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Last modified: Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Lawyers win accolades

NORTHAMPTON — All three partners at the law firm of Lesser, Newman & Nasser have been named in the annual New England edition of Super Lawyers. William C. Newman practices in the area of civil rights and First Amendment law. Thomas Lesser practices in the area of plaintiff’s personal injury. Merry L. Nasser practices in the areas of alternative dispute resolution and mediation.

Nasser was also named Family Lawyer of the Year for the Springfield area by Best Lawyers in America 2012.

Lesser, Newman & Nasser has been named a Best Law Firm in the area of family law in the 2013 U.S. News Best Lawyers rankings.

City baker honored by trade publication

NORTHAMPTON — Hungry Ghost Bread co-owner Jonathan Stevens, has been named one of the “Top Ten Bakers in America” by Dessert Professional Magazine in its October 2012 issue. Stevens is featured among peers from New York, California and other bakeries in between. Hungry Ghost Bread is located at 62 State St.

Easthampton business group hosts soirée

EASTHAMPTON — Quintessence Easthampton will hold its second annual progressive hors d’oeuvre and dessert soirée Saturday.

QE group works collaboratively throughout the year to develop and share ideas while promoting Easthampton as a service-oriented shopping and cultural destination.

This year’s event will feature five courses from five Pacific Rim countries including Indonesia, Thailand, Japan and the Philippines.

The party will begin at 3 p.m. at Eastmont Custom Framing, 43 Main St., and continue on at Harry King Rug & Home, 36 Cottage St., Nash Gallery, 40 Cottage St., and KW Home, 82½ Cottage St. The afternoon will finish with a dessert table and raffle drawing at White Square Fine Books & Art, 86 Cottage St., from 4:30 to 5 p.m.

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Regional group recognizes recyclers

HOLYOKE — The Springfield Materials Recycling Facility Advisory Board recently recognized the Daily Hampshire Gazette and another newspaper as well as a local hotelier as “recycling champions.”

The Gazette and The Republican of Springfield were recognized for their work on the agency’s “Earth Day Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Guide.”

Robert Reeves, general manager of the Lord Jeffery Inn in Amherst, was also recognized. According to the SMRF advisory board, the Lord Jeff composts and recycles 1.6 tons of material per week, two-thirds of its waste stream.

Meanwhile, the SMRF board has awarded grants totaling $40,230 to 21 communities in western Massachusetts to increase recycle and use of recycled products.

PeoplesBank wins workplace recognition

HOLYOKE — PeoplesBank has been named a Top Place to Work by the Boston Globe. The bank received the recognition after a survey of its employees by an independent research organization. The bank has branches in Amherst and South Hadley and one under construction in Northampton.

More than 1,500 companies were invited to apply for Top Places to Work recognition and 81,907 employees completed surveys.

The focus of the survey included employee opinions about leadership, communication, training and growth development and workplace environment, life-work balance and compensation.


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