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    1. Peter Pan Bus Lines gets grant for Williamstown-Springfield service

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      Peter Pan Bus Lines gets grant for Williamstown-Springfield service

      The Massachusetts Department of Transportation has awarded a total of $804,967 in grants to support four rural intercity bus carrier routes for one year, including $159,389 to Peter Pan Bus Lines for its Albany, New York,-Williamstown-Greenfield-Springfield service. The grants, which are funded by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), are designed to provide regional connections for rural communities by supporting intercity bus routes serving communities such as Pittsfield, Williamstown, Springfield, Hyannis and Provincetown, according to the news release.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Greenfield   Massachusetts Department of Transportation

    2. $158,000 state grant helps continue Enrollment Initiative Program at Westfield State...

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      $158,000 state grant helps continue Enrollment Initiative Program at Westfield State...

      Westfield State University has received a $157,924 state grant to help fund continuation of its Inclusive Concurrent Enrollment Initiative Program. The grant helps finance tuition, books, materials, salary for a coordinator and employment specialist and additional programming needs. The program provides dual enrollment opportunities for students ages 18 - 21 that have intellectual disabilities and are still receiving special educations services through their home school districts. The program was implemented at WSU in the 2013 fall semester by Program Coordinator Lyndsey Nunes with just five students. It has since grown into one of the largest such programs in the state ...

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      Mentions:   Westfield State University   West Springfield   Springfield

    3. MassDOT explains how all-electronic tolling will affect Western Mass drivers at...

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      MassDOT explains how all-electronic tolling will affect Western Mass drivers at...

      MassDOT Director of Statewide Tolling Steven Collins addressed a crowd of about 25 people at Springfield City Hall Wednesday evening, as he sought to explain proposed toll rates and assuage concerns over the state's switch to all-electronic tolling. Collins said the new rate structure was designed to be "revenue neutral," in that the state will take in the same amount it currently does through its toll plazas. But how those costs are distributed will change. "Even though the toll rate from New York to Boston will be less expensive than what it is today, individual trips from Point A ...

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    4. Ludlow signs agreement for $429K in state funding for Riverwalk project at Ludlow Mills

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      Ludlow signs agreement for $429K in state funding for Riverwalk project at Ludlow Mills

      It's official: The Town of Ludlow has signed a grant agreement with the state for $429,500 in MassWorks funding for pedestrian and safety improvements for the Ludlow Mills Riverwalk project. "This funding continues to enhance the natural resources of the Chicopee River that would have otherwise remained dormant and unappreciated," said State Rep. Thomas M. Petrolati, D-Ludlow, who pushed for the grant and has supported the Ludlow Mills Preservation and Redevelopment project since its inception.

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      Mentions:   Chicopee   Ludlow Mills

    5. Chicopee Cultural Council accepting grant applications for $33,400 for community art...

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      Chicopee Cultural Council accepting grant applications for $33,400 for community art...

      The Chicopee Cultural Council is currently accepting grant applications from schools, organizations and individuals who have an idea for an art, music or cultural program that would benefit the community. This year the Chicopee Cultural Council received $33,400 in grant funding. The money is provided through the Massachusetts Cultural Council, which supports cultural councils for all communities in the state. In the past the Chicopee Council has provided small grants to fund art exhibits, festivals, school field trips, educational lectures, children's theater, workshops, musical performances, arts education classes and more.

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      Mentions:   Chicopee

    6. Five College Consortium to celebrate library annex groundbreaking in Hatfield

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      Five College Consortium to celebrate library annex groundbreaking in Hatfield

      Officials from the Five College Consortium will be celebrating the groundbreaking of its library annex building Thursday at 10 a.m. on the site it has purchased here. Work actually began in May and the annex is expected to be finished next May. Five College officials had planned to build the annex needed to store books and library material from the area schools in Hadley. But the Hadley Planning Board last year rejected the proposal to build it on a nearly 46-acre parcel off North Maple Street.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Smith College   Amherst

    7. MassDOT says $23M bridge replacement project near Big E will require lane closures, land...

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      MassDOT says $23M bridge replacement project near Big E will require lane closures, land...

      A project to replace the Morgan-Sullivan Bridge connecting Agawam to West Springfield near The Big E won't begin until 2018, according to Massachusetts Department of Transportation officials, who have yet to establish a detailed timetable for the $23 million project. "We anticipate three construction seasons for the project," Alwin Ramirez, bridge project manager for MassDOT's Highway Division, said at a Sept. 8 public hearing on the project, 80 percent of which will be funded by the federal government. The state is responsible for 20 percent of the cost.

