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    1. UMass agrees to continue funding additional ambulances on weekends in Amherst

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      UMass agrees to continue funding additional ambulances on weekends in Amherst

      Amherst Town Manager John Musante said, "I want to offer my continuing thanks to Chancellor (Kumble) Subbaswamy and UMass for helping the Town of Amherst meet ambulance service demands at peak times for all members of our community."

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      Comment Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Amherst   John Musante

    2. Customers happy to see Atkins open in North Amherst

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      Customers happy to see Atkins open in North Amherst

      Market manager Matt O'Brien said "it's a work in progress," but the morning "was pretty smooth." And of course the world renown cider donuts were in demand. He said he brought some in at 6, another order was delivered at 8:30 and a third delivery came in at about 10. He said that was about 30 dozen gone. Peter Jessup lives nearby and came in for a salad. "We're thrilled about it," he said. He said he can walk over for a salad or coffee and not have to drive to Whole Foods. And he can ...

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      Comment Mentions:   Amherst

    3. Holyoke Chamber Slates Ask-an-expert Workshop for Sept. 9

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      Holyoke Chamber Slates Ask-an-expert Workshop for Sept. 9

      he Greater Holyoke Chamber of Commerce announced the return of the popular ACE (Ask a Chamber Expert) business workshop series. Sponsored by PeoplesBank and the Republican/MassLive, the series is member-taught by successful, knowledgeable community business owners and professionals who are eager to pass on their knowledge to business people and entrepreneurs in Greater Holyoke communities.

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    4. Baystate Health gets $2.5 million grant 'to transform how we care for older people' | masslive.com

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      Baystate Health gets $2.5 million grant 'to transform how we care for older people' | masslive.com

      Baystate Health is the recipient of $2.5 million federal grant to give health care providers more training in the medical needs of older adults through a regional project that will integrate palliative and geriatric care.  The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services grant was awarded through the Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program of the Health Resources and Services Administration.

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    5. Best Buy to close Hampshire Mall and Berkshire Mall stores | masslive.com

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      Best Buy to close Hampshire Mall and Berkshire Mall stores | masslive.com

      Electronics and appliance retailer Best Buy will not renew its lease at the Hampshire Mall in Hadley.  The location will close at the end of business Oct. 31, Best Buy spokeswoman Carly Charlson said Monday. The location has 64 employees, 26 full-time and 38 part-time. All will have the ability to apply for jobs elsewhere in the chain. Those who are not hired elsewhere will get a severance package, she said.

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    6. UMass chosen as lead institution in $75 million federal initiative

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      UMass chosen as lead institution in $75 million federal initiative

      The U.S. Department of Defense has named the University of Massachusetts as the lead institution in New England for its national Flexible Hybrid Electronics Manufacturing Innovation Institute. The $75 million federal initiative is aimed at creating a competitive, effective and sustainable research-to-manufacturing collaboration between U.S. industry and academia to solve problems in advanced manufacturing, according to a UMass press release.

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      Comment Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Amherst   Kumble Subbaswamy

    7. Smith & Wesson quarterly earnings: Sales up 12.1 percent | masslive.com

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      Smith & Wesson quarterly earnings: Sales up 12.1 percent | masslive.com

      Smith & Wesson reported Thursday that its net sales were up 12.1 percent for its most recent quarter compared with the same time last year.  The corporation issued a news release just after the close of the stock market Thursday, stating:  Sales were $147.8 million for the three months ending July 31. That is up from $131.86 million for the same time period last year.

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    8. USDA officials impressed with Chinese Charter school program in Hadley

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      USDA officials impressed with Chinese Charter school program in Hadley

      Without a $10.6 million U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development loan, the Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion Charter School would not be in the position to teach more students or offer the kinds of programs it will begin offering next week in the new classroom building. On Thursday, school officials gave a tour to USDA Undersecretary for Rural Development Lisa Mensah and state director for Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island Scott Soares among others to show them what their rural development loan has paid for.

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    9. Holyoke celebrates return of passenger train service with $4.3 million station platform

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      Holyoke celebrates return of passenger train service with $4.3 million station platform

      Passenger train service was welcomed back to Holyoke Thursday (Aug. 27) after 50 years. "There is no doubt that Holyoke is on the map. We've been on the map, and today, even more so," Mayor Alex B. Morse said. State and local officials cut the ceremonial ribbon to open the new, $4.3 million Holyoke Passenger Rail Platform at Depot Square, Main and Dwight streets, where Amtrak will make two stops a day -- one northbound, one southbound.

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      Comment Mentions:   Amtrak   Springfield   Holyoke

    10. Minority-owned contractors make pitch for MGM Springfield casino project work | masslive.com

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      Minority-owned contractors make pitch for MGM Springfield casino project work | masslive.com

      The $800 million MGM Springfield casino is not slated to open until September of 2018, and tile work – BK Tile's bread and butter – is among the last tasks in a construction project so there would be a long wait for the work, Whitaker said.  MGM officials were conducting interviews on Thursday and Friday with representatives of interested minority-owned and women-owned union-construction companies. In June, MGM had meetings with veteran owned business representatives

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