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    1. Officials celebrate completion of Springfield Innovation Center

      Officials celebrate completion of Springfield Innovation Center

      DevelopSpringfield, the public-private partnership that takes on Springfield’s most vexing real estate projects, celebrated Thursday with U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal the completion of the Springfield Innovation Center at 276 Bridge St. The rehab project, beset by delays, escalating expenses and other complications, cost $7.1 million in state and federal tax credits, grants, foundation money and private financing.

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    2. Massachusetts commits $469K to boost women, minority workforce through Tech Foundry in Springfield, Boston’s Hack.Diversity

      Massachusetts commits $469K to boost women, minority workforce through Tech Foundry in Springfield, Boston’s Hack.Diversity

      The STEM — science, technology, engineering and math — workforce in Massachusetts is growing and highly paid. But it’s also 76% white. Only 26% of information technology jobs are held by women.Jobs in the field are growing mostly in a few Boston-area communities — making a compelling argument, business boosters heard Thursday, for increasing training and outreach in Western Massachusetts to boost minority and women participation in STEM careers.

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    3. Rep. Richard Neal, Gov. Charlie Baker to celebrate final step in Union Station rehab; Platform C caps $103M project

      Rep. Richard Neal, Gov. Charlie Baker to celebrate final step in Union Station rehab; Platform C caps $103M project

      Gov. Charlie Bake, fresh off his State of the State speech that focused on mass transit, will join U.S. Rep. Richard Neal, D-Mass., and Springfield Mayor Domenic J. Sarno Friday for the ceremonial opening of the final phase of construction at Springfield Union Station.

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    4. Youth basketball players from Springfield and Holyoke hoop it up during Winter All-Star Festivities (photos) - masslive.com

      Youth basketball players from Springfield and Holyoke hoop it up during Winter All-Star Festivities (photos) - masslive.com

      Youth basketball players from Holyoke and Springfield showed off their talents Wednesday evening as part of the Winter All-Star Festivities at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.  The event was hosted by the Holyoke Safe Neighborhood Initiative, C3 Forest Park and Hampden County Sheriff’s Department. Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno also took part.

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    5. Agway in Westfield closed; landlord searching for new tenants

      Agway in Westfield closed; landlord searching for new tenants

      Kelly’s Home and Garden, the Westfield Agway store, closed at the end of December but building owner Nabil Hannoush said he’s hopeful about bringing in a new tenant to run the lawn and garden store. "I've been talking with Agway and with other Agway operators in the area," Hannoush said Tuesday. "It doesn't even have to be Agway. It could be another lawn-and-garden store." Kelly’s — owned by husband-and-wife Brian and Stacey Kelly — had its last day of business Dec. 26, Hannoush said.

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    6. ‘Set yourself apart from everyone else’: State labor chief Rosalin Acosta gives advice at Westfield High School career center

      ‘Set yourself apart from everyone else’: State labor chief Rosalin Acosta gives advice at Westfield High School career center

      Superintendent Stefan Czaporowski loves what Westfield High School’s Reed Career Center is doing to get students ready not just for the job search but also for the jobs they get. And on Tuesday he found a ready audience in Rosalin Acosta, the state’s secretary of Labor and Workforce Development. Acosta toured the center Tuesday morning, meeting with students and hearing how their job searches and career preparations are coming.

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    7. With top MGM Springfield executives out after low gaming revenue, where does casino go under Chris Kelley

      With top MGM Springfield executives out after low gaming revenue, where does casino go under Chris Kelley

      MGM Resorts International’s move of Mathis from Springfield — where he’d worked since 2014 preparing for the casino’s construction and August 2018 opening — may be a reaction to gambling revenues that have been about half the pre-opening projections, employment levels that are not at the 3,000 jobs MGM promised and commercial development around the 17-acre MGM property that seems never to have taken off.

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    8. Brewmaster’s Tavern in Williamsburg closed, brewery to remain in business

      Brewmaster’s Tavern in Williamsburg closed, brewery to remain in business

      The Brewmaster’s Tavern in Williamsburg went out of business Monday, according to its landlords who continue to run the brewer business — Brewmasters Brewing Services LLC — out of the same building . It’s a location on Main Street, where there has been a tavern or restaurant for 208 years according to an online history.

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    9. New England Patriots donate $250K towards new synthetic turf field near Duggan Academy in Springfield - masslive.com

      New England Patriots donate $250K towards new synthetic turf field near Duggan Academy in Springfield - masslive.com

      The city is planning to establish a new athletic field behind Duggan Academy and a $250,000 grant from the New England Patriots through the National Football League Foundation Grassroots Program will go a long way towards making that plan a reality.  The grant from the Patriots, NFL Foundation and Local Initiatives Support Corporation is part of the second round of $3 million in field refurbishment awards allocated this year.

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    10. Hartford passenger rail linking Springfield to New Haven passes 1 million rider mark

      Hartford passenger rail linking Springfield to New Haven passes 1 million rider mark

      Ridership on the Hartford Line, which connects rail commuters traveling between New Haven and Springfield has passed the 1 million mark, according to Connecticut Department of Transportation officials. The service — launched on June 18, 2018 — transported its one-millionth rider during the busy Thanksgiving travel period in late November.

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    11. Basketball Hall of Fame to close temporarily for renovations

      Basketball Hall of Fame to close temporarily for renovations

      The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame will be temporarily closed to the public from Monday, Feb. 3 to Wednesday, March 25 as it continues the final phase of its $23 million renovation program. During this time, the Jerry Colangelo Court of Dreams will be fully redeveloped, along with implementation of new interactive areas around the court. Additionally, the Hall’s second floor will be deconstructed for a full transformation, according to a news release.

