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    1. Florence Bank’s Cynthia Malinowski Wins Community Support Award

      Florence Bank’s Cynthia Malinowski Wins Community Support Award

      Florence Bank named Cynthia Malinowski as this year’s Community Support Award winner. Malinowski, vice president and branch manager of the downtown Northampton office, joined Florence Bank in October 1999 and has 33 years of banking experience. The Community Support Award was established by the bank in 1997 as a means of formally recognizing employees who are active participants in community events and donate their personal and professional time to local not-for-profit organizations.

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    2. Whalley Computer Associates Named One of 2020 Tech Elite 250

      Whalley Computer Associates Named One of 2020 Tech Elite 250

      Whalley Computer Associates (WCA) has once again been named to the Tech Elite 250 list comprised of solution providers in the U.S. and Canada that have made the investments necessary to earn the highest level of certifications from the largest and most prestigious manufacturers of technology products and services, such as Amazon Web Services, Cisco, Dell, IBM, Microsoft, Nutanix, VMware, HPI, and HPE, to name a few.

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    3. New York Life’s Jean Deliso Named Agent of the Year

      New York Life’s Jean Deliso Named Agent of the Year

      Jean Deliso of the Connecticut Valley General Office of New York Life, an agent since 1995, has received the Agent of the Year Award for 2020. This award recognizes the agent who has achieved the top production among all agents at the company’s Connecticut Valley General Office. “We applaud Jean for this achievement,” said Steven Solonch, managing partner of the Connecticut Valley General Office. “Being acknowledged as the Agent of the Year is a significant accomplishment. She received this recognition for her ability to meet the financial needs of families and businesses in the Western Massachusetts/Southern Connecticut area.”

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    4. Elms College to Host Rev. Hugh Crean Distinguished Lecture on April 20 - BusinessWest

      Elms College to Host Rev. Hugh Crean Distinguished Lecture on April 20 - BusinessWest

      Elms College will hold its second Rev. Hugh Crean Distinguished Lecture on Tuesday, April 20 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. This lecture is presented by the St. Augustine Center for Ethics, Religion, and Culture at Elms College, and, due to COVID-19 protocols, this event will be held virtually via Zoom.  The featured speaker will be David O’Brien, professor emeritus and Loyola professor of Roman Catholic Studies at the College of the Holy Cross, where he has been a faculty member since 1969.

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    5. MCLA Receives $28,000 Grant from Massachusetts Department of Higher Education

      MCLA Receives $28,000 Grant from Massachusetts Department of Higher Education

      Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) has received a $28,720 Higher Education Innovation Fund Grant from the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education (DHE), which recently announced a slate of $1.7 million in grants for the state’s public colleges. These grants fund initiatives that help colleges work toward racial equity in Massachusetts public higher education.

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    6. Bradley International Airport to Debut Non-stop Service to Atlanta on Frontier Airlines

      Bradley International Airport to Debut Non-stop Service to Atlanta on Frontier Airlines

      The Connecticut Airport Authority (CAA) announced the debut of non-stop service from Bradley International Airport (BDL) to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) on Frontier Airlines. “We’re delighted to announce new, non-stop service between Hartford and Atlanta,” said Tyri Squyres, vice president of Marketing at Frontier Airlines. “Our focus is delivering ‘low fares done right,’ and this new service represents our continued commitment to affordable flying and expanding travel opportunities for Connecticut flyers.” The service will commence on June 11 and will operate four times per week. To view flight times and booking information, visit www.flyfrontier.com.

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    7. All States Transport Inc. Welcomes Bill Shibley, Former President of Zip Carriers

      All States Transport Inc. Welcomes Bill Shibley, Former President of Zip Carriers

      All States Transport Inc. recently welcomed Bill Shibley, former president of Zip Carriers in Westfield. He comes to AST with 41 years of experience, including 26 years at Zip Carriers. When the owner of Zip Carriers announced his retirement early this year, Shibley was looking to merge the firm’s longtime client base with a local transportation broker, and AST was his first choice.

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    8. Bulkley Richardson Launches Blockchain and Cryptocurrency Practice Group

      Bulkley Richardson Launches Blockchain and Cryptocurrency Practice Group

      Bulkley Richardson recently launched a Blockchain and Cryptocurrency practice group to provide solutions for businesses adopting blockchain technology in a complex and changing regulatory landscape. The group’s attorneys have broad-based experience in key areas affecting blockchain technologies, including financial services and banking, intellectual property, securities regulation, emerging businesses, corporate law, mergers and acquisitions, taxation, and digital privacy and cybersecurity.

