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    1. Holyoke survey results to be aired for Whiting Farms Rd. site once desired by Walmart, Lowe's | masslive

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      Holyoke survey results to be aired for Whiting Farms Rd. site once desired by Walmart, Lowe's | masslive

      The results of a survey that asked residents what kind of development they wanted on a 19-acre property on Whiting Farms Road will be discussed by a City Council committee Tuesday (July 22).  The council Ordinance Committee meets at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall.  The city has received 361 completed surveys, said Marcos A. Marrero, director of the Department of Planning and Economic Development.

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      Mentions:   Holyoke

    2. Citizens Bank supports HAP Inc., Urban League of Springfield | masslive

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      Citizens Bank supports HAP Inc., Urban League of Springfield | masslive

      Citizens Bank announced today that it will award $405,000 to 20 organizations in Massachusetts as part of the Citizens Helping Citizens Manage Money initiative.
      Local recipients are HAP Inc. and Urban League of Springfield. Overall, is the bank is donating $1.5 million to nonprofits supporting financial education across its 11-state footprint, the bank said in a news release.

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    3. Nuclea Biotechnologies in Pittsfield gets test OK | masslive

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      Nuclea Biotechnologies in Pittsfield gets test OK | masslive

      Nuclea Biotechnologies today announced that its subsidiary, Nuclea Diagnostics, has met the requirements from the Food and Drug Administration for its Fatty Acid Synthase Immunohistochemistry Kit as a Class I in vitro diagnostic device.  Fatty acid synthase is used to measure the metabolism of cells in both oncology and metabolic diseases, according to a news release.

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    4. Chicopee developer proposes new 11-lot subdivision

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      Chicopee developer proposes new 11-lot subdivision

      A local developer is planning a new 11-lot subdivision located off another development he completed about a year ago. Craig Authier of Premier Home Builders Inc. is proposing building the homes on a street he is calling Morgan Circle. The street is located off the new Mayflower Drive, which is off Granby Road. The homes will be located on a cul-de-sac that will end near the Chicopee River.

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      Mentions:   Chicopee

    5. West Springfield Planning Board approves special permit to Precision Auto Repair for new location

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      West Springfield Planning Board approves special permit to Precision Auto Repair for new location

      The Planning Board this month approved a special permit for Precision Auto Repair and Sales for its new location at 12 South Boulevard. All auto repair businesses must have a special permit approved by the Planning Board based on city zoning ordinance regulations, said Tara L. Gehring, the city's assistant planner. The new Precision Auto facility will be located at the former site of Griffin Tire & Battery. Precision Auto started its business 10 years ago in West Springfield, and after its first year the business moved to 70 Union St. in Springfield.

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      Mentions:   West Springfield   Springfield

    6. Westfield's downtown revitalization effort draws new business | masslive

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      Westfield's downtown revitalization effort draws new business | masslive

      The city's downtown improvements are what persuaded William 'Bill' Miner to open his new real estate office on Elm Street.  Miner and his wife Cindy were joined Thursday afternoon by staff, city officials and Robert Leighton, executive director of franchise development for ReMAX New England, to officially open the city newest business, ReMAX Compass, at 108 Elm St.

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      Mentions:   Westfield

    7. Noble Hospital in Westfield opens primary health care office

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      Noble Hospital in Westfield opens primary health care office

      Public access to primary health care got a little easier Thursday when Noble Hospital opened its new Noble Primary Care Office at 57 Union St. The opening represents Noble's response to what Noble President Ronald P. Bryant calls a "shortage of primary care services for residents of Westfield and the Hilltowns. "There is a shortage of primary health care in Westfield and its surrounding communities, and we consider this office a vital component of Noble Hospital," Bryant said.

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      Mentions:   Westfield

    8. Citizens Bank: manufacturing leading growth in Western and Central Massachusetts | masslive

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      Citizens Bank: manufacturing leading growth in Western and Central Massachusetts | masslive

      Greater Springfield's gross domestic product grew 2.5 percent from 2011 to 2012 to $22.1 billion, the fastest rate of growth of any metro area in New England, according to a report issued recently by Citizens Bank.  In the report, the bank also makes a case that manufacturing is driving that growth here in Western Massachusetts and in Central Massachusetts. The area studied includes Worcester, Hampden, Hampshire, Franklin and Berkshire counties.

