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    1. Curtis Blake pledges $50,000 challenge grant to new Springfield school bearing his name

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      Curtis Blake pledges $50,000 challenge grant to new Springfield school bearing his name

      Friendly co-founder and philanthropist Curtis Blake has pledged a $50,000 challenge grant in support the new Curtis Blake Day School, which is now operating under a new state license on the campus of the Children's Study Home on Old Acre Road. In March, American International College announced its decision to close the off-campus day school, located at 979 Dickinson St., by the end of the school year – touching off a wave of protests from school leaders, teachers, parents, students and former students who said the school's unique educational approach could not be replicated elsewhere.

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      Mentions:   American International College   Springfield

    2. UP Education Network will take over Springfield middle school next year rather than turn it into charter school

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      UP Education Network will take over Springfield middle school next year rather than turn it into charter school

      Boston-based UP Education Network will take over a chronically under-performing Springfield middle school next school year in partnership with the The Springfield Empowerment Zone, rather than running it as a charter. That means the chosen middle school will retain its student body and will allow the organization to "make significant changes in the school" without having to seek a charter, UP Education Network founder and CEO Scott Given said.

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    3. Hadley Planning Board rejects Five Colleges Library Annex plan | masslive.com

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      Hadley Planning Board rejects Five Colleges Library Annex plan | masslive.com

      The facility would house up to 2.5 million books that are not in wide circulation from libraries at UMass Amherst, Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College. Of the site, 35 acres would be preserved with a conservation restriction.  Dwyer's motion to reject passed 4-1, with Joseph Zgrodnik voting no, arguing that the courts have interpreted the Dover Amendment quite broadly. 'There is a senior housing center in Weston that qualified as educational,' he said. 'The list goes on an on.... We can regulate but not prohibit. They followed everything according to our site plan ...

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    4. Friendly co-founder Curtis Blake has AIC remove his name from campus building

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      Friendly co-founder Curtis Blake has AIC remove his name from campus building

      Friendly's co-founder and philanthropist Curtis Blake said on Tuesday he has asked American International College to remove his name from the campus building that bears his name, saying, "I have lost interest in helping American International College." Earlier this year, Blake expressed his disappointment with the decision by AIC's Curtis Blake Learning Services to close the off-campus Curtis Blake Day School for 37 students students with language learning disabilities.

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      Mentions:   American International College   Springfield   Friendly's Ice Cream Corporation

    5. UMass President Marty Meehan pledges to keep tuition down, make Amherst campus a priority

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      UMass President Marty Meehan pledges to keep tuition down, make Amherst campus a priority

      University of Massachusetts President Marty Meehan said on Tuesday he will work hard to keep tuition from rising and that the flagship UMass-Amherst campus and UMass Center in downtown Springfield will remain priorities under his administration. Just three months on the job, Meehan, the former chancellor of UMass-Lowell, paid his first official visit to Springfield for a breakfast in his honor at the UMass Center at Tower Square in a room overlooking Main Street. More than 100 business leaders and elected officials turned out to honor Meehan, a former congressman from Lowell and Washington roommate of U.S. Rep. Richard ...

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   University of Massachusetts   Springfield

    6. UMass Center at Springfield Looks to Grow Its Influence

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      UMass Center at Springfield Looks to Grow Its Influence

      Dan Montagna says he can easily quantify the success enjoyed by the UMass Center at Springfield during its initial year, as well as the momentum it gained for the second, which started earlier this month.  Indeed, the number of classes offered at the 26,000-square-foot facility in Tower Square increased from 20 in its first semester of operation a year ago to more than 25 this fall. And while he didn’t have an exact count when interviewed by BusinessWest — the so-called ‘add/drop period’ for many classes was still ongoing — he was quite certain that the number of students ...

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Springfield

    7. WMBExpo Boasts a Strong Educational Component

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      WMBExpo Boasts a Strong Educational Component

      This special corridor of the Expo show floor will be occupied by a host of agencies with varying missions but a common purpose — helping area businesses thrive. “The Business Resource Hub will be a true resource,” said Campiti. “It has never been tougher to be in business and stay in business, and those trying to run often have questions — about everything from how to secure financing to how to navigate the new sick-leave law — but often don’t know where to look to find answers. The Business Resource Hub will help them make important contacts with a host of state ...

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    8. Springfield Technical Community College President Ira Rubenzahl to retire

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      Springfield Technical Community College President Ira Rubenzahl to retire

      The president of Springfield Technical Community has announced he will retire after serving in the post for a dozen years. Ira H. Rubenzahl announced his plans to retire to the college's Board of Trustees on Thursday night and told staff and faculty on Friday in a letter, said Carla J. Potts, coordinator of Media Relations for the college.

