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    1. Geissler's Supermarkets celebrates 90th birthday led by food industry hall of famer Jim Nilsson Jr. | masslive.com

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      Geissler's Supermarkets celebrates 90th birthday led by food industry hall of famer Jim Nilsson Jr. | masslive.com

      The Nilsson family still runs the Geissler chain of stores and works very hard to ensure that the seven supermarkets in Granby, East Windsor, South Windsor, Windsor, Bloomfield and Somers, Conn., and Agawam still have the same quality service and food that has been its reputation for years.

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      Mentions:   Basketball Hall of Fame

    2. Pratt & Whitney cuts 40 hourly jobs at East Hartford plant | masslive.com

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      Pratt & Whitney cuts 40 hourly jobs at East Hartford plant | masslive.com

      In its annual report in February, UTC indicated that it plans to eliminate 3,000 jobs this year but did not say where the cuts will be made. In addition to Pratt, UTC includes the former Hamilton Sundstrand in Windsor Locks — now part of UTC Aerospace Systems — and Sikorsky Aircraft in Stratford.

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      Mentions:   United Technologies Corp.   The Republican

    3. Mass Mentors: Volunteers to guide young people in short supply

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      Mass Mentors: Volunteers to guide young people in short supply

      Martinez and his Mass Mentoring Partnership team were in Springfield last week to meet with 30 people at the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission offices to present the Mass Mentoring Counts 2012 report and network. Also attending were sponsors and board members, as well as representatives from agencies in Hampshire, Franklin, Hampden and Berkshire counties that match at-risk young people with mentors. The list includes Big Brothers/Big Sisters programs and the Boys & Girls Club Family Center in Springfield.

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      Mentions:   Pioneer Valley Planning Commission   Springfield   Amherst

    4. International Transfer Service Inc. fifth company to get Bradley tax credit approval

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      International Transfer Service Inc. fifth company to get Bradley tax credit approval

      ITS, a 36-year-old manufacturer always located in Windsor, makes wooden crates for air-freight shipping of products from companies from Connecticut and Western Massachusetts. ITS crates the products and brings them to Bradley, where they are shipped worldwide. ITS is one of the oldest continuously running transportation companies serving the Bradley air-freight community.

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      Mentions:   The Republican

    5. Google offers search engine optimization training for Springfield-area business | masslive

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      Google offers search engine optimization training for Springfield-area business | masslive

      Google is coming to Springfield.  The Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts is working with the search-engine Google to offer free training to small businesses from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Monday, April 15, at the Springfield Marriott, 2 Boland Way, Springfield.

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    6. Pioneer Valley Transit Authority launches year-long review of bus routes in Western Massachusetts

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      Pioneer Valley Transit Authority launches year-long review of bus routes in Western Massachusetts

      Speaking at a forum on mass transportation, John P. Musante, Amherst town manager and chairman of the transit authority’s board, said the analysis will include reviews of every route as well as meetings with passengers and officials in the member communities.

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Springfield   Amherst

    7. Massachusetts Broadband Institute opens fiber-optic link from Springfield to Otis and Sandisfield

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      Massachusetts Broadband Institute opens fiber-optic link from Springfield to Otis and Sandisfield

      Gov. Deval L. Patrick and U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal, D-Springfield, were in attendance.  "I have fought hard to bring broadband technology to western and central Massachusetts for many years," Neal said in a prepared statement. "There is simply no reason why every resident, businesss and school in the region should not have reliable high speed internet access. More than one million people will benefit from this important broadband expansion project."

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Springfield Technical Community College   Springfield

    8. Springfield to receive nearly $1.3 million in new tornado disaster aid for demolition costs previously denied by FEMA

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      Springfield to receive nearly $1.3 million in new tornado disaster aid for demolition costs previously denied by FEMA

      The Federal Emergency Management Agency had initially denied to pay for Springfield's demolition costs related to the 2011 tornado, but reversed its decision and will pay nearly $1.3 million. The news of the new disaster aid follows an announcement last week that Springfield is receiving $21.9 million in disaster aid from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Community Development Block Grant program. The aid is designed to help those communities hardest hit by severe storms in 2011.

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   Springfield

    9. State lights first section of statewide broadband connection

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      State lights first section of statewide broadband connection

      Today, and in support of this mission, MBI, a division of the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative, proudly lit the first segment of the new 1,200 mile MassBroadband 123 network to 51 out of 120 community institutions from Springfield to Sandisfield, Mass.

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Massachusetts Technology Collaborative   Springfield

    10. From the Ground Up | BusinessWest

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      From the Ground Up | BusinessWest

      The first were from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), which is projecting an employment growth rate of 19% for civil engineers and 22% for environmental engineers — one of the fastest-growing subspecialties within the broad realm of civil engineering — between 2010 and 2020.

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    11. Massachusetts business confidence edges up, Associated Industries survey says

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      Massachusetts business confidence edges up, Associated Industries survey says

      The Associated Industries of Massachusetts Business Confidence index gained 1.1 points last month to reach 50.1, pretty much the neutral point on a scale that goes from 1 to 100, according to Associated Industries of Massachusetts. The March 2013 number is 4.7 points below the 54.8 points recorded in March 2012.

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      Mentions:   Associated Industries of Massachusetts   Springfield

    12. Chicopee Academy to see up to $30 million in renovation funding from Massachusetts School Building Authority

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      Chicopee Academy to see up to $30 million in renovation funding from Massachusetts School Building Authority

      Under the grant, the authority will provide up to $30.1 million, or 80 percent of a project that entails fixing structural deficiencies, and improving the building's mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems. Work on the school's windows also falls under the scope of the project.

