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    1. Run-down Pride Station in Agawam to be demolished, new 'Pride Kitchen' planned

      Run-down Pride Station in Agawam to be demolished, new 'Pride Kitchen' planned

      Pride Convenience Inc. on Oct. 1 pulled a permit with the city's Building Division to demolish an old service station and car wash at 395 Main St. In its place, a new, 5,400-square-foot "Pride Kitchen" convenience store with gas pumps and a drive-through will be built, Pride Stores CEO Robert L. Bolduc said Thursday. In a telephone interview, Bolduc said demolition will take place this fall, that he will submit applications to the city's Planning Department and that he hopes to start construction in the spring.

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    2. Developer plans $43 million mixed-use project at One Ferry Street mill complex in Easthampton

      Developer plans $43 million mixed-use project at One Ferry Street mill complex in Easthampton

      Developer Michael Michon plans an ambitious mixed-use development at One Ferry Street, an abandoned and rambling factory complex built in 1903. The project, which could cost up to $43 million, "includes the demolition, restoration, and construction of select buildings and site improvements to allow for a variety of uses," according to a special permit application submitted to the city on Tuesday.

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    3. Morgan-Sullivan bridge project to last 47 months, MassDOT tells West Springfield crowd

      Morgan-Sullivan bridge project to last 47 months, MassDOT tells West Springfield crowd

      The busy Morgan-Sullivan bridge along Rt. 147 will be reduced to two travel lanes for 36 to 40 months, but preliminary and finish work will extend the time frame further still. "There's basically 47 months of construction," said Shawn Clark, project manager for Northern Construction Service, LLC, which submitted the low bid of $21.5 million to rebuild the Westfield River span linking West Springfield and Agawam. Work started in September. One lane each way will be available this month, and four travel lanes should be restored by spring of 2021. "Full beneficial use" with five lanes is slated ...

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    4. Officials celebrate Comcast broadband expansion in 9 rural Western Massachusetts towns

      Officials celebrate Comcast broadband expansion in 9 rural Western Massachusetts towns

      The towns of Buckland, Chester, Conway, Hardwick, Huntington, Montague, Northfield, Pelham and Shelburne now have vastly expanded internet access. Standing in front of a Comcast-branded backdrop, Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito joined corporate executives and local officials at the Pelham library Thursday to celebrate the completion of the Broadband Extension Program. Comcast had previously deemed it uneconomic to provide service to most areas of the rural towns, but the company agreed to expand its cable network to 1,089 new premises with a $4 million grant from the state. The grant required that 96 percent of the rural premises be reached.

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    5. State: Environmental Impact Report needed for Tennessee Gas Pipeline projects in Agawam and Longmeadow

      State: Environmental Impact Report needed for Tennessee Gas Pipeline projects in Agawam and Longmeadow

      Tennessee Gas Pipeline must prepare an Environmental Impact Report for its natural gas expansion projects in Agawam and Longmeadow, the Baker administration has ruled. Tennessee, a Kinder Morgan subsidiary, hopes to increase horsepower at its Agawam compressor station, build a new, 12-inch two-mile pipeline loop in Agawam, and construct a "West Longmeadow Meter Station," a delivery gate which would feed a new Columbia Gas pipeline backbone to Springfield. Energy and environment secretary Matthew A. Beaton on Aug. 17 signed a certificate under the Massachusetts Environmental Protection Act, or MEPA, requiring better information about air pollution, rare species and wetlands, stream ...

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    6. Easthampton's Naresh Patel closes on Whiskerz Pub purchase; 'Eagles Sports Bar' on tap

      Easthampton's Naresh Patel closes on Whiskerz Pub purchase; 'Eagles Sports Bar' on tap

      The Cottage Street bar long known as "Whiskerz Pub" is no more, and its replacement -- "Eagles Sports Bar" -- opened on Tuesday. The bar is apparently named after the Easthampton High School sports teams, which are known as the "Eagles" and deploy maroon-and-white colors, the same as those displayed on the bar sign. Businessman Naresh K. Patel, who owns several Easthampton properties, recently bought the bar, restaurant, building and land at 71-77 Cottage Street from Eugene "Joe" Bernier, who ran Whiskerz Pub for 16 years. The building contains four apartments on the second floor.

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    7. 'This is big': Gov. Charlie Baker gets update on Whip City Fiber's rural broadband plans

      'This is big': Gov. Charlie Baker gets update on Whip City Fiber's rural broadband plans

      Governor Charlie Baker and his entourage gathered Thursday at Westfield Gas & Electric headquarters to hear an update on rural broadband deployment in Western Massachusetts. "This is big," said Baker to employees of the municipal utility, which is planning and building fiber optic networks in 20 small towns. "You should all be incredibly proud of yourselves." The utility's Whip City Fiber division is partnering with communities that have long struggled without high-speed internet service. Networks are already live in Otis and Alford, and 18 communities are in the queue.

