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    1. Richard Swift named new Health New England CEO

      Richard Swift named new Health New England CEO

      Baystate Health has named Richard Swift the president and CEO of Health New England. His appointment is effective immediately. Swift served as Health New England’s interim chief financial officer since April 2020. Maura C. McCaffrey, former president and CEO of Health New England and a member of the Baystate Health President’s Cabinet, died in April after a long illness. She was 50.

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    2. Western Mass. communities jump at offer from Leominster company for free face masks for poll workers

      Western Mass. communities jump at offer from Leominster company for free face masks for poll workers

      Fifty Western Massachusetts communities, from its largest cities to its smallest towns, have accepted an offer from a Massachusetts furniture company to provide facemasks to protect poll workers from exposure to COVID-19 during the upcoming election. AIS, a Leominster-based manufacture of office furniture, announced on Tuesday that it is working with the Secretary of the Commonwealth’s office to supply protective face masks to poll workers across the state.

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    3. Former Belcher School in Chicopee to be converted to 25 apartments

      Former Belcher School in Chicopee to be converted to 25 apartments

      The old Belcher School is expected to get a new use as a housing complex after sitting vacant for more than five years. The Valley Opportunity Council is acquiring the former elementary school, located at the corner of Southwick and East streets, and plans to convert it to about 25 new apartments, 22 of which will be set aside as affordable housing.

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    4. MBTA warns of 15-month delay for Springfield-built CRRC Orange Line cars

      MBTA warns of 15-month delay for Springfield-built CRRC Orange Line cars

      CRRC subway cars for the MBTA Orange Line and Red Line will be delayed by at least a year, T officials announced Monday. CRRC, which employs 177 union production workers at its sprawling plant in East Springfield, pinned blame for the delays on the coronavirus pandemic. Spokeswoman Lydia Rivera cited changes to technical specifications and workforce challenges.

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    5. Regal Cinemas to temporarily close 500 locations, including MGM Springfield and nine other Massachusetts theaters on Thursday

      Regal Cinemas to temporarily close 500 locations, including MGM Springfield and nine other Massachusetts theaters on Thursday

      The second largest movie theater chain in the country operates 10 theaters in Massachusetts ranging from the Regal MGM Springfield to the Regal Fenway. Two months ago, Regal Cinemas had begun reopening the theaters it closed on March 16 in the wake of the pandemic. But Hollywood has been cautious about releasing new films and audiences have not returned to cinemas in large numbers.

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    6. New 51-unit apartment complex to be built in Chicopee

      New 51-unit apartment complex to be built in Chicopee

      A 51-unit apartment complex is slated to be constructed across the former Uniroyal campus on an overgrown lot that has been vacant for at least 50 years. The two-building complex, located at the corner of Oak and West Main Streets, will have two three-story buildings with 42 apartments in one building and nine in the second. In total there will be 15 two-bedroom apartments, 21 one-bedroom units and 12 studios, Developer Craig Authier told City Councilors during zoning meetings.

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    7. Springfield seeks redevelopment of vacant Main Street apartment building

      Springfield seeks redevelopment of vacant Main Street apartment building

      The city is seeking developers to rehabilitate an apartment block in the North End that’s been vacant for over seven years. “The residential market has been stronger as of late, including multifamily, and we wanted to be sure we exhausted any redevelopment opportunities with the property given its historic nature before advancing other alternatives,” said Brian Connors, the city’s deputy director of economic development.

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    8. Holyoke Community College will be remote in Spring 2021

      Holyoke Community College will be remote in Spring 2021

      Holyoke Community College will continue to operate primarily remotely for the Spring 2021 semester, according to an internal memo sent this week. The College made a public announcement Friday. Holyoke Community College president Christina Royal said administrators expect that no more than 10% of the college’s course offerings will be offered in person.

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    9. Mapleline, other Western Massachusetts farms share $5.5 million in state grants

      Mapleline, other Western Massachusetts farms share $5.5 million in state grants

      Julia Coffey, owner of Mycoterra Farm, a mushroom grower in South Deerfield, started 2020 with 50 restaurant accounts and deals to provide farm-fresh fungi to Smith College, Mount Holyoke College and others. Then came the coronavirus pandemic and shutdowns of restaurants and college dining halls — kitchens that are only starting to reopen seven months later.

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    10. Hampden Papers of Holyoke to close after 140 years, sell assets to Kentucky firm

      Hampden Papers of Holyoke to close after 140 years, sell assets to Kentucky firm

      Citing lagging sales and the economic impact of COVID-19, Hampden Papers will close after 140 years. A Kentucky-based company will purchase the 100 Water St. company’s assets. Robert Fowler, Hampden Papers' CEO and president, will sell his shares to LLFlex. The deal was announced in a splashy YouTube presentation on Hampden Papers' website.

