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    1. Nominations for Women of Impact Awards Due Aug. 2

      Nominations for Women of Impact Awards Due Aug. 2

      BusinessWest magazine is currently accepting nominations for its second annual Women of Impact, a recognition program launched in 2018 to honor a specific segment of the local population: women who are making an impact in and on this region. Nominees who score the highest in the eyes and minds of a panel of three independent judges will be honored at a luncheon on Thursday, Dec. 5 at the Sheraton Springfield.

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    2. Live Well Springfield to Kick Off Role Model Campaign

      The Live Well Springfield coalition will kick off its “Guess What I Did?” Role Model Campaign on Thursday, July 18 at 11:30 a.m. at Duryea Way Park on Stearns Street in Springfield. The campaign highlights the power people have in making a difference in their community. Live Well Springfield believes systemic change cannot happen without the residents who are most impacted by the issues. Six role models from across the city have several years of advocacy experience and truly believe in the power of leading by example. Over the next year, the coalition will tell the story of ...

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    3. Massachusetts Department of Public Health demands Baystate Health provide more detail on plans to close ICUs, pediatric unit in Westfield, Palmer

      Massachusetts Department of Public Health demands Baystate Health provide more detail on plans to close ICUs, pediatric unit in Westfield, Palmer

      The intensive care units at Baystate Noble Hospital in Westfield and Baystate Wing Hospital in Palmer, along with a pediatric unit at Noble, are essential services “necessary for preserving access and health,” the Massachusetts Department of Public Health has ruled. That means that Baystate Health must submit detailed information before it can move forward with plans to close the three units at the end of August. The state is asking for information on patient travel times, transportation needs, language difficulties and other factors.

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    4. Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito announces $175K workforce grant for Dielectrics in Chicopee

      Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito announces $175K workforce grant for Dielectrics in Chicopee

      Medical device manufacturer Dielectrics is seeing its business grow thanks to new technologies and products — but it is having trouble hiring workers to keep up with demand. “Finding skilled people with experience is very difficult,” said Mario Godbout, senior director of manufacturing for the 300 Burnett Road business. “We are always hiring. We’ve taken the approach that we have to build from within and train our employees.”

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    5. Holyoke Planning Board OKs Lower Westfield Road distribution center, over traffic objections from neighbors - masslive.com

      Holyoke Planning Board OKs Lower Westfield Road distribution center, over traffic objections from neighbors - masslive.com

      The Planning Board approved plans by BL Companies, Inc. to open a distribution center at 161 Lower Westfield Road during a rare Friday night session to continue the hearing and site plan review.  Residential neighbors again voiced their opposition to the distribution center, which would see up to 700 vehicles a day entering and exiting the site and involve late-night and early-morning truck deliveries.

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    6. West Springfield, Holyoke, Westfield anticipate $2M from carbon credit program preserving forests, watershed

      West Springfield, Holyoke, Westfield anticipate $2M from carbon credit program preserving forests, watershed

      Trees covering 15,000 acres of watershed and parkland in West Springfield, Holyoke and Westfield stand to make more than $2 million for the three cities over the next 10 years. And all the trees must do is breathe. The Tri-City Carbon Sequestration Program converts those trees — and what they take in in carbon dioxide and give off in life-giving oxygen — into carbon credits that are then sold to developers looking to offset the impact of their projects.

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    7. River Valley Co-op exceeds $5 million financing goal for Easthampton store

      River Valley Co-op exceeds $5 million financing goal for Easthampton store

      River Valley Co-op said this week that members have loaned $5.2 million toward its new store in Easthampton. That exceeded the co-op’s goal of raising $5 million. The loans came form 300 members. Total development costs are projected to be about $17 million. The co-op expects more economic development financing from other sources, according to a news release. River Valley Co-op opened its first store at 330 North King St. in Northampton in 2008. It said it expects construction of the Easthampton store to begin this fall and for the store to be open in the fall of ...

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    8. Bradley International Airport looks for local vendors to add ‘sense of place’ to terminal

      Bradley International Airport looks for local vendors to add ‘sense of place’ to terminal

      Bradley International Airport wants to highlight local businesses and is looking for vendors who want to rent kiosks in a refurbished food court within the security checkpoints in Terminal A. The offer is good to local businesses across Bradley’s service territory in Connecticut and Western Massachusetts that sell specialty retail items or fully prepared, prepackaged food, according to a news release.

