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    1. Planet Fitness to celebrate grand opening in Springfield with giveaways, free pizza

      Planet Fitness to celebrate grand opening in Springfield with giveaways, free pizza

      A new Planet Fitness location has opened in Springfield and the owners are celebrating with free food, charity donations and raffle prizes.  The 22,000-square-foot gym just off Boston Road features cardio machines, strength equipment, a locker room with day lockers and showers, HydroMassage beds, massage chairs, tanning beds and a red light therapy booth that seeks to increase circulation and produce elastin and collagen in the body.  The location has tailored its workout equipment to gym goers hoping to fit a quick workout into their days, with a 20 station circuit of strength machines and cardio-step stations that takes ...

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    2. New start-up offers fine dining and fast food delivery in Western Massachusetts

      New start-up offers fine dining and fast food delivery in Western Massachusetts

      A new service in the Pioneer Valley offers a wide menu of food options, from sushi or a rack of lamb to donuts and coffee. Dine In Deliver offers delivery from local and franchise restaurants in Western Massachusetts.  Customers visit the delivery service website and place their order online. Dine In Deliver offers delivery currently from 21 restaurants, including: Chick-fil-a, Dunkin Donuts, Europa Restaurant in Ludlow, Master Chef in South Hadley, Rumbleseat Bar and Grille in Chicopee and Taco Bell / Pizza Hut Express in Chicopee.

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    3. Chandler's Restaurant at Yankee Candle in South Deerfield to be replaced with Au Bon Pain

      Chandler's Restaurant at Yankee Candle in South Deerfield to be replaced with Au Bon Pain

      Chandler's Restaurant, the award-winning restaurant at Yankee Candle Village in South Deerfield, will soon serve its last meal.  The company told employees Monday that the restaurant will be closed and replaced with an Au Bon Pain in July. Chandler's has offered traditional American dishes for both a lunch crowd and couples seeking romantic candlelight dinners since 1995. The restaurant's last day of operation will be May 14.

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    4. Dropout rate down more than 50 percent in Holyoke, Lawrence, Springfield in five-year...

      Dropout rate down more than 50 percent in Holyoke, Lawrence, Springfield in five-year...

      In a span of five years, three Massachusetts school districts saw drastic improvements in lowering their dropout rates.  During the 2015-2016 school year, the dropout rate in Springfield Public Schools was under 5 percent, a 57 percent decrease compared to the 2010-2011 rate, a school year when 791 students dropped out. In that same time frame, Holyoke Public Schools has seen more than a hundred additional students remain in school annually, a 54 percent reduction in dropouts.  Across the state, Lawrence has seen a 51 percent decrease in students dropping out of the city's four high schools.

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    5. UMass Amherst creates venture fund to support innovation, job growth in Western Massachusetts

      UMass Amherst creates venture fund to support innovation, job growth in Western Massachusetts

      The University of Massachusetts Amherst hopes maroon will soon not only symbolize the campus colors but also innovation.  University officials announced this week the formation of the Maroon Venture Partners Fund, a new effort to support entrepreneurship among alumni, faculty and students. "UMass Amherst, as the Commonwealth's flagship, plays a crucial role in the state's innovation economy," Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy said. "Our research in fields such as applied life sciences, advanced manufacturing, food science, big data and climate science are internationally recognized. The ingenuity and expertise of our faculty and students, as well as our alumni, provide fertile ...

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    6. Overall picture is positive for Northampton businesses, chamber says

      Overall picture is positive for Northampton businesses, chamber says

      Several landmark businesses announced they would close this year, from Diva's Nightclub celebrating its final Pride weekend to Gleason's Camping Supply shutting down their downtown retail operations after more than a half century in business. While there have been some well-known establishments to shutter their doors this year, others have opened or expanded, showing an ebb and flow seen in any downtown, said Suzanne Beck, executive director of the Northampton Chamber of Commerce. More than a dozen new businesses have set up shop downtown. "There has been turnover but there's also been entrepreneurs that have opened," said ...

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    7. MassMutual Foundation, Valley Venture Mentors partnership cited as entrepreneurship model by White House

      MassMutual Foundation, Valley Venture Mentors partnership cited as entrepreneurship model by White House

      The partnership between the MassMutual Foundation and Valley Venture Mentors was called a model for startup efforts in the White House document.   The rates of entrepreneurship among people of color and women of all races has increased significantly in the past 20 years. The number of women-owned businesses in the past decade have increased five times the national average, including the number of firms owned by African American women and Latinas doubling. The increased rate of entrepreneurship across the country - especially among women and non-white men - can be credited in large part to startup accelerator programs providing mentorship and early ...

