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    1. FloDesign Sonics of Wilbraham, which uses sound to filter fluids, looks to expand with $18M in new investments | masslive.com

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      FloDesign Sonics of Wilbraham, which uses sound to filter fluids, looks to expand with $18M in new investments | masslive.com

      FloDesign Sonics, the Wilbraham company that uses acoustics and fluid dynamics concepts developed at Western New England University to filter particles from liquids using vibration, has secured $18 million in capital from a recent sale of stock. Company CEO Stanley Kowalski III said the money will help FloDesign take its technology from the testing and experimentation stage to full-on production in the health care and bio science industries. He expects to double the size of FloDesign Sonics' 9,000-square-foot headquarters at 380 Main St. and in the coming months add at least six new staff members soon to a payroll ...

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      Mentions:   Western New England University   FloDesign Wind Turbine Corp.

    2. Jeffrey Ciuffreda to retire from Springfield Regional Chamber; Nancy Creed tapped as succesor

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      Jeffrey Ciuffreda to retire from Springfield Regional Chamber; Nancy Creed tapped as succesor

      Springfield Regional Chamber of Commerce President Jeffrey S. Ciuffreda will retire Aug. 5 and chamber Vice President of Marketing and Communications Nancy F. Creed will succeed him. Creed will be the first woman to head the Springfield Chamber in its more than 125-year history. Ciuffreda joined the Chamber in 1987 as its vice president of legislative affairs and became president in 2011.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Sisters of Providence Health System   Springfield Chamber of Commerce

    3. 'Team Springfield' honored by Boston Fed for Working Cities Challenge

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      'Team Springfield' honored by Boston Fed for Working Cities Challenge

      Springfield Works Initiative partners include: the EDC, Springfield Planning and Economic Development, the School Department Regional Employment Board of Hampden, MGM Springfield, Partners for Community Action, HAP Housing, Springfield Technical Community College, Western MA National Machine and Tooling Association, Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts, Tech Foundry, United Personnel Services, United Way of Pioneer Valley and DevelopSpringfield,

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      Mentions:   Springfield Technical Community College   Springfield   Boston Fed

    4. Federal study outlines proposed $1.2 billion expansion of passenger rail in Northeast with...

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      Federal study outlines proposed $1.2 billion expansion of passenger rail in Northeast with...

      A federal study that details the proposed expansion of passenger rail service in the Northeast, with Springfield serving as a key connection, was praised by local advocates Wednesday as a project with great promise and benefits to the region and state. The three-prong expansion of passenger rail service in the Northeast would serve an estimated 323,000 riders annually in Massachusetts alone, according to the study known as the Northern New England Intercity Rail Initiative (NNEIRI), citing 2035 ridership estimates.

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      Mentions:   Pioneer Valley Planning Commission   Palmer   Springfield

    5. Multi-use sports complex opening this fall in Westfield

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      Multi-use sports complex opening this fall in Westfield

      A new Roots Athletic Center will offer both in-door and out-door soccer play when it opens on Roots Road in October. The estimated $7 million complex is the latest expansion project for Kari and Frank Demarinis who own and operate the nearby Roots Aquatics and Fitness Center, Roots Learning Center and Roots Gymnastics. The new sports complex is under construction at 181 Roots Rd.. It will feature three in-door and two out-door turf fields along with a professional quality track. Outdoor fields are expected to be ready for play before the October opening of the entire complex.

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      Mentions:   Westfield

    6. Palmer and Holyoke honored for 100% renewable energy commitment | masslive.com

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      Palmer and Holyoke honored for 100% renewable energy commitment | masslive.com

      The leader of an environmental advocacy group on Wednesday insisted that Massachusetts — and in fact the entire nation — can be carbon-free by 2050 in its energy sector.  'We have more than enough wind and solar to meet our goals,' said Ben Hillerstein, director of the Environment Massachusetts Research & Policy Center, during a recent visit to Holyoke. Hillerstein is touring the state to honor municipalities that have made strides in adopting clean energy and energy efficiency.

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      Mentions:   Palmer   Holyoke

    7. 'Double Decker Dine 2016' getting ready to roll

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      'Double Decker Dine 2016' getting ready to roll

      The Greater Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau will once again take local dining to a new level with Double Decker Dine 2016. The event will take place Aug. 31 at 5 p.m. It's the latest in an annual series of events where diners get chauffeured around Springfield in either a double-decker Peter Pan bus or in a modern Peter Pan motor coach so they can sample different restaurants.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Peter Pan Bus Lines   Mary Kay Wydra

    8. Springfield Central Downtown Farmers' Market serves up fun and fresh produce for the summer

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      Springfield Central Downtown Farmers' Market serves up fun and fresh produce for the summer

      Glenroy Buchanan, the manager of the Springfield Central Downtown Farmers' Market, says he hopes to "help Springfield revitalize the downtown area." The weekly Friday market kicked off the season on June 3 and is drawing new visitors each and every week, all summer long. Buchanan is hoping to grow the market both in terms of vendors and visitors. It runs from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. each Friday at Tower Square Park. It will continue through Oct. 28.

