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    1. Delaney’s Market beer and wine license approved in Westfield; Wilbraham location opens next week

      Delaney’s Market beer and wine license approved in Westfield; Wilbraham location opens next week

      Westfield officials this week approved a beer-and-wine package store license for the Delaney’s Market planned at the Little River Plaza by restaurateur Peter Rosskothen. With another Delaney’s Market at 2030 Boston Road in Wilbraham set to open Tuesday, Rosskothen said he’s nearing his goal of having four Delaney’s Market locations open by the end of this year. He opened the flagship Delaney’s market in the Longmeadow Shops in 2016. The Springfield Delaney’s Market opened at 1365 Main St. in June.

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    2. Mercy Medical Center president Mark Fulco departs after 2 years

      Mercy Medical Center president Mark Fulco departs after 2 years

      Mark Fulco has departed as president of Mercy Medical Center and its affiliates after two years in that role. No reason was given. A hospital spokesperson praised Fulco in confirming his departure and said a new leader “has not yet been identified" but that the regional team of Trinity Health Of New England, of which Mercy is a member, would provide support. “We are grateful for Mark’s leadership and exceptionally strong commitment to our mission during an important period in the history of Mercy Medical Center,” the spokesperson said.

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    3. Bank of America sells shuttered Westfield office to California investor

      Bank of America sells shuttered Westfield office to California investor

      A California investor bought the former Bank of America office at 10 Main St. last month for $186,375. The price, revealed in documents on file at the Hampden Registry of Deeds, is significantly less than the $915,000 assessment the city placed on the property and the $345,000 sale price it brought back in 1992, when the building last changed hands as part of a bank merger. The replacement cost of the 11,000-square-foot bank building, built in 1900, is $1.44 million, according to city tax documents.

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    4. Michael Moran out as head of Baystate Health’s eastern region; Molly Gray will replace him as head of Wing, Mary Lane hospitals

      Michael Moran, president and chief administrative officer of Baystate Health’s eastern region, has resigned effective Nov. 1, Baystate confirmed Wednesday. Molly Gray, vice president of patient care services and chief nursing officer, will replace him, according to a statement from Baystate. Gray started with Baystate in 1988 as a staff nurse in the Wesson Women’s Labor and Delivery Unit.

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    5. MassDOT unveils plans for Holyoke highway project, residents speak out - masslive.com

      MassDOT unveils plans for Holyoke highway project, residents speak out - masslive.com

      Concerned residents had their say Tuesday evening at a public information session on plans by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation to reconstruct the Interstate 91 and Route 141 interchange.  Construction of a roundabout, as well as features intended to improve traffic flow at the intersection of Route 141 (Easthampton Road) and Lindor Heights, would start in the fall of 2023.

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    6. Gov. Charlie Baker has allocated an additional $1 million for State Nonprofit Security Program - masslive.com

      Gov. Charlie Baker has allocated an additional $1 million for State Nonprofit Security Program - masslive.com

      In May 2017 there was a bomb scare at the Jewish Community Center in Springfield highlighting the vulnerability of nonprofit organizations to attacks. Although the threat proved to be spurred community members to act.  Coming under the umbrella of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Nonprofit Security Grant Program was set up to help vulnerable nonprofit organizations like the JCC invest in security to protect themselves against attack.

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    7. Ramon S. Torrecilha: Westfield State University focuses on relevant, lifelong learning - masslive.com

      Ramon S. Torrecilha: Westfield State University focuses on relevant, lifelong learning - masslive.com

      Westfield State University’s strongest points of pride — our 42,000 alumni — speak volumes about Westfield State’s impact and relevance as they enrich communities and strengthen the workforce and economy across Massachusetts.  Further underscoring the university’s relevance is its recently approved strategic plan, a move to a lifelong learning model and an institutional commitment to our community, state and region.

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    8. Wahlburgers groundbreaking at MGM Springfield set for this month

      Wahlburgers groundbreaking at MGM Springfield set for this month

      A year after movie star Mark Wahberg visited MGM Springfield to announce that his Dorchester-bred family would open a Wahlburgers restaurant at the $960 million casino, a date for the ceremonial groundbreaking has been set. Wahlberg brother chef Paul Wahlberg, Springfield Mayor Domenic J. Sarno and MGM Springfield President Michael Mathis will turn ceremonial shovels of dirt Friday, Sept. 20. Wahlburgers will have its food truck there for the celebration.

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    9. Gov. Charlie Baker proposes $8.4 million to test well water for PFAS, $20 million for remediation

      Gov. Charlie Baker proposes $8.4 million to test well water for PFAS, $20 million for remediation

      The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection could get $8.4 million to step up well water testing in search of PFAS contamination from firefighting chemicals at Barnes Air National Guard Base, as well as other industrial and airport sources around the Commonwealth. Some of the money could also be used for point-of-consumption remediation efforts, such as filters and faucets, said Stephanie Cooper, deputy commissioner for policy and planning at MassDEP.

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    10. Pentagon spares Westover projects from cuts to pay for Mexican border wall; $46M hangar expected in 2022

      Pentagon spares Westover projects from cuts to pay for Mexican border wall; $46M hangar expected in 2022

      A new $46.2 million hangar for inspecting C-5M cargo planes planned at Westover Air Reserve Base has been spared from Pentagon budget cuts President Donald Trump is using to fund a wall on the Mexican border. As a presidential candidate, Trump repeatedly pledged that Mexico would pay for the wall, but when that failed to happen he resorted to transferring money from the Department of Defense after Congress balked at funding the project.

