Dress for Success will hold its annual benefit “Common Threads: An Evening of Empowerment”

Dress for Success will hold its annual benefit “Common Threads: An Evening of Empowerment” Thursday, April 12 at CityStage, downtown Springfield from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. In addition to featuring women who have succeeded, the evening will include featured speakers, Pattie Hallberg, CEO, Girl Scouts Central and Western Massachusetts; Maura McCaffrey, president and CEO of Health New England and Christina Royal, president of Holyoke Community College.

Tickets are $50 per person. Sponsorship levels are still available. For more information, please contact Margaret Tantillo at 413.732.8179.

Dress for Success is located at 1655 Boston Road, Springfield, inside the Eastfield Mall.




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The City of Springfield’s Aquatics Department will be offering a Red Cross Lifeguard Training Course. The course will take place during April vacation week at Commerce High School on 415 State Street. Pre-registration is required and space is limited. Persons 15 years of age and over can register for the course, which runs Tuesday, April 17 through Friday, April 21, 2018. An in-pool test will be given to all participants prior to the first day on Thursday, April 12th also at Commerce High School at 6:00pm. Based on the results of the swim test, participants who pass will continue on to the full course. Cost for the program is $175.00 (cash or check only) per person for City residents and $225.00 for non-City residents. All fees must be paid on the day of the swim test.

The department is pleased to offer an invitation to all interested participants to learn these valuable life skills. The course is part of the Aquatics Division’s ongoing commitment to provide quality programming.

Interested individuals must pre-register by calling the Aquatics Director, Joe Federico at (413) 787-6298.

The City of Springfield’s Aquatics Division offers Lifeguard Training Classes!
The lifeguard training is a great way to earn extra money after school or over the summer! It is also a step in the right direction for a future job. Many of our lifeguards go on to be EMT’s, Paramedics, Police Officers, Fire Fighters, and more!
Learn: CPR, First Aid, AED, and Water Rescue Skills in the Red Cross Lifeguard Training Course
*PRE-COURSE SKILLS TEST will be held before the course begins. Candidates will need to bring a swimsuit, towel, sweatshirt (& optional goggles) and be prepared to pass the following:
• SWIM 300 YARDS (12 lengths of a 25 yd. Pool)
• SWIM 20 YARDS using either front crawl or breaststroke, surface dive to 7 to 10 feet, retrieve 10 lb. object, & return to the surface, and swim 20 yards back to the starting point with the object.
• 2 Minute Tread without support and without stopping using your legs only.

Special rates apply to Springfield Public School students!
Commerce High School
415 State St.
Springfield, MA 01105
April 17 – April 20, 2018
Tuesday – Friday
8:00am – 3:00pm
The pre-course skills test will be held on Thursday, April 12, 2018 at Commerce at 6:00pm
If you are at least 15 years of age and want to become a lifeguard, call the Aquatics office to sign up at 413-787-6298.


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Middle school and high school students in Springfield can register for the second annual STEM Week at Springfield Technical Community College, a free camp during spring break, April 17-20.

Applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis beginning in March. To apply, please contact Marta Burgos at (413) 755-5424.

The camp, which started last year, provides an opportunity for Springfield public school students in sixth through 11th grade to spend their spring break participating in fun and educational activities including field trips to museums. Participants will work on building projects and team challenges that expose them to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). STCC faculty will help with hands-on activities.

The camp will run 9 a.m.-3 p.m. from Tuesday, April 17 through Friday, April 20. Students will receive lunch each day. Transportation is available upon request.

Organized by HSI-STEM and the Latino Education Institute, STEM Week is supported by a federal grant awarded to STCC to support Hispanic and low-include students and a Title III grant, which is used to help ensure that English learners attain English language proficiency and meet state academic standards.

The Latino Education Institute works to improve academic outcomes for Latino students in Springfield by strengthening the connection among families, schools and higher-education, and providing after-school, vacation-time programming and parent academies throughout the year.

