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    1. West Springfield seeking project manager to oversee Coburn School project

      West Springfield seeking project manager to oversee Coburn School project

      The Town of West Springfield is seeking the services of a qualified project manager to oversee all facets of the Philip G. Coburn Elementary School reconstruction project. The town is collaborating with the Massachusetts School Building Authority on a feasibility study for possible construction of a new Coburn School at 115 Southworth St. The MSBA is a quasi-independent government authority that funds construction and renovation projects for public schools across the commonwealth.

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    2. Eversource to host open house for Westfield Reliability Project

      Eversource to host open house for Westfield Reliability Project

      Eversource has proposed a new electric transmission line on an existing set of power structures as a long-term solution to address energy needs in the area. The utility plans to host an open house on the project, called the Westfield Reliability Project, with drop-in hours from 6-8 p.m. Thursday 15 at the Westfield High School cafeteria, 177 Montgomery Road. The Westfield Reliability Project includes constructing new equipment adjacent to Eversource's existing Pochassic Substation and related upgrades to the Buck Pond Substation, according to a news release.

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    3. HCC Gateway to College Program Graduates Largest Class Ever

      HCC Gateway to College Program Graduates Largest Class Ever

      Holyoke Community College’s (HCC) award-winning Gateway to College program graduated the largest class in its nine-year history June 6, presenting certificates to 33 high-school students who have been taking college courses at HCC. Those students will now collect their diplomas from eight area high schools: Springfield, Holyoke, Westfield, Palmer, Longmeadow, Agawam, Minnechaug, and Belchertown. Among them, the students also amassed a total of 372 transferable college credits, or enough to fulfill the requirements for more than six associate degrees. “What you achieved is nothing short of miraculous,” said Mark Guglielmo, the Gateway Fine Arts instructor and the keynote speaker ...

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    4. United Bank Supports Dress for Success Western Massachusetts

      United Bank Supports Dress for Success Western Massachusetts

      United Bank donated $5,000 to support the mission of Dress for Success to help women gain economic independence. The contribution will be used to fund the Foot in the Door program, a workforce-readiness program provided by Dress for Success Western Massachusetts. Foot in the Door is a 14-week training program in which participants receive training modules consisting of career pathway and exploration, workplace readiness, employability preparation, and financial literacy. This curriculum is delivered by Springfield Technical Community College, and was created to address workforce needs and promote strategic economic development in the region.

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    5. Museum Dedicated to All Things Seuss Opens Its Doors

      Museum Dedicated to All Things Seuss Opens Its Doors

      It’s called the Amazing World of Dr. Seuss, and that pretty much says it all. One of Springfield’s favorite sons, the good doctor actually created dozens of amazing worlds through his timeless books. The museum that opened on June 3 pays tribute to many of them, but also to the city that inspired Theodor Geisel to dream, create, and delight generations of children and adults.

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    6. PVTA sets date to move into Springfield's Union Station | masslive.com

      PVTA sets date to move into Springfield's Union Station | masslive.com

      The Pioneer Valley Transit Authority will begin serving the newly remolded Springfield Union Station on Sunday, June 25, according to a notice from the PVTA. June 25 will also be the date that the PVTA will stop servicing the Springfield Bus Terminal at 1776 Main St., about a block away from Union Station.  The official notice can be seen online here.  Peter Pan Bus Lines and its partner Greyhound will follow PVTA into Union Station, but a switch over date is not yet announced.

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    7. Developers hope to raze Amherst Motel, replace it with 131-unit luxury apartment complex

      Developers hope to raze Amherst Motel, replace it with 131-unit luxury apartment complex

      Owners of the Amherst Motel on Route 9 want to raze the building and replace it with a four-story, 131-unit luxury apartment building. The proposal by the Breck Group calls for razing the 23,451-square foot motel, replacing it with a 180,247-square foot apartment building with a footprint of 47,740 square feet. The plan calls for 15 one-bedroom, 23 two-bedroom, 11 three-bedroom and 82 four bedroom apartments. There would be 273 parking spaces. The Breck Group has applied for a modification of a previously granted special permit and an extension of approval for a pre-existing nonconforming apartment use ...

