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    1. TD Charitable Foundation awards $100,000 to Parsons Village project in Easthampton

      TD Charitable Foundation awards $100,000 to Parsons Village project in Easthampton

      Northampton-based Valley Community Development has been awarded a $100,000 grant for the Parsons Village project from the TD Charitable Foundation, one of just 25 given nationally. The award will allow the developer to restore some aspects of the project it had to cut to meet budget, said CDC Executive Director Joanne Campbell.

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    2. Holyoke Creative Arts Center moving to downtown site near other arts-related ventures

      Holyoke Creative Arts Center moving to downtown site near other arts-related ventures

      The non-profit Creative Arts Center opened nearly a century ago with a mission of teaching the creative arts and trades. Classes can last several weeks or consist of one-day workshops in crafts like quilting and upholstery to wood-carving and making of cupcakes. The center, at 400 South Elm St., is an independent non-profit that has received city funding to help with its rent since county government stopped funding such centers statewide. Funding from the city for this year is $42,000, said Bianchine, who is president of the center's board.

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    3. UMass climate center to award $800,000 to help park and refuge managers adapt to changing weather

      UMass climate center to award $800,000 to help park and refuge managers adapt to changing weather

      The Northeast Climate Science Center at the University of Massachusetts is awarding more than $800,000 to universities and other partners for research that will aid park and refuge managers and to help species and ecosystems adapt to regional climate change, according to a press release. The money is coming from the Department of the Interior, which is funding this and other regional science centers around the country.

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    4. Nuclea Biotechnologies in Pittsfield hopes to relocate manufacturing to old GE site from Cambridge

      Nuclea Biotechnologies in Pittsfield hopes to relocate manufacturing to old GE site from Cambridge

      Nuclea Biotechnologies, a developer and maker of diagnostic tests for cancer and diabetes, hopes to move manufacturing operations from Cambridge to the Berkshires. The new location would be near Nuclea's current headquarters in what was once General Electric's sprawling Pittsfield manufacturing complex. Today it is the Pittsfield Economic Development Authority property now known as the William Stanley Business Park.

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    5. Cooley Dickinson's radiation oncology program receives accreditiation

      Cooley Dickinson's radiation oncology program receives accreditiation

      Cooley Dickinson Hospital’s Radiation Oncology program has earned accreditation by the American College of Radiology. According to spokeswoman Christina Trinchero, the hospital had to submit medical records to the organization for quality assurance review as part of the process. Accreditation shows that Cooley Dickinson is exceeding quality assurance protocols in the radiation oncology fields, Trinchero said. It represents the highest level of quality and patient safety.

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    6. Greenfield's new 'green' master plan almost finished

      A new “sustainable” master plan that will carry the town through at least the next 10 years includes suggestions for preserving open space and agricultural land, promoting energy efficiency throughout town, and encouraging more use of pedestrian and bike paths, as well as public transportation, to reduce the town’s carbon footprint. The words that came up again and again as a 35-member Sustainable Master Plan Advisory Committee met over the last 13 months to write the sustainable master plan were: resilience, vibrancy and quality (of life). Now, the sustainable master plan, which will go to the town’s Planning ...

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    7. Western Massachusetts residents not surprised on gaming commission's MGM vote, still hold mixed feelings about Springfield casino project

      Western Massachusetts residents not surprised on gaming commission's MGM vote, still hold mixed feelings about Springfield casino project

      "MGM is a world-class company and they are a perfect fit for this neighborhood. I grew up here in the South End so there are a lot of heart strings for me in this neighborhood," Bertelli said. "The (June 2011) tornado was seen as the final nail in the coffin for the neighborhood, and I think MGM is the chance of hope."

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    8. Springfield officials pleased with Massachusetts Gaming Commission's positive suitability decision on MGM's South End ...

      Springfield officials pleased with Massachusetts Gaming Commission's positive suitability decision on MGM's South End ...

      "I had a brief conversation with the mayor earlier and he is very, very pleased as are all of us who've worked so hard on this," Kennedy said at a brief press conference following the commission's announcement. "And we expect that we've overcome another hurdle in the process and we look forward to working with MGM to settle the remaining issues that are there as we march, hopefully, toward a licenseure in May of 2014."

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    9. Square One, United Personnel help mothers enter job market with Mom Squad training program

      Square One, United Personnel help mothers enter job market with Mom Squad training program

      United Personnel also brings recruiters into a Square One child-care center for a job fair, followed by practice interviews and resume help. It also allows Mom Squad participants to go through the company's assessment tests and figure out what kind of jobs they are good at.

      "Job hunting is lonely these days because so much of it is on the Internet," she said.

      And there are jobs out there, Canavan said.

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    10. Menck Windows in Chicopee, Berkshire Mountain Distillers in Sheffield, Titan Roofing in Springfield and Mestek in Westfield get tax incentives for growth

      Menck Windows in Chicopee, Berkshire Mountain Distillers in Sheffield, Titan Roofing in Springfield and Mestek in Westfield get tax incentives for growth

      Four Western Massachusetts companies, including three manufacturers, are getting tax incentives to encourage investment and job creation, the state Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development said Thursday.  And one of the four, Menck Windows of Chicopee brings an entirely new business to the region, according to the news release  The other three are Mestek Inc., a maker of heating and cooling equipment in Westfield, Berkshire Mountain Distillers Inc. in Sheffield and Titan Roofing in Springfield.

