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    1. The Loop, free bus service connecting downtown Springfield attractions, debuts with MGM the destination for most riders

      The Loop, free bus service connecting downtown Springfield attractions, debuts with MGM the destination for most riders

      The Loop debuted Friday afternoon, and while the free bus service connects several downtown attractions, its inaugural run was all about the grand opening of the MGM Springfield resort casino. Shirley Grahan, of Northampton, waited for that first run of The Loop at Union Station, about a mile away from MGM Springfield. She and the two dozen other riders only had one destination in mind - the casino.

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    2. New Western Massachusetts Pride station to boast dozen Tesla charging stations

      New Western Massachusetts Pride station to boast dozen Tesla charging stations

      The Pride gas station and food mart here could open the first week in August, said Pride owner Robert Bolduc this week. Work began on the site that includes a 7,400-square foot store last August.  The food mart will include a deli, bakery, a Subway sandwich shop and baristas dispensing coffee and a drive-through window. Beer and wine will also be sold and the license is set to be released when the store has a certificate of occupancy.

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    3. UMass Amherst tuition costs held at bay by efficiency, spokeswoman says

      UMass Amherst tuition costs held at bay by efficiency, spokeswoman says

      If the financial projections hold, University of Massachusetts Amherst students will see a $188 tuition-fee increase per semester in fiscal 2019, or a 2.5 percent increase over fiscal 2018 costs. This does not include the $50 increase to the Student Activity Fee, which students approved in December to help support renovations to the Student Union. "Tuition increases are kept at a minimum by an efficiency and effectiveness program throughout the campus," wrote UMass spokeswoman Mary Dettloff.

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    4. Gov. Charlie Baker praises 130-unit North Amherst housing project at groundbreaking

      Gov. Charlie Baker praises 130-unit North Amherst housing project at groundbreaking

      Gov. Charlie Baker and other officials were among nearly 100 people who filled a tent and spilled out onto the lawn Thursday afternoon to celebrate the groundbreaking for North Square at the Mill District, a 130-unit housing project that includes 26 affordable homes. Beacon Communities, the project developer, secured state low-income tax credits in December, necessary to help finance the project.  "This is a complete re-imagination of how this site at this point in time and into the future should be designed to support this community and its future," Baker said. "These are the kinds of things that we as ...

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    5. Gov. Charlie Baker expected at groundbreaking for North Amherst housing project

      Gov. Charlie Baker expected at groundbreaking for North Amherst housing project

      Gov. Charlie Baker is expected to be on hand Thursday to celebrate Beacon Communities' 130-unit housing project in North Amherst's Mill District. According to his deputy press secretary, the governor is planning to attend the 2 p.m. groundbreaking ceremony. State, local and project officials are also expected to speak. Work on the project began earlier this spring.

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    6. Amherst chamber hires Claudia Pazmany as director

      Amherst chamber hires Claudia Pazmany as director

      The Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce has hired a new executive director, the first full-time director in nearly a year. Claudia Pazmany, who lives in town, was chosen from a handful of candidates the chamber's board interviewed. Chamber President Peter Vickery said the search was done by word of mouth. Chamber members were looking for the right person for the job, he said, and Pazmany was just that person.

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    7. Hadley property, once considered for homes and a solar farm, preserved as open space

      Hadley property, once considered for homes and a solar farm, preserved as open space

      In 2016, Eversource was looking to sell 31 acres of land to a developer for a possible 14-unit subdivision, but now that same land on South Maple Street and Moody Bridge Road will be forever protected. Kestrel Land Trust has been working with the electric company to preserve the land as open space since it was first marketed.  The parcel will be added to the Fort River Division of the Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge with $680,000 coming from the state Land and Water Conservation Fund. The full price of the deal was not disclosed.

