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    1. STCC offers $222,500 to purchase city lots for expanded student parking

      STCC offers $222,500 to purchase city lots for expanded student parking

      Springfield Technical Community Center has offered to buy a string of tax-foreclosed properties on upper Worthington Street from the city for $222,500 under a proposal to convert the site to student parking. The proposal, which was submitted by the Springfield Technical Community College Foundation in response to the city's advertisement for proposals, was the sole proposal received by the city by the June 20 deadline.

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    2. Tanglewood’s $30 Million Expansion Is an Initiative of Note

      Tanglewood’s $30 Million Expansion Is an Initiative of Note

      Audiences have flocked to the Berkshires for Boston Symphony Orchestra’s summertime concerts since 1936, when the musicians offered a three-concert series, under the baton of then-music director Serge Koussevitzky, in a large tent at Holmwood, a storied estate in Lenox. That first series, which would ultimately morph into the world-renowned Tanglewood Music Festival, was attended by nearly 15,000 people. Then, in 1937, when the festival presented its first concert at Tanglewood, a gift to the BSO from the Tappan family estate, it drew the largest crowd to ever assemble under a tent, for an all-Beethoven program. And the ...

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    3. Agawam Is Building a Bridge to a Better Future

      Agawam Is Building a Bridge to a Better Future

      Richard Cohen is now halfway through his 16th year as mayor of Agawam — a tenure marked by four two-year terms, a two-year hiatus of sorts, and then four more terms. (And, yes, he’s seeking a ninth term this fall.) For that duration, if you will, he’s been coping with many of the same issues impacting this community of roughly 29,000, which is technically a city (hence, it has a mayor), but in most ways considers itself a town. In fact, that’s the word you see over the front door of the municipal offices on Main Street ...

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    4. Gov. Charlie Baker, Rep. Richard Neal speak at black tie gala, celebrating reopening of...

      Gov. Charlie Baker, Rep. Richard Neal speak at black tie gala, celebrating reopening of...

      For years, the station sat largely unused, falling into disuse in the 1970s when the popularity of rail travel declined. Yet after a long period of redevelopment it will finally open its doors to the public again.  With $94 million in floor-to-ceiling renovations, the new station has been resurrected, converted into an intermodal transit hub that offers service from Amtrak and Connecticut's commuter rail system to New Haven and New York City, as well as local and long-distance bus service.

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    5. MBI and Comcast sign deal to bring broadband to Montgomery

      MBI and Comcast sign deal to bring broadband to Montgomery

      Comcast received an $805,800 grant from the Massachusetts Broadband Institute to build a cable network in Montgomery, MBI announced this week. Town officials and Comcast still need to sign a cable franchise agreement. If that goes as planned, Comcast estimates it could have its cable network up and running by the end of 2018. Comcast has agreed to reach around 96 percent of the town's premises, or 360 homes and businesses. The arrangement was approved by town officials in April.

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    6. Hospice home opens in Chicopee after 10 years of planning

      Hospice home opens in Chicopee after 10 years of planning

      As the Allard siblings watched, a team of volunteers snipped a purple ribbon in half and officially turned their childhood home into a place where people will be able to live their final days in a home-like atmosphere surrounded by caring people. "It is a tribute to my father. This is what he would have wanted," Paul Allard said. It is also the culmination of a 10-year dream for Ruth Willemain and multitudes of volunteers who worked to create Harmony House, a hospice home where people who cannot spend their last days in their own home can come as an ...

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    7. Westfield receives $300K for Turnpike Industrial Park expansion

      Westfield receives $300K for Turnpike Industrial Park expansion

      The City of Westfield was awarded a $300,000 Site Readiness Fund Program grant, from the Baker-Polito Administration, Friday, for the expansion of the Turnpike Industrial Park. According to a news release sent to 22News from the state’s housing and economic development office, Westfield will use the money to fund predevelopment activities to spur private investment at a city owned site next to the current industrial park. “Assisting communities in transforming underutilized property into opportunities for development and job growth continues to be an important component of our economic development strategy,” Governor Charlie Baker stated in the release.

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    8. Cohort for the Culinary/Hospitality 9 Week Training Program

      Cohort for the Culinary/Hospitality 9 Week Training Program

      We are getting ready to start our next Cohort for the Culinary/Hospitality 9 week training program and I am again looking for guest speakers to come into the classroom as well as locations that would like to invite us to a site visit.  The last class was very successful with six of the eight already employed and all with our partners that have been participating in these opportunities.  

