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    1. Peter Pan Bus Lines reveals expected date to move into Springfield's newly refurbished Union Station

      Peter Pan Bus Lines reveals expected date to move into Springfield's newly refurbished Union Station

      Peter Pan Bus Lines will likely move its Springfield hub to Union Station on or around Labor Day, Peter A. Picknelly, chairman & CEO, said Tuesday. Here is a breakdown of what money was spent and from where it came, courtesy of a document provided by the Springfield Redevelopment Authority, which owns Union Station. Picknelly said it will take about a month and a half to do some construction customizing the space and to get it ready. The lease, he said, is still not final, but lawyers for both sides are working on it, all the major issues have been resolved ...

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    2. Longmeadow design firm certified as Women's Business Enterprise

      Longmeadow design firm certified as Women's Business Enterprise

      The Women's Business Enterprise National Council, which is the largest third-party certifier of businesses owned and operated by women in the country, last week certified Lisa Scheff Designs as Women's Business Enterprise, a statement from the firm says. "We learned about the certification process at an informative panel for MGM Springfield's vendor selection process," Lisa Scheff, the firm's owner and principle designer said in a statement. "We are proud to be a women owned and operated business and honored to receive this certification."

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    3. Granite City Electric Supply Relocates from Springfield to Chicopee

      Granite City Electric Supply Relocates from Springfield to Chicopee

      Granite City Electric Supply Co. has opened a new, 80,000-square-foot distribution center and relocated its Springfield retail counter service to 451 Meadow St., Chicopee. This distribution center will provide service to the Western Mass., Connecticut, and New York markets, and further enhance the company’s exclusive GCE Night Train Delivery Service.

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    4. Ludlow seeking $7M in grants for Westmass Area Development's Riverside Drive project

      Ludlow seeking $7M in grants for Westmass Area Development's Riverside Drive project

      The Board of Selectmen has agreed to apply for $7 million worth of grants on behalf of Westmass Area Development Corp., the region's leading industrial and business park developer, so Westmass can get started on its Riverside Drive project at Ludlow Mills. If Ludlow receives the funding, work on the roadway could begin as early as spring 2018, according to the president and CEO of Westmass, Eric Nelson, who advocated for the grants at the selectmen's July 11 meeting. 

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    5. Want to start business but not sure how? SPARK Holyoke gives explainer to entrepreneurs

      Want to start business but not sure how? SPARK Holyoke gives explainer to entrepreneurs

      The next class is Sept. 12 to Nov. 14 for the SPARK Holyoke program that helps entrepreneurs launch new businesses, organizers said at an information session Monday. "You're not alone when you're going through this program....and you'll see there's a lot of people that want to help," Program Manager Tessa Murphy-Romboletti said at the event held at the Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center, 100 Bigelow St.  The deadline to apply for the nine-week course is Aug. 1. Interviews will be held with prospective participants Aug. 14 and 15, she said. Classes will b e ...

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    6. Partnership Connects Incoming STCC Students to Career Pathways

      Partnership Connects Incoming STCC Students to Career Pathways

      They just graduated from high school and will start college this fall, but these five teenagers are not kicking back and taking it easy this summer. They are enrolled in an eight-week nurse’s aide certification program at Springfield Technical Community College (STCC) that is tied to an internship program through Baystate Springfield Educational Partnership (BSEP). Thanks to the STCC-BSEP partnership, Springfield residents Rumbila Abdullahi, Julia Hong, Genesis Medina, Anderson Nguyen, and Suraji Omoru are gaining the kind of experience they say will make them stand out as they work toward careers in healthcare.

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    7. US News ranking puts Pioneer Valley 13th nationally for 'quality of life'

      US News ranking puts Pioneer Valley 13th nationally for 'quality of life'

      A national publication has ranked the Springfield area as among the top 20 most favorable areas in the county in terms of quality of life, making it the first time the region has made the list. Springfield rates 13th overall in U.S. News and World Report's recent rankings of the Best Places to Live in the United States for Quality of Life, 2017. Springfield did not rank in the top 20 in the publication's similar ranking in 2016. Springfield ranks just below Hartford, which came in 12th, and Portland, Maine, which was ranked fourth. Nowhere else in ...

