1. Articles from Jim Russell

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    1. Amherst developer proposes 62-unit apartment complex

      Amherst developer proposes 62-unit apartment complex

      The Planning Board will hold a public hearing on July 24 on a proposal to build a 62-unit apartment complex at 133-143 South East St. In a letter to Amherst Town Council, Town Manager Paul Bockelman wrote that the property owners applied to the board for site plan approval. “The proposal calls for 62 apartments, 68 parking spaces, and some retail space on the ground floor. There would need to be some improvements to town right-of-way, which will need to be reviewed and approved by Town Council,” Bockelman wrote to the Council on June 30.

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    2. Kimberly Robinson, head of Nevada planning agency, named Pioneer Valley Planning Commission executive director

      Kimberly Robinson, head of Nevada planning agency, named Pioneer Valley Planning Commission executive director

      The leader of a regional planning agency in Reno, Nevada will be the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission’s next executive director. The Springfield agency’s board of commissioners, who represent 43 member communities in Western Massachusetts, voted Thursday night to offer the position to Kimberly H. Robinson. Wayne Feiden, Northampton’s planning director, was the other finalist.

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    3. Diversity emphasized at opening of $62M UMass Business Innovation Hub

      Diversity emphasized at opening of $62M UMass Business Innovation Hub

      Diversity and inclusiveness was a recurring theme during the ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday at the newest addition to the University of Massachusetts Isenberg School of Management. The $62 million, 70,000-square-foot Business Innovation Hub opened for use in January. UMass said it nearly doubles the size of the Isenberg School, which enrolls 5,000 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students.

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    4. State awards $1 million in grants for recreational trails, bridges in Westfield, Ware, Monson, Chesterfield, Hardwick and Worthington

      State awards $1 million in grants for recreational trails, bridges in Westfield, Ware, Monson, Chesterfield, Hardwick and Worthington

      More than $1 million in grants will go regional non-profit agencies and municipalities to pay for work on 32 trails across the state. The funding was announced by Gov. Deval Patrick and members of his administration who said the $1,023,284 in grants were awarded in conjunction with a required contribution from the recipients. The money includes funding for recreational trail projects in Westfield, Ware, Monson, Chesterfield, Hardwick and Worthington.

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    5. Patrick administration announces $32.5 million clean energy and winter-heating initiative

      Patrick administration announces $32.5 million clean energy and winter-heating initiative

      Massachusetts Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Richard Sullivan chose the warm confines of the Quabbin Reservoir Visitor’s Center that is heated by a state-of-the-art biomass system to announce a $32.5 million Patrick Administration renewable energy initiative on Friday. The seven programs being funded continue the governor’s strong commitment to clean energy systems that create jobs, save money, and grow the economy, Sullivan told an audience of senior administration officials, members of the public and Senate Ways and Means Chairman Stephen M. Brewer, D-Barre.

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    6. Mohegan Sun representatives agree to meet with municipal officials on potential Palmer casino impact, Pioneer Valley Planning Commission says

      Mohegan Sun representatives agree to meet with municipal officials on potential Palmer casino impact, Pioneer Valley Planning Commission says

      “The Mohegan Sun has now formally advised us it would like to utilize the PVPC and Central Massachusetts Regional Planning Commission regional approach in order to assist local officials in a number of surrounding communities to address their questions and concerns and more specifically, the casino development impacts that could potentially affect one or more of the communities surrounding Palmer,” Brennan wrote in an email.

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    7. MassDevelopment wants $2 million in state funds released to begin cleanup at former Belchertown State School

      MassDevelopment wants $2 million in state funds released to begin cleanup at former Belchertown State School

      With MassDevelopment, the state’s finance and development authority, now in charge of the expensive pollution cleanup required at the former Belchertown State School, pressure is building on Gov. Deval Patrick's administration to start releasing the $10 million the Legislature allocated as bonds in 2008 to do that job. The agency is requesting $2 million of it this year to begin the long-awaited remediation. State legislators, including Sen. Gale Candaras, D-Wilbraham, are lobbying for the money’s release. The Patrick administration says the request is under consideration.

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    8. South Hadley school board approves partnership with American International College to give high school students chance to earn college credits

      South Hadley school board approves partnership with American International College to give high school students chance to earn college credits

      The School Committee unanimously approved a plan which offers South Hadley High School students a chance to earn a year’s worth of college credits. The initiative involves a collaboration with Springfield’s American International College.

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    9. South Hadley Public Library $7.75 million construction contract approved by Board of Selectmen

      South Hadley Public Library $7.75 million construction contract approved by Board of Selectmen

      Ground breaking on the 23,000-square-foot South Hadley Public Library is expected to start this spring as selectmen on Tuesday approved the lowest construction cost bid. At $7,753,500, Fontaine Brothers, of Springfield, was low bidder and won the contract. Two other firms submitted bids: Souliere & Zepka, of Adams, $7,701,858; and W.J. Mountford Construction, of South Windsor, Conn., $7,730,000.

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    10. Kanzaki Specialty Papers, Ware selectmen push joint sewer upgrade plan as means to obtain state grant

      Kanzaki Specialty Papers, Ware selectmen push joint sewer upgrade plan as means to obtain state grant

      “This is an opportunity to have the improvements made without a big hit to the ratepayers,” said Tracy Adamski, a planner with the Westfield-based engineering firm Tighe & Bond Inc. The company provides engineering and environmental services to Kanzaki. Tighe & Bond and Kanzaki officials attended the selectmen meeting.

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