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    1. Smith & Wesson quarterly earnings: Sales up 12.1 percent | masslive.com

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      Smith & Wesson quarterly earnings: Sales up 12.1 percent | masslive.com

      Smith & Wesson reported Thursday that its net sales were up 12.1 percent for its most recent quarter compared with the same time last year.  The corporation issued a news release just after the close of the stock market Thursday, stating:  Sales were $147.8 million for the three months ending July 31. That is up from $131.86 million for the same time period last year.

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    2. USDA officials impressed with Chinese Charter school program in Hadley

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      USDA officials impressed with Chinese Charter school program in Hadley

      Without a $10.6 million U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development loan, the Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion Charter School would not be in the position to teach more students or offer the kinds of programs it will begin offering next week in the new classroom building. On Thursday, school officials gave a tour to USDA Undersecretary for Rural Development Lisa Mensah and state director for Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island Scott Soares among others to show them what their rural development loan has paid for.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Holyoke

    3. Holyoke celebrates return of passenger train service with $4.3 million station platform

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      Holyoke celebrates return of passenger train service with $4.3 million station platform

      Passenger train service was welcomed back to Holyoke Thursday (Aug. 27) after 50 years. "There is no doubt that Holyoke is on the map. We've been on the map, and today, even more so," Mayor Alex B. Morse said. State and local officials cut the ceremonial ribbon to open the new, $4.3 million Holyoke Passenger Rail Platform at Depot Square, Main and Dwight streets, where Amtrak will make two stops a day -- one northbound, one southbound.

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      Mentions:   Amtrak   Springfield   Holyoke

    4. Minority-owned contractors make pitch for MGM Springfield casino project work | masslive.com

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      Minority-owned contractors make pitch for MGM Springfield casino project work | masslive.com

      The $800 million MGM Springfield casino is not slated to open until September of 2018, and tile work – BK Tile's bread and butter – is among the last tasks in a construction project so there would be a long wait for the work, Whitaker said.  MGM officials were conducting interviews on Thursday and Friday with representatives of interested minority-owned and women-owned union-construction companies. In June, MGM had meetings with veteran owned business representatives

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    5. Faces in Northampton to open cafe with lunch fare, coffee on store's top floor

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      Faces in Northampton to open cafe with lunch fare, coffee on store's top floor

      Jason Dinelle, a 42-year-old Ludlow resident who has work with dining services at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst and managed Lattitude Restaurant in West Springfield, will lead the cafe. Dinelle said diners can expect straightforward, approachable food with plenty of options for vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free folks. Prices will be competitive but fair, he added. "I think it's going to be a great space for people to come sit and relax," Dinelle said of the cafe, which will seat 30 to 40 customers. Hannoush, who bought Faces from former owner Peter Vogel in May, said he's been ...

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   West Springfield   Springfield

    6. Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito, Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack to attend ribbon-cutting ceremony for new $4.3 million Amtrak station in Holyoke

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      Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito, Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack to attend ribbon-cutting ceremony for new $4.3 million Amtrak station in Holyoke

      Passenger trains haven't stopped in Holyoke for about 50 years, but that's all about to change. On Thursday, Aug. 27, Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito and state Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack are expected to join Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse and other dignitaries for a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new $4.3 million Amtrak passenger train station in Holyoke.

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      Mentions:   Amtrak   Springfield   Holyoke

    7. Holyoke Medical Center opening physical therapy site in West Springfield

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      Holyoke Medical Center opening physical therapy site in West Springfield

      Holyoke Medical Center will open a satellite location for physical therapy at Healthtrax Fitness & Wellness in West Springfield Aug. 31 with plans for similar sites in Chicopee and South Hadley, a spokeswoman said Wednesday (Aug. 26). The satellites are part of the hospital's commitment to physical therapy and rehabilitation services. That includes renovation and expansion of its in-house physical therapy, occupational therapy, pulmonary and cardiac rehabilitation department, Marketing Director Rebecca MacGregor said.

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      Mentions:   West Springfield   Holyoke Medical Center   Springfield

    8. Holyoke, Springfield Technical community colleges to receive $5.5 million from state for building renovations | masslive.com

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      Holyoke, Springfield Technical community colleges to receive $5.5 million from state for building renovations | masslive.com

      Gov. Charlie Baker held a press conference outside of the campus center to announce that two area community colleges will receive $5.5 million for capital projects. HCC will be given $2.5 million and $3 million will go to Springfield Technical Community College.  The funds are apart of the Baker administration capital investment plan.  Baker recently attended a meeting with other governors from across the nation and to discuss issues affecting their states. During discussions, over half the governors - Baker included - said the most important issue currently is a skills gap.

