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    1. Gov. Deval Patrick promotes 'Partners in Public Service' program with insider's look into state budget | masslive.com

      Gov. Deval Patrick promotes 'Partners in Public Service' program with insider's look into state budget | masslive.com

      'The Governor's Springfield Office is an important means for us to stay engaged with Western Mass communities and they with us,' said Patrick in a press release. 'This initiative builds on that platform to encourage constituents and stakeholders to connect with their government.'  'Partners in Public Service' was first conceived following two successful focus group sessions last spring that brought together a host of non-profit leaders from the greater Hampden County region.

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    2. MassMutual looking for students to participate in Summer Legal Institute | masslive.com

      MassMutual looking for students to participate in Summer Legal Institute | masslive.com

      Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company, MassMutual ,is looking for high school students, and 8th graders heading into high school, to participate in the second year of its Springfield Summer Legal Institute, a week-long program meant to give students a look at the legal profession.  The program runs July 7 through July 11 at the Western New England University Law Center, is free and open to students from Springfield, Enfield and a few surrounding towns, said Patrice Sabach a MassMutual lawyer who is managing the program this year. She said MassMutual has 25 students signed up already for 45 slots.

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    3. Big E reveals economic impact | masslive.com

      Big E reveals economic impact | masslive.com

      he Big E is hosting a news conference today to reveal the results of an economic impact study conducted by Regional Economic Models Inc. of Amherst.  This study is an update of one completed in 2008 which showed that the annual 17-day fair generates 2,800 full-time jobs and $85 million in personal income for Hampden County's economy.  In 2008, economists found that the Big E resulted in $225 million a year in economic activity just from visitors who came from outside Hampden County. The average visitor spent $128 both on the grounds and off, not counting admissions, according ...

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    4. Stearns Square summer 2014 concert series announced

      Stearns Square summer 2014 concert series announced

      Many familiar faces and sounds will be returning to downtown Springfield next month with the return of the annual Stearns Square summer concert series at Worthington and Bridge streets. The Thursday concerts begin at 8 p.m. Admission is free. Returning acts include John Eddie, The Smithereens, Roomful of Blues, and FAT. Unlike last summer, there will be no opening acts.

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    5. Hampton Inn & Suites takes shape in Springfield South End | masslive.com

      Hampton Inn & Suites takes shape in Springfield South End | masslive.com

      The walls are up for for the 87-room, $4.4 million Hampton Inn and Suites now under construction at 851 East Columbus Ave. in the city's South End.  Developer Dinesh Patel has said the new hotel will be perfectly positioned to attract travelers headed north on Interstate 91. It is expected to be ready in July or August. He expects about 24 employees on staff once it opens.

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    6. Nuvo Bank & Trust Co. announces quarterly results | masslive.com

      Nuvo Bank & Trust Co. announces quarterly results | masslive.com

      Nuvo Bank & Trust Company announced net income of $67,000, or 2 cents per share for the quarter ended March 31, compared to $2,122,000, or $1.13 per share for the quarter ended March 31, 2013.  The bank's book value per share increased from $5.23 per share at December 31, 2013 to $5.27 per share at March 31, 2014.
      The $2,055,000 decrease in net income primarily reflects the fact that, in the first quarter of 2013, the Bank was able to fully utilize a deferred tax benefit of $2,057,000, which more ...

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    7. CNR Changchun Railway Vehicles, other bidders, to submit bids Thursday for MBTA Red and Orange line cars | masslive.com

      CNR Changchun Railway Vehicles, other bidders, to submit bids Thursday for MBTA Red and Orange line cars | masslive.com

      CNR Changchun Railway Vehicles Co. and its fellow candidates for a $1.5 billion contract supplying Red and Orange line cars for the MBTA must have their bids in Thursday.  CNR Changchun, which has plans to build the cars at the former Westinghouse site on Page Boulevard in East Springfield, will send its bid endorsements from both the Springfield City Council and the East Springfield Neighborhood Council.

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    8. Willimansett Bridge between Chicopee and Holyoke to be completed in July 2015; cost increased by $3 million

      Willimansett Bridge between Chicopee and Holyoke to be completed in July 2015; cost increased by $3 million

      The contract to finish the project is about $18 million. It will be paid for from the outstanding money in the original contract and the original contractor’s bond. Remaining money will be picked up by the Department of Transportation, according Michael Verseckes, a spokesman for the Department of Transportation. The cost is about $3 over the original budget of about $21 million. That cost includes the $750,000 spent to accelerate the construction schedule, Verseckes said. Vega said he is happy construction will start again and added will continue to work with businesses on Cabot Street in Holyoke to ...

