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Celebrating 40 Years

Robert MacDonald, executive director of Work Opportunity Center Inc. (WOC) was recently honored with a Zoom anniversary celebration for his 40 years of leadership. WOC provides services to individuals with developmental challenges, including community integration, work skills, and community employment. Agawam Mayor William Sapelli, Springfield Mayor Dominic Sarno, and West Springfield Mayor William Reichelt all offered proclamations. Pictured, from left: Mary Akers, assistant executive director; Dale Lapointe, board secretary; Joanne Roberts, board member; MacDonald; Steve Robinson, board president; and Rick Hanchett, vice president.

 


 

Sharing and Caring

Cooley Dickinson Health Care employees recently donated hundreds of personal-hygiene products ranging from hair brushes and razors to deodorant, soap, and toothpaste to the Amherst and Northampton Survival Centers and the Easthampton Community Center. Pictured, from left: Jeff Harness, Cooley Dickinson’s director of Community Health and Government Relations; Robin Bialecki, executive director of the Easthampton Community Center; and Angela Belmont, chief Nursing officer at Cooley Dickinson Hospital.

 


 

Service Above Self

Last month, John Doleva, president and CEO of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame; and Frank Colaccino, Hall of Fame governor, CEO of the Colvest Group, and chair of the Westfield Bank 2019 Service Above Self luncheon committee, presented a check for $6,500 to the Rotary Club of Springfield, which is planning to award $10,000 in grants to Springfield-based nonprofit organizations that benefit the Greater Springfield community, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic. Pictured from left: Paul Lambert, Rotarian and vice president of Enshrinement Services & Community Engagement at the Hall of Fame; Doleva; Colaccino; and Sue Mastroianni and Jack Toner, past presidents of the Rotary Club of Springfield.

 


 

Special Delivery

Amid COVID-19, the need for organizations such as Open Pantry Community Services has grown. Matt Ogrodowicz of Meyers Brothers Kalicka, P.C. led a charge to collect food and donations at MBK over a two-week period. He shared Open Pantry’s mission as well as its high-demand items, including cereal, pasta, canned goods, peanut butter, and spaghetti sauce. Staff at MBK donated food and/or money, which Ogrodowicz used to shop for additional items on the high-demand list. With the combined efforts, MBK was able to donate 279 pounds of food to Open Pantry.

Bankruptcies

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

Brown, Olivia M.
a/k/a Conte-Brown, Olivia M.
8 Foss St.
Westfield, MA 01085
Chapter: 7
Date: 06/011/2020

Chisholm, Nicole M.
74 Partridge Dr.
Springfield, MA 01119
Chapter: 7
Date: 06/01/2020

Cruz, Licenia
21 Lawndale St.
Springfield, MA 01108
Chapter: 7
Date: 06/02/2020

Fox-Bryant, Molly Ellen
4- A Maple View Lane
Agawam, MA 01001
Chapter: 13
Date: 06/04/2020

Houston, Brenda D.
a/k/a Houston-Leslie, Brenda D.
45 Willow St.
Springfield, MA 01103
Chapter: 7
Date: 06/08/2020

LeBlanc, Robert
75 Judson St.
Springfield, MA 01104
Chapter: 7
Date: 06/10/2020

Millan, Jose L.
301 Dwight Road
Springfield, MA 01108
Chapter: 13
Date: 06/09/2020

Pouliot, Melissa J.
22 Marguerite St.
Chicopee, MA 01020
Chapter: 7
Date: 06/08/2020

Randolph, Darryl Eugene
3 Eastwood Dr.
Springfield, MA 01129
Chapter: 7
Date: 06/02/2020

Robinson, Marie L.
485 South St., Apt. 217
Holyoke, MA 01040
Chapter: 7
Date: 06/05/2020

Tavares, Maria G.
340 Holyoke St.
Ludlow, MA 01056
Chapter: 13
Date: 06/09/2020

Coronavirus Special Coverage

Breath of Fresh Air

Peter Picknelly, right, and Andy Yee

Peter Picknelly, right, and Andy Yee, two of the co-owners of the Student Prince, stand in a crowded Fort Street a few days after the restaurant reopened.

Lisa Pac has been brewing beer for almost two decades, eventually growing a home-brewing enterprise into Skyline Beer Co., a restaurant, craft beer and wine bar, bakery, and home-brewing supply store in Westfield.

In December, she and business partners Dana Bishop and Daniel Osella realized a dream of moving into a much larger space in the Whip City — a 4,500-square-foot restaurant, tasting room, and 10-barrel brewery on five scenic acres. Early receipts were very strong, and things were looking up.

And then March happened.

“At first, when COVID hit, we shut down for a couple days and had to reassess what we were going to do,” Pac recalled, adding that they told staffers to give them a chance to figure out a plan to stay operational and keep them working. “It was scary — we didn’t know what all this meant.”

But a plan did emerge. Pac and her team went to work simplifying and streamlining the menu before launching a robust takeout business, among other activities.

“It gave us a chance to re-evaluate a lot of things. We had such a strong start, but we got the rug pulled out from under us, so we were chasing our tails. But we were able to catch up with the day-to-day stuff, the construction stuff. It gave us the chance to breathe a little bit and finish up projects we were doing. We also came up with some top-notch beer recipes.”

Most important, while Skyline had to lay off about a third of its staff, a Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan allowed it to keep many employed, albeit with different responsibilities; servers shifted to production in the brewery, for example.

“The staff has been awesome, doing what they have to do to help us get here,” Pac said. “They were eager to work. Ever since getting the loan, we did it backwards — we have this staff that’s willing to do whatever we need, so what can we have them do?”

Eventually, Skyline was able to bring back about 90% of its staff; only three or four didn’t return, but the company has created new positions in the brewery, and actually has right around the employee count it had before the pandemic hit. And now that restaurants are allowed to serve patrons outdoors, 14 tables dot an outdoor area, while a major construction project on the back patio awaits Wetlands Commission approval to move forward. “We’ve got some big plans for back there,” Pac said.

Skyline Beer Co

Skyline Beer Co. partners Dana Bishop, Lisa Pac, and Daniel Osella.

Munich Haus in Chicopee has been planning for the reopening as well. Back in March, owner Patrick Gottschlicht recalled, “we shut down completely given all the unknowns surrounding everything. Then we decided to reopen for curbside service, to take the first step in the direction of getting reopened — and our to-go business was more than it has been in the past. A lot of regular customers who hadn’t been able to dine in for a while were excited to get curbside.”

After weeks of takeout only — helped by a PPP loan that got some employees back on the payroll — the German restaurant recently opened its large, outdoor Biergarten, as well as its smaller front deck, and packed them in — well, maybe ‘packed’ isn’t the right word, considering some tables were removed to maintain safe distancing, but the place was booked solid its first week.

“With the big biergarten and the deck, we took advantage of the nice weather. And I think people, with all the restrictions lately, are excited to get back out and get some semblance of normalcy. People are eager to get back out into the world.”

“We were excited to reopen, after being shut down for a while there,” Gottschlicht told BusinessWest. “With the big Biergarten and the deck, we took advantage of the nice weather. And I think people, with all the restrictions lately, are excited to get back out and get some semblance of normalcy. People are eager to get back out into the world.”

Raring to Go

‘Eager’ is also a word that applies to Peter Picknelly when BusinessWest caught up with him two days before the Student Prince & the Fort were set to reopen, with Fort Street in downtown Springfield closed to traffic to accommodate tents, lighting, live music, and anything else that might transform an outdoor dining experience into something a bit more.

“I’m really charged up about what’s happening on Fort Street,” said Picknelly, one one of the establishment’s owners. “We’ve got our menu, all the Fort specialties, and we’ll have entertainment Thursday through Sunday night. It’ll be a downtown festival — we’ve got lights, flags, beer wagons … it’s going to be really cool. It’ll be like a German carnival out there, a mini-Octoberfest between now and Labor Day.”

But one that, at least at first, requires a shift in diner — and server — behavior. The restaurateurs we spoke with talked about table spacing (at least six feet), 90-minute limits on seatings, regular sanitizing practices, and making sure patrons wear a mask, except when sitting down at the table.

“We’ve got the tables about eight feet apart, and people have to wear masks once they leave their table,” Pac said, adding that the team is sanitizing every pen that comes back in, while wearing gloves to boot. In short, she’s balancing guests’ enthusiasm to be dining out with their safety.

“People are champing at the bit right now. That’s why it’s important to make sure we’re safe,” she added. “People do get caught up in the moment — they want to take their masks off and talk to people at another table. I’m a social person; I want to talk to everyone, so I’m trying to keep myself away from the front. It’s a natural thing — we want to talk and hang out. But we’ll constantly remind people about the masks.”

Gottschlicht’s team has been equally diligent. “We’ve already got outdoor seating, which is a big challenge for some restaurants that don’t already have it,” he said. “We went over all the government and DPH restrictions for reopening and implemented all those, and now we’re starting to work on the indoor phase — finding out what restaurants will look like and developing a plan for that.”

At press time, state guidance on indoor dining was still forthcoming, but restaurants are doing their best to plan based on what they’re hearing and common-sense predictions.

The front deck at Munich Haus

The front deck at Munich Haus, as well as the large patio known as the Biergarten, opened recently to very solid business.

“Until the guidance is released, we’re trying to put together a game plan for that, so we’re somewhat ahead of it,” Gottschlicht added.

Picknelly expects indoor seating to begin very soon, perhaps at 25% capacity, though he hopes for 50%. “Until then, the outdoor scene is going to be great.”

He’s just as excited to reopen the White Hut as well, the venerable West Springfield landmark that has begun its second life as a food truck before opening the doors to a renovated indoor space on July 4. And he knows others are pumped, too, to have a variety of dining choices, both casual and takeout, suddenly spring back to life.

“I love my wife’s cooking, but I want to get back out to restaurants,” he said. “There’s a whole other feel to it. It’s entertaining, it’s fun — let someone else serve and do the dishes.”

Next Course

To be sure, restaurants are still dealing with significant challenges, from carving out alfresco seating where none exists to limiting the number of people they can serve to the question of meetings and banquets. Gottschlicht said some event bookings for later this year at Munich Haus have been canceled, while others are waiting to see what restrictions might emerge — for instance, whether they’ll be faced with 50% occupancy or be able to pack the house.

We’re hoping to get some guidance on what we can and can’t do,” he told BusinessWest. “Some want to reschedule, others are taking a wait-and-see approach.”

At the very least, though, dishes are pouring out of the kitchen to guests who are happy just to be getting out of the house.

“It’s a great feeling to get the place back open, and get the staff back to work, too. We’re going on our 16th year, so we’ve put a lot of blood and sweat into Munich Haus and plan to be around a lot longer. I was born in Germany — we’re proud of what we do, of being an authentic German restaurant. It’s definitely a good feeling being back open.”

Pac is feeling good too — partly because business is back up to maybe 90% of its former pace, considering the outdoor dining, continued takeout service, and the brewery.

“I would never wish it on anybody,” she said of the almost three-month economic shutdown, “but I can’t complain because it helped us dial in and gave us a minute to get on the same page with everything. It’s been a wild ride.”

Joseph Bednar can be reached at [email protected]

Bankruptcies

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

Allen, Sandra Lea
c/o Julie A. Mercure POA
37 Roosevelt Ave. Apt. 3
South Hadley, MA 01075
Chapter: 7
Date: 05/19/2020

Caloon, Thomas J.
Caloon, Kathleen M.
125 Bemis Ave.
Chicopee, MA 01020
Chapter: 7
Date: 05/22/2020

Chickering, Sue E.
P.O. Box 302
Bondsville, MA 01009
Chapter: 7
Date: 05/26/2020

Draper, Mark O.
Draper, Jacqueline W.
34 McCauley Lane
Williamstown, MA 01267
Chapter: 7
Date: 05/31/2020

Duquette, Benjamin J.
Duquette, Jeannine M.
20 Graham St.
Springfield, MA 01119
Chapter: 7
Date: 05/22/2020

Essential Wellness Center
Longevity Massage and Skincare
Lebedinskaya, Olesya Yuryevna
59 Pochassic St.
Westfield, MA 01085
Chapter: 7
Date: 05/22/2020

Gemme, Dennis Raymond
79 Federal St.
Millers Falls, MA 01349
Chapter: 7
Date: 05/27/2020

Giminiani, John Patrick
18 Raymond Dr.
Wilbraham, MA 01095
Chapter: 7
Date: 05/28/2020

Goad, Stephen Clayton
Goad, Arleen Janet
181 Merrimac Ave.
Springfield, MA 01104
Chapter: 7
Date: 05/28/2020

Gonzalez, Esther M.
15 Girard Ave. Apt. 212
Springfield, MA 01109
Chapter: 7
Date: 05/29/2020

Hamelin, Ruth
52 Mohawk Forest Blvd.
North Adams, MA 01247
Chapter: 7
Date: 05/29/2020

Harper, Virginia Davis
170 East Hadley Road #33
Amherst, MA 01002
Chapter: 7
Date: 05/28/2020

Krause, Heidi Lillian
133 Jabish St. Apt. G4
Belchertown, MA 01007
Chapter: 7
Date: 05/27/2020

LaChance, William Michael
28 Revere Circle, Apt. B
Greenfield, MA 01301
Chapter: 7
Date: 05/18/2020

Loncrini, Eugene G.
832 Converse St.
Longmeadow, MA 01106
Chapter: 7
Date: 05/18/2020

Mavis, Susan M.
17 Stratfield Ave.
Westfield, MA 01085
Chapter: 7
Date: 05/28/2020

Macedo, Karen Ann
118 Laurel St.
Greenfield, MA 01301
Chapter: 7
Date: 05/19/2020

Messier, Traci J.
47 Terry Lane
Barre, MA 01005
Chapter: 7
Date: 05/18/2020

O’Donnell, Sean C.
73 Hall Road #18
Sturbridge, MA 01566
Chapter: 13
Date: 05/28/2020

Paynter, Patricia
297 Daniel Shays Highway
Orange, MA 01364
Chapter: 7
Date: 05/20/2020

Pollack, Dereck
60 Old Poor Farm Road
Ware, MA 01082
Chapter: 7
Date: 05/29/2020

Rijos, Xiomary Garcia
153 First St. Apt. B
Pittsfield, MA 01201
Chapter: 7
Date: 05/22/2020

Severns, Thomas J. W.
PO Box 238
West Warren, MA 01092
Chapter: 7
Date: 05/27/2020

Slade, Mackenzie
20 Easthampton Road, Apt. J1
Holyoke, MA 01040
Chapter: 7
Date: 05/29/2020

Stone, Peter
295 Bromley Road
Huntington, MA 01050
Chapter: 7
Date: 05/28/2020

Stucklen, Kenneth Howard
628 Mill St.
Feeding Hills, MA 01030
Chapter: 7
Date: 05/20/2020

Ward, Samantha Marie
79 Montague City Road
Greenfield, MA 01301
Chapter: 7
Date: 05/22/2020

Wassmann, Nathanael Kirk
42B Princeton Ter.
Greenfield, MA 01301
Chapter: 7
Date: 05/27/2020

Wemett, Thomas W.
83 Royalston Road
Orange, MA 01364
Chapter: 7
Date: 05/28/2020

Wheatley, Rodney Y.
P.O. Box 262
Leeds, MA 01053
Chapter: 7
Date: 05/31/2020

Williams, Tammy
216 Ambrose St.
Springfield, MA 01109
Chapter: 7
Date: 05/29/2020

Zajchowski, David Paul
71 Edwards Road
Westhampton, MA 01027
Chapter: 7
Date: 05/31/2020

Building Permits

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

CHICOPEE

101 Front Street Trust
101 Front St.
$12,000 — Expand four existing openings

Broadway Street, LLC
421 Broadway
$26,590.67 — Roofing

Etan Shalem
591M Memorial Dr.
$375,000 — Fit out existing retail space for Spectrum service center

Shawn Peabody
18 Victoria Park
$2,300 — Remove six windows and install six vinyl replacement windows

Rai Ram
60 School St.
$16,000 — Rebuild staircases, decking, handrails, rails, and posts

GREENFIELD

Children’s Advocacy Center of Franklin County and North Quabbin
56 Wisdom Way
Demolish garage

Tapestry
278 Main St., Suite 307A
$25,000 — Divide room for storage area, new door and frame, new sink location, upgrade ductwork, minor electrical work, hot-water tank

Valley Medical Group
329 Conway St.
$20,000 — Repair building after vehicle collision

LEE

Berkshire Corporate Realty, LLC
480 Pleasant St.
$5,650 — Relocate existing wet sprinklers to accommodate new floor plan

MKJ Real Estate, LLC
195 Water St.
$53,885 — Install 60 solar panels via roof mount

LENOX

Adams Community Bank
7 Main St.
$20,710 — 36 white vinyl replacement windows with internal gridwork

Stanley Rosen
91 Walker St.
$9,000 — Roofing

SPRINGFIELD

299 Page Blvd., LLC
299 Page Blvd.
$1,270,786.76 — Alter space at former shooting range for new tactical training center for Springfield Police Department

Astro Logistics, LLC
126 Memorial Dr.
$27,955 — Alter space for additional concrete tank support pedestal and containment walls in existing interior tank containment area

Baystate Medical Center Inc.
759 Chestnut St.
$79,748 — Install new partitions, doors and frames, drywall on existing studs, and acoustical ceilings

Charles D’Amour, Donald D’Amour
90 Memorial Dr.
$30,000 — Add three cellular antennas and three remote radio units, replace six remote radio units on existing AT&T tower

Commonwealth Academy Holdings, LLC
7 Ames Hill Road
$39,000 — Alter space for accessible restroom in Ray House at Commonwealth Academy

Crown Atlantic Co., LLC
22 Birnie Ave.
$30,000 — Remove and replace three antennas and three remote radio units on existing AT&T tower

Gulmohur 546 Sumner Corp.
544 Sumner Ave.
$30,000 — Alter vacant commercial space for new beauty salon

Norley Realty Inc.
350 Albany St.
$25,000 — Remove and replace six antennas, remove three remote radio units and install 12 remote radio units and one DC-only squid on existing AT&T tower

Remic Properties
455 Breckwood Blvd.
$125,000 — Alter tenant space for future interior fit-out for Family Dollar

WILBRAHAM

2030 Boston Road, LLC
2030 Boston Road
$3,000 — Sign for Executive Real Estate

DBA Certificates

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

BELCHERTOWN

M & N Homes
3 Stadler St.
Neil Jackson

Pelham Auto Service
1315 Federal St.
Barney Dashiell

Shumway Farm
95 Old Amherst Road
Cory Shumway

WESTFIELD

B-Clean Home & Office Cleaning Service
50 Pequot Point Road
Carol Iwanski

Ideal Health & Body
41 Court St.
Kristen Hook

New England Title Examiners
1076 East Mountain Road
Jacqueline Brown

Bankruptcies

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

Barnes, Anita June
43 Point Grove Road
Springfield, MA 01129
Chapter: 7
Date: 05/13/2020

Bates, Odessa S.
a/k/a Carbonell, Odessa S.
24 Silver St., Apt. D-5
Chapter: 7
Date: 05/15/2020

Colon, Sugeily
211 Laurelton St.
Springfield, MA 01109
Chapter: 7
Date: 05/12/2020

Commisso, Frank J.
Commisso, Martha A.
39 Cooley Ave.
East Longmeadow, MA 01028
Chapter: 7
Date: 05/08/2020

Denino, Scott M.
62 Franklin St., Apt. 23
Westfield, MA 01085
Chapter: 7
Date: 05/01/2020

Dowd, Nicholas J.
392 Meadow St.
Chicopee, MA 01013
Chapter: 7
Date: 05/01/2020

French, Donna Lynn
6 Pearl Dr.
Wilbraham, MA 01095
Chapter: 7
Date: 04/30/2020

Galvagni, Amanda N.
12 Meadow Lane
Pittsfield, MA 01201
Chapter: 7
Date: 05/15/2020

Germain, Robert Lee
Germain, Amanda Jean
366 Lincoln Ave.
Athol, MA 0133
Chapter: 7
Date: 05/04/2020

Greylock Sand & Gravel
MJD Real Estate LLC
Dellaghelfa, Norman
56 Orchard St.
Adams, MA 01220
Chapter: 7
Date: 04/30/2020

Hardy, Jessica Elizabeth
265 Roy St.
Springfield, MA 01104
Chapter: 7
Date: 05/13/2020

Hunte, Aretha
107 Memorial Dr.
Pittsfield, MA 01201
Chapter: 7
Date: 05/07/2020

LaPlante, Ronald J.
LaPlante, Kirstin M.
2 Thomas Circle
Southampton, MA 01073
Chapter: 7
Date: 05/04/2020

Lapomardo, Elaine M.
23 Rivercrest Way
South Hadley, MA 01075
Chapter: 7
Date: 05/06/2020

Laventure, Joseph Paul
Laventure, Rebecca A.
139 Valley Road
Barre, MA 01005
Chapter: 7
Date: 05/11/2020

Leone, Tina
5 Kania St.
Easthampton, MA 01027
Chapter: 7
Date: 05/08/2020

Long, Marie B.
329 Pinedale Ave.
Athol, MA 01331
Chapter: 7
Date: 05/08/2020

Marren, James M.
235 State St., Unit 409
Springfield, MA 01103
Chapter: 7
Date: 05/12/2020

Meuse, Terese Laraine
6 Crown Dr.
Easthampton, MA 01027
Chapter: 7
Date: 05/13/2020

Moberg, Eric Matthew
139 Union Road
Wales, MA 01081
Chapter: 7
Date: 05/01/2020

Sticco, Thomas A.
424 Dwight Road
Springfield, MA 01108
Chapter: 7
Date: 05/15/2020

Terrero, Ana F.
672 Alden St.
Springfield, MA 01109
Chapter: 13
Date: 05/12/2020

Wilmot, Patricia A.
16 Church St.
Ware, MA 01082
Chapter: 7
Date: 05/13/2020

Incorporations

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

ADAMS

Chehar Corp., 60 Commercial St., Adams, MA 01220. Ankit Patel, same. Package store.

AGAWAM

Ava Acquisition Corporation, 11 Bowles Road, Agawam, MA 01001. Alan Wosky, 210 Pleasant St., East Longmeadow, MA 01028. Design, engineer, manufacture belts, and pulleys.

BELCHERTOWN

Banyan Properties Inc., 51 Oasis Dr., Belchertown, MA 01007. Lindsey Matarazzo, same. Property management.

EAST LONGMEADOW

Arman Shree Inc., 334 Somers Road, East Longmeadow, MA 01028. Anil Patel, 42 Lee St., East Longmeadow, MA 01028. Convenience store.

EASTHAMPTON

Easthampton Neighbors Inc., C/O Easthampton Council on Aging, 19 Union St., Easthampton, MA 01027. Stephanie Kelly, 11 Fox Run, Easthampton, MA 01027. Organized to help seniors and others stay in their homes as long as possible by providing appropriate services through volunteers, by helping senior and others find acceptable vendors to provide services.

FLORENCE

Dwellings Arts Inc., 98 Hinckley St., Florence, MA 01001. Caroline O’Leary, 216 Homestead Ave., Holyoke, MA 01040. Community arts organization with values of inclusive and intentional booking practices, ethical treatment of artists, community collaboration and engagement.

GREENFIELD

Danny J. Haselton Inc., 413 Adams Road, Greenfield, MA 01301. Danny J. Haselton, same. Electrician.

HOUSANTONIC

Barrington Public Theater Inc., 26 Kirk St., #551, Housatonic, MA 01236. Jim Fangione, same. Readings, workshops, and productions of new plays, writer and performed with a focus on local artists.

LANESBORO

Berkshire Short Film Festival Inc., 163 Balance Rock Road, Lanesboro, MA 01237. Jennifer Cathryn Lyon, same. Organize and screen short films from local and worldwide filmmakers.

PELHAM

Creative Collective for Issue Advocacy Inc., 98 Arnold Road, Pelham, MA 01002. Daniel Giat, same. Produce and distribute public service announcements concerning critical issues of public interest, for the purpose of advocating for progressive legislation and candidates for public office.

PITTSFIELD

Berkshire Family Practice Associates PC, 20 Elm St., Pittsfield, MA 01201. Jonathan B. Grenoble, 1991 Dublin Road, Richmond, MA 01254. Medical services.

SOUTH HADLEY

Craft Beauty Inc., 4 Dickinson Farm Road, South Hadley, MA 01075. Ann E. Boyden, same. Hair styling and beauty services.

SOUTHWICK

Cain’s Industries Inc., 15 Liquori Dr., Southwick, MA 01077. John Cain, same. Construction.

SPRINGFIELD

Arrow Transport Inc., 237 Memorial Dr., Springfield, MA 01101. John D. Debarge, 132 Erin Lane, Ludlow, MA 01056. Transpiration services.

Chess Angels Promotions. Sometimes Referred To As “Cap” Inc., 38 Lakeside St., Springfield, MA 01109. Richard Johnson, same. Provides a vast pool of talent and entertainment to local cities and communities. Services include singers, dancers, musicians, poets, and visual artists.

WESTFIELD

Asian Food Market Inc., 284 Southampton Road, Westfield, MA 01085. Sun Kyung Kim, 66 Washington Ave., South Hadley, MA 01075. Grocery store.

Bankruptcies

The following bankruptcy petitions were recently filed in U.S. Bankruptcy Court (bankruptcy petitions omitted from our last are include hereunder). Readers should confirm all information with the court.

