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    1. Smith & Wesson reaches out to tell story as gun debate rages

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      Smith & Wesson reaches out to tell story as gun debate rages

      Smith & Wesson, the 161-year-old Springfield gunmaker well known for making the revolver Clint Eastwood used in "Dirty Harry," has been on a public-relations push of late with a two-page advertisement in The Republican; billboards, including one on Interstate 291 within sight of the plant; radio and television ads along with Tweets (messages on the microblogging site Twitter); Facebook posts; and videos posted to the brand’s own Youtube channel.

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      Mentions:   Western New England University   Smith & Wesson Corp.   Springfield

    2. A look at movers and shakers in tech and biotech

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      A look at movers and shakers in tech and biotech

      David Pinsky, P.E., President and Chief Executive Officer of Westfield’s engineering firm Tighe and Bond Inc., was appointed to Boston’s American Council of Engineering Companies of Massachusetts (ACEC/MA) board of directors. In this newly elected role, Pinsky will serve as secretary for fiscal year 2014.

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      Mentions:   Westfield

    3. Taxing our Bay State innovation | masslive.com

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      Taxing our Bay State innovation | masslive.com

      One somnolent corner of the Boston-business ecosystem woke up last week to an unpleasant reality about operating here in the Bay State. If you’re not paying attention, Beacon Hill is going to screw you.  The state’s IT consulting industry, which is ubiquitous but not well organized, now must charge a 6.25 percent sales tax on its services. They are confused — and hopping mad. Any work under the general category of “the planning, consulting or designing of computer systems that integrate computer hardware, software, or communications technologies and are provided by a vendor or third party” gets taxed.

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    4. Gov. Deval Patrick pushes all-electronic tolling for Massachusetts Turnpike, ending need for toll collectors

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      Gov. Deval Patrick pushes all-electronic tolling for Massachusetts Turnpike, ending need for toll collectors

      The administration of Gov. Deval L. Patrick is moving forward on a $250 million plan to demolish toll plazas, eliminate the positions of toll collectors and install all-electronic tolling on the Massachusetts Turnpike by 2017.  Officials are pushing all-electronic tolling while also working on a separate plan to reinstate tolls for passenger vehicles between Exits 1 and 6 on the western end of the turnpike, starting Oct. 15.

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick

    5. Chicopee businesses discuss downtown improvements, call for walking police patrol

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      Chicopee businesses discuss downtown improvements, call for walking police patrol

      Downtown business owners pushed for a stronger police presence in the city’s center during a regular meeting Thursday to discuss improvements and problems in the center. About 30 people, most of them small business owners, gathered with Mayor Michael D. Bissonnette and a number of department heads. They discussed a wide variety of issues including upcoming work on sidewalks and parking lot paving, a Halloween parade and plans to get cleaning crews on the city streets.

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      Mentions:   Michael D. Bissonnette   Chicopee

    6. Call to Action | BusinessWest

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      Call to Action | BusinessWest

      Ed Carroll says businesses, salespeople, or entrepreneurs who are not advertising on mobile devices are losing customers, and his claim is backed up by many studies, including a survey showing that more than 86 million people sought business information last year via their smartphones.
      The co-founder of VizConnect in Springfield first became aware of the trend in 2004 when he was working as a television newscaster and Facebook began to gain in popularity. “I saw a paradigm shift taking place away from mainstream media, and one night I began thinking about how businesses could use it because they are completely ...

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    7. Springfield Boys and Girls Club and Go Graphix collaborate to create vinyl mural of the club's 114-year history

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      Springfield Boys and Girls Club and Go Graphix collaborate to create vinyl mural of the club's 114-year history

      Most organizations aren’t able to showcase their entire history right inside their front doors – but thanks to the team at Go Graphix in East Longmeadow, the Springfield Boys and Girls Club Family Center will be able to display their rich 114-year history of helping local youth to all who visit.  Go Graphix has created and installed vinyl murals throughout the Springfield area, most famously along the center court walls of the Basketball Hall of Fame and inside Central High School. The projects are usually costly, and require months of planning. But this time, Go Graphix President Jim White approached ...

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Basketball Hall of Fame

    8. Elms College opening new nursing school

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      Elms College opening new nursing school

      Elms College is set to open a new School of Nursing just in time for the 2013-14 academic year.The college announced Thursday that the new school, the first dedicated school at the Chicopee college, will offer bachelors and masters degrees in nursing, and will be housed inside the Center for Natural and Health Sciences.

