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Business Expo Luncheon Speaker Announced

June 30th, 2014
SPRINGFIELD — The Women’s Professional Chamber of Commerce has announced that Patricia Diaz Dennis, retired senior vice president and assistant general counsel for AT&T and commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission...

Commentary: Springfield Doesn’t Want to Let Go of the Fort

June 30th, 2014
It was a surreal scene at the Student Price restaurant (the Fort) toward the end of last week. Late afternoon on Thursday, just a few days after the news broke that the landmark would be closing by week’s end, hoping to reopen under new...

MSB to Hold Workshop on Estate Planning for Rental Property Owners

June 30th, 2014
MONSON — Monson Savings Bank will stage a complimentary ‘lunch and learn’ workshop titled “Estate Planning for Rental Property Owners,” featuring attorney David Walczak, a leading expert on real-estate law and, in...

Dr. Octavian Adam Joins Neurology Team at BMC

June 30th, 2014
PITTSFIELD — Berkshire Health Systems announced the appointment of neurologist Dr. Octavian Adam to the medical staff of Berkshire Medical Center and Neurology Professional Services of BMC. Adam is accepting new patients in need of neurology...

US Stocks Manage Tiny Gains, End Week Lower

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June 27th, 2014
 NEW YORK (AP) -- U.S. stocks are closing with tiny gains after a late-afternoon turn higher, but still ended the week with a loss. The Dow Jones industrial average was down for most of the day before a last-minute advance pushed it barely above...

MassMutual Announces Springfield Venture Fund

June 27th, 2014
SPRINGFIELD — MassMutual announced a new, $5 million Springfield Venture Fund (SVF) to invest in high-potential startups in Springfield. The new seed fund is designed to serve as a catalyst for economic growth in the Springfield community and...

David Chase Recognized by Banker & Tradesman

June 27th, 2014
SPRINGFIELD — David Chase, vice president and commercial lender for Hampden Bank, was recently named a 2014 Community Bank Hero by Banker & Tradesman magazine. This prestigious honor is given to those dedicated business professionals who...

Cost of Unemployment Insurance to Fall

June 27th, 2014
BOSTON — Massachusetts employers will save money on unemployment insurance under legislation signed by Gov. Deval Patrick Thursday as part of a compromise to raise the state’s minimum wage. The new law freezes the rates for the insurance...

Number of Jobless Seeking Aid Falls

June 27th, 2014
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits declined last week, the latest evidence that an economic slowdown earlier this year hasn’t caused employers to cut jobs. Weekly applications fell 2,000 to a...

Springfield College Celebrates Institute for Learning in Later Life

June 27th, 2014
SPRINGFIELD — Springfield College’s Institute for Learning in Later Life recently held an instructor and member appreciation wrap-up reception and 25-year celebration. More than 60 people enjoyed an afternoon with activities and...

Local Plastics Manufacturer Pioneering New Technology

June 26th, 2014
LUDLOW — Meredith-Springfield Associates Inc., a plastics manufacturer specializing in extrusion blow molding and injection stretch blow molding, is pioneering the use of new technology to manufacture sustainable plastic packaging for major...

Webster Joins Convention & Visitors Bureau

June 26th, 2014
SPRINGFIELD — The Greater Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau (GSCVB) announced the appointment of Sara L. Webster as the Marketing and Public Relations Manager. Webster started with the GSCVB in early June in. Prior to accepting the...

Co-operative Banks Agree to Merge

June 26th, 2014
Northampton Cooperative Bank and Greenfield Cooperative Bank have agreed to form a single entity. A consolidation plan has been approved by the boards of directors of both banks. Both are state-chartered co-operative banks that, when merged, will...

2015 Healthcare Costs Projected to Grow 6.8%

June 26th, 2014
Growth in healthcare spending is expected to tick upward next year, in part because consumers are now seeking care they put off during the economic downturn, according to a report released this week. Authored by PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Health...

SJC Clears the Way for November Referendum on Casinos

June 25th, 2014
BOSTON — On June 24, the state Supreme Judicial Court cleared the way for a repeal of the state casino law in November’s election. In a unanimous vote, the SJC ruled that Attorney General Martha Coakley was wrong to reject the...