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Board Responsibility and the Form 990

March 25th, 2014
Understand What Such a Commitment Would Require Carolyn Bourgoin As a business professional in Western Mass., there is a high likelihood that you have been approached (or will be approached) to serve on a board. This region has a significant...

Recognizable Impact

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March 11th, 2014
Mike Mathis Has Become the Face of MGM Springfield A year or so ago, Mike Mathis could walk the streets of downtown Springfield in relative anonymity. These days … well, not so much. He said he was buttonholed recently by a business owner...

Goal Oriented

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March 11th, 2014
Sarah Pompea Wants the Falcons to Be a Force in the Community Sarah Pompea was a senior at the University of New Haven in December 2010 when her father, Charlie, acquired the Springfield Falcons, the American Hockey League affiliate that traces its...

Change Agent

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March 11th, 2014
A Dynamic Principal Has Given New Meaning to the Phrase ‘Putnam Pride’ Gilbert Traverso, principal of Roger L. Putnam Vocational Technical Academy There’s an axiom printed in bold black marker, and in capital letters, on a...

Looking Down the Road

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March 11th, 2014
With the I-91 Viaduct, Future Prospects Are Up in the Air Nick Fyntrilakis, vice president of Community Responsibility for MassMutual and frequent spokesperson for the financial-services giant, urged the state to hit the ‘pause’ button...

Trendy Living

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March 11th, 2014
Glenmeadow Renovates, Responds to Lifestyle Changes Tim Cotz, president and CEO of Glenmeadow A few weeks ago, Tim Cotz, president and CEO for the past 20 years at Glenmeadow, noticed one of his housekeepers wished an elderly resident...

Community Spotlight: Pittsfield

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March 11th, 2014
Economic Transformation Continues in Pittsfield Community Development Director Douglas Clark says diversity is the key to sustained growth in Pittsfield. Mayor Daniel Bianchi says downtown Pittsfield is continuing to evolve, and the establishment...

Casting His Lot

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February 25th, 2014
Yasir Osman Has Taken a Long, Twisting Ride to Entrepreneurship When Yasir Osman arrived in New York from his homeland of Sudan in 1989, he had $100 in his pocket and very limited knowledge of English. “I knew ‘yes,’...

Mind the Gap

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February 25th, 2014
At Webber & Grinnell, the Devil Is in the Details Bill Grinnell says his job is to protect businesses, and education is a big part of that. The sales pitch at Webber & Grinnell Insurance often comes down to one simple question: what are...

Fun with a Purpose

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February 25th, 2014
Partners at chikmedia Say Marketing Shouldn’t Be Stressful Meghan Rothschild, left, and Emily Gaylord, partners at chikmedia. Meghan Rothschild was taken aback by how Bob Lowry, owner of Bueno y Sano, described her new marketing...

Higher Definition

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February 25th, 2014
New York Sound and Motion Invests in the Big Picture Ed Brown recently invested in the Sony F55 digital camera, and has targeted Hollywood film productions in Massachusetts as future clients. When Ed Brown interned for a neighbor’s...

Community Spotlight: Belchertown

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February 25th, 2014
Farms, Open Space Shape Belchertown’s Outlook Doug Albertson says most residents don’t want big-box stores or other large-scale commerce, so even though Belchertown has grown, its bucolic character has largely remained unsullied. The...

A Class Act

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February 25th, 2014
Difference Makers to Be Feted on March 20 at the Log Cabin You might call this the ‘Home Depot class.’ Indeed, there are some notable building, or home-restoration, stories involving this year’s roster of Difference Makers, as...

Editorial

February 25th, 2014
Cloud of Uncertainty Hangs Over Casinos This should be a time of great anticipation and, yes, celebration for some players in the casino industry — and, likewise, in communities like Springfield, where there seems to be little that can...

University of Maryland Hit By Massive Data Breach Stretching Back 16 Years

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February 20th, 2014
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) -- The president of the University of Maryland says there has been a breach of a database that contains personal information about more than 300,000 faculty, staff, students, and others. Wallace Loh said in a statement...