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    1. New Members, Chair Named to STCC Board of Trustees

      New Members, Chair Named to STCC Board of Trustees

      The Springfield Technical Community College board of trustees recently welcomed two new members and a new chair, Mary Catherine “Marikate” Murren. The new members are Jynai McDonald, who was appointed by Gov. Charlie Baker in June, and Yanira Aviles, who was elected by the student body in April. Baker named Murren as chair of the board over the summer. She replaces Christopher Johnson, whose term recently expired. He had served as a trustee since 2006. Murren has served as a trustee for more than two years. She is vice president of Human Resources for MGM Springfield and graduated from the ...

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    2. Amherst Area Chamber to Hold After 5 Event Tonight in Hadley

      Amherst Area Chamber to Hold After 5 Event Tonight in Hadley

      AMHERST — The Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce will hold its October After 5 today, Oct. 9, from 5 to 7 p.m. at UMassFive College Federal Credit Union, 200 Westgate Dr., Hadley. The event — which is sponsored and hosted by the UMassFive Commercial Services Division and catered by Log Rolling Catering — will feature live music, food, a cash bar, door prizes, and networking, as well as visits from UMass Men’s Basketball Head Coach Matt McCall and UMass Women’s Basketball Assistant Coach Lynne-Ann Kokoski.

       

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    3. Bay Path Receives $5 Million Bequest, Largest in University’s History

      Bay Path Receives $5 Million Bequest, Largest in University’s History

      Allison Gearing-Kalill, vice president for Development and Planned Giving at Bay Path University, announced that an anonymous donor has made a transformational gift of $5 million through planned giving. The bequest is the largest individual contribution to Bay Path in its history, and honors the donor’s unwavering commitment to the education and advancement of women. Under the terms of the bequest, a fund will be established to support scholarships, endowed faculty chairs, science and technology equipment, and development programs.

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    4. Following $1.1 Million Restoration, Berkshire Theatre Group to Open Thaddeus Clapp House

      Following $1.1 Million Restoration, Berkshire Theatre Group to Open Thaddeus Clapp House

      Following a $1.1 million restoration, Berkshire Theatre Group (BTG) will celebrate the opening of the Thaddeus Clapp House at 74 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield, on Thursday, Oct. 17 from 5 to 7 p.m. This celebration follows a record-breaking summer theater season, with ticket sales up 25% and an additional 5,000 patrons recorded over the 2018 season. In 2013, BTG bought the Thaddeus Clapp House to serve as actor housing, and now, BTG celebrates the realization of that goal and more. Major funding for the restoration of the Thaddeus Clapp House has been provided by the Massachusetts Cultural Facilities ...

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    5. Sunshine Village Celebrates National Disability Awareness Month

      Sunshine Village Celebrates National Disability Awareness Month

      In honor National Disability Awareness Month in October, Gina Kos, executive director of Sunshine Village, invites the community to attend several events in partnership with local organizations throughout the month. In the spirit of inclusivity and acceptance of differences, these events will bring awareness and celebrate the unique abilities and creativity of the people served by Sunshine Village. To kick off the month, Sunshine Village will host “Collections: An Art Reception Featuring Artists With Distinct Abilities” on Thursday, Oct. 17 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at Chicopee Public Library, 449 Front St., Chicopee. Artists will be available to ...

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    6. Springfield Thunderbirds Aim Higher in Team’s Fourth Season

      Springfield Thunderbirds Aim Higher in Team’s Fourth Season

      When the Springfield Thunderbirds hit the ice for the first time three years ago, its management team heard plenty of skepticism about whether hockey could truly thrive and grow beyond a certain ceiling in the city. While there’s still plenty of room for growth in ticket sales, attendance surged last season to a two-decade high, with Saturday nights in particular routinely selling out. In short, there’s a lot of optimism inside the Thunderbirds offices — and a refusal to get complacent.

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    7. Southwick at 250 Has Plenty to Celebrate

      Southwick at 250 Has Plenty to Celebrate

      Nov. 7 will be a big day in Southwick — and the start of a big year. Starting that day, a year-long series of events — including holiday festivals, history tours, parades, concerts, and more — will culminate in the Taste of Southwick Gala on Nov. 7, 2020, the 250th anniversary of the town’s incorporation. Southwick officials and volunteers have been meeting to plan this broad slate of birthday events for some time, much of the planning guided by the nonprofit Southwick Civic Fund.

