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    1. STCC Inaugurates John Cook as Sixth College President

      STCC Inaugurates John Cook as Sixth College President

      Springfield Technical Community College (STCC) entered a new chapter in its 50-year history Thursday with the inauguration of John Cook as its sixth college president. The installation ceremony at STCC’s Scibelli Hall Gymnasium featured a mixture of pageantry, tradition, and celebration. The event opened with a processional led by the STCC Ceremonial Brass Ensemble, followed by the Bearer of the Mace and more grandeur befitting such formal occasions. The audience of STCC students, faculty, staff, and members of the community witnessed the presentation of colors, heard a rendition of the National Anthem, and listened to greetings from a variety ...

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    2. Springfield City Councilors tour Union Station ahead of grand opening (photos, video)

      Springfield City Councilors tour Union Station ahead of grand opening (photos, video)

      Although the Union Station revival has been in the making for more than 40 years, construction has only been underway in the last few years.  "I think it's fantastic. Compared to what we had in the past, as a person who uses the train, this is so welcoming, inviting, and this is going to be a huge economic development engine for the City of Springfield," said Councilor Kateri Walsh. The ongoing Union Station revival now has an endpoint on the horizon as plans for a grand opening celebration were recently announced. On Saturday, June 24, from 6-11 p.m ...

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    3. The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum

      The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum

      "But we can have lots of good fun that is funny" - The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss

      For years, the millions of visitors to Springfield's premier outdoor attraction, the Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden, have asked the question "when are you going to open a Dr. Seuss Museum?" Today, we are very close to making the dream of a Dr. Seuss Museum a reality and you can help!

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    4. Green/Wich in East Longmeadow offers quick-service salads and sandwiches to suburban customers | masslive.com

      Green/Wich in East Longmeadow offers quick-service salads and sandwiches to suburban customers | masslive.com

      After owning Burger King and KFC franchises across the Commonwealth for more than 30 years, the Cromwell family in 2015 noticed a gap in the suburban market. 'There was nowhere to go -without going to a sit-down restaurant- to get a (meal) salad,' said Eric Cromwell.  In December, Eric, along with his parents Harry and Marie Cromwell, opened Green/Wich, a deli-style salad and sandwich shop in the center of East Longmeadow. The focus on fresh ingredients with fast food-style service is akin to similar eateries in urban areas.

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    5. Ceremony marks completion of Longmeadow Shops expansion

      Ceremony marks completion of Longmeadow Shops expansion

      After more than two years of planning and construction, a ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Thursday to mark the official opening of the Longmeadow Shops expansion. "It took the support from the community," said Steve Walker, owner of Grove Property Fund, which owns the plaza on Bliss Road. "(A community) that treasures the charm and character of this town." The project expanded the Longmeadow Shops' retail space by about 21,000 square feet while enlarging the parking lot and adding new entrances to the plaza. It had been stymied in 2014 when Town Meeting voters, concerned about what the expansion could ...

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    6. Amherst to sign Community Compact agreement with Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito Thursday

      Amherst to sign Community Compact agreement with Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito Thursday

      The program was created by Gov. Charlie Baker in 2015 to elevate the administration's partnerships with cities and towns, and allows the governor's office to work more closely with leaders from all municipalities, according to the program website. The creation of the department "champions municipal interests across all executive secretariats and agencies, and develops, in consultation with cities and towns, mutual standards and best practices for both the state and municipalities," the website states. "The creation of Community Compacts creates clear standards, expectations and accountability for both partners." Economic Development Director Geoff Kravitz said that Amherst signed up ...

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    7. Area legislators prod state regulators to act quickly on Berkshire Gas moratorium

      Area legislators prod state regulators to act quickly on Berkshire Gas moratorium

      Six western Massachusetts legislators on Wednesday prodded the state's Department of Public Utilities to quickly "identify a way forward" to end a natural gas service moratorium in eight Pioneer Valley towns. The lawmakers said they are "deeply concerned" about the moratorium's economic development impact, and pushed the DPU to approve a solution. Citing capacity constraints, Berkshire Gas Co. in 2014 and 2015 declared a moratorium on new and expanded natural gas service in its Eastern Division, which encompasses Amherst, Deerfield, Greenfield, Hadley, Hatfield, Montague, Sunderland, and Whately.

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    8. Westover invites 150 Springfield, Chicopee, Worcester students to learn about leadership,...

      Westover invites 150 Springfield, Chicopee, Worcester students to learn about leadership,...

      There was a tug-a-war competition, an egg drop challenge, a chance to ask questions about military careers and, to top it off, a tour of the largest plane in the country. Yesterday Westover Air Reserve Base officials invited about 150 students from Springfield, Chicopee and Worcester for its annual youth outreach event. The community event, which has been held for at least 10 years in a row, brings students mainly who are in Junior ROTC program for a day of activities and education. "A lot of the kids want to know what it is like to be in the military ...

