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    1. Hofbrauhaus in West Springfield rebooting as 1105 Main with a 'smoke and game' menu

      Hofbrauhaus in West Springfield rebooting as 1105 Main with a 'smoke and game' menu

      It really was the final goodbye to the Hofbrauhaus back in April, but it was only auf Wiedersehen -- until we see each other again -- to chef and owner Joe Stevens. Husband and wife team Joe and Liz Stevens are transforming the closed German restaurant into a new concept -- 1105 Main, named after the building's address -- that'll have what he calls a smoke and game menu featuring  briskets, ribs, wings, venison, bison and boar. He plans to keep the price of an entree under $25. "Just a twist on whatever is around," Joe Stevens said.

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    2. Yellow Stonehouse Farm in Westfield offers organic vegetables, fruits, flowers and herbs

      Yellow Stonehouse Farm in Westfield offers organic vegetables, fruits, flowers and herbs

      When Connie Adams and John Keilch inherited a farm in 2005, the couple knew they wanted to make it work. The former dairy farm on Root Road in Westfield had been in Keilch's family since the 1930s, but Adams and Keilch were no dairy farmers. "We both worked in business," said Adams, "but I was a master gardener and we had an organic garden at home, so we decided to go for it." Today, Yellow Stonehouse Farm is the area's only community-supported agriculture (CSA) farm that is certified organic by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, a fact ...

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    3. Businesses aim to save $100M in health care costs by reducing emergency room visits

      Businesses aim to save $100M in health care costs by reducing emergency room visits

      A group of 20 business organizations are launching an effort to save $100 million in health care costs by 2020 by reducing avoidable emergency room visits by 20 percent. The businesses are still figuring out their exact strategies. The first step will focus primarily on raising awareness among employees about the resources available for them to get care outside of the emergency room.  "Our plan is to provide employers with a toolkit, which will include appropriate information communicated in plain English about the most appropriate sites for care, why that's important, and how it impacts premiums," said Eileen McAnneny ...

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    4. 'It's our oasis': Starbucks opens in plaza at Springfield's Monarch Place

      'It's our oasis': Starbucks opens in plaza at Springfield's Monarch Place

      The Monarch Place Starbucks is part of a revamped pedestrian plaza facing Main Street and Boland Way. Paul Marcelina, general manager at the Sheraton Springfield Monarch Place Hotel, said the restored fountain is back up and running and there is music playing at the outdoor seating area. "It's our oasis in the heart of downtown Springfield," he said.

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    5. Freight railroads' key role in moving the Western Mass economy

      Freight railroads' key role in moving the Western Mass economy

      When the Massachusetts Department of Transportation released a draft of its five-year state rail plan earlier this year, it faced concerns from transportation advocates and organizations based here in Western Massachusetts that the plan understates our region's economic growth potential. Accordingly, agencies like the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission voiced concerns that the plan doesn't fully reflect rail's impact on the region's economy or how additional rail system investments could help bolster job growth and economic competitiveness

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    6. Springfield Business Improvement District's architectural lighting program shines spotlight on best of downtown (photos)

      Springfield Business Improvement District's architectural lighting program shines spotlight on best of downtown (photos)

      The Springfield Business Improvement District's architectural lighting program is highlighting the best of downtown, and making the evenings a little brighter.  The program, in partnership with DevelopSpringfield, is designed to assist property owners located within the Springfield Business Improvement District. According to the BID, the three goals of the Architectural Lighting Program are:

      • To highlight historical architecture within Springfield's downtown metro area.
      • To provide a corridor of light for night time visitors to the downtown area.
      • To provide a level of comfort to visitors, increasing foot traffic and therefore economic growth.
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    7. Chicopee students receive job training in Westover Job Corps partnership

      Chicopee students receive job training in Westover Job Corps partnership

      In her senior year of high school, Nalaysha Dykes was pondering a career in nursing but she wasn't sure if working in the medical field was something she would like. Meanwhile, Gino Guiel is certain he wants to be a professional chef but wasn't sure how he would go about getting the training he needed. The two each got their answers while attending the Westover Job Corps under a new partnership between Chicopee Academy and the neighboring job training institution. Guiel was the first Chicopee Academy to sign up for the program when it began two years ago ...

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    8. Seen@ Paradise City Arts Festival at Three County Fairgrounds in Northampton

      Seen@ Paradise City Arts Festival at Three County Fairgrounds in Northampton

      When Alan Bennett was five years old, he caught a bluegill. As the story goes, he thought the fish was beautiful so he kept it in his pocket where his mother found it several days later when she did the laundry. Fast forward, many years later, to the Paradise City Arts Festival at the Three County Fairgrounds in Northampton on Sunday. There was Alan Bennett, with his wife Rosemary, standing in an ocean of fish - glazed ceramic fish of all colors and sizes; fresh water fish, ocean fish and reef fish.

