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    1. MassMutual Named One of 2013 Working Mother 100 Best Companies

      MassMutual Named One of 2013 Working Mother 100 Best Companies

      Working Mother magazine named Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual) as one of the 2013 Working Mother 100 Best Companies for its commitment to progressive workplace programs, including child care, flexibility, advancement and paid time off. MassMutual employee Amanda Wallace, assistant vice president of strategy and planning for the company's U.S. insurance business, also has been recognized as one of the Working Mothers of the Year for representing the best in working motherhood as well as for her outstanding leadership ability.


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    2. Urban centers strive to prepare students for 21st Century jobs under newly released vision

      New data show that fewer than one in four Gateway City graduates are well prepared for economic success, according to the newly released report from the mayors and education leaders titled: “The Gateway Cities Vision for Dynamic Community-Wide Learning Systems.”  Meanwhile, 70 percent of all jobs in the state will soon require some form of post-secondary education, according to the report. In Springfield, just 10 percent of ninth graders from 2001-02, met that criteria for a post-secondary education a decade later, and the rate was 13 percent in Holyoke, according to the report.

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    3. Cinda Jones hopes to lure satellite Atkins Farms market to new building in North Amherst

      Cinda Jones hopes to lure satellite Atkins Farms market to new building in North Amherst

      The owner of Atkins Farms Country Market is again considering opening a second shop in North Amherst in a new building owned by WD Cowls. Two years ago, Atkins Farms officials were considering opening a second market in the former Cowls sawmill building in North Amherst but decided against it because they were in involved in a number of projects at their South Amherst store.

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    4. UMass Amherst student entrepreneur teams compete in Innovation Challenge fall MinutePitch

      UMass Amherst student entrepreneur teams compete in Innovation Challenge fall MinutePitch

      These are not science fiction, but the business ideas pitched by University of Massachusetts at Amherst students at the Amherst’s Innovation Challenge fall MinutePitch competition. The program, established in 2005, is open to University of Massachusetts at Amherst students including graduate students and post-doctoral students as well as undergrads. It is part of the UMass Innovation Challenge.

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    5. Westfield State University launches Supporting Our Schools scholarship for educators

      Westfield State University launches Supporting Our Schools scholarship for educators

      The Division of Graduate and Continuing Education at Westfield State University has launched a Supporting Our Schools scholarship. The goal of the scholarship is to recognize and reward the accomplishments of those individuals intending to make a career as a school personnel member, specifically those intending to become teachers and guidance counselors. “I think the Supporting Our Schools Scholarship offered by the Division of Graduate and Continuing Education at Westfield State University is an excellent way to give back to those who make a difference for our children. Education has always been a cornerstone at Westfield State, and the scholarship ...

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    6. Greater Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau asking for Howdy award nominations

      Greater Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau asking for Howdy award nominations

      Holiday time is Howdy time for the Greater Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau.The bureau, which has sponsored the Howdy Awards for Hospitality Excellence since 1996, won't hand out Howdys again until the spring. But Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's are prime time for Howdy nominations, with consumers going out shopping and out to holiday parties held at area restaurants and banqueting houses.

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    7. Massachusetts Cultural Council approves new cultural district in Springfield as suggested names are narrowed

      Massachusetts Cultural Council approves new cultural district in Springfield as suggested names are narrowed

      The Massachusetts Cultural Council on Friday approved the city’s request to create a cultural district in the heart of Springfield, geared to promote local attractions and expand opportunities. “I’m just thrilled,” said Kay Simpson, vice president of the Springfield Museums, a participant in the cultural district effort. “It’s really exciting and I am looking forward to what this will mean for the arts and culture of Springfield.”

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    8. Springfield officials announce start of $7.4 million Boston Road reconstruction project along shopping mall stretch

      Springfield officials announce start of $7.4 million Boston Road reconstruction project along shopping mall stretch

      City officials on Friday announced the start of a $7.4 million road reconstruction project on Boston Road, aimed at improving traffic flow and safety after years of discussion and planning.  Ludlow Construction Co., was recently selected as the contractor for the project after submitting the low bid of $7.4 million.  Boston Road will be reconstructed from Pasco Road to the Wilbraham town line, a distance of 1.2 miles; a commercial corridor that includes the Eastfield Mall and other shopping areas.

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    9. Massachusetts is Number One in Education. Is That Enough?

      Massachusetts is Number One in Education. Is That Enough?

