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    1. Barnes Airport hangar project could give Westfield students a pathway to high paying jobs in aircraft industry

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      Barnes Airport hangar project could give Westfield students a pathway to high paying jobs in aircraft industry

      Take a quick glance at the drab hangar at Westfield-Barnes Airport, and you see old, gray siding and a leaky roof. But hidden inside is a potential future for Westfield students. The final product might look like this: Westfield Vocational High School students work through a fast-track program in airplane maintenance and manufacturing at the airport. They move directly into an expanded air-related program at Westfield State University, and also feed into local companies hungry for talented, well-trained plane workers. Companies lend support to the program and the graduated students support the companies, creating a self-sustaining system of local, high-paying ...

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      Mentions:   Westfield State University   Westfield

    2. Springfield Technical and Holyoke community colleges launch accelerated manufacturing careers program

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      Springfield Technical and Holyoke community colleges launch accelerated manufacturing careers program

      A new accelerated manufacturing careers program provided by Springfield Technical Community College and Holyoke Community College’s Training and Workforce Options (TWO) program is under way. The goal of the program is to help fill a void in the region’s manufacturing training needs. The program, which will operate at no cost to students or businesses to participate, was created out of a need expressed by regional employers who noted there was a lack of qualified candidates applying for open positions at their companies. The first training to be offered is a manufacturing production technician program, a 10-week certified program ...

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      Mentions:   Holyoke Community College   MassMutual   Springfield Technical Community College

    3. Gov. Deval Patrick plans Springfield visit to sign bill, make affordable housing announcement, tour Tech Foundry

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      Gov. Deval Patrick plans Springfield visit to sign bill, make affordable housing announcement, tour Tech Foundry

      Gov. Deval Patrick is scheduled to take part in a tour at Tech Foundry in the downtown, and make an announcement regarding affordable housing in the South End during separate appearances in Springfield on Monday.

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Springfield

    4. Springfield's $2.1 million Allen Street-Sumner Avenue project expected to improve traffic safety in East Forest Park

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      Springfield's $2.1 million Allen Street-Sumner Avenue project expected to improve traffic safety in East Forest Park

      A $2.1 million reconstruction project at the intersection of Allen Street, Sumner Avenue and side streets kicks off next week, aimed at significantly improving traffic flow and safety. The federally funded project in the East Forest Park neighborhood, authorized and monitored by the state Department of Transportation, is slated to begin Monday, and should be completed by mid-July 2015, city officials said Thursday.

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    5. Meredith-Springfield Associates of Ludlow lightens Mrs. Dash bottles with plans to make more packaging cheaper and better for the environment

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      Meredith-Springfield Associates of Ludlow lightens Mrs. Dash bottles with plans to make more packaging cheaper and better for the environment

      Plastics company Meredith-Springfield Associates is helping the environment and saving money for the makers of Mrs. Dash seasonings by manufacturing  Mrs. Dash  bottles with less plastic and the same strength. Now, 60-employee Meredith-Springfield is marketing the same concept to other manufacturers, companies that loath to mess with packaging familiar to customers even if that packaging is costing them to much money in materials and freight, said President and Chief Executive Officer Mel O'Leary Jr.

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    6. Hampden Bank names Robert A. Massey COO and Tara G. Corthell CFO | masslive

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      Hampden Bank names Robert A. Massey COO and Tara G. Corthell CFO | masslive

       Hampden Bank has promoted Robert A. Massey to chief operations officer and Tara G. Corthell as chief financial officer and treasurer of the company and the Bank effective Tuesday, Massey and Corthell have served in numerous leadership roles with the bank.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Holyoke Community College   West Springfield

    7. Bay Path Is Now Officially a University

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      Bay Path Is Now Officially a University

      Bay Path faculty, staff, and students celebrated July 1 as the official first day as a university — and the first women’s university in the Commonwealth. Before a crowd of more than 250 members from the Bay Path community, President Carol Leary said, “we are enthusiastic about becoming Bay Path University, as it more appropriately reflects the complexity, drive, and bold dreams of this institution. Our three campuses have been expanded by a location in downtown Springfield, bringing us back to our roots, that boasts the first online college in the country exclusively for women. Soon, we will have a ...

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      Mentions:   Carol A. Leary

    8. Holyoke farmers' market to get visit from bicyclists highlighting concerns about proposed expansion into Franklin County of Tennessee Gas Pipeline

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      Holyoke farmers' market to get visit from bicyclists highlighting concerns about proposed expansion into Franklin County of Tennessee Gas Pipeline

      Six members of the Climate Summer 2014 Team Western Mass. have been bicycling across the state and will be at the farmers' market here Thursday (July 3) to highlight concerns about the proposed expansion of the Tennessee Gas Pipeline. The expansion of the pipeline in the Northeastern United States is believed to include a route through Franklin County, though a company spokesman said routes haven't been finalized and the company is committed to public safety and protection of the environment. Tennessee Gas Pipeline is part of the Kinder-Morgan company of Houston, Texas.

