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    1. Medical provider to rebrand as Holyoke Medical Group

      Medical provider to rebrand as Holyoke Medical Group

      Western Mass Physician Associates will be re-branded as Holyoke Medical Group as of Oct. 1. The Holyoke Medical Center provider affiliate is part of Valley Health Systems as is the hospital. "The name change will allow for the organization to have stronger brand awareness in the community," said Spiros Hatiras, president and chief executive officer of Holyoke Medical Center and Valley Health Systems.

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    2. Western Mass scientists receive $635k from NASA to develop methods to study life beyond...

      Western Mass scientists receive $635k from NASA to develop methods to study life beyond...

      A microbiologist with the University of Massachusetts Amherst and a mineralogist at Mount Holyoke College have received a $635,000 grant from NASA to develop techniques to study evidence of "life beyond Earth," according to UMass. Jim Holden, with UMass, and Darby Dyar at Mount Holyoke, will work together over a three year period, using the funds from the large federal space agency to develop new methods to detect evidence of extraterrestrial life.

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    3. Owners of iconic Red Lion Inn eyeing Springfield for potential 100-room boutique hotel

      Owners of iconic Red Lion Inn eyeing Springfield for potential 100-room boutique hotel

      The Berkshires-based company behind the Red Lion Inn recently renewed its efforts to build a 100-room "boutique-style" hotel here in Springfield. "Main Street Hospitality is looking carefully to find the right project that would add to the 'New Springfield' landscape and are in discussions with a number of different groups," said Sarah Eustis, CEO of Main Street Hospitality Group in an emailed response to questions. Springfield Chief Development Officer Kevin Kennedy said Main Street Hospitality recently renewed contact with him.

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    4. New $21 million food service center for Springfield students nears completion

      New $21 million food service center for Springfield students nears completion

      City and school officials toured a $21 million culinary and nutrition center in East Springfield Tuesday, saying they are excited it is on course to open in January. The facility will provide about 60,000 meals to students each day. "It's a tremendous facility," Mayor Domenic J. Sarno said. "This is really a first of its kind in the area. This unique collaborative approach not only enhances health food aspects for our children, but just as important, creates training and job opportunities, too."

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    5. From coal plant to solar farm: Power storage site sees grand opening in Holyoke

      From coal plant to solar farm: Power storage site sees grand opening in Holyoke

      Holyoke's got sunshine on a cloudy day. Or at least Holyoke Gas & Electric does. The city's municipal power utility is storing solar-generated electricity at property that was once part of the Mount Tom Power Station coal-and-oil fired electricity plant.  The state's largest utility-scale energy storage system had its grand opening Tuesday, playing host to officials from the city, state and ENGIE North America.

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    6. Square One Announces ‘Next Level’ Initiative to Expand Childcare to All Hours

      In keeping with its mission to meet the early-learning and family-support needs of the Greater Springfield community, Square One announced it is expanding access to child care to all hours of the day. The announcement of Square One: Next Level comes as the need for child care for second shift, third shift, and weekends continues to grow for working parents throughout the region.  Strategic funding partners include MGM Springfield, Baystate Health, Smith & Wesson, the Center for Human Development (CHD), FOCUS, and LENOX. Funds from these employers were matched by philanthropist Lyman Wood of Hampden. Collectively, more than $100,000 was ...

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    7. STCC gets $1.15 million for programs in photonics, 'internet of things'

      STCC gets $1.15 million for programs in photonics, 'internet of things'

      On Monday, U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal, D-Springfield, was at Springfield Technical Community College to announce $1.15 million in National Science Foundation grants aimed at preparing students to work not just in the self-driving car industry, but in jobs involving many applications of these technologies. The grants include $599,388 to develop Professor Gary J. Mullett's "Internet of Things Education" project and $551,202 to develop Professor Nicholas M. Massa's "Problem Based Learning in Advanced Photonics Manufacturing Education" project.

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    8. Amherst Knights of Columbus sell $1.29 million in downtown real estate

      Amherst Knights of Columbus sell $1.29 million in downtown real estate

      Businessman Barry Roberts has purchased the former Knights of Columbus Amherst Council property at 37 North Pleasant St. and 37 Boltwood Walk for $1.29 million. Roberts said the front of the property, the Pleasant Street side, is occupied by McMuphy's Uptown Tavern and the chock-full-of antiques Amherst Typewriter & Computer shop. Upstairs office space on the Pleasant Street side, space once leased to the Boys & Girls Club, is available, Roberts said.

