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    1. UMass to open Springfield welcome center followed by satellite classes in September

      UMass to open Springfield welcome center followed by satellite classes in September

      The new University of Massachusetts Center at Springfield welcome center will open March 31 with the official opening of the satellite center in September. The announcement came from Lynn Griesemer, co-director of start-up for the center and associate vice president of economic development and executive director, UMass Donahue Institute. She presented an overview of the center during the UMass faculty senate meeting Thursday. Class schedules will be available when the center opens and the welcome center will be open from to 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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    2. MassMutual Brings Three Experts in Diversity Onboard to Better Serve Multicultural Marketplace

      MassMutual Brings Three Experts in Diversity Onboard to Better Serve Multicultural Marketplace

       Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual) announced that three new professionals are playing major roles in the Diversity & Inclusion and Multicultural Market Development, furthering the company's growing leadership presence in that field. Kate Karasmeighan, Supplier Diversity Consultant, is driving the company's supplier diversity strategy. Prior to coming to MassMutual, Karasmeighan held positions with the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund and Institute and led the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce's (NGLCC) interactions between the national, Washington DC-based organization and more than 45 state and local GLBT chambers of commerce. Karasmeighan reports to Megan Nolan, Assistant Vice President of ...

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    3. 120 graduate from Valley Venture Mentors program

      120 graduate from Valley Venture Mentors program

      It was graduation night for Valley Venture Mentors in Springfield Wednesday night. Valley Venture Mentors is dedicated to helping business start-ups launch. It’s described as a personal social network that puts business people together with venture capital. Sort of like a speed-dating for entrepreneurs. According to Paul Silva, a lead coach at the Valley Venture Mentors, “Right, we didn’t all go to Harvard. We all don’t have that alumni network to tap into. So this gives them access to an amazing network of great people. If they do a good job, then they’ll walk away with ...

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    4. UMass President Robert L. Caret says perfomance review will help strengthen all five campuses

      UMass President Robert L. Caret says perfomance review will help strengthen all five campuses

      The report looks at all five campuses together as a whole and covers almost every aspect of the University's operations. Everything got one of four grades: excellent progress, good progress, some progress or limited progress. None of the 21 categories got a "limited progress", a fact that Caret, who took office in 2011, said he knows will open the process up to criticism. "These are subjective," he said. "But I sat in on the meetings were these were evaluated and we took a look at every category, particularly those that got "some progress and "good progress" to see if ...

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    5. Baystate Medical Center makes list of 100 Top Hospitals

      Baystate Medical Center makes list of 100 Top Hospitals

      Baystate Medical Center has been recognized as one of the country’s 100 Top Hospitals by Truven Health Analytics, in its annual search to identify hospitals that provide the highest level of value to their communities. “Creating healthy communities is core to our mission at Baystate Medical Center and we are delighted to be among the nation’s top hospitals in terms of the value we bring to our patients and the community while providing high quality, cost-effective, innovative care,” said Dr. Evan Benjamin, senior vice president and chief quality officer at Baystate Health.

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    6. Change Agent | BusinessWest

      Change Agent | BusinessWest

      In his first year, Traverso found that several students had earned enough academic credits to qualify as 10th graders, but were recorded as seniors, or were making the grade in their academics but not in their vocational classes, and were still being passed upward. Making more friends by the day, Traverso and the teachers met with 60 quite upset parents, one on one, and explained that the credits would have to be made up, with the help of the school, or the student in question would have to transfer. But the recommendation was to stay at Putnam, and most students ...

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    7. Massachusetts Housing and Economic Development Secretary Greg Bialecki, MassTech officials to join monthly meeting of Valley Venture Mentors in Springfield | masslive.com

      Massachusetts Housing and Economic Development Secretary Greg Bialecki, MassTech officials to join monthly meeting of Valley Venture Mentors in Springfield | masslive.com

      Massachusetts Housing and Economic Development Secretary Greg Bialecki and officials from the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative are scheduled to attend Wednesday's monthly meeting of Valley Venture Mentors in Springfield.
      bialeckihead.JPGGregory P. Bialecki Republican File Photo  Today's session begins at 5 p.m. at Tower Square, 1500 Main St., in the heart of downtown Springfield.

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    8. Springfield selling tax-foreclosed Maple Street apartment building, lots

      Springfield selling tax-foreclosed Maple Street apartment building, lots

      The city is seeking proposals for the purchase and redevelopment of a five-story apartment building on Maple Street, among five tax-foreclosed properties for sale in the Maple High-Six Corners and Old Hill neighborhoods.  The partially occupied brick building at 169 Maple St. is in the Ridgewood Local Historic District, and has 10 large, three-bedroom apartments, said Tina Quagliato, the city’s deputy director of neighborhood stabilization. The building was constructed in 1920, and has an assessed value of $390,300.

