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    1. Summer Program Offers Teenagers a Paycheck — and Much More

      Summer Program Offers Teenagers a Paycheck — and Much More

      t’s hardly news that far fewer teenagers work during the summer than they did decades ago, for many reasons. Those who do want to work are often happy to nail down a steady paycheck, while others gain something more — a career-oriented summer job that comes with training, mentorship, and connections. That’s the goal of a state-funded program that will send 900 area teens into the workforce this summer, but its administrators say that number isn’t nearly enough.

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    2. People in Business: Paul Robbins Associates takes top International Summit Emerging Media Award | masslive.com

      People in Business: Paul Robbins Associates takes top International Summit Emerging Media Award | masslive.com

      Paul Robbins Associates (PRA) has been chosen as a Leader Award winner in the 2017 Summit Emerging Media Award (Summit EMA) competition for its digital work on the 413families/413familias community texting program, led by the 'Reading Success by 4th Grade' initiative. The company is now a seven-time winner of the Summit Creative Awards, having formerly won in video categories.

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    3. FloDesign Sonics Aims to Bring Cell Therapy to the Masses

      FloDesign Sonics Aims to Bring Cell Therapy to the Masses

      The “filterless filter company,” as FloDesign Sonics dubs itself, was launched in 2010 in an effort to separate contaminants — particularly anthrax — from the water supply. There’s nothing trivial about that goal, but the company’s co-founder and CEO, Stanley Kowalski III, and his team have only been thinking bigger ever since. “We don’t like mediocre challenges; we take on pretty big issues, and we back it with the best thought leaders in this space,” he told BusinessWest. “We’ve targeted some of the biggest things mankind could be working on, and it gets people motivated on a different ...

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    4. Finding People Jobs Is Only Part of Nicole Griffin’s Calling

      Finding People Jobs Is Only Part of Nicole Griffin’s Calling

      A job seeker came to see Nicole Griffin recently after making a careless mistake — one he didn’t even recognize at the time. The mistake was leaving a temporary position at a large, well-known firm two weeks before his contract was up because he didn’t like the environment and the job wasn’t quite what he thought it would be. “I said, ‘you kind of ruined all the work you did there for several months by leaving before your assignment ended,’” said Griffin, president of the employment firm she launched in 2013 as Griffin Staffing Network. “That was a ...

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    5. Deerfield Strives to Be More Than a Tourist Town

      Deerfield Strives to Be More Than a Tourist Town

      Wendy Foxmyn acknowleged that, when pressed to describe Deerfield with a word or two, most responders would say ‘tourist town,’ or something to that effect. And, sounding somewhat like the Seinfeld characters in that infamous episode, she said there’s nothing particularly wrong with that. But she quickly, and repeatedly, stressed that this community that is home to Yankee Candle’s flagship store — one of the most visited attractions in New England — as well as Mount Sugarloaf, Historic Deerfield, and the Magic Wings Butterfly Conservancy and Garden wants to diversify and broaden its commercial portfolio.

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    6. MGM, Springfield get time to make deal on 31 Elm St. market rate housing

      MGM, Springfield get time to make deal on 31 Elm St. market rate housing

      The Massachusetts Gaming Commission agreed this week that a proposal for MGM Springfield to invest in the redevelopment of the historic 31 Elm St. block at Court Square is worth giving MGM additional time to consider that option to help meet its commitment to create new market-rate housing. At a meeting Thursday, the five-member state commission voted to hold MGM Springfield to its host community agreement commitment to create no less than 54 units of market-rate housing in the downtown area as a condition of its casino project.

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    7. Life sciences bill envisions $445 million commitment

      Life sciences bill envisions $445 million commitment

      A legislative committee is preparing to release a $445 million life sciences bond bill. "This bill will provide the state with the tools to deploy capital investments in cutting edge equipment and infrastructure, promote innovative research and development, and strengthen existing resources and regional assets through workforce development and strategic partnerships," state Rep. Joseph Wagner, D-Chicopee, chairman of the Joint Committee on Economic Development and Emerging Technologies, said in a statement. "This bill will unlock federal monies and private investments as Massachusetts continues (to) maintain its economic competitiveness on the global level in the areas of life sciences, biotechnology, and ...

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    8. Seen@ Dress for Success' 2018 Common Threads gala at CityStage | masslive.com

      Seen@ Dress for Success' 2018 Common Threads gala at CityStage | masslive.com

      A powerful part of the evening comes from several recent program participants as they speak of their achievements and successes. It's a celebration of accomplishment and the potential of the women for whom Dress for Success is able to provide support, tools and the professional attire necessary to pursue employment.  'This evening is about realizing what truly empowers women's greatest,' said Dawn Creighton, board president of Dress for Success. 'It's so much more than suits and shoes. When young women dream about who they want to be, they see much more than clothes; and so do we ...