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    8. United Way of Hampshire County Announces Interim Director

      United Way of Hampshire County (UWHC) announced the appointment of Renee Moss as interim executive director. Moss replaces Jim Ayres, who resigned his position as executive director to serve as president and CEO of United Way of Pioneer Valley. Julie Cowan, UWHC board chair, announced that Moss will serve as interim executive director while the board conducts a search to permanently fill the position. Moss, a UWHC board member, recently retired as longtime executive director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hampshire County. “Renee is well-respected in the community and will bring strong leadership skills to our United Way as ...

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    9. High school student interns in STEM fields offer foundation for economic growth to region...

      High school student interns in STEM fields offer foundation for economic growth to region...

      Despite being a small business, Palmer's Creative Material Technologies is home to a strong high school student internship program. During the past few years, the company has hosted close to a dozen interns that perform high-level work in a variety of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) areas. High school student interns at Creative Material Technologies solve challenges for clients, such as determining new ways to generate electricity from waste heat. They also support business development by completing market analyses for product launches and providing mathematical modeling for new projects. At the same time, interns bring immeasurable energy, ideas ...

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    10. State Senate clean energy tour to make Springfield stop tonight

      State Senate clean energy tour to make Springfield stop tonight

      The Western New England University School of Law Institute for Legislative and Governmental Affairs is hosting the Massachusetts Clean Energy Future Tour, tonight, 6 to 8 p.m., in the J. Pellegrini Moot Court Room of Blake Law Center. The event seeking public input is the sixth of nine statewide tour stops, and is being presented here by Senator James T. Welch, D-Springfield. It is an initiative of the Senate Committee on Global Warming and Climate Change. Senate President Pro Tempore Marc R. Pacheco, D-Taunton, will chair Monday's event.

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    11. Holyoke Medical Center Offers Preview Events for New ED - BusinessWest

      Holyoke Medical Center Offers Preview Events for New ED - BusinessWest

      Holyoke Medical Center (HMC) will open its new, $25.3 million Emergency Department early next month. The hospital has scheduled multiple events allowing employees, dignitaries, donors, and community members a chance to tour the facility before it opens.  “For the past 18 months, we have been building the Emergency Department our community deserves. Now that the construction is complete, we are happy to invite the community to take a tour of the facility before it opens through a variety of events,” said Spiros Hatiras, president and CEO of Holyoke Medical Center and Valley Health Systems.

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    12. Horace Smith Fund Awards $216,000 to Area Students

      Horace Smith Fund Awards $216,000 to Area Students

      On Thursday, June 15, the Horace Smith Fund will hold its 118th corporators’ meeting and scholarship awards ceremony at the Carriage House at Storrowton Tavern in West Springfield for recipients, their parents and school counselors, and corporators. Wayne Webster, chair of the board of trustees, announced that there will be 18 scholarship recipients and three fellowship recipients this year. “Providing that students maintain at least a B average in college, each scholarship provides a total of $10,000 over four years, and each fellowship provides $12,000 over three years. Therefore, the Horace Smith Fund is happy to be able ...

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    13. United Launches Flights from Bradley to San Francisco

      United Launches Flights from Bradley to San Francisco

      United Airlines’ inaugural flight from Bradley International Airport to San Francisco International Airport (SFO) took flight last week, marking the beginning of the seasonal service. “Bradley International Airport is a critical piece of Connecticut’s transportation infrastructure. Every day, more and more businesses and residents are turning to the airport as their first choice for air travel,” Gov. Dannel Malloy said. “The addition of this new, direct route to San Francisco increases options for people in the region to get to where they need to go.”

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    14. Chicopee distribution company employing nearly 500 given OK to expand

      Chicopee distribution company employing nearly 500 given OK to expand

      A distribution company which employs nearly 500 people was given approvals to construct a large addition that will contain a new freezer and cooler area. The about $9 million project in Willimansett is expected to add at least 22 jobs to the existing 486-person staff at the company. As part of the plan to add a 37,500 square-foot addition to its main building on 705 Meadow Street, J. Polep owners will also rip up pavement in the front parking lot and plant trees to beautify what is now a huge expanse of asphalt along the road and the building ...

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    15. UMass Awards $735,000 in Science and Technology Grants

      Three UMass Amherst campus research initiatives are among nine projects across the five-campus system that are sharing $735,000 in grants from the President’s Science & Technology (S&T) Initiatives Fund. Announced by UMass President Marty Meehan, the projects showcase a range of cutting-edge faculty research being conducted across the UMass system, from enhancing clean-energy technologies to developing materials that can autonomously release drugs and precisely target tumors.

