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    1. Enlarged natural gas pipe proposed for N.E. - Boston.com

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      Spectra Energy Corp. estimates that increasing pipeline capacity in Southern New England by about 15 percent would save gas and electric customers - including roughly 3 million in Massachusetts - up to $651 million a year.

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      Mentions:   Northeast Utilities

    2. Broadbrand program to woo companies to western Mass

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      Broadbrand program to woo companies to western Mass

      Some companies including Hitpoint Studios Inc. in Hatfield already have. “I grew Hitpoint because I had local resources,” said Aaron St. John, co-founder of Hitpoint, during a recent panel discussion. “There’s no reason we can’t get the 400-person company in western Mass.”

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      Mentions:   Massachusetts Technology Collaborative   Springfield   Northampton

    3. Hampshire Council of Goverments helps communities find solar vendors

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      Hampshire Council of Goverments helps communities find solar vendors

      The Hampshire Municipal Solar Program is designed to screen qualified solar photovoltaic vendors and match them with municipalities in Hampshire, Franklin, Hampden and Worcester counties with an eye towards developing more than 100 facilities that will use solar panels to generate electricity.

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      Mentions:   Northampton   The Republican

    4. Springfield youth head to Statehouse to help "Kick Butts" effort

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      Springfield youth head to Statehouse to help "Kick Butts" effort

      During the closing event, Duong Huynh, a member of Springfield REACH, was awarded a regional youth leadership award for dedication to the issue of tobacco awareness.

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      Mentions:   Springfield Renaissance School   Springfield   The Republican

    5. Massachusetts Gaming Commission chairman defends timetable for licensing ...

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      Massachusetts Gaming Commission chairman defends timetable for licensing ...

      Commission chairman Stephen P. Crosby, and a second state gaming commissioner, former Springfield City Councilor Bruce Stebbins, talked to members of several chambers of commerce in the Springfield area.

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Springfield   The Republican

    6. Springfield School Department anticipates brighter budget forecast with $11 million increase in education funds

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      The School Department anticipates having a $320.6 million budget, effective July 1, reflecting an increase of $11 million, according to a new budget summary. The budget includes $285.8 million anticipated in state Chapter 70 funds, which amounts to a $10.4 million increase.

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   Springfield   The Republican

    7. Five Guys Burgers and Fries planned for former B'Shara's restaurant site in West Springfield

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      Five Guys Burgers and Fries planned for former B'Shara's restaurant site in West Springfield

      He anticipates the restaurant, which will seat about 70, will employ around 50 full- and part-time employees.  Zinck opened a Five Guys restaurant in December in Little River Plaza on Route 20 in Westfield, where he said business has been good. A former women’s jewelery salesman, Zinck also owns four other Five Guys franchises. They are in Hanover, Swansea, North Dartmouth and Seekonk, all communities in the eastern part of the state.

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      Mentions:   West Springfield   Springfield   Westfield

    8. Springfield superintendent vacancy draws 12 applicants so far

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      Springfield superintendent vacancy draws 12 applicants so far

      At the first meeting of the superintendent search committee, Massachusetts Association of School Committees administrator Patricia Correira said the number of applicants could increase because candidates often wait until the deadline to apply.

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   Springfield   The Republican

    9. Marcos Marrero named Holyoke director of planning and economic development

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      Marcos Marrero named Holyoke director of planning and economic development

       Marcos A. Marrero, a land use and environment planner with the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission, is the city’s new director of planning and economic development.

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      Mentions:   Pioneer Valley Planning Commission   Greater Holyoke Chamber of Commerce   Kathleen G. Anderson

    10. Massachusetts Gaming Commission gets road map from consultants for next four months

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      Commissioners released a four-page proposal for advancing casinos from their two consultants, Spectrum Gaming Group of Pennington, N.J. and Michael & Carroll of Atlantic City, N.J. The proposal includes work that would be done over the next 16 weeks, culminating with a comprehensive strategic plan for the commission

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      Mentions:   The Republican

    11. College building continues in the Pioneer Valley

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      College building continues in the Pioneer Valley

      Also at UMass, work began in March on an $85 million Academic and Classroom Building on the north end of campus near the campus pond. the classroom building will include about 60 classrooms, auditoriums and offices with program space for the departments of Communications, Journalism, Media, Film Studies, and Linguistics, according to UMass.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Holyoke Community College   Springfield College

    12. Manager of South Hadley's municipal golf course The Ledges is optimistic about future

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      Manager of South Hadley's municipal golf course The Ledges is optimistic about future

      The Ledges municipal golf course brought in more money this year than it did during a comparable period in April 2011, according to Douglas Juhasz, the new general manager of the town-owned course.

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      Mentions:   The Republican

    13. Northampton officials break ground on latest Village Hill development

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      Mayor David J. Narkewicz and Kent Pecoy joined officials from MassDevelopment at the ground-breaking for 24 new houses being built by Pecoy Homes, a construction company based in West Springfield. The plots for the homes, which are already marked, lie next to a group of townhouses built by Community Builders and mark the current frontier of the Village Hill project.

