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    1. Baystate doing the job and deserving of help: Editorial | masslive.com

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      Baystate doing the job and deserving of help: Editorial | masslive.com

      If Baystate Medical Center is one of the best-kept secrets in the Massachusetts health field, the problem is that the facility's work should be no secret.  U.S News and World Report certainly knows about the Springfield facility. It ranked Baystate as one of just 34 hospitals in the country considered 'high performing' in five common procedures in its first 'Best Hospitals for Common Care' ratings.

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    2. Trinity Solar opens Western Massachusetts office at Open Square in Holyoke | masslive.com

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      Trinity Solar opens Western Massachusetts office at Open Square in Holyoke | masslive.com

      The New Jersey company announced this month that they're moving into Open Square in Holyoke. 'Open Square met our needs perfectly. Its location allows quick access to customers throughout the Pioneer Valley,' said Regional Director Eric Wilson. 'And the fact that it's mixed-use meant affordable warehouse and beautiful office space in the same complex.'

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      Mentions:   Holyoke

    3. Site work ramps up as MGM Springfield casino nears groundbreaking

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      Site work ramps up as MGM Springfield casino nears groundbreaking

      With the approaching fourth anniversary of the June 1, 2011, tornado, site work for the $800 Million MGM Springfield resort casino project is in full swing in the city's South End, which sustained significant damage as a result of the storm. Jersey barriers are being installed along Main, State and Bliss streets and plans are pending to demolish the 19 buildings in the 14½-acre site plan to make way for the massive entertainment complex.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Holyoke

    4. Franklin County manufacturing technology program graduates another class | masslive.com

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      Franklin County manufacturing technology program graduates another class | masslive.com

      Thirteen more manufacturing technology students have completed the Training in Manufacturing Initiative at Franklin Technical School in Turners Falls.  This class brings to 43 the number who have graduated in the past two years. The class is for unemployed or underemployed adults and returning veterans and is taught after the high school day ends making use of a manufacturing machine shop paid for with government and private money raised from area businesses.  With graduates of the first three training cycles now working for VSS, Inc., Bete Fog Nozzle, the duMont Co., Deerfield Packaging, Quabbin, Inc., L.S. Starrett, Kennametal and ...

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    5. CNR Changchun: The company's planned timeline to build T cars in Springfield | masslive.com

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      CNR Changchun: The company's planned timeline to build T cars in Springfield | masslive.com

      Executives from CNR Changchun railway Vehicles Co. were in Springfield Thursday meeting with local business leaders as they move forward with plans for a $65 million 220,000-square-foot railroad car factory at the former Westinghouse site on Page Boulevard.  The company received in November 2014 a $566-million contract to build 284 Red Line and Orange Line subway cars for the MBTA.

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    6. Kirk Smith, chief executive officer of the YMCA of Greater Springfield, resigns

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      Kirk Smith, chief executive officer of the YMCA of Greater Springfield, resigns

      Kirk Smith, chief executive officer of the YMCA of Greater Springfield, has resigned to continue his 17-year YMCA career at the executive level in Florida. Jeffrey Poindexter, the recently appointed chairman of the board of the YMCA of Greater Springfield, said the board will establish a search committee to identify a permanent replacement to lead the organization. Poindexter, in a release, said the search committee would likely consult YMCA of the USA, the national parent organization, to provide any necessary executive resources in the short term.

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    7. Baystate gets top marks in new 'Common Care' rankings by U.S. News & World Report

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      Baystate gets top marks in new 'Common Care' rankings by U.S. News & World Report

      Baystate Medical Center was one of just 34 hospitals in the country that U.S. News & World Report ranked as "high performing" in five common procedures in its first "Best Hospitals for Common Care" ratings. The rankings, released this week, are available at www.health.usnews.com. U.S. News, known for its extensive rankings of hospitals and of colleges and universities, looked at five areas of practice considered part of "common care." Three are commonly performed operations: hip replacement, knee replacement, heart bypass surgery. Two categories are common chronic medical problems: congestive heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease ...

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      Mentions:   Baystate Health   Springfield

    8. Seen@ Young Professional Society of Greater Springfield's Third Thursday meetup at Lattitude

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      Seen@ Young Professional Society of Greater Springfield's Third Thursday meetup at Lattitude

      The Young Professional Society of Greater Springfield held its monthly Third Thursday networking event at Lattitude Restaurant on Thursday, May 21. Approximately 100 group members and visitors attended the event that the group offers each month as part of its mission to help build a community where members can connect and discuss issues important to young professionals. This month's Community Spotlight business was the YMCA of Greater Springfield. Jeremy Casey, Assistant Vice President Commercial Loan Officer at Chicopee Savings Bank and YPS President for two years, shared that when new members come by themselves, board members make a concerted ...