Brosseau, Aaron George
21 H St.
Turners Falls, MA 01376
Chapter: 7
Date: 04/30/2020

Carpio, Junabel D.
PO Box 96
Bondsville, MA 01009
Chapter: 7
Date: 04/30/2020

Chapin, Yolanda R.
P.O. Box 233
West Warren, MA 01092
Chapter: 7
Date: 04/30/2020

Chabot, John L.
Chabot, Jean L.
23 Fairview Road
Wilbraham, MA 01095
Chapter: 7
Date: 04/23/2020

Concepcion, Juan Jose
22 Amanda St.
Springfield, MA 01118
Chapter: 7
Date: 04/30/2020

Custom Maid, Etc.
Demos, Julie Suzanne
641 Springfield St.
Feeding Hills, MA 01030
Chapter: 7
Date: 04/21/2020

Daviau, David
238 Maple St., Apt. D3
Agawam, MA 01001
Chapter: 7
Date: 04/20/2020

Dixon, Mia L.
160 Maple St., Apt. L
Springfield, MA 01105
Chapter: 7
Date: 04/25/2020

Faniel, Stephen D.
171 East Longmeadow Road
Wilbraham, MA 01095
Chapter: 7
Date: 04/23/2020

Green Carlie A.
75 Zephyr Dr.
Westfield, MA 01085
Chapter: 7
Date: 04/28/2020

Gwozdzik, Ashley Lyn
23 Wilson Road
Shutesbury, MA 01072
Chapter: 7
Date: 04/17/2020

Jackson, Janine L.
98 Pine St., Apt. 1L
Florence, MA 01062
Chapter: 7
Date: 04/28/2020

Kenney, Paula Marie
26 Putting Green Circle
Springfield, MA 01108
Chapter: 7
Date: 04/30/2020

Lopez, Jabet
a/k/a Lopez, Yabet
49 Washington St.
Chicopee, MA 01020
Chapter: 7
Date: 04/28/2020

Nickerson, Tara Elizabeth
a/k/a Nickerson, Tee
38 Maryland St.
Springfield, MA 01108
Chapter: 7
Date: 04/30/2020

Roberts, Angela E.
87 Grover St.
Springfield, MA 01104
Chapter: 7
Date: 04/20/2020

Smith, Joseph T.
2 Shepherds Hollow Road
Leeds, MA 01053
Chapter: 7
Date: 04/28/2020

Woodall, Linda Jo
24 East Cleveland St.
Greenfield, MA 01301
Chapter: 7
Date: 04/28/2020

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Special Deliveries

With campus closed, Holyoke Community College donated its perishable food supplies to three area nonprofits: Martin Luther King Jr. Family Center in Springfield, the YWCA Transitional Living Program in Holyoke, and Easthampton Community Center. The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts helped coordinate the donations.

load a cargo van with surplus produce and other food

Sarah Schmidt, director of programming for HCC’s Center for Excellence, and Stacy Graves, coordinator of the HCC MGM Culinary Arts Institute, load a cargo van with surplus produce and other food

ready to deliver a load of food

Mark Pronovost, director of Aramark/HCC Dining Services, gets ready to deliver a load of food to the Easthampton Community Center.

 


Needed Supplies

UMass Amherst recently donated 300 face shields — developed by UMass researchers, engineers, nurses, and other healthcare professionals — to the Skilled Nursing Center at Loomis Lakeside at Reeds Landing. UMass contributed more than $30,000 toward the initial production of face shields and hundreds of volunteer hours designing, testing, revising, and manufacturing them.

a box of shields designed and donated by UMass Amherst

Tomara Meegan (left), assistant director of Nursing and infection preventionist at Loomis Lakeside, and Patty Coughlin, director of Nursing at Loomis Lakeside, carry a box of shields designed and donated by UMass Amherst.

 

 


Gear for the Front Lines

Lenco Armored Vehicles recently donated nearly $300,000 worth of personal protective equipment to regional first responders working on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic, including sanitizer, disinfecting wipes and spray, respirators, masks, eyewear, gloves, protective clothing, and power air respirator supplies — about 35,000 pieces of equipment in all. Recipients include Dalton, Lanesborough, Pittsfield, and Richmond fire departments; Dalton, Lanesborough, and Pittsfield police departments; County Ambulance and Action Ambulance in Pittsfield; and the emergency room at Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield.

Agenda

Difference Makers

Sept. 10: BusinessWest will present its 12th annual Difference Makers event on Sept. 10 at the Log Cabin in Holyoke. The class of 2020 was profiled in the Feb. 3 issue of BusinessWest and at businesswest.com. Tickets cost $75. To reserve a spot, e-mail [email protected] or visit businesswest.com. Event sponsors include Burkhart Pizzanelli, Mercy Medical Center/Trinity Health Of New England, Royal, P.C., and TommyCar Auto Group, while the Tom Cosenzi Driving for the Cure Charity Golf Tournament, MHA, and United Way of Pioneer Valley are partners.

Elms College Executive Leadership Breakfast

Sept. 22: Elms College has rescheduled its third annual Executive Leadership Breakfast due to state-mandated caution regarding large crowds and coronavirus. U.S. Rep. Richard Neal is still slated to be the keynote speaker for the event, which was originally scheduled for April 9. As the coronavirus pandemic continues to unfold, the college will announce more details as necessary. This annual event features talks by the region’s leaders on topics of relevance that impact all sectors of business and the economy in Western Mass. Speakers at past events have included Dennis Duquette, head of Community Responsibility at MassMutual and president of the MassMutual Foundation, and Regina Noonan Hitchery, retired vice president of Human Resources at Alcoa.

Hooplandia

June 25-27, 2021: Organizers of Hooplandia, the planned 3-on-3 basketball tournament and festival scheduled for this June, announced that the event has been postponed to 2021, with games hosted by the Big E Fairgrounds and the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Boys and Girls Clubs in Western Massachusetts and Connecticut will remain the lead philanthropic recipient of the event, which was slated to host 2,500 teams and 10,000 players. To help build a bridge to the 2021 Hooplandia, a number of smaller events are being planned, with details forthcoming. Those include Hooplandia at the Hall of Fame Enshrinement, a series of 3-on-3 games in the parking lot of the Hall during Springfield Celebration Day on Sunday, Aug. 30, as part of Enshrinement Weekend activities; the Hooplandia World Slam Dunk Championship at the Big E in September, featuring slam-dunk artists from around the world competing for the title of Hooplandia World Slam Dunk Champ; and Hooplandia Showcase Games on the Court of Dreams at the Basketball Hall of Fame, a series of high-profile 3-on-3 games to be scheduled for competition this winter on the legendary hardwood. Details of all events will be announced as they emerge. All teams that have registered and paid for Hooplandia will be issued full refunds. Teams of players age 8 and under were slated for free registration in 2020, honoring the lives of Kobe and Gianna Bryant — Bryant wore #8 during a portion of his Los Angeles Lakers career in the NBA. The free under-8 registration will be extended to the 2021 event. Hooplandia’s Instagram account (@hooplandia) and website (www.hooplandia.com) will provide ongoing information and plans for the event and its transition.

Incorporations

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

AMHERST

Barking Stoat Inc., 870 South East St., Amherst, MA 01002. Catherine Bell, same. Agriculture and related business.

BRIMFIELD

Daniel Beaulieu Custom Carpentry Inc., 1010 Dunhamtown Road, Brimfield, MA 01010. Daniel Beaulieu, same. Custom carpentry.

CHICOPEE

Capital Auto Finance Inc., 55 Taylor St., Chicopee, MA 01105. Zachary Mourad, 54 Woodcrest Dr., Chicopee, MA 01020. Exports of automobiles.

DALTON

Always Grow Green Inc., 890 Main St., Dalton, MA 01226. Diana Noble, same. Applying for license with cannabis control.

Crustpz Corp., 95 Main St., Dalton, MA 01226. James Cervone, same. Pizza restaurant.

EAST LONGMEADOW

Am Medical P.C., 741 Parker St., East Longmeadow, MA 01028. May A. Awkal, 135 Anvil St., Feeding Hills, MA 01030. Primary care medical services.

HADLEY

Born-Digital Inc., 84 Russell St., Hadley, MA 01035. Noah W. Smith, 25 Main St., Montague, MA 01351. Digitalization of media.

HOLYOKE

Arman Tours Inc., 18 Canby St., Holyoke, MA 01040. Yasser Arman, 145 Lawndale St., Chicopee, MA 01013. Tourism.

Car&Truck Max Inc., 395 Maple St., Holyoke, MA 01040. Mazen Awkal, 24 Hickory St., Agawam, MA 01030. Purchase, resale, reconditioning of automobiles.

LENOX

American BCG Laboratory Inc., 10 Birchwood Lane, Lenox, MA 01240. Tsungda Hsu, same. Developing, manufacturing, and marketing of Bacillus Calmette-Guerin (BCG) for use as BCG immunotherapeutic agents to treat patients with early-stage bladder cancer.

LONGMEADOW

4run3 Inc., 680 Bliss Road, Longmeadow, MA 01106. Timothy Murphy, 117 Longwood Ave., Longmeadow, MA 01106. Retail sales of shoes, clothing, and apparel.

PITTSFIELD

A+ Integrative Brain Restoration Program, A Nursing Corporation, 82 Wendell Ave., Ste. 100, Pittsfield, MA 01201. Dennis Redubla, same. Nursing services.

C&C Luxury Coach Inc., 11 Glenwood Ave., Pittsfield, MA 01201. Anthony Baptiste, same. Bus operation.

Desert Insurance Solutions Inc., 82 Wendell Ave., Suite 100, Pittsfield, MA 01201. Carrie Babij, same. Property and casualty coverage for customers with admitted and non-admitted authorized multi-line carriers.

Dorsey Consortium Inc., 82 Wendell Ave., Suite 100, Pittsfield, MA 01201. Andrew Dorsey, same. Animal husbandry.

SPRINGFIELD

Dr. Dental of Massachusetts P.C., 1101 Boston Road, Springfield, MA 01119. Julia O. Faigel, 20 Boulder Road, Newton, MA 02459. Dental practice.

WEST SPRINGFIELD

All American Carpeting and Flooring Corp., 204 New Bridge St., West Springfield, MA 01089. Imran Manzoor, 697 Elm St., West Springfield, MA 01089. Residential & commercial construction & renovation.

America Go Tours Inc., 203 Circuit Ave., Suite 124, West Springfield, MA 01089. Xiu Hua Wang, 33 Arizona Ave., Syosset, NY 11791. Bus tour services.

Central New England AG Service Inc., 39 Timber Ridge Road, West Springfield, MA 01089. Donald R. Chase, same. Services with respect to farming, fertilizing, lime and appropriate chemicals to agricultural pastures.

WESTFIELD

C&M Finishes Inc., 63 Russellvillage Road, Westfield, MA 01085. Milan P. Peich, same. Painting services.

Day Way Express Inc., 73 Cranston St., Westfield, MA 01085. Samer Khaleel, same. Transportation.

Bankruptcies

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

Aherne, Brian
199 Pine Grove
Pittsfield, MA 01201
Chapter: 13
Filing Date: 03/27/2020

Bennett, Constance J.
46 Simpson Circle
Agawam, MA 01001
Chapter: 13
Filing Date: 03/23/20

Clark, William James
Clark, Jodi Lynn
a/k/a Courtney, Jodi Lynn
53 Middlefield Road|
Chester, MA 01011
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 03/31/2020

Corless, Tracy E.
a/k/a Burns, Tracy E.
346 Kibbe Road
East Longmeadow, MA 01029
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 03/24/20

Davila, Jennifer
a/k/a Duque, Jennifer
149 Allen St., Apt E
Springfield, MA 01108
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 04/03/2020

Fitzgerald, Barbara J.
1 Rosewood Ave.
Southwick, MA 01077
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 04/08/20

Gadbois, Andrew J.
Gadbois, Shawn Ann
a/k/a Pesson, Shawn Ann
297 Linden St.
Holyoke, MA 01040
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 04/09/20

Guertin, Frank J.
88 Petty Plain Road
Greenfield, MA 01301
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 04/10/2020

Harrington, Delores
67 Liberty St.
North Adam, MA 01247
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 03/25/20

Horton, John Michael
61 Bridge Road
Florence, MA 01062
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 03/20/20

Huls, Paulette J.
61 Pine Lodge Park
Williamstown, MA 01267
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 03/24/20

LaFleur, Michelle Lynne
26 Andover Road
Longmeadow, MA 01106
Chapter: 13
Filing Date: 03/26/20

Langlois, Desiree L.
3 Berwyn St., Ext.
South Hadley, MA 01075
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 03/24/20

Mata-Reyes, Katiusca
10 Chestnut St.
Springfield, MA 01103
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 04/13/20

Maynard, Jill A.
20 Colony Road
West Springfield, MA 01089
Chapter: 13
Filing Date: 04/10/2020

McClendon Trucking
McClendon, Nicholas R.
25 Labonte Ave.
North Adams, MA 01247
Chapter: 13
Filing Date: 04/08/20

Melendez, Brendaliz
11 East Court
Holyoke, MA 01040
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 03/25/20

Morse, Shara L.
a/k/a Barrows, Shara Lynn
153 Russell St
Springfield, MA 01104
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 03/24/20

Mroz, Michael R.
140 Church St., Apt. 311
Williamstown, MA 01267
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 03/25/20

J&T Transportation
Garcia, Jose F.
76 Notre Dame St.
Westfield MA 01085
Chapter: 13
Filing Date: 03/24/20

Peffley, Christy L.
a/k/a Silbaugh,Christy Lynne
P.O. Box 64
Thorndike, MA 01079
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 03/23/20

Pereira-Rivera, Victor M.
117 Farnum Dr.
Holyoke, MA 01040
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 03/31/2020

Regan, Barbara Lee
a/k/a Carmel, Barbara R.
41 Main St., Apt 6
Goshen, MA 01032
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 04/03/2020

Rodriguez, Angel L.
95 Victoria St.
Springfield, MA 01104
Chapter: 13
Filing Date: 04/07/2020

Royal, Bruce K.
Royal, Jeannette T.
64 Mystery Lane
Athol, MA 01331
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 03/25/20

Sarnelli, Gina Louise
8 Sizer Dr.
Wales, MA 01081
Chapter: 13
Filing Date: 03/31/2020

Shaw, Frederick Ernest
Shaw, Annabelle Barbara
343 South Athol Road
Athol, MA 01331
Chapter: 13
Filing Date: 03/27/2020

Spear, Robert
28 Andover Road
Chicopee, MA 01020
Chapter: 13
Filing Date: 03/26/2020

Surkin, Marvin Irving
131 High St.
Greenfield, MA 01301
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 03/20/20

Sweeney,Vivian
320 Palmer Road
Brimfield, MA 01010
Chapter:13
Filing Date: 03/31/2020

Tarsa, Victoria L.
92 Galvin Road
North Adams, MA 01247
Chapter: 13
Filing Date: 04/10/2020

Thacker Sr., William R.
Thacker, Judith B.
721 Curran Highway, Apt. 2
North Adams, MA 01247
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 03/23/20

Valentin, Walter O.
Valentin, Mahaly
278 West Franklin St.
Holyoke, MA 01040
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 03/23/20

Vicente, Gloria
18 Conz St. #427
Northampton, MA 01060
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 04/14/20

Wilkinson, Cariel
23 Day Ave.
East Longmeadow, MA 01028
Chapter: 13
Filing Date: 04/08/20

Incorporations

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

AMHERST

Barking Stoat Inc., 870 South East St., Amherst, MA 01002. Catherine Bell, same. Agriculture and related business.

BRIMFIELD

Daniel Beaulieu Custom Carpentry Inc., 1010 Dunhamtown Road, Brimfield, MA 01010. Daniel Beaulieu, same. Custom carpentry.

CHICOPEE

Capital Auto Finance Inc., 55 Taylor St., Chicopee, MA 01105. Zachary Mourad, 54 Woodcrest Dr., Chicopee, MA 01020. Exports of automobiles.

DALTON

Always Grow Green Inc., 890 Main St., Dalton, MA 01226. Diana Noble, same. Applying for license with cannabis control.

Crustpz Corp., 95 Main St., Dalton, MA 01226. James Cervone, same. Pizza restaurant.

EAST LONGMEADOW

Am Medical P.C., 741 Parker St., East Longmeadow, MA 01028. May A. Awkal, 135 Anvil St., Feeding Hills, MA 01030. Primary care medical services.

HADLEY

Born-Digital Inc., 84 Russell St., Hadley, MA 01035. Noah W. Smith, 25 Main St., Montague, MA 01351. Digitalization of media.

HOLYOKE

Arman Tours Inc., 18 Canby St., Holyoke, MA 01040. Yasser Arman, 145 Lawndale St., Chicopee, MA 01013. Tourism.

Car&Truck Max Inc., 395 Maple St., Holyoke, MA 01040. Mazen Awkal, 24 Hickory St., Agawam, MA 01030. Purchase, re-sale, reconditioning of automobiles.

LENOX

American BCG Laboratory Inc., 10 Birchwood Lane, Lenox, MA 01240. Tsungda Hsu, same. Developing, manufacturing, and marketing of Bacillus Calmette-Guerin (BCG for use as BCG immunotherapeutic agents to treat patients with early-stage bladder cancer.

LONGMEADOW

4run3 Inc., 680 Bliss Road, Longmeadow, MA 01106. Timothy Murphy, 117 Longwood Ave., Longmeadow, MA 01106. Retail sales of shoes, clothing, and apparel.

PITTSFIELD

A+ Integrative Brain Restoration Program, A Nursing Corporation, 82 Wendell Ave., Suite 100, Pittsfield, MA 01201. Dennis Redubla, same. Nursing services.

C&C Luxury Coach Inc., 11 Glenwood Ave., Pittsfield, MA 01201. Anthony Baptiste, same. Bus operation.

Desert Insurance Solutions Inc., 82 Wendell Ave., Suite 100, Pittsfield, MA 01201. Carrie Babij, same. Property and casualty coverage for customers with admitted and non-admitted authorized multi-line carriers.

Dorsey Consortium Inc., 82 Wendell Ave., Ste 100, Pittsfield, MA 01201. Andrew Dorsey, same. Animal husbandry.

SPRINGFIELD

Dr. Dental of Massachusetts P.C., 1101 Boston Road, Springfield, MA 01119. Julia O. Faigel, 20 Boulder Road, Newton, MA 02459. Dental practice.

WEST SPRINGFIELD

All American Carpeting and Flooring Corp., 204 New Bridge St., West Springfield, MA 01089. Imran Manzoor, 697 Elm St., West Springfield, MA 01089. Residential and commercial construction and renovation.

America Go Tours Inc., 203 Circuit Ave., Suite 124, West Springfield, MA 01089. Xiu Hua Wang, 33 Arizona Ave., Syosset, NY 11791. Bus tour services.

Central New England AG Service Inc., 39 Timber Ridge Road, West Springfield, MA 01089. Donald R. Chase, same. Services with respect to farming, fertilizing, lime and appropriate chemicals to agricultural pastures.

WESTFIELD

C&M Finishes Inc., 63 Russellvillage Road, Westfield, MA 01085. Milan P. Peich, same. Painting services.

Day Way Express Inc., 73 Cranston St., Westfield, MA 01085. Samer Khaleel, same. Transportation.

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

68 Cross St.
Bernardston, MA 01337
Amount: $225,000
Buyer: Suzanne J. Sumner
Seller: Maria E. Carey
Date: 03/27/20

BUCKLAND

277 Ashfield Road
Buckland, MA 01338
Amount: $120,000
Buyer: Stephen E. Smith
Seller: Howes, Doris L., (Estate)
Date: 03/27/20

33 Bray Road
Buckland, MA 01338
Amount: $301,000
Buyer: Ann A. Lofquist
Seller: Sidney C. Anderson
Date: 03/27/20

86 East Buckland Road
Buckland, MA 01338
Amount: $255,000
Buyer: Kurtis A. Williams
Seller: Ricky L. Sumner
Date: 03/27/20

CHARLEMONT

240 E. Oxbow Road
Charlemont, MA 01339
Amount: $367,400
Buyer: Levi J. Roman
Seller: James E. Ovitt
Date: 03/27/20

COLRAIN

Greenfield Road
Colrain, MA 01340
Amount: $125,000
Buyer: Jessica L. Marden
Seller: Phillips B. Sherburne
Date: 04/03/20

Prolovich Road
Colrain, MA 01340
Amount: $125,000
Buyer: Jessica L. Marden
Seller: Phillips B. Sherburne
Date: 04/03/20

DEERFIELD

394 Long Plain Road
Deerfield, MA 01373
Amount: $247,000
Buyer: Patrick Finn
Seller: Sheila A. Wentzel
Date: 03/31/20

4 Porter St.
Deerfield, MA 01373
Amount: $213,450
Buyer: Amy Herfurth
Seller: Thorpe, Donald J., (Estate)
Date: 03/31/20

31 Thayer St.
Deerfield, MA 01373
Amount: $270,000
Buyer: Debra A. Laberge
Seller: Donna L. Blackney
Date: 04/03/20

ERVING

29 Forest St.
Erving, MA 01344
Amount: $280,000
Buyer: Richard T. Breor
Seller: Robert S. Roy
Date: 03/31/20

GREENFIELD

398 Deerfield St.
Greenfield, MA 01301
Amount: $280,000
Buyer: Sheila Orecchio
Seller: Meadows Café & Golf Center
Date: 04/03/20

11 Pickett Lane
Greenfield, MA 01301
Amount: $207,500
Buyer: Lorian A. Tonna-Lamuniere
Seller: Emily R. Rowell
Date: 04/03/20

MONTAGUE

100 2nd St.
Montague, MA 01376
Amount: $250,000
Buyer: Crystalyn A. Russell
Seller: Shawn Johnson
Date: 04/02/20

106 Turnpike Road
Montague, MA 01351
Amount: $157,800
Buyer: Brent Walton-Griffin
Seller: Michael J. Whiteman
Date: 03/25/20

NORTHFIELD

21 Linseed Road
Northfield, MA 01360
Amount: $295,000
Buyer: Peter Black
Seller: Stephen P. Gaughan
Date: 03/31/20

ORANGE

58 Stone Valley Road
Orange, MA 01364
Amount: $243,500
Buyer: Judy A. Vantrece
Seller: John M. McCarthy
Date: 03/25/20

SHELBURNE

904 Mohawk Trail
Shelburne, MA 01370
Amount: $310,000
Buyer: Hilltown Lodge LLC
Seller: Caldwell Richard, (Estate)
Date: 04/01/20

SUNDERLAND

22 North Silver Lane
Sunderland, MA 01375
Amount: $478,000
Buyer: Martha E. Lorantos
Seller: Goodyear FT
Date: 03/30/20

145 Plumtree Road
Sunderland, MA 01375
Amount: $590,000
Buyer: Weiai Xu
Seller: Paul Stavropulos
Date: 03/30/20

WARWICK

60 Athol Road
Warwick, MA 01378
Amount: $180,000
Buyer: Jacob Cooke
Seller: Kevin M. Cooke
Date: 04/03/20

WHATELY

394 Long Plain Road
Whately, MA 01093
Amount: $247,000
Buyer: Patrick Finn
Seller: Sheila A. Wentzel
Date: 03/31/20

HAMPDEN COUNTY

AGAWAM

71 Bridge St.
Agawam, MA 01001
Amount: $125,000
Buyer: Pavel Duducal
Seller: Joseph Frigo
Date: 03/23/20

32 Center St.
Agawam, MA 01001
Amount: $224,000
Buyer: Christina Duquette
Seller: James G. Couture
Date: 03/27/20

52 Deering St.
Agawam, MA 01001
Amount: $240,000
Buyer: Mark E. Benoit
Seller: Cynthia Fern-King
Date: 03/26/20

38 Depalma St.
Agawam, MA 01030
Amount: $120,000
Buyer: MAA Property LLC
Seller: Michael Sohay
Date: 03/26/20

56 Dutchmaster Dr.
Agawam, MA 01030
Amount: $396,250
Buyer: Timothy Loudon
Seller: David L. Morrie
Date: 04/03/20

41 Elm St.
Agawam, MA 01001
Amount: $230,000
Buyer: Fatima Obaid
Seller: CIG 4 LLC
Date: 03/23/20

23 Giffin Place
Agawam, MA 01030
Amount: $178,592
Buyer: Eric Lottermoser
Seller: Deutsche Bank
Date: 03/30/20

144 Hendom Dr.
Agawam, MA 01030
Amount: $245,000
Buyer: Andrew Bortolussi
Seller: Joann Juliano-Nadolny
Date: 04/01/20

30 Hunting Lane
Agawam, MA 01001
Amount: $240,000
Buyer: Roxanne S. Lamb
Seller: Jacqueline L. Rivers
Date: 04/06/20

36 Juniper Ridge Dr.
Agawam, MA 01030
Amount: $370,000
Buyer: Cristina M. Cintron
Seller: Brian P. Machos
Date: 03/20/20

104 Kanawha Ave.
Agawam, MA 01001
Amount: $255,000
Buyer: Oleg Zgherea
Seller: Posiadlosc LLC
Date: 04/03/20

231 Lancaster Dr.
Agawam, MA 01001
Amount: $415,000
Buyer: Brian Brady
Seller: Peter Panchelyuga
Date: 03/23/20

16 Lealand Ave.
Agawam, MA 01001
Amount: $225,000
Buyer: Christopher Quigley
Seller: JMQ RT
Date: 03/20/20

172 Leonard St.
Agawam, MA 01001
Amount: $180,000
Buyer: Edmund S. Salva
Seller: Yelena Kizilova
Date: 03/31/20

60 Liberty St.
Agawam, MA 01030
Amount: $227,900
Buyer: Ashley K. Brodeur
Seller: Karen M. Brown
Date: 03/20/20

1031 Main St.
Agawam, MA 01001
Amount: $262,400
Buyer: Gerald L. Nicholson
Seller: CIG 4 LLC
Date: 03/27/20

1077 Main St.
Agawam, MA 01001
Amount: $320,000
Buyer: John Houle
Seller: 26-Tov LLC
Date: 04/07/20

40 Marlene Dr.
Agawam, MA 01030
Amount: $420,000
Buyer: Brian P. Machos
Seller: Thomas E. Marmo
Date: 03/23/20

351 Meadow St.
Agawam, MA 01001
Amount: $238,000
Buyer: Norman Cheever
Seller: Richard M. Lewis
Date: 03/27/20

23 Portland St.
Agawam, MA 01030
Amount: $210,000
Buyer: Keith R. Laflamme
Seller: Leo J. Hamel
Date: 03/25/20

829 River Road
Agawam, MA 01001
Amount: $178,000
Buyer: Joan Vilmenay
Seller: Denise V. Scibelli
Date: 03/30/20

61 South Park Ter.
Agawam, MA 01001
Amount: $217,000
Buyer: Anthony F. Lopes
Seller: Sandra A. Viens
Date: 03/27/20

3 Silver St.
Agawam, MA 01001
Amount: $220,000
Buyer: Stephen Nelson
Seller: Rita M. Lollio
Date: 04/03/20

129 Wagon Wheel Dr.
Agawam, MA 01030
Amount: $575,000
Buyer: Nicholas D. Griffin
Seller: Michael J. McElligott
Date: 03/27/20

