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    1. 110 Grill restaurant sets Holyoke Mall opening date, Saugus not far behind | masslive.com

      110 Grill restaurant sets Holyoke Mall opening date, Saugus not far behind | masslive.com

      The 110 Grill Restaurant will open Dec. 12 at Holyoke Mall, the chain announced this week.  The 180-seat restaurant is on the upper level near JCPenney. It will open at 4 p.m. serving lunch and dinner.  Based in Westford, 110 Grill has 16 locations in Massachusetts, New York and New Hampshire and recently bought the Evviva Cucina locations in Westford and Marlborough.

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    2. Saying Boston gets whatever it wants, WMass business leaders blast MassDOT's 'disrespect' of Greater Springfield politicians who want Interstate 91 viaduct buried

      Saying Boston gets whatever it wants, WMass business leaders blast MassDOT's 'disrespect' of Greater Springfield politicians who want Interstate 91 viaduct buried

      The Economic Development Council says the Massachusetts Department of Transportation disrespected local leaders this fall when it chose that cheaper option for the long-term future of the roadway. "If Marty Walsh walks into DOT and says, 'I want this alternative,' nobody says 'No, Mayor of Boston, stick it in your ear and go away.' The mayor of Springfield, not so much," Springfield lawyer Paul P. Nicolai said Friday in an interview. Nicolai is chairman of the EDC's infrastructure committee and one of the people who helped formulate the EDC's response to the transportation department's final report on ...

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    3. Westfield gets 1st community solar farm

      Westfield gets 1st community solar farm

      Green Street Power Partners will soon put online its 4.8-megawatt solar array at the intersection of Routes 10 and 202 with Summit Lock Road in Westfield. The company hosted a ceremonial ribbon cutting Friday. It'll be the fourth large-scale solar project in Westfield providing power to Westfield Gas & Electric and its customers, general manger Anthony Contrino said in interview this week. The rates Westfield Gas & Electric pays for the power are a confidential part of its contract with solar developer Green Street power, but he said the price is matched with market rates for power.

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    4. Berkshire Gas moratoriums in Franklin and Hampshire counties to continue indefinitely

      Berkshire Gas moratoriums in Franklin and Hampshire counties to continue indefinitely

      A four-year moratorium on new or expanded natural gas accounts in parts of Franklin and Hampshire counties won't be lifted any time soon. Berkshire Gas Co. president Karen Zink on Nov. 16 sent a letter to more than 300 people and businesses on a waiting list for service. The letter said the moratorium "will have to continue indefinitely due to the limitations on the capacity of the delivery system," and that investments to lift the moratorium would "drive our natural gas service rates well beyond those of competing fuels."

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    5. Demolition of former Peter Pan bus terminal in full swing

      Demolition of former Peter Pan bus terminal in full swing

      Demolition of the former Peter Pan Springfield Bus Terminal Building in downtown Springfield is in full swing.  After weeks of gutting the interior, crews with Associated Building Wreckers have begun tearing down the exterior walls. The bus terminal at 1776 Main St. had been a downtown mainstay since it opened in 1969.  With the opening of Union Station across the street, Peter Pan relocated its offices and bus operation to the new location.

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    6. Delaney's Market take-home meals from The Log Cabin coming to downtown Springfield, 3 other Massachusetts locations

      Delaney's Market take-home meals from The Log Cabin coming to downtown Springfield, 3 other Massachusetts locations

      Restaurateur Peter Rosskothen will expand his Delaney's Market take-home meal concept with a location on Main Street in downtown Springfield to open in early 2019. Rosskothen opened the first and at this point only Delaney's Market in the Longmeadow Shops in 2016. He said Thursday he has further plans to add more locations in Wilbraham, Westfield and at his Log Cabin Banquet & Meeting House, 500 Easthampton Road in Holyoke. The Wilbraham and Westfield locations are not done deals yet, he said.

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    7. Springfield gains, pursues state grants for park improvements

      Springfield gains, pursues state grants for park improvements

      The state recently awarded $200,000 to the city to create a walking trail at Ruth Elizabeth Park in Six Corners. The project will be part of a multiphase effort to create and improve trails and public access in several city parks. In addition, the city is awaiting a decision from the state on its application for a $400,000 grant for renovations and improvements at Emily Bill Park in lower Liberty Heights. State grants for parks are "extremely important," Mayor Domenic J. Sarno said.

