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    1. Developer proposes Chicopee subdivison that can be reached only by Springfield streets

      Developer proposes Chicopee subdivison that can be reached only by Springfield streets

      The Planning Board gave preliminary approvals to a plan to build a six-home subdivision off Russell Road in Springfield, but warned developers that they have a long way to go before getting the final OK. The complex plan submitted by Ralph Capua, owner of Sodi Inc, of East Longmeadow, calls for the homes to be built off Russell Street, in Springfield. School buses, trash trucks and police and fire would only be able to access the Chicopee residents by driving on Springfield roads.

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    2. Chicopee Academy to team with Westover Job Corps to give students a chance to learn job skills

      Chicopee Academy to team with Westover Job Corps to give students a chance to learn job skills

      Within a month of moving into a new school, educators at Chicopee Academy are developing a partnership that will allow students to learn a trade at Westover Job Corps. Under the proposal, juniors and seniors in good standing and on target to graduate will be allowed to spend half a day at the Job Corps so they can receive vocational training as well as a high school diploma, Academy Principal John G. Leonard said. The best part is the program will be virtually free to Chicopee Public Schools. The only expense may be a need to provide occasional busing for ...

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    3. Springfield Technical Community College President Ira Rubenzahl to retire

      Springfield Technical Community College President Ira Rubenzahl to retire

      The president of Springfield Technical Community has announced he will retire after serving in the post for a dozen years. Ira H. Rubenzahl announced his plans to retire to the college's Board of Trustees on Thursday night and told staff and faculty on Friday in a letter, said Carla J. Potts, coordinator of Media Relations for the college.

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    4. Preliminary proposals for new charter schools in Holyoke, Springfield and Quabog Valley approved by state

      Preliminary proposals for new charter schools in Holyoke, Springfield and Quabog Valley approved by state

      New proposals for charter schools in Springfield, Holyoke and the Quabog Valley have been approved by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and will move to the next step in the application process. The proposals are for a grade six to 12 school in Springfield, a grade six to 12 school for Holyoke, Westfield and Agawam and a kindergarten to grade eight school that would serve at least 15 small towns in the Quabog Valley. "We are trying to bring the exact same model to another region. We became a level 1 school and we want to serve different ...

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    5. Chicopee Council approves $425,000 to create industrial park off Mass Turnpike

      Chicopee Council approves $425,000 to create industrial park off Mass Turnpike

      The City Council has agreed to spend $425,000 to turn vacant land near the Massachusetts Turnpike into a shovel-ready industrial park, despite misgivings of a number of councilors who said they were uncomfortable about investing money into private property. The council voted 8-5 Tuesday to withdraw the $425,000 from the city's stabilization account and give it to the Westover Metropolitan Development Corp. so it can go through the extensive the Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act permitting process to prepare the nearly 100-acre Air Park South for business development.

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    6. Chicopee funds demolition of former Westover homes to build solar farm

      Chicopee funds demolition of former Westover homes to build solar farm

      The city has received a $1 million grant through MassDevelopment. The money comes from Massachusetts' $5.9 million bond bill grant program to support the Clean Energy Assessment & Strategic Plan for Massachusetts Military Installations. The idea is to make Massachusetts military bases, including Westover Air Reserve Base, more efficient to operate as a way of hopefully sparing the bases from Department of Defense cost cutting. Westover has already seen a reduction of 59 full-time and 275 reservist jobs and will lose half its fleet of 16 C-5 Galaxy jets over a several year period.

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    7. Chicopee proposes funding industrial park development near Massachusetts Turnpike

      Chicopee proposes funding industrial park development near Massachusetts Turnpike

      Hoping to attract a large business that could bring many jobs to the community, the city is considering spending $425,000 to develop a new industrial park near the Massachusetts Turnpike. Mayor Richard J. Kos asked the City Council to allocate the money from the city's stabilization account to help Westover Metropolitan Development Corporation develop an about 104-acre parcel of land named Air Park South. City Councilors mostly said they liked the idea, but wanted more information. They voted 12-0 to send it to finance subcommittee for more discussion.

