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    1. Springfield company submits lowest bid for major downtown renovation project at Stearns...

      Springfield company submits lowest bid for major downtown renovation project at Stearns...

      Morais Concrete Services Inc., of Springfield, submitted the bid of $1,784,000, among eight bids received by Wednesday's deadline. Mayor Domenic J. Sarno and Theo G. Theocles, the city's deputy procurement officer, said they were pleased by the number of bids received and the interest in the project from companies in the city and region. Sarno said the Stearns Square and Duryea Way project will play a key role in the "renaissance of our downtown" and in enhancing its aesthetics and pedestrian use.

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    2. Blue Star Equiculture of Palmer and Springfield Sci-Tech's Fresh Start program team up to...

      Blue Star Equiculture of Palmer and Springfield Sci-Tech's Fresh Start program team up to...

      Arroyo and Williams were among the students at Sci-Tech who had the opportunity to get up close, to see, to touch and, yes, to smell draft horses on the front lawn of the State Street school. As part of a collaboration with the Sci-Tech Fresh Start Program, Blue Star Equiculture of Palmer brought three horses, Mario and Punch, two adults weighing 2,000 pounds each, and Blue the baby, to the school for a kind of meet-and-greet.

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    3. Bon-Ton CEO says chain will shut 40 locations in 2018

      Bon-Ton CEO says chain will shut 40 locations in 2018

      Beleaguered retailer Bon-Ton Stores Inc. will close at least 40 of its 260 stores in 2018, company president and CEO William Tracy said this week in a press release announcing the most recent financial returns. The chain's net loss for its most recent quarter was $44.9 million, and comparable store sales decreased 6.6 percent vs. the same quarter last year.  Bon-Ton's only Massachusetts location is in the Westfield Shops on Route 20.

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    4. Westfield veteran aiming to start junk removal business employing other veterans one step closer to opening in city

      Westfield veteran aiming to start junk removal business employing other veterans one step closer to opening in city

      Rivest told councilors J. Dog is a franchise of a national company and all owners are veterans or veteran families. Rivest, a veteran and 104th Fighter Wing mobility specialist, said he also plans to employ veterans and contribute to veteran organizations. "I've joined the Westfield and Chicopee Chambers of Commerce and will be giving back to the veteran community as much as possible," said Rivest. One of Rivest's goals is to keep as much junk out of the city's transfer station as possible. "As soon as I make a pick-up I'll look through and see ...

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      Mentions: Chicopee Westfield
    5. Springfield Regional Chamber holds 2017 government reception in West Springfield (photos)

      Springfield Regional Chamber holds 2017 government reception in West Springfield (photos)

      The Springfield Regional Chamber held its annual Government Reception Thursday evening at the Storrowton Tavern Carriage House. Nancy Creed, president of the chamber, greeted local, state and federal officials as they arrived for the event.  The reception allows community and business leaders an opportunity to meet socially with the elected officials.

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    6. Up to 60 housing units envisioned in South Holyoke redevelopment

      Up to 60 housing units envisioned in South Holyoke redevelopment

      The part of South Holyoke around Carlos Vega Park would get 28 to 60 new units of housing as the Holyoke Redevelopment Authority said Thursday it was seeking "expressions of interest" from developers. "I'm proud that as an administration we've advanced work towards a significant home ownership development project in South Holyoke," Mayor Alex B. Morse said in an email. "This is an exciting time for South Holyoke." The project is beginning, with questions like cost, funding to pay for the construction and number of units unresolved, said Marcos A. Marrero, director of the Holyoke Planning and Economic ...

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    7. Chicopee Assisted Living complex awarded final permit to build on former Facemate land

      Chicopee Assisted Living complex awarded final permit to build on former Facemate land

      he approval, which is conditional on meeting requirements from department heads, will allow DS Development to build a $25 million, 95-unit affordable assisted living complex next to the RiverMills Senior Center on West Main Street. The City Council voted 12-0 to grant the special permit. Because the proposed complex is located in a the fairly new Mill Conversion and Commercial Overlay district, which allows the reuse of abandoned industrial and commercial properties, the special permit is the final approval needed for the project.

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      Mentions: Chicopee
    8. Legislature sends broadband bill, including $45M for WMass, to Gov. Charlie Baker's desk

      Legislature sends broadband bill, including $45M for WMass, to Gov. Charlie Baker's desk

      The Legislature passed a $244 million bond bill on Wednesday, sending it to Gov. Charlie Baker's desk. The bill, H.4015, includes $45 million for the expansion of broadband internet in Western Massachusetts. It also includes $199 million for the design and construction of a new Chelsea Soldiers' Home. The bill had a strict deadline, since if it were not passed before the legislative session ended on Wednesday, millions of dollars of federal money for the Soldiers' Home would have been at stake. The broadband money is part of the "Last Mile" project, which uses state subsidies to make ...

