1. Articles from Jim Kinney (jkinney@repub.com)

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    1. Bradley International Airport looks to regain traffic as world emerges from COVID pandemic

      Bradley International Airport looks to regain traffic as world emerges from COVID pandemic

      Passenger traffic at Bradley International Airport through the first 11 months of 2020 was down 63% compared with the year before, with just more than 2.2 million people getting on or getting off airliners. In 2019, more than 5.6 million people had traveled through Bradley by the end of October, and the airport was on its way to drawing 7 million passengers in 2019, besting its 2018 mark of 6.7 million by more than 2%.

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    2. Gov. Charlie Baker signs transportation bond act; bill includes money for east-west rail project, Bridge of Flowers and more

      Gov. Charlie Baker signs transportation bond act; bill includes money for east-west rail project, Bridge of Flowers and more

      Joined by the town administrator from rural Buckland, Gov. Charlie Baker hosted a virtual ceremonial signing Wednesday for the $16 billion transportation bond act passed last month just as the legislative session was ending. The bond act authorizes as much as $50 million for east-west rail. The money could be used to begin design and other preliminary work on a proposed transformative public works project with an estimated price tag of $2.4 billion and $4.6 billion.

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    3. Tree House Brewing to host COVID vaccination clinic at former Channing Bete building in Deerfield

      Tree House Brewing to host COVID vaccination clinic at former Channing Bete building in Deerfield

      Tree House Brewing will host a COVID-19 vaccination site this week at its newly purchased property in South Deerfield, at the former Channing Bete headquarters. The clinic runs Thursday, Feb. 18 and Friday, Feb. 19. Signups are available at maimmunizations.org. There are 140 appointments available on the first day and 164 available on the second day. The clinic is open to eligible residents of Franklin County

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    4. Sisters of Providence sell Mount Saint Vincent property in Holyoke for $2 million

      Sisters of Providence sell Mount Saint Vincent property in Holyoke for $2 million

      Sisters of Providence Ministry Corp. sold the former Mount Saint Vincent Care Center at 35 Holy Family Road for $2 million, according to deed documents filed earlier this month. The transaction had already been made public and received state Department of Health approval in December 2020. The buyer, iCare Health Network of Manchester, Connecticut, has renamed the facility as MissionCare Holyoke.

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    5. MGM Resorts, parent of Springfield casino, says regional casinos are leading its recovery

      MGM Resorts, parent of Springfield casino, says regional casinos are leading its recovery

      MGM’s regional casinos — a category that includes MGM Springfield — are outperforming the company’s Las Vegas properties and leading its recovery, according to fourth-quarter and year-end financial results released Wednesday. The company told investors that net revenues at the regional operations were down 34% in the fourth quarter compared with the same time last year, to $595 million. For the Vegas Strip resorts, net revenues were down 66% compared with the same time last year, to $480 million.

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    6. Peter Pan Bus Lines turns motorcoaches into mobile COVID testing and vaccination sites

      Peter Pan Bus Lines turns motorcoaches into mobile COVID testing and vaccination sites

      Peter Pan Bus Lines is making motorcoaches newly outfitted with refrigeration equipment available as mobile COVID-19 vaccination and testing sites in a program called Peter Pan Cares. The mobile units are meant to solve the problem of how to get the vaccine into neighborhoods or remote areas that don’t have clinics, the company said Wednesday.

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    7. Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory & Gardens for sale; family of founder George Miller seeks buyer with ‘a passion for butterflies’

      Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory & Gardens for sale; family of founder George Miller seeks buyer with ‘a passion for butterflies’

      Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory & Gardens boasts more than 4,000 colorful insect residents, representing 50 species from around the world. And soon, the roadside attraction may have a new owner. Current owners George E. Miller III of Bernardston and Kathleen A. Fiore of Northfield started looking last week for a buyer at the business their father, George E. Miller Jr., helped create in 1999. Magic Wings has drawn more than 2 million visitors since it first opened.

