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    1. Holyoke gets $247,000 grant to remove asbestos, other hazards from former Hart Wool Combing factory, 216 Appleton St.

      Holyoke gets $247,000 grant to remove asbestos, other hazards from former Hart Wool Combing factory, 216 Appleton St.

      The property is key to market and redevelop because it is in the Arts and Innovation District downtown that features the Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center, said a press release from Marcos A. Marrero, director of the city Office of Planning and Economic Development. The factory is across the canal from the computing center.

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    2. Life’s Work | BusinessWest

      Life’s Work | BusinessWest

      Bill Ward has a wide assortment of photographs adorning the walls and shelves of his office in downtown Springfield.  There’s one of him conferring with Sen. Edward Kennedy, for example, and also one that puts him in a group with, among others, Dick and Rick Hoyt, the father-son team famous for their exploits in marathons and triathlons. There are others featuring a host of local, state, and national political leaders, and even a framed copy of the story announcing him as one of the first winners of BusinessWest’s Difference Makers award.  But maybe the one he’s most ...

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    3. Manufacturing the focus of Franklin County Technical School center | masslive

      Manufacturing the focus of Franklin County Technical School center | masslive

      The old manufacturing technology center at Franklin County Technical School looked like the kind of workshop that would have laid off the grandfather of today's high school students 30 years ago.  It was manual, hand-adjusted technology with oil and dirt, said Valley Steel Stamp owner Steve Capshaw, who spearheaded the $717,000 renovation, updating and re-equipping the program in an effort to help his industry grow by providing more qualified workers for his business and others in the valley.

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    4. Affiliated Chambers of Commerce of Greater Springfield honors Super 60 | masslive

      Affiliated Chambers of Commerce of Greater Springfield honors Super 60 | masslive

      Just looking at the applications for this year's Super 60 awards showed Affiliated Chambers of Commerce of Greater Springfield president Jeffrey Ciuffreda that the local economy is, in fact, improving.  'There were seven or eight new entrants,' Ciuffreda said this week, admitting that he is frustrated by slow growth in the job market. 'We've got a lot of stalwart companies we have always had with some new names. We have manufacturing, service, retail. I think a lot of companies are just waiting before they hire.'

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    5. Editorial: Baystate Health, UMass hospital collaboration healthy move for Western Massachusetts

      Editorial: Baystate Health, UMass hospital collaboration healthy move for Western Massachusetts

      s partisan clashes in Washington continue over the future of President Barack Obama’s signature health care law, two giant health care providers in Springfield and Worcester are thinking about forming a partnership as a key provision of the Affordable Care Act kicks into gear.  On the eve of Tuesday’s launch of a season of enrollment in Obamacare for millions of Americans who will seek coverage on so-called insurance exchanges, Baystate Health in Springfield and University of Massachusetts Memorial Hospital Health Care in Worcester said they plan to collaborate on specialized medical care, research projects and public health projects ...

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    6. Women's Fund of Western Massachusetts unveils new funding strategy at first Power Up meeting

      Women's Fund of Western Massachusetts unveils new funding strategy at first Power Up meeting

      The Women’s Fund of Western Massachusetts unveiled its new funding strategies at the first of four Power Up events it is sponsoring in each of the four Western Massachusetts counties it serves. Instead of funding organizations such as Berkshire United Way or the Lutheran Social Services of New England, the fund is offering one three-year grant of $20,000 each year to a program in each of the four counties. They are hoping these grants will make an even greater impact on the lives of women and children and meet the needs of the particular counties.

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    7. Gov. Deval Patrick praises Zanetti School in Springfield for rising from underperforming status to top academic level

      Gov. Deval Patrick praises Zanetti School in Springfield for rising from underperforming status to top academic level

      Gov. Deval L. Patrick visited the Alfred G. Zanetti Montessori School on Friday, praising the “extraordinary” effort by the students, staff and administrators in rising from an underperforming school to the top level of the academic scale.  “That is a testament to the extraordinary hard work of the young people, the engagement of their families, the tremendous leadership from the principal and the superintendent, and all of the members of the faculty,” Patrick said following a school tour and meeting with students and staff. “I am fired up as a result of it, and confident of even greater things to ...

