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    1. Nikole Hannah-Jones, New York Times reporter behind 1619 Project, to speak in Springfield Wednesday as part of Springfield Public Forum’s fall speaker series - masslive.com

      Nikole Hannah-Jones, New York Times reporter behind 1619 Project, to speak in Springfield Wednesday as part of Springfield Public Forum’s fall speaker series - masslive.com

      A named genius will speak in Springfield on Wednesday.  Nikole Hannah-Jones, an award-winning investigative reporter covering racial justice for the New York Times Magazine, will speak on racial segregation in housing and schools and how it contributes to the achievement gap.

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    2. UMass Amherst Announces Six Winners of Inaugural Manning/IALS Seed Grants

      UMass Amherst Announces Six Winners of Inaugural Manning/IALS Seed Grants

      Peter Reinhart, director of the Institute of Applied Life Sciences (IALS) at UMass Amherst, announced that six campus research teams have been named recipients of the first Manning/IALS Seed Grants. The awards will support next steps in their research, such as proof-of-concept studies, business development, and fundamental research into new products, technologies, and services to benefit human health and well-being. Earlier this year, alumnus Paul Manning and his wife, Diane, committed $1 million through their family foundation to establish the Manning Innovation Program, which provides three years of support in advancing a robust and sustainable pipeline of applied and ...

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    3. Bulkley Richardson to Present ‘Assessing Your Security Practices’ on Oct. 23

      Bulkley Richardson to Present ‘Assessing Your Security Practices’ on Oct. 23

      When was the last time you evaluated your information-security practices, or considered the technical, legal, and financial risks a cybersecurity incident could pose to your business? In the second segment of its CyberSafe series, Bulkley Richardson will help businesses of all sizes assess the scope, risks, and value of both administrative and technical information-security practices.

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    4. East Longmeadow Seeks Balance, Progress - BusinessWest

      East Longmeadow Seeks Balance, Progress - BusinessWest

      Balance.  That’s a word you hear quite often in East Longmeadow’s Town Hall these days — and for good reason.  This growing community of roughly 16,000 people on the border with Connecticut has long enjoyed a solid balance of business and industry, attractive residential neighborhoods, and a large amount of agricultural land, although the total acreage has fallen in recent years.

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    5. Kenefick Park in Springfield to receive $800,000 makeover - masslive.com

      Kenefick Park in Springfield to receive $800,000 makeover - masslive.com

      Kenefick Park located in Springfield’s Brightwood neighborhood will get a new playground, picnic tables, landscaping and a renovated splash pad due to various grants and $150,000 in funding from the city.  The largest grant of $400,000 comes from the state’s Parkland Acquisitions and Renovations for Communities (PARC) grant program, another $250,000 is coming from a Community Development Block Grant and $1,500 from Golden Years Home Care Services based in Longmeadow.

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    6. SPARK EforAll Holyoke to Host Mentor Mixer for Prospective Volunteers

      SPARK EforAll Holyoke to Host Mentor Mixer for Prospective Volunteers

      The entrepreneurship program SPARK EforAll Holyoke will host an informal networking event on Wednesday, Oct. 23 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Unicorn Inn, 126 Main St., Holyoke. Anyone with a passion for entrepreneurship and helping local businesses is encouraged to stop by to learn more about becoming a mentor this winter. Accelerator mentors come from a variety of backgrounds and use their business and leadership experience to guide new entrepreneurs through the process of turning their idea into a growing business. Mentors work in teams of three and are matched with an entrepreneur based on schedule availability ...

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    7. Paragus It Ceo Delcie Bean to Speak at Talking Tech 2019

      Paragus It Ceo Delcie Bean to Speak at Talking Tech 2019

      Today, Oct. 17, the Assoc. of Developmental Disabilities Providers (ADDP) and the Department of Developmental Services will hold Talking Tech 2019, an event celebrating the promise of technology for empowerment and social inclusion of individuals with disabilities. Delcie Bean, CEO of Hadley-based Paragus IT, will be a featured guest speaker alongside other experts in a wide range of technological areas, including remote monitoring, staffing solutions, assistive technologies, cybersecurity, and more.

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    8. CRRC jobs in Quincy ‘troubling’ to Springfield Rep. Angelo Puppolo

      CRRC jobs in Quincy ‘troubling’ to Springfield Rep. Angelo Puppolo

      A Springfield lawmaker left a meeting with Chinese rail officials last week concerned that the headquarters of CRRC MA, where most of the high-salaried executives work, is in Quincy and not Western Massachusetts, where the new Red Line and Orange Line MBTA cars are being assembled. “This is troubling to me,” Rep. Angelo Puppolo wrote in a letter to CRRC’s Boston consulting firm Preti Strategies.