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    8. Springfield Jazz & Roots Festival draws thousands to Court Square

      Springfield Jazz & Roots Festival draws thousands to Court Square

      While visiting her daughter's family for the summer, Indiana resident Marcy Anderson found a perfect way to spend a sunny a Saturday afternoon downtown. The daylong Springfield Jazz & Roots Festival attracted an estimated 5,000 people who wanted to hear music from a high school jazz group, Latin jazz performers and some bigger known names including Springfield native Avery Sharpe with Charles Neville. "I was born and raised up on jazz. My father was a big fan of jazz," Anderson said. She attended with her daughter Stacey Church, of Wilbraham, the general manager of the MassMutual Center, and her ...

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    9. Springfield I-91 lane closures to begin Tuesday for viaduct construction

      Springfield I-91 lane closures to begin Tuesday for viaduct construction

      As part of the start of the start of the Interstate 91 viaduct construction project, one or two lanes of the highway will be closed on Sunday through Thursday nights through the fall. The first phase of the project includes utility work, intersection improvements and bridge deck repairs. The closures will be on the northbound and southbound lanes, according to the state Department of Transportation. The closures will allow the contractor, White-Schiavone, to mill out the existing pavement and repair the concrete deck, transportation officials said.

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    10. Chicopee Pride station on Burnett Road to see $1 million in improvements

      Chicopee Pride station on Burnett Road to see $1 million in improvements

      Robert L. Bolduc, chairman of Pride Stores, is proposing an about $1 million project to swap aging pumps with more efficient ones, replace the canopy over the diesel pumps, reconfigure the two driveways and make other improvements. The plan also calls for Bolduc to replace the two underground tanks that carry a total of 23,000 gallons of fuel with one 25,000 tank. He is also proposing an alternate plan to add a driveway that would allow trucks to exit at New Lombard and Burnett Road.

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    11. Chicopee condo complex proposal wins approvals

      Chicopee condo complex proposal wins approvals

      The Planning Board last week approved a preliminary plan for a 16-unit condominium complex that will be constructed on McKinstry Avenue. The 5-0 approval came after Agawam Developer Sergey Savonin, tweaked original plans that eliminated a long driveway and replaced it with shorter driveways and a courtyard. "This is so much better. It gets rid of the long driveway," said Elin Gaynor, a member of the Planning Board. Savonin said he is planning to build four buildings that each have four units in them on the about 39,200 square foot property near the intersection of Haus Avenue. Each of ...

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    12. Westover Air Show attracts 225,000 people despite traffic and heat

      Westover Air Show attracts 225,000 people despite traffic and heat

      An estimated 375,000 people attended this year's air show, which also celebrated the 75th anniversary of Westover. Cloudy skies kept some people away on Saturday and the U.S. Army Golden Knights had to cancel its parachute jumps and several other teams performed an alternate low altitude show, Lt. Col. James Bishop, chief of public affairs for Westover said. Still an estimated 150,000 people attended the free show on Saturday. That number soared to about 225,000 on Sunday when the weather was warm but the skies were clear. "You couldn't ask for better flying weather ...

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    13. Great New England Air Show 2015 to feature high-tech F-22 Raptor stealth jet

      Great New England Air Show 2015 to feature high-tech F-22 Raptor stealth jet

      The Great New England Air Show at Westover Air Reserve Base will be held May 16 and 17. Typically people react with "shock and awe" when they see the capabilities of the F-22 Raptor jet, said Maj. John Cummings, part of the demonstration team from Langley Air Force Base in Virginia, who will be flying the jet this weekend. "People are very surprised to see such a big airplane maneuver as it does," he said. The F-22 Raptor is the most advanced airplane flying at the Great New England Air Show this weekend. Other highlights of the show include the ...

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    14. Westover Air Base in Chicopee has a long history of flying refueling tanker jets

      Westover Air Base in Chicopee has a long history of flying refueling tanker jets

      The news that Westover is one of four finalists to be selected to become home to new KC-46A Pegasus refueling planes could bring the base back to its original mission. Having refueling aircraft at Westover is not new. In fact the first time Westover pilots flew refueling planes was in 1955 when the KC-97s arrived at the base. Those planes also carried cargo, Master Sgt. Andrew S. Biscoe, public affairs technician at Westover, said.

