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    1. ‘This is my family’: Filmmaker Ken Burns kicks off $60M fundraising campaign for Hampshire College

      ‘This is my family’: Filmmaker Ken Burns kicks off $60M fundraising campaign for Hampshire College

      Ken Burns, the documentary filmmaker who tells America about its past, came to his alma mater Tuesday to talk about what he sees as a bright future for Hampshire College. “Even though I am a historian, I am a futurist in this role,” said Burns, who graduated in 1975 and whose thesis was a documentary about Old Sturbridge Village. “I’m optimistic.”

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    2. Springfield Union Station hosts city schools for holiday music showcase

      Springfield Union Station hosts city schools for holiday music showcase

      Union Station, the Springfield Public Schools and iHeartMedia are working together to make sure the main concourse at the transportation hub is filled with the sounds of the season. The five-day music series begins in front of the Christmas tree on Monday, Dec. 16, at noon with a performance by the students from The Warner School and concludes Friday, Dec. 20, with a two-hour evening concert courtesy of West Mass Brass .

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    3. Delaney’s Market closes in downtown Springfield; owners vow to try again as residential population grows

      Delaney’s Market closes in downtown Springfield; owners vow to try again as residential population grows

      Restaurateur Peter Rosskothen and his team closed the Delaney’s Market location at 1365 Main St. in November, but vow to bring back the quality-meals-to-go concept once the downtown’s residential population has grown. “We were a little ahead of the curve with downtown,” staffers wrote on a poster in a window at the storefront. “There are amazing things happening in Springfield, therefore we wish we had waited a year or two as the residential population further develops. ... We are committed to trying again in a year or two. We know the concept works in suburban areas so downtown is ...

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    4. Polish National Credit Union closing Exchange Street branch following renovations to nearby Chicopee offices

      Polish National Credit Union closing Exchange Street branch following renovations to nearby Chicopee offices

      Polish National Credit Union plans to close its Exchange Street location. An announcement has been posted on the credit union’s website. The decision follows the recent elimination of Thursday, Friday and Saturday hours at Exchange Street location last week. There is no date given for the expected closure.

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    5. Southwick Country Club demolition underway; high-end housing being built

      Southwick Country Club demolition underway; high-end housing being built

      Demolition began this week of the old clubhouse building at Southwick Country Club as the high-end housing development now being built on the old course enters the next phase of construction. Construction for The Greens of Southwick on the west side of Routes 10 and 202 began in spring 2019 and more than 50% of those lots have been sold, according to a statement Tuesday from the developers and from Rovithis Realty.

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    6. Student Prince owners to open Wurst Haus, German-themed bar, at McLadden’s in Northampton

      Student Prince owners to open Wurst Haus, German-themed bar, at McLadden’s in Northampton

      Northampton has a reputation as a Bohemian town, soon it’ll have a taste of not only Bohemia, but of Bavaria and Fort Street in Springfield. Restaurant partners led by Andy Yee and Peter Picknelly closed the McLadden’s location at 27 Pleasant St. on Monday and are renovating it into the Wurst Haus, a casual German-themed bar restaurant based around the venerable Student Prince Cafe and The Fort Dining Room in downtown Springfield.

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    7. Wilson’s department store in Greenfield closing after 137 years

      Wilson’s department store in Greenfield closing after 137 years

      Wilson’s, the region’s last remaining downtown department store, is closing with the retirement of company president Kevin J. O’Neil. The liquidation sale begins on Black Friday, Nov. 29, at 9 a.m. “After more than 38 years at Wilson’s, I have decided to retire. The time has come to enter a new phase of my life to enjoy more time with my wife and family,” O’Neil wrote. “As a result of my decision there will be a store closing sale and liquidation of all merchandise.”

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    8. Berkshire Wind turns on two more turbines; hits 19.6 megawatts atop Brodie Mountain in Hancock

      Berkshire Wind turns on two more turbines; hits 19.6 megawatts atop Brodie Mountain in Hancock

      Berkshire Wind has reached commercial operation with its two newest turbines, each rated at 2.3 megawatts each, according to Massachusetts Municipal Wholesale Electric Co., which is one of the owners. Construction on the second phase of the project, located in the towns of Hancock and Lanesborough, began in January. The project was financed with a private placement of $11.78 million.

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    9. ’Oh Lawdy’ — that’s the name of a sandwich — Granny’s Baking Table opens in downtown Springfield

      ’Oh Lawdy’ — that’s the name of a sandwich — Granny’s Baking Table opens in downtown Springfield

      Granny’s Baking Table in downtown Springfield has fresh biscuits, beignets, pies and coffee. What the bakery/restaurant, which opened Monday, Nov. 18, in a former dress shop at 309 Bridge St., doesn’t have is public WiFi and little tables for one or two people. Instead, co-owner Sonya Yelder points to the one long table surrounded by chairs that takes up much of the dining room.

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    10. Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno recommends lowest property tax rates in a decade; cites growth in property values

      Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno recommends lowest property tax rates in a decade; cites growth in property values

      Springfield’s property tax rates would go down under a proposal made Thursday by Springfield Mayor Domenic J. Sarno. Citing a rise in property values, Sarno proposed a residential tax rate of $19.52 per $1,000 of assessed value and $39.26 for commercial, industrial, and personal property. The current rates are $19.68 and $39.30, respectively.

