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    1. Baystate Health Appoints Leaders of Regional Community Hospitals | BusinessWest

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      Baystate Health Appoints Leaders of Regional Community Hospitals | BusinessWest

      Baystate Health announced three leadership appointments for its regional community hospitals. Effective July 1, Steven Bradley will succeed Chuck Gijanto as president of Baystate Franklin Medical Center and the Baystate Northern Region. And effective immediately, Dennis Chalke has been named senior vice president of Community Hospitals for Baystate Health, an expansion of his current role as chief financial officer and treasurer, in which he will continue. Dr. M. Shafeeq Ahmed will continue in his role as chief operating officer and chief medical officer for Baystate Mary Lane Hospital, and will also serve as acting president of Baystate Mary Lane Hospital ...

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      Mentions:   Baystate Health   Springfield

    2. The Student Prince: Chamber sees need to encourage downtown patronage | masslive

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      The Student Prince: Chamber sees need to encourage downtown patronage | masslive

      News that downtown stalwart The Student Prince Cafe and The Fort Dining Room has suffered through declining business in recent years points out the need to patronize Springfield's businesses or risk losing them and the positive energy they create, said Jeffrey Ciuffreda, president of the Affiliated Chambers of Commerce of Greater Springfield.  'Folks who come to Springfield to make their livelihoods have to support some of the amenities that we have here,' Ciuffreda said Tuesday. 'That may mean getting out of the tower once or twice a week and going to lunch. That might mean staying after work once ...

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Jeff Ciuffreda   Student Prince

    3. State approves economic development incentives including Dave's Truck Repair and Advance Welding in Springfield, Kennametal in Greenfield and Berkshire Sterile Manufacturing in Lee | masslive

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      State approves economic development incentives including Dave's Truck Repair and Advance Welding in Springfield, Kennametal in Greenfield and Berkshire Sterile Manufacturing in Lee | masslive

      The Massachusetts Economic Development Coordinating Council approved 10 expansion incentive projects including the possible expansion Kennametal in Greenfield, and ongoing expansion s at Berkshire Sterile Manufacturing in Lee and at Advance Welding and Dave's Truck Repair, both in Springfield.  In total, all 10 projects might total 679 new jobs and retain 699 existing jobs in the state, according to a news release from the state Executive office of Housing and Economic Development.

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      Mentions:   West Springfield   Springfield   Greenfield

    4. Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau laments Supreme Judicial Court ruling on casino

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      Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau laments Supreme Judicial Court ruling on casino

      The Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau issued a statement Wednesday, saying it is “incredibly disappointed” by a state Supreme Judicial Court ruling that requires a statewide referendum vote on casinos. “The anti-gaming repeal effort has questioned the importance of Springfield's voice, and the integrity of the legislative process,” said Mary Kay Wydra, the bureau’s president in a prepared release. “We compete with our neighboring states for tourism dollars, and having MGM Springfield in our market provides us with a competitive advantage in the race for those dollars to boost the Massachusetts economy.”

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Mary Kay Wydra   MGM

    5. Foreign Investment: is Greater Springfield ready for a surge? | masslive

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      Foreign Investment: is Greater Springfield ready for a surge? | masslive

      More than 10,320 people in Greater Springfield work for foreign-owned companies, but as a percentage of employment this region falls behind other metro areas in turning foreign money into local jobs.  Just 4.4 percent of the jobs in Greater Springfield, a region that includes all of Hampden, Hampshire and Franklin counties, are in foreign-owned establishments, according to a study from the Global Cities Initiative at The Brookings Institution, a Washington think tank.

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      Mentions:   Stop & Shop   Springfield   Chicopee

    6. ABCs of turning around Springfield's underperforming schools include leadership, instruction and high expectations

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      ABCs of turning around Springfield's underperforming schools include leadership, instruction and high expectations

      The secret to turning around chronically underperforming - or Level 4 - schools isn’t all that secret. It takes strong leadership, more instructional time for students, use of data-driven instruction, in-school tutoring - and, perhaps, most important - a culture of high expectations, according to Kim Wells, Springfield’s new school improvement officer, who oversees progress at six of Springfield's 10 academically struggling schools. Those strategies - many culled from practices used in charter schools and from research done by educational consultants - are beginning to work in Springfield public schools, Wells said.

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Springfield   Holyoke

    7. Greater Springfield to host 2014 Northeast Shrine Association convention in August, 2,000 expected

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      Greater Springfield to host 2014 Northeast Shrine Association convention in August, 2,000 expected

      The Northeast Shrine Association was established in 1936 and is composed of 15 centers throughout New England and eastern Canada, including the Melha Shrine in Springfield, according to the release. The convention encompasses a multitude of events including a parade, dinners and brunch, banquet, and a field day at Six Flags New England in Agawam on Aug. 23.

