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    1. Baystate Health seeks $3.4M from state for medical school

      Baystate Health seeks $3.4M from state for medical school

      Baystate Health and UMass Medical School are hoping to get $3.4 million in state money to build their new medical school in Springfield. "We think this would be a worthy investment in primary care for the region for the next several decades," said Ben Craft, a spokesman for Baystate Health. The new Baystate medical school is expected to open in August with 25 students. Baystate has touted the program as a way to attract more doctors to Western Massachusetts. The school's focus will be on training primary care physicians and teaching population health in both urban and rural ...

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    2. Massachusetts adds jobs in March, but unemployment rate climbs slightly

      Massachusetts adds jobs in March, but unemployment rate climbs slightly

      Massachusetts added just 200 jobs in March and the state's unemployment rate increased two tenths of a percentage point to 3.6 percent from 3.4 percent. However, from March 2016 to March 2017, Massachusetts has added 49,000 jobs, according to statistics released Thursday by the state Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development and the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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    3. Chicopee Council rescinds tax agreement for now-closed Menck Windows

      Chicopee Council rescinds tax agreement for now-closed Menck Windows

      The City Council voted to rescind a unique tax agreement for a high-end manufacturer of windows that closed after two years of operations in the city. Menck USA, which opened in early 2015, closed on Jan. 11, laying off about 30 employees. The business was a joint enterprise between Menck Fenster GmbH, a 130-year-old custom window and door manufacturer in Hamburg, Germany, and Liesenfeld International, a logistics company also based in Hamburg. When it announced it would set up a window-making operation in Chicopee, the economy was still recovering after a long recession and state and local officials were thrilled ...

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    4. Gov. Charlie Baker releases $10 million in grant money for affordable energy efficiency projects | masslive.com

      Gov. Charlie Baker releases $10 million in grant money for affordable energy efficiency projects | masslive.com

      In February, the Baker administration announced a $15 million program to make it easier for low and moderate-income Massachusetts residents to access energy efficient technologies. The goal is to help these residents install clean energy technology, such as solar panels, which often carry up-front costs but can save money in the long term.  The $10 million released Thursday is part of that initiative, and the money will be divided among six different programs.

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    5. People In Business: Mary Catherine Murren of MGM Springfield

      People In Business: Mary Catherine Murren of MGM Springfield

      Gov. Charlie Baker recently appointed Enfield, Conn., resident Mary Catherine "Marikate" Murren to the Springfield Technical Community College Board of Trustees. Murren is the Vice President of Human Resources for MGM Springfield. She is responsible for planning and directing all aspects of MGM Springfield's human resources functions, including ensuring adherence to labor laws, regulations and HR corporate policies and procedures.

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    6. Chicopee to spend additional money to continue Uniroyal & Facemate cleanup

      Chicopee to spend additional money to continue Uniroyal & Facemate cleanup

      The city will spend $870,000 to continue the process of cleaning up the Uniroyal and Facemate factory sites and expects to need another about $1 million in the upcoming year. "A lot of the grant funds are now drying up," City Planner Lee Pouliot said. The City Council this month voted to spend $870,000 from the free cash account, or money unspent from the previous year's tax collections, to continue the project. City officials said they expect to return to the council in the next fiscal year to request another $1 million to continue other parts of ...

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    7. Female welders, carpenters, laborers inspire students at Massachusetts Girls in Trades conference

      Female welders, carpenters, laborers inspire students at Massachusetts Girls in Trades conference

      Samantha Dodge, Bridget Nee-Walsh and Alyssa Ducharme spend their days on construction sites, welding and working alongside their male co-workers. They are tough, well paid and proving that women can work as laborers. More than 200 female students from trade high schools across the state gathered at Dean Technical High School in Holyoke on Thursday for the Massachusetts Girls in Trades conference, which featured speakers sharing their experiences working in the male-dominated fields of welding, carpentry, construction, electrical engineering and more. "Honestly, the job was easier than I expected it to be at first," said Dodge, who lives in Connecticut ...

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    8. Grand opening celebration for Springfield's Union Station planned for June

      Grand opening celebration for Springfield's Union Station planned for June

      In a brief ceremony Thursday morning in the great hall of Union Station, Judy Matt, president of the Spirit of Springfield, announced the building's rebirth is planned with a gala celebration on Saturday, June 24 from 6-11 p.m. Joining Matt in making the announcement were an array of government , media, and business leaders including Rep. Richard E. Neal, Mayor Domenic Sarno, MGM Springfield President and Chief Operating Officer Michael Matthis, Maura McCaffrey, president and chief executive officer of Health New England, and William Pepin, president and general manager for WWLP-22 News

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    9. Kinder Morgan wins OK to construct Connecticut Expansion pipeline | masslive.com

      Kinder Morgan wins OK to construct Connecticut Expansion pipeline | masslive.com

      Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. has gained federal authorization to cut trees and construct its Connecticut Expansion Project, including 14 miles of infrastructure in Massachusetts, New York, and Connecticut.  The Kinder Morgan subsidiary gained a final 'notice to proceed' from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on April 12, capping a lengthy legal and regulatory battle with project opponents.  'We are pleased that the FERC approved notice to proceed requests by Tennessee Gas Pipeline for tree clearing and full construction for its Connecticut Expansion Project,' said Kinder Morgan spokesman Richard Wheatley. 'The project received a thorough and thoughtful review by state and ...

