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    1. Springfield seeks bids on long-distance bus service at Union Station

      Springfield seeks bids on long-distance bus service at Union Station

      The Springfield Redevelopment Authority issued a formal request for proposals Monday seeking qualified intercity bus carriers to operate long-distance service from the soon-to-reopen Union Station. Negotiations continue with Springfield's own Peter Pan Bus Lines, said Springfield Chief Economic Development Officer Kevin Kennedy. "We don't have an agreement," Kennedy said. The RFP announcement requires interested parties to respond by 2 p.m. April 28. The RFP doesn't mean the city and the Redevelopment Authority will never reach a deal to bring Peter Pan into Union Station. The bus company now operates out of the Peter Pan-owned Peter L ...

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    2. 100s of businesses participating as Holyoke Chamber offers 'Table Top Expo' trade show

      100s of businesses participating as Holyoke Chamber offers 'Table Top Expo' trade show

      The annual "Table Top Expo" of the Greater Holyoke Chamber of Commerce will be held from 4:30 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday at the Holyoke Community College Bartley Center, 303 Homestead Ave. "Every year about 200 small business professionals and entrepreneurs attend the Holyoke Table Top Expo to take their business to the next level and to develop their business leads," a chamber press release said. "The Expo is a multi-chamber event that includes Holyoke, Chicopee, Easthampton, and Northampton Chambers with vendors from Hampden, Hampshire and Franklin counties," the press release said.

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    3. Elms College adds 3rd track for doctor in nursing practice

      Elms College adds 3rd track for doctor in nursing practice

      The Elms College School of Nursing has added a third track in health systems innovation and leadership to its Doctor of Nursing Practice curriculum. The addition of the third track will allow candidates for the DNP to focus their study on advanced practice nursing or systems and organizational leadership. The University of Massachusetts-Amherst and the Elms are the two schools in Western Massachusetts to offer a DNP program. The UMass program through its College of Nursing is an online program. Existing tracks at the Elms include the DNP in family nurse practitioner and the DNP in adult-gerontology acute care nurse ...

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    4. WNEU student group teams up with MassMutual to offer 'path to citizenship' program to help...

      WNEU student group teams up with MassMutual to offer 'path to citizenship' program to help...

      The Latino Law Student Association (LLSA) at Western New England University has teamed up with MassMutual and the Ascentria Care Alliance to repeat the program they sponsored last year to assist members of the Hampden County community to seek a path to citizenship. The program assists permanent residents with being screened for and in completing the N-400, the final application needed to become a U.S. citizen.  Claudia Quintero, a WNEU law school senior and the president and founder of the LLSA, helped to spearhead the program and describes it as a "citizenship clinic to help people fill out their ...

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    5. $66M Franklin County courthouse opens in downtown Greenfield (photos, video)

      $66M Franklin County courthouse opens in downtown Greenfield (photos, video)

      After three years and $66 million, the new Franklin County courthouse had an official opening ceremony Friday. Open for business since February, the Franklin County Justice Center houses five courts -- district, superior, juvenile, housing and probate, and family -- in one "modern, secure, code-compliant public building." The energy-efficient building at 425 Main St. also hosts a law library, a service center for those who are appearing without a lawyer and the Franklin County Registry of Deeds.

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    6. Sen. Eric Lesser, MIT representatives tour Springfield Tech's laser lab

      Sen. Eric Lesser, MIT representatives tour Springfield Tech's laser lab

      Professor Lionel Kimmerling, representing the AIM Photonics Institute and the MIT Microphotonics Center, said MIT was working with community colleges, industry and state government to help create a skilled workforce for Massachusetts manufacturers. "We're here because Springfield community college is a traditional source of optics technology for the technician-level worker," Kimmerling said. "In order for manufacturing to be supreme in Massachusetts, we need about 50,000 more technical level employees in this industry." Lesser, a proponent of advanced manufacturing projects in Western Mass., praised STCC's program as a boon to job growth and economic development.