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    9. Work begins on Westfield Planet Fitness project; contracts go out to bid soon for Route 20 improvements

      Work begins on Westfield Planet Fitness project; contracts go out to bid soon for Route 20 improvements

      Construction has begun on a Planet Fitness, a nearly 18,000-square-foot commercial building, at 99 Springfield Road (Route 20) on Westfield’s busy commercial corridor. Owner Nabil Hannoush said the hope is to have the building completed in January. The existing Expert Fitness gym next door will be folded into the new Planet Fitness business and the memberships will be combined in the new facility.

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    10. FunZ Trampoline Park approved for Bon-Ton space in Westfield Shops

      FunZ Trampoline Park approved for Bon-Ton space in Westfield Shops

      FunZ Trampoline Park, part of a plan to help the Westfield Shops bounce back from the loss of key retail tenants, has its special use permit from the Westfield City Council. Jia Min “Johnny” Chen of Groton, Connecticut, said he has plans to build an indoor trampoline park with rope course, “ninja-warrior” obstacles and basketball and dodgeball courts in the 50,000-square-foot former Bon-Ton department store space in the East Main Street plaza.

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    11. Crepes Tea House of West Springfield prepares Southwick location; 9-year-old restaurant focuses on Eastern European fare

      Crepes Tea House of West Springfield prepares Southwick location; 9-year-old restaurant focuses on Eastern European fare

      Promising farm-fresh ingredients and Eastern European foods made in the authentic, old-country way, Crepes Tea House will open a Southwick location later this summer. Arturas Ribinskas, an owner, said Crepes has closed restaurants in the Enfield Square Mall and Holyoke Mall and will focus now on the location in West Springfield, at 261 Union St., and the new location at 157 Feeding Hills Road in Southwick.

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    12. Jazz concert series brings life back to shuttered CityStage while owner Springfield Parking Authority seeks long-term plan

      Jazz concert series brings life back to shuttered CityStage while owner Springfield Parking Authority seeks long-term plan

      CityStage, closed since December, will reopen with four jazz concerts from September to December while the Springfield Parking Authority, which owns the building, comes up with a long-term plan for the venue. “We don’t want the space to be dark,” Thomas D. Moore, interim executive director of the Springfield Parking Authority, said Tuesday.

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    13. Victor Bruno seeks to sell Adolfo’s Ristorante, Art-e’-Pizza in downtown Springfield

      Victor Bruno seeks to sell Adolfo’s Ristorante, Art-e’-Pizza in downtown Springfield

      Local businessman Victor Bruno, saying he wants to spend more time with his family, confirmed on Tuesday that he is planning to sell his downtown eateries Adolfo’s Ristorante and Art-e’-Pizza. Adolfo’s, 254 Worthington St., was listed for sale on Tuesday, but the listing is for the business, not the property. The business includes the equipment, furnishings, inventory and the liquor license, said broker Paul Gallagher of Gallagher Real Estate of Holyoke. The asking price is $775,000.

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    14. Online Nursing Programs Evolve to Meet Workforce Needs

      Online Nursing Programs Evolve to Meet Workforce Needs

      Back in 2010, the Institute of Medicine put out a call for 80% of all registered nurses to have a bachelor’s degree in nursing (BSN) by 2020. National nurse organizations picked up the goal as well — 85% is the current goal — while hospitals with ‘magnet’ status, such as Baystate Medical Center, maintain even stricter staffing goals. One problem, though: RNs work full-time jobs, and many go home to a full slate of family and parenting obligations. And that leaves little opportunity to go back to school to take classes toward a BSN.

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    15. Hoop Hall, MGM, Ray Allen Team Up for Charity Golf Classic

      Hoop Hall, MGM, Ray Allen Team Up for Charity Golf Classic

      They’re calling it a “pairing party.” And, as that name suggests, this is a party at which the pairings for the MGM Springfield Basketball Hall of Fame Golf Classic Hosted by Ray Allen!, will be announced. Most golf tournaments in this region, and there are a great many of them, don’t have a pairing party. This one does, and for a good reason — players are being paired with Hall of Famers and legends of the game. The list of those signed on to participate include players such as Allen, Dominique Wilkins, Gary Payton, Dave Cowens, Rick Barry, Bernard ...

