1. Articles from George O'Brien

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    1. Veritas Charter Prep Raises the Bar with New High School - BusinessWest

      Veritas Charter Prep Raises the Bar with New High School - BusinessWest

      Rachel Romano says she started Veritas Prep Charter School after becoming frustrated as a middle-school teacher in Springfield with just how ill-prepared students were to succeed — at the next level in their education, and in general.  She called it “unfinished learning,” and it was occurring at many levels, especially with reading.

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    2. Innovation in Health/Wellness, The Elaine Marieb Center for Nursing and Engineering Innovation

      Innovation in Health/Wellness, The Elaine Marieb Center for Nursing and Engineering Innovation

      Intravenous (IV) infusion pump systems are among the most recognized technologies in healthcare, used by about 90% of hospital patients. They’re also hopelessly out of date, Karen Giuliano said. “The design has been around a long time, and hospitals don’t buy one; they buy an entire fleet. They have to invest in training, service contracts, and IT infrastructure. To install a platform is a huge investment and effort.” And that has led to stagnation, she added. “Over 80% of pumps are really old platforms and don’t do the job they need to do. They’re not developed ...

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    3. BusinessTalk with Katie Allan Zobel, outgoing president and CEO of the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts

      BusinessTalk with Katie Allan Zobel, outgoing president and CEO of the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts

      BusinessWest Editor George O’Brien has a lively discussion with Katie Allan Zobel, outgoing president and CEO of the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts. The two talk about Zobel’s eventful tenure at the community foundation, the many new programs introduced in recent years, and the evolution of the institution into what she calls a “catalyst for change.” It’s all must listening, so join us for BusinessTalk, a podcast presented by BusinessWest  and sponsored by PeoplesBank.

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    4. BusinessTalk with Mark Rivers, event producer for Hooplandia

      BusinessTalk with Mark Rivers, event producer for Hooplandia

      BusinessWest Editor George O’Brien has a lively discussion with Mark Rivers, event producer for Hooplandia, the giant 3-on-3 basketball tournament coming to the region next summer. The two talk about how this concept came together, how it survived three years of cancellations and delays due to COVID, and why this tournament, a production, led by the Big E and the Basketball Hall of Fame, has the potential to become a legacy event. It’s all must listening, so join us for BusinessTalk, a podcast presented by BusinessWest  and sponsored by PeoplesBank.

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    5. Consultant, Entrepreneur Linda Dulye Focuses on Connections, Engagement

      Consultant, Entrepreneur Linda Dulye Focuses on Connections, Engagement

      Linda Dulye calls them ‘spectators.’ That’s the term she uses to describe employees who, well, are not in the game, as they say in the sports universe. Instead, they’re watching it from the sidelines. They’re not engaged, and they are not part of the solution, said Dulye, the former journalist turned corporate communications specialist and change-management agent turned entrepreneur who started Dulye & Co. in 1998 to help leaders and their organizations cultivate magnetic cultures where people want to stay and grow.

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      Mentions: General Dynamics
    6. Hooplandia Organizers Set a Date for 2023

      Hooplandia Organizers Set a Date for 2023

      Mark Rivers acknowledged that a lot of things have changed since he and officials at the Big E and the Naismith Memorial Basketball of Fame first announced that the region would host a giant three-on-three basketball tournament to be called Hooplandia. Indeed, that announcement came late in 2019, just a few months before the arrival of COVID-19, which would eventually cancel large-scale events of all kinds and put plans for Hooplandia on ice — for 2020, 2021, and then 2022. But what hasn’t changed, said Rivers, a marketing and programming consultant to the Eastern States Exposition who has also worked ...

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    7. Ludlow and Its Mills Are a Developing Story

      Ludlow and Its Mills Are a Developing Story

      When Westmass Area Development Corp. and its board of directors went all in and acquired the massive and environmentally challenged Ludlow Mills complex in 2011, Jeff Daley said, they did so with the understanding that they were embarking on a long and difficult journey. But they probably didn’t know how long and just how difficult. Indeed, the process of transforming the former jute-making complex into a mixed-used property and destination has come complete with a number of challenges, many of them related to simply making various parts of the complex ready for redevelopment, said Daley, the executive director of ...

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    8. BusinessTalk with with Jeff Daley, president and CEO of Westmass Area Development Corp.

      BusinessTalk with with Jeff Daley, president and CEO of Westmass Area Development Corp.

