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    1. The Hub Studio Announces Grand-opening Celebration on Sept. 30 - BusinessWest

      Tracy Roth, who launched the Hub Studio, a fitness studio located at the Nonotuck Mill in Florence, will host a grand opening at the studio on Saturday, Sept. 30 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.  The studio will offer spinning, TRX resistance training, mat Pilates, scientifically backed nutrition-coaching programs, outdoor cycling instruction, workshops, special events, and more.  “The Hub believes it’s our clients’ birthright to feel powerful and complete in their bodies,” Roth said, “and that our true potential, physical and mental, lies within our core — our ‘hub’ — and when you find a way to tap into ...

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    2. Lego to cut 1,400 jobs after decline in sales | masslive.com

      Lego will cut about 1,400 positions, about eight percent of the company's workforce.  The Danish toy company reported fiscal results for the first six months of the year, with revenue down 5 percent to $2.4 billion. Profits fell by 3 percent to $544 million.  'We are disappointed by the decline in revenue in our established markets, and we have taken steps to address this,' LEGO Group Chairman Jorgen Vig Knudstorp said in a statement.

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    3. UMass Amherst Partners with Spacelabs Healthcare to Advance Research, Innovation

      UMass Amherst Partners with Spacelabs Healthcare to Advance Research, Innovation

      UMass Amherst and Spacelabs Healthcare, a leading healthcare technology company based in Snoqualmie, Washington, today announced a collaboration agreement with the shared mission of expanding medical technology and improving lives through value-based innovation. Spanning clinical and technical areas, the collaboration agreement leverages the competencies of the two organizations to form an active partnership with academic, research and development, and commercial potential. 

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    4. Out of the rough: Callaway Golf Co. grows Chicopee factory, production workforce

      Out of the rough: Callaway Golf Co. grows Chicopee factory, production workforce

      Golf is a game of precision. Making golf balls is no less exacting, as Dominic Duvall demonstrated recently at Callaway Golf Co.'s sprawling plant in the Willimansett section of town. He placed unfinished golf balls between the sharp points of an electronic micrometer to measure it to thousandths of an inch. Each ball, with it's aerodynamic surface geometry of 332 tiny indentations -- don't call them dimples -- can be no smaller than 1.68 inches in diameter and no heavier than 1.62 ounces. The Callaway plant makes 50 million golf balls a year. That's 20,000 ...

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    5. MGM Puts Team, Strategies in Place for Staffing Up

      MGM Puts Team, Strategies in Place for Staffing Up

      The final countdown has begun at MGM Springfield; the $950 million casino will be open for business in just over a year. That means roughly 3,000 people must be hired between now and then, a massive task that falls to a team that has already been hard at work for months. 126,000. That’s the number of applications that Wanda Gispert is expecting for the 3,000 or so positions that MGM Springfield must fill between now and opening night roughly a year from now — actually, well before opening night.

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    6. United Bank Foundation Supports JA’s Financial-literacy Efforts

      United Bank Foundation Supports JA’s Financial-literacy Efforts

      Junior Achievement of Western Massachusetts announced that it received a $10,000 grant from the United Bank Foundation to bring financial-literacy programs to students in East Longmeadow, Westfield, West Springfield, and Springfield. The programs will teach students concepts related to budgeting, saving, and money management with the intent of promoting the development of good financial habits. The partnership includes the involvement of volunteers from United Bank to help deliver the programs to students.

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    7. Tighe & Bond Ranks Ninth in ‘Top New England Design Firms’ List

      Tighe & Bond Ranks Ninth in ‘Top New England Design Firms’ List

      Tighe & Bond, a Northeast leader in engineering and environmental consulting, has been ranked ninth in the Engineering News Record’s (ENR) New England Top Design Firms edition. In addition, the firm was named among the Top 200 Environmental Firms by ENR, and appeared for the first time as a Top 60 Engineering Firm nationwide by Building Design + Construction.

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    8. Health Connector adds employee choice to new small business insurance exchange

      Health Connector adds employee choice to new small business insurance exchange

      Springfield and Worcester-based health insurers were among the first companies to adopt a new state platform for selling health insurance to small businesses. The Massachusetts Health Connector recently updated its exchange for companies with fewer than 50 employees. Insurers will be required to participate, but only three are involved in the first stage of the launch: Health New England of Springfield, Fallon Community Health Plan in Worcester and Boston Medical Center Health Plan in Boston.

