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    1. Bradley Airport officials see plans for new facilities | masslive.com

      Bradley Airport officials see plans for new facilities | masslive.com

      Consultants from Pennsylvania-based Urban Engineers presented the designs, which are only 30 percent complete. The plans start with the demolition of the Murphy building, which is to begin in August and be completed by January 2016.
      If passenger counts increase as projected — from 2,696,000 departures in 2012 to 3,469.000 in 2026 — and other conditions merit it, construction of a new Terminal B would tentatively begin in 2022. The whole complex would be up and running by about 2024 at the earliest.  The new terminal would have a horseshoe design, like Terminal A, and would be slightly ...

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    2. Pittsfield's Nuclea Biotechnologies to expand, create 25 jobs with state tax incentive

      Pittsfield's Nuclea Biotechnologies to expand, create 25 jobs with state tax incentive

      Nuclea Biotechnologies, a developer and maker of diagnostic tests for cancer and diabetes, has received a $510,000 state tax incentive to develop more manufacturing in Pittsfield and create 25 jobs.  “We’re exited about that it really gives us a boost,” said Patrick J. Muraca, president and chief executive officer and co-founder of Nuclea.  The jobs, he said, will involve making a new technology related to his company's diagnostic tests. The jobs will begin at $50,000 or more a year. Muraca credited state Sen. Benjamin Downing, D-Springfield, for his help with the incentive.

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    3. Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts accepts applications for college scholarships and interest-free loans

      Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts accepts applications for college scholarships and interest-free loans

      The Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts is now accepting applications to award roughly $2 million in scholarships and interest-free loans for local students planning to pursue education at the undergraduate and graduate levels for the 2014-2015 academic year. Over 100 funds will provide awards considering academic merit and financial need. The average scholarship is about $1,780, and students may also apply for interest-free loans of up to $3,000. Many funds support students with special interests in areas including academics, athletics, and music. Other scholarships support specific geographic areas, ethnicities and religious affiliations.

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    4. Demolition clears site for entrance to renewed Union Station in Springfield

      Demolition clears site for entrance to renewed Union Station in Springfield

      Demolition crews are wrapping up work removing an unstable parking garage on Frank B. Murray Street, making way for the new improved Springfield Union Station taking shape across the street. The property will serve as a new entrance to the planned $83 million Union Station Intermodal Transportation and Rail Center. As part of the center, the soon-to-be-vacant lot also will be the site of a surface parking lot and four bus berths. Renovations at the historic station were delayed but are on track to be completed sometime in 2015.

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    5. Massachusetts Broadband Institute completes construction and testing of fiber-optic network

      Massachusetts Broadband Institute completes construction and testing of fiber-optic network

      The Massachusetts Broadband Institute completed construction and testing last week on MassBroadband123, a 1,200-mile high-speed Internet access system that promises to bring high-speed connectivity to rural parts of the Berkshires and hill towns. The new network has been turned over to network operator Axia NG Networks USA, which uses a hub in the Springfield Technical Community College Technology Park on State Street. Many community facilities are already using the MassBroadband123 network, with hundreds more expected to come online over the next several months, the institute said.

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    6. Square One's King Street Children's Center wins accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children

      Square One's King Street Children's Center wins accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children

      Square One, the Springfield-based nonprofit provider of early education and care for at-risk children and programs and services for families, has earned accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children for its King Street Children’s Center. “We are extremely proud of this accomplishment as it represents months of effort on the part of our staff and program directors,” said Joan Kagan, president and chief executive officer for Square One. “NAEYC accreditation is the result of Square One undergoing a comprehensive process of internal self-study and improvement, and it validates that our program is truly high quality ...

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    7. MassMutual donates $100,000 to Rebuilding Together

      MassMutual donates $100,000 to Rebuilding Together

      Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company has donated $100,000 to Rebuilding Together to help families across the country repair and rebuild their homes. This is the second year that MassMutual has donated to Rebuilding Together, a national nonprofit organization that provides critical repairs and renovations for low-income homeowners across the United States. The donation is a result of MassMutual’s ongoing efforts to encourage its retirement plan participants, employees and agents to sign up for e-delivery for their quarterly statements, sent by email and available on the company’s RetireSmart website, in the place of mailed paper statements. For every ...

