1. Articles from Fred Contrada, The Republican

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    1. Cooley Dickinson VNA and Hospice gets grant for program in Hampshire and Franklin counties

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      Cooley Dickinson VNA and Hospice gets grant for program in Hampshire and Franklin counties

      Cooley Dickinson VNA and Hospice has been awarded a $65,382 grant from Tufts Health Plan Foundation for its Strength in Numbers falls prevention program.

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      Mentions:   Northampton   Cooley Dickinson Hospital

    2. PVTA proposes change in Northampton route to include stop at Survival Center

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      PVTA proposes change in Northampton route to include stop at Survival Center

      The Pioneer Valley Transit Authority has proposed revamping a bus route in Northampton to include a stop at the Northampton Survival Center.  The proposal is one of several that have to be accepted by the PVTA’s advisory board before going into effect. Other recommended changes include an expansion of the R41 route between Northampton and Holyoke Community College to year-round operation with direct connection to the Holyoke Mall at Ingleside. The B43 route between Northampton and Amherst would also become a Bus Rapid Transit corridor featuring more frequent service, signal priority, dedicated transit lanes at intersections and upgraded passenger ...

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      Mentions:   Holyoke Community College   Springfield   Amherst

    3. Northampton wants to obtain Zipcars to ease traffic congestion and create more parking spaces

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      Northampton wants to obtain Zipcars to ease traffic congestion and create more parking spaces

      In a move designed to take cars off the road and make the city more sustainable, Mayor David J. Narkewicz hopes to add to the local Zipcar inventory. Zipcars is a ride-sharing concept popularized in Europe and slowly becoming available in the United States. Members pay modest monthly dues and get a card that unlocks and starts the cars, which can then be driven at an hourly rate. Smith College introduced two Zipcars in 2006. Because of demand, that fleet has grown to six. As an incentive, the city reduced the number of parking spaces that would have been required ...

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      Mentions:   Smith College   Northampton

    4. National Priorities Project of Northampton nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

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      National Priorities Project of Northampton nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

      The National Priorities Project, a Northampton-based organization dedicated to educating the public about the repercussions of the federal budget, with emphasis on war spending, has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. The National Priorities Project will compete with whistle blowers Edward Snowden and Chelsea Manning and other nominees for the prize, which will be announced in October. If it wins, the 30-year-old local organization will find itself in the illustrious company of such past winners as Martin Luther King, Jr., Nelson Mandela and Mother Teresa.

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      Mentions:   Northampton

    5. Greenfield train platform to go out to bid in project that will return Amtrak service to city

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      Greenfield train platform to go out to bid in project that will return Amtrak service to city

      Thanks to a $75 million federal grant, that project has been progressing steadily, and rail service is expected to resume this year or next, giving that option to travelers in Greenfield, Northampton and Holyoke for the 1st time in decades.

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      Mentions:   Palmer   Springfield   Amherst

    6. Cooley Dickinson's radiation oncology program receives accreditiation

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      Cooley Dickinson's radiation oncology program receives accreditiation

      Cooley Dickinson Hospital’s Radiation Oncology program has earned accreditation by the American College of Radiology. According to spokeswoman Christina Trinchero, the hospital had to submit medical records to the organization for quality assurance review as part of the process. Accreditation shows that Cooley Dickinson is exceeding quality assurance protocols in the radiation oncology fields, Trinchero said. It represents the highest level of quality and patient safety.

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      Mentions:   Northampton   Cooley Dickinson Hospital

    7. Southampton names Lyn Simmons new town administrator

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      Southampton names Lyn Simmons new town administrator

      Lyn N. Simmons is going from the Northampton mayor’s office to Southampton Town Hall, and it's not a step down. Simmons, an aide to Mayor David J. Narkewicz, has been named the new Town Administrator for Southampton, pending a background check. The town’s Board of Selectman appointed her to the post Tuesday after interviewing her and two other finalists. Simmons, 31, is in the process of completing her Master’s degree in public administration at Westfield State University.

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      Mentions:   Westfield State University   Northampton   Westfield

    8. Former Union Station restaurant in Northampton to be home to new sports bar

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      Former Union Station restaurant in Northampton to be home to new sports bar

      Jeremiah Micka, who bought the one-time train station from Matthew Pitoniak with partners David Fortier and John Rhoades, said the Platform Sports Bar should be open for business by mid-January or early February. The bar, which will be located on the north side of the building, was once an open platform, Micka said, thus the name. The rest of the building will be turned into a 200-seat banquet hall. That part of the project will not be completed until early summer, Micka said.

