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    1. Celebrate the Healthcare Heroes on Oct. 17

      Celebrate the Healthcare Heroes on Oct. 17

      The third annual class of Healthcare Heroes will be honored at the Sheraton Springfield on Thursday, Oct. 17 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Healthcare Heroes, a recognition program involving the Western Mass. healthcare sector, was launched in 2017 by HCN and BusinessWest. The program was created to shed a bright light on the outstanding work being done across the broad spectrum of health and wellness services, and the institutions and people providing that care.

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    2. Westfield State to Host Information Session for Two Graduate Programs on Oct. 21

      Westfield State to Host Information Session for Two Graduate Programs on Oct. 21

      The College of Graduate and Continuing Education (CGCE) at Westfield State University will host an information session for its master of education and master of arts in English programs on Monday, Oct. 21 at 6 p.m. in the lobby of the Horace Mann Center, 333 Western Ave., Westfield. These graduate programs are designed to accommodate both working teachers seeking professional licensure and new educators seeking initial licensure. The master of education programs include early-childhood education, elementary education, biology, mathematics, history, moderate disabilities, and reading specialist. The non-licensure master of education has concentrations in history and vocational technical.

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    3. Professional Women’s Chamber to Present ‘Renaissance of Springfield’ Forum

      Professional Women’s Chamber to Present ‘Renaissance of Springfield’ Forum

      The Professional Women’s Chamber (PWC) will present a forum featuring a panel of female leaders in Springfield, who will speak about their contributions to the renaissance of the city at a luncheon on Thursday, Oct. 17. The event will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Lyman and Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield History and Archives, 21 Edwards St., Springfield.

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    4. 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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    5. 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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    6. KeyBank Recognized as a Leading Disability Employer

      KeyBank Recognized as a Leading Disability Employer

      For the third year, KeyBank was recognized by the National Organization on Disability (NOD) as a Leading Disability Employer. “We are honored to accept this award from the NOD, a leader in inclusion for people with disabilities,” said Kim Manigault, chief Diversity and Inclusion officer. “Inclusion is intentional. This award reflects the work across many lines of business and partnerships that provide supportive experiences for people with disabilities who engage with and work for KeyBank.”

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    7. Dawn Creighton to Join GCC as New Chief Workforce Development Officer

      Dawn Creighton to Join GCC as New Chief Workforce Development Officer

      Greenfield Community College recently welcomed Dawn Creighton as the college’s new chief Workforce Development officer. She will officially join GCC on Oct. 21, and her office will be located at the Downtown Center, 270 Main St., Greenfield. A 2005 GCC alumna, Creighton began her career as an employment specialist at MassLive before becoming regional director for the Associated Industries of Massachusetts (AIM) — the state’s largest employers’ resource group — in 2009. During her tenure at AIM, she served thousands of employer members, uniting them around issues ranging from healthcare and employment law to sustainability, budgeting, and hiring.

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    8. 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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    9. 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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    10. Holyoke Medical Center to Host Annual Gala on Nov. 23

      Holyoke Medical Center to Host Annual Gala on Nov. 23

      Holyoke Medical Center (HMC) will host its annual gala on Saturday, Nov. 23 at the Log Cabin. All proceeds will benefit Valley Health Systems, which includes Holyoke Medical Center, Holyoke Medical Group, Holyoke VNA Hospice Life Care, and River Valley Counseling Center. The annual gala will feature a complimentary cocktail reception; a seven-course chef’s dinner, each with its own wine pairing; a silent auction to support Valley Health Systems; award presentations; and dancing to music performed by the O-Tones.

