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    1. Blandford Club’s new owners, golf industry hope to follow Tiger Woods on the comeback

      Blandford Club’s new owners, golf industry hope to follow Tiger Woods on the comeback

      The Blandford Club, a 110-year-old golf course on a Berkshires hilltop with views of Pioneer Valley below, might not have opened for golf this spring. The 56 acres of land would be sold, the club’s dwindling core group of member feared, and its rolling fairways would be turned into a housing subdivision. But that didn't happen. Instead, a group of longtime members headed by Mark Amanti, owner of Advance Manufacturing in Westfield, bought the club and assumed its debts. The newly renamed Blandford Country Club is preparing to open around May 1.

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    2. Dissolving Hampshire Council of Governments could shift programs to other organizations

      Dissolving Hampshire Council of Governments could shift programs to other organizations

      The Franklin Council of Governments in Greenfield might expand its own collective purchasing programs to take over some of the work done by the soon-to-disappear Hampshire Council of Governments in Northampton. Both agencies grew out of the dissolution of county governments in the 1990s. Both help towns, nonprofits, school districts, fire departments and the like band together to buy road salt and other materials at a better price.

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    3. National Report Calls for More Focused Studies of Digital Apps and Games to Enhance Pre-teen Learning and Development

      National Report Calls for More Focused Studies of Digital Apps and Games to Enhance Pre-teen Learning and Development

      A team of developmental and cognitive psychologists and learning experts this month published a report on digital game play and app use among 6-12 year olds – specifically, what is known and not known about impacts on cognitive development and learning. They recommend target research areas to maximize child educational outcomes, best practices in schools, and policies for developing effective educational games and apps for this group of under-studied youth.

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    4. Mark Kempic to Assume Role of President at Columbia Gas of Massachusetts

      Mark Kempic to Assume Role of President at Columbia Gas of Massachusetts

      Mark Kempic will assume the role of president of Columbia Gas of Massachusetts on May 1. The role of president is in addition to his current role as chief operating officer of Columbia Gas, which he has held since January 2019. From September 2018 to January 2019, Kempic was a key part of the leadership team for the Greater Lawrence recovery efforts. Since January, he has led the team focused on restoring the communities of Andover, Lawrence, and North Andover, including overseeing the introduction of the Columbia Gas Equipment Repair Plan, the Heating Equipment Replacement Program, and the private-property restoration ...

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    5. Bay Path to Host Workforce Training Fund Program Information Session

      Bay Path to Host Workforce Training Fund Program Information Session

      Ready to apply for Workforce Training Fund (WTFP) program, but unsure where to begin? Join Bay Path University and the Commonwealth Corp. on Friday, May 3 for a free information session at Breck Suite in Wright Hall, Bay Path University, 588 Longmeadow St., Longmeadow Topics to be covered include the features and requirements of each program, funding availability, and the application process. Following the information session, participants should be able to determine which grants are best suited for their business needs and know how to begin the application process.

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    6. Eversource Welcomes Joe Mitchell

      Eversource Welcomes Joe Mitchell

      With more than 25 years of business-development and public-relations experience, Joe Mitchell has joined Eversource as its newest community-relations and economic-development specialist. He will serve as the company’s liaison for communities in Hampden and Hampshire counties. His focus is supporting Eversource’s electric service business. Mitchell is a past co-chair of the Economic Development Partners of Western Massachusetts, executive director of the Westfield Redevelopment Authority, and a graduate of Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

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    7. Bay Path to Host Workshop on May 6 to Help Women Re-enter the Workforce

      Bay Path to Host Workshop on May 6 to Help Women Re-enter the Workforce

      Looking to return to work after an extended absence? You need to understand your professional story — and how to tell it. On Monday, May 6, Bay Path University will host “The Next Chapter: Transitioning Back to Work After an Extended Absence.” This session, presented by Strategic Alliances at Bay Path University and Johnson & Hill Staffing, and in partnership with the Bay Path University Advisory Council, is designed for women in all industries and at all levels of their career looking to make a return to the workforce.