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    15. Chicopee's Westover Air base could diversify mission add jobs with new refueling tanker planes

      Chicopee's Westover Air base could diversify mission add jobs with new refueling tanker planes

      "We are pleased to hear the Air Force is considering Westover as a site to host 12 refueling planes. Westover is an important part of not only our community, but our local economy. Any increase in activity at the base is a good thing for the base, our city, and our region," he said. State officials have already agreed to invest more than $6 million to boost Westover's mission and try to protect it from further defense cuts. Included in the funding is opening a new $5 million National Aeronautics Research, Development and Training Center in partnership with the ...

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    16. Chicopee empty Lyman Mills could become loft apartments and workspaces

      Chicopee empty Lyman Mills could become loft apartments and workspaces

      The former John R. Lyman Mill building may be converted from a textile factory to a complex of loft apartments and workspaces. City officials said they are talking to a developer, who has asked to remain unnamed for now, about his proposal to purchase the mill building at the corner of Front and Depot Streets and convert it to lofts. The mill has been vacant for about three years since president William S. Wright moved Lymtech Scientific to a new building on Westover Road.

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    17. Chicopee Westover Building Supply receives recommendation to expand

      Chicopee Westover Building Supply receives recommendation to expand

      The Planning Board agreed approved a zone change request that will allow Westover Building Supply to expand its business. The approval is the first step in the business owner's plan to build a 50 by 100 square foot storage and four-bay garage facility next to his business on Telegraph Road, said Thomas Murphy, lawyer for Westover Building Supply. The City Council will still have to approve the change of a vacant lot from the current zoning of residential to business. The company owners will also have to go through the site plan review process to receive permits before construction ...

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    18. Hampden Charter School of Science for Chicopee, Springfield, West Springfield, Ludlow approved for expansion

      Hampden Charter School of Science for Chicopee, Springfield, West Springfield, Ludlow approved for expansion

      The state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education voted 8-1, with one abstention, Monday night to allow the charter school to expand from the current 350 students to 560 students, said Jacqueline Reis, spokeswoman for the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. The school will continue to have the same grades six through 12, but will increase the number of students in each grade over a four-year period starting in September, said Harun Celik, director of the school. The school board of directors agreed that by increasing the number of students, Hampden Charter School of Science can offer more ...

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    19. Valley Opportunity Center receives grant to rebuild Chicopee preschool

      Valley Opportunity Center receives grant to rebuild Chicopee preschool

      The Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care awarded the Valley Opportunity a $1 million grant that will allow the organization to tear down its center at 374 Montgomery St and construct a building better designed for a school. "Without the state resources, the project was stalled for several years," said Stephen C. Huntley, executive director of the Valley Opportunity Council.

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    20. Chicopee officials hoping state-city-military partnership will preserve Westover Air Base

      Chicopee officials hoping state-city-military partnership will preserve Westover Air Base

      The biggest grant is a $5 million allocation to UMass Amherst to support the creation of a Research and Development partnership program at Westover. The money will be used to lease and renovate a vacant Westover building to establish a national aeronautics, research, development, and training center with the university in the lead. In addition there are plans in discussion to extend the time the air traffic control tower is open to 24-hours. The base also received $930,000 in money to make upgrades to the heating system to make it more energy efficient and Chicopee received $1 million in ...

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    21. Chicopee to demolish long-vacant military housing, build solar farm for Westover

      Chicopee to demolish long-vacant military housing, build solar farm for Westover

      A state grant will help the city demolish 128 vacant military homes that have been a problem for more than a decade and use the land for a solar farm to benefit nearby Westover Air Reserve Base. Mayor Richard J. Kos announced at the School Committee meeting Wednesday the city will receive a $1 million grant that will allow the city to demolish the housing and use the property for a solar farm. The plan is to partner with Westover Air Reserve Base officials to reduce the energy costs for the military, Kos said.

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    22. Westover economic impact decline does not panic Chicopee officials, but they will watch for future drops

      Westover economic impact decline does not panic Chicopee officials, but they will watch for future drops

      Business officials and politicians said they are not concerned about a two-year decline in the economic impact Westover Air Reserve Base has had on the region, but said there could be bigger drops in the future. Every year U.S. Air Force officials analyze the economic impact the base has, using formulas to calculate everything from the amount spent by base employees, the benefit of any construction projects and indirect jobs created either by subcontractors who work at Westover and outside businesses who serve employees.

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