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    1. University of Massachusetts student trustees seek freeze on tuition and fees

      University of Massachusetts student trustees seek freeze on tuition and fees

      Currently, the five UMass campuses receive a combined $479 million in state funding, a $40 million increase over last year and the largest hike in school history.  For the coming year, the $519 million proposed by the trustees would be enough to avoid tuition and fee increases and achieve an equal split between state funding and student fees.  The so-called 50-50 split is a goal of student leaders, who say too much of the university’s financial burden is placed on them and their families, according to trustees Megan Kingston, UMass Amherst; Nolan O’Brien, UMass Boston; Colin Murphy ...

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    2. At Springfield's Renaissance School, students march toward college

      At Springfield's Renaissance School, students march toward college

      On a blustery December morning, Springfield Renaissance School’s senior and freshman classes marched out the front door, crossed Carew Street and followed the sidewalk to a mailbox on St. James Avenue. One by one, the seniors stepped up and mailed their college applications as the underclassmen hooted and cheered.  “That’s seven years of work,” said 18-year-old Connor Gadbois, the first to drop his envelope in the box.

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    3. Westfield State University trustees appoint Elizabeth Preston as interim president; withhold probe findings on ex-President Evan Dobelle

      Westfield State University trustees appoint Elizabeth Preston as interim president; withhold probe findings on ex-President Evan Dobelle

      Westfield State University trustees named vice president of student affairs Elizabeth H. Preston as the school’s interim president Monday after refusing to release the findings of a probe into former president Evan S. Dobelle’s spending.

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    4. Mary-Beth Cooper inaugurated as Springfield College's first woman president

      Mary-Beth Cooper inaugurated as Springfield College's first woman president

      With her husband, son and five older brothers looking on, Mary-Beth A. Cooper was inaugurated as Springfield College’s first woman president Friday.
      Ten weeks after being welcomed to campus, the Rochester, N.Y., native was formally installed as the school’s 13th president during a two-hour ceremony at Blake Arena.  Cooper, the former vice president for student affairs at Rochester Institute of Technology, invoked the school’s tradition of service and scholarship during her address to more than a thousand students, faculty, staff and alumni.

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    5. Springfield wins approval to spend $13 million in federal tornado recovery funds

      Springfield wins approval to spend $13 million in federal tornado recovery funds

      Mayor Domenic J. Sarno and U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal, D-Springfield announced details of the redevelopment project in August. The plan was developed with the help of city officials, neighborhood groups and after three public hearings in tornado-damaged neighborhoods. Funding for the first stage must be spent within 2 years, and the entire $22 million project must be completed in 5 years, McCafferty said.

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    6. Evan Dobelle, president of Westfield State University, placed on administrative leave amid controversy over spending practices

      Evan Dobelle, president of Westfield State University, placed on administrative leave amid controversy over spending practices

      WESTFIELD – Westfield State University President Evan Dobelle was placed on administrative leave pending an investigation of his spending practices at the university. An announcement was made around 12:30 a.m. Thursday following a marathon session of the Board of Trustees...

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    7. Massachusetts legislators urged to expand financial support of aging urban centers in gateway cities

      Massachusetts legislators urged to expand financial support of aging urban centers in gateway cities

      The Gateway Cities are: Springfield, Holyoke, Chicopee, Westfield, Pittsfield, Attleboro, Barnstable, Lawrence, Quincy, Brockton, Leominster, Revere, Chelsea, Lowell, Salem, Lynn, Everett, Malden, Taunton, Fall River, Methuen, Fitchburg, New Bedford, Worcester, Haverhill and Peabody.  The hearing was led by state Senator Gale D. Candaras, D-Wilbraham, and Rep. Joseph F. Wagner, D-Chicopee, co-chairs of the Legislature’s joint committee on economic development and emerging technologies.

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    8. Sarno unveils $13 million redevelopment plan for Central Street corridor

      Sarno unveils $13 million redevelopment plan for Central Street corridor

      The city is planning $22 million in redevelopment projects along Central Street and other tornado-damaged neighborhoods, Mayor Domenic J. Sarno announced Wednesday. At a City Hall news conference, Sarno said newly available federal disaster relief funds will be used to redevelop Central Street from the South End to Six Corners with new housing, street repaving and improvements to sidewalks, parks and other areas. Sections of Forest Park, East Forest Park, Sixteen Acres and metro center will also benefit from the plan, Sarno said. “We continue to fight tooth and nail to go after every dime of recovery money we are ...

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    9. Gov. Deval Patrick's plan to regionalize housing authorities stirs opposition in Western Massachusetts

      Gov. Deval Patrick's plan to regionalize housing authorities stirs opposition in Western Massachusetts

      Patrick’s proposal would merge public housing management - including budgeting, planning and administrative functions - into six central offices, with local communities retaining control over land use and redevelopment decisions. Several speakers said Patrick’s bill would not only eliminate local management, butl also lump different communities with different needs under one umbrella. Judy Cezeavt, a board member of the Wilbraham Housing Authority, said her town and North Adams would be under the same management.

