The Recorder – Business Briefs: February 11, 2022

The Freedom Credit Union is accepting donations for the Gift of Warmth campaign

SPRINGFIELD – Freedom Credit Union is once again collecting donations for the annual Heat Giveaway – Drive blanket, clothing and pajamas throughout February, supporting the Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless.

“We assist with two annual initiatives for the Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless: A Bed for Every Child and a Warmth Gift,” Freedom Credit Union President Glenn Welch said in a press release. “Since the launch of A Bed for Every Child, more than 9,000 children across the state have received their own bed. And while bed funding is important, so are the special touches that make a bed comfortable and cozy, which is why we also support the Gift of Warmth – Blanket, Clothing and Pajama Drive.

Cash donations can be made at any Freedom Credit Union branch throughout the month of February. The company’s two branches in Franklin County are located at 74 Main St. in Greenfield and 191 Avenue A in Turners Falls.

The money raised will be used to buy new blankets, clothes and pajamas for local children, the statement said. Donations can also be made online at new blankets, clothes or pajamas can be delivered to the Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless, 73 Buffum St., Lynn, MA 01902.

“We are very pleased with the way our members, staff and community step in each year to help ensure that all children in our community can get a warm, comfortable, and good night’s sleep,” Welch said in the statement. . “It’s a cause close to our hearts.”

Coldwell Banker welcomes new estate agent

AMHERST – Coldwell Banker Community Realtors has added Chris Kotowicz to its list of realtors serving Hampshire, Franklin and Hampden counties.

Kotowicz was born and raised in western Massachusetts in a family of home builders, a business he joined after graduating from Western New England University, according to a press release from Coldwell Banker. In 2014, he decided to get his real estate license to help people interested in buying the homes his family is building.

Kotowicz said he joined Coldwell Banker Community Realtors for a more supportive environment. The company includes a team of professionals – such as transaction managers, a financial manager, an operations manager and a marketing department – ​​that are designed to help its real estate agents succeed.

“I am excited to continue my real estate career with Coldwell Banker Community Realtors,” Kotowicz said in the press release. “I now have a support team to help me with everything from paperwork to marketing the homes my dad and I are building.”

“We are thrilled to have Chris on our team,” Brian Megliola, owner of Coldwell Banker Community Realtors, said in the statement. “His experience not only as a real estate agent, but as a home builder, is an asset to anyone looking to buy or sell a home.”

Kotowicz will primarily focus on residential real estate in Hampshire, Franklin and Hampden counties. He can be reached at 413-896-9813 or [email protected]

FirstLight joins 24/7 Carbon-Free Energy Compact

BURLINGTON — FirstLight Power, which has facilities in Northfield and Montague, announced earlier this month that it has joined the 24/7 Carbon-Free Energy Compact in partnership with Sustainable Energy for All and UN Energy. The pact is a global effort to accelerate the decarbonization of global power systems by working with a global group of businesses, policymakers and organizations.

“At a time when greenhouse gas pollution from energy continues to rise at an alarming rate, FirstLight is proud to join forces with world-class partners to take immediate action against climate catastrophe. imminent by driving systemic change and accelerating the transition to a carbon-free electricity sector,” said Alicia Barton, President and CEO of FirstLight, in a press release. “The 24/7 Carbon- Free Energy Compact is a perfect fit with FirstLight’s mission to accelerate the decarbonization of the electric grid by owning, operating and integrating large-scale renewable energy and storage assets to meet the region’s growing clean energy needs and to provide a clean, reliable, affordable and fair electricity grid.

According to FirstLight’s press release, the pact is a commitment to the following principles and actions:

Local supply: Energy buyers commit to going beyond 100% renewable energy targets and adopting, over time, 24/7 Carbon-Free Energy Compact supply approaches that lead to a new generation of clean electricity to meet the hourly demand for electricity on the local/regional electricity networks where their consumption takes place.

Market mechanisms: Suppliers commit to providing offerings to increase access to low-carbon energy 24/7, including by developing contractual agreements, marketing products or other innovations.

Politics: Signatories commit to publicly defend and support energy policies that accelerate the decarbonization of power grids.

Technology: Signatories commit to supporting the advancement of carbon-free energy technologies, including enabling the deployment of commercialized carbon-free power generation and demand-side optimization technologies; develop or enable supporting power grid infrastructure or technology that incorporates carbon-free energy; and develop or adopt software solutions that advance the decarbonization of the electricity sector.

Data and transparency: Signatories pledge to champion and support widespread access to the energy data needed to enable all consumers to set and measure carbon-free energy goals 24/7, support technology optimization and maximize the decarbonizing impact of consumer actions.

Each signatory will record its specific commitments in its own energy pact. For more information, visit

Patriot Care offers Tyson 2.0 cannabis products

GREENFIELD — Boxer and entrepreneur Mike Tyson’s new cannabis company, Tyson 2.0, has announced that its cannabis line is available at select retailers in Massachusetts and Nevada, including Patriot Care in Greenfield.

Tyson 2.0 offers customers a variety of products offered at multiple price points, according to a company press release. It offers eighth pots (3.5g) of marijuana flower containing multiple strains, including Animal Mints, Cookies N’ Cream, and Citrus Berry, and plans to offer pre-rolls and vapes.

“With the launch of our product line in Massachusetts and Nevada, we remain focused on our growth strategy of bringing Tyson 2.0 to retailers nationwide and continuing to leverage our strong network of partners,” said said Adam Wilks, CEO of Tyson 2.0, in the press release. .


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