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    1. MassMutual Financial Group announces 27 percent earnings jump for 2014 | masslive

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      MassMutual Financial Group announces 27 percent earnings jump for 2014 | masslive

      MassMutual Financial Group announced year-end results for 2014 Thursday.  Net gain from operations before policyowner dividends and taxes – the company's primary earnings measure as a mutual company – was up 27 percent to $2.2 billion, MassMutual said in a news release. In 2013, this primary earnings measure was $1.8 billion, down from $2.1 billion in 2012.

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      Mentions:   MassMutual   Springfield   The Republican

    2. Holyokers tied to municipal utility, whose rates are lower, despite mailing from Connecticut company: James Lavelle

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      Holyokers tied to municipal utility, whose rates are lower, despite mailing from Connecticut company: James Lavelle

      Only two others' monthy rates were lower than Holyoke's in a comparison of 42 electricity providers.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Greater Holyoke Chamber of Commerce   Chicopee

    3. State OKs Up Academy to open in Springfield in fall 2016

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      State OKs Up Academy to open in Springfield in fall 2016

      SPRINGFIELD — The state has approved UP Academy taking over a struggling city middle school starting in fall 2016. The move was approved by a 9-1 vote Tuesday of the Massachusetts Board of Secondary Education and followed a positive recommendation...

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    4. Palmer council approves leasing former landfill to solar farm company; $5.7 million in rent projected | masslive

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      Palmer council approves leasing former landfill to solar farm company; $5.7 million in rent projected | masslive

      The Town Council has unanimously approved a long-term lease for a private company to build a 4.99-megawatt solar farm at the decommissioned Emery Street Landfill, with rent payment totals estimated at $5.76 million over 35 years.  The panel also said yes last week to a payment in lieu of taxes agreement with the New York-based private equity firm Syncarpha Capital – the second tax deal the parties have negotiated in the past three months involving company plans to construct solar farms.

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      Mentions:   Palmer

    5. Westfield State University, Springfield public schools form partnership to prime teacher pipeline

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      Westfield State University, Springfield public schools form partnership to prime teacher pipeline

      Westfield State University and the Springfield Public School System are forming a partnership aimed at attracting and helping more minority students to become teachers. The program, titled Reach to Teach, will offer students incentives to pursue a degree in education – including mentorship in high school and tuition assistance at Westfield State. Details of the program will be announced during a press conference on Wednesday morning at Springfield City Hall attended by Westfield State University Elizabeth H. Preston and Superintendent of Schools Daniel Warwick, Mayor Domenic J. Sarno and state Rep. James. Welch.

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   Holyoke Community College   Westfield State University

    6. Westfield to offer downtown businesses mini grants

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      Westfield to offer downtown businesses mini grants

      The city's Community Development Department will offer a sixth round of its Best Retail Practices grant program beginning March 12. Interested small business owners will be required to attend a free, two-hour workshop, presented by Christine Moynihan, a retail consultant from Retail Visioning based in Cambridge.

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      Mentions:   Westfield

    7. Hampden Charter School of Science for Chicopee, Springfield, West Springfield, Ludlow approved for expansion

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      Hampden Charter School of Science for Chicopee, Springfield, West Springfield, Ludlow approved for expansion

      The state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education voted 8-1, with one abstention, Monday night to allow the charter school to expand from the current 350 students to 560 students, said Jacqueline Reis, spokeswoman for the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. The school will continue to have the same grades six through 12, but will increase the number of students in each grade over a four-year period starting in September, said Harun Celik, director of the school. The school board of directors agreed that by increasing the number of students, Hampden Charter School of Science can offer more ...

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      Mentions:   West Springfield   Springfield   Chicopee

    8. Springfield's new $27.5 million Brookings school opens, signaling rebirth after 2011 tornado

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      Springfield's new $27.5 million Brookings school opens, signaling rebirth after 2011 tornado

      A new day dawned for Elias Brookings Elementary School on Tuesday as 382 students settled into their seats on the first day of school in the $27.5 million state-of-the-art building. Students reactions? "It's awesome;" It's amazing;" "it's refreshing;" "it's safer." Almost four years since the June 1, 2011 tornado struck the brick building that had been a landmark in the neighborhood for eight decades, the new three-story, 64.000-square-foot school at 433 Walnut St. has risen like a castle on a hill. The tornado damage to the original structure forced students into modular classrooms where ...

