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    1. Greenfield Community College receives grant for programs in science, technology, engineering and math

      Greenfield Community College receives grant for programs in science, technology, engineering and math

      Massachusetts has won a grant from Complete College America (CCA) to aid the state’s efforts to increase the number of college students who complete degree and certificate programs in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields, the Department of Higher Education announced. The technical assistance grants are supported by the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust.  Greenfield Community College will be one of the beneficiaries of the grant.

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    2. Hampden Bank participates in state Small Business Partnership Program

      Hampden Bank participates in state Small Business Partnership Program

      In an effort to help local small businesses expand and create new jobs, Hampden Bank, in conjunction with the office of the State Treasurer, is participating in the Small Business Partnership Program. The program is a special funding initiative launched by State Treasurer Steven Grossman to promote small business loans, according to a news release.

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    3. Pafumi Motors in Springfield's Indian Orchard section moves as Family Dollar adds locations

      Pafumi Motors in Springfield's Indian Orchard section moves as Family Dollar adds locations

      Pafumi Motors in the Indian Orchard section of Springfield is moving three doors down and across Main Street to make way as discount-retailer Family Dollar continues its local expansion. Pafumi Motors has temporary quarters nearby at Nick's Auto Body at 390 Main St. Construction has already begun on the department store, which could open as early as June.

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    4. Joan Kagan, Sirdeaner Walker, Jean Gailun, Jean Caldwell honored with Pynchon Awards

      Joan Kagan, Sirdeaner Walker, Jean Gailun, Jean Caldwell honored with Pynchon Awards

      The Advertising Club of Western Massachusetts honored Jean C. Caldwell, Jean E. Gailun, Joan B. Kagan and Sirdeaner L. Walker Thursday night with The Order of William Pynchon.  It was the first time the awards have had an all-female class with that many honorees. The awards, founded in 1915 to honor distinguished civic service, named a woman for their first time in 1922 and the Pynchons have had all-female classes before, but none with four recipients.

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    5. Interstate 91 project announced by Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick is only 1 step toward getting the highway out of view

      Interstate 91 project announced by Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick is only 1 step toward getting the highway out of view

      Gov. Deval L. Patrick announced $200 million Tuesday to replace a section of the Interstate 91 viaduct downtown, but that 2.5-year project is only one step toward getting the highway sunken from view.  'This, as you all know, is a project that is desperately needed for safety reasons and reasons of access,' Patrick said Tuesday during a luncheon hosted by the Affiliated Chambers of Commerce of Greater Springfield at the Springfield Marriott. 'But how it is done is going to mean a lot to the city of Springfield.'

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    6. Titan Roofing Inc. moving headquarters with 34 jobs to Tapley Street in Springfield

      Titan Roofing Inc. moving headquarters with 34 jobs to Tapley Street in Springfield

      Titan Roofing Inc. is renovating a long-vacant warehouse at 200 Tapley St. into a new base of operations. The company plans to move 34 permanent jobs to the facility from its current headquarters at 70 Orange St. in Chicopee, president Fred Pazmino said. "We have outgrown our building in Chicopee," Pazmino said. "And we lease there. Here we own the building. And we can drive right in with our vehicles. It's perfect for us."

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    7. UMass Amherst student entrepreneur teams compete in Innovation Challenge fall MinutePitch

      UMass Amherst student entrepreneur teams compete in Innovation Challenge fall MinutePitch

      These are not science fiction, but the business ideas pitched by University of Massachusetts at Amherst students at the Amherst’s Innovation Challenge fall MinutePitch competition. The program, established in 2005, is open to University of Massachusetts at Amherst students including graduate students and post-doctoral students as well as undergrads. It is part of the UMass Innovation Challenge.

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    8. Greater Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau asking for Howdy award nominations

      Greater Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau asking for Howdy award nominations

      Holiday time is Howdy time for the Greater Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau.The bureau, which has sponsored the Howdy Awards for Hospitality Excellence since 1996, won't hand out Howdys again until the spring. But Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's are prime time for Howdy nominations, with consumers going out shopping and out to holiday parties held at area restaurants and banqueting houses.

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    9. Massachusetts employers gloomy in reaction to federal budget woes

      Massachusetts employers gloomy in reaction to federal budget woes

      The Associated Industries of Massachusetts said this week that it's Business Confidence Index fell 4.8 points in October from 51.5 points in September to 46.7. The index is based on a 100-point scale where 50 is neutral, anything above 50 is positive and anything below 50 is negative. \

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    10. MassMutual announces record dividend estimated at $1.49 billion

      MassMutual announces record dividend estimated at $1.49 billion

      MassMutual Financial Group has approved the insurer's largest dividend payout in history for 2014.  The record payout to eligible policy holders is estimated at $1.49 billion. The dividends to be paid in 2014 reflect a dividend interest rate of 7.1 percent for eligible policy holders, an increase over last year’s rate of 7 percent flat.

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    11. UMass Women in Engineering & Computing Career Day gets high school girls interested in science

      UMass Women in Engineering & Computing Career Day gets high school girls interested in science

      Music to ears of the organizers behind the Women in Engineering & Computing Career Day, a program designed to open the eyes of high school girls to the opportunities in the scientific careers. In its 20th year, the event drew more than 300 girls along with counselors and teachers from high schools all over the state including, but not limited to, schools in Springfield, Westfield, Chicopee and Amherst in addition to Holyoke and Belchertown. Girls need role models in these careers, said Paula Rees, who holds an engineering doctorate and serves as director of the diversity programs office in the UMass ...

