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WATERBURY, Conn. — Webster Bank announced that Tim Patneaude has been promoted to executive vice president.

Patneaude serves as chief operating officer for HSA Bank, a division of Webster, and has a broad range of responsibilities, including information technology, banking operations, professional services, project management and continuous improvement.

Since joining HSA Bank in 2015, he has made significant improvements in process, measurements and focused execution across the organization, resulting in superior performance.

Patneaude earned a bachelor’s degree in information systems at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

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HOLYOKEValley Blue Sox pitcher Endy Morales and manager John Raiola have won 2018 NECBL awards for their season performances this past summer.

Morales was the recipient of the Robin Roberts Award for best starting pitcher, while Raiola took home the Joel Cooney Award for manager of the year.

Morales, a native of Holyoke, MA, led the league with an earned run average of 1.13 over 40 innings pitched. The senior from Southern New Hampshire University struck out 32 hitters while walking 13. Opposing hitters managed a mere .199 batting average against.

Raiola, in his fourth season with the Blue Sox, led his brigade to a 30-12 regular season record and an undefeated four-game postseason run en route to a second straight NECBL Championship. Under Raiola, the Blue Sox have compiled an 8-0 postseason record over the course of their 2017 and 2018 championship seasons.

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SPRINGFIELD — The Mass. Small Business Development Center Network’s Western regional office will offer a free workshop ‘The Basics of Starting a Business,’ four times this fall, starting on Sept. 17.

Presented by Allen Kronick, senior business advisor with the MSBDCN’s Western Mass. office, will focus on business fundamentals, from start-up considerations to business-plan development to funding sources.

It is designed for owners of existing businesses as well as those who are planning to start one.

Oresta Varela, Springfield brand manager of the U.S. Small Business Administration, will also present ‘SBA Advantage,” an overview of SBA’s programs and services.

The program will also be presented on Oct. 1, Nov. 5, and Dec. 3. The location is the STCC Technology Park, Scibelli Enterprise Center, Bldg. 101, 3rd floor. Pre-registration is required; register at www.msbdc.org/wmass/training.

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SPRINGFIELD — More than 135 Western New England University football team members will volunteer to provide a yard clean-up and repair/preserve a handicap ramp at the home of Springfield resident Tammy Golphin along with another city resident today.

Golphin has lost both of her legs and most of her eye site from complications related to diabetes. Golphin, her husband, Prince, and teenage daughter Amiracle have lived in their home for almost 15 years. She said she named her daughter “Amiracle” because she was “a miracle” for her. Tammy’s husband, Prince is unable to work as Tammy’s care requires 24/7 care including bringing her to doctor appointments and dialysis.

stated: “It’s very important to us that especially in the thick of preseason camp, we consider the needs of others before our own needs,” said Western New England University Head Football Coach Jason Lebeau. “I love that Revitalize CDC gives our guys the opportunity to do just that and give back to the city of Springfield.” The scope of work on Friday includes applying a wood/stain preservative to her handicap ramp, trimming shrubs and trees, and making minor repairs to her handicap ramp.

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GREENFIELD — For the third year in a row, Caryl Connor of the Mortgage Department of Greenfield Savings Bank has been named the area bank’s ‘Number One Mortgage Originator’ (by number of loans) according to the journal Banker & Tradesman.

Banker And Tradesman’s 5th Annual Top Loan Originators report also ranked O’Connor the area bank’s ‘Number Two Top Loan Originator,’ by total dollar amount of loans and the ‘Sixth Top Loan Originator in the State,’ based on number of loans.  

“Caryl has earned a reputation with customers for her commitment to providing them with exceptional service,” said Lori Grover, senior vice president and senior residential lending officer of Greenfield Savings Bank. “Caryl worked very hard for this achievement and all of us at the bank are proud of her.”

Founded in 1869, Greenfield Savings Bank has 135 employees and has offices and ATMs throughout Franklin and Hampshire counties and has just recently opened additional offices in Hampshire County in downtown Northampton and downtown Amherst and Hadley.

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PITTSFIELD — Berkshire Community College (BCC) has been awarded a nearly $200,000 grant from Guardian Life Insurance Company of America for a proposal to expand the college’s financial literacy programming to continue offering, at no cost to students, the Money Management for Life course, as well as debt forgiveness grants. 

The grant will also support hiring a new financial services coach at the College, offering paid internships to students, and expanded marketing for the Guardian-supported efforts.

“We are so excited to have received these funds from Guardian for the proposal that a brilliant team here at the College put together to help our students in their financial literacy endeavors,” said Ellen Kennedy, president of the College. “This program will really change lives.”