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      Mentions:   Amherst   Northampton   Greenfield

    9. Springfield's Union Station chugging along toward projected July 2016 opening date

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      Springfield's Union Station chugging along toward projected July 2016 opening date

      Wearing hardhats, Mayor Domenic J. Sarno and U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal, D-Springfield, led a tour of city and state officials through the cavernous old building to show its transformation into a transportation hub. “Work is going on internally,” Sarno said, standing in the old baggage building as a jackhammer rattled behind him. “You don’t see it from the outside – the progress is internal.” In the most recent steps toward the projected July 2016 opening date, the Holyoke-based building contractor Daniel O’Connell’s Sons demolished the parking garage at 30 Frank B. Murray Street and is preparing ...

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   University of Massachusetts   Springfield

    10. Transit Transformation | BusinessWest

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      Transit Transformation | BusinessWest

      Timothy Brennan calls the return of passenger rail service to the Pioneer Valley a “new frontier.”  That’s a phrase that has been used in other cities across the nation where revitalization has occurred as a result of the introduction or expansion of commuter rail service, which caters to the growing demand among young people and Baby Boomers for housing in downtowns complete with shops, restaurants, entertainment, and a good transportation system. And Brennan, executive director of the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission, believes it applies here.  Next year, after more than a decade of planning and infrastructure work, Amtrak’s ...

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      Mentions:   Timothy W. Brennan

    11. Westfield Bank to move commercial lending team to Springfield | masslive

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      Westfield Bank to move commercial lending team to Springfield | masslive

      Westfield Bank is preparing to make a move into Springfield at the end of the summer — a change the company says will improve commercial lending opportunities.  Westfield Bank will move its middle market and commercial real estate lending team to a new office on the 23rd floor of Tower Square in downtown Springfield. However, Westfield will not be left behind: The bank’s headquarters will stay in town.  “We’re just growing,” said Marketing Manager Cathy Jocelyn. “So our main office here is quite full.”

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Westfield   Westfield Bank

    12. Funding in place for new $7.5 million Westfield Senior Center

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      Funding in place for new $7.5 million Westfield Senior Center

      Construction of a long-awaited new Senior Center will begin before the end of summer now that the City Council has given final approval to bond $7.5 million for the facility. A large contingent of the city's senior population was present Monday night in a show of support for the project, in planning for many years, as the City Council cleared the way for construction to begin on Noble Street. Forish Construction of Westfield was selected as general contractor for the project in May.

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      Mentions:   Westfield

    13. Dunkin' Donuts to open at 100 Congress St. in Springfield

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      Dunkin' Donuts to open at 100 Congress St. in Springfield

      Mayor Domenic J. Sarno and Dunkin' Donuts franchisees Peter Martins and John Salema will attend, according to a press release from the mayor's office. Members of the Armory Quadrangle Civic Association will also be present. The location of Congress Street near the intersection with Dwight Street is adjacent to the recently refurbished LaQuinta Inn and Suites.

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   Springfield   The Republican

    14. Holyoke City Council committee supports sale of old Lynch School for $750,000 to Florida retail developer

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      Holyoke City Council committee supports sale of old Lynch School for $750,000 to Florida retail developer

      A City Council committee voted 5-0 Monday (June 30) to recommend that the full council accept a Florida retail developer's offer of $750,000 for the old Lynch School. "It's an offer worth pursuing. I don't think we have to debate the need for economic development," Councilor at Large Joseph M. McGiverin said. If the City Council accepts the recommendation, voted at City Hall by the Development and Government Relations Committee, it would mean denial of a May 5 request from the School Committee to restore Lynch at Northampton and Dwight streets as a school. Committee member ...

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      Mentions:   Northampton   Holyoke

    15. Bay Path College to become Bay Path University on Tuesday

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      Bay Path College to become Bay Path University on Tuesday

      Bay Path College, which recently held its annual commencement ceremony , will once again enjoy a moment of transition on Tuesday, July 1, as it will officially become known as Bay Path University. “We’re certainly very proud that this is happening,” said Kathleen Wroblewski, Director of Marketing and Communications at Bay Path. “We were founded in 1897 as Bay Path Institute in Springfield, and through our 117-year history we’ve been continuing evolving, and this is just one more step in that evolution. We’re very excited about it.”

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Bay Path College

    16. Springfield considering purchase of former Early Childhood Centers property in Mason Square area for public school programs, classrooms

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      Springfield considering purchase of former Early Childhood Centers property in Mason Square area for public school programs, classrooms

      Mayor Domenic J. Sarno said the School Department will benefit by being able to replace two portable classrooms at the Mary Lynch and Brunton schools, both in need of expensive repairs that can be avoided. In addition, the purchase can assist with "long-term classroom needs for the district," Sarno said. Parks and Buildings Director Patrick Sullivan said the building is in excellent, move-in condition. It closed in December, at one time having the capacity for 378 children.

