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    1. Mass DOT plans work next week on Morgan-Sullivan Bridge in advance of 4-year bridge...

      Mass DOT plans work next week on Morgan-Sullivan Bridge in advance of 4-year bridge...

      The Massachusetts Department of Transportation announced workers will be out on the Morgan-Sullivan Bridge next week in preparation of the start of the a 47-month, $21.5 million rehabilitation project that is to begin in November. Beginning Monday, traffic on the bridge will be reduced to one lane in either direction between 7 a.m. through 3:30 p.m. to allow for the clearing of trees and other work, according to the state DOT. Also beginning Monday, lane reductions will be in place from 8 p.m. each night through 5:30 a.m. to allow concrete deck repairs ...

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    2. $1 million education grant to help student parents at UMass with child care costs

      $1 million education grant to help student parents at UMass with child care costs

      Low-income student parents will get added financial help after the federal Department of Education awarded a $1 million grant to the University of Massachusetts to subsidize child care costs.   The four-year funding is provided through the education department's Child Care Access Means Parents in School program, which supports the participation of low-income parents in post-secondary education, according to a press release.  The funding will significantly increase the amount of financial aid, coaching and parenting resources offered by the university's Office of Student Parent Programs to qualified low-income undergraduate and graduate students, according to the release.

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    3. Picking up steam: Rail advocates to meet in Springfield for updates on CTrail, expanded north-south service and east-west plans

      Picking up steam: Rail advocates to meet in Springfield for updates on CTrail, expanded north-south service and east-west plans

      Rail passengers and their advocates will gather Saturday in Springfield at what they see as a watershed moment. The new CTrail train service from Springfield to Hartford and New Haven is five months old. Plans for new service north of Springfield to Holyoke, Northampton and Greenfield and east-west to the Berkshires from New York and between Boston and Springfield are picking up steam.

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    4. Passenger-rail Experts, Supporters to Convene in Springfield This Saturday

      Did you know Northampton and New York are the strongest destination pairing in Amtrak’s entire northeast system? Did you know expanded North-South passenger rail service is coming to the Valley next year between Greenfield, Northampton, Holyoke, and Springfield? Did you know the state is about to initiate a new study on east-west passenger rail as well? If any of this is new information to you, join the Rail Users Network (RUN), the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission, and Trains in the Valley this Saturday, Oct. 13 for RUN’s annual public forum taking place from noon to 5 p.m ...

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    5. 15 GROWING MASSACHUSETTS FIRMS NAMED WINNERS OF MASSECON ‘IMPACT’ AWARDS

      15 GROWING MASSACHUSETTS FIRMS NAMED WINNERS OF MASSECON ‘IMPACT’ AWARDS

      MassEcon, the state’s private sector partner in promoting business growth in Massachusetts, today announced its Fifteenth Annual Team Massachusetts Economic Impact Award winners, recognizing 15 companies for their outstanding contributions to the Massachusetts economy. The companies were selected on the basis of job growth, facility expansion, investment, and community involvement since January 1, 2017. The winners will be honored at a luncheon on November 20, 2018 at the Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel, with Citizens Bank as presenting sponsor.

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    6. Women's Fund of Western Massachusetts co-founder Sally Livingston dies

      Women's Fund of Western Massachusetts co-founder Sally Livingston dies

      Sally Livingston believed that women could do anything they sent their minds to, and she spent her life helping them achieve their dreams. Livingston, 71, a co-founder of the Women's Fund of Western Massachusetts, died in Washington on Oct. 4 after a long battle with brain cancer. "Sally was a multifaceted person, so to think of just one thing I will remember her for would be impossible," said David Woods, a longtime friend and colleague. The pair ran Woods and Livingston Financial Group together for 15 years before she started her own firm. "She had so many talents and ...

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    7. What does Sears bankruptcy mean for Springfield's Eastfield Mall?

      What does Sears bankruptcy mean for Springfield's Eastfield Mall?

      The expected bankruptcy of Sears Holdings Corp. may force the ailing retailer to sell its former store in Springfield as part of a nationwide real estate selloff, further clearing the way for redevelopment at the Eastfield Mall. It all depends on what Sears and its lenders want to do, said Chuck Breidenbach, managing director for MDC Retail Properties Group, in an email Wednesday. MDC is a unit of Mountain Development Corp., which owns the rest of the Eastfield Mall property, a total of 68 acres. Breidenbach is the executive in charge of Mountain Development's plans to turn Eastfield Mall ...

