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    1. Savage Arms lays off 37 at Westfield plant

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      Savage Arms lays off 37 at Westfield plant

      ATK, the new owners of Savage Arms is laying off 37 manufacturing employees, said spokesman Tim Brandt.  'This adjustment puts us in a better position to meet current business needs.,' Brandt wrote in an email. 'We will continue to monitor this location and make adjustments as necessary. We are committed to allocating the resources needed to provide hunters and sport shooters the affordable, accurate and reliable Savage firearms they’ve enjoyed for generations.'

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      Mentions:   Chicopee   Westfield   The Republican

    2. Community Spotlight: Chicopee | BusinessWest

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      Community Spotlight: Chicopee | BusinessWest

      Kenn Delude, president and CEO of Westmass Area Development Corp., cites the Chicopee River Business Park as an example of an area poised for development. The park, built on the grounds of the former Oxford Country Club and Springfield Rifle Range, is located at the intersection of I-90 and I-291, and contains plots that vary in size and could be used for office space and/or manufacturing.  “The park contains 147 acres and has fully permitted sites for sale that are complete with utilities,” Delude said, adding that 826,000 square feet of space has been pre-permitted, and incentives are ...

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      Mentions:   MassDevelopment   Springfield   Chicopee

    3. MGM Springfield eyes partnership with Peter Picknelly and OPAL Real Estate Group to operate boutique hotel at Court Square

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      MGM Springfield eyes partnership with Peter Picknelly and OPAL Real Estate Group to operate boutique hotel at Court Square

      In addition to the 250-room hotel proposed by MGM Springfield, the casino operator hopes to form a partnership with Peter A. Picknelly's OPAL Real Estate Group to turn the the long-vacant 31 Elm St. building in Court Square into an 80-room boutique hotel. MGM Springfield President Michael Mathis said the deal is preliminary, but the casino group would manage and staff the Court Square hotel, which would be owned by Picknelly's group. He said the boutique property would complement the 250-room hotel that is an integral part of the MGM's $800 million casino complex proposed for the ...

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    4. Colorado collective buys Hadley solar array, offers solar use without panels

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      Colorado collective buys Hadley solar array, offers solar use without panels

      Clean Energy Collective, a Colorado-based, community-owned solar developer, has purchased Western Massachusetts Community Solar Array, a 997 kW community solar facility in Hadley, from BlueWave Capital, a Boston-based solar developer and management company. The collective is also buying Southeastern Massachusetts Community Solar Array, a 997 kW facility in Rehoboth,

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      Mentions:   Western Massachusetts Electric Company   Clean Energy Center

    5. Frank DeMarinis of Sage Engineering buys former Masonic Temple on State Street in Springfield

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      Frank DeMarinis of Sage Engineering buys former Masonic Temple on State Street in Springfield

      The elaborate former Masonic Temple at 331-339 State St. has been sold to engineer, construction contractor and real-estate developer Frank A. DeMarinis, owner of Sage Engineering & Contracting in Westfield.  'I call it a work of art,' DeMarinis said Friday. 'I've been in the engineering and construction fields for 21 years. We think of this as a great work of architecture.'

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Westfield   The Republican

    6. Massachusetts Life Sciences Center awards $500,000 to Western New England University for cancer research and development

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      Massachusetts Life Sciences Center awards $500,000 to Western New England University for cancer research and development

      The Massachusetts Life Sciences Center announced Friday that it has awarded a $500,000 grant to Western New England University to fund equipment related to cancer drug research and development. Administrators, faculty, students and city officials gathered at the university on Wilbraham Road to praise the state-funded grant presented by the center’s president and chief executive officer, Susan Windham-Bannister. A key strategy of the statewide capital grant program is to promote academic and private sector collaboration in the life sciences, and the Western New England University grant is a “great example” of that initiative, Windham-Bannister said. "Cancer is something ...

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Massachusetts Life Sciences Center

    7. MassDOT, seeking ways to minimize traffic impact of $260 million rehab of I-91 viaduct in Springfield, posts online survey for commuters

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      MassDOT, seeking ways to minimize traffic impact of $260 million rehab of I-91 viaduct in Springfield, posts online survey for commuters

      The state Department of Transportation, planning to start a $260 million rehabilitation of the Interstate 91 viaductin November, is surveying those who use the major artery with an eye to minimizing traffic problems. The first phase of the project involves beginning work on I-91 near the Interstate 291 connection. It also includes planning for the possibility of rebuilding the 2.5-mile stretch of highway either at or below grade. Doing so would reconnect the city to its waterfront for the first time since the highway was built in the 1960s.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Basketball Hall of Fame

    8. Northampton City Council gives final approval to BID changes, endorses mayor's capital plan

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      Northampton City Council gives final approval to BID changes, endorses mayor's capital plan

      The City Council gave final approval to a request by the Business Improvement District to cut its membership fees in half and endorsed Mayor David J. Narkewicz's five-year capital improvement program in a meeting that was more like a sprint than its last marathon session. Two weeks ago, the council gave preliminary approval to the BID request, but not until opponents and advocates weighed in at a public hearing that lasted for more than an hour. On Thursday, only a handful of speakers addressed the issue, according to Council President William H. Dwight. Among them was attorney John Fitz-Gibbon ...