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    8. PeoplesBank Named a ‘Top Corporate Charitable Contributor’ Among Other Honors

      PeoplesBank Named a ‘Top Corporate Charitable Contributor’ Among Other Honors

      The Boston Business Journal has announced the region’s Top Corporate Charitable Contributors, and, for the 12th year in a row, PeoplesBank is among the companies included. Also this month, the bank has been named Best Local Bank for the seventh year and Best Mortgage Lender for the eighth year in the annual Reader Raves survey conducted by the Republican and MassLive. “As a mutual bank, we work really hard to serve both our customers and the community,” said Matthew Bannister, first vice president, Marketing & Innovation at PeoplesBank. “We have a unique ability to help the communities we serve through ...

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    9. Consumer Demand Is High in Home Improvement — but Skilled Labor Is Elusive

      Consumer Demand Is High in Home Improvement — but Skilled Labor Is Elusive

      With home-improvement demand surging in 2019, contractors say they can pick and choose from available jobs, which isn’t always ideal for consumers, who often have trouble finding a professional who can fit them in. In realty, most contractors would love to take on more jobs — but can’t because it’s not easy to find talent, especially young talent with the potential to grow with a company over the long term.

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    10. People’s United Stresses Local Connections as It Acquires United Bank - BusinessWest

      People’s United Stresses Local Connections as It Acquires United Bank - BusinessWest

      People’s United Bank is no longer the small, Springfield-based institution, then known as the Bank of Western Massachusetts, that made its name three decades ago through a strong emphasis on local commercial lending. And the now-Connecticut-based institution is growing again, with a planned acquisition of United Bank that will push its assets well above $50 billion. But local connections are still key to the People’s United ethos, its Massachusetts president says — and he hopes United Bank customers feel the same way

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    11. Greater Westfield Chamber Announces 2019 Award Winners

      Greater Westfield Chamber Announces 2019 Award Winners

      Each year, the Greater Westfield Chamber of Commerce solicits nominations from the membership for three awards. This year’s recipients are: Business of the Year: Westfield G&E and Whip City Fiber; Nonprofit of the Year: Westfield 350 Committee; and Lifetime Achievement Award: Sister Elizabeth “Betty” Oleksak of Genesis Spiritual Life and Conference Center. “The chamber is very excited to announce this year’s recipients, as they are all so deserving of these recognitions,” said Kate Phelon, executive director. “It is never an easy decision, and I know the board governance committee made their recommendations to the full board with ...

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    12. Chicopee’s Downtown; a Developing Story

      Chicopee’s Downtown; a Developing Story

      our years ago, a $7,500 grant from MassDevelopment helped to fund the first annual Downtown GetDown block party in Chicopee. Mayor Richard Kos understands why that was a good investment. “They like the idea of people coming downtown, because when they do, it gives other people impetus to want to develop the downtown,” he told BusinessWest. In that first year, he went on, “the block party really removed a lot of question marks. People say there’s no parking downtown. Well, we had 15,000 people over a weekend, and no one complained about parking. It was not an ...

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    13. PV Squared Solar Recognized as a 2019 Top Solar Contractor in the U.S.

      PV Squared Solar Recognized as a 2019 Top Solar Contractor in the U.S.

      With renewable energy expected to be the fastest-growing source of U.S. electricity generation for the foreseeable future, local solar installer and worker-owned cooperative PV Squared Solar is contributing toward this period of energy transition. The company has once again been recognized by Solar Power World magazine and was listed prominently among other solar contractors and developers across the country in the magazine’s 2019 Top Solar Contractors list.

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    14. STCC Wins State Career Pathways Grant for Early-childhood Education

      STCC Wins State Career Pathways Grant for Early-childhood Education

       Springfield Technical Community College (STCC) will apply a $296,904 state grant to support a new, affordable professional-development program for early-childhood educators. The funding will allow STCC to roll out its Child Development Associate Plus program this fall. The program will help early-childhood educators obtain certification and become better-qualified to teach infants and toddlers as well as preschool-aged children. STCC announced in July that the college received the Early Childhood Education Career Pathways Grant, funded through the state Department of Early Education and Care.

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    15. Restored Brewer-Young Mansion Set to Begin Its Next Chapter

      Restored Brewer-Young Mansion Set to Begin Its Next Chapter

      In its heyday, the Brewer-Young mansion was the center of Longmeadow’s social scene. Those who don’t remember those days know it more as an eyesore alongside the town green, after a string of owners over the past 30 years were unable to maintain the decaying structure. Enter a trio of investors with a commercial vision for the property, one that would pump economic vitality into the building while restoring its original architecture — and historic importance.

