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    1. Valley Gives closes in on $1 million, drums up support in Downtown Springfield

      Valley Gives closes in on $1 million, drums up support in Downtown Springfield

      Valley Gives, the 24-hour regional e-philanthropy event, closed in on $1 million in donations at midday. That's halfway toward the event's $2 million goal for the daylong fundraiser online at www.http://valleygives.razoo.com and with major presences on social media including Facebook and Twitter at @valleygives.  Cindy Merrill of Wilbraham said she noticed that there were more donors registered on the site today compared with when she donated last year for the first Valley Gives day.

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      Mentions: Springfield Amherst
    2. Smith & Wesson announces sales up 2 percent from this time last year

      Smith & Wesson announces sales up 2 percent from this time last year

      Smith & Wesson announced Tuesday net sales of $139.3 million for the quarter ended Oct. 31, up 2 percent compared with the same period a year ago when sales were $136.5 million.  The company's stock rose 6 percent in after-hours trading to about $12.79 per share from $12.12 a share at the stock market's close. Smith & Wesson stock is up 44 percent on the year

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    3. Greater Springfield Reliability Project is completed | masslive.com

      Greater Springfield Reliability Project is completed | masslive.com

      The Greater Springfield Reliability Project - a major transmission upgrade to improve reliability in the region - is now complete, Western Massachusetts Electric Co. announced.  Connecticut Light & Power and Western Massachusetts Electric Co. finished the project both on-time and under budget, despite challenging storms that included Superstorm Sandy and the blizzard of 2013.

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    4. Holyoke Community College expands accelerated course offerings for spring

      Holyoke Community College expands accelerated course offerings for spring

      Holyoke Community College has expanded its offerings of accelerated courses for the spring 2014 semester.  Shorter in length than traditional classes, accelerated courses take only seven weeks to complete for a full semester’s worth of college credits.  During Fall 2013 semester, for the first time, HCC offered two seven-week accelerated classes, Principles of Marketing and Principles of Management.

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    5. Springfield's A.G. Miller continues proud century-old tradition of metal fabricating, but needs help getting trained staff

      Springfield's A.G. Miller continues proud century-old tradition of metal fabricating, but needs help getting trained staff

      When A.G. Milller started in the metal fabrication business in Springfield nearly 100 years ago, its customers were automobile manufacturers Knox and Stevens-Duryea.
      'In the 1920s our largest customer was Rolls-Royce when they made cars here in Springfield,' said Rick Miller, the current owner of A.G. Miller and grandson of the company founder. 'We did the fenders and door panels for them. It has always been the precision higher-end of sheet metal fabricating.'

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    6. Classic Burger plans to open at former Friendly's location on Westfield Street in West Springfield

      Classic Burger plans to open at former Friendly's location on Westfield Street in West Springfield

      The color, says prospective restaurateur Barry Parker, is '57 Chevy Blue. That's the hue he chose for the exterior of his new restaurant, Classic Burger, set to open in early March in a former Friendly's location at 1261 Westfield Street in West Springfield. It's part of a classic car theme Parker is working on, a theme that will include booths made from chassis of actual classic cars, a seating bench made from a '56 Buick and one made from an old Pepsi ice-chest-style vending machine.

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    7. Regional Employment Board of Hampden County receives $444,000 for precision manufacturing training program

      Regional Employment Board of Hampden County receives $444,000 for precision manufacturing training program

      The state has granted $444,208 to support the Regional Employment Board of Hampden County's Precision Manufacturing Training Program, according to a news release issued last week. The grant is part of a larger program. Housing and Economic Development Secretary Greg Bialecki announced four awards totaling more than $1.3 million to support regional programs to train unemployed and underemployed individuals, including veterans, for careers in the state’s advanced manufacturing industry.

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    8. Springfield Technical Community College in midst of $11 million heating and air conditioning project

      Springfield Technical Community College in midst of $11 million heating and air conditioning project

      New heating plants as well as a new low-pressure central steam plant are in place at Springfield Technical Community College and workers are now installing a new air conditioning plant as part of an $11 million heating, ventilating and air-conditioning project at the school. The state-funded project is meant to address the failure two years ago of the college's old central steam plant, said Maureen E. Socha, senior director of facilities at the college.

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    9. Baystate Health president and CEO Mark Tolosky to step down; Dr. Mark Keroack named successor

      Baystate Health president and CEO Mark Tolosky to step down; Dr. Mark Keroack named successor

      Mark R. Tolosky, 62, is retiring from his post as president and CEO of Baystate Health and will be succeeded July 1 by Dr. Mark A. Keroack.  Keroack, a Springfield native, currently serves as executive vice president and chief operating officer at Baystate. He returned to Springfield to work at Baystate in 2011 having worked most recently at University HealthSystem Consortium in Oak Brook, Ill.

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    10. Population in Lower Pioneer Valley expected to fall as people age, according

      Population in Lower Pioneer Valley expected to fall as people age, according

      By 2015 there will likely be more people dying than being born in the Lower Pioneer Valley, contributing along with the outmigration of aging baby boomers to a steady decline in population that will likely challenge the region and its economy. "The implications are statewide and nationwide," said Susan Strate, manager of the University of Massachusetts Donahue Institute Population Estimates Program in Hadley.

       

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    11. Survey: Massachusetts business confidence rebounds in November, but government dysfunction keeps holding it back

      Survey: Massachusetts business confidence rebounds in November, but government dysfunction keeps holding it back

      Employers across Massachusetts gained confidence in the economy in November, but it appears to be a continuation of an up-and-down seesaw of sentiment and not evidence of sustained improvement, according to Associated Industries of Massachusetts.  'We just don't reach liftoff,' said Andre Mayer, senior adviser for Associated Industries , saying that ongoing budget squabbles in Washington stall momentum. 'The fluctuations month to month are understandable. We can tell what is making the changes. It's not random fluctuations. It's not progress, either.'

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    12. Noble Hospital opens express care facility

      Noble Hospital opens express care facility

      Noble Hospital and the Noble Health Network has opened a express care facility at 57 Union Street in Westfield.  Noble Express Care is open 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday to Friday and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends.  According to a release, Noble Express Care serves patients if a primary care physician is unavailable, regular offices are closed, or for people who don't want to wait at the emergency room for a non-emergency.

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    13. 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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    14. 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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    15. 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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    16. 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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    17. 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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    18. 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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    19. 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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    20. 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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    21. 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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    22. 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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