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    8. People in Business: Boy Scouts of America-Western Massachusetts Council to honor Joanne Berwald at 2019 Distinguished Citizen Award Dinner

      People in Business: Boy Scouts of America-Western Massachusetts Council to honor Joanne Berwald at 2019 Distinguished Citizen Award Dinner

      Joanne Berwald, Vice President of Human Resources for Mestek, Inc., will add Distinguished Citizen on May 7 to her diversified list of well-earned community accolades. The Boy Scouts of America's Western Massachusetts Council will honor Berwald at the 2019 Distinguished Citizen Award Dinner at Chez Josef in Agawam, where Carol Leary, president of Bay Path College will be the guest speaker.

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    9. David Panagore, key figure in Springfield financial turnaround, will be executive at the T

      David Panagore, key figure in Springfield financial turnaround, will be executive at the T

      David B. Panagore, who helped guide Springfield out of a financial crisis more than a decade ago, has taken a top management position with the MBTA. Panagore has accepted the position of chief administrative officer, the transportation agency announced this week. Panagore will report to the general manager, Steve Poftak, and he will be responsible for overseeing the MBTA’s administrative and financial functions, according to a message sent to MBTA staffers. He starts May 13.

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    10. Dream Destinations Travel Show brings top destinations to MGM Springfield

      Dream Destinations Travel Show brings top destinations to MGM Springfield

      Want to get away? The Dream Destinations Travel Show — sponsored by AAA Travel and The Republican — on Sunday offers savings on cruises, vacations, ravel and road trips with more than 75 exhibitors, prizes, giveaways, show deals on travel and one-stop planning and booking. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at MGM Springfield’s Aria Ballroom on the second floor.

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    11. Bay Path Hosts Workshop to Help Women Re-Enter the Workforce

      Bay Path Hosts Workshop to Help Women  Re-Enter the Workforce

      Looking to return to work after an extended absence? You need to understand your professional story – and how to tell it. On May 6, Bay Path University will host The Next Chapter: Transitioning Back to Work After an Extended Absence.  This session, presented by Strategic Alliances at Bay Path University and Johnson & Hill Staffing, and in partnership with the Bay Path University Advisory Council is designed for women in all industries and at all levels of their career looking to make a return to the workforce.

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    12. Crane lifts Platform C into place at Springfield Union Station

      Crane lifts Platform C into place at Springfield Union Station

      Cranes this week are lifting sections of precast concrete walkway onto the upper portions of Springfield Union Station for the new handicapped-accessible Platform C. Platform C couldn’t open two years ago with the rest of the refurbished Union Station because it wasn’t wide enough to meet modern handicapped accessibility rules under the Americans with Disabilities Act. The city and the Springfield Redevelopment Authority, which owns the station, tried but failed to get a waiver.

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    13. People in Business: River Valley Counseling Center announces promotion of Joy Brock to Program Director of Concern EAP

      People in Business: River Valley Counseling Center announces promotion of Joy Brock to Program Director of Concern EAP

      River Valley Counseling Center (RVCC) has announced the promotion of Joy Brock, Psy. D., as the new Program Director of CONCERN Employee Assistance Program (EAP). Brock received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Maryland University College, a Master of Science in Psychology from Old Dominion University, a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology and a Doctor of Psychology, both from Regent University.

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    14. Nearly 100 Massachusetts college students to be recognized for entrepreneurial spirit during Grinspoon Banquet

      Nearly 100 Massachusetts college students to be recognized for entrepreneurial spirit during Grinspoon Banquet

      Nearly 100 students from 14 Massachusetts colleges will be recognized for their creativity and entrepreneurial spirit during the Harold Grinspoon Charitable Foundation’s Entrepreneurship Initiative annual banquet Wednesday night.

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    15. Big E makes $230K donation to West Springfield fund

      Big E makes $230K donation to West Springfield fund

      The Eastern States Exposition donated $236,000 to The Big E/West Springfield Trust Fund Tuesday, the second-largest donation in the fund’s 25-year-history. The 2018 donation of $240,198 was the largest in history. Eastern States Exposition President and CEO, Eugene J. Cassidy presented a check to Mayor William Reichelt Tuesday afternoon.

