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    1. Development plans for property at Turnpike Exit 3 under review by Westfield Planning Board

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      Development plans for property at Turnpike Exit 3 under review by Westfield Planning Board

      Development plans for property across from Exit 3 of the Massachusetts Turnpike will bring the city alternative motor vehicle fuels, improve traffic flow in the area, attract new business and increase municipal tax revenue, Developer Robert Bolduc told the city's Planning Board Tuesday night. After spending more than two hours reviewing plans submitted by Pride Limited Partnership the Planning Board agreed to continue a public hearing on project until its next scheduled meeting May 5.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Westfield   Robert Bolduc

    2. Mayor Sarno calls Springfield Restaurant Week 2015 an event 'you can't put a price tag on' | masslive.com

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      Mayor Sarno calls Springfield Restaurant Week 2015 an event 'you can't put a price tag on' | masslive.com

      The City Hall Chamber event included speeches from Mayor Domenic Sarno, City Council President Michael Fenton, City Councilor Justin Hurst and Chris Russel, Executive Director of the Springfield Business Improvement District.  'People coming down to the city of Springfield with their family and friends to have a great time and good food will spread that word to other suburban areas in Western Massachusetts,' said Mayor Domenic Sarno.

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   Springfield   Springfield Business Improvement District

    3. United Bank reports $13 million net income, 12-cent dividend | masslive.com

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      United Bank reports $13 million net income, 12-cent dividend | masslive.com

      United Bank of West Springfield, Massachusetts, and Rockville Bank of Connecticut announced a $369 million merger in November 2013, and the merger became final on April 30, 2014. That's why earnings for the combined banks are being compared with Rockville's 2014 results.

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      Mentions:   West Springfield   Springfield   United Bank

    4. Downtown Springfield features urban designs created by UMass students

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      Downtown Springfield features urban designs created by UMass students

      Students from the University of Massachusetts Graduate Urban Design Studio have staged six installations throughout downtown Springfield all using tactical urbanism, an emergent form of urban design that looks at new ways to enliven cities with temporary interventions that are inexpensive and easy to install, according to Frank Sleegers and Michael Di Pasquale, urban design professors at University of Massachusetts Amherst.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Springfield   Amherst

    5. Westfield provides property tax break for country's oldest cutlery manufacturer

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      Westfield provides property tax break for country's oldest cutlery manufacturer

      Lamson & Goodnow, the country's oldest cutlery manufacturer will receive a property tax break as it completes relocation from Shelburne Falls to Mainline Drive here. The tax reduction will save the company about $35,583 over a five-year period but at the same time it will pay Westfield $35,583 in property taxes over the same period. The company will receive a 100 percent property tax exemption during 2016 and total taxes will be reduced during the years 2017, 2018, 2019. In 2020 the company will pay its full share of taxes to the city.

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      Mentions:   Westfield

    6. Katie Stebbins hired as assistant secretary for Massachusetts Housing and Economic Development | masslive

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      Katie Stebbins hired as assistant secretary for Massachusetts Housing and Economic Development | masslive

      Katie Stebbins, who previously worked for the city of Springfield and the Holyoke Innovation District, has been named assistant secretary of innovation, technology, and entrepreneurship for Massachusetts' Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development.  Gov. Charlie Baker's administration, which took office in January, is still in the process of filling out its staff. The department advertised Stebbins' hire as part of its attempt to create jobs in Massachusetts.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Holyoke

    7. Eastec manufacturing trade show returns to Big E in May | masslive

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      Eastec manufacturing trade show returns to Big E in May | masslive

      The Eastec manufacturing trade show, with its exhibits of massive machine tools capable of shaping parts to tolerances smaller than a human hair, returns to the Big E next month after a two-year absence.  Eastec runs from May 12-14 at the Eastern States Exposition Grounds in West Springfield. Registration is $25 before May 7 and $50 after May 8.  'Eastec is the show that brings new engineering and ideas and processes together,' said Kim Farrugia, a senior event manager with Eastec organizers SME, formerly the Society of Manufacturing Engineers.

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      Mentions:   West Springfield   Springfield   Eastern States Exposition

    8. CBS 3, ABC 40 and FOX 6 unite as Western Mass News | masslive.com

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      CBS 3, ABC 40 and FOX 6 unite as Western Mass News | masslive.com

      A new brand name and more modern set await TV viewers when CBS 3, ABC 40 and FOX 6 consolidate their news gathering operations on Tuesday.  Western Mass News: Coverage You Can Count On will be launched after WSHM, CBS 3 Springfield, moves out of its offices at Monarch Place on Monday night and relocates to the 1300 Liberty St. studio of WGGB, ABC 40 and FOX 6.  Meredith Corp. - which has owned CBS 3 Springfield, since 2003 - purchased WGGB from Gormally Broadcasting for $53.8 million six months ago.