“For local youth, STEM Week at STCC is a chance to have fun while expanding their understanding of STEM,” said Dr. Felicia Griffin-Fennell, activity director of the Hispanic Serving Institution-STEM (HSI-STEM) grant, funded by the U.S. Department of Education.

“The camp increases awareness about STEM and what it means for their lives,” Griffin-Fennell said. “Children last year had a wonderful time participating in activities here at STCC and learning about technology and different STEM careers.”

Dr. Milagros Martinez-Schettini, program liaison of the Latino Education Institute for Springfield, said, “STEM Camp at STCC is a great opportunity for middle school and high school students. It will provide experiences that will help students to work in emerging STEM-related fields, in growing industries that include technology and math as well as in fields that include science, communication, and environment.”

For more information about STCC, visit www.stcc.edu.


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(STCC) will host an Open House on Tuesday, March 20, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. in Scibelli Hall (Building 2), 7th Floor.

All high school students and adult learners interested in learning more about the value of an STCC education are invited to attend. Representatives from Admissions, Academics, Athletics, Dual Enrollment/College Now, Financial Aid, HiSET & English Language Learner classes, Non-Credit Training & Certifications, Online Learning and Transfer Services will be available to speak with attendees.

“In addition, anyone who brings their official high school transcript(s) or GED or HiSET will be instantly accepted for the fall 2018 semester,” said Dean of Admissions Louisa Davis-Freeman. “Our spring Open House attracts a large crowd of prospective students who are still exploring plans for the fall. Our academic deans, faculty and staff look forward to speaking with students and their families about the affordable career pathways STCC offers.  I encourage all prospective students—whether you’re in high school or a returning adult—to come learn more about how STCC works.”

Staff will also be available to discuss the new collaboration with Northeastern University offering bachelor’s degrees in Mechanical Engineering Technology and Advanced Manufacturing Systems on the STCC Campus, Davis-Freeman said.

For more information, contact the STCC Admissions Office at 413-755-3333 or visit www.stcc.edu/admissions.




By:Kali Ferrara, Contributing Writer
Senior Stylist at Roy Teeluck Salon NYC www.kaliferrara.com

Congratulations! You’re engaged! As if finding the man of your dreams wasn’t hard enough now you have to become the ultimate party planner and start planning your I do’s. With no detail left unturned, from Pinterest boards, bridal magazines and family members chiming in it can all be quite overwhelming. Luckily, I have compiled a timeline for you brides to navigate all of your hair care needs leading up to your big day!
1 Year to Wedding – Start with Healthy Hair

First thing is first, let’s get this hair long, thick and healthy. For my brides to be I always recommend Vitafusion’s Gorgeous Hair Skin and Nails gummy vitamins, these are not only a multivitamin but contain biotin, a B vitamin that helps with hair growth, hair needs to be nourished from the inside out. I recommend regular trims, every 8 to 10 weeks, this will ensure to cut off any split ends that may be forming before they can cause any breakage. In conjunction with trims I recommend conditioning treatments on a weekly basis as well as Oribe’s Split End Seal Treatment before styling.

