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    1. Hadley’s V-One Vodka partners with Patriots’ Ty Law and industry veteran Julious Grant as it plans expansion, ramps up production at distillery in Poland

      Hadley’s V-One Vodka partners with Patriots’ Ty Law and industry veteran Julious Grant as it plans expansion, ramps up production at distillery in Poland

      Patriots great and Pro Football Hall of Famer Ty Law as well as beverage industry veteran Julious Grant have joined V-One creator Paul W. Kozub as he plans growth for the local vodka brand. Law and Grant, the former chief commercial officer for US Beam Suntory, have taken an ownership stake in the company. "It's kind of a pinch-me moment where you can't believe where we started," Kozub said Tuesday after making the announcement.

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    2. Springfield Union Station gives pop-up restaurants a try as it works to fill vacant space

      Springfield Union Station gives pop-up restaurants a try as it works to fill vacant space

      Unfinished space in Springfield’s Union Station is more likely to rent if it’s further along the construction process and closer to being move-in ready, management says. As it searches for tenants, Union Station is letting pop-up food stands try out the transit hub in hopes that one might decide to locate there permanently.

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    3. White Hut deal complete; new owners Peter Picknelly, Andy Yee plan announcement Thursday on West Springfield restaurant

      White Hut deal complete; new owners Peter Picknelly, Andy Yee plan announcement Thursday on West Springfield restaurant

      Peter Picknelly, Andy Yee and their partners plan to make an announcement Thursday on the future of White Hut, the popular the Memorial Avenue restaurant that closed abruptly in February. The partners are the same team that saved the Student Prince Cafe and Fort restaurant in Springfield back in 2014.

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    4. Seen@ Greater Chicopee Chamber of Commerce 2020 Shining Stars Awards

      Seen@ Greater Chicopee Chamber of Commerce 2020 Shining Stars Awards

      The stars were aligned for the 35th anniversary Shining Stars Awards Gala at the Castle of Knights on Friday, March 6 with more than 250 in attendance. The award for Non-Profit of the Year went to Roca, executive director Chris Judd. The Volunteer of the Year honor was given to Youssef Fadel. Business of the Year honoree was Caolo and Bieniek, president /CEO Curtis Edgin. The Citizen of the Year was awarded to Ruth Willemain of Harmony House.

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      Mentions: Amherst Chicopee
    5. East-west rail, job training, sports betting: Springfield Chamber members peer into the future at Outlook 2020

      East-west rail, job training, sports betting: Springfield Chamber members peer into the future at Outlook 2020

      Almost as an afterthought as he ran over his allotted speaking time Friday, state Rep. Joseph Wagner said the Legislature will debate a sports betting bill this year. Wagner, D-Chicopee, assistant majority leader in the Massachusetts House of Representatives, was among the speakers at the Springfield Regional Chamber of Commerce Outlook 2020 lunch.

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    6. Seen@ ‘Driven by Community’ at Mercedes Benz of Springfield

      Seen@ ‘Driven by Community’ at Mercedes Benz of Springfield

      Mercedes of Benz of Springfield welcomed guests to the latest Arrive@5 event on Wednesday night. “Driven by Community” was a Multi-Chamber Passport Tour that brought together members of the Amherst Area Chamber, East of the River Chamber, Greater Northampton Chamber, West of the River Chamber, Young Professional Society of Greater Springfield, and Hampshire County Young Professionals.

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    7. MassMutual plans to expand parking lots, internal roads at Springfield headquarters

      MassMutual plans to expand parking lots, internal roads at Springfield headquarters

      MassMutual is asking the city for zoning changes so it can expand surface parking lots and the internal road system at its State Street headquarters. The insurance giant has asked the city to change the zoning from Residence B classification to Commercial P on properties it owns on Buchholz, Providence and Clarence streets, according to legal notices printed in The Republican as part of the zone change process. The side-street properties are all part of MassMutual’s 89-acre campus.

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    8. Big Y Express coming to Westfield by late summer

      Big Y Express coming to Westfield by late summer

      Demolition began this week to make way for a new Big Y Express convenience store at 330 East Main St. “It’s a more modernized look that were pretty excited about,” said Matt D’Amour, vice president of real estate and store development for Springfield-based Big Y Foods Inc. "We are enhancing the fresh and on-the-go offerings. People are more health conscious these days and looking for more than just a Snickers bar — and yet, they are in a rush.”