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    10. Springfield School Superintendent Daniel Warwick unveils 5-year education plan

      Springfield School Superintendent Daniel Warwick unveils 5-year education plan

      School officials have unveiled a five-year initiative designed to boost student performance and close the achievement gap at city schools.  Superintendent Daniel J. Warwick presented the plan to the School Committee Thursday as the work of hundreds of teachers, administrators, early childhood providers and members of the business community over the past year.

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    11. Springfield seeks developer for Central Street tornado recovery work

      Springfield seeks developer for Central Street tornado recovery work

      As part of the continuing recovery from the June 1, 2011 tornado, city officials are seeking a developer to build four new houses on Central Street.  To sweeten the deal, the city is offering as much as $932,000 in federal funds to a developer willing to build attractive, high-quality, single-family homes consistent with existing styles in the neighborhood, Mayor Domenic J. Sarno said.

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    12. Springfield's underperforming schools receive $4 milllion in state funds to accelerate improvements

      Springfield's underperforming schools receive $4 milllion in state funds to accelerate improvements

      State education officials have awarded nearly $4 million for the final phase of a three-year initiative to boost performance at 10 underperforming city schools.The grant totals for other schools include: Brightwood Elementary, $481,991; Brookings Elementary, $465,032; Chestnut Middle School, $481,992; Gerena Elementary, $437,128; Homer Elementary, $481,991; Kennedy Middle School, $457,344; White Elementary, $481,992; Zanetti Elementary, $334,810; DeBerry Elementary, $1,500,000 and Commerce High School, $806,353.

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    13. Springfield's DeBerry Elementary School receives $1.5 million in state improvement funds

      Springfield's DeBerry Elementary School receives $1.5 million in state improvement funds

      The state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has awarded $1.5 million to accelerate improvements at the William N. DeBerry elementary school.  The grant was part of $9 million in federal funding to awarded by the state Friday to bolster turnaround efforts at five underperforming schools in Boston, Lawrence, New Bedford, and Springfield.

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    14. U.S. Rep. Richard Neal: Springfield's $200 million State Street redevelopment project is nearing completion

      U.S. Rep. Richard Neal: Springfield's $200 million State Street redevelopment project is nearing completion

      At a news conference outside the Springfield Library and Museums, U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal and Mayor Domenic J. Sarno said street improvements underway in the Armory-Quadrangle neighborhood represent the last stage of a project that already includes the new federal court house on State Street and the soon-to-be-completed state data center on Elliot Street.

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    15. Springfield Renaissance School celebrates 100 percent college acceptance rate for seniors for 4th year in a row

      Springfield Renaissance School celebrates 100 percent college acceptance rate for seniors for 4th year in a row

      The Springfield Renaissance School has done it again.  For fourth consecutive year, 100 percent of seniors at the Carew Street magnet school have been accepted into college – an unusual distinction for a public school.  The accomplishment was sweeter because all 97 graduating seniors were sixth graders when the grade 6-12 school opened in 2006, making them the first all-Renaissance class to graduate.

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    16. DevelopSpringfield acquires historic Gunn Block, plans redevelopment of city's oldest commercial building

      DevelopSpringfield acquires historic Gunn Block, plans redevelopment of city's oldest commercial building

      DevelopSpringfield has acquired the historic Gunn Block at the corner of State and Walnut Streets, believed to be city’s oldest commercial building. The building – condemned by the city last year and vacant for at least three years – was built around 1830 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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    17. Center for EcoTechnology in Springfield celebrates Earth Day by unveiling new solar powered system

      Center for EcoTechnology in Springfield celebrates Earth Day by unveiling new solar powered system

      Electric costs have fallen 33% also as a result of the energy retrofit, Majercak said. “This is an example of what you can do to an older building,” he told a gathering of employees, customers, supporters a public officials, including U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal and Mayor Domenic J. Sarno.

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    18. Students at Springfield's High School of Science and Technology get introduction to robotics during visit to Western New England University campus

      Students at Springfield's High School of Science and Technology get introduction to robotics during visit to Western New England University campus

      It was a good day for Ivan Bylinkin, a senior at the High School of Science and Technology.  During his visit to Western New England University Friday, he toured the campus, met with a guidance counselor, ate pizza in the cafeteria – and then, in an engineering department lab, built a robot.

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    19. Springfield's Putnam Vocational Technical High School and Dean Technical High School in Holyoke win financial literacy funding

      Springfield's Putnam Vocational Technical High School and Dean Technical High School in Holyoke win financial literacy funding

      Putnam Vocational Technical Academy in Springfield and Dean Technical High School in Holyoke were among schools in 10 so-called Gateway Communities to receive funding from the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and state Treasurer Steven Grossman’s office.

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