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Published: 4/6/2022 1:52:35 PM

Modified: 4/6/2022 1:51:33 PM

Northampton Chamber adds five new board members

NORTHAMPTON — The Greater Northampton Chamber of Commerce welcomed five new board members at its first meeting of 2022. They include:

Jennifer Ewers, a Florence resident, is an insurance broker at Finck & Perras Insurance. She is part of the Chamber’s Investor and Ambassador Committee and is chairing the Partners Committee. She is a community volunteer, wife, mother and business person, serving on the boards of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hampshire County, the Easthampton Chamber of Commerce, and she is an active member of the Northampton Rotary Club. Additionally, Ewers is current chair of the board of directors of Cancer Connection.

Christopher Gallivan of Feeding Hills is a business solutions consultant with Complete Payrolls Solutions based in Springfield. He is part of the Chamber’s Investor and Ambassador Committee, and served on the Planning Committee for its Virtual Annual Meeting last year.

Doug Gilbert of Agawam is a vice president and commercial loan officer at Florence Savings Bank in Florence. He is certified as a public accountant in Massachusetts. He received an accounting degree from Westfield State University and his MBA in Finance from University of Connecticut.

Randy Krotowski of Northampton is a retired technology executive and community volunteer. He has experiences from executive for-profit boards to nonprofit board membership. He is active on the Chamber’s Economic Development Committee.

Katie Wolf of Northampton is the chief operating officer at Transhealth in Florence. Wolf offers a wealth of skills and experiences to her role on the Chamber board, including LBGTQIA+ health care, operations, data analysis, and planning.

Florence Bank donates $100K to Basketball Hall of Fame

SPRINGFIELD — Florence Bank recently made the final donation of its $100,000 donation to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in support of the museum’s multi-phase renovation project that began four years ago. The bank’s gift came in phases over the past five years, with the final $20,000 gift made recently.

As work to enhance the museum progressed, sections of the museum closed in phases. A reopening was celebrated in July 2020, but because of the pandemic, visitation was at a minimum for the year. However, since July 2021, attendance to the museum has surpassed pre-pandemic levels each month.

The museum’s new features include a new theater in which all visitors watch a brief signature film on history of basketball; a more interactive Hall of Fame Hall of Honor, in which visitors can thoroughly research Hall of Famers backgrounds; and new digital exhibits, including one in which visitors can superimpose images of themselves in game play with Hall of Famers.

bankESB donates $15K to Children’s Advocacy Center

EASTHAMTPON — bankESB will make a $15,000 community grant to the Children’s Advocacy Center in Hampshire County to expand the efforts of child abuse prevention, services and advocacy efforts.

The CAC house is located at 593 Elm St. in Northampton and responds to allegations of child abuse in a child-friendly manner. The donation came from the bank’s charitable giving program called The Giving Tree, which serves as the roots that the bank has in its communities.

HCC offering new round of free hotel job training

HOLYOKE — Holyoke Community College is running a free, seven-week hotel training program starting April 26.

The hands-on, in-person classes for hotel front desk workers and hotel room attendants will take place in HCC’s hotel training lab on the second floor of the HCC MGM Culinary Arts Institute on Race Street in downtown Holyoke.

The program runs on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, 5:30-8:30, April 26 through June 9.

The course will provide students with up-to-date knowledge of the hotel industry, hands-on experience for front desk and/or room attendant roles, workplace skills, resume building, interviewing, job search assistance, and connections to local employers.

HCC’s hotel lab was equipped using $35,000 from a 2019 Massachusetts Skills Capital Grant, which funds purchases for educational initiatives linked to workforce needs.

HCC ran its first round of free hotel industry training in February and March.

The lab is set up like a hotel reception area with a front desk and adjoining guest room and equipped with the most modern technology and software.

No high school diploma or GED/HiSET test is required for admission. Offered as part of HCC’s Business & Workforce Development division, the hotel training course is free to qualifying applicants.

For more information, contact Laura Smith, HCC job placement assistant and career development counselor, at [email protected], at 413-552-2833, or fill out the inquiry form at hcc.edu/job-ready

Attorney Miles earns forensic certificate

NORTHAMPTON — Attorney Harry L Miles of Green Miles Lipton, LLP, received a graduate certificate in forensic accounting from Northeastern University’s College of Professional Studies. Miles is a fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, Jurisprudence Section and of the American College of Trial Lawyers.



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