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    1. Mount Tom power plant to leave regional electrical grid for one year, but critics of coal-burning plant hope to make shut down permanent

      Explore masslive.com (Mar 6 2013)

      Mount Tom power plant to leave regional electrical grid for one year, but critics of coal-burning plant hope to make shut down permanent

      Mount Tom Station, one of the few remaining coal-burning power generation plants in Massachusetts, will be taken off line for one year in 2016, and environmental groups opposed to the plant say the move signals it will be permanently shut down.

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      Mentions:   Holyoke

    2. Westfield Bank gets a foothold for Connecticut expansion

      Explore bizjournals (Mar 6 2013)

      Westfield Financial Inc. (NASDAQ: WFD) says it will push its bank subsidiary, Westfield Bank, into Connecticut. Within the next couple of months, the bank plans to open a full-service branch, its 12th, in Granby, Conn., a rural town on the Massachusetts border just south of Westfield. The bank is waiting for local and state regulatory approval. The branch will be in the Granby Village Shops shopping center.

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      Mentions:   Westfield   Westfield Bank

    3. EASTHAMPTON SAVINGS BANK ANNOUNCES LOCAL WINNER IN LIGHTS, CAMERA, SAVE! VIDEO CONTEST

      Explore From the EDC (Mar 6 2013)

      EASTHAMPTON, MA: Easthampton Savings Bank announced Bryan Delaney, age 16, junior at Easthampton High School, as their local winner in Lights, Camera, Save! – a video contest that engages young people in educating themselves and their peers about saving and using money wisely.  The American Bankers Association’s Education Foundation serves as the national sponsor of the program and selects the grand-prize winner from the videos that win at the local bank level.

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      Mentions:   Easthampton Savings Bank   Easthampton   ESB

    4. Springfield Housing Authority children learn dreams can come true

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      Springfield Housing Authority children learn dreams can come true

      Junior counselor Jordan Drummer is a sophomore at the High School of Science and Technology. He works with children at the Moxon Development after school and during the summer, when he can. Drummer is a product of the ADC after-school program, and said he is grateful for what the caretakers have given him. He said he's happy to give back to the younger set.

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    5. Junior Achievement, Springfield Falcons partner to offer sports career program

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      Junior Achievement, Springfield Falcons partner to offer sports career program

      Junior Achievement has partnered with the Springfield Falcons to develop this educational experience in which students explore careers in sports and event management. As part of the experience, JAYE will promote and manage a Junior Achievement Night at the Falcons home game on March 20 at the MassMutual Center.

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      Mentions:   MassMutual Center   Springfield Falcons   Springfield

    6. DevelopSpringfield to host 2nd annual gala at MassMutual Center

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      DevelopSpringfield to host 2nd annual gala at MassMutual Center

      DevelopSpringfield will host its second annual gala in celebration of the city and the many accomplishments the community has achieved over the past year along with exciting new initiatives under way.

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      Mentions:   MassMutual Center   Springfield

    7. Public, private sectors collaborate to help Western Massachusetts homeless with jobs, training with $300,000 Firemen Foundation grant

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      Public, private sectors collaborate to help Western Massachusetts homeless with jobs, training with $300,000 Firemen Foundation grant

      A coalition of private and public agencies and officials gathered at Holyoke Community College on Tuesday, saying that a new $300,000 grant from the Paul and Phyllis Fireman Charitable Foundation will boost efforts to get homeless families into stable jobs and out of shelters and hotels.

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      Mentions:   Holyoke Community College   Holyoke   The Republican

    8. Mass. lender closing ex-New England Bank branches | HartfordBusiness.com

      Explore HartfordBusiness.com (Mar 5 2013)

      West Springfield lender United Financial Bancorp Inc. is closing late this spring two Connecticut branches in East Windsor and Plymouth, and consolidating a third in Southington. All three are former New England Bank locations.

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      Mentions:   West Springfield   Springfield

    9. Stop & Shop, United Food and Commercial Workers Union reach tentative contract agreement in New England

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      Stop & Shop, United Food and Commercial Workers Union reach tentative contract agreement in New England

      Stop & Shop supermarkets and negotiators with the United Food and Commercial Workers union reached a tentative agreement on a three-year contract early Monday, said Daniel P. Clifford, president of UFCW Local 1459.

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    10. New England Public Radio hosts ceremonial groundbreaking for Springfield downtown studios

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      New England Public Radio hosts ceremonial groundbreaking for Springfield downtown studios

      New England Public Radio and radio stations WFCR and WNNZ will have state-of-the-art studios and about 30 employees in downtown Springfield by this time in 2014, officials said at a ceremonial groundbreaking Monday.

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    11. Editorial: State grants offer seeds for future development

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      Editorial: State grants offer seeds for future development

      Much of the funding will go to the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center, as part of a $1 billion investment over 10 years in the state’s life sciences industry. The grants also include $3.8 million to Holyoke Community College for the creation of a Center for Life Sciences there. That space will be devoted to training a new generation of workers for the pharmaceutical, and medical devices industry and the emerging field of bio-infomatics.

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Massachusetts Life Sciences Center   Holyoke Community College

    12. Massachusetts financial sector hiring slump continued through 2012 | masslive.com

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      Massachusetts financial sector hiring slump continued through 2012 | masslive.com

      Employment in the state’s financial sector continued to slump in 2012, and some in the industry doubt the number of jobs will ever return to pre-recession levels.