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      Mentions:   Big Y Foods   West Springfield   Springfield

    8. Chicopee Cabotville Mill developers request 6-month extension of permit process

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      Chicopee Cabotville Mill developers request 6-month extension of permit process

      Aaron J. Papowitz, SiverBrick's founder and managing principal, initially announced he had planned to begin construction by the end of the year, but the request will now put off the permitting process until March. The company's lawyer Thomas Murphy attended the City Council meeting to ask for the extension, explaining SilverBrick officials need more time to work out some details of the sale. "We respectfully request that the draft review, public hearing and City Council vote pertaining to the special permit application be postponed for 180 days until transaction related matters are clarified," Papowitz wrote in a letter ...

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      Mentions:   Chicopee

    9. Greater Holyoke Chamber of Commerce Celebrates Oktoberfest

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      Greater Holyoke Chamber of Commerce Celebrates Oktoberfest

      The Greater Holyoke Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual outing on Wednesday, Sept. 14 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at Munich Haus on 13 Center St. in Chicopee.
       Dig out your lederhosen and join your friends and colleagues at the Bier Garten at the Munich Haus for a night of German beer, a buffet of authentic German food, and plenty of networking.

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      Mentions:   Chicopee   Holyoke   Easthampton Savings Bank

    10. Western Massachusetts college top U.S. News & World Report list of Best Liberal Arts...

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      Western Massachusetts college top U.S. News & World Report list of Best Liberal Arts...

      Western Massachusetts has been recognized as the home to some of the most rigorous academic climate across the country. U.S. News & World report released their 2017 Best College List Tuesday. 14 Massachusetts institutions were named among the best national liberal arts colleges in the nation. 16 Massachusetts schools made the list of best national universities.

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      Mentions:   Smith College   Amherst College   Springfield

    11. Westfield, Chicopee projects named finalists for MassEcon awards | masslive.com

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      Westfield, Chicopee projects named finalists for MassEcon awards | masslive.com

      Corporate expansions from around the state — including Jarvis Surgical and Prolamina in Westfield and PV Sullivan Supply in Chicopee — are among the companies nominated for MassEcon's 13th Annual 2016 Team Massachusetts Economic Impact Awards.

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      Mentions:   Chicopee   Westfield

    12. Freedom Credit Union gets workforce grant

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      Freedom Credit Union gets workforce grant

      Freedom Credit Union was awarded a $126,175 state grant to train 133 workers, according to a news release issued this week by the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development. In total, the state awarded more than $2.4 million in workforce training fund grants to 25 companies to train current or newly hired workers. This round of grant funding will help train 2,162 workers, and is expected to create 263 new jobs.

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    13. SRC Event to Focus on Economic-development Legislation

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      SRC Event to Focus on Economic-development Legislation

      State Rep. Joseph Wagner, chair of the Joint Committee on Economic Development and Emerging Technologies, will keynote the Springfield Regional Chamber’s Pastries, Politics and Policy event on Tuesday, Sept. 27. He will discuss the nearly $1 billion in economic-development investments recently signed into law.  In his role as chair, Wagner was instrumental in authoring the final bill that was signed by Gov. Charlie Baker. Among the investments included in the legislation are $500 million over five years in public infrastructure grants to support economic development and job creation, $45 million to support the revitalization of Springfield and other gateway ...

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Joseph Wagner

    14. Springfield Technical Community College kicks off 50th anniversary celebration by honoring...

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      Springfield Technical Community College kicks off 50th anniversary celebration by honoring...

      The founding of Springfield Technical College in 1967 was the result of what former college president Andrew Scibelli calls "a perfect storm." STCC would not be the thriving institution it is today without the vision, determination and collaboration of four men — Edmond P. Garvey, Joseph J. Deliso Sr., state Rep. Anthony M. Scibelli and Charles V. Ryan — Scibelli said. Scibelli, nephew of lawmaker "Tony" Scibelli, was one of several speakers on Friday afternoon during a convocation and reception held to honor the four founders and to kick off STCC's 50th anniversary year.

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   Springfield Technical Community College   Springfield Armory

    15. $1.24 million grant to pay 10 Holyoke firefighters heralded by U.S. Rep. Richard Neal

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      $1.24 million grant to pay 10 Holyoke firefighters heralded by U.S. Rep. Richard Neal

      U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal, D-Springfield, said today a new $1.24 million federal grant that will pay salaries and benefits of 10 firefighters for two years will help the Fire Department maintain Holyoke's character. "I just want to say thanks to all of you because Holyoke just has that grit that I'm always proud to associate myself with," Neal said in a press conference at Holyoke Fire Department headquarters, 600 High St.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Holyoke   Congressman Richard E. Neal

    16. Academy Hill School receives $120k endowment from MassMutual's Roger Crandall

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      Academy Hill School receives $120k endowment from MassMutual's Roger Crandall

      Academy Hill School has established The Crandall Scholars Endowment Fund with an initial $120,000 donation from Roger Crandall, Chairman President and CEO of Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company, according to a news release from the school. The fund is Academy Hill's first endowment named after a benefactor, established to provide financial aid for students with a record of academic excellence who would not otherwise have the opportunity to attend the school.

