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    1. Baystate Noble Hospital lands $150K from state to improve front entrance

      Baystate Noble Hospital lands $150K from state to improve front entrance

      Baystate Noble Hospital was recently awarded $150,000 from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for needed front entrance improvements. These funds will be used to enhance Baystate Noble's entrance and reception area to improve access and comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the hospital said in a press release.

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    2. HCC, UMass, Hampshire College get $810,000 grant for clean energy, sustainable agriculture programs

      HCC, UMass, Hampshire College get $810,000 grant for clean energy, sustainable agriculture programs

      The National Science Foundation has awarded an $810,000 grant to Holyoke Community College, the University of Massachusetts Amherst and Hampshire College to create collaborative programs combining clean energy studies with sustainable agriculture and to share new resources that will benefit students.

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    3. Dunkin' Donuts to open at 100 Congress St. in Springfield

      Dunkin' Donuts to open at 100 Congress St. in Springfield

      Mayor Domenic J. Sarno and Dunkin' Donuts franchisees Peter Martins and John Salema will attend, according to a press release from the mayor's office. Members of the Armory Quadrangle Civic Association will also be present. The location of Congress Street near the intersection with Dwight Street is adjacent to the recently refurbished LaQuinta Inn and Suites.

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    4. Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno, U.S. Rep. Richard Neal plan tour of Union Station to update progress of $65 million project

      Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno, U.S. Rep. Richard Neal plan tour of Union Station to update progress of $65 million project

      Mayor Domenic J. Sarno and U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal, of Springfield, plan to tour the progress being made on the reconstruction of Union Station. Also attending will be Springfield Redevelopment Authority Director Christopher Moskal. The trio hosted a previous tour in June 2012. The event is planned for 2 p.m. Wednesday at the station on Frank B. Murray Street.

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    5. Greater Springfield to host 2014 Northeast Shrine Association convention in August, 2,000 expected

      Greater Springfield to host 2014 Northeast Shrine Association convention in August, 2,000 expected

      The Northeast Shrine Association was established in 1936 and is composed of 15 centers throughout New England and eastern Canada, including the Melha Shrine in Springfield, according to the release. The convention encompasses a multitude of events including a parade, dinners and brunch, banquet, and a field day at Six Flags New England in Agawam on Aug. 23.

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    6. Phoenix Charter Academy Network to locate charter school at Springfield Technology Park

      Phoenix Charter Academy Network to locate charter school at Springfield Technology Park

      The Phoenix Charter Academy Network on Tuesday announced it has selected a site in the Springfield Technology Park at One Federal Street as the home of a new public charter school, officials announced. Officials with the network announced they have signed a lease on a 31.000-square-foot space as the home of the Phoenix Charter Academy, scheduled to open in August. The school will focus teaching older, disconnected, and underserved students with a goal of readying them for college through a combination of high expectations and academic support. Phoenix also operates similar schools in Chelsea and Lawrence. "Our new ...

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    7. Springfield to receive nearly $3 million to aid 2 underperforming schools

      Springfield to receive nearly $3 million to aid 2 underperforming schools

      The city is in line to receive nearly $3 million to help turn around two underperforming schools. According to a press release from the office of Gov. Deval Patrick Thursday, more than $9 million in federal funding has been awarded to six underperforming schools in Springfield, Boston, Fall River and New Bedford. In Springfield, $1.5 million will go to the High School of Science and Technology and $1.4 million to the Milton Bradley Elementary School.

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    8. Western Massachusetts communities get share of $5 million in state funding for public housing improvements

      Western Massachusetts communities get share of $5 million in state funding for public housing improvements

      Several Western Massachusetts communities are to receive funding as part of a $5 million in funding allocated by the state to make repairs and improvements to state-funded public housing units, officials said. The announcement was by Aaron Gornstein, Massachusetts Undersecretary for Housing and Community Development at the annual meeting of the Massachusetts Chapter of the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials.

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    9. Springfield event celebrates redesign of The Republican, 190 years old, and move of MassLive.com to One Financial Plaza

      Springfield event celebrates redesign of The Republican, 190 years old, and move of MassLive.com to One Financial Plaza

      The Republican hosted a Redesign/190 Year Celebration in the press hall of the Main Street plant Thursday evening featuring food, beverages, music and a presentation by Publisher and CEO George Arwady on current operations of the newspaper and a future move by MassLive.com. Guests were offered tours of the press and packaging center and a behind the scenes look at how the daily newspaper is produced and printed. The publisher touched on The Republican’s new look, saying, “We just redesigned the newspaper to give you the most pleasurable reading experience.” He also hit on the history of ...

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    10. DevelopSpringfield aids South End building improvements with $20,000 grant

      DevelopSpringfield aids South End building improvements with $20,000 grant

      DevelopSpringfield, a local nonprofit organization, recently awarded a $20,000 grant to aid exterior improvements at 1095 Main St., in the South End, that houses business tenants including Square One Family Center. The funds were used to revitalize and repair the existing façade and included new windows, doors, and signage, according to a news release from DevelopSpringfield. The grant supported a substantial investment in building improvements by the owner, 1095 Main Street Irrevocable Trust, the release said.

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    11. Massachusetts House and Senate approve 5-year, $177 million spending plan to aid state's military installations

      Massachusetts House and Senate approve 5-year, $177 million spending plan to aid state's military installations

      The Massachusetts Senate and House passed final legislation authorizing $177 million in capital spending over the next five years to make improvements at and expand the state’s military installations. The bill includes spending to make repairs to the runway at the Barnes Air National Guard Base in Westfield. The bill now goes to Gov. Deval Patrick for his signature to become law.

