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    1. Way Finders begins demolition of old Peter Pan Springfield Bus Terminal

      Way Finders begins demolition of old Peter Pan Springfield Bus Terminal

      Demolition workers began razing the former Peter Pan Bus Terminal on Monday, making way for a new 33,000-square-foot Way Finders housing center and corporate offices. Once open in early 2020, the housing center will allow Way Finders (formerly HAP Housing) to provide  housing assistance, financial literacy education, job search help, vocational education and first-time home buyer programs to more people. It expects to boost the number of families through its doors from about 20,000 a year now to 30,000 a year or more.

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    2. Westfield State's Urban Education Program celebrates 50 years

      Westfield State's Urban Education Program celebrates 50 years

      For the past 50 years, Westfield State University's Urban Education Program has enhanced lives. Its golden anniversary was celebrated Saturday night with a gathering of more than 200 alumnus and supporters at WSU. The Urban Education Program was founded in 1968 by former biology faculty member Gus Chrisanthopoulos to provide collegiate opportunities to first generation students, students of color, and students who were financially struggling. Chrisanthopoulos, a native of Greece, was a first-generation college student himself who said he wanted to make college accessible for others.

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    3. Springfield extends search for new management at Symphony Hall, while leaving CityStage...

      Springfield extends search for new management at Symphony Hall, while leaving CityStage...

      The city is asking the management company at Symphony Hall to continue services on a month-to-month basis after its contract expires Dec. 31, as a search continues for a new company. Springfield Performing Arts Development Corp. is being asked to stay on temporarily and there will be no gap in Symphony Hall operations, said Kevin Kennedy, the city's chief development officer. "They always indicated they would stay until a replacement was found," Kennedy said. "There will be no gap."

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    4. Southwick Select Board discusses fiber options with Whip City Fiber

      Southwick Select Board discusses fiber options with Whip City Fiber

      The Select Board discussed its fiber optic options this week with members of the Westfield Gas and Electric's Whip City Fiber division. Richard Carnall, WG&E senior IT fiber architect, offered an overview of what Whip City Fiber does and how it helps other towns. "There's a lot of municipalities looking to build their own fiber network," said Carnall. "It starts with the town becoming a municipal light plant. This gets you on the poles."

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      Mentions: Comcast Westfield
    5. Springfield's CRRC begins testing Orange Line cars for Boston's MBTA (photos, video)

      Springfield's CRRC begins testing Orange Line cars for Boston's MBTA (photos, video)

      Keep craning your neck as you zip along Interstate 291 past the mammoth CRRC MA Corp. plant. You'll probably see that subway car you've been waiting for. CRRC started running new subway cars -- Orange Line cars it's building for the MBTA -- on its 2,200-foot test track during the week of Nov. 13. Each new car costs $2.43 million.

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    6. MGM Springfield reports over $22 million in gross gaming revenue in October | masslive.com

      MGM Springfield reports over $22 million in gross gaming revenue in October | masslive.com

      MGM Springfield reported making more than $22 million in gross gaming revenue in October, down $4.7 million from the previous month which came on the heels of the Aug. 24 grand opening.  According to the Massachusetts Gaming Commission, MGM reported $22,242,742.41 in gross gaming revenues for October, which includes over $14 million from slot machines and more than $7 million from table games.

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      Mentions: Springfield MGM
    7. People in Business: Springfield Regional Chamber Taps Two Professionals to lead its legislative efforts

      People in Business: Springfield Regional Chamber Taps Two Professionals to lead its legislative efforts

      The Springfield Regional Chamber has tapped two local experienced professionals to lead its Legislative Steering Committee. Michael P. Kane, director of government affairs for Columbia Gas Massachusetts, has been elected chair and Hugh Barrett, assistant vice president for state government relations at MassMutual, has been elected vice chair. Both positions are for two-year terms.