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    9. Florence Bank plans to open West Springfield office in July; brick-and-mortar leads to online banking

      Florence Bank plans to open West Springfield office in July; brick-and-mortar leads to online banking

      Florence Bank is expanding into Hampden County but the size of its branches is shrinking, a reflection of how popular online and mobile banking is today. The bank's West Springfield branch, expected to open in July, will be about 7,000 square feet. It will have space for just three tellers and a drive-up ATM, along with business lenders, mortgage originators and a financial services adviser. The ATM will be a smart ATM capable of most things a teller typically does, said Florence Bank President and CEO John F. Heaps. The flesh-and-blood tellers will be able to perform many ...

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    10. House budget earmarks $1M for new Baystate medical school

      House budget earmarks $1M for new Baystate medical school

      The budget bill passed by the Massachusetts House on Tuesday includes $1 million for Baystate Health's new medical school campus in Springfield. That is less than the $3.4 million that Baystate had asked for. But state Rep. Michael Finn, D-West Springfield, who sponsored the amendment, said he was "ecstatic" that some money made it through the House budget process. "It's a big step for Springfield, and anything we can do to help get the medical school off the ground will do a lot toward improving the overall community," Finn said.

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    11. Main Street Hospitality Unveils $1 Million Kitchen at Red Lion Inn

      Main Street Hospitality Unveils $1 Million Kitchen at Red Lion Inn

      After nearly a nearly a two-month-long construction project, Main Street Hospitality will unveil the new, 1,600-square-foot kitchen at the Red Lion Inn with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Thursday, April 27 at 3:30 p.m. Open only to hotel guests with a select menu since late February, the dining room at the historic hotel has reopened to the general public with new seasonal menus. The new kitchen represents the third significant renovation project at the hotel in the last 10 years, and brings a much-improved dining experience. Among the necessary improvements that preserve and reinforce the historic building are ...

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    12. Rep. Seth Moulton: Boston rail project would benefit Springfield

      Rep. Seth Moulton: Boston rail project would benefit Springfield

      U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton, D-Massachusetts, a major booster of a proposed rail link between Boston's two major train hubs, is arguing that the project will also be good for Springfield. Moulton, in an interview with The Republican after an unrelated event in Boston, tried to distinguish between the North-South rail link proposal to connect Boston's North Station and South Station and the Big Dig -- the massive Boston highway project plagued by cost overruns and design flaws.

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    13. Springfield unemployment rate falls; here are March 2017 unemployment rates for 18 Western Massachusetts cities and towns

      Springfield unemployment rate falls; here are March 2017 unemployment rates for 18 Western Massachusetts cities and towns

      The city's unemployment rate fell in March to 6.8 percent as more people were looking for work and more jobs were available. The rate dropped from 7.3 percent in February and from 7.8 percent in March 2016. More people living in Springfield were working, and more were looking for work, according to statistics provided Tuesday by the state Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development and by the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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    14. Sunshine Village Earns Three-year Accreditation from CARF

      Sunshine Village Earns Three-year Accreditation from CARF

      The Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) announced that Sunshine Village has been accredited for a period of three years for its day-habilitation, employment-services, and day-services programs. The latest accreditation is the 10th consecutive, successful three-year accreditation given to Sunshine Village by the international accrediting body. This accreditation decision represents the highest level of accreditation that can be given to an organization. An organization receiving a three-year accreditation has put itself through a rigorous peer review process. It has demonstrated to a team of surveyors during an on-site visit its commitment to offering programs and services that are measurable ...

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    15. Elms College Adds New MBA Track in Healthcare Innovation - BusinessWest

      Elms College Adds New MBA Track in Healthcare Innovation - BusinessWest

      A new master of business administration track at Elms College aims to help shape the future of healthcare.  Healthcare — a field that will experience 19% job growth between 2014 and 2024, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics — is in ever-increasing need of innovation. Today’s healthcare organizations are tasked with lowering costs, improving quality, expanding access, and increasing efficiency.  “Innovation is the key to meeting these challenges, and MBA-prepared administrators are the leaders who will guide the healthcare system into the future,” said Kim Kenney-Rockwal, director of the MBA program at Elms College.

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    16. Springfield City Council approves zone change for former Mutual Ford site; developer plans...

      Springfield City Council approves zone change for former Mutual Ford site; developer plans...

      The City Council on Monday approved a zone change that would allow housing at the former Mutual Ford car dealership site in the Pine Point neighborhood. Hampden developer Alston Graham, of Graham's Construction Inc., wants to build 23 high-end single-family homes on the long-vacant, blighted property at 1535 Bay St. He purchased the parcel in October for $470,000. Graham requested the zone change from Business B, which allows for a mix of commercial and residential properties, to Residence A, which allows for single-family homes. The council approved the change 10-0 with three councilors absent.