103 White Fox Road
Agawam, MA 01030
Amount: $260,000
Buyer: Jason D. Desclos
Seller: Brian P. McCabe
Date: 03/26/20

BLANDFORD

125 Chester Road
Blandford, MA 01008
Amount: $162,000
Buyer: Donald Arel
Seller: FNMA
Date: 03/20/20

BRIMFIELD

116 Wales Road
Brimfield, MA 01010
Amount: $157,500
Buyer: Kathryn Chicione
Seller: USA HUD
Date: 03/27/20

CHESTER

14 Johnson Hill Road
Chester, MA 01011
Amount: $695,000
Buyer: Brookside Springs LLC
Seller: William J. Thomas
Date: 03/27/20

CHICOPEE

139 Casey Dr.
Chicopee, MA 01020
Amount: $224,000
Buyer: Ethan Baird
Seller: Roland A. Robidoux
Date: 04/03/20

7 Charbonneau Ter.
Chicopee, MA 01013
Amount: $1,355,000
Buyer: Nolava LLC
Seller: Gladysh Capital LLC
Date: 03/20/20

395 Chicopee St.
Chicopee, MA 01013
Amount: $204,000
Buyer: Reynaldo Santana
Seller: Premium Properties Inc.
Date: 03/23/20

924 Chicopee St.
Chicopee, MA 01013
Amount: $1,355,000
Buyer: Nolava LLC
Seller: Gladysh Capital LLC
Date: 03/20/20

82 Dillon St.
Chicopee, MA 01013
Amount: $220,000
Buyer: Ivelisse Hicks
Seller: Rufino Rodriguez
Date: 04/03/20

3 Emery St.
Chicopee, MA 01013
Amount: $315,000
Buyer: J&M Premier Properties
Seller: Emery Street LLC
Date: 03/27/20

36 Felix St.
Chicopee, MA 01020
Amount: $129,900
Buyer: Gene M. Desko
Seller: Paul A. Lebeau
Date: 03/27/20

1066 Granby Road
Chicopee, MA 01020
Amount: $270,000
Buyer: 1066 Granby Road LLC
Seller: WGW Assoc
Date: 04/06/20

26 Holland St.
Chicopee, MA 01020
Amount: $150,000
Buyer: Blanco Realty LLC
Seller: John P. Meroski
Date: 03/23/20

79 Huntington Ave.
Chicopee, MA 01020
Amount: $167,772
Buyer: James M. Sydrak
Seller: David W. Sirard
Date: 03/31/20

22 Hyde Ave.
Chicopee, MA 01020
Amount: $220,000
Buyer: Tyler J. Sexton
Seller: Christopher Rzeszutek
Date: 04/01/20

169 Joy St.
Chicopee, MA 01013
Amount: $229,000
Buyer: Johnathan H. Bernard
Seller: Debra Leclerc
Date: 03/31/20

87 Keddy Blvd.
Chicopee, MA 01020
Amount: $226,000
Buyer: Tracie L. Santiago
Seller: Edward S. Wolowicz
Date: 03/31/20

13 Keith St.
Chicopee, MA 01020
Amount: $140,500
Buyer: Sergey Dikan
Seller: David F. Lamontagne
Date: 04/03/20

60 Marble Ave.
Chicopee, MA 01013
Amount: $145,900
Buyer: JBD Empire LLC
Seller: Ruby Realty LLC
Date: 04/03/20

420 McKinstry Ave.
Chicopee, MA 01020
Amount: $202,500
Buyer: Amys Landscaping LLC
Seller: Chicopee Acquisitions LLC
Date: 03/26/20

21 Overlook Dr.
Chicopee, MA 01013
Amount: $194,000
Buyer: Dominic V. Alfano
Seller: Ashley K. Shinkwin
Date: 03/23/20

143 Sesame Dr.
Chicopee, MA 01020
Amount: $330,000
Buyer: Jerome J. Maczka
Seller: Dee A. Civello
Date: 03/31/20

564 Springfield St.
Chicopee, MA 01013
Amount: $190,000
Buyer: Dominique Properties LLC
Seller: Ruby Realty LLC
Date: 03/23/20

128 Sunnymeade Ave.
Chicopee, MA 01020
Amount: $151,700
Buyer: Freedom Mortgage Corp.
Seller: Ruthie M. Therrien
Date: 03/23/20

106 Taylor St.
Chicopee, MA 01020
Amount: $235,000
Buyer: Leonce Obas
Seller: Thomas M. Marshall
Date: 03/24/20

32 Thaddeus St.
Chicopee, MA 01020
Amount: $222,000
Buyer: Javon C. Myers
Seller: Christopher P. Harry
Date: 03/31/20

106 Tolpa Circle
Chicopee, MA 01020
Amount: $299,900
Buyer: Pablo Colon
Seller: Patrick M. Lathrop
Date: 04/01/20

32 Walsh St.
Chicopee, MA 01020
Amount: $255,000
Buyer: Carleny Henriquez
Seller: Robert N. Dougherty
Date: 03/26/20

34 Woodcrest Circle
Chicopee, MA 01020
Amount: $210,000
Buyer: Diana Frappier
Seller: Eric Graziano
Date: 04/07/20

EAST LONGMEADOW

136 Allen St.
East Longmeadow, MA 01028
Amount: $197,600
Buyer: Quang Luu
Seller: Prabhdeep S. Sethi
Date: 03/27/20

55 Alpine Ave.
East Longmeadow, MA 01028
Amount: $297,500
Buyer: Kathleen B. Kelly
Seller: Karen L. O’Connor
Date: 03/27/20

18 Channing Road
East Longmeadow, MA 01108
Amount: $298,000
Buyer: Heather Chaplin
Seller: Jennifer L. Fijol
Date: 03/31/20

130 Elm St.
East Longmeadow, MA 01028
Amount: $200,000
Buyer: Forrest Devine
Seller: Brian J. McNally
Date: 04/06/20

360 Elm St.
East Longmeadow, MA 01028
Amount: $220,000
Buyer: Alexandrea Sears
Seller: AEM Property Investment
Date: 04/07/20

70 Fairview St.
East Longmeadow, MA 01028
Amount: $245,000
Buyer: Chuck Ferros
Seller: Cbatts Properties LLC
Date: 03/27/20

36 Fraser Dr.
East Longmeadow, MA 01028
Amount: $320,000
Buyer: Alex J. Serra
Seller: James M. Serra
Date: 03/27/20

6 Garland Ave.
East Longmeadow, MA 01028
Amount: $225,000
Buyer: John E. Chase
Seller: William O. Kerr
Date: 03/20/20

16 Lori Lane
East Longmeadow, MA 01028
Amount: $246,000
Buyer: Frederic Almeida
Seller: Gary C. Pomeroy
Date: 04/03/20

29 Pease Road
East Longmeadow, MA 01028
Amount: $315,000
Buyer: Robert R. O’Connell
Seller: Robert W. Benns
Date: 04/03/20

62 Pembroke Ter.
East Longmeadow, MA 01028
Amount: $465,000
Buyer: Daniel T. Loftus
Seller: Michael E. Martin
Date: 03/31/20

145 Porter Road
East Longmeadow, MA 01028
Amount: $390,000
Buyer: Todd G. McCauley
Seller: Moltenbrey Builders LLC
Date: 03/20/20

122 Prospect St.
East Longmeadow, MA 01028
Amount: $252,900
Buyer: Daniel Castro
Seller: Amberly K. Matt
Date: 03/20/20

421 Prospect St.
East Longmeadow, MA 01028
Amount: $170,000
Buyer: Ruby Realty LLC
Seller: Emilio Guadalupe
Date: 03/20/20

16 Ramonas Way
East Longmeadow, MA 01028
Amount: $499,000
Buyer: James J. Zera
Seller: Daniel Loftus
Date: 04/03/20

198 Somers Road
East Longmeadow, MA 01028
Amount: $206,000
Buyer: Chad P. Herrick
Seller: Megan Hall
Date: 03/27/20

GRANVILLE

146 Silver St.
Granville, MA 01034
Amount: $241,200
Buyer: Neal D. Colburn
Seller: Daniel G. Dubay
Date: 04/07/20

HOLLAND

15 Cherokee Road
Holland, MA 01521
Amount: $230,000
Buyer: Christopher Knight
Seller: Brian Gagnon
Date: 04/02/20

HOLLAND

16 Vinton Road
Holland, MA 01521
Amount: $277,000
Buyer: Keith M. Corey
Seller: Dishington Construction
Date: 03/26/20

HOLYOKE

461-463 Appleton St.
Holyoke, MA 01040
Amount: $880,000
Buyer: Stephen J. Bosco
Seller: Appleton Exchange LLC
Date: 04/02/20

44 Bay State Road
Holyoke, MA 01040
Amount: $185,000
Buyer: Samuel C. Gaskin
Seller: Lawlor, Brian J., (Estate)
Date: 03/20/20

21-31 Essex St.
Holyoke, MA 01040
Amount: $900,000
Buyer: B&LG Realty LLC
Seller: Fisette Realty Corp.
Date: 03/31/20

83 Evergreen Dr.
Holyoke, MA 01040
Amount: $247,000
Buyer: Meghan M. Brown
Seller: Robert R. O’Connell
Date: 04/01/20

650 High St.
Holyoke, MA 01040
Amount: $433,500
Buyer: High Street Apartments
Seller: 650 High Street LLC
Date: 04/07/20

887 Homestead Ave.
Holyoke, MA 01040
Amount: $223,000
Buyer: Amy E. Hutchins
Seller: Ronald P. Methe
Date: 03/23/20

29 Magnolia Ave.
Holyoke, MA 01040
Amount: $150,000
Buyer: Joseph G. Lamour
Seller: Kenneth Voorhees
Date: 03/31/20

1319 Northampton St.
Holyoke, MA 01040
Amount: $353,000
Buyer: Philip F. Langevin
Seller: Matthew C. Love
Date: 03/31/20

180-182 Oak St.
Holyoke, MA 01040
Amount: $1,000,000
Buyer: B&LG Realty LLC
Seller: Fisette Realty Corp.
Date: 03/31/20

100 Pearl St.
Holyoke, MA 01040
Amount: $377,500
Buyer: Joseph Greene
Seller: Alex S. Engelson
Date: 03/25/20

34 Pinehurst Road
Holyoke, MA 01040
Amount: $350,000
Buyer: Marcos Marrero
Seller: Diego Garcia
Date: 03/27/20

40 Sherwood Ter.
Holyoke, MA 01040
Amount: $190,000
Buyer: Sean G. Kelly
Seller: Martha E. Stewart RET
Date: 03/27/20

LONGMEADOW

44 Birnie Road
Longmeadow, MA 01106
Amount: $300,000
Buyer: Alexander M. Byrne
Seller: Susan K. Thomas
Date: 03/30/20

10 Chatham Road
Longmeadow, MA 01106
Amount: $375,000
Buyer: Ruixiu Lin
Seller: Robert C. Barkman
Date: 03/25/20

95 Colton Place
Longmeadow, MA 01106
Amount: $255,000
Buyer: Sarah Morgan
Seller: Michael A. Smith
Date: 03/31/20

1197 Converse St.
Longmeadow, MA 01106
Amount: $235,000
Buyer: Mohammad J. Bhuyan
Seller: Alliance Of Orthodox Congregation
Date: 03/20/20

11 Harwich Road
Longmeadow, MA 01106
Amount: $638,145
Buyer: US Bank
Seller: Michael V. Porcello
Date: 03/24/20

4 Hillcrest Ave.
Longmeadow, MA 01106
Amount: $385,000
Buyer: Matthew P. Tanis
Seller: Richard J. Ward
Date: 04/03/20

59 Lynnwood Dr.
Longmeadow, MA 01106
Amount: $502,000
Buyer: Lori Goldsmith
Seller: Sheila Goodless RET
Date: 03/20/20

285 Maple Road
Longmeadow, MA 01106
Amount: $245,000
Buyer: Lori Russo
Seller: James J. Garvey
Date: 04/01/20

185 Pleasantview Ave.
Longmeadow, MA 01106
Amount: $555,000
Buyer: Lei Zhao
Seller: Ruolin Zhou
Date: 04/03/20

181 Prynnwood Road
Longmeadow, MA 01106
Amount: $570,000
Buyer: Howard A. Dickstein
Seller: Jeffrey L. Kaufman
Date: 03/26/20

44 Riverview Ave.
Longmeadow, MA 01106
Amount: $230,000
Buyer: Timothy J. Hogan
Seller: Cheryl N. Boone
Date: 03/24/20

104 Williston Dr.
Longmeadow, MA 01106
Amount: $540,000
Buyer: Tovy Haber-Kamine
Seller: Meadows RE LLC
Date: 03/30/20

LUDLOW

34 Carol St.
Ludlow, MA 01056
Amount: $118,000
Buyer: Margaret E. Mayberry
Seller: Donna Beaulieau
Date: 03/24/20

33 Evergreen Circle
Ludlow, MA 01056
Amount: $269,900
Buyer: Linda Nawracaj
Seller: AJ Electric LLC
Date: 03/30/20

194 Highland Ave.
Ludlow, MA 01056
Amount: $175,000
Buyer: Emily Supernant
Seller: Ashleigh M. Ouimette
Date: 04/01/20

115 Howard St.
Ludlow, MA 01056
Amount: $194,000
Buyer: Jazmin Serrano
Seller: Mpower Capital LLC
Date: 03/25/20

71 Woodside Road
Ludlow, MA 01056
Amount: $280,000
Buyer: Monique L. Verteramo
Seller: Michael J. Turgeon
Date: 03/26/20

MONSON

4 Country Club Heights
Monson, MA 01057
Amount: $298,000
Buyer: David Parson
Seller: Brandon W. Houle
Date: 04/03/20

4 Fern Hill Road
Monson, MA 01057
Amount: $159,075
Buyer: Denali Properties LLC
Seller: US Bank
Date: 03/27/20

19 Flynt Ave.
Monson, MA 01057
Amount: $135,000
Buyer: Cascade Funding 2017-1
Seller: Jerome E. Wayson
Date: 04/07/20

6 Hilltop Dr.
Monson, MA 01057
Amount: $146,500
Buyer: Michael Pelland
Seller: USA HUD
Date: 03/26/20

Thayer Road
Monson, MA 01057
Amount: $253,000
Buyer: Kyle R. Howell
Seller: Emtay Inc.
Date: 03/27/20

MONTGOMERY

509 Main Road
Montgomery, MA 01050
Amount: $120,000
Buyer: G&H Homes LLC
Seller: Ruby Realty LLC
Date: 04/06/20

PALMER

9 Cabot St.
Palmer, MA 01069
Amount: $221,900
Buyer: Patricia A. Cable
Seller: Kristina M. Hawley
Date: 04/06/20

12-16 Commercial St.
Palmer, MA 01069
Amount: $159,900
Buyer: Roger Parker
Seller: Melissa K. O’Connell
Date: 03/25/20

22 Dublin St.
Palmer, MA 01069
Amount: $212,000
Buyer: Jerrid J. Aldrich
Seller: Brian Seibold
Date: 04/03/20

198 Emery St.
Palmer, MA 01069
Amount: $320,000
Buyer: Donald J. Potter
Seller: Roger W. Barnes
Date: 03/27/20

2142 Palmer Road
Palmer, MA 01080
Amount: $247,500
Buyer: Jonathan E. Towne
Seller: Judy Bergdoll
Date: 03/25/20

42-44 South St.
Palmer, MA 01080
Amount: $156,000
Buyer: Kimberly E. Clarke
Seller: Jill A. Laganas
Date: 03/24/20

RUSSELL

170 South Quarter Road
Russell, MA 01071
Amount: $116,000
Buyer: Travis Walker
Seller: Carla E. Gesek
Date: 03/20/20

550 South Quarter Road
Russell, MA 01071
Amount: $240,000
Buyer: Timothy C. Healy
Seller: Ronald Johnson
Date: 03/31/20

SPRINGFIELD

245 Allen St.
Springfield, MA 01108
Amount: $170,000
Buyer: Dinessa Figueroa
Seller: Buong V. Le
Date: 03/25/20

491 Allen St.
Springfield, MA 01118
Amount: $475,000
Buyer: Sham Petroleum LLC
Seller: Arya Petroleum Corp.
Date: 04/01/20

803 Armory St.
Springfield, MA 01107
Amount: $169,000
Buyer: Darren D. Petraske
Seller: Lisa J. Russell
Date: 04/02/20

18 Beaufort Circle
Springfield, MA 01104
Amount: $199,000
Buyer: Hector R. Baez
Seller: Karen R. Waterman
Date: 03/31/20

61 Bellwood Road
Springfield, MA 01119
Amount: $146,000
Buyer: Daniel T. Beauregard
Seller: Bank Of America
Date: 03/27/20

1274 Berkshire Ave.
Springfield, MA 01151
Amount: $217,000
Buyer: Madison L. Taylor
Seller: Stephen M. Nareau
Date: 03/26/20

128-130 Breckwood Circle
Springfield, MA 01119
Amount: $185,000
Buyer: Opus Durum LLC
Seller: Marc V. Costanzi
Date: 03/27/20

34 Brewster St.
Springfield, MA 01119
Amount: $235,000
Buyer: John J. Callahan
Seller: Denali Properties LLC
Date: 03/30/20

36 Burns Ave.
Springfield, MA 01119
Amount: $220,000
Buyer: Matthew T. Moylan
Seller: Yarlene Sanchez
Date: 03/23/20

30 Burnside Ter.
Springfield, MA 01118
Amount: $173,000
Buyer: Carlos Estrada-Castillo
Seller: Adilenys Z. Rivera
Date: 04/01/20

625 Carew St.
Springfield, MA 01104
Amount: $6,050,000
Buyer: N. M. Baron Las Villas LLC
Seller: 625 Carew Street LLC
Date: 04/02/20

49 Caseland St.
Springfield, MA 01107
Amount: $184,900
Buyer: Lucky 13 Homes LLC
Seller: Sheila M. Grassetti
Date: 03/26/20

253-255 Center St.
Springfield, MA 01013
Amount: $270,000
Buyer: Charles B. Proctor
Seller: Michael J. Cavatorta
Date: 03/31/20

225 Circle Dr.
Springfield, MA 01089
Amount: $233,000
Buyer: James L. Discenza
Seller: CIG 4 LLC
Date: 04/03/20

17 Clantoy St.
Springfield, MA 01104
Amount: $165,000
Buyer: Damaris Lopez-Robles
Seller: Anthony Bourget
Date: 03/27/20

9-11 Cloran St.
Springfield, MA 01109
Amount: $170,000
Buyer: Michael Gardner
Seller: Bank New York Mellon
Date: 03/27/20

237 Commonwealth Ave.
Springfield, MA 01108
Amount: $150,000
Buyer: Aguasvivas Realty LLC
Seller: USA HUD
Date: 03/31/20

77 Corey Road
Springfield, MA 01128
Amount: $185,000
Buyer: Jennifer Bilodeau
Seller: Jason G. Bilodeau
Date: 03/31/20

12 Danaher Circle
Springfield, MA 01118
Amount: $181,000
Buyer: Marzena Sochacka-Medina
Seller: Richard D. Baez
Date: 03/27/20

38 Dexter St.
Springfield, MA 01105
Amount: $171,000
Buyer: Miguel A. Suarez-Agosto
Seller: Terry-Lee A. McCarthy
Date: 04/07/20

69 Dexter St.
Springfield, MA 01105
Amount: $170,000
Buyer: Jianneng Wu
Seller: Isairis Estrella
Date: 03/20/20

100 Eleanor Road
Springfield, MA 01108
Amount: $150,000
Buyer: Sandra K. Henry
Seller: Glen D. Horrigan
Date: 03/23/20

99 Elliot St.
Springfield, MA 01105
Amount: $190,000
Buyer: Wesley Yu
Seller: Sarah A. Germain
Date: 03/30/20

126 Fair Oak Road
Springfield, MA 01128
Amount: $183,900
Buyer: Aimee K. Lessard
Seller: Luis A. Diaz
Date: 03/27/20

23 Fairway Dr.
Springfield, MA 01108
Amount: $190,000
Buyer: Nicholas Benoit
Seller: Emerald City Rentals LLC
Date: 03/27/20

45-47 Florence St.
Springfield, MA 01105
Amount: $175,000
Buyer: Hector L. Marte
Seller: Modesto Delgado
Date: 03/25/20

43 Flower St.
Springfield, MA 01118
Amount: $250,000
Buyer: Michael Hess
Seller: Eric Geldart
Date: 03/31/20

166 Garland St.
Springfield, MA 01118
Amount: $117,111
Buyer: William T. Raleigh
Seller: Wells Fargo Bank
Date: 03/20/20

208 Gilbert Ave.
Springfield, MA 01119
Amount: $269,900
Buyer: Ruben L. Rivera
Seller: Bretta Construction LLC
Date: 03/26/20

Groton St.
Springfield, MA 01101
Amount: $147,000
Buyer: Molly A. Biechle
Seller: Home Investment Fund 5 LP
Date: 03/25/20

16 Hall St.
Springfield, MA 01108
Amount: $180,000
Buyer: Aurea E. Soler
Seller: Ely Realty LLC
Date: 03/30/20

16-18 Hampden St.
Springfield, MA 01151
Amount: $180,000
Buyer: Jevaughn McMillan
Seller: Erica N. Alvarez
Date: 03/20/20

89 Harrow Road
Springfield, MA 01118
Amount: $215,000
Buyer: Jeffrey P. Bouyea
Seller: William R. Herman
Date: 03/20/20

51-53 Hastings St.
Springfield, MA 01104
Amount: $140,000
Buyer: Nhung T. Nguyen
Seller: Claire Mastey
Date: 03/30/20

15 Hazen St.
Springfield, MA 01119
Amount: $199,900
Buyer: Ibrahim Abdi
Seller: Tina M. Cordi
Date: 03/20/20

23 Hillside Dr.
Springfield, MA 01118
Amount: $236,000
Buyer: Melanie Bisson
Seller: Minh T. Lam
Date: 04/01/20

5 Kay St.
Springfield, MA 01109
Amount: $190,000
Buyer: Wade D. Thurston
Seller: Value Properties LLC
Date: 04/07/20

75 Leyfred Ter.
Springfield, MA 01108
Amount: $159,900
Buyer: Fyxer Up Properties LLC
Seller: Ruby Realty LLC
Date: 04/06/20

185 Lower Beverly Hills
Springfield, MA 01089
Amount: $180,000
Buyer: Karen O’Connor
Seller: Donald C. Bechard
Date: 03/27/20

100 Marengo Park
Springfield, MA 01108
Amount: $228,700
Buyer: Mark Jones
Seller: Cecelia Mendez
Date: 03/31/20

51 Marmon Court
Springfield, MA 01129
Amount: $221,000
Buyer: Leo J. Williams
Seller: Jerald E. Jacobs
Date: 03/31/20

52 Marmon Court
Springfield, MA 01129
Amount: $215,000
Buyer: Cindy Vera
Seller: Alyssa L. Williams
Date: 03/31/20

22 Mary St.
Springfield, MA 01118
Amount: $149,000
Buyer: John T. Leydon
Seller: Constance E. Allen
Date: 03/26/20

61 Mayher St.
Springfield, MA 01104
Amount: $165,000
Buyer: Jazlyn N. Dejesus
Seller: Tricia A. Stallman
Date: 03/31/20

94 Monmouth St.
Springfield, MA 01109
Amount: $237,000
Buyer: Uziel Q. Martinez-Barrios
Seller: KG Holdings Inc.
Date: 04/06/20