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    9. Pro basketball to return to hoop's birthplace, Springfield to get ABA franchise

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      Pro basketball to return to hoop's birthplace, Springfield to get ABA franchise

      Break out the red-white-and-blue basketballs and sharpen up those slam dunk skills. Springfield, birthplace of basketball, is getting a team in the American Basketball Association. The new team will begin play in the 2016-17 season with home games at American International College's Henry A. Butova Gymnasium. The schedule is not set yet, said Heather Ruggeri, vice president and chief events officer for Inspired Marketing.

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   University of Massachusetts   MassMutual Center

    10. UMass receives $870,000 grant to train nursing students to screen for drug and alcohol...

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      UMass receives $870,000 grant to train nursing students to screen for drug and alcohol...

      The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has awarded the college an $870,000 grant to develop the training. Over 500 students are expected to participate over a three-year period. The project is one of only 12 to be funded nationally by the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration's Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, according to a press release.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts

    11. SPARK serving 'Holyoke Soup' for creatives at The Waterfront Aug. 3 | masslive.com

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      SPARK serving 'Holyoke Soup' for creatives at The Waterfront Aug. 3 | masslive.com

      The business-catalyst group known as SPARK will hold another 'Holyoke Soup' event to encourage creative projects Aug. 3 from 5 to 8:30 p.m. at the Waterfront Tavern, 920 Main St.  Holyoke Soup is a dinner in which, for $5, participants and patrons get soup, salad and bread while listening to presentations on ideas related to business, art, urban agriculture, social justice, education, technology and other topics, said a press release from the Greater Holyoke Chamber of Commerce Centennial Foundation.

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    12. Come artists and nonprofits, show yourselves at Celebrate Holyoke | masslive.com

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      Come artists and nonprofits, show yourselves at Celebrate Holyoke | masslive.com

      Artists, non-profits and community groups are invited to participate in the Celebrate Holyoke festival Aug. 26 to 28 to be held at and around Holyoke Heritage State Park.  'Last year's three day festival drew an estimated 15,000 people into the heart of downtown Holyoke, and planning has been well underway to make this year's celebration even bigger,' Jenna Weingarten, Celebrate Holyoke executive director, said in a press release Sunday.

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    13. Smith & Wesson to buy knife maker Taylor Brands for $85M

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      Smith & Wesson to buy knife maker Taylor Brands for $85M

      Springfield gun maker Smith & Wesson announced Monday that it will buy its knife-making partner Taylor Brands for $85 million. Founded in 1975 and based in Tennessee, Taylor Brands owns and produces Schrade, Old Timer, Uncle Henry and Imperial branded products. Taylor Brands also manufactures knives and one type of outdoor camp ax under the Smith & Wesson brand name through a licensing agreement. Taylor Brands manufactures its products in China.

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      Mentions:   Smith & Wesson Corp.   Springfield

    14. Former RadioShack dealer continues as BRW Electronics, looks to expand in 'makerspace' | masslive.com

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      Former RadioShack dealer continues as BRW Electronics, looks to expand in 'makerspace' | masslive.com

      BRW Electronics in the Big Y Plaza on the Mohawk Trail here has a 3-D printer whirring away in a display case toward the front of the store.  The shop prints objects for customers, said owner Ira Brezinsky, who also has a location on Putney Road in Brattleboro, Vermont.  'Makers' and the 'makerspace' being trendy catchwords for the hobbyists, do-it-yourselfers and tinkerers who always populated the BRW Electronics locations back when they were RadioShacks and Brezinsky was a RadioShack dealer.

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    15. Futurecity founder says Springfield has 'authenticity by the bucketload'

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      Futurecity founder says Springfield has 'authenticity by the bucketload'

      To the strains of Beethoven's "Ode to Joy" played by Springfield public school students trained at the Community Music School, this city began the process Friday of learning how the arts can drive economic development through the efforts of United Kingdom-based Futurecity. "The thing about millennials, they seek out places with authenticity," said Mark Davy, founder of Futurecity. "This city has authenticity by the bucket load. The question is what to do with it."

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    16. Springfield 'makerspace' to stay open for 'foreseeable future' | masslive.com

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      Springfield 'makerspace' to stay open for 'foreseeable future' | masslive.com

      Make-It Springfield is making it.  The downtown community workshop and do-it-yourself learning center — a 'makerspace' in modern parlance — was to have been a pop-up phenomenon lasting only through the end of June. But now MassDevelopment and the University of Massachusetts Extension have announced that Make-it Springfield will stay on at 168 Worthington St. for the 'foreseeable future' and hosts are being sought for new workshops in the coming months.

