Wednesday September 19, 2012

North Adams: New taxi company hits the streets

The North Adams City Council recently approved three city taxi cab licenses for Tunnel City Taxi, which began operations last week.

Tunnel City Taxi is part of Tunnel City Transport, which has operated livery service vehicles in North Adams in conjunction with the Berkshire Rides Program for more than three years.

Tunnel City Taxi also will provide service to Albany (N.Y.) International Airport, Bradley International Airport in Connecticut, Amtrak stations in Springfield and Rensselaer, N.Y. and all local transportation depots.

The company provides on-call daily service that includes immediate pickup and drop- off service from 4 to 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. to midnight.

Lenox: Lenox Softworks welcomes developer

Stuart Lemmen, of Great Barrington, has joined Lenox Softworks as a software developer. He has more than a decade of experience in software development, Web development and maintenance, and management skills.

As a programmer, Lemmen specializes in designing and implementing custom software solutions across multiple platforms. He will work regularly with both LSW and Winstanley Partners on various campaigns, as well as with client IT departments.

Lemmen holds a bachelor of fine arts degree from the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston.

N. Adams: United Way taps campaign co-chairs

Osmin F. Alvarez and Robert G. Abel have been named co-chairmen of the Northern Berkshire United Way’’s 2012-13 campaign. Both men have been involved with the Northern Berkshire United Way for several years.

The campaign begins on Friday, Sept. 28 with the Northern Berkshire United Way’s annual meeting and celebration at the Williams Inn. The event begins at 7:45 a.m.

A Williamstown resident, Alvarez is the president and CEO of Boxcar Media LLC, through which he runs a number of local and national Internet-related properties. He has served on a number of local boards, including the Berkshire Chamber of Commerce, Berkshire Economic Development Corporation, Pittsfield Economic Development Authority and Northern Berkshire Healthcare.

Abel, a Williamstown resident, is the AIF president and CEO for True North Financial Services. A 1991 graduate of Williams College, Abel played hockey professionally then coached at four northeastern universities before joining True North Financial Services in 2002.