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    1. MassMutual Financial Group ranked 93 on Fortune 500 list of top-earning companies

      MassMutual Financial Group ranked 93 on Fortune 500 list of top-earning companies
      MassMutual Financial Group has climbed back into the coveted top 100 of the Fortune 500 list of top-earning companies. The 2010 Fortune 500 list, which hits newsstands this week, lists MassMutual as No. 93 with $25.4 billion in total revenue during 2009, a 35.6 percent increase from the $18.7 billion in revenue the year before.
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    2. Developers deconstruct Peak Road house in Wilbraham, sell building materials for use in other project

      Developers deconstruct Peak Road house in Wilbraham, sell building materials for use in other project
      John Majercak, ReStore director, said the use of the “green” waste management means that upwards of 80 percent of the materials from the home will be saved and reused, putting less pressure on landfills and other waste disposal methods, and providing inexpensive building materials for do-it-yourselfers and small contractors.
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    3. Community colleges in Western Mass. report dramatic increased in enrollment

      Community colleges in Western Mass. report dramatic increased in enrollment
      Greenfield Community College has seen the largest increase with 13 percent more students attending the college this spring than last year. Holyoke Community has seen an 11 percent increase in the number of students, and Springfield Technical Community College saw a 10 percent jump in students.
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    4. Springfield Redevelopment Authority waits word on becoming lead agency of Union Station redevelopment

      Springfield Redevelopment Authority waits word on becoming lead agency of Union Station redevelopment
      “I’m hopeful...and optimistic that we’ll have the FTA direct designation by the first week of May,” said John D. Judge, the city’s chief development officer. Judge said he is hopeful the project will be completed in a little more than three years. “The main thing is, this needs to move forward from a regional perspective,” he said.
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    5. Editorial: Springfield College honors spirit of James Naismith

      Editorial: Springfield College honors spirit of James Naismith
      James Naismith was a 30-year-old instructor at what is now known as Springfield College when he came up with 13 rules for an indoor winter game. The year was 1891 – and peach baskets were the forerunners of the nets used in the game today. Naismith died in 1939, three years after he watched his game introduced at the Olympics.
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    6. Western Mass. lawmakers seek changes to protect community theaters, performing arts centers

      Local theaters, including Symphony Hall and CityStage in Springfield and the Hanover Theatre in Worcester, located in the heart of the state’s struggling downtown areas, fear such casinos could easily outbid them for the singers, comedians and traveling Broadway plays that are their bread and butter.
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    7. With Open Square and the former Mastex Industries Inc. facility named as 'finalist' sites for Holyoke's high performance computing center, negotiations with property owners intensify

      With Open Square and the former Mastex Industries Inc. facility named as 'finalist' sites for Holyoke's high performance computing center, negotiations with property owners intensify
      The decision about whether the center will be built at Open Square, which is between the first- and second-level canals, or at the former Mastex Industries Inc. facility, which overlooks the first-level canal on Bigelow Street, is expected by early summer.
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    8. Westfield officials pledge to minimize disruption of traffic during Main and Broad streets reconstruction program

      The downtown road project calls for reconstruction of Main and Broad streets from Little River to West Silver streets. It will include road improvements to portions of connecting streets in the downtown and improvements to Park Square. During the project, the city will upgrade utilities including water and sewer in the area. “It will be a tough two years,” said Westfield BID Director Lisa McMahon. “But, in the end we will have a beautiful new downtown,” she said.
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    9. State approves deal to keep Titeflex jobs - MassLive.com

      A special tax incentive for Titeflex Corp., approved last month by the city to keep the company and 100 jobs in Springfield, has gained final approval from the state. Mayor Domenic J. Sarno announced Friday that the state Economic Assistance Coordinating Council unanimously approved the special tax agreement which will provide an estimated $300,000 in tax savings for the company during a 12-year period.
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