1. Articles from Jim Kinney

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    1. FunZ Trampoline Park approved for Bon-Ton space in Westfield Shops

      FunZ Trampoline Park approved for Bon-Ton space in Westfield Shops

      FunZ Trampoline Park, part of a plan to help the Westfield Shops bounce back from the loss of key retail tenants, has its special use permit from the Westfield City Council. Jia Min “Johnny” Chen of Groton, Connecticut, said he has plans to build an indoor trampoline park with rope course, “ninja-warrior” obstacles and basketball and dodgeball courts in the 50,000-square-foot former Bon-Ton department store space in the East Main Street plaza.

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    2. Crepes Tea House of West Springfield prepares Southwick location; 9-year-old restaurant focuses on Eastern European fare

      Crepes Tea House of West Springfield prepares Southwick location; 9-year-old restaurant focuses on Eastern European fare

      Promising farm-fresh ingredients and Eastern European foods made in the authentic, old-country way, Crepes Tea House will open a Southwick location later this summer. Arturas Ribinskas, an owner, said Crepes has closed restaurants in the Enfield Square Mall and Holyoke Mall and will focus now on the location in West Springfield, at 261 Union St., and the new location at 157 Feeding Hills Road in Southwick.

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    3. Jazz concert series brings life back to shuttered CityStage while owner Springfield Parking Authority seeks long-term plan

      Jazz concert series brings life back to shuttered CityStage while owner Springfield Parking Authority seeks long-term plan

      CityStage, closed since December, will reopen with four jazz concerts from September to December while the Springfield Parking Authority, which owns the building, comes up with a long-term plan for the venue. “We don’t want the space to be dark,” Thomas D. Moore, interim executive director of the Springfield Parking Authority, said Tuesday.

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    4. At forum in Amherst, state higher education chief to talk about challenges private colleges are facing

      At forum in Amherst, state higher education chief to talk about challenges private colleges are facing

      Massachusetts Commissioner of Higher Education Carlos E. Santiago will be in town later this month to explain how the state wants to monitor the financial health of private colleges to predict — and prevent — sudden closures that leave staffers out of work and students scrambling to finish their degrees. The meeting, one of several scheduled around the state over the summer, runs 1 to 4 p.m. on Friday, July 26, at Amherst Town Hall, 4 Boltwood Ave. The event is open to the public.

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    5. Chef Wayne Hooker opens Big Mamou Cajun on the Go outside Mardi Gras in downtown Springfield

      Chef Wayne Hooker opens Big Mamou Cajun on the Go outside Mardi Gras in downtown Springfield

      The aroma — the scent of meat slow cooking in a smoker, of Cajun spices, of cornbread — is Chef Wayne Hooker’s secret weapon. It filled the parking lot of the Mardi Gras, 350 Grill and Smokey Joe’s Cigar Lounge at 350 Worthington St. Tuesday for the soft opening of his Chef Wayne’s Big Mamou Cajun on the Go kiosk. The new venture opens Wednesday, and its regular hours will be 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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    6. Springfield’s CRRC, Philadelphia transit system agree to delay delivery of commuter rail cars

      Springfield’s CRRC, Philadelphia transit system agree to delay delivery of commuter rail cars

      CRRC MA and the Philadelphia area’s transit system have agreed to a six-month extension on the delivery deadline for 45 Springfield-built double-decker commuter rail cars, in part so welds on the car shells can be checked out. The delay became public at a meeting of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority board last week.

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    7. ‘Bullish on downtown Springfield’: Gov. Charlie Baker, U.S. Rep. Richard Neal, hail Paramount Theater and Massasoit House Hotel project

      ‘Bullish on downtown Springfield’: Gov. Charlie Baker, U.S. Rep. Richard Neal, hail Paramount Theater and Massasoit House Hotel project

      The New England Farm Workers Council ceremonially broke ground Monday on the long-planned but oft-delayed $38-million rehab of the Paramount Theater and Massasoit House Hotel. “It’s a great day,” said Heriberto Flores president of the New England Farm Workers Council and developer of the historic building. “A lot of things had to come together for us to get here.”

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    8. Westfield Friendly’s near Massachusetts Turnpike exit expected to close; Pride restarting plans for new station, store

      Westfield Friendly’s near Massachusetts Turnpike exit expected to close; Pride restarting plans for new station, store

      Friendly’s is expected to close its restaurant near the Massachusetts Turnpike exit after its lease expires in November, according to the owner of Pride, the Springfield-based convenience store and gas station chain that owns the property and much of the land around it.Anticipating that the property will be vacant, Pride CEO Robert Bolduc restarted talks with the Westfield Planning Board over the past 10 days. Bolduc has long planned to build a Pride store at the site, which is located on an access road named — for the moment at least — Friendly’s Way.

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    9. Red Lion Inn to manage Massasoit House Hotel as part of Paramount Theater renovation in downtown Springfield

      Red Lion Inn to manage Massasoit House Hotel as part of Paramount Theater renovation in downtown Springfield

      Main Street Hospitality — owners of the Red Lion Inn in Stockbridge, Hotel on North in Pittsfield and other rehabbed historic properties — will run the rehabbed Massasoit House Hotel as part of the $38 million rehab of the Massasoit Block and the Paramount Theater. The building, which dominates a Main Street block not far from the recently renovated Union Station, dates back to 1843 and itself grew when the railroad first came to Springfield.

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    10. MGM Springfield closes Starbucks, plans VIP lounge in space

      MGM Springfield closes Starbucks, plans VIP lounge in space

      MGM Springfield closed the Starbucks location in its hotel lobby Thursday to make way for a new VIP lounge. MGM workers who’d been assigned to the Starbucks now work elsewhere in the casino, said Saverio Mancini, director of communications for the $1 billion resort that opened less than 11 months ago. Options for casino visitors in need of a caffeine fix include the Gelato & Espresso in the South End Market food court, Mancini said.

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    11. Robert Charland, Heriberto Flores, Charles Casartello named Pynchon Award winners by Advertising Club of Western Massachusetts

      Robert Charland, Heriberto Flores, Charles Casartello named Pynchon Award winners by Advertising Club of Western Massachusetts

      A man who restores bicycles for underprivileged children, the founder of a human services agency, and a lawyer who started a road race to benefit a food pantry are the 2019 inductees into the Order of William Pynchon. The Advertising Club of Western Massachusetts announced Wednesday that this year’s Pynchon Awards recipients are Charles R. Casartello Jr., Robert Charland and Heriberto Flores.

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    12. PeoplesBank preserves Yankee Pedlar memories on site of Holyoke landmark

      PeoplesBank preserves Yankee Pedlar memories on site of Holyoke landmark

      PeoplesBank president and CEO Thomas Senecal said that anyone could have bought the failed Yankee Pedlar restaurant property on Northampton Street. “But most buyers wouldn’t have done what we did with it,” he said. What the Holyoke-based bank did was to preserve the original Hildreth House mansion as a community room and meeting space, while building a state-of-the-art banking center and branch office. While Senecal wouldn’t say how much the new office costs, he said it is more expensive than an average new bank branch.

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    13. 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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    14. 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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    15. 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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    16. 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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    17. 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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    18. 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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    19. 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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    20. 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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    21. 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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    22. 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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