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Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts selects new leader

I am excited to share the news that the Trustees of the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts have selected Megan Burke, a leader with a deep understanding of philanthropy and community foundations, to be our next President and CEO. Megan’s first official day at the Foundation will be January 18th. Megan serves as the current…

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Berkshire Agricultural Ventures Awards Grant to Gould Farm to Extend Growing Season

GREAT BARRINGTON — Berkshire Agricultural Ventures (BAV) awarded Gould Farm a resilience grant of $5,000 to complete construction of a new hoop house that will enable the farm to extend its growing season. This grant was awarded in conjunction with funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resource Conservation Services. Read the source article…

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LEGO Convention in Springfield rescheduled to make it bigger and better

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Springfield’s first-ever LEGO convention in August 2023 at the MassMutual Center has been rescheduled to a later date. Tickets expected to sell out for LEGO convention at MassMutual in Springfield The Springfield Brick Convention has rescheduled their August 5th and 6th date to August 19th and 20th to increase the capacity…

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BusinessTalk with Mike Fenton, Springfield city councilor and chairman of the city’s Casino Oversight Committee

We are excited to announce that BusinessWest has launched a new podcast series, BusinessTalk. Each episode will feature in-depth interviews and discussions with local industry leaders, providing thoughtful perspectives on the Western Massachuetts economy and the many business ventures that keep it running during these challenging times. https://businesswest.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/12/BIZ-WEST-Fenton-EPISODE-142.mp3 Read the source article at BusinessWest

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Way Finders’ City of Homes initiative in Springfield gets $2M grant

SPRINGFIELD — MassMutual Foundation on Friday gave housing agency Way Finders $2 million to help fund a pilot of its City of Homes initiative. City of Homes will allow Way Finders to bid on and acquire distressed homes in the North End and Mason Square neighborhoods from city receivership, rehab the homes and offer them…

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Holyoke looks to 150th anniversary to burnish image, spur economic development

HOLYOKE – The city will look to marketing to boost the image of the Paper City, attract visitors and help spur future economic development. The Office and Planning and Economic Development will spearhead and administer the effort that will coincide with celebration of Holyoke’s 150th anniversary in the coming year, said planning director Aaron Vega.…

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Country Bank Supports Nonprofits During ‘Season of Difference’

WARE — Children, seniors, and those who are most in need will get a lot of care this holiday season from Country Bank, a full-service financial institution serving Central and Western Mass. The bank’s 210 team members gathered on Dec. 14 to write holiday greetings, wrap gifts, and pack homeless care bags in a show…

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STCC Celebrates Opening of CNA Lab with Ribbon-cutting Ceremony

SPRINGFIELD — In a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Dec. 14, Springfield Technical Community College (STCC) celebrated the launch of the Workforce Development CNA Laboratory. With the new lab, STCC will increase training capacity of the Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) Plus program and help fill a demand for healthcare jobs in the region. Read the source article at…

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W.E.B. Du Bois Sculpture Project Launches Artist Search

December 12, 2022 — The W.E.B. Du Bois Sculpture Project has launched a formal search for a sculptor to create a likeness of the scholar and civil-rights leader. The seated statue will be situated on a bench placed in front of Great Barrington’s Mason Public Library. Read the source article at BusinessWest

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Monson Savings Bank Donates $10,000 to Hispanic-American Institute

MONSON — Monson Savings Bank has an established history of supporting the people and nonprofit organizations in the communities it serves in Western Mass. Recently, the bank made a $10,000 donation to the Hispanic-American Institute, headquartered in Springfield. Read the source article at BusinessWest

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Eric Lesser holds ‘Western Mass Appreciation Event’ at the White Lion Brewery

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – We are closing in on 2022, and one local leader is taking this time to connect with the Western Massachusetts community. Healey names three top aides Outgoing State Senator Eric Lesser held his ‘Western Mass Appreciation Event’ at the White Lion Brewery in Springfield this evening. Lesser told 22News he wanted…

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Justin Pelis Named Executive Director of Look Memorial Park

NORTHAMPTON — The Look Memorial Park board of trustees voted unanimously to name Justin Pelis the park’s fifth executive director. Pelis has served as the interim executive director since July 29. “Look Memorial Park is special to so many people,” Pelis said. “It evokes a different meaning to everyone, but in the end, the park…