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    1. Outdoor amusement trade association moves Florida office to Eastern States Exposition grounds in West Springfield

      Outdoor amusement trade association moves Florida office to Eastern States Exposition grounds in West Springfield

      The Outdoor Amusement Business Association — the mobile amusement industry’s trade association — has relocated its Florida office to the grounds of Eastern States Exposition. The Outdoor Amusement Business Association was organized in 1965 and is the largest trade association representing carnivals, circuses, concessionaires, independent ride owners and others who serve fairs, festivals and community events.

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    2. Florence Bank to build at former Hu Ke Lau site in Chicopee; restaurant may return at new location

      Florence Bank to build at former Hu Ke Lau site in Chicopee; restaurant may return at new location

      Florence Bank plans to build a new branch office on a portion of the old Hu Ke Lau site on busy Memorial Drive, but that doesn’t necessarily mean the end of the longtime Polynesian showplace. The bank’s plans for the branch are detailed in documents filed with the Chicopee Planning Department, where developers are looking for site approval, said Planning Director Lee M. Pouliot. The project is listed on the agenda for Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Rivermill Senior Center on 5 West Main St., Classroom 30.

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    3. State plans roundabout in Holyoke at intersection of Route 141 and Interstate 91 - masslive.com

      State plans roundabout in Holyoke at intersection of Route 141 and Interstate 91 - masslive.com

      The Massachusetts Department of Transportation will hold a public meeting at the Holyoke Senior Center at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 10 on a proposed two-lane roundabout where Route 141 meets Interstate 91 at Exit 17.  MassDOT also proposes to improve traffic flow and access where Route 141, also known as Easthampton Road, converges with Lindor Heights. The agency must secure rights-of-way and temporary easements near the construction site.

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    4. Macy’s at Holyoke Mall, Burlington get facelifts as part of ‘Growth 150’ yearlong upgrade

      Macy’s at Holyoke Mall, Burlington get facelifts as part of ‘Growth 150’ yearlong upgrade

      Macy’s announced Tuesday that its Holyoke Mall at Ingleside and Burlington Mall stores are getting significant upgrades as a part of its 2019 Growth150 initiative. The plan saw old-line department store chain Macy’s renovate 50 stores in 2018 and another 100 in 2019, including Holyoke and Burlington. "It's fantastic news. They've made a real commitment to Western Massachusetts and the Holyoke store in particular," said Bill Rogalski, general manager for the Holyoke Mall. "It's kind of a wholesale makeover."

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    5. Developers break ground for Carew Street medical building

      Developers break ground for Carew Street medical building

      Site work and foundation construction are underway on a 14,000-square foot medical office facility developers Francis J. Cataldo Jr. and Paul C. Picknelly are building at 90 Carew St. for dialysis provider American Renal Associates and others.Part of the 1.5-acre site at the corner of Carew and Dwight Streets in the Memorial Square neighborhood was once the site of the Gardner Memorial AME Zion Church. The church was demolished earlier this year to make way for the estimated $3 million project.

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    6. Springfield considers final approval of 2 historic districts downtown - masslive.com

      Springfield considers final approval of 2 historic districts downtown - masslive.com

      The City Council on Tuesday will consider granting final approval to establishing the Trinity Block on Bridge Street and a unique Byers Street house, both in the downtown area, as historic districts.  The regular council meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall. The historic districts already have the approval of the Springfield Historical Commission and Massachusetts Historical Commission. The City Council gave first-step approval in July.

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    7. MassLive sees over 6 million unique visitors in June, surpasses Boston.com in digital audience in July - masslive.com

      MassLive sees over 6 million unique visitors in June, surpasses Boston.com in digital audience in July - masslive.com

      MassLive’s statewide growth strategy continues to show impressive results with the site topping six million unique visitors in June and topping competitor Boston.com in digital audience for the first time in July, according to the most recent data for Massachusetts and New England digital media properties from independent media analytics company comScore.

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    8. Beer Nut: Berkshire Brewing to celebrate 25 years

      Beer Nut: Berkshire Brewing to celebrate 25 years

      While there seems to be a new brewery popping up on every corner these days (not that I’m complaining), we sometimes have to stand back and tip our hats to the first breweries that set the table for craft beer in the Pioneer Valley. The first one, of course, was the Northampton Brewery, which is still going strong at 32 years. Others include The People’s Pint and Amherst Brewing Co.

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    9. Greater Westfield Chamber Announces 2019 Award Winners

      Greater Westfield Chamber Announces 2019 Award Winners

      Each year, the Greater Westfield Chamber of Commerce solicits nominations from the membership for three awards. This year’s recipients are: Business of the Year: Westfield G&E and Whip City Fiber; Nonprofit of the Year: Westfield 350 Committee; and Lifetime Achievement Award: Sister Elizabeth “Betty” Oleksak of Genesis Spiritual Life and Conference Center. “The chamber is very excited to announce this year’s recipients, as they are all so deserving of these recognitions,” said Kate Phelon, executive director. “It is never an easy decision, and I know the board governance committee made their recommendations to the full board with ...

