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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.”

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AGAWAM — Josh Kelly, vice president of New Product Development and Innovation at OMG Roofing Products, has been named the 2019-20 president of the Roofing Alliance (formerly the Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress).

Established in 1996 under the National Roofing Foundation, the Roofing Alliance is a not-for-profit group of roofing contractors, manufacturers, distributors, service providers, and industry professionals working to shape, improve, and advance the roofing industry. Through its programs, the Roofing Alliance has committed more than $13 million to help preserve and advance the U.S. roofing industry, and more than $5.5 million for research, education, and technical programs and projects.

In his full-time position at OMG, Kelly is responsible for leading product innovation and managing OMG’s team of project managers, product engineers, and testing technicians. He has over 25 years of experience in the commercial roofing industry, and was instrumental in commercializing the RhinoBond induction welding system. He has held several positions at OMG, including marketing director, vice president of Marketing, and vice president/general manager.

In addition to being president of the Roofing Alliance, Kelly is a member of the Single Ply Roofing Industry and the National Roofing Contractors Assoc.

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NORTHAMPTON — All Out Adventures (AOA) invites the public to a meeting on Thursday, June 20 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. in the community room at Forbes Library, 20 West St., Northampton. The mission of this nonprofit organization is to promote health, community, and independence for people with disabilities and their family and friends through outdoor recreation.

This meeting is being a held at a critical time for AOA as it faces fiscal challenges. The purpose of this meeting is to educate both residents and businesses in the Pioneer Valley about the engaging programs that AOA offers and the challenges it faces. The goal is for people to collaboratively search for ways to work together to sustain this organization that successfully supports an underserved population in positive and healthy ways. The building is wheelchair-accessible, and sound will be amplified. The meeting will also be live-streamed on Facebook for those who can’t make it in person. 

Since its founding in 2001, AOA has paddled, hiked, skied, skated, camped, and more with thousands of people throughout Massachusetts. Its programs are open to people of all ages, experience levels, and abilities. Most programs are offered at either no cost or a very nominal fee.

Only 65% of AOA funding comes from major grants and contracts; the rest of its operating funds come from donations, events, private program fees, grants, and the profits from recumbent trike sales. More than 80% of every dollar raised directly supports programming.

For more information, visit www.alloutadventures.org, e-mail [email protected], or call (413) 584-2052.

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WEST SPRINGFIELD — Eastern States Exposition announced that Maureen Freniere has joined ESE and will serve as one of the organization’s Event Sales coordinators. Freniere comes to ESE from her position at FarmTek in South Windsor, Conn., where she served as a commercial trust specialist.

Freniere has spent much of her career in the agriculture field. Previously, she served as the Livestock director for Hampshire College, where she trained students to raise livestock that in turn ended up supporting 40% of the meat that was served through campus dining services. Prior to that, she was manager of ID Services for Holstein Assoc. USA in Battleboro, Vt. For nearly a decade, she supported a nationwide radio-frequency-identification program that assisted farmers in keeping track of the health and well-being of their livestock. Her career also took her to Farm Credit East as Career Development trainer, as well as the Farm Service Agency as program technician.

“We welcome Maureen to the ESE family. Her background in agriculture and work experience makes her a perfect fit for ESE and its mission,” said Eugene Cassidy, ESE president and CEO.

As Event Sales coordinator, Freniere will be responsible for securing new partners, opportunities, and events to be held on the campus of the Eastern States Exposition throughout the year.

“I grew up here, showing with the American Milking Shorthorn Society and with 4-H.,” Freniere said. “ESE means so much to me and offers a lot to the local economy and to youth in agriculture. It was a part of my past, and I’m excited that I now get to be part of its future.”

Freniere earned an associate degree in dairy production and management from SUNY Cobleskill and a bachelor’s degree in animal science and agricultural finance from Cornell University.

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CHICOPEE — A professor at Elms College has received a Google computer science research grant for $145,400 to lead research designed to broaden high-school students’ participation in computer science and programming courses, especially among underrepresented populations in the field, such as women and minorities.

Beryl Hoffman, associate professor of Computer Science and co-chair of the Natural Science, Mathematics, and Technology Division at Elms College, is leading the one-year project, titled “Transitioning from AP Computer Science Principles (CSP) to AP CSA Java: Learning from CSP Successes.”

Advanced-placement (AP) courses prepare high-school students for college by offering challenges and stimulation beyond the standard curriculum, allowing them to demonstrate advanced knowledge of a subject and even earn college credit by taking AP exams.

AP CSP provides a broad overview of computer science, including an introduction to programming with a focus on creative, collaborative, and engaging projects. Students who are introduced to computer science in a CSP course often want to continue to text-based programming in AP CSA Java, which focuses on Java programming, as found in introductory college programming courses.