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    16. Greenfield Cooperative Bank Maintains a Solid Pace of Growth

      Greenfield Cooperative Bank Maintains a Solid Pace of Growth

      Like most all bank presidents in the 413, Michael Tucker would concede that a great many of the region’s communities are heavily populated with financial institutions, or “overbanked,” to use the term most would put into play. He’s inclined to include Greenfield on that list, and gestures out the window of his office to make his point. “They used to call the other end of the street Bank Row,” he said, referring to a stretch of Federal Street now occupied by what once were stately bank offices, many of them redeveloped for other uses. “They really should call ...

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    17. Westfield Makes Connections to Spur Progress

      Westfield Makes Connections to Spur Progress

      Kate Phelon has long appreciated the spirit of collaboration between Westfield’s municipal, business, and educational leaders — and points to the Westfield Education to Business Alliance, which just wrapped up its third year, as a good example. The alliance, WE2BA for short, connects the city’s schools, where students are beginning to contemplate their career paths, with companies that are eager to mine local talent. Last year, it launched an adopt-a-classroom program — Mestek, Forum House, and PeoplesBank were the initial adopters, and more are expected to come on board next year — while Westfield High School’s annual career fair drew ...

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    18. People in Business: Elms College Professor Receives $145,400 Grant from Google for Computer Science Education Project

      People in Business: Elms College Professor Receives $145,400 Grant from Google for Computer Science Education Project

      A professor at the College of Our Lady of the Elms has received a Google computer science research grant for $145,400 to lead research designed to broaden high school students’ participation in computer science and programming courses, especially among underrepresented populations in the field, such as women and minorities.

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    19. At forum in Amherst, state higher education chief to talk about challenges private colleges are facing

      At forum in Amherst, state higher education chief to talk about challenges private colleges are facing

      Massachusetts Commissioner of Higher Education Carlos E. Santiago will be in town later this month to explain how the state wants to monitor the financial health of private colleges to predict — and prevent — sudden closures that leave staffers out of work and students scrambling to finish their degrees. The meeting, one of several scheduled around the state over the summer, runs 1 to 4 p.m. on Friday, July 26, at Amherst Town Hall, 4 Boltwood Ave. The event is open to the public.

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    20. Chef Wayne Hooker opens Big Mamou Cajun on the Go outside Mardi Gras in downtown Springfield

      Chef Wayne Hooker opens Big Mamou Cajun on the Go outside Mardi Gras in downtown Springfield

      The aroma — the scent of meat slow cooking in a smoker, of Cajun spices, of cornbread — is Chef Wayne Hooker’s secret weapon. It filled the parking lot of the Mardi Gras, 350 Grill and Smokey Joe’s Cigar Lounge at 350 Worthington St. Tuesday for the soft opening of his Chef Wayne’s Big Mamou Cajun on the Go kiosk. The new venture opens Wednesday, and its regular hours will be 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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    21. David Starr, longtime publisher of The Republican and longest-serving executive in Advance Publications newspaper group, dies at 96 - masslive.com

      David Starr, longtime publisher of The Republican and longest-serving executive in Advance Publications newspaper group, dies at 96 - masslive.com

      David Starr, a nationally known editor and publisher and the longest-serving news executive in the Advance Publications Inc. newspaper group, has died. He was 96.  Starr, the youngest of eight children of immigrants from Poland, was the longtime publisher and then president of The Republican.

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    22. Nonprofits Face a Host of Daunting Challenges - BusinessWest

      Nonprofits Face a Host of Daunting Challenges - BusinessWest

      Managing a nonprofit agency has never been easy, but a number of factors, from low unemployment rates and rising employment costs to new labor regulations and immense competition for donor dollars, are making it much more difficult for organizations to carry out their missions.  Joan Kagan compares the effects that unfunded mandates and rising costs have on a nonprofit to a bad tomato season. Well, sort of.

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