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    1. Westfield State to Host Information Session for Two Graduate Programs on Oct. 21

      Westfield State to Host Information Session for Two Graduate Programs on Oct. 21

      The College of Graduate and Continuing Education (CGCE) at Westfield State University will host an information session for its master of education and master of arts in English programs on Monday, Oct. 21 at 6 p.m. in the lobby of the Horace Mann Center, 333 Western Ave., Westfield. These graduate programs are designed to accommodate both working teachers seeking professional licensure and new educators seeking initial licensure. The master of education programs include early-childhood education, elementary education, biology, mathematics, history, moderate disabilities, and reading specialist. The non-licensure master of education has concentrations in history and vocational technical.

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    2. Celebrate the Healthcare Heroes on Oct. 17

      Celebrate the Healthcare Heroes on Oct. 17

      The third annual class of Healthcare Heroes will be honored at the Sheraton Springfield on Thursday, Oct. 17 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Healthcare Heroes, a recognition program involving the Western Mass. healthcare sector, was launched in 2017 by HCN and BusinessWest. The program was created to shed a bright light on the outstanding work being done across the broad spectrum of health and wellness services, and the institutions and people providing that care.

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    3. Looking for an exit? Hundreds at Blandford meeting debate possibility of new MassPike interchange between Westfield and Lee

      Looking for an exit? Hundreds at Blandford meeting debate possibility of new MassPike interchange between Westfield and Lee

      Some came Thursday with an open mind to hear detailed plans to build a long-sought Massachusetts Turnpike exit in Blandford in the Berkshire hills between Westfield and Lee. Others in the crowd of more than 300 attending an information session in the Town Hall basketball court had their minds made up on the project, which could cost between $29.5 million and $34 million and take at least a dozen years to design and build.

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    4. Calling the internet ‘required infrastructure,’ Gov. Charlie Baker announces $5M in broadband funding at Blandford visit

      Calling the internet ‘required infrastructure,’ Gov. Charlie Baker announces $5M in broadband funding at Blandford visit

      On most evenings people sit in parked cars surrounding the Blandford Memorial Library, Select Board Member Eric McVey said. The library on Route 23, the main drag through this scenic hilltown now awash in vibrant fall color, is one of the only places with Wi-Fi or any type of internet service that’s not either too slow, too expensive or both.

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    5. Professional Women’s Chamber to Present ‘Renaissance of Springfield’ Forum

      Professional Women’s Chamber to Present ‘Renaissance of Springfield’ Forum

      The Professional Women’s Chamber (PWC) will present a forum featuring a panel of female leaders in Springfield, who will speak about their contributions to the renaissance of the city at a luncheon on Thursday, Oct. 17. The event will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Lyman and Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield History and Archives, 21 Edwards St., Springfield.

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    6. Committees formed to study plans for Horticulture and Learning Center at Springfield’s Forest Park - masslive.com

      Committees formed to study plans for Horticulture and Learning Center at Springfield’s Forest Park - masslive.com

      Patrick Sullivan recalls the magic he experienced during a visit to the Forest Park greenhouse one cold day in February when he was a kid.  “I remember seeing orange and grapefruit trees and a tropical plant blooming in the middle of winter. It was wonderful,” said Sullivan, now the city’s executive director of parks, buildings and recreation management.

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    7. Amazon hiring for Holyoke distribution center by invite only; applicants told to text e-commerce giant - masslive.com

      Amazon hiring for Holyoke distribution center by invite only; applicants told to text e-commerce giant - masslive.com

      Amazon is hiring workers for its new $5.6 million distribution center now under construction near the Holyoke Mall, but applicants must first apply online for access to invitation-only hiring fairs.  Applicants are told to text the word WESTMASS to 77088 to receive updates of job opportunities, or view all opportunities at or visit http://amazon.force.com.

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    8. New Members, Chair Named to STCC Board of Trustees

      New Members, Chair Named to STCC Board of Trustees

      The Springfield Technical Community College board of trustees recently welcomed two new members and a new chair, Mary Catherine “Marikate” Murren. The new members are Jynai McDonald, who was appointed by Gov. Charlie Baker in June, and Yanira Aviles, who was elected by the student body in April. Baker named Murren as chair of the board over the summer. She replaces Christopher Johnson, whose term recently expired. He had served as a trustee since 2006. Murren has served as a trustee for more than two years. She is vice president of Human Resources for MGM Springfield and graduated from the ...

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    9. Amherst Area Chamber to Hold After 5 Event Tonight in Hadley

      Amherst Area Chamber to Hold After 5 Event Tonight in Hadley

      AMHERST — The Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce will hold its October After 5 today, Oct. 9, from 5 to 7 p.m. at UMassFive College Federal Credit Union, 200 Westgate Dr., Hadley. The event — which is sponsored and hosted by the UMassFive Commercial Services Division and catered by Log Rolling Catering — will feature live music, food, a cash bar, door prizes, and networking, as well as visits from UMass Men’s Basketball Head Coach Matt McCall and UMass Women’s Basketball Assistant Coach Lynne-Ann Kokoski.

