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Gingerbread and Business Cards
YPS-1YPS-5YPS-7YPS-3The Young Professional Society of Greater Springfield (YPS) celebrated the holiday season amid the “Magic of Gingerbread” exhibit, which runs until Dec. 31 at the Springfield Museum of Science, for its monthly YPS Third Thursday networking event. Members and friends traded business cards surrounded by decorated holiday trees and dozens of fanciful gingerbread houses created by local bakeries, schools, youth groups, individuals, and families for the annual Gingerbread House Competition. Left to right from top: from left, Sean Wandrei, lecturer at UMass Amherst, Jeremy Leap, vice president of Commercial Lending at Country Bank, and Jeremy Hollins, operations and asset manager for Environmental Integrity; from left, Ryan McCollum, owner, RMC Strategies, Ed Nunez, assistant vice president, Business Development, Freedom Credit Union, and Jean Canosa Albano, manager of Public Services for the Springfield City Library; Mariga Ward, coordinator of ticket operations, and Eric Levine, coordinator of Business Development for Springfield Falcons Hockey; Ashley Clark, left, commercial service officer, Westfield Bank, and Kaitlin Casey, occupational therapist, Hartford Healthcare.

Party in PJs
SquareOneSanta Claus and Adam Quenneville, owner of Quenneville Roofing, Siding & Windows (seen here just left of Santa), both recently participated in this year’s Christmas pajama party at Square One’s King Street Children’s Center. Claus, Quenneville, and teacher Kristine Gorman (second from right) distributed 200 new toys and games, ensuring a happy holiday for each child.

Weighing In
Fat-HeadThe Springfield College Center for Wellness Education and Research (CWER) recently hosted a guest appearance by Tom Naughton, writer and director of Fat Head, the popular comedy-documentary about diet and health. The lecture, titled “Diet, Health, and the Wisdom of Crowds,” explored the growing notion that social networking is a key factor in healthcare, particularly with respect to lifestyle-related issues. Naughton, also an editor and writer for Family Safety and Health magazine, contributing writer for the Encyclopedia Britannica Health and Medical Annual, and a freelance humor writer for essays published in Newsweek and Omni, takes complex information about diet and nutrition and makes it both amusing and understandable to his audience. From left, Sara Gregory, assistant director, and Richard Wood, director, both of CWER, and Naughton.

Holiday Party
WTCC-xmasPartyNearly 100 area children attended the annual Children’s Holiday party on Dec. 14, hosted by WTCC 90.7 FM, the community radio station of Springfield Technical Community College. DJ Phillip Anthony Borras again volunteered as Santa Claus. Donations for the party, for toys and food, came from WTCC station members and area businesses. Barnes & Noble donated 100 books for the children.
(Photo by Christopher Winslow)