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    1. Rep. Richard Neal to announce $2M federal grant for Berkshire Community College in Pittsfield

      Rep. Richard Neal to announce $2M federal grant for Berkshire Community College in Pittsfield

      Rep. Richard Neal, D-Springfield, will be heading for the Berkshires on Monday to announce a $2 million federal grant for Berkshire Community College. The congressman will be joined by BCC President Ellen Kennedy and others at 2 p.m. Monday, Nov. 9, at the college, which is located at 1350 West St. in Pittsfield. The announcement will be made in the school's Susan B. Anthony Center-General Bartlett Room.

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    2. Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito, Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack to attend ribbon-cutting ceremony for new $4.3 million Amtrak station in Holyoke

      Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito, Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack to attend ribbon-cutting ceremony for new $4.3 million Amtrak station in Holyoke

      Passenger trains haven't stopped in Holyoke for about 50 years, but that's all about to change. On Thursday, Aug. 27, Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito and state Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack are expected to join Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse and other dignitaries for a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new $4.3 million Amtrak passenger train station in Holyoke.

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    3. Acclaimed designer Maya Lin and national design firm Shepley Bulfinch chosen to redesign Neilson Library at Smith College

      Acclaimed designer Maya Lin and national design firm Shepley Bulfinch chosen to redesign Neilson Library at Smith College

      Smith College officials on Wednesday announced that acclaimed designer Maya Lin and design firm Shepley Bulfinch have been chosen to redesign the main library at the Northampton women's college. College officials are banking on Lin and Shepley Bulfinch to re-imagine and redesign the William Allan Neilson Library into a world-class facility that preserves history and encourages new methods of learning. The Lin/Shepley Bulfinch team was chosen for the project after an international search.

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    4. Gov. Charlie Baker taps Greenfield Mayor William Martin to serve on local government advisory panel

      Gov. Charlie Baker taps Greenfield Mayor William Martin to serve on local government advisory panel

      Gov. Charlie Baker has tapped Greenfield Mayor William Martin to once again serve on an advisory panel that makes recommendations to the governor on the needs of Massachusetts' cities and towns. Martin's reappointment to the Local Government Advisory Commission – an arm of the Massachusetts Municipal Association Board of Directors, of which Martin also is a member – is composed of municipal leaders who are elected by their peers to represent Commonwealth communities.

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    5. Sisters of St. Joseph, Tryko partners close on Mont Marie property

      Sisters of St. Joseph, Tryko partners close on Mont Marie property

      The transfer of the Mont Marie property in Holyoke from the Sisters of St. Joseph to Tryko Partners is a done deal, according to Wendy Hammerle, communications director for the Sisters of St. Joseph in Springfield. The two parties closed on the sale Monday and the deed was filed Tuesday. The 52-acre campus includes the Mont Marie Health Care Center, the congregation's Motherhouse and two HUD-supported senior residences. The sale became necessary as a cost-saving measure, according to Hammerle.

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    6. Rick Sullivan, Gov. Deval Patrick's chief of staff, poised to become president & Ceo of the Western Massachusetts Economic Development

      Rick Sullivan, Gov. Deval Patrick's chief of staff, poised to become president & Ceo of the Western Massachusetts Economic Development

      Richard K. Sullivan Jr., chief of staff for Gov. Deval L. Patrick, has been tapped to become president and CEO of the Western Massachusetts Economic Development Council after he completes his responsibilities to the governor in mid-January, the council's board of directors announced Tuesday. Sullivan, formerly Mayor of Westfield and state Energy & Environmental Affairs secretary, will succeed Allan W. Blair, president and CEO of the Economic Development Council since it was created in 1996. Blair will retire on Dec. 31, ending a 44-year career of creating jobs and developing business opportunities in Western Massachusetts.

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    7. MGM Springfield casino project: 'Let's get shovels in the ground!' declares ebullient Mayor Domenic Sarno, grateful state's casino law upheld by voters | masslive

      MGM Springfield casino project: 'Let's get shovels in the ground!' declares ebullient Mayor Domenic Sarno, grateful state's casino law upheld by voters | masslive

      'Now let's get shovels in the ground!' declared Mayor Domenic Sarno on Tuesday night, thrilled that MGM's $800 million casino plan can move forward after Massachusetts voters defeated a measure to repeal the state's casino law.  'With MGM Springfield moving forward and providing an increase in local resources, my first priority will be to public safety for our continued war on crime,' Sarno said Tuesday night.

