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    1. Star Search

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      Star Search

      The company’s professional job-matching service has led to a bevy of long-time and new clients who include sole proprietors that need someone part-time, manufacturers in need of temporary employees throughout the year, and businesses seeking to fill permanent positions. And United has done well despite the ebb and flow of the economy over the past three decades. Business is currently booming in its offices, which employ a total of 30 people.  “As the economy improves and things pick up, many of our customers find they need an extra pair of hands, but are not yet ready to commit to ...

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    2. Marketing of Russian robot gets help from Western New England University students | masslive.com

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      Marketing of Russian robot gets help from Western New England University students | masslive.com

      This semester, Manolakis and fellow senior marketing major Matt O'Connor, of Westfield, teamed up to prepare a marketing and launch campaign for XTurion and founder Sergey Kolyubin.  They did so via teleconference, Kolyubin on a screen looking at a Western New England University classroom with Manolakis, O'Connor, marketing professor Harlan E. Spotts as well as John Garvey, president of Garvey Communications Associates Inc., and entrepreneur Dan Koval of HeadsUp Design Co., based in Housatonic.

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      Mentions:   Western New England University   Westfield

    3. Greenfield car dealership building torn down; new Toyota facility on tap: video, photos

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      Greenfield car dealership building torn down; new Toyota facility on tap: video, photos

      An mid-20th-century car dealership building at 1 Main St. is no more. Crumpled sections of the old Toyota-Ford of Greenfield building could be seen traveling through the air Thursday, hoisted by a giant crane, as workers labored to demolish the outdated showroom. "The manufacturers want the dealerships to have more modern facilities," said sales manager Craig Bodenstein. "We'll start building the new showroom as soon as the old one is cleared away."

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      Mentions:   Greenfield

    4. Springfield Armory to host 'Precision Valley Symposium' | masslive.com

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      Springfield Armory to host 'Precision Valley Symposium' | masslive.com

      The Pioneer Valley has been 'gun valley' for a long time, and now the Springfield Armory National Historic Site and Springfield Technical Community College will host their 'Precision Valley Symposium,' looking at the past, present and future of precision manufacturing in the region.  Technical know-how from Springfield Armory led to expertise in the making of bicycles and then motorcycles, cars and aircraft in the Valley.

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      Mentions:   Springfield Technical Community College   Springfield Armory   Springfield

    5. Decade Declarations | BusinessWest

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      Decade Declarations | BusinessWest

      The key opportunities, meanwhile, involve “leveraging new connections that significantly enhance the region’s economic competitiveness” — a reference to everything from enhanced rail service to broadband networks; “leading the Commonwealth’s clean-energy transformation while moving the region toward a balanced and diversified energy portfolio”; and “harnessing the economic-development potential of the New England Knowledge Corridor.” That’s something Brennan says both Western Mass. and Northern Conn. have essentially failed to do since the corridor was conceptualized 15 years ago.

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      Mentions:   Timothy W. Brennan

    6. Menck Windows Opening New Manufacturing Facility In Chicopee, MA

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      Menck Windows Opening New Manufacturing Facility In Chicopee, MA

      Menck Windows opened its new Chicopee, MA, manufacturing facility for custom energy-efficient windows and doors. As part of its grand opening, the company is hosting an industry summit featuring short talks from experts in advanced building technologies, emerging trends in building design, and the impact of green construction on economic development.

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      Mentions:   MassDevelopment   Chicopee

    7. Northampton Train Day planned to celebrate return of passenger rail service

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      Northampton Train Day planned to celebrate return of passenger rail service

      Mayor David J. Narkewicz will read a proclamation on Saturday, May 9, declaring Northampton Train Day as part of a ceremony to celebrate the return of Amtrak service to the city. The "Knowledge Corridor" passenger rail line resumed service through Northampton and Greenfield last December after a long absence. The train goes as far south as Washington, D.C., and as far north as Burlington, Vermont.

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      Mentions:   Amtrak   Northampton   Greenfield

    8. Youth mentoring programs growing in Hampden County, but more volunteers needed

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      Youth mentoring programs growing in Hampden County, but more volunteers needed

      Hampden County has 19 mentoring programs providing 1,500 young people, mostly from underprivileged backgrounds, with role models and guidance from a trusted adult.  That's about 300 more mentor/mentoree relationship than existed in the county two years ago, said Marty Martinez, president and CEO of the Mass Mentoring Partnership.  But even with that growth, only about 12 percent of the young people living in poverty and in single-family households in high-priority Springfield and Holyoke have mentors, Martinez said Tuesday prior to meeting with leaders from youth-development and educational organizations at the Gateway City Arts in Holyoke.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Holyoke   Westfield

    9. AG Healey announces $300,000 grant for youth employment during Springfield visit

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      AG Healey announces $300,000 grant for youth employment during Springfield visit

      Attorney General Maura Healey has announced a $300,000 youth employment grant following a tour and visit of Roca, an intervention program in the city that aims to break the cycle of violence and incarceration among young people. Healey said the employment grants, funded with settlement money from consumer protection cases tried by her office, will be distributed across the state. The employment grants are critical to the success of programs like Roca, which Healey called a model or success.

