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    1. Departing UMass Chancellor Robert Holub highlights campus accomplishments during his tenure

      Explore masslive.com (May 1 2012)

      In his message, Holub thanked the greater community for all its work. “These campus records, national recognitions, and achievements could not have been accomplished without the dedicated work of hundreds of individuals across the campus, as well as many individuals from the community and from our wonderful and loyal alumni,” he wrote.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Springfield   Amherst

    2. Gov. Deval Patrick announces $520000 in new Massachusetts tornado relief

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      Gov. Deval Patrick announces $520000 in new Massachusetts tornado relief

      Of the $520,000, the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission was chosen to oversee $425,000 in home repair funds, with a maximum benefit of $15,000 per household, according to the governor’s office and the state Department of Housing and Urban Development. Homeowners in the nine tornado-impacted communities can receive the funds to make repairs to damage not covered by insurance or other resources.

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Pioneer Valley Planning Commission   West Springfield

    3. Greenfield's Valley Steel Stamp Expands Thanks To MassDevelopment Bond

      Explore Home Page (May 1 2012)

      "Precision machine shops form the backbone of western Massachusetts’s manufacturing sector, which employs almost 40,000 workers,” said MassDevelopment President and CEO Marty Jones. “We’re pleased to support small, family-owned companies like Valley Steel as they expand their businesses and hire more employees.”

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      Mentions:   MassDevelopment   Greenfield

    4. Boston conference promotes potential of new computing center, high-speed Internet in Western Massachusetts

      Explore masslive.com (Apr 30 2012)

      U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal, a Springfield Democrat, said the point of the conference was to sell Western Massachusetts, which has lower costs, including labor, housing and office rental, than the eastern part of the state.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Massachusetts Technology Collaborative   Springfield

    5. Springfield's Hoop City Jazz Festival cancels 2012 concerts, but promises to be back in 2013 and beyond

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      Springfield's Hoop City Jazz Festival cancels 2012 concerts, but promises to be back in 2013 and beyond

      The Hampden Bank Hoop City Jazz & Arts Festival will not happen this year, according to a news release issued Monday by primary sponsor Hampden Bank.
      Organizers promised a much better, and expanded festival with a new location in 2013.


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      Mentions:   Springfield   Hampden Bank

    6. Holyoke year away from seeing construction begin on Big Y-retail plaza

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      Holyoke year away from seeing construction begin on Big Y-retail plaza

       Construction is set to begin in spring 2013 on a $16 million retail project with a Big Y supermarket set for Lower Westfield Road and Homestead Avenue, officials said.

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      Mentions:   Big Y Foods   Holyoke   Westfield

    7. MassEcon welcomes startups, others to Bay State

      Explore masshightech.com (Apr 30 2012)

      MassEcon welcomes startups, others to Bay State

      Many of those businesses are high tech or life sciences business. Included in the list of new businesses are DPS Biometics of Framingham; Hadapt Inc. of Cambridge; Inspiration Biopharmaceuticals of Cambridge; Japan Airlines of Boston; Matrigen Life Technologies of Worcester; MIDAC Corp. of Westfield; Navidea Biopharmaceuticals of Andover; Netwatch of Medford; Russian Venture Company– USA of Boston; and Wegmans Food Markets of Northborough.

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      Mentions:   Massachusetts Office of Business Development   Westfield

    8. Critics assail cutbacks to machine technology program at Springfield's Putnam Vocational Technical Academy

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      Critics assail cutbacks to machine technology program at Springfield's Putnam Vocational Technical Academy

      “There are over 400 manufacturing companies in Western Mass. alone and a skilled work force in the area is key to keeping them local and competitive globally,” added Mayo, who is a retired executive from the former American Saw & Manufacturing in East Longmeadow, now Lenox. “Precision manufacturing is a path for these students to achieve a career that pays $70,000-$80,000 in total annual compensation,” said J.M. “Buck” Upson, vice president of fund. The salary figure would include the value of benefits.

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      Mentions:   Regional Employment Board of Hampden County Inc.   West Springfield   Palmer

    9. Volunteers renovate 15 homes in Springfield through Rebuilding Together building blitz

      Explore masslive.com (Apr 28 2012)

      Volunteers renovate 15 homes in Springfield through Rebuilding Together building blitz

      Also helping out at the King Street home was Bay Path College President Carol Leary, who was celebrating her 65th birthday. In honor of her birthday, students were encouraged to donate a day of service. There were approximately 45 students at four different sites, as well as staff from the school of management and social justice.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   The Republican

    10. MassMutual lawyers donate time to Hampden County Bar Association's legal clinic

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      MassMutual lawyers donate time to Hampden County Bar Association's legal clinic

      The Hampden County Bar Association is expanding its lawyer-of-the-day program into Springfield District Court with the help of MassMutual Financial Group.