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      Mentions:   Springfield Technical Community College   Greenfield Community College   Springfield

    9. Greenfield Community College to Celebrate Manufacturing Day Oct. 1

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      Greenfield Community College to Celebrate Manufacturing Day Oct. 1

      In celebration of Manufacturing Day 2015, Greenfield Community College (GCC) will open its doors on Thursday, Oct. 1 between 5 and 7 p.m. to students, parents, and others interested to learn more about manufacturing practices, free training programs, and the outstanding opportunities a career in manufacturing can provide. Manufacturing Day is an annual national event at the local level supported by area manufacturers as they host students, teachers, parents, job seekers, and other community members at open houses, plant tours, and presentations designed to showcase modern manufacturing technology and careers. The goal is to expand the community’s knowledge ...

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      Mentions:   Greenfield Community College   Greenfield

    10. Westfield officials allocate Community Preservation funds for hangar renovations

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      Westfield officials allocate Community Preservation funds for hangar renovations

      City officials have allocated $300,000 in Community Preservation funds toward renovations at Hangar 2 at Barnes Regional Airport. The city's CPA committee approved the allocation followed last week by approval from the City Council. Airport Manager Brian Barnes told the City Council the funds will be used to repair the exterior of the hangar which will then be followed by efforts to renovate the interior of the structure for the eventual use by Westfield Technical Academy for its new aviation program.

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      Mentions:   Westfield

    11. Preliminary proposals for new charter schools in Holyoke, Springfield and Quabog Valley approved by state

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      Preliminary proposals for new charter schools in Holyoke, Springfield and Quabog Valley approved by state

      New proposals for charter schools in Springfield, Holyoke and the Quabog Valley have been approved by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and will move to the next step in the application process. The proposals are for a grade six to 12 school in Springfield, a grade six to 12 school for Holyoke, Westfield and Agawam and a kindergarten to grade eight school that would serve at least 15 small towns in the Quabog Valley. "We are trying to bring the exact same model to another region. We became a level 1 school and we want to serve different ...

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      Mentions:   West Springfield   Palmer   Springfield

    12. Holyoke Community College eyes locating regional facility in Ware

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      Holyoke Community College eyes locating regional facility in Ware

      Last week, a senior HCC official, Jeffrey Hayden, spoke to a group of business and community leaders at Workshop13. The Ware Business and Civic Association organized the event.Hayden is the college's vice president for Business and Community Education, and executive director of the Kittredge Center for Business and Workforce Development. He said the work-in-progress first must assess the survey results that he hopes will include responses from at least 50 local businesses and several hundred individuals. The college is also scouting for a Ware headquarters. HCC President Bill Messner, who did not attend the Sept. 17 event, refers ...

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      Mentions:   Holyoke Community College   Greenfield Community College   Greenfield

    13. Planned Renovation Project Would Change the Landscape at STCC

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      Planned Renovation Project Would Change the Landscape at STCC

      Springfield Technical Community College President Ira Rubenzahl likes to say the school moved into the historic Springfield Armory site back in 1967 … “and it’s been moving in ever since.” Elaborating, he said the process of converting former Armory manufacturing buildings, office space, officers’ quarters, and other structures into classrooms, administration areas, and assorted other academic facilities hasn’t really ceased since it first began back when Lyndon Johnson patrolled the White House. And the latest, and perhaps most ambitious, example of this phenomenon in the college’s nearly-50-year history is the planned conversion of the structure known as Building ...

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      Mentions:   Springfield Technical Community College   Springfield Armory   Springfield

    14. Springfield's Early Childhood Center humming with activity under public-private partnership

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      Springfield's Early Childhood Center humming with activity under public-private partnership

      Thomas Weber, commissioner of the Department of Early Education and Care, Mayor Domenic J. Sarno and Superintendent Daniel J. Warwick led the parade of officials through the bright hallways and into the colorful classrooms to observe a brand new public-private partnership in action in the 15 Catharine St. building. The center, which opened to children last week, represents the expansion in free pre-kindergarten opportunities for 195 additional 4-year-olds as a result of the city's partnership with three private early childhood education providers. The Early Childhood Center is one of five programs in Massachusetts sharing $15 million from the federal ...

