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    1. Easthampton, Holyoke, East Longmeadow and Westfield make list of 'hottest' Massachusetts towns & cities for real estate sales | masslive.com

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      Easthampton, Holyoke, East Longmeadow and Westfield make list of 'hottest' Massachusetts towns & cities for real estate sales | masslive.com

      The company said percentage increases in home sales is an important factor it uses to determine which towns or cities are attracting residents. Lamacchia also figures in sales of single family homes, condominiums and multi-family homes.  As far as price is concerned, the median price for a home in Easthampton was $217,500, a decrease of 3.3 percent from 2014 when the median price was $225,000.  In Holyoke, the median price was $155,000, down 6.1% compared to 2014 when the median price was $165,000.

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      Mentions:   Holyoke   Westfield   Easthampton

    2. US Tsubaki in Chicopee considering $11.5 million expansion | masslive.com

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      US Tsubaki in Chicopee considering $11.5 million expansion | masslive.com

      One of the city's largest private employers is considering an about $11.5 million expansion that could add 35 new manufacturing jobs to the region.  US Tsubaki Automotive LLC, which makes automotive timing chains and timing chain systems for most major manufactures including Honda, General Motors, Toyota and Ford, is considering adding a new product line to its facility on 106 Lonczak Drive.

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      Mentions:   Chicopee

    3. Chicopee solar farm proposed for Burnett Road landfill | masslive.com

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      Chicopee solar farm proposed for Burnett Road landfill | masslive.com

      Southern Sky, which has a number of solar farms on capped landfills across the state, plans to lease about 13.5 acres of the M.T. Sullivan Landfill from Waste Management Disposal Services of MA, Inc., which now owns the property. The landfill has been capped since at least 2000.  The solar panels will cover about four acres on top of part of the landfill and will be tied into Chicopee Electric Light, which will purchase the electricity the panels generate. The company will also pay taxes to the city, said Francis McMahon, director of site assessment and project management ...

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      Mentions:   Chicopee

    4. Photos: Seen@ Springfield Young Professional Society's Artifact hard cider tasting | masslive.com

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      Photos: Seen@ Springfield Young Professional Society's Artifact hard cider tasting | masslive.com

      The Springfield Young Professional Society and Artifact Cider teamed up on Wednesday for an entrepreneur spotlight talk and hard cider tasting.  The event was held at Artifact Cider Project's cidery at 270 Albany St. in Springfield. Jake Mazar, the co-founder of Artifact, spoke to the group about what inspired him to move from the corporate world to making hard cider in the city of Springfield.

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    5. Pioneer Institute study tracks struggles in urban centers like Springfield, Holyoke | masslive.com

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      Pioneer Institute study tracks struggles in urban centers like Springfield, Holyoke | masslive.com

      Some cities in Massachusetts, like Boston and Cambridge, are thriving. Other cities, like Holyoke and Chicopee, are not.  A study released Thursday by the Pioneer Institute think tank tracks the trends that are affecting 'middle cities' – 14 struggling cities in the Bay State.  The cities in the study – which include Chicopee, Holyoke, Pittsfield, Springfield and Worcester – generally have populations greater than 40,000 and per capita income of less than $25,000. (Pittsfield is the one exception, with higher per capita income.) The report is an update of a study first done in 2006.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Chicopee   Holyoke

    6. Hampshire Earns Mellon Foundation grant of $1.2 million for college library | masslive.com

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      Hampshire Earns Mellon Foundation grant of $1.2 million for college library | masslive.com

      Hampshire has earned the grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in response to the College's proposal, titled Learning Commons 3.0, for the reinvention of the Harold F. Johnson Library. Hampshire's project team will utilize the funds to develop service models and to modernize and transform the library into an integrated hub of content, tools, and services in support of the College's curriculum, according to a news release.  The plan promises to result in a prototype that benefits libraries throughout the Five Colleges and beyond, creating a model for 21st-century academic and technological requirements. 'Our efforts ...

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    7. Springfield Union Station parking deck topped off with ironworkers ceremony (photos) | masslive.com

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      Springfield Union Station parking deck topped off with ironworkers ceremony (photos) | masslive.com

      Construction workers hoisted the final precast concrete sections of the new Union Station parking garage into place Tuesday afternoon, bringing the six-level, 377-space building to its final height.  Members of Iron Workers Local 7 marked the occasion with a traditional topping-off ceremony complete with flying banners and an American flag from the final piece of structure.

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    8. Six megawatt solar array up and running at former Palmer Municipal Airfield | masslive.com

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      Six megawatt solar array up and running at former Palmer Municipal Airfield | masslive.com

      A six-megawatt solar array on the former Palmer Metropolitan Airfield is now up and running, providing energy savings to the towns of Leicester and Spencer and to Worcester State University.  The project, expected to generate enough electricity for 1,000 homes and offset 4,000 tons of carbon dioxide annually, will also pay $2 million in taxes to the town of Palmer over 20 years.

