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    1. Tickets still available for 'Seussian Celebration' fundraiser to benefit The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum

      Tickets still available for 'Seussian Celebration' fundraiser to benefit The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum

      The Seussian Celebration fundraiser is from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the Sheraton Springfield Monarch Place Hotel, 1 Monarch Place, Springfield. The cost is $100 a ticket and all of that money is a straight donation to the museum, Picknelly said, which makes it tax-deductible. The money will go toward the museum's $7.5 million capitol campaign, Seuss in Springfield: Building a Better Quadrangle. Registration is available online here or through the Springfield Museums.

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    2. MassMutual gives $1 million and Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield goes with $30 million renovation and endowment plan

      MassMutual gives $1 million and Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield goes with $30 million renovation and endowment plan

      Promising to create the most technologically advanced sports museum in the world, officials at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on Wednesday accepted a $1 million donation from the Springfield-based MassMutual Foundation. The money will go toward creating the hoop shrine's first endowment, which has a $15 million goal to ensure its financial security, and toward $15 million in renovations to the building at 1000 Hall of Fame Ave. on Springfield's Connecticut River waterfront. The Hall of Fame is at $22.7 million toward its total $30 million goal in a campaign that began two and a ...

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    3. Springfield unemployment rate rises, but more people working

      Springfield unemployment rate rises, but more people working

      The city's unemployment rate inched upward in April to 6.9 percent. That's a tenth of one percentage point higher than the March rate of 6.8 percent, but lower than the 7.1 percent recorded a year ago in April, 2016, according to statistics released Tuesday by the state Executive office of Labor and Workforce relations and the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics. Local jobless numbers are not adjusted for seasonal changes in the economy. The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates the statewide unemployment, unadjusted for seasonality, rate for April was 3.8 percent.

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    4. Loomis House in Holyoke sold to Berkshire Health Systems

      Loomis House in Holyoke sold to Berkshire Health Systems

      The Loomis Communities has sold its Loomis House property at 298 Jarvis Ave. to Berkshire Healthcare Systems, of Pittsfield, for an undisclosed sum. According to a joint press release issued Monday, Loomis is keeping its other properties: Applewood in Amherst, Loomis Village in South Hadley and Loomis Lakeside at Reeds Landing in Springfield. Loomis, whose corporate office is at 246 North Main St. in South Hadley, began 115 years ago as Holyoke Home for the Aged, said David W. Scruggs, president and CEO of Loomis. "It was a tough decision to sell," Scruggs said. "This is our roots. This is ...

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    5. Westfield Education to Business Alliance calls job skills 'survival' skills

      Westfield Education to Business Alliance calls job skills 'survival' skills

      There are five elements to the handshake: eye contact, smile, extend arm, grip, timing. That bit of information might not sound like high school-level work compared to algebra II, English lit and the advanced manufacturing shop. But students need to learn it somewhere, and Westfield's public schools are doing it. "People call them 'soft skills,'" said Superintendent Stefan Czaporowski. "I call them survival skills." Skills, which ones to get and and how to get them is the topic when the Westfield Education to Business Alliance gets together once a month.

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    6. House Speaker DeLeo: 'Why don't you look at Springfield?'

      House Speaker DeLeo: 'Why don't you look at Springfield?'

      DeLeo, D-Winthrop, described the conversation Thursday in a speech to the Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts. He said he asked about all the GE subsidiaries that might follow the home office to Massachusetts. Yes, he was told, various GE businesses might follow. "Why don't you look out west?" DeLeo told the executive. "Why don't you look in Springfield? That's where the real estate is going to sell for much less than what you are paying in the Seaport district." The EDC is a regional economic development organization that works to bring businesses to the region, helps ...

