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BEIJING (AP) — China’s economic growth slowed to a 24-year low of 7.4 percent in the first quarter, raising the risk of job losses and a potential impact on its trading partners. The figure reported Wednesday by the government was down from the… Read more

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Holyoke Blue Sox Reach for the (Future) Stars Hunter Golden is living the baseball dream. A dream that seemed unattainable when he actually, you know, played the game. “I was a terrible baseball player. I was a pretty good athlete, but a… Read more

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Cautious Optimism Prevails as a New Golf Season Gets Underway Dave DiRico hadn’t been in retail for very long — just over two years, actually — but that was long enough to know that something unusual, and perhaps historically bad,… Read more

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Noted Eye Surgeon Andrew Lam Shows He Has the Write Stuff Dr. Andrew Lam’s twin passions for eye care and history have helped him carve out a unique niche in both fields. China 1944: American lieutenant David Parker and Communist guerilla… Read more

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Demand Grows for Low-maintenance Backyard Sanctuaries Rick Miller, president of R.J.M. Landscaping When Cathy Hartley attended the 20th annual Four Chamber Table Top Expo and Business Networking Event last month at the Log Cabin Banquet and… Read more

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The 5 C’s to Recruit, Engage, and Retain Quality Staff By KIM SEELING SMITH The war for talent is over, and talent has won. Over the past 20 to 30 years, technology and globalization have dramatically changed the way we work. However, very… Read more

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Chicopee Is Well-positioned for Economic Growth Mayor Richard Kos says Chicopee’s transportation infrastructure, diverse mix of businesses, and abundance of available building sites all contribute to its economic stability. The city of… Read more

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More than 300 people turned out at the Log Cabin Banquet & Meeting House in Holyoke on March 20 for a celebration of the Difference Makers for 2014. The photos on the next several pages capture the essence of the event, which featured… Read more

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St. Germain Investment Management Gets Personal When gauging the reputation of St. Germain Investment Management, Tim Suffish says, one measure is the number of non-clients who call out of the blue. “It happens all the time,” he said…. Read more

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Wellspring Initiative Strives to Create a Steady Stream of New Jobs Fred Rose, left, and Evan Cohen say the upholstery cooperative has strong growth potential. Bob Demerjian says he saw the ad last fall on a state website featuring job postings…. Read more

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Click Workspace Puts Members on Collision Courses Randall Smith, left, and Chris Landry connected at Click Workspace and are now collaborating on a project. ‘Collisions.’ That’s the term Paul Silva absolutely wore out as he… Read more

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Banking Leaders Say Retailers Should Bear Burden of Data Breaches When it comes to data breaches and identity theft, Target isn’t the only target. The retail chain made news of the worst sort in December when it reported a security breach… Read more

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The Experiments Continue in John Aubin’s Evolving Open Square As John Aubin talked about Open Square, the massive former mill complex along the canals in downtown Holyoke that has been his passion for the past dozen years or more, he… Read more

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Developments Strengthen Northampton’s Economy Mayor David Narkewicz says new projects in Northampton range from redevelopment of blighted buildings to new construction. On March 7, a ribbon-cutting ceremony was staged at two new auto… Read more

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Women’s Fund Event on May 1 Will Launch 100 Good Men Campaign Kate Kane The name isn’t what one would expect from an event sponsored by the Women’s Fund of Western Massachusetts. And that, Kate Kane notes, is exactly the… Read more