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    1. Mass. garners high marks on key international exam - Metro

      Explore The Boston Globe (Dec 12 2012)

      Mass. garners high marks on key international exam - Metro

      Massachusetts eighth-graders outperformed most countries on a highly regarded international math and science exam, according to results being released Tuesday, offering fresh evidence that the state’s educational system rivals academically powerful ­nations around the globe.

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick

    2. Agawam Small Business Assistance Center celebrates 10 years of helping Pioneer Valley businesses

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      Agawam Small Business Assistance Center celebrates 10 years of helping Pioneer Valley businesses

      The Agawam Small Business Assistance Center, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, continues to grow in its service to new business owners throughout the Pioneer Valley.

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      Mentions:   Springfield Technical Community College   Springfield   The Republican

    3. MGM Resorts, Penn National pledge local jobs, boost to business, traffic solutions in Springfield casino presentations

      Explore masslive.com (Dec 11 2012)

      MGM Resorts, Penn National pledge local jobs, boost to business, traffic solutions in Springfield casino presentations

      Representatives of MGM Resorts International and Penn National Gaming, two companies competing to build a casino in Springfield said during public presentations on Tuesday that they are committed to local hiring, providing a boost to local business and tourism, and solving traffic concerns raised by the public.

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      Mentions:   MassMutual Center   Palmer   Springfield

    4. UMass trustees working with chancellors to create plan for 5-campus system

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      UMass trustees working with chancellors to create plan for 5-campus system

      - University of Massachusetts President Robert L Caret is working with trustees and chancellors of the five-campus system to create a plan that will guide the university into the future toward greater success. “How do we guide the system into the future instead of letting it be whatever it is,” Caret said during a meeting Tuesday afternoon of the Board of Trustees Committee of the Whole.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Amherst

    5. UMass officials celebrate opening of new science lab in Lederle Graduate Research Tower

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      UMass officials celebrate opening of new science lab in Lederle Graduate Research Tower

      University of Massachusetts officials on Monday said new renovated laboratory space at the Lederle Graduate Research Tower will allow for better collaboration among researchers and ultimately better science.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Amherst

    6. Massachusetts utility regulators: National Grid and Western Massachusetts Electric Company face multimillion dollar fines for Irene, October snowstorm responses

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      Massachusetts utility regulators: National Grid and Western Massachusetts Electric Company face multimillion dollar fines for Irene, October snowstorm responses

      Ann Berwick, chair of the Public Utilities Department, said the companies will apply the fines as a credit to customers. The companies will need to file papers with the state saying how the fines will be used to reimburse customers.

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      Mentions:   Western Massachusetts Electric Company   Peter Clarke

    7. Partners for a Healthier Community in Springfield among 5 New England agencies to win EPA environmental justice grants

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      Partners for a Healthier Community in Springfield among 5 New England agencies to win EPA environmental justice grants

      Partners for a Healthier Community at 280 Chestnut Street in Springfield applied for the grant to foster full resident participation in efforts to reduce air pollution and other environmental risks in Springfield.  Through outreach via the citywide Healthy Environment/Healthy Springfield, city residents have called for more opportunities to receive education and information on air pollution in the neighborhoods they live in and take action to reduce air pollution in their neighborhoods.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   The Republican

    8. Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse considers 21 people for casino advisory committee as City Council set to form own gaming panel

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      Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse considers 21 people for casino advisory committee as City Council set to form own gaming panel

      Morse has said his turnaround on the casino issue was based on protecting Holyoke's interests. The law permits a gaming resort in Western Massachusetts, possibly in neighboring Springfield, which is considering two proposals, so it makes sense for the city to try to have a say in such an outcome, he said.

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      Mentions:   Northampton   Holyoke   The Republican

    9. Springfield Redevelopment Authority will consider negotiating with MGM, Penn National on casino companies' desires for Union Station offices

      Explore masslive.com (Dec 10 2012)

      Springfield Redevelopment Authority will consider negotiating with MGM, Penn National on casino companies' desires for Union Station offices

      The Springfield Redevelopment Authority is scheduled to meet Wednesday to consider opening negotiations with two casino companies regarding their desire to have offices at Union Station when it is renovated and reopened, officials said. The meeting is at noon at the city annex building at 70 Tapley St.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   The Republican

    10. Westfield takes next step in $1.5 million redesign of Airport Industrial Road

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      Westfield takes next step in $1.5 million redesign of Airport Industrial Road

      Work will begin early next year on the redesign and reconstruction of Airport Industrial Road, leading toward development of a new 80-acre Airport Industrial Park.

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      Mentions:   Westfield   The Republican

    11. Smith College selects Harvard leader Kathleen McCartney as new president

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      Smith College selects Harvard leader Kathleen McCartney as new president

      The trustees at the women's college in Northampton on Monday named Kathleen McCartney, dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Education, as Smith's 11th president.

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      Mentions:   Smith College   Carol T. Christ   Northampton

    12. Atkins Farms Country Market in Amherst celebrating 50 years in business

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      Atkins Farms Country Market in Amherst celebrating 50 years in business

      Now Atkins Farms Country Market, which is undergoing another expansion, will be between 40,000 and 50,000 square feet when finished, said company president Pauline Lannon. And the business that dispensed apples now sells everything from apples to sushi and employs between 160 and 170 people, Lannon said. The store is celebrating its 50th anniversary beginning Dec. 14 with promotions through Dec. 21.