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Chicopee   Chicopee Savings Bank

    9. Bay Path University names former Patrick administration adviser Elizabeth Cardona to multi-cultural post

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      Bay Path University names former Patrick administration adviser Elizabeth Cardona to multi-cultural post

      Elizabeth Cardona, of Springfield, is joining Bay Path University as executive director for multicultural affairs, international student life and assistant to provost for diversity and inclusion, the university announced Thursday. Cardona's duties will include outreach, retention, advocacy and support for the needs of first-generation and underrepresented minority students at Bay Path, according to a statement issued by the Longmeadow school. In the role, she will offer academic assistance, mentoring, coaching and leadership programs aimed at promoting multicultural awareness, diversity and inclusion to advance the mission of Bay Path University.

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Springfield College   Springfield

    10. CNR Changchun Railway to build larger factory at former Westinghouse site in Springfield

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      CNR Changchun Railway to build larger factory at former Westinghouse site in Springfield

      CNR Changchun, part of the Chinese national railways, is the largest manufacturer of rail cars in the world. One supplier represented Thursday, KTK Group Co. of China, is an $8 billion company. And KTK Group executive Chao Sun said it will need local manufacturers to help fulfill its commitments to CNR MA and the MBTA project. "You are talking about a half-billion project," said Richard K. Sullivan Jr., president and CEO of the Western Massachusetts Economic Development Council. "To the extent we can keep as much of that money in Western Massachusetts, that can be the real economic benefit. I ...

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   Regional Employment Board of Hampden County Inc.   Western New England University

    11. Citizen Energy Corp. partners with Westfield in Twiss Street Solar operation

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      Citizen Energy Corp. partners with Westfield in Twiss Street Solar operation

      "This is the future for energy in our country," Joseph P. Kennedy II said Thursday as he and Mayor Daniel M. Knapik threw a ceremonial switch marking full operation of the $3 million Twiss Street Solar LLC at the city's former landfill. "This is a great community and Citizen Energy Corp. is delighted to be part of the partnership with Westfield and Westfield Gas and Electric," Kennedy said.

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      Mentions:   Chicopee   Holyoke   Westfield

    12. Walden Behavioral Care opens in Amherst, has open house Thursday | masslive.com

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      Walden Behavioral Care opens in Amherst, has open house Thursday | masslive.com

      The Waltham-based Walden Behavioral Care program has opened an eating disorders clinic here and will have be having an open house Thursday from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at its 100 University Drive location.  According to the website, the clinic offers adult and adolescent partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient programs as well as an intensive outpatient program for adult binge eaters.

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    13. Interstate 91 contractor discusses project with Springfield students | masslive.com

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      Interstate 91 contractor discusses project with Springfield students | masslive.com

      Contractors hired to rehabilitate the Interstate 91 viaduct through downtown Springfield think they'll need nearly a half-million worker-hours to accomplish the job and students in a pre-apprenticeship program are eager to work as many of those hours as they can.  Representatives of J.F. White Contracting Co. of Framingham and the Massachusetts Department of Transportation met Wednesday with 21 trainees in Community Works, a pre-apprenticeship program aimed at getting underemployed residents of Springfield and Holyoke a taste of the construction trades and prepping them for further training offered through building trades unions.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Holyoke   Massachusetts Department of Transportation

    14. DPU agrees to hold Western Mass. hearing on Berkshire Gas-Tennessee Gas pipeline deal

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      DPU agrees to hold Western Mass. hearing on Berkshire Gas-Tennessee Gas pipeline deal

      The Department of Public Utilities has agreed to hold a Western Massachusetts hearing on a proposed natural gas pipeline access deal between Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. and and the Pittsfield-based Berkshire Gas Co.  The hearing will be held Thursday, June 11 at the Greenfield Middle School at 195 Federal St. at 7 p.m. The DPU, which plans a Boston hearing on the proposed contract on May 26, agreed to the Western Massachusetts hearing after receiving a letter from state Senate President Stan Rosenberg (D-Amherst).

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      Mentions:   Associated Industries of Massachusetts   Amherst   Greenfield

    15. Holyoke Council grants zone change for $10 million Gary Rome Hyundai project

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      Holyoke Council grants zone change for $10 million Gary Rome Hyundai project

      Rome's allusion was to the multinight public hearing process that began March 31 and Tuesday's debate in which councilors debated motions to table and reconsider a competing zone-change bid filed by residents who said an auto dealership would be intrusive to the neighborhood. Ultimately, councilors sided with the pitch Rome has been making. His project will provide 50 new full-time jobs, some part-time jobs, thousands of dollars a years in property tax revenue and an increase in employee payroll to more than $7 million from the current $4.6 million, he said.

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      Mentions:   Holyoke

    16. Springfield teachers among best and brightest: Guest viewpoint

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      Springfield teachers among best and brightest: Guest viewpoint

      Last week, I had the awesome privilege of attending the Harold Grinspoon Charitable Foundation's Excellence in Teaching Awards Dinner at the Log Cabin. To say that I was impressed is an understatement. A Springfield school principal remarked to me upon my arrival, "This is the Oscars of the teaching community!" She was exactly right. I was amazed at the talent of the men and women in that room who are leaders and, dare I say, public servants in education. A number of cities and school districts were recognized and honored, including but not limited to Holyoke, Palmer, East Longmeadow ...

