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    1. Springfield Union Station platform nears completion; Amtrak sees record-breaking year

      Springfield Union Station platform nears completion; Amtrak sees record-breaking year

      The refurbished Platform C at Springfield’s Union Station should be completed in three or four weeks, possibly in time for the busy Thanksgiving and Christmas travel seasons, according to the Springfield Redevelopment Authority, which owns and manages the depot. At issue are final touches to the elevator that will bring passengers up from the station’s concourse and pedestrian tunnel to the platforms where they board trains, said Executive Director Christopher J. Moskal.

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    2. CVS opens near MGM Springfield Sunday; developer says it’ll draw shoppers to neighborhood

      CVS opens near MGM Springfield Sunday; developer says it’ll draw shoppers to neighborhood

      CVS opens its $2 million store Sunday in the new Davenport Square on Main Street across from MGM Springfield in the city’s South End. It's a step landlord and developer Charles Irving, president of Davenport Properties, said will help existing businesses and lure new ones to the neighborhood. One criticism of MGM is that it has not, as promised, brought a retail rejuvenation to the surrounding neighborhood.

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    3. Springfield’s Educare Facility Is State-of-the-art in Every Respect

      Springfield’s Educare Facility Is State-of-the-art in Every Respect

      Nikki Burnett says Springfield’s Old Hill neighborhood and those surrounding it certainly need the gleaming new $14 million Educare facility constructed next door to the Elias Brookings Elementary School on Walnut Street. More to the point, though, she told BusinessWest, they deserve this facility, which can only be described with that phrase state-of-the-art when it comes to everything from its programs to its play areas to its bathrooms.

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    4. Kim Robinson Takes the Helm at the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission

      Kim Robinson Takes the Helm at the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission

      Kim Robinson, who has worked with planning and development agencies in Detroit and Nevada, has been chosen to fill the large shoes left by Tim Brennan, who recently retired as director of the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission after more than four decades in that position. Robinson is focused on a number of short- and long-term priorities — everything from the upcoming census to east-west rail service.

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    5. Way Finders Awards Two Congressman John W. Olver Scholarships

      Way Finders Awards Two Congressman John W. Olver Scholarships

      NeighborWorks America, through its affiliate Way Finders, has awarded Congressman John W. Olver Scholarships to two individuals — Melissa Fales, program manager for Quaboag Valley Community Development Corp., and Kerry Homstead, community facilitator for the Treehouse Foundation — to attend the NeighborWorks America Training Institute (NTI). The scholarships provide travel, lodging, and tuition to a catalogue of more than 100 topic- and skill-focused courses. NTI creates an opportunity to network with other community-development organizations from across the country to share ideas and learn best practices in their field. Two scholarships are awarded annually to NTI attendees.

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    6. Four Western Mass., 2 Boston hospitals get ‘A’ grades for patient safety

      Four Western Mass., 2 Boston hospitals get ‘A’ grades for patient safety

      Four area hospitals – Baystate Franklin in Greenfield, Baystate Noble in Westfield and Holyoke Medical Center as well as Cooley Dickinson in Northampton – received the top grade of "A" in the Fall 2019 round of hospitals scored nationwide on protecting patients from medical errors, infections and injuries by the Washington-based Leapfrog Group.

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    7. Williams Distributing sells Chicopee warehouse and land for $5 million as part of Quality Beverage deal

      Williams Distributing sells Chicopee warehouse and land for $5 million as part of Quality Beverage deal

      Quality Beverage paid $5 million for the Williams Distributing real estate at 880 Burnett Road last month, according to documents on file with the Hampden County Registry of Deeds. In August, officials with both companies announced that Quality Beverage would buy the Chicopee-based beer distributorship — the business and the real estate — for an undisclosed sum.

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    8. End of partnership with US HealthVest could delay plans for Baystate Health psychiatric hospital in Holyoke

      End of partnership with US HealthVest could delay plans for Baystate Health psychiatric hospital in Holyoke

      Baystate Health’s search for a new partner in its quest to build a standalone psychiatric hospital in Holyoke might set the project back three to six months. “But we feel that the plan is a good one,” Baystate President and President and CEO Mark A. Keroack said. “We are committed to finding a partner who can make this happen.”