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      Mentions:   Holyoke Community College   MassMutual   Springfield Technical Community College

    9. Green Amherst receives $165,539 from the state for 4 energy savings projects

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      Green Amherst receives $165,539 from the state for 4 energy savings projects

      The town has received $165,539 from the Green Communities Division of the Massachusetts Department of Energy for four projects that will ultimately cut energy consumption by nearly 2 percent overall. The town applied for funding for five projects but received funding for four, said. Stephanie Ciccarello, sustainability coordinator. The return on the investment on the fifth project - attic insulation at Town Hall was determined to be too long, she said.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Springfield   Amherst

    10. Baystate Medical Center ranked again by U.S. News & World Report

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      Baystate Medical Center ranked again by U.S. News & World Report

      Baystate Medical Center has again been ranked among the nation’s top hospitals, according to a survey conducted by U.S. News & World Report. The Springfield-based hospital was nationally ranked in the 2014-2015 listing for its care in the areas of diabetes and endocrinology; ear, nose and throat; and gynecology. Baystate is also considered "high-performing" by U.S. News in nine other areas of medical specialty: cancer; cardiology and heart surgery; gastroenterology and gastrointestinal surgery; geriatrics; nephrology; neurology and neurosurgery; orthopedics; pulmonology, and urology.

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      Mentions:   Baystate Health   Springfield

    11. Editorial: Springfield Innovation Cafe will offer high-test ideas and caffeine

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      Editorial: Springfield Innovation Cafe will offer high-test ideas and caffeine

      The Springfield Innovation Café is still in its conceptual phase, but once realized, it has the potential to be to innovators in Western Massachusetts what the Student Prince and Fort Dining Room has been for the region’s politicians and businessmen. As envisioned by Paul Silva and Delcie Bean, the café will feature white boards, computers and, of course, Internet access. It will feature long hours to allow those in the innovation business time to gather before, during and after work to share ideas, brainstorm and think through solutions.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Student Prince   Valley Venture Mentors

    12. Under Construction: UMass center in Downtown Springfield's Tower Square | masslive

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      Under Construction: UMass center in Downtown Springfield's Tower Square | masslive

      Workers are busy transforming former office space in Downtown Springfield's Tower Square into the new University of Massachusetts satellite center set to open in September.  Gov. Deval Patrick visited Springfield in May to announce $5.2 million in state funding to complete the satellite center. UMass plans to offer 40 courses in Springfield starting in the fall. The number includes undergraduate, graduate and non-credit courses.  The space, on the second floor of Tower Square's retail area, had most recently been used as offices for Babson Capital, said Nicholas Fyntrilakis, vice president, community responsibility at MassMutual Financial Group. MassMutual ...

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   University of Massachusetts   MassMutual

    13. Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse sees progress with numerous projects like passenger rail, CanalWalk, buildings redeveloped, but critics raise questions

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      Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse sees progress with numerous projects like passenger rail, CanalWalk, buildings redeveloped, but critics raise questions

      Mayor Alex B. Morse Tuesday listed dozens of projects happening or about to happen that he said will catalyze different parts of the city. The number of projects could be considered impressive -- it took Morse nearly an hour to list them -- from the second phase of the Canalwalk to the resumption possibly this year of passenger rail service to renovation of the old Holyoke Catholic High School campus into apartments, but not everyone agreed the list added up to progress. Morse, state Rep. Aaron M. Vega, D-Holyoke, and other officials held the community projects-update meeting at Prospect Heights apartments, 41 ...

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      Mentions:   Big Y Foods   Springfield   Northampton

    14. MassDevelop aids expansion of Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter School

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      MassDevelop aids expansion of Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter School

      MassDevelopment, the state’s development agency, announced Tuesday that it has issued $4.26 million in tax exempt bonds that will aid the Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter School with an expansion project. The public charter school is using the bond proceeds to build an 8,000-square-foot, multi-purpose addition at its South Hadley campus, according to a MassDevelopment news release. The addition will be used for gatherings and performances along with new equipment at the school, the agency stated..

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      Mentions:   MassDevelopment   Florence Savings Bank

    15. Holyoke to get 'progress' update about economic development, quality-of-life

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      Holyoke to get 'progress' update about economic development, quality-of-life

      he Innovation District is the area downtown around the Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center. The center is a $165 million research facility on Bigelow Street that overlooks the canals and is operated by a cluster of universities like Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, private companies and the state. Vega said among items he will discuss is the version of an economic development bill that the House of Representatives passed. It includes money to give tax incentives to companies that add jobs in Massachusetts' so-called "gateway cities." Such cities, of which Holyoke is one, are mid-size urban areas ...

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Holyoke   The Republican

    16. Springfield committee favors spending $2.8 million to buy former Early Childhood Centers for public school use

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      Springfield committee favors spending $2.8 million to buy former Early Childhood Centers for public school use

      The Early Childhoods Centers property closed in January, and its board of directors recently voted to accept the city’s bid of $2,856,000, as recommended by Mayor Domenic J. Sarno, subject to council approval. The owner of the property is Early Childhoods Centers of Greater Springfield Inc. City and school officials, meeting with the Finance Committee on Monday, said the city will be able to use the building to replace portable classrooms at the Mary Lynch and Brunton schools, that were in need of expensive repairs or replacement.

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   Springfield

    17. Springfield native William Dávila more than excited to take on UMass-Springfield job

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      Springfield native William Dávila more than excited to take on UMass-Springfield job

      William A. Dávila has been on the job one week but it already has been packed with meetings with faculty and University of Massachusetts officials. The city native and UMass graduate was named director of operations for the new UMass Center at Tower Square last week and laughed when he said he had "hit the ground running." Dávila, 40, said the job is "good combination for me (personally and professionally.)