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    9. Barnes Air National Guard Base in Westfield, Westover Air Reserve base in Chicopee thought on right track to survive budget cuts | masslive.com

      Barnes Air National Guard Base in Westfield, Westover Air Reserve base in Chicopee thought on right track to survive budget cuts | masslive.com

      The city and Barnes Air National Guard Base are already making the right moves to help the base, its $225 million economic impact and 3,813 jobs survive any looming Pentagon budget cuts.  That's what Westfield residents heard Monday at a community forum hosted by the state Military Asset and Security Strategy Task Force at the North Middle School auditorium. Examples include a cooperatively funded $23.4 million comprehensive infrastructure improvement plan, child-care for drilling service members, and a planned aviation program at Westfield Vocational Technical High School.

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    10. Section of routes 187, 57 planned for reconstruction in 3 years, Agawam Mayor Richard Cohen says

      Section of routes 187, 57 planned for reconstruction in 3 years, Agawam Mayor Richard Cohen says

      Mayor Richard A. Cohen has announced that Milone & MacBroom, Inc., an engineering consultant firm out of Springfield, has been approved by the city and the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, to provide architectural designs to reconstruct an intersection at routes 187 and 57 in Feeding Hills. “What we’re doing now is the re-design of that area,” said Cohen. “The project for the entire Route 187, and hopefully the intersection, is scheduled once the design is done. We have to do that design first.”

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    11. Red Cross Pioneer Valley Chapter plans move to old Spalding Sports headquaters on Brookdale Street

      Red Cross Pioneer Valley Chapter plans move to old Spalding Sports headquaters on Brookdale Street

      The Red Cross Pioneer Valley Chapter plans to move its services to headquarters of the former Spalding Sports company at 150 Brookdale St., the charity announced today. Under a plan to be unveiled Wednesday, the new, 16,000-square-foot center will house the Red Cross administration, blood donation services, disaster services and preparedness, health and safety training.

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    12. Cabotville Mill in Chicopee to be auctioned

      Cabotville Mill in Chicopee to be auctioned

      Joshua Guttman, a New York City developer who was known for converting former industrial buildings into lofts, purchased Cabotville in 2005 under the name 200 Tillary LLC. He planned to create about 240 condominiums in part of the building, add underground parking in the building’s basement and offer the first floor for rent to stores and offices. Guttman had spent about $2 million adding a new heating system, sprinkler system and windows, but stopped work several years ago.

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    13. Demand Is Heating Up | BusinessWest

      Demand Is Heating Up | BusinessWest

      Community colleges have also seen a brisk increase in summer enrollment. “We have a very robust summer program. Almost everything that is offered in the fall and spring is also offered in the summer, but with fewer sections, or classes,” said Debbie Bellucci, dean of Continuing Education and Online Learning at Springfield Technical Community College. “We try to add a few new courses every summer, whether they are online or totally new topics, and this summer we have instituted a format change. In the past, we ran two five-week sessions, but this summer we have some 10-week, on-site courses for ...

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    14. Forish Construction of Westfield low bidder for new Westfield Senior Center; groundbreaking expected by September

      Forish Construction of Westfield low bidder for new Westfield Senior Center; groundbreaking expected by September

      Westfield's own Forish Construction listed the apparent low bid at $6.2 million, prompting Mayor Daniel M. Knapik to predict a Sept. 15 groundbreaking to start construction. Construction is expected to take about one year to complete. The low bid, if approved, will allow the Senior Center Building Committee to include some niceties and conveniences such as ceramic tile and hardwood flooring, skylights with fans, granite curbing and an emergency backup generator. The committee added those and other items to the scope of the project Friday afternoon. The alternatives will hike Forish's bid to just over $6.3 ...

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    15. Attorney Mary McNally appointed executive director of Springfield Parking

      Attorney Mary McNally appointed executive director of Springfield Parking

      Mayor Domenic J. Sarno stated "It is my pleasure to announce Attorney Mary McNally as the new Executive Director of the Springfield Parking Authority. Mary brings a wealth of experience with her from the Hampden County District Attorney's Office as well as serving as the previous SPA Board Chairwomen." Mayor Sarno went on to say, "Attorney McNally has played a pivotal role in the turnaround in the operations of the authority. I look forward to working with her in an increased capacity as we continue to utilize the SPA as an economic development tool in downtown Springfield."

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    16. Florence Savings Bank starts work on new Hadley branch | masslive.com

      Florence Savings Bank starts work on new Hadley branch | masslive.com

      Florence Savings Bank was represented by John F. Heaps, Jr., president and CEO; Sharon M. Rogalski, senior vice president/senior retail executive; Toby L. Daniels, vice president/Hadley branch manager; Monica Curhan, senior vice president/marketing director; Joseph G. Traczynski, senior vice president/senior lending executive; Kevin R. Day, senior vice president/chief financial officer; Diane M. Gould, senior vice president/HR/strategic planning/project management director; and Mark Cavanaugh, vice president/facilities director. They were joined by several of the bank's directors including David Alvord, John E. Ebbetts, and Chairman Robert F. Borawski.

