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WILBRAHAM — The third Delaney’s Market store opened on Tuesday at 2030 Boston Road, Wilbraham.

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

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 wine and craft beers. Delaney’s Market strives to assist the busy individual or family that wants to eat a quality lunch or dinner at their home or office without the hassle of long prep times and/or high costs.

The first Delaney’s Markey store opened in 2016 at the Longmeadow Shops in Longmeadow. The Springfield location opened just two months ago downtown on Main Street. One more store will open later this year in Westfield.

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SPRINGFIELD — Unify Against Bullying announced it will award $21,000 in microgrants to 22 recipients at its combination grant awards ceremony and all-inclusive fashion show. The event is scheduled for Monday, Oct. 21, during National Bullying Prevention Month, at the Log Cabin in Holyoke.

“Unify is excited to be able to award this amount, which is our largest yet to date,” Executive Director Christine Maiwald said. “We had so many wonderful applications that it was a difficult task for our volunteer grant committee to choose. The committee chose a total of 21 anti-bullying initiatives that were in line with Unify’s mission: to end bullying through the celebration of true diversity.”

Here are some of the 22 grant recipients:

Once again this year, John Paul Mitchell Systems (JPMS) will donate $1,000 to a sixth-grade girl, Arianna Hopkins, who was bullied and decided she didn’t want anyone else to feel the way that she did, so she decided to do something about it. With the grant money, Hopkins will purchase art supplies and engage her peers to make handmade posters and then put them in elementary and middle schools in her community. She will write a script for her and a friend to present to her peers to raise awareness of the effects of bullying and let students know how to stop it. “I definitely choose Arianna to receive our grant because I am so impressed that this young lady wants to change the world,” said JPMS Chairman Michaeline DeJoria Heydari.

The Birchland Park School Student Council in East Longmeadow wants to inspire more young people to break out of their comfort zone and talk to kids they usually wouldn’t talk to. As the Student Council noted, “kids go through all kinds of trials on their own, but sometimes an act of kindness such as a smile or compliment can go a long way. We see the cliques in middle school, but being kind will take you far in life and sometimes can change a life.” The students want to use the grant for schoolwide activities, have a spirit week supporting anti-bullying, create morning announcements with insights on bullying, and make posters for the school that remind students to smile and compliment their peers.

Emily Herring, school counselor at Paul R. Baird Middle School in Ludlow, wants to focus on creating a positive, inclusive, and safe environment for the incoming sixth-grade class. Many students lack the skills needed to handle peer conflict, often resulting in increased anxiety, depression, bullying, school avoidance, and academic struggles. She will teach conflict resolution and a growth mindset, stressing coping skills as well as classroom-based social emotional skills. Herring will create an after-school club for students to meet new peers and provide leadership roles to create an inclusive environment within the school.

Eileen Cavanaugh from the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Holyoke will launch the Speak Up Campaign, inviting kids from 5 to 18 years old to create their own public-service announcements in the media room that will focus on bullying. They will then play on a loop on TVs throughout the club, be distributed to the Holyoke Public Schools leadership, and sent out via Constant Contact and other social-media outlets, thereby reaching thousands of youth.

Those who attend the all-inclusive fashion show on Oct. 21 will have an opportunity to meet all 22 grant recipients and talk with each of them about the work they are doing to combat the pervasive bullying issue. To purchase tickets, visit www.unifyagainstbullying.org and go to the events page and click on ‘tickets.’

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HADLEY — UMassFive College Federal Credit Union has once again been honored with the title of Best Credit Union in the Valley Advocate’s annual reader voting poll, extending its streak in the number-one position to 13 years in a row. The credit union was also favored in multiple categories in the Hampshire Gazette’s Reader’s Choice poll, where it took home the titles of Best Credit Union for the sixth year in a row, the Best Place to Get an Auto Loan, and Best Financial Planning.

Jon Reske, vice president of Marketing, attributes UMassFive’s success in the polls to a company culture centered on personalized experience that has created a loyal community of members. “We, as an organization, take a lot of pride in knowing that we not only provide competitive products and services to meet our members’ needs and improve their financial lives, but we continue to provide a level of member service that surpasses their expectations.”

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AMHERST — The Advanced Digital Design & Fabrication Lab (ADDFab) at UMass Amherst will offer two classes providing hands-on 3D-printing experience from CAD design to finished parts. Attendees will use an EOS P110 selective laser sintering machine in a one-day course, or an EOS M290 direct metal laser sintering printer over two and a half days.

With a maximum of three students per course, participants will get to do the printing and get all their questions about additive manufacturing answered. Two seats are available in the next polymer course, and one seat is available in the upcoming metal course. ADDFab will work with each group to find a date that fits their schedules.
Workshops are held at the ADDFab Lab at UMass Amherst.

The polymer workshop costs $850 per person. The metal workshop is $1,487 per person or $4,460 for a group of up to three participants. To sign up, e-mail [email protected].

All services and workshops are eligible for the Massachusetts Innovation Voucher Subsidy. Companies headquartered in Massachusetts with fewer than 10 employees can receive a 75% subsidy on the cost, and those with fewer than 50 employees receive a 50% subsidy.