The college received an initial grant last year from Guardian to begin offering a free three-credit course to students called BUS 139 – Money Management for Life. The class covers strategies to help students manage budgets, expenses, and debt; save and invest for the future; plan for the unexpected; and establish personal financial plans to achieve their goals. It is being offered again this fall, both on the main campus and at the South County Center.

In the funding for 2018-2019, the college’s proposal included hiring a full-time student financial literacy coach, who will promote and coordinate financial literacy initiatives across the campus. The coach will help students understand their financial health, develop a new Guardian Internship program, and collaborate with community organizations in Berkshire County to promote financial literacy through workshops and outreach events. This will be a new position at the college that will help students not only to successfully repay loans, but also to manage their finances on a daily basis.

“This grant really will help our students succeed personally, financially, and on their academic pathway,” said Charles Kaminski, dean of Business, Science, Mathematics and Technology. “Between the Guardian Value scholarships that are being offered to help pay some of our students’ debt to having a person at the College you can talk to about managing your money — this is a big win for our students and the community overall.”

The grant from Guardian will also help pay for the textbooks for the Money Management for Life class, and it will help pay the student accounts community college debt (up to $1,800 per student that qualifies) for up to 32 students over the course of the year. Students who receive this tuition reimbursement will also be enrolled in the Personal Money Management class.

Over the course of the year, the grant will also help develop a new internship program for students and help to connect BCC’s academic programs with the community to place students in internship positions. The student financial literacy coach will oversee and evaluate this program, and work closely with the coordinator of Career Services to place students in the internship program.

 

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SPRINGFIELD — Big Y Foods announced that the company’s fourth annual “May is Pet Month” initiative has resulted in donations of close to 25,000 pounds of pet food and supplies to 45 different local animal shelters.

The program, which ran in all 70 Big Y markets from April 26 through May 30, encouraged shoppers to purchase food and other supplies for a local shelter as part of the company’s ongoing effort to give back to the community.

Each Big Y enjoyed decorating their store’s donation bins with pictures of their family pets. Many customers also donated other needed pet items such as collars, leashes, cat litter, and pet toys.

In addition to food and supply donations, Big Y partnered with iHeartRadio to collect donations at the checkout. More than $100,000 was raised from these donations to be distributed to the Humane Society of Connecticut, Kenway’s Cause, Fur Gotten Tails Animal Rescue, and the MSPCA of Massachusetts.

One focus this year was on Pure Harmony, Big Y’s own brand of high quality pet food that provides options for grain free, meat, poultry or fish as the first ingredient, and is carefully blended with real, wholesome ingredients from a variety of food groups.

Big Y’s fourth annual pet month has resulted in a four-year total of over 175,000 pounds of pet food and supplies donated to local shelters and a total of $175,500 raised.

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Dress for Success Western Massachusetts will host a clothing tag sale at the Eastfield Mall to raise funds and awareness of its mission of helping women achieve their goal of creating a better life. Women may choose from an extensive array of work-suitable clothing, shoes, accessories, and more.  

These new and gently used clothing include selections from name-brand fashion houses including Anne Klein, Evan Picone, Ellen Tracy, and many more. People can fill a shopping bag for only $25.   

There is an abundance of clothing, so items in the tag sale will be restocked throughout the three days. Dates are: Aug. 17 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Aug. 18 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Aug. 19 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.  On Friday, opening day, there will be a ribbon cutting at 10 a.m. Friday and Saturday are referring agency days. 

The event will be held in the Eastfield Mall at 1655 Boston Road, Springfield, where Dress for Success maintains a boutique managed by Sally Rueli. MassMutual is a sponsor of the tag sale. 

All proceeds will benefit Dress for Success Western Massachusetts. Volunteers are needed for the event. If you are interested, please contact [email protected]

 

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WEST SPRINGFIELD — The Beach Boys, who have become synonymous with the California lifestyle and an American icon to fans around the world, will perform Sept. 30 at The Big E in West Springfield, Massachusetts.

As the Beach Boys mark more than a half century of making music, the group continues to ride the crest of a wave unequalled in America’s musical history. Since lead-singer Mike Love penned the lyrics to The Beach Boys’ first hit, “Surfin’” (1961), dozens of the bands chart toppers have become eternal anthems of American youth:  “Surfin’ USA,” “Surfer Girl,” “Fun, Fun, Fun,” “I Get Around,” “California Girls,” “Help Me Rhonda,” “Barbara Ann,” “Good Vibrations,” “Wouldn’t It Be Nice,” “Rock and Roll Music” and “Kokomo.”

