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    1. Bay Path University Named Among Nation’s Fastest-growing Colleges

      Bay Path University Named Among Nation’s Fastest-growing Colleges

      The Chronicle of Higher Education has recognized Bay Path University in its Almanac of Higher Education 2017 as one of the fastest-growing colleges in the U.S., currently ranked 17th in the category of “private nonprofit master’s institutions” with a 113.4% growth rate over a 10-year period. Bay Path was the only institution of higher education from Massachusetts on the list. “This national recognition represents the commitment of talented faculty and staff who truly understand workforce needs and student interests,” university President Carol Leary said. “Our growth is based on three key factors: the different levels of education ...

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    2. Women's clothing store coming to downtown Springfield; lured by MGM Springfield development

      Women's clothing store coming to downtown Springfield; lured by MGM Springfield development

      Charlene Naylor plans to open a new location of her Charlene's Boutique clothing store in downtown Springfield somewhere around Oct.  1. Naylor, who has a location on Boston Road and recently closed a shop in the Holyoke Mall, said she was drawn to her new location, 1394 Main St., by the promise of MGM Springfield. The $950 million casino and resort complex opens in Springfield's South End in 2018. Naylor described her merchandise as dressy and stylish.

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    3. CIC Celebrates 25 Years of Uplifting Moments

      CIC Celebrates 25 Years of Uplifting Moments

      When Chicopee Industrial Contractors (CIC) officially marked a quarter-century in business a few months back, it did so with an elaborate open house at its headquarters in Chicopee. This meant that a good number of those invited — especially a host of the company’s best customers — had to rely on their car’s navigation systems to get them to the ceremonies. That’s because, for starters, they’d almost certainly never been there before — and also because this business is not exactly easy to find. Indeed, North Chicopee Street is a dead-end road in the northwest corner of the city ...

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    4. New Products Give Callaway Plant a Needed Bounce

      New Products Give Callaway Plant a Needed Bounce

      Over the past century or so, golf balls — and golf-ball history — have been made in Chicopee. Indeed, the sprawling plant on Meadow Street that once bore the name ‘Spalding’ and now ‘Callaway’ has been home to a number of innovations and new products. In recent years, though, that tradition — not to mention the number of workers at the plant — has been in decline. However, a new and exciting golf-ball design is changing the landscape, in all kinds of ways. They’re calling it the Truvis V.

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    5. Expo Will Help Attendees Work on Their Business

      Expo Will Help Attendees Work on Their Business

      It’s often said that business owners and managers are good at what they do, good at their particular business, but not necessarily good at — well, fill in the blank. And there are many things to fill in that blank with, from information technology (and how to make the most of it) to employee benefits; from social media to ever-changing employment laws. There are dozens more ways to fill in the blank, as anyone doing business in today’s ultra-challenging environment

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    6. Amazon Bid: It’s Good Practice

      Amazon Bid: It’s Good Practice

      Richard Sullivan, president and CEO of the Economic Development Council of Western Mass., was no doubt channeling his inner Mavis — as in Mavis Wanczyk, winner last month of the largest single Powerball payout in history — when he told the local press, “you have to be in the game to win.” He was referring, of course, to a game with a different kind of huge payout — and one that also features astronomically long odds. That would be the contest to become home to Amazon’s second North American headquarters. The prize there is considerable — maybe 50,000 jobs over the next ...

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    7. Fairfield Inn & Suites to Hold Ribbon Cutting in Holyoke Sept. 21

      The 95-room Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott in Holyoke, which opened its doors on Aug. 9, is scheduled to hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Thursday, Sept. 21 at 4 p.m. The hotel is located at 229 Whiting Farms Road, at Ingleside Square, and will operate as a Marriott franchise, owned and managed by Shield Hotels of Northampton. Ingleside Square is a ground-up redevelopment featuring such restaurants as Applebee’s, Chipotle, and McDonald’s, as well as retail stores. Greater Holyoke Chamber of Commerce executives and local legislators are expected to attend, and the public is invited.