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    8. Tennesee Gas to beef up Agawam compressor and build two-mile pipeline loop

      Tennesee Gas to beef up Agawam compressor and build two-mile pipeline loop

      Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. plans to expand its Agawam compressor station and install a new two-mile pipeline loop to help Columbia Gas of Massachusetts grow its customer base in the Pioneer Valley. Tennesee hosted a site visit in July; plans are described in a 315-page environmental notification form Tennessee filed with Massachusetts regulators in June; and the deadline for public comment was today. Tennessee's new 12-inch diameter buried pipeline would start at the 1615 Suffield Street compressor, cross the road, head north, and cross Shoemaker Lane, Gold Street, and Silver Street before terminating at a tie-in for Columbia's ...

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    9. New owners of Berkshire Power plant meet with Agawam City Council

      New owners of Berkshire Power plant meet with Agawam City Council

      In May, a Nebraska company finalized purchase of Berkshire Power Company, LLC, and its 229-megawatt natural gas generator off Shoemaker Lane. Wednesday night, representatives from Tenaska assured the City Council they plan to prioritize safety and the environment in running the 18-year-old power plant, while also giving back to the community. "We have a reputation for safe, reliable, environmentally responsible operation," said Jason Behrens, Tenaska's vice president of strategic development and acquisitions.

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    10. Agawam gets $800,000 in CDBG grants for housing rehab and town hall accessibility

      Agawam gets $800,000 in CDBG grants for housing rehab and town hall accessibility

      Housing rehabilitation and town hall accessibility will get a boost under a competitive Community Development Block Grant awarded to the city this week. Mayor Bill Sapelli traveled to the State House in Boston Friday to accept the $799,750 award from the Department of Housing and Community Development. "We would like to thank the Baker-Polito administration for their generous award and continued support of Agawam and all of Western Massachusetts," said Sapelli.

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    11. Greenfield library gets $9.4 million grant for new building

      Greenfield library gets $9.4 million grant for new building

      Plans to build a new library on Main Street got a boost with the announcement of a $9.38 million state grant. Saturday afternoon, project supporters gathered to celebrate the news from the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners. The entire project cost is around $20.5 million, so the grant halves the amount that might be paid from municipal funds -- and the Greenfield Public Library Association said it would raise funds to further soften the tax blow.

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    12. Environmental bond bill could extend Western Massachusetts bike paths, fix water and sewer...

      Environmental bond bill could extend Western Massachusetts bike paths, fix water and sewer...

      Western Massachusetts could see an infusion of public dollars for capital projects under a $2 billion environmental bond bill passed by the state Senate last week. Wish-list amendments to the bill, successfully tacked on by the region's senators, include extending bike paths, upgrading water and sewer plants, fixing dams and reservoirs, cleaning up lakes and rivers, boosting outdoor recreation and improving urban parks.

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    13. Developer signs option agreement to preserve Mt. Tom land in Easthampton

      Developer signs option agreement to preserve Mt. Tom land in Easthampton

      If all goes as planned, nearly 24 acres on the northwestern flank of Mount Tom will be preserved as open space, with parking and access to hiking trails, rather than built as a subdivision called "Red Tail Drive." Developer Gary Campbell last week signed an option agreement with the Amherst-based Kestrel Land Trust, confirmed Mark Wamsley, the organization's conservation manager. He said Easthampton's Passcommuck Conservation Trust helped with funding, and that a pot of money is now being held in escrow.

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    14. Easthampton 'playing hard' for redevelopment of One Ferry Street

      Easthampton 'playing hard' for redevelopment of One Ferry Street

      The derelict 1903 mill complex at One Ferry Street has long been vacant, but now Mayor Nicole LaChapelle hopes two geographically targeted initiatives will help draw investment.  A "district improvement financing" area surrounding One Ferry would allow additional tax revenue generated by new growth to finance related public infrastructure. The DIF mechanism is described under Chapter 40Q of state law.

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    15. Massachusetts Senate passes ambitious clean energy bill

      Massachusetts Senate passes ambitious clean energy bill

      Massachusetts would run on 100-percent renewable power by 2047 under comprehensive energy legislation passed by the state Senate Thursday night. The idealistic goal would be reached by increasing the state's renewable portfolio standard by 3 percent every year, instead of the current 1 percent. The RPS dictates how much renewable energy electrical utilities such as Eversource and National Grid must buy.

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    16. Businessman Naresh Patel to buy Whiskerz Pub in Easthampton

      Businessman Naresh Patel to buy Whiskerz Pub in Easthampton

      Local businessman Naresh K. Patel is buying a popular downtown bar from a popular downtown bar owner. Patel on June 4 told the Easthampton Licensing Board that he plans to purchase Whiskerz Pub, including the business and building at 71-77 Cottage St., from Eugene "Joe" Bernier Jr. The building includes the first floor commercial space and four apartments on the second floor.  The three-member board unanimously approved the liquor license transfer from Whiskerz Pub, Inc., managed by Bernier since 2002, to Easthampton Sports Bar Inc., doing business as "Eagles Sports Bar," with Patel as manager.

