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    1. CityBlock gets underway with Jane Monheit on Thursday in downtown's Stearns Square | masslive.com

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      CityBlock gets underway with Jane Monheit on Thursday in downtown's Stearns Square | masslive.com

      The 2015 CityBlock Summer Concert Series presented by MassMutual gets underway on Thursday night with modern jazz star Jane Monheit headlining the outdoor stage in downtown's Stearns Square.  Monheit brings a formidable jazz pedigree to the series.  She has been in demand since emerging as a finalist in the Thelonious Monk Institute's 1998 vocal competition. In addition to her own recordings, she has worked alongside the likes of Terence Blanchard, Tom Harrell, and Ivan Lins.

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    2. Do-si-do your partner and welcome to Springfield, National Square Dance Convention: Letter to the editor

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      Do-si-do your partner and welcome to Springfield, National Square Dance Convention: Letter to the editor

      You're probably wondering about all the colorful dance outfits and vibrancy in downtown Springfield this weekend. A couple of years ago Mary Kay Wydra, Director of the Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau, Lenny and Connie Houle and I made a pitch to host the 64th Annual National Square Dance Convention right here in downtown Springfield. In a video tape presentation in Detroit, Michigan my pitch reminisced about being a fourth grader at White Street School.

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   Springfield   Mary Kay Wydra

    3. Classic cars find their way back to Springfield for Cruise Night at Stearns Square | masslive.com

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      Classic cars find their way back to Springfield for Cruise Night at Stearns Square | masslive.com

      'I was thrilled that downtown could play host to Cruise Night,' said Chris Russell, executive director of the Springfield Business Improvement District. 'With all the history of the automobile in Springfield we thought it only made sense to have a car show. If you love the classic automobiles as much as I do please join us next Monday night. And if you have a classic car of your own ... don't forget to register, too!'  While checking out amazing antique cars, attendees listened to classic music from the '50s and '60s and enjoyed food from two terrific downtown restaurants, Adolfo ...

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    4. National Square Dance Convention kicks off today in Springfield

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      National Square Dance Convention kicks off today in Springfield

      Houle projected the direct economic impact of the convention to be about $5-7 million. "We are excited to finally roll out the red carpet and welcome the National Square Dance Convention to Western Mass. in June after originally bidding for the convention in 2011. All of our area partners from parking facilities to restaurants, hotels to campgrounds, to attractions and beyond are planning to be busy and we all look forward to hosting a great group of convention goers," said Mary Kay Wydra, president of the Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau. "The presence that a group like the NSDC ...

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      Mentions:   MassMutual Center   Springfield   Westfield

    5. Boston 2024: Olympic whitewater canoe/kayak slalom races would be on Deerfield River in Franklin, Berkshire counties | masslive.com

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      Boston 2024: Olympic whitewater canoe/kayak slalom races would be on Deerfield River in Franklin, Berkshire counties | masslive.com

      Improvements required for the races would cost $23 million to $31 million, including legacy improvements that would last after the games. The money would come from the Boston 2024 operating budget, said spokesman David Wedge.  Boston 2024 announced the venue Monday afternoon. Western Massachusetts is also working to host other events, including preliminary basketball, invented in Springfield, and volleyball which was invented in Holyoke.

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    6. WMass officials hope to secure Boston 2024 Olympic events

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      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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      Mentions:   American International College   Governor Deval L. Patrick   University of Massachusetts

    7. Massachusetts Senate approves $100,000 for Spirit of Springfield

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      Massachusetts Senate approves $100,000 for Spirit of Springfield

      Spirit of Springfield President Judith A. Matt has a lot of meetings with a lot of people, so when Sen. Eric Lesser met with her to discuss the needs of the non-profit, she did not think anything would come of it. "Anthony Cignoli got us together. I told Sen. Lesser a little about what we do and he was very familiar with it having marched in the Parade of the Big Balloons and flipped pancakes with the Key Club during the pancake breakfast," Matt said.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Judy Matt

    8. 2015 Howdy Awards recognize Pioneer Valley hospitality workers

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      2015 Howdy Awards recognize Pioneer Valley hospitality workers

      The Howdy Awards, which celebrated their 20th year during the event held at the Log Cabin Banquet and Meeting House in Holyoke, recognize front-line employees in the hospitality industry who go above and beyond in the performance of their duties and provide outstanding service to their guest and customers. "We are proud and happy to present the Howdy Awards to honor just some of the most important people in the hospitality industry," said GSCVB President Mary Kay Wydra. "They are usually the first person a visitor encounters, and if they're especially nice and go above and beyond, that visitor ...

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Holyoke   Mary Kay Wydra

    9. Westover Air Show attracts 225,000 people despite traffic and heat

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      Westover Air Show attracts 225,000 people despite traffic and heat

      An estimated 375,000 people attended this year's air show, which also celebrated the 75th anniversary of Westover. Cloudy skies kept some people away on Saturday and the U.S. Army Golden Knights had to cancel its parachute jumps and several other teams performed an alternate low altitude show, Lt. Col. James Bishop, chief of public affairs for Westover said. Still an estimated 150,000 people attended the free show on Saturday. That number soared to about 225,000 on Sunday when the weather was warm but the skies were clear. "You couldn't ask for better flying weather ...

