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    1. 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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    2. 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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    3. 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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    4. 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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    5. 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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    6. Wahlburgers Breaks Ground in Downtown Springfield

      Wahlburgers Breaks Ground in Downtown Springfield

      Chef Paul Wahlberg, Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno, MGM Springfield President Michael Mathis, and Massachusetts Gaming Commission Chairwoman Cathy Judd-Stein broke ground on Friday on the newest Wahlburgers location in Springfield. After the groundbreaking, Wahlburgers hosted a food-truck pop-up for the public to celebrate the occasion. “We are so excited to bring Wahlburgers to Springfield,” Wahlberg said. “It’s been great to work with the team at MGM Springfield, and we feel so welcomed. It’s an honor to open another Wahlburgers in our home state and know that this location will be another amazing addition to the family.”

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    7. 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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    8. Hundreds to Join United Way Day of Caring Throughout Western Mass. Today

      Hundreds to Join United Way Day of Caring Throughout Western Mass. Today

      Today, Sept. 20, marks United Way of Pioneer Valley’s 25th annual  Day of Caring, as about 250 volunteers will roll up their sleeves and render volunteer service to dozens of local nonprofit agencies. This year, 25 nonprofit agencies are participating in Day of Caring, and more than 30 unique projects that will take place. The United Way of Pioneer Valley Day of Caring is the largest volunteer day of service in Western Mass., bringing together local businesses and nonprofit agencies to accomplish meaningful work in the community.

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    9. Bay Path, Local Businesses Team with Paragus to Give Students Cybersecurity Experience

      Bay Path, Local Businesses Team with Paragus to Give Students Cybersecurity Experience

      Last spring, Bay Path University and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts teamed with Paragus IT to offer state-subsidized, low-cost audits to aid in cybersecurity efforts for local businesses. A $250,000 grant from the Commonwealth gives Bay Path students an opportunity to gain on-the-job experience helping small businesses protect their data and secure their networks. The first semester of the program was a success, and organizers are now recruiting businesses for the next round. As the first women’s college in the country to offer a master’s-degree program in cybersecurity management, Bay Path is on the leading edge of a ...

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    10. Unify Against Bullying to Award 22 Microgrants on Oct. 21

      Unify Against Bullying to Award 22 Microgrants on Oct. 21

      Unify Against Bullying announced it will award $21,000 in microgrants to 22 recipients at its combination grant awards ceremony and all-inclusive fashion show. The event is scheduled for Monday, Oct. 21, during National Bullying Prevention Month, at the Log Cabin in Holyoke. “Unify is excited to be able to award this amount, which is our largest yet to date,” Executive Director Christine Maiwald said. “We had so many wonderful applications that it was a difficult task for our volunteer grant committee to choose. The committee chose a total of 21 anti-bullying initiatives that were in line with Unify’s ...

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    11. ADDFab Offers Hands-on Experience with 3D Printing

      ADDFab Offers Hands-on Experience with 3D Printing

      The Advanced Digital Design & Fabrication Lab (ADDFab) at UMass Amherst will offer two classes providing hands-on 3D-printing experience from CAD design to finished parts. Attendees will use an EOS P110 selective laser sintering machine in a one-day course, or an EOS M290 direct metal laser sintering printer over two and a half days. With a maximum of three students per course, participants will get to do the printing and get all their questions about additive manufacturing answered. Two seats are available in the next polymer course, and one seat is available in the upcoming metal course. ADDFab will work with ...

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    12. Women’s Business Owners Alliance of the Pioneer Valley to Present Awards on Oct. 24

      Women’s Business Owners Alliance of the Pioneer Valley to Present Awards on Oct. 24

      The Women’s Business Owners Alliance of the Pioneer Valley (WBOA) will hold its 2019 Business Woman of the Year Celebration on Thursday, Oct. 24 at 5:30 p.m. at the Delaney House in Holyoke. Patricia Banas, owner and president of Latka Printing in Westfield, will be named the 2019 Business Woman of the Year, an honor given to a member who has contributed to WBOA in a significant way and is a role model who inspires other women to be successful.

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    13. Holyoke Medical Center Opens New Service Location

      Holyoke Medical Center Opens New Service Location

      Holyoke Medical Center announced the opening of a new service location at 5 Hospital Dr., which will include the HMC Pulmonology Center, thoracic surgeons, the Lung Cancer Screening Program, and a new Pulmonary Function Testing Lab. The location opened Sept. 9. An open house has been scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 26 from 5 to 7 p.m. “Over the past six months, we have welcomed three new pulmonology physicians and have renovated the 5 Hospital Drive location to better meet the needs of our pulmonary patients. Bringing the services of pulmonology, thoracic, lung-cancer screening, and pulmonary functions tests together in ...

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    14. Valley Solar Shines a Light on Benefits of Solar Panels

      Valley Solar Shines a Light on Benefits of Solar Panels

      With green-energy usage in homes rapidly increasing, there is no shortage of competition in the solar field. Home and business owners are looking for ways to save money and protect the environment, and with 211 solar installers in the state of Massachusetts, there are plenty of options. This makes standing out even more important for companies like Valley Solar, which installs solar panels for families and businesses alike.

