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    1. 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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    2. 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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    3. 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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    4. 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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    5. 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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    6. Sears plans to close Newburyport Kmart; Western Massachusetts Sears, Kmart locations spared

      Sears plans to close Newburyport Kmart; Western Massachusetts Sears, Kmart locations spared

      Sears Holdings has plans to close its Kmart location in Newburyport on Massachusetts' North Shore in September. But Sears locations in the Holyoke Mall, the Berkshire Mall in Lanesborough and the Eastfield Mall in Springfield and the Kmart locations in Holyoke, Springfield and Palmer and the Sears Outlet in Holyoke have apparently been spared in this round  according to a list of 72 doomed stores circulated internally Tuesday and published online by Business Insider.

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    7. Timetable, price tag set for rehab of historic 31 Elm St. on Springfield's Court Square

      Timetable, price tag set for rehab of historic 31 Elm St. on Springfield's Court Square

      The "moon and the stars are aligning" for the rehabilitation of 31 Elm St., a historic building on Court Square, after more than 15 years of effort. That is how Peter Picknelly, founder of OPAL Real Estate Group and chairman of Peter Pan Bus Lines, described the situation Monday during a presentation to the Springfield Redevelopment Authority. He cited interested partners, funding and MGM Springfield's casino project rising nearby.

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    8. Ciro's restaurant preps for opening in Springfield's South End

      Ciro's restaurant preps for opening in Springfield's South End

      A new Ciro's restaurant will open next week in the city's South End, stirring memories of an identically named dining spot in that Italian-American neighborhood. "The name is historic," general manger David A. Vecchiarelli said. "It's a recognition of old time Springfield." The 904 Main St.restaurant is owned by attorney Gerald Glasser of the Springfield firm Kalill Glasser & Associates. Vecchiarelli and Glasser are working on the new Ciro's with Anthony Bruno. The 904 Main St. location was most recently home to Blackjack Steakhouse and briefly an Italian-American restaurant called Carpaccio.

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    9. Demolition of downtown Westfield building nearly done; city plans to create parking

      Demolition of downtown Westfield building nearly done; city plans to create parking

      The Central Street project is being funded through the federal government's Community Development Block Grant program, said Peter J. Miller, Westfield community development director. The demolition contract is for $139,000 with J Mor Enterprises of Hudson, New Hampshire, he said. The city bought the property, which sits on about a quarter acre of land, from Berkshire Bank in September for $80,000, according to records on file with the Hampden County Registry of Deeds. Miller said the city inherited a lease from Berkshire Bank of 25 parking spaces rented to University Housing, LLC, a private apartment complex at ...

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    10. Appleton Corp. to manage Springfield Union Station

      Appleton Corp. to manage Springfield Union Station

      The Springfield Redevelopment Authority has selected Appleton Corp. to manage day-to-day operations at Union Station when it reopens later this month. Union Station, built 91 years ago, closed in 1973. Its $94 million renovation was 40 years in the making. The grand reopening weekend is set for June 23, 24 and 25. Appleton Corp. is a unit of the O'Connell Companies in Holyoke. Construction company Daniel O'Connell's Sons, which served as general contractor on the Union Station redevelopment project, is also part of the O'Connell Companies.

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    11. At Union Station, Springfield business leader says 'give me a train, give me a bus' and partnerships with Boston possible

      At Union Station, Springfield business leader says 'give me a train, give me a bus' and partnerships with Boston possible

      Transit, either on a bus or a train, is an economic development issue for Christian Lagier, managing director of TechSpring, Baystate Health's technology innovation center in downtown Springfield. "If you want me to work with people in Boston and build partnerships there, you have to give me a train. You have to give me a bus," Lagier said during a tour of Springfield Union Station hosted Thursday by U.S. Rep. Richard Neal, D-Springfield, and the Springfield Regional Chamber of Commerce. "I waste four hours driving. I need my laptop. On a bus or a train, I can get ...

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    12. MassMutual sells Chicopee conference center; new owner plans psychiatric hospital

      MassMutual sells Chicopee conference center; new owner plans psychiatric hospital

      MassMutual plans to sell its MassMutual Learning and Conference Center facility at 350 Memorial Drive, and the new owner plans to return the facility to its former use as a psychiatric hospital. The 12.2-acre property near the Massachusetts Turnpike was Charles River Hospital West before the Springfield-based insurance giant bought it and converted it into a place that includes banquet facilities, hotel rooms and 160 parking spaces for MassMutual to hold business meetings and occasional community events.

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    13. Springfield Union Station inks deal with locally owned restaurant, The Whistle Stop, to take final retail space

      Springfield Union Station inks deal with locally owned restaurant, The Whistle Stop, to take final retail space

      Union Station has filed its final first-floor retail space with The Whistle Stop, a sit-down Italian restaurant that will be owned by Carlo Bonavita. The 1,107-square-foot Whistle Stop will feature stromboli, calzones, pizza, and other fare that passengers can take with them or dine-in. the restaurant will offer beer and wine and the beverage concept is entirely local. Carlo Bonavita's son, Sergio, owns Westfield River Brewing in Southwick. His brother, John, owns The Tavern in Westfield.

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    14. Nuvo Bank in Springfield's Tower Square changes name to Community Bank

      Nuvo Bank in Springfield's Tower Square changes name to Community Bank

      Nuvo Bank & Trust  has changed its name to Community Bank following two separate takeovers that resulted in Nuvo being owned by Community Bank of Syracuse, New York. Temporary Community Bank signs are already up at Nuvo's first, and only, office in Springfield's Tower Square office building. Community Bank System Inc., the parent company of Community Bank, completed its merger with Nuvo's most recent owner, Merchants Bancshares, Inc., of Vermont, on May 12. Community Bank paid Merchants shareholders $304 million in the deal, according to a news release.

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    15. 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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    16. 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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    17. 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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    18. 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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    19. 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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    20. 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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    21. 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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    22. 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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    23. 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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