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    9. Greenfield Community College President Robert Pura to retire

      Greenfield Community College President Robert Pura to retire

      Greenfield Community College President Robert L. Pura has announced to faculty and staff that he will retire in June 2018 after more than 17 years at the college. Robert Cohn, president of GCC's Board of Trustees, praised Pura's work calling him a "great gift, not only to Greenfield Community College and Greenfield, but to the entire Massachusetts Community College system."

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    10. Three County Fair in Northampton celebrates 200th anniversary

      Three County Fair in Northampton celebrates 200th anniversary

      As the Three County Fair in Northampton kicked off its first day Friday, thousands of Pioneer Valley residents came out to enjoy the carnival rides, entertainment and hot food.   This isn't just any year for the fair, either.  2017 marks the 200th anniversary since the establishment of the Hampshire, Franklin and Hampden Agricultural Society, which has hosted the event since its inception in 1817.  This year's celebration--which is being called "Remembering the Past, Embracing the Future"--is built around the idea of celebrating the fair's two centuries as a favorite community event.

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    11. Peter Pan Bus Lines moves to Springfield Union Station

      Peter Pan Bus Lines moves to Springfield Union Station

      Peter Pan Bus Lines will move its bus operations and ticket counter into the newly reopened Springfield Union Station Wednesday, Sept. 6. Schedules will run as normal, Peter Pan said in a news release. The long-expected move, which the Springfield-based bus carrier and the Springfield Redvelopment Authority announced in May, will begin to clear the way for the redevelopment of the station at 1776 Main St.

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    12. Construction of East Longmeadow medical and dental office to be completed in April

      A $2.5 million construction project on East Longmeadow's North Main Street should be complete in April. Construction of the medical and dental office building, which will house Pediatric Services of Springfield and Ascent Dental Solutions, began June 5, said Richard LeBlanc of Keller Williams Realty, the property's listing agent.

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    13. Western New England University, Duggan Academy in Springfield team up to help students

      Western New England University, Duggan Academy in Springfield team up to help students

      When John J. Duggan Academy senior Johnathan Letendre participated in an introduction to education internship at Western New England University, he was afraid he would not fit in with the older students. "At first I wasn't so sure that I would actually like it. I used to think these college kids are above me, they've gotten accepted to this school -- but after sitting through the classes and interacting with them, I realized they are just the same as me and I actually really enjoyed it," said Letendre, who participated in one of the many collaborations between Duggan and ...

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    14. State Rep. Tom Petrolati talks up Ludlow Mills as redevelopment efforts continue at 170-acre site

      State Rep. Tom Petrolati talks up Ludlow Mills as redevelopment efforts continue at 170-acre site

      State Rep. Thomas M. Petrolati has been a big supporter of the Ludlow Mills Preservation and Redevelopment project since its inception, which is why he's so pleased with the progress at the 170-acre State Street site bordering the Chicopee River. The Ludlow Democrat and state Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Jay Ash recently took an "informal site walk," said Petrolati, who's even more excited about the next phase of the project: the construction of Riverside Drive.

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    15. Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito presents Williamsburg with $12,500 check to plan 'community solar'...

      Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito presents Williamsburg with $12,500 check to plan 'community solar'...

      Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito, accompanied by Department of Energy Resources Commissioner Judith Judson and others, presented the check to Williamsburg officials during a visit to Western Massachusetts on Thursday. "When municipalities reduce their carbon footprints, they not only save money for residents, but help the state achieve its emission reduction goals," said Polito. "So thank you." The Municipal Energy Technical Assistance grants help designated Green Communities make good energy decisions. Funds in the amount of $661,000 were awarded to 56 cities and towns across Massachusetts this week.

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    16. Basketball Hall of Fame inductees Rebecca Lobo, Mannie Jackson speak at Springfield...

      Basketball Hall of Fame inductees Rebecca Lobo, Mannie Jackson speak at Springfield...

      Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame inductees Rebecca Lobo and Mannie Jackson were the featured guests at the Education and Leadership Luncheon at Springfield College on Friday. Part of the 2017 Enshrinement Weekend, the luncheon recognized local high school students and business leaders. It was meant to inspire and reward the perseverance and excellence of city youth through one of Springfield's greatest contributions to the world, the game of basketball, organizers said.

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    17. U.S. Rep. Richard Neal announces $5.4 million in federal grants for Springfield

      U.S. Rep. Richard Neal announces $5.4 million in federal grants for Springfield

      U.S. Rep. Richard Neal, D-Springfield, said Friday that Springfield will receive four federal grants totaling approximately $5.4 million for housing programs for low- and moderate-income residents and related services. Neal and Mayor Domenic J. Sarno announced the grants from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development on the steps of City Hall. Under HUD's Community Planning and Development Program, the city will receive $5,392,632. The city annually gets HUD funds for housing and homeless assistance.

