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    1. Springfield pursues funding for $2M renovation of Greenleaf Park

      Springfield pursues funding for $2M renovation of Greenleaf Park

      Officials are pursuing federal and city funding for an estimated $2 million improvement project at Greenleaf Park in Sixteen Acres including new play equipment, water sprays and walking trails. With support from Mayor Domenic J. Sarno, the Park Commission voted last week to approve an application for a $1 million grant for the project. The grant is federally funded under the Land and Water Conservation Fund, administered by the state through the Department of Energy and Environmental Affairs.

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    2. STCC partners with Head Start to create online preschool

      STCC partners with Head Start to create online preschool

      Springfield Technical Community College student Hannah Lavigne is leading a small class of preschoolers in story time and an activity. She had to plan the lesson and carry it out. She selected the book “Where Do Balloons Go?” by Jamie Lee Curtis, a story about a lost balloon and its many adventures,  and came up with a related activity.

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    3. Ware looks to future as Baystate Health seeks to close Mary Lane

      Ware looks to future as Baystate Health seeks to close Mary Lane

      Baystate Health, while explaining this week the rationale behind its planned shutdown of the Mary Lane Outpatient Center, said that of the 28 patients per day seeking care at Mary Lane’s emergency room, over 85 percent present with common, minor, non-urgent conditions which could be treated in a primary care setting.

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    4. Bing Arts Center put up for sale; COVID pandemic forces closing of 71-year-old Springfield theater

      Bing Arts Center put up for sale; COVID pandemic forces closing of 71-year-old Springfield theater

      The nonprofit group behind the Bing Arts Center says it’s running out of money and has put the 71-year-old venue up for sale. The building, with its 10,000 square feet of theater, gallery and gathering space, is listed with an asking price of $175,000 with Aldo Giella of Lessard Realty. “Our whole thing was about bringing people together,” said Bing Executive Director Brian F. Hale. “And now you can’t bring people together.” With no events since March, the volunteers who took over the Bing from the city — paying just a dollar nearly 20 years ago — can ...

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    5. Massachusetts GDP growth outpaced nation in fourth quarter of 2020 — but sharp downturn seen from third quarter, UMass researchers say

      Massachusetts GDP growth outpaced nation in fourth quarter of 2020 — but sharp downturn seen from third quarter, UMass researchers say

      The state’s real gross domestic product growth outpaced the nation’s in the last three months of 2020, according to research released last week in a MassBenchmarks report — but Massachusetts’ 7.9% annual rate represented a significant downturn from the third quarter. For the third quarter in 2020, the state posted a 33.1% annual rate, while the rate for the U.S. GDP was 33.4%. The U.S. annualized rate was 4% in the year’s final quarter, according to the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis.

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    6. Bay Path University earns national award for providing exemplary support to students throughout pandemic

      Bay Path University earns national award for providing exemplary support to students throughout pandemic

      Bay Path University is excited to announce that it was selected as a winner of the Virtual Innovation Awards: Excellence in Delivering Virtual Student Services hosted by NASPA - Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education. Bay Path is among ten schools recognized across the nation for exemplary virtual student support services, and one of only three schools to receive the top award of $50,000. 

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    7. $21.6M Springfield Prep Charter School campus renovation underway

      $21.6M Springfield Prep Charter School campus renovation underway

      A former office building in East Springfield will be the new home of Springfield Prep Charter School this summer. The $21.6 million project will feature a 51,000-square-foot building on four acres. The school, which has operated in temporary spaces since it opened in 2015, expects to move into its new campus in time to start the next school year.

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    8. MassMutual buys Great American Life Insurance Co. for $3.5B

      MassMutual buys Great American Life Insurance Co. for $3.5B

      MassMutual has a deal in place to buy Great American Life Insurance Co. from American Financial Group Inc. for $3.5 billion Great American Life will continue to be led by its current president, Mark Muething, and its more than 600 employees will remain headquartered in Great American’s hometown of Cincinnati as part of the transaction, according to a MassMutual news release issued Wednesday.