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   Springfield

    17. Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno, U.S. Rep. Richard Neal plan tour of Union Station to update progress of $65 million project

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      Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno, U.S. Rep. Richard Neal plan tour of Union Station to update progress of $65 million project

      Mayor Domenic J. Sarno and U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal, of Springfield, plan to tour the progress being made on the reconstruction of Union Station. Also attending will be Springfield Redevelopment Authority Director Christopher Moskal. The trio hosted a previous tour in June 2012. The event is planned for 2 p.m. Wednesday at the station on Frank B. Murray Street.

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   Springfield   The Republican

    18. Springfield Innovation Cafe to provide a place for Springfield tech crowd to congregate | masslive

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      Springfield Innovation Cafe to provide a place for Springfield tech crowd to congregate | masslive

      Springfield Innovation Cafe won't really be about serving a cup of coffee, said Paragus Strategic IT CEO Delcie Bean, one of the backers behind the venture.  It will be about serving Springfield tech-savvy entrepreneurs by giving them a place to hang out, charge up - be it with caffeine or with electricity - and bounce ideas off each other.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   MassDevelopment   Springfield

    19. MassMutual Invests Big in Springfield’s Future

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      MassMutual Invests Big in Springfield’s Future

      At the Western Mass. Developers Conference last Thursday, MassMutual President, CEO, and Chairman Roger Crandall announced that the corporation will be investing $6.5 million in initiatives to assist fledgling businesses in Springfield. This is a major step forward in the ongoing efforts to promote entrepreneurship and job creation in Springfield, and a commitment that could create considerable momentum in a city that needs some. The company announced that it will create a $5 million Springfield Venture Fund (SVF) to invest in high-potential startups in Springfield, and also commit $1.5 million over the next three years to support the ...

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      Mentions:   MassMutual   Springfield

    20. Holyoke planners will take survey answers on Whiting Farms Road property until July 7

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      Holyoke planners will take survey answers on Whiting Farms Road property until July 7

      Neighbors and others with an interest in Whiting Farms Road have until July 7 to provide survey answers to the city about the kind of development they'd like there. "Paper surveys were also mailed several weeks ago. I don't have a final tally of how much we've received thus far. Last I checked it was around 80 online and just around there in paper copies, but that was a few days ago and more come in the mail every day," said Marcos A. Marrero, director of the Department of Planning and Economic Development. The vacant 19-acre property ...

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      Mentions:   Holyoke

    21. State Senate unveils $63 million economic development bill

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      State Senate unveils $63 million economic development bill

      The Massachusetts Senate on Friday released its version of an economic development bill, which proposes spending $63 million on investments in workforce training, tax breaks and a variety of programs aimed at spurring Massachusetts' job growth. The bill would also lift a cap on the number of liquor licenses that cities and towns can authorize. "For places like Springfield and other parts of the state where we have a large population of young people who need to go to work who cannot go to college... and in the context of wanting to attract businesses and have incentives for them to ...

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   MassDevelopment   Springfield

    22. Rail service dream needs to become reality in time for Interstate 91 viaduct construction

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      Rail service dream needs to become reality in time for Interstate 91 viaduct construction

      Timothy Brennan, executive director of the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission, has floated a proposal to use those transportation funds to rehabilitate the locomotives and passenger cars needed in order to run commuter trains from Greenfield to Springfield five times a day during the viaduct construction project. Brennan also believes there’s a future for rail service in New England: Seniors and 20-somethings are less interested in cars than those in their middle age, he says, and both younger and older adults find train travel attractive for different reasons. Some companies, he said, in congested metropolitan areas allow their employees to ...

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Pioneer Valley Planning Commission   Palmer

    23. Baystate Medical rated among top 15 hospitals for heart bypass, aortic valve surgery

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      Baystate Medical rated among top 15 hospitals for heart bypass, aortic valve surgery

      Baystate Medical Center is one of only two Massachusetts hospitals, along with UMass Memorial Medical Center, in Worcester, to earn a top score, along with 15 others in the country, in both heart bypass, as well as traditional aortic valve replacement surgery, in a first-time rating of some 400 participating hospitals on these surgeries by Consumer Reports. "We are very happy to see that," said Dr. John A. Rousou, a native of Greece who is chief of the division of cardiac surgery at Baystate.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Baystate Health   Springfield

    24. Powerful Statement | BusinessWest

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      Powerful Statement | BusinessWest

      When Patrick Quinlan and Bill Stein went about the task of assigning a name to the company they started in 2012 to design, build, and service small wind turbines, they quickly settled on ‘Black Island.’  That phrase may not mean much to most people — Quinlan joked that many who hear it think it has something to do with pirates — but it does resonate with those who know their geography. Or their wind power.  Black Island, so named because of a distinct lack of snow — there is also a White Island nearby that obviously has some — is in the Ross Archipelago ...

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Greenfield   Clean Energy Center

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