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    9. MassMutual’s Roger Crandall, Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito, Rep. Richard Neal headline Springfield Chamber luncheon

      MassMutual’s Roger Crandall, Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito, Rep. Richard Neal headline Springfield Chamber luncheon

      Roger Crandall, MassMutual’s chairman, president and CEO, will speak Friday at the Springfield Regional Chamber’s Outlook 2020 lunch. It’s an event also headlined by Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito, U.S. Rep. Richard Neal, D-Springfield, and state Rep. Joseph Wagner, D-Chicopee.

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    10. Hot Oven Cookies among new food options coming to Bradley International Airport

      Hot Oven Cookies among new food options coming to Bradley International Airport

      Hot Oven Cookies, the Holyoke-born startup that also recently reopened in downtown Springfield, is coming to Bradley international Airport later this month. It’s one of six new dining options, including two new small business kiosks and three refreshed shops, that Bradley plans to open in 2020, according to a news release issued Tuesday by the Connecticut Airport Authority.

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    11. Holyoke Medical Center proposes behavioral health hospital; says timing not related to closure of Providence Behavioral Health beds in Holyoke

      Holyoke Medical Center proposes behavioral health hospital; says timing not related to closure of Providence Behavioral Health beds in Holyoke

      Holyoke Medical Center announced Monday that it plans to build a 100-bed inpatient behavioral health hospital on its existing campus. The announcement follows last week’s news that Trinity Health Of New England, parent company of Mercy Medical Center and Providence Behavioral Health, plans to close 74 inpatient psychiatric beds at Providence Hospital in Holyoke as well as Providence’s outpatient methadone clinic in Springfield. Trinity cited a shortage of psychiatrists and the availability of other methadone clinics in Springfield.

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    12. Not a ‘nerd hovel’: Avalon Lounge & Game Café in downtown Holyoke aims to beat boredom, build community

      Not a ‘nerd hovel’: Avalon Lounge & Game Café in downtown Holyoke aims to beat boredom, build community

      A band of adventurers have set out on a quest. The prize they seek is for a sense of community that builds into a viable business. Their foes are boredom, isolation and the bland sameness of many nightspots and restaurants. To see the next chapter, you could roll a 20-sided die, draw another card ... or you could wait until March, when the crew at Avalon Lounge & Game Café hold their soft opening.

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    13. Gov. Charlie Baker on hand to open $43.5M Holyoke Community College Campus Center

      Gov. Charlie Baker on hand to open $43.5M Holyoke Community College Campus Center

      Gov. Charlie Baker recalled the last time be toured the Campus Center at Holyoke Community College and the way it was before a two-year, $43.5 million rehab he was called on to help celebrate with a ribbon cutting Friday. “This is breathtaking,” Baker said, according to a transcript of the event provided by the college. “The amount of light and open space it has now that it didn’t have before and the areas for collaborative thinking and engaging it didn’t have before is astonishing. It speaks to the way this campus can serve its students as well ...

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    14. Springfield creating casino impact district to spur development around MGM resort

      Springfield creating casino impact district to spur development around MGM resort

      Springfield’s chief development officer told officials this week that new zoning and special incentives are part of the city’s strategy for luring developers to vacant and blighted properties near the MGM Springfield casino. At this week’s meeting of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission, city Chief Development Officer Timothy Sheehan said the multi-phase effort includes creating a downtown casino impact district and bringing tenants to buildings along Main Street directly across from the casino.

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    15. Providence Behavioral Health will end inpatient services in Holyoke, close Mill Street methadone clinic in Springfield

      Providence Behavioral Health will end inpatient services in Holyoke, close Mill Street methadone clinic in Springfield

      Mercy Medical Center announced Friday that it will end inpatient psychiatric services at Providence Hospital as of June 30. Providence will also move services at its methadone clinic on Mill Street in Springfield to a methadone clinic in Holyoke, also by June 30. Mercy and its owners, Trinity Health Of New England, cited serious psychiatrist shortages that will prevent its future ability to provide safe, quality care.