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    18. Chicopee Savings Foundation Supports Dress for Success Boutique

      Chicopee Savings Foundation Supports Dress for Success Boutique

      The Chicopee Savings Bank Charitable Foundation recently presented Dress for Success of Western Massachusetts with a donation of $1,000 to support its boutique operations. “Dress for Success provides a tremendous service to women in our community who are working toward achieving financial independence,” said William Wagner, president of Chicopee Savings Bank Charitable Foundation. “We are very pleased to offer our support to this important work.”

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    19. Seen@ The 7th annual Western Mass. Double Decker Dine tour | masslive.com

      Seen@ The 7th annual Western Mass. Double Decker Dine tour | masslive.com

      The 7th annual Double Decker Dine, sponsored by the Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau, featured six restaurants in and around the Springfield area on Wednesday night.  Participants were escorted to the restaurants in their choice of a conventional Peter Pan bus or the classic old-world style double decker.  The participating restaurants included, Uno Pizzeria & Grill at the Riverfront in Springfield, The Student Prince in Springfield, Lattitude in West Springfield, Murphy's Pub in Agawam, Storrowton Tavern in West Springfield, and the Luxe Burger in Springfield.

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    20. Goggins Real Estate to handle leasing of downtown Northampton properties owned by Eric Suher

      Goggins Real Estate to handle leasing of downtown Northampton properties owned by Eric Suher

      Goggins Real Estate will manage leasing for a number of commercial properties in the city's downtown area that are owned by Suher Properties.  Eric Suher, president of Suher Properties, announced the new business partnership in a statement Wednesday. Mayor David Narkewicz shared Suher's announcement over social media, calling it "positive news for downtown Northampton."  Patrick Goggins, owner of Goggins Real Estate, said he was looking forward to working with Suher, as well as to finding good tenants for the properties.

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    21. Southworth Paper closing leaves gap for Turners Falls, Agawam

      Southworth Paper closing leaves gap for Turners Falls, Agawam

      The closing Wednesday of Southworth Paper Co., eliminating 120 jobs, leaves a gap in Agawam and the Turners Falls section of Montague, where paper mills were major employers for generations. "It's sad what has happened to the high-quality paper industry in this country," said Richard Kuklewicz, chairman of the Montague Board of Selectmen. "I feel badly for the people who worked there," he said. "To see the decline of the paper industry in Turners Falls is very difficult." In recent years company officials have said demand for paper was soft across the economy. David Southworth of Springfield said Wednesday ...

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    22. Bay Path Master’s Degree in Applied Data Science Ranked Nationally

      Bay Path Master’s Degree in Applied Data Science Ranked Nationally

      Bay Path University’s master’s of science degree in applied data science was ranked 12th in a list of the top 50 data-science programs nationwide by www.onlinecoursereport.com. Rankings were based on a combination of affordability, flexibility, and student support services. The article highlights the low student-to-faculty ratio of 12 to 1 at Bay Path. It also makes reference to the university’s WiSH (Women in STEM Honors) program, which offers a four-year curriculum consisting of integrated and advanced study and research for women at the undergraduate level dedicated to becoming scientists. The university is also home to ...

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    23. A. Crane Construction Continues to Expand Its Scope

      A. Crane Construction Continues to Expand Its Scope

      t’s just one example, said the younger Crane — who runs the company alongside his father — of how A. Crane has expanded its scope over the past decade, assembling a broader book of business in the commercial-building world and branching out into new realms.  “We’ve opened divisions in property management, condominium management, and we’re running more crews over the past four or five years,” he told BusinessWest. “We’ve taken on many more commercial jobs — larger-scale commercial work. We now have the office staff and field crews to handle those types of jobs.”

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    24. Don't have time, money to earn a degree? University Without Walls can help with that

      Don't have time, money to earn a degree? University Without Walls can help with that

      There are many reasons why people put off getting a bachelor's degree, and Jose Delgado, a pre-admissions adviser and recruitment coordinator for the University Without Walls, has heard them all. "Some people are afraid they are too old, others have full-time jobs and a family to support. For many people it's a money issue, a time issue, or both," he said. University Without Walls (UWW) is a program of the University of Massachusetts Amherst that allows nontraditional students to earn a bachelor's degree online while earning credit for work and life experience.

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