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    1. People In Business: Janet Casey of the Professional Women’s Chamber | masslive.com

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      People In Business: Janet Casey of the Professional Women’s Chamber | masslive.com

      Casey is the principal at Marketing Doctor in West Springfield, a marketing and advertising agency specializing in advertising in bariatrics, the elective medical procedure space and political campaigns. Before establishing Marketing Doctor, Casey served as a senior sales account executive for LIN Media and advertising account executive for Guy Gannett Broadcasting.

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    2. The Student Prince and Fort restaurant in Springfield readies for a second course, reopening planned for middle of September | masslive.com

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      The Student Prince and Fort restaurant in Springfield readies for a second course, reopening planned for middle of September | masslive.com

      The Fort is quiet, for now.  There was no murmur of conversation, no bursts of laughter, no clinking of knives and forks, no hubbub or rushing waitstaff at the downtown Springfield restaurant Wednesday.  'I can get more work done in an hour than I used to be able to get done in eight hours,' said Barbara B. Meunier, a managing partner and part of the Scherff family that has run the Student Prince Cafe and The Fort Dining Room, the downtown Springfield icon, for two generations.

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    3. Kennametal announces $5 million and 70-job expansion in Greenfield continuing Greenfield Tap & Die legacy

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      Kennametal announces $5 million and 70-job expansion in Greenfield continuing Greenfield Tap & Die legacy

      Kennametal has announced that it will expand its operations here, adding 70 new jobs and $4.65  million worth  in private investment including $3.4 million in equipment and renovations to its plant at 34 Sanderson St. here. The move, announced Wednesday, would more than double the staff at Kennametal, which has a staff of 63 now. the Pennsylvania-based company bought the old Greenfield Tap & Die, which was once the largest company of its kind in the world, back in 1997

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      Mentions:   Massachusetts Office of Business Development   William Martin   Greenfield Community College

    4. Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts awards $1.2 million to local nonprofits

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      Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts awards $1.2 million to local nonprofits

      The Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts is awarding more than $1.2 million to local nonprofit organizations for 99 projects -- ranging from granting homeless children their birthday wishes to land preservation -- in its ongoing efforts to improve to the quality of life in the Pioneer Valley.

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    5. Holyoke survey shows open space preferred use for Whiting Farms Rd. site, followed by mixed retail

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      Holyoke survey shows open space preferred use for Whiting Farms Rd. site, followed by mixed retail

      Nothing would be fine. Essentially, that's the highest intensity of interest expressed in a survey the city did of what kind of use residents and others want for 19 acres on Whiting Farms Road previously considered controversially by Walmart and Lowe's improvement.

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      Mentions:   Holyoke

    6. Inside the glass: Photos explore Josh Simpson glass art in Westfield

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      Inside the glass: Photos explore Josh Simpson glass art in Westfield

      There’s magic between the works of Josh Simpson and Mike Rossi. Rossi’s photography of Simpson’s glass art is on display until Oct. 13 at Pilgrim Candle Marketplace in Westfield. “Through the Lens of Mike Rossi: Josh Simpson Revealed” is part of Westfield on Weekends’ “The Universe According to Josh Simpson,” a multi-part art show featuring Simpson’s glass art and other creative projects spinning off Simpson’s work.

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      Mentions:   Westfield State University   Westfield

    7. Westfield's Elm Street Urban Renewal Plan to follow PVTA intermodal center, city advancement officer says

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      Westfield's Elm Street Urban Renewal Plan to follow PVTA intermodal center, city advancement officer says

      Construction on the proposed $6.8 million Pioneer Valley Transit Authority's intermodal center here could begin later this year while city plans for redevelopment along Elm Street are one to two years further down the road. City Advancement Officer Joseph Mitchell said this week the PVTA is currently reviewing two proposals for construction of the intermodal center, and will open offers Aug. 18 that focus on the necessary land acquisition and relocation services for the Arnold Street site.

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      Mentions:   Westfield

    8. Conversion of old Holyoke Catholic High School into 54 apartments underway; construction to last a year | masslive

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      Conversion of old Holyoke Catholic High School into 54 apartments underway; construction to last a year | masslive

      Construction began last month and the $19 million conversion of the old Holyoke Catholic High School campus into 54 apartments should take a year, the owner said.  The apartments' rents will be geared to tenants with up to moderate incomes, with 10 percent, or five units, available for those receiving federal government rent help, E. Denis Walsh, of Weld Management, said Thursday (July 17).  An event to mark the ground-breaking of the job is being scheduled, he said.  Mayor Alex B. Morse said the conversion of the former school campus into apartments adds to the neighborhood's improvements.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Chicopee   Holyoke

    9. Holyoke survey results to be aired for Whiting Farms Rd. site once desired by Walmart, Lowe's | masslive

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      Holyoke survey results to be aired for Whiting Farms Rd. site once desired by Walmart, Lowe's | masslive

      The results of a survey that asked residents what kind of development they wanted on a 19-acre property on Whiting Farms Road will be discussed by a City Council committee Tuesday (July 22).  The council Ordinance Committee meets at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall.  The city has received 361 completed surveys, said Marcos A. Marrero, director of the Department of Planning and Economic Development.

