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    1. Students' innovative ideas wow judges at Grinspoon Entrepreneurship Initiative in Holyoke | masslive

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      Students' innovative ideas wow judges at Grinspoon Entrepreneurship Initiative in Holyoke | masslive

      Whiteley took first place in the live 'elevator pitch' portion of the event. Her product is 'a fashionable self-protecting wallet that opens based on a thumb print, and can be tracked through a phone app,' according to HCC, which was represented by more than 50 students and faculty members.  She also won an award from the Springfield-based Valley Venture Mentors, a cash prize and the chance for an internship with The Harold Grinspoon Charitable Foundation.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Holyoke Community College   Smith College

    2. Amherst on hunt for 1st economic director; officials hope to hire for July | masslive

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      Amherst on hunt for 1st economic director; officials hope to hire for July | masslive

      For years, town officials have talked about hiring an economic development director to help boost the commercial tax base, but the money wasn't there to support the job.
      But when Town Manager John P. Musante unveiled the fiscal 2016 budget, that position was included for the first time. Now, with the fiscal year to start July 1, the town is advertising for someone to take on the job.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Amherst

    3. Report: Springfield Armory attracted 20k visitors, created $1.6 million in economic impact in 2014 | masslive

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      Report: Springfield Armory attracted 20k visitors, created $1.6 million in economic impact in 2014 | masslive

      The Springfield Armory - birthplace of the region's manufacturing industries and forger of arms for the nation from its earliest days - attracted 20,595 visitors in 2014 and those visitors generated $1.57 million in economic output for the region.  The National Park Service issued a report Thursday detailing visitor numbers at and spending around national parks all over the country. Details, along with interactive charts and graphs, are here.  The report also said that the Springfield Armory National Historic Site attracted 17,300 of those visitors from outside the area.

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      Mentions:   Springfield Armory   Springfield

    4. Greater Westfield Chamber of Commerce to present workshop on business planning

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      Greater Westfield Chamber of Commerce to present workshop on business planning

      The Greater Westfield Chamber of Commerce will host a business planning and strategy workshop May 11 at the Southampton Road Holiday Inn Express. The workshop will be led by Nunzio Bruno and focus on rethinking what a business is and how to tailor plans that work towards growing that business.

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      Mentions:   Westfield   Greater Westfield Chamber of Commerce

    5. Under Construction: New Baystate Dental office opens in downtown Springfield | masslive

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      Under Construction: New Baystate Dental office opens in downtown Springfield | masslive

      Baystate Dental has opened its office in downtown Springfield at 1383 Main St. using its grand opening party earlier this month as an occasion to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the building.  The building was constructed in 1915 as the Third National Bank. The office will have a entrance on Market Street- the brick-paved walkway between Harrison Avenue and Falcons Way.  Crag Sweitzer & Co. General Contractors of Monson, built the new, 2,300-square-foot office. Sweitzer has developed a bit of a specialty in building dental offices for Baystate Dental and others.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Westfield

    6. Holyoke Community College offers 'TEDx@HCC' day of talks

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      Holyoke Community College offers 'TEDx@HCC' day of talks

      TED is coming to HCC. Holyoke Community College (HCC) will hold its first TED talk event -- TED stands for technology, entertainment and design -- April 29 from 9:30 a.m.to 4 p.m. at Leslie Phillips Theater in the Fine & Performing Arts building at the 303 Homestead Ave. campus. TED Conferences LLC provide guidance for local versions of the program -- called a TEDx program, or in this case TEDx@HCC -- but such local events are locally organized, said Jeffery Anderson-Burgos, HCC Student Senate president.

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      Mentions:   Holyoke Community College   Holyoke

    7. Open Studios reception, exhibit planned at Indian Orchard Mills

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      Open Studios reception, exhibit planned at Indian Orchard Mills

      Indian Orchard Mills owner Charles Brush said the combination of art-related and industrial tenants works well together. "Many industrial tenants are also, in my opinion, artists," Brush said. "Raw materials come in, and what they've done with it, I consider art for sure. We think of an artist standing at an easel, and there's a ton of that going on here too. We have painters using every medium, textiles, weavers, paper-makers, jewelry makers, certainly sculpture and fine art photography."

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    8. Amherst drops plans for solar array on closed landfill

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      Amherst drops plans for solar array on closed landfill

      Town Manager John P. Musante told the Select Board in March of 2011, that the project could produce 4.75 megawatt's of electricity - enough to provide energy to all town buildings and schools, street lights and more. Depending on the cost of energy over time, the project could save the town about $25 million over the next 25 to 30 years. But the project as it was created is dead.