      The gap between the knowledge required by globally competitive Bay State employers and the knowledge offered by job seekers remains a major impediment to economic growth across Massachusetts. It is a gap that has persisted throughout the Great Recession, ranging from software companies that could hire dozens of programmers tomorrow but cannot find them, to precision manufacturers starved for young workers with the mathematical and mechanical skills to do high-tolerance machining.

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    10. Hampden Bank keeps activists off board, will consider sale anyway

      Hampden Bank keeps activists off board, will consider sale anyway

      Hampden Bank’s shareholders have rejected an effort by a Texas hedge fund to put two members on the bank’s board of directors and push the bank toward a sale. Nonetheless, the bank said it will still evaluate whether a sale makes sense.

      In a regulatory filing, Hampden Bancorp, parent of the Springfield-based bank, says it hired investment bank Sterne, Agee & Leach Inc. to identify and evaluate “strategic and/or operating scenarios intended to maximize shareholder value.”

       

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    11. Chicopee Chamber of Commerce president Gail Sherman retiring

      Chicopee Chamber of Commerce president Gail Sherman retiring

      “Gail Sherman is going to be missed. I have worked with her for the past six years and found her to be a great leader,” he said. “Gail’s relationship with members, community leaders and elected officials has created a branding of the chamber as a regional collaborator, a valuable advocate for members and a necessary component in the area’s economic development.”

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    12. Massachusetts employers gloomy in reaction to federal budget woes

      Massachusetts employers gloomy in reaction to federal budget woes

      The Associated Industries of Massachusetts said this week that it's Business Confidence Index fell 4.8 points in October from 51.5 points in September to 46.7. The index is based on a 100-point scale where 50 is neutral, anything above 50 is positive and anything below 50 is negative. \

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    13. Elms College dedicates new Center for Natural and Health Sciences

      Elms College dedicates new Center for Natural and Health Sciences

      The new facility was financed with $12 million in New Markets Tax Credit financing from Massachusetts Housing Investment Corp., with PeoplesBank and United Bank as investors. Financing for the project also came from a capital campaign and from tax-exempt bond proceeds lent to Elms College by a consortium of local banks, led by Chicopee Savings Bank.

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    14. Springfield wins approval to spend $13 million in federal tornado recovery funds

      Springfield wins approval to spend $13 million in federal tornado recovery funds

      Mayor Domenic J. Sarno and U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal, D-Springfield announced details of the redevelopment project in August. The plan was developed with the help of city officials, neighborhood groups and after three public hearings in tornado-damaged neighborhoods. Funding for the first stage must be spent within 2 years, and the entire $22 million project must be completed in 5 years, McCafferty said.

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    15. Bradley International Airport adds parking programs for frequent fliers | masslive.com

      Bradley International Airport adds parking programs for frequent fliers | masslive.com

      Two programs have gone into effect at Bradley International Airport making it easier to park there, courtesy of the Connecticut Airport Authority and Standard Parking Inc., the parking operator.  The first program is a new “Frequent Parker Program” called “Auto-Pilot Rewards.” It started on Oct. 1, and already, more than 500 customers have enrolled.

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    16. Pioneer Valley Transit Authority seeks $70 million to build new bus operations and maintenance facility in Springfield

      Pioneer Valley Transit Authority seeks $70 million to build new bus operations and maintenance facility in Springfield

      The Pioneer Valley Transit Authority is seeking about $70 million in state money to construct a new operations and maintenance facility in Springfield for its fleet of vans and buses.  The proposed 308,840-square-foot facility would be built on 18 industrially-zoned acres at 665 Cottage St. in Springfield. It would be a major upgrade from the current outdated, cramped operations and storage building at 2840 Main St. in Springfield, according to Mary L. MacInnes, administrator of the authority, which provides public transportation for 24 communities.

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    17. Former Union Station restaurant in Northampton to be home to new sports bar

      Former Union Station restaurant in Northampton to be home to new sports bar

      Jeremiah Micka, who bought the one-time train station from Matthew Pitoniak with partners David Fortier and John Rhoades, said the Platform Sports Bar should be open for business by mid-January or early February. The bar, which will be located on the north side of the building, was once an open platform, Micka said, thus the name. The rest of the building will be turned into a 200-seat banquet hall. That part of the project will not be completed until early summer, Micka said.

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    18. Maria Ligus named new executive director of New North Citizens Council

      Maria Ligus named new executive director of New North Citizens Council

      Ligus, who has a master's degree in education from Cambridge College, has served as chief operating officer for several years and had been serving as the interim director since Denney’s death. She said the switch to chief executive officer has been a natural transition. "Some responsibilities are the same, but we must also have the ability to move the agency forward in its vision and mission," she said.

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