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    1. 'All about collaboration': Hampden's Rediker Software unveils work space for development team

      'All about collaboration': Hampden's Rediker Software unveils work space for development team

      One of the conference rooms at Rediker Software is called "The Bridge." The other - a more relaxed space that's got comfy couches and is around the corner from the shuffleboard table - is "Ten Forward," a reference to the lounge on the Starship Enterprise in "Star Trek: The Next Generation." It's an indication of how Rediker's new office space here in the center of Hampden has a lot in common with the trendy work spaces of Silicon Valley and Boston's tech hubs.

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      Mentions: Westfield
    2. Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito addresses Holyoke Chamber, touts public-private partnerships

      Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito addresses Holyoke Chamber, touts public-private partnerships

      Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito hailed the public-private partnerships promoted by the Baker administration at the Greater Holyoke Chamber of Commerce's annual Governmental Affairs Luncheon. The Wherehouse? Banquet Hall hosted the chamber's event Thursday. Polito noted the commonwealth's continued collaborations with the business community. She used Holyoke as "Exhibit A" in describing those relations, with the keys being planning, people, places and partnerships. Polito said the state extends grants, low-interest funding and tax credits to businesses that promote expansion, innovation and workforce development.

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    3. Run-down Pride Station in Agawam to be demolished, new 'Pride Kitchen' planned

      Run-down Pride Station in Agawam to be demolished, new 'Pride Kitchen' planned

      Pride Convenience Inc. on Oct. 1 pulled a permit with the city's Building Division to demolish an old service station and car wash at 395 Main St. In its place, a new, 5,400-square-foot "Pride Kitchen" convenience store with gas pumps and a drive-through will be built, Pride Stores CEO Robert L. Bolduc said Thursday. In a telephone interview, Bolduc said demolition will take place this fall, that he will submit applications to the city's Planning Department and that he hopes to start construction in the spring.

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    4. Study pushes east-west rail forward at last

      Study pushes east-west rail forward at last

      Governor Charlie Baker is right when he says the concept of an east-west rail line is complicated. But that doesn't mean it can't be done. One step toward making the dream become reality occurred when the Massachusetts Department of Transportation hired a consulting firm to conduct a feasibility study for a line from Boston through Worcester and Springfield and on to Pittsfield. The study will cost $1 million. Such studies often take on the image of unnecessary political stall tactics and a waste of taxpayers' money, but not this one. It's necessary to identify issues of cost ...

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    5. Massachusetts business group honors Six Flags, United Personnel, Sanderson-MacLeod

      Massachusetts business group honors Six Flags, United Personnel, Sanderson-MacLeod

      Associated Industries of Massachusetts has honored Six Flags New England, of Agawam, and United Personnel, of Springfield, with its Next Century Award. AIM, a statewide employers group, has also honored brush manufacturer Sanderson-MacLeod, of Palmer, with its the 2018 Sustainability Award.

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    6. MassDOT takes next step toward $1 million east-west rail study

      MassDOT takes next step toward $1 million east-west rail study

      The Massachusetts Department of Transportation said Tuesday that it has retained a consulting firm for $1 million to study the feasibility of east-west rail from Boston through Worcester to Springfield and as far west as Pittsfield. Victoria Mier, a spokeswoman for the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, said work will begin as soon as the deal is final and a notice to proceed is issued. Timothy W. Brennan, executive director of the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission, said he learned Saturday that MassDOT plans to issue that notice in early 2019, with the study beginning soon thereafter. It will take about one ...

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    7. Revitalize CDC volunteers to provide TLC to 3 Holyoke homes

      Revitalize CDC volunteers to provide TLC to 3 Holyoke homes

      About 200 volunteers will wield hammers and rakes in the third annual Revitalize Community Development Corporation #GreenNFit Neighborhood project Thursday morning on Beacon Avenue, where they will work on three homes. Colleen Loveless, of Revitalize Community Development Corporation, said the three homes includes work for an elderly widow whose husband passed away two years ago. 

