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Customer Spotlight: Nina’s Cookies

The sensation that you get when sinking your teeth into a sweet from Nina’s Cookies will make you understand the care and love that is baked into everything they make.

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The foundation of Nina’s Cookies was built on love. Antonina Ciarcia (Nina) married Angelo Mazza in her hometown of Canicattina Bagni, Italy in 1949. Later that year, they emigrated to the United States and settled in Springfield, Massachusetts. Today, their daughters Maryann (Mazza) Whitehead and Lucille Maza continue the traditions they learned in their mother’s kitchen. They continue to add the love and care to each baked good, which is why we urge you to surprise your loved ones with some brilliantly baked Italian sweets from Nina’s Cookies.

All cookies are made by hand and sourced with the finest ingredients. Each bite will take you back to Italy in the mid-1900’s.

To satisfy your sweet tooth, visit Nina’s Cookies at:

Nina’s Cookies
541 Springfield Street
Feeding Hills, MA 01030



Store Hours 
Tuesday – Friday 9am – 5:30pm
Thursday 9am – 6pm
Saturday 9am – 2:30pm
Sunday & Monday Closed


Let’s go apple picking!

Apple picking season is here, until the end of October! Summer may be over but you can still enjoy the outdoors with your family!

Why not go apple picking?apple picking

Looking for a fun family activity? Then we have just the thing.  Many local orchards welcome customers to pick their own apples.  This is a great chance for families to bond and enjoy what nature has to offer.  Then once you are home, you can bake and create delicious treats, or simply enjoy the fruits of your labor.

There are thousands of varieties of apples, to enjoy.

Local farmers would be happy to educate you on the differences.

Local varieties include…

  • Granny Smith
  • Cortland
  • Red Delicious
  • Gala
  • and more, oh my!


Click here for farms in Western Massachusetts.


In addition to apple picking many farm stands offer hayrides, pumpkin picking and bonfires. Have a fun fall season!!

CCSF Spotlight: Pete’s Sweets

We would like to recognize a local shop that stands out. Pete’s Sweets, is located in East Longmeadow, Massachusetts.Pete's Sweets

Owner, Peter Gray opened the store 3 years ago.  His Motto is “Artistry in Every Bite.” True to his word, Pete’s Sweets serves up delicious, fresh treats.  Since his early school days Peter has enjoyed baking and candy making.  He continued his education at the New England Culinary Institute in Vermont.  Peter even competed on TLC’s “Next Great Baker.”  He continues to bring a sweet smile to all who visit his shop!

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Peter has a way with:

Wedding Cakes, Specialty Cakes, Cupcakes, Cookies, Chocolate Candies, and so much more!

Click here to visit Pete’s Sweets!!

Did you know? In addition to creating delicious custom treats, Pete’s Sweets offers Baking Classes, Birthday Parties, and Wine and Chocolate Classes! Book yours today!



Contact Pete’s Sweets

32 Shaker Road, East Longmeadow, MA 01028

Phone: 413.525.6062


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2016 Scholarship Winner

Congratulations to all of the Class of 2016 Grads!  We are so happy to have heard from so many students.  Thank you all for applying for the 2016 CCSF Scholarship!  We really enjoyed getting to know these well rounded students. Its obvious that you students of Western MA are hardworking individuals who also take time to think of others! After much deliberation we have a scholarship Winner!!!

Drum roll please…  The 2016 CCSF Scholarship Winner is… Jenna Mazza of East Longmeadow, Massachusetts!!

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Jenna Mazza we recognize you for your fine example of academic achievement and volunteerism.  We know that you will continue to work hard and continue to be an asset to the community.  We wish you the best in your pursuit of a career in early childhood education!  We are confident you will be a wonderful teacher.


Click here to view a complete list of the CCSF Scholarship requirements.

Independent Agency VS Agent

Imagine living in a world with only one flavor of Ice Cream and worse yet, only one serving size??  Sound awful? We agree!

We recognize how important choice is, and feel people should know that they also have many options when it comes to insurance.  As an independent agency we work for you, keeping you informed of your options and to providing you with a policy that best matches your needs.

While other agents are stuck representing only one company, we can shop around for you.




Chase Clarke Stewart & Fontana Insurance Agency would be happy to provide you with the free quotes you need…

Why is our Independent Agency right for you:

  • We work for you as opposed to one company.
  • When you have a claim we work for you, to get you the best results.
  • We are value hunters, whose priority is to bring you the best price, coverage and service.
  • We cover a wide range of products, including Home, Renters, Auto, Business, Cyber Liability and More.
  • We will review your coverage from time to time to make sure all your needs are covered.
  • Customer satisfaction is our number one focus.
  • You are a person and not a number and we are available to talk when you need us.
  • We are local, licensed professionals with a long history in this community.

