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    1. Chicopee receives $185,000 for using environment friendly building practices

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      Chicopee receives $185,000 for using environment friendly building practices

      By constructing the new senior center with passive solar energy, the most efficient lighting and plenty of insulation, the city received a check for $185,280 from Chicopee Electric Light.  The contribution, which is being granted through rebates, will count toward the $2 million the Friends of the Chicopee Senior Center has promised to raise toward construction of the building. It was announced during a gathering with the building commission and officials from the state Department of Energy Resources.

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      Mentions:   Michael D. Bissonnette   Chicopee   The Republican

    2. At renovated Forest Park Middle School, Springfield officials praise blend of new technology and historic preservation

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      At renovated Forest Park Middle School, Springfield officials praise blend of new technology and historic preservation

      City and school officials toured the newly renovated and expanded Forest Park Middle School on Tuesday, praising the project as a fine blend of historic preservation features and 21st century technology. “We are just ecstatic,” Superintendent of Schools Daniel J. Warwick said. “This is a 21st century building. The original structure was built in the 1890s. So to have the technology upgrade, the facility upgrade, redesigned classrooms, all new science labs, this is a great learning environment for our students.”

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   Springfield

    3. Pratt & Whitney, Pentagon finalize $1 billion Joint Strike Fighter engine deal | masslive.com

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      Pratt & Whitney, Pentagon finalize $1 billion Joint Strike Fighter engine deal | masslive.com

      The Defense Department and Pratt & Whitney reached an agreement Tuesday on an order for the sixth lot of F135 engines to power the F-35 Lightning II, also known as the Joint Strike Fighter.  The bulk of the work will be done in Connecticut, with 67 percent going to Pratt’s East Hartford and Middletown plants, according to a Defense Department contract listing.  The contract includes 38 engines, as well as program management, engineering support, and spare parts, Chris Flynn, vice president of Pratt’s F135 engine program, said.

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      Mentions:   The Republican

    4. Jarden buying Yankee Candle for about $1.75B | masslive

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      Jarden buying Yankee Candle for about $1.75B | masslive

      Jarden Corp. founder and CEO Martin Franklin said in a statement Tuesday that this is the Rye, N.Y.-based company's first significant acquisition since April 2010.  Yankee Candle President and CEO Harlan Kent said the buyout gives Yankee Candle the resources and scale to strengthen its existing product development and distribution capabilities.  Yankee Candle will become a part of Jarden's branded consumables division, which will now make up about 35 percent of the company's total sales.

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      Mentions:   Yankee Candle, Inc.

    5. Vermont Yankee nuclear shutdown makes New England too dependent on natural gas, could make electricity more expensive

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      Vermont Yankee nuclear shutdown makes New England too dependent on natural gas, could make electricity more expensive

      The demise of Vermont Yankee and the predicted demise of the region’s coal-fired plants, including Mount Tom Power Station in Holyoke, will only make the region more dependent on natural gas for electricity, home heating and industry at a time when supplies are plentiful. The owner of Mount Tom, FirstLight Power Resources, has scaled down operations due to the cheapness of gas plants. Mount Tom only ran during periods of peak demand this summer.

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      Mentions:   Associated Industries of Massachusetts   Springfield   Holyoke

    6. Disston holds ribbon cutting at Chicopee plant, employes 50 at former Buxton warehouse

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      Disston holds ribbon cutting at Chicopee plant, employes 50 at former Buxton warehouse

      Toolmaker The Disston Co. hosted a grand opening Friday at its new plant in the former Buxton Co. warehouse at 45 Plainfield St. The plant employs 50 people. The move, which is still underway, represents a downsizing for the toolmaker. Disston laid off 15 workers from its former factory in South Deerfield and shifted some, but not all, of its manufacturing operations to China, according to previous statements from the company.

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      Mentions:   Chicopee   The Republican

    7. Big Y completes Ludlow renovation

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      Big Y completes Ludlow renovation

      Big Y Foods, Inc. is pleased to announce the completion of the renovations at their Ludlow World Class Market at 433 Center St. The $1.3 million renovation effort began in May and included renovations in all departments, including a completely renovated bakery, take out foods, international deli, seafood and meat departments. The 56,218-square-foot store opened in 1970 and was last updated in 2001.

