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    1. PeoplesBank Is Writing a New Chapter in History of Yankee Pedlar Property

      PeoplesBank Is Writing a New Chapter in History of Yankee Pedlar Property

      Tom Senecal says PeoplesBank first looked at the historic Yankee Pedlar property as the potential site a future branch roughly three years ago. ‘Looking’ didn’t advance to anything further, though, said Senecal, the bank’s president, because at the time, the efforts to ‘save the Pedlar,’ as the campaign concerning the beloved restaurant and gathering spot came to be called, was ongoing, and hopes to keep that landmark in its long-time role were still somewhat high. Fast-forward a year or so, after many restauranteurs had looked at the Pedlar and essentially passed on it, deeming it too large and ...

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    2. Springfield City Council approves White Lion brewery plans at Tower Square

      Springfield City Council approves White Lion brewery plans at Tower Square

      The City Council approved a special permit on Monday night that allows White Lion Brewery Co. to move forward with plans to open a brewery and tap room at Tower Square. The permit was approved by unanimous vote. The business will be located in the former Spaghetti Freddy’s restaurant on the Bridge Street side of Tower Square at 1500 Main St. downtown.

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    3. Mural Festival Presents Positive Image of Springfield

      Mural Festival Presents Positive Image of Springfield

      Britt Ruhe is a huge fan of public art, specifically mural art. After attending what have come to be called ‘mural festivals’ in cities such as Worcester and Salem and seeing the many benefits they bring to those communities, she lobbied hard to bring a concept known as Fresh Paint to the City of Homes. Wanting to find a way to give back to the community, Ruhe, a financial strategist for startups and small businesses by trade, began meeting with festival organizers in other parts of the state to gather input and essentially learn how it’s done.

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    4. VentureWell Seeks Global Impact Through Entrepreneurship

      VentureWell Seeks Global Impact Through Entrepreneurship

      Katya Cherukumilli has a big idea with potentially bigger impact. Her nonprofit startup, Seattle-based Global Water Labs, is developing a scalable and affordable fluoride-removal technology that aims to reduce the incidence of irreversible diseases as a result of consuming excess naturally occurring fluoride in groundwater — a risk common to some 200 million people worldwide. She credits Hadley-based VentureWell with helping her move her big idea beyond the headspace into something tangible and, hopefully, impactful.

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    5. Colorful Path to Economic Development

      Colorful Path to Economic Development

      We’ve written on many occasions in the past about how the phrase ‘economic development’ means much more than trying to lure an Amazon — or an MGM Springfield, for that matter — to your town or filling a business park with distribution companies. Indeed, this kind of work extends to such realms as workforce development, improving public education, public safety, infrastructure, marketing of a given region, and promotion of arts and culture. And, sometimes, economic development is art itself.

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    6. Smith & Wesson parent American Outdoor Brands warns of China tariff impact; says it might raise prices on accessories, outdoor products

      Smith & Wesson parent American Outdoor Brands warns of China tariff impact; says it might raise prices on accessories, outdoor products

      Smith & Wesson parent company American Outdoor Brands said this week that tariffs on Chinese goods could cost it as much as $3 million in the next three months alone. And the company said it might raise prices on its outdoor products and accessories imported from China, passing the costs on to consumers. Jeffrey D. Buchanan, the company’s chief financial officer, described the tariffs’ potential impacts in an earnings conference call this week.

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    7. Indoor trampoline park proposed for former Bon-Ton location at Westfield Shops

      Indoor trampoline park proposed for former Bon-Ton location at Westfield Shops

      A Connecticut man has plans to open a 50,000-square-foot indoor trampoline park — complete with dodgeball courts, American-ninja-style course, battle-team room and climbing walls — in part of the former Bon-Ton space at the Westfield Shops. Jia Min “Johnny” Chen of Groton, Connecticut, said Friday that he hopes to open Fun Z Trampoline Park as soon as possible. It’ll be his first trampoline park.