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   University of Massachusetts   Springfield

    18. Massachusetts Municipal Wholesale Electric Co. expands efficiency programs in Chicopee, Holyoke, Westfield, other places | masslive

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      Massachusetts Municipal Wholesale Electric Co. expands efficiency programs in Chicopee, Holyoke, Westfield, other places | masslive

      Eleven municipal utilities, including those in Chicopee, Holyoke, South Hadley and Westfield, a long with the Massachusetts Municipal Wholesale Electric Co. will expand energy efficiency programs thanks to a $1.8 million state grant.  Announced Friday, July 11, the grants will be used to help fund customer rebate programs offsetting the cost of energy efficiency improvements and for conversions to high-efficiency LED streetlights in many communities, according to a news release from MMWEC. The money from from the state Department of Energy Resources.

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      Mentions:   Chicopee   Holyoke   Westfield

    19. Microtest Labs in Agawam sold to private equity firm | masslive

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      Microtest Labs in Agawam sold to private equity firm | masslive

      Microtest Labs in Agawam has been sold to ATS Labs Inc., a Minnesota company itself owned by private equity firm Ampersand Capital Partners.  The sales price was not disclosed. Microtest Labs founder and scientific director Steven Richter will stay on with the combined company, said ATS spokesman George Kerrick.  Microtest has 89 employees, Kerrick said. He said most employees will stay in their current jobs, but some administrative functions like billing will shift to Minnesota.  The combined companies will be known as Accuratus Lab Services.

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      Mentions:   Microtest

    20. Boston Scholar Athletes program set to expand to Springfield's Putnam Vocational Technical Academy

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      Boston Scholar Athletes program set to expand to Springfield's Putnam Vocational Technical Academy

      The Boston Scholar Athletes program, which is designed to help student athletes improve their academic achievement, will be expanded to the Roger L. Putnam Vocational Technical Academy this year. Mayor Domenic J. Sarno confirmed the plans for the program on Friday after meeting in Springfield with two key promoters of the Boston program: former Boston Mayor Thomas Menino; and Suffolk Construction Chief Executive Officer John Fish, who founded the program.

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   Springfield

    21. State grant promotes Westfield Gas and Electric Department energy conservation programs

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      State grant promotes Westfield Gas and Electric Department energy conservation programs

      A $235,000 state Department of Energy Resources grant will be used to further efforts of the Westfield Gas and Electric Department in energy conservation for both residential and commercial customers. Utility manager Daniel Howard said Friday the grant, the second the utility has received in as many years, allows the department to continue its work with the city on energy efficiency projects and programs. It will allow the utility to upgrade pumps and other equipment at the city's Waste Water Treatment Plant, retrofit lighting at the Woodward Gymnasium at Westfield State University, continue modernization efforts within the gas ...

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      Mentions:   Westfield State University   Westfield

    22. Gov. Deval Patrick to make job training announcement at Smith & Wesson Technology Applications Center at Springfield Technical Community College

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      Gov. Deval Patrick to make job training announcement at Smith & Wesson Technology Applications Center at Springfield Technical Community College

      Gov. Deval Patrick will stop by the Smith & Wesson Technology Applications Center at Springfield Technical Community College on Friday for an afternoon announcement about job training for students in the Pioneer Valley. Details of the announcement weren't immediately available, but the governor is scheduled to visit the center at 1 Armory St. at 1:30 p.m. The Technology Applications Center is home to STCC's manufacturing and engineering technology programs, which prepare students for jobs in modern, computerized precision-machine shops.

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Springfield Technical Community College   Springfield

    23. Mason Square developer in Springfield submits high bid for tax-foreclosed property on State Street

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      Mason Square developer in Springfield submits high bid for tax-foreclosed property on State Street

      First Resource is planning to convert the former Mason Square fire station and the vacant Indian Motocycle B building on State Street into a total of 75 “loft-style” apartments. The general plans were initially revealed nearly two years ago, in partnership with American International College. The tax-foreclosed properties at 864 State St. are across the street from the Indian building. In addition to the 864 State St. buildings, there is an adjacent strip of land included in the sale, listed as the rear of 858 State St. Gordon Pulsifer, president of First Resource, said the plans for 864 State St ...

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      Mentions:   American International College   Brian M. Connors   Springfield

    24. Profesional Women's Chamber to host Dress ofr Succes event July 15

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      Profesional Women's Chamber to host Dress ofr Succes event July 15

      The Professional Women's Chamber of Western Massachusetts is focusing its attention on supporting the under-served women in the community. The first example of this effort is an event from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 15 at Lattitude, 1338 Memorial Ave., West Springfield, where members are asked to donate clothing and jewelry to Dress for Success.

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      Mentions:   West Springfield   Springfield   The Republican

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