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    9. Developing skilled workers priority of Holyoke manufacturing board advising Mayor Alex Morse | masslive.com

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      Developing skilled workers priority of Holyoke manufacturing board advising Mayor Alex Morse | masslive.com

      Ensuring that a pipeline of skilled workers flows to meet manufacturers' needs is the focus of the new chairman of a board that advises the mayor, he said Tuesday (Aug. 25).  'Just as many manufacturing companies have had to adapt to the changing economy, I think we have to take a close look at how industrialists engage with the city, our schools and other community partners to be more proactive in meeting our workforce development needs,' said Steven Grande, president of Meridian Industrial Group here.

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    10. Spectrum Analytical in Agawam 'saved' with $5 million sale to Belgian company Eurofins | masslive.com

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      Spectrum Analytical in Agawam 'saved' with $5 million sale to Belgian company Eurofins | masslive.com

      Spectrum Analytical of Agawam was sold Tuesday out of bankruptcy to Eurofins, a Belgian company that describes itself as a worldwide leader in bioanalysis.  The sales price was $5 million.  U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Henry J. Boroff approved of the sale Tuesday morning following a hearing in federal court in Springfield. Buyer Eurofins promised to employ most if not all of Spectrum's 130-or-so remaining employees.

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    11. Holyoke planners seek traffic study for Holyoke Medical Center $12 million emergency room project

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      Holyoke planners seek traffic study for Holyoke Medical Center $12 million emergency room project

      The Planning Board after a 90-minute public hearing Tuesday (Aug. 25) told Holyoke Medical Center to return Sept. 8 with a traffic study and other details related to a plan for a $12 million emergency room. The hospital at 575 Beech St. needs a new emergency department because the existing one was built to handle 18,000 visits a year and has been drawing more than 45,000, officials said. "The existing emergency room is untenable," said Spiros Hatiras, hospital president and chief executive officer.

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      Mentions:   West Springfield   Holyoke Medical Center   Springfield

    12. Westfield to provide small grants for community entertainment events

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      Westfield to provide small grants for community entertainment events

      The Community Development Department is looking to award grants up to $1,000 to individuals, groups or organizations willing to produce community involved entertainment events. Director Peter J. Miller said Tuesday Westfield has received $5,000 from MassDevelopment's Transformative District Initiative to promote local musical, dance or other forms of entertainment in the city's downtown this fall.

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      Mentions:   MassDevelopment   Westfield   Daniel M. Knapik

    13. Mass. Department of Transportation to seek bids for North End Main Street reconstruction project

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      Mass. Department of Transportation to seek bids for North End Main Street reconstruction project

      The estimated $6 million, state-funded project will extend along Main Street from Osgood Street to the Chicopee city line. In connection with the project, the City Council has scheduled a special meeting on Thursday to consider allocating $48,750 for 118 land taking easements along the project corridor. The meeting is at noon, at the council chambers at City Hall.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Chicopee

    14. $3.4 million going to Springfield schools improvements

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      $3.4 million going to Springfield schools improvements

      Mayor Domenic J. Sarno on Monday led a group of city leaders and members of the media on a tour of several city schools to highlight $3.4 million worth of renovations the buildings are undergoing – including, new windows, roofs, doors, boilers and a remodeled auditorium at the John F. Kennedy Middle School. During a press conference and tour at Kennedy, Sarno said the latest improvements continue an aggressive push by the city and School Superintendent Daniel Warwick to tap funds from the Massachusetts School Building Management Authority to upgrade existing schools and build new ones – an effort resulting in ...

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    15. Renovations set for Hangar II at Westfield's Barnes Regional Airport

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      Renovations set for Hangar II at Westfield's Barnes Regional Airport

      More than $1 million in renovations are expected to begin next month at Hangar II at Barnes Regional Airport. The hangar, vintage 1939, has already been targeted by city officials as the future home of a new aviation program that is being launched at Westfield Technical Academy when public schools reopen in September. Airport Manager Brian Barnes said Monday exterior renovations, estimated at just over $1 million will be completed before the end of the year.

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      Mentions:   Westfield

    16. UMass 'University Without Walls' offers informational session in Springfield

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      UMass 'University Without Walls' offers informational session in Springfield

      Anyone looking to complete their bachelor's degree while managing work and family is encouraged to attend an informational session to learn more about the University of Massachusetts "University Without Walls" program.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Springfield   Amherst

    17. Berkshire Community College and Berkshire Sterile Manufacturing partner as Part of Mass Life Science's Internship Challenge | masslive.com

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      Berkshire Community College and Berkshire Sterile Manufacturing partner as Part of Mass Life Science's Internship Challenge | masslive.com

      In just a matter of weeks Berkshire Sterile Manufacturing's (BSM) warehouse space in Lee will be transformed into clean rooms – and several Berkshire Community College (BCC) students will have played a role in the transformation, according to a news release.  BSM, which provides the safest sterile drug products possible for clinical use and small scale requirements, has created a paid internship program with BCC as a part of the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center's (MLSC) Internship Challenge, a workforce development program focused on enhancing the talent pipeline for Massachusetts companies engaged in life sciences. The program facilitates the placement ...

