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    1. CRRC announces apprentice program for Springfield rail car plant; first such program in the U.S.

      CRRC announces apprentice program for Springfield rail car plant; first such program in the U.S.

      CRRC MA and the Sheet Metal Workers Local 63 have created a registered apprentice program for mechanical production worker training in rail car manufacturing at CRRC’s mammoth factory in East Springfield. The program at the plant — now building Orange Line subway cars for the T and soon to start work on Red Line cars — is the first apprenticeship program in the U.S. for rail car manufacturing, according to a news release.

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    2. Delaney’s Market beer and wine license approved in Westfield; Wilbraham location opens next week

      Delaney’s Market beer and wine license approved in Westfield; Wilbraham location opens next week

      Westfield officials this week approved a beer-and-wine package store license for the Delaney’s Market planned at the Little River Plaza by restaurateur Peter Rosskothen. With another Delaney’s Market at 2030 Boston Road in Wilbraham set to open Tuesday, Rosskothen said he’s nearing his goal of having four Delaney’s Market locations open by the end of this year. He opened the flagship Delaney’s market in the Longmeadow Shops in 2016. The Springfield Delaney’s Market opened at 1365 Main St. in June.

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    3. Bank of America sells shuttered Westfield office to California investor

      Bank of America sells shuttered Westfield office to California investor

      A California investor bought the former Bank of America office at 10 Main St. last month for $186,375. The price, revealed in documents on file at the Hampden Registry of Deeds, is significantly less than the $915,000 assessment the city placed on the property and the $345,000 sale price it brought back in 1992, when the building last changed hands as part of a bank merger. The replacement cost of the 11,000-square-foot bank building, built in 1900, is $1.44 million, according to city tax documents.

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    4. Michael Moran out as head of Baystate Health’s eastern region; Molly Gray will replace him as head of Wing, Mary Lane hospitals

      Michael Moran, president and chief administrative officer of Baystate Health’s eastern region, has resigned effective Nov. 1, Baystate confirmed Wednesday. Molly Gray, vice president of patient care services and chief nursing officer, will replace him, according to a statement from Baystate. Gray started with Baystate in 1988 as a staff nurse in the Wesson Women’s Labor and Delivery Unit.

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    5. Wahlburgers groundbreaking at MGM Springfield set for this month

      Wahlburgers groundbreaking at MGM Springfield set for this month

      A year after movie star Mark Wahberg visited MGM Springfield to announce that his Dorchester-bred family would open a Wahlburgers restaurant at the $960 million casino, a date for the ceremonial groundbreaking has been set. Wahlberg brother chef Paul Wahlberg, Springfield Mayor Domenic J. Sarno and MGM Springfield President Michael Mathis will turn ceremonial shovels of dirt Friday, Sept. 20. Wahlburgers will have its food truck there for the celebration.

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    6. Gov. Charlie Baker proposes $8.4 million to test well water for PFAS, $20 million for remediation

      Gov. Charlie Baker proposes $8.4 million to test well water for PFAS, $20 million for remediation

      The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection could get $8.4 million to step up well water testing in search of PFAS contamination from firefighting chemicals at Barnes Air National Guard Base, as well as other industrial and airport sources around the Commonwealth. Some of the money could also be used for point-of-consumption remediation efforts, such as filters and faucets, said Stephanie Cooper, deputy commissioner for policy and planning at MassDEP.

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    7. Pentagon spares Westover projects from cuts to pay for Mexican border wall; $46M hangar expected in 2022

      Pentagon spares Westover projects from cuts to pay for Mexican border wall; $46M hangar expected in 2022

      A new $46.2 million hangar for inspecting C-5M cargo planes planned at Westover Air Reserve Base has been spared from Pentagon budget cuts President Donald Trump is using to fund a wall on the Mexican border. As a presidential candidate, Trump repeatedly pledged that Mexico would pay for the wall, but when that failed to happen he resorted to transferring money from the Department of Defense after Congress balked at funding the project.

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    8. New Valley Bank & Trust of Springfield opens branch in Sixteen Acres

      New Valley Bank & Trust of Springfield opens branch in Sixteen Acres

      New Valley Bank & Trust will open its first branch office next week at 1930 Wilbraham Road the city’s Sixteen Acres section. New Valley is the only bank with its headquarters in Springfield and the first new bank to start up in the city since 2008. It opened offices in One Monarch Place downtown in May. This second office in Sixteen Acres is its first retail branch with a drive-thru and Saturday hours.

