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ICNE Open House
Insurance Center of New England staged an open house and ribbon-cutting on March 31 at its new headquarters building on Suffield Street in Agawam, the former home of the Oaks banquet facility. At left below, doing the honors are, from left: Bill Trudeau, COO of ICNE; state Rep. Nicholas Boldyga; David Florian, CFO of ICNE; Dean Florian, president of ICNE; and Agawam Mayor Richard Cohen. At left top, Dean Florian chats with Ted Hebert, owner of Teddy Bear Pools & Spas.
Link to Libraries
The Hampden Savings Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Hampden Bank, announced recently that it has awarded $1,500 to Link to Libraries Inc. Here, Gayle Rediker, CFO of Rediker Software and a Hampden Bank and Link to Libraries Advisory Board member, accepts a check from Hampden Bank Vice President/Retail Sales Director Hector Toledo. Celebrating its third anniversary this May, Link to Libraries has donated more than 26,000 to area schools and nonprofits in Western Mass. and Northern Conn.
Area sixth-grade students had a chance to talk directly with an astronaut on March 29, as Dr. Cady Coleman ‘visited’ Springfield Technical Community College via a NASA downlink from the International Space Station. The event was made possible through a partnership with UMass Amherst. Students from three schools — Springfield’s STEM Middle Academy and the Lt. Elmer J. McMahon and Dr. Marcella R. Kelly schools in Holyoke — participated in STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) activities led by UMass graduate students prior to the downlink.