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    1. Farmers from 4 counties wined and dined by Harold Grinspoon Foundation at Northampton celebration

      Farmers from 4 counties wined and dined by Harold Grinspoon Foundation at Northampton celebration

      "When we're pitching Western Massachusetts to the rest of the world, our talented and innovative farmers distinguish us," said Sen. Eric Lesser, D-Longmeadow. "Our agriculture gives us a comparative advantage." Lesser delivered brief remarks as farmers from Berkshire, Hampshire, Hampden, and Franklin Counties gathered for an evening of food, drink, and networking at Smith College. Wednesday's feast and celebration was hosted by the Harold Grinspoon Charitable Foundation with sponsorship from Big Y, Hood, Baystate Health, Farm Credit East, Sheraton Springfield, and the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts.

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    2. Southwick Country Club sale advances; 'We will do what's good for the town and the people,' developer says

      Southwick Country Club sale advances; 'We will do what's good for the town and the people,' developer says

      The Southwick Select Board unanimously agreed to release its right of first refusal to purchase the Southwick Country Club property at 739 College Highway on Monday night. The town had the right according to a law that allowed the course to receive a tax abatement in exchange for the right. Owner William Najam, of Westfield, and soon-to-be owner Richard Fiore, of Fiore Realty Holdings LLC in Southwick, were on hand for the vote.

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    3. Cinemark movie theaters coming to Holyoke Mall

      Cinemark movie theaters coming to Holyoke Mall

      Cinemark plans to open a theater complex in Holyoke in 2018, said Bryan Jeffries, vice president of marketing and promotions for Cinemark. Cinemark is already listed as a "coming soon" on the website maintained for the Holyoke Mall by the Pyramid Companies, the mall's owner. Other "coming soon" tenants include the women's clothing store Loft and Sumo Japanese restaurant, which is expected to open before the end of 2017 on the lower level of the mall. Damian J. Cote, Holyoke building commissioner, said that mall management has come in with a preliminary drawing of the new theater. But ...

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    4. Tower Square Hotel deal with Marriott extended while MassMutual continues effort to sell hotel, office tower, mall

      Tower Square Hotel deal with Marriott extended while MassMutual continues effort to sell hotel, office tower, mall

      Marriott's deal to manage the 265-room Tower Square Hotel has been extended by  two months until at least mid-to-late February, both hotel management and MassMutual, owner of the Tower Square complex, said Monday. "After that, we will transition," said hotel general manager Bill Hess. "Or we could be here after February." Hess declined to say what the next step in that transition might look like, deferring questions on long-term prospects to MassMutual. But the deal means the hotel will stay open and operating and guests will still be able to use the Marriott online and telephone booking system and ...

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    5. MassMutual keeps Chicopee conference center after sale falls through

      MassMutual keeps Chicopee conference center after sale falls through

      MassMutual will not sell its Learning and Conference Center at 350 Memorial Drive after all. The deal -- announced in May -- fell through months ago, said James Lacey, head of media relations and strategic communications for Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Co. Lacey said business circumstances changed for the buyers. They decided not to proceed with the sale and withdrew the offer.

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    6. Solar energy offered to Holyoke Gas and Electric Department residential customers

      Solar energy offered to Holyoke Gas and Electric Department residential customers

      Residents can get solar power without installing solar panels. Holyoke Gas and Electric Department (HGE) residential customers received information about the "Sign Up For Community Solar" program in the Energy Insights newsletter included with their latest bills. "Community Shared Solar is a unique model established by the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources that allows multiple customers to share in the benefits of a solar project without having to install solar panels on their property," said Kate Sullivan Craven, HGE director of marketing and communications.

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    7. Easthampton, with $4 million in reserves, hopes for bond rating boost | masslive.com

      Easthampton, with $4 million in reserves, hopes for bond rating boost | masslive.com

      Finance Director Melissa Zawadzki said she would seek a review and potential upgrade of the city's credit-worthiness if voters on May 22 approve major borrowing for a new consolidated school facility.  Zawadzki and auditor Valerie Bernier appeared before the City Council last week to speak about the city's financial status, only weeks before Mayor Karen Cadieux, who did not run for reelection, will retire.

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    8. Gov. Charlie Baker signs bond bill authorizing $45 million for Western Massachusetts...

      Gov. Charlie Baker signs bond bill authorizing $45 million for Western Massachusetts...

      Gov. Charlie Baker signed a bond bill on Tuesday that will authorize the state to spend another $45 million on broadband projects in Western Massachusetts. "It's very hard to keep kids, attract kids, attract businesses, keep businesses, keep families, attract families in this day and age if you don't have high-speed internet," Baker said at a bill signing ceremony. "It's almost like a core piece of infrastructure for someone to succeed in this century."

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    9. Former West Springfield mayor Edward Gibson hired as Southampton's new town administrator

      Former West Springfield mayor Edward Gibson hired as Southampton's new town administrator

      Former West Springfield mayor Edward J. Gibson has been selected as the new town administrator. Gibson was one of three finalists interviewed by the Select Board Monday. The town had 12 applicants, and six were interviewed by a search committee, according to the Daily Hampshire Gazette. The other finalists were Mari-Jon Adams, Greenfield's community development administrator, and Robert Peirent, former public works director of East Longmeadow. Members of the board pointed to Gibson's experience. Gibson was mayor of West Springfield from 2000 to 2012, and has been town administrator in Becket since 2013.

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    10. DevelopSpringfield lauded for preserving home of monkey wrench inventor

      DevelopSpringfield lauded for preserving home of monkey wrench inventor

      DevelopSpringfield received a 2017 Massachusetts Historical Commission Historic Preservation Award for its work preserving and rebuilding the Merrick-Phelps House. The award was announced by Secretary of the Commonwealth William F. Galvin at a ceremony on Nov. 2. Galvin serves as chairman of the commission, which administers state and federal historic preservation programs.   The Merrick-Phelps House at 83 Maple St. dates to 1841. It was built by Solymon Merrick, inventor of the monkey wrench.

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    11. Springfield City Council approves $1.6 million for Riverfront Park improvement

      Springfield City Council approves $1.6 million for Riverfront Park improvement

      The City Council voted unanimously Monday to approve a $1.6 million bond for improvements to Riverfront Park just one week after the bond failed to pass a week ago when some questions and concerns were raised about other city parks. The 12-0 vote allows for plans to proceed for a $3 million improvement project at Riverfront Park that is located along the east bank of the Connecticut River in the downtown area. "We're very excited," Patrick J. Sullivan, the city's director of parks, buildings and recreation management, said after the vote. "We're appreciative of all the ...

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    12. Springfield Technical Community College's biotech program aiming to offer path into...

      Springfield Technical Community College's biotech program aiming to offer path into...

      At a time when biotechnology jobs are hitting an all-time high in Massachusetts, Springfield Technical Community College has begun offering one of the few degree-granting programs in Western Massachusetts that can train students for careers in the booming industry. To raise awareness about the program, STCC on Monday hosted a Biotechnology Career Exploration Luncheon for students and a tour of STCC's biotech labs. The career exploration event featured insights about the STCC program and biotech industry from current students, alumni, and employer and four-year college representatives.

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    13. 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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    14. 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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    15. 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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    16. 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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    17. 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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    18. 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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    19. 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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    20. 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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    21. 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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    22. 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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    23. 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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