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    9. Florence Bank to build at former Hu Ke Lau site in Chicopee; restaurant may return at new location

      Florence Bank to build at former Hu Ke Lau site in Chicopee; restaurant may return at new location

      Florence Bank plans to build a new branch office on a portion of the old Hu Ke Lau site on busy Memorial Drive, but that doesn’t necessarily mean the end of the longtime Polynesian showplace. The bank’s plans for the branch are detailed in documents filed with the Chicopee Planning Department, where developers are looking for site approval, said Planning Director Lee M. Pouliot. The project is listed on the agenda for Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Rivermill Senior Center on 5 West Main St., Classroom 30.

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    10. Macy’s at Holyoke Mall, Burlington get facelifts as part of ‘Growth 150’ yearlong upgrade

      Macy’s at Holyoke Mall, Burlington get facelifts as part of ‘Growth 150’ yearlong upgrade

      Macy’s announced Tuesday that its Holyoke Mall at Ingleside and Burlington Mall stores are getting significant upgrades as a part of its 2019 Growth150 initiative. The plan saw old-line department store chain Macy’s renovate 50 stores in 2018 and another 100 in 2019, including Holyoke and Burlington. "It's fantastic news. They've made a real commitment to Western Massachusetts and the Holyoke store in particular," said Bill Rogalski, general manager for the Holyoke Mall. "It's kind of a wholesale makeover."

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    11. Developers break ground for Carew Street medical building

      Developers break ground for Carew Street medical building

      Site work and foundation construction are underway on a 14,000-square foot medical office facility developers Francis J. Cataldo Jr. and Paul C. Picknelly are building at 90 Carew St. for dialysis provider American Renal Associates and others.Part of the 1.5-acre site at the corner of Carew and Dwight Streets in the Memorial Square neighborhood was once the site of the Gardner Memorial AME Zion Church. The church was demolished earlier this year to make way for the estimated $3 million project.

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    12. Amtrak announces Valley Flyer schedule of trains in Springfield, Holyoke, Northampton, Greenfield,

      Amtrak announces Valley Flyer schedule of trains in Springfield, Holyoke, Northampton, Greenfield,

      Travelers, starting Aug. 30, will be able to leave Greenfield, Holyoke or Northampton on the morning train, spend most of the business day in New York City and return that very night realizing the long-held dream of local rail transit advocates.According to the first timetables for Amtrak’s Valley Flyer Service released Friday by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, the early Amtrak train leaves Greenfield at 5:45 a.m., Northampton at 6:10 a.m., Holyoke at 6:25 a.m. only to arrive at Springfield at 6:53 a.m. and depart at 7:05 a.m.

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    13. Thorndike Mills closing: What’s replacing the rug maker at the Big E?

      Thorndike Mills closing: What’s replacing the rug maker at the Big E?

      Thorndike Mills will close forever by the end of this year and will no longer sell its locally manufactured, nationally famous braided wool rugs from a high-profile booth in the Massachusetts Building at the Big E. Instead, when the Eastern States Exposition opens Sept. 13, the space will be filled by the Springfield Thunderbirds American Hockey League team and by My Main Squeeze, a fresh juice company from East Longmeadow, said Frances Pearson, fairs coordinator for the state Department of Agriculture and Massachusetts Building manager for the Big E.

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    14. Manufacturers gather in Westfield for pig roast, networking

      Manufacturers gather in Westfield for pig roast, networking

      Nearly 100 people in the precision manufacturing industry and associated businesses gathered Monday night for the 13th annual Mainline Drive Pig Roast, sponsored by the Western Massachusetts chapter of the National Tooling and Machining Association.It’s a chance, said association president Kristin Carlson, for business networking and socializing and to raise some money for the Larry A. Maier Memorial Education Fund. Named in honor of Carlson’s late father, the fund supports and promotes manufacturing education for children in fifth grade and up.

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    15. Quality Beveridge of Taunton buys Williams Distributing of Chicopee, making it leading supplier of Anheuser-Busch beers in Massachusetts

      Quality Beveridge of Taunton buys Williams Distributing of Chicopee, making it leading supplier of Anheuser-Busch beers in Massachusetts

      Quality Beverage of Taunton is buying 69-year-old Williams Distributing, the company that brings Budweiser, Yuengling and other beers to bars and store shelves across Western Massachusetts. The deal, which needs the approval of Williams Distributing’s suppliers, will make Quality Beverage the Bay State’s leading supplier of Anheuser-Busch InBev brand products. The transaction is expected to close in October, according to a statement issued Monday. The two sides didn’t disclose a sales price.