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    9. UMass Amherst University Without Walls Extends Application Deadline; Offers Springfield Information Session

      UMass Amherst University Without Walls Extends Application Deadline; Offers Springfield Information Session

      The University of Massachusetts Amherst’s University Without Walls (UWW) program will hold an information session at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 3, at the UMass Center at Springfield, located in Tower Square, 1500 Main St. in Springfield. The information session is geared toward adults interested in completing their bachelor’s degree, as well as employers interested in obtaining information for their employees. Light refreshments will be provided. UWW has extended its application deadline to May 15.

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    10. Opening of Northampton office for crime victims brings $9 million to area programs

      Opening of Northampton office for crime victims brings $9 million to area programs

      A state agency that supports crime victims and witnesses officially opened its first office outside of Boston Thursday, bringing $9 million in funding for Western Massachusetts programs with it.  "Nothing is more important than making sure victims, survivors, and their families have the support and resources they need," Attorney General Maura Healey said at the opening of the 403 Pleasant St. satellite office for the Massachusetts Office for Victim Assistance.  The 34-year-old agency helps crime victims through advocacy, education and various other forms of assistance. The new office represents the first time it has expanded beyond Boston, and will be ...

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    11. New Tower Square owners want more retail for downtown Springfield; seek brand outlets like Gap, Old Navy

      New Tower Square owners want more retail for downtown Springfield; seek brand outlets like Gap, Old Navy

      The new owners of Tower Square want to talk with outlet retailers about bringing brands like Gap and Old Navy to the mall portion of the downtown property they just bought. "MGM is filled with retail already. I think they are going to bring people and drive interest," said Dinesh Patel of East Longmeadow moments before announcing the purchase at a news conference. "I want to thank MGM for their investment. They made it the right time to buy."

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    12. Massachusetts Gaming Commission approves casino mitigation funds for Hampden County Sheriff's Department, Springfield and state police

      Massachusetts Gaming Commission approves casino mitigation funds for Hampden County Sheriff's Department, Springfield and state police

      The Massachusetts Gaming Commission on Thursday approved mitigation funds for the Hampden County Sheriff's Department, the Springfield Police Department and state police to offset costs and hardships related to the MGM Springfield casino. In a unanimous vote, the commission granted $772,000 to the sheriff's department over a two-year period to continue easing the higher rent being paid by the department for the Western Massachusetts Correctional Addiction Center. The center moved from what are now the casino grounds to a more expensive location on Mill Street.

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    13. 'We are standing in a 21st Century classroom,' HCC president says at opening of MGM Culinary Arts Institute

      'We are standing in a 21st Century classroom,' HCC president says at opening of MGM Culinary Arts Institute

      As Chef Syron Wheeler scooped spoonfuls of duck fat into a saute pan of mushrooms, a camera broadcast the scene on a large screen over his head. "We are working with foods most people don't see every day," said Wheeler, who plans to work as a sous chef at MGM Springfield's South End Market when the $960-million casino opens in September. "We are doing a duck confit in pasta. Other chefs here are doing steak tartar, lobster bisque."

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    14. Inaugural 'Markets at Eastfield' vendor fair in Springfield mall deemed a success

      Inaugural 'Markets at Eastfield' vendor fair in Springfield mall deemed a success

      The Markets at Eastfield, a vendor fair in the old Macy's at Eastfield Mall, drew thousands of visitors last weekend for its grand opening, according to the promoter who is organizing it as an ongoing event. Bill Bullock, owner of Bulldog Enterprises, said he expects even more people this weekend when he combines the market with one of his company's regular sports card and collectibles shows. The sports card show features former New York Mets pitching ace Dwight Gooden Saturday from 1:30-3 p.m., wrestler X-Pac Saturday from 4-6 p.m. and Rob Ninkovich, a retired Patriots ...

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    15. PVPA names charter school advocate Marc Kenen interim executive director

      PVPA names charter school advocate Marc Kenen interim executive director

      At a meeting last week, Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter Public School board of trustees named Marc Kenen interim executive director. Kenen was executive director of Massachusetts Charter Public School Association from 2000-17, according to his LinkedIn page. He previously was a professional staff member at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, according to PVPA.

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    16. Youths to seek employment and employers to look for help at CareerPoint job fair in Holyoke

      Youths to seek employment and employers to look for help at CareerPoint job fair in Holyoke

      Hazen Paper, Six Flags New England and UPS are among companies scheduled to be represented at the annual CareerPoint youth job fair Tuesday from 1 to 3 p.m. at City Hall. The event at the 536 Dwight St. municipal building is intended to help young people get jobs and employers get started on hiring summer help, a press release said.

