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    1. Northampton affordable housing apartment complex 'The Lumber Yard' breaks ground

      Northampton affordable housing apartment complex 'The Lumber Yard' breaks ground

      A groundbreaking ceremony was held in Northampton Wednesday for The Lumber Yard Apartments, a new affordable housing complex coming to the city. The project is the product of Northampton-based non-profit Valley Community Development Corporation (CDC), which dedicates itself to empowering low and moderate income individuals through housing development and home ownership encouragement. Upon completion, the Lumber Yard, located at 256 Pleasant Street, will be a four-story, 70,000-square complex, replete with 55 units that offers housing to low and moderate income families and individuals. It sits on the site of former lumber business Northampton Lumber, hence its name.

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    2. Mercedes-Benz of Springfield selling a car each day since opening

      Mercedes-Benz of Springfield selling a car each day since opening

      Mercedes-Benz of Springfield has sold a car virtually every day since it started doing business two and a half weeks ago, said Peter Wirth, the dealership's managing partner. What's more, the dealership's service department has had 10 to 15 customers bring cars in every day, a sign that there is pent up demand a ready customer base for Mercedes-Benz in the Pioneer Valley despite there not having been a dealership here for more than a decade.

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    3. Bay Path Slates 5th Annual Cybersecurity Summit

      Bay Path Slates 5th Annual Cybersecurity Summit

      The 5th Annual Cybersecurity Summit will be conducted on the Longmeadow campus of Bay Path University on Nov. 9. This free event will start with a networking continental breakfast at 7:30 a.m., followed by an open lecture and panel to begin at 8 a.m. Speakers include:

      • Timothy Connelly, executive director and CEO of the Mass. Technology Collaborative including the new Cybersecurity Growth and Development Center;
      • Tim Russell, Supervisory Special Agent in Cybersecurity, FBI / Boston; and
      • Dr. Carol Leary, president of Bay Path University, member of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Academic Advisory Council.
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    4. New Chicopee microbrewers hoping to open business in old brewery building

      New Chicopee microbrewers hoping to open business in old brewery building

      Two friends who make beer at home are now planning to open a brewery in a warehouse that was, well, an old brewery. Patrick Randall and Jeff Thibodeau, both of South Hadley, are working to open a microbrewery on North Chicopee Street, which would be the first of its kind in Chicopee since the historic Hampden Brewery closed in the 1970s. The two have perfected their beer recipes and brewing techniques in one of their homes and are now planning to open a brewery with tap room to be called Leadfoot Brewery. They have been searching for an appropriate building ...

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    5. Springfield seeks consultant to assist with redevelopment at Court Square

      Springfield seeks consultant to assist with redevelopment at Court Square

      The city is advertising for a consultant to assist plans for a major redevelopment of a long-vacant, historic block at Court Square in the downtown, planned for housing and retail uses. The city is scheduled Nov. 6 to open proposals from consultants for the task of providing project management and related services for the development of the six-story building at 31 Elm St., and adjacent properties in the urban renewal area. "For a project of this complexity, it makes an awful lot of sense to have a person manage and advance the project on a day-to-day basis," said Kevin Kennedy ...

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    6. MassLive Media and The Republican celebrate record audience and video growth with party in newspaper's press hall

      MassLive Media and The Republican celebrate record audience and video growth with party in newspaper's press hall

      George Arwady, publisher of The Republican, praised the cooperation between The Republican and MassLive and informed the crowd on the successes of the newspaper's commercial printing operation, which publishes six daily newspapers along with weeklies and other products which amount to 240 separate press runs each week.  In the third quarter of 2017, MassLive enjoyed three months in a row of more than 4 million unique visitors, including a record 4.7 million in August. Page views for the three-month period totaled 104,061,699 broken down by 31,735,277 in July, 35,031,208 in August and ...

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    7. People In Business: Dean Rohan of Tree House Brewing Co.

      People In Business: Dean Rohan of Tree House Brewing Co.

      Tree House Brewing Co. co-founder Dean Rohan was honored with the first-ever 2017 Alumni Impact Award, which recognizes the positive contributions and innovation made by Springfield Technical Community College alumni in their workplace and profession. STCC Trustee and alumnus Frank Quigley presented the award to Rohan at Tree House Brewing Co.'s new facility in Charlton, Mass., during the STCC Foundation's Brews & BBQ fundraiser on Oct. 22. "This is something that is so humbling, something I could never, ever have imagined," said Rohan, a 1997 graduate of the physical therapist assistant program.

