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    1. GSCVB Elects Three New Members to Board

      The Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau (GSCVB) announced the addition of three new business leaders to its full Board of Directors. The three were formally voted onto the board during the organization’s recent annual meeting, staged at The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, and will serve two-year terms, expiring in September 2020.

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    2. American Women’s College at Bay Path University Recognized

      American Women’s College at Bay Path University Recognized

      According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, healthcare occupations will add more new jobs than any other occupational group in the next decade, projecting overall growth of 18% by 2026. The American Women’s College at Bay Path University prepares graduates to help meet that growing demand with its online bachelor of science in health service administration program, which has just been recognized on a list of the 30 best in the nation by TheBestSchools.org.

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    3. Way Finders begins demolition of old Peter Pan Springfield Bus Terminal

      Way Finders begins demolition of old Peter Pan Springfield Bus Terminal

      Demolition workers began razing the former Peter Pan Bus Terminal on Monday, making way for a new 33,000-square-foot Way Finders housing center and corporate offices. Once open in early 2020, the housing center will allow Way Finders (formerly HAP Housing) to provide  housing assistance, financial literacy education, job search help, vocational education and first-time home buyer programs to more people. It expects to boost the number of families through its doors from about 20,000 a year now to 30,000 a year or more.

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    4. Five Colleges, PVTA, Towns Reach Agreement to Increase Bus Payments

      Five Colleges, PVTA, Towns Reach Agreement to Increase Bus Payments

      A proposal by the Five College Consortium to increase its annual payment to the Pioneer Valley Transit Authority by a total of $250,000 over the next four years has been accepted by PVTA and area municipalities. PVTA’s costs are covered with a combination of federal and state subsidies, payments from towns and cities, and passenger fares. Since 1979 Five Colleges has agreed to pay PVTA the town portion of the cost of bus routes that include its campuses. This has been with the understanding that, to encourage bus use, Five College students do not have to pay fares.

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    5. Westfield State's Urban Education Program celebrates 50 years

      Westfield State's Urban Education Program celebrates 50 years

      For the past 50 years, Westfield State University's Urban Education Program has enhanced lives. Its golden anniversary was celebrated Saturday night with a gathering of more than 200 alumnus and supporters at WSU. The Urban Education Program was founded in 1968 by former biology faculty member Gus Chrisanthopoulos to provide collegiate opportunities to first generation students, students of color, and students who were financially struggling. Chrisanthopoulos, a native of Greece, was a first-generation college student himself who said he wanted to make college accessible for others.

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    6. Springfield extends search for new management at Symphony Hall, while leaving CityStage...

      Springfield extends search for new management at Symphony Hall, while leaving CityStage...

      The city is asking the management company at Symphony Hall to continue services on a month-to-month basis after its contract expires Dec. 31, as a search continues for a new company. Springfield Performing Arts Development Corp. is being asked to stay on temporarily and there will be no gap in Symphony Hall operations, said Kevin Kennedy, the city's chief development officer. "They always indicated they would stay until a replacement was found," Kennedy said. "There will be no gap."

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    7. Southwick Select Board discusses fiber options with Whip City Fiber

      Southwick Select Board discusses fiber options with Whip City Fiber

      The Select Board discussed its fiber optic options this week with members of the Westfield Gas and Electric's Whip City Fiber division. Richard Carnall, WG&E senior IT fiber architect, offered an overview of what Whip City Fiber does and how it helps other towns. "There's a lot of municipalities looking to build their own fiber network," said Carnall. "It starts with the town becoming a municipal light plant. This gets you on the poles."

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    8. Michael T. Oleksak Joins bankESB as VP of Commercial Lending

      Michael T. Oleksak Joins bankESB as VP of Commercial Lending

      Matthew Sosik, president and CEO of bankESB, announced that Michael T. Oleksak has been hired as vice president of Commercial Lending. Oleksak brings more than 15 years of experience in banking, most recently serving as the vice president of Commercial Lending for Westfield Bank, managing a portfolio of more than $25 million. Before Westfield Bank, Oleksak was the assistant vice president, Business Banking officer at United Bank.

