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    1. ISO New England adjusts to changing electricity market | masslive

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      ISO New England adjusts to changing electricity market | masslive

      From a closely guarded control room in Holyoke, analysts forecast the region's electrical usage, directing power plants to fire up or wind down as they strive to maintain a constant level of electricity along New England's 8,500 miles of high voltage power lines.  The future holds new challenges for ISO New England, which oversees the electrical grid from Maine to Connecticut. The annual forward capacity market that will be held in February, looking at power generation capability for the 2017-2018 season, will for the first time include a deficit.

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      Mentions:   Holyoke

    2. Mestek of Westfield opens Luxton-Reed Center, expands chilled beam cooling equipment manufacturing here | masslive

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      Mestek of Westfield opens Luxton-Reed Center, expands chilled beam cooling equipment manufacturing here | masslive

      You can't rent it for the night, but Westfield-based Mestek Co. and its Dadanco division wants you to buy the super-efficient made-in Westfield HVAC technology the company has installed in that room and in the replica hospital room, laboratory, elementary-school-classroom and office at its Luxton-Reed Center.  The $3.5 million office and research center is in the former H.B. Smith assembly factory at 47 industrial Park Road. Luxton-Reed is zero-net energy with the 406 solar panels on the roof making more energy on a good day than the facility uses.  The idea behind the demonstration rooms, said Chris ...

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      Mentions:   Westfield   Daniel M. Knapik   Mestek, Inc.

    3. Better Homes Inc. proposed $10 million housing project at former Brookings Elementary School in Springfield

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      Better Homes Inc. proposed $10 million housing project at former Brookings Elementary School in Springfield

      Better Homes Inc., has submitted a proposal to buy the tornado-damaged, former Elias Brrookings Elementary School on Hancock Street, and convert it into a $10 million housing complex. The proposal by Better Homes, a Springfield-based, nonprofit housing organization also known as Home City Housing, was the only bid received by Friday’s city deadline, and will be referred to a city-appointed review committee, according to the city. Under the proposal, Better Homes is offering to purchase the property from the city for $215.000, and redevelop it into 45 mixed-income housing units. The housing would include one-, two- and three-bedroom ...

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   Springfield College   Springfield

    4. Gary Rome Hyundai seeks to buy Whiting Farms Road site, submits $2 million proposal for property

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      Gary Rome Hyundai seeks to buy Whiting Farms Road site, submits $2 million proposal for property

      The Holyoke Gas and Electric Department has awarded a contract for a Whiting Farms Road property to Gary Rome Hyundai with an expectation an agreement will be signed soon, despite neighbors' opposition to certain kinds of development at the site, officials said. Bids for the 19-acre property were publicly opened by Holyoke Gas and Electric Commission (HGE) in May. The commission awarded the contract to Gary Rome, which submitted a bid for $2,050,000, at a public meeting on June 4, officials said. Gary Rome Hyundai has a dealership at 1000 Main St. in the city. Gary Rome Auto ...

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      Mentions:   Holyoke   The Republican   Jim Lavelle

    5. Rolling Green in Amherst will keep 41 units affordable with property sale to Beacon Communities

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      Rolling Green in Amherst will keep 41 units affordable with property sale to Beacon Communities

      Town Manager John P. Musante called the sale "a milestone in our efforts to preserve affordable housing at Rolling Green Apartments."  There have been 41 such affordable units here but they were not protected by a deed restriction and owners had indicated they would raise rents 5 percent per year until they reached market rate.