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    15. Sen. Eric Lesser Calls for East-West Rail at Western Mass. Transportation Forum

      Sen. Eric Lesser Calls for East-West Rail at Western Mass. Transportation Forum

      State Sen. Eric Lesser said the biggest step toward unlocking the vast economic potential of Western Mass. is solving the region’s transportation crisis. In a keynote address Friday at the Food Bank of Western Mass. Transportation Forum, the senator outlined a modern transportation network that would finally connect Springfield and its surrounding areas to Boston. “In many ways, Western Mass. has an inverse challenge from Metro Boston. We have a fantastic quality of life; we have a lot to offer,” Lesser said. “Imagine if we had a one-seat ride — 80 minutes — from Springfield’s Union Station to Boston’s ...

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    16. Gov. Baker Appoints Joanne Marqusee to GCC Board of Trustees

      Gov. Baker Appoints Joanne Marqusee to GCC Board of Trustees

      Greenfield Community College (GCC) recently welcomed Joanne Marqusee, president and CEO of Cooley Dickinson Health Care (CDHC), to its board of trustees. One of 11 trustees, she was officially appointed by Gov. Charlie Baker on Aug. 30 and will replace former trustee Elizabeth Sillin. Marqusee has been a respected healthcare leader for over three decades. Before coming to Cooley in 2014, she served as chief operating officer and executive vice president of Hallmark Health, after having spent 15 years at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston as senior vice president. With a master’s degree in public policy from ...

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    17. UMass Amherst Startup a Winner in Massachusetts Tech Transfer Contest

      UMass Amherst Startup a Winner in Massachusetts Tech Transfer Contest

      Ernest Pharmaceuticals, a startup venture based at UMass Amherst’s Institute of Applied Life Sciences (IALS), is one of four companies to win $2,500 from the Massachusetts Technology Transfer Center (MTTC) in a business-pitch poster competition in Boston. This recognizes the groundbreaking young biotech firm as it brings its research on programmed bacteria that deliver anti-cancer treatment to tumors from lab to market. Ernest Pharmaceuticals CEO and bioengineer Nele Van Dessel presented the poster at MTTC’s 12th annual Massachusetts Life Sciences Innovation Day; the company was one among 30 vying for four prizes. She said she and co-founder ...

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    18. AIM Names Brooke Thomson Executive Vice President of Government Affairs

      AIM Names Brooke Thomson Executive Vice President of Government Affairs

      Brooke Thomson, most recently vice president of Government Affairs for AT&T and a former senior official with the Massachusetts Attorney General’s office, will become executive vice president of Government Affairs at Associated Industries of Massachusetts (AIM). Thomson is no stranger to AIM. She has served as a member of the its board of directors and executive committee and chaired the board’s government affairs committee for the past year. She replaces John Regan, who took over as president and CEO of the 3,500-member business association in May.

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    19. People’s United Stresses Local Connections as It Acquires United Bank - BusinessWest

      People’s United Stresses Local Connections as It Acquires United Bank - BusinessWest

      People’s United Bank is no longer the small, Springfield-based institution, then known as the Bank of Western Massachusetts, that made its name three decades ago through a strong emphasis on local commercial lending. And the now-Connecticut-based institution is growing again, with a planned acquisition of United Bank that will push its assets well above $50 billion. But local connections are still key to the People’s United ethos, its Massachusetts president says — and he hopes United Bank customers feel the same way

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    20. UMass Amherst Ranks 24th Among Public Universities in U.S. News Rankings

      UMass Amherst Ranks 24th Among Public Universities in U.S. News Rankings

      UMass Amherst has climbed into the top 25 of the nation’s premier public universities, coming in 24th among the approximately 130 public institutions ranked in the “Best Colleges 2020” guide published by U.S. News & World Report. The Commonwealth’s flagship campus moved up two slots this year. With student success, graduation rates, and other key metrics on the rise, the university continued its ascent as one of the fastest-rising, top-tier public-research universities in the country, advancing from 52nd in 2010 to 24th in 2020.

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    21. SPARK EforAll Holyoke to Celebrate Summer Accelerator Graduates on Sept. 17

      SPARK EforAll Holyoke to Celebrate Summer Accelerator Graduates on Sept. 17

      SPARK EforAll Holyoke will celebrate graduates of its 2019 Summer Accelerator Program and award $5,000 in prize money at its upcoming Showcase & Celebration on Tuesday, Sept. 17 from 6 to 8 p.m. on at Wistariahurst, 238 Cabot St. in Holyoke. Entrepreneurship for All (EforAll) began its second Accelerator Program in the Pioneer Valley this past May, and this second cohort will graduate from the intensive, 12-week program at the Showcase and Celebration ceremony. This cohort will continue to meet with their mentors for the rest of the year and meet with EforAll quarterly to compete for more cash.

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    22. Greater Westfield Chamber Announces Keynote Speaker for September Breakfast

      Greater Westfield Chamber Announces Keynote Speaker for September Breakfast

      The Greater Westfield Chamber of Commerce will welcome Katie Holahan, vice president of Government Affairs for Associated Industries of Massachusetts, as keynote speaker at its quarterly business breakfast on Friday, Sept. 20 from 7 to 9 a.m. at the 104th Fighter Wing Air National Guard Base, 175 Falcon Dr., Westfield. Holahan will talk about paid family and medical leave, potential debate in the Legislature on transportation, K-12 funding, healthcare cost containment, and general tax reform. There will also be time for questions and answers. She would like to hear what the attendees are most concerned about, what are the ...

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