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    1. Some former Hampden County Physician Associates doctors will join Sisters of Providence starting Wednesday

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      Some former Hampden County Physician Associates doctors will join Sisters of Providence starting Wednesday

      Nineteen primary doctors who were part of Hampden County Physician Associates and most of ther staff will be part of Sisters of Providence Health System and its Mercy Medical Group beginning Wednesday morning, Nov. 5. Phone numbers will roll over to Mercy operators and physicians will begin scheduling appointments again at locations on Carew Street in Springfield, 98 Shaker Road in East Longmeadow, in Ludlow and in Feedinig Hills, said Daniel Moen, president and CEO of Sisters of Providence Health System. Mercy is taking over Hampden County Physician Associates locations.

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      Mentions:   TD Bank   Springfield   Westfield

    2. Business confidence rises half a point, businesses seem cautious in hiring | masslive

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      Business confidence rises half a point, businesses seem cautious in hiring | masslive

      Business confidence rose by just a half a point in October to 54.9 points, according to the monthly survey by Associated Industries of Massachusetts.  Although small, it was the sixth increase in AIM's Business Confidence Index in eight months, according to a news release. The index is up 8.2 points from October 2013 to now.
      But hiring looks iffy. Only 16 percent of employers survey by Associated Industries, a statewide business advocacy group, said they foresee hiring more staff in the next six months. Thirteen percent predict cutbacks and the rest see themselves standing pat. Associated Industries ...

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      Mentions:   Associated Industries of Massachusetts   Springfield

    3. Springfield gets $25,000 offer and planned renovations for tax-title business plaza on State Street

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      Springfield gets $25,000 offer and planned renovations for tax-title business plaza on State Street

      The city recently received a single proposal, for $25,000, from a developer interested in buying and renovating a tax-title business plaza at 870 State St. in the Mason Square area. The offer for the property, submitted by Ellen Boynton Development of Windsor, Connecticut, follows two previous attempts by the city to sell the property in recent years, with the prior offers not being accepted. Under the proposal, Ellen Boynton Development states it expects to invest approximately $180,000 in property improvements.

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   Springfield

    4. Holyoke Chamber of Commerce offers tips on how to start business with 'Insurance' set to be 4th of 10 workshops

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      Holyoke Chamber of Commerce offers tips on how to start business with 'Insurance' set to be 4th of 10 workshops

      The fourth of 10 workshops on how to start a business will be offered Wednesday (Nov. 5) with the discussion "All About Insurance." Michael Reagan of Goss & McClain Insurance Agency Inc., 1767 Northampton St., will discuss liability, Workers' Compensation, disability, health, unemployment automobile, property and loss of income insurance, said Kathleen G. Anderson, president of the Greater Holyoke Chamber of Commerce. The workshops will be held at the Chamber offices at 177 High St. and will run from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

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      Mentions:   Greater Holyoke Chamber of Commerce   Kathleen G. Anderson   Northampton

    5. Westover economic impact decline does not panic Chicopee officials, but they will watch for future drops

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      Westover economic impact decline does not panic Chicopee officials, but they will watch for future drops

      Business officials and politicians said they are not concerned about a two-year decline in the economic impact Westover Air Reserve Base has had on the region, but said there could be bigger drops in the future. Every year U.S. Air Force officials analyze the economic impact the base has, using formulas to calculate everything from the amount spent by base employees, the benefit of any construction projects and indirect jobs created either by subcontractors who work at Westover and outside businesses who serve employees.

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      Mentions:   Chicopee   Allan W. Blair   Chicopee Chamber of Commerce

    6. Holyoke Medical Center gets $3.9 million from state for behavioral health ER space, services | masslive

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      Holyoke Medical Center gets $3.9 million from state for behavioral health ER space, services | masslive

      Holyoke Medical Center has been awarded $3.9 million by the Massachusetts Health Policy Commission, and will use nearly half of the money to expand its emergency department to include a wing for the treatment of patients with behavioral health issues, and the rest for coordination of services to those patients.
      'This funding will allow us to create significantly improved conditions for all our patients, especially those with behavioral health needs,' Spiros Hatiras, hospital president and chief executive officer, said in a release.   Baxter Chandler, director of behavioral health for the hospital, added, 'Not only will we more effectively address ...

