1. Articles from Jim Kinney

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    1. Dissolving Hampshire Council of Governments could shift programs to other organizations

      Dissolving Hampshire Council of Governments could shift programs to other organizations

      The Franklin Council of Governments in Greenfield might expand its own collective purchasing programs to take over some of the work done by the soon-to-disappear Hampshire Council of Governments in Northampton. Both agencies grew out of the dissolution of county governments in the 1990s. Both help towns, nonprofits, school districts, fire departments and the like band together to buy road salt and other materials at a better price.

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    2. David Panagore, key figure in Springfield financial turnaround, will be executive at the T

      David Panagore, key figure in Springfield financial turnaround, will be executive at the T

      David B. Panagore, who helped guide Springfield out of a financial crisis more than a decade ago, has taken a top management position with the MBTA. Panagore has accepted the position of chief administrative officer, the transportation agency announced this week. Panagore will report to the general manager, Steve Poftak, and he will be responsible for overseeing the MBTA’s administrative and financial functions, according to a message sent to MBTA staffers. He starts May 13.

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    3. Dream Destinations Travel Show brings top destinations to MGM Springfield

      Dream Destinations Travel Show brings top destinations to MGM Springfield

      Want to get away? The Dream Destinations Travel Show — sponsored by AAA Travel and The Republican — on Sunday offers savings on cruises, vacations, ravel and road trips with more than 75 exhibitors, prizes, giveaways, show deals on travel and one-stop planning and booking. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at MGM Springfield’s Aria Ballroom on the second floor.

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    4. Crane lifts Platform C into place at Springfield Union Station

      Crane lifts Platform C into place at Springfield Union Station

      Cranes this week are lifting sections of precast concrete walkway onto the upper portions of Springfield Union Station for the new handicapped-accessible Platform C. Platform C couldn’t open two years ago with the rest of the refurbished Union Station because it wasn’t wide enough to meet modern handicapped accessibility rules under the Americans with Disabilities Act. The city and the Springfield Redevelopment Authority, which owns the station, tried but failed to get a waiver.

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    5. Big E makes $230K donation to West Springfield fund

      Big E makes $230K donation to West Springfield fund

      The Eastern States Exposition donated $236,000 to The Big E/West Springfield Trust Fund Tuesday, the second-largest donation in the fund’s 25-year-history. The 2018 donation of $240,198 was the largest in history. Eastern States Exposition President and CEO, Eugene J. Cassidy presented a check to Mayor William Reichelt Tuesday afternoon.

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    6. Gov. Charlie Baker is this year’s UMass Amherst commencement speaker

      Gov. Charlie Baker is this year’s UMass Amherst commencement speaker

      Gov. Charlie Baker will be the featured commencement speaker at the University of Massachusetts Amherst next month, UMass announced Wednesday. Baker is expected to address a crowd of about 20,000 at 4:30 p.m. Friday, May 10 at McGuirk Alumni Stadium. The university said about 5,500 undergraduates will receive their bachelor’s degrees at the at the ceremony.

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    7. Charter school pays $2.35M for church complex in West Springfield

      Charter school pays $2.35M for church complex in West Springfield

      Hampden Charter School of Science West, which opened last fall at the former Immaculate Conception-St. Francis Xavier Cabrini complex, has bought the property from the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield for $2.35 million. The purchase, recorded in late March at the Hampden County Registry of Deeds, includes 3.3 acres of land between Main Street and Route 5, a parking lot and buildings including the former church, school, convent, rectory and a two-car garage.

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    8. Former Springfield church demolished to make way for medical offices

      Former Springfield church demolished to make way for medical offices

      Developer Fran Cataldo has demolished the former Gardner Memorial AME Zion Church at 90 Carew St. just less than a year after acquiring the property from DevelopSpringfield. Cataldo plans to build a 13,000-square-foot medical office building at the site, he said. Construction on the $3 million project will begin in mid May. “I think its exciting for the neighborhood,” Cataldo said.

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    9. For Balise, Springfield’s South End is where it all started and where the future lies (map)

      For Balise, Springfield’s South End is where it all started and where the future lies (map)

      Balise Auto Group’s announcement Tuesday that it will build a $6 million Mazda dealership is the next step in a series of investments it has made or plans to make in the South End. The company has bought $4.7 million worth of property in the neighborhood since April 2016. Balise now owns most of three city blocks, located south of MGM Springfield.

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    10. Gift-ology closing Western Mass. stores; chain once had 20 locations

      Gift-ology closing Western Mass. stores; chain once had 20 locations

      The Hannoush family is closing its Gift-ology stores at the Longmeadow Shops and Holyoke Mall with signs at the Longmeadow shop promising discounts of 20 to 75 % off. The Gift-ology department at Hannoush Jewelry in the Hampshire Mall and a Scottsdale, Arizona, store will remain open. The Longmeadow Shops store will close in June, employees there said. Camile Hannoush, the executive in charge of the Gift-ology brand.

