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    1. First Orange Line T car shells arrive at CRRC factory in Springfield

      First Orange Line T car shells arrive at CRRC factory in Springfield

      The first four uncompleted shells for MBTA Orange Line subway cars arrived at the CRRC MA plant in East Springfield this week. Workers there are unpacking them and getting ready to begin assembly work, said spokeswoman Lydia Rivera. She expects work on completing the cars to begin in earnest sometime in the next month or so.

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    2. 'The story of all of Springfield': Council OKs $100,000 toward city's $1 million image promotion campaign

      'The story of all of Springfield': Council OKs $100,000 toward city's $1 million image promotion campaign

      Councilors said that a key to their support for the campaign is the explanation that it will tell the story of the entire city of Springfield including the neighborhoods, rather than be a downtown promotion. "It's to tell the good story of all the things happening in the great city of Springfield," said Richard K. Sullivan, the president and CEO of the Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts, which is overseeing the campaign. "It's not just a downtown campaign. This will not be a casino campaign."

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    3. People in Business: Big Y appoints John W. Schnepp III to Marketing Vice President

      People in Business: Big Y appoints John W. Schnepp III to Marketing Vice President

      The Board of Directors of Big Y Foods, Inc. announces the appointment of John W. Schnepp III as vice president of marketing. In this role, Schnepp will continue to oversee all marketing and advertising for the company by coordinating all print, electronic, digital and social platforms as well as all internal and external communications across all of Big Y's brands including Big Y World Class Markets, Fresh Acres, Table & Vine and Big Y Express Gas and Convenience stores. In addition, he is newly responsible for the database marketing efforts which include data mining tactics, metrics, customer loyalty and personalized ...

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    4. In face of $3.1 million budget gap, PVTA approves delayed service cuts, plan to hike bus fares 20 percent

      In face of $3.1 million budget gap, PVTA approves delayed service cuts, plan to hike bus fares 20 percent

      Pioneer Valley Transit Authority bus riders will pay 20 percent more at the fare box and for passes and paratransit trips starting July 1 following a vote Monday of the the PVTA Advisory Board. The board also voted Monday to take a once-every-three-years review of its fares, which before Monday hadn't gone up in a decade. But any fare hikes resulting from those reviews would need a new set of public hearings and a vote at that time. Level funding from the state for the PVTA means the agency gets $23.6 million in the coming budget year. Rising ...

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    5. Applications available today for Hampden County Regional Employment Board summer jobs program

      Applications available today for Hampden County Regional Employment Board summer jobs program

      With the unemployment rate for those ages 16-19 stuck at nearly 26 percent, the Regional Employment Board of Hampden County is once again calling for people to hire young workers, donate to its summer youth employment programs and provide work sites. Officials fear too many area young people will be out of school this summer with too much time on their hands and no way to pick up the work ethic, job skills and the money a summer job can provide. Not to mention the other ways teens might fill their time if they aren't on the job, said ...

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    6. No English, no luck? Why MGM Springfield is looking for strong English skills and what's being done to prep candidates

      No English, no luck? Why MGM Springfield is looking for strong English skills and what's being done to prep candidates

      MGM Springfield made a big splash this week when it posted 1,000 available jobs in its website. It was a huge step forward for a $960 million project whose main selling point to skeptical voters, who ultimately approved casino gambling here, was jobs. For many of those jobs -- even unskilled ones like bus person and kitchen runner -- "English language proficiency" is the first relevant skill listed. The job description defines English language proficiency this way: "The ability to speak and understand English when giving and receiving instructions, and talking with management, coworkers, and guests. This includes using correct grammar ...

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    7. Bay Path Women's Leadership Conference encourages women to 'Be Curious'

      Bay Path Women's Leadership Conference encourages women to 'Be Curious'

      As women stopped by the De La Sidra vendor table to ask about the colorful and beautifully woven bags, business owner Lillian Novoa was overwhelmed with emotion. "This has been my dream since I was ten years old in Guatemala and a young girl who was about eight gave me a beautiful piece of woven fabric as a gift," said Novoa, a native of Guatemala and Bay Path University alumni who sells pieces woven by women and girls in the central American country. She was one of many vendors participating in the university's 23rd annual Women's Leadership Conference ...

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    8. Tower Square hotel in hands of new owners; local group plans renovations and rebranding

      Tower Square hotel in hands of new owners; local group plans renovations and rebranding

      Businessman Dinesh Patel of East Longmeadow and his partners closed Thursday on their $10.5 million purchase of the Tower Square Hotel, formerly the Marriott, in the heart of downtown. The partners plan to buy the rest of Tower Square -- including the parking garage -- within a few weeks, for a sum they do not yet wish to disclose. The parking garage is considered part of the mall and office tower property. The hotel's sale price became public when papers were filed at the Hampden County Registry of Deeds.

