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    1. Educare puts Springfield at early education forefront (Editorial)

      Educare puts Springfield at early education forefront (Editorial)

      Educare Springfield will be one of just 24 of its kind in the country as a model for early education done right. It took seven years of diligence by education, civic and political officials to make the $14 million Hickory Street facility a reality. It's a miracle - well, almost. Mary Walachy, executive director of the Irene E. & George A. Davis Foundation that pioneered the drive for the project, said Educare Springfield looked doomed by cost factors until receiving $9.6 million in funding from an anonymous, out-of-state donor. The Sept. 17 groundbreaking was attended by a strong array of ...

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    2. Riverbend, Mercy Medical practices renamed Trinity Health of New England Medical Group

      Riverbend, Mercy Medical practices renamed Trinity Health of New England Medical Group

      Medical practices affiliated with Mercy Medical Center, including RiverBend and Mercy Medical Group locations throughout Greater Springfield, have been renamed Trinity Health Of New England Medical Group. Mercy is part of Trinity Health Of New England. "We have been evolving into a true regional health system since Trinity Health Of New England was established in 2015," said Dr. Reginald J. Eadie, president and chief executive officer of Trinity Health Of New England, in a Sept. 10 statement.

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    3. Westfield mourns death of Kevin Sullivan, long-term School Committee member and 'great...

      Westfield mourns death of Kevin Sullivan, long-term School Committee member and 'great...

      The city is mourning the death of long-term School Committee member and tireless volunteer Kevin Sullivan, who died suddenly of a heart attack Sunday. Sullivan, 52, a lawyer with Sullivan, Hayes and Quinn, the father of two and brother of two mayors of Westfield, was a long-time advocate for children and an "all-around great guy," friends said. His family is well-known in Westfield for their community involvement. He also leaves parents Richard Sr. and Edie Sullivan and brothers Mayor Brian Sullivan and former Mayor Richard Sullivan, Bo Sullivan and his sister Janet.

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    4. Grand opening weekend at The Big E draws more than 270K people to West Springfield

      Grand opening weekend at The Big E draws more than 270K people to West Springfield

      Nearly 300,000 passed through the gates of the Eastern States Exposition this weekend as The Big E officially kicked off its 17-day run. According to Big E officials, New England's fair drew 87,092 guests on Friday, 118,627 on Saturday and another 68,577 on Sunday. The Friday and Saturday numbers represent new record attendance numbers.  In total, 274,296 people attended the fair over the first three days of the season.

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    5. Springfield breaks ground on $14 million Educare early education facility

      Springfield breaks ground on $14 million Educare early education facility

       Local, city and state leaders joined early education advocates, and others Monday to officially break ground on Educare Springfield, a nationally recognized school model that is among just 24 of its kind in the country.  Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito, Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno and project leaders gathered at a construction site on Hickory Street to celebrate the project's groundbreaking and reflect on the seven years of work that went in to bringing the nearly $14 million facility to the city.

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    6. Will it happen? MGM Springfield sees 'light at the end of the tunnel' for Court Square housing project

      Will it happen? MGM Springfield sees 'light at the end of the tunnel' for Court Square housing project

      MGM Springfield officials, meeting with the Massachusetts Gaming Commission this week, raised hope that the long-delayed renovation of a vacant, historic block building at Court Square could become a reality. MGM Springfield has been considering an investment of $11 million toward the redevelopment costs of the building at 13-31 Elm St. as part of its commitment to create at least 54 units of market-rate housing downtown. At a Gaming Commission meeting Sept. 13, MGM Springfield President Michael Mathis said the discussions have a long way to go on the proposed housing redevelopment project, but there is "a little light at ...

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    7. Palmer celebrates new emergency department at Baystate Wing Hospital (photos)

      Palmer celebrates new emergency department at Baystate Wing Hospital (photos)

      The community celebrated the new $17.2 million, 17,800-square-foot Emergency Department at Baystate Wing Hospital on Friday with a ceremony attended by about 200 that included the organization's leadership along with local, state and national political leaders. The facility is scheduled to open for patients Tuesday at 5 a.m. "This is a happy day," Baystate Health President and CEO Mark A. Keroack said. Referring to Mike Moran, the president and chief administrative officer of the organization's eastern region that includes Wing and Baystate Mary Lane outpatient center in Ware, Keroack said, "Mike, I really owe you ...

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    8. Big E sending free shuttle buses to Union Station to meet CTrail trains

      Big E sending free shuttle buses to Union Station to meet CTrail trains

      The Big E is offering a free shuttle van that meets CTrail Hartford Line trains at Union Station on Saturdays and Sundays. The Connecticut Department of Transportation, which operates CTrail passenger service, will be at Big E this year, handing out Hartford Line literature and answering questions from a table in the Connecticut Building on the Avenue of States, said Ron Dresner, of Dennis PR Group, which handles promotion for CTrail.

