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    1. Former bank in West Springfield to get second life thanks to Sorrento Pizza owner

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      Former bank in West Springfield to get second life thanks to Sorrento Pizza owner

      The former bank branch office at 1440 Westfield St. in West Springfield will be a Freihofer's Bakery according to the new owner who is renovating the property for the bakery chain. Pat Albano, owner of Sorrento Pizza & Restaurant located next door at 660 Kings Highway, said Freihofer's plans to be in the new 2,000-square-foot location by the middle of November.

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      Mentions:   West Springfield   Springfield   Westfield

    2. Westfield Chamber honors Firtion Adams, George's Jewelers, Westfield Technical Academy

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      Westfield Chamber honors Firtion Adams, George's Jewelers, Westfield Technical Academy

      Firtion Adams Funeral Service has been named 2016 Business of the Year by the Greater Westfield Chamber of Commerce, according to a news release. George's Jewelers, Inc. has been selected for the Chamber's Lifetime Achievement Award, and Westfield Technical Academy has been named 2016 Nonprofit of the Year.

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      Mentions:   Westfield   Greater Westfield Chamber of Commerce

    3. New downtown Springfield restaurants plan gets $1.5 million HUD loans boost

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      New downtown Springfield restaurants plan gets $1.5 million HUD loans boost

      U.S. Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Edward J. Markey and U.S. Rep. Richard Neal, in a joint press release, praised the new HUD Section 108 Loan Guarantee that will provide individual loans ranging from $50,000 to $200,000 to support Springfield's Downtown Dining District Loan Fund initiative. "This federal support will help Springfield continue its efforts to revitalize downtown and grow the local economy," Warren said. "I was glad to work with Mayor (Domenic) Sarno and the congressional delegation to help secure this award, and I look forward to seeing the project move forward."

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Congressman Richard E. Neal

    4. Hockey night in Springfield makes a comeback (Letters)

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      Hockey night in Springfield makes a comeback (Letters)

      Springfield Thunderbirds – a 5-4 comeback overtime home opener win at a sold out and "electric" MassMutual Center. Thank you to our local ownership team, led by Paul Picknelly, for putting on a first class family entertainment package event, with great pre-game and post-game festivities.

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   MassMutual Center   Springfield

    5. Berkshire Gas proposes major new distribution main to lift moratorium in upper Pioneer Valley

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      Berkshire Gas proposes major new distribution main to lift moratorium in upper Pioneer Valley

      The Berkshire Gas Co. proposes a new 12-inch natural gas distribution main in order to lift its ongoing service moratorium in the upper Pioneer Valley. The line would start at the Tennessee Gas Pipeline 200 Line, which traverses the state's southern tier, and travel 19 miles north to a rebuilt metering station in Northampton. Berkshire would then "loop" its existing six-inch line north of Northampton to send more natural gas into Franklin County.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Amherst   Northampton

    6. UMass celebrates opening of $150M life science research center

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      UMass celebrates opening of $150M life science research center

      Since the Institute for Applied Life Sciences was established in 2014, it has brought in $20 million in research grants, enlisted 31 project partners and created five startup companies — all before the building's formal opening. University of Massachusetts Amherst officials celebrated the opening of the institute's $150 million research facilities Friday with speeches, a formal ribbon cutting, talks, tours and panel discussions. Among the hundreds who attended were UMass faculty and students, state officials and Five College faculty.

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   University of Massachusetts   Amherst

    7. Recently completed $4 million-plus road improvement project in Westfield improves traffic...

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      Recently completed $4 million-plus road improvement project in Westfield improves traffic...

      Recently completed $4 million-plus in road improvements to the intersection of North Elm and Notre Dame streets have significantly improved traffic flow along North Elm Street. That was the finding Friday afternoon when Mayor Brian P. Sullivan, City Engineer Mark Cressotti and Superintendent of Schools Stefan Czaporowski inspected the area. "There is definitely a significant improvement in the flow of traffic," Sullivan said following the 2 p.m. inspection.

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      Mentions:   Westfield   Rick Sullivan

    8. Seen@ AIM's Western Mass. Next Century Awards celebration at Museum of Springfield History

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      Seen@ AIM's Western Mass. Next Century Awards celebration at Museum of Springfield History

      Receiving AIM Next Century Awards were Smith & Wesson, a firearms manufacturer; and Valley Venture Mentors, a business accelerator, both of Springfield. AIM Sustainability Awards went to PeoplesBank, a 131-year-old community bank based in Holyoke; and W.D. Cowls Inc. of North Amherst, a forestry, real estate and building-materials company. "All four recipients exemplify the transformative and lasting power of economic opportunity," said Richard C. Lord, president and CEO of AIM. "Their vision and leadership have allowed Western Massachusetts residents to work, support families and build lives for themselves while making the commonwealth a wonderful place to live."