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    17. First Orange Line T car shells arrive at CRRC factory in Springfield

      First Orange Line T car shells arrive at CRRC factory in Springfield

      The first four uncompleted shells for MBTA Orange Line subway cars arrived at the CRRC MA plant in East Springfield this week. Workers there are unpacking them and getting ready to begin assembly work, said spokeswoman Lydia Rivera. She expects work on completing the cars to begin in earnest sometime in the next month or so.

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    18. 'The story of all of Springfield': Council OKs $100,000 toward city's $1 million image promotion campaign

      'The story of all of Springfield': Council OKs $100,000 toward city's $1 million image promotion campaign

      Councilors said that a key to their support for the campaign is the explanation that it will tell the story of the entire city of Springfield including the neighborhoods, rather than be a downtown promotion. "It's to tell the good story of all the things happening in the great city of Springfield," said Richard K. Sullivan, the president and CEO of the Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts, which is overseeing the campaign. "It's not just a downtown campaign. This will not be a casino campaign."

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    19. The Golf Business Faces Some Formidable Hazards

      The Golf Business Faces Some Formidable Hazards

      Two decades ago, people were clamoring to get into the golf business. It was seen as an almost can’t-miss proposition, and individuals and municipalities alike were looking to cash in. Things changed in a hurry, of course, and today, operations are struggling to stay in the black. To do so, they must be imaginative, flexible, and diverse.  For several years now, area golf-course operators have been saying there’s at least one too many courses in this region for the collective good, especially given the downward trajectory of the business as overall play has declined.

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    20. People in Business: Big Y appoints John W. Schnepp III to Marketing Vice President

      People in Business: Big Y appoints John W. Schnepp III to Marketing Vice President

      The Board of Directors of Big Y Foods, Inc. announces the appointment of John W. Schnepp III as vice president of marketing. In this role, Schnepp will continue to oversee all marketing and advertising for the company by coordinating all print, electronic, digital and social platforms as well as all internal and external communications across all of Big Y's brands including Big Y World Class Markets, Fresh Acres, Table & Vine and Big Y Express Gas and Convenience stores. In addition, he is newly responsible for the database marketing efforts which include data mining tactics, metrics, customer loyalty and personalized ...

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    21. In face of $3.1 million budget gap, PVTA approves delayed service cuts, plan to hike bus fares 20 percent

      In face of $3.1 million budget gap, PVTA approves delayed service cuts, plan to hike bus fares 20 percent

      Pioneer Valley Transit Authority bus riders will pay 20 percent more at the fare box and for passes and paratransit trips starting July 1 following a vote Monday of the the PVTA Advisory Board. The board also voted Monday to take a once-every-three-years review of its fares, which before Monday hadn't gone up in a decade. But any fare hikes resulting from those reviews would need a new set of public hearings and a vote at that time. Level funding from the state for the PVTA means the agency gets $23.6 million in the coming budget year. Rising ...

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    22. Applications available today for Hampden County Regional Employment Board summer jobs program

      Applications available today for Hampden County Regional Employment Board summer jobs program

      With the unemployment rate for those ages 16-19 stuck at nearly 26 percent, the Regional Employment Board of Hampden County is once again calling for people to hire young workers, donate to its summer youth employment programs and provide work sites. Officials fear too many area young people will be out of school this summer with too much time on their hands and no way to pick up the work ethic, job skills and the money a summer job can provide. Not to mention the other ways teens might fill their time if they aren't on the job, said ...

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    23. No English, no luck? Why MGM Springfield is looking for strong English skills and what's being done to prep candidates

      No English, no luck? Why MGM Springfield is looking for strong English skills and what's being done to prep candidates

      MGM Springfield made a big splash this week when it posted 1,000 available jobs in its website. It was a huge step forward for a $960 million project whose main selling point to skeptical voters, who ultimately approved casino gambling here, was jobs. For many of those jobs -- even unskilled ones like bus person and kitchen runner -- "English language proficiency" is the first relevant skill listed. The job description defines English language proficiency this way: "The ability to speak and understand English when giving and receiving instructions, and talking with management, coworkers, and guests. This includes using correct grammar ...

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    24. Bay Path Women's Leadership Conference encourages women to 'Be Curious'

      Bay Path Women's Leadership Conference encourages women to 'Be Curious'

      As women stopped by the De La Sidra vendor table to ask about the colorful and beautifully woven bags, business owner Lillian Novoa was overwhelmed with emotion. "This has been my dream since I was ten years old in Guatemala and a young girl who was about eight gave me a beautiful piece of woven fabric as a gift," said Novoa, a native of Guatemala and Bay Path University alumni who sells pieces woven by women and girls in the central American country. She was one of many vendors participating in the university's 23rd annual Women's Leadership Conference ...

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