Making News: Area business briefs

Last modified: Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Names added to Eva Trager memorial

Northampton — The names of six local people who helped make Northampton a vital city will be unveiled on the Eva Trager memorial statue on Main Street next week.

They are: Al August & Family, Ann August Shops; Christina Cavallari, Serio’s Market; Bill Nagle, Bill Nagle’s Honor Court; Kay Sheehan, downtown ambassador; Norman Winston, Bran-Win Pharmacy; Stanley Zewski, Foster Farrar Co.

The statue, a bronze owl sculpture created by artist Gregory Stone, is located on the sidewalk in front of Trager’s former shop, Country Comfort. That storefront is now the location of JRich Clothing for Men.

The sculpture, known as “the Queen of Main,” in honor of Trager, was created in 2012 after a community fundraising effort to commemorate Trager, who died in 2011, and other luminaries who have made contributions to the city.

There will be a ceremony to recognize the new honorees at 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 12, the third anniversary of Trager’s death.

Psychologist Tom Wolff honored by APA

Amherst — The American Psychological Association honored Tom Wolff, Ph.D., of Tom Wolff & Associates, with an award in recognition of his professional contributions. Wolff, a community psychology practitioner, has experience training and consulting with federal, state and local governments, foundations, hospitals, and non-profit organizations. He has published numerous self-help resources. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Clark University, and his doctorate from the University of Rochester.

Pluta joins Cooley Dickinson Medical Group Diabetes Center

NORTHAMPTON — Dr. Kinga Pluta, a primary care provider since 2002, most recently with Amherst Family Practice, is the new medical director at the Cooley Dickinson Medical Group Diabetes Center. Pluta received her medical degree from Albany Medical College and completed a combined residency at the University of Connecticut.

She earned board certification in both pediatrics and internal medicine, and maintains certification with the National Certification Board of Diabetes Educators and the American Association of Diabetes Educators. Pluta is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, a member of the American College of Physicians and is on the medical staff of Cooley Dickinson Hospital.

FSB offers free document shredding

GRANBY — Florence Savings Bank is offering free shredding services at a community shred day, Saturday, Sept. 13, from 9 a.m. to noon at the bank’s Granby office, 68 Pleasant St. Area residents may bring up to five shoeboxes of personal paperwork to shred. The service is free and participants need not be bank customers. All shredding is done on site, in view of the customer. Protection from identity theft and fraud information will be available, and a raffle held for an in home shredder.

Fresenius Medical Care Facility recognized

NORTHAMPTON — Fresenius Medical Care North America awarded its Fresenius Medical Care Hampshire County facility, located at 84 Conz St., the Center of Excellence designation for achieving the highest standards in patient care in 2013. These annual awards recognize the best-performing FMCNA dialysis facilities nationwide, based on multiple objective measures of clinical quality.