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 Gateway City Arts Sells
Complex to LightHouse Holyoke
HOLYOKE — Gateway City Arts (GCA) announced it has signed a purchase and sale agreement with LightHouse Holyoke for the transfer of the three- building arts complex at 92 Race St. in Holyoke. LightHouse is a competency-based middle and high school for self-directed learning. It first opened in Holyoke in 2015 and began a collabo- ration with Holyoke Public Schools in 2017, and now has partnerships with six public districts. The move offers a significant opportunity to expand
its existing programs. The new facility will fea-
ture similar non-traditional learning spaces as those currently existing at LightHouse, presently just down the block at 208 Race St., including a maker space, music studio, and recording studio, which have already been instrumental in nurtur- ing creativity and inspiration among students who may not have previously enjoyed school. Plans
for the three-building, 40,000-square-foot facility include a Production Academy integrated into the two on-site performance spaces, the 100-person- capacity Divine Theater, and the much larger 500-person-capacity concert venue, creating scaffolded training and internship opportunities
for young people to learn the many skills associ- ated with the entertainment and event-production industry, from lighting and sound to artist manage- ment and beyond. Similarly, the café will reopen
as a public restaurant, with integrated courses and internships in all aspects of running a café, lead- ing to paid work and future career opportunities. The facility also hosts an 8,000-square-foot maker space that will continue on as a community maker space, complete with a wood shop and ceramic studio, both hosting classes and workspaces for LightHouse students and accessible to the larger community as well.
Community Bank Plans to Expand Branch Presence
DEWITT, N.Y. — Community Bank announced a strategic plan to expand its branch presence in select markets throughout 2024 and 2025, includ- ing two new branch locations in the New England region. The new branches will include an additional location in Springfield, as well as the bank’s first physical branch in New Hampshire, having broken into that market with a commercial banking pres- ence in 2023. The bank’s current presence in New England includes 28 branches throughout Ver- mont and Springfield. This announcement comes as newly appointed President and CEO Dimitar Karaivanov officially steps into his role this year and begins to execute his strategic vision for the bank. As Community Bank expands into promising markets with strong potenial for growth, it is rei- magining the customer in-branch experience with clean, modern designs that encourage customer and banker collaboration, local community tie-ins, and staff that can handle a wide array of financial needs. The bank will bring a full suite of consumer, business, and municipal banking products and ser- vices, including no-closing-cost mortgage options, business loans and lines of credit, and competi- tive CD offerings. The move to establish additional branch locations in New England is a substantial investment that will allow the bank to better serve clients and aid in local economic development
by creating new jobs, contributing to community efforts, and fostering financial stability. In addi-
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tion to expanding in New England, Community Bank will continue to grow its branch presence throughout New York’s Western, Central, and Capi- tal regions, as well as throughout Lehigh Valley in Pennsylvania.
Summit House Wealth Partners Recognized by Forbes
SOUTH HADLEY — Summit House Wealth Partners, a private wealth-advisory practice with Ameriprise Financial in South Hadley, was named to the list of “Best-in-State Wealth Management Teams” pub- lished by Forbes. The list recognizes financial advi- sors and their teams who have demonstrated high levels of ethical standards, professionalism, and success in the business. The rankings are based
on data provided by thousands of the nation’s most productive advisors and their teams. Sum- mit House Wealth Partners was chosen based on assets under management, industry experience, compliance record, and best practices in its prac- tice and approach to working with clients. Summit House Wealth Partners is led by Stephen Duval, CFP. The team also includes financial advisors Ed Boscher, Mike Otto, and Justin Osowiecki, and support staff Debra Whalen, James Lucey, Matthew Mitchell, Patricia Belanger, Jennifer Gray, Morgan Szczygiel, and Nicole Old. They have collectively served the South Hadley community since 1992.