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    8. Celebrating the 40 Under Forty Class of 2019

      Celebrating the 40 Under Forty Class of 2019

      he Class of 2019 was celebrated at the annual 40 Under Forty Gala on Thursday, June 20 at the Log Cabin Banquet & Meeting House in Holyoke. More than 650 people crammed the Log Cabin which has become one of the region’s best networking events. Presentation of the Continued Excellence Award to Cinda Jones, president of W.D. Cowls Inc., was the opening act of the 40 Under Forty celebration.

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    9. Massachusetts down 4,000 private sector jobs as unemployment tics up

      Massachusetts down 4,000 private sector jobs as unemployment tics up

      Unemployment in Massachusetts edged up a tenth of percentage point in May, while jobs figures show the state lost 4,000 private-sector jobs. The statewide unemployment rate is 3%, according to figures released Friday by the state Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development. In April, unemployment fell by a tenth of one percentage point to 2.9%, The Massachusetts unemployment rate fell below 3% for the first time since December of 2000.

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    10. STCC Rolls out Child Development Associate Plus Program

      This fall, Springfield Technical Community College this fall will launch a new certificate program to help early childhood educators or school paraprofessionals take their careers to the next level. The Child Development Associate Plus (CDA Plus) certificate of completion is designed for educators who want to get their Child Development Associate credential and earn college credit at the same time.

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    11. Cinda Jones Wins BusinessWest’s Continued Excellence Award - BusinessWest

      Cinda Jones, president of W.D. Cowls Inc., was awarded BusinessWest’s Continued Excellence Award at the annual 40 Under 40 Gala at the Log Cabin Banquet & Meeting House on Thursday night.  Chosen by three independent judges from among 60 nominations, Jones was honored for her exceptional achievements, including her leadership in growing Cowls’ timberland base by 1,000 acres and being an advocate for conservation.

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    12. Our Annual Guide to Summer Events in Western Mass. - BusinessWest

      Our Annual Guide to Summer Events in Western Mass. - BusinessWest

      Summertime is a great time to get away, but in Western Mass., it’s also a great time to stick around and enjoy the many events on the calendar. Whether you’re craving live music or arts and crafts, historical experiences or small-town pride, the region boasts plenty of ways to celebrate the summer months. Here are a few dozen ideas to get you started.

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    13. Interstate Towing in Chicopee celebrates 20 years of cleaning up after disasters

      Interstate Towing in Chicopee celebrates 20 years of cleaning up after disasters

      Need a Mercedes towed out of the Connecticut River? What happens when 45,000 pounds of lemonade spills from a tractor trailer truck? Who cleans up a six-car pileup that includes a tractor trailer truck load of shampoo spreading across the highway? In each situation it was Interstate Towing which came to the rescue.

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    14. After years of anticipation, Springfield dedicates 9/11 memorial at Riverfront Park - masslive.com

      After years of anticipation, Springfield dedicates 9/11 memorial at Riverfront Park - masslive.com

      After years of anticipation, a large crowd gathered last night on the Connecticut riverfront to dedicate a monument to the public safety heroes who died in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States.  Those taking part in the ceremony at the newly refurbished Riverfront Park included elected leaders, residents from the region and beyond, and representatives of the public safety agencies that lost 498 first responders in the attacks. The theme was “Forever in Our Hearts.”

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    15. Unify Against Bullying to Award All-time High of $20,000 in Grants

      Unify Against Bullying to Award All-time High of $20,000 in Grants

      Unify Against Bullying’s 2019 online grant applications are now open. All applications are due to be submitted by Aug. 14. Unify also announced it has increased the amount it is awarding this year to $20,000 — a record amount for the organization. Grant applications are available at unifyagainstbullying.org. “One of our key goals is to inspire youth of all ages to participate,” Executive Director Christine Maiwald said. “It’s our job to give life to their ideas. They know best how we can bring an end to bullying. Additionally, we are in search of parents, teachers, and community ...