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      Mentions: Amtrak Springfield
    9. Simulator teaches Smith Vocational students about dangers of distracted driving

      Simulator teaches Smith Vocational students about dangers of distracted driving

      This week, about 75 students at Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School are learning the dangers of distracted driving firsthand while being asked to send a text, take a Snapchat video or plug in their phone and put on music while using a driving simulator. The simulator, called Distractology, was set up in a mobile classroom Monday through Friday and is available to students who are newly licensed drivers or who have a learner's permit. It was developed and funded by the Arbella Insurance Foundation and was brought to the high school by Webber and Grinnell Insurance.

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    10. Andy Yee, Peter Picknelly and team behind The Fort in Springfield buy McLadden's Irish pubs in Northampton, Connecticut

      Andy Yee, Peter Picknelly and team behind The Fort in Springfield buy McLadden's Irish pubs in Northampton, Connecticut

      From scorpion bowls to Wiener schnitzel to bangers and mash. Restaurateur Andy Yee and his partners at the Student Prince Cafe and The Fort Dining Room -- Peter Picknelly and father-and-son business consultants Michael K. Vann and Kevin B. Vann -- have purchased the McLadden's Irish Publick House chain and its four locations: Northampton at the site of the old Pleasant Street Theater, in Simsbury, Connecticut, and two in West Hartford, Connecticut. McLadden's describes itself online as a craft beer experience gastropub and whiskey bar.

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    11. Holyoke Mall getting Round1 Bowling & Amusement

      Holyoke Mall getting Round1 Bowling & Amusement

      Round1 Bowling & Amusement will open early next year at Holyoke Mall, management said Thursday. It'll be the second Massachusetts location for Round1, following one in Taunton at  Silver City Galleria. A Saugus location was planned but not built, according to published reports. Holyoke's Round1 will be on the lower level above Cafe Square in 51,642 square feet. It will also be accessible from stairs on the upper level near Billy Beez.

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    12. Following 'successful' grand opening, MGM Springfield lands permanent operations certificate from state

      Following 'successful' grand opening, MGM Springfield lands permanent operations certificate from state

      Commission members and executive staff praised the opening days of the casino including traffic control and MGM working to meet all license requirements.  "It appears we had a successful opening, which might have looked easy but was anything but," said Edward R. Bedrosian Jr., the commission's executive director. "It was the result of a lot of hard work by our incredible team here at the MGC, and some great municipal partners and state partners in coordination with MGM."

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    13. MGM Springfield to open Roar! Comedy Club at former state Armory

      MGM Springfield to open Roar! Comedy Club at former state Armory

      MGM Springfield is partnering with Boston producer John Tobin Presents, to transform the former state Armory into the Roar! Comedy Club. Located at the heart of MGM Springfield, Roar! Comedy Club will feature an eclectic mix of nationally-known comedy stars and rising comics. The club will celebrate its grand opening Jan. 3-5. ROAR! will have weekend shows starting every Thursday in January. Acts booked for the coming months include Chris Distefano, Robert Kelly, Phil Hanley, Dan Soder, Rachel Feinstein and Alonzo Bodden.

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    14. Friendly's CEO John Maguire steps down, praises company for recent progress

      Friendly's CEO John Maguire steps down, praises company for recent progress

      Friendly's CEO John Maguire, a former Panera Bread executive who took the helm at Friendly's just months after the chain emerged from bankruptcy, is leaving after more than six years with the Greater Springfield mainstay. Maguire is leaving to take another job in the restaurant industry, which he said will be announced at a later date. Friendly's said Wednesday that George Michel, who served as CEO of Boston Market Corp. for eight years, will be  interim CEO at Friendly's.

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    15. Springfield's Eastfield Mall looks to future as an 'internet resistant' community-within-a-community

      Springfield's Eastfield Mall looks to future as an 'internet resistant' community-within-a-community

       Mountain Development Corp., owner of the Eastfield Mall, wants Eastfield Commons, the $200 million, open-air, mixed use development it plans for the site, to be unique, convenient and trendy. But Mountain needs it to be, in the words of Chuck Breidenbach, managing director for MDC Retail Properties Group, "internet resistant." "It's a problem everybody in brick-and-mortar retail is facing," Breidenbach said in a phone interview with The Republican on Tuesday. "We have a vision to make this into a large mixed-use site. We feel it is the best use for the location.

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    16. Holyoke Planning Board votes 4-1 for zone change of former John J. Lynch Middle School

      Holyoke Planning Board votes 4-1 for zone change of former John J. Lynch Middle School

      The Colvest Group, a Springfield developer, proposes a 25,000 square-foot retail space, which drew praise or condemnation from residents during several public hearings, including a brief comment period Tuesday evening. The project must gain special permit and other approvals from the City Council before it can proceed. Planning Board member Mimi Panitch, the dissenting vote Tuesday, called the zoning change decision irresponsible. She said she wanted the board to consider the "highest and best use," and remained troubled by the proposal.