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    16. ‘We’re getting a product from three miles away’; Hydroponic lettuce from Wellspring Harvest promoted at Western New England University, Springfield College, Elms

      ‘We’re getting a product from three miles away’; Hydroponic lettuce from Wellspring Harvest promoted at Western New England University, Springfield College, Elms

      It’s all well and good that the romaine lettuce in the chicken Caesar salads served Thursday at Western New England University was fresh, grown locally in the middle of winter, by workers who have a chance to become part owners of the hydroponic growing company.

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    17. $1.9M in federal grants aid job training for public housing residents across Massachusetts

      $1.9M in federal grants aid job training for public housing residents across Massachusetts

      Housing agencies across the state, including in Holyoke and Springfield, received a total of $1.9 million in grants Thursday from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to help residents access job training and other services.“This funding will help our local Massachusetts partners provide families with the educational and economic opportunities they need to build a more prosperous future for themselves and their children,” said David Tille, HUD New England regional administrator.

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    18. Eversource to buy Columbia Gas for $1.1B; expects to work with regulators and consumer groups over 30 days - masslive.com

      Eversource to buy Columbia Gas for $1.1B; expects to work with regulators and consumer groups over 30 days - masslive.com

      Eversource Energy announced Wednesday that it has reached an agreement to purchase the Massachusetts natural gas assets of Columbia Gas for $1.1 billion from NiSource.  The acquisition will bring Columbia Gas operations in Massachusetts under local ownership by the largest energy company in New England, Eversource said in a news release after the stock markets closed.  Eversource and NiSource expect to close the transaction by the end of the third quarter of this year.

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      Mentions: Springfield
    19. ‘These are pieces of people’s lives’: Artist James Kitchen, Tower Square owners unveil 11-foot-tall sculpture made of local relics

      ‘These are pieces of people’s lives’: Artist James Kitchen, Tower Square owners unveil 11-foot-tall sculpture made of local relics

      Look closely at “Tower Squares” — a new 11-foot-tall, 1,000-pound sculpture by Chesterfield artist James Kitchen — and you’ll see countless reminders of the city’s history of innovation and industry hidden among its stacked cubes. There’s a 1940s Indian motorcycle seat, pipe wrenches invented by Solymon Merrick here in 1835, a clip-on ice skate patented by Everett Barney in the 1800s, a basketball hoop, ice tongs, hammers, gears that turn, doorbells that ring, a crank that moves a boat propeller and faucets that look as though they could flow, but don’t.

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    20. Mass. Gaming Commission to meet with MGM Springfield for quarterly report, vote on Court Square housing

      Mass. Gaming Commission to meet with MGM Springfield for quarterly report, vote on Court Square housing

      The Mass. Gaming Commission will meet Thursday with MGM Springfield officials to review their quarterly report and vote on a Court Square housing project. The regular meeting begins at 10 a.m. at the MassMutual Center at 1277 Main St. It is open to the public. The commission will consider giving a formal vote of approval for MGM Springfield to invest $16 million toward renovations of the long-vacant building at 13-31 Elm St., at Court Square, planned for market rate housing and other uses.

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    21. Balise Automotive overhauls SUV damaged when couple chased Springfield child abduction suspect Miguel Rodriguez - masslive.com

      On Tuesday, about six weeks after the abduction, the couple’s vehicle was returned to them in a ceremony at Balise Collision Repair on Riverdale Street in West Springfield. The vehicle had sustained damage to the suspension, undercarriage, brakes, shocks, struts and other places, Napolitan said.

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    22. Basketball legends Julius ‘Dr. J’ Erving and Sheryl Swoopes watch as U.S. Mint strikes first commemorative coin for Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame - masslive.com

      Basketball legends Julius ‘Dr. J’ Erving and Sheryl Swoopes watch as U.S. Mint strikes first commemorative coin for Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame - masslive.com

      Julius Erving and fellow basketball hall-of-famer Sheryl Swoopes struck fear in the opposition on the court.  On Tuesday, they struck coins at the U.S. Mint in Philadelphia, unveiling a special commemorative coin expected to raise as much as $10 million for Springfield’s Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

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