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    1. UMass Amherst Professor Receives Computer Networking Industry Award

      UMass Amherst Professor Receives Computer Networking Industry Award

      Professor Ramesh Sitaraman of UMass Amherst’s College of Information and Computer Sciences is one of a large team of scientists and engineers who have been honored by the Assoc. for Computing Machinery with its SIGCOMM Networking Systems Award for work that “has had a significant impact on the world of computer networking,” the association said. Sitaraman and colleagues are credited with building the Akamai content-delivery network (CDN), the world’s first major CDN and now one of the largest ever built, and for pioneering the concept of internet content delivery. The Akamai CDN currently consists of 240,000 servers ...

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    2. Invesco, MassMutual Announce Strategic Combination of Invesco and OppenheimerFunds

      Invesco Ltd. and MassMutual announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement, whereby Invesco will acquire MassMutual asset-management affiliate OppenheimerFunds Inc. In turn, MassMutual and OppenheimerFunds employee shareholders will receive a combination of common and preferred equity consideration, and MassMutual will become a significant shareholder in Invesco, with an approximate 15.5% stake. This strategic transaction will bring Invesco’s total assets under management to more than $1.2 trillion, making it the 13th-largest global investment manager and sixth- largest U.S. retail investment manager, further enhancing the company’s ability to meet client needs through its comprehensive range ...

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    3. Pathlight Awarded $23,000 to Support Innovative Curriculum

      Pathlight, a Valley leader in residential and community services for people with intellectual disabilities or autism, has been awarded $23,000 in funding from the Westfield Bank Future Fund and the Chicopee Savings Bank Charitable Foundation to support a sex-education and relationships program that gives people with intellectual disabilities and/or autism the skills to build and maintain healthy relationships throughout their lives. The program, called Whole Selves, is the result of 10 years of teaching the social skills of relationships to adolescents, teens, and adults with a variety of disabilities at Pathlight’s Whole Children program. Whole Selves is ...

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    4. Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito to Speak at GHCC’s Governmental Affairs Luncheon on Oct. 18

      Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito to Speak at GHCC’s Governmental Affairs Luncheon on Oct. 18

      The Greater Holyoke Chamber of Commerce (GHCC) will host Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito at its fall Governmental Affairs Luncheon on Thursday, Oct. 18 at the Wherehouse?, located at 109 Lyman St. in Holyoke. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m. Polito plans to speak to the Greater Holyoke business community on what the administration’s plans are to promote economic and commercial growth in this area. Additionally, she will touch on the topics of manufacturing and STEM education, both of which are relevant to Holyoke and Western Mass.

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    5. UMass Amherst Launches New Biomedical Engineering Department

      UMass Amherst Launches New Biomedical Engineering Department

      The College of Engineering at UMass Amherst has established a new department of Biomedical Engineering, which will offer bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees. It is the fifth department within the college. Biomedical engineering (BME) integrates engineering science, biology, and medicine into a cross-disciplinary field focused on improving human health and solving problems in the delivery of healthcare. Its key principle is that, by looking at the human body through the lens of engineering, one can apply the concepts of design, optimization, and programming to complex biological systems in order to detect, repair, and treat disease and to create ...

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    6. Western Mass Employment Collaborative to Hold Job Fair on Oct. 18

      Western Mass Employment Collaborative to Hold Job Fair on Oct. 18

      The Western Mass Employment Collaborative (WMEC), which partners with employers and various agencies to help individuals with disabilities find jobs, will sponsor its annual Job EXPO on Thursday, Oct. 18 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Holyoke Community College’s Kittredge Center, Rooms 301 and 303. The purpose of the event is for businesses to meet qualified candidates for their hiring needs and for job seekers to have multiple opportunities to speak to employers about job openings.

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    7. HCC to Hold Grand Opening for Center for Life Sciences on Oct. 24

      HCC to Hold Grand Opening for Center for Life Sciences on Oct. 24

      U.S. Rep. Richard Neal and Massachusetts Secretary of Education James Peyser will be the featured speakers at a ribbon cutting and grand-opening celebration for the new $4.55 million Center for Life Sciences at Holyoke Community College (HCC) on Wednesday, Oct. 24, during Mass STEM Week.  The celebration will run from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the Center for Life Sciences, located on the lower level of HCC’s Marieb Building. Refreshments will be served, and the public is welcome to attend. The 13,000-square-foot facility features a suite of biotechnology labs and classrooms and what is ...

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    8. Rick Lord to Retire as President, CEO of AIM in 2019

      Rick Lord to Retire as President, CEO of AIM in 2019

      Richard Lord, who built Associated Industries of Massachusetts (AIM) into one of the most far-reaching business associations in the commonwealth, will retire next year after leading the organization for almost 20 years. Lord, a North Adams native and Williams College graduate who took the top job at AIM in 1999, will remain as president and CEO while the AIM board of directors chooses a successor. “Rick Lord has built AIM into an organization of more than 4,000 employers from all sectors of the economy who believe that business should be a positive force for creating a better, more prosperous ...