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    9. Donna Levin to Speak at Bay Path’s Innovative Thinking & Entrepreneurship Lecture

      Donna Levin to Speak at Bay Path’s Innovative Thinking & Entrepreneurship Lecture

      Donna Levin, executive director of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) and co-founder of Care.com, will deliver the 2019 Innovative Thinking and Entrepreneurship Lecture at Bay Path University on Thursday, Oct. 17 in the Blake Student Commons on the Longmeadow campus. There will be a networking continental breakfast beginning at 7:30 a.m., with the lecture to follow at 8:15 a.m. This event is free and open to the public.

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    10. Square One Receives $25,000 Grant from Tufts Health Plan Foundation

      Square One Receives $25,000 Grant from Tufts Health Plan Foundation

      Square One has been awarded a $25,000 grant from the Tufts Health Plan Foundation. The grant is part $1 million the Tufts Health Plan Foundation is donating to area nonprofits that are focused on health equity and the social determinants of health in honor of Tufts Health Plan’s 40th anniversary and its longstanding tradition of giving back to the community. “It is a true honor to be recognized by Tufts Health Plan Foundation in such a meaningful and generous way,” said Joan Kagan, Square One President and CEO. “Each and every day, our families are impacted by health ...

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    11. Verizon hands out iPads to 533 Holyoke middle school students

      Verizon hands out iPads to 533 Holyoke middle school students

      Students at the Holyoke STEM Academy and Wm. R. Peck now have access to the latest technologies thanks to the Verizon Innovative Learning Initiative and Digital Promise. Verizon handed out new Apple iPads to 533 students from both schools, which includes free, roaming Wi-Fi and the latest educational apps. The company hosted a rollout celebration at the STEM Academy Oct. 10.

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    12. L.L. Bean opens first Western Massachusetts store at Mountain Farms in Hadley

      L.L. Bean opens first Western Massachusetts store at Mountain Farms in Hadley

      Inside the new L.L. Bean store in the Mountain Farms complex, shoppers seemed intent on buying gear for autumn in New England from the retailer. "Our only goal is to get people outside," said store manager Ben Klock. "It's not just about selling people merchandise. We want people to get the clothing, gear and tools they need to feel comfortable getting outside and enjoying that time with their families."

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    13. Development Chief Looks to Build on Momentum

      Development Chief Looks to Build on Momentum

      Tim Sheehan, who succeeded Kevin Kennedy as Springfield’s chief Development officer in July, may be new to the job, but he’s certainly not new to the city. He grew up there, and later worked for two different mayoral administrations. In recent years, he’s seen the city go from the depths of receivership to what many are calling a renaissance. Looking to build off created momentum, he said there is still considerable work to do.

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    14. Westfield State to Host Information Session for Two Graduate Programs on Oct. 21

      Westfield State to Host Information Session for Two Graduate Programs on Oct. 21

      The College of Graduate and Continuing Education (CGCE) at Westfield State University will host an information session for its master of education and master of arts in English programs on Monday, Oct. 21 at 6 p.m. in the lobby of the Horace Mann Center, 333 Western Ave., Westfield. These graduate programs are designed to accommodate both working teachers seeking professional licensure and new educators seeking initial licensure. The master of education programs include early-childhood education, elementary education, biology, mathematics, history, moderate disabilities, and reading specialist. The non-licensure master of education has concentrations in history and vocational technical.

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    15. Celebrate the Healthcare Heroes on Oct. 17

      Celebrate the Healthcare Heroes on Oct. 17

      The third annual class of Healthcare Heroes will be honored at the Sheraton Springfield on Thursday, Oct. 17 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Healthcare Heroes, a recognition program involving the Western Mass. healthcare sector, was launched in 2017 by HCN and BusinessWest. The program was created to shed a bright light on the outstanding work being done across the broad spectrum of health and wellness services, and the institutions and people providing that care.

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    16. Looking for an exit? Hundreds at Blandford meeting debate possibility of new MassPike interchange between Westfield and Lee

      Looking for an exit? Hundreds at Blandford meeting debate possibility of new MassPike interchange between Westfield and Lee

      Some came Thursday with an open mind to hear detailed plans to build a long-sought Massachusetts Turnpike exit in Blandford in the Berkshire hills between Westfield and Lee. Others in the crowd of more than 300 attending an information session in the Town Hall basketball court had their minds made up on the project, which could cost between $29.5 million and $34 million and take at least a dozen years to design and build.

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