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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 par- ties listed, or the court, for more information concern- ing the individual claims.
Victor Lopez Cortes, et al v. Hedge Hog Industries Corp., et al
Allegation: Fraud: $43,450
Filed: 8/25/21
Tonya Monfett, personal representative of the estate of Anna Monfett v. Vanessa Ross, CNM; Marc Zerbe, M.D.; Kristine Midura, RN; Brian Couchon, RN; and Holyoke Medical Center Inc.
Allegation: Medical malpractice, wrongful death: $50,000+
Filed: 9/7/21
Theresa Beaumier v. Mutt Rescue Inc. Allegation: Negligence causing personal injury: $291,345.84
Filed: 9/8/21
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“We have begun planning programming for the
Divine Theater which will feature shows like poetry readings, classical or jazz musicians, and comedy,” she explained. The first event is scheduled for Oct. 21, when NEPM public radio will bring its Valley Voices Story Slam event to the theater. The popular competi- tion encourages contestants to tell their best funny or heartwarming story in under five minutes, with the audience choosing the winner.
Kruta noted that he named the theater in honor of Divine’s parents. Divine quickly added, “honest, it wasn’t my idea, and it’s a very sweet gesture.”
“It’s a tightrope trying to figure
out how to get re-established in a way that’s affordable and will make enough money to keep moving forward. It’s tricky.”
Also opening in October is the Small Works Gal- lery, a space for emerging and established artists to display their work. Kruta, a professional artist, said they have introduced to the public artists who have never had their work exhibited. It’s all part of GCA’s stated mission to “build and strengthen community, culture, and the arts by providing the space and infra- structure to do so.”
“We can also be mentors and guide them through the process,” Kruta added. “It’s very satisfying.”
Having Fun Again
No matter what part of GCA people visit, safety comes first.
“We are mandating proof of vaccination and wear- ing masks inside, except when eating,” Divine said.
Virginia Dascoli v. Big Y Foods Inc.
Allegation: Negligence; slip and fall causing personal injury: $60,000
Filed: 9/8/21
Steven Wheeler v. Richard Anderson, M.D., and Charles Mick, M.D.
Allegation: Medical malpractice: $3,526,912.85 Filed: 9/9/21
Adams & Ruxton Construction Co. v. Cei Builders, LLC and Agawam ORF 1, LLC
Allegation: Breach of contract for construction ser- vices: $57,994.99
Filed: 9/9/21
BMP Harris Bank N.A. v. Universal Logistics Inc.
Allegation: Breach of contract, breach of guaranty, replevin: $39,1145.70
Filed: 9/9/21
Pedro Lopez-Nieves v. Eastern Vehicle Recycling Inc.
Allegation: Negligence causing personal injury: $48,621.77
Filed: 9/14/21
Brenda Glanville v. Pioneer Valley Hotel Group Inc. Allegation: Employment discrimination: $135,000+ Filed: 9/14/21
Margarita Rosa v. Commonwealth of Massachu- setts, University of Massachusetts Amherst, and
Court Dockets
Marriott International Inc.
Allegation: Negligence; slip and fall causing personal injury: $18,727.02
Filed: 9/17/21
Penn Keystone Coal Co. LLC v. Mark Bogacz d/b/a Coal Stoves & More
Allegation: Money owed for goods sold and deliv- ered: $88,160.63
Filed: 9/20/21
     Gateway City Arts has begun planning programming for its new Divine Theater, and is opening the Small Works Gallery to showcase both emerging and established artists.
      “We’re strict about it to protect our guests, our staff, and all our health.”
By pursuing a slower reopening process, Kruta and Divine can bring their business back in a less stressful way, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy.
“It’s a tightrope trying to figure out how to get re- established in a way that’s affordable and will make enough money to keep moving forward,” Divine said. “It’s tricky.”
She attributes her optimism for Gateway City Arts to the staff, several of whom were rehired, along with new faces joining this unique business as it begins its new chapter.
“It’s always been a challenge because people who work here have to prepared to do things they didn’t expect to, or have never done before,” Kruta said.
“We’re lucky to have such a good team.”
When they first started the business, Divine said, they were scattered and chased every request. “Now,
our approach is to be more focused. Before, we never could say no. Now we will say no to things that don’t make sense.”
What does make sense, she noted, is seeing the building on Race Street, beside the Holyoke canals, being re-energized according to her original vision. And she’s trying to keep a sense of fun in a business venture she and Kruta appreciate all the more these days, having almost lost it.
As she told BusinessWest, “it feels like I’m going to camp every day.” v
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