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    1. Hoop Hall, MGM, Ray Allen Team Up for Charity Golf Classic

      Hoop Hall, MGM, Ray Allen Team Up for Charity Golf Classic

      They’re calling it a “pairing party.” And, as that name suggests, this is a party at which the pairings for the MGM Springfield Basketball Hall of Fame Golf Classic Hosted by Ray Allen!, will be announced. Most golf tournaments in this region, and there are a great many of them, don’t have a pairing party. This one does, and for a good reason — players are being paired with Hall of Famers and legends of the game. The list of those signed on to participate include players such as Allen, Dominique Wilkins, Gary Payton, Dave Cowens, Rick Barry, Bernard ...

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    2. Greenfield Cooperative Bank Maintains a Solid Pace of Growth

      Greenfield Cooperative Bank Maintains a Solid Pace of Growth

      Like most all bank presidents in the 413, Michael Tucker would concede that a great many of the region’s communities are heavily populated with financial institutions, or “overbanked,” to use the term most would put into play. He’s inclined to include Greenfield on that list, and gestures out the window of his office to make his point. “They used to call the other end of the street Bank Row,” he said, referring to a stretch of Federal Street now occupied by what once were stately bank offices, many of them redeveloped for other uses. “They really should call ...

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    3. Westfield Makes Connections to Spur Progress

      Westfield Makes Connections to Spur Progress

      Kate Phelon has long appreciated the spirit of collaboration between Westfield’s municipal, business, and educational leaders — and points to the Westfield Education to Business Alliance, which just wrapped up its third year, as a good example. The alliance, WE2BA for short, connects the city’s schools, where students are beginning to contemplate their career paths, with companies that are eager to mine local talent. Last year, it launched an adopt-a-classroom program — Mestek, Forum House, and PeoplesBank were the initial adopters, and more are expected to come on board next year — while Westfield High School’s annual career fair drew ...

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    4. People in Business: Elms College Professor Receives $145,400 Grant from Google for Computer Science Education Project

      People in Business: Elms College Professor Receives $145,400 Grant from Google for Computer Science Education Project

      A professor at the College of Our Lady of the Elms has received a Google computer science research grant for $145,400 to lead research designed to broaden high school students’ participation in computer science and programming courses, especially among underrepresented populations in the field, such as women and minorities.

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    5. At forum in Amherst, state higher education chief to talk about challenges private colleges are facing

      At forum in Amherst, state higher education chief to talk about challenges private colleges are facing

      Massachusetts Commissioner of Higher Education Carlos E. Santiago will be in town later this month to explain how the state wants to monitor the financial health of private colleges to predict — and prevent — sudden closures that leave staffers out of work and students scrambling to finish their degrees. The meeting, one of several scheduled around the state over the summer, runs 1 to 4 p.m. on Friday, July 26, at Amherst Town Hall, 4 Boltwood Ave. The event is open to the public.

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    6. Chef Wayne Hooker opens Big Mamou Cajun on the Go outside Mardi Gras in downtown Springfield

      Chef Wayne Hooker opens Big Mamou Cajun on the Go outside Mardi Gras in downtown Springfield

      The aroma — the scent of meat slow cooking in a smoker, of Cajun spices, of cornbread — is Chef Wayne Hooker’s secret weapon. It filled the parking lot of the Mardi Gras, 350 Grill and Smokey Joe’s Cigar Lounge at 350 Worthington St. Tuesday for the soft opening of his Chef Wayne’s Big Mamou Cajun on the Go kiosk. The new venture opens Wednesday, and its regular hours will be 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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    7. David Starr, longtime publisher of The Republican and longest-serving executive in Advance Publications newspaper group, dies at 96 - masslive.com

      David Starr, longtime publisher of The Republican and longest-serving executive in Advance Publications newspaper group, dies at 96 - masslive.com

      David Starr, a nationally known editor and publisher and the longest-serving news executive in the Advance Publications Inc. newspaper group, has died. He was 96.  Starr, the youngest of eight children of immigrants from Poland, was the longtime publisher and then president of The Republican.

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    8. Nonprofits Face a Host of Daunting Challenges - BusinessWest

      Nonprofits Face a Host of Daunting Challenges - BusinessWest

      Managing a nonprofit agency has never been easy, but a number of factors, from low unemployment rates and rising employment costs to new labor regulations and immense competition for donor dollars, are making it much more difficult for organizations to carry out their missions.  Joan Kagan compares the effects that unfunded mandates and rising costs have on a nonprofit to a bad tomato season. Well, sort of.