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      Mentions:   MassMutual   Springfield

    11. Graduates of New England Farm Workers Council's youth program celebrate earning GEDs

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      Graduates of New England Farm Workers Council's youth program celebrate earning GEDs

      Fifty of the 131 Hampden County youths who have attained their high school equivalency (GED) diplomas under the agency’s Workforce Investment Act Youth Program took part in a graduation ceremony at the Paramount Theater.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Springfield   Holyoke

    12. Westfield State University president Evan Dobelle and wife Kit Dobelle have followed path of public service to serve their community

      Explore masslive.com (Apr 27 2012)

      Westfield State University president Evan Dobelle and wife Kit Dobelle have followed path of public service to serve their community

      “I determined the best way I could contribute to make a difference (in people’s lives) was as a college president,” said Evan Dobelle during a recent interview together with his wife in his office at Westfield State.He said he was “called to political action” in the late 1950s and ‘60s when his family lived in Florida and he spent his high school years seeing first-hand the day-to-day realities of the segregated south.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Westfield State University   Amherst

    13. MassMutual promotes Nicholas Fyntrilakis to vice-president as he aids Rebuild ...

      Explore masslive.com (Apr 27 2012)

      Fyntrilakis continues to serve as co-chairman of the “Rebuild Springfield” effort in the aftermath of last June’s tornado. In addition, he is chairman of the Board of Directors of DevelopSpringfield, a private nonprofit group leading post-tornado efforts to revitalize Springfield in conjunction with the Springfield Redevelopment Authority.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   MassMutual   Western New England University

    14. Springfield employers swap disaster preparedness tips

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      Springfield employers swap disaster preparedness tips

      Dawn Creighton, a Springfield-based regional director for Associated Industries of Massachusetts, said the idea for Thursday’s discussion grew out of an informal talk she had last month with several executives. One told her a crew shoveling heavy snow off his plant’s roof in February 2011 did more than $100,000 worth of damage to the vent pipes he’d recently had installed for a manufacturing clean room.

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      Mentions:   Associated Industries of Massachusetts   Springfield   Solutia Inc.

    15. Study: Slower Health Premium Increases Would Add Billions to Economy

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      Study: Slower Health Premium Increases Would Add Billions to Economy

      Lowering the annual growth of health insurance premiums to 2 percent in Massachusetts would increase the take-home pay of every Bay State worker by $9,200 over the next eight years, according to a study released today by MIT economist Jonathan Gruber.

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      Mentions:   Associated Industries of Massachusetts

    16. Poor 1st quarter for Hasbro Games; company announces 150 'temporary' layoffs now permanent

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      Poor 1st quarter for Hasbro Games; company announces 150 'temporary' layoffs now permanent

      The company, which said the East Longmeadow facility “has been operating very efficiently” with a workforce of about 330 unionized employees. “Hasbro expects this facility will continue to operate at this level of employment, which means that we will not be recalling certain employees who have been out on temporary layoff.”

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      Mentions:   The Republican   Hasbro, Inc.

    17. DevelopSpringfield unveils master plan for post-tornado revitalization of city

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      DevelopSpringfield unveils master plan for post-tornado revitalization of city

      DevelopSpringfield, a private nonprofit organization leading the “Rebuild Springfield” effort, released its full, formal master plan Thursday that discloses long-term strategies to revitalize the city following last June’s tornado.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   The Republican

    18. Feds approve collaboration of regional power grids | Hartford Business

      Explore HartfordBusiness.com (Apr 26 2012)

      The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approved the greater collaboration of the two power grids serving New England and New York, saving $126 million annually. ISO New England and NYISO are not formally merging under the agreement - an idea considered and abandoned 10 years ago - but the two grids will be working more closely together to offer lower cost power to ratepayers in both regions.

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    19. Enlarged natural gas pipe proposed for N.E. - Boston.com

      Explore Featured Articles From Boston.com (Apr 26 2012)

      Spectra Energy Corp. estimates that increasing pipeline capacity in Southern New England by about 15 percent would save gas and electric customers - including roughly 3 million in Massachusetts - up to $651 million a year.

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      Mentions:   Northeast Utilities

    20. Broadbrand program to woo companies to western Mass

      Explore masshightech.com (Apr 26 2012)

      Broadbrand program to woo companies to western Mass

      Some companies including Hitpoint Studios Inc. in Hatfield already have. “I grew Hitpoint because I had local resources,” said Aaron St. John, co-founder of Hitpoint, during a recent panel discussion. “There’s no reason we can’t get the 400-person company in western Mass.”

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      Mentions:   Massachusetts Technology Collaborative   Springfield   Northampton

    21. Hampshire Council of Goverments helps communities find solar vendors

      Explore masslive.com (Apr 25 2012)

      Hampshire Council of Goverments helps communities find solar vendors

      The Hampshire Municipal Solar Program is designed to screen qualified solar photovoltaic vendors and match them with municipalities in Hampshire, Franklin, Hampden and Worcester counties with an eye towards developing more than 100 facilities that will use solar panels to generate electricity.

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      Mentions:   Northampton   The Republican

    22. Springfield youth head to Statehouse to help "Kick Butts" effort

      Explore masslive.com (Apr 25 2012)

      Springfield youth head to Statehouse to help "Kick Butts" effort

      During the closing event, Duong Huynh, a member of Springfield REACH, was awarded a regional youth leadership award for dedication to the issue of tobacco awareness.

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      Mentions:   Springfield Renaissance School   Springfield   The Republican

    23. Massachusetts Gaming Commission chairman defends timetable for licensing ...

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      Massachusetts Gaming Commission chairman defends timetable for licensing ...

      Commission chairman Stephen P. Crosby, and a second state gaming commissioner, former Springfield City Councilor Bruce Stebbins, talked to members of several chambers of commerce in the Springfield area.

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Springfield   The Republican

    24. Springfield School Department anticipates brighter budget forecast with $11 million increase in education funds

      Explore masslive.com (Apr 25 2012)

      The School Department anticipates having a $320.6 million budget, effective July 1, reflecting an increase of $11 million, according to a new budget summary. The budget includes $285.8 million anticipated in state Chapter 70 funds, which amounts to a $10.4 million increase.

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   Springfield   The Republican

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