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    1. Transmission developer TDI offers $20 million for Western Massachusetts home energy retrofits if it wins statewide clean electricity contract

      Transmission developer TDI offers $20 million for Western Massachusetts home energy retrofits if it wins statewide clean electricity contract

      A company that wants to lay a high-voltage transmission cable under Lake Champlain in Vermont has pledged $20 million for low-income energy retrofits in Western Massachusetts if its New England Clean Power Link wins a major utility contract in the Bay State. TDI New England has pledged 20 years of funding, at $1 million annually, to Community Action of the Franklin, Hampshire and North Quabbin Regions for deep energy retrofits to low-income homes, said Don Jessome, CEO of Transmission Developers, Inc.

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    2. Dan Duquette to speak at WMass Baseball Hall of Fame banquet

      Dan Duquette to speak at WMass Baseball Hall of Fame banquet

      Dan Duquette, general manager of the Baltimore Orioles, will be the guest speaker when the Western Massachusetts Baseball Hall of Fame hosts its fifth annual banquet and induction ceremony on Feb. 1. The banquet, which is open to the public, will be held at the La Quinta Hotel, 100 Congress St. Additional details, including ticket information, will be announced at a later date. Duquette, in addition to leading the Orioles to the playoffs three times in recent seasons, built successful franchises as general manager of the Montreal Expos from 1991-94 and the Boston Red Sox from 1994-2002. While with the ...

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    3. Chicopee begins $2.6 million improvements to spark development in Cabotville Industrial...

      Chicopee begins $2.6 million improvements to spark development in Cabotville Industrial...

      About two years ago Mayor Richard J. Kos took State Rep. Joseph Wagner and Massachusetts Housing and Economic Development Director Jay Ash on a late afternoon tour of the Cabotville Industrial Park and the downtown area to show its potential for development. There was no press, there were no cameras there was just a three-way discussion about economic development in Chicopee Center. "The mayor came to us and said we can do something good here but we need something," said Wagner, D-Chicopee. That something turned into a $2.6 million MassWorks grant, which will pay for 90 percent of infrastructure ...

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    4. Westfield job fair planned for laid-off Berkshire Industries workers

      Westfield job fair planned for laid-off Berkshire Industries workers

      More than 40 precision manufacturing companies from around the Pioneer Valley and nearby Connecticut will attend a job fair next week in Westfield organized for the 80 workers who lost their jobs when Berkshire Industries shut down unexpectedly last month. "We have had a pretty significant response from companies in the area," said David M. Cruise, president and CEO of the Regional Employment Board of Hampden County. "We are trying to outreach to the workers, to let them know it's happening." The event is from 2-4 p.m. Nov. 16 at the Westfield Senior Center, 45 Noble St. Participants ...

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    5. Partners for a Healthier Community Nabs Complete Streets Study Grant - BusinessWest

      Partners for a Healthier Community Nabs Complete Streets Study Grant - BusinessWest

      Partners for a Healthier Community (PHC), the public-health institute of Western Mass., has received one of only nine national Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Policies for Action Grants for $250,000 to study Springfield’s Complete Streets policy.  Complete Streets refers to policies that support roadways that are designed and operated to enable safe access for all users by prioritizing pedestrian, bike, and public transportation. Springfield’s City Council passed a resolution adopting the Complete Streets Plan and Implementation Guide in October 2015.

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    6. 'Daddy's Home 2' pumped $19 million into Massachusetts economy, workers took home $10 million in wages, film group says | masslive.com

      'Daddy's Home 2' pumped $19 million into Massachusetts economy, workers took home $10 million in wages, film group says | masslive.com

      The industry group's CEO, Charles Rivkin, singled out the state's large and controversial film tax credit program as a boon that will continue to help movie productions head to the Bay State for filming locations.  'The production of Daddy's Home 2 demonstrates the powerful economic impact of film and television on local communities across the country,' he said in a statement. 'According to Paramount Pictures, the film supported more than 350 local businesses in communities across Massachusetts.'

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    7. Renovated Kendall House in Chicopee celebrates opening of 41 new studio apartments

      Renovated Kendall House in Chicopee celebrates opening of 41 new studio apartments

      The Valley Opportunity Council officially re-opened the newly renovated Kendall House with a ribbon cutting and tour of the historic hotel that has been converted to an apartment building. Mayor Richard J. Kos, a half-dozen City Councilors, Valley Opportunity Council employees and several residents of the building joined together for the celebration Wednesday. For more than a decade the Kendall House, located at 4 Springfield St., was a single occupancy room complex run by HAPHousing, which is now known by Way Finders. But in 2016 it was acquired by Valley Opportunity Council, which essentially assumed the building's about $1 ...