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    8. Hair Salons to Participate in Cut-a-thon to Benefit Unify Against Bullying

      Hair Salons to Participate in Cut-a-thon to Benefit Unify Against Bullying

      Hair salons are helping to make a difference in the fight against bullying, one haircut at a time, during the month of October, which is National Bullying Prevention Month. The salons will donate proceeds from haircuts, blowouts, and styling to Unify Against Bullying. Some salons will even offer temporary pink hair color — pink being the signature color of Unify Against Bullying. Event participation ranges from a portion of proceeds from a one-day event to the whole month of October. Contact these participating salons for more information: Gasoline Alley, 250 Albany St., Springfield, (413) 788-4078; Posh Studio, 1372 Allen St., Springfield ...

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    9. Liqueur entrepreneur headlines Springfield Chamber's Super 60 event

      Liqueur entrepreneur headlines Springfield Chamber's Super 60 event

      Lelaneia Dubay, co-founder of the Hartford Flavor Co. distillery in Connecticut, will give the keynote talk at the Springfield Regional Chamber's 2018 Super 60 celebration. The chamber uses the annual Super 60 event to honor the 60 fastest-growing privately owned businesses in the region. There are two categories: Companies are selected based on their percentage of revenue growth over a full three-year period or total revenues for the latest fiscal year.

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    10. PVTA gets $2.4M from feds for North End Springfield project (photos, video)

      PVTA gets $2.4M from feds for North End Springfield project (photos, video)

      The U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded $2.4 million to renovate 110-year-old PVTA maintenance facility in the North End into a modern place to store and repair its paratransit fleet. Meanwhile PVTA -- otherwise known as the Pioneer Valley Transit Authority -- will move its bus maintenance and operations to a new $55 million, 225,000-square-foot, state and federally funded depot on Cottage Street in March, said Administrator Sandra E. Sheehan.

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    11. Chicopee Savings Bank Charitable Foundation Boosts HCC Culinary Arts Program

      The Chicopee Savings Bank Charitable Foundation donated $50,000 to Holyoke Community College (HCC) for the benefit of students preparing for careers in the culinary-arts and hospitality industry.  Bill Wagner, president of the foundation, presented a check for that amount to HCC President Christina Royal and officials from the nonprofit HCC Foundation during a brief ceremony on Oct. 2 at the HCC MGM Culinary Arts Institute. The $50,000 donation will go toward programs, equipment, maintenance, instruction, and student services at the institute, which opened in January at 164 Race St. in downtown Holyoke.

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    12. Springfield offers long-term contract for new manager of Symphony Hall

      Springfield offers long-term contract for new manager of Symphony Hall

      The city, facing the task of hiring a new management company for historic Symphony Hall, advertised for proposals this week, offering a contract of up to 15 years in order to spur greater interest and offers. Proposals are due Oct. 31 for an initial five-year contract with the option of two five-year extensions. The extension periods are at the city's option.

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    13. Women tapped to lead Westfield State University's 4 new colleges

      Women tapped to lead Westfield State University's 4 new colleges

      After more than a year of planning and reorganization, Westfield State University began this academic year with a new four-college structure featuring an all-female administrative team.  The new structure, announced last month, transitions the school's more than two dozen departments to four new colleges: the College of Graduate and Continuing Education; the College of Mathematics and Sciences; the College of Education, Health and Human Services; and the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. In addition to restructuring its Division of Academic Affairs, Westfield State appointed a provost and four founding college deans -- all women -- to oversee the new ...

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    14. Community Music School of Springfield to receive $375K from the Barr-Klarman Massachusetts...

      Community Music School of Springfield to receive $375K from the Barr-Klarman Massachusetts...

      Community School of Music of Springfield will receive two grants totaling $375,000 over three years from the Barr-Klarman Massachusetts Art Initiative. "Community Music School is thrilled to be selected as part of the Barr Klarman MA Arts Initiative alongside this distinguished cohort of nonprofit organizations. For the past 35 years, CMSS has delivered high quality music programs that are equitable and inclusive. The Barr-Klarman MA Arts Initiative is transformative opportunity for CMSS to build on our foundation, supported by a team of experts that will help CMSS grow and adapt for the future," said CMSS Executive Director Eileen McCaffry ...

