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    1. Edward Jones aiming to recruit 100 new financial advisors at Agawam event

      Edward Jones aiming to recruit 100 new financial advisors at Agawam event

      Edward Jones, a financial services company, plans to hire up to 100 financial advisors throughout Western Massachusetts in 2017, and is hoping to meet the new prospective employees at an upcoming mixer in Agawam. As the firm continues to expand its business and grow its network of branch offices to serve individual investors throughout Western Mass, Edward Jones is hosting a recruiting event at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, March 8 at The Federal. Business attire is encouraged, according to the firm.

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      Mentions: Amherst
    2. Commercial roofing company bringing jobs to Ludlow

      Commercial roofing company bringing jobs to Ludlow

      Duro-Last Roofing Inc. recently signed a lease to operate a light manufacturing facility at 84 Westover Road, making Ludlow the company's sixth location in the U.S. "This plant here in Ludlow will service pretty much everything from Maine to Virginia. It's going to be a central hub," said Brian Regnier, Northeast sales director for the Saginaw, Michigan-based company, which makes commercial-grade roofing and related products. Duro-Last received its certificate of occupancy last month and will hold a "soft opening" April 3, according to Regnier, a Ludlow native who now lives in Agawam.

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    3. MGM Springfield President Mike Mathis: Company now focusing on market-rate housing at historic Court Square building

      MGM Springfield President Mike Mathis: Company now focusing on market-rate housing at historic Court Square building

      MGM Springfield's priority is to build market rate housing on Court Square at 31 Elm Street and redevelop the old School Department Headquarters at 195 State St. if it needs more housing than can be built at Court Square. Mike Mathis, president of MGM Springfield, outlined plans Thursday following his presentation to the Massachusetts Gaming Commission meeting at the MassMutual Center. The plan is a departure from MGM Springfield's previously announced plan to build the apartments at 195 State St., the former School Department building MGM Springfield bought from the city in 2016 for $600,000.

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    4. Silverbrick Lofts, renovated downtown Springfield apartment complex, nears full occupancy

      Silverbrick Lofts, renovated downtown Springfield apartment complex, nears full occupancy

      More than 250 of the 280 apartments at Silverbrick Lofts in downtown Springfield have been renovated, and once completed they do not go unoccupied for long. "We are showing them every day," said Karen Piemonte, assistant property manager at Silverbrick. "The renovated units are in great demand." The New York City-based Silverbrick Group bought the complex of four downtown buildings once known as Morgan Square Apartments in 2014 for $9 million from The Lone Star Fund of Dallas. Silverbrick then started a $6 million renovation. The company started with the apartments that were vacant and continued through the buildings as ...

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    5. The Big E picks up marketing awards | masslive.com

      The Big E picks up marketing awards | masslive.com

      The Eastern States Exposition received international recognition for its promotional work, taking home the Best Marketing Campaign award at the 2016 International Association of Fairs and Expositions Hall of Honor Communications Awards.  Staff at The Big E received a total of 12 communications and agriculture awards for their marketing efforts. Awards were presented at a ceremony held in Las Vegas in November.  'The 2016 Big E Marketing campaign, titled 'A Century of Greatness,' combined social and traditional media to achieve a successful 100th anniversary run with 1,418,042 in attendance,' a statement from The Big E says.

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    6. Return of Play-Doh part of long growth pattern for Hasbro, Cartamundi in East Longmeadow

      Return of Play-Doh part of long growth pattern for Hasbro, Cartamundi in East Longmeadow

      The 20 additional workers Cartamundi plans to hire at its East Longmeadow factory to make Play-Doh will push employment at the 1.2 million square-foot factory to 480. That number, which includes temporary help needed to meet the huge holiday season demand in the toy industry, represents 13.5 percent employment growth since Belgium-based Cartamundi bought the factory from Hasbro in 2015 for $19.4 million. The Cartamundi hiring website lists a number of open positions in East Longmeadow now.

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      Mentions: Hasbro, Inc.
    7. MGM Springfield's vendor fair draws over 200 companies looking to land a contract

      MGM Springfield's vendor fair draws over 200 companies looking to land a contract

      MGM Resorts International drew more than 200 potential vendors -- companies eager to provide everything from industrial warehousing to artisan furniture -- to a vendor fair Wednesday at the MassMutual Center downtown. At stake is tens of millions of dollars worth of contracts to outfit and equip the $950 million MGM Springfield resort and casino now under construction on a 14.5-acre site downtown, said Seth Stratton, vice president and general counsel for MGM Springfield. Wednesday's fair focused only on the things MGM will need in the lead up to the casino's opening. That opening is expected in the fall ...

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    8. Data shows good news for Springfield economy

      Data shows good news for Springfield economy

      Mark down Don Klepper-Smith as a believer in the Springfield economy. The economic advisor to Farmington Bank has been doing regional "economic scorecards for 10 years. Using the metrics of eight distinct categories, he says it's rare for any region to report that all eight indicators in any region are rising at the same time. That's what Klepper-Smith said he found in the December, 2016 report for Springfield. One statistics he cited was an unemployment rate of 3.4 percent, and he forecasts upcoming gains in local housing sales and median sales prices for single family homes.