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      Mentions:   Palmer

    9. Western New England University announces Mini-Law School | masslive.com

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      Western New England University announces Mini-Law School | masslive.com

      Western New England University School of Law will open its doors to the community with a five-week program focusing on Gender, Sexuality, Families, and the Law. The Mini-Law School will be held from April 12 – May 10, 2016 on Tuesday evenings from 6-8:00 p.m. at Western New England University, 1215 Wilbraham Road, Springfield, MA.

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      Mentions:   Western New England University   Springfield

    10. Plumbing Wholesale company moving to Chicopee; Will invest $3 million in business | masslive.com

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      Plumbing Wholesale company moving to Chicopee; Will invest $3 million in business | masslive.com

      A family-owned wholesale distributor plumbing and heating supplies plumbing from the Boston area has purchased a vacant warehouse building and has expanded its business to Western Massachusetts.  P.V. Sullivan Supply Co., Inc. purchased the former Burke Beverage building at 1125 Sheridan St. and is currently renovating the 43,000 square-foot building, said Greg Hanley, account executive for the business.  Over time the company expects to invest about $3 million into the new business, including the renovations and the purchase of equipment, he said.

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      Mentions:   Chicopee

    11. Housing and Economic Development Secretary Jay Ash urges Tech Foundry students to 'pave the way' for innovation | masslive.com

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      Housing and Economic Development Secretary Jay Ash urges Tech Foundry students to 'pave the way' for innovation | masslive.com

      Days after Gov. Charlie Baker proposed a $918 million bill to boost economic development in Massachusetts, Sec. of Housing and Economic Development Jay Ash took a tour of Tech Foundry -- the job training initiative that founder Delcie Bean has pitched as an tool to bring Silicon Valley-style innovation to Western Mass.  Ash, following a private talk with Bean and Tech Foundry Director of Strategic Partnership Jonathan Edwards, took in part of a Javascript class being held at Tech Foundry's headquarters nine stories above Main Street.

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    12. Springfield native Michelle LaRocque brings 'It Makes Scents' line to downtown Westfield | masslive.com

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      Springfield native Michelle LaRocque brings 'It Makes Scents' line to downtown Westfield | masslive.com

      Downtown Westfield's Creative Arts Center 'The Gallery,' together with Westfield On Weekends, Inc., located at the Rinnova Building at 105 Elm St., is filled with custom crafted products.  The newest creative collaborator is Springfield native Michelle LaRocque with her 'It Makes Scents' hi-quality product lines of essential oil body sprays and soaps. Using a melt-and-pour glycerin soap process and a cold-process, LaRocque custom blends high-quality ingredients throughout the multipurpose soap process creating a unique fragrant experience.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Westfield

    13. Massachusetts Economic Development Secretary Jay Ash: Holyoke education a top priority | masslive.com

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      Massachusetts Economic Development Secretary Jay Ash: Holyoke education a top priority | masslive.com

      Jay Ash, Massachusetts secretary of Housing and Economic Development, discussed Holyoke and its school system Thursday during the question-and-answer period following his breakfast speech to the Human Service Forum, a trade group of local nonprofit agencies, their supporters and their contractors.  Though he is not the state education secretary, Ash spoke K-12 education including vocational high schools and community colleges in terms of providing a workforce for economic growth. In answering a question, he spoke not only of the special attention that schools in Holyoke, Lawrence and now Southbridge receive following state takeovers, but also of the limitations of state ...

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      Mentions:   Holyoke

    14. Hazen Paper of Holyoke continues Super Bowl tradition; once again has made holographic program cover | masslive.com

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      Hazen Paper of Holyoke continues Super Bowl tradition; once again has made holographic program cover | masslive.com

      Hazen Paper has had a hand in Super Bowl programs for the last 15 years and since 2006 has done the three-dimensional holographic work within the company and in Holyoke, said company president John H. Hazen.  Keeping the work within Hazen Paper is crucial to turning projects like the Super Bowl programs around on tight deadlines, Hazen explained. Other customers, from poster printers to packaging companies, require similarly tight turnarounds.  'I think that is the only way to survive as a manufacturer in North America,' John Hazen said. 'So much has left for overseas. But the logistics are so difficult.'

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      Mentions:   Holyoke   Hazen Paper

    15. I-91 reconstruction project in Springfield ahead of schedule, says MassDOT Sec. Stephanie Pollack | masslive.com

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      I-91 reconstruction project in Springfield ahead of schedule, says MassDOT Sec. Stephanie Pollack | masslive.com

      The major rehabilitation work on Interstate 91 through Downtown Springfield is at or ahead of schedule thanks to a mild, snow-free winter and to an incentive clause that pays contractors a bonus for getting the project done even sooner.  The $183.3 million project is estimated to be completed in the late fall of 2017.  Stephanie Pollack, secretary and chief executive officer of the Department of Transportation, delivered the good news Wednesday meeting with reporters at the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission in Springfield.