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    9. East Longmeadow Crafting a Plan for Progress

      East Longmeadow Crafting a Plan for Progress

      Denise Menard has witnessed plenty of growth in East Longmeadow’s Town Hall since becoming the community’s first town manager two years ago, from the creation of a seven-member Town Council to the creation of a Human Resources department, a new director of Finance and director of Planning and Community Development, and the establishment of a Board of Health overseen by a full-time director. But she says the most important change in the city offices may be the ease with which new businesses to town can navigate the permitting process.

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    10. Passenger-rail Experts, Supporters to Convene in Springfield This Saturday

      Did you know Northampton and New York are the strongest destination pairing in Amtrak’s entire northeast system? Did you know expanded North-South passenger rail service is coming to the Valley next year between Greenfield, Northampton, Holyoke, and Springfield? Did you know the state is about to initiate a new study on east-west passenger rail as well? If any of this is new information to you, join the Rail Users Network (RUN), the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission, and Trains in the Valley this Saturday, Oct. 13 for RUN’s annual public forum taking place from noon to 5 p.m ...

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    11. Hair Salons to Participate in Cut-a-thon to Benefit Unify Against Bullying

      Hair Salons to Participate in Cut-a-thon to Benefit Unify Against Bullying

      Hair salons are helping to make a difference in the fight against bullying, one haircut at a time, during the month of October, which is National Bullying Prevention Month. The salons will donate proceeds from haircuts, blowouts, and styling to Unify Against Bullying. Some salons will even offer temporary pink hair color — pink being the signature color of Unify Against Bullying. Event participation ranges from a portion of proceeds from a one-day event to the whole month of October. Contact these participating salons for more information: Gasoline Alley, 250 Albany St., Springfield, (413) 788-4078; Posh Studio, 1372 Allen St., Springfield ...

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    12. Chicopee Savings Bank Charitable Foundation Boosts HCC Culinary Arts Program

      The Chicopee Savings Bank Charitable Foundation donated $50,000 to Holyoke Community College (HCC) for the benefit of students preparing for careers in the culinary-arts and hospitality industry.  Bill Wagner, president of the foundation, presented a check for that amount to HCC President Christina Royal and officials from the nonprofit HCC Foundation during a brief ceremony on Oct. 2 at the HCC MGM Culinary Arts Institute. The $50,000 donation will go toward programs, equipment, maintenance, instruction, and student services at the institute, which opened in January at 164 Race St. in downtown Holyoke.

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    13. NAI Plotkin Sells 1492 Boston Road Property to Restoration Worship Center

      NAI Plotkin Sells 1492 Boston Road Property to Restoration Worship Center

      NAI Plotkin, an office of NAI Global, a leading commercial real-estate brokerage firm, announced it has sold 1492 Boston Road, which consists of a 9,697-square-foot commercial building, formerly the Smokey Bones Restaurant, and an adjacent 20,585-square-foot commercial building, currently occupied by Namco. The asset was sold to Restoration Worship Center/Centro de Restauracion Adoracion for $2.2 million and includes a total of 6.1 acres of land next to the Lowe’s shopping plaza. Bill Low and Stephen Picard teamed up to sell the property, which was on the market for years with several real-estate companies.

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    14. Rock Paper City to Host Children’s Business Fair on Oct. 6

      Rock Paper City to Host Children’s Business Fair on Oct. 6

      Rock Paper City, a new nonprofit organization in Holyoke, will host Children’s Business Fair, an educational and fun event, on Saturday, Oct. 6 from noon to 4 p.m. at Heritage State Park, 221 Appleton St., Holyoke. The event is part of Celebrate Holyoke, which runs from Friday through Sunday at Heritage State Park. “The Children’s Business Fair will consist of several kid-run pop-up shops,” according to Lhea Destromp, founder of Rock Paper City. “The event is designed to teach kids about being an entrepreneur, including having them plan how to pay back their parents who helped them ...

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    15. Mayhew Tools Welcomes Lam Nguyen to Basque Plastics Division

      Mayhew Tools Welcomes Lam Nguyen to Basque Plastics Division

      Mayhew Steel Products (Mayhew Tools) has selected Lam Nguyen to fill the role of plant manager at the company’s Basque Plastics Division in Westminster. With more than a decade of manufacturing leadership and operational expertise, Nguyen will oversee the plant’s daily operations while simultaneously improving overall operational efficiency and productivity. Nguyen, whom will report to Mayhew Tools President John Lawless, has a proven track record for implementing lean operational techniques that result in significant cost savings while increasing yield and quality. His managerial responsibilities will include, but not be limited to: production, workflow, automation, quality control assurance, purchasing ...

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    16. Harry Grodsky & Co. Commemorates 100th Anniversary

      One of America’s largest mechanical contractors achieves a new milestone this month as Harry Grodsky & Co. Inc. officially celebrates its 100th anniversary. The family-owned firm will pay tribute to both the old and the new with its centennial event on Friday, Oct. 19 at MGM Springfield. “We are excited to share this significant occasion with our customers, project partners, employees, and their families,” said co-owner Jeff Grodsky. “The MGM casino was a signature project for our organization, and for the city of Springfield, so it’s the perfect place to celebrate our past and look ahead to the future.”

