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    1. STCC to offer new airbrushing workshop for makeup, tanning, nails and body art

      STCC to offer new airbrushing workshop for makeup, tanning, nails and body art

       Springfield Technical Community College is offering what may be the first course of its kind in the region: Industry-Related Airbrushing.  The 20-hour workshop is designed to provide instruction and hands-on experience in the airbrushing application of make-up, nail design, temporary body art and tanning. The workshop, which starts on June 5 at 3 p.m., is 20 hours spread over five Monday afternoons. The cost is $350. 

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    2. Dr. Seuss Week in Springfield features parade on Mulberry Street, opening of The Amazing...

      Dr. Seuss Week in Springfield features parade on Mulberry Street, opening of The Amazing...

      The life and work of Springfield's Theodor Geisel, known around the world as Dr. Seuss, will be celebrated not only with a new museum but with a parade on Mulberry Street and a Seussian party. Springfield Mayor Domenic J. Sarno stood on the steps of City Hall next to the Cat in the Hat on Tuesday and declared May 30 to June 6 Dr. Seuss Week in honor of the opening of The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum.

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    3. As the Job Market Tightens, Employers Face a New Set of Challenges

      As the Job Market Tightens, Employers Face a New Set of Challenges

      The job market in the region has tightened considerably in recent years, approaching, if not reaching, that state known as full employment. In this environment, employers are finding it increasingly difficult to find good help — at least among the ranks of the unemployed — and many are responding to the situation proactively and creatively.

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    4. Nuvo Bank in Springfield's Tower Square changes name to Community Bank

      Nuvo Bank in Springfield's Tower Square changes name to Community Bank

      Nuvo Bank & Trust  has changed its name to Community Bank following two separate takeovers that resulted in Nuvo being owned by Community Bank of Syracuse, New York. Temporary Community Bank signs are already up at Nuvo's first, and only, office in Springfield's Tower Square office building. Community Bank System Inc., the parent company of Community Bank, completed its merger with Nuvo's most recent owner, Merchants Bancshares, Inc., of Vermont, on May 12. Community Bank paid Merchants shareholders $304 million in the deal, according to a news release.

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    5. Study of high speed rail between Springfield and Boston clears Massachusetts Senate

      Study of high speed rail between Springfield and Boston clears Massachusetts Senate

      Massachusetts state Sen. Eric Lesser's years-long bid to study high speed train service from Springfield to Boston appears to be back on the rails. Lesser's proposal for the state Department of Transportation to study the expansion of East-West rail service unanimously passed the state Senate Thursday afternoon as an amendment to the Senate's version of the state budget. The measure also made it into the final budget last year, but was axed by the veto of Gov. Charlier Baker.

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    6. New Facility Brings Additional Learning Opportunities to WSU

      New Facility Brings Additional Learning Opportunities to WSU

      John McDonald hit the pause button ever so briefly in his conversation with BusinessWest and went to the window. He then scanned the parking lot for his pick-up truck, found it, and gestured toward it. “There … that was our other lab space — my truck,” said McDonald, an assistant professor in the Environmental Science Department at Westfield State University. “Occasionally, we’d have field labs, such as animal necropsies, and we’d have to do those on the back of the truck, parked next to Route 20. We had zero functional lab space.” The window he pointed from is one of ...

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    7. Tickets still available for 'Seussian Celebration' fundraiser to benefit The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum

      Tickets still available for 'Seussian Celebration' fundraiser to benefit The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum

      The Seussian Celebration fundraiser is from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the Sheraton Springfield Monarch Place Hotel, 1 Monarch Place, Springfield. The cost is $100 a ticket and all of that money is a straight donation to the museum, Picknelly said, which makes it tax-deductible. The money will go toward the museum's $7.5 million capitol campaign, Seuss in Springfield: Building a Better Quadrangle. Registration is available online here or through the Springfield Museums.

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    8. MGM Springfield's housing development at historic Court Square building may include 'affordable housing' component

      MGM Springfield's housing development at historic Court Square building may include 'affordable housing' component

      An MGM Springfield official told the Massachusetts Gaming Commission on Thursday that it has delayed a market rate housing project due to a new location under consideration at Court Square that may include affordable housing units. Seth Stratton, vice-president and general counsel for MGM Springfield, said the site under consideration, a long-vacant block at 31 Elm St., is being discussed by city officials, Peter Picknelly's OPAL Real Estate Group and MGM. City officials and MGM have agreed that restoring that vacant block could be "transformative" event for that area, but those negotiations have delayed development of the housing component ...

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    9. People In Business: Tricia Canavan of United Personnel

      People In Business: Tricia Canavan of United Personnel

      The Springfield Regional Chamber has named Tricia Canavan, President/Owner of United Personnel as its 2017 Richard J. Moriarty Citizen of the Year. The award is given annually to honor the memory of Richard J. Moriarty, a long-time active participant in the Chamber and individual who gave of his time, talent and personal and professional resources to the local community. "In 2007, the Springfield Regional Chamber wanted to honor the legacy of longtime Chamber board member Rick Moriarty, and so the Chamber created the Richard J. Moriarty Citizen of the Year Award," said Chamber President Nancy Creed. "Since then, the ...

