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SPRINGFIELD — Delaney’s Market held a grand-opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony on June 19 at 1365 Main St. in Springfield. Pictured, from left, are Delaney’s Market General Manager Roberta Hurwitz, Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno, Delaney’s Market owner Peter Rosskothen, and Linda Rosskothen. Delaney’s Market is a retail store that features chef-inspired meals that are fresh and ready to serve with little effort. It also features a selection of beer and wine. This is the second Delaney’s Market store; its flagship store is located at the Longmeadow Shops in Longmeadow and has been open since 2016. Additional stores will open later this year, one in Wilbraham and one in Westfield.

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GREENFIELD — Michael Tucker, president and CEO of Greenfield Cooperative Bank (GCB) and its parent company, Greenfield Bancorp, MHC, shared the operating results of the bank’s latest fiscal year as announced at the 114th annual meeting of the bank on June 18.

Tucker reported that FY 2019, which ended on March 31, was very successful, and the assets of the bank grew by $26.3 million (up 4.3%) over the prior year. Also in FY 2019, GCB originated more than $117 million in loans of all types, including $30.16 million in residential mortgages, $46.02 million in commercial real-estate/C&I lending, $28.31 million in municipal lending, $11.88 million in home-equity loans and lines, and $1.05 million in Mass Save zero-interest energy loans and Mass Solar loans.

GCB had an increase of $11.4 million in deposits (up 2.14%) over the past year. Interest paid to depositors of GCB increased by $531,000 (23%) over last year. Total equity grew to $73.45 million. GCB’s tier 1 capital to average assets is 12%, and total capital to risk-weighted assets is 21.40%. The bank is considered well-capitalized by all regulatory definitions.

The pre-tax operating income for Greenfield Cooperative Bank was up to $5.723 million for the year ended March 31, and the net income after taxes was $4.491 million. The bank also paid its fair share of federal and Massachusetts income taxes ($1.23 million) and local property taxes (more than $133,000) in the cities and towns where it has offices.

As a result of these earnings and the fact that Greenfield Cooperative Bank targets its charitable and civic giving at 5% of the prior year’s pre-tax operating income, GCB and its employees were able to contribute $224,054 to 218 charities, community groups, school events, youth teams, and cultural events throughout both Hampshire and Franklin counties during the past fiscal year. This was a 13.8% increase over the prior year.

Greenfield Cooperative Bank management noted it has received regulatory approvals for opening its new South Hadley location, and the bank expects to open the office by the end of 2019.

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SPRINGFIELD — Unify Against Bullying’s 2019 online grant applications are now open. All applications are due to be submitted by Aug. 14. Unify also announced it has increased the amount it is awarding this year to $20,000 — a record amount for the organization. Grant applications are available at unifyagainstbullying.org.

“One of our key goals is to inspire youth of all ages to participate,” Executive Director Christine Maiwald said. “It’s our job to give life to their ideas. They know best how we can bring an end to bullying. Additionally, we are in search of parents, teachers, and community leaders who would like to help us end this epidemic. All are encouraged to apply.”

To date, Unify has awarded 27 grants to students and others who have helped lead anti-bullying efforts in their schools and communities. All programs have been dedicated to anti-bullying education and furthering the Unify mission: to bring an end to bullying through the celebration of true diversity.

“To encourage youth participation, the grant application process has been made very easy,” Maiwald said. “It’s a single-page form which can be filled out in a matter of minutes.”

The organization has a committee of volunteers who select the initiatives which best reflect and advance their mission. “This is the fourth year that Unify will be awarding grants,” Maiwald said. “We’ve come a long way from our first year, when we were only able to provide $3,500 in grants. Although it was a modest start, it was the beginning of something very special.”

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SPRINGFIELD — American International College (AIC) expanded its efforts to help serve the community with the official ribbon cutting for the Rex’s Pantry Garden. Before a standing-room-only crowd, AIC President Vincent Maniaci led the festivities and thanked the college’s community partners for their support of the garden. 

Rex’s Pantry was launched in December 2017 in an effort to provide the less fortunate in Springfield with hot meals, canned food, and other living necessities. Since its founding, Rex’s Pantry has served more than 2,000 meals and collected thousands of pounds of canned goods. Rex, a yellowjacket, is the AIC mascot.

The Rex’s Pantry Garden, located on the AIC campus in the heart of the city, is the newest addition to the Rex’s Pantry initiative. The first harvest will include tomatoes and pumpkins. The tomatoes will be distributed to neighborhood residents, who often do not have the resources to purchase fresh produce. Pumpkins will be given to local children during the Halloween season.

