Area business briefs

Last modified: Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Diaz joins Ramon Financial Services

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Charles E. Ramon announces that Yvonne Diaz is joining Ramon Financial Services as a benefits consultant.

Diaz will design and service employee benefit programs for new and existing clients. Diaz brings 16 years of industry experience including 10 years as an account executive at Health New England.

Diaz received her bachelor’s degree in liberal studies from Bay Path University in Longmeadow, and is currently a member of Leadership Pioneer Valley’s Class of 2016.

First-time home buyer workshops in Florence

NORTHAMPTON — First-time home buyer workshops will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Jan. 7, 14, 21 and 28 at Florence Bank., 85 Main St., Florence.

Sponsored By Valley Community Development Corp. and Florence Bank, the class costs $50. Contact or call 586-5855, ext. 160, to register.

Pure Barre opens in Northampton

NORTHAMPTON — Studio owners Elizabeth and Kathy Roberts have opened a branch of Pure Barre, a national franchise workout concept, at 63 King St.

The Pure Barre technique works each muscle group to fatigue, then stretches them back out to create long, lean physiques without bulk. The technique is low-impact, making it safe for clients of all ages and fitness backgrounds.

More information is available by emailing

Columbia Gas awards grant to Survival Center

NORTHAMPTON — The Northampton Survival Center has received a $10,000 grant from Columbia Gas of Massachusetts. The money will be used to purchase healthy food in support of the center’s basic nutritional needs program.

Columbia Gas plans to send volunteers to help in the pantry and take away cardboard to be recycled.

Lesser, Newman and Nasser lawyers cited

NORTHAMPTON — Thomson Reuters has included each of the four attorneys practicing at Lesser, Newman and Nasser in its annual Super Lawyers Business Edition, naming Thomas Lesser, Bill Newman, and Merry Nasser, as Super Lawyers, and Michael Aleo a Rising Star.

Newey recognized at Green Giants event

NORTHAMPTON — Mark Newey, green building science specialist for the Center for EcoTechnology, was recognized at the West Branch biannual Green Giants annual meeting and awards dinner on Dec. 1.

Jamie Callan, an energy analyst for CET’s new construction department, also received a nomination for the Green Giant Award.

The award, sponsored by the US Green Building Council Massachusetts and PeoplesBank, honors the work of tradespeople, educators, owners, and program directors who help build, teach about, envision and fund green buildings in western Massachusetts.

Language institute gets foundation grant

NORTHAMPTON — The Beveridge Family Foundation has awarded a $5,000 grant to the International Language Institute.

The grant will help the school continue its mission — working with students from around the world on academic, business and practical skills in English; teaching world languages to area students who want to enhance their skills for work and travel experiences abroad; and a free English program for refugees and immigrants.

PeoplesBank again a ‘top place to work’

NORTHAMPTON — For the fourth year in a row, the Boston Globe has named PeoplesBank a “top place to work.”

The bank competed with companies around the state for the honor and attributes its continued success to its high- performance culture.

O’Connell Care at Home names new chief

HOLYOKE — Danielle Lord of Belchertown has been named chief executive officer of O’Connell Care at Home.

Lord began her career at O’Connell Care at Home as a scheduler in 2007 while attending Springfield College to obtain her master’s degree in health care management, and has recently taken on a partnership role in the organization.


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