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    1. Elms College to Host ‘Growing Up WILD’ Workshop at Berkshire Community College

      Elms College to Host ‘Growing Up WILD’ Workshop at Berkshire Community College

      The School of Graduate and Professional Studies at Elms College, in partnership with Berkshire Community College and 1Berkshire, will host an early-childhood-education workshop on Saturday, April 13 from 8:30 a.m. to noon in the cafeteria at Berkshire Community College.The workshop, titled “A Glimpse at Growing Up WILD,” is free and open to the public. In this extensive training for educators run through MassWildlife, Jane McCarry, academic coordinator and advisor for the Early Care and Education program at Elms, and also a trained Growing Up WILD facilitator, will present two of the program’s activities: “Seed Need” and ...

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    2. Women’s Leadership Luncheon Series Kicks Off March 22

      Women’s Leadership Luncheon Series Kicks Off March 22

      Women leaders of prominent area institutions will be featured speakers at a spring Women’s Leadership Luncheon Series hosted by the Greater Holyoke Chamber of Commerce at the HCC MGM Culinary Arts Institute. The four-part, monthly “Leadership in Your Future 2019” series kicks off Friday, March 22 and continues on April 26, May 24, and June 28. Each of four presenters will sit at a different table and speak on a subject of their choosing. Over the course of the four-session series, they will rotate among the tables so guests have the opportunity to hear all the presentations.

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    3. Longtime TD Bank Executive David Glidden to Take Reins at Liberty Bank

      Longtime TD Bank Executive David Glidden to Take Reins at Liberty Bank

      Connecticut-based Liberty Bank announced that David Glidden will serve as its new president and CEO, effective March 18, succeeding Chandler Howard, who has led the bank since 2007. “We extend a warm welcome to David as he joins Liberty Bank,” said Mark Gingras, chairman of the Liberty Bank board of directors. “After an extensive, nationwide search, we are confident that David’s leadership experience and remarkable achievements will lead Liberty Bank toward a future of continued growth, outstanding customer service, and community involvement.”

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    4. Melha Shriners Sell 133 Longhill St. Campus to Breakthrough Worship Center - BusinessWest

      The Melha Shriners announced they have sold their property and building at 133 Longhill St. in Springfield to the Breakthrough Worship Center of Springfield, with a March 25, 2019 closing date anticipated. The Melha Shriners, the local chapter of Shriners International, supporters of Shriners Hospitals for Children, have been headquartered at the Longhill Street location for almost 60 years.

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    5. Announcing the 2019 Difference Makers - BusinessWest

      Announcing the 2019 Difference Makers - BusinessWest

      t was almost a decade ago now when Bill Ward, then the executive director of the Regional Employment Board of Hampden County, stepped to the podium at the Log Cabin Banquet & Meeting House in Holyoke to accept the first Difference Maker award presented by BusinessWest.  Much has happened since then. Ward retired a few years later, and the REB is now known as the MassHire Hampden County Workforce Board. But the Difference Maker award remains a constant — and a symbol of excellence and dedication to improving quality of life in this region.

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    6. At MGM Springfield, Revenues Are Slow, but Optimism Abounds - BusinessWest

      At MGM Springfield, Revenues Are Slow, but Optimism Abounds - BusinessWest

      A half-year after opening its doors, MGM Springfield is well behind its stated goals and expectations for gross gaming revenues, or GGR, and the numbers have been declining each month since the fall. But the winter months are traditionally the slowest in this industry, said Mike Mathis, president and COO of the resort, and the company is still ramping up its operation. Overall, he said, there are a number of positive indicators.

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    7. Carol Leary to Chair Assoc. of American Colleges and Universities Board

      Carol Leary to Chair Assoc. of American Colleges and Universities Board

      At its 2019 annual meeting in Atlanta, the Assoc. of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) announced that Carol Leary, president of Bay Path University, was appointed chair of the board. Richard Guarasci, president of Wagner College, will continue to serve on AAC&U’s board as past chair. The members also voted to appoint William Craft, president of Concordia College, as vice chair of the board. Royce Engstrom, professor of Chemistry at the University of Montana, will continue his term as treasurer.

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    8. Principal Bridge Engineer Brian Brenner Joins Tighe & Bond - BusinessWest

      Principal Bridge Engineer Brian Brenner Joins Tighe & Bond - BusinessWest

      Tighe & Bond Inc. announced that Brian Brenner, has joined the firm as a principal bridge engineer in its Building Services business line. He has 36 years of experience in highway and railroad bridges, tunnels, and value engineering for large highway and transit projects. Brenner will serve Tighe & Bond’s clients across the Northeast, working from the firm’s Westwood, Mass. office.  Brenner’s career has been defined by his leadership on numerous high-profile projects that include all facets of bridge analysis and design, as well as structural engineering.