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      Mentions:   Amherst   Easthampton

    6. Iconic Student Prince Cafe, Fort restaurant sold for $160,000 in Springfield, Peter Picknelly confirms

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      Iconic Student Prince Cafe, Fort restaurant sold for $160,000 in Springfield, Peter Picknelly confirms

      Bus magnate Peter A. Picknelly purchased the iconic Student Prince Cafe and Fort restaurant for $160,000, he confirmed. The sale does not include the property on Fort Street, but the business and all of its contents save for the fabled beer stein and corkscrew collections owned by the Scherff family. Those valuable collectibles will be on lease annually, said Picknelly, chairman and CEO of Peter Pan Bus Lines.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Chicopee   Peter Pan Bus Lines

    7. Springfield Technology Park gets $3.1 million bond for Phoenix Public Charter Academy | masslive

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      Springfield Technology Park gets $3.1 million bond for Phoenix Public Charter Academy | masslive

      Springfield Technology Park has received $3.1 million in tax-exempt bond funding too build the Phoenix Public Charter Academy on part of land where the M1 Garand rifle was manufactured during World War II.  MassDevelopment, the state's finance and development agency, announced the funding Wednesday.  Workers are done demolishing the 70,000-square-foot middle portion of Building 104, the building where Springfield Armory and its workers churned out 3.5 million M1 rifles during World War II,said Paul Stelzer, president of Appleton Corporation and manager of the park.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   MassDevelopment   Springfield Technical Community College

    8. Pioneer Valley, Springfield, business leaders push education, access, marketing in Plan for Progress update | masslive

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      Pioneer Valley, Springfield, business leaders push education, access, marketing in Plan for Progress update | masslive

      The Planning Commission already hosted a meeting last week focusing on infrastructure needs, said Timothy Brennan, the executive director. A later this month focuses on collaborative engagement. A draft plan will be ready by the end of 2014.  Updated periodically since 1994, the Plan for Progress has given the region's leaders focus and resulted in the creation of the Economic Development Council itself as well as successful pushes for more broadband access, the Massachusetts Green High-Performance Computing Center in Holyoke and the in-progress efforts to rehab Springfield's Union Station.

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      Mentions:   Pioneer Valley Planning Commission   Springfield   Chicopee

    9. MassLive celebrates new downtown Springfield offices with Gov. Deval Patrick, Mayor Domenic Sarno | masslive

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      MassLive celebrates new downtown Springfield offices with Gov. Deval Patrick, Mayor Domenic Sarno | masslive

      Gov. Deval Patrick and Mayor Domenic Sarno were among the 300 or so visitors Wednesday night who helped MassLive celebrate its new offices at 1350 Main St. in Springfield's downtown.  Patrick said he was excited to help MassLive, the online partner of The Republican, mark the opening of its 11,000 square feet of office space in the tower formerly known as One Financial Plaza.  'But I'm even more excited about what is happening here in downtown Springfield,' said Patrick, who leaves office in January.

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   Governor Deval L. Patrick   University of Massachusetts

    10. Once homeless, Jessica Prokop draws standing ovation at United Way of Pioneer Valley fund-raiser breakfast; Michael Mathis stresses MGM philanthropy

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      Once homeless, Jessica Prokop draws standing ovation at United Way of Pioneer Valley fund-raiser breakfast; Michael Mathis stresses MGM philanthropy

      Keynote speaker Michael Mathis, president and chief operating officer of MGM Springfield Development, the breakfast's signature sponsor, highlighted the event's theme, "A New Generation of Philanthropic Leaders," through photos of his two sons, with heads shaven for a St. Baldrick's Foundation fund-raiser for childhood cancers, projected on a screen.

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   Holyoke Community College   Springfield Technical Community College

    11. UMass sees 12 percent hike in fundraising in fiscal 2014, record-breaking endowment

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      UMass sees 12 percent hike in fundraising in fiscal 2014, record-breaking endowment

      The University of Massachusetts system has seen a 12 percent hike in fundraising during the last fiscal year bringing in $116.6 million and boosting the endowment to a record $757 million, according to a press release. President Robert L. Caret made the announcement Wednesday at a meeting of the Board of Trustees Committee on Administration and Finance in Boston.  "We have established increased private-support as a top priority and are pleased to be seeing clear signs of success," Caret said in a statement.  "At a time when state government has stepped up its financial commitment to UMass, we see ...

