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    1. UMass celebrates new $156.5 million laboratory science building; gets word of state aid for new classroom building

      UMass celebrates new $156.5 million laboratory science building; gets word of state aid for new classroom building
      Michael F. Malone, vice chancellor for research and engagement, said earlier this week said that the Integrated Sciences Building is focused on teaching and the new building will provide research space for graduate students and faculty. The building “will be heavily focused on life science. It’s a good growth area for us,” Malone said. The state, he added, “has a set a priority for the life sciences. We want to be part of that.”
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    2. Foreclosures in Springfield higher than any other city in Massachusetts: City's unemployment rate drops from 14% to 13.3%

      Unemployment in Massachusetts fell last month from 8.8 percent in August to 8.4 percent in September, its biggest drop since January 1976, the state Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development said in a separate announcement. The national unemployment rate is higher at 9.6 percent.
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    3. Seahorse Bioscience in Chicopee hopes to help researchers find causes of diseases such as diabetes, cancer, Parksonson's, Alzheimer's and obesity

      Seahorse Bioscience in Chicopee hopes to help researchers find causes of diseases such as diabetes, cancer, Parksonson's, Alzheimer's and obesity
      Teich said Billerica-based Seahorse first came to Chicopee in 2004 because of the high concentration of sophisticated plastics-molding companies located there. Within six months, Seahorse bought out its supplier and has since grown the operation from a $1.5-million-a-year business to $20 million a year with 50 employees. Teich said Seahorse has added $2 million in annual payroll in the last year, most of it in Chicopee.
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    4. Springfield area merchants to showcase services at 4th annual Latino Expo

      The event will feature more than 40 vendors offering financial, health, educational and employment information. It will also include a job fair; “We have companies looking to hire about 60 employees, so it is a good opportunity for people to see what is available out there,” Gonzalez said. Its sponsors include Baystate Health, Blue Cross & Blue Shield, the city’s Health & Human Services Department and the March of Dimes of Western Massachusetts.
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    5. Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton cites rising costs, decreased revenues for up to 60 job cuts

      Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton cites rising costs, decreased revenues for up to 60 job cuts
      Hospital officials say as many a 60 positions will be eliminated over the next several months. It marks the fourth time in the last two years that Cooley Dickinson has eliminated jobs to keep its financial ship afloat and brings the total job loss to nearly 200 since June 2008. The hospital currently has 1,770 employees.
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    6. High-end Northampton millworks report business up | masslive.com

      High-end Northampton millworks report business up | masslive.com
      Two of the city’s largest millworks and custom woodshops report that, despite dreary economic indicators for much of the country, their businesses have weathered the past two years and even picked up a bit of steam over the past 10 months. Wright Architectural Millwork and VCA Inc. both say modest hiring may even follow suit.
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    7. Cooperation on rail plans wins praise - MassLive.com

      U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal, D-Springfield, said the inclusion of money for high speed rail projects in the stimulus funding that was proposed to jumpstart the economy is an example of an opportunity coming at a time of economic downturn that must not be neglected. Springfield Mayor Domenic J. Sarno said improved rail travel in the Northeast can help revitalize the inner cores of older cities, which in turn will make these urban centers more attractive places for jobs and good housing.
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    8. Filter made by Chicopee Engineering Associates had role in rescue of 33 trapped Chilean miners | masslive.com

      Filter made by Chicopee Engineering Associates had role in rescue of 33 trapped Chilean miners | masslive.com
      CHICOPEE – The rock drill that gnawed its way 2,300 feet into the collapsed Chilean mine and made the rescue of 33 trapped miners possible wouldn’t have worked without a part built in Chicopee. “It is a tremendous sense of satisfaction for all of us. And no one knows it’s from Chicopee,” said David P. Pieciak, president of Chicopee Engineering Associates Inc., a maker of industrial filtration equipment, including the oil/air separator on the Schramm drill rigs used in the rescue.
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    9. Springfield Technical Community College opens new lounge designed for the 250 veterans studying on campus

      Springfield Technical Community College opens new lounge designed for the 250 veterans studying on campus
      So when Springfield Technical Community College opens a new student center next week, it will not just be expanding services for the 250 veterans and service members enrolled on the Armory Square campus. It will be setting a new standard for student lounges everywhere. “The location is like a dream come true,” said Carol M. Mathison, a counselor involved in the five-year search for funding and a space for the project.
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    10. Advanced medical research among the possibilities for Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center

      Advanced medical research among the possibilities for Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center
      For Gierasch, high performance computing will address the need to do longer simulations of the folding networks of proteins within a cell, to answer why they align in particular ways. The long term goal of such work could lead to limits on human suffering by figuring out the role of proteins, which are linked to certain diseases and about half the human cancers, she said.
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    11. Michael Kittredge III opens Kringle Candle in Bernardston | masslive.com

      Michael Kittredge III opens Kringle Candle in Bernardston | masslive.com
      The new store, housed in the former GBI Marketing building which Kittredge Industries LLC purchased in March for $480,000, is not too far up the road from Yankee Candle in Deerfield which Michael Kittredge II founded and turned into a multi-million dollar business and tourist attraction. He sold the company in 1998 for what Wall Street analysts estimated to be a purchase price of $400 million.
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