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    9. Summer opening eyed for $1 million bankESB in Holyoke

      Summer opening eyed for $1 million bankESB in Holyoke

      BankESB officials expect to open by summer a branch under construction at Sargeant and Beech streets in a $1 million project that will provide seven to eight new jobs, a spokeswoman said Wednesday. "We believe strongly in the future of the city and we're excited to be a part of that progress forward," President and CEO Matthew S. Sosik said in a press release. A groundbreaking was held on Oct. 31 and construction should be done and the branch open in the summer. An exact date has yet to be determined, said Cara M. Del Tatto, bankESB interactive marketing ...

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    10. Wellspring Harvest plans to grow vegetables, wealth at Chapman Valve site

      Wellspring Harvest plans to grow vegetables, wealth at Chapman Valve site

      Wellspring Harvest Corp. hosted tours Wednesday of its soon-to-be completed 15,000-square-foot, $1.3-million greenhouse on part of the old Chapman Valve site on Pinevale Street in the city's Indian Orchard neighborhood. The greenhouse will grow lettuce, mustard greens, spinach, baby kale, cilantro, mint and and array of vegetables from around the world year-round in nutrient-rich water. Customers include Baystate Medical Center, Mercy Medical Center, Big Y Foods, Sodexo on behalf of the Springfield Public Schools and Squash Trucking.

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    11. Pride plans 'super' store at old River Inn site in Springfield

      Pride plans 'super' store at old River Inn site in Springfield

      Pride Stores plans to build two new Springfield "Super Pride" outlets in the coming year, including one on the site of the old River Inn at State and Thompson Streets in the city's McKnight neighborhood. The other would replace an existing Pride store at the corner of Breckwood Boulevard and Wilbraham Road near Western New England University, said Pride Stores CEO Robert Bolduc.

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    12. Springfield's historic Hampden Savings Bank building once again for sale

      Springfield's historic Hampden Savings Bank building once again for sale

      The onetime headquarters of Hampden Savings Bank at 1665 Main St. in downtown Springfield is once again for sale. The 1,800-square-foot space was built by the bank, now part of Berkshire Bank, 99 years ago for $100,000 -- nearly $2 million in today's money. It is on the National Register of Historic Places. Most recently it was the law office of Barry Kaufman, and before that it was the office of him and his father, Kaufman & Kaufman. The building has housed law offices since 1965, Barry Kaufman said.

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    13. I-91 Springfield viaduct project ahead of schedule, several ramp openings announced

      I-91 Springfield viaduct project ahead of schedule, several ramp openings announced

      The I-91 viaduct rehabilitation project has progressed faster than anticipated, allowing for the first steps to returning the highway to its normal traffic patterns for the first time in two years. Several on- and off-ramps and an additional lane on I-91 south will be reopened this week, in time to ease the upcoming Thanksgiving travel crunch, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation said in a press release issued Monday night. MassDOT said that the project is months ahead of schedule. One of the last visible parts of the project, the reopening of the State Street on-ramp to I-91 northbound will take ...

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    14. With 3,000 people to hire, MGM Springfield opens career center

      With 3,000 people to hire, MGM Springfield opens career center

      MGM Springfield opened a new career center Monday designed to serve as a "one-stop shop" in the screening and hiring of approximately 3,000 employees. The MGM career center is at the Colvest Building at 1259 East Columbus Ave., adjacent to its $960 million casino project. MGM and Massachusetts Gaming Commission officials, along with representatives of the education, business and employment training sector, attended a morning open house and tours at the center just prior to its afternoon opening.

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    15. $3.5 million from state to help resurrect Pynchon Plaza in downtown Springfield

      $3.5 million from state to help resurrect Pynchon Plaza in downtown Springfield

      Starting this Spring, construction is set to bring Pynchon Plaza in downtown Springfield back to life, thanks to $3.5 million from the MassWorks Infrastructure Program. Patrick Sullivan, Springfield's executive director of Parks, Buildings and Recreation Management said the city is preparing to put the project out to bid with construction to start in March and to be completed by the end of the 2018 construction season. The newly rebuilt half-acre park will feature a funicular -- a fancy term for an inclined elevator -- making it handicapped accessible and replacing the trouble-prone elevator. The park covers a four-story change of ...

