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    1. Western New England University students get real-time stock trading facility thanks to generosity of Springfield couple. | masslive

      Western New England University students get real-time stock trading facility thanks to generosity of Springfield couple. | masslive

      The room has banks of computers and projection equipment as well as a stock-market zipper display along the wall. Of particular benefit, said assistant professor of finance Bryan P. Schmutz, is the room's new Bloomberg terminal. The terminal allows Western New England students to get 'Bloomberg Certified' and aid in their eventual job search.  'We want to teach most of our finance classes here,' Schmutz said. 'I know a lot of students want to get on the Bloomberg terminal.'

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    2. Western Massachusetts Electric Co., National Grid seek to buy wind power as part of 565-megawatt, green-energy deal | masslive

      Western Massachusetts Electric Co., National Grid seek to buy wind power as part of 565-megawatt, green-energy deal | masslive

      The deals, announced Monday by the state of Massachusetts, involve the purchase of 565 megawatts of wind energy by four utilities including Western Massachusetts Electric Co. and National Grid, enough to power about 170,000 homes, at an average weighted price of just less than 8 cents a kilowatt hour.

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    3. Western Massachusetts Electric Co.'s Peter Clarke to take regional reliability job | masslive

      Western Massachusetts Electric Co.'s Peter Clarke to take regional reliability job | masslive

      Peter Clarke has been promoted from Western Massachusetts Electric Co. president and CEO to senior vice president of emergency preparedness for all of Northeast Utilities.  The new role gives Clarke responsibility over storm preparation and recovery and preparation for more exotic threats such as cyber terrorism, across not just Western Massachusetts Electric Co. but other Northeast Utilities operations such as NStar in Eastern Massachusetts, Yankee Gas, Public Service New Hampshire and Connecticut Light and Power.

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    4. Meredith-Springfield Associates in Ludlow says shortage of staff, high utility prices limit prospects | masslive

      Meredith-Springfield Associates in Ludlow says shortage of staff, high utility prices limit prospects | masslive

      Meredith-Springfield Associates Inc. can churn out 30 million tiny plastic bottles a year for the folks who make Mrs. Dash seasonings, but it can't find enough potential employees with the requisite mechanical skills to grow along with the company.
      'We can take a car mechanic and make a blow-mold machine operator,' Meredith -Springfield founder, president and CEO Mel O'Leary said. 'But you need to have the skills and the experience to build upon.'

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    5. 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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    6. 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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    7. 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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    8. 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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    9. 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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    10. 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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    11. 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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    12. 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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    13. 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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    14. 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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    15. 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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    16. 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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