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    1. State Rep. Tom Petrolati talks up Ludlow Mills as redevelopment efforts continue at 170-acre site

      State Rep. Tom Petrolati talks up Ludlow Mills as redevelopment efforts continue at 170-acre site

      State Rep. Thomas M. Petrolati has been a big supporter of the Ludlow Mills Preservation and Redevelopment project since its inception, which is why he's so pleased with the progress at the 170-acre State Street site bordering the Chicopee River. The Ludlow Democrat and state Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Jay Ash recently took an "informal site walk," said Petrolati, who's even more excited about the next phase of the project: the construction of Riverside Drive.

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    2. On track: Developer of Ludlow Mills, largest brownfield project in New England, continues...

      On track: Developer of Ludlow Mills, largest brownfield project in New England, continues...

      The not-for-profit corporation overseeing the redevelopment of Ludlow Mills, the largest brownfield project in New England, continues to seek and secure funding to overhaul the sprawling mill complex bordering the Chicopee River. That was the word from Eric Nelson, president and CEO of Westmass Area Development Corporation, at a recent selectmen's meeting, where he updated the board on funding plans and ongoing work at the 170-acre site between the river and State Street. Much has happened since Westmass bought the property six years ago, according to Nelson. "I believe the board would agree that we're on the upward ...

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    3. Ludlow seeking $7M in grants for Westmass Area Development's Riverside Drive project

      Ludlow seeking $7M in grants for Westmass Area Development's Riverside Drive project

      The Board of Selectmen has agreed to apply for $7 million worth of grants on behalf of Westmass Area Development Corp., the region's leading industrial and business park developer, so Westmass can get started on its Riverside Drive project at Ludlow Mills. If Ludlow receives the funding, work on the roadway could begin as early as spring 2018, according to the president and CEO of Westmass, Eric Nelson, who advocated for the grants at the selectmen's July 11 meeting. 

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    4. Agri-Mark to break ground on $17M expansion of West Springfield plant

      Agri-Mark to break ground on $17M expansion of West Springfield plant

      WEST SPRINGFIELD -- Agri-Mark Inc. will break ground Monday on a $17 million expansion of its West Springfield plant, according to Doug DiMento, director of corporate communications for the farmer-owned cooperative.   Agri-Mark officials and farmers will be joined by Mayor William C. Reichelt and other officials at 9:30 a.m. at the plant at 958 Riverdale St. Parking is available next door at 1000 Riverdale St

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    5. West Springfield scores $150K grant for traffic mitigation related to MGM Springfield

      West Springfield scores $150K grant for traffic mitigation related to MGM Springfield

      The Town of West Springfield has received a $150,000 community mitigation grant to help deal with traffic related to MGM Springfield, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission announced Wednesday. The local funding is part of almost $2 million in mitigation assistance for communities impacted by the casino, which is expected to open in fall 2018. "I'm thrilled," Mayor William C. Reichelt said. "It's our third year in a row getting grant dollars from the Gaming Commission."

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    6. State approves tax incentive plan for Agri-Mark facility in West Springfield

      State approves tax incentive plan for Agri-Mark facility in West Springfield

      The state's Economic Assistance Coordinating Council on Wednesday approved tax incentives that will help Agri-Mark with its multimillion-dollar expansion plan in West Springfield. The deal for the farmer-owned cooperative was approved through the Economic Development Incentive Program, which also announced tax incentives to help grow 15 other commonwealth companies. Collectively, the projects are expected to create 644 jobs and retain 2,196 existing jobs, leveraging around $359 million in private investment.

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    7. Eastern States Exposition hires new director for Storrowton Village Museum

      Eastern States Exposition hires new director for Storrowton Village Museum

      Eastern States Exposition has named Jessica K. Fontaine as the new director of the Storrowton Village Museum. The Chicopee resident is a lifelong supporter and volunteer at Storrowton Village, located on the grounds of the Eastern States Exposition at 1305 Memorial Ave. in West Springfield. Fontaine has been an "integral volunteer" at Storrowton for almost 20 years, according to ESE officials, who said her history with the village stretches back to when her grandmother, Betty Kaeding, began volunteering there in the early 1990s. Kaeding would dress the young Fontaine in authentic-looking period costumes and bring her to events at Storrowton.

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    8. West Springfield seeking project manager to oversee Coburn School project

      West Springfield seeking project manager to oversee Coburn School project

      The Town of West Springfield is seeking the services of a qualified project manager to oversee all facets of the Philip G. Coburn Elementary School reconstruction project. The town is collaborating with the Massachusetts School Building Authority on a feasibility study for possible construction of a new Coburn School at 115 Southworth St. The MSBA is a quasi-independent government authority that funds construction and renovation projects for public schools across the commonwealth.

