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    1. Chicopee City Council hires Lee Pouliot as new city planner

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      Chicopee City Council hires Lee Pouliot as new city planner

      After a little teasing and a lot of praise, the City Council approved the appointment of Lee Pouliot to take over as city planner. Pouliot, formerly the planner and administrator for the city's Community Development Department, has been working as acting city planner since Catherine L. Brown retired in December after serving as planner for 24 years.

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      Mentions:   Chicopee

    2. West Springfield announces 2015 Excellence in Teaching Award winners

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      West Springfield announces 2015 Excellence in Teaching Award winners

      The school department has announced this year's Excellence in Teaching Award recipients, part of the Pioneer Valley-wide program that honors educators in dozens of districts.

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      Mentions:   West Springfield   Springfield   Holyoke

    3. Absorbine maker W.F. Young buys Leather Therapy line of leather care products | masslive

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      Absorbine maker W.F. Young buys Leather Therapy line of leather care products | masslive

      W. F. Young Inc., famous for its Absorbine line of animal care products, has purchased Leather Therapy, a line of leather cleaning and conditioning products.
      The connection is horses. Absorbine started off as a horse liniment and continues today in the equine industry. Much of Leather Therapy's business is with people who need to maintain and refinish horse tack, saddles and the like. Virginia-based Leather Therapy also markets its products for use on car interiors and motorcycle accessories, on clothing and on furniture.

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    4. Dr. Seuss museum planned at Springfield Quadrangle to celebrate city native Theodor Geisel

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      Dr. Seuss museum planned at Springfield Quadrangle to celebrate city native Theodor Geisel

      The Springfield Museums has announced that it will create the first museum dedicated to the life and legacy of city native Theodor Seuss Geisel, writer of the world-famous Dr. Seuss children's books. The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum is scheduled to open at the Quadrangle in 2016 at the William Pynchon Memorial Building.

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   Springfield   The Republican

    5. MassMutual to Provide More Than $100,000 to Junior Achievement to Expand Financial Literacy Programs | masslive

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      MassMutual to Provide More Than $100,000 to Junior Achievement to Expand Financial Literacy Programs | masslive

      Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual) today announced that for the third straight year it will provide more than $100,000 to Junior Achievement USA (JA) to provide financial literacy programs to young people in 12 communities across the United States.  'Learning how to make smart money and education decisions at a young age is one of the biggest influences on future financial success,' said Nick Fyntrilakis, Vice President, Community Responsibility, MassMutual. 'We are proud to support Junior Achievement to empower students to take control of their financial future.'

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      Mentions:   MassMutual   Springfield   Nick Fyntrilakis

    6. Could $15 Ryanair flights to Europe be offered through Bradley International Airport? | masslive

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      Could $15 Ryanair flights to Europe be offered through Bradley International Airport? | masslive

      Bradley International Airport could be the smaller, cheaper alternative to Logan. The Windsor Locks airport is 110 miles from Boston -- roughly two hours by car -- and also accessible by bus and Amtrak trains daily. The airport currently has an underutilized international arrivals building. While the space was once occupied by several airlines, currently Delta is the sole operator in the building.  The state has proposed plans to revamp the airport, including offering more opportunity for international flights.

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      Mentions:   Amtrak

    7. Kinder Morgan plans pipeline metering station in Longmeadow

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      Kinder Morgan plans pipeline metering station in Longmeadow

      Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. plans to build a new metering station on land near the Longmeadow Country Club, according to maps included with an environmental report released by the energy company Friday. The metering station would be located near an existing natural gas pipeline owned and operated by the Kinder-Morgan subsidiary. The Longmeadow facility is one of 15 metering stations the company proposes to construct within New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and New Hampshire as part of its interstate Northeast Energy Direct project, which would involve both new pipeline and upgrades to existing lines and related infrastructure.

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      Mentions:   Westfield

    8. A rebuilt Union Station, expanded Boston rail service, will fuel region's economy: Reader viewpoint

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      A rebuilt Union Station, expanded Boston rail service, will fuel region's economy: Reader viewpoint

      It is indeed gratifying to see, at long last, the revitalization of Union Station, the last station of a major New England city to be restored to its earlier grandeur, which hopefully will provide Springfield with the opportunity to welcome frequent intercity rail service. The prospect of Union Station becoming an anchor for the North End in terms of business interests certainly is a hopeful one and invites optimism regarding the renaissance of the entire Springfield metropolitan area. A restored Union Station and rail service will complement projects that are now underway, not the least of which is the manufacturing ...

