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    1. Former North Adams Regional Hospital gets $3 million state grant | masslive

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      Former North Adams Regional Hospital gets $3 million state grant | masslive

      Berkshire Medical Center has received a $3 million grant from the Massachusetts Health Policy Commission to create a 'Patient Centered Medical Neighborhood' as well as enhance behavioral health care in Northern Berkshire County.  State Sen. Benjamin Downing, D-Pittsfield, and State Rep. Gailanne M. Cariddi, D-North Adams announced the grant Thursday

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      Comment Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Palmer

    2. Springfield to focus on middle-school students to improve 56.6 percent graduation rate

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      Springfield to focus on middle-school students to improve 56.6 percent graduation rate

      Keynoter Smith, former director of the Social Innovation Fund for the Corporation for National & Community Service, and recently appointed special assistant to President Obama and senior director of cabinet affairs for the My Brother’s Keeper initiative, will return to his native Springfield for the event.
      The Stay in School campaign was launched in 2013 in partnership with the Springfield Public Schools to increase school attendance. Increased attendance is a key ingredient to academic success and graduation from high school.

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      Comment Mentions:   Springfield College   Springfield

    3. White Lion intends to brew craft beer in Springfield

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      White Lion intends to brew craft beer in Springfield

      Berry said the company has initial plans to explore options for bringing the brewing operations within the Springfield city limits. “It’s a two-phase process,” he said. “Phase one is to introduce the product and the brand and let the beer, the brand and the compelling story resonate in the area [to create] organic growth and strategic growth. We’ll do that all while trying to identify 9,000 to 10,000 square feet to bring a multi-barrel production facility, job creation and a landmark where folks can go and do some tasting right here in the city of Springfield ...

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      Comment Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   Springfield   Amherst

    4. Rolling Green in Amherst receives $1.6 million in tax credits for next 5 years

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      Rolling Green in Amherst receives $1.6 million in tax credits for next 5 years

      State Rep. Ellen Story, one of several who spoke at the announcement ceremony, said she had seen Town Manager John P. Musante happy, but wasn't sure she had ever seen him as happy as he was when Department of Housing and Community Development Undersecretary Aaron Gornstein was there to deliver the news. Gornstein said that the state money is extremely competitive but after meeting with Musante and other town officials in Boston, he saw "how important, how much it means to residents here to town officials" to provide affordable housing. And he said, "there is a tremendous need for ...

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      Comment Mentions:   Amherst   Easthampton

    5. BMC HealthNet renews contract with Holyoke Medical Center | masslive

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      BMC HealthNet renews contract with Holyoke Medical Center | masslive

      BMC Healthnet Plan has renewed a one-year contract with Holyoke Medical Center and with Holyoke medical Center's Western Mass Physicians Associates, according to a news release. BMC Healthnet, a Medicaid managed care insurer owned by Boston Medical Center, canceled its contract with Baystate Health, its hospitals including Baystate Medical Center, and Baystate's doctor's practice Baycare Health Partners in a dispute over the rates paid for medical care.

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      Comment Mentions:   Baystate Health   Holyoke Medical Center   Springfield

    6. Springfield Innovation Center to boost start-up business downtown | masslive

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      Springfield Innovation Center to boost start-up business downtown | masslive

      DevelopSpringfield will transform two neighboring vacant Bridge Street buildings into the Springfield Innovation Center, a nursery and proving ground for the next generation of Springfield start-up companies.  The center would combine the Valley Venture Mentors cooperative work-space and advising programs along with an innovation cafe and rental space for companies that have outgrown Valley Venture Mentors' space but are not yet ready to fully strike out on their own, said Jay Minkarah, president and CEO of DevelopSpringfield.

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      Comment Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Springfield City Council   Springfield

    7. Westfield businesses challenged to support arts and entertainment

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      Westfield businesses challenged to support arts and entertainment

      United president Dena Hall promised to match the $10,000 in support of arts and entertainment activities promoted by Westfield on Weekends and the city. Joining United Bank in the challenge was James R. Adams, city councilor and vice president of Frition-Adams Funeral Home, who donated $1,500 to the cause. Immediately following was Prob Reshamwala, owner of Mina's Wine and Spirits of Elm Street with a $162 contribution, Mayor Daniel M. Knapik and City Council President Brent B. Bean II with $100 each.

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      Comment Mentions:   Westfield   United Bank   Daniel M. Knapik

    8. White Lion, Springield's first craft brewery, draws big crowd at launch party

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      White Lion, Springield's first craft brewery, draws big crowd at launch party

      White Lion Brewing, Springfield's first craft brewery, held a launch party at Springfield Museums Tuesday night, drawing an enthusiastic and appreciative crowd of more than 300 guests. Founded by Raymond Berry, the nascent operation currently contract brews in Ipswich, but hopes to open a brewing plant in downtown Springfield within the next two years. The event was populated by movers and shakers in the city, including Mayor Domenic Sarno, former state Sen. Brian P. Lees and others. "This is great for Springfield. Ray has really done this the right way," Lees said. "As a former marketing major, he really ...

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      Comment Mentions:   Springfield   Amherst

    9. Gov. Deval Patrick announces $66 million in Massworks grants for 31 projects across the state

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      Gov. Deval Patrick announces $66 million in Massworks grants for 31 projects across the state

      Amherst officials celebrated the news that the town had received a $1.5 million MassWorks grant Tuesday for infrastructure improvements, but it was just one of 31 projects to receive funding. Gov. Deval L. Patrick announced $66 million in funding for 31 projects in 28 communities. He said the funding means thousands of jobs and new housing units

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      Comment Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   University of Massachusetts   Massachusetts Development Finance Agency

    10. Viewpoint: CNR Changchun's plan to build facility in Springfield complements bright future for region

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      Viewpoint: CNR Changchun's plan to build facility in Springfield complements bright future for region

      The governor revealed that CNR Changchun Railway Vehicles Co. will build a 125,000-square-foot rail car assembly plant and a 33,700-square-foot office building on this East Springfield graveyard of 7,000 good-paying industrial jobs. The factory’s initial work will be to assemble $1.5 billion worth of new cars for Boston’s Red and Orange lines, but the Chinese plan to make this their North American headquarters.

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      Comment Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   University of Massachusetts   Springfield

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