To save the lives of needy dogs and educate the general public on pit bulls.

HOLYOKE

Living Water Counseling Center Inc., 94 Suffolk St., Holyoke, MA 01040. Frank Wotton, 15 Howard St., Holyoke, MA 01040. Private behavioral services.

LEE

JMK Technical Services Inc., 455 Marble St., Lee MA 01238. Nauneet Pathak, same. Computer software services

LONGMEADOW

Medical Risk Analytics Inc., 85 Pleasant View Ave., Longmeadow, MA 01106. David Licht, same. Consulting.

MIP Holdings Inc., 269 Captain Road, Longmeadow, MA 01106. Michael Pechulis, same. Real estate holding company.

LUDLOW

Liberty Family Farms Inc., 47 Deer Hill Circle, Ludlow, MA 01056. Jeanette Johnson, same. Operation of a farm.

Ludlow Rotary Club Charitable Foundation Inc., 1428 Center St., Ludlow, MA 01056. Maria Crespo, 106 Grandview Ave., Ludlow, MA 01056.

NORTH ADAMS

McCann Alumni Associates Inc., 70 Hodges Cross Road, North Adams, MA 01247. Chad O’Neill, 1226 Massachusetts Ave., North Adams, MA 01247. To continue the quality of the technical education at Charles McCann Technical High School.

NORTHAMPTON

Help Yourself Inc., 19 Maple Ave., Northampton, MA 01060. Felix Lufkin, same. Organize, Facilitate and promote community involvement in planting fruit tree and gardens

Neohasid, 19 Perkins Ave., #6, Northampton, MA 01060. David Seidenberg, same. Jewish education

PITTSFIELD

Get Away Clean Inc., 154 Stoddard Ave., Pittsfield, MA 01201. Christopher Kittle, same. Residential and commercial cleaning and maintenance.

SPRINGFIELD

Iglesia Casa De Dios Y Puerta Del Cielo, 29 Grover St., Springfield, MA 01104. Soledad Kercado, same. Preach the gospel to every person. Teach the word of God.

Kind Medical Inc., 590 Boston Road, Springfield, MA 01119. Jay Heinicke, 51 Squire St., MA 01069.

Departments Picture This

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Drive Time

BaliseRibbonCutBaliseLadiesAn official ribbon cutting marked the opening of the new, 27,000-square-foot Balise Ford of Wilbraham on the corner of Boston Road and Stony Hill Road, pictured below. After an eight-month construction effort, the dealership moved from its temporary setting a quarter-mile east. The new facility will offer a state-of-the-art sales and service department. Top, Jeb Balise (fourth from the left), president and CEO of Balise Motor Sales, officially cuts the ribbon, flanked on the left by Eric Fuller, member of Wilbraham Planning Board; Phil Podgorny, regional manager of New England for Ford; and Bob Russell, Wilbraham selectman; and on the right by Jason Perez, general manager of Balise Ford of Wilbraham; and Dick Butler, member of the Wilbraham Planning Board. Bottom, the Balise marketing team poses on the back of a 2013 Ford F-150. From left are Kristin Garini, digital marketing manager; Megan Boshuyzen, graphic designer; Dale MacDonald, media manager; and Crystal Childs, social media specialist.

Who Done It?

GrayHouseCastNine area ‘celebrities’ recently volunteered their time and talent to portray various suspects in a second annual murder mystery dinner titled Quicker Than The Eye. The interactive evening benefited the Gray House Inc., a nonprofit that provides food, clothing, and educational services to nearly 8,000 Springfield-area residents each year. Featured players included (from left) Chris Buendo, co-publisher, Reminder Publications; Ellen Freyman, attorney, Shatz, Schwartz and Fentin, P.C.; Korri Piper, development and communications director, Greater Springfield Habitat for Humanity; Karen Boyd, the Zito & Karen Morning Show, Mix 93.1; Anthony Cignoli, president of A.L. Cignoli Co.; Jill Monson, owner, Inspired Marketing; Brady Chianciola, assistant vice president and regional manager, PeoplesBank; Elizabeth Taras, staff writer, BusinessWest and the Healthcare News; and Kimberly Robinson William, diversity consultant, the Office of Diversity & Inclusion at Baystate Health.

Airing His Opinions

YPSmeetingYPSexcelDryerDenis Gagnon, president of Excel Dryer in East Longmeadow, and inventor of the XLERATOR hand dryer, spoke to members of the Young Professional Society of Greater Springfield for the May CEO Luncheon. After a tour of the manufacturing facility, Gagnon and son Bill, vice president of Marketing and Key Accounts, explained how the family’s investments in new products, especially the XLERATOR, which is now the industry standard, has enabled the company to grow exponentially since it was purchased in 1997. Pictured in the Excel plant, bottom, with Denis Gagnon (third from left), are YPS board members (from left) Jeremy Casey, assistant vice president and commercial service officer, Westfield Bank; Jack Toner, sales, Sumner & Toner Insurance Agency; Nick Gelfand, owner, NRG Real Estate Inc.; Sharon Czarnecki, assistant vice president and commercial loan officer/Small Business Development, Westfield Bank; and Bill Gagnon.

Dave and Dinosaurs

Dave Ratner at schoolDavid Ratner, CEO of Dave’s Soda and Pet City of Agawam and Hadley, recently read to students at the James Clark School in Agawam as part of the Link to Libraries Business Book Link program. Ratner shared a story about dinosaurs with the first-grade class of teacher Kathy Planzo, at right.

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

BUCKLAND

87 State St.
Buckland, MA 01370
Amount: $265,206
Buyer: Wells Fargo Bank
Seller: Steve E. Patnode
Date: 04/22/13

41 Heath Road
Colrain, MA 01340
Amount: $177,000
Buyer: Phillip M. Baunsgard
Seller: Russell A. Barnes
Date: 05/03/13

DEERFIELD

731 Greenfield Road
Deerfield, MA 01342
Amount: $205,000
Buyer: Analise F. Nimeskern
Seller: Nika Oakes
Date: 04/26/13

31 Sawmill Plain Road
Deerfield, MA 01373
Amount: $227,000
Buyer: Charles W. Laliberty
Seller: Ann M. Dionne
Date: 04/24/13

4 Sugarloaf St.
Deerfield, MA 01373
Amount: $410,000
Buyer: DKRE Sugarloaf LLC
Seller: Rotkiewicz NT
Date: 04/30/13

ERVING

19 Central St.
Erving, MA 01344
Amount: $152,500
Buyer: Christopher B. Sadler
Seller: Francis A. Pollard
Date: 04/26/13

GREENFIELD

1001 Bernardston Road
Greenfield, MA 01301
Amount: $206,400
Buyer: Reed A. Baldwin
Seller: John W. Cavender
Date: 04/26/13

1200 Bernardston Road
Greenfield, MA 01301
Amount: $180,075
Buyer: Michael T. Mangnuson
Seller: Walter L. Williams
Date: 04/30/13

805 Bernardston Road
Greenfield, MA 01301
Amount: $200,000
Buyer: Greenfield Russian Evangelical
Seller: Jehovahs Witnesses Inc.
Date: 04/29/13

4 Cherry St.
Greenfield, MA 01301
Amount: $272,000
Buyer: Adam M. Bouchard
Seller: Joseph A. George
Date: 04/26/13

97 Columbus Ave.
Greenfield, MA 01301
Amount: $155,000
Buyer: Shawn S. Wrisley
Seller: Thomas P. Morse
Date: 04/24/13

246 Davis St.
Greenfield, MA 01301
Amount: $180,000
Buyer: Roger Matthews
Seller: James M. Bennett
Date: 05/03/13

49 Hastings St.
Greenfield, MA 01301
Amount: $156,500
Buyer: Jeffrey E. Lapointe
Seller: Amy A. Gray
Date: 04/26/13

16 Jefferson Ave.
Greenfield, MA 01301
Amount: $197,400
Buyer: Linda A. Morey
Seller: Gary T. Magnan
Date: 04/24/13

17 Revere Circle
Greenfield, MA 01301
Amount: $180,000
Buyer: Matthew P. Garris
Seller: Carole A. Jarivs
Date: 04/29/13

50 Smith St.
Greenfield, MA 01301
Amount: $118,000
Buyer: Ovidiu Nichita
Seller: Ralph F. Jelley
Date: 04/30/13

22 Warner St.
Greenfield, MA 01301
Amount: $180,000
Buyer: Warren W. Gray
Seller: Elena F. Sandri TR
Date: 04/22/13

133 Wisdom Way
Greenfield, MA 01301
Amount: $158,500
Buyer: Chang-Hoyk Yu
Seller: Matthew R. Lovett
Date: 04/23/13

LEVERETT

Richardson Road
Leverett, MA 01054
Amount: $200,000
Buyer: W. D. Cowls Inc.
Seller: Allyn W. Coombs
Date: 05/01/13

MONTAGUE

25 L St.
Montague, MA 01376
Amount: $169,900
Buyer: Kimberly Cusack
Seller: Constance A. Galvis
Date: 04/26/13

NEW SALEM

2 Old County Road
New Salem, MA 01355
Amount: $201,500
Buyer: Amanda K. Piper
Seller: Scott L. McCarthy
Date: 05/01/13

NORTHFIELD

19 Hamilton Dr.
Northfield, MA 01360
Amount: $159,900
Buyer: Shelby M. Holton
Seller: Mark K. Trumbull
Date: 05/01/13

175 Main St.
Northfield, MA 01360
Amount: $272,500
Buyer: Barbara L. Jacque
Seller: Sydney C. Navarro
Date: 04/30/13

ORANGE

185 Holtshire Road
Orange, MA 01364
Amount: $172,400
Buyer: Pauline C. Bixby
Seller: Aprilee K. Howe
Date: 05/03/13

ROWE

306 Zoar Road
Rowe, MA 01367
Amount: $216,129
Buyer: Citimortgage Inc.
Seller: Philip E. Black
Date: 05/01/13

SHELBURNE

5 Mechanic St.
Shelburne, MA 01370
Amount: $180,000
Buyer: Franklin Landtrust Inc.
Seller: Michael Cohen
Date: 05/02/13

SUNDERLAND

2 Ledgewood Dr.
Sunderland, MA 01375
Amount: $227,000
Buyer: Stacy B. Dennie
Seller: Tyler G. Boone
Date: 04/30/13

68 South Plain Road
Sunderland, MA 01375
Amount: $290,000
Buyer: Kathleen M. Keroack RET
Seller: Creek RT
Date: 04/25/13

WARWICK

95 Shepardson Road
Warwick, MA 01378
Amount: $127,521
Buyer: McLaine L. Schillemat
Seller: FNMA
Date: 04/26/13

HAMPDEN COUNTY

AGAWAM

11 Albert St.
Agawam, MA 01001
Amount: $185,000
Buyer: Callie A. Rapa
Seller: Anne M. Iellamo
Date: 05/03/13

45 Allison Lane
Agawam, MA 01030
Amount: $327,500
Buyer: Miriam L. Andrews
Seller: Daniel A. Tully
Date: 05/01/13

26 Anthony St.
Agawam, MA 01001
Amount: $210,000
Buyer: Ian C. Mulanouskus
Seller: Amy L. Bishop
Date: 04/30/13

102 Coronet Circle
Agawam, MA 01030
Amount: $138,200
Buyer: Michael Osowski
Seller: Gerard R. Boucher
Date: 04/22/13

79 Cosgrove Ave.
Agawam, MA 01001
Amount: $168,000
Buyer: Travis L. Trout
Seller: Miriam L. Andrews
Date: 05/01/13

204 Lancaster Dr.
Agawam, MA 01001
Amount: $340,000
Buyer: Daniel R. Torres
Seller: Christopher D. Rooney
Date: 04/29/13

475 Meadow St.
Agawam, MA 01001
Amount: $313,000
Buyer: Matthew S. Hubbard
Seller: Rudolph J. Gay
Date: 04/29/13

22 Ralph St.
Agawam, MA 01030
Amount: $140,000
Buyer: Frank J. Bond
Seller: Roy F. Cavallon
Date: 04/30/13

427 Southwick St.
Agawam, MA 01030
Amount: $200,000
Buyer: Thomas E. Cascio
Seller: David R. Tackley
Date: 05/02/13

91 Sylvan Lane
Agawam, MA 01030
Amount: $175,000
Buyer: Ronald P. Daignault
Seller: Mary L. Daignault
Date: 04/24/13

BRIMFIELD

37 6th St.
Brimfield, MA 01010
Amount: $300,000
Buyer: Earl K. Wonderlie
Seller: Stuart, Raymond E., (Estate)
Date: 05/03/13

CHESTER

36 Lyon Hill Road
Chester, MA 01011
Amount: $243,900
Buyer: Nicole A. Peters
Seller: Pamela M. Sanborn
Date: 04/30/13

CHICOPEE

87 Acrebrook Dr.
Chicopee, MA 01020
Amount: $168,000
Buyer: Lisa H. Robbins
Seller: Joseph M. McNerney
Date: 04/29/13

84 Austin St.
Chicopee, MA 01013
Amount: $189,000
Buyer: Doreen E. Nelson
Seller: Kevin T. Burke
Date: 04/29/13

122 Beauregard Terrace
Chicopee, MA 01020
Amount: $144,329
Buyer: Alejandro A. Olavarria
Seller: Joseph A. Braica
Date: 04/23/13

41 Belvidere St.
Chicopee, MA 01013
Amount: $265,000
Buyer: Peter Braun
Seller: Richard Kraus
Date: 05/03/13

9 Bill St.
Chicopee, MA 01013
Amount: $143,000
Buyer: William J. Bell
Seller: Stephen P. Pettengill
Date: 04/26/13

79 Casey Dr.
Chicopee, MA 01020
Amount: $218,000
Buyer: Brenda L. Kroeber
Seller: Janet L. Morgan
Date: 04/30/13

170 Clarendon Ave.
Chicopee, MA 01013
Amount: $115,450
Buyer: USA VA
Seller: David T. Marchacos
Date: 04/22/13

237 Dale St.
Chicopee, MA 01020
Amount: $118,000
Buyer: Brian M. Pouliot
Seller: Ivan N. Trombley
Date: 04/23/13

615 Front St.
Chicopee, MA 01013
Amount: $300,000
Buyer: 615 Front Street RT
Seller: 615 STP LLC
Date: 04/30/13

230 Grattan St.
Chicopee, MA 01020
Amount: $300,000
Buyer: FKC RT
Seller: Paul A. Smith
Date: 04/30/13

62 Jamrog Dr.
Chicopee, MA 01020
Amount: $121,500
Buyer: Daniel Stamborski
Seller: Lester J. Zawada
Date: 04/29/13

70 Labelle Dr.
Chicopee, MA 01020
Amount: $210,000
Buyer: Verber L. Ealum
Seller: Kusek, Joseph J., (Estate)
Date: 05/02/13

34 Langevin St.
Chicopee, MA 01020
Amount: $118,000
Buyer: Jared C. Robert
Seller: Robert S. Miller
Date: 05/03/13

13 Louise Ave.
Chicopee, MA 01013
Amount: $133,000
Buyer: Joseph B. Lavato
Seller: Barbara E. Gregory
Date: 04/22/13

128 Manning St.
Chicopee, MA 01020
Amount: $147,350
Buyer: Allen S. Lesik
Seller: Maurice J. Cotton
Date: 04/30/13

40 Maplewood Ave.
Chicopee, MA 01013
Amount: $119,900
Buyer: Christopher G. Morin
Seller: Jon Goudreault
Date: 04/26/13

620 McKinstry Ave.
Chicopee, MA 01020
Amount: $155,000
Buyer: Ngoeun Chhoun
Seller: D&D Chicopee Realty 3 LLC
Date: 05/02/13

117 Melvin St.
Chicopee, MA 01013
Amount: $117,000
Buyer: Luis E. Encarnacion-Lopez
Seller: Cindy A. Fiorillo
Date: 04/25/13

163 Monroe St.
Chicopee, MA 01020
Amount: $237,400
Buyer: Daniel R. Ernst
Seller: Joseph A. Perez
Date: 05/02/13

34 Nonotuck Ave.
Chicopee, MA 01013
Amount: $135,000
Buyer: Andrea Ronghi
Seller: Thomas F. Benson
Date: 04/26/13

34 Oxford St.
Chicopee, MA 01020
Amount: $152,000
Buyer: Dermerica LLC
Seller: Gale H. French
Date: 04/30/13

14 Parkwood Dr.
Chicopee, MA 01013
Amount: $149,900
Buyer: James L. Arnold
Seller: Walter J. Mika
Date: 04/26/13

45 Plainfield St.
Chicopee, MA 01013
Amount: $1,050,000
Buyer: SDI LLC
Seller: RHD Realty LLC
Date: 04/26/13

61 South Winthrop St.
Chicopee, MA 01020
Amount: $193,000
Buyer: Joshua T. McKenna
Seller: Joyce B. Hogan
Date: 04/24/13

435 Springfield St.
Chicopee, MA 01013
Amount: $205,000
Buyer: JGAR LLC
Seller: Harvey J. Lafleche
Date: 04/29/13

54 Victoria Park
Chicopee, MA 01020
Amount: $195,000
Buyer: Hector M. Morales
Seller: Adam M. Carmody
Date: 04/26/13

EAST LONGMEADOW

311 Kibbe Road
East Longmeadow, MA 01028
Amount: $150,000
Buyer: PHV RT
Seller: Charles D. Lipp
Date: 05/01/13

15 Murray Court
East Longmeadow, MA 01028
Amount: $142,000
Buyer: Michael Robert
Seller: Mary J. Couchon
Date: 05/02/13

60 Old Farm Road
East Longmeadow, MA 01028
Amount: $580,000
Buyer: Francis J. Pokigo
Seller: Kermit M. Stuart
Date: 04/26/13

178 Patterson Ave.
East Longmeadow, MA 01028
Amount: $157,500
Buyer: Laurie Kimball
Seller: John Arel
Date: 04/30/13

284 Pease Road
East Longmeadow, MA 01028
Amount: $280,000
Buyer: Michael E. Johnson
Seller: Sean P. Duffy
Date: 04/26/13

47 Windsor Lane
East Longmeadow, MA 01028
Amount: $454,558
Buyer: Ralph L. Santaniello
Seller: Dan Roulier & Assocs. Inc.
Date: 05/02/13

HAMPDEN

4 Andrew Circle
Hampden, MA 01036
Amount: $375,000
Buyer: Sean P. Duffy
Seller: Cheryl A. McCarthy
Date: 04/26/13

59 Baldwin Dr.
Hampden, MA 01036
Amount: $159,900
Buyer: Allen E. Warren
Seller: Mikaelian, Edward A., (Estate)
Date: 05/03/13

290 Bennett Road
Hampden, MA 01036
Amount: $152,000
Buyer: Christopher R. Przybyl
Seller: UB Propertiess LLC
Date: 04/29/13

18 Cedar Oak Lane
Hampden, MA 01036
Amount: $156,000
Buyer: Rebecca L. Hildreth
Seller: Diane L. Hildreth
Date: 04/26/13

HOLLAND

47 Kimball Hill Road
Holland, MA 01521
Amount: $218,500
Buyer: Sara V. Vankeuren
Seller: Paquette Builders LLC
Date: 04/26/13

39 Shore Dr.
Holland, MA 01521
Amount: $310,000
Buyer: P. S. Roman
Seller: Clarissa M. Allanach
Date: 04/29/13

HOLYOKE

367 Apremont Hwy.
Holyoke, MA 01040
Amount: $144,300
Buyer: Gary D. Loomis
Seller: Eileen M. Gilhooley
Date: 04/26/13

35 Franks Dr.
Holyoke, MA 01040
Amount: $159,900
Buyer: Reina I. Lorenzi
Seller: Angel M. Perez
Date: 04/30/13

5 Greenwood Ave.
Holyoke, MA 01040
Amount: $187,000
Buyer: Margaret E. Dugal
Seller: Lucy A. Dunham
Date: 04/30/13

341 Hillside Ave.
Holyoke, MA 01040
Amount: $115,000
Buyer: Cynthia C. Schroeder
Seller: Helen Weiner
Date: 04/26/13

152 Homestead Ave.
Holyoke, MA 01040
Amount: $157,000
Buyer: Robert A. Hoeppner
Seller: Goodchild, Margaret A., (Estate)
Date: 05/01/13

810 Homestead Ave.
Holyoke, MA 01040
Amount: $135,000
Buyer: FNMA
Seller: John T. O’Donnell
Date: 05/03/13

183 Madison Ave.
Holyoke, MA 01040
Amount: $330,000
Buyer: Amy C. McDonough
Seller: Dolores D. Dean
Date: 05/01/13

33 Old Jarvis Ave.
Holyoke, MA 01040
Amount: $223,900
Buyer: Cheryl A. McCarthy
Seller: Daniel E. Fried
Date: 04/26/13

17 Vadnais St.
Holyoke, MA 01040
Amount: $155,000
Buyer: UMass Five College FCU
Seller: Frederick P. Barrett
Date: 04/30/13

LONGMEADOW

108 Edgewood Ave.
Longmeadow, MA 01106
Amount: $259,900
Buyer: Michael T. Jordan
Seller: Eric E. Tracy
Date: 04/29/13

623 Frank Smith Road
Longmeadow, MA 01106
Amount: $380,000
Buyer: Dennis C. Rogan
Seller: Robert Stirton NT
Date: 04/26/13

100 Normandy Road
Longmeadow, MA 01106
Amount: $734,600
Buyer: Daniel P. Murphy
Seller: Katharine P. Costello
Date: 04/26/13

102 Pinewood Dr.
Longmeadow, MA 01106
Amount: $480,000
Buyer: Katharine A. Pacella
Seller: Victor J. Steele
Date: 04/26/13

LUDLOW

67 Americo St.
Ludlow, MA 01056
Amount: $255,000
Buyer: James D. Deshaies
Seller: Robert A. Tardiff
Date: 04/30/13

31 Cady St.
Ludlow, MA 01056
Amount: $143,750
Buyer: Timothy J. Fitzgerald
Seller: Carvalho, Henrique J., (Estate)
Date: 05/01/13

178 Howard St.
Ludlow, MA 01056
Amount: $124,000
Buyer: David W. Rogers
Seller: John P. Vautrain
Date: 05/03/13

24 Lazarz St.
Ludlow, MA 01056
Amount: $147,500
Buyer: Joseph W. Comi
Seller: Julie A. Felton
Date: 04/30/13

14 North Arthur St.
Ludlow, MA 01056
Amount: $120,000
Buyer: Joaquim L. Santos
Seller: TD Bank NA

55 Power Ave.
Ludlow, MA 01056
Amount: $170,000
Buyer: Mary E. McGuinness
Seller: Otis J. Roberts
Date: 04/25/13

MONSON

Boston Road West
Monson, MA 01057
Amount: $125,000
Buyer: Antonio Fernandes
Seller: Tyler F. Washburn
Date: 04/26/13

7 Fountain St.
Monson, MA 01057
Amount: $199,644
Buyer: Wells Fargo Bank NA
Seller: Jessy D. Shea
Date: 05/01/13

4 Hilltop Dr.
Monson, MA 01057
Amount: $200,000
Buyer: Stephen G. Farr
Seller: Hazel V. Kline
Date: 04/26/13

13 Pinnacle Road
Monson, MA 01057
Amount: $150,000
Buyer: Laura K. Clark
Seller: Greater Springfield Credit Union
Date: 05/03/13

PALMER

2027 Calkins Road
Palmer, MA 01069
Amount: $178,200
Buyer: Jarid R. Provost
Seller: Anthony J. Kempesty
Date: 04/23/13

9 Kelley St.
Palmer, MA 01080
Amount: $276,000
Buyer: James Baldyga
Seller: William D. Bacyk
Date: 04/25/13

72 Laurel Road
Palmer, MA 01069
Amount: $210,000
Buyer: William R. Mueller
Seller: James D. Malloy
Date: 05/01/13

17 Robinson Road
Palmer, MA 01069
Amount: $165,000
Buyer: Christopher A. Wystepek
Seller: Sandra L. Olson
Date: 04/26/13

Thorndike St.
Palmer, MA 01069
Amount: $199,000
Buyer: Richard E. Laviolette
Seller: M Jackson Construction
Date: 04/30/13

SPRINGFIELD

200 Abbott St.
Springfield, MA 01118
Amount: $150,000
Buyer: Kimberly Phillips
Seller: Jason M. Ferrero
Date: 05/03/13

235 Berkshire Ave.
Springfield, MA 01109
Amount: $225,000
Buyer: Cantalini Holdings Inc.
Seller: Thibodeau Realty LLC
Date: 05/03/13

28 Biltmore St.
Springfield, MA 01108
Amount: $163,000
Buyer: Leesann A. Weekes
Seller: Jessica M. Rivera
Date: 05/02/13

791 Carew St.
Springfield, MA 01104
Amount: $178,026
Buyer: US Bank NA
Seller: Joel Fernandez
Date: 05/01/13

104 Catalpa Terrace
Springfield, MA 01119
Amount: $128,000
Buyer: William Flores
Seller: Clancy, Karen A., (Estate)
Date: 04/30/13

18 Claremont St.
Springfield, MA 01108
Amount: $124,392
Buyer: GMAC Mortgage LLC
Seller: Rafael Rivera
Date: 05/03/13

273 Dorset St.
Springfield, MA 01108
Amount: $150,000
Buyer: Anthony M. Martone
Seller: Robert A. Soderstrom
Date: 05/01/13

111 Elijah St.
Springfield, MA 01109
Amount: $118,000
Buyer: Rose M. Soto
Seller: Anatoliy Stuzhuk
Date: 04/29/13

121 Elijah St.
Springfield, MA 01109
Amount: $174,000
Buyer: Victor A. Sanchez
Seller: K&N Properties LLC
Date: 04/30/13

351 Forest Hills Road
Springfield, MA 01128
Amount: $237,000
Buyer: Ashley L. Brogan
Seller: Michael E. Johnson
Date: 04/26/13

384 Forest Hills Road
Springfield, MA 01128
Amount: $195,000
Buyer: Molly L. Dill
Seller: Geri L. Cramer
Date: 04/30/13

36 Fountain St.
Springfield, MA 01108
Amount: $125,000
Buyer: Jose A. Andrade
Seller: NSP Residential LLC
Date: 04/30/13

172 Gardens Dr.
Springfield, MA 01119
Amount: $147,500
Buyer: Omari H. Murray
Seller: Julie Walko
Date: 04/30/13

230 Keddy St.
Springfield, MA 01109
Amount: $125,000
Buyer: LAG Capital LLC
Seller: William T. Raleigh
Date: 04/29/13

36 Kenway Dr.
Springfield, MA 01104
Amount: $135,000
Buyer: Rebecca D. Stout
Seller: Ralph F. Esempio
Date: 04/23/13

180 Lake Dr.
Springfield, MA 01151
Amount: $125,000
Buyer: Norma L. Ramos-Rivera
Seller: Jason L. Lovett
Date: 04/26/13

468 Liberty St.
Springfield, MA 01104
Amount: $250,000
Buyer: Dionne Real Estate LLC
Seller: 468 Liberty RT
Date: 05/03/13

36 Lloyd Ave.
Springfield, MA 01119
Amount: $140,000
Buyer: Hector O. Marrero
Seller: Samuel Diaz
Date: 04/30/13

12 Longview St.
Springfield, MA 01108
Amount: $144,900
Buyer: Vidal Cardona
Seller: James B. Morrissey
Date: 04/24/13

191 Mazarin St.
Springfield, MA 01151
Amount: $187,800
Buyer: Sandra Munier
Seller: Lisa G. Urban
Date: 05/01/13

45 Mountainview St.
Amount: $134,000
Buyer: Steven Jiminez
Seller: James W. Rocca
Date: 04/26/13

107 Naismith St. #83
Springfield, MA 01104
Amount: $205,000
Buyer: Neidy Cruz
Seller: Courtside Of Springfield
Date: 04/25/13

213 Morton St.
Springfield, MA 01119
Amount: $177,423
Buyer: Everbank
Seller: Rena Brown
Date: 05/03/13

1917 Parker St.
Springfield, MA 01128
Amount: $144,000
Buyer: Kirstyn N. Anair
Seller: Theresa A. Lindsey
Date: 04/25/13

28 Pasco Road
Springfield, MA 01151
Amount: $162,000
Buyer: Bernardo Merced
Seller: Laura J. Mallett
Date: 04/30/13

62 Pear St.
Springfield, MA 01109
Amount: $120,000
Buyer: James C. Lee
Seller: Daniel P. Stamborski
Date: 04/30/13

13 Quincy St.
Springfield, MA 01109
Amount: $115,000
Buyer: Monica L. Frater
Seller: Greater Springfield Habitat for Humanity
Date: 04/26/13

167 Redlands St.
Springfield, MA 01104
Amount: $139,900
Buyer: Yamaira Rivera
Seller: Donna Schoolcraft
Date: 04/26/13

115 Saint James Circle
Springfield, MA 01104
Amount: $1,770,000
Buyer: Jacob I. Martinez
Seller: Allison M. Torres
Date: 04/29/13

1566 State St.
Springfield, MA 01109
Amount: $300,000
Buyer: New HB Acquisition
Seller: IBC Sales Corp.
Date: 04/23/13

168 Sunrise Terrace
Springfield, MA 01119
Amount: $147,500
Buyer: Sarah L. Stein
Seller: Douglas Senecal
Date: 04/26/13

21 Texel Dr.
Springfield, MA 01108
Amount: $167,500
Buyer: Vonn Tanabe
Seller: Burnham Realty LLC
Date: 04/26/13

2020 Wilbraham Road
Springfield, MA 01129
Amount: $163,000
Buyer: Richard C. Lovely
Seller: Cardinal Home Investors
Date: 04/23/13

SOUTHWICK

29 Berkshire Ave.
Southwick, MA 01077
Amount: $189,900
Buyer: David W. Smith
Seller: Shannon L. Stone
Date: 04/23/13

48 Fernwood Road
Southwick, MA 01077
Amount: $173,500
Buyer: Joan M. McLaughlin
Seller: Maria P. Scott-Smith
Date: 05/01/13

29 Lauren Lane
Southwick, MA 01077
Amount: $120,000
Buyer: Aube Homes LLC
Seller: Pine Knoll Inc.
Date: 05/03/13

134 Mort Vining Road
Southwick, MA 01077
Amount: $377,000
Buyer: Mitchell G. Cain
Seller: B&B Construction
Date: 05/01/13

385 North Loomis St.
Southwick, MA 01077
Amount: $229,189
Buyer: FNMA
Seller: Donald R. Elton
Date: 04/24/13

107 Point Grove Road
Southwick, MA 01077
Amount: $450,000
Buyer: Paul E. Lewis
Seller: Michael Diotalevi
Date: 05/01/13

76 Sunnyside Road
Southwick, MA 01077
Amount: $410,000
Buyer: Kudlic Brothers Inc.
Seller: Lawrence Bannish
Date: 04/26/13

TOLLAND

64 Woodchuck Hollow
Tolland, MA 01034
Amount: $355,000
Buyer: Craig Serin
Seller: Margaret Dayharsh
Date: 05/03/13

WALES

199 Stafford Road
Wales, MA 01081
Amount: $1,312,500
Buyer: Wales Village LLC
Seller: Wales Brookside Village
Date: 04/22/13

41 Stafford Road
Wales, MA 01081
Amount: $200,000
Buyer: Serge P. Arel
Seller: Edmund H. Beaulieu
Date: 04/24/13

WEST SPRINGFIELD

48 Abigaile Lane
West Springfield, MA 01089
Amount: $394,900
Buyer: Richard S. Sullivan
Seller: Cardinal Homes Inc.
Date: 04/23/13

83 Armstrong St.
West Springfield, MA 01089
Amount: $137,206
Buyer: MetLife Home Loans
Seller: Earl F. Camp
Date: 05/02/13

158 Bosworth St.
West Springfield, MA 01089
Amount: $149,900
Buyer: Brianna L. McLaughlin
Seller: Jeffrey Sutter
Date: 05/01/13

119 Boulevard Place
West Springfield, MA 01089
Amount: $194,000
Buyer: Franky M. Sanchez
Seller: Michael J. Trudeau
Date: 04/25/13

15 Butternut Hollow Road
West Springfield, MA 01089
Amount: $190,000
Buyer: Robert J. Napoli
Seller: Shirley F. Soule
Date: 04/25/13

80 Forris St.
West Springfield, MA 01089
Amount: $195,000
Buyer: Dalia Rivera-Lafreniere
Seller: Western Mass. Electric Co.
Date: 05/01/13

410 Dewey St.
West Springfield, MA 01089
Amount: $144,300
Buyer: Matthew B. Gray
Seller: Anna Caron
Date: 04/26/13

113 Havenhurst Road
West Springfield, MA 01089
Amount: $242,000
Buyer: Jeffrey M. Bouyea
Seller: Olga F. McCarthy
Date: 04/26/13

36 Houston Road
West Springfield, MA 01089
Amount: $185,000
Buyer: Catherine A. Moretti
Seller: Katherine A. Caron
Date: 04/30/13

60 Labelle St.
West Springfield, MA 01089
Amount: $138,586
Buyer: FNMA
Seller: Rogelio Marquez
Date: 05/03/13

349 Massachusetts Ave.
West Springfield, MA 01089
Amount: $175,000
Buyer: Scott Ackley
Seller: Gerald J. Carney
Date: 04/30/13

489 Morgan Road
West Springfield, MA 01089
Amount: $190,000
Buyer: Anthony C. Rousseau
Seller: Stephen R. Friese
Date: 04/24/13

258 Ohio Ave.
West Springfield, MA 01089
Amount: $310,000
Buyer: Michael J. Trudeau
Seller: Paul R. Breveleri
Date: 04/25/13

54 Pebble Path Lane
West Springfield, MA 01089
Amount: $184,000
Buyer: James E. Reay
Seller: Dolores M. Hickson
Date: 04/26/13

WESTFIELD

12 Deepwoods Dr.
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $242,000
Buyer: Crystal J. Childs
Seller: Natalie C. Avery
Date: 04/23/13

360 Elm St.
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $205,000
Buyer: Westfield Museum Inc.
Seller: 360 Elm Street Realty LLC
Date: 05/01/13

53 Fairview St.
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $227,500
Buyer: Donald E. Griffin
Seller: George W. Cordes
Date: 04/25/13

110 Foch Ave.
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $205,000
Buyer: Christopher L. Belair
Seller: Steven J. Brozoska
Date: 04/30/13

129 Glenwood Dr.
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $285,000
Buyer: Thomas W. Scott-Smith
Seller: Seth J. Eaton
Date: 05/01/13

58 Knollwood Dr.
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $180,000
Buyer: Tracy M. Larose
Seller: Richard E. Osienski
Date: 04/29/13

153 Main St.
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $138,000
Buyer: Steven E. Rovithis
Seller: Cindy L. Campbell
Date: 04/30/13

257 Montgomery Road
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $321,400
Buyer: Joshua J. Bennett
Seller: Bent Tree Dev. LLC
Date: 04/25/13

82 Pontoosic Road
Westfield, MA 01085
Buyer: J&C Property Services Inc.
Seller: Antoni Lech
Date: 04/29/13

21 Princeton St.
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $189,957
Buyer: Provident Funding Assocs.
Seller: FHLM
Date: 04/29/13

276 Shaker Road
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $175,000
Seller: Pamela S. Pettengill
Date: 04/26/13

70 Vadnais St.
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $150,000
Buyer: Timothy P. Ayers
Seller: Paula York
Date: 05/03/13

50 Valley View Dr.
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $148,000
Buyer: Donald M. Wurster
Seller: H. D. Wurster
Date: 04/24/13

259 Valley View Dr.
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $132,000
Buyer: FNMA
Seller: Joanne Cerveny
Date: 04/24/13

33 Violet Circle
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $408,000
Buyer: Kenneth L. Ridley
Seller: Kopatz Construction Inc.
Date: 04/30/13

8 Walker Ave.
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $223,000
Buyer: John E. Bak
Seller: Donald E. Dumas
Date: 04/29/13

128 Westwood Dr.
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $254,000
Buyer: Richard L. Sanborn
Seller: Watson, Helen A., (Estate)
Date: 04/30/13

41 Wildflower Circle
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $300,000
Buyer: Joseph D. Albano
Seller: Robert J. Parenteau
Date: 04/24/13

WILBRAHAM

20 Decorie Dr.
Wilbraham, MA 01095
Amount: $270,000
Buyer: Alexander Hernan
Seller: Kristin M. Miller
Date: 04/26/13

44 Decorie Dr.
Wilbraham, MA 01095
Amount: $257,500
Buyer: Huanyu Wei
Seller: FNMA
Date: 04/25/13

84 Monson Road
Wilbraham, MA 01095
Amount: $300,000
Buyer: Garrett S. Lacasse
Seller: James Trimble
Date: 04/24/13

54 Mountain Road
Wilbraham, MA 01095
Amount: $120,750
Buyer: Kevin Czaplicki
Seller: US Bank NA
Date: 04/22/13

6 Pease St.
Wilbraham, MA 01095
Amount: $277,000
Buyer: Douglas M. Senecal
Seller: Scott A. Lynch
Date: 04/26/13

1 Weston St.
Wilbraham, MA 01095
Amount: $177,750
Buyer: James Charles
Seller: SDMCMD LLC
Date: 04/26/13

HAMPSHIRE COUNTY

AMHERST

140 Middle St.
Amherst, MA 01002
Amount: $325,000
Buyer: Eugene A. Goffredo
Seller: Charles E. Lehane
Date: 05/01/13

1641 S. East St.
Amherst, MA 01002
Amount: $790,000
Buyer: Rogert Booth
Seller: John F. Nigriny
Date: 04/30/13

379 Strong St.
Amherst, MA 01002
Amount: $260,000
Buyer: Frank A. Hein
Seller: Dragan Curcija
Date: 04/30/13

West St.
Amherst, MA 01002
Amount: $210,000
Buyer: Peter R. Heronemus
Seller: Dorothy Lashway
Date: 05/02/13

BELCHERTOWN

383 Bardwell St.
Belchertown, MA 01007
Amount: $240,000
Buyer: Jesse A. Ritter
Seller: William J. Lebrun RET
Date: 04/26/13