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    8. Future use for abandoned, historic Springfield Masonic Temple revealed

      Future use for abandoned, historic Springfield Masonic Temple revealed

      A Westfield developer is planning a multi-million dollar renovation of the historic Masonic Temple on State Street as the future "dream" site of the Springfield Conservatory of the Arts School. Frank A. DeMarinis and his firm, Sage Engineering & Contracting Inc., were selected by the city under a 10-year lease agreement for the magnet school that serves students in grades 6-12. The school, now split at two rented locations in Springfield, is slated to open at the refurbished site in September 2018, officials said.

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    9. STEM Starter Academy students build suspension bridge at Springfield Technical Community...

      STEM Starter Academy students build suspension bridge at Springfield Technical Community...

      STCC is dedicated to investing in Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) research, education, job and workforce development to meet the critical needs of employers in these fields. The kickoff event invited students to use hands on skills to build a suspension bridge using the skills they've learned so far in the classroom. Joseph Denesha, a 2014 STEM Starter Academy graduate explained the program allows first-year college students a jumpstart for their first semester on campus by taking classes, receiving tutoring and coaching, attending field trips, meeting guest speakers and taking advantage of hands-on experiences through activities like these.

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    10. Agri-Mark to break ground on $17M expansion of West Springfield plant

      Agri-Mark to break ground on $17M expansion of West Springfield plant

      WEST SPRINGFIELD -- Agri-Mark Inc. will break ground Monday on a $17 million expansion of its West Springfield plant, according to Doug DiMento, director of corporate communications for the farmer-owned cooperative.   Agri-Mark officials and farmers will be joined by Mayor William C. Reichelt and other officials at 9:30 a.m. at the plant at 958 Riverdale St. Parking is available next door at 1000 Riverdale St

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    11. Springfield Technical Community College honored home health aide graduates

      Springfield Technical Community College honored home health aide graduates

      Eighteen people recently were certified as home health aides at Springfield Technical Community College, the last group to graduate under a state-funded training program. The graduates are highly sought after by employers, according to Arlene Rodriguez, vice president of academic affairs at STCC. "It is one of the highest-demand occupations not only in the Springfield area, but throughout the commonwealth," Rodriguez said in a statement.

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    12. GM Alex Dixon Gets to Work Building a Culture

      GM Alex Dixon Gets to Work Building a Culture

      Library officials here didn't expect their proposal for a new facility to receive state funding right away. Now, after the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners on Thursday awarded the town $3.9 million, they're accelerating their plans. "We're thrilled. We're beyond thrilled. We're kind of flabbergasted," said Goodwin Memorial Library Director Patrick Borezo. "We felt very confident," he said, but officials never expected to be funded in the first round after filing a grant application last fall.

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    13. Hadley library officials 'over the moon' with $3.9M in state funding for new building

      Hadley library officials 'over the moon' with $3.9M in state funding for new building

      Library officials here didn't expect their proposal for a new facility to receive state funding right away. Now, after the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners on Thursday awarded the town $3.9 million, they're accelerating their plans. "We're thrilled. We're beyond thrilled. We're kind of flabbergasted," said Goodwin Memorial Library Director Patrick Borezo. "We felt very confident," he said, but officials never expected to be funded in the first round after filing a grant application last fall. Hadley's library is one of nine to receive state funding for construction this year. Plans call for ...

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    14. Springfield Technical Community College announces 4 new transfer programs

      Springfield Technical Community College announces 4 new transfer programs

      Springfield Technical Community College (STCC) announced four new transfer programs that will be offered at the institution this fall, a move that will help make the transfer process for a bachelor's degree more affordable. The four new programs are Communication and Digital Media Transfer, Criminal Justice Transfer, Early Childhood Education and Human Services/Social Work.

