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    1. Grass is greener for former lawn care specialist hired as interim director of the Springfield BID

      Grass is greener for former lawn care specialist hired as interim director of the Springfield BID

      The Springfield BID was established in 1998 under state legislation. It is a nonprofit organization, providing services including litter cleanup, graffiti removal, sidewalk and curb cleaning, flower baskets and planters maintenance, marketing, special events and "ambassadors" to welcome and assist visitors. The agency collects around $700,000 in fees from about 100 downtown commercial property owners in the 26-block area included in the district.

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    2. Columbia Gas reaches $850,000 settlement with Springfield over downtown explosion

      Columbia Gas reaches $850,000 settlement with Springfield over downtown explosion

      The settlement was divided into a $650,000 payout to cover property damage and personnel-related costs, and a $200,000 planning grant to help rebuild the surrounding area. The city issued a request for proposals today for planning and development consultants.  "We want to look at what's right for that area and what will work best," said Kevin Kennedy, chief development officer for the city, also giving kudos to the gas company. "While they admit they had a problem in causing the thing, they want to move forward." Sarno and Kennedy noted that the disaster has propelled city officials ...

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    3. Film crew to chronicle history and highlights of the Springfield Armory for national broadcast series

      Film crew to chronicle history and highlights of the Springfield Armory for national broadcast series

      The Armory houses the world's largest collection of historic American military firearms. The site served as both an arsenal under George Washington and later a manufacturing site that employed 14,000 men and women at its peak during World War II. It closed in 1968 and reopened as a national park a decade later. "The Armory is one of the best-kept secrets in America. It's the birthplace of the American firearms industry," said Bequette. He travels the country visiting firearms manufacturers for his work and refers to this region as "Gun Valley" for its concentration of gun manufacturers ...

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    4. Hampden District Attorney Mark Mastroianni nominated for federal judgeship by President Barack Obama

      Hampden District Attorney Mark Mastroianni nominated for federal judgeship by President Barack Obama

      Gov. Deval L. Patrick will appoint an interim Hampden district attorney upon Mastroianni's potential confirmation by the U.S. Senate, who will sit until the next election in 2014. Mastroianni, who has been vetted by the American Bar Association and FBI, must appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee and be confirmed by the full U.S. Senate.

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    5. Springfield Museums wins national accreditation from American Alliance of Museums

      Springfield Museums wins national accreditation from American Alliance of Museums

      The Springfield Museums consortium joined the ranks of the most prestigious in the country by recently earning national accreditation through the American Alliance of Museums, officials announced on Tuesday. Longtime private donors, elected officials and museums staff and board members joined in a celebratory announcement at The Michele & Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts. The consortium of five museums and the Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden will now be among a scant 6 percent of national museums to receive the accreditation.

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    6. Reading collaborative grants $324,000 for local efforts

      Reading collaborative grants $324,000 for local efforts

      The Funder Collaborative for Reading Success, an ally of the “Read! Reading Success by 4th Grade initiative,” recently announced the recipients of the new funding stream. They included the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst; the Regional Employment Board; Springfield Collaboration for Change; Springfield College/ Americorps; and Square One.

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    7. Bay Path College receives $1 million federal grant for new physician assistant studies graduate program

      Bay Path College receives $1 million federal grant for new physician assistant studies graduate program

      The five-year grant was awarded by the Health Resources and Services Administration and will allow the Class of 2014 to enhance clinical training in primary care settings in under served areas – Hampden County being one of them, with historically troubled health statistics in comparison with the rest of the state.

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    8. Charters for two new proposed schools granted in Springfield and Holyoke

      The Baystate Academy Charter School will open in fall 2013. The school will be located in Springfield and will enroll a maximum of 560 students in grades 6-12. The Paulo Freire Social Justice Charter School will open in fall 2012. The regional school will be located in Holyoke and include the towns of West Springfield, Chicopee, Westfield, South Hadley and Northampton. The school will enroll a maximum of 500 students in grades 9-12.

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    9. Massachusetts could see up to $50 million boost in early childhood education funding through federal 'Race to the Top' program

      Massachusetts could see up to $50 million boost in early childhood education funding through federal 'Race to the Top' program
      Early education in Massachusetts is poised for up to a $50 million boost from a grant from the White House targeting this state among nine that earned federal funding through a competitive “Race to the Top” early learning challenge fund.
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    10. Over $86,000 in tornado relief funds awarded by Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts

      Over $86,000 in tornado relief funds awarded by Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts
      “As a community foundation, one of our key roles is pooling the resources of our generous community members to support those most in need. We are pleased to be able to provide much-needed funding to the many nonprofits in our region that have worked tirelessly to keep up with the increased demand brought about by the tornadoes,” said Community Foundation President Ron Ancrum.
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    11. Women browse wares and services at first annual Women's Expo

      Women browse wares and services at first annual Women's Expo
      The two-day event at the MassMutual Center on State Street was – quite obviously – geared toward women’s interests. Event promoter Jay Appleman, of Longmeadow, said he organized a line-up of just about 150 vendors and organizations, including a fashion show by “It’s All About Me,” a local boutique. He honed the list with the help of a five-member advisory team of women.
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    12. Congressman Neal reflects on Springfield's tornado-spawned setback

      Congressman Neal reflects on Springfield's tornado-spawned setback
      The following day, Neal trudged through the near-wasteland of the South End, which still has many of its landmark businesses standing and back in operation, including the Red Rose pizzeria and restaurant, La Fiorentina bakery and Mom & Rico’s, all on Main Street. With an entourage of media and officials with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in tow, Neal took time to talk with old friends and business owners. Many credited him as having been a financial savior during Neal’s mayoralty.
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    13. Massachusetts School Building Authority releases Needs Survey report

      Massachusetts School Building Authority releases Needs Survey report
      Schools across Western Massachusetts received mixed ratings, with dozens of capital and renovation projects in the works around the region. Authority officials said that over 84 percent of the state’s 1,757 public schools received good scores for building conditions and less than 2 percent, 23 schools, received the poorest rating.
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