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    8. Amherst, Hampshire, Smith join college solar energy collaborative

      Amherst, Hampshire, Smith join college solar energy collaborative

      Five New England liberal arts colleges have joined together to create a solar power facility that will offset 46,000 megawatt-hours of their collective electrical use. The partnership represents the first collaborative purchase of New England-generated solar electricity by higher-education institutions, according to a press release. The facility will be built in Farmington, Maine, and is expected to open in 2019. Each of the colleges will purchase zero-carbon electricity from the site to reduce carbon emissions from campus electricity use. Participating colleges are Bowdoin in Brunswick, Maine, Amherst and Hampshire in Amherst, Smith College in Northampton and Williams College in ...

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    9. Hampshire College names Miriam 'Mim' Nelson as president to succeed Jonathan Lash

      Hampshire College names Miriam 'Mim' Nelson as president to succeed Jonathan Lash

      - Hampshire College has named Miriam E. Nelson, a health and nutrition scholar, scientist, university professor, higher education administrator and government policy adviser, as its seventh president. Nelson, the director of the Sustainability Institute at the University of New Hampshire, will replace Jonathan Lash, who announced last year he would retire in June. She starts July 1.

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    10. Community Foundation grant to help Springfield, Holyoke, Northampton, Amherst employ more...

      Community Foundation grant to help Springfield, Holyoke, Northampton, Amherst employ more...

      The Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts awarded the one-year grant of $133,000 to help schools in Springfield, Holyoke, Northampton and Amherst. The grant, which is being administered by the Five College Consortium, is intended to help the districts employ 20 new teachers of color by 2020.  Amherst Superintendent Michael Morris is hoping to begin by bringing three new teachers of color on board in his district. The grant will "help broaden our approach," to making the workforce more diverse, he said.

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    11. Could Tandem Bagel come to Amherst's Mill District?

      Could Tandem Bagel come to Amherst's Mill District?

      In the fall of 2013, Cinda Jones launched a petition drive to lure Atkins to the Mill District she was developing in North Amherst. Two years later, Atkins North opened. Now the president of WD Cowls, Inc. is hoping to lure Tandem Bagel to the space occupied by Bread & Butter, which will be closing soon.  "Maybe if we give them enough LOVE they'll consider coming to The Mill District! Let them hear the love!!!," Jones posted on the Mill District Facebook page, along with a link to Tandem's menu. In an email, Jones wrote, "they inquired about the ...

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    12. Campaign underway to bring John Olver Design Building at UMass Amherst another honor

      Campaign underway to bring John Olver Design Building at UMass Amherst another honor

      University of Massachusetts architecture professor Max Page is leading the charge to bring The John Olver Design Building at UMass even more attention. In a Facebook post, Page is reporting that the building, named one of the best new buildings last year by the Wall Street Journal, has the chance for another honor. The building was of nearly 50 selected as a Building of the Week by American-Architects and now that website is conducting a poll to determine which those earns the Building of the Year designation.

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    13. Beacon Communities gets tax credits needed to begin 130-unit North Amherst housing project

      Beacon Communities gets tax credits needed to begin 130-unit North Amherst housing project

      Beacon Communities will be able to proceed with its planned 130-unit housing project in North Amherst after state officials announced Tuesday the project will receive the low-income tax credits developers had been hoping for. State officials announced the funding in Holyoke as part of a $35 million package supporting affordable rental housing in Massachusetts.

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    14. UMass students vote to buy themselves a $50 million student union renovation

      UMass students vote to buy themselves a $50 million student union renovation

      Students this week voted to pay half the $50 million renovation cost by increasing student activity fees $100 annually. The UMass-Amherst campus has agreed to fund the other half. The Student Union referendum passed 1,246-1,012, with about 10 percent of the study body voting, about average for a student vote, said Student Government President Anthony Vitale.

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    15. Restaurant, apartment complex planned for vacant University Drive site in Amherst

      Restaurant, apartment complex planned for vacant University Drive site in Amherst

      Developer Barry Roberts is planning to build a 3,660-square-foot restaurant and a 26-unit, three-building apartment complex on vacant land near Newmarket Center on University Drive. He is seeking a special permit for both projects. Hearings resume before the Zoning Board of Appeals at 6 p.m. Dec. 7 The land is owned by former Amherst residents Mohammad and Shakeela Yasmeen Idress. Roberts plans to build a restaurant that will be operated by Jerry Jolly, who owns the Pub and Rafters, said lawyer Thomas Reidy.