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      Mentions:   Associated Industries of Massachusetts   Smith & Wesson Corp.   Springfield

    9. Paragus IT celebrates employee stock ownership plan with Harpoon Beer founder Dan Kenary | masslive.com

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      Paragus IT celebrates employee stock ownership plan with Harpoon Beer founder Dan Kenary | masslive.com

      Paragus IT will celebrate Friday its employee stock ownership program along with the beer entrepreneur who helped inspire it.  In June, Paragus announced an employee stock ownership program (ESOP) valued at approximately $1.6 million. The plan distributes ownership of 40 percent of the company to its more than 40 employees.

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    10. Massachusetts unemployment falls to lowest point in 15 years

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      Massachusetts unemployment falls to lowest point in 15 years

      The Massachusetts unemployment rate fell in September to 3.6 percent, its lowest point since June of 2001, according to numbers released Thursday by the federal Bureau of Labor Information and the state Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development. The state gained 5,100 jobs over the month. The August unemployment rate was 3.9 percent. Local September numbers will not be available for another week, but unemployment in the city of Springfield fell in August to 7.4 percent from 8 percent a month earlier and 9.5 percent a year earlier in August 2015.

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    11. NeighborWorks America and HAPHousing gives scholarships | masslive.com

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      NeighborWorks America and HAPHousing gives scholarships | masslive.com

      NeighborWorks America, through its affiliate HAPHousing, has awarded Congressman John W. Olver Scholarships to two individuals, Laura Baker of Valley CDC and Toni Hochstadt of Hilltown CDC, to attend the NeighborWorks America Training Institute .  The scholarships provide free tuition, travel and single-room lodging.  The Congressman John W. Olver Scholarship recognizes outstanding individuals and organizations that demonstrate leadership, dedication and commitment in the housing and community development field in the four Western Massachusetts counties (Hampshire, Franklin, Berkshire and Hampden).

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    12. Groundbreaking at STCC begins construction of Rubenzahl Student Learning Commons

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      Groundbreaking at STCC begins construction of Rubenzahl Student Learning Commons

      Springfield Technical Community College held a groundbreaking ceremony today, beginning construction of the college's new student learning commons. The 24-month project, which will cost about $50 million, will convert Building 19, 170-year-old warehouse, into a cafe, library and social space for students. Rep. Richard Neal, D-Springfield, Mayor Domenic Sarno, STCC President John Cook and officials from the Massachusetts Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance (DCAMM) and Consigli Construction Co. were at the ground breaking

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   Springfield Technical Community College   Springfield

    13. Gov. Charlie Baker gets crash course in Aviation Technology from students at Westfield...

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      Gov. Charlie Baker gets crash course in Aviation Technology from students at Westfield...

      Gov. Charlie Baker got a crash course in aviation technology from students and staff at Westfield Technical Academy during a visit to the high school late Tuesday afternoon. It was Baker's first visit to the technical high school and it follows the award last month of a $500,000 Massachusetts Workforce Training grant awarded to Westfield Technical Academy to enhance its new aviation technology program as well as its veteran manufacturing technology program.

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      Mentions:   Westfield

    14. Springfield North End park slated for $500,000 improvement project aided by $250,000 grant

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      Springfield North End park slated for $500,000 improvement project aided by $250,000 grant

      Local officials and residents gathered at the Jaime Ulloa Park in the North End on Tuesday, announcing plans for a $500,000 park improvement project there that includes a $250,000 grant from the national Land and Water Conservation Fund. Mayor Domenic J. Sarno and U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal, D-Springfield, were among officials praising the project, both saying it continues an investment in city parks that promotes recreation, open space, and the quality of life in Springfield. The park is located off Morgan Street.

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

    15. F.L. Roberts sells gas stations, stores and Jiffy Lube locations

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      F.L. Roberts sells gas stations, stores and Jiffy Lube locations

      Longtime local business F.L. Roberts & Co. has sold both its retail gas station and car wash business and its Jiffy Lube franchises to separate owners while retaining its wholesale business as Roberts Energy. As reported earlier, Roberts is selling its nine Jiffy Lubes to Atlantic Coast Enterprises, a Jiffy Lube franchisee with headquarters in Connecticut and locations in the southeastern U.S. Roberts is selling its retail and car wash business to Nouria Energy Corp.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Greenfield   Basketball Hall of Fame

    16. Springfield College learning commons is 21st century library | masslive.com

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      Springfield College learning commons is 21st century library | masslive.com

      Springfield College kicked off its homecoming weekend festivities Friday afternoon with a ceremonial groundbreaking for its $19 million learning commons project. The learning commons is a complete rehabilitation of Springfield College's Babson Library, a 57,000-square-foot building that opened in 1972, according to the college. The new building will include a 6,000-square-foot reading room with 24-hour access for students, 1,200 square feet of adaptable work space for group projects, classes, presentations and brainstorming sessions, a research consultation area, cafe and a 5,300-square-foot academic success center

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    17. Mayor Domenic J. Sarno and Chief Development Officer Kevin Kennedy tour Super Brush in Indian Orchard

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      Mayor Domenic J. Sarno and Chief Development Officer Kevin Kennedy tour Super Brush in Indian Orchard

      Mayor Domenic J. Sarno and Chief Development Officer Kevin Kennedy today re-toured Super Brush located at 800 Worcester Street in the Indian Orchard neighborhood to view, congratulate and thank them for their continued belief and $3 million building investment in the City of Springfield. Sarno said: "Super Brush is a 'hidden jewel' in Indian Orchard. Their clientele spans from national to international fronts. Their efforts can be seen on very common products to highly specialized tech products. Kevin and I are elated that this investment was necessitated by strong company growth." For more than sixty years, Super Brush has been ...