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    7. New train deals mean more work, workers for Crrc Ma Springfield plant

      New train deals mean more work, workers for Crrc Ma Springfield plant

      CRRC's recently announced deals to manufacture rail and transit cars for Philadelphia and Los Angeles, and a pending deal to make cars for the New York City subway, mean more work -- and more workers -- for its Springfield plant. "We are going to have to do a lot of things much faster than we had planed on doing them," said Mark J. Smith, the plant's general manager. "A lot of things are happening very quickly."

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    8. Baystate's TechSpring aims to take ideas from lab to bedside; startups include games, remote 3-D dermatology

      Baystate's TechSpring aims to take ideas from lab to bedside; startups include games, remote 3-D dermatology

      Dreaming of technology that lets your paramedic securely text your vital signs from an ambulance to the hospital emergency room instead of relaying it over the radio? How about mobile games that teach kids to avoid life-threatening allergens or how to manage their asthma through the proxy of cute animated pets? That future was the present Thursday as Baystate Health's TechSpring hosted its first ever health innovation showcase at Baystate Medical Center. The event was held in cooperation with MassChallange, a Boston organisation that fosters startups, and PULSE@MassChallenge, a partnership between TechSpring and MassChallange specializing in digital health ...

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    9. Former Sweetheart Restaurant in Shelburne Falls to become brewpub

      Former Sweetheart Restaurant in Shelburne Falls to become brewpub

      If all goes as planned, the former Sweetheart Restaurant on Route 2 will see new life as a brewpub, restaurant and banquet hall. Incorporated as Sweetheart Realty LLC, Rae bought the vacant building in October of 2015 for $220,000. Rae's business "specializes in utility pipeline construction and trenchless methods of pipeline installation." For months, "build the pipeline" signs were posted in front of the building, and heavy equipment was parked outside. However, Rae had no affiliation with the controversial Kinder Morgan Northeast Energy Direct pipeline, which is now defunct, and does not do work at that scale, said ...

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    10. Women's Fund CEO Elizabeth Barajas-Roman stepping down

      Women's Fund CEO Elizabeth Barajas-Roman stepping down

      Elizabeth Barajas-Roman, chief executive officer of the Women's Fund of Western Massachusetts for the past three years, is stepping down on Friday to head the Northampton-based Solidago Foundation, which does charitable grantmaking on a national basis. Barajas-Roman called it "incredibly difficult to leave a fantastic organization, with amazing staff," but said her new position will allow her to "advocate for gender equity in a different, but powerful way." She called Solidago "a thought leader in innovative collaborative funding for social impact." "They move the needle through strategic project leadership," she said of the organization whose principles include funding community ...

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    11. Western Mass. tourism councils offer treats at Statehouse event (photos)

      Western Mass. tourism councils offer treats at Statehouse event (photos)

      Massachusetts' 16 regional tourism councils visited the Statehouse on Thursday to showcase locally produced goods. The tourism industry in Massachusetts accounts for 135,000 jobs and 23.5 million visitors, according to industry numbers. In 2015, visitors spent $20.2 billion in the state, yielding $1.3 billion in local and state tax revenue. "Tourism is a very powerful economic driver in Massachusetts," said Mary Kay Wydra, president of the Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau.

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    12. Eastfield Mall on course to 'de-mall'; what will it look like in 3 years?

      Eastfield Mall on course to 'de-mall'; what will it look like in 3 years?

      The Eastfield Mall is adding new stores and services despite departures -- and while keeping alive plans to "de-mall" its property and redevelop the 44 acres as a mixed use retail, housing and office complex. "In three years, this property will look very different from the outside," said Nicole Sweeney, co-manager of the Eastfield Mall. She said some of the mall building would stay -- possibly the movie theaters, for instance -- but the anchor store buildings would definitely go and retailers would be moved around. Instead of facing enclosed walkways, the stores would face outdoor areas. It's called de-malling in developers ...