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    9. State regulators expect casino crowds to return with 24-hour operations

      State regulators expect casino crowds to return with 24-hour operations

      MGM Springfield, Encore Boston Harbor and Plainridge Park casinos are still not drawing big enough crowds to bump up against the state’s 25% capacity limit. But Bruce Band, assistant director and gaming agents division chief for the Massachusetts Gaming Commission, said Thursday he expects crowds to grow as the state’s three resort style casino’s resume 24-hour-a-day operation.

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    10. Springfield delays creating development district near MGM casino to expand dialogue on improvements, concerns

      Springfield delays creating development district near MGM casino to expand dialogue on improvements, concerns

      A proposal to create a zoning district to encourage development near the MGM Springfield casino was tabled Monday to allow city officials to consult further with property owners and other stakeholders. The City Council delayed a public hearing on the proposed Main Street and Convention Center and Overlay District, as requested by the Office of Planning and Economic Development.

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    11. ‘The patients did not come’: Baystate Mary Lane, part of Ware since 1909, closing in two years under pressure of the modern health care market

      ‘The patients did not come’: Baystate Mary Lane, part of Ware since 1909, closing in two years under pressure of the modern health care market

      The president and CEO of Baystate Health said Tuesday he knows there will be some anger in the community about the health system’s plan to wind down operations at the Mary Lane Outpatient Center over the next two years, shifting services to Baystate Wing Hospital in Palmer. Dr. Mark A. Keroack — who saw patients at Mary Lane when he practiced in Worcester, and whose parents were born there in the 1920s — said people have an emotional attachment to the hospital, which has been part of Ware’s community since 1909.

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    12. Chicopee zone change requested to create new industrial park near state park

      Chicopee zone change requested to create new industrial park near state park

      A development corporation that has built two industrial parks in the city is proposing to create a third one on about 90 acres located off Sheridan Street and next to Chicopee State Park. The proposal from the Westover Metropolitan Development Corporation is being opposed by multiple residents of Slate Road and Nawrocki Drive who called the plan a “horrible idea” that would destroy forested land that is used often for recreation and create more traffic on the already-busy Sheridan Street.

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    13. Big E President Eugene Cassidy, now head of global fair association, describes industry devastated by COVID

      Big E President Eugene Cassidy, now head of global fair association, describes industry devastated by COVID

      At a time when The Big E normally gears up for late-winter trade and consumer shows — campers, hunting and fishing, and home improvement — the biggest event coming to the Eastern States Exposition grounds could be a COVID-19 mass vaccination site. The sprawling 175-acre fairgrounds on Memorial Avenue — a 104-year-old institution with 44 buildings is expensive to operate. Just cleaning up after a snowfall can cost up to $32,000. The Big E was canceled in 2020 — the first fall without a fair since World War II.

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    14. New Friendly’s CEO promises ‘recipe for success’ at restaurant chain that has steadily shrunk for decades

      New Friendly’s CEO promises ‘recipe for success’ at restaurant chain that has steadily shrunk for decades

      Who is going to swoop in and save the day for Friendly’s? Superman. Not the man of steel. The ice cream flavor called Superman, which promises vanilla plus yellow, red and blue fruit flavors. Due out March 15, Superman ice cream is the first of what new CEO Craig Erlich promises will be periodic refreshes of the Friendly’s restaurant menu, with new ice cream flavors paired with returning favorite food items. From March to June, Asian chicken salad and Buffalo chicken salad will return, along with the Heinz 57 burger and the Vermonter burger.

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    15. UMASS invitation to Advanced Mfg seminar

      UMASS invitation to Advanced Mfg seminar

      Interest in advanced manufacturing, join us at an exciting online event hosted by UMASS focused on the applied sciences. Monday afternoon is a deep-dive on Advanced Manufacturing where they will start a conversation about the translational research they have underway.  They’ll then open the floor to discuss the “grand challenges” shaping the industry in the next 5-10 years.  I expect in this discussion there will be a few key takeaways for each of us to help shape our companies, industry and the manufacturing ecosystem here in Massachusetts.

