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    1. Women's Fund of Western Massachusetts co-founder Sally Livingston dies

      Women's Fund of Western Massachusetts co-founder Sally Livingston dies

      Sally Livingston believed that women could do anything they sent their minds to, and she spent her life helping them achieve their dreams. Livingston, 71, a co-founder of the Women's Fund of Western Massachusetts, died in Washington on Oct. 4 after a long battle with brain cancer. "Sally was a multifaceted person, so to think of just one thing I will remember her for would be impossible," said David Woods, a longtime friend and colleague. The pair ran Woods and Livingston Financial Group together for 15 years before she started her own firm. "She had so many talents and ...

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    2. MGM Springfield, Head Start unveil $4 million child and family center in South End...

      MGM Springfield, Head Start unveil $4 million child and family center in South End...

      When Susan Gosselin and Janis Santos were teachers for Head Start many years ago, they worked in basements, community rooms in churches or wherever they could find space. They saw one of their dreams come true Tuesday morning during the unveiling of the $4 million MGM Head Start Child and Family Center on Union Street in the city's South End.

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    3. Stcc, Mgm partner to offer free 'English in the Workplace' classes

      Stcc, Mgm partner to offer free 'English in the Workplace' classes

      The 30-hour "English in the Workplace" training program is meant for anyone interested in improving their English language skills, including evacuees displaced from Puerto Rico by Hurricane Maria. "STCC will continue to do all we can to support workforce initiatives, and with MGM, we are placing collaboration right there with the 'technical' and 'community' aspects of our mission," STCC President John B. Cook said in a press release. STCC has reached out to community-based organizations including Future Works, Career Point, New North Citizens Council, New England Farm workers Council and Enlace de Familias to get the word out about the ...

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    4. Bay Path Women's Leadership Conference encourages women to 'Be Curious'

      Bay Path Women's Leadership Conference encourages women to 'Be Curious'

      As women stopped by the De La Sidra vendor table to ask about the colorful and beautifully woven bags, business owner Lillian Novoa was overwhelmed with emotion. "This has been my dream since I was ten years old in Guatemala and a young girl who was about eight gave me a beautiful piece of woven fabric as a gift," said Novoa, a native of Guatemala and Bay Path University alumni who sells pieces woven by women and girls in the central American country. She was one of many vendors participating in the university's 23rd annual Women's Leadership Conference ...

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    5. Reading Success by 4th Grade initiative puts Springfield scorecard online

      Reading Success by 4th Grade initiative puts Springfield scorecard online

      On Monday, members of the initiative, created with the support of the Irene E. & George Davis Foundation, gathered at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame to discuss the progress that has been made and how the information can be shared with the public through a web-based scorecard that allows the public to access data on school readiness, summer learning participation, school attendance and health determinants.

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    6. STCC, Northeastern University partner to offer bachelor's degrees in mechanical...

      STCC, Northeastern University partner to offer bachelor's degrees in mechanical...

      Springfield Technical Community College and Northeastern University have partnered to offer students in Greater Springfield an opportunity to earn a bachelor's degrees in mechanical engineering technology and advanced manufacturing systems onsite at STCC starting in January. "To be able to partner like this with a premier university is just tremendous," said John B. Cook, president of the community college. "There is an interest in this degree from our students and from employers."

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    7. Western New England University, Duggan Academy in Springfield team up to help students

      Western New England University, Duggan Academy in Springfield team up to help students

      When John J. Duggan Academy senior Johnathan Letendre participated in an introduction to education internship at Western New England University, he was afraid he would not fit in with the older students. "At first I wasn't so sure that I would actually like it. I used to think these college kids are above me, they've gotten accepted to this school -- but after sitting through the classes and interacting with them, I realized they are just the same as me and I actually really enjoyed it," said Letendre, who participated in one of the many collaborations between Duggan and ...

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    8. Don't have time, money to earn a degree? University Without Walls can help with that

      Don't have time, money to earn a degree? University Without Walls can help with that

      There are many reasons why people put off getting a bachelor's degree, and Jose Delgado, a pre-admissions adviser and recruitment coordinator for the University Without Walls, has heard them all. "Some people are afraid they are too old, others have full-time jobs and a family to support. For many people it's a money issue, a time issue, or both," he said. University Without Walls (UWW) is a program of the University of Massachusetts Amherst that allows nontraditional students to earn a bachelor's degree online while earning credit for work and life experience.

