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Understanding the Critical Science of Estate Planning

Death and Taxes A great transfer of wealth is taking place across the nation as Baby Boomers begin inheriting the $12 trillion that will be left to them by Depression-era […]

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Features

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Reorganization Plan Creates Springfield Regional Chamber

Changing the Model The Affiliated Chambers of Commerce of Greater Springfield and the Springfield Chamber of Commerce will soon merge into an entity to be known as the Springfield Regional […]

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Bob Russell and Jeffrey Smith

Wilbraham Balances Development, Open Space

Community Spotlight: Westfield, Mass. Bob Russell grew up in Wilbraham and has spent most of his life in the town. The selectman is proud of his community and cites work […]

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Special Features

Clean And Green Feature

Beloved Earth Builds on Its Founder’s Innovative Idea

Clean and Green Terra Missildine has always had a passion for sustainable living, and after learning, a decade ago, about the health issues some people have with harsh chemical cleaners, […]

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Implementation of Sick-leave Law Frustrates Employers

Not Feeling Well When Massachusetts voters approved a law mandating paid sick leave for a vast swath of workers, many employers worried about the expenses and legal issues the new […]

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Business Growth Center Wants to Build on Past Success

Covering the Basics Jim White says it was about 18 months ago — or just after BusinessWest published a story on the Business Growth Center, to be precise — when […]

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Understanding the Critical Science of Estate Planning

Death and Taxes A great transfer of wealth is taking place across the nation as Baby Boomers begin inheriting the $12 trillion that will be left to them by Depression-era […]

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Hyman G. Darling

It’s Not Your Parents’ Social Security

Informed Decisions Are Critical When Claiming Benefits By HYMAN G. DARLING, Esq. Years ago, it was standard practice to claim Social Security benefits at age 65. Most people retired about […]

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Dawn Badorini

Who Should Be Your Executor?

Put Time and Thought into Answering This Critical Question Dealing with end-of-life issues can be overwhelming. One of the most important decisions you will make is deciding who should be your […]

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Peter Vickery

Stiff Penalties Await Violators of Retaliation Provisions of Wage Act

Beware Section 150 By PETER VICKERY, Esq. How much could an employer end up paying for violating the anti-retaliation provisions of the Wage Act? Much more than you might expect. […]

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John S. Gannon

Major Changes to Overtime Compensation Rules Expected

Raising the Stakes By JOHN GANNON The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) recently proposed changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) that will impact payroll considerations for a majority […]

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Commercial Real Estate August 2015

Commercial Property in Western Mass. For Sale, for lease A PDF listing of available commercial properties for sale or lease can be downloaded HERE Room to Grow A PDF chart […]

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Mark Mastroianni Finds a Comfort Zone Behind the Bench

Adjustment Bureau A federal judgeship is, by almost any measure, the proverbial opportunity of a lifetime for those in the legal profession — figuratively and quite literally; one has the […]

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Healthcare Workforce Partnership Aligns Education, Workplace

Roundtable Refinements Anticipating the workforce needs of healthcare providers five, 10, or 20 years down the road doesn’t require a crystal ball. It does require forward thinking, initiative, and effective […]

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Attendance Surging, the Big E Looks to the Future

Fair Forecast Since taking over as CEO of the Eastern States Exposition in 2012, Gene Cassidy has overseen record-setting attendance during the 17-day Big E fair and a robust series […]

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Opinion

Editorial: UMass Heating Up as an Economic Engine

There are many ways to measure the success of a college or university, everything from those rankings in USA Today — although we’ve always considered them very unscientific — to […]

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Opinion: More Gas Pipelines May Not Be the Answer

By ANN BERWICK Attorney General Maura Healey deserves praise for her plan to study the region’s electricity supply — including the need for expanding natural-gas pipeline capacity. In the context […]

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