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    8. Ameriprise of South Hadley Relocates, Changes Name, Expands Team

      Stephen Duval, a private wealth advisor with Ameriprise Financial Services Inc., recently announced he has moved his practice to a new location at 551 Newton St. and changed its name to Summit House Wealth Partners. Duval has also expanded his team of financial advisors by one. A certified financial planner, Duval moved his office in June from 130 College St., and colleague Justin Osowiecki, a financial advisor, made the transition with him. At the same time, Duval partnered with Edward Boscher, who is also now serving clients as a Summit House Wealth Partners financial advisor.

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    9. 'How It's Made' TV show features Lamson kitchen knife factory in Westfield

      'How It's Made' TV show features Lamson kitchen knife factory in Westfield

      "How It's Made," the long-running Science Channel show that takes viewers on tours of factories to a soundtrack of peppy background music will feature Lamson Products and its Westfield kitchen knife factory in an upcoming episode. Jay Driscoll, social media coordinator for Lamson, said a crew from "How It's Made" visited Westfield this summer for a segment that will air later this fall. Neither he nor spokespeople for the Science Channel, one of the Discovery family of networks, could say exactly when it will air.

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    10. Former bowling alley in Westfield razed as part of urban renewal project at former Newberry's site

      Former bowling alley in Westfield razed as part of urban renewal project at former Newberry's site

      Crews from Associated Building Wreckers should have what remains of the former Westfield Candlepin Bowling Center at 11 Church St. cleared and the ground graded by Oct. 7, Westfield Advancement Officer Joe Mitchell said Friday. The Westfield Redevelopment Authority purchased the building from the Romani family earlier this year along with two nearby parcels in order to clear the property as part of the ongoing Elm Street urban renewal project. The cost of the property and demolition will total $509,000, paid by the city, Mitchell said.

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    11. UMass Amherst Neuroscientists Receive $2.36 Million Grant to Improve Brain Research Tools

      UMass Amherst Neuroscientists Receive $2.36 Million Grant to Improve Brain Research Tools

      Cognitive neuroscientists Rosie Cowell and David Huber at the University of Massachusetts Amherst recently received a four-year, $2.36 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to develop a new computational tool that will help researchers in interpreting functional magnetic resonance images (fMRI) of the brain and improve accuracy in relating fMRI data to neural responses in the brain.

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    12. Florence Bank begins push into Hampden County with grand opening of new West Springfield branch (photos)

      Florence Bank begins push into Hampden County with grand opening of new West Springfield branch (photos)

      If Florence Bank had built its newly opened West Springfield office a decade ago instead of in 2017, it would have been three times bigger than its 1,100 square feet. The bank of a decade ago would have needed teller lines and counter space for the types of routine day-to-day transactions many bank customers do online or through handheld apps, said Florence Bank President and CEO John F. Heaps.  "Now we have a branch where five people run the whole office, and they do everything," Heaps said.

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    13. Pathlight, VVM Seek Innovations to Benefit People with Disabilities

      Applications are now open for the second year of the Pathlight Challenge, Pathlight’s partnership with Valley Venture Mentors (VVM). The two organizations have put out a national call to entrepreneurs to develop solutions aimed at increasing independence for people with intellectual disabilities and those with autism. Pathlight, headquartered in Springfield, has served people with developmental and intellectual disabilities throughout Western Mass. since 1952, while VVM offers support to business startups. The Pathlight Challenge is supported by a grant from the Westfield Bank Future Fund.

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    14. MSB to Hold Free Workshop on Small-business Retirement Plans

      MSB to Hold Free Workshop on Small-business Retirement Plans

      Monson Savings Bank will host a complimentary workshop titled “Small-business Retirement Plans” on Tuesday, Sept. 19 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the bank’s corporate office, 107A Main St., Monson. It is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be served. The workshop will be presented by Phil Hahn, regional vice president of Security Benefit. Through a combination of innovative products, strong investment management, and a unique distribution strategy, Security Benefit has become a leader in the U.S. retirement market. Attendees will learn what the state of the retirement plan market is, defined benefit ...

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    15. $1.6 million in federal grants to fix sidewalks, renovate parks, raze eyesores in Holyoke

      $1.6 million in federal grants to fix sidewalks, renovate parks, raze eyesores in Holyoke

      Parks will get renovated, sidewalks fixed and blighted buildings demolished with $1.6 million in federal grants, Mayor Alex B. Morse said. Morse recently discussed the over 30 ways in which he has divided the city's share of federal Community Development Block Grants (CDBG), working with city agencies, the Greater Holyoke Chamber of Commerce's SPARK business program and OneHolyoke CDC.