83 Moss Road
Springfield, MA 01119
Amount: $235,800
Buyer: Ariel R. Clemmer
Seller: Sawyer B. Pellegrino
Date: 03/30/20

16 Nelson Ave.
Springfield, MA 01109
Amount: $140,300
Buyer: Kevin D. Tran
Seller: Lachenauer LLC
Date: 03/20/20

336 Newhouse St.
Springfield, MA 01118
Amount: $203,000
Buyer: Matthew Byrnes
Seller: Blueline Management LLC
Date: 03/24/20

125-127 Noel St.
Springfield, MA 01108
Amount: $252,500
Buyer: Mabel Ramos-Solares
Seller: AAD LLC
Date: 04/07/20

47 Old Farm Road
Springfield, MA 01119
Amount: $128,500
Buyer: Basile Realty LLC
Seller: Claire L. Ives
Date: 03/30/20

45 Orpheum Ave.
Springfield, MA 01118
Amount: $157,000
Buyer: Robert L. Mook
Seller: Andrew T. McAlary
Date: 03/30/20

162 Packard Ave.
Springfield, MA 01118
Amount: $177,000
Buyer: Nelson Cruz-Resto
Seller: Georgina Roy
Date: 03/26/20

623 Parker St.
Springfield, MA 01129
Amount: $170,000
Buyer: Asia Kenney
Seller: Matthew J. Spence
Date: 03/24/20

1730 Parker St.
Springfield, MA 01128
Amount: $200,500
Buyer: Allison M. Hanna
Seller: A. Plus Enterprises Inc.
Date: 03/23/20

46 Parkside St.
Springfield, MA 01104
Amount: $153,000
Buyer: Tyrie J. Pearson
Seller: Dulce M. Garcia-Vasquez
Date: 03/27/20

174 Pasco Road
Springfield, MA 01151
Amount: $157,500
Buyer: Jose L. Mojica
Seller: Prime Partners LLC
Date: 04/03/20

202 Pasco Road
Springfield, MA 01151
Amount: $186,000
Buyer: Edward Perez
Seller: Simone S. Carvalho
Date: 03/27/20

71 Peach St.
Springfield, MA 01109
Amount: $174,999
Buyer: Janet L. Franklin
Seller: District Capital LLC
Date: 03/27/20

210 Peekskill Ave.
Springfield, MA 01129
Amount: $116,000
Buyer: John Martin
Seller: Kent L. Woods
Date: 03/27/20

29-31 Ralph St.
Springfield, MA 01109
Amount: $163,000
Buyer: Gabriel Ortiz
Seller: MHFA
Date: 03/27/20

33-35 Rittenhouse Ter.
Springfield, MA 01108
Amount: $147,600
Buyer: Wells Fargo Bank
Seller: Roberto Villalba
Date: 03/31/20

820 Roosevelt Ave.
Springfield, MA 01109
Amount: $146,300
Buyer: Cynthia M. Vives
Seller: Amber C. Haywood
Date: 03/27/20

377 Saint James Ave.
Springfield, MA 01109
Amount: $164,900
Buyer: Yveline M. Hulse
Seller: Darrly O. Pollard
Date: 03/27/20

12 Santa Barbara St.
Springfield, MA 01104
Amount: $164,800
Buyer: Whitney L. Serrano
Seller: Patriot Living LLC
Date: 03/20/20

191 Shawmut St.
Springfield, MA 01108
Amount: $162,000
Buyer: Nydia Burgos
Seller: John Martin
Date: 03/25/20

14 Silas St.
Springfield, MA 01109
Amount: $190,000
Buyer: Jose H. Perez
Seller: Shi X. Wu
Date: 03/30/20

120 South Branch Pkwy.
Springfield, MA 01118
Amount: $192,500
Buyer: Katherine L. Boyle
Seller: Stephen Lonergan
Date: 03/24/20

380 Tinkham Road
Springfield, MA 01129
Amount: $252,300
Buyer: Addison R. Brewer
Seller: Ryan J. McDowell
Date: 03/27/20

367 Union St.
Springfield, MA 01105
Amount: $300,000
Buyer: Christinas House Inc.
Seller: Patrick O. Murray
Date: 04/06/20

27 Vail St.
Springfield, MA 01118
Amount: $135,000
Buyer: Gregory C. Parrott
Seller: Janet S. Crum
Date: 03/20/20

50-52 Vermont St.
Springfield, MA 01108
Amount: $200,000
Buyer: Elizabeth Benitez-Garcia
Seller: MEG Realty LLC
Date: 03/24/20

42-44 Virginia St.
Springfield, MA 01108
Amount: $120,000
Buyer: On The Mark LLC
Seller: Helder Nunes
Date: 03/23/20

170 Walnut St.
Springfield, MA 01105
Amount: $158,000
Buyer: David Pujols
Seller: Djuan Barklow
Date: 03/24/20

18 Walsh St.
Springfield, MA 01109
Amount: $287,900
Buyer: Emely Santiago
Seller: Bretta Construction LLC
Date: 04/07/20

62 Washburn St.
Springfield, MA 01107
Amount: $259,000
Buyer: Claire Carter
Seller: Michal S. Czerwinski
Date: 03/26/20

236 West Allen Ridge Road
Springfield, MA 01118
Amount: $173,000
Buyer: Luis Figueroa-Ortega
Seller: Ravin S. Acharya
Date: 03/20/20

94 Westford Ave.
Springfield, MA 01109
Amount: $210,000
Buyer: Richardson Oise
Seller: Amaan Realty LLC
Date: 04/03/20

119 White Oak Road
Springfield, MA 01128
Amount: $215,000
Buyer: Cole D. Stuart
Seller: FNMA
Date: 03/30/20

477 Wilbraham Road
Springfield, MA 01109
Amount: $155,000
Buyer: Carolyn Morera
Seller: Tommy Espinal
Date: 03/25/20

SOUTHWICK

94 Bungalow St.
Southwick, MA 01077
Amount: $200,000
Buyer: Robert E. Matthews
Seller: Laura I. Ferrentino
Date: 03/23/20

18 Matthews Road
Southwick, MA 01077
Amount: $265,000
Buyer: Richard S. Lempke
Seller: Marcia J. Pickard
Date: 03/24/20

59 Miller Road
Southwick, MA 01077
Amount: $295,000
Buyer: Mark F. Jerusik
Seller: Anne S. Miller
Date: 03/25/20

6 Pine Knoll
Southwick, MA 01077
Amount: $350,000
Buyer: Adam Hart
Seller: Robert Hart
Date: 03/24/20

23 Pine Knoll
Southwick, MA 01077
Amount: $406,000
Buyer: Clara Conklin
Seller: Brian R. Pray
Date: 04/03/20

5 Revere Road
Southwick, MA 01077
Amount: $344,000
Buyer: Ryan C. Lehrmitt
Seller: George J. Poulo
Date: 04/03/20

75 South Loomis St.
Southwick, MA 01077
Amount: $210,000
Buyer: Wade R. Modestow
Seller: Vanessa Filiault
Date: 03/24/20

112 Vining Hill Road
Southwick, MA 01077
Amount: $257,000
Buyer: Sean P. Bruno
Seller: Revampit LLC
Date: 03/30/20

WALES

2 Monson Road
Wales, MA 01081
Amount: $177,000
Buyer: Thomas Trafford
Seller: JTL Construction LLC
Date: 03/24/20

4 Monson Road
Wales, MA 01081
Amount: $171,796
Buyer: David M. Vanwagoner
Seller: Crystal L. Ryan
Date: 03/27/20

10 Polly Road
Wales, MA 01081
Amount: $139,330
Buyer: Wells Fargo Bank
Seller: Brad C. Buteau
Date: 03/30/20

WESTFIELD

54 Beverly Dr.
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $169,900
Buyer: Luke Paull
Seller: Ruby Realty LLC
Date: 03/27/20

16 Clinton Ave.
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $150,000
Buyer: Richard E. Clark
Seller: Sinh La
Date: 03/20/20

43 Darby Dr.
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $205,000
Buyer: Kyle A. Murphy
Seller: Mary A. Tatro
Date: 03/26/20

38 Dickens Dr.
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $205,000
Buyer: Cheryl Giusti
Seller: Strong, David R., (Estate)
Date: 03/20/20

7 Dubois St.
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $225,000
Buyer: Peter Chrzanowski
Seller: Gerald P. Pierce
Date: 04/02/20

98 George St.
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $270,000
Buyer: Jorge G. Paredes-Bermejo
Seller: Jason D. Desclos
Date: 03/26/20

46 Highland Ave.
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $185,000
Buyer: David E. Nitsch
Seller: Eric H. Nitsch
Date: 04/03/20

26 Holland Ave.
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $260,000
Buyer: Craig B. Schacher
Seller: Rose A. Nash
Date: 03/27/20

30 Kane Brothers Circle
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $325,000
Buyer: Jessica E. Obrzut
Seller: Kristine M. Cook
Date: 03/31/20

52 Marla Circle
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $452,400
Buyer: Andrea Strom
Seller: Carlos Bermejo-Tenesaca
Date: 03/20/20

1 Meadowbrook Lane
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $215,000
Buyer: Cory Page
Seller: Joshua J. Walts
Date: 04/01/20

469 Montgomery Road
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $244,000
Buyer: Robert J. Iacovelli
Seller: Daniel P. Morrissey
Date: 03/31/20

13 Montgomery St.
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $175,000
Buyer: Devon B. Hicks
Seller: Lori L. Laplante
Date: 03/27/20

2-4 Morris Ave.
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $147,000
Buyer: Nilda I. Santiago-Rivera
Seller: Mark Sears
Date: 03/31/20

3 Old Quarry Road
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $195,000
Buyer: Christopher A. Hunter
Seller: Scott P. Martell
Date: 03/25/20

13 Pleasant St.
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $175,000
Buyer: Brent Chalmers
Seller: Moore, Daniel E., (Estate)
Date: 04/01/20

691 Russell Road
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $320,000
Buyer: Gebop LLC
Seller: Jazab LLC
Date: 04/01/20

482 Shaker Road
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $343,000
Buyer: Paul W. Fisher
Seller: Mahlon G. Cashman
Date: 03/27/20

243 Southwick Road
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $232,500
Buyer: Jennifer L. Bennett
Seller: Evelyn Tirado
Date: 03/20/20

41 Southview Ter.
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $230,000
Buyer: Valerie L. Longey
Seller: Jamie F. Murphy
Date: 03/30/20

19 West School St.
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $174,900
Buyer: Jennifer McDonnell
Seller: Squire, Jane A., (Estate)
Date: 04/03/20

16 Whitaker Road
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $408,000
Buyer: Deborah J. Czupkiewicz
Seller: Susan M. Robert
Date: 03/31/20

55 Woodside Ter.
Westfield, MA 01085
Amount: $262,500
Buyer: Robert R. Morin
Seller: Frances A. Slasienski
Date: 03/20/20

WILBRAHAM

39 Bennett Road
Wilbraham, MA 01095
Amount: $227,000
Buyer: Michael J. Duquette
Seller: Joanne O. Robinson
Date: 03/24/20

2661 Boston Road
Wilbraham, MA 01095
Amount: $200,000
Buyer: Kathleen A. Bailey
Seller: Gail M. Richmond
Date: 03/30/20

8 Bruuer Ave.
Wilbraham, MA 01095
Amount: $304,000
Buyer: Zachary H. Keaton
Seller: Daniel T. Corthell
Date: 03/23/20

3 Mountainbrook Road
Wilbraham, MA 01095
Amount: $440,000
Buyer: Anthony Roberts
Seller: Renata Nowak-Skar
Date: 04/07/20

728 Stony Hill Road
Wilbraham, MA 01095
Amount: $260,000
Buyer: Jasmin Lowe
Seller: Joseph P. Martial
Date: 04/03/20

870 Stony Hill Road
Wilbraham, MA 01095
Amount: $275,000
Buyer: Jack McIntyre
Seller: Mathew N. Chaplin
Date: 03/20/20

1003 Tinkham Road
Wilbraham, MA 01095
Amount: $277,000
Buyer: John P. Severin
Seller: Richard G. Tomchik
Date: 04/03/20

46 Weston St.
Wilbraham, MA 01095
Amount: $175,000
Buyer: Hugh C. Scott
Seller: Lisa A. Bessette
Date: 04/03/20

11 Woodland Dell Road
Wilbraham, MA 01095
Amount: $410,000
Buyer: Aidan P. Butler
Seller: Derek J. Chandonnet
Date: 03/26/20

WEST SPRINGFIELD

243 Circle Dr.
West Springfield, MA 01089
Amount: $145,000
Buyer: CIG 4 LLC
Seller: FNMA
Date: 03/24/20

106 Greystone Ave.
West Springfield, MA 01089
Amount: $240,900
Buyer: Matthew J. Plasse
Seller: Vincent T. Bovino
Date: 03/20/20

96 Kings Hwy.
West Springfield, MA 01089
Amount: $242,000
Buyer: Egor M. Cheremushkin
Seller: Yekaterina Dipon
Date: 04/01/20

51 Lantern Lane
West Springfield, MA 01089
Amount: $336,000
Buyer: Nathan E. Staples
Seller: Brian S. Brady
Date: 03/20/20

91 Larivee Lane
West Springfield, MA 01089
Amount: $282,500
Buyer: Christopher Rzeszutek
Seller: Ellen A. Glosick
Date: 04/01/20

754 Morgan Road
West Springfield, MA 01089
Amount: $245,000
Buyer: Patrick R. Inglesby
Seller: Timothy E. Cupp
Date: 03/27/20

34 Nelson St.
West Springfield, MA 01089
Amount: $130,000
Buyer: Vasila Usmonova
Seller: Wyman, Lena M., (Estate)
Date: 04/07/20

60 Neptune Ave.
West Springfield, MA 01089
Amount: $208,000
Buyer: Charles C. Cooley
Seller: Ronald E. Lohnes
Date: 03/27/20

15 North St.
West Springfield, MA 01089
Amount: $235,000
Buyer: Jessica Diaz-Campbell
Seller: Shannon Kumiega
Date: 03/27/20

45 Oakland St.
West Springfield, MA 01089
Amount: $176,603
Buyer: Guild Mortgage Co.
Seller: Ashley R. Cabana
Date: 03/30/20

62 Paulson Dr.
West Springfield, MA 01089
Amount: $240,000
Buyer: Amina Asvandiyeva
Seller: Christopher A. Nyman
Date: 03/27/20

615 Rogers Ave.
West Springfield, MA 01089
Amount: $173,000
Buyer: Mark D. Hunter
Seller: Angel R. Villar
Date: 03/27/20

137 Squassick Road
West Springfield, MA 01089
Amount: $300,000
Buyer: Henry F. Spadoni
Seller: Spadoni, Melissa C., (Estate)
Date: 03/24/20

4 Worthy Ave.
West Springfield, MA 01089
Amount: $235,000
Buyer: Todd B. Thebodo
Seller: Omar I. AlJuboori
Date: 04/06/20

HAMPSHIRE COUNTY

AMHERST

15 Eames Ave.
Amherst, MA 01002
Amount: $570,000
Buyer: Frederik Baumgardt
Seller: Maeve Howett
Date: 03/31/20

464 Market Hill Road
Amherst, MA 01002
Amount: $450,000
Buyer: Stephen Brevik
Seller: Robert Stebbins
Date: 03/26/20

236 North Pleasant St.
Amherst, MA 01002
Amount: $475,000
Buyer: J. Curtis Shumway
Seller: Gray Street LLC
Date: 04/01/20

BELCHERTOWN

27 Bay Road
Belchertown, MA 01007
Amount: $241,000
Buyer: Jill Hoover-Attebury
Seller: Jacquie Kurland
Date: 04/06/20

11 Blacksmith Road
Belchertown, MA 01007
Amount: $224,900
Buyer: Douglas Sourdiffe
Seller: Nicholas E. Bernard
Date: 03/31/20

25 Lexington Dr.
Belchertown, MA 01007
Amount: $512,000
Buyer: Niloufar Shoushtari
Seller: Norman B. Veroneau
Date: 03/27/20

Magnolia Lane #CB
Belchertown, MA 01007
Amount: $405,000
Buyer: Rheal Duquette
Seller: J. N. Duquette & Son Construction
Date: 03/30/20

23 Mill Valley Road
Belchertown, MA 01007
Amount: $245,000
Buyer: Russell S. Annis
Seller: Michael E. Sroka
Date: 03/27/20

108 Sabin St.
Belchertown, MA 01007
Amount: $350,000
Buyer: Teresa J. Halperin
Seller: Suzanne M. Meehan
Date: 03/27/20

248 Stebbins St.
Belchertown, MA 01007
Amount: $278,000
Buyer: Daniel Veratti
Seller: Maurice J. Lalumiere
Date: 03/31/20

57 Warren Wright Road
Belchertown, MA 01007
Amount: $345,000
Buyer: Robert N. Dougherty
Seller: Keem LLC
Date: 03/26/20

CHESTERFIELD

409 Main Road
Chesterfield, MA 01012
Amount: $418,000
Buyer: David W. Stratton
Seller: Erin M. McEnaney
Date: 04/03/20

EASTHAMPTON

21-23 Clinton St.
Easthampton, MA 01027
Amount: $146,904
Buyer: FNMA
Seller: Traci Bartlett
Date: 03/26/20

36 Groveland St.
Easthampton, MA 01027
Amount: $315,500
Buyer: Alexandra Sheskin-Hurd
Seller: Rebecca Lansky
Date: 04/07/20

217 Hendrick St.
Easthampton, MA 01027
Amount: $210,909
Buyer: US Bank
Seller: Scott A. Bergeron
Date: 04/02/20

57 Parsons St.
Easthampton, MA 01027
Amount: $278,000
Buyer: Amy K. Teffer
Seller: Michael F. Huard
Date: 03/30/20

42 Peloquin Dr.
Easthampton, MA 01027
Amount: $224,900
Buyer: Christopher C. Barcomb
Seller: Scott E. Wark
Date: 04/03/20

14 Winter St.
Easthampton, MA 01027
Amount: $285,000
Buyer: Rod Motamedi
Seller: Eagle Home Buyers LLC
Date: 03/31/20

GRANBY

35 Lyn Dr.
Granby, MA 01033
Amount: $240,000
Buyer: Martin Cepeda
Seller: Robert T. Brisebois
Date: 04/03/20

HADLEY

148 Russell St.
Hadley, MA 01035
Amount: $410,000
Buyer: Michael Colwell-Lafleur
Seller: Plumtree Real Estate LLC
Date: 03/26/20

HATFIELD

140 Elm St.
Hatfield, MA 01038
Amount: $265,000
Buyer: Logan M. Ebbets
Seller: John E. Ebbets
Date: 03/31/20

21 Linseed Road
Hatfield, MA 01088
Amount: $295,000
Buyer: Peter Black
Seller: Stephen P. Gaughan
Date: 03/31/20

HUNTINGTON

25 Montgomery Road
Huntington, MA 01050
Amount: $240,000
Buyer: Robert T. Brisebois
Seller: Katie L. Boisseau
Date: 04/03/20

MIDDLEFIELD

139 Arthur Pease Road
Middlefield, MA 01243
Amount: $360,000
Buyer: John P. Waldheim
Seller: Roger E. Pagerey
Date: 04/01/20

45 Chester Road
Middlefield, MA 01243
Amount: $232,500
Buyer: Michael F. Huard
Seller: Elaine D. Gorham
Date: 03/30/20

NORTHAMPTON

34 Cahillane Ter.
Northampton, MA 01062
Amount: $242,500
Buyer: Andrew J. Fleming
Seller: Katherine Oberwager
Date: 04/01/20

18 Dickinson St.
Northampton, MA 01060
Amount: $335,000
Buyer: Sofia A. Frydman
Seller: James P. Krawczynski
Date: 04/07/20

547 Easthampton Road
Northampton, MA 01060
Amount: $595,000
Buyer: Meetinghouse Realty Investment
Seller: Robert D. Raymond
Date: 03/27/20

19 Ellington Road
Northampton, MA 01062
Amount: $175,000
Buyer: Wilmington Savings
Seller: Nancy A. Koleski
Date: 03/25/20

193 Emerson Way
Northampton, MA 01062
Amount: $132,500
Buyer: Suzanne Allen
Seller: Emerson Way LLC
Date: 04/03/20

11 Ford Xing
Northampton, MA 01060
Amount: $693,472
Buyer: Jamie Elkin
Seller: Wright Builders Inc.
Date: 03/30/20

17 Highland Ave.
Northampton, MA 01060
Amount: $299,900
Buyer: Ana Arregui
Seller: Tadeusz J. Grygorcewicz
Date: 04/03/20

72 Lake St.
Northampton, MA 01062
Amount: $225,000
Buyer: Langlais FT
Seller: Linda L. Adams
Date: 04/03/20

99 Massasoit St.
Northampton, MA 01060
Amount: $490,000
Buyer: Sabina Knight-Deirdre
Seller: Tytell, Barbara P., (Estate)
Date: 04/03/20

107 Moser St.
Northampton, MA 01060
Amount: $515,888
Buyer: Caie Ma
Seller: Blessing From God
Date: 04/06/20

11 School St.
Northampton, MA 01060
Amount: $525,000
Buyer: Timothy Pitkin
Seller: Ethan Vandermark
Date: 04/03/20

15 Sumner Ave.
Northampton, MA 01062
Amount: $271,000
Buyer: Claire Christopherson
Seller: Ryan, Michael T., (Estate)
Date: 04/06/20

55 Winterberry Lane
Northampton, MA 01062
Amount: $545,000
Buyer: Julia Brown
Seller: Patrick J. Joyce
Date: 04/01/20

PELHAM

12 Harkness Road
Pelham, MA 01002
Amount: $380,000
Buyer: Alison Annes
Seller: E. A. Blumgarten RET
Date: 04/01/20

17 Jones Road
Pelham, MA 01002
Amount: $246,000
Buyer: Noah A. Wartenberg
Seller: Donald F. Archer
Date: 03/27/20

SOUTH HADLEY

1 Burnett Ave.
South Hadley, MA 01075
Amount: $275,000
Buyer: Lucy M. Conley
Seller: Kathleen M. Cole
Date: 04/02/20

12 Hickory Place
South Hadley, MA 01075
Amount: $249,000
Buyer: Anthony G. Schiappa
Seller: Michelle A. Liberto
Date: 03/27/20

26 Lamb St.
South Hadley, MA 01075
Amount: $182,500
Buyer: Michael Kuhn
Seller: Kevin Haczynski
Date: 04/01/20

141 Lyman St.
South Hadley, MA 01075
Amount: $227,500
Buyer: Cassandra R. Ahern
Seller: Kyle E. Hajec
Date: 03/27/20

266 North Main St.
South Hadley, MA 01075
Amount: $350,000
Buyer: Kevin Haczyneki
Seller: David A. Langone
Date: 04/06/20

12 Young Circle
South Hadley, MA 01075
Amount: $155,000
Buyer: Scott Family Properties
Seller: Revampit LLC
Date: 03/27/20

SOUTHAMPTON

Cook Road
Southampton, MA 01073
Amount: $148,313
Buyer: Barbara M. Laflam
Seller: Richard P. Gwinner
Date: 04/01/20

93 Pomeroy Meadow Road
Southampton, MA 01073
Amount: $165,000
Buyer: Joseph A. Baron
Seller: Armond J. Baron TR
Date: 03/31/20

8 Strong Road
Southampton, MA 01073
Amount: $238,500
Buyer: Miranda J. Jacobus
Seller: Louis P. Migliozzi
Date: 03/27/20

WARE

95 Babcock Tavern Road
Ware, MA 01082
Amount: $299,000
Buyer: Joseph O. Critelli
Seller: Ruby Realty LLC
Date: 03/31/20

9-17 Canal St.
Ware, MA 01082
Amount: $165,500
Buyer: J. R. Real Estate LLC
Seller: Jeffrey VonDauber
Date: 03/27/20

198 Fisherdick Road
Ware, MA 01082
Amount: $205,000
Buyer: Josepjh E. Metcalfe
Seller: Goodreau, Gary F., (Estate)
Date: 03/27/20

19 Gilbert Court
Ware, MA 01082
Amount: $130,000
Buyer: Scott Tkatz
Seller: Mechanic Street Assocs. RT
Date: 03/26/20

408 Palmer Road
Ware, MA 01082
Amount: $145,000
Buyer: Christine Hadley
Seller: Cooper LT
Date: 03/26/20

139 West St.
Ware, MA 01082
Amount: $1,300,000
Buyer: Walgreen Eastern Co. Inc.
Seller: PJC Realty MA Inc.
Date: 04/02/20

Bankruptcies

The following bankruptcy petitions were recently filed in U.S. Bankruptcy Court (bankruptcy petitions omitted from our last are include hereunder). Readers should confirm all information with the court.

