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    1. Westfield Athenaeum offers kids’ computer

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      Westfield Athenaeum offers kids’ computer

      The Westfield Athenaeum recently acquired an Early Literacy Station, a comprehensive, turn-key educational solution loaded with over 70 educational software programs for kids between the ages of 2 and 8. The Early Literacy Station offers children a safe, standalone computer not connected to the Internet which is age-appropriate, engaging and academically relevant for children. It is designed to support school readiness and early education while making learning exciting and engaging.

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      Mentions:   Westfield

    2. Holyoke jeweler James Sutter reinvents his business at historic Gateway City Arts

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      Holyoke jeweler James Sutter reinvents his business at historic Gateway City Arts

      The closed Sutter’s Jewelry storefront on Northampton Street is only a symbol of new, bright beginnings. Just as jewelry can be recreated into something new, so can this jeweler’s business, as his craft is now located in the reinvented historic paper mill building on 92 Race St., inside the Gateway City Arts Building.

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      Mentions:   Northampton   Holyoke   The Republican

    3. The Greater Chicopee, Holyoke, Westfield and South Hadley & Granby chambers of commerce plan major legislative summit

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      The Greater Chicopee, Holyoke, Westfield and South Hadley & Granby chambers of commerce plan major legislative summit

      The Greater Chicopee, Holyoke, Westfield and South Hadley & Granby chambers of commerce have joined forces in successfully attracting the top leaders of the state Legislature and the Greater Springfield delegation to the House and Senate for an afternoon-long exchange of ideas and information. U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal, D-Springfield, will be the keynote speaker for the event on Nov. 7 at the Log Cabin Banquet & Meeting House. House speaker Robert DeLeo, D-Everett, will also be a keynote speaker.

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      Mentions:   Comcast   Robert DeLeo   West Springfield

    4. Chicopee Chambers plan ‘Table Top Expo’ trade show

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      Chicopee Chambers plan ‘Table Top Expo’ trade show

      The business community, as well as the general public is invited to attend the Greater Chicopee Chamber of Commerce multi-chamber trade show on Sept. 30 at the Castle of Knights, 1599 Memorial Drive. The event is presented by the Greater Chicopee, Holyoke, Westfield and Affiliated Chambers of Commerce of Greater Springfield and will be held from 4:30 to 7 p.m. The “Table Top Expo” allows members the chance to showcase their service or product to other exhibitors as well as to the many business people and general public who will attend the show.

       

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Chicopee   Holyoke

    5. Summer jobs program gives teens focus for future

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      Summer jobs program gives teens focus for future

      The recent graduate of the High School of Science and Technology is enrolled at Springfield Technical Community College and will use the money to help pay for her books. “My job was to make sure the kids were focused, to show them how to behave in school and help them read,” Sands explained. “I liked it a lot. It taught me a lot of things about working, and helping young people.” Sands was one of 11 teens who found work through a jointly-sponsored effort that included funding from New England Farm Workers Council, and recruitment and oversight by the Springfield ...

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      Mentions:   TD Bank   Springfield Technical Community College   Springfield

    6. Chicopee Chamber continues workshop series

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      Chicopee Chamber continues workshop series

      The Greater Chicopee Chamber of Commerce, in collaboration with Common Capital, will present the second in a six-part workshop series, “Taking Care of Business: How to Develop and Grow Your Business,” on Sept . 25. The series addresses best practices for all types of businesses. The second seminar, “Negotiating and Understanding Leases; Before You Sign, Signing, and Renegotiating the Lease,” will be presented by attorney Stanley A. Szlachetka.

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      Mentions:   Chicopee

    7. Workshop shows techniques to ‘soak up the rain’

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      Workshop shows techniques to ‘soak up the rain’

      “With more frequent larger rain storms, ‘soaking up the rain’ can be an important strategy to help avoid flooding,” says Patty Gambarini, environmental planner for the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission. “Strategies for soaking up the rain can also beautify landscapes, and prevent water pollution.” Homeowners and businesses from throughout the Pioneer Valley can learn about soaking up the rain at a hands-on demonstration workshop to be held on Sept. 20 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the new science wing of Springfield’s Central High School, 1840 Roosevelt Ave. The workshop will cover a range of ...

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      Mentions:   Pioneer Valley Planning Commission   Springfield

    8. Springfield Technical Community College will offer summer STEM academy for fall students to get early start

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      Springfield Technical Community College will offer summer STEM academy for fall students to get early start

      Springfield Technical Community College has announced a new summer program to allow incoming students a chance to get an early start on their college credits by exploring the possibility of a career in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) disciplines . The STEM Starter Academy will allow participants to earn a $1,000 stipend; take free college courses including: the college success seminar, essentials of engineering and math; participate in field trips; and learn from guest speakers and STEM experts working in the field.