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    16. VVM Accelerator Awards Boost Startups in More Ways Than One

      VVM Accelerator Awards Boost Startups in More Ways Than One

      Valley Venture Mentor's third annual Accelerator program may have been capped by the grants given to a dozen of its participants at a recent awards ceremony, but participants say the rewards of the program go far beyond dollars, encompassing everything from intensive business training and expert advice to exposure in the marketplace and critical networking. These entrepreneurs’ ideas are often potentially world-changing; VVM’s goal is to help turn that potential into reality.

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    17. Wellspring Harvest breaks ground for greenhouse in Springfield (photos, video)

      Wellspring Harvest breaks ground for greenhouse in Springfield (photos, video)

      By fall, between five and nine currently unemployed people will be working in a new hydroponic greenhouse growing salad greens for major local institutions like Baystate Medical Center, the public schools and Big Y supermarket. That's the plan from Wellspring Harvest, which broke ground Thursday at the former Chapman Valve site at 121 Pinevale St. in Indian Orchard. "This will be a great place to go grow food. This will be a great place to grow people," said greenhouse manager and grower Stephen Hilyard.

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    18. Ludlow Builds Off Mill Project’s Momentum

      Ludlow Builds Off Mill Project’s Momentum

      When it comes to economic development in Ludlow, the sprawling project known as Ludlow Mills has been the lead story for several years. But it’s far from the only story, Douglas Stefancik said. “We do need economic development, and we take it seriously,” said Ludlow’s town planner. “We look to businesses for tax revenue and jobs. And anytime we can get a new business in town, it enhances the entire area.”

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    19. Custom Builder Laplante Construction Raises Its Game

      Custom Builder Laplante Construction Raises Its Game

      When it comes to custom homes, trends come and go, but buyers are always looking for the next big thing — or, to be more accurate, the next not-so-big thing, as one of those trends favors downsizing in favor of easier maintenance and more energy-efficient touches. But high-end homebuyers aren’t shorting themselves on the interior; they still want the best floors, trims, and technology money can buy. And many are turning to Laplante Construction to get the job done.

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    20. Projects abound along West Springfield's Riverdale Street corridor, including new Wendy's restaurant | masslive.com

      Projects abound along West Springfield's Riverdale Street corridor, including new Wendy's restaurant | masslive.com

      Things are humming along busy Riverdale Street in West Springfield, where a number of developments are in the works or poised to debut, including a new Wendy's restaurant at 644 Riverdale St. and a major expansion of the Agri-Mark facility across from the Riverdale Shops.  An opening date for the fast-food restaurant has not been announced, but the transformation of the former Arby's site into a drive-thru Wendy's was permitted over a year ago, according to Allyson Manuel, West Side's planning administrator.

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    21. WNEU to Host Public Hearing on Clean Energy and Climate Change

      WNEU to Host Public Hearing on Clean Energy and Climate Change

      The Western New England University School of Law Institute for Legislative and Governmental Affairs will host the Massachusetts Clean Energy Future Tour presented by state Sen. Jim Welch and the Senate Committee on Global Warming and Climate Change. The event will take place on Monday, June 12 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Blake Law Center, J. Pellegrini Moot Court Room. The event is free and open to the public.

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    22. Sears plans to close Newburyport Kmart; Western Massachusetts Sears, Kmart locations spared

      Sears plans to close Newburyport Kmart; Western Massachusetts Sears, Kmart locations spared

      Sears Holdings has plans to close its Kmart location in Newburyport on Massachusetts' North Shore in September. But Sears locations in the Holyoke Mall, the Berkshire Mall in Lanesborough and the Eastfield Mall in Springfield and the Kmart locations in Holyoke, Springfield and Palmer and the Sears Outlet in Holyoke have apparently been spared in this round  according to a list of 72 doomed stores circulated internally Tuesday and published online by Business Insider.

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    23. Chicopee receives $600,000 in EPA grants to clean up Uniroyal

      Chicopee receives $600,000 in EPA grants to clean up Uniroyal

      The city will be able to take one more step to clean up the former Uniroyal property after the federal Environmental Protection Agency awarded three new grants that will allow asbestos and other hazardous waste to be removed from buildings. The grants are designed to help communities clean up brownfields, which are former industrial sites often contaminated with hazardous waste, so the property can be redeveloped.

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