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      Mentions:   Palmer   Amherst   Westfield

    9. Development plans for property at Turnpike Exit 3 under review by Westfield Planning Board

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      Development plans for property at Turnpike Exit 3 under review by Westfield Planning Board

      Development plans for property across from Exit 3 of the Massachusetts Turnpike will bring the city alternative motor vehicle fuels, improve traffic flow in the area, attract new business and increase municipal tax revenue, Developer Robert Bolduc told the city's Planning Board Tuesday night. After spending more than two hours reviewing plans submitted by Pride Limited Partnership the Planning Board agreed to continue a public hearing on project until its next scheduled meeting May 5.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Westfield   Robert Bolduc

    10. Mayor Sarno calls Springfield Restaurant Week 2015 an event 'you can't put a price tag on' | masslive.com

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      Mayor Sarno calls Springfield Restaurant Week 2015 an event 'you can't put a price tag on' | masslive.com

      The City Hall Chamber event included speeches from Mayor Domenic Sarno, City Council President Michael Fenton, City Councilor Justin Hurst and Chris Russel, Executive Director of the Springfield Business Improvement District.  'People coming down to the city of Springfield with their family and friends to have a great time and good food will spread that word to other suburban areas in Western Massachusetts,' said Mayor Domenic Sarno.

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   Springfield   Springfield Business Improvement District

    11. United Bank reports $13 million net income, 12-cent dividend | masslive.com

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      United Bank reports $13 million net income, 12-cent dividend | masslive.com

      United Bank of West Springfield, Massachusetts, and Rockville Bank of Connecticut announced a $369 million merger in November 2013, and the merger became final on April 30, 2014. That's why earnings for the combined banks are being compared with Rockville's 2014 results.

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      Mentions:   West Springfield   Springfield   United Bank

    12. Downtown Springfield features urban designs created by UMass students

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      Downtown Springfield features urban designs created by UMass students

      Students from the University of Massachusetts Graduate Urban Design Studio have staged six installations throughout downtown Springfield all using tactical urbanism, an emergent form of urban design that looks at new ways to enliven cities with temporary interventions that are inexpensive and easy to install, according to Frank Sleegers and Michael Di Pasquale, urban design professors at University of Massachusetts Amherst.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Springfield   Amherst

    13. Westfield provides property tax break for country's oldest cutlery manufacturer

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      Westfield provides property tax break for country's oldest cutlery manufacturer

      Lamson & Goodnow, the country's oldest cutlery manufacturer will receive a property tax break as it completes relocation from Shelburne Falls to Mainline Drive here. The tax reduction will save the company about $35,583 over a five-year period but at the same time it will pay Westfield $35,583 in property taxes over the same period. The company will receive a 100 percent property tax exemption during 2016 and total taxes will be reduced during the years 2017, 2018, 2019. In 2020 the company will pay its full share of taxes to the city.

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      Mentions:   Westfield

    14. Katie Stebbins hired as assistant secretary for Massachusetts Housing and Economic Development | masslive

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      Katie Stebbins hired as assistant secretary for Massachusetts Housing and Economic Development | masslive

      Katie Stebbins, who previously worked for the city of Springfield and the Holyoke Innovation District, has been named assistant secretary of innovation, technology, and entrepreneurship for Massachusetts' Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development.  Gov. Charlie Baker's administration, which took office in January, is still in the process of filling out its staff. The department advertised Stebbins' hire as part of its attempt to create jobs in Massachusetts.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Holyoke

    15. Eastec manufacturing trade show returns to Big E in May | masslive

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      Eastec manufacturing trade show returns to Big E in May | masslive

      The Eastec manufacturing trade show, with its exhibits of massive machine tools capable of shaping parts to tolerances smaller than a human hair, returns to the Big E next month after a two-year absence.  Eastec runs from May 12-14 at the Eastern States Exposition Grounds in West Springfield. Registration is $25 before May 7 and $50 after May 8.  'Eastec is the show that brings new engineering and ideas and processes together,' said Kim Farrugia, a senior event manager with Eastec organizers SME, formerly the Society of Manufacturing Engineers.

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      Mentions:   West Springfield   Springfield   Eastern States Exposition

    16. CBS 3, ABC 40 and FOX 6 unite as Western Mass News | masslive.com

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      CBS 3, ABC 40 and FOX 6 unite as Western Mass News | masslive.com

      A new brand name and more modern set await TV viewers when CBS 3, ABC 40 and FOX 6 consolidate their news gathering operations on Tuesday.  Western Mass News: Coverage You Can Count On will be launched after WSHM, CBS 3 Springfield, moves out of its offices at Monarch Place on Monday night and relocates to the 1300 Liberty St. studio of WGGB, ABC 40 and FOX 6.  Meredith Corp. - which has owned CBS 3 Springfield, since 2003 - purchased WGGB from Gormally Broadcasting for $53.8 million six months ago.