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    9. Agawam: Half-decade after being announced, $14-million housing project for homeless veterans moves forward

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      Agawam: Half-decade after being announced, $14-million housing project for homeless veterans moves forward

      A 51-unit housing community that was expected to open its doors to struggling veterans in 2012 is finally moving forward with construction. Soldier On, a local nonprofit organization committed to helping homeless veterans, has been working to convert the old Western Massachusetts Regional Police Academy at 702 South Westfield St. into the so-called Gordon J. Mansfield Veterans Village for nearly five years.

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      Mentions:   Westfield

    10. Baystate Children's Hospital, Connecticut Children's Medical Center announce new partnership in pediatric neurosurgery

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      Baystate Children's Hospital, Connecticut Children's Medical Center announce new partnership in pediatric neurosurgery

      Baystate Children's Hospital and Hartford-based Connecticut Children's Medical have announced a new partnership in pediatric neurosurgery that is the first major outgrowth of several months of collaboration. The two facilities had announced in October their intent to explore potential areas in which they could collaborate on services, including pediatric neurosurgery.

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      Mentions:   University of Connecticut   Baystate Health   Springfield

    11. Holyoke's O'Connell Care at Home sets open house to fill jobs

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      Holyoke's O'Connell Care at Home sets open house to fill jobs

      Jobs are available at O'Connell Care at Home and will be discussed at an open house from noon to 4 p.m. Monday (April 20) at the company offices at 14 Bobala Road, Suite 1B. "Whether you are looking for a career or extra income, home health care is rewarding and in demand," said Danielle Lord, company chief operating officer. The company is seeking certified nursing assistants, certified home health aides and personal care assistants to work in Hampden, Hampshire and Franklin counties, a press release from spokeswoman Caroline Lee said.

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      Mentions:   Holyoke

    12. Habitat for Humanity ReStore in Westfield expected to be a lifeline for working families

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      Habitat for Humanity ReStore in Westfield expected to be a lifeline for working families

      A crowd of about 50 volunteers, public officials and community members gathered to celebrate the opening of the Greater Springfield Habitat for Humanity's ReStore charity shop with a ribbon cutting Friday afternoon. The store is stocked entirely with donated home improvement goods, said Restore Chair Jason Tsitso, and will aid the charity in fulfilling its mission -- serving as many families in need as possible.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Westfield   Greater Westfield Chamber of Commerce

    13. Holyoke Community College to offer free restaurant & hospitality training courses | masslive

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      Holyoke Community College to offer free restaurant & hospitality training courses | masslive

      For those hoping to break into or move up in the field of restaurant and hospitality, Holyoke Community College is looking to help.  The college is offering free classes to help train students. The classes will focus on core industry skills, including TIPS and ServSafe certifications, food and wine pairing, food prep skills, customer service, management and supervision.

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      Mentions:   Holyoke Community College   Springfield Technical Community College   Springfield

    14. Wanted: New use for old mill building on Connecticut River in Montague | masslive.com

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      Wanted: New use for old mill building on Connecticut River in Montague | masslive.com

      Former mill buildings have found new life as artists' studios, office complexes, shopping centers and apartments.  Town officials in Montague are accepting ideas for the appropriate reuse of a former paper mill building situated on an island.

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    15. Interstate 91 viaduct reconstruction bids awarded for $183.3 million | masslive.com

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      Interstate 91 viaduct reconstruction bids awarded for $183.3 million | masslive.com

      The Massachusetts Department of Transportation has awarded the bid to rebuild the two-mile-long Interstate 91 viaduct through downtown Springfield.  JF White-Schiavone of Framingham submitted the lowest bid at $148 million, according to a state news release.  The total project cost, which in addition to the bid price includes railroad flaggers, traffic details, protections against cost overruns, and an incentive clause for the contractor to expedite the work, is approximately $183.3 million, the Department of Transportation said Wednesday.  The Mass DOT said the contract also provides for an incentive of $50,000 per day for each day the contractor completes ...

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Massachusetts Department of Transportation

    16. Westfield students continuing construction of Park Square gazebo

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      Westfield students continuing construction of Park Square gazebo

      Electrical wiring seniors from Westfield Vocational-Technical High School this week completed the rough wiring requirements of the new student-built gazebo at Park Square. For students like Kyle Thibodeao, 18, of Otis and Nicholas Pitoniak, 17, of Huntington, this week provided hands-on experience of what their work life will be after graduation in June. Both have full-time jobs lined up in their chosen career field following high school graduation.

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      Mentions:   Westfield

    17. Development of Riverwalk project at Ludlow Mills kicks off Thursday

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      Development of Riverwalk project at Ludlow Mills kicks off Thursday

      The Westmass Area Development Corporation will kick off Phase 1 of its Riverwalk project, part of the Ludlow Mills Preservation and Redevelopment comprehensive master plan, Thursday at 9 a.m. at the entrance of the clock tower at the Ludlow Mills. Among those planning to attend the kick-off event are: Representative Thomas Petrolati; Carmina Fernandes, chair of the Ludlow Board of Selectmen; Victoria Healy, CEO of HealthSouth; Kenn Delude, president and CEO of Westmass; and Eric Nelson, vice president of Westmass.

