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    1. Springfield Innovation Hub plans cafe, co-working space and 'activation' of Bridge Street Park where Steiger's once stood | masslive

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      Springfield Innovation Hub plans cafe, co-working space and 'activation' of Bridge Street Park where Steiger's once stood | masslive

      The Springfield Innovation Hub will be one of the tenants in the Springfield Innovation Center being created by DevelopSpringfield in 16,450 square feet of space now owned by DevelopSpringfield at 270 and 276-284 Bridge St. facing the park.  He hopes to have the cafe, once planned for the former Cobalt space at City Stage, open in April 2015. Bean said the idea moved when DevelopSpringfield firmed up its plans for Bridge Street.  The location is right around the corner from where New England Public Radio opened its new studios and offices this week.  The Springfield Innovation Center received $2 ...

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      Comment Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   MassMutual   Springfield

    2. Minutemen at the MassMutual Center: UMass basketball coach Derek Kellogg, Springfield officials gather to celebrate ...

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      Minutemen at the MassMutual Center: UMass basketball coach Derek Kellogg, Springfield officials gather to celebrate ...

      Wednesday on the Center Court hardwood at the Basketball Hall of Fame, Kellogg joined Springfield mayor Domenic J. Sarno, athletic director John McCutcheon and other officials to announce this year's game and celebrate UMass' successful relationship with the city. "It's really been a special time for UMass to form a partnership with the city of Springfield, a place where I grew up and is a special place for me and my family," said Kellogg, who graduated from Cathedral High School before playing at UMass from 1991-95.

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      Comment Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   University of Massachusetts   MassMutual Center

    3. Channing Bete Co., publisher in South Deerfield, lays off 13 workers | masslive

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      Channing Bete Co., publisher in South Deerfield, lays off 13 workers | masslive

      Channing Bete Co., the publisher known for its 'Scriptographic' booklets promoting healthy living and positive social interactions, has laid off 13 workers, according to the Franklin Hampshire Regional Employment Board.  Employees at the Career Center in Greenfield learned of the layoffs Tuesday, said Patricia H. Crosby, 
executive director
 of the Board. She would expect the former Channing Bete employees to start working with the center and with the Rapid Response Team from the state Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development.

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      Comment Mentions:   Greenfield   Franklin Hampshire Regional Employment Board   Yankee Candle Co.

    4. Westfield Athenaeum offers kids’ computer

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      Westfield Athenaeum offers kids’ computer

      The Westfield Athenaeum recently acquired an Early Literacy Station, a comprehensive, turn-key educational solution loaded with over 70 educational software programs for kids between the ages of 2 and 8. The Early Literacy Station offers children a safe, standalone computer not connected to the Internet which is age-appropriate, engaging and academically relevant for children. It is designed to support school readiness and early education while making learning exciting and engaging.

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    5. Springfield awards $250,000 in federal disaster aid funds for job training, workforce development, targeting residents in tormado-damaged areas

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      Springfield awards $250,000 in federal disaster aid funds for job training, workforce development, targeting residents in tormado-damaged areas

      The grant money was provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) Funds. There will be special focus on recruiting residents of the Six Corners and South End neighborhoods, as the residents of these neighborhoods “face multiple barriers to employment and both areas were heavily impacted by both the long and short term effects of the natural disasters that occurred in 2011,” according to a summary issued by the Mayor’s Office.

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      Comment Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   Springfield Technical Community College   Springfield

    6. Public invited to legislative summit to identify priorities for Western Massachusetts

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      Public invited to legislative summit to identify priorities for Western Massachusetts

      The Hampshire Council of Governments will host a legislative summit with the goal of identifying priorities common to the four western counties of Massachusetts and developing a legislative agenda. Members of the public, business owners and local officials are encouraged to attend the free event. "HCOG Legislative Summit: Developing an Agenda for Western Massachusetts" will be held Sat., Nov. 15 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the John F. Kennedy Middle School in Northampton.

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      Comment Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Northampton

    7. Harold Grinspoon Foundation's JCamp 180 program will bring together 425 fund raisers

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      Harold Grinspoon Foundation's JCamp 180 program will bring together 425 fund raisers

      Camp 180, a program of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, will bring together some 425 leaders, Nov. 2 and 3, at the Sheraton Springfield Monarch Place Hotel, to celebrate their raising some $90 million, over the last 10 years, through the foundation's matching challenge grant campaign, for Jewish children's camps across the country

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    8. New England Public Radio goes live from Springfield downtown studios | masslive

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      New England Public Radio goes live from Springfield downtown studios | masslive

      New England Public Radio is now broadcasting from its new studios in downtown Springfield, space it hopes opens up a new era for the National Public Radio affiliate that had outgrown its facilities at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.  The public radio station, formerly known as WFCR Five College Radio, had been operating mostly out of obsolete space in an old dormitory on the campus of the University of Massachusetts Amherst called Hampshire House. It is space the station still will use as a news bureau and for intern programs

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      Comment Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Springfield   Amherst

    9. Route 5 project may 'overlap' with start of I-91 replacement in Springfield, traffic impact to be minimal: Mass DOT official

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      Route 5 project may 'overlap' with start of I-91 replacement in Springfield, traffic impact to be minimal: Mass DOT official

      The viaduct project will replace the mile-long elevated highway that runs between State Street and Interstate 291. It is estimated it will cost $230 million and take between three to six years. The section of the highway through Springfield is heavily traveled. Surveys have put the number of daily vehicles at an average of 72,000 on weekdays and 54,000 on weekends. During the peak commuting times on weekday mornings and evenings, it sees between 4,500 and 5,700 vehicles per hour. During construction, the state has plans to keep two of three lanes in each direction open ...

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      Comment Mentions:   West Springfield   Springfield

    10. First Amtrak train on Knowledge Corridor to stop in Northampton on Dec. 29

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      First Amtrak train on Knowledge Corridor to stop in Northampton on Dec. 29

      The first Amtrak train on the new Knowledge Corridor will stop in Northampton on its journey north on Dec. 29, according to the Massachusetts Department of Transportation. Built with $73 million in federal stimulus money, the Knowledge Corridor will also stop in Springfield, Holyoke and Greenfield. Riders will be able to go from Washington, D.C., to Burlington, Vt. Until now, the line has gone through Amherst, but it ran through Northampton until 1989, when the condition of the tracks made it unsafe for passenger trains.

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      Comment Mentions:   Amtrak   Springfield   Amherst

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