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    9. Southwick Country Club auction draws restaurateurs, flea market dealers and memories

      Southwick Country Club auction draws restaurateurs, flea market dealers and memories

      Golf business owners, restaurateurs, golf enthusiasts and longtime club members crowded inside the Southwick Country Club's Candlewood Inn Restaurant Thursday for an auction of the club's  golf course and restaurant equipment. The club, course and restaurant were sold to Fiore Realty Holdings for $1.9 million in February and will be developed into homes. Most people at the auction, like Enzo Amore, owner of Typical Sicilian Restaurant in Springfield, were looking for items for their business. "Restaurant equipment is expensive," said Amore. "I'm interested in some stainless steel items."

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    10. New owner of Springfield's Tower Square Hotel revealed as sale is set to close

      New owner of Springfield's Tower Square Hotel revealed as sale is set to close

      Western Massachusetts businessman Dinesh Patel and his partners plan to close on their purchase of Tower Square Hotel on Thursday. Patel's attorney, Paul M. Maleck, confirmed Wednesday that the transaction is expected and said Patel and his partners' planned purchase of the adjacent Tower Square mall and office tower will follow in a few weeks.

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    11. Westfield submits state paperwork to create industrial park

      Westfield submits state paperwork to create industrial park

      A potential industrial park on the city's north side is moving forward with the submission of an environmental notification form to the state Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs. The potential park, located on 66 acres between Turnpike Industrial and Cabot roads, is a wooded area that the city purchased in 1989 with intentions of creating an additional landfill. When regulations no longer allowed for a landfill, the property remained undeveloped. City Advancement Officer Joe Mitchell said filing the environmental notification form is the first step in the prequalifying site review for the Turnpike Industrial Park.

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    12. Holyoke St. Patrick's Day Parade Committee lands 2018 GSCVB Spotlight Award

      Holyoke St. Patrick's Day Parade Committee lands 2018 GSCVB Spotlight Award

      The Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau revealed this week that the Holyoke St. Patrick's Day Parade Committee is the 2018 winner of the prestigious Spotlight Award. The honor is part of the bureau's 23rd annual Howdy Awards for Hospitality Excellence, or "The Howdys" and is bestowed upon a person, organization or establishment responsible for creating significant long-term positive impact upon the Western Mass. regional visitor economy.

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    13. Springfield Planning Board considers new office building to replace Peter Pan bus station

      Springfield Planning Board considers new office building to replace Peter Pan bus station

      The Planning Board has a hearing scheduled Wednesday night to consider approving plans by a housing agency to demolish the Peter Pan bus terminal and construct an office building in its place. Way Finders, a nonprofit housing services agency that was formerly HAPHousing, is proposing the new, 23,338-square-foot building at the former bus terminal at 1776-1780 Main St. The station site will serve as Way Finders' new headquarters and housing center. The meeting begins at 6 p.m., at City Hall, in Room 220. Way Finders announced the $13 million project in December that includes a $2.75 million ...

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    14. People in Business: STCC announces Vice President of Academic Affairs

      People in Business: STCC announces Vice President of Academic Affairs

      Geraldine De Berly has been named to serve as Vice President of Academic Affairs and Chief Academic Officer at Springfield Technical Community College. De Berly's hiring comes after an extensive search and comprehensive vetting process. Currently Vice-Provost for Continuing and Professional Education at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, De Berly begins her new position at STCC on May 1. De Berly, who holds a PhD in education administration, has worked in higher education for over three decades, serving in roles that include both faculty and administrator.

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    15. People in Business: Springfield College names Christopher Hakala Director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship

      People in Business: Springfield College names Christopher Hakala Director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship

      Christopher Hakala of Wilbraham, has been named the Springfield College Director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship.  The newly-created academic affairs position was developed through the College's strategic planning process, and the center strives to foster intellectual engagement across the curriculum, through evidence-based programs and services that increases collaboration, communication, and community to promote the enhancement of student learning.

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    16. MGM Springfield posts more than 1,000 new jobs as hiring continues ahead of September opening

      MGM Springfield posts more than 1,000 new jobs as hiring continues ahead of September opening

      MGM Springfield has posted more than 1,000 new jobs ranging from food servers to locksmiths as it prepares to open its $960 million casino in September. The posting is the largest by the company since the casino plans were launched, MGM Springfield said. The company is committed to hiring 3,000 employ ees for its opening. "The opportunities at an MGM resort are endless," said MGM Springfield President Michael Mathis. "We know Western Massachusetts has been waiting patiently for the chance to pursue these careers. The time is now."

