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    1. Springfield Symphony Orchestra to Bring Chamber Music to Springfield Armory

      Springfield Symphony Orchestra to Bring Chamber Music to Springfield Armory

      As part of its 75th-anniversary season, the Springfield Symphony Orchestra (SSO) is scheduling a series of free chamber-music concerts throughout the Pioneer Valley. The first, slated for Thursday, Aug. 30 from 5 to 7:30 p.m., will debut a percussion trio at the historic Springfield Armory. Guests are invited to arrive early to enjoy canapes and a cash bar before the concert begins promptly at 6:15 p.m.“We are very excited about this special chamber-music event,” said Susan Beaudry, executive director of the SSO. “Bringing more concerts to important community spaces throughout Springfield is just one of ...

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    2. New owners of Berkshire Power plant meet with Agawam City Council

      New owners of Berkshire Power plant meet with Agawam City Council

      In May, a Nebraska company finalized purchase of Berkshire Power Company, LLC, and its 229-megawatt natural gas generator off Shoemaker Lane. Wednesday night, representatives from Tenaska assured the City Council they plan to prioritize safety and the environment in running the 18-year-old power plant, while also giving back to the community. "We have a reputation for safe, reliable, environmentally responsible operation," said Jason Behrens, Tenaska's vice president of strategic development and acquisitions.

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    3. HCC-Westfield State-Springfield schools among 3 Massachusetts partnerships aiming to...

      HCC-Westfield State-Springfield schools among 3 Massachusetts partnerships aiming to...

      Westfield State University will partner with Holyoke Community College and Springfield Public Schools on a new initiative to train more science, technology, engineering and math teachers. The schools are one of three regional partnerships that will use a $1.5 million National Science Foundation grant to the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education to develop MassTeach, a new model for increasing and diversifying the ranks of STEM teachers in high-need school districts.

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    4. Wilbraham Strives for a Healthy Balance - BusinessWest

      Wilbraham Strives for a Healthy Balance - BusinessWest

      Being pro-business, Jeff Smith says, doesn’t mean letting just any business set up shop in Wilbraham — but it does mean giving every business a fair shake.  Take, for example, Iron Duke Brewing, which is moving to town after a successful but eventually contentious stay at the Ludlow Mills. Because Wilbraham had no zoning for microbrew and brewpub establishments, the town’s Economic Development Initiative Steering Committee (EDICS) recommended a zoning change that eased the path for not just Iron Duke, but also Catch 22 Brewing, which is setting up shop at the former Dana’s Grillroom on Boston Road.

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    5. MGM Springfield - Grand Opening Information

      MGM Springfield - Grand Opening Information

      Opening Day Information

      Kicking off the festivities at 10:30 a.m. at the corner of State and Main Streets, Downtown Springfield will be treated to a lively procession featuring the world-famous Budweiser Clydesdales and other surprise entertainment alongside hundreds of the resort’s employees, construction workers and local dignitaries. Guests are invited to view the procession as it heads down Main Street and ends at the entrance to the property.  Once the procession has arrived at MGM Springfield at approximately 11 a.m., doors will officially open, welcoming guests in to experience the energy and excitement of New England ...

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    6. UMass professor receives grant from DARPA to teach computers 'visual common sense'

      UMass professor receives grant from DARPA to teach computers 'visual common sense'

      A computer science professor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst has received a $1.6 million grant to teach computers how to develop "visual common sense."  How does one go about doing that? And what does that mean, exactly? It's complicated. Erik Learned-Miller, who has taught at the school since the early 2000s, is heading a project whose goal is to teach computer systems to "intelligently" see and identify objects and be able to categorize them, the school announced Wednesday.

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    7. Springfield gets 2 proposals for reuse of former Oak Street fire station

      Springfield gets 2 proposals for reuse of former Oak Street fire station

      The city has received two competing proposals for the purchase and redevelopment of the former Oak Street fire station in Indian Orchard -- one bid for a live-in art studio and the other to provide clinical services for opioid addiction. The two proposals were received by Tuesday's deadline, and each included an offer of $100 to buy the long-closed fire station at the intersection of Oak and Berkshire streets. The city had attempted to sell the station on four prior occasions, and this time added a $50,000 incentive that will help with redevelopment costs.

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    8. Opening of MGM Springfield marks new era for Western Mass hospitality (Guest viewpoint)

      Opening of MGM Springfield marks new era for Western Mass hospitality (Guest viewpoint)

      In addition to the massive investment in land and construction employment that has already occurred, MGM Springfield brings 3,000 new hospitality jobs to the region, and will tremendously strengthen the appeal of Western Mass as a visitor destination. We already offer our guests outstanding value, access and one-of-a-kind attractions, and MGM Springfield will expand those offerings and recognition in a dramatic fashion. The curiosity and interest has been building for many years, and we know that large numbers of people will be coming here to experience a new era of entertainment.