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   Springfield

    10. Expert Fitness, Extra Innings and Shortstop Bar & Grill transform old Westfield car dealership into business hub

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      Expert Fitness, Extra Innings and Shortstop Bar & Grill transform old Westfield car dealership into business hub

      What once sat as a vacant eyesore on heavily traveled Route 20 is now a bustling hub of activity for all ages with the successful merging of four established businesses beneath one roof. Last month, Expert Fitness Health Club, formerly located in Little River Plaza at the intersection of Route 20 and Little River Road, joined the Cage, a boot camp-style workout area, Extra Innings batting cages and Shortstop Bar and Grill at the former Balise Ford property between Westfield Home and Garden and Walmart. The enterprise is the culmination of a vision seen by entrepreneur Nabil Hannoush and his ...

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      Mentions:   Westfield State University   Westfield   Daniel M. Knapik

    11. Great New Air Show bringing Blue Angels, more to Chicopee

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      Great New Air Show bringing Blue Angels, more to Chicopee

      The Galaxy Community Council held a raffle fundraiser to support the Great New England Air Show. The six winners will get a ride on an AC-47 Gunship, which was used extensively in Vietnam in support of U.S ground forces. The Galaxy Community Council is an all-volunteer 501(c)3 charitable corporation that supports the Great New England Air Show. It is responsible for raising funds to support the non-military participants, such as civilian aerobatic acts and vintage aircraft at the air show. Connie Foster of the Galaxy Council said that she was pleased with the raffle, which raised around ...

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      Mentions:   Chicopee

    12. Hampden County Regional Employment Board to announce summer job initiative at Westfield's Shaker Farms Country Club

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      Hampden County Regional Employment Board to announce summer job initiative at Westfield's Shaker Farms Country Club

      The Regional Employment Board will launch its 2015 Summer Jobs program for youth Friday at Shaker Farms Country Club here. Mayor Daniel M. Knapik will be joined by Springfield Mayor Domenic J. Sarno, state Sen. Donald F. Humason Jr., R-Westfield and state Representative John C. Velis, D-Westfield in announcing a goal to place 1,000 youth from Hampden County in summer jobs this year.

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   Regional Employment Board of Hampden County Inc.   Springfield

    13. Jewish Geriatric Services breaks ground on $11.4 million Sosin Center for Rehabilitation

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      Jewish Geriatric Services breaks ground on $11.4 million Sosin Center for Rehabilitation

      Just before ground was broken for the Sosin Center for Rehabilitation on the campus of Jewish Geriatric Services on Tuesday, Seymour Frankel took the podium as a former patient in the Julian J. Leavitt Family Jewish Nursing Home. Frankel had been admitted to that JGS facility's short-term rehab program after triple bypass surgery. While he was "treated like a king," Frankel, a former JGS board member, was asked for improvement suggestions. He declared the Small House design that will constitute the environment of the new 24,000 square foot center just what is "needed."

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   Springfield   Holyoke

    14. Community Spotlight: West Springfield

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      Community Spotlight: West Springfield

      West Springfield is a city on the move, Mayor Edward Sullivan says, and the Memorial Avenue corridor is exhibit A.  “We’re excited about the work that will be done and think there will be some great multi-purpose opportunities along the corridor,” he told BusinessWest. “It has needed work for years, and the redesign we’re planning will make it a pretty special place to own a business. It’s close to major highways, and the MGM casino in Springfield will increase traffic.”

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      Mentions:   West Springfield   Springfield   MGM

    15. Shutesbury Town Meeting authorizes $1.69 million for WiredWest broadband network | masslive.com

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      Shutesbury Town Meeting authorizes $1.69 million for WiredWest broadband network | masslive.com

      A crowded Town Meeting Saturday authorized $1.69 million in borrowing to bring high-speed Internet access to every home and business in Shutesbury.  The article passed with 417 in favor and 12 opposed. An additional vote is needed at the ballot box to approve a debt exclusion under Proposition 2½. A special election for that purpose has not yet been set.  The estimated tax increase for an average home assessed at $243,000 is estimated at $13 per month. However, subscriber fees should cover the cost of debt service in year six, according to the municipal light plant cooperative known ...

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      Mentions:   Massachusetts Broadband Institute

    16. MBTA rail car maker to host meeting for suppliers, minority contractors for Springfield factory

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      MBTA rail car maker to host meeting for suppliers, minority contractors for Springfield factory

      Railroad car builder CNR Changchun Railway Vehicles will host an outreach event for small business people and minority- and women-owned businesses May 18 at its offices in Boston.  The Chinese-owned CNR is building a $60 million railroad car factory at the former Westinghouse site on Page Boulevard in Springfield.  The factory will fulfill CNR's $566 million contract with the the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority to design and manufacture 284 Orange and Red Line subway cars. The contract includes the purchase of 152 new Orange Line vehicles and 132 new Red Line cars to replace outdated equipment.