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    9. Business Group Becomes ‘Critical Friend’ to Springfield Schools - BusinessWest

      Business Group Becomes ‘Critical Friend’ to Springfield Schools - BusinessWest

      Trisha Canavan tells the story often, and for a reason — it resonates with everyone who hears it.  United Personnel, the staffing agency she serves as president and CEO, used to make candidates for jobs in warehousing and manufacturing, two of the company’s strongest niches, take and pass what she called a “basic math test” before they could be considered for placement with a client.

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    10. Bay Path’s BA in Leadership and Organizational Studies Nationally Ranked

      Bay Path’s BA in Leadership and Organizational Studies Nationally Ranked

      Bay Path University’s bachelor of arts (BA) in leadership and organizational studies (LOS) has been named among the top 20 online programs in the country, as ranked by thebestschools.org. According to the site, bachelor-degree programs in leadership and organizational studies were ranked based on several categories, including academic excellence, strength of faculty scholarship, reputation, range of degree programs, and strength of online-instruction methodology. Bay Path’s program, offered by its American Women’s College, was acknowledged for its accelerated degree program and its distinct Women as Empowered Learners and Leaders program.

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    11. Springfield’s CRRC, Philadelphia transit system agree to delay delivery of commuter rail cars

      Springfield’s CRRC, Philadelphia transit system agree to delay delivery of commuter rail cars

      CRRC MA and the Philadelphia area’s transit system have agreed to a six-month extension on the delivery deadline for 45 Springfield-built double-decker commuter rail cars, in part so welds on the car shells can be checked out. The delay became public at a meeting of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority board last week.

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    12. Amherst developer proposes 62-unit apartment complex

      Amherst developer proposes 62-unit apartment complex

      The Planning Board will hold a public hearing on July 24 on a proposal to build a 62-unit apartment complex at 133-143 South East St. In a letter to Amherst Town Council, Town Manager Paul Bockelman wrote that the property owners applied to the board for site plan approval. “The proposal calls for 62 apartments, 68 parking spaces, and some retail space on the ground floor. There would need to be some improvements to town right-of-way, which will need to be reviewed and approved by Town Council,” Bockelman wrote to the Council on June 30.

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    13. ‘Bullish on downtown Springfield’: Gov. Charlie Baker, U.S. Rep. Richard Neal, hail Paramount Theater and Massasoit House Hotel project

      ‘Bullish on downtown Springfield’: Gov. Charlie Baker, U.S. Rep. Richard Neal, hail Paramount Theater and Massasoit House Hotel project

      The New England Farm Workers Council ceremonially broke ground Monday on the long-planned but oft-delayed $38-million rehab of the Paramount Theater and Massasoit House Hotel. “It’s a great day,” said Heriberto Flores president of the New England Farm Workers Council and developer of the historic building. “A lot of things had to come together for us to get here.”

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    14. Harbor Freight Tools to Open New Store in Hadley on July 10

      Harbor Freight Tools to Open New Store in Hadley on July 10

      Harbor Freight Tools will celebrate the grand opening of its new store in Hadley on Wednesday, July 10 at 8 a.m. The store, located at 303 Russell St., is the 15th Harbor Freight Tools store in Massachusetts. “We’re excited to serve customers in the great city of Hadley,” said Steve Handscomb, store manager. “At Harbor Freight, we’re passionate about providing our customers with the tools they need to get the job done, and always at an affordable price. We look forward to welcoming auto technicians, contractors, woodworkers, homeowners, hobbyists — anyone who needs affordable tools.”

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    15. Kimberly Robinson, head of Nevada planning agency, named Pioneer Valley Planning Commission executive director

      Kimberly Robinson, head of Nevada planning agency, named Pioneer Valley Planning Commission executive director

      The leader of a regional planning agency in Reno, Nevada will be the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission’s next executive director. The Springfield agency’s board of commissioners, who represent 43 member communities in Western Massachusetts, voted Thursday night to offer the position to Kimberly H. Robinson. Wayne Feiden, Northampton’s planning director, was the other finalist.

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    16. Westfield Friendly’s near Massachusetts Turnpike exit expected to close; Pride restarting plans for new station, store

      Westfield Friendly’s near Massachusetts Turnpike exit expected to close; Pride restarting plans for new station, store

      Friendly’s is expected to close its restaurant near the Massachusetts Turnpike exit after its lease expires in November, according to the owner of Pride, the Springfield-based convenience store and gas station chain that owns the property and much of the land around it.Anticipating that the property will be vacant, Pride CEO Robert Bolduc restarted talks with the Westfield Planning Board over the past 10 days. Bolduc has long planned to build a Pride store at the site, which is located on an access road named — for the moment at least — Friendly’s Way.

