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    1. MCAS scores result in 11th Springfield problem school, commendations in

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      MCAS scores result in 11th Springfield problem school, commendations in

      The state revealed the ups and downs of the latest Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment Systems scores Wednesday, praising three Western Massachusetts schools for exceptional achievement while placing a new Springfield school in the Level 4 category for continual low achievement.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Holyoke

    2. New England Farm Council Workers president Heriberto Flores sees bright future for downtown Springfield

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      New England Farm Council Workers president Heriberto Flores sees bright future for downtown Springfield

      Flores is president of the New England Farm Workers Council, a nonprofit organization which has purchased several major pieces of property along Main Street, including the Paramount Theater, the Stonewall Tavern, and the block which houses the Fort and Student Prince restaurant.

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      Mentions:   MassMutual Center   Springfield   New England Farm Workers Council

    3. University of Massachusetts reports record number of students -- nearly 71,000 -- across 5 campus system

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      University of Massachusetts reports record number of students -- nearly 71,000 -- across 5 campus system

      Enrollment at the University of Massachusetts five-campus system is at a record level 70,874 students, a record level for the five-campus system, according to President Robert L. Caret’s office. Caret presented the figures to the UMass Board of Trustees at its meeting Wednesday in Worcester.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Edward F. Blaguszewski   Amherst

    4. Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts to launch online charity drive, 'Valley Gives'

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      Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts to launch online charity drive, 'Valley Gives'

      Hosted by the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts and joined by eight of the region's leading funding organizations, Valley Gives will be a 24-hour online giving drive on 12/12/12. That's Dec. 12, 2012, for the numerically challenged.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Paul S. Doherty

    5. Springfield-area colleges, job centers gear up for casino worker training | masslive

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      Springfield-area colleges, job centers gear up for casino worker training | masslive

      Messner is also president of the Presidents Council of Massachusetts Community Colleges. All 15 community colleges across the state have joined together to from the Massachusetts Community College Casino Careers Training Institute. Locally, the community colleges are working with the Regional Employment Board of Hampden County and with career centers like CareerPoint in Holyoke and FutureWorks in Springfield.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Holyoke   CareerPoint

    6. New York Times crossword puzzle editor Will Shortz entertains crowd at Springfield Public Forum

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      New York Times crossword puzzle editor Will Shortz entertains crowd at Springfield Public Forum

      When New York Times crossword puzzle editor Will Shortz graduated from the University of Virginia Law School he didn’t want to be a lawyer.  He wanted to solve and create puzzles.  The crossword puzzle aficionados who attended his presentation Tuesday night as the first speaker in the 2012 Springfield Public Forum also like solving puzzles.

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    7. West Springfield developing electronic permitting system

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      West Springfield developing electronic permitting system

      Mayor Gregory C. Neffinger said Tuesday that such a system will be more convenient and business friendly for residents as well as streamline the permitting process for the city.

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      Mentions:   West Springfield   Springfield

    8. Northampton Brewery celebrates 25 years

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      Northampton Brewery celebrates 25 years

      Twenty-five years is a long time for a business, especially one in a market as competitive as the Northampton one, so it's a great point of pride that the Northampton Brewery will celebrate its 25th anniversary with a huge bash on Sept. 30.

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      Mentions:   Northampton

    9. MCAS scores best in the 14-year history of test, state officials say

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      MCAS scores best in the 14-year history of test, state officials say

      “I commend our students and teachers for the hard work that went into making these impressive scores possible,” Gov. Deval. L. Patrick said in a prepared statement. “I am proud of the progress we have made but won’t be satisfied until we close the achievement gap and all students have the opportunity to reach their full potential.”

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Chicopee

    10. Springfield may change process for selecting casino, after criticism from

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      Springfield may change process for selecting casino, after criticism from

      The city of Springfield is working to revise its process for selecting a casino resort, after state gaming regulators last week asked Mayor Domenic J. Sarno to slow down the timetable for choosing a casino company and aired concerns about a possible conflict with the city's gaming consultant.

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   Mohegan Sun   Palmer

    11. Massachusetts' purchase of CSX railroad line may lead to improved Springfield

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      Massachusetts' purchase of CSX railroad line may lead to improved Springfield

      Lt. Gov. Timothy P. Murray announced the impending sale Monday as part of a 14-page report Transforming the Rail Network for Economic and Community Development. Besides east-west passenger rail, the report also details efforts by both the state and CSX to accommodate double-stacked freight trains by increasing overhead clearances on the CSX freight line in Western Massachusetts.

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      Mentions:   West Springfield   Amtrak   Springfield

    12. Massachusetts Businesses Pleased with Health Reform

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      Massachusetts Businesses Pleased with Health Reform

      The key, agreed a panel discussing the law’s impact on business at Georgetown University Monday, is that state policymakers secured buy-in from all stakeholders -- including, perhaps most importantly, the business community.
      “When businesses looked at their expenses and revenues, one expense was growing faster than any other: the cost of health care for employees. They didn’t feel like they had control,” said Rick Lord, president and CEO of Associated Industries of Massachusetts, describing the atmosphere before the law’s passage. “We may have come over on different ships, but we’re in the same boat. They wanted to ...