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    17. Massachusetts fire departments receive FEMA grants through Department of Homeland Security

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      Massachusetts fire departments receive FEMA grants through Department of Homeland Security

      About a dozen Massachusetts fire departments have received Federal Emergency Management Agency funding to purchase personal protection equipment and other gear. The grants from FEMA, an agency of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, total nearly $950,000 and were awarded over the past several days.

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    18. Manufacturing a future workforce: Training; lower-cost power needed

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      Manufacturing a future workforce: Training; lower-cost power needed

      Richard K. Sullivan Jr., president and CEO of the Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts and a former Westfield mayor and state official, said that if the 600 employers were one company with 24,000 employees, that company would have no trouble getting its voice heard in state government. "You are a center of excellence," Sullivan said. Besides these issues, Sullivan said local manufacturers need to lobby to make sure they get subcontracting work on the CNR Changchun Railway Vehicles plan to build a subway-car factory in Springfield.

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      Mentions:   MassMutual   Springfield Technical Community College   William Martin

    19. Plan For Progress 2015: Pioneer Valley's future tied to talent, infrastructure and collaboration

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      Plan For Progress 2015: Pioneer Valley's future tied to talent, infrastructure and collaboration

      Timothy W. Brennan, executive director of the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission, said he was in downtown Northampton recently when passersby applauded as Amtrak's Vermonter, passed overhead on its newly re-opened line of railroad tracks.  That might sound like just another 'quirky Northampton' anecdote, but for Brennan, who helped work for decades to get the tracks rehabilitated and passenger service reestablished on tracks along the Connecticut River, it was a sign of progress for the Pioneer Valley.

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      Mentions:   Pioneer Valley Planning Commission   Amtrak   Baystate Health

    20. Springfield combines Bay Street industrial properties as 1 project for demolition bidders

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      Springfield combines Bay Street industrial properties as 1 project for demolition bidders

      The city is seeking a contractor able to demolish three blighted buildings at the former Roy's Towing Used Auto Parts at 876 Bay St., and the former Cohen Bros. Metals Recycling facility at 846 Bay St., by submitting a single bid for the combined cityowned, tax-title sites, according to the city's procurement office. The city was previously seeking separate bids for each site. In another change, the city has removed one property, 29 Kendall St., from the list of properties now advertised for bids, according to the Office of Procurement.

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    21. Pride stations owner wants to bring compressed natural gas service station to Westfield

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      Pride stations owner wants to bring compressed natural gas service station to Westfield

      Compressed natural gas was described as safe and efficient during an informational session at City Hall Friday sponsored by Robert Bolduc, Pride Limited Partnership president. About a dozen city officials and representatives of the Fire Department and Westfield Gas and Electric Department attended the informal hearing to hear Michael P. Manning, director and market and business develo0pment for Alternative Vehicle Service Group and Stephen B. Russell, coordinator of the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources explain the benefits of CNG and service stations that provide the alternative fuel.

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      Mentions:   Westfield   Robert Bolduc   Friendly's Ice Cream Corporation

    22. In Springfield, Steve Wozniak talks Apple's early days, the future of humans and machines

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      In Springfield, Steve Wozniak talks Apple's early days, the future of humans and machines

      Steve Wozniak captivated the crowd Friday night at the MassMutual Center, telling stories from the early days of Apple, promoting technological advances like self-driving cars and describing the philosophy that has driven him to such success. The Apple co-founder participated in a question-and-answer session moderated by NECN's Latoyia Edwards. The talk was put on by the Springfield Public Forum with help of sponsors including MassMutual, Wilbraham & Monson Academy and Paragus Strategic IT. MassLive was the media sponsor.

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      Mentions:   MassMutual   MassMutual Center   Springfield

    23. Hitchcock Center celebrates groundbreaking at Hampshire College

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      Hitchcock Center celebrates groundbreaking at Hampshire College

      With the Hitchcock Center groundbreaking ceremony Friday afternoon at Hampshire College, the center has now launched an overall fundraising campaign to complete funding for the 9,000 square-foot project. The Building For the Future campaign has raised $4.6 million of the $5.8 million project cost. And now the center is asking the community at large to donate. A group of donors will match all donations given or pledged between now and May 31, of up to $100,000

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      Mentions:   Hampshire College   Amherst

    24. Valley Venture Mentors Accelerator Awards boosts startups; Olive Natural Beauty takes 1st place

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      Valley Venture Mentors Accelerator Awards boosts startups; Olive Natural Beauty takes 1st place

      The skin care startup Olive Natural Beauty took first place at the inaugural Valley Venture Mentors Accelerator Awards, winning a $35,000 grant.  Twelve companies split a pot of $282,500, up from the $250,000 that was announced before the event on Thursday night at the MassMutual Center.  'Today is the culmination of four months of intensive training,' said VVM Executive Director Paul Silva, congratulating every business team who has gone through the mentoring and acceleration programs.

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      Mentions:   MassMutual Center   Springfield   Valley Venture Mentors

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