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      Mentions:   West Springfield   Six Flags New England   Springfield

    8. Focus Springfield Community Television gets new studio to go with new name, expanded mission

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      Focus Springfield Community Television gets new studio to go with new name, expanded mission

      The city’s cable television station unveiled its new home Monday, a 6,500-square-foot media hub with two studios, a video lab, exhibition space and 21st century technology. The opening, held by Focus Springfield Community Television, marked the beginning of a new era for public access television in Springfield, station manager Steve Cary told about 100 people attending the ribbon-cutting ceremony. “It’s a day to be grateful for a lot of things,” Cary said, expressing thanks to elected officials, contractors, studio employees and others who helped with the $1 million upgrade from the station’s old home in the ...

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   University of Massachusetts   Comcast

    9. Consultants studying UMass and Amherst issues present initial findings Thursday afternoon

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      Consultants studying UMass and Amherst issues present initial findings Thursday afternoon

      In April of 2013, UMass Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy proposed that university and town together hire a consultant to look at community-campus issues and that the university and town split the $60,000 estimated cost. Town Meeting agreed. The steering committee began meeting in October of 2013 and shaped the scope of the study. Initially, the group was hoping a plan would be finalized for this past May. Now the committee is targeting a September report. Nancy Buffone, executive director of External Relations and University Events, in an email wrote that the committee wants "to ensure public participation in this critical ...

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Amherst   Kumble Subbaswamy

    10. Greenfield Launches Technology Master Plan

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      Greenfield Launches Technology Master Plan

      We will have the ability to provide Internet access to many of our citizens who cannot currently access the Internet today or are prevented from a rapid and broad connection.” Beginning in 2010, Martin and Economic Development Director Robert Pyers began an effort to focus on the town’s lack of telecommunications and information-technology infrastructure. They believed that an investment in technology would help spur economic development, enhance public-health and public-safety communications, increase quality educational opportunities, and encourage government efficiency and local democracy. Research had also shown that investing in technology would help the town retain technology-based businesses and spur ...

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      Mentions:   William Martin   Greenfield

    11. Scuderi Group and AHIS of Mexico Sign Power-purchasing Agreement

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      Scuderi Group and AHIS of Mexico Sign Power-purchasing Agreement

      The Scuderi Group announced the signing of a power-purchasing agreement (PPA) with Mexico City-based developer and gaming company AHIS in an effort to lower electrical costs by up to 20% at 13 of its properties. This contract also enables the Scuderi Group to be given authorization to generate electricity for the Mexican power grid. According to the agreement, the Scuderi Group will build the necessary power-generation and energy-storage units to be installed at 13 of AHIS’s casinos located in Mexico City and other resort locations, which currently house an average of 350 machines each, as well as sports/race ...

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      Mentions:   West Springfield   Springfield   Scuderi Group

    12. Viewpoint: Square One makes long-term impact in the lives of children

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      Viewpoint: Square One makes long-term impact in the lives of children

      Children at Square One spend their day learning in a quality early education and care environment that prepares them to enter school and be successful. Their lessons transfer directly to their experience in school and help make children who went to preschool at Square One much more likely to graduate from high school, continue their education and contribute productively to the community. Any business person can appreciate the long-term value of such an investment.

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      Mentions:   Holyoke

    13. DevelopSpringfield awards $25,000 grant to State Street building housing new Q Smoking Good Food restaurant

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      DevelopSpringfield awards $25,000 grant to State Street building housing new Q Smoking Good Food restaurant

      DevelopSpringfield has awarded a $25,321 grant to Wellfleet-based Lorilee I, LLC for improvements to its business and residential property at 886-892 State St. The developer will use the grant for windows, doors, signage and repairs to the property, which houses the Q Smoking Good Food barbeque restaurant and is located near Springfield College and American International College.

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      Mentions:   American International College   Springfield College   Springfield

    14. Smith & Wesson announces record sales for fiscal year, but dimmed 2015 outlook | masslive

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      Smith & Wesson announces record sales for fiscal year, but dimmed 2015 outlook | masslive

      Founded in Springfield in 1852, Smith & Wesson has more than 1,600 employees, including 1,500 production workers at its sprawling firearms plant on Roosevelt Avenue. The company has a $77.5 million annual payroll.  For just the most recent quarter, Smith & Wesson's sales were $170.4 million, a decline of 4.6 percent compared with the same time period in 2013. Excluding Walther products no longer sold by Smith & Wesson, that sales decline was only 1.5 percent.

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      Mentions:   Smith & Wesson Corp.   Springfield

    15. Massachusetts adds 9,100 jobs on the month, unemployment drops | masslive.com

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      Massachusetts adds 9,100 jobs on the month, unemployment drops | masslive.com

      Massachusetts added 9,100 jobs in May, 8,800 of them in the private sector, according to statistics released Thursday by the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development and the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics. The Massachusetts statewide unemployment rate fell to 5.6 percent, that is a 0.4 of a percentage point better than a month before and down was down 1.4 percent from the May 2013 rate of 7.0 percent, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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    16. DevelopSpringfield Announces Grant for State Street Improvements

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      DevelopSpringfield Announces Grant for State Street Improvements

      DevelopSpringfield announced that it has awarded a $25,321 grant for facade improvements to the 886-892 State St. property owned by Lorilee I, LLC. Building tenants include the new restaurant Q Smokin’ Good Food. The grant is made possible under DevelopSpringfield’s Corridor Storefront Improvement Program, which provides grants of up to $10,000 per storefront for exterior improvements to first-floor businesses located on State and Main streets in Springfield.

