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    1. Dressbarn shop in Springfield Five Town Plaza closes; only Massachusetts location on immediate closure list

      Dressbarn shop in Springfield Five Town Plaza closes; only Massachusetts location on immediate closure list

      The Dressbarn store in Springfield’s Five Town Plaza closed forever Tuesday, employees there said. The Springfield location is the only Massachusetts store on a list of 28 Dressbarn locations where closing dates have been announced. The New Jersey-based chain plans to close all 650 locations by 2020. On the list, released earlier this week on Dressbarn’s website, are Connecticut stores in Southbury and Mansfield, both of which will close by the end of June.

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    2. Smith & Wesson parent American Outdoor Brands warns of China tariff impact; says it might raise prices on accessories, outdoor products

      Smith & Wesson parent American Outdoor Brands warns of China tariff impact; says it might raise prices on accessories, outdoor products

      Smith & Wesson parent company American Outdoor Brands said this week that tariffs on Chinese goods could cost it as much as $3 million in the next three months alone. And the company said it might raise prices on its outdoor products and accessories imported from China, passing the costs on to consumers. Jeffrey D. Buchanan, the company’s chief financial officer, described the tariffs’ potential impacts in an earnings conference call this week.

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    3. Indoor trampoline park proposed for former Bon-Ton location at Westfield Shops

      Indoor trampoline park proposed for former Bon-Ton location at Westfield Shops

      A Connecticut man has plans to open a 50,000-square-foot indoor trampoline park — complete with dodgeball courts, American-ninja-style course, battle-team room and climbing walls — in part of the former Bon-Ton space at the Westfield Shops. Jia Min “Johnny” Chen of Groton, Connecticut, said Friday that he hopes to open Fun Z Trampoline Park as soon as possible. It’ll be his first trampoline park.

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    4. Massachusetts down 4,000 private sector jobs as unemployment tics up

      Massachusetts down 4,000 private sector jobs as unemployment tics up

      Unemployment in Massachusetts edged up a tenth of percentage point in May, while jobs figures show the state lost 4,000 private-sector jobs. The statewide unemployment rate is 3%, according to figures released Friday by the state Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development. In April, unemployment fell by a tenth of one percentage point to 2.9%, The Massachusetts unemployment rate fell below 3% for the first time since December of 2000.

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    5. Delaney’s Market in Springfield plans Wednesday opening

      Delaney’s Market in Springfield plans Wednesday opening

      Owner Peter Rosskothen will host a grand opening for his second Delaney’s Market store at 1365 Main St. in Springfield at 4 p.m. Wednesday. “We are excited to have the Honorable Domenic J. Sarno, Mayor of the City of Springfield, preside over the ceremony," Rosskothen said in a news release. "We are also looking forward to welcoming press, supporters and friends to this special event."

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    6. CTrail ridership in Springfield totals 11K after first year; Union Station welcomed 2.5 million passengers

      CTrail ridership in Springfield totals 11K after first year; Union Station welcomed 2.5 million passengers

      Ridership on CTrail’s Hartford Line trains to and from Springfield has hovered just above 1,000 passengers a month according to Union Station visitor numbers provided by the Springfield Redevelopment Authority. Through its first 11 full months of operation, July 2018 through May 2019, CTrail trains have carried 11,570 people to and from Union Station in Springfield. The CTrail Hartford Line commuter rail service began operating out of the renovated terminal in June 2018.

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    7. Hayden Corp. of West Springfield marking its 100th anniversary

      Hayden Corp. of West Springfield marking its 100th anniversary

      Hayden Corp., in the words of its retired president John O. Hayden, is in the business of throwing spitballs against a stucco wall and making them stick. Only employees at Hayden, located in a nondescript building along the railroad tracks at 333 River St., hurl those spitballs with a rocket engine, said his son and current company president Daniel C. Hayden.

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    8. Five Guys burger restaurant opening in Chicopee; franchise owner has scouted other potential Western Massachusetts locations

      Five Guys burger restaurant opening in Chicopee; franchise owner has scouted other potential Western Massachusetts locations

      Five Guys will open its newest restaurant Monday, June 24, on Memorial Drive in Chicopee. There, it’ll join almost every other fast-food brand known to humankind next door to a Buffalo Wild Wings, across the street from a Chick-fil-A and with a Denny’s, Chipotle and Friendly’s nearby. “We don’t want to be the only restaurant,” said Rush Blankenship, franchise district manager for Hyde Park Ventures, owners of this Five Guys location. “We want to be able to enhance the variety of choices consumers have in this busy area.”

