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    1. Mount Tom Solar Farm in Holyoke to stand as 'landmark' for ENGIE North America: CEO Frank Demaille

      Mount Tom Solar Farm in Holyoke to stand as 'landmark' for ENGIE North America: CEO Frank Demaille

      The $10 million, 17,000-panel solar farm that will occupy property formerly dominated by a coal-burning plant represents an old-world-to-new-world transformation for ENGIE North America, CEO Frank Demaille said here today. "It's a landmark for us," Demaille said, at the Mount Tom Power Station, 200 Northampton St. Demaille spoke at a ceremonial groundbreaking in the shadow of the smoke-stack of the former coal facility on the 128-acre site beside the Connecticut River. The Mount Tom Solar Farm will occupy 22 acres and its installation is scheduled to be complete by late December, company spokeswoman Julie Vitek said.

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    2. Gary Rome Hyundai commitment to Holyoke praised at grand opening

      Gary Rome Hyundai commitment to Holyoke praised at grand opening

      Over 300 people attended the grand opening at 150 Whiting Farms Road. The dealership opened Aug. 29. The $10 million facility employs nearly 80 people on a 19-acre site that includes a car wash, state motor vehicle inspection station and Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicle office to get license plates on site. The event included music and food stations and a host of local and state officials,

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    3. $146,000 coming to Holyoke in property tax revenue from solar facility, ex-coal-burning plant in 2017

      $146,000 coming to Holyoke in property tax revenue from solar facility, ex-coal-burning plant in 2017

      The city will receive $146,000 in tax revenue in 2017 from the owner of property on Northampton Street where a solar-power facility will be built and where a coal-burning plant used to operate, an official said. ENGIE North America, formerly GDF SUEZ Energy North America, said this week it will hold a groundbreaking ceremony for the Mount Tom Solar Farm on Oct. 13 at 10:30 a.m. The new facility will be on the 128-acre site along the Connecticut River at 200 Northampton St. near the former coal plant. The company expects to pay about $28,000 on ...

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    4. $23.8 million construction of Holyoke Medical Center emergency department proceeds on schedule, including 'signing of the beam'

      $23.8 million construction of Holyoke Medical Center emergency department proceeds on schedule, including 'signing of the beam'

      Construction of a $23.8 million emergency department at Holyoke Medical Center at 575 Beech St. is on schedule with the facility set to be ready by spring, a hospital press release said. "This will allow 'HMC' to treat patients in a more efficient and dignified way," the press release said Tuesday. U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal, D-Springfield, joined state, city and hospital officials on Monday in writing their signatures on the last beam to be installed in the project, formally known as the Emergency Department and Medical Office Building, the press release said.

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    5. Fitchburg plant remotely will run new solar facility in Holyoke near former coal-burning operation

      Fitchburg plant remotely will run new solar facility in Holyoke near former coal-burning operation

      Two employees will work at the new Mount Tom Solar Farm but the facility on the same property as a former coal-burning plant on Northampton Street will be run remotely by a power station in Fitchburg, a company spokeswoman said Wednesday. "Two employees living in the Holyoke area have been assigned to operate the facility," said Carol Churchill, spokeswoman for ENGIE North America, formerly GDF SUEZ Energy North America. A groundbreaking for the solar facility -- which will harness and sell electricity -- will take place Oct. 13 at 10:30 a.m. at the 128-acre site along the Connecticut River at ...

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    6. Mount Tom Solar Farm groundbreaking at former Holyoke coal-burner set for Oct. 13

      Mount Tom Solar Farm groundbreaking at former Holyoke coal-burner set for Oct. 13

      The transformation from decades of coal burning to harnessing solar power will take another step as the owner of the Mount Tom Power Station on Northampton Street will hold a ground-breaking for the new facility Oct. 13. The "Mt. Tom Solar Farm groundbreaking ceremony" will be at 10:30 a.m. at the 128-acre site near the Easthampton line at 200 Northampton Street, according to an invitation to the event. Representatives of plant owner GDF SUEZ Energy North America have said since shortly after closing the coal-burning plant in late December 2014 that converting the site to a solar-energy producer ...

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    7. Economic development breakfast postponed by Greater Holyoke Chamber of Commerce

      Economic development breakfast postponed by Greater Holyoke Chamber of Commerce

      The economic development business breakfast of the Greater Holyoke Chamber of Commerce scheduled for Wednesday has been postponed to Feb. 8, an official said Monday. A number of other events being held this week resulted in conflicts and low registration for the breakfast, chamber Business Manager Wanda Zabawa said in an email.