10 Fox Run Dr.
Belchertown, MA 01007
Amount: $292,000
Buyer: Peter Sfediuk
Seller: Darren M. Gainer
Date: 05/01/13

581 George Hannum Road
Belchertown, MA 01007
Amount: $271,900
Seller: Brian S. Bell
Date: 04/30/13

24 Holyoke St.
Easthampton, MA 01027
Amount: $205,000
Buyer: Lisa M. Gove
Seller: Arthur L. Dostal
Date: 04/26/13

19 Oakwood Dr.
Belchertown, MA 01007
Amount: $174,000
Buyer: Vincent Cardona
Seller: Steven R. Schneider
Date: 05/03/13

59 Springfield Road
Belchertown, MA 01007
Amount: $190,000
Buyer: Benjamin A. Graham
Seller: Timothy M. Nale
Date: 05/02/13

20 Underwood Ave.
Easthampton, MA 01027
Amount: $157,600
Buyer: US Bank NA
Seller: Hubert Hyman
Date: 04/22/13

EASTHAMPTON

526 East St.
Easthampton, MA 01027
Amount: $230,000
Buyer: James B. Finn
Seller: Cynthia J. Duby
Date: 05/03/13

15 Groveland St.
Easthampton, MA 01027
Amount: $245,000
Buyer: Ryan N. Huxley
Seller: Daniel B. Campbell
Date: 04/29/13

175 Main St.
Easthampton, MA 01027
Amount: $168,500
Buyer: Autumn Properties LLC
Seller: New Berlin Group Corp.
Date: 05/01/13

233 Park St.
Easthampton, MA 01027
Amount: $190,500
Buyer: Emily Gaylord
Seller: Andrew R. Marquis
Date: 04/30/13

GRANBY

55 Barton St.
Granby, MA 01033
Amount: $360,000
Buyer: Ralph H. Squires
Seller: Pamela A. Green
Date: 04/29/13

413 East State St.
Granby, MA 01033
Amount: $260,000
Buyer: John F. Guimond
Seller: David R. Benedetti
Date: 04/22/13

114 South St.
Granby, MA 01033
Amount: $224,000
Buyer: Todd M. Chamberlin
Seller: Paul, George, (Estate)
Date: 04/30/13

HADLEY

3 Algonquin Dr.
Hadley, MA 01035
Amount: $170,000
Buyer: Donna R. Falcetti
Seller: Philip M. Marrama
Date: 04/25/13

HATFIELD

115 Main St.
Hatfield, MA 01038
Amount: $265,000
Buyer: Andrew D. Endris
Seller: Eugene F. Proulx
Date: 05/01/13

HUNTINGTON

161 Worthington Road
Huntington, MA 01050
Amount: $142,000
Buyer: Rayman M. Koivisto
Seller: Lori A. Cesan
Date: 04/30/13

NORTHAMPTON

21 Bliss St.
Northampton, MA 01062
Amount: $240,000
Buyer: Ian D. Premo
Seller: Thomas F. Kelly
Date: 05/01/13

20 Bridge Road
Northampton, MA 01062
Amount: $511,493
Buyer: Marilyn Ludolph
Seller: Bridge Road LLC
Date: 04/30/13

414 Chesterfield Road
Northampton, MA 01053
Amount: $305,900
Buyer: Robert W. Carter
Seller: Nancy Y. McNulty
Date: 05/01/13

154 Cooke Ave.
Northampton, MA 01060
Amount: $325,000
Buyer: Sandra Ciach
Seller: Keith A. Smith
Date: 04/25/13

384 Florence Road
Northampton, MA 01062
Amount: $610,000
Buyer: Paramjit Kaur
Seller: Jim R. Boyle
Date: 04/30/13

17 Hawthorne Terrace
Northampton, MA 01062
Amount: $500,000
Buyer: Mark W. Jankowkse
Seller: Julie Rosten
Date: 04/26/13

311 Haydenville Road
Northampton, MA 01053
Amount: $650,000
Buyer: Zoe Senior Retirement Community
Date: 04/26/13

14 Hubbard Ave.
Northampton, MA 01060
Amount: $155,200
Buyer: Karen A. Normand
Seller: Mark D. Normand
Date: 04/24/13

623 Kennedy Road
Northampton, MA 01053
Amount: $368,000
Buyer: Elizabeth A. Fogle
Seller: Kathleen B. Bowers FT
Date: 04/26/13

101 Milton St.
Northampton, MA 01062
Amount: $237,500
Buyer: James W. Stokes-Buckles
Seller: Birch Hill LLC
Date: 04/29/13

679 Park Hill Road
Northampton, MA 01062
Amount: $430,000
Buyer: Alex Altamirano
Seller: Cynthia J. Haskell
Date: 04/30/13

49 Pine Brook Curve
Northampton, MA 01060
Amount: $230,000
Buyer: Christine Grimaldi
Seller: Denise J. Isernhagen
Date: 05/01/13

47 Round Hill Road
Northampton, MA 01060
Amount: $4,800,000
Buyer: Historic Round Hill Summit
Seller: Clarke School
Date: 04/26/13

SOUTH HADLEY

512 Amherst Road
South Hadley, MA 01075
Amount: $195,000
Buyer: Luke D. Showalter
Seller: Adam Quenneville
Date: 05/01/13

46 Carew St.
South Hadley, MA 01075
Amount: $134,000
Buyer: Sara Macon
Seller: Michael Murdza
Date: 05/03/13

10 North St.
South Hadley, MA 01075
Amount: $200,000
Buyer: Jennifer Saltis
Seller: Vitaly Dzhenzherukha
Date: 05/03/13

775 New Ludlow Road
South Hadley, MA 01075
Amount: $4,300,000
Buyer: Store Master Funding 3
Seller: Depetrillo Mass Realty LLC
Date: 04/23/13

244 Pearl St.
South Hadley, MA 01075
Amount: $190,000
Buyer: Robert G. Gray
Seller: Champagne, William M., (Estate)
Date: 04/24/13

5 Ralph Ave.
South Hadley, MA 01075
Amount: $118,900
Buyer: Adam M. Paradysz
Seller: Annette L. Menard
Date: 05/03/13

23 Ranger St.
South Hadley, MA 01075
Amount: $140,000
Buyer: Thomas Griffin
Seller: Kathleen M. Hamel
Date: 04/26/13

14 Saybrook Circle
South Hadley, MA 01075
Amount: $143,500
Buyer: Christopher Roy
Seller: Shirley H. Wilhelmi
Date: 04/26/13

28 Saybrook Circle
South Hadley, MA 01075
Amount: $160,000
Buyer: Stacy E. Desforges
Seller: Rene W. Langlosi IRT
Date: 04/26/13

SOUTHAMPTON

32 Bissonnette Circle
Amount: $120,000
Buyer: G&F Custom Built Homes
Seller: JS Sampson Dev. LLC
Date: 04/24/13

18 Camp Jahn Road
Southampton, MA 01073
Amount: $223,500
Buyer: Matthew P. Giguere
Seller: John F. Guimond
Date: 04/22/13

4 Hillside Meadows Dr.
Southampton, MA 01073
Amount: $290,000
Buyer: Thomas K. Hanrahan
Seller: Robert T. Clayton
Date: 04/30/13

WARE

126 Eagle St.
Ware, MA 01082
Amount: $157,000
Buyer: Sarah L. Bouthellier
Seller: Ruby Ann M. Nugent
Date: 04/30/13

184 Greenwich Plains Road
Ware, MA 01082
Amount: $222,000
Buyer: Michelle N. Normand
Seller: Pioneer Valley Redevelopment
Date: 04/26/13

62 Old Gilbertville Road
Ware, MA 01082
Amount: $179,000
Buyer: Marie A. Rathermacher-Reo
Seller: Sharon C. Matthews
Date: 04/30/13

159 Osborne Road
Ware, MA 01082
Amount: $192,889
Buyer: FNMA
Seller: Kenneth J. Walrath
Date: 04/22/13

WILLIAMSBURG

6 Chesterfield Road
Williamsburg, MA 01096
Amount: $214,300
Buyer: Dennis R. Bothamley
Seller: Richard L. Ames
Date: 04/30/13

Departments People on the Move

Berkshire Bank recently recognized Tara Kimberley, Assistant Branch Manager in Sheffield, and Teddi Averin, a Teller in Westfield, for outstanding community service and awarded them Berkshire Bank’s Volunteer of the Year Awards. The annual awards celebrate employees who have made outstanding contributions to their communities.
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The members and board of the Massachusetts Municipal Wholesale Electric Co. (MMWEC), the nonprofit joint action agency for public power in Massachusetts, elected directors and officers of the organization on May 9:
Paul Robbins, a gubernatorial appointee to the MMWEC Board of Directors, was re-elected by the board to a one-year term as Chairman; and
Peter Dion, General Manager of the Wakefield Municipal Gas & Light Department, was re-elected to his fifth one-year term as President.
Representatives of MMWEC’s 21-member municipal utilities also re-elected three directors to three-year terms on the board, including Mansfield Municipal Electric Department Director Gary Babin; Chicopee Electric Light Manager Jeffrey Cady; and Sterling Municipal Light Department General Manager Sean Hamilton.
Additional elected MMWEC officers include:
Ronald DeCurzio, Chief Executive Officer and Secretary;
Stephen Smith, Assistant Treasurer;
Alan Menard, Assistant Treasurer;
Nancy Brown, Assistant Secretary; and
Nicholas Scobbo Jr., General Counsel.
Other MMWEC directors, elected previously by the membership, are:
James Lavelle, Holyoke Gas & Electric Department Manager;
Kevin Kelly, Groton Electric Light Department Manager;
Philip Sweeney, Marblehead Municipal Light Department Commissioner;
Jonathan Fitch, West Boylston Municipal Light Plant Manager;
Michael Flynn of Wilbraham, a gubernatorial appointee to the MMWEC
board who represents the town of Wilbraham;
Luis Vitorino, who represents the town of Ludlow; and
Cornelius Flynn, appointed to represent the town of Hampden on the board.
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Amherst-based Oasis Law recently announced that Attorney Seunghee Cha has joined the Board of Directors of United Arc. United Arc works with individuals and families and provides advocacy and support services to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in and around Hampshire and Franklin counties.
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Park Square Realty recently announced the addition of Donna Duval-Bruskiewicz as a Sales Associate in the firm’s Feeding Hills office in Agawam. With more than 18 years of realty experience, Duval-Bruskiewicz specializes in resident listings, and previously owned and operated her own brokerage, the Duval Realty Group. As a licensed Mass. real-estate broker, she holds a certified buyer representative designation and closed more than $2 million in real estate sales in 2012.
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TommyCar Auto Group announced the recent addition of Rob Madrid as its Director of Marketing and Internet. Madrid will oversee all aspects of marketing for TommyCar Auto Group’s four dealerships: Country Nissan in Hadley, Country Hyundai in Greenfield, Northampton Volkswagen in Northampton, and Patriot Buick GMC in Charlton. Madrid most recently served as the Director of Sales and Service for Weed Man Lawn Care in West Springfield and as District Sales Manager for General Motors OnStar. He holds an MBA from Western New England University and a BS from Springfield College.
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UMass Five College Federal Credit Union recently announced the selection of Sean Capaloff-Jones by the Massachusetts Credit Union League as one of the industry’s Rising Stars of 2013, joining 12 other credit-union professionals from around the state. Capaloff-Jones has been with the credit union for three years, the past two as Manager of Member Outreach, and is responsible for all financial-literacy programs. He recently developed and presented three successful personal-finance workshops geared toward college students.
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Noble Hospital announced that Janette Lough-Guilmette, has been selected as this year’s recipient of the Brian R. Johnson Outstanding Business Award by the Business Education Alliance. She earned this recognition for her many years mentoring Southwick High School seniors who are placed at Noble Hospital’s Sports and Rehabilitation Center by the Business Education Alliance. Lough-Guilmette also garnered special recognition from the state Senate and House of Representatives, both of whom voted to approve special citations acknowledging her award and her years fostering the future of healthcare.

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

157 Steady Lane
Ashfield, MA 01330
Amount: $200,000
Buyer: Roger E. Howes
Seller: John D. Kendrick
Date: 04/08/13

BERNARDSTON

42 South St.
Bernardston, MA 01337
Amount: $213,000
Buyer: William J. McGuirk
Seller: Linda A. Morey
Date: 04/19/13

BUCKLAND

73 Avery Road
Buckland, MA 01338
Amount: $460,000
Buyer: Maya Nayak
Seller: Katherine E. Brown
Date: 04/16/13

CHARLEMONT

49 Harmony Hts.
Charlemont, MA 01339
Amount: $265,000
Buyer: Timothy Flaherty
Seller: Ronald M. Mansi
Date: 04/17/13

CONWAY

238 Warger Road
Conway, MA 01341
Amount: $511,649
Buyer: Greenfield Savings Bank
Seller: Wesley B. Rowe
Date: 04/11/13

GREENFIELD

14 Cypress St.
Greenfield, MA 01301
Amount: $127,000
Buyer: William W. Schmidt
Seller: Bruce W. Vought
Date: 04/11/13

324 Deerfield St.
Greenfield, MA 01301
Amount: $145,000
Buyer: 151 Federla Street LLC
Seller: Irene Dejackome
Date: 04/19/13

59 Fort Square
Greenfield, MA 01301
Amount: $125,000
Buyer: Edward F. Maeder
Seller: Welenc IRT
Date: 04/08/13

46 French King Hwy.
Greenfield, MA 01301
Amount: $145,900
Buyer: Teresa Conti
Seller: Stephen R. McCabe
Date: 04/16/13

19 Highland Ave.
Greenfield, MA 01301
Amount: $340,000
Buyer: Tom Friedman
Seller: Stephen Sears LT
Date: 04/08/13

142 Oakland St.
Greenfield, MA 01301
Amount: $200,000
Buyer: Tsetan D. Thingdutsang
Seller: John D. Petrin
Date: 04/19/13

12 Prospect St.
Greenfield, MA 01301
Amount: $118,500
Buyer: Stephen Poulin
Seller: Eaton FT
Date: 04/12/13

Route 2
Greenfield, MA 01376
Amount: $850,000
Buyer: Franklin Land Trust Inc.
Seller: Wesley B. Rowe
Date: 04/10/13

27 Severance St.
Greenfield, MA 01301
Amount: $154,000
Buyer: Eddie Martinez
Seller: James R. Knightly
Date: 04/12/13

ORANGE

150 Fountain St.
Orange, MA 01364
Amount: $139,900
Buyer: Aaron T. Gannon
Seller: Adam M. Bouchard
Date: 04/17/13

SUNDERLAND

166 Old Amherst Road
Sunderland, MA 01375
Amount: $218,500
Buyer: Valley Building Co. Inc.
Seller: Brandts, Cynthia L., (Estate)
Date: 04/19/13

47 South Main St.
Sunderland, MA 01375
Amount: $270,000
Buyer: Kenneth D. Arnold
Seller: Hubbard, Eleanor S., (Estate)
Date: 04/19/13

HAMPDEN COUNTY

AGAWAM

55 Annable St.
Agawam, MA 01030
Amount: $126,000
Buyer: MHFA
Seller: Joao Oliveira
Date: 04/08/13

70 Arbor Lane
Agawam, MA 01001
Amount: $231,100
Buyer: Gerard R. Boucher
Seller: Lynn A. Gelineau
Date: 04/10/13

25 Barbara Lane
Agawam, MA 01030
Amount: $237,500
Buyer: Mark A. Jamgochian
Seller: Martina Pocaterra
Date: 04/12/13

75 Fox Farm Road
Agawam, MA 01030
Amount: $174,100
Buyer: Johnathan S. Torres
Seller: Gifford, Donald L., (Estate)
Date: 04/19/13

22 Plumtree Way
Agawam, MA 01030
Amount: $350,000
Buyer: Fallah Razzak
Seller: Anthony D. Feato
Date: 04/09/13

181 Shoemaker Lane
Agawam, MA 01001
Amount: $165,274
Buyer: USA HUD
Seller: Bank Of America
Date: 04/10/13

BRIMFIELD

15 Oakwood Road
Brimfield, MA 01010
Amount: $149,836
Buyer: FNMA
Seller: Theresa R. Willoughby
Date: 04/10/13

CHICOPEE

11 Burton St.
Chicopee, MA 01013
Amount: $150,000
Buyer: Mark A. Haryasz
Seller: Patricia Cossaboom
Date: 04/10/13

378 Dale St.
Chicopee, MA 01013
Amount: $170,000
Buyer: Melissa K. Wackerbarth
Seller: Jeanne M. Boutelle
Date: 04/19/13

340 Grove St.
Chicopee, MA 01020
Amount: $213,000
Buyer: Sarah B. Fisher
Seller: Revampit LLC
Date: 04/19/13

7 Lucretia Ave.
Chicopee, MA 01013
Amount: $134,000
Buyer: Trudiann Pinnock
Seller: Brian Kolodziej
Date: 04/12/13

7 Montello Road
Chicopee, MA 01013
Amount: $145,000
Buyer: Joshua H. Laplante
Seller: Robert W. Landry
Date: 04/17/13

EAST LONGMEADOW

28 Brookhaven Dr.
East Longmeadow, MA 01028
Amount: $175,000
Buyer: Wayne D. Michaelian
Seller: John F. Ascioti
Date: 04/11/13

37 Holland Dr.
East Longmeadow, MA 01028
Amount: $121,500
Buyer: FHLM
Seller: David Evans
Date: 04/12/13

49 Holy Cross Circle
East Longmeadow, MA 01028
Amount: $240,000
Buyer: Ian A. Bracht
Seller: David G. Bareiss
Date: 04/12/13

14 Lombard Ave.
East Longmeadow, MA 01028
Amount: $170,000
Buyer: Paige Moylan
Seller: Eileen A. Verteramo
Date: 04/11/13

HAMPDEN

188 Glendale Road
Hampden, MA 01036
Amount: $167,500
Buyer: Kristin J. Desilets
Seller: Rosella Whitney
Date: 04/12/13

10 Glendale View Dr.
Hampden, MA 01036
Amount: $950,000
Buyer: Barbara A. Greco
Seller: James W. Hoerle
Date: 04/12/13

39 Mill Road
Hampden, MA 01036
Amount: $267,500
Buyer: Jonathan Caruana
Seller: Scott W. Brubach
Date: 04/12/13

HOLYOKE

14 Bray Park Dr.
Holyoke, MA 01040
Amount: $156,000
Buyer: Miguel A. Carrasquillo
Seller: Marie D. Worwood
Date: 04/19/13

18 Canby St.
Holyoke, MA 01040
Amount: $123,500
Buyer: Alexandra T. Samets
Seller: Adam R. Methot
Date: 04/17/13

38 Claren Dr.
Holyoke, MA 01040
Amount: $230,000
Buyer: Sara A. Hayden
Seller: Donald L. Kooken
Date: 04/16/13

1 Country Club Road
Holyoke, MA 01040
Amount: $2,500,000
Buyer: D Hotel & Suites Inc.
Seller: Holyoke Hotels LLC
Date: 04/16/13

1035 Homestead Ave.
Holyoke, MA 01040
Amount: $132,500
Buyer: John A. Tart
Seller: Clifford W. Laraway
Date: 04/17/13

44 Laurel St.
Holyoke, MA 01040
Amount: $140,000
Buyer: Clara W. James
Seller: Cynthia A. Teel
Date: 04/12/13

193 Sargeant St.
Holyoke, MA 01040
Amount: $155,000
Buyer: Gary W. Keefe
Seller: Nancy L. Osgood
Date: 04/11/13

5 Woodbridge St.
Holyoke, MA 01040
Amount: $242,000
Buyer: Joseph F. Griffin
Seller: Joseph F. Griffin
Date: 04/16/13

LONGMEADOW

187 Cedar Road
Longmeadow, MA 01106
Amount: $222,900
Buyer: Gloyd D. Kimball
Seller: Freya J. Wolk
Date: 04/12/13

24 Fairfield Terrace
Longmeadow, MA 01106
Amount: $175,000
Buyer: David J. Lecours
Seller: Jane F. Woodward
Date: 04/17/13

83 Laurel St.
Longmeadow, MA 01106
Amount: $399,000
Buyer: Amy Monroe
Seller: Annie L. Zomermaand
Date: 04/08/13

69 South Park Ave.
Longmeadow, MA 01106
Amount: $237,900
Buyer: Bruce D. Haskins
Seller: Lisa K. Reilly
Date: 04/19/13

119 Thresher Road
Longmeadow, MA 01036
Amount: $259,900
Buyer: Nicholas M. Tangredi
Seller: Mark G. Pearlman
Date: 04/10/13

LUDLOW

69 Aldo Dr.
Ludlow, MA 01056
Amount: $202,500
Buyer: Mark C. Howe
Seller: Scotty L. Afonso
Date: 04/16/13

Center St.
Ludlow, MA 01056
Amount: $123,000
Buyer: Jason C. Martins
Seller: Rosewood Meadows Inc.
Date: 04/17/13

253 Colonial Dr.
Ludlow, MA 01056
Amount: $290,000
Buyer: Helder D. Santos
Seller: Peter C. & Joyce A. Shaw RT
Date: 04/16/13

107 Coolidge Ave.
Ludlow, MA 01056
Amount: $117,500
Buyer: Ryan N. Merceri
Seller: Joseph A. Barbieri
Date: 04/08/13

19 Daisy Lane
Ludlow, MA 01056
Amount: $320,000
Buyer: Elin M. Zapka
Seller: Ireneu Freitas
Date: 04/11/13

N/A
Ludlow, MA 01056
Amount: $251,000
Seller: Jason C. Martins
Date: 04/17/13

181 Pine St.
Ludlow, MA 01056
Amount: $148,000
Buyer: Nicole K. Santos
Seller: Robert A. Sousa
Date: 04/19/13

MONSON

15 Hospital Road
Monson, MA 01057
Amount: $250,000
Buyer: Beesh Sports LLC
Seller: River Hollow LLC
Date: 04/17/13

14 Main St.
Monson, MA 01057
Amount: $140,900
Buyer: James P. Moran
Seller: Marc A. Pelissier
Date: 04/10/13

313 Silver St.
Monson, MA 01057
Amount: $250,000
Buyer: Christian M. Gainer
Seller: Thomas O. Moore
Date: 04/16/13

29 Stafford Road
Monson, MA 01057
Amount: $134,000
Buyer: Richard H. Casler
Seller: Debra M. Jean
Date: 04/17/13

26 Stebbins Road
Monson, MA 01057
Amount: $321,000
Buyer: David E. Cote
Seller: John P. Lanucha
Date: 04/19/13

PALMER

2090 Oak St.
Palmer, MA 01080
Amount: $152,794
Buyer: FNMA
Seller: Arlene L. Domey
Date: 04/17/13

PALMER

6 Caroline Circle
Palmer, MA 01069
Amount: $215,000
Buyer: Henry C. Lomba
Seller: Jeffrey P. Harris
Date: 04/08/13

2002 Overlook Dr.
Palmer, MA 01080
Amount: $190,000
Buyer: Louis A. Brodeur
Seller: Valtelhas, Sophie J., (Estate)
Date: 04/12/13

SPRINGFIELD

307 Arcadia Blvd.
Springfield, MA 01118
Amount: $127,500
Buyer: Donna Dunn
Seller: Barrett, Beatrice V., (Estate)
Date: 04/19/13

97 Avery St. #134
Springfield, MA 01119
Amount: $225,000
Buyer: Franklyn Torres
Seller: Elaine C. Graham
Date: 04/19/13
1333 Boston Road
Springfield, MA 01119
Amount: $230,000
Buyer: Salvatore A. Scibelli
Seller: Salvatore A. Scibelli
Date: 04/11/13

5 Caldwell Place
Springfield, MA 01104
Amount: $170,000
Buyer: Nationstar Mortgage LLC
Seller: Priscilla M. Schissel
Date: 04/17/13

149 Cooley St.
Springfield, MA 01128
Amount: $180,159
Buyer: FNMA
Seller: Kim M. Santinello
Date: 04/12/13

34 Dewey St.
Springfield, MA 01109
Amount: $132,910
Buyer: FNMA
Seller: Richard Cruz
Date: 04/11/13

180 Eddy St.
Springfield, MA 01104
Amount: $139,500
Buyer: Cynthia A. Galas
Seller: Pawel Misniakiewicz
Date: 04/08/13

117 El Paso St.
Springfield, MA 01104
Amount: $120,000
Buyer: Jessie L. Scribner
Seller: Foster, Jane M., (Estate)
Date: 04/16/13

56 Felicia St.
Springfield, MA 01104
Amount: $135,000
Buyer: Jose D. Pacheco
Seller: Henry C. Lomba
Date: 04/08/13

22 Hobart St.
Springfield, MA 01104
Amount: $170,000
Buyer: Nationstar Mortgage LLC
Seller: Priscilla M. Schissel
Date: 04/17/13

23 Mary St.
Springfield, MA 01118
Amount: $117,500
Buyer: John M. Friedson
Seller: Maroney RE Investments
Date: 04/16/13

56 Old Farm Road
Springfield, MA 01119
Amount: $120,000
Buyer: Kevin D. McCabe
Seller: Brian R. Wallace
Date: 04/17/13

43 Ontario St.
Springfield, MA 01104
Amount: $115,000
Buyer: Luis A. Torres
Seller: Jorge L. Colon
Date: 04/16/13

100 Perkins St.
Springfield, MA 01118
Amount: $151,250
Buyer: Connor M. Knightly
Seller: Julia A. Cross
Date: 04/17/13

82 Pheasant Dr.
Springfield, MA 01119
Amount: $146,000
Buyer: Dawn M. Triplett
Seller: Peter J. Ngige-Njenga
Date: 04/10/13

286 Sumner Ave.
Springfield, MA 01108
Amount: $187,500
Buyer: Nicole T. Baker
Seller: Surtan Reatly LLP
Date: 04/19/13

42 Sylvan St.
Springfield, MA 01108
Amount: $117,500
Buyer: Carmen Rodriguez
Seller: Harvey Skerker
Date: 04/09/13

23 Tanglewood Dr.
Springfield, MA 01129
Amount: $270,000
Buyer: Eric Podgurski
Seller: Thomas J. Bonavita
Date: 04/18/13

115 Wrenwood St.
Springfield, MA 01119
Amount: $176,464
Buyer: JP Morgan Chase Bank
Seller: John C. Eggleston
Date: 04/16/13

SOUTHWICK

16 Fenton Dr.
Southwick, MA 01077
Amount: $350,000
Buyer: B&E Aricraft Component
Seller: Igor Babinov
Date: 04/10/13

1 Gillette Ave.
Southwick, MA 01077
Amount: $179,000
Buyer: Donald Nooney
Seller: Carole A. Hardick
Date: 04/10/13

26 Lakeview St.
Southwick, MA 01077
Amount: $180,000
Buyer: Kelly J. Duncan
Seller: FHLM
Date: 04/12/13

TOLLAND

305 Moreau Road
Tolland, MA 01034
Amount: $2,100,000
Buyer: Shores Museum Tower QPRT
Seller: Kenneth M. Poovey
Date: 04/16/13

54 Ona Road
Tolland, MA 01034
Amount: $700,000
Buyer: Shores Museum Tower QPRT
Seller: Kenneth M. Poovey
Date: 04/16/13

WALES

32 Holland Road
Wales, MA 01081
Amount: $187,900
Buyer: David W. Fish
Seller: Steven W. Beyor
Date: 04/17/13

WEST SPRINGFIELD

30 Crestview Dr.
Amount: $207,500
Buyer: Stephen L. Holstrom
Seller: Gene J. Galuszka
Date: 04/16/13

258 Main St.
West Springfield, MA 01089
Amount: $210,000
Buyer: St.Francis De Salles LLC
Seller: Robert J. Schroeter
Date: 04/18/13

60 Mulcahy Dr.
West Springfield, MA 01089
Amount: $497,000
Buyer: Robert J. Brodeur
Seller: Francis Wheeler Construction Inc.
Date: 04/08/13

117 Sibley Ave.
West Springfield, MA 01089
Amount: $179,000
Buyer: Paul R. Dickey
Seller: Kenneth G. Aubrey
Date: 04/11/13

59 Sprague St.
West Springfield, MA 01089
Amount: $180,000
Buyer: Maria N. Ayala
Seller: RAK Realty Assocs. LLC
Date: 04/12/13

12 Therese Marie Lane
West Springfield, MA 01089
Amount: $340,000
Buyer: Svc Net Inc.
Seller: Robert J. Brodeur
Date: 04/08/13

23 Thomas Dr.
West Springfield, MA 01089
Amount: $165,000
Buyer: Vyacheslav Dadayev
Seller: David H. Stahelski
Date: 04/19/13

115 York St.
West Springfield, MA 01089
Amount: $250,000
Buyer: York Street Realty LLC
Seller: Orograin Bakeries Sales
Date: 04/18/13

WESTFIELD

215 Bates Road
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $230,000
Buyer: Richard A. Grabiec
Seller: John A. Wallace
Date: 04/18/13

63 Crane Ave.
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $174,000
Buyer: Jeremy J. Moquin
Seller: Ryan W. Taylor
Date: 04/18/13

44 Darby Dr.
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $270,000
Buyer: Jorge M. Delgado
Seller: Kathleen Puza
Date: 04/17/13

240 Eastwood Dr.
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $279,900
Buyer: Lisa A. Saltmarsh
Seller: Daniel Lech
Date: 04/12/13

75 Eastwood Dr.
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $290,000
Buyer: Michael F. Messier
Seller: Kevin Malloy
Date: 04/12/13

28 Fowler Road
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $210,000
Buyer: Geoffrey C. Oldmixon
Seller: Maureen Wrobleski
Date: 04/17/13

88 Glenwood Dr.
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $210,000
Buyer: Andrew J. Martindell
Seller: Corriveau, Joanne F., (Estate)
Date: 04/09/13

59 Llewellyn Dr.
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $290,000
Buyer: Alexandra M. Tremblay
Seller: Stanley W. Stevens
Date: 04/17/13

10 Madison St.
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $128,900
Buyer: Charles Michaud
Seller: Bertrand, Patricia A., (Estate)
Date: 04/12/13

20 Oak Ave.
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $199,500
Buyer: Paul J. Boulanger
Seller: Genovese, Samuel C., (Estate)
Date: 04/10/13

155 Paper Mill Road
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $175,000
Buyer: Seth Lamountain
Seller: Kimberly L. Gibney
Date: 04/16/13

155 Root Road
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $284,000
Buyer: Kevin W. Connolly
Seller: April J. Williams
Date: 04/11/13

49 Rosedell Dr.
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $205,000
Buyer: Michele L. Cardinal
Seller: Rosetta Grimm
Date: 04/16/13

130 Shaker Road
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $290,000
Buyer: Marc J. Longtin
Seller: Catherine C. Berry
Date: 04/19/13

37 Summit Dr.
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $202,900
Buyer: Orlando Huertas
Seller: Daniel H. Knights
Date: 04/19/13

22 Wood Road
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $182,000
Buyer: Lance M. Phillips
Seller: Douglas E. Allard
Date: 04/12/13

124 Woodcliff Dr.
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $409,000
Buyer: Timothy J. Williams
Seller: Carolyn M. Hartt
Date: 04/11/13

WILBRAHAM

9 Brookside Dr.
Wilbraham, MA 01095
Amount: $215,000
Buyer: Patricia E. Perkins
Seller: Warren E. Newhouse
Date: 04/19/13

1 McIntosh Dr.
Wilbraham, MA 01095
Amount: $314,250
Buyer: Brian P. O’Connor
Seller: Paul A. Schreiner
Date: 04/16/13

28 Red Bridge Road
Wilbraham, MA 01095
Amount: $289,900
Buyer: Jeff W. Farnsworth
Seller: Robert G. Table
Date: 04/16/13

10 Stonington Dr.
Wilbraham, MA 01095
Amount: $170,000
Buyer: Peter D. Martins
Seller: Silo Farm Assocs. LLC
Date: 04/09/13

635 Stony Hill Road
Wilbraham, MA 01095
Amount: $180,000
Buyer: Masada RT
Seller: Michael J. Sambor
Date: 04/10/13

HAMPSHIRE COUNTY

AMHERST

48 Dana St.
Amherst, MA 01002
Amount: $367,500
Buyer: George D. Nichols
Seller: Patrick E. Brock
Date: 04/17/13

186 Harkness Road
Amherst, MA 01002
Amount: $425,000
Buyer: Servicenet Inc.
Seller: James J. Bess
Date: 04/17/13

112 Heatherstone Road
Amherst, MA 01002
Amount: $340,000
Buyer: Elizabeth B. Parker
Seller: Ivan S. Chow
Date: 04/12/13

241 Pomeroy Lane
Amherst, MA 01002
Amount: $338,000
Buyer: Courtney J. Platt
Seller: George, John W., (Estate)
Date: 04/12/13

BELCHERTOWN

72 Amherst Road
Belchertown, MA 01007
Amount: $125,000
Buyer: Marian T. Goodhin
Seller: Brenda M. Martin
Date: 04/09/13

17 Bay Path Road
Belchertown, MA 01007
Amount: $199,300
Buyer: Vincent J. Tran
Seller: US Bank NA
Date: 04/17/13

6 Country Lane
Belchertown, MA 01007
Amount: $168,500
Buyer: Gregg D. Wing
Seller: Stephen F. George
Date: 04/12/13

48 Fletcher Ave.
Belchertown, MA 01007
Amount: $335,000
Buyer: Keith M. Frazier
Seller: Michael F. Kobus
Date: 04/12/13

Gold St.
Belchertown, MA 01007
Amount: $500,000
Buyer: Town Of Belchertown
Seller: Kestrel Land Trust
Date: 04/10/13

154 Gold St.
Belchertown, MA 01007
Amount: $295,000
Buyer: Tina L. Agustine
Seller: Tony P. Hill
Date: 04/18/13

62 Mountain View Dr.
Belchertown, MA 01007
Amount: $250,000
Buyer: Kyle Savage
Seller: Delfina M. Stevens
Date: 04/12/13

40 Oakridge Dr.
Belchertown, MA 01007
Amount: $334,900
Buyer: Allan A. Ruell
Date: 04/17/13

CUMMINGTON

3 Bates Road
Cummington, MA 01026
Amount: $157,593
Buyer: FNMA
Seller: William Lefleur
Date: 04/16/13

EASTHAMPTON

8 Arthur St.
Easthampton, MA 01027
Amount: $180,000
Buyer: James Duffy
Seller: Chad E. Gagne
Date: 04/10/13

21 Exeter St.
Easthampton, MA 01027
Amount: $180,000
Buyer: Lindsay R. Barron
Seller: Stanley J. Kwiecinski
Date: 04/12/13

7 Lownds Ave.
Easthampton, MA 01027
Amount: $192,000
Buyer: Steven M. Bilodeau
Seller: Joshua D. Driver
Date: 04/08/13

O’Neil St.
Easthampton, MA 01027
Amount: $400,000
Buyer: Easthampton Savings Bank
Seller: Autumn Props. LLC
Date: 04/19/13

36 Strong St.
Easthampton, MA 01027
Amount: $242,000
Buyer: Todd T. Dineen
Seller: John B. Anz
Date: 04/18/13

3 Summit Ave.
Easthampton, MA 01027
Amount: $146,000
Buyer: Lori J. Carrier
Seller: Pauline E. Carrier
Date: 04/12/13

65 Taft Ave.
Easthampton, MA 01027
Amount: $225,000
Buyer: Sage C. McKnight
Seller: Patricia H. Nadeau
Date: 04/17/13

36 Ward Ave.
Easthampton, MA 01027
Amount: $175,400
Buyer: Eve S. Eichwald
Seller: Julie A. Laurence
Date: 04/08/13

14 Water Lane
Easthampton, MA 01027
Amount: $140,000
Buyer: Katie M. Spaulding
Seller: Wilfred J. Buri
Date: 04/08/13

40 West St.
Easthampton, MA 01027
Amount: $180,000
Buyer: Bialy Dom Farm LLC
Seller: Diane K. Grzeskowicz
Date: 04/08/13

GRANBY

7 Greenmeadow Lane
Granby, MA 01033
Amount: $150,100
Buyer: Kevin R. Gendreau
Seller: FNMA
Date: 04/16/13

16 Hubbard Dr.
Granby, MA 01033
Amount: $170,000
Buyer: Donald L. Derosia
Seller: Country Bank for Savings
Date: 04/10/13

129 South St.
Granby, MA 01033
Amount: $225,000
Buyer: Kevin J. Whitacre
Seller: Gail D. Cosby
Date: 04/16/13

HATFIELD

115 Elm St.
Hatfield, MA 01038
Amount: $240,000
Buyer: Florence M. Brisbois
Seller: Hatfield Village LLC
Date: 04/19/13

HUNTINGTON

4 Birchwood Dr.
Huntington, MA 01050
Amount: $130,000
Buyer: Kevin A. Perrier
Seller: Crown Meadow Corp.
Date: 04/12/13

NORTHAMPTON

77 Emerson Way
Northampton, MA 01062
Amount: $449,000
Seller: Wright Builders Inc.
Date: 04/16/13

Emerson Way
Northampton, MA 01060
Amount: $115,000
Buyer: Hampshire Property Mgmt. Group
Seller: Emerson Way LLC
Date: 04/18/13

28 Fox Farms Road
Northampton, MA 01062
Amount: $362,000
Buyer: Christopher R. Amato
Seller: Patrick J. Mahoney
Date: 04/16/13

Front St.
Northampton, MA 01060
Amount: $282,500
Buyer: Colin J. Hoyt
Seller: Shel Horowitz
Date: 04/08/13

43 Rick Dr.
Northampton, MA 01062
Amount: $232,000
Buyer: Bonnie S. May
Seller: Renee A. Ceno
Date: 04/19/13

49 Woodlawn Ave.
Northampton, MA 01060
Amount: $415,000
Buyer: Joel W. Wolfe
Seller: Margaret S. Zelljadt
Date: 04/19/13

SOUTH HADLEY

35 Applewood Lane
South Hadley, MA 01075
Amount: $230,000
Buyer: Michael F. Kobus
Seller: Tonelli, Raymond J., (Estate)
Date: 04/12/13

45 Ashton Lane
South Hadley, MA 01075
Amount: $345,000
Buyer: John B. Anz
Seller: Joni H. Zubi
Date: 04/18/13

7 Cedar Rdg
South Hadley, MA 01075
Amount: $305,000
Buyer: Joshua D. Driver
Seller: Elizabeth Mazzocco
Date: 04/08/13

46 East Red Bridge Lane
South Hadley, MA 01075
Amount: $409,000
Buyer: David W. Scruggs
Seller: J. N. Duquette & Son Construction
Date: 04/19/13

42 Hillside Ave.
South Hadley, MA 01075
Amount: $165,000
Buyer: Nicholas Dube
Seller: Adam Boyer
Date: 04/12/13

60 Pearl St.
South Hadley, MA 01075
Amount: $221,568
Buyer: Robert A. Carrier
Seller: Alexander Desrosiers
Date: 04/17/13

36 Red Bridge Lane
South Hadley, MA 01075
Amount: $428,900
Buyer: Scott G. Newman
Seller: J. N. Duquette & Son Construction
Date: 04/12/13

SOUTHAMPTON

67 Gllbert Road
Southampton, MA 01073
Amount: $380,000
Buyer: Joy A. Tailefer
Seller: Czelusniak Custom Homes
Date: 04/18/13

WARE

43 Moriarty Road
Ware, MA 01082
Amount: $232,000
Buyer: Melissa L. Kratovil
Seller: Lisa M. Kerr
Date: 04/19/13

DBA Certificates Departments

The following Business Certificates and Trade Names were issued or renewed during the month of and May 2013.