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    8. Development Associates begins 3rd Northampton Office Building

      Development Associates begins 3rd Northampton Office Building

      Agawam MA based real estate firm Development Associates has begun construction of a 66,000 square foot 3-story office building at 15 Atwood Drive in Northampton, immediately south of I-91 Exit 18.  The project is being developed by Northwood Development LLC, whose owners are longtime local investors Edward J. O’Leary, and his daughters Eileen O’Leary Sullivan and Susan O’Leary Mulhern.  The project is located on the site of the former Clarion Hotel and Conference Center that was demolished in 2016 to prepare for redevelopment.  The overall site development plan was recently approved by the City of Northampton ...

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    9. $43 million latest estimate to renovate Victory Theatre in Holyoke

      $43 million latest estimate to renovate Victory Theatre in Holyoke

      The cost to renovate the dormant Victory Theatre has increased to $43 million and the latest re-opening target is Dec. 20, 2020, city councilors were told Monday at City Hall. "I did use the word 'patience,' but it does take patience and persistence. It's going to happen," said Donald T. Sanders, executive artistic director of the Massachusetts International Festival of the Arts Victory Theatre (MIFA), which owns the closed theater. The Victory Theatre at 81-89 Suffolk St. opened as a vaudeville stage in 1919 and closed as a movie theater in 1979.  MIFA bought the Victory Theatre from the ...

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    10. Springfield WORKS Takes Collaborative Approach to Job Growth

      Springfield WORKS Takes Collaborative Approach to Job Growth

      Anne Kandilis spends a lot of time talking with area employers, so she knows there are jobs to be had. How to connect those jobs to people who can perform them — well, that’s an issue that has plagued Western Mass. for a generation. “One local employer told me, ‘I’m about half the size I could be, but I can’t find enough skilled workers,” said Kandilis, Working Cities Challenge director at the Economic Development Council (EDC) of Western Massachusetts. Furthermore, she noted, many of these jobs are blue-collar positions that don’t require a college degree, but the ...

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    11. Laid off from Berkshire Industries? Local companies want to hire you -- here's how to find them.

      Laid off from Berkshire Industries? Local companies want to hire you -- here's how to find them.

      Eight local precision manufacturers say they are looking to hire workers like those who lost their jobs when Berkshire Industries in Westfield shut down last week without warning. But people in Westfield City Hall and at the Regional Employment Board of Hampden County Inc. don't know who all the 80 displaced workers are, and how those workers can be contacted.

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    12. Westfield AA bond rating upheld by Standard & Poors

      Westfield AA bond rating upheld by Standard & Poors

      Ratings service Standard & Poor's affirmed the City of Westfield's long-term "AA" bond rating recently, according to a news release issued Monday by Mayor Brian Sullivan. The "AA" rating is the third-highest rating in S&P's system of municipal bond ratings and indicates that the debtor has a very strong capacity to pay back any money it borrows. Having good credit means the city can get a good interest rate on borrowed funds, thereby saving it money.

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    13. 'A good deal and a good opportunity': Commercial building near MGM Springfield finally sells

      'A good deal and a good opportunity': Commercial building near MGM Springfield finally sells

      A commercial building on Main Street in the South End near the MGM Springfield casino sold at auction on Monday for $700,000 to a Longmeadow businessman. Paul Gelinas, of Longmeadow, submitted the high bid for the three-story brick building at 935-979 Main St., known as South Commons II. The building is at the corner of Main and William streets. "I'm very excited, very excited," Gelinas said shortly after the auction. "It's a good deal and a good opportunity." The mortgagee selling the property was listed as Lorenzo Bliss Realty Trust.

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    14. New details of MGM Springfield revealed on City2City tour

      New details of MGM Springfield revealed on City2City tour

      From candlepin lanes in the bowling center to local foods in the restaurants, Alex Dixon, general manager of MGM Springfield, shared some updates on a City2City Pioneer Valley tour of the casino property Monday. Dixon explained that he'd never heard about candlepins, a New England favorite unknown outside the region, but people asked for them, so he's working to include them in the facility's 10-lane bowling center. "If it's what your local community wants, it just doesn't make sense not to include those things," he said.

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    15. MGM Springfield to host employment workshop at Chicopee High School

      MGM Springfield to host employment workshop at Chicopee High School

      Anyone looking to land one of the 3,000 jobs MGM Resorts International officials are aiming to fill at the yet-to-open Springfield casino can learn more about the opportunities next week in Chicopee.  In cooperation with Chicopee High School, MGM Springfield officials will help interested would-be employees get an idea about what jobs the company will be offering, how to best prepare for an interview and overall job skills to help them stand out. The event is scheduled to take place at the high school on Monday, Nov. 6 from 6 to 8 p.m. To attend, community members must ...

