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    1. Smart Band-Aids: Gov. Baker announces $500K for flexible electronics at UMass Amherst

      Smart Band-Aids: Gov. Baker announces $500K for flexible electronics at UMass Amherst

      Within five to seven years a piece of clothing -- a watch band, a bandage -- might be able not only to monitor the wearer's heart rate but also perform more sophisticated diagnostic tasks, even harvesting sweat to instantly get a handle on body chemistry and hydration. And research at the University of Massachusetts Amherst is helping to make that happen, now with the help of $500,000 from the state. Gov. Charlie Baker announced the funding Friday with a visit to the campus' Institute for Applied Life Sciences and its Center for Personalized Health Monitoring.

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    2. Rail projects in Holyoke, Ware funded by state industrial freight access program

      Rail projects in Holyoke, Ware funded by state industrial freight access program

      Two projects in Holyoke and one in Ware are among several around the state that will receive funding from the state Industrial Rail Access Program. The Massachusetts Department of Transportation released a list this week of eight grant projects totaling $3 million. To qualify, each project must by matched with at least 40 percent private sector money, according to the news release.

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    3. Connecticut River Clean-Up Committee secures $1.5M grant for Springfield, Holyoke,...

      Connecticut River Clean-Up Committee secures $1.5M grant for Springfield, Holyoke,...

      The Connecticut River Clean-Up Committee has again secured state funding to prevent stormwater and wastewater from entering the longest river in New England as it passes through Chicopee, Holyoke and Springfield. The CRCC -- a working group involving all three cities and administered by the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission -- received $1.5 million from the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection for upgrades along the most urbanized portion of the river.

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    4. Gov. Charlie Baker to reveal manufacturing grants at UMass

      Gov. Charlie Baker to reveal manufacturing grants at UMass

      Gov. Charlie Baker and Housing and Economic Development Secretary Jay Ash will reveal new manufacturing grants when they visit the University of Massachusetts Friday afternoon on National Manufacturing Day. The grants are part of the Massachusetts Manufacturing Innovation Initiative M212 that supports public-private research institutes to research emerging manufacturing technologies.   Baker and Ash will be joined by UMass officials, leading research institutions in the state, representatives from national manufacturing initiatives and executives from manufacturing firms from across the state, according to a press release.

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    5. Stearns Square, Duryea Way renovation project in downtown Springfield takes next step as city seeks bids

      Stearns Square, Duryea Way renovation project in downtown Springfield takes next step as city seeks bids

      The city has advertised for bids for a major restoration project at Stearns Square and Duryea Way, seen as a key component of downtown revitalization efforts. Bids from contractors are due by Oct. 18 at 2 p.m. at the Office of Procurement at City Hall. The project has an estimated cost of $1.5 million, including restoration of a historic fountain at Stearns Square, new and widened sidewalks, retained trees and new landscaping, lighting, installation of furniture, plantings and irrigation, and other enhancements for pedestrians and downtown dining, according to city officials and bid specifications.

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    6. Holyoke Gas & Electric to have largest utility-scale energy storage installation in Massachusetts

      Holyoke Gas & Electric to have largest utility-scale energy storage installation in Massachusetts

      Holyoke Gas & Electric will soon have the capacity to store green electricity generated at a solar farm on the grounds of a former coal plant, allowing the utility to meet peaks in demand without buying power from the grid. HG&E announced Wednesday that construction will start soon on a three-megawatt energy storage system at Mt. Tom Solar. The system will be up and running in April, according to a news release. Built on property also occupied by the old coal-fired Mount Tom Power Station that closed in 2014, the new solar farm produces enough energy to power 1,000 ...

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    7. Seen@ 2017 Table Top Business Expo featuring businesses from across Western Mass.

      Seen@ 2017 Table Top Business Expo featuring businesses from across Western Mass.

      The Springfield Regional Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with the greater Chicopee, Holyoke, Westfield and Quaboag chambers combined their talent and members to come together for the 20th annual Table Top Expo and Business Networking event at the Castle of Knights on Tuesday. The exhibitors were allowed to display their products and literature on an eight-foot table. Businesses used the event as an opportunity to exchange contact information and chat about their products and services during the 3 1/2 hour timetable.

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    8. With Springfield factory nearing completion, China's CRRC readies first prototype T cars for shipment to Boston

      With Springfield factory nearing completion, China's CRRC readies first prototype T cars for shipment to Boston

      CRRC will unveil the first prototype subway cars it's building for Boston's MBTA on Oct. 16 at its factory in Changchun, China. The unveiling will trumpet the cars as CRRC's first entry into the North American market despite being the world's largest manufacturer of railway cars. The company has built vehicles and even whole transit systems elsewhere around the world. The ceremony comes as contractors finish work on CRRC's factory in the East Springfield neighborhood that will make all the production models and fulfill CRRC's orders from the T totaling 524 rail cars.