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Amherst   Robert Caret

    12. National Nonwovens in Easthampton seeks high-speed data link to build global competitiveness | masslive.com

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      National Nonwovens in Easthampton seeks high-speed data link to build global competitiveness | masslive.com

      An Easthampton textile manufacturer will be before the city's Planning Board tonight seeking approval for a pair of antennas to provide a high-speed data communications link between its two buildings.  National Nonwovens is upgrading its computer systems so it can grow and become part of the global marketplace, company president and CEO Anthony J. Centofanti said Tuesday. The antennas and wireless link between 110 Pleasant Street and 23 Mechanic Street are an essential part of that upgrade, he said.  The antennas will be on existing building structures and won't be visible from Pleasant St., plans show. The installation ...

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      Mentions:   Easthampton

    13. MassLive opens new offices, lights sign with help of Gov. Deval Patrick | masslive

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      MassLive opens new offices, lights sign with help of Gov. Deval Patrick | masslive

      MassLive is hosting an office opening and sign-lighting party on Wednesday, Sept. 10, with special guest Massachusetts Gov. Deval L. Patrick.  The by-invitation event runs from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at 1350 Main St., with Patrick expected to speak sometime after 5 p.m. MassLive, the online partner of The Republican, leased 11,000 square feet of the office tower.  Formerly known as One Financial Plaza, 1350 Main St. has been renamed the MassLive Building, and the large signs adorning the building will be lit for the first time Wednesday, MassLive President Allison Werder said.

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   West Springfield   Springfield

    14. Workshop shows techniques to ‘soak up the rain’

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      Workshop shows techniques to ‘soak up the rain’

      “With more frequent larger rain storms, ‘soaking up the rain’ can be an important strategy to help avoid flooding,” says Patty Gambarini, environmental planner for the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission. “Strategies for soaking up the rain can also beautify landscapes, and prevent water pollution.” Homeowners and businesses from throughout the Pioneer Valley can learn about soaking up the rain at a hands-on demonstration workshop to be held on Sept. 20 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the new science wing of Springfield’s Central High School, 1840 Roosevelt Ave. The workshop will cover a range of ...

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      Mentions:   Pioneer Valley Planning Commission   Springfield

    15. Baystate Health's Diversity, Inclusion Conference looks for 'very broad audience' | masslive.com

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      Baystate Health's Diversity, Inclusion Conference looks for 'very broad audience' | masslive.com

      The 2014 Diversity & Inclusion Conference, presented by Baystate Health and scheduled Sept. 17, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., at the MassMutual Center, is expected to draw more than 350 participants, and more than two-thirds of those from employers other than Baystate.  'The conference has a very broad expected audience,' said Kimberly L. Williams, conference planner and senior diversity consultant at Baystate Health.

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    16. UMass nursing college receives $1 million federal grant to recruit veterans for nursing

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      UMass nursing college receives $1 million federal grant to recruit veterans for nursing

      The University of Massachusetts Amherst College of Nursing has received a $1 million grant to recruit more veterans for nursing. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration has awarded the grant over three years. "Heroes into Health Care: Veterans Entering the Nursing Workforce," is intended to increase the number and percentage of ethnic minority and disadvantaged veterans, according to a press release.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Springfield   Amherst

    17. Chicopee Chamber of Commerce to offer workshops for small businesses

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      Chicopee Chamber of Commerce to offer workshops for small businesses

      The Greater Chicopee Chamber of Commerce, in collaboration with Common Capital, Inc., is presenting series of workshops on developing and expanding businesses. On Sept. 25 a workshop called “Negotiating and Understanding Leases; Before You Sign, Signing, and Renegotiating the Lease.” The workshop, run by lawyer Stanley A. Szlachetka, will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Residence Inn, 500 Memorial Drive.