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    17. Springfield Union Station: Peter Pan Bus Lines in negotiations to operate from restored transit hub, hopeful of deal

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      Springfield Union Station: Peter Pan Bus Lines in negotiations to operate from restored transit hub, hopeful of deal

      Peter Pan Bus Lines is negotiating to move its Springfield bus station and ticket counter into the renovated Union Station Regional Intermodal Transportation Center while acknowledging that a deal must be reached soon if Peter Pan is to be part of passenger train station's planned January opening. "We are still in discussions. We have not signed up yet," said Michael Sharff, director of planning and development for Peter Pan. "We do want to move there. It promises to be a beautiful facility. Bringing the modes together is something that is attractive to us."

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      Mentions:   Amtrak   Springfield   Peter Pan Bus Lines

    18. Big Y acquiring 8 more stores, expanding further into Eastern Massachusetts

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      Big Y acquiring 8 more stores, expanding further into Eastern Massachusetts

      Big Y is expanding more into Eastern Massachusetts. The Springfield-based supermarket chain has entered into an agreement to acquire eight Hannaford stores in near Boston. The deal is part of a proposed merger of supermarket chains Ahold and Delhaize Group, the Associated Press reports.

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      Mentions:   Big Y Foods   Springfield

    19. State awards $1.2 million to Peck School in Holyoke to implement 'school transformation'

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      State awards $1.2 million to Peck School in Holyoke to implement 'school transformation'

      The state awarded Holyoke Public Schools $1.2 million in grant funding to redesign William R. Peck Full Service Community School. The funds may be used over a four-year period, which must include three years of implementation.  Peck was the subject of both criticism and several investigations this year after a report released by the Disability Law Center detailed pages of alleged abuse of students with disabilities.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Holyoke

    20. PeoplesBank strengthens mutual structure as new CEO takes office | masslive.com

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      PeoplesBank strengthens mutual structure as new CEO takes office | masslive.com

      PeoplesBank has changed its bylaws to make it more difficult for the bank to convert from mutual ownership by its depositors to public ownership by stockholders.  The changes, enacted in February but announced this week, bar the bank's senior management and trustees from self-enrichment in the event of a conversion, said Thomas W. Senecal, president & CEO of PeoplesBank.

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    21. Amherst Chamber names Timothy O'Brien as executive director | masslive.com

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      Amherst Chamber names Timothy O'Brien as executive director | masslive.com

      The Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce has appointed Timothy O'Brien as executive director, according to a news release issued Wednesday.  His start date is August 1.  O'Brien replaces former executive director Don Courtemanche, who resigned in April after two years in the position in order to focus on his real estate career.

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      Mentions:   Amherst   Don Courtemanche

    22. Westfield State University uses grant to transition to Farm-to-Fork Food Service program

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      Westfield State University uses grant to transition to Farm-to-Fork Food Service program

      Westfield State University will use a $250,000 grant to transition to a self-operated food services program with emphasis on purchasing from local and regional providers. The university has enlisted the University of Massachusetts Amherst Dining to assist the local transition using grant funding from the Henry P. Kendall Foundation, WSU president Ramon S. Torrecilha announced in a release Tuesday.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Westfield State University   Amherst

    23. Westfield mayor launches 'Business Tour' of city businesses

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      Westfield mayor launches 'Business Tour' of city businesses

      Mayor Brian P. Sullivan launched Tuesday what he calls a 'Business Tour' of businesses throughout the city. The purpose of the tour, Sullivan said "is an informal meeting with our business leaders to discuss any issues or needs they may have and to gather data that hopefully can benefit them and the city in general." The first meeting was held Tuesday afternoon at Tell Tool, a division of Cadence Aerospace at 35 Turnpike Industrial Rd.. Joining Sullivan was Westfield's Advancement officer Joseph Michell.

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      Mentions:   Westfield

    24. Golf Tournament will benefit Springfield Housing Authority Talk/Read/Succeed! literacy...

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      Golf Tournament will benefit Springfield Housing Authority Talk/Read/Succeed! literacy...

      Springfield Housing Associates Inc. will sponsor a golf tournament on Monday, July 18, at the Country Club of Wilbraham, to raise funds for the Springfield Housing Authority's Talk/Read/Succeed! Program to promote literacy. All proceeds from the 4th annual Isabel Serrazina Golf Tournament will benefit support Talk/Read/Succeed!, a collaborative program that unites two Springfield Housing Authority developments, John L. Sullivan Apartments and John I. Robinson Gardens, with the Edward P. Boland and Hiram L. Dorman elementary schools.

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      Mentions:   Springfield

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