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    1. People in Business baytechIT Appoints a New Director of Operations: David Rooks

      People in Business baytechIT Appoints a New Director of Operations: David Rooks

      Headquartered in Holyoke, baytechIT serves more than 155 healthcare clients and manages/monitors more than 16,000 endpoint devices. Since its founding in May of 2018, the company has worked to fulfill its mission to meet the increasing demand for diverse health care IT services by hospitals; medical practices large and small; clinics; and social services agencies.

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      Mentions: Holyoke
    2. Marion A. McGowan named CEO of Health New England, VP for Baystate Health

      Marion A. McGowan named CEO of Health New England, VP for Baystate Health

      Baystate Health announced Thursday that it will appoint Marion A. McGowan to the newly created position of president and CEO of Health New England and senior vice president of payer innovation for Baystate Health. "We are confident that Marion’s experience in strategy development, operations, and new business ventures — along with her background in new population health business, service models and value-based payment — will help us to improve the health and the health care experience for the populations we serve,” said Dr. Mark A. Keroack, president and CEO of Baystate Health and chair of the Health New England board of ...

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    3. Payless ShoeSource says all stores closing in June

      Payless ShoeSource says all stores closing in June

      Payless ShoeSource announced this weekthat its liquidation sales will continue through the end of June and its stores will close on a rolling basis throughout the month. The company announced in February that it would shut down all 2,100 Payless locations across the country. But that announcement left the actual date of closing a mystery.

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    4. Church for sale: Congregation puts H.H. Richardson building in Springfield’s Mattoon Street neighborhood on the market

      Church for sale: Congregation puts H.H. Richardson building in Springfield’s Mattoon Street neighborhood on the market

      The former North Congregational Church at the corner of Salem and Elliot streets in Springfield’s Mattoon Street neighborhood is for sale with an asking price of $600,000. The brownstone church at 18 Salem St. — which has gone by many names over the decades — dates to 1873 and features stained-glass windows from the studios of Louis Comfort Tiffany.

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    5. Study of east-west rail connecting North Adams, Greenfield and Boston passes Massachusetts Senate

      Study of east-west rail connecting North Adams, Greenfield and Boston passes Massachusetts Senate

      As state Sen. Jo Comerford campaigned to represent Hampshire, Franklin and Worcester in the Massachusetts legislature last year, the issue of transportation connecting the state kept arising among voters. Residents in Central and Western Massachusetts spoke of an easier way to get to and from Boston. “It’s within people’s lifetimes that we had passenger service,” Comerford, a Northampton Democrat, told MassLive of the former rail service along the Route 2 corridor. The previous passenger service ran from 1875 to 1968, connecting Eastern and Western Massachusetts.

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    6. MGM pulls out of talks to purchase Wynn Casino in Everett

      MGM pulls out of talks to purchase Wynn Casino in Everett

      MGM Resorts is pulling out of talks with Wynn Resorts to negotiate a purchase of Encore Boston Harbor Casino in Everett. The company released a statement saying “We have noted the anxiety raised by various stakeholders regarding a transaction and this troubles us at MGM. We only wish to have a positive impact on communities in which we operate. We think the best course of action is to discontinue discussions concerning this opportunity. We wish the company and the Everett community all the best and look forward to visiting their beautiful resort when it opens and welcoming the 5,600 ...

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      Mentions: Springfield MGM
    7. Well, Howdy! Greater Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau hosts annual Howdy Awards for hospitality excellence

      Well, Howdy! Greater Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau hosts annual Howdy Awards for hospitality excellence

      The Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau honored a dozen workers in the hospitality industry Monday during the 24th-annual Howdy Awards for Hospitality Excellence. The Visitors Bureau hosts the awards each year to recognize front-line employees at restaurants, attractions, modes of transportation, hotels and the like who help make a visitor’s stay in Western Massachusetts special.

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    8. Dressbarn closing all 650 stores, including 24 Massachusetts stores, after decades in business - masslive.com

      Dressbarn closing all 650 stores, including 24 Massachusetts stores, after decades in business - masslive.com

      Dressbarn is going out of business and plans to close all of its approximately 650 stores, the women’s retail chain said Monday.  “For more than 50 years, Dressbarn has served women’s fashion needs, and we thank all of our dedicated associates for their commitment to Dressbarn and our valued customers,” the retailer’s Chief Financial Officer Steven Taylor said in a statement. “This decision was difficult, but necessary, as the Dressbarn chain has not been operating at an acceptable level of profitability in today’s retail environment.”

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    9. MassMutual moving Barings out of Tower Square; Springfield-grown Wellfleet taking its place

      MassMutual moving Barings out of Tower Square; Springfield-grown Wellfleet taking its place

      Barings, the investment management arm of Springfield’s MassMutual, is closing its Springfield location in Tower Square. The move has cleared the way for another insurance company, Wellfleet, to move in. Barings has been relocating employees away from Springfield since it opened a headquarters in Charlotte, North Carolina, in 2016, said spokeswoman Kelly Smith in an email Monday. She offered no further detail about when the Springfield office would finally close.

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    10. 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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    11. Westfield OK’s tax incentive for James Hardie plant expansion

      Westfield OK’s tax incentive for James Hardie plant expansion

      James Hardie Building Products, the manufacturer that bought the former old Colony Envelope and National Envelope plant last year, could invest an additional $12 million to $18 million at the site and hire more people. That’s if it gets a tax incentives from the city and state. The Westfield City Council voted 10-1 in favor of the agreement, a tax increment financing, or TIF, agreement Thursday night.

