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    1. 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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    2. 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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    3. Scottie Pippen, Karl Malone join former Celtic Dennis Johnson in Basketball Hall of Fame's Class of 2010

      Scottie Pippen, Karl Malone join former Celtic Dennis Johnson in Basketball Hall of Fame's Class of 2010
      Scottie Pippen, Karl Malone and two of the best U.S. Olympic teams – including that famed 1992 Dream Team – were selected Monday as part of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame’s class of 2010. Malone and Pippen, both eligible for election for the first time, were part of that ’92 Olympic team. Los Angeles Lakers owner Jerry Buss, high school coaching great Bob Hurley Sr., and WNBA star Cynthia Cooper also were in the class announced at the Final Four. NBA veterans Dennis Johnson and Gus Johnson and international star Maciel “Ubiratan” Pereira will be honored posthumously. The ...
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    4. Massachusetts increases road and bridge repair money for cities and towns

      Massachusetts increases road and bridge repair money for cities and towns
      Amid the gloom and doom of a bad economy, Massachusetts cities and towns got good news Friday when the Patrick administration announced a $5 million increase in road and bridge repair money prized by communities. Spending from so-called Chapter 90 funding will increase to $155 million statewide in the fiscal year beginning July 1.
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    5. Springfield Symphony Orchestra lunchtime concerts return on Friday | Entertainment - MassLive.com

      Springfield Symphony Orchestra lunchtime concerts return on Friday | Entertainment - MassLive.com
      On Friday at 12:30 p.m., Maestro Kevin Rhodes and the Springfield Symphony will present an hour-long preview of Saturday night’ concert program, including excerpts from Rossini’s “Semiramide” overture, Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto with soloist Jeffrey Biegel, and Franck’s Symphony in D minor.
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    6. Western Mass. medical manufacturers express concern about 2.3% excise take in new health care law

      Western Mass. medical manufacturers express concern about 2.3% excise take in new health care law
      Medical device manufacturers employ more than 500 people in the Pioneer Valley, offer an average wage of about $50,000 a year and are worried about the impact a new 2.3-percent federal excise tax on their products that was part of the federal health overhaul will have on their industry.
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    7. Computer center plans unveiled - MassLive.com

      Computer center plans unveiled - MassLive.com
      Gov. Deval L. Patrick on Monday announced that construction on the planned $80 million high performance computing center will begin in the fall with $25 million in state money and that it will be built at either Open Square off Lyman Street or the former Mastex Industries Inc. facility that overlooks the first-level canal.
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    8. Holyoke officials hope Gov. Deval Patrick will provide more details about proposed high performance computing center

      Holyoke officials hope Gov. Deval Patrick will provide more details about proposed high performance computing center
      “I would like to, yes, hear any information the governor has regarding the computing center, especially the location and any other good news he might have about that,” Mayor Elaine A. Pluta said. “That would be helpful, because I’m sure he’s going to bring us some bad news about what our budget and the financial aid situation is going to look like,” she said.
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