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    8. Springfield start-up seeks to keep hospitals in the black

      Springfield start-up seeks to keep hospitals in the black

      he state of healthcare is changing. Hospitals across the United States are operating with smaller budgets and fewer beds or closing outright. A new start-up in the city is working with hospitals and healthcare providers to keep the doors open.  Prophit Insight is a software and analytics company that helps healthcare providers improve profitability.  Kym and Michael Arian founded the company in 2015 seeking an answer. After more than two decades of working in the field, Michael wondered, "Why don't hospitals have traditional sales profits? What makes them so different?"

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    9. Holyoke Community College trustees recommend Christina Royal, of Inver Hills Community...

      Holyoke Community College trustees recommend Christina Royal, of Inver Hills Community...

      An educator with a regal name will likely become the next president of Holyoke Community College. The HCC Board of Trustees unanimously voted Thursday evening to recommend Christina Royal for the position. She was one of several candidates to be named a finalist. "We were fortunate to have three highly qualified candidates to consider," said Robert Gilbert, chair of the board of trustees said in a statement. "During the board's discussion, however, it quickly became clear that Christina was the best fit for HCC."

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    10. Nearly $16 million in federal funds awarded to support new Massachusetts charter schools

      Nearly $16 million in federal funds awarded to support new Massachusetts charter schools

      Charter schools across Massachusetts will receive a big boost in funding thanks to a federal grant program. The U.S. Department of Education announced Thursday that the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education will receive $15,876,000 over three years. The federal funds are earmarked to support opening new charter schools, strengthening accountability for charter school performance and sharing best practices between charters across the state. Massachusetts is one of eight states across the country to receive such funds.

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    11. Springfield schools on the rise: State test scores show progress overall

      Springfield schools on the rise: State test scores show progress overall

      In the span of one year, STEM Middle Academy has gone from being labeled a Level 4 "underperforming" school by state education officials to being considered one of the best in the state.  This was one of several pieces of positive news for the city shared by Massachusetts education officials Monday. The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education released 2016 assessment data regarding the 1,604 schools across the state.

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    12. Western Massachusetts college top U.S. News & World Report list of Best Liberal Arts...

      Western Massachusetts college top U.S. News & World Report list of Best Liberal Arts...

      Western Massachusetts has been recognized as the home to some of the most rigorous academic climate across the country. U.S. News & World report released their 2017 Best College List Tuesday. 14 Massachusetts institutions were named among the best national liberal arts colleges in the nation. 16 Massachusetts schools made the list of best national universities.

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    13. Katie Stebbins appointed to Holyoke Community College Board of Trustees by Charlie Baker

      Katie Stebbins appointed to Holyoke Community College Board of Trustees by Charlie Baker

      A new name has been added to the Holyoke Community College Board of Trustees. Governor Charlie Baker has appointed Katie L. Stebbins to the board, the college announced Thursday. Stebbins is the assistant secretary of Technology, Innovation and Entrepreneurship for the state Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development. Prior to accepting the position last year, she helped establish the Holyoke Innovation District and founded Your Friend in Springfield Consulting, a private economic development and project management firm.

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    14. Bridging community and health: Holyoke Community College offers new public health program

      Bridging community and health: Holyoke Community College offers new public health program

      A new program at Holyoke Community College seeks to better connect communities to medical services outside of a doctor's office.  HCC has created a Community Health Worker certificate this year, the first institution in the area to offer such a program.  Community health covers a spectrum of needs, from providing direct services - such as informal counseling and health screenings - to offering culturally appropriate health information to people in their homes, schools or other community spaces. Position titles in the field vary from harm reduction counselors working with drug addicts to public health nurses employed by municipalities.  

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    15. State awards $1.2 million to Peck School in Holyoke to implement 'school transformation'

      State awards $1.2 million to Peck School in Holyoke to implement 'school transformation'

      The state awarded Holyoke Public Schools $1.2 million in grant funding to redesign William R. Peck Full Service Community School. The funds may be used over a four-year period, which must include three years of implementation.  Peck was the subject of both criticism and several investigations this year after a report released by the Disability Law Center detailed pages of alleged abuse of students with disabilities.

