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    1. UMassFive Promotes Craig Boivin to Vice President of Marketing

      UMassFive Promotes Craig Boivin to Vice President of Marketing

      UMassFive College Federal Credit Union announced the promotion of Craig Boivin to the position of vice president of Marketing. His promotion follows the retirement of Jon Reske, who previously occupied the position for 23 years. In his new role, Boivin will report directly to Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Lauren Duffy. Over the last seven years, Boivin has taken on various roles within the Marketing department at UMassFive — most recently as interim vice president — and overseen many successful initiatives, including the credit union’s latest website redesign, implementation of the Buzz Points rewards program, and promotion of UMassFive ...

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    2. Behavioral Health Network Announces Leadership Change

      Behavioral Health Network Announces Leadership Change

      Katherine Wilson, longtime president and CEO of Behavioral Health Network (BHN), announced she will retire on June 30. George Marion, BHN board chair, said the organization has named Steven Winn, BHN’s current chief operating officer, as Wilson’s successor. Wilson was instrumental in the formation of Behavioral Health Network in 1992 when four nonprofit mental-health organizations — the Child Guidance Clinic, the Agawam Counseling Center, Community Care Mental Health Center, and the Hampden District Mental Health Clinic — formed the new entity and appointed Wilson CEO.

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    3. Red Lion Inn owner exploring deal with MGM Springfield; planning continues on Paramount Theater, Massasoit House renovation

      Red Lion Inn owner exploring deal with MGM Springfield; planning continues on Paramount Theater, Massasoit House renovation

      Main Street Hospitality Group, best known for Stockbridge’s Red Lion Inn, is exploring a hotel project with MGM Springfield. Timothy T. Sheehan, the city’s chief development officer, confirmed the talks Monday. Main Street remains a partner with the New England Farm Workers Council on the $38 million rehab of the Paramount Theater and Massasoit House Hotel in Springfield, said both Sheehan and Heriberto Flores, president of the Farm Workers Council and developer of the historic building.

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    4. Land O’Lakes Taps Northstar Recycling for Innovative Sustainability Solutions

      Like many major companies, Land O’Lakes has become increasingly committed to sustainability initiatives in recent years. For example, Purina Animal Nutrition, a Land O’Lakes subsidiary, recently set out to develop a cost-effective recycling solution for used Purina feed tubs, a difficult and logistically complex objective. Land O’Lakes called on Northstar Recycling, its recycling partner for all of the U.S. and Canada, to handle this challenge.

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    5. Platform C opening completes Springfield Union Station’s rebirth; Gov. Charlie Baker remains cautious about east-west rail

      Platform C opening completes Springfield Union Station’s rebirth; Gov. Charlie Baker remains cautious about east-west rail

      The newly completed and handicapped-accessible Platform C at Springfield Union Station is the next step toward potentially reestablishing frequent passenger rail service between Springfield and Boston, Gov. Charlie Baker said Friday. Baker joined longtime Union Station booster U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal, D-Springfield, and Mayor Domenic J. Sarno for a ceremonial ribbon cutting at the $11 million platform.

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    6. Enfield Square mall owners get OK to subdivide property

      Enfield Square mall owners get OK to subdivide property

      The Enfield Planning & Zoning Commission this week unanimously approved a plan to further subdivide properties at the mostly vacant Enfield Square, perhaps clearing the way for redevelopment of the 677,000-square-foot enclosed mall. The owners would have to come back to the town for permission to demolish buildings or add new structures.

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    7. Red Sox Winter Weekend, Hoophall Classic drew 10,000 visitors and $7M in spending, visitors bureau says

      Red Sox Winter Weekend, Hoophall Classic drew 10,000 visitors and $7M in spending, visitors bureau says

      Basketball great LeBron James wasn’t the only person visiting Springfield over the past seven days. The Greater Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau on Friday said that the Hoophall Classic —where James turned up to see his son, Bronny James, play on the Sierra Canyon High School team — and the Red Sox Winter Weekend drew more than 10,000 visitors to greater Springfield.

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    8. Monson Savings Bank Announces 2020 Scholarship Program

      Monson Savings Bank Announces 2020 Scholarship Program

      The 2020 Monson Savings Bank scholarship application is now available to graduating high-school seniors residing in Hampden and Wilbraham. Applications are available at 15 Somers Road, Hampden, and 100 Post Office Park, Wilbraham. The purpose of the Monson Savings Bank scholarship is to promote the attainment of higher education for graduating seniors who reside within the bank’s footprint. Three $2,000 scholarships will awarded to graduating seniors who reside in Hampden or Wilbraham. Graduating seniors must be planning to attend an accredited college, technical school, or certification program. Scholarship awards will be based on the applicant’s financial need ...