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      Mentions:   Chicopee

    13. Massachusetts legislative leaders propose to increase gas, cigarette taxes to finance transportation improvements | masslive

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      Massachusetts legislative leaders propose to increase gas, cigarette taxes to finance transportation improvements | masslive

      Leaders of the state Legislature on Tuesday unveiled a plan to finance transportation improvements by increasing the state gas tax by 3 cents a gallon, hiking the cigarette tax by $1 a pack and increasing taxes on utilities and certain software services.

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   University of Massachusetts   West Springfield

    14. Bree-Z-Knoll dairy farm among 800 acres in Leyden to be conserved with $1.08 million state grant

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      Bree-Z-Knoll dairy farm among 800 acres in Leyden to be conserved with $1.08 million state grant

      "I am proud to stand with Governor Patrick, Lt. Governor Murray and Secretary Sullivan in announcing these grants," state Sen. Stanley Rosenberg, D-Amherst, said. "These grants are further indications that our state government recognizes the enormous value - economic and environmental - of our forested land. My congratulations to all the people in Leyden, and all those involved with the Franklin Land Trust, the DAR and the Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust for securing this substantial award."

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Amherst   Greenfield

    15. Cooley Dickinson Hospital supporters back acquisition of Northampton facility by Massachusetts General in Boston

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      Cooley Dickinson Hospital supporters back acquisition of Northampton facility by Massachusetts General in Boston

      Dozens of people attended a public hearing at Look Park Tuesday that was scheduled by the state Department of Public Health to gauge community input as it considers a proposed acquisition of Cooley Dickinson Hospital by Boston’s Massachusetts General Hospital.

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      Mentions:   Northampton   Cooley Dickinson Hospital

    16. Rebuilding Together will use 1,000 volunteers to repair and renovate 25 homes in Springfield's Old Hill neighborhood

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      Rebuilding Together will use 1,000 volunteers to repair and renovate 25 homes in Springfield's Old Hill neighborhood

      Rebuilding Together is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving affordable homeownership and to the revitalization of neighborhoods. In Springfield, it formed in 1992, and completed rebuilding 71 homes in the city in the past year with the help of approximately 5,000 volunteers.

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    17. Massachusetts Get Your Business Online with Google

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      Massachusetts Get Your Business Online with Google

      The EDC is partnering with Google to offer a free training for small business on how to take your business from offline to online on April 15 at the Springfield Marriott. Google will provide guidance on how to build a free website, register a domain name and create an online business listing.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts

    18. More nimble airport authority still on arrival | HartfordBusiness.com

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      More nimble airport authority still on arrival | HartfordBusiness.com

      Connecticut's promise of a more nimble, market-responsive airport authority has been delayed by the long process of switching authority from the state Department of Transportation.  But the promise may come to fruition soon as ConnDOT will relinquish full control to the Connecticut Airport Authority sometime between mid-April and mid-May.  'Most people are very anxious to see this happen,' said Kevin Dillon, CAA executive director. 'It is a pretty comprehensive undertaking. Most people think that one day you shake hands and the next day you're in charge.'  The state General Assembly created the CAA in June 2011 to change ...

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      Mentions:   Bradley International Airport   Delta Air Lines

    19. Massachusetts legislative leaders unveil transport plan | masslive.com

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      Massachusetts legislative leaders unveil transport plan | masslive.com

      Massachusetts legislative leaders are making the unusual move of announcing a joint House-Senate transportation financing plan.  Leaders including Senate President Therese Murray and House Speaker Robert DeLeo, both Democrats, are scheduled to attend the announcement scheduled for Tuesday morning.

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Robert DeLeo

    20. Holyoke Dean Tech vocational school will be managed by Project Grad Usa of Texas under current plan

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      Holyoke Dean Tech vocational school will be managed by Project Grad Usa of Texas under current plan

      Superintendent David L. Dupont said he is trying to forge a contract with Project GRAD USA to manage Dean Technical High School when the current manager terminates its contract with the city in June.

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      Mentions:   Northampton   Holyoke

    21. South Hadley school board approves partnership with American International College to give high school students chance to earn college credits

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      South Hadley school board approves partnership with American International College to give high school students chance to earn college credits

      The School Committee unanimously approved a plan which offers South Hadley High School students a chance to earn a year’s worth of college credits. The initiative involves a collaboration with Springfield’s American International College.

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      Mentions:   American International College   Springfield

    22. 'The Judge' with Robert Downey Jr., Robert Duvall eyes Shelburne Falls, Western Massachusetts sites for filming

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      'The Judge' with Robert Downey Jr., Robert Duvall eyes Shelburne Falls, Western Massachusetts sites for filming

      "They are looking at several locations in Western Massachusetts right now. I am in touch with the location scouts," said Diane Pearlman, executive director of the Berkshire Film and Media Commission.

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    23. $400 million overhaul of Interstate 91 hovers over planned casinos in Springfield, West Springfield

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      $400 million overhaul of Interstate 91 hovers over planned casinos in Springfield, West Springfield

      A planned overhaul of an elevated section of Interstate 91 in Springfield is raising questions about access to two proposed downtown casinos in the city and in West Springfield and could emerge as a key issue in the casino competition in Western Massachusetts.

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Pioneer Valley Planning Commission

    24. Common Capital looking for local investors for Community First Fund to spur business in Pioneer Valley

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      Common Capital looking for local investors for Community First Fund to spur business in Pioneer Valley

      Common Capital helped James S. Kahle start Jim’s Auto Trim on State Street in Springfield back in 2009.  Without Common Capital, he wouldn’t have five employees plus himself working in the business. He wouldn’t be able to give discounts to customers who help out Open Pantry. He wouldn’t have collected more than 15,000 pounds of food for the needy.

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      Mentions:   West Springfield   Common Capital   Springfield

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