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    1. Springfield's Scibelli Enterprise Center gets clean energy grant

      Springfield's Scibelli Enterprise Center gets clean energy grant

      The Scibelli Center already has three tenant companies engaged in clean energy technologies: Black Island Wind Turbines, which adapts wind power technology orginally developed to power Antarctic expeditions; SolaBlock, which makes solar panels in concrete blocks for stackable vertical use; and Victory Energy Solutions, which helps homeowners save energy. Patrick Quinlan runs both Black Island and SolaBlock. He describes the companies as "graduates "of the Scibelli Enterprise Center, having moved to new, larger quarters in Hadley.

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    2. Feliciano, chariman of the Springfield Redevelopment Authority, Jay Minkarah of DevelopSpringfield and The O’Connell Companies honored for Gateway Cities work.

      Feliciano, chariman of the Springfield Redevelopment Authority, Jay Minkarah of DevelopSpringfield and The O’Connell Companies honored for Gateway Cities work.

      MassINC will honor Armando Feliciano, chairman of the Springfield Redevelopment Authority, and Jay Minkarah of DevelopSpringfield as well as The O’Connell Companies for their efforts at revitalizing Massachusetts cities. Together with leaders from the 26 Gateway Cities, MassINC will celebrate the innovative spirit of Massachusetts’ historic Gateway Cities by honoring five individuals and two organizations that have had a transformative impact on their communities, according to a news release. The awards will be presented at the first annual Gateway Cities Innovation Institute Luncheon, to held on Nov. 12th, at University of Massachusetts at Boston. The event will mark the ...

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    3. Zombies coming to downtown Springfield for zombie games and more | masslive

      Zombies coming to downtown Springfield for zombie games and more | masslive

      Games zombies play include 'limb toss' for distance and accuracy, and a version of the beanbag game tossing brains in the zombies' mouth, said Michele Goldberg, director of marketing for the Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau.  'I don't know if you have ever done a news conference with a zombie,' said Springfield Business Improvement District Executive Director Donald A. Courtemanche as a zombie hungrily eyed his cranium. 'It's a little disconcerting.'

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    4. Attracting doctors to Western Massachusetts a difficult proposition, survey says | masslive

      Attracting doctors to Western Massachusetts a difficult proposition, survey says | masslive

      Seventy-five percent of responding physicians in Hampden, Hampshire and Franklin counties told The Massachusetts Medical Society that the pool of available physicians from which they recruit is inadequate. That makes this the second-most difficult labor market in the state. Half the doctors here said it is difficult to retain staff and 40 percent said it was difficult to fill vacancies.

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    5. Construction continues at UMass Amherst; $1.4 billion in projects on way

      Construction continues at UMass Amherst; $1.4 billion in projects on way

      Last week, a board of trustees report outlined a new $3.8 billion five-year capital budget for construction and renovation projects on all five UMass campuses, up from $3.1 billion approved last year. Some $1.4 billion of that funding will be heading to the Amherst campus, including $12.6 million for repairs to Machmer Hall, according to a news release.

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    6. Associated Industries of Massachusetts Business Confidence falls | masslive

      Associated Industries of Massachusetts Business Confidence falls | masslive

      Employer uncertainty in the economy grew in August according to new survey from Associated Industries of Massachusetts.  Associated Industries Business Confidence Index fell 3.8 points in August to 48.7 points on a 100-point scale where 50 is neutral. The index was at 52.5 points in July and 48.9 points in June, according to Associated Industries of Massachusetts.

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    7. Big Y pulls out of Holyoke project, citing 'increasing costs' and 'unforeseen conditions'

      Big Y pulls out of Holyoke project, citing 'increasing costs' and 'unforeseen conditions'

      Big Y Foods Inc. will not move forward with plans for a supermarket in Holyoke. "Economic conditions as well as increasing costs due to time and unforeseen conditions have altered the business model for their proposed location at the former Atlas-Copco site located on the northeast side of the intersection of Homestead Avenue and Lower Westfield Road," the chain wrote in an emailed news release Wednesday. "Coupled with the slow economic recovery and uncertainty in the region, the proposed site no longer fits with the company's long term objectives."

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    8. Vermont Yankee nuclear shutdown makes New England too dependent on natural gas, could make electricity more expensive

      Vermont Yankee nuclear shutdown makes New England too dependent on natural gas, could make electricity more expensive

      The demise of Vermont Yankee and the predicted demise of the region’s coal-fired plants, including Mount Tom Power Station in Holyoke, will only make the region more dependent on natural gas for electricity, home heating and industry at a time when supplies are plentiful. The owner of Mount Tom, FirstLight Power Resources, has scaled down operations due to the cheapness of gas plants. Mount Tom only ran during periods of peak demand this summer.