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    9. C&H Architects Celebrates 30 Years of Sustainable Design

      C&H Architects Celebrates 30 Years of Sustainable Design

      C&H Architects is celebrating 30 years of designing sustainable architecture. The firm’s work serves as an example of how, in a time of critical climate challenges, developers can add to the built environment in a way that improves the sustainability of future generations, rather than threatening it, partner Jesse Selman said. “We have an ethical duty to understand the impact of our work — both socially and environmentally. It is a challenge that forms the basis of our work — and is what gets us up in the morning.”

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    10. Legislative Manufacturing Caucus honors Meridian Industrial Group of Holyoke

      Legislative Manufacturing Caucus honors Meridian Industrial Group of Holyoke

      State Rep. Aaron Vega, D-Holyoke, on Monday presented Meridian Industrial Group, a family-owned business, with a state proclamation. Meridian was recently recognized as the Manufacturer of the Year by the Legislative Manufacturing Caucus. The company machines parts for military and aerospace contractors, which include parts for Patriot Missiles and rockets used to deliver satellites. Meridian was one of 78 firms to receive the honor.

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    11. State Higher Education Chief to Visit Holyoke Community College Today

      State Higher Education Chief to Visit Holyoke Community College Today

      Carlos Santiago, commissioner for the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education, will visit Holyoke Community College (HCC) today, Nov. 5, and lead a discussion with faculty and staff about equity in higher education. Santiago’s talk will run from 2 to 3 p.m. in the PeoplesBank Conference Room in HCC’s Kittredge Center for Business and Workforce Development.

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    12. Marcus Printing Acquires ILS Business Services

      Marcus Printing Acquires ILS Business Services

      Marcus Printing announced it has acquired ILS Business Services of West Springfield, strengthening the capabilities of both companies.  “The marriage of these two long-standing family businesses makes good sense,” said Susan Goldsmith, president of Marcus Printing. “The depth of printing experience we have at Marcus is unparalleled in our region, and we also offer mailing services. ILS offers nearly 40 years of direct-mail experience, and also sold printing services. Our services and expertise complement each other, allowing us to expand our capabilities across the board. It’s a perfect match.”

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    13. Big Y opens two new stores, hires 225 employees

      Big Y opens two new stores, hires 225 employees

      Big Y will open two new Connecticut World Class Market locations — at 656 New Haven Avenue in Derby and 150 Boston Post Road in Milford — on Thursday, Nov. 7, the Springfield-based chain announced Monday. The supermarket chain said it began construction on both the 55,060-square-foot Milford market and 59,502-square-foot Derby location in January. Big Y hired 135 new employees in Milford and 90 employees in Derby.

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    14. Pullman & Comley Opens First Massachusetts Office in Springfield

      Pullman & Comley Opens First Massachusetts Office in Springfield

      Law firm Pullman & Comley, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary of practicing law, recently expanded into Springfield with an office in Tower Square at 1500 Main St. Pullman & Comley’s new Springfield office is its first in the Bay State, adding to offices in Bridgeport (where the firm was founded 100 years ago), Hartford, Westport, Stamford, and Waterbury, Conn., as well as an office in White Plains, N.Y. With nearly 100 attorneys, Pullman & Comley is one of the area’s largest law firms.

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    15. Springfield Y opens Tower Square child education center; fitness center expected by end of the month

      Springfield Y opens Tower Square child education center; fitness center expected by end of the month

      As workers stocked supplies Friday in the YMCA of Greater Springfield Learning Center at Tower Square, CEO Dexter Johnson crawled into a cabinet to fix a sink drain. "You have to do what you have to do," Johnson joked. Because on Monday morning — starting before 7 a.m. — 200 youngsters participating in the Y’s educational programs for preschoolers, and before- and after-school programs for older children, will arrive for the first time at the new facility.

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    16. Holyoke host veterans job fair, region’s top employers on hand

      Holyoke host veterans job fair, region’s top employers on hand

      The third annual Military and Veterans Job Fair attracted dozens of regional employers and a steady stream of applicants at the War Memorial Building on Friday. Applicants met with major employers, including Amazon, MGM-Springfield, Gulfstream, Baystate Health Systems, U.S. Postal Service, University of Massachusetts Amherst, General Dynamics, Hazen Paper and Hood.

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