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    15. NAI Plotkin Sells 1492 Boston Road Property to Restoration Worship Center

      NAI Plotkin Sells 1492 Boston Road Property to Restoration Worship Center

      NAI Plotkin, an office of NAI Global, a leading commercial real-estate brokerage firm, announced it has sold 1492 Boston Road, which consists of a 9,697-square-foot commercial building, formerly the Smokey Bones Restaurant, and an adjacent 20,585-square-foot commercial building, currently occupied by Namco. The asset was sold to Restoration Worship Center/Centro de Restauracion Adoracion for $2.2 million and includes a total of 6.1 acres of land next to the Lowe’s shopping plaza. Bill Low and Stephen Picard teamed up to sell the property, which was on the market for years with several real-estate companies.

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    16. Rock Paper City to Host Children’s Business Fair on Oct. 6

      Rock Paper City to Host Children’s Business Fair on Oct. 6

      Rock Paper City, a new nonprofit organization in Holyoke, will host Children’s Business Fair, an educational and fun event, on Saturday, Oct. 6 from noon to 4 p.m. at Heritage State Park, 221 Appleton St., Holyoke. The event is part of Celebrate Holyoke, which runs from Friday through Sunday at Heritage State Park. “The Children’s Business Fair will consist of several kid-run pop-up shops,” according to Lhea Destromp, founder of Rock Paper City. “The event is designed to teach kids about being an entrepreneur, including having them plan how to pay back their parents who helped them ...

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    17. Mayhew Tools Welcomes Lam Nguyen to Basque Plastics Division

      Mayhew Tools Welcomes Lam Nguyen to Basque Plastics Division

      Mayhew Steel Products (Mayhew Tools) has selected Lam Nguyen to fill the role of plant manager at the company’s Basque Plastics Division in Westminster. With more than a decade of manufacturing leadership and operational expertise, Nguyen will oversee the plant’s daily operations while simultaneously improving overall operational efficiency and productivity. Nguyen, whom will report to Mayhew Tools President John Lawless, has a proven track record for implementing lean operational techniques that result in significant cost savings while increasing yield and quality. His managerial responsibilities will include, but not be limited to: production, workflow, automation, quality control assurance, purchasing ...

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    18. Connecticut Airport Authority Executive Director Kevin Dillon Elected to Major Airport Trade Association Board of Directors

      Connecticut Airport Authority Executive Director Kevin Dillon Elected to Major Airport Trade Association Board of Directors

      Windsor Locks, CT - Connecticut Airport Authority (CAA) Executive Director Kevin A. Dillon, A.A.E. has been elected to the Board of Directors for Airports Council International – North America (ACI-NA). As one of the leading trade associations representing airports in the U.S. and Canada, ACI-NA advocates for policies to strengthen all North American airports, promotes cooperation and the sharing of best practices between airports, and helps support route and capital development at all member airports.

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    19. UMass Amherst Researchers Plan to Develop Alternative Energy Source for Muscle

      Muscle biophysicist Ned Debold in the kinesiology department at the University of Massachusetts Amherst’s School of Public Health and Health Sciences, with Dhandapani Venkataraman and Jianhan Chen of the chemistry department, are collaborating on a project to develop a compound to serve as an alternative energy source for skeletal and cardiac muscle during times of stress. The work is supported by a two-year, $200,000 Innovative Project Award from the American Heart Association.

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    20. UMass professor receives grant to educate Springfield community college students

      UMass professor receives grant to educate Springfield community college students

      An educator at the University of Massachusetts Amherst has received a grant that she will use to help local community college students gain experience conducting scientific research.  Trisha L. Andrew, an associate professor of chemistry at UMass, has been given a $2,500 L'Oreal USA Changing the Face of STEM grant. Andrew, whose lab specializes in wearable technology and textile electronics, will train ten students from the Springfield Technical Community College as interns in a program to create garment-integrated sensors. The students will be provided with a stipend for their work with the program.

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