Apr 13 2016
Comments Off on Laurie Chimelewski joins DiSanti Realty LLC.

DiSanti Realty in West Springfield is pleased to announce that a new agent, Laurie Chmielewski, has joined their team. Ms. Chmielewski is excited to be part of the DiSanti Team. In addition to working for DiSanti, Ms Chmielewski is also employed at Center Square Grill in East Longmeadow and is the lead singer in the musical group, “Soular Bears.” Laurie will be getting married in October 2016. She currently lives in Agawam, MA. ...

Apr 13 2016
Comments Off on Professional Clothing Donations for Holyoke Career Closet Needed

Holyoke Career Closet, located on the Holyoke Community College (HCC) campus, is a collaboration between Providence Ministries Service Network and HCC that provides professional clothing, at no cost, to qualifying community members and HCC students. The Career Closet is calling for donations of clean, gently used items including the following: professional men’s and women’s clothing of all sizes (particularly sizes 0-6 and sizes 12-4XL), accessories, shoes in all sizes...

Apr 13 2016
Comments Off on Mount Holyoke College Contributes to Fire Truck Purchase

Mount Holyoke College has agreed to contribute up to $400,000 over the next 20 years toward the purchase of a new ladder and pumper truck—also known as a quint—for South Hadley Fire District No. 2. The commitment reflects the longstanding cooperation between the fire district and the College to jointly protect the community and the 800-acre campus, including a portion of the town of Granby. The proposed purchase is subject to approval at the annual District 2 meeting. “Mount...

Apr 13 2016
Comments Off on North Brookfield Savings Bank Donates $500 to The Literacy Project

North Brookfield Savings Bank recently donated $500 to The Literacy Project, a nonprofit organization formed in 1984, that provides adult education in five locations throughout Franklin, Hampshire and Worcester Counties. The Literacy Project offers adult learners services including basic reading, writing, math and other subjects, with the goal of earning a GED or High School equivalency to assist with career advancement. The program helps more than 400 students each year build...

Mar 14 2016
Comments Off on Autism Awareness Month

As a Mass Act Early state member, No Small Victories continues to promote autism awareness of diagnostic milestones and delays to encourage early detection and diagnosis. As of 2014, telephone surveys of 100,000 families conducted by the CDC place school age (6-17) autism prevalence rates at 1:50. “It is imperative that the dialog around continued autism awareness be ongoing and not just in April when the worldwide media is watching. Autism goes on every day of the year and...

Mar 14 2016
Comments Off on Don’t Bother: The Challenges of Invisible Caregivers

“Don’t bother working with her — you got what you got,” the physician told my friends, whose daughter was diagnosed as autistic. Fortunately, they ignored the advice and beat the statistics. Their 20-year-old daughter participated in a work program, moved through the job application process and interviewed for full-time employment at a local hospital. One in six children between the ages of three and 17 have developmental disabilities including cerebral palsy, autism...

Mar 14 2016
Comments Off on Women and False Choice: The Truth about Sexism

For millennia, women have been told who they are: loving, empathic, caring mothers and wives, who exist always in relation to others need for care, be it a child, a husband, an elderly parent or community. Men, on the other hand, have been told that they are the ones who make things happen in the outside world, and they are the ones who bring home the bacon, so to speak. These cultural ideas of who women and men are and how they are situated in society still, unconsciously, rule...

Mar 14 2016
Comments Off on What You Need to Know About Zika Virus

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a warning to pregnant women visiting areas where the virus has spread. For now, the CDC recommends that men having sex after traveling to these areas use condoms and pregnant women avoid contact with semen from men exposed to the virus. Massachusetts has one confirmed case of the Zika virus and additional cases are possible. Dr. Andrew Healy, a perinatologist in Maternal Fetal Medicine at Baystate Medical Center answers important...

Mar 14 2016
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Do You Have a Prenuptial Agreement?

Remember that great song from the Beatles’ early days? Quite a romantic thought. But really, it is quite a distance away from – reality. To prepare for marriage, review both of your finances with your head out of the clouds and your feet firmly planted on the ground. A complete picture of your financial assets and liabilities provides an important foundation for openness and honesty when you merge two households into one. If this is the second marriage for either, consider...

Mar 14 2016
Comments Off on A Few Helpful ‘Points’ from Wellness Shines

We all know that without GOOD health, we have nothing; with life’s challenges, it’s imperative that we feel empowered and well to manage in a balanced way. The good news is that we can manage these situations better simply by using acupuncture points also called acupoints! Similar to our blood system, our bodies have energy tributaries, called meridians. Discovered thousands of years ago in Asia, these meridians have points along them that work similar to circuit breakers....

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