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    1. Northampton officials break ground on latest Village Hill development

      Explore masslive.com (Apr 24 2012)

      Mayor David J. Narkewicz and Kent Pecoy joined officials from MassDevelopment at the ground-breaking for 24 new houses being built by Pecoy Homes, a construction company based in West Springfield. The plots for the homes, which are already marked, lie next to a group of townhouses built by Community Builders and mark the current frontier of the Village Hill project.

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      Mentions:   MassDevelopment   West Springfield   Springfield

    2. Northampton Community Music Center scores with renovation grant

      Explore masslive.com (Apr 24 2012)

      About one-quarter of the funding for the roughly $400,000 project comes from a $100,000 cultural facilities grant included in an overall $7.4 million package of state building grants announced in November 2011 by Gov. Deval L. Patrick. The grants were awarded to various nonprofit arts, history and science groups across the state and included money for projects in Northampton, Holyoke, Springfield and Sturbridge.

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Daily Hampshire Gazette   Springfield

    3. Introducing the Class of 2012

      Explore BusinessWest (Apr 24 2012)

      Introducing the Class of 2012

      With that, we introduce the Class of 2012, a diverse group that includes entrepreneurs, professionals, nonprofit managers, a state senator, and a police sergeant. The stories are all different, but the common denominator is that these young men and women possess that most important of qualities: leadership.

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    4. Getting Down to Business

      Explore BusinessWest (Apr 24 2012)

      Getting Down to Business

      On a night in early April, the Springfield Leadership Institute, a program created through a partnership between the city’s chamber of commerce and Western New England University, held its 2012 graduation ceremonies at the Sheraton in Monarch Place. Offering guidance, support, and the tools for members of the business community to become regional leaders, the institute’s proceedings had very special significance for several members in attendance.

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      Mentions:   Western New England University   Springfield

    5. Job fairs in Hampshire and Franklin counties draw youth

      Explore masslive.com (Apr 23 2012)

      The Northampton event on April 11 drew 87 young people from Northampton and Easthampton high schools, Amherst Regional High School and Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School, according to Donna DuSell, the Youth Pathways Coordinator for the Franklin Hampshire Regional Employment Board. The fair in Orange earlier in the month drew a smaller crowd of about 30, she said.

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      Mentions:   Smith College   Amherst   Northampton

    6. Women's Fund of Western Massachusetts seeks nominations of area women whose lives opened doors for other women

      Explore masslive.com (Apr 23 2012)

      As part of its 15th anniversary celebration, the Women’s Fund of Western Massachusetts will present “Standing on Her Shoulders” awards to 15 area women whose lives opened doors for other women but who are not well known as “risk-takers and innovators beyond their immediate circles.”

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      Mentions:   MassMutual Center   Springfield   The Republican

    7. Pioneer Valley Culinary Associates building bonds among peers

      Explore masslive.com (Apr 23 2012)

      Pioneer Valley Culinary Associates building bonds among peers

      Leigh, who's a teaching chef in Holyoke Community College's Culinary Arts program, lives in the Forest Park neighborhood of Springfield. A native of Lake Placid, NY, he first came to the Springfield area in 1985 to join the kitchen staff at the Yankee Pedlar in Holyoke and subsequently worked at or owned several area restaurants, including Madeline's in Windsor, CT and the Standish House in Wethersfield, CT.

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      Mentions:   Holyoke Community College   Palmer   Springfield

    8. Renovations, not new homes, take center stage as construction rebounds

      Explore masslive.com (Apr 23 2012)

      Renovations, not new homes, take center stage as construction rebounds

      There will always be a market for new office space, as long as it is at a visible, high-traffic location, said Kenneth Vincunas, general manager of Development Associates in Agawam. Development Associates is the broker-developer-manager for the I-91 Professional Center just off Interstate 91 Exit 18 at Northampton, near the Clarion Hotel.

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      Mentions:   Northampton   The Republican   Development Associates

    9. Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick proposes $25 million in new funding to aid ...

      Explore masslive.com (Apr 21 2012)

      Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick proposes $25 million in new funding to aid ...