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      Mentions:   Northampton

    9. Smith College to formally inaugurate new president Kathleen McCartney

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      Smith College to formally inaugurate new president Kathleen McCartney

      McCartney, most recently Harvard’s Graduate School Dean of Education, will be ceremonially installed as Smith’s 11th president amid much pomp and circumstance at 3 p.m. at the college’s indoor track and tennis facility. McCartney officially took over the post July 1 from Carol T. Christ, who stepped down after serving as Smith's president since 2002.

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      Mentions:   Smith College   Carol T. Christ   Northampton

    10. Northampton Historical Commission lifts demolition ban on Smith College properties

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      Northampton Historical Commission lifts demolition ban on Smith College properties

      The revamped Historical Commission on Tuesday lifted the demolition delay ordinance on two Paradise Road properties belonging to Smith College, clearing the way for the college to build new student housing. The commission imposed the ordinance, which bars the demolition of buildings with historic significance for one year, in August on 66 and 70 Paradise Road. Smith wants to tear down those 19th century houses along with its former infirmary at 69 Paradise Road in order to construct new housing. The commission has already approved the demolition of 69 Paradise Road.

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      Mentions:   Smith College   Springfield   Northampton

    11. Revisions in Greenfield Commonwealth Virtual School contract sought by Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

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      Revisions in Greenfield Commonwealth Virtual School contract sought by Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

      Greenfield School Superintendent Susan Hollins, who serves as superintendent for the virtual academy, could not be immediately reached for comment, nor could Edward Berlin, chairman of the virtual academy’s board of directors. Berlin previously said the board has been hard-pressed to comply with all the new rules and standards established by the state.

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      Mentions:   Greenfield   The Republican

    12. Northampton prepared to add 58 acres of land in Saw Mills Hills area to its conservation holdings

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      Northampton prepared to add 58 acres of land in Saw Mills Hills area to its conservation holdings

      The City Council this month gave preliminary approval to the purchase of 58 acres of land in the Saw Mill Hills area between Ryan and Chesterfield roads. Owner Irene Szmanski has agreed to sell the land to Northampton for $232,864, or about $4,000 an acre. The purchase will add to the 661 acres the city has already preserved in the Saw Mill Hills.

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      Mentions:   Amherst   Northampton

    13. Pioneer Valley collaboratives join to apply for virtual school certificate

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      Pioneer Valley collaboratives join to apply for virtual school certificate

      The Collaboration for Educational Services and the Lower Pioneer Valley Educational Collaborative are teaming up to apply
      for one of the two newly created certificates to become a virtual school in Massachusetts. A new statute signed into law last year by Gov. Deval Patrick allows the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education to name up to 10 virtual schools through the 2019-2020 school year. Students from kindergarten through high school may enroll in these schools to receive their education and diplomas on-line. Only three of these certificates are available through 2016. The Massachusetts Virtual Academy at Greenfield, which has ...

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Springfield   Northampton

    14. TommyCar dealership building continues at old Kollmorgen site in Northampton; environmental tests clear project

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      TommyCar dealership building continues at old Kollmorgen site in Northampton; environmental tests clear project

      TommyCar Automotive Group bought the five-acre lot last year for $1.8 million, demolished the Kollmorgen building and is constructing Volkswagen and Hyundai dealerships there. The state Department of Environmental Protection and the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration visited the site last week after workers reported smelling fumes at an excavation site. O’Reilly, Talbot & Okun Associates, an environmental company from Springfield, was brought in to take soil samples.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Northampton   Kollmorgen

    15. Former Kollmorgen site in Northampton inspected for contamination after fumes detected during construction work

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      Former Kollmorgen site in Northampton inspected for contamination after fumes detected during construction work

      TommyCar Auto Group, which also owns car dealerships in Hadley and Greenfield, bought the five-acre parcel last year for $1.8 million. It is moving its Volkswagen dealership to the site from around the corner on Damon Road and adding a new Hyundai dealership on the property. Both the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection and the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration visited the site last week to investigate a report that several workers smelled fumes coming from an excavation site and that the fumes made one of them ill. The Northampton Fire Department has ...

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Northampton   Greenfield

    16. Union Station in Northampton proposed to be converted into banquet facility

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      Union Station in Northampton proposed to be converted into banquet facility

      Union Station, the building by the railroad tracks that has been dormant as a restaurant since 2011, will be coming back to life as a banquet facility. Three Northampton businessmen, Jeremiah Micka, David Fortier and John Rhoades, operating as Notch 8 Inc., have a purchase and sales agreement to buy the rail-side property, including an adjacent parking lot, from owner Matthew Pitoniak.

