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    1. Small-business Workshop to Discuss ‘Doing Business with the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps’

      Small-business Workshop to Discuss ‘Doing Business with the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps’

      Event Location:  EDC Conference Room, 1441 Main Street, Springfield, MA 01103.  Advanced registration is required to attend click here to register.

      Emily Harman, director of the Office of Small Business Programs for the Department of the Navy, in partnership with the Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts Assistance Center, will conduct a small-business workshop titled “Doing Business with the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps” on Thursday, Sept. 20 as part of Springfield Navy Week, Sept. 17-23. In 2017, the Department of the Navy awarded $3.2 billion in contracts to businesses in Massachusetts, with more than $66.8 million ...

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    2. Panel Discussion on Skills Gap, Tuition-reimbursement Benefits Slated for Sept. 27

      Associated Industries of Massachusetts and UMass Amherst University Without Walls will host a panel discussion on the workforce skills gap and tuition-reimbursement benefits on Thursday, Sept. 27 from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Hadley Farms Meeting House, 41 Russell St., Hadley. Industry and workforce-development leaders will detail the current skills gaps facing Western Mass. industries and the impact that employee-friendly educational programs and tuition-reimbursement benefits can have in closing those gaps. University Without Walls (UWW) staff and student panelists will detail how non-traditional higher-education programs can benefit both employees and their employers, helping working adults increase their ...

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    3. Educare puts Springfield at early education forefront (Editorial)

      Educare puts Springfield at early education forefront (Editorial)

      Educare Springfield will be one of just 24 of its kind in the country as a model for early education done right. It took seven years of diligence by education, civic and political officials to make the $14 million Hickory Street facility a reality. It's a miracle - well, almost. Mary Walachy, executive director of the Irene E. & George A. Davis Foundation that pioneered the drive for the project, said Educare Springfield looked doomed by cost factors until receiving $9.6 million in funding from an anonymous, out-of-state donor. The Sept. 17 groundbreaking was attended by a strong array of ...

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    4. Riverbend, Mercy Medical practices renamed Trinity Health of New England Medical Group

      Riverbend, Mercy Medical practices renamed Trinity Health of New England Medical Group

      Medical practices affiliated with Mercy Medical Center, including RiverBend and Mercy Medical Group locations throughout Greater Springfield, have been renamed Trinity Health Of New England Medical Group. Mercy is part of Trinity Health Of New England. "We have been evolving into a true regional health system since Trinity Health Of New England was established in 2015," said Dr. Reginald J. Eadie, president and chief executive officer of Trinity Health Of New England, in a Sept. 10 statement.

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    5. Holyoke Community College Names Mark Hudgik Director of Admissions

      Holyoke Community College Names Mark Hudgik Director of Admissions

      Holyoke Community College (HCC) recently welcomed Mark Hudgik as its new director of Admissions. Hudgik is an HCC alumnus from the class of 2002 who returns to campus with 14 years of experience working in academic admissions, most recently as director of Admission at Greenfield Community College, where he started as a senior Admission counselor in 2009. He had previously worked as assistant director of Admissions at Bay Path University in Longmeadow and as Admissions director at the Berkshire Hills Music Academy in South Hadley.

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    6. Westfield mourns death of Kevin Sullivan, long-term School Committee member and 'great...

      Westfield mourns death of Kevin Sullivan, long-term School Committee member and 'great...

      The city is mourning the death of long-term School Committee member and tireless volunteer Kevin Sullivan, who died suddenly of a heart attack Sunday. Sullivan, 52, a lawyer with Sullivan, Hayes and Quinn, the father of two and brother of two mayors of Westfield, was a long-time advocate for children and an "all-around great guy," friends said. His family is well-known in Westfield for their community involvement. He also leaves parents Richard Sr. and Edie Sullivan and brothers Mayor Brian Sullivan and former Mayor Richard Sullivan, Bo Sullivan and his sister Janet.

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    7. Grand opening weekend at The Big E draws more than 270K people to West Springfield

      Grand opening weekend at The Big E draws more than 270K people to West Springfield

      Nearly 300,000 passed through the gates of the Eastern States Exposition this weekend as The Big E officially kicked off its 17-day run. According to Big E officials, New England's fair drew 87,092 guests on Friday, 118,627 on Saturday and another 68,577 on Sunday. The Friday and Saturday numbers represent new record attendance numbers.  In total, 274,296 people attended the fair over the first three days of the season.

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    8. Springfield breaks ground on $14 million Educare early education facility

      Springfield breaks ground on $14 million Educare early education facility

       Local, city and state leaders joined early education advocates, and others Monday to officially break ground on Educare Springfield, a nationally recognized school model that is among just 24 of its kind in the country.  Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito, Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno and project leaders gathered at a construction site on Hickory Street to celebrate the project's groundbreaking and reflect on the seven years of work that went in to bringing the nearly $14 million facility to the city.

