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    1. Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito announces $175K workforce grant for Dielectrics in Chicopee

      Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito announces $175K workforce grant for Dielectrics in Chicopee

      Medical device manufacturer Dielectrics is seeing its business grow thanks to new technologies and products — but it is having trouble hiring workers to keep up with demand. “Finding skilled people with experience is very difficult,” said Mario Godbout, senior director of manufacturing for the 300 Burnett Road business. “We are always hiring. We’ve taken the approach that we have to build from within and train our employees.”

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    2. Holyoke Planning Board OKs Lower Westfield Road distribution center, over traffic objections from neighbors - masslive.com

      Holyoke Planning Board OKs Lower Westfield Road distribution center, over traffic objections from neighbors - masslive.com

      The Planning Board approved plans by BL Companies, Inc. to open a distribution center at 161 Lower Westfield Road during a rare Friday night session to continue the hearing and site plan review.  Residential neighbors again voiced their opposition to the distribution center, which would see up to 700 vehicles a day entering and exiting the site and involve late-night and early-morning truck deliveries.

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    3. West Springfield, Holyoke, Westfield anticipate $2M from carbon credit program preserving forests, watershed

      West Springfield, Holyoke, Westfield anticipate $2M from carbon credit program preserving forests, watershed

      Trees covering 15,000 acres of watershed and parkland in West Springfield, Holyoke and Westfield stand to make more than $2 million for the three cities over the next 10 years. And all the trees must do is breathe. The Tri-City Carbon Sequestration Program converts those trees — and what they take in in carbon dioxide and give off in life-giving oxygen — into carbon credits that are then sold to developers looking to offset the impact of their projects.

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    4. River Valley Co-op exceeds $5 million financing goal for Easthampton store

      River Valley Co-op exceeds $5 million financing goal for Easthampton store

      River Valley Co-op said this week that members have loaned $5.2 million toward its new store in Easthampton. That exceeded the co-op’s goal of raising $5 million. The loans came form 300 members. Total development costs are projected to be about $17 million. The co-op expects more economic development financing from other sources, according to a news release. River Valley Co-op opened its first store at 330 North King St. in Northampton in 2008. It said it expects construction of the Easthampton store to begin this fall and for the store to be open in the fall of ...

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    5. Bradley International Airport looks for local vendors to add ‘sense of place’ to terminal

      Bradley International Airport looks for local vendors to add ‘sense of place’ to terminal

      Bradley International Airport wants to highlight local businesses and is looking for vendors who want to rent kiosks in a refurbished food court within the security checkpoints in Terminal A. The offer is good to local businesses across Bradley’s service territory in Connecticut and Western Massachusetts that sell specialty retail items or fully prepared, prepackaged food, according to a news release.

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    6. Work begins on Westfield Planet Fitness project; contracts go out to bid soon for Route 20 improvements

      Work begins on Westfield Planet Fitness project; contracts go out to bid soon for Route 20 improvements

      Construction has begun on a Planet Fitness, a nearly 18,000-square-foot commercial building, at 99 Springfield Road (Route 20) on Westfield’s busy commercial corridor. Owner Nabil Hannoush said the hope is to have the building completed in January. The existing Expert Fitness gym next door will be folded into the new Planet Fitness business and the memberships will be combined in the new facility.

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    7. FunZ Trampoline Park approved for Bon-Ton space in Westfield Shops

      FunZ Trampoline Park approved for Bon-Ton space in Westfield Shops

      FunZ Trampoline Park, part of a plan to help the Westfield Shops bounce back from the loss of key retail tenants, has its special use permit from the Westfield City Council. Jia Min “Johnny” Chen of Groton, Connecticut, said he has plans to build an indoor trampoline park with rope course, “ninja-warrior” obstacles and basketball and dodgeball courts in the 50,000-square-foot former Bon-Ton department store space in the East Main Street plaza.