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    17. Westfield's planned $5.9 million upgrade of downtown's Gaslight District underway

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      Westfield's planned $5.9 million upgrade of downtown's Gaslight District underway

      The long-awaited $5.9 million upgrade of the city's Gaslight District should be in full swing next week, officials said Thursday. The project, which includes new water, sewer and underground electrical power, will take two construction seasons to complete, City Engineer Mark S. Cressotti said. It is being funded primarily by water and sewer. Gagliarducci Construction Inc., of Springfield, was selected to complete the project.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Westfield

    18. Baystate board of trustees move toward Phase 3 of Baystate Medical Center expansion

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      Baystate board of trustees move toward Phase 3 of Baystate Medical Center expansion

      In addition to the naming this week of 3300 Main St., an outpatient facility, as The Tolosky Center, in honor of Mark R. Tolosky, who steps down at month's end as president and chief executive officer of Baystate Health, after a 22-year career with the system, Baystate's board of trustees has announced, in Baystate Health employees' Connections publication, "intentions to begin the third phase of the Baystate Medical Center expansion."

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      Mentions:   MassMutual   Baystate Health   Springfield

    19. John Gormally discusses sale of Springfield's ABC40/FOX 6 to Meredith Corporation | masslive.com

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      John Gormally discusses sale of Springfield's ABC40/FOX 6 to Meredith Corporation | masslive.com

      John Gormally, president of Gormally Broadcasting, announced Wednesday afternoon that he signed an agreement to sell WGGB-TV (ABC40 and FOX 6 Springfield) to media company Meredith Corporation.  When asked what brought about the sale, Gormally said in a phone interview on Wednesday, 'Sometimes the hunter becomes the hunted.'  The media entrepreneur said he was interested in purchasing other media outlets, but found it difficult to compete with large broadcasters, and then talks turned to his own business ventures.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   The Republican

    20. Focus Springfield Community TV Ribbon Cutting Slated for June 23

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      Focus Springfield Community TV Ribbon Cutting Slated for June 23

      The newly formed Focus Springfield Community Television will open with a formal ribbon cutting, unveiling the new, 7,000-square-foot community television and programming facility at 1200 Main St., on June 23 at 10 a.m. Mayor Domenic Sarno, other local officials, and representatives of Focus Springfield Community Television will participate in the grand-opening event. The new local community television hub will host leading-edge technology that will allow local producers and Springfield residents to learn the skills needed to develop and air video programming on the Springfield cable system.

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   Springfield

    21. University of Massachusetts Amherst freezes fees, tuition for undergraduate students

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      University of Massachusetts Amherst freezes fees, tuition for undergraduate students

      For the second year in a row, there will be no increase in tuition and mandatory fees for in-state undergraduate students at the University of Massachusetts. The school's board of trustees unanimously approved the freeze on Wednesday, crediting an increase in state support for the university.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   University of Connecticut   Amherst

    22. Mental Health Association launches $4.5 million, 16-unit housing complex in Springfield for disabled, low income residents after tornado losses

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      Mental Health Association launches $4.5 million, 16-unit housing complex in Springfield for disabled, low income residents after tornado losses

      The Mental Health Association launched a 16-unit, $4.5 million housing project on Magazine Street on Wednesday, serving to replace similar housing for disabled clients that was destroyed in a tornado three years ago. Mental health advocates, project partners, and city officials gathered for the groundbreaking ceremony for “Magazine Commons,” at the project site, 115 Magazine St., in the McKnight neighborhood. The site is adjacent to the Mental Health Association headquarters.

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   MassDevelopment   West Springfield

    23. Baystate Health names building for outgoing chief Mark Tolosky

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      Baystate Health names building for outgoing chief Mark Tolosky

      Mark R. Tolosky is stepping down as president and chief executive officer of Baystate Health at month's end, and, on June 18, his 22-year career, that focused on Baystate Medical Center's expansion and modernization, was honored, in brick and mortar, with the naming of the center's 3300 Main St. outpatient facility, The Tolosky Center.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Palmer   Baystate Health

    24. MassDOT announces elimination of existing MassPike toll rate structure, offers savings for Western and Central Mass. drivers

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      MassDOT announces elimination of existing MassPike toll rate structure, offers savings for Western and Central Mass. drivers

      As Massachusetts Department of Transportation officials prepare to embrace all-electronic tolling in 2016, state transportation officials announced Wednesday a new toll structure that will save some drivers in Western and Central Massachusetts money. With the new, all-electronic tolling system, drivers will no longer pay by E-ZPass transponder or cash as they exit, but rather while they drive. Tolls will be collected electronically either through a motorist’s E-ZPass or via a program in which a camera captures the license plate and the vehicle’s registered owner is billed by mail.

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      Mentions:   Raytheon   West Springfield   Springfield

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