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Basketball Hall of Fame Taps
White Lion for Enshrinement Release
SPRINGFIELD — The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and White Lion Brewing Co. announced the two will collaborate and release a special ale
with a commemorative collector’s label designed
to capture the imagery of the Hall of Fame’s annual enshrinement program. The collector’s label melds the Hall of Fame’s iconic dome with the city of Spring- field skyline into White Lion’s award-winning brand. “White Lion is extremely honored to partner with
the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame for an annual release affectionately dubbed Enshrinement Legend Series, which pays homage to the birthplace of bas- ketball, the Basketball Hall of Fame, and class honor- ees,” said Ray Berry, White Lion president. “The city of Springfield is the home of this global sport, and we are excited to play a role in the annual enshrinement- ceremony experience.” The Basketball Hall of Fame will present the class of 2021 Saturday, Sept. 11 at the MassMutual Center in downtown Springfield.
Keiter Corp. Donates $10,000 for Northampton Gift-card Promotion
FLORENCE — Keiter Corp. has donated $10,000 to the Greater Northampton Chamber of Commerce for a promotion that will allow consumers to purchase a $25 Northampton gift card and receive $50 in actual spending power. This investment by Keiter, aimed at helping to continue to boost the local economy in
the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, will be supple- mented by a $2,500 contribution from the chamber’s Community Revitalization Fund, allowing for 250 of the double-valued, $25 Northampton gift cards to
be sold. Billed as a “Kickstart the Community with a Keiter Card” campaign, the promotion launched on Aug. 12, with the cards sold exclusively at the cham- ber offices at 99 Pleasant St., Northampton. Based
in Florence, Keiter has provided general-contracting and construction-management services in the Valley since 2010 for its commercial and residential projects. Scott Keiter is a member of the chamber’s board of directors and its finance committee, so he is person- ally aware of the financial hit that local merchants took during the pandemic. Knowing the gift-card pro- gram has been successful, he thought an investment focused on it would be a win-win-win for his busi- ness, the chamber, and shoppers around the region who have also been hard-hit. The Northampton Gift Card is currently accepted at 65 restaurants, shops, and other establishments.
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tion – defendants; Mark Cress, banking and finance law, bankruptcy and creditor-debtor rights/insolven- cy and reorganization law, and corporate law; Francis Dibble Jr., bet-the-company litigation, commercial litigation, criminal defense – white-collar, litigation
– labor and employment, and litigation – securities; Daniel Finnegan, administrative/regulatory law and litigation – construction; Scott Foster, business orga- nizations (including LLCs and partnerships); Kevin Maynard, commercial litigation, litigation – bank-
ing and finance, and litigation – construction; David Parke, corporate law and mergers and acquisitions; Melinda Phelps, medical-malpractice law – defen- dants and personal-injury litigation – defendants; Jeffrey Poindexter, commercial litigation; John Pucci, bet-the-company litigation, criminal defense – gen- eral practice, and criminal defense – white-collar; Elizabeth Sillin, nonprofit/charities law and trusts
Asnuntuck, Enfield Partner on Early-childhood Initiative
ENFIELD, Conn. — The town of Enfield’s Family Resource Center, a division of the Enfield Department of Social Services, partnered with Asnuntuck Com- munity College’s Early Childhood Education program last month on a creative collaborative program.
The two partners provided an educational
experience at the Enfield Public Schools’ Stowe
Early Learning Center to preschool-aged chil-
dren who are entering preschool and kinder-
garten in the fall, and who have had a limited preschool experience due to the pandemic. The sum- mer program was three weeks long, with three classes of 16 children each going to kindergarten and two classes of 10 children each going to preschool. Fund- ing for the program came from the Connecticut Office of Early Childhood, and it was partially staffed by teaching assistants who are Asnuntuck students or recent graduates.