“AP CSA is one of the least diverse AP exams in terms of participation,” Hoffman said. “It has the second-lowest percentage of female students taking the exam after AP physics.”

Hoffman’s research project will investigate how to adapt approaches used to broaden participation in AP CSP for use with the AP CSA Java course, and how to prepare and support teachers who are new to computer science as they transition from teaching the AP CSP course to the AP CSA Java course.

The researchers will adapt the CSP curriculum design to CSA Java and strive to improve the retention and success of traditionally underrepresented students as they transition from CSP to CSA courses. Some of the techniques borrowed from AP CSP will be interactive, creative, engaging projects; collaborative work; media computation; and support for transitioning from block to text-based languages in the student-facing curriculum, as well as the addition of teacher lesson plans that emphasize this transition and equity-based pedagogy.

This project will include a secondary exploration of how to prepare teachers who are new to computer science to transition from teaching CSP to CSA courses in order to support broadening participation in computer science, with targeted professional development for teachers to learn basic and advanced Java skills, as well as equity-based pedagogy.

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GREENFIELD — Mark Zacek has joined the team at GSB Investments and Insurance as a financial advisor, Infinex Investments Inc. He will offer clients a wide range of financial services and investments, including retirement and financial planning, mutual funds, tax deferred annuities, life insurance, long-term-care insurance, college-savings planning, and IRA rollovers (401k/403b).

“Mark’s experience in helping clients achieve their financial goals has already made him an important addition to the GSB team,” said Steve Hamlin, senior vice president and senior trust officer. “We are especially pleased that Mark has joined the GSB Investments and Insurance department at a time when there is growing demand for our services, particularly as we expand further into Hampshire County and beyond.”

Mark earned a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Montana State University. He serves on the board of directors of Mohawk Trail Concerts.

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SPRINGFIELD — Western Mass. residents can receive free legal advice on Thursday, June 27 through the semiannual Western Mass. Dial-A-Lawyer call-in program hosted by the Massachusetts Bar Assoc. (MBA).

Volunteer lawyers from the MBA will field phone calls from 5 to 7 p.m. from residents of Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden, and Hampshire counties who have legal concerns or problems. The legal advice is provided at no charge as a public service of the MBA.

The Dial-A-Lawyer phone number is (413) 782-1659. If a caller gets a busy signal, they are asked to hang up and try again. Normal telephone charges will apply.

The MBA’s Dial-A-Lawyer program is co-sponsored by Western New England University School of Law, the Republican, El Pueblo Latino, the Massachusetts Assoc. of Hispanic Attorneys, and the Hispanic National Bar Assoc.

“When legal issues arise, it’s best to have a lawyer in your corner. But that’s not always possible for many people in Massachusetts who are struggling with financial hardships or other obstacles, or just don’t know where to turn for help,” said MBA President Christopher Kenney. “Our Western Mass. Dial-A-Lawyer program increases access to justice across Massachusetts by giving local residents an opportunity to get their legal questions answered at no charge by knowledgeable, local volunteer lawyers.”

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WESTFIELD — Berkshire Bank employees recently came together to package more than 50,000 meals for Rise Against Hunger, to be sent to nations where starvation is a key concern. The donation was a part of the bank’s annual Xtraordinary Day of Service, where the bank closes its offices early to empower employees to volunteer in their local communities. The event is in its fourth year.

“Xtraordinary Day highlights our commitment to being a 21st-century community bank by putting our ‘Be FIRST’ values into action in the communities we serve,” said Gary Levante, senior vice president, Corporate Responsibility & Culture. “Our employees work tirelessly each and every day to be change agents in our local communities harnessing their skills, expertise, and time to help ensure all individuals thrive.”

The volunteer work for Rise Against Hunger was one of 37 projects completed as a part of Xtraordinary Day. More than 90% of Berkshire Bank’s workforce participated in the event, totaling more than 6,000 hours of volunteer work in a single day throughout the bank’s footprint.

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WEST SPRINGFIELD — On Tuesday, June 25, Normandeau Technologies will host a discussion on the ever-changing landscape of cloud services, and how they offer more security, flexibility, increased productivity, and customer satisfaction. The event takes place from 9 a.m. to noon at 2097 Riverdale St., West Springfield.

Attendees will network with other forward-thinking businesses, get exposed to solutions they may not know exist, look at how modern cloud collaboration and communication solutions can take a business to the next level, learn what a unified communications platform can do for a business, listen to a cybersecurity expert discuss how to protect a business from hackers and ransomware, and enjoy coffee and pastries provided by a local artisan coffee roaster.