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

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      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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      Mentions:   Springfield

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

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      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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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   University of Massachusetts   Westfield

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

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      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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      Mentions:   Springfield   New England Farm Workers Council

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

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      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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      Mentions:   West Springfield   Springfield

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

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      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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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Springfield Technical Community College   West Springfield

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

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      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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      Mentions:   Chicopee   Chicopee Savings Bank   Elms College

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

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      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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      Mentions:   Daily Hampshire Gazette   Springfield   The Republican

    8. Plans for Mercy Medical Center's $15 million expansion of Sister Caritas Cancer Center in Springfield to be unveiled Friday in Holyoke

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      Plans for Mercy Medical Center's $15 million expansion of Sister Caritas Cancer Center in Springfield to be unveiled Friday in Holyoke

      The Sisters of Providence Health Systems is slated to unveil plans Friday night for a $15 million expansion of the Sister Caritas Cancer Center at Mercy Medical Center.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Holyoke

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

      Explore masslive.com (Sep 25 2013)

      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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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   University of Massachusetts   Westfield State University

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

      Explore Massachusetts Blogs (Jul 15 2013)

      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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      Mentions:   Mount Holyoke College   Holyoke

    11. United Way of Hampshire County reaches $1.25 million goal with 3,600 individual and organizational supporters

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      United Way of Hampshire County reaches $1.25 million goal with 3,600 individual and organizational supporters

      Even before the close of its 2013 fiscal year on June 30, the United Way of Hampshire County announced it reached its ambitious campaign goal of $1.25 million through the support of 3,600 individuals and local organizations.

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      Mentions:   Amherst   Northampton   Ware

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

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      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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      Mentions:   Springfield Technical Community College   Springfield

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

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      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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      Mentions:   Palmer

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

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      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

    15. Pioneeer Valley Riverfront Club hires James Sotiropoulos as new director

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      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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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Big Y Foods   Westfield State University

    16. Springfield Technical Community College students help colleague found MJ's Mobile Detailing Service

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      Springfield Technical Community College students help colleague found MJ's Mobile Detailing Service

      Springfield Technical Community College student Mark Chamberlain, 27, of Hampden, still shakes his head in disbelief when he thinks about how his car-detailing business got off the ground. What started out as a night at the bar, chatting with his buddies about possible business ideas, prompted the small group to take their ideas to the next level. Today, Chamberlain, along with his friend and business partner, Joseph Carlos, of Springfield, is the successful owner of MJ's Mobile Detailing Service.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   MassMutual   Springfield Technical Community College

    17. Springfield College aids literacy efforts at Elias Brookings and William DeBerry elementary schools

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      Springfield College aids literacy efforts at Elias Brookings and William DeBerry elementary schools

      Springfield College students visit DeBerry and Brookings elementary schools each year during the college's annual Humanics in Action Day to read to students, and the college's Partners Program, which pairs 80 students annually with children from DeBerry and Brookings schools for weekly sessions, has served more than 1,200 youngsters in its 20-year history.

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      Mentions:   Springfield College   Springfield

    18. State awards $1.1 million in Vocational School Equipment grants

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      State awards $1.1 million in Vocational School Equipment grants

      The 64 vocational technical programs in Massachusetts represent more than 44,000 students. These schools offer hands-on learning in a number of innovative educational programs to support a range of career fields, especially growing work force sectors, such as advanced manufacturing, clean energy and information technology.

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      Mentions:   Timothy P Murray

    19. Connecticut River water quality monitoring project being planned by Pioneer Valley Planning Commission

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      Connecticut River water quality monitoring project being planned by Pioneer Valley Planning Commission

      The Pioneer Valley Planning Commission is still seeking volunteers to participate in a water quality monitoring project on the Connecticut River for three monitoring sites.  The sites are the Pioneer Valley Yacht Club, Longmeadow, Pynchon Point, Agawam and Brunelles Marina, South Hadley.  The Connecticut River will be monitored on a weekly basis between the last week of May to the first week of October.

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      Mentions:   Pioneer Valley Planning Commission   Springfield

    20. Reaction to Lt. Gov. Tim Murray's resignation

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      Reaction to Lt. Gov. Tim Murray's resignation

      Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick said in a letter to supporters:

      "We have all been fortunate over the past six years to have benefited from the extraordinary service of our Lieutenant Governor, Tim Murray. Tim announced today that he will be leaving our office to become the new CEO of the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce, and they are very lucky to have him. Tim has played a central role in moving our agenda forward since our very first day in office. His portfolio is vast, and his footprint on our Commonwealth is immense. He has been a tireless advocate on ...

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   Michael D. Bissonnette   Springfield

    21. UMass Amherst launches 'UMass Rising,' a $300 million fund-raising campaign

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      UMass Amherst launches 'UMass Rising,' a $300 million fund-raising campaign

      More than $183 million - over 60 percent of the goal - has already been raised. That includes $13 million for athletics facilities. The campaign, in its "quiet phase," officially started Jan. 1, 2010, and will conclude June 30, 2016.

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    22. DevelopSpringfield buys historic Greek Revival home at 83 Maple St.

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      DevelopSpringfield buys historic Greek Revival home at 83 Maple St.

      DevelopSpringfield recently acquired a deteriorating historic property at 83 Maple St. for rehabilitation in keeping with its historic significance. A property to the rear at 234 Union St. was also acquired and will be developed as a part of the project, according to a press release from DevelopSpringfield.

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    23. Chicopee Academy to see up to $30 million in renovation funding from Massachusetts School Building Authority

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      Chicopee Academy to see up to $30 million in renovation funding from Massachusetts School Building Authority

      Under the grant, the authority will provide up to $30.1 million, or 80 percent of a project that entails fixing structural deficiencies, and improving the building's mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems. Work on the school's windows also falls under the scope of the project.

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      Mentions:   Chicopee

    24. Massachusetts Education Secretary Matthew Malone to meet with Springfield advocates to discuss Gov. Deval Patrick's proposed education investments

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      New state Secretary of Education Matthew Malone will meet with local education advocates Thursday to discuss Gov. Deval Patrick’s proposed investments in education for fiscal year 2014.  The event is at noon, at the Community Music School, 127 State St., hosted by the Irene E. and George A. Davis Foundation.  Malone will also be available to answer questions from the audience during the event.  Malone, a former superintendent of schools in Brockton and Swampscott, was appointed as the education secretary by Patrick in mid-December.

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   University of Massachusetts   Springfield

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