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    8. AAA Pioneer Valley to unveil electric vehicle charging station at educational event | masslive

      AAA Pioneer Valley to unveil electric vehicle charging station at educational event | masslive

      The event will be held Oct. 5 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the AAA West Springfield office at 150 Capital Drive. EV experts will be onsite to answer questions about electric vehicles, as well as new technology designed to improve fuel economy and lower vehicle emissions, such as Start-Stop systems.  “Technology is ever changing in the automotive industry, and this can often lead to confusion among consumers. This event is designed to pull together experts and resources to assist the driving community in better understanding options, and technological advancements, whether they are in the market for ...

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    9. Revisions in Greenfield Commonwealth Virtual School contract sought by Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

      Revisions in Greenfield Commonwealth Virtual School contract sought by Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

      Greenfield School Superintendent Susan Hollins, who serves as superintendent for the virtual academy, could not be immediately reached for comment, nor could Edward Berlin, chairman of the virtual academy’s board of directors. Berlin previously said the board has been hard-pressed to comply with all the new rules and standards established by the state.

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    10. Massachusetts House votes 156-1 to repeal new tax on computer services | masslive

      Massachusetts House votes 156-1 to repeal new tax on computer services | masslive

      'Because jobs and economic growth are central to the House’s agenda, I promised to listen to business leaders and House members on what the tax’s impact would be when this measure was initially passed,' DeLeo said in a statement. 'After listening, we learned of the burden of this tax. Our strong commitment to business and the innovation economy led to its repeal.'

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    11. Film crew to chronicle history and highlights of the Springfield Armory for national broadcast series

      Film crew to chronicle history and highlights of the Springfield Armory for national broadcast series

      The Armory houses the world's largest collection of historic American military firearms. The site served as both an arsenal under George Washington and later a manufacturing site that employed 14,000 men and women at its peak during World War II. It closed in 1968 and reopened as a national park a decade later. "The Armory is one of the best-kept secrets in America. It's the birthplace of the American firearms industry," said Bequette. He travels the country visiting firearms manufacturers for his work and refers to this region as "Gun Valley" for its concentration of gun manufacturers ...

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    12. UMass hoping to save nearly $50 million in electricity costs over next 2 to 3 decades

      UMass hoping to save nearly $50 million in electricity costs over next 2 to 3 decades

      The University of Massachusetts system is hoping to save $50 million in electric costs over the next two to three decades serving as hosts to companies building solar photovoltaic projects in the state. UMass Wednesday announced a new partnership with the Net Excess Generation Credit program offered by the commonwealth of Massachusetts that makes the arrangement viable.

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    13. Students from Massachusetts colleges promote STEM fields to high school students in Springfield

      Students from Massachusetts colleges promote STEM fields to high school students in Springfield

      Students from Massachusetts community colleges, state universities and the University of Massachusetts are at Springfield’s Central High School today to promote science, technology, engineering and math -- the "STEM" fields -- to students from three of the city’s high schools.  The new effort to promote STEM majors and career training opportunities is part of the statewide “Go Public!” campaign to highlight academic excellence at the state’s 29 public campuses.  Six student speakers from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, Westfield State University as well as Springfield Tech, Holyoke and Greenfield community colleges are speaking this ...

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    14. Western New England University students get real-time stock trading facility thanks to generosity of Springfield couple. | masslive

      Western New England University students get real-time stock trading facility thanks to generosity of Springfield couple. | masslive

      The room has banks of computers and projection equipment as well as a stock-market zipper display along the wall. Of particular benefit, said assistant professor of finance Bryan P. Schmutz, is the room's new Bloomberg terminal. The terminal allows Western New England students to get 'Bloomberg Certified' and aid in their eventual job search.  'We want to teach most of our finance classes here,' Schmutz said. 'I know a lot of students want to get on the Bloomberg terminal.'