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    10. Q&A with Snapchef CEO Todd Snopkowski on expansion to Springfield

      Q&A with Snapchef CEO Todd Snopkowski on expansion to Springfield

      MassLive spoke Wednesday with Snapchef CEO Todd Snopkowski, whose culinary staffing agency has opened its first Western Massachusetts office at 174 Worthington St. in Springfield. The Dorchester-based company, which placed 13,000 people with jobs last year, bills itself as the largest firm of its time in New England and has worked with Foxwoods, Hyatt and Boston Children's Hospital. Snapchef works with large-scale employers like hospitals and universities. In the interview, Snopkowski spoke about his company's background and the decision to open a facility in Springfield.

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    11. "1984" nets Holyoke Creative Arts Center $300 thanks to South Hadley's Tower Theaters

      "1984" nets Holyoke Creative Arts Center $300 thanks to South Hadley's Tower Theaters

      Arts groups struggling to stay viable embrace the notion that every little bit helps, so the Holyoke Creative Arts Center appreciated the $300 received from South Hadley's Tower Theaters' recent showing of "1984." "It is unfortunate the arts can be such a struggle in a crowded field, and things aren't getting any easier lately, which is why the students, members and board at HCAC really appreciate the attention from Tower Theaters and all those who donated," said Jeffrey C. Bianchine, president and interim director of the Holyoke Creative Arts Center (HCAC).

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    12. Want a culinary job? Snapchef staffing agency expands to Springfield

      Want a culinary job? Snapchef staffing agency expands to Springfield

      "Downtown Springfield provides Snapchef with a centralized location that will help our company increase its ability to attract talent and serve clientele," Snapchef CEO, Todd Snopkowski said in a statement. "Our close work with the City of Springfield, the Massachusetts Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development, and legislative leaders made the expansion into Springfield an easy decision. We appreciate the support that Snapchef has received during this expansion from the Springfield Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Western Massachusetts Economic Development Council, and Develop Springfield."

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    13. Mercy Medical Center names interim president

      Mercy Medical Center names interim president

      Trinity Health-New England on Tuesday named Mary Elizabeth (Beth) O'Brien interim president of Mercy Medical Center and its affiliates. A registered nurse with a bachelors degree and an  MBA, O'Brien most recently served as chief executive officer/chief operating officer for Vancouver, Washington-based PeaceHealth, a $2 billion not-for-profit Catholic health care organization that operates 10 hospitals, medical clinics and laboratories within Alaska, Oregon and Washington.

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    14. United Bank moving State Street location to Monarch Place in downtown Springfield

      United Bank moving State Street location to Monarch Place in downtown Springfield

      United Bank and parent company United Financial Bancorp plan to move its office at 115 State St. into 2,400 square feet of leased space on the first floor of One Monarch Place, a storefront previously occupied by Bank of America. United Bank, now headquartered in Glastonbury, Connecticut, announced the move Tuesday. The bank will need regulatory approval in order make the move. It's expected to be completed in the fall of 2017. The to-be-closed United Branch is at the corner of State and Main streets across from the MGM Springfield casino.

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    15. Springfield seeks bids on long-distance bus service at Union Station

      Springfield seeks bids on long-distance bus service at Union Station

      The Springfield Redevelopment Authority issued a formal request for proposals Monday seeking qualified intercity bus carriers to operate long-distance service from the soon-to-reopen Union Station. Negotiations continue with Springfield's own Peter Pan Bus Lines, said Springfield Chief Economic Development Officer Kevin Kennedy. "We don't have an agreement," Kennedy said. The RFP announcement requires interested parties to respond by 2 p.m. April 28. The RFP doesn't mean the city and the Redevelopment Authority will never reach a deal to bring Peter Pan into Union Station. The bus company now operates out of the Peter Pan-owned Peter L ...

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    16. 100s of businesses participating as Holyoke Chamber offers 'Table Top Expo' trade show

      100s of businesses participating as Holyoke Chamber offers 'Table Top Expo' trade show

      The annual "Table Top Expo" of the Greater Holyoke Chamber of Commerce will be held from 4:30 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday at the Holyoke Community College Bartley Center, 303 Homestead Ave. "Every year about 200 small business professionals and entrepreneurs attend the Holyoke Table Top Expo to take their business to the next level and to develop their business leads," a chamber press release said. "The Expo is a multi-chamber event that includes Holyoke, Chicopee, Easthampton, and Northampton Chambers with vendors from Hampden, Hampshire and Franklin counties," the press release said.