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    8. Performing arts venues, suffering under pandemic shutdown, struggle to move forward

      Performing arts venues, suffering under pandemic shutdown, struggle to move forward

      There is a joke among concert promoters that since they have nothing to do, the government should put them in charge of distributing the COVID-19 vaccine. “Everyone would get a wristband and head into a post-vaccination VIP meet-and-greet for a picture with Dr. Fauci,” said John Sanders of DSP Shows.

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    9. Baystate Medical Center readies $208M ‘hospital of the future’ with 18 operating rooms, eight laboratories

      Baystate Medical Center readies $208M ‘hospital of the future’ with 18 operating rooms, eight laboratories

      Baystate Medical Center will begin work over the next few months on its $208 million buildout of unfinished space once dubbed the “Hospital of the Future.” Now called the MassMutual Wing, the 640,000-square-foot, seven-floor addition already has Baystate’s emergency departments and the Davis Family Heart & Vascular Center. The project — which got approval from the state Department of Public Health in December — will go out to bid in the next few weeks, said Kirsten Waltz, Baystate Health’s director of facilities planning and design.

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    10. Ware looks to future as Baystate Health seeks to close Mary Lane

      Ware looks to future as Baystate Health seeks to close Mary Lane

      Baystate Health, while explaining this week the rationale behind its planned shutdown of the Mary Lane Outpatient Center, said that of the 28 patients per day seeking care at Mary Lane’s emergency room, over 85 percent present with common, minor, non-urgent conditions which could be treated in a primary care setting.

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    11. Bing Arts Center put up for sale; COVID pandemic forces closing of 71-year-old Springfield theater

      Bing Arts Center put up for sale; COVID pandemic forces closing of 71-year-old Springfield theater

      The nonprofit group behind the Bing Arts Center says it’s running out of money and has put the 71-year-old venue up for sale. The building, with its 10,000 square feet of theater, gallery and gathering space, is listed with an asking price of $175,000 with Aldo Giella of Lessard Realty. “Our whole thing was about bringing people together,” said Bing Executive Director Brian F. Hale. “And now you can’t bring people together.” With no events since March, the volunteers who took over the Bing from the city — paying just a dollar nearly 20 years ago — can ...

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    12. Massachusetts GDP growth outpaced nation in fourth quarter of 2020 — but sharp downturn seen from third quarter, UMass researchers say

      Massachusetts GDP growth outpaced nation in fourth quarter of 2020 — but sharp downturn seen from third quarter, UMass researchers say

      The state’s real gross domestic product growth outpaced the nation’s in the last three months of 2020, according to research released last week in a MassBenchmarks report — but Massachusetts’ 7.9% annual rate represented a significant downturn from the third quarter. For the third quarter in 2020, the state posted a 33.1% annual rate, while the rate for the U.S. GDP was 33.4%. The U.S. annualized rate was 4% in the year’s final quarter, according to the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis.

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    13. MassMutual buys Great American Life Insurance Co. for $3.5B

      MassMutual buys Great American Life Insurance Co. for $3.5B

      MassMutual has a deal in place to buy Great American Life Insurance Co. from American Financial Group Inc. for $3.5 billion Great American Life will continue to be led by its current president, Mark Muething, and its more than 600 employees will remain headquartered in Great American’s hometown of Cincinnati as part of the transaction, according to a MassMutual news release issued Wednesday.

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    14. Big E President Eugene Cassidy, now head of global fair association, describes industry devastated by COVID

      Big E President Eugene Cassidy, now head of global fair association, describes industry devastated by COVID

      At a time when The Big E normally gears up for late-winter trade and consumer shows — campers, hunting and fishing, and home improvement — the biggest event coming to the Eastern States Exposition grounds could be a COVID-19 mass vaccination site. The sprawling 175-acre fairgrounds on Memorial Avenue — a 104-year-old institution with 44 buildings is expensive to operate. Just cleaning up after a snowfall can cost up to $32,000. The Big E was canceled in 2020 — the first fall without a fair since World War II.