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    7. Night school program for in-demand advanced manufacturing jobs hits milestone

      Night school program for in-demand advanced manufacturing jobs hits milestone

      A night-school program at Franklin Technical School that trains adults for in-demand jobs in advanced manufacturing will graduate its 100th student since getting its start four years ago. Fourteen advanced manufacturing trainees will receive certificates of completion Friday. The training is free to those who qualify. It is aimed at those who are unemployed or underemployed at a job that pays too little. The Advanced Manufacturing Pipeline Computer Numerical Control training program is a non-credit, 15-week, 300-hour, hands-on curriculum. It's offered by Greenfield Community College in partnership with the Franklin Hampshire Regional Employment Board, the Franklin Hampshire Career Centers ...

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    8. Maple Commons in Springfield gets makeover with $21M MassHousing financing

      Maple Commons in Springfield gets makeover with $21M MassHousing financing

      MassHousing, the state's quasi-public housing finance agency, has provided $21 million to First Resource Companies for extensive renovations at the 173-unit Maple Commons Apartments in downtown Springfield. In total, the cost is expected to reach $35 million. The Maple Commons Apartments are in a number of buildings scattered on High Street, School Street and Union Street with a total of 102 one-bedroom apartments, 63 two-bedroom apartments and eight three-bedroom apartments. Work will include building envelope repairs; replacement of windows, boilers and roofs; upgrades to heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems; and apartment upgrades.

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    9. Innovation, automation and Deflategate-testing robots seen at Eastec manufacturing expo in West Springfield (photos, video)

      Innovation, automation and Deflategate-testing robots seen at Eastec manufacturing expo in West Springfield (photos, video)

      Eastec, the every-other-year industrial exhibition, opened Tuesday at the Eastern States Exhibition Center run by the trade group SME. The show will run through Thursday with 549 exhibitors, including local manufacturers like Smith & Wesson and Lenox American Saw, in 146,000 square feet filling five buildings at The Big E. Smith & Wesson touted its newly named Precision Components business, which uses manufacturing abilities developed for firearms to make parts for other companies, said Rick Fowich, director of sales and marketing. That includes the firearms plant in Springfield and the plastics plant in Deep River, Connecticut. The machine that makes a ...

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    10. Seen@ 2017 Howdy Awards honoring Western Mass. hospitality workers for service excellence

      Seen@ 2017 Howdy Awards honoring Western Mass. hospitality workers for service excellence

      The Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau honored eleven hospitality workers Monday night at the 22nd Annual Howdy Awards for Hospitality Excellence. The gala dinner, held at the Log Cabin Banquet & Meeting House in Holyoke, attracted more than 300 tourism industry professionals. The idea is to thank the workers who often do thankless jobs but whose efforts are critical to the region's tourism industry. "We're proud and happy to present the Howdy Awards to honor just some of the most important people in the hospitality industry, the front-line workers," said GSCVB President Mary Kay Wydra in a statement ...

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    11. Springfield-based MassMutual celebrates 166th birthday with a new logo

      Springfield-based MassMutual celebrates 166th birthday with a new logo

      MassMutual unveiled a newly refreshed brand Monday to celebrate its 166th birthday. The company said its new branding strategy celebrates the gift of interdependence.The logo features the letter M spelled out in dots. MassMutual changed logos Monday at its headquarters on State Street and its offices in Enfield. The old logo is down from the MassMutual-owned Tower Square office tower on Main Street. The MassMutual name remains on the building, however. Johannes Leonardo advertising agency in New York City did strategy and creative work on the campaign. The Working Assembly, also of New York, design studio, did the logo ...

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    12. White Lion creates beer for Union Station reopening

      White Lion creates beer for Union Station reopening

      White Lion Brewing Co. has created a beer called Legendary Union to celebrate the reopening next month of Springfield Union Station. It will release the new brew next week, in time for the first White Lion Wednesday get-together downtown and during American Craft Beer Week. "White Lion is a part of the fabric of the city of Springfield and of Western Massachusetts. Union Station is a significant development for the city of Springfield and the region. It calls for a special beer," said Raymond Berry, company president and general manager.