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    11. STCC Awarded $500,000 for Health Science, Electrical Engineering Technology Programs

      STCC Awarded $500,000 for Health Science, Electrical Engineering Technology Programs

      Springfield Technical Community College (STCC) will apply $500,000 in state funding to enhance programs in health science and electrical engineering technology and better prepare students who are planning careers in these growing industries. Called the Skills Capital Grant, the funding allows STCC to acquire the newest technologies to educate students and expand career education opportunities. STCC will use the grant to boost the two programs by acquiring:

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    12. Bay Path University Awarded $2.25M Federal Grant to Boost Student Success

      Bay Path University Awarded $2.25M Federal Grant to Boost Student Success

      Bay Path University has been awarded a $2.25 million Title III grant from the U.S. Department of Education through its Strengthening Institutions Program (SIP). The grant is designed to help higher-education institutions expand their capacity to serve at-risk students by providing funds to improve and strengthen the institutions’ academic quality, institutional management, and fiscal stability.

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    13. 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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    14. United Way of Pioneer Valley Celebrates $653,825 in Prescription Savings

      United Way of Pioneer Valley Celebrates $653,825 in Prescription Savings

      United Way of Pioneer Valley announced that Hampden County residents have saved $653,825 on their prescription medications thanks to its partnership with FamilyWize, an organization focused on improving the health and well-being of individuals, families, and communities. Through this partnership, the United Way has helped promote the free FamilyWize Prescription Discount Card, which has helped more than 15 million Americans save more than $1.7 billion on their prescriptions.

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    15. HCC Welcomes Adrienne Smith as Interim STEM Dean

      HCC Welcomes Adrienne Smith as Interim STEM Dean

      Holyoke Community College (HCC) recently welcomed Adrienne Smith as interim dean of its division of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). Smith brings 13 years of community-college experience to HCC, most recently as the dean of the School of Engineering, Technologies, and Mathematics at Springfield Technical Community College. Prior to that, she served as associate professor and coordinator of Electronics Technology at Quinsigamond Community College in Worcester. Her professional accomplishments span many areas of academic program development and enhancement, enrollment management and retention, diversity responsiveness, and regional and community partnership coordination.

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    16. 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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    17. 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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    18. Founder of Hot Oven Cookies to Keynote Super 60 Event

      Founder of Hot Oven Cookies to Keynote Super 60 Event

      Sheila Coon, founder of Hot Oven Cookies, will be the keynote speaker at the Springfield Regional Chamber’s 2019 Super 60 event, presented by Health New England and sponsored by People’s United Bank, Wells Fargo Bank, the Republican, MassHire Hampden County Workforce Board, and Zasco Productions. Now in its 30th year, the Super 60 program celebrates the success of the fastest-growing privately owned businesses in the region, which continue to make significant contributions to the strength of the regional economy.

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    19. 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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    20. UMass Becomes First University System to Join Age-Friendly University Global Network

      UMass Becomes First University System to Join Age-Friendly University Global Network

      In August, the five-campus University of Massachusetts system endorsed the 10 principles of the Age-Friendly University, as defined by Age-Friendly University (AFU) Global Network at Dublin City University, joining an international effort intended to highlight the role of higher education in responding to the challenges and opportunities associated with an aging population. UMass is the first university system to join the AFU Global Network, earning the designation for its campuses in Amherst, Dartmouth, Lowell, and UMass Medical School in Worcester. UMass Boston endorsed the principles and joined the network in 2017.

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    21. HCC Launches New Round of Culinary Classes for Home Cooks

      HCC Launches New Round of Culinary Classes for Home Cooks

      Holyoke Community College (HCC) is launching a new round of cooking and baking classes this fall geared toward home chefs. “Cooking Confidently with Chef Tracy Carter,” a twice-monthly series of Friday-night, non-credit classes, kicks off Sept. 27 with “A Stroll Through the Markets of the Middle East,” during which Carter, a professional chef and HCC Culinary Arts instructor, will teach participants to prepare falafel, tahini, tabouli salad, and crispy phyllo dough with nuts and honey for dessert. Each single-session, hands-on class has a unique culinary theme. Participants will learn how to prepare appetizers, salads, sauces, entrees, and desserts, then dine ...

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