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      Mentions:   Chicopee   Elms College

    9. Westover Air Reserve Base receives 'excellent' score in inspection of 439th Airlift Wing operations

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      Westover Air Reserve Base receives 'excellent' score in inspection of 439th Airlift Wing operations

      Westover Air Reserve Base received an overall score of "excellent" in an intensive review of all of the 439th Airlift Wing’s operations.  The full-base inspection was done by a team of 55 examiners from Air Force Reserve Command at Robins Air Force Base in Georgia from Aug. 8 through Aug. 12. When inspectors left on Monday they told Westover officials they passed with flying colors.

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      Mentions:   Chicopee

    10. Workforce Competitiveness Trust Fund boosts job-skills programs in Hampden, Franklin and Hampshire counties

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      Workforce Competitiveness Trust Fund boosts job-skills programs in Hampden, Franklin and Hampshire counties

      MassMutual Financial Group hires between 80 and 120 customer service representatives a year to staff its call centers, each earning $30,000 a year or more.  But the Springfield based financial-services giant has trouble finding people with the right technical, communications and language skills to fill those positions at call centers, said Shannon Levesque, assistant vice president of strategic recruiting and human services for MassMutual Financial Group. It's a need she and other business leaders plan to address with a $350,000 state grant to the Regional Employment Board of Hampden County announced at a news conference Tuesday.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Holyoke Community College   MassMutual

    11. Newly graduated doctors continue their journey as residents at Baystate Medical, some of them focused on pediatrics

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      Newly graduated doctors continue their journey as residents at Baystate Medical, some of them focused on pediatrics

      According to Dr. Laura M. Koenigs, program director, pediatrics residency program, she doesn’t expect a doctor fresh out of medical school to be ready to assume total responsibility for a patient.  “These new residents are closely supervised by our staff of fully-licensed attending physicians, and senior residents from our medical staff. Gradually, as they gain additional practice over their three years here, and prepare to go out on their own, they begin to assume more autonomy in their care of patients,” Koenigs said.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Baystate Health   Springfield

    12. Holyoke Public Library about to unveil $14.5 million renovation featuring 15,000-square-foot addition

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      Holyoke Public Library about to unveil $14.5 million renovation featuring 15,000-square-foot addition

      Skylights and a different entrance are among the new features brought to the soon-to-reopen Holyoke Public Library thanks to $14.5 million in renovations. The star attraction is the 15,000-square-foot addition built onto what was the rear of the original, 111-year-old, 25,000-square-foot library.

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      Mentions:   Holyoke

    13. 2013 Basketball Hall of Fame Induction: Enshrinement set for Sunday, September 8

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      2013 Basketball Hall of Fame Induction: Enshrinement set for Sunday, September 8

      Saturday will be a busy day for the Class of 2013, beginning at noon with the Induction Auction, followed by an autograph session from 1 to 2. The press conference, where the Hall of Famers receive their jackets, will be held from 2 to 3, followed by an awards dinner from 6 to 9. Sunday becomes the biggest day for the 12 inductees. At 11 a.m., they’ll start with a VIP Champagne Reception at the MassMutual Center before the Enshrinement Ceremony at 2 p.m. at Springfield's Symphony Hall, the fifth year the red carpet will be ...

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      Mentions:   Mohegan Sun   MassMutual Center   Springfield

    14. Three private colleges in Springfield raise concerns about proposed University of Massachusetts satellite campus in downtown

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      Three private colleges in Springfield raise concerns about proposed University of Massachusetts satellite campus in downtown

      The three private colleges say they are concerned about potential duplication of programs resulting if the University of Massachusetts opens a satellite campus in the downtown. The statement was released by Anthony S. Caprio, president of Western New England University; Richard Flynn, president of Springfield College; and Vincent Maniaci, president of American International College. The University of Massachusetts issued a Request for Proposals last week, seeking to lease approximately 25,000 square feet of space in the downtown for classroom and office uses, and with the ability to expand in the future.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Springfield   Holyoke

    15. Massachusetts Clean Energy Internship Program's successes celebrated | masslive.com

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      Massachusetts Clean Energy Internship Program's successes celebrated | masslive.com

      Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Richard Sullivan and Massachusetts Clean Energy Center CEO Alicia Barton on Aug. 8 celebrated the success of the 2013 Massachusetts Clean Energy Internship Program at Roxbury Community College. Building on its mission to support the growth of the clean energy sector in Massachusetts, MassCEC’s program provides funding to place college students and recent graduates at clean energy companies across the Commonwealth.

