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    1. Holyoke, Westfield projects get tax boost

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      Holyoke, Westfield projects get tax boost

      Auferoth started Dirk Auferoth & Associates in 1996 soon after immigrating with his American-born wife. The company does architectural woodworking, manufacturing custom cabinetry and mill work for high-end residential and commercial properties. Right now, he is in 9,000 square feet of rented space at 642 South Summer St. He plans to buy 130,000 square feet of manufacturing space in what once was a clothing and hat factory at 532 Main St. Seven tenants will remain in the building with Auferoth’s company occupying 20,000 square feet of space.

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      Mentions:   Holyoke   Westfield

    2. Eastern States Exposition honored with two awards for being an outstanding Massachusetts tourism destination

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      Eastern States Exposition honored with two awards for being an outstanding Massachusetts tourism destination

      Eastern States Exposition and Greg Chiecko, exposition director of sales, were presented with the Premier Tourism Attraction Award and the Larry D. Meehan Award, respectively, during the 25th Annual Governor’s Conference on Travel & Tourism held at The Big E on Sept. 20, Massachusetts Day.

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   West Springfield   Springfield

    3. Liberty Mutual call center holds school supply drive to benefit Square One

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      Liberty Mutual call center holds school supply drive to benefit Square One

      Liberty Mutual Insurance’s Springfield Customer Response Center held a school supply drive from Aug. 13 through Sept. 1 to assist Square One’s after-school and out-of-school time programming. More than 700 items were collected.

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      Mentions:   Liberty Mutual   Springfield   The Republican

    4. Hartford Financial Services sale to Prudential Financial puts 200 Connecticut jobs in question

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      The Hartford’s life insurance business has about 1,000 employees nationwide, mostly in Minnesota, with about 200 in Connecticut, according to The Hartford’s spokeswoman, Shannon Lapierre. The Connecticut workers are primarily in the insurer’s Simsbury office, Lapierre said last week in an email.

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      Mentions:   MassMutual   Springfield   The Republican

    5. United Bank announces executive reshuffling as it readies to purchase New England Bank

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      The acquisition will add $726.5 million in assets, $557.9 million in loans and $581.6 million in total deposits to United Bank’s holdings, Collins said. United plans to cut costs by 33 percent after the buyout, some of which could come from job cuts.

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      Mentions:   West Springfield   Springfield   United Bank

    6. Springfield's Smith & Wesson aiming high

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      Springfield's Smith & Wesson aiming high

      Smith & Wesson’s numbers are also looking strong. The company is now up to 1,200 employees, said Elizabeth A. Sharp, vice president for investor relations. That number doesn’t count a few hundred temporary workers at the site. Smith & Wesson hires production workers almost exclusively from the ranks of the temps on its site. Founded in Springfield in 1852, Smith & Wesson had just 600 employees in Springfield back in 2001.

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      Mentions:   Smith & Wesson Corp.   Springfield   Westfield

    7. 2 Springfield charter school proposals win preliminary approval from state

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      2 Springfield charter school proposals win preliminary approval from state

      Two local charter school proposals are among 12 statewide to win preliminary approval from the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.
      The schools – the Springfield Collegiate Charter School and the Phoenix Charter Academy – were selected from among 22 applicants in the latest round of charter school proposals.

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    8. Western Massachusetts residents weigh in on public transportation issues

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      Western Massachusetts residents weigh in on public transportation issues

      The ‘Your Vision Our Future. A Transportation Conversation’ series will resume Oct. 2 in Worcester. Davey and representatives of various DOT departments will be at the Pittsfield Public Library on Oct. 4 and at the Campus Center at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst on Oct. 10. Both sessions are scheduled for 6 to 8 p.m..

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Springfield Technical Community College   Springfield

    9. 4 underperforming schools in Springfield show strong improvement, 4 others still struggle, superintendent Daniel Warwick says

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      4 underperforming schools in Springfield show strong improvement, 4 others still struggle, superintendent Daniel Warwick says

      One week after the release of last year’s MCAS scores, Warwick said the Alred G. Zanetti, Homer Street, Elias Brookings and Gerena elementary schools ranked among the leaders statewide in improvement among so-called Level 4 schools at risk of being taken over by the state.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   The Republican

    10. Springfield secures $2 million federal grant to aid healthy food and physical

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      Springfield secures $2 million federal grant to aid healthy food and physical

      U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal, D-Springfield, praised the effort, and said Springfield is “blessed with many natural resources from its parks system to the Connecticut River, that provide perfect settings for outdoor activity, exercise and athletics.” In addition, the region also has “some of the finest locally grown food and vegetables” to aid families with healthy choices, he said.

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   University of Massachusetts   Pioneer Valley Planning Commission

    11. Springfield Community Music School receives $124000 state grant for energy

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      State Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Richard K. Sullivan Jr. on Thursday announced a $124,000 grant for the Community Music School on State Street that will help pay for a new heating and air conditioning system designed for maximum energy efficiency and savings.

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Springfield   Western Massachusetts Electric Company

    12. Greenfield, Holyoke, Springfield Technical community colleges receive grants to support initiatives

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      Greenfield, Holyoke, Springfield Technical community colleges receive grants to support initiatives

      Community colleges in Greenfield, Holyoke and Springfield are among 15 statewide which will share a $4 million grant, Gov. Deval L. Patrick announced.
      The grants are part of $5 million set aside in the fiscal year 2013 budget to make the colleges more efficient, promote quality in academics and campus management and increase the number of students who graduate. Some of the money is also designed to enhance career training.