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    17. Red Lion Inn to manage Massasoit House Hotel as part of Paramount Theater renovation in downtown Springfield

      Red Lion Inn to manage Massasoit House Hotel as part of Paramount Theater renovation in downtown Springfield

      Main Street Hospitality — owners of the Red Lion Inn in Stockbridge, Hotel on North in Pittsfield and other rehabbed historic properties — will run the rehabbed Massasoit House Hotel as part of the $38 million rehab of the Massasoit Block and the Paramount Theater. The building, which dominates a Main Street block not far from the recently renovated Union Station, dates back to 1843 and itself grew when the railroad first came to Springfield.

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    18. Wright-Pierce Opens Westfield Office

      Wright-Pierce Opens Westfield Office

      Wright-Pierce, an environmental/civil infrastructure engineering firm, has announced the opening of an office in Westfield. “Opening the Westfield office is the next step in our strategic plan to better serve our expanding client base in Central and Western Massachusetts,” said Wright-Pierce President and CEO John Braccio. “We look forward to being an active community partner with municipalities throughout the region, helping to engineer environmentally sustainable and economically sound solutions to New England’s aging water, wastewater and civil infrastructure challenges.”

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    19. Watch, Clock Collectors Make Time in Western Mass.

      Watch, Clock Collectors Make Time in Western Mass.

      The National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors (NAWCC) is staging its national convention in Western Mass – 39 years after its last New England convention. The convention, which started Thursday, takes place at the Eastern States Exposition, and runs through Sunday. “The convention is unique to New England because the first clock and watches were produced in New England in the 1700s,” said Alicia Szenda, GSCVB director of Sales.  “This convention is all about clocks, watches, the tools used in making and repairing them, sun dials, barometers and ephemera. Members of the group share a common interest in collecting, buying ...

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    20. MGM Springfield closes Starbucks, plans VIP lounge in space

      MGM Springfield closes Starbucks, plans VIP lounge in space

      MGM Springfield closed the Starbucks location in its hotel lobby Thursday to make way for a new VIP lounge. MGM workers who’d been assigned to the Starbucks now work elsewhere in the casino, said Saverio Mancini, director of communications for the $1 billion resort that opened less than 11 months ago. Options for casino visitors in need of a caffeine fix include the Gelato & Espresso in the South End Market food court, Mancini said.

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    21. Wahlburgers restaurant opening at MGM Springfield delayed

      Wahlburgers restaurant opening at MGM Springfield delayed

      The Massachusetts Gaming Commission on Thursday granted a one-year extension to MGM Springfield to open a Wahlburgers restaurant at its casino in the city’s South End. The commission voted 5-0 to set a new deadline of July 8, 2020, for the opening of Wahlburgers, but MGM officials say they anticipate an opening prior to that date. As recently as late March, MGM Springfield said it was hoping for a late 2019 or early 2020 opening.

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    22. Open Square Creates Custom-Built Headquarters for VertitechIT

      Architect John Aubin announced plans for the build-out of a company headquarters at his flagship mixed-use development, Open Square. Aubin is creating a new, custom-designed and custom-built work space in his historic zero-net-energy development in Holyoke. The modern office environment will provide approximately 6,000 square feet of work and meeting space for 25 employees. Current tenant and national healthcare IT consultancy VertitechIT is expanding its presence at Open Square. The new space will also house employees of two sister companies — akiro Consulting, a firm that facilitates medical practice transactions and acquisitions, and BaytechIT, an IT services provider to physician ...

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    23. People in Business: Banker and Community Leader Barbara-Jean Deloria named 2019 Springfield Regional Chamber Richard J. Moriarty Citizen of the Year

      People in Business: Banker and Community Leader Barbara-Jean Deloria named 2019 Springfield Regional Chamber Richard J. Moriarty Citizen of the Year

      The Springfield Regional Chamber has named Barbara-Jean DeLoria, senior vice-president and chief credit risk officer for Florence Bank, as its 2019 Richard J. Moriarty Citizen of the Year. The award, established in 2007, is given annually to honor the memory of Richard J. Moriarty, a long-time active participant in the Chamber and individual who gave of his time, talent and personal and professional resources to the local community.

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