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    1. Hartford passenger rail linking Springfield to New Haven passes 1 million rider mark

      Hartford passenger rail linking Springfield to New Haven passes 1 million rider mark

      Ridership on the Hartford Line, which connects rail commuters traveling between New Haven and Springfield has passed the 1 million mark, according to Connecticut Department of Transportation officials. The service — launched on June 18, 2018 — transported its one-millionth rider during the busy Thanksgiving travel period in late November.

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    2. American Outdoor Brands Corp. Announces Leadership Transition

      American Outdoor Brands Corp. Announces Leadership Transition

      American Outdoor Brands Corp. announced that its board of directors has named Mark Smith and Brian Murphy co-presidents and co-CEOs of the company, effective immediately. Smith was most recently president of the Manufacturing Services Division of the company, while Murphy was most recently president of the Outdoor Products & Accessories Division. In their co-leadership roles, Smith and Murphy succeed James Debney, who has separated as president and CEO and as a director of the company, following the determination by the board of directors that he engaged in conduct inconsistent with a non-financial company policy.

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    3. Basketball Hall of Fame to close temporarily for renovations

      Basketball Hall of Fame to close temporarily for renovations

      The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame will be temporarily closed to the public from Monday, Feb. 3 to Wednesday, March 25 as it continues the final phase of its $23 million renovation program. During this time, the Jerry Colangelo Court of Dreams will be fully redeveloped, along with implementation of new interactive areas around the court. Additionally, the Hall’s second floor will be deconstructed for a full transformation, according to a news release.

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    4. iHeartMedia announces reorganization; radio personalities sacked in Massachusetts, nationwide

      iHeartMedia announces reorganization; radio personalities sacked in Massachusetts, nationwide

      iHeartMedia has laid off veteran radio staffers across the country as part of a company-wide reorganization. Billboard noted the “bloodbath” resulted in pink slips for dozens of veteran program directors and DJs in top markets nationwide. Among those reportedly impacted were Jackson Burnes, an executive producer at Classic Rock 100.7 WZLX in Boston; Deb Lawler, the morning anchor at WBZ; and Marylee Kelly, production director at Classic Rock Cool 102 WCIB in Cape Cod, according to Radio Insight and FYBush Media.

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    5. Job Expo set for Thursday at Basketball Hall of Fame

      Job Expo set for Thursday at Basketball Hall of Fame

      A Job Expo featuring dozens of companies is scheduled Thursday, Jan. 16, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. The winter expo, which generally draws several hundred participants, is sponsored by MassHire Springfield Career Center and Entercom Communications radio stations.

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    6. Steve Lowell to Step Down in 2021 as Monson Savings Bank President

      Steve Lowell to Step Down in 2021 as Monson Savings Bank President

      Steve Lowell, who has served as president of Monson Savings Bank (MSB) for the last nine years, announced his retirement effective February 2021. He is looking forward to continuing to serve in a vital role with the bank as chairman of the board. The bank’s board of directors announced that Daniel Moriarty Sr. has been named the bank’s president effective February 2021. Moriarty has been with MSB for 22 years, serving as senior vice president and chief financial officer since 2011. He joined the bank in 1998 as an accounting manager, became controller in 2002, assistant vice president ...

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    7. Girl’s Auto exec Patrice Banks, Poo-Pourri’s Suzy Batiz to speak at Women’s Leadership Conference

      Girl’s Auto exec Patrice Banks, Poo-Pourri’s Suzy Batiz to speak at Women’s Leadership Conference

      Suzy Batiz whose success in developing the toilet bowl spray cleaner Poo-Pourri earned her a spot on Forbes’ 2019 list of the country’s richest self-made women, will join headliner Tyra Banks as speaker at Bay Path University’s 25th annual Women’s Leadership Conference in March

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    8. Holyoke Planning Board gets update on Amazon traffic, parking issues

      Holyoke Planning Board gets update on Amazon traffic, parking issues

      The Planning Board reviewed Amazon’s updated traffic and parking plans for the 161 Lower Westfield Road facility after a study found traffic generated by the distribution center was below past estimates. A December traffic study conducted by Langan Engineering and Environmental Services showed the facility “has had less of an impact on surrounding road network than anticipated.” It indicated that peak-traffic was “significantly less than estimated.”