Almazan, Francisco
a/k/a Almazan-Arcos, Francisco
P.O. Box 611
Chicopee, MA 01021
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 02/27/20

Basile, Michael A.
31 Virginia Lane
East Longmeadow, MA 01028
Chapter: 13
Filing Date: 02/21/20

Benard, Richard S.
Benard, Nichole M.
a/k/a Wright, Nichole M.
113 Cooley St.
Agawam, MA 01001
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 02/25/20

Caplette, Nancy M.
359 Meadow St.
Agawam, MA 01001
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 02/18/20

Casaldi, William Joseph
Casaldi, Cynthia Ann
281 Chauncy Walker St., Lot 121C
Belchertown, MA 01007
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 02/19/20

Cincone, Heidi H.
46 Dudley St.
Wilbraham, MA 01095
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 02/27/20

Crocker, Stephanie Jo
a/k/a Herk, Stephanie Jo
19 Essex St.
Athol, MA 01331
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 02/21/20

Gorecki, Michael J.
608 Westfield St., Apt. #12
West Springfield, MA 01089
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 02/27/20

Hallowell, Lynn L.
76 Temple St., Apt. #1
Springfield, MA 01105
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 02/25/20

Hansen, Ellen Mary
72 Granville Road
Southwick, MA 01077
Chapter: 13
Filing Date: 02/25/20

Henry Blanchard Electric
Blanchard, Henry L.
10 South St.
Stockbridge, MA 01262
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 02/20/20

JM Homelife
Manning, Jodi-Lyn
51 Oxford St.
Springfield, MA 01108
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 02/27/20

Kerr, Samuel
93 Gillette Ave.
Springfield, MA 01118
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 02/20/20

Killeen, William M.
34 Greenleaves Dr.
Hadley, MA 01035
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 02/20/20

Lindquist, Rebecca L.
a/k/a Miller, Rebecca L.
83 Williamsville Road
Barre, MA 01005
Chapter: 13
Filing Date: 02/21/20

Maunsell, Judith A.
25 1st Ave.
Westfield, MA 01085
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 02/20/20

McComb, Joshua K.
1 George Ave.
Turners Falls, MA 01376
Chapter: 13
Filing Date: 02/25/20

Monarca, Edward M.
a/k/a Monarca, Edwardo M.
a/k/a Monarca Monserrati, Eduardo
34 Willow St.
Holyoke, MA 01040
Chapter: 13
Filing Date: 02/26/20

O’Hearn’s Tavern
O’Hearn, Tiffany A.
486 Corey St.
Agawam, MA 01001
Chapter: 13
Filing Date: 02/18/20

Pizzimenti, Gary Batista
45 Denton Circle
Springfield, MA 01104
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 02/27/20

Plumley, Allison
325 North Lane
Granville, MA 01034
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 02/20/20

Remedy Aesthetic Distribution
Ohlund, Robert N.
51 Fiske Hill Road
Sturbridge, MA 01566
Chapter: 13
Filing Date: 02/21/20

Retynsky, Victor
269 Stoney Hill Road, Apt. G1
Wilbraham, MA 01095
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 02/25/20

Rivera, Geraldine E.
a/k/a Reyes, Geraldine E.
421 Bay St.
Springfield, MA 01109
Chapter: 13
Filing Date: 02/19/20

Schanck, Gwendolyn M.
a/k/a Godbolt, Gwendolyn M.
23 Langdon St.
Springfield, MA 01104
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 02/27/20

Surge Home Concepts, LLC
Woelper, David J.
115 Garden St.
West Springfield, MA 01089
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 02/21/20

Walz, Frederick David
33 Miller St., Unit 2
Westfield, MA 01085
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 02/25/20

Incorporations

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

DALTON

Wilkinson Building & Remodeling, Inc., 85 Central Ave., Dalton, MA 01226. John Wilkinson, same. Construction, remodeling, restoration.

GREAT BARRINGTON

Alston Method Inc., 446 Monterey Road, Great Barrington, MA 01230. Joseph Antoine Alston, PO Box 625, Housatonic, MA 01236. Wellness training.

HOLYOKE

The Western New England Music Alliance Inc., 115 Ridgewood Ave., 115 Ridgewood Ave., Holyoke, MA 01040. Mark Sherry, same. Assist and advance the careers of talented creative local musicians who write original music and to promote western New England as a destination for original music writing and production.

LENOX

86 The Weeds Inc., 115 New Lenox Road, Lenox, MA 01240. Laura Shack, same. Lawn care and landscaping services.

MONSON

A & H Transport Inc., 19 Woodridge Road, Monson, MA 01057. John R. Withers, same. Transportation of goods, equipment, and natural resources.

NORTH ADAMS

The Green Inc., 5 Main St., Suite 105, North Adams, MA 01247. Paul Gordo, 19 Elder Ave., North Adams, MA 01247. To support and promote artistic, religious, community building, anti-poverty and health initiatives and provide an accessible meeting space for same in northern Berkshire.

NORTHAMPTON

The Treaty Awareness Campaign Inc., 59 Gleason Road, Northampton, MA 01060. Andrew Blinn Larkin, 53 Clark Ave. #1, Northampton, MA 01060. Educating the general public about the risks and consequences of nuclear war, the possibility and consequences of accidental or intentional detonation of a nuclear weapon and the radiological effects of uranium mining, enrichment, production, testing and waste disposal associated with such weapons.

PALMER

Altitude Organic Corporation of Massachusetts, 1235 Thorndike St., Palmer, MA 01069. Aaron Bluse, 702 Zion Dr., Colorado Springs, CO 80903. Cultivate, manufacture, market, promote, sell, distribute medicinal cannabis and related products.

PITTSFIELD

Veska Inc., 225 Lenox Ave., Pittsfield, MA 01201. Vickery Richard Allen, same. Web and software development.

Aircity Inc., 82 Wendell Ave., Suite 100, Pittsfield, MA 01201. Amir Banihashem, same. Develop software, provide consulting and services.

At Ease Massage for Veterans Inc., 476 Fenn St. #2, Pittsfield, MA 01201. John Strac same. Providing therapeutic massage to our veterans and their families.

SOUTH DEERFIELD

The Velodrome Project of Massachusetts Inc., 9 Crestview Dr., South Deerfield, MA 01373. James Fitzgerald, same. Sports and recreation.

SPRINGFIELD

The Arabia Felix Foundation Inc., 190 Longhill St., Springfield, MA 01108. Mark G. Hambley, same.

Thinkers & Dreamers Inc., 19 Hillcrest St., Springfield, MA 01109. Springfield, MA 01109. Le’ron D. McClain Fox Chase Dr., Tuscaloosa, AL 35401. Provides free mentoring and tutoring services to at-risk inner-city youth of color.

Class of 2020 Cover Story

Celebrating the 2020 Class

Back in late 2008, BusinessWest conceived a new recognition program.

It was called Difference Makers because, well, that’s the best way to describe those who would be honored. No matter what their career or field or passion — and, over the years, they have been myriad — the one common thread would be making a difference in the community.

Our goal was, and remains, to show the many ways in which an individual or group can make a difference, and suffice to say this goal has been met — as you’ll find out, once again, as you read the stories generated by the 12th such class of honorees.

The 12th annual Difference Makers gala will take place on Thursday, Sept. 10 at the Log Cabin in Holyoke. Tickets cost $75. To reserve a spot, e-mail [email protected] or visit businesswest.com. Difference Makers is sponsored by Burkhart Pizzanelli, Royal, P.C., and TommyCar Auto Group, while the Tom Cosenzi Driving for the Cure Charity Golf Tournament, MHA, and United Way of Pioneer Valley are partners.

The seven members of the class of 2020 will be honored on Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020 at the Log Cabin. For information about the event, sponsorship opportunities, or to purchase tickets, call (413) 781-8600, ext. 100, or go HERE.

2020 Difference Makers
Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020 
5 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
The Log Cabin, Holyoke

Tickets are $75 per person/$750 for a table of 10.

Purchase Tickets HERE:

 

Sept.

2020 Difference Makers

Christopher ‘Monte’ Belmonte

DJ at WRSI the River Radio

His March is Changing
The Conversation
on Food Insecurity

Ira Bryck

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

He’s Helped Create
Fun, Imaginative
Learning Experiences

Sandy Cassanelli

CEO of Greeno Supply

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

Dianne
Fuller Doherty

Retired Director of the Massachusetts Small Business Development Center

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

Ronn Johnson

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

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

Steve Lowell

President and CEO of
Monson Savings Bank

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

Rick’s Place

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

2020 Sponsors

Pay it Forward Non-Profit Partners


Photography for this special section by Leah Martin Photography

Chamber Corners

AMHERST AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

www.amherstarea.com

(413) 253-0700

• Jan. 22: Annual Member Meeting & Luncheon, 12-2 p.m., hosted by the Red Barn at Hampshire College. Executive Director Claudia Pazmany will present our 2019 impact statement and unveil our 2020 vision for the Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce. We will salute outgoing board members and ambassadors and welcome new ones. Cost: $25 for members, $35 for non-members. For more information and to register, visit amherstarea.com.

• Jan. 31: Hadley Dental Care Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening, 5-7 p.m. Learn all about the state-of-the-art technology and client-centric care offered by Dr. Tapan Pujara and Dr. Chaitalee Ganatra and celebrate the grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony for Hadley Dental Care with an after-party, including a champagne toast, next door at the Taproom. Free and open to the public. For learn more and to register, visit amherstarea.com.

• Feb. 6: Amherst Pitch Night with Valley Venture Mentors, 5-7 p.m., hosted by AmherstWorks. A collaboration with Valley Venture Mentors, the Berthiaume Center for Entrepreneurship at UMass Amherst, Hampshire College, the Amherst Economic Development Department, and AmherstWorks, this will be an opportunity to network, meet new and upcoming businesses, and possibly win some cash prizes. Cost: $5 and optional donation to best pitch prize pool. For more information and to register, visit amherstarea.com.

• Feb. 12: Going Green & Saving Green Luncheon, 12-2 p.m., hosted by Hitchcock Center for the Environment. Panel discussion and lunch featuring local experts in sustainability sharing strategies to implement sustainable practices that will save organizations dollars and protect the planet. Cost: $25 for members, $35 for non-members. For more information and to register, visit amherstarea.com.

BRADLEY REGIONAL CHAMBER

bradleyregionalchamber.org

(860) 653-3833

• Jan. 29: Legislative Breakfast, 7:30-9:30 a.m., hosted by Doubletree by Hilton Hartford-Bradley Airport, 16 Ella Grasso Turnpike, Windsor Locks. State representatives and senators will hear what’s on your mind regarding regional business issues. Cost: free for members, $10 for non-members.

• Feb. 11: TVCA Business After Hours, 5-7 p.m., hosted by Luppoleto Brewing Co., 20 Main St., Windsor Locks. Networking with six chambers, beer or soda drink ticket, appetizers, raffle prizes, and cash bar. Spotlight your business with a sponsorship. Cost: free for members, $20 for non-members.

GREATER EASTHAMPTON CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

www.easthamptonchamber.org

(413) 527-9414

• Jan. 30: Celebrate Success, 5-8 p.m., hosted by Northampton Country Club, 135 Main St., Leeds. Join us as we celebrate the past year, what we’ve learned, and where we are headed. We will honor Liz Paquette, Businessperson of the Year; Glendale Ridge Vineyard, Business of the Year; Casey Douglas, Community Service Person of the Year; and Chris Gallivan, Ambassador of the Year. Cost: $45 per person. Pre-registration and dinner selection are required, and space is limited. There will be no at-the-door registration. Deadline for refunds is Jan. 25. Unpaid no-shows will be invoiced. To learn more and to register, visit www.easthamptonchamber.org or call the chamber at (413) 527-9414.

• Feb. 13: In the Know, 8:30-10 a.m., hosted by the Inn on Boltwood, 30 Boltwood Ave., Amherst. Continuing the popular series begun last year, In the Know will feature panelists Jeff Bujak, Prodigy; Michelle Zimora, Z Wraps; and Dan LiBissionnault, Dan’s Power Plant, Fauxmaggio Cheese. They will share what keeps them up at night, how they deal with those issues, and how they handle their quick success. A light breakfast and coffee will be served. Cost: $15 for members, $30 for future members. Pre-registration is required; there will be no at-the-door registration. To learn more and to register, visit www.easthamptonchamber.org or call the chamber at (413) 527-9414.

• Feb. 20: Books & Joe with Moe, 8:30-10 a.m., hosted by the chamber office, 33 Union St., Easthampton. This will be the second in a series of four meetings. Join like-minded individuals for an intellectual discussion sparked by reading books. Sponsored by Richard’s Fuel & Heating Co. and Freedom Credit Union. Cost: $99 per person for the entire series. Coffee and a light breakfast will be served. Participants are required to obtain their own copy of the book explored. For more information and to register, visit www.easthamptonchamber.org or call the chamber at (413) 527-9414.

GREATER NORTHAMPTON CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

www.explorenorthampton.com

(413) 584-1900

• Feb. 5: [email protected], 5-7 p.m., hosted by Artifact Cider Project. Monthly networking and connection presented by the Greater Northampton Chamber of Commerce. Come when you can, stay as long as you can. Featuring libations and flatbreads from Artifact Cider Project in its new taproom in Florence. Cost: $10 for members, $14 for non-members. RSVP at www.northamptonchamber.com/chamber-events/arrive5.

GREATER WESTFIELD CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

www.westfieldbiz.org

(413) 568-1618

• Jan. 28: Block Party, 4-6 p.m., hosted by Westwood Restaurant and Pub, 94 North Elm St., Westfield. Join us for an open house and meet Westwood and chamber businesses for drinks, appetizers, networking, and more. Chamber members are welcome. Marketing tables are available. For more information and to register, e-mail [email protected] or call (413) 568-1618.

• Feb. 10: After 5 Connections, 5-7 p.m., hosted by the Pottery Cellar, the Mill at Crane Pond, 77 Mill St., Westfield. Refreshments will be served. A 50/50 raffle will benefit the chamber scholarship fund. Bring your business cards and make connections. Chamber members and non-members are free. For more information and to register, visit westfieldbiz.org/events or call (413) 568-1618.

PROFESSIONAL WOMEN’S CHAMBER

www.springfieldregionalchamber.com

(413) 787-1555

• Feb. 10: PWC Headline Luncheon, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., hosted by Storrowton Tavern, 1305 Memorial Ave., West Springfield. Featuring Karla Medina, retired Hartford police sergeant and owner and founder of Sudor Taino Fitness. Cost: $35 for PWC members, $40 general admission, $25 for students. To make a reservation, visit www.springfieldregionalchamber.com, e-mail [email protected], or call (413) 755-1310.

SPRINGFIELD REGIONAL CHAMBER

www.springfieldregionalchamber.com

(413) 787-1555

• Jan. 28: “The Buzz About Cannabis: Marijuana in the Marketplace and the Workplace,” 12:30-5 p.m., hosted by Sheraton Springfield, One Monarch Place, Springfield. Featuring leading business, legal, and medical professionals, distributors, and entrepreneurs. Cost: $60 for early-bird registration until Jan. 14, $75 after Jan. 14. To register, visit www.springfieldregionalchamber.com, e-mail [email protected], or call (413) 755-1310.

• Feb. 5: “The 2020 Elections: Fasten Your Seatbelts — From Massachusetts to the Beltway, It’s All on the Line” Rise & Shine Business Breakfast, 7:15-9 a.m., hosted by MassMutual Center, 1277 Main St., Springfield. Featuring political consultant Tony Cignoli. Cost: $25 for members in advance ($30 at the door), $35 general admission in advance ($40 at the door). To register, visit www.springfieldregionalchamber.com, e-mail [email protected], or call (413) 755-1310.

• Feb. 20: Third annual Fire & Ice Craft Cocktail Competition, 5:30-8 p.m., hosted by Springfield Country Club, 1375 Elm St., West Springfield. Cost: $50 for members in advance ($60 at the door), $60 general admission in advance ($70 at the door). To register, visit www.springfieldregionalchamber.com, e-mail [email protected], or call (413) 755-1310.

WEST OF THE RIVER CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

www.ourwrc.com

(413) 426-3880

• Feb. 5: Wicked Wednesday, 5-7 p.m., hosted by Carrabba’s Italian Grill, West Springfield. Wicked Wednesdays are monthly social events, hosted by various businesses and restaurants, that bring members and non-members together to network in a laid-back atmosphere. For more information, contact the chamber office at (413) 426-3880, or register at www.westoftheriverchamber.com.

YOUNG PROFESSIONAL SOCIETY OF GREATER SPRINGFIELD

springfieldyps.com

• Feb. 20: YPS Third Thursday Networking Night, 5-7 p.m., hosted by BarKaya! Enjoy complimentary, handcrafted appetizers and a cash bar. Cost: free for YPS members, $10 for non-members. Register at springfieldyps.com.

Cover Story

From the Casino to Cannabis, Powerful Forces Have Changed the Landscape

By George O’Brien and Joseph Bednar

As the year and the decade come to a close, BusinessWest takes a look back at the stories that dominated the past 10 years and the forces that have in many ways changed the landscape — literally and metaphorically. These include everything from the tornado that touched down that June day in 2011 to the arrival of casino gambling in Western Mass.; from the emergence of a new and multi-faceted business sector — cannabis — to the growth and maturity of the entrepreneurship ecosystem. In short, the region looks a lot different than it did in January 2010, and most of it is for the better. Because this is 2020, here are the top 20 stories from the past decade.

The Casino Era

Perhaps the most dominant story of the decade was the introduction of casino gambling to the Common-wealth — and it covered the entire decade, to be sure, with a number of plots and subplots.

And, of course, the story continues.

Through the early part of the 2010s, the dominant story was where the casinos would be located. Legislation dictated that one of the resort casinos be located in what is considered ‘Western Mass.’ — everything west of Worcester — and a number of sites in several different communities emerged.

That list included the Big E grounds, the Wyckoff Country Club site in Holyoke, a location just off the Mass Pike entrance in Palmer, a site in Brimfield, and, of course, several locations in Springfield, including two downtown — one on the Peter Pan bus terminal site and the other in the tornado-ravaged South End — and one in East Springfield that eventually became home to CRRC (see listing below).

Eventually, MGM’s proposal to revitalize the South End with a $950 million resort casino was chosen by Springfield and then the Gaming Commission. Construction began in the spring of 2015, and for more than three years, the region watched the massive facility take shape.

It opened in August 2018, and since then, the focus has primarily been on revenues that are lagging well behind what was projected when the casino was proposed. However, Mike Mathis, president and COO of MGM Springfield, has maintained that casinos go through a “ramping-up” process that is generally three years or more in duration, and that the Springfield facility is still very much still in this ramping phase.

Looking forward, MGM officials are optimistic that sports gambling — still being considered by the Legislature — will provide a needed revenue boost. Meanwhile, they point to a number of positive developments spurred by the casino, including jobs, greater vibrancy in the downtown area, a trickle-down effect to other hospitality-related businesses, and new events, such as concerts and the upcoming Red Sox Winter Weekend.

Springfield’s Revitalization

When the decade began, Springfield was still climbing out of a very deep, very dark fiscal hole that it fell into several years earlier, one that took the city into receivership and made it the butt of jokes in the eastern part of the state.

As the decade ends, there is still considerable work to do, but Springfield is a very different place than it was 10 years ago. Its downtown, now anchored by a $960 million casino, is much more vibrant. CRRC is making subway cars in East Springfield. Union Station has been revitalized, and rail service has been expanded. The I-91 viaduct has been replaced. Many of the areas damaged by the tornado of 2011 have been revitalized. Tower Square has new ownership and some intriguing new tenants, including the YMCA of Greater Springfield.

Meanwhile, several of the parks, including Riverfront Park and Court Square, have been restored, and Pynchon Park, which links Dwight Street with the Quadrangle, is getting a facelift. Way Finders is building a new, $17 million headquarters building on the site of the old Peter Pan Bus Terminal. MassMutual is is spending $50 million to renovate and expand facilities in Springfield. Big Y recently completed a $46 million expansion. A $14 Educare facility just opened its doors. The list goes on.

There are still things to be done, such as revitalizing Court Square, building a replacement for the crumbling Civic Center Parking Garage, and spreading the vibrancy at MGM Springfield to properties across Main Street from that complex. But overall, Springfield is enjoying a resurgence, and has taken the step of announcing this loudly, and locally, in a marketing campaign created in concert with the Economic Development Council of Western Mass.

A city that was still very much in a dark place at the start of the decade has now come into the light.

The Rise of Cannabis

While many states have since followed suit, Massachusetts has long been near the vanguard when it comes to legalizing marijuana — first for medicinal purposes in 2012, then for recreational, or ‘adult,’ use in 2016. Both measures were passed by voters at the ballot box, and together they have created nothing less than another economic driver in Western Mass.

New England Treatment Access (NETA), the state’s first dispensary to begin adult sales, drew massive lines when it first opened in November 2018, but still maintains a healthy flow of customers as other shops, like Insa in Easthampton, Theory Wellness in Great Barrington, and others have begun recreational sales — with dozens more, in myriad communities, in various stages of permitting and development.

The burgeoning cannabis trade has impacted other fields as well, such as law, as firms have launched specialized practices to help entrepreneurs navigate the intricacies of this business. Meanwhile, banks eagerly await a possible move on the federal level to allow them to handle cannabis accounts.

Municipalities no doubt appreciate the additional tax revenue, which differs by town — in Northampton’s case, it’s 6% on top of the 17% tax customers pay the state, resulting in a $737,331 haul during NETA’s first three months of operation. In this light, it’s no surprise so many communities have embraced this new cannabis era in Massachusetts.

Marijuana remains illegal federally, but a surge of state-level legalization has probably gained too much momentum for that to remain the case forever. Massachusetts has played no small part in that trend.

A Decade-long Expansion

When the decade began, the economy, in many ways still recovering from what became known as the Great Recession, was nonetheless expanding.

And 10 years later … it is still expanding.

It’s been an historic run in many ways, and one that has seemingly defied the odds and host of issues — from trade wars to turmoil overseas to chaos on Capital Hill — to continue as it has.

For most of the decade, the expansion has been anything but profound — usually a percentage point or two or three of growth — but it has continued, bringing the stock market to new and sometimes dizzying heights — the Dow was above 28,000 as this issue went to press, and the S&P was nearing 3,200 — and the region and the nation to something approaching full employment.

These historically low unemployment levels have brought opportunities for workers and challenges for employers (see below), but they are the most obvious sign that the economy is still humming.

The question is … just how long can this last?

Many of the experts predicted a recession for sometime in 2019. It didn’t happen. Now, many are saying that one is likely for 2020, especially with the current inversion of the yield curve, whereby interest rates have flipped on U.S. Treasuries, with short-term bonds paying more than long-term bonds.

If history is any indicator, then this expansion seems destined to come an end soon. Then again, all the signs, from the stock market to the job market, seem to indicate otherwise.

Workforce Issues

As noted, the expansion has brought with it historically low unemployment in most regions of the country, including Western Mass.

And, as also noted, this has created a market heavily tipped toward the job seeker, which has meant challenging times for employers across virtually every sector of the economy.

Indeed, one consistent theme in the hundreds of interviews BusinessWest conducted with business owners and managers over the past decade has been the ongoing difficulty with finding and retaining good help.

It doesn’t matter which sector you’re talking about — healthcare, financial services, construction, distribution, retail, or hospitality — the one constant has been the struggle to fill the ranks.

At the start of the decade and maybe until a few years ago, employers would say it was a good problem to have; now, they don’t use that phrase so much. It’s just a problem.

And one that has led to some new terminology entering the lexicon: ‘ghosting,’ a situation that occurs when someone is slated to show up for work (or even an interview) and doesn’t, because something better has come along.

The situation has been exacerbated by forces ranging from the retirement of Baby Boomers to the arrival of MGM Springfield, and addressed by initiatives at the state and local levels — from agencies, community colleges, and organizations like Dress for Success — to give more people the skills they need to succeed in a technology-driven economy.

A Growing Entrepreneurship Ecosystem

One of the very best stories over the past decade has been the growth and maturation of the region’s entrepreneurship ecosystem, to the point where it is now a powerful force in the region when it comes to economic development.

The ecosystem has come to have a number of moving parts, from mentorship groups such as Valley Venture Mentors, EforAll Holyoke (formerly SPARK), and Launch 413 to entrepreneurship programs at area colleges and universities; from angel-investing groups that provide much-needed capital to initiatives like UMass Amherst’s Institute for Applied Life Sciences and Springfield-based TechSpring, which are working to take ideas from the lab to the marketplace.

Together, these moving parts have created large amounts of what could be called entrepreneurial energy, which has led to hundreds of new startups selling everything from cookies to mops to software programs that can enable machines to operate more efficiently.

Many of the entrepreneurs behind these ventures have made their way to the cover of BusinessWest, an indication of just how important the startup economy has become to the overall vitality of this region, and how large and impactful the entrepreneurship ecosystem has become.

While many are waiting and hoping for the next Google, Facebook, or Uber, most understand that the many smaller businesses now employing a handful of workers are already changing the landscape in individual communities, such as Holyoke and Springfield.

The Opioid Crisis

In 2016, when Gov. Charlie Baker signed into law a sweeping series of measures aimed at curbing opioid addiction, that class of drugs had long been recognized as a health crisis in the Commonwealth.

Specifically, it was the first law in the nation to limit an opioid prescription to a seven-day supply for first-time adult prescriptions and every prescription for minors, with certain exceptions. Among other provisions, information on opiate use and misuse must be disseminated at head-injury safety programs for high-school athletes, doctors must check the Prescription Monitoring Program database before writing a prescription for a Schedule 2 or Schedule 3 narcotic, and prescribers have ramped up continuing-education efforts, ranging from effective pain management to the risks of abuse and addiction associated with opioid medications, just to name a few.