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    16. 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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    17. Dan Duquette to speak at WMass Baseball Hall of Fame banquet

      Dan Duquette to speak at WMass Baseball Hall of Fame banquet

      Dan Duquette, general manager of the Baltimore Orioles, will be the guest speaker when the Western Massachusetts Baseball Hall of Fame hosts its fifth annual banquet and induction ceremony on Feb. 1. The banquet, which is open to the public, will be held at the La Quinta Hotel, 100 Congress St. Additional details, including ticket information, will be announced at a later date. Duquette, in addition to leading the Orioles to the playoffs three times in recent seasons, built successful franchises as general manager of the Montreal Expos from 1991-94 and the Boston Red Sox from 1994-2002. While with the ...

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    18. Chicopee begins $2.6 million improvements to spark development in Cabotville Industrial...

      Chicopee begins $2.6 million improvements to spark development in Cabotville Industrial...

      About two years ago Mayor Richard J. Kos took State Rep. Joseph Wagner and Massachusetts Housing and Economic Development Director Jay Ash on a late afternoon tour of the Cabotville Industrial Park and the downtown area to show its potential for development. There was no press, there were no cameras there was just a three-way discussion about economic development in Chicopee Center. "The mayor came to us and said we can do something good here but we need something," said Wagner, D-Chicopee. That something turned into a $2.6 million MassWorks grant, which will pay for 90 percent of infrastructure ...

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    19. Westfield job fair planned for laid-off Berkshire Industries workers

      Westfield job fair planned for laid-off Berkshire Industries workers

      More than 40 precision manufacturing companies from around the Pioneer Valley and nearby Connecticut will attend a job fair next week in Westfield organized for the 80 workers who lost their jobs when Berkshire Industries shut down unexpectedly last month. "We have had a pretty significant response from companies in the area," said David M. Cruise, president and CEO of the Regional Employment Board of Hampden County. "We are trying to outreach to the workers, to let them know it's happening." The event is from 2-4 p.m. Nov. 16 at the Westfield Senior Center, 45 Noble St. Participants ...

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    20. 'Daddy's Home 2' pumped $19 million into Massachusetts economy, workers took home $10 million in wages, film group says | masslive.com

      'Daddy's Home 2' pumped $19 million into Massachusetts economy, workers took home $10 million in wages, film group says | masslive.com

      The industry group's CEO, Charles Rivkin, singled out the state's large and controversial film tax credit program as a boon that will continue to help movie productions head to the Bay State for filming locations.  'The production of Daddy's Home 2 demonstrates the powerful economic impact of film and television on local communities across the country,' he said in a statement. 'According to Paramount Pictures, the film supported more than 350 local businesses in communities across Massachusetts.'

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    21. Renovated Kendall House in Chicopee celebrates opening of 41 new studio apartments

      Renovated Kendall House in Chicopee celebrates opening of 41 new studio apartments

      The Valley Opportunity Council officially re-opened the newly renovated Kendall House with a ribbon cutting and tour of the historic hotel that has been converted to an apartment building. Mayor Richard J. Kos, a half-dozen City Councilors, Valley Opportunity Council employees and several residents of the building joined together for the celebration Wednesday. For more than a decade the Kendall House, located at 4 Springfield St., was a single occupancy room complex run by HAPHousing, which is now known by Way Finders. But in 2016 it was acquired by Valley Opportunity Council, which essentially assumed the building's about $1 ...

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    22. Cleanup cost estimate for historic Court Square hotel in Springfield less than expected

      Cleanup cost estimate for historic Court Square hotel in Springfield less than expected

      It will cost just under $2 million to remove environmental hazards from the derelict Court Square hotel at 31 Elm St. and prepare the building for a $35-million to $45-million rehabilitation decades on the drawing boards. That $2 million estimate, prepared by O'Reilly, Talbot & Okun environmental engineering, of Springfield, and revealed Tuesday to the Springfield Redevelopment Authority Board, is about half what the SRA thought it would have to pay.

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    23. Bay Path University ranked in top 10 colleges in Massachusetts

      Bay Path University ranked in top 10 colleges in Massachusetts

      Bay Path University has been ranked among the top 10 colleges in Massachusetts by OnlineColleges.com. The website ranked Bay Path at No. 8. Three other Western Massachusetts colleges made the top 10: the University of Massachusetts Amherst ranked No. 2, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts ranked No. 5 and Westfield State University ranked No. 7.

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