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    9. Advertising Club of Western Massachusetts announces Awards Gala

      Advertising Club of Western Massachusetts announces Awards Gala

      The Advertising Club of Western Massachusetts will celebrate 2014 American Advertising Award competition entrants and winners at the Awards Gala on March 20 from 6 to 10 p.m., at the Community Music School of Springfield's Robyn Newhouse Hall at 127 State St.  Formerly known as the ADDY® Awards competition in which more than 40,000 entries compete at three different levels - local, district and national - the annual program was renamed this year because the competition is a celebration of the best of the best in American advertising at every level.

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    10. Health care professionals collaborate at Springfield College | masslive.com

      Health care professionals collaborate at Springfield College | masslive.com

      Headlining the program was Baystate Medical Center Chief Academic Officer Dr. Kevin Hinchey. Hinchey’s lecture challenged the health care professionals in attendance to pursue avenues of integrating IPE into the curriculum to close the gap between health education and practice settings. This would produce a new generation of trained and skilled interprofessional team clinicians.

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    11. Florence Savings Bank provides grants to 25 agencies in annual Customers' Choice program

      Florence Savings Bank provides grants to 25 agencies in annual Customers' Choice program

      Moments before she approached bank president John Heaps to tell him herself, Lilly Lombard, executive director of Grow Food Northampton, said, "We are incredibly grateful for the bank's generosity and all the customers who demonstrate their loyalty. Florence Savings Bank is a model for other banks in the community." A total of $75,059 was distributed, including a $500 surprise award received by the Granby Booster Club through a random drawing at the event. Community members who benefit from these awards include school students, seniors and those who access services from area social service agencies. Heaps also announced to ...

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    12. Springfield's Fontaine Bros. completes The Berkshire School building | masslive.com

      Springfield's Fontaine Bros. completes The Berkshire School building | masslive.com

      Fontaine Bros. Inc. has been the general contractor on a number of large building projects at The Berkshire School in Sheffield, including the $15 million, 48,000-square-foot Bellas/Dixon Math And Science Center which opened this fall, said David Fontaine Jr., vice president of the company and one of the people involved in environmentally minded projects like this one.  The building is LEED, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, gold certified, Fontaine said.  Fontaine said there were about 85 employees on the Sheffield project at any given time. That is compared to the more than 100 at the recently completed ...

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    13. Mayhew Steel in Turners Falls buys Leominster plastics company to take control of supply chain | masslive.com

      Mayhew Steel in Turners Falls buys Leominster plastics company to take control of supply chain | masslive.com

      Mayhew announced the purchase off Basque Plastics last week. The new Mayhew Basque will continue with about 19 employees in Leominster, a city that serves as a center in the industry with about 120 other plastics companies in town and a wealth of experienced workers, said Bill Lawless, one of the owners of Mayhew Steel.

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    14. VertitechIT thrilled to grow in new home in Holyoke's Open Square

      VertitechIT thrilled to grow in new home in Holyoke's Open Square

      A year ago, Michael Feld, CEO of VertitechIT, had to be talked into looking at potential office space in Holyoke's Open Square. He'd heard all the knocks on Holyoke. But his company was growing and needed space, inexpensive space but edgy, attractive space that fit with the company's high-tech work as information technology experts for businesses, especially venture capitalists and hospitals eager to cut costs and comply with electronic medical records requirements.

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    15. Western New England University engineering students honored for innovative skate sharpening device

      Western New England University engineering students honored for innovative skate sharpening device

      Western New England University student engineers once again proved themselves to be among the nation's elite with inclusion in the Top 10 of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers Innovation Showcase (IShow). The Western New England University team was recognized for designing a practical, portable skate sharpening device. Evaluated for feasibility of idea, inventiveness and technological diversity, the “Agile Edge” was selected from a field of 59 entries submitted to compete in the 2014 ASME Innovation Showcase. The IShow provides a platform for top collegiate teams to compete for seed money to further develop their product inspiring students to ...

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    16. Springfield's Union Station, Western Massachusetts projects included in state Senate's $13 billion transportation spending plan

      Springfield's Union Station, Western Massachusetts projects included in state Senate's $13 billion transportation spending plan

      Memorial Avenue in West Springfield would get a much-needed overhaul and the Union Station project in downtown Springfield would get an additional $10 million in funding according the transportation bill approved by the Massachusetts State Senate. The bill, which passed through the Senate late Thursday, proposes a massive $13 billion in capital spending over the next five years to pay for upgrades to the state’s transportation system.

