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    1. TD Bank to eliminate 200 call center jobs, while Thing5 still looks for help

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      TD Bank to eliminate 200 call center jobs, while Thing5 still looks for help

       TD Bank is closing its customer service call center at 1441 Main Street and eliminated 200 call center jobs.  But those workers may have a lifeline in the form of Thing5, a fast-growing company that is still looking for 350 employees to staff a call center it just completed in the neighboring One Financial Place Building at 1350 Main Street. The center is scheduled to close in December

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Basketball Hall of Fame   Kevin E. Lynn

    2. Massachusetts education officials present charters to two new charter schools in region

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      “I am pleased to present four new charters today and continue the state’s commitment to expanding high quality, public school options for students,” Chester said. “We expect great things from charter schools in Massachusetts and hold them accountable for results. I am eager to see these schools open successfully, deliver outstanding instruction, and prepare students for their future.”

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    3. Hampden Bancorp, Inc. Reports a 64% Increase in Nine Month Net Income and Declares Cash Dividend - Yahoo! Finance

      Explore Yahoo! Finance (May 9 2012)

      Thomas R. Burton, CEO and Vice Chairman stated, “Economic conditions in our local economy continue to improve as evidenced by a decline in delinquent and impaired loans as well as a nominal increase in loan growth. We have reduced the provision for loan losses while continuing to maintain strong ratios related to our reserve coverage. Overall, we are pleased with the results but recognize that asset growth is necessary for continued financial improvement.”

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    4. 200 Springfield call center workers to lose jobs at TD Bank on Main Street

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      Bank spokesman Jimmy Hernandez told 22News that bank officials have decided to consolidate their call centers to three locations, in South Carolina, Maine and New Jersey. That means the around-the-clock Springfield call center at 1441 Main St. will be shuttered by the end of this year, he told the TV station. The bank at that location will remain open.

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    5. Massachusetts Gaming Commission advances plan to reduce timetable for casinos

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      Massachusetts Gaming Commission advances plan to reduce timetable for casinos

      Stephen P. Crosby, chairman of the commission, said the proposal could cut between two and six months from the commission's estimate that it will be three to five years before a casino resort is up and running following a lengthy bidding and licensing effort. Crosby said the proposal could also save time and money for communities where casinos might locate.

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Palmer

    6. West Springfield Building Inspector Douglas Mattoon named director of planning and development

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      West Springfield Building Inspector Douglas Mattoon named director of planning and development

       West Springfield Mayor Gregory C. Neffinger has hired city Building Inspector Douglas P. Mattoon to fill the newly created position of city director of planning and development.

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      Mentions:   West Springfield   Springfield

    7. Airport upgrades arriving soon | Hartford Business

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      Airport upgrades arriving soon | Hartford Business

      The Connecticut General Assembly created the airport authority in 2011 to be a more nimble and more-responsive administrator of Bradley and the state’s general aviation airports than the Connecticut Department of Transportation. Since first meeting in October, the authority has dealt with procedural issues while leaving the larger tasks — hiring a route development director, addressing the new terminal — for after an executive director is hired.

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    8. The Futures Market

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      The Futures Market

      “MassMutual is in the business of workforce development — we’ve got great opportunities to develop young people — but we’re not in the mentoring business,” she explained. “However, Big Brothers Big Sisters is, and they’ve provided support for the work involved to sustain a solid mentoring program.” Elaborating, she said there is a geat deal of work that goes into the process of matching young people with mentors. In a nutshell, MassMutual recruits the many volunteers needed for the program, and Big Brothers Big Sisters goes about screening both volunteers and students identified by the School Department, and making ...

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      Mentions:   MassMutual   Springfield

    9. A Priceless Gift | BusinessWest

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      A Priceless Gift | BusinessWest

      It was also a journey she might never have undertaken without the help, support, and guidance she has received from Valley Venture Mentors, or VVM. The Springfield-based group provides critical support to entrepreneurs by linking them to business professionals who act as mentors during structured monthly pitch-and-planning sessions as well as in private meetings between sessions. Although Muehlke had conducted academic research before making the decision to launch her company, the guidance she’s received from the group has been invaluable.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Springfield   Amherst

    10. Banking on Progress | BusinessWest

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      Banking on Progress | BusinessWest

      A long-time customer of Easthampton Savings Bank recently called with a question about a loan. “This was someone who did his first mortgage with us in 1972,” bank President William Hogan said. “When he called, he said he had to talk to me, and I remembered him. He asked, ‘why do you need all this information?’ “I said, ‘Jack, the world has changed,’” he continued. “And it’s true — what we used to do with a handshake when we took his first application, we can’t do that anymore. Now, a loan file is four or five inches thick by ...

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      Mentions:   Northampton   Westfield   Easthampton Savings Bank

    11. Penn National Gaming interested in Westfield site for casino

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      Penn National Gaming interested in Westfield site for casino

      Knapik also is asking that the casino open an office downtown, possibly a human resources department. That was part of what Hard Rock was proposing, Knapik said. A casino also could generate $20 million to $40 million in property tax revenue. Budget problems would be a thing of the past, he said.

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      Mentions:   Palmer   Springfield   Holyoke

    12. Eastec manufacturing trade show replaced in 2012 by Mfg4 in Hartford

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      Eastec manufacturing trade show replaced in 2012 by Mfg4 in Hartford

      Mfg4 takes its name from the four growing industries that will be the focus: aerospace, defense, medical and energy.

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      Mentions:   West Springfield   Springfield   Eastern States Exposition

    13. College graduate hiring up, with local grads finding success

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      College graduate hiring up, with local grads finding success

      Nicholas P. Wegman, executive director of the Chase Career Center at the University of Massachusetts Isenberg School of Management, said he’s noticed an increase in hiring in just the past five months or so.