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    9. Creating pathways: Springfield’s Tech Foundry celebrates latest graduates, $50K grant from MassTech

      Creating pathways: Springfield’s Tech Foundry celebrates latest graduates, $50K grant from MassTech

      Before she started training at Tech Foundry, Damaris Ortiz of Springfield didn’t know how to leap from classes at Springfield Technical Community College into the career she wanted working with computers. Erwin Bates of Ludlow was laid off in December and didn’t want to go back to the factory jobs he’d had since getting out of the Marines in 1994. "I'd always been interested in IT, hobby programming, learning on my own time," Bates said.

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    10. Entrepreneurs gather at Valley Venture Mentors for first-ever Springfield Innovation Fest

      Entrepreneurs gather at Valley Venture Mentors for first-ever Springfield Innovation Fest

      Frustrated with the always broken 3D printer at a makerspace in New London, Connecticut, Michael Molinari and three friends created Autodrop3d, an automated ejection system for 3D printers that removes the finished piece without a person having to touch it. Because that’s how printers get broken, Molinari said Wednesday at Autodrop3d’s booth at the Springfield Innovation Fest, hosted by Valley Venture Mentors in the new Springfield Innovation Center on Bridge Street.

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    11. Workforce, market-rate housing at South Hadley plaza will be driven by market need, owners say

      Workforce, market-rate housing at South Hadley plaza will be driven by market need, owners say

      Workforce housing, subsidized units targeted to households making about 80% of the community’s median income, will be part of the 72-unit apartment building proposed Wednesday for the former Big Y site in the Woodlawn Plaza, 501 Newton St. And the plaza owners hope to have Springfield-based Wayfinders housing agency manage the building. The building will be called The Park at Woodlawn, according to drawings shared Wednesday. It will be four stories tall and cover about a three-acre portion of the property.

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    12. Four-story building with 72 mixed-income apartments planned at South Hadley plaza

      Four-story building with 72 mixed-income apartments planned at South Hadley plaza

      The owners of a Newton Street shopping plaza plan to build a four-story building with 72 mixed-income apartments on a 3-acre portion of the site where a supermarket once stood. Three partners — Rocco Falcone of Rocky’s Hardware, Andy Yee of BEAN Restaurant Group and Peter Picknelly of Peter Pan Bus Lines bought the Woodlawn Shopping Plaza at 501 Newton St. in 2016 for $2.4 million. Big Y closed its store at the plaza in 2013.

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    13. The 126-acre Redemption Christian Academy in Northfield now in hands of California mortgage holder

      The 126-acre Redemption Christian Academy in Northfield now in hands of California mortgage holder

      Redemption Christian Academy handed its 126-acre campus at 154 South Mountain Road over to its mortgage lender last month to avoid foreclosure on the $1.96 million debt, according to documents on file with the Franklin County Registry of Deeds. The new owner is MWD Asset Servicing Inc., of San Diego, a unit of MWD Investment. MWD Investment, have been on site in Northfield for about a month, property manager Joe Jarvies said Tuesday.

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    14. What does Raytheon-UTC merger mean for Western Mass? Impact feared for those who commute to jobs in Windsor Locks, Farmington, Conn.

      What does Raytheon-UTC merger mean for Western Mass? Impact feared for those who commute to jobs in Windsor Locks, Farmington, Conn.

      Combined defense and aerospace giants Raytheon and United Technologies will be headquartered in Massachusetts — not Connecticut. Good news for the state, but what will be the impact of the merger, announced Monday, of the two companies into one company with an estimated $74 billion in sales for 2019 have in Western Massachusetts where many who work at UTC’s Connecticut factories and offices live and where small machine shops make components that end up in both company’s products.

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    15. Amtrak returns to Union Station concourse, new platform expected to open in four weeks

      Amtrak returns to Union Station concourse, new platform expected to open in four weeks

      Amtrak showed off its new ticket window Monday and checked luggage drop-off on the first floor of Union Station. The counter moves Amtrak customer service to the main concourse with the Peter Pan and Greyhound counters and vending machines selling tickets for both CTrail’s Hartford Line and its connecting Metro-North service. Amtrak is now just down the corridor from the PVTA intracity bus counter.