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    17. Elms College adds 3rd track for doctor in nursing practice

      Elms College adds 3rd track for doctor in nursing practice

      The Elms College School of Nursing has added a third track in health systems innovation and leadership to its Doctor of Nursing Practice curriculum. The addition of the third track will allow candidates for the DNP to focus their study on advanced practice nursing or systems and organizational leadership. The University of Massachusetts-Amherst and the Elms are the two schools in Western Massachusetts to offer a DNP program. The UMass program through its College of Nursing is an online program. Existing tracks at the Elms include the DNP in family nurse practitioner and the DNP in adult-gerontology acute care nurse ...

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    18. WNEU student group teams up with MassMutual to offer 'path to citizenship' program to help...

      WNEU student group teams up with MassMutual to offer 'path to citizenship' program to help...

      The Latino Law Student Association (LLSA) at Western New England University has teamed up with MassMutual and the Ascentria Care Alliance to repeat the program they sponsored last year to assist members of the Hampden County community to seek a path to citizenship. The program assists permanent residents with being screened for and in completing the N-400, the final application needed to become a U.S. citizen.  Claudia Quintero, a WNEU law school senior and the president and founder of the LLSA, helped to spearhead the program and describes it as a "citizenship clinic to help people fill out their ...

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    19. $66M Franklin County courthouse opens in downtown Greenfield (photos, video)

      $66M Franklin County courthouse opens in downtown Greenfield (photos, video)

      After three years and $66 million, the new Franklin County courthouse had an official opening ceremony Friday. Open for business since February, the Franklin County Justice Center houses five courts -- district, superior, juvenile, housing and probate, and family -- in one "modern, secure, code-compliant public building." The energy-efficient building at 425 Main St. also hosts a law library, a service center for those who are appearing without a lawyer and the Franklin County Registry of Deeds.

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    20. Sen. Eric Lesser, MIT representatives tour Springfield Tech's laser lab

      Sen. Eric Lesser, MIT representatives tour Springfield Tech's laser lab

      Professor Lionel Kimmerling, representing the AIM Photonics Institute and the MIT Microphotonics Center, said MIT was working with community colleges, industry and state government to help create a skilled workforce for Massachusetts manufacturers. "We're here because Springfield community college is a traditional source of optics technology for the technician-level worker," Kimmerling said. "In order for manufacturing to be supreme in Massachusetts, we need about 50,000 more technical level employees in this industry." Lesser, a proponent of advanced manufacturing projects in Western Mass., praised STCC's program as a boon to job growth and economic development.

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    21. New train deals mean more work, workers for Crrc Ma Springfield plant

      New train deals mean more work, workers for Crrc Ma Springfield plant

      CRRC's recently announced deals to manufacture rail and transit cars for Philadelphia and Los Angeles, and a pending deal to make cars for the New York City subway, mean more work -- and more workers -- for its Springfield plant. "We are going to have to do a lot of things much faster than we had planed on doing them," said Mark J. Smith, the plant's general manager. "A lot of things are happening very quickly."

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    22. Baystate's TechSpring aims to take ideas from lab to bedside; startups include games, remote 3-D dermatology

      Baystate's TechSpring aims to take ideas from lab to bedside; startups include games, remote 3-D dermatology

      Dreaming of technology that lets your paramedic securely text your vital signs from an ambulance to the hospital emergency room instead of relaying it over the radio? How about mobile games that teach kids to avoid life-threatening allergens or how to manage their asthma through the proxy of cute animated pets? That future was the present Thursday as Baystate Health's TechSpring hosted its first ever health innovation showcase at Baystate Medical Center. The event was held in cooperation with MassChallange, a Boston organisation that fosters startups, and PULSE@MassChallenge, a partnership between TechSpring and MassChallange specializing in digital health ...

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    23. Former Sweetheart Restaurant in Shelburne Falls to become brewpub

      Former Sweetheart Restaurant in Shelburne Falls to become brewpub

      If all goes as planned, the former Sweetheart Restaurant on Route 2 will see new life as a brewpub, restaurant and banquet hall. Incorporated as Sweetheart Realty LLC, Rae bought the vacant building in October of 2015 for $220,000. Rae's business "specializes in utility pipeline construction and trenchless methods of pipeline installation." For months, "build the pipeline" signs were posted in front of the building, and heavy equipment was parked outside. However, Rae had no affiliation with the controversial Kinder Morgan Northeast Energy Direct pipeline, which is now defunct, and does not do work at that scale, said ...

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    24. Women's Fund CEO Elizabeth Barajas-Roman stepping down

      Women's Fund CEO Elizabeth Barajas-Roman stepping down

      Elizabeth Barajas-Roman, chief executive officer of the Women's Fund of Western Massachusetts for the past three years, is stepping down on Friday to head the Northampton-based Solidago Foundation, which does charitable grantmaking on a national basis. Barajas-Roman called it "incredibly difficult to leave a fantastic organization, with amazing staff," but said her new position will allow her to "advocate for gender equity in a different, but powerful way." She called Solidago "a thought leader in innovative collaborative funding for social impact." "They move the needle through strategic project leadership," she said of the organization whose principles include funding community ...

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