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    1. Trinity Health Of New England shifts Mark Fulco back to Springfield to serve as president of Mercy Medical Center and local affiliates

      Trinity Health Of New England shifts Mark Fulco back to Springfield to serve as president of Mercy Medical Center and local affiliates

      Mercy Medical Center, part of Trinity Health Of New England, has named Mark Fulco president. Fulco, who has previously served the hospital in a number of capacities, will oversee Mercy and its affiliates starting on Oct. 9. "Mark is a highly respected, highly engaged health care leader with extensive experience in various areas of hospital operations. We are certain he will not only help sustain our rich legacy of providing high quality care with a compassionate touch, he will also help us reach new levels of service to our community," said John E. Sjoberg, the hospital's board chair, in ...

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    2. 'Buy Westfield Now' program offers incentives for homebuyers to choose the Whip City

      'Buy Westfield Now' program offers incentives for homebuyers to choose the Whip City

      A new incentive program offers homebuyers a few more reasons to invest in the Whip City. "Buy Westfield Now" held an open house at the Westfield Gas & Electric service center on Wednesday to share information about special deals offered by realtors, lenders, inspectors, interior decorators and others who hope to attract people to Westfield.

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    3. Bay Path to Host Emotive Agility Interactive Talk on Sept. 19

      Bay Path to Host Emotive Agility Interactive Talk on Sept. 19

      Strategic Alliances at Bay Path University will host a free, interactive talk led by Berit Elizabeth, the creator of Emotive Agility Training, on Tuesday, Sept. 19 at 7 p.m. in Breck Suite at Wright Hall on the university’s Longmeadow campus. “What Matters More? What You Say or How You Say It?” is Elizabeth’s interactive presentation, aligning theater techniques with emotional-intelligence principles. Participants will learn how to integrate body language with preparation to present themselves with confidence and authenticity in any scenario.

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    4. WNEU Lecture Series to Tackle Health Effects of Chemicals

      WNEU Lecture Series to Tackle Health Effects of Chemicals

      The Western New England University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences announced its community lecture series, titled Healthy U. With faculty expertise from pharmacy to biomedical engineering, health sciences to business and law, this series is designed to help individuals, and the community as a whole, make better decisions about health and safety. The first lecture in the series, “From Sweeteners to Mercury: Chemicals and Your Health,” will be presented on Tuesday, Sept. 26 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Dr. Ronny Priefer, professor of Medicinal Chemistry at WNEU’s College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, will deliver ...

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    5. New $45 million Chicopee hotel, gas station complex planned for Burnett Road

      New $45 million Chicopee hotel, gas station complex planned for Burnett Road

      The owner of a now-demolished budget rate hotel is planning to construct a new $45 million development in its place. The proposal calls for a 98-room hotel, sit-down restaurant, fast food restaurant, coffee shop and gas station with a convenience store to be constructed on about eight acres of land off Burnett Road near the entrance of the Massachusetts Turnpike and Interstate 291, said Frank Quigley, construction manager for the project.

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    6. Western Massachusetts town plans 18-hole municipal disc golf course

      Western Massachusetts town plans 18-hole municipal disc golf course

      Selectmen at Monday's meeting unanimously endorsed plans for a disc golf course on public land. The Park & Recreation department proposed an 18-hole disc, or Frisbee, golf course on about 20 acres of a 60-acre municipal parcel. The land is known as Piper Farm, which is less than a half-mile from the town common. The area is bounded by Route 202 on the north side and Springfield Road on the south. Kyle Thibeault, the town's park director, told selectmen it would be free to play the course, which would boost the local economy. He said disc golf is a ...

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    7. Nursing Students Begin Class at UMass Center at Springfield

      Nursing Students Begin Class at UMass Center at Springfield

      As the academic year gets underway, 88 new students from the UMass Amherst College of Nursing’s accelerated bachelor of science in nursing program will begin class at the UMass Center at Springfield (UMCS). The College of Nursing made the decision to permanently teach the accelerated bachelor’s program in the Tower Square location earlier this year. The 26,000-square-foot space features 10 classrooms and clinical simulation space specifically designed for the needs of the nursing program. State-of-the-art telehealth facilities are being developed and will be ready later this year.

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    8. Greyhound begins operating out of Springfield Union Station

      Greyhound begins operating out of Springfield Union Station

      Bus carrier Greyhound, which is soon to end its partnership with Peter Pan Bus Lines, announced Monday that it has started operating out of Union Station. Greyhound has a dedicated ticket counter at the newly rebuilt station, which opened in June following a three-year, $95-million renovation. But Greyhound is not using that ticket counter yet, instead directing folks to the Peter Pan desk a few feet away. Last month, both Peter Pan and Greyhound announced that they will end their cooperation agreement as of Sept. 27. after nearly 19 years.