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    9. United Way of Pioneer Valley Opens Chicopee Cupboard Food Pantry

      United Way of Pioneer Valley Opens Chicopee Cupboard Food Pantry

      United Way of Pioneer Valley (UWPV) announced its latest initiative to feed the hungry in the Pioneer Valley: a food pantry in downtown Chicopee. Called Chicopee Cupboard, it will offer food to those in need on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Chicopee Cupboard, located at 32 Center St., will open on Thursday, April 15 at 10 a.m. with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. People in need of food are welcome to call (413) 693-0213 to make an appointment starting on April 15 at 11 a.m.

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    10. Andrew Harris Joins VHB as Senior Project Manager, Senior Geologist

      Andrew Harris Joins VHB as Senior Project Manager, Senior Geologist

      VHB recently welcomed Andrew Harris as senior project manager and senior geologist for its Connecticut Site Investigation & Remediation (SI&R) practice and the Southern New England markets. Harris brings extensive experience working with industrial and commercial clients to assess and remediate brownfield and legacy properties across the Upper Midwest, Mid-Atlantic, and New England. His environmental and redevelopment projects span the full project life cycle from initial due diligence and hazardous-building materials assessments, decommissioning, and demolition to remedial design, construction, and site closure. He has vast knowledge in assessing and remediating asbestos, lead, PCBs, petroleum, VOCs, and per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances.

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    11. AIC to Host 81st Annual Model Congress Virtual Emergency Session

      AIC to Host 81st Annual Model Congress Virtual Emergency Session

      American International College’s (AIC) 81st annual Model Congress will convene virtually on Thursday, April 15 at 6 p.m. In lieu of the traditional weekend conference, AIC’s Model Congress is hosting a free-to-attend Zoom emergency session. Founded in 1940, AIC’s Model Congress is the longest-running continuous congress of its type in the nation, and one of the college’s oldest campus traditions. Every year since its inception, AIC’s Model Congress has brought high schools from throughout New England to campus to write, debate, and pass legislation in a simulated congress. The program, completely student-run from program ...

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    12. Associated Builders Welcomes Dan Dodge

      Associated Builders Welcomes Dan Dodge

      Associated Builders Inc. recently welcomed Dan Dodge, whose role will encompass business development, pre-construction planning and logistics, and project coordination. His extensive experience in the execution of large-scale commercial and industrial construction projects will increase the capabilities of Associated Builders to better serve the business community of the Pioneer Valley and beyond.

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    13. National Science Foundation Grants $649,000 to Western New England University

      National Science Foundation Grants $649,000 to Western New England University

      The National Science Foundation (NSF) awarded Western New England University (WNEU) $649,111 for a five-year grant to offer scholarships to students. The target populations are students who are high achievers in high school whose family demonstrates they will benefit from financial aid. The grant will create a community-outreach program to increase the number of high-school and middle-school students entering and succeeding in STEM fields.

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    14. BusinessTalk with Dave DiRico, owner of Dave DiRico’s Golf & Racquet

      BusinessTalk with Dave DiRico, owner of Dave DiRico’s Golf & Racquet

      BusinessWest Editor George O’Brien talks with Dave DiRico, owner of Dave DiRico’s Golf & Racquet. The two have a lively discussion about everything from the state of the golf business in the wake of the pandemic — the sport has actually received a big boost from COVID — to how the federal government’s various economic stimulus programs are helping small businesses — like his — by giving people more buying power. It’s must listening, so join us on BusinessTalk, a podcast presented by BusinessWest in partnership with Living Local.

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    15. ADDFab to Present TechTalk with Carbon3D on April 7

      ADDFab to Present TechTalk with Carbon3D on April 7

      The Advanced Digital Design and Fabrication (ADDFab) facility at UMass Amherst will present a virtual TechTalk with Jason Lopes from Carbon3D on Wednesday, April 7. Lopes has used 3D printing for more than 10 years at Legacy Effects to create visuals for big-name productions such as Avatar, Iron Man, and the Avengers series. He’s a fan of the Carbon materials and printing technology and will be sharing some of the ways university researchers have taken advantage of Carbon’s unique, high-quality elastomeric material to do research. He will also discuss many of Carbon’s industrial applications, including footwear, bicycle ...

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    16. D.A. Sullivan & Sons Builds on a Long Heritage in Western Mass. - BusinessWest

      D.A. Sullivan & Sons Builds on a Long Heritage in Western Mass. - BusinessWest

      Mark Sullivan wasn’t unlike countless other business owners, watching the COVID-19 story develop last February and March and wondering how his construction firm, D.A. Sullivan & Sons Inc., would fare.  While no one knew early on what the pandemic’s impact would be, the general consensus was “this isn’t going to go well at all,” he said. But the company, like all others, managed to keep moving forward, with office staff working from home and Zoom meetings a new fact of life.