       

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    10. Heritage Hall nursing facilities in Agawam sold for $24M; Genesis HealthCare will remain as operator

      Heritage Hall nursing facilities in Agawam sold for $24M; Genesis HealthCare will remain as operator

      An Ohio real estate company sold the Heritage Hall campus of nursing homes and rehabilitation facilities in Agawam last month to a new ownership group that includes current operator Genesis HealthCare for a total of $24 million. The four facilities — called Heritage Hall West, North, South and East — total 533 beds, according to documents on file at the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which regulates nursing homes and keeps track of changes in ownership and results of inspections.

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    11. How MGM Springfield, Encore Boston Harbor drew more women, minorities to construction jobs

      How MGM Springfield, Encore Boston Harbor drew more women, minorities to construction jobs

      Women working in Massachusetts’ construction industry still remember the MGM Springfield project as a game changer for them. “We all met on MGM because we’ve never — that was the only job we’ve ever seen that many women on, and it was beautiful to see," said Tyeka Robinson, the steward for 95 State St., which now houses MGM’s offices.

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    12. Dawn Creighton to Join GCC as New Chief Workforce Development Officer

      Dawn Creighton to Join GCC as New Chief Workforce Development Officer

      Greenfield Community College recently welcomed Dawn Creighton as the college’s new chief Workforce Development officer. She will officially join GCC on Oct. 21, and her office will be located at the Downtown Center, 270 Main St., Greenfield. A 2005 GCC alumna, Creighton began her career as an employment specialist at MassLive before becoming regional director for the Associated Industries of Massachusetts (AIM) — the state’s largest employers’ resource group — in 2009. During her tenure at AIM, she served thousands of employer members, uniting them around issues ranging from healthcare and employment law to sustainability, budgeting, and hiring.

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    13. KeyBank Recognized as a Leading Disability Employer

      KeyBank Recognized as a Leading Disability Employer

      For the third year, KeyBank was recognized by the National Organization on Disability (NOD) as a Leading Disability Employer. “We are honored to accept this award from the NOD, a leader in inclusion for people with disabilities,” said Kim Manigault, chief Diversity and Inclusion officer. “Inclusion is intentional. This award reflects the work across many lines of business and partnerships that provide supportive experiences for people with disabilities who engage with and work for KeyBank.”

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    14. Bay Path Receives $5 Million Bequest, Largest in University’s History

      Bay Path Receives $5 Million Bequest, Largest in University’s History

      Allison Gearing-Kalill, vice president for Development and Planned Giving at Bay Path University, announced that an anonymous donor has made a transformational gift of $5 million through planned giving. The bequest is the largest individual contribution to Bay Path in its history, and honors the donor’s unwavering commitment to the education and advancement of women. Under the terms of the bequest, a fund will be established to support scholarships, endowed faculty chairs, science and technology equipment, and development programs.

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    15. Following $1.1 Million Restoration, Berkshire Theatre Group to Open Thaddeus Clapp House

      Following $1.1 Million Restoration, Berkshire Theatre Group to Open Thaddeus Clapp House

      Following a $1.1 million restoration, Berkshire Theatre Group (BTG) will celebrate the opening of the Thaddeus Clapp House at 74 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield, on Thursday, Oct. 17 from 5 to 7 p.m. This celebration follows a record-breaking summer theater season, with ticket sales up 25% and an additional 5,000 patrons recorded over the 2018 season. In 2013, BTG bought the Thaddeus Clapp House to serve as actor housing, and now, BTG celebrates the realization of that goal and more. Major funding for the restoration of the Thaddeus Clapp House has been provided by the Massachusetts Cultural Facilities ...

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    16. Mayor Domenic Sarno criticizes MBTA for awarding $278M deal to South Korea instead of Springfield-based Crrc Ma

      Mayor Domenic Sarno criticizes MBTA for awarding $278M deal to South Korea instead of Springfield-based Crrc Ma

      Mayor Domenic J. Sarno criticized the MBTA on Friday for ordering 80 bi-level passenger railcars from South Korea’s Hyundai Rotem for $278.6 million instead of the Chinese-owned CRRC MA. CRRC already has a $95 million factory on Page Boulevard in East Springfield making MBTA Red and Orange line cars and already planning to make similar commuter rail double-decker cars for Philadelphia’s SEPTA.

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    17. How Springfield Technical Community College is training medical professionals to respond to crisis situations with robotic patients - masslive.com

      How Springfield Technical Community College is training medical professionals to respond to crisis situations with robotic patients - masslive.com

      Pediatric patient Katie lays on the bed at the Springfield Technical Community College with tears rolling down her cheeks, with audible signs of distress and in apparent pain but rather than a doctor coming to her aid, Simulation Specialist Dan Taibbi moves to stop the anguish with a touch on his tablet.

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    18. Seen@ Associated Industries of Massachusetts Metro West Employer Recognition Celebration 2019

      Seen@ Associated Industries of Massachusetts Metro West Employer Recognition Celebration 2019

      Associated Industries of Massachusetts and their exclusive Metro West event sponsor, Mestek Inc., welcomed employers and business owners from the region to Wistariahurst Museum Thursday. They acknowledged three companies for their efforts in creating the next era of economic opportunity for the people of Massachusetts. The Sustainability Award winner was American Saw, a Stanley Black and Decker Co.; and the Next Century Award winners were MGM Springfield and Peerless Precision Inc.

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