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    17. Agawam: Half-decade after being announced, $14-million housing project for homeless veterans moves forward

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      Agawam: Half-decade after being announced, $14-million housing project for homeless veterans moves forward

      A 51-unit housing community that was expected to open its doors to struggling veterans in 2012 is finally moving forward with construction. Soldier On, a local nonprofit organization committed to helping homeless veterans, has been working to convert the old Western Massachusetts Regional Police Academy at 702 South Westfield St. into the so-called Gordon J. Mansfield Veterans Village for nearly five years.

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      Mentions:   Westfield

    18. Baystate Children's Hospital, Connecticut Children's Medical Center announce new partnership in pediatric neurosurgery

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      Baystate Children's Hospital, Connecticut Children's Medical Center announce new partnership in pediatric neurosurgery

      Baystate Children's Hospital and Hartford-based Connecticut Children's Medical have announced a new partnership in pediatric neurosurgery that is the first major outgrowth of several months of collaboration. The two facilities had announced in October their intent to explore potential areas in which they could collaborate on services, including pediatric neurosurgery.

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      Mentions:   University of Connecticut   Baystate Health   Springfield

    19. Holyoke's O'Connell Care at Home sets open house to fill jobs

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      Holyoke's O'Connell Care at Home sets open house to fill jobs

      Jobs are available at O'Connell Care at Home and will be discussed at an open house from noon to 4 p.m. Monday (April 20) at the company offices at 14 Bobala Road, Suite 1B. "Whether you are looking for a career or extra income, home health care is rewarding and in demand," said Danielle Lord, company chief operating officer. The company is seeking certified nursing assistants, certified home health aides and personal care assistants to work in Hampden, Hampshire and Franklin counties, a press release from spokeswoman Caroline Lee said.

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      Mentions:   Holyoke

    20. Habitat for Humanity ReStore in Westfield expected to be a lifeline for working families

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      Habitat for Humanity ReStore in Westfield expected to be a lifeline for working families

      A crowd of about 50 volunteers, public officials and community members gathered to celebrate the opening of the Greater Springfield Habitat for Humanity's ReStore charity shop with a ribbon cutting Friday afternoon. The store is stocked entirely with donated home improvement goods, said Restore Chair Jason Tsitso, and will aid the charity in fulfilling its mission -- serving as many families in need as possible.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Westfield   Greater Westfield Chamber of Commerce

    21. Holyoke Community College to offer free restaurant & hospitality training courses | masslive

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      Holyoke Community College to offer free restaurant & hospitality training courses | masslive

      For those hoping to break into or move up in the field of restaurant and hospitality, Holyoke Community College is looking to help.  The college is offering free classes to help train students. The classes will focus on core industry skills, including TIPS and ServSafe certifications, food and wine pairing, food prep skills, customer service, management and supervision.

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      Mentions:   Holyoke Community College   Springfield Technical Community College   Springfield

    22. Wanted: New use for old mill building on Connecticut River in Montague | masslive.com

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      Wanted: New use for old mill building on Connecticut River in Montague | masslive.com

      Former mill buildings have found new life as artists' studios, office complexes, shopping centers and apartments.  Town officials in Montague are accepting ideas for the appropriate reuse of a former paper mill building situated on an island.

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    23. Interstate 91 viaduct reconstruction bids awarded for $183.3 million | masslive.com

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      Interstate 91 viaduct reconstruction bids awarded for $183.3 million | masslive.com

      The Massachusetts Department of Transportation has awarded the bid to rebuild the two-mile-long Interstate 91 viaduct through downtown Springfield.  JF White-Schiavone of Framingham submitted the lowest bid at $148 million, according to a state news release.  The total project cost, which in addition to the bid price includes railroad flaggers, traffic details, protections against cost overruns, and an incentive clause for the contractor to expedite the work, is approximately $183.3 million, the Department of Transportation said Wednesday.  The Mass DOT said the contract also provides for an incentive of $50,000 per day for each day the contractor completes ...

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Massachusetts Department of Transportation

    24. Westfield students continuing construction of Park Square gazebo

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      Westfield students continuing construction of Park Square gazebo

      Electrical wiring seniors from Westfield Vocational-Technical High School this week completed the rough wiring requirements of the new student-built gazebo at Park Square. For students like Kyle Thibodeao, 18, of Otis and Nicholas Pitoniak, 17, of Huntington, this week provided hands-on experience of what their work life will be after graduation in June. Both have full-time jobs lined up in their chosen career field following high school graduation.

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      Mentions:   Westfield

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