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    1. Inaugural 'Markets at Eastfield' vendor fair in Springfield mall deemed a success

      Inaugural 'Markets at Eastfield' vendor fair in Springfield mall deemed a success

      The Markets at Eastfield, a vendor fair in the old Macy's at Eastfield Mall, drew thousands of visitors last weekend for its grand opening, according to the promoter who is organizing it as an ongoing event. Bill Bullock, owner of Bulldog Enterprises, said he expects even more people this weekend when he combines the market with one of his company's regular sports card and collectibles shows. The sports card show features former New York Mets pitching ace Dwight Gooden Saturday from 1:30-3 p.m., wrestler X-Pac Saturday from 4-6 p.m. and Rob Ninkovich, a retired Patriots ...

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    2. First Orange Line T car shells arrive at CRRC factory in Springfield

      First Orange Line T car shells arrive at CRRC factory in Springfield

      The first four uncompleted shells for MBTA Orange Line subway cars arrived at the CRRC MA plant in East Springfield this week. Workers there are unpacking them and getting ready to begin assembly work, said spokeswoman Lydia Rivera. She expects work on completing the cars to begin in earnest sometime in the next month or so.

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    3. In face of $3.1 million budget gap, PVTA approves delayed service cuts, plan to hike bus fares 20 percent

      In face of $3.1 million budget gap, PVTA approves delayed service cuts, plan to hike bus fares 20 percent

      Pioneer Valley Transit Authority bus riders will pay 20 percent more at the fare box and for passes and paratransit trips starting July 1 following a vote Monday of the the PVTA Advisory Board. The board also voted Monday to take a once-every-three-years review of its fares, which before Monday hadn't gone up in a decade. But any fare hikes resulting from those reviews would need a new set of public hearings and a vote at that time. Level funding from the state for the PVTA means the agency gets $23.6 million in the coming budget year. Rising ...

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    4. Applications available today for Hampden County Regional Employment Board summer jobs program

      Applications available today for Hampden County Regional Employment Board summer jobs program

      With the unemployment rate for those ages 16-19 stuck at nearly 26 percent, the Regional Employment Board of Hampden County is once again calling for people to hire young workers, donate to its summer youth employment programs and provide work sites. Officials fear too many area young people will be out of school this summer with too much time on their hands and no way to pick up the work ethic, job skills and the money a summer job can provide. Not to mention the other ways teens might fill their time if they aren't on the job, said ...

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    5. No English, no luck? Why MGM Springfield is looking for strong English skills and what's being done to prep candidates

      No English, no luck? Why MGM Springfield is looking for strong English skills and what's being done to prep candidates

      MGM Springfield made a big splash this week when it posted 1,000 available jobs in its website. It was a huge step forward for a $960 million project whose main selling point to skeptical voters, who ultimately approved casino gambling here, was jobs. For many of those jobs -- even unskilled ones like bus person and kitchen runner -- "English language proficiency" is the first relevant skill listed. The job description defines English language proficiency this way: "The ability to speak and understand English when giving and receiving instructions, and talking with management, coworkers, and guests. This includes using correct grammar ...

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    6. Tower Square hotel in hands of new owners; local group plans renovations and rebranding

      Tower Square hotel in hands of new owners; local group plans renovations and rebranding

      Businessman Dinesh Patel of East Longmeadow and his partners closed Thursday on their $10.5 million purchase of the Tower Square Hotel, formerly the Marriott, in the heart of downtown. The partners plan to buy the rest of Tower Square -- including the parking garage -- within a few weeks, for a sum they do not yet wish to disclose. The parking garage is considered part of the mall and office tower property. The hotel's sale price became public when papers were filed at the Hampden County Registry of Deeds.

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    7. New owner of Springfield's Tower Square Hotel revealed as sale is set to close

      New owner of Springfield's Tower Square Hotel revealed as sale is set to close

      Western Massachusetts businessman Dinesh Patel and his partners plan to close on their purchase of Tower Square Hotel on Thursday. Patel's attorney, Paul M. Maleck, confirmed Wednesday that the transaction is expected and said Patel and his partners' planned purchase of the adjacent Tower Square mall and office tower will follow in a few weeks.

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    8. Still recovering from flood, Italian Cultural Center of Western Massachusetts offers scholarships, plans dinner

      Still recovering from flood, Italian Cultural Center of Western Massachusetts offers scholarships, plans dinner

      While the Italian Cultural Center of Western Massachusetts recovers from a devastating flood that rendered its building unusable, the 400-member club is still hosting dinners and running its scholarship program. Board member Lucille Brindisi said the Italian Cultural Center, based at 56 Margaret St., is offering scholarships to high school seniors who are pursuing higher education.

