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Valley Gives Opens Registration to Nonprofits

July 18th, 2014
WESTERN MASS. — Valley Gives, the highly successful fund-raising event launched in 2012, has opened registration to nonprofits in Hampden, Hampshire, and Franklin counties. Set for Dec. 10, Valley Gives is a 24-hour e-philanthropy program...

VHB’s David Pickart Relocates to Springfield Location

July 18th, 2014
SPRINGFIELD — David Pickart, senior environmental scientist at Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, has relocated to the firm’s Springfield office. In his role, he will continue to manage projects that address the identification and assessment of...

Lisa Chamberlain Appointed to MCLA Board of Trustees

July 18th, 2014
NORTH ADAMS — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) announced that Gov. Deval Patrick recently appointed Lisa Chamberlain, managing partner of the Chamberlain Group, based in Great Barrington, as the newest member of the MCLA board of...

Chef Sanford and Angie D’Amato to Teach Cooking Classes

July 18th, 2014
HATFIELD — James Beard Award-winning Chef Sanford D’Amato and his wife, Angie D’Amato, are getting ready to teach cooking classes in the newly built kitchen in their Hatfield home later this month. After 24 years of owning and...

State Unemployment Rate Drops to 5.5% in June

July 18th, 2014
BOSTON — The Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development, citing preliminary estimates from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, reported that Massachusetts added 3,700 jobs in June for a total of 3,409,500 jobs, and the total unemployment...

Jet Downing, Weak Earnings Rattle Stock Market

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July 17th, 2014
(AP Photo/Richard Drew, file) (AP) -- Stocks are closing sharply lower as traders worried about an escalation of tensions between Russia and the West following the downing of a passenger plane in eastern Ukraine. Traders were also unsettled by...

United Financial Bancorp Announces Q2 Dividend for Shareholders

July 17th, 2014
GLASTONBURY, Conn. — United Financial Bancorp Inc., the holding company for United Bank, announced that its board of directors declared a quarterly cash dividend on the company’s common stock of $0.10 per share to shareholders of record...

Baystate Medical Center Lauded By U.S. News & World Report

July 17th, 2014
SPRINGFIELD — U.S. News & World Report has again ranked Baystate Medical Center among the nation’s top hospitals. In the 2014-15 U.S. News rankings, released Tuesday, Baystate is nationally ranked for its care in the areas of...

Channez Rogers, Crystal Boateng Join Royal LLP

July 17th, 2014
NORTHAMPTON — Royal LLP, a management-side-only labor and employment-law firm, announced some recent additions to the staff. Channez Rogers, Esq. has joined the firm as an associate attorney, and Crystal Boateng has joined the firm as a law...

Webinar to Address Mood Disorders, Asperger’s, ADHD in the Workplace

July 17th, 2014
SPRINGFIELD — Skoler, Abbott & Presser, P.C., a labor and employment-law firm serving the Greater Springfield area, announced that partner Susan Fentin will host a webinar on July 22 from 1:30 to 3 p.m. titled “Bipolar and Other...

Drew McNary Joins Meredith-Springfield as Director of Engineering

July 17th, 2014
LUDLOW — Meredith-Springfield Associates Inc., a plastics manufacturer specializing in extrusion blow molding and injection stretch blow molding, announced the addition of Drew McNary as director of engineering at the Ludlow-based...

Paul Robbins Associates Wins Two International Awards for Video

July 16th, 2014
WILBRAHAM — Paul Robbins, principal with Paul Robbins Associates Inc., has won two awards in the 2014 Summit Creative Award competition for his documentary-style video titled “Wally, Derek, Gladys” produced for HAPHousing, the...

MSB to Offer Workshop on Planning for Healthcare in Retirement

July 16th, 2014
MONSON — Monson Savings Bank will hold a complimentary workshop titled “Planning for Healthcare in Retirement,” featuring Kevin Flynn, regional vice president for Nationwide. The event is slated for July 30 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at...

UMass President Announces Science and Technology Awards


July 16th, 2014
BOSTON — UMass President Robert Caret announced $865,000 in grants to faculty members from the President’s Science and Technology Initiatives Fund to support several promising research projects. They range from using big-data analytics...

Homewatch CareGivers of Western MA Celebrates 12th Anniversary

July 16th, 2014
WEST SPRINGFIELD — Homewatch CareGivers of Western MA announced the celebration of its 12th anniversary in West Springfield. Owned and operated by Peter and Judy Yaffe, the company and its staff have provided close to 1 million hours of...