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State Awards $30 Million to STCC to Relocate Health Programs
SPRINGFIELD — Springfield Technical Com- munity College has received $30 million in state funding to move healthcare programs out of an aging building on campus that has outlived its usefulness. Gov. Charlie Baker announced the award on Wednesday. College officials in Decem- ber asked the state for the maximum amount of $30 million to vacate Building 20, which houses 18 degree and certificate allied health programs
there were so many ideas,” said Dan Moriarty, president and CEO of Monson Savings Bank.“We wanted to be sure to do something that would make a difference on many fronts and spread some joy. With the 150 Build-a-Bike campaign, we are able to connect with the vital community nonprofits and their leaders. Our team gets to work together on hands-on projects to further foster our culture of teamwork and community support. Plus, we are able to provide the children with the experience of building and riding a bike,
few months including expanded Ace Rewards features, product selection and online capabili- ties. “We plant roots in each of our neighborhood locations and intend to maintain this community focus in our Ohio stores,” he said. “We’re excited to be a part of the greater Dayton community.”
Baystate Health Awards $1 Million
in Better Together Grants
SPRINGFIELD —Baystate Healthhas awarded $1 million in Better Together Grants to five commu- nity initiatives with partner organizations as part of itsCommunity Benefits Program. “Baystate Health is proud to invest our Determination of Need (DoN) Community Health Initiative (CHI) funding in the communities served by our four hospitals. It is an honor to partner with these very deserving local non-profit organizations over the next three years,” said Annamarie Golden, direc- tor, Community Relations for Baystate Health
This year’s recipients, who submitted requests for proposals in January 2022 include: Quaboag Valley Community Development Corporation
in partnership with the Town of Ware, The Care Center in partnership with Greenfield Techni- cal Community College, Westfield State Univer- sity in partnership with Springfield Technical Community College, Montague Catholic Social Ministries in partnership with The Brick House Community Resource Center, and the Western Mass. Training Consortium in partnership with the Bridge Program community organizations — The Recover Project, The Salasin Project and The Wildflower Alliance. “Baystate’s Community Ben- efits Program, in partnership with our hospital Community Benefits Advisory Councils (CBACs) and Grant Review Teams, is making investments through Better Together grants that will have lasting and meaningful impacts on health out- comes, health equity, and social determinants
of health throughout the Pioneer Valley,” said Golden. Funding for the Better Together grants is made possible through the Mass. Department of Public Health’s (MDPH) Determination of Need (DoN) requirements related to the replacement
of Baystate Medical Center’s Operating Rooms approved in November 2020. Although this proj- ect was unique to the hospital, Baystate Health’s goal is to equitably distribute the Community Health Initiative funds for grant making to all
four Baystate Health hospitals. This was an inten- tional step toward health equity, recognizing that Baystate’s community hospitals historically have lower likelihood of accessing DoN CHI funds. The aim of the Better Together grant opportunity is to develop approaches that by targeting the social determinants of health, will improve people’s overall well-being and make our communities healthier places to live in, while complementing the health care system’s current offerings. In addi- tion to funding the grantees, Baystate Health has also contracted with the Public Health Institute of Western Mass. to provide technical assistance and evaluation support to the grantee cohort over the next three years.
OneZo Opens in the Holyoke Mall
HOLYOKE — Holyoke Mall has welcomed, OneZo, with its unique house-made boba, to the shop- ping center. Boba tea is a Taiwanese tea-based drink with sweet balls or “pearls,” made from tap- ioca starch and can be made from milk tea, green tea or fruit tea. Established in Taiwan in 2015,
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a joy-filled activity, and something they otherwise might not have had the opportunity to experience. I could not think of a better way to commemorate our 150thAnniversa- ry.” To see a full schedule of events
as well as the acclaimedSIMS Medical Cen-
ter. STCC has secured $11.5 million from other sources for the $41.5 million project. The award announced by the governor comes from the state Division of Capital Management and Mainte- nance (DCAMM). Constructed in 1941, Building 20 is past its useful life and has a history of expen- sive emergency repairs. The healthcare programs in the School of Health and Patient Simulation educate more than 700 students per semester and employ more than 120 faculty and staff. The STCC Board of Trustees committed $6 million from the college’s budget to the project. Trust-
ees Chair Marikate Murren said, “We’re thrilled and grateful to Gov. Baker and DCAMM for their support to make this move possible. The reloca- tion of the programs in the School of Health and Patient Simulation will allow STCC to continue
to prepare students for healthcare careers. The investment in this project represents an invest- ment in the City of Springfield and the region. To best summarize the outlook for the College, Cook said, “I am delighted for our students and faculty as this ensures that STCC stays on the leading edge of healthcare education; the future of STCC is bright.”