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    9. Glenmeadow Partners with Bay Path on Leadership-development Program

      Glenmeadow Partners with Bay Path on Leadership-development Program

      As an innovative leader in adult and professional learning, Bay Path’s Strategic Alliances partners with employers to customize a curriculum that empowers employees to have a positive impact on productivity and the bottom line. Glenmeadow’s custom Leadership Development program focuses on engaging communication methods, leadership-development skills, handling difficult environments, and employee management. Each session is run by a faculty member who is an expert in their field.

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    10. Elms College to Host Social Work Career Panel at Berkshire Community College

      Elms College to Host Social Work Career Panel at Berkshire Community College

      The School of Graduate and Professional Studies at Elms College, in partnership with Berkshire Community College (BCC) and 1Berkshire, will host a social-work career panel on Saturday, March 30 from 8:30 a.m. to noon in the cafeteria at BCC. The event will feature panelists — Elms faculty, BCC faculty, and Elms alumni — with experience in criminal justice, youth service, guidance counseling, senior services, mental health, private practice, addiction and recovery, and more. The panelists will illuminate the array of options available to those who have a bachelor’s degree in social work.

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    11. Tourism and Events Continue to Drive Region’s Hotel Demand

      Tourism and Events Continue to Drive Region’s Hotel Demand

      There’s more than one way to look at a number. That’s especially true when it comes to hotel occupancy rates. Take Greater Springfield’s occupancy rates through the last six months of 2018. At almost 67%, they’re 5% higher than they were over the same period in 2017. That’s good news on its own, but especially positive when considering the capacity added over the past 18 months, from Holiday Inn Express on State Street in Springfield to Fairfield Inn & Suites in Holyoke; from Tru by Hilton in Chicopee to, of course, the hotel at MGM Springfield ...

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    12. ABA Master’s Program at Elms Puts Students on Rewarding Path

      ABA Master’s Program at Elms Puts Students on Rewarding Path

      Laura Hanratty says the number of BCBA students has probably doubled since 2012, a clear sign of growing need for such trained individuals.

      In many cases, Alyssa Clark says, progress — in whatever way it is measured — comes slowly.

      But in most all cases, it does come, and when it does, it quickly reminds her why she chose this career path — not that she ever really forgets.

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    13. AIC to Celebrate Prominent Individuals During Women’s History Month

      AIC to Celebrate Prominent Individuals During Women’s History Month

      Throughout the month of March, American International College (AIC) will use the college’s website and social-media platforms to recognize groundbreaking and influential women who have boldly stepped forward to lead, make new discoveries, and break down barriers. The diversity of women featured will represent a cross-section of disciplines including medicine, the sciences, humanitarianism and social justice, political and public service, athletics, and the arts and entertainment.

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    14. Bay Path, Johnson & Hill Staffing Team Up to Help Women Navigate Their Career Path

      Lifelong learning is an important concept to Bay Path University, and its Strategic Alliances division is moving that undertaking from the classroom to the boardroom with its upcoming Career Transition series. This series, designed for women entering the workforce or planning a career transition, contains five independent sessions that speak to various stages of career growth and development. Presented in partnership with Johnson & Hill Staffing and the Bay Path University Advisory Council, each session of this five-part series will cover a different stage of career transition, from landing one’s first professional job to preparing for a promotion, to rebooting ...

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    15. Bay Path to Host Harvard University’s Barbara Nobles Crawford on March 8

      Bay Path to Host Harvard University’s Barbara Nobles Crawford on March 8

      In celebration of Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day, Bay Path University’s On the Move Forum will present Harvard University’s Barbara Nobles Crawford to speak on the United Nations Women’s Day theme “Think Equal, Build Smart, Innovate for Change.” This event, happening on Thursday, March 8, will unite people and organizations who are committed to advancing women, inspiring girls, and innovating for change, as well as implementing effective networking and resource sharing for future success. Attendees are invited to have lunch, learn, and lead.

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    16. Comcast Appoints Evan Broslovsky VP of Customer Experience for Western New England

      Comcast Appoints Evan Broslovsky VP of Customer Experience for Western New England

      Comcast recently announced the appointment of Evan Broslovsky as vice president of Customer Experience for the company’s Western New England region, which is headquartered in Berlin, Conn. and includes more than 300 communities in Connecticut, Western Mass., Western New Hampshire, Vermont, and New York. In this newly created regional role, Broslovsky will be responsible for regional implementation of the company’s multi-year strategy to transform the customer experience. He will partner with all functions of the business to ensure customers have the best possible engagement with the company during each interaction; whether it’s digitally, over the phone, in ...

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    17. Two Western New England University Engineering Professors Awarded Grants - BusinessWest

      Two Western New England University Engineering Professors Awarded Grants - BusinessWest

      Two professors at Western New England University have been awarded $30,000 in seed funding by the Massachusetts Technology Transfer Center (MTTC) Acorn Innovation Fund.  Dr. Vedang Chauhan and Dr. Jingzhou “Frank” Zhao were among 13 grant recipients statewide, including researchers from Boston University Medical Center, Northeastern University, Tufts University, and UMass. The funding is designed to assist researchers in testing the viability of their technologies and potentially bringing the research to market.