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    8. Hungry Ghost Bread in Northampton nominated again for James Beard Foundation Award

      Hungry Ghost Bread in Northampton nominated again for James Beard Foundation Award

      The James Beard Foundation has tapped Hungry Ghost Bread in Northampton again as a semifinalist for its 2014 Restaurant and Chef Awards.  This is the fourth straight year that owners Cheryl Maffei and Jonathan Stevens have been nominated in the Outstanding Pastry Chef category. This year, they're up against nationally-known names like Dominique Ansel (inventor of the cronut) and Christina Tosi of Momofuku Milk Bar.

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    9. Community Spotlight: Greenfield | BusinessWest

      Community Spotlight: Greenfield | BusinessWest

      As a former economic-development director for 13 years with the Economic Development Council (EDC) of Western Mass., Robert Pyers was consulted several times by various Greenfield municipal employees about growing the town at the intersection of Interstate 91 and Route 2. The answer was always the same.  “We’ve been very successful since converting from the selectman style of government to mayoral; it changed things because you have greater impact in terms of designing your business plan,” he said, noting that a mayor’s decision comes much faster than the colliding opinions of select board members and their executive council ...

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    10. People in Business: Jeannette Strange named mortgage specialist at PeoplesBank

      People in Business: Jeannette Strange named mortgage specialist at PeoplesBank

      PeoplesBank has announced the appointment of Jeannette Strange as a mortgage consultant.  Strange will focus primarily on the communities of Chicopee, Holyoke, Springfield, South Hadley and Ludlow. As a PeoplesBank mortgage consultant, she will have a variety of mortgage options to offer customers, including refinancing and special first-time homebuyers’ programs. Strange joins the following experienced team of PeoplesBank mortgage professionals: Lisa Baltronis, Beverly Orloski and Jocelyn Kinlock.

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    11. Chick-Fil-A opens first Mass. free-standing store

      Chick-Fil-A opens first Mass. free-standing store

      Chick-Fil-A opened its first freestanding Massachusetts location in Chicopee today, a project managed by Jones Lang LaSalle's Project and Development Services group. Jones Lang LaSalle is working with Chick-Fil-A on a New England expansion that includes the permitting of 12 restaurants, with four more starting construction this spring. The expansion will bring additional Chick-Fil-A locations to Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont and Maine.

       
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    12. Transportation Secretary says state working to buy Western Mass. train tracks

      Davey said he expects all construction on all three projects, including phase one work repairing Interstate 91 near the Interstate 291 ramp, to begin in 2014 if the state Senate passes a pending authorization bill already passed by the House. That $260 million first phase also includes planning for the possibility of rebuilding the 2.5-mile stretch of highway either at or below grade. Doing so would reconnect the city to its waterfront for the first time since the highway was built in the 1960s.

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    13. Northampton loses bid for mitigation funds from MGM casino project in Springfield

      The Massachusetts Gaming Commission members voted today to deny Northampton 'surrounding community' status, for the MGM Springfield casino project, rendering the city ineligible to receive mitigation funds.  'We took a look at proximity and there are significant arguments that Northamapton is not proximate (to the proposed casino), said John Ziemba, ombudsman to the Mass. Gaming Commission. Northampton is located approximately 20 miles north of Springfield.

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    14. Develop Springfield plans 3rd annual gala; will honor Colleen Loveless, Terry Powe and Mark Tolosky for inspiring city revitalization | masslive.com

      Develop Springfield plans 3rd annual gala; will honor Colleen Loveless, Terry Powe and Mark Tolosky for inspiring city revitalization | masslive.com

      DevelopSpringfield will be presenting its Partner in Progress Award to recognize the outstanding contributions of three individuals toward revitalization in Springfield. Honorees are selected for their leadership and ability to motivate and inspire others, and to acknowledge their efforts toward work that supports the Rebuild Springfield Plan.  This year’s honorees are: Colleen Loveless, executive director of Rebuilding Together; Terry Powe, principal of Elias Brookings Elementary School; and Mark R. Tolosky, president and CEO of Baystate Health.

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    15. Northampton wants to obtain Zipcars to ease traffic congestion and create more parking spaces

      Northampton wants to obtain Zipcars to ease traffic congestion and create more parking spaces

      In a move designed to take cars off the road and make the city more sustainable, Mayor David J. Narkewicz hopes to add to the local Zipcar inventory. Zipcars is a ride-sharing concept popularized in Europe and slowly becoming available in the United States. Members pay modest monthly dues and get a card that unlocks and starts the cars, which can then be driven at an hourly rate. Smith College introduced two Zipcars in 2006. Because of demand, that fleet has grown to six. As an incentive, the city reduced the number of parking spaces that would have been required ...

