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    1. Massachusetts, Vermont transportation officials to hold public meetings on passenger rail service along Boston-Montreal corridor

      Massachusetts, Vermont transportation officials to hold public meetings on passenger rail service along Boston-Montreal corridor

      Massachusetts and Vermont transportation officials are scheduled to hold public meetings in Springfield and White River Junction, Vt., to discuss the possibility of more frequent and higher speed passenger rail service along the Boston-Montreal corridor passing through Western Massachusetts and the Green Mountain State. The first hearing is scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Hotel Coolidge, 39 S. Main St., White River Junction, followed by another meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission, 60 Congress St., Springfield. The Massachusetts Department of Transportation and the Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) are holding the sessions ...

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    2. Massachusetts education officials to discuss proposed Springfield Preparatory Charter School during visit to city

      Massachusetts education officials to discuss proposed Springfield Preparatory Charter School during visit to city

      The session between Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education officials and proponents of the Springfield Preparatory Charter School, a K-8 learning institution that would accommodate more than 48o students, is scheduled for 4 p.m. today at the Springfield Central Library, 220 State St.

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    3. Springfield to release results of downtown housing study, citing significant market changes and possibility of MGM casino coming to town

      Springfield to release results of downtown housing study, citing significant market changes and possibility of MGM casino coming to town

      On the same day Gov. Deval Patrick is slated to announce a multimillion-dollar plan to bolster affordable housing in Massachusetts, Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno is expected to attend a Thursday morning event to mark the release of the city's first downtown market-rate housing study in seven years. Today's session is sponsored by the Springfield Chamber of Commerce and scheduled for 10:30 a.m. at One Financial Plaza, 1350 Main St.

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    4. Annual UMass bus tour with President Robert Caret rolls into Springfield, Hadley before heading east

      Annual UMass bus tour with President Robert Caret rolls into Springfield, Hadley before heading east

      University of Massachusetts President Robert L. Caret is again embarking on a mobile listening tour to hear from community leaders while simultaneously trumpeting what he believes is the vital statewide role played by the five-campus public school system. Caret and Henry M. Thomas III, chairman of the university's board of trustees, will be joined by other UMass administrators during what has become an annual cross-state bus tour, which begins Tuesday with stops in Springfield and Hadley. The taking-it-to-the-streets tactic was launched two years ago by Caret, who uses the face-to-face meetings with mayors and community and business leaders to ...

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    5. Massachusetts Gaming Commission to conduct 'suitability' hearing on Mohegan Sun's Palmer casino proposal

      Massachusetts Gaming Commission to conduct 'suitability' hearing on Mohegan Sun's Palmer casino proposal

      The Massachusetts Gaming Commission has scheduled a so-called suitability hearing for 9:30 a.m. Thursday at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center to question Mohegan Sun officials about their company's finances and ethics before deciding if the Connecticut-based casino operator can move forward with its bid to build a resort casino off Route 32 in Palmer.

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    6. Mohegan Sun and Palmer officials to announce casino host community agreement details at Palmer Library event

      Mohegan Sun and Palmer officials to announce casino host community agreement details at Palmer Library event

      Even if the Mohegan Sun plan receives strong backing from voters, it still faces stiff competition from rival proposals in Springfield and West Springfield. Voters in the City of Homes last month gave their blessing to a downtown casino proposal by MGM Resorts International, while West Springfield voters are scheduled to vote Sept. 10 on a plan by Hard Rock International for a casino next to the Big E.

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    7. State Treasurer Steven Grossman to join officials at groundbreaking ceremony for new Elias Brookings Elementary School in Springfield

      State Treasurer Steven Grossman to join officials at groundbreaking ceremony for new Elias Brookings Elementary School in Springfield

      State Treasurer Steven Grossman, chairman of the Massachusetts School Building Authority, will join Jack McCarthy, the MSBA's executive director, and other officials at an 11 a.m. Wednesday groundbreaking ceremony at Elias A. Brookings Elementary School, 367 Hancock St. The brick-and-mortar building that housed the K-8 school in the city's Six Corners neighborhood was rendered unusable by the June 2011 tornado, forcing city officials to house students in temporary buildings.

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    8. Massachusetts Lt. Gov. Timothy Murray to tour Westfield's Genevieve Swiss plant to highlight jobs and workforce training

      Massachusetts Lt. Gov. Timothy Murray to tour Westfield's Genevieve Swiss plant to highlight jobs and workforce training

      Lt. Gov. Timothy P. Murray is scheduled to make stops in Western Massachusetts on Thursday to highlight manufacturing and technology initiatives in this region. His first stop is at 10:45 a.m. at Genevieve Swiss Industries, where he'll emphasize jobs and workforce training at the precision manufacturing company at 6 Old Stage Road. Nearly two years ago, officials of the high-precision tools and accessories firm near Barnes Regional Airport announced they were going to begin manufacturing parts for sophisticated metal turning and milling machines, rather than merely sell such components.

