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‘Mornings with the Mayor’
Oct. 16: MicroTek Inc. will be hosting “Mornings with the Mayor” at its new location, 2070 Westover Road in Chicopee. Coffee and light breakfast refreshments will be served, while Mayor Richard Kos provides updates and news about what’s happening in — and other topics that impact — Chicopee. Attendees may submit any questions, concerns, or ideas for discussion by Oct. 13 to Chamber President Eileen Drumm at [email protected] This event is open to Greater Chicopee Chamber of Commerce members only, and is free, but registration is required so the host business knows how many will be attending. To register, go to, scroll down under ‘Upcoming Events,’ and click on ‘More,’ or call the chamber at (413) 594-2101.

BMLH Tag Sale and Electronic Recycling
Oct. 17: Recent building renovations and office upgrades at Baystate Mary Lane Hospital have resulted in a quantity of used chairs, tables, desks, file cabinets, and other office equipment. As a result, a tag sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the parking lot near the back of the Medical Office Building, off Marjorie Street. “Our tag sale is a way of recycling items that we are no longer planning to use,” said Lisa Beaudry, director of Patient Care Services. “Recycling conserves resources and helps to prevent pollution. Baystate Health is already recycling as much material produced at its facilities as it safely can.” Combined with the tag sale, the hospital will also sponsor a community-wide recycling event. Old and/or non-working electrical devices such as radios, air-conditioning units, toasters, phones, light fixtures, etc. will be collected at no cost, with the exception of TVs and CRTs, for which there will be an $8 fee. The community recycling event will also take place in the parking lot near the back of the Medical Office Building. All items collected will be trucked away to a recycling center shortly after the event. The tag sale and recycling event will be held rain or shine. All proceeds will benefit community-benefit programs sponsored by the hospital. For more information, contact Ryan Moore, manager of Engineering, at (413) 967-2140.

Hunting for a Cure 5K Run/Walk
Oct. 18: The Hunting for a Cure 5K Run/Walk, to benefit the fight against Huntington’s disease, will take place at the Holyoke Lodge of Elks. The course stretches 3.1 miles around Ashley Reservoir. The event begins at 11 a.m. with a shotgun start for all runners and walkers. Plan to stick around afterward for food provided by Hamel’s Catering and Meeting House, as well as live music from the Franny-O Show, raffles, and more. Huntington’s disease (HD) is an inherited, progressively degenerative brain disorder that results in the loss of both mental faculties and physical control. Presently, there is no effective treatment or cure. Each child of a parent with HD has a 50% chance of inheriting the gene. All proceeds for the event will go directly to the Huntington’s Disease Society of America. To register, visit and search for ‘Hunting for a Cure.’ For more information, contact Jennifer Gilburg at (413) 335-4687.

Western Mass. Business Expo
Oct. 29: The fourth annual event, presented by BusinessWest at the MassMutual Center in Springfield, is a business-to-business show featuring more than 150 booths, seminars, and Show Floor Theater presentations, as well as a day-capping Expo Social. In addition, Gov. Deval Patrick will be the speaker at the ACCGS Breakfast at 7:15 a.m. The Professional Women’s Chamber Luncheon, at 11:30 a.m., will feature Patricia Diaz Dennis, senior vice president at AT&T, member of the MassMutual board of directors, and a past presidential appointee to the Federal Communications Commission. For more details, see the story on page 13. Comcast Business will again be event’s Presenting Sponsor, while the social will be sponsored by Northwestern Mutual and MGM Springfield. Silver Sponsors are Health New England, DIF Design, Johnson & Hill Staffing, and MassMutual Financial Group. Education sponsor is the Isenberg School of Management at UMass Amherst. Additional sponsorship opportunities are available. In 2013, more than 2,200 business professionals attended the expo, and between 2,500 and 3,000 are expected in 2014. For more information on sponsorships or booth purchase, call (413) 781-8600 or visit

50th Noble Ball
Nov. 1: Noble Hospital’s 50th anniversary Noble Ball will be held at the MassMutual Center in Springfield. More than 800 guests are expected to attend the black-tie event, which will feature live entertainment, silent and live auctions, food, dancing, and more. Since the first ball, Noble Hospital has used this signature event to raise money for hospital operating funds, building improvements, equipment purchases, and more. The 2013 ball raised $250,000 for the Oncology Unit in order to provide a more comfortable environment for cancer patients and their families. This year’s ball proceeds will be used to enhance Noble’s entrance and reception area to provide updated ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) access. “Our goal is to make Noble easily accessible for all,” said Allison Gearing-Kalill, vice president of Community Development. For more information or to purchase tickets to the Noble Ball, visit or email [email protected]

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