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    1. Holyoke heralds 1st commercial rooftop solar project with energy to power 200 homes a year

      Holyoke heralds 1st commercial rooftop solar project with energy to power 200 homes a year

      The first commercial rooftop solar project has begun here at 49 Garfield St. in a $2 million deal that involves tax credits and the Holyoke Gas and Electric Department buying power that the 3,762 panels will generate, officials said. Installation of the panels began Aug. 3 and they were working as of Oct. 15, Rita Milos of RICAR LLC Real Estate Partnership, owner of the property where the company Expressive Design Group is located, said in a phone interview.

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    2. Holyoke's 'Ingleside Square' plan adds Chipotle Mexican Grill, Vitamin Shoppe, Fairfield Inn & Suites

      Holyoke's 'Ingleside Square' plan adds Chipotle Mexican Grill, Vitamin Shoppe, Fairfield Inn & Suites

      New tenants Chipotle Mexican Grill, Vitamin Shoppe and Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott have signed onto the overhaul of the Holyoke Hotel site on Whiting Farms Road, Mayor Alex B. Morse said. "These tenants will be a great addition to the city of Holyoke and will complement the existing commercial and retail sites in the Ingleside commercial district," Morse said Thursday. The tenants join the previously announced Applebee's restaurant and a plan to build a second hotel at the 245 Whiting Farms Road site that will be called Ingleside Square, he said.

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    3. Holyoke Canal Gallery owners announce $3.4 million, 26-condominium plan

      Holyoke Canal Gallery owners announce $3.4 million, 26-condominium plan

      The owner of the Canal Gallery has acquired two partners and they will convert vacant space at the 380 Dwight St. site into home and work condominiums for $3.4 million, Mayor Alex B. Morse said Wednesday. "This city has become a place where folks want to invest, and live, and raise their families," Morse said in a press release. "I couldn't be more excited about what this new development at 380 Dwight Street will do to bolster our already strong efforts to build a prosperous and densely populated downtown. I thank David, Terrence, and Mark for their efforts ...

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    4. Holyoke official Marcos Marrero named to Gov. Charlie Baker's economic development council

      Holyoke official Marcos Marrero named to Gov. Charlie Baker's economic development council

      Gov. Charlie Baker has appointed city official Marcos A. Marrero to a committee that will work to meet the state requirement of filing an economic development plan within the first year of a new gubernatorial administration, officials said. Marrero, director of the Department of Planning and Economic Development, attended the first meeting of the 59-member Governor's Economic Development Planning Council Tuesday.

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    5. Plug Into The Creative Valley coming to Holyoke's The Cubit

      Plug Into The Creative Valley coming to Holyoke's The Cubit

      Plug Into The Creative Valley is coming to The Cubit. The free monthly traveling event where "local creatives" gather to talk and trade ideas is Paper City-bound again as Plug Into the Creative Valley meets Oct. 13 at 6 p.m. at The Cubit, 164 Race St. "A great opportunity to meet like-minded artists and creative business owners in the valley for a no pressure night of networking ..." was how the event was described on The Cubit Facebook page.

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    6. Holyoke Manufacturers Day proclaimed to mark ingenuity of city businesses

      Holyoke Manufacturers Day proclaimed to mark ingenuity of city businesses

      Coinciding with National Manufacturing Day, Mayor Alex B. Morse proclaimed Friday (Oct. 2) Manufacturers Day in Holyoke. "Manufacturing is alive and well in Holyoke and I'm continually impressed to see ingenuity at work and the quality of the products being produced right here in our city," Morse said. Manufacturing Day is intended to address misunderstandings about manufacturing, with businesses urged to open their doors and show what manufacturing is and what it isn't, mfgday.com said.

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    7. China TV shows computing center transforming Holyoke from strugglng mill center to 'world-class city'

      China TV shows computing center transforming Holyoke from strugglng mill center to 'world-class city'

      China Central Television 13 (CCTV), which the New York Times said has an estimated 700 million Chinese viewers, came here in July for a story that aired shortly after about how this struggling former paper mill center is establishing itself as "a world-class city" largely thanks to the high performance computing center. The two candidates for mayor disagreed Friday (Sept. 25) about rewards Holyoke has positioned itself to reap from the Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center (MGHPCC), a $165 million world-class academic research facility that opened in 2012 on Bigelow Street between Appleton and Cabot streets.

