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    1. First CRRC employees ready to go to China

      First CRRC employees ready to go to China

      Recently hired engineers at CRRC MA Corp. in Springfield are learning about the subway cars they'll soon start building through reams of specifications and diagram after diagram. Starting next month, they'll have their hands on the real thing in the Chinese factory where they were developed. On April 7, CRRC will send four engineers, a number of production supervisors and 22 newly hired union production workers to Changchun, China, for three months of training. It's the beginning of what CRRC calls the technology transfer of its rail car design to Springfield.

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    2. Staff at The Republican take top honors in regional newspaper awards

      Staff at The Republican take top honors in regional newspaper awards

      Staff at the Springfield daily newspaper earned more than two-dozen awards in the 30,000 and over circulation category at the association's dinner on Feb. 25 at the Boston Mariott Long Wharf Hotel. The contest annually recognizes outstanding journalism at New England newspapers in five weekly and daily categories. More than 3,226 entries were reviewed by judges for work published between Aug. 1, 2015 and July 31. "The Republican received a total of 21 awards, ranging from reporting, photography, layout and design, headline writing and videography. We received nine first-place awards. It was truly a great effort across ...

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    3. Massachusetts Broadband Institute OKs proposal for internet service to six towns

      Massachusetts Broadband Institute OKs proposal for internet service to six towns

      Peter Larkin, board chairman of the Massachusetts Broadband Institute, said there is no perfect solution, but the institute is committed to helping each town find the best possible project. "We're going to stumble, and we're going to be successful," Larkin said. "This administration is committed to this cause." Last year, Gov. Charlie Baker's administration revamped the state's "Last Mile" broadband program and brought Larkin on to oversee it. The goal of the program is to bring high-speed internet connectivity to 40 rural towns in Western Massachusetts that do not have it.

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    4. CareerPoint brings job center to Dean Technical High School in Holyoke, plans to go to more schools

      CareerPoint brings job center to Dean Technical High School in Holyoke, plans to go to more schools

      CareerPoint, a Massachusetts One-Stop Career Center located nearby at 850 High St., hosted a grand opening Friday for its office at William J. Dean Technical High School. "It's OK to not know as a high school freshman what you want to do with the rest of your life," said David Gadaire, executive director of CareerPoint. "What's not OK is not wanting to do anything."

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    5. Western Massachusetts colleges host career fair March 29 in Springfield

      Western Massachusetts colleges host career fair March 29 in Springfield

      Nearly 100 companies are expected when the College Career Centers of Western Massachusetts hosts its annual career fair March 29 from noon to 3 p.m. in the Alumni Healthful Living Center on the campus of Western New England University. Employers will offer full-time and part-time employment opportunities and internships, according to a news release from Western New England. The College Career Centers of Western Massachusetts is a consortium of eight colleges in Hampden County: American International College, Bay Path University, Elms College, Holyoke Community College, Springfield College, Springfield Technical Community College, Western New England University and Westfield State University.

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    6. Western Mass. employers get training funds

      Western Mass. employers get training funds

      Manufacturers and one community service organization in the Pioneer Valley and the Berkshires were among the 111 employers from across the state that received a total of $7.9 million in workforce training grants this week. The money, which comes from a fund to which employers contribute, will train 5,243 workers and help create an expected 522 new jobs. "Workforce training grants invest in the strength of our workers and Massachusetts' labor market," Gov. Charlie Baker said in a news release. "We are pleased these funds can assist workers in developing the skills they need to advance their careers ...

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    7. HitPoint Studios in Springfield is at forefront of augmented reality gaming | masslive.com

      HitPoint Studios in Springfield is at forefront of augmented reality gaming | masslive.com

      When Paul Hake comes up with an idea for work, he hopes his 6-year-old daughter likes it. If not, it's likely back to the drawing board.  Hake is the founder of HitPoint Studios in Springfield. The company has designed games for a number of clients, including Microsoft, Disney, Hasbro Toys, Nokia and Dreamworks. While they make various types of games, they primarily focus on augmented reality (AR) games for children.  When people think of AR games they likely think of Pokemon Go, which was a first of its kind for many. But HitPoint Studios actually designed a similar game ...

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    8. Radio Shack to close stores in Springfield, West Springfield, Westfield and Chicopee

      Radio Shack to close stores in Springfield, West Springfield, Westfield and Chicopee

      Radio Shack employees in Greater Springfield have been told that stores in West Springfield at Century Plaza, in Chicopee on Memorial Drive, at Springfield Plaza and in the Westgate Shopping Plaza in Westfield will all close by the end of this month. Stores on King Street in Northampton and in Great Barrington are the  only stores in this part of the state not scheduled to close, but their future certainly remains in doubt. The stores are corporate-owned.