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    8. Gov. Deval Patrick to make job training announcement at Smith & Wesson Technology Applications Center at Springfield Technical Community College

      Gov. Deval Patrick to make job training announcement at Smith & Wesson Technology Applications Center at Springfield Technical Community College

      Gov. Deval Patrick will stop by the Smith & Wesson Technology Applications Center at Springfield Technical Community College on Friday for an afternoon announcement about job training for students in the Pioneer Valley. Details of the announcement weren't immediately available, but the governor is scheduled to visit the center at 1 Armory St. at 1:30 p.m. The Technology Applications Center is home to STCC's manufacturing and engineering technology programs, which prepare students for jobs in modern, computerized precision-machine shops.

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    9. MassDOT hearing on Springfield I-91 viaduct project slated for Tuesday at Basketball Hall of Fame

      MassDOT hearing on Springfield I-91 viaduct project slated for Tuesday at Basketball Hall of Fame

      The Massachusetts Department of Transportation has scheduled a public hearing on the Interstate 91 viaduct project for Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at the Basketball Hall of Fame, even though federal funding for the project is in limbo due to congressional inertia. President Obama last week called on Congress to act swiftly to approve billions of dollars in funding for the nation's aging infrastructure, warning that a failure to do so in the next several weeks could cost the economy 700,000 jobs and threaten road, bridge and rail projects.

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    10. Westfield State University and Holyoke Community College partnering to create 4-year online degree program

      Westfield State University and Holyoke Community College partnering to create 4-year online degree program

      Westfield State University and Holyoke Community College are partnering to create a new four-year online degree program for students, who will be able to transfer from HCC's online associate-degree program to WSU's online bachelor's program. WSU President Elizabeth Preston and HCC President William Messner are scheduled to formally sign the agreement creating the new program at 3 p.m. Tuesday in WSU's Tekoa Room. At that time Preston and Messner will answer questions from the press and public.

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    11. State Treasurer Steve Grossman in Springfield for 'topping off' ceremony at Elias Brookings Elementary School in Six Corners

      State Treasurer Steve Grossman in Springfield for 'topping off' ceremony at Elias Brookings Elementary School in Six Corners

      The state authority has approved full reimbursement for the $27.9 million Brookings project and $15.2 million for the Mary Dryden School project. Both schools suffered severe damage in the June 2011 tornado that tore through Springfield and other Western Massachusetts communities. The new Brookings school will total 65,000 square feet, which is larger than the previous structure, and will include a gym and larger classrooms, among other features.

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    12. Pioneer Valley Transit Authority to hold public hearings on proposed service changes, including new bus routes and hours

      Pioneer Valley Transit Authority to hold public hearings on proposed service changes, including new bus routes and hours

      The Pioneer Valley Transit Authority is holding a series of regional public hearings to solicit comments on proposed PVTA service
      recommendations
      , including new crosstown routes, improved hours and more frequent bus runs, among other suggested changes. The first round of hearings on fixed-route service improvements got underway Monday at PVTA headquarters in Springfield. More city hearings are scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday at the Brightwood and Forest Park branch libraries, respectively, and for Thursday, April 3, at the Mason Square Library.

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    13. Massachusetts, Vermont transportation officials to hold public meetings on passenger rail service along Boston-Montreal corridor

      Massachusetts, Vermont transportation officials to hold public meetings on passenger rail service along Boston-Montreal corridor

      Massachusetts and Vermont transportation officials are scheduled to hold public meetings in Springfield and White River Junction, Vt., to discuss the possibility of more frequent and higher speed passenger rail service along the Boston-Montreal corridor passing through Western Massachusetts and the Green Mountain State. The first hearing is scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Hotel Coolidge, 39 S. Main St., White River Junction, followed by another meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission, 60 Congress St., Springfield. The Massachusetts Department of Transportation and the Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) are holding the sessions ...

