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    1. Car buff Prestley Blake, co-founder of Friendly’s, to help Springfield Museums celebrate 100th anniversary of Springfield-built Rolls-Royce

      Car buff Prestley Blake, co-founder of Friendly’s, to help Springfield Museums celebrate 100th anniversary of Springfield-built Rolls-Royce

      S. Prestley Blake, co-founder of Friendly’s and longtime Rolls-Royce enthusiast, will be on hand for a book signing Oct. 13 when the city and the Lyman and Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield History celebrates Rolls-Royce Day. The event, held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., celebrates not only the 10th anniversary of the Wood Museum of Springfield History, but also the 100th anniversary of the opening of the Springfield Rolls-Royce Factory.

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    2. Springfield High School of Commerce students to earn up to 20 free credits at Springfield Technical Community College with new partnership - masslive.com

      Springfield High School of Commerce students to earn up to 20 free credits at Springfield Technical Community College with new partnership - masslive.com

      Students at the High School of Commerce will soon have a chance to go to college at no cost and long before they earn a high school diploma.  The new Early College partnership between Springfield Technical Community College and the High School of Commerce was announced in a ceremony Tuesday. It was officially signed on Sept. 5.

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    3. Holyoke apartment complex Devonshire Place sells for $19.75M

      Holyoke apartment complex Devonshire Place sells for $19.75M

      Devonshire Place, a 180-unit apartment complex at 48-50 Holy Family Road in the Ingleside neighborhood, was sold earlier this month for $19.75 million to a unit of Yellowstone Property Group of Monsey, New York. Cosmetic renovations and updates are planned at the complex, said Tarin Chartier, the property manager. She said management at the complex hasn’t changed and she’s worked there for two years herself.

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    4. Hospital profit report points out disparities in Western Massachusetts; Springfield’s Mercy Medical Center report $12.6M loss

      Hospital profit report points out disparities in Western Massachusetts; Springfield’s Mercy Medical Center report $12.6M loss

      Mercy Medical Center reported a $12.6 million loss in its 2018 fiscal year, according to figures released Friday by the Massachusetts Center for Health Information and Analysis. That’s a loss of 4.2% compared with an average statewide profit margin for hospitals of 4.5%. Among other local hospitals, only Northampton’s Cooley Dickinson, part of Partners HealthCare, reported a loss — 0.3% or $600,000.

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    5. Amherst to use $400K grant to build playground at Kendrick Park - masslive.com

      Amherst to use $400K grant to build playground at Kendrick Park - masslive.com

      A playground will be built downtown at Kendrick Park with a $400,000 state grant, according to a statement released Thursday from Town Manager Paul Bockelman’s office.  The statement said it is a Parkland Acquisitions and Renovations for Communities (PARC) grant that Gov. Charlie Baker awarded Amherst, and that public comment would be sought prior to building the playground.

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    6. As movie theater plans advance, Holyoke Mall seeks zoning change

      As movie theater plans advance, Holyoke Mall seeks zoning change

      With plans for a movie theater moving forward, the owners of the Holyoke Mall at Ingleside have asked the city to relax zoning guidelines that restrict the height of the property. “We are just attempting to get a little more flexibility for the property if we need it,” said Bill Rogalski, Holyoke Mall general manger. “We are just trying to make sure we have every competitive advantage in the marketplace.” While Rogalski said the mall is moving forward with plans for a movie theater, he would not say if that was the reason it is seeking the height allowance.

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    7. MGM Springfield loses nearly 200 employees to Encore Boston Harbor

      MGM Springfield loses nearly 200 employees to Encore Boston Harbor

      MGM Springfield has lost nearly 200 full-time employees who were recruited by Encore Boston Harbor before it opened in July, according to MGM Springfield President Michael Mathis.Mathis and his administrative team met with the Massachusetts Gaming Commission Thursday at the MassMutual Center in Springfield to discuss second-quarter revenue and employment numbers.

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    8. Sen. Eric Lesser invites US Senate candidates to Springfield for debate on east-west rail - masslive.com

      Sen. Eric Lesser invites US Senate candidates to Springfield for debate on east-west rail - masslive.com

      State Sen. Eric Lesser, D-Longmeadow, is calling on the candidates for U.S. Senate to hold a debate in Springfield focused on east-west rail.  Lesser wrote in a letter to all four candidates in the Democratic primary that he is inviting them to a debate on the topic of high-speed rail between Boston and Pittsfield. His letter says high-speed rail “has the potential to transform our Commonwealth’s economy and create tens of thousands of new jobs.”

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    9. Springfield planting 2,400 trees as part of ‘Greening the Gateway Cities’ - masslive.com

      Springfield planting 2,400 trees as part of ‘Greening the Gateway Cities’ - masslive.com

      The City of Homes could soon be known as the City of Trees, thanks to a 3-year $1.5 million grant from the Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs,  As a result of the 'Greening the Gateway Cities' funding, the city has been on a mission to complete the planting of 2,400 free trees in the Old Hill, Upper Hill and McKnight neighborhoods over the next 18 months when the grant expires.