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    9. With the 2017 Big E just days away, West Springfield fairgrounds prepare to welcome...

      With the 2017 Big E just days away, West Springfield fairgrounds prepare to welcome...

      The 2017 edition of The Big E, the biggest fair in the northeast United States, is just days away from opening and vendors are busy erecting booths, building rides, and shining every last bit of chrome. This year, visitors will be able to see Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel: The Exhibition, a recreation in photographs of the ceiling frescoes of the Vatican's Sistine Chapel. Guests will also be able to experience a bit of the Middle East desert oasis at the Camel Kingdom, which features a rare breed of dromedary, sporting blue eyes and a spotted coat.

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    10. David Starr among 2017 Massachusetts Governor's Awards in the Humanities recipients

      David Starr among 2017 Massachusetts Governor's Awards in the Humanities recipients

      David Starr, president of The Republican Co., along with Henry Louis Gates. Jr. and Sacha Pfeiffer, will be honored at the 2017 Massachusetts Governor's Awards in the Humanities next month. Mass Humanities and Gov. Charlie Baker will pay tribute to the trio at the True Stories awards dinner on Oct. 15 at 5 p.m. at the Fairmont Copley Plaza in Boston. "No one has made a greater contribution to the cultural and economic life of Western Massachusetts, over a longer period of time, than David Starr," said David Tebaldi, executive director of Mass Humanities. "Through his civic leadership ...

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    11. Business & Innovation Expo to Feature ‘Ask an Expert Roundtable’ - BusinessWest

      Business & Innovation Expo to Feature ‘Ask an Expert Roundtable’ - BusinessWest

      The Business & Innovation Expo of Western Mass., the seventh annual business-to-business show produced by BusinessWest and the Healthcare News, will introduce a new feature this year, called the “Ask an Expert Roundtable.” Ten business professionals in the community will share their expertise with a table of guests for 45 minutes. During that time, they will give a rundown of their professional experience, take questions, and participate in an open, relaxed dialogue with attendees.

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    12. Elms College Appoints New Staff at Center for Student Success

      Elms College Appoints New Staff at Center for Student Success

      Elms College has appointed a new director of diversity and inclusion, as well as a new director of tutoring services, rounding out the staff in the college’s new Center for Student Success. The new staff members join five other student-success professionals working to ensure student retention, engagement, and achievement. The new director of diversity and inclusion is Alaina DiGiorgio. She will work with students, faculty, and staff to foster a more welcoming and inclusive community at Elms College. She has presented at numerous conferences on topics related to the intersection of race and athletics, and worked at the University ...

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    13. Springfield BID Extends Cruise Nights to Benefit Shriners, Square One

      Springfield BID Extends Cruise Nights to Benefit Shriners, Square One

      Each week, participants were encouraged to make a donation in support of the work that both Square One and Shriners Hospitals for Children – Springfield are doing to support children and families in the region. Donations have grown to more than $1,000. “In order to have a healthy, thriving business community, we need healthy, thriving families,” says Chris Russell, executive director of the Springfield BID. “Both Square One and Shriners Hospital are working to do just that. We are pleased to be supporting the important missions of these two organizations.” Added Kristine Allard, chief development and communications officer at Square ...

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    14. Springfield Regional Chamber Event to Focus on Negotiation Skills

      Springfield Regional Chamber Event to Focus on Negotiation Skills

      Joshua Weiss, co-founder of the Global Negotiation Initiative at Harvard University and program director of Bay Path University’s master of science program in Leadership and Negotiation will keynote at the Springfield Regional Chamber’s October Business@Breakfast on Wednesday, Oct. 4 from 7:15 to 9 a.m. at Crestview Country Club, 281 Shoemaker Lane, Agawam, with a focus on “The Negotiator in You.” The breakfast is sponsored by United Personnel Services.

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    15. Pioneer Valley prepping pitch for Amazon HQ; company promises as many as 50,000 jobs

      Pioneer Valley prepping pitch for Amazon HQ; company promises as many as 50,000 jobs

      Western Massachusetts is in the early stages of preparing a proposal -- or of combining  with a neighbor's response -- to Amazon's broad but tantalizing search for second North American headquarters. Richard K. Sullivan Jr., president and CEO of the Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts, said Thursday he has notified mayors and heads of town governments here of Amazon's needs. He also informed them of the Pioneer Valley's potential to fill Amazon's needs. "You have to be in the game to win," Sullivan said.

