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    1. Massachusetts Life Sciences Center solicits for capital projects | masslive.com

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      Massachusetts Life Sciences Center solicits for capital projects | masslive.com

      “The Life Sciences Center has invested or committed over $370 million, literally from Cape Cod to the Berkshires, in support of life sciences capital projects,” said Susan Windham-Bannister, Ph.D., President & CEO of the MLSC. “Through these investments we are creating unique resources to strengthen our life sciences ecosystem, expand our workforce, create new jobs and cement Massachusetts' position as the global leader in life sciences. We look forward to receiving additional innovative proposals through this year's solicitation.”

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      Mentions:   Massachusetts Life Sciences Center   Life Sciences Center

    2. Winifred Sandler Grinspoon to head Harold Grinspoon Foundation

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      Winifred Sandler Grinspoon to head Harold Grinspoon Foundation

      The foundation founded by Grinspoon and his wife Diane Troderman, in 1993, established and funds the popular PJ LIbrary program. The program provides free Jewish content books and CDs to children, six months to eight years of age, being raised on Jewish values by their family. Locally, it is under the auspices of the Jewish Federation of Western Massachusetts. The foundation, through its partners, has distributed more than 10 million books to children in this country, Israel, Mexico and elsewhere.

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      Mentions:   The Republican

    3. Holyoke Gas and Electric Manager James Lavelle said region needs more

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      Holyoke Gas and Electric Manager James Lavelle said region needs more

      The proposed and controversial expansion of the Tennessee Gas Pipeline possibly through Franklin County might not be a bad idea, said the head of the Holyoke Gas and Electric Department. The Northeast needs additional natural gas pipeline capacity, said James M. Lavelle, manager of the Holyoke Gas and Electric Department (HGE).

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      Mentions:   Greenfield Community College   Greenfield   Holyoke

    4. Maura McCaffrey, new Health New England president and CEO, sees growing business | masslive

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      Maura McCaffrey, new Health New England president and CEO, sees growing business | masslive

      Health New England, the Springfield-based health insurer, is moving forward .  The company, which has $550 million in revenue, has plans to expand into Worcester County, a planned expansion in Connecticut and innovative programs like 'Hospital at Home,' which could let some patients be monitored from home instead staying in the hospital.

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      Mentions:   Baystate Health   Springfield   Health New England

    5. UMass student farmers celebrate growing collaboration with Big Y World Class Market

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      UMass student farmers celebrate growing collaboration with Big Y World Class Market

      On Friday morning, a handful of University of Massachusetts student farmers dressed in dusty shorts and T-shirts, were busy harvesting yellow squash, zucchini and eggplants that would soon be on the shelves of two Big Y World Class Market stores. This is the first summer the students from the UMass Student Farm have been supplying summer crops to the Springfield-based chain. In the past two years, they sold fall crops there, said farm manager Amanda Brown. But the partnership with Big Y has grown and both hope it will continue to flourish.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Big Y Foods   Springfield

    6. Many Tennessee Gas Pipeline questions still up in the air after Greenfield meeting with Kinder Morgan representatives

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      Many Tennessee Gas Pipeline questions still up in the air after Greenfield meeting with Kinder Morgan representatives

      Four representatives fielded questions during a joint meeting of the Franklin County Regional Council of Governments and the Franklin Regional Planning Board. The representatives discussed process specifics and reasons behind the proposed expansion to the Tennessee Gas Pipeline, which would cut about 180 miles across the state through northern Massachusetts, not including lateral lines. Spokesman Allen Fore said the route is not yet set in stone, and he called it a survey corridor rather than a proposed route. “Not a single permit has been filed,” he said. When asked why Kinder Morgan doesn’t build the pipeline along an existing ...

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      Mentions:   Greenfield Community College   Greenfield

    7. Greenfield uses power-buying plan to help Kennametal expand

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      Greenfield uses power-buying plan to help Kennametal expand

      The electricity that Greenfield hopes to soon buy in bulk and resell at a discount to residents and businesses helped give  the city the power to land the Kennametal expansion. "Obviously the cost of energy is one of the biggest impediments in trying to attract manufacturers to New England,"  said Robert Pyers, director of economic development for Greenfield. This week,  Kennametal has announced that it will expand its operations here, adding 70 new jobs and $4.65  million worth  in private investment including $3.4 million in equipment and renovations to its plant at 34 Sanderson St. here.

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      Mentions:   Greenfield   Western Massachusetts Electric Company   Robert Pyers

    8. West Springfield receives $900,000 federal funding for neighborhood improvements

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      West Springfield receives $900,000 federal funding for neighborhood improvements

      The town's Community Development Department has received $900,000 from federal Community Development Block Grant funding that will be used for sidewalk replacement in the Memorial Avenue neighborhood and housing rehabilitation assistance for 13 resident housing units. Gov. Deval L. Patrick announced last week that 54 cities and towns throughout the Commonwealth will receive funding from a total of $27.5 million in federal CDBG money. “These are very important dollars to the enhancement of quality of life in West Springfield,” said Mayor Edward C. Sullivan.