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    8. State gives $30,000 boost to Springfield's C3 policing program

      State gives $30,000 boost to Springfield's C3 policing program

      The Springfield Police Department's C3 anti-gang and community policing program has received a $30,000 boost to help fund various youth initiatives within the city. Sen. James Welch, D-West Springfield, who secured the funding through a state budget amendment, announced the funding to the New North Citizen's Council late Thursday morning. The money will be shared between the C3 units in the North End, South End/Metro area, Mason Square area and the Forest Park neighborhood.

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    9. The Republican releases new book focused on City of Westfield celebrating 350 Years

      The Republican releases new book focused on City of Westfield celebrating 350 Years

      Did you know Westfield was a key stop in history in 1776 when Henry Knox rolled through the city with his train of cannon, oxen and men from Fort Ticonderoga in New York en route to Boston to take on the British? Did you know that a Wright Brothers biplane touched down in 1914 on a strip of land off Southampton Road? Do you remember the team of 14- and 15-year-old boys who played in the Babe Ruth World Series in California in 1992?

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    10. Boston-based developer expects to announce new retail tenant near MGM Springfield by end of year

      Boston-based developer expects to announce new retail tenant near MGM Springfield by end of year

       Developers Davenport Companies is in discussions with a retail tenant who might take up most of the Main Street-fronting space in its long-planned Davenport Square project near MGM Springfield. Charles Irving, principal with Boston-based Davenport, said recently that he expects to make a public announcement of the deal sometime before January. Davenport has long proposed an 11,000-square-foot multi-tenant building with parking to the rear on the site. The Head Start daycare facility is currently the only business on the property, occupying a section to the rear away from Main Street.

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    11. New Valley Bank & Trust has state and federal OK, plans 2 office locations

      New Valley Bank & Trust has state and federal OK, plans 2 office locations

      New Valley Bank & Trust Co., the first new bank to open in Springfield in 11 years, has preliminary OKs from state and federal regulators and plans to open offices in early 2019. Before opening, New Valley Bank & Trust must raise $25 million to $30 million in capital, money it will use to make loans as it begins business, said Jeff Sullivan, New Valley's proposed president and CEO. New Valley has contacted about 500 potential investors.

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    12. Former Kocot aide Diana Szynal to lead Franklin County Chamber of Commerce

      Former Kocot aide Diana Szynal to lead Franklin County Chamber of Commerce

      Diana Szynal has been hired to lead the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce, the organization announced. She will replace executive director Natalie Blais, who is headed for Beacon Hill. Szynal, a former member of the Hatfield Board of Selectmen, was longtime district director for the late Rep. Peter Kocot of Northampton. She recently ran to fill Kocot's vacant seat in the 1st Hampshire House District, but lost in the Sept. 4 Democratic primary to Lindsey Sabadosa of Northampton.

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    13. Springfield City Council approves special permit for lumber recycling business at Diamond Match property

      Springfield City Council approves special permit for lumber recycling business at Diamond Match property

      The City Council granted a special permit Monday for a wood recycling business on Paridon Street at the former Diamond Match property in East Forest Park, after the owner made improvements to the site and gained support from the neighborhood association. The council vote was 11-1 in favor of the special permit following a hearing at City Hall, with the lone no vote cast by Councilor Adam Gomez.

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    14. People in Business: Seven leaders in Business and Industry appointed to Bay Path University Board of Trustees

      People in Business: Seven leaders in Business and Industry appointed to Bay Path University Board of Trustees

      Seven new members have been elected to the Bay Path University Board of Trustees: Kirk Arnold, technology executive; Lamont Clemons, Senior Vice President, Proton Energy and Executive Vice President, S-Cel-O Painting; Laura Grondin, President and CEO of Virginia Industries, Inc.; Andrea Hill-Cataldo, founder and president of Johnson & Hill Staffing; Stefano Martini, Chief Information Officer for MassMutual Financial group; Wayne Webster, Vice President of Commercial Lending for Westfield Bank; and Michelle Wirth, owner, Mercedes-Benz of Springfield, will each serve a three-year term.

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    15. Springfield seeks developer for tax-title business lots

      Springfield seeks developer for tax-title business lots

      The city has advertised for bids for the purchase and development of three tax-foreclosed business lots at the corner of Walnut and Union streets in the Old Hill neighborhood. The combined lots, totaling 25,603 square feet, are across the street from the Mason Wright Retirement Community. The combined lots have an assessed value of $55,100. "We are open to anything that conforms with the zoning, and is compatible with the neighborhood," said Brian Connors, the city's deputy director of economic development. "Over the years, there has been some amount of interest in that property."

