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Springfield Preservation Trusts honors organizations, individuals for historic renovation projects

SPRINGFIELD — The Springfield Preservation Trust is conducting its annual awards ceremony on Sept. 30 to honor organizations and individuals for historic renovations.

The event it will be held remotely due to the coronavirus pandemic, and offered as a livestream on Facebook at 7 p.m.

The Preservation Awards honor individuals and organizations that help restore and preserve historic places in Springfield.

The Donald Courtemanche Award for Restoration will go to:

  • Listen Lynda LLC for the adaptive reuse of the historic Masonic Temple at 339 State St.
  • The city of Springfield for the restoration of the front stairs and decorative cornice at the Springfield Central Library, 220 State St.
  • DevelopSpringfield for the restoration of the Trinity Block, now known as the Springfield Innovation Center, at 276 Bridge St.
  • Icarian Real Estate Advisors for restoration of 120 Mill St.
  • Caron Management for stabilization of 116-120 Longhill St.
  • Jesse & Emila Lederman for restoration of the front porch at 129 Spruceland Ave.
  • Marianne Winters and Karan Parkin for restoration and preservation of 56 Harvard St.
  • Derrick and Lillian Hill for appropriate new construction of a garage at 111 Florida St.
Springfield Preservation Trust Awards

The home at 56 Harvard St. is one of this year’s winners. (Don Treeger / The Republican)

The Edward Sims Award for Stewardship will go to Sarah Murray and John Toms for 79 Bowdoin St.

The Robert Holbrook Award for Stewardship will go to James and the late Cynthia Landers for 270 Springfield St.

The George Pooler Award for Stewardship will go to Mary Ann and the late Francis Maloney for 320 Forest Park Ave.

Photographs of 2020 award winners will be on display at the Lyman and Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield History and on the trust’s website.

The Springfield Preservation Trust is a nonprofit organization founded in 1972 to help preserve,

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What Nonprofit Organizations Need to Know About Hiring Independent Contractors

Most well informed nonprofit managers know they need various insurance policies to protect themselves and their organization from a variety of lawsuits and claims. Some of the most common policies nonprofit's purchase are general liability insurance, directors & officers liability, and workers' compensation insurance. Yet many fail to realize how these do and do not apply to independent contractors.

General Liability Insurance
Nonprofit and for-profit businesses alike often view insurance through the lens of protecting their employees and their assets. However, failing to address the limitations of insurance in regards to independent contractors can leave gaping holes in an organization's overall protection. For example, if an employee accidentally injures someone or does damage to someone's property while performing his or her job, that organization's general liability policy would respond to any resulting claim or lawsuit.

Most, if not all, general liability policies exclude coverage for independent contractors. If the contractor causes injury or damage, the nonprofit's insurance company will likely deny the claim. That is why it is vital to discuss policy exclusions as well as risk management with your broker to avoid coverage gaps.

From a cost standpoint, hiring contractors has advantages. These advantages include less payroll taxes, less workers compensation premium, and less expensive employee benefits. However, the savings may not adequately offset the increased risk to the organization.

Workers' Compensation Insurance
If an independent contractor meets the state and federal definitions then it is not a requirement to include them in the payroll reported to your workers comp company. As a result, many organizations try to declare various employees as contractors. This move can save an organization money on workers' comp, however, in the final audit (performed annually on all workers comp policies) it may be determined that these workers do not meet the established guidelines. As …

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