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    8. STCC to Offer Certified Auto-damage Appraisal Course

      STCC to Offer Certified Auto-damage Appraisal Course

      The Workforce Development Center at Springfield Technical Community College (STCC) will offer a certified auto-damage appraisal course beginning Tuesday, Nov. 28. The 60-hour course is designed to train insurance-claims professionals and auto-body technicians for the Massachusetts Auto Damage Appraisers License Examination. Twenty sessions will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., through Feb. 8. The fee is $599, which includes the cost of class materials. The idea for the course came from William Johnson, a member of the STCC board of trustees, who owns Pleasant Street Auto Body & Repair in South Hadley and Belchertown.

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    9. Community Collaboration Enhances OT Services for Square One

      Community Collaboration Enhances OT Services for Square One

      In support of the Square One mission to ensure that all children have the foundation they need to be successful in life, Bay Path University and Eversource have formed a partnership to enhance the clinical services provided to Square One children. Eversource recently awarded a $2,500 grant to the university for its Play Matters Therapy program. The funding will be utilized to expand current services and broaden the scope of assessments that will be conducted with children in this program, incorporate nutrition curriculum, and to purchase materials and equipment needed to facilitate movement groups or treatment components. Students and ...

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    10. Cleanup cost estimate for historic Court Square hotel in Springfield less than expected

      Cleanup cost estimate for historic Court Square hotel in Springfield less than expected

      It will cost just under $2 million to remove environmental hazards from the derelict Court Square hotel at 31 Elm St. and prepare the building for a $35-million to $45-million rehabilitation decades on the drawing boards. That $2 million estimate, prepared by O'Reilly, Talbot & Okun environmental engineering, of Springfield, and revealed Tuesday to the Springfield Redevelopment Authority Board, is about half what the SRA thought it would have to pay.

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    11. Bay Path University ranked in top 10 colleges in Massachusetts

      Bay Path University ranked in top 10 colleges in Massachusetts

      Bay Path University has been ranked among the top 10 colleges in Massachusetts by OnlineColleges.com. The website ranked Bay Path at No. 8. Three other Western Massachusetts colleges made the top 10: the University of Massachusetts Amherst ranked No. 2, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts ranked No. 5 and Westfield State University ranked No. 7.

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    12. Center for EcoTechnology Wins Recognition for Composting Efforts

      Center for EcoTechnology Wins Recognition for Composting Efforts

      The Center for EcoTechnology (CET), a local nonprofit organization, has been awarded Top Honor in the North American 2017 Rathmann Challenge, “Mitigating Climate Change: Expanding the Use of Compost,” for its pioneering work over the past 20 years to expand the use of composting to reduce wasted food, which in turn reduces greenhouse-gas emissions. The announcement of the award was made on Nov. 1 by the Rathmann Family Foundation. The Rathmann Challenge, which was launched in 2014, seeks to advance organizations possessing the creativity, entrepreneurial ethos, and innovative spirit to make a positive difference in the world. CET receives $100 ...

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    13. Mobile Devices Find New Frontiers of Speed, Power, and Quality

      Mobile Devices Find New Frontiers of Speed, Power, and Quality

      An on-the-go society demands on-the-go technology, and the array of smartphones, tablets, wristband health sensors, and portable game systems only continues to expand as the major players compete for their share of a growing pie. In its annual look at some of the hottest tech items available, BusinessWest focuses on those mobile devices, which are connecting more Americans than ever, 24/7, to bottomless online resources and, sometimes, to each other.

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    14. Determining what environmental hazards lie within abandoned Court Square hotel in downtown Springfield next step in redevelopment

      Determining what environmental hazards lie within abandoned Court Square hotel in downtown Springfield next step in redevelopment

      The Springfield Redevelopment Authority Board will learn on Tuesday just what environmental hazards lurk within the dilapidated former hotel at 31 Elm St. and just how much it will cost to clean it up and make way for its redevelopment.

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    15. Staffing Agencies Meeting Needs, but Challenges Are Mounting

      Staffing Agencies Meeting Needs, but Challenges Are Mounting

      The region’s staffing industry has always been a solid barometer of the overall economy, and that is certainly true in this economy. Firms report that demand for qualified workers is high, and the pool of talent is small and in some respects shrinking. Meeting the demands of various sectors, firm owners and managers say, requires a mix of persistence, imagination, and, well, hard work.  Andrea Hill-Cataldo calls it the ‘Perm Division.’  That’s ‘perm,’ as in permanent-hire, or direct-hire, work. The venture she founded nearly 20 years ago, Johnson & Hill Staffing Services, has always provided such services. But they ...