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    9. Springfield's CRRC begins testing Orange Line cars for Boston's MBTA (photos, video)

      Springfield's CRRC begins testing Orange Line cars for Boston's MBTA (photos, video)

      Keep craning your neck as you zip along Interstate 291 past the mammoth CRRC MA Corp. plant. You'll probably see that subway car you've been waiting for. CRRC started running new subway cars -- Orange Line cars it's building for the MBTA -- on its 2,200-foot test track during the week of Nov. 13. Each new car costs $2.43 million.

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    10. MGM Springfield reports over $22 million in gross gaming revenue in October | masslive.com

      MGM Springfield reports over $22 million in gross gaming revenue in October | masslive.com

      MGM Springfield reported making more than $22 million in gross gaming revenue in October, down $4.7 million from the previous month which came on the heels of the Aug. 24 grand opening.  According to the Massachusetts Gaming Commission, MGM reported $22,242,742.41 in gross gaming revenues for October, which includes over $14 million from slot machines and more than $7 million from table games.

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    11. Tighe & Bond to Present Seminar with Environmental, Health, and Safety Updates

      Tighe & Bond to Present Seminar with Environmental, Health, and Safety Updates

      Environmental, health, and safety regulations are constantly changing, as are the new and creative ways of managing these regulatory challenges. Every fall, Tighe & Bond holds a series of free seminars that provide an overview of recent regulatory changes along with innovative methods for managing compliance.

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    12. Sunshine Village Welcomes Christine Pollender as New HR Director

      Sunshine Village Welcomes Christine Pollender as New HR Director

      Sunshine Village recently welcomed Christine Pollender as the new director of Human Resources. With the organization serving more than 500 individuals, Pollender will oversee employee relations, benefits administration, and procedural compliance for over 260 employees at nine sites across the Pioneer Valley. With an extensive background in human resources in retail and hospital settings, she brings subject-matter expertise to navigate the recent changes to state and federal laws for employers.

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    13. People in Business: Springfield Regional Chamber Taps Two Professionals to lead its legislative efforts

      People in Business: Springfield Regional Chamber Taps Two Professionals to lead its legislative efforts

      The Springfield Regional Chamber has tapped two local experienced professionals to lead its Legislative Steering Committee. Michael P. Kane, director of government affairs for Columbia Gas Massachusetts, has been elected chair and Hugh Barrett, assistant vice president for state government relations at MassMutual, has been elected vice chair. Both positions are for two-year terms.

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    14. People in Business: Colin M. D'Amour joins Big Y Grocery Sales Management Team

      People in Business: Colin M. D'Amour joins Big Y Grocery Sales Management Team

      Big Y Foods, Inc. has announced the appointment of Colin M. D'Amour as a corporate center store sales manager, focusing on all non-perishable grocery products for the 70 store supermarket chain. As a corporate center store sales manager, he is responsible for the financial, marketing and merchandising performance for over 2,000 different products including household cleaners, paper goods and baby needs. He reports to Jason Corriveau, director of center store.

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    15. Rewards program offered to Hartford Line train riders: Springfield deals include Thunderbirds, museums

      Rewards program offered to Hartford Line train riders: Springfield deals include Thunderbirds, museums

      The Connecticut Department of Transportation now offers a rider rewards program where consumers can get discounts at businesses and attractions by showing their tickets or passes or a downloadable coupon. That includes tickets for Hartford Line passenger trains from New Haven to Springfield. The program, called CTrides, is also open to riders on Shore Line East trains and on CTfasttrack buses in Connecticut.

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    16. Ashfield signs $1.1 million contract to build fiber optic network

      Ashfield signs $1.1 million contract to build fiber optic network

      The Ashfield Select Board this month approved a $1.1 million contract with Infinigy Solutions, LLC to build a town-owned fiber-optic network. A six-month construction window could begin in April, according to the local Ashfield News. The town passed over a more expensive construction bid from Westfield Gas & Electric, whose Whip City Fiber division is building networks in many rural hilltowns. The municipal utility, however, did complete network design work for Ashfield, and will install the final "drops" to homes.