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    13. Eastec 2017: West Springfield hosts massive manufacturing expo at The Big E

      Eastec 2017: West Springfield hosts massive manufacturing expo at The Big E

      Eastec is a massive manufacturing trade show hosted every other year by the Michigan-based trade group SME at the Eastern States Exposition, The Big E, in West Springfield. This year's edition runs from May 16-18. Eastec has what the manufacturing industry in the Northeast needs to stay competitive and to grow, said Kim Farrugia, senior event manager at SME. That includes the latest technology, machines available for purchase at $500,000 and more, educational seminars, an opportunity for high school and college students to learn about manufacturing and engineering, and networking time where manufacturers can sniff out new customers ...

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    14. At Holyoke event, hands-on, real-world experience touted as path to employment

      At Holyoke event, hands-on, real-world experience touted as path to employment

      There will be a career fair this fall for Westfield's middle schools. But it won't be kids learning about what it takes to be a machinist, an engineer or an auto-body technician. It'll be their teachers. The idea isn't that educators are looking for new gigs themselves, said Kate Phelon, executive director of the Greater Westfield Chamber of Commerce. The idea is for teachers to learn what employers are looking for -- and what they hope not to see -- in job applicants, so they can impart those skills to their students as early as sixth grade.

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    15. Cruising in the Downtown to bring classic cars back to Springfield

      Cruising in the Downtown to bring classic cars back to Springfield

      The Springfield Business Improvement District is bringing back for a third year its Cruising in the Downtown classic car show starting Monday night. The show runs from 5 p.m. to dusk on Monday nights from May 15 though Aug. 28 at Court Square downtown. The show features cars 20 years old or older, live music, raffles and giveaways. Visitors are invited to grab a bite to eat from the nearby Palazzo Cafe or visit one of the surrounding restaurants in the downtown area.

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    16. With Peter Pan bus deal in place, 1st floor of Springfield's Union Station nears 100% occupancy ahead of grand opening

      With Peter Pan bus deal in place, 1st floor of Springfield's Union Station nears 100% occupancy ahead of grand opening

      The deal bringing Peter Pan Bus Lines along with its Springfield ticketing, dispatch and driver's lounge into Union Station means the ground floor of the sprawling intermodal transportation hub is 91 percent rented. The deal, formally announced on Tuesday, also means that Peter Pan will soon bring 100 long-distance intercity buses through Union Station a day, said Brian Stefano, president and CFO of Peter Pan Bus Lines. The company expects to carry more than 1 million passengers a year through Union Station. All told, planners expect five-to-eight million passengers and other guests to pass through Union Station, its grounds ...

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    17. Peter Pan Bus Lines agrees on move to Springfield's Union Station

      Peter Pan Bus Lines agrees on move to Springfield's Union Station

      Peter Pan Bus Lines has agreed to move its bus operations to Union Station, joining the Pioneer Valley Transit Authority, Amtrak and the Connecticut Department of Transportation as transportation operators at the refurbished transit hub. Springfield-based Peter Pan and its partner Greyhound submitted the only response to a request for proposals soliciting bids for intercity bus service. U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal, D-Springfield, Mayor Domenic J. Sarno and Peter Pan officials have set a formal announcement for Tuesday morning.

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    18. Eversource plans to lower electricity rates for summer

      Eversource plans to lower electricity rates for summer

      Monthly Eversource bills could drop 2.7 percent this summer, from $115.38 to $112.29 for an average user of 550 kilowatt-hours of electricity, under rates announced Monday. Investor-owned utilities like Eversource have lower rates in summer, when the natural gas used to generate most electricity is more plentiful and cheaper. This rate announcement has nothing to do with the company's proposal to increase its charge for delivering electricity. Delivery charges and the cost of power are both represented in the monthly bill. Eversource has 210,000 customers in Western Massachusetts.