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      Mentions:   Holyoke

    10. Citizens Bank supports HAP Inc., Urban League of Springfield | masslive

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      Citizens Bank supports HAP Inc., Urban League of Springfield | masslive

      Citizens Bank announced today that it will award $405,000 to 20 organizations in Massachusetts as part of the Citizens Helping Citizens Manage Money initiative.
      Local recipients are HAP Inc. and Urban League of Springfield. Overall, is the bank is donating $1.5 million to nonprofits supporting financial education across its 11-state footprint, the bank said in a news release.

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    11. Nuclea Biotechnologies in Pittsfield gets test OK | masslive

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      Nuclea Biotechnologies in Pittsfield gets test OK | masslive

      Nuclea Biotechnologies today announced that its subsidiary, Nuclea Diagnostics, has met the requirements from the Food and Drug Administration for its Fatty Acid Synthase Immunohistochemistry Kit as a Class I in vitro diagnostic device.  Fatty acid synthase is used to measure the metabolism of cells in both oncology and metabolic diseases, according to a news release.

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    12. Chicopee developer proposes new 11-lot subdivision

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      Chicopee developer proposes new 11-lot subdivision

      A local developer is planning a new 11-lot subdivision located off another development he completed about a year ago. Craig Authier of Premier Home Builders Inc. is proposing building the homes on a street he is calling Morgan Circle. The street is located off the new Mayflower Drive, which is off Granby Road. The homes will be located on a cul-de-sac that will end near the Chicopee River.

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      Mentions:   Chicopee

    13. West Springfield Planning Board approves special permit to Precision Auto Repair for new location

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      West Springfield Planning Board approves special permit to Precision Auto Repair for new location

      The Planning Board this month approved a special permit for Precision Auto Repair and Sales for its new location at 12 South Boulevard. All auto repair businesses must have a special permit approved by the Planning Board based on city zoning ordinance regulations, said Tara L. Gehring, the city's assistant planner. The new Precision Auto facility will be located at the former site of Griffin Tire & Battery. Precision Auto started its business 10 years ago in West Springfield, and after its first year the business moved to 70 Union St. in Springfield.

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      Mentions:   West Springfield   Springfield

    14. Westfield's downtown revitalization effort draws new business | masslive

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      Westfield's downtown revitalization effort draws new business | masslive

      The city's downtown improvements are what persuaded William 'Bill' Miner to open his new real estate office on Elm Street.  Miner and his wife Cindy were joined Thursday afternoon by staff, city officials and Robert Leighton, executive director of franchise development for ReMAX New England, to officially open the city newest business, ReMAX Compass, at 108 Elm St.

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      Mentions:   Westfield

    15. Noble Hospital in Westfield opens primary health care office

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      Noble Hospital in Westfield opens primary health care office

      Public access to primary health care got a little easier Thursday when Noble Hospital opened its new Noble Primary Care Office at 57 Union St. The opening represents Noble's response to what Noble President Ronald P. Bryant calls a "shortage of primary care services for residents of Westfield and the Hilltowns. "There is a shortage of primary health care in Westfield and its surrounding communities, and we consider this office a vital component of Noble Hospital," Bryant said.

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      Mentions:   Westfield

    16. Citizens Bank: manufacturing leading growth in Western and Central Massachusetts | masslive

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      Citizens Bank: manufacturing leading growth in Western and Central Massachusetts | masslive

      Greater Springfield's gross domestic product grew 2.5 percent from 2011 to 2012 to $22.1 billion, the fastest rate of growth of any metro area in New England, according to a report issued recently by Citizens Bank.  In the report, the bank also makes a case that manufacturing is driving that growth here in Western Massachusetts and in Central Massachusetts. The area studied includes Worcester, Hampden, Hampshire, Franklin and Berkshire counties.