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    9. Community Music School of Springfield awarded $50K for special needs children

      Community Music School of Springfield awarded $50K for special needs children

      Community Music School of Springfield has been awarded $50,000 for its Adaptive Music Program, a partnership with the Springfield Public Schools. AMP trains and supports teachers who specialize in teaching students with special needs. With the help of this program, teachers can integrate music and arts into their teaching.  The state budget allocation was supported by Sens. Eric Lesser, D-Longmeadow, and James Welch, D-West Springfield.

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    10. Robert Simone named new WWLP general manager

      Robert Simone named new WWLP general manager

      Robert Simone has been promoted to vice president and general manager of WWLP-TV (NBC), EWLP (CW) and its associated digital services. Simone succeeds recently retired longtime WWLP general manager William Pepin. Simone will assume his new responsibilities immediately and report to Doug Davis, senior vice president and regional manager of WWLp's parent company, Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc., according to a statement released Monday by the media company.

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    11. Bartender Classes Begin Oct. 16 at Hcc Mgm Culinary Arts Institute

      As part of a continuing series of non-credit hospitality courses at the new HCC MGM Culinary Arts Institute, Holyoke Community College is offering classes this fall for anyone interested in becoming a professional bartender or just looking to perfect classic cocktails at home. The interactive class runs for seven consecutive Tuesdays, Oct. 16 through Nov. 27, from 6:15 to 9:15 p.m. at the culinary institute, 164 Race St., Holyoke. The course will cover all the skills necessary to launch a career as a professional bartender. Students will learn how to handle various types of alcohol and how ...

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    12. Fly for Unify raises $25,000 for Western Massachusetts-based anti-bullying program

      Fly for Unify raises $25,000 for Western Massachusetts-based anti-bullying program

      A brisk wind and cool temperatures, especially at 13,500-feet, didn't appear to affect the 11 sky flyers who helped raise $25,000 for the Western Massachusetts-based anti-bullying nonprofit Unify Against Bullying. Werner Maiwald, lead flyer for the group, came up with the idea of Fly for Unify at 2 a.m. one morning. The idea became a reality on Saturday when everyone met at Jumptown Skydiving at the Orange Airport. Maiwald, Unify's operations director, said this was the first ever fundraiser of this sort for the organization. The participants came from a wide variety of business backgrounds ...

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    13. Old Springfield RMV eyed for retail, restaurant development

      Old Springfield RMV eyed for retail, restaurant development

      Davenport Companies, the new owner of the old Registry of Motor Vehicles offices at 165 Liberty St., is marketing the site for commercial redevelopment, having bought it from the state in June. "We have received a surprising number of offers," said Charles Irving, principal of Boston-based Davenport. "All are retail/restaurant uses. Some want to tear it down. Some want to reuse the existing building. We are looking at it from all angles right now."

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    14. Springfield Cultural Partnership Announces New Executive Director

      Springfield Cultural Partnership Announces New Executive Director

      The Springfield Cultural Partnership (SCP), the parent organization for the Springfield Central Cultural District, recently welcomed Karen Finn as its new executive director. Finn brings a wealth of experience in community service, government, advocacy, and program management to advance the SCP’s mission of sustaining a vibrant arts and cultural environment in Springfield. The Springfield Central Cultural District, one of 44 designated cultural districts in Massachusetts, encompasses a walkable area of downtown Springfield with cultural attractions such as art, music, theater, dining, historic architecture, and more. The nonprofit was founded in 2014 and now includes more than 50 member organizations ...

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    15. Training & Workforce Options Helps Enhance Skills of Medical Assistants

      Training & Workforce Options Helps Enhance Skills of Medical Assistants

      When Holyoke Medical Center and Western Mass Physician Associates (WMPA) needed help enhancing the skills of their medical assistants, they partnered with Training & Workforce Options (TWO). TWO developed a curriculum and taught a 10-week class to 15 medical assistants from WMPA. The training was designed to prepare the workers for a national credentialing exam. The TWO course at Holyoke Community College (HCC) was a hybrid of classroom work and online learning taught by a medical assistant.

