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    1. Attain Therapy + Fitness Open for Business in Westfield

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      Attain Therapy + Fitness announced the hiring of Michael Fall, who will act as the facility manager and treating physical therapist at the recently acquired facility at 65 Springfield Road in Westfield.  Fall has been practicing orthopedic physical therapy for more than 30 years. He has owned, built, and subsequently sold two private practices in Connecticut. He earned a bachelor’s degree in physical therapy from Quinnipiac University in 1983, a master’s degree in orthopedic physical therapy in 1992, and his Ph.D. in biomechanics from the University of Connecticut in 2001. In 2013, he was accepted into the prestigious ...

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      Comment Mentions:   Springfield   Westfield

    2. Caring Health Center to Be Named Richard E. Neal Complex

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      Caring Health Center to Be Named Richard E. Neal Complex

      Caring Health Center / Community Health Center (CHC), located at 1049 Main St., will be named the Richard E. Neal Complex at a dedication ceremony to be held on Monday, Sept. 22 at noon.  CHC was just beginning construction on its Main Street location when the building was ravaged by the June 2011 tornado, causing $1.2 million in damages. U.S. Rep. Richard Neal has been instrumental in guiding fund-raising efforts, securing federal appropriations and grants to help CHC complete the project. “Congressman Neal has completely dedicated himself to this cause,” said Tania Barber, president and CEO of Caring Health ...

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      Comment Mentions:   Springfield   Congressman Richard E. Neal

    3. Holyoke City Council Finance Committee to consider borrowing $1.45 million to raze Essex House

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      Holyoke City Council Finance Committee to consider borrowing $1.45 million to raze Essex House

      The City Council Finance Committee Friday (Sept. 19) will discuss whether to approve borrowing $1.45 million to pay for the demolition of the 134-year-old Essex House on High Street that the fire chief has said is unstable. The meeting is at 6 p.m. at City Hall. Reconsideration of the borrowing comes a week after business owners and others held a protest outside the building at 400 High St. to urge the council to approve the money to raze the structure. They said bricks have broken off and fallen onto nearby roofs and the protective fencing squaring off the ...

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      Comment Mentions:   Holyoke

    4. Westfield Redevelopment Authority will oversee downtown urban renewal effort

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      Westfield Redevelopment Authority will oversee downtown urban renewal effort

      The City Council Thursday night approved the transfer of several downtown parcels to the Westfield Redevelopment Authority for future development. On a 10-3 vote the council authorized the WRA to oversee the consolidation of about six parcels located within the boundaries of Church, Arnold and Elm streets for a combination of public and private development. Included in the parcels is the former J.J. Newbury Department Store site that has remained vacant since a 1986 fire that destroyed the downtown landmark.

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      Comment Mentions:   Westfield

    5. Taxes just one factor in Greater Springfield Area income inequality, local economists say

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      Taxes just one factor in Greater Springfield Area income inequality, local economists say

      A Standard & Poor's study released Monday revealed a link between high income inequality and lower state tax revenues, which local economists say could even further widen the gap between the Greater Springfield Area's rich and the poor.But those who work to reduce that gap in the area stress that taxes are just one piece in an increasingly complex fiscal puzzle.

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      Comment Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Western New England University   Springfield

    6. Westfield State University celebrates new $33 million science center with groundbreaking ceremony

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      Westfield State University celebrates new $33 million science center with groundbreaking ceremony

      State, local and community dignitaries joined Westfield State University officials for the ceremonial groundbreaking of the $33 million science center that will change the landscape of Western Avenue. Interim President Elizabeth H. Preston told those gathered under a tent at the construction site on Thursday afternoon that the 54,000-square-foot building, scheduled for completion in August 2016, will not only serve as a state-of-the art educational facility, but its design will also enhance the surroundings.

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      Comment Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Westfield State University   Westfield

    7. Holyoke gains historical certification as 'Certified Local Government' that opens way for grants

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      Holyoke gains historical certification as 'Certified Local Government' that opens way for grants

      An odd designation could get the city some extra money. Holyoke has been incorporated as a city since 1850, but in the eyes of state and federal historical officials, the city now also is a Certified Local Government. The designation by the Massachusetts Historical Commission and the National Park Service qualifies the city to apply for certain grants previously unavailable, said Olivia Mausel, Holyoke Historical Commission chairwoman.

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      Comment Mentions:   Holyoke

    8. Western Massachusetts business leaders get capitol perspective on economy, trade, civil rights, during chamber Washington trip

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      Western Massachusetts business leaders get capitol perspective on economy, trade, civil rights, during chamber Washington trip

      Business leaders from the Affiliated Chambers of Commerce of Greater Springfield and the Berkshire Chamber of Commerce learned Wednesday from Washington insiders why the economy may be doing better than many suspect and why that sense of growth is not widely shared on the nation's Main Street.

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      Comment Mentions:   Springfield   Congressman Richard E. Neal   Affiliated Chambers of Commerce of Greater Springfield

    9. MassDevelopment launches funding for manufacturing innovation centers

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      "The Manufacturing Futures Program has spurred creative ways to support the Massachusetts manufacturing industry, from bulk energy buying to save money on utilities to raising awareness of manufacturing careers," said MassDevelopment Executive Vice President of Finance Programs Laura Canter. "These innovation centers will serve small- and medium-sized manufacturers at a greatly reduced cost, and we look forward to the partnerships that will develop."

       
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      Comment Mentions:   MassDevelopment

    10. Summer jobs program gives teens focus for future

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      Summer jobs program gives teens focus for future

      The recent graduate of the High School of Science and Technology is enrolled at Springfield Technical Community College and will use the money to help pay for her books. “My job was to make sure the kids were focused, to show them how to behave in school and help them read,” Sands explained. “I liked it a lot. It taught me a lot of things about working, and helping young people.” Sands was one of 11 teens who found work through a jointly-sponsored effort that included funding from New England Farm Workers Council, and recruitment and oversight by the Springfield ...

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      Comment Mentions:   TD Bank   Springfield Technical Community College   Springfield

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