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    9. Monson gets ready to welcome Upper Crust Bakery, Tea & Coffee Shop

      Monson gets ready to welcome Upper Crust Bakery, Tea & Coffee Shop

      The Upper Crust Bakery, Tea & Coffee Shop, which is poised to open on Main Street in March, is among the types of businesses suggesting subtle change is afoot.According to owner Susanne Gendron, Upper Crust will be a place where people can gather to enjoy art, music, home-baked goods, tea and fair-trade organic coffee – coffee produced by farmers whose growing techniques and work environments are more wholesome and fair for the farmer and the product.

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    10. Massachusetts energy officials tap local communities and regional planning agencies to help promote clean-energy initiatives

      Massachusetts energy officials tap local communities and regional planning agencies to help promote clean-energy initiatives

      The Community Energy Strategies Pilot Program, administered by the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center and the state Department of Energy Resources' Green Communities Division, includes $500,000 to help a total of 16 communities identify and embrace energy efficiency, renewable energy and other green energy strategies to meet their needs.

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    11. Babson Capital, Big Y and MassMutal are among Western Massachusetts organizations helping American Red Cross raise money for Superstorm Sandy victims

      Babson Capital, Big Y and MassMutal are among Western Massachusetts organizations helping American Red Cross raise money for Superstorm Sandy victims

      Babson Capital, Big Y and MassMutal are among the Western Massachusetts organizations helping the American Red Cross raise money for Superstorm Sandy relief efforts, which are expected to be ongoing as the Northeast and other regions grapple with the devastating aftermath of Monday's storm.

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    12. Boston-based think tank creates new institution to help revitalize struggling mid-size cities like Springfield, Holyoke and Lowell

      Boston-based think tank creates new institution to help revitalize struggling mid-size cities like Springfield, Holyoke and Lowell

      Boston-based think tank MassINC on Wednesday launched a new center dedicated to revitalizing former manufacturing centers such as Springfield and Lowell, cities struggling to woo new business as they grapple with chronic issues of crime, poverty and unemployment.

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    13. MGM casinos establish foothold in Springfield, open Main Street office

      MGM casinos establish foothold in Springfield, open Main Street office

      The so-called MGM Springfield Community Office will serve as the company's local headquarters as they compete with other gambling firms seeking to establish footholds in Springfield. Under state law, up to three casinos can be built in Massachusetts, including one slated to rise in western Massachusetts. Springfield would appear to have pole position in the race to woo big-time gambling to the Bay State, with at least four companies expressing interest in the City of Homes.

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    14. MassDOT to hold public hearing on transit issues at Springfield Technical Community College

      MassDOT to hold public hearing on transit issues at Springfield Technical Community College

      Massachusetts Department of Transportation Secretary Richard A. Davey and others are expected to be on hand for the 2-hour session at Springfield Technical Community College's Scibelli Hall. The series of meetings, a total of 15 across the state, are taking place as Gov. Deval L. Patrick continues to work on a long-term transportation financing plan. The public sessions, including one scheduled for next month at UMass-Amherst, are designed to help MassDOT officials exchange ideas with residents, community leaders and business owners about the future of transportation in the Bay State.

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    15. Mass. Housing and Economic Development Secretary Greg Bialecki to address Sustainable Knowledge Corridor Consortium in Springfield

      Mass. Housing and Economic Development Secretary Greg Bialecki to address Sustainable Knowledge Corridor Consortium in Springfield

      The Springfield/Hartford bi-state region is one of only 45 regions nationwide to receive a 2010 Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The $4.2 million award is being used to create regional opportunities in housing, education, transportation and employment by the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission, the Capitol Region Council of Governments and the Central Connecticut Regional Planning Agency.

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    16. Sen. Gale Candaras to file new bill to compel state's Natural Heritage Endangered Species Program to provide due process rights to landowners

      The Western Massachusetts senator leading the fight to make the Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program follow the law said she will file new, amended legislation to restore rights to landowners.  “I plan to re-file the legislation I filed this past session,” said state Sen. Gale D. Candaras, D-Wilbraham, referring to Senate Bill 1854, a measure calling for strict compliance with the 1990 Massachusetts Endangered Species Act, or MESA.

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    17. Bill Pepin's quest to build retirement home in Hampden derailed by alleged turtle spotting near his land

      Bill Pepin's quest to build retirement home in Hampden derailed by alleged turtle spotting near his land

      Pepin claims MassWildlife's Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program is illegally dictating uses for his property by designating it as "priority habitat" for the Eastern Box Turtle, a classification not included in the 1990 Massachusetts Endangered Species Act, or MESA. Priority habitat is the term used to describe the known geographic extent or distribution of a state-listed species that's endangered, threatened or of special concern.

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    18. Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno says 'no' to proposed PVTA fare hikes, citing transit authority's improving fiscal health | masslive.com

      Sarno said higher fares could hurt city residents who rely on public transportation. "I was concerned about the proposed fare increases because of the impact it would have on many Springfield residents who utilize the Pioneer Valley Transit Authority as their sole means of transportation," he said in a statement. "Based on the information indicating the transit authority's fiscal year 2013 budget is balanced, I cannot in good conscience currently support the proposed fare increases."

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