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    17. Barnes Air National Guard Base, Westover Air Reserve Base part of statewide tour from base-preservation task force | masslive.com

      Barnes Air National Guard Base, Westover Air Reserve Base part of statewide tour from base-preservation task force | masslive.com

      The forum on Barnes Air National Guard Base in Westfield is 4:30 to 6 p.m. May 12 at Westfield's North Middle School, 350 Southampton Road.  The session on for Westover Air Reserve Base is 4:30 to 6 p.m. May 27 at Westover Metropolitan Airport, 255 Padgett St., Chicopee. Other sessions are planned for Devens, Lexington near Hanscom Air Force Base, and Bourne near Joint Base Cape Cod.

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    18. Under construction: Bay Path College's new health sciences grad school building taking shape in East Longmeadow | masslive.com

      Under construction: Bay Path College's new health sciences grad school building taking shape in East Longmeadow | masslive.com

      The state-of-the-art facility is being funded by a $19.5 million tax-exempt bond issued by MassDevelopment, the state’s finance and development agency, which works with businesses, nonprofits, financial institutions and communities to stimulate economic growth.

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    19. Springfield event celebrates redesign of The Republican, 190 years old, and move of MassLive.com to One Financial Plaza

      Springfield event celebrates redesign of The Republican, 190 years old, and move of MassLive.com to One Financial Plaza

      The Republican hosted a Redesign/190 Year Celebration in the press hall of the Main Street plant Thursday evening featuring food, beverages, music and a presentation by Publisher and CEO George Arwady on current operations of the newspaper and a future move by MassLive.com. Guests were offered tours of the press and packaging center and a behind the scenes look at how the daily newspaper is produced and printed. The publisher touched on The Republican’s new look, saying, “We just redesigned the newspaper to give you the most pleasurable reading experience.” He also hit on the history of ...

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    20. Placon buys Plastic Packaging Corp. of West Springfield

      Placon buys Plastic Packaging Corp. of West Springfield

      Placon, one of the leading custom and stock rigid thermoformed packaging designers and manufacturers in North America announced today that it is has completed the acquisition of privately-held, West Springfield rigid plastic container manufacturer, Plastic Packaging Corporation. Founded in 1954 by Fred Weiss, Plastic Packaging Corporation (PPC) is a family-owned manufacturer known for its high-quality, injection molded Polyethylene (PE) and Polypropylene (PP) containers, cups, tubs, pails and lids as well as its advanced decorating services for hot to frozen foods in the foodservice and food processing industries. “Looking toward the future, combining with Placon is the perfect fit for our ...

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    21. Springfield Technical Community College student Anthony Grandoit wins pitch contest

      Springfield Technical Community College student Anthony Grandoit wins pitch contest

      Anthony Grandoit, a Springfield Technical Community College student took first place at the Awards Ceremony & Banquet for the Harold Grinspoon Charitable Foundation’s Entrepreneurship Initiative. elevator pitch competition pitching a “faster, cleaner, convenient way to keep your baby fed”. Facing a crowd of more than 450 attendees,. Grandoit convinced a panel of bank judges that his pitch for Baby Keurig was the best. Mike Mullen from UMass Amherst took second place for his business concept Kloudbook, a mobile app to keep track of all of your contact information. Finally, Scott Abdow, a student at Greenfield Community College, took third place ...

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    22. Hampden Bank reports record earnings

      Hampden Bank reports record earnings

      Hampden Bancorp, Inc. which is the holding company for Hampden Bank announced the results of operations for the three and nine months ended March
      31. Core net income increased by $1.1 million, or 49 percent , to $3.5 million for the nine months ended March 31, 2014, or fully diluted core earnings per share of 65 cents as compared to $2.4 million, or fully diluted core earnings per share of 45 cents for the same period in 2013. For the nine months ended March 31, 2014, net income increased to $3.2 million, or earnings per share of ...

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    23. Business leaders told to communicate with candidates

      Business leaders told to communicate with candidates

      Members of the Affiliated Chambers of Commerce of Greater Springfield gathered Wednesday morning to get a look ahead at this November’s elections. Political consultant Anthony Cignoli spoke to business leaders about many of the key races and how these shifts in leadership are likely to directly impact western Massachusetts. He gave an overview of the race for governor, as well as the race for lieutenant governor, attorney general, secretary of state, treasurer, and auditor.

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