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    1. Gov. Deval Patrick appoints Jamie Williamson of Springfield chair of Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination

      Gov. Deval Patrick appoints Jamie Williamson of Springfield chair of Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination

      Gov. Deval Patrick announced Tuesday that he has appointed Jamie R. Williamson, former executive director of the Massachusetts Fair Housing Center in Holyoke, to be chairman of the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination.Williamson, of Springfield, has been a member of the commission since 2010. She will replace previous chairman Julian Tynes, who is now the director of labor relations for the state Department of Transportation.

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    2. Mohegan Sun impact report: Palmer casino would lessen unemployment, benefit housing sales, and have minimal impact on roads

      Mohegan Sun impact report: Palmer casino would lessen unemployment, benefit housing sales, and have minimal impact on roads

      Mohegan Sun Massachusetts on Monday released a report stating that a proposed $1 billion casino would have a minimal environmental and traffic impact on Palmer and surrounding communities and a positive effect on employment and housing sales. The 36-page document, titled “Report of Impacts on Nearby Communities,” was prepared for the Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority by consultants Beals and Thomas, of Southborough

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    3. Dr. Westchesterson 'Rocks the 413' video tribute to Pioneer Valley restaurants debuts

      Dr. Westchesterson 'Rocks the 413' video tribute to Pioneer Valley restaurants debuts

      The piece was commissioned by the visitors bureau, as a way of reaching out to a younger demographic. Michele Goldberg, director of marketing for the visitors bureau, told The Republican earlier this week that Dr. Westchesterson is a known brand in the region and a natural fit for the bureau's efforts to showcase it.

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    4. Mason Square group plans weekend health and wellness fair for Springfield residents

      The Mason Square Health Task Force will hold The H.E.L.P. Expo on Saturday, April 14, from 10 am to 3 pm at the Dunbar Y Family and Community Center, 33 Oak St, with events that include free workshops, exercise sessions and dozens of health and wellness exhibitors on site. The theme for the expo is "health, education, lifestyle and prevention."

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    5. WGBY documentary on past and future of Springfield's historic State Street corridor given premiere at Springfield Museum of History

      WGBY documentary on past and future of Springfield's historic State Street corridor given premiere at Springfield Museum of History
      The 55-minute documentary, titled “The State Street Corridor Project: The Road to Renewal,” produced by WGBY Channel 57, was given an advance screening Friday night to an audience of about 50 people at the Lyman & Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield History. .
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    6. Long-time Friendly's customers lament loss of their favorite restaurant locations

      Long-time Friendly's customers lament loss of their favorite restaurant locations
      When told of Friendly’s financial problems, which forced the restaurant chain on Wednesday to declare Chapter 11 bankruptcy and close 63 locations including five in Western Massachusetts, Green shrugged and said it is the latest bit of bad news that is a direct result of the struggling national economy.
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    7. Amid tragedy and destruction from tornado, officials speak of long-term plans for rebuilding Western Massachusetts communities

      Amid tragedy and destruction from tornado, officials speak of long-term plans for rebuilding Western Massachusetts communities
      Before a crowd of more than 250 people at Center Court at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, a series of speakers, including Gov. Deval L. Patrick, Lt. Gov. Timothy Murray, and Springfield Mayor Domenic J. Sarno, emphasized a need to look to long-term goals while dealing with the immediate problem of cleanup from the storm
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    8. FEMA recovery centers open Saturday in Springfield, West Side to aid tornado victims

      FEMA recovery centers open Saturday in Springfield, West Side to aid tornado victims
      The Springfield center is located in Building 104 of the STCC Technology Park at One Federal Street. More important for people going to the center than their residence is that they first register with FEMA. Registering will get a person “into the system,” which will allow case workers to open a file and keep track of each person’s particular needs, he said.
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    9. President Obama's disaster area declaration opens door for federal aid, buoys hopes of tornado-tossed communities in Western Massachusetts

      President Obama's disaster area declaration opens door for federal aid, buoys hopes of tornado-tossed communities in Western Massachusetts
      Obama’s approval came just four days after Gov. Deval L. Patrick requested the declaration in a letter to the president. It also took place the same day the state House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly to approve $15 million to pay for costs of state agencies responding to the storms.
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    10. Emergency spending measures proposed by Gov. Patrick to help Western Massachusetts communities begin rebuilding from tornado destruction

      Emergency spending measures proposed by Gov. Patrick to help Western Massachusetts communities begin rebuilding from tornado destruction
      One day after touring storm-ravaged sections of Springfield and Western Massachusetts, Gov. Deval L. Patrick on Monday submitted legislation to pay for emergency response costs and to streamline the process for communities to begin rebuilding.
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