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    9. Bradley International Airport Launches Daily, Non-stop Service to St. Louis

      Bradley International Airport Launches Daily, Non-stop Service to St. Louis

      This week, the Connecticut Airport Authority (CAA) launched its inaugural Southwest Airlines flight from Bradley International Airport to St. Louis Lambert International Airport. The new daily, non-stop service departs from Bradley at 11:10 a.m. (EST) and arrives at St. Louis Lambert International Airport at 12:45 p.m. (CST). The inbound flight leaves St. Louis at 4:25 p.m. (CST) and arrives at Bradley at 7:50 p.m. (EST). The service utilizes a Boeing 737.

       

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    10. Painted pianos return, fill downtown Springfield with music (photos, video)

      Painted pianos return, fill downtown Springfield with music (photos, video)

      With the sounds of local musician Joe Velez filling the air, city officials and the Springfield Central Cultural District on Tuesday kicked off round two of the popular Painted Piano Project.  Three painted pianos have been placed around the downtown area, including outside 1350 Main St., at the George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum at the Quadrangle, and at One Monarch Place.

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    11. 'We want to be the Harry Potter of STEM education': Springfield Technical Community...

      'We want to be the Harry Potter of STEM education': Springfield Technical Community...

      With thousands of science, technology, engineering and math-related jobs going unfilled across New England and the country, Springfield Technical Community College plans to use a new federal grant to enhance K-12 STEM education and encourage more students to enter such fields.  The $1.1 million grant from the National Science Foundation will allow the college, in partnership with Smith College, to launch a four-year project with Springfield Public Schools beginning in the 2019-2020 school year that takes an "imaginative education" approach to bringing engineering into classrooms.

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    12. Greater Holyoke Chamber, HCC Announce Leadership Holyoke 2018-19

      Greater Holyoke Chamber, HCC Announce Leadership Holyoke 2018-19

      Leadership Holyoke — a comprehensive community leadership and board-development program of the Greater Holyoke Chamber of Commerce — is back again. Leadership Holyoke utilizes a combination of classes and practical experiences to help local business people develop their leadership skills, increase their knowledge of the community, and acquire the skills needed to serve as board members and community leaders. The series is made possible by PeoplesBank and the Republican.The 2018-19 leadership series begins on Sept. 21, consists of eight seven-hour sessions, and concludes on May 8 with a graduation ceremony at Holyoke Community College with a specialty luncheon prepared by the ...

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    13. Holyoke Medical Center Expands Services in Chicopee

      Holyoke Medical Center Expands Services in Chicopee

      Holyoke Medical Center has expanded services to a new facility on Memorial Drive in Chicopee for primary and specialty physician services, lab draws, X-rays, ultrasound, and CORE physical therapy. “The new Chicopee site speaks to our continued efforts and commitment to provide our patients with medical care and treatment that is more accessible in community-based locations,” said Spiros Hatiras, president and CEO of Holyoke Medical Center. “Residents of Chicopee, South Hadley, and other surrounding towns will find this new facility to be convenient, with expanded hours and walk-in service.”

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    14. People in Business: Springfield Technical Community College Dean of Admissions to lead regional school counselors group

      People in Business: Springfield Technical Community College Dean of Admissions to lead regional school counselors group

      Louisa Davis-Freeman, dean of admissions at Springfield Technical Community College, has been named president of the Western Massachusetts Counselors Association. WMCA is affiliated with the Massachusetts School Counselors Association, which advocates for school counselors throughout the state by providing leadership, collaboration and professional development.  WMCA includes more than 200 counselors from elementary, middle, vocational and high schools, as well as graduate students in the counseling field, college admissions counselors and retirees from the profession.

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    15. Springfield's M.L. Schmitt electrical contractors marks 95 years of service

      Springfield's M.L. Schmitt electrical contractors marks 95 years of service

      In 1923, Mansuit L. Schmitt started a business in Springfield, one which was rooted in fairness, honesty, quality and commitment to its workers. Ninety-five years later, M.L. Schmitt Inc., Electrical Contractors & Engineers, located at 371 Taylor St., stays true to its founder's operating principles. "Slow and steady wins the race," says Thomas A. Schmitt, today's president of M.L. Schmitt and grandson of the founder. "We are five years away from our 100th anniversary. Not many businesses like ours can say they've been around that long. The future is still bright!"