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    10. Greater Holyoke Chamber Business Breakfast Slated for June 14

      Greater Holyoke Chamber Business Breakfast Slated for June 14

      The Greater Holyoke Chamber of Commerce’s end-of-year Business Breakfast will take place on Wednesday, June 14 at Wyckoff Country Club in Holyoke. The agenda includes the chamber’s 2016-17 accomplishments, a look ahead to future initiatives, and recognition of the change of leadership in its board of directors. The breakfast will welcome new board members and recognize outgoing board members. The incoming board members are Eileen Leahy, senior manager of Government and Regulatory Affairs at Comcast; Jay Candelario, proprietor of Jay’s Bed & Breakfast; and Zuleika Rivera, co-owner of Appliance Bargain.

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    11. West Springfield gives tax break to Agri-Mark, agricultural cooperative planning multimillion-dollar expansion

      West Springfield gives tax break to Agri-Mark, agricultural cooperative planning multimillion-dollar expansion

      Agri-Mark, a farmer-owned cooperative best known for its Cabot and McCadam brands of cheese and butter, is planning a multimillion-dollar expansion at its West Springfield facility, according to Mayor William C. Reichelt, whose administration sweetened the deal by offering tax breaks to the co-op. Reichelt said Agri-Mark, which has facilities in upstate New York and across New England, is planning a project in the neighborhood of $12 million at its plant at the corner of Riverdale Street and Morgan Road. The expansion will create 12 new jobs, according to the mayor, with first dibs given to qualified West Side residents ...

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    12. Chicopee company plans $9 million expansion, city officials approve tax agreement

      Chicopee company plans $9 million expansion, city officials approve tax agreement

      A local distribution company plans to build an about $9 million addition onto its existing building in Willimansett and will add 22 new jobs in the process. J. Polep Distribution Services, located on 705 Meadow St., is planning a 32,000 square foot expansion to create a new cold dock and freezer and cooler area to its current building, City Council members said. The City Council recently approved a tax agreement that will give the company a five-year break on real estate taxes as an incentive for the company, which currently employs 486 full-time people, to remain in the current ...

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    13. Seven more rural hilltowns win state broadband grants

      Seven more rural hilltowns win state broadband grants

      Republican Gov. Charlie Baker has released state broadband grants to six more rural towns that plan to build their own high-speed fiber-to-the-home networks. Announced Wednesday were $6.8 million in direct infrastructure grants to Charlemont, Colrain, Cummington, Heath, New Salem, Otis, and Rowe. Earlier this month, the Baker-Polito administration awarded $4.6 millionto Ashfield, Leyden, Mt. Washington, Plainfield, Shutesbury, and Windsor.

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    14. MassMutual gives $1 million and Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield goes with $30 million renovation and endowment plan

      MassMutual gives $1 million and Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield goes with $30 million renovation and endowment plan

      Promising to create the most technologically advanced sports museum in the world, officials at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on Wednesday accepted a $1 million donation from the Springfield-based MassMutual Foundation. The money will go toward creating the hoop shrine's first endowment, which has a $15 million goal to ensure its financial security, and toward $15 million in renovations to the building at 1000 Hall of Fame Ave. on Springfield's Connecticut River waterfront. The Hall of Fame is at $22.7 million toward its total $30 million goal in a campaign that began two and a ...

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    15. Five College Consortium to celebrate opening of book annex in Hatfield

      Five College Consortium to celebrate opening of book annex in Hatfield

      The Five College Consortium is celebrating the opening of its $14 million annex in Hatfield with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday and tours of the 35,000-square-foot facility.  The annex provides shelf space for up to 2.5 million items from the Five College Repository Collection and from libraries of the campuses of the consortium --Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke and Smith colleges and the University of Massachusetts Amherst. That frees up space on the campuses for new materials and other academic needs.

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    16. Chicopee approves tax agreement for new Memorial Drive hotel

      Chicopee approves tax agreement for new Memorial Drive hotel

      The city will cut taxes for the next five years for business owners who have razed a 50-year-old hotel on Memorial Drive and are in the process of replacing it with a new Tru by Hilton. Chicopee Hospitality LLC, owned by Dennis and Hershal Patel, will invest $11.29 million into the project to build a 108-room, nearly 50,000 square foot hotel at 450 Memorial Drive. The old Days Inn has been demolished and the new one is under construction and expected to open in a year.

