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    1. MassDevelopment bonds spark $11 million project at Pittsfield apartments | masslive.com

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      MassDevelopment bonds spark $11 million project at Pittsfield apartments | masslive.com

      MassDevelopment has issued a $7.9 million tax-exempt bond and a $1.1 million taxable bond on behalf of Pittsfield April Lane, LLC, which will use bond proceeds to fund the acquisition and renovation of Dalton Apartments at 51 April Lane in Pittsfield.  Originally constructed in 1970, Dalton Apartments consists of 11 buildings containing 28 one-bedroom units, 44 two-bedroom units, and 28 three-bedroom units.  The new owners will renovate and preserve all 100 units as affordable to households earning no more than 60 percent of area median income. The developers plan to replace roofs, windows, furnaces, hot water tanks, kitchens ...

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    2. New Bay State effort would connect technology start-ups with municipal governments | masslive.com

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      New Bay State effort would connect technology start-ups with municipal governments | masslive.com

      The state Senate is set to consider a proposal that would connect municipal governments to technology startups.  'It will help spur startups and new ventures in Massachusetts,' said state Sen. Karen Spilka, D-Ashland, the founder and co-chair of the Legislature's Tech Hub caucus, who developed the idea and sponsored the bill, S. 1982. 'We consider ourselves an innovation economy. Wouldn't it be wonderful to...show that not only are we an innovation economy, we are an innovation government?'  The bill emerged from the Senate Committee on Ways and Means, which Spilka chairs, on Tuesday, and it is likely ...

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    3. Amherst parking report provides action steps to address downtown parking needs

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      Amherst parking report provides action steps to address downtown parking needs

      Town officials have released a 68-page parking report that provides detailed suggestions about how to address parking issues downtown. The report summarizes what transpired at three forums and the comments and suggestions residents and business owners offered about how to address the need. Some in town said they don't have a problem finding parking while some business owners said that parking on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings throughout the year is increasingly limited, unpredictable, and inadequate.

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      Mentions:   Amherst

    4. GCC and Cooley Dickinson collaborate to train licensed practical nurses

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      GCC and Cooley Dickinson collaborate to train licensed practical nurses

      Greenfield Community College and Cooley Dickinson Health Care in Northampton have announced they will work together to train new, entry-level nurses. Starting this year, the college's ten-month Practical Nursing Certificate Program will be housed at 10 Main Street in Florence, a space leased by Cooley Dickinson. The program prepares students for certification as a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN), but does not guarantee they will pass the required licensure examination. However, GCC graduates have a good record of passing the exam, according to the college.

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      Mentions:   Greenfield Community College   Northampton   Greenfield

    5. Berkshire Gas' investment in gas pipeline project supported by state agency

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      Berkshire Gas' investment in gas pipeline project supported by state agency

      Granted a status that was not allowed state Rep. Stephen Kulik, D-Worthington, the state Department of Energy Resources has filed a statement with the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities endorsing the proposed contract between Berkshire Gas Company and the Northeast Energy Direct Pipeline that Houston company Kinder Morgan wants to build through Massachusetts. UIL Holdings Corporation, which owns Berkshire Gas and a number of other gas companies in the region, announced last week it will acquire a 2.5 percent interest in Northeast Expansion LLC., which amounts to an $80 million investment in the pipeline project.

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      Mentions:   Greenfield

    6. Former Massachusetts agriculture commissioner Scott Soares named to federal rural development post | masslive.com

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      Former Massachusetts agriculture commissioner Scott Soares named to federal rural development post | masslive.com

      Scott J. Soares, of Longmeadow, former state agriculture commissioner, was recently named state director for the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development in Amherst.  He will head the office which administers programs for the states of Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island.  Soares was officially appointed to the position by President Barack Obama on June 28; he takes over the agency which covers a combined population of more than 11 million people and which had a collective development portfolio of more than $500 million in 2014.

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    7. Berkshire Gas parent company UIL Holdings invests in Kinder Morgan pipeline

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      Berkshire Gas parent company UIL Holdings invests in Kinder Morgan pipeline

      The parent company of Berkshire Gas has announced an $80 million investment in Northeast Energy Direct, the interstate pipeline proposed by Kinder Morgan's Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. UIL Holdings Corporation announced on Friday that it will acquire a 2.5 percent interest in Northeast Expansion LLC. "We are pleased to have this opportunity to participate in this critical investment in New England's energy infrastructure," said James P. Torgerson, UIL's president and chief executive officer in a statement. "The NED project will bring abundant, low-cost and critically-needed natural gas supplies to the heart of New England, helping alleviate ...

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      Mentions:   Associated Industries of Massachusetts   Greenfield

    8. Why Baystate Health thinks you should go to its community hospitals | masslive.com

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      Why Baystate Health thinks you should go to its community hospitals | masslive.com

      Mark A. Keroack, president and CEO of Baystate Health, has asserted he wants as many services as possible delivered in the community hospitals, a goal he believes benefits both patients and the healthcare system's bottom line.  As Baystate continues to acquire community hospitals - in March the system announced it will buy Noble Hospital in Westfield outright - enthusiastic patients like Kowalcyzk are helping its leaders craft a hometown healthcare model that will attract others in the community and keep costs low.