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    13. Newtown massacre reverberates through New England's 'Gun Valley'

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      Newtown massacre reverberates through New England's 'Gun Valley'

      Smith & Wesson, in business since before the Civil War, is in Springfield, Mass., just up the Connecticut River from Hartford. Springfield is the home of the federal armory established by President George Washington in 1794. The armory produced hundreds of thousands of rifled muskets for the Union during the Civil War, and millions of semi-automatic M1 rifles for G.I.s in World War II, before closing in 1968.

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      Mentions:   Smith & Wesson Corp.   Springfield

    14. Charles 'Bill' Dinn, Dinn Brothers co-founder, tapped for Awards and Recognition Association Hall of Fame

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      Charles 'Bill' Dinn, Dinn Brothers co-founder, tapped for Awards and Recognition Association Hall of Fame

      Dinn, who with his brother, J. Paul Dinn, founded Dinn Brothers in 1956, received the Awards and Recognition Association's Hall of Fame Award earlier this year at the annual international awards market convention in Las Vegas

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      Mentions:   West Springfield   Springfield   Holyoke

    15. Under Construction: former Kollmorgen site, King Street, Northampton

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      Under Construction: former Kollmorgen site, King Street, Northampton

      TommyCar plans to build a Volkswagen and Hyundai dealerships at the site of the former Kollmorgen Electo-optical headquarters on King Street. Each TommyCar building will comprise 18,000 square feet.

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      Mentions:   Northampton   Kollmorgen

    16. Steve Nelson: A thirst for broadband

      Explore Home - Berkshire Eagle Online (Mar 1 2013)

      Today in Western Massachusetts the crisis is not the flow of water but the flow of information. Many people can only get Internet connections which are just a trickle compared to the high-speed Internet service offered elsewhere by cable and phone companies. But they do not serve many rural areas because they don't see any profits to be made there. To bring service to people in those areas, the Patrick administration created the Massachusetts Broadband Institute. Using state and federal funds, MBI

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      Mentions:   Massachusetts Broadband Institute

    17. Tech Caucus to bolster Mass. technology - Boston Business Journal

      Explore The Business Journals (Mar 1 2013)

      The special State House event, titled Massachusetts Tech: Our Future Everywhere, is part trade show, part legislator meet ‘n greet, featuring interactive demonstrations of new technologies being developed by Massachusetts firms, keynote remarks by EMC Vice-Chair William Teuber, and a roundtable of top industry speakers including senior marketing and sales vice president Gregg Dixon of energy management solutions company EnerNOC, Boston; Joe Kvedar, founder and director of Partners Health Care Center for Connected Health, Boston; Eric Paley, co-founder and managing partner of venture capital fund Founder Collective, Cambridge; and co-founder and vice president, consumer marketing Zenobia Moochhala of Care.com ...

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    18. European Companies Soliciting Western Mass Partners

      Explore From the EDC (Mar 1 2013)

      In both cases, Massachusetts’ reputation was a big plus in convincing them that this is the best state to locate. Our
      job at the EDC is to get them to consider western Mass as well as Boston. The
      fact that each firm spent a few days here indicates that we are at least in the
      game.

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      Mentions:   Michael Graney   Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts

    19. Gov. Deval Patrick announces life sciences funding at Holyoke Community College

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      Gov. Deval Patrick announces life sciences funding at Holyoke Community College

      Gov. Deval L. Patrick announced Thursday during a visit to Holyoke Community College more than $9 million in grants for life sciences-related capital projects in Western Massachusetts.

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Massachusetts Life Sciences Center   Holyoke Community College

    20. Manufacturing jobs high, workers low

      Explore WWLP 22 News Springfield (Feb 28 2013)

      Manufacturing jobs high, workers low

      - Lt. Governor Tim Murray paid a visit to the Valley Steel Stamp Company in Greenfield on Thursday, to promote Governor Patrick’s initiatives in manufacturing. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics says that there will be three job openings for every newly-certified precision metalworker over the coming decade.

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Greenfield   Timothy P Murray

    21. Dr. Seuss' 109th birthday celebration to be held at Classical Condominiums in Springfield

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      Dr. Seuss' 109th birthday celebration to be held at Classical Condominiums in Springfield

      Saturday will mark what would have been Dr. Seuss’ 109th birthday. To celebrate the anniversary of the birth of one of Springfield's most famous native sons, the nonprofit group Historic Classical will honor his memory with a program of speakers and an exhibit of Seuss-related artifacts. It comes at the same time the Springfield Museums, home to the Dr. Seuss National Memorial Garden, plans a daylong celebration of all things Seuss.

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    22. State of the People report

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      State of the People report

      The Pioneer Valley Planning Commission today released a 10-year update of the ' State of the People in the Pioneer Valley.' It's a report measuring how the region, and the people who live in it, measure up across eight categories.  Good, but not perfect. That's the overall grade of the 2013 'State of the People in the Pioneer Valley' report. The 10-year evaluation gives letter grades in eight categories: Children and Youth; Elderly; Education; Health and Safety; Economic Security; Housing; Civic, Arts, Recreation; Environment.

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      Mentions:   Pioneer Valley Planning Commission   Holyoke   Timothy W. Brennan

    23. Spending Plan Map Released

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      Spending Plan Map Released

      In a new effort to promote his proposed $1.9 billion tax increase, Gov. Deval L. Patrick on Wednesday delivered maps to 200 state legislators showing exactly how the additional money would be spent on education and transportation in their districts.

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick

    24. On the Move | BusinessWest

      Explore BusinessWest (Feb 28 2013)

      On the Move | BusinessWest

      Doug Macmillan expressed the same sort of cautious optimism, noting that activity is up, yet economic uncertainly remains high, somewhat dampening the progress visible in various sectors, from industrial to retail to office space.

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