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    9. Water Park Plans Bring Palmer Property Back into Focus

      Water Park Plans Bring Palmer Property Back into Focus

      More than five years after Palmer residents rejected a casino proposal for a huge tract of land just off Turnpike exit 8, the property is back in the news, this time as the planned site of a $650 million water park, resort spa, and sports complex. It’s the most basic tenet in commercial real estate. Location, location, location. Since the Massachusetts Turnpike opened in 1957, the large tract of land sitting atop the hill overlooking the exit 8 ramp in Palmer has always possessed that coveted quality. But over the ensuing 60-plus years, little has been done to capitalize ...

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    10. SSO Strives to Improve Outreach, Visibility in Community

      SSO Strives to Improve Outreach, Visibility in Community

      As the Springfield Symphony Orchestra prepares to kick off its 75th season on Sept. 22 with “Gershwin, Copland, and Bernstein,” it faces a host of challenges shared by most orchestras its size, especially a changing, shrinking base of corporate support and a need to make its audiences younger. Susan Beaudry, the SSO’s executive director, says the way to stare down these challenges is through imaginative responsiveness — and especially greater visibility through stronger outreach. And she’s doing just that.

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    11. Dress for Success ‘Breaking Down the Barriers’ Event to Focus on Domestic Violence

      Dress for Success ‘Breaking Down the Barriers’ Event to Focus on Domestic Violence

      Dress for Success Western Massachusetts will host “Breaking Down the Barriers,” its second annual half-day conference with a focus on domestic violence, its impact on women in the workforce, and new legislation affecting both survivors and their employers. The event will be held on Thursday, Oct. 11 from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield. Panelists include Elizabeth Dineen from the YWCA, Morgan Ferrarotti from MassMutual, Diana Lozano from Riverside Industries, and Pamela Thornton from the Employers Assoc. of the NorthEast. The perspective of a survivor will also be part ...

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    12. Will it happen? MGM Springfield sees 'light at the end of the tunnel' for Court Square housing project

      Will it happen? MGM Springfield sees 'light at the end of the tunnel' for Court Square housing project

      MGM Springfield officials, meeting with the Massachusetts Gaming Commission this week, raised hope that the long-delayed renovation of a vacant, historic block building at Court Square could become a reality. MGM Springfield has been considering an investment of $11 million toward the redevelopment costs of the building at 13-31 Elm St. as part of its commitment to create at least 54 units of market-rate housing downtown. At a Gaming Commission meeting Sept. 13, MGM Springfield President Michael Mathis said the discussions have a long way to go on the proposed housing redevelopment project, but there is "a little light at ...

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    13. Palmer celebrates new emergency department at Baystate Wing Hospital (photos)

      Palmer celebrates new emergency department at Baystate Wing Hospital (photos)

      The community celebrated the new $17.2 million, 17,800-square-foot Emergency Department at Baystate Wing Hospital on Friday with a ceremony attended by about 200 that included the organization's leadership along with local, state and national political leaders. The facility is scheduled to open for patients Tuesday at 5 a.m. "This is a happy day," Baystate Health President and CEO Mark A. Keroack said. Referring to Mike Moran, the president and chief administrative officer of the organization's eastern region that includes Wing and Baystate Mary Lane outpatient center in Ware, Keroack said, "Mike, I really owe you ...

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    14. Big E sending free shuttle buses to Union Station to meet CTrail trains

      Big E sending free shuttle buses to Union Station to meet CTrail trains

      The Big E is offering a free shuttle van that meets CTrail Hartford Line trains at Union Station on Saturdays and Sundays. The Connecticut Department of Transportation, which operates CTrail passenger service, will be at Big E this year, handing out Hartford Line literature and answering questions from a table in the Connecticut Building on the Avenue of States, said Ron Dresner, of Dennis PR Group, which handles promotion for CTrail.

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    15. Simulator teaches Smith Vocational students about dangers of distracted driving

      Simulator teaches Smith Vocational students about dangers of distracted driving

      This week, about 75 students at Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School are learning the dangers of distracted driving firsthand while being asked to send a text, take a Snapchat video or plug in their phone and put on music while using a driving simulator. The simulator, called Distractology, was set up in a mobile classroom Monday through Friday and is available to students who are newly licensed drivers or who have a learner's permit. It was developed and funded by the Arbella Insurance Foundation and was brought to the high school by Webber and Grinnell Insurance.

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    16. Andy Yee, Peter Picknelly and team behind The Fort in Springfield buy McLadden's Irish pubs in Northampton, Connecticut

      Andy Yee, Peter Picknelly and team behind The Fort in Springfield buy McLadden's Irish pubs in Northampton, Connecticut

      From scorpion bowls to Wiener schnitzel to bangers and mash. Restaurateur Andy Yee and his partners at the Student Prince Cafe and The Fort Dining Room -- Peter Picknelly and father-and-son business consultants Michael K. Vann and Kevin B. Vann -- have purchased the McLadden's Irish Publick House chain and its four locations: Northampton at the site of the old Pleasant Street Theater, in Simsbury, Connecticut, and two in West Hartford, Connecticut. McLadden's describes itself online as a craft beer experience gastropub and whiskey bar.