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    17. City working with property owner to bring business to Westfield Shops, continues marketing campaign

      City working with property owner to bring business to Westfield Shops, continues marketing campaign

      Resident Brian Hoose told City Councilors last week that the city needs to "get creative" and attract more visitors to Westfield. City Advancement Officer Joe Mitchell said the GoWestfield marketing campaign, launched at the start of the summer, aims to do just that. "The campaign is geared toward attracting businesses and people to the city," said Mitchell. "It has an 80 percent regional and 20 percent local focus." The campaign includes a website, brochures and more. Mitchell said the team that created and launched the campaign continues to meet and further GoWestfield.

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    18. Greens of Southwick ready for construction at former golf course

      Greens of Southwick ready for construction at former golf course

      The Greens of Southwick, the residential development at the former Southwick Country Club golf course, officially opened Saturday. A ribbon-cutting took place with developers Fiore Realty Holdings and partners from Westfield Bank, Rovithis Realty, Crestview Construction, town officials and more. The Greens is divided by College Highway into two areas. The west side will have 25 single-family homes and the east side will have 49 single-family homes. Prices for the model homes being offered start at $389,900.

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    19. People in Business: Holyoke Medical Center welcomes two new Sleep Lab Providers

      People in Business: Holyoke Medical Center welcomes two new Sleep Lab Providers

      Holyoke Medical Center has recently expanded the Sleep Lab services with the addition of two new providers: Dr. Rani Athreya and Kristie Harrington, FNP. Holyoke Medical Center has offered sleep studies for 20 years and provides both home studies and studies in the sleep lab. The studies monitor patients while they sleep and help technicians gather information about the quality of sleep, heart rate, breathing and oxygen levels. That information gives the providers the data necessary for an appropriate diagnosis and treatment plan.

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    20. Owners of Eastfield Mall in Springfield hire brokers to pursue redevelopment

      Owners of Eastfield Mall in Springfield hire brokers to pursue redevelopment

      Cushman and Wakefield said in a news release that the 87-acre Eastfield Mall site is ideal for redevelopment into a mixed-use with retail, housing and offices in a "main street" setting. The result would most likely look like trendy "lifestyle" centers where buildings are arranged on streets in an open-air plaza instead of an enclosed mall. That process, which can leave existing structures like the movie theater standing, is called de-malling.

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    21. Springfield Symphony Hall / CityStage management exiting at end of 2018

      Springfield Symphony Hall / CityStage management exiting at end of 2018

      Weeks after putting out a fall events calendar that didn't stretch past the end of its current contract, Springfield Performing Arts Development Corp. said Monday that it'll no longer manage CityStage and Symphony Hall. Contracts to operate both venues expire Dec. 31. The city contracts for management of Symphony Hall, and the Springfield Parking Authority contracts  for management of CityStage, which is built into the Columbus Center complex on Bridge Street.

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    22. Mayor's Chief of Staff Denise Jordan gets state OK to lead Springfield Housing Authority

      Mayor's Chief of Staff Denise Jordan gets state OK to lead Springfield Housing Authority

      Denise R. Jordan, longtime chief of staff to Mayor Domenic J. Sarno, has been approved by the state to lead the Springfield Housing Authority. The five-member authority, which oversees public housing in Springfield, unanimously selected Jordan to be the agency's next executive director in May. But her appointment was delayed pending drafting of a contract and review by the state Department of Housing and Community Development.

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    23. Amherst Select Board skeptical of losing parking to North Common update

      Amherst Select Board skeptical of losing parking to North Common update

      The Select Board on Wednesday took no action on three proposals to change North Common, expressing concerns about reducing parking spaces. One of the proposals would turn a public parking lot and a portion of Boltwood Avenue into a plaza outside Town Hall. The plan would create diagonal parking spaces for eight vehicles. Because that design calls for one-way traffic on Boltwood Avenue, in a southerly direction away from Town Hall, those eight spaces would not be accessible via Route 9 -- which Select Board member Alisa Brewer said was not pointed out by designers at a community forum Aug. 28 ...

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    24. National freight company plans truck terminal on Westfield's north side

      National freight company plans truck terminal on Westfield's north side

      Old Dominion Freight Line, a billion-dollar company with 233 service stations across the country, is planning to open a truck terminal on Medeiros Way. The company has a few hurdles to jump, including some questions from the city engineer, and concerns about lighting and a retaining wall. Terry Hutchins, vice president of field services and real estate for Old Dominion, and Timothy A. Coon of Russo Surveyors and Engineers in Connecticut, spoke during a public hearing at the Westfield City Council meeting Thursday. The proposal needs council approval before receiving final approval from the Westfield Planning Board.

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