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    8. $1.24 million grant to pay 10 Holyoke firefighters heralded by U.S. Rep. Richard Neal

      $1.24 million grant to pay 10 Holyoke firefighters heralded by U.S. Rep. Richard Neal

      U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal, D-Springfield, said today a new $1.24 million federal grant that will pay salaries and benefits of 10 firefighters for two years will help the Fire Department maintain Holyoke's character. "I just want to say thanks to all of you because Holyoke just has that grit that I'm always proud to associate myself with," Neal said in a press conference at Holyoke Fire Department headquarters, 600 High St.

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    9. Take a look: $35 million renovation of Lyman Terrace in Holyoke proceeds (photos)

      Take a look: $35 million renovation of Lyman Terrace in Holyoke proceeds (photos)

      Figuring out how to pay now for an extra $140,000 to replace aged water pipes in addition to the $503,000 worth of original system improvements in the $35 million Lyman Terrace renovation will save the city later, officials said. "It's more cost effective," David M. Conti, Holyoke Water Works (HWW) manager, said Wednesday in a text message. It makes sense while the excavation is occurring to install new pipes throughout the pre-World-War-II complex instead of having to address a burst pipe later by busting through recently paved areas, he said.

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    10. Tips to seek grants for arts, other projects coming at Holyoke workshop

      Tips to seek grants for arts, other projects coming at Holyoke workshop

      The Holyoke Local Cultural Council will offer tips at a workshop on how to apply for the annual round of state grants for projects in the arts, humanities and sciences Sept. 10 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Senior Center, 291 Pine St. "This is truly what we try to do on the cultural council is fund as many diverse projects as we can. We kind of think of it as seed money to get various projects going in Holyoke," council Chairwoman Navae Fenwick Rodriguez said in a phone interview Aug. 19.

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    11. Free job training available to Holyokers in MGM Springfield casino, Holyoke Community College culinary program

      Free job training available to Holyokers in MGM Springfield casino, Holyoke Community College culinary program

      The training will be provided by a new facility called the MGM Resorts HCC Center for Culinary Arts at Holyoke. That facility is scheduled to open a year from now in the Cubit Building at 164 Race St., a former factory building downtown that is under renovation. But until that space is ready, the numerous training sessions will begin in October and continue over the next year in HCC classrooms, the kitchen at Dean Technical High School here at 1045 Main St. and sites in Springfield, said Robert Griffin, director of program operations at the Kittredge Center for Business and ...

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    12. Ideas sought from Holyokers for $300,000 'pedestrian plaza'

      Ideas sought from Holyokers for $300,000 'pedestrian plaza'

      It would be called "the Center City Pedestrian Plaza," cost about $300,000 and look like -- however the public wants it to look like. "Community feedback is a vital part of this planning process," Mayor Alex B. Morse said this week. The public is invited to a meeting Thursday at 6 p.m. in the Holyoke Heritage State Park Visitors' Center at 221 Appleton St. to discuss a plan to build a "civic plaza" on a vacant lot adjacent to the Proulx Parking garage on Dwight Street across from City Hall.

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    13. $20 million Ingleside Square in Holyoke so far employs 211 at restaurants, vitamin store

      $20 million Ingleside Square in Holyoke so far employs 211 at restaurants, vitamin store

      Four chain businesses have opened in the new $20 million Ingleside Square plaza where managers said Monday 211 people are employed. The site at Whiting Farms Road and Lower Westfield Road has an Applebee's restaurant, Chipotle Mexican Grill, a McDonald's restaurant and a Vitamin Shoppe. Managers discussed what makes their Holyoke stores unique.

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    14. Yankee Pedlar in Holyoke for sale for $1.85 million, will continue as restaurant, event host until deal: officials

      Yankee Pedlar in Holyoke for sale for $1.85 million, will continue as restaurant, event host until deal: officials

      The iconic Yankee Pedlar is for sale for $1,850,000, officials said today. The establishment at Northampton and Beech Streets is on the market and future uses include the possibility of keeping it as a restaurant and events host or conversion to medical offices, said Frank Fitzgerald II, vice president with Opal Real Estate Group of Springfield. "They'll stay open for business. The business is still there" and will stay open until a sale, he said.

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    15. Tour set of $3.2 million plant that uses ultraviolet light to disinfect water in Holyoke

      Tour set of $3.2 million plant that uses ultraviolet light to disinfect water in Holyoke

      Residents are invited to join the City Council in a tour of a new $3.2 million facility that uses ultraviolet light to disinfect water Saturday at noon at 600 Westfield Road. Space is limited so residents were asked to secure a place by call ing 413-532-6778. "The tour will provide an overview of Holyoke's water treatment facility which includes 'UV' treatment for secondary infection along with a visit to the Tighe-Carmody Reservoir (in Southampton), Holyoke's largest and primary drinking water source," said a copy of an invitation provided by City Council President Kevin A. Jourdain.