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    17. Holyoke Mall getting Round1 Bowling & Amusement

      Holyoke Mall getting Round1 Bowling & Amusement

      Round1 Bowling & Amusement will open early next year at Holyoke Mall, management said Thursday. It'll be the second Massachusetts location for Round1, following one in Taunton at  Silver City Galleria. A Saugus location was planned but not built, according to published reports. Holyoke's Round1 will be on the lower level above Cafe Square in 51,642 square feet. It will also be accessible from stairs on the upper level near Billy Beez.

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    18. Following 'successful' grand opening, MGM Springfield lands permanent operations certificate from state

      Following 'successful' grand opening, MGM Springfield lands permanent operations certificate from state

      Commission members and executive staff praised the opening days of the casino including traffic control and MGM working to meet all license requirements.  "It appears we had a successful opening, which might have looked easy but was anything but," said Edward R. Bedrosian Jr., the commission's executive director. "It was the result of a lot of hard work by our incredible team here at the MGC, and some great municipal partners and state partners in coordination with MGM."

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    19. MGM Springfield to open Roar! Comedy Club at former state Armory

      MGM Springfield to open Roar! Comedy Club at former state Armory

      MGM Springfield is partnering with Boston producer John Tobin Presents, to transform the former state Armory into the Roar! Comedy Club. Located at the heart of MGM Springfield, Roar! Comedy Club will feature an eclectic mix of nationally-known comedy stars and rising comics. The club will celebrate its grand opening Jan. 3-5. ROAR! will have weekend shows starting every Thursday in January. Acts booked for the coming months include Chris Distefano, Robert Kelly, Phil Hanley, Dan Soder, Rachel Feinstein and Alonzo Bodden.

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    20. Baystate Health and VertitechIT Partner to Launch baytechIT

      Baystate Health and VertitechIT Partner to Launch baytechIT

      Baystate Health and VertitechIT announced the formation of a new company to meet the increasingly complex IT needs of medical practices, clinics, and healthcare social-service organizations in the Western Mass. and Northern Conn. regions. BaytechIT is a first-of-its-kind independent joint venture, providing monitoring and management of information-technology networks, telephony, clinical engineering support, and other IT-related consulting and engineering expertise previously unaffordable to the local healthcare community. Already serving Baystate Health, its operating medical practices, and several large and mid-sized offices and clinics, baytechIT currently has 150 clients and manages/monitors more than 16,000 endpoint devices.

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    21. Educare Springfield to Break Ground on Sept. 17

      Educare Springfield to Break Ground on Sept. 17

      Springfield will be host to the 24 Educare early-education center to be built in the U.S., and the only one in Massachusetts, with a groundbreaking to be held at 100 Hickory St., adjacent to Brookings School, on Monday, Sept. 17 at 10 a.m. Gov. Charlie Baker and Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito will be joined by Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno; Educare officials; Janis Santos, executive director of Holyoke Chicopee Springfield Head Start; other representatives of the Commonwealth; local leaders in philanthropy and project funders; representatives of Springfield College and Old Hill Neighborhood Council; and other community members for the ...

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    22. UMass Amherst Researchers Receive $953,300 NSF Grant for Technology that Records, Analyzes Complex Brain Activity

      UMass Amherst Researchers Receive $953,300 NSF Grant for Technology that Records, Analyzes Complex Brain Activity

      UMass Amherst Researchers Receive $953,300 NSF Grant for Technology that Records, Analyzes Complex Brain Activity September 13, 2018 Guangyu Xu David Moorman AMHERST, Mass. – A team of scientists based at the University of Massachusetts Amherst has been awarded a four-year, $953,300 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to develop miniature, implantable hardware that can record complex brain activity in animals and analyze it in real time.

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    23. Friendly's CEO John Maguire steps down, praises company for recent progress

      Friendly's CEO John Maguire steps down, praises company for recent progress

      Friendly's CEO John Maguire, a former Panera Bread executive who took the helm at Friendly's just months after the chain emerged from bankruptcy, is leaving after more than six years with the Greater Springfield mainstay. Maguire is leaving to take another job in the restaurant industry, which he said will be announced at a later date. Friendly's said Wednesday that George Michel, who served as CEO of Boston Market Corp. for eight years, will be  interim CEO at Friendly's.

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    24. U.S. News And World Report Declares WNEU a ‘Best Value’

      U.S. News And World Report Declares WNEU a ‘Best Value’

      Western New England University (WNEU) received multiple recognitions in U.S. News and World Report’s 2019 “America’s Best Colleges,” an in-depth look at more than 1,800 institutions of higher education nationwide. Along with its traditional place among the top tier of Regional Universities in the North, Western New England was included in such categories as Best Value Schools, Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs, and A-Plus Schools for B Students.

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