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HOLYOKE — The Women’s Business Owners Alliance of the Pioneer Valley (WBOA) will hold its 2019 Business Woman of the Year Celebration on Thursday, Oct. 24 at 5:30 p.m. at the Delaney House in Holyoke.

Patricia Banas, owner and president of Latka Printing in Westfield, will be named the 2019 Business Woman of the Year, an honor given to a member who has contributed to WBOA in a significant way and is a role model who inspires other women to be successful.

Also during this event, the WBOA will recognize its 2019 Outstanding New Members: Lori Novis, owner of Mango Fish Art in Easthampton, and Andrea Kennedy of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Chicopee.

“Both honorees have shown support to the group and have stepped in to volunteer after only being a member for a short time,” said Carleen Fischer Hoffman, chair of the event. “We are so thrilled to be honoring all three of these women and the contributions they have given to both WBOA and the community.”

The celebration will carry a Roaring Twenties theme and will include live entertainment provided by Steve and Roxann Bailey. The Baileys will offer a dance demonstration and a dance lesson for attendees to learn about styles from the period.

Banas is a second-generation owner of Latka Printing, a certified woman-owned business. Her parents, Joseph and Murielle Banas, bought the business 40 years ago, while Banas was in high school. While studying at Westfield State College, Banas learned the print industry. She enjoys working with government agencies, nonprofits, manufacturers, service industries, small startups, and other customers. She is a member of WBOA, now based in Springfield, and the National Print Owners Alliance, and she is the treasurer of New England Peer Group. She also sits on the Buy Westfield Now Committee and is a former Westfield Rotarian and past board member.

Novis holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and social work from Clemson University and a master’s degree in library science from Rutgers University. She worked as a librarian for many years. While living on an island in Puerto Rico in 2010, she launched a Caribbean jewelry line, and was involved in community activism, launching several nonprofits and also fundraising. She and her husband, Fred Hanselman, owned and managed a year-round guesthouse they called Mango Fish, which survived two major hurricanes. She relocated to Western Mass. in 2016, where she worked in a vocational high school before launching a jewelry and gift business called Mango Fish Art. She offers employment and mentoring to women in the region while designing unique, handcrafted items. Recently, Novis launched a new division of her business, Proud of U, marketing to educational institutions and sororities.

Kennedy’s mother, Lynne Andreen, is a Realtor, which inspired Kennedy to enter the industry. She is a full-time real-estate professional with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage located in Chicopee, serving Hampden and Hampshire counties.

A portion of the proceeds from WBOA’s event will benefit the WBOA Cheryl Reed Loan Fund, which offers low-interest loans to members for seed money, expansion, or other worthy business purposes.

For more information or tickets, visit www.wboa.org or contact Hoffman at (413) 525-7345 or [email protected].

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CHICOPEE — First American Insurance Agency, an independent insurance firm, recently donated more than 200 backpacks to local Chicopee elementary schools. Notebooks, pencils, and glue sticks filled each bag along with Kleenex and a bookmark.

“We know there are some kids who need a little help at the start of the school year, and we are happy to provide that help. Giving back to the community has always been important to us and a big part of what we do at First American Insurance Agency,” said Corey Murphy, president.

The schools who received the donations were Barry Elementary School, Belcher Elementary School, Bowe Elementary School, Bowie Memorial School, Fairview Elementary School, Stefanik Elementary School, Lambert-Lavoie Elementary School, Litwin Elementary School, and Streiber Memorial School. The backpacks were delivered after the start of the school year to the front offices, and the administration handed them out to children in need.

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HOLYOKE — Holyoke Medical Center announced the opening of a new service location at 5 Hospital Dr., which will include the HMC Pulmonology Center, thoracic surgeons, the Lung Cancer Screening Program, and a new Pulmonary Function Testing Lab. The location opened Sept. 9. An open house has been scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 26 from 5 to 7 p.m.

“Over the past six months, we have welcomed three new pulmonology physicians and have renovated the 5 Hospital Drive location to better meet the needs of our pulmonary patients. Bringing the services of pulmonology, thoracic, lung-cancer screening, and pulmonary functions tests together in one space will allow for more collaboration and even better continuity of care,” said Spiros Hatiras, president and CEO of Holyoke Medical Center and Valley Health Systems. “We are happy to offer an opportunity for the community to come and meet the doctors and see the new space.”

The providers now practicing at this new location include pulmonologists Dr. M. Saleem Bajwa, Dr. Andrey Pavlov, and Dr. Miguel Rodriguez, and thoracic surgeon Dr. Laki Rousou. To schedule an appointment with the HMC Pulmonology Center, call (413) 534-2582. To schedule an appointment with the HMC Thoracic Surgeons or Lung Cancer Screening Program, call (413) 535-4721.

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WEST SPRINGFIELD — In celebration of its 30th anniversary, Lexington Group will host an Aeron chair hockey tournament on Wednesday, Oct. 2 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at its showroom located at 380 Union St., West Springfield.

