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    1. Easthampton Savings Bank plans $1 million, 12-employee branch in Holyoke | masslive.com

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      Easthampton Savings Bank plans $1 million, 12-employee branch in Holyoke | masslive.com

      Mayor Alex B. Morse said in a text message the project would cost at least $1 million and the branch would have more than 12 employees.  ''BankESB' is having an ever increasing presence as a lender in Holyoke, driving the financing behind some of the largest projects in the city. I'm very excited they'll have a physical location here as they continue growing their business and other business in the community,' Morse said in comments from the press release.

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      Comment Mentions:   Holyoke   Easthampton Savings Bank   Easthampton

    2. Ludlow Mills Riverwalk gains $429K MassWorks grant for trail improvements along Chicopee River | masslive.com

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      Ludlow Mills Riverwalk gains $429K MassWorks grant for trail improvements along Chicopee River | masslive.com

      Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito visited the Ludlow Mills redevelopment project and its historic clock tower on State Street Tuesday to announce a $429,500 MassWorks grant to the Ludlow Mills Riverwalk project.  The MassWorks program supports infrastructure development, in this case a park and trail. The Baker administration, in its 2017 capital budget proposal, hopes to increase funding for the MassWorks Infrastructure Program to $90 million. Over the past two fiscal years the administration has increased MassWorks funding by $35 million.

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      Comment Mentions:   Chicopee   Ludlow Mills

    3. Baystate Launches Revised Community Health Grant Program

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      Baystate Launches Revised Community Health Grant Program

      Baystate Medical Center and its Community Benefits Advisory Council (CBAC) announced a request for proposals (RFP) for the newly established Better Together Grants Program. Formerly known as the DoN Grant Program, Better Together unites healthcare and community-based nonprofit organizations across Baystate Health’s service areas to shape future healthcare and human services. The aim is to develop approaches that, by targeting the social determinants of health, will improve people’s overall well-being and make area communities healthier places to live.

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      Comment Mentions:   Associated Industries of Massachusetts   Baystate Health   Springfield

    4. Artists attack Springfield utility boxes with paint, turn them into art (photos, video) | masslive.com

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      Artists attack Springfield utility boxes with paint, turn them into art (photos, video) | masslive.com

      Artist Gina Beavers has worked on many different types of canvases in her life, but painting on a utility box Monday afternoon was a first.  Beavers and 17 other artists are converging on downtown Springfield this week to paint and beautify electrical utility boxes on street corners.  The Springfield Central Cultural District created the program to encourage walking downtown and provide a source of income to working artists.

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      Comment Mentions:   Springfield

    5. Cybersecurity Luncheon Offers Ways to Protect Against Data Breaches

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      Cybersecurity Luncheon Offers Ways to Protect Against Data Breaches

      Peritus Security Partners, Gaudreau Group Insurance Agency, and CMD Technology Group will present a cybersecurity luncheon on Wednesday, June 8 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Center Square Grill, 84 Center Square, East Longmeadow.

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    6. Springfield College’s Julia Chevan Receives National Leadership Award

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      Springfield College’s Julia Chevan Receives National Leadership Award

      Springfield College Department of Physical Therapy Chair Julia Chevan received the Ronnie Leavitt Award for Leadership in the Promotion of Social Responsibility in Physical Therapy at the American Physical Therapy Assoc. (APTA) combined section meetings in Anaheim, Calif.

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      Comment Mentions:   Springfield

    7. UMass and Eversource create a safer Campus with energy efficient lighting | masslive.com

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      UMass and Eversource create a safer Campus with energy efficient lighting | masslive.com

      UMass and the electric utility Eversource say walking through the University of Massachusetts Amherst campus at night is getting brighter thanks to an ongoing, campus-wide installation of 800 LED street and parking lot lights.  The effort is part of a three-year partnership between Eversource and UMass Amherst which began in 2014, Eversource said in a news release. The combined electricity savings from the partnership of approximately 9 million kilowatt-hours is the greenhouse gas equivalent of taking about 1,300 vehicles off the road.

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      Comment Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Amherst

    8. Forty-seven Local Farmers Receive Awards Totaling $117,500

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      Recognizing that farming is essential to the region, the Harold Grinspoon Charitable Foundation and Big Y awarded 47 local farmers from the Berkshires to the Pioneer Valley $2,500 each to make physical infrastructure improvements to their farms. Along with the support of sponsors Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation and MGM Springfield, farmers have already put to use the awards for farm-improvement projects. This represents a 42% increase in awards from the 2015 inaugural year.

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      Comment Mentions:   Big Y Foods   Springfield

    9. Springfield in running for $475,000 workforce development grant | masslive.com

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      Springfield in running for $475,000 workforce development grant | masslive.com

      Staff with the Western Massachusetts Economic Development Council, Springfield Technical Community College and the city's economic development team met with Mayor Domenic Sarno Friday afternoon to discuss the group's bid for a six-figure grant that would allow the development of a city-wide workforce development portal.  The Boston Federal Reserve's Working Cities Challenge will award $475,000 over three years to five communities in an effort to bolster the conditions of low-income people across the state. Springfield is competing with nine other cities in its grant bid: Lowell, Lynn, Salem, Revere, Brockton, Pittsfield, Haverhill, Worcester and New Bedford.

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

    10. Business leaders from Western Massachusetts, Boston pledge collaboration at Springfield forum | masslive.com

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      Business leaders from Western Massachusetts, Boston pledge collaboration at Springfield forum | masslive.com

      DeLeo said there has been uneven economic success among the Greater Boston area and many parts of the state. Issues such as higher unemployment are of particular concern in the Greater Springfield area and continuing west into the Berkshires.  A key is trying to get some of the Boston area's successful businesses to come out to western Massachusetts and see how they can grow -- and help the region grow its economy, he said, adding that Western Massachusetts has much to offer in terms of providing products and services at lower costs.  Both Jim Rooney, president and CEO of Greater ...

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      Comment Mentions:   Springfield   Rick Sullivan

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