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    9. Amazon in Enfield? Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts issues letter supporting Connecticut HQ

      Amazon in Enfield? Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts issues letter supporting Connecticut HQ

      The Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts has issued a letter supporting a bid by Enfield, Connecticut to be selected as the second national headquarters of multi-billion dollar internet retail giant Amazon. "There are no state boundaries for our region's workforce, company supply chains and students," Rick Sullivan, president and CEO of the Economic Development Council, wrote in a letter supporting Enfield. "We urge Amazon to think big, not just locating to a single city, but to locate to a region that Amazon can dramatically change for the better with its significant investment."

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    10. Peter Pan Bus Lines touts investment, expansion after Greyhound split

      Peter Pan Bus Lines touts investment, expansion after Greyhound split

      Peter Pan Bus Lines has doubled its route miles, hired more workers and spent $13 million on new buses after ending its partnership with rival Greyhound. "We are back to our complete independence," said Peter Picknelly, chairman of Springfield-based Peter Pan Bus Lines. Peter Pan and Greyhound announced in August that they were ending their cooperative agreement after nearly 19 years. The two bus lines had worked together servicing routes and sold tickets to each others buses.

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    11. West Springfield receives MassDOT grant to upgrade crossings near Town Common

      West Springfield receives MassDOT grant to upgrade crossings near Town Common

      The town has received a Complete Streets grant from the Massachusetts Department of Transportation to help increase safety and accessibility for all modes of travel, including driving, walking and cycling.  West Springfield is using its $384,200 MassDOT grant to upgrade pedestrian crossings along Park Avenue and Park Street near the Town Common in the downtown area, according to Mayor William C. Reichelt. "We are very lucky to have such a beautiful Common in the center of our community, but crossing is difficult," Reichelt said Monday. "This grant will allow us to improve the safety of crossing to the Common ...

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    12. Springfield Regional Chamber of Commerce announces Super 60 award recipients

      Springfield Regional Chamber of Commerce announces Super 60 award recipients

      Tree House Brewing Co. of Charlton is tops for revenue growth in its first year as a Springfield Regional Chamber Super 60 award winner. Tree House, known for India pale ales like Julius, Green and Doppelganger, opened its 55,000-square-foot brewery in Charlton  in July. The chamber of commerce will honor the brewery along with other winners at the annual Super 60 lunch from 11:30  a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Oct. 27 at Chez Josef, 176 Shoemaker Lane, Agawam.

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    13. The Big E 2017 sets new attendance record

      The Big E 2017 sets new attendance record

      According to the Eastern States Exposition, The Big E welcomed 1,525,553 in the past 17-days. The previous record of 1,498,605, was set in 2014. "I am humbled to see the incredible support of Eastern States Exposition by our loyal fair patrons," said Eugene Cassidy, president and CEO of the Exposition. "The 2017, 101st edition of The Big E broke records again, recording for the first time in history over 1.5 million guests. Patrons of New England's Great State Fair braved days of punishing temperatures that pushed the heat index to above 100 degrees, they ...

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    14. Additions, redesign of Smith College library and gym approved

      Additions, redesign of Smith College library and gym approved

      A site plan for extensive additions and renovations to Smith College's Neilson Library and adjacent Alumnae gymnasium were approved at the Northampton Planning Board meeting Thursday night.  The proposal foresees a 137,000 square feet of renovated spaces in the library, as well as 21,000 square feet of renovated spaces in the gym, according to planning documents.   Neilson is the school's main campus library.  The spaces will be used to house "collections, seating, staff functions, teaching, learning and technology programs, a cafe, special collections and archives exhibit area, event and gathering spaces," the documents say. 

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    15. MGM Springfield reveals Kringle Candle coming to casino complex, announces partnership with Springfield Museums

      MGM Springfield reveals Kringle Candle coming to casino complex, announces partnership with Springfield Museums

      MGM announced that Kringle Candle, which is located in Bernardston and owned/operated by the Kittredge family which founded Yankee Candle, will be opening inside a historic church the casino company saved and will incorporate into its 14.5 acre campus.  "When we first went up to their campus in northern Massachusetts, we were completely blown away," said Sarah Moore, vice president of Brand Marketing & Retail at MGM Springfield. "It's a beautiful, beautiful space... We knew immediately we wanted them with us here in Springfield."

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    16. Mass. Gaming Commission approves $100K for Northampton to market city to MGM Springfield casino patrons

      Mass. Gaming Commission approves $100K for Northampton to market city to MGM Springfield casino patrons

      The Massachusetts Gaming Commission approved $100,000 from its community mitigation funds requested by Northampton, to help the city promote itself as a destination for casino visitors for dining, recreation and shopping. Northampton Mayor David Narkewicz met with the commission and requested the funds on behalf of the city. "The funds will be used to work with a consultant to create a marketing and advertising plan designed to attract MGM Springfield casino customers to visit Northampton," the application stated. "Additionally, there will be value in attracting broader visitorship to Northampton as an offset to any potential decrease in downtown spending ...

