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    1. State Department of Public Utilities to hold public hearing on Bay State Gas request to increase base distribution rates

      Explore masslive.com (May 23 2012)

      The state Department of Public Utilities (DPU) will hold a public hearing at Springfield City Hall, 36 Court St., at 7 p.m. Wednesday to discuss a petition by Columbia Gas of Massachusetts to raise its base distribution rates. 

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Bay State Gas

    2. Amherst chooses first BID director

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      Amherst chooses first BID director

      rogh-Grabbe said he has a number of ideas for the area, including more decorative lighting and a shuttle bus that would connect the UMass, Amherst College and Hampshire College campuses. He also wants to encourage cooperation between the BID and the university and college admission offices in promoting the downtown.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   University of Connecticut   Amherst

    3. Holyoke Medical Center, Mercy Medical Center in Springfield awarded money to create new programs

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      Holyoke Medical Center, Mercy Medical Center in Springfield awarded money to create new programs

      Mercy Medical Center in Springfield will receive $45.6 million and Holyoke Medical Center will receive $24.5 million. The money will be spread over three years.

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      Mentions:   Holyoke Medical Center   Springfield   Holyoke

    4. Massachusetts awards $4.4 million to assist turnaround efforts at 8 underperforming schools in Springfield

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      Massachusetts awards $4.4 million to assist turnaround efforts at 8 underperforming schools in Springfield

      The state has awarded federal grants totaling $4.4 million to the Springfield school system to continue and expand efforts to transform eight low-performing schools.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Holyoke

    5. Pioneer Valley United Way hits fundraising goal, honors volunteers

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      Pioneer Valley United Way hits fundraising goal, honors volunteers

      Dora D. Robinson, the chapter’s president and chief executive officer, announced the fundraising success to applause from a crowd of more than 500 at the Log Cabin Meeting and Banquet House.

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   University of Massachusetts   Springfield

    6. Seahorse Bioscience raises $9.4M

      Explore masshightech.com (May 22 2012)

      Seahorse Bioscience raises $9.4M

      Seahorse is one of a group of companies that is expanding in the western Massachusetts life sciences hub, with a biomanufacturing plant in Chicopee that it acquired from Innovative Microplate Inc. seven years ago.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Baystate Health   Amherst

    7. MassMutual’s retirement services sets 1Q sales record

      Explore HartfordBusiness.com (May 22 2012)

      MassMutual's affiliates include: Babson Capital Management LLC; Baring Asset Management Limited; Cornerstone Real Estate Advisers LLC; The First Mercantile Trust Company; MassMutual International LLC; MML Investors Services, LLC; OppenheimerFunds, Inc.; and The MassMutual Trust Company, FSB.

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      Mentions:   MassMutual   Springfield

    8. Boston Business Journal Honors Fiksu as a 2012 "Best Places to Work" Winner

      Explore sacbee.com (May 22 2012)

      "Fiksu is the perfect environment to network with the smartest minds in mobile and the friendliest folk in Boston," said Benj Shasha, client development manager ... for its Boston headquarters and Northampton, Mass. locations. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Northampton   Fiksu

    9. Fitting Fair Well | BusinessWest

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      Fitting Fair Well | BusinessWest

      Wayne McCary was asked to speculate on how many visits he might make to the Big E this fall. He offered a slight chuckle and then a wide grin that spoke volumes. “I really don’t know, but I’m sure I’ll get there — I’ll be one of those people eating my way through the fair,” said the Big E’s outgoing president as he thought ahead briefly to what will be his first trip to the West Springfield landmark as a non-employee in more than four decades.

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      Mentions:   MassMutual Center   West Springfield   Springfield

    10. Pittsfield dog treat business receives $200K loan

      Explore Home - Berkshire Eagle Online (May 22 2012)

      Pittsfield dog treat business receives $200K loan

      The company had eight employees at the end of 2011, but has already hired one new worker this year and plans to hire another during the fourth quarter. The company plans to hire two more employees next year, Gigliotti said. He said his company plans to maintain its relationship with MassDevelopment. "If we hit our numbers and continue to grow, we're going to need more equipment down the road," Gigliotti said. "We'll have an ongoing need for equipment." MassDevelopment works with businesses, nonprofits, financial institutions and communities to stimulate economic growth across the state. The agency financed or ...

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      Mentions:   MassDevelopment

    11. Meeting with Massachusetts officials should clarify future of Holyoke's Dean Tech High School

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      Meeting with Massachusetts officials should clarify future of Holyoke's Dean Tech High School

      The city’s vocational school has been run by a nonprofit agency since July, under state order, because of students’ chronically poor academic results, but agency and local officials have clashed about control.

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      Mentions:   Northampton   Holyoke

    12. Amherst residents looking to launch store selling locally grown produce and locally created wares

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      Amherst residents looking to launch store selling locally grown produce and locally created wares

      At the winter’s market here, vendors sold their carrots and potatoes, but they also sold soaps, and sheepskin, jams and wool, but that was just one day a week and for the winter months only.  Now, a group wants to create a year-round market similar to that held the last two years at the Amherst Regional Middle School in a downtown store.

