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    1. Monarch Place Starbucks: Cornerstone Cafe to stay, get new coffee brand

      Monarch Place Starbucks: Cornerstone Cafe to stay, get new coffee brand

      The Cornerstone Cafe -- the locally owned  coffee, soup and sandwich shop in Monarch Place -- will continue operating once a new Starbucks sets up shop in the downtown office tower. Paul Picknelly, building owner and president of Monarch Enterprises said in an email Tuesday that Conerstone will stay, but that the cafe is searching for a new high-quality coffee brand to serve. Cornerstone now sells Starbucks Coffee.

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    2. Holyoke Machine Co., oldest manufacturer in Paper City, shuts down and plans to auction off equipment (photos, video)

      Holyoke Machine Co., oldest manufacturer in Paper City, shuts down and plans to auction off equipment (photos, video)

      A manufacturer in Connecticut recently called James Sagalyn, owner of Holyoke Machine, looking for repairs on a giant drive shaft for one of the production machines in his shop. For the first time since Abraham Lincoln was in the White House, Holyoke Machine can't help. In February, Sagalyn closed Holyoke Machine, a machine shop founded in 1863 that built the "Hercules" water turbines that helped make Holyoke famous and whose foundry cast doors for the U.S. Capitol building.

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    3. Ski Butternut one step closer to buying Blandford Ski Area

      Ski Butternut one step closer to buying Blandford Ski Area

      The owner of Ski Butternut and Otis Ridge ski areas in the Berkshires plans to start work this fall upgrading the snowmaking and snow-grooming equipment at the venerable Blandford Ski Area now that he's one step closer to buying it. Members of the Springfield Ski Club voted Tuesday night to move forward with serious discussions aimed at selling the 132-acre property to Ski Butternut and its owner Jeff Murdock, said Dave Fraser, the club's marketing and publicity chairman. The price is still being negotiated. Both sides said Wednesday they don't even have a formal purchase-and-sale agreement yet.

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    4. Peter Pan Bus Lines reveals expected date to move into Springfield's newly refurbished Union Station

      Peter Pan Bus Lines reveals expected date to move into Springfield's newly refurbished Union Station

      Peter Pan Bus Lines will likely move its Springfield hub to Union Station on or around Labor Day, Peter A. Picknelly, chairman & CEO, said Tuesday. Here is a breakdown of what money was spent and from where it came, courtesy of a document provided by the Springfield Redevelopment Authority, which owns Union Station. Picknelly said it will take about a month and a half to do some construction customizing the space and to get it ready. The lease, he said, is still not final, but lawyers for both sides are working on it, all the major issues have been resolved ...

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    5. Ground Up Cafe planned for Springfield Innovation Center launches Kickstarter

      Ground Up Cafe planned for Springfield Innovation Center launches Kickstarter

      Ground Up Cafe, the coffee shop planned for the Springfield Innovation Center, will have coffee, pastries, yogurt, sandwiches and bone broth. It's a savory brew made from simmering bones with vegetables for a long time and it is chock full of vitamins and collagen. Bone broth is a steaming-hot trend in the culinary world and Ground Up Cafe head chef John Peter Wentworth plans to make bone broth in house and serve it for the price of a cup of coffee.

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    6. Westfield: Work begins on $3.7M Columbia Greenway Rail Trail extension over Westfield River

      Westfield: Work begins on $3.7M Columbia Greenway Rail Trail extension over Westfield River

      The abandoned New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad bridge over the Westfield River parallel to Elm Street will reopen as a pedestrian bridge as part of a $3.7 million extension of the Columbia Greenway Rail Trail. Work began July 3. Crews have already started prepping the site and building a scaffold under the bridge. Fencing blocks access to the bridge. The majority of the bridge rehabilitation will be completed in 2017. Sidewalk and landscape improvements on either end of the bridge are expected to be installed in the spring and summer of 2018, according to an email from the ...

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    7. Springfield plaza owners say Kmart wasn't in long-term plans anyway

      Springfield plaza owners say Kmart wasn't in long-term plans anyway

      Investors Davenport Companies and Albany Road Real Estate were not banking on Kmart sticking around when they bought Springfield Plaza for $35 million back in 2014. That's good thinking. On Friday troubled retailer Sears Holdings announced it would close the Springfield Plaza Kmart in early October and that a liquidation sale will begin Thursday, July 13.