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    16. Expanded rail service for Springfield, Holyoke, Northampton and Greenfield may begin Aug. 30; test trains running overnight this week

      Expanded rail service for Springfield, Holyoke, Northampton and Greenfield may begin Aug. 30; test trains running overnight this week

      Daily passenger train service between the city’s Union Station, Holyoke, Northampton and Greenfield could begin as soon as Aug. 30. But the start date could be pushed back depending on results of passengerless nighttime test runs Amtrak is making from Springfield to Greenfield along the Knowledge Corridor line this week, according to the Massachusetts Department of Transportation. Amtrak and MassDOT had planned to begin the service earlier this summer, but it was delayed due to track and signal work in Greenfield, according to MassDOT.

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    17. Former Yankee Pedlar owner Jeff Clayton says PeoplesBank project ‘looks great’

      Former Yankee Pedlar owner Jeff Clayton says PeoplesBank project ‘looks great’

      Jeff Clayton probably shouldn’t take Exit 16 from Interstate 91 to get to work at the Martin J. Clayton insurance Agency. The more direct route would be Exit 17A. But Exit 17A wouldn’t take him past the Yankee Pedlar, the restaurant that his family owned for 22 years before selling the buildings and land to PeoplesBank in 2017 for $1.16 million. Two years of design and construction followed and on Sept. 3 PeoplesBank will open its new Pedlar banking center at the site, having retained the portions of the old Hildreth House as a community room and ...

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    18. Wellspring Harvest marks 1st anniversary, preps for harvest showcase

      Wellspring Harvest marks 1st anniversary, preps for harvest showcase

      Wellspring Harvest, the first commercial hydroponic greenhouse in the city, celebrated its first year of operation Wednesday by showing off the food growing on what had been the Chapman Valve site. “We’ve learned a lot about running a hydroponic farm in the last year,” said Fred Rose, co-director of Wellspring Cooperative Corporation . The farm began in August 2018 with lettuce deliveries to four Big Y supermarkets.

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    19. Sunshine Village expands day programs in Agawam; MassDevelopment announces financing

      Sunshine Village expands day programs in Agawam; MassDevelopment announces financing

      Sunshine Village is about to start renovations on a 17,744-square -foot former office building at 588 Silver St. that will, by January, be the location for a community and life engagement day program serving 150 adults. MassDevelopment, the state’s finance and development agency, announced the expansion for Sunshine Village on Tuesday. MassDevelopment aided in the project by issuing a $1.22 million tax exempt bond purchased by Westfield Bank to finance the project.

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    20. Pioneer Valley educators gather at Westfield State University to prep for STEM week emphasis on science, technology, engineering, math

      Pioneer Valley educators gather at Westfield State University to prep for STEM week emphasis on science, technology, engineering, math

      For Evelyn Humphries, now entering her junior year at Longmeadow High School, playing dress-up as a little girl meant the usual sparkly tiara and frilly tutu. And her mother's lab coat. Humphries, 15, described Tuesday how her desire to become a doctor brought her into the Eureka! Girls Inc. of the Valley program and has seen here already participating in cancer research at the Pioneer Valley Life Sciences institute in Springfield.

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    21. MBTA will put the 1st Springfield-built CRRC Orange Line cars into service on Wednesday

      MBTA will put the 1st Springfield-built CRRC Orange Line cars into service on Wednesday

      he first six Springfield-built Orange Line cars go into service Wednesday at Wellington Station in Medford, the MBTA announced Monday. All told, Springfield-based CRRC MA has shipped 10 of the cars — at a cost of $2.43 million each — to the Boston-area transit system, said CRRC spokeswoman Lydia Rivera. The cars go into service as six-car trainsets.

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    22. For Eric Suher’s empty Northampton storefronts, looks are deceiving, says real estate firm hired to market them

      For Eric Suher’s empty Northampton storefronts, looks are deceiving, says real estate firm hired to market them

      Nearly two years ago property owner Eric Suher and Patrick M. Goggins, president of Goggins Real Estate, announced that Goggins would market 15 of the entertainment mogul’s vacant storefronts and properties, with the hope of filling high-profile spaces on Main and Pleasant streets with new tenants. Today, many of those locations are still vacant. Goggins, a former city council president, blames the vacancies on the state’s slow pace in issuing licenses to recreational, or “adult use” marijuana retailers who have options on some, but not all, of Suher’s spaces.

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