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    1. Friendly's Ice Cream draws from past successes as it looks to future of restaurant chain

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      Friendly's Ice Cream draws from past successes as it looks to future of restaurant chain

      Friendly’s has already renovated 10 of its 114 company and 247 franchised restaurants. At the same time introducing a significantly revamped new menu in the process. Employees all had to re-interview and be rehired for their jobs and had to be retrained with an eye toward faster service and a cleaner, more pleasant restaurant.

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   Western New England University   Springfield

    2. Paul Ciaglo of Hadley opens Seven Sisters Market Bistro on family farm where the buffalo roam

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      Paul Ciaglo of Hadley opens Seven Sisters Market Bistro on family farm where the buffalo roam

      Ciaglo’s new business, the Seven Sisters Market Bistro at 270 Russell St. (Route 9), combines a full-service bistro with a deli-style cafe and a small grocery store. The business is adjacent to Ciaglo’s other venture, Long Hollow Bison Farm. The bistro began serving food on a limited schedule in October. This past weekend, Seven Sisters introduced its permanent schedule, from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Ciaglo said a grand opening celebration will take place on Feb. 16.

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      Mentions:   Holyoke   The Republican

    3. Big E Ceo: Area for proposed Hard Rock casino 'a lot of wasted space ... ready for development'

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      Big E Ceo: Area for proposed Hard Rock casino 'a lot of wasted space ... ready for development'

      The chief executive officer of the Eastern States Exposition says the addition of a Hard Rock International casino complex to the organization’s 175-acre campus should not create any parking shortages at the fairgrounds, including during the fall run of the Big E fair. There are also no plans to extend the 17-day fall run of the fair, and the casino proposal is being made in an effort to help "sustain" the future of the exposition, according to Eugene J. Cassidy.

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      Mentions:   West Springfield   Springfield   Eastern States Exposition

    4. Solar energy firm STR loses key customer, will shut East Windsor plant that employs 115

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      STR Holdings Inc., which has Connecticut roots stretching back to the 1940s, has lost a key customer and plans to stop manufacturing at its East Windsor plant, while cutting an undetermined number of jobs in the process, according to President and CEO Robert S. Yorgensen. The plant employs about 115.The Enfield-based company even has gone so far as to look into “strategic alternatives,” Yorgensen said, which is corporate-speak that often translates into a sale or merger of a company.

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    5. Under construction: Amherst College's Seligman Hall undergoing $7 million renovation

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      Under construction: Amherst College's Seligman Hall undergoing $7 million renovation

      Seligman House, a student dormitory at Amherst College, is undergoing a $7 million renovation, according to the college. The college is using a local construction manager, Daniel O’Connell Sons, from Holyoke.

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      Mentions:   Amherst College   Amherst   Holyoke

    6. Holyoke Health Center lays off 14 employees in medical records department

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      “The Health Center does not have the resources to maintain positions that are not covered by contracts, grants or third party reimbursements,“ Jay Brienes, executive director of the health center, said in a release

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Chicopee   Holyoke

    7. New senior community ready to open

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      A new senior housing community in Westfield will mean 75 new jobs and new living options for western Massachusetts seniors. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Westfield   Daniel M. Knapik

    8. Springfield casino process: Mayor Sarno to announce whether he'll negotiate with MGM or Penn National -- or extend review of proposals

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      Springfield casino process: Mayor Sarno to announce whether he'll negotiate with MGM or Penn National -- or extend review of proposals

      Mayor Domenic J. Sarno is scheduled to decide Friday if he will negotiate with one or both companies vying for a casino development in Springfield, or if he will extend the review of their proposals.

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   Mohegan Sun   West Springfield

    9. Easthampton receives grant to study construction of 'anaerobic digester' facility to turn food waste into energy and heat

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      Easthampton receives grant to study construction of 'anaerobic digester' facility to turn food waste into energy and heat

      The city has received a grant from the state Clean Energy Center for $38,000 to complete the project. City Planner Jessica Allan said she applied for the grant after a number of companies approached the city about setting up a facility on a city-owned parcel next to the treatment plant on Gosselin Drive near Ferry Street.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Amherst   Westfield

    10. Springfield Symphony's Kevin Rhodes to give free lecture series at Bay Path College

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      Springfield Symphony's Kevin Rhodes to give free lecture series at Bay Path College

      Kevin Rhodes, music director and conductor of the Springfield Symphony Orchestra, has partnered with Bay Path College to offer a free, three-part lecture series focusing on two popular classical musicians, the opera, and two defining works of classical music. The series is related to works being performed this season by the symphony.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Springfield Symphony Orchestra   Bay Path College

    11. Westover Air Reserve Base in Chicopee targeted for loss of 8 jets in latest move by military

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      Westover Air Reserve Base in Chicopee targeted for loss of 8 jets in latest move by military

      He said he does not expect much of a dip in the economic impact the base has on the surrounding area. Air Force audits have shown Westover pumped about $238 million into the Western Massachusetts economy each year over the last two years.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Chicopee   Westfield

    12. New England Public Radio Foundation sets groundbreaking for Springfield facility with more than $5 million raised

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      New England Public Radio Foundation sets groundbreaking for Springfield facility with more than $5 million raised

      U.S. Rep. Richard Neal, D-Springfield, Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno, UMass Amherst Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy and Elizabeth Cardona, director of Gov. Deval Patrick's Springfield Office, are expected to joing Miller to celebrate the Amherst-based station's expansion.