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    9. Springfield unemployment rate steady; jobs, labor force up

      Springfield unemployment rate steady; jobs, labor force up

      The city's unemployment rate crept downward in February by a tenth of a percentage point, to 6.6 percent, from 6.7 percent in January. The city's jobless rate was higher a year ago at this time: 7.3 percent. Local unemployment rates are not adjusted for seasonal changes in the economy. So a year-over-year number is a more accurate snapshot of the local jobs market. The Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development released updated figures Wednesday.

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    10. 'The New Springfield': Investment in city now $3.76 billion since tornado

      'The New Springfield': Investment in city now $3.76 billion since tornado

      Public and private investment in the city since the tornado of June 2011 now totals more than $3.76 billion, Chief Development Officer Kevin Kennedy said Tuesday during a presentation at CityStage. Kennedy gave an economic development update to the Springfield Regional Chamber of Commerce at his "The New Springfield: Now Arriving" program. The $3.76 billion number is up $453 million since Kennedy's most recent CityStage update in November 2016.

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    11. Former Southworth building in Agawam sold; new owners plan to subdivide it for industrial use

      Former Southworth building in Agawam sold; new owners plan to subdivide it for industrial use

      Investors have finalized their purchase of the former Southworth Paper factory and headquarters for $1.9 million. Southworth is liquidating its assets and will likely sell its former mill in the Turners Falls section of Montague at auction. That transaction is pending in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Springfield. In Agawam, the new owners of the 146,000-square-foot plant at 265 Main St., PCT Realty Venture, plan to allow a tenant to keep operating there and to rent out the rest of the building for manufacturing or warehouse uses.

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    12. 'The New Springfield is Arriving' progress report features Sec. Jay Ash

      'The New Springfield is Arriving' progress report features Sec. Jay Ash

      Encouraged by recent good news from MassMutual, Big Y and others, city Chief Development Officer Kevin Kennedy is giving another of his regular updates. The event, called "The New Springfield Is Arriving," takes its name from Springfield's Union Station and the new CTRail commuter rail service. The presentation runs from 4-6 p.m. Tuesday at CityStage, One Columbus Center, Springfield. The event is free. Parking is free in the adjacent garage. State Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Jay Ash is will also speak. Ash helped secure a deal earlier this year that will bring 1,500 MassMutual jobs ...

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    13. Westfield Bank relocating within Springfield's Tower Square

      Westfield Bank relocating within Springfield's Tower Square

      Westfield Bank is preparing to move from one space on the first floor of Tower Square to another. The current Westfield Bank office will go back on the market as available space for a new tenant, said Annette Scheidecker, director of marketing for Tower Square. Westfield Bank's current office space is just inside one of the Tower Square Main Street entrances. The new location is deeper inside the complex

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    14. Massachusetts adds 13K jobs in February, unemployment steady at 3.5 percent

      Massachusetts adds 13K jobs in February, unemployment steady at 3.5 percent

      Massachusetts added 13,700 jobs last month, including 13,100 private-sector jobs, according to statistics released Friday by the state Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development. Payrolls were up  in 11 states -- including Massachusetts --  and was essentially unchanged in 39 states and the District, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. In Massachusetts, the state's unemployment rate remained unchanged at 3.5 percent on the month. That's six-tenths of a percentage point lower than the national rate of 4.1 percent.

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    15. AIC hosts more than 100 employers for all-college career fair March 28

      AIC hosts more than 100 employers for all-college career fair March 28

      American International College expects more than 100 employers on campus at the the annual College Career Centers of Western Mass (CCCWM) Career Fair March 28 in the Henry A. Butova Gymnasium, 125 Cortland St. MGM Springfield will present a casino employment information session from 10-11:30 a.m. The job fair runs from from noon until 3 p.m. Employers are offering both jobs and internships.

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    16. West Springfield shoe and clothing store Skechers opens

      West Springfield shoe and clothing store Skechers opens

      The Skechers outlet store in the Century Center on Memorial Drive in West Springfield opened last weekend, according to an email Thursday from landlords Century Investment Co. The 219 Memorial Ave. location is the brand's first store in Greater Springfield. It is planning a grand opening April 27. Plaza owner Andrew Cohen said the store has about 35 employees. The Skecher's location previously was a Party City and had recently hosted a seasonal Spirit Halloween store.  There is another Skechers at the Lee Premium Outlets in Berkshire County.