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      Mentions:   Holyoke Community College   MassMutual   Springfield Technical Community College

    17. Green Amherst receives $165,539 from the state for 4 energy savings projects

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      Green Amherst receives $165,539 from the state for 4 energy savings projects

      The town has received $165,539 from the Green Communities Division of the Massachusetts Department of Energy for four projects that will ultimately cut energy consumption by nearly 2 percent overall. The town applied for funding for five projects but received funding for four, said. Stephanie Ciccarello, sustainability coordinator. The return on the investment on the fifth project - attic insulation at Town Hall was determined to be too long, she said.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Springfield   Amherst

    18. Baystate Medical Center ranked again by U.S. News & World Report

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      Baystate Medical Center ranked again by U.S. News & World Report

      Baystate Medical Center has again been ranked among the nation’s top hospitals, according to a survey conducted by U.S. News & World Report. The Springfield-based hospital was nationally ranked in the 2014-2015 listing for its care in the areas of diabetes and endocrinology; ear, nose and throat; and gynecology. Baystate is also considered "high-performing" by U.S. News in nine other areas of medical specialty: cancer; cardiology and heart surgery; gastroenterology and gastrointestinal surgery; geriatrics; nephrology; neurology and neurosurgery; orthopedics; pulmonology, and urology.

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      Mentions:   Baystate Health   Springfield

    19. Editorial: Springfield Innovation Cafe will offer high-test ideas and caffeine

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      Editorial: Springfield Innovation Cafe will offer high-test ideas and caffeine

      The Springfield Innovation Café is still in its conceptual phase, but once realized, it has the potential to be to innovators in Western Massachusetts what the Student Prince and Fort Dining Room has been for the region’s politicians and businessmen. As envisioned by Paul Silva and Delcie Bean, the café will feature white boards, computers and, of course, Internet access. It will feature long hours to allow those in the innovation business time to gather before, during and after work to share ideas, brainstorm and think through solutions.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Student Prince   Valley Venture Mentors

    20. Under Construction: UMass center in Downtown Springfield's Tower Square | masslive

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      Under Construction: UMass center in Downtown Springfield's Tower Square | masslive

      Workers are busy transforming former office space in Downtown Springfield's Tower Square into the new University of Massachusetts satellite center set to open in September.  Gov. Deval Patrick visited Springfield in May to announce $5.2 million in state funding to complete the satellite center. UMass plans to offer 40 courses in Springfield starting in the fall. The number includes undergraduate, graduate and non-credit courses.  The space, on the second floor of Tower Square's retail area, had most recently been used as offices for Babson Capital, said Nicholas Fyntrilakis, vice president, community responsibility at MassMutual Financial Group. MassMutual ...

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   University of Massachusetts   MassMutual

    21. Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse sees progress with numerous projects like passenger rail, CanalWalk, buildings redeveloped, but critics raise questions

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      Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse sees progress with numerous projects like passenger rail, CanalWalk, buildings redeveloped, but critics raise questions

      Mayor Alex B. Morse Tuesday listed dozens of projects happening or about to happen that he said will catalyze different parts of the city. The number of projects could be considered impressive -- it took Morse nearly an hour to list them -- from the second phase of the Canalwalk to the resumption possibly this year of passenger rail service to renovation of the old Holyoke Catholic High School campus into apartments, but not everyone agreed the list added up to progress. Morse, state Rep. Aaron M. Vega, D-Holyoke, and other officials held the community projects-update meeting at Prospect Heights apartments, 41 ...

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      Mentions:   Big Y Foods   Springfield   Northampton

    22. MassDevelop aids expansion of Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter School

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      MassDevelop aids expansion of Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter School

      MassDevelopment, the state’s development agency, announced Tuesday that it has issued $4.26 million in tax exempt bonds that will aid the Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter School with an expansion project. The public charter school is using the bond proceeds to build an 8,000-square-foot, multi-purpose addition at its South Hadley campus, according to a MassDevelopment news release. The addition will be used for gatherings and performances along with new equipment at the school, the agency stated..

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      Mentions:   MassDevelopment   Florence Savings Bank

    23. Holyoke to get 'progress' update about economic development, quality-of-life

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      Holyoke to get 'progress' update about economic development, quality-of-life

      he Innovation District is the area downtown around the Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center. The center is a $165 million research facility on Bigelow Street that overlooks the canals and is operated by a cluster of universities like Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, private companies and the state. Vega said among items he will discuss is the version of an economic development bill that the House of Representatives passed. It includes money to give tax incentives to companies that add jobs in Massachusetts' so-called "gateway cities." Such cities, of which Holyoke is one, are mid-size urban areas ...

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Holyoke   The Republican

    24. Springfield committee favors spending $2.8 million to buy former Early Childhood Centers for public school use

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      Springfield committee favors spending $2.8 million to buy former Early Childhood Centers for public school use

      The Early Childhoods Centers property closed in January, and its board of directors recently voted to accept the city’s bid of $2,856,000, as recommended by Mayor Domenic J. Sarno, subject to council approval. The owner of the property is Early Childhoods Centers of Greater Springfield Inc. City and school officials, meeting with the Finance Committee on Monday, said the city will be able to use the building to replace portable classrooms at the Mary Lynch and Brunton schools, that were in need of expensive repairs or replacement.

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   Springfield

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