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    17. Northampton bike path tunnel under railroad tracks celebrated at grand opening

      Northampton bike path tunnel under railroad tracks celebrated at grand opening

      The days when rail-trail cyclists would illegally carry their bicycles over the former Pan Am railroad tracks when traveling from Amherst to Northampton are over. Thursday morning, officials cut the ribbon on a $4.4 million two-lane cast concrete tunnel underneath the tracks, which are now owned by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation and actively used by freight lines and the high-speed Amtrak Vermonter. The bike tunnel connects the Norwottuck Rail Trail -- which originates in Belchertown, goes through Amherst and Hadley, and crosses the Connecticut River -- with rail trail networks in Northampton and Easthampton. The underpass actually opened in November ...

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    18. Greenfield parking garage construction to finally begin

      Greenfield parking garage construction to finally begin

      Massive pre-cast concrete panels will be delivered from Vermont on trucks, and Olive Street will close from June 11 to July 14 as a downtown parking garage is assembled. The project is expected to finish before Oct. 31, and will cost $10.1 million, said Mayor Bill Martin. The 261 65-foot blocks will be plucked from 85-foot trailers by a crane, swung, and stacked into place, according to the Greenfield Recorder.  Between 12 and 15 sections will be delivered a day.

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    19. Connecticut River cleanup effort turns 25; environment secretary Matt Beaton to speak in...

      Connecticut River cleanup effort turns 25; environment secretary Matt Beaton to speak in...

      The Connecticut River Cleanup Committee is still hard at work, and on April 11, the group will celebrate "25 years of collaboration across local boundaries to protect our valley's most beloved waterway." Massachusetts energy and environment secretary Matthew Beaton will be the keynote speaker at the breakfast event, to be held at the Pioneer Valley Riverfront Club in Springfield. The Connecticut River flows through more than 400 miles through four New England states to Long Island Sound. The iconic river is now significantly cleaner than it was decades ago. 

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    20. Mass Cultural Council fetes lawmakers, arts leaders at Holyoke celebration

      Mass Cultural Council fetes lawmakers, arts leaders at Holyoke celebration

      Top leaders with the Massachusetts Cultural Council, touring the state with a new logo and four-point strategic plan, stopped at the Holyoke Cultural Arts Center on Thursday to honor local lawmakers and celebrate the role of arts and culture in transforming communities. The state agency's "bold and vibrant" new message emphasizes "the power of culture" to fuel economic development, enliven communities, transform lives, and support equity and inclusion, said Mass Cultural Council president Anita Walker.

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    21. Farmers from 4 counties wined and dined by Harold Grinspoon Foundation at Northampton celebration

      Farmers from 4 counties wined and dined by Harold Grinspoon Foundation at Northampton celebration

      "When we're pitching Western Massachusetts to the rest of the world, our talented and innovative farmers distinguish us," said Sen. Eric Lesser, D-Longmeadow. "Our agriculture gives us a comparative advantage." Lesser delivered brief remarks as farmers from Berkshire, Hampshire, Hampden, and Franklin Counties gathered for an evening of food, drink, and networking at Smith College. Wednesday's feast and celebration was hosted by the Harold Grinspoon Charitable Foundation with sponsorship from Big Y, Hood, Baystate Health, Farm Credit East, Sheraton Springfield, and the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts.

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    22. Former West Springfield mayor Edward Gibson hired as Southampton's new town administrator

      Former West Springfield mayor Edward Gibson hired as Southampton's new town administrator

      Former West Springfield mayor Edward J. Gibson has been selected as the new town administrator. Gibson was one of three finalists interviewed by the Select Board Monday. The town had 12 applicants, and six were interviewed by a search committee, according to the Daily Hampshire Gazette. The other finalists were Mari-Jon Adams, Greenfield's community development administrator, and Robert Peirent, former public works director of East Longmeadow. Members of the board pointed to Gibson's experience. Gibson was mayor of West Springfield from 2000 to 2012, and has been town administrator in Becket since 2013.

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    23. Transmission developer TDI offers $20 million for Western Massachusetts home energy retrofits if it wins statewide clean electricity contract

      Transmission developer TDI offers $20 million for Western Massachusetts home energy retrofits if it wins statewide clean electricity contract

      A company that wants to lay a high-voltage transmission cable under Lake Champlain in Vermont has pledged $20 million for low-income energy retrofits in Western Massachusetts if its New England Clean Power Link wins a major utility contract in the Bay State. TDI New England has pledged 20 years of funding, at $1 million annually, to Community Action of the Franklin, Hampshire and North Quabbin Regions for deep energy retrofits to low-income homes, said Don Jessome, CEO of Transmission Developers, Inc.

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    24. State awards workforce training grants for advanced manufacturing jobs to 8 Massachusetts organizations

      State awards workforce training grants for advanced manufacturing jobs to 8 Massachusetts organizations

      Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito appeared at Franklin County Technical School on Tuesday, where she awarded $1.33 million to eight workforce training organizations through the Advanced Manufacturing Training Program. The program focuses on reaching veterans, groups with chronically high unemployment, and other adults historically underrepresented in the manufacturing sector, and helps people gain marketable skills. The grants were awarded by the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development on behalf of the Governor's Workforce Skills Cabinet, building on $9.5 million in Workforce Skills Capital grants awarded earlier this year.

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