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    1. STCC to Host Health Careers Exploration Night on Nov. 29

      STCC to Host Health Careers Exploration Night on Nov. 29

      On Wednesday, Nov. 29, Springfield Technical Community College will offer Health Careers Exploration Night, an opportunity for anyone interested in becoming a healthcare professional to learn more about STCC’s programs. Open to the public, the free event will take place from 4 and 6 p.m. While no registration is required, visitors should check in with organizers in the first-floor lobby of Building 20, on the Pearl Street side of the campus.

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    2. Chicopee Assisted Living complex awarded final permit to build on former Facemate land

      Chicopee Assisted Living complex awarded final permit to build on former Facemate land

      he approval, which is conditional on meeting requirements from department heads, will allow DS Development to build a $25 million, 95-unit affordable assisted living complex next to the RiverMills Senior Center on West Main Street. The City Council voted 12-0 to grant the special permit. Because the proposed complex is located in a the fairly new Mill Conversion and Commercial Overlay district, which allows the reuse of abandoned industrial and commercial properties, the special permit is the final approval needed for the project.

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    3. Legislature sends broadband bill, including $45M for WMass, to Gov. Charlie Baker's desk

      Legislature sends broadband bill, including $45M for WMass, to Gov. Charlie Baker's desk

      The Legislature passed a $244 million bond bill on Wednesday, sending it to Gov. Charlie Baker's desk. The bill, H.4015, includes $45 million for the expansion of broadband internet in Western Massachusetts. It also includes $199 million for the design and construction of a new Chelsea Soldiers' Home. The bill had a strict deadline, since if it were not passed before the legislative session ended on Wednesday, millions of dollars of federal money for the Soldiers' Home would have been at stake. The broadband money is part of the "Last Mile" project, which uses state subsidies to make ...

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    4. Summer opening eyed for $1 million bankESB in Holyoke

      Summer opening eyed for $1 million bankESB in Holyoke

      BankESB officials expect to open by summer a branch under construction at Sargeant and Beech streets in a $1 million project that will provide seven to eight new jobs, a spokeswoman said Wednesday. "We believe strongly in the future of the city and we're excited to be a part of that progress forward," President and CEO Matthew S. Sosik said in a press release. A groundbreaking was held on Oct. 31 and construction should be done and the branch open in the summer. An exact date has yet to be determined, said Cara M. Del Tatto, bankESB interactive marketing ...

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    5. Wellspring Harvest plans to grow vegetables, wealth at Chapman Valve site

      Wellspring Harvest plans to grow vegetables, wealth at Chapman Valve site

      Wellspring Harvest Corp. hosted tours Wednesday of its soon-to-be completed 15,000-square-foot, $1.3-million greenhouse on part of the old Chapman Valve site on Pinevale Street in the city's Indian Orchard neighborhood. The greenhouse will grow lettuce, mustard greens, spinach, baby kale, cilantro, mint and and array of vegetables from around the world year-round in nutrient-rich water. Customers include Baystate Medical Center, Mercy Medical Center, Big Y Foods, Sodexo on behalf of the Springfield Public Schools and Squash Trucking.

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    6. Rural Franklin County Is Making Strides Toward Becoming a Destination

      Rural Franklin County Is Making Strides Toward Becoming a Destination

      Franklin County, the state’s most rural county, and also its poorest, faces a host of challenges today — from a declining and aging population to poor broadband service in most of its communities, to statistically lower wages for comparable jobs. But those working to spur economic development and improve quality of life here see progress in many forms and vast opportunities to attract the young people who covet many of things this region can offer them.

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    7. Bay Path Hosts Fifth Annual Cybersecurity Summit

      Bay Path Hosts Fifth Annual Cybersecurity Summit

      At the fifth annual Cybersecurity Summit held recently at the Longmeadow campus of Bay Path University, keynote speaker and Massachusetts Technology Collaborative (MassTech) CEO Timothy Connelly told summit attendees that cybersecurity is a top issue for Gov. Charlie Baker and MassTech. According to Connelly, MassTech is making cybersecurity a priority “because we recognize this is the fastest-growing sector. This is why we established the MassTech Cyber Growth and Development Center. Governor Charlie Baker thinks this is a terrific market that can produce sustainable jobs as long as we develop the needed talent.”

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    8. DevelopSpringfield Wins Award for Merrick-Phelps House

      DevelopSpringfield Wins Award for Merrick-Phelps House

      DevelopSpringfield was presented with a 2017 Massachusetts Historical Commission Historic Preservation Award by Secretary of the Commonwealth William Galvin at a ceremony on Nov. 2. “The Massachusetts Historical Commission is proud to recognize the extraordinary accomplishments of this year’s awardees,” Galvin said. “The projects the commission is recognizing this year are particularly diverse and represent the many creative ways that significant historic resources are being preserved across the Commonwealth. With this project, the Merrick-Phelps House will now be an important contributor to Springfield’s economic future.”