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    16. Women's Fund of Western Massachusetts names new CEO

      Women's Fund of Western Massachusetts names new CEO

      Donna Haghighat, whose background is in fund-raising and advocacy work in the Connecticut area, has been named the new chief executive officer of the Women's Fund of Western Massachusetts. A graduate of Hartford's Trinity College and the University of Connecticut School of Law, Haghighat has previously served as chief engagement and advocacy officer for YWCA Hartford Region, executive director of the Aurora Foundation for Women and Girls in Greater Hartford, and chief development officer at Hartford Public Library.

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    17. Eversource to build its largest solar plant at Springfield's Smith & Wesson Industrial Park

      Eversource to build its largest solar plant at Springfield's Smith & Wesson Industrial Park

      The 5.6-megawatt solar farm Eversource plans to build at the Smith & Wesson Industrial Park off Roosevelt Avenue will also generate money the city can use to rehab the "blast zone" around upper Worthington and Lyman streets, the city's chief development officer said Wednesday. The neighborhood, just blocks from the city's downtown, was heavily damaged in the Scores Gentlemen's Club gas explosion on Thanksgiving weekend in 2012.

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    18. Trinity Health Of New England shifts Mark Fulco back to Springfield to serve as president of Mercy Medical Center and local affiliates

      Trinity Health Of New England shifts Mark Fulco back to Springfield to serve as president of Mercy Medical Center and local affiliates

      Mercy Medical Center, part of Trinity Health Of New England, has named Mark Fulco president. Fulco, who has previously served the hospital in a number of capacities, will oversee Mercy and its affiliates starting on Oct. 9. "Mark is a highly respected, highly engaged health care leader with extensive experience in various areas of hospital operations. We are certain he will not only help sustain our rich legacy of providing high quality care with a compassionate touch, he will also help us reach new levels of service to our community," said John E. Sjoberg, the hospital's board chair, in ...

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    19. 'Buy Westfield Now' program offers incentives for homebuyers to choose the Whip City

      'Buy Westfield Now' program offers incentives for homebuyers to choose the Whip City

      A new incentive program offers homebuyers a few more reasons to invest in the Whip City. "Buy Westfield Now" held an open house at the Westfield Gas & Electric service center on Wednesday to share information about special deals offered by realtors, lenders, inspectors, interior decorators and others who hope to attract people to Westfield.

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    20. Bay Path to Host Emotive Agility Interactive Talk on Sept. 19

      Bay Path to Host Emotive Agility Interactive Talk on Sept. 19

      Strategic Alliances at Bay Path University will host a free, interactive talk led by Berit Elizabeth, the creator of Emotive Agility Training, on Tuesday, Sept. 19 at 7 p.m. in Breck Suite at Wright Hall on the university’s Longmeadow campus. “What Matters More? What You Say or How You Say It?” is Elizabeth’s interactive presentation, aligning theater techniques with emotional-intelligence principles. Participants will learn how to integrate body language with preparation to present themselves with confidence and authenticity in any scenario.

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    21. WNEU Lecture Series to Tackle Health Effects of Chemicals

      WNEU Lecture Series to Tackle Health Effects of Chemicals

      The Western New England University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences announced its community lecture series, titled Healthy U. With faculty expertise from pharmacy to biomedical engineering, health sciences to business and law, this series is designed to help individuals, and the community as a whole, make better decisions about health and safety. The first lecture in the series, “From Sweeteners to Mercury: Chemicals and Your Health,” will be presented on Tuesday, Sept. 26 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Dr. Ronny Priefer, professor of Medicinal Chemistry at WNEU’s College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, will deliver ...

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    22. New $45 million Chicopee hotel, gas station complex planned for Burnett Road

      New $45 million Chicopee hotel, gas station complex planned for Burnett Road

      The owner of a now-demolished budget rate hotel is planning to construct a new $45 million development in its place. The proposal calls for a 98-room hotel, sit-down restaurant, fast food restaurant, coffee shop and gas station with a convenience store to be constructed on about eight acres of land off Burnett Road near the entrance of the Massachusetts Turnpike and Interstate 291, said Frank Quigley, construction manager for the project.

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