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    13. Six Flags New England opens this weekend with new attractions, old favorites | masslive.com

      Six Flags New England opens this weekend with new attractions, old favorites | masslive.com

      According to Jennifer McGrath, Six Flags New England's communication manager, guests can expect an extended season featuring new attractions, virtual reality-equipped rides and other surprises.  'We're opening this Saturday and Sunday for Spring Break and we'll be opening daily April 8 through April 23. What makes us unique this year is we're opening with Galactic Attack Virtual Reality Coaster. If you haven't experienced virtual reality yet, it's a must. It's an interactive gaming experience that's different every time you ride,' said McGrath, adding that the park will also be premiering another 4D-equipped ...

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    14. UMass Design Building showcases potential for new timber product industry in Massachusetts

      UMass Design Building showcases potential for new timber product industry in Massachusetts

      Using the University of Massachusetts Design Building as a stage, state officials Wednesday talked about the viability and job potential in creating an industry to make the cross-laminated timber used in the building's construction. The gathering was held to mark the release of a New England Forestry Foundation report detailing how creating the wood would be a boon to forests, the economy and the environment. Dan Sieger, state assistant secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs, said that only about 2 percent of the state's forest is used for building. Engineering cross-laminated timber would benefit the environment and "support ...

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    15. Opening date for Dr. Seuss museum at Quadrangle announced; Springfield plans celebration...

      Opening date for Dr. Seuss museum at Quadrangle announced; Springfield plans celebration...

      The Springfield Museums announced Wednesday that the long-awaited museum dedicated to the works of Springfield native Theodor Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss, will have its grand opening celebration on the weekend of June 3-4. The museum at the Quadrangle, to be known as The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum, will open in style with a weekend filled with celebrations and even a parade down Mulberry Street. "The opening of this museum is an important moment for the Springfield Museums," said John M. O'Brien III, chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Springfield Museums.

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    16. Ludlow Mills celebrates cleanup, worries about future grants for more work as complex comes back to life

      Ludlow Mills celebrates cleanup, worries about future grants for more work as complex comes back to life

      Westmass Area Development Corp. announced this week the completion of a $600,000 cleanup of hazardous asbestos and PCBs from the 170-acre Ludlow Mills complex. But even with the the good news, Westmass is fearful that U.S. Environmental Protection Agency brownfields funding and state/federal historic preservation tax credits for further cleanups might dry up. "I don't know anybody who isn't concerned about the federal budget," said Eric Nelson, president and CEO of Westmass. "It's one of the few ways that these signature mill buildings can be preserved and brought back to life."

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    17. PeoplesBank buys Yankee Pedlar in Holyoke, plans financial services center incorporating elements of iconic restaurant

      PeoplesBank buys Yankee Pedlar in Holyoke, plans financial services center incorporating elements of iconic restaurant

      PeoplesBank will raze the Yankee Pedlar restaurant on Northampton and Beach streets and has plans to build a new financial services center on the 2-acre site. The PeoplesBank location will incorporate a bank branch, mortgage origination offices and financial services like insurance and investment products. It also will have architectural elements and memorabilia from the beloved banquet hall, said Tom Senecal, president and CEO of PeoplesBank, which is based in Holyoke. The site gives PeoplesBank an opportunity create a modern branch to replace two outdated ones, in the Elmwood and Highland neighborhoods, with one that offers the latest in technology ...

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    18. Springfield seeks buyer, new use for leveled Ring Nursing Home property in Maple High-Six...

      Springfield seeks buyer, new use for leveled Ring Nursing Home property in Maple High-Six...

      The city, having recently finished demolition of the former Ring Nursing Home, is offering the property for sale and redevelopment, possibly for single-family homes. Associated Building Wreckers of Springfield recently demolished the tax-foreclosed property at 22 Ridgewood Place in the Maple High-Six Corners area, which had been a blight in that area for more than a decade, officials said. The parcel is about two-thirds of an acre in size. Mayor Domenic J. Sarno said the goals are getting the property back on the tax rolls and finding a use compatible with the residential neighborhood.