      BusinessWest Editor George O’Brien has a lively discussion with Jeff Daley, president and CEO of Westmass Area Development Corp. about the agency’s most ambitious, project to date, redevelopment of the massive Ludlow Mills complex. Daley recounts the latest developments and talks about how the project has turned a critical corner. It’s all must listening, so join us for BusinessTalk, a podcast presented by BusinessWest  and sponsored by PeoplesBank.

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    9. Tighe & Bond Continues Impressive Trajectory

      Tighe & Bond Continues Impressive Trajectory

      To say Tighe & Bond is a growing company would be an understatement. From 2006 to 2016, the Westfield-based engineering firm increased its workforce from 170 to 270, but since then, the tally has expanded to 450, due to a combination of geographic expansion across the Northeast, enhancements to specialized services, and organic growth. “We like to say it’s still manageable growth — robust, but manageable for us,” said Robert Belitz, who was hired by Tighe & Bond as chief financial officer in 2014 and took the reins as president and CEO three years later. “Our strategic planning process, which we go ...

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    10. Big Y’s Downtown Springfield Project Is a Different Kind of Venture

      Big Y’s Downtown Springfield Project Is a Different Kind of Venture

      Big Y Foods will soon begin the process of transforming the former CVS location in Tower Square into its latest market. The chain has been operating for nearly 80 years now and has expanded its footprint well beyond its roots at that now-famous intersection in Chicopee where the converging roads formed a ‘Y.’ But this venture is something completely different in terms of scale — and just about everything else.

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    11. New Downtown Mural Connects Springfield’s History with Its Future

      New Downtown Mural Connects Springfield’s History with Its Future

      Khali Hernandez descended the wall, stood back, and reflected on his long day’s work. “This mural is more than just a mural because of the things that are associated and attached to it,” said Hernandez, a local painter who got involved with the mural painting at 241 Worthington St., facing Stearns Square. “A big part of history is being plastered on this wall. Essentially, what’s happening is the legacy of Springfield is being visually painted, whether people know it or not. You can pick out iconic things that people know about around the world. Springfield is the birthplace ...

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    12. Springfield’s Puzzle Pieces Are Coming Together

      Springfield’s Puzzle Pieces Are Coming Together

      ‘Good traffic.’ That’s the phrase used by Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno — who acknowledged that it is somewhat of an oxymoron — to describe traffic that is, well, positive in nature. This would be traffic generated by vibrancy, by people coming into a city from somewhere else; traffic indicative of progress, as opposed to insufficient infrastructure, poor planning, or both. Springfield saw quite a bit of this ‘good traffic’ prior to the pandemic, said Sarno, noting that it was generated by concerts at MGM Springfield’s venues, Thunderbirds games, conventions and college graduations at the MassMutual Center, special gatherings like ...

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    13. BusinessTalk with Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno

      BusinessTalk with Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno

      BusinessWest Editor George O’Brien has a lively discussion with Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno. The two discuss everything from the city’s new parking garage, to COVID-relief efforts, to a number of new developments — in the city’s downtown and its many neighborhoods. It’s all must listening, so join us for BusinessTalk, a podcast presented by BusinessWest  and sponsored by PeoplesBank.

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      Mentions: Springfield
    14. Aclarity Seeks to Bring Its Unique Water-treatment Technology to the Next Level

      Aclarity Seeks to Bring Its Unique Water-treatment Technology to the Next Level

      They’re called per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances. But they’re known by a much simpler, and more troubling, moniker. “They’re nicknamed the ‘forever chemicals’ because they don’t break down in nature,” said Orren Schneider, chief science officer at the Hadley-based startup known as Aclarity. “The bonds in them are so strong that essentially nothing natural breaks them down. Maybe if you hit them with lightning, they’ll break down.”

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    15. Michelle Schutt Takes the Helm at GCC with a Focus on Diversity, Inclusion

      Michelle Schutt Takes the Helm at GCC with a Focus on Diversity, Inclusion

      Michelle Schutt says that, while it may seem like Greenfield, Mass. is a long way from Twin Falls, Idaho (3,160 miles, to be exact), it’s really not. At least when it comes to the issues and challenges facing the institutions that now comprise the top lines on her résumé — College of Southern Idaho (CSI), where she was vice president of Community and Learner Services, and Greenfield Community College (GCC), where she started just a few weeks ago as the school’s 11th president — and their overall missions.

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    16. Monson Savings Celebrates 150 Years — and its Place in the Community

      Monson Savings Celebrates 150 Years — and its Place in the Community

      Monson Savings Bank has been commemorating its 150th birthday in many different ways, from a time capsule to assembling and donating $15,000 worth of bicycles to several area charities. Through all these efforts, the bank is celebrating its continuity and its commitment to a community that is now much larger then when it took its first deposit back in 1872.