For this first-of-its-kind event in New England, Lexington Group has invited players, and their administrative staff, from elite area hockey teams — American International College and UMass Amherst — to battle it out in a friendly competition on the ‘ice.’ The winning team from the first round will play against members of the Springfield Thunderbirds. The tournament will be incorporated into an After 5 networking event, with about 300 business and community professionals expected to attend. Mayor William Reichelt of West Springfield will serve as referee of the tournament. Pat Kelley of Lazer 99.3 will emcee and provide entertainment. Complimentary refreshments will be provided by Log Rolling.

The event will help raise funds and awareness for the Foundation for TJO Animals. Founded in 2007, the Foundation for TJO Animals is dedicated to raising much-needed funds to help the local, homeless animals at the Thomas J. O’Connor Animal Control and Adoption Center, which serves the cities of Springfield, Holyoke, and Chicopee. With a focus on providing financial assistance and grants for veterinary care, the foundation has had a direct impact on saving the lives of animals at the shelter.

“We hope you will join us as a spectator or as a sponsor to ensure that we raise much-needed funds for Thomas J. O’Connor Animal Control & Adoption Center,” said Mark Proshan, president of Lexington Group.

Admission to the event is complimentary, but registration is required and can be made at lexington-aeronhockey.eventbrite.com. Donations to the Foundation for TJO Animals are appreciated and can be made in advance directly through the foundation’s website, www.tjofoundation.org, or may be made at the event.

The event is currently sponsored by , MP, CPA’s, St. Germaine Investments, Sitterly Movers and Sheraton Springfield Monarch Place Hotel (cup sponsor); bankESB, Behavioral Health Network, Complete Payroll Solutions, Dietz & Company Architects, Fire Service Group, HUB International New England, Massachusetts Fire Technologies, Mercier Carpet, Morgan Stanley Wealth Management, and New England Promotional Marketing (chair sponsors); AIS, Baystate OB/GYN, Contract Sources, Excel Dryer, Lexington Group, KI, Paragus IT, People’s United Bank, The Republican, and Westfield Bank (rink sponsors); Go Graphix and Herman Miller (goods sponsors), BusinessWest, ERC5, and West of the River Chamber of Commerce (event partners).

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LONGMEADOW — How do we identify people? Through their gender? Race? Ethnicity? Skin color? Sexuality? It’s natural to identify people based on their similarities and differences, but what happens when you are identified as the one who is different?

Ellie Krug, the founder of Human Inspiration Works, LLC, will present at Bay Path University on understanding how we automatically label and categorize people who are ‘different.’

This free event, presented by Strategic Alliances at Bay Path University, will be held Wednesday, Sept. 18 at 7 p.m. at Mills Theatre in Carr Hall, Bay Path University, 588 Longmeadow St., Longmeadow. The presentation is open to the public.

When Krug transitioned from male to female in 2009, she began to experience what it means to be ‘the other’ as she moved from being seen as a wealthy, white male attorney to being seen as a transgender woman. She now uses her experiences and perspective to model inclusivity and to provide a toolset for how to be more inclusive and welcoming toward anyone who is considered ‘different’ or ‘other.’ Krug is also a well-known author and was recently awarded Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal’s Business of Pride Career Achievement Award.

In addition to this workshop, Krug will be on the Bay Path campus to deliver inclusion training to staff, faculty, and students, sponsored by the university’s Diversity and Inclusion Initiative. This public workshop is one of the many efforts held by the university in conjunction with its strategic plan for diversity and inclusion.

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AMHERST — The Amherst Business Improvement District (BID) recently announced Gabrielle Gould as its new executive director. Gould’s appointment followed a two-month search after the departure in May of long-time Executive Director Sarah la Cour.

A recent Amherst transplant, Gould has extensive executive leadership background in the nonprofit sector with significant fundraising experience and a record of success in building successful organizations. Along with her husband, she has started and operated two successful small businesses on Nantucket and served as vice president for Business Development at Nantucket Bank.

“We are very happy to have Gabrielle join the BID as the new executive director,” said Barry Roberts, board president. “We were drawn to her varied and successful work experience and especially her enthusiasm and can-do spirit. It’s this energy that will help us build on our previous successes and sell our great downtown.”

Added Gould, “I’m absolutely in love with downtown Amherst. There’s such a great history here. It’s very diverse. There’s an eclectic business mix and a wonderful contrast and complement between the architecture and natural beauty.”

Gould and her family moved to Amherst this past January after 20 years as Nantucket residents. Before settling in town, she and her husband conducted “a few years of research and more than a few trips to different locales, but Amherst consistently topped all competitors,” she said. Since moving to Amherst, she has been active on the Jones Library SAMMYs events committee and the Amherst Regional Middle School PGO.

According to Roberts, Gould’s early goals have been to familiarize herself with downtown landlords and businesses, institutional partners at UMass Amherst and Amherst College, and partners in Town Hall and the Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce. She has also jumped headfirst into helping plan the BID’s fall events, including its annual Celebrate Amherst Block Party scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 19.

“I’m absolutely thrilled to join the BID,” Gould said. “I look forward to working with our current and future businesses, town hall, and our entire community to continue to make Amherst a beautiful year-round home and destination for families, tourists, parents, and students alike.”