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      Mentions:   Northampton

    9. Massachusetts Life Sciences Center to make 'major grant announcement' for Western New England University

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      Massachusetts Life Sciences Center to make 'major grant announcement' for Western New England University

      Officials from the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center (MLSC) on Friday will announce details of a capital grant for Western New England University. "It will be a major grant announcement," said David Stawasz, assistant vice president for marketing communications at the Springfield university.

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      Mentions:   Western New England University   Springfield   Anthony S. Caprio

    10. Holyoke Community College embarks on $5 million capital campaign with $1 million challenge gift

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      Holyoke Community College embarks on $5 million capital campaign with $1 million challenge gift

      The Building Healthy Communities Campaign was initiated to raise money to support two building projects including the new Center for Health Education on Jarvis Avenue, which is the future home of HCC’s nursing and radiologic technology programs, and the Center for Life Sciences, which will be located on the first floor of the school’s main science building named for Marieb, one of the HCC’s most significant benefactors.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Holyoke Community College   Holyoke

    11. Signs of the Times | BusinessWest

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      Signs of the Times | BusinessWest

      On the commercial side, business has definitely picked up, but education is necessary in that area of the building industry as well, due to heightened processes involving commercial and residential contractors’ licensing requirements, the Bay State’s increasingly strict energy-saving codes, and for the commercial consumer, a reality check about what is necessary and what isn’t for efficiency processes and new high-tech building products.  Town by town, Massachusetts is becoming the strictest state in the nation for energy-saving codes, said both Campbell and Seth Crocker, vice president and co-owner of Crocker Building Co. in Springfield.

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    12. Rebuilding Together announces master plan to revitalize 10-block section of Springfield's Old Hill

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      Rebuilding Together announces master plan to revitalize 10-block section of Springfield's Old Hill

      Rebuilding Together, a local nonprofit organization, announced a decade-long master plan on Thursday to revitalize a 10-block area of the Old Hill neighborhood that includes improvements to more than 250 homes. The neighborhood revitalization project will include this year’s, day-long concentrated effort on April 26 to repair and improve 25 houses on Pendleton Avenue and Picket Street. The project will involve an estimated 1,000 volunteers, supported by the contributions of more than 80 sponsors and donors.

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    13. HealthSouth celebrates opening of its new acute care hospital in Ludlow | masslive.com

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      HealthSouth celebrates opening of its new acute care hospital in Ludlow | masslive.com

      State Sen. Gale Candaras, D-Wilbraham, said the opening of HealthSouth is the beginning of the revitalization of an area which was once central to Ludlow.  “The image of the Ludlow Mills clock tower is on the town seal,” she said.  Delude said the Ludlow Mills in conjunction with HealthSouth plans to develop a 1.1 mile river-walk along the Chicopee River which will be behind HealthSouth and open to the public. He said the community has not had access to the rive in 160 years.  In another development for the mills, by the end of this year WinnDevelopment could begin ...

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      Mentions:   Chicopee   HealthSouth   Ludlow Mills

    14. Clean Energy Collective and RGS Energy to Deploy First Community-Owned Solar Facilities in Massachusetts

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      Clean Energy Collective and RGS Energy to Deploy First Community-Owned Solar Facilities in Massachusetts

      RGS Energy, a nationwide leader of turnkey solar energy solutions for residential, commercial, and utility customers, will provide engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) services for two large solar arrays of nearly 1 megawatt (MW) each owned and operated by CEC. One will be located in Hadley, Mass. and serve customers of Western Massachusetts Electric Company (WMECo). The other will be deployed in Rehoboth, Mass. to serve National Grid customers. Construction has already begun on the two sites, with interconnection planned for the end of June.

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      Mentions:   Western Massachusetts Electric Company

    15. An Urban Laboratory | BusinessWest

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      An Urban Laboratory | BusinessWest

      As John Aubin talked about Open Square, the massive former mill complex along the canals in downtown Holyoke that has been his passion for the past dozen years or more, he continually referred to it as an “urban laboratory” — for architecture, planning, sustainability, and economic development.  By that, he meant this was a place to experiment and drive innovation in response to an ongoing movement that has more people apparently willing and able to work, live, and locate businesses in urban settings, although many cities are struggling to take full advantage of that phenomenon.

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      Mentions:   Holyoke

    16. Steeling for Change | BusinessWest

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      Steeling for Change | BusinessWest

      ef Sharpe and Jeff Hausthor are on the edge again. The cutting edge, that is.  The entrepreneurs, who have been partners in five business ventures, joined Henry Lederman last October to start a new company called Qnect, and are launching a new software product called QuickQnect at the three-day NASCC Steel Conference in Toronto.  They say the product will revolutionize the way the joints in a steel structure are connected. “The idea of turning this manual process into a software solution is brand-new, and QuickQnect is up to 100 times faster than the conventional way of connecting the joints in ...

