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    1. West Springfield dedicates Thomas A. Lagodich Riverfront Park Canoe and Kayak Launch along Connecticut River

      Explore masslive.com (Jun 22 2012)

      West Springfield dedicates Thomas A. Lagodich Riverfront Park Canoe and Kayak Launch along Connecticut River

      The Thomas A. Lagodich Riverfront Park Canoe and Kayak Launch off Riverdale Street was baptized twice Thursday in simmering summer heat. First, a sign was unveiled near Riverdale Street welcoming people to the attraction. After that, officials inaugurated the launch along the Connecticut River by sending out two crews paddling the aluminum canoe the late, beloved building commissioner used in the area.

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      Mentions:   West Springfield   Springfield   Chicopee

    2. Greenfield car delearships to get new building, add jobs

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      Greenfield car delearships to get new building, add jobs

      Ford and Toyota of Greenfield is planning to replace its current one-story brick building with a structure twice the size by the end of next year, The Recorder reports. The new building's size is expected to be between 33,000 and 35,000 square feet, with 22,000 square feet dedicated for parts and service.The current building totals about 17,000 square feet.

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      Mentions:   Greenfield   The Republican

    3. Holyoke's Community Field reopens after year-long, $3.1 million renovation

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      Holyoke's Community Field reopens after year-long, $3.1 million renovation

      After a $3.1 million renovation, Community Field will reopen Saturday with a ceremony that will include police and firefighters playing volleyball.  A ribbon-cutting will take place at the park off Cherry Street at 12:30 p.m.

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      Mentions:   Holyoke   Basketball Hall of Fame   The Republican

    4. Massachusetts debuts tax credit for market-rate housing - Boston Business Journal

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      “This new program will expand housing opportunities in our Gateway Cities,” said Aaron Gornstein, undersecretary of the Department of Housing & Community Development (DHCD). “We look forward to working with mayors, city leaders and the development community.”

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Chicopee   Holyoke

    5. Holyoke skateboarders discuss sites for park at hearing on $250,000 plan

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      Holyoke skateboarders discuss sites for park at hearing on $250,000 plan

      Mayor Alex B. Morse has designated $250,000 of the city’s share of the federal Community Development Block Grant for a skateboard park.  Donald R. Welch, a police officer and former city councilor, said Pulaski Park is near his home and he takes his grandchildren there. A concern is drug users like the seclusion there and police have to make numerous drug arrests. The Lawrence School is an easier-to-access location, he said.

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      Mentions:   Holyoke   The Republican

    6. Peter, Paul Picknelly in negotiations to develop casinos in Springfield

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      Peter, Paul Picknelly in negotiations to develop casinos in Springfield

      Kevin E. Kennedy, the chief development officer for the city of Springfield, said he has met separately with each of the Picknelly brothers to discuss possible casinos for the city's downtown, but Kennedy said his job right now is to just to listen to proposals.

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      Mentions:   Mohegan Sun   Palmer   Springfield City Council

    7. Close proximity: A vision for the Valley: Smart planning

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      It goes on to describe a goal of "mutual consistency" among the master plans of neighboring towns and to offer a system of review of local planning coupled with recommendations for adjustment and the tools and resources to accomplish them. (Amherst is already tapping into this support in the form of PVPC assistance in crafting a Transfer of Development Rights bylaw that would help protect undeveloped outlying areas by trading building permits to denser areas.) When member towns commit to this process, they naturally bring zoning and development into line with anti-sprawl objectives across town borders.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Pioneer Valley Planning Commission   Amherst

    8. For North Carolina artist Patrick T. Dougherty, massive sculpture in caddywompus style at Springfield's Quadrangle is 'stick-y' business

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      For North Carolina artist Patrick T. Dougherty, massive sculpture in caddywompus style at Springfield's Quadrangle is 'stick-y' business

      Construction on his 238th massive sculpture continues at the Quadrangle grounds through Friday. It will remain on display for a year, erected in the area where the Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden – and its Lorax character which “speak(s) for the trees” – is located.

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      Mentions:   Smith College   MassMutual   Springfield

    9. Massachusetts Senate approves bailout for MBTA, rejects control board | masslive

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      Massachusetts Senate approves bailout for MBTA, rejects control board | masslive

      The Pioneer Valley authority provides fixed-route bus service and paratransit service to 24 communities, including Amherst, Chicopee, Holyoke, Northampton, Palmer, Springfield and Westfield. The service is used by elderly people, college students, the disabled and people without cars.

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      Mentions:   Palmer   Springfield   Amherst

    10. Final $17 million for Union Station means rehabilitation can move forward on new train, bus station in Springfield

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      Final $17 million for Union Station means rehabilitation can move forward on new train, bus station in Springfield

      Construction on those rail lines in Massachusetts will begin in July, said Timothy W. Brennan, executive director of the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission. Rail work should be done by 2014. The state is also studying future improvements to the east-west Boston-Worcester- Springfield rail corridor.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   The Republican   Congressman Richard E. Neal

    11. MGM Resorts, Ameristar casino companies among new sponsors of Springfield's Fourth of July fireworks

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      MGM Resorts, Ameristar casino companies among new sponsors of Springfield's Fourth of July fireworks

      During a press conference Tuesday at the park, Spirit of Springfield presented details of the July 4 event, which is known as “Star Spangled Springfield.” MassMutual Financial Group returns as the lead sponsor.

