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HOLYOKE — The HCC Gateway to College program, which takes high-school dropouts and puts them in college classes, leads the nation in both retention and graduation rates. The Spring 2014 report from the National Network of Gateway to College… Read more

GLASTONBURY, Conn. — United Financial Bancorp Inc., the holding company for United Bank, announced results for the quarter ended June 30. These results include one month of the pre-merger Rockville Financial Inc. net income, and net income of… Read more

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The nation’s largest retail trade group has lowered its annual sales forecast because of slower-than-expected growth during the first half of the year tied to winter storms and some lingering economic woes. The… Read more

SPRINGFIELD — Baystate Medical Center’s Mini-Medical School, which begins its fall session on Sept. 18, is now accepting registrations for the eight-week health-education series. Offered in a relaxed atmosphere in the hospital’s… Read more

WARE — Baystate Mary Lane Hospital welcomes Dr. Harbir Sawhney to its medical staff. A gastroenterologist, he specializes in the diagnoses, treatment, and management of digestive-system disorders in men and women. “We are pleased to… Read more

GLASTONBURY, Conn. — United Bank announced the promotions of four individuals who work for the bank in their West Springfield and Worcester markets: • Jennifer Boyle, who currently holds the title of marketing information officer, has… Read more

EASTHAMPTON — Michael Roy, vice president and compliance officer at Easthampton Savings Bank, has been named governor of Rotary International District 7890. His term began July 1 and ends June 30, 2015. Roy is responsible for providing… Read more

AMHERST — UMass Amherst geoscientist Julie Brigham-Grette has been named the new chair of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences’ Polar Research Board (PRB), with the responsibility of promoting excellence in polar science and providing… Read more

SPRINGFIELD — The Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts is awarding more than $1.2 million in competitive grants to local nonprofit organizations. A total of 99 Pioneer Valley projects will receive funding, with awards ranging from… Read more

SPRINGFIELD — Kandace Kukas has joined Western New England University School of Law as the assistant dean and director of Bar Admissions Programs. Kukas will design, administer, and oversee the law school’s bar examination preparation… Read more

SPRINGFIELD — At its annual meeting in June, the Professional Women’s Chamber (PWC), an affiliate of the Affiliated Chambers of Commerce of Greater Springfield, elected Janet Casey president of its board of directors, serving a two-year… Read more

SPRINGFIELD — The first Caring for the Caregiver Conference will be held on Saturday, Sept. 13 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at LaQuinta Inn and Suites, 100 Congress St., Springfield. This symposium was established to celebrate and educate… Read more

WEST SPRINGFIELD — Shawmut Design and Construction, an $860 million national construction-management firm, announced the hiring of Jeffrey Niland as senior project manager in the company’s West Springfield office. In this role, Niland… Read more

SPRINGFIELD — It’s near that time when local families begin preparing for the school year ahead by visiting local stores for their supplies. However, for some students in the area, financial hardships make it difficult for them to start… Read more

FLORENCE — Florence Savings Bank, a mutually owned savings bank serving the Pioneer Valley through nine branch locations, was one of three recipients of the Cutchins Good Neighbor Awards, presented to area organizations that have made a… Read more