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    16. Fortune 500: Where did Massachusetts companies like MassMutual and General Electric rank? - masslive.com

      Fortune 500: Where did Massachusetts companies like MassMutual and General Electric rank? - masslive.com

      MassMutual is No. 84 on the Fortune 500 list of the largest companies, with $39.2 billion in revenue and $398 million in profits.  The prestigious list came out in the June edition of the magazine and online this week.  It’s MassMutual’s 25th year on the list, Fortune said. Last year it was ranked at 93. MassMutual has been in the coveted Fortune 100 since 2013.

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    17. White Lion Brewing seeks Springfield City Council OK for downtown brewery, tap room

      White Lion Brewing seeks Springfield City Council OK for downtown brewery, tap room

      White Lion Brewing goes before the Springfield City Council June 24 for the special permit it needs to build a brewery and tap room in Tower Square. City Council hearings begin at 6:30 in City Hall. White Lion needs a special permit for light manufacturing in a Business C zone, a zone that normally wouldn’t allow that type of use, said White Lion general manager and founder Raymond Berry.

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    18. U.S. Rep. Richard Neal, employers, to talk work force development at STCC

      U.S. Rep. Richard Neal, employers, to talk work force development at STCC

      Employers will gather Monday at Springfield Technical Community College to talk about preparing potential applicants for jobs that businesses are having trouble filling. U.S. Rep. Richard Neal is the keynote speaker. The event is organized by the college and the Western Massachusetts chapter of the National Tooling and Machining Association, a local trade organization of precision manufacturers.

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    19. Wellfleet insurance moving into ‘inspirational’ space in Springfield’s Tower Square; name will appear on building

      Wellfleet insurance moving into ‘inspirational’ space in Springfield’s Tower Square; name will appear on building

      Wellfleet’s new office space on the 10th, 11th and 12th floors of Tower Square is “inspirational”, company president and CEO Drew DiGiorgio said Friday at a news conference formally announcing the company’s move downtown. Wellfleet has outgrown its space on Roosevelt Avenue and is expanding to Tower Square, taking over about 50,000 square feet of office space in the 28-floor tower. MassMutual subsidiary Barings previously occupied the space.

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    20. 'It will pass the House’: U.S. Rep. Richard Neal says he’ll introduce resolution to stop President Donald Trump’s proposed tariffs on Mexico

      'It will pass the House’: U.S. Rep. Richard Neal says he’ll introduce resolution to stop President Donald Trump’s proposed tariffs on Mexico

      Neal, a Springfield Democrat and chairman of the House Ways & Means Committee, delivered a keynote address at the annual meeting of the Western Massachusetts Economic Development Council. A resolution of disapproval is a way for Congress to overturn a new federal agency rule, and Neal said the move could block the tariffs. He said he is working in consultation with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer.

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    21. New Springfield Chief Development officer Timothy Sheehan says it’s not about the buildings -- it’s about community impact

      New Springfield Chief Development officer Timothy Sheehan says it’s not about the buildings -- it’s about community impact

      For Timothy T. Sheehan, the city’s new chief development officer, economic development isn’t just about bricks and mortar for the sake of construction. "It's about what the building means to the community," Sheehan said Wednesday following an introductory news conference at Springfield City Hall. "Those buildings can mean jobs, they can mean excitement for our community. They can mean entertainment and residents and feet on the street."

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    22. Savage Arms of Westfield and Conklin Office Furniture in Holyoke train workers through state grants

      Savage Arms of Westfield and Conklin Office Furniture in Holyoke train workers through state grants

      With $287,000 in state grant money, two local companies are having employees trained through Training & Workforce Options, a collaborative workforce development program at Springfield Technical Community College and Holyoke Community College.Westfield-based firearms manufacturer Savage Arms received $238,485 from the state’s Workforce Training Fund for customized training for 67 workers, according to a press release. Employees are training now on computer numerical control (CNC) machines at STCC’s Smith & Wesson Technology Applications Center, a machine-tool lab and classroom complex at the Springfield Technology Park.

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