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      Mentions:   Chicopee   Kenn Delude   HealthSouth

    18. Smith & Wesson ups sales projections, says orders stronger than anticipated | masslive

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      Smith & Wesson ups sales projections, says orders stronger than anticipated | masslive

      Smith & Wesson said it expects net sales of between $175 million and $179 million and earnings per share from continuing operations of between 34 cents and 36 cents for its current quarter, which ends April 30.  Smith & Wesson has 1,475 full-time employees, mostly at its massive gun factory and headquarters on Roosevelt Avenue in Springfield. The company was founded in 1852 by Horace Smith and Daniel B. Wesson and has long been a staple employer in Springfield.

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      Mentions:   Smith & Wesson Corp.   Springfield

    19. MBTA car builder CNR Changchun buys Springfield site for $12 million; factory construction timetable set | masslive

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      MBTA car builder CNR Changchun buys Springfield site for $12 million; factory construction timetable set | masslive

      Railroad car builder CNR Changchun Railway Vehicles has purchased the 40-acre site on Page Boulevard where it will build new subway cars for the MBTA.  The purchase price was $12 million, and CNR expects to begin construction of its $60 million railroad car factory in the spring of 2016.  The new factory, which will require a staff of about 150 employees, is expected to be completed in the fall of 2018 and start production of new Red Line and Orange Line cars for the MBTA in January 2019, said Lydia M. Rivera, a spokeswoman for CNR Changchun and its CNR ...

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Kevin Kennedy   MGM Resorts International

    20. Westover Air Base in Chicopee has a long history of flying refueling tanker jets

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      Westover Air Base in Chicopee has a long history of flying refueling tanker jets

      The news that Westover is one of four finalists to be selected to become home to new KC-46A Pegasus refueling planes could bring the base back to its original mission. Having refueling aircraft at Westover is not new. In fact the first time Westover pilots flew refueling planes was in 1955 when the KC-97s arrived at the base. Those planes also carried cargo, Master Sgt. Andrew S. Biscoe, public affairs technician at Westover, said.

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      Mentions:   Boeing   Chicopee

    21. Springfield startup Jeneyus sees success with new app 'Run TerRio Run' featuring young Vine star | masslive

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      Springfield startup Jeneyus sees success with new app 'Run TerRio Run' featuring young Vine star | masslive

      Hussain is the founder of Jeneyus, a company that specializes in developing websites and mobile applications. Since starting the company two years ago, he and his team of more than a dozen developers have created several mobile applications, though Hussain said he is still shocked by the success the company's latest venture.  The mobile application is an adventure game featuring the young Internet star. It begins with TerRio knocking on his grandfather's door, saying his famous line 'Ooh, kill em,' then taking off down the street. The object of the game is to run through traffic, ducking traffic ...

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    22. Taking steps to close the skills gap in Western Mass.: Guest viewpoint

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      Taking steps to close the skills gap in Western Mass.: Guest viewpoint

      The Pioneer Valley has been a manufacturing hub for over two centuries, starting with the Springfield Armory. But our region is at risk of losing its competitive edge because of difficulty attracting, developing, and retaining a high-quality workforce. The precision manufacturing industry, which makes components for things like jet engines, semiconductors and electronics, is flourishing here in Western Mass., representing more than half of all manufacturing jobs in Hampden and Hampshire Counties.

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      Mentions:   Springfield Armory   Springfield   Chicopee

    23. Chicopee's Westover Air base could diversify mission add jobs with new refueling tanker planes

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      Chicopee's Westover Air base could diversify mission add jobs with new refueling tanker planes

      "We are pleased to hear the Air Force is considering Westover as a site to host 12 refueling planes. Westover is an important part of not only our community, but our local economy. Any increase in activity at the base is a good thing for the base, our city, and our region," he said. State officials have already agreed to invest more than $6 million to boost Westover's mission and try to protect it from further defense cuts. Included in the funding is opening a new $5 million National Aeronautics Research, Development and Training Center in partnership with the ...

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Boeing   Springfield

    24. Holyoke High School students examine Edaron Inc., Brick, computing center

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      Holyoke High School students examine Edaron Inc., Brick, computing center

      Members of the Holyoke High School Business Club April 8 visited businesses including Edaron Inc. at 100 Appleton St., which uses die cutting and mounting paper products to manufacture jigsaw puzzles and board games; Brick Coworkshop, a collaborative of artists, engineers, designers and fabricators at 400 Dwight St., where they saw a glass-blowing demonstration; and the Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center on Bigelow Street, an academic research facility.

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      Mentions:   Holyoke

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