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    9. Massachusetts adds 13k jobs in January, unemployment rises

      Massachusetts adds 13k jobs in January, unemployment rises

      The Massachusetts unemployment rate rose in January to 3.2 percent from 3.1 percent a month earlier, according to statistics released Thursday by the state the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development. Massachusetts added 13,000 jobs in January, according to those same numbers. The Jobless rate increased because the pool of those looking for work also increased. Updated local jobless numbers won't be available for a few more weeks. 

       

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    10. At Brick Coworkshop, Iron Sharpens Iron … and Much More

      At Brick Coworkshop, Iron Sharpens Iron … and Much More

      Dan Battat is a glassblower, and that can be a solitary art. But he prefers company.
      “As someone who has worked in a solo shop setting, it’s awesome to look up from the bench and see someone pouring concrete into molds, or these guys in the machine shop cutting metal, all in my view from my workspace. Seeing them, it’s hard not to think of new ideas.”  That iron-sharpening-iron philosophy is one of the driving forces behind Brick Coworkshop in Holyoke, a co-working space that currently houses eight artists of varying disciplines — from glass, metal, concrete, and wood ...

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    11. WNEU to Host Regional Career Fair March 29

      WNEU to Host Regional Career Fair March 29

      The College Career Centers of Western Massachusetts will hold a career fair on Wednesday, March 29 from noon to 3 p.m. in the Alumni Healthful Living Center on the campus of Western New England University. Nearly 100 companies will be recruiting college students for paid and unpaid internships, as well as full-time and part-time employment opportunities. This annual event is a unique opportunity for employers and graduate-school representatives to connect with motivated students and alumni who are looking to launch and advance their careers.

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    12. Springfield mayor, Park Commission approve final plans for downtown Strearns Square...

      Springfield mayor, Park Commission approve final plans for downtown Strearns Square...

      A proposed $1.2 million major improvement project for Stearns Square and Duryea Way in the downtown moved another step forward Wednesday with approval of the design plans by Mayor Domenic J. Sarno and the Park Commission. The improvements include restoration of the downtown park and fountain at Stearns Square, new and widened sidewalks, retained trees and new landscaping, and enhancements for pedestrians and outdoor dining, according to city officials and the design firm. "The renovation of Stearns Square and Duryea Way is an integral part of the renaissance of our downtown," Sarno said. "The proposed improvements along with significant ...

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    13. Dress for Success, T-Birds Partner for ‘Hockey ’n Heels’ Fund-raiser

      Dress for Success, T-Birds Partner for ‘Hockey ’n Heels’ Fund-raiser

      Dress for Success Western Massachusetts will host “Hockey ’n Heels” Saturday, March 11 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the MassMutual Center in Springfield, during the Springfield Thunderbirds vs. Hartford Wolfpack game. A donation of $50 will purchase admission to the pre-game cocktail reception with special guests Jennifer Brodeur, the UMass Football Assoc. head athletic trainer; Doug Janik, Springfield Thunderbirds assistant coach; and Nate Costa, executive vice president of the Springfield Thunderbirds, as well as admission to the Thunderbirds-Wolfpack game. The $50 also includes a $20 donation to Dress for Success Western Massachusetts to support its programming in 2017.

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    14. Poll: 77 percent of expanding businesses in Massachusetts say they would choose investing in the commonwealth all over again

      Poll: 77 percent of expanding businesses in Massachusetts say they would choose investing in the commonwealth all over again

      Companies that have relocated or expanded in Massachusetts over the past decade nearly always say they chose the Bay State because of its expert work force. And more than three-quarters, 77 percent to be exact, of those companies told pollsters from the University of Massachusetts Donahue Institute and MassEcon. The survey also showed that and 64 percent rated the state as a "good" or "very good" place to do business, according to the report released on Tuesday  Forty companies relocated or expanded in Western Massachusetts, defined here as Hampden, Franklin and Hampshire counties, from 2004 through 2015. Another 21 expanded ...

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    15. Efforts to Boost South Hadley Falls Gain Steam

      Efforts to Boost South Hadley Falls Gain Steam

      In two months, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Bridge that leads from Holyoke into South Hadley Falls will be closed for a day for a “River Roll and Stroll” event.  The family festival is designed to promote healthy living and is being co-sponsored by the Holyoke Bike-Pedestrian Committee and the South Hadley Bike-Walk Committee, a grass-roots effort to help promote recreational opportunities for bicyclists and pedestrians.  “The River Roll and Stroll will give people a look at the Falls and allow them to see the potential that exists while providing an economic boost to businesses there,” said Mariann Millard, co-chair of ...

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    16. Springfield Central Cultural District Connects Downtown Through Art

      Springfield Central Cultural District Connects Downtown Through Art

      As director of the Springfield Central Cultural District, Morgan Drewniany doesn’t see the arts in a vacuum. Rather, they’re one of the connecting threads joining the realms of economic development, social justice, and a city’s walkability and livability, which are, of course, among the keys to any community’s future. To that end, the SCCD is raising the profile of the arts in and around downtown Springfield — and that of its myriad artists as well.

