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    1. Pioneer Valley Planing Commission preparing long-term transportation plan

      Explore masslive.com (Aug 2 2011)

      Pioneer Valley Planing Commission preparing long-term transportation plan The Pioneer Valley Planning Commission wants the public to have a say as to which road, transit and trail projects should be priorities and which might have to fall by the wayside. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Pioneer Valley Planning Commission   Springfield   Northampton

    2. Amherst businesses still pursuing Business Improvement District

      Explore GazetteNET (Aug 2 2011)

      Work on creating the district is being facilitated by Ann Burke, vice president of the Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts, and a committee chaired by local businessmen Barry Roberts and Jerry Jolly. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Amherst   Ann Burke

    3. State grant to kick-start $4.6 million boathouse Connecticut River Community Boathouse project in Northampton

      Explore masslive.com (Aug 1 2011)

      State grant to kick-start $4.6 million boathouse Connecticut River Community Boathouse project in Northampton The state is about to announce a $100,000 grant that will help kick-start a $4.67 million project to create a boathouse on the Connecticut River in Northampton. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Smith College   Northampton

    4. New charter schools proposed for Springfield, Holyoke

      Explore masslive.com (Aug 1 2011)

      New charter schools proposed for Springfield, Holyoke Two proposals are for schools in Springfield and a third would be focused in Holyoke but draw students from West Springfield, Chicopee, Westfield, South Hadley and Northampton. Organizers of the Paulo Freire Social Justice Charter School, to be based in Holyoke, and the Springfield Preparatory Charter School had submitted proposals last year. Both made it through several levels of the selection process but were not granted charters. The third proposal for the Baystate Academy Charter School in Springfield is new. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Baystate Health   Springfield   Northampton

    5. Basketball Hall of Fame readies for 2011 induction, enshrinement ceremonies

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      Basketball Hall of Fame readies for 2011 induction, enshrinement ceremonies The Hall of Fame Class of 2011 features great coaches in Tex Winter and Herb Magee; a great college, professional and international star in Chris Mullin; one of the ABA’s all-time greats in Artis Gilmore; and perhaps the greatest character the game of basketball has ever endured in Dennis Rodman. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Springfield College   Mohegan Sun   MassMutual Center

    6. Massachusetts young people have a positive economic outlook according to a recent poll

      Explore masslive.com (Aug 1 2011)

      Massachusetts young people have a positive economic outlook according to a recent poll Call it youthful exuberance or just plain old American pluck, Massachusetts young people are convinced that good times are right around the corner, according to survey results compiled by the MassINC polling group. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Springfield   Holyoke   The Republican

    7. Hamilton-Sundstrand gets $6.6 million contract for submarine device design work

      Explore masslive.com (Aug 1 2011)

      Hamilton-Sundstrand gets $6.6 million contract for submarine device design work The order was among the Defense Department’s latest contract listings and identifies the Naval Sea Systems Command, in partnership with the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, as the contracting agencies. Under terms of the deal, Hamilton will investigate the possibility of using dry materials that can remove carbon dioxide from a submarine’s atmosphere, the listing says. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   United Technologies Corp.   The Republican

    8. Westover Air Reserve Base among Massachusetts military installations in line for $96 million in construction funding

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      Westover Air Reserve Base among Massachusetts military installations in line for $96 million in construction funding The spending to upgrade facilities at Westover is part of $96 million in construction funding approved by the U.S. Senate on July 22 for projects at five military installations in the Baystate, including Westover. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   John Kerry   Chicopee   Westfield

    9. Pratt & Whitney breaks into military market with partnership with International Aero Engines

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      Pratt & Whitney breaks into military market with partnership with International Aero Engines Pratt & Whitney’s multinational partnership, International Aero Engines, has logged an order for more than 56 engines from the Brazilian Air Force for a new fleet of 28 tanker and military transport aircraft (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   The Republican

    10. Editorial: Western Massachusetts economy still lags behind the east

      Explore masslive.com (Jul 31 2011)

      According to MassBenchmarks, a journal of the state economy published by the University of Massachusetts’ Donahue Institute, the real gross state product grew at an annual rate of 4.3 percent in the second quarter of 2011 while the national economy expanded at an estimated annual rate of 1.3 percent during the same period. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   The Republican

    11. Western Mass. Enterprise Fund gets federal grant

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      Western Mass. Enterprise Fund gets federal grant The Western Massachusetts Enterprise Fund has been awarded a $1.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Community Development Financial Institution Fund. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Common Capital   Amherst   Holyoke

    12. Amherst Select Board to vote on fuel efficency policy so town can apply for green status

      Explore masslive.com (Jul 31 2011)

      Amherst Select Board to vote on fuel efficency policy so town can apply for green status The Select Board will formally vote on the policy at its next meeting Aug. 8. The policy calls for the town to buy only fuel-efficient vehicles for town use “whenever such vehicles are commercially available and practicable.” The policy goal is to cut carbon dioxide emissions. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Springfield   Amherst   Northampton