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    17. Cooley Dickinson grants three agencies close to $90,000 for health, planning

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      Cooley Dickinson grants three agencies close to $90,000 for health, planning

      The Pioneer Valley Planning Commission will collaborate with the United Way of Hampshire County to conduct an inventory of transportation programs and services of target populations in Hampshire and Franklin counties. These include low income housing and environmental justice neighborhoods. An environmental justice neighborhood concept is based on the principle that all people have a right to be protected from environmental pollution and to live in and enjoy a clean and healthful environment.

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      Mentions:   Pioneer Valley Planning Commission   Northampton   Cooley Dickinson Hospital

    18. Western Massachusetts Electric Co. to conduct aerial inspections throughout service area Wednesday and Thursday

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      Western Massachusetts Electric Co. to conduct aerial inspections throughout service area Wednesday and Thursday

      Western Massachusetts Electric Co. will conduct its annual aerial inspections of transmission lines, towers and rights-of-way throughout its service area on Wednesday and Thursday. The helicopter may hover over certain areas or pieces of equipment for a period of time before moving on, WMECO spokeswoman Priscilla Ress said. The helicopter to be used is blue and silver and has a tail number of N1431W.

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      Mentions:   West Springfield   Springfield   Amherst

    19. University of Massachusetts opens 'welcome center' for students at Springfield Tower Square satellite campus

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      University of Massachusetts opens 'welcome center' for students at Springfield Tower Square satellite campus

      The University of Massachusetts, opening a satellite center at Tower Square this fall, formally opened its ground-floor “Welcome Center” on Monday to begin assisting students with registration. During a press conference at Tower Square, city officials and university representatives gathered to announce the opening of the center, and to provide some details about the 40 courses and various programs being offered.

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   University of Massachusetts   Holyoke Community College

    20. United Bank in West Springfield, Rockville Bank in Connecticut get merger approval

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      United Bank in West Springfield, Rockville Bank in Connecticut get merger approval

      Rockville Bank and United Bank have secured regulatory approval from the Massachusetts Board of Bank Incorporation of their application to merge, the banks announced Monday. Rockville Bank is headquartered Glastonbury, Connecticut and United Bank is of West Springfield,. Rockville Financial, Inc. and United Financial Bancorp have received all regulatory approvals required for their merger of equals to proceed, including from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, the Connecticut Department of Banking and now the Massachusetts Board of Bank Incorporation, according to a news release.

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      Mentions:   West Springfield   Springfield   United Bank

    21. Greater Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau in marketing relationship with MGM Springfield

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      Greater Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau in marketing relationship with MGM Springfield

      The Greater Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau has entered into a marketing partnership agreement with MGM Springfield.  MGM Springfield is believed to be on the cusp of getting the region's only casino license. The Massachusetts Gaming Commission has meetings scheduled in Springfield Tuesday,. April 1.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Mary Kay Wydra   MGM

    22. Westfield State University celebrates 175th anniversary with scholarship gala

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      Westfield State University celebrates 175th anniversary with scholarship gala

      Westfield State University celebrated its 175th anniversary Saturday night with a scholarship gala that raised more than $125,000 to fund educational and internship initiatives for students. Much of the $125,000, said Michael R. Knapik, executive director of university advancement and the Westfield State Foundation, will be matched dollar for dollar through the State University Internship Incentive Fund. Funds raised will assist students placed in businesses and organization internships throughout the Greater Springfield area during the upcoming spring and summer semesters.

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      Mentions:   Comcast   Liberty Mutual   Westfield State University

    23. Northeast Utilities gets clearance to move ahead with IT layoffs, service center closures

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      Northeast Utilities gets clearance to move ahead with IT layoffs, service center closures

      A report filed with Connecticut’s Public Utilities Regulatory Authority show that Connecticut has taken the brunt of the job cuts so far. About 70 percent of the 220 merger-related job reductions that took place by the end of last September — 155 jobs — were in the Nutmeg State. There were 50 in Massachusetts and 15 in New Hampshire over the same time period. By the end of December, a total of 267 jobs had been cut from the NU-NStar work force, according to a filing with Massachusetts’ Department of Public Utilities. Northeast Utilities now has about 8,700 employees, down ...

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      Mentions:   Northeast Utilities   Western Massachusetts Electric Company

    24. DevelopSpringfield plans spring construction at the Ansel Phelps House on Maple Street

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      DevelopSpringfield plans spring construction at the Ansel Phelps House on Maple Street

      A long-neglected mansion built in 1841 for Solymon Merrick, inventor of the monkey wrench, is coming back to life with the help of DevelopSpringfield. A. John “Jay” Minkarah, president and CEO of DevelopSpringfield, said this week that there has been a great deal of activity at the Ansel Phelps House at 83 Maple St. despite the tough winter. The house was one of the projects highlighted in the "City on the Rise" presentation last week to the Affiliated Chambers of Commerce of Greater Springfield and the Western Massachusetts Economic Development Council.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts   Affiliated Chambers of Commerce of Greater Springfield

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