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    17. John Hesslein promoted at Western Mass News

      John Hesslein promoted at Western Mass News

      Meredith Corp. promoted John Hesslein to vice president and general manager at Western Mass News, Meredith's CBS, ABC and Fox affiliates based in Springfield. The new job is effective immediately, and Hesslein will report to Patrick McCreery, Meredith Local Media Group executive vice president, according to a press release.  Hesslein has served as the station manager and general sales manager since 2014. He's worked for WSHM-TV CBS-3 and Meredith for more than 13 years.  "John has overseen many exciting enhancements at our Springfield stations, including the launch and growth of our Western Mass News team," McCreery said. "I ...

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    18. Security with a smile: 1st class graduates from Cambridge College program sponsored by MGM Springfield

      Security with a smile: 1st class graduates from Cambridge College program sponsored by MGM Springfield

      Henry Agudelo, of Feeding Hills, thought he knew security from his years as a correctional officer in Connecticut, as an undercover officer for the USDA investigating food stamp fraud and his time as a soldier. What he learned over the last three weeks, however, was working security with a smile. "There are a lot more similes," Agudelo, 45, said Wednesday after graduating with the first class of Cambridge College's Hospitality Pre-Apprentice Program.

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    19. Sneak peek inside new $19.9 million Live 155 complex on Pleasant Street in Northampton (photos, video)

      Sneak peek inside new $19.9 million Live 155 complex on Pleasant Street in Northampton (photos, video)

      Way Finders, the Springfield-based housing agency that used to be HAPHousing, aimed for a niche market when it built Live 155, its new apartment building at the former Northampton Lodging site at 155 Pleasant St. And they've apparently hit that target, said Peter Serafino, project manager for Way Finders. Tenants have already claimed the 47 affordable housing units at the 70-unit building, and applicants are lining up for the remaining 23 market-rate units. There was a lottery, he said, and new applicants for affordable units are going on the waiting list.

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    20. Batteries Plus Bulbs set to open in Springfield

      Batteries Plus Bulbs set to open in Springfield

      Batteries Plus Bulbs is in a retail strip center developed by Colvest. It's next to the Aldi discount supermarket at the corner of Boston and Pasco roads and adjacent to the Colvest building that houses MedExpress Urgent Care at 1312 Boston Road.  A Moe's Southwestern Grill will open at the retail center in April, said Frank Colaccino, CEO of Colvest, which has its headquarters in Springfield. There is a Sprint phone store in the shopping plaza, and Colaccino said there is more space available.

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    21. 'New Springfield: Now Arriving' focus of development talk

      'New Springfield: Now Arriving' focus of development talk

      SPRINGFIELD -- The city will update the public on its economic development efforts with a railroad themed PowerPoint presentation befitting Union Station, CTRail train service and CRRC MA's planned start on MBTA subway cars next month

      "The New Springfield: Now Arriving'" presentation is set for Tuesday, March 27, 4 to 6 p.m., at CityStage, One Columbus Center. The event is free and fee parking will be available in the Columbus Center Garage.

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    22. MGM Springfield reveals deal with Indian Motorcycles to open first apparel store at casino

      MGM Springfield reveals deal with Indian Motorcycles to open first apparel store at casino

      MGM Springfield revealed Thursday that the iconic Indian Motorcycle company, which was originally founded in Springfield, will open an apparel shop at the soon-to-open casino in the city's South End. MGM previously announced that its poker room will have an old-time car theme based around Springfield's early automotive history as home to the Duryea brothers and the American factory of Rolls-Royce. MGM Springfield plans to open its $960-million in September.

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    23. Springfield Crrc Ma honored, rail car production begins next month

      Springfield Crrc Ma honored, rail car production begins next month

      The new CRRC MA rail car manufacturing complex in East Springfield is the state's engineering accomplishment of the year, according to the American Council of Engineering Companies of Massachusetts. The group honored CRRC at its annual meeting Wednesday. That honor comes as CRRC nears the start of production. The Chinese-owned company will start building new cars for the MBTA Orange Line in April.

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    24. Work begins on expansion of Longmeadow Big Y supermarket

      Work begins on expansion of Longmeadow Big Y supermarket

      Contractors have started work in the former bagel shop, hardware store and barbershop adjacent to the Big Y supermarket at 802 Williams St. in this suburb's main shopping district. Work on converting that space into supermarket retail area will begin in earnest within weeks with completion expected within a few months, said Mathieu D'Amour, Big Y's vice president of real estate and development. The Springfield-based supermarket chain is in the midst of getting final approval for the project from the town, he said. Town Manger Stephen J. Crane said Tuesday that Longmeadow officials will meet this week ...

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