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    17. Easthampton's Five Star Building Corp. expands into Boston area | masslive.com

      Easthampton's Five Star Building Corp. expands into Boston area | masslive.com

      Kevin Perrier, CEO and President of Five Star Building Corp., has opened a new corporate office at the Charlestown Navy Yard in Boston.  While known in Easthampton for his restoration of smaller historic commercial properties -- including the Button Building and former Parsons Street School -- Perrier's contracting and construction management firm has grown to serve clients across Massachusetts, and projects $70 million in sales for 2017.

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    18. Massachusetts dairy farmers to turn manure into renewable energy

      Massachusetts dairy farmers to turn manure into renewable energy

      Luther Belden Farm in Hatfield and Rockwood Farms in Granville are embarking on a project to turn cow manure into electricity as a way to become self-sustaining and stabilize their finances in what they say is a volatile market. The farms are working in partnership with the the Hampshire Council of Governments and Pennsylvania-based startup Ag-Grid Energy. The farms hope to break ground on two on-site agricultural anaerobic digesters this summer. "We're just getting started. They say we'll be breaking ground in June," said Richard Woodger, 73, owner of Rockwood Farm. "The reason we're doing this is ...

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    19. 30 computer tablets helping kids read at Holyoke Boys-Girls Club thanks to Holyoke Rotary donation

      30 computer tablets helping kids read at Holyoke Boys-Girls Club thanks to Holyoke Rotary donation

      The Holyoke Boys and Girls Club bought 30 computer tablets, books and other items to help children read thanks to a $12,000 grant from the Holyoke Rotary Club. "Recognizing that technology is a strong motivator with our youth, the tablets will help create a literacy and technology-rich environment at each of our satellite sites," Eileen D. Cavanaugh, executive director of the Holyoke Boys and Girls Club, said in a press release issued by the Rotary Club on Tuesday. "We are grateful to the Holyoke Rotary for supporting the club and helping us to make sure that our programs involve ...

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    20. Springfield unemployment rate rises, but more people working

      Springfield unemployment rate rises, but more people working

      The city's unemployment rate inched upward in April to 6.9 percent. That's a tenth of one percentage point higher than the March rate of 6.8 percent, but lower than the 7.1 percent recorded a year ago in April, 2016, according to statistics released Tuesday by the state Executive office of Labor and Workforce relations and the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics. Local jobless numbers are not adjusted for seasonal changes in the economy. The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates the statewide unemployment, unadjusted for seasonality, rate for April was 3.8 percent.

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    21. STCC Health Information Technology Graduate Wins Award

      STCC Health Information Technology Graduate Wins Award

      Maria Mitchell, a Springfield Technical Community College graduate of the newly accredited Health Information Technology program, is the first person from STCC to receive the MaHIMA Student Achievement award. The Massachusetts Health Information Management Assoc. (MaHIMA) offers the award to an outstanding student from any accredited health-information technology or health-information management program. STCC’s program received accreditation in December, making a graduate of the program eligible for the first time this year.

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    22. Loomis House in Holyoke sold to Berkshire Health Systems

      Loomis House in Holyoke sold to Berkshire Health Systems

      The Loomis Communities has sold its Loomis House property at 298 Jarvis Ave. to Berkshire Healthcare Systems, of Pittsfield, for an undisclosed sum. According to a joint press release issued Monday, Loomis is keeping its other properties: Applewood in Amherst, Loomis Village in South Hadley and Loomis Lakeside at Reeds Landing in Springfield. Loomis, whose corporate office is at 246 North Main St. in South Hadley, began 115 years ago as Holyoke Home for the Aged, said David W. Scruggs, president and CEO of Loomis. "It was a tough decision to sell," Scruggs said. "This is our roots. This is ...

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    23. Berkshire Bank acquires Commerce Bank in Worcester, moves headquarters to Boston | masslive.com

      Berkshire Bank acquires Commerce Bank in Worcester, moves headquarters to Boston | masslive.com

      Berkshire Hills Bancorp, the holding company of Berkshire Bank, will buy Commerce Bancshares Corp., the parent company of Commerce Bank and Trust Company in Worcester, for $209 million and move the combined bank's headquarters to Boston's Financial District as part of a major push east into the metro Boston market. Berkshire Bank, with headquarters at 24 North St. in Pittsfield, has 332 employees at its facilities. No jobs will be moved or lost, spokeswoman Rachel Mabee said Monday. She said senior executives will have offices in both Boston and Pittsfield, and Pittsfield remains its regional headquarters and operational ...

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    24. Tru by Hilton Breaks Ground on Chicopee Hotel

      Hilton recently broke ground on a new Tru by Hilton property located in Chicopee. The celebration marked the first groundbreaking of the company’s Tru by Hilton in Massachusetts. Attendees, numbering about 150, included a roster of dignitaries and executives who were instrumental in pushing the project forward, including state Sen. James Welch; state Reps. Michael Finn, Joseph Wagner, and Angelo Puppolo; and Chicopee Mayor Richard Kos. The 108-room, four-story hotel is located at 440 Memorial Dr. and is owned by BK Investments. It is expected to be completed in May 2018.

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