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    11. Friendly’s closes restaurants in Framingham, Holden and 20 other locations (list) - masslive.com

      Friendly’s closes restaurants in Framingham, Holden and 20 other locations (list) - masslive.com

      Friendly’s, citing expiring leases and a need to reduce its network in a competitive environment, closed more restaurant locations over the weekend, including one at the Stop & Shop plaza in Framingham, Holden and 20 more, including one in New Hampshire, and others in western and central New York state.  A Waltham location closed last week and was including in the most recent news release from the company bringing the total to 23.

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    12. Springfield YMCA plans child care, fitness center at Tower Square; will sell Chestnut Street building

      Springfield YMCA plans child care, fitness center at Tower Square; will sell Chestnut Street building

      The YMCA of Greater Springfield is moving child care and fitness programs from its building at 265 Chestnut St. to Tower Square. The move is designed to reinvigorate both the Y and the 180,000-square-foot downtown mall that’s been devoid of much activity in recent decades. "We are confident that we are going to see growth in our membership," said Dexter Johnson, president and CEO of the YMCA of Greater Springfield.

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    13. Chestnut Tower renamed Skyview Downtown as owners prepare to renovate troubled Springfield apartment complex

      Chestnut Tower renamed Skyview Downtown as owners prepare to renovate troubled Springfield apartment complex

      Goodbye Chestnut Tower, hello Skyview Downtown. Related Companies, owners of Springfield’s beleaguered 489-unit Chestnut Tower high rise apartment complex, have changed its name to Skyview Downtown just before construction begins on $50 million worth of top-to-bottom renovations. The name started appearing last month in ads soliciting tenants for 1-, 2-, or 3-bedroom affordable housing apartments at 43-year-old complex near Springfield’s downtown. Prospective tenants will enter a lottery for apartments as they become available and must earn between $33,900 and $79,650 a year, according to the ad.

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    14. Iya Sushi and Noodle Kitchen in Amherst: Growing business and growing a relationship for the Yees, Picknellys and Vanns

      Iya Sushi and Noodle Kitchen in Amherst: Growing business and growing a relationship for the Yees, Picknellys and Vanns

      Peter A. Picknelly stood in the unfinished Iya Sushi and Noodle Kitchen restaurant and looked out at traffic moving on Amherst’s busy Pleasant Street. "You are going to make a lot of money here," he said to Andy Yee before Yee caught him. “We,” Picknelly corrected himself. “We are going to make a lot of money here.” Iya, expected to open in May, will be the sixth restaurant owned in partnership by the Yee family’s Bean Restaurant Group, Picknelly, the chairman and CEO of Peter Pan Bus Lines, and father-and-son business consultants Michael K. Vann and Kevin B ...

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    15. U.S. Mint hosts contest for Basketball Hall of Fame coin

      U.S. Mint hosts contest for Basketball Hall of Fame coin

      The United States Mint is hosting a design competition looking for artists capable of creating the obverse, or heads, side of new commemorative U.S. Coins celebrating the game of basketball and benefitting the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. The winning artist will receive $5,000. The winner’s initials will be included on the coins, according to a news release Thursday from the Hall of Fame.

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    16. Original Western Mass Home & Garden Show returns this weekend

      Original Western Mass Home & Garden Show returns this weekend

      The Original Western Mass Home & Garden Show promises 350 vendors specializing in all aspects of the home and garden improvement and maintenance with more than 600 booths at the Eastern States Exposition grounds this weekend. The four-day show, which begins Thursday, is put on each year by Home Builders & Remodelers Association of Western Massachusetts.

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    17. New CVS, Cumberland Farms seen as key to Springfield development

      New CVS, Cumberland Farms seen as key to Springfield development

      CVS or Cumberland Farms may not sound like exciting additions to Springfield’s retail mix. But they are necessary, if unglamorous, additions if Springfield wants people to work, play, shop and live in the downtown, said developer Charles Irving of Boston-based Davenport Companies. This firm has a deal with CVS to build a $2 million store in its Davenport Square property across Main Street from the $960 million MGM Springfield casino.

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    18. The Republican introduces POP Network news and advertising video screens - masslive.com

      The Republican introduces POP Network news and advertising video screens - masslive.com

      Shoppers and travelers in Greater Springfield are noticing the POP Network, The Republican’s latest news and advertising product.  The POP Network — the acronym stands for “point of purchase” — is 33 video screens in 24 locations including retailers and Springfield Union Station. They play a silent, 7-minute loop of news content and advertisements, with each news video or advertisement lasting 15 seconds.

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    19. East Windsor anticipates $8.5 million a year from Tribal Winds casino - masslive.com

      East Windsor anticipates $8.5 million a year from Tribal Winds casino - masslive.com

      The Mohegans and Mashantucket Pequots are ready to start construction of their Tribal Winds casino now that the Department of the Interior has given a final OK to the expansion of tribal gaming.  Now it’s up to the small town where the $300 million to $400 million casino would be built to react and to prepare. The tribes plan to build on the former Showcase Cinema property of Interstate 91, but still need town approval.

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