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    16. Baystate Medical Center to offer 12-bed behavioral health unit for children in wake of area shortage

      Baystate Medical Center to offer 12-bed behavioral health unit for children in wake of area shortage

      Baystate Health will open a temporary 12-bed child and adolescent unit at its Baystate Medical Center campus in April, the health system announced Friday. Providence Behavioral Health, operating locally as Trinity Health Of New England, closed its 74 inpatient psychiatric beds in September that it once offered in Holyoke. That number included the only 12 pediatric psychiatric beds for children and teens available in the region.

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    17. Baker-Polito Administration Launches Community One Stop for Growth

      Baker-Polito Administration Launches Community One Stop for Growth

      The Baker-Polito Administration announced the launch of the Community One Stop for Growth, a joint application process that will allow applicants—including municipalities, public entities, community non-profits, and private companies—to use a single portal to access ten different grant programs. Part of the Administration’s ongoing commitment to the Commonwealth’s 351 cities and towns, the One Stop will support strategic public investments in economic development projects in communities across the state. Lt. Governor Karyn Polito made the announcement during remarks at the Massachusetts Municipal Association’s annual conference, and will join Housing and Economic Development Secretary Mike Kennealy ...

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    18. Developer seeks permits for housing project at historic Knox building in Springfield

      Developer seeks permits for housing project at historic Knox building in Springfield

      The City Council has a public hearing scheduled Monday to consider special permits for a major housing project at the historic Knox automotive property in the Mason Square area. Gordon Pulsifer and his company, First Resource Development Corp., are seeking special permits for 96 housing units — 55 at the Knox building, 53 Wilbraham Road, and 41 in an adjacent building at 42 Waltham St.

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    19. Big E, state in talks for mass COVID vaccination site at Eastern States grounds in West Springfield

      Big E, state in talks for mass COVID vaccination site at Eastern States grounds in West Springfield

      Officials with the Eastern States Exposition have been working with state authorities since Jan. 1 on plans to use the grounds of the Big E as a COVID-19 mass vaccination site. Eugene J. Cassidy, president and CEO of Eastern States Exposition, said Tuesday his organization is awaiting a go-ahead from the state. “Certainly we provide the best location in all the commonwealth,” Cassidy said. “Certainly in Western Massachusetts. With our proximity to highways, it’s a good fit.”

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    20. Landmark at Monastery Heights sold for $11.9M to new entry in assisted living industry

      Landmark at Monastery Heights sold for $11.9M to new entry in assisted living industry

      Landmark at Monastery Heights is now Prosper at Monastery Heights after being sold earlier this month to a startup Prosper Life Care for $11.95 million. Prosper — a partnership among two businessmen from western New York and the owner of home care agencies based in Westborough, Massachusetts — also bought the former Landmark property in Fall River for $14.1 million, according to records at the registry of deeds there.

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    21. Chicopee’s McKinstry Market Garden to be replaced with bigger, better farm store

      Chicopee’s McKinstry Market Garden to be replaced with bigger, better farm store

      One of the most iconic farm stores in the area has been torn down to make way for a bigger and better business that will reopen in the spring. The McKinstry family is replacing its McKinstry Market Garden, which has been standing in the same spot at 753 Montgomery St. since the 1950s. The new building will be about 7,000 square feet — more than twice the size of the former store.

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    22. Massachusetts casinos report stronger December revenue; MGM Springfield gross gambling revenue up $900K from November

      Massachusetts casinos report stronger December revenue; MGM Springfield gross gambling revenue up $900K from November

      Business at MGM Springfield and the state’s other two resort casinos rebounded in December, according to figures released Friday by the Massachusetts Gaming Commission — but revenue still remains well below pre-COVID levels. Plainridge Park Casino, MGM Springfield and Encore Boston Harbor generated about $50 million in gross gaming revenue in December 2020, according to the Gaming Commission, which releases updated revenue figures on the 15th of each month.

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