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Monday, January 01, 2018
New sales manager at Hadley Farms  

HADLEY — Joan Dahl-Lussier has been hired as assistant sales manager for Hadley Farms Meeting House. She was the longtime owner of The Roadhouse Café in Belchertown. 

Dahl-Lussier is a resident of Belchertown and has spent most of her life in the hospitality business.

Northampton law office named Media Law Firm of 2017

NORTHAMPTON — The Northampton law firm of Fierst, Kane & Bloomberg LLP was recently presented with the 2017 Media Law Firm of the Year in Massachusetts award by Global Law Experts for its work in the entertainment and media industries. This is the third consecutive year that the firm has won this award.

Senior partner and industry veteran Frederick U. Fierst, partner Hun Ohm and associate Daniel Fierst work at the leading edge of interactive, entertainment and digital media law, representing some of the most creative and innovative minds in the world. Fred Fierst is a longtime Massachusetts and New England entertainment Super Lawyer who frequently appears as a featured speaker at entertainment events around the world. Assisting with corporate matters are colleagues attorneys Susan Cooper and Nicholas Grimaldi, and paralegals Jenny Joyal and Jena Rhinehart.

Meltzer takes post at Congregation B’nai Israel 

NORTHAMPTON — Amy Meltzer is the new director of young family engagement for Congregation B’nai Israel for both CBI and its project Abundance Farm. The position is part-time and a first for the congregation, having grown organically out of the initiatives for young family engagement taking place at CBI and the farm since 2016.

In the summer of 2016, Abundance Farm received $20,000 Spark Grant from PJ Library, a program of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, to support “Shabbat Shabloom” programming, a weekly musical, farm-based gathering for young families to celebrate the end of the week.

Meltzer has been running Shabbat Shabloom since its inception in collaboration with Felicia Sloin and Rabbi Jacob Fine. Her experience includes many years as a kindergarten teacher at Lander Grinspoon Academy, authorship of two children’s books, and knowledge of outdoor education through her work with Nature’s Classroom and TEVA. She also works as an engagement officer for PJ Library at the Harold Grinspoon Foundation and director of family engagement at Lander Grinspoon Academy.

Pinardi joins Freedom Credit Union

MONTAGUE — Stacey Pinardi of Montague has been appointed mortgage loan originator for Franklin and Hampshire Counties at Freedom Credit Union.

She will offer expertise in conventional, Masshousing, MHP ONE Mortgage, FHA, USDA, and VA loans. Pinardi has over 22 years of experience in the finance industry, including expertise in residential mortgage origination, first-time homebuyer assistance, and secondary market sales.

Most recently, she was a mortgage planner at Regency Mortgage. Currently, Pinardi is an affiliate member of the Realtor Association of Pioneer Valley. She is working at the Freedom branch at 191 Avenue A in Turners Falls.

Banking charity sets record for community grants

BOSTON — The Massachusetts Bankers Association has set new records in its 2017 year-end community grant season, awarding 43 grants totaling $167,000.

The foundation has now provided gifts totaling $2.3 million over its 21-year history

The foundation, supported by the 150 member banks of the MBA throughout Massachusetts and New England, is distributing the grants over eight geographic regions in Massachusetts, giving awards to deserving social service agencies.

Local agencies receiving $5,000 grants include United ARC of Franklin & Hampshire Counties Inc. in Turners Falls, and Womanshelter Companeras of Holyoke