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    8. People in Business: Colin M. D'Amour joins Big Y Grocery Sales Management Team

      People in Business: Colin M. D'Amour joins Big Y Grocery Sales Management Team

      Big Y Foods, Inc. has announced the appointment of Colin M. D'Amour as a corporate center store sales manager, focusing on all non-perishable grocery products for the 70 store supermarket chain. As a corporate center store sales manager, he is responsible for the financial, marketing and merchandising performance for over 2,000 different products including household cleaners, paper goods and baby needs. He reports to Jason Corriveau, director of center store.

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    9. Rewards program offered to Hartford Line train riders: Springfield deals include Thunderbirds, museums

      Rewards program offered to Hartford Line train riders: Springfield deals include Thunderbirds, museums

      The Connecticut Department of Transportation now offers a rider rewards program where consumers can get discounts at businesses and attractions by showing their tickets or passes or a downloadable coupon. That includes tickets for Hartford Line passenger trains from New Haven to Springfield. The program, called CTrides, is also open to riders on Shore Line East trains and on CTfasttrack buses in Connecticut.

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      Mentions: Springfield
    10. Ashfield signs $1.1 million contract to build fiber optic network

      Ashfield signs $1.1 million contract to build fiber optic network

      The Ashfield Select Board this month approved a $1.1 million contract with Infinigy Solutions, LLC to build a town-owned fiber-optic network. A six-month construction window could begin in April, according to the local Ashfield News. The town passed over a more expensive construction bid from Westfield Gas & Electric, whose Whip City Fiber division is building networks in many rural hilltowns. The municipal utility, however, did complete network design work for Ashfield, and will install the final "drops" to homes.

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      Mentions: Westfield
    11. Seen@ Indian Orchard Mills 2018 Fall Open Studios Art Show & Sale

      Seen@ Indian Orchard Mills 2018 Fall Open Studios Art Show & Sale

      Indian Orchard Mills, a community of artists and artisans in a sprawling mill by the Chicopee River, drew crowds to its 2018 Fall Open Studios Art Show & Sale on Saturday. Spread out over five floors of two buildings, the show, now in its 25th year, saw more than 50 artists open their studios to the public. Between 600 to 1,000 visitors were expected at the two-day event. "I think it's a great opportunity" for both artists and visitors, said artist Tara Hengeveld, who shares studio space with two other artists. Hengeveld, who works with watercolor paint, said she ...

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    12. Seen@ Grand opening of Marcotte Ford dealership featuring LugNutz Cafe in Holyoke

      Seen@ Grand opening of Marcotte Ford dealership featuring LugNutz Cafe in Holyoke

      Flashing lights, flashy cars and the elegant eats of The Log Cabin's team all provided the perfect accompaniment for Marcotte Ford's grand opening gala on Thursday, as crowds rolled into the Holyoke dealership.  Boasting a new concept of a dealership built around a restaurant, the LugNutz Cafe, the new $8.2 million facility aims to build upon the reputation the family has built in the community since 1962.

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      Mentions: Holyoke
    13. Hartford Line adds trains to Springfield Union Station

      Hartford Line adds trains to Springfield Union Station

      CTrail will have one additional Hartford Line train -- on weekends and on weekdays -- serving Springfield Union Station starting Monday, according to timetables released by the Connecticut Department of Transportation. The new train arrives in Springfield at 9:47 a.m., having left New Haven at 8:15 a.m. It departs Springfield at 10:40 a.m. and arrives in New Haven at 12:12 p.m.  On weekends, it arrives in Springfield at 10:58 a.m., having left New Haven at 9:25 a.m. It leaves Springfield at 11:30 a.m. and arrives in New Haven ...

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    14. Mercy Medical Center to host 'Sparkle! Springfield,' women's health event

      Mercy Medical Center to host 'Sparkle! Springfield,' women's health event

      Mercy Medical Center's Spirit of Women network, which provides educational opportunities for women to learn about their health, is gearing up to present "Sparkle! Springfield" on Wednesday night. "At Mercy Medical Center, we strive to be a valuable health resource to our community," said Mark Fulco, president of Mercy Medical Center and its affiliates.  "Sparkle! is the premiere event for Mercy's Spirit of Women network, where the emphasis is on women and their personal health and wellness."

