Tower Theaters plans January festivities
SOUTH HADLEY — After extensive renovations, Tower Theaters will host grand re-opening events throughout January.
After nearly 25 years in business, Tower Theaters has completed its modernization plans with the installation of new theater seating styled after Ford Mustang bucket seats and spaced to provide more leg room.
In 2011 the movie house completed its conversion from film to digital projection.
Festivities kick-off Jan. 3, with free appetizers from 5 to 7 PM followed by a free screenings of George Balanchine’s “Jewels” and Giuseppe Verdi’s “Aida”. Beer and wine will be available that evening and throughout the month on Friday and Saturday evenings. Free small popcorns will be offered Mondays through Thursdays and $1 popcorn and soda refills Fridays through Sundays. The will be free childrenʼs programs every Sunday from 11 to 12:30. For more information visit www.towertheaters.com.
Valley Home Improvement gets owner
NORTHAMPTON — Steven Silverman will take over as owner of Valley Home Improvement Inc. of Florence as of Jan. 1.
Silverman, the design-build firm’s vice president for the last eight years, will succeed president Nelson Shiffett, according to a letter from the business to customers. Shiffett will stay involved in the company as an executive employee.
The letter reads, in part, “Eight years ago, Steve was brought on board at VHI to participate in the business as a key stakeholdr. Nelson could foresee that he did not intent to run the business (and work quite so hard) forever. Steve joined VHI with the mutual intention that he would work his way from comprehensive responsibility as vice president to full-fledged ownership of the company.”
Baystate psychiatrist joins ServiceNet board
NORTHAMPTON — Malina Yotova of Northampton is the newest member of the board of directors at ServiceNet Inc., a social services agency.
Yotova, grew up in Eastern Europe, is a psychiatrist at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield and at a community clinic.
Yotova learned about ServiceNet after seeking advice from a colleague on a particularly difficult patient with a traumatic brain injury. ServiceNet was able to provide residential treatment for the patient, according to a statement.
Smith tops according
to online journal
NORTHAMPTON — Smith College has been rated the 23rd best college in the country by thebestschools.org.
The website focuses on schools that emphasize undergraduate education.
Bases for Smith’s selection included prospects for personal enrichment and advancement after graduation as well as academic rigor, freedom of inquiry and expression, quality of faculty, school reputation.
More information at www.thebestschools.org/blog/2012/12/04/50-best-colleges-united-states.