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    1. Westfield State University dedicates new dormitory

      Westfield State University dedicates new dormitory

      A $59 million, suite-style residence hall at Westfield State University was officially dedicated Thursday in a ceremony that heralded the facility as an achievement in determination, foresight and leadership. During the ceremony, WSU alumnus state Rep. Brian M. Ashe, D-Longmeadow, announced the future construction of a $48 million science and technology building on which they plan to break ground next year with a completion date scheduled for 2016.

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    2. Bay Path to Host Cybersecurity Summit October 11, 2013

      Bay Path to Host Cybersecurity Summit October 11, 2013

      Bay Path College, which is launching a new Master of Science in Cybersecurity Management in October, the first of its kind in New England, will be hosting a Cybersecurity Summit: The Human Side of Cybersecurity Management on Friday, October 11, 2013 from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. in the Blake Student Commons on the College’s Longmeadow Campus. Robert Milton, retired commander of the London Metropolitan Police Service, New Scotland Yard; Managing Director, Milton Tezelin Ltd. that provides international antiterrorism security training, will offer the keynote address at the conference.

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    3. Monson official wants in on meeting between Pioneer Valley Planning Commission, Gaming Commission and Mohegan Sun

      Monson official wants in on meeting between Pioneer Valley Planning Commission, Gaming Commission and Mohegan Sun

      A meeting between Pioneer Valley Planning Commission, Mohegan Sun and Gaming Commission representatives planned for this week has riled officials in the town of Monson, who think they should be able to attend it because it will discuss Mohegan's approach in dealing with surrounding communities. Mohegan is proposing to build a nearly $1 billion resort casino on Thorndike Street (Route 32) in Palmer, which borders Monson.

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    4. Walmart withdraws controversial plan for Holyoke supercenter, citing site pollution

      Walmart withdraws controversial plan for Holyoke supercenter, citing site pollution

      The Greater Holyoke Chamber of Commerce hadn't taken a position on the plan from Walmart. Representatives of the retailer were due to present the plan to the chamber Oct. 24, President Kathleen Anderson said. "I suppose if there were environmental issues for them there would be environmental issues for someone else also. It's also disappointing that the (Walmart) jobs won't come," Anderson said.

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    5. Three underperforming Springfield schools released from Level 4 status after reaching turnaround goals

      Three underperforming Springfield schools released from Level 4 status after reaching turnaround goals

      Three of the 10 schools in Springfield that were ranked by the state as “underperforming,” known as Level 4, have been lifted from that status by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education due to significant improvement.  The three schools — Zanetti (K-8), Gerena Elementary, and Homer Elementary – exited Level 4 after meeting their three-year turnaround goals, according to a state education department announcement released on Wednesday.

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    6. Attracting doctors to Western Massachusetts a difficult proposition, survey says | masslive

      Attracting doctors to Western Massachusetts a difficult proposition, survey says | masslive

      Seventy-five percent of responding physicians in Hampden, Hampshire and Franklin counties told The Massachusetts Medical Society that the pool of available physicians from which they recruit is inadequate. That makes this the second-most difficult labor market in the state. Half the doctors here said it is difficult to retain staff and 40 percent said it was difficult to fill vacancies.

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    7. Gov. Deval Patrick hails job growth in clean energy industry in Western Massachusetts

      Gov. Deval Patrick hails job growth in clean energy industry in Western Massachusetts

      In Western Massachusetts, Patrick recognized the Scibelli Enterprise Center in the Springfield Technical Community College's Technology Park, which has three clean energy startups, employing six workers. The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, created in a 2008 law signed by Patrick, issued an annual report that said small, independent contractors were a major driver of growth in central and Western Massachusetts. Electrical, plumbing and heating and ventilation contractors, for example, are important in the industry, the report said. Patrick also referred to Sandri of Greenfield, which started partly as a fuel oil business and has expanded into clean technologies such as ...

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    8. Soldier On, Springfield Partners for Community Action will use $757,000 federal grant to help homeless veterans

      Soldier On, Springfield Partners for Community Action will use $757,000 federal grant to help homeless veterans

      Local officials, including U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal, gathered on Monday to praise a $757,000 federal grant, that beginning Oct. 1, will provide housing and support services to area homeless and at-risk veterans and their families.  The grant, first announced in July, was awarded to Soldier On, an organization that serves homeless veterans in Western Massachusetts through various programs. Soldier On, based in Leeds, is partnering with Springfield Partners for Community Action to serve 200 vereran households in the region with the new funds.