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      Mentions:   Palmer   Holyoke Medical Center   Chicopee

    7. MassMutual announces $1.6 billion dividend, maintains dividend interest rate of 7.10 percent | masslive

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      MassMutual announces $1.6 billion dividend, maintains dividend interest rate of 7.10 percent | masslive

      MassMutual, announced Monday an estimated dividend payout of $1.6 billion for 2015.  It is the third consecutive year of record dividends at Springfield-based Massmutual. That works out to an interest rate of 7.10 percent paid to eligible permanent life insurance policies and annuities. The rate was also 7.10 percent a year ago.  Of the estimated $1.6 billion dividend payout, an estimated $1.55 billion has been approved for eligible participating policyowners who have purchased whole life insurance, MassMutual said.

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      Mentions:   MassMutual   Springfield

    8. Holyoke Community College honored for skills training | masslive

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      Holyoke Community College honored for skills training | masslive

      Holyoke Community College was honored earlier this month with the Anne Serino Memorial Award for Outstanding ABE and ESOL Program from The Workforce Solutions Group, a statewide coalition that advocates for skills training and employment opportunities for low and moderate income individuals.  Kermit Dunkelberg, assistant vice president of adult basic education, and Workforce Development, accepted the award on behalf of HCC Oct. 15 at the 5th Annual Massachusetts Jobs and Workforce Summit in Devens, according to a news release.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Holyoke Community College   Springfield

    9. Holyoke Water Works to begin building $3.2 million disinfection plant in spring

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      Holyoke Water Works to begin building $3.2 million disinfection plant in spring

      Construction is scheduled to begin in March or April on a $3.2 million drinking water disinfection facility at 600 Westfield Road, an official said. The Holyoke City Council voted 14-0 Oct. 21 to approve borrowing to fund the project. The city must build the facility -- which uses ultraviolet light to disinfect water -- to comply with rules of the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), said David M. Conti, Holyoke Water Works manager.

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      Mentions:   Holyoke   Westfield

    10. Baystate Children's Hospital, Connecticut Children's Medical Center announce new collaboration | masslive.com

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      Baystate Children's Hospital, Connecticut Children's Medical Center announce new collaboration | masslive.com

      Baystate Children's Hospital and Hartford's Connecticut Children's Medical Center, known for its research in a number of areas, including pediatric cancers, have announced a collaboration to potentially increase pediatric and neonatal care in the region, as well to work with community pediatric providers, in providing such care. Areas cited for possible growth in access include pediatric neurosurgery, ophthalmology, pulmonology and urology.  'Our two organizations have a lot in common: similar cultures of placing the patient at the very center of our focus, and strong commitments to the health of our communities in the broadest sense,' said Dr ...

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      Mentions:   Baystate Health   Springfield

    11. Springfield seeks developer for tax-foreclosed Central Street apartment building, offering up to $300,000 in federal aid

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      Springfield seeks developer for tax-foreclosed Central Street apartment building, offering up to $300,000 in federal aid

      The city is once again seeking to sell a tax-foreclosed apartment building at 263 Central St., in the Maple High-Six Corners neighborhood, this time offering up to $300,000 in federal assistance to the buyer. Developers interested in buying and restoring the four-story, eight- apartment brick building must submit proposals by Nov. 19, at 2 p.m., at the Office of Procurement at City Hall.

