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    1. Springfield South End housing improvements get $300,000 HUD planning grant

      Explore masslive.com (Jan 10 2012)

      Springfield South End housing improvements get $300,000 HUD planning grant The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has awarded a $300,000 “Choice Neighborhoods Planning Grant” to Springfield that will target housing improvements in the South End as part of a neighborhood transformation effort. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   Springfield   The Republican

    2. Friendly's emerges from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection after closing more stores

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      Friendly's emerges from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection after closing more stores Friendly Ice Cream Corp. emerged from bankruptcy protection Monday after its corporate owners repurchased the iconic brand for $122.6 million, and in the process closed more than 100 locations and wiped away $297 million in debt. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   The Republican   Friendly's Ice Cream Corporation

    3. Westfield State University wins accolades in U.S. News & World Report ranking of online education programs

      Explore masslive.com (Jan 10 2012)

      Westfield State University boasts the best faculty credentials and training among schools offering online education programs, according to a new set of rankings issued by U.S. News & News Report. The university also received accolades in the categories of student services and technology, where it ranked #16, and teaching practices and student engagement, where it ranked #42. The lists represent U.S. News & News Report's first ever edition of online education program rankings (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Westfield State University   Westfield   The Republican

    4. Springfield seeks millions in state reimbursements for proposed repairs to 9 schools

      Explore masslive.com (Jan 9 2012)

      At a meeting Monday night, the City Council voted to authorize Superintendent of Schools Alan J. Ingram to submit “statements of interest” for the state’s school repair reimbursement program. The state offers 80 percent reimbursement of such projects if deemed eligible and if approved by the authority. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Springfield   The Republican

    5. MAAC basketball features three big showdown games this week

      Explore masslive.com (Jan 9 2012)

      MAAC basketball features three big showdown games this week These six teams and the rest of the MAAC can be seen in Springfield when they battle it out for the MAAC basketball championships March 1-5 at the MassMutual Center. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   University of Connecticut   MassMutual Center   Springfield

    6. European Business Prospects

      Explore From the EDC (Jan 8 2012)

        For the last few years, I have represented the EDC and the region on business development trips to Europe, typically with the support and participation of Northeast Utilities/Western Mass Electric Co and as part of delegations representing the Commonwealth and New England’s Knowledge Corridor©. My most recent visit was during November 2011. The headlines about the sovereign debt crisis and related banking sector issues gave me pause that this visit might not be productive. But the reality was exactly the opposite, as I met with more total, as well as higher quality, prospects than any other year.   Part ... (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Northeast Utilities   Knowledge Corridor   Allan W. Blair

    7. Viewpoint: Access to college is the key to success for poor families, communities

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      Viewpoint: Access to college is the key to success for poor families, communities There is no better way to turn around a family, a block or a city than by helping its children onto the fast track of higher education. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   MassMutual   Liberty Mutual

    8. Pratt & Whitney loses out on $7 billion deal when Saudis pick GE for Boeing F-15 fighters

      Explore masslive.com (Jan 7 2012)

      Pratt & Whitney loses out on $7 billion deal when Saudis pick GE for Boeing F-15 fighters The $29.4 billion overall F-15 deal is part of a $60 billion sale to the Saudis tentatively announced in late 2010, which includes the purchase of Stratford-based Sikorsky Aircraft’s Black Hawk and Boeing’s Apache helicopters. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Boeing   The Republican

    9. Editorial: JetBlue helps Bradley International Airport expand southern reach

      Explore masslive.com (Jan 7 2012)

      Editorial: JetBlue helps Bradley International Airport expand southern reach Coming off a year when passenger travel at the Windsor Locks airport saw a 5 percent increase, 2011, JetBlue’s expansion augers well for 2012. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Bradley International Airport   Springfield   The Republican

    10. Kathyrn Grandonico, 31, elected youngest president of Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce

      Explore masslive.com (Jan 7 2012)

      Kathyrn Grandonico, 31, elected youngest president of Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce Grandonico, in a statement, said that she wants Amherst and surrounding communities to continue to grow and succeed, observing that the restaurants, retail stores, recreational activities, cultural events and agricultural resources give people reasons to live in and visit the region. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Amherst College   Amherst

    11. Plastics News - Diversity in its product lineup keeps Pittsfield Plastics growing

      Explore Plastics News (Jan 6 2012)

      Plastics News - Diversity in its product lineup keeps Pittsfield Plastics growing The company has 96 employees working in the 80,000-square-foot facility, which usually operates 24 hours a day, five days a week, and when needed, seven days a week. It has added 11 new and used presses in the past year, bringing it up to 37, with clamping forces of 100-750 tons. It also has three extrusion lines, with the newest being a Welex model. (Read Full Article)

    12. Unemployment rate falls to 8.5 pct., hiring surges

      Explore masslive.com (Jan 6 2012)

      Unemployment rate falls to 8.5 pct., hiring surges Manufacturing added 23,000 jobs, as did the health care industry. Transportation and warehousing added 50,000 jobs. Retailers added 28,000 jobs. Even the beleaguered construction industry added 17,000 workers. (Read Full Article)