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    9. Savage Arms in Westfield for sale in corporate restructuring

      Savage Arms in Westfield for sale in corporate restructuring

      Savage Arms is for sale as part of a corporate restructuring that'll see parent Vista Outdoor get out of gunmaking and focus on ammunition, hydration bottles and packs and outdoor cooking products. With 367 workers at its factory on Springdale Road, Savage is one of Westfield's largest private employers. Vista said it plans to complete its sale of Savage by the end of its 2020 fiscal year. Vista, based in Utah, has taken heat in recent months for its connections to the NRA and donations to politicians whop oppose gun control even in the wake of more school ...

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    10. MGM Springfield, PVTA: 'The Loop' bus service to connect city attractions, businesses

      MGM Springfield, PVTA: 'The Loop' bus service to connect city attractions, businesses

      MGM Springfield officials promised Friday that the casino's new free bus service, called "The Loop," will bring visitors to the doors of Springfield stalwarts like the Armory, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, the Springfield Museums and Union Station. The casino and the Pioneer Valley Transit Authority unveiled the service Friday to members of the Greater Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau in a presentation at the Springfield Armory National Historic Site.

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    11. Senate passes amendment approving Pittsfield-Springfield-Boston rail study

      Senate passes amendment approving Pittsfield-Springfield-Boston rail study

      The state Senate unanimously adopted an amendment on Thursday requiring the state Department of Transportation to conduct a study of high-speed rail between Boston and Springfield, this time with an extension to Pittsfield. "We owe it to all four counties to make sure the entire four-county region of Western Mass. is included in the analysis," said Sen. Eric Lesser, D-Longmeadow, who sponsored the amendment. The study would look at capital and operating costs, ridership levels, operational issues, environmental and economic impacts, and the availability of funding.

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    12. MGM Springfield reports continued success in diversity hiring

      MGM Springfield reports continued success in diversity hiring

      MGM Springfield, preparing to open its casino on Aug. 24, presented its latest quarterly report on Thursday, including statistics showing that it continues to exceed its goals for diversity hiring and contracting for the $960 million construction project. The report, for the three months ending March 31, was shared with the Massachusetts Gaming Commission during a meeting in Boston. Commission member Gayle Cameron praised the latest report, saying it continues past trends. "You are consistently good with your diversity numbers," Cameron said. "It's always encouraging to see."

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    13. Starbucks at Springfield's Monarch Place opens next week; will donate proceeds toward Forest Park zoo African cat exhibit

      Starbucks at Springfield's Monarch Place opens next week; will donate proceeds toward Forest Park zoo African cat exhibit

      The new Starbucks in Monarch Place opens at 6 a.m. on Wednesday, May 30, building owner Paul Picknelly said Thursday. Workers were training this week in the new downtown store at the corner of  Main Street and Boland Way. The coffee shop will donate all proceeds from its first week of business to The Zoo in Forest Park & Education Center. The money will go toward a new educational exhibit featuring two African cats, Picknelly said.

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    14. Plans to transform historic Northampton house into bed and breakfast to get review at Planning Board meeting

      Plans to transform historic Northampton house into bed and breakfast to get review at Planning Board meeting

      Plans for a new bed and breakfast in a historic section of Northampton will be considered by the city's planning board Thursday night, documents filed with the city show.  Deborah M. Henson, who lives at 83 Pomeroy Terrace, wants to convert sections of her single family home into a place where visitors can stay to enjoy the city.  The section of Northampton in which the house is located--Pomeroy Terrace--was just recently classified as a historic district and will be listed in the National Register of Historic Places, said Sarah LaValley, of the city's planning and sustainability office.

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    15. Suffolk Downs agrees to lease, refurbish Great Barrington track for live horse racing | masslive.com

      Suffolk Downs agrees to lease, refurbish Great Barrington track for live horse racing | masslive.com

      The company that operates horse racing and simulcasting at Suffolk Downs in East Boston has agreed to lease and refurbish the race track in Great Barrington.  Sterling Suffolk Racecourse LLC said Wednesday they will operate commercial races at the Great Barrington track while still operating simulcast wagering in East Boston.  The Great Barrington Fairgrounds are owned by Fairgrounds Realty LLC and Fair Grounds Community Redevelopment Project Inc. Racing at Great Barrington could start in 2019. Suffolk is seeking to potentially modify the track for longer races.

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    16. Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield shows off phase 1 of multi-million dollar renovations

      Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield shows off phase 1 of multi-million dollar renovations

      The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony Wednesday to celebrate the completion of Phase 1 in its multi-million-dollar renovation. Renovations and additions revealed included the Tip-Off Pavilion Lobby Presented by Mohegan Sun featuring images of iconic players and moments in the game, the impressive modern surround sound NIKE Theater, a donor recognition wall featuring an interactive kiosk, and the Coaches Circle exhibit which will pay tribute to Dr. James Naismith and celebrate current coaches who are following in his footsteps by emphasizing a commitment to positively impacting communities, players, peers, and society as a whole.

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    17. United Technologies plans to hire 35,000 and spend $75 billion with suppliers, possibly...

      United Technologies plans to hire 35,000 and spend $75 billion with suppliers, possibly...