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Associated Industries of Massachusetts   Rick Lord

    13. History on the Move car show coming to Springfield Museums

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      History on the Move car show coming to Springfield Museums

      For a very brief time, Springfield was the hub of the auto-making industry. On Saturday, the Springfield Museums will celebrate Springfield’s role in transportation history with their annual History on the Move car show from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the museum grounds.

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    14. Massachusetts manufacturing future bright, but state needs to address growing skills gap | masslive

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      Greg Bialecki, Gov. Deval Patrick’s economic affairs secretary, knows more work needs to be done to help bridge this training gap. He says state officials are launching two related initiatives aimed at boosting the manufacturing sectors in four key regions: the northeastern corner of the state, the South Coast, central Massachusetts, and western Massachusetts.

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Springfield

    15. Westfield sees construction of private student housing projects, including Courthouse Square | masslive.com

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      Westfield sees construction of private student housing projects, including Courthouse Square | masslive.com

      With their slick-looking black appliances and kitchen islands, the apartments at 27 Washington St. look more showroom than dorm room. But the building, called Courthouse Square, was designed and built as student housing, part of a miniboom of off-campus housing meant to service a market of Westfield State University students interested in living downtown.

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      Mentions:   Westfield State University   Westfield

    16. Pioneer Valley construction looking up, but weakness still seen

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      Pioneer Valley construction looking up, but weakness still seen

      “In 2007 everything just stopped,” he said. “I’m not sure what it is. If people are feeling better about the economy. If it is the low interest rates or just pent-up demand. But things are getting better. Maybe you can only wait just so long before you do something.” Pecoy, whose reputation is as a high-end home builder, is not alone reporting an upswing in construction work. From homes to student housing to a new emergency room at Baystate Medical Center there are projects going on and people going to work every day raising steel and swinging hammers.

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      Mentions:   MassMutual   Colvest Group   West Springfield

    17. HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Western Massachusetts groundbreaking

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      HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Western Massachusetts groundbreaking

      The ceremony will include Massachusetts Housing and Economic Development Secretary Gregory Bialecki, U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal, D-Springfield, along with representatives of HealthSouth the state Legislative delegation and representatives of the town of Ludlow and Westmass Area Development Corporation.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Gregory P. Bialecki   HealthSouth

    18. Fitch rates Bradley Airport debt with flying colors | HartfordBusiness.com

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      Fitch Ratings gave 'A' ratings to some $154 million in outstanding debt for Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks. Fitch gave 'As' to approximately $147 million in outstanding 2011 series A&B general airport revenue refunding bonds, and to some $7 million in outstanding parity 2001 series B general airport revenue bonds.

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      Mentions:   Bradley International Airport

    19. Tech center opens at Latino Chamber of Commerce

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      Tech center opens at Latino Chamber of Commerce

      The Massachusetts Latino Chamber of Commerce has joined with the Network Technology Academy of Boston to establish the Workforce Development Technology Center at the chamber's offices at 1655 Main St.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Massachusetts Latino Chamber of Commerce

    20. Chicopee downtown development plan may get a boost with the donation of building in Cabotville Industrial Park

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      Chicopee downtown development plan may get a boost with the donation of building in Cabotville Industrial Park

      William Wright, the former president and now an advisor of Lymtech Scientific, has offered to sell the former Lyman Cotton Storage building on Front Street to the city for $1. The five-story building is located on Front Street at the end of the Cabotville mill across from the intersection of Dwight Street.

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      Mentions:   Chicopee   John R. Lyman, Co

    21. Demolition of former Block Building in Westfield scheduled

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      Demolition of former Block Building in Westfield scheduled

      Daley said the city will also move this week to obtain appraisals on the adjoining one-story building on Elm Street, owned by Hampden Bank, which was also declared unsafe by city officials Aug. 30.  The appraisal will be used in negotiations with Hampden Bank to acquire the building, Daley said. Both buildings have been targeted for demolition as part of the city’s effort to redevelop the Elm Street business corridor. Both buildings have been vacant for several years. The Block Building is already owned by the city.

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      Mentions:   Westfield State University   Westfield   Hampden Bank

    22. UMass-Amherst chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy asks faculty and staff to rally public support for university

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      UMass-Amherst chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy asks faculty and staff to rally public support for university

      While University of Massachusetts Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy touted campus accomplishments on Friday, he also said the campus, like other public universities, needs to rally public support to survive and thrive.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Amherst

    23. Mass. officials look to bridge skills gap for manufacturing sector - Boston Business Journal

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      Greg Bialecki, Gov. Deval Patrick’s economic affairs secretary, knows more work needs to be done to help bridge this training gap. He says state officials are launching two related initiatives aimed at boosting the manufacturing sectors in four key regions: the northeastern corner of the state, the South Coast, central Massachusetts, and western Massachusetts.

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Springfield

    24. First ever Amherst block party draws hundreds upon hundreds downtown

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      First ever Amherst block party draws hundreds upon hundreds downtown

      The party was the first major event put on by the newly formed Business Improvement District and seen as a way to welcome back students to link “students and the town’s people on a positive note downtown,” said Barry L. Roberts who helped the lead the move to create the district.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Amherst

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