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    9. Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts accepts applications for college scholarships and interest-free loans

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      Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts accepts applications for college scholarships and interest-free loans

      The Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts is now accepting applications to award roughly $2 million in scholarships and interest-free loans for local students planning to pursue education at the undergraduate and graduate levels for the 2014-2015 academic year. Over 100 funds will provide awards considering academic merit and financial need. The average scholarship is about $1,780, and students may also apply for interest-free loans of up to $3,000. Many funds support students with special interests in areas including academics, athletics, and music. Other scholarships support specific geographic areas, ethnicities and religious affiliations.

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    10. The Republican, editors, writers and photographers earn 18 New England Newspaper & Press Association awards

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      The Republican, editors, writers and photographers earn 18 New England Newspaper & Press Association awards

      The Republican, its editors, writers and photographers, earned a total of 18 journalism awards, including six first-place awards and third place in the area of general excellence, in the 2013 New England Better Newspaper competition. The awards were presented by New England Newspaper & Press Association.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Holyoke   Westfield

    11. Westfield State University Advancement Division announces new staff, plans for 175th scholarship fundraising gala

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      Westfield State University Advancement Division announces new staff, plans for 175th scholarship fundraising gala

      Assisting Knapik, who was appointed in August after resigning as a state senator, are veteran university employees David Caspole, a 1994 alumna, and Bonnie Clark. New to the team are Lisa McMahon, the former director of the Westfield Business Improvement District, Amy Carignan, former development officer at Bay Path College, Bo Sullivan, a morning radio personality on WHYN-560, and David Candella, a 2009 alumna of the university. “Each of these professionals brings a great deal of fundraising, stewardship, and networking skills to the table, and I could not think of a better team to help Westfield State during its 175th ...

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      Mentions:   Westfield State University   Westfield   Lisa McMahon

    12. Department of Early Education and Care relocates Western Massachusetts regional office in downtown Springfield

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      Department of Early Education and Care relocates Western Massachusetts regional office in downtown Springfield

      "The Department of Early Education and Care is thrilled to continue its Western Massachusetts headquarters’ presence in the city of Springfield," said early education and care commissioner Tom Weber. "Expanding access to high-quality early education and care across the commonwealth by creating opportunity for children and families while strengthening Massachusetts' economic security is a top priority of the Patrick administration. Western Massachusetts is home to a strong network of early education and care providers and advocates, and the department is pleased to be part of this great community."

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      Mentions:   Regional Employment Board of Hampden County Inc.   Springfield

    13. Springfield Technical Community College names Allison Chen manager of Great Ideas program

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      Springfield Technical Community College names Allison Chen manager of Great Ideas program

      Chen brings her experience in business analysis, customer experience and satisfaction planning, and service delivery with her to the community college. She was previously employed by Fidelity Investments in Smithfield, R.I. In her new position, Chen serves as manager of Great Ideas, a “Voice of the Associate” program implemented at the college in 2011 to better serve the campus community. College employees meet weekly to identify programs or opportunities throughout the campus and assist with creating solutions to providing outstanding service to students. Great Ideas at STCC has implemented over 1,500 employee ideas with a projected cost savings ...

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Springfield Technical Community College   Springfield

    14. Horace Smith Fund offers scholarships to Hampden County students

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      Horace Smith Fund offers scholarships to Hampden County students

      The Horace Smith Fund, now in its 115th year, has scholarship and fellowship money available for graduates of Hampden County public and private high schools. Scholarships awards of $10,000 are distributed as $2,500 annually and renewable each year until graduation. Fellowship awards of $12,000 are distributed as $4,000 annually and renewable for two additional years. Students must maintain at least a B average in college. Recipients are selected on a variety of criteria, including their SAT and Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System test scores, class rank, extra-curricular activities, financial need, recommendations and a personal written account of ...

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      Mentions:   West Springfield   Smith & Wesson Corp.   Springfield

    15. Covidien helps keep Square One's preschool exercise program running

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      Covidien helps keep Square One's preschool exercise program running

      A crucial factor in Square One’s success has been great partners in the private sector like Covidien who believe and share in the organization’s work to make a lasting difference in the lives of families and children. Covidien is a leading global supplier of healthcare products with a location in Chicopee and one of the very first funders to step forward and pledge their support to Square One’s LAUNCH program.

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      Mentions:   Springfield College   Springfield   Chicopee

    16. Westfield State University launches Supporting Our Schools scholarship for educators

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      Westfield State University launches Supporting Our Schools scholarship for educators

      The Division of Graduate and Continuing Education at Westfield State University has launched a Supporting Our Schools scholarship. The goal of the scholarship is to recognize and reward the accomplishments of those individuals intending to make a career as a school personnel member, specifically those intending to become teachers and guidance counselors. “I think the Supporting Our Schools Scholarship offered by the Division of Graduate and Continuing Education at Westfield State University is an excellent way to give back to those who make a difference for our children. Education has always been a cornerstone at Westfield State, and the scholarship ...