Progress has been slow. In 2017, there were 1,913 drug-overdose deaths involving opioids in Massachusetts — a rate of 28.2 deaths per 100,000 persons, roughly double the national rate of 14.6. The greatest increase in opioid deaths was seen in cases involving synthetic opioids, mainly fentanyl: a rise from 67 deaths in 2012 to 1,649 deaths in 2017.

More recent news has been mixed. Opioid-related overdose deaths in Massachusetts fell 6% in the first nine months of 2019 compared to the first nine months of 2018, according to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. Between January and September of 2019, there were 1,460 confirmed and estimated opioid-related overdose deaths in Massachusetts, compared to 1,559 in the first nine months of 2018.

However, the fentanyl problem grows — it was present in 93% of opioid-related overdose deaths where there was a toxicology screen over that time frame, up from 89% in 2018. Still, the state’s multi-pronged approach to the opioid epidemic may finally be making a difference.

The Tornado of 2011

There aren’t many residents and business owners who don’t have vivid recollections of the tornado that roared across Western Mass. on June 1, 2011.

Indeed, it traveled through a number of communities, leaving in its wake heavy damage and rebuilding challenges like the region had never seen.

It ravaged rural areas like Belchertown, but also traveled right down Main Street in Springfield, crossing over City Hall as it did so.

As it tore across Springfield and the region, the tornado didn’t discriminate; it damaged elementary schools, colleges, and especially what was then Cathedral High School, which was eventually razed and replaced with a much smaller facility known as Pope Francis High School. It laid waste to Monson’s scenic landscape. It changed the landscape at Veterans Golf Course in Springfield and completely uprooted Square One, the early-childhood education provider located in Springfield’s South End. (Joan Kagan, executive director of Square One, became the face of the disaster, literally and figuratively, as her picture — taken on Main Street with the agency’s ravaged home behind her — graced the cover of BusinessWest a few days later.)

After the dust settled, the difficult and inspiring cleanup and recovery began, and in some ways, it is still ongoing. Efforts to rehabilitate the South End of Springfield were greatly accelerated by MGM’s proposal to build a resort casino partly on parcels damaged by the casino. But several other businesses have risen in that era, including a new CVS pharmacy.

The Potential of Rail

State Sen. Eric Lesser has long been touting east-west rail service connecting Western Mass. and Boston, arguing that an 80-minute ride from Springfield’s Union Station to Boston’s South Station would be a game changer — and not only for Springfield.

“In Western Mass., we have great quality of life, great schools, a lot to offer, but we’re not creating jobs fast enough to keep people here,” he told BusinessWest. “As a result, we’ve seen a vacuuming of jobs and opportunities into a handful of zip codes. And in Boston, two crises are playing out simultaneously: out-of-control traffic gridlock and skyrocketing housing prices.”

Connecting the regions with high-speed rail could help solve both problems, he often argues. High-speed rail service between Pittsfield and Boston — with up to 16 round-trip trains running every day along the Interstate 90 corridor — was among the options for linking Western Mass. to Boston presented by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation to a state advisory committee in Springfield recently.

It’s not like rail hasn’t already made life easier in Western Mass., what with the launch of the Amtrak Vermonter line in 2016 and the Valley Flyer service between Greenfield and Springfield earlier this year. Ridership originating in Northampton on the Vermonter line increased from 17,197 riders in 2016 to 21,619 in 2018, reflecting a growing demand for rail.

“The new generation — people my age and younger — don’t want to sit in their cars all day,” Lesser said. “They don’t want long commutes on clogged highways. They’re open to using buses and trains in a way that maybe previous generations weren’t. Again, it would solve a lot of overlapping challenges we’re facing all at the same time.”

CRRC’s Rail Cars

A region that used to be home to many major manufacturing companies — at least, more than exist today — got a major boost in 2014 with the announcement that Chinese rail-car manufacturing giant CRRC was coming to Springfield to build hundreds of new cars for the MBTA’s Orange Line and Red Line systems.

The initial contract was for 152 Orange Line cars and 132 Red Line cars to replace aging trains. Two years later, an additional order was placed for 120 more Red Line cars, bringing the state’s total investment in new cars to $566 million.

From CRRC’s $95 million factory on Page Boulevard, which employs about 200 people, about a dozen trains have been delivered, and the company also built a 42,500-square-foot warehouse at the site this year to house large components.

The company’s leaders say they invested in Springfield with an eye on significant growth in the U.S. That has come to fruition, with a deal in 2016 to manufacture new subway cars for the city of Los Angeles and an agreement in 2017 to build new train cars for SEPTA, Philadelphia’s transit system, to name just two developments.

MBTA says the new vehicles incorporate improved safety features, wireless communications for monitoring potential maintenance needs, improved passenger comfort, new technology that provides important customer-facing information, and cutting-edge accessibility features, such as platform gap-mitigation devices.

For Springfield, however, the trains represent something greater — a major manufacturing success story at a time when one was needed.

The Dr. Seuss Museum

For years, people visiting the Dr. Seuss sculpture garden in the Quadrangle would ask where the museum devoted to the beloved children’s author and Springfield native was located. And they would be told there wasn’t one.

That all changed in the summer of 2017, with the opening of the Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum, a facility that has provided a true measure of the awesome power of the Seuss name and brand by attracting visitors from across the region and country and from around the world.

In its first year of operation, the museum enabled the Quadrangle to shatter attendance records, and the numbers have been steady and quite impressive since.

Museum officials are optimistic that the attendance and revenue boost from the Seuss facility will enable it to modernize and expand many of its other facilities. Meanwhile, civic and economic-development leaders say Seuss gives Springfield a powerful addition to its roster of attractions, one that can inspire — and lengthen — visits to the region.

Holyoke’s Renaissance

Another intriguing story from this past decade has been the resurgence in the city of Holyoke, a proud industrial city that has been re-inventing itself as a center for the arts, entrepreneurship, and, yes, cannabis.

In fact, in one interview with a TV crew several months ago, Holyoke’s mayor, Alex Morse, joked that it was goal, if not his mission, to see the community’s nickname change from the Paper City to the Rolling Paper City. That remark speaks to the enthusiastic manner in which the city embraced the legalization of cannabis in the Commonwealth and essentially opened its doors to many different kinds of businesses within that sector. Today, hundreds of thousands of square feet of former mill space is being eyed for cannabis cultivation and other uses, and several facilities are already operating.

But cannabis is only one of many good stories that have unfolded in Holyoke over the past decade. Others include the opening of the Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center in 2012; renovation of the property known as the Cubit Building, which is now home to apartments as well as the Holyoke Community College MGM Culinary Arts Institute; creation of SPARK, an agency devoted to encouraging and mentoring entrepreneurs (now named EforAll Holyoke); new rail service; and a burgeoning cultural district in the heart of downtown.

Like Springfield and other gateway cities and former industrial centers, Holyoke has evolved beyond those roots, and with very positive results.

Springfield Thunderbirds

One of the best stories of the decade involved hockey in Springfield, and specifically a new team that has infused the region with energy, imagination, and, yes, entertaining hockey.

We’re talking about the Springfield Thunderbirds, a team, and a story, so good that the franchise’s owners and managers were named BusinessWest’s Top Entrepreneurs for 2017.

To recap quickly, hockey, which has a rich history in Springfield dating back to the 1930s, was struggling in Springfield toward the middle of the decade. And then, it was gone, as the franchise known as the Springfield Falcons relocated to Arizona.

But a large group of entrepreneurs and community activists were determined not to see hockey relegated to the past. Their first move was to purchase a franchise in Portland, Maine, and relocate it to Springfield. Their second, even more important, move was to put Nate Costa, then working for the American Hockey League in its Springfield office, in charge.

His goal was to turn the Thunderbirds into a household name, and he has done just that, making the T-Birds, as they’re called, a big part of the renaissance taking place in Springfield.

The team is averaging more than 5,000 fans a night through a host of imaginative efforts — from promotions such as 3-2-1 Fridays ($3 beers, $2 hot dogs, and $1 sodas) to bringing in celebrities such as Red Sox stars David Ortiz and Pedro Martinez.

The end result? A ticket to a hockey game at the MassMutual Center is much more difficult to come by. That’s a sign of the T-Birds’ success on the ice, and in their ability to become part of the proverbial big picture when it comes to Springfield’s revitalization.

Bay Path University’s Evolution

A quarter-century ago, Bay Path College was a small, two-year school experiencing an identity crisis on a number of levels. Today, the institution is a university and a brand known across the region, and also across the country.

And the continued growth and emergence of Bay Path, led by President Carol Leary, who will be retiring next spring, certainly deserves to be among the biggest stories of the past decade.

The college, recently ranked among the fastest-growing private baccalaureate institutions in the nation, has, over the past several years, created the American Women’s College, an online institution; added several new programs, both at the undergraduate and graduate levels; opened a new science center in East Longmeadow; and become an industry leader in cybersecurity and computer-science programs. Meanwhile, it continues to stage its annual Women’s Leadership Conference each spring, an event that draws roughly 1,000 people to the MassMutual Center.

And in 2014, the institution had to create a new sign at its entrance in the center of Longmeadow, one with enough room for the word ‘university,’ a step that reflects its more global reach and its rising brand.

Over the past few years, Leary has been twice honored by BusinessWest, first with its Difference Makers award, and then its Women of Impact award. Those accolades speak to how much she has done for the school and within this region. But they also reflect just how far this school has come.

Ludlow Mills on Schedule

It’s been more than eight years since Westmass Area Development Corp. announced the 20-year project known as Ludlow Mills — a blend of both brownfield and greenfield development — and, about a third of the way through that time frame, progress at this complex of 60 buildings and adjoining undeveloped land has been steady.

When it started the clock back in 2011, Westmass said this project would generate $300 million in public and private investments, more than 2,000 jobs, and a more than $2 million increase in municipal property taxes. To date, high-profile initiatives on the site include the building of Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Western Massachusetts, WinnDevelopment’s overhaul of the structure known as Mill 10 into over-55 housing, and several smaller developments.

And there is more on the drawing board, most notably WinnDevelopment’s planned conversion of Mill 8, the so-called Clock Tower Building, into a mixed-used project featuring commercial space on the ground floor and more housing in the floors above.

The next key milestone for the project is the construction of Riverside Drive, which will open up approximately 60 acres of pre-permitted light-industrial property.

“We’re getting a lot of interest,” said Jeff Daley, Westmass’ new CEO, who noted that one of the front parcels was sold to the town of Ludlow for a new senior center, which recently broke ground. “That’s going to be a beautiful building to showcase the property from the eastern side.”

Ludlow’s municipal leaders say Ludlow Mills is already creating a trickle-down effect to the town and the region in terms of jobs and other benefits.

“It’s growing,” Daley added, “and there’s a lot of momentum, a lot of interest. People are coming in and creating stable businesses, and creating jobs. It’s really exciting.”

Ideas Take Shape at IALS

UMass Amherst may be renowned for cutting-edge scientific research, but when it comes from turning published papers into public benefits, the transition hasn’t always been smooth. Enter UMass Amherst’s Institute for Applied Life Sciences (IALS, pronounced ‘aisles’), where a collection of ‘core facilities’ is helping boost the state’s manufacturing economy — and innovation reputation — in myriad ways.

IALS was created in 2013 with $150 million in capital funding from the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center (MLSC) and the university itself. Its mission is to accelerate life-science research and advance collaboration with industry to effectively shorten the gap between scientific innovation and technological advancement.

The institute achieves this goal through three translational centers: the Models to Medicine Center, which harnesses campus research strengths in life science; the Center for Bioactive Delivery, which seeks to discover new paradigms for the discovery of optimized delivery vehicles for drugs; and the Center for Personalized Health Monitoring, which aims to accelerate the development and commercialization of low-cost, wearable, wireless sensor systems for health and biometric monitoring.

Located inside the IALS building, these core facilities — now numbering more than 30 — and their high-tech equipment are available not only to UMass researchers, but to companies that want to rent the space and equipment. For those companies, IALS provides a key resource they might not be able to afford on their own — and it could make a difference whether they invest in Western Mass. or go elsewhere.

Together, they form a pathway to commercialization — a vehicle to bring research to fruition and make an impact on society. By creating connections between research and the marketplace, IALS is doing its part to make Western Mass. a hub of innovation.

Baystate’s Expansion

Baystate Medical Center was already the region’s largest hospital — and the flagship of an ever-broadening network of hospitals and specialty practices — when it launched an ambitious, $295 million expansion, called ‘the Hospital of the Future,’ toward the end of the last decade.

‘Future,’ in this context, had multiple meanings. One was a forward-looking mindset when it came to technology, how a modern emergency room should look, and sustainable design and construction elements in the 640,000-square-foot addition. Another was the fact that Baystate left much of the new space undeveloped inside, knowing it would be needed in, well, the future.

When the new space opened in April 2012, its MassMutual Wing housed the Davis Family Heart and Vascular Center, which includes six surgical/endovascular suites designed to accommodate advanced lifesaving cardiovascular procedures, as well as 32 cardiovascular critical-care rooms that support state-of-the-art medicine. Later that year, a much larger Emergency Department opened in the new building, replacing an outdated ER that was designed to handle much less traffic than it was currently receiving.

That’s not the only way Baystate was expanding, of course. It also brought Wing Memorial Hospital and Noble Hospital into its system in 2014 and 2015, respectively, and continued adding to what has become a broad medical campus on the north end of Main Street in Springfield — not to mention its partnership with UMass Medical School in creating a downtown campus, which opened in 2016.

In short, whatever the future brings in healthcare locally, Baystate has placed itself square in the center of it.

Transformation in North Amherst

Cinda Jones, who, with her brother, Evan, represents the ninth generation of Cowls family landowners in North Amherst, has said each generation has transformed the land into what was most beneficial to the community at the time.

These days, she’s putting that philosophy to work at North Square at the Mill District. In fact, Jones’ company, W.D. Cowls Inc., and Boston-based Beacon Communities are developing three mixed-use buildings featuring 130 residential units — including 26 affordable units for people at or below 50% of the area’s median income — and 22,000 square feet of commercial space. The first residents began moving in over this past summer.

The partnership has benefited from local, state and federal support; in fact, it’s the first time that Amherst has taken advantage of legislation allowing the town to grant special tax incentives for projects that include affordable housing for low- and moderate-income tenants.

While impressive on its own, North Square reflects one of the more notable development trends in recent years: mixed-use structures in urban and village centers that generate economic vibrancy simply by putting more feet on the street.

Isenberg Climbs in the Rankings

One of the more intriguing stories from the past decade has been the steady rise of the Isenberg School of Management at UMass Amherst, a facility that has taken on a new profile — on campus and across the country.

The school, which first opened its doors in 1947, is now ranked first (actually, it’s tied with UConn) among the public undergraduate business programs in the Northeast in the 2020 U.S. News & World Report listings, 11th among the best public business schools in the country, and 50th in the rankings of the best business schools overall.

These numbers have been climbing steadily over the past years as the Isenberg School has made every greater investments in its programs and faculty, an expansion initiative punctuated by the opening this year of a $62 million expansion that puts a new face on Isenberg and boldly announces its intentions to continue its rise in the ranks.

EDC on a Mission

The goal of the Economic Development Council (EDC) of Western Mass. is multi-faceted, but has long boiled down to one core mission: encouraging the growth of the region’s economy, which was pounded by the Great Recession but has since been on a decidedly upward trajectory.

Its president, Rick Sullivan, says the EDC has seen a definite uptick in site searches, both from companies in the region that want to expand and those looking at Western Mass. for the first time.

“What we’ve become is what we call an ‘honest broker,’ he said. “We treat private developers and quasi-public developers the same. When a request comes in, it goes out to everyone on the list, all the economic-development professionals in the area, and we do not care whether the development occurs in Greenfield or Agawam or anywhere in between. We just want to have growth happen in the region, and that will continue to be the case.”

Many of the searches don’t result in a business moving here, he added, but those inquiries are a good gauge of the current health of the economy and the potential of the region, and they’re coming from a range of industries, from manufacturers and construction-materials companies to warehousing operations and call centers. When the region is doing well, Sullivan said, its natural pluses, such as its position near major interstates roughly between Boston and New York, become even more attractive.

Meanwhile, the EDC has forged stronger partnerships with colleges and universities, such as a cybersecurity management program at Bay Path and water-innovation and clean-energy work at UMass Amherst. “I think you’ll see the EDC do more with higher ed,” Sullivan said. “That’s where the talent pool is.”

The economy might eventually waver, but the EDC intends to maintain a steady course when it comes to raising the profile and success of its namesake region.

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

Joseph Bednar can be reached at [email protected]

Cover Story Special Publications

Regional Philanthropic Opportunities

View the PDF flipbook

While philanthropy is a year-round activity, the holidays are a time when many of us think about those who are most in need, and how, in general, they can help make Western Mass. a better community for all who call this region home.

To help individuals, groups, and businesses make effective decisions when it comes to philanthropy, BusinessWest and the Healthcare News present the annual Giving Guide. Open the PDF flipbook to view profiles of several area nonprofit organizations, a sampling of this region’s thousands of nonprofits.

These profiles are intended to educate readers about what these groups are doing, and also to inspire them to provide the critical support (which comes in many different forms) that these organizations and so many others desperately need. Indeed, these profiles list not only giving opportunities — everything from online donations to corporate sponsorships — but also volunteer opportunities.

And it is through volunteering, as much as with a cash donation, that individuals can help a nonprofit carry out its important mission within our community.

BusinessWest and HCN launched the Giving Guide in 2011 to essentially harness this region’s incredibly strong track record of philanthropy and support the organizations dedicated to helping those in need.

The publication is designed to inform, but also to encourage individuals and organizations to find new and imaginative ways to give back. We are confident that it will succeed with both of these assignments.

George O’Brien, Editor
John Gormally, Publisher
Kate Campiti, Associate Publisher

 

 

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Incorporations

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

AGAWAM

Jai Umiya Ma Inc., 36 Yarmouth Dr., Agawam, MA 01001. Dinesh B. Patel, same. Convenience store and gas service station.

AMHERST

M & N Construction Ltd., 29 Mt. View Circle, Amherst, MA 01002. Ngawang Sherpa, same. Construction services.

CHICOPEE

Melissa St. Germain Realtor Inc., 585 Sheridan St., Unit 33, Chicopee, MA 01020. Melissa M. St. Germain Martel, same. Marketing and sale of real estate.

EAST LONGMEADOW

Logan’s Colors Unlimited Inc., 26 Ridge Road, East Longmeadow, MA 01028. Timothy M. Logan, same. Painting and renovations of buildings.

EASTHAMPTON

Montgomery Labor Inc., 222 Park St., Easthampton, MA 01027. Molly Montgomery, same. Residential painting.

FLORENCE

Mark Lavalley & Sons Trucking Inc., 207 Sylvester Road, Florence, MA 01062. Mark J. Lavalley, same. Trucking.

Oxbow Tattoo Inc., 286 Spring St., Florence, MA 01062. Steven Sanderson, same. Tattoo services.

GILBERTVILLE

On the Track Inc., 264 Upper Church St., Gilbertville, MA 01031. Regina Sanderson, same. Provide education, therapeutic programming and assessment services in the community to create awareness regarding women’s issues and substance abuse needs.

HATFIELD

Lavallee Brothers Property Inc., 153 Pantry Road, Hatfield, MA 01038. Jeffrey Lavallee, same. Real estate.

HOLYOKE

Invisiblast Inc., 15 Mount Tom Ave., Holyoke, MA 01040. Karen Blanchard, same. Cleaning services using dry ice, under pressure, in a nonabrasive manner.

LONGMEADOW

Luigi’s Fine Food Inc., 249 Lynnwood Dr., Longmeadow, MA 01106. Louis J. Santos, same. Restaurant with dine and take out services.

SPRINGFIELD

Igl. De Dios No Es Lo Que Fuimos Sino Lo Que Somos En Cristo Jesus Inc., 192 Pine St., Springfield, MA 01105. Jesus David Santos, same. To open a church and preach the full gospel of our lord and to perform marriages ceremonies.

KMC App Inc., 90 Park Dr., Springfield, MA 01106. Jason B. Fenlason, same. Real estate appraisals.

Medina’s Supermarket Inc., 2705 Main St., Springfield, MA 01107. Jose Medina, 6 Cedar Ridge Road, South Hadley, MA 01075. To carry on the business of a food market/grocery.

Nuaz Inc., 17 Locust St., Springfield, MA 01108. Muhammad Tahla, same. Retail store.

Holiday Gift Guide

The Gift of Stepping Out

Picking out the right gift for a loved one, partner, friend, or child can be a stressful experience. There are many different factors to consider, and there’s always the worry they won’t like what you pick out. Luckily, Western Mass. has a wide variety of places that offer great experiences you can all share together. Whether it be a go-karting adventure, having dinner at a great local restaurant, or visiting an art museum, there are plenty of experience-based options out there for you and a loved one to share. Save yourself the stress of buying material things this year, and try out one of these experiences for the holidays.

 


For Adventurers and Adrenaline Seekers


Berkshire East Mountain Resort

66 Thunder Mountain Road, Charlemont, MA

(413) 339-6617; www.berkshireeast.com

This resort is Southern New England’s year-round outdoor destination. With everything from whitewater rafting to skiing and snowboarding — and the resort’s signature mountain coaster — there are plenty of options for all types of adventure seekers. Whether you want to celebrate the holidays now or save it for a warm, summer day, a trip to the mountains is the perfect getaway.


Nomad’s Adventure Quest

100 Bidwell Road, South Windsor, CT

(860) 290-1177; www.nomadsadventurequest.com

With more than 65,000 square feet of space, there is something for people of all ages at Nomad’s. The facility has laser tag, glow-in-the-dark black-light mini golf, thunderbowl bowling, a climbing wall, more than 80 arcade and redemption games, two full-size basketball courts, a billiard room, conference and banquet rooms with overhead projection screens, a full bar, a full service café, and more. There is no admission price to enter; activities are individually priced. 


Pioneer Valley Indoor Karting

10 West St., West Hatfield, MA

(413) 446-7845; www.pioneervalleykarting.com

Conveniently located just over the Northampton town line right off I-91 exit 21, Pioneer Valley Indoor Karting is perfect for the adventurous family that loves a good adrenaline rush. The facility opens daily at 11 a.m. for ‘arrive and drive’ high-speed gas go-karting. All pricing is per person, and the facility offers high-speed junior karts specifically designed for junior racers ages 8 to 13 who are taller than 48 inches and weigh less than 180 pounds. 


Springfield Thunderbirds

MassMutual Center, 1277 Main St., Springfield, MA

(413) 787-6600; www.springfieldthunderbirds.com

If you’re a sports lover, this is the event for you. The Springfield Thunderbirds are the American Hockey League’s minor-league affiliate of the Florida Panthers, now playing their fourth season in Springfield. The Thunderbirds play their home games at the MassMutual Center. Tickets start at $10 depending on seating and game night.

For History and Art Lovers


Clark Art Institute

225 South St., Williamstown, MA

(413) 458-2303; www.clarkart.edu

The intimate scale and the wide variety of the galleries at the Clark makes for the perfect family trip, no matter what age a person may be. This institution also offers special programs and events throughout the year that are catered to families specifically, such as gallery talks, art making, and related entertainment. 


Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art

125 West Bay Road, Amherst, MA

(413) 559-6300; www.carlemuseum.org

The Eric Carle Museum is a nonprofit organization seeking to inspire a love of art and reading through picture books. The Carle houses more than 11,000 objects, including thousands of permanent-collection illustrations, three art galleries, an art studio, a theater, educational programs for families, and more.


Connecticut Science Center

250 Columbus Blvd., Hartford, CT

(860) 724-3623; www.ctsciencecenter.org

Only a half-hour from Springfield, the Connecticut Science Center boasts more than 165 hands-on exhibits in 10 galleries and live science demos daily. There is a state-of-the-art 3D digital theater, four educational labs, and daily programs and events. General admission for members is free, youth (ages 3-17) tickets are $16.95, adults (ages 18-64) are $23.95, and seniors (65+) are $21.95.


Norman Rockwell Museum

9 Glendale Road, Stockbridge, MA

(413) 298-4100;

www.nrm.org

The Norman Rockwell Museum houses the world’s largest and most significant collection of Rockwell art. It presents, preserves, and studies the art of illustration and is a world resource for reflection, involvement, and discovery inspired by Norman Rockwell and the power of visual images to shape and reflect society. The museum is open seven days a week, year-round. Admission for members and youth ages 18 and under are free, adult tickets are $20, seniors (65+) are $18, veterans are $17, and college students with an ID are $10.


Shaker Village

1843 West Housatonic St., Pittsfield, MA

(413) 443-0188; www.hancockshakervillage.org

Shake Village boasts 20 authentic Shaker buildings, rich collections of Shaker furniture and artifacts in rotating exhibits, a full schedule of activities and workshops, a mile-long hiking trail and hundreds of acres of additional land with a variety of trails for all skill levels, picnic areas, a store and café, and a working farm with extensive gardens and heritage-breed livestock. Admission for adults is $20; seniors and active/retired military are $18; youth (ages 13-17) are $8; children 12 and under are free. From Nov. 16 through Dec. 22, the village is open weekends only. It is closed for the season Dec. 23 through April 10 and reopens for the spring season April 11.