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    9. Disston holds ribbon cutting at Chicopee plant, employes 50 at former Buxton warehouse

      Disston holds ribbon cutting at Chicopee plant, employes 50 at former Buxton warehouse

      Toolmaker The Disston Co. hosted a grand opening Friday at its new plant in the former Buxton Co. warehouse at 45 Plainfield St. The plant employs 50 people. The move, which is still underway, represents a downsizing for the toolmaker. Disston laid off 15 workers from its former factory in South Deerfield and shifted some, but not all, of its manufacturing operations to China, according to previous statements from the company.

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    10. Big Y completes Ludlow renovation

      Big Y completes Ludlow renovation

      Big Y Foods, Inc. is pleased to announce the completion of the renovations at their Ludlow World Class Market at 433 Center St. The $1.3 million renovation effort began in May and included renovations in all departments, including a completely renovated bakery, take out foods, international deli, seafood and meat departments. The 56,218-square-foot store opened in 1970 and was last updated in 2001.

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    11. Proposed lawsuit intended to stop Massachusetts' new technology tax gathering steam, Springfield lawyer Scott Foster says

      Proposed lawsuit intended to stop Massachusetts' new technology tax gathering steam, Springfield lawyer Scott Foster says

      "I grew and added jobs through the bad economy," said Edward Watson, CEO of Mobius Works, an IT and and computer technology company in Westfield. "And now my reward for doing that is a new tax that makes my business harder. I feel like I've been slapped in the face. You have a growing industry here. It needs to be nurtured, not penalized."

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    12. Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department chooses Smith & Wesson

      Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department chooses Smith & Wesson

      The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department has selected Smith & Wesson's M&P9 pistol as its new department-issued duty handgun, according to a news release from the Springfield-based gunmaker.  Smith & Wesson announced the five-year contract for an unnamed amount of money Tuesday.  The L.A. County Sheriff's Department is the second-largest law-enforcement agency in the country with more than 9,000 sworn deputies and 8,000 professional staff members. The LASD provides general service law enforcement to 43 municipalities that encompass more than three million people.

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    13. News of Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant's planned shutdown surprises environmentalists, businesses

      News of Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant's planned shutdown surprises environmentalists, businesses

      The reactor was expected to break even this year and its earnings would decline during the coming years, the company said. With a maximum capacity of more than 600 megawatts, Vermont Yankee is among the region’s largest power plants and is one of four nuclear stations providing baseload power to New England. Overall, nuclear generation produced 31 percent of New England’s electricity in 2012, according to ISO new England, operator of the region’s power grid.

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    14. Family Wireless shuts down, cites conflict with Verizon

      Family Wireless shuts down, cites conflict with Verizon

      The locally owned Family Wireless chain of cellphone stores has shut down, claiming carrier Verizon won't provide it with enough options and products to sell customers.  'We cannot survive on the meager options Verizon has left us with,' a voice on the company's voice-mail system said Monday. Without Verizon the business cannot provide wireless service.  Verizon issued a statement denying any role in the decision by Family Wireless to close and stating it has a current contract with the business.  Family Wireless operates six locations, with stores in Chicopee, East Longmeadow, Lee, South Hadley, Southwick and Westfield.

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    15. Baystate gets energy savings award from Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships

      Baystate gets energy savings award from Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships

      This week, Baystate was awarded the Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships Business Leadership Award for its work with Western Mass Electric Co. and Columbia Gas of Massachusetts.  Moran said WMECo granted the hospital $700,000 for the electric improvements and Columbia Gas of Massachusetts, formerly Bay State Gas, gave Baystate Medical Center $100,000.  The work will integrate the latest energy-efficient technology, including LED, or light-emitting diode, lighting, installing occupancy sensors in hallways and offices, and using high-efficiency condensing boilers.

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    16. Microtest develops zebrafish test

      Microtest develops zebrafish test

      A new test that utilizes zebrafish embryos to screen plastics, composites and polymers for toxicity in medical device manufacturing developed by Microtest Laboratories will be featured at AMI’s Medical Grade Polymer 2013 technical conference in September.  “The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requires testing to assess medical device toxicology and describes which situations may trigger the need for manufacturers to repeat testing or undertake new programs. The dynamics of such testing are rapidly evolving,” according to a news release from Steven Richter, Ph.D., president and scientific director of Microtest Laboratories and a former FDA official.

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