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Kevin Kennedy

    18. Connecticut Business Systems opens in West Springfield

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      Connecticut Business Systems opens in West Springfield

      Connecticut Business Systems (CBS), a Xerox company, today announced the grand opening of a state-of-the-art technology center in West Springfield. The facility has an on-site demo room providing the opportunity for clients to come in and experience the most advanced office technology in the industry, according to a news release.

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      Mentions:   West Springfield   Springfield

    19. Energy to power 1,000 Holyoke homes coming from new $10 million Mount Tom Solar Farm

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      Energy to power 1,000 Holyoke homes coming from new $10 million Mount Tom Solar Farm

      The $10 million Mount Tom Solar Farm with 17,208 panels will be installed by late December beside a now-closed coal-burning plant on Northampton Street with energy to power 1,000 homes, officials said Thursday. "It's a great event. It's a great day," said Frank Demaille, president and CEO of ENGIE North America.

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      Mentions:   Northampton   Holyoke

    20. Columbia Gas cuts ribbon on Springfield operations center

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      Columbia Gas cuts ribbon on Springfield operations center

      Corporate officials from Columbia Gas of Massachusetts and NiSource, its corporate parent, invited lawmakers, city and state officials as well as police and firefighters to tour its new Springfield operations center Thursday. The 27,000-square-foot facility at 2025 Roosevelt Ave. in the East Springfield neighborhood replaces the gas utility's former headquarters next door. That building, which went up in 1964 and was considered antiquated, will be torn down, said Stephen H. Bryant, president of Columbia Gas of Massachusetts.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Bay State Gas   Easthampton

    21. Mount Tom Solar Farm in Holyoke to stand as 'landmark' for ENGIE North America: CEO Frank Demaille

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      Mount Tom Solar Farm in Holyoke to stand as 'landmark' for ENGIE North America: CEO Frank Demaille

      The $10 million, 17,000-panel solar farm that will occupy property formerly dominated by a coal-burning plant represents an old-world-to-new-world transformation for ENGIE North America, CEO Frank Demaille said here today. "It's a landmark for us," Demaille said, at the Mount Tom Power Station, 200 Northampton St. Demaille spoke at a ceremonial groundbreaking in the shadow of the smoke-stack of the former coal facility on the 128-acre site beside the Connecticut River. The Mount Tom Solar Farm will occupy 22 acres and its installation is scheduled to be complete by late December, company spokeswoman Julie Vitek said.

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      Mentions:   Northampton   Holyoke

    22. Behind the Scenes: Springfield's Union Station renovations on track for January grand...

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      Behind the Scenes: Springfield's Union Station renovations on track for January grand...

      Springfield's Union Station is nearing completion after decades of dreams and many dollars. Built in 1926, Union Station was the center of activity in Springfield for generations. The $88.5 million rehabilitation of Union Station into an intermodal bus-rail-transit hub is due to be completed in January of 2017, and is expected to draw five million rail and bus passengers a year in its first year of operation, a number that could swell to eight million or more if additional passenger train service is added.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   The Republican

    23. UMass microbiologist awarded $2.5 million grants to study how soil microbes contribute to...

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      UMass microbiologist awarded $2.5 million grants to study how soil microbes contribute to...

      A microbiologist at the University of Massachusetts Amherst has been awarded $2.5 million in the form of two grants from the U.S. Department of Energy that will go towards researching how soil microbes contribute to global warming. Kristen DeAngelis will lead a team of other researchers to investigate how soil--which is the largest repository for carbon in the natural world--may disperse carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, thus feeding global warming. "Our results could lead to new ideas for curbing the effects of climate change, and one of the implications of this research could be remediating soil to improve ...

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Amherst

    24. Hazen Paper of Holyoke scores at Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame

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      Hazen Paper of Holyoke scores at Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame

      Hazen Paper Co. created a coordinated, custom package of holographic promotional items and event souvenirs for the 2016 Enshrinement at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield. This is the fourth year Hazen has been invited to produce event-marketing materials to stimulate interest, generate income, enhance visitor experience and deliver maximum impact to advertisers; this time the ensemble included a keepsake poster, as well as tickets for a series of related events, and the covers of a souvenir golf classic program and the commemorative enshrinement program.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Holyoke   Basketball Hall of Fame

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