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    9. PeoplesBank to Present 75,000 to Girls Inc. of the Valley for Launch of New Campaign

      PeoplesBank to Present 75,000 to Girls Inc. of the Valley for Launch of New Campaign

      PeoplesBank will present $75,000 to Girls Inc. of the Valley at its annual Business Leaders Reception on Thursday, Jan. 30 from 8 to 9 a.m. at Cubit Coworks, 164 Race St., Holyoke. Girls Inc. of the Valley is in the early stages of a $5 million comprehensive campaign with three primary goals: to build a permanent home in downtown Holyoke; expand school-based programming in Holyoke, Chicopee, and Springfield; and extend the Eureka! STEM education program. As a result of the campaign, Girls Inc. of the Valley will serve more than 1,000 girls each year with intensive, research-based ...

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    10. Officials celebrate completion of Springfield Innovation Center

      Officials celebrate completion of Springfield Innovation Center

      DevelopSpringfield, the public-private partnership that takes on Springfield’s most vexing real estate projects, celebrated Thursday with U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal the completion of the Springfield Innovation Center at 276 Bridge St. The rehab project, beset by delays, escalating expenses and other complications, cost $7.1 million in state and federal tax credits, grants, foundation money and private financing.

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    11. Massachusetts commits $469K to boost women, minority workforce through Tech Foundry in Springfield, Boston’s Hack.Diversity

      Massachusetts commits $469K to boost women, minority workforce through Tech Foundry in Springfield, Boston’s Hack.Diversity

      The STEM — science, technology, engineering and math — workforce in Massachusetts is growing and highly paid. But it’s also 76% white. Only 26% of information technology jobs are held by women.Jobs in the field are growing mostly in a few Boston-area communities — making a compelling argument, business boosters heard Thursday, for increasing training and outreach in Western Massachusetts to boost minority and women participation in STEM careers.

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    12. Rep. Richard Neal, Gov. Charlie Baker to celebrate final step in Union Station rehab; Platform C caps $103M project

      Rep. Richard Neal, Gov. Charlie Baker to celebrate final step in Union Station rehab; Platform C caps $103M project

      Gov. Charlie Bake, fresh off his State of the State speech that focused on mass transit, will join U.S. Rep. Richard Neal, D-Mass., and Springfield Mayor Domenic J. Sarno Friday for the ceremonial opening of the final phase of construction at Springfield Union Station.

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    13. STCC to Offer Legal Interpreting Certificate Program

      STCC to Offer Legal Interpreting Certificate Program

      nterested in working as a legal interpreter? Springfield Technical Community College (STCC) will offer training beginning Feb. 25. The course runs through April, with classes meeting Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Offered as a certificate program through the Workforce Development Center at STCC, this class is open to Spanish-, Portuguese-, Arabic-, and Russian-speaking students who would like to expand their interpreting skills in legal settings. Interpreting is a high-demand field, with jobs expected to grow by 19% through 2028, much faster than the average for all occupations, according to the U.S. Bureau of ...

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    14. Agawam’s Bridge Becomes an Attention Span - BusinessWest

      Agawam’s Bridge Becomes an Attention Span - BusinessWest

      Mayor William Sapelli said he received the text late on a Friday afternoon earlier this month, and it was somewhat unexpected; he was anticipating word coming later. But it was very, very welcome.  It came from state Lt. Gov. Karen Polito, and it said, in essence, that the state had approved what’s known as an acceleration agreement for the Morgan-Sullivan Bridge project. What that means is that money has been apportioned that will allow the general contractor, Palmer-based Northern Construction, to pay crews overtime to work on nights and weekends to accelerate (hence the name) the timeline for completing ...

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    15. Youth basketball players from Springfield and Holyoke hoop it up during Winter All-Star Festivities (photos) - masslive.com

      Youth basketball players from Springfield and Holyoke hoop it up during Winter All-Star Festivities (photos) - masslive.com

      Youth basketball players from Holyoke and Springfield showed off their talents Wednesday evening as part of the Winter All-Star Festivities at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.  The event was hosted by the Holyoke Safe Neighborhood Initiative, C3 Forest Park and Hampden County Sheriff’s Department. Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno also took part.