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    8. Springfield Regional Chamber seeks 'Super 60' nominees

      Springfield Regional Chamber seeks 'Super 60' nominees

      The Springfield Regional Chamber of Commerce is seeking nominations for the annual Super 60 awards program, sponsored by Farmington Bank.  The Super 60 awards program, in its 28th year, recognizes 30 local companies and institutions with the highest revenue and 30 local companies or institutions with the fastest-growing revenue for a total of "Super 60" winners. The annual Super 60 awards lunch will be Oct. 27 at Chez Josef in Agawam.

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    9. Greenfield Center for Human Development project gets MassDevelopment financing

      Greenfield Center for Human Development project gets MassDevelopment financing

      The largest social-service organization in Western Massachusetts bought and will renovate the former Central Appliance store at 102 Main St. with a $3.1 million tax-exempt bond from MassDevelopment. MassDevelopment, the state's finance and development agency, announced the financing Thursday. The Springfield-based Center for Human Development will use bond proceeds to renovate and furnish the 38,000-square-foot building. It will house offices, clinical space, and the organization's primary medical, dental, outpatient behavioral and wellness services, according to the news release.

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    10. UMass Amherst opens core facilities labs to manufacturers

      UMass Amherst opens core facilities labs to manufacturers

       Edward Leyden of Ben Franklin Design and Manufacturing in Agawam has a customer in Canada who wants him to make a tiny metal part using 3-D printing. "Steel. Using laser beams to print in three dimensions using powdered metal dust. It is where we are going whether we want to or not," Leyden said.

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    11. Jobs are growing, so why not wages? MassBenchmarks analyzes the state economy

      Jobs are growing, so why not wages? MassBenchmarks analyzes the state economy

      Massachusetts employers are having a hard time filling open jobs, but demographics, low growth in productivity and competition are keeping wages low. All these factors are also making it hard for households to keep up and depressing state tax receipts, according to MassBenchmarks, a study of the state’s economy issued Wednesday by the UMass Donahue Institute and the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston.

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    12. Tower Square sale: MassMutual to sell park at old Steiger site, too

      Tower Square sale: MassMutual to sell park at old Steiger site, too

      A park at the corner of Bridge and Main streets downtown -- once the site of a well-remembered department store -- is for sale along with the Tower Square complex, a Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company official said this week. MassMutual put Tower Square, including the adjacent Marriott hotel, up for sale Monday after having developed the property and owning it for more than 45 years.

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    13. Springfield unemployment rate rises on the month; region up 4,000 jobs year over year

      Springfield unemployment rate rises on the month; region up 4,000 jobs year over year

      The city’s unemployment rate rose to 7.6 percent in May, up seven-tenths of a percentage point from the 6.9 percent recorded in April and from 6.9 percent recorded a year ago in May 2016. The city’s unemployment rate was last this high in July 2016 when it was also 7.6 percent. Construction continues earlier this month on the CRRC rail car plant in East Springfield.  Tracks are being installed in the interior of the building.

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    14. Ad Club of Western Mass honors 4 with Pynchon Medals for public service

      Ad Club of Western Mass honors 4 with Pynchon Medals for public service

      Six years ago, Kevin Major died after suffering a heart attack on Lake Congamond in Southwick. Within the last few weeks, a 31-year-old teacher in Southwick collapsed at school with a heart ailment -- and was revived with the use of an AED. That piece of equipment was available thanks to the KEVS Foundation, the organization formed by Major's mother, Susan Canning.  "We want everyone across the commonwealth and across the country to live in a heart-healthy community," Canning of Westfield, said Tuesday. "We need more saves."

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    15. MassMutual to sell Tower Square and Marriott Hotel properties in downtown Springfield

      MassMutual to sell Tower Square and Marriott Hotel properties in downtown Springfield

      Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company has put Tower Square, including the adjacent Marriott hotel, up for sale after having developed the property and owned it for more than 45 years. James Lacey, vice president of media relations at the Springfield-based insurance giant, said the decision was reached Monday. He said this is not a lessening of MassMutual's commitment to the city, but instead an investment decision and a recognition that the property has gained value as Springfield has developed and is developing. The city of Springfield has the whole complex assessed at $34.2 million.