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    15. Westover Air Reserve Base economic impact dips slightly | masslive.com

      Westover Air Reserve Base economic impact dips slightly | masslive.com

      The 439th Airlift Wing at Westover Air Reserve Base added nearly $194.5 million to the local economy in the 2018 budget year, the base said Tuesday.  That includes a payroll of nearly $120 million in 2018 and $13.1 million in construction funding.  What it doesn't include is the economic impact of the 2018 Great New England Air and Space Show, according to the release. The air show generates $11.6 million in local spending, according to a 2015 UMass study.

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    16. UMass Amherst agricultural school launches student run vineyard

      UMass Amherst agricultural school launches student run vineyard

      The University of Massachusetts Amherst has launched a new vineyard that will allow students to gain first hand experience in growing and maintaining wine and table grapes, according to a statement from the school.  It will be a part of the UMass Stockbridge School program, which is devoted to agricultural education.  Created for the purpose of giving students hands-on viticulture experience, the vineyard will be located at the UMass Agricultural Learning Center on the former Wysocki Farmin Amherst.

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    17. 'Have a seat': Pvta, Aarp unveil bus stop benches across Springfield

      'Have a seat': Pvta, Aarp unveil bus stop benches across Springfield

      With funding from an AARP grant meant to improve public spaces for those of all ages, city and Pioneer Valley Transit Authority officials cut the ribbon Wednesday on a dozen new bus stop benches scattered around Springfield. "So come over and have a seat," Mayor Domenic J. Sarno said by way of an invitation following a photo opportunity in Court Square.

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    18. People in Business: Berdie Thompson joins JA of Western Massachusetts

      People in Business: Berdie Thompson joins JA of Western Massachusetts

      Berdie Thompson recently joined the staff of Junior Achievement of Western Massachusetts as the Development Director. Before joining Junior Achievement of Western MA as development Director. Berdie served as the Charitable Gifts and Events Coordinator for Chicopee Savings Bank Foundation for 10 years. In addition, she has six years of fundraising experience and six years of office management in the non-profit sector and a solid track record of meeting and exceeding fundraising goals. She brings with her knowledge about fundraising from both sides of the table. Prior to her involvement in non-profits, Berdie was in the banking industry for fifteen ...

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    19. Environmental report on proposed Westfield industrial park finds no impact to aquifer

      Environmental report on proposed Westfield industrial park finds no impact to aquifer

       A draft environmental impact report says the proposed Westfield Turnpike Industrial Park is not detrimental to city water, a main concern of project opponents. The 265-page report states that the project "will not impact aquifers used for potable water, such as the Barnes Aquifer." In accordance with the Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act, the report provides additional information and analysis about the proposed project. An Environmental Notification Form was completed in the spring, followed by comments from the public that are addressed in the report.

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    20. Downtown Westfield looks to capitalize on rail trail

      Downtown Westfield looks to capitalize on rail trail

      Friends of the Columbia Greenway Rail Trail Chairman Joseph Giffune and Greater Westfield Chamber of Commerce Director Kate Phelon invited the Westfield City Council to join them in learning how other cities have capitalized on their downtown rail trails. "The Greater Westfield Chamber of Commerce is excited about being pro-active in learning and sharing any information with our downtown businesses and city leaders as to the economic impact our Columbia Greenway Rail Trail will have," Phelon said. "I think it is imperative for our businesses and the city to be proactive and not reactive to the number of users that ...

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    21. Greater Chicopee Chamber of Commerce to host first Holiday Bazaar

      Greater Chicopee Chamber of Commerce to host first Holiday Bazaar

      The Greater Chicopee Chamber of Commerce will host its first Holiday Bazaar Nov. 15 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Portuguese American Club, 149 Exchange St. Jessica Roncarati-Howe, chamber president, said the 325-member organization has traditionally done an auction and tasting as its fall benefit. It decided to do a bazaar this year as a new approach to raising funds for the educational programs and community events it hosts as well as bringing people into downtown.  "We have just started to promote ticket sales, but we have had a great response from vendors and for prizes to raffle ...

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