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      Mentions:   Amherst   Northampton

    13. Wellness programs tonic for stressed health care system, Massachusetts medical professionals say

      Explore masslive.com (May 21 2012)

      Wellness programs tonic for stressed health care system, Massachusetts medical professionals say

      The growing emphasis on diet, exercise and disease prevention will yield long-term health care cost reductions, but not soon enough to help the system’s current economic crisis, several medical professionals and U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal said during a panel discussion Monday.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Health New England   Sisters of Providence Health System

    14. State Sen. Gale Candaras seeks to increase state funding for Friends of the Homeless shelter in Springfield

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      State Sen. Gale Candaras seeks to increase state funding for Friends of the Homeless shelter in Springfield

      State Sen. Gale D. Candaras, D-Wilbraham, has filed a budget amendment seeking to increase state funds for the Friends of the Homeless emergency shelter and resource center on Worthington Street in line with the state average. William J. Miller, executive director of Friends of the Homeless, said Monday the increase is critical to maintain around-the-clock hours. Without an increase, the organization would have to close its daytime programming, he said.

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    15. Northampton Volkswagen to move to former Kollmorgen site

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      Northampton Volkswagen to move to former Kollmorgen site

      Cosenzi Automotive Realty, which owns Northampton Volkswagen and several other car dealerships under the name TommyCar Auto Group, purchased the former Kollmorgen headquarters at 347 King Street for $1.8 million last Friday. The 5-acre property was on the market for $4 million but sold for less than half of that because of the expense of tearing down and removing the existing building, according to real estate agent Patrick M. Goggins, who brokered the deal. Goggins said there is asbestos and other hazardous materials in the building.

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      Mentions:   Northampton   Greenfield   Kollmorgen

    16. Arts Walk in Holyoke promotes cultural renaissance of downtown

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      Arts Walk in Holyoke promotes cultural renaissance of downtown

      “We’re creating a community as well as a resource,” said Vitek Kruta, who moved to the Pioneer Valley five years ago. The owners hope the facility will eventually house restaurants, entertainment venues and instructional space for performance art as well as studios and offices. For now, however, there are no restaurants.

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      Mentions:   Amherst   Northampton   Holyoke

    17. Howdy winners recognized for great customer service

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      Howdy winners recognized for great customer service

      A committee of tourism professionals from outside the region selected the eight winners from among 45 finalists who were honored at a reception in April. The finalists were selected by the convention bureau’s Howdy Awards Committee from more than 430 nominations among seven categories

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Northampton   Holyoke

    18. Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno, state housing secretary to update tornado ...

      Explore masslive.com (May 21 2012)

      Massachusetts Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Gregory P. Bialecki, Undersecretary of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation Barbara Anthony and Commissioner of Insurance Joe Murphy are expected to join Sarno at the East Forest Park home of Bill and Kim Winslow at 10 a.m. Tuesday, according to release from the state Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development.

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   Springfield

    19. Hearings scheduled for proposed high-speed rail line linking Springfield and New Haven

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      Hearings scheduled for proposed high-speed rail line linking Springfield and New Haven

      The state Department of Transportation has prepared a report outlining the potential impact of the project on noise levels, air quality, water quality and cultural and recreational resources along the corridor.

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    20. Sisters of Providence seeks to open elder care center at former Brightside campus

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      Sisters of Providence seeks to open elder care center at former Brightside campus

      Sister Kathleen Popko, president of the religious order, said Friday she expects the center, which will help elders remain in their homes rather then move to nursing homes, will be a boon to the area. The project is the first phase of a comprehensive plan the order is developing redevelop the 27-acre campus, which used to be a residential center offering services for emotionally disturbed children and their families.

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      Mentions:   West Springfield   Holyoke

    21. Hometown Structures uses what it sells when it comes to solar energy

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      Hometown Structures uses what it sells when it comes to solar energy

      Hometown Structures in January started operating a branch of Pennsylvania-based Paradise Energy Solutions to sell solar power systems – and recently installed one of those systems to power its own shop where they manufacture the sheds and sell gazebos, pavilions and children’s playground equipment. The system also provides solar power to the company’s sales office.

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      Mentions:   Westfield

    22. NStar, Northeast Utilities merger agreement includes Cape Wind provisions, planned rate freeze -- but no upgrades to power lines and poles

      Explore masslive.com (May 18 2012)

       Power giants NStar and Northeast Utilities won a green light from Massachusetts’ regulators for their multibillion-dollar merger while avoiding serious questions about the catastrophic outages that darkened vast swaths of southern New England last fall, a review of merger records shows.

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      Mentions:   Northeast Utilities   Western Massachusetts Electric Company

    23. Recycling brings $1.4 million to Western Massachusetts communities in 2011

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      Recycling brings $1.4 million to Western Massachusetts communities in 2011

      A total of 77 Western Massachusetts municipalities recycled more than 31,000 tons of plastic, paper, metals and glass during 2011, with the communities receiving more than $1.4 million in payments for the recyclables delivered.

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      Mentions:   West Springfield   Springfield   Northampton

    24. Postal Workers: Springfield cards/letters sorting likely headed to Hartford; USPS official says other work headed to Indian Orchard | masslive.com

      Explore masslive.com (May 18 2012)

      The U.S. Postal Service will likely move the handling and sorting of cards and letters from its facility on Fiberloid Street in the Indian Orchard neighborhood in August to Hartford, said Daniel Kuralt, president Local 497 of the American Postal Workers Union. On Thursday, the USPS, which is nearly bankrupt, said it will go ahead with plans to cut costs by closing nearly 250 mail processing centers.

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      Mentions:   Springfield

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