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    1. Massachusetts House and Senate approve 5-year, $177 million spending plan to aid state's military installations

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      Massachusetts House and Senate approve 5-year, $177 million spending plan to aid state's military installations

      The Massachusetts Senate and House passed final legislation authorizing $177 million in capital spending over the next five years to make improvements at and expand the state’s military installations. The bill includes spending to make repairs to the runway at the Barnes Air National Guard Base in Westfield. The bill now goes to Gov. Deval Patrick for his signature to become law.

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   University of Massachusetts   Westfield

    2. Springfield could become site for Chinese manufacture of MBTA cars

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      Springfield could become site for Chinese manufacture of MBTA cars

      A Chinese railroad car manufacturer wants to assemble MBTA transit cars at the 40-acre former Westinghouse site on Page Boulevard and make Springfield the hub for its North American manufacturing operations.  Changchun Railway Vehicles Co. has been the largest transit car maker in the world three years running. A century ago, Springfield's Wason Manufacturing was the largest manufacturer of railroad cars and locomotives in the country.  Changchun has an option to buy the property, once put forth as the site for the Ameristar Casino, and will meet with potential contractors and local suppliers from 10 a.m. to 2 ...

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   Springfield   Congressman Richard E. Neal

    3. Health New England's Peter Straley stepping down at pivotal point

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      Health New England's Peter Straley stepping down at pivotal point

      Peter Straley, CEO of Springfield health insurer Health New England has often referenced his mother's health care plan: eat fruits and vegetables, play outside every day and do common-sense things like wearing a seat belt and brushing your teeth.  But now, heading into his retirement from Health New England April 4, he references camping advice from his father: you have to leave the campsite better than you found it.  'Gather more firewood than you need in case it's raining when the next people come and they need a fire right away,' Straley, who is turning 60, said this ...

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      Mentions:   Baystate Health   Springfield   Health New England

    4. Owners of Amherst Carriage Shops condominiums meeting today in Hadley to discuss selling shops to Archipelago Investments

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      Owners of Amherst Carriage Shops condominiums meeting today in Hadley to discuss selling shops to Archipelago Investments

      HADLEY — Owners of the Amherst Carriage Shops condominiums are meeting today at the Holiday Inn here to consider a letter of intent from Archipelago Investments to purchase the complex. To sell, at lease 75 percent of the unit owners...

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      Mentions:   Amherst

    5. U.S. Rep. Richard Neal, of Springfield, reacts to additional Union Station funding provided by state

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      U.S. Rep. Richard Neal, of Springfield, reacts to additional Union Station funding provided by state

      U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal, D-Springfield, commented Thursday after the Massachusetts Department of Transportation's Board of Directors designated another $16.5 million for the renovation of Springfield's Union Station.  Neal is a longtime champion of the project going back to his days as a City Council member. He had the city take ownership of the property when he served as mayor.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Holyoke   Congressman Richard E. Neal

    6. Mount Holyoke President Lynn Pasquerella on mission of engagement

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      Mount Holyoke President Lynn Pasquerella on mission of engagement

      Mount Holyoke College President Lynn Pasquerella’s calendar of late shows her involvement in a variety of events, such as advocating for access and affordability to higher education for low-income students, and discussing, on local radio, topical issues related to her background as a philosopher and medical ethicist. When not involved in those activities or her other duties, she records the introduction and closing to WAMC’s “Academic Minute” program, which features academic researchers from all over the world discussing scientific research and other scholarly topics. Pasquerella, who took office in July 2010, said she enjoys the variety of opportunities ...

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      Mentions:   Mount Holyoke College   Holyoke

    7. UMass to open Springfield welcome center followed by satellite classes in September

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      UMass to open Springfield welcome center followed by satellite classes in September

      The new University of Massachusetts Center at Springfield welcome center will open March 31 with the official opening of the satellite center in September. The announcement came from Lynn Griesemer, co-director of start-up for the center and associate vice president of economic development and executive director, UMass Donahue Institute. She presented an overview of the center during the UMass faculty senate meeting Thursday. Class schedules will be available when the center opens and the welcome center will be open from to 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   University of Massachusetts   West Springfield

    8. UMass President Robert L. Caret says perfomance review will help strengthen all five campuses

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      UMass President Robert L. Caret says perfomance review will help strengthen all five campuses

      The report looks at all five campuses together as a whole and covers almost every aspect of the University's operations. Everything got one of four grades: excellent progress, good progress, some progress or limited progress. None of the 21 categories got a "limited progress", a fact that Caret, who took office in 2011, said he knows will open the process up to criticism. "These are subjective," he said. "But I sat in on the meetings were these were evaluated and we took a look at every category, particularly those that got "some progress and "good progress" to see if ...

