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Series on Workplace Violence Prevention
April 27, May 26, June 30: The Employers Assoc. of the NorthEast (EANE) and its training partners from Protective Advanced Safety Services (PASS), will pres- ent a three-part training series at EANE’s Agawam training center for regional employers on workplace violence prevention. The first workshop is slated for 3 to 5 p.m. Session topics include “Who’s Coming to Work,” “CALM: De-escalation Strategies,” and “Hire Right, Fire Smart.” All three sessions are designed to equip employers with the tools and knowledge they need to keep their workplaces safe from violence, including microaggressions, employee-relations escalations, and the worst-case scenario: an active shooter. Space in this training series is limited to 10 participants as EANE is following state guidelines on social distancing and capacity limits. The cost for the program is $331.50 for all three sessions. Interested parties can reach out to Allison Ebner at aebner@ or call (413) 789-6400 for more information.
HCC Women’s Leadership Luncheon
April 28, May 26: Dr. Sarah Perez McAdoo, popu- lation health capstone director at UMass Medical School, and Jessica Collins, executive director of
the Public Health Institute of Western Massachu- setts, will be the featured presenters at the Holyoke Community College (HCC) Women’s Leadership Luncheon Series on April 28. They will lead a discus- sion titled “Courageous Actions” from noon to 1:15 p.m. The 2021 Women’s Leadership Luncheon Series takes place over Zoom on the fourth Wednesday of each month. Participants join a group of women leaders to discuss current issues and ideas to help their leadership development. They also have the opportunity to build a network of women lead-
ers to help them navigate their careers. The May 26 event, called “Leading Through Change,” will feature Margaret Tantillo, executive director of Dress for Success Western Massachusetts, and Jess Roncarati-
Howe, the organization’s program director. Ses- sions cost $20 each. Space is limited, and advance registration is required. To register, visit leadership-luncheons.
‘Spring into Wellness’
May 4, 18; June 1: Springfield Technical Commu- nity College and the STCC Foundation will kick off
a free learning series for the Western Mass. com- munity that combines education and wellness in
a fun and engaging format. Called “Spring Into Wellness,” the season begins with a three-part vir- tual series conducted on Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. The sessions include: “Health Cooking at Home” with Nadim Kashouh, owner of Nadim’s Mediterranean in Springfield, on May 4; “Financial Wellness Checkup” with Anthony Rondinelli, associate professor of Busi- ness Administration at STCC, on May 18; and “Total and Holistic Wellness Practices” with Sheila Magal- haes, owner of Heartsong Yoga Center in East Long- meadow, on June 1. The STCC Foundation is offering community sponsorship opportunities for the series. E-mail Kelly Galanis at [email protected] for more information about sponsorship. To register to attend the event, visit
Community Shred Days
May 8, 14; June 11: Just in time for spring clean-
ing, Freedom Credit Union will again offer the opportunity for Western Mass. residents to securely purge unwanted paperwork. In cooperation with PROSHRED Springfield, Freedom is offering free Community Shred Days at six of its branches in Springfield, Feeding Hills, Northampton, Greenfield, Chicopee, and Ludlow. The schedule is as follows: Saturday, May 8, 9-10 a.m., 1976 Main St. Springfield; Saturday, May 8, 11 a.m. to noon, 959 Springfield St. Feeding Hills; Friday, May 14, 9-10 a.m., 226 King St., Northampton; Friday, May 14, 11 a.m. to noon, 74 Main St. Greenfield; Friday, June 11, 9-10 a.m., 1976 Memorial Dr., Chicopee; and Friday, June 11, 11 a.m.
our lending team,” Vice Presi- dent and Chief Loan Officer Jeffrey Smith said. “In a way, it’s like he’s coming home, as he previously worked at West Springfield Federal Credit Union before it merged with Freedom in 2019. He has a long history in this community and is the perfect person to
help our members in the area become homeowners.” A graduate of Framingham State University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration, Landry has worked as a mortgage and home-equity loan originator for more than 24 years.