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    18. Westfield considers partnership with Columbia Greenway friends group

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      Westfield considers partnership with Columbia Greenway friends group

      Jeffrey LaValley, chairman of the friends group, told councilors Thursday that the group has about $11,000 to invest in interpretive signage for the trail that will draw attention to Westfield's industrial history. "These are historical signs and they are available through the funding raising that we have conducted since forming in 2008," LaValley said. LaValley called the Friends of the Columbia Greenway the "cheerleading arm" of the rail trail project.

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      Mentions:   Westfield

    19. 'Cabinets of Curiosity' exhibit at the Springfield Museums highlights rare, peculiar objects

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      'Cabinets of Curiosity' exhibit at the Springfield Museums highlights rare, peculiar objects

      Cabinets of Curiosity, also known as "Wunderkammer" or "Wonder-Rooms," harken back to the 17th and 18th centuries.  They were the early inspiration for the modern museum, first kept by amateur and professional scientists then by royalty and members of elite society.  The name of the game back then was to see who could have the rarest objects, arranged impeccably and in the most opulent way.  Springfield resident George Walter Vincent Smith began collecting uncommon items and art objects during the 1850s, his treasures now the foundation for the Quadrangle museum named after him. Smith's collection of Asian art and ...

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    20. Developers hoping Atkins opening will lure more businesses to Mill District in North Amherst

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      Developers hoping Atkins opening will lure more businesses to Mill District in North Amherst

      Cinda Jones, the Mill District developer and president of W.D. Cowls, Inc., often talks about the history of the Cowls family and how it has evolved over that history. The family has been in agriculture since 1741. Wolahan said Jones wants her generation – she and her brother Evan Jones – to carry that forward and develop the former spaces to that arts destination

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      Mentions:   Amherst

    21. Basketball showcase comes to Springfield: Editorial

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      Basketball showcase comes to Springfield: Editorial

      The Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association has approved a proposal by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and the Western Mass. Sports Commission. The eight championship games (four each in the boys and girls division), covering all of the divisions based on enrollment size, will be played on March 19, 2016 – all in the city where the game was invented. Two sites are involved – the MassMutual Center (capacity 8,000) and Springfield College's Blake Arena (2,000). The arenas are smaller than Worcester's 14,000 seat DCU Center, but for this particular event, they are suitable and spacious ...

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      Mentions:   MassMutual Center   Springfield   Basketball Hall of Fame

    22. Atkins north to open soon, crews putting finishing touches on ahead of Sept. 12 grand opening | masslive.com

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      Atkins north to open soon, crews putting finishing touches on ahead of Sept. 12 grand opening | masslive.com

      Everyday, dozens pull into the parking lot of the new Atkins in North Amherst asking if the market is open.  Soon - but not yet.  The market grand opening is Sept. 12 but they could open sooner if they finish the final stages of work.  They were so intent on their mission, that Matt Lannon chose to keep sanding than stop for a picture. 'It's exciting that it's almost done,' he said, pausing briefly. Lannon is the son of Atkins president Pauline Lannon.

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    23. Restaurateur Andy Yee & family purchase closed Route 9 Diner in Hadley with plans for updating, fall reopening | masslive.com

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      Restaurateur Andy Yee & family purchase closed Route 9 Diner in Hadley with plans for updating, fall reopening | masslive.com

      The Yees are part owners and managing partners of The Student Prince Cafe and The Fort Dining Room in downtown Springfield, having joined Peter Pan Bus Lines president Peter Picknelly and others, in saving The Fort from closure last summer.  'Now we are taking a great American classic and just polishing it,' Yee said.
      'I like that new American comfort food. Who does not like Salisbury steak? 'Who doesn't like eggs Benedict?'

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    24. Opening date set for Holyoke Amtrak train station | masslive.com

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      Opening date set for Holyoke Amtrak train station | masslive.com

      All aboard, Holyoke, Amtrak service returns next week.  Amtrak will begin Vermonter line service to and from the Paper City's new $4.3 million passenger station at the corner of Main and Dwight Streets on Aug. 27, said Marcos A. Marrero, Holyoke's director of planning and economic development.  Construction has been completed for weeks, Marrero said Wednesday. Amtrak construction engineers inspected the station Aug. 10 and gave their final OK for trains to use it.  Marrero said a celebration and ribbon cutting is set for 12:30 p.m. The first train stops at 1:45 p.m.

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