CHICOPEE

E-Nough Logic
19 America St.
Michael Cowley

Grimaldi Landscaping & Services
42 Rose St.
William Grimaldi Jr.

Nom Nom Hut
51 Maple St.
Marcy Megarry

GREENFIELD

Antique Revival
322 Deerfield St.
Eric Webster

Duo Senior Care
82 Birch St.
Rachel E. Lively

Greenfield Auto Specialist
335 High St.
Greenfield Imported Cars Inc.

Lucky Nails
130 Main St.
Tai Huynh

Meadow Green Nail Center
5 Park St.
Patricia Semb

The Carousel Corner
4 Woodland Road
Jonathan Lowe

HOLYOKE

Abercrombie & Fitch
50 Holyoke St.
Robert Brown

Archie’s Mini Market
81 North Bridge St.
Hector Archilla

Fye
50 Holyoke St.
John Anderson

Hair-Hunterz
279 Appleton St.
Frankie Cardona

Max Orient
50 Holyoke St.
Harry C. Chen

Sam’s Food Store
515 High St.
Asad Chaudhry

LUDLOW

AED Moving Enterprises
41 Bruno Ave.
Angelo Rosa

Budget Pest Solutions
264 Moody St.
John Boudreau

C.L. Diesel Repair Inc.
403 West St.
Corey Lajoie

Deluxe Auto Sales
127 East St.
Manuel Coelho

Ludlow Automotive
430 Center St.
Rodney Walker

Moody Street Realty, LLC
54 Moody St.
Beverly Aube

PALMER

Bling in Beads
23 Temple St.
Kyle Camyre

Day & Night Diner
1456 North Main St.
Karl Williams

Interactive School House
2055 Main St.
Nancy B. Roy

LMS Repair
3020 Main St.
Louis Stevens

Spic and Span
6 Green St.
Stephanie Nott

SPRINGFIELD

Little Cargo Couriers
24 East Hooker St.
Anatoly Atamansky

Luxury Landscape
27 Lyman St.
Jerrell Glass

Mack’s Barbershop
255 Bay St.
Michael A. Brawner

Mars Consultant Group
76 Albermarle St.

Martin Tile Company
184 Gardens Dr.
Jamie R. Martin

Mary’s Dollar Plus
2760 Main St.
Maria D. Ayala

Mass Collision
586 Berkshire Ave.
Gabriel E. Sanchez

Michael Ferzoco
33 Amity Court
Michael Ferzoco

Michael Vachula Real Estate
20 Howes St.
Michael Vachula

Mike Auto Repair Shop
136 Nursery St.
Michael S. Candelaria

Mobile Massage Therapy
85 Gold St.
Margaret Cooley

Namco, LLC
1500 Boston Road
Anabela Cruz

Nathan Bills Bar
110 Island Pond Road
John R. Sullivan

Oakley Residential Appraisals
36 Marengo Park
Gary E. Oakley

Omar & Sons Furniture
73 Liberty St.
Khuram Abbasi

Peach Brown Betty
11 Hiawatha St.
Jennifer M. Fleury

Peter S. Poniatrowski
23 Frontenac St.
Peter S. Poniatrowski

Phat Tuesdays
377 Dwight St.
Jazzberries, Inc.

Philip J. Ozzone
48 Champlain Ave.
Philip J. Ozzone

Pittola Investigations
136 Prentice St.
Damien Pittola

Pizza Hut
793 Boston Road
Pizza Hut of America

Price Cutter
2633 Main St.
Syed Shahab Ahsan

Princessazu International
204 Commonwealth Ave.
Boniface Anoje

R & M Remodeling and More
112 Avery St.
Miguel A. Homs

Robbie’s Auto & Truck Repair
1357 East Columbus Ave.
Robert D. Ober

Saravia Family Restaurant
880 Sumner Ave.
Rolando A. Saravia

Second Time Around
680 ½ Sumner Ave.
Pamela Anastasiou

Siec Software Innovation
104 Wayne St.
Marco T. Dermith

Sports Cut Barber Shop
1129 State St.
Susan Barratt

Spring Valley Food Mart
343 Allen St.
Abdul Quadus

Strictly D Best Clothing
604 Page Blvd.
Lorenzo L. Robinson

TM Cleaning
70 Chapin Terrace
Therese Leger

T & T Fernandes
509 Belmont Ave.
Gertrude Fernandes

The Collection
34 Front St.
Ariana Do

WESTFIELD

Alice M. Farrelly
45 East Meadow St.
Alice M. Farrelly

Amanda Calhoun
12 Fremont St.
Amanda Calhoun

Anugraha Grocery Store
160 Elm St.
Pralad Gurung

ESP Pool & Spa Services
261 Papermill Road
Edward Rivera

Guided Touch Therapy
26 Orange St.
Thomas D. Campbell

Sports Multi Media
51 Simmons Brook Dr.
Geof Spear

WEST SPRINGFIELD

Advanced Landscaping
955 Piper Road
Allan C. Beiermeister

D & J Management
42 Maple Terrace
Douglas Smith

George Abdow Enterprises
1680 Riverdale St.
George T. Abdow

Healthy Alternatives
42 Chester St.
Roxanne Susan

Law Office of Caroline Murray
71 Park Ave.
Caroline Murray

Mr. Sealgood
75 Church St.
Scott W. Gage

Nippon Grill & Seafood
935 Riverdale St.
Chang Q. Jiang

Law Sections
A Well-drafted Operating Agreement Is Critical for Success

Michael Simolo

Michael Simolo

Limited Liability Companies (LLCs) have in many cases become the preferred choice of entity for passive income investments, particularly rental real estate. In addition, LLCs are a valuable tool for facilitating family ownership of valuable property, such as vacation homes.  While LLCs are often not the best choice for operating entities, there are exceptions, and LLCs can and do serve this role.
In short, LLCs are an increasingly popular alternative to the traditional corporate structure, and there are many reasons for this, as this article will explain.
First, it is helpful to first consider why LLCs continue to increase in popularity among business owners and holders of income producing real estate. There are several reasons, but here are the three most prominent:
• First, LLCs offer their owners liability protection. In fact, in many states, LLCs with multiple owners offer greater liability protection than corporations due to additional protections against the creditors of co-owners;
• Second, LLCs permit significantly greater flexibility than corporations in structuring the financial arrangements and rights of owners; and
• Third, LLCs can serve as a ‘pass-through’ entity for tax purposes without the need to qualify for so-called S corporation status. (S corporations incur no tax at the corporate level, with all income being taxed to the shareholders.)
The default rule is that LLCs are taxed as partnerships, meaning that income taxes are applied only at the partner level. In keeping with the general flexibility of LLCs, however, an LLC may elect to be taxed as a corporation, including as an S corporation (the taxation of which differs siginficantly from partnerships, nothwithstanding that both are pass-through entities). Such an election may be preferable if the LLC is an operating entity.
These benefits may be unavailable if the LLC’s governing document — the operating agreement — fails to properly address the numerous issues that can arise with any ongoing business. The operating agreement, while similar in some ways to the bylaws of a corporation, is an agreement among the owners that allows for nearly unlimited flexibility in the governance of the LLC. As a result, operating agreements should always be narrowly tailored to address the unique characteristics of each business.
In particular, the operating agreement should be used to address issues that are not covered by the applicable state’s LLC statute, or to override provisions in the LLC statute that are inconsistent with the owners’ objectives. For example, the Massachusetts LLC statute provides owners with the right to resign from the LLC upon six months notice and have their interest bought out by the LLC at fair value (i.e., not discounted). For obvious reasons, owners may wish to override this provision through an operating agreement.
Crafting such an agreement requires both detailed knowledge of the underlying LLC statute for the state in which the LLC is formed and a thorough understanding of the intentions and concerns of the LLC’s owners. For these reasons, use of a form LLC operating agreement can often do more harm than good.
Here is a partial list of 11 common issues that should be addressed in virtually all operating agreements:
1. Under which state’s law should the LLC be formed?
2. How many classes of ownership interests will the LLC have? Will different classes of owners have different rights (i.e. voting) and preferences (i.e. return of capital)? Does the underlying state LLC statute allow for different classes of ownership?
3. Who will manage the day-to-day affairs of the LLC? Which decisions will be made by the manager, and which will be put to a vote of the owners?
4. What types of fiduciary obligations will the owners and managers have to each other? Under what circumstances will managers and/or owners have a right to sue the LLC (i.e. derivative action) or the other owners or managers?
5. Upon what terms (if any) will owners be required to contribute additional capital to the LLC?
6. Upon what terms (if any) will owners be entitled to be paid back their contributions to the LLC?
7. How will the LLC’s profits, losses, and cash flow be allocated to the owners?
8. How will distributions be allocated among the owners? Under what circumstances will the LLC be required to make distributions to owners (i.e. to pay income taxes on LLC income, liquidation, etc.)?
9. Will owners be permitted to transfer their ownership interests? If so, to whom?  What happens if an owner dies?
10. Will the LLC and/or other owners have the right to redeem or purchase the owner’s interest prior to such transfer?  If so, how will the purchase price of the owner’s interest be determined?
11. How will the entity be taxed (i.e. sole proprietorship, partnership, subchapter S-corporation, etc.)? Note that the validity of certain tax elections may hinge on a properly drafted operating agreement being in place. This is particularly true if the LLC desires S-corporation tax status.
More complicated arrangements may require additional terms, such as non-compete clauses, indemnification provisions, ‘tag-along’ and ‘drag-along’ rights, call-and-put options, and others.
A look at these issues reveals that the flexibility offered by LLCs is the proverbial double-edged sword. On one hand, the entity can be structured in virtually any manner to address its purpose and the goals of its owners. On the other, reliance on the LLC statute — or, perhaps worse, a form operating agreement improperly tailored to the entity it governs — can result in significant consequences, including the premature liquidation of the entity or an ownership interest being seized by a co-owner’s creditors.
A well-drafted operating agreement can eliminate these risks and prevent disputes among owners from leading to litigation.

Michael Simolo is an attorney with the law firm Robinson Donovan, P.C., specializing in estate planning, estate and trust administration, business law, and fiduciary litigation; (413) 732-2301. Nicholas P. Lata, Esq. assisted in drafting this article.

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

CHARLEMONT

48 Main St.
Charlemont, MA 01339
Amount: $175,000
Buyer: William J. Schaefer
Seller: Herbert H. Fitzrey
Date: 04/01/13

DEERFIELD

105 Plain Road West
Deerfield, MA 01373
Amount: $324,000
Buyer: Greenfield Savings Bank
Seller: Scott A. Higgins
Date: 03/29/13

623 River Road
Deerfield, MA 01342
Amount: $154,500
Buyer: Joel T. Monette
Seller: Stephen A. Anderson
Date: 03/25/13

791 River Road
Deerfield, MA 01342
Amount: $120,100
Buyer: Amie L. Panek
Seller: Jasmin, Emma, (Estate)
Date: 03/29/13

ERVING

11 Holmes St.
Erving, MA 01344
Amount: $140,000
Buyer: Nathaniel D. Rindone
Seller: Moore, Virginia G., (Estate)
Date: 03/26/13

GREENFIELD

94 Beacon St.
Greenfield, MA 01301
Amount: $185,000
Buyer: Brenda J. Davis
Seller: Melody A. Root
Date: 03/27/13

325 Wells St.
Greenfield, MA 01301
Amount: $115,301
Buyer: Beneficial MA Inc.
Seller: Pamela J. Avery
Date: 04/02/13

14 West St.
Greenfield, MA 01301
Amount: $217,250
Buyer: William B. Noyes
Seller: West Street Properties Inc.
Date: 03/29/13

LEYDEN

64 Coates Road
Leyden, MA 01301
Amount: $185,000
Buyer: Birch Mountain Farm TR
Seller: Sharon A. Vinten RET
Date: 03/27/13

MONTAGUE

97 East Taylor Hill Road
Montague, MA 01351
Amount: $220,000
Buyer: Young K. Westort
Seller: Deborah J. Picking
Date: 04/01/13

154 Montague City Road
Montague, MA 01301
Amount: $186,500
Buyer: Thomas J. Demers
Seller: William J. Doyle
Date: 03/28/13

NORTHFIELD

59 Highland Ave.
Northfield, MA 01360
Amount: $212,000
Buyer: Alexander G. Loud
Seller: Richard P. Rly
Date: 03/25/13

ORANGE

41 Lake Ave.
Orange, MA 01364
Amount: $117,767
Buyer: FHLM
Seller: Elizabeth Philbin
Date: 03/29/13

SHELBURNE

120 Bridge St.
Shelburne, MA 01370
Amount: $365,000
Buyer: Carol Angus
Seller: Caleb Kissling
Date: 04/01/13

SHUTESBURY

69 Pratt Corner Road
Shutesbury, MA 01072
Amount: $280,000
Buyer: Robert B. Hayes
Seller: Jeffrey M. Davis
Date: 03/26/13

WENDELL

19 Old Stage Road
Wendell, MA 01379
Amount: $158,000
Buyer: Angela M. Ferris
Seller: Robert T. Rosser
Date: 03/27/13

HAMPDEN COUNTY

AGAWAM

176 Barry St.
Agawam, MA 01030
Amount: $225,000
Buyer: Jennifer L. Tretheway
Seller: Justin T. Howes
Date: 03/26/13

43 Elbert Road
Agawam, MA 01001
Amount: $153,000
Buyer: Lynn Griffin
Seller: Charles C. McCobb
Date: 04/03/13

24 James Ave.
Agawam, MA 01001
Amount: $200,000
Buyer: Muhammad A. Razzaq
Seller: Charles A. Calabrese
Date: 03/25/13

89 Katherine Dr.
Agawam, MA 01001
Amount: $229,900
Buyer: Mahmut Alkan
Seller: Harry M. Orell
Date: 03/29/13

10 Robin Lane
Agawam, MA 01030
Amount: $210,000
Buyer: Danielle M. Pineau
Seller: Concetta S. Bruno
Date: 04/05/13

30 Stanley Place
Agawam, MA 01001
Amount: $215,000
Buyer: Nathan Kibbe
Seller: James L. Kopcinski
Date: 03/28/13

BRIMFIELD

273 Dunhamtown Palmer Road
Brimfield, MA 01010
Amount: $155,000
Buyer: Adam C. Bradway
Seller: Robert F. Nelson
Date: 03/26/13

CHICOPEE

29 Armanella St.
Chicopee, MA 01020
Amount: $165,000
Buyer: Rachel A. Uhlig
Seller: Vitaly Dzhenzherukha
Date: 03/29/13

38 Asselin St.
Chicopee, MA 01020
Amount: $157,500
Buyer: John T. Rivest
Seller: Paul M. Heyl
Date: 03/28/13

94 Clarendon Ave.
Chicopee, MA 01013
Amount: $156,850
Buyer: Wieslawa Mikula
Seller: Stephen A. Krupczak
Date: 04/05/13

93 Frink St.
Chicopee, MA 01020
Amount: $205,000
Buyer: Scott L. Stefanowich
Seller: Sean P. Welch
Date: 03/26/13

1177 Granby Road
Chicopee, MA 01020
Amount: $400,000
Buyer: WRZMM LLC
Seller: Kayrouz Realty LLC
Date: 03/29/13

33 Hansen St.
Chicopee, MA 01020
Amount: $179,000
Buyer: Matthew W. Picard
Seller: Geoffrion, Jeannette, (Estate)
Date: 03/29/13

66 Haven Ave.
Chicopee, MA 01013
Amount: $146,000
Buyer: Lucinda Vega
Seller: Richard A. Obara
Date: 04/04/13

23 Jackson St.
Chicopee, MA 01020
Amount: $135,000
Buyer: Kristal Douglas
Seller: Robert P. Langevin
Date: 03/28/13

58 Marlborough St.
Chicopee, MA 01020
Amount: $182,000
Buyer: Lawrence A. Roberson
Seller: Roger A. Bonneau
Date: 03/29/13

317 Montcalm St.
Chicopee, MA 01020
Amount: $190,900
Buyer: MKAA LLC
Seller: John P. Tarka
Date: 03/28/13

674 Montgomery St.
Chicopee, MA 01020
Amount: $149,900
Buyer: Arsim Abdullahu
Seller: Sonoski, Genevieve J., (Estate)
Date: 03/28/13

107 Moreau Dr.
Chicopee, MA 01020
Amount: $157,500
Buyer: Jody M. Bixby
Seller: Michael T. Boucher
Date: 04/01/13

32 Oliver St.
Chicopee, MA 01020
Amount: $194,000
Buyer: Marcin G. Jandzis
Seller: Tonya M. Perron
Date: 03/26/13

85 Park St.
Chicopee, MA 01013
Amount: $150,000
Buyer: William J. Stetson
Seller: Steven R. Etheridge
Date: 04/03/13

65 Sampson St.
Chicopee, MA 01020
Amount: $172,000
Buyer: Andrea L. French
Seller: Viktor Savonin
Date: 03/29/13

32 Terrance St.
Chicopee, MA 01013
Amount: $149,999
Buyer: Edward J. Maldonado
Seller: Dion, John A., (Estate)
Date: 03/27/13

92 View St.
Chicopee, MA 01020
Amount: $245,000
Buyer: Nunes Ventures LLC
Seller: 92 View Street LLC
Date: 04/03/13

162 Wildermere St.
Chicopee, MA 01020
Amount: $206,000
Buyer: Kurt A. Wajda
Seller: Currin L. Walz
Date: 03/29/13

51 Willow St.
Chicopee, MA 01020
Amount: $256,000
Buyer: Jennifer M. Pete
Seller: Melanie M. Sutton
Date: 03/26/13

EAST LONGMEADOW

15 Angela Lane
East Longmeadow, MA 01028
Amount: $375,000
Buyer: Lynn M. McColgan
Seller: Diane Robertson
Date: 03/28/13

19 Day Ave.
East Longmeadow, MA 01028
Amount: $195,000
Buyer: Elizabeth K. Hobaica
Seller: Kathleen T. Kerrigan
Date: 03/26/13

135 Elm St.
East Longmeadow, MA 01028
Amount: $193,000
Buyer: John J. Needham
Seller: Kevin Czaplicki
Date: 03/29/13

33 Granby St.
East Longmeadow, MA 01028
Amount: $202,000
Buyer: Strider Dev. Inc.
Seller: John P. Ford
Date: 04/05/13

227 Kibbe Road
East Longmeadow, MA 01028
Amount: $280,000
Buyer: Laplante Construction Inc.
Seller: William E. O’Connor
Date: 03/29/13

16 Melwood Ave.
East Longmeadow, MA 01028
Amount: $195,000
Buyer: Brian D. Murray
Seller: Linda S. Fijal
Date: 04/01/13

56 Oak Brook Dr.
East Longmeadow, MA 01028
Amount: $225,000
Buyer: Oleg Anisimov
Seller: Henry J. Wawrzonek
Date: 03/25/13

283 Parker St.
East Longmeadow, MA 01028
Amount: $197,000
Buyer: Cheryl A. Mandirola
Seller: Michael J. Molinari
Date: 04/03/13

9 Parker St.
East Longmeadow, MA 01028
Amount: $235,000
Buyer: Mark E. Deehy
Seller: Jose B. Guimaraes
Date: 04/01/13

439 Porter Road
East Longmeadow, MA 01028
Amount: $243,500
Buyer: Enrique Rosado
Seller: Winterberry LLC
Date: 04/04/13

40 Rogers Road
East Longmeadow, MA 01028
Amount: $266,000
Buyer: Robert Hanson
Seller: Heather J. Bliss
Date: 03/27/13

HOLYOKE

353 Chestnut St.
Holyoke, MA 01040
Amount: $130,000
Buyer: Kelly A. Maher
Seller: Holyoke Housing Authority
Date: 03/29/13

24 County Road
Holyoke, MA 01040
Amount: $268,000
Buyer: Michael C. Carriveau
Seller: Mark D. Mills
Date: 03/29/13

55 Francis Ave.
Holyoke, MA 01040
Amount: $154,000
Buyer: Brian T. Johnson
Seller: Gary Godbout
Date: 04/02/13

38 George St.
Holyoke, MA 01040
Amount: $177,500
Buyer: Jeffrey J. Judge
Seller: US Bank
Date: 03/29/13

29 Laura Lane
Holyoke, MA 01040
Amount: $244,169
Buyer: MetLife Home Loans
Seller: Mar C. F. Marinello
Date: 04/04/13

4 Loomis Ave.
Holyoke, MA 01040
Amount: $264,000
Buyer: Brian A. Lamirande
Seller: Laurence P. Cournoyer
Date: 03/29/13

33 Raymond Ave.
Holyoke, MA 01040
Amount: $200,000
Buyer: Sean C. Mangano
Seller: Michael Cauley
Date: 03/28/13

281 Rock Valley Road
Holyoke, MA 01040
Amount: $142,500
Buyer: Stephen L. Johnson
Seller: Bruce R. Gloutak
Date: 03/29/13

LONGMEADOW

45 Ardsley Road
Longmeadow, MA 01106
Amount: $400,000
Buyer: Louis P. Krzeminski
Seller: Joseph F. Partyka
Date: 03/28/13

96 Birnie Road
Longmeadow, MA 01106
Amount: $192,800
Buyer: Michael Gralia
Seller: Maria C. Pritchard
Date: 03/29/13

69 Chiswick St.
Longmeadow, MA 01106
Amount: $255,000
Buyer: Timothy Giguere
Seller: Dennis C. Spring
Date: 03/27/13

104 Crestview Cir
Longmeadow, MA 01106
Amount: $320,000
Buyer: Stephen Crane
Seller: Reidy, Madeline F., (Estate)
Date: 03/25/13

108 Dover Road
Longmeadow, MA 01106
Amount: $425,000
Buyer: Jo Ann W. Davis
Seller: John W. Davis
Date: 03/29/13

LUDLOW

14 Acorn Lane
Ludlow, MA 01056
Amount: $242,000
Buyer: Lisa G. Urban
Seller: William R. Ayers
Date: 03/27/13

46 Bowles Ave.
Ludlow, MA 01056
Amount: $150,000
Buyer: Evette M. Rodrigues
Seller: HAP Inc.
Date: 03/28/13

1459 Center St.
Ludlow, MA 01056
Amount: $280,000
Buyer: Brian A. McDaniel
Seller: Diane D. Cousineau
Date: 03/28/13

1229 East St.
Ludlow, MA 01056
Amount: $263,000
Buyer: Rui A. Pereira
Seller: Gordon G. Grimes
Date: 03/28/13

146 Highland Ave.
Ludlow, MA 01056
Amount: $160,000
Buyer: Kevin J. Schwerdtfeger
Seller: Schwerdtfeger, M. M., (Estate)
Date: 03/26/13

134 King St.
Ludlow, MA 01056
Amount: $286,000
Buyer: Kimberly A. Chase
Seller: Michael A. Florio
Date: 03/28/13

73 Laroche St.
Ludlow, MA 01056
Amount: $148,000
Buyer: Katie L. Schebel
Seller: Anna M. Casagranda
Date: 03/27/13

5 Marion Circle
Ludlow, MA 01056
Amount: $196,500
Buyer: Pierre R. Bertrand
Seller: Cynda M. Rosenbaum
Date: 03/28/13

Olivia Circle
Ludlow, MA 01056
Amount: $125,000
Buyer: Shannon M. Chaves
Seller: Rosewood Meadows Inc.
Date: 03/26/13

Pinewood Road
Ludlow, MA 01056
Amount: $426,430
Buyer: Maria A. Lavoie
Seller: Manganaro Home Builders
Date: 03/29/13

57 Tilley St.
Ludlow, MA 01056
Amount: $235,000
Buyer: Westover Metropolitan Development Corp.
Seller: Kimberly A. Chase
Date: 03/26/13

314 West St.
Ludlow, MA 01056
Amount: $149,000
Buyer: Melissa A. Moret
Seller: Marion M. Surprenant
Date: 03/29/13

MONSON

84 Bogan Road
Monson, MA 01057
Amount: $360,000
Buyer: Claudette Jean Girard
Seller: Gerlad T. Davies
Date: 03/29/13

243 Moulton Hill Road
Monson, MA 01057
Amount: $199,683
Buyer: Bank of New York Mellon
Seller: Jennifer M. Toelken
Date: 03/28/13

17 Stafford Road
Monson, MA 01057
Amount: $225,000
Buyer: Rachael K. McDonald
Seller: Timothy C. Lavoie
Date: 03/28/13

PALMER

1501 North Main St.
Palmer, MA 01069
Amount: $245,000
Buyer: Lazy River Housing Co. LLC
Seller: JEEJ Real Estate LLC
Date: 04/04/13

371 Rondeau St.
Palmer, MA 01069
Amount: $200,000
Buyer: George L. Ortiz
Seller: Mark A. Stebbins
Date: 03/29/13

37 Saint John St.
Palmer, MA 01069
Amount: $271,402
Buyer: FNMA
Seller: Donald J. Williamson
Date: 04/02/13

SPRINGFIELD

Allen St. (SS)
Springfield, MA 01101
Amount: $160,500
Buyer: Den V. Thai
Seller: Donald W. Lomascolo
Date: 03/28/13

35 Angelica Dr.
Springfield, MA 01129
Amount: $244,000
Buyer: Delva M. Campbell
Seller: Steven M. Leone
Date: 04/01/13

598 Armory St.
Springfield, MA 01104
Amount: $132,000
Buyer: Oscar A. Lopez
Seller: Global Homes Properties LLC
Date: 03/26/13

135 Bartels St.
Springfield, MA 01128
Amount: $175,500
Buyer: Joseph M. Paixao
Seller: Daniel J. Molta
Date: 04/05/13

80 Bevier St.
Springfield, MA 01107
Amount: $189,665
Buyer: USA HUD
Seller: BA C. Home Loans Servicing LP
Date: 04/01/13

436 Boston Road
Springfield, MA 01109
Amount: $330,000
Buyer: 436 Boston LLC
Seller: JAH Commercial Inc.
Date: 03/29/13

14 Carew Terrace
Springfield, MA 01104
Amount: $115,000
Buyer: Maria Lugo
Seller: Luis A. Cruz
Date: 03/29/13

24 Chilson St.
Springfield, MA 01118
Amount: $164,000
Buyer: Kimberly A. Kirkland
Seller: R. A. Fetterroll
Date: 03/29/13

276 Cottage St.
Springfield, MA 01104
Amount: $329,800
Buyer: Omicron Investments LLC
Seller: Inland American CFG Portfolio
Date: 03/28/13

87 Denver St.
Springfield, MA 01109
Amount: $157,608
Buyer: FNMA
Seller: Christopher Senior
Date: 04/03/13

29 Donbray Road
Springfield, MA 01119
Amount: $158,900
Buyer: Laurie S. Ratkiewicz
Seller: Douglas C. Phelps
Date: 03/28/13

245 Fair Oak Road
Springfield, MA 01128
Amount: $143,000
Buyer: Kelly J. Keenan
Seller: Edward J. Haluch
Date: 03/28/13

79 Fox Hill Road
Springfield, MA 01118
Amount: $185,772
Buyer: FNMA
Seller: Joseph K. Jorgensen
Date: 03/25/13

446 Franklin St.
Springfield, MA 01104
Amount: $115,000
Buyer: Michael P. Crean
Seller: Juan Medina
Date: 03/28/13

265 Gresham St.
Springfield, MA 01119
Amount: $148,000
Buyer: Jamilette A. Reyes
Seller: Quetszy A. Cruz
Date: 03/29/13

90 Hartwick St.
Springfield, MA 01108
Amount: $125,000
Buyer: Michael J. Regan
Seller: Nelson R. Colon
Date: 04/03/13

252 Lake Dr.
Springfield, MA 01151
Amount: $141,000
Buyer: Adilen Negron
Seller: Barry, Joseph T., (Estate)
Date: 03/28/13

63 Loretta St.
Springfield, MA 01118
Amount: $144,000
Buyer: Natacha Nieves
Seller: Colleen M. Danahey
Date: 03/29/13

201 Overlook Dr.
Springfield, MA 01118
Amount: $183,000
Buyer: Alfredo B. Vivenzio
Seller: Judith J. Heit
Date: 03/27/13

42 Marquette St.
Springfield, MA 01104
Amount: $122,500
Buyer: Aileen Ramos
Seller: CDM Properties LLC
Date: 04/05/13

120 Odion St.
Springfield, MA 01118
Amount: $145,000
Buyer: Jeffrey J. Thornton
Seller: David A. Starr
Date: 04/04/13

1569 Parker St.
Springfield, MA 01129
Amount: $119,091
Buyer: FNMA
Seller: Justine A. Finn
Date: 04/01/13

332 Parkerview St.
Springfield, MA 01129
Amount: $149,900
Buyer: Nicholas M. Tangredi
Seller: Katherine M. Tangredi
Date: 03/28/13

15 Plumtree Circle
Springfield, MA 01118
Amount: $125,000
Buyer: Judith A. Garrett
Seller: Armando Rodriguez
Date: 04/05/13

21 Rita St.
Springfield, MA 01118
Amount: $144,500
Buyer: Tuyen Nguyen
Seller: Henrietta R. Ehrlich
Date: 04/04/13

28 Roosevelt Ave.
Springfield, MA 01118
Amount: $144,229
Buyer: Debra A. Griffith
Seller: John Martin
Date: 03/29/13

148 Shefford St.
Springfield, MA 01107
Amount: $161,000
Buyer: Marco P. Carreira
Seller: Todd C. Emmons
Date: 03/29/13

15 Signal Hill Circle
Springfield, MA 01118
Amount: $235,000
Buyer: Campagnari Construction LLC
Seller: Irene A. Jansen
Date: 04/04/13

41 Westbank Ct.
Springfield, MA 01118
Amount: $155,900
Buyer: Deborah A. Kelly
Seller: Danielle Prendergast
Date: 03/26/13

332 White St.
Springfield, MA 01108
Amount: $128,000
Buyer: Luis Berrios
Seller: Rose Talbot-Babey
Date: 04/04/13

143 Woodlawn St.
Springfield, MA 01108
Amount: $129,000
Buyer: Miguel Gonzalez
Seller: James W. Fiore
Date: 03/26/13

33 Worthy St.
Springfield, MA 01104
Amount: $123,822
Buyer: Nationstar Mtg. LLC
Seller: Marion C. Larese
Date: 04/04/13

SOUTHWICK

9 Coyote Glen
Southwick, MA 01077
Amount: $543,500
Buyer: Sherri Digiacomo
Seller: Craig Digiacomo
Date: 03/28/13

307 North Loomis St.
Southwick, MA 01077
Amount: $237,020
Buyer: Cornelia R. Jacquier
Seller: Marcia L. Jester
Date: 03/27/13

WEST SPRINGFIELD

105 Albert St.
West Springfield, MA 01089
Amount: $140,000
Buyer: F. W. Maroni
Seller: Jerolyn L. Lareau
Date: 04/02/13

129 Apple Ridge Road
West Springfield, MA 01089
Amount: $313,000
Buyer: Joseph M. Turner
Seller: Guiel, Annette R., (Estate)
Date: 04/01/13

17 Neptune Ave.
West Springfield, MA 01089
Amount: $129,000
Buyer: Suraya Kapitonova
Seller: Joseph Desmarais
Date: 04/05/13

597 Amostown Road
West Springfield, MA 01089
Amount: $149,000
Buyer: Velvet Stamand
Seller: Cynthia M. Kennedy
Date: 03/29/13

36 Bonnie Brae Dr.
West Springfield, MA 01089
Amount: $210,000
Buyer: Cynthia A. Kennedy
Seller: Joyce J. Niedzialkowski
Date: 03/29/13

56 Cynthia Dr.
West Springfield, MA 01089
Amount: $400,000
Buyer: Carmino J. Santaniello
Seller: Roman Szarek
Date: 03/29/13

148 Dorwin Dr.
West Springfield, MA 01089
Amount: $267,900
Buyer: Pamela J. Mott
Seller: Kevin R. Dowd
Date: 03/26/13

86 Garden St.
West Springfield, MA 01089
Amount: $157,500
Buyer: Sean M. Duclos
Seller: Christopher S. Hjaftmann
Date: 03/29/13

110 High St.
West Springfield, MA 01089
Amount: $250,000
Buyer: First Slavic Pentecostal
Seller: Slavic Pentecostal Church
Date: 03/29/13

404 Massachusetts Ave.
West Springfield, MA 01089
Amount: $173,000
Buyer: Donna Jones
Seller: John H. Jackson
Date: 03/25/13

22 Pleasant St.
West Springfield, MA 01089
Amount: $250,000
Buyer: First Slavic Pentecostal
Seller: Slavic Pentecostal Church
Date: 03/29/13

254 Rogers Ave.
West Springfield, MA 01089
Amount: $400,000
Buyer: Matthew W. Disbrow
Seller: Keith E. Harvey
Date: 03/29/13

22 Sprague St.
West Springfield, MA 01089
Amount: $205,000
Buyer: Paul R. Ehrlich
Seller: Clarissa M. Young
Date: 03/29/13

9 Timber Ridge Road
West Springfield, MA 01089
Amount: $417,500
Buyer: Costas D. Anamisis
Seller: John S. Ciborowski
Date: 03/29/13

68 Vincent Dr.
West Springfield, MA 01089
Amount: $149,000
Buyer: Larry A. Wood
Seller: Sheridan, Norma A., (Estate)
Date: 03/27/13

WESTFIELD

78 Dana St.
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $212,000
Buyer: James Laverty
Seller: Matthew T. Beattie
Date: 03/29/13

42 Daniel Ridge
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $350,000
Buyer: Mark J. Ankstitus
Seller: Luke Demoracski
Date: 04/03/13

16 Deepwoods Dr.
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $220,000
Buyer: City Of Westfield
Seller: Alison Brule
Date: 04/05/13

77 George St.
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $176,000
Buyer: Valentin Bidyuk
Seller: Anatoliy Panchelyuga
Date: 03/29/13

156 Joseph Ave.
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $175,000
Buyer: James R. Dufraine
Seller: Judith A. Maunsell
Date: 03/27/13

35 Knollwood Dr.
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $192,900
Buyer: Mary B. Bates
Seller: Barbara J. Sadler
Date: 04/03/13

76 Long Pond Road
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $247,500
Buyer: Terrie J. Campbell
Seller: Richard, Kevin M. (Estate)
Date: 04/01/13

84 Otter Point Road
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $193,000
Buyer: Vincent Cross
Seller: Hampton Ponds Realty LLC
Date: 03/26/13

129 Ridgecrest Dr.
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $325,000
Buyer: William F. Hoarle
Seller: Robert P. Hoernig
Date: 03/29/13

109 Ridgeway St.
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $170,000
Buyer: Jean M. Ford
Seller: Fedora, Paul D., (Estate)
Date: 03/29/13

1232 Russell Road
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $235,000
Buyer: Brian Duggan
Seller: Pagliaro & Sons Dev. LLC
Date: 04/04/13

1244 Russell Road
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $235,000
Buyer: Brian P. Duggan
Seller: Pagliaro & Sons Dev. LLC
Date: 04/04/13

266 Southwick Road
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $187,500
Buyer: Diane E. Dipietro
Seller: Rodman Financial Corp.
Date: 03/27/13

32 Violet Circle
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $369,000
Buyer: Mark W. Sadler
Seller: Scarfo Construction Inc.
Date: 04/03/13

36 Whispering Wind Road
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $440,000
Buyer: Matthew E. Kessler
Seller: Rheal R. Duquette
Date: 04/02/13

WILBRAHAM

3 Blacksmith Road
Wilbraham, MA 01095
Amount: $209,000
Buyer: John R. Turcotte
Seller: Manjit Sikka
Date: 04/01/13

940 Glendale Road
Wilbraham, MA 01095
Amount: $163,000
Buyer: Shawn R. Osmani
Seller: Monson United Methodist Church
Date: 03/29/13

358 Springfield St.
Wilbraham, MA 01095
Amount: $170,000
Buyer: Amanda A. Bennett
Seller: Donald Dean
Date: 04/05/13

HAMPSHIRE COUNTY

AMHERST

218 Alpine Dr.
Amherst, MA 01002
Amount: $349,900
Buyer: Alyson D. Miller
Seller: Joel W. Wolfe
Date: 03/29/13

155 Farmington Road
Amherst, MA 01002
Amount: $229,500
Buyer: Elizabeth E. Powers
Seller: John A. Root
Date: 03/28/13

207 Glendale Road
Amherst, MA 01002
Amount: $224,000
Buyer: Diana A. Navarro
Seller: Pinkham Joan, (Estate)
Date: 04/01/13

32 Hickory Lane
Amherst, MA 01002
Amount: $284,900
Buyer: George G. Watson
Seller: 145 State St. Partners LLC
Date: 04/04/13

46 Hop Brook Road
Amherst, MA 01002
Amount: $485,105
Buyer: Deborah R. Neubauer
Seller: Timothy R. Hampson
Date: 04/04/13

1190 North Pleasant St.
Amherst, MA 01002
Amount: $495,000
Buyer: East Pleasant St. Partners LLC
Seller: Watroba, Chester E., (Estate)
Date: 04/04/13

Old Farm Road
Amherst, MA 01002
Amount: $205,000
Buyer: Amherst Village Inc.
Seller: Bank of America
Date: 03/27/13

Old Farm Road #1-5
Amherst, MA 01002
Amount: $372,500
Buyer: Tofino Assocs. Inc.
Seller: Bank of America
Date: 03/27/13

166 Summer St.
Amherst, MA 01002
Amount: $163,000
Buyer: Domeni C. J. Sebben
Seller: Judith Verchot
Date: 03/27/13

BELCHERTOWN

248 Amherst Road
Belchertown, MA 01007
Amount: $229,203
Buyer: FNMA
Seller: Larry J. Saccamando
Date: 03/29/13

12 Canal Dr.
Belchertown, MA 01007
Amount: $280,000
Buyer: Leonard F. Delorenzo
Seller: Richard T. Collins
Date: 03/29/13