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    11. State tax credit given WinnDevelopment for independent living apartments at Ludlow mills

      State tax credit given WinnDevelopment for independent living apartments at Ludlow mills

      Kenneth Delude, president of Westmass Area Development Corp., which is overseeing redevelopment of the Ludlow Mills, said, “This is the fifth round of funds from the Secretary of State’s office, bringing the funding so far to $1.9 million for the senior housing project.  WinnDevelopment will now apply for federal historical tax credits to further fund the $24.5 million project, Delude said.

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    12. Regional Employment Board of Hampden County puts David Cruise at the helm

      Regional Employment Board of Hampden County puts David Cruise at the helm

      The Regional Employment Board of Hampden County named David M. Cruise as its new president and CEO at its annual meeting on Wednesday.  Cruise had been the Regional Employment Board's director of Business and Employment Services.  The Regional Employment Board brings together educational institutions, industry and government to improve work-readiness and economic opportunity with an annual budget of $12.3 million in state and federal funding.

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    13. Thirsty? Easthampton is poised to host 2 new breweries that ought to wet beer lovers' whistles

      Thirsty? Easthampton is poised to host 2 new breweries that ought to wet beer lovers' whistles

      Western Massachusetts has its fair share of microbreweries. But the increasingly funkified Easthampton is about to wrest the title of Brew Capital of the West from anyone who dares challenge the city, which will become home to two new breweries 'within a month or two,' Daily Hampshire Gazette staff writer Rebecca Everett reports.  Abandoned Building Brewery at 142 Pleasant St., just east of Eastworks, is fully licensed and hopping to brew its first batch of grog before year's end, owner and brewmaster Matthew Tarlecki told the Northampton newspaper.
      A bit farther from downtown Easthampton, the Fort Hill Brewery at ...

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    14. Damon Place in Northampton sold for $3.78 million | masslive.com

      Damon Place in Northampton sold for $3.78 million | masslive.com

      Damon Place, a three-building mall on Damon Road, has been sold to an Easthampton property owner for $3.78 million.  According to a deed in the Hampshire County Hall of Records, Easthampton Mahadev, LLC, owned by Naresh K. Patel, bought the property on Dec. 5 from Richard R. Boyle of Easthampton. The mall, which has copious parking and easy access to Interstate 91, features both commercial and residential space. Two of the three buildings have apartments above the ground-floor businesses.

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    15. Hitchcock Center in Amherst awarded grant to teach new program in energy literacy

      Hitchcock Center in Amherst awarded grant to teach new program in energy literacy

      The Energy Literacy Project will introduce 20 teachers and 450 children to “new approaches to scientific learning to observation, inference and verification that will reinvigorate a child’s natural curiosity in the scientific world,” according to a press release. Hitchcock Executive Director Julie Johnson said, “This is really a timely new curriculum.” The children will learn and then help spread their knowledge to their families, she said.

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    16. Sequestration costs state $1.3 billion in lost revenues and 14,000 in reduced job growth

      Sequestration costs state $1.3 billion in lost revenues and 14,000 in reduced job growth

      The federal budget cuts known as sequestration has cost the state about $1.3 billion in lost revenues and about 14,000 new jobs for the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30.  Officials for the Donahue Institute at the University of Massachusetts Wednesday released the results of an economic study that calculated the impact the nationwide $1 trillion in automatic across-the-board budget cuts that took effect on March 1 had in Massachusetts.

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    17. CEO of Wing Memorial Hospital in Palmer welcomes potential acquisition by Baystate Health System

      CEO of Wing Memorial Hospital in Palmer welcomes potential acquisition by Baystate Health System

      "It's a win-win for the community, patients, hospital and its staff," Dr. Charles E. Cavagnaro III, president and chief executive officer of Wing Memorial Hospital and Medical Centers, said Wednesday. The boards of trustees of UMass Memorial Health Care, Baystate Health and Wing Memorial Hospital and Medical Centers have authorized the organizations to sign a letter of intent to propose the transfer of ownership of Wing Memorial to Baystate Health, according to a news release. Mark R. Tolosky, president and chief executive officer of Baystate Health, estimated that it could take up to six months for the transfer to ...

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    18. MassDevelopment » AMP it up! Matching Grants Total Nearly $110,000 For 11 Innovative Massachusetts Programs

      MassDevelopment » AMP it up! Matching Grants Total Nearly $110,000 For 11 Innovative Massachusetts Programs

      Through the AMP it up! campaign that promotes advanced manufacturing as an attractive career path, MassDevelopment will for a second straight year issue matching grants to partnerships across the Commonwealth. In this second grant round, MassDevelopment will provide $108,950 in matching grants to 11 partnerships that consist of workforce investment boards, community colleges, and industry associations who will use funds to develop community-based programs and activities that educate students and the adults in their lives about career options in advanced manufacturing.

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    19. Springfield to receive Shannon grant of nearly $782,000 to combat youth, gang violence

      Springfield to receive Shannon grant of nearly $782,000 to combat youth, gang violence

      The city’s Shannon grant for fiscal year 2014, used to combat youth and gang violence, is up 10 percent from this year and tallies to nearly $782,000 officials said.  Funding from the grant, formally known as the Sen. Charles F. Shannon Community Safety Initiative, is primarily used for gang task force personnel and overtime, crime analysis and social intervention programs.

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