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    11. New Valley Bank & Trust of Springfield opens branch in Sixteen Acres

      New Valley Bank & Trust of Springfield opens branch in Sixteen Acres

      New Valley Bank & Trust will open its first branch office next week at 1930 Wilbraham Road the city’s Sixteen Acres section. New Valley is the only bank with its headquarters in Springfield and the first new bank to start up in the city since 2008. It opened offices in One Monarch Place downtown in May. This second office in Sixteen Acres is its first retail branch with a drive-thru and Saturday hours.

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    12. Outdoor amusement trade association moves Florida office to Eastern States Exposition grounds in West Springfield

      Outdoor amusement trade association moves Florida office to Eastern States Exposition grounds in West Springfield

      The Outdoor Amusement Business Association — the mobile amusement industry’s trade association — has relocated its Florida office to the grounds of Eastern States Exposition. The Outdoor Amusement Business Association was organized in 1965 and is the largest trade association representing carnivals, circuses, concessionaires, independent ride owners and others who serve fairs, festivals and community events.

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    13. Florence Bank to build at former Hu Ke Lau site in Chicopee; restaurant may return at new location

      Florence Bank to build at former Hu Ke Lau site in Chicopee; restaurant may return at new location

      Florence Bank plans to build a new branch office on a portion of the old Hu Ke Lau site on busy Memorial Drive, but that doesn’t necessarily mean the end of the longtime Polynesian showplace. The bank’s plans for the branch are detailed in documents filed with the Chicopee Planning Department, where developers are looking for site approval, said Planning Director Lee M. Pouliot. The project is listed on the agenda for Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Rivermill Senior Center on 5 West Main St., Classroom 30.

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    14. State plans roundabout in Holyoke at intersection of Route 141 and Interstate 91 - masslive.com

      State plans roundabout in Holyoke at intersection of Route 141 and Interstate 91 - masslive.com

      The Massachusetts Department of Transportation will hold a public meeting at the Holyoke Senior Center at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 10 on a proposed two-lane roundabout where Route 141 meets Interstate 91 at Exit 17.  MassDOT also proposes to improve traffic flow and access where Route 141, also known as Easthampton Road, converges with Lindor Heights. The agency must secure rights-of-way and temporary easements near the construction site.

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    15. Macy’s at Holyoke Mall, Burlington get facelifts as part of ‘Growth 150’ yearlong upgrade

      Macy’s at Holyoke Mall, Burlington get facelifts as part of ‘Growth 150’ yearlong upgrade

      Macy’s announced Tuesday that its Holyoke Mall at Ingleside and Burlington Mall stores are getting significant upgrades as a part of its 2019 Growth150 initiative. The plan saw old-line department store chain Macy’s renovate 50 stores in 2018 and another 100 in 2019, including Holyoke and Burlington. "It's fantastic news. They've made a real commitment to Western Massachusetts and the Holyoke store in particular," said Bill Rogalski, general manager for the Holyoke Mall. "It's kind of a wholesale makeover."

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    16. Developers break ground for Carew Street medical building

      Developers break ground for Carew Street medical building

      Site work and foundation construction are underway on a 14,000-square foot medical office facility developers Francis J. Cataldo Jr. and Paul C. Picknelly are building at 90 Carew St. for dialysis provider American Renal Associates and others.Part of the 1.5-acre site at the corner of Carew and Dwight Streets in the Memorial Square neighborhood was once the site of the Gardner Memorial AME Zion Church. The church was demolished earlier this year to make way for the estimated $3 million project.

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    17. Springfield considers final approval of 2 historic districts downtown - masslive.com

      Springfield considers final approval of 2 historic districts downtown - masslive.com

      The City Council on Tuesday will consider granting final approval to establishing the Trinity Block on Bridge Street and a unique Byers Street house, both in the downtown area, as historic districts.  The regular council meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall. The historic districts already have the approval of the Springfield Historical Commission and Massachusetts Historical Commission. The City Council gave first-step approval in July.

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    18. MassLive sees over 6 million unique visitors in June, surpasses Boston.com in digital audience in July - masslive.com

      MassLive sees over 6 million unique visitors in June, surpasses Boston.com in digital audience in July - masslive.com

      MassLive’s statewide growth strategy continues to show impressive results with the site topping six million unique visitors in June and topping competitor Boston.com in digital audience for the first time in July, according to the most recent data for Massachusetts and New England digital media properties from independent media analytics company comScore.

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    19. Beer Nut: Berkshire Brewing to celebrate 25 years

      Beer Nut: Berkshire Brewing to celebrate 25 years

      While there seems to be a new brewery popping up on every corner these days (not that I’m complaining), we sometimes have to stand back and tip our hats to the first breweries that set the table for craft beer in the Pioneer Valley. The first one, of course, was the Northampton Brewery, which is still going strong at 32 years. Others include The People’s Pint and Amherst Brewing Co.

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    20. HUD awards $4.3M to Springfield, Franklin County to combat youth homelessness - masslive.com

      HUD awards $4.3M to Springfield, Franklin County to combat youth homelessness - masslive.com

      The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced grants totaling more than $4.3 million to the city and a Greenfield-based organization to help with the mission of ending youth homelessness in Springfield and Franklin County.  David Tille, the New England regional administrator for HUD, announced that the grant awards to Springfield and the Community Action Pioneer Valley in Greenfield were two of just 23 awards nationwide.

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