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    12. DevelopSpringfield gives $10,000 to International Biergarten for facade improvements

      DevelopSpringfield gives $10,000 to International Biergarten for facade improvements

      DevelopSpringfield, a local nonprofit corporation, recently announced its award of a $10,000 grant that was used to assist facade improvements at the new International Biergarten at 1600 Main St.  The grant for the downtown beer garden property was made available under the organization’s “Corridor Storefront Improvement Program” targeting exterior improvements to first floor storefronts on State and Main streets.

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    13. West Springfield approves $2.6 million in bonding for library project

      West Springfield approves $2.6 million in bonding for library project

      The Town Council on Monday voted 9-0 in favor of granting the library renovation and expansion an additional $2.6 million in bonding funds, bringing the total amount of the project’s budget to $16 million.  Council President Kathleen Bourque stated that if other funding sources for the library project become available, the $2.6 million may not be used in full.

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    14. West Springfield High School's Pathways to Prosperty program gets visit from Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick

      West Springfield High School's Pathways to Prosperty program gets visit from Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick

      Gov. Deval L. Patrick toured the West Springfield High School's Pathways to Prosperity program on Tuesday during his visit to Western Massachusetts. Designed to set ninth grade students on a path towards careers in advanced manufacturing, the program offers a wide curriculum with math and science being key components. "The Pathways to Prosperity concept is a powerful one," said the governor . “It’s about exposing young people to work and opportunities.”

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    15. Elms College dedicates new Center for Natural and Health Sciences

      Elms College dedicates new Center for Natural and Health Sciences

      The new facility was financed with $12 million in New Markets Tax Credit financing from Massachusetts Housing Investment Corp., with PeoplesBank and United Bank as investors. Financing for the project also came from a capital campaign and from tax-exempt bond proceeds lent to Elms College by a consortium of local banks, led by Chicopee Savings Bank.

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    16. Sunday Republican cited as distinguished newspaper by New England Newspaper & Press Association

      Sunday Republican cited as distinguished newspaper by New England Newspaper & Press Association

      The Sunday Republican was named a distinguished newspaper of the year at the annual New England Newspaper & Press Association awards ceremony held in Boston last month.  It was one of three newspapers in its category of over 45,000 circulation to be so honored.  The Sunday Republican came in second only to the Telegram & Gazette of Worcester, which won first place. It, along with the Connecticut Post in Bridgeport, Conn., won recognition as “distinguished” newspapers.

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    17. Students from Massachusetts colleges promote STEM fields to high school students in Springfield

      Students from Massachusetts colleges promote STEM fields to high school students in Springfield

      Students from Massachusetts community colleges, state universities and the University of Massachusetts are at Springfield’s Central High School today to promote science, technology, engineering and math -- the "STEM" fields -- to students from three of the city’s high schools.  The new effort to promote STEM majors and career training opportunities is part of the statewide “Go Public!” campaign to highlight academic excellence at the state’s 29 public campuses.  Six student speakers from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, Westfield State University as well as Springfield Tech, Holyoke and Greenfield community colleges are speaking this ...

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    18. Huffington Post: Mount Holyoke College campus is one of world's most beautiful

      Huffington Post: Mount Holyoke College campus is one of world's most beautiful

      Mount Holyoke College was one of only three U.S. colleges on the list prepared by Huffington Post recently. Great Britain's Cambridge and Oxford universities made the list, as did some less well-known places, like Otago University in New Zealand, Xiamen University in China and Aarhus University in Denmark.

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    19. STCC adds associate's degree in architecture and building technology

      STCC adds associate's degree in architecture and building technology

      The department will be headed by Hall, who has more than 30 years of experience in the design and construction fields. While many classes will be taught by Hall, classes also will be taught by area professionals Stephanie Brown, of Shift Design, Alfonso Nardi, architect, and Robert Vetrano, a computer-aided design specialist.

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    20. Massachusetts awards $3.7 million in green energy grants to communities

      Massachusetts awards $3.7 million in green energy grants to communities

      Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Richard K. Sullivan Jr. and Energy Resources Commissioner Mark Sylvia this week awarded $3.7 million in grants to fund scores of clean energy projects in 20 communities across the state. The Green Communities Competitive Grants are awarded to existing Green Communities which have successfully invested their initial designation grants. Awards are capped at $250,000 per municipality.

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    21. Noble Hospital donates 2 automated defibrillators to St. Mary School in Westfield

      Noble Hospital donates 2 automated defibrillators to St. Mary School in Westfield

      Noble Hospital recently donated two automated external defibrillators to St. Mary School. The donation is part of Noble Hospital's campaign to promote CPR and AED awareness in the community. AEDs are small, portable devices used to restart the heart after cardiac arrest; they are designed to be simple and easy to use by average people with only minimal training. When used in conjunction with CPR, AEDs can give a victim time to get to the hospital, but in order for an AED to be effective, treatment must be administered immediately.

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      Mentions: Westfield
    22. Pioneeer Valley Riverfront Club hires James Sotiropoulos as new director

      Pioneeer Valley Riverfront Club hires James Sotiropoulos as new director

      The Pioneer Valley Riverfront Club has hired James C. "Jim" Sotiropoulos as its new riverfront director. It was just a year ago that the club acquired the former Bassett Boat building along the banks of the Connecticut River near the Arthur J. McKenna North End Bridge after submitting the winning proposal to the city of Springfield.

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