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    1. Berkshire Bank, soon to take over Hampden Bank, thinks of itself as a bigger hometown bank, not the dreaded "big bank" | masslive

      Berkshire Bank, soon to take over Hampden Bank, thinks of itself as a bigger hometown bank, not the dreaded "big bank" | masslive

      With $7.1 billion in assets, Pittsfield-based Berkshire Bank sounds pretty big, especially to someone used to dealing with Hampden Bank and its $700 million in assets.  But as, Michael P. Daly, president and chief executive officer of Berkshire Bank said, Berkshire regularly competes in the Greater Springfield market with banks that have $100 billion in assets.  'Many of them don't even have headquarters in the United States,' he said. 'We are a regional bank. But we are still a local bank.'

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    2. Town Manager John Musante praises report presented by U3 Advisors earlier this week

      Town Manager John Musante praises report presented by U3 Advisors earlier this week

      Town Manager John P. Musante praised the report delivered earlier this week by U3 Advisors addressing how the town and the University of Massachusetts should address shared economic and housing concerns. He was able to attend the final presentation. The Town Gown Steering Committee will be meeting soon to talk about the report and make recommendations to both Musante and Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy.

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    3. 220 mph train to Boston? Long Island-Connecticut tunnel? Feds discuss plans for Northeast rail line

      220 mph train to Boston? Long Island-Connecticut tunnel? Feds discuss plans for Northeast rail line

      he three proposals include features such as a tunnel to connect stations on Long Island to the Connecticut coastline for service to Providence and Boston; a "second spine" alongside the current Northeast Corridor tracks that would carry high-speed rail at speeds of 220 mph, and new service between New York and Boston that would serve Hartford, Springfield and Worcester, Massachusetts.

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    4. MGM Springfield moves to next phase, accepting license, soil testing in South End - The Republican

      MGM Springfield moves to next phase, accepting license, soil testing in South End - The Republican

      The casino developer has 15 days from the issuance of the license to pay the $85 million licensing fee, which Brennan expects will be delivered to the state gaming commission some time next week. The scenario of the casino law being repealed by the voters, wasn't even close. The margin of victory was 60 to 40 percent. It was the promise of new jobs that resonated with voters, political observers said. MGM plans to create 2,000 construction jobs and another 3,000 permanent jobs when the casino opens. MGM officials, Mayor Domenic J. Sarno, city officials, Paul Picknelly ...

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    5. Easthampton welder to design sculptural bike rack for town

      Easthampton welder to design sculptural bike rack for town

      We live in a digital world, but a local welding artist is turning some of those digits into a very analog and functional piece of work. Michael Poole, a former diver and underwater welder who opened his own shop, Blue Collar Artisans, in Easthampton in 2006, has been chosen by Easthampton City Arts+ to design and build a sculptural bike rack to be installed on Main Street next spring. The design incorporates the city's zip code, 01027, as its main element.

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    6. Building a Pipeline of Innovation | BusinessWest

      Building a Pipeline of Innovation | BusinessWest

      Reinhart, a veteran biopharmaceutical executive and researcher, was recently named founding director of the institute, which was created in 2013 with $150 million in capital funding from the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center (MLSC) and additional contributions from the university. Its mission is to accelerate life-science research and advance collaboration with industry to effectively shorten the gap between scientific innovation and technological advancement.

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    7. For the Long Haul | BusinessWest

      For the Long Haul | BusinessWest

      CNR MA expects to break ground on its new, $60 million plant sometime in 2015, just as planned worker-training programs begin to gear up. The initial project to build 152 Orange Line cars and 132 Red Line cars — replacing vehicles that have been in use for between 35 and 45 years — is set to continue until a planned delivery date of 2021, but by then, the company is hopeful that an expanded workforce will be busy with other projects well into the future.  “This is huge,” Cruise said, “not only for the whole issue of job creation, but also for ...

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    8. MGM Springfield casino project: 'Let's get shovels in the ground!' declares ebullient Mayor Domenic Sarno, grateful state's casino law upheld by voters | masslive

      MGM Springfield casino project: 'Let's get shovels in the ground!' declares ebullient Mayor Domenic Sarno, grateful state's casino law upheld by voters | masslive

      'Now let's get shovels in the ground!' declared Mayor Domenic Sarno on Tuesday night, thrilled that MGM's $800 million casino plan can move forward after Massachusetts voters defeated a measure to repeal the state's casino law.  'With MGM Springfield moving forward and providing an increase in local resources, my first priority will be to public safety for our continued war on crime,' Sarno said Tuesday night.

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    9. Some former Hampden County Physician Associates doctors will join Sisters of Providence starting Wednesday

      Some former Hampden County Physician Associates doctors will join Sisters of Providence starting Wednesday

      Nineteen primary doctors who were part of Hampden County Physician Associates and most of ther staff will be part of Sisters of Providence Health System and its Mercy Medical Group beginning Wednesday morning, Nov. 5. Phone numbers will roll over to Mercy operators and physicians will begin scheduling appointments again at locations on Carew Street in Springfield, 98 Shaker Road in East Longmeadow, in Ludlow and in Feedinig Hills, said Daniel Moen, president and CEO of Sisters of Providence Health System. Mercy is taking over Hampden County Physician Associates locations.

