Makings News: Farm labor, chamber event and new staff



Last modified: Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Farm labor 
workshop offered

HOLYOKE — Community Involved in Supporting Agriculture this week will begin a workshop series focused on farm labor.

The series is designed to help farm business owners and managers navigate labor regulations, improve efficiency, reduce turnover and better understand labor costs. Farmers can attend the whole series, or choose among different workshops. The series will address the needs of both large and small farms, aiming to help farmers understand the legal framework and financial implications of labor choices and improve labor management strategies to build a stronger and more productive crew.

The workshops begin Wednesday and end March 13, and will be held at the Holyoke Community College Kittredge Center. Full workshop descriptions and registration information are available on CISA’s website.

Chamber hosts 
annual meeting

SOUTH HADLEY — The annual meeting of the South Hadley & Granby Chamber of Commerce will be held Tuesday at 5 p.m. at Johnny’s Tap Room at The Village Commons in South Hadley. Chamber officers and directors will be elected and there will also be presentations by chamber President Steven Markow and Tony Maroulis, co-director of the Hampshire County Regional Tourism Council and executive director of the Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce. The cost is $20 per person for chamber members and $25 for the public. Email contact@shgchamber.com.

Lawyer joins Springfield firm

SPRINGFIELD — Raquel Manzanares of Northampton recently joined the Springfield law firm Heisler Feldman, McCormick & Garrow. The law firm was established in 1996 with two attorneys and has grown to seven.

She graduated cum laude from Smith College in 2008 and worked with the firm as an intern and paralegal. She went on to earn her law degree from New York University School of Law.

CDH announces 
staff advancement

NORTHAMPTON — Cooley Dickinson Hospital’s Dr. R. Dirk Stanley has earned a new clinical subspecialty certification in clinical informatics from the American Board of Preventative Medicine.

When the first-ever credentialing exam was offered in October, Stanley became one of the first 500 doctors to receive the credentials.

Clinical informatics, a medical discipline that has emerged within the past 10 years, integrates health care with information science, technology, evidence-based medicine and process improvement.

Stanley divides his time at Cooley Dickinson between work as a hospitalist and the organization’s chief medical informatics officer.

“Clinical informatics recognizes that IT solutions are about 20 percent technology and 80 percent work flow and training,” Stanley said in a hospital press release.

In other staff news,

∎ Linda Riley, a registered nurse and Cooley Dickinson’s infection prevention manager, recently earned re-certification in infection prevention and control, an exam that is administered by the Certification Board of Infection Control and Epidemiology.

Riley joins the more than 4,880 infection prevention professionals who successfully completed the comprehensive exam.

∎ Elizabeth Cardinal recently became Cooley Dickinson Hospital’s first registered EEG technologist by successfully completing the EEG technology credentialing exam given by the American Board of Registration of EEG and EP Technologists.

Cardinal is one of just 52 registered technologists in Massachusetts and 5,195 nationwide. She performs EEGs, or electroencephalograms in Cooley Dickinson Hospital’s cardiovascular suite.

Latino chamber 
offers seminars

SPRINGFIELD — The Massachusetts Latino Chamber of Commerce will host “How to Start and Manage Your Small Business” beginning Feb. 4. at 6 p.m. at the organization’s Technology Training Center, Suite 203, 1655 Main St., Springfield.

The three week program of Tuesday and Thursday seminars will be moderated by area entrepreneurs, proprietors and industry experts. Topics include the legal structure of small business; business plan road to success, personal financial literacy, accounting, marketing your own business, insurance, grants, loans and minority certification.

For information contact Jose Rubero or Carlos Gonzalez at 746-1989 or 246-6126.

Landscape architect’s work recognized

WILLIAMSBURG — Tom Benjamin recently received Healthcare Design Magazine’s Landscape Architecture for Healthcare Communities Award for his work on the Serenity (Healing) Garden at Kent Hospital’s Infusion Center in Warwick, R.I.

Benjamin’s work on the hospital’s 40 acre campus achieved the Rhode Island Sustainable Operations Award from Hospitals for a Healthier Environment in Rhode Island in 2013, and the Environmental Protection Agency’s Environmental Merit Award in 2012.

In addition to running his own firm, Wellnesscapes, Benjamin also provides site design and sustainability services through Environmental Compliance Services in Florence.

Tax offices open in Hadley, Northampton

NORTHAMPTON — Liberty Tax Service is opening three new locations inside Wal-Mart on Route 9 in Hadley and 141B Damon Road and inside Wal-Mart at 180 North King St.

The existing office at 373 Northampton Road in Amherst is also now open. Office hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m.

All four locations are offering free returns to homeless clients in the Pioneer Valley. Call 413-341-8888 for details.


 

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