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Patrick Announces $1.5 Million for Water Technology Innovation

November 18th, 2014
AMHERST – Gov. Deval Patrick today announced $1.5 million in funding to build on his administration’s efforts to make Massachusetts a hub for the emerging water innovation sector. Patrick was joined by UMass Amherst and Environmental...

Florence Bank Opens New Hadley Branch

November 18th, 2014
HADLEY — Florence Bank, a mutually-owned savings bank serving the Pioneer Valley through nione branch locations, celebrated the opening of its new Hadley location at 377 Russell St. On Nov. 15, with local and state officials, and more than 100...

Sarno to Speak at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government

November 18th, 2014
SPRINGFIELD — Mayor Domenic J. Sarno will be traveling to Cambridge today to speak to a group of approximately 100 students interested in urban renewal and economic development. The students are all graduate students at Harvard’s Kennedy...

Your Move

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November 18th, 2014
Banks Navigate a Rapidly Changing Chess Board In assessing the many ways banking in Massachusetts has changed, Dan Forte summons two numbers: 338 and 175. The first, said Forte, president of the Mass. Bankers Assoc., is the number of banks with...

The Countdown Begins

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November 18th, 2014
Casino Project Generates Challenges, Anticipation A panoramic view of the section of Springfield’s South End that will be transformed into MGM’s $800 million casino complex. Thirty-three months. That’s how long MGM Resorts...

Primary Concerns

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November 18th, 2014
Physicians Get Back to Work After HCPA Bankruptcy Dan Moen understands that the closing of Hampden County Physician Associates (HCPA) is a big story in the region, but it’s just a part of a much larger story going forward. “Physicians...

Shuffling the Deck

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November 18th, 2014
Casino Vote Spurs Movement in Real-estate Market The buildings along Main Street between Harrison Avenue and Falcons Way are among those expected to draw interest from businesses to be displaced by the casino. Kevin Jennings called it “an...

Upping the Ante

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November 18th, 2014
Retailers Cautiously Optimistic About Holiday Shopping Season Ken Williamson believes people are gaining confidence in the economy and are less afraid to spend than they were in the past. This year’s holiday shopping season holds the...

Community Spotlight: Southampton

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November 18th, 2014
Southampton’s Building Boom Brings Challenges Although the downturn in the economy in 2008-09 caused building to come to an abrupt standstill in most cities and towns across Western Mass., Southampton was an exception. “Building never...

What’s the Prognosis?

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November 18th, 2014
A Primer on the New Law Requiring Employers to Provide Sick Leave By JEFFREY TRAPINI and HUNTER KEIL Jeffery Trapani Hunter Keil Through a ballot intitiative in the November election, voters in Massachusetts decided to require employers to...

Members First

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November 18th, 2014
Pioneer Valley Credit Union Takes a Service-focused Approach By KEVIN FLANDERS In her 30 years with PVCU, Anabela Pereira Grenier has seen assets rise from $2 million to $52 million. Once a fledgling establishment operating out of a single post...

Do Your Kids Watch TV in Your Home Office?

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November 18th, 2014
Know the Rules to Understand If You Qualify for Deduction Today, technology allows us the opportunity to work from just about anywhere. One benefit is the ability to work from home. This has brought the home-office deduction into play for some...

Loan Stars

November 18th, 2014
A chart of the region’s credit unions Click here to download the...

Sending a Message

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November 18th, 2014
Holyoke Medical Center Works to Raise Its Profile in the Community Spiros Hatiras says Holyoke Medical Center isn’t changing what it is and what it does — it’s just doing a better job of communicating it. John Morris starts off...

Equipping the Future

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November 18th, 2014
Demand for Nurses Rises — Along with a Push for More Education Joyce Thielen says a significant shortage of nurses nationwide is on the horizon, with some specialties, like OR nursing, expected to be in particular demand. If you want to be...