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    11. In second season, ValleyBike Share trips increased 42%; program to expand in 2020

      In second season, ValleyBike Share trips increased 42%; program to expand in 2020

      With ValleyBike Share’s second season drawing to a close, organizers say the short-term rental program had a busy year, with the number of trips increasing over 40%. Riders rolled up 196,000 miles this year, compared to 84,00 miles in the abbreviated first year of operation in 2018, said Wayne Feiden, Northampton’s director of planning and sustainability and one of the officials behind ValleyBike Share.

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    12. People’s United closing branches following United Bank merger

      People’s United closing branches following United Bank merger

      Connecticut-based People’s United Bank plans to close three Springfield-area branches in April as part of its takeover of the former United Bank. The branches, closing because they are near other locations, are:

      • a former United branch at 1355 Boston Road in Springfield;
      • a former United Branch at 1414 Main St. in Springfield, at Monarch Place;
      • a location at 85 Elm St. in West Springfield that People’s United bought in 2018 from Farmington Bank.
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    13. Springfield tax levy set at $216.3M; rates to be determined

      Springfield tax levy set at $216.3M; rates to be determined

      The city’s tax levy — the total amount of real estate and personal property taxes it expects to bill in the current fiscal year — will be $216.3 million. That’s up from $205.3 million last year, said Springfield Assessor Richard J. Allen. The 5.4% increase is driven by a $5.9 million jump in the total value of all the real estate and taxable personal property in Springfield, including business and industrial equipment and tools, Allen said.

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    14. Breakthrough Worship Center opens at former Melha Shriners building in Springfield

      Breakthrough Worship Center opens at former Melha Shriners building in Springfield

      Breakthrough Worship Center plans to show off its new location at the former Melha Shrine Center on 133 Longhill St. with a ribbon cutting ceremony Sunday, Nov. 24, at 10:30 a.m. "The BWC community is excited about the grand opening of this building as it will allow us to expand our ministry to the Lord and add more activities that will serve the community we live in, said Pastor Dmitriy Mozolevskiy in a news release.

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    15. ‘We just don’t think it is fair’: Businesses speak out ahead of annual Springfield commercial vs. residential tax argument

      ‘We just don’t think it is fair’: Businesses speak out ahead of annual Springfield commercial vs. residential tax argument

      Springfield officials are deciding how much of the city’s property tax levy — the total amount in taxes it will bill for the fiscal year — will be paid by owners of residential property and how much will be paid by businesses. The city relies on money from taxes on residential property and from businesses in taxes on commercial property, industrial property and what’s called “personal property” owned by businesses, such as tools and equipment.

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    16. Legion Paper plans distribution hub at former Canson Paper plant in South Hadley

      Legion Paper plans distribution hub at former Canson Paper plant in South Hadley

      Legion Paper announced this week that it has opened a new distribution center for its fine art paper business at the former Canson paper converting plant at 21 Industrial Drive. Canson Inc., a maker of fine papers for art and photo printing, closed its plant and laid off 67 people earlier this year as operations were consolidated in Wisconsin. Canson’s owners — Italian conglomerate Fabbrica Italiana Lapis ed Affini S.p.A., or FILA — purchased Pacon Corp. of Wisconsin in 2018.

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    17. ‘With a tournament on the line’ Callaway Golf finishes $40M expansion, adds staff to Chicopee golf ball factory

      ‘With a tournament on the line’ Callaway Golf finishes $40M expansion, adds staff to Chicopee golf ball factory

      Jobs making golf balls at Callaway Golf Ball Operations Inc. in Chicopee come with all the usual benefits plus one unique perk: Company-paid visits to Annie’s Driving Range. If you are going to make golf balls, you must know about golf. “It’s all part of our on-boarding,” said Vincent J. Simonds, senior director, global golf ball operations for Callaway. “I want people to think about the quality and consistency of each ball they make. Is this a ball they would want to put into play on a golf course with a tournament on the line?”

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    18. Smith & Wesson parent company splits in two; firearm maker retains name, will be headquartered in Springfield

      Smith & Wesson parent company splits in two; firearm maker retains name, will be headquartered in Springfield

      Smith & Wesson changed its name to American Outdoor Brands in 2016 as part of a diversification push — the opposite corporate strategy from the one announced Wednesday.Smith & Wesson has has 1,600 employees at its Springfield manufacturing plant. New companies Smith & Wesson Brands Inc., based in Springfield, will encompass the firearms business, and American Outdoor Brands Inc. will include the outdoor products and accessories businesses, which sell everything from pocketknives to saws and gun cleaning supplies. Corporate spokeswoman Liz Sharp didn’t respond to emailed questions Wednesday

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    19. Survey: Western Massachusetts tourism up thanks marketing, Dr. Seuss museum, MGM

      Survey: Western Massachusetts tourism up thanks marketing, Dr. Seuss museum, MGM

      Visitors to Springfield and the rest of Hampden, Hampshire and Franklin counties are more likely to be millennials, wealthier and spending more than they did three years ago, before MGM Springfield and the Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum opened.The latest Western Mass Visitor Profile survey results, released Wednesday by the Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau, showed the share of visitors to the region ages 18-24 climbed from 10% in 2013 to 19% in 2019. Visitors ages 25-34 years old increased from 25% in 2013 to 28% in 2019.

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