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      Mentions:   Northampton

    17. Northampton I-91 Exit 19 interchange goes into design phase; work projected to be done by 2019

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      Northampton I-91 Exit 19 interchange goes into design phase; work projected to be done by 2019

      The Massachusetts Department of Transportation is proceeding into the design phase of a plan to reconfigure the Interstate 91 interchange at exit 19. The plan, called Alternative 13A, features a roundabout at the foot of the ramp coming off the northbound lanes of I-91 and a new, wider entrance ramp off Bridge Street into the southbound lanes. There is no southbound exit in the plan. To get onto I-91 north, motorists will still have to drive down Damon Road to its intersection with King Street.

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      Mentions:   Amherst   Northampton   Massachusetts Department of Transportation

    18. Picknelly-run OPAL Real Estate Group buys Clarke Schools property in Northampton for $4.8 million

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      Picknelly-run OPAL Real Estate Group buys Clarke Schools property in Northampton for $4.8 million

      OPAL is owned by Peter A. Picknelly, the chief executive officer of Peter Pan Bus Lines and a partner in an effort to build a casino in Springfield. OPAL has bought, managed and developed property in Springfield, Holyoke and Westfield. Picknelly has promised to be faithful to the historical and architectural integrity of the Clarke School buildings in his project. Last month, OPAL was approved for state and federal tax credits following a strict vetting process.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Northampton   Holyoke

    19. L-3 KEO president Michael Wall to retire at the end of the month; Matthew Richi to take helm at company formerly known as Kollmorgen

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      L-3 KEO president Michael Wall to retire at the end of the month; Matthew Richi to take helm at company formerly known as Kollmorgen

      Business was so brisk at Kollmorgen that it outgrew its King Street headquarters and moved in 2011 to a new site on Village Hill with 50,000 square feet of additional space. Last year, the company was purchased by defense contractor L-3 Communications, which renamed it L-3 KEO.

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      Mentions:   Northampton   Kollmorgen

    20. Northampton Community Preservation Committee reviews applications for 2013 funding

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      Northampton Community Preservation Committee reviews applications for 2013 funding

      The Conservation Commission wants $300,000 for design and construction on the Greenway, which will eventually connected the Norwottuck Rail Trail with the old New Haven/Northampton Canal. The funding would pay for a bridge over the canal, which empties into the Connecticut River, and for boardwalks over wetlands in the area. The Board of Public Works is asking the commission for $194,500 to hire an architect to design renovations to the 1.138-acre Pulaski Park in the heart of downtown. The board believes the redesign will increase public use of the space.

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      Mentions:   Northampton

    21. Springfield, Holyoke among communities to benefit from $67 million statewide in housing funds, tax credits

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      Four local housing projects are benefiting from $67 million in funds and tax credits announced by the state on Thursday.
      Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Greg Bialecki said the state aid will benefit a total of 23 developments in 21 Massachusetts communities, creating 1,326 units of housing and 1,710 construction jobs. Included in the fund are $9 million in federal credits for low-income housing, $7.7 million in state housing tax credits and $47 million in state and federal subsidies.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Holyoke   Easthampton

    22. Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton moves ahead with Massachusetts General affiliation

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      Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton moves ahead with Massachusetts General affiliation

      The affiliation between Cooley Dickinson Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital is proceeding as planned. Both parties plan to file for federal antitrust review of the agreement this month, according to Cooley Dickinson spokeswoman Diane Cutillo. The Massachusetts Department of Public Health must also approve a determination of need for the affiliation. Cutillo said it could take a year or more to gain approval on the state and federal levels.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Northampton   Cooley Dickinson Hospital

    23. Decision on including Round Hill in Elm Street Historic District delayed by Northampton Historic District Commission

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      Decision on including Round Hill in Elm Street Historic District delayed by Northampton Historic District Commission

      OPAL has a purchase and sale agreement with Clarke Schools of Hearing and Speech to buy some 11 acres of its Round Hill campus, including 11 buildings. OPAL has said it intends to keep the stately buildings intact and turn them into luxury apartments. The Springfield company has applied to the Massachusetts Historical Commission for tax credits that could save it 20 percent on its renovation costs.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Northampton

    24. Smith Vocational in Northampton gets grant for new turning machines

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      Smith Vocational in Northampton gets grant for new turning machines

      The horizon has expanded for Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School students in precision manufacturing jobs, thanks to a grant from the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center. The quasi-public center chose Smith out of a pool of 35 applicants for the $100,000 grant, which will be used to purchase two turning machines that can be used to manufacture precision products for industries such as medicine and aerospace, where the standards for parts and tools are high.

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      Mentions:   Massachusetts Life Sciences Center   Northampton

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