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    1. Baystate Health looks to make difference for healthcare in Western Massachusetts...

      Baystate Health looks to make difference for healthcare in Western Massachusetts...

      I grew up in Springfield, in the hospitals that would one day become Baystate Health. On Saturday mornings, I sometimes accompanied my father, Dr. Alvin Keroack, on his rounds. I absorbed a bit of what he and my mother - a nurse at Springfield Hospital (now Baystate Medical Center) - had learned about healthcare and the human condition. Like everyone else, I look back on those days as simpler times. In fact, life then was complicated, too. Many of the patients in my parents' care coped with the same stressors that challenge our families, friends, and neighbors today - factors that we now ...

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    2. Future is bright for Kringle Candle in Bernardston

      Future is bright for Kringle Candle in Bernardston

      Michael J. "Mick" Kittredge III, founder, president and CEO of Kringle Candle can look at hundreds of candles neatly lining the shelves in one of his retail store's display areas and pick out the one that has a slightly - ever-so slightly - wrinkled label. "It's all about the details," he says as he removes it from the display. It's that attention to detail that has helped Kittredge grow the business beyond his plans and expectations. What was supposed to be a small business with six or seven employees has taken off with nearly 150 employees now.

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    3. Small Business Development Center Network helps Western Mass. business grow: Viewpoint

      Small Business Development Center Network helps Western Mass. business grow: Viewpoint

      As the regional director of the Massachusetts Small Business Development Center Western Office, my dual role as a manager and adviser allows me to coach business owners, share lessons learned and my experience to help them avoid costly mistakes. Our specialty, though, is to help our clients secure capital to buy, start or grow a business. We do this by helping them build what we refer to as "loan packages" (business plans with two or three-year proforma) to be presented to a bank or an investor. However, we could not be highly effective at our job without the support network ...

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    4. PeoplesBank's 'Innovation Series' videos spotlight entrepreneurs in Pioneer Valley | masslive.com

      PeoplesBank's 'Innovation Series' videos spotlight entrepreneurs in Pioneer Valley | masslive.com

      When Joseph Skinner and other civic leaders in Holyoke set out more than a century ago to establish the mutual savings bank that would become PeoplesBank, they exemplified the true spirit of collaboration and innovation.  Fast forward to 2018, and PeoplesBank holds true to those tenets as it continues its founders' mission.  'One of the reasons we are thriving is because of that collaboration and that connection to the community,' says Thomas Senecal, president and CEO of Peoples Bank. 'As a mutual institution, that's exactly what it was. Joseph Skinner got together a group of people who formed a ...

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    5. Way Finders CEO says teamwork transformed housing opportunities for Western Mass.:...

      Way Finders CEO says teamwork transformed housing opportunities for Western Mass.:...

      Way Finders has witnessed firsthand the transformative change that can be achieved when nonprofits, businesses, and government agencies join together to provide support to individuals and families in our communities. We are grateful for the commitment of many local and regional businesses that support Way Finders' services in Western Massachusetts. We could not do our work without the support of these businesses who share in our vision for building stronger, more vibrant communities and providing opportunities for people to thrive.

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    6. Westfield Bank takes stock, eyes growth after merger

      Westfield Bank takes stock, eyes growth after merger

      Sometimes bank mergers mean fewer branches, with locations closed or consolidated in the name of eliminating redundancy. But Westfield Bank and Chicopee Savings didn't close any locations in their $110 million merger. The deal, which created a larger Westfield Bank, became official in October 2016. Westfield Bank completed the transition and changed signs on all the branch locations in December of that year.

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    7. Hcc Mgm Culinary Arts Institute designed to fit employer need

      Hcc Mgm Culinary Arts Institute designed to fit employer need

      The Holyoke canal walk just outside the windows of the HCC MGM Culinary Arts Institute on Race Street was covered with fresh snow. But Warren Leigh, chairman of hospitality management and culinary arts programs at Holyoke Community College, imagines it as an outdoor dining room once the weather turns nice. There students will serve food they have prepared in the new institute, which opened for business in late January.

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    8. Chicopee to see $87 million in business investment in 2018

      Chicopee to see $87 million in business investment in 2018

      Two new hotels, a downtown mill conversion, construction of an assisted-living facility and a variety of other smaller projects will total more than $87 million in business investment in the city this year. "Last year's announcements have become this year's ribbon cuttings," Mayor Richard J. Kos says. The major project on tap for 2018 is a $45 million plan to build an about 98-room hotel, sit-down restaurant, fast food restaurant, coffee shop and gas station with a convenience store on eight acres of land off Burnett Road near the entrance to the Massachusetts Turnpike and Interstate 291. The ...

