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    1. Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick to unveil $200 million appropriation to replace decks on I-91 in Springfield

      Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick to unveil $200 million appropriation to replace decks on I-91 in Springfield

      Gov. Deval L. Patrick today is scheduled to announce that he will approve $200 million for replacing decks on an elevated and deteriorating section of Interstate 91 in Springfield and that construction will begin in a year on the project.  During a speech before the Associated Chambers of Commerce of Greater Springfield, Patrick is expected to announce the $200 million in state money for replacing decks and also $1.225 million in state funds to create a permanent place for the Camp STAR Angelina day camp for children and young adults at Forest Park in Springfield.

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    2. Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick to make stops in Springfield, West Springfield to talk about economic growth, career development opportunities | masslive.com

      Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick to make stops in Springfield, West Springfield to talk about economic growth, career development opportunities | masslive.com

      After the West Side stop, Patrick is expected to cross the bridge to Springfield, where he will discuss business growth opportunities at a lunch hosted by the Affiliated Chambers of Commerce of Greater Springfield. The event is scheduled for 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Springfield Marriott, 2 Boland Way, with the governor slated to speak around 12:30 p.m.

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    3. Westover pumps $225 million into local economy; federal budget cuts cause impact to decrease | masslive.com

      Westover pumps $225 million into local economy; federal budget cuts cause impact to decrease | masslive.com

      The total is a reduction from the $238 million impact the base had during fiscal years 2012 and 2011. In 2009, the impact was $231 million and in 2010 the impact was $266 million but most of that was due to a building boom on base.  Many of the reductions are due to the $85 billion across-the-board federal spending cuts called sequestration that were imposed in March.  “One of the keys is a $3.3 million decrease in civilian pay,” said Lt. Col. James G. Bishop, chief of public affairs for Westover.

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    4. Western New England University professor prepares clinical tests for new, painless diabetes monitoring equipment | masslive.com

      Western New England University professor prepares clinical tests for new, painless diabetes monitoring equipment | masslive.com

      Western New England University Professor Ronny Priefer said last week that he hopes his newly invented medical “breathalyzer,” scheduled for an extensive clinical study, will someday serve as a painless alternative to continuous finger-prick blood monitoring by diabetics.

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    5. Davis foundation literacy initiative: 'It needs to start at birth' | masslive.com

      Davis foundation literacy initiative: 'It needs to start at birth' | masslive.com

      The Irene E. and George A. Davis Foundation, a Springfield-based foundation focusing on early childhood and education, wants 80 percent of Springfield’s third graders reading proficiently by 2016. Today, only half as many third graders are proficient readers. The foundation’s “Reading Success by 4th Grade” initiative is using various approaches, including parental awareness, to get more young children on the path to success.  “Because of our knowledge about child development, we understood the importance of the third grade reading milestone,” said Sally C. Fuller, project director for Reading Success by 4th Grade. “Up to third grade, they learn ...

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    6. Nuvo Bank & Trust Co. of Springfield announces positive results | masslive.com

      Nuvo Bank & Trust Co. of Springfield announces positive results | masslive.com

      Nuvo Bank & Trust Co. announced net income of $2.26 million, or 96 cents per share, for the nine months ended Sept. 30, compared with $514,000, or 28 cents per share, for the nine months ended Sept. 30, 2012.  Net income was $100,000, or 4 cents per share, for the three months ended Sept. 30, 2013, compared with $207,000, or 11 cents per share, for the three months ended Sept. 30, 2012.

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    7. Construction begins in Ludlow for affordable rental apartments for senior

      Construction begins in Ludlow for affordable rental apartments for senior

      HAPHousing announced the start of construction of 28 affordable rental apartments for senior citizens, to be known as Stevens Memorial Senior Housing, located at 12 Chestnut Street.  HAPHousing is the largest nonprofit developer of affordable housing in Western Massachusetts and a collaborative partner in urban neighborhood revitalization.

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    8. Covidien helps keep Square One's preschool exercise program running

      Covidien helps keep Square One's preschool exercise program running

      A crucial factor in Square One’s success has been great partners in the private sector like Covidien who believe and share in the organization’s work to make a lasting difference in the lives of families and children. Covidien is a leading global supplier of healthcare products with a location in Chicopee and one of the very first funders to step forward and pledge their support to Square One’s LAUNCH program.

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    9. Mary-Beth Cooper inaugurated as Springfield College's first woman president

      Mary-Beth Cooper inaugurated as Springfield College's first woman president

      With her husband, son and five older brothers looking on, Mary-Beth A. Cooper was inaugurated as Springfield College’s first woman president Friday.
      Ten weeks after being welcomed to campus, the Rochester, N.Y., native was formally installed as the school’s 13th president during a two-hour ceremony at Blake Arena.  Cooper, the former vice president for student affairs at Rochester Institute of Technology, invoked the school’s tradition of service and scholarship during her address to more than a thousand students, faculty, staff and alumni.