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    16. $115,000 'green' grant honors Holyoke efforts to see light

      $115,000 'green' grant honors Holyoke efforts to see light

      Municipal facilities will get improved lighting thanks to a $115,895 "Green Communities" grant from the state. "This work is exciting because it will continue our commitment to remaining a national leader in using the green economy to combat climate change and to improve our city's quality of life while giving taxpayers a good return on their investment," Mayor Alex B. Morse said in a press release Wednesday. The grant came from the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources and was announced Tuesday by state Sen. Donald R. Humason, R-Westfield, who called Holyoke a "leader" in the state's clean ...

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    17. The Cubit conversion continues with state OK of tax incentives for Holyoke project

      The Cubit conversion continues with state OK of tax incentives for Holyoke project

      The state has approved tax incentives to help brothers Denis and Marco Luzuriaga convert a factory at Appleton and Race streets into commercial spaces and residential lofts known as The Cubit. "I'm pleased that the Economic Development Incentive Program application for The Cubit project have been approved by the state," Mayor Alex B. Morse said Wednesday. "Denis and Marco have put together a plan that will complement the great work happening in our urban core. "This incentive will go a long way to ensuring their vision becomes reality. I thank the Baker administration for their continued support of these ...

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    18. Robotics, iPads, museum trip funded by $11,000 grant from Friends of Holyoke Public Schools

      Robotics, iPads, museum trip funded by $11,000 grant from Friends of Holyoke Public Schools

      Robotics, iPads and a trip to a science museum were among ways teachers used $11,000 in grants awarded by the Friends of Holyoke Public Schools. "We received a lot of great proposals this year from dedicated teachers aiming to further enrich the lives of their students," Christian Lachapelle, president of the group's board of directors, said Monday in a press release.

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    19. Holyoke heralds 1st commercial rooftop solar project with energy to power 200 homes a year

      Holyoke heralds 1st commercial rooftop solar project with energy to power 200 homes a year

      The first commercial rooftop solar project has begun here at 49 Garfield St. in a $2 million deal that involves tax credits and the Holyoke Gas and Electric Department buying power that the 3,762 panels will generate, officials said. Installation of the panels began Aug. 3 and they were working as of Oct. 15, Rita Milos of RICAR LLC Real Estate Partnership, owner of the property where the company Expressive Design Group is located, said in a phone interview.

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    20. Holyoke's 'Ingleside Square' plan adds Chipotle Mexican Grill, Vitamin Shoppe, Fairfield Inn & Suites

      Holyoke's 'Ingleside Square' plan adds Chipotle Mexican Grill, Vitamin Shoppe, Fairfield Inn & Suites

      New tenants Chipotle Mexican Grill, Vitamin Shoppe and Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott have signed onto the overhaul of the Holyoke Hotel site on Whiting Farms Road, Mayor Alex B. Morse said. "These tenants will be a great addition to the city of Holyoke and will complement the existing commercial and retail sites in the Ingleside commercial district," Morse said Thursday. The tenants join the previously announced Applebee's restaurant and a plan to build a second hotel at the 245 Whiting Farms Road site that will be called Ingleside Square, he said.

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    21. Holyoke Canal Gallery owners announce $3.4 million, 26-condominium plan

      Holyoke Canal Gallery owners announce $3.4 million, 26-condominium plan

      The owner of the Canal Gallery has acquired two partners and they will convert vacant space at the 380 Dwight St. site into home and work condominiums for $3.4 million, Mayor Alex B. Morse said Wednesday. "This city has become a place where folks want to invest, and live, and raise their families," Morse said in a press release. "I couldn't be more excited about what this new development at 380 Dwight Street will do to bolster our already strong efforts to build a prosperous and densely populated downtown. I thank David, Terrence, and Mark for their efforts ...

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    22. Holyoke official Marcos Marrero named to Gov. Charlie Baker's economic development council

      Holyoke official Marcos Marrero named to Gov. Charlie Baker's economic development council

      Gov. Charlie Baker has appointed city official Marcos A. Marrero to a committee that will work to meet the state requirement of filing an economic development plan within the first year of a new gubernatorial administration, officials said. Marrero, director of the Department of Planning and Economic Development, attended the first meeting of the 59-member Governor's Economic Development Planning Council Tuesday.

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    23. Plug Into The Creative Valley coming to Holyoke's The Cubit

      Plug Into The Creative Valley coming to Holyoke's The Cubit

      Plug Into The Creative Valley is coming to The Cubit. The free monthly traveling event where "local creatives" gather to talk and trade ideas is Paper City-bound again as Plug Into the Creative Valley meets Oct. 13 at 6 p.m. at The Cubit, 164 Race St. "A great opportunity to meet like-minded artists and creative business owners in the valley for a no pressure night of networking ..." was how the event was described on The Cubit Facebook page.

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