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    19. Goodbye HAPHousing, hello Way Finders; area affordable housing non-profit unveils new name

      Goodbye HAPHousing, hello Way Finders; area affordable housing non-profit unveils new name

      No longer will staff at HAPHousing have to deal with questions about what the letters H, A and P stand for. The Springfield-based agency that works to develop affordable housing throughout the region announced it will now be known as a name: Way Finders. The new name was unveiled Friday morning during a ceremony at the Lyman and Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield History. Way Finders President and CEO Peter A. Gagliardi said the agency, formed 40 years ago as the Housing Allowance Project, was originally focused only on finding affordable housing for low-income families. Over time it has evolved ...

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    20. Making the Springfield Renaissance a reality

      Making the Springfield Renaissance a reality

      Springfield is on the verge of an economic re-birth. Since last November the City's Chief Development Officer, Kevin Kennedy has been presenting an incredible amount of new investment taking place in the community. New manufacturing investments ranging from rail cars to Play-Doh, new transportation opportunities with the unveiling of Union Station, and of course hospitality and entertainment with MGM. All told, the capital investment in these and other efforts exceeds $3.3 billion and any community in the nation would be thrilled to have these exciting new opportunities to positively impact the local regional economy.

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    21. Bay Path Women's Conference at the MassMutual Center floods downtown Springfield; Nicholas...

      Bay Path Women's Conference at the MassMutual Center floods downtown Springfield; Nicholas...

      The 22nd annual Women's Leadership Conference kicks off at the MassMutual Center Friday morning, featuring keynote speaker best-selling romance author Nicholas Sparks, of "The Notebook," and several skill-building workshops. The conference runs from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday. Bay Path University President Carol Leary started the conference two decades ago as a way to bring women together to be inspired by national figures, according to the event's website.  In addition to Sparks, speakers include Shiza Shahid, who co-founded the Malala Fund with Nobel Prize winner Malala Yousafzai, and Nely Galan, a former president ...

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    22. Welcome to the 'fiberhood': Westfield's Whip City Fiber aims for connected city

      Welcome to the 'fiberhood': Westfield's Whip City Fiber aims for connected city

      With $15 million in bond money approved earlier this year, Westfield Gas + Electric plans to bring high-speed fiber-optic internet service to 75 percent of city addresses by the end of 2018. "It's a pretty aggressive schedule," said Dan Howard, general manger for the municipal utility. For residential customers, the Whip City Fiber service costs $69.95 a month with free standard installation and no contract. Businesses pay $84.95 with a three-year contract and $99.95 a month with a two-year contract. A standard installation is free for businesses as well.

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    23. Holyoke Medical Center gets $3.2M toward equipment

      Holyoke Medical Center gets $3.2M toward equipment

      A multi-million dollar lease-to-purchase agreement facilitated by the state's economic development and finance authority is once again enabling Holyoke Medical Center to buy hospital equipment and other items on affordable terms. MassDevelopment issued a $3.2 million tax-exempt lease on behalf of the independent, non-profit community hospital, which it regards as located in a Gateway City, that is, one it sees as having the potential to anchor a regional economy. "With the assistance of this tax-exempt lease, Holyoke Medical Center is able to continue to offer the latest in medical technology and an expanded range of services to offer ...

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    24. People In Business: Paul Picknelly of Monarch Enterprises

      People In Business: Paul Picknelly of Monarch Enterprises

      The Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau (GSCVB) announced today that President of Monarch Enterprises, Paul Picknelly has been selected as the 2017 winner of the Howdy Awards for Hospitality Excellence Spotlight Award. GSCVB Board Chairman Michael E. Hurwitz said, "Paul Picknelly is an ideal choice for this very significant honor. The Spotlight Award is bestowed annually upon an individual or organization making a far-reaching positive impact on the regional visitor economy. Paul's outstanding record of achievement in our area's hospitality industry speaks for itself. He's demonstrated great vision, created and sustained jobs, boosted local investment and ...

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