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      Mentions:   Amtrak   Springfield

    9. Amherst to study cost, feasibility of installing fiber optic cable downtown for faster Internet

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      Amherst to study cost, feasibility of installing fiber optic cable downtown for faster Internet

      The Amherst BID will contract with G4S Technology, LLC of Albany, NY, to prepare the eight-week engineering study to map out the best route and method for installing the fiber-optic infrastructure to properties and businesses within BID district, according to a press release. Sarah la Cour, Executive Director of the Amherst BID, said that the study will provide a cost estimate for the project as well. As more businesses and apartments come on line downtown they are going to need a fast reliable Internet to connect to, said Sean Hannon, Amherst Information Technology director. He said it's important for ...

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Amherst

    10. Tech Foundry starts recruiting for Class of 2015 With open house | masslive

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      Tech Foundry starts recruiting for Class of 2015 With open house | masslive

      Founded by Paragus IT CEO Delcie Bean, Tech Foundry is a nonprofit education and job placement program looking to transform underemployed and overlooked populations into a powerful and robust workforce in the informational technology field. With partners such as Mass Mutual, Davis Foundation, UMass and Baystate Health, Tech Foundry raised nearly $450,000 to get started.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Baystate Health   Springfield

    11. MassMep graduates skilled manufacturers as part of the Applied Manufacturing Technology Pathway Certification | masslive

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      MassMep graduates skilled manufacturers as part of the Applied Manufacturing Technology Pathway Certification | masslive

      MassMEP has graduated a new class in Advanced CNC Skills, part of the Applied Manufacturing Technology Pathway Certification.  The graduation was the eighth area training funded by the Massachusetts More Skilled Workers Program. Eleven graduates spent eight weeks in an intensive curriculum of classroom and hands-on work to prepare for jobs as CNC (computer numerical control) operators. Representative John Fernandes presented each graduate with a citation from the Commonwealth recognizing the importance of the course and their dedication to improving their skills. Advanced CNC Skills training, designed by MassMEP to meet the demands of Massachusetts manufacturers, has graduated over 675 ...

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      Mentions:   The Republican

    12. Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts announces scholarships | masslive

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      Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts announces scholarships | masslive

      The Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts is now accepting applications to award roughly $2 million in scholarships and interest-free loans for local students planning to pursue education at the undergraduate and graduate levels for the 2015-2016 academic year.

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    13. 14 to lose jobs when Red Cross shutters Emergency Communication Services call center in Springfield

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      14 to lose jobs when Red Cross shutters Emergency Communication Services call center in Springfield

      Fourteen people working at an American Red Cross call center in Western Massachusetts are expected to lose their jobs in the coming months. According to WWLP 22 News, the area's NBC affiliate, the Red Cross told the station that the Emergency Communication Services call center in Springfield and another in San Diego, California would be closing.

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    14. Springfield-area jobs numbers: Education, health and government lead year-over-year gains | masslive

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      Springfield-area jobs numbers: Education, health and government lead year-over-year gains | masslive

      Most sectors of the economy in Greater Springfield shed jobs in January, according to data released Thursday by the state Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development and the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics.  The Greater Springfield region, which includes Hampden County and parts of Hampshire County and some surrounding towns, lost 1,100 jobs, or 0.4 percent of its employment, in January. The decline could be attributed to the end of seasonal hiring in stores and warehouses.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   The Republican

    15. Springfield considers 9 architects vying for East Forest Park branch library feasibility study

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      Springfield considers 9 architects vying for East Forest Park branch library feasibility study

      The city moved another step forward in its effort to build a new branch library in East Forest Park this week when nine architectural firms submitted their qualifications, competing to conduct a project feasibility study. "We are very pleased with all the interest and look forward to hiring an architect," said Molly Fogarty, director of the Springfield library system. "I'm very optimistic. We are ahead of schedule."

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Amherst   Chicopee

    16. Asnuntuck Community College cuts ribbon on $2.7 million welding and fabrication center | masslive

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      Asnuntuck Community College cuts ribbon on $2.7 million welding and fabrication center | masslive

      Asnuntuck Community College held a ribbon cutting Feb. 24 for its $2.7 million Welding and Fabrication Center.  Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy spoke at the ceremony and received a gift of the state seal created by students.  The new 5,400-square-foot Welding and Fabrication Cent will accommodate up to 80 students each day. The facility is equipped with the latest technology, safety and emissions systems.