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      Mentions:   MassMutual   Springfield

    17. Chicopee business Pilgrim Interors moves into new headquarters, expands staff

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      Chicopee business Pilgrim Interors moves into new headquarters, expands staff

      Owner Richard Bernard Jr. said he knows there are often delays in construction: Supplies don't show up on time, inspections get pushed back and architectural plans are changed. "We do what needs to be done to get the job done right for the customer," Bernard said. Bernard has followed that promise since he formed Pilgrim Interiors in 1999. At that time he was working with his father maintaining rental properties when he decided to open his own interior framing business.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Chicopee   Chicopee Chamber of Commerce

    18. Region’s Competitive Commercial-loan Market Poses Plenty of Opportunity

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      Region’s Competitive Commercial-loan Market Poses Plenty of Opportunity

      Banks and credit unions know all too well that the health of a commercial-loan portfolio is often dependent on the economic climate. Several years of improvement on that front has bolstered the portfolios of many regional lenders, some dramatically. But the added opportunity has brought little relief from fierce competition in the sector, both for loan business and the talent to procure it.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Chicopee   Westfield

    19. Springfield Regional Chamber Debuts New Dental Benefit

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      Springfield Regional Chamber Debuts New Dental Benefit

      The Springfield Regional Chamber has teamed up Altus Dental to offer to its chamber members a new employee benefit to enhance their employee-compensation package. Administered through American Benefits Group, dental insurance provided by Altus Dental is now available for companies with as few as one employee. Altus Dental offers the state’s largest preferred-provider (PPO) dental network with more than 6,200 participating locations in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Southern New Hampshire, and national access through CONNECTION Dental, with more than 108,000 dentist locations nationwide.

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    20. Katie Stebbins appointed to Holyoke Community College Board of Trustees by Charlie Baker

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      Katie Stebbins appointed to Holyoke Community College Board of Trustees by Charlie Baker

      A new name has been added to the Holyoke Community College Board of Trustees. Governor Charlie Baker has appointed Katie L. Stebbins to the board, the college announced Thursday. Stebbins is the assistant secretary of Technology, Innovation and Entrepreneurship for the state Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development. Prior to accepting the position last year, she helped establish the Holyoke Innovation District and founded Your Friend in Springfield Consulting, a private economic development and project management firm.

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      Mentions:   Holyoke Community College   Springfield   Holyoke

    21. More Than 1,100 Volunteers to Make Impact on Annual Day of Caring

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      More Than 1,100 Volunteers to Make Impact on Annual Day of Caring

      On Friday Sept. 9, the United Way of Pioneer Valley will launch its annual fund-raising campaign with the Day of Caring, when more than 1,100 volunteers from more than 40 area businesses volunteer across the region to help local nonprofits. Starting with a kickoff breakfast in Court Square in downtown Springfield at 7:30 a.m., participants will travel to towns across the Valley, contributing in myriad ways to support programs and organizations that support the community.

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      Mentions:   Comcast   TD Bank   MassMutual

    22. Take a look: $35 million renovation of Lyman Terrace in Holyoke proceeds (photos)

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      Take a look: $35 million renovation of Lyman Terrace in Holyoke proceeds (photos)

      Figuring out how to pay now for an extra $140,000 to replace aged water pipes in addition to the $503,000 worth of original system improvements in the $35 million Lyman Terrace renovation will save the city later, officials said. "It's more cost effective," David M. Conti, Holyoke Water Works (HWW) manager, said Wednesday in a text message. It makes sense while the excavation is occurring to install new pipes throughout the pre-World-War-II complex instead of having to address a burst pipe later by busting through recently paved areas, he said.

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      Mentions:   Holyoke   Tighe & Bond

    23. Babe Ruth World Series baseball brought bucks to Westfield

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      Babe Ruth World Series baseball brought bucks to Westfield

      The Babe Ruth Baseball 14-year-old World Series brought 6,000 visitors and $1.03 million in economic activity, according to the Greater Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau. Visitors to the eight-day tournament rented area hotels for a total of 1,300 nights, according to the visitors bureau. There was $522,036 in direct spending in Westfield and surrounding towns, said Michele Goldberg, the bureau's director of marketing. The $1.03 million figure includes direct spending — that is, money teams and visitors spent on food, lodging and attractions — as well as indirect spending like business-to-business supply chain purchases and induced spending ...

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      Mentions:   Westfield State University   Springfield   Westfield

    24. Employer confidence falls; businesses feel fore confident about Massachusetts economy than national business climate

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      Employer confidence falls; businesses feel fore confident about Massachusetts economy than national business climate

      Employer confidence in the Massachusetts economy fell in August for the third consecutive month, according to survey results released Tuesday by Associated Industries of Massachusetts, a statewide business advocacy group. The Associated Industries of Massachusetts Business Confidence Index declined one point, to 54.1, in August, leaving it three full points lower than in August 2015.

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      Mentions:   Associated Industries of Massachusetts   Springfield

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