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    14. Thirsty? Easthampton is poised to host 2 new breweries that ought to wet beer lovers' whistles

      Thirsty? Easthampton is poised to host 2 new breweries that ought to wet beer lovers' whistles

      Western Massachusetts has its fair share of microbreweries. But the increasingly funkified Easthampton is about to wrest the title of Brew Capital of the West from anyone who dares challenge the city, which will become home to two new breweries 'within a month or two,' Daily Hampshire Gazette staff writer Rebecca Everett reports.  Abandoned Building Brewery at 142 Pleasant St., just east of Eastworks, is fully licensed and hopping to brew its first batch of grog before year's end, owner and brewmaster Matthew Tarlecki told the Northampton newspaper.
      A bit farther from downtown Easthampton, the Fort Hill Brewery at ...

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    15. Massachusetts education officials to discuss proposed Springfield Preparatory Charter School during visit to city

      Massachusetts education officials to discuss proposed Springfield Preparatory Charter School during visit to city

      The session between Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education officials and proponents of the Springfield Preparatory Charter School, a K-8 learning institution that would accommodate more than 48o students, is scheduled for 4 p.m. today at the Springfield Central Library, 220 State St.

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    16. Springfield to release results of downtown housing study, citing significant market changes and possibility of MGM casino coming to town

      Springfield to release results of downtown housing study, citing significant market changes and possibility of MGM casino coming to town

      On the same day Gov. Deval Patrick is slated to announce a multimillion-dollar plan to bolster affordable housing in Massachusetts, Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno is expected to attend a Thursday morning event to mark the release of the city's first downtown market-rate housing study in seven years. Today's session is sponsored by the Springfield Chamber of Commerce and scheduled for 10:30 a.m. at One Financial Plaza, 1350 Main St.

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    17. Annual UMass bus tour with President Robert Caret rolls into Springfield, Hadley before heading east

      Annual UMass bus tour with President Robert Caret rolls into Springfield, Hadley before heading east

      University of Massachusetts President Robert L. Caret is again embarking on a mobile listening tour to hear from community leaders while simultaneously trumpeting what he believes is the vital statewide role played by the five-campus public school system. Caret and Henry M. Thomas III, chairman of the university's board of trustees, will be joined by other UMass administrators during what has become an annual cross-state bus tour, which begins Tuesday with stops in Springfield and Hadley. The taking-it-to-the-streets tactic was launched two years ago by Caret, who uses the face-to-face meetings with mayors and community and business leaders to ...

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    18. Massachusetts Gaming Commission to conduct 'suitability' hearing on Mohegan Sun's Palmer casino proposal

      Massachusetts Gaming Commission to conduct 'suitability' hearing on Mohegan Sun's Palmer casino proposal

      The Massachusetts Gaming Commission has scheduled a so-called suitability hearing for 9:30 a.m. Thursday at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center to question Mohegan Sun officials about their company's finances and ethics before deciding if the Connecticut-based casino operator can move forward with its bid to build a resort casino off Route 32 in Palmer.

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    19. Mohegan Sun and Palmer officials to announce casino host community agreement details at Palmer Library event

      Mohegan Sun and Palmer officials to announce casino host community agreement details at Palmer Library event

      Even if the Mohegan Sun plan receives strong backing from voters, it still faces stiff competition from rival proposals in Springfield and West Springfield. Voters in the City of Homes last month gave their blessing to a downtown casino proposal by MGM Resorts International, while West Springfield voters are scheduled to vote Sept. 10 on a plan by Hard Rock International for a casino next to the Big E.

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    20. State Treasurer Steven Grossman to join officials at groundbreaking ceremony for new Elias Brookings Elementary School in Springfield

      State Treasurer Steven Grossman to join officials at groundbreaking ceremony for new Elias Brookings Elementary School in Springfield

      State Treasurer Steven Grossman, chairman of the Massachusetts School Building Authority, will join Jack McCarthy, the MSBA's executive director, and other officials at an 11 a.m. Wednesday groundbreaking ceremony at Elias A. Brookings Elementary School, 367 Hancock St. The brick-and-mortar building that housed the K-8 school in the city's Six Corners neighborhood was rendered unusable by the June 2011 tornado, forcing city officials to house students in temporary buildings.

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