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      Mentions:   Big Y Foods   Springfield   Chicopee

    8. State Streamlines Notices to Employees on Health Exchanges

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      State Streamlines Notices to Employees on Health Exchanges

      Massachusetts employers now have access to a single template that will ensure compliance with all state and federal health-care reform requirements to tell employees about state health-insurance marketplaces.

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      Mentions:   Associated Industries of Massachusetts

    9. TD Bank Q3 profit down 13% on insurance losses

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      TD Bank Q3 profit down 13% on insurance losses

      The U.S. banking operation generated a $445 million ($424 million USD) profit, a 57 percent increase.

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      Mentions:   TD Bank

    10. Westfield State University Board praises president Evan Dobelle despite extensive travel expenses

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      Westfield State University Board praises president Evan Dobelle despite extensive travel expenses

      Westfield State University President Evan S. Dobelle received a strong vote of support from the school’s board of trustees Thursday following an accountant's report detailing travel and spending violations by top university officials.

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      Mentions:   Westfield State University   Westfield   Dr. Evan S. Dobelle

    11. Mohegan Sun, Palmer agreement includes $15.2 million pledged annually to Palmer, another $16.5 million for MassPike interchange improvements

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      Mohegan Sun, Palmer agreement includes $15.2 million pledged annually to Palmer, another $16.5 million for MassPike interchange improvements

      Mohegan has proposed a nearly $1 billion resort casino on 152 acres owned by Northeast Realty across from the Massachusetts Turnpike exit 8 on Thorndike Street (Route 32). The plan has been years in the making, and the Connecticut-based casino operator is facing competition for the sole Western Massachusetts casino license from MGM Resorts International in Springfield and Hard Rock New England in West Springfield.

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      Mentions:   Pioneer Valley Planning Commission   Mohegan Sun   West Springfield

    12. Proposed lawsuit intended to stop Massachusetts' new technology tax gathering steam, Springfield lawyer Scott Foster says

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      Proposed lawsuit intended to stop Massachusetts' new technology tax gathering steam, Springfield lawyer Scott Foster says

      "I grew and added jobs through the bad economy," said Edward Watson, CEO of Mobius Works, an IT and and computer technology company in Westfield. "And now my reward for doing that is a new tax that makes my business harder. I feel like I've been slapped in the face. You have a growing industry here. It needs to be nurtured, not penalized."

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Springfield   Holyoke

    13. Western Mass Business Forum

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      Western Mass Business Forum

      Environmental Compliance: Beyond the Basics. Be Proactive. Improve Your Bottom Line. Businesses operating today are often overwhelmed by state and federal environmental, health and safety requirements. It’s especially tough for small and mid-size businesses to keep up to date.

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    14. First Niagara donates $10,000 to Greater Holyoke YMCA renovation efforts | masslive.com

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      First Niagara donates $10,000 to Greater Holyoke YMCA renovation efforts | masslive.com

      The Greater Holyoke YMCA announced it has received a $10,000 grant from the First Niagara Foundation to support the second phase of its renovation completion program.  Several years ago, the Greater Holyoke YMCA embarked on a multi-year improvement program designed to raise funds to renovate and improve its downtown facility, part of which was constructed in 1951.

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    15. MassDevelopment gets $2M to fund energy savings on campus

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      MassDevelopment gets $2M to fund energy savings on campus

      MassDevelopment on Monday announced that it has closed on a $2 million structured financing that will fund a program to help colleges and universities in Massachusetts complete energy saving projects.

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      Mentions:   MassDevelopment

    16. Mohegan Sun and Palmer officials to announce casino host community agreement details at Palmer Library event

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      Mohegan Sun and Palmer officials to announce casino host community agreement details at Palmer Library event

      Even if the Mohegan Sun plan receives strong backing from voters, it still faces stiff competition from rival proposals in Springfield and West Springfield. Voters in the City of Homes last month gave their blessing to a downtown casino proposal by MGM Resorts International, while West Springfield voters are scheduled to vote Sept. 10 on a plan by Hard Rock International for a casino next to the Big E.