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   Springfield   Chicopee

    15. 7 UMass researchers again named to list of leading 'scientific minds'

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      7 UMass researchers again named to list of leading 'scientific minds'

      The Thomson Reuters compilers, who set out to identify "some of the best and brightest scientific minds of our time," recognized UMass Amherst food scientists Eric Decker and David Julian McClements, chemist Vincent Rotello, polymer scientist Thomas Russell, soil chemist Baoshan Xing of the Stockbridge School of Agriculture, microbiologist Derek Lovley and astronomer Mauro Giavaliso in its recent Highly Cited Researchers 2015 list.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Amherst

    16. Elms College Recognized in U.S. News & World Report Rankings

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      Elms College Recognized in U.S. News & World Report Rankings

      The College of Our Lady of the Elms ranks in the top 25 in U.S. News & World Report’s annual list of Best Regional Colleges (North). Elms is one of only five colleges in the state that made the top 25, and one of only two in Western Mass. The college also ranked 10th on the list of Best Value Schools in the region, and ninth in the Freshman Retention Rate category.

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      Mentions:   Chicopee

    17. Springfield Regional Chamber to Host Session on Sick-leave Law

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      Massachusetts Assistant Attorney General Jocelyn Jones will lead a discussion on the recently enacted earned-sick-time legislation at an information session presented by the office of Attorney General Maura Healey in conjunction with the Springfield Regional Chamber on Tuesday, Sept. 29 from 8:15 to 10 a.m. in the TD Bank Conference Center, 1441 St., Springfield.

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    18. Springfield College moves up in U.S. News & World Report rankings of 'best colleges'

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      Springfield College moves up in U.S. News & World Report rankings of 'best colleges'

      For the fifth consecutive year, Springfield College has moved up the list of the highest ranked colleges by U.S.News & World Report. In the 2016 report, released this week, Springfield College is ranked 29 in the first tier in the category of "Best Regional Universities – North," according to a press release from the college. There are 138 colleges in the first tier and 180 overall in the category, according to a press release from the college.

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      Mentions:   Springfield College   Springfield

    19. UMass Center in downtown Springfield launches 2nd year

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      UMass Center in downtown Springfield launches 2nd year

      UMass Center, located in 26,000 square feet of space on the mezzanine level of Tower Square, began its second year as a downtown presence this week, offering 25 classes in subjects ranging from nursing to regional planning Dan Montagna, director of operations at the University of Massachusetts, said the student roster is expected to exceed last year's enrollment of about 250 students in 20 courses.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Westfield State University   Baystate Health

    20. Veritas Prep Charter School begins 4th year in Springfield

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      Veritas Prep Charter School begins 4th year in Springfield

      The school – where 86 percent of the children come from low-income households – has consistently excelled on the Massachusetts Comprehensive System Assessment test.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Holyoke

    21. Westfield City Council approves land transfer involving proposed $36 million elementary school

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      Westfield City Council approves land transfer involving proposed $36 million elementary school

      The transfer has stirred controversy for the council during the past year and it relates to city plans to build a 600-student elementary school at Ashley and Cross streets which involves a portion of the Cross Street Playground. The Ponders Hollow Road parcel, although not specifically identified as such, will replace land at Cross Street playground and satisfy requirements on preserving park space in the city.

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      Mentions:   Holyoke   Westfield

    22. Bay Path University Recognized Among Fastest-Growing Colleges

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      Bay Path University Recognized Among Fastest-Growing Colleges

      A recent report published by the Chronicle of Higher Education recognizes Bay Path University as one of the fastest-growing colleges in the U.S.  The university ranked 17th on the Chronicle’s “Almanac of Higher Education 2015,” a top-20 list of the fastest-growing private baccalaureate institutions nationwide, with enrollment growth of nearly 80% over a 10-year span.

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    23. State awards 3 Springfield schools total of $1.5 million to help turnaround efforts

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      State awards 3 Springfield schools total of $1.5 million to help turnaround efforts

      Four underperforming school districts, including Springfield, have been awarded more than $3 million in continued federal funding to support turnaround efforts in eight schools, the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education said on Wednesday. In Springfield, DeBerry Elementary School, Milton Bradley Elementary School and the High School of Science and Technology will share almost $1.5 million in competitive federal grant funding to boost student performance, according to a press release.

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    24. UMass agrees to continue funding additional ambulances on weekends in Amherst

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      UMass agrees to continue funding additional ambulances on weekends in Amherst

      Amherst Town Manager John Musante said, "I want to offer my continuing thanks to Chancellor (Kumble) Subbaswamy and UMass for helping the Town of Amherst meet ambulance service demands at peak times for all members of our community."

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Amherst   John Musante

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