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    9. Cultural District adding color to downtown Springfield with painted pianos and more (photos) | masslive.com

      Cultural District adding color to downtown Springfield with painted pianos and more (photos) | masslive.com

      Springfield Central Cultural District has been a nonprofit organization for about a year now. Its plan is to make the downtown area more comfortable and fun to walk around.  One of its initiatives is an Aug. 2 pop-up art walk. From 4:30-6 p.m. people can check out art displayed in downtown buildings, attend a jazz concert and even play pianos right outside. All ages are welcome.  Cultural district Director Morgan Drewniany believes art can bring the city together and increase the amount of walking downtown, whether it's people stopping to look at the painted utility boxes or ...

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    10. Grand opening celebrations for Springfield's Union Station set for weekend

      Grand opening celebrations for Springfield's Union Station set for weekend

      The grand reopening of Springfield's Union Station will be celebrated with a series of festivities throughout the coming weekend.  Originally built in 1926, the structure saw decline and eventually became unused in the late 1970s after the popularity of rail travel declined. Now, after years of development and $94 million in floor-to-ceiling renovations, the station has been resurrected.

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    11. State approves tax incentives for 2 Chicopee business expansions, offers tax credits for J. Polep

      State approves tax incentives for 2 Chicopee business expansions, offers tax credits for J. Polep

      The state Economic Assistance Coordinating Council gave the final approval to two local tax incentives adopted by the City Council for the developer of a new hotel and the owner of a distribution company who has plans to expand. In addition, the state council voted this week to award J. Polep Distribution Center about $447,850 in state tax credits to help the company build an about 37,500-square-foot addition on Meadow Street. The $9 million investment is expected to add 77 jobs to the existing 486-person staff.

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    12. Springfield's public broadcaster WGBY has a new general manager

      Springfield's public broadcaster WGBY has a new general manager

      The new general manager for western Massachusetts public broadcaster WGBY envisions the platform furthering its reach in western New England. Anthony V. Hayes was selected for the role following a nationwide search for a replacement for Rus Poetter, who retired after 15 years with the station last fall.  Hayes worked last year as the senior vice president for Connecticut Public Broadcasting and served for 12 years as the director of sales and corporate marketing for WAMU 88.5, Washington D.C. based radio station.

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    13. Tower Square sale: MassMutual to sell park at old Steiger site, too

      Tower Square sale: MassMutual to sell park at old Steiger site, too

      A park at the corner of Bridge and Main streets downtown -- once the site of a well-remembered department store -- is for sale along with the Tower Square complex, a Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company official said this week. MassMutual put Tower Square, including the adjacent Marriott hotel, up for sale Monday after having developed the property and owning it for more than 45 years.

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    14. Springfield City Council aids Paramount Theater-Massasoit Block restoration plans

      Springfield City Council aids Paramount Theater-Massasoit Block restoration plans

      City councilors gave their enthusiastic support this week to plans for the restoration of the Paramount Theater and Massasoit Block, saying the project will bolster ongoing economic development efforts in the downtown. At their meeting Monday, councilors took turns praising representatives of the New England Farm Workers Council who are planning the project on Main Street. A summary lists the cost of the renovations as $32 million, rising to $41 million when including all costs such as developer fees.

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    15. Springfield unemployment rate rises on the month; region up 4,000 jobs year over year

      Springfield unemployment rate rises on the month; region up 4,000 jobs year over year

      The city’s unemployment rate rose to 7.6 percent in May, up seven-tenths of a percentage point from the 6.9 percent recorded in April and from 6.9 percent recorded a year ago in May 2016. The city’s unemployment rate was last this high in July 2016 when it was also 7.6 percent. Construction continues earlier this month on the CRRC rail car plant in East Springfield.  Tracks are being installed in the interior of the building.

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    16. State approves tax incentive plan for Agri-Mark facility in West Springfield

      State approves tax incentive plan for Agri-Mark facility in West Springfield

      The state's Economic Assistance Coordinating Council on Wednesday approved tax incentives that will help Agri-Mark with its multimillion-dollar expansion plan in West Springfield. The deal for the farmer-owned cooperative was approved through the Economic Development Incentive Program, which also announced tax incentives to help grow 15 other commonwealth companies. Collectively, the projects are expected to create 644 jobs and retain 2,196 existing jobs, leveraging around $359 million in private investment.

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    17. Healthy Development Initiative to Host Open House, Family Fun Day

      The Healthy Development Initiative, a community-focused research, education, and outreach program led by UMass Amherst faculty, will host its annual open house on Friday, June 23 from 3 to 5 p.m. and a family fun day for families with infants and young children on Saturday, June 24 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Both events will be held at the UMass Center at Springfield. The public is invited to attend either or both events and learn more about the initiative, which is aimed at understanding and promoting the psychological and physical health and well-being of children, adolescents ...

