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    1. Prolamina Corp. in Westfield celebrates expansion | masslive.com

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      Prolamina Corp. in Westfield celebrates expansion | masslive.com

      Prolamina Corp. celebrated a ceremonial groundbreaking for its expanded Westfield operation this week.  The Westfield facility produces flexible packaging solutions from the most basic to the most technologically advanced multi-layer packaging substrate, according to a news release. Westfield's 250,000-square-foot manufacturing facility has been in operation for more 30 years.

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    2. MassBenchmarks: Bay State economy growth strongest since 1990s | masslive.com

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      MassBenchmarks: Bay State economy growth strongest since 1990s | masslive.com

      The Massachusetts economy - measured by employment, labor force and gross state product - is growing stronger now than at any time since the go-go 1990s - according to economists at MassBenchmarks.  MassBenchmarks is the journal of the Massachusetts economy and is published by the University of Massachusetts Donahue Institute in collaboration with the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston.

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    3. Hartford-based health insurance company Aetna to buy Humana for $37 billion | masslive.com

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      Hartford-based health insurance company Aetna to buy Humana for $37 billion | masslive.com

      Aetna will spend $37 billion to buy rival Humana and become the latest health insurer bulking up on government business as the industry adjusts to the federal health care overhaul.  The proposed cash-and-stock deal, announced early Friday, could make Aetna the nation's second-largest insurer and a sizeable player in the rapidly growing Medicare Advantage business, which offers privately run versions of the federally funded health care program for the elderly and some people with disabilities.  It also would bolster Aetna's presence in the state- and federally funded Medicaid program and Tricare coverage for military personnel and their families.


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    4. Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden big draw at Springfield Quadrangle

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      Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden big draw at Springfield Quadrangle

      There are a lot of characters hanging around the Quadrangle at the Springfield Museums and they go by the names Horton, Grinch, Max, Thidwick and more. These characters were born in the mind of Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss and comprise the Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden.

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    5. Work on new Advance Auto Parts begins behind Hadley Corner Shops, Route 9 Hadley

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      Work on new Advance Auto Parts begins behind Hadley Corner Shops, Route 9 Hadley

      Developer Eugene Crowley of Natick said the new store could open by the end of the year. The Planning Board approved plans for the 6,900-square- foot store in April. Crowley developed Hadley Corner, which includes Starbuck's, Sprint, Aspen Dental, Hot Table Panini, Pizza Studio and the Men's Wearhouse, which opened this spring. There is one available business for rent. Crowley in an email said they are being selective with the final tenant as the plaza is doing well. The Roanoke Advance Auto Parts has stores in Springfield, Easthampton, Ware, West Springfield, Westfield and Holyoke.

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      Comment Mentions:   West Springfield   Springfield   Amherst

    6. Photos: Baystate Academy Charter Public School unveils new location in Springfield

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      Photos: Baystate Academy Charter Public School unveils new location in Springfield

      Baystate Academy Charter Public School officials on Thursday offered a "sneak peek" tour of the new location, the former site of the U.S. Envelope Company headquarters on Roosevelt Avenue. The school started out on Franklin Street at the former Our Lady of Rosary School building but has outgrown that site. Starting in the fall, the next school year will take place at the new Roosevelt Avenue address with grades 6 through 9, with 320 students enrolled

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      Comment Mentions:   Baystate Health   Springfield

    7. Baystate Health Announces Completion of Noble Acquisition

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      Baystate Health Announces Completion of Noble Acquisition

      The trustees of Baystate Health and Noble Hospital announced that Noble and its affiliated entities are now part of Baystate Health. As of July 1, the hospital will be known as Baystate Noble Hospital and will join Baystate’s team of community hospitals in Greenfield, Palmer, and Ware. Ronald Bryant, currently president and CEO of Noble Hospital, will accept the position of president of Baystate Noble Hospital, in accordance with Baystate Health’s structure for its community-hospital leadership. 

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    8. South Hadley company chosen for Springfield Civic Center parking garage renovation project

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      South Hadley company chosen for Springfield Civic Center parking garage renovation project

      The Springfield Parking Authority has selected Marois Construction of South Hadley for an $889,940 project to renovate and repair the Civic Center parking garage in downtown Springfield. The parking authority's board is meeting July 14, to consider approving the contract with Marois and a notice to proceed, with renovations slated to begin shortly thereafter, said Mary E. McNally, the authority's executive director. The renovations should be completed by late October, she said Wednesday.

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      Comment Mentions:   MassMutual Center   Springfield

    9. Teachers' special: New Silverbrick Lofts in downtown Springfield offer rental discount to educators

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      Teachers' special: New Silverbrick Lofts in downtown Springfield offer rental discount to educators

      As the Springfield school system prepares to welcome newly minted college graduates to teach in the city, one of the first questions out-of-town recruits ask is: "Where's a nice place to live?" The school district and DevelopSpringfield believe they've found the perfect address: the Silverbrick Lofts apartment complex at 15 Taylor St. in downtown Springfield, which has recently undergone a $6 million renovation. If the soaring architecture and light-drenched units of the four-building, pet-friendly complex aren't enough of an incentive to buy-in, there's a 10 to 20 percent rental discount for teachers.

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    10. Holyoke business Elevation Art and Framing opens at Gateway City Arts

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      Holyoke business Elevation Art and Framing opens at Gateway City Arts

      Elevation Art and Framing has marked its grand opening at Gateway City Arts, 92 Race St. "It's great to be in Gateway City Arts because they have a lot of classes here. It's great to be in an arts environment," owner Colleen Conlon said in a phone interview Wednesday (July 1). Conlon, a Connecticut native and now Holyoke resident, said her is goal is to deliver excellent design and creative quality framing with high-quality materials to enhance and protect artwork or other important displays.

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      Comment Mentions:   Greater Holyoke Chamber of Commerce   Kathleen G. Anderson   Holyoke

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