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      Mentions:   Amherst   The Republican

    13. Manufacturers and businesses struggle to find skilled workers

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      Manufacturers and businesses struggle to find skilled workers

      One way the state is addressing the issue is through the Advanced Manufacturing Collaborative, a new group dedicated to expanding manufacturing in Massachusetts. Edward Leyden, president and CEO of Ben Franklin Design and Manufacturing in Agawam and a co-chair of the collaborative, said the skills gap is the biggest issue facing manufacturing. Leyden said there is still a perception that manufacturing is a “dirty, dying, smokestack trade,” when in reality it is a computer-oriented business requiring math and science skills. Additionally, he said the average age for a manufacturing worker is 53 – nearing retirement age. “Most of the shops are ...

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

    14. Springfield BID contest aims to draw diners downtown in gas explosion's wake

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      Springfield BID contest aims to draw diners downtown in gas explosion's wake

      Springfield Business Improvement District Executive Director Donald A. Courtemanche said news coverage that night urged folks who didn’t have to be on Worthington Street to stay away and not get in responder’s way. It was right to discourage rubberneckers, Courtemanche said.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   The Republican   Springfield Business Improvement District

    15. MGM Resorts bids $3.2 million to buy former Zanetti School, State Armory building for casino project

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      MGM Resorts bids $3.2 million to buy former Zanetti School, State Armory building for casino project

      Kevin E. Kennedy, the city's chief development officer, will appoint a review committee to consider the bids, and the committee will file its recommendation to Mayor Domenic J. Sarno. Sarno will file his recommendation to the City Council which has the power to approve the sale.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   The Republican

    16. More than ‘fiscal cliff’ at work in state budget shortfall - Business

      Explore The Boston Globe (Dec 7 2012)

      Michael J. Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, noted that the national economy grew at half the rate expected at the end of last year. Andre Mayer, senior vice president for research at Associated Industries of Massachusetts, the state’s largest employers’ group, noted the economic crisis in Europe and a slowdown in China’s booming economy.
      Massachusetts exports to Europe during first nine months of 2011 fell by $1.1 billion, or 13.5 percent, compared with the same period a year ago, while exports to China dropped by 11 percent, or $177 million. “Those problems do have ...

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   University of Massachusetts   Associated Industries of Massachusetts

    17. Forecasters Predict Favorable Winds for Massachusetts, U.S. Economy

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      Forecasters Predict Favorable Winds for Massachusetts, U.S. Economy

      The U.S. and Massachusetts economies should enjoy favorable winds once it navigates the impending fiscal negotiations.

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      Mentions:   Associated Industries of Massachusetts

    18. Massachusetts ranks no. 2 in broadband adoption

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      Massachusetts ranks no. 2 in broadband adoption

      One major initiative is MBI’s MassBroadband 123, a 1,200-mile fiber-optic, open-access
      network, which will extend connectivity to more than 120 communities in both
      western and north central Massachusetts. In western Massachusetts there are 45
      municipalities categorized as underserved, meaning less than 50 percent of the
      city or town has broadband. Construction of the MassBroadband 123 network is
      slated for completion in the summer of 2013.

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Massachusetts Broadband Institute

    19. Developer wants Republican’s property

      Explore WWLP 22 News Springfield (Dec 6 2012)

      Developer wants Republican’s property

      According to Schippers, “That's going to create a new model for newspaper publishing, a village square type model. There’s also going to be a relocation of the printing presses which will go to another part of downtown.”

      Schippers told 22News they're considering property near Smith and Wesson to relocate the Republican's printing presses.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   The Republican

    20. STCC, Smith College awarded $3 million grant to get children interested in engineering

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      STCC, Smith College awarded $3 million grant to get children interested in engineering

      Springfield Technical Community College and Smith College have received a five-year $3 million grant to get children interested in engineering.

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      Mentions:   Smith College   Springfield   The Republican

    21. Springfield city councilors recommend $3.7 million investment to aid Court Square redevelopment project

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      Springfield city councilors recommend $3.7 million investment to aid Court Square redevelopment project

      The City Council’s Planning and Economic Development Committee voted Thursday to recommend the city contribute $3.7 million toward a multi-million dollar historic preservation project at Court Square that includes restoration of the Elm Street block and construction of a new parking garage.

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    22. Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno suggests Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse's planned regional meeting on casinos may be premature

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      Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno suggests Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse's planned regional meeting on casinos may be premature

      “Without the submission of traffic studies, engineering reports or other expert analysis, discussions at the proposed meeting may lack the substance required to address any of the relevant criteria on any objective basis,” Sarno said.

      Sarno has forwarded the Holyoke meeting information to Springfield’s chief development officer, Kevin E. Kennedy, to consider “how best for Springfield to interact with the planned event,” Sarno said.

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   West Springfield   Springfield

    23. Off the Menu: Howdy Award nominations open

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      Off the Menu: Howdy Award nominations open

      It's easy to put someone up for a "Howdy," Chambers says. All that's necessary is a quick trip to the Bureau's website, valleyvisitor.com; a click on the "Howdy" logo on the homepage; and a few moments to fill out an online form that describes why a particular nominee deserves a "Howdy."

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau

    24. Friendly's Ice Cream taps Regan for public relations work

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      Friendly's Ice Cream taps Regan for public relations work

      Friendly's Ice Cream LLC has hired Boston-based Regan Communications to handle the struggling restaurant chain's public relations moving forward, the agency said on Wednesday.

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      Mentions:   Friendly's Ice Cream Corporation

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