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    17. Pandemic Will Reshape the Office in Many Ways Moving Forward - BusinessWest

      Pandemic Will Reshape the Office in Many Ways Moving Forward - BusinessWest

      It’s been said time and again that, for businesses large and small, the pandemic provided a number of learning opportunities. Companies learned new ways to do things — mostly out of necessity — while also learning that the ‘old’ way may not be the best way. Meanwhile, the pandemic provided opportunities that didn’t exist before — especially when it comes to hiring — and accelerated the pace of needed change. All that means the landscape has been altered for the long term.

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    18. BusinessWest to Celebrate the 2021 Difference Makers Tonight

      BusinessWest to Celebrate the 2021 Difference Makers Tonight

      Since 2009, BusinessWest has been recognizing the work of individuals, groups, businesses, and institutions through a program called Difference Makers. The 2021 Difference Makers include Kristin Carlson, president of Peerless Precision; EforAll Holyoke; Janine Fondon, founder of UnityFirst.com and professor at Bay Path University; Harold Grinspoon, philanthropist and founder of Aspen Square Management; Chad Moir, founder and owner of DopaFit Parkinson’s Movement Center; Bill Parks, CEO of the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Westfield; and Pete Westover, founder and partner at Conservation Works, LLC.

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    19. Springfield College Announces Plans for 2021 Commencement Ceremonies

      Springfield College Announces Plans for 2021 Commencement Ceremonies

      Springfield College President Mary-Beth Cooper announced the college’s plans for the 2021 commencement ceremonies the weekend of May 14-16. The festivities will begin on Friday, May 14 with a virtual opening celebration streamed live starting at 6:30 p.m. Following Friday’s opening celebration, the college will host eight separate in-person ceremonies, four on Saturday, May 15 and four on Sunday, May 16, at Stagg Field on the Springfield College main campus. All ceremonies will be streamed live on springfield.edu, including the in-person ceremonies on Saturday and Sunday.

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    20. HCC Plans Virtual Graduation, Fall Campus Return

      HCC Plans Virtual Graduation, Fall Campus Return

      Holyoke Community College (HCC) is planning a virtual commencement for spring and preparing to welcome students, faculty, and staff safely back to campus for the fall 2021 semester. HCC’s 75th-anniversary commencement will be livestreamed on Saturday, June 5 on the HCC website and the college’s social-media channels. The virtual commencement will celebrate the class of 2021 as well as the class of 2020. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, HCC made the decision last year to recognize the class of 2020 with a virtual celebration in August 2020 and also invite graduates to participate in a more traditional graduation ...

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    21. Tourist Economy Is Coming Back

      Tourist Economy Is Coming Back

      Every sector of the economy, and every business, large or small, has been impacted by this global pandemic. But this region’s large and important hospitality and tourism sector has easily been the hardest-hit. The hotels, restaurants, tourists attractions, event venues, and cultural institutions have been pummeled by this crisis. Some have not survived; those that have are battered and bruised, and that goes for small mom-and-pop operations, the $1 billion MGM Springfield resort casino, and everything in between.

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    22. Jacob’s Pillow Looks to Rebound from a Horrific 2020

      Jacob’s Pillow Looks to Rebound from a Horrific 2020

      or Jacob’s Pillow in Becket, the nation’s largest and longest running dance festival, 2020 was a lost year in almost every respect. That’s almost, and we’ll get to that silver lining, if it can be called that, shortly. First, all those losses. Jacob’s Pillow lost an entire season of live performances and all the revenue that comes with it, forcing a 50% reduction in the budget, layoffs, and other cutbacks. It also lost some momentum when it comes to fundraising, especially for a much-needed renovation of its main stage, the Ted Shawn Theatre, or the ...

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    23. Tourism and Hospitality Industry Optimistic for 2021

      Tourism and Hospitality Industry Optimistic for 2021

      Mary Kay Wydra learned a couple new phrases over the past few months. “The buzz term is ‘revenge spending,’” the president of the Greater Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau (GSCVB) said. “That is, ‘I’ll spend more on things I was denied because of COVID.’ Things like in-person entertainment, eating at restaurants next to people, and travel.” The other buzzword making its way around the tourism industry is ‘vacation retaliation,’ and it means roughly the same thing. She likes those phrases — or, more accurately, what those sentiments portend. “That bodes well for us as a region,” she told BusinessWest. “We are ...

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