Springfield Symphony Orchestra

1441 Main St., Suite 121, Springfield, MA

(413) 733-0636; www.springfieldsymphony.org

The SSO is the largest Massachusetts symphony outside of Boston, featuring more than 80 musicians from the New England region of the U.S. and Canada, and holding many performances each season. A Holiday Celebration concert on Dec. 7 will feature guests conductor Nick Palmer, the SSO Chorus directed by Nikki Stoia, the [email protected] Chorus directed by Bob Cilman, cantor Elise Barber, and soprano Jamie-Rose Guarrine. Tickets are available online starting at $25.


Yankee Candle Village

25 Greenfield Road, South Deerfield, MA

(877) 636-7707; www.yankeecandle.com/south-deerfield-village

This is more than just a candle store. The Yankee Candle Village provides everything from make-your-own-candles to irresistible food, and has plenty of options for the kids and the parents to enjoy — as well as a year-round Bavarian Christmas village.


For the Foodies


Capri Pizza Shop

18 Cabot St., Holyoke MA

(413) 532-3460;

www.capripizzashop.com

Capri has been in the family since 1966 and is now owned and run by Fiore Santaniello and managed by his two sons, Salvatore and Gennaro. Though Capri’s look has changed over the years, it has maintained the quality of its food, even earning the People’s Choice Award from Best of Mass Pizza.


Esselon Café

99 Russell St., Hadley, MA

(413) 585-1515; www.esselon.com

Esselon is an award-winning café featuring fresh roasted coffee, rare and exotic teas, and a full menu. Centrally located between Amherst and Northampton on Route 9 on the Common in Hadley, this café offers outdoor dining during the spring, summer, and fall months and a casual atmosphere indoors.


La Fogata

770 Tyler St., Pittsfield, MA

(413) 443-6969; www.lafogatarestaurante.com

La Fogata (Spanish for ‘the bonfire’) offers traditional Colombian cuisine. Owner Miguel Gomez moved to Pittsfield from Colombia in 1993 and realized there were no Latino restaurants in the area, so he decided to open his own. Items on the menu include everything from carne asada to pechuga apanada.


Johnny’s Tavern

30 Boltwood Walk, Amherst

(413) 230-3818;

www.johnnystavernamherst.com

Johnny’s Tavern is a contemporary American restaurant nestled in the heart of the community of Amherst, priding itself on using organic produce, sustainable seafood, and hormone-free meat and poultry whenever possible. Items on the menu range from pizza to a pulled duck sandwich.


Munich Haus

13 Center St., Chicopee, MA

(413) 594-8788; www.munichhaus.com

The Munich Haus gives customers a taste of Germany, no passport required. A family-owned restaurant that opened in 2004, this restaurant prides itself on its authenticity, right down to the food, beer, and décor. The comfortable, laid-back atmosphere paired with popular menu items like its wide array of schnitzels and a plentiful selection of beer and wine make the Munich Haus a place where anyone can find something to enjoy.


Nick’s Nest

1597 Northampton St., Holyoke

(413) 532-5229;

www.nicksnestholyoke.com

This is the perfect place to go for those who want to spend quality time over some great food on a low budget. Founded in 1921 by Nick Malfas, Nick’s Nest started as a roadside popcorn cart. Now serving much more than popcorn, it continues to be a hot spot, featuring hot dogs, homemade potato and macaroni salad, ice cream, and much more.

 

For the Adults


Abandoned Building Brewery

142 Pleasant St., Easthampton

(413) 282-7062; www.abandonedbuildingbrewery.com

This brewery began in March 2013 when owner Matt Tarlecki transformed this abandoned mill building into what now stands as Abandoned Building Brewery, complete with a walk-in cooler, a 15-barrel brewhouse, two 30-barrel fermenters, and one 30-barrel bright tank. Its ales include a combination of year-round, seasonal, and collaboration beers.


MGM Springfield Topgolf Swing Suite

One MGM Way, Springfield

(413) 273-5000;

www.mgmspringfield.com

Located outside on the Plaza next to Indian Motorcycle, Topgolf Swing Suite is a perfect option for couples or a group of friends looking to have fun and enhance golfing skills. The experience offers a comfortable lounge to hang out in while enjoying food and drinks.


Northampton Brewery

11 Brewster Court, Northampton

(413) 584-9903;

www.northamptonbrewery.com

The Northampton Brewery brews fine ales and lagers, served with outstanding food and a friendly staff. The brewery is conveniently located in downtown Northampton and is an ideal place to go for a delicious meal and a couple beers in front of the fireplace on a chilly winter evening. The destination has been around for 35 years and continues to be one of the area’s most popular breweries.


The Quarters

8 Railroad St., Hadley, MA

(413) 429-4263;

www.hadleyquarters.com

The Quarters, located just off Route 9 and directly on the Norwottock Rail Trail, is a destination for those seeking a place to enjoy some creative food, excellent drinks, and a selection of more than 20 vintage arcade games — perfect for a group outing or a date night.

Kayla Ebner can be reached at [email protected]

Incorporations

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

AGAWAM

Divine Vision Inc., 36 Yarmouth Dr., Agawam, MA 01001. Dinesh B. Patel, same. Convenience store and gas service station.

AMHERST

CHN Northern J & J Corp., 380 Riverglade Dr., Amherst, MA 01002. Jiarui Liu, same. Full-service restaurant.

BELCHERTOWN

C & H Auto Sales Inc., 40 Emily Lane, Belchertown, MA 01007. Bruno Calouro, same. Auto sales.

CHICOPEE

DC & S Services Corp., 109 Holiday Circle, Chicopee, MA 01020. Daniel Nogueira Nogueira Sardinha, same. Janitorial services.

EAST LONGMEADOW

Dr. E. H. Eskander And Associates, P.C., Emad H. Eskander, M.D., 14 Dartmouth Lane, East Longmeadow, MA 01028. Emad H. Eskander, 181 Park Ave., Suite 13, West Springfield, MA 01089. Private psychiatric practice.

FLORENCE

Casenotes Inc., 339 Bridge Road, Florence, MA 01062. Lauren Burke, same. Create case management software programs.
PHILLIPSTON

Castle Group Properties Inc., 110 Baldwin Hill Road, Phillipston, MA 01331. Reginald Haughton, same. Real estate investment and management.

LONGMEADOW

Costas 3D Imaging Inc., 55 Benedict Terrace, Longmeadow, MA 01106. Barbara J. Costas, same. 3D diagnostic imaging for non-medical purposes.

PITTSFIELD

Casa De Adoracion Profetica Inc., 82 Wendell Ave., Ste 100, Pittsfield, MA 01201. Walter Vazquez, same. Build the kingdom of god through the liaison of ministers and Christian ministries.

SOUTH DEERFIELD

Cornerstones: Early Childhood Development Center Inc., 29 Sunderland Road, South Deerfield, MA 01373. Doria Kate Rhodes, 447 South Washington St., Belchertown, MA 01007. Provide quality, early educational experiences for infants and children up to the age of 5.

SOUTHWICK

Corporate Z.A.J. Inc., 39 Deer Run, Southwick, MA 01077. Jeff King, same. Computer software development.

SPRINGFIELD

Camile Hannoush Inc., 1655 Boston Road, Unit B-7, Springfield, MA 01129. Camile A. Hannoush, 4 Cherry Brook Lane, Suffield, CT 06078. Jewelry wholesale, retail sales, repairs, and gifts.

Edmisado Investments Corporation, 12 Pasadena St., Springfield, MA 01108. Edwin Miguel Sanchez, 12 Pasadena St., Springfield, MA 01108. Real estate investments.

WILBRAHAM

Deep Roots Landscape Co., 2555 Boston Road, Wilbraham, MA 01095. Richard E. Ewing, same. Landscaping and other services.

Incorporations

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

AGAWAM

BBB Auto Inc., 266 Walnut St., Agawam, MA 01001. Larisa Mironova, same. Auto repairs.

BRIMFIELD

Brimfield Community Partnership Inc., 367 Brookfield Road, Brimfield, MA 01010. Ryan Evan Olszta, same. To bring our community together as one. We are dedicated to holding events and giving back to the people in our community. We will bring the community together through community-based events.

CHICOPEE

500 Century Inc., 400 East Main St., Chicopee, MA 01020. Saima Amir, 10 Oakley Dr., South Hadley, MA 01075. To operate convenience store and smoke shop.

HOLYOKE

Angie-Del Inc., 30 Leary Dr., Holyoke, MA 01040. Angelo Deleon Olguin, same. Grocery retailer.

BBF Wellness Inc., 37 Commercial St., Holyoke, MA 01040. Frank Dailey, 109 Pennsylvania Ave., Springfield, MA 01118. Medical consultation not requiring licensing.

Boston Bud Factory Inc., 37 Commercial St., Holyoke, MA 01040. Frank Dailey, 109 Pennsylvania Ave., Springfield, MA 01118. Retail sales of cannabis.

LUDLOW

Bumble Inc., 140 Posner Circle, Ludlow, MA 01056. Kimberley Grandfield, same. Automotive, transportation. Transport goods.

NORWOOD

America Santos Painting Inc., 1200 Washington St., #3, Norwood, MA 01062. Ildeu Aparecido Dos Santos, same. General construction, painting, and cleaning.

PELHAM

Ad-Avis Inc., 338 Daniel Shays Highway, Pelham, MA 01002. Joseph R. Davis, same. Internet marketing.

PITTSFIELD

Assembly of God El Shamah Ministry, 563 East St., Pittsfield, MA 01201. Leonardo Marques, 166 West Housatonic St., Pittsfield, MA 01201. To establish and maintain a church and to provide a place of public worship for the same.

SPRINGFIELD

4 Seasons Painting Inc., 33 Derryfield Ave., Springfield, MA 01118. Douglas E. Guyette, same. Painting.

Anyeliz Market Corp., 546 Worthington St., Springfield, MA 01108. Antonina Sabala Rodriguez, 544 Worthington, Springfield, MA 01105. Grocery sales and restaurant.

WEST SPRINGFIELD

Bienia Powerwashing Inc., 635 Rogers Ave., West Springfield, MA 01089. Kevin Bienia, same. Provide power washing services to residential and commercial properties.

WILBRAHAM

Be Bronze Inc., 31 Glenn Dr., Wilbraham, MA 01095. Maria J. Serra, same. Sunless tanning salon and sell tanning treatments.

Company Notebook

Big E Breaks Attendance Record with 1.63 Million Guests

WEST SPRINGFIELD — A record number of visitors attended the 2019 Big E, breaking the Fair’s all-time high attendance figure, with a final tally of 1,629,527. The previous record, of 1,543,470, was set in 2018. During the fair’s run, the all-time ingle-day attendance record was also broken when 176,544 visitors attended on Saturday, Sept. 21. Five additional daily attendance records were set: Sept. 19, 85,698; Sept. 21, 176,544; Sept. 25, 89,124; Sept. 27, 112,988 and Sept. 28, 173,112. “As our event continues to grow, I am overwhelmed by the outpouring of support we receive, and I want to thank everyone in this region who supports us by attending the Big E,” said Eugene Cassidy, president and CEO of the Eastern States Exposition. “Your support allows our mission of agriculture and education to thrive, to grow, and to have a national impact.”

Bay Path Receives $5M Bequest, Largest in University’s History

LONGMEADOW — Allison Gearing-Kalill, vice president for Development and Planned Giving at Bay Path University, announced that an anonymous donor has made a transformational gift of $5 million through planned giving. The bequest is the largest individual contribution to Bay Path in its history, and honors the donor’s unwavering commitment to the education and advancement of women. Under the terms of the bequest, a fund will be established to support scholarships, endowed faculty chairs, science and technology equipment, and development programs. “I speak on behalf of the entire Bay Path community that we are grateful for this generous bequest given in support of our mission,” said President Carol Leary. “Our benefactor has a strong belief in higher education and is an inspiration for all. Over the years, this person has also contributed to our annual One America trip for students, underwritten Labster — the online virtual laboratory program integrated within the science curriculum at the American Women’s College — and has supported many other initiatives. Our patron has been a champion for women.” A passionate advocate for women’s education, the donor believes strongly that education is the key to creating opportunities and providing career pathways for women at all ages and stages of their lives, and is particularly supportive of the American Women’s College, the first all-women online bachelor’s degree program in the country, Leary added.

Eversource Donates $2,500 to Fund MHA Support Groups for Veterans, LGBTQ Community

SPRINGFIELD — Eversource, New England’s largest energy-delivery company, presented a check for $2,500 to the Mental Health Assoc. (MHA) to fund access for military veterans and members of the LGBTQ community to support groups at MHA’s BestLife Emotional Health & Wellness Center. According to Sara Kendall, vice president of Clinical Operations for MHA, community members and friends can help individuals in a number of ways, but the support provided by a group of people who have had similar experiences is even more powerful. “Through shared experience, a veteran support group helps its members build a healthy, positive lifestyle through participating and understanding,” she said. “Being part of a clinician-facilitated group can help veterans work to overcome obstacles, build working relationships, and support individuals as they learn to self-navigate in the community. The benefits of support groups for individuals who identify as LGBTQ include feeling less lonely, isolated, or judged; gaining a sense of empowerment and control; improving coping skills and sense of adjustment; talking openly and honestly about their feelings; and reducing distress, depression, or anxiety.” For more information on these new support groups, call (844) MHA-WELL.

STCC Awarded $500,000 to Enhance Two Programs

SPRINGFIELD — Springfield Technical Community College (STCC) will apply $500,000 in state funding to enhance programs in health science and electrical engineering technology and better prepare students who are planning careers in these growing industries. Called the Skills Capital Grant, the funding allows STCC to acquire the newest technologies to educate students and expand career education opportunities. STCC will use the grant to boost the two programs by acquiring new medical patient-simulation training equipment, which allows a larger number of students to enroll in the health science program; and robotic arms for the electrical engineering technology program, which will provide hands-on experience on equipment students will encounter in advanced manufacturing facilities. STCC President John Cook said the investment in the programs will help fill a regional demand for trained workers in the fields of healthcare and electrical engineering technology. Christopher Scott, dean of the School of Health & Patient Simulation, noted that the grant will be used for equipment that directly helps students prepare for careers in the healthcare field. Rick Jagodowski, chair of the electrical engineering technology program at STCC, added that the grant will allow his department to provide students experience and training with robots commonly found in the fields of advanced and automated manufacturing.

PeoplesBank Named a ‘Top Corporate Charitable Contributor’

HOLYOKE — The Boston Business Journal has announced the region’s Top Corporate Charitable Contributors, and, for the 12th year in a row, PeoplesBank is among the companies included. Also this month, the bank has been named Best Local Bank for the seventh year and Best Mortgage Lender for the eighth year in the annual Reader Raves survey conducted by the Republican and MassLive. Through the bank’s Community Care Program, it has contributed millions of dollars to local nonprofit organizations that provide services to the residents of Hampden and Hampshire counties. In addition, associates devote an average of 10,000 hours to volunteer work each year to help local schools, teach financial-education classes, clean up parks, plant trees, and help revitalize neighborhoods. The Boston Business Journal’s Top Corporate Charitable Contributors list is composed of companies that gave at least $100,000 to Massachusetts-based charities and social-service nonprofits last year. PeoplesBank will be honored at the annual Reader Raves banquet presented by the Republican and MassLive at the Log Cabin Banquet & Meeting House in Holyoke on Wednesday, Oct. 16.

CDC Designates UMass Amherst a Flu Forecasting Center Of Excellence

AMHERST — A UMass Amherst biostatistician will receive up to $3 million in funding over the next five years from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to operate a UMass-based CDC Influenza Forecasting Center of Excellence, one of two in the nation. Nicholas Reich, associate professor in the School of Public Health and Health Sciences, whose flu-forecasting collaborative has produced some of the world’s most accurate models in recent years, leads a team that will work closely with the CDC, identifying new methods and data sources to sharpen the accuracy and improve communication of seasonal and pandemic flu forecasts. “We know there are a lot of groups that have done trailblazing work in this field, so it’s really a great honor to be selected,” Reich said. A research group from Carnegie Mellon University, led by Roni Rosenfeld, was chosen as the other CDC Influenza Forecasting Center of Excellence. Rosenfeld’s group has collaborated closely with the Reich Lab at UMass Amherst as part of the FluSight Network, a multi-disciplinary consortium of flu-forecasting teams. Improving the precision of infectious disease forecasting is life-saving work. These new predictive tools could more effectively target the public-health response to a potential flu outbreak, helping to determine the timing for flu-vaccine campaigns, potential school closures, and travel restrictions, as well as the allocation of medical supplies and antiviral medications. They could also help hospitals make the most efficient staffing decisions. Reich is aiming to communicate more accessible and user-friendly information to the public, perhaps via a smartphone app. The UMass Amherst Center of Excellence includes collaborators Evan Ray, assistant professor of Mathematics and Statistics at Mount Holyoke College, who completed postdoctoral research at the Reich Lab; Caitlin Rivers, senior associate at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security; Anna Thorner, an infectious-disease specialist and the leader of the biosurveillance research team at UpToDate, an online clinical decision support resource; and BioFire and Quidel, two industry companies that run diagnostic tests for respiratory viruses. The companies serve as data providers for the UMass Center of Excellence, sharing anonymized test results from across the nation. In recent years, flu forecasters have been spreading a wide net for their models, using Google search trends, HealthTweets, and other non-traditional sources of information. Reich’s group uses ensemble methodology, incorporating 21 models in an open platform that shares data and coding to maximize forecasting capabilities. “Pooling the strength of many models together, collaboratively with multiple teams, results in a more consistent and more accurate forecast,” he explained.

Palm Beach Capital Invests in J. Polep Distribution Services

CHICOPEE — Palm Beach Capital Fund III, LP, through one of its investment entities, announced it has made an investment in Consumer Products Distributors, LLC (d/b/a J. Polep Distribution Services) and Rachael’s Food, LLC, collectively one of the nation’s largest full-line wholesale distributors to the convenience- and grocery-store industry. Financial terms were not disclosed. J. Polep has been in the distribution business for more than 120 year, and over the past several years, the company has expanded product lines to include fresh sandwiches, salads, and grocery items and has added programs and value-added services to better service the convenience-store retailer. The success of the company can be attributed to product diversification, dedicated employees, a loyal customer base, and a commitment to superior customer service, said Eric Polep, president and CEO. Mike Schmickle, partner at Palm Beach Capital, noted that his company’s strategy is to invest in solid management teams and assist them in their long-term strategic growth plans.

Tourism & Hospitality Uncategorized

Katie DiClemente says the openness of the meeting spaces at the Sheraton is one of the biggest selling points for people looking to stage conventions.

Sheraton Springfield Takes Steps to Stand Out in the Marketplace

Stacy Gravanis acknowledged the obvious when it comes to the convention and meetings market in the Northeast, and the country as a whole — there is no shortage of competition.

And in this climate, the assignment is also obvious — to find a way, or several ways, as the case may be, to stand out in this crowded marketplace.

The Sheraton Springfield has been doing that since it opened more than 30 years ago, said Gravanis, general manager of the facility, and it keeps looking for new, innovative, and, well, cool ways of continuing that practice. Cool as in a Ding-Dong cart. Indeed, the nostalgic summertime staple, sometimes seen patrolling neighborhoods and often seen parked at pools and lakes, became part of the landscape at the downtown Springfield landmark during the first week in August.

It was parked on the grounds, providing a unique opportunity to cool down during what has been an oppressive summer to date — for guests and downtown workers alike. And it became another way to bring value and something different to visitors, said Gravanis, who told BusinessWest that this is all part of the work to not only stand out — as important as that is — but also to help build relationships and turn customers into repeat customers, a critical assignment in this industry.

One of the stops on the Sheraton’s ice cream truck tour was MGM Head Start in Springfield.

“The goal is to find that connection to them and build loyalty,” she told BusinessWest, adding that the Ding-Dong cart is just one example of programs, products, and services that go into the connection-building process.

Katie DiClemente, assistant director of Sales and Marketing for the Sheraton agreed. She said that conventions and meetings comprise a large slice of the business at the Sheraton, one where building relationships and generating repeat business is essential.

DiClemente noted that the facility hosts dozens of convention groups a year, such as the Pancretan Association of America, which was in town from June 28 to July 3 and brought 475 people to the hotel. Meanwhile, its assorted meeting spaces host a wide array of gatherings, from company retreats and annual meetings to team-training sessions, to educational seminars.

The hotel’s portfolio of facilities and its unique layout (more on that later) are attractive selling points, she said, as is the region and its many attractions.

Both Gravanis and DiClemente said an already attractive mix of attractions, from Six Flags to the Dr. Seuss museum, has been significantly bolstered by MGM Springfield, which they expect to help bring new convention business to the 413.

For this issue and its focus on meetings and conventions, BusinessWest talked with Gravanis and DiClemente about the Sheraton’s ongoing work to stand out in the market, and how it is creating new flavors of customer service — figuratively but also quite literally.

Getting the Scoop

One of the largest facilities of its kind in the region, the Sheraton boasts 325 hotel rooms, more than 36,000 square feet of meeting space, including a ballroom and eight meeting rooms on the third floor, six meeting rooms on the second floor, and two additional meeting rooms on the fourth floor, leaving plenty of space for large conventions.

DiClemente says the 10,000 square foot ballroom can hold up to 1,000 people depending on the type of event, with a 500-person cap for a banquet-style event.

But size is not the only attractive quality. Indeed, DiClemente said the setup of the meeting spaces at the Sheraton Springfield is unlike most other hotels.

“The flow of our space is something that definitely attracts people to our hotel,” she told BusinessWest. “We’re not a conference-style hotel where you’re walking down a long hallway and going to your meeting rooms and finding it that way. We’re an atrium style, so if your meeting room is on the second floor, you can look down and see where you need to go. The natural light shines through the atrium.”

This natural light, and all that comes with it, has attracted a number of groups to the Sheraton — and Greater Springfield. The Pancretan Association of America (PAA), a national organization comprised of members who support and perpetuate Cretan culture through scholarship, educational, cultural, and philanthropic programs for those in the United States, Canada, and Crete, is an example of the how the region and the hotel are drawing local, national, and even international groups.

And bringing them here is a collaborative effort, said Gravanis, adding that the hotel works closely with the Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau (GSCVB), keeping in daily contact with Director of Sales Alicia Szenda.

“We have a really great relationship with her being the director of sales,” said DiClemente. “If the convention center has a lead where they need overnight rooms, that’s sent to the [GSCVB] and Alicia is that middleperson between the MassMutual Center and the hotels in the area.”

Once that lead is sent out to the hotels, they bid on the piece of business, which is sent directly to Szenda. Of course, this region is usually competing against several other cities in for the right to host specific conventions, which brings us back to that notion of standing out — and building relationships.

Again, the Ding-Dong cart was just part of it.

Aside from the ice cream runs, Gravanis said the hotel staff works to stay in touch with clients — be they groups or individuals — through birthday and anniversary cards and other touch points to build a relationship and, hopefully, a long-term relationship.

“Whether it’s a local client or a client out of a different city, it’s so important to build that relationship with them and that’s something we do every day,” said DiClemente. “It’s really a top priority for our sales team.”

Gravanis added, again, that the area itself is a huge selling point for the Sheraton, and it is becoming more so through the addition of MGM Springfield, which has the potential to bring a wide array of meetings and conventions to the city, many of which will require large amounts of hotel rooms and other facilities.

Staying Power

Since it opened nearly three decades ago, the Sheraton has been one of the key players in the region’s large and important hospitality sector.

It has been one of the important pieces in the puzzle when it comes to the infrastructure needed to bring meetings and conventions, and, therefore, revenue and vibrancy, to the region.

It has maintained this position by being innovative and always finding ways to stand out. And the Ding-Dong cart, as cool as it is, is just the latest example.

Kayla Ebner can be reached at [email protected]

Court Dockets

The following is a compilation of recent lawsuits involving area businesses and organizations. These are strictly allegations that have yet to be proven in a court of law. Readers are advised to contact the parties listed, or the court, for more information concerning the individual claims.

HAMPSHIRE SUPERIOR COURT

Cutler Associates Inc. v. One East Pleasant, LLC

Allegation: Breach of contract: $468,000
Filed: 6/18/19

David Mitowski v. Easthampton Electrical Services Inc. and Timothy J. Hodnicki

Allegation: Breach of contract, failure to pay wages: $40,000
Filed: 7/8/19

Teresa Beaudry v. Amherst College and trustees of Amherst College

Allegation: Negligence; slip and fall causing personal injury: $25,000+
Filed: 7/16/19

Five Star Building Corp. v. Danco Management Inc. and Millstone Creations Inc.

Allegation: Breach of contract, negligence, breach of implied warranty of good faith and fair dealing: $405,257.70
Filed: 7/25/19

Kimberly A. Lucas and Antonio R. Lucas v. ST Floor Covering, LLC

Allegation: Negligence; slip and fall causing personal injury: $625,341.83
Filed: 7/31/19

Historic Round Hill Summit, LLC and PeoplesBank v. Crocker Building Co. Inc. and Safco Foam Insulation, LLC

Allegation: Negligence, breach of contract, breach of implied warranty of good and workmanlike service: $3,000,000+
Filed: 8/2/19

PALMER DISTRICT COURT

ArcBest Logistics Inc. v. Hilltop Wood Components, LLC

Allegation: Money owed for shipping services provided: $18,998.85
Filed: 7/22/19

WESTFIELD DISTRICT COURT

Donna Pittello and Jean Aube v. Smith & Son Jewelers Inc.