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      Mentions:   Westfield State University   Westfield

    17. Friends Greg Lawrence, Brian Bucala open Indie Automotive repair shop in Hatfield

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      Lawrence and Bucala said that by focusing on a small group of manufacturers, they can provide more precise repairs, reduce vehicle downtime, give attentive customer service and cut costs on repairs. “I thought I would never have my own shop,” said Lawrence, 35. “But over the years I reached a certain point where I realized I could make it happen. That is when I started to do my research and crunch the numbers.” With a roughly $30,000 investment in automotive and diagnostic repair tools, Bucala, also 35, and Lawrence rented a vacant repair shop owned by Todd Dextraze, who ...

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      Mentions:   Amherst   Northampton   Greenfield

    18. University of Massachusetts' Innovation Challenge to hold fall MinutePitch

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      University of Massachusetts' Innovation Challenge to hold fall MinutePitch

      On Tuesday, the University of Massachusetts’ Innovation Challenge will hold its fall MinutePitch in the Flavin Auditorium at the Isenberg School of Management. The Innovation Challenge is designed to connect students of business and engineering with each other — and with donors from the private sector to develop products and ideas of the students’ design. The fall MinutePitch is one of four segments of the Innovation Challenge which are open to the public.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Amherst   The Republican

    19. Big Y Education Express keeps chugging to deliver Western Massachusetts school supplies

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      Big Y Education Express keeps chugging to deliver Western Massachusetts school supplies

      “Big Y has long been dedicated to the education of the children in the communities we serve,” said Michele D’Amour, education partnership administrator. “The Education Express Program enables us to harness the power of our community and our shoppers to provide our local schools with the tools necessary to help educate tomorrow’s leaders.”

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      Mentions:   Big Y Foods   Springfield

    20. Greater Westfield Chamber of Commerce plans Oktoberfest After 5 event

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      Greater Westfield Chamber of Commerce plans Oktoberfest After 5 event

      East Mountain Country Club will host the Greater Westfield Chamber of Commerce’s Oktoberfest After 5 Connection. The networking event will be held on Oct. 9 from 5 to 7 p.m. at 1458 East Mountain Road.

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      Mentions:   Westfield

    21. MassMutual in Springfield helps provide free legal help for elders

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      MassMutual in Springfield helps provide free legal help for elders

      Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Co. will work with the Massachusetts Justice Project and the Hampden County Bar Association’s legal clinic to provide free legal assistance to low-income seniors citizens who are looking to prepare simple wills, powers of attorney or similar planning documents. Since 2011, the Massachusetts Justice Project, in partnership with the Legal Advocacy and Resource Center of Boston, has operated the Massachusetts Senior Legal Helpline, (866) 778-0939, providing legal information, advice and referrals for Massachusetts residents 60 years of age or older. Through this program, it was identified that many seniors need help preparing advance directives like ...

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      Mentions:   MassMutual   Springfield

    22. Springfield Technical Community College's Mobile SIM offers state-of-the art medical training outside the classroom

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      Springfield Technical Community College's Mobile SIM offers state-of-the art medical training outside the classroom

      Springfield Technical Community College, home of the region’s premiere patient simulation training facility, the SIMS Medical Center, recently expanded its hands-on training capabilities with the unveiling of a new Mobile SIM unit. The unit, an ambulance turned into a state-of-the-art training environment, will provide students with a realistic platform to prepare them for work outside the classroom. The Mobile SIM provides an interactive educational environment which will, in return, enhance the student’s performance while improving patient care.

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      Mentions:   Springfield Technical Community College   Springfield

    23. Springfield Technical Community College signs agreement with Wentworth Institute of Technology to offer bachelor's degree

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      Springfield Technical Community College signs agreement with Wentworth Institute of Technology to offer bachelor's degree

      Springfield Technical Community College and the Wentworth Institute of Technology are now working together through a partnership to give students the opportunity to complete a bachelor’s degree in project management on the STCC campus. The accelerated program is geared toward professionals looking to advance their careers. Courses will be offered in Springfield and online, giving students the opportunity to pursue their bachelor’s degree while also working full-time.

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      Mentions:   Springfield Technical Community College   Springfield

    24. Springfield College School of Social Work receives national reaccrediation

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      Springfield College School of Social Work receives national reaccrediation

      The Springfield College School of Social Work, which has been continuously accredited by the Council on Social Work Education since 1989, has been granted full national reaccreditation from the council for the next eight years with no conditions. The council is the exclusive national accrediting body for social work higher education and verifies that degree programs meet the high standards considered essential to quality social work education. “This is an important accomplishment for our school and represents the standards of quality that characterize graduate social work education at the Springfield College School of Social Work,” said Francine Vecchiolla, dean of ...

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      Mentions:   Springfield College   Western New England University   Springfield

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