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    9. Greenfield Community College, Franklin County Technical School partner with industry on workforce development

      Greenfield Community College, Franklin County Technical School partner with industry on workforce development

      Franklin County Technical School partners with Greenfield Community College to provide evening adult education programs in manufacturing technologies and with businesses to educate a new generation of workers and to retrain adults who are unemployed or underemployed. The ninth cohort of adult learners graduated from the advanced manufacturing CNC (computer numerical control) operator training program in December.

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    10. Bradley International Airport looks to develop routes, facilities in 2018

      Bradley International Airport looks to develop routes, facilities in 2018

      Bradley International Airport -- Springfield's gateway to the world -- competes for passengers with neighbors like LaGuardia, JFK, Newark, Rhode Island's T.F. Green and Boston's Logan. It also competes for aircraft with literally every airport in the country, all clamoring to add more flights in a marketplace where there are just too few jetliners. That's according to Kevin Dillon, executive director of the Connecticut Airport Authority, which owns and manages Bradley and five general aviation airports in the Nutmeg State. "The airlines see a lot of opportunities," he said. "What holds airlines back is availability of aircraft."

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    11. Daniel O'Connell's Sons marks more than century of building in Western Massachusetts

      Daniel O'Connell's Sons marks more than century of building in Western Massachusetts

      Company founder Daniel O'Connell was just 14 years old when he arrived in Holyoke from Ireland in 1847. He first worked as a water boy for the construction team of the original Holyoke dam. Later he worked for the city as a superintendent of streets, and, in 1879, he established Daniel O'Connell's Sons, a firm that today can claim it has built everything from classrooms to dams, theaters to bridges and laboratories to high-rise towers.

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    12. Chicopee's MicroTek cable manufacturer is 'wired for excellence'

      Chicopee's MicroTek cable manufacturer is 'wired for excellence'

      In the early 1980s, when the state was shuttering its schools and hospitals for the disabled, three concerned residents of Hampden County were worried about the security of those being so abruptly re-introduced into mainstream communities. The trio created MicroTek so that people with intellectual and physical disabilities would have a path to earn an income. A nonprofit with an altruistic mission, Chicopee's MicroTek manufactures custom cable and wire configurations for equipment used globally in the medical, scientific and security industries.

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    13. Westfield keeps economic development focus on Urban Renewal project and industrial park

      Westfield keeps economic development focus on Urban Renewal project and industrial park

      The city of Westfield has taken a precise, multi-year approach when it comes to economic development, focusing on two main areas, urban renewal downtown and a possible industrial park on the city's North Side. Both areas have had projects slowly cooking on the back-burner for many years and are this year's priority for Mayor Brian P. Sullivan and his team. "We are making visible progress," says Joseph Mitchell, advance officer for the city. The industrial park land, located on 66 acres between Turnpike Industrial and Cabot roads, was purchased by the city to expand the landfill in the ...

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    14. Want to land one of the thousands of jobs at the soon-to-open MGM Springfield casino? Here's another opportunity

      Want to land one of the thousands of jobs at the soon-to-open MGM Springfield casino? Here's another opportunity

      MGM Springfield is offering information sessions in the week ahead for those interested in jobs at the $960 million casino set to open in September. General career information sessions will be held Tuesday at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. at the Rebecca Johnson School, 55 Catharine St. Information sessions for prospective dealers and other table game operators are scheduled Wednesday at 6, 7 and 8 p.m. and Friday at 11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m. at the MGM Springfield Career Center, 1259 East Columbus Ave., third floor.

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    15. MassMutual decision adds to Springfield's 'momentum,' Western Massachusetts development official says

      MassMutual decision adds to Springfield's 'momentum,' Western Massachusetts development official says

      CRRC is about to open its rail car factory in East Springfield, MGM Springfield is seven months from opening its resort casino in the South End and now homegrown MassMutual will add jobs at its headquarters on State Street. "That is a lot of momentum, and it gets noticed," said Richard K. Sullivan Jr., president and CEO of the Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts. MassMutual plans to grow its workforce at its corporate headquarters on State Street by approximately 50 percent. The insurer will add 1,500 jobs there over the next four years, bringing the total number of ...

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    16. $45 million for new Springfield police station included in Senate bond bill

      $45 million for new Springfield police station included in Senate bond bill

      The Senate passed a bond bill Thursday that includes $45 million for a new Springfield police station. The House already included the money in its version of the bill, which makes it more likely that the earmark will be included in the final version and ultimately become law. Springfield police officials say the current headquarters on Pearl Street is old and outdated and does not meet the needs of current policing. The city will contribute another $45 million to the project. "This money and the new headquarters will mark a turning point for public safety in Springfield and be a ...

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    17. Community Foundation grant to help Springfield, Holyoke, Northampton, Amherst employ more...

      Community Foundation grant to help Springfield, Holyoke, Northampton, Amherst employ more...

