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40 Under 40 The Class of 2011
Human Resource Manager, Commonwealth Packaging Corp.

Elizabeth Gosselin

Elizabeth Gosselin

Elizabeth Gosselin laughed when asked what her title is.
“Everything — as anyone who works in a family business knows,” said the human resource manager at Chicopee-based Commonwealth Packaging Corp., who adds bookkeeping, customer service, and a host of other duties to her official title. “There’s almost nothing here that isn’t my job. The only thing I haven’t done is run the machines.”
Gosselin, who manages 35 people, has been with Commonwealth full-time for eight years, but before that, she was no stranger to the company. “We’ve been in business 27 years, and I think I’ve been here all 27,” she said. “Growing up, I always had a summer job here.
“Working with my brother and learning from my father has been a real privilege,” she added. “And working with the people who have been here since day one makes it really special. There’s one forklift driver who’d give us rides around the factory when we were kids. He’s still here. He doesn’t give us rides anymore, though.”
Gosselin supplements her career with a heavy dose of civic involvement, from the Holyoke St. Patrick’s Parade Committee and the Junior League of Greater Springfield (JLGS) to Count Me In, a community-service group in South Hadley.
“Much of the community work I do is really work I’ve taken over from my mother,” Gosselin said, citing as an example her participation in the Junior League; as part of that organization in the 1990s, her mother was involved in developing of the Holyoke Children’s Museum. “I sit on the board there now, as well as working on new exhibits.”
Gosselin has also served as a project manager for other JLGS efforts, including projects benefiting Gray House in Springfield and Kids in the Kitchen.
For the latter, “we bring in a chef for a cooking lesson and show kids how to create healthy meals, things they can do to put together healthy snacks. That’s one of the coolest things I do, and one of the most rewarding.”
In other words, she’s packaging plenty of good works into her schedule.
— Joseph Bednar

DBA Certificates Departments

The following Business Certificates and Trade Names were issued or renewed during the month of January 2011.

AGAWAM

Istanbul Mediterranean Grill
365 Walnut St.
Gani Dinc

Pizza House
846 Suffield St.
Erol Kumas

Ridgeway Plumbing & Heating
5 Ridgeway Dr.
Bruce Shelkey

Vintage Auto Pickers
23 Edgewood Lane
Donald A. Sorel Jr.

WAM III LLC Delivery Service
1178 Suffield St.
Walter Meissner

Window World of Western Mass.
351 Walnut St.
Robert Bushey Jr.