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Amherst   Robert Caret

    9. Baystate Medical Center makes list of 100 Top Hospitals

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      Baystate Medical Center makes list of 100 Top Hospitals

      Baystate Medical Center has been recognized as one of the country’s 100 Top Hospitals by Truven Health Analytics, in its annual search to identify hospitals that provide the highest level of value to their communities. “Creating healthy communities is core to our mission at Baystate Medical Center and we are delighted to be among the nation’s top hospitals in terms of the value we bring to our patients and the community while providing high quality, cost-effective, innovative care,” said Dr. Evan Benjamin, senior vice president and chief quality officer at Baystate Health.

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      Mentions:   Baystate Health   Springfield

    10. Massachusetts Housing and Economic Development Secretary Greg Bialecki, MassTech officials to join monthly meeting of Valley Venture Mentors in Springfield | masslive.com

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      Massachusetts Housing and Economic Development Secretary Greg Bialecki, MassTech officials to join monthly meeting of Valley Venture Mentors in Springfield | masslive.com

      Massachusetts Housing and Economic Development Secretary Greg Bialecki and officials from the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative are scheduled to attend Wednesday's monthly meeting of Valley Venture Mentors in Springfield.
      bialeckihead.JPGGregory P. Bialecki Republican File Photo  Today's session begins at 5 p.m. at Tower Square, 1500 Main St., in the heart of downtown Springfield.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Valley Venture Mentors

    11. Springfield selling tax-foreclosed Maple Street apartment building, lots

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      Springfield selling tax-foreclosed Maple Street apartment building, lots

      The city is seeking proposals for the purchase and redevelopment of a five-story apartment building on Maple Street, among five tax-foreclosed properties for sale in the Maple High-Six Corners and Old Hill neighborhoods.  The partially occupied brick building at 169 Maple St. is in the Ridgewood Local Historic District, and has 10 large, three-bedroom apartments, said Tina Quagliato, the city’s deputy director of neighborhood stabilization. The building was constructed in 1920, and has an assessed value of $390,300.

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    12. Advertising Club of Western Massachusetts announces Awards Gala

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      Advertising Club of Western Massachusetts announces Awards Gala

      The Advertising Club of Western Massachusetts will celebrate 2014 American Advertising Award competition entrants and winners at the Awards Gala on March 20 from 6 to 10 p.m., at the Community Music School of Springfield's Robyn Newhouse Hall at 127 State St.  Formerly known as the ADDY® Awards competition in which more than 40,000 entries compete at three different levels - local, district and national - the annual program was renamed this year because the competition is a celebration of the best of the best in American advertising at every level.

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      Mentions:   West Springfield   Springfield   Advertising Club of Western Massachusetts

    13. Health care professionals collaborate at Springfield College | masslive.com

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      Health care professionals collaborate at Springfield College | masslive.com

      Headlining the program was Baystate Medical Center Chief Academic Officer Dr. Kevin Hinchey. Hinchey’s lecture challenged the health care professionals in attendance to pursue avenues of integrating IPE into the curriculum to close the gap between health education and practice settings. This would produce a new generation of trained and skilled interprofessional team clinicians.

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    14. Florence Savings Bank provides grants to 25 agencies in annual Customers' Choice program

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      Florence Savings Bank provides grants to 25 agencies in annual Customers' Choice program

      Moments before she approached bank president John Heaps to tell him herself, Lilly Lombard, executive director of Grow Food Northampton, said, "We are incredibly grateful for the bank's generosity and all the customers who demonstrate their loyalty. Florence Savings Bank is a model for other banks in the community." A total of $75,059 was distributed, including a $500 surprise award received by the Granby Booster Club through a random drawing at the event. Community members who benefit from these awards include school students, seniors and those who access services from area social service agencies. Heaps also announced to ...

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Amherst   Northampton

    15. Springfield's Fontaine Bros. completes The Berkshire School building | masslive.com

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      Springfield's Fontaine Bros. completes The Berkshire School building | masslive.com

      Fontaine Bros. Inc. has been the general contractor on a number of large building projects at The Berkshire School in Sheffield, including the $15 million, 48,000-square-foot Bellas/Dixon Math And Science Center which opened this fall, said David Fontaine Jr., vice president of the company and one of the people involved in environmentally minded projects like this one.  The building is LEED, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, gold certified, Fontaine said.  Fontaine said there were about 85 employees on the Sheffield project at any given time. That is compared to the more than 100 at the recently completed ...

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    16. Mayhew Steel in Turners Falls buys Leominster plastics company to take control of supply chain | masslive.com

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      Mayhew Steel in Turners Falls buys Leominster plastics company to take control of supply chain | masslive.com

      Mayhew announced the purchase off Basque Plastics last week. The new Mayhew Basque will continue with about 19 employees in Leominster, a city that serves as a center in the industry with about 120 other plastics companies in town and a wealth of experienced workers, said Bill Lawless, one of the owners of Mayhew Steel.