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    9. Pride plans 'super' store at old River Inn site in Springfield

      Pride plans 'super' store at old River Inn site in Springfield

      Pride Stores plans to build two new Springfield "Super Pride" outlets in the coming year, including one on the site of the old River Inn at State and Thompson Streets in the city's McKnight neighborhood. The other would replace an existing Pride store at the corner of Breckwood Boulevard and Wilbraham Road near Western New England University, said Pride Stores CEO Robert Bolduc.

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    10. Springfield's historic Hampden Savings Bank building once again for sale

      Springfield's historic Hampden Savings Bank building once again for sale

      The onetime headquarters of Hampden Savings Bank at 1665 Main St. in downtown Springfield is once again for sale. The 1,800-square-foot space was built by the bank, now part of Berkshire Bank, 99 years ago for $100,000 -- nearly $2 million in today's money. It is on the National Register of Historic Places. Most recently it was the law office of Barry Kaufman, and before that it was the office of him and his father, Kaufman & Kaufman. The building has housed law offices since 1965, Barry Kaufman said.

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    11. I-91 Springfield viaduct project ahead of schedule, several ramp openings announced

      I-91 Springfield viaduct project ahead of schedule, several ramp openings announced

      The I-91 viaduct rehabilitation project has progressed faster than anticipated, allowing for the first steps to returning the highway to its normal traffic patterns for the first time in two years. Several on- and off-ramps and an additional lane on I-91 south will be reopened this week, in time to ease the upcoming Thanksgiving travel crunch, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation said in a press release issued Monday night. MassDOT said that the project is months ahead of schedule. One of the last visible parts of the project, the reopening of the State Street on-ramp to I-91 northbound will take ...

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    12. East Longmeadow Embraces Change, Progress

      East Longmeadow Embraces Change, Progress

      Denise Menard says low taxes, streamlined permitting, and quality of life are all factors in making East Longmeadow an attractive landing spot. When East Longmeadow switched from a town-meeting style of government to a Town Council and town manager, Denise Menard said the change wasn’t meant to be simply cosmetic. Rather, noted Menard — who came on board as interim town manager in 2016 before shedding the ‘interim’ title earlier this year — creating her position and replacing the three-member Board of Selectmen with a seven-member, elected Town Council provided the momentum to launch several new municipal departments aimed squarely at ...

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    13. FogKicker Principals Have a Vision, and Like What They See

      FogKicker Principals Have a Vision, and Like What They See

      There’s no word yet on whether the creators of FogKicker will embrace Johnny Nash’s 1972 reggae hit ‘I Can See Clearly Now’ as their theme song, but it would certainly work. The product, developed in the polymer science lab at UMass Amherst, has proven itself successful in keeping a range of surfaces, from scuba masks to bathroom mirrors, clear of fog. Partners Yinyong Li, Marc Gammell, and Kenneth Carter are scaling up their venture, Treaty Biotech LLC, and while their vision of the future isn’t totally clear, it is certainly coming into focus.

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    14. GSCVB Elects Anthony Frasco to Chair Board of Directors

      GSCVB Elects Anthony Frasco to Chair Board of Directors

      The Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau (GSCVB) elected Anthony Frasco to succeed Michael Hurwitz as chairman of the organization’s board of directors. Frasco, who serves as the vice president of Sales & Marketing for Chicopee-based Williams Distributing Co. Inc., was formally installed at the bureau’s annual meeting on Nov. 2. Also elected to seats on the agency’s board were Alex Dixon from MGM Springfield and Sandra Sheehan from PVTA. David Griffin Jr. of Dowd Insurance will complete a one-year term remaining on the seat previously held by Robert Gilbert Jr., also from Dowd. “Our annual meeting is ...

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    15. With 3,000 people to hire, MGM Springfield opens career center

      With 3,000 people to hire, MGM Springfield opens career center

      MGM Springfield opened a new career center Monday designed to serve as a "one-stop shop" in the screening and hiring of approximately 3,000 employees. The MGM career center is at the Colvest Building at 1259 East Columbus Ave., adjacent to its $960 million casino project. MGM and Massachusetts Gaming Commission officials, along with representatives of the education, business and employment training sector, attended a morning open house and tours at the center just prior to its afternoon opening.

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    16. $3.5 million from state to help resurrect Pynchon Plaza in downtown Springfield

      $3.5 million from state to help resurrect Pynchon Plaza in downtown Springfield

      Starting this Spring, construction is set to bring Pynchon Plaza in downtown Springfield back to life, thanks to $3.5 million from the MassWorks Infrastructure Program. Patrick Sullivan, Springfield's executive director of Parks, Buildings and Recreation Management said the city is preparing to put the project out to bid with construction to start in March and to be completed by the end of the 2018 construction season. The newly rebuilt half-acre park will feature a funicular -- a fancy term for an inclined elevator -- making it handicapped accessible and replacing the trouble-prone elevator. The park covers a four-story change of ...

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    17. 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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    18. 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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    19. 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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    20. 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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    21. 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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    22. '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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    23. 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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    24. 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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