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    17. Matt Flink Takes the Helm at Appleton Corp.

      Matt Flink Takes the Helm at Appleton Corp.

      Matt Flink was recently named president and CEO of Appleton Corp., the real-estate and property-management arm of the O’Connell Companies. He brings with him considerable experience in this field — and the football field, as a coach. He intends to lean on both as he takes the helm of the company with a solid foundation and opportunities for growth in a number of established niches.

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    18. West Side’s Story Features Plenty of Progress

      West Side’s Story Features Plenty of Progress

      While the country will be celebrating its 250th birthday in 2026, West Springfield will mark that same milestone two years earlier. And the planning for what will be a huge party is very much underway, said Mayor William Reichelt, noting that a committee has been put together, chairs of that board have been selected, and a dialogue will soon be launched with town residents to determine how, where, and in what ways they want to observe that birthday. And while two years will go by quickly, especially with all this planning and execution to handle, this community that operates as ...

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    19. Peter Picknelly Blueprints Another Legacy Project

      Peter Picknelly Blueprints Another Legacy Project

      As he talked about the many real-estate development projects he’s been involved with over the years and how they’ve come to the drawing board and then off it, Peter Picknelly said simply, “they develop … and then they happen.” That was a very simple explanation for what is often a very complex process, especially with some of the projects he and his team at the OPAL Real Estate Group have taken on over the years, many of which have involved public-private partnerships and have taken years, if not decades, to become reality.

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    20. Palliative Care Unit at Mercy Will Bear Andy Yee’s Name - BusinessWest

      Palliative Care Unit at Mercy Will Bear Andy Yee’s Name - BusinessWest

      Sarah Yee recalls that, during her husband’s final stay at Mercy Medical Center before he succumbed to cancer — a week in the intensive care unit in late May 2021 — there was some subtle “bending of the rules,” as she called it.  Most of it involved visitation, and, more specifically, the number of people who could visit and the hours when people could drop in, she noted. But there was more to it, especially efforts to make his room more like home, she said, adding that steps involved everything from the music playing — Earth Wind & Fire — to the Disney movies ...

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    21. For 40 Years, the Ekus Group Has Been Supporting and Connecting Culinary Professionals - BusinessWest

      For 40 Years, the Ekus Group Has Been Supporting and Connecting Culinary Professionals - BusinessWest

      The Hatfield-based Ekus Group describes itself as a ‘full-service culinary agency.’ This is a unique niche obviously, one that has been successfully cultivated over the past 40 years, during which time the name Ekus, like the names of many of the authors the company represents, has become known across the country and around the world. Summing up the broad range of services, partners Lisa and Sally Ekus (mother and daughter) say they “bring chefs out from behind the stove.”

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    22. Diana Szynal Takes the Helm at the Springfield Regional Chamber

      Diana Szynal Takes the Helm at the Springfield Regional Chamber

      Diana Szynal recently made a successful transition from public service — she was a selectman in Hatfield and then a legislative aide — to running the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce. Now, she’s making another transition, to leadership of the Springfield Regional Chamber. While Greater Springfield is a much larger area, she said the challenges facing businesses, and the basic mission of the chamber, are the same as they are in Franklin County, and she’s ready to put her experience to work in her new setting.

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    23. Southwick Masters Delicate Balancing Act

      Southwick Masters Delicate Balancing Act

      Southwick residents love the natural beauty and the many recreation choices their town offers but they also like reasonable tax rates. Russell Fox, chair of the Southwick Select Board, said to accomplish both means business development must be part of the equation to ease the tax burden. “It’s a balancing act that the Select Board takes very seriously,” said Fox, who has been a selectman off and on (mostly on) for more than 40 years. “I would not want to see families who have lived in town for generations say they can no longer afford to stay here.” A ...

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    24. Merger of Coldwell Banker, Goggins, Creates New Dynamic in the Market - BusinessWest

      Merger of Coldwell Banker, Goggins, Creates New Dynamic in the Market - BusinessWest

      Pat Goggins and Brian Megliola say the talks concerning an acquisition and merger of their companies began more than a year ago. They started — and then continued to a successful conclusion — because of similar philosophies and the shared belief that a union made sense on many different levels. The new company, with two divisions based in Northampton, will emerge and “be right at the top of the agencies in this area,” said Goggins.

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