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    17. PeoplesBank Issues Annual Corporate Green Report

      PeoplesBank Issues Annual Corporate Green Report

      PeoplesBank has issued its annual Corporate Green Report. Through its green values and actions to support environmental sustainability, PeoplesBank believes it can help make the region a healthier place to live, work, and raise a family. The bank puts these values to work throughout the year through its charitable donations and volunteerism. PeoplesBank is also recognized for its support of green-energy projects and its construction of LEED-certified offices. For Earth Day 2017, PeoplesBank highlighted more than $65,000 in funding for green initiatives in Western Mass. Those initiatives include support for an existing mobile farmers’ market in Springfield and the ...

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    18. National Conference for Community and Justice honorees include D'Amours, Russ Peotter

      National Conference for Community and Justice honorees include D'Amours, Russ Peotter

      Philanthropists Michele and Donald D'Amour, of Big Y Foods, are among the individuals being honored this year at the annual human relations award banquet of the New England-based National Conference for Community and Justice. Others being honored for their leadership and promotion of inclusive community values at the June 8 event at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame include Russell J. Peotter, senior advisor for WGBY; the Rev. Calvin J. McFadden Sr., senior pastor of Saint John's Congregational Church; Arlene Rodriguez, vice president of academic affairs at Springfield Technical Community College, and Attorney Ellen Weiss Freyman, of ...

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    19. Cooper's Gifts Apparel Home in Agawam accepting donations of women's clothing for Dress for Success in Springfield

      Cooper's Gifts Apparel Home in Agawam accepting donations of women's clothing for Dress for Success in Springfield

      Cooper's Gifts Apparel Home is accepting donations of professional attire for Dress for Success of Western Massachusetts through Sunday, April 30. The Agawam store will take "interview-appropriate women's clothing," shoes and accessories to benefit Dress for Success, a Springfield-based nonprofit whose mission is "to empower women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools to help women thrive in work and in life."

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    20. ACEC/MA Announces Tighe & Bond, Inc. as 2017 winner of Gold Engineering Excellence Award

      ACEC/MA Announces Tighe & Bond, Inc. as 2017 winner of Gold Engineering Excellence Award

      The American Council of Engineering Companies of Massachusetts (ACEC/MA) has named Tighe & Bond, Inc. as a winner of its 2017 Gold Engineering Excellence Award for work on the Great Lakes Water Authority Biosolids Drying Facility project. The 2017 Engineering Excellence Awards were announced at the recent ACEC/MA Engineering Excellence and Awards Gala with emcees Carol Gladstone, Commissioner of the Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance and Commissioner Leo Roy of the Department of Conservation and Recreation.

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    21. HMC Earns ‘A’ Grade for Patient Safety

      HMC Earns ‘A’ Grade for Patient Safety

      Holyoke Medical Center (HMC) has once again earned an ‘A’ rating from The Leapfrog Group, ranking them among the safest hospitals in the United States. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade is the first and only national health care rating focused on errors, accidents and infections. The program has been assigning A, B, C, D and F letter grades to general acute-care hospitals in the U.S. since 2012. Holyoke Medical Center was one of 823 hospitals to receive an ‘A’ ranking among the safest hospitals in the United States.

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    22. Bay Path Announces Commencement Speaker

      Bay Path Announces Commencement Speaker

      Bay Path University will stage its 120th Commencement on May 21 at 3 p.m. at the MassMutual Center in Springfield. Kathryn Hayward, class of 1976, founder of International Integrators, will address the Class of 2017.  More than 1,000 Bay Path students earned bachelor’s, master’s, and advanced degrees, with more than 800 students anticipated to be part of the Commencement event.

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    23. Pride Stores Partners with Local Beer Brand White Lion

      Pride Stores Partners with Local Beer Brand White Lion

      White Lion Brewing continues to root itself as Springfield’s craft beer brand. Pride Stores which has a beer-and-wine selection in five of its 30 locations will feature White Lion as the preferred local beer brand. “The partnership is part of Pride Stores commitment to the local community,” said David Horgan, director of Advertising. “The company recently announced a distribution partnership with Big Mamou Restaurant, a Springfield based establishment, and we are excited to expand our partnerships through the ‘Support Local’ campaign with White Lion.”

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    24. Baystate Health seeks $3.4M from state for medical school

      Baystate Health seeks $3.4M from state for medical school

      Baystate Health and UMass Medical School are hoping to get $3.4 million in state money to build their new medical school in Springfield. "We think this would be a worthy investment in primary care for the region for the next several decades," said Ben Craft, a spokesman for Baystate Health. The new Baystate medical school is expected to open in August with 25 students. Baystate has touted the program as a way to attract more doctors to Western Massachusetts. The school's focus will be on training primary care physicians and teaching population health in both urban and rural ...

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