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    12. Vince Jackson named executive director of Northampton Chamber of Commerce

      Vince Jackson named executive director of Northampton Chamber of Commerce

      Vincent “Vince” Jackson of Hadley has been named executive director of the Greater Northampton Chamber of Commerce. He will take his post in June, just in time for the chamber’s 100th anniversary celebration. Jackson was selected by the chamber’s Board of Directors to replace current director, Suzanne Beck, who will be retiring at the end of May. “It’s an honor for me to join The Greater Northampton Chamber of Commerce at this pivotal time in its history,” Jackson said in a statement Friday. “With deep respect for the chamber’s legacy and leadership, I look forward to ...

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    13. Downtown Springfield Farmers Market returns, but at new location

      Downtown Springfield Farmers Market returns, but at new location

      The Downtown Springfield Farmers Market returns Friday, May 17, for the 2019 season, but at a new location. The market will now be at Court Square, a block south of Tower Square Park, also known as Steiger Park, where it had been located. The market runs 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Friday from May 17 through Sept. 27 . White Lion Brewing Co. will host a summer beer garden, May 22 through Aug 31, in Tower Square Park at 1477 Main St.

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    14. Public hearing set new Balise Mazda dealership in Springfield South End

      Public hearing set new Balise Mazda dealership in Springfield South End

      The City Council has a public hearing scheduled Monday to consider approving special permits for Balise Auto Group for a new Mazda dealership planned in the South End. The Planning Department is recommending approval of the permits for the project, which is expected to cost more than $6 million. The site a compilation of properties owned and purchased by Balise, bordered by Main Street, York Street, East Columbus Avenue and Broad Street.

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    15. Economic session targets housing, filling jobs

      Economic session targets housing, filling jobs

      Housing and economic development are inextricably mixed and must be addressed in unison with each other, Massachusetts Economic Development Secretary Michael Kennealy says. "We need more housing,'' said Kennealy Thursday at Springfield Technical Community College, where the second of eight economic engagement sessions across the state took place. "There is a housing crisis throughout the state. In the past 30 years, we’ve created less than half of what had been created in the previous 30 years.''

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    16. People in Business: 3M Medical Solutions Division promotes David Frank to Account Executive

      People in Business: 3M Medical Solutions Division promotes David Frank to Account Executive

      David Frank from Longmeadow Ma has been promoted to Account Executive with the 3M Medical Solutions Division, Ambulatory Markets. David started in the 3M Orthopedic Device and Arthroscopy Division in 1987. In his current role David manages sales and distribution in the Northeast LLC Ambulatory Surgery Market Segment. David is a graduate of Westfield State University.

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    17. Owner of Skyview Downtown apartments in Springfield defends renovation work in response to union protest

      Owner of Skyview Downtown apartments in Springfield defends renovation work in response to union protest

      The company that recently launched a $50 million renovation of the Skyview Downtown apartments is defending the work following a protest earlier this week by local building trades unions. Related Companies, of New York City, which owns the property, said through a Springfield lawyer, Melinda M. Phelps, that the first phase of work is being done primarily by Springfield-area subcontractors, and primarily by union labor.

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    18. People in Business: Mercy Medical Center Welcomes Tina D’Agostino to New Role in Fund Development

      People in Business: Mercy Medical Center Welcomes Tina D’Agostino to New Role in Fund Development

      Tina D’Agostino has joined Mercy Medical Center as a Major Gifts Officer in the Fund Development Department. In this role, D’Agostino’s responsibilities include expanding the Major Gifts Program by cultivating donors and donor prospects, coordinating major gifts as they relate to capital fundraising campaigns, and overseeing volunteers who support the department.

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    19. What’s new at Eastec 2019: Robots and efficiency drive innovation

      What’s new at Eastec 2019: Robots and efficiency drive innovation

      The Eastern States Exposition’s Mallary Complex, where folks normally gather around livestock, is full this week of folks gathering around robots on display at the Eastec trade show. Robots throwing dice, robots alphabetizing a pile of children's ABC toys, robots stacking tiny squares of gum.

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    20. 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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    21. What’s next for Friendly’s ice cream plant in Wilbraham as owner Dean Foods looks to restructure?

      What’s next for Friendly’s ice cream plant in Wilbraham as owner Dean Foods looks to restructure?

      Dean Foods, the Texas-based dairy conglomerate that owns Friendly’s ice cream manufacturing business, isn’t tipping its hand when it comes its future or the future of Friendly’s. In February, Dean Foods announced plans to restructure and possibly sell all or parts of its business. Dean has already received a half dozen offers for various parts of its business, including the Friendly’s operation, according to a story Monday in The Wall Street Journal.

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    22. Associated Industries of Massachusetts chooses top lobbyist John Regan as its new CEO - masslive.com

      Associated Industries of Massachusetts chooses top lobbyist John Regan as its new CEO - masslive.com

      ohn Regan was selected on Thursday to be the new president and CEO of Associated Industries of Massachusetts, the state’s largest and most powerful business group.  As of May 20, Regan will succeed AIM President and CEO Richard Lord, who is retiring after 20 years.

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    23. ‘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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