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    10. Business confidence rises half a point, businesses seem cautious in hiring | masslive

      Business confidence rises half a point, businesses seem cautious in hiring | masslive

      Business confidence rose by just a half a point in October to 54.9 points, according to the monthly survey by Associated Industries of Massachusetts.  Although small, it was the sixth increase in AIM's Business Confidence Index in eight months, according to a news release. The index is up 8.2 points from October 2013 to now.
      But hiring looks iffy. Only 16 percent of employers survey by Associated Industries, a statewide business advocacy group, said they foresee hiring more staff in the next six months. Thirteen percent predict cutbacks and the rest see themselves standing pat. Associated Industries ...

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    11. Springfield gets $25,000 offer and planned renovations for tax-title business plaza on State Street

      Springfield gets $25,000 offer and planned renovations for tax-title business plaza on State Street

      The city recently received a single proposal, for $25,000, from a developer interested in buying and renovating a tax-title business plaza at 870 State St. in the Mason Square area. The offer for the property, submitted by Ellen Boynton Development of Windsor, Connecticut, follows two previous attempts by the city to sell the property in recent years, with the prior offers not being accepted. Under the proposal, Ellen Boynton Development states it expects to invest approximately $180,000 in property improvements.

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    12. Holyoke Chamber of Commerce offers tips on how to start business with 'Insurance' set to be 4th of 10 workshops

      Holyoke Chamber of Commerce offers tips on how to start business with 'Insurance' set to be 4th of 10 workshops

      The fourth of 10 workshops on how to start a business will be offered Wednesday (Nov. 5) with the discussion "All About Insurance." Michael Reagan of Goss & McClain Insurance Agency Inc., 1767 Northampton St., will discuss liability, Workers' Compensation, disability, health, unemployment automobile, property and loss of income insurance, said Kathleen G. Anderson, president of the Greater Holyoke Chamber of Commerce. The workshops will be held at the Chamber offices at 177 High St. and will run from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

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    13. Westover economic impact decline does not panic Chicopee officials, but they will watch for future drops

      Westover economic impact decline does not panic Chicopee officials, but they will watch for future drops

      Business officials and politicians said they are not concerned about a two-year decline in the economic impact Westover Air Reserve Base has had on the region, but said there could be bigger drops in the future. Every year U.S. Air Force officials analyze the economic impact the base has, using formulas to calculate everything from the amount spent by base employees, the benefit of any construction projects and indirect jobs created either by subcontractors who work at Westover and outside businesses who serve employees.

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    14. Holyoke Medical Center gets $3.9 million from state for behavioral health ER space, services | masslive

      Holyoke Medical Center gets $3.9 million from state for behavioral health ER space, services | masslive

      Holyoke Medical Center has been awarded $3.9 million by the Massachusetts Health Policy Commission, and will use nearly half of the money to expand its emergency department to include a wing for the treatment of patients with behavioral health issues, and the rest for coordination of services to those patients.
      'This funding will allow us to create significantly improved conditions for all our patients, especially those with behavioral health needs,' Spiros Hatiras, hospital president and chief executive officer, said in a release.   Baxter Chandler, director of behavioral health for the hospital, added, 'Not only will we more effectively address ...

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    15. MassMutual announces $1.6 billion dividend, maintains dividend interest rate of 7.10 percent | masslive

      MassMutual announces $1.6 billion dividend, maintains dividend interest rate of 7.10 percent | masslive

      MassMutual, announced Monday an estimated dividend payout of $1.6 billion for 2015.  It is the third consecutive year of record dividends at Springfield-based Massmutual. That works out to an interest rate of 7.10 percent paid to eligible permanent life insurance policies and annuities. The rate was also 7.10 percent a year ago.  Of the estimated $1.6 billion dividend payout, an estimated $1.55 billion has been approved for eligible participating policyowners who have purchased whole life insurance, MassMutual said.

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    16. Holyoke Community College honored for skills training | masslive

      Holyoke Community College honored for skills training | masslive

      Holyoke Community College was honored earlier this month with the Anne Serino Memorial Award for Outstanding ABE and ESOL Program from The Workforce Solutions Group, a statewide coalition that advocates for skills training and employment opportunities for low and moderate income individuals.  Kermit Dunkelberg, assistant vice president of adult basic education, and Workforce Development, accepted the award on behalf of HCC Oct. 15 at the 5th Annual Massachusetts Jobs and Workforce Summit in Devens, according to a news release.