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      Mentions: Springfield
    9. State agrees to release engineering money to towns for rural broadband

      State agrees to release engineering money to towns for rural broadband

      Massachusetts officials have agreed to release engineering and design grants directly to rural towns that plan to build "last mile" municipal broadband networks. Previously, the towns were bound to accept "professional services" provided internally by the Massachusetts Broadband Institute, a state agency. The policy, announced Monday, marks a radical shift for MBI and opens a range of options for dozens of small towns in Central and Western Massachusetts that have been struggling for years without high-speed residential internet. MBI unveiled the new policy at its Feb. 27 board meeting in Westborough, said Paul McMorrow, a spokesman for Gov. Charlie Baker ...

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    10. Dropout rate down more than 50 percent in Holyoke, Lawrence, Springfield in five-year...

      Dropout rate down more than 50 percent in Holyoke, Lawrence, Springfield in five-year...

      In a span of five years, three Massachusetts school districts saw drastic improvements in lowering their dropout rates.  During the 2015-2016 school year, the dropout rate in Springfield Public Schools was under 5 percent, a 57 percent decrease compared to the 2010-2011 rate, a school year when 791 students dropped out. In that same time frame, Holyoke Public Schools has seen more than a hundred additional students remain in school annually, a 54 percent reduction in dropouts.  Across the state, Lawrence has seen a 51 percent decrease in students dropping out of the city's four high schools.

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      Mentions: Springfield Holyoke
    11. Career center to help students with options opening at Dean Technical High School in Holyoke

      Career center to help students with options opening at Dean Technical High School in Holyoke

      In keeping with the mission to fine-tune the focus of high school, a career center will open at Dean Technical High School at 1045 Main St. on March 10. "The focus of the center is to provide career and job services to students, to help make connections for students between their academics and their future career options," Judy Taylor, spokeswoman for the Holyoke public schools, said Monday. The opening ceremony will be 10 to 11:30 a.m. at Dean, and the public is invited, she said. The career center at Dean will be a partnership with CareerPoint, a nonprofit ...

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      Mentions: Holyoke
    12. 20 new jobs coming as Hasbro starts making Play Doh at East Longmeadow Cartamundi factory | masslive.com

      20 new jobs coming as Hasbro starts making Play Doh at East Longmeadow Cartamundi factory | masslive.com

      Play-Doh will soon be manufactured at the Cartamundi plant in East Longmeadow, toymaker Hasbro told the Wall Street Journal.  Hasbro sold the East Longmeadow plant to Cartamundi in 2015, but the 1.2 million square foot plant still manufactures Hasbro board games like Sorry!, Clue, Life, Risk, Monopoly and and Candy Land under contract.

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      Mentions: Hasbro, Inc.
    13. Westfield, Sturbridge charter schools approved by state education board

      Westfield, Sturbridge charter schools approved by state education board

      The state board of Elementary and Secondary Education on Monday approved three new charter schools, two of which will open in western Massachusetts. The board voted to approve Hampden Charter School of Science in Westfield, and the Old Sturbridge Academy Charter Public School. Hampden Charter School of Science is scheduled to open in 2018 with an initial enrollment of 252 students from Agawam, Holyoke, Westfield and West Springfield. It will serve grades 6 through 9 at first, then expand to 588 students in grades 6 through 12.

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    14. Springfield City Council approves $4.5 million apartment renovation project in Old Hill

      Springfield City Council approves $4.5 million apartment renovation project in Old Hill

      The City Council approved a special permit Monday night for a $4.5 million renovation project that will allow a developer to reopen a vacant 26-unit apartment block at the corner of State and Oak streets in the Old Hill neighborhood. The renovations will target a building at 573 State St., and the owner is also planning to invest another $2 million in renovations to an adjacent, occupied 16-unit apartment building at 7 Lillian St. The council permit approval was just needed for the State Street building due to its vacancy. The vote was 10 to 1 in favor of ...

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    15. OMG expands in Agawam, ads heat treating and jobs | masslive.com

      OMG expands in Agawam, ads heat treating and jobs | masslive.com

      Look on the shelves at a hardware store or home center.  If it's a warehouse-type place, also look up at the commercial roof covering the store.  You'll see products from Agawam's OMG Inc. in both places.  The 36-year-old company, originally known as Olympic Manufacturing, makes screws, washer plates, vents, metal edges, adhesives and construction equipment for commercial flat roofs like those over factories and big box retailers. OMG also makes FastenMaster, a line of screws for residential decks that contractors can hide, giving the finished deck a better appearance. OMG sells FastenMaster at lumber yards and hardware ...

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    16. Families flock to WGBY Love for Learning fair in Springfield for day of education,...