10-8 Months to Wedding- Find Your Stylist
Pinterest and Instagram can be hard to navigate when looking for a hairstylist for your wedding day. If you aren’t using your regular stylist and need to find someone close to your venue ask your wedding coordinator if they have a preferred stylist or ask friends that have gotten married in the area, many stylist will travel to you. After you have pinned down a few viable options then make sure you are on the same page aesthetically by looking at their work from previous weddings.
6-4 Months to Wedding – Hair Trial
For my brides I always recommend they bring multiple pictures of what they may be thinking. Pictures of the front, back, and sides of different hairstyles you like will help communicate what you are going for. Also bring pictures of your dress and decor so the stylist can get a full picture of your chosen aesthetic. If your first trial does not go as planned, it is always a great idea to have a second one. If you feel that your stylist doesn’t understand what you are going for then don’t fret, there is time to find a new one! With multiple trials comes no surprises, and with all of the moving parts on your big day no surprises is exactly what you need.
4-1 Weeks to Wedding – Keratin – Color – Extensions
If my bride to be doesn’t already color or highlight her hair I generally recommend a few highlights to show dimension in an updo, as well as a shine gloss to really make the pictures pop. These services, as well as any gray coverage, should be done one to two weeks prior to the big day, giving it time to settle in and for the future Mrs. to get used to it.
Many clients opt for a keratin treatment to fend off any frizz, this process can make the hair flat until after a few washes, I recommend having it done one month prior to the wedding. Extensions are often used by brides that really want to give their hairstyle an added oomph whether they have already mermaid length locks and want more or have thin hair and want to fill out their dream style. Clip-in extensions are probably the most common and adaptable, but tape-ins and keratin bonded ones will keep your locks full and long all the way through your honeymoon. If you choose to go with some sort of extension for your big day work closely with your colorist so that your extensions and natural hair flow together seamlessly.

Kiara Gonzalez has come full circle at the Boys & Girls Club of Chicopee. Organization to hold the annual George Webb Memorial Basketball Tournament


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For nearly a decade, the club was like a second home for her—a place to go after school where she found role models who listened to her and steered her in healthy directions. Today, the 2017 Youth of the Year works at the club, helping young people with their homework and serving as a role model.

“Staff members who were once my mentors are now my co-workers,” Gonzalez, 19, of Chicopee, said. “I’m glad to say I’m now giving back to club members the way staff gave to me.”

Gonzalez is precisely the kind of young person that Kevin Vann hoped would benefit from the Annual George Webb Memorial Basketball Tournament he founded in 2005 in honor of his best friend, the late George Webb, who died of cancer at age 52. The tournament is sponsored by Vann’s company, The Vann Group of Springfield, a professional services outsourcing company.

The 14th annual Webb tournament will also benefit the Boys & Girls Club, and it tips off Friday, March 9 and will run for two weeks until March 25. The event is for teams of boys and girls in grades three through eight who are not top players and wouldn’t otherwise get to play in a tournament.

“Since the tournament began, we have helped give thousands of kids a chance to play a sport and develop values that will last them a lifetime,” Vann said. “We’ve raised over $150,000 to date, and we are rapidly on our way to reaching $200,000 over the next couple of years.”

Vann said the tournament is the largest of its kind in Western Massachusetts and Northern Connecticut, drawing hundreds of spectators and 50 teams of players this year.

“Today, I know more than ever that the Boys & Girls Club of Chicopee is one of the most worthy causes we can support here in Western Mass,” Vann said. “The Club is there, every school day, for 427 kids in Chicopee—boys and girls who are predominantly from single-parent households, who otherwise would have no place to go after school, who struggle in school, and tend toward obesity.”

The club offers Power Hour Homework Help plus recognition and tracking of grades; a myriad of community volunteer opportunities; and sports programs that keep young people physically active and stimulated.

The Boys & Girls Club of Chicopee has 24 staff members and 46 volunteers, and last year, it served 2,077 youths in the region; 427 are members, and the other 1,650 are served through community outreach programs.

Fifty percent of those who are nurtured at the club are 12 and younger; the others are teenagers. Of the total served, 72 percent are in minority ethnic groups, and 91 percent are in single-parent households.

Gonzalez said, “Throughout my club experience, I have learned a lot about myself and how to be a better person. The club provides a safe space to speak freely and help kids break out of their fears of being judged.”

Vann’s friend George Webb had a deep connection to the club that the tournament recognizes. Webb played basketball at the club on Tuesday evenings, and Vann said, “He is remembered for his tireless efforts on defense and offense. He very seldom lost a match-up or game, but, when he did, he showed true sportsmanship to whoever he was playing against.”

For more information about the tournament, visit www.georgewebbtournament.org. For information on sponsorship opportunities, contact Ruth Griggs at (413) 727-3354 or email her at Ruth@rccomms.com.