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    8. Crepes Tea House of West Springfield prepares Southwick location; 9-year-old restaurant focuses on Eastern European fare

      Crepes Tea House of West Springfield prepares Southwick location; 9-year-old restaurant focuses on Eastern European fare

      Promising farm-fresh ingredients and Eastern European foods made in the authentic, old-country way, Crepes Tea House will open a Southwick location later this summer. Arturas Ribinskas, an owner, said Crepes has closed restaurants in the Enfield Square Mall and Holyoke Mall and will focus now on the location in West Springfield, at 261 Union St., and the new location at 157 Feeding Hills Road in Southwick.

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    9. Jazz concert series brings life back to shuttered CityStage while owner Springfield Parking Authority seeks long-term plan

      Jazz concert series brings life back to shuttered CityStage while owner Springfield Parking Authority seeks long-term plan

      CityStage, closed since December, will reopen with four jazz concerts from September to December while the Springfield Parking Authority, which owns the building, comes up with a long-term plan for the venue. “We don’t want the space to be dark,” Thomas D. Moore, interim executive director of the Springfield Parking Authority, said Tuesday.

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    10. Victor Bruno seeks to sell Adolfo’s Ristorante, Art-e’-Pizza in downtown Springfield

      Victor Bruno seeks to sell Adolfo’s Ristorante, Art-e’-Pizza in downtown Springfield

      Local businessman Victor Bruno, saying he wants to spend more time with his family, confirmed on Tuesday that he is planning to sell his downtown eateries Adolfo’s Ristorante and Art-e’-Pizza. Adolfo’s, 254 Worthington St., was listed for sale on Tuesday, but the listing is for the business, not the property. The business includes the equipment, furnishings, inventory and the liquor license, said broker Paul Gallagher of Gallagher Real Estate of Holyoke. The asking price is $775,000.

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    11. People in Business: Elms College Professor Receives $145,400 Grant from Google for Computer Science Education Project

      People in Business: Elms College Professor Receives $145,400 Grant from Google for Computer Science Education Project

      A professor at the College of Our Lady of the Elms has received a Google computer science research grant for $145,400 to lead research designed to broaden high school students’ participation in computer science and programming courses, especially among underrepresented populations in the field, such as women and minorities.

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    12. At forum in Amherst, state higher education chief to talk about challenges private colleges are facing

      At forum in Amherst, state higher education chief to talk about challenges private colleges are facing

      Massachusetts Commissioner of Higher Education Carlos E. Santiago will be in town later this month to explain how the state wants to monitor the financial health of private colleges to predict — and prevent — sudden closures that leave staffers out of work and students scrambling to finish their degrees. The meeting, one of several scheduled around the state over the summer, runs 1 to 4 p.m. on Friday, July 26, at Amherst Town Hall, 4 Boltwood Ave. The event is open to the public.

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    13. Chef Wayne Hooker opens Big Mamou Cajun on the Go outside Mardi Gras in downtown Springfield

      Chef Wayne Hooker opens Big Mamou Cajun on the Go outside Mardi Gras in downtown Springfield

      The aroma — the scent of meat slow cooking in a smoker, of Cajun spices, of cornbread — is Chef Wayne Hooker’s secret weapon. It filled the parking lot of the Mardi Gras, 350 Grill and Smokey Joe’s Cigar Lounge at 350 Worthington St. Tuesday for the soft opening of his Chef Wayne’s Big Mamou Cajun on the Go kiosk. The new venture opens Wednesday, and its regular hours will be 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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    14. David Starr, longtime publisher of The Republican and longest-serving executive in Advance Publications newspaper group, dies at 96 - masslive.com

      David Starr, longtime publisher of The Republican and longest-serving executive in Advance Publications newspaper group, dies at 96 - masslive.com

      David Starr, a nationally known editor and publisher and the longest-serving news executive in the Advance Publications Inc. newspaper group, has died. He was 96.  Starr, the youngest of eight children of immigrants from Poland, was the longtime publisher and then president of The Republican.

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    15. Springfield’s CRRC, Philadelphia transit system agree to delay delivery of commuter rail cars

      Springfield’s CRRC, Philadelphia transit system agree to delay delivery of commuter rail cars

      CRRC MA and the Philadelphia area’s transit system have agreed to a six-month extension on the delivery deadline for 45 Springfield-built double-decker commuter rail cars, in part so welds on the car shells can be checked out. The delay became public at a meeting of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority board last week.