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      Mentions:   Clean Energy Center

    16. Building an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem | BusinessWest

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      Building an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem | BusinessWest

      Scott Foster says there are many ways to qualify and quantify the physical growth and escalating impact of Valley Venture Mentors (VVM) since it was launched more than two years ago as a unique support system for entrepreneurs looking to start a venture or take one to the next level.

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    17. Turnpike tolls in Western Massachusetts to be reinstated on Oct. 15

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      Turnpike tolls in Western Massachusetts to be reinstated on Oct. 15

      Drivers of passenger vehicles would begin paying tolls again on Oct. 15 between Exits 1 and 6 on the western end of the Massachusetts Turnpike, according to a plan by state transportation officials.  State legislators in July gave final approval to a transportation financing law that ordered the restoration of passenger-vehicle tolls between Exit 1 in West Stockbridge and Exit 6 for Springfield.

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      Mentions:   MassMutual Center   West Springfield   Springfield

    18. Wings & Wheels Show Slated for Aug. 24-25

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      Wings & Wheels Show Slated for Aug. 24-25

      Bud Shuback calls it a “bridge event.” By using that term, he’s expressing the hope — and the confidence — that the first edition of the Great New England Wings & Wheels event, slated for August 24 and 25 at Westover Metropolitan Airport, will be a bridge between the massive air shows staged over the past several decades at Westover Air Reserve Base and Barnes Municipal Airport in Westfield, and the ones to come in the future.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Westfield   Barnes Municipal Airport

    19. State unveils new funding formula for community colleges - Boston Business Journal

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      Going forward, community colleges will initially receive a state subsidy of $4.5 million, with additional funding dependent on a handful of evaluative criteria. For example, half of each school’s additional state support will tied to student credit hours completed and weighted based on fields of study, a move intended to reflect the higher faculty and materials costs required by some academic disciplines.

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    20. United Bank in West Springfield has 'big appeal': Barron's

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      United Bank in West Springfield has 'big appeal': Barron's

      United Bank is one of "Two Small Banks with Big Appeal," according to financial publication Barron's. Barron's, published by Wall Street Journal Owner Dow Jones & Co., has actually written favorably about West Springfield-based United once before, said Richard B. Collins, president and CEO of United Bank.

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      Mentions:   West Springfield   Berkshire Bank   Springfield

    21. CareerPoint, other One-Stop Career Centers serve record number of Massachusetts job seekers in FY2012-2013

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      CareerPoint, other One-Stop Career Centers serve record number of Massachusetts job seekers in FY2012-2013

      These figures, compiled in a report from the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development, were released by the Massachusetts Workforce Professional Association. CareerPoint worked with 675 businesses last year, assisting them with fulfilling their workforce needs, including job postings and referrals, prescreening candidates, job fairs, labor market information and incumbent worker trainings. The One Stop Career Centers worked with almost 12,000 businesses last year, and 70 percent of these businesses were return customers.

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      Mentions:   Holyoke   CareerPoint

    22. MassMutual legal diversity clerkship program graduates impressive set of law students

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      MassMutual legal diversity clerkship program graduates impressive set of law students

      Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Co. is pleased to announce the successful completion of its 2013 1L Diversity Clerkship program. This summer, four outstanding first year law students participated in the program which is designed to offer summer clerks the unique opportunity to experience the “in-house” practice of law at a Fortune 100 company. The program combines challenging assignments from various practice areas with networking and other events both within and outside of the company.

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      Mentions:   MassMutual   Springfield

    23. Hampden Bank reports $3 million in net income for 2nd quarter 2013

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      Hampden Bank reports $3 million in net income for 2nd quarter 2013

      Hampden Bancorp, parent company of Hampden Bank, reported this week $3 million in net income for the quarter ending June 30, the same amount recorded in the same time period a year before.

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      Mentions:   West Springfield   Springfield   Hampden Bank

    24. Springfield Housing Authority wins $1.8 million in US Housing and Urban Development funds for capital projects

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      Springfield Housing Authority wins $1.8 million in US Housing and Urban Development funds for capital projects

      The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced grants totaling $50 million last week to public housing authorities across the state for renovations, repairs and other capital needs, including $1.8 million allocated to the Springfield Housing Authority.  The funds were provided to 78 housing authorities statewide, including five in the Hampden, Hampshire and Franklin counties area.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Amherst   Holyoke

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