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    10. Amherst BID hires Sarah la Cour, interim operations director, as new executive director

      Amherst BID hires Sarah la Cour, interim operations director, as new executive director

      Sarah la Cour, hired in July as the Amherst Business Improvement District interim operations director, will no longer be interim. The BID earlier this month hired her as its new executive director. “The board is very confident in Sarah,” Barry Roberts, the BID’s board president, said in a press release. “She brings to the position the skills necessary to make the Amherst BID a major force in the enhancement of the downtown.”

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    11. United Bank to merge with Connecticut's Rockville Financial, ups competition with Berkshire Bank

      At $4.8 billion post merger, United would have been the fourth-largest bank based in Massachusetts, had it opted to remain headquartered in the Bay State. Instead, United will become the third-largest bank in the Nutmeg State, behind only People’s United Bank and Webster Bank. United's new headquarters will be in Glastonbury, Conn., where Rockville’s administrative offices were relocated in 2011.

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    12. Greater Westfield Chamber of Commerce recognizes Michael Knapik and Chalmers and Kubeck North with annual awards

      Greater Westfield Chamber of Commerce recognizes Michael Knapik and Chalmers and Kubeck North with annual awards

      The Greater Westfield Chamber of Commerce honored Knapik with the Outstanding Stewardship Award and recognized Chalmers and Kubeck by naming it the Business of the Year during the organization’s annual meeting awards ceremony held Nov. 6 at Westwood restaurant.  Kate Phelon, executive director of the Greater Westfield Chamber of Commerce, said Knapik was selected for the award because of his dedication to the people of the city, district and state.

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    13. Elite Medic Training in Springfield opens its doors

      The afternoon event showcased the expansion of National Ambulance and Albany Street Auto and celebrated the inauguration of its new academy. Following a ribbon cutting at 3:45 p.m. with Mayor Dominic Sarno, guests were treated to tours of National Ambulance, Albany Street Auto, and the EMT Academy. Co-owners of the three businesses, Kirill Adzigirey and Advey Adzigirey, were on hand for the festivities.

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    14. Living Local offers 'It's in the Bag' promotion to support Western Massachusetts businesses | masslive.com

      Living Local offers 'It's in the Bag' promotion to support Western Massachusetts businesses | masslive.com

      Living Local, a Western Massachusetts-based group of independently owned businesses, is gearing up for the holidays with a promotion for customers.  The businesses, now totaling more than 50, are participating in “It’s in the Bag!” on Nov. 16, offering customers new and old an opportunity to take advantage of special offers, events or discounts.  For $5, customers can purchase the brightly colored, reusable shopping bag with the Living Local logo. Inside the bag will be information and promotional materials from all participating businesses, such as discounts on products and services.

      Examples of promotions include 20 percent off any toy ...

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    15. Springfield to release results of downtown housing study, citing significant market changes and possibility of MGM casino coming to town

      Springfield to release results of downtown housing study, citing significant market changes and possibility of MGM casino coming to town

      On the same day Gov. Deval Patrick is slated to announce a multimillion-dollar plan to bolster affordable housing in Massachusetts, Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno is expected to attend a Thursday morning event to mark the release of the city's first downtown market-rate housing study in seven years. Today's session is sponsored by the Springfield Chamber of Commerce and scheduled for 10:30 a.m. at One Financial Plaza, 1350 Main St.

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    16. Westfield State University's $2 million for science center recommended for release

      Westfield State University's $2 million for science center recommended for release

      “Restoring the $2 million appropriation is a vote of confidence in the future of the university and most importantly, in the students of Massachusetts who will benefit from access to a state-of-the-art science facility,” university spokeswoman Molly C. Watson said in a written statement thanking Freeland.
      The $2 million was the first amount approved to build a $48 million science and technology building, the first academic building in 40 years at the university. Construction is expected to begin next year.

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    17. Titan Roofing Inc. moving headquarters with 34 jobs to Tapley Street in Springfield

      Titan Roofing Inc. moving headquarters with 34 jobs to Tapley Street in Springfield

      Titan Roofing Inc. is renovating a long-vacant warehouse at 200 Tapley St. into a new base of operations. The company plans to move 34 permanent jobs to the facility from its current headquarters at 70 Orange St. in Chicopee, president Fred Pazmino said. "We have outgrown our building in Chicopee," Pazmino said. "And we lease there. Here we own the building. And we can drive right in with our vehicles. It's perfect for us."

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    18. 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.


      Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/2013/11/12/5904982/massmutual-named-one-of-2013-working.html#storylink=cpy
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    19. 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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    20. 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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