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    16. Gov. Charlie Baker to reveal manufacturing grants at UMass

      Gov. Charlie Baker to reveal manufacturing grants at UMass

      Gov. Charlie Baker and Housing and Economic Development Secretary Jay Ash will reveal new manufacturing grants when they visit the University of Massachusetts Friday afternoon on National Manufacturing Day. The grants are part of the Massachusetts Manufacturing Innovation Initiative M212 that supports public-private research institutes to research emerging manufacturing technologies.   Baker and Ash will be joined by UMass officials, leading research institutions in the state, representatives from national manufacturing initiatives and executives from manufacturing firms from across the state, according to a press release.

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    17. New MedExpress Urgent Care center to open in Hadley

      New MedExpress Urgent Care center to open in Hadley

      The new MedExpress Urgent Care is set to open in Hadley Wednesday and is holding an open house Tuesday from noon to 2 p.m. for people to view the new facility.  The mission of the center is "to serve the neighborhood (as a) health care partner," said spokeswoman Ellen Dietrick, adding that the staff will provide "high quality affordable health care when they need it the most."

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    18. Around 400 from UMass Amherst to help fix up 21 sites across Western Mass.

      Around 400 from UMass Amherst to help fix up 21 sites across Western Mass.

      About four hundred University of Massachusetts students, faculty and staff members will get up early Saturday morning to prune and mulch, dust and paint at 21 sites in places including Springfield, Holyoke, Amherst and Turners Falls during the 6th annual Mass Impact Day. Projects including farming at Gardening the Community in Springfield, cleaning up Lake Wallace in Belchertown; painting, power washing and other work at the Holyoke Children's Museum; cleaning out two garages at the Fisher House in Amherst, among the myriad of projects.

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    19. Construction begins on Hadley Pride store, gas station at Aqua Vitae site

      Construction begins on Hadley Pride store, gas station at Aqua Vitae site

      Construction began Monday on a Pride gas station and food mart at the former site of the Aqua Vitae restaurant, nearly a decade after the landmark restaurant closed. Pride owner Robert Bolduc said he expects to open the business in about six months. He expects to employ about 30 workers, he said. Plans have shown show a 7,400-square-foot gas station and store on a two-acre portion of the 5.3-acre site. The 7,400-square foot store will include a deli, bakery, a Subway sandwich shop and baristas dispensing coffee, Bolduc said, and will feature a drive-through window. Beer and ...

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    20. Organic food growers and eaters welcome at 2017 Northeast Organic Farming Association conference at Hampshire College

      Organic food growers and eaters welcome at 2017 Northeast Organic Farming Association conference at Hampshire College

      The 43rd Northeast Organic Farming Association summer conference returns to Hampshire College this weekend. The three-day conference, which includes more than 100 workshops for everyone from farmers to gardeners and anyone interested in organic food, is a solutions-oriented “annual celebration of the grassroots organic movement,” according to publicity material.

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    21. Hadley planners considering proposal for new Manny's location

      Hadley planners considering proposal for new Manny's location

      The owners of the Hadley Village Shops have filed for site plan approval of construction of a 7,140-square-foot retail building that a town planner said is for Manny's TV and Appliances to relocate there. Planning Board member William Dwyer said a hearing on the proposal has been continued to Aug. 1. He said one page of the application includes a rendering of the building showing the Manny's logo. The Hadley Village Shops are at 41 Russell St. (Route 9), about a half-mile from the Calvin Coolidge Bridge and the Northampton border.

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    22. Eversource pulls plug on Hadley solar array, plans one in Franklin County instead

      Eversource pulls plug on Hadley solar array, plans one in Franklin County instead

      Eversource has withdrawn plans to develop a solar array on South Maple Street and is now looking at building it on a similarly sized property in Sunderland. The energy company listened to concerns from Hadley residents and "we agreed to look for other sites working with Kestrel Land Trust," said Eversource spokeswoman Priscilla Ress in an email.

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