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    18. Balise Motor Sales Celebrates 100 Years of Seizing Opportunities - BusinessWest

      Balise Motor Sales Celebrates 100 Years of Seizing Opportunities - BusinessWest

      Some time in 1919 — when, exactly, no one really knows — Paul Balise went into business for himself repairing automobiles and selling them on the side. Today, that company he founded is one of the largest auto-dealer groups in New England and one of the 50 largest in the country. But in most all ways, it’s still doing business the same as it was when Woodrow Wilson was in the White House.

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    19. 1Berkshire Launches Implementation Phase of Berkshire Blueprint 2.0

      1Berkshire Launches Implementation Phase of Berkshire Blueprint 2.0

      On Feb. 15, 1Berkshire launched the implementation phase of the Berkshire Blueprint 2.0, a strategic economic-development imperative. With more than 300 registered attendees packing the Colonial Theatre in downtown Pittsfield, 1Berkshire members, regional leaders, and elected officials from across the county shared this project, already two years in the making. The event was the culmination of more than 100 interviews, thousands of hours of work, and more than 20 months of planning and design. 1Berkshire President and CEO Jonathan Butler kicked off the primary outline during the launch by recognizing that $1 billion in regional investments have been made ...

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    20. Leadership Pioneer Valley Providing Board Basics Training

      Leadership Pioneer Valley Providing Board Basics Training

       Leadership Pioneer Valley (LPV) will offer monthly training and workshops programming focused on leadership and board development for nonprofits in the Pioneer Valley through its Leaders On Board program. On Tuesday, March 12, Leaders On Board will be providing a Board Basics training at Springfield Technical Community College from 5:30 to 8 p.m. The three-hour-long training, led by Beth Spong from Rainmaker Consulting, will cover what it means to sit on a board, roles and responsibilities, and how to be effective as a board member. The training is free to attend, and dinner is provided.

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    21. Lights on Art and Culture Days to Highlight Downtown Chicopee

      Lights on Art and Culture Days to Highlight Downtown Chicopee

      The Greater Chicopee Chamber of Commerce, in collaboration with the Chicopee Cultural Council, MassDevelopment, and the City of Chicopee, will host the Lights on Art and Culture event on Friday, Feb. 22 from 5 to 8 p.m. An additional date has been added on Saturday, Feb. 23 from 10 a.m. to noon to show appreciation to those who live, work, and play in the downtown area. To draw more attention to the event, three buildings — Lyman Mills, Old City Library, and SilverBrick Mills — will all be lit up in blue to attract everyone in the area, passing by ...

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    22. Florence Bank to Exceed $1.1M in Giving in Community Grants Program

      Florence Bank to Exceed $1.1M in Giving in Community Grants Program

      Ten years ago, a first-time mother struggled with the care of her newborn and later helped another mother having difficulty. Her efforts marked the grass-roots founding of It Takes a Village in Cummington. Today, a handful of part-time staff members and a committed team of volunteers for the nonprofit provide support — ranging from help with laundry and dishes to an extra set of hands at a doctor’s visit — for families in the hill towns with infants in their first year. The organization served 1,500 families last year and distributed more than $100,000 in diapers and other baby ...

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    23. Bay Path President Carol Leary to Receive Donna Shavlik Award

      Bay Path President Carol Leary to Receive Donna Shavlik Award

      The American Council on Education (ACE) announced that Carol Leary, president of Bay Path University and author of Achieving the Dream: A How-to Guide for Adult Women Seeking a College Degree, will receive the 2019 Donna Shavlik Award. The award will be presented ACE2019, ACE’s 101st annual meeting in Philadelphia, during the Women’s Leadership Dinner on Saturday, March 9.   ACE President Ted Mitchell noted that “2018 was a critical year for women in higher education. Carol Leary not only met its challenges head-on with her leadership of Bay Path, but she also widened opportunity for her students and ...

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    24. Callaway’s Chicopee Plant Doubles Workforce Since 2017 - BusinessWest

      Callaway’s Chicopee Plant Doubles Workforce Since 2017 - BusinessWest

      The Callaway golf-ball-manufacturing facility in Chicopee has borrowed a famous page from the Chicago Cubs’ playbook.  When the Cubs win, a white flag with a large blue ‘W’ is flown atop the legendary hand-operated scoreboard in center field. Back to Callaway. When a member of its team — comprised of players on the various professional tours who play Callaway balls and clubs — posts a win, a flag with a large script ‘C’ (the same one used for the Callaway brand) flies underneath the American flag on the pole outside on the facility on Meadow Street.

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