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    1. Agway in Westfield closed; landlord searching for new tenants

      Agway in Westfield closed; landlord searching for new tenants

      Kelly’s Home and Garden, the Westfield Agway store, closed at the end of December but building owner Nabil Hannoush said he’s hopeful about bringing in a new tenant to run the lawn and garden store. "I've been talking with Agway and with other Agway operators in the area," Hannoush said Tuesday. "It doesn't even have to be Agway. It could be another lawn-and-garden store." Kelly’s — owned by husband-and-wife Brian and Stacey Kelly — had its last day of business Dec. 26, Hannoush said.

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    2. ‘Set yourself apart from everyone else’: State labor chief Rosalin Acosta gives advice at Westfield High School career center

      ‘Set yourself apart from everyone else’: State labor chief Rosalin Acosta gives advice at Westfield High School career center

      Superintendent Stefan Czaporowski loves what Westfield High School’s Reed Career Center is doing to get students ready not just for the job search but also for the jobs they get. And on Tuesday he found a ready audience in Rosalin Acosta, the state’s secretary of Labor and Workforce Development. Acosta toured the center Tuesday morning, meeting with students and hearing how their job searches and career preparations are coming.

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    3. With top MGM Springfield executives out after low gaming revenue, where does casino go under Chris Kelley

      With top MGM Springfield executives out after low gaming revenue, where does casino go under Chris Kelley

      MGM Resorts International’s move of Mathis from Springfield — where he’d worked since 2014 preparing for the casino’s construction and August 2018 opening — may be a reaction to gambling revenues that have been about half the pre-opening projections, employment levels that are not at the 3,000 jobs MGM promised and commercial development around the 17-acre MGM property that seems never to have taken off.

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    4. Five College Consortium Awarded $2.5 Million for Native and Indigenous Studies

      Five College Consortium Awarded $2.5 Million for Native and Indigenous Studies

      Five Colleges Inc. has been awarded a $2.5 million, four-year grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to help its member campuses transform how they approach Native American and indigenous studies (NAIS), with the goal of enhancing teaching, learning, and scholarship in the field. The grant is one of the largest made by foundation to the consortium to date, and is also one of the consortium’s largest grant awards from any funder in its 50-year history.

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    5. Brewmaster’s Tavern in Williamsburg closed, brewery to remain in business

      Brewmaster’s Tavern in Williamsburg closed, brewery to remain in business

      The Brewmaster’s Tavern in Williamsburg went out of business Monday, according to its landlords who continue to run the brewer business — Brewmasters Brewing Services LLC — out of the same building . It’s a location on Main Street, where there has been a tavern or restaurant for 208 years according to an online history.

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    6. Dodge Data & Analytics Sees Construction Starts Slipping in 2020

      Dodge Data & Analytics Sees Construction Starts Slipping in 2020

      Dodge Data & Analytics recently released its 2020 Dodge Construction Outlook, predicting that total U.S. construction starts will slip to $776 billion in 2020, a decline of 4% from the 2019 estimated level of activity. “The recovery in construction starts that began during 2010 in the aftermath of the Great Recession is coming to an end,” said Richard Branch, chief economist for Dodge Data & Analytics. “Easing economic growth driven by mounting trade tensions and lack of skilled labor will lead to a broad-based but orderly pullback in construction starts in 2020. After increasing 3% in 2018, construction starts dipped an ...

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    7. STCC’s Civil Engineering Technology Grads Entering Robust Field

      STCC’s Civil Engineering Technology Grads Entering Robust Field

      Civil engineers help design bridges, roads, and other critical infrastructure projects. In fact, “we make civilization possible,” Springfield Technical Community College (STCC) Assistant Professor Cynthia DeSellier tells her first-year students. “You turn on the water in your house — a civil engineer made that possible,” DeSellier added. “Engineering truly does make civilization possible. Without us, the standard of living we enjoy wouldn’t be there.”

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    8. Top Entrepreneur 2019

      Top Entrepreneur 2019

      As the largest private landowner in Massachusetts, with properties in 30 towns, the Cowls family is especially synonymous with North Amherst, where it has made its headquarters — and an enduring legacy in lumber and conservation — for 279 years. These days, Cinda Jones, the ninth-generation president of W.D. Cowls Inc., and her team are doing nothing short of creating a new town center in North Amherst. Why? Because the family has always transformed the land into what was most beneficial and needed. Today, she says, that’s a sense of community.