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      Mentions:   MassMutual   Springfield   The Republican

    12. Dedication of Westfield Great River Bridges will kick off days of city-wide celebration

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      Dedication of Westfield Great River Bridges will kick off days of city-wide celebration

      The official dedication of the $80 million Great River Bridges June 29 will kick off several days of celebrations and activities designed to bring people to the Depot Square and downtown sections of the city.

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Westfield State University   Westfield

    13. 'Man Candles' sales take off for Yankee - Boston Business Journal

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      'Man Candles' sales take off for Yankee - Boston Business Journal

      Yankee Candle Company's new line of "Man Candles" includes scents like "riding mower," "2 x 4," "First Down," and "Man Town." It's a departure from the typical scented candle offering, but Yankee says Man Candles are selling well.

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      Mentions:   Yankee Candle, Inc.

    14. Raising Their Game | BusinessWest

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      Raising Their Game | BusinessWest

      The current visitorship, less than half those original estimates, provides revenues totaling roughly 20% of the Hall’s annual budget, much less than originally projected, said Doleva, adding that this simple math, combined with the albatross-like mortgage and construction costs that were $1 million over budget, has left the Hall in need of solid revenue sources. It has found one in a growing number of events staged at its various facilities, which include Center Court, an auditorium, and several meeting facilities. They now book 175 to 200 events annually.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   MassMutual Center   Springfield

    15. View Finders | BusinessWest

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      View Finders | BusinessWest

      Walk inside the Westfield headquarters of Instrument Technology Inc., and the first thing you’ll notice is the totem pole. It’s kind of hard to miss, rising dramatically up two levels of the front atrium.

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      Mentions:   West Springfield   Springfield   Westfield

    16. Framing the Future | BusinessWest

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      Framing the Future | BusinessWest

      For this issue, BusinessWest talked with Plotkin and Simpson about what they’ve done in One Financial Plaza, and also about how they expect that seed that’s been planted to germinate and yield something special.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Westfield State University   Springfield

    17. Driving Force

      Explore BusinessWest (Jun 19 2012)

      Driving Force

      Over the years, Advance Welding has expanded several times, most recently with an addition that doubled the size of the current facility on Allston Avenue, while also increasing its workforce from two to the current eight, with more additions likely. As equal partners in the venture, Kielb and Mitton, who essentially grew up in the shop handling a variety of jobs, both oversee the staff and wear several hats while doing so.

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      Mentions:   Massachusetts Office of Business Development   General Dynamics   West Springfield

    18. Tornado changes career course for Mass. entrepreneur - Mass High Tech Business News

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      Tornado changes career course for Mass. entrepreneur - Mass High Tech Business News

      Tornado changes career course for Mass. entrepreneur

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    19. Daniel Warwick of Springfield chosen new superintendent of schools

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      Daniel Warwick of Springfield chosen new superintendent of schools

      Daniel J. Warwick, who rose through the ranks of the Springfield school system over a 35-year career, was chosen Monday night as the city’s new superintendent of schools.

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   Springfield   The Republican

    20. Bank merger pace quickens, more could be in the offing

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      Bank merger pace quickens, more could be in the offing

      United Financial Bancorp, parent company of United Bank, plans to buy the parent of Enfield-based New England Bank for $91 million in cash and stock. United Bank will then be the largest bank with headquarters in Greater Springfield and the 10th largest bank headquartered in New England, said Richard B. Collins, United Bank’s chairman, president and CEO. Pre-deal, United Bank was 14th largest with $1.6 billion in assets.

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      Mentions:   West Springfield   Western New England University   Berkshire Bank

    21. Goodguys car show on Big E grounds features more than 1,000 hot rods and custom cars

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      Goodguys car show on Big E grounds features more than 1,000 hot rods and custom cars

      “We’ve had a good experience and plan on holding it here again next year,” said Brandon Flannery, a feature editor for Goodguys magazine and an organizer for the event.

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      Mentions:   West Springfield   Springfield   Eastern States Exposition

    22. Westfield inventor Gary Webster develops adult tricycle to promote U.S. manufacturing

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      Westfield inventor Gary Webster develops adult tricycle to promote U.S. manufacturing

      Back when the recession first hit, mechanical engineer Gary P. Webster noticed the manufacturers that had always hired him to design and build automation systems for their factories were sending those factories overseas.

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      Mentions:   West Springfield   Springfield   Westfield

    23. Lt. Gov. Timothy Murray hails Microtest Laboratories in Agawam as example of growth in life science industry

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      Lt. Gov. Timothy Murray hails Microtest Laboratories in Agawam as example of growth in life science industry

      Lt. Gov. Timothy P. Murray this week hailed Microtest Laboratories Inc. as an example of the growth that is possible for life science businesses in West Massachusetts after taking a tour of its facilities.  “What struck me is the potential for growth,” Murray said.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Massachusetts Life Sciences Center   Holyoke Community College

    24. Great River Bridges, other downtown Westfield construction projects, near end

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      Great River Bridges, other downtown Westfield construction projects, near end Construction involving the Great River Bridge, and Elm, Main and Broad streets and Park Square renovations are coming to an end and is being welcomed by merchants and consumers alike. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Chicopee   Westfield

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