Monson Savings Launches 150
Build-a-Bike Campaign
MONSON — The celebratory planning for Mon- son Savings Bank’s 150thanniversary continues, with the bank pledging to show extra support to nonprofits and have an extra level of community participation throughout the year. A large and very fun part of that support comes in the form of theMonson Savings Bank 150 Build-a-Bike Campaign. For this campaign, MSB will be pur- chasing more than $20,000 worth of children’s bicycles and helmets from the Family Bicycle Shop in East Longmeadow, with guidance from the shop’s owner Ray Plouffe. To gear up for the campaign, Monson Savings Bank has also teamed up with five local non-profits to identify chil- dren who are in need of a bicycle: the YMCA of Greater Springfield; the YWCAof Western Massa- chusetts; I Found Light Against All Odds; Educare Springfield; and the South End Community Cen- ter. Beginning this spring, MSB will be planning events hosted with each nonprofit. The bank’s team members will assemble the bikes, when possible alongside the very children who will be receiving them. Nonprofit employees will be wel- comed to join the activity, and representatives from the Family Bicycle Shop will be on site to assist and ensure children are properly fitted with helmets and training wheels. Monson Savings Bank will provide and share a meal for attendees. “When exploring the various ways we could cel- ebrate Monson Savings Bank’s 150thAnniversary,
for MSB’s 150th anniversary, visit www.monson- savings.bank/anniversary.
Big Y Express Launches New Downtown Format
SPRINGFIELD — Big Y has announced plans to build a new concept Big Y Express Fresh Market at 1500 Main St. as part of Tower Square in Spring- field. The new, 10,000-square-foot Big Y Express Fresh Market will be tailored to fit the needs of the city’s downtown community. Currently, there are workers and area residents who are eager to have access to delicious, nutritious and affordable offerings that are not currently available in a con- venient way, said Colin D’Amour, senior director of Big Y Express. “Between the UMass classrooms, YMCA daycare, area office workers and down- town residents, many are looking for an option
to meet their food needs.” While not a complete supermarket due to its size, this location will have a full assortment of items from each department, he said. The offerings will include prepared meals and sandwiches along with natural and organic products and everyday necessities. In addition, there will be an inhouse sushi chef preparing fresh sushi daily. “We are excited to bring an entirely new concept to downtown Springfield,” said D’Amour. “We know that there has been an appetite for Big Y’s fresh and local foods for many years now. We are confident that customers will enjoy our many offerings. We are working dili- gently with our contractors to establish a timeline for opening and are excited to be a part of the downtown community.”
Rocky’s Ace Hardware Purchases
Nine New Stores in Ohio
SPRINGFIELD –Rocky’s Ace Hardware, one of
the country’s largest family-owned Ace Hard- ware dealers, has purchased the nine Ohio-based Handyman Ace Hardware stores, which have been family-owned and operated since 1939. The new Ohio stores are located in Dayton, Fairborn, Xenia, Centerville, New Carlisle, Kettering, Spring- field, and Miamisburg. Rocky’s Ace Hardware now has 47 locations in nine states. “It is very excit- ing for us to be expanding into a new state and continuing the family-owned values and service Handyman customers have come to expect,” said Rocky’s Ace Hardware President Rocco Falcone. “We are also family-owned and share many of
the same values as Handyman, including putting the customer first in all business actions.”alcone noted that customers will see the same faces from Handyman at Rocky’s, and former owner David Grimes, who is retiring, will be integral in the transition. Falcone also said customers will benefit from some exciting changes over the next
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