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    1. State Rep. Tom Petrolati talks up Ludlow Mills as redevelopment efforts continue at 170-acre site

      State Rep. Tom Petrolati talks up Ludlow Mills as redevelopment efforts continue at 170-acre site

      State Rep. Thomas M. Petrolati has been a big supporter of the Ludlow Mills Preservation and Redevelopment project since its inception, which is why he's so pleased with the progress at the 170-acre State Street site bordering the Chicopee River. The Ludlow Democrat and state Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Jay Ash recently took an "informal site walk," said Petrolati, who's even more excited about the next phase of the project: the construction of Riverside Drive.

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    2. Western New England University, Duggan Academy in Springfield team up to help students

      Western New England University, Duggan Academy in Springfield team up to help students

      When John J. Duggan Academy senior Johnathan Letendre participated in an introduction to education internship at Western New England University, he was afraid he would not fit in with the older students. "At first I wasn't so sure that I would actually like it. I used to think these college kids are above me, they've gotten accepted to this school -- but after sitting through the classes and interacting with them, I realized they are just the same as me and I actually really enjoyed it," said Letendre, who participated in one of the many collaborations between Duggan and ...

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    3. Construction of East Longmeadow medical and dental office to be completed in April

      A $2.5 million construction project on East Longmeadow's North Main Street should be complete in April. Construction of the medical and dental office building, which will house Pediatric Services of Springfield and Ascent Dental Solutions, began June 5, said Richard LeBlanc of Keller Williams Realty, the property's listing agent.

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    4. Peter Pan Bus Lines moves to Springfield Union Station

      Peter Pan Bus Lines moves to Springfield Union Station

      Peter Pan Bus Lines will move its bus operations and ticket counter into the newly reopened Springfield Union Station Wednesday, Sept. 6. Schedules will run as normal, Peter Pan said in a news release. The long-expected move, which the Springfield-based bus carrier and the Springfield Redvelopment Authority announced in May, will begin to clear the way for the redevelopment of the station at 1776 Main St.

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    5. Three County Fair in Northampton celebrates 200th anniversary

      Three County Fair in Northampton celebrates 200th anniversary

      As the Three County Fair in Northampton kicked off its first day Friday, thousands of Pioneer Valley residents came out to enjoy the carnival rides, entertainment and hot food.   This isn't just any year for the fair, either.  2017 marks the 200th anniversary since the establishment of the Hampshire, Franklin and Hampden Agricultural Society, which has hosted the event since its inception in 1817.  This year's celebration--which is being called "Remembering the Past, Embracing the Future"--is built around the idea of celebrating the fair's two centuries as a favorite community event.

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    6. Greenfield Community College President Robert Pura to retire

      Greenfield Community College President Robert Pura to retire

      Greenfield Community College President Robert L. Pura has announced to faculty and staff that he will retire in June 2018 after more than 17 years at the college. Robert Cohn, president of GCC's Board of Trustees, praised Pura's work calling him a "great gift, not only to Greenfield Community College and Greenfield, but to the entire Massachusetts Community College system."

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    7. Health Connector adds employee choice to new small business insurance exchange

      Health Connector adds employee choice to new small business insurance exchange

      Springfield and Worcester-based health insurers were among the first companies to adopt a new state platform for selling health insurance to small businesses. The Massachusetts Health Connector recently updated its exchange for companies with fewer than 50 employees. Insurers will be required to participate, but only three are involved in the first stage of the launch: Health New England of Springfield, Fallon Community Health Plan in Worcester and Boston Medical Center Health Plan in Boston.

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    8. Seen@ The 7th annual Western Mass. Double Decker Dine tour | masslive.com

      Seen@ The 7th annual Western Mass. Double Decker Dine tour | masslive.com

      The 7th annual Double Decker Dine, sponsored by the Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau, featured six restaurants in and around the Springfield area on Wednesday night.  Participants were escorted to the restaurants in their choice of a conventional Peter Pan bus or the classic old-world style double decker.  The participating restaurants included, Uno Pizzeria & Grill at the Riverfront in Springfield, The Student Prince in Springfield, Lattitude in West Springfield, Murphy's Pub in Agawam, Storrowton Tavern in West Springfield, and the Luxe Burger in Springfield.

