1. Articles from Ted LaBorde, The Republican

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    1. Westfield Vocational Technical High School to add robotics to manufacturing technology department

      Explore masslive.com (Jan 7 2013)

      Funding for the estimated $40,000 project will come from an annual golf tournament that benefits the manufacturing technology department. That fund-raiser is hosted by the Western Massachusetts Chapter of the National Tooling and Machining Association and the high school’s manufacturing advisory committee.

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      Mentions:   Westfield   National Tooling and Machining Association

    2. Latest concept for Westfield downtown redevelopment includes 6-story commercial building, 5-story parking garage, glass bus shelter

      Explore masslive.com (Dec 12 2012)

      Latest concept for Westfield downtown redevelopment includes 6-story commercial building, 5-story parking garage, glass bus shelter

      The latest concept envisioned for downtown redevelopment calls for a six-story commercial-retail-residential building, a 500-vehicle parking garage and a single-story glass-enclosed Pioneer Valley Transit Authority bus shelter.

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      Mentions:   Westfield State University   Westfield   Daniel M. Knapik

    3. Westfield takes next step in $1.5 million redesign of Airport Industrial Road

      Explore masslive.com (Dec 10 2012)

      Westfield takes next step in $1.5 million redesign of Airport Industrial Road

      Work will begin early next year on the redesign and reconstruction of Airport Industrial Road, leading toward development of a new 80-acre Airport Industrial Park.

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      Mentions:   Westfield   The Republican

    4. Westfield officials plan public unveiling of proposed downtown development project

      Explore masslive.com (Nov 28 2012)

      Westfield officials plan public unveiling of proposed downtown development project

      City officials, along with representatives of the Pioneer Valley Transit Authority plan to present one or two new redevelopment concepts estimated at $25 million to $30 million for Elm Street Dec. 12, seeking input from downtown businesses and the public in general.

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      Mentions:   Westfield State University   Westfield   Daniel M. Knapik

    5. Westfield State University Mathematics Department national grant will create course of study for liberal arts students

      Explore masslive.com (Nov 15 2012)

      Westfield State University Mathematics Department national grant will create course of study for liberal arts students

      The Mathematics Department received a $150,000 grant four years ago to launch the project. Ten textbooks have been created that now need to be revised, refined and finished, and the objective is that once completed those texts be made available to liberal arts students at no cost, Fleron said.

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      Mentions:   Westfield State University   Amherst   Westfield

    6. Western Avenue road project hearing prompts Westfield residents to call for better traffic controls when $2.5 million project launched

      Explore masslive.com (Nov 14 2012)

      Western Avenue road project hearing prompts Westfield residents to call for better traffic controls when $2.5 million project launched

      Cressotti said he expects completion of the project design by summer and the competitive bidding for the project during next fall. Construction would then begin in spring 2014, but some utility work by the city could begin by the fall 2013.

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      Mentions:   Westfield State University   Springfield   Westfield

    7. Westfield planning $2 million upgrade to Western Avenue

      Explore masslive.com (Nov 12 2012)

      Westfield planning $2 million upgrade to Western Avenue

      The estimated $2 to $2.5 million project will be unveiled during a public information meeting scheduled for Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Highland Elementary School.

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      Mentions:   Westfield State University   Westfield

    8. Westfield to seek new proposals for a solar farm at former landfill

      Explore masslive.com (Oct 29 2012)

      Westfield to seek new proposals for a solar farm at former landfill

      Despite failed talks with SunEdison, negotiations are continuing with Borrego Solar Systems Inc. for a solar farm on 35 acres of Barnes Municipal Airport property off North Road.

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      Mentions:   Westfield   Barnes Municipal Airport   Daniel M. Knapik

    9. Westfield Vocational-Technical High School adds programs to promote student success and school pride

      Explore masslive.com (Oct 13 2012)

      Westfield Vocational-Technical High School adds programs to promote student success and school pride

      A new administration at Westfield Vocational-Technical High School has brought expanded focus on student achievement and school pride.

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      Mentions:   Chicopee   Westfield

    10. With Block Building razed, Westfield officials focus on 76-84 Elm St. purchase and demolition

      Explore masslive.com (Oct 11 2012)

      With Block Building razed, Westfield officials focus on 76-84 Elm St. purchase and demolition

      Demolition of that building, which poses a safety risk because of deterioration, is expected in early November, Daley said. A section of the building’s facade fell to the sidewalk last month cause minor injuries to a construction worker. The property has since been fenced off preventing public access

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      Mentions:   Westfield State University   Westfield   Hampden Bank

    11. Western Massachusetts residents weigh in on public transportation issues

      Explore masslive.com (Sep 27 2012)

      Western Massachusetts residents weigh in on public transportation issues

      The ‘Your Vision Our Future. A Transportation Conversation’ series will resume Oct. 2 in Worcester. Davey and representatives of various DOT departments will be at the Pittsfield Public Library on Oct. 4 and at the Campus Center at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst on Oct. 10. Both sessions are scheduled for 6 to 8 p.m..

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Springfield Technical Community College   Springfield

    12. Demolition of former Block Building in Westfield scheduled

      Explore masslive.com (Sep 14 2012)

      Demolition of former Block Building in Westfield scheduled

      Daley said the city will also move this week to obtain appraisals on the adjoining one-story building on Elm Street, owned by Hampden Bank, which was also declared unsafe by city officials Aug. 30.  The appraisal will be used in negotiations with Hampden Bank to acquire the building, Daley said. Both buildings have been targeted for demolition as part of the city’s effort to redevelop the Elm Street business corridor. Both buildings have been vacant for several years. The Block Building is already owned by the city.