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    9. Kinder Morgan/TGP releases environmental data five days before Greenfield scoping session on NED pipeline | masslive.com

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      Kinder Morgan/TGP releases environmental data five days before Greenfield scoping session on NED pipeline | masslive.com

      The Kinder Morgan subsidiary Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. on Friday submitted a major draft environmental resource report for its proposed Northeast Energy Direct pipeline project.  The report, which appeared on the website of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Friday afternoon, consists of over 6,500 pages of data in the form of 79 different volumes. It represents a revision of plans filed March 13.

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    10. Tourism, arts and culture are important economic engines: Guest viewpoint | masslive.com

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      Tourism, arts and culture are important economic engines: Guest viewpoint | masslive.com

      Tourism, arts and culture is especially important to our economy here in Western Massachusetts. Every year, thousands of people visit Hampden and Hampshire Counties for work, vacation, or family. Tourism­ related employment in our region alone totals nearly 5,000 people, with a payroll of more than $120 million annually. Direct spending by travelers in our region is over $500 million, resulting in over $11 million for our local communities. And with the MGM Casino, the new Dr. Seuss Museum, and the opening of new rides at Six Flags New England, not to mention the renovation of Springfield's Union ...

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    11. Former Abdow's location in Westfield to become MedExpress urgent care medical practice | masslive.com

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      Former Abdow's location in Westfield to become MedExpress urgent care medical practice | masslive.com

      The Westfield building that was once an Abdow's Big Boy and then a Bickford's restaurant is slated to become a MedExpress urgent care doctors practice.  Ronald J. Abdow said the practice is expected to open in October. The Abdow family still owns the real estate, he said, despite not having run the restaurant since 1995.  Urgent care medical practices, where people can go if their primary care doctor is busy and a visit to a full emergency room is not warranted, are in vogue at the moment.

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    12. Community Preservation Act depicted as benefit at Holyoke forum

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      Community Preservation Act depicted as benefit at Holyoke forum

      The CPA is a state law which, if adopted, permits cities and towns to levy a property tax surcharge of 1 percent to 3 percent to raise revenue. The money is used to acquire and protect open space, preserve historic buildings and establish affordable housing. The state provides matching funds to communities that have enacted the CPA legislation.

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      Mentions:   Northampton   Holyoke

    13. UMass researchers developing device to keep bats from wind turbine blades

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      UMass researchers developing device to keep bats from wind turbine blades

      The project is funded by a $250,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy and a $62,500 grant from the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center. Paul R. Sievert, associate professor in environmental conservation, is overseeing the project.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Amherst   Clean Energy Center

    14. On Two Wheels: Indian motorcycle heritage lives on in Greater Springfield | masslive.com

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      On Two Wheels: Indian motorcycle heritage lives on in Greater Springfield | masslive.com

      The big event of the weekend will be the rally at the Springfield Museums at the Quadrangle between State and Edwards streets in downtown Springfield. Brought back in 2010 after a five-year hiatus, Indian Day is designed to honor the iconic motorcycle that was manufactured in the city from 1901 until 1953.  You can view some finely restored Indians on display at the Lyman & Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield or see over 60 motorcycles owned by private collectors. This year's Indian Day will pay tribute to Bob's Indian, of Etters, Pennsylvania, for its many years of supporting the ...

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    15. ABC 'World News Tonight' features Friendly's on its 80th anniversary | masslive.com

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      ABC 'World News Tonight' features Friendly's on its 80th anniversary | masslive.com

      ABC 'World News Tonight' and its anchor, David Muir, got a taste of Friendly's recently when he visited for a short 'Made in America' segment on the company's 80th birthday.  Muir and a crew toured the Wilbraham plant and Muir tried his hand at sundae-making under the tutelage of Friendly's CEO John M. Maguire.  Brothers S. Prestley and Curtis L. Blake founded the chain in Springfield's Pine Point neighborhood in 1935. The brothers made the chain famous for selling simple meals and ice cream. Neither has an ownership stake any longer

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    16. MassDOT grants $175,045 for train side track at Pioneer Valley Railroad in Westfield | masslive.com

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      MassDOT grants $175,045 for train side track at Pioneer Valley Railroad in Westfield | masslive.com

      The Massachusetts Department of Transportation has awarded Pioneer Valley Railroad a $175,045 grant for the railroad to install a new rail siding at its Railroad Distribution Services facility at 170 Lockhouse Road.  MassDOT announced this grant and four others totaling just more than $2 million earlier this week.  The Pioneer Valley Railroad and Railroad Distribution Services are both owned by Pinsly Railroad Company. The railroad serves customers as far away as Holyoke using a U-shaped section of track that interchanges with CSX in Westfield.