Goodwill Industries Receives Grants for Job Skill Programs
PITTSFIELD — Goodwill Industries of the Berkshires and Southern Vermont announced it has received $8,500 in grants from Berkshire Bank, Greylock Federal Credit Union, and MountainOne Bank to support its Soar for Success employability skills program. The nonprofit social-services organiza- tion received an additional $2,500 from Greylock Federal Credit Union toward promotion and other costs associated with its annual meeting in Octo- ber. Goodwill’s Soar for Success program focuses on job training in custodial skills, customer service, and employability skills guidance for individuals preparing for job interviews, as well as providing interview and work attire. The program is offered free of charge to all Berkshire County residents. Services are provided at Goodwill’s career centers in Pittsfield and North Adams and online. Goodwill sells donated clothes and other household items
at a discounted price to aid in funding training and educational programs for individuals seeking employment.
Comcast Delivers Gig Speeds to Xfinity Mobile Customers
PHILADELPHIA — Xfinity Mobile and Comcast Busi- ness Mobile devices can now connect to millions of new Xfinity Mobile hotspots and receive internet speeds over WiFi up to 1 gigabit per second. By delivering a faster connection over Xfinity’s WiFi network, Comcast is helping ensure customers can stream, game, chat, download, and surf wherever they are. Today, 90% of the mobile data traffic on Xfinity Mobile devices travels over WiFi, not cel- lular. With more than 23 million WiFi hotspots giving customers a speed boost, Xfinity Mobile aims to deliver a better experience to support data- intensive applications when traditional cellular net- works can’t keep up. Comcast has invested more
than $20 billion over the past five years to upgrade and expand the Xfinity network and introduce new, innovative features like WiFi Boost to support the constantly increasing number of connected devices consumers use both inside and outside of the home. For more information or to sign up for Xfinity Mobile, visit an Xfinity store or www.xfinity. com/mobile.
Davis Foundation Supports Irish Cultural Center
WEST SPRINGFIELD — The Irene E. and George A. Davis Foundation awarded the Irish Cultural Center of Western New England (ICCWNE) a $100,000 grant toward its $2 million goal to help create a community performance center at its Morgan Road facility. The grant will support the ICCWNE’s Capstone Campaign. Funds from the Capstone Campaign will be used to complete the community performance center, which will serve the needs of the greater region for concerts, events, meetings, and private functions. It will provide a home for local, regional, national, and international perfor- mance groups, making it a full-scale regional base for Irish heritage and culture as well as a center
for cross-cultural collaboration. The space will be able to house performances by major Irish cultural groups, such as Dublin’s Abbey Theatre, as well as regional performers of all ages. Formerly the home of the Elks Lodge, the facility had been vacant for five years prior to the ICCWNE taking possession of it through a partnership with the city of West Springfield. Improvements have included develop- ing a vibrant, Irish country-style restaurant, pub, and meeting and gathering place for the com- munity. With 11,500 square feet of space on four floors, the facility has become the ideal home for the Irish Cultural Center, which was established in 1999.
Eastman Donates Monitoring Equipment to Springfield FD
SPRINGFIELD — Eastman, in partnership with Northern Safety, donated vital medical equip- ment, known as oximeters, to the Springfield Fire Department. This donation marks a significant
and continued collaboration between Eastman,
a global specialty manufacturing company with
a plant in Indian Orchard, and the Springfield Fire Department, in serving the local community. The equipment being donated consists of 17 high-tech, portable oximeters, which are essential for moni- toring vital signs in emergency situations. The Fire Department’s need for the oximeters was learned by Eastman at an Eastman Community Action Pro- gram gathering of local neighborhood and com- munity officials sponsored regularly by Eastman Indian Orchard. The oximeters are advanced medi- cal devices capable of accurately measuring blood oxygen levels and heart rates, crucial parameters
in assessing a patient’s condition during emergen- cies such as fires, accidents, or medical crises. These Concord models are rechargeable with large digital displays. Seventeen pediatric finger clips are being donated alongside the oximeter units. These can be used to save the lives of children, including infants.
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