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    18. NetLogix Aims to Reduce Stress, Keep Clients Focused on Growth

      NetLogix Aims to Reduce Stress, Keep Clients Focused on Growth

      Information-technology solutions providers can easily get lost in a maze of technical jargon, but that’s the last thing Marco Liquori wants to throw at customers. Instead, the technicians at his 13-year-old company, NetLogix, are trained to communicate clearly with clients about their network needs — and then meet those needs, in the background, so businesses can focus on growth, not computer issues. A recent customer-satisfaction report suggests the Westfield-based firm is doing something right.

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    19. Springfield City Council joins push for state study of east-west high-speed rail in...

      Springfield City Council joins push for state study of east-west high-speed rail in...

      The City Council is all on board when it comes to supporting state Sen. Eric Lesser and his legislative bill that calls for a feasibility study of a high-speed rail access between Springfield and Boston. At a meeting Monday night, the council approved a resolution, placing it on record as supporting Senate Bill 1935, occurring on the same day that Lesser, a Longmeadow Democrat, led a "whistle stop" rail tour from Boston to Springfield to promote the bill. Lesser and other supporters are pushing for the study of high speed rail to be part of the 2018 state budget. Gov ...

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    20. Ad Club of Western Mass honors 4 with Pynchon Medals for public service

      Ad Club of Western Mass honors 4 with Pynchon Medals for public service

      Six years ago, Kevin Major died after suffering a heart attack on Lake Congamond in Southwick. Within the last few weeks, a 31-year-old teacher in Southwick collapsed at school with a heart ailment -- and was revived with the use of an AED. That piece of equipment was available thanks to the KEVS Foundation, the organization formed by Major's mother, Susan Canning.  "We want everyone across the commonwealth and across the country to live in a heart-healthy community," Canning of Westfield, said Tuesday. "We need more saves."

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    21. State Sen. Eric Lesser rallies for high-speed rail study at Springfield's Union Station,...

      State Sen. Eric Lesser rallies for high-speed rail study at Springfield's Union Station,...

      State Sen. Eric Lesser brought a statewide "whistle stop" tour to a close with a rally at Union Station on Monday evening, drawing dozens of people who support linking Boston to Springfield with a high-speed rail line. The #Rally4Rail was the fifth and final stop on Lesser's day-long tour of communities that would be linked by the proposed rail system. Lesser, D-Longmeadow, started the day at Boston's South Station, took the commuter rail to Framingham, then drove his car to Worcester, Palmer and Springfield.

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    22. Holyoke Medical Center cuts ribbon on new $25.3 million emergency department (photos,...

      Holyoke Medical Center cuts ribbon on new $25.3 million emergency department (photos,...

      The ribbon was cut Monday on Holyoke Medical Center's new $25.3 million Emergency Department, as elected officials and local dignitaries gathered for a ceremony in the Paper City hospital.  Holyoke Medical Center was set to break ground this morning on its $22 million addition, which includes expanded emergency department space, as well as a floor for medical offices. The new emergency department expands the current space from 8,500 square feet to approximately 20,750 square feet. The office building will be approximately 18,000 square feet. "We were in desperate need of a new facility," remarked Spiros ...

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    23. MassMutual to sell Tower Square and Marriott Hotel properties in downtown Springfield

      MassMutual to sell Tower Square and Marriott Hotel properties in downtown Springfield

      Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company has put Tower Square, including the adjacent Marriott hotel, up for sale after having developed the property and owned it for more than 45 years. James Lacey, vice president of media relations at the Springfield-based insurance giant, said the decision was reached Monday. He said this is not a lessening of MassMutual's commitment to the city, but instead an investment decision and a recognition that the property has gained value as Springfield has developed and is developing. The city of Springfield has the whole complex assessed at $34.2 million.

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    24. Asnuntuck Community College opens state-of-the-art manufacturing center in Enfield (photos)

      Asnuntuck Community College opens state-of-the-art manufacturing center in Enfield (photos)

      Asnuntuck Community College and the state of Connecticut rolled out a figurative red carpet Monday to students from Connecticut and Massachusetts interested in manufacturing careers and the training it takes to get those jobs. The college, located about nine miles from Springfield at 170 Elm St. in Enfield, hosted Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy for a ceremonial ribbon cutting at its new 27,000-square-foot Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center.

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