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    16. Bright Nights at Forest Park in Springfield lit for 2018 season (photos, video)

      Bright Nights at Forest Park in Springfield lit for 2018 season (photos, video)

      It wasn't your usual 3 ... 2 ... 1 countdown. It was a jolly "Ho! Ho! Ho! "that kicked off the 24th edition of Bright Nights at Forest Park as Santa asked the crowd to yell "Ho! ... Ho! ... Ho!" as he lit the 3-mile-long display. There is an addition to the light show this year -- a display sponsored by the Springfield Thunderbirds American Hockey League team that features two players passing the puck and the team's logo. The display is lit with 3,708 LED bulbs.

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    17. As state begins $1M east-west passenger rail study, Palmer seeks a piece of the action

      As state begins $1M east-west passenger rail study, Palmer seeks a piece of the action

      A projected 18-month, $1 million "East-West Passenger Rail Study," subtitled "A study assessing rail service alternatives along the Boston-Worcester-Springfield-Pittsfield corridor" has begun, Department of Transportation officials said this week. Secretary of Transportation Stephanie Pollack on Monday announced the private consultants MassDOT chose to do the work. "We have now selected the team for that study. It's led by WSP USA; includes AECOM, Regina Villa Associates, and Keville Enterprises," Pollack said during the four-hour MasDOT board meeting in Boston.

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    18. 'It's been a long ride': Union Station busy with rushed, stressed and fast-moving Thanksgiving travelers

      'It's been a long ride': Union Station busy with rushed, stressed and fast-moving Thanksgiving travelers

      You really had to watch your step at the foot of the stairs leading down from the train platforms at Union Station on Wednesday afternoon. The CTrail train north from New Haven and Hartford was late, and folks needed to make their bus connections at the other end of the building. They were rushed, stressed and moving quickly to get where they needed to go.

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    19. 15 Massachusetts businesses, including MGM Springfield, CRRC, Table Talk Pies, Wayfair, win economic impact awards

      15 Massachusetts businesses, including MGM Springfield, CRRC, Table Talk Pies, Wayfair, win economic impact awards

      MassEcon, the state's private sector partner in promoting business growth in Massachusetts, honored the businesses with the Team Massachusetts Economic Impact Awards for contributions of investment, job growth, facility expansion and community development, MassEcon stated in a news release. MGM Springfield won the gold award for the West region, and CRRC won the silver award for the region. Decker Machine Works of Greenfield won the bronze.

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    20. MassMutual and the Hampden County Bar Association Legal Clinic expand Pro Bono Partnership

      MassMutual and the Hampden County Bar Association Legal Clinic expand Pro Bono Partnership

      Springfield - Expanding its relationship with the Hampden Country Bar Association (HCBA) Legal Clinic, the MassMutual Foundation, Inc. - a dedicated corporate foundation established by Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual) - announced that it is providing the Hampden County Bar Association more than $300,000 to help underserved residents in the Springfield community access resources and education that will empower them to effectively navigate debt-related legal issues.

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    21. Springfield City Council OKs $1.1 million for community preservation: Here's who received...

      Springfield City Council OKs $1.1 million for community preservation: Here's who received...

      The City Council on Monday night approved special tax funds totaling $1.1 million for 11 community preservation projects including studies aimed at restoring the long-deteriorated Campanile tower and advancing bike-walkway projects along an abandoned rail line. The funds were approved by unanimous votes and are dedicated to historic preservation, open space and recreation and affordable housing initiatives under the Community Preservation Act property tax surcharge program. The new surtax was approved by Springfield voters two years ago.

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    22. With Stop & Shop plans dead, Tasty Top site on market for $3 million in Easthampton

      With Stop & Shop plans dead, Tasty Top site on market for $3 million in Easthampton

      Stop & Shop corporation is no longer interested in building a retail plaza at 93-99 Northampton Road, and the 34-acre site -- home of Tasty Top ice cream and Easthampton Golf -- is on the market for $3 million. Property owner Dennis Courtney told The Republican on Tuesday that "Stop & Shop is totally gone," and that the corporation told him in August that "they had decided not to do the project." Courtney, of Florence, is manager of a family trust that owns the land. The family has owned the property "forever," said Courtney. A large "for sale" sign, directing interested parties to the ...

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