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    17. Greenfield's Ann Hamilton retires after more than 30 years with Franklin County Chamber of Commerce

      Greenfield's Ann Hamilton retires after more than 30 years with Franklin County Chamber of Commerce

      Before Ann Hamilton accepted the position of executive director of the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce, she cultivated an interest in land use and community development and accepted a part-time position with Go Greenfield, now the Greenfield Business Association. Her husband - always supportive and tolerant of her activities - often joked that he could always recognize her because she would come home wearing a nametag from some meeting or event, Hamilton remembers.

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    18. Springfield Central Cultural District extends 'Call for Art' deadline, encourages artists...

      Springfield Central Cultural District extends 'Call for Art' deadline, encourages artists...

      The Springfield Central Cultural District has extended the search for artists to submit artwork and host solo shows throughout downtown Springfield. Artists chosen for the program will be able to show and potentially sell their work in an art gallery space at New England Public Radio, the SilverBrick Lofts or 1550 Main Street as well as earn a $200 stipend through the "Art Stop pop-up gallery program."  The new deadline for applications is Friday, March 17. "This is a great opportunity for both emerging and professional artists," said Morgan Drewniany, executive director of the District in a statement.

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    19. Speed Networking Back by Popular Demand

      Speed Networking Back by Popular Demand

      The Springfield Regional Chamber will stage its popular Speed Networking event on March 14 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at Lattitude, 1338 Memorial Ave., West Springfield. The event provides attendees with a quick and entertaining opportunity to introduce themselves and pitch their company to the other attendees. The core concept to speed networking is the “elevator speech,” a short summary of an individual, business, organization, product or service — a summary that a person could deliver in the time span of a short elevator ride. Attendees will be divided into two groups, seated across from each other. Each group ...

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    20. Health Program at STCC Wins Accreditation

      Health Program at STCC Wins Accreditation

      The health information technology program at Springfield Technical Community College was awarded accreditation, a big step forward for an area of study that can help hospital workers like Pamela Rau advance in their careers. Rau, 53, of Southampton, worked at Shriners Hospitals for Children in Springfield for more than 20 years when she decided to seek an associate degree in health information technology from STCC. She needed the diploma to continue working as a supervisor in health information management. Rau was part of the first graduating class in June.

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    21. Sunshine Village in Chicopee gets $2M bond

      Sunshine Village in Chicopee gets $2M bond

      MassDevelopment, the state's finance and development agency, has issued a $2 million in tax-exempt bond on behalf of Sunshine Village Inc. Sunshine Village, which provides services to 425 adults living with disabilities, will use the money to make interior and exterior renovations to its Davis and Casey buildings, according to a news release from state Sen. Eric P. Lesser, D-Longmeadow, and state Rep. Joseph F. Wagner, D-Chciopee. At the Davis Building, work will include redesigning the front entryway and installing new windows and mechanical, engineering and plumbing systems. At the Casey Building, Sunshine Village will install new insulation, painting ...

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    22. President Christina Royal of Holyoke Community College to speak at International Women's...

      President Christina Royal of Holyoke Community College to speak at International Women's...

      Christina Royal, the first female president of Holyoke Community College, will be the keynote speaker as the college celebrates International Women's Day at 11 a.m. on Wednesday in the courtyard of the 303 Homestead Ave. campus. Refreshments and group discussions will follow the rally, which is open to all, said a press release from Holyoke Community College (HCC). "International Women's Day celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievement of women. Yet progress has slowed in many places across the world, so global action is needed to accelerate gender parity," according to internationalwomensday.com

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    23. After 4 decades and $95 million renovation, grand opening date set for Springfield's Union Station

      After 4 decades and $95 million renovation, grand opening date set for Springfield's Union Station

      The general public will get its first chance in four decades to visit Springfield Union Station at a pair of special events in June.

      There will be a black tie gala celebrating the rebirth of Union Station on Saturday, June 24. An Open House for the public is scheduled to take place the next day, Sunday, June 25.  Built in 1926, Union Station closed in the 1970s. But it will soon reopen following a massive overhaul. U.S. Rep. Richard Neal, D-Springfield, hosted a walk through of the refurbished station for media members Monday afternoon. "I have always been a ...

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    24. Amid ongoing negotiations, Peter Picknelly confirms plan to move Peter Pan into Springfield's Union Station

      Amid ongoing negotiations, Peter Picknelly confirms plan to move Peter Pan into Springfield's Union Station

      Peter Pan Bus Lines will probably partially demolish and then completely remodel its bus terminal on Main Street as part of a series of moves made possible by the opening of Springfield Union Station and the redevelopment of Court Square. "It will look like a whole new building," said Peter A. Picknelly, chairman & CEO of Peter Pan Bus Lines of the bus station his father opened April 1, 1969. "I can't say too much right now about the new use coming in."

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