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    16. Merger of Aerospace Giants Creates Uncertainty, but Perhaps Opportunity   - BusinessWest

      Merger of Aerospace Giants Creates Uncertainty, but Perhaps Opportunity   - BusinessWest

      Since the announcement last month that defense and aerospace giants Raytheon and United Technologies will merge into one firm based in Eastern Mass., few other details have emerged, and questions remain about the impact on the companies’ workforce, particularly those currently based at UTC’s Connecticut plant. But some see potential growth in the merger, which may bode well for the many Western Mass. machine shops — and their 5,000 employees — that make components for those companies.

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    17. MassDevelopment Provides $310,000 for Real-estate Projects Across Massachusetts

      MassDevelopment announced up to $310,000 in funding for 10 projects through its Real Estate Technical Assistance program. Under this program, through a combination of in-house expertise and contracts with consultants, MassDevelopment works with municipal officials, planners, local stakeholders, and others to address site-specific and district-wide economic-development challenges. The technical-assistance funds will support a range of projects, from feasibility studies to master-planning efforts. Locally, the town of Greenfield will use one of the awards to prepare a market assessment and operational analysis of proposed uses in the First National Bank and Trust building. This follows a feasibility study that consultant ...

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    18. Online Nursing Programs Evolve to Meet Workforce Needs

      Online Nursing Programs Evolve to Meet Workforce Needs

      Back in 2010, the Institute of Medicine put out a call for 80% of all registered nurses to have a bachelor’s degree in nursing (BSN) by 2020. National nurse organizations picked up the goal as well — 85% is the current goal — while hospitals with ‘magnet’ status, such as Baystate Medical Center, maintain even stricter staffing goals. One problem, though: RNs work full-time jobs, and many go home to a full slate of family and parenting obligations. And that leaves little opportunity to go back to school to take classes toward a BSN.

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    19. Hoop Hall, MGM, Ray Allen Team Up for Charity Golf Classic

      Hoop Hall, MGM, Ray Allen Team Up for Charity Golf Classic

      They’re calling it a “pairing party.” And, as that name suggests, this is a party at which the pairings for the MGM Springfield Basketball Hall of Fame Golf Classic Hosted by Ray Allen!, will be announced. Most golf tournaments in this region, and there are a great many of them, don’t have a pairing party. This one does, and for a good reason — players are being paired with Hall of Famers and legends of the game. The list of those signed on to participate include players such as Allen, Dominique Wilkins, Gary Payton, Dave Cowens, Rick Barry, Bernard ...

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    20. Westfield Makes Connections to Spur Progress

      Westfield Makes Connections to Spur Progress

      Kate Phelon has long appreciated the spirit of collaboration between Westfield’s municipal, business, and educational leaders — and points to the Westfield Education to Business Alliance, which just wrapped up its third year, as a good example. The alliance, WE2BA for short, connects the city’s schools, where students are beginning to contemplate their career paths, with companies that are eager to mine local talent. Last year, it launched an adopt-a-classroom program — Mestek, Forum House, and PeoplesBank were the initial adopters, and more are expected to come on board next year — while Westfield High School’s annual career fair drew ...

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    21. VentureWell Seeks Global Impact Through Entrepreneurship

      VentureWell Seeks Global Impact Through Entrepreneurship

      Katya Cherukumilli has a big idea with potentially bigger impact. Her nonprofit startup, Seattle-based Global Water Labs, is developing a scalable and affordable fluoride-removal technology that aims to reduce the incidence of irreversible diseases as a result of consuming excess naturally occurring fluoride in groundwater — a risk common to some 200 million people worldwide. She credits Hadley-based VentureWell with helping her move her big idea beyond the headspace into something tangible and, hopefully, impactful.

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    22. Our Annual Guide to Summer Events in Western Mass. - BusinessWest

      Our Annual Guide to Summer Events in Western Mass. - BusinessWest

      Summertime is a great time to get away, but in Western Mass., it’s also a great time to stick around and enjoy the many events on the calendar. Whether you’re craving live music or arts and crafts, historical experiences or small-town pride, the region boasts plenty of ways to celebrate the summer months. Here are a few dozen ideas to get you started.

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