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    1. MassDOT sets public information meeting on I-91 reconstruction project in Springfield

      MassDOT sets public information meeting on I-91 reconstruction project in Springfield

      The Massachusetts Department of Transportation has scheduled a public information meeting for the Interstate 91 rehabilitation project from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 8 in the auditorium at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield. The event will feature a short presentation from the project's contractors, the joint venture White-Schiavone, followed by a question-and-answer session. The event is open to anyone. MassDOT asks people with questions to visit the project website where they can sign up to receive project updates.

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    2. Photos: DevelopSpringfield shows off future Springfield Innovation Center on Bridge Street

      Photos: DevelopSpringfield shows off future Springfield Innovation Center on Bridge Street

       DevelopSpringfield hopes to start renovations on the Springfield Innovation Center-- a new home for Valley Venture Mentors, a new Innovation Cafe, office space, a video and recording studio and possibly a rooftop deck -- before the end of 2015. Much of the necessary funding for the project at  at 270-280 Bridge St. is in place and DevelopSpringfield, a public-private partnership dedicated to bringing business to the city, hopes to wrap up design work in the next few weeks, said DevelopSpringfield president and CEO Jay Minkarah.

      ucture Program.

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    3. Western Mass. Ad Club names 2015 William Pynchon award winners for community service efforts in Pioneer Valley

      Western Mass. Ad Club names 2015 William Pynchon award winners for community service efforts in Pioneer Valley

      Pynchon Trustee David Cecchi said the first awards in 1915 were in the Kimball Hotel, about a block away from what is now the Lyman & Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield History. Recipients are: the Johnsons, Gary Bernice, band director at the Springfield High School of Science and Technology; volunteer Sue Ellen Panitch and philanthropist Harold Grinspoon.

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    4. Interstate 91 viaduct reconstruction expected to be finished by late fall of 2017; lane closures to begin early next year

      Interstate 91 viaduct reconstruction expected to be finished by late fall of 2017; lane closures to begin early next year

      Massachusetts Department of Transportation predicted Thursday that the Interstate 91 viaduct over downtown Springfield will be repaired and returned to driver's full use in the late fall of 2017 if construction on the $183.3 million project continues on its current pace. That pace means that the first substantial construction  -- work involving long-term lane and highway exit shutdowns -- will begin in December or January.

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    5. MassDOT: Sections of West Columbus Ave. in Springfield to close starting Monday

      MassDOT: Sections of West Columbus Ave. in Springfield to close starting Monday

      MassDOT will close a section of West Columbus Avenue in Springfield just north of the Memorial Bridge between Hampden Street and Boland Way starting Monday as part of the ongoing rehabilitation of the Interstate 91 viaduct over downtown. The closure is necessary to allow contractors to widen the roadway to serve traffic more safely once the viaduct construction begins in earnest later this year. To access West Columbus Avenue near the Memorial Bridge from Hampden Street, turn left on East Columbus Avenue. Turn right onto Boland Way. Turn left onto West Columbus Avenue/Hall of Fame Avenue.

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    6. MassDOT chief: Groundbreaking soon on $65M subway car factory in Springfield

      MassDOT chief: Groundbreaking soon on $65M subway car factory in Springfield

      Expect a groundbreaking soon for the $65 million railroad passenger-car factory Chinese rail giant CNR Changchun Railway Vehicles Co. is planning for East Springfield, said Stephanie Pollack, Massachusetts secretary and CEO of the Department of Transportation. Pollack was in Springfield Wednesday mostly to talk about the Interstate 91 project. But she also discusses the 220,000-square-foot factory CNR is building  to supply new subway cars to the MBTA. The T falls under Pollack's jurisdiction.

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      Mentions: Springfield
    7. Westfield International Air Show returns to Barnes Air National Guard Base in 2016

      Westfield International Air Show returns to Barnes Air National Guard Base in 2016

      Barnes Air National Guard Base and the 104th Fighter Wing of the Massachusetts Air National Guard will host another edition of the Westfield International Air Show just more than a year from now. The air show, scheduled Sept. 10-11, 2016, will come on the heels of the Great New England Air Show at Westover Air Reserve Base, which drew 300,000 people to the base in Chicopee in May. "The two bases want to get back in a pattern of taking turns hosting an air show every other year," said Maj. Matthew  Mutti of the 104th, the air show director

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      Mentions: Chicopee Westfield
    8. A.O. White in East Longmeadow to close; owners plan new, smaller clothing store

      A.O. White in East Longmeadow to close; owners plan new, smaller clothing store

      A.O. White, a longtime staple of downtown Springfield retail, will close its remaining store in East Longmeadow by the end of July. But company president Lewis White said he plans to come back in mid-August with a new but smaller store under a different, as-yet undecided name. The new store will focus only on upscale sportswear, he said. Think brands like Eileen Fisher for women or Tommy Bahama for either gender.