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    17. Crimson & Clover Farms of Northampton expands farm share program for SNAP recipients

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      Crimson & Clover Farms of Northampton expands farm share program for SNAP recipients

      Crimson & Clover Farms is offering a way for food stamp recipients to bring home locally grown produce. The farm is accepting applications for 40 Community Supported Agriculture - otherwise known as CSA - shares that can be paid for through Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits. That's up from the 26 shares Crimson and & Clover offered last year. "We want to be able to serve everybody in the community," said farm co-owner Nate Frigard Tuesday.

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      Mentions:   Amherst   Northampton

    18. Holyoke to decontaminate former auto service business and sell it

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      Holyoke to decontaminate former auto service business and sell it

      The goal is to have the former auto sales and service property ready for sale by fall for an industrial use. It is near the Springdale Industrial Park and Interstate 391, said Marcos A. Marrero, director of the city Department of Planning and Economic Development. "As a city, one of the biggest challenges we face is securing the often scarce resources needed to make sites like this ready for redevelopment," Mayor Alex B. Morse said in a press release. "This has been a focal point of my administration's economic development strategy, and I look forward to getting this property ...

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      Mentions:   MassDevelopment   Pioneer Valley Planning Commission   Holyoke

    19. 2015 Howdy Awards recognize Pioneer Valley hospitality workers

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      2015 Howdy Awards recognize Pioneer Valley hospitality workers

      The Howdy Awards, which celebrated their 20th year during the event held at the Log Cabin Banquet and Meeting House in Holyoke, recognize front-line employees in the hospitality industry who go above and beyond in the performance of their duties and provide outstanding service to their guest and customers. "We are proud and happy to present the Howdy Awards to honor just some of the most important people in the hospitality industry," said GSCVB President Mary Kay Wydra. "They are usually the first person a visitor encounters, and if they're especially nice and go above and beyond, that visitor ...

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Holyoke   Mary Kay Wydra

    20. UMass announces new scholarship program for community college honors students

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      UMass announces new scholarship program for community college honors students

      UMass has participated in transfer programs that encourage students to take advantage of lower cost of community colleges while completing their degrees at the flagship campus but this is the first time it has provided money to help. According to the press release, UMass is making an initial commitment of about $360,000 on an annual basis by 2016. If successful, it would increase those contributions while seeking support from alumni and foundations to increase the number of scholarships available.  "I congratulate UMass Amherst on this visionary program which supports our Commonwealth's distinguished students," said Massachusetts Secretary of Education ...

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Amherst   Kumble Subbaswamy

    21. Eastec trade show at Big E in West Springfield showcases demand for manufactured goods | masslive.com

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      Eastec trade show at Big E in West Springfield showcases demand for manufactured goods | masslive.com

      In his opening remarks at the show's ribbon cutting ceremony Tuesday, state Sen. Eric Lesser,D-Longmeadow, the Senate chairman of the Joint Legislative Manufacturing Caucus, as well as the Chairman of Tourism, spoke of how the Springfield Armory, first established in 1794 spawned other manufacturers, and lead to the Connecticut River Valley being a center for precision machining to this very day.

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      Mentions:   West Springfield   Springfield Armory   Springfield

    22. With 20 percent vacancy downtown, Westfield charts path toward revitalization | masslive.com

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      With 20 percent vacancy downtown, Westfield charts path toward revitalization | masslive.com

      Office of Community Development Director Peter Miller described the vacancy rate as higher than the city would like, and said the city is committed to providing technical support for existing businesses and transforming vacant lots into modern buildings that can support the demands of restaurants and retail tenants.

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      Mentions:   Westfield

    23. Westover Air Show attracts 225,000 people despite traffic and heat

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      Westover Air Show attracts 225,000 people despite traffic and heat

      An estimated 375,000 people attended this year's air show, which also celebrated the 75th anniversary of Westover. Cloudy skies kept some people away on Saturday and the U.S. Army Golden Knights had to cancel its parachute jumps and several other teams performed an alternate low altitude show, Lt. Col. James Bishop, chief of public affairs for Westover said. Still an estimated 150,000 people attended the free show on Saturday. That number soared to about 225,000 on Sunday when the weather was warm but the skies were clear. "You couldn't ask for better flying weather ...

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Chicopee

    24. Chicopee Westover Building Supply receives zone change, opponents can appeal in court | masslive.com

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      Chicopee Westover Building Supply receives zone change, opponents can appeal in court | masslive.com

      After hearing local tradesmen air their support for allowing Westover Building Supply to expand, the City Council voted 11-2 to approve a zone change on the lot next to the business.  Opponents, who submitted a petition with more than 100 names of people who did not want to see the zone change, now have about 20 days to file an appeal in Land Court if they chose to continue fighting the change.
      The issue has been going on since the winter when Marcus Thayer, owner of the company, applied to change the zone from residential to business on a one-acre ...

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