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Chicopee

    10. Great New England Air Show 2015 to feature high-tech F-22 Raptor stealth jet

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      Great New England Air Show 2015 to feature high-tech F-22 Raptor stealth jet

      The Great New England Air Show at Westover Air Reserve Base will be held May 16 and 17. Typically people react with "shock and awe" when they see the capabilities of the F-22 Raptor jet, said Maj. John Cummings, part of the demonstration team from Langley Air Force Base in Virginia, who will be flying the jet this weekend. "People are very surprised to see such a big airplane maneuver as it does," he said. The F-22 Raptor is the most advanced airplane flying at the Great New England Air Show this weekend. Other highlights of the show include the ...

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      Mentions:   Chicopee   Westfield

    11. Westover ready to host 2015 Great New England Air Show | masslive.com

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      Westover ready to host 2015 Great New England Air Show | masslive.com

      This is the first air show the base has had in three years and is expected to have a number of popular attractions including the Navy's Blue Angels, a demonstration team that flies F-18 jets; the Golden Knights, a U.S. Army parachute team; the Canadian Snowbirds, a nine-plane formation of CT-144 trainers, an F-22 Raptor and the Geico Skytypers.

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    12. Great New Air Show bringing Blue Angels, more to Chicopee

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      Great New Air Show bringing Blue Angels, more to Chicopee

      The Galaxy Community Council held a raffle fundraiser to support the Great New England Air Show. The six winners will get a ride on an AC-47 Gunship, which was used extensively in Vietnam in support of U.S ground forces. The Galaxy Community Council is an all-volunteer 501(c)3 charitable corporation that supports the Great New England Air Show. It is responsible for raising funds to support the non-military participants, such as civilian aerobatic acts and vintage aircraft at the air show. Connie Foster of the Galaxy Council said that she was pleased with the raffle, which raised around ...

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      Mentions:   Chicopee

    13. Report: Springfield Armory attracted 20k visitors, created $1.6 million in economic impact in 2014 | masslive

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      Report: Springfield Armory attracted 20k visitors, created $1.6 million in economic impact in 2014 | masslive

      The Springfield Armory - birthplace of the region's manufacturing industries and forger of arms for the nation from its earliest days - attracted 20,595 visitors in 2014 and those visitors generated $1.57 million in economic output for the region.  The National Park Service issued a report Thursday detailing visitor numbers at and spending around national parks all over the country. Details, along with interactive charts and graphs, are here.  The report also said that the Springfield Armory National Historic Site attracted 17,300 of those visitors from outside the area.

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      Mentions:   Springfield Armory   Springfield

    14. Mayor Sarno calls Springfield Restaurant Week 2015 an event 'you can't put a price tag on' | masslive.com

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      Mayor Sarno calls Springfield Restaurant Week 2015 an event 'you can't put a price tag on' | masslive.com

      The City Hall Chamber event included speeches from Mayor Domenic Sarno, City Council President Michael Fenton, City Councilor Justin Hurst and Chris Russel, Executive Director of the Springfield Business Improvement District.  'People coming down to the city of Springfield with their family and friends to have a great time and good food will spread that word to other suburban areas in Western Massachusetts,' said Mayor Domenic Sarno.

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   Springfield   Springfield Business Improvement District

    15. 2015 Howdy Award finalists named; winners to be announced May 18 | masslive

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      2015 Howdy Award finalists named; winners to be announced May 18 | masslive

      Tourism promoters from around the Pioneer Valley announced this year's Howdy Award finalists during ceremonies at the Log Cabin Banquet & Meeting House this week.  The Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau will announce the winners at a banquet on Monday, May 18, at the Log Cabin. The event begins at 6 p.m.
      Tickets are on sale at $65 per person, and $625 for a table of ten, according to the bureau.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Holyoke   The Republican

    16. Massachusetts hospitality industry hopes to build on last year's successes in 2015: Guest viewpoint | masslive

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      Massachusetts hospitality industry hopes to build on last year's successes in 2015: Guest viewpoint | masslive

      The Massachusetts Restaurant Association is led by Chairman Mansour Ghalibaf, of the Hotel Northampton. Under Mansour's leadership, we expect a great 2015. We look forward to the thousands of visitors to the Eastern States Exposition every year, the continued success of the University of Massachusetts athletic programs and some great local events throughout in the Pioneer Valley.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Springfield   Amherst

    17. Springfield Falcons creating strong business partnership with MGM Springfield

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      Springfield Falcons creating strong business partnership with MGM Springfield

      The Springfield Falcons have already taken advantage of MGM Springfield's presence in the community, long before the resort and casino's grand opening in 2017. The two sides have been marketing partners since the beginning of the 2012-2013 season, and the relationship continues to grow. Chris Thompson, Vice President of Business Development for the Falcons, negotiated the marketing agreement with MGM Springfield. He calls it "a pretty well-rounded partnership" that allows MGM Springfield to gain brand exposure in the MassMutual Center while giving back to the community through the Falcons.