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    9. I-91 reconstruction will add up to 15 minutes to travel time, state says; crowd at Springfield hearing has its doubts

      I-91 reconstruction will add up to 15 minutes to travel time, state says; crowd at Springfield hearing has its doubts

      A guffaw of disbelief went up Thursday night as Massachusetts Department of Transportation officials experts explained that the planned reconstruction of the Interstate 91 deck through downtown Springfield will add just 10 minutes to 15 minutes to the average trip along the 2.5-mile viaduct during the construction. Don Cooke, managing director at Vanesse Hansen Brustlin and a traffic consultant on the project admitted that traffic will be volatile once construction begins. Motorists, he said, will scurry around looking for alternate routes.

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    10. WMass officials hope to secure Boston 2024 Olympic events

      WMass officials hope to secure Boston 2024 Olympic events

      Western Massachusetts boosters always knew local venues, such as the MassMutual Center  or the Mullins Center on the University of Massachusetts, are too small and would never host the medal rounds of the popular men's and women's basketball tournaments, said Sullivan, president and CEO of the Western Massachusetts Economic Development Council and the person leading the charge to ensure as much of the Boston 2024 Olympics occur in Western Massachusetts as possible. "I think there is a very good chance that we will host preliminary-round basketball," Sullivan said.

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    11. Baystate gets top marks in new 'Common Care' rankings by U.S. News & World Report

      Baystate gets top marks in new 'Common Care' rankings by U.S. News & World Report

      Baystate Medical Center was one of just 34 hospitals in the country that U.S. News & World Report ranked as "high performing" in five common procedures in its first "Best Hospitals for Common Care" ratings. The rankings, released this week, are available at www.health.usnews.com. U.S. News, known for its extensive rankings of hospitals and of colleges and universities, looked at five areas of practice considered part of "common care." Three are commonly performed operations: hip replacement, knee replacement, heart bypass surgery. Two categories are common chronic medical problems: congestive heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease ...

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    12. CNR Changchun Railway to build larger factory at former Westinghouse site in Springfield

      CNR Changchun Railway to build larger factory at former Westinghouse site in Springfield

      CNR Changchun, part of the Chinese national railways, is the largest manufacturer of rail cars in the world. One supplier represented Thursday, KTK Group Co. of China, is an $8 billion company. And KTK Group executive Chao Sun said it will need local manufacturers to help fulfill its commitments to CNR MA and the MBTA project. "You are talking about a half-billion project," said Richard K. Sullivan Jr., president and CEO of the Western Massachusetts Economic Development Council. "To the extent we can keep as much of that money in Western Massachusetts, that can be the real economic benefit. I ...

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    13. Gun Valley: New Coltsville National Historic Park in Hartford to partner with Springfield Armory

      Gun Valley: New Coltsville National Historic Park in Hartford to partner with Springfield Armory

      In March, the Congressional Budget Office estimated that it will cost $9 million to develop the park over five years from 2015 to 2019, with work including restoring and developing sites and completing a management plan. Form there, the Congressional Budget Office estimates less than $1 million a year in operating costs

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    14. Machine tech program starts in fall to answer demand for skilled workers in WMass

      Machine tech program starts in fall to answer demand for skilled workers in WMass

      The Lower Pioneer Valley Educational Collaborative, reacting to industry demand for skilled workers, is adding a machine technology program starting in fall 2015. "This is something our member school districts have been asking for," said Principal Donald Jarvis. "They see the demand from their students."

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    15. Knowledge Corridor Special: Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, others christen Amtrak rails

      Knowledge Corridor Special: Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, others christen Amtrak rails

      Gov. Deval Patrick,  U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal, D-Springfield, U.S. Rep. James McGovern, D-Worcester, and retired U.S. Rep. John Olver of Amherst hosted dignitaries and press on the "Knowledge Corridor Special." It was a test run of passenger service on tracks rebuilt in a $120 million state and federal project. The federal stimulus program provided $73 million of the $120 million, with the state making up the rest. The trip was also an old-fashioned whistle-stop with politicians de-training in Holyoke, Northampton and Greenfield for speeches and well-wishes. Northampton even had a marching band.

