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    1. Western New England University announces Mini-Law School | masslive.com

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      Western New England University announces Mini-Law School | masslive.com

      Western New England University School of Law will open its doors to the community with a five-week program focusing on Gender, Sexuality, Families, and the Law. The Mini-Law School will be held from April 12 – May 10, 2016 on Tuesday evenings from 6-8:00 p.m. at Western New England University, 1215 Wilbraham Road, Springfield, MA.

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    2. United Way Chapters Ask Supporters to ‘Show the Love for Kids’

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      United Way Chapters Ask Supporters to ‘Show the Love for Kids’

      United Way of Pioneer Valley, United Way of Hampshire County, and United Way of Franklin County are collaborating for a new mobile-giving campaign called “Show the Love for Kids.”  Aimed at smartphone donors, United Way’s text-to-give effort allows people to easily contribute to programs that impact the lives of children in Franklin, Hampshire, and Hampden counties.

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    3. Leadership Institute 2016 Begins This Week

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      Leadership Institute 2016 Begins This Week

      Western New England University and the Springfield Regional Chamber are partnering to offer “Leadership 2016: Skills for Personal, Organizational, and Community Development.” Seven consecutive sessions will be held from 1 to 4:30 p.m. every Thursday from Feb. 11 through March 24.

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    4. Plumbing Wholesale company moving to Chicopee; Will invest $3 million in business | masslive.com

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      Plumbing Wholesale company moving to Chicopee; Will invest $3 million in business | masslive.com

      A family-owned wholesale distributor plumbing and heating supplies plumbing from the Boston area has purchased a vacant warehouse building and has expanded its business to Western Massachusetts.  P.V. Sullivan Supply Co., Inc. purchased the former Burke Beverage building at 1125 Sheridan St. and is currently renovating the 43,000 square-foot building, said Greg Hanley, account executive for the business.  Over time the company expects to invest about $3 million into the new business, including the renovations and the purchase of equipment, he said.

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      Comment Mentions:   Chicopee

    5. Demolition of I-91 Viaduct Deck Begins Feb. 10

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      Demolition of I-91 Viaduct Deck Begins Feb. 10

      MassDOT’s contractor, the joint venture of White-Schiavone, will begin demolishing the I-91 viaduct’s reinforced concrete bridge deck on Wednesday, Feb. 10. The work will take place in the inner northbound lane of the viaduct along the median, which is currently closed. The contractor will work a day shift (7 a.m. to 5 p.m.) and a night shift (4 p.m. to midnight) on Mondays through Fridays.  Demolition of the inner northbound lane deck is expected to continue through April 2017. Demolition of other portions of the viaduct deck will continue through summer 2017.

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    6. Housing and Economic Development Secretary Jay Ash urges Tech Foundry students to 'pave the way' for innovation | masslive.com

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      Housing and Economic Development Secretary Jay Ash urges Tech Foundry students to 'pave the way' for innovation | masslive.com

      Days after Gov. Charlie Baker proposed a $918 million bill to boost economic development in Massachusetts, Sec. of Housing and Economic Development Jay Ash took a tour of Tech Foundry -- the job training initiative that founder Delcie Bean has pitched as an tool to bring Silicon Valley-style innovation to Western Mass.  Ash, following a private talk with Bean and Tech Foundry Director of Strategic Partnership Jonathan Edwards, took in part of a Javascript class being held at Tech Foundry's headquarters nine stories above Main Street.

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    7. Springfield native Michelle LaRocque brings 'It Makes Scents' line to downtown Westfield | masslive.com

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      Springfield native Michelle LaRocque brings 'It Makes Scents' line to downtown Westfield | masslive.com

      Downtown Westfield's Creative Arts Center 'The Gallery,' together with Westfield On Weekends, Inc., located at the Rinnova Building at 105 Elm St., is filled with custom crafted products.  The newest creative collaborator is Springfield native Michelle LaRocque with her 'It Makes Scents' hi-quality product lines of essential oil body sprays and soaps. Using a melt-and-pour glycerin soap process and a cold-process, LaRocque custom blends high-quality ingredients throughout the multipurpose soap process creating a unique fragrant experience.

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      Comment Mentions:   Springfield   Westfield

    8. Massachusetts Economic Development Secretary Jay Ash: Holyoke education a top priority | masslive.com

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      Massachusetts Economic Development Secretary Jay Ash: Holyoke education a top priority | masslive.com

      Jay Ash, Massachusetts secretary of Housing and Economic Development, discussed Holyoke and its school system Thursday during the question-and-answer period following his breakfast speech to the Human Service Forum, a trade group of local nonprofit agencies, their supporters and their contractors.  Though he is not the state education secretary, Ash spoke K-12 education including vocational high schools and community colleges in terms of providing a workforce for economic growth. In answering a question, he spoke not only of the special attention that schools in Holyoke, Lawrence and now Southbridge receive following state takeovers, but also of the limitations of state ...

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    9. Hazen Paper of Holyoke continues Super Bowl tradition; once again has made holographic program cover | masslive.com

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      Hazen Paper of Holyoke continues Super Bowl tradition; once again has made holographic program cover | masslive.com

      Hazen Paper has had a hand in Super Bowl programs for the last 15 years and since 2006 has done the three-dimensional holographic work within the company and in Holyoke, said company president John H. Hazen.  Keeping the work within Hazen Paper is crucial to turning projects like the Super Bowl programs around on tight deadlines, Hazen explained. Other customers, from poster printers to packaging companies, require similarly tight turnarounds.  'I think that is the only way to survive as a manufacturer in North America,' John Hazen said. 'So much has left for overseas. But the logistics are so difficult.'

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    10. I-91 reconstruction project in Springfield ahead of schedule, says MassDOT Sec. Stephanie Pollack | masslive.com

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      I-91 reconstruction project in Springfield ahead of schedule, says MassDOT Sec. Stephanie Pollack | masslive.com

      The major rehabilitation work on Interstate 91 through Downtown Springfield is at or ahead of schedule thanks to a mild, snow-free winter and to an incentive clause that pays contractors a bonus for getting the project done even sooner.  The $183.3 million project is estimated to be completed in the late fall of 2017.  Stephanie Pollack, secretary and chief executive officer of the Department of Transportation, delivered the good news Wednesday meeting with reporters at the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission in Springfield.

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  3. Western Massachusetts- It's Your Move