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      Mentions:   Chicopee

    18. NEPR New England Public Radio hosts grand opening of Springfield studio Sunday

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      NEPR New England Public Radio hosts grand opening of Springfield studio Sunday

      New England Public Radio will host a celebration and block party Sunday, Sept. 7, in downtown Springfield to mark the opening of its new studio and office space in the Fuller Block, 1531-1545 Main St.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Springfield

    19. Baystate Wing officially part of Baystate Health: 'Winner is the patient,' doctor says

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      Baystate Wing officially part of Baystate Health: 'Winner is the patient,' doctor says

      It is official. The signage now reads Baystate Wing Hospital. The 74-bed hospital, which for the last 15 years has been part of UMass Memorial Health Care, in Worcester, has become part of Baystate Health. In an hour-long ceremony on Sept. 5, attended by hospital representatives, as well as area legislative representatives, a crowd of several hundred heard those speakers praise Wing becoming partnered with Baystate, with the transfer of ownership from UMass Memorial.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Palmer   Baystate Health

    20. Bradley International Airport seeks Springfield-area input, reports strong

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      Bradley International Airport seeks Springfield-area input, reports strong

      Springfield business leaders have long wanted a say in Bradley management, said Allan W. Blair , President and CEO of the Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts. At first, the idea was to have someone on the Connecticut Airport Authority  board, the governing authority for Bradley as well as Danielson, Groton-New London, Hartford-Brainard, Waterbury-Oxford, and Windham airports. But legislation creating the authority in 2011 put appointing authority in the hands of the Connecticut governor and lawmakers in Hartford. "We understand the political realities," Blair said. Dillon said the advisory committee will have his ear.

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      Mentions:   Bradley International Airport   Springfield   Allan W. Blair

    21. Dozens turn out to talk about U3Advisors recommendations for town, university housing and economic development

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      Dozens turn out to talk about U3Advisors recommendations for town, university housing and economic development

      U3Advisors in collaboration with Corneil Collaborative and recommended hiring an economic development director, creating more housing and affordable commercial space to promote start-ups and building mixed housing and retail on the land owned by UMass in a public-private partnership on University Drive. That recommendation drew support from some. Rolf Karlstrom, a member of the committee and chairman of the biology department at UMass, praised the idea "as a new vision," but suggested the mixed used development be moved to the west side of road instead of the east, as recommended. He said that has great promise as a means of ...

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Amherst

    22. DevelopSpringfield bids to buy Emerald City Cafe building in downtown Springfield for restaurant, office uses

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      DevelopSpringfield bids to buy Emerald City Cafe building in downtown Springfield for restaurant, office uses

      DevelopSpringfield submitted a price of $10,000 to buy the property at 270 Bridge St., and is proposed renovations to open a restaurant or cafe on the first floor and commercial office uses on two upper floors. The building is one wing of the historic Trinity Block that is on the National Register of Historic Places. The other wings are separately owned and were not part of the city’s request for proposals. The city will appoint a .review committee consisting of city officials and a downtown representative to evaluate the bid, and to recommend or not recommend the sale ...

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   Springfield

    23. Fleet Feet store opens at The Shops in Longmeadow | masslive.com

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      Fleet Feet store opens at The Shops in Longmeadow | masslive.com

      A new store has opened at The Shops, at 680 Bliss Road, in the space formerly occupied by Pendleton. Fleet Feet Sports, a running, walking and fitness franchise, owned and operated by Timothy D. Murphy, opened on July 24. While there are 130 franchises in the country, this is the first in Massachusetts. “We are thrilled to be here,” Murphy said. “We couldn’t have picked a better location. This is an active community that supports local businesses, and there are good running routes in town.”  Running routes are important to Murphy because an essential aspect of the Fleet Feet ...

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    24. Springfield officials, advocates praise $15 million investment in downtown Morgan Square Apartments

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      Springfield officials, advocates praise $15 million investment in downtown Morgan Square Apartments

      The renovations will include extensive interior improvements including renovations of kitchens and bathrooms, new floors, stainless steel appliances, granite counters, new cabinets, new lighting, improved security systems, a state-of-the-art fitness center, creation of a game room and lounge, redesigned lobbies and a revamped leasing office, and upgraded courtyards and landscaping, SilberBrick officials said. The property consists of one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments and townhomes, and the investors will increase market-rate housing in the downtown as renovated apartments are renovated, officials said. Sarno said he believes the effort will bring more young professionals, empty-nesters and baby boomers to the downtown.

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   Springfield   MGM

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