 Jennifer Beste, Ph.D., will discuss the college party and hookup culture and if it leads to happiness at the “College Parties, Hookups and Happiness: What College Students Really Think” lecture.

 Beste is a theology professor and Koch chair in Catholic Thought and Culture at the College of Saint Benedict. She is the author of College Hookup Culture and Christian Ethics: The Lives and Longings of Emerging Adults. She sent her undergraduate students out as sober ethnographers to observe and analyze their peers at college parties. Their analyses are eye opening and revealing.

University Commons at Sacred Heart University, 5151 Park Avenue, Fairfield

Wednesday, February 21, at 2 p.m.

TICKETS: The event is free and open to the public.

Please contact Deb Noack at 203-396-8483 or noackd@sacredheart.edu for further information.


March 7, 2018  – 1-4pm, Scanlon Banquet Hall

The Westfield State University Career Center is pleased to invite you to the Job & Internship Fair scheduled for Wednesday, March 7, 2018 from 1:00 – 4:00 pm in Scanlon Banquet Hall to be held on the Westfield State University campus (Snow Date: Wednesday, April 4, 2018). Space is limited, register soon!


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We have partnered with know.careers a mobile app experience for career fairs! This mobile-centric platform is designed to make the career fair experience better for students, event organizers, and employers. Complete with company profiles, fair maps, and electronic resume collection/rating-system to keep track of top candidates, this app will help enhance and maximize your experience at the fair.



          For Profit Employer Registration ($250.00) includes table, signage and lunch for two

          Non Profit Employer Registration ($150) includes table, signage and lunch for two

o   Lunch beyond two recruiters ($25.00 each)

Optional Add-ons:

          Electrical Usage ($25.00) – Notify us by email careers@westfield.ma.edu 

          Full Page Ad in Program Booklet ($100.00)

          Half Page Ad in Program Booklet ($50.00)


Registration Information:

          Log into https://know.careers/westfieldstateuniversity and click “Sign Up”

          If paying by check/purchase order (Type in “Courtesy” in the “Discount Coupon” section in the App) 

o   Send check to Westfield State University Career Center, 577 Western Avenue, Westfield, MA 01086


Job & Internship Fair Fast Facts for 2017:

          80+ organizations

          Over 300 students in attendance


If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to the Career Center at (413) 572-5206 or by email at careers@westfield.ma.edu.  Thank you for your continued support of our students and our office; we look forward to seeing you in Marc

Springfield Museums offers School Vacation events!

