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    1. Dream Destinations Travel Show brings top destinations to MGM Springfield

      Dream Destinations Travel Show brings top destinations to MGM Springfield

      Want to get away? The Dream Destinations Travel Show — sponsored by AAA Travel and The Republican — on Sunday offers savings on cruises, vacations, ravel and road trips with more than 75 exhibitors, prizes, giveaways, show deals on travel and one-stop planning and booking. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at MGM Springfield’s Aria Ballroom on the second floor.

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    2. Bay Path Hosts Workshop to Help Women Re-Enter the Workforce

      Bay Path Hosts Workshop to Help Women  Re-Enter the Workforce

      Looking to return to work after an extended absence? You need to understand your professional story – and how to tell it. On May 6, Bay Path University will host The Next Chapter: Transitioning Back to Work After an Extended Absence.  This session, presented by Strategic Alliances at Bay Path University and Johnson & Hill Staffing, and in partnership with the Bay Path University Advisory Council is designed for women in all industries and at all levels of their career looking to make a return to the workforce.

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    3. Crane lifts Platform C into place at Springfield Union Station

      Crane lifts Platform C into place at Springfield Union Station

      Cranes this week are lifting sections of precast concrete walkway onto the upper portions of Springfield Union Station for the new handicapped-accessible Platform C. Platform C couldn’t open two years ago with the rest of the refurbished Union Station because it wasn’t wide enough to meet modern handicapped accessibility rules under the Americans with Disabilities Act. The city and the Springfield Redevelopment Authority, which owns the station, tried but failed to get a waiver.

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    4. People in Business: River Valley Counseling Center announces promotion of Joy Brock to Program Director of Concern EAP

      People in Business: River Valley Counseling Center announces promotion of Joy Brock to Program Director of Concern EAP

      River Valley Counseling Center (RVCC) has announced the promotion of Joy Brock, Psy. D., as the new Program Director of CONCERN Employee Assistance Program (EAP). Brock received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Maryland University College, a Master of Science in Psychology from Old Dominion University, a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology and a Doctor of Psychology, both from Regent University.

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    5. Nearly 100 Massachusetts college students to be recognized for entrepreneurial spirit during Grinspoon Banquet

      Nearly 100 Massachusetts college students to be recognized for entrepreneurial spirit during Grinspoon Banquet

      Nearly 100 students from 14 Massachusetts colleges will be recognized for their creativity and entrepreneurial spirit during the Harold Grinspoon Charitable Foundation’s Entrepreneurship Initiative annual banquet Wednesday night.

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    6. Big E makes $230K donation to West Springfield fund

      Big E makes $230K donation to West Springfield fund

      The Eastern States Exposition donated $236,000 to The Big E/West Springfield Trust Fund Tuesday, the second-largest donation in the fund’s 25-year-history. The 2018 donation of $240,198 was the largest in history. Eastern States Exposition President and CEO, Eugene J. Cassidy presented a check to Mayor William Reichelt Tuesday afternoon.

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    7. MGM Springfield to Kick Off May with Food Truck Fridays and Derby de Mayo Weekend

      MGM Springfield to Kick Off May with Food Truck Fridays and Derby de Mayo Weekend

      MGM Springfield will kick off a weekend of festivities on Friday, May 3 with the launch of Food Truck Fridays and Derby de Mayo Weekend at Armory Square. Derby de Mayo Weekend kicks off at 11 a.m. with a performance by local cover band Feel Good Drift, lawn games, and bites from the inaugural Food Truck Fridays event. Guests can also enjoy TAP Sports Bar’s signature outdoor beer garden, which will be open for the first time this season. On Saturday, May 4 at 4:30 p.m., Armory Square will transform into an outdoor viewing party for ...

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    8. Springfield Technical Community College to Offer Summer Classes

      Springfield Technical Community College to Offer Summer Classes

      Springfield Technical Community College (STCC) will offer five-week and 10-week on-campus and online summer sessions. Session one begins on June 3, and session two starts July 8. Summer classes are the perfect opportunity for area college students to earn college credit between June and August, said STCC Dean of Academic Initiatives Matthew Gravel. “Our summer offerings are chosen to appeal to a broad range of students, and most of the courses offered in summer can be used to fulfill requirements at other colleges and universities. But classes tend to fill up very quickly, so it’s important for students to ...

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    9. Drone Pilot Certification Course at HCC Begins May 4

      Drone Pilot Certification Course at HCC Begins May 4

      Holyoke Community College (HCC) will once again offer a hands-on program for individuals who want to become FAA-licensed drone pilots. “Flying Drones for Profit, Public Safety and Commercial Applications” will meet on four Saturdays beginning May 4 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the main campus of HCC, 303 Homestead Ave. The last class is June 1. The course will prepare individuals to take the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Remote Pilot in Charge exam, which they must pass to become licensed drone operators. All classes will be taught by Larry Harmon, co-director of the GeoGraphics Laboratory at ...

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    10. Eric Nelson, President & CEO of Westmass

      Eric Nelson, President & CEO of Westmass

      Westmass has been an affiliate of the EDC for many years, therefore,  it is with great sadness that we share that Eric Nelson, President/CEO of Westmass Area Development Corporation has passed away.  Eric has been a great leader at Westmass, a true professional and a good friend to all who have had the pleasure to know him and work with him.  His sudden passing is a shock to everyone. Our thoughts and prayers are with Eric, his family, and the employees and members of the Westmass family.