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    9. Springfield Technical Community College signs agreement with Wentworth Institute of Technology to offer bachelor's degree

      Springfield Technical Community College signs agreement with Wentworth Institute of Technology to offer bachelor's degree

      Springfield Technical Community College and the Wentworth Institute of Technology are now working together through a partnership to give students the opportunity to complete a bachelor’s degree in project management on the STCC campus. The accelerated program is geared toward professionals looking to advance their careers. Courses will be offered in Springfield and online, giving students the opportunity to pursue their bachelor’s degree while also working full-time.

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    10. Commonwealth Community Care Regional Center in Springfield built with teamwork | masslive.com

      Commonwealth Community Care Regional Center in Springfield built with teamwork | masslive.com

      he team on the 3550 Main St. healthcare facility included the real estate broker, Boston-based Anchor Advisors; Fraser Project Management represented CCA as the owner project manager; Atlantic Capital Investors is the landlord at 3550 Main St.; Carlson-Schmitt was the architect; and, last but not least, Saloomey Construction was the general contractor.

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    11. Construction continues at UMass Amherst; $1.4 billion in projects on way

      Construction continues at UMass Amherst; $1.4 billion in projects on way

      Last week, a board of trustees report outlined a new $3.8 billion five-year capital budget for construction and renovation projects on all five UMass campuses, up from $3.1 billion approved last year. Some $1.4 billion of that funding will be heading to the Amherst campus, including $12.6 million for repairs to Machmer Hall, according to a news release.

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    12. Springfield College School of Social Work receives national reaccrediation

      Springfield College School of Social Work receives national reaccrediation

      The Springfield College School of Social Work, which has been continuously accredited by the Council on Social Work Education since 1989, has been granted full national reaccreditation from the council for the next eight years with no conditions. The council is the exclusive national accrediting body for social work higher education and verifies that degree programs meet the high standards considered essential to quality social work education. “This is an important accomplishment for our school and represents the standards of quality that characterize graduate social work education at the Springfield College School of Social Work,” said Francine Vecchiolla, dean of ...

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    13. Gov. Deval Patrick's tax policy shift protects Bay State innovation | masslive.com

      Gov. Deval Patrick's tax policy shift protects Bay State innovation | masslive.com

      Gov. Deval L. Patrick has wisely changed his thinking about the wisdom of a new tax on the software-services industry, calling it a “serious blot” on the state’s reputation as a hub for innovation.  Patrick, who now backs repeal of the tax, had originally proposed the computer software levy back in January as a means to raise some $161 million to help pay for desperately needed improvements to the commonwealth’s crumbling transportation infrastructure.

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    14. Big Y, F.L. Roberts announce partnership to create 'Big Y Express' convenience store featuring fuel in Lee | masslive.com

      Big Y, F.L. Roberts announce partnership to create 'Big Y Express' convenience store featuring fuel in Lee | masslive.com

      Big Y Foods Inc. and F.L. Roberts & Co. are joining forces to develop their own convenience store brand featuring fuel called 'Big Y Express' with the first store to open sometime this fall in Lee, off exit 2 of the Massachusetts Turnpike.  The partnership marks the latest alliance between the two longtime Springfield-based businesses, and represents Big Y's first foray into the vehicle fueling market, following grocery competitors such as Stop & Shop and large warehouse clubs like Costco.

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    15. Senate President Therese Murray and House Speaker Robert DeLeo support repeal of new Massachusetts tech tax | masslive

      Senate President Therese Murray and House Speaker Robert DeLeo support repeal of new Massachusetts tech tax | masslive

      Senate President Therese Murray and House Speaker Robert DeLeo today agreed to support a repeal of the new sales tax on software and computer services, saying the effects of the tax are more sweeping than initially believed.  The reversal by the state's two top legislators comes after a huge outcry from business and technology leaders. The technology industry mobilized in opposition to the tax hike after it took effect on July 31 and flooded legislators with e-mails detailing the possible damage to the economy unless the tax was abolished.

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