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      Mentions:   Westfield State University   Westfield   Hampden Bank

    13. Westfield set to begin $2 million redesign and reconstruction of Airport Industrial Road

      Explore masslive.com (Sep 13 2012)

      Westfield set to begin $2 million redesign and reconstruction of Airport Industrial Road

      The project is being financed primarily with state funding under the MassWorks Infrastructure Program. The city has already invested about $100,000 for survey, easement and land takings and design work, City Advancement Officer Jeffrey R. Daley said Thursday.

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      Mentions:   MassDevelopment   Westfield   Daniel M. Knapik

    14. Westfield to launch development effort for new air industrial park

      Explore masslive.com (Aug 30 2012)

      Westfield to launch development effort for new air industrial park

      The proposed park, about 80 acres, sits adjacent to Barnes Regional Airport off North Road and abuts two large aviation firms, General Dynamics Aviation Services and Gulfstream Aerospace, located on Elise Street. Gulfstream is currently building a new $23 million maintenance facility that will bring an additional 100 high-skilled jobs to its current 130-member workforce. That facility is scheduled to be operational next spring.

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      Mentions:   Westfield

    15. Westfield's Barnes Regional Airport gets $2.3 million grant to continue noise mitigation project

      Explore masslive.com (Aug 18 2012)

      Westfield's Barnes Regional Airport gets $2.3 million grant to continue noise mitigation project

      The airport has now received about $7 million towards completion of the project that addresses renovations or purchase of homes impacted by high levels of noise around the airport perimeter, Airport Manager Brian P. Barnes said.

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      Mentions:   Westfield

    16. Councilor plans to withdraw request to restrict certain business development in Westfield's downtown

      Explore masslive.com (Aug 16 2012)

      Councilor plans to withdraw request to restrict certain business development in Westfield's downtown

      Brown said the request is being made in an effort to allow more study of the plan and ensure the city has the necessary tools in place to bring family friendly business and opportunities to the on-going redevelopment of the city's core district. That district extends from Big Y on Broad Street to Depot Square area at North Elm Street.

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      Mentions:   Big Y Foods   Westfield

    17. Michele Cabral named West Springfield's first economic development administrator

      Explore masslive.com (Aug 14 2012)

      Michele Cabral named West Springfield's first economic development administrator

      Cabral was named Tuesday West Springfield’s first economic development administrator, a position Mayor Gregory C. Neffinger said will drive the town’s strategy in “all aspects of economic development.

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      Mentions:   Westfield State University   West Springfield   Springfield

    18. Westfield's initial phase of Columbia Greenway Rail Trail due to open

      Explore masslive.com (Aug 8 2012)

      Vanasse Hangen Brustlin Inc., design engineers of Worcester is working with the city on the rail trail design and Mayor Daniel M. Knapik and City Engineer Mark s. Cressotti have said the plan is to proceed on an annual basis until Westfield’s trail is complete.

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      Mentions:   Westfield   Daniel M. Knapik

    19. Westfield Museum Inc. seeks to preserve and promote city's industrial past

      Explore masslive.com (Jul 20 2012)

      Westfield Museum Inc. seeks to preserve and promote city's industrial past

      The effort is to open a museum that features a static display of the city’s industrial past along with a living museum using the manufacturing operations of Westfield Whip Manufacturing Co., the city city’s last operating whip company which still resembles the 1890s manufacturing process.

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      Mentions:   Northampton   Westfield

    20. Chicopee's Westover Metropolitan Airport to get security enhancements through FAA grant

      Explore masslive.com (Jul 20 2012)

      Chicopee's Westover Metropolitan Airport to get security enhancements through FAA grant

      “This grant is indicative of the role Westover plays in the sense of national security and commerce,” Neal said, noting “physical improvements to both the civilian and military base during the past 15 years has amounted to tens of millions of dollars.”

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Chicopee   Allan W. Blair

    21. Westfield readies plans for $5 million Gaslight District upgrade

      Explore masslive.com (Jul 4 2012)

      Westfield readies plans for $5 million Gaslight District upgrade

      Mayor Daniel M. Knapik said the project, in planning for the past decade, will “dress up this neighborhood and serve as an extension of efforts to revitalize our downtown. These two projects have always been connected.”

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      Mentions:   Westfield   Daniel M. Knapik   Massachusetts Department of Transportation

    22. Massachusetts military bases pump $14 billion into economy annually, UMass report says

      Explore masslive.com (Jun 26 2012)

      The report examines each of the six bases in terms of jobs, defense and homeland security contracts and economic impact. A larger report that focuses on defense and homeland security economic benefits to the six New England states, also done by the Donahue Institute and DTI, was released Monday showing a regional economic impact of $34 billion and 319,000 jobs.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Chicopee   Westfield

    23. Report: New England businesses and institutions shared $34 billion in National Defense and Homeland Security contracts in 2011

      Explore masslive.com (Jun 25 2012)

      Report: New England businesses and institutions shared $34 billion in National Defense and Homeland Security contracts in 2011

      The amounts represent an increase 83 percent since 2003 and are responsible for 319,000 jobs at more than 5,000 firms and institutions across New England. In Massachusetts, defense and security contracts support 130,000 jobs at about 2,500 businesses and institutions.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Chicopee   Westfield

    24. Dedication of Westfield Great River Bridges will kick off days of city-wide celebration

      Explore masslive.com (Jun 19 2012)

      Dedication of Westfield Great River Bridges will kick off days of city-wide celebration

      The official dedication of the $80 million Great River Bridges June 29 will kick off several days of celebrations and activities designed to bring people to the Depot Square and downtown sections of the city.

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Westfield State University   Westfield

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