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    1. Explosion of Potential

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      Explosion of Potential

      The good news, Hively noted, is that the innovation district has plenty going for it already, from the neighborhood’s pre-existing geographic assets to economic-development success stories such as the Baystate Innovation Center, a business accelerator that creates an anchor and partner for health technology startups; the entrepreneurial support system of entities like Valley Venture Mentors, Springfield Angels, and River Valley Investors; and Tech Foundry, which acts as a training ground for building career skills and filling job openings.

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    2. Westfield River Brewing gets Southwick's OK to relocate to College Highway site | masslive.com

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      Westfield River Brewing gets Southwick's OK to relocate to College Highway site | masslive.com

      Westfield River Brewing owner Sergio Bonavita has said he hopes to open the doors of his new brewery to the public here in October. The business will be located at 707 College Highway, the former Chuck's Steakhouse Restaurant.  Once ABCC approval is received, Bonavita will be able to open his brewery, a tasting bar, outdoor patio area and retail store to sell his product. Selectmen approved operation hours of noon to 10 p.m. Mondays through Sundays.

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    3. Springfield City Council will discuss options, potential appeal, regarding planned construction of biomass plant

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      Springfield City Council will discuss options, potential appeal, regarding planned construction of biomass plant

      The Massachusetts Land Court recently ruled Palmer Renewable Energy is entitled to building permits for its proposed $150 million biomass plant near the intersection of Cadwell Drive and Roosevelt Avenue. The city building commissioner had issued the permits for initial construction, but both were revoked by the city’s Zoning Board of Appeals. Palmer Renewable Energy appealed to the Land Court in Boston, and won.

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    4. Charles E. Cavagnaro of Wing Memorial Hospital now president of Baystate Eastern Region including Wing Memorial and Baystate Mary Lane

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      Charles E. Cavagnaro of Wing Memorial Hospital now president of Baystate Eastern Region including Wing Memorial and Baystate Mary Lane

      Baystate Health has appointed Dr. Charles E. Cavagnaro III, now president of Wing Memorial Hospital in Palmer, as the president of Baystate's new Eastern Region which will include both Wing and Baystate Mary Lane in Ware, according to a news release.  Baystate's purchase of Wing from the Worcester-based UMass Memorial Medical Center was approved by the state earlier this month and the formal switchover is expected to occur, Monday, Sept. 1. Dr. Cavagnaro will also be in charge of Baystate's medical practices and other operations in the Palmer and Ware areas, according to the announcement.  With that ...

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      Comment Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Palmer   Baystate Health

    5. Lamson & Goodnow says orders pouring in, company in talks to bring back unionized workers

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      Lamson & Goodnow says orders pouring in, company in talks to bring back unionized workers

      Lamson & Goodnow is in talks to bring back its unionized production work force soon and restart production as it recovers under Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.
      Founded in 1837, Lamson & Goodnow is the oldest maker of cutlery in continuous operation in the United States.  Lambson laid off production works last week as it entered Chapter 11, said James Pelletier, chief operating officer and part of a new management team. He hopes to have those workers back soon and then begin adding more staff to the total prebankruoptcy headcount of 31 or so.

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    6. Downtown Springfield poster exhibit shows how small changes can have healthy impacts

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      Downtown Springfield poster exhibit shows how small changes can have healthy impacts

      A popular poster exhibit of Springfield residents spotlighting the small but significant changes they make in their lives to improve their health is open every Friday through Sept. 19 from noon to 4 p.m. at the University of Massachusetts Design Center on Court Square. Free, healthy refreshments are available. It is part of the LiveWell Springfield health initiative that began two years ago to promote health, bringing together dozens of public and private organizations. “The posters are beautiful and the stories are inspiring,” said Catherine Ratté, the LiveWell Springfield project manager for the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission and principal ...

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      Comment Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Pioneer Valley Planning Commission   Springfield Technical Community College

    7. Women's Fund of Western Massachusetts awards $240,000 in grants

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      Women's Fund of Western Massachusetts awards $240,000 in grants

      The Women’s Fund of Western Massachusetts has awarded some $240,000 in partnership grant commitments to organizations in the four counties, including ones that work in the area of foster care, teen pregnancy prevention and with incarcerated mothers. "The Women’s Fund of Western Massachusetts leverages the power of partnership to positively change the landscape for women and girls in Western Massachusetts," said Elizabeth Barajas-Román, the foundation's new chief executive officer. "Our most recent grant commitment of $240,000 over three years in the four counties is a significant investment to support projects that we know will ...

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      Comment Mentions:   Greenfield Community College   Greenfield

    8. Palmer Renewable Energy plans for construction of biomass plant following Massachusetts Land Court ruling

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      Palmer Renewable Energy plans for construction of biomass plant following Massachusetts Land Court ruling

      A lawyer representing Palmer Renewable Energy said Wednesday the company is “looking forward” to moving ahead with a biomass wood burning plant in East Springfield following a state court ruling that reinstated its building permits. Thomas A. Mackie, a Boston lawyer representing the company, offered no estimate of when construction could begin, but praised the Massachusetts Land Court for ruling that the permits are valid. The Springfield Zoning Board of Appeals had overturned the building permits. That move was overruled by last week’s court decision.

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      Comment Mentions:   Palmer   Springfield

    9. Advance Welding Relocates to Springfield

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      Advance Welding Relocates to Springfield

      After more than 36 years of doing business in West Springfield, Advance Welding will relocate to Brookdale Drive in Springfield on Sept. 2. “As our capabilities and customer base continue to grow, this move will improve our ability to process our customers’ work,” said Advance Welding President Christopher Kielb.

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      Comment Mentions:   West Springfield   Springfield

    10. Fort Hill Brewery in Easthampton up and running; delivers 1st batch to local restaurants

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      Fort Hill Brewery in Easthampton up and running; delivers 1st batch to local restaurants

      Fort Hill Brewery has proudly delivered its first batch of craft beer — an Oktoberfest Lager — to local restaurants after breaking ground 22 months ago. The German-style lager is now available at venues such as Coco and the Cellar Bar, Galaxy, the Brass Cat, the Hideaway, Amy's Place, and the Apollo Grill in Easthampton, and will soon be on tap at Roberto's in Northampton, said owner and head brewer Eric Berzins. "The lager is trickier to brew than ales, because the fermentation process is conducted at a lower temperature," said Berzins. "The yeast management is different. Any mistake made ...

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      Comment Mentions:   Palmer   Northampton   Easthampton

  3. Western Massachusetts- It's Your Move