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    16. Agway in Westfield closed; landlord searching for new tenants

      Agway in Westfield closed; landlord searching for new tenants

      Kelly’s Home and Garden, the Westfield Agway store, closed at the end of December but building owner Nabil Hannoush said he’s hopeful about bringing in a new tenant to run the lawn and garden store. "I've been talking with Agway and with other Agway operators in the area," Hannoush said Tuesday. "It doesn't even have to be Agway. It could be another lawn-and-garden store." Kelly’s — owned by husband-and-wife Brian and Stacey Kelly — had its last day of business Dec. 26, Hannoush said.

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    17. ‘Set yourself apart from everyone else’: State labor chief Rosalin Acosta gives advice at Westfield High School career center

      ‘Set yourself apart from everyone else’: State labor chief Rosalin Acosta gives advice at Westfield High School career center

      Superintendent Stefan Czaporowski loves what Westfield High School’s Reed Career Center is doing to get students ready not just for the job search but also for the jobs they get. And on Tuesday he found a ready audience in Rosalin Acosta, the state’s secretary of Labor and Workforce Development. Acosta toured the center Tuesday morning, meeting with students and hearing how their job searches and career preparations are coming.

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    18. With top MGM Springfield executives out after low gaming revenue, where does casino go under Chris Kelley

      With top MGM Springfield executives out after low gaming revenue, where does casino go under Chris Kelley

      MGM Resorts International’s move of Mathis from Springfield — where he’d worked since 2014 preparing for the casino’s construction and August 2018 opening — may be a reaction to gambling revenues that have been about half the pre-opening projections, employment levels that are not at the 3,000 jobs MGM promised and commercial development around the 17-acre MGM property that seems never to have taken off.

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    19. Five College Consortium Awarded $2.5 Million for Native and Indigenous Studies

      Five College Consortium Awarded $2.5 Million for Native and Indigenous Studies

      Five Colleges Inc. has been awarded a $2.5 million, four-year grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to help its member campuses transform how they approach Native American and indigenous studies (NAIS), with the goal of enhancing teaching, learning, and scholarship in the field. The grant is one of the largest made by foundation to the consortium to date, and is also one of the consortium’s largest grant awards from any funder in its 50-year history.

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    20. Brewmaster’s Tavern in Williamsburg closed, brewery to remain in business

      Brewmaster’s Tavern in Williamsburg closed, brewery to remain in business

      The Brewmaster’s Tavern in Williamsburg went out of business Monday, according to its landlords who continue to run the brewer business — Brewmasters Brewing Services LLC — out of the same building . It’s a location on Main Street, where there has been a tavern or restaurant for 208 years according to an online history.

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    21. Dodge Data & Analytics Sees Construction Starts Slipping in 2020

      Dodge Data & Analytics Sees Construction Starts Slipping in 2020

      Dodge Data & Analytics recently released its 2020 Dodge Construction Outlook, predicting that total U.S. construction starts will slip to $776 billion in 2020, a decline of 4% from the 2019 estimated level of activity. “The recovery in construction starts that began during 2010 in the aftermath of the Great Recession is coming to an end,” said Richard Branch, chief economist for Dodge Data & Analytics. “Easing economic growth driven by mounting trade tensions and lack of skilled labor will lead to a broad-based but orderly pullback in construction starts in 2020. After increasing 3% in 2018, construction starts dipped an ...

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    22. STCC’s Civil Engineering Technology Grads Entering Robust Field

      STCC’s Civil Engineering Technology Grads Entering Robust Field

      Civil engineers help design bridges, roads, and other critical infrastructure projects. In fact, “we make civilization possible,” Springfield Technical Community College (STCC) Assistant Professor Cynthia DeSellier tells her first-year students. “You turn on the water in your house — a civil engineer made that possible,” DeSellier added. “Engineering truly does make civilization possible. Without us, the standard of living we enjoy wouldn’t be there.”

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    23. Top Entrepreneur 2019

      Top Entrepreneur 2019

      As the largest private landowner in Massachusetts, with properties in 30 towns, the Cowls family is especially synonymous with North Amherst, where it has made its headquarters — and an enduring legacy in lumber and conservation — for 279 years. These days, Cinda Jones, the ninth-generation president of W.D. Cowls Inc., and her team are doing nothing short of creating a new town center in North Amherst. Why? Because the family has always transformed the land into what was most beneficial and needed. Today, she says, that’s a sense of community.

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    24. MassHire Springfield Career Center Celebrates Grand Opening

      MassHire Springfield Career Center Celebrates Grand Opening

      MassHire Springfield Career Center held a grand opening celebration at its new facility on Jan. 14. Located on the third floor of 95 Liberty St., the larger space better serves job seekers and business customers, due to more efficient flow of people through the space, improved meeting rooms, an upgraded computer lab, increased internet speed, and better wi-fi coverage.

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