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    17. Apply now as $40,000 in grants available from Holyoke cultural council

      Apply now as $40,000 in grants available from Holyoke cultural council

      The deadline is Oct. 16 to apply for Holyoke Local Cultural Council grants for projects such as musical shows, school field trips and events like Celebrate Holyoke. The council with last year's round of nearly $40,000 issued about 50 separate grants of $40 to $3,231. About the same amount is available this year, Anne N. Thalheimer, Holyoke Local Cultural Council treasurer, said Wednesday.

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    18. With MGM Springfield's design work 95% complete, casino described as truly innovative urban casino as further details revealed

      With MGM Springfield's design work 95% complete, casino described as truly innovative urban casino as further details revealed

      City officials and MGM Springfield reached another milestone Wednesday, stating that the latest submitted construction design plans, covering features ranging from exterior lighting to designated smoking areas, meet with the city's requirements and reflect a high-quality, innovative project. The "MGM 95 percent Construction Design" document was unveiled and was accepted as consistent with the city's Host Community Agreement, said city officials led by Mayor Domenic J. Sarno.

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    19. Mercedes-Benz of Springfield opens next month in Chicopee

      Mercedes-Benz of Springfield opens next month in Chicopee

      As Michelle Wirth tells it, she and her husband fell in love with Mercedes-Benz -- and then fell in love with each other. She started working for Mercedes Benz 15 years ago as a mechanical engineer. Her husband, Peter Wirth, is from a town near Stuttgart, Germany, where Mercedes-Benz has its headquarters. He was working there when they met. Now the couple, along with business partner Rich Hesse, are just weeks away from opening a dealership -- Mercedes Benz of Springfield -- at 295 Burnett Road in Chicopee.

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    20. Study finds improving rail service is top transit priority for Western Mass. residents

      Study finds improving rail service is top transit priority for Western Mass. residents

      Ask a Massachusetts resident how to get across the state and the answer, in many cases, is "You can't get there from here." At least not easily, and not using public transportation. A group of Massachusetts senators asked residents what transportation improvements are most important to them. The answer in Western Massachusetts was similar to the answer around the state: residents want improved rail service, followed by better buses. "Whatever region people came from, people saw as a top mobility priority regional rail," said Jim Aloisi, a former state transportation secretary who worked on the Senate study.

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    21. Pasquale's Ristorante in East Longmeadow put on market for $749K | masslive.com

      Pasquale's Ristorante in East Longmeadow put on market for $749K | masslive.com

      A large 'For Sale' sign at Pasquale's Ristorante appeared on the eatery's sign about a week after a man who described himself as the restaurant's manager told a reporter from The Republican that there was no plan to sell it.  The online listing from Macmillan Group Commercial Real Estate Services prices the building at $73.55 per square foot. The building size is listed as 10,184 square feet.

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    22. Arts in Massachusetts employs 150,000, generates $1.4 billion in income | masslive.com

      Arts in Massachusetts employs 150,000, generates $1.4 billion in income | masslive.com

      The arts in Massachusetts are a booming business, according to two extensive studies released Monday.  The studies found the nonprofit arts industry in Massachusetts supports 73,000 jobs. And the total creative economy -- which also includes jobs like web designers, music teachers and jewelers -- employs 150,000 people.  Nonprofit arts organizations generated $1.4 billion in household income and more than $2.2 billion of economic activity in 2015.  'Arts and creativity are major economic drivers,' said James Canales, president of the Barr Foundation, a philanthropic foundation that funds the arts and paid for the studies.

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    23. After departure of CEO, DevelopSpringfield taps Jeff Daley to oversee local projects

      After departure of CEO, DevelopSpringfield taps Jeff Daley to oversee local projects

      DevelopSpringfield, whose CEO leaves for a new job Oct. 5, has hired Westfield's former economic development officer to get work restarted at Springfield Innovation Center. Jeffrey R. Daley, the founder and principal of consultancy CJC Development Advisors in Westfield, will also handle the general transition for DevelopSpringfield as CEO Jay Minkarah leaves to take a job as the executive director of the Nashua Regional Planning Commission in New Hampshire, said Nick Fyntrilakis, chairman of the DevelopSpringfield board.

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    24. New MedExpress Urgent Care center to open in Hadley

      New MedExpress Urgent Care center to open in Hadley

      The new MedExpress Urgent Care is set to open in Hadley Wednesday and is holding an open house Tuesday from noon to 2 p.m. for people to view the new facility.  The mission of the center is "to serve the neighborhood (as a) health care partner," said spokeswoman Ellen Dietrick, adding that the staff will provide "high quality affordable health care when they need it the most."

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