60 Canal Dr.
Belchertown, MA 01007
Amount: $295,000
Buyer: Dennis M. Liptak
Seller: Frank A. Cowdrey
Date: 03/29/13

Crestview Dr.
Belchertown, MA 01007
Amount: $272,000
Buyer: Stephen Rose
Seller: Crestview Acres Inc.
Date: 04/02/13

45 Juckett Hill Dr.
Belchertown, MA 01007
Amount: $295,000
Buyer: Juliana Vanderwielen
Seller: Allen D. Forsythe
Date: 03/29/13

12 Ledgewood Dr.
Belchertown, MA 01007
Amount: $146,299
Buyer: Prop Enhancement LLC
Seller: Deutsche Bank National
Date: 04/01/13

86 North Washington St.
Belchertown, MA 01007
Amount: $268,000
Buyer: Patrick Loftus
Seller: Paul Lapinsky
Date: 03/28/13

4 Park St.
Belchertown, MA 01007
Amount: $500,000
Buyer: Andres LLC
Seller: Mario Sotolotto
Date: 04/01/13

17 Pine Brook Dr.
Belchertown, MA 01007
Amount: $115,000
Buyer: Jeremy A. Dunn
Seller: David M. Guy
Date: 04/03/13

EASTHAMPTON

212 East St.
Easthampton, MA 01027
Amount: $212,399
Buyer: Kristin E. McLaughlin
Seller: Josephine A. Przada
Date: 03/29/13

119 Holyoke St.
Easthampton, MA 01027
Amount: $126,000
Buyer: K&A LLC
Seller: Deutsche Bank National
Date: 04/04/13

GOSHEN

Cape St. #9
Goshen, MA 01032
Amount: $185,000
Buyer: Rawlings Excavation Services
Seller: Mountain Stream Inc.
Date: 03/26/13

GRANBY

20 Pinebrook Circle
Granby, MA 01033
Amount: $177,000
Buyer: Justin P. Beaupre
Seller: Carlos Gutierrez
Date: 03/29/13

HADLEY

27 Breckenridge Road
Hadley, MA 01035
Amount: $343,000
Buyer: Sean A. Mackin
Seller: Raymond G. Sylvain
Date: 04/05/13

4 Hawks Meadow
Hadley, MA 01035
Amount: $135,000
Buyer: Alan Sthilaire
Seller: Tomlinson Builders Inc.
Date: 04/01/13

226 Russell St.
Hadley, MA 01035
Amount: $329,900
Buyer: DGG Realty Partnership
Seller: Creative Properties LLC
Date: 03/29/13

HATFIELD

25 Elm St.
Hatfield, MA 01038
Amount: $340,000
Buyer: Northeast Ent. Realty
Seller: Elizabeth A. Porada
Date: 03/29/13

15 Main St.
Hatfield, MA 01038
Amount: $204,573
Buyer: Thaddeus L. Kabat
Seller: Suzen J. Maxwell
Date: 03/25/13

11 Scotland Road
Hatfield, MA 01038
Amount: $335,000
Buyer: Thomas P. Morse
Seller: Marie A. Chmura
Date: 03/29/13

255 Straits Road
Hatfield, MA 01038
Amount: $198,500
Buyer: Kara A. Jagodzinski
Seller: Cynthia L. Streker
Date: 04/05/13

NORTHAMPTON

152 Bridge Road
Northampton, MA 01062
Amount: $205,000
Buyer: Michelle L. Bouleyu
Seller: Lotus P. O’Connor
Date: 04/01/13

72 Crosby St.
Northampton, MA 01060
Amount: $120,000
Buyer: W. Marek Inc.
Seller: Kumiega, John S., (Estate)
Date: 04/05/13

578 Elm St.
Northampton, MA 01060
Amount: $161,000
Buyer: US Bank
Seller: Fola Fagade
Date: 04/05/13

22 Finn St.
Northampton, MA 01060
Amount: $400,000
Buyer: David P. Goldstone
Seller: Delisi, Leborio G., (Estate)
Date: 03/29/13

83 Forest Glen Dr.
Northampton, MA 01062
Amount: $178,000
Buyer: Richard A. Saalfrank
Seller: Cindy Turner
Date: 03/29/13

40 Maple St.
Northampton, MA 01062
Amount: $819,969
Buyer: Melodie P. Turner
Seller: David S. Turner RET
Date: 03/29/13

68 Prince St.
Northampton, MA 01060
Amount: $425,000
Buyer: Stuart B. Warner
Seller: James W. Holden
Date: 03/29/13

451 Rocky Hill Road
Northampton, MA 01062
Amount: $205,000
Buyer: Richard P. Ely
Seller: Kyle P. Maurer
Date: 03/26/13

12 Sylvan Lane
Northampton, MA 01062
Amount: $390,000
Buyer: Jonathan S. McFadden
Seller: Judith A. O’Brien
Date: 03/25/13

125 State St.
Northampton, MA 01060
Amount: $300,000
Buyer: Sullivan Real Estate LLC
Seller: American National Red Cross
Date: 04/02/13

48 Sterling Road
Northampton, MA 01062
Amount: $230,000
Buyer: Kendra A. Dahlquist
Seller: Clifford, Eileen D., (Estate)
Date: 04/04/13

53 Strawberry Hill
Northampton, MA 01062
Amount: $665,000
Buyer: Matthew D. Curtis
Seller: Richard N. Norris
Date: 04/02/13

SOUTH HADLEY

45 Michael Dr.
South Hadley, MA 01075
Amount: $275,000
Buyer: Christopher M. Havlak
Seller: Adam J. Bartlett
Date: 03/29/13

11 Pittroff Ave.
South Hadley, MA 01075
Amount: $230,000
Buyer: Oliver O. Akamnonu
Seller: Cheryl L. Bisson
Date: 03/28/13

SOUTHAMPTON

15 Freyer Road
Southampton, MA 01073
Amount: $330,000
Buyer: Daniel E. Fried
Seller: Stephen L. Johnson
Date: 03/29/13

Strong Road
Southampton, MA 01073
Amount: $586,823
Buyer: Triple Seven LLC
Seller: Edwin F. Goral
Date: 04/02/13

11 South Main St.
Williamsburg, MA 01096
Amount: $213,570
Buyer: Village Center Apts. LLC
Seller: Raymond M. Rice
Date: 04/03/13

WORTHINGTON

461 Old North Road
Worthington, MA 01098
Amount: $122,500
Buyer: William M. Powers
Seller: Sylvia J. Howes
Date: 03/25/13

215 Thayer Hill Road
Worthington, MA 01098
Amount: $200,000
Buyer: Noreen F. Ryan
Seller: John D. Ryan
Date: 03/27/13

DBA Certificates Departments

The following Business Certificates and Trade Names were issued or renewed during the month of April 2013.

AGAWAM

Kieffer Real Estate
181 Tobacco Farm Road
Rosemarie Kieffer

Main Street Automotive
395 Main St.
Brad Collins

Sisters Daycare
204 Line St.
Shannon McKay

AMHERST

College Pizza
150 Fearing St.
Basem Fam

Learning Lab for Resiliency
93 Southpoint Dr.
Stephanie J. Kent

Shake It Off
218 Harkness Road
Amika Wiemokly

South Amherst Veterinary Hospital
660 West St.
Marci Lowi

White Birch Massage
479 West St.
Cameron Gallant

CHICOPEE

East Street Cleaners
423 East St.
Chong K. Choi

El Chicharron Restaurant
108 West St.
Rafael Marte

HGT Child Development & Learning Center
660 Broadway St.
Leroy Stovall

M, E, & A Investment
90 Fernhill St.
Miguel A. Roldan

Royal Maintenance & Cleaning
78 Rimmon Ave.
Artur Poplawski

Unlimited Landscapes
167 Dale St.
Jameson Glanville

HADLEY

Bibliotechnica
119 Middle St.
Robie Grant

Intsitute of Human Res.
108 Russell St.
Ileaba Miranda

Midas Muffler
397 Russell St.
Barry Drucker

River Valley Chiropractic
245 Russell St.
Spencer Burling

Ronkese Insurance
245 Russell St.
Christopher Ronkesa

Vital Milk
245 Russell St.
Dawn Kennedy

HOLYOKE

Avinu Property Management
24 Lawler St.
Rebecca Rivera

Cake Detailing
1384 Dwight St.
Charles Benard

Cavanaugh, Sale, and Associates
114 Hillview Road
Daniel P. Cavanaugh

Dr. Vonnahme & Associates
98 Lower Westfield Road
Hans J. Vonnahme

Journeys
50 Holyoke St.
Danette Garrett

Lumbra & Lumbra
15 Shepard Dr.
Jon D. Lumbra

Quilt Works
37 Clark St.
Martha J. May

Umbrella Roofing
80 Hitchcock St.
Joseph Sarkoff

Uno Chicago Grill
50 Holyoke St.
Steven J. Hurwitz

NORTHAMPTON

Credit Market Intelligence
109 High St.
Ali Usman

Gnomon Education
55 Lincoln Ave.
Meg Eisenhauer

Hampden Zimmerman Electrical Supply
440  Pleasant St.
U.S. Electrical Services Inc.

J.J.’s Tavern
99 Main St.
Jonathan Neumann

Lia Kia
263 King St.
Michael Lia

Ocana Consulting
68 Ridgewood Terrace
Stephanie J. Arvai

PYFB Properties
98 Nonotuck St.
Marnie Ryan

SOUTHWICK

Bruce’s Masonry
51 Will Palmer Road
Bruce Iglesias

Cities in Ruin
50 Berkshire Ave.
Brian Dagostino

Southwoods Media
148 Hillside Road
Nelson Caron

Ted’s Property Services
200 Berkshire Ave.
Terrance Mountain

SPRINGFIELD

7 Eleven
425 Springfield St.
Scott Sphon

Artistik Cypher, LLC
836 St. James Ave.
Kya Petris

Balise Chevrolet Buick
440 Hall of Fame Ave.
Michael J. Dubois

Bizzy Landscaping
95 Cliftwood St.
Berge Bernadeau

Bonilla and Company
15 Driftwood Road
Wilfred I. Bonilla

Bounce King, LLC
181 Chestnut St.
Arthur W. Cheney

BWF Inc.
354 Main St.
Joseph M. Pafumi

C12 Hi-Fi
147 Hancock St.
Ethan G. Contaste

Chinese Qi Gong Tui Na
1655 Boston Road
Shao H. Chen

Clayton Commons Management
7 Clayton St.
Ernest D. Harris

Coleman’s Cleaners
62 Adams St.
Donald Coleman

Cupcake A Licious
223 Fernbank Road
Roxanie M. Cabrera

D & P Repair
424 Albany St.
Cesar Del Rio

Denise & Friends Salon
908 Belmont Ave.
Denise C. Olszewski

Destiny Auto Detailing
284 Lexington St.
Miguel Garcia

Economy Motor Sales Inc.
824 Berkshire Ave.
Robert Pafumi Jr.

Ed’s Custom Muffler Shop
100 Verge St.
Edwin O. Garcia

Edward J. Parent Photography
1655 Main St.
Edward J. Parent

Edwards Computer Repair
1923 Page Blvd.
Thomas E. Carney

Ennis Bell & Associates
166 Tamarack Road
Cornell W. Lewis

Erich Mann Design
204 Abbott St.
Erich Mann

Final Cleaning Services
68 Euclid Ave.
Lee Antoinette

Flynn’s Auto Sales
813 Berkshire Ave.
Gregory A. Skinner

Geg Auto
145 Michon St.
Gil Gomes

Hayes Development Service
1441 Main St.
Maureen C. Hayes

I Can Help You
99 Grover St.
Donald E. Fredman III

Ivan Hot Diggity Dogs
68 Cleveland St.
Ivan E. Arroyo

J & R Auto Sales
201 Berkshire Ave.
Jose M. Rijo

Jennifer Nieves
876 Sumner Ave.
Jennifer Nieves

Kevin’s Painting & Wallpaper
10 Rollins St.
Kevin Dowe

KM Operations, LLC
405 Armory St.
Kim McCarthy

La Marketa Fruit Grocery
306 Belmont Ave.
Ruddy Reynoso

Lawn Works Mowing Services
116 Cherokee Dr.
Heriberto Rodriguez

WESTFIELD

Affordable Affairs
166 Hillside Road
Linda Ligsukis

Andrea York Photography
52 Murray Ave.
Andrea J. York

Community Substance Abuse Centers
125 North Elm St.
Steven Kassels

Permagraphics Inc.
35 Orange St.
James Burek

Pete’s Handyman Service
163 Franklin St.
Peter Newman

Trendy Right Now
91 Ely St.
Robert G. Boyd

WEST SPRINGFIELD

Absolute Fire Protection
87 Lowell St.
David Knapik

American Home Care Association
440 Main St.
Svetlana Gorovets

Cross Point Clinical Services
117 Park Ave.
Rodney Allen

Dmemanual
1111 Elm St.
Jon S. Jasperson

Faith Transportation
65 Craig Dr.
Peter N. Gitau

GBS Brows & Skincare
1313 Riverdale St.
Pramod K. Sarraf

Gospel Music Studio
407 Park St.
Anatoly Atamansky

West Side Pet Sitting, LLC
75 Kelly Dr.
Alexandra Irish

Departments Incorporations

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

AGAWAM

Showtime Inc., 1664 Main St., Agawam, MA 01030. Diane Demarco, 778 Springfield St., Feeding Hills, MA 01030. Bar.

AMHERST

Notch Consulting Inc., 535 West St., Amherst, MA 01002. Paul Ita, same. Market research and consulting.

BELCHERTOWN

Tian Yi Inc., 330 Chauncey Walker St., Belchertown, MA 01007. Fan Du, same. Food services.

CHICOPEE

Prescription Associates Corp., 90 Hendrick St., Chicopee, MA 01020. Brian O’Neil, same. Consulting services, including prescription information and patient counseling.

EAST LONGMEADOW

Richard Doleva & Associates Inc., 180 Denslow Road, Suite 7, East Longmeadow, MA 01028. Richard Doleva, same. Accounting and tax preparation.

EAST LONGMEADOW

The Greater United Aweil Reconstruction and Development Inc., 58 Wellington Dr., East Longmeadow, MA 01028. Adim Malek, same.

Transfluenci Edu Inc., 46 Center Square, East Longmeadow, MA 01028. Barbara Rodriguez, 71 Spruceland Road, Enfield, CT 06082. Provides educational services, including translation and interpretation.

Zanetti Electric Inc., 126 Parker St., East Longmeadow, MA 01028. Glenn Zanetti, same. Electrical services.

EASTHAMPTON

Riffs Inc., 116 Pleasant St., Suite 150, Easthampton, MA 01027. Richard Lyman, 22 Hannumbrook Dr., Easthampton, MA 01027. Food service.

FEEDING HILLS

Repairs Plus Inc., 22 Oroile Dr., Feeding Hills, MA 01030. Kelly Nadeau, same. Mortgage field services and home inspection.

GRANBY

Thomas Hill Inc., 118 Munsing Ridge, Granby, MA 01033. Thomas Hill, same. Tavern

GREENFIELD

Tea & Taxes Company, 473 Main St., Greenfield, MA 01301. Wendy Marsden, same. Provide accounting, business and financial services.

HAMPDEN

Timber Heights Tree Service Inc., 12 Genevieve Dr., Hampden, MA 01036. Ryan Morton, same. Tree services.

LONGMEADOW

Pack Solutions Inc., 794 Frank Smith Road, Longmeadow, MA 01106. William Klein Jr., same. Packaging services.

HADLEY

Skip Lunch Inc., 84 Russell St., Hadley, MA 01035. Delcie Bean, IV, same. Product distributorship.

HOLYOKE

Rock Valley Enterprises Inc., 215 Mountain Road, Holyoke, MA 01040. Scott Sattler, same. Real estate management and renovations.

Venice Pizza Inc., 420 High Street, Holyoke, MA 01040. Erol Kumas, 47 James Ave., Agawam, MA 01001. Pizza restaurant.

W & E Accounting and Tax Service Inc., 56 Suffolf St., Suite 607 Holyoke, MA 01040. William Rosario, 26 Scott Hollow Dr., Holyoke, MA 01040. Accounting and tax services.

PALMER

T R Stone Trucking Inc., 30 Lawrence St., Palmer, MA 01069. Thomas Stone, same. Over-the-road long haul trucking.

PITTSFIELD

Third Goat Inc., 11 Swan Street, Pittsfield, MA 01201. John Michalski, same. Property maintenance.

Veronica De Yeso, MD, P.C., 261 South St., Pittsfield, MA 01201. Veronica Deyeso, MD, 8 Webster Road, Tyringham, MA 01264. Full of range medical services by a licensed physician.

Yummy Treasures Inc., 98 Stratford Ave., Pittsfield, MA 01201. Elizabeth Carpenter, same. Retail and wholesale sales.

SOUTH DEERFIELD

Wilcox Builders Inc., 7 Porter St., South Deerfield, MA 01373. Matthew Wilcox, same. Residential and commercial construction and develop.

SOUTHAMPTON

Ted’s Creative Jewelry Inc., 15 College Highway, Southampton, MA 01073. Theodore Blais, 5 Old Country Road, Southampton, MA 01073. Jewelry design, creation sales and repair.

SPRINGFIELD

RRI Consulting Group Inc., 1655 Main St., Suite 504, Springfield, MA 01103. Efrain Medina, 142 Pleasant St., Apt. 2 Southbridge, MA 01550. Business consulting services.

Tyler John Inc., 28 Verge St., Springfield, MA 01129. Samuel Wilson, same. Sales of beer, wine, and liquor.

Yigit Inc., 139 Dwight St., Springfield, MA 01103. Maryem Turan, 322 Meadow Street, Apt. 15, Agawam, MA 01001. Pizzeria.

WESTFIELD

Sound Cleaning On-Site Inc., 54 Hampden St., Westfield, MA 01085. Brian Zych, 25 Hampden St., Westfield, MA 01085. Window treatment, cleaning, and installation.

WEST SPRINGFIELD

One on One Fit Studio Inc., 176 South Blvd., West Springfield, MA 01089. Peter Samberg, same. Physical fitness studio.

Stuti Vending Services Inc., 1150 Riverdale St., West Springfield, MA 01089. Roht Teji, same. Vending machine services.

WESTHAMPTON

Paradox Surfaces Inc., 250 Southampton Road, Westhampton, MA 01027. Brendan Kavanaugh, same. Construction services.

Briefcase Departments

DevelopSpringfield Acquires Historic Property
SPRINGFIELD — DevelopSpringfield recently acquired a deteriorating historic property at 83 Maple St. in Springfield for rehabilitation in keeping with its historic significance.  A property to the rear at 234 Union St. was also acquired and will be developed as a part of the project. The Greek revival-style home was originally built in 1841 for Solymon Merrick, the inventor of the monkey wrench. It has been considered an important component of a group of 19th-century buildings located at the corner of Union and Maple streets. Later it was owned by Ansel Phelps, the fourth mayor of Springfield, and was commonly known as the Ansel Phelps House. The property has been included on the Springfield Preservation Trust list of endangered historic properties of Springfield, which highlights 10 threatened properties of architectural and historical significance. The house has fallen into disrepair and will require significant stabilization in preparation for restoration and reuse. The goal of DevelopSpringfield with this project is to eliminate a blight on the neighborhood while saving an important historic property and to ensure its rehabilitation to an appropriate use. “Our first priority is to stabilize the exterior of the building by repairing or replacing windows, porches, and pillars and taking other steps to prevent further deterioration, and to improve the physical appearance of the property,” said Jay Minkarah, president and CEO of DevelopSpringfield. The organization plans to work closely with the Springfield Preservation Trust, the Historic District Commission, and the city’s Planning and Economic Development Department regarding redevelopment of the site to ensure that restoration and reuse plans are consistent with city and neighborhood goals and compatible with surrounding uses. The Springfield Preservation Trust owns the buildings at 77 Maple St., offering an opportunity for collaboration. “This is a property of great importance historically, and it is located on a major gateway to downtown. It cannot be lost to disrepair,” Minkarah added. “Once restored, however, it will become a tremendous asset once again for our city.”

Labor Report Mixed Across Commonwealth
BOSTON — The Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development recently reported that, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, seasonally unadjusted unemployment rates for March were down in eight areas, up in seven areas, and unchanged in seven areas over the month.  Over the year, the rates were down in 14 areas, up in five areas, and unchanged in three areas. Statewide, the seasonally unadjusted unemployment rate remained unchanged over the month at 6.8% and 11,300 jobs were added in March. Over the year, the statewide unadjusted rate edged down by 0.1% from the 6.9% rate posted for March 2012, and Massachusetts added 32,400 jobs. In March 2013, over-the-month job gains occurred in 11 of the 12 areas, the largest of which were in the Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, Worcester, Barnstable, Springfield, and Framingham areas. The Leominster-Fitchburg-Gardner was the only area to record a job loss. Over the year, eight of the 12 areas added jobs, with the largest-percentage gains in the Barnstable, Haverhill-North Andover-Amesbury, and Peabody areas. The seasonally adjusted statewide March unemployment rate, released on April 18, was 6.4%, down 0.1% over the month and down 0.2% from the 6.6% rate recorded in March 2012. The statewide seasonally adjusted jobs estimate showed a 5,500 job loss in March following a loss of 800 jobs in February. Unadjusted unemployment rates and job estimates for the labor-market areas reflect seasonal fluctuations and therefore may show different levels and trends than the statewide seasonally adjusted estimates.

Home Sales Down, Prices Up in March
BOSTON — Massachusetts home sales slowed in March while prices kept going up, prompted by a shortage of properties on the market. Statewide, 3,100 single-family homes were bought in March, a 3.6% decline compared with the same time in 2012, according to Warren Group, a Boston company that tracks real estate. For the first three months of the year, sales fell 2.1% to 7,849, compared with the first quarter last year. Condominium sales also dropped off in March, by 2% to 1,211. Sales for the first quarter declined about 1%, compared with the first three months of 2012. At the same time, buyers were having to pay more. The median price for a single-family house rose to $285,000 in March, 8% higher than during that month last year. During the first quarter, the median value of a home swelled by 10.6% to $282,500, compared with the first three months of 2012, according to the Warren Group. Condo prices rose less dramatically to $261,000 in March, by 1.5%. For the first three months of 2013, the median price of a condo hit $250,000, a 1.6% increase from the year-earlier period. The data suggest that there are not enough homes for sale to meet the demand of buyers, who are motivated by low interest rates, rising prices, and an improving economy. The inventory of single-family homes eroded by 29.8% in March, compared with March 2012, marking the 12th consecutive month of decreases, according to the Massachusetts Assoc. of Realtors. Inventory for condos fell 34% in March, compared with that month in 2012. “Low inventory is plaguing housing markets all over the country, and Massachusetts is no exception,’’ said David Harris, editorial director of the Warren Group. “There is definitely concern that such steep price spikes will cause an affordability issue.” Meanwhile, Kimberly Allard-Moccia, broker-owner of Century 21 Professionals in Braintree and president of the Mass. Assoc. of Realtors, said she is happy that so many people are interested in buying a home, but she wishes more sellers would embrace that optimism about the housing market and list their properties. “A good supply of homes for sale is the only thing we’re missing from a sustainable housing recovery,’’ she said.

Departments People on the Move

The Springfield-based law firm Bacon Wilson, P.C. recently announced the addition of associate attorneys:

Thomas Reidy

Thomas Reidy

Spencer Stone

Spencer Stone

Kathryn Crouss

Kathryn Crouss

• Thomas Reidy is a member of the litigation and real estate and zoning teams, and earned his J.D. from Western New England University (WNEU) School of Law and his BA from Assumption College;
• Spencer Stone is a member of the bankruptcy and reorganization, real estate, and business and corporate departments. He earned his J.D. magna cum laude from WNEU School of Law and his BA from UMass Amherst; and
• Kathryn Crouss is a member of the litigation department and earned her JD cum laude from WNEU School of Law and her BA from Allegheny College.
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Ronald Maniscalco, P.E., recently joined Tighe & Bond Inc. as a Senior Electrical Engineer in the Westfield-based firm’s expanding electrical and mechanical engineering team. With more than 20 years of experience in electrical and telecommunication design for both public and private clients, Maniscalco’s expertise includes designing, specifying, and reviewing power, lighting, technology, instrumentation, lightning protection, fire detection, security, video surveillance, as well as telephone and instrumentation systems. He also provides electrical energy-efficiency studies and electrical-services surveys to establish equipment condition and National Electrical Code compliance, and electrical arc flash analyses with overcurrent protective-device coordination studies are a specialty. Maniscalco earned his BS in Electrical Engineering from the Rochester Institute of Technology and is a registered professional electrical engineer in 12 states.  He is a member of the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying, the Illuminate Engineering Society, and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.
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Louis Abbate, retiring President and CEO of Willie Ross School for the Deaf, was presented the Member Emeritus Award by the Mass. Assoc. of 766 Approved Private Schools. The award was created in 2004 by the association’s directors to recognize those individuals who have made outstanding contributions of voluntary leadership and professional expertise to the association and its member schools. Abbate began his tenure at Willie Ross as executive director in 1985 and is responsible for numerous capital improvements and the development of the Partnership Campus with East Longmeadow, a model program that has been recognized throughout the nation. Abbate will retire in June.

40 Under 40
The Seventh Annual 40 Under Forty Competition

This year’s nominations were scored by a panel of five judges, who accepted the daunting challenge of reviewing more than 100 nominations and scoring individuals based on several factors, ranging from achievements in business to work within the community. BusinessWest would like to thank these outstanding members of the Western Mass. business community for volunteering their time to the seventh annual 40 Under Forty competition. They are:

Jeffrey Fialky

Jeffrey Fialky

• Jeffrey Fialky, a member of the 40 Under Forty class of 2008 and a shareholder of the regional law firm Bacon Wilson, P.C., and member of the firm’s corporate, commercial, and municipal departments, where he specializes in all aspects of corporate and business law, banking, commercial real estate, and sophisticated commercial transactions. He joined the firm in 2006 after nearly a decade of living in Eastern Mass., where he held senior commercial attorney positions within some of the country’s most prominent publicly traded telecommunications and cable television companies. He previously served as an assistant district attorney in Hampden County.

Fialky is also active in the community, having served on a number of nonprofit and economic-development-related organizations. They include the Springfield Chamber of Commerce, Springfield Museums, the United Way of Pioneer Valley, the Jewish Federation of Pioneer Valley, the Springfield Technical Community College Scibelli Enterprise Center Advisory Board, the Alden Credit Union board of directors, the Community Foundation, the American Cancer Society, the Young Professional Society of Greater Springfield, Leadership Pioneer Valley, OnBoard, the YMCA of Greater Springfield, the Mason Wright Foundation, the EDC Tourism Development Committee; and the American Red Cross Pioneer Valley Chapter.

Brendon Hutchins

Brendon Hutchins

• Brendon Hutchins, CFP, a member of the 40 Under Forty class of 2012, and senior vice president of Account Management for St. Germain Investment Management. Prior to joing the firm in 2003, he was vice president and financial advisor for the FleetBoston Financial Corp. Private Clients Group in Springfield. His prior experience includes eight years with Fidelity Investments as a vice president in the retirement division, with responsibilities across multiple locations during his tenure there.

In addition to being a certified financial planner, Hutchins holds NASD series 7 and 65 licenses for securities representation and investment-advisor services. He currently serves on the board of directors for the New England office of the March of Dimes, the Greater Springfield YMCA, and the Basketball Hall of Fame, and has also served on the board for the Springfield School Volunteers.

Mark O’Connell

Mark O’Connell

• Mark O’Connell, president and chief executive officer of Wolf & Co., providing audit and financial reporting services to both privately held and publicly traded financial institutions and holding companies across New England, including community banks and mortgage banking institutions. In his current capacity, he is responsible for the strategic direction of the firm, while also providing audit and advisory services to financial institutions. His experience also includes consultation on audit and accounting issues related to mergers and acquisitions and with respect to debt and security offerings filed with the Federal Home Loan Bank Board, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., and the Securities and Exchange Commission.

O’Connell has been involved with a number of industry and nonprofit organizations, including the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), the Massachusetts and Connecticut Societies of Certified Public Accountants, and the Children’s Study Home in Springfield. In 2010, he won the Human Services Forum Board Member Award.

Myra Smith

Myra Smith

• Myra Smith, vice president of Human Resources and Multicultural Affairs at Springfield Technical Community College (STCC). Joining the college in 1978, Smith has helped transform the STCC community into one of inclusiveness that celebrates cultural diversity. Among her many accomplishments is the creation of the STCC Diversity Council and its event series, which brings national and international speakers and artists to the campus. Smith also was responsible for the creation of the STCC “Think Tank” series, which brings community leaders together to assist with the retention and graduation rate of young men of color.

Smith is also active in the community, serving on many local boards, including People’sBank, the National Conference for Community Justice of Western Mass., and the STCC Foundation. Smith is a founding trustee of the Martin Luther King Charter School of Excellence and a trustee for the Non-Unit Health and Welfare Trust Fund for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Smith was recognized in 2007 by Unity First with a Women of Leadership Award, and received a Women of Vision Award from the Elms College Step Forward Program in 2005.

Jeff Sullivan

Jeff Sullivan

• Jeff Sullivan, executive vice president and chief operating officer of United Bank. In that capacity, which he assumed Jan. 1, Sullivan is responsible for the bank’s retail deposit and operations division, advancements in technology and electronic banking, and franchise expansion efforts. In addition, he also oversees the Information Systems and Facilities Departments and the United Wealth Management Group, and is also responsible for the company’s enterprise risk management program. He previously served the bank as executive vice president and chief lending officer and, prior to arriving at United, served in commercial-lending capacities for the Bank of Western Mass. and BayBank.

Sullivan has been involved with a number of area nonprofit and economic-development-related organizations, including DevelopSpringfield, Better Homes Inc., Martin Luther King Jr. Family Services, Briana Fund for Children with Physical Disabilities, OnBoard, the Pioneer Valley Plan for Progress, the Holyoke Chamber of Commerce, and the Economic Development Council of Western Mass.

Departments Incorporations

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

AGAWAM

New England Intermodal Services Inc., 57 Barn Road, Agawam, MA 01001. Cynthia Herring, same. Trucking company.

AMHERST

Notch Consulting Inc., 535 West St., Amherst, MA 01002. Paul Ita, same. Market research and consulting.

CHICOPEE

Kelly’s Inc., 621 Center St., Chicopee MA 01013. Leo Buono, 44 Oak Hollow Road, Springfield, MA 01128. Lounge.

Mija Inc., 95 Ward St., Chicopee, MA 01020. Michael Gibson, same. Adult entertainment web cam.

EASTHAMPTON

Molly Montgomery Painting Inc., 69 Pleasant St., Easthampton, MA 01027. Molly Montgomery, same. Painting.

GRANBY

M.R. Cote Inc., 71 Kendall St., Granby, MA 01033. Michael Cote, same. Electrical contracting and carpentry.

HADLEY

Mathematical Staircase Inc., 278 Bay Road, Hadley, MA 01035. Sarah-Marie Belcastro, same. To educate mathematically talented secondary and tertiary students.

HATFIELD

Jessica Marie Photography Inc., 22 North Hatfield Road, Hatfield, MA 01038. Jessica Marie Kacsenski, same. Photography service.

HOLYOKE

La Copa Inc., 447 Main St., Holyoke, MA. Aida Dejesus, 34 Britton St., Chicopee, MA 01020. Bar and restaurant.

Movimiento Pentecostal Poder Y Uncion, 77 Hamilton St., Holyoke, MA 01040. Organization of churches within the United States and abroad.

LUDLOW

JW Dobiecki Consulting Inc., 70 Applewood Dr., Ludlow, MA 01056. John Walter Dobiecki. Consulting services.

L&L Supply and Mechanical Inc., 399 Fuller St., Ludlow, MA 01056. Lindsay Lemek, 425 Fuller St., Ludlow, MA 01056. Equipment and materials for water and sewer mains.

MONSON

J & T Sisley Corporation, 194 Moulton Hill Road, Monson, MA 01057. Joan Lowbridge-Sisley, same. Information-technology consulting.

PALMER

M. Scott Construction Inc., 21 Wilbraham St., Office #203, Palmer, MA 01069. Michael Scott, 93 Hovey Road, Monson, MA 01057. Trucking and consulting.

PITTSFIELD

Jesters Inc., 35 Grant St., Pittsfield, MA 01201. Christina Gillette, same. Food services.

SPRINGFIELD

Julie’s Hollywood Café Inc., 374 Allen Park Road, Apt. 374, Springfield, MA 01118. Julie Ratzenberger, same. Food and beverage service — bar.

Karss Inc., 1324 Boston Road, Springfield, MA 01119. Muhammed Warasat, 30 Wyndward Road, Longmeadow, MA 01106. Restaurant.

Mamarazzi Photography Inc., 6 Kenway Dr., Springfield, MA 01104. Jacqueline Slattion, 83 McKinley Ave., Ludlow MA 01058. Photography.

Marden Homes Inc., 86 Milford St., Springfield, MA 01107. Marshal Walden, same. To buy repair and sell real estate.

Maroon Corporation, 78 Randolph St., Springfield, MA 01108. Brennan Tougias, same. Food service.

Newton Road Press Inc., 986 Allen St., Springfield, MA 01118. Daivd Karwoski, same. Books and written materials.

WEST SPRINGFIELD

New Era Inc., 39 Rochelle St., West Springfield, MA 01089. Arshad Imam, same. Gas station.

WESTFIELD

Jayco Manufacturing Inc., 121 Summit Lock Road, Suite #1, Westfield, MA 01085. Joseph Michonski, 86 Joseph Ave., Westfield, MA 01085. Manufacturing of precision aerospace parts for various local businesses.

New England Eating Disorders Alliance Inc., 7 Fairview St., Westfield, MA 01085. Viktoria Filev, same. To prevent eating disorders through education, awareness, and support in recovery.

DBA Certificates Departments

The following Business Certificates and Trade Names were issued or renewed during the month of and April 2013.

AGAWAM

Che-Bella Salon
833 Springfield St.
Kaitlin Joslyn

Empire Music Group
33 Norman Terrace
Jermaine Norfleet

Nomnom Hunt
67 Hunt St.
Marcy Megarry

AMHERST

Fit Women
6 University Dr.
Megan Earle

Lyra Cleaning Services
170 East Hadley Road
Marise Lyra

South Amherst Family Dentistry
6 University Place
Richard Pastorello

The Good Life Collective
44 Amity Place
Kathleen Ahamed-Broadhurst

Whirlwind Fine Garden Design
29 Hartman Road
Christopher Baxter

CHICOPEE

Community Substance Abuse Center
628 Center St.
Matthew Davis

M2 Creations Balloons
51 Springfield St.
Michelle Martinez

Psychibilities
188 Chicopee St.
Kathi Munson

Quick Stop Convenience
1177 Granby Road
Maroot Ahmed

Rivoli’s
43 Springfield St.
Konrad Wargulenski

HADLEY

Botanica Ramses
206 Russell St.
Bernardo Galvez

Debra Rusenko
8 Goeffe St.
Debra Rusenko

OcteVue
6 Kosier Dr.
Mark B. Ketchen

Peter’s Farm
112 East St.
Clinton Peters

Split Excavating Inc.
8 Mill Valley Road
Brenda Fydenkevez

Spruce Hill Motors
235 Russell St.
Randy Izer

HOLYOKE

Cake Lady
123 High St.
Rosa Burgos

Carolina Bedding of Western Mass
68 Cherry St.
Daniel Wells

Charlene’s Boutique
50 Holyoke St.
Charlene Naylor

Consumer Auto Parts
239 South St.
Davio Gerry

Extreme Auto Body, LLC
170 Main St.
Porfirio Santiago

Hobby Lobby Creative Center
50 Holyoke St.
Lisa Q. Ley

Kim’s Nail Salon, LLC
98 Lower Westfield Road
Kimchi Huynh

Nextdine, LLC
330 Whitney Ave.
Gregg Hartman

Star Dancer’s Unity
671 High St.
Alexcelin Saldana

NORTHAMPTON

Born Perfect
72 Center St.
Jaye McElroy

Center for Healthy Bones
766 North King St.
Mary P. Roy

Community Substance Abuse Center
297 Pleasant St.
Matthew Davis

Heart House Studio
68 Cherry St.
Kendra Rosenblatt

Purple Run for a Cure
33 Liberty St.
Thomas McCusker

Push Public
2 Conz St.
Mauricio Abascal

Repair Collective
20 Linden St.
Timothy McNevney

SOUTHWICK

ABC Masonary & Waterproofing
32 North Longyard Road
David Turner

BD Bookkeeping
27 Honey Pot Rd.
Brian Deslauriers

FJ Auctions
58 Fred Jackson Road
Francis Jacquier

The Crack Man
13 Ed Holcomb Road
Ian Dudek

SPRINGFIELD

Lilly’s Closet
33 Fairhaven Dr.
Tonya Foggs

Mass Elite Dance Team
431 White St.
Tyrone Humphries

Mass Mobile Communication
542 Page Blvd.
Ismael Bernabel

Mei Management, LLC
90 Merrill Road
Mei N. Li

Mema’s II Family Childcare
45 Valley Road
Lakisha Marie

Mill Work Carpentry
125 Oakland St.
Jorge E. Gomez

Motivate-Educate-Graduate
79 Villa Parkway
Neel P. Abdul-Hameed

Mourad Hussein
435 Dwight St.
Hussein H. Mourad

MPS Solutions
22 Candice Circle
Christopher Decoteau

Nails Model
459 Main St.
Tran X. Nguyen

New England Landscaping
837 State St.
Chauncy Rayvon

New England Wholesalers
724 Page Blvd.
Carlos G. Dias

Olympus House
280 Sumner Ave.
Michael Schneider

Oriental Mini Market
405 Dickinson St.
Hiep Q. Ngo

Pioneer Valley Electrolysis
1188 Parker St.
Dawna L. Brisebois

Professional Handy Services
25 Barnet St.
Robert V. Tyler

Punderson Oil
80 Hannon St.
Suburban Heating Oil

R.E.D. Roofing
53 Bristol St.
Ruben Gonzalez

Rosario’s Junk Removal
60 Glenwood St.
Carlos Rosario

Samuel Cardona
31 Wilton St.
Samuel Cardona

Sherwin-Williams Company
670 Boston Road
Scott Sikon

Springfield Donuts Inc.
1761 Allen St.
Derek Salema

Talco CNC Solutions
34 Front St.
Thomas A. LeMay

Targeted Biostrategies
106 Bellevue Ave.
Merribeth J. Morin

The Detail Shop
36 Amity Court
Jeremiah Nolan

The Last Detail Complete
23 Morgan St.
Angel L. Torres

Tom Tom Painting
151 Forest Park Ave.
Thomas E. Sattal

Tyler John Inc.
28 Verge St.
Samuel J. Wilson

Universal Real Estate Services
115 State St.
Daniel D. Kelly

Visionary Investments
49 Daviston St.
Jonathan Thurrott

Visual Memories
102 Elm St.
Shannon Cigal

Western MA Marketing
903 St. James Ave.
Mary K. Garvey

Whip City Pool & Spa Service
31 Valley View Dr.
Jeffrey P. Roberts

Writeturn
161 Newhouse St.
Valentino Larese Jr.