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    16. Baker-Polito Administration, MassDevelopment Announce Funds for Collaborative Workspaces

      Baker-Polito Administration, MassDevelopment Announce Funds for Collaborative Workspaces

      The Baker-Polito administration and MassDevelopment announced $2,165,000 in funding for the fourth round of Collaborative Workspace Program grants, a MassDevelopment program that accelerates business formation, job creation, and entrepreneurial activity in communities by supporting infrastructure that fuels locally based innovation. Eligible organizations may apply for either seed grants to plan and study the feasibility of new collaborative workspaces, or fit-out grants to develop and expand existing workspaces.

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    17. That’s What the PVPC’s Tim Brennan Has Done for the Past 47 Years - BusinessWest

      That’s What the PVPC’s Tim Brennan Has Done for the Past 47 Years - BusinessWest

      Tim Brennan’s almost-half-century-long career with the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission will draw to a close later this summer. As he pivots into retirement, Brennan talked with BusinessWest about the many ways the landscape has changed over the past four and half decades, and especially the emergence of a more regional focus in the Valley.

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    18. Grand opening of BarKaya sushi and ramen restaurant in downtown Springfield

      Grand opening of BarKaya sushi and ramen restaurant in downtown Springfield

      BarKaya, a brand new Japanese sushi and ramen restaurant in town has officially opened its door to the public. A grand opening and a ribbon cutting ceremony were held at 278 Worthington Street location Tuesday afternoon. Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno and city councilor Jesse Lederman attended the event to congratulate owner Chris McKiernan and the staff. McKiernan said the restaurant will bring something to Springfield that no one else is doing: an “omakase” menu, meaning "leave it up to the chef" to dictate the customers' sushi experience.

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    19. OMG’s Josh Kelly Takes Over as President of Roofing Alliance

      OMG’s Josh Kelly Takes Over as President of Roofing Alliance

      Josh Kelly, vice president of New Product Development and Innovation at OMG Roofing Products, has been named the 2019-20 president of the Roofing Alliance (formerly the Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress). Established in 1996 under the National Roofing Foundation, the Roofing Alliance is a not-for-profit group of roofing contractors, manufacturers, distributors, service providers, and industry professionals working to shape, improve, and advance the roofing industry. Through its programs, the Roofing Alliance has committed more than $13 million to help preserve and advance the U.S. roofing industry, and more than $5.5 million for research, education, and technical programs and ...

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    20. Trade war: will US espionage fears scupper Chinese rail group? | Financial Times

      Trade war: will US espionage fears scupper Chinese rail group? | Financial Times

      In its 19th century heyday, the city of Springfield in Massachusetts produced the first industrial assembly line, the first gasoline-powered automobile and the first sleeping rail car. Wason, one of its leading companies, made passenger coaches and streetcars for clients across the US and countries as far afield as Egypt. While Wason went out of business in the 1930s, Springfield prospered well into the 20th century before deindustrialisation forced many of its factories to close.

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    21. Delaney’s Market in Springfield plans Wednesday opening

      Delaney’s Market in Springfield plans Wednesday opening

      Owner Peter Rosskothen will host a grand opening for his second Delaney’s Market store at 1365 Main St. in Springfield at 4 p.m. Wednesday. “We are excited to have the Honorable Domenic J. Sarno, Mayor of the City of Springfield, preside over the ceremony," Rosskothen said in a news release. "We are also looking forward to welcoming press, supporters and friends to this special event."

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    22. CTrail ridership in Springfield totals 11K after first year; Union Station welcomed 2.5 million passengers

      CTrail ridership in Springfield totals 11K after first year; Union Station welcomed 2.5 million passengers

      Ridership on CTrail’s Hartford Line trains to and from Springfield has hovered just above 1,000 passengers a month according to Union Station visitor numbers provided by the Springfield Redevelopment Authority. Through its first 11 full months of operation, July 2018 through May 2019, CTrail trains have carried 11,570 people to and from Union Station in Springfield. The CTrail Hartford Line commuter rail service began operating out of the renovated terminal in June 2018.

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