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    19. Westfield State University opens $48M Dr. Nettie M. Stevens Science & Innovation Center (photos, video)

      Westfield State University opens $48M Dr. Nettie M. Stevens Science & Innovation Center (photos, video)

      Steven G. Richter, founder of MicroTest Laboratories in Agawam, reminded the audience of that fact Friday during the ceremonial ribbon cutting of the $48 million Dr. Nettie M. Stevens Science & Innovation Center at Westfield State University. He did so because students and researchers in the Stevens Center, working with modern genetic science, have the potential to treat or cure breast cancer, lupus, multiple sclerosis and a host of other diseases. "This isn't just about bricks and mortar," Richter said. "This is about students' lives. This is about the health care system."

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    20. New TigerPress solar array to generate 70% of power needed by East Longmeadow commercial printing company (photos)

      New TigerPress solar array to generate 70% of power needed by East Longmeadow commercial printing company (photos)

      Buying the electric power generated by TigerPress' new 653-kilowatt rooftop solar array would cost the commercial printer $100,000. Taking that into consideration along with the tax breaks and green energy incentives offered by the state and federal governments, as well as and the ability to depreciate the equipment for tax purposes, and the decision to invest $1.5 million in the solar array was easy to make, owner Reza Shafii said. "We always wanted to do green and environmentally friendly printing," said Shafii, who owns the company with wife, Jennifer Shafii. TigerPress isn't the first local company to ...

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    21. PVTA selects Sandra Sheehan of Hampden as new administrator

      PVTA selects Sandra Sheehan of Hampden as new administrator

      The Pioneer Valley Transit Authority Advisory Board has selected Sandra E. Sheehan of Hampden as the agency's next administrator. "The Advisory Board was very impressed with Ms. Sheehan and strongly supported offering her the administrator position," said Northampton Mayor David Narkewicz, chairman of the PVTA Advisory Board. "We felt that she has the right mix of transit industry experience, leadership skills, and local knowledge to lead the PVTA as it faces new challenges in the coming years."

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    22. Westfield, PVTA promote bicycle use downtown with vending machine

      Westfield, PVTA promote bicycle use downtown with vending machine

      If your bike ride through Westfield has you a little deflated, the newly opened John Olver Transit Pavilion might just have what it takes to get you rolling again.  And it's available 24/7. The transit center has  a vending machine -- like a snack machine with those corkscrew wire racks that push product out into bin -- stocked with bicycle parts and supplies like tire levers, tubes, patch kits, locks, headlights and taillights. It sells lubricants and some snacks like powdered drink mixes and granola bars that bicyclists like.

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    23. Valley Gives 2017 raises $1.6 million

      Valley Gives 2017 raises $1.6 million

      Valley Gives 2017 netted nonprofit groups up and down the Pioneer Valley $1.6 million in donations, challenge gifts for meeting fundraising goals and prizes Tuesday. Valley Gives, a massive annual fundraising push organized by the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts, attracted 17,000 gifts from 9,500 unique donors. The number of gifts exceeds the number of donors because some donors gave to more than one group. "It was great. There was a huge amount of engagement. There were hundreds of events that happened up and down the valley showcasing the work of the nonprofits," said Katie Allan Zobel ...

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    24. PVTA bus, office and retail contracts OK'd for Springfield's Union Station; Peter Pan deal still in the works

      PVTA bus, office and retail contracts OK'd for Springfield's Union Station; Peter Pan deal still in the works

      The Springfield Redevelopment Authority on Tuesday night approved contracts for Union Station with the Pioneer Valley Transit Authority, office tenant Dietz & Company Architects and a vendor that will operate two of the three retail kiosks. The SRA, owner of the reborn transit hub, is close to a deal for intercity bus service with Springfield's Peter Pan Bus Lines and its national partner Geyhound, said SRA Executive Director Christopher J. Moskal. Moskal discussed Peter Pan and Peter A. Picknelly, chairman & CEO of Peter Pan Bus Lines, with SRA board members in executive session, and said there will be a further ...

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