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    1. Western New England University students create dog toy, T-shirt, tote bag out of recycled material for Goodwill Industries | masslive

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      Western New England University students create dog toy, T-shirt, tote bag out of recycled material for Goodwill Industries | masslive

      Tasked with a way to use all those T-shirts donated to Goodwill Industries that cannot be sold again as T-shirts, a group of Western New England University students, all seniors, cut the shirts into strips and braided them into a knotted dog toy.  Goodwill liked it. Their professors liked it. Their peers liked it. But the final evaluation was made by an energetic pit bull/boxer mix owned by one of their professors.

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      Comment Mentions:   Western New England University   Springfield   Westfield

    2. Holyoke to launch SPARK program as catalyst for new businesses

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      Holyoke to launch SPARK program as catalyst for new businesses

      SPARK Holyoke will begin a nine-week curriculum in May to help prospective owners establish business plans and figure out how to get operating, Khelfaoui said at the Innovation District meeting. SPARK programs are part of a larger program in the state known as Working Cities Challenge led by the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. Holyoke has a three-year $250,000 grant for the program, Murphy-Romboletti said. To be eligible to participate in the Working Cities Challenge, so-called working cities are defined as those with a population exceeding 35,000 (excluding Boston) whose median family income is below the median family ...

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      Comment Mentions:   Holyoke Community College   Greater Holyoke Chamber of Commerce   Holyoke

    3. MakerBot Innovation Center opens 3D printer in Umass Amherst library

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      MakerBot Innovation Center opens 3D printer in Umass Amherst library

      The MakerBot Innovation Center opened today in the University of Massachusetts Amherst in the Dubois Library. Featuring over 50 3D printers, the first MakerBot lab in a university library will focus on project-based learning and innovation. The center will be accessible to Umass students and faculty and also to the local community.

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      Comment Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Amherst

    4. Chicopee empty Lyman Mills could become loft apartments and workspaces

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      Chicopee empty Lyman Mills could become loft apartments and workspaces

      The former John R. Lyman Mill building may be converted from a textile factory to a complex of loft apartments and workspaces. City officials said they are talking to a developer, who has asked to remain unnamed for now, about his proposal to purchase the mill building at the corner of Front and Depot Streets and convert it to lofts. The mill has been vacant for about three years since president William S. Wright moved Lymtech Scientific to a new building on Westover Road.

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      Comment Mentions:   Springfield   Chicopee   John R. Lyman, Co

    5. Red Rose Pizzeria owner says business is staying put; hopes to be good neighbor to MGM Springfield | masslive

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      Red Rose Pizzeria owner says business is staying put; hopes to be good neighbor to MGM Springfield | masslive

      Rumors of the supposed demise of Red Rose Pizzeria, thanks to an alleged last minute MGM Springfield purchase, have been greatly exaggerated.  Despite the rumor mill churning out chatter that owner Tony Caputo had sold the property to MGM Resorts International for part of the company's $800 million casino complex, both Caputo and MGM officials have confirmed that is false.

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      Comment Mentions:   Springfield   The Republican   MGM

    6. Massachusetts' human service industry grew by 48 percent since 2003, report finds | masslive

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      Massachusetts' human service industry grew by 48 percent since 2003, report finds | masslive

      Joan Kagan, president and CEO of Square One, a Springfield-based childcare agency, said it is important to be able to measure the economic impact human service workers have on the state through employment, local purchasing, payment of rent and other means. Although the providers are not asking the Legislature for anything specific immediately, she said the information will be used to advocate for the human service industry.

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      Comment Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Springfield

    7. State OKs development incentives for Argotec in Greenfield, Marcotte Ford in Holyoke, Jen-Coat, Tell Tool in Westfield | masslive

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      State OKs development incentives for Argotec in Greenfield, Marcotte Ford in Holyoke, Jen-Coat, Tell Tool in Westfield | masslive

      A state economic development panel has approved tax incentives and other benefits for planned expansions at Marcotte Ford in Holyoke; manufacturer Argotec, in Greenfield; and Jen-Coat Inc. and Tell Tool Inc., both in Westfield.  Commonwealth's Economic Assistance Coordinating Council approved one other Western Massachusetts project, according to a news release issued Wednesday: the Hotel on North boutique hotel project on North Street in Pittsfield.

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      Comment Mentions:   Greenfield   Holyoke   Westfield

    8. Holyoke sets hearing on Gary Rome Hyundai plan for Whiting Farms Road

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      Holyoke sets hearing on Gary Rome Hyundai plan for Whiting Farms Road

      In the latest zoning battle here, a public hearing will be held Tuesday (March 31) on a bid from Gary Rome Hyundai to build a dealership on Whiting Farms Road. The City Council Ordinance Committee and the Planning Board are holding the hearing at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall. The company has a deal to buy the vacant 18.7-acre site -- previously eyed by Walmart and Lowe's Home Improvement -- from the Holyoke Gas and Electric Department (HGE) for $2,050,000.

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      Comment Mentions:   Holyoke

    9. Assisted living facility at former Belchertown State School gets green light from planners | masslive.com

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      Assisted living facility at former Belchertown State School gets green light from planners | masslive.com

      Construction of a $15 million, 83-unit assisted living facility could begin as early as the fall at the former state school property, as the Planning Board Tuesday unanimously approved a private developer's application for the housing complex.
      Marlborough-based Grantham Group LLC, which plans to build the facility, thanked the panel following the vote. The firm is required to meet a list of conditions prior to applying for a building permit, and said that would not be a problem.

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      Comment Mentions:   MassDevelopment

    10. Springfield visioning session invites citizens to dream big about future of city | masslive

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      Springfield visioning session invites citizens to dream big about future of city | masslive

      The hour-long program co-sponsored by the Affiliated Chambers of Commerce of Greater Springfield, was part pep rally for Springfield development on the same day as MGM Springfield broke ground for its casino project, part update on other ongoing projects and part prognostication in development projects in Springfield's future.

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      Comment Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   MassMutual Center   Springfield

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