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    17. Holyoke Water Works to begin building $3.2 million disinfection plant in spring

      Holyoke Water Works to begin building $3.2 million disinfection plant in spring

      Construction is scheduled to begin in March or April on a $3.2 million drinking water disinfection facility at 600 Westfield Road, an official said. The Holyoke City Council voted 14-0 Oct. 21 to approve borrowing to fund the project. The city must build the facility -- which uses ultraviolet light to disinfect water -- to comply with rules of the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), said David M. Conti, Holyoke Water Works manager.

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    18. Baystate Children's Hospital, Connecticut Children's Medical Center announce new collaboration | masslive.com

      Baystate Children's Hospital, Connecticut Children's Medical Center announce new collaboration | masslive.com

      Baystate Children's Hospital and Hartford's Connecticut Children's Medical Center, known for its research in a number of areas, including pediatric cancers, have announced a collaboration to potentially increase pediatric and neonatal care in the region, as well to work with community pediatric providers, in providing such care. Areas cited for possible growth in access include pediatric neurosurgery, ophthalmology, pulmonology and urology.  'Our two organizations have a lot in common: similar cultures of placing the patient at the very center of our focus, and strong commitments to the health of our communities in the broadest sense,' said Dr ...

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    19. Springfield seeks developer for tax-foreclosed Central Street apartment building, offering up to $300,000 in federal aid

      Springfield seeks developer for tax-foreclosed Central Street apartment building, offering up to $300,000 in federal aid

      The city is once again seeking to sell a tax-foreclosed apartment building at 263 Central St., in the Maple High-Six Corners neighborhood, this time offering up to $300,000 in federal assistance to the buyer. Developers interested in buying and restoring the four-story, eight- apartment brick building must submit proposals by Nov. 19, at 2 p.m., at the Office of Procurement at City Hall.

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    20. UMass educators receive nearly $3 million from science foundation to teach science to incarcerated youth

      UMass educators receive nearly $3 million from science foundation to teach science to incarcerated youth

      Michael P. Krezmien, director of the Center for Youth Engagement in the department of student development, and Martina Nieswandt of the department of teacher education and curriculum studies will work with the Wakefield-based Center for Applied Special Technologies to apply the principles of "Universal Design for Learning," according to a press release.

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    21. 37 jobs, $2 million investment possibility has South Hadley Selectboard supporting tax break for envelope company; Town Meeting to vote also

      37 jobs, $2 million investment possibility has South Hadley Selectboard supporting tax break for envelope company; Town Meeting to vote also

      Mohawk Fine Papers, Inc. is eyeing two locations: one in South Hadley Falls, and one in Chicopee, and is expected to make their decision next month. Both communities are offering the tax break, South Hadley Town Administrator Michael Sullivan said. According to an application Mohawk filed with the Massachusetts Office of Business Development, the firm plans to manufacture 500 million envelopes annually.  The company says in the state application they would employ 37 full-time, invest $2 million in a 100,000-square-foot parcel they would lease from Lakestar Properties, and "engage the South Hadley Electric Light Department to determine Mohawk's ...

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    22. Springfield Innovation Hub plans cafe, co-working space and 'activation' of Bridge Street Park where Steiger's once stood | masslive

      Springfield Innovation Hub plans cafe, co-working space and 'activation' of Bridge Street Park where Steiger's once stood | masslive

      The Springfield Innovation Hub will be one of the tenants in the Springfield Innovation Center being created by DevelopSpringfield in 16,450 square feet of space now owned by DevelopSpringfield at 270 and 276-284 Bridge St. facing the park.  He hopes to have the cafe, once planned for the former Cobalt space at City Stage, open in April 2015. Bean said the idea moved when DevelopSpringfield firmed up its plans for Bridge Street.  The location is right around the corner from where New England Public Radio opened its new studios and offices this week.  The Springfield Innovation Center received $2 ...

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    23. Minutemen at the MassMutual Center: UMass basketball coach Derek Kellogg, Springfield officials gather to celebrate ...

      Minutemen at the MassMutual Center: UMass basketball coach Derek Kellogg, Springfield officials gather to celebrate ...

      Wednesday on the Center Court hardwood at the Basketball Hall of Fame, Kellogg joined Springfield mayor Domenic J. Sarno, athletic director John McCutcheon and other officials to announce this year's game and celebrate UMass' successful relationship with the city. "It's really been a special time for UMass to form a partnership with the city of Springfield, a place where I grew up and is a special place for me and my family," said Kellogg, who graduated from Cathedral High School before playing at UMass from 1991-95.

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    24. Channing Bete Co., publisher in South Deerfield, lays off 13 workers | masslive

      Channing Bete Co., publisher in South Deerfield, lays off 13 workers | masslive

      Channing Bete Co., the publisher known for its 'Scriptographic' booklets promoting healthy living and positive social interactions, has laid off 13 workers, according to the Franklin Hampshire Regional Employment Board.  Employees at the Career Center in Greenfield learned of the layoffs Tuesday, said Patricia H. Crosby, 
executive director
 of the Board. She would expect the former Channing Bete employees to start working with the center and with the Rapid Response Team from the state Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development.

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