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    17. VertitechIT thrilled to grow in new home in Holyoke's Open Square

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      VertitechIT thrilled to grow in new home in Holyoke's Open Square

      A year ago, Michael Feld, CEO of VertitechIT, had to be talked into looking at potential office space in Holyoke's Open Square. He'd heard all the knocks on Holyoke. But his company was growing and needed space, inexpensive space but edgy, attractive space that fit with the company's high-tech work as information technology experts for businesses, especially venture capitalists and hospitals eager to cut costs and comply with electronic medical records requirements.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Northampton   Holyoke

    18. Western New England University engineering students honored for innovative skate sharpening device

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      Western New England University engineering students honored for innovative skate sharpening device

      Western New England University student engineers once again proved themselves to be among the nation's elite with inclusion in the Top 10 of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers Innovation Showcase (IShow). The Western New England University team was recognized for designing a practical, portable skate sharpening device. Evaluated for feasibility of idea, inventiveness and technological diversity, the “Agile Edge” was selected from a field of 59 entries submitted to compete in the 2014 ASME Innovation Showcase. The IShow provides a platform for top collegiate teams to compete for seed money to further develop their product inspiring students to ...

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      Mentions:   Western New England University   Springfield

    19. Springfield's Union Station, Western Massachusetts projects included in state Senate's $13 billion transportation spending plan

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      Springfield's Union Station, Western Massachusetts projects included in state Senate's $13 billion transportation spending plan

      Memorial Avenue in West Springfield would get a much-needed overhaul and the Union Station project in downtown Springfield would get an additional $10 million in funding according the transportation bill approved by the Massachusetts State Senate. The bill, which passed through the Senate late Thursday, proposes a massive $13 billion in capital spending over the next five years to pay for upgrades to the state’s transportation system.

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      Mentions:   West Springfield   Amtrak   Springfield

    20. People in Business: Tony Maroulis named director of community relations at UMass Amherst

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      People in Business: Tony Maroulis named director of community relations at UMass Amherst

      Tony Maroulis, executive director of the Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce and co-director of the Hampshire County Regional Tourism Council has been named director of community relations at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, effective March 3.  “Tony’s reputation as a strong leader of the Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce and his breadth and depth of knowledge of the issues in town-gown relations will be a tremendous boost to our team,” said Nancy Buffone, executive director of external relations and university events in a prepared statement. “He has great relationships with civic, political and business leaders in the region and ...

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Amherst

    21. Pioneer Valley creative economy gets boost from networking, regional strategy

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      Pioneer Valley creative economy gets boost from networking, regional strategy

      Creative businesses in Western Massachusetts will get help increasing their visibility, recruiting talent, finding appropriate space, borrowing capital and growing under a new partnership announced Thursday at Holyoke's Open Square complex.  The state designated the Pioneer Valley as part of Massachusetts' Creative Economy Network and formally partnered with the Western Massachusetts Economic Development Council which is in charge of the effort. The designation, by itself, doesn't come with state money. But several organizations are planning to apply for state grants.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Holyoke   Ann Burke

    22. Cooley Dickinson VNA and Hospice gets grant for program in Hampshire and Franklin counties

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      Cooley Dickinson VNA and Hospice gets grant for program in Hampshire and Franklin counties

      Cooley Dickinson VNA and Hospice has been awarded a $65,382 grant from Tufts Health Plan Foundation for its Strength in Numbers falls prevention program.

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      Mentions:   Northampton   Cooley Dickinson Hospital

    23. First phase of new $53 million Greenfield High School is under construction | masslive.com

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      First phase of new $53 million Greenfield High School is under construction | masslive.com

      The Massachusetts School Building Authority has estimated a maximum state funding for the project at $43.1 million and has approved of the design, according to the authority. The school is designed for an enrollment of 585 students in grades 8 through 12.  The first phase includes 85,000 square feet of classroom space that will be ready for the next school year. The school will not close; rather, students will shift from space to space as parts of the building are torn down and rebuilt.

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    24. Greenfield receives bond upgrade from Standard & Poor's

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      Greenfield receives bond upgrade from Standard & Poor's

      Standard & Poor's Ratings Services assigned its 'AA' long-term rating and 'AA-''underlying rating to Greenfield series 2014 general obligation state qualified municipal purpose loan.  Greenfield's underlying bond rating had been lower at 'A to 'AA-', the municipality said Tuesday in a news release.  'In our opinion, the town's budgetary flexibility has improved, with available reserves above 8 percent of expenditures as per the draft fiscal 2013 audit, and Greenfield has no plans to significantly spend down the reserves. Supporting Greenfield’s finances is what we consider to be very strong liquidity, with total government available cash as ...

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      Mentions:   William Martin   Greenfield

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