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    1. Dunkin’ opens ‘next generation’ store in Holyoke

      Dunkin’ opens ‘next generation’ store in Holyoke

      Dunkin’ Donuts officially cut the ribbon on a “next generation” store at 473-489 Pleasant St. Thursday morning. The new Dunkin’ features a unique, modern design equipped with the latest in brewing and pouring technologies, including Nitro Cold Brew, a richer, foamier offering. Freshly baked donuts, muffins and bagels filled the shelves. Franchisees Derek Salema and Peter Martins welcomed Mayor Alex B. Morse and City Councilors David Bartley and Peter Tallman to the ceremony. Aides to state Sen. Donald Humason and state Rep. Aaron Vega presented proclamations to the owners.

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    2. New owner of Strathmore Paper mill in Russell works on cleanup, mulls plans after tax sale

      New owner of Strathmore Paper mill in Russell works on cleanup, mulls plans after tax sale

      The new owner of the old Strathmore Mill #2 in Russell has begun working on the property while he considers plans for reuse and redevelopment. “I really don’t have any 100% set plans,” said Jacob Trudeau of Pittsfield. “I really just want to get it cleaned out. The real goal is just to get it clean, get the outside clean and get it in better shape.” Trudeau said he’s been talking with experts in mill redevelopment and might have more to share in a few weeks.

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    3. Holyoke Planning Board OKs Lower Westfield Road distribution center, over traffic objections from neighbors - masslive.com

      Holyoke Planning Board OKs Lower Westfield Road distribution center, over traffic objections from neighbors - masslive.com

      The Planning Board approved plans by BL Companies, Inc. to open a distribution center at 161 Lower Westfield Road during a rare Friday night session to continue the hearing and site plan review.  Residential neighbors again voiced their opposition to the distribution center, which would see up to 700 vehicles a day entering and exiting the site and involve late-night and early-morning truck deliveries.

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    4. Wright-Pierce Opens Westfield Office

      Wright-Pierce Opens Westfield Office

      Wright-Pierce, an environmental/civil infrastructure engineering firm, has announced the opening of an office in Westfield. “Opening the Westfield office is the next step in our strategic plan to better serve our expanding client base in Central and Western Massachusetts,” said Wright-Pierce President and CEO John Braccio. “We look forward to being an active community partner with municipalities throughout the region, helping to engineer environmentally sustainable and economically sound solutions to New England’s aging water, wastewater and civil infrastructure challenges.”

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    5. Wahlburgers restaurant opening at MGM Springfield delayed

      Wahlburgers restaurant opening at MGM Springfield delayed

      The Massachusetts Gaming Commission on Thursday granted a one-year extension to MGM Springfield to open a Wahlburgers restaurant at its casino in the city’s South End. The commission voted 5-0 to set a new deadline of July 8, 2020, for the opening of Wahlburgers, but MGM officials say they anticipate an opening prior to that date. As recently as late March, MGM Springfield said it was hoping for a late 2019 or early 2020 opening.

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    6. Delaney’s Market in Springfield plans Wednesday opening

      Delaney’s Market in Springfield plans Wednesday opening

      Owner Peter Rosskothen will host a grand opening for his second Delaney’s Market store at 1365 Main St. in Springfield at 4 p.m. Wednesday. “We are excited to have the Honorable Domenic J. Sarno, Mayor of the City of Springfield, preside over the ceremony," Rosskothen said in a news release. "We are also looking forward to welcoming press, supporters and friends to this special event."

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    7. Five Guys burger restaurant opening in Chicopee; franchise owner has scouted other potential Western Massachusetts locations

      Five Guys burger restaurant opening in Chicopee; franchise owner has scouted other potential Western Massachusetts locations

      Five Guys will open its newest restaurant Monday, June 24, on Memorial Drive in Chicopee. There, it’ll join almost every other fast-food brand known to humankind next door to a Buffalo Wild Wings, across the street from a Chick-fil-A and with a Denny’s, Chipotle and Friendly’s nearby. “We don’t want to be the only restaurant,” said Rush Blankenship, franchise district manager for Hyde Park Ventures, owners of this Five Guys location. “We want to be able to enhance the variety of choices consumers have in this busy area.”