WESTFIELD

551 Salon
551 North Road
Gay K. Smith

Comfort Air
21 Barbara St.
Vladimir F. Lesnik

D & D Cleaning Services
322 Papermill Road
Deborah A. Gaudette

Dynamic Fitness
77 Mill St.
Daniel Oleksak

Frugal Fashionista Consignment
1029 North Road
Jean-Marie Aubin

Humacao Auto Detailing & Floors
507 Southampton Road
Angel Villanueva

L.C. Landscaping & Property Maintenance
291 Russellville Road
Leroy Clink

Letourneau & Sons Painting
30 Crown St.
William R. Letourneau

Squid Decals
30 Bush St.
Emily Anton

WEST SPRINGFIELD

Best Painters
19 Hill St.
Daniel Santiago

Caspian Transportation
34 Craig Dr.
Seymur Musayev

Fab 247
51 Van Deene Ave.
Vanessa M. Jackson

Glam Buttons
19 Wishing Well Way
Renee Reed

J & L Medical Services
201 Park Ave.
John Loyer

Max Enterprises
35 Prospect St.
Cuong Le

Natural Nails
244 Memorial Ave.
Cam Pham

Premier Coaching
946 Amostown Road
Meiron George

The A.P. Sabourin Studio
51 Ridgeview Road
Andrew P. Sabourin

Bankruptcies Departments

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

Agapov, Sergei
7 Danielle Dr.
Palmer, MA 01069
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 03/18/13

Archuleta, David A.
70 Sroka Lane
Ludlow, MA 01056
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 03/18/13

Ayala, Yolanda
31 Oswego 4B
Springfield, MA 01105
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 03/25/13

Beaudry, Matthew C.
11 Parsons St.
Easthampton, MA 01027
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 03/29/13

Brown, Stephen J.
Brown, Melissa S.
216 Pleasant St.
Orange, MA 01364
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 03/25/13

Caldwell, Ora H.
39B North Main St.
South Hadley, MA 01075
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 03/21/13

Campbell, Eileen
339 Newton St.
South Hadley, MA 01075
Chapter: 13
Filing Date: 03/20/13

Carrasquillo, Jorge L.
Carrasquillo, Adelaida
35 Driftwood Road
Springfield, MA 01128
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 03/18/13

Castro, Jason Michael
12 Chmura St., Apt. D
Ludlow, MA 01056
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 03/29/13

Charest, Todd Michael
Charest, Kimberly Lynn
a/k/a Thoren, Kimberly L.
a/k/a Norton, Kimberly
201 Dorset St.
Springfield, MA 01108
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 03/22/13

Cintron, Alexandra R.
a/k/a Barros, Alexandra
a/k/a Cintron, Alexandra Rocio
2 Monmouth St.
Springfield, MA 01109
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 03/22/13

Colvin, Beverly M.
400 Allen Park Road
Springfield, MA 01118
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 03/27/13

Corbett Home Improvement
Corbett, Edward T.
4 Reed St.
Northampton, MA 01060
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 03/20/13

Daniels, Sarajane
a/k/a Hubley, Sarajane
P.O. Box 108
Montague, MA 01351
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 03/26/13

Davidovich, Veronica Jean
a/k/a Lees, Veronica
404 Southwick Road #25
Westfield, MA 01085
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 03/22/13

Dean, Brandi L.
1231 North Hoosac Road, Apt. 302
Williamstown, MA 01267
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 03/26/13

DeSouza, Lorraine R.
18 Dalton Place
Springfield, MA 01109
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 03/28/13

Dubuque, Christopher D.
Dubuque, Brenda M.
a/k/a Lanney, Brenda M.
108 Nelson St.
Chicopee, MA 01020
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 03/19/13

Earle, Diana C.
10 Riley Switch Road
Phillipston, MA 01331
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 03/26/13

Encarnacion, Mayra D.
206 Pearl St., Apt. 4
Springfield, MA 01105
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 03/20/13

English, Patricia A.
25-27 Van Ness St.
Springfield, MA 01107
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 03/18/13

ERA Classics Real Estate
Weber, Sheila R.
48 Jefferson St.
Westfield, MA 01085
Chapter: 13
Filing Date: 03/19/13

Feliciano, Edwin J.
Feliciano, Chang San
20 Arlington St.
Easthampton, MA 01027
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 03/27/13

Fortier, Ronny E.
81 Conz St.
Apartment 608
Northampton, MA 01060
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 03/27/13

Fortunato Entertainment
Fortunato, John Francis
170 Parkerview St.
Springfield, MA 01129
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 03/29/13

Gamble, Tracy M.
a/k/a Steadman, Tracy M.
37 West St.
Ludlow, MA 01056
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 03/26/13

Garrafa, Evelyn
25 Judson St.
Springfield, MA 01104
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 03/20/13

Guarnera, Jessica L.
62 Searles St.
Chicopee, MA 01020
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 03/18/13

Illig, Brenda K.
52 Yvette St.
Chicopee, MA 01020
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 03/22/13

Johnson, Jessica C.
78 Price St.
Springfield, MA 01104
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 03/20/13

Jones, Crystal L.
33 Eckington St.
Springfield, MA 01108
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 03/29/13

Kalagher, Erin Marie
100 Hillside Dr.
Springfield, MA 01118
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 03/20/13

Kaminski, Keith K.
74 Breakneck Road
Sturbridge, MA 01566
Chapter: 13
Filing Date: 03/19/13

King, Kathleen R.
117 Leitch St.
Springfield, MA 01109
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 03/19/13

Leclerc, James T.
Ames-Leclerc, Tammy L.
340A Porter Road
East Longmeadow, MA 01028
Chapter: 13
Filing Date: 03/22/13

Lightcap, John C.
114 Lantern Lane
West Springfield, MA 01089
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 03/20/13

Lucky Charm Daycare
Stebbins, Dennis P.
Stebbins, Elizabeth J.
220 Arcade St.
Chicopee, MA 01020
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 03/18/13

MacKay, Judith Ann
115 Brookside Circle
Florence, MA 01062
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 03/19/13

Maruco, Bryce J.
45 North St., 2nd Fl.
North Adams, MA 01247
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 03/21/13

Matos, Janet
68 Savoy St.
Springfield, MA 01104
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 03/28/13

Moran, William P.
Moran, Kathleen F.
655 West Cherry St.
Holyoke, MA 01040
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 03/29/13

Murphy, Mary Ann
577 Pinedale Ave.
Athol, MA 01331
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 03/27/13

Muzzy, John Robert
98 Allston Ave.
West Springfield, MA 01089
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 03/26/13

Nash, Carole E.
a/k/a Yeramian, Carole
23 Claremont Ave.
Holyoke, MA 01040
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 03/20/13

Nguyen, Andy
P.O. Box 80342
Springfield, MA 01108
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 03/29/13

O’Connor, Ellen B.
66 Harkness Ave.
Springfield, MA 01118
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 03/27/13

Osborne, Bradford G.
181 Elm St., Apt. 12
Holyoke, MA 01040
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 03/27/13

Ouellette, Stephen
1 Darby Dr.
Westfield, MA 01085
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 03/26/13

Peck, Jacqueline Nancy
35 Bald Mountain Road
Bernardston, MA 01337
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 03/26/13

Peffer, Theresa M.
20 Oak St.
Gill, MA 01354
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 03/29/13

Pellerin, Edward J.
54 Ball St.
Orange, MA 01364
Chapter: 13
Filing Date: 03/25/13

Petersoli, Kimberly
331 Bradley St., Lot 1
Lee, MA 01238
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 03/27/13

Piubeni, Jeffrey S.
19 Pheasant Dr.
Westfield, MA 01085
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 03/27/13

Pizarro, Aisha A.
Vazquez, Arleen E.
5 East Laramee Green Way
Indian Orchard, MA 01151
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 03/22/13

Powers, Rachel Irene
a/k/a Craig, Rachel Irene
1747 Carew St.
Springfield, MA 01104
Chapter: 13
Filing Date: 03/20/13

Reome, Chris
Reome, Deborah
414 Britton St.
Chicopee, MA 01020
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 03/19/13

Roberts, Kenneth J.
40 Wilson Ave.
Westfield, MA 01085
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 03/18/13

Rodman, Todd E.
Rodman, Nancy J.
403 Pochassic Road
Westfield, MA 01085
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 03/20/13

Rodriguez, Margarita
29 Wentworth St.
Springfield, MA 01104
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 03/23/13

Romain, Tracy C.
PO Box 191898
Boston, MA 02119
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 03/18/13

Rusinque, Hector
Rusinque, Idalia
114 Hampden St.
Indian Orchard, MA 01151
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 03/22/13

Sanchez, Jessica
131 Meadow St., Rear
Westfield, MA 01085
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 03/25/13

Sepulveda, William A.
Sepulveda, William B.
14 State St.
Westfield, MA 01085
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 03/26/13

Serwanski, Ian R.
Serwanski, Susan A.
a/k/a Plouffe, Susan A.
24 Hilton St.
Chicopee, MA 01020
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 03/28/13

Shepardson, Robert J.
Shepardson, Margaret A.
2154 Main St
Athol, MA 01331
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 03/29/13

Smith, Gerard A.
6 Bates St.
Westfield, MA 01085
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 03/22/13

Soto, Raymond L.
138 Jasper St.
Springfield, MA 01109
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 03/25/13

Steadward, Gail M.
19 Sherwood St.
Chicopee, MA 01013
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 03/20/13

Sutter, Jason Lee
29 Worthy Ave.
West Springfield, MA 01089
Chapter: 13
Filing Date: 03/19/13

Swan, Sarah F.
507 E. Main St.
Orange, MA 01364
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 03/20/13

The Charles E. Talbot Building
2071 Page Blvd.
Indian Orchard, MA 01151
Chapter: 11
Filing Date: 03/25/13

Thomas, Mary
a/k/a Fitzgerald, Mary
72 Chesterfield Ave.
Springfield, MA 01118
Chapter: 13
Filing Date: 03/19/13

Torres, Teresa P.
P.O. Box 208
Pittsfield, MA 01202
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 03/26/13

Velez, Epifanio
43 Davis St.
Holyoke, MA 01040
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 03/26/13

Wager, Jennifer R.
58 Livingston Ave.
Pittsfield, MA 01201
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 03/25/13

Wells, Kristi L.
124 Birch Grove Dr.
Pittsfield, MA 01201
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 03/21/13

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

BERNARDSTON

167 West Road
Bernardston, MA 01337
Amount: $279,000
Buyer: Scudder Bay Capital LLC
Seller: Thomas R. Scott
Date: 03/21/13

BUCKLAND

18 Orcutt Hill Road
Buckland, MA 01338
Amount: $295,000
Buyer: Mark A. Amstein
Seller: Mark E. Pichette
Date: 03/20/13

70 Upper St.
Buckland, MA 01338
Amount: $180,000
Buyer: Luarie M. Benoit
Seller: FNMA
Date: 03/15/13

CHARLEMONT

215 Main St.
Charlemont, MA 01339
Amount: $184,500
Buyer: Jodi M. Tanguay
Seller: Robert M. Gritzner
Date: 03/11/13

DEERFIELD

4 Braeburn Road
Deerfield, MA 01373
Amount: $135,200
Buyer: FNMA
Seller: Helan E. Page
Date: 03/18/13

34 Mathews Road
Deerfield, MA 01373
Amount: $275,000
Buyer: Jaime Recore
Seller: Tsay F. Jenn
Date: 03/21/13

GREENFIELD

103 Burnham Road
Greenfield, MA 01301
Amount: $240,000
Buyer: Carrie H. Dubino
Seller: Morrison, Helen D. (Estate)
Date: 03/18/13

340 Chapman St.
Greenfield, MA 01301
Amount: $370,000
Buyer: Comfort Mechanical Inc.
Seller: RAM Construction LLC
Date: 03/18/13

106 Conway St.
Greenfield, MA 01301
Amount: $141,000
Buyer: Darry C. Madden
Seller: Paul Ferrini
Date: 03/18/13

24 Linden Ave.
Greenfield, MA 01301
Amount: $145,000
Buyer: Joshua S. Breitner
Seller: Gibson INT
Date: 03/15/13

54 Oak Hill Acres
Greenfield, MA 01301
Amount: $202,000
Buyer: Terrence P. Monahan
Seller: US Bank NA
Date: 03/22/13

4 Spring Terrace
Greenfield, MA 01301
Amount: $147,000
Buyer: David A. Wemhoener
Seller: US Bank
Date: 03/21/13

44 Verde Dr.
Greenfield, MA 01301
Amount: $240,000
Buyer: Greenfield Coop Bank
Seller: Scott McCoy
Date: 03/15/13

MONTAGUE

41 Millers Falls Road
Montague, MA 01376
Amount: $159,900
Buyer: Michelle L. Lefebvre
Seller: Elizebeth A. Prasol-Tyler
Date: 03/15/13

WARWICK

91 Hastings Heights Road
Warwick, MA 01378
Amount: $240,000
Buyer: John W. Bradford
Seller: Michael J. Matilainen
Date: 03/14/13

95 Shepardson Road
Warwick, MA 01378
Amount: $132,822
Buyer: FNMA
Seller: Patrick F. Warner
Date: 03/12/13

WHATELY

48 Claverack Road
Whately, MA 01373
Amount: $193,670
Buyer: Wells Fargo Bank
Seller: Michael S. Snyder
Date: 03/19/13

HAMPDEN COUNTY

AGAWAM

16 Belle St.
Agawam, MA 01001
Amount: $300,000
Buyer: Maryna A. Shalypina
Seller: David P. McDonough
Date: 03/18/13

279 Maynard St.
Agawam, MA 01030
Amount: $202,000
Buyer: Sean P. Burke
Seller: Torino, Barbara G. (Estate)
Date: 03/15/13

17 Stevenson Lane
Agawam, MA 01001
Amount: $385,000
Buyer: Drew J. Smith
Seller: Alan R. Gates
Date: 03/20/13

33 Zacks Way
Agawam, MA 01001
Amount: $385,000
Buyer: Margaret A. McCarthy RET
Seller: T. Russo Construction Corp.
Date: 03/19/13

CHICOPEE

3 Elizabeth St.
Chicopee, MA 01013
Amount: $175,000
Buyer: Norman P. Avey
Seller: Kenneth R. Riverin
Date: 03/22/13

63 Farmington St.
Chicopee, MA 01020
Amount: $144,500
Buyer: Erick Vazquez
Seller: Doris B. Raney
Date: 03/13/13

155 Holyoke Ave.
Chicopee, MA 01020
Amount: $253,000
Buyer: Regina L. Lecours
Seller: Karen R. Fontaine
Date: 03/22/13

25 Juliette St.
Chicopee, MA 01013
Amount: $177,000
Buyer: James T. Griffin
Seller: Petro Boyko
Date: 03/15/13

20 Olivine St.
Chicopee, MA 01013
Amount: $175,000
Buyer: Gabriel M. Liaigre
Seller: Juliette A. Guertin
Date: 03/22/13

23 Olivine St.
Chicopee, MA 01013
Amount: $125,000
Buyer: Miriam A. Santiago
Seller: Andre Houle
Date: 03/15/13

68 State St.
Chicopee, MA 01013
Amount: $125,500
Buyer: Pedro L. Olivo
Seller: Arthur Ladue
Date: 03/15/13

23 Sunset Dr.
Chicopee, MA 01020
Amount: $188,900
Buyer: Trever J. Cardaropoli
Seller: Ashtons Acquisitions LLC
Date: 03/13/13

EAST LONGMEADOW

175 Braeburn Road
East Longmeadow, MA 01028
Amount: $290,000
Buyer: James M. Adcock
Seller: Roosevelt Hill LLC
Date: 03/18/13

55 John St.
East Longmeadow, MA 01028
Amount: $125,000
Buyer: Neil J. Maloney
Seller: Norman Bolton
Date: 03/12/13

71 Wood Ave.
East Longmeadow, MA 01028
Amount: $162,500
Buyer: Christina M. Fiore
Seller: Stone Financing LLC
Date: 03/22/13

HAMPDEN

134 Glendale Road
Hampden, MA 01036
Amount: $230,000
Buyer: Jamie L. Shepard
Seller: Richard C. Armida
Date: 03/22/13

283 Somers Road
Hampden, MA 01036
Amount: $850,000
Buyer: Craig J. Morel
Seller: Charles P. McCarthy
Date: 03/21/13

HOLLAND

130 Mashapaug Road
Holland, MA 01521
Amount: $300,000
Buyer: Holland RT
Seller: David L. Hansen
Date: 03/12/13

154 Mashapaug Road
Holland, MA 01521
Amount: $295,000
Buyer: James H. Gagne
Seller: Richard E. Hoyt
Date: 03/14/13

HOLYOKE

355 Chestnut St.
Holyoke, MA 01040
Amount: $130,000
Buyer: Shamika Santos
Seller: Holyoke Housing Authority
Date: 03/15/13

357 Chestnut St.
Holyoke, MA 01040
Amount: $130,000
Buyer: Ana S. Perez
Seller: Holyoke Housing Authority
Date: 03/12/13

12 Crescent St.
Holyoke, MA 01040
Amount: $375,000
Buyer: Barbieri Realty LLC
Seller: Stephen F. Bakos
Date: 03/22/13

284 High St.
Holyoke, MA 01040
Amount: $143,700
Buyer: Betty Kaplowitz
Seller: Samantha J. Mjenzi
Date: 03/15/13

LONGMEADOW

62 Bliss Road
Longmeadow, MA 01106
Amount: $225,000
Buyer: Corinne Ewing
Seller: Robert M. Thomas
Date: 03/19/13

68 Fairhill Dr.
Longmeadow, MA 01106
Amount: $309,600
Buyer: Daniel F. O’Malley
Seller: Bank of America NA
Date: 03/12/13

621 Maple Road
Longmeadow, MA 01106
Amount: $176,000
Buyer: Gordon E. Deshaw
Seller: Tatyana Shvakhman
Date: 03/11/13

244 Overbrook Road
Longmeadow, MA 01106
Amount: $790,000
Buyer: Gregory S. Schneider
Seller: Denis V. Laflamme
Date: 03/12/13

450 Pinewood Dr.
Longmeadow, MA 01106
Amount: $152,000
Buyer: Leo Judge
Seller: Louis Durkin
Date: 03/11/13

7 Porter Lake Dr.
Longmeadow, MA 01106
Amount: $271,100
Buyer: Alison E. McDonough
Seller: Kenneth W. Moffett
Date: 03/12/13

Longmeadow, MA 01106
Amount: $425,000
Buyer: Kenneth S. Ross
Seller: Mary L. Mehrtens
Date: 03/11/13

10 Wildwood Glenn
Longmeadow, MA 01106
Amount: $340,500
Buyer: Alesia H. Days
Seller: Robert J. Greeley
Date: 03/14/13

LUDLOW

145 Booth St.
Ludlow, MA 01056
Amount: $225,000
Buyer: Henrique Baltazar
Seller: Antonio Fernandes
Date: 03/22/13

114 Chapin St.
Ludlow, MA 01056
Amount: $150,000
Buyer: Arlindo Valadares
Seller: Bernadette Bourbeau
Date: 03/22/13

Cislak Dr.
Ludlow, MA 01056
Amount: $152,000
Buyer: Paul R. Dias
Seller: Andrew Tomaszewski
Date: 03/13/13

135 Fuller St.
Ludlow, MA 01056
Amount: $345,000
Buyer: Bruno A. Coelho
Seller: Tina M. Pellegrini
Date: 03/15/13

43 Manor Lane
Ludlow, MA 01056
Amount: $260,000
Buyer: Jeremy M. Laduke
Seller: Timothy E. Moriarty
Date: 03/18/13

33 Marion Circle
Ludlow, MA 01056
Amount: $182,000
Buyer: Jennifer L. Luszcz
Seller: Andrea D. Leite
Date: 03/18/13

266 Miller St.
Ludlow, MA 01056
Amount: $145,664
Buyer: Vantium Reo Capital Mark
Seller: James H. Houle
Date: 03/11/13

40 Minechoag Hts.
Ludlow, MA 01056
Amount: $253,500
Buyer: Domingos G. Barroso
Seller: Jose A. Aguiar
Date: 03/20/13

126 Nash Hill Road
Ludlow, MA 01056
Amount: $229,600
Buyer: Leslaw G. Jasinski
Seller: Bruno A. Coelho
Date: 03/15/13

15 Philip St.
Ludlow, MA 01056
Amount: $209,000
Buyer: Michael E. Pietras
Seller: Jeffrey S. Pietras
Date: 03/12/13

MONSON

53 Bunyan Road
Monson, MA 01057
Amount: $402,000
Buyer: Richard C. Armida
Seller: Roger W. Barnes
Date: 03/22/13

17 Crest Road
Monson, MA 01057
Amount: $210,000
Buyer: Laurent R. McDonald
Seller: Michael A. Foster
Date: 03/22/13

32 Zuell Road
Monson, MA 01057
Amount: $290,000
Buyer: Robert L. Carlson
Seller: Wini C. Findon
Date: 03/20/13

PALMER

119 North St.
Palmer, MA 01080
Amount: $205,000
Buyer: Michael V. Critelli
Seller: Jeffrey A. Sansoucy
Date: 03/15/13

SOUTHWICK

1 Brookview Dr.
Southwick, MA 01077
Amount: $185,000
Buyer: William H. Berthiaume
Seller: Todd M. Wilson
Date: 03/15/13

11 Maple St.
Southwick, MA 01077
Amount: $150,000
Buyer: Brittany N. Castagna
Seller: Revampit LLC
Date: 03/15/13

68 Mort Vining Road
Southwick, MA 01077
Amount: $145,000
Buyer: Terrence J. Welch
Seller: Terrence J. Welch
Date: 03/14/13

SPRINGFIELD

252 Corcoran Blvd.
Springfield, MA 01118
Amount: $148,400
Buyer: Terrance O’Connell
Seller: Christopher G. Valiquette
Date: 03/11/13

99 Dewitt St.
Springfield, MA 01129
Amount: $152,500
Buyer: Claudia S. Ribeiro
Seller: Glenn M. Spadoni
Date: 03/14/13

267 Edendale St.
Springfield, MA 01104
Amount: $123,000
Buyer: Amy F. Broderick
Seller: Stephen B. Rose
Date: 03/15/13

46 Gates Ave.
Springfield, MA 01118
Amount: $200,000
Buyer: Kyle Chase
Seller: Patricia H. Clancey
Date: 03/15/13

57 Gilbert Ave.
Springfield, MA 01119
Amount: $150,000
Buyer: Philip S. Cruz
Seller: Elaine C. Graham
Date: 03/18/13

11 Jefferson Ave.
Springfield, MA 01107
Amount: $132,500
Buyer: Maria A. Colon
Seller: North End Housing Initiative Inc
Date: 03/18/13

14 Jennings St.
Springfield, MA 01119
Amount: $150,000
Buyer: Deyanira M. Garcia
Seller: Kenneth Fitzgibbon
Date: 03/12/13

59 Laurence St.
Springfield, MA 01104
Amount: $173,936
Buyer: TD Bank NA
Seller: James J. Marrin
Date: 03/14/13

188 Mallowhill Road
Springfield, MA 01129
Amount: $140,000
Buyer: Orlando S. Rosado
Seller: Natalie S. Thomas
Date: 03/13/13

28 Methuen St.
Springfield, MA 01119
Amount: $134,000
Buyer: Nelson D. Otero
Seller: James W. Fiore
Date: 03/12/13

9 Montcalm St.
Springfield, MA 01151
Amount: $165,000
Buyer: KAC Props. LLC
Seller: Shu Cheng
Date: 03/22/13

308 Orange St.
Springfield, MA 01108
Amount: $140,000
Buyer: Rafael Vargas
Seller: Marth E. LLC
Date: 03/21/13

41 Portulaca Dr.
Springfield, MA 01129
Amount: $145,000
Buyer: Brian Wood
Seller: Ricardo Gomez
Date: 03/15/13

58 Senator St.
Springfield, MA 01129
Amount: $174,000
Buyer: David Deshais
Seller: Deborah M. Tracy
Date: 03/21/13

5 Squire Lane
Springfield, MA 01118
Amount: $186,000
Buyer: Luis A. Gonzalez
Seller: Douglas D. Smith
Date: 03/18/13

258 Stapleton Road
Springfield, MA 01109
Amount: $130,000
Buyer: Enyoc Inv. Props. LLC
Seller: Benjamin M. Coyle
Date: 03/15/13

33 Thorndyke St.
Springfield, MA 01118
Amount: $122,000
Buyer: Robert J. Tudryn
Seller: Matthew H. Ferri
Date: 03/11/13

13 Treetop Ave.
Springfield, MA 01118
Amount: $227,059
Buyer: Wells Fargo Bank
Seller: Jeannette Cortes
Date: 03/14/13

1241 Worcester St.
Springfield, MA 01151
Amount: $160,000
Buyer: Richard J. Mack
Seller: Luis N. Costa
Date: 03/22/13

WEST Springfield

95 Birnie Ave.
West Springfield, MA 01089
Amount: $250,000
Buyer: Christopher W. Welch
Seller: Walter Zabik
Date: 03/14/13

297 Morgan Road
West Springfield, MA 01089
Amount: $115,000
Buyer: Wells Fargo Bank NA
Seller: Barbara A. Boothe
Date: 03/11/13

42 Oakland St.
West Springfield, MA 01089
Amount: $175,000
Buyer: Deutsche Bank
Seller: Gary P. Moakler
Date: 03/15/13

764 Riverdale St.
West Springfield, MA 01089
Amount: $415,000
Buyer: John Huang
Seller: Barcomb Trowbridge 6714
Date: 03/15/13

72 Summit St.
West Springfield, MA 01089
Amount: $250,000
Buyer: Jonathan Rosado
Seller: Sergey Savonin
Date: 03/14/13

WESTFIELD

43 Cross St.
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $175,250
Buyer: Kostyantyn Kozhushok
Seller: Mary A. Chamberland
Date: 03/15/13

40 Maple Terrace
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $153,000
Buyer: Ashley R. Diduk
Seller: Susan E. Hentnick
Date: 03/11/13

9 Palma Lane
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $270,500
Buyer: Lisa M. Wirth
Seller: Tina G. Lemire
Date: 03/15/13

168 Prospect St., Ext.
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $173,703
Buyer: FNMA
Seller: Walter F. Osowski
Date: 03/12/13

54 Orange St.
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $150,000
Buyer: David C. Fazzino
Seller: Anatoliy Kulyak
Date: 03/22/13

54 Otis St.
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $124,000
Buyer: Pamela A. Bain
Seller: Askins, Michael (Estate)
Date: 03/18/13

94 Sandy Hill Road
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $163,000
Buyer: Jacqueline M. Ayr
Seller: Jeffrey S. White
Date: 03/14/13

120 West Silver St.
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $269,925
Buyer: Elizabeth A. Butcher
Seller: Stephen C. Strebel
Date: 03/21/13

Whitaker Road #3
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $125,000
Buyer: Keith M. Richards
Seller: Eric F. Laizer
Date: 03/12/13

57 Woodcliff Dr.
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $255,000
Buyer: Jeffrey S. White
Seller: William D. Murray
Date: 03/14/13

WILBRAHAM

36 Burleigh Road
Wilbraham, MA 01095
Amount: $228,000
Buyer: Jon A. Rich
Seller: Susan M. Barnes
Date: 03/22/13

HAMPSHIRE COUNTY

AMHERST

38 Lessey St.
Amherst, MA 01002
Amount: $348,000
Buyer: Leslie Dubinsky
Seller: Timothy B. Soules
Date: 03/11/13

36 Morgan Circle
Amherst, MA 01002
Amount: $359,900
Buyer: E. S. Hopton
Seller: Servicenet Inc.
Date: 03/12/13

203 Rolling Ridge Road
Amherst, MA 01002
Amount: $425,000
Buyer: Daiheng Ni
Seller: Leonard Strauss
Date: 03/18/13

BELCHERTOWN

234 Barton Ave.
Belchertown, MA 01007
Amount: $275,000
Buyer: Bryan F. Hauschild
Seller: Dahila Dev. Ltd
Date: 03/19/13

111 Daniel Shays Hwy.
Belchertown, MA 01007
Amount: $240,000
Buyer: Beverly M. Jackson
Seller: Summer Hill Estates Development LLC
Date: 03/19/13

396 Rockrimmon St.
Belchertown, MA 01007
Amount: $229,000
Buyer: Lindsay Lacoille
Seller: Andrew J. Deren
Date: 03/15/13

151 Sargent St.
Belchertown, MA 01007
Amount: $174,900
Buyer: Christopher D. Carlson
Seller: Jesse A. Ritter
Date: 03/15/13
40 South Main St.
Belchertown, MA 01007
Amount: $307,000
Buyer: Kenneth H. Pincince
Seller: Lou A. Sirois
Date: 03/20/13

CHESTERFIELD

17 Farmhouse Road
Chesterfield, MA 01012
Amount: $254,000
Buyer: Elizabeth A. Slona
Seller: Joan E. Slowick
Date: 03/15/13

270 Main Road
Chesterfield, MA 01012
Amount: $219,900
Buyer: Sherry D. Quimet
Seller: Michael L. Welch
Date: 03/19/13

EASTHAMPTON

25 Brook St.
Easthampton, MA 01027
Amount: $370,000
Buyer: Jesse S. Harrison
Seller: Robert B. Riggs
Date: 03/15/13

25 Meadowbrook Dr.
Easthampton, MA 01027
Amount: $218,750
Buyer: Shane M. Calabrese
Seller: Alice P. Linnell
Date: 03/15/13

49 Ridgewood Terrace
Easthampton, MA 01027
Amount: $230,000
Buyer: Laura F. Arbeitman
Seller: Steven Hawley
Date: 03/22/13

GOSHEN

197 South Chesterfield Road
Goshen, MA 01032
Amount: $125,000
Buyer: Mary E. Witt
Seller: Thomas J. Fitzell
Date: 03/22/13

GRANBY

164 West St.
Granby, MA 01033
Buyer: Stephen F. Marion
Seller: Mitchell, Ruth E. (Estate)
Date: 03/11/13

HADLEY

70 Chmura Road
Hadley, MA 01035
Amount: $562,500
Buyer: Bhavnaben S. Parmar
Seller: Laxman Parmar
Date: 03/11/13

325 Rocky Hill Road
Hadley, MA 01035
Amount: $140,000
Buyer: 325 Rocky Hill LLC
Seller: James Aronson
Date: 03/22/13

117 Russell St.
Hadley, MA 01035
Amount: $215,000
Buyer: Dennis J. Hukowicz
Seller: Edward J. Hukowicz
Date: 03/21/13

HATFIELD

151 Elm St.
Hatfield, MA 01038
Amount: $230,000
Buyer: Jeffrey G. Zgrodnik
Seller: Sadie H. Kochan
Date: 03/12/13

NORTHAMPTON

69 Brookwood Dr.
Northampton, MA 01062
Amount: $193,800
Buyer: Ronald K. Bachang
Seller: Tina Gagne
Date: 03/20/13

90 Haydenville Road
Northampton, MA 01053
Amount: $396,000
Buyer: SSTT LLC
Seller: Pierre R. Brisson
Date: 03/20/13

203 King St.
Northampton, MA 01060
Amount: $1,998,176
Buyer: G&G Real Estate Inv. LLC
Seller: Taco Bell of America LLC
Date: 03/15/13

23 Lilly St.
Northampton, MA 01062
Amount: $275,000
Buyer: May C. Chan
Seller: H. G. Labrage
Date: 03/15/13

57 Longview Dr.
Northampton, MA 01062
Amount: $125,000
Buyer: Robert M. Kuzmeski
Seller: Kuzmeski IRT
Date: 03/21/13

28 Maple Ave.
Northampton, MA 01060
Amount: $230,000
Buyer: Mark A. Sayre
Seller: Louise Farrelly
Date: 03/22/13

219 North Main St.
Northampton, MA 01062
Amount: $136,140
Buyer: Jonna Sciacca
Seller: Florence Savings Bank
Date: 03/20/13

18 Powell St.
Northampton, MA 01062
Amount: $188,000
Buyer: William A. Hansen
Seller: Dale W. Aldrich
Date: 03/15/13

SOUTH HADLEY

7 Joan St.
South Hadley, MA 01075
Amount: $186,500
Buyer: Claude D. Lambert
Seller: Jane H. Bubnis
Date: 03/11/13

31 Lincoln Ave.
South Hadley, MA 01075
Amount: $152,500
Buyer: Michael C. Cote
Seller: Jeffrey W. Jenks
Date: 03/18/13

32 Lorraine Ave.
South Hadley, MA 01075
Amount: $168,200
Buyer: Kevin M. Quesnel
Seller: Michaeline S. Davidson
Date: 03/15/13

3 Pleasant St.
South Hadley, MA 01075
Amount: $164,000
Buyer: Sheila D. Pennell
Seller: Pleasant St. South Hadley NT
Date: 03/22/13

5 Skinner Lane
South Hadley, MA 01075
Amount: $299,000
Buyer: Terry W. Monkaba
Seller: Mary J. Kocot
Date: 03/15/13

SOUTHAMPTON

104 Gunn Road
Southampton, MA 01073
Amount: $405,000
Buyer: William A. Tormey
Seller: James F. Boyle
Date: 03/15/13

8 Jonathan Judd Circle
Southampton, MA 01073
Amount: $198,000
Buyer: Ashton Acquisitions LLC
Seller: Barry J. Sullivan
Date: 03/22/13

81 Russellville Road
Southampton, MA 01073
Amount: $295,000
Buyer: Jason T. Millay
Seller: Ann M. Sarafin
Date: 03/15/13

5 Sara Lane
Southampton, MA 01073
Amount: $125,000
Buyer: Pawel J. Robak
Seller: Edward H. Gwinner
Date: 03/15/13

117 White Loaf Road
Southampton, MA 01073
Amount: $325,000
Buyer: Olla N. Al-Shalchi
Seller: Czelusniak Custom Homes
Date: 03/15/13

WARE

290 Osborne Road
Ware, MA 01082
Amount: $205,900
Buyer: Jennifer L. Bernier
Seller: Richard B. Rose
Date: 03/21/13

WILLIAMSBURG

18 Fort Hill Road
Williamsburg, MA 01039
Amount: $430,000
Buyer: Michael M. Ban
Seller: Carl W. Rohrberg
Date: 03/22/13

DBA Certificates Departments

The following Business Certificates and Trade Names were issued or renewed during the month of and March 2013.

 

AGAWAM

 

Alwayz Growing

1399 Suffield St.

Jezaida Lisella

 

 

Deb Hunter

339 Walnut St.

Deborah Hunter

 

EJW Associates

59 Reed St.

Edward Warzecka

 

Throttle Rocker Magazine

53 Fairview St.

Robert Alves

 

CHICOPEE

 

Beauty Rehab

559 East St.

Donna Bigos

 

IGM

30 Nye St.

Paul Poreda

 

Scentsational Marketing

59 Greenwood Terrace

David Girard

 

Somas Global Investment

221 Poplar St.

Amos Vmezuruike

 

GREENFIELD

 

Franklin Optical Shoppe

489 Bernardston Road

John P. Frangie

 

 

Lianna’s Pet Care Services

246 Wells St.

Joan James

 

Moose’s Gold, LLC

21 Mohawk Trail

Derrick Brooks

 

SS Floor Sanding

34 Franklin St.

Donald Schietroma

 

The Potter’s Touch

28 Chapman St.

Christine Hervieux

 

HOLYOKE

 

Fire Code & Education

540 County Road

Thomas G. Paquin

 

Pottery Barn

50 Holyoke St.

David R. King

 

Slainte Inc.

80 Jarvis Ave.

Debra Flynn

 

Swarovski

50 Holyoke St.

Emily Foster

 

LUDLOW

 

Hair On

733 Chapin St.

Maria Carvalho

 

Sosa Barber Shop

85 East St.

Antonio Sosa

 

 

T. Fiorentino Roofing

201 Cady St.

Thomas Fiorentino

 

PALMER

 

Rock Solid Landscape

128 River St.

Jacob Obrzut

 

S & S Food Mart

2019 Main St.

Syed Hashmi

 

Tebus at Crossroads

1701 Park St.

Paula Fitts

 

You Found Media

15 Cedar Hill St.

Paul Henry

 

SPRINGFIELD

 

Latina & Co. Hair Designer

876 Sumner Ave.

Yanitza Nogue

 

Leary Consulting

84 Tulsa St.

Sharon Michelle

 

Lewis Brothers International

667 Dickinson St.

Lisa M. Lewis

 

M & R General Automotive

419 Taylor St.

Miguel Gonzalez

 

Mass Techies Group

269 Greenaway Dr.

Moses K. Moses

 

Men’s Wearhouse & Tux

1267 Boston Road

The Men’s Wearhouse

 

Neighborhood Foods

1500 Main St.

Peter S. Choi

 

Noel Cleaning Services

1655 Main St.

Shirma N. Ferguson

 

Northway Services

1601 Page Boulevard

Carl A. Jasmin

 

Picks Computer Consulting

35 Gresham St.

David J. Pickrell

 

Precision Contracting

117 Shady Brook Lane

Mark Patterson

 

Proud 2 Persevere

75 Albemarle St.

Andre Yarns Jr.

 

Quality Home Care

123 Fort Pleasant Ave.

Christine Whyte

 

Quang’s Forest Park Barber

529 Belmont Ave.

Tuyen Q. Nguyen

 

Santos Home Improvement

70 Mattoon St.

Juan C. Santos

 

Springfield United Sports

19 Wentworth St.

Richard T. Moultrie

 

Superior Fashion

301 Belmont Ave.

Jerry L. Mattey Jr.

 

T.U.C.