CHICOPEE

AJL Electric
95 St. Jacques Ave.
Alan J. Lubas

DMS Auto Body
393 Ludlow Road
Wesley D. Smith

Lombard Appraisals
246 Frontenac St.
Todd Lombard

New Asia Bakery & Grill
159 Grove St.
Youel C. Gato

Spruce Salon
920 Front St.
Kate Przybyl

Tony’s Auto Repair
341 Chicopee St.
Antonio Fronseca

GREENFIELD

Charmed Nails
41 Bank Row
Carrie Kuzmekus

Ken’s Jax Prep
40 School St.
Kenneth Lang

Ozzie’s Autobody
328 High St.
Tamas Mercher

SG Glassworks
34 Pierce St.
Susan Griswold

Star Dust RES Publishing
353 Conway St.
Robert E. Sweeney

HOLYOKE

Dairy Market
160-162 Lyman St.
Irfan Kashif

JMW Construction
6 Bray Park Dr.
James Wildman

Muse Custom Framing
220 South Water St.
Debra Luzny

Providence Prenatal Center of Holyoke
384 High St.
William Bithoney

Winners Internet Café
209 South St.
Jennifer Stambovsky

CNS Academy of Health Care Professionals
187 High St.
Marc Bealieu

LONGMEADOW

NCR Corporation
3095 Satellite Blvd.
Lyane Hight

LUDLOW

Domino’s Pizza
309 Center St.
John Gesualdi

Kleenrite Services
35 State St.
Rick Paixao

Marc’s Trucking LLC
810 Moore St.
Marc Toton

PALMER

Rebingham Inc.
166 Ware St.
Reginald Bingham

SOUTHWICK

Feed Warehouse
707 College Highway
Larry Bannish

Interstate Coach Builders
633 College Highway
Richard Battistoni

John Labelle Plumbing & Heating
17 Kimberly Dr.
John Labelle

Strain Family Equestrian Center
18 Vining Hill Road
William Strain

SPRINGFIELD

A & M Landscaping
18 Dubois St.
Edyta Halastra

A Brighter Future Childcare
83-85 Main St.
Michele T. Pepe

Art’s Gardens
27 Savoy Ave.
Arthur Martin

Bark & Park Mobile Grooming
44 West Crystal Brook Dr.
Angela M. Robinson

C & G Furniture Service
149 Bolton St.
Carlos Arce

Combo-Work
1500 Main St.
Neung Chummasorn

Cottage St. Motors LLC
807 Cottage St.
Vincenzo Botta

Felix Auto Sales
237 Dickinson St.
John DeCesare

Four Seasons Cyber LLC
296 Cooley St.
Jennifer D. Burritt

WESTFIELD

Ezra’s Mercantile
34 Elm St.
Lou Sirois

Flowers by Joanne
Aa1358 East Mountain Road
Joanne Janik

Roman Landscaping and Property Management
13 Furrow St.
Eric Roman

WEST SPRINGFIELD

DLP Hospitality
1080 Riverdale St.
Shailesh Patel

Gengras Motors Inc.
1712 Riverdale St.
Clayton Gengras

Kristen Walters Photography
138 Quarry Road
Kristen J. Walters

Memo’s Restaurant
1272 Memorial Ave.
Christine Pompi

Pat’s Auto Service
163 Norman St.
Richard D. Parenteau

R & D Inc.
1557 Riverdale St.
Dilip R. Rana

Royal Food Supplements
298 Elm St.
Nadezhda Koleznik

The Cleaning Elves
42 Chester St.
Roxanne S. Sjostrom

Welcome Inn
2041 Riverdale St.
Patel Pravinbhai

Sections Supplements
Diet, Lifestyle Decisions Early in Life Can Slow Osteoporosis Later

Mary Pat Roy is tired of hearing people accept what they think is inevitable.

“Everyone thinks osteoporosis happens as you age, which it does, but it doesn’t mean you have to fracture,” said Roy, director of the Center for Healthy Bones in Northampton. “I hear so often, ‘my mother broke her hip, but she’s 82 years old.’ We think of a fracture as something that just happens when we age, but it doesn’t have to.”

It’s important, she said, to distinguish between osteoporosis, which in itself is not a harmful condition, with the fractures it causes in later years — which can be life-threatening, particularly hip fractures.

Osteoporosis, simply stated, is a disease that causes bones to lose mass and become fragile. Some 10 million Americans — 80% of them women — currently have the disease, but another 35 million people over age 50 are estimated to have low bone mass, placing them at risk for the disease later in life.

Regular screenings during the senior years are important, doctors say, because if not prevented or if left untreated, osteoporosis can progress painlessly until a bone fractures, usually in the hip, spine, or wrist.

Hip fractures almost always require hospitalization and major surgery and, depending on the patient, can hinder the ability to walk unassisted and may cause permanent disability or even death. Spinal or vertebral fractures also have serious consequences, including loss of height, severe back pain, and deformity.

The good news, said Roy when she sat down to speak with BusinessWest, is that, while osteoporosis may be a too-common threat, people can take steps in their diet and lifestyle while they’re younger to live fracture-free down the road — steps as simple as getting a little more fresh air.

The bad news is that fewer Americans than ever are taking those necessary steps — and that could make it more difficult, later in life, to take any steps at all.

Bad to the Bone

Roy isn’t one to mince words.

“Our kids’ bones are lousy right now,” she said, and it’s causing some alarm in the bone-health community.

“I grew up in a generation where kids drank milk at every meal; now it’s diet soda or even regular soda with every meal,” she said, a habit that can lead to calcium deficiencies. “And they’re not outside playing and getting enough Vitamin D from the sun.” As a result, doctors are starting to recommend much higher daily allowances of D in young people’s diets, 1,000 units a day as opposed to the old standard of 400, to make up for the loss of sun exposure. Supplements can help restore the vitamins, but the old-fashioned way is ideal, she said.

“We’ve got to get kids drinking milk, eating yogurt, forgoing sodas, and getting outside to play. Instead of sitting in front of video games, go play kickball or something.”

It’s not a lifestyle change that people can afford to put off for too long, Roy explained, because by age 30, most people’s bones are as thick as they’re ever going to be. Worse yet, women have built about 98% of their potential bone mass by age 20. After that, bone mass begins a long, slow decline, but people can drastically reduce their chances of fracturing in their later years if they’ve built up as much bone mass as they can early on.

“Most of the bone stuff is common sense,” she said. “Eat a healthy, balanced diet. Take a walk every day. Carrying 150 pounds around for a 30-minute walk is going to build bone, not sitting on your 150-pound butt.”