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    15. Do You Know Someone Who Wants to Start a Business?

      Do You Know Someone Who Wants to Start a Business?

      Do you know someone who wants to start a business? SPARK will present a Launch class information session on Monday, July 17 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center, 100 Bigelow St., Holyoke. Attendees will learn more about SPARK and the partners it works with, and get an overview of the application process and course curriculum to see if it’s a fit. They will also hear about what kinds of opportunities are available for graduates of the program, including grant opportunities and technical assistance.

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    16. Ground Up Cafe planned for Springfield Innovation Center launches Kickstarter

      Ground Up Cafe planned for Springfield Innovation Center launches Kickstarter

      Ground Up Cafe, the coffee shop planned for the Springfield Innovation Center, will have coffee, pastries, yogurt, sandwiches and bone broth. It's a savory brew made from simmering bones with vegetables for a long time and it is chock full of vitamins and collagen. Bone broth is a steaming-hot trend in the culinary world and Ground Up Cafe head chef John Peter Wentworth plans to make bone broth in house and serve it for the price of a cup of coffee.

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    17. Northampton Is Not About to Rest on Its Laurels

      Northampton Is Not About to Rest on Its Laurels

      You could say Northampton has “good bones.”  Once dubbed “the paradise of America” by opera singer Jenny Lind, it is home to one of the nation’s premier colleges, it boasts a regional general hospital as well as one for military veterans, its population of nearly 30,000 is diverse and well-educated, its labor force is highly skilled and mostly employed, it has a crime rate that is lower than the state average, and it’s one of the hottest locales in the region for shopping, dining, and partaking of a multitude of performance and visual arts.

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    18. Westfield: Work begins on $3.7M Columbia Greenway Rail Trail extension over Westfield River

      Westfield: Work begins on $3.7M Columbia Greenway Rail Trail extension over Westfield River

      The abandoned New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad bridge over the Westfield River parallel to Elm Street will reopen as a pedestrian bridge as part of a $3.7 million extension of the Columbia Greenway Rail Trail. Work began July 3. Crews have already started prepping the site and building a scaffold under the bridge. Fencing blocks access to the bridge. The majority of the bridge rehabilitation will be completed in 2017. Sidewalk and landscape improvements on either end of the bridge are expected to be installed in the spring and summer of 2018, according to an email from the ...

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    19. Massachusetts regulators approve Berkshire Gas 5-year plan, while insisting company must work to lift moratorium

      Massachusetts regulators approve Berkshire Gas 5-year plan, while insisting company must work to lift moratorium

      State regulators on Friday approved a required long-range planning document from Berkshire Gas, but did not immediately order the utility to lift a vexing natural gas service moratorium in the upper Pioneer Valley. Instead, the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities acknowledged "an urgent need to end the moratorium as soon as practicable," and ordered Berkshire to provide progress reports every six months until the problem is solved. State Senate President Stanley Rosenberg, D-Amherst, on Tuesday called the order a "positive development" and said the DPU decision, while not perfect, "outlines a path forward" to restoring new natural gas service to ...

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    20. Musicians to play lunch-hour concerts on downtown Springfield's painted pianos

      Musicians to play lunch-hour concerts on downtown Springfield's painted pianos

      Beginning on Wednesday, local professional pianists will be playing the painted pianos in downtown Springfield, as part of an initiative spearheaded by the Springfield Central Cultural District.  Live pianists will be playing the pianos, located at 1350 Main St., the Shops at the Marketplace, and 1550 Main St., from noon to 1 p.m. each Wednesday. Residents, employees, and visitors to Springfield have recently been treated to a series of unusual art installations in the downtown area. Three beautiful, mural-sized upright pianos were decorated by local residents and placed throughout the Springfield Central Cultural District in early June.

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