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    8. 130-year-old Sugden Block in Spencer sold to Mexicali Grill owner; developer plans to expand restaurant, add apartments - masslive.com

      130-year-old Sugden Block in Spencer sold to Mexicali Grill owner; developer plans to expand restaurant, add apartments - masslive.com

      A private development group that includes the owner of Mexicali Mexican Grill has bought the 130-year-old Sugden Block in downtown Spencer and plans to redevelop the building to include an expanded restaurant with 16 apartments above.  Peter Venuto, construction manager for the project, said in a statement that the developers plan to preserve and renovate the existing commercial building at 117 Main St. to include an expanded and reconfigured Mexicali Grill on the first floor and the creation of 16 apartments on the upper two floors.

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    9. Workforce, market-rate housing at South Hadley plaza will be driven by market need, owners say

      Workforce, market-rate housing at South Hadley plaza will be driven by market need, owners say

      Workforce housing, subsidized units targeted to households making about 80% of the community’s median income, will be part of the 72-unit apartment building proposed Wednesday for the former Big Y site in the Woodlawn Plaza, 501 Newton St. And the plaza owners hope to have Springfield-based Wayfinders housing agency manage the building. The building will be called The Park at Woodlawn, according to drawings shared Wednesday. It will be four stories tall and cover about a three-acre portion of the property.

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    10. Four-story building with 72 mixed-income apartments planned at South Hadley plaza

      Four-story building with 72 mixed-income apartments planned at South Hadley plaza

      The owners of a Newton Street shopping plaza plan to build a four-story building with 72 mixed-income apartments on a 3-acre portion of the site where a supermarket once stood. Three partners — Rocco Falcone of Rocky’s Hardware, Andy Yee of BEAN Restaurant Group and Peter Picknelly of Peter Pan Bus Lines bought the Woodlawn Shopping Plaza at 501 Newton St. in 2016 for $2.4 million. Big Y closed its store at the plaza in 2013.

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    11. White Lion Brewing seeks Springfield City Council OK for downtown brewery, tap room

      White Lion Brewing seeks Springfield City Council OK for downtown brewery, tap room

      White Lion Brewing goes before the Springfield City Council June 24 for the special permit it needs to build a brewery and tap room in Tower Square. City Council hearings begin at 6:30 in City Hall. White Lion needs a special permit for light manufacturing in a Business C zone, a zone that normally wouldn’t allow that type of use, said White Lion general manager and founder Raymond Berry.

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    12. Innovate413 Looks to Take Its Mission to a Higher Level

      Innovate413 Looks to Take Its Mission to a Higher Level

      Samalid Hogan says that, when the website Innovate413 was launched roughly four years ago, it was with a desire to not only promote entrepreneurship and innovation in the region, but to inspire more of both. And when she agreed to essentially take over the initiative early last year, she admitted the original goal was just to “keep it going,” as she put it, because she could clearly see the value it represented.

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    13. Springfield City Council approves Balise Mazda dealership in South End as part of $6 million redevelopment

      Springfield City Council approves Balise Mazda dealership in South End as part of $6 million redevelopment

      The City Council on Monday approved a special permit for Balise Auto Group that paves the way for a new Mazda dealership in the South End. The more than $6 million project was strongly praised by city officials and neighborhood representatives. The special permit, approved by unanimous vote, will allow the sale of new and used cars, repairs and maintenance, painting and body work, and car leasing.

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    14. Clemenza’s Brick Oven Pizza and Cafe opening West Springfield location

      Clemenza’s Brick Oven Pizza and Cafe opening West Springfield location

      Clemenza’s Brick Oven Pizza and Cafe owner Anthony Martone is opening in a new location at 816 Westfield St. "We are going to specialize in our brick-oven pizza," Martone said. "We are also introducing new Tuscan bread pressed sandwiches and we'll have an outdoor area for a late-night coffee."