261 Jasper St.

Juan Santiago

 

Tru By Mi

324 Arcadia Blvd.

Migyon Forbes

 

V II Cleaning Industries

164 Belmont Ave.

Aida J. Santiago

 

Vietnam Travel

465 Belmont Ave.

Benjamin Nguyen

 

WESTFIELD

 

Chintos 2 Go

78 Franklin St.

Jacinto Blanco-Munoz

 

Hobgoblin Entertainment

16 Princeton St.

David Kennedy

 

Father & Sons Hardscaping & Landscaping

32 Rosedell Dr.

Taras Mikhalinchik

 

Mike Barna Building and Carpentry

360 Prospect St.

Michael Barna

 

Roman Empire Truck Detailing & Services

140 Union St.

Orlando J. Roman-Rodriguez

 

Stay & Play Deluxe Laundromat Inc.

65 Franklin St.

Eric Meyers

 

TC Enterprizes

32 Woodcliff Dr.

Danielle M. Todt

 

The Begoodkids

12 Fowler St.

Joseph Bushior

 

WEST SPRINGFIELD

 

Kitchen Resources

64 Sean Louis Circle

Susan Hoey

 

L.T.D. Investigating

181 Park Ave.

Luke Gelinas

 

Lawn Pro

161 Great Plains Road

William J. Paquette

 

Mark Pagios Construction

302 Rogers Ave.

Mark S. Pagios

 

Massage Envy Spa

935 Riverdale St.

Mark S. Sarrazin

 

Maxim Seamless Gutters

920 Memorial Ave.

Maksim Barabolkin

 

Men’s Wearhouse & Tux

1321 Riverdale St.

Claudia Pruitt

 

Mike’s Welding

55 Church St.

Miguel A. Cordero

 

Mind, Body, Skin

117 River St.

Kristen S. Strojvus

 

Mr. Rooter Plumbing

309 Woodmont St.

David Tourville

 

On the Border

33 Border Way

OTB Acquisition, LLC

 

Pension & Benefits Association

131 Wayside Ave.

Mark F. Shea

 

Quick Stop

20 River St.

Earlene Oberlander

 

Re-Energize Massage

36 Therese Marie Lane

Regina M. Amato

 

Red Carpet Inn

560 Riverdale St.

Rajendra Patel

 

Rental Remarketing Inc.

74 Baldwin St.

Michael M. Gentile

 

Sanditz Travel

1053 Riverdale St.

Henry Richard

 

Sorcinelli Real Estate

29 Sikes Ave.

Antonio Sorcinelli

 

Soulful Kreations Designs

20 Hummingbird Lane

Karen M. Palanjian

 

Spartak Home Remodeling

1153 Elm St.

Serghei Chitu

 

Spherion Staffing

68 Westfield St.

Corp. Stix Inc.

 

Suburban Janitorial

1900 Westfield St.

Ralph E. Figueroa

 

Sunny’s Convenience

2260 Westfield St.

Sunil R. Patel

 

Team Rehab & Wellness

753 Union St.

Adnan Dhadul

 

The Guardians

104 Kings Highway

George Colon

 

The Kid’s Place Inc.

915 Memorial Ave.

Scott L. Petersen

 

The Q Bar & Grill

885 Riverdale St.

Hannahneena Inc.

 

Tip Top Nails

239 Memorial Ave.

Hoa C. Thach

 

Twins II Hairstyling Salon

1421 Westfield St.

Elaine Stanek

 

Usi Insurance Solutions

123 Interstate Dr.

Dana Scribner

 

Westfield Bank

206 Park St.

Gerald P. Ciejka

 

Westside Auto Sales

194 Baldwin St.

Anthony Lafromboise

Cover Story
Crumpin-Fox Club Focuses on Providing an Experience

Mike Zaranek

Mike Zaranek says Crumpin-Fox is a thought-provoking golf course, meaning that one needs a game plan to attack it.

Mike Zaranek describes the Crumpin-Fox Club as a “thought-provoking golf course.”

And by that, he meant that one can’t — or shouldn’t — plan on muscling their way around this picturesque track in Bernardston, just outside Greenfield. Rather, they have to think their way around.

“There’s a lot of shot-making that’s involved here,” said Zaranek, the head golf professional, gesturing with his hand to the 18th hole as he looked out on the course from a seat at Zeke’s Smokehouse Grill, the club’s 19th hole. “It’s not a bomber’s golf course where you hit your driver on every hole and try to get it as close as you can to the green. This course makes you think off each tee, and on every second shot as well.”

And just as the player needs a strategic plan for taking on this Robert Trent Jones Sr. creation, Zaranek and the rest of the management team needs one of their own to enable the club to continue growing at a time of stern challenges and mounting competition in the golf industry.

The essence of that plan is to let the course become not merely a destination, but an experience, said Zaranek, adding that it does this naturally, through its views and challenges, both of which create lasting memories.

“Each tee you stand on, and each green you look back to the tee on, is like a postcard,” he explained, adding that this effect is heightened by many changes in elevation and is especially dramatic at fall-foliage time. “There is a uniqueness to it, and that’s what brings people back.”

Repeat business is obviously one of the keys to success for any golf operation, but it’s especially critical for one that charges just under $100 a round for public play — which accounts for roughly 60% of the business at this semi-private course — and is tucked away in one of the most remote areas of the state, just a few miles from the Vermont border.

The Crump’s eighth hole

The Crump’s eighth hole forces the player to make a number of decisions.

Thus, the staff puts the accent on the total experience — from the golf to the meal afterward — and also on both driving first visits (which often prompt return trips) and convincing players that Crumpin-Fox should be a more than a once-a-year course.

“That sentiment is summed up in one of our marketing slogans — ‘minutes away, worlds apart,’” said Zaranek. “We’re a destination, but we don’t want to be just a destination; we’d love to have people visit us two, three, or four times a year. Overall, we want to make this an experience, one that you’ll enjoy and want to mark on your calendar every year.”

For this issue and BusinessWest’s annual Golf Preview, we take an indepth look at what is still a hidden gem, and Zarenek’s efforts to make it less so.

 

On the Hole

The eighth hole at ‘the Crump,’ as it’s called, is certainly one of the more thought-provoking holes on this 7,023-yard layout.

There is water along almost the entire left side of this lengthy par 5 (nearly 600 yards from the tips). And the decision making really begins after the drive, even if it’s a very good one.

The player is faced with the option of hitting a safer mid-iron to a still-relatively wide section of fairway for a third shot of roughly the same length over the lake to a narrow, undulating green, or bringing out more artillery and hitting down to a narrower strip of fairway, leaving just a wedge onto the putting surface.

There are many such decisions to be made on this course, which offers what Zarenek described as a Pine Valley-like feel, if not look, although it has some of that, too.

This is a reference to the George Arthur Crump-designed track in Southern New Jersey that is generally regarded as the world’s most difficult course, and one of its very best. The comparison doesn’t involve degree of difficulty — although Crumpin-Fox is certainly challenging — but rather the notion that every hole is an entity unto its own, with other holes rarely visible from tees, greens, or fairways.

“Each hole is set in its own scenery here — you play that hole, and then you move on to another piece of scenery, and that’s what we mean by a Pine Valley-like course,” Zaranek explained. “You barely see the group in front of you or the group behind you all day.”

The overall tightness of the layout also contributes to that description.

“At one time, especially on the back nine, it was basically the tee, the fairway, about five feet of rough, and then there was brush, the jungle,” he noted, adding that the course has been opened up somewhat over the years, but still demands accuracy. “What you see is what you get in front of you.”

This was the general idea when, in 1969, area businessman David Berelson engaged the services of Roger Rulewich, a noted golf-course architect then with Robert Trent Jones Inc., to locate a parcel for a destination golf course.

The current site in Bernardston was chosen, but the project stalled and didn’t begin to take shape until 1977, when Andy St. Hillaire, owner of Mohawk Plastics, bought the land and project, completed what are now the back nine holes, and built the present clubhouse.

The name Crumpin-Fox, said Zaranek, was derived from some of the old soda bottles found on the property as construction of the course commenced. The Bernardston-based Crump Soda Co. was eventually sold in 1853 to one Eli Fox, he noted, and then renamed the Crump & Fox Soda Co.

In 1987, St. Hillaire sold the club to William Sandri, president of the Sandri Co., which owned a number of gas stations in Western Mass., Vermont, and New York, and would eventually diversify into a number of business sectors, including real estate, clean-energy products, and golf.

The company now has three courses that operate under the name Fox Golf. The others are the Fox Hollow Club in Trinity, Fla., which opened in 1994 — its 18th hole was at one time rated the number-one par 4 in Florida by Florida Golf Central magazine — and Fox Hopyard in East Haddam, Conn., which opened in 2001.

 

Round Numbers

All three clubs operate under the same model — that of a semi-private course that has members but is also open to the public at most times during the week. Zaranek said this model is perhaps the most successful in golf today because it offers both the stability provided by a core of members (that number is roughly 235 at Crumpin-Fox, one Zaranek said he’s comfortable with) and the flexibility and additional revenue opportunities that come with making the course open to the public.

Membership at Crumpin-Fox has been steady, with relatively little fluctuation in the number in recent years despite turbulence in the economy, said Zaranek, adding that the public-play component of the equation has been more impacted by the downturn, as well as a number of other contributing factors.

These include everything from the weather — which has both helped and hurt; the 2012 season began on March 23 (a record for the Crump) after a nearly snowless winter, but the hurricane of 2011 took a heavy toll — to new competition in the destination-course market.

Indeed, while the pace of new-course construction has slowed in recent years, some additions in the eastern part of the state, especially a new cluster of tracks in the Plymouth area, as well as the Ranch in Southwick and some new venues in Connecticut, have had an impact on play in Bernardston, said Zaranek.

“From Route 3 down to the Bourne Bridge, they built 15 or 16 golf courses since 1997, and that took some of the traffic we used to get from the Boston area,” he noted. “We still get some, though, and we’re seeing those numbers climb because people are expanding their visions, and they’ve played all those new courses. People say, ‘have you ever played Crump?’ and once people come out here once, I think they like putting us back on their docket.”

Last year, even with that early start, the club recorded roughly 19,000 rounds between members and guests, he told BusinessWest, adding that, in banner years (such as the late ’90s), volume has exceeded 25,000, and the present goal is to get closer to 22,000.

To get there, the general strategic plan for the course, which hasn’t really changed since it opened, is to convince players from maybe a 75- to 100-mile radius that Bernardston is not that far away, and certainly worth the time and trouble for a course that is unique and challenging.

And this is the message being sent to a host of constituencies, from smaller groups (a foursome or two) to larger entities, such as leagues or clubs, to charitable organizations planning fund-raisers. The club already hosts a number of events, said Zaranek, including a large gathering for Big Brothers Big Sisters and another for the It Takes a Community foundation.

While the Crump name certainly resonates within the Western Mass. market, it is still somewhat of an unknown commodity in other areas, especially with younger golfers, he continued, adding that one of the club’s stated goals is to build brand recognition across the region it serves.

With each of those aforementioned constituencies, the key is providing value — and an experience — that will drive repeat business, Zaranek explained, adding that this goal, or mission, has prompted improvements ranging from extensive renovations to Zeke’s Grill, including the addition of a smoker, to an ongoing facelift in the locker rooms.

“There are a lot of elements that go into making a club successful,” he explained. “And you have to make each guest that comes through feel like a member that day, and make them feel like they had a great experience. And that all has to gel together. We keep trying to improve everything we do every day.”

Long-term, the club is exploring a possible expansion of the clubhouse and perhaps the addition of a large pavilion for outings, he said, adding that many events are currently staged under tents erected on the driving range.

Course of Action

Zaranek said the club has historically strived to be open by Masters weekend, the unofficial start of the golf season for those in the Northeast.

Looking out on a course that still had a number of areas covered by more than a few inches of snow, he said that goal is likely within reach (the Masters is set for April 11-14), but some assistance from Mother Nature will probably be needed.

She has already contributed a dramatic setting that has contributed to those postcards Zaranek described, and given the Crump a strong selling point to draw players for what will likely be the first of several visits.

“It’s one of the most unique, pretty, and, yes, demanding golf courses that you’re ever going to play,” he said in summation. “You don’t go away forgetting many of these golf holes as you play them.”

 

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

Features
Mohegan Sun Believes It’s Still Holding a Winning Hand

An architect’s rendering of Mohegan Sun Massachusetts.

An architect’s rendering of Mohegan Sun Massachusetts.

Mitchell Etess says that, even when its plan for a casino in Palmer was essentially the only one on the table, Mohegan Sun knew there would be competition for a license in this part of the state, and probably lots of it.

But now that this competition has materialized — three other proposals: two for downtown Springfield and the other at the Big E in West Springfield — the company is approaching its work in much the same way that it did in 2009, 2010, and 2011, when it had the only colorful architects’ renderings in the local newspapers, and the subjects of conversation were if and when casino legislation would ever be passed.

That approach is to focus primarily on the one word — or three words, depending on how one looks at it — that shape most discussions involving commercial real estate: location, location, location.

 

“We’ve been in this marketplace [New England] for some time, and we looked all over the Western Mass. region — we always wanted to be in the west,” said Etess, CEO of the Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority, referring to the company’s prolonged search for a casino location. “We looked at every single site, including some in Springfield. But we ultimately chose our site because it is, without question, the best location in the west, in our opinion.”

Elaborating, he said the parcel directly off exit 8 of the Turnpike represents a true, and desirable, destination, something he believes cannot be said for the other Western Mass. proposals, and especially those in Springfield.

Mitchell Etess

Mitchell Etess says the Palmer location brings a number of benefits for the Commonwealth as a true destination.

“Our location is someplace where people would want to go spend a few days,” he said. “I don’t say that to disparage Springfield, but the fact is, this is what people think about when they consider getting away for a few days — a place on a mountain, in the country — and not in the middle of a city.”

Meanwhile, this particular location may well have a huge advantage over the other three with regard to an emerging issue in this contest — the looming overhaul of an elevated section of I-91 that runs through downtown Springfield. If and when it happens, that project, estimated to cost $300 million to $400 million, would likely impact access to all three rival casino sites, said Etess.

“There’s a tremendous amount of congestion involved with an urban casino,” he said, “and we just don’t have that; we have people getting right off the turnpike and right onto our property.”

But while he did discuss the plight of his competitors to some degree, Etess chose to focus mostly on Mohegan’s project — now known as Mohegan Sun Massachusetts (more on that later) — and its strategic plan moving forward.

In essence, he said, this comes down to getting across the company’s main message: that a true destination resort casino is what the public wants, it’s what will best serve the state in terms of revenue, and it’s what Mohegan does.

“The reason there’s going to be gaming in Massachusetts is because of the success of Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods,” he explained. “What people in New England are used to is this rural gaming experience; we don’t believe people want to go downtown to go to the casino in New England, and we think people are very comfortable with what is known and successful.

“And, quite frankly, we know how to it,” he continued. “At the end of the day, we have the model that people are used to, we have the rural setting, we have access off the Turnpike, and we have 152 acres — we’re not pigeonholed into a few city blocks.”

For this issue, BusinessWest continues its series of stories on the players in the ongoing casino competition with another look at the Palmer project, which is now part of a crowded field, but a venture that those at Mohegan believe still stands alone.

 

Placing Its Chips

Much has happened since BusinessWest last talked at length with Etess and others involved with the Palmer casino proposal in the fall of 2011, just after gaming legislation was passed by the Legislature.

In short, Western Mass., and especially Springfield, became by far the most intense casino battleground in the Commonwealth. Over the span of a few months in the second half of 2012, three proposals were announced for Springfield, with one — Ameristar’s plan for a parcel off Route 291 — eventually shelved. In December, plans were announced for a project that would be built in a corner of the sprawling Big E complex on Memorial Drive in West Springfield. And in Holyoke, Mayor Alex Morse first announced he would consider a casino proposal for his community (after he campaigned against the concept when seeking the office in 2011), and then reversed course again and said such a facility wasn’t the answer for his city.

Through all that, the Palmer casino plan lost large amounts of attention in the press it once dominated, and, in the minds of some, lost some momentum as well.

But Etess doesn’t see it that way.

He acknowledged that his plan did lose some visibility as the press trained its cameras and microphones on the CEOs of rival casino developers as they stood in front of elaborate visual displays of their concepts. However, he said the Mohegan Sun plan never lost what he believes it has always had — a few important legs up on the competition, even before it materialized.

And this brings him back to that notion of location, but also Mohegan’s longstanding presence in the New England market, its track record with the resort-destination model, and the database of area customers it has at its disposal.

“If you ask people in this business to identify the biggest asset a casino has today, and they say anything other than their database, then they’re not being completely honest,” he explained. “Our casino will begin with a database of customers, and the ability to market directly to customers who are familiar with our brand, and that we know everything about, is something that no other competitor in the west can offer, and that’s a huge advantage.”

While watching MGM, Penn National, and Hard Rock International roll out their plans in 2012, Mohegan Sun officials were tweaking and, in their opinion, improving their proposal and making it more battle-ready.

New renderings of the project, including those on pages 6, 8, and 9, were released, and the name change — from Mohegan Sun Palmer to Mohegan Sun Massachusetts — was made official.

Mitchell Etess says the Palmer site offers many advantages

Mitchell Etess says the Palmer site offers many advantages, starting with its location off Turnpike exit 8.

Meanwhile, the company struck a partnership with the New York investment group Brigade Capital Management to bankroll the development, an accord that Etess believes will give the project another edge.

“We believe our project is on the soundest financial platform of anyone in the west,” he said, adding that this footing, coupled with a solid brand that is well-known in the region and the Palmer location, puts the project in a position to effectively compete for the license.

Overall, the Mohegan proposal is currently projected to cost $735 million and include a casino, hotel, and retail, said Etess, adding that the company is looking for a third-party developer to create other amenities to ensure the property has what he called “complete synergy.”

“We’re very comfortable that our casino and the additional third-party retail development is a very sound business model,” he continued, adding that be believes the proposal is right-sized for this location and that the market it is intended to serve is certainly strong enough to support it.

Groups supporting the casino, especially Citizens for Jobs & Growth in Palmer, have been anxious for details on the project and its latest developments, said Jennifer Baruffaldi, spokesperson for the organization, noting that a referendum on the plan could come as early as June, but is more likely to happen in September.

Etess said the existence of competition will impact the amount and nature of the information released on the project, but specifics will certainly be known before the referendum vote.

 

Odds Are

Etess told BusinessWest that he takes comfort in the fact that the competition that will unfold over the next 10 to 12 months and end with the Gaming Commission’s decisions on which operators will be awarded licenses for the three regions will not be a popularity contest decided by the public or the press.

It will come down to a simple, mostly objective contest to see which party can best convince the Gaming Commission that its project is the best bet for the Commonwealth, he said, adding that there are obviously many factors that will go into that decision beyond the urban-versus-rural casino debate — although that will be part of the discussion.

“This is about five people deciding what they believe is best for the state,” he explained, adding that he has been through similar competitions in other states and understands their vagaries and complexities. “They have to decide what will provide the most revenue for the Commonwealth and what brings the most to the table for the Commonwealth, because that’s what this is.

“It’s jobs, it’s community, it’s revenues you can drive, it’s creating out-of-state revenue … and we have a compelling case,” he went on, adding that it is summed up in the new name and logo for the Palmer project.

Etess told BusinessWest that the name was chosen carefully, to convey that this is a project that will have benefits for the entire state, not a city, such as Springfield, or the area surrounding it.

“This project benefits the Commonwealth,” he said. “This isn’t something that’s just going to benefit an urban area in downtown Springfield; it will bring jobs to Springfield, it will bring jobs to Worcester, it will bring jobs to the four-county area, and we believe that makes for a compelling case.

“Our goals and those of the [casino players] in Springfield are very different,” he went on. “They’re going to beat themselves up trying to argue what’s best for Springfield; our goal now is only to make a case about what’s best for the Commonwealth.”

Etess brushed aside comments from some observers of the casino contest that Mohegan Sun chose Palmer, and not a location further west, to minimize the impact on its operation in Connecticut. That theory holds that residents of some regions of Connecticut would be more likely to drive to Mohegan’s operation in that state (or to Springfield) than to Palmer.

Etess said that any operation in Western Mass. would draw patrons away from the Connecticut casinos, including one in Palmer, but the more relevant point is that a Palmer casino would more easily draw residents from across the Bay State and also Vermont, New Hampshire, and beyond than an operation in Springfield would.

“We don’t believe that people in New York, Vermont, or Albany who think about a vacation that includes gaming would go to downtown Springfield for that vacation,” he explained. “We believe that our location is much more realistic for that kind of vacation and presents a much bigger opportunity to benefit the Commonwealth.”

When asked about the company’s plans moving forward into the next stage of the competition, Etess said Mohegan will be doing mostly what it’s been doing since it set up a storefront on Main Street in Palmer in 2009.

“We’ve been planning, we’ve been part of the community, and we’ve continued to build relationships and have conversations within the community while watching the landscape unfold in front of us as we anticipated it would,” he said. “And we’re going to continue doing those things.”

 

Bottom Line

Etess told BusinessWest that he’s not sure if the Palmer proposal will benefit in any way from being the first proposal introduced to the Western Mass. region. And he acknowledges that many believe there are no advantages from such standing.

Such talk is mostly irrelevant now, he said, because the goal never really was to be the first one in, but to be the last project standing when it comes to the Western Mass. region.

He believes Mohegan Sun Massachusetts has some trump cards at its disposal — from location to brand to experience serving this region — that can enable it to win the jackpot.

 

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

Commercial Real Estate Sections
Understanding the Fine Print Can Save Your Company Money

Paul Kinney

Paul Kinney

Office tenants are at risk of wasteful and inflated overcharges on their rents.

This business warning was issued by the National Retail Tenants Assoc. (NRTA) as the organization unveiled a new education program for office-property administration professionals, including many in the Western Mass. area.

The program included a presentation made to the organization by Rick Burke, a leading lease-administration professional and NRTA member. He noted that many office tenants in the Greater St. Louis region and beyond oversee their real-estate portfolios very informally without a designated lease-administration department or a trained person to review landlord billings. In fact, they often just pay what is billed by the landlord without any review, basically throwing money away.

So often we hear office tenants ask, “should I be asking my landlord for all the invoices to verify our operating cost?” or “we want to start a lease administration department; who do we hire, and how do we train them? ”

For the past 17 years, the NRTA has provided education programs designed to help retail real-estate professionals improve their lease-administration skills. Now, the NRTA has expanded its reach to office tenants seeking lease-administration training in order to answer these types of questions.

The NRTA advises office tenants to seek out lease-administration training in order to answer these types of questions. One such resource is an annual conference hosted by the NRTA. This three-day event typically attracts upwards of 500 professionals representing the leading retail and office tenants from across the nation. NRTA classes focus on lease-administration best practices and cost-recovery skills relating to common-area maintenance expenses and overall occupancy cost.

Today’s business environment mandates that an office tenant with multiple office locations must put a process into place to safeguard critical lease information and review all landlord billings for overcharges. It is essential for larger portfolio tenants to have a lease-administration software system, so information such as rent amounts, option notices, and operating-expense exclusions is readily available. A single mistake in any one of these areas can prove very costly to the tenant, often without them ever knowing it.

For example, during a recent audit for an office tenant, auditors found the landlord was overbilling for parking-garage expenses that were not included per the lease. The tenant was paying on a per-space basis outside of the lease as well as paying for all the cost of the parking garage through the operating expenses. The dollar-for-dollar savings to the tenant was $150,000.

Another recent audit compared base-year expenses with the current-year expenses. It identified many accounts that were not in the base year that were being billed in the current year. The landlord included management and other salary accounts not in the base year, thus overstating the current-year expenses in comparison to the base year. This allowed the tenant to reduce the current-year operating expense as well as recover amounts for the three prior years of operating expenses totaling $220,000.

A common expense that is frequently an overcharge to the tenant is real-estate taxes. Much like the review of taxes in retail audits, office and industrial tenants find themselves paying for real-estate tax parcels that are not defined as part of the building or property. The parcel could include a building or land that the landlord owns next to the office building, or perhaps it could be for undeveloped land that the landlord has slated to build on in the future, or an abated assessed value that did not get passed through to the tenant. These types of overcharges are not uncommon and, if identified, will reduce the tenant current and future operating cost.

Large overcharges to tenants can occur when calculating the ‘gross-up’ lease clause. The gross-up is the method of increasing operating expenses for a non-fully occupied building to represent a fully occupied building. How the gross-up is applied to fixed and variable expense accounts and how it is applied to the base year could result in a significant overcharge to the tenant.

Other areas where landlord overcharges loom are in management fees, overtime HVAC, pro-rata-share allocation, and capital expenses. Unless the reviewer is trained to understand these issues, the overbilled amounts can continue undetected.

This year’s NRTA annual conference is at the Renaissance Hotel at Sea World in Orlando. Its education program features 52 lease-administration classes and 17 small-group discussions in which practitioners are able to meet with people having similar challenges.

Classroom presentations are organized into six tracks: lease administration, occupancy cost, office leases, real estate, legal, and professional development.

Office-tenant courses cover topics such as “Understanding Operating Expenses,” “Reviewing and Auditing Operating Expenses,” “Negotiating an Office Lease,” “Understanding Mixed Use Cost,” and “Global Issues in Lease Administration.” Office tenants explore best practices designed to safeguard lease information, help them be more efficient, and save their company money. Companies such as Lease Administration Solutions, Cresa Partners, Cassidy Turley, and Fresenius Medical Care are among the presenters for the office classes.

For more information on the conference and membership, visit the conference page on NRTA’s website, www.retailtenants.org.

 

Paul Kinney is executive director of the National Retail Tenants Assoc.; (413) 525-4565; [email protected]

Banking and Financial Services Sections
Country Bank Maintains Its Community Focus

Paul Scully

Paul Scully says Country Bank’s community involvement extends beyond philanthropy to financial-education programs for young and old.

To describe how Country Bank is getting stronger, Robert Kolb used an apt analogy.

Specifically, Kolb — the bank’s senior vice president and chief commercial banking officer, who came on board six months ago — said he wants to take a “barbell approach” to growing its loan portfolio. Picture Country’s reach geographically, he said, with Springfield and Worcester representing the weights and all the smaller towns in between, where Country has a branch presence, as the bar.

“If we want to continue to grow the portfolio, we have to put our toe in the waters of other areas,” Kolb said, noting that the bank does not have physical branches in those two larger cities, but sees opportunities there. “We’re looking to do more in the Worcester market and the Springfield market … we want to expand our presence in those markets.”

As a mutual savings bank with $1.4 billion in assets, and boasting 14 branches and 245 employees — Country has the reach to grow, said its president, Paul Scully, but continues to maintain an emphasis on small communities.

“We’re still focused on providing a full range of consumer and business products and services within our marketplace, and we view our marketplace as the geography between the Worcester and Springfield areas,” he noted. “Our branching strategy is the same: smaller towns.”

However, he noted, “branch locations don’t matter as much anymore; between mobile banking, remote capture, and other services, customers have really caught on to the fact that they can do all their banking and really never go into a branch. Technology has allowed us to expand our product offerings within more urban marketplaces without having a physical presence there.”

And growth is what Scully has in mind.

“Last year we originated about $105 million in commercial loans — pretty respectable, considering what the market was and what the competition is,” he said, noting that the bank boasts a loan portfolio of $838 million. “A lot of banks are looking for the same opportunities as we are, but there aren’t as many opportunities to go around. What every bank tries to do is differentiate themselves from the crowd.”

One of the ways Country has always tried to do so is through an emphasis on service.

“We look at ourselves as a small business,” Scully said. “We’re a good-sized bank, but we’re still a small business able to offer personalized service. We don’t have a high level of turnover; people who come into the branches see the same people who have been working with them for a long time. Customers are recognized and feel comfortable with the people they’re doing business with. They’re not calling an 800 number where someone across the country is answering. The service element is really a key factor in our success and has set us apart since 1850.”

Added Kolb, “on the commercial side, as an organization, we provide a nice match for what the market demands. We’re not too big and not too small.” But he also echoed Scully’s sentiments about service.

“The money’s still green at the bank across the street. It’s a pretty homogenous product. We all make mortgages and commercial loans; we all do deposits,” he said. “But what really differentiates us is service. It’s not just a tagline; it’s something that’s ingrained and apparent.

“When you walk around the teller line, the average tenure there is 20 years. In the business lines, it’s 10 to 15 years. They don’t stay here because it’s a local, sleepy bank in Massachusetts; they take a lot of pride in the relationships they’ve forged. It is the difference between us and the bank across the street.”

 

Wiring of the Green

Bob Kolb says Internet and mobile banking are key to a bank’s success today

Bob Kolb says Internet and mobile banking are key to a bank’s success today, but so is the personal service available at a branch.

But how important is that physical bank on the street, in the era of Internet and mobile banking? Kolb said it will always have its place.

“There are still customers out there that like to see the branch bank on the corner,” he explained. “Having that visibility is important, and it’s never going away; it’s the doorstep to us being active in the community. And giving back to the community is really part of the culture at Country Bank.”

But technology has certainly changed the way customers interact with banks, Scully told BusinessWest.

“We’re pretty much able to have a full range of products to meet everyone’s expectations, from savings accounts straight through to mobile banking and e-bill payment,” he said. “Last year, we converted our ATMs to digital ATMs, so there are no more envelopes; you put the check right into it. That’s the convenience factor; it expedites the transaction for a person sitting in their car with a couple kids or a dog who wants to be somewhere else.”

Those high-tech advances extend to remote capture for businesses that can conduct transactions without going to a branch, and retail online banking has come into its own as well, but there’s no longer as dramatic a split in the ages of people who use it.

“We used to think of it as a generational thing, with the older client base wanting to come into the branch,” Scully said. “People still want to know the branch is on the corner, but we’ve learned that age doesn’t matter. Almost everyone uses a computer, and we have a lot more seniors using e-billing and other technology, and we have people feeling more and more comfortable with security.”

For that reason, the bank’s educational outreach spans generations as well. Country conducts a banking program in area elementary schools, building early financial literacy by teaching students about savings and investment and providing them with passbooks to open their own in-school accounts. It has since expanded that to a ‘credit for life’ program for high-school seniors, teaching them about credit scores and smart handling of paychecks and expenses.

“But the other thing we’re focused on is the senior piece,” Scully noted. “We do a lot with senior centers, talking about banking technology and security, so they don’t feel intimidated using a computer for their banking.”

When Social Security switched over to electronic payments, “we did a lot with senior centers about what that change means and why e-banking is very secure,” he added. “Once seniors feel more comfortable with the technology and understand that their money is not at risk, they want to use e-banking; they want to use mobile banking.”

“The key,” added Kolb, “is to make those channels available, whether through the computer, at a branch, or on the phone, whether someone is 18 or 88 years old.”

In fact, Scully said, there’s no reason why remote banking shouldn’t be embraced by seniors. “Once people realize, ‘OK, I don’t have to go out in the snow and possibly fall down,’ suddenly they feel really good about it.”

For younger customers, he added, “it’s all about smartphones. They’re not looking to have a passbook; they don’t want to bring in some clunky old thing.”

 

Hometown Appeals

The Country Bank name is only 32 years old, but the institution has been around since 1850, when it was known as Ware Savings Bank. It took on its current name after a 1981 merger with Palmer Savings Bank; another merger with Leicester Savings Bank 17 years ago further increased the bank’s holdings.

From the time of the name change, Scully said, it has been important to communicate a sense of community ties. That’s why the name of each branch reflects its hometown: Country Bank of Ludlow, Country Bank of Palmer, etc. “We like to think of ourselves as that town’s small-town bank, their community bank,” he said — despite the occasional confusion of a customer who goes into a branch in a different town and wonders whether he can bank there because of the different name.

The small-town focus is a positive when it comes to lending, Kolb said.

“Small business is really the backbone of America, and it’s certainly the backbone of the small areas we operate in,” he told BusinessWest. “In Central and Western Mass., it’s about small business; it’s about Main Street. With our branch network and experienced lenders on the commercial side and on the mortgage-origination side, that puts us in a great spot to serve the community with the resources of a big bank, yet we’re small enough to be able to jump in the car and see someone at 7 at night, or be reminded when walking down the aisle of the grocery store that you need to see somebody.”

The hometown emphasis is also at the heart of Country’s philanthropic efforts. In 2012, Scully noted, the bank donated more than $600,000 to community organizations.

“They’re causes that people don’t think about because they don’t necessarily apply to their life, but there are so many people whose lives are affected,” he said, citing the bank’s support of domestic-violence task forces, food pantries, and other organizations. “Unless you need that service, you might not pay attention to the fact that their funding sources have been reduced, or that their needs have grown.”

But the bank offers more than money, he was quick to add, noting that management staff alone volunteered more than 1,400 hours last year at community events — “that’s personal time, nights and weekends” — and the bank has been expanding volunteer opportunities for all employees as well. “Now we have more than 100 volunteers giving back to the community.”

All the bank’s efforts — from its lending business to its charitable work — boil down to an effort to improve people’s quality of life,” Scully said. “Maybe we lend to a business that puts up a building and hires more people. Or we could be giving a scholarship to a kid who then graduates from college. Or we could be supporting social services. It’s all full circle, quality of life.”

Kolb was quick to note that “philanthropy is not something that drives revenue; it’s not a profit center. What it is, really, is part of the culture; it’s consistent with the mutuality of the company. What we’re trying to do for the communities we serve is not a revenue driver; it’s really part of who we are.”

Specifically, Scully added, “the profit is in the long-term impact in the community. Everyone benefits from it. And we didn’t start those things; it’s the legacy of the bank as it relates to every aspect of community life.”

 

Bottom Line

In many ways, despite its asset growth, some things have remained the same at Country Bank, Scully said. “Community banking is consistent banking. We’re taking what we believe we’ve done well and expanding it.”

And that requires constant reconsideration of business strategies. For example, “the [loan] portfolio is very heavy in real estate, so one of my objectives in coming here is to diversify the portfolio,” Kolb said, a process that will take some time considering an economy that is improving, but still far from thriving. “The idea is to start with small businesses and identify opportunities in that space where we can exploit our leverage with our infrastructure and the experience of our lenders and our service.”

Scully called today’s banking environment “an exciting time, but a challenging one,” but he noted that, particularly since the financial collapse in 2008 that was brought on partly by the misdeeds of the largest banks, there’s something appealing to many customers about a community bank’s consistency.

“That’s not to disparage super-regionals, but those organizations use their customer base as a means to produce revenue and income, which increase shareholder value,” Kolb noted. “What sets us apart, as a mutual bank, is that our depositors are in essence the drivers, and our mission is to service those individuals.”

“We have sort of a split personality,” Scully added. “Are we a big little bank or a little big bank? We’re sort of both; we can do almost any type of transaction a big bank can do, and by any standard we’re considered large, but by having a focus on the customer, the community perceives it as a little bank.”

But one that, barbells or not, is growing stronger.

 

Joseph Bednar can be reached at [email protected]

Building Permits Departments

The following building permits were issued during the month of February 2013.

AGAWAM

 

Jim Sheridan

491 River Road

$33,000 — Install solar array

 

SBA Communications

369 Main St.

$20,000 — New elevated platform on cell tower

 

Six Flags New England

1623 Main St.

$103,000 — New Bonzai Pipeline Pump House in the water park

 

AMHERST

 

Amherst College

Frost Library

$81,000 — Renovations in The Barker Room

 

Amherst Shopping Center Association

165 University Dr.

$94,000 — Add small office areas in existing space

 

Institute for Training and Development Inc.

8 Sunset Ave.

$2,500 — Interior renovations

 

Belchertown Road Partnership, LLC

10 Belchertown Road

$9,350 — New roof

 

CHICOPEE

 

Chicopee Crossing, LLC

530C Memorial Dr.

$25,000 — Finish build-out for Yogurt City

 

 

Chicopee Falls Polish Home

27 Grove St.

$81,000 — Wireless communication facility

 

Northeast Utilities

400 Prospect St.

$600,000 — Pre-fab building for utility control switch station

 

EASTHAMPTON

 

Dan Whilely

58 Cottage St.

$41,000 — Construct addition on front of existing building

 

Eastworks, LLP

116 Pleasant St.

$6,500 — Install hood and ductwork

 

Interland Real Estate, LLC

172 Pleasant St.

$14,000 — Replace wireless antennas

 

HOLYOKE

 

City of Holyoke Water Department

5 Apremont Highway

$50,000 — Attach antennas to cell tower

 

Properties Group

2217-2239 Northampton St.

$40,000 — Repair roof

 

Suffolk Realty Associates Inc.

56-58 Suffolk St.

$40,000 — Install six wireless antennas

 

NORTHAMPTON

 

Gail Canon

154 King St.

$3,500 — Install new roof system

 

Hap Inc.

96 Pleasant St.

$10,000 — Create three rooms in open tenant space

 

Maureen A. Flannery

76 Crescent St.

$10,000 — Interior remodel

 

Northampton Golf

135 Main St.

$8,000 — New roof

 

Smith College

108 South St.

$1,800 — Sheetrock basement and first floor

 

SOUTH HADLEY

 

Mount Holyoke College

50 College St.

$3,500 — Remodel

 

Pioneer Valley Photo Voltaic

18 The Knolls

$41,000 — Install solar panels

 

SPRINGFIELD

 

City of Springfield

1550 Main St.

$16,000 — Office renovations

 

Colebrook Realty

455A Breckwood Blvd.

$27,000 — Build new storefront

 

Theresa Keaveny

175 Chestnut St.

$175,000 — Perform structural repairs

 

WESTFIELD

 

C&S Wholesalers

53 Summit Lock Road

$50,000 — Interior renovation

 

Lacrenski Brothers

14 Delmont St.

$55,000 — Demo and replace building

 

Tighe & Bond

53 Southampton Road

$100,000 — Create interior offices

 

WEST SPRINGFIELD

 

Aspen Properties

170 Rogers Ave.

$22,000 — New roof

 

Christy Real Estate

339 Bliss St.

$6,000 — Two offices in existing space

 

DDR Corporation

935 Riverdale St.

$141,000 — Renovate existing storefront for massage therapeutic parlor

 

Hallmark Cards

935 Riverdale St.

$65,000 — Interior remodel

Features
Pittsfield Remakes Itself as Center for Arts, Sciences
Daniel Bianchi

Daniel Bianchi says young people are moving to Pittsfield from metropolitan areas and opening businesses that utilize cutting-edge technology.

Mayor Daniel Bianchi has a vision for the future.

It’s decidedly ambitious, but coupled with a strategic plan designed to make Pittsfield the center for life sciences in Western Mass.