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      Mentions:   Pioneer Valley Planning Commission   Springfield

    16. Commuter trains from Springfield to Holyoke, Northampton, Greenfield could begin next year, transportation secretary Stephanie Pollack says | masslive.com

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      Commuter trains from Springfield to Holyoke, Northampton, Greenfield could begin next year, transportation secretary Stephanie Pollack says | masslive.com

      Planning is in the early stages, but a pilot program to run frequent north-south commuter trains on the 'Knowledge Corridor' tracks from Springfield stopping in Holyoke, Northampton and Greenfield could begin a year from now in the spring of 2017.  Stephanie Pollack, Massachusetts secretary and chief executive officer of the state Department of Transportation, made the prediction Wednesday following a meeting with local transportation and transit planners and the mayors of Springfield, Holyoke, Northampton and Agawam.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Northampton   Greenfield

    17. Business confidence fell last year, Associated Industries of Massachusetts says | masslive.com

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      Business confidence fell last year, Associated Industries of Massachusetts says | masslive.com

      The Associated Industries of Massachusetts business confidence index rose half a point from 55.3 points in December to 55.8 last month, Associated Industries reported Tuesday.  Business confidence was 58.1 points a year ago in January.  Associated Industries is a statewide business group. It surveys members each month in an effort to learn the mood of employers. Business confidence is figured on a 1 to 100 scale with 50 being neutral.

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      Mentions:   Associated Industries of Massachusetts

    18. Bay Path University, Six-Point Creative Works, win award for 'Seize the Day' GoPro video | masslive.com

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      Bay Path University, Six-Point Creative Works, win award for 'Seize the Day' GoPro video | masslive.com

      Bay Path University and Six-Point Creative Works in Springfied used a GoPro video camera to capture the excitement of college admissions in a first-person video.  The video, called 'Seize the Day' after the university's Latin motto, won Bay Path University a Excellence Gold Award from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education

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    19. Ludlow to receive $429,000 in state funds for new Riverwalk project | masslive.com

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      Ludlow to receive $429,000 in state funds for new Riverwalk project | masslive.com

      The town will receive $429,000 in state Housing and Economic Development funds through the Massworks Infrastructure program to improve the town's new Riverwalk project, state Rep. Thomas Petrolati, D-Ludlow, said.  The funds, which have been approved by Gov. Charlie Baker, will be available as soon as the town signs off on them, Petrolati said.  The funds will be used for signage, lighting, trash receptacles and benches along the Riverwalk.

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    20. Massachusetts Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack to lead regional meeting in Springfield | masslive.com

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      Massachusetts Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack to lead regional meeting in Springfield | masslive.com

      Expanded passenger rail service through Springfield and the Pioneer Valley will be just one topic on the agenda Wednesday, Feb. 3, when Stephanie Pollack, Secretary & Chief Executive Officer of the Department of Transportation, leads a meeting in Springfield.  Pollack will act as chairwoman for the Metropolitan Planning Organization. The public meeting is from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Feb. 3 at the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission at 60 Congress Street, 1st Floor.

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      Mentions:   Pioneer Valley Planning Commission   Springfield

    21. Lawyer Paul Doherty, philanthropist and community resource, dies at age 81 in Longmeadow | masslive.com

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      Lawyer Paul Doherty, philanthropist and community resource, dies at age 81 in Longmeadow | masslive.com

      Doherty served on the boards of the the Westmass Area Development Corporation, Roca and Business Leaders for Education and was a co-founder of the Downey Side adoption agency, the only national adoption agency for older children.

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      Mentions:   Paul S. Doherty

    22. Bombay Royale, a new Indian restaurant, set to open in Northampton | masslive.com

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      Bombay Royale, a new Indian restaurant, set to open in Northampton | masslive.com

      Northampton may have lost a restaurant a few months back when Hinge closed, but on Tuesday a new one will open, albeit slightly off the downtown track.  Bombay Royale, a new Indian cuisine venue, will open at noon in the Roundhouse Plaza near the Peter Pan bus station. The eatery will sit in the same spot where the now-defunct SooRa, a Korean food restaurant, was. SooRa closed in 2014. Bombay Royale joins India House and India Palace as Indian food restaurants in downtown Northampton.  The restaurant will offer special lunch and weekend buffets (12 to 2:30 p.m. on ...

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      Mentions:   Northampton   Peter Pan Bus Lines

    23. Photos, video: Langone family reopens Langone's Florist as Frank's Flowers in Springfield's South End | masslive.com

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      Photos, video: Langone family reopens Langone's Florist as Frank's Flowers in Springfield's South End | masslive.com

      The grand opening -- or reopening -- celebration at Frank's Flowers hadn't even begun Monday when owner Frank Langone said the phone had already been ringing with orders.  'We are hoping for a strong Valentine's Day,' Langone said. 'Because that will give us some momentum to carry us through to Mother's Day.'  Langone, his wife Irma, and their children reopened the family flower shop Monday with a new name, Frank's Flowers instead of Langone's.

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    24. State commits up to $17.6 million to Granby for proposed new West Street School | masslive.com

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      State commits up to $17.6 million to Granby for proposed new West Street School | masslive.com

      The Massachusetts School Building Authority has agreed to grant the town up to up to $17,624,506 to replace the West Street School.  The proposed building project would help pay for an addition and renovation project at East Meadow School in Granby. It would include a new building to replace West Street Elementary School at the East Meadow campus.

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