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    10. HUD awards $4.3M to Springfield, Franklin County to combat youth homelessness - masslive.com

      HUD awards $4.3M to Springfield, Franklin County to combat youth homelessness - masslive.com

      The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced grants totaling more than $4.3 million to the city and a Greenfield-based organization to help with the mission of ending youth homelessness in Springfield and Franklin County.  David Tille, the New England regional administrator for HUD, announced that the grant awards to Springfield and the Community Action Pioneer Valley in Greenfield were two of just 23 awards nationwide.

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    11. PeoplesBank Internship Program Named to Top-100 List in the U.S.

      PeoplesBank Internship Program Named to Top-100 List in the U.S.

      PeoplesBank joined Google, Facebook, BMW, Southwest Airlines, and more top companies on the 2019 WayUp Top 100 Internship Programs list. WayUp is a professional networking application that connects college students and recent graduates to career opportunities with reputable employers. According to WayUp, the bank was selected because “PeoplesBank interns not only get a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to operate a bank, they also get hands-on experience to work on passion projects like Habitat for Humanity’s Build Days.” The list is determined by a panel of industry experts who consider everything from public votes to internship-program highlights. More ...

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    12. TD Bank Names Steve Webb Regional President for Southern New England

      TD Bank Names Steve Webb Regional President for Southern New England

      TD Bank named Steve Webb regional president for Southern New England. In this role, Webb will lead commercial and retail banking teams in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Upstate New York, and Connecticut. “Steve’s leadership and strategic mindset are widely recognized at TD Bank and within the New England business community, making him a clear choice to lead this region,” said Chris Giamo, head of Commercial Bank. “We are confident that Steve, along with the entire Southern New England TD team, will continue to drive growth and market share in this important geography.”

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    13. AHA Recognizes Trinity Health for Collaboration for Healthier Communities

      AHA Recognizes Trinity Health for Collaboration for Healthier Communities

      In 2016, Trinity Health selected a new community health project at Mercy Medical Center as a recipient of a grant under its Transforming Communities Initiative (TCI), a program that has resulted in the creation of a successful partnership between Mercy and Live Well Springfield (LWS), a multi-sector, community-based coalition that includes over 26 organizations working in the city. This partnership has seen extraordinary results in several areas, such as school nutrition improvements, Complete Streets infrastructure, and tobacco-use prevention.

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    14. State awards $73.2M for Holyoke middle school construction; Proposition 2½ override vote looms - masslive.com

      State awards $73.2M for Holyoke middle school construction; Proposition 2½ override vote looms - masslive.com

      The Massachusetts School Building Authority has awarded a $73.2 million grant for the construction of two new public middle schools in Holyoke.  But the projects are not a done deal. Voters Nov. 5 will decide whether to authorize a Proposition 2½ override to raise the rest of the construction costs, estimated at more than $132 million.

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    15. Dress for Success to Host Tag Sale at Eastfield Mall Sept. 6-8

      Dress for Success to Host Tag Sale at Eastfield Mall Sept. 6-8

      Dress for Success Western Massachusetts will host a clothing tag sale, sponsored by MassMutual, at the Eastfield Mall to raise funds and awareness of its mission of helping women achieve their goal of creating a better life. Women may choose from an extensive array of clothing, shoes, accessories and more. These new and gently used items include selections from name-brand fashion houses such as Anne Klein, Evan Picone, Ellen Tracy, and many more. Customers can fill a shopping bag for only $25.

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    16. Educare Springfield Hires Bernitta Burnett as Executive Director

      Educare Springfield Hires Bernitta Burnett as Executive Director

      The nation’s 24th Educare early-education center will be led by Springfield native Bernitta “Nikki” Burnett, who has been hired as Educare Springfield’s first executive director. Burnett was raised in the nearby Mason Square neighborhood, attended neighborhood public schools, and earned her undergraduate degree in leadership and organizational science from Bay Path University. She will be completing her master’s degree in leadership and negotiation from Bay Path in 2020.

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    17. STCC, Bay Path University Announce Psychology Transfer Agreements

      Officials from Springfield Technical Community College (STCC) and Bay Path University will sign two agreements today at 1 p.m. creating an affordable pathway for female students with an associate degree from STCC to earn a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Bay Path. Under one articulation agreement, students who receive an associate degree in liberal arts/general studies (applied psychology option) can pursue a bachelor of arts in psychology from Bay Path.

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    18. WSU to Host Info Session for Master’s Programs in Counseling, Applied Behavior Analysis - BusinessWest

      WSU to Host Info Session for Master’s Programs in Counseling, Applied Behavior Analysis - BusinessWest

      An information session for Westfield State University’s master’s degrees in both counseling and applied behavior analysis will be held on Monday, Sept. 23 at 6 p.m. in the Horace Mann Center lobby, 333 Western Ave., Westfield. Individuals interested in careers as behavior analysts, clinicians, family and marriage counselors, and guidance or adjustment counselors should consider attending to find out how a graduate degree can help them attain one of these positions.

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