      Rick Sullivan

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    11. First PawSox, now Massachusetts would like to lure Hasbro HQ from Pawtucket - masslive.com

      First PawSox, now Massachusetts would like to lure Hasbro HQ from Pawtucket - masslive.com

      The Massachusetts Office of Business Development said in a statement that it is “working to establish a dialogue with the company, as it regularly does with businesses both in and outside the commonwealth that may benefit from learning more about the many opportunities to grow in Massachusetts.”

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    12. Pier 1 Imports could close as many as 145 stores this year - masslive.com

      Pier 1 Imports could close as many as 145 stores this year - masslive.com

      Pier 1 Imports could close up to 145 stores this year as the home goods retailer continues to struggle with sluggish sales.  The company said in a statement this week that its net sales decreased by 19.5 percent in the fourth quarter compared to last year, with a net loss of $68.8 million. As part of its 2020 fiscal action plan, Pier 1 plans to close 45 stores with the possibility of shuttering 100 more.

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    13. JA Celebrates 100 Years of Providing Life Lessons - BusinessWest

      JA Celebrates 100 Years of Providing Life Lessons - BusinessWest

      The 100th Anniversary Gala for Junior Achievement of Western Massachusetts will have a decidedly ’20s flair — as in the 1920s. In fact, the theme is “The Roaring ’20s are Back.”  Attendees are encouraged, but not required, to come in period dress, a challenge that Jennifer Connelly, executive director of the local JA chapter, met (with considerable help from her daughter) by doing a hard search online that yielded the appropriate dress as well as a headband with a feather.

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    14. Tina D’Agostino Joins Mercy Medical Center in ‘Major Gifts’ Role

      Tina D’Agostino Joins Mercy Medical Center in ‘Major Gifts’ Role

      Tina D’Agostino has joined Mercy Medical Center as a major gifts officer in the Fund Development Department. In this role, D’Agostino’s responsibilities include expanding the Major Gifts Program by cultivating donors and donor prospects, coordinating major gifts as they relate to capital fundraising campaigns, and overseeing volunteers who support the department. D’Agostino joins Mercy Medical Center after 17 years in the arts and entertainment industry.

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    15. Legislative Update - Paid Family and Medical Leave

      I wanted to notify you that the Department of Paid Family and Medical Leave has developed templates to assist you with the required notice to your workforce informing them of the PMFL program, contribution rates, benefits, etc.. The notice must be delivered to your current employees or self-employed individuals you are currently contracting with no later than May 31, 2019. The notice must be delivered to new employees within 30 days of date of hire or at the time of contract with respect to self-employed individuals.The notice may be provided electronically, but, if you choose to do so, it ...

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    16. Gov. Charlie Baker is this year’s UMass Amherst commencement speaker

      Gov. Charlie Baker is this year’s UMass Amherst commencement speaker

      Gov. Charlie Baker will be the featured commencement speaker at the University of Massachusetts Amherst next month, UMass announced Wednesday. Baker is expected to address a crowd of about 20,000 at 4:30 p.m. Friday, May 10 at McGuirk Alumni Stadium. The university said about 5,500 undergraduates will receive their bachelor’s degrees at the at the ceremony.

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    17. Sports & Leisure Archives - BusinessWest

      Sports & Leisure Archives - BusinessWest

      The golf business has never been entirely about golf. There has always been a need a diversity in the form of food and beverage, weddings and other events, and even cross-country skiing in the winter. But at a time when clubs are being challenged by declining play and rising expenses, the need to create revenue streams and put all their facilities to use has never been greater.

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    18. Hampshire Council of Governments plans to cease operations; hopes to sell historic Northampton courthouse - masslive.com

      Hampshire Council of Governments plans to cease operations; hopes to sell historic Northampton courthouse - masslive.com

      With officials expecting to run out of money as early as July, the Hampshire Council of Governments is working to cease operations and is trying to sell its largest asset — Northampton’s historic 1886 courthouse — to the state.  Russell Peotter, chairman of the council, said the hope is to make about $5 million by selling the courthouse and liquidating the council’s electricity business.

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    19. For 150 Years, the YWCA of Western Mass. Has Been Helping Survivors Heal - BusinessWest

      For 150 Years, the YWCA of Western Mass. Has Been Helping Survivors Heal - BusinessWest

      Helping survivors heal. That’s been the mission of the YWCA of Western Mass. for 150 years. Today, the agency does this in a number of ways, some well-known, such as its 58-bed domestic-violence shelter, and others far-less-heralded but still important, such as helping area young people attain their high-school equivalency. In each case, the key is providing these survivors with the tools they need to achieve a higher quality of life.

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    20. Springfield Regional Chamber Releases Legislative Agenda

      Springfield Regional Chamber Releases Legislative Agenda

      The Springfield Regional Chamber (SRC) 2019 Outlook has released its legislative agenda outlining the priorities of its more than 500 members for the legislative session and the major issues it will focus on to strengthen business competitiveness, lower business costs and stimulate growth in the greater Springfield region. “Every other year, we survey our more than 500 members to gather feedback about the issues that are impacting their business, their success, their growth strategies,” said SRC President Nancy F. Creed. “We then determine our legislative priorities based on what matters most to them and this forms our advocacy roadmap for ...

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    21. Charter school pays $2.35M for church complex in West Springfield

      Charter school pays $2.35M for church complex in West Springfield

      Hampden Charter School of Science West, which opened last fall at the former Immaculate Conception-St. Francis Xavier Cabrini complex, has bought the property from the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield for $2.35 million. The purchase, recorded in late March at the Hampden County Registry of Deeds, includes 3.3 acres of land between Main Street and Route 5, a parking lot and buildings including the former church, school, convent, rectory and a two-car garage.

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