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    15. ‘There must be some good use for it,’ Jacob Trudeau says after buying Strathmore Mill building in Russell for $15K

      ‘There must be some good use for it,’ Jacob Trudeau says after buying Strathmore Mill building in Russell for $15K

      A Pittsfield man who thought he’d get a chance to bid on different mill building has instead purchased Strathmore Mill #2 at auction from the town for just $15,000. “I thought as long I was here, I’d try and buy it anyway,” buyer Jacob Trudeau, 30, said Thursday following the auction at Russell Town Hall. He'd seen a sign on Route 20 advertising the auction last week while driving home from Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks, Connecticut.

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    16. Regional Economic Development Planning Council Engagement Sessions

      Regional Economic Development Planning Council Engagement Sessions

      Over the next few weeks, the Baker-Polito Administration will hold several regional engagement sessions all across the Commonwealth including Greater Boston, Central Mass, Cape & the Islands, and Berkshire County. A full list of engagement sessions will be posted on our website at www.mass.gov/hed. If you have any questions, please contact Molly Bourque at molly.p.bourque@mass.gov.

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    17. Vacant Strathmore Mill No. 2 up for auction in Russell

      Vacant Strathmore Mill No. 2 up for auction in Russell

      The town will sell an abandoned mill at auction with hopes of breathing new life in to a building where the smokestack still bears words “STRATHMORE PAPER” in contrasting black brickwork. It’s a bit of branding still visible for miles up and down the Westfield River Valley 20 years after International Paper closed Strathmore Mill No. 2, a move that cost 170 employees their jobs.

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    18. Homewood Suites by Hilton Hadley Now Open

      Homewood Suits by Hilton, part of Hilton’s All Suites portfolio, announced the opening of its newest property, Homewood Suits by Hilton Hadley. With 96 new suites, the hotel is the first extended-stay property in Hampshire County. “The extended-stay hotel model has been missing in this region. With visiting professors and foreign students in need of housing, as well as parents visiting for extended periods of time, we believe this hotel will meet their needs,” said Sharon Thompson, general manager. “Homewood Suites was designed to equally meet the needs of those people staying one night, as well as several months.”

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    19. Blandford Club’s new owners, golf industry hope to follow Tiger Woods on the comeback

      Blandford Club’s new owners, golf industry hope to follow Tiger Woods on the comeback

      The Blandford Club, a 110-year-old golf course on a Berkshires hilltop with views of Pioneer Valley below, might not have opened for golf this spring. The 56 acres of land would be sold, the club’s dwindling core group of member feared, and its rolling fairways would be turned into a housing subdivision. But that didn't happen. Instead, a group of longtime members headed by Mark Amanti, owner of Advance Manufacturing in Westfield, bought the club and assumed its debts. The newly renamed Blandford Country Club is preparing to open around May 1.

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    20. People in Business: Boy Scouts of America-Western Massachusetts Council to honor Joanne Berwald at 2019 Distinguished Citizen Award Dinner

      People in Business: Boy Scouts of America-Western Massachusetts Council to honor Joanne Berwald at 2019 Distinguished Citizen Award Dinner

      Joanne Berwald, Vice President of Human Resources for Mestek, Inc., will add Distinguished Citizen on May 7 to her diversified list of well-earned community accolades. The Boy Scouts of America's Western Massachusetts Council will honor Berwald at the 2019 Distinguished Citizen Award Dinner at Chez Josef in Agawam, where Carol Leary, president of Bay Path College will be the guest speaker.

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    21. First PawSox, now Massachusetts would like to lure Hasbro HQ from Pawtucket - masslive.com

      First PawSox, now Massachusetts would like to lure Hasbro HQ from Pawtucket - masslive.com

      The Massachusetts Office of Business Development said in a statement that it is “working to establish a dialogue with the company, as it regularly does with businesses both in and outside the commonwealth that may benefit from learning more about the many opportunities to grow in Massachusetts.”

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