      Patrick’s budget reforms for fiscal 2013 include proposals to shift an additional $25 million for permanent housing and support services, as part of a “rapid rehousing” strategy, Gornstein said. By limiting shelter to families in emergency situations, the goal is to get more families out of shelters and motels with an estimated savings of $25 million and reinvest the savings into housing programs, he said.

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   West Springfield   Springfield

    10. Hampden Bank donates $50K to WNEU scholarship fund

      Explore masslive.com (Apr 21 2012)

      Hampden Bank donates $50K to WNEU scholarship fund

      “Hampden Bank has been based in Springfield for more than 160 years. We have a real affinity for the issues facing the city, and education is extraordinarily important to improve the economic outcome for many people,” says Glenn S. Welch, president and chief operating officer. “A scholarship at an institution like Western New England not only lifts up the individual, but also lifts up the economy.”

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      Mentions:   Western New England University   Springfield   Hampden Bank

    11. Pioneer Valley Planning Commission celebrates 50th birthday

      Explore masslive.com (Apr 20 2012)

      Pioneer Valley Planning Commission celebrates 50th birthday

      On Sept. 11, 1962, the start-up planning group won recognition as a public agency, thus qualifying it for state and federal funding. At a brief ceremony, the state commerce secretary presented the official paperwork to commission chairman, Edward C. Peck, of West Springfield.  From helping to clean up the Connecticut, Deerfield, Westfield and Chicopee rivers and spearheading creation of the Norwottuck Rail Trail to the helping establish the Pioneer Valley Transit Authority, the planning commission has left its mark in 43 cities and towns across the Pioneer Valley.

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      Mentions:   Pioneer Valley Planning Commission   West Springfield   Springfield

    12. Proposed 64% cut in anti-gang program catches some Massachusetts legislators off-guard

      Explore masslive.com (Apr 19 2012)

      Proposed 64% cut in anti-gang program catches some Massachusetts legislators off-guard

      The House Ways and Means Committee budget released last week recommends funding the so-called Sen. Charles E. Shannon Community Safety Initiative at $2 million, it’s lowest level since the start of the recent recession, and down from $5.5 million this fiscal year. The Ways and Means budget also wipes out a separate $10 million program, backed by the governor, aimed at combating youth violence.

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Springfield   The Republican

    13. Northampton City Council endorses constitutional amendment to reverse Supreme Court 'Citizens United' ruling

      Explore masslive.com (Apr 19 2012)

      Northampton City Council endorses constitutional amendment to reverse Supreme Court 'Citizens United' ruling

       The City Council unanimously passed a resolution Thursday calling for a Constitutional amendment that would reverse a Supreme Court decisiongiving corporations the same rights as people. The resolution cites Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, in which the Supreme Court ruled that a law restricting corporate campaign contributions was unconstitutional because it violated the First Amendment right to free speech. Critics of the ruling, including the City Council, say it has unleashed a torrent of corporate money into the political process, influencing elections.

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      Mentions:   Amherst   Northampton   The Republican

    14. Western New England University School of Law unites 'inside' and 'outside' students

      Explore masslive.com (Apr 19 2012)

      Western New England University School of Law unites 'inside' and 'outside' students

      The “outside” students in the “Inside-Outside” program attend Western New England University School of Law, which has offered the class since fall 2010 and will do so again.

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      Mentions:   Western New England University   Springfield   The Republican

    15. Friendly's gets new CEO, John Maguire, vice president of Panera Bread

      Explore masslive.com (Apr 19 2012)

      Friendly's gets new CEO, John Maguire, vice president of Panera Bread

      John Maguire will be the next CEO of Friendly’s Ice Cream LLC, according to an announcement made Wednesday by his old employer. Maguire has resigned as executive vice president and chief operating officer of Panera Bread in St. Louis effective May 31. Maguire joined Panera Bread in 1994, according to his biography on the Panera Website. He has held various positions, including director of commissary operations, vice president of commissary operations, vice president of bakery supply chain, and senior vice president, chief company and joint venture operations officer. In March 2008, Maguire was named executive vice president and co-chief ...

