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Lou Curto Earns Professional Plan Consultant Designation

December 12th, 2014
LUDLOW — PV Financial Group announce that Lou Curto, one of its top retirement-plan advisors, has earned the specialized designation of professional plan consultant (PPC). Recent regulatory changes to the qualified-retirement-plan industry...

Mother Mary’s Thrift Store Announces Christmas Sale

December 12th, 2014
HOLYOKE — Mother Mary’s Thrift Store at 364 High St., Holyoke, announced its Happy Holidays Christmas sale, to run from Tuesday, Dec. 16 through Tuesday, Dec. 23. Household items, clothing, and furniture are on sale for 20% off. Mother...

Springfield Chamber Opposes Recommended Tax Rates in City

December 11th, 2014
SPRINGFIELD — The Springfield Chamber of Commerce, an affiliate of the Affiliated Chambers of Commerce of Greater Springfield, announced Wednesday that it has reviewed the city of Springfield’s proposal for property taxes for fiscal...

American Red Cross Calls for Hometown Hero Nominations

December 11th, 2014
SPRINGFIELD — Each year, the American Red Cross of Western Massachusetts hosts the Hometown Heroes Breakfast to honor local individuals and groups that have shown courage, kindness, and unselfish character when a friend, family member, or...

State Issues $12.2M in Training Grants to Reduce Healthcare Costs

December 11th, 2014
LOWELL — Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development Rachel Kaprielian awarded more than $12.2 million in the latest round of grants to help train healthcare providers to improve patient service and reduce healthcare costs. The funding goes...

WNEU Students Celebrate International Education Week

December 11th, 2014
SPRINGFIELD — In celebration of International Education Week (IEW), Western New England University recently hosted a week-long series of events called Passport to the World. IEW is a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the...

EDC Sounds Alarm on Rising Costs of Natural Gas, Electricity

December 10th, 2014
CHICOPEE — The Economic Development Council of Western Mass. voiced its concerns Tuesday regarding the rising costs of natural gas and electricity in the region. “More expensive energy affects all of us negatively. All of us need to be...

Dr. Maria Russo-Appel Named Chief Medical Officer at Providence

December 10th, 2014
HOLYOKE — Dr. Maria Russo-Appel has been appointed to the position of chief medical officer of Providence Behavioral Health Hospital (PBHH). In this role, she is responsible for the medical leadership at PBHH, including the coordination of...

Matthew Nowak Joins New England Environmental

December 10th, 2014
AMHERST — New England Environmental Inc. (NEE) announced that Matthew Nowak has joined the company as a senior scientist and project manager. Nowak is a professional wetland scientist (PWS) and is OSHA 40-hour HAZWOPER certified. He has a...

ABC Projects Continued Growth for Construction Sector in 2015

December 10th, 2014
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) forecasts a steady and ongoing economic recovery for the U.S. commercial and industrial construction industries in 2015. The reasonably brisk industry recovery in 2014 should...

Leadership Pioneer Valley Launches Leadership 2.0

December 9th, 2014
SPRINGFIELD — Leadership Pioneer Valley (LPV) is offering offering a new series of bite-sized training sessions beginning in January to enhance leadership skills and understanding of the region. The sessions are open to LPV alumni and other...

Winstanley Partners Hires Lesia Gribbin as Graphic Designer

December 9th, 2014
LENOX — The marketing and creative agency Winstanley Partners, based in Lenox, announced that Lesia Gribbin has been appointed to the position of graphic designer. Gribbin holds a bachelor’s degree in fine arts from the College of St....

Skoler, Abbott & Presser to Present Briefing on Sick-leave Law

December 9th, 2014
SPRINGFIELD — Skoler, Abbott & Presser, P.C., a labor and employment law firm serving the Greater Springfield area, announced an upcoming briefing, to be co-hosted by the Employers Assoc. of the NorthEast (EANE), focused on the new...

Berkshire Bank Raises $23,091 for Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

December 9th, 2014
PITTSFIELD — Berkshire Bank has been recognized by the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society for its total corporate impact for participating in the Light the Night Walk fund-raiser in Albany, N.Y. Berkshire Bank raised $23,091 for the Light the...

James Garvey Wins National Social-media Award

December 9th, 2014
SPRINGFIELD — The social-media marketing work of James Garvey, social media analyst at Garvey Communication Associates Inc., was recognized with a Top 10 Social Media Standouts award at the recent 2014 Lift Brands Corporate Conference in Las...