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    1. 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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    2. 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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    3. 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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    4. 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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    5. 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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    6. 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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    7. 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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    8. Mercy Medical Center to host 'Sparkle! Springfield,' women's health event

      Mercy Medical Center to host 'Sparkle! Springfield,' women's health event

      Mercy Medical Center's Spirit of Women network, which provides educational opportunities for women to learn about their health, is gearing up to present "Sparkle! Springfield" on Wednesday night. "At Mercy Medical Center, we strive to be a valuable health resource to our community," said Mark Fulco, president of Mercy Medical Center and its affiliates.  "Sparkle! is the premiere event for Mercy's Spirit of Women network, where the emphasis is on women and their personal health and wellness."

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    9. Westover Air Reserve Base economic impact dips slightly | masslive.com

      Westover Air Reserve Base economic impact dips slightly | masslive.com

      The 439th Airlift Wing at Westover Air Reserve Base added nearly $194.5 million to the local economy in the 2018 budget year, the base said Tuesday.  That includes a payroll of nearly $120 million in 2018 and $13.1 million in construction funding.  What it doesn't include is the economic impact of the 2018 Great New England Air and Space Show, according to the release. The air show generates $11.6 million in local spending, according to a 2015 UMass study.

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    10. UMass Amherst agricultural school launches student run vineyard

      UMass Amherst agricultural school launches student run vineyard

      The University of Massachusetts Amherst has launched a new vineyard that will allow students to gain first hand experience in growing and maintaining wine and table grapes, according to a statement from the school.  It will be a part of the UMass Stockbridge School program, which is devoted to agricultural education.  Created for the purpose of giving students hands-on viticulture experience, the vineyard will be located at the UMass Agricultural Learning Center on the former Wysocki Farmin Amherst.

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    11. 'Have a seat': Pvta, Aarp unveil bus stop benches across Springfield

      'Have a seat': Pvta, Aarp unveil bus stop benches across Springfield

      With funding from an AARP grant meant to improve public spaces for those of all ages, city and Pioneer Valley Transit Authority officials cut the ribbon Wednesday on a dozen new bus stop benches scattered around Springfield. "So come over and have a seat," Mayor Domenic J. Sarno said by way of an invitation following a photo opportunity in Court Square.

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    12. People in Business: Berdie Thompson joins JA of Western Massachusetts

      People in Business: Berdie Thompson joins JA of Western Massachusetts

      Berdie Thompson recently joined the staff of Junior Achievement of Western Massachusetts as the Development Director. Before joining Junior Achievement of Western MA as development Director. Berdie served as the Charitable Gifts and Events Coordinator for Chicopee Savings Bank Foundation for 10 years. In addition, she has six years of fundraising experience and six years of office management in the non-profit sector and a solid track record of meeting and exceeding fundraising goals. She brings with her knowledge about fundraising from both sides of the table. Prior to her involvement in non-profits, Berdie was in the banking industry for fifteen ...

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    13. Environmental report on proposed Westfield industrial park finds no impact to aquifer

      Environmental report on proposed Westfield industrial park finds no impact to aquifer

       A draft environmental impact report says the proposed Westfield Turnpike Industrial Park is not detrimental to city water, a main concern of project opponents. The 265-page report states that the project "will not impact aquifers used for potable water, such as the Barnes Aquifer." In accordance with the Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act, the report provides additional information and analysis about the proposed project. An Environmental Notification Form was completed in the spring, followed by comments from the public that are addressed in the report.

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    14. Downtown Westfield looks to capitalize on rail trail

      Downtown Westfield looks to capitalize on rail trail

      Friends of the Columbia Greenway Rail Trail Chairman Joseph Giffune and Greater Westfield Chamber of Commerce Director Kate Phelon invited the Westfield City Council to join them in learning how other cities have capitalized on their downtown rail trails. "The Greater Westfield Chamber of Commerce is excited about being pro-active in learning and sharing any information with our downtown businesses and city leaders as to the economic impact our Columbia Greenway Rail Trail will have," Phelon said. "I think it is imperative for our businesses and the city to be proactive and not reactive to the number of users that ...

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    15. Greater Chicopee Chamber of Commerce to host first Holiday Bazaar

      Greater Chicopee Chamber of Commerce to host first Holiday Bazaar

      The Greater Chicopee Chamber of Commerce will host its first Holiday Bazaar Nov. 15 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Portuguese American Club, 149 Exchange St. Jessica Roncarati-Howe, chamber president, said the 325-member organization has traditionally done an auction and tasting as its fall benefit. It decided to do a bazaar this year as a new approach to raising funds for the educational programs and community events it hosts as well as bringing people into downtown.  "We have just started to promote ticket sales, but we have had a great response from vendors and for prizes to raffle ...

