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    1. Peter Pan bus Lines adds new Hyannis-to-Boston and Logan Airport service | masslive.com

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      Peter Pan bus Lines adds new Hyannis-to-Boston and Logan Airport service | masslive.com

      Peter Pan Bus Lines will add new daily express service for Cape Cod running between Hyannis, Boston and Logan International Airport.  The new bus route starts Monday, May 2.  The bus will originate from the Hyannis Transportation Center. The route will also service the Barnstable and Sagamore park-and-ride lots, which offer free commuter parking.  Peter Pan's website, peterpan.com, advertises fares as low as $8.50 with buses departing Hyannis at 6 a.m. and 10 a.m. and at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. The bus is expected to arrive at Logan one hour and 50 ...

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    2. Massachusetts economy grows in first quarter; but some unemployment measures still troubling | masslive.com

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      Massachusetts economy grows in first quarter; but some unemployment measures still troubling | masslive.com

      The real gross domestic product in Massachusetts grew at an annual rate of 2.3 percent in the first quarter of 2016, handily beating the national average.  The national economy grew at an annual rate of of 0.5 percent, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce.  MassBenchmarks, a regular study of the state's economy prepared by the University of Massachusetts Donahue Institute, indicated Thursday that the the pace of economic growth in Massachusetts picked up in the first three months of 2016 after slowing in the second half of 2015.

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      Comment Mentions:   University of Massachusetts

    3. Seen@ the Dress For Success Common Threads 2016 gala | masslive.com

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      Seen@ the Dress For Success Common Threads 2016 gala | masslive.com

      Western Massachusetts Dress For Success's 2016 Common Threads gala brought workplace fashion and inspiring stories to the Carriage House in West Springfield on Thursday, April 28.  Dress For Success, a Springfield-based organization that supplies women with the tools and clothes they need to pursue employment, used the event to honor several alumni from the program, who walked the gala's red carpet in business attire. The night's programing, which was hosted by WWLP's Kait Walsh, also featured short speeches by successful women, including Senator Gale Candaras, MassLive President Allison Werder and Baystate Health's Jennifer Endicott.

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    4. Photos: Seen@ 2016 Grinspoon Entrepreneurship Awards ceremony in Holyoke | masslive.com

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      Photos: Seen@ 2016 Grinspoon Entrepreneurship Awards ceremony in Holyoke | masslive.com

      The Harold Grinspoon Charitable Foundation's Entrepreneurship Initiative honored 78 Pioneer Valley college and university students n Wednesday for their entrepreneurial spirit by launching a business or developing an exceptional business concept. The evening showcased 56 businesses and services as part of the Grinspoon Class of 2016. 

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      Comment Mentions:   Holyoke

    5. State labor Sec. Ronald Walker praises Tech Foundry training program | masslive.com

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      State labor Sec. Ronald Walker praises Tech Foundry training program | masslive.com

      Massachusetts Sec. of Labor and Workforce Development Ronald Walker toured the workforce training nonprofit Tech Foundry on Monday and came away impressed, he said.  'I like the model. The model is collaborative. It includes the businesses and the training directly for the jobs available, and the hands on training really makes sense,' Walker said in an interview.  Tech Foundry, a nonprofit that partners with organizations and corporations including Baystate Health, Crocker Communications, the Davis Foundation and the Beveridge Family Foundation, offers job skills training for Western Mass. residents trying to enter the information technology or coding fields. The program graduated ...

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    6. Tighe & Bond Honored for Advancing Women in Engineering

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      Tighe & Bond Honored for Advancing Women in Engineering

      The Connecticut chapter of the Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS CT) honored Tighe & Bond as Employer of the Year during its annual awards dinner on April 14 at St. Clement’s Castle in Portland, Conn. The recognition applauded the firm’s support of WTS, and for providing ongoing opportunities to advance women in their engineering and transportation careers. “It is an honor for our firm to receive this award, and we are thrilled that WTS CT selected us,” said David Pinsky, president and CEO of Tighe & Bond, who accepted the award on the firm’s behalf. “Our firm takes recruiting ...

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    7. Springfield Regional Chamber After 5 to Kick Off Summer
 May 18

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      Springfield Regional Chamber After 5 to Kick Off Summer
 May 18

      The Springfield Regional Chamber will hold a “Kickoff to Summer” After 5 on Wednesday, May 18 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Colony Club, 1500 Main St., Springfield. Sponsored by Wolf & Company, P.C., the after-hours networking event provides an opportunity for the business community to gather and network in an informal setting. Attendees will enjoy networking, a cash bar, and hors d’oeuvres on the club’s patio under the late-setting sun.

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      Comment Mentions:   Springfield

    8. Baystate Health gets OK to build $27 million power plant for cost savings, reduced gas emissions | masslive.com

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      Baystate Health gets OK to build $27 million power plant for cost savings, reduced gas emissions | masslive.com

      Baystate Health Systems received City Council approval this week to construct a new $27 million combined heat and power plant that will trigger millions of dollars in energy savings and a significant reduction in greenhouse gases.  The council voted unanimously to grant a special permit for the project on Monday night following a public hearing at City Hall.  The power plant will be located at 257 Marvin St., adjacent to the existing power plant, said Sean Gouvin, Baystate Health's director of facilities. Baystate owns the Marvin Street property and will relocate a historic house there to another site in ...

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    9. $35K state earmark aims to help Westfield State University build military service center for veterans | masslive.com

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      $35K state earmark aims to help Westfield State University build military service center for veterans | masslive.com

      Westfield State was given a $35,000 earmark in the House budget to create the center. The earmark must still be passed by the Senate before it becomes law. It was one of several earmarks passed by the House on Monday and Tuesday to benefit Western Massachusetts organizations.  Other area colleges, including Holyoke Community College and the University of Massachusetts, have similar military service centers. Westfield State is one of only three public colleges and universities that does not have one.

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      Comment Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Holyoke Community College   Westfield State University

    10. PeoplesBank Issues Annual Green Report

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      PeoplesBank Issues Annual Green Report

      On Earth Day, April 22, individuals and organizations around the world will reflect on the environment, climate change, and a variety of other issues affecting the planet. Through its green values and actions to support environmental sustainability, PeoplesBank believes that it can help make the region a healthier place to live, work, and raise a family.

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