Dinosaurs & Dragons: A Week of Performances
Springfield Museums School Vacation Week February 19-23
Join the Springfield Museums for a week of fabulous performances, Paleontology explorations, and fantastical imagining at DINOSAURS & DRAGONS February School Vacation Week (Feb. 19-23, 10 am-5 pm)! Special performances each day, a chance to meet Danny’s Dinosaur from the Syd Hoff classic picture book series “Danny and the Dinosaur,” see the Tanglewood Marionettes perform “The Dragon King,” learn about dinosaur footprints and skeletons in the Paleontology Lab, and so much more! We can’t wait for you to join us. Family fun all week long! Programing is free with museum admission!
Performances in Davis Auditorium at 2pm daily:
Monday, 2/19 Tanglewood Marionettes Present, “The Dragon King.” A terrible drought has overtaken the land, and all the world has turned brown and lifeless. The Dragon King is ruler over all things water, and the people are beginning to wonder why he has not brought the life-giving rains in such a very long time. An underwater fantasy based on Chinese folklore, The Dragon King tells the tale of an intrepid Grandmother who journeys to the bottom of the sea in search of the elusive Dragon King, and the answers to why he has forsaken the land above. Colorful sea creatures, an exciting adventure, and a Dragon King that will knock your socks off! All this and more can be found in this award-winning production.
Tuesday, 2/20 Jackson Gillman Presents, “Dinosaur Daze.” A prehistoric comedy of stories and songs that will have you stomping, soaring and singing-along. And what would a Tyrannosaurs Rex want for its birthday?
Wednesday, 2/21 Lionheart Puppet Company Presents, “The Reluctant Dragon.” What happens when Harold, a young village boy, discovers a dragon in the mountains? Can Harold convince the villagers that the dragon just wants to be friends? Based on the story by Kenneth Grahame, The Reluctant Dragon is a great way to introduce children to literary adaptations, as well as loyalty and the arts.
Thursday, 2/22 The Puppet People Present, “The Last Dragon.” Are all princesses helpless? Are all knights brave and strong? Are all dragons evil? Find out in this whimsical retelling of the fairy tale by E. Nesbitt. Explore the issues of stereotypes, discrimination, self-esteem, greed, and friendship with this vivid puppet production. This show features classical music, large rod puppets, mouth puppets, a 7 ft dragon and a life-size knight on horseback for a jousting scene the audience will never forget!
Friday, 2/23 Dinoman Presents “Dinosaurs!” Dinosaur tracks lead right to the museum! Have no fear, Dinoman is here! With magic, merry mayhem, and magnificent props, the audience is taken on a trip throughout the mesozoic era. How do we know dinosaurs were here? What is a fossil? How are they made? This program is fun and informative for all ages.
Other special appearances:
Daily, 11-1 – Meet Danny’s Dinosaur – Meet one of the stars of Syd Hoff’s beloved classic picture book series, “Danny and the Dinosaur.” In this beloved picture book, Danny goes to the museum where his wish comes true – a friendly dinosaur comes to life and spends the day playing with him. As the dinosaur says, after one hundred million years, it’s good to play outside! The two have a monstrously good time eating ice cream, going to a ball game, and playing hide-and-seek with Danny’s friends. When the day comes to an end, the dinosaur must return to the museum, even though Danny wants to keep him as a pet. After all, the museum needs him, and, Danny realizes, the dinosaur probably wouldn’t fit in his house!
Wednesday, 2/21, 11-3 Dragon Mosaic Artist Demonstration by Robert Markey – There are many ways to make mosaics! Robert will be creating a small mosaic dragon on a glass sheet with colored glass pieces, while visitors have the chance to watch the artist at work and ask questions.
Thursday, 2/22, 11-3 – Jurassic Roadshow – Some of the first dinosaur remains in the United States were found in New England in the 19th century, mostly in the form of footprints. Since 2010, Jurassic Roadshow has brought the science, history, and art of the Connecticut River Valley’s dinosaur footprints and trace impressions to street fairs and community events.
Daily Gallery Games and Activities:
11-3 The Paleontology Lab – Why do we find more dinosaur footprints in some areas and more skeletons in others? Why do some footprints have five toes and some have three? Come to the paleontology lab for hands-on activities all about dinosaurs!
11-3 All About Dragons – How are European and Asian dragons different? What’s the difference between a dinosaur and a dragon? How can you tell them apart? Visit one of our friendly educators to explore science and fantasy, and then explore the collections of the George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum with a scavenger hunt.
11-2 Family Science Adventures – Explore the Science Museum and find the Roving Scientist. You never know what kind of demonstrations and hands-on activities they have in store for you!
12-4 Art Discovery Center – Trace Chinese characters, try on costumes, play gallery games, peek under lift-up panels on the Wall of Symbols to discover the meaning behind Asian motifs, put on a puppet show, and make an art project. Spfld museum dragons feb WMWM,HCWM SG 2018

Bethany to host African Children’s Choir

In celebration of Black History Month, we are excited to have the African Children’s Choir at Bethany Assembly of God on Wednesday, March 7. The African Children’s Choir melts the hearts of audiences with their charming smiles, beautiful voices and lively African songs and dances. The program features well-loved children’s songs, traditional Spirituals and rhythmic Gospel favorites. Nearly every performance is concluded with a thunderous standing ovation! In spite of the tragedy that has marred their young lives, the children are radiant with hope, musically gifted and always wonderfully entertaining.Childrens concert Bethany