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    17. Leverett municipal broadband network topic of State Department tour

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      Leverett municipal broadband network topic of State Department tour

      LEVERETT — A foreign journalist from China was among those touring this small Franklin County community Wednesday to learn about the town's innovative municipal broadband network, a fiber optic service which went live in March. Zhang Wei, chief correspondent for the Economic Daily, took notes and asked questions as those involved in planning, marketing, financing, deploying, and managing the network spoke of their experiences The press event was organized by the U.S. State Department's Bureau of Public Affairs, which works with 1,400 credentialed journalists from around the world.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Amherst   Holyoke

    18. With plans to employ around 100, Mohawk paper company opens new facility in South Hadley

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      With plans to employ around 100, Mohawk paper company opens new facility in South Hadley

      The company plans to eventually ramp up production to fabricate more than 500 million envelopes a year and employ close to 100 workers, company officials said at Tuesday's public celebration and tour of the facility. The New York-based firm's Chairman and CEO, Thomas D. O'Connor, Jr., among the bevy of dignitaries and guests, talked about his family roots in the region and discussed why Mohawk chose to locate in South Hadley.

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      Mentions:   Chicopee

    19. Amherst Area chamber names its A+ Award winners

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      Amherst Area chamber names its A+ Award winners

      The Amherst League of Women Voters, Hampshire College, Boyden & Perron are among the organizations that will be honored by the Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce at its Annual A+ Awards Dinner. The dinner will be held Oct. 1 at the Hadley Farms Meeting House, in Hadley  "It was a daunting task to sift through the nominations for this year's award winners as there are so many individuals and organizations in this community worthy of recognition.  "We feel that the recipients that we have selected represent terrific partners that work every day to enhance the local business community," said Amherst ...

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      Mentions:   Hampshire College   Amherst   Don Courtemanche

    20. Gas pipeline company downsizes proposed compressor station in Northfield

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      Gas pipeline company downsizes proposed compressor station in Northfield

      Kinder Morgan, which announced last week that its board had authorized a scaled-back version of its proposed Northeast Energy Direct natural gas pipeline, has also downsized plans for an 80,000-horsepower compressor station in Northfield to 41,000 horsepower, nearly halving it. The compressor station, which has residents concerned about noise and the possibilities it might devalue property nearby or be a source of pollution, is arguably the No. 1 topic of controversy in the small town, according to Town Administrator Brian Noble.

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      Mentions:   Northampton

    21. Environmental activists urge state to lift cap on solar energy subsidy program

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      Environmental activists urge state to lift cap on solar energy subsidy program

      Area environmental advocates gathered on the steps of City Hall on Tuesday as part of a 10-city "Soak Up the Sun" tour to urge the state to lift a cap on a solar energy subsidy program. Those taking part in the tour included Ben Hellerstein, state director of Environment Massachusetts, who said the cap on "net metering" is threatening the growth of solar power and new solar energy projects in many communities. Net metering allows solar owners – businesses, local governments, nonprofits and other groups – to receive "fair credit for the electricity they provide back to the grid," Hellerstein said.

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   MassMutual   Mount Holyoke College

    22. Wilbraham Planning Board preparing to issue decision on solar energy system proposed off Tinkham Road | masslive.com

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      Wilbraham Planning Board preparing to issue decision on solar energy system proposed off Tinkham Road | masslive.com

      The Planning Board on Aug. 19 expects to consider a draft decision on a proposed ground mounted solar energy system on six acres of land off Tinkham Road owned by the Charles Merrick Trust.  On that date, the Planning Board could issue a decision, with conditions, Planning Board Chairman Jeffrey Smith said.  The proposal by No Fossil Fuel LLC is to site a 131,840-square-foot solar array on property that was damaged in the June 1, 2011 tornado.

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    23. Northampton City Council grants license for formaldehyde tank to chemical manufacturer Chemiplastica Group

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      Northampton City Council grants license for formaldehyde tank to chemical manufacturer Chemiplastica Group

      The City Council during a special meeting Monday voted to issue a license to chemical manufacturer Chemiplastica Group for a 15,000 gallon formaldehyde tank on Nonotuck Street, on the condition that the tank be inspected annually. Formaldehyde, a hazardous liquid that is both flammable and corrosive, is used to embalm corpses. It is a respiratory irritant and can cause cancer with long exposure. Formaldehyde is essential to the manufacturing of plastic, according to Gary M. Roberts, an inspector with consulting engineers Tighe & Bond.

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      Mentions:   Northampton   Tighe & Bond

    24. New Forest Park building for Bright Nights storage, job training now needs $1.7 million in city funds to proceed

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      New Forest Park building for Bright Nights storage, job training now needs $1.7 million in city funds to proceed

      Plans for a new building at Forest Park to house a technical skills training facility and for storage of the Bright Nights holiday lighting display will cost far more than expected, triggering a request for $1.7 million in city funds. The City Council will consider the $1.7 million city bond request at its meeting Monday night, as sought by Mayor Domenic J. Sarno. The meeting begins at 7 p.m., at City Hall.

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

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