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    1. Springfield Y opens Tower Square child education center; fitness center expected by end of the month

      Springfield Y opens Tower Square child education center; fitness center expected by end of the month

      As workers stocked supplies Friday in the YMCA of Greater Springfield Learning Center at Tower Square, CEO Dexter Johnson crawled into a cabinet to fix a sink drain. "You have to do what you have to do," Johnson joked. Because on Monday morning — starting before 7 a.m. — 200 youngsters participating in the Y’s educational programs for preschoolers, and before- and after-school programs for older children, will arrive for the first time at the new facility.

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    2. Holyoke host veterans job fair, region’s top employers on hand

      Holyoke host veterans job fair, region’s top employers on hand

      The third annual Military and Veterans Job Fair attracted dozens of regional employers and a steady stream of applicants at the War Memorial Building on Friday. Applicants met with major employers, including Amazon, MGM-Springfield, Gulfstream, Baystate Health Systems, U.S. Postal Service, University of Massachusetts Amherst, General Dynamics, Hazen Paper and Hood.

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    3. Mellon Foundation Awards Five Colleges $800,000 for Online Museum Collections

      Mellon Foundation Awards Five Colleges $800,000 for Online Museum Collections

      The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation awarded the Five College Consortium $800,000 to reimagine the way museum collaborations can share their online collections with each other and the world. The current shared collections database at Five Colleges was developed more than 20 years ago, and this commitment to a consortial database has enriched collaboration across the Five Colleges and opened up discovery and access to museum collections for students, faculty, staff, and the public. It remains one of the few collections databases in the country that is shared among several museums, but with advancements in technology and new accessibility needs ...

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    4. Bulkley Richardson Tops Springfield Firms with 11 Practice Areas Ranked in ‘Best Law Firms’

      Bulkley Richardson Tops Springfield Firms with 11 Practice Areas Ranked in ‘Best Law Firms’

      Best Lawyers, in partnership with U.S. News and World Report, has included Bulkley Richardson in its 2020 list of “Best Law Firms,” ranking the firm in the top tier for the most practice areas of any Springfield law firm. The 2020 “Best Law Firms” list ranks Bulkley Richardson in the following 11 practice areas: bankruptcy and creditor debtor rights/insolvency and reorganization law, bet-the-company litigation, commercial litigation, corporate law, criminal defense: general practice, criminal defense: white-collar, litigation – labor and employment, medical malpractice law – defendants, personal injury litigation – defendants, tax law, and trusts and estates law.

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    5. Long-awaited Springfield Innovation Center restoration nears completion; Bridge Street scaffolding to come down next week

      Long-awaited Springfield Innovation Center restoration nears completion; Bridge Street scaffolding to come down next week

      Artisans working nearly four stories above Bridge Street affixed this week the last bits of replacement decorative terra-cotta tile on the soon-to-be-revealed facade of the Springfield Innovation Center. The scaffolding, in place since September 2018, will come down next week, said Chris Russell, executive director of the Springfield Business Improvement District, which is managing the Innovation Center project for owner DevelopSpringfield.

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    6. Hooplandia tournament will inject $12M into Springfield-area economy, visitors bureau says

      Hooplandia tournament will inject $12M into Springfield-area economy, visitors bureau says

      Hooplandia, the 3-on-3 basketball tournament coming to The Big E and the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in June, could mean $12 million in local spending. To put that number in perspective, the 2019 American Hockey League All-Star Classic Game at the MassMutual Center in January pumped $2.8 million through the local economy, said Mary Kay Wydra, president of the Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau.

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    7. Levellers Press Receives Manufacturers of the Year Award at State House

      Levellers Press Receives Manufacturers of the Year Award at State House

      Levellers Press in Amherst received a Manufacturer of the Year Award at the fourth annual Manufacturing Award Ceremony at the State House on Oct. 22. Collective Copies, a collectively managed and worker-owned printing company, celebrated the 10th anniversary of its publishing wing, Levellers Press, on Sept. 18. Levellers’ beginning was marked by the launch of its first title, Robert H. Romer’s Slavery in the Connecticut Valley of Massachusetts, still one of its bestsellers. One hundred titles later, it has expanded its book-printing and distribution capabilities with Off the Common Books to help self-publishing authors get their books out in ...

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    8. Women of Impact 2019 - BusinessWest

      Women of Impact 2019 - BusinessWest

      This is the second class of Women of Impact, a new recognition program created by BusinessWest to recognize individuals who are making a difference in this community and tell stories that need to be told.  This is a diverse class of winners, in every sense of that phrase, but especially when it comes to the manner in which they’re making an impact, whether it’s through public service, turning around a nonprofit, connecting individuals with opportunities to serve their communities, managing a school system, mentoring entrepreneurs, helping individuals and families find financial security, running a successful business, or donating ...

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    9. Held back by aging workforce, Massachusetts economy contracted in Q3; US economic growth slows to 0.9% - masslive.com

      Held back by aging workforce, Massachusetts economy contracted in Q3; US economic growth slows to 0.9% - masslive.com

      An aging baby boomer labor force, and lack of qualified younger workers to replace them, appears to be holding back the Massachusetts economy, but economists with MassBenchmarks are not warning of a recession.  The state’s economy contracted two-tenths of a percentage point in the third quarter, according to the most recent report from MassBenchmarks, part of the University of Massachusetts Donahue Institute in Hadley.