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Chicopee   The Republican

    16. Massachusetts unemployment rate falls to 6.5 percent

      Explore masslive.com (Apr 19 2012)

      Massachusetts unemployment rate falls to 6.5 percent

      The private sector added 8,900 jobs in March, a gain offset by losses in government jobs. The gains were mostly in the categories of professional, scientific and business services; trade, transportation and utilities and education and health services.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   The Republican

    17. FORGING CONNECTIONS WITH GLOBAL REGIONAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ORGANIZATIONS

      Explore From the EDC (Apr 19 2012)

      FORGING CONNECTIONS WITH GLOBAL REGIONAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ORGANIZATIONS

      Strong headwinds remain in place to inhibit Foreign DirectInvestment, but these strategies open our region to new opportunities for limited inward investment, as well as to create new market opportunities for our companies.

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      Mentions:   Westfield   Michael Graney   Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts

    18. YMCA of Greater Springfield CEO Kirk Smith works to make a difference for teens

      Explore masslive.com (Apr 18 2012)

      YMCA of Greater Springfield CEO Kirk Smith works to make a difference for teens

      The Boys Club became his refuge, the place he went to stay out of trouble and be safe. The last couple of years of high school, he stopped internalizing the negative messages he was getting from other kids and worked on graduating and making something of himself.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   The Republican

    19. TigerPress cuts ribbon for new East Longmeadow plant

      Explore masslive.com (Apr 18 2012)

      TigerPress cuts ribbon for new East Longmeadow plant

      He gave a tour of TigerPress' new 100,000 square-foot, $8 million plant at 50 Industrial Drive in East Longmeadow. Shafii said he didn’t get tax inducements to locate in East Longmeadow. The building was already there.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   University of Connecticut   Westfield State University

    20. Valley Venture Mentors accepts four new startups

      Explore masshightech.com (Apr 18 2012)

      Valley Venture Mentors accepts four new startups

      Paul Silva, executive director of Valley Ventures, said he co-founded the program last February along with co-founders Scott Foster, now chairman of the board, and Steve Willis, the lead sponsor of the group. Silva, who runs the angel investment firm River Valley Investors, said all three of the founders had some connection to the UMass-Amherst entrepreneurship program.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Springfield   Amherst

    21. 3 Western Massachusetts hospitals prepare to test malpractice reform remedies

      Explore masslive.com (Apr 17 2012)

      3 Western Massachusetts hospitals prepare to test malpractice reform remedies

      Three area hospitals, including Baystate Medical Center, will participate in a pilot program designed to change how malpractice cases are handled statewide.  Championed by the Massachusetts Medical Society and other major health care organizations, the initiative is designed to improve patient safety and reduce litigation by allowing medical practitioners to disclose mistakes to patients and offer an apology and compensation when necessary.

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      Mentions:   Palmer   Baystate Health   Springfield

    22. Quaboag Valley Community Development Corp. wins $150,000 grant to help small businesses, non-profits

      Explore masslive.com (Apr 17 2012)

      Of the $150,000 each community development corporation will receive, the organizations will use $60,000 to provide technical training and support to small businesses and non-profit organizations in their service area for two years, and $90,000 to help small businesses purchase computers, software, broadband access and implement long-term strategic and sustainability planning.

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Massachusetts Broadband Institute   The Republican

    23. State Sen. Michael Knapik chosen for Wesfield Red Cross chapter's Community Spirit award

      Explore masslive.com (Apr 17 2012)

      State Sen. Michael Knapik chosen for Wesfield Red Cross chapter's Community Spirit award

      Knapik, who has attended nearly all of the past 19 Community Spirit banquet and fund raiser as a presenter, will be recognized by the chapter and community April 27 at Tekoa Country Club.

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      Mentions:   Holyoke   Westfield   The Republican

    24. Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau names Howdy finalists

      Explore masslive.com (Apr 17 2012)

      Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau names Howdy finalists

      The Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau has announced the finalists for the 2012 Howdy Awards. The awards program, now in its 17th year, was to recognize front-line employees in the hospitality industry for providing outstanding service to their guests and customers.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Holyoke   The Republican

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