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    1. 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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    2. 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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    3. 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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    4. Holyoke Early Literacy Initiative wins 2014 Gateway Cities Innovation award

      Holyoke Early Literacy Initiative wins 2014 Gateway Cities Innovation award

      MassINC announced the awards earlier this week, said they're made to organizations and individuals that develop interesting models to grow the economies of gateway cities in Massachusetts. HELI is an effort by Holyoke Public Schools to increase early literacy rates in the city. "We do this by organizing parents, community partners and the schools to focus on attendance, instruction, family engagement and Kindergarten Readiness," the group said in a statement.

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    5. MassDOT announces elimination of existing MassPike toll rate structure, offers savings for Western and Central Mass. drivers

      MassDOT announces elimination of existing MassPike toll rate structure, offers savings for Western and Central Mass. drivers

      As Massachusetts Department of Transportation officials prepare to embrace all-electronic tolling in 2016, state transportation officials announced Wednesday a new toll structure that will save some drivers in Western and Central Massachusetts money. With the new, all-electronic tolling system, drivers will no longer pay by E-ZPass transponder or cash as they exit, but rather while they drive. Tolls will be collected electronically either through a motorist’s E-ZPass or via a program in which a camera captures the license plate and the vehicle’s registered owner is billed by mail.

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    6. Massachusetts named smartest state in the nation

      Massachusetts named smartest state in the nation

      Residents of Massachusetts, hold your stereotypically elitist, well-educated head high. The Commonwealth has been named the smartest state in the nation. In the list "The 10 Smartest States in America," the website The Street compared education levels, income and standardized testing scores.

      The report considered the following data:

      • Percent of population with bachelor's degrees: 38.2 percent
      • 2013 median household income: $65,339
      • 2013 Average SAT score: 1553

      While the state average for SAT scores is low, Massachusetts has some of the best high schools in the nation. 75 Massachusetts high schools were declared so by the U.S ...

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