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    1. What's a 'dynamic merge system'? MassDOT public meeting on I-91 Springfield project will explain

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      What's a 'dynamic merge system'? MassDOT public meeting on I-91 Springfield project will explain

      The Massachusetts Department of Transportation plans to use "dynamic merge technology" to smooth traffic flow through the Interstate 91 construction zone and will explain the system at a public meeting on Sept. 13. The meeting, the latest in a series of quarterly public meetings, is set for 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m, in the third floor conference room of the MassLive Building, 1350 Main St.

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      Comment Mentions:   Springfield   Massachusetts Department of Transportation

    2. Tips to seek grants for arts, other projects coming at Holyoke workshop

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      Tips to seek grants for arts, other projects coming at Holyoke workshop

      The Holyoke Local Cultural Council will offer tips at a workshop on how to apply for the annual round of state grants for projects in the arts, humanities and sciences Sept. 10 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Senior Center, 291 Pine St. "This is truly what we try to do on the cultural council is fund as many diverse projects as we can. We kind of think of it as seed money to get various projects going in Holyoke," council Chairwoman Navae Fenwick Rodriguez said in a phone interview Aug. 19.

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    3. Free job training available to Holyokers in MGM Springfield casino, Holyoke Community College culinary program

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      Free job training available to Holyokers in MGM Springfield casino, Holyoke Community College culinary program

      The training will be provided by a new facility called the MGM Resorts HCC Center for Culinary Arts at Holyoke. That facility is scheduled to open a year from now in the Cubit Building at 164 Race St., a former factory building downtown that is under renovation. But until that space is ready, the numerous training sessions will begin in October and continue over the next year in HCC classrooms, the kitchen at Dean Technical High School here at 1045 Main St. and sites in Springfield, said Robert Griffin, director of program operations at the Kittredge Center for Business and ...

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      Comment Mentions:   Holyoke Community College   Springfield   Holyoke

    4. Operator of CityStage, Springfield Symphony Hall sees financial challenges as it renews venue contracts

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      Operator of CityStage, Springfield Symphony Hall sees financial challenges as it renews venue contracts

      Springfield Performing Arts Development Corp. formed in the late 1990s as a division of the Springfield Business Development Corp. The group took over management of the former StageWest in 1998, renaming the venue CityStage. StageWest, a resident professional theater company that had operated in the Columbus Center space since it opened in 1984, shut down after accumulating $700,000 in debt — a financial situation blamed at the time on a waning subscriber base, poor management and challenges nonprofit theaters were facing around the country, according to a report in the Union-News, predecessor to The Republican.

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      Comment Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Springfield   Peter Pan Bus Lines

    5. CNBC lists Springfield on 'Top 10' list of overlooked cities with rising business opportunities

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      CNBC lists Springfield on 'Top 10' list of overlooked cities with rising business opportunities

      The news organization listed the MGM Springfield casino project in the South End and the CRRC USA Rail Corp. subway car factory project in East Springfield as two major economic development projects under construction. In addition, CNBC cited the city's FutureCity 2026 report's findings that three-quarters of Springfield's companies are small businesses with fewer than four employees, 20 percent higher than the nationwide and state averages, according to the CNBC summary.

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      Comment Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   Springfield   Kevin Kennedy

    6. Springfield Cultural District Seeking Unconventional Gallery Proposals

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      Springfield Cultural District Seeking Unconventional Gallery Proposals

      The Springfield Central Cultural District (SCCD) has issued a call to artists for a unique opportunity in downtown Springfield. The cultural district is searching for artists to host a solo show and sell their work in one of three locations downtown: New England Public Radio (NEPR), SilverBrick Lofts, and 1550 Main. Applications are due on Thursday, Sept. 1. The request for proposals asks for proposals from artists of all mediums to show their work from October to December 2016. Requirements to what the art should look like are fairly laid-back, to best enable creative expression. All art will be available ...

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      Comment Mentions:   Springfield

    7. Eastern States Exposition Taps White Lion to Brew Its Centennial Ale

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      Eastern States Exposition Taps White Lion to Brew Its Centennial Ale

      White Lion Brewing Co., in collaboration with Williams Distributing and the Student Prince and the Fort, will commemorate the Eastern States Exposition’s 100th anniversary with an exclusive centennial ale.  This limited-quantity Kolsch ale will be featured at one of the newest Big E venues from Sept. 16 through Oct. 2: the Wurst Haus, located near the New England Center and the Coliseum, where the Student Prince and the Fort will feature its German menu.

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      Comment Mentions:   Springfield   Eastern States Exposition   Student Prince

    8. Chicopee Cultural Council to request input on arts funding

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      Chicopee Cultural Council to request input on arts funding

      The city's Cultural Council will hold a public meeting to get input from residents on how they think state money for the arts should be spent. Every year state lawmakers allocate money in the budget to the Massachusetts Cultural Council, which then distributes money to each community to fund arts programs. The funding can be spent on a wide variety of programs and activities in the arts, humanities and interpretive sciences. In the past the Chicopee Cultural Council has funded library programs for children, outdoor concerts, field trips, theater productions and writing workshops.

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      Comment Mentions:   Chicopee

    9. Financial Review Publication Names PeoplesBank to Top Ten List

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      Financial Review Publication Names PeoplesBank to Top Ten List

      AdvisoryHQ has named PeoplesBank to its list of The Top Ten Banks in Massachusetts after an extensive review, PeoplesBank said. The publication described the list as follows: "The names on this list of banks in Massachusetts are all very distinctive from one another, yet all have many advantages, benefits, and value-creating products and services that make them excellent choices for consumers seeking the very best in financial services.

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      Comment Mentions:   Springfield   Holyoke

    10. Brian Houle Receives Spherion Staffing’s Excellence in Safety Award

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      Brian Houle Receives Spherion Staffing’s Excellence in Safety Award

      Spherion Staffing Services, a local recruiting, staffing, and workforce-solutions provider, recently honored West Springfield franchise owner Brian Houle with the company’s 2016 Excellence in Safety Award. The annual award recognizes the Spherion owner who maintains the lowest workplace-injury rate among placed employees during the previous year and consistently demonstrates a safety-first mentality. Through an emphasis on safety protocols and a commitment to ensuring employees understand and adhere to workplace regulations, Houle and his team improved their year-over-year injury frequency rate by nearly 20%. Houle frequently participates in panels and calls to relay new safety-improvement best practices, and implements new ...

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      Comment Mentions:   West Springfield   Springfield   Sisters of Providence Health System

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