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    10. Big boost on campus: Massachusetts could offer a match for donations to UMass, public universities, community colleges

      Big boost on campus: Massachusetts could offer a match for donations to UMass, public universities, community colleges

      Donors to endowment funds at state universities and community colleges, including University of Massachusetts campuses, could see their dollars partially matched under a supplemental budget pending on Beacon Hill. "Their money goes further, and who doesn't want their money to go further," said Erica Broman, vice president for institutional advancement at Westfield State University and executive director of the Westfield State Foundation.

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    11. Westover Metropolitan Airport awaits OK for 24-hour operations in Chicopee

      Westover Metropolitan Airport awaits OK for 24-hour operations in Chicopee

      After three years of work and with the help of two grants, Westover Metropolitan Airport is close to achieving a long-term goal of allowing planes to land overnight. U.S. Air Force officials are scheduled to sign a letter of agreement on Thursday to approve the plan. If everything goes smoothly, the extended hours will begin Friday, said Michael Bolton, president and CEO of the airport. The small airport, owned by Westover Metropolitan Corp., has a partnership with Westover Air Reserve Base that allows it to use the Air Force runway and control tower services.

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    12. American International College Receives $2.2 Million Grant from Department of Education

      American International College Receives $2.2 Million Grant from Department of Education

      American International College (AIC) has been awarded a $2.2 million Title III: Strengthening Institutions grant from the Department of Education for the AIC Plan for Excellence (APEX) program. The grant, to be distributed over five years, will cover a wide range of activities associated with the development of the APEX program. APEX is a shared curricular experience designed to achieve four main learning goals for students, including intellectual development and lifelong learning, personal growth, social and cultural competency, as well as career and professional development. Further, APEX will improve the value of an AIC education by creating synergy between ...

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    13. Unify Against Bullying Presents Fifth Annual All-inclusive Fashion Show

      Unify Against Bullying Presents Fifth Annual All-inclusive Fashion Show

      On Oct. 21, students from 20 different schools in Massachusetts walked the runway and acted out anti-bullying performances at a fashion show dedicated to celebrating diversity. The show was attended by 500 guests at the Log Cabin in Holyoke. “This fashion show has far surpassed anything we ever initially imagined possible,” said Edward Zemba, president of Robert Charles Photography and founder and chair of Unify Against Bullying. “What makes the show special is that we celebrate students of all shapes, sizes, styles, sexual orientation, ethnicity, and physical ability. We make sure that kids know it’s who they are that ...

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    14. Azaya Evolves into a One-stop IT Solutions Company

      Azaya Evolves into a One-stop IT Solutions Company

      While growing his business and keeping his employees busy at all times is Jitu Changela’s primary goal, his mission in business is to keep his clients’ employees busy and help those companies grow. He and his team at the IT solutions company Azaya believe this is one of the best ways to measure success in this highly competitive, still-evolving field. Indeed, companies can’t grow and prosper, and their employees can’t be highly productive, if their IT systems are down. Or if the equipment is old and obsolete. Or if a business isn’t making the most of ...

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    15. Whalley Computer Associates Marks 40 Years of Growth

      Whalley Computer Associates Marks 40 Years of Growth

      From its humble beginnings in a Southwick basement 40 years ago, Whalley Computer Associates has become a technology company with remarkable reach, providing a host of services to more than 3,000 business clients, ranking WCA in the top one-tenth of 1% of all computer resellers by sales volume. That growth has come through constant evolution in response to industry needs and trends, but also simply by making life easier for clients, who increasingly demand no-fuss solutions to their network needs.

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    16. Katherine Putnam

      Katherine Putnam

      This Investor and Mentor Is Making a Difference within the Entrepreneurship Ecosystem.  Katherine Putnam was a history major in college, and she certainly knows her stuff. While she really likes European history, she knows all about this country — and this region — as well. She knows, for example, about the very rich tradition of entrepreneurship in Western Mass., and what it meant for the development of individual cities and towns.

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    17. Tricia Canavan

      Tricia Canavan

      Tricia Canavan spent much of her early career as an educator. Today, in a much different role, education is never far from her mind. “As I’ve done this job for the last eight years, I’ve learned how education is tied to workforce development and people being successful. It’s not just about being able to write well or have the fundamentals of math — can you support yourself?”

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    18. Auctions set for downtown Springfield buildings, including landmark at State and Main

      Auctions set for downtown Springfield buildings, including landmark at State and Main

      Three downtown Springfield buildings, two of them five-story landmarks facing Main Street, are scheduled to be sold at auction Nov. 15. All three are owned by Louis Masaschi and Jeanette Norman Masaschi of JLL Realty — but under different corporate names for each property. This is according to property records kept by the city and by the Hampden Registry of Deeds, cross referenced with corporate records kept by the secretary of state.

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    19. Launch413 to Host Western New England Demo Day on Nov. 12

      Launch413 to Host Western New England Demo Day on Nov. 12

      Launch413 will host the first in a new triannual event series, Western New England Demo Day, at TechSpring in downtown Springfield on Tuesday, Nov. 12. The purpose of this event is to bring local startups and investors together to give entrepreneurs greater access to capital, and investors more options for local investment. WNE Demo Day aims to provide a friendly and organized environment for startups and investors to meet each other and find new paths to mutual prosperity.

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    20. Free Small Business Legal Clinic Now Accepting Applications

      Free Small Business Legal Clinic Now Accepting Applications

      The Western New England University Small Business Clinic is accepting applications from entrepreneurs and small-business owners seeking legal assistance for the spring 2020 semester. Under faculty supervision, law students assist clients with legal issues including choice of entity, employment policies, contract drafting, regulatory compliance, and intellectual-property issues relating to trademark applications and copyright.

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