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    9. Bread & Butter opens Tuesday in Mill District in North Amherst | masslive

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      Bread & Butter opens Tuesday in Mill District in North Amherst | masslive

      It took little longer for Brian Knox to shed his work shirts for his chef's jacket, but Bread & Butter opened Tuesday morning in the new Mill District.  He is happy to finally open the doors.  He is one of the tenants in Cinda Jones's Trolley Barn in North Amherst. The Lift, an Easthampton based hair salon, opened earlier this year next door.

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      Mentions:   Amherst   Greenfield   Holyoke

    10. Holyoke's Marcotte Ford would get tax incentives for $5 million in expansions under recommendation

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      Holyoke's Marcotte Ford would get tax incentives for $5 million in expansions under recommendation

      Marcotte Ford would receive tax incentives for two expansions worth nearly $5 million under a plan a City Council committee voted to recommend Monday (Feb. 23). The incentive known as Tax Increment Financing (TIF) would give the Main Street business five years of decreasing exemptions on the value of only the new properties being built, not the existing Marcotte Ford headquarters at 1025 Main St.

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      Mentions:   Holyoke

    11. Western Massachusetts consumer confidence lags despite statewide boost | masslive

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      Western Massachusetts consumer confidence lags despite statewide boost | masslive

      Consumer confidence in Western Massachusetts lags the statewide average by 14 points, according to survey results released Friday by the consulting company Mass Insight Global Partnerships.  The Western Massachusetts consumer confidence index is 92 while statewide the confidence reading is 106. That statewide number was the highest reading on the survey in 12 years.  The disparity in consumer confidence follows a long pattern of economic malaise in Western Massachusetts, where there is no burgeoning high technology sector to drive the employment recovery post-recession. The difference can be seen in regional comparisons of unemployment numbers.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   The Republican

    12. Tree House Brewing opens new retail space in Monson, begins can sales | masslive

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      Tree House Brewing opens new retail space in Monson, begins can sales | masslive

      In a few short years, Tree House Brewing Company in Monson, Mass. has grown from a little-known hidden gem in Western Mass. to a critically beloved dark horse candidate for the best brewery in the state.  This past weekend, the brewery finally opened its new retail and production facilities to the public, showcasing how Tree House's size is finally starting to catch up to its rapidly rising reputation and demand.

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    13. West Springfield seeks state help with Front Street Mill redevelopment process

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      West Springfield seeks state help with Front Street Mill redevelopment process

      The town has asked for the Front Street Mill to be designated a "priority development site" by the state, allowing for high-visibility marketing and greater likelihood of receiving grants. 150 Front St., 101 Front St., the fish ladder and the power canal would be targeted in the plan to make the mostly vacant property flourish. Consultants with UMass Amherst have suggested mixed-use business and residential properties, beautification and more opportunities for recreation.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   West Springfield   Springfield

    14. MBTA car factory prep continues in Springfield as Boston winter woes underscore need for new cars | masslive

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      MBTA car factory prep continues in Springfield as Boston winter woes underscore need for new cars | masslive

      CNR Changchun, a unit of the Chinese national railways, entered into a $566.6 million agreement in October with the state and the MBTA to build 284 Red and Orange line subway cars for the T. The cars will be built at a new $60 million, 150,000-square-foot factory at the site of a former Westinghouse plant on Page Boulevard in East Springfield. It'll do business here as CNR MA.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Kevin Kennedy

    15. The Business Journals has ranked UMass 48th out of 484 public colleges

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      The Business Journals has ranked UMass 48th out of 484 public colleges

      A list of 2015 public college rankings published by The Business Journals ranked the University of Massachusetts as the 48th-best public college in the country. The network of publications, covering business issues in a number of cities, ranked 484 public colleges nationwide. A description of the effort reads:

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   University of Connecticut   Westfield State University

    16. Brookings teachers move into $27.5 million replacement for tornado-damaged Springfield elementary school

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      Brookings teachers move into $27.5 million replacement for tornado-damaged Springfield elementary school

      Elias Brookings Elementary School Principal Terry Powe and dozens of teachers and volunteers were pinching themselves on Wednesday as they began moving books and classroom supplies into the new $27.5 million building that will greet students next week when winter break is over. The three-story, light-filled, state-of-the-art building at 43 Walnut St. is a far cry from the modular classrooms across the street where the students have been housed since the June 1, 2011, tornado damaged the 80-year-old dilapidated brick schoolhouse on Hancock Street in one of the city's poorest neighborhoods.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Northampton

    17. WMass broadband development gets $50 million boost from Gov. Charlie Baker

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      WMass broadband development gets $50 million boost from Gov. Charlie Baker

      Gov. Charlie Baker said Wednesday that he will commit $50 million in state money to build out broadband internet service to businesses and homes in rural Western Massachusetts. Baker called broadband development "an essential part of building stronger communities and a stronger economy." Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito said in a statement, "With this funding, we are one step closer towards closing the digital divide that continues to hinder residents and businesses in Western Massachusetts."