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    16. American Red Cross celebrates new Springfield headquarters on Brookdale Drive

      American Red Cross celebrates new Springfield headquarters on Brookdale Drive

      The American Red Cross of Western Massachusetts hosted a luncheon and ribbon cutting ceremony Wednesday, Dec. 3, for its new, 16,000-square-foot headquarters at 15 Brookdale Drive. The new headquarters combines all Red Cross services, blood donation, disaster services, services to armed forces, nurses assistant training classes and preparedness health and safety services under one roof. The Red Cross moved in about a month ago. "It streamlines everything for us," said Executive Director Kim Goulette. "We will be able to be more efficient and build a better capacity to serve the community. It is one-stop shopping."

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    17. Massachusetts business confidence rises, employers plan hiring in 2015

      Massachusetts business confidence rises, employers plan hiring in 2015

      Employers planning to add staff in the next six months outnumber those expecting layoffs by three to one, according to the November Business confidence Survey released by Associated Industries of Massachusetts. Thirty-two percent of respondents predict they will hire more workers before July 2015, Associated industries said. Just 10 percent predict layoffs. More employers, 31 percent, reported having added workers in the last six months compared with 17 percent reporting recent layoffs.

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    18. WEMCo 29-percent electricity rate hike approved by the state Department of Public Utilities

      WEMCo 29-percent electricity rate hike approved by the state Department of Public Utilities

      The Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities Friday approved a 29 percent Western Massachusetts Electric Co.'s  basic rate for electricity customers. The utility, also known as WMECo, asked for the rate increase because natural gas, the fuel used to generate most of the electricity in New England, is in short supply.

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    19. Some former Hampden County Physician Associates doctors will join Sisters of Providence starting Wednesday

      Some former Hampden County Physician Associates doctors will join Sisters of Providence starting Wednesday

      Nineteen primary doctors who were part of Hampden County Physician Associates and most of ther staff will be part of Sisters of Providence Health System and its Mercy Medical Group beginning Wednesday morning, Nov. 5. Phone numbers will roll over to Mercy operators and physicians will begin scheduling appointments again at locations on Carew Street in Springfield, 98 Shaker Road in East Longmeadow, in Ludlow and in Feedinig Hills, said Daniel Moen, president and CEO of Sisters of Providence Health System. Mercy is taking over Hampden County Physician Associates locations.

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    20. Bay Path University to recieve $3.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education

      Bay Path University to recieve $3.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education

      Bay Path University will receive $3.5 million over three years from the U.S. Department of Education to improve technology and help adult women earn degrees through Bay Path's new online American Women's College. "First and foremost this grant was all about access and attainment for underserved populations and underrepresented populations," Bay Path President Carol A. Leary said Tuesday afternoon. The $3.5 million is part of $75 million in "First in the World" grants being made to colleges and universities across the country and announced Tuesday. It is the largest ever federal grant to Bay Path ...

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    21. Western Massachusetts business leaders get capitol perspective on economy, trade, civil rights, during chamber Washington trip

      Western Massachusetts business leaders get capitol perspective on economy, trade, civil rights, during chamber Washington trip

      Business leaders from the Affiliated Chambers of Commerce of Greater Springfield and the Berkshire Chamber of Commerce learned Wednesday from Washington insiders why the economy may be doing better than many suspect and why that sense of growth is not widely shared on the nation's Main Street.

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    22. Common Capital announces loan to Quabbin Harvest, a co-op grocery in Orange

      Common Capital announces loan to Quabbin Harvest, a co-op grocery in Orange

      Common Capital, the Holyoke based nonprofit lender to small business, has closed a $40,000  loan to help Quabbin Harvest, a soon-to-open grocery cooperative in Orange. Chris Sikes, Common Capital's CEO, made the announcement in an email Wednesday. Common Capital is making the loan in partnership with the Cooperative Fund of New England and the Mount Grace Land Trust. The trust  purchased the building at 12 North Main St. where the new market is being built. The location was the former Workers Credit Union building. The market is set to open in the middle of September, said Quabbin ...

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