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      Mentions: Springfield Holyoke
    8. UMass water technology lab could spur new developments

      UMass water technology lab could spur new developments

      Thirty companies are in the pipeline, waiting to use a $3.9 million water technology demonstration center that could be built at the University of Massachusetts in as soon as two years. About 250 people attended the "Innovations and Opportunities in Water Technologies" conference Monday at the Amherst campus. Now the job is to get the money, already called for in a 2014 state bonding bill, and include it in a state spending budget, said Richard K. Sullivan Jr., president and CEO of the Economic Development of Western Massachusetts.

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    9. The Republican named best Sunday newspaper in New England

      The Republican named best Sunday newspaper in New England

      The Republican and Sunday Republican were honored this week as the best Sunday newspaper in New England and a distinguished weekday newspaper by the New England Newspaper and Press Association. The Republican also received a Publick Occurences Award for its coverage of the arrest of Gary Schara last September for the 1992 slaying of Lisa Ziegert in Agawam. The honors were awarded at the fall conference of the regional news association at the Crowne Plaza in Natick.

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    10. United Bank moves into Webster Bank offices in East Longmeadow, Springfield, West Springfield, closes others

      United Bank moves into Webster Bank offices in East Longmeadow, Springfield, West Springfield, closes others

      United Bank has taken over six Wesbter Bank branches it bought from Webster back in May. The locations, including the West Springfield branch at 50 Elm St.,  the Springfield branch at 1355 Boston Road and an East Longmeadow branch at 62 Center Square, officially became United Bank branches Oct. 9. Signs were changed. The other branches were Waterford and Groton in Connecticut and Westerly, Rhode Island. The bank converted customer accounts over Columbus Day weekend. United's branches at 95 Elm St., West Springfield, 459 Main St. in Indian Orchard and 94 Shaker Road in East Longmeadow have all closed.

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    11. Way Finders continues demolition at old Peter Pan bus station in Springfield

      Way Finders continues demolition at old Peter Pan bus station in Springfield

      Specialized crews are removing asbestos from the former Peter Pan Springfield Bus Terminal. Meanwhile, the head of Way Finders says construction of the housing agency's new headquarters should begin at the site in the middle of November. Demolition should take four weeks once the toxic asbestos is removed and disposed of, said Peter A. Gagliardi, president and CEO of Way Finders. Way Finders is the new name for what was once HAP Housing.

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    12. Developer plans $43 million mixed-use project at One Ferry Street mill complex in Easthampton

      Developer plans $43 million mixed-use project at One Ferry Street mill complex in Easthampton

      Developer Michael Michon plans an ambitious mixed-use development at One Ferry Street, an abandoned and rambling factory complex built in 1903. The project, which could cost up to $43 million, "includes the demolition, restoration, and construction of select buildings and site improvements to allow for a variety of uses," according to a special permit application submitted to the city on Tuesday.

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    13. Mass DOT plans work next week on Morgan-Sullivan Bridge in advance of 4-year bridge...

      Mass DOT plans work next week on Morgan-Sullivan Bridge in advance of 4-year bridge...

      The Massachusetts Department of Transportation announced workers will be out on the Morgan-Sullivan Bridge next week in preparation of the start of the a 47-month, $21.5 million rehabilitation project that is to begin in November. Beginning Monday, traffic on the bridge will be reduced to one lane in either direction between 7 a.m. through 3:30 p.m. to allow for the clearing of trees and other work, according to the state DOT. Also beginning Monday, lane reductions will be in place from 8 p.m. each night through 5:30 a.m. to allow concrete deck repairs ...

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    14. $1 million education grant to help student parents at UMass with child care costs

      $1 million education grant to help student parents at UMass with child care costs

      Low-income student parents will get added financial help after the federal Department of Education awarded a $1 million grant to the University of Massachusetts to subsidize child care costs.   The four-year funding is provided through the education department's Child Care Access Means Parents in School program, which supports the participation of low-income parents in post-secondary education, according to a press release.  The funding will significantly increase the amount of financial aid, coaching and parenting resources offered by the university's Office of Student Parent Programs to qualified low-income undergraduate and graduate students, according to the release.