All States Transport Inc. recently welcomed Bill
Shibley, former president of Zip Carriers in Westfield. He comes to AST with 41 years of experience, includ- ing 26 years at Zip Carriers. When the owner of Zip Carriers announced his retirement early this year, Shibley was looking to merge the firm’s longtime cli- ent base with a local transportation broker, and AST was his first choice. “We’ve been friendly competitors for years, and AST has always had a great reputation,” Shibley said. “They’re very well-established, and it’s
a similar culture to Zip Carriers — family-run, with a focus on excellent customer service. I’ve had some of my clients for almost 30 years. I couldn’t drop the ball. I knew I could count on AST to provide the same level of support, service, and expertise that I’ve always delivered. At 66, it’s a little funny to be starting out at a new place, but so far, so good.” All States Transport
to noon, 645 Center St., Ludlow. The public is invited to bring old bills, bank statements, tax returns, and other sensitive documents for free, quick, and secure on-site shredding. Members and non-members alike may bring up to five file boxes or paper bags per vehicle to the events. Masks are required, and social- distancing guidelines will be in effect.
VA Healthcare Virtual Summit
May 24-26: The Institute for Defense and Govern- ment Advancement (IDGA) announced plans for the IDGA VA Healthcare Summit. HCN is sponsoring this event, at which attendees will have the opportu- nity to meet with the leaders positioned to provide substantive change across the department, with
a particular focus on advancing patient advocacy and experience, digital transformation, community and vendor engagement, e-learning, the VA’s inno- vation ecosystem, and more. IDGA’s summit will highlight these areas across the agenda, as well as include enabling VA initiatives currently underway to advance the most critical needs for veterans across the U.S. This year’s agenda, developed through indepth research by IDGA, covers a range of topics, including VHA innovation ecosystem initiatives, VA telehealth capabilities, financial management and business-transformation efforts, and a deep dive into clinical delivery. For more information and to view the agenda, visit fairshealthcare-spring. To join and receive a 20% discount, register at and quote code VAH_HCN. All federal, state, and local government, as well as military and law enforcement, can attend at no cost.
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VHB recently welcomed Andrew Harris as senior proj- ect manager and senior geolo- gist for its Connecticut Site Investigation & Remediation (SI&R) practice and the South- ern New England markets. Har- ris brings extensive experience working with industrial and commercial clients to assess
and remediate brownfield and legacy properties across the Upper Midwest, Mid-Atlantic, and New England. His environmental and redevelopment proj- ects span the full project life cycle from initial due diligence and hazardous-building materials assess- ments, decommissioning, and demolition to remedi- al design, construction, and site closure. He has vast knowledge in assessing and remediating asbestos, lead, PCBs, petroleum, VOCs, and per- and polyfluo- roalkyl substances. In 2014, Harris was a member of the active working group for the Connecticut Depart- ment of Energy and Environmental Protection to develop the department’s Guidance Document on Calculating the 95% Upper Confidence Level. In addi- tion to being a licensed environmental professional (LEP) in Connecticut, a professional geologist (PG)
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merce. She is
also involved with the Easthampton Helping Hand Society and
occasionally volunteers at the Easthampton Commu- nity Center.
Kelly Partridge, founder of the philanthropic clothing
boutique Contribution Clothing, recently published her first children’s book. How Owls Become Wise, a story that focuses on bullying and self-correction, is available for purchase online on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Walmart, with 10% of the book’s proceeds to benefit Unify Against Bullying. Contribution Cloth- ing empowers women and supports the commu- nity through monetary donations to Western Mass. nonprofit organizations. Partridge has worked with Unify Against Bullying since the inception of Con- tribution Clothing and, when she decided to write a book about bullying, knew she wanted to use it as a way to show her support for the Unify mission. “Bul- lying is a topic that everyone has experienced one time or another in their lives, and I really wanted to bring awareness to it,” Partridge said, adding that she understands how victims of bullying feel, and she hopes her book can help both those who have expe- rienced bullying and those who have inflicted it. To bring her story to life, the first-time author teamed up with illustrator Stephanie Hider, whom she met through a children’s book networking group.
Freedom Credit Union recently welcomed Greg
Landry as a mortgage loan originator in its West Springfield branch. “We’re delighted to have Greg on
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