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    17. Travelers Aid Begins Service at Bradley International Airport

      Travelers Aid Begins Service at Bradley International Airport

      The Connecticut Airport Authority (CAA) and Travelers Aid announced that Travelers Aid International has begun serving the passengers of Bradley International Airport as the operator of the guest-service volunteer program at the airport. Travelers Aid now operates the Information Center in Terminal A on the lower level, which is the baggage-claim level. There are currently 45 volunteers, and Travelers Aid will be recruiting additional volunteers in order to better serve the airport’s passengers. The center’s current hours are from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., seven days a week. Mary Kate Doherty, an experienced volunteer manager, has ...

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    18. Announcing the Women of Impact for 2018

      Announcing the Women of Impact for 2018

      Leader. Inspiration. Pioneer. Mentor. Innovator.

      You will read those words countless times over the next 8 profiles as BusinessWest introduces its first Women of Impact. In fact, you might read all or most of those words in each of the stories because each member of this inaugural Class of 2018 are, as you’ll see, worthy of those adjectives. These are compelling stories about remarkable women, and as you read them, you’ll quickly understand why BusinessWest added Women of Impact to its growing list of annual recognition programs. In short, these stories need to be told.

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    19. Berthuiame Center for Entrepreneurship Seeks to Expand Ecosystem

      Berthuiame Center for Entrepreneurship Seeks to Expand Ecosystem

      People may know the Berthiaume Center for Entrepreneurship from its public events, most notably the Innovation Challenge, where UMass Amherst students compete for seed money to turn entrepreneurial ideas into viable businesses. But the center’s new director, Gregory Thomas, wants to broaden the center’s reach and help more young people understand that the goal isn’t to win a competition — it’s to develop a true entrepreneurial mindset that will serve them well no matter where their lives take them.

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    20. Seen@ Indian Orchard Mills 2018 Fall Open Studios Art Show & Sale

      Seen@ Indian Orchard Mills 2018 Fall Open Studios Art Show & Sale

      Indian Orchard Mills, a community of artists and artisans in a sprawling mill by the Chicopee River, drew crowds to its 2018 Fall Open Studios Art Show & Sale on Saturday. Spread out over five floors of two buildings, the show, now in its 25th year, saw more than 50 artists open their studios to the public. Between 600 to 1,000 visitors were expected at the two-day event. "I think it's a great opportunity" for both artists and visitors, said artist Tara Hengeveld, who shares studio space with two other artists. Hengeveld, who works with watercolor paint, said she ...

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    21. Seen@ Grand opening of Marcotte Ford dealership featuring LugNutz Cafe in Holyoke

      Seen@ Grand opening of Marcotte Ford dealership featuring LugNutz Cafe in Holyoke

      Flashing lights, flashy cars and the elegant eats of The Log Cabin's team all provided the perfect accompaniment for Marcotte Ford's grand opening gala on Thursday, as crowds rolled into the Holyoke dealership.  Boasting a new concept of a dealership built around a restaurant, the LugNutz Cafe, the new $8.2 million facility aims to build upon the reputation the family has built in the community since 1962.

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    22. Hartford Line adds trains to Springfield Union Station

      Hartford Line adds trains to Springfield Union Station

      CTrail will have one additional Hartford Line train -- on weekends and on weekdays -- serving Springfield Union Station starting Monday, according to timetables released by the Connecticut Department of Transportation. The new train arrives in Springfield at 9:47 a.m., having left New Haven at 8:15 a.m. It departs Springfield at 10:40 a.m. and arrives in New Haven at 12:12 p.m.  On weekends, it arrives in Springfield at 10:58 a.m., having left New Haven at 9:25 a.m. It leaves Springfield at 11:30 a.m. and arrives in New Haven ...

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