    13. Bradley Airport to San Juan, Puerto Rico service begins on JetBlue

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      Bradley Airport to San Juan, Puerto Rico service begins on JetBlue JetBlue Airways on Thursday started its new daily nonstop daily service from Bradley International Airport to San Juan, Puerto Rico, as Bradley looks back on a year that saw passenger travel rise about 5 percent from 2010. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Bradley International Airport

    14. Belchertown school superintendent Judith Houle plans talk on Lake Wallace Ecology Project at Land Trust annual meeting

      Explore masslive.com (Jan 5 2012)

      Belchertown school superintendent Judith Houle plans talk on Lake Wallace Ecology Project at Land Trust annual meeting Lake Wallace is a living laboratory at the former State School campus on Route 202. In 2009, the Belchertown Economic Development Industrial Corp. transferred the land to the School Department, which has used it to teach kids about ecosystems and biodiversity. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Springfield   The Republican

    15. Holyoke Community College plans to purchase Grynn & Barrett building for health services programs

      Explore masslive.com (Jan 4 2012)

      Holyoke Community College plans to purchase Grynn & Barrett building for health services programs Holyoke Community College has a $7 million plan to expand its campus by buying the headquarters of a well-known photography business and converting it into a health science building. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Holyoke Community College   Massachusetts Development Finance Agency

    16. Springfield wins $2.1 million in federal tornado aid

      Explore masslive.com (Jan 4 2012)

      Springfield wins $2.1 million in federal tornado aid The funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency will cover part of the estimated $7 million leasing costs for two large, prefab buildings set up at Brookings following the June 1 tornadoes. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Springfield   The Republican

    17. New lease, NHL partnership deals assure two more years of the Falcons in Springfield

      Explore masslive.com (Jan 4 2012)

      New lease, NHL partnership deals assure two more years of the Falcons in Springfield Making a statement that they remain committed to Springfield, the city's American Hockey League team has assured its future in the city for at least the next two years. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   MassMutual Center   Springfield Falcons   Springfield

    18. DevelopSpringfield seeks public input before finalizing master plan for post-tornado revitalization

      Explore masslive.com (Jan 4 2012)

      DevelopSpringfield seeks public input before finalizing master plan for post-tornado revitalization The recommendations range from engaging the public in education reform efforts to improving public transportation, to celebrating the cultural diversity of Springfield. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Springfield   The Republican   Nick Fyntrilakis

    19. Northampton Mayor David Narkewicz taps Alan Seewald as new city solicitor

      Explore masslive.com (Jan 4 2012)

      A 1981 University of Massachusetts graduate, Seewald earned his law degree from Western New England University School of Law in 1985. He served as Amherst Town Counsel from 1988-2006. He is currently in private practice with the Amherst firm Seewald, Jankowski & Spencer. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Amherst   Northampton

    20. Pioneer Valley Planning Commission lists goals for 2012

      Explore masslive.com (Jan 4 2012)

      Pioneer Valley Planning Commission lists goals for 2012 The Pioneer Valley Planning Commission is a consortium of 43 city and town governments in the Pioneer Valley that works to address common problems. It does planning and zoning work, transportation problem-solving, improves trails and recreation systems and studies population and demographics. The Planning Commission takes a lead role in making sure the Census counts of area population are thorough and accurate. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Pioneer Valley Planning Commission   Springfield   Holyoke

    21. Lightower to link MassBroadband 123 to the Net

      Explore masshightech.com (Jan 4 2012)

      Lightower to link MassBroadband 123 to the Net Boxborough-based Lightower Fiber Networks LLC has been chosen by the Massachusetts Broadband Institute to supply the MBI's new rural broadband deployment in western Massachusetts with access to its fiber network to give it access to the Internet. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Massachusetts Broadband Institute

    22. Editorial: Western Massachusetts mayors sworn-in; now comes the hard part

      Explore masslive.com (Jan 3 2012)

      Editorial: Western Massachusetts mayors sworn-in; now comes the hard part On Monday and Tuesday, amid pomp and applause, three new mayors and five incumbents took the oath of office, sounding lofty and earnest goals for the future of their administrations. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Holyoke   The Republican

    23. U.S. Rep. Richard Neal meets with chambers of commerce from current and future congressional districts

      Explore masslive.com (Jan 3 2012)

      U.S. Rep. Richard Neal meets with chambers of commerce from current and future congressional districts The purpose was to introduce Neal to communities that are not part of the congressional district he represents now, but will be part of the new 1st Congressional District, said Jeffrey S. Ciuffreda, president of the Affiliated Chambers of Commerce of Greater Springfield. There were more than 60 business leaders at the event. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Westfield State University   West Springfield   Springfield

    24. Avery Dennison selling some Mass. operations to 3M

      Explore Home - BostonHerald.com (Jan 3 2012)

      Avery Dennison Corp. will unload its office and consumer products division — including a manufacturing plant in Chicopee and a distribution center in Holliston — to Post-it note maker 3M Co. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Chicopee

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