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    9. MassHire Springfield Career Center Celebrates Grand Opening

      MassHire Springfield Career Center Celebrates Grand Opening

      MassHire Springfield Career Center held a grand opening celebration at its new facility on Jan. 14. Located on the third floor of 95 Liberty St., the larger space better serves job seekers and business customers, due to more efficient flow of people through the space, improved meeting rooms, an upgraded computer lab, increased internet speed, and better wi-fi coverage.

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    10. UMass Online Programs Highly Ranked

      UMass Online Programs Highly Ranked

      Online programs at the University of Massachusetts received high marks again in this year’s Best Online Programs rankings by U.S. News & World Report. Two UMass programs ranked within the top 30 in the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs category, with UMass Amherst at No. 23, and UMass Lowell at No. 29. Amherst and Lowell were also the top two online bachelor’s programs in New England for the second consecutive year. In the same category, UMass Dartmouth ranked No. 113, rising ten spots over last year’s rankings, and UMass Boston ranked No. 93.

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    11. ‘Ice Invasion’ Happening in Downtown Springfield

      ‘Ice Invasion’ Happening in Downtown Springfield

      The Springfield Business Improvement District is again bringing more than a dozen ice sculptures to downtown Springfield for the 3rdAnnual Ice Invasion beginning today. This ice invasion coincides with the Winter Weekend being staged by the Boston Red Sox, making an exciting time for the city and its downtown. From the MassMutual Center and MGM Springfield up to the Springfield Museums and down to Union Station, visitors will be able to find an ice sculpture at almost every street corner. This year’s ‘invasion’ will feature a diverse lineup of sculptures, including Wally the Green Monster, baseball players ...

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    12. New England Patriots donate $250K towards new synthetic turf field near Duggan Academy in Springfield - masslive.com

      New England Patriots donate $250K towards new synthetic turf field near Duggan Academy in Springfield - masslive.com

      The city is planning to establish a new athletic field behind Duggan Academy and a $250,000 grant from the New England Patriots through the National Football League Foundation Grassroots Program will go a long way towards making that plan a reality.  The grant from the Patriots, NFL Foundation and Local Initiatives Support Corporation is part of the second round of $3 million in field refurbishment awards allocated this year.

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    13. Hartford passenger rail linking Springfield to New Haven passes 1 million rider mark

      Hartford passenger rail linking Springfield to New Haven passes 1 million rider mark

      Ridership on the Hartford Line, which connects rail commuters traveling between New Haven and Springfield has passed the 1 million mark, according to Connecticut Department of Transportation officials. The service — launched on June 18, 2018 — transported its one-millionth rider during the busy Thanksgiving travel period in late November.

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    14. American Outdoor Brands Corp. Announces Leadership Transition

      American Outdoor Brands Corp. Announces Leadership Transition

      American Outdoor Brands Corp. announced that its board of directors has named Mark Smith and Brian Murphy co-presidents and co-CEOs of the company, effective immediately. Smith was most recently president of the Manufacturing Services Division of the company, while Murphy was most recently president of the Outdoor Products & Accessories Division. In their co-leadership roles, Smith and Murphy succeed James Debney, who has separated as president and CEO and as a director of the company, following the determination by the board of directors that he engaged in conduct inconsistent with a non-financial company policy.

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    15. Basketball Hall of Fame to close temporarily for renovations

      Basketball Hall of Fame to close temporarily for renovations

      The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame will be temporarily closed to the public from Monday, Feb. 3 to Wednesday, March 25 as it continues the final phase of its $23 million renovation program. During this time, the Jerry Colangelo Court of Dreams will be fully redeveloped, along with implementation of new interactive areas around the court. Additionally, the Hall’s second floor will be deconstructed for a full transformation, according to a news release.