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    8. Solar strong possibility for former Holyoke coal-burning site: owner

      Solar strong possibility for former Holyoke coal-burning site: owner

      Solar could be the future for the closed Mount Tom Power Station on Route 5 as a spokeswoman said Wednesday (Sept. 23) the company is "seriously considering" such a step. That comes after groups studying reuse options for the 128-acre, former coal-burning plant offered proposals that involve installation of solar-power panels. Solar panels are devices that convert light into electricity. Plant-owner GDF SUEZ Energy North America closed the facility beside the Connecticut River in late December because burning coal to produce energy was too expensive in the face of the cheaper alternative of natural gas.

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    9. Holyoke celebrates return of passenger train service with $4.3 million station platform

      Holyoke celebrates return of passenger train service with $4.3 million station platform

      Passenger train service was welcomed back to Holyoke Thursday (Aug. 27) after 50 years. "There is no doubt that Holyoke is on the map. We've been on the map, and today, even more so," Mayor Alex B. Morse said. State and local officials cut the ceremonial ribbon to open the new, $4.3 million Holyoke Passenger Rail Platform at Depot Square, Main and Dwight streets, where Amtrak will make two stops a day -- one northbound, one southbound.

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    10. Holyoke Medical Center opening physical therapy site in West Springfield

      Holyoke Medical Center opening physical therapy site in West Springfield

      Holyoke Medical Center will open a satellite location for physical therapy at Healthtrax Fitness & Wellness in West Springfield Aug. 31 with plans for similar sites in Chicopee and South Hadley, a spokeswoman said Wednesday (Aug. 26). The satellites are part of the hospital's commitment to physical therapy and rehabilitation services. That includes renovation and expansion of its in-house physical therapy, occupational therapy, pulmonary and cardiac rehabilitation department, Marketing Director Rebecca MacGregor said.

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    11. Holyoke planners seek traffic study for Holyoke Medical Center $12 million emergency room project

      Holyoke planners seek traffic study for Holyoke Medical Center $12 million emergency room project

      The Planning Board after a 90-minute public hearing Tuesday (Aug. 25) told Holyoke Medical Center to return Sept. 8 with a traffic study and other details related to a plan for a $12 million emergency room. The hospital at 575 Beech St. needs a new emergency department because the existing one was built to handle 18,000 visits a year and has been drawing more than 45,000, officials said. "The existing emergency room is untenable," said Spiros Hatiras, hospital president and chief executive officer.

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    12. Holyoke Medical Center $12 million emergency room plan set for public hearing

      Holyoke Medical Center $12 million emergency room plan set for public hearing

      The Planning Board will hold a public hearing Tuesday (Aug. 25) on Holyoke Medical Center's plan to build a $12 million emergency department. The public hearing will be at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall Annex in the fourth-floor conference room, said Marcos A. Marrero, director of the Department of Planning and Economic Development. The hospital needs a new facility to replace what was described in the site plan review application as an undersized current emergency room that has an inefficient floor plan. The addition would be on the west side of the hospital in what is now ...

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    13. Holyoke to present illuminated 'Arrivals' public art installation

      Holyoke to present illuminated 'Arrivals' public art installation

      An illuminated work of public art that celebrates the arrivals of city residents will be unveiled Wednesday (Aug. 19) at 4:30 p.m. under the Mosher Street Rail Bridge. "The project consists of a 30-foot-long glowing wall of light that depicts a historic scene of Main Street in Holyoke, punctuated by three vertical light boxes containing excerpts of local stories of arrival to the city," said a press release Monday from the Department of Planning and Economic Development.

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    14. Holyoke Medical Center gets OK to demolish Isabella Street home for parking lot

      Holyoke Medical Center gets OK to demolish Isabella Street home for parking lot

      Hospital officials said they hope to break ground in early October on a $12 million emergency room and next month the hospital will open a wound care center. The latter will have hyperbaric chambers that treat numerous conditions and wounds such as those suffered by diabetics with 100 percent oxygen at high pressure, officials said.

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    15. Holyoke Water Works to update Councilors about $3.2 million facility, other issues

      Holyoke Water Works to update Councilors about $3.2 million facility, other issues

      Construction of a $3.2 million drinking water disinfection facility at 600 Westfield Road is about half done, an official said Wednesday (Aug. 5). The three-member Water Commission has requested a meeting with the City Council to provide an update about that construction, as well as to discuss current and projected capital spending and revenue, water consumption and water rates, Water Works Manager David M. Conti said.