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    17. Youth summer job event set for Monday by CareerPoint in Holyoke with businesses' help sought

      Youth summer job event set for Monday by CareerPoint in Holyoke with businesses' help sought

      Businesses can learn how they can help young people get summer jobs at a CareerPoint event Monday. The "meet-and-greet" is set for noon to 2 p.m. at the Holyoke Community College MGM Culinary Arts Institute, 164 Race St. "The YouthWorks Summer Employment Program enables us to give youth ages 14 to 21 access to their first real job experience. This summer, CareerPoint again expects to place over 150 youth in full- and part-time summer jobs ...," said a press release Friday from CareerPoint's Gladys Lebron-Martinez and Saul Caban.

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    18. Northampton City Councilor to co-host community conversation about keeping city's downtown...

      Northampton City Councilor to co-host community conversation about keeping city's downtown...

      The forum, called Northampton Connects, will take place Tuesday, April 3, in the Community Room at JFK Middle School, Bidwell said.  Northampton Connects was created by Bidwell along with Northampton resident Stan Schapiro and Leverett resident Paula Green. Its goal is to "encourage less polarized and more respectful conversation about contentious topics in the future," Bidwell said.  Northampton Connects began in October of 2017, and was largely inspired by the polarized debate surrounding a proposal for additional surveillance cameras in the city's business district.

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    19. Casa De Nana Mexican restaurant property in Springfield for sale; business remains open

      Casa De Nana Mexican restaurant property in Springfield for sale; business remains open

      The Casa De Nana restaurant property on Boston Road is for sale, but the business remains open, a spokesman said Friday. The Mexican restaurant has been a Springfield fixture for 50 years, opening in 1968. An "Available" sign has been placed in front of the building at 995 Boston Road, listing R.J. Greeley Co., as the real estate agent. An R.J. Greeley representative was not immediately available for comment.

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    20. Great New England Air Show to return to Westover Air Base in Chicopee, will feature...

      Great New England Air Show to return to Westover Air Base in Chicopee, will feature...

      The Great New England Air Show is returning to Westover Air Reserve Base this summer with the Air Force's demonstration team the Thunderbirds as the headline act and multiple other military and civilian acts planned. "This will be the first time in 10 years that the Air Force's official aerial demonstration team are performing at Westover," said Senior Master Sgt. Andrew Biscoe, acting chief of public affairs. The show is scheduled for the weekend of July 14-15, but there will multiple events leading up to the event for the first time. As always, admission and parking are free ...

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    21. Planned East Forest Park library in Springfield gets boost from MassMutual Foundation

      Planned East Forest Park library in Springfield gets boost from MassMutual Foundation

      The soon-to-be-constructed East Forest Park Library got a $250,000 boost Thursday from a MassMutual Foundation pledge toward the $2 million Promise Realized Capital Campaign to help build and equip the new branch. In September, the City Council voted unanimously to authorize a $9.5 million bond order for the library project. That cost will be partially reimbursed by a recently announced $4.9 million grant from the state Board of Library Commissioners.

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    22. Vendors at diversity fair get peek inside Springfield's CRRC factory, which starts MBTA Orange Line car production next month (photos)

      Vendors at diversity fair get peek inside Springfield's CRRC factory, which starts MBTA Orange Line car production next month (photos)

      The CRRC MA rail car manufacturing company drew a large, diverse crowd of vendors and suppliers to its $95 million factory Thursday to discuss work opportunities there and with other participating firms. CRRC hosted the outreach event for minority- and women-owned businesses at its Page Boulevard factory, the final such event before production begins, officials said. The Chinese-owned company will start building new cars for the MBTA Orange Line in April at the 204,000 square-foot factory floor.

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    23. 'A lot of excitement' as MGM Springfield prepares to hire 800 food and beverage workers (photos, video)

      'A lot of excitement' as MGM Springfield prepares to hire 800 food and beverage workers (photos, video)

      The MGM Springfield casino, preparing to hire 800 food and beverage workers, held an open house Thursday to meet and share information with future applicants. The event at the MassMutual Center took on the flavor of a job fair as Western Massachusetts and Connecticut residents participated. They were greeted by MGM officials and representatives of the restaurants and other food and beverage establishments opening at the casino.

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    24. 'The Song Remains the Same' art exhibit opens in downtown Springfield to highlight the...

      'The Song Remains the Same' art exhibit opens in downtown Springfield to highlight the...

      An art exhibit that takes a look back at life during the 1960s and 1970s opened Wednesday night in the Exhibit Hall of the MassMutual Center in Springfield. A collection of 8-to-12-foot murals adorn the walls of the center as they offer a colorful journey through the time period that helped define a generation and change the culture and social makeup of that era. The title of the show was taken from a Led Zeppelin concert movie, and the art will be on display during public events or by appointment until April 20.

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