Until one month ago, the Rex’s Pantry Garden was a long-standing vacant lot, but the plot was transformed by the C&W Services grounds crew at the college. Local businesses also donated to the creation of the garden, including Associated Building Wreckers, C&W Services, Capone’s Pool Water, GMH Fence Co., Go Graphix, Ondrick Natural Earth, and Wallace Tree Service.

“I am proud to work with such an altruistic group of colleagues who have collaborated through Rex’s Pantry, and now the Rex’s Pantry Garden, to help others,” said Robert Cole, AIC’s vice president for Marketing and Communications and Rex’s Pantry founder Robert Cole.

Student-athletes and representatives from the AIC basketball, ice hockey, rugby, and wrestling teams, along with student groups — including IMPACT, a residential community for AIC students in pursuit of leadership experiences in and outside the classroom, and the Student Nurses Assoc. — have given of their time to support Rex’s Pantry by serving hot meals throughout the academic year. AIC staff and student volunteers will maintain the garden throughout the growing season.

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SPRINGFIELD — When fire alarms sounded at 8 Fort St. on Feb. 24, everyone braced for the worst as smoked filled the Student Prince & the Fort restaurant. However, the Springfield Fire Department arrived on the scene within minutes, found the source of the smoke in an electrical junction box in the basement, and the restaurant survived with reparable smoke damages.

“We wondered how we could ever thank our local firefighters for saving our restaurant,” said Managing Partner Andy Yee. ”We decided that, while our local firefighters hosted an event for the Professional Fire Fighters of Massachusetts (PFFM) at the Student Prince, we would raise some funds for our local heroes.”

The Student Prince & the Fort organized the IAFF Local 648 PFFM Block Party Event & Fundraiser on June 11 and donated a generous portion of the proceeds, $1,200, to the IAFF Local 648. It was a festive affair, with firefighters from all over the Commonwealth coming together with the local Springfield community to celebrate.

“It was our pleasure to present the firefighters with a gift of appreciation for coming to our rescue in February and saving Springfield’s landmark restaurant,” Yee added. “We are honored to present the Local 648 with this gift, and we thank them from the bottom of our hearts.”

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BOSTON — The Baker-Polito administration and MassDevelopment announced $2,165,000 in funding for the fourth round of Collaborative Workspace Program grants, a MassDevelopment program that accelerates business formation, job creation, and entrepreneurial activity in communities by supporting infrastructure that fuels locally based innovation. Eligible organizations may apply for either seed grants to plan and study the feasibility of new collaborative workspaces, or fit-out grants to develop and expand existing workspaces.

Through its first three rounds of grants, the Collaborative Workspace Program provided more than $5 million in funding to more than 75 organizations for the planning, development, and build-out of different types of collaborative workspaces. This new round includes $1.5 million from the Commonwealth’s capital budget and $665,000 from the Barr Foundation, the third installment of a three-year, $1,965,000 grant to the program to expand support for arts-related collaborative workspaces in the Commonwealth.

“Beginning with the establishment of the Collaborative Workspace Program through our 2016 economic-development legislation and three successful grant rounds, the Baker-Polito administration has enabled investments in community-based innovation infrastructure to support entrepreneurs across Massachusetts,” said Housing and Economic Development Secretary Mike Kennealy. “We are committed to empowering communities to create welcoming and productive spaces, and we look forward to extending the reach of this program in the latest grant round, as we strengthen and grow our innovation ecosystem.”

Added MassDevelopment President and CEO Lauren Liss, “the Collaborative Workspace Program helps reimagine underutilized spaces, increase vibrancy in downtown neighborhoods, and create room for entrepreneurs and community members to collaborate and grow. We’re thankful for support from the Baker-Polito administration and the Barr Foundation as we launch the fourth round of this unique economic and community-development program.”

MassDevelopment’s continued partnership with the Barr Foundation broadens the reach of the Collaborative Workspace Program to include the creative sector, a critical source of innovation and positive community change. 

“In the supportive environment of these collaborative workspaces, Massachusetts artists and creative entrepreneurs will encounter diverse ideas, launch new enterprises, and grow small businesses that will infuse vibrancy and economic activity into their communities,” said San San Wong, Arts & Creativity Program director at the Barr Foundation. “It is our privilege to partner with the Commonwealth and MassDevelopment to further our investment in this exciting initiative.”

Proposals are due in electronic format via e-mail at [email protected] by 5 p.m. on Friday, July 12. Funding decisions are expected to be announced by the fall.