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    12. Luxe Burger Bar opening in Springfield in December, promises transformation of old Visitors Information Center on riverfront

      Luxe Burger Bar opening in Springfield in December, promises transformation of old Visitors Information Center on riverfront

      The former Visitors Information Center at 1200 Hall of Fame Ave. was built to grab people's attention; it was not built for serving food. But by the time Luxe Burger Bar opens in early December it will do both, said restaurateur John Elkhay. Elkhay and Tom Cox of Chicopee-based Gardner Construction Industrial Services described last week how the building's tower, visible from Interstate 91, will soon be home to a suspended lighted sculpture with a 30-foot-long fabric wave. The fabric, besides being eye-catching, will serve as a noise baffle to dampen echoes in the glassed-in space where a ...

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    13. Leanne Sedlak's SkinCatering opens location in Springfield's Tower Square

      Leanne Sedlak's SkinCatering opens location in Springfield's Tower Square

      Leanne Sedlak, owner of SkinCatering day spa, is opening a second location downtown in Tower Square, 1500 Main St., on the second floor. "I would like to thank Leanne for her belief and investment here in downtown Springfield and, specifically, here in Tower Square," Mayor Domenic J. Sarno said in a news release. "This is another great story of a growing and exciting business and it is happening right here in our Springfield."

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    14. Amazon.com to start collecting sales tax in Massachusetts, but will it matter to consumers?

      Amazon.com to start collecting sales tax in Massachusetts, but will it matter to consumers?

      Amazon and the state struck the bargain to start collecting tax here about a year ago after the company established a physical presence here in the state with research offices in Cambridge and bought robotics company Kiva System in Woburn for $775 million. Amazon recently advertised for 50 new employees and has promised to create hundreds of new jobs in the state in the next few years.

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    15. Hampden Bank, dissident shareholders in proxy fight; investors demand sale or merger to boost profits

      Hampden Bank, dissident shareholders in proxy fight; investors demand sale or merger to boost profits

      Hampden Bank, founded here in 1852 and headquartered downtown on Harrison Avenue, faces a proxy fight from shareholders based in Texas who want seats on the board and for the bank to seriously explore selling out or merging with another bank to increase earnings. "Getting a return for investors, that's what being a public company is about," Johnny Guerry of Clover Partners LLC in Dallas said in a phone interview last week. "It's not about selling stock and bringing in all this money so you can pay your executives."

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    16. Massachusetts community bankers say things going well, but state legal reforms needed

      Massachusetts community bankers say things going well, but state legal reforms needed

      Local banks have grown through the recession and local bankers are seeing a recovery, even if it is s a slow recovery. But to keep the good news coming, they say they need state lawmakers to pass legislation streamlining regulations and encouraging them to keep up with technology. The banks also are asking that state regulations also be brought into line with federal rules that got tougher in the wake of the financial crisis.

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    17. Massachusetts community hospitals eligible for grants as part of state health care reform

      Massachusetts community hospitals eligible for grants as part of state health care reform

      The state Health Policy Commission has announced the availability of $10 million in funding for certain Massachusetts community hospitals. Beginning today, eligible institutions from across the state can apply for up to $500,000 from the first phase of the Health Policy Commission investment program – Community Hospital Acceleration, Revitalization, and Transformation, or CHART – focused on enhancing community hospitals’ delivery of efficient, effective health care.

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    18. Massachusetts doubles cash incentives for hiring veterans and long-term unemployed

      Massachusetts doubles cash incentives for hiring veterans and long-term unemployed

      The state Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development announced it has more than doubled cash grants available to employers hiring Massachusetts residents who have been unemployed for 6 months or more, or Massachusetts veterans, regardless of length of unemployment. Eligible employers may now apply for grants of $5,000 for each new hire who meets the Hiring Incentive Training Grant program requirements. Employers may receive up to $75,000 each calendar year, according to a news release.

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    19. Westfield Chamber, Training and Workforce Options join to host manufacturing training summit at Savage Arms

      Westfield Chamber, Training and Workforce Options join to host manufacturing training summit at Savage Arms

      According to the Regional Employment Board of Hampden County, the Pioneer Valley boasts approximately 293 manufacturers who employ roughly 7,850 workers. Manufacturing is the fourth-largest industry sector in the Commonwealth, with more than 299,000 employees, and ranks second in the Pioneer Valley. The summit also will address such issues as current and future business challenges, specific industry workforce needs, projected changes in the local economy and the workforce, resources available to improve workers’ skills and development, and ways in which Holyoke Community College and Springfield Technical Community College and manufacturers can develop meaningful partnerships to effectively address the ...

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    20. Affiliated Chambers of Greater Springfield honors Super 60 companies

      Affiliated Chambers of Greater Springfield honors Super 60 companies

      On Friday, the Affiliated Chambers of Commerce of Greater Springfield honored Simple Diaper & Linen along with partner/co-workers Gregory and Montagna as rising stars during the chamber's annual Super 60 bushiness recognition luncheon. The lunch drew 515 attendees to Chez Josef in Agawam.The Super 60 program, now in its 24th year, honors 60 local companies, 30 for revenue growth and 30 for total revenue. Exact figures are never released, but the top three in each category are named. This year, Springfield College, Noonan Energy in Springfield and Whalley Computer Associates in Southwick were the top three companies in ...

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    21. WMECO kicks off work on Springfield solar power project

      WMECO kicks off work on Springfield solar power project

      Western Massachusetts Electric Co. plans to start work soon on a 3.9-megawatt solar power project atop a former landfill at 282 Cottage St. in East Springfield.  When completed, the project will replace WMECO's Indian Orchard solar project at the former Chapman Valve site, 225 Goodwin St., as the state's largest solar project built atop what had been a post-industrial brownfield, said Craig Hallstrom, president of both WMECO and its sister utility, NSTAR Electric.

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