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    12. iHeartMedia announces reorganization; radio personalities sacked in Massachusetts, nationwide

      iHeartMedia announces reorganization; radio personalities sacked in Massachusetts, nationwide

      iHeartMedia has laid off veteran radio staffers across the country as part of a company-wide reorganization. Billboard noted the “bloodbath” resulted in pink slips for dozens of veteran program directors and DJs in top markets nationwide. Among those reportedly impacted were Jackson Burnes, an executive producer at Classic Rock 100.7 WZLX in Boston; Deb Lawler, the morning anchor at WBZ; and Marylee Kelly, production director at Classic Rock Cool 102 WCIB in Cape Cod, according to Radio Insight and FYBush Media.

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      Mentions: Springfield
    13. Job Expo set for Thursday at Basketball Hall of Fame

      Job Expo set for Thursday at Basketball Hall of Fame

      A Job Expo featuring dozens of companies is scheduled Thursday, Jan. 16, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. The winter expo, which generally draws several hundred participants, is sponsored by MassHire Springfield Career Center and Entercom Communications radio stations.

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    14. Girl’s Auto exec Patrice Banks, Poo-Pourri’s Suzy Batiz to speak at Women’s Leadership Conference

      Girl’s Auto exec Patrice Banks, Poo-Pourri’s Suzy Batiz to speak at Women’s Leadership Conference

      Suzy Batiz whose success in developing the toilet bowl spray cleaner Poo-Pourri earned her a spot on Forbes’ 2019 list of the country’s richest self-made women, will join headliner Tyra Banks as speaker at Bay Path University’s 25th annual Women’s Leadership Conference in March

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    15. Holyoke Planning Board gets update on Amazon traffic, parking issues

      Holyoke Planning Board gets update on Amazon traffic, parking issues

      The Planning Board reviewed Amazon’s updated traffic and parking plans for the 161 Lower Westfield Road facility after a study found traffic generated by the distribution center was below past estimates. A December traffic study conducted by Langan Engineering and Environmental Services showed the facility “has had less of an impact on surrounding road network than anticipated.” It indicated that peak-traffic was “significantly less than estimated.”

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    16. Knox building — once a Springfield automobile factory — getting $57M makeover into apartments

      Knox building — once a Springfield automobile factory — getting $57M makeover into apartments

      Gordon Pulsifer — the developer behind the ongoing rehab of Indian Motorcycle, Mason Square Fire Station and the Outing Park apartment complex in the South End -- plans a $57 million, 114- apartment rehab of the long-derelict Knox Building just across Wilbraham Road from Indian Motorcycle.

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    17. MGM Springfield to welcome Boston Red Sox at 'Winter Weekend’ - masslive.com

      MGM Springfield to welcome Boston Red Sox at 'Winter Weekend’ - masslive.com

      Before the Boston Red Sox head down to sunny Fort Myers, Florida, for spring training, the team will spend a “Winter Weekend” with fans at MGM Springfield.  MGM Springfield anticipates more than 10,000 visitors descending on downtown Springfield for the event and portions of Main and State streets near the casino will be closed to traffic.

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    18. Vote delayed on Enfield Square Mall subdivision; skeptical planners want more details

      Vote delayed on Enfield Square Mall subdivision; skeptical planners want more details

      The owners of Enfield Square mall want to carve up the 86-acre property into smaller plots and then sell them for redevelopment. But in an hours-long meeting Thursday night, the town’s Planning and Zoning Commission heard from residents who don’t trust Namdar Realty Group and Mason Asset Management to spend the necessary cash to bring in the right mix of office, retail, housing, services and other amenities to make the mall property an economic engine again.

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    19. Club Scout: Wurst Haus brings German brews, Bavarian food to Northampton

      Club Scout: Wurst Haus brings German brews, Bavarian food to Northampton

      I was going to try to write some lame lead about Northampton’s newest bar, the Wurst Haus, using the word “worst” as a pun, but I decided to spare you, dear readers, from such a fate. Also, there is nothing that is the worst – or even remotely bad – about the venue that is housed in the former McLadden’s Publick House on at 27 Pleasant St.

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    20. Springfield Union Station Platform C elevator ready, awaits Amtrak inspection

      Springfield Union Station Platform C elevator ready, awaits Amtrak inspection

      The new elevator at Union Station’s completely rebuilt and handicapped-accessible Plattform C is ready for use and awaiting Amtrak inspection. Christopher Moskal, executive director of the Springfield Redevelopment Authority — the agency that owns the historic station — said he doesn’t know when that inspection will take place. He said he’s been kept up to date by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation.

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    21. Grants awarded at WorcLab offer ‘inspiration and hope’ for 31 organizations in Springfield, Worcester and across the state

      Grants awarded at WorcLab offer ‘inspiration and hope’ for 31 organizations in Springfield, Worcester and across the state

      Thirty-one envelopes stacked on a podium could almost be overlooked within a large conference room on the fourth floor on Portland Street in Worcester. Their importance, though, wasn’t lost on the dozens that packed inside the space. Each of them carried hope or dreams in the form of funding for the dozens that packed into the space Thursday morning. “It brings inspiration and hope, because there’s growth within the community,” said Ana Marie Morales of Make It Springfield.

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    22. Wurst Haus German restaurant opens Jan. 17 at former Pleasant Street Theater in Northampton

      Wurst Haus German restaurant opens Jan. 17 at former Pleasant Street Theater in Northampton

      Bavarian-style food and a variety of international beers will be on the menu for the grand opening of the Wurst Haus Restaurant in Northampton on Jan. 17. The German-­themed restaurant is a smaller version of the Student Prince & The Fort in Springfield, which opened in 1935 and is a Western Massachusetts landmark. The name is borrowed from the German-themed concession the Student Prince has run at The Big E for the last four years.

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