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    1. Springfield Cultural Partnership Announces New Executive Director

      Springfield Cultural Partnership Announces New Executive Director

      The Springfield Cultural Partnership (SCP), the parent organization for the Springfield Central Cultural District, recently welcomed Karen Finn as its new executive director. Finn brings a wealth of experience in community service, government, advocacy, and program management to advance the SCP’s mission of sustaining a vibrant arts and cultural environment in Springfield. The Springfield Central Cultural District, one of 44 designated cultural districts in Massachusetts, encompasses a walkable area of downtown Springfield with cultural attractions such as art, music, theater, dining, historic architecture, and more. The nonprofit was founded in 2014 and now includes more than 50 member organizations ...

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    2. Training & Workforce Options Helps Enhance Skills of Medical Assistants

      Training & Workforce Options Helps Enhance Skills of Medical Assistants

      When Holyoke Medical Center and Western Mass Physician Associates (WMPA) needed help enhancing the skills of their medical assistants, they partnered with Training & Workforce Options (TWO). TWO developed a curriculum and taught a 10-week class to 15 medical assistants from WMPA. The training was designed to prepare the workers for a national credentialing exam. The TWO course at Holyoke Community College (HCC) was a hybrid of classroom work and online learning taught by a medical assistant.

       

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    3. UMass Amherst gets $3 million to encourage women, minorities to pursue STEM fields

      UMass Amherst gets $3 million to encourage women, minorities to pursue STEM fields

      The University of Massachusetts Amherst has been awarded a five-year, $3 million grant to implement new diversity and equity policies.  The large grant comes from the National Science Foundation, whose ADVANCE project seeks to fund inclusive policies that encourage larger amounts of women and minorities to join the scientific fields and industries.

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    4. Valley Venture Mentors moves in as Springfield Innovation Center takes shape

      Valley Venture Mentors moves in as Springfield Innovation Center takes shape

      Valley Venture Mentors is moving this week from Tower Square into temporary quarters on the third floor of the new Springfield Innovation Center, 270-276 Bridge St. Valley Venture Mentors plans to be in its permanent home on the first and second floors of the Innovation Center in January, said CEO Kristin Leutz. "Well, we can't wait. Springfield has never looked better downtown," she said. "VVM will be so proud to move in here to the Springfield Innovation Center."

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    5. MassMutual Foundation, Carly Fiorina announce partnership to help Springfield nonprofits...

      MassMutual Foundation, Carly Fiorina announce partnership to help Springfield nonprofits...

      MassMutual is working with Fiorina, the former CEO of Hewlett-Packard and 2016 Republican presidential candidate, to provide leadership training to charity and civic groups in the city, Fiorina and MassMutual said this week. The foundation will help fund partnerships between Unlocking Potential, Fiorina's leadership development nonprofit, and local organizations. The initiative will be formally announced during Fiorina's appearance at the Springfield Public Forum on September 27, she said in an interview.

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    6. Funeral services announced for Kevin Sullivan, Westfield School Committee vice chairman | masslive.com

      Funeral services announced for Kevin Sullivan, Westfield School Committee vice chairman | masslive.com

      The family of long-term School Committee member Kevin J. Sullivan, who died suddenly, has announced the dates for his funeral services.  Sullivan, 52, died of a heart attack on Sunday. Mayor Brian P. Sullivan said the death of his younger brother was a 'major shock' and completely unexpected.  'He had the biggest heart in the world and would help anyone. He had a special place in his life for kids whether they were yours or his,' he said.

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    7. State OKs Westfield tax incentive for Myers Information Systems

      State OKs Westfield tax incentive for Myers Information Systems

      The state has approved the city's decision to grant a six-year, $52,000 tax break to Myers Information Systems, the Northampton software company that plans to relocate to a vacant former bar and restaurant here. Under the agreement, Myers Information Systems will only pay a portion of the taxes on the improvements it makes to 110 Elm St. in Westfield. The percentage it pays goes up every year until hitting 100 percent.

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    8. Holyoke's 'Prudential' building, among tallest in Paper City, up for foreclosure auction

      Holyoke's 'Prudential' building, among tallest in Paper City, up for foreclosure auction

      The Prew Building at 274-276 High St. -- also known as the Prudential because it's one of the tallest buildings in Paper City -- will be sold at auction at 2 p.m. Sept. 26 following foreclosure proceedings. At eight stories, the 29,000-square-foot building isn't the tallest in Holyoke, but it is the tallest in the immediate downtown. Plans prepared in 2014 and posted to he city's Holyoke Redevelopment website pegged the cost of rehabbing the building into mixed-use retail, office and housing space at $5.6 million to $6 million.

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    9. Springfield Central Street project inches ahead with first land-takings

      Springfield Central Street project inches ahead with first land-takings

      A proposal $3 million corridor improvement project along Central Street moved a step closer last week with the City Council voting to approve property takings in that area including a building with automotive businesses. The roadway improvements in the Maple High-Six Corners area, however, remain on hold pending additional property takings needed including a strip of land along Ruth Elizabeth Park. "I'm itching to get it going," Public Works Director Christopher Cignoli said Tuesday.

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    10. MGM Springfield reveals grand opening date for luxury Regal Cinemas at casino

      MGM Springfield reveals grand opening date for luxury Regal Cinemas at casino

      "Date night just got an upgrade." That is the slogan behind the upcoming grand opening of the luxury Regal Cinemas theater inside the $960 million MGM Springfield resort casino. And on Sept. 23 though Sept. 25, the public will get its first chance to see if the experience lives up to their expectations as the first screenings begin. During the three preview days, Regal Cinemas at MGM will feature $3 movies, popcorn and soft drinks to benefit Square One and Head Start, both based in Springfield.

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    11. 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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    12. 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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    13. 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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    14. 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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    15. 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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    16. 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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    17. 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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    18. 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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    19. 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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    20. 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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    21. 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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    22. 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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    23. 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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    24. 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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