Biz Briefs, Oct. 6, 2017


Thursday, October 05, 2017
Deane makes magazine’s list

GLASTONBURY, Conn. — Ryan Deane has joins the ranks of the 40 Under Forty Class of 2017, an honor that is bestowed annually by Building Design+Construction magazine to the AEC industry’s rising stars making impactful contributions in business, philanthropy and in their communities.

Deane, 34, who grew up in Bernardston, Mass., joined The S/L/A/M Collaborative (SLAM) its Landscape Architecture Studio in 2004, and quickly acquired his professional licensure as a landscape architect in 2006 at the age of 23, making him the youngest licensed professional in the firm and where he is now an associate.

A graduate of Greenfield Community College and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, he volunteers his time as a mentor of ASLA student members, giving yearly lectures at UMass and UConn.

Bank of America helps Food Bank

HATFIELD — The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts announced that it has received a $25,000 contribution from Bank of America to support the distribution of more emergency food throughout the four counties of western Massachusetts.

The grant will allow The Food Bank to distribute even more healthy food to its 200 member agencies (composed of food pantries, meal programs, community centers and shelters) in Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden and Hampshire counties. It also provides assistance to individuals facing hunger through direct-to-client feeding programs, including Mobile Food Bank, and Brown Bag: Food for Elders.

“We are very grateful for this generous contribution from Bank of America,” said The Food Bank’s Executive Director Andrew Morehouse. “It is through these strong partnerships that we can continue to be a reliable resource for our neighbors who may not know where their next meal is coming from.”

“We are committed to being part of the solution and supporting healthy, thriving communities,” Miceal Chamberlain, Bank of America Massachusetts president, said. “Our longstanding partnership with The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts is invaluable in addressing hunger in this region.”