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      Mentions:   MassMutual   Springfield Falcons   Springfield

    18. Springfield Business Improvement District - Night Out in Downtown Springfield

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      Springfield Business Improvement District - Night Out in Downtown Springfield

      The Springfield Business Improvement District is proud to announce a contest with a prize of a full night out in Downtown Springfield

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Springfield Symphony Orchestra   Springfield Business Improvement District

    19. Springfield College students to gain valuable experience at Spalding Hoophall Classic

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      Springfield College students to gain valuable experience at Spalding Hoophall Classic

      A team of 75 students majoring in sport management at Springfield College will be all over the Spalding Hoophall Classic next week. "This event offers a great opportunity for our students to experience how to be a professional. They'll be working behind the scenes in various roles," said Kevin McAllister, assistant professor of sport management and recreation at SC. The Hoophall Classic, which serves as a showcase of local and national high school basketball talent, will consist of 28 games, starting Thursday and running through Martin Luther King Day on Jan. 19. All games will be played at Blake ...

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      Mentions:   Springfield College   Springfield   Holyoke

    20. Greater Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau is accepting Howdy Awards nominations | masslive

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      Greater Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau is accepting Howdy Awards nominations | masslive

      The Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau (GSCVB) is accepting nominations for the 20th Annual Howdy Awards for Hospitality Excellence. Nominations can be submitted online by visiting www.valleyvisitor.com and clicking on the Howdy logo on the home page. There are also paper ballots available at several leading area restaurants, hotels and attractions, or they can be picked up at the GSCVB, which is located at 1441 Main Street in Springfield.  The awards program was created by the visitors bureau in 1995 to recognize front-line employees in the hospitality industry for providing outstanding service to their guests and customers.

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      Mentions:   Baystate Health   Springfield   Holyoke

    21. Bright Nights once again named 'Top 100' attraction by American Bus Association; tour buses account for $3.5 billion in spending in Massachusetts | masslive.com

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      Bright Nights once again named 'Top 100' attraction by American Bus Association; tour buses account for $3.5 billion in spending in Massachusetts | masslive.com

      About 300 tour buses from across the Northeast will roll through Bright Nights, Spirit of Springfield's annual holiday light spectacular in Forest Park, this winter carrying a total of 15,000 passengers.  Those buses also represent a significant economic boost to the region, according to officials with Spirit of Springfield, the Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau, and the American Bus Association who sat with the reporters and editors at The Republican Thursday for an editorial board meeting.

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      Mentions:   West Springfield   Springfield   Peter Pan Bus Lines

    22. Minutemen at the MassMutual Center: UMass basketball coach Derek Kellogg, Springfield officials gather to celebrate ...

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      Minutemen at the MassMutual Center: UMass basketball coach Derek Kellogg, Springfield officials gather to celebrate ...

      Wednesday on the Center Court hardwood at the Basketball Hall of Fame, Kellogg joined Springfield mayor Domenic J. Sarno, athletic director John McCutcheon and other officials to announce this year's game and celebrate UMass' successful relationship with the city. "It's really been a special time for UMass to form a partnership with the city of Springfield, a place where I grew up and is a special place for me and my family," said Kellogg, who graduated from Cathedral High School before playing at UMass from 1991-95.

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   University of Massachusetts   MassMutual Center

    23. Westover Metropolitan Airport extends hours for Basketball Hall of Fame Enshrinement

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      Westover Metropolitan Airport extends hours for Basketball Hall of Fame Enshrinement

      Michael Bolton, director of civil aviation at Westover Metropolitan Airport, said the enshrinement ceremonies don't end until 10:30 p.m., making it hard for traveling parties to get back on their aircraft by 11 p.m.  'We'll be pretty busy,' Bolton said. 'We look forward to it. It is pretty good for business.' Westover Metropolitan Airport has arranged for the air traffic control tower at Westover Air Reserve Base to stay open an additional two hours Aug. 8 when the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame hosts its annual Enshrinement Ceremony at Springfield Symphony Hall downtown.


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      Mentions:   Springfield   Chicopee   Westfield

    24. Basketball Hall of Fame prepares to induct 10 new members in 2014 enshrinement

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      Basketball Hall of Fame prepares to induct 10 new members in 2014 enshrinement

      The Basketball Hall of Fame has always made it a point of pride to celebrate individuals in different areas of the game – to be more than an NBA hall of fame – but this year’s class brings together a especially diverse group geographically as well. NBA icons Mitch Richmond and Alonzo Mourning starred on opposite coasts in their professional careers, as Richmond made a name for himself in the Bay Area and Sacramento while Mourning dominated the paint in Charlotte and Miami.

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      Mentions:   Mohegan Sun   Springfield   Basketball Hall of Fame

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