“Gov. Deval Patrick is adamant about making Massachusetts the life-science capital of the world, and I want Pittsfield and Berkshire County to be the western end of that,” Bianchi told BusinessWest.

The cornerstone of his plan is the proposed Berkshire Life Sciences Center, which has a $6.5 million earmark from the state and will be situated in the new William Stanley Business Park, on 50 acres of ground once occupied by General Electric’s large transformer-manufacturing complex.

“We like to think that ideas can be brainstormed in Boston but can be built here in the Berkshires, and we plan to leverage the $6.5 million with private investments. We know we won’t attract research companies, but once they are ready to commercialize a product, they can come to the beautiful Berkshires and rent space at $50 a square foot,” Bianchi said, adding that agriculture plays a significant role in the area and is related to the life sciences and green energy.

Another part of the park will be utilized for traditional manufacturing, but Bianchi noted that Pittsfield is a great place for any business to position itself, due to its geographic location and comparatively low cost of living. “Synergy is a key word here, and we are examining that as part of our business plan, because clustering is so important, especially in the life sciences.”

The plastics industry is already flourishing in Pittsfield, as are small companies that make innovative medical devices. And some of the most sophisticated work being done for the armed forces is taking place at General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems.

In addition, the city’s Economic Revitalization Corp. was selected as one of four communities in the state to receive a $150,000 grant to help small businesses increase their Internet use.

Bianchi has also started a fund for small companies that are successful, but need help to expand their operations. “We are hoping to grow from within, and the money we set aside for these businesses is pegged for job creation,” he said. “But our strength isn’t only in our community, but the entire region. Pittsfield is the largest city in Berkshire County, but we are fostering collaborative economic development.”

Meanwhile, the city has undergone a real renaissance, especially in the cultural arena. Year-round events staged by the Office of Cultural Development have spawned a number of new restaurants and retail shops, as well as new apartment complexes created within the shells of historic buildings that are rented as quickly as they are built.

In fact, young people are flocking to the city from New York and other metropolitan areas and opening businesses that utilize cutting-edge technology. As Bianchi sees it, they are moving to Pittsfield for a reason.

“There is a lot to be said about the great lifestyle here. People who live here can leave work at 5 p.m. and be on a ski lift at 5:30,” he said. “We have state forests, beautiful lakes, and very competitively priced land and real estate, along with a solid educational system that includes both a four-year and two-year college. And one of my goals is to build a technical vocational high school, which will be a great boon to economic development.”

Bonnie Galant, acting director of the department of Community Development, is working collaboratively with Bianchi and others to fuel the city’s progress. “There is so much going on here that it is hard to keep track of, and it’s incredible to see how much Pittsfield has changed,” she said. “People who haven’t been here for years wouldn’t even recognize the city. There is an amazing difference in the skyline, and we are trying to encourage the life sciences because it is an up-and-coming industry for the future, especially here in the Berkshires where the cost of living and doing business is significantly less than in Boston.”

 

Cultural Leader

Bonnie Galant

Bonnie Galant says people are amazed at the amount of money being invested in Pittsfield.

Pittsfield’s new Upstreet Cultural District was the first area west of Boston to be designated as a cultural district by the state, and director of Cultural Development Megan Whilden has been named a Gateway Cities Innovation Institute senior fellow.

“We are one of only five communities in Massachusetts with this designation; the rest are in the eastern part of the state, and we are seen as a leader in cultural revitalization, especially among Gateway Cities,” she told BusinessWest.

The Upstreet District encompasses most of the downtown area, and the name is a throwback to yesteryear. “Upstreet was what the old-timers called downtown. We have tried to integrate the old with the new so everyone feels included when it comes to the arts,” Whilden added.

Their efforts have been successful, and thousands of people visit Pittsfield each year to take part in cultural offerings, which range from First Friday Art Walks to Third Thursday events, an annual Jazz Festival, the Latino-American Family Fiesta de Pittsfield, and a popular Ethnic Fair.

In addition, the Office of Cultural Development manages the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, a year-round community-arts center owned by the city, which features monthly exhibitions, performances and classes, as well as working artist studios.

Its most recent event was the 10×10 Upstreet Arts Festival, held Feb. 14-24, which was an enormous success. “It’s a contemporary arts festival held downtown that we started last year,” Whilden said, noting that there were more than 75 offerings this year, ranging from comedies and theater performances to dance, music, film, art shows, and other offerings.

“We had more than 20 programming partners, which is an example of how we work collaboratively to create new events and initiatives that will benefit residents and attract visitors,” Whilden said. “The festival was a hallmark of what we do and will continue to do.”

Another celebration held last summer was named “Call Me Melville” to pay tribute to author Herman Melville, who wrote Moby-Dick when he lived in the city. “We had new plays written for the celebration and brought in a rock band from Brooklyn that wrote a song for each of the 135 chapters in the book,” Whilden said. “We also had an online book club which posted a chapter from the book each day.”

The event included youth initiatives, and high-school students formed a giant white whale on their football field in a flash mob. “We like to be creative, collaborative, and inclusive so everyone is part of the cultural life in Pittsfield,” Whilden explained.

Other cultural attractions include the Berkshire Museum, which has undergone a $9 million addition; Berkshire Community College; Berkshire Athenaeum; Wahconah Park; Canoe Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary; and Bousquet Ski Area and Summer Resort.

There is also the historic Colonial Theater and the Tony Award-winning Barrington Stage Company. The two joined forces over the past two years and formed the Berkshire Theater Group, which stages a full roster of performances.

Galant says the Common, a park within walking distance of downtown, is being restored, and new housing continues to be built. “The Amsterdam Apartments are a block west of downtown, and last year a $15 million historic renovation was completed on the former Rice Silk Mill, which turned it into 45 apartments. It’s a really interesting building, and they kept the beams, bricks, and large windows as well as a lot of other architectural features.”

In addition, the Onota Building has been purchased and will be renovated into 25 apartments with commercial space on the ground floor, while the Howard Building, which sits a block from downtown near City Hall, has also been purchased with plans to create 39 high-end apartments, along with a roof terrace, workout room, and other amenities.

“People are astounded at the change and the amount of money that has been invested in the city,” Galant said. “Berkshire Regional Transit runs an $11 million intermodal station that opened in 2004, and $100 million has been invested downtown in the past 10 years. The McKay Street parking garage is undergoing a $7.6 million renovation, $14 million has been put into streetscapes so far in an improvement project that is expected to exceed $20 million, the Colonial Theater underwent at $19.3 million renovation, the Barrington Stage project cost $6 million, and the multiplex Beacon Cinema Center cost $23 million.”

In addition, a $40 million expansion of the municipal airport was completed last fall, which will make it accessible for larger jets.

Plus, the healthcare sector continues to expand, led by Berkshire Health Systems. Berkshire Medical Center boasts a new surgical wing and emergency room, which cost approximately $43 million, and a new, state-of-the-art, $32 million cancer-treatment center is in the works. “They will break ground for it this summer,” Bianchi said, adding that these projects, combined with the city’s proximity to UMass Amherst and the fact that the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts is building its own life-science center, makes it an ideal place to establish the Berkshire Life Science Center.

“We will have a strong case to make in Boston because we can build on our existing strengths,” he said.

 

Winning Combination

Overll, Pittsfield’s future holds great promise on many levels, from the arts to the life sciences to its attractiveness as a home to young professionals.

“Our collaborations with successful businesses and government, combined with civic support, will accelerate innovation and success,” Bianchi said. “We are engaging young people on our boards, have an old-fashioned marketing and recruitment effort planned, and are very confident we will be successful.”

Commercial Real Estate Sections
Unique Sports Facility May Become a Game Winner for Agawam Site

Sean Provost

Sean Provost says the Stick Time Sports training facility will meet a recognized need in the region.

A little more than two years ago, Sean Provost, a local software salesman, was sitting in his car having lunch on the road between sales stops when he looked over at a ‘for-lease’ sign on a building in the Agawam Towne Center complex.

He remembers thinking to himself, “hmm … I wonder if that could work?”

‘That’ was a 20,000-square-foot space adjacent to the Dave’s Soda & Pet Food City facility in the former Ames department store location. When Provost saw it, it was being used as warehouse space for dog food and other products, but he immediately saw the potential it presented as the home for a dream he’d been trying to make reality for roughly a decade.

This dream involved creating what he called a “sports training center,” focused on hockey, which he’s played and coached, but also other sports. The concept calls for a facility where young people can learn a sport and develop their skills through practice. This vision required a large amount of open space, a good deal of flexibility, and an affordable price — three things he couldn’t find at dozens of other sites he considered, but a combination he encountered at the Agawam location.

Fast-forward those two years, and Provost, recently laid off from that sales job, is set to take a dramatic career turn as president of something called Stick Time Sports (STS), which will feature two mini-ice rinks — both 45 feet by 82 feet — as well as two 45-by-85-foot synthetic turf fields that can be used for a variety of sports, including lacrosse and field hockey. There is also an area for strength training and conditioning with machines and weights; a facility for conferences, birthday parties, and other events; locker  rooms; and space for additional expansion.

All this fulfills one of Provost’s ambitions, but also creates some needed momentum in a large retail center that has struggled to reinvent itself since a FoodMart supermarket closed after its roof collapsed more than a decade ago. There are some new tenants moving into the complex, including a satellite facility for the YMCA of Greater Springfield, and it is hoped that those initiatives and Stick Time Sports can create greater vibrancy in that location.

Those were some of the sentiments expressed by Dave Ratner, owner of the former Ames building and Dave’s Soda & Pet City.

“I had to get some new warehouse space,” he said with a laugh in reference to the new development, “but this [venture] increases the value of the building, it will bring more potential customers to my store, and it will make the center more viable so new people might want to move in to the other side of the center. So all in all, it’s a win-win.

“Traffic gets traffic,” Ratner added. “The more places we get there, the more people will say, ‘I want to be there.’”

Meanwhile, STS is one of many sports-related business ventures taking shape in Agawam. In addition to STS and the Y’s facility, there are plans for something called the Plex Sports Park, a $7 million, indoor-outdoor complex to be built at the former Crowley’s Sales Barn and Stables site off Shoemaker Lane.

For this issue and its focus on commercial real estate, BusinessWest takes a look at the STS project and how it may help bring more life to a once thriving retail section of Agawam.

 

Goal-oriented Venture

Using some of his trademark humor, Ratner described his efforts over the past several years to lease out the 20,000 square feet next to his retail operation.

“The fact of the matter is, we had a lot of interest, but because the real-estate market isn’t real strong, people thought they were going to come in and we were going to pay them to take the space,” he told BusinessWest, adding that, while he wanted to find a tenant, he also liked having the space as a warehouse facility, so he wasn’t going to pull the trigger on a deal unless it really worked for both sides.

And in many ways, STS fits that description.

Ratner said it won’t be a huge revenue source, but it will potentially drive more traffic to his store while creating more momentum in the still-struggling retail plaza. “This is a huge deal,” he noted. “I think his business is going to explode more than he thinks it’s going to explode, and I think he’s going to need every bit of space over there.”

And that’s why he worked with Provost to not only ink a lease, but get his venture off the ground.

“I sat down with him and I said, ‘I think it’s a home run, but you have to get your business plan together,’” said Ratner, adding that he ran though the lengthy process of taking a concept from the drawing board to reality, essentially becoming Provost’s ‘Mr. Murphy,’ a reference to Murphy’s Law.

“Whenever you do anything in business, Murphy’s Law — Mr. Murphy — moves in right next to you,” said Ratner.

Having been a partner years ago in a group that owned and operated the Mushie’s Driving Range on Main Street in Agawam, Provost said he learned a good bit about what not to do in business, and eventually got out of that relationship (that property is now being turned into a solar farm).

And for his second foray into commercial real estate, Provost began working with the Mass. Small Business Development Center Network in Springfield, where he received assistance to finalize his business plan, along with help to secure two business partners: Daryl Devillier, associate vice president with Raymond James, and partner Sal LaBella. The partners eventually secured bank financing for the estimated $1 million buildout of the property.

Provost said STS is going to be dedicated to providing athletes of all ages from Western Mass. and Northern Conn. the opportunity to practice, train, improve their skills, and just have fun in a positive atmosphere.

Provost explained that there’s really no facility in the region where parents or coaches can rent some ice and enable young people to get some invaluable practice time and hone their skills. “For instance, baseball players can warm up anywhere, but hockey is different, and now, two kids can share a half-hour to shoot a few hundred pucks at $15 apiece.”

He added that the site will also fill a void in the region for full-year, under-14 and under-16 boys hockey, and its location, just a few miles from both the Connecticut line and several Western Mass. population centers, enables it to tap into both markets.

Richard Cohen, Agawam’s mayor and also an avid former hockey player and coach, is a strong supporter of the STS concept, and told BusinessWest it’s a perfect fit for the town’s growing inventory of sports-related businesses.

“It goes along with what we’re trying to put together … a sports complex that was originally going to go in Chicopee” but couldn’t get special permit approval for a site there, said Cohen, referring to the Plex Sports Park, an indoor-outdoor facility with an 80-foot-high, inflatable dome.

Cohen also noted that one of the other Agawam Towne Center building owners is looking into indoor karting as an addition to the retail area that now includes Dave’s and STS, Slot Car Speedway, Friendly’s Restaurant, and the soon-to-open, 8,500-square-foot Y Express Wellness & Program Center.

And just a few hundred feet from Agawam Towne Center, the long-vacant Games and Lanes building is in the subject of a $50,000 site assessment, funded by MassDevelopment, to determine the scope of needed environmental remediation, an important first step in putting the property back in use.

“There is a developer who wants to do business retail there,” said Cohen, “so my goal is to help get that project finalized for that entire area.”

 

Winning Approach

Looking to the future, Provost and his partners purchased a ‘chiller,’ the compressor that makes and maintains the ice, which is larger than they actually need and will allow them to build a third mini-rink on a portion of the turf area.

Meanwhile, the idea of expansion elsewhere is also being discussed.

“There’s no room to physically expand, but we think if this works here, it can certainly work in other places,” he said, adding that there is still a sizeable inventory of former warehouse and retail facilities that could become home to such ventures.

For now, though, he’s focused on making STS the win-win proposition that he, Ratner, Cohen, and others believe it can become. And he believes there will be net results in many forms.

 

Elizabeth Taras can be reached at  [email protected]

Commercial Real Estate Sections
Springfield Offers Substantial Tax Incentives to Residential Developers

The ability to attract developers of market-rate housing to Springfield has just been made easier thanks to a new tax-incentive program being administered by the Mass. Department of Housing and Community Development.

This effort, known as the Housing Development Incentive Program (HDIP), allows developers to apply for local and state tax incentives for the rehabilitation of multi-family properties for sale or lease primarily as market-rate units if located within a ‘housing development incentive zone,’ or HDIP zone. The program is available only in ‘gateway municipalities’ that have successfully registered as an HDIP zone with the Commonwealth. Springfield is now one such municipality.

On Dec. 3, 2012, the Springfield City Council approved an HDIP zone pursuant to a housing development zone plan, as recommended by the Springfield Office of Planning and Economic Development. The plan establishes a zone encompassing sections of the city’s downtown, North End, and South End. Included in the HDIP zone are three projects that the city believes could potentially have a market-rate housing component: Chestnut Street School, the Student Prince, and State Street Lofts.

The plan is purported to be consistent with the Urban Land Institute plan of 2006, which encouraged more downtown middle-income housing; the Zimmerman Volk Downtown Market Rate Housing Study of 2006, which indicated a market demand for such housing; and the 2012 UMass Medical District Report, which indicated that there is a significant number of medical professionals currently choosing to live outside of the city.

The Commonwealth’s recent approval of the Springfield HDIP zone represents a significant business opportunity for developers and a possible rebirth for the city’s struggling downtown.

The HDIP provides two major tax incentives for developers of multi-unit market rate housing:

• A local real-estate tax exemption in an amount not less than 10% and not more than 100% of the incremental value of the market-rate units for a period of not fewer than five years and not more than 20 years. Previously, these agreements could only be offered to commercial developments; and

• A state investment tax credit of up to 10% on all qualified expenditures in creating and constructing new market-rate housing units.

To qualify for these tax benefits, the development must have between two and 50 units, 80% or more of which are targeted for market-rate residential use and priced for households with incomes above 110% of the area’s household median income. Preliminary estimates for Springfield indicate the median income to be around $49,084 per year. There are no ceilings on the pricing of sales or rents or for the income of occupants.

Qualifying projects can be proposed in the Springfield HDIP zone, and require approval from the city and the Commonwealth.

The approval by the Commonwealth is a three-step process. First, based upon an application containing basic information about the property, the developer must seek preliminary approval that the building meets the standards of a certified housing-development project.

After receiving preliminary approval, based on a more extensive application, which includes construction documents and a marketing plan, the Commonwealth will consider the issuance of a conditional certification of the project. Once all of the certificates of occupancy have been issued for the housing-development project and 80% of the market-rate units have been leased or sold, the Commonwealth will consider issuing a final certification which designates the project eligible for the tax incentives.

According to the plan, the city envisions that the implementation of the HDIP will help to eliminate vacancy and blight conditions of some of the city’s commercial buildings by converting underutilized upper floors to attractive market-rate apartments; increasing foot traffic, which is a critical component for neighborhood viability; retaining local talent as well as recruiting talent from other areas by providing attractive housing opportunities for young professionals who work in and around the HDIP zone; promoting historic preservation; and strengthening the city’s ability to attract high-quality development to Springfield.

 

Ellen W. Freyman is a partner with the Springfield-based law firm Shatz, Schwartz & Fentin, P.C., who concentrates her practice in all aspects of commercial real-estate acquisitions and sales, development, leasing, and financing. She has an extensive land-use practice that includes zoning, subdivision, project permitting, and environmental matters; [email protected] Michael A. Fenton is an associate with Shatz, Schwartz & Fentin who concentrates his practice in the areas of business planning, commercial real estate, estate planning, and elder law. He represents principals in business formation and succession planning, businesses in the purchase and sale of enterprises, developers in the acquisition and permitting of projects, and high-net-worth individuals in establishing comprehensive and sophisticated estate plans; [email protected]

Departments People on the Move

Audrey Rome

Audrey Rome

Audrey Rome has joined the Springfield-based law firm Cooley Shrair as a real-estate paralegal. Providing support in the Western Mass. real-estate field for more than 30 years, Rome will help to expand the firm’s real-estate department.

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The Greater Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau (GSCVB) announced the following:

• Michael Hurwitz has been appointed as Chairman of the board of directors, and will serve a two-year term. Hurwitz, a hospitality-industry veteran, has managed several restaurants in Western Mass., including Uno Chicago Grill, with locations in Springfield, Holyoke and Worcester; and Sonic in Springfield. He served on the GSCVB’s board of directors and executive committee in addition to his previous duties as Chairman of the Howdy Awards for Hospitality Excellence Committee.

• John Parsons has been named Sales and Marketing Coordinator. Parsons, a 2011 graduate of Western New England University, will promote membership within the GSCVB and assist with a number of marketing initiatives, with a special emphasis on sports.

Other officers were named by the GSCVB to serve a three-year term on its board of directors. They include:

• John Doleva, President of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, to serve as vice chairman;

• Barry Crosby of Freedom Credit Union to serve as treasurer;

• Robert Schwarz of Peter Pan Bus Lines, Inc. to serve as secretary; and

• Robert Gilbert of Dowd Insurance to serve as compliance officer.

New members of the board to serve a three-year term are:

• William Messner, President of Holyoke Community College; and

• James Woolsey, Superintendent of the Springfield Armory National Historic Site.

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Melanie Skroski

Melanie Skroski

Northampton-based Royal LLP recently welcomed Attorney Melanie Skroski to the management-side-only labor and employment law firm. With practical experience in management, Skroski counsels companies on the myriad state and federal employment laws impacting them, including employment discrimination and harassment, wage and hour, disability and leave, workplace safety, and affirmative action. Her other preventive work includes drafting employee manuals; preparing non-disclosure, non-solicitation, and non-compete agreements; and conducting management training. Skroski is a graduate of Trinity College and Western New England University School of Law.

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TD Bank recently promoted Peter Simko to Store Manager of the branch located at 40 Springfield St. in Agawam. An Assistant Vice President, he is responsible for new-business development, consumer and business lending, and managing personnel and day-to-day operations at the store, serving customers throughout the Greater Springfield area. With 13 years experience in banking, investments, real estate, and mortgages, Simko joined TD Bank in 2011. He most recently served at TD Bank as an Assistant Store Manager in Agawam. Prior to joining the bank, Simko served as an Investment Consultant at TD Waterhouse in Boston, Registered Principal at Scottrade Financial Services in Springfield, and General Partner at Center Exchange Associates, a realty-consulting firm in Chicopee.

DBA Certificates Departments

The following Business Certificates and Trade Names were issued or renewed during the months of January and February 2013.

 

AGAWAM

 

Carefree Gourd Gallery

75 Simpson Circle

Ceclia Rossi

 

Fozzies Gourmet Bakery

694 Barry St.

Ellie Kozak

 

Real Estate Solutions

10 Abbey Lane

Jeff Dubiel

 

CHICOPEE

 

A.J. Chimney Services

32 Hajel Circle

Adolf Andruleonis

 

Cutting Edge Cuisine

100 Northwood St.

Jaime Duclos

 

Family Nutrition Consultants

335 Grattan St.

Sallie T. Czepiel

 

Midas

704 Memorial Dr.

Scott Gonyer

 

Olde Time Service

35 Glade Ave.

Brian Kennedy

 

EAST LONGMEADOW

 

Nails by Kat

124 Shaker Road

Kateryna Derkach

 

Network Security Partners

132 Shaker Road

Eric Mance

 

Plouffe Realty Inc.

217 Shaker Road

Raymond Plouffe

 

R.E. LaPlante Construction Inc.

94 Maple St.

Ray E. LaPlante

 

Sayegh Jewelers Inc.

60 Shaker Road

Jamil A. Sayegh

 

Stephen Allen Jewelers

35 Maple St.

Stephen Lewis

 

GREENFIELD

 

Antonio’s Pizza

201 Main St.

Amy Long

 

Bill’s Auto Sales

330 Federal St.

William Redmond

 

Creek Massage Therapy

116 Federal St.

Heather Creek

 

Harmony Home Care

83 Thayer Road

Tammy Zellman

 

Harpers Store

404 Colrain Road

William Valvo Jr.

 

JC’s Market

259 Conway St.

Bruce Bednarski

 

Ravenous MMA

158 Main St.

Joseph Leonard

 

Ray’s Cycle Center Inc.

332 Wells St.

Theresa Pydych

 

Winterland Country Club

76 Hope St.

Joseph A. Poirier Jr.

 

HOLYOKE

 

Fashion Nails

293 High St.

Tai Do

 

Holyoke Sporting Goods

1584 Dwight St.

Elizabeth A. Frey

 

JD’S Transmission Auto Sales & Repairs

358 Main St.

Julio DeJesus

 

Melo Deli Grocery

512 South St.

Luis S. Melo

 

New Fashion

303 High St.

Rosimary Ramirez

 

Scents Remembered

540 County Road

Tom Paquin

 

LUDLOW

 

Pires Realty

160 East St.

John Pires

 

Poppi’s Pizzeria

351 West St.

Kevin Fonseca

 

Studio DCC

48 Pine Glen Dr.

Denise L. Catuogno

 

Superior Networking Solutions

476 East St.

Michael Richter

 

T-Clectic

194 East St.

Treena Peltier

 

PALMER

 

Ray Croteau Electric

244 Burlingame Road

Raymond Croteau

 

Stephens Tree Service

1022 Chestnut St.

Shane Stephens

 

SPRINGFIELD

 

Minh Tai Inc.

308 Belmont Ave.

Tony M. Tai

 

Optical Expressions Inc.

1514 Allen St.

Shelia Gibbs

 

Rah’s Express, LLC

51 Maebeth St.

Raoul Harvey

 

Rocktenn CP, LLC

320 Parker St.

Angela Rosado

 

Rosario’s Scooters

74 Glenmore St.

Hector M. Rosario

 

Snack Time

423 ½ State St.

Jason L. Ocasio

 

Sovereign Investigative

67 Wollaston St.

Alexander Buor

 

The School Store

1089 State St.

Henry G. Cockett

 

The Traveling Toolbox

109 Carver St.

Alan G. Jarvis

 

Wholesale Auto Outlet

480 Central St.

Attilio Cardaropoli

 

WESTFIELD

 

A Time to Grow

6 Mainline Dr.

Cheryl Ouellette

 

BGK Clothing Company

12 Fowler St.

Joseph Bushior

 

Main Street Hair Company

32 Main St.

Megan Clauson

 

MG Snow Plowing

542 West Road

Michael Gogol

 

 

VCW Interior Solutions

29 Bayberry Lane

Vitaliy Shpak

 

Whip City Networking

89 Yeoman Ave.

Matthew Biegalski

Departments People on the Move

The Business Networking International (BNI) Western Massachusetts Executive Team recently chose Jason Turcotte, owner of Turcotte Data & Design, a website design and development business in Ware, as the 2012 Director of the Year for Western Mass. at the organization’s annual banquet at the Delaney House. The award recognizes one director for commitment and dedication to the organization and for accomplishments within the chapters each oversees. In June 2012, after two years as a director consultant, Turcotte became the managing director of the Western Mass. BNI region, which encompasses Hampshire, Hampden, Franklin, and Berkshire counties. In that part-time role, he oversees and provides continued structure, training, and support to the region’s chapters and members in Western Mass. to ensure that every chapter is following the BNI system, establishing goals, and keeping pace to achieve them.

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Hector Toledo

Hector Toledo

Gov. Deval L. Patrick has reappointed Hector Toledo to the Springfield Technical Community College board of trustees, effective Jan. 16, 2013 through March 1, 2017.  Toledo, an alumnus of STCC, is Vice President and Sales Director at Hampden Bank and has served on the STCC board of trustees since 2008.  In June 2012, Toledo was appointed by Patrick to serve as the chair of the board of trustees.

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Doherty, Wallace, Pillsbury & Murphy, P.C. recently announced that attorney Rebecca Thibault has joined the Springfield-based firm as an Associate. Her practice areas include general corporate, real estate, and environmental law. She was an intern of the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection’s Office of Appeal and Dispute Resolution (Western Region) and was managing editor of Washington University Global Studies Law Review while in law school.

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Felicity Hardee

Felicity Hardee

Felicity Hardee, a Partner with the regional law firm Bulkley Richardson who chairs its Real Estate and Environmental Law departments, has been elected President of the Valley Community Development Corp. The nonprofit corporation addresses the growing needs of low- and moderate-income people in the Pioneer Valley through developing and preserving affordable rental and ownership housing, cultivating economic self-sufficiency, and fostering community leadership. Hardee previously served as the organization’s vice president.

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First Niagara Bank recently announced that First Vice President of Small Business Banking John Delgadillo and Vice President of Commercial Lending Allison Standish Plimpton have each been recognized as a New Leader in Banking by the Connecticut Bankers Assoc. and Connecticut Banking magazine. Delgadillo manages small-business relationships in the New England Region for the bank, while Standish Plimpton manages commercial relationships in the Greater Hartford and Greater Manchester area. The New Leaders In Banking awards recognize bankers who show promise and potential in the local banking industry. Honorees are chosen by an independent panel, which considers Connecticut bankers under the age of 50 who are judged to be outstanding employees, managers, or business leaders and who make a notable impact within their banks or their community.

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Amherst-based New England Environmental Inc. (NEE) announced that Jack Jemsek has joined the company as a Senior Hydrogeologist. Jemsek is a Massachusetts licensed site professional, a Connecticut licensed environmental professional, a professional geologist in New Hampshire, and a certified geologist in Maine. He has a bachelor’s degree in Earth Science from the University of Notre Dame, and a Ph.D. in Marine Geology and Geophysics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Joint Program in Oceanography. With more than 24 years of conducting environmental assessments, remedial investigations, hydrogeologic studies, and environmental permitting, Jemsek has been responsible for overseeing technical and regulatory aspects of environmental projects and project teams, directing and managing site investigations and risk characterizations, and designing and evaluating remedial actions for hazardous-waste disposal and brownfield sites throughout New England.

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Craig Melin, President and CEO of Cooley Dickinson Hospital, will join the founding board of the Hampshire County Regional Chamber, while the hospital has pledged a two-year, $15,000 investment to the developing initiative. Melin has been a longtime supporter of the idea of a Regional Chamber, saying it can help Northampton, Amherst, and Easthampton avoid duplication of economic-growth efforts. Melin said he brings to the board a perspective on improving the health of the community, continuously improving the quality of the broader care system and helping to make healthcare more affordable.

Commercial Real Estate Sections
New Property Owners Can No Longer Opt out of These Programs

Michael Fenton

Michael Fenton

Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) are special districts in which owners of real property vote to initiate, manage, and finance supplemental services in addition to those services already provided by their municipal governments.

In the past, owners of real property located within a BID were allowed to convey their property interest without saddling the new owner with an absolute obligation to pay annual BID fees. These new owners were allowed to ‘opt out’ of their respective BIDs; however, this opt-out power was recently extinguished by state law and replaced with a mandatory BID-renewal procedure. The new law significantly impacts the rights of property owners in BIDs across the state and deserves the attention of any entity or individual with a current or future interest in such property.

On Aug. 7, 2012, Gov. Deval Patrick signed into law an “Act Relative to Economic Development and Reorganization,” which substantially amended Mass. General Laws (M.G.L.) chapter 40O, dealing with BIDs. Under the new law, purchasers of real property located within a BID no longer have 30 days to opt out. Instead of the opt-out power, all participating owners of real estate located within a BID are able to take part in a renewal vote on the BID every five years.

The renewal meetings are to be called by the BID board of directors or its designated agent on or before the fifth anniversary of a newly created BID and then again on or before each fifth anniversary of the date of the most recent renewal vote. If a majority of the eligible participating property owners present at the renewal meeting, in person or by proxy, vote to renew the BID, then the BID will continue for an additional five-year term.

If, on the other hand, said eligible participating property owners vote not to continue the BID, the BID will proceed to conclude its business in accordance with M.G.L. chapter 40O. This renewal procedure is a simple proposition for BIDs created after the effective date of the new legislation on Aug. 7, 2012, but it presents serious complications for property owners in BIDs created prior to said effective date.

BIDs formed prior to Aug. 7, 2012 are also required to have renewal meetings every five years. As specifically provided in M.G.L. c. 40O, the initial renewal vote for BIDs in existence prior to Aug. 7, 2012 may be held at any time on or before Jan. 1, 2018. Accordingly, an existing BID may hold its first renewal meeting at any time on or before Jan. 1, 2018, subject to the giving of notice to the BID’s participating property owners at least 30 days prior to the meeting.

Property owners who opted out of participation in a BID prior to Aug. 7, 2012 will remain non-participating owners until the date of the first approved renewal vote, at which point such property owners automatically become participating property owners. However, since property owners who previously opted out of the BID are non-participating owners at the time of the first renewal vote, they are not entitled to notice of the initial renewal meeting, and are not permitted to participate in the initial renewal vote.

 

What Does This Mean?

As a result, it is likely that existing BIDs will be motivated to call for the first renewal vote far in advance of 2018 in the interest of collecting revenues from previously non-participating owners in the near future. This could prove to be frustrating for property owners who opted out of participation in the BID when they acquired their property interest.

After the initial renewal meeting of an existing BID, if the participating property owners vote to continue the BID, the BID will no longer have any non-participating property owners, and, accordingly, all property owners in the district (including owners who had previously opted out) will be entitled to notice of, and have the right to participate in, future renewal meetings.

With Western Mass. serving as home to four BIDs that were in existence prior to Aug. 7, 2012 (Springfield, Amherst, Westfield, and Northampton), the impacts of this legislation hit close to home. Property owners who previously opted out of participating in a BID can be forced into participating without notice at any point between Aug. 7, 2012 and Jan. 1, 2018. If renewal votes are passed by participating property owners, then an owner who previously opted out of the BID will have to wait up to five years before being able to vote on the renewal of the BID.

 

Attorney Michael Fenton is an associate with the Springfield-based firm Shatz, Schwartz and Fentin, P.C. He concentrates his practice in the areas of business law, real-estate development, and estate planning. He has served on the Springfield City Council since 2010; (413) 737-1131;

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Cover Story
Doctors Express Franchisees Are Our Top Entrepreneurs for 2012

Neither Rick Crews nor Jim Brennan remembers many of the specific details from that lunch they had together at Max’s Tavern in the late fall of 2009.

What they do recall is that, by the time the check came, they had a plan — or at least the resolve to begin the process of putting one together.

And it was certainly an ambitious plan.

Indeed, instead of going into business together and operating a single franchise of a growing national chain of urgent-care centers called Doctors Express — which was one of the options they discussed at that lunch — they decided instead to become what’s known as master franchisees, overseeing not a location of this chain, which offers an alternative to crowded emergency rooms and the primary-care physician’s office when it’s closed, but a region, in this case most of New England.

Taking that step would be a radical career departure for both Crews, who was essentially downsized from his job running the Springfield office for the financial-services giant UBS and looking for his next opportunity, and Brennan, who owned an investment-management company bearing his name that specialized in small-business investment, mezzanine financing, and commercial real estate.

But they believed they had the necessary ingredients — from entrepreneurial drive to trust in one another’s instincts and abilities — to take the plunge.

“The enthusiasm that we both showed for the idea was a big factor in allowing us to move forward,” said Crews. “We both saw a great opportunity, and we were on the same page on a lot of different things; we had, and still have, a shared vision of where we can go.”

Fast-forward roughly two and a half years from when they opened the doors to their first location on Cooley Street in Springfield. The two partners now have two locations locally (the other is in West Springfield), with plans for others in the formative stage. They also have two locations in the Greater Boston area (with three more on the way) opened as part of a large initiative funded by a capital raise in 2011, as well as five other Eastern Mass. sites now operated by franchisees. And there are plans being considered to take the brand into a number of other markets, from Central Mass. to New Hampshire and Maine.

Brennan said the goal is to have perhaps 30 locations throughout their New England territory within two or three years.

Beyond the physical expansion, though, what has been equally impressive is the trailblazing nature of this enterprise, which operates in a field, urgent care, that is still a relative unknown in some parts of the state and the New England region. The two partners have become a model operation for others exploring the Doctors Express franchise with regard to everything from marketing and generating press to finding new and different ways to improve the patient experience.

These include everything from high-definition TVs in examination rooms at some locations, to help ease the wait for the physician, to water bottles and cookies for all patients.

In recognition of the speed and efficiency with which Crews and Brennan have taken the Doctors Express brand across the state, and for the aggressive yet calculated way in which they carried out the plan they outlined over lunch, Crews and Brennan have been named BusinessWest’s Top Entrepreneurs for 2012.

Thus, they are the latest recipients of an award the magazine initiated in 1995 to pay homage to this region’s long history of entrepreneurship and to recognize those who are adding to that legacy and writing new chapters for an ongoing story. They join an eclectic roster of winners that includes Balise Motor Sales President Jeb Balise, former Springfield Technical Community College President Andrew Scibelli, Maybury Material Handling President John Maybury, Cooley Dickinson Hospital President Craig Melin, the Holyoke Gas & Electric Department, and last year’s honoree, Herbie Flores, director of the New England Farm Workers’ Council and aggressive investor in downtown Springfield.

“Rick Crews and Jim Brennan embody the true spirit of entrepreneurship,” said BusinessWest Publisher John Gormally. “They’ve dared to dream big and, in the process of doing so, have assumed a great deal of risk. They’re ambitious, confident, and imaginative, but above all else, they’re determined to succeed.

“And their impressive track record to date and promise for continued expansion makes them worthy recipients of our Top Entrepreneur award,” he went on. “Together, they’re a great addition to a long list of inspiring entrepreneurs and those who run their organizations with a decidedly entrepreneurial mindset.”

For this issue, BusinessWest takes an indepth look at how far Crews and Brennan have already taken their joint venture, and where they want to take it next.

 

Taking the Pulse of a Business

The front lobby of the West Springfield Doctors Express location was crowded on this Friday afternoon, with most of the two dozen chairs occupied by people of different ages and with varying degrees of discomfort.

Most were exhibiting flu-like symptoms, said Brennan as he sat down with BusinessWest for this interview. Both he and Crews would then go on to quote both newspaper articles and medical-industry reports about what was already a heavy flu season and would likely get worse as the winter wore on.

“With this epidemic of the flu, we’ve had to adjust our staffing model and put on more providers and healthcare staff,” said Brennan. “These are things that weren’t planned on and forecasted, but they’re part of doing business in healthcare today; you adjust to the need that’s out there.”

This subject matter is a world or two away from what Crews and Brennan knew professionally only four years ago. It’s certainly a far cry from what they might have been talking about had things gone differently when Crews took his search for a new career path to a higher level in the summer of 2009 after opting to leave UBS and take a severance package rather than go from full-time to part-time.

By then, he had logged several meetings with Steven Rosenkrantz, owner of the local office of a franchise called Entrepreneur’s Source, which, as the name suggests (sort of), matches aspiring entrepreneurs with franchises.

“I was looking for something where I could be the boss, and also run a business where people would leave happier than when they came in — those were the two priorities,” said Crews, adding that Rosenkrantz put a number of possibilities in front of him, from Cartridge World, a toner-cartridge sales enterprise, to Sports Clips, a haircutting chain. He even looked at opening a sports bar in South Hartford.

“I’m really glad I didn’t go that route,” he told BusinessWest, adding that Rosenkrantz eventually put Doctors Express, a chain started in Baltimore by an emergency-room physician, on the table for consideration.

Actually, there were two proposals — a single location of that franchise, or the master-franchisee designation, which would involve Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, and a portion of Connecticut.

“I liked the master-franchisee concept, but I’d knew I’d need a partner to do that, and Jim was the first person I thought of,” Crews explained, while setting the scene for that aforementioned lunch on Springfield’s riverfront.

The two had known each other for years by then and done some business together, and there was also the requisite comfort level and shared vision needed to create a business partnership.

“He coached my son in basketball, and I coached his son in baseball,” said Crews. “We had a good friendship prior to this, and we would often talk about going into business together someday.

“We got along, and we had a lot in common,” he continued. “We’re great dads, good husbands, we’re family-oriented and community-oriented … we coached sports. We made for a good team.”

Equally important, though, were the things they didn’t have in common, said Brennan, noting that their vastly different business skill sets have meshed nicely.

“Rick has been with a Fortune 500 company and managed 30 type-A personalities plus administrative staff, and that’s not my forte,” he explained. “I’m more independent, and while I don’t want to say I’m more creative, my skill set would be creative financing, expansion of a growing business, mezzanine financing, real estate, and small-business speculation. Having these skills and putting them together with Rick’s has made for an outstanding relationship, and that’s the key to our success.”

