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House Party

HapHousingHAPHousing recently celebrated its 40th anniversary at the organization’s annual event and fund-raiser at the MassMutual Center, and received a generous donation of $75,000 from the event’s sponsor, Citizens Bank. HAPHousing provides a broad range of housing services to meet the needs of low- and moderate-income households and is the region’s largest nonprofit developer of affordable housing. More than 400 attendees also witnessed the success achieved by three of HAPHousing’s program participants, pictured above. From left, Wally Quinones, who rebuilt on Clark Street after the 2011 tornado; Derek Washington, formerly homeless and now employed and off of public assistance; and Gladys Morales, who went from a shelter to self-sufficiency and owning her own home.

Learning Experience

Polaris04427687Dan Warwick, superintendent of Springfield Public Schools (second from left), recently presented an Outstanding Community Leadership award to United Water for its exceptional outreach and education programs to Springfield students. United Water, which operates the Bondi’s Island wastewater treatment facility, is a founding sponsor for the World Is Our Classroom program, and has donated nearly $775,000 over the past 10 years. Nearly 20,000 Springfield fifth-grade students have participated in the World Is Our Classroom program, which advocates learning outside of the classroom, since its inception in 2003. Here, Nora Burke Patton, left, executive director of World is Our Classroom, poses with, from left, Warwick; Don Goodroe, area manager for United Water; and Katharine Pedersen, executive director of the Springfield Water and Sewer Commission.

Ingenuity on Display

IMG_5613IMG_5620Thousands of attendees descended on Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield last week for EASTEC, the largest manufacturing trade show on the East Coast. Sponsored by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), the three-day event, now staged every other year, showcased more than 550 exhibitors and pre-registered more than 14,000 attendees to view exhibits of industrial equipment and take in educational programs focused on continuous quality improvement, advanced manufacturing, and the importance of workforce development. At top, attendees stroll the aisles. Middle, Kevin Garvey, left, field service and sales, and Kathleen Trudeau, vice president, sales and service, both of Hayden Corp. in West Springfield, stand with Steve Roy, sales engineer of Hayden Laser Services LLC. Bottom, Tony Nelson, left, forging manager, and Larry Flatley, specialty services business manager, staff the Smith & Wesson booth.IMG_5625

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