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   Springfield

    12. UMass educators receive nearly $3 million from science foundation to teach science to incarcerated youth

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      UMass educators receive nearly $3 million from science foundation to teach science to incarcerated youth

      Michael P. Krezmien, director of the Center for Youth Engagement in the department of student development, and Martina Nieswandt of the department of teacher education and curriculum studies will work with the Wakefield-based Center for Applied Special Technologies to apply the principles of "Universal Design for Learning," according to a press release.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Amherst

    13. 37 jobs, $2 million investment possibility has South Hadley Selectboard supporting tax break for envelope company; Town Meeting to vote also

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      37 jobs, $2 million investment possibility has South Hadley Selectboard supporting tax break for envelope company; Town Meeting to vote also

      Mohawk Fine Papers, Inc. is eyeing two locations: one in South Hadley Falls, and one in Chicopee, and is expected to make their decision next month. Both communities are offering the tax break, South Hadley Town Administrator Michael Sullivan said. According to an application Mohawk filed with the Massachusetts Office of Business Development, the firm plans to manufacture 500 million envelopes annually.  The company says in the state application they would employ 37 full-time, invest $2 million in a 100,000-square-foot parcel they would lease from Lakestar Properties, and "engage the South Hadley Electric Light Department to determine Mohawk's ...

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      Mentions:   Massachusetts Office of Business Development   Chicopee

    14. Springfield Innovation Hub plans cafe, co-working space and 'activation' of Bridge Street Park where Steiger's once stood | masslive

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      Springfield Innovation Hub plans cafe, co-working space and 'activation' of Bridge Street Park where Steiger's once stood | masslive

      The Springfield Innovation Hub will be one of the tenants in the Springfield Innovation Center being created by DevelopSpringfield in 16,450 square feet of space now owned by DevelopSpringfield at 270 and 276-284 Bridge St. facing the park.  He hopes to have the cafe, once planned for the former Cobalt space at City Stage, open in April 2015. Bean said the idea moved when DevelopSpringfield firmed up its plans for Bridge Street.  The location is right around the corner from where New England Public Radio opened its new studios and offices this week.  The Springfield Innovation Center received $2 ...

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   MassMutual   Springfield

    15. Minutemen at the MassMutual Center: UMass basketball coach Derek Kellogg, Springfield officials gather to celebrate ...

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      Minutemen at the MassMutual Center: UMass basketball coach Derek Kellogg, Springfield officials gather to celebrate ...

      Wednesday on the Center Court hardwood at the Basketball Hall of Fame, Kellogg joined Springfield mayor Domenic J. Sarno, athletic director John McCutcheon and other officials to announce this year's game and celebrate UMass' successful relationship with the city. "It's really been a special time for UMass to form a partnership with the city of Springfield, a place where I grew up and is a special place for me and my family," said Kellogg, who graduated from Cathedral High School before playing at UMass from 1991-95.

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   University of Massachusetts   MassMutual Center

    16. Channing Bete Co., publisher in South Deerfield, lays off 13 workers | masslive

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      Channing Bete Co., publisher in South Deerfield, lays off 13 workers | masslive

      Channing Bete Co., the publisher known for its 'Scriptographic' booklets promoting healthy living and positive social interactions, has laid off 13 workers, according to the Franklin Hampshire Regional Employment Board.  Employees at the Career Center in Greenfield learned of the layoffs Tuesday, said Patricia H. Crosby, 
executive director
 of the Board. She would expect the former Channing Bete employees to start working with the center and with the Rapid Response Team from the state Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development.

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      Mentions:   Greenfield   Franklin Hampshire Regional Employment Board   Yankee Candle Co.

    17. Westfield Athenaeum offers kids’ computer

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      Westfield Athenaeum offers kids’ computer

      The Westfield Athenaeum recently acquired an Early Literacy Station, a comprehensive, turn-key educational solution loaded with over 70 educational software programs for kids between the ages of 2 and 8. The Early Literacy Station offers children a safe, standalone computer not connected to the Internet which is age-appropriate, engaging and academically relevant for children. It is designed to support school readiness and early education while making learning exciting and engaging.

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      Mentions:   Westfield

    18. Springfield awards $250,000 in federal disaster aid funds for job training, workforce development, targeting residents in tormado-damaged areas

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      Springfield awards $250,000 in federal disaster aid funds for job training, workforce development, targeting residents in tormado-damaged areas

      The grant money was provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) Funds. There will be special focus on recruiting residents of the Six Corners and South End neighborhoods, as the residents of these neighborhoods “face multiple barriers to employment and both areas were heavily impacted by both the long and short term effects of the natural disasters that occurred in 2011,” according to a summary issued by the Mayor’s Office.