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      Mentions:   Mohegan Sun   West Springfield   Palmer

    17. New UMass Commonwealth Honors College offers community with integrated living, classroom space

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      New UMass Commonwealth Honors College offers community with integrated living, classroom space

      Commonwealth College students will live and take classes in the nine classrooms in the complex. And what they created is not so much about the space… “but what the space is designed to support. Form follows function,” he said. And the function was to create a space that will create community for students who are in the top 4 percent of their high school graduating class and to “make ourselves the university of choice for the commonwealth of Massachusetts,” said Daniel Gordon, the acting dean, “attracting the best motivated high school students.”

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Amherst

    18. Springfield officials, residents praise completed $882,000 Indian Orchard intersection improvement project

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      Springfield officials, residents praise completed $882,000 Indian Orchard intersection improvement project

      Kevin E. Kennedy, the city’s chief development officer, said the Indian Orchard project was focused on public safety, but also contributes to economic development as the intersection is a gateway into the Indian Orchard business district.  Others who joined in the announcement of the formal completion of the project included Public Works Director Allan R. Chwalek, City Engineer Christopher Cignoli and Orlando Ramos, a resident and aide to state Sen. James Welch.

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   Springfield

    19. Red Carpet Sendoff For Bradley's New Direct Flight To L.A. - Courant.com

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      Red Carpet Sendoff For Bradley's New Direct Flight To L.A. - Courant.com

      It's not every day passengers depart from Bradley International Airport down a red carpet to the plane, balloons decorating the gate and a Hollywoodesque arch to pose under for pictures.  But yesterday wasn't an ordinary day for Bradley.
      Tuesday morning marked American Airlines' inaugural nonstop flight to Los Angeles, sent off down the runway with water cannons spraying over the plane, after speeches by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and officials from American Airlines and the Connecticut Airport Authority.

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      Mentions:   Bradley International Airport   Dannel Malloy

    20. Pratt finalizes $1B deal for F-35 engines

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      Pratt finalizes $1B deal for F-35 engines

      Pratt & Whitney said this morning that it has finalized a deal with the U.S. Department of Defense to provide engines for a sixth batch of F-35 fighter jets.
      Though Pratt has yet to state the value of the deal, an anonymously sourced Reuters story that preceded the announcement pegged it at $1 billion or more, similar to contracts for previous batches.

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    21. Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department chooses Smith & Wesson

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      Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department chooses Smith & Wesson

      The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department has selected Smith & Wesson's M&P9 pistol as its new department-issued duty handgun, according to a news release from the Springfield-based gunmaker.  Smith & Wesson announced the five-year contract for an unnamed amount of money Tuesday.  The L.A. County Sheriff's Department is the second-largest law-enforcement agency in the country with more than 9,000 sworn deputies and 8,000 professional staff members. The LASD provides general service law enforcement to 43 municipalities that encompass more than three million people.

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      Mentions:   Smith & Wesson Corp.   Springfield

    22. News of Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant's planned shutdown surprises environmentalists, businesses

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      News of Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant's planned shutdown surprises environmentalists, businesses

      The reactor was expected to break even this year and its earnings would decline during the coming years, the company said. With a maximum capacity of more than 600 megawatts, Vermont Yankee is among the region’s largest power plants and is one of four nuclear stations providing baseload power to New England. Overall, nuclear generation produced 31 percent of New England’s electricity in 2012, according to ISO new England, operator of the region’s power grid.

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      Mentions:   Greenfield

    23. US Sen. Edward Markey expresses hope for long-delayed Union Station redevelopment project | masslive.com

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      US Sen. Edward Markey expresses hope for long-delayed Union Station redevelopment project | masslive.com

      Touring the downtown train station with Mayor Domenic J. Sarno and state Rep. Cheryl A. Coakley-Rivera, D-Springfield, Markey said he was impressed with its past and its future potential.  “This place played a huge role for Springfield in the 20th century and can play an even larger role in the 21st century,” the newly elected senator from Malden said.

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    24. Creating a Sense of Place | BusinessWest

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      Creating a Sense of Place | BusinessWest

      Creating a cultural district can do very much the same thing for Springfield, he went on, noting that it will help the city brand itself and its many cultural attractions and, in many ways, give people a reason to give the community a look — or another look.  Kay Simpson agreed. She’s the vice president of Springfield Museums and one of the primary architects of a proposed cultural district that would cover several blocks downtown and include everything from the Armory Museum to the Paramount; from the Community Music School to the five museums in the Quadrangle; from Symphony Hall ...

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