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    11. Eversource Energy expects state OK for Columbia Gas acquisition next week

      Eversource Energy expects state OK for Columbia Gas acquisition next week

      Eversource Energy expects to receive state approval next week for its $1.1 billion purchase of Columbia Gas' Massachusetts operations, which includes facilities in Springfield, Brockton and Lawrence. The deal will also make Eversource an energy utility monopoly in Springfield and other cities, controlling both electricity and gas.

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    12. Brewer-Young Mansion owners win historic preservation award for saving 135-year-old Longmeadow landmark

      Brewer-Young Mansion owners win historic preservation award for saving 135-year-old Longmeadow landmark

      The once derelict Brewer-Young Mansion and the team that brought the 135-year-old building back to life won the 2020 Paul & Niki Tsongas Award from Preservation Massachusetts. The statewide award recognizes the project, completed in 2019, for “demonstrating the highest level of commitment to historic preservation in the Commonwealth.”

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    13. Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion Charter School in Hadley to open as day care center during COVID-19 shutdown - masslive.com

      Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion Charter School in Hadley to open as day care center during COVID-19 shutdown - masslive.com

      The Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion Charter School plans to open its doors Monday as a supervised remote learning and day care site operated by the Hampshire Regional YMCA.  It will be at least the second such site in Western Massachusetts, following Interskate 91 South in Wilbraham. Since many school districts offer only remote learning due to the coronavirus pandemic, parents who continue to work are in the market for safe places to drop their children off during the day.

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    14. Chicopee to study contaminated land in Willimansett with first grant dedicated to that neighborhood

      Chicopee to study contaminated land in Willimansett with first grant dedicated to that neighborhood

      After years of focusing on industrial land cleanups in Chicopee Center, Chicopee Falls and near Westover Air Base, the Willimansett neighborhood is now getting some attention. The city recently received the first federal grant to identify and assess contaminated properties, also known as brownfields, for the neighborhood. Half of the $300,000 grant will be spent on creating a neighborhood brownfields plan and the remaining $150,000 will be used for assessing parcels that would be key for redevelopment, City Planner Lee Pouliot said.

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    15. Springfield electrical contractor M.L. Schmitt purchased by two employees

      Springfield electrical contractor M.L. Schmitt purchased by two employees

      The ownership of M. L. Schmitt Electric Inc. was recently transferred from Thomas Schmitt to new co-owners Peter Coppez and Jean Pierre Crevier. Coppez, of Southampton, joined M. L. Schmitt as an apprentice in 2000. He’s a graduate of Springfield Technical Community College, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 7 apprenticeship program and Wentworth Institute of Technology. He graduated this spring with a bachelor’s degree in project management.

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    16. Hearing set on pending sale of Mount Saint Vincent in Holyoke

      Hearing set on pending sale of Mount Saint Vincent in Holyoke

      The Massachusetts Department of Public Health will hold a public hearing Thursday, Oct. 1, at 6 p.m. for a change of ownership request for Mount Saint Vincent Care Center. The Connecticut-based iCare Health Network is seeking ownership of the 125-bed skilled nursing facility from Trinity Continuing Care Services, part of the Michigan-based Trinity Health, through a corporate entity, Holyoke Care Center, iCare created for that purpose. Trinity has been operating Mount Saint Vincent through a lease agreement with the Sisters of Providence Ministry Corporation.

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    17. Chicopee receives $526,000 more in federal money to help small businesses through coronavirus pandemic

      Chicopee receives $526,000 more in federal money to help small businesses through coronavirus pandemic

      Business owners struggling with a downturn in the economy and a myriad of restrictions because of the coronavirus pandemic will have another chance to get some help. The Community Development Department has received an additional $526,000 in federal assistance from the federal CARES Act. The money will be used to provide grants to small businesses to help them weather the economic crisis caused by the pandemic, Mayor John L. Vieau announced on Thursday.

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      Mentions: Chicopee
    18. Assumption University names liberal arts college in honor of Donald and Michele D’Amour

      Assumption University names liberal arts college in honor of Donald and Michele D’Amour

      Assumption University announced this week the naming of one of its schools as the D’Amour College of Liberal Arts and Sciences in honor of philanthropists Donald D’Amour and wife, Michele. In its mission statement, Assumption University, sponsored by a religious order, says its students “will benefit from 2,000 years of the Catholic intellectual tradition and explore the teachings of scientists, artists, writers and philosophers who have engaged in a search for truth across all time and all disciplines.”

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    19. Despite COVID-19, there’s room for a workplace like MassMutual’s Boston tower, CEO Roger Crandall says

      Despite COVID-19, there’s room for a workplace like MassMutual’s Boston tower, CEO Roger Crandall says

      Roger Crandall is optimistic that COVID-19 won’t stop MassMutual from opening its doors in Boston by next fall. The insurance company’s chief executive not only anticipates the swift delivery of a vaccine, but one that works. He expects employees will be able to work inside the new 17-story commercial tower in the Seaport District, spending their lunch breaks alongside joggers, tourists and other wanderers on the plaza that will face the Fan Pier Marina and Boston Harbor.

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