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  • Dr. Christina White SUBMITTED PHOTO

  • Donna Haghighat  SUBMITTED PHOTO

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  • Susan Guswa SUBMITTED PHOTO

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Monday, October 02, 2017
Freckled Fox Café grand opening

FLORENCE — Freckled Fox Café’s grand opening and ribbon-cutting will take place at 1 North Main St., Suite 2, Florence, on Oct. 7 from 10 to 11:30 a.m.

Northampton Mayor David Narkewicz will attend and assist with the ceremony. Free samples of the shop’s secret recipe pastries and cookies, as well as deli case and select menu options, will be available.

Patrons are invited to enter a drawing using business cards or email addresses. Prizes include a Freckled Fox T-Shirt or 1-pound bag of Dean’s Beans Coffee. The shop has free Wi-Fi.

Dr. Christina White providing veterinary acupuncture

HADLEY — Dr. Christina K. White, associate veterinarian at Riverbend Animal Hospital, has completed the coursework and required case studies and has become certified in veterinary medical acupuncture.

With this certification, White brings additional services to Riverbend’s patients, complementing traditional medical treatments. Veterinary medical acupuncture is used to enhance healing in dogs and cats, treat pain and inflammation, improve GI motility, treat nausea, help control epileptic seizures, and treat other painful and stress-related processes.

White has worked as an associate veterinarian at Riverbend since December 2011. She previously worked as a veterinarian in the San Francisco Bay area, Chicago, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C. She received her veterinary medicine degree from the University of California Davis in 1996.

Woodard & Curran opens in Northampton

NORTHAMPTON — Woodard & Curran, an engineering, science, and operations company, recently opened an office in downtown Northampton at 47 Pleasant St.

The new office is the firm’s first location in western Massachusetts and is one of several offices located throughout New England and nationwide.

The office is led by Susan Guswa, a professional engineer and senior technical leader in the firm’s Sanitary Wastewater Service Line, and Paul Dombrowski, a professional engineer and land surveyor and a wastewater practice leader at the firm.

Guswa, who joined Woodard & Curran last year, has over 20 years of experience with a focus on comprehensive planning, treatment and nutrient removal and has served as a project manager and design engineer for major wastewater projects throughout New England.

Woodard & Curran serves clients locally and nationwide, with offices in California, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Maine, Montana, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Wyoming.

Haghighat CEO of Women’s Fund of Western Mass

SPRINGFIELD — In her role as the new CEO of the Women’s Fund of Western Massachusetts, Donna Haghighat joined national and international stakeholders at the 2017 Women’s Funding Network Conference in San Francisco and accepted the LEAD Award for the WFWM Young Women’s Initiative Springfield Partnership, a multi-sector partnership aimed at driving economic prosperity for young women.

Haghighat comes to the WFWM with over 12 years of experience developing programs, cultivating relationships, fundraising, directing communications strategy, creating strategic plans and building advocacy programs.

Most recently principal at the Collabyrinth Collective LLC, Haghighat’s previous roles have included executive director of the Aurora Women & Girl’s Foundation, chief engagement and advocacy officer for YWCA Hartford Region, a strategic consultant, chief development officer for Hartford Public Library, interim director and grants/program manager of the Women’s Education and Leadership Fund, and co-president of American Association of University Women, Connecticut.

Big Y produce manager wins national award

NORTHAMPTON — United Fresh Produce Association has chosen Lou Kwisnek, Big Y World Class Market’s produce and floral sales manager, as one of 25 winners in its 2017 Retail Produce Manager Awards Program. Kwisnek was honored among produce managers representing supermarket chains, commissaries, and independent retail stores from 15 states and two Canadian provinces.

Winners are selected by a special team of produce experts and based upon a number of criteria including efforts to increase produce consumption through every day excellence in merchandising, special displays and promotions, community service and commitment to total customer satisfaction.

Kwisnek has been with Big Y for 14 years. He started his career as an assistant produce manager before training to become a produce and floral sales manager in 2007. He assumed that position in September of 2008 and has held it ever since.

Kwisnek also was responsible for initially and successfully executing the Big Y partnership with the University of Massachusetts Student Farm in Amherst.

Marion opens fitness center in Granby

GRANBY — April Marion, group exercise instructor fitness and nutrition coach, opened Get Movin’ Zumba Fitness & More, 216 West State St. in Granby, on Sept. 1.

The fitness center brings a variety of fun, group exercise classes to everyone, children through seniors, and offers personal nutrition coaching for weight loss and disease prevention. Drop in for free consultation or to exercise.

Open seven days a week, Marion has more than 25 years of experience. The center can be reached at www.aprilmarion.zumba.com, or by calling 255-0623.