    13. Holyoke's 'The Bud' building inspires historians but deterioration and unpaid taxes might spell its doom

      Explore masslive.com (Jul 30 2011)

      Holyoke's 'The Bud' building inspires historians but deterioration and unpaid taxes might spell its doom It was a stagecoach stop and a speakeasy, as well as home to legal taverns of various names and even the supposed sanctuary of a ghost. But now, the red-brick structure known as The Bud is an old building facing a possible date with a wrecking ball. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Holyoke   The Republican

    14. Census numbers show increase in vacant housing units in Western Massachusetts; Springfield see uptick in wake of tornado

      Explore masslive.com (Jul 29 2011)

      Reacting to the census numbers, Tina Brooks, undersecretary for the state Department of Housing and Economic Development, said some of the vacant housing is abandoned and undermining neighborhoods. Foreclosures are a significant cause for vacancies, according to Brooks. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   Palmer   Springfield

    15. Bill Gates: Poverty not excuse for no education

      Explore masslive.com (Jul 29 2011)

      But Henry Louis Gates praised Bill Gates and compared him to industrialist Andrew Carnegie, who also gave away much of his wealth to humanitarian causes. Henry Louis Gates said the Microsoft founder purposely seeks to help communities with large Latino and black populations (Read Full Article)

    16. JetBlue offers new unlimited flight package BluePass

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      JetBlue offers new unlimited flight package BluePass Call it All-You-Can-Jet: Business Edition. JetBlue introduced several new three-month, unlimited flight plans Thursday in an attempt to snare more higher-paying business travelers. (Read Full Article)

    17. FEMA allocates funds for crisis outreach program for tornado victims

      Explore masslive.com (Jul 28 2011)

      FEMA allocates funds for crisis outreach program for tornado victims The “MassSupport Program” will supplement regular community services and will include sending specially trained workers into tornado-impacted communities, where they go door to door and visit community centers and civic groups. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Springfield   The Republican

    18. Springfield to hire firm to repair tornado-damaged roads and sidewalks

      Explore masslive.com (Jul 28 2011)

      Springfield to hire firm to repair tornado-damaged roads and sidewalks There is various work at approximately 500 locations, including road paving and repairs, sidewalks and curbing, and tree stump removals, according to the bid documents. The city estimates the project will entail 200 tons of pavement, 4,000 square yards of sidewalk, 4,000 linear feet of curbing, and 100 tree stumps. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Springfield   The Republican

    19. Pre-College Summer Design Academy at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst helps high school students 'design' future careers

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      Pre-College Summer Design Academy at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst helps high school students 'design' future careers Caryn J. Brause, director of the Pre-College Summer Design Academy, started the program in 2010 to help high school students with an interest in design. She had an interest in design from an early age, but without specific programs related to the field, she spent time in the shop wing of her high school doing mechanical drawing. She hopes that by exposing students to designing furniture, rooms, buildings and landscapes, they will find something that sparks their interest whether it relates to architecture or other design fields. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Amherst   The Republican

    20. Amherst turns to Massachusetts for grants for 2 town projects

      Explore masslive.com (Jul 27 2011)

      Amherst turns to Massachusetts for grants for 2 town projects Officials have applied for two Parkland Acquisitions and Renovations for Communities grants – one seeking $297,600 for the pool and $35,000 Those figures include the town’s required 30 percent community match, said Town Manager John P. Musante. He said the town should hear in time for the fall Town Meeting in November. If successful, the town would seek the local match there. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Amherst   The Republican

    21. Holyoke building inspector orders demolition of storm-damaged building off Lyman Street

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      Holyoke building inspector orders demolition of storm-damaged building off Lyman Street The four-story James A. Curran General Contractors Inc. building at Gatehouse Road overlooking the canals was condemned Wednesday, interim Building Inspector Mark E. Hebert said. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Holyoke   The Republican

    22. Manufacturers seek job applicants

      Explore WWLP 22 News Springfield (Jul 27 2011)

      To address the problem, the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) trained 25 Springfield veterans in March 2011, some who were formerly homeless or suffering from addiction, but who were apt and capable of doing technical work. After a two-week basic skills course, they were placed in jobs at Smith and Wesson, where they’ve all been working since. MEP said many more jobs like these exist, but people don’t know about them or have a misguided view on machine shop jobs. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Springfield   Chicopee

    23. Greenfield Savings Bank to build Northampton branch

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      Greenfield Savings Bank, which recently completed rebuilding its Greenfield drive-through facility and refurbishing or rebuilding its Turners Falls and South Deerfield branches, hopes to be part of the redevelopment of the former Hill and Dale plaza on King Street. Connecticut-based Colvest Group won Northampton Planning Board approval to develop the site, which has been largely vacant since Price Chopper supermarket closed there in 1995. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Colvest Group   Amherst   Northampton

    24. West Springfield seeking consultant to help raise $2 million for library project

      Explore masslive.com (Jul 27 2011)

      The $2 million would go toward costs of the proposed $13.4 million library that will not be covered by the state. Library officials have until Jan. 31 to get local funding in place for the balance of the project. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Springfield   The Republican

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