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    15. UMass professor Lisa Chasan-Taber receives $3.2 million in federal grants

      UMass professor Lisa Chasan-Taber receives $3.2 million in federal grants

      University of Massachusetts professor Lisa E. Chasan-Taber has received a $3.2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health and National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive Kidney Diseases to use individual coaching and support to help Hispanic women avoid obesity during pregnancy and to develop a healthy, active lifestyle. This is the fourth multimillion-dollar grant the epidemiology professor has received from these agencies to work with Hispanic women, totaling more than $10 million.

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    16. Hampden District Attorney Mark Mastroianni nominated for federal judgeship by President Barack Obama

      Hampden District Attorney Mark Mastroianni nominated for federal judgeship by President Barack Obama

      Gov. Deval L. Patrick will appoint an interim Hampden district attorney upon Mastroianni's potential confirmation by the U.S. Senate, who will sit until the next election in 2014. Mastroianni, who has been vetted by the American Bar Association and FBI, must appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee and be confirmed by the full U.S. Senate.

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    17. Springfield Technical Community College wins grant to boost performance of Latino students; colleges in Holyoke, Greenfield and Pittsfield receive funds also

      Springfield Technical Community College wins grant to boost performance of Latino students; colleges in Holyoke, Greenfield and Pittsfield receive funds also

      Springfield Technical Community College has received $122,099 state grant to develop strategies for improving the academic performance of Hispanic students, while community colleges in Greenfield, Holyoke and Pittsfield will share in $239,334 grant to improve learning in science, technology and math. The money for the two-year Springfield college was among $7.5 million in competitive grants awarded by the state Department of Higher Education on Monday to encourage innovation and improve graduation rates and other aspects of student performance at the state's 29 community college, state university and University of Massachusetts campuses.

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    18. Western Massachusetts Electric Co., National Grid seek to buy wind power as part of 565-megawatt, green-energy deal | masslive

      Western Massachusetts Electric Co., National Grid seek to buy wind power as part of 565-megawatt, green-energy deal | masslive

      The deals, announced Monday by the state of Massachusetts, involve the purchase of 565 megawatts of wind energy by four utilities including Western Massachusetts Electric Co. and National Grid, enough to power about 170,000 homes, at an average weighted price of just less than 8 cents a kilowatt hour.

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    19. Willimansett Bridge construction halted as contractor Pihl Inc. files for bankruptcy | masslive.com

      Willimansett Bridge construction halted as contractor Pihl Inc. files for bankruptcy | masslive.com

      Chicopee and Holyoke officials said they are working with the state to ensure the reconstruction of the Willimansett Bridge does not stall for long.  Work on the project stopped last Monday after the contractors, Pihl Inc., of Denmark, filed for bankruptcy.  The Massachusetts Department of Transportation, which is funding and overseeing the $19.2 million project, received formal notice on Sept. 13 from the performance bonds holder that the company is no longer staffing any bonded projects, said Sara Lavoie, press secretary for the department.

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    20. Mohegan Sun to use Pioneer Valley Planning Commission in negotiations with surrounding communities to its proposed Palmer resort casino

      Mohegan Sun to use Pioneer Valley Planning Commission in negotiations with surrounding communities to its proposed Palmer resort casino

      Mohegan Sun plans to use the services of the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission to help negotiate with communities surrounding its proposed resort casino and water park project off Thorndike Street (Route 32) in Palmer. Mohegan representatives met with the Massachusetts Gaming Commission and Pioneer Valley Planning Commission officials on Thursday in a closed meeting. The exact details of the agreement between the Connecticut casino operator and the Springfield-based planning commission are still being finalized.

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