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    9. Knox building — once a Springfield automobile factory — getting $57M makeover into apartments

      Knox building — once a Springfield automobile factory — getting $57M makeover into apartments

      Gordon Pulsifer — the developer behind the ongoing rehab of Indian Motorcycle, Mason Square Fire Station and the Outing Park apartment complex in the South End -- plans a $57 million, 114- apartment rehab of the long-derelict Knox Building just across Wilbraham Road from Indian Motorcycle.

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    10. TravelKuz Bus-design Contest to Raise Awareness of Big Brothers Big Sisters

      TravelKuz Bus-design Contest to Raise Awareness of Big Brothers Big Sisters

      FM Kuzmeskus/TravelKuz, Hale Custom Signs, and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Franklin County announced a call for entries for their first-ever collaborative bus-design contest. “We’ve got a brand spanking new coach. It’s still white from the factory,” said Pam Reipold, executive vice president of Operations at FM Kuzmeskus. “It was our mechanics, or ‘shop gods,’ as we affectionately call them, that came up with this idea. It’s brilliant, really. TravelKuz is such a huge fan of Big Brothers Big Sisters and the important work that they do. We are very excited to be able to support ...

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    11. The Starting Gate at GreatHorse Honored in WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards

      The Starting Gate at GreatHorse Honored in WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards

      The Starting Gate at GreatHorse was announced a winner of the 2020 WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards, an accolade representing the top wedding professionals across the board in quality, service, responsiveness, and professionalism reviewed by couples on WeddingWire. For its 12th annual Couples’ Choice Awards, WeddingWire analyzed reviews across more than 20 service categories, from venues and caterers to florists and photographers, to find the most highly rated vendors of the year. These winners exhibit superior professionalism, responsiveness, service, and quality when interacting with the millions of consumers who turn to WeddingWire each month to help ease their wedding-planning process.

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    12. Economist Says Stagnation More Likely Than Recession in 2020 - BusinessWest

      Economist Says Stagnation More Likely Than Recession in 2020 - BusinessWest

      ‘More of the same.’  For the past several years now, that’s essentially what most economists have been saying when asked about what to expect next year. And by ‘more of the same,’ they generally meant steady but decidedly unremarkable growth, which is what the nation, this state, and this region have been enjoying — and that’s the right word for it, because it certainly beats the alternative — for the past half-decade or so.

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    13. MGM Springfield to welcome Boston Red Sox at 'Winter Weekend’ - masslive.com

      MGM Springfield to welcome Boston Red Sox at 'Winter Weekend’ - masslive.com

      Before the Boston Red Sox head down to sunny Fort Myers, Florida, for spring training, the team will spend a “Winter Weekend” with fans at MGM Springfield.  MGM Springfield anticipates more than 10,000 visitors descending on downtown Springfield for the event and portions of Main and State streets near the casino will be closed to traffic.

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    14. Vote delayed on Enfield Square Mall subdivision; skeptical planners want more details

      Vote delayed on Enfield Square Mall subdivision; skeptical planners want more details

      The owners of Enfield Square mall want to carve up the 86-acre property into smaller plots and then sell them for redevelopment. But in an hours-long meeting Thursday night, the town’s Planning and Zoning Commission heard from residents who don’t trust Namdar Realty Group and Mason Asset Management to spend the necessary cash to bring in the right mix of office, retail, housing, services and other amenities to make the mall property an economic engine again.

