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Monday, October 09, 2017
Bar association honors Irvine for community service

NORTHAMPTON — City attorney Peter Irvine was awarded the Massachusetts Bar Association Community Service Award at the 2017 Hampshire County Bar annual meeting on Sept. 28.

The award recognizes Irvine’s ongoing effort to provide access to legal services for a variety of people, including artists, elders, tenants, and others.

After a career as a professional musician, most notably in the band Cordelia’s Dad, Irvine became an attorney specifically to assist underrepresented musicians, artists and other creative people who have difficulty understanding, dealing with or negotiating their legal needs.

He provides pro bono or reduced fee services to individuals and communities in need throughout his practice.

Through the free Hampshire Elder Law Program (H.E.L.P.), Irvine helps senior citizens navigate through legal issues ranging from estate planning to consumer complaints, such as resolving a dispute over storage fees.

Irvine has represented numerous artists through Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts in Massachusetts, volunteers as a Housing Court Lawyer for the Day, and represents transgender individuals.

Local attorneys honored by Best Lawyers

SPRINGFIELD — Two Hampshire County attorneys at the law firm of Shatz, Schwartz and Fentin P.C. were listed in The Best Lawyers in America 2018.

Attorney Gary Fentin, a resident of Conway, concentrates his practice in the areas of commercial and real estate finance and development, industrial revenue bonds, affordable housing development and finance, business law, and business foreclosures and workouts. He manages the firm’s tax-exempt bond practice and has acted as bond counsel and/or purchaser’s counsel in hundreds of such issues since 1978.

Attorney Carol Cioe Klyman, of Westhampton, concentrates her practice in the areas of elder law, estate planning, special needs trust planning, estate settlement, guardianships, trust and estates litigation and MassHealth appeals.

Springfield chamber names honorees

SPRINGFIELD — The Springfield Regional Chamber has announced the honorees for its annual Super 60 award.

The program celebrates the success of the fastest-growing and privately-owned businesses in the region that make significant contributions to the strength of the regional economy.

Companies must be based in Hampden or Hampshire counties or be a member of the Springfield Regional Chamber, have revenues of at least $1 million in the last fiscal year, be an independent and privately-owned company, and be in business at least three full years.

Hampshire County companies to earn the recognition in the category of total revenue include Fuel Services, Inc. of South Hadley and Webber & Grinnell Insurance Agency, Inc. of Northampton.

Hampshire County companies to earn the recognition in the category of revenue growth include Adam Quenneville Roofing & Siding Inc. and Knight Machine Tool Company, Inc., both of South Hadley; Paragus Strategic IT of Hadley; Rock Valley Tool, LLC of Easthampton; Royal, P.C. and Valley Home Improvement, Inc., both of Northampton.

Tabatabaee joins Kuhn Riddle firm

AMHERST — Somayeh Tabatabaee has joined the firm of Kuhn Riddle Architects. She has a master’s degree in architecture from the Iran University of Science and Technology and worked as a licensed architect in Iran. Somayeh also taught at the School of Architecture and Art at the University of Isfahan from 2005 to 2012. 

Somayeh joined the graduate program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2012 to study sustainability and climate adaptive buildings. Her research was in energy efficiency and life cycle assessment of building materials. She worked as a green building researcher at UMass campus planning during her graduate study and specialized in different areas of sustainability in the built environment.


​​​​​​New name, location for Ameriprise Financial Services

SOUTH HADLEY — Stephen R. Duval, a private wealth advisor with Ameriprise Financial Services Inc., recently moved his practice to a new location at 551 Newton St. and changed its name to the Summit House Wealth Partners. Duval has also expanded his team of financial advisors by one.

A certified financial planner, Duval moved his office in June from 130 College St., and colleague Justin Osowiecki, a financial advisor, made the transition with him. At the same time, Duval partnered with Edward Boscher, who is now serving clients as a Summit House Wealth Partners financial advisor.

Duval holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He has been with Ameriprise for 25 years. A native of South Hadley, he lives in Northampton with his wife, Kimberly, and is a fundraiser for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Boscher also is a certified financial planner and a certified investment management analyst. He has spent much of his career working with Voya Investment Management in Windsor, Connecticut. Boscher holds a bachelor’s degree in business management from Westfield State University. He lives in Belchertown and sits on the Belchertown Finance Committee.

Leadership Pioneer Valley class of 2018

SPRINGFIELD — Leadership Pioneer Valley’s 2018 program year is underway.

The program annually features a diverse class from Hampden, Hampshire, and Franklin counties — representing private, nonprofit, educational and public organizations. Area residents in the program include Insiyah Bergeron of Amherst, Mass Development; Troy Brin of Belchertown, Veteran’s Inc.; Jon Christianson of Florence, MassMutual; Brad Fink of Easthampton, Springfield Housing Authority; Karen Fisk of Amherst, Springfield Museums; Allyson Manuel of Northampton, Town of West Springfield; Sarah Meier-Zimbler of Easthampton, City of Holyoke, and Amy Tran of Northampton, MassMutual.