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    9. 'They don't have to move to Boston or Austin or New York': Valley Venture Mentors graduates making it in Western Massachusetts

      'They don't have to move to Boston or Austin or New York': Valley Venture Mentors graduates making it in Western Massachusetts

      Their enterprise was one of several winners of grants, ranging from $700 to $6,000, awarded at Wednesday night's Valley Venture Mentors Collegiate Accelerator Graduation at Tower Square. The grants totaling $25,000 help graduates establish their businesses. Valley Venture Mentors is a Springfield-based nonprofit supporting entrepreneurs in Western Massachusetts. Twenty students from nine area colleges graduated Wednesday.

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    10. Westfield International Air Show draws thousands of spectators

      Westfield International Air Show draws thousands of spectators

      While the 2017 Westfield International Air Show featured powerful planes flown by expert pilots, there were other highlights that were just as special. From the vintage airplanes to the men and women of the 104th Fighter Wing who were present at the event to talk to spectators, the air show had plenty to offer. "People were able to get out here, walk around the aircraft, meet our airmen. They could meet the pilot and meet the crew," said Col. Peter Green, vice commander of the 104th Fighter Wing stationed at Barnes Air National Guard Base.

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    11. New North Citizens Council finds residents want to work and learn, gets workforce development grant to help them do it

      New North Citizens Council finds residents want to work and learn, gets workforce development grant to help them do it

      The New North Citizens Council has received a $50,000 workforce development grant from the state to launch a pilot program that would get residents in one of the city's poorest neighborhoods back to school or working. Council members recently went door-do-door in the neighborhood and found that many people are looking for opportunities to work or go back to school.

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    12. Springfield, MassDOT team up to complete Gerena School repairs

      Springfield, MassDOT team up to complete Gerena School repairs

      State and city officials are working on getting the necessary permits to begin repairs on the German Gerena Community School tunnel, said Sen. James Welch, D-West Springfield, and Rep. Carlos Gonzalez, D-Springfield, during a small community meeting Thursday. For years the school has been plagued with mold, leaks and flooding in its tunnel, which not only serves as a passageway under Interstate 91 between the Plainfield Street side and the Main Street side of the North End neighborhood, but also has several classrooms meant to serve as a community center.

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    13. Stand for Children Massachusetts literacy information sessions aim to improve state's...

      Stand for Children Massachusetts literacy information sessions aim to improve state's...

      In an effort to get students reading at grade level, Stand for Children Massachusetts is hosting literacy information sessions for parents and teachers across the state this summer. "Despite having some of the best schools in the country, too many Massachusetts children can't read at grade level, and this has lifelong consequences," said Ranjini Govender, executive director of Stand for Children Massachusetts, an organization that focuses on education including literacy, family engagement and more.

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    14. Dr. Seuss Week in Springfield features parade on Mulberry Street, opening of The Amazing...

      Dr. Seuss Week in Springfield features parade on Mulberry Street, opening of The Amazing...

      The life and work of Springfield's Theodor Geisel, known around the world as Dr. Seuss, will be celebrated not only with a new museum but with a parade on Mulberry Street and a Seussian party. Springfield Mayor Domenic J. Sarno stood on the steps of City Hall next to the Cat in the Hat on Tuesday and declared May 30 to June 6 Dr. Seuss Week in honor of the opening of The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum.

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    15. Dr. Seuss' never-before-seen doodles, letters and personal items arrive in Springfield...

      Dr. Seuss' never-before-seen doodles, letters and personal items arrive in Springfield...

      Having Dr. Seuss as a stepfather meant a house full of peculiar objects, books, newspapers and plenty of doodles. Oftentimes Leagrey Dimond would find a note tucked in her jacket pocket or a doodle left on her bed from her stepfather, Theodor "Ted" Geisel, and she treasured every one. Dimond is in Springfield this week setting up three display rooms at the Amazing World of Dr. Seuss at the Springfield Museums, which is slated to open next month. She gave a tour of the displays to museum docents Thursday morning, sharing stories with them about the memories she cherishes of ...

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    16. Springfield Pedicab bicycle taxi service rolls into downtown

      Springfield Pedicab bicycle taxi service rolls into downtown

      The pedicabs can be booked for private events or for longer rides for a fee, but their primary service area will be the Springfield Central Cultural District that spans much of downtown. Mozell and Cruz's partnership started several years ago when they met while working on individual projects. They decided to team up and worked with the Massachusetts Latino Chamber of Commerce to form a flyer distribution, marketing and advertising agency in Springfield called LTLife.