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    10. MassPike study completed; October meetings set to plan I-90 exit between Westfield, Lee

      MassPike study completed; October meetings set to plan I-90 exit between Westfield, Lee

      After a summer of silence, MassDOT has completed its analysis of the three alternative locations for a new Massachusetts Turnpike exit between Westfield and Lee and drafting study recommendations. The new high exit, which could take a decade to get built, would cost between $29.5 and $37.8 million, according to MassDOT estimates. Now the agency, after promising local lawmakers they'd hear back in "summer" has set a pair of meetings in October to reveal its findings.

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    11. Elms College, Springfield-area schools partner on teacher training - masslive.com

      Elms College, Springfield-area schools partner on teacher training - masslive.com

      Urban schools — public, Catholic and charter — will send promising paraprofessionals to the College of Our Lady of the Elms to earn their degrees and get their teacher certifications in a subsidized program announced Tuesday.  Called the Center for Equity in Urban Education, the program will also provide in-service training to working teachers in schools throughout the region, said Anthony L. Klemmer, acting director of the center and founder and president of the Center for Better Schools and the National Academy for Advanced Teacher Education.

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    12. White Lion launches ‘Harvest Nights’ beer fests; downtown Springfield tap room to open in January

      White Lion launches ‘Harvest Nights’ beer fests; downtown Springfield tap room to open in January

      White Lion Brewing Co. has extended its Wednesday and Friday night summer beer gardens into the fall with Harvest Nights at Steiger Park across from Tower Square. Harvest Nights runs from 5 to 10 p.m. on Wednesday and Friday nights through the end of October, the last event being Wednesday, Oct. 30, said Ashley Clark, managing partner of the Springfield-based micro brew brand.

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    13. MyPayrollHR exec Michael Mann charged with $70M bank fraud; collapse left some United Personnel employees in Western Mass. without pay

      The top executive at MyPayrollHR — which failed earlier this month leaving more than 1,000 small business in the lurch including Springfield-based United Personnel — has been charged with bank fraud. Michael T. Mann, 49, of Saratoga County, New York, appeared in a federal court in Albany Monday on a criminal complaint charging him with committing a $70 million bank fraud, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

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    14. Three Wingate nursing homes sold for $19 million

      Three Wingate nursing homes sold for $19 million

      hree former Wingate nursing and rehabilitation centers in the Pioneer Valley were sold earlier this month to a New York City investment firm for $19.6 million. The centers, now called Vero Health & Rehab at Hampden, Vero Health & Rehab of South Hadley and Vero Health & Rehab of Wilbraham are now under the management of Vero Health & Rehab, a Maryland company with nine locations including four others in Massachusetts.

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    15. Westfield Chamber, 104th Fighter Wing host business breakfast

      Westfield Chamber, 104th Fighter Wing host business breakfast

      The Greater Westfield Chamber of Commerce held its September breakfast Friday at Barnes Air National Guard Base, home of the 104th Fighter Wing. The breakfast featured keynote speaker Katherine Holahan, vice president of government affairs at Associated Industries of Massachusetts. Holahan spoke to the more than 100 visitors about new medical and tax laws. Westfield Starfires baseball co-owner Chris Thompson served as chief greeter.

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    16. Environmental regulators will view site of 220 cottages proposed along Forest Lake in Palmer - masslive.com

      Environmental regulators will view site of 220 cottages proposed along Forest Lake in Palmer - masslive.com

      State environmental regulators are scheduled Monday to review Forest Lake Properties’ request to build 220 seasonal cottages along Forest Lake during a site visit to the 551 River St. property.  After the site visit there will be an indoor meeting at which public comment will be sought.  The project requires approval from the state Department of Environmental Protection.

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    17. Amazon moving ahead in Holyoke despite layoffs at New England contractor

      Amazon moving ahead in Holyoke despite layoffs at New England contractor

      Amazon has already begun recruiting for the 235 jobs it’s promised at the $5.6 million distribution center it’s fitting out at 161 Lower Westfield Road. The internet retailing giant told City Hall it expects to open the facility in November, just in time for the Christmas rush, said Mike Bloomberg, chief of staff to Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse.

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    18. L.L. Bean sets opening date for Hadley store; first 200 customers will draw gift cards worth up to $500

      L.L. Bean sets opening date for Hadley store; first 200 customers will draw gift cards worth up to $500

      L.L. Bean will open its new store in the Mountain Farms Mall Oct. 18, the Maine-based retailer announced Wednesday. The store will employ approximately 50 staff members, according to a news release. L.L. Bean also said the store will host free L.L. Bean Outdoor Discovery Programs year-round, including product demonstrations, map and compass clinics, and guest speakers, as well as hiking and biking outings and community service activities.

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