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SPRINGFIELD — One of the missions of the nonprofit agency Historic Classical Inc. is to educate the general public about the history and culture of Classical High School and its rich background, as well as the history of Springfield. The newly elected officers of the board of directors are lifelong residents of Springfield, and many officers and board members have graduated from Classical High School.

The incoming president is Rhonda Brace, a Classical graduate who now works for the Conn. Department of Revenue Services. Vice President Greg Metzidokis has been a resident of Classical Condominium for many years, and is a teacher in Springfield. Treasurer Carol Costa, one of the first residents of Classical Condominium since 1989, also taught at Classical when it was a school. She is now a retiree from Springfield Public Schools. Daniel Battisti, who continues his role as secretary, was an educator in Springfield Public Schools for 23 years and is a retired national world English consultant for Houghton Mifflin Harcourt publications.

When the new board officers were questioned about their goals for this relatively young nonprofit, their responses echoed each other. Populations served will be those interested in the city and its history, the general public, and Classical alumni. Costa, one of the founders of Historic Classical, also noted that this is an organization that preserves the past through programs and exhibits on Springfield and Classical’s history. Each used the term “public awareness” in their description of the goals of Historic Classical Inc.

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SPRINGFIELD — Springfield College was one of 25 Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) member institutions that participated in the second annual Diversity, Civility, and the Liberal Arts Institute, held in Atlanta on June 2-5. Each institution sent a team of two faculty leaders and two senior administrators. Representing Springfield College were School of Arts and Sciences Dean Anne Herzog, Counseling Program Director Allison Cumming-McCann, Communications Professor Martin Dobrow, and Director of Multicultural Affairs Felicia Lundquist.

The Institute is designed to help faculty members and administrators address issues of diversity, civility, inclusion, and student unrest on campus more effectively. Beverly Daniel Tatum, president emerita of Spelman College and a leading scholar of race and higher education directs the Institute, which is supported by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

During the Institute, prominent humanities and social-science scholars present key research and recent developments in their fields and apply these concepts to understanding student concerns and deepening the educational experience. The goal is to encourage thoughtful campus discussions that engage students’ minds as well as their emotions. Each participating college also develops plans to incorporate the Institute content into specific courses, advising and counseling services, and co-curricular activities at their institutions.

Participants for the 2019 Institute were selected through a highly competitive application process. According to CIC president Richard Ekman, “the volume, quality, and urgency of the proposals reflect the commitment of independent colleges and universities to promoting diversity and civility, not just on their campuses but across the nation.”

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SPRINGFIELD — Owner Peter Rosskothen announced the opening of a Delaney’s Market store at 1365 Main St. in Springfield. The grand opening and ribbon-cutting celebration is scheduled for 4 p.m. on Wednesday, June 19. Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno will preside over the ceremony.

Delaney’s Market is a retail store that features chef-inspired meals that are fresh and ready to serve with little effort. It also features a selection of beer and wine. The Delaney’s Market target audience is a busy individual or family who wants to eat a quality lunch or dinner at their home or office without the hassle of long prep times and/or high costs. Delaney’s Market Springfield will also feature delivery to its immediate area, as well as curbside pick-up.

“We are so excited to be part of downtown Springfield,” said Roberta Hurwitz, general manager, who will oversee operations and an eight-member team at the Springfield store. “The renaissance of the city is happening; we look forward to being a great citizen and neighbor.”

This is the second Delaney’s Market store; its flagship store is located at the Longmeadow Shops in Longmeadow and has been open since 2016. Additional stores will open later this year, one in Wilbraham and one in Westfield.

“I love this amazing community of Western Mass., but I am especially grateful for the support we have gotten over the years,” Rosskothen said. “We live in a great place with great people.”

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SPRINGFIELD — MGM Springfield reported an uptick in total gambling revenues in May, taking in $22,285,565.57, compared to $21,818,086.34 in April. The past three months were the casino’s three best, revenue-wise, since September 2018, its first full month of operations.

Of the May revenues, $6,182,892 came from table games and $16,102,673 from slot machines.

“We continue to be pleased with our performance. We’re capturing market share and growing loyalty,” President and Chief Operating Officer Michael Mathis said. “May was an especially rewarding month for us, as thousands of guests won cash and prizes through our Great Outdoor Giveaway and various other casino marketing promotions. We were also buoyed by the start of our outdoor summer concert series, MGM LIVE, presented by the Big E, as well as the launch of Food Truck Fridays. Our ROAR! comedy series continued to be the place for laughs in the region with several near sell-out performances. And we capped off the month with a fun new advertising campaign highlighting MGM Springfield’s ease of access, convenience, and the place to go for spontaneous fun and excitement.”