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    16. Asnuntuck Community College opens state-of-the-art manufacturing center in Enfield (photos)

      Asnuntuck Community College opens state-of-the-art manufacturing center in Enfield (photos)

      Asnuntuck Community College and the state of Connecticut rolled out a figurative red carpet Monday to students from Connecticut and Massachusetts interested in manufacturing careers and the training it takes to get those jobs. The college, located about nine miles from Springfield at 170 Elm St. in Enfield, hosted Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy for a ceremonial ribbon cutting at its new 27,000-square-foot Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center.

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    17. Track laid at CRRC subway car factory in Springfield

      Track laid at CRRC subway car factory in Springfield

      Workers are making tracks at the massive CRRC rail car factory now under construction in East Springfield. In addition to laying actual railroad tracks, they are installing electrical equipment and air handling systems, testing fire alarms, painting and putting the fixtures in the employee restrooms. Next week, workers are scheduled to put in the prefabricated electrical substation that will power the 2,240-foot-long test track, said Joseph Maliszewski, project manager at the site for Plaza Construction.

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    18. Massachusetts unemployment rate rises; economy adds jobs in education, health care, hospitality

      Massachusetts unemployment rate rises; economy adds jobs in education, health care, hospitality

      Massachusetts added 2,900 jobs in May, but the state's unemployment rate rose to 4.2 percent from 3.9 percent in April 2017. From May 2016 to May 2017, the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates Massachusetts has added 58,300 jobs.  The May state unemployment rate remains slightly lower than the national rate of 4.3 percent reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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    19. Westfield Gas & Electric buys derelict Meadow St. building

      Westfield Gas & Electric buys derelict Meadow St. building

      Westfield Gas & Electric, the city's municipal utility, purchased a derelict building May 20 to provide a buffer around one of its electrical substations along the Westfield River. The utility paid $63,000 for 20 Meadow St., according to papers on file at the Hampden County Registry of Deeds. The seller was Wells Fargo National Bank, which had held the mortgage on the property. Westfield G&E General Manager Daniel Howard said this week that the building is structurally unsafe from the foundation on up and, liability wise, the utility has no alternative but to raze it.

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    20. TechSpring, Baystate's Springfield innovation center, receives $80K from state for digital health advances

      TechSpring, Baystate's Springfield innovation center, receives $80K from state for digital health advances

      TechSpring, Baystate Health's digital health care laboratory in downtown Springfield, has received $80,000 in state money from the the Massachusetts Digital Health Initiative. Christian Lagier, managing director of TechSpring, said the money will help pay for the lab to do more outreach efforts, like its "Tap into TechSpring" networking events and its practice of opening its offices in the MassLive Building at 1350 Main St. in Springfield as co-working space for startups. He calls it innovation community building.

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    21. Eversource to host open house for Westfield Reliability Project

      Eversource to host open house for Westfield Reliability Project

      Eversource has proposed a new electric transmission line on an existing set of power structures as a long-term solution to address energy needs in the area. The utility plans to host an open house on the project, called the Westfield Reliability Project, with drop-in hours from 6-8 p.m. Thursday 15 at the Westfield High School cafeteria, 177 Montgomery Road. The Westfield Reliability Project includes constructing new equipment adjacent to Eversource's existing Pochassic Substation and related upgrades to the Buck Pond Substation, according to a news release.

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    22. Wellspring Harvest breaks ground for greenhouse in Springfield (photos, video)

      Wellspring Harvest breaks ground for greenhouse in Springfield (photos, video)

      By fall, between five and nine currently unemployed people will be working in a new hydroponic greenhouse growing salad greens for major local institutions like Baystate Medical Center, the public schools and Big Y supermarket. That's the plan from Wellspring Harvest, which broke ground Thursday at the former Chapman Valve site at 121 Pinevale St. in Indian Orchard. "This will be a great place to go grow food. This will be a great place to grow people," said greenhouse manager and grower Stephen Hilyard.

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