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    1. New Owner at Thomas & Thomas Resuscitates an Iconic Brand

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      New Owner at Thomas & Thomas Resuscitates an Iconic Brand

      Neville Orsmond wasn’t thinking about buying the company when he walked into the Thomas & Thomas plant more than three years ago. But by the time he walked back out the door, he was, well, hooked — on the notion of preserving one of the fly-fishing industry’s most famous names, and also preserving what all those who partake in this pastime call a ‘lifestyle.’

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      Mentions:   Greenfield

    2. Massachusetts rail plan, passenger trains in Pioneer Valley, open to public comment

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      Massachusetts rail plan, passenger trains in Pioneer Valley, open to public comment

      With the planned reopening of Springfield Union Station now just weeks away, officials want the public to learn about and comment on a new statewide rail plan. A plan update and public comment meeting is set for 7 p.m. Wednesday on the second floor of the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission, 60 Congress St., Springfield. The state's goal is to have the rail plan, which addresses both passenger and freight service, completed sometime in the first three months of 2017, said  Timothy Brennan, executive director of the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission and a rail advocate.

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      Mentions:   Pioneer Valley Planning Commission   Palmer   Amtrak

    3. $6 million upgrade to Westfield's downtown Gaslight District nears completion

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      $6 million upgrade to Westfield's downtown Gaslight District nears completion

      City officials were signaling the completion of the $6.5 million facelift and upgrade to the downtown Gaslight District. Mayor Brian P. Sullivan announced that final paving of streets located within the district are due to begin this week and he expected that work will be completed by early next week the latest. City Engineer Mark Cressotti agreed saying the paving operation is scheduled to begin Tuesday and if not completed by Friday, will be complete next week "weather permitting."

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      Mentions:   Westfield

    4. Two Organizations Receive 2016 Employer of Choice Recognition - BusinessWest

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      Two Massachusetts organizations were recognized as Employer of Choice Award recipients by the Employers Assoc. of the NorthEast (EANE): Shriners Hospitals for Children – Springfield and Venture Community Services of Sturbridge. The awards were given at EANE’s Employment Law and HR Practices Conference luncheon at the Springfield Marriott on Nov. 3.  Employer of Choice Awards recognize companies and organizations for developing workplaces that value employees, foster engagement, invest in training, and reward performance. Past winners view the award as a cornerstone of their company credentials and often highlight the award in recruiting and retention, grants and funding applications, and business ...

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    5. Holyoke Community College trustees recommend Christina Royal, of Inver Hills Community...

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      Holyoke Community College trustees recommend Christina Royal, of Inver Hills Community...

      An educator with a regal name will likely become the next president of Holyoke Community College. The HCC Board of Trustees unanimously voted Thursday evening to recommend Christina Royal for the position. She was one of several candidates to be named a finalist. "We were fortunate to have three highly qualified candidates to consider," said Robert Gilbert, chair of the board of trustees said in a statement. "During the board's discussion, however, it quickly became clear that Christina was the best fit for HCC."

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      Mentions:   Holyoke Community College   Holyoke

    6. Before You Launch, Run Through This Checklist

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      Before You Launch, Run Through This Checklist

      More than 627,000 new businesses open each year, according to the Small Business Administration, and entrepreneurship is a hot topic, especially here in the Pioneer Valley.  Local colleges have created centers and degrees around entrepreneurship, and organizations have been created to help startup companies prosper through coaching and education.  Whether you call yourself an entrepreneur or not, starting a business can be a significant challenge. Having an idea that inspires you is a good place to start. Once you have that, your passion for the business or its purpose is the most important factor to keep you pushing through ...

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      Mentions:   Holyoke   Meyers Brothers Kalicka

    7. Upscale Mocha Emporium coffee shop opens today in Downtown Springfield (photos)

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      Upscale Mocha Emporium coffee shop opens today in Downtown Springfield (photos)

      This will be the first Mocha Emporium to open in a downtown location. Wahhas said Springfield is developing with Union Station, the casino and the Silverbrick Lofts complex. Moch Emporium will be the first new business to locate in the Silverbrick lofts complex since Silverbrick took over the former Morgan Square apartments. There are some businesses who held over from the old ownership. He also plans to offer snacks like biscotti, cake, cheesecake, chocolates, chocolate-covered espresso beans, small breakfast entrees and sandwiches. The sandwiches are not offered at the other Mocha Emporium locations, but Wahhas said he wants to appeal ...