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      Mentions:   The Republican   Dannel Malloy

    17. Holyoke offers business training for artists

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      Holyoke offers business training for artists

      Artists who want to make a living off their works instead of just creating them can learn about forming a business plan and marketing in a training set for the weekend. The "Artist-in-Business" training sessions will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both Saturday (March 14) and Sunday at the Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center on Bigelow Street, between Appleton and Cabot streets.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Amherst   Holyoke

    18. Unemployment: State jobless rate drops to 5.3 percent, lowest since May 2008 | masslive

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      Unemployment: State jobless rate drops to 5.3 percent, lowest since May 2008 | masslive

      In January the labor force increased by 4,800 from 3.6 million in December; 14,600 more residents were employed and 9,700 fewer residents were unemployed over the month. The labor force was 64,900 above the December 2014 estimate.  Local city-by-city jobless numbers will not be available until later this week. But in December, the most recent figures available, Springfield's unemployment fell seven-tenths of a percentage point, to 8 percent.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   The Republican

    19. Soon-to-be new owner of Amherst Brewing Co. to discuss management plan with Amherst ZBA

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      Soon-to-be new owner of Amherst Brewing Co. to discuss management plan with Amherst ZBA

      With plans now underway to buy the Amherst Brewing Company moving forward, Harold Tramazzo will be presenting his management plan to the Zoning Board of Appeals March 19. The special permit issued to the brewery in 2011 requires that a new owner present a management plan to the board "to determine whether any changes are substantial enough to require a new special permit."

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      Mentions:   Amherst

    20. Holyoke CareerPoint sets business lunch on youth summer jobs program

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      Holyoke CareerPoint sets business lunch on youth summer jobs program

      The CareerPoint job center will hold a lunch Friday (March 13) to tell business owners about its "YouthWorks" summer jobs program. The event will be from 11 a.m,. to 1 p.m. at the Holyoke Public Library, 250 Chestnut St., said a press release that came from the office of Mayor Alex B. Morse. The name of Yolanda Ruiz, CareerPoint business account manager, was on the press release.

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      Mentions:   Holyoke

    21. DevelopSpringfield honors Partners in Progress at 4th Celebrate Springfield Dinner | masslive

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      DevelopSpringfield honors Partners in Progress at 4th Celebrate Springfield Dinner | masslive

      DevelopSpringfield, the public-private agency dedicated to revitalizing Springfield, expects a capacity crowd of more than 540 revelers at the MassMutual Center on Thursday night when it hosts its 4th annual Celebrate Springfield Dinner.  The dinner, which runs from 6 to 9 p.m., will feature DevelopSpringfield's presentation of its annual Partners in Progress Awards. This year's recipients are Jerald Jay Griffin, co-founder of the Stone Soul Festival; Kevin E. Kennedy, chief development officer for the City of Springfield; and Evan Plotkin, President of NAI Plotkin and the owner and manager of several downtown real estate properties.

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      Mentions:   MassMutual Center   Springfield

    22. Gun Valley: New Coltsville National Historic Park in Hartford to partner with Springfield Armory

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      Gun Valley: New Coltsville National Historic Park in Hartford to partner with Springfield Armory

      In March, the Congressional Budget Office estimated that it will cost $9 million to develop the park over five years from 2015 to 2019, with work including restoring and developing sites and completing a management plan. Form there, the Congressional Budget Office estimates less than $1 million a year in operating costs

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      Mentions:   Smith & Wesson Corp.   Springfield Armory   Springfield

    23. Petsimpl entrepreneur Dave Waymouth says loyal customers proved key to his crowd-funding success | masslive

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      Petsimpl entrepreneur Dave Waymouth says loyal customers proved key to his crowd-funding success | masslive

      As it turns out, Kurt - one of Waymouth's 'overly vocal' Kickstarter backers with an insatiable appetite for questions - may define true crowd-funding success.  'Really, we all need a Kurt. At the end of the day, he's a loyal customer, and that's exactly what I want,' Waymouth told an audience of over 20 budding entrepreneurs during a February crowd-funding workshop held at Valley Venture Mentors, a nonprofit based in Springfield that provides key support to the entrepreneurial ecosystem through its mentorship and accelerator programs.  Waymouth is the founder of Petsimpl, a company that has created a product called ...

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Northampton   Valley Venture Mentors

    24. Western Mass Green Consortium hosts Gren night Wednesday, March 11 | masslive

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      Western Mass Green Consortium hosts Gren night Wednesday, March 11 | masslive

      Geen Night is a project of the Western Mass. Green Consortium (WMGC), a social network dedicated to sharing information about and promoting environmental sustainability, green building, energy efficiency and renewable energy in accessible and fun social events.  In this presentation Paulson helps participants visit the realm where high performance building and sustainable landscape design intersect, to learn about a design methodology that supports best performance of both systems, according to the news release.

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      Mentions:   Northampton   The Republican

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