The Beach Boys have sold more than 100 million records worldwide and have received more than 33 RIAA Platinum and Gold record awards. The Rock And Roll Hall of Famers were also honored at the 2001 Grammy Awards with the Lifetime Achievement Award. With more than five decades of touring under their belts, The Beach Boys have performed more concerts than any major rock band in history.

Sounds Of Summer: The Very Best Of The Beach Boys, Capitol/EMI’s 30-track collection of the band’s biggest hits, has achieved triple-platinum success with sales of more than 3 million copies in the U.S. since its release.

The Beach Boys are led by Mike Love and Bruce Johnston, who along with Jeffrey Foskett, Tim Bonhomme, John Cowsill, Keith Hubacher, Scott Totten and Christian Love continue the legacy of America’s iconic band.

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SPRINGFIELD   After a highly competitive review process, the Massachusetts Health Policy Commission (HPC) as part of their SHIFT-Care Challenge has awarded Baystate Health Care Alliance/BeHealthy Partnership ACO a $750,000 grant to expand the Springfield Healthy Homes Asthma Program designed to improve the health and quality of life for people with asthma.

The HPC’s SHIFT-Care Challenge grant opportunity is designed to foster innovative care delivery models in Massachusetts that shift the unnecessary delivery of care of complex patients from acute care hospitals to more economical, patient-centered, community-based settings. Nearly $10 million was awarded to 15 innovative care delivery transformation proposals from Massachusetts health care providers. The HPC sought models that had strong organizational leadership, sustainability, and importantly, a notable impact. An innovative collaboration, the Springfield Healthy Homes Asthma Program brings together healthcare and community partners to address two of the root causes of poor asthma outcomes—unhealthy homes and lack of patient education.

In the first collaboration of its kind in Massachusetts, two Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) — BeHealthy Partnership and MercyHealth ACO — will join together with community organizations from the greater Springfield area to refer patients for the Springfield Healthy Homes Asthma Program’s home education and remediation service.

Other partners include the University of Massachusetts Medical School — Baystate, Public Health Institute of Western MassachusettsPioneer Valley Asthma CoalitionBaystate Medical Center’s Pulmonary Rehabilitation DepartmentRevitalize CDC, City of Springfield Office of HousingSpringfield Partners for Community Action, and Green & Healthy Homes Initiative

The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America recently named the Springfield area as the #1 asthma capital, the most challenging place to live with asthma. The concerning designation was based on the high rates of asthma prevalence and emergency department visits in the area. Nearly one in five school children (18%) and adults (17%) in Springfield have asthma, more than double the national rates. According to figures from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH), the Springfield area has almost triple the emergency room visit rate (1,483 per 100,000) as the state average (572 per 100,000). In the local area, there are significant racial and ethnic disparities in asthma. Latinos and blacks experience asthma emergency room visit rates much higher than whites in Springfield, with rates 4.1 and 2.0 times greater than whites, respectively.

“Across the United States, asthma accounts for more than 14 million physician visits, more than 1.7 million emergency room visits, and over 400,000 hospitalizations each year; we are spending over $50 billion on asthma medical costs alone each year and the highest utilization is in pre-school children. This makes asthma a public health crisis,” said Dr. Nico Vehse, chief, Pediatric Pulmonology at Baystate Children’s Hospital and a member of the Pioneer Valley Asthma Coalition steering committee.

The Health Policy Commission grant will fund the expansion of the Springfield Healthy Homes Asthma pilot program, coordinated by the Public Health Institute of Western Massachusetts, and will serve 150 families with home-based asthma education and self-management support, as well as home assessment and repair for conditions that contribute to asthma flare-ups. Patients cared for by the two ACOs, who have been hospitalized or have had multiple emergency room visits in the last year for asthma, are eligible for the services.

The grant will allow Baystate’s Pulmonary Rehabilitation Department to hire two community health workers who will conduct home visits and provide asthma education to individuals and families enrolled in the program. Revitalize CDC will be the lead housing service provider, with additional services from the City of Springfield’s Office of Housing and Springfield Partners for Community Action. As part of the 18-month project, patients will receive three to four home visits involving asthma self-management education, such as proper use of medications and home assessment and remediation services for any asthma triggers identified. In addition, families will also receive supplies such as anti-allergen pillows, mattress protectors, and green cleaning kits. 

“This collaborative brings together partners from health and housing sectors that have been working together for years, but not had significant funding to do something at a broader level. The new funding is key to our collaboration to implement an evidence-based intervention that will address asthma, a serious problem in our area,” said Jessica Collins, executive director, Public Health Institute of Western Massachusetts. For more information, contact the Public Health Institute of Western Massachusetts at (413) 794-7600.