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    16. People in Business: Kathleen Kalmbach promoted to Assistant Professor and Director of Didactic Education for Bay Path University's Physician Assistant Program

      People in Business: Kathleen Kalmbach promoted to Assistant Professor and Director of Didactic Education for Bay Path University's Physician Assistant Program

      Kathleen Kalmbach, MS, PA-C, has been promoted to the position of Director of Didactic Education and Assistant Professor for the Physician Assistant Program at Bay Path University. Kalmbach joins the University's Physicians Assistant Program faculty full-time after serving on an adjunct faculty member and associate clinical professor for the past three years. In her new position, Kalmbach will be coordinating the didactic year of physician assistant students' education in the program. She will be giving lectures and assisting with both the skills lab and the patient assessment lab.

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    17. American Women’s College at Bay Path Named Among Best Online Colleges

      American Women’s College at Bay Path Named Among Best Online Colleges

      Women have been completing their bachelor’s degrees at rates significantly higher than the national average since the inception of the American Women’s College at Bay Path University in 2013, thanks to its digitally enhanced learning model, SOUL (Social Online Universal Learning). This innovative approach to education has earned it recognition among the 2019 Best Online Colleges in America, as ranked by Niche.com.  “With the American Women’s College’s fully online, accelerated schedule, credit for prior experiences, and generous transfer policy, many students are able to finally obtain an undergraduate degree that may have been in progress ...

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    18. People in Business: Ron Davis transitiones from President/CEO to Chief Sales Officer of WAMF | masslive.com

      People in Business: Ron Davis transitiones from President/CEO to Chief Sales Officer of WAMF | masslive.com

      Ron Davis, a Sales Pro and Business Specialist of WAMF Consulting makes a major announcement. As the founder of WAMF Consulting since 2014, he has now transitioned from President/CEO to Chief Sales Officer. This new position will allow him to offer a comprehensive approach to banks, credit unions and corporations to support their Sales and Business development needs. After 37 years of selling software and services to financial institutions and corporations in the Northeast, WAMF Consulting was born. WAMF is an acronym for 'Winners are my Friends.'

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    19. MassMutual announces $1.72 billion dividend in 2019

      MassMutual announces $1.72 billion dividend in 2019

      Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Co. said Monday that its board of directors has approved a record $1.72 billion estimated dividend payout in 2019. It's an increase of more than $125 million more than 2018, and marks the 151st consecutive year that MassMutual will be paying a dividend, according to a news release. The 2017 dividend was $1.6 billion. The 2019 estimated payout reflects a dividend interest rate of 6.4 percent for eligible participating policies, maintaining the same rate as 2018.

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    20. New Sculpture by Harold Grinspoon Debuts at Bay Path University

      New Sculpture by Harold Grinspoon Debuts at Bay Path University

      A new public sculpture, “LIFE,” has been installed on the Bay Path University campus. The piece, designed and crafted from a fallen branch of a live oak tree, was created by philanthropist Harold Grinspoon, a longtime resident of Longmeadow and friend of the university. A dedication for “LIFE” will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 7 at 3 p.m. in front of Elliot Hall, and is open to the public. In case of inclement weather, the event will be rescheduled. “LIFE” will be on view at Bay Path University for the next two years.

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    21. Northern Tree Service proposes waste wood processing plant in Springfield's Bay neighborhood

      Northern Tree Service proposes waste wood processing plant in Springfield's Bay neighborhood

      Northern Tree Service Inc., of Palmer, is proposing to purchase four tax-title junkyard properties along the Bay and Tapley street corridor for $701,700 to convert them into a facility that makes mulch and other products out of clean waste wood. Northern Tree Service submitted the sole bid for the vacant properties by Thursday's deadline. It will be referred for evaluation by a city review committee, said Thomas Mathews, project manager for the city's Office of Planning and Economic Development.

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    22. Easthampton wins $3.5 million MassWorks grant to support One Ferry Street redevelopment

      Easthampton wins $3.5 million MassWorks grant to support One Ferry Street redevelopment

      Plans by developer Michael Michon to transform an old mill complex at One Ferry Street into mixed-use housing and commercial space gained traction Friday with the announcement of a state infrastructure grant. "I've got $3.5 million worth of good news today," Massachusetts Housing and Economic Development Secretary Jay Ash told a roomful of community leaders gathered at Mill 180, a building which Michon previously rehabilitated.

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