Contact us today  413-788-4531

Distracted Driving Course

Our agency hosted a Distractology 101 event at East Longmeadow, MA high school, November 3-6, 2015!

What is Distractology 101?

Distractology 101 is an interactive program that was developed by Arbella Insurance Foundation to teach new drivers the dangers of distracted driving.  The campaign features a 36 foot long mobile classroom that has two high-tech driving simulators designed to give drivers the chance to experience distracted driving, including texting while driving.

Facts about Distracted Driving

Did you know?

distractology 101Sending or receiving a text takes a driver’s eyes off the road for an average of 4.6 seconds.  That may not sound like a lot but it is the same as driving the length of a football field at 55 MPH, Blind!

The CDC reported in 2014 that nine people die and 1,600 are hurt each day from distracted driving.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that 71% of teens and young adults say they have composed and sent text messages while driving.  Also 78% of teens and young adults say they have read a text while driving.

Distractology 101

“Since 2010, Distractology has played a vital role in educating our communities’ young drivers on the dangers of distracted driving,” said Cameron Grimes, Agent at Chase, Clarke, Stewart & Fontana Insurance.  “Though laws are in place against distracted driving, education is the real key to making sure drivers make smart decisions behind the wheel.”

The Distractology 101 diving simulator, based on Arbella-funded research conducted with the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, provided students with 45 minutes of simulated distracted driving (to each participant).

Students faced a number of situations based on real world examples, educating them on how to anticipate hidden hazards, react to the road and avoid accidents.  Later they completed the online questionnaire and made a safe driving pledge.

We enjoyed meeting the students and staff of East Longmeadow High School and thank Arbella for providing the simulator.

Distractology 101- It’s free. It’s memorable.  And it could save your teens life.

Distractology  101 is sponsored by Arbella Insurance.

Western MA Business Expo 2015


Wednesday November 4, 2015 we attended the Western MA Business Expo 2015. Thank you to Buisness West and the Massmutual Center for putting the expo together.  Our day consisted of meeting a host of people, from local businesses.



Did you see our booth at the Western MA Business Expo?

Western MA Business Expo

Our staff enjoyed talking with our neighbors about issues that small businesses face including Cyber Data Breach.  We also talked with individuals about their interests and how best to prepare for the unexpected.  Insurance doesn’t have to be general and boring, being able to discuss options with a real human being  sometimes can make all the difference.

We also enjoyed hearing the various speakers.



We had a great time meeting many of you! Can’t wait until next year!

Changes for the Summer Season

The official summer season begins this weekend but a few things have changed already.  Chase, Clarke, Stewart & Fontana would like to make you aware of a few changes for the summer season. We have adjusted our schedules slightly for the summer. Please note the changes below.

Summer Season Hourssummer season

Monday – Thursday : 8:30am – 4:30pm (regular hours)

Friday: 8:30am-3:30pm (adjustment)

Click here to see a complete listing of our contact information.


We look forward to enjoying this summer with you.



Also please note that due to Casino construction we no longer have access to the garage on Bliss Street.  We apologize for the inconvenience.  Parking is available on street and at various garages in the area.

CCSF Scholarship Fund

Attention all students living in Western MA or attending school in Western MA!  Chase, Clarke, Stewart & Fontana Insurance has established a new  CCSF Scholarship Fund.  The Chase, Clarke, Stewart & Fontana Insurance Agency (CCSF) has been in Springfield for the past 200 years, providing businesses and families with insurance. We know that good values lead to a strong community. This new scholarship fund has been created to recognize academic achievement and volunteerism.  If you or someone you know meets the requirements, contact us!

CCSF Scholarship Fund


  • High school seniors and college undergraduates.
  • Residents of Western Massachusetts or attending school in Western MA.
  • GPA of 3.0 or better.

Deadline for submittal is August 1st 2015

More information and to apply for the CCSF Scholarship click here.CCSF Scholarship fund


Western Mass Business Expo 2014

Did you enjoy the Western Mass Business Expo 2014?

We really enjoyed ourselves at the  Western Mass Business Expo 2014 at the Massmutual Center here in Springfield, Massachusetts.  Business Expo 2014 was a great day for celebrating business and getting to know each other.  Thank you to Business West, Johnson and Hill Staffing, DIF Design, HNE, MassMutal Center and Northwestern Mutual.

The breakfast with Governor Deval Patrick and the educational seminars throughout the day were a real treat…

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Thank you to all of the Sponsors and Speakers!!  We really enjoyed meeting with all of you and seeing some familiar faces.  See you next year!