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Eastfield Mall

    8. $5 million continuation grant goes to Head Start programs in Western Mass cities

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      $5 million continuation grant goes to Head Start programs in Western Mass cities

      On Thursday, Democratic Congressman Richard E. Neal announced a $5 million grant will be used to continue support for Head Start programs in Western Massachusetts communities on Thursday. Neal was present at HCS Head Start--the multi-service agency responsible for Holyoke, Chicopee, and Springfield--on Thursday, detailing how the allocated funds would go towards services for families and children in the communities.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Chicopee   Holyoke

    9. Longmeadow elder care service holds ribbon cutting for new facility

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      Longmeadow elder care service holds ribbon cutting for new facility

      About 200 people gathered at JGS Lifecare on Thursday morning for a ribbon cutting ceremony for the Sosin Center for Rehabilitation. Along with members of JGS Lifecare's staff and board members, politicians such as Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno and Congressman Richard Neal spoke during the ceremony, which celebrated work on the Sosin Center and Michael's Cafe. In speeches, they praised JGS for its work opening the new facility. "You've taken a giant step here today," Neal said, addressing the audience under a tarp set up by the new center's entrance. "For the moment, we can all ...

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   Springfield   Congressman Richard E. Neal

    10. Is Greater Springfield nearing full employment? Farmington Bank scorecard says yes

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      Is Greater Springfield nearing full employment? Farmington Bank scorecard says yes

      With some good economic news recently, Western Massachusetts may be nearing a state of full employment, where the jobless rate sits around 3 percent or so.As a region, Greater Springfield had an unemployment rate of 4.2 percent, down from 5.7 percent a year ago in the September of 2015, according to state data. The statewide unemployment rate is lower at 3.3 percent, much closer to the 3 to 4 percent unemployment most economists think of as full employment. Seven of eight indicators Klepper-Smith uses to gauge the area economy are positive this quarter. Unemployment is down ...

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      Mentions:   West Springfield   Springfield

    11. Holyoke Medical Center earns an 'A' safety rating

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      Holyoke Medical Center earns an 'A' safety rating

      Holyoke Medical Center has once again earned an "A" rating from The Leapfrog Group, ranking them among the safest hospitals in the United States. The new Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades, which assign A, B, C, D and F letter grades to hospitals nationwide and provide the most complete picture of patient safety in the U.S., were announced this week by The Leapfrog Group, a national patient safety watchdog. Holyoke Medical Center was one of 844 hospitals to receive an "A", ranking among the safest hospitals in the United States. "HMC's consistency in achieving this "A" rating is attributed ...

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      Mentions:   Holyoke Medical Center   Holyoke

    12. Baystate Medical Center begins work on $27M power plant in Springfield's North End

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      Baystate Medical Center begins work on $27M power plant in Springfield's North End

      Baystate Medical Center will be able to operate for 30-days off the electrical grid once its new, $27-million combined heat and power plant is completed by December 2017. "We will be able to operate as an island," said Sean Gouvin, director of facilities planning and engineering for Baystate Health. Baystate's existing power plant dates back to the 1930s.

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   Baystate Health   Springfield

    13. Springfield seeks developer for 'endangered' former Knox Automobile Factory historic...

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      Springfield seeks developer for 'endangered' former Knox Automobile Factory historic...

      The city is seeking proposals for the redevelopment of the former Knox Automobile Factory in the Mason Square area, coinciding with the site being named one of the most endangered historic properties in Massachusetts. The city is accepting competitive proposals for the city-owned four-story brick building at 53 Wilbraham Road and an adjacent lot on Waltham Avenue. Proposals are due by Nov. 29.

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      Mentions:   Brian M. Connors   Springfield

    14. Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito keynote speaker at multi-chamber legislative symposium and lunch

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      Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito keynote speaker at multi-chamber legislative symposium and lunch

      The West of the River Chamber of Commerce, representing the business communities of Agawam and West Springfield, is hosting the Multi-chamber Checkpoint 2016 Annual Legislative Symposium. Sure, that's a big title. But the event itself is even bigger, featuring Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito as keynote speaker, over 20 local legislators, and a question-and-answer panel discussion on topics of importance to this region. The 3-hour symposium, which includes lunch, begins at 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 10, at the Log Cabin, 500 Easthampton Road, Holyoke.

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      Mentions:   West Springfield   Springfield   Holyoke

    15. Western Mass. Business Expo Set for Nov. 3

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      Western Mass. Business Expo Set for Nov. 3

      BusinessWest magazine, in conjunction with Presenting Sponsor Comcast Business, will present the sixth annual Western Mass. Business Expo on Thursday, Nov. 3 at the MassMutual Center in downtown Springfield.  Now a fall tradition for the region’s business community, the show will feature more than 100 exhibitors, more than 2,000 attendees, dozens of educational seminars, special presentations, breakfast and lunch programs, and much more. Some of the myriad highlights to this year’s show include:

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      Mentions:   Comcast   MassMutual Center   Springfield

    16. MassMutual lays off 150 around country as a result of MetLife deal

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      MassMutual lays off 150 around country as a result of MetLife deal

      MassMutual Financial Group laid off 150 employees Tuesday as a result of its $165 million takeover earlier this year of MetLife's life insurance sales operation. The layoffs were spread out over 10 offices, including the insurance giant's headquarters on State Street in Springfield. "We have been working to integrate the organizations," said MassMutual spokesman James Lacey. "When you do so, you have overlaps and redundancies. These were difficult decisions that were not made lightly and we are committed to providing support and respecting the privacy of those affected by the decisions."