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      Mentions:   American International College   University of Massachusetts   Springfield Technical Community College

    14. Columbia Gas of Massachusetts rate hike hearings scheduled in Springfield, Brockton, Lawrence

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      Columbia Gas of Massachusetts rate hike hearings scheduled in Springfield, Brockton, Lawrence

      Columbia Gas has asked the Massachusetts Public Utility Commission for permission to raise its base rate, the distribution and administration charge, $6.10 per month, or 5.8 percent, in November. The request can’t go forward without approval from Department of Public Utilities. A public hearing on the matter is set for May 23 at 7 p.m. at the School Committee Chambers in Springfield City Hall, 36 Court St.. Other public hearings are scheduled for May 22 in Brockton and May 24 in Lawrence.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Bay State Gas

    15. Springfield's Food Zone International Supermarket caters to cuisine curious

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      Springfield's Food Zone International Supermarket caters to cuisine curious

      The store has 50 employees and Ferreira said he tries to make them knowledgeable about the variety of items the store carries. Ferreira said people from surrounding communities are often hesitant to stop at the store because they are unfamiliar with the location or don’t want to come into the city, but once they do visit, they become regular customers.

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      Mentions:   West Springfield   Springfield   The Republican

    16. Greenfield dedicates John W. Olver Transportation Center

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      Greenfield dedicates John W. Olver Transportation Center

      The ribbon-cutting for the $15.1 million John W. Olver Transit Center featured, among others, Gov. Deval Patrick, state Sen. Stanley Rosenberg, D-Amherst, Peter M. Rogoff of the Federal Transportation Administration and U.S. Rep. James McGovern, who will replace Olver as Greenfield’s representative on Congress, thanks to redistricting.

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Greenfield   Congressman John W. Olver

    17. Major tenant opens in new business park

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      Major tenant opens in new business park

      MountainOne Financial Partners has opened its new financial center on a two-acre parcel in the business park that overlooks Silver Lake. Personnel from the four entities of the North Adams-based holding company that are slated to occupy the 6,850-square-foot, single-floor structure began to move in last week.

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    18. Massachusetts Gaming Commission learns some lessons from other states with casinos

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      Massachusetts Gaming Commission learns some lessons from other states with casinos

      During the day-long event in Boston, Frank J. Fahrenkopf, president and CEO of the American Gaming Association in Washington, welcomed Massachusetts as the 40th state to legalize casinos and then panelists of mostly former or current casino regulators fielded questions and provided advice on industry practices.

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Mohegan Sun   Palmer

    19. Springfield and West Springfield receive state trust grants totaling $1.8 million for water system improvements and repairs

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      Springfield and West Springfield receive state trust grants totaling $1.8 million for water system improvements and repairs

      State Treasurer Steven Grossman announced the grants through the Massachusetts Water Pollution Abatement Trust — $895,556 to the Springfield Water and Sewer Commission for two projects; and $903,661 to the West Springfield Water Department for water improvements in that city.

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      Mentions:   West Springfield   Springfield   Chicopee

    20. NU advances transmission project in Mass., Conn.

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      ANortheast Utilitiesexecutive said Thursday that the warm weather has helped it advance a transmission project in western Massachusetts and Connecticut. Leon Olivier, executive vice president and chief operating officer, told investor analysts on a conference call that the work is nearly two-thirds complete.

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      Mentions:   Northeast Utilities   Western Massachusetts Electric Company

    21. Covidien reports strong growth in Q2

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      Finally, its medical supplies unit’s second quarter sales of $434 million were unchanged from the comparable quarter of 2011, as increased sales of medical surgical and OEM products were offset by lower sales of nursing care and SharpSafety products.

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      Mentions:   Covidien

    22. Massachusetts businesses still feel recession, but business confidence is up, AIM report says | masslive.com

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      Massachusetts businesses still feel recession, but business confidence is up, AIM report says | masslive.com

      “I’m not saying its over,” said David C. Southworth, president of Sourthworth Co. in Agawam a manufacturer of high-quality paper and envelopes. “It’s still a pretty challenging environment.” Southworth said his company is seeing growth in some product niches but the overall market for paper is not growing. With 160 employees, he estimates he replaces only about half the employees who leave the company through the regular course of attrition.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   West Springfield   Associated Industries of Massachusetts

    23. J. Polep Distribution Services Selects VAI to Streamline Food Distribution and Manufacturing Operations

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      J. Polep Distribution Services, a Massachusetts-based leading convenience store distributor, has selected its S2K for Food Enterprise Management Software to grow and streamline its operations, while increasing efficiency and profitability. Servicing more than 4,000 chain and independent retailers in the six New England States, New York and Pennsylvania, J. Polep is ranked as one of the top 12 convenience store distributors in the country. The company has Distribution Centers located in Chicopee and Woburn, Massachusetts; Providence, Rhode Island; and West Haven, Connecticut. The Polep family has been in the business of servicing its customers for over 110 years.

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      Mentions:   Chicopee

    24. Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, Springfield College join to give Dunbar center new backboards

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      Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, Springfield College join to give Dunbar center new backboards

      “The Dunbar Center is an important resource for the Springfield community, and we are pleased to be a part of this celebration,” said Flynn. “Springfield College maintains very close ties with both the YMCA movement and the basketball hall of fame. We believe that both of these fine organizations are guided by principles and values that are absolutely consistent with the mission of Springfield College - educating students in spirit, mind, and body for leadership in service to others.”

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      Mentions:   Springfield College   Baystate Health   Springfield

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