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    16. State Transportation Secretary Richard Davey talks rail, Interstate 91 viaduct

      State Transportation Secretary Richard Davey talks rail, Interstate 91 viaduct

      State Transportation Secretary Richard A. Davey talked passenger rail, Interstate 91 and the Willimansett Bridge Tuesday in a wide-ranging luncheon hosted by the Greater Northampton Chamber of Commerce.  The event also featured remarks from state Rep. Joseph Wagner, D-Chicopee.  Davey said he expects all construction on all three projects, including phase one work repairing Interstate 91 near the Interstate 291 ramp, to begin in 2014 if the state Senate passes a pending authorization bill already passed by the House. That $260 million first phase also includes planning for the possibility of rebuilding the 2.5-mile stretch of highway either at ...

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    17. MassDevelopment issues $19.5 million in tax-exempt bonds to Bay Path College for Health Sciences building | masslive.com

      MassDevelopment issues $19.5 million in tax-exempt bonds to Bay Path College for Health Sciences building | masslive.com

      Bay Path College will use bond proceeds to build a 56,000-square-foot, two-story Center for Graduate Studies in Health Sciences on 11 acres of land on Shaker Road and Denslow Road in East Longmeadow. A portion of the bond proceeds will refund a previous MassDevelopment bond, which funded projects at the main campus in Longmeadow. PeoplesBank, United Bank, and Nuvo Bank & Trust Company purchased the bonds.

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    18. Massachusetts Life Sciences Center announces internship development challenge

      Massachusetts Life Sciences Center announces internship development challenge

      The Massachusetts Life Sciences Center has announced the launch of the 2014-2015 Internship Challenge. The workforce development program, first launched in 2009, creates hundreds of new paid internship opportunities each year throughout Massachusetts.  Eligible college students and recent graduates can apply online through the MLSC’s website for an internship with one of over 300 life sciences companies registered to host interns. Companies review candidates through a web-based interface in which they can match skills with their needs. Upon conclusion of the internship, the MLSC reimburses companies for stipends paid to their interns.

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    19. Springfield-based HAP looking for applicants for new 42-unit Amherst affordable housing project

      Springfield-based HAP looking for applicants for new 42-unit Amherst affordable housing project

      With the Olympia Oaks affordable housing development just months from completion, the housing authority overseeing the 42-unit project has started accepting applications. The project on Olympia Drive is a mix of one-, 
 two- and three-bedroom apartments in townhouses and triplexes around
 a common green, including garden space and a playground. The project “designed for community connection, accessibility, affordability and energy efficiency,” according to the website at HAP, the Springfield-based nonprofit housing assistance agency overseeing the project.

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    20. The Republican, editors, writers and photographers earn 18 New England Newspaper & Press Association awards

      The Republican, editors, writers and photographers earn 18 New England Newspaper & Press Association awards

      The Republican, its editors, writers and photographers, earned a total of 18 journalism awards, including six first-place awards and third place in the area of general excellence, in the 2013 New England Better Newspaper competition. The awards were presented by New England Newspaper & Press Association.

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    21. Bio-pharma firm aims to bring 90 'high-end' jobs to Berkshires

      A bio-pharmaceutical company is working to establish a manufacturing facility in Berkshire County that could bring dozens of jobs within five years Berkshire Sterile Manufacturing, which officially incorporated this week, has spoken with officials in both Pittsfield and Lee, and has also been in contact with MassDevelopment, said Andrea Wagner, one three Boston-area shareholders who established the company. Wagner said the company hopes to have a facility in the Berkshires up and running within 15 months after financing is completed. The firm has verbal commitments from equity investors, and is currently working with local banks, including Berkshire Bank, Wagner said.

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    22. National Priorities Project of Northampton nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

      National Priorities Project of Northampton nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

      The National Priorities Project, a Northampton-based organization dedicated to educating the public about the repercussions of the federal budget, with emphasis on war spending, has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. The National Priorities Project will compete with whistle blowers Edward Snowden and Chelsea Manning and other nominees for the prize, which will be announced in October. If it wins, the 30-year-old local organization will find itself in the illustrious company of such past winners as Martin Luther King, Jr., Nelson Mandela and Mother Teresa.

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