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      Mentions:   MassMutual   Springfield

    17. Westover Air Base poured $197 million into local economy, decreasing impact by $24 million

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      Westover Air Base poured $197 million into local economy, decreasing impact by $24 million

      Westover Air Reserve Base poured $197 million into the local economy during the past year when totaling everything from civilian and military salaries paid to hotels rented and food purchased. While still making a sizable difference, the impact declined by $24 million from the previous fiscal year. The figures also show an overall five-year drop in the amount of money the base has contributed to the local economy.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Amherst   Chicopee

    18. Westfield gets $1.93 million for Route 20 upgrades

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      Westfield gets $1.93 million for Route 20 upgrades

      Gov. Charlie Baker was scheduled to be in Westfield today to deliver $1.93 million in MassWorks Infrastructure Program funding that will provide improvements and upgrades to Route 20. Scheduled to join the governor were Mayor Brian P. Sullivan, state Sen. Donald F. Humason Jr., R-Westfield and state Rep. John Velis, D-Westfield at the Shortstop Bar and Grill at 99 Springfield Road (Route 20). Sullivan announced at the start of his administration a desire to install another traffic light along Route 20 in the area of the Shortstop to help alleviate traffic congestion from current and future development in that ...

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Westfield

    19. WSU, STCC Forge Unique Partnership in Nursing

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      WSU, STCC Forge Unique Partnership in Nursing

      A new partnership between Westfield State University and Springfield Technical Community College will allow nursing graduates from STCC to earn a four-year degree from WSU on the Springfield campus. At a time when it’s increasingly important for nurses to have four-year degrees, the goal, as one STCC dean said, is to “remove any barriers to success.”

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      Mentions:   Springfield Technical Community College   Westfield State University   Springfield

    20. New owner plans duplexes at long-blighted Mutual Ford property in Springfield's Pine Point

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      New owner plans duplexes at long-blighted Mutual Ford property in Springfield's Pine Point

      A Hampden developer has purchased the long-vacant, blighted Mutual Ford dealership property on Bay Street in Pine Point for $470,000, and is planning to demolish the building and construct duplexes there, according to his agent. Alston Graham, of Graham's Construction Inc., is the new property owner and is planning approximately 30 high-end duplexes, said Tanya Vital-Basile, his real estate agent. "His work is amazing," Vital-Basile said Monday. "It's custom work. It's not cookie cutter." Graham was also the developer of the Alwin Place housing development in Sixteen Acres, with home sales of roughly $300,000 and ...

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    21. Baker administration awards $8.8 million for rural road and bridge projects in...

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      Baker administration awards $8.8 million for rural road and bridge projects in...

      Gov. Charlie Baker's administration on Monday awarded $8.8 million in grants for infrastructure improvements in 10 rural communities — including several communities in Western Massachusetts. "Whether you're big or whether you're small, you matter to this administration," said Housing and Economic Development Secretary Jay Ash. The money comes from MassWorks, a grant program for public infrastructure projects that was funded with $500 million over five years in an economic development bill Baker signed into law in August.

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    22. Springfield to host students and officials from Japanese sister city of Takikawa

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      Springfield to host students and officials from Japanese sister city of Takikawa

      The City of Springfield will be welcoming visitors from Japan on Thursday, giving students and public officials a taste of "The City of Firsts." Residents of Takikawa, Japan, which is a sister city to Springfield, will be spending the day visiting a variety of popular sites and landmarks throughout the city. A delegation from the Japanese city has previously visited Western Massachusetts, including a 2015 stop at Roger L. Putnam Vocational Technical Academy

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   Springfield College   Springfield

    23. Entrepreneurship Conference Slated for Nov. 4

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      Entrepreneurship Conference Slated for Nov. 4

      The 12th annual Grinspoon, Garvey & Young Entrepreneurship Conference will be held this Friday, Nov. 4, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the MassMutual Center in Springfield More than 500 students and faculty representing 14 area colleges are expected to attend the event, which includes hands-on workshops, entrepreneur exhibits, a keynote speaker, and networking. Organized by the Harold Grinspoon Charitable Foundation and the 14 area colleges, the Entrepreneurship Conference is held annually to inspire, motivate, and support college students to turn their ideas into businesses. Students will begin the day participating in the world’s largest collegiate Idea ...

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    24. Eastworks open studios set for Nov. 5 and 6 in Easthampton | masslive.com

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      Eastworks open studios set for Nov. 5 and 6 in Easthampton | masslive.com

      Artists and craftspeople at the Eastworks building will open their studios to the public next weekend, and a 'Holiday Pop-Up Shop' will enliven the first floor.  Eastwork's third annual open studios will span two days this year: November 5, 12 to 5 p.m., and November 6, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and a slew of family-friendly events are on tap.  Working artists account for most of the residents at the 100-year old mill building, which has four floors of commercial, office, artist and warehouse space, and nearly fifty live/work lofts.

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      Mentions:   Easthampton

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