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    16. MGM Springfield's statistics on hiring and diversity continue to impress Massachusetts Gaming Commission

      MGM Springfield's statistics on hiring and diversity continue to impress Massachusetts Gaming Commission

      The chairman of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission said Friday that he and other members are "thrilled" by MGM Springfield's track record on workforce diversity in hiring employees, contractors and vendors for its $960 million resort casino. The comments from Gaming Commission Chairman Stephen Crosby came after commission staff gave glowing reports and statistics on diversity hiring during a meeting at the MassMutual Center in Springfield.

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    17. Area youth complete criminal justice academy at Holyoke Community College

      Area youth complete criminal justice academy at Holyoke Community College

      A weeklong criminal justice academy at Holyoke Community College, "Cops, Crime Scenes and Cold Cases," allowed youths 14-17 years old to explore careers in forensics, crime scene investigation and related law enforcement fields. On Friday, the academy hosted a field day, which included a bomb squad from the federal Bureau Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, K-9 Officer Joe Brunelle of the Chicopee Police Department and a lecture by Dr. Robert Welton, a Hampden County medical examiner. Poor flying conditions prevented members of the Massachusetts State Police Air Wing from landing at HCC.

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    18. Back to school event to deliver over 2,000 backpacks full of supplies to Western Mass....

      Back to school event to deliver over 2,000 backpacks full of supplies to Western Mass....

      More than 2,000 local students will be getting a back-to-school boost in the coming weeks, thanks to a local partnership. The Hampden County Sheriff's Department announced the upcoming 2018 back to school event Thursday in Holyoke. The event on Aug. 18 will feature 2,000 backpacks filled with school supplies, which will be given out to Holyoke students. Fun activities, food and music will also be included at the event, to be held at McNally Field.

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    19. Bay Path Recognized Among Best Colleges for Master’s in Forensic Accounting

      Bay Path Recognized Among Best Colleges for Master’s in Forensic Accounting

      Bay Path University’s master of science (MS) program in forensic accounting has been named third in a list of the top five best in the nation, as ranked by BestColleges.com. According to the site, graduate-degree programs in forensic accounting were ranked on a 100-point scale based on academic quality, affordability, and online programming. The editor’s review of Bay Path University highlights the flexibility of the program, offered 100% online with dedicated on-ground support from staff and faculty. In addition to forensic accounting, Bay Path University also offers concentrations including public and private accounting under the umbrella of ...

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    20. Belchertown stands to gain $6M from proposed solar farms as critics sound alarm over clear-cutting

      Belchertown stands to gain $6M from proposed solar farms as critics sound alarm over clear-cutting

      There is controversy about clear-cutting many acres of trees to make them happen, but three proposed solar farms could net the town nearly $6 million over a 20-year period, data provided by the selectmen's office shows. The projects are expected to generate a total of 18 megawatts, should the Planning Board approve site plans for them and other permitting requirements. Three solar farms already online -- a 5.4-megawatt project off Route 181, a 1.5-megawatt facility on Ware Road and a 1.25-megawatt operation on Springfield Street -- will bring revenue totaling $1.8 million over a 20-year period, Town ...

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    21. MGM Springfield gets advance approvals to open from Massachusetts Gaming Commission after glowing progress reports

      MGM Springfield gets advance approvals to open from Massachusetts Gaming Commission after glowing progress reports

      The Massachusetts Gaming Commission, after hearing glowing reports about MGM Springfield's casino project, including the quality of its work and workforce diversity, gave unanimous first-step approvals to the casino in advance of its opening Aug. 24. The commission, meeting at the MassMutual Center in Springfield, voted 5-0 that MGM Springfield is in "material compliance" with all state and commission regulations based on a series of inspections and reports from commission staff and submissions from MGM officials.

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    22. People in Business: Michelle Ricker, new head of Public Safety at Springfield Housing Authority

      People in Business: Michelle Ricker, new head of Public Safety at Springfield Housing Authority

      Springfield Housing Authority employee Michelle Ricker has been promoted to Manager of Public Safety. Ricker, who began working at SHA in 2013, now oversees a staff of five public safety officers and administrative workers out of the authority's administrative headquarters at 60 Congress St. in downtown Springfield. Together, she and her staff maintain order and oversee safe living conditions on all SHA properties.

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    23. OMG, Inc, Strengthens Operations and Supply Chain Management for Growth

      OMG, Inc, Strengthens Operations and Supply Chain Management for Growth

      As part of the continued effort to position the company for stronger growth and faster product innovation to better meet the changing global needs of its customers, OMG, Inc. has announced several Agawam-based promotions in supply chain management and operations. Brad Bedard has been promoted to Director of Supply Chain Management, responsible for overall management of the company's global supply chain and distribution logistics. In this new role, Brad will work with his organization to develop and implement short and long-term strategies that maximize the company's supply and distribution performance. He reports to Hubert McGovern, president and CEO.

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