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GM Alex Dixon Gets to Work Building a Culture

The ‘Pulse’ of MGM Springfield Alex Dixon, a self-described third-generation casino worker, has assumed the duties of general manager of the $950 million MGM Springfield resort casino complex. This is […]

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Features

Northampton Mayor David Narkewicz

Northampton Is Not About to Rest on Its Laurels

Community Spotlight By Kathleen Mellen You could say Northampton has “good bones.” Once dubbed “the paradise of America” by opera singer Jenny Lind, it is home to one of the […]

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Pieces Falling into Place for Revival at the Paramount

Curtain Call Like all those who have fond memories of taking in movies and shows at the Paramount Theater, Herbie Flores has long dreamed of the landmark’s revival. But nostalgia […]

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Special Features

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Florence Bank Makes Its Move into Hampden County

West Side Story After recording impressive growth during his 22-year tenure as president, John Heaps Jr. says Florence Bank is ready to take the next strategic step, by opening its […]

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Blue Sox Are Winning on the Field and in the Stands

Keeping Score As the region’s only collegiate summer-league baseball team, the Valley Blue Sox are surging both on the field and in the front office, which is celebrating league-topping attendance […]

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Good Dog Spot Managing Director Elizabeth Staples

This Intrepid Entrepreneur Has Long Been Focused on Four-legged Clientele

Dogged Determination Elizabeth Staples turned a life-long love of dogs into one of the region’s most notable pet-friendly success stories, the Good Dog Spot. From one small location to two […]

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Dr. Michael Klatte

Summer Activities Bring Risk, but Problems Are Preventable

Heat of the Moment The rising temperatures are a great reason to have fun outdoors. But those summer activities pose myriad dangers, from sunstroke to tick-borne illnesses to drowning. Fortunately, […]

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Kristina Drzal-Houghton

Steps Taken Now Can Make a Difference on Your 2017 Return

Mid-year Tax Moves By Kristina Drzal Houghton, CPA, MST   Most people don’t include tax planning on their summertime agenda, but maybe they should. The problem with waiting until the […]

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Ryan Hall

Ryan Hall Embraces His Move to the Public-course Realm

Course Change Ryan Hall acknowledged that he really didn’t know what to expect when he left the posh private-club realm within the broad business of golf, specifically Avon Country Club […]

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Maureen Belliveau says organizers of the September women’s conference are working hard to avoid falling into the clichés involving the subject of women and risk.

Holyoke, Easthampton Chambers Launch Women’s Conference

‘The Art of Risk’ It was more than a decade ago now, but Kathy Anderson can clearly remember the many emotions that accompanied her decision to seek the role of […]

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Meghan Rothschild

Why You Need Sunscreen Outdoors This Summer

Hot Topic By Meghan Rothschild and Dr. Antonio Cruz Many of us are far too familiar with the unsightly consequences of having too much fun in the sun (redness, possibly […]

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Amy Jaworek

Take Steps to Lower Your Risk for Lyme Disease

Tick Talk By Dr. Amy Jaworek Summertime has arrived, and with it comes swimming, hiking, outdoor traveling … and ticks. If you enjoy hiking, gardening, or engaging in pretty much […]

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Our Annual Guide to Summer Events in Western Mass.

Fun in the Sun Summertime is a great time to get away, but in Western Mass., it’s also a great time to stick around and enjoy the many events on […]

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Employers Grapple with Pregnant Workers Fairness Act

Accommodating Attitude Massachusetts lawmakers are attempting a novel approach to pregnant workers, by requiring employers to offer them accommodations similar to those given to disabled workers. The bill is a […]

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Accounting Firm’s Embrace of Six Sigma is Generating Results

A Different Kind of Number Crunching Since its introduction more than 30 years ago, the data-driven process-improvement methodology known as Six Sigma has been most closely associated with the manufacturing […]

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Opinion

A Winning Formula for Sports, Business

Editorial It wasn’t so long ago — just a few years, actually — when people were wondering out loud whether this region could effectively support minor-league professional sports teams, and […]

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East-West Rail Would Lift Entire State

Opinion By Eric Lesser It’s no secret that Boston is booming. On my drive to the State House every week, I see new buildings, new apartments, new restaurants. I can’t […]

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