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    16. MGM Springfield to Kick Off May with Food Truck Fridays and Derby de Mayo Weekend

      MGM Springfield to Kick Off May with Food Truck Fridays and Derby de Mayo Weekend

      MGM Springfield will kick off a weekend of festivities on Friday, May 3 with the launch of Food Truck Fridays and Derby de Mayo Weekend at Armory Square. Derby de Mayo Weekend kicks off at 11 a.m. with a performance by local cover band Feel Good Drift, lawn games, and bites from the inaugural Food Truck Fridays event. Guests can also enjoy TAP Sports Bar’s signature outdoor beer garden, which will be open for the first time this season. On Saturday, May 4 at 4:30 p.m., Armory Square will transform into an outdoor viewing party for ...

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    17. Springfield Technical Community College to Offer Summer Classes

      Springfield Technical Community College to Offer Summer Classes

      Springfield Technical Community College (STCC) will offer five-week and 10-week on-campus and online summer sessions. Session one begins on June 3, and session two starts July 8. Summer classes are the perfect opportunity for area college students to earn college credit between June and August, said STCC Dean of Academic Initiatives Matthew Gravel. “Our summer offerings are chosen to appeal to a broad range of students, and most of the courses offered in summer can be used to fulfill requirements at other colleges and universities. But classes tend to fill up very quickly, so it’s important for students to ...

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    18. Drone Pilot Certification Course at HCC Begins May 4

      Drone Pilot Certification Course at HCC Begins May 4

      Holyoke Community College (HCC) will once again offer a hands-on program for individuals who want to become FAA-licensed drone pilots. “Flying Drones for Profit, Public Safety and Commercial Applications” will meet on four Saturdays beginning May 4 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the main campus of HCC, 303 Homestead Ave. The last class is June 1. The course will prepare individuals to take the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Remote Pilot in Charge exam, which they must pass to become licensed drone operators. All classes will be taught by Larry Harmon, co-director of the GeoGraphics Laboratory at ...

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    19. Eric Nelson, President & CEO of Westmass

      Eric Nelson, President & CEO of Westmass

      Westmass has been an affiliate of the EDC for many years, therefore,  it is with great sadness that we share that Eric Nelson, President/CEO of Westmass Area Development Corporation has passed away.  Eric has been a great leader at Westmass, a true professional and a good friend to all who have had the pleasure to know him and work with him.  His sudden passing is a shock to everyone. Our thoughts and prayers are with Eric, his family, and the employees and members of the Westmass family.

      Rick Sullivan

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    20. First PawSox, now Massachusetts would like to lure Hasbro HQ from Pawtucket - masslive.com

      First PawSox, now Massachusetts would like to lure Hasbro HQ from Pawtucket - masslive.com

      The Massachusetts Office of Business Development said in a statement that it is “working to establish a dialogue with the company, as it regularly does with businesses both in and outside the commonwealth that may benefit from learning more about the many opportunities to grow in Massachusetts.”

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    21. Pier 1 Imports could close as many as 145 stores this year - masslive.com

      Pier 1 Imports could close as many as 145 stores this year - masslive.com

      Pier 1 Imports could close up to 145 stores this year as the home goods retailer continues to struggle with sluggish sales.  The company said in a statement this week that its net sales decreased by 19.5 percent in the fourth quarter compared to last year, with a net loss of $68.8 million. As part of its 2020 fiscal action plan, Pier 1 plans to close 45 stores with the possibility of shuttering 100 more.

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    22. JA Celebrates 100 Years of Providing Life Lessons - BusinessWest

      JA Celebrates 100 Years of Providing Life Lessons - BusinessWest

      The 100th Anniversary Gala for Junior Achievement of Western Massachusetts will have a decidedly ’20s flair — as in the 1920s. In fact, the theme is “The Roaring ’20s are Back.”  Attendees are encouraged, but not required, to come in period dress, a challenge that Jennifer Connelly, executive director of the local JA chapter, met (with considerable help from her daughter) by doing a hard search online that yielded the appropriate dress as well as a headband with a feather.

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