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    15. New Friendly’s CEO promises ‘recipe for success’ at restaurant chain that has steadily shrunk for decades

      New Friendly’s CEO promises ‘recipe for success’ at restaurant chain that has steadily shrunk for decades

      Who is going to swoop in and save the day for Friendly’s? Superman. Not the man of steel. The ice cream flavor called Superman, which promises vanilla plus yellow, red and blue fruit flavors. Due out March 15, Superman ice cream is the first of what new CEO Craig Erlich promises will be periodic refreshes of the Friendly’s restaurant menu, with new ice cream flavors paired with returning favorite food items. From March to June, Asian chicken salad and Buffalo chicken salad will return, along with the Heinz 57 burger and the Vermonter burger.

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    16. Baystate Medical Center to offer 12-bed behavioral health unit for children in wake of area shortage

      Baystate Medical Center to offer 12-bed behavioral health unit for children in wake of area shortage

      Baystate Health will open a temporary 12-bed child and adolescent unit at its Baystate Medical Center campus in April, the health system announced Friday. Providence Behavioral Health, operating locally as Trinity Health Of New England, closed its 74 inpatient psychiatric beds in September that it once offered in Holyoke. That number included the only 12 pediatric psychiatric beds for children and teens available in the region.

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    17. Big E, state in talks for mass COVID vaccination site at Eastern States grounds in West Springfield

      Big E, state in talks for mass COVID vaccination site at Eastern States grounds in West Springfield

      Officials with the Eastern States Exposition have been working with state authorities since Jan. 1 on plans to use the grounds of the Big E as a COVID-19 mass vaccination site. Eugene J. Cassidy, president and CEO of Eastern States Exposition, said Tuesday his organization is awaiting a go-ahead from the state. “Certainly we provide the best location in all the commonwealth,” Cassidy said. “Certainly in Western Massachusetts. With our proximity to highways, it’s a good fit.”

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    18. Landmark at Monastery Heights sold for $11.9M to new entry in assisted living industry

      Landmark at Monastery Heights sold for $11.9M to new entry in assisted living industry

      Landmark at Monastery Heights is now Prosper at Monastery Heights after being sold earlier this month to a startup Prosper Life Care for $11.95 million. Prosper — a partnership among two businessmen from western New York and the owner of home care agencies based in Westborough, Massachusetts — also bought the former Landmark property in Fall River for $14.1 million, according to records at the registry of deeds there.

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    19. Massachusetts casinos report stronger December revenue; MGM Springfield gross gambling revenue up $900K from November

      Massachusetts casinos report stronger December revenue; MGM Springfield gross gambling revenue up $900K from November

      Business at MGM Springfield and the state’s other two resort casinos rebounded in December, according to figures released Friday by the Massachusetts Gaming Commission — but revenue still remains well below pre-COVID levels. Plainridge Park Casino, MGM Springfield and Encore Boston Harbor generated about $50 million in gross gaming revenue in December 2020, according to the Gaming Commission, which releases updated revenue figures on the 15th of each month.

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    20. Massachusetts casino crowds under 25% COVID limit

      Massachusetts casino crowds under 25% COVID limit

      Massachusetts three casinos — MGM Springfield, Everett’s Encore Boston Harbor and Plainridge Park — draw enough people to bump up against the state-imposed 25% capacity limit imposed last month by Gov. Charlie Baker in the face of surging COVID cases. Occupancy is at about 19%, said Bruce Band, assistant director of the Gaming Agents Division of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission. That means the three casinos are not forced to turn anyone away, state regulators said during a meeting Tuesday of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission.

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    21. Arnold’s Meats asks customers to aid in ‘Restaurant Rescue’; promotion touts wholesale customers hurt by COVID

      Arnold’s Meats asks customers to aid in ‘Restaurant Rescue’; promotion touts wholesale customers hurt by COVID

      Arnold’s Meats knows its wholesale customers — restaurants that order meat for their customer’s plates — are hurting, and it wants to help out with a “Restaurant Rescue.” Starting this week, and probably for all of 2021, Arnold’s is selling gift certificates from its restaurant customers at its markets on Grattan Street in Chicopee and Shaker Road in East Longmeadow. Customers who buy a gift certificate — $50 for high-end places and probably less for cheaper eateries — will get 10% off their Arnold’s purchase on that shopping trip.

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