      Families flock to WGBY Love for Learning fair in Springfield for day of education,...

      The WGBY Love for Learning PBS Kids Fan Fair drew families to the Basketball Hall of Fame on Saturday for a day of creativity and the chance to meet the authors and illustrators of some of their favorite books. Kids took photos with Curious George and other beloved PBS Kids characters, looked at ticks under microscopes, banged on bucket drums and found out what it takes to create a children's book. The free event ran from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. "PBS is committed to making people engaged, committed learners throughout their whole lives," said Marie Waechter ...

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    17. Developer of controversial Chicopee condo complex returns with new plans

      Developer of controversial Chicopee condo complex returns with new plans

      The third time may be the charm for an Agawam developer who wants to build a controversial condominium complex at the corner of McKinstry and Haus avenues. Sergey Savonin returned to the Planning Board this month with a third set of plans for the condominium complex that feature fewer dwellings than earlier proposals. He earlier withdrew plans approved at a June 16 meeting for a complex at the same property, telling members he was redesigning the project. "I love the plan and how it is laid out," Planning Board member Tom Reniewicz said of the new design. "This is a ...

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      Mentions: Chicopee Westfield
    18. Consul-General of Ireland Fionnuala Quinlan visits new Irish Cultural Center of New England

      Consul-General of Ireland Fionnuala Quinlan visits new Irish Cultural Center of New England

      Consul-General of Ireland Fionnuala Quinlan visited the new Irish Cultural Center of Western New England on Friday, joining Mayor Will Reichelt and other dignitaries for a tour of the renovated facility at 429 Morgan Road in West Springfield. "I wanted to see it in advance and recognize the great work they've done," said Quinlan, the Republic of Ireland's official representative to the New England states of Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont. The Irish Cultural Center, or ICC, is expected to officially open in March. But Quinlan joined Reichelt, former Mayor Ed Sullivan, state Sen. Jim ...

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    19. Macy's selling closed Eastfield Mall location in Springfield

      Macy's selling closed Eastfield Mall location in Springfield

      Macy's has put its former store in the Eastfield Mall up for sale, part of a nationwide effort by the beleaguered retailer to dump its closed or soon-to-be-closed stores. The Eastfield Mall space, once a suburban location of Springfield's beloved Steiger's Department Store, is owned by Macy's. That means it has separate ownership from the mall to which it is attached. A sales brochure posted on the real estate website LoopNet this week does not include an asking price. But the advertising piece, embedded below, does describe the store. It totals 127,000 square feet on ...

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    20. Norwegian Air to offer flights from Bradley to Scotland | masslive.com

      Norwegian Air to offer flights from Bradley to Scotland | masslive.com

      Low-cost airline Norwegian Air Express plans to offer flights from Bradley International Airport to Edinburgh, Scotland, with introductory fares as low as $65 one way.
      Norwegian Air is the second transatlantic carrier to expand to Bradley in the past year. In September, Aer Lingus started flying nonstop between Bradley and Dublin, returning European service to the Knowledge Corridor region of Massachusetts and Connecticut for the first time since Northwest scrapped its Amsterdam flights in 2008.

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    21. MassDevelopment readies Springfield's former Skyplex for new restaurants

      MassDevelopment readies Springfield's former Skyplex for new restaurants

      MassDevelopment is cleaning out and renovating the former Skyplex nightclub at 8-12 Stearns Square as it continues to look for a business, or businesses, to take over the space. "Let's get the building's bones in good shape so as we identify tenants we can begin to work with them on modifications for their use," said Zach Greene, senior vice president of asset management at MassDevelopment. "We have had a number of conversations with a lot of prospective tenants." Greene wouldn't comment specific prospective tenants.

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    22. Eversource gains approval for 23-acre solar farm on Montague Plains | masslive.com

      Eversource gains approval for 23-acre solar farm on Montague Plains | masslive.com

      Eversource Energy has gained local approval for a major solar farm on a set of parcels it owns on the Montague Plains.  The Montague Planning Board granted a special permit for the 6-megawatt project on Jan. 24. It will be the largest solar facility in Franklin County. The project includes more than 18,000 solar panels.  An Environmental Notification Form for the project was published by the Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act office on Feb. 22.

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    23. Texas-based Visionworks to open where Pizza Studio once was in Hadley

      Texas-based Visionworks to open where Pizza Studio once was in Hadley

      GNC, the vitamin supplement shop, has left the Hampshire Mall and opened across the street to become the new neighbor of Starbucks's at Hadley Corner. An eyeglass-eyecare shop, meanwhile, will open next to the vitamin shop where Pizza Studio once was. Construction workers putting finishing touches on several businesses at Hadley Corner The San Antonio, Texas-based Visionworks will open this spring, said Natick developer Eugene Crowley.  A construction crew was working there Wednesday morning and expected to finish work next month. According to the Visionworks website - the company, formerly Eye Care Centers, has 700 retail shops in 42 states.

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