      The Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts awarded the one-year grant of $133,000 to help schools in Springfield, Holyoke, Northampton and Amherst. The grant, which is being administered by the Five College Consortium, is intended to help the districts employ 20 new teachers of color by 2020.  Amherst Superintendent Michael Morris is hoping to begin by bringing three new teachers of color on board in his district. The grant will "help broaden our approach," to making the workforce more diverse, he said.

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    18. Southampton's Opa Opa Steakhouse and Brewery for sale

      Southampton's Opa Opa Steakhouse and Brewery for sale

      Opa Opa restaurant and brewery on College Highway in Southampton is up for sale.  Canon Realty in Easthampton has listed the property on its website and the Multiple Listing Service Property Information Network site. According to the listing, the sale includes the business, on-site brewery equipment, the building, 1.5 acres of land and the liquor license for an asking price of $799,000. The oldest of a four-restaurant group, the Western-themed steakhouse opened in 2001, according to its MLS listing.

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    19. River Valley Counseling opens office in Easthampton

      River Valley Counseling opens office in Easthampton

      River Valley Counseling Center has expanded its presence here, opening an office at Liberty Commons on  2 Mechanic St. "River Valley Counseling Center is pleased to expand its services and provide comprehensive mental health services in Easthampton," said Rosemarie M. Ansel, the center's executive director, in a statement. "As new members of the Easthampton Chamber of Commerce, we look forward to becoming a contributing member of a thriving and vibrant community." For the last five months, the center, part of Holyoke-based Valley Health Systems, has been offering school-based services in Easthampton Public Schools.

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    20. The Pub and Pretzel, new bar opening in Springfield, will highlight old and new of Worthington Street

      The Pub and Pretzel, new bar opening in Springfield, will highlight old and new of Worthington Street

      The Pub and Pretzel, the new restaurant and bar opening in the former Naismith's space in downtown Springfield this spring, will offer bar patrons a feeling of nostalgia. By keeping the original bar and its counter seats, the tiled floors and even some of the artwork from Naismith's, The Pub and Pretzel will feel like the former bar, with a twist. The long-dormant Naismith's bar, which was named after Dr. James Naismith, the inventor of basketball, was shut down in October 2008 by the city of Springfield for nonpayment of taxes and fees.  The space was purchased ...

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    21. The Bon Ton files for bankruptcy, but plans to keep sole Mass. location in Westfield open | masslive.com

      The Bon Ton files for bankruptcy, but plans to keep sole Mass. location in Westfield open | masslive.com

      Department-store chain The Bon-Ton Stores Inc. filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Monday, less than a week after announcing plans to close 47 stores across its chain.  That list doesn't include the Bon-Ton in the Westfield Shops, the chain's only Massachusetts location.  Chapter 11 of federal bankruptcy law buys a company time by protecting them from creditor lawsuits.  Bon-Ton told investors Monday it has a commitment from its creditors for up to $725 million in financing which could allow the company to operate as it restructures.

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    22. Women's Fund of Western Massachusetts receives $25K grant

      Women's Fund of Western Massachusetts receives $25K grant

      Women in Western Massachusetts interested in seeking positions of leadership recently received some real encouragement - some $25,000 worth of it. This is the amount the Women's Fund of Western Massachusetts, which runs leadership programs for both women and girls, received in a grant from the Irving and Sulamith Blackberg Charitable Foundation. "This funding will directly support our ability to serve more program participants, helping us to grow and serve local women in need of professional development," said Donna Haghighat, WFWM chief executive officer, in a statement.

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    23. PVTA proposes 25 percent bus fare hike and regular increases plus route cutbacks

      PVTA proposes 25 percent bus fare hike and regular increases plus route cutbacks

      The Springfield-area public transit agency also wants an automatic 5 percent per year fare increase implemented every three years. Level funding in the face of rising costs for buses, fuel, maintenance and payroll leaves the PVTA with a $3.1 million budget gap, the PVTA said Friday in a press release. The PVTA had an operating budget of $47 million in fiscal 2017, down from $47.2 million a year earlier. The PVTA, which carried 11.5 million passengers in fiscal 2017, already cut back routes this summer over the objections of users and businesses. The agency's fiscal year ...

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    24. Massachusetts negotiating with Connecticut on passenger rail to Holyoke, Northampton, Greenfield

      Massachusetts negotiating with Connecticut on passenger rail to Holyoke, Northampton, Greenfield

      The Massachusetts Department of Transportation is negotiating with Connecticut on plans to extend the CTrail commuter train service north from Springfield to Holyoke, Northampton and Greenfield on the Knowledge Corridor rail line Massachusetts already owns. The plan is to run trains further north up the Pioneer Valley sometime this year, said Astrid Glynn, the MassDOT rail and transit administrator, Friday at a question-and-answer session organized by U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal, D-Springfield.

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