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    16. Amherst developer proposes 62-unit apartment complex

      Amherst developer proposes 62-unit apartment complex

      The Planning Board will hold a public hearing on July 24 on a proposal to build a 62-unit apartment complex at 133-143 South East St. In a letter to Amherst Town Council, Town Manager Paul Bockelman wrote that the property owners applied to the board for site plan approval. “The proposal calls for 62 apartments, 68 parking spaces, and some retail space on the ground floor. There would need to be some improvements to town right-of-way, which will need to be reviewed and approved by Town Council,” Bockelman wrote to the Council on June 30.

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    17. ‘Bullish on downtown Springfield’: Gov. Charlie Baker, U.S. Rep. Richard Neal, hail Paramount Theater and Massasoit House Hotel project

      ‘Bullish on downtown Springfield’: Gov. Charlie Baker, U.S. Rep. Richard Neal, hail Paramount Theater and Massasoit House Hotel project

      The New England Farm Workers Council ceremonially broke ground Monday on the long-planned but oft-delayed $38-million rehab of the Paramount Theater and Massasoit House Hotel. “It’s a great day,” said Heriberto Flores president of the New England Farm Workers Council and developer of the historic building. “A lot of things had to come together for us to get here.”

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    18. Kimberly Robinson, head of Nevada planning agency, named Pioneer Valley Planning Commission executive director

      Kimberly Robinson, head of Nevada planning agency, named Pioneer Valley Planning Commission executive director

      The leader of a regional planning agency in Reno, Nevada will be the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission’s next executive director. The Springfield agency’s board of commissioners, who represent 43 member communities in Western Massachusetts, voted Thursday night to offer the position to Kimberly H. Robinson. Wayne Feiden, Northampton’s planning director, was the other finalist.

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    19. Westfield Friendly’s near Massachusetts Turnpike exit expected to close; Pride restarting plans for new station, store

      Westfield Friendly’s near Massachusetts Turnpike exit expected to close; Pride restarting plans for new station, store

      Friendly’s is expected to close its restaurant near the Massachusetts Turnpike exit after its lease expires in November, according to the owner of Pride, the Springfield-based convenience store and gas station chain that owns the property and much of the land around it.Anticipating that the property will be vacant, Pride CEO Robert Bolduc restarted talks with the Westfield Planning Board over the past 10 days. Bolduc has long planned to build a Pride store at the site, which is located on an access road named — for the moment at least — Friendly’s Way.

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    20. Red Lion Inn to manage Massasoit House Hotel as part of Paramount Theater renovation in downtown Springfield

      Red Lion Inn to manage Massasoit House Hotel as part of Paramount Theater renovation in downtown Springfield

      Main Street Hospitality — owners of the Red Lion Inn in Stockbridge, Hotel on North in Pittsfield and other rehabbed historic properties — will run the rehabbed Massasoit House Hotel as part of the $38 million rehab of the Massasoit Block and the Paramount Theater. The building, which dominates a Main Street block not far from the recently renovated Union Station, dates back to 1843 and itself grew when the railroad first came to Springfield.

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    21. MGM Springfield closes Starbucks, plans VIP lounge in space

      MGM Springfield closes Starbucks, plans VIP lounge in space

      MGM Springfield closed the Starbucks location in its hotel lobby Thursday to make way for a new VIP lounge. MGM workers who’d been assigned to the Starbucks now work elsewhere in the casino, said Saverio Mancini, director of communications for the $1 billion resort that opened less than 11 months ago. Options for casino visitors in need of a caffeine fix include the Gelato & Espresso in the South End Market food court, Mancini said.

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    22. Wahlburgers restaurant opening at MGM Springfield delayed

      Wahlburgers restaurant opening at MGM Springfield delayed

      The Massachusetts Gaming Commission on Thursday granted a one-year extension to MGM Springfield to open a Wahlburgers restaurant at its casino in the city’s South End. The commission voted 5-0 to set a new deadline of July 8, 2020, for the opening of Wahlburgers, but MGM officials say they anticipate an opening prior to that date. As recently as late March, MGM Springfield said it was hoping for a late 2019 or early 2020 opening.

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