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Holyoke Community College   Springfield Technical Community College

    13. MassDOT to hold public hearing on transit issues at Springfield Technical Community College

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      MassDOT to hold public hearing on transit issues at Springfield Technical Community College

      Massachusetts Department of Transportation Secretary Richard A. Davey and others are expected to be on hand for the 2-hour session at Springfield Technical Community College's Scibelli Hall. The series of meetings, a total of 15 across the state, are taking place as Gov. Deval L. Patrick continues to work on a long-term transportation financing plan. The public sessions, including one scheduled for next month at UMass-Amherst, are designed to help MassDOT officials exchange ideas with residents, community leaders and business owners about the future of transportation in the Bay State.

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   University of Massachusetts   Springfield Technical Community College

    14. UMass to study Western Massachusetts life sciences industry thanks to $308000

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      UMass to study Western Massachusetts life sciences industry thanks to $308000

      The University of Massachusetts Amherst will inventory all the biotechnology capabilities in Western Massachusetts – including the area’s precision manufacturers and the Pioneer Valley Life Sciences Institute in Springfield – with a $308,000 grant from the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Massachusetts Life Sciences Center   Baystate Health

    15. Chicopee Boys and Girls Club reaching out to improve education, career opportunities for youths

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      Chicopee Boys and Girls Club reaching out to improve education, career opportunities for youths

      The Boys and Girls Club nationwide focuses on improving its members education, career opportunities, leadership and character. There are three counselors who serve as career advisors and school liaisons. Their jobs vary greatly with each youth’s need, and they may help dropouts with future plans, ensure younger students who may be struggling in school get the help they need and direct others to activities and organizations which can foster a career interest, said Elizabeth M. Daly, director of the club.

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      Mentions:   Chicopee   Holyoke

    16. Signature Sounds moves to Northampton | masslive.com

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      Signature Sounds moves to Northampton | masslive.com

      The local music label has outgrown its Whately offices, where it began 18 years ago, and plunked itself down in the middle of the city's thriving artist community.

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      Mentions:   Northampton

    17. Bradley International Airport opens cell phone lot for people picking up arriving airline travelers

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      Bradley International Airport opens cell phone lot for people picking up arriving airline travelers

      Bradley International Airport is the second largest airport in New England and serves a customer base that covers the entire Northeast, including Western Massachusetts, New York and New Jersey. According to the most recent economic impact analysis, Bradley contributes $4 billion in economic activity to the state of Connecticut and the surrounding region, representing $1.2 billion in wages and 18,000 full-time jobs.

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      Mentions:   Bradley International Airport

    18. Chicopee City Council rejects Green Communities Act

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      Chicopee City Council rejects Green Communities Act

      The council's concerns were about some of the regulations that would come with the ordinance, including new building codes that would demand residential construction over 3,000 square feet include different energy efficient measures; calling for the city government to reduce energy consumption by 20 percent within five years; and a pledge to purchase only fuel-efficient vehicles for municipal use when the vehicles are available and practical.

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      Mentions:   Michael D. Bissonnette   Chicopee

    19. Holyoke hearing set on traffic improvements planned for Lower Westfield Road and Homestead Avenue | masslive.com

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      Holyoke hearing set on traffic improvements planned for Lower Westfield Road and Homestead Avenue | masslive.com

      The mini-plaza would have 110,000 square feet of retail in two buildings. A Big Y would be in one building and the other building could have a bank, restaurant and other stores, O’Connell representatives have said. Supporters have cited the project’s 250 jobs, $400,000 a year in property tax revenue and revival of a dormant site. The site was formerly occupied by the Atlas Copco compressor factory, which closed in 2005.

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      Mentions:   Big Y Foods   Holyoke   Westfield

    20. Women's fund announces 'Standing on Her Shoulders' award recipients, start of multi-year fund-raising campaign

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      The Women’s Fund of Western Massachusetts has announced the recipients of its "Standing on Her Shoulders" award and that they will be honored on Oct. 2 at the Amherst Women's Club..

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      Mentions:   Amherst

    21. Making a Mark | BusinessWest

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      Making a Mark | BusinessWest

      Most recently, DOC has been named construction manager at risk (CMR) for the redevelopment of Union Station in Springfield into a regional intermodal transportation center. “We’ll build parking and renovate the existing station. The tracks are elevated throughout, so there will be some platform work associated with the project,” Bardell said. “We have a contract, and we have a team of guys ready to get started with some selective demolition by mid- to late October or early November.”

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   University of Massachusetts   University of Connecticut

    22. Qteros biofuels company equipment to be auctioned in Chicopee

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      Qteros biofuels company equipment to be auctioned in Chicopee

      Chicopee Mayor Michael D. Bissonnette said it is a disappointing development. But he hopes the city continues to work with the University of Massachusetts Amherst so technology developed in Amherst becomes commercially viable in Chicopee. He said the landlord at 150 Padgette St., Development Associates in Agawam, has tenants in neighboring space and is confident the Qteros space won’t stay vacant for long.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Michael D. Bissonnette   Amherst

    23. Holyoke Community College to play host to free money management tips from state Treasurer Steven Grossman

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      Holyoke Community College to play host to free money management tips from state Treasurer Steven Grossman

      State Treasurer Steven Grossman will provide money management tips at a free conference Saturday at Holyoke Community College.  The conference will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Kittredge Center for Business and Workforce Development at the college on Homestead Avenue.

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      Mentions:   Holyoke Community College   Holyoke

    24. SAT scores increase across Massachusetts for the class of 2012

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      SAT scores increase across Massachusetts for the class of 2012

      he average scores of 523 in math, 506 in critical reading and 500 in writing on the college entrance exam were good news because they show many juniors and seniors who took the exam last year are prepared for college. Massachusetts showed some of the highest scores and one of the largest participation rates with 89 percent of students taking the test at least once, officials said.

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      Mentions:   MassMutual   Springfield Renaissance School   Springfield

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