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    9. West Springfield gives tax break to Agri-Mark, agricultural cooperative planning multimillion-dollar expansion

      West Springfield gives tax break to Agri-Mark, agricultural cooperative planning multimillion-dollar expansion

      Agri-Mark, a farmer-owned cooperative best known for its Cabot and McCadam brands of cheese and butter, is planning a multimillion-dollar expansion at its West Springfield facility, according to Mayor William C. Reichelt, whose administration sweetened the deal by offering tax breaks to the co-op. Reichelt said Agri-Mark, which has facilities in upstate New York and across New England, is planning a project in the neighborhood of $12 million at its plant at the corner of Riverdale Street and Morgan Road. The expansion will create 12 new jobs, according to the mayor, with first dibs given to qualified West Side residents ...

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    10. New PVTA Administrator Sandra Sheehan says she'll bring public transit 'into the next era'

      New PVTA Administrator Sandra Sheehan says she'll bring public transit 'into the next era'

      Sandra E. Sheehan, the next administrator of the Pioneer Valley Transit Authority, said she is looking forward to her new job. Sheehan, a veteran planner who is active in education issues in the Hampden-Wilbraham Regional School District, was hired this week by the Pioneer Valley Transit Authority Advisory Board to succeed Mary MacInnes, the PVTA's administrator for the past decade. Sheehan is expected to begin her new job at the end of this month. MacInnes, whose annual salary was $137,000, retired from the PVTA last month.

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    11. Cooper's Gifts Apparel Home in Agawam accepting donations of women's clothing for Dress for Success in Springfield

      Cooper's Gifts Apparel Home in Agawam accepting donations of women's clothing for Dress for Success in Springfield

      Cooper's Gifts Apparel Home is accepting donations of professional attire for Dress for Success of Western Massachusetts through Sunday, April 30. The Agawam store will take "interview-appropriate women's clothing," shoes and accessories to benefit Dress for Success, a Springfield-based nonprofit whose mission is "to empower women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools to help women thrive in work and in life."

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    12. $2.5M awarded to Sisters of Providence for new elderly housing in West Springfield

      $2.5M awarded to Sisters of Providence for new elderly housing in West Springfield

      The nonprofit Sisters of Providence has been awarded $2.5 million in state and federal funding for construction of a 36-unit housing complex in West Springfield for homeless senior citizens, the Baker-Polito administration announced Tuesday. "Our administration strongly believes in the value of affordable housing, and as advocates for every Massachusetts resident we will continue to work with our federal, local and community partners to ensure housing is a shared priority," Gov. Charlie Baker said.

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    13. Tax credits to help expanding Agawam company hire more workers

      Tax credits to help expanding Agawam company hire more workers

      Tax incentives are helping an Agawam business and a dozen other Massachusetts companies create and retain thousands of jobs to deliver millions in private investment, according to the state's Economic Assistance Coordinating Council, which approved the incentives on Wednesday. The EACC's Economic Development Incentive Program is helping 13 companies in 11 communities create 1,181 jobs, retain 4,685 existing jobs, and deliver over $469 million in private investment, state officials said. The program offers investment tax credits and other incentives to companies that create jobs and build new facilities in Massachusetts. Investment tax credits are basically an ...

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    14. Chipotle Mexican Grill opening on Memorial Avenue in West Springfield

      Chipotle Mexican Grill opening on Memorial Avenue in West Springfield

      A new chain restaurant is slated to make its debut on Memorial Avenue in West Springfield. Chipotle Mexican Grill will open its doors for the first time at 10:45 a.m. Thursday, March, 16, according to representatives of the Denver-based company, which employs over 45,000 people and has a net income of around $475 million. Mayor Will Reichelt is among the dignitaries slated to attend a 4 p.m. ribbon-cutting ceremony on opening day of the restaurant, which is located at 241 Memorial Ave. The restaurant will be open from 10:45 a.m. to 10 p.m ...

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    15. Commercial roofing company bringing jobs to Ludlow

      Commercial roofing company bringing jobs to Ludlow

      Duro-Last Roofing Inc. recently signed a lease to operate a light manufacturing facility at 84 Westover Road, making Ludlow the company's sixth location in the U.S. "This plant here in Ludlow will service pretty much everything from Maine to Virginia. It's going to be a central hub," said Brian Regnier, Northeast sales director for the Saginaw, Michigan-based company, which makes commercial-grade roofing and related products. Duro-Last received its certificate of occupancy last month and will hold a "soft opening" April 3, according to Regnier, a Ludlow native who now lives in Agawam.

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    16. Consul-General of Ireland Fionnuala Quinlan visits new Irish Cultural Center of New England

      Consul-General of Ireland Fionnuala Quinlan visits new Irish Cultural Center of New England

      Consul-General of Ireland Fionnuala Quinlan visited the new Irish Cultural Center of Western New England on Friday, joining Mayor Will Reichelt and other dignitaries for a tour of the renovated facility at 429 Morgan Road in West Springfield. "I wanted to see it in advance and recognize the great work they've done," said Quinlan, the Republic of Ireland's official representative to the New England states of Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont. The Irish Cultural Center, or ICC, is expected to officially open in March. But Quinlan joined Reichelt, former Mayor Ed Sullivan, state Sen. Jim ...