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    16. Local music fans invited to free Springfield Jam Fest at Court Square

      Local music fans invited to free Springfield Jam Fest at Court Square

      Organizers are expecting nice weather and a very good crowd on Saturday for the daylong Springfield Jam Fest, featuring more than a dozen local bands, at Court Square downtown. The event is from noon to 11 p.m., and is free of charge, with bands using two stages to maximize the music, said Chris Russell, executive director of the Springfield Business Improvement District, which is presenting the festival. "We're very excited," Russell said. "It's local talent and a diverse genre of music -- country, rock, Latin salsa, reggae. ... It's all local from the operations to the performers."

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    17. Springfield Jam Fest

      Springfield Jam Fest

      The day is almost here for the first annual Springfield Jam Fest in downtown Springfield. Over a dozen local artists will be performing on two separate stages throughout the entire day from all genres of music.  The festival is taking place this Saturday, September 9 at Court Square from 12 pm to 11 pm. For a full schedule on the band’s entertainment please visit our Downtown Springfield Facebook page.

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    18. Valley Venture Mentors Joins Global Accelerator Network

      Valley Venture Mentors Joins Global Accelerator Network

      After a rigorous selection process, the Global Accelerator Network (GAN) has invited Valley Venture Mentors (VVM) to join its network, which is described as “a highly curated community of independent accelerators, corporates, and investors. We [GAN] create opportunities around the world for startups to access the human and financial capital they need to build businesses and make a meaningful impact, wherever they call home.”

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    19. 'Lease It Local' helps startups pay rent on Springfield storefronts

      'Lease It Local' helps startups pay rent on Springfield storefronts

      Entrepreneurs looking to rent a downtown storefront can look to DevelopSpringfield for a little help. The public-private partnership charged with fostering economic growth in the city said Wednesday that it is taking applications for "Lease It Local," a program that will help businesses rent, occupy and enliven storefronts that are now vacant or underused. An application and full details are available online at developspringfield.com/programs.html.

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    20. Labor & Employment Law Symposium Slated for Oct. 5

      Skoler, Abbott & Presser, P.C. will hold a Labor & Employment Law Symposium on Thursday, Oct. 5 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. at the Sheraton Springfield Monarch Place Hotel. “The past year has brought significant changes in labor and employment law, and employers need to be aware of these changes; not knowing the law is no excuse for not following it,” said attorney Timothy Murphy, a partner at Skoler Abbott. “We are offering this symposium to provide local and regional HR professionals and employers with the latest developments, and to help them prepare for what’s ...

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    21. The Hub Studio Announces Grand-opening Celebration on Sept. 30 - BusinessWest

      Tracy Roth, who launched the Hub Studio, a fitness studio located at the Nonotuck Mill in Florence, will host a grand opening at the studio on Saturday, Sept. 30 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.  The studio will offer spinning, TRX resistance training, mat Pilates, scientifically backed nutrition-coaching programs, outdoor cycling instruction, workshops, special events, and more.  “The Hub believes it’s our clients’ birthright to feel powerful and complete in their bodies,” Roth said, “and that our true potential, physical and mental, lies within our core — our ‘hub’ — and when you find a way to tap into ...

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    22. Lego to cut 1,400 jobs after decline in sales | masslive.com

      Lego will cut about 1,400 positions, about eight percent of the company's workforce.  The Danish toy company reported fiscal results for the first six months of the year, with revenue down 5 percent to $2.4 billion. Profits fell by 3 percent to $544 million.  'We are disappointed by the decline in revenue in our established markets, and we have taken steps to address this,' LEGO Group Chairman Jorgen Vig Knudstorp said in a statement.

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    23. UMass Amherst Partners with Spacelabs Healthcare to Advance Research, Innovation

      UMass Amherst Partners with Spacelabs Healthcare to Advance Research, Innovation

      UMass Amherst and Spacelabs Healthcare, a leading healthcare technology company based in Snoqualmie, Washington, today announced a collaboration agreement with the shared mission of expanding medical technology and improving lives through value-based innovation. Spanning clinical and technical areas, the collaboration agreement leverages the competencies of the two organizations to form an active partnership with academic, research and development, and commercial potential. 

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    24. Out of the rough: Callaway Golf Co. grows Chicopee factory, production workforce

      Out of the rough: Callaway Golf Co. grows Chicopee factory, production workforce

      Golf is a game of precision. Making golf balls is no less exacting, as Dominic Duvall demonstrated recently at Callaway Golf Co.'s sprawling plant in the Willimansett section of town. He placed unfinished golf balls between the sharp points of an electronic micrometer to measure it to thousandths of an inch. Each ball, with it's aerodynamic surface geometry of 332 tiny indentations -- don't call them dimples -- can be no smaller than 1.68 inches in diameter and no heavier than 1.62 ounces. The Callaway plant makes 50 million golf balls a year. That's 20,000 ...

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