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    16. With 150 employees, Berkshire Industries in Westfield abruptly closes

      With 150 employees, Berkshire Industries in Westfield abruptly closes

      Berkshire Industries, a precision parts manufacturer founded in 1956 that recently had 150 employees, closed abruptly this week. Employees at the 100,000-square-foot facility at 109 Apremont Way referred questions to Whitesell Industries, the company's Naples, Florida-based owner. Berkshire Industries was a contract manufacturer that specialized in components for the aerospace, semiconductor, and telecommunications industries. The real estate at 109 Apremont Way changed hands in 2015 from one Massachusetts-based entity called Berkshire Industries inc. to an identically named company based in Florida. The price was $1.1 million, according to city records and the Hampden Registry of Deeds.

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    17. Westover Air Reserve Base pumps $212M into economy, construction projects boost impact

      Westover Air Reserve Base pumps $212M into economy, construction projects boost impact

      Construction at Westover Air Reserve Base boosted its economic impact on the community by $15 million for the last fiscal year, but the overall budget still has not rebounded since a series of Department of Defense cuts that started in 2012. Westover poured $212 million into the community during the 2017 federal fiscal year, which runs from Oct. 1 through Sept. 30, a gain of $15 million from the previous year's $197.2 million.

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    18. Whistle Stop Cafe derailed at Springfield's Union Station, but Student Prince's Andy Yee, Peter Picknelly ready to step in

      Whistle Stop Cafe derailed at Springfield's Union Station, but Student Prince's Andy Yee, Peter Picknelly ready to step in

      The Springfield Redevelopment Authority, owner of Union Station, and the backers of the Whistle Stop Cafe were unable to come to terms, SRA Executive Director Christopher J. Moskal said. The Whistle Stop was planned as a 1,107-square-foot Italian-themed restaurant with craft beer and wine. The owner would have been Carlo Bonavita, whose son Sergio owns Westfield River Brewing in Southwick. Bonavita's cousin, John, owned The Tavern in Westfield. Moskal said the SRA is in talks with an entity to run a restaurant, but he couldn't identify the party until the deal is further along its way toward ...

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    19. Design Building at UMass Amherst Named for Former U.S. Rep. John W. Olver

      Design Building at UMass Amherst Named for Former U.S. Rep. John W. Olver

      The new Design Building at the University of Massachusetts Amherst has been named the John W. Olver Design Building in honor of the retired congressman and former UMass Amherst chemistry professor. A ceremony marking the action was held Oct. 27 at the building on North Pleasant Street where UMass Amherst Chancellor Kumble R. Subbaswamy and Massachusetts Senate President Stanley C. Rosenberg, joined by Congressman Olver, made the announcement. The UMass Board of Trustees recently approved naming the building for the former congressman and longtime supporter and advocate for the Amherst campus. “There is no other project on the UMass Amherst ...

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    20. Southampton receives $1 million for infrastructure repairs

      Southampton receives $1 million for infrastructure repairs

      The state has awarded $1 million to the town of Southampton to invest into infrastructure. Southampton plans to make repairs to the East Street bridge, which is a major connector in town. The Baker-Polito administration announced $8.5 million in Massworks infrastructure awards to 10 rural towns, including Southampton. Of that money, Southampton will receive $1 million to repair the East Street bridge. The town plans to add sidewalks and decking, which will allow for improved drainage. It will also provide more pedestrian safety. “The million dollars is really catalyst to get this project going and moving forward, which is ...

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    21. Holyoke Community College to inaugurate Christina Royal as its first female president

      Holyoke Community College to inaugurate Christina Royal as its first female president

      Holyoke Community College will inaugurate its first woman president on Friday, November 3 at 10 a.m. in a ceremony in the school's Leslie Philips Theater.  Dr. Christina Royal will be formally installed as the school's fourth president in its 71-year history when Robert Gilbert, the chairman of the HCC Board of Trustees, presents her with the presidential medallion.

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    22. Gov. Charlie Baker, WinnDevelopment celebrate 'Residences at Mill 10' at Ludlow Mills

      Gov. Charlie Baker, WinnDevelopment celebrate 'Residences at Mill 10' at Ludlow Mills

      Gov. Charlie Baker and Rep. Thomas M. Petrolati, D-Ludlow, joined WinnDevelopment officials Thursday to celebrate the property development company's completion of the Residences at Mill 10, an almost $20 million transformation of a former mill building into 75 units of mixed-income, age-restricted housing at the sprawling Ludlow Mills complex.  "Kudos to everybody who was involved in the design and delivery," Baker said to the large crowd that squeezed into the community room of the former Mill 10 building, now officially known as the Residences at Mill 10.

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