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   Governor Deval L. Patrick   University of Massachusetts

    13. Painting the Town Maroon | BusinessWest

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      Painting the Town Maroon | BusinessWest

      There are several other intriguing — and often large — numbers involved with UMass Amherst’s 150th-anniversary celebration, or sesquicentennial, a word organizers have mastered pronouncing through serious repetition.

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    14. New Springfield to Sandisfield broadband network will be up by March

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      New Springfield to Sandisfield broadband network will be up by March

      A new broadband network running from Springfield to Sandisfield will be up and running by March, according to the Massachusetts Broadband Institute.

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Comcast   Springfield

    15. Crowley's Horseback Riding Stables owners plan to scale back at Shoemaker Lane site in Agawam

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      Crowley said Wednesday she feels it is important to publicize that a scaled-back version of the 50-plus-year-old local business will continue. Recent news reports about a proposal to raze the existing stables to make way for a $7 million indoor/outdoor sports complex have left many with the impression the family institution is going out of business, she said.

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      Mentions:   Amherst

    16. Sabis International Charter School wins 4 awards at American International College's 73rd Model Congress

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      Sabis International Charter School wins 4 awards at American International College's 73rd Model Congress

      Sabis International Charter School took home four awards, including the top prize, at the 73rd Model Congress at American International College.

      Hannah Sullivan was recognized as the event's best delegate and offered a four year, full tuition scholarship to AIC. The Springfield charter school also won the Best Delegation Award, and SABIS students Kate Mauke and Michael Savoie received fourth place and honorable mention awards, respectively.

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      Mentions:   American International College   Springfield

    17. Community Profile | BusinessWest

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      Community Profile | BusinessWest

      There is a small, carved wooden turtle that sits on Michael Bissonnette’s desk in Chicopee City Hall. It’s been there since early 2007, near the end of his first full year as mayor of this city of just over 55,000 residents.  As of yet, the turtle has no name, said Bissonnette, adding that it won’t until the so-called River Mills Project, a 65-acre brownfield site along the Chicopee River involving the former Uniroyal and Facemate manufacturing complexes, is fully ready for redevelopment. The initiative, marked by lengthy court fights and the complicated process of acquiring property ...

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    18. Carmel-Ann and Raymond Lariviere of Westfield relish their growing condiment business

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      Carmel-Ann and Raymond Lariviere of Westfield relish their growing condiment business

      The downtown farmers market may be a distant memory during these cold days of winter, but zucchini relish fans can purchase the homemade concoction directly from the couple who created the delicacy that has gained a faithful following.

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      Mentions:   Westfield

    19. Engineering report reveals 8 bridges in Palmer need repairs topping $5 million

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      Engineering report reveals 8 bridges in Palmer need repairs topping $5 million

      Fixing individual bridges range in price from $110,000 to almost $1.5 million, for a "total probable cost" of $5.3 million, Town Manager Charles T. Blanchard told the Palmer Town Council at a recent meeting.

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Palmer   Springfield

    20. UTC Aerospace cuts jobs, ends machining at former Hamilton plant | masslive.com

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      UTC Aerospace cuts jobs, ends machining at former Hamilton plant | masslive.com

      UTC Aerospace Systems laid off 30 salaried workers last Tuesday at its former Hamilton Sundstrand plant, a company official said.  At the same time, the company officially set the date to end machining operations at the Windsor Locks plant, scheduling the layoff of the last 41 hourly workers involved in traditional manufacturing there, Machinists union Local 743 President Tony Walter said.

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      Mentions:   United Technologies Corp.   The Republican

    21. Editorial: Gov. Patrick's $1 billion vision for transportation on the road to nowhere | masslive.com

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      Editorial: Gov. Patrick's $1 billion vision for transportation on the road to nowhere | masslive.com

      You’ve got to admire Gov. Patrick’s gamesmanship for championing a plan to raise $1 billion a year to pay for various transportation projects and repairs. It was an act without precedent in Massachusetts: a billion-dollar ask in the midst of a still-marginal economy. Only a second-term governor with no further aspirations for elected office would dare to do this.

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick

    22. Greenfield's Applied Dynamics Corp. on the move and growing

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      Greenfield's Applied Dynamics Corp. on the move and growing

      Applied Dynamics has about 70 employees, not counting the Glens Falls operation. About 62 of those are in the Greenfield repair facility, with the rest being sales people deployed around the Northeast. Manning said he hopes to start building wind turbines within a year in space that is available in Glens Falls and that could push employment levels there above 20 or 30.

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Raytheon   Springfield

    23. Professional Women's Chamber of Western Massachusetts seeks nominations for 2013 Woman of the Year award

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    24. Newly submitted Springfield casino plans from MGM, Penn National reveal details on public safety, traffic, economic development

      Explore masslive.com (Jan 20 2013)

      A review of newly unveiled plans for two competing casino projects in Springfield has found many similarities, such as their generation of jobs and commitment to diversity, but also many unique ideas on how each company plans to deal with issues ranging from public safety to economic development.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   MassMutual Center   West Springfield

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