And young men shouldn’t ignore these guidelines either, Roy said. They comprise only about 20% of osteoporosis cases, but that’s more a matter of demographics than decreased risk factor. Specifically, men run about 10 years behind women when it comes to bone loss and incidence of fractures, with doctors recommending men get screened starting at age 75, and women at age 65. Add to the fact that women live longer lives than men, and it helps explain some of the disparity in numbers. But once osteoporosis does set in for men, the fracture risk is just as serious as it is for women.

Broken Lives

Osteoporotic fractures are serious business. According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, about 24% of hip-fracture patients age 50 and over die in the year following their fracture. Meanwhile, 20% of those who were ambulatory before their hip fracture require long-term care afterward, and at six months after a hip fracture, only 15% of patients are able to walk across a room unaided.

The foundation estimates the annual direct-care costs related to osteoporotic fractures to be about $18 billion, and it’s rising as people live longer and Baby Boomers enter the prime years for bone disease. That’s partly why the World Health Organization (WHO) plans to release new screening guidelines for osteoporosis later this year.

In the meantime, Roy said, doctors can do their part by always measuring the height of patients who stop in for checkups, as height loss is an indicator of bone disease — an especially helpful gauge considering that osteoporosis tends to be symptom- and pain-free until a fracture occurs.

“It needs to be done every visit,” she stressed. “It’s low-tech, no-cost, and it tells you if something is happening with the bones.”

Roy said the medications used to treat osteoporosis are getting better all the time, but they won’t be maximally effective unless people have taken the steps early in life to build their bone mass and decrease their fracture odds.

“The new WHO guidelines are going to help you figure out your chances of having a fracture, and that’s the bottom line; that’s the only reason we care about osteoporosis,” she said. “We wouldn’t care about blood pressure if not for strokes, and we only care about osteoporosis because it might lead to a fracture. And bone density is a more accurate predictor of a fracture than blood pressure is of a stroke, or cholesterol levels are of a heart attack.”

In other words, pay attention to whatever the new screening guidelines might be.

Oh, and some fresh air wouldn’t hurt.

Joseph Bednar can be reached at[email protected]

Departments

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

EASTHAMPTON

Injury Rehab Medical
Assoc. Inc., 1 Northampton
St., Easthampton 01027.
Alexei S. Levine, 86
Crossbrook, Amherst 01002.
Injury rehabilitation.

HADLEY

Pioneer Valley Learning
Inc., 104 Russell St., Hadley
01035. Christina M. Buehrle, same.
To provide supplemental education services and materials for students preschool through adult.

LONGMEADOW
Creative Design Works
Inc., 67 Forest Glen Road,
Longmeadow 01106. Paul G.
Lagunowich, same. Interior design, decorating and related activities.

NORTHAMPTON

Lulublue Inc., 97 Laurel
Park, Northampton 01060.
Jena Sujat, same. Retail gifts and art sales. Quality Care Nurse Staffing

Agency Inc.,
13 Old South
St., Suite 2C, Northampton
01060. Fola Fagade 212
Acrebrook Dr., Florence
01062. Provider of temporary medical personnel.

SOUTHAMPTON

AAP Consulting Inc.,
76 Whiteload Road,
Southampton 01073. Andrea
Przybyla, same. Selling
nutritional supplements to
practitioners.

SPRINGFIELD

Certified Environmental
Technologies, Corp., 15
Park St., Loft 304,
Springfield 01103. Richard
A. Britt, 22 Rachel St.,
Springfield 01129.
Management services/
brokers, distributor of products.

Champion Foods Inc.
, 355 Belmont Ave.,
Springfield 01108. Antonio Collado,
same. To own and operate a retail establishment.
Ogirri Corp.,
164 Balboa
Dr., Springfield 01109. Henry Ogirri, same. To engage in the wholesale and retail selling of food products and groceries. Seeley Capital

Management Inc., 1365
Main St., Suite 320,
Springfield 01103.
Christopher J. Seeley, 101
Sheffield Ave., Longmeadow
01106. Investment advisory
services.

WESTFIELD

DC Cable Inc.,
62 Union St.,
#3, Westfield 01085. Dovydas
Cepulis, same. Installing cable
and providing service.
Pro Automotive Repair Inc.,
979 Southampton Road,
Westfield 01085. John A. DeNnardo, Jr., 628 Southampton Road, Westfield 01085. All aspects of automotive repair, towing, used car sales, inspections, etc., for heavy-duty diesel, car and fleet service.

WEST SPRINGFIELD

HAQ Corp.,
55C Van Deene
Ave., West Springfield 01089.
Jahoor Ul Haq, same. A retail
gas and convenience store.

Positive Pregnancy Solutions of Western Massachusetts
Inc., 116 Forest Ridge Road,
West Springfield 01103.
Barbara Shea, same. (Nonprofit) To assist women who desire information and services concerning pregnancy.