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   Springfield Technical Community College   Springfield

    19. Public invited to legislative summit to identify priorities for Western Massachusetts

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      Public invited to legislative summit to identify priorities for Western Massachusetts

      The Hampshire Council of Governments will host a legislative summit with the goal of identifying priorities common to the four western counties of Massachusetts and developing a legislative agenda. Members of the public, business owners and local officials are encouraged to attend the free event. "HCOG Legislative Summit: Developing an Agenda for Western Massachusetts" will be held Sat., Nov. 15 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the John F. Kennedy Middle School in Northampton.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Northampton

    20. Harold Grinspoon Foundation's JCamp 180 program will bring together 425 fund raisers

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      Harold Grinspoon Foundation's JCamp 180 program will bring together 425 fund raisers

      Camp 180, a program of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, will bring together some 425 leaders, Nov. 2 and 3, at the Sheraton Springfield Monarch Place Hotel, to celebrate their raising some $90 million, over the last 10 years, through the foundation's matching challenge grant campaign, for Jewish children's camps across the country

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    21. New England Public Radio goes live from Springfield downtown studios | masslive

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      New England Public Radio goes live from Springfield downtown studios | masslive

      New England Public Radio is now broadcasting from its new studios in downtown Springfield, space it hopes opens up a new era for the National Public Radio affiliate that had outgrown its facilities at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.  The public radio station, formerly known as WFCR Five College Radio, had been operating mostly out of obsolete space in an old dormitory on the campus of the University of Massachusetts Amherst called Hampshire House. It is space the station still will use as a news bureau and for intern programs

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Springfield   Amherst

    22. Route 5 project may 'overlap' with start of I-91 replacement in Springfield, traffic impact to be minimal: Mass DOT official

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      Route 5 project may 'overlap' with start of I-91 replacement in Springfield, traffic impact to be minimal: Mass DOT official

      The viaduct project will replace the mile-long elevated highway that runs between State Street and Interstate 291. It is estimated it will cost $230 million and take between three to six years. The section of the highway through Springfield is heavily traveled. Surveys have put the number of daily vehicles at an average of 72,000 on weekdays and 54,000 on weekends. During the peak commuting times on weekday mornings and evenings, it sees between 4,500 and 5,700 vehicles per hour. During construction, the state has plans to keep two of three lanes in each direction open ...

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      Mentions:   West Springfield   Springfield

    23. First Amtrak train on Knowledge Corridor to stop in Northampton on Dec. 29

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      First Amtrak train on Knowledge Corridor to stop in Northampton on Dec. 29

      The first Amtrak train on the new Knowledge Corridor will stop in Northampton on its journey north on Dec. 29, according to the Massachusetts Department of Transportation. Built with $73 million in federal stimulus money, the Knowledge Corridor will also stop in Springfield, Holyoke and Greenfield. Riders will be able to go from Washington, D.C., to Burlington, Vt. Until now, the line has gone through Amherst, but it ran through Northampton until 1989, when the condition of the tracks made it unsafe for passenger trains.

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      Mentions:   Amtrak   Springfield   Amherst

    24. United Way, Stay in School to Host Community Summit on Nov. 6

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      United Way, Stay in School to Host Community Summit on Nov. 6

      United Way of Pioneer Valley and Stay in School, a community initiative launched by United Way designed to increase student attendance in Springfield schools, will host the Springfield GradNation Community Summit 2014, a conference for youth, parents, and members of the community, on Thursday, Nov. 6 from 3 to 7:30 p.m. in the Judd Gymnasia at Springfield College, 263 Alden St., Springfield.  The summit’s focus is “middle school success = pathway to graduation.” Educators say better school attendance and engagement in middle school leads to higher high-school graduation rates. Summit leaders will share what they have learned from ...

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      Mentions:   Springfield College   Springfield

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