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   West Springfield   Springfield

    9. Grantham Group of Boston selected to develop assisted living component of

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      Grantham Group of Boston selected to develop assisted living component of

      Boston's Grantham Group LLC has been selected to develop an 83-unit assisted living complex on land once part of the Belchertown State School. The Belchertown Economic Development and Industrial Corporation and MassDevelopment announced the selection of Grantham on Thursday. Grantham Group also developed the $13.4 million, 50,000-square-foot Christopher Heights of Northampton Project in the Village Hill neighborhood of Northampton. Village Hill, once part of the old Northampton State Hospital, is owned by MassDevelopment, the state's finance and development agency.

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   MassDevelopment   Northampton

    10. People In Business: Janet Casey of the Professional Women’s Chamber | masslive

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      People In Business: Janet Casey of the Professional Women’s Chamber | masslive

      Casey is the principal at Marketing Doctor in West Springfield, a marketing and advertising agency specializing in advertising in bariatrics, the elective medical procedure space and political campaigns. Before establishing Marketing Doctor, Casey served as a senior sales account executive for LIN Media and advertising account executive for Guy Gannett Broadcasting.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   West Springfield   Springfield

    11. The Student Prince and Fort restaurant in Springfield readies for a second course, reopening planned for middle of September | masslive

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      The Student Prince and Fort restaurant in Springfield readies for a second course, reopening planned for middle of September | masslive

      The Fort is quiet, for now.  There was no murmur of conversation, no bursts of laughter, no clinking of knives and forks, no hubbub or rushing waitstaff at the downtown Springfield restaurant Wednesday.  'I can get more work done in an hour than I used to be able to get done in eight hours,' said Barbara B. Meunier, a managing partner and part of the Scherff family that has run the Student Prince Cafe and The Fort Dining Room, the downtown Springfield icon, for two generations.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Springfield   Peter Pan Bus Lines

    12. Kennametal announces $5 million and 70-job expansion in Greenfield continuing Greenfield Tap & Die legacy

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      Kennametal announces $5 million and 70-job expansion in Greenfield continuing Greenfield Tap & Die legacy

      Kennametal has announced that it will expand its operations here, adding 70 new jobs and $4.65  million worth  in private investment including $3.4 million in equipment and renovations to its plant at 34 Sanderson St. here. The move, announced Wednesday, would more than double the staff at Kennametal, which has a staff of 63 now. the Pennsylvania-based company bought the old Greenfield Tap & Die, which was once the largest company of its kind in the world, back in 1997

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      Mentions:   Massachusetts Office of Business Development   William Martin   Greenfield Community College

    13. Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts awards $1.2 million to local nonprofits

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      Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts awards $1.2 million to local nonprofits

      The Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts is awarding more than $1.2 million to local nonprofit organizations for 99 projects -- ranging from granting homeless children their birthday wishes to land preservation -- in its ongoing efforts to improve to the quality of life in the Pioneer Valley.

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    14. Holyoke survey shows open space preferred use for Whiting Farms Rd. site, followed by mixed retail

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      Holyoke survey shows open space preferred use for Whiting Farms Rd. site, followed by mixed retail

      Nothing would be fine. Essentially, that's the highest intensity of interest expressed in a survey the city did of what kind of use residents and others want for 19 acres on Whiting Farms Road previously considered controversially by Walmart and Lowe's improvement.

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      Mentions:   Holyoke

    15. Inside the glass: Photos explore Josh Simpson glass art in Westfield

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      Inside the glass: Photos explore Josh Simpson glass art in Westfield

      There’s magic between the works of Josh Simpson and Mike Rossi. Rossi’s photography of Simpson’s glass art is on display until Oct. 13 at Pilgrim Candle Marketplace in Westfield. “Through the Lens of Mike Rossi: Josh Simpson Revealed” is part of Westfield on Weekends’ “The Universe According to Josh Simpson,” a multi-part art show featuring Simpson’s glass art and other creative projects spinning off Simpson’s work.

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      Mentions:   Westfield State University   Westfield

    16. Westfield's Elm Street Urban Renewal Plan to follow PVTA intermodal center, city advancement officer says

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      Westfield's Elm Street Urban Renewal Plan to follow PVTA intermodal center, city advancement officer says

      Construction on the proposed $6.8 million Pioneer Valley Transit Authority's intermodal center here could begin later this year while city plans for redevelopment along Elm Street are one to two years further down the road. City Advancement Officer Joseph Mitchell said this week the PVTA is currently reviewing two proposals for construction of the intermodal center, and will open offers Aug. 18 that focus on the necessary land acquisition and relocation services for the Arnold Street site.

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      Mentions:   Westfield

    17. Conversion of old Holyoke Catholic High School into 54 apartments underway; construction to last a year | masslive

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      Conversion of old Holyoke Catholic High School into 54 apartments underway; construction to last a year | masslive

      Construction began last month and the $19 million conversion of the old Holyoke Catholic High School campus into 54 apartments should take a year, the owner said.  The apartments' rents will be geared to tenants with up to moderate incomes, with 10 percent, or five units, available for those receiving federal government rent help, E. Denis Walsh, of Weld Management, said Thursday (July 17).  An event to mark the ground-breaking of the job is being scheduled, he said.  Mayor Alex B. Morse said the conversion of the former school campus into apartments adds to the neighborhood's improvements.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Chicopee   Holyoke

    18. 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

    19. 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

    20. 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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    21. 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

    22. 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

    23. 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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    24. 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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