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    15. Club Scout: Wurst Haus brings German brews, Bavarian food to Northampton

      Club Scout: Wurst Haus brings German brews, Bavarian food to Northampton

      I was going to try to write some lame lead about Northampton’s newest bar, the Wurst Haus, using the word “worst” as a pun, but I decided to spare you, dear readers, from such a fate. Also, there is nothing that is the worst – or even remotely bad – about the venue that is housed in the former McLadden’s Publick House on at 27 Pleasant St.

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    16. Springfield College to Welcome Courts for Kids President Derek Nesland on Jan. 28

      Springfield College to Welcome Courts for Kids President Derek Nesland on Jan. 28

      Springfield College will welcome Courts for Kids President Derek Nesland to the campus on Tuesday, Jan. 28 at 7:30 p.m. in the Fuller Arts Center. Nesland’s presentation, titled “Who Says There’s No Traveling in Basketball? Community Development Through Court Building Around the Globe,” will highlight the service-to-humanity mission provided by Courts for Kids, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that helps build multi-sport courts in economically disadvantaged areas throughout the world. Nesland’s presentation is part of the 2019-20 Humanics Triathlon project led by Distinguished Springfield Professor of Humanics Judy Van Raalte.

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    17. Singer Traciana Graves to Speak at Bay Path for Black History Month Event

      Singer Traciana Graves to Speak at Bay Path for Black History Month Event

      Although she’s known for her vocal work with artists like Celine Dion and Steel Pulse, these days vocalist, strategist, and speaker Traciana Graves is using her voice to deliver an even more powerful message — one of inclusivity. She believes people have the ability to change the world with the power of their voice, and she’ll bring that inspirational message to Bay Path University as the keynote speaker for its Black History Month celebration on Wednesday, Feb. 5.

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    18. Veterinary Assistant Training Program - Springfield Technical Community College

      Veterinary Assistant Training Program - Springfield Technical Community College

      The training prepares students to keep animals healthy, care for them when they are ill, and assist veterinarians in their offices. The veterinary assistant works directly under the supervision of veterinarians and the veterinary technician as they perform procedures, examinations, and treatments.  The veterinary assistant provides basic care for animals, such as feeding and exercising the animals, while learning how to recognize signs of illness and disease, performing laboratory procedures, interacting with clients, and performing general office procedures. Veterinary assistants work in animal hospitals and clinics, animal shelters, laboratories, zoos, and animal parks.

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    19. Springfield Union Station Platform C elevator ready, awaits Amtrak inspection

      Springfield Union Station Platform C elevator ready, awaits Amtrak inspection

      The new elevator at Union Station’s completely rebuilt and handicapped-accessible Plattform C is ready for use and awaiting Amtrak inspection. Christopher Moskal, executive director of the Springfield Redevelopment Authority — the agency that owns the historic station — said he doesn’t know when that inspection will take place. He said he’s been kept up to date by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation.

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    20. Grants awarded at WorcLab offer ‘inspiration and hope’ for 31 organizations in Springfield, Worcester and across the state

      Grants awarded at WorcLab offer ‘inspiration and hope’ for 31 organizations in Springfield, Worcester and across the state

      Thirty-one envelopes stacked on a podium could almost be overlooked within a large conference room on the fourth floor on Portland Street in Worcester. Their importance, though, wasn’t lost on the dozens that packed inside the space. Each of them carried hope or dreams in the form of funding for the dozens that packed into the space Thursday morning. “It brings inspiration and hope, because there’s growth within the community,” said Ana Marie Morales of Make It Springfield.

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    21. Wurst Haus German restaurant opens Jan. 17 at former Pleasant Street Theater in Northampton

      Wurst Haus German restaurant opens Jan. 17 at former Pleasant Street Theater in Northampton

      Bavarian-style food and a variety of international beers will be on the menu for the grand opening of the Wurst Haus Restaurant in Northampton on Jan. 17. The German-­themed restaurant is a smaller version of the Student Prince & The Fort in Springfield, which opened in 1935 and is a Western Massachusetts landmark. The name is borrowed from the German-themed concession the Student Prince has run at The Big E for the last four years.

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