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    17. Yves Salomon-Fernandez Takes the Helm at GCC

      Yves Salomon-Fernandez Takes the Helm at GCC

      Yves Salomon-Fernandez became the 10th president of Greenfield Community College this past summer, succeeding Bob Pura at the helm of a school that enjoys some of the highest retention and graduation rates in the state. Her primary goals moving forward are to build on the momentum generated over the past several years, set the bar higher, and then clear that bar. Salomon-Fernandez is confident in her abilities, and, like the school itself, she says she’s “innovative and entrepreneurial.”

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    18. Westfield Hones Its Message to Boost Business

      Westfield Hones Its Message to Boost Business

      Folks in Western Mass. know they’re often dismissed by residents out east, Lisa Stowe says. So how does a city like Westfield make its case as a vibrant destination for a business looking to plant roots? By working together. That’s exactly what a handful of partners — municipal leaders, Westfield Gas + Electric (WG+E), Whip City Fiber, the Greater Westfield Chamber of Commerce, and corporate sponsor Westfield Bank — have done by launching Go Westfield, a still-evolving engine to encapsulate what makes this city a desirable landing spot, and, more importantly, tell people about it.


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    19. United Way of Pioneer Valley Announces New Leadership and Partnership

      United Way of Pioneer Valley Announces New Leadership and Partnership

      The United Way of Pioneer Valley (UWPV) announced it has hired Paul Mina as its new president and CEO as part of an overall management agreement. Mina brings 30 years of United Way experience to the Pioneer Valley. “I’m so happy and honored to be able to work with the UWPV team as we grow the organization and take advantage of the tremendous upside potential this region has to offer,” Mina said. In addition, Steve Lowell, president and CEO of Monson Savings Bank and chairman of the UWPV board, announced that the organization is entering into a management agreement ...

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    20. UMass Amherst Chancellor Appointed to State Cybersecurity Strategy Council

      UMass Amherst Chancellor Appointed to State Cybersecurity Strategy Council

      UMass Amherst Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy has been named by Gov. Charlie Baker to the new Massachusetts Cybersecurity Strategy Council, which will advise state leaders on ways to spur economic growth and cyber-resilience in the Commonwealth. The appointment of the 19-member council, which includes representatives from state government, the private sector, and the Commonwealth’s leading research institutions, was announced on Sept. 27 during the 2018 Massachusetts Cybersecurity Forum in Boston. Baker also announced the appointment of Stephanie Helm as the first director of the MassCyberCenter at the Mass Tech Collaborative.

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    21. Bay Path Names Matt Smith Director of Computer Science & Cybersecurity Programs

      Bay Path Names Matt Smith Director of Computer Science & Cybersecurity Programs

      Bay Path University announced that Matthew Smith has been promoted to the position of director, Computer Science & Cybersecurity Programs. Smith has been with Bay Path University’s American Women’s College for nearly two years, first serving as an adjunct faculty member and later being named full-time academic director, Cybersecurity and Applied Technology. In June, he was promoted to academic director, Technology, Security & Justice.

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    22. Square One Announces ‘Next Level’ Initiative to Expand Childcare to All Hours

      In keeping with its mission to meet the early-learning and family-support needs of the Greater Springfield community, Square One announced it is expanding access to child care to all hours of the day. The announcement of Square One: Next Level comes as the need for child care for second shift, third shift, and weekends continues to grow for working parents throughout the region.  Strategic funding partners include MGM Springfield, Baystate Health, Smith & Wesson, the Center for Human Development (CHD), FOCUS, and LENOX. Funds from these employers were matched by philanthropist Lyman Wood of Hampden. Collectively, more than $100,000 was ...

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    23. Bartender Classes Begin Oct. 16 at Hcc Mgm Culinary Arts Institute

      As part of a continuing series of non-credit hospitality courses at the new HCC MGM Culinary Arts Institute, Holyoke Community College is offering classes this fall for anyone interested in becoming a professional bartender or just looking to perfect classic cocktails at home. The interactive class runs for seven consecutive Tuesdays, Oct. 16 through Nov. 27, from 6:15 to 9:15 p.m. at the culinary institute, 164 Race St., Holyoke. The course will cover all the skills necessary to launch a career as a professional bartender. Students will learn how to handle various types of alcohol and how ...

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    24. Springfield Cultural Partnership Announces New Executive Director

      Springfield Cultural Partnership Announces New Executive Director

      The Springfield Cultural Partnership (SCP), the parent organization for the Springfield Central Cultural District, recently welcomed Karen Finn as its new executive director. Finn brings a wealth of experience in community service, government, advocacy, and program management to advance the SCP’s mission of sustaining a vibrant arts and cultural environment in Springfield. The Springfield Central Cultural District, one of 44 designated cultural districts in Massachusetts, encompasses a walkable area of downtown Springfield with cultural attractions such as art, music, theater, dining, historic architecture, and more. The nonprofit was founded in 2014 and now includes more than 50 member organizations ...

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