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    16. Sunshine Village Celebrates a Half-century of Creating Great Days

      Sunshine Village Celebrates a Half-century of Creating Great Days

      Back in the mid-’60s, a group of parents, advised by friends, family members, and attorneys alike to put their developmentally disabled children into an institution, collectively rejected that idea and, far more importantly, came up with a much better one. The result of their innovative, forward-thinking outlook was Sunshine Village, which, 50 years later, remains an immensely powerful source of light, warmth, hope, and lives fulfilled. Lenny Recor was in a good mood — or as good a mood as you might expect someone to be in on a Monday morning.

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    17. Westfield's Circuit Coffee, designed with city's history in mind, hosts grand opening (photos) | masslive.com

      Westfield's Circuit Coffee, designed with city's history in mind, hosts grand opening (photos) | masslive.com

      Circuit Coffee, which opened a few months ago and took a brief break for its owners' wedding, hosted a grand opening Monday in Westfield.  Owner Ted and Jessica Dobek has made the old new again. The location, 22 Elm St., is the former Teapot Gallery and before that was Barney's lunch counter.  A Westfield-built Columbia bicycle hangs from the walls, and the tables are made from old cable spools.

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    18. Susan Beaudry named executive director of Springfield Symphony Orchestra

      Susan Beaudry named executive director of Springfield Symphony Orchestra

      Susan Beaudry has been named executive director of the Springfield Symphony Orchestra, succeeding Peter Salerno, whose retirement was announced last month. Fittingly, SSO Board of Directors President Tony Falcetti and Music Director Kevin Rhodes made the announcement from the stage of Symphony Hall before the start of Saturday night's concert. Beaudry has served as interim director in recent months and previously was the SSO's director of development. Prior joining the SSO two years ago, Beaudry was the fundraising chief of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and director of development for Berkshire United Way.

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    19. HCC to Inaugurate Christina Royal as President Today

      HCC to Inaugurate Christina Royal as President Today

      Holyoke Community College will mark a new chapter in its history with the inauguration of Christina Royal as its fourth president today, Nov. 3, at 10 a.m. in HCC’s Leslie Phillips Theater in the Fine & Performing Arts building. Royal started working at HCC in January. She is just the fourth president in the 71-year history of HCC and the first woman to hold the position. The inauguration ceremony will include a processional of HCC faculty, staff, and distinguished guests, including the presidents of the other Massachusetts community colleges, as well as the presidents from some of HCC’s ...

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    20. Union Station getting busy with fast food, rental car service and more open for business (photos)

      Union Station getting busy with fast food, rental car service and more open for business (photos)

      Dietz & Co. Architects is doing business in 8,000 square feet of office space on an upper floor of Union Station. And downstairs, Sixt Rental Car, a Subway sandwich shop, Dunkin' Donuts, Commuter Variety newsstand, Peter Pan Bus Lines, Greyhound, the Pioneer Valley Transit Authority and a few retail kiosks fill up some of the a available retail space. There is more space available and the Springfield Redevelopment Authority is showing the property to prospective tenants. Peter Picknelly of Peter Pan Bus Lines said he's working on deals to bring both the company's offices and a branch of ...

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    21. Sears to close Berkshire Mall location in January; Holyoke, Eastfield Mall stores spared

      Sears to close Berkshire Mall location in January; Holyoke, Eastfield Mall stores spared

      For now, Sears stores in the Eastfield and Holyoke malls and Kmarts in Holyoke and Palmer are spared from closing, according to a list published by parent company Sears Holdings on Thursday.  But Sears does plan to shut down the Sears store in the Berkshire Mall, located a few miles north of Pittsfield in Lanesborough, by the end of January 2018. The Sears outlet in Holyoke will also remain. An independently owned Sears Hometown store on Route 9 in Hadley is for sale.

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    22. Southwick County Club property could become $280k homes, prospective owners say

      Southwick County Club property could become $280k homes, prospective owners say

      The Southwick Country Club and its 122 acres could be turned into a subdivision of homes selling from $280,000 to $380,000 homes, each on a one-acre lot, according to the family team who have an agreement to buy the property. Fiore Realty Holdings LLC of Southwick has an agreement to buy the Country Club, an 18-hole course established in 1920, from current owner William J. Najam Jr. of Westfield for $1.6 million.

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    23. STCC, Northeastern University partner to offer bachelor's degrees in mechanical...

      STCC, Northeastern University partner to offer bachelor's degrees in mechanical...

      Springfield Technical Community College and Northeastern University have partnered to offer students in Greater Springfield an opportunity to earn a bachelor's degrees in mechanical engineering technology and advanced manufacturing systems onsite at STCC starting in January. "To be able to partner like this with a premier university is just tremendous," said John B. Cook, president of the community college. "There is an interest in this degree from our students and from employers."

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