       

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    16. UMass Amherst gets $3 million to encourage women, minorities to pursue STEM fields

      UMass Amherst gets $3 million to encourage women, minorities to pursue STEM fields

      The University of Massachusetts Amherst has been awarded a five-year, $3 million grant to implement new diversity and equity policies.  The large grant comes from the National Science Foundation, whose ADVANCE project seeks to fund inclusive policies that encourage larger amounts of women and minorities to join the scientific fields and industries.

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    17. Valley Venture Mentors moves in as Springfield Innovation Center takes shape

      Valley Venture Mentors moves in as Springfield Innovation Center takes shape

      Valley Venture Mentors is moving this week from Tower Square into temporary quarters on the third floor of the new Springfield Innovation Center, 270-276 Bridge St. Valley Venture Mentors plans to be in its permanent home on the first and second floors of the Innovation Center in January, said CEO Kristin Leutz. "Well, we can't wait. Springfield has never looked better downtown," she said. "VVM will be so proud to move in here to the Springfield Innovation Center."

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    18. MassMutual Foundation, Carly Fiorina announce partnership to help Springfield nonprofits...

      MassMutual Foundation, Carly Fiorina announce partnership to help Springfield nonprofits...

      MassMutual is working with Fiorina, the former CEO of Hewlett-Packard and 2016 Republican presidential candidate, to provide leadership training to charity and civic groups in the city, Fiorina and MassMutual said this week. The foundation will help fund partnerships between Unlocking Potential, Fiorina's leadership development nonprofit, and local organizations. The initiative will be formally announced during Fiorina's appearance at the Springfield Public Forum on September 27, she said in an interview.

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    19. Funeral services announced for Kevin Sullivan, Westfield School Committee vice chairman | masslive.com

      Funeral services announced for Kevin Sullivan, Westfield School Committee vice chairman | masslive.com

      The family of long-term School Committee member Kevin J. Sullivan, who died suddenly, has announced the dates for his funeral services.  Sullivan, 52, died of a heart attack on Sunday. Mayor Brian P. Sullivan said the death of his younger brother was a 'major shock' and completely unexpected.  'He had the biggest heart in the world and would help anyone. He had a special place in his life for kids whether they were yours or his,' he said.

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    20. State OKs Westfield tax incentive for Myers Information Systems

      State OKs Westfield tax incentive for Myers Information Systems

      The state has approved the city's decision to grant a six-year, $52,000 tax break to Myers Information Systems, the Northampton software company that plans to relocate to a vacant former bar and restaurant here. Under the agreement, Myers Information Systems will only pay a portion of the taxes on the improvements it makes to 110 Elm St. in Westfield. The percentage it pays goes up every year until hitting 100 percent.

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    21. Holyoke's 'Prudential' building, among tallest in Paper City, up for foreclosure auction

      Holyoke's 'Prudential' building, among tallest in Paper City, up for foreclosure auction

      The Prew Building at 274-276 High St. -- also known as the Prudential because it's one of the tallest buildings in Paper City -- will be sold at auction at 2 p.m. Sept. 26 following foreclosure proceedings. At eight stories, the 29,000-square-foot building isn't the tallest in Holyoke, but it is the tallest in the immediate downtown. Plans prepared in 2014 and posted to he city's Holyoke Redevelopment website pegged the cost of rehabbing the building into mixed-use retail, office and housing space at $5.6 million to $6 million.

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    22. Springfield Central Street project inches ahead with first land-takings

      Springfield Central Street project inches ahead with first land-takings

      A proposal $3 million corridor improvement project along Central Street moved a step closer last week with the City Council voting to approve property takings in that area including a building with automotive businesses. The roadway improvements in the Maple High-Six Corners area, however, remain on hold pending additional property takings needed including a strip of land along Ruth Elizabeth Park. "I'm itching to get it going," Public Works Director Christopher Cignoli said Tuesday.

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    23. MGM Springfield reveals grand opening date for luxury Regal Cinemas at casino

      MGM Springfield reveals grand opening date for luxury Regal Cinemas at casino

      "Date night just got an upgrade." That is the slogan behind the upcoming grand opening of the luxury Regal Cinemas theater inside the $960 million MGM Springfield resort casino. And on Sept. 23 though Sept. 25, the public will get its first chance to see if the experience lives up to their expectations as the first screenings begin. During the three preview days, Regal Cinemas at MGM will feature $3 movies, popcorn and soft drinks to benefit Square One and Head Start, both based in Springfield.

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