      Aerospace and technology giant United Technologies Corp. said Wednesday it plans to hire 35,000 people -- including thousands in Connecticut -- and spend more than $15 billion on capital improvements and research and development over the next five years. UTC also announced plans to spend an additional $75 billion through local procurement of products and services, money that could include components from Springfield-area precision manufacturers. For example, UTC Aerospace in Windsor Locks has a network of subcontractors that includes Massachusetts companies like Ortiz Tool in Springfield. Among other products, UTC Aerospace makes heating controls for Orion, a spaceship that could one ...

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    18. City Council approves valet parking outside City Hall, MassLive building in downtown...

      City Council approves valet parking outside City Hall, MassLive building in downtown...

      The City Council approved a valet parking program this week that is intended to make parking more convenient for visitors to the MassLive tower building and City Hall at Court Square. The program is expected to begin July 2, based on City Hall Place, a street located between the two buildings. Councilors praised the program at a meeting Monday, and praised its sponsor, Evan Plotkin, president of NAI Plotkin. NAI Plotkin is a downtown property manager that includes the MassLive building at One Financial Plaza, 1350 Main St.

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    19. People in Business: Florence Bank hires Nikki Gleason, of Monson, to serve as Vice President/Branch Manager of new Springfield branch

      People in Business: Florence Bank hires Nikki Gleason, of Monson, to serve as Vice President/Branch Manager of new Springfield branch

      Florence Bank has hired Nikki Gleason, of Monson, to serve as vice president/branch manager of the bank's new Springfield location, slated to open this year. Gleason studied accounting at Springfield Technical Community College and completed the program at the New England School of Financial Studies at Babson College. She is a board member for Greater Springfield Habitat for Humanity as well as a fundraising committee member for Revitalize Community Development Corporation of Springfield. She will work in the bank's second Hampden County branch at 1444 Allen St., Springfield.

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    20. People in Business: Comcast announces appointment of Beverly Elliott as Vice President of Engineering for Western New England Region

      People in Business: Comcast announces appointment of Beverly Elliott as Vice President of Engineering for Western New England Region

      Comcast has announced the appointment of Beverly Elliott as Vice President of Engineering for the company's Western New England Region, which is headquartered in Berlin, Connecticut and includes more than 300 communities in Connecticut, Western Massachusetts, Western New Hampshire, Vermont and New York. In this role, Elliott oversees Comcast's network operations, including construction, product engineering and overall system integrity, as well as the reliability and resiliency of Comcast's converged, fiber-optic network. Recently, Elliott was responsible for the rollout of Comcast's new 1 Gigabit internet service which uses DOCSIS 3.1 technology to make it possible to ...

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    21. Hardwick's Big Picture Beef co-op growing sales of meat from grass-fed livestock to Big Y, River Valley Co-op

      Hardwick's Big Picture Beef co-op growing sales of meat from grass-fed livestock to Big Y, River Valley Co-op

      Ridge Shinn, 69, grew up milking cows and formed an agricultural company that began selling beef a year ago. The operation has expanded to include sales to the 70-store Big Y supermarket chain, which touts itself as a local grocer with stores throughout New England. The Big Y weekly flier this week features Big Picture Beef's hamburg on sale at $5.99 per pound, and includes a photo of Shinn on the front page. He is the CEO and founder of Hardwick-based Big Picture Beef, a consortium of about 50 Northeast farmers that eschews the feed-lot techniques that rely ...

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    22. Ad Club of Western Mass. to host 2018 Creative Awards Thursday in Holyoke

      Ad Club of Western Mass. to host 2018 Creative Awards Thursday in Holyoke

      The very best creative work in the Valley will be on display Thursday as the Advertising Club of Western Mass. hosts its 2018 Creative Awards. This year's awards show will be held at Gateway City Arts in Holyoke, MA and Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse will start the night. All creative work and submissions will be on display, including print, photography, videos and more.

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    23. United Bank to close 3 Western Mass. locations following purchase of 6 Webster Bank branches

      United Bank to close 3 Western Mass. locations following purchase of 6 Webster Bank branches

      United Bank will close three existing branches in West Springfield, the Indian Orchard section of Springfield and in East Longmeadow after buying nearby locations from Webster Bank of Waterbury, Connecticut.  United Bank, headquartered in Hartford, announced Tuesday that it has purchased six Webster Bank locations.

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    24. Howdy Awards honor 11 for hospitality excellence in Pioneer Valley

      Howdy Awards honor 11 for hospitality excellence in Pioneer Valley

      The Greater Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau honored 11 front-line hospitality workers for excellence Monday night at the 23rd annual Howdy Awards. The Howdys are meant to recognize the folks that make a visitor's stay in the Pioneer Valley special. Maybe it's the first person you see, like a desk clerk or a restaurant greeter. Or maybe its someone you never see, possibly because they are wearing a giant blue-and-yellow bird suit. Jim Syner, mascot for the Springfield Thunderbirds, was one of the 11 honorees Monday night, as was the St. Patrick's Committee of Holyoke, previously announced winner ...

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