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    16. Community Preservation Act depicted as benefit at Holyoke forum

      Community Preservation Act depicted as benefit at Holyoke forum

      The CPA is a state law which, if adopted, permits cities and towns to levy a property tax surcharge of 1 percent to 3 percent to raise revenue. The money is used to acquire and protect open space, preserve historic buildings and establish affordable housing. The state provides matching funds to communities that have enacted the CPA legislation.

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    17. Holyoke business Elevation Art and Framing opens at Gateway City Arts

      Holyoke business Elevation Art and Framing opens at Gateway City Arts

      Elevation Art and Framing has marked its grand opening at Gateway City Arts, 92 Race St. "It's great to be in Gateway City Arts because they have a lot of classes here. It's great to be in an arts environment," owner Colleen Conlon said in a phone interview Wednesday (July 1). Conlon, a Connecticut native and now Holyoke resident, said her is goal is to deliver excellent design and creative quality framing with high-quality materials to enhance and protect artwork or other important displays.

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    18. Willimansett bridge reopens to Holyoke-Chicopee traffic after $26.5 million renovation

      Willimansett bridge reopens to Holyoke-Chicopee traffic after $26.5 million renovation

      Northern Construction Service, LLC., of Palmer, completed the project. Northern Construction was the second-lowest bidder, but since the contract was made with American International Group, the insurance company which held the bond for the now-bankrupt Pihl Inc., of Denmark, they did not have to follow the state procurement process and that allowed work to resume sooner than if rebidding had to be done, officials said.

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    19. Holyoke utility to pour $2 million from land sale into operating budget

      Holyoke utility to pour $2 million from land sale into operating budget

      - Rising transmission and other costs mean that the $2 million the Holyoke Gas and Electric Department gets in selling Whiting Farms Road property will help in keeping rates lower than most utilities but won't reduce rate-payers' bills, an official said. "Although the $2 million proceeds from the land sale would be a significant influx of cash flow, it is only a one time infusion of cash, as opposed to the increases to operating expenses, which are recurring," department Manager James M. Lavelle said Friday (May 29).

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    20. Holyoke Council grants zone change for $10 million Gary Rome Hyundai project

      Holyoke Council grants zone change for $10 million Gary Rome Hyundai project

      Rome's allusion was to the multinight public hearing process that began March 31 and Tuesday's debate in which councilors debated motions to table and reconsider a competing zone-change bid filed by residents who said an auto dealership would be intrusive to the neighborhood. Ultimately, councilors sided with the pitch Rome has been making. His project will provide 50 new full-time jobs, some part-time jobs, thousands of dollars a years in property tax revenue and an increase in employee payroll to more than $7 million from the current $4.6 million, he said.

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    21. Holyoke to decontaminate former auto service business and sell it

      Holyoke to decontaminate former auto service business and sell it

      The goal is to have the former auto sales and service property ready for sale by fall for an industrial use. It is near the Springdale Industrial Park and Interstate 391, said Marcos A. Marrero, director of the city Department of Planning and Economic Development. "As a city, one of the biggest challenges we face is securing the often scarce resources needed to make sites like this ready for redevelopment," Mayor Alex B. Morse said in a press release. "This has been a focal point of my administration's economic development strategy, and I look forward to getting this property ...

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    22. Holyoke Community College offers 'TEDx@HCC' day of talks

      Holyoke Community College offers 'TEDx@HCC' day of talks

      TED is coming to HCC. Holyoke Community College (HCC) will hold its first TED talk event -- TED stands for technology, entertainment and design -- April 29 from 9:30 a.m.to 4 p.m. at Leslie Phillips Theater in the Fine & Performing Arts building at the 303 Homestead Ave. campus. TED Conferences LLC provide guidance for local versions of the program -- called a TEDx program, or in this case TEDx@HCC -- but such local events are locally organized, said Jeffery Anderson-Burgos, HCC Student Senate president.

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    23. Holyoke's O'Connell Care at Home sets open house to fill jobs

      Holyoke's O'Connell Care at Home sets open house to fill jobs

      Jobs are available at O'Connell Care at Home and will be discussed at an open house from noon to 4 p.m. Monday (April 20) at the company offices at 14 Bobala Road, Suite 1B. "Whether you are looking for a career or extra income, home health care is rewarding and in demand," said Danielle Lord, company chief operating officer. The company is seeking certified nursing assistants, certified home health aides and personal care assistants to work in Hampden, Hampshire and Franklin counties, a press release from spokeswoman Caroline Lee said.

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