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    1. The Eastern States Exposition celebrates centennial with new book documenting 100 years of...

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      The Eastern States Exposition celebrates centennial with new book documenting 100 years of...

      The Eastern States Exposition is celebrating its centennial with a new book that looks back on 100 years of the "Big E." The book, titled "Eastern States Exposition Centennial: A Century of Fun at The Big E," was written by Wayne Phaneuf, executive editor of The Republican, and was launched at a book signing on Thursday that coincided with the city's CityBlock Summer Concert Series. The book signing took place in front of the city's new mural of the founder of the Eastern States Exposition, Joshua L. Brooks – which was painted by local Springfield artist John Simpson.

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      Comment Mentions:   Springfield   Eastern States Exposition   The Republican

    2. I-91 Springfield viaduct 6 months ahead of schedule, MassDOT chief says

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      I-91 Springfield viaduct 6 months ahead of schedule, MassDOT chief says

      The $183.3 million reconstruction of Interstate 91 through downtown Springfield is six months ahead of schedule because of the incentives for speedy work the state built into the contractors deals, said Stephanie Pollack, Massachusetts secretary of transportation and CEO of MassDOT. All highway ramps and lanes are expected to open to the public in December 2017. Final completion and punch list work, like signs and landscaping, won't be done until 2018.

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      Comment Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   Springfield

    3. Federal Aviation Administration presents formal certification of Westfield Technical...

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      Federal Aviation Administration presents formal certification of Westfield Technical...

      The Federal Aviation Administration Thursday presented its formal certification of Westfield Technical Academy's new aviation technology program. And, Gulfstream Aerospace Corp., which operates a maintenance repair facility at Barnes Regional Airport, provided an additional $100,000 to its already committed $200,000 to help finance the program. John Feliciano, manager of the FAA office at Bradley International Airport, along with several other FAA representatives presented program certification to Superintendent of Schools Stefan Czaporowski and teacher Galen B. Wilson during a ceremony Thursday afternoon at Westfield Technical Academy

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      Comment Mentions:   Bradley International Airport   Westfield

    4. At 'topping off' ceremony for $95 million Springfield factory, CRRC says it will start hiring workers in October

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      At 'topping off' ceremony for $95 million Springfield factory, CRRC says it will start hiring workers in October

      Chinese rail car maker CRRC plans to start hiring production workers for its new subway-car plant here on Page Boulevard in October and start sending them to China for advanced training by February. That's the next step, CRRC officials said, following Thursday's "topping off" ceremony at the $95 million plant in East Springfield. "This first group of workers will come back and help train others," said Bo Jia, vice president of CRRC MA, through a translator. "We are very excited."

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      Comment Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Springfield Technical Community College

    5. Proposed $17 million hotel across street from MGM Springfield casino temporarily delayed by Historical Commission vote

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      Proposed $17 million hotel across street from MGM Springfield casino temporarily delayed by Historical Commission vote

      Developer Louis Masaschi of Longmeadow hopes to demolish the former Smith Carriage Co. building on Park Street to build a hotel near the MGM Springfield casino, but the project has been temporarily delayed by vote of the Historical Commission. Masaschi said this week he is planning a Home2 Suites by Hilton at 24 Park St., in the South End, that will be a five-story, 112-room hotel costing more than $17 million. It would be diagonal from the $950 million casino project.

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      Comment Mentions:   West Springfield   Springfield

    6. Photos: United Way teams with Peter Pan Bus Lines to deliver 1500 backpacks full of school...

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      Photos: United Way teams with Peter Pan Bus Lines to deliver 1500 backpacks full of school...

      The United Way of Pioneer Valley and Peter Pan Bus Lines teamed up on Wednesday to deliver backpacks filled with donated school supplies to six separate school districts in Western Massachusetts on Wednesday. School supplies were collected all summer at various locations throughout the Pioneer Valley. Students from the Westover Job Corps in Chicopee offered to stuff all 1,500 backpacks.

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      Comment Mentions:   Comcast   West Springfield   Six Flags New England

    7. People In Business: Jeffrey A. Lomma of The Springfield Regional Chamber

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      People In Business: Jeffrey A. Lomma of The Springfield Regional Chamber

      The Springfield Regional Chamber has announced that Jeffrey A. Lomma of Longmeadow has joined the Chamber team as its Member Services Director, effective today. Lomma will be responsible for ensuring the continuous and steady growth of the Chamber's membership by building and maintaining a comprehensive and aggressive membership recruitment, retention and service program. He will also develop and manage programs and services that grow member businesses, service member needs and increase the overall value offered to members.

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      Comment Mentions:   Western New England University   Springfield   Westfield

    8. Professional, scientific, business services job grow in Greater Springfield

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      Professional, scientific, business services job grow in Greater Springfield

      Professional, scientific and business services — a category that includes law firms, architects and engineering — lead job growth in Greater Springfield. Mining, logging and construction also showed growth, according to statistics released Tuesday by the Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development and the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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      Comment Mentions:   Springfield

    9. Gov. Baker, CRRC executives to attend 'topping off' of East Springfield train car factory

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      Gov. Baker, CRRC executives to attend 'topping off' of East Springfield train car factory

      Gov. Charlie Baker will join executives from rail car maker CRRC MA, Springfield Mayor Domenic J. Sarno and others Thursday to conduct a "topping off" ceremony for CRRC MA's new $95 million plant in East Springfield. The ceremony is stet to being at noon, according to the governor's office. Also scheduled to speak are: state Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Jay Ash, Department of Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack, MBTA acting General Manager Brian Shortsleeve; CRRC Vice President Yu Weiping and CRRC MA President and Chairman Chuanhe Zhou.

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      Comment Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Regional Employment Board of Hampden County Inc.

    10. West Side Balances Private, Public Projects

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      West Side Balances Private, Public Projects

      Mayor William Reichelt says West Springfield is a small town that in many ways assumes the character of a city, due in part to the popular retail establishments — stores and restaurants — that line its two main commercial corridors, Riverdale Street and Memorial Avenue.  But that economic development has been balanced by efforts initiated by the new mayor: Reichelt, a member of BusinessWest’s 40 Under Forty Class of 2016, took office in January and has already streamlined the permitting process and formed new committees and task forces to ensure that the zoning is appropriate, traffic flow does not affect residential ...

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      Comment Mentions:   Colvest Group   West Springfield   Springfield

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