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    17. People in Business: Tony Maroulis named director of community relations at UMass Amherst

      People in Business: Tony Maroulis named director of community relations at UMass Amherst

      Tony Maroulis, executive director of the Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce and co-director of the Hampshire County Regional Tourism Council has been named director of community relations at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, effective March 3.  “Tony’s reputation as a strong leader of the Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce and his breadth and depth of knowledge of the issues in town-gown relations will be a tremendous boost to our team,” said Nancy Buffone, executive director of external relations and university events in a prepared statement. “He has great relationships with civic, political and business leaders in the region and ...

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    18. Pioneer Valley creative economy gets boost from networking, regional strategy

      Pioneer Valley creative economy gets boost from networking, regional strategy

      Creative businesses in Western Massachusetts will get help increasing their visibility, recruiting talent, finding appropriate space, borrowing capital and growing under a new partnership announced Thursday at Holyoke's Open Square complex.  The state designated the Pioneer Valley as part of Massachusetts' Creative Economy Network and formally partnered with the Western Massachusetts Economic Development Council which is in charge of the effort. The designation, by itself, doesn't come with state money. But several organizations are planning to apply for state grants.

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    19. First phase of new $53 million Greenfield High School is under construction | masslive.com

      First phase of new $53 million Greenfield High School is under construction | masslive.com

      The Massachusetts School Building Authority has estimated a maximum state funding for the project at $43.1 million and has approved of the design, according to the authority. The school is designed for an enrollment of 585 students in grades 8 through 12.  The first phase includes 85,000 square feet of classroom space that will be ready for the next school year. The school will not close; rather, students will shift from space to space as parts of the building are torn down and rebuilt.

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    20. Greenfield receives bond upgrade from Standard & Poor's

      Greenfield receives bond upgrade from Standard & Poor's

      Standard & Poor's Ratings Services assigned its 'AA' long-term rating and 'AA-''underlying rating to Greenfield series 2014 general obligation state qualified municipal purpose loan.  Greenfield's underlying bond rating had been lower at 'A to 'AA-', the municipality said Tuesday in a news release.  'In our opinion, the town's budgetary flexibility has improved, with available reserves above 8 percent of expenditures as per the draft fiscal 2013 audit, and Greenfield has no plans to significantly spend down the reserves. Supporting Greenfield’s finances is what we consider to be very strong liquidity, with total government available cash as ...

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    21. PVTA proposes change in Northampton route to include stop at Survival Center

      PVTA proposes change in Northampton route to include stop at Survival Center

      The Pioneer Valley Transit Authority has proposed revamping a bus route in Northampton to include a stop at the Northampton Survival Center.  The proposal is one of several that have to be accepted by the PVTA’s advisory board before going into effect. Other recommended changes include an expansion of the R41 route between Northampton and Holyoke Community College to year-round operation with direct connection to the Holyoke Mall at Ingleside. The B43 route between Northampton and Amherst would also become a Bus Rapid Transit corridor featuring more frequent service, signal priority, dedicated transit lanes at intersections and upgraded passenger ...

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    22. For sale: Building that housed Gus & Paul's Bakery and Deli, landmark Springfield business, on the market for $395,000 | masslive.com

      For sale: Building that housed Gus & Paul's Bakery and Deli, landmark Springfield business, on the market for $395,000 | masslive.com

      Gus & Paul's Bakery and Deli at 1209 Sumner Ave. shut its doors on New Year's Eve, with owner Gordon Weissman expressing hope he might reopen by the middle of last month. That didn't happen, however, and now the prime piece of real estate at the corner of Sumner and Powell avenues is on the market.  Realtor John Foley, of The Foley Company of Springfield, told both abc40 and 22News that the asking price for the 5,300-square-foot commercial building is $395,000.

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    23. Smith & Wesson in Springfield posts increase in quarterly earnings, sales figures

      Smith & Wesson in Springfield posts increase in quarterly earnings, sales figures

      Smith & Wesson is also feeling optimistic about the future and has raised its full year fiscal 2014 guidance. It now estimates net sales of between $615 million and $620 million and earnings per diluted share from continuing operations of between $1.39 and $1.42.  Founded in Springfield in 1852, Smith & Wesson has more than 1,600 employees, including 1,500 production workers at its sprawling firearms plant on Roosevelt Avenue. The company has a $77.5 million annual payroll.

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