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    17. Grand opening: Calabrese Market & Deli brings 'The Fancy Schmancy' to West Springfield

      Grand opening: Calabrese Market & Deli brings 'The Fancy Schmancy' to West Springfield

      That aroma you smell as you cross the North End Bridge from Springfield to West Springfield may be coming from the corner of Park and Hanover streets, where the Calabrese Market & Deli celebrated its grand opening Tuesday. As soon as you enter the well-appointed business at 54 Park St., you realize it's not a baloney-on-white-bread type of joint. The gourmet deli counter and gleaming refrigerator cases are overflowing with imported Italian meats and cheeses, Boar's head products, salads, pasta dishes, to-go entrees and more. Then, there's the sandwich menu, which features dozens of hot and cold delicacies ...

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    18. West Springfield Mayor Will Reichelt projecting $4M in energy savings over next 20 years

      West Springfield Mayor Will Reichelt projecting $4M in energy savings over next 20 years

      The implementation of energy-saving measures that don't impact the city's bottom line are projected to save West Springfield around $4 million over the next 20 years, according to Mayor Will Reichelt. This fiscal year alone, West Side saved around $140,000 because of the city's commitment to "go green," Reichelt said. The savings are a result of improved efficiency and net metering credits from the community's investment in solar fields in Southwick and Montague, he said. "These energy efficiency improvements did not affect the city's operating budget," Reichelt said. The city, a designated "Green Community ...

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    19. Western MA Slider Slam Challenge coming to Eastern States Expo in West Springfield

      Western MA Slider Slam Challenge coming to Eastern States Expo in West Springfield

      The Western MA Slider Slam Challenge, hosted by the Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau, is coming to the Carriage House at the Eastern States Exposition on Thursday, Feb. 9. The first-time event will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Carriage House banquet facility at Storrowton Village, located on the grounds of The Big E at 1305 Memorial Ave. in West Springfield. MassLive's own Nick "I ate it" O'Malley, author of the website's popular "I Ate it So You Don't Have To" column, will serve as a judge at Slider Slam.

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    20. West Springfield seeking to borrow $850K for Coburn School feasibility study

      West Springfield seeking to borrow $850K for Coburn School feasibility study

      West Springfield officials are working with the Massachusetts School Building Authority to come up with a plan for the overcrowded school, which needs more than just a makeover, according to some Coburn teachers, who support a healthier learning and teaching environment for students and faculty.  West Side may be eligible for a grant from the MSBA, which is why city officials are looking to borrow $850,000 for a feasibility study and schematic designs for a new Coburn. The loan authorization would allow the city treasurer, with approval from Mayor Will Reichelt, to borrow the money.

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    21. West Springfield awarded state grant to help expand Mittineague Park

      West Springfield awarded state grant to help expand Mittineague Park

      The town has been awarded a state grant for the expansion of Mittineague Park. The $310,352 grant, administered through the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs' Parkland Acquisitions and Renovations for Communities Program, or PARC, will be used to help acquire 2.3 acres of privately owned land within the park's boundary. The grant will cover about 68 percent of the acquisition cost of the Altamont Avenue property, said West Springfield Mayor Will Reichelt, who received the award Tuesday at a ceremony with state Energy and Environmental Secretary Matthew A. Beaton.

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    22. Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito keynote speaker at multi-chamber legislative symposium and lunch

      Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito keynote speaker at multi-chamber legislative symposium and lunch

      The West of the River Chamber of Commerce, representing the business communities of Agawam and West Springfield, is hosting the Multi-chamber Checkpoint 2016 Annual Legislative Symposium. Sure, that's a big title. But the event itself is even bigger, featuring Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito as keynote speaker, over 20 local legislators, and a question-and-answer panel discussion on topics of importance to this region. The 3-hour symposium, which includes lunch, begins at 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 10, at the Log Cabin, 500 Easthampton Road, Holyoke.

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    23. Ludlow signs agreement for $429K in state funding for Riverwalk project at Ludlow Mills

      Ludlow signs agreement for $429K in state funding for Riverwalk project at Ludlow Mills

      It's official: The Town of Ludlow has signed a grant agreement with the state for $429,500 in MassWorks funding for pedestrian and safety improvements for the Ludlow Mills Riverwalk project. "This funding continues to enhance the natural resources of the Chicopee River that would have otherwise remained dormant and unappreciated," said State Rep. Thomas M. Petrolati, D-Ludlow, who pushed for the grant and has supported the Ludlow Mills Preservation and Redevelopment project since its inception.

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    24. MassDOT says $23M bridge replacement project near Big E will require lane closures, land...

      MassDOT says $23M bridge replacement project near Big E will require lane closures, land...

      A project to replace the Morgan-Sullivan Bridge connecting Agawam to West Springfield near The Big E won't begin until 2018, according to Massachusetts Department of Transportation officials, who have yet to establish a detailed timetable for the $23 million project. "We anticipate three construction seasons for the project," Alwin Ramirez, bridge project manager for MassDOT's Highway Division, said at a Sept. 8 public hearing on the project, 80 percent of which will be funded by the federal government. The state is responsible for 20 percent of the cost.

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