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Massachusetts Broadband Institute

    18. Westfield Vocational-Technical High School records first graduation class with 0 percent drop out rate

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      Westfield Vocational-Technical High School records first graduation class with 0 percent drop out rate

      The State Department of Education announced the dropout rate accomplishment Jan. 27 citing Westfield Vocational-Technical, Smith Academy and Longmeadow High as the only zero percent granduated classes for 2014. "This is a first for our school," Czaporowski said, noting that the dropout rate in 2008 at the school was 7.5 percent. "We will meet with students personally and always emphasize career planning. We help students build on their career plans," he said. The school has a dropout prevention advisory committee consisting of teachers, mentors and administration.

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    19. Westfield Vocational Technical High School instructor Jayme Coggin featured on SME manufacturing website | masslive

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      Westfield Vocational Technical High School instructor Jayme Coggin featured on SME manufacturing website | masslive

      A Cleveland-based manufacturing association is highlighting Jayme Coggin, an instructor at and alumnus of Westfield Vocational Technical High School, as part of a national campaign highlighting modern manufacturing built around the Twitter hashtag #mfgis.  'Anything to get our program out into he public more,' Coggin told The Republican and MassLive.com Wednesday. 'It had nothing to do with myself. It's to help promote awareness of manufacturing.'

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      Mentions:   West Springfield   Springfield   Westfield

    20. 'Lean' training available for area businesses through National Training Associates | masslive

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      'Lean' training available for area businesses through National Training Associates | masslive

      The first class of 25 local business executives have completed the 'Lean Boot Camp' program provided by National Training Associates in Agawam and paid for with a Massachusetts Workforce Training Grant.

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      Mentions:   Greenfield   Westfield   Greenfield Savings Bank

    21. STCC offers two-year nursing degree for those balancing a job and family commitments

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      STCC offers two-year nursing degree for those balancing a job and family commitments

      Many students dream of pursuing a nursing career but find going to school full time while balancing a job and family commitments a strain both personally and financially. The answer for many aspiring nurses, like Trina Henderson, a student at Springfield Technical Community College, is to pursue a two-year degree at a community college to obtain an associate degree and enter the workforce immediately after graduation.

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      Mentions:   Springfield Technical Community College   Springfield

    22. Developer pans Easthampton anti-big box zoning proposal at 'informal' meeting of Economic Development Industrial Commission

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      Developer pans Easthampton anti-big box zoning proposal at 'informal' meeting of Economic Development Industrial Commission

      A proposed zoning amendment designed to limit so-called "big box development" is set for a Feb. 18 public hearing, despite an assertion from developer Bernard Gawle during a recent meeting that the measure will "kill new growth."  The amendment, introduced by City Council President Joseph McCoy in October, would limit the size of any development to 50,000 square feet, with an exception for "wholesale, transportation, and industrial" uses within the industrial zoning district. A joint hearing of the Planning Board and City Council Ordinance Committee is set for Wednesday at 7:15 p.m. at the Municipal Building at ...

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      Mentions:   Northampton   The Republican   Easthampton

    23. MassLive.com seeks applicants for paid national internship opportunities in digital media - deadline is Feb. 21

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      MassLive.com seeks applicants for paid national internship opportunities in digital media - deadline is Feb. 21

      MassLive will again offer paid internships this summer in its editorial and sales and marketing departments. As part of a national internship program organized by MassLive’s national affiliate, Advance Local, interns will be immersed in the Springfield-based organization for eight weeks and then come together for a national summit in the New York City area with fellow interns from across the country. The editorial intern will be part of MassLive's growing digital content team and will work out of our 1350 Main Street office. The internship will be a hands-on digital reporting and producing position. Candidates will be ...

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    24. Five Colleges Consortium buys land in Hadley for new library annex

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      Five Colleges Consortium buys land in Hadley for new library annex

      The Five Colleges Consortium has signed an agreement to purchase 46 acres of land across from Venture Way on North Maple and near Rocky Hill Road as the site for a 2.5-million-volume library annex. Kevin Kennedy
, consortium communications director,
 said in the fall they needed the annex because of space requirements identified in the University of Massachusetts library master plan and projected needs of Smith College libraries during an anticipated major renovation of its Neilson Library in Northampton.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Smith College   Northampton

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