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    16. Gov. Charlie Baker announces $17 million in state funding for Lyman Terrace in Holyoke

      Gov. Charlie Baker announces $17 million in state funding for Lyman Terrace in Holyoke

      The state is awarding more than $29 million in state and federal tax credits to public housing projects across the state - 1,484 in total, including 1,119 low-income units. Four of the projects are located in Western Massachusetts, including: Lyman Terrace in Holyoke; The Kendall in Chicopee, single room occupancy property that will undergo a full rehabilitation; the Ludlow Mill, a re-use project that will offer 75 units for seniors, 66 of which will be affordable units; and funding for phase one of Springfield's E. Henry Twiggs housing unit.

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    17. State awards $4.48 million to school turnaround efforts in Springfield, Worcester

      State awards $4.48 million to school turnaround efforts in Springfield, Worcester

      The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education awarded $4.48 million, in total, to three Springfield middle schools and a Worcester school that teaches preschool through grade six. The schools to receive funding are: Elm Park Community School in Worcester, $1,300,000; Duggan Middle School in Springfield, $1,065,000; Springfield's Van Sickle Middle School, $1,060,000; and Forest Park Middle School in Springfield, $1,055,000.

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    18. LightHouse receives $125K donation, signs 10-year lease for downtown Holyoke building

      LightHouse receives $125K donation, signs 10-year lease for downtown Holyoke building

      LightHouse is an alternative education program that will offer students an individualized learning opportunity during their teenage years. The founders are Catherine Gobron, the current program director of North Star: Self Directed Learning for Teens, and Josiah Litant, an education consultant who formerly worked in the dean of students office at Hampshire College.

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    19. Holyoke Community College to offer free restaurant & hospitality training courses | masslive

      Holyoke Community College to offer free restaurant & hospitality training courses | masslive

      For those hoping to break into or move up in the field of restaurant and hospitality, Holyoke Community College is looking to help.  The college is offering free classes to help train students. The classes will focus on core industry skills, including TIPS and ServSafe certifications, food and wine pairing, food prep skills, customer service, management and supervision.

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    20. Springfield startup Jeneyus sees success with new app 'Run TerRio Run' featuring young Vine star | masslive

      Springfield startup Jeneyus sees success with new app 'Run TerRio Run' featuring young Vine star | masslive

      Hussain is the founder of Jeneyus, a company that specializes in developing websites and mobile applications. Since starting the company two years ago, he and his team of more than a dozen developers have created several mobile applications, though Hussain said he is still shocked by the success the company's latest venture.  The mobile application is an adventure game featuring the young Internet star. It begins with TerRio knocking on his grandfather's door, saying his famous line 'Ooh, kill em,' then taking off down the street. The object of the game is to run through traffic, ducking traffic ...

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    21. Could $15 Ryanair flights to Europe be offered through Bradley International Airport? | masslive

      Could $15 Ryanair flights to Europe be offered through Bradley International Airport? | masslive

      Bradley International Airport could be the smaller, cheaper alternative to Logan. The Windsor Locks airport is 110 miles from Boston -- roughly two hours by car -- and also accessible by bus and Amtrak trains daily. The airport currently has an underutilized international arrivals building. While the space was once occupied by several airlines, currently Delta is the sole operator in the building.  The state has proposed plans to revamp the airport, including offering more opportunity for international flights.

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    22. Valley Venture Mentors celebrates grand opening of downtown accelerator space in Springfield | masslive

      Valley Venture Mentors celebrates grand opening of downtown accelerator space in Springfield | masslive

      Valley Venture Mentors held a grand opening party on Friday, opening the doors to their new accelerator space in Tower Square.  Within the space, VVM will offer coworking, training and event rooms for community and innovation parters in the area. Additionally, the mentorship program will serve as home base for 30 growing business accepted into their accelerator class.  Entrepenuers in the program are enrolled in a rigorus training program that works to overcome typical causes of startups to fail. At the end of the program, they are eligible to win $50,000.

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    23. Popular Mechanics highlights Holyoke as one of 'The 14 Best Startup Cities in America' | masslive

      Popular Mechanics highlights Holyoke as one of 'The 14 Best Startup Cities in America' | masslive

      In their upcoming February issue, Popular Mechanics highlights what they consider to be the best 14 startup cities in the country.  'No disrespect to San Francisco or Brooklyn, but we wanted to identify the next wave of cities building an ecosystem to turn innovators into entrepreneurs,' the editors write.  Mayor Alex B. Morse wrote the description of innovation in Holyoke for the magazine. Since taking office in 2011, Morse said his administration has considered it a priority to make the city a center of innovation in the region.

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