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      Mentions:   MassDevelopment   West Springfield   Springfield

    14. Northampton Community Music Center scores with renovation grant

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      About one-quarter of the funding for the roughly $400,000 project comes from a $100,000 cultural facilities grant included in an overall $7.4 million package of state building grants announced in November 2011 by Gov. Deval L. Patrick. The grants were awarded to various nonprofit arts, history and science groups across the state and included money for projects in Northampton, Holyoke, Springfield and Sturbridge.

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Daily Hampshire Gazette   Springfield

    15. Introducing the Class of 2012

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      Introducing the Class of 2012

      With that, we introduce the Class of 2012, a diverse group that includes entrepreneurs, professionals, nonprofit managers, a state senator, and a police sergeant. The stories are all different, but the common denominator is that these young men and women possess that most important of qualities: leadership.

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    16. Getting Down to Business

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      Getting Down to Business

      On a night in early April, the Springfield Leadership Institute, a program created through a partnership between the city’s chamber of commerce and Western New England University, held its 2012 graduation ceremonies at the Sheraton in Monarch Place. Offering guidance, support, and the tools for members of the business community to become regional leaders, the institute’s proceedings had very special significance for several members in attendance.

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      Mentions:   Western New England University   Springfield

    17. Job fairs in Hampshire and Franklin counties draw youth

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      The Northampton event on April 11 drew 87 young people from Northampton and Easthampton high schools, Amherst Regional High School and Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School, according to Donna DuSell, the Youth Pathways Coordinator for the Franklin Hampshire Regional Employment Board. The fair in Orange earlier in the month drew a smaller crowd of about 30, she said.

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      Mentions:   Smith College   Amherst   Northampton

    18. Women's Fund of Western Massachusetts seeks nominations of area women whose lives opened doors for other women

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      As part of its 15th anniversary celebration, the Women’s Fund of Western Massachusetts will present “Standing on Her Shoulders” awards to 15 area women whose lives opened doors for other women but who are not well known as “risk-takers and innovators beyond their immediate circles.”

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      Mentions:   MassMutual Center   Springfield   The Republican

    19. Pioneer Valley Culinary Associates building bonds among peers

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      Pioneer Valley Culinary Associates building bonds among peers

      Leigh, who's a teaching chef in Holyoke Community College's Culinary Arts program, lives in the Forest Park neighborhood of Springfield. A native of Lake Placid, NY, he first came to the Springfield area in 1985 to join the kitchen staff at the Yankee Pedlar in Holyoke and subsequently worked at or owned several area restaurants, including Madeline's in Windsor, CT and the Standish House in Wethersfield, CT.

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      Mentions:   Holyoke Community College   Palmer   Springfield

    20. Renovations, not new homes, take center stage as construction rebounds

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      Renovations, not new homes, take center stage as construction rebounds

      There will always be a market for new office space, as long as it is at a visible, high-traffic location, said Kenneth Vincunas, general manager of Development Associates in Agawam. Development Associates is the broker-developer-manager for the I-91 Professional Center just off Interstate 91 Exit 18 at Northampton, near the Clarion Hotel.

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      Mentions:   Northampton   The Republican   Development Associates

    21. Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick proposes $25 million in new funding to aid ...

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      Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick proposes $25 million in new funding to aid ...

      Patrick’s budget reforms for fiscal 2013 include proposals to shift an additional $25 million for permanent housing and support services, as part of a “rapid rehousing” strategy, Gornstein said. By limiting shelter to families in emergency situations, the goal is to get more families out of shelters and motels with an estimated savings of $25 million and reinvest the savings into housing programs, he said.

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   West Springfield   Springfield

    22. Hampden Bank donates $50K to WNEU scholarship fund

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      Hampden Bank donates $50K to WNEU scholarship fund

      “Hampden Bank has been based in Springfield for more than 160 years. We have a real affinity for the issues facing the city, and education is extraordinarily important to improve the economic outcome for many people,” says Glenn S. Welch, president and chief operating officer. “A scholarship at an institution like Western New England not only lifts up the individual, but also lifts up the economy.”

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      Mentions:   Western New England University   Springfield   Hampden Bank

    23. Pioneer Valley Planning Commission celebrates 50th birthday

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      Pioneer Valley Planning Commission celebrates 50th birthday

      On Sept. 11, 1962, the start-up planning group won recognition as a public agency, thus qualifying it for state and federal funding. At a brief ceremony, the state commerce secretary presented the official paperwork to commission chairman, Edward C. Peck, of West Springfield.  From helping to clean up the Connecticut, Deerfield, Westfield and Chicopee rivers and spearheading creation of the Norwottuck Rail Trail to the helping establish the Pioneer Valley Transit Authority, the planning commission has left its mark in 43 cities and towns across the Pioneer Valley.

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      Mentions:   Pioneer Valley Planning Commission   West Springfield   Springfield

    24. Proposed 64% cut in anti-gang program catches some Massachusetts legislators off-guard

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      Proposed 64% cut in anti-gang program catches some Massachusetts legislators off-guard

      The House Ways and Means Committee budget released last week recommends funding the so-called Sen. Charles E. Shannon Community Safety Initiative at $2 million, it’s lowest level since the start of the recent recession, and down from $5.5 million this fiscal year. The Ways and Means budget also wipes out a separate $10 million program, backed by the governor, aimed at combating youth violence.

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Springfield   The Republican

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