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    15. Picking up steam: Rail advocates to meet in Springfield for updates on CTrail, expanded north-south service and east-west plans

      Picking up steam: Rail advocates to meet in Springfield for updates on CTrail, expanded north-south service and east-west plans

      Rail passengers and their advocates will gather Saturday in Springfield at what they see as a watershed moment. The new CTrail train service from Springfield to Hartford and New Haven is five months old. Plans for new service north of Springfield to Holyoke, Northampton and Greenfield and east-west to the Berkshires from New York and between Boston and Springfield are picking up steam.

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    16. Women's Fund of Western Massachusetts co-founder Sally Livingston dies

      Women's Fund of Western Massachusetts co-founder Sally Livingston dies

      Sally Livingston believed that women could do anything they sent their minds to, and she spent her life helping them achieve their dreams. Livingston, 71, a co-founder of the Women's Fund of Western Massachusetts, died in Washington on Oct. 4 after a long battle with brain cancer. "Sally was a multifaceted person, so to think of just one thing I will remember her for would be impossible," said David Woods, a longtime friend and colleague. The pair ran Woods and Livingston Financial Group together for 15 years before she started her own firm. "She had so many talents and ...

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    17. What does Sears bankruptcy mean for Springfield's Eastfield Mall?

      What does Sears bankruptcy mean for Springfield's Eastfield Mall?

      The expected bankruptcy of Sears Holdings Corp. may force the ailing retailer to sell its former store in Springfield as part of a nationwide real estate selloff, further clearing the way for redevelopment at the Eastfield Mall. It all depends on what Sears and its lenders want to do, said Chuck Breidenbach, managing director for MDC Retail Properties Group, in an email Wednesday. MDC is a unit of Mountain Development Corp., which owns the rest of the Eastfield Mall property, a total of 68 acres. Breidenbach is the executive in charge of Mountain Development's plans to turn Eastfield Mall ...

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    18. Liqueur entrepreneur headlines Springfield Chamber's Super 60 event

      Liqueur entrepreneur headlines Springfield Chamber's Super 60 event

      Lelaneia Dubay, co-founder of the Hartford Flavor Co. distillery in Connecticut, will give the keynote talk at the Springfield Regional Chamber's 2018 Super 60 celebration. The chamber uses the annual Super 60 event to honor the 60 fastest-growing privately owned businesses in the region. There are two categories: Companies are selected based on their percentage of revenue growth over a full three-year period or total revenues for the latest fiscal year.

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    19. PVTA gets $2.4M from feds for North End Springfield project (photos, video)

      PVTA gets $2.4M from feds for North End Springfield project (photos, video)

      The U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded $2.4 million to renovate 110-year-old PVTA maintenance facility in the North End into a modern place to store and repair its paratransit fleet. Meanwhile PVTA -- otherwise known as the Pioneer Valley Transit Authority -- will move its bus maintenance and operations to a new $55 million, 225,000-square-foot, state and federally funded depot on Cottage Street in March, said Administrator Sandra E. Sheehan.

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    20. Springfield offers long-term contract for new manager of Symphony Hall

      Springfield offers long-term contract for new manager of Symphony Hall

      The city, facing the task of hiring a new management company for historic Symphony Hall, advertised for proposals this week, offering a contract of up to 15 years in order to spur greater interest and offers. Proposals are due Oct. 31 for an initial five-year contract with the option of two five-year extensions. The extension periods are at the city's option.

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    21. Women tapped to lead Westfield State University's 4 new colleges

      Women tapped to lead Westfield State University's 4 new colleges

      After more than a year of planning and reorganization, Westfield State University began this academic year with a new four-college structure featuring an all-female administrative team.  The new structure, announced last month, transitions the school's more than two dozen departments to four new colleges: the College of Graduate and Continuing Education; the College of Mathematics and Sciences; the College of Education, Health and Human Services; and the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. In addition to restructuring its Division of Academic Affairs, Westfield State appointed a provost and four founding college deans -- all women -- to oversee the new ...

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