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    17. Female welders, carpenters, laborers inspire students at Massachusetts Girls in Trades conference

      Female welders, carpenters, laborers inspire students at Massachusetts Girls in Trades conference

      Samantha Dodge, Bridget Nee-Walsh and Alyssa Ducharme spend their days on construction sites, welding and working alongside their male co-workers. They are tough, well paid and proving that women can work as laborers. More than 200 female students from trade high schools across the state gathered at Dean Technical High School in Holyoke on Thursday for the Massachusetts Girls in Trades conference, which featured speakers sharing their experiences working in the male-dominated fields of welding, carpentry, construction, electrical engineering and more. "Honestly, the job was easier than I expected it to be at first," said Dodge, who lives in Connecticut ...

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    18. WGBY, Springfield schools team up to get kids moving

      WGBY, Springfield schools team up to get kids moving

      Fitness trackers have grown in popularity over the years, with people monitoring everything from their heart rates to their every step. Students at Brightwood, Elias Brookings, Lincoln and Gerena elementary schools in Springfield are also monitoring their steps with a little help from WGBY. The local PBS station has teamed up with the Springfield Public Schools to implement the "Cyberchase" Step It Up program.

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    19. STCC students build 'solar suitcases' used by doctors in Kenya

      STCC students build 'solar suitcases' used by doctors in Kenya

      Teaching students about the real-world applications of science is one of professor Barbara Washburn's passions. The chairwoman of the physics department at Springfield Technical Community College, who has degrees in electrical and laser engineering, is constantly looking for ways to engage her students. Her most recent idea was to let students in her engineering class work with Gateway to College high school students to build "solar suitcases" that can be used by health workers and schools in third-world countries to provide light and electricity. According to the We Care Solar website, the suitcases that go to schools and community ...

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    20. UMass Center teams up with Springfield schools to give students college experience

      UMass Center teams up with Springfield schools to give students college experience

      Dressed in their Sunday best 5th graders from Rebecca M. Johnson School drew pictures all over the white board in a classroom at the UMass Center in downtown Springfield. "They are drawing pictures to reflect different careers in STEAM, science, technology, engineering, arts and math," said Jamina Scippio-McFadden, director of student services, academic support, marketing and community relations for UMass Springfield. The students were able to tour the satellite campus as part of the University of Massachusetts program called College Matters for U, designed to reach out to Springfield schoolchildren and to demystify the process of getting into and attending ...

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    21. Springfield Housing Authority offers literacy program, expands elderly services

      Springfield Housing Authority offers literacy program, expands elderly services

      The Springfield Housing Authority has been awarded a $482,094 federal grant which will help the agency expand services for seniors as well as establish a literacy program. The three-year U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development Resident Opportunities and Self Sufficiency grant will fund the Talk/Read/Succeed! program at Duggan Park Apartments, a family development with 196 units in the Indian Orchard section of the city, according to the agency. The grant will also provide staffing for additional Resident Services programming at Riverview Apartments, which includes 302 units for elderly and handicap residents, and another 42 family ...

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    22. STCC President John Cook welcomed by Latino community at reception (photos)

      STCC President John Cook welcomed by Latino community at reception (photos)

      With more than 25 percent of the students at Springfield Technical Community College identifying as Hispanic / Latino, the school's Hispanic Association in Higher Education held a reception for new college President John B. Cook to introduce him to local Latino leaders. "For him to have a connection with the Latino community is extremely important given the fact that more than 25 percent of our student body is Latino," said Irma Garcia-Zingarelli, chair of the association, which hosted the event on campus Thursday night along with businessman and chairman of Partners for Community Heriberto Flores.

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    23. Preschool initiative successful in Springfield, Holyoke, Boston, Lawrence, Lowell,...

      Preschool initiative successful in Springfield, Holyoke, Boston, Lawrence, Lowell,...

      The Preschool Expansion Grant program is a multi-year initiative to provide free preschool to children in Boston, Holyoke, Lawrence, Lowell and Springfield. Through funding awarded to the state from the U.S. Department of Education, 48 new preschool classrooms were opened in the fall of 2015. About 850 children were enrolled in the participating communities during each year of the program. "The Preschool Expansion Grant program is developing important partnerships between participating school districts and community-based early education and care programs," Baker said in a prepared statement.  "The five participating cities are making significant progress toward supporting out goal of ...

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    24. 'Hidden Figures' movie inspires local women, highlights careers in STEM

      'Hidden Figures' movie inspires local women, highlights careers in STEM

      Inspiration was one of the feelings many women had after seeing "Hidden Figures," a movie detailing the contribution of women, particularly African-American women, to NASA. "During a time when the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields were dominated by white males, Mrs. Dorothy Vaughn, Mrs. Katherine Johnson and Mrs. Mary Jackson, all members of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and graduates of historically black colleges and universities, throughout their careers at NASA had significant impact on the success of Americans' travel into space," said Rhonda M. Brace, a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority's Xi Xi Omega Chapter of ...

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