 

In the Right Vein

As they talked about all that’s happened since they became business partners, Brennan and Crews said that, while success has seemingly come quickly and easily, there have been some intriguing learning curves and growing pains to contend with, and that process is ongoing.

It has involved everything from honing the art and science of choosing locations — the basic theory is to choose a site with 50,000 people within three miles of the front door, but it’s far more complex than that — to the process of educating patients and healthcare professionals about the emergence of urgent-care facilities, especially in the Boston area, where it is still very much a foreign concept.

And then, there was simply the matter of learning the business of providing healthcare itself, which was outwardly daunting, because neither had anything approaching experience in medicine.

Crews took on that assignment aggressively and creatively, making himself chief administrator of the Cooley Street location for the first nine months of its existence. When asked what he learned on that job, he glanced toward the ceiling, offered a heavy sigh, and said, “what didn’t I learn?”

As he explained, “I wanted to learn the ins and outs of the business, and what better way to do that to actually run the center? I learned about healthcare — about insurance companies, coding, billing, staffing, scheduling challenges, working with doctors … how to run an urgent-care center.

“It was challenging, but it was also fun,” he continued. “Every day I was learning something new.”

Tracing the progression of their venture, or franchise territory, Crews and Brennan said that, even as they were cutting the ribbon on the Cooley Street location, there were discussions taking place about where to go next.

And ultimately, those decisions involved both ends of the state. Locally, after consideration of several locations, the decision was made to expand into West Springfield, with a facility that could draw residents from several neighboring communities, including Agawam, Westfield, and Holyoke; that location opened in 2012.

Meanwhile, only a few months after the Springfield facility opened its doors, the partners embarked on a capital raise aimed at netting $4 million to fuel a push into the Greater Boston area. That offering attracted the attention of investors locally, but also from across the country, said Brennan, adding that the first location funded by that group opened in Saugus early last month. Another, in Dedham, will open soon, and a letter of intent for a third, in Arlington, was recently inked. Eventually, there will be five sites sprung from that Boston offering, for which Crews and Brennan are general partners, with a 50% stake.

In addition, the partners operate a management company with five Boston-area franchisees under it. Those locations are in Braintree, Natick, Waltham, and North Andover, with another facility to open soon in Watertown.

This growth has necessitated expansion of the company’s corporate offices in Longmeadow, said Crews, adding that the team now includes Project Manager Melissa Nelson, charged with helping franchisees get their operations off the ground and running efficiently, as well as Controller Tim Sterett, who helps the partners plan and forecast for the future.

There are also people on the ground in various markets, including Western Mass., but especially the Greater Boston area, educating various constituencies about urgent care, how it is cost-effective for those who seek it, and how it can reduce congestion in the emergency room while also becoming a feeder service for hospitals.

“We have a business-development manager who is out in the community every day talking about urgent care,” said Crews. “We’ve also formed a co-op amongst all our franchisees, with the money to be spent monthly on advertising. Starting in a week, we’ll be doing our first TV commercials in Boston; we’ve been doing radio for the past month.”

 

Charting Results

Together, the team that Crews and Brennan has put together is scouting new locations in several areas of Massachusetts and a few bordering states, while also continuing that process of educating the public and the healthcare community about the concept of urgent care, and also striving to constantly improve the patient experience.

Which brings Crews back to those TVs in the examination rooms — now standard equipment in the Boston-area facilities and likely to be added at local locations.

“When someone goes into an exam room, they don’t like to wait for a doctor,” he explained. “So we have a policy that no one is supposed to wait more than 10 minutes for a doctor. However, depending on what you’re there for, you could be in the exam room for a long period of time. Having a TV in there helps to distract them from thinking about how long they’ve been there, and that’s especially true if you have children; it’s nice if they can put on Spongebob or the Disney Channel.”

Such attention to detail and the patient experience has helped Doctors Express gain acceptance and solid word-of-mouth referrals, said Brennan, adding that, from a big-picture perspective, success has come by creating relationships and making connections on a number of levels.

“When we go into a market, it’s important for us to create relationships not only with the primary-care physicians and hospitals, but also the medical groups in those areas,” Brennan explained. “There’s a new world of ACOs [accountable-care organizations] out there, and it’s important that we stay in contact with them and provide our services to those groups.

“Whether it’s Boston or Worcester, or wherever we go, one of the first things we do is reach out,” he continued. “We need to explain our story and what our plans are, and to date, we’ve been received very well. Originally, it was ‘who are you guys?’ because no one had ever heard of us, not just in our marketplace or in Boston, but in general. Now, most people have at least heard of Doctors Express.”

Looking ahead, the two partners said they are exploring a number of growth options. Locally, they’re looking for a location north of Springfield, perhaps in Chicopee. Meanwhile, they’re eyeing the Worcester market as the next possible expansion point, but also looking at potential opportunities in New Hampshire and Maine.

And from a bigger-picture perspective, they’re considering the possibility of taking their territory public, a move that would provide the infusion of capital needed to place dozens of proverbial push pins on a map of New England.

“That’s an aspiration, and there’s a way to get there,” said Brennan. “It all starts with the success we’re having, and we need to keep growing — it’s a snowball effect. I don’t think we’re there yet, though; we need to expand our business and get a good handle on what our revenues will be. If we continue to grow the way we are, maybe in a year we’ll know a lot more about whether that’s something we want to do.”

But the success of this venture can’t be measured simply by how many, and how quickly, locations can opened, said Crews, adding that there must be a balance between physical growth and maintaining high standards of quality in the locations already up and running. And the partners work hard to achieve that balance.

“You can’t just open center after center after center,” he told BusinessWest. “You have to make sure each location is successful and doing things properly, and that the service you’re providing is consistent and excellent. So there’s a lot of detail involved with every center that we open, and we also have to make sure our franchisees are opening with the same level of detail, service, and everything else. You have to spend the time and make sure you’re doing it right with each one — and it does take time.”

“And that’s the great thing about the master-franchisee concept,” he went on. “We can bring in great people under us to replicate exactly what we’re doing.”

Evidence that they are doing things right comes from the steady stream of phone calls from current and potential Doctors Express franchisees looking for advice and guidance about everything from marketing to staffing levels.

“I think I field at least two calls a week from people around the country, either current franchisees or potential franchisees,” said Crews. “They’re interested in what we’re doing, how we’re doing it, and why we’re so successful.”

Added Brennan, “with continued success, opportunities arise. Our goal is just to keep moving forward, continue growing, and keep our focus on what has made us successful and not deviate from that.”

 

Polishing the Script

Looking back, both Crews and Brennan are quite happy that they didn’t take the Cartridge World route or open that sports bar in Greater Hartford — not that they wouldn’t have been successful with either entrepreneurial gambit.

They just believe that, in Doctors Express, they’ve found a perfect match between a potential-laden business opportunity and their own talents and entrepreneurial drive.

“There hasn’t been a day when I haven’t gotten out of bed and looked forward to going to work — I love it,” said Crews. “I love the challenges — getting pulled in a million directions is where I thrive, and as we get bigger and busier, I get pulled in more directions. Yes, there are a lot of challenges that we face, but it’s exciting to work through them.”

Listening to that, it’s clear that the prognosis is continued progress for BusinessWest’s Top Entrepreneurs for 2012.

Previous Top Entrepreneurs

• 2011: Heriberto Flores, director of the New England Farm Workers’ Council and Partners for Community
• 2010: Bob Bolduc, founder and CEO of Pride
• 2009: The Holyoke Gas & Electric Department
• 2008: Arlene Kelly and Kim Sanborn, founders of Human Resource Solutions and Convergent Solutions Inc.
• 2007: John Maybury, president of Maybury Material Handling
• 2006: Rocco, Jim, and Jayson Falcone, principals of Rocky’s Hardware Stores and Falcone Retail Properties
• 2005: James (Jeb) Balise, president of Balise Motor Sales
• 2004: Craig Melin, president and CEO of Cooley Dickinson Hospital
• 2003: Tony Dolphin, president of Springboard Technologies
• 2002: Timm Tobin, then-president of Tobin Systems Inc.
• 2001: Dan Kelley, then-president of Equal Access Partners
• 2000: Jim Ross, Doug Brown, and Richard DiGeronimo, then-principals of Concourse Communications
• 1999: Andrew Scibelli, then-president of Springfield Technical Community College
• 1998: Eric Suher, president of E.S. Sports in Holyoke
• 1997: Peter Rosskothen and Larry Perreault, co-owners of the Log Cabin Banquet and Meeting House
• 1996: David Epstein, president and co-founder of JavaNet and the JavaNet Café

 

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

40 Under 40

It’s an event, says Kate Campiti, that’s long overdue.

“I’ve had conversations with many 40 Under Forty honorees who’ve said they wish there were a way they could get together with other winners for a networking opportunity,” said Campiti, associate publisher of BusinessWest, adding that many of these individuals value their standing in what has become a highly desirable club throughout Western Mass.

“They include their status as a 40 Under Forty winner on résumés, in e-mail signatures, and when talking with clients and potential clients,” she noted. “Not only does this honor open doors for them, but they also give other honorees a preference on business relationships over other individuals and companies without a 40 Under Forty title.”

Given that reality, a reunion event was only a matter of time.

“After having these conversations and realizing the fraternity that has been made of 40 Under Forty honorees, we decided to give them what they asked for with a reunion exclusively for the 40 Under Forty winners,” Campiti said.

That event will take place the evening of Feb. 7 at the Log Cabin Banquet and Meeting House in Holyoke, which has hosted several 40 Under Forty events. This high-energy networking event is exclusively for the 40 Under Forty winners from the classes of 2006 through 2012, as well as judges and sponsors. The evening will include hors d’oeuvres and entertainment, as well as a high-profile speaker, Health New England CEO Peter Straley. Overall, said Campiti, this will be an ideal venue for the 240 past honorees to meet each other and build relationships.

Jaimye Hebert, a 2011 honoree who served as a judge for the class of 2012 (see story, page 13), plans on attending, adding that she’s grateful for the opportunity to be a part of the 40 Under Forty legacy.

“It’s such a great event,” said Hebert, vice president at Monson Savings Bank, of the annual June gathering celebrating the year’s winners. “I call it the best networking event of the year for the region.”

Campiti said the Feb. 7 reunion, which is being sponsored by Bacon Wilson, Fathers & Sons, Moriarty & Primack, Northwestern Mutual, and Paragus Strategic IT, will take that annual opportunity to make connections to the next level by assembling an elite who’s who of Western Mass. professionals.

“We’ve said this before,” she noted, “but the 40 Under Forty program has become a status symbol and level of achievement that many of the young professionals in our region aspire to. Each year, we’ve seen an increase in the number of nominations we receive, and those nominations span every sector and industry.”

With the support of groups like the Young Professional Society of Greater Springfield and Northampton Area Young Professionals, which have both encouraged nominations from their ranks and seen many members achieve the award, the 40 Under Forty program has even created a competition of sorts for young up-and-comers.

“We’ve heard directly from previous winners and those vying for the honor who said they had increased — or are increasing — their volunteerism on various nonprofit boards, as well as their business skills, by taking courses and working with mentors, in an effort to be worthy of a 40 Under Forty award,” Campiti said. “This healthy competition only helps our region by strengthening our young professionals and future leaders.”

The reunion also coincides with nomination season for the class of 2013. Nomination forms may be found on page 17 of this issue or at businesswest.com, and entries will be accepted through Feb. 15.

“Each year, not only does the number of nominations increase,” Campiti said, “but so do the breadth and depth of the nominees, their skill sets, the industries they work in, their volunteerism, and their commitment to the health and vitality of our region. I think we’re all a little surprised, and pleasantly so, that the nominations we’ve seen come in show no sign of dwindling in quantity or, more importantly, quality.” n

 

Class of 2007

William Bither III Atalasoft

Kimberlynn Cartelli Fathers & Sons

Amy Caruso MassMutual Financial Group

Denise Cogman Springfield School Volunteers

Richard Corder Cooley Dickinson Hospital

Katherine Pacella Costello Egan, Flanagan & Cohen, P.C.

A. Rima Dael Berkshire Bank Foundation of Pioneer Valley

Nino Del Padre Del Padre Visual Productions

Antonio Dos Santos Robinson Donovan, P.C.

Jake Giessman Academy Hill School

Jillian Gould Eastfield Mall

Michael Gove Lyon & Fitzpatrick, LLP

Dena Hall United Bank

James Harrington Our Town Variety & Liquors

Christy Hedgpeth Spalding Sports

Francis Hoey III Tighe & Bond

Amy Jamrog The Jamrog Group, Northwestern Mutual

Cinda Jones Cowls Land & Lumber Co.

Paul Kozub V-1 Vodka

Bob Lowry Bueno y Sano

G.E. Patrick Leary Moriarty & Primack, P.C.

Todd Lever Noble Hospital

Audrey Manring The Women’s Times

Daniel Morrill Wolf & Company

Joseph Pacella Egan, Flanagan & Cohen, P.C.

Arlene Rodriquez Springfield Technical Community College

Craig Swimm WMAS 94.7

Sarah Tanner United Way of Pioneer Valley

Mark Tanner Bacon Wilson, P.C.

Michelle Theroux Child & Family Services of Pioneer Valley Inc.

Tad Tokarz Western MA Sports Journal

Dan Touhey Spalding Sports

Sarah Leete Tsitso Fred Astaire Dance

Michael Vann The Vann Group

Ryan Voiland Red Fire Farm

Erica Walch Speak Easy Accent Modification

Catherine West Meyers Brothers Kalicka, P.C.

Michael Zaskey Zasco Productions, LLC

Edward Zemba Robert Charles Photography

Carin Zinter The Princeton Review

Class of 2008

Michelle Abdow Market Mentors

Matthew Andrews Best Buddies of Western Mass.

Rob Anthony WMAS

Shane Bajnoci Cowls Land & Lumber Co.

Steve Bandarra Atlas TC

Dr. Jonathan Bayuk Hampden County Physician Associates

Delcie Bean IV Valley Computer Works (Paragus Strategic IT)

Brendan Ciecko Ten Minute Media

Todd Cieplinski Universal Mind Inc.

William Collins Spoleto Restaurant Group

Michael Corduff Log Cabin Banquet and Meeting House

Amy Davis New City Scenic & Display

Dave DelVecchio Innovative Business Systems Inc.

Tyler Fairbank EOS Ventures

Timothy Farrell F.W. Farrell Insurance

Jeffrey Fialky Bacon Wilson, P.C.

Dennis Francis America’s Box Choice

Kelly Galanis Westfield State College

Jennifer Glockner Winstanley Associates

Andrea Hill-Cataldo Johnson & Hill Staffing Services

Steven Huntley Valley Opportunity Council

Alexander Jarrett Pedal People Cooperative

Kevin Jourdain City of Holyoke

Craig Kaylor Hampden Bank / Hampden Bancorp Inc.

Stanley Kowalski III FloDesign Inc.

Marco Liquori NetLogix Inc.

Azell Murphy Cavaan City of Springfield

Michael Presnal The Federal Restaurant

Melissa Shea Sullivan, Hayes & Quinn

Sheryl Shinn Hampden Bank

Ja’Net Smith Center for Human Development

Diana Sorrentini-Velez Cooley, Shrair, P.C.

Meghan Sullivan Sullivan, Hayes & Quinn

Michael Sweet Doherty Wallace Pillsbury & Murphy

Heidi Thomson Girls Inc.

Hector Toledo Hampden Bank

William Trudeau Jr. Insurance Center of New England

David Vermette MassMutual Financial Services

Lauren Way Bay Path College

Paul Yacovone Brain Powered Concepts

Class of 2009

Marco Alvan Team Link Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Gina Barry Bacon Wilson, P.C.

Maggie Bergin The Art of Politics

Daniel Bessette Get Set Marketing

Brandon Braxton NewAlliance Bank

Dena Calvanese Gray House

Edward Cassell Park Square Realty

Karen Chadwell Doherty, Wallace, Pillsbury and Murphy, P.C.

Kate Ciriello MassMutual Financial Group

Kamari Collins Springfield Technical Community College

Mychal Connolly Sr. Stinky Cakes

Todd Demers Family Wireless

Kate Glynn A Child’s Garden and Impish

Andrew Jensen Jx2 Productions, LLC

Kathy LeMay Raising Change

Ned Leutz Webber & Grinnell Insurance Agency

Scott MacKenzie MacKenzie Vault Inc.

Tony Maroulis Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce

Seth Mias Seth Mias Catering

Marjory Moore Chicopee Public Schools

Corey Murphy First American Insurance Agency Inc.

Mark Hugo Nasjleti Go Voice for Choice

Joshua Pendrick Royal Touch Painting

Christopher Prouty Studio99Creative

Adam Quenneville Adam Quenneville Roofing

Michael Ravosa Morgan Stanley

Kristi Reale Meyers Brothers Kalicka, P.C.

Amy Royal Royal & Klimczuk, LLC

Michelle Sade United Personnel

Scott Sadowsky Williams Distributing Corp.

Gregory Schmidt Doherty, Wallace, Pillsbury & Murphy, P.C.

Gretchen Siegchrist Media Shower Productions

Erik Skar MassMutual Financial Services

Paul Stallman Alias Solutions

Renee Stolar J. Stolar Insurance Co.

Tara Tetreault Jackson and Connor

Chris Thompson Springfield Falcons Hockey Team

Karl Tur Ink & Toner Solutions, LLC

Michael Weber Minuteman Press

Brenda Wishart Aspen Square Management

Class of 2010

 

Nancy Bazanchuk Disability Resource Program,

Center for Human Development

Raymond Berry United Way of Pioneer Valley

David Beturne Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hampden County

Maegan Brooks The Law Office of Maegan Brooks

Karen Buell PeoplesBank

Shanna Burke Nonotuck Resource Associates

Damon Cartelli Fathers & Sons

Brady Chianciola PeoplesBank

Natasha Clark Springfield School Volunteers

Julie Cowan TD Bank

Karen Curran Thomson Financial Management Inc.

Adam Epstein Dielectrics Inc.

Mary Fallon Garvey Communication Associates

Daniel Finn Pioneer Valley Local First

Owen Freeman-Daniels Foley-Connelly Financial Partners and

Foley Insurance Group

Lorenzo Gaines ACCESS Springfield Promise Program

Thomas Galanis Westfield State College

Anthony Gleason II Roger Sitterly & Son Inc. and

Gleason Landscaping

Allen Harris Berkshire Money Management Inc.

Meghan Hibner Westfield Bank

Amanda Huston Junior Achievement of Western Mass. Inc.

Kimberly Klimczuk Royal, LLP

James Krupienski Meyers Brothers Kalicka, P.C.

David Kutcher Confluent Forms, LLC

James Leahy City of Holyoke and Alcon Laboratories

Kristin Leutz Community Foundation of Western Mass.

Meghan Lynch Six-Point Creative Works

Susan Mielnikowski Cooley, Shrair, P.C.

Jill Monson Adam Quenneville Roofing & Siding Inc.

and Inspired Marketing & Promotions

Kevin Perrier Five Star Building Corp.

Lindsay Porter Big Y Foods

Brandon Reed Fitness Together

Boris Revsin CampusLIVE Inc.

Aaron Vega Vega Yoga & Movement Arts

Ian Vukovich Florence Savings Bank

Thomas Walsh City of Springfield

Sean Wandrei Meyers Brothers Kalicka, P.C.

Byron White Pazzo Ristorante

Chester Wojcik Design Construction Group

Peter Zurlino Atlantico Designs and Springfield Public Schools

Class of 2011

 

Kelly Albrecht left-click Corp.

Gianna Allentuck Springfield Public Schools

Briony Angus Tighe & Bond

Delania Barbee ACCESS Springfield Promise Program

Monica Borgatti Pioneer Valley Habitat for Humanity

Nancy Buffone University of Massachusetts

Michelle Cayo Country Bank

Nicole Contois Springfield Housing Authority

Christin Deremian Human Resources Unlimited/Pyramid Project

Peter Ellis DIF Design

Scott Foster Bulkley, Richardson and Gelinas, LLP

Stephen Freyman Longmeadow High School

Benjamin Garvey Insurance Center of New England

Mathew Geffin Webber and Grinnell

Nick Gelfand NRG Real Estate Inc.

Mark Germain Gomes, DaCruz and Tracy, P.C.

Elizabeth Gosselin Commonwealth Packaging

Kathryn Grandonico Lincoln Real Estate

Jaimye Hebert Monson Savings Bank

Sean Hemingway Center for Human Development

Kelly Koch Bulkley, Richardson and Gelinas, LLP

Jason Mark Gravity Switch

Joan Maylor Stop and Shop Supermarkets

Todd McGee MassMutual Financial Group

Donald Mitchell Western Mass. Development Collaborative

David Pakman Vivid Edge Media Group/The David Pakman Show

Timothy Plante City of Springfield/Springfield Public Schools

Maurice Powe The Law Offices of Brooks and Powe

Jeremy Procon Interstate Towing Inc.

Kristen Pueschel PeoplesBank

Meghan Rothschild SurvivingSkin.org

Jennifer Schimmel Greater Springfield Habitat for Humanity

Amy Scott Wild Apple Design Group

Alexander Simon LogicTrail, LLC

Lauren Tabin PeoplesBank

Lisa Totz ITT Power Solutions

Jeffrey Trant Human Resources Unlimited

Timothy Van Epps Sandri Companies

Michael Vedovelli Mass. Office of Business Development

Beth Vettori Rockridge Retirement Community

Class of 2012

Allison Biggs Graphic Designer

Christopher Connelly Foley/Connelly Financial Partners

Scott Conrad Center for Human Development

Erin Corriveau Reliable Temps Inc.

Carla Cosenzi Tommy Car Corp.

Ben Craft Baystate Medical Center

Michele Crochetiere YWCA of Western Mass.

Christopher DiStefano DiStefano Financial Group

Keshawn Dodds 4King Edward Enterprises Inc.

Ben Einstein Brainstream Design

Michael Fenton Shatz, Schwartz, and Fentin, P.C.

Tim Fisk The Alliance to Develop Power

Elizabeth Ginter Ellis Title Co.

Eric Hall Westfield Police Department

Brendon Hutchins St. Germain Investment Management

Kevin Jennings Jennings Real Estate

Kristen Kellner Kellner Consulting, LLC

Dr. Ronald Laprise Laprise Chiropractic & Wellness

Danielle Lord O’Connell Care at Home & Staffing Services

Waleska Lugo-DeJesus Westfield State University

Trecia Marchand Pioneer Valley Federal Credit Union

Ryan McCollum RMC Strategies

Sheila Moreau MindWing Concepts Inc.

Kelli Ann Nielsen Springfield Academy Middle School

Neil Nordstrom Pediatric Services of Springfield

Edward Nuñez Freedom Credit Union

Adam Ondrick Ondrick Natural Earth

Gladys Oyola City of Springfield

Shardool Parmar Pioneer Valley Hotel Group

Vincent Petrangelo Raymond James

Terry Powe Elias Brookings Museum Magnet School

Jennifer Reynolds Meyers Brothers Kalicka, P.C.

Jessica Roncarati-Howe  AIDS Foundation of Western Mass.

Dan Rukakoski Tighe & Bond

Dr. Nate Somers Center for Human Development

Joshua Spooner Western New England University

College of Pharmacy

Jaclyn Stevenson Winstanley Partners

Jason Tsitso R & R Windows Contractors

Sen. James Welch State Senator, First Hampden District

Karen Woods Yankee Candle Co.

Departments Incorporations

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

 

AMHERST

 

Lincoln Management Company Inc., 25 North Pleasant St., Amherst, MA 01002. Kathleen Grandonico, 4011 Bayside Road, Fort Meyers Beach, FL 33931. Real estate management and leasing.

 

CHICOPEE

 

Renkie Enterprises Inc., 21 Reed Ave., Chicopee, MA 01020. Scott Rooney, same. Drywall installation.

 

MONTGOMERY

 

Newstate Inc., 50 Newstate Road, Montgomery, MA 01085. James Wall, same. General contractor in vertical construction.

 

NORTH ADAMS

 

Optimization by Design Methods Inc., 31 Bracewell Ave., North Adams, MA 01247. Stephen Thomas Potvin, same. Software consultation.

 

NORTHAMPTON

 

Qiang Feng Inc., 261 King St., Northampton, MA 01060. Yi Qiang Chen, same. Food service.

 

Queen Bee Cupkakery Inc., 150 Main St., Suite 29, Northampton, MA 01060. Lawrence Macari, same. Bakery.

 

PITTSFIELD

 

Lake Onota Village Tenant Association, 2 Cypress Lane, Pittsfield, MA 01201. Rosario Cantoni, same. Provides a variety of administrative and organizational support to the landlords and tenants of the Lake Onota Village.

 

Lotus Salon and Spa Inc., 770 Williams St., Pittsfield, MA 01201. Constance Luttrell, 146 Karen Dr., Pittsfield, MA 01201. Salon and day spa.

 

SPRINGFIELD

 

La Campesa Seafood Restaurant Inc., 2550 Main St., Springfield, MA 01107. Rafael Dominguez, 72 Lebano St., Springfield, MA 01109. Restaurant.

 

Law Office of Robert Rzeszutek, P.C., 824 Liberty St., Springfield, MA 0104. Robert Rzeszutek, same. Law practice.

 

Legend Care Inc., 74 Grover St., Springfield, MA 01104. Mariam Saleh, same. Facilitates relationships between patients from overseas and hospitals here in the USA.

 

Marian Apostolate Ministries Inc., 55 Maple St., Suite 8, Springfield, MA 01105. Jayson Brunelle, same. Charitable organization designed to fund food banks and soup kitchens; to fund shelters for the homeless; to purchase and ship religious literature (specifically, bibles) to Christian missions in third-world nations; and to funding crisis-pregnancy centers.

 

MSF Financial Inc., 47 Hollywood St., Apt. 21, Springfield, MA 01108. Marcus Foster, same. Small business credit counseling and consulting organization to help small business owners with alternative methods to save money and establish a business credit line to help grow their business.

 

Rise and Shine Coach Services Inc., 229 Frenbank Road, Apt. 11 Springfield, MA 01129. Janell Caldwell, same. Transportation of school children.

 

WESTFIELD

 

Road Jet Transport Corp., 87 Southwick Road, Westfield, MA 01085. Maksim Zhuk, same. Provides dedicated services of transporting foods, commercial goods, vehicles, and other commodities via flatbed, container, and heavy hauling trailers on a for-hire basis.

Briefcase Departments

Construction Industry Adds Jobs in December

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The nation’s construction industry gained 30,000 jobs in December despite an overall increase in the industry unemployment rate, according to the Jan. 4 employment report by the U.S. Labor Department. That is the fastest pace of construction employment growth since February 2011. Year over year, construction employment has risen by 18,000 jobs, or 0.3%.  The construction unemployment rate for December was 13.5% (not seasonally adjusted) — up from 12.2% from November, but down from 16% the same time last year. The non-residential building construction sector added 7,000 jobs in December for a total of 12,200 jobs (1.9%) added during 2012. Non-residential specialty trade contractors gained 5,600 jobs for the month, but have lost 25,000 jobs (1.2%) compared to one year ago. The residential building sector added 5,800 jobs in December, but lost 6,600 jobs (1.2%) during the past 12 months. Residential specialty trade contractors added 12,300 jobs in December and have added 36,400 jobs (2.5%) since December 2011. The heavy and civil engineering construction sector lost 700 jobs for the month, but has added 400 jobs during the course of the past year. Across all industries, the nation added 155,000 jobs as the private sector expanded by 168,000 jobs and the public sector shrunk by 13,000 jobs. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ household survey, the national unemployment rate stood at 7.8% in December, the same rate as November’s revised data. “It is tempting to believe the December 2012 employment report bodes well for nation’s construction industry,” said Associated Builders and Contractors Chief Economist Anirban Basu. “Employment growth was widespread, impacting general and specialty trade contractors alike — the largest monthly increase in construction employment in nearly two years. However, industry stakeholders will need to wait at least another month for some clarity regarding construction employment patterns.”

 

Casino Developers Spar over Picknelly

PALMER and SPRINGFIELD — Casino developers in Palmer and Springfield are sparring over which project may claim businessman Peter Picknelly, head of Peter Pan Bus Lines, who initially invested in the Mohegan Sun-backed venture in Palmer before joining Penn National Gaming in a casino proposal in the North End of Springfield. While Picknelly says he is no longer involved with the Palmer deal, his former partners say he remains legally bound to that project, and they have threatened legal action to stop Picknelly from moving forward with Penn-National in Springfield. However, the Penn National project will occupy land currently used for the Peter Pan bus terminal, and Picknelly has said he will be a 50% partner in the development. Picknelly and Penn National say he has no obligation to any other casino effort, and they have threatened a lawsuit of their own if the Palmer group interferes with Picknelly’s pursuit of a casino license in Springfield. The Penn National and Mohegan Sun projects are competing for the sole Western Mass. resort-casino license, as well as MGM Resorts, which has proposed a project in the South End of Springfield.

 

Foreclosures Down in Massachusetts

BOSTON — Fewer Massachusetts homeowners went into foreclosure and lost their properties to lenders in November. There were 295 completed foreclosures in November, a decline of almost 60% from November 2011, according to the Warren Group, a Boston company that tracks real estate. Between January and November, the number of completed foreclosures fell to 7,158, a drop of nearly 8% compared to the first 11 months of 2011. Last year is also likely to have the smallest number of completed foreclosures in the state since 2006, when the housing crisis began. “It’s been quite a positive year for the local housing market,” said Timothy Warren Jr., chief executive of the Warren Group. “An improving employment picture combined with government-backed programs are leading to fewer mortgage delinquencies.” The news added to growing sentiment that the state’s housing market is rebounding. Sales of single-family homes increased to 43,652 during the first 11 months of the year, surpassing the number of sales for all of 2011, according to the Warren Group. Lenders also initiated fewer foreclosures in November. Foreclosure starts dropped to 983, for a 3% decline from the same month in 2011.

Features
In Chicopee, a Can-do Attitude Generates Progress

Editor’s Note: In an effort to keep its readership abreast of what’s happening in cities and towns across Western Mass., BusinessWest is commencing a year-long series of community profiles. We begin with the second-largest city in the region — Chicopee.

There is a small, carved wooden turtle that sits on Michael Bissonnette’s desk in Chicopee City Hall. It’s been there since early 2007, near the end of his first full year as mayor of this city of just over 55,000 residents.

As of yet, the turtle has no name, said Bissonnette, adding that it won’t until the so-called River Mills Project, a 65-acre brownfield site along the Chicopee River involving the former Uniroyal and Facemate manufacturing complexes, is fully ready for redevelopment. The initiative, marked by lengthy court fights and the complicated process of acquiring property and securing the funds to remediate it, has been nearly 30 years in the making. But there has been some dramatic progress in recent years, which brings the mayor back to his turtle.

“It’s my reminder to be patient — all good things come in time,” said Bissonnette,  noting that the story of the tortoise and the hare resonates in Chicopee, where city leaders believe they are winning an important race for greater vibrancy, job opportunities, and tax revenue by being diligent and doing things right, and not necessarily quickly — although the pace of progress has picked up considerably (more on that later).

But patience is not the city’s only virtue, said the mayor, also citing perseverance, imagination, and even an ability to embrace modern telecommunications technology in an effort to better serve residents.

Indeed, just before speaking with BusinessWest, Bissonnette, a prolific user of Facebook and other forms of social media to communicate with various constituencies, texted a directive to the Department of Public Works to meet a resident’s request to have a street sanded.

“We’re in a digital age, and its all part of our ability to reach out and be customer-friendly,” said the mayor. “And I can be responsive to that.”

Beyond the visible progress at what is usually called simply the ‘Uniroyal site,’ greatly facilitated by the city’s ability to win funding for participation with the state’s Brownfields Support Team (BST), there are many other signs of growth and vibrancy in the city.

They include the Marriott Residence hotel now taking shape as part of the Chicopee Crossing project on Memorial Drive, progress with ongoing work to replace the Davitt Bridge in the heart of downtown, and two new, state-of-the art high schools built over the past decade.

Meanwhile, the city has been able to maintain and even grow its strong manufacturing base — which accounts for 22% to 25% of the jobs in the community —  and is looking to add more in both existing manufacturing facilities and a 110-acre parcel near the Massachusetts Turnpike recently acquired by the Westover Metropolitan Development Corp.

From a fiscal standpoint, the city has rarely been in a stronger situation, with an A+ credit rating and $15 million in the so-called ‘rainy-day fund,’ the high-water mark for that account.

Summing up what has happened and what could happen in the years to come, Tom Haberlin, the city’s economic development director and long-time planning and development official, said the community has honed its can-do attitude with an even more business-friendly approach in City Hall.

“Chicopee remains a very easy place to get things done,” he said. “It doesn’t have the levels of bureaucracy you see in other cities, and this has helped us in many ways over the years.”

As BusinessWest begins its year-long series of community profiles, it starts with Chicopee, an old industrial city that that has stayed true to those roots while also managing to diversify its economy.

 

Progress Report

Bissonnette acknowledged that the phrase ‘running the city like a business’ has been used and overused in recent years and has lost some of its meaning. But this is exactly the approach he has taken since he was first elected in 2005, and he believes it has paid dividends.

Elaborating, he said the broad goal of his administration is to eliminate or minimize bureaucracy and politics (to the extent that it can), and create operating systems that remove barriers to progress, not add more.

“I can’t tell you how many developers have complimented the process, saying that we cut red tape and bend over backwards to accommodate the needs of the private sector, and that has paid off,” Bissonnette said. “The idea that a government is going to function more like a business is very appealing to the private sector, and it’s an extension of our business-friendly approach.

Mayor Michael Bissonnette

Mayor Michael Bissonnette says Chicopee takes a business-friendly attitude.

“When the state talks about taking six months to get something permitted, we laugh and say, ‘let’s try to do it in six weeks,’” he continued, adding that this operating philosophy has certainly helped the city withstand the prolonged economic downturn, and will be a real asset when conditions improve and companies gain the confidence to proceed with new building and expansion projects.

Meanwhile, he went on, the city has been aggressive in its pursuit of state and federal funding for various initiatives, such as the Uniroyal site, a character trait that has enabled it to advance a number of infrastructure and development projects.

That aggressiveness has paid off, said Haberlin, with grant awards on a scale not often often seen in a city this size.

“It’s very rare for a city to get these types of awards, and it’s a tribute to those that put the proposal together,” Haberlin said, referring specifically to funding secured for the Uniroyal project. “The BST knew that this project was moving at a very rapid rate and they would get the biggest bang for their dollar and it would be spent effectively.”

Kate Brown, the city’s long-time planning director, agreed.

“That turtle should have blisters on its feet,” she said with a laugh, “because, after the brownfields team was put together, this thing just took off. But nobody believed it could happen this fast.”

While work on the Uniroyal site proceeds ahead of schedule, city officials are enthusiastic about additional development opportunities in several parts of the city, including the Memorial Drive area, downtown, and the 110-acre site acquired by the Westover Metropolitan Development Corp.

“Potentially, that could be the springboard for some huge economic development,” said Haberlin, adding that the property is coming on line as city officials and regional economic-development leaders are hearing their phones ring again with regard to companies looking for places to locate or expand.

Haberlin referenced one manufacturer he chose not to name that was interested in existing real estate in the city, an attractive alternative to new building.

“It’s the first real inquiry we’ve seen in six or seven years,” he noted, adding that this company’s interest goes well beyond the routine tire-kicking witnessed in recent years.

Haberlin said Chicopee has a decent inventory of manufacturing and distribution facilities that were built at or near the $125-per-square-foot price point but are now selling for perhaps 20% to 25% of the cost, creating opportunities for both businesses and the city.

“The quality that this particular manufacturer is looking at couldn’t even be built today at that [$125-per-square-foot] cost, so they’re really trying to take advantage of the values out here,” he explained.

Momentum Is Building

Looking ahead, Bissonnette said city officials are working aggressively to properly position the city for everything from new manufacturing-sector jobs to a casino in Western Mass.

With regard to the latter, the mayor said he certainly hasn’t given up on the prospect of a gaming facility in his city — “we fully expect a casino to be built adjacent to Chicopee, if not in Chicopee” — but will be prepared to benefit no matter where it goes.

As for the former, the city has created a number of partnerships aimed at making sure it has a  large and qualified workforce in place for current employers and potential new ones.

If a company is interested in workers with a particular skill set, said the mayor, relationships with Springfield Technical Community College, Holyoke Community College, Chicopee Comprehensive High School, Branford Hall Career Institute, and Porter and Chester Institute can facilitate the process of creating customized training programs.

“We say to interested precision-manufacturing companies, ‘tell us what you want us to train these students in, and we’ll train to suit,’” he noted, adding that, at Chicopee Comp, an advisory group with experts across different areas of manufacturing is helping the city to figure out what manufacturing jobs may look like in the future, and what skill sets will be necessary to secure one.

And while consistently looking for better ways to assist employers and potential employers, the city is always searching for new and more effective ways to serve constituents as well, said the mayor.

This includes use of social media as a way to communicate with residents, hear and read their concerns, and, in essence, create a dialogue on the issues facing the community, he told BusinessWest.

In addition to the mayor’s use of Facebook and Twitter, the internal information technology department, which maintains the city’s website, has been decentralized, a process that Bissonnette calls rare in municipalities.

This makes each department head accountable for uploading and maintaining his or her department’s up-to-date information. Going a step further, Bissonnette told BusinessWest that Chicopee was recently selected to be the only city in Hampden County, in conjunction with Boston, to get a smart app for smartphones through a three-year ‘efficiency in government’ grant from the state.

The app will be implemented in the spring to allow for complaints to make it to the proper department in real time; the Chicopee Police Department and DPW, the two entities that receive the most requests, will be the first to go live, bringing more of the transparency in government that  Bissonnette said the city wants and needs.

After all, he said, it shouldn’t be a mystery about how to get a pothole filled or a sign replaced. “And you shouldn’t have to know somebody to get your street plowed or your trash picked up.”

The Finish Line

Bissonnette told BusinessWest that another of his goals moving forward is to revamp the city’s charter. Among those things on his wish list are a four-year term for the mayor (it’s currently two, which he believes adds up to too much time campaigning and not enough time managing the city) and revisions to create a strong-mayor form of government.

Whether he succeeds with those goals remains to be seen. As for most others, including the prospects for his turtle getting a name, he is eternally optimistic.

“We’re a can-do community,” he said. “We get things done.”

 

Elizabeth Taras can be reached at [email protected]

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