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    16. iHeartMedia announces reorganization; radio personalities sacked in Massachusetts, nationwide

      iHeartMedia announces reorganization; radio personalities sacked in Massachusetts, nationwide

      iHeartMedia has laid off veteran radio staffers across the country as part of a company-wide reorganization. Billboard noted the “bloodbath” resulted in pink slips for dozens of veteran program directors and DJs in top markets nationwide. Among those reportedly impacted were Jackson Burnes, an executive producer at Classic Rock 100.7 WZLX in Boston; Deb Lawler, the morning anchor at WBZ; and Marylee Kelly, production director at Classic Rock Cool 102 WCIB in Cape Cod, according to Radio Insight and FYBush Media.

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    17. Job Expo set for Thursday at Basketball Hall of Fame

      Job Expo set for Thursday at Basketball Hall of Fame

      A Job Expo featuring dozens of companies is scheduled Thursday, Jan. 16, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. The winter expo, which generally draws several hundred participants, is sponsored by MassHire Springfield Career Center and Entercom Communications radio stations.

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    18. Steve Lowell to Step Down in 2021 as Monson Savings Bank President

      Steve Lowell to Step Down in 2021 as Monson Savings Bank President

      Steve Lowell, who has served as president of Monson Savings Bank (MSB) for the last nine years, announced his retirement effective February 2021. He is looking forward to continuing to serve in a vital role with the bank as chairman of the board. The bank’s board of directors announced that Daniel Moriarty Sr. has been named the bank’s president effective February 2021. Moriarty has been with MSB for 22 years, serving as senior vice president and chief financial officer since 2011. He joined the bank in 1998 as an accounting manager, became controller in 2002, assistant vice president ...

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    19. Girl’s Auto exec Patrice Banks, Poo-Pourri’s Suzy Batiz to speak at Women’s Leadership Conference

      Girl’s Auto exec Patrice Banks, Poo-Pourri’s Suzy Batiz to speak at Women’s Leadership Conference

      Suzy Batiz whose success in developing the toilet bowl spray cleaner Poo-Pourri earned her a spot on Forbes’ 2019 list of the country’s richest self-made women, will join headliner Tyra Banks as speaker at Bay Path University’s 25th annual Women’s Leadership Conference in March

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    20. Holyoke Planning Board gets update on Amazon traffic, parking issues

      Holyoke Planning Board gets update on Amazon traffic, parking issues

      The Planning Board reviewed Amazon’s updated traffic and parking plans for the 161 Lower Westfield Road facility after a study found traffic generated by the distribution center was below past estimates. A December traffic study conducted by Langan Engineering and Environmental Services showed the facility “has had less of an impact on surrounding road network than anticipated.” It indicated that peak-traffic was “significantly less than estimated.”

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    21. Knox building — once a Springfield automobile factory — getting $57M makeover into apartments

      Knox building — once a Springfield automobile factory — getting $57M makeover into apartments

      Gordon Pulsifer — the developer behind the ongoing rehab of Indian Motorcycle, Mason Square Fire Station and the Outing Park apartment complex in the South End -- plans a $57 million, 114- apartment rehab of the long-derelict Knox Building just across Wilbraham Road from Indian Motorcycle.

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    22. TravelKuz Bus-design Contest to Raise Awareness of Big Brothers Big Sisters

      TravelKuz Bus-design Contest to Raise Awareness of Big Brothers Big Sisters

      FM Kuzmeskus/TravelKuz, Hale Custom Signs, and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Franklin County announced a call for entries for their first-ever collaborative bus-design contest. “We’ve got a brand spanking new coach. It’s still white from the factory,” said Pam Reipold, executive vice president of Operations at FM Kuzmeskus. “It was our mechanics, or ‘shop gods,’ as we affectionately call them, that came up with this idea. It’s brilliant, really. TravelKuz is such a huge fan of Big Brothers Big Sisters and the important work that they do. We are very excited to be able to support ...

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    23. The Starting Gate at GreatHorse Honored in WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards

      The Starting Gate at GreatHorse Honored in WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards

      The Starting Gate at GreatHorse was announced a winner of the 2020 WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards, an accolade representing the top wedding professionals across the board in quality, service, responsiveness, and professionalism reviewed by couples on WeddingWire. For its 12th annual Couples’ Choice Awards, WeddingWire analyzed reviews across more than 20 service categories, from venues and caterers to florists and photographers, to find the most highly rated vendors of the year. These winners exhibit superior professionalism, responsiveness, service, and quality when interacting with the millions of consumers who turn to WeddingWire each month to help ease their wedding-planning process.

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