Allegation: Fraud, breach of contract: $24,999
Filed: 7/16/19

Nicole Q. Radwanski and Andrew E. Radwanski as parents and legal guardians of the minor Jacob E. Radwanski and individually v. Girls & Guss, LLC d/b/a A Dream Come True Learning Center

Allegation: Negligence causing personal injury, reckless infliction of emotional distress: $8,984.20+
Filed: 7/18/19

Geof E. Spear v. New England Sports Center, Renfroe H. Larue Trust, Donald Lynch Blvd. Realty Trust d/b/a New England Sports Center, New England Sports Management Corp., and Donald Lynch Blvd. Realty Trust d/b/a New England Sports Management Corp.

Allegation: Negligence; slip and fall causing personal injury: $4,798.03
Filed: 7/29/19

Senior Planning

These regional and statewide nonprofits can help families make decisions and access resources related to elder-care planning.

AARP MASSACHUSETTS

1 Beacon St., #2301, Boston, MA 02108

(866) 448-3621; states.aarp.org/region/massachusetts

Administrator: Mike Festa

Services: A nonprofit, nonpartisan, social-welfare organization with a membership of nearly 38 million that advocates for the issues that matter to families, such as healthcare, employment and income security, and protection from financial abuse.

THE CONVERSATION PROJECT

20 University Road, 7th Floor, Cambridge, MA 02138

(617) 301-4868; www.theconversationproject.org

Administrator: Kate DeBartolo

Services: Helps people talk about their wishes for end-of-life care; its team includes five seasoned law, journalism, and media professionals working pro bono alongside professional staff from the Institute for Healthcare Improvement.

ELDER SERVICES OF BERKSHIRE COUNTY INC.

877 South St., Suite 4E, Pittsfield, MA 01201

(413) 499-0524; www.esbci.org

Administrator: Christopher McLaughlin

Services: Information and referral, care management, respite care, homemaker and home health assistance, healthy-aging programs, and MassHealth nursing home pre-screening; also offers housing options, adult family care, group adult foster care, long-term-care ombudsman, and money management, and oversees Senior Community Service Aide Employment Program.

GREATER SPRINGFIELD SENIOR SERVICES INC.

66 Industry Ave., Suite 9, Springfield, MA 01104

(413) 781-8800; www.gsssi.org

Administrator: Jill Keough

Services: Dedicated to maintaining quality of life for older adults, caregivers, and people with disabilities, through programs and services that foster independence, dignity, safety, and peace of mind; services include case management, home care, home-delivered meals, senior community dining, money management, congregate housing, and adult day care.

HIGHLAND VALLEY ELDER SERVICES

320 Riverside Dr., Florence, MA 01062

(413) 586-2000; www.highlandvalley.org

Administrator: Allan Ouimet

Services: Care management, information/referral services, family caregiver program, personal emergency-response service, protective services, home-health services, chore services, nursing-home ombudsman services, adult day programs, elder-care advice, bill-payer services, options counseling, respite services, representative payee services, local dining centers, personal-care and homemaker services, and home-delivered meals.

LIFEPATH

101 Munson St., Suite 201, Greenfield, MA 01301

(413) 773-5555; www.lifepathma.org

Administrator: Barbara Bodzin

Services: Private, nonprofit corporation that develops, provides, and coordinates a range of services to support the independent living of elders and people with disabilities; also supports caregivers, including grandparents raising grandchildren.

MASSACHUSETTS ASSOC. OF OLDER AMERICANS

19 Temple Place, Boston, MA 02111

(617) 426-0804; www.maoamass.org

Administrator: Chet Jakubiak

Services: Aims to improve the economic security of older Massachusetts residents through research and advocacy on policies that may reduce risk and hardship; fights against the dual stigma of being old and mentally ill, to preserve Medicare and Social Security, to ensure access to community-based long-term care, and to obtain mental healthcare for elders suffering from depression and other brain disorders.

MASSACHUSETTS EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF ELDER AFFAIRS

1 Ashburton Place, Unit 517, Boston, MA 02108

(617) 727-7750; www.mass.gov/elders

Administrator: Elizabeth Chen

Services: Connects seniors and families with services like senior centers, councils on aging, nutrition programs such as Meals on Wheels, exercise, health coaching, and more; supports frail adults through programs and quality-improvement initiatives in nursing homes and assisted-living facilities; caregiver support programs.

MASSACHUSETTS SENIOR LEGAL HELPLINE

99 Chauncy St., Unit 400, Boston, MA 02111

(800) 342-5297 ; www.vlpnet.org

Administrator: Joanne Allison

Services: The Helpline is a project of the Volunteer Lawyers Project of Boston that provides free legal information and referral services to Massachusetts residents age 60 and older; the Helpline is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to noon.

MASSOPTIONS

(844) 422-6277

www.massoptions.org

Administrator: Marylou Sudders

Services: Connects elders, individuals with disabilities, and their caregivers with agencies and organizations that can best meet their needs; staff can also assist with determining eligibility for and applying to MassHealth.

VA CENTRAL AND WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS HEALTHCARE SYSTEM

421 North Main St., Leeds, MA 01053

(413) 584-4040; www.centralwesternmass.va.gov

Administrator: John Collins

Services: Provides primary, specialty, and mental-health care, including psychiatric, substance-abuse, and PTSD services, to a veteran population in Central and Western Mass. of more than 120,000 men and women.

WESTMASS ELDERCARE INC.

4 Valley Mill Road, Holyoke, MA 01040

(413) 538-9020; www.wmeldercare.org

Administrator: Roseann Martoccia

Services: Provides an array of in-home and community services to support independent living; interdisciplinary team approach to person-centered care; information, referrals, and options counseling as well as volunteer opportunities available.

Incorporations

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

AGAWAM

Teresa’s Enterprises Inc., 378 Walnut St. Ext., Agawam, MA 01001. Louis F. Bonavita, 67 Alexander Dr., Agawam, MA 01001. Operation of on-premises services of beverage, food, and entertainment.

AMHERST

Victor Ivancev, DMD P.C., 148 Amity St. Amherst, MA 01002. Victor Ivancev, 88 Silver St., Greenfield, MA 01301. Dental services.

EAST LONGMEADOW

Site Welding Services Corporation, 475 Somers Road, East Longmeadow, MA 01028. Justin Howell, same. Welding business.

FEEDING HILLS

Tint Zone Corp., 79 Farmington Circle, Feeding Hills, MA 01030. Vyacheslav Babinov, same. Auto window tinting.

HATFIELD

Renew Window Cleaning Inc., 2 Prospect St., Hatfield, MA 01038. Melody Edwards, same. Residential and commercial cleaning services.

MONSON

Radishes Inc., 27 Margaret St., Monson, MA 01057. Alison Metcalfe, same. Manage a hair salon and spa.

NORTHAMPTON

Salsa Gypsies Inc., 80 Damon Road Apt. 7302, Northampton, MA 01060. Maricel Lucero, same. Organize and facilitate cultural trips to Cuba.

PITTSFIELD

RW Gavin III Contracting Inc., 80 Plinn St., Pittsfield, MA 01201. Roger W. Gavin, same. General contracting.

Win Place Show Live Another Life Inc., 310 Shore Road, Pittsfield, MA 01201. Jennifer B. Sabino, same. The rescue of horses and rehabbing them for placement in appropriate homes.

SOUTHWICK

Renegade Souls Inc., 490 College Highway, Southwick, MA 01077. Robert Plati, same. Charity motorcycle rides for various organizations and individuals needing funding.

SPRINGFIELD

Rudra San Inc., 90 Middle St., Springfield, MA 01104. Joshua Marrero, 965 Berkshire Ave., Indian Orchard, MA 01151. Operate a food truck that serves hot/cold food.

5 Starcarpet Inc., 106 Edgemont St, Springfield, MA 01109. Johnatan S, Alvarado, same. Floor installations.

711 Andy Realty Inc., 711 Boston Road, Springfield, MA 01119. Ravinder Arora, 191 Elm St., East Longmeadow, MA 01028. Real estate.

WEST SPRINGFIELD

Teiba Inc., 392 Amostown Road, West Springfield, MA 01089. Falih Hasan Sofaji, same. Facilitates international trades.

WESTFIELD

The Great Pretenders Inc., 49 Simmons Brook Dr., Westfield, MA 01085. Patricia Labelle, same. To promote, sponsor, and support musical related programs and services to those assisting in and primary activities are by and for individuals that has been officially diagnosed with breast cancer.

Travel and Tourism

Fun in the Sun

Summertime is a great time to get away, but in Western Mass., it’s also a great time to stick around and enjoy the many events on the calendar. Whether you’re craving live music or arts and crafts, historical experiences or small-town pride, the region boasts plenty of ways to celebrate the summer months. Here are a few dozen ideas to get you started.

June

Granby Charter Days
Dufresne Park, Route 202, Granby, MA
www.granbycharterdays.com
Admission: Free
• June 14-16: This annual town fair celebrates the adoption of Granby’s charter in 1768. This year’s event promises an array of local vendors and artisand, arts and crafts, contests, tractor pulls and an antique tractor show, an oxen draw, helicopter rides, a petting zoo, live music headlined by Trailer Trash, midway rides, a pancake breakfast, fireworks, and more.

Worthy Craft Brew Fest
201 Worthington St., Springfield, MA
www.theworthybrewfest.com
Admission: $35-$45
• June 15: Smith’s Billiards and Theodores’ Booze, Blues & BBQ, both in the city’s entertainment district, will host two dozen breweries, live music, and food served up by Theodores’, Thai Chili Food Truck, and Nora Cupcake Co. The event will also feature a home-brew contest; Amherst Brewing will make the winner’s beer and serve it at next year’s Brew Fest.

Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival
358 George Carter Road, Becket
www.jacobspillow.org
Admission: Prices vary
• June 19 to Aug. 25: Now in its 86th season, Jacob’s Pillow has become one of the country’s premier showcases for dance, featuring more than 50 dance companies from the U.S. and around the world. Participants can take in scores of free performances, talks, and events; train at one of the nation’s most prestigious dance-training centers; and take part in programs designed to educate and engage audiences of all ages.

Out! for Reel LGBT Films
274 Main St., Northampton, MA
www.outforreel.net
Admission: $7-$12
• June 22: Out! For Reel LGBTQ Films celebrates National Pride Month with a mini film fest at the Academy of Music Theatre in Northampton. This year’s theme is “This American Lesbian Life: Uplifting (and Fun) Stories in Short Films.” Out! For Reel invites everyone in the community to enjoy these entertaining, inspiring, and award-winning films.

New England Food Truck Festival
1305 Memorial Ave., West Springfield, MA
www.nefoodtruckfest.com
Admission: $6-$35
• June 22-23: The New England Food Truck Festival, on the grounds of the Eastern States Exposition, is the largest event of its kind in New England, featuring close to 50 of New England’s premier food trucks, live music, and family fun. An array of entertainment is slated throughout the weekend, from local bands to face painting, to enjoy along with a taco, grilled cheese, or hundreds of other tasty options.​

The Capitol Steps
55 Lee Road, Lenox, MA
www.capsteps.com
Admission: $49
• June 28 to Aug. 30: Since they formed in 1981, political satirists the Capitol Steps have recorded more than 30 albums and can be heard four times a year on NPR during their “Politics Take a Holiday” specials. They will release their new CD, The Lyin’ Kings, in time for their annual summer residency at Cranwell Spa and Golf Resort. Cranwell performances are nightly excluding Tuesdays throughout the summer.

July

Old Sturbridge Village Independence Weekend Celebration
1 Old Sturbridge Village Road, Sturbridge
www.osv.org
Admission: $14-$28; free for children under 4
• July 3-4: At this celebration of America, visitors can take part in a citizens’ parade, play 19th-century-style ‘base ball,’ march with the militia, make a tri-cornered hat, and sign a giant copy of the Declaration of Independence. Children and families will enjoy some friendly competition with games, and a reproduction cannon will be fired. On July 4, a citizen naturalization ceremony will take place on the Village Common.

Monson Summerfest
Main Street, Monson
www.monsonsummerfestinc.com
Admission: Free
• July 4: In 1979, a group of parishioners from the town’s Methodist church wanted to start an Independence Day celebration focused on family and community. The first Summerfest featured food, games, and fun activities. With the addition of a parade, booths, bands, rides, and activities, the event — now celebrating its 40th anniversary — has evolved into an attraction drawing more than 10,000 people every year.

Berkshires Arts Festival
380 State Road, Great Barrington
www.berkshiresartsfestival.com
Admission: $7-$14; free for children under 10
• July 5-7: Ski Butternut may be best-known for … well, skiing, of course. But the property also plays host to the Berkshires Arts Festival, a regional tradition now in its 18th year. Thousands of art lovers and collectors are expected to stop by to check out and purchase the creations of more than 175 artists and designers, and take in a performance by ‘chamber-folk’ trio Harpeth Rising on July 6.

Brimfield Outdoor Antiques Show
Route 20, Brimfield
www.brimfieldshow.com
Admission: Free
• July 9-14, Sept. 3-8: After expanding steadily through the decades, the Brimfield Antique Show now encompasses six miles of Route 20 and has become a nationally known destination for people to value antiques, collectibles, and flea-market finds. Some 6,000 dealers and close to 1 million total visitors show up at the three annual, week-long events; the first was in May.

Yidstock
1021 West St., Amherst
www.yiddishbookcenter.org/yidstock
Admission: Festival pass, $236; tickets may be purchased for individual events
• July 11-14: Boasting an array of concerts, lectures, and workshops, Yidstock 2019: the Festival of New Yiddish Music brings the best in klezmer and new Yiddish music to the stage at the Yiddish Book Center on the campus of Hampshire College. The eighth annual event always offers an intriguing glimpse into Jewish roots, music, and culture.

Green River Festival
One College Dr., Greenfield
www.greenriverfestival.com
Admission: Weekend, $139.99; Friday, $44.99; Saturday, $69.99; Sunday, $64.99
• July 12-14: For one weekend every July, Greenfield Community College hosts a high-energy celebration of music; local food, beer, and wine; handmade crafts; and games and activities for families and children — all topped off with hot-air-balloon launches and Friday- and Saturday-evening ‘balloon glows.’ The music is continuous on three stages, with more than 35 bands slated to perform.

Northeast Balloon Festival
41 Fair St., Northampton, MA
www.northeastballoonfestival.com
Admission: $7.50-$15; free for children under 13
• July 12-14: This annual event, held at the Three County Fairgrounds, features balloon rides, walk-in balloons, nighttime balloon glows, and pilot meet-and-greets, as well as a vendor expo, craft beer, live music, and more. More than 30 of New England’s top food trucks will offer an array of tastes, while amusement rides and a petting zoo have been added for the first time.

Glasgow Lands Scottish Festival
300 North Main St., Florence
www.glasgowlands.org
Admission: $5-$18, free for children under 6
• July 20: Celebrating its 26th anniversary this year, the largest Scottish festival in Massachusetts, held at Look Park, features Highland dancers, pipe bands, a pipe and drum competition, animals, spinners, weavers, harpists, Celtic music, athletic contests, activities for children, and the authentically dressed Historic Highlanders recreating everyday life in that society from the 14th through 18th centuries.

Celebrate Ludlow
Ludlow Fish & Game Club
200 Sportsmans Road, Ludlow, MA
Admission: Free
• July 27: Celebrate Ludlow began in 2000 as an extension of a parade and picnic in 1999 to celebrate the town’s 225th anniversary, and has continued annually ever since. The event, held at Ludlow Fish & Game Club and put on with the help of numerous local nonprofit organizations, typically features live bands, food, games, activities for children, and fireworks to cap off the evening.

Hampden County 4-H Fair
1305 Memorial Ave., West Springfield
www.easternstatesexposition.com
Admission: Free
• July 28: More than 200 youth from Hampden County, and 4-H members from Berkshire, Franklin, Hampshire, and Worcester counties, will showcase projects they have made, grown, or raised during the past year. Events include a horse show and other animal exhibitions, a fun run, a talent show, a scavenger hunt, raffle drawings, arts and crafts, and more.

August

High Hopes Music and Arts Festival
One MGM Way, Springfield, MA
www.mgmspringfield.com
Admission: $25-$35
• Aug. 3: Paddle Out Productions is partnering with MGM Springfield to bring a day of music, food, and arts to the Plaza at MGM Springfield. Renowned Queen tribute band Almost Queen will headline the bill and will be joined by Roots of Creation’s Grateful Dub, a reggae-infused tribute to the Grateful Dead; the Eagles Experience; and local acts Atlas Grey and Joon.

Kids Safety Expo
1000 Hall of Fame Ave., Springfield, MA
www.kidssafetyexpo.com
Admission: Free
• Aug. 3: Children and parents can combine fun activities with critical safety education during the 11th annual Kids Safety Expo at the Basketball Hall of Fame. Attendees will have meet-and-greets with area law-enforcement officers, popular characters, and local mascots, and the first 500 children who attend will receive complimentary bicycle helmets.

Springfield Jazz & Roots Festival
Court Square, Springfield
www.springfieldjazzfest.com
Admission: Free
• Aug. 10: The sixth annual event will offer a festive atmosphere featuring dozens of locally and internationally acclaimed musical artists. More than 10,000 people are expected to attend. This internationally heralded festival has become a powerful expression of civic pride, uniting the region’s diverse cultural communities through music, arts, education, and revelry.

Downtown Get Down
Exchange Street, Chicopee
www.chicopeegetdown.com
Admission: Free
• Aug. 23-24: Downtown Chicopee will once again be transformed into a massive block party. Now in its fifth year, the event — which typically draws some 15,000 people to the streets around City Hall — will feature live music from nine bands, as well as attractions for children, local food vendors, live art demonstrations, and a 5K race on Aug. 24.

Celebrate Holyoke
Downtown Holyoke
www.celebrateholyokemass.com
Admission: Free
• Aug. 23-25: Celebrate Holyoke is a three-day festival that made its return in 2015 after a 10-year hiatus. This year’s festival, expected to draw more than 10,000 people downtown, will include plenty of live musical performances, food and beverages from local restaurants, activities for children and families, and goods from local artists, crafters, and creators of all kinds.

Red Fire Farm Tomato Festival
7 Carver St., Granby, MA
www.redfirefarm.com
Admission: $5; free for children under 8
• Aug. 24: When the tomatoes are ripe and delicious in the August fields, Red Fire Farm hosts its annual Tomato Festival. Attendees can taste (and buy) a rainbow of tomato varieties grown on the farm and vote for their favorites. Bands play out back while visitors snack on food from local vendors, go on a wild edibles walk, pick cherry tomatoes, listen in on a cooking workshop, and more.

September

Glendi
22 St. George Road, Springfield
www.stgeorgecath.org/glendi
Admission: Free
• Sept. 6-8: Every year, St. George Cathedral offers thousands of visitors the best in traditional Greek foods, pastries, music, dancing, and old-fashioned Greek hospitality. In addition, the festival offers activities for children, tours of the historic St. George Cathedral and Byzantine Chapel, vendors from across the East Coast, icon workshops, movies in the Glendi Theatre, cooking demonstrations, and more.

Mattoon Street Arts Festival
Mattoon Street, Springfield
www.mattoonfestival.org
Admission: Free
• Sept. 7-8: Now in its 47th year, the Mattoon Street Arts Festival is the longest-running arts festival in the Pioneer Valley, featuring about 100 exhibitors, including artists that work in ceramics, fibers, glass, jewelry, painting and printmaking, photography, wood, metal, and mixed media. Food vendors and strolling musicians help to make the event a true late-summer destination.

FreshGrass Festival
1040 MASS MoCA Way, North Adams
www.freshgrass.com
Admission: $48-$135 for three-day pass; free for children under 6
• Sept. 20-22: The Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art is known for its musical events, and the Fresh Grass festival is among the highlights, showcasing more than 50 bluegrass artists and bands over three days. This year, the lineup includes Greensky Bluegrass, Calexico and Iron & Wine, Andrew Bird, Mavis Staples, Kronos Quartet, Tinariwen, Steep Canyon Rangers, and many more.

All Summer Long

Valley Blue Sox
MacKenzie Stadium, 500 Beech St., Holyoke
www.valleybluesox.com
Admission: $5-$7; flex packs $59-$99
• Through. Aug. 1: Western Mass. residents don’t have to trek to Boston to catch quality baseball. The Valley Blue Sox, two-time defending champions of the New England Collegiate Baseball League, play close to home at MacKenzie Stadium in Holyoke. Frequent promotional events like postgame fireworks and giveaways help make every game a fun, affordable event for the whole family.

Westfield Starfires
Bullens Field, Westfield, MA
www.westfieldstarfires.com
Admission: $7-$10
• Through. Aug. 4: The newest baseball team to land in Western Mass., the Starfires, a member of the Futures Collegiate Baseball League, is playing its inaugural season at Bullens Field in a city with plenty of baseball history. The league itself has been expanding and growing its attendance in recent years, and 30 of its players were drafted last June by major-league organizations.

Berkshire Botanical Garden
5 West Stockbridge Road, Stockbridge, MA
www.berkshirebotanical.org
Admission: $12-$15; free for children under 12
• Through. Oct. 11: With 15 acres of public gardens, Berkshire Botanical Garden’s mission is to fulfill the community’s need for information, education, and inspiration concerning the art and science of gardening and the preservation of the environment. In addition to the garden’s collections, visitors can enjoy workshops, special events, and guided tours.

Crab Apple Whitewater Rafting
2056 Mohawk Trail, Charlemont
www.crabapplewhitewater.com
Admission: Varies by activity
• Through. Oct. 14: Wanna get wet? Crab Apple is a third-generation, multi-state family business that operates locally on the Deerfield River in the northern Berkshire Mountains of Western Mass. Its rafting excursions range from mild to wild, full- or half-day runs, in rafts and inflatable kayaks. In short, Crab Apple offers something for everyone, from beginners to more experienced rafters.

The Zoo in Forest Park
293 Sumner Ave., Springfield, MA
www.forestparkzoo.org
Admission: $5-$10; free for children under 1
• Through. Oct. 14: The Zoo in Forest Park, located inside Springfield’s Forest Park, is home to more than 175 native and exotic animals representing a large variety of species found throughout the world and North America. Meanwhile, the zoo maintains a focus on conservation, wildlife education, and rehabilitation, while offering special events like Zoo on the Go, guided tours, and discovery programs.

Six Flags New England
1623 Main St., Agawam, MA
www.sixflags.com/newengland
Admission: $46.99; season passes $75.99
• Through. Oct. 27: Continuing an annual tradition of adding a new major attraction each spring, Six Flags New England recently unveiled Cyborg Hyper Drive, a spinning thrill ride in the dark. Other recent additions include Harley Quinn Spinsanity, the Joker 4D Free Fly Coaster, the looping Fireball, and the 420-foot-tall New England Sky Screamer swings. And the Hurricane Harbor water park is free with admission.

Historic Deerfield
84B Old Main St., Deerfield, MA
www.historic-deerfield.org
Admission: $5-$18;
free for children under 6
• Year-round: This outdoor museum interprets the history and culture of early New England and the Connecticut River Valley. Visitors can tour 12 carefully preserved antique houses dating from 1730 to 1850, and explore world-class collections of regional furniture, silver, textiles, and other decorative arts. Summer activities include educational lectures, cooking demonstrations, and exhibitions of period items and art.

 

Incorporations

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

HOLYOKE

Nova Leap Health Ma II Inc., 1593 Northampton St., Holyoke, MA 01040. Christopher Dobbin, 104-37 Wentworth St., Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada. Provide personal care services, homemaking, non-medical companion care.

HOUSATNOIC

Pilot Recording Studios Inc., 1073 Main St., Housatonic, MA 01236. William Schillinger, same. Recording studio.

PALMER

Northern Hope Foundation Inc., 30 Burlingame Road, Palmer, MA 01069. Syed M Naveed, 10 Kendall Dr., Northborough, MA 01532. Organization dedicated to improving the lives of children battling debilitating or chronic medical conditions through wish granting services and financial support to them and their families.

PITTSFIELD

Nourish the Sheep Corporation, 152 North St 41, Pittsfield, MA 01201. Zachari Durso, 152 North St., Suite 41, Pittsfield, MA 01201. We connect services and build systems to streamline the process of getting assistance. We offer classes, training and other educational programs to clients and agencies.

Nurclan Inc., 180 Elm St., Suite I, Apt 229, Pittsfield, MA 01201. Nurbek Murzakhanov, same. General freight trucking service.

On Time Inc., 82 Wendell Ave. Ste 100, Pittsfield, MA 01201. Thiago Dos Santos, same. State-to-state transportation.

SOUTHAMPTON

P&M Mechanical Inc. 27 Gilbert Road, Southampton, MA 01073. Pawel Misniakiewicz, same. HVAC services.

SPRINGFIELD

R L Chayle Inc., 176 1/2 Main Street Indian Orchard, Springfield, MA 01151. Renata Lancaster, same. Regulated and licensed sales of marijuana products.

River Valley Chiropractic, P.C., 1003 St. James Ave. Unit 2, Springfield, MA 01104. Spencer R. Burling, same. Chiropractic services.

WESTFIELD

Picture Perfect Ponds Inc., 1911 East Mountain Road, Westfield, MA 01085. Jeffrey Richard Paquette, same. Building and maintaining landscaping ponds.