Businesses Pull Together to Help YMCA’s Camp Weber
WEST SPRINGFIELD — The YMCA of Greater Spring- field reached out to several local business for their help with upgrades at its Camp Weber in West Spring- field this past year. Over the course of a few months this spring, various projects were completed to upgrade Camp Weber, including paving, new roofs, painting, landscaping, consulting, new equipment, and more. The YMCA was also fortunate to receive donations and grant awards to help with other expenses on the project. In addition, some commu- nity friends came together and helped raise enough money to send nearly 300 kids to one-week sessions of camp. Among those who helped the YMCA make improvements at Camp Weber are Adam Quennville Roofing & Siding, anonymous donors, the Agnes M. Lindsay Trust, Big E Trust – Town of West Spring- field, Construction Dynamics, Eastman Chemical Co., Excel Dryer, Graybar Electric Supply, Hampden County Sheriff’s Department, Kelly Building Group, Kittredge Foodservice Equipment & Supply, Noonan Energy, Nora Roberts Foundation, Ondrick Materials & Recycling, Szlachetka Dubay, P.C., West Springfield Rotary Club, and West Springfield Rotary District 7890.
WNEU School of Law
Co-Hosts Workshop to Support
Asian-American Women
SPRINGFIELD — More than 100 current and aspiring law professors participated in the inaugural Work-
and estates; and Ronald Weiss, corporate law, merg- ers-and-acquisitions law, and tax law.
Mark Fuller, who has served as interim chancel-
lor of UMass Dartmouth since January, was named permanent chancellor. He has served in the interim capacity since January, following nine years as dean of the UMass Amherst Isenberg School of Manage- ment, which rose to national prominence under his leadership, and three years as UMass Amherst vice chancellor for Advancement. Fuller spent 12 years
in the UMass system prior to being named interim chancellor in January, including nine transforma- tive years at Isenberg, which is now ranked as the number-one public undergraduate business program in the Northeast by U.S. News & World Report. Isen- berg’s online MBA program rose to the top ranking in the nation, and third in the world, according to the Financial Times. With an alumni base of 60,000 (simi-
shop for Asian-American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Women in the Legal Academy on Aug. 5-6. The event included workshops focused on professional devel- opment, scholarship, wellness, and Asian-American history. The AAPI workshop was co-hosted by Sudha Setty, dean and professor of Law at Western New Eng-
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land University (WNEU) School of Law, along with Shoba Sivaprasad Wadhia, associate dean for Diversi- ty, Equity, and Inclusion; Samuel Weiss Faculty Schol- ar; clinical professor of Law; and director of the Cen- ter for Immigrants’ Rights Clinic at Penn State Law in University Park. In addition to providing inspiration, the workshop offered tangible support to individuals from populations that are historically underrepre- sented in the legal field. Given the workshop’s success in its inaugural year, Wadhia said organizers hope it will be an annual event hosted by a rotating group of law schools across the country. Institutional support, she added, is key to making progress on diversity, equity, and inclusion within the legal academy.
Dam Upgrades, Repairs to Begin at Springfield Armory Site
SPRINGFIELD — The city of Springfield recently announced it is beginning the $3.6 million project to repair and upgrade the Watershops Pond Dam at the historic former Springfield Armory manufacturing site. GZA GeoEnvironmental Inc., a multi-disciplinary firm providing ecological, geotechnical, environmen- tal, water, and construction-management services, designed and provided permitting support for this major infrastructure project. Watershops Pond, which is created by the dam, is surrounded by several his- toric industrial buildings that were part of the Spring- field Armory, the first federal armory and the primary manufacturing center for U.S. military firearms from 1794 until its closing in 1968. Gardner Construction
& Industrial Services Inc. of Chicopee was awarded the general contract to construct the improvements at this high-hazard-potential dam. One of the key elements of the dam-improvement project includes replacing the 65-year-old crest gate. The three-foot- tall, 105-foot-long, flap-like structure can be lowered in advance of major storms and hurricanes to release water and reduce the level of the pond to mitigate potential flooding and protect the safety of the dam and downstream areas.
lar to that of UMass Dartmouth), the annual giving
to the Isenberg School increased from $2 million to $10 million on Fuller’s watch. As vice chancellor for Advancement for three years, he was a key player in redesigning UMass Amherst’s Advancement activities and building greater coordination between alumni communications, engagement, and fundraising. Prior to joining the UMass system, Fuller was a professor and department chair at Washington State Univer- sity for nine years and began his career in academia with eight years at Baylor University. His research interests are especially relevant to today’s world, including technology-supported learning, distance education, and teamwork in technology-mediated environments. His teaching interests include execu- tive education, leadership, information-systems strat- egy, e-commerce, change management, and project management.
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