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    9. Goggins Real Estate to handle leasing of downtown Northampton properties owned by Eric Suher

      Goggins Real Estate to handle leasing of downtown Northampton properties owned by Eric Suher

      Goggins Real Estate will manage leasing for a number of commercial properties in the city's downtown area that are owned by Suher Properties.  Eric Suher, president of Suher Properties, announced the new business partnership in a statement Wednesday. Mayor David Narkewicz shared Suher's announcement over social media, calling it "positive news for downtown Northampton."  Patrick Goggins, owner of Goggins Real Estate, said he was looking forward to working with Suher, as well as to finding good tenants for the properties.

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    10. Southworth Paper closing leaves gap for Turners Falls, Agawam

      Southworth Paper closing leaves gap for Turners Falls, Agawam

      The closing Wednesday of Southworth Paper Co., eliminating 120 jobs, leaves a gap in Agawam and the Turners Falls section of Montague, where paper mills were major employers for generations. "It's sad what has happened to the high-quality paper industry in this country," said Richard Kuklewicz, chairman of the Montague Board of Selectmen. "I feel badly for the people who worked there," he said. "To see the decline of the paper industry in Turners Falls is very difficult." In recent years company officials have said demand for paper was soft across the economy. David Southworth of Springfield said Wednesday ...

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    11. Don't have time, money to earn a degree? University Without Walls can help with that

      Don't have time, money to earn a degree? University Without Walls can help with that

      There are many reasons why people put off getting a bachelor's degree, and Jose Delgado, a pre-admissions adviser and recruitment coordinator for the University Without Walls, has heard them all. "Some people are afraid they are too old, others have full-time jobs and a family to support. For many people it's a money issue, a time issue, or both," he said. University Without Walls (UWW) is a program of the University of Massachusetts Amherst that allows nontraditional students to earn a bachelor's degree online while earning credit for work and life experience.

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    12. Springfield Cultural Walking Tour Map available as a mobile app

      Springfield Cultural Walking Tour Map available as a mobile app

      A guide to the city's cultural attractions -- from the historic H.H. Richardson Courthouse to a new pop-up art gallery -- is now as close as your phone or mobile device. The Springfield Cultural District announced Tuesday that its Cultural Walking Tour Map is now available as a free app for devices running either Google's Android or Apple's iOS. The map, created last summer, was previously only available as a paper handout or as a download from the website. It will still be available in those formats, and as a video map at springfieldculture.org.

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    13. People In Business: Tricia Canavan of the Springfield Regional Chamber

      People In Business: Tricia Canavan of the Springfield Regional Chamber

      The board of directors of the Springfield Regional Chamber (SRC) has elected its officers to lead the organization: Tricia Canavan as chair, Mark A. French as vice chair, Barbara-Jean Deloria, as treasurer and David A. Parke, Esq. as secretary. Canavan is president of United Personnel. She most recently served as its vice chair. A member of the boards of directors of the Affiliated Chambers of Commerce of Greater Springfield and the Springfield Chamber of Commerce prior to its merger, she most recently served as the vice chair of the SRC board of directors. Canavan lends her leadership to other boards ...

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    14. Springfield-based Peter Pan Bus Lines to end partnership with Greyhound | masslive.com

      Springfield-based Peter Pan Bus Lines to end partnership with Greyhound | masslive.com

      Peter Pan Bus Lines will end its partnership with Greyhound next month after nearly 19 years.  The two bus lines have sold co-branded tickets on either carrier throughout the northeast. The two companies have also coordinated routes and schedules since October of 1998.  The partnership ends Sept. 27, according to an announcement on the Peter Pan website. The move will allow Peter Pan to offer paperless boarding on all its routes, more express service and to be on-time more often, according to the company.

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    15. Longmeadow-based Bay Path University to open campus in eastern Mass. | masslive.com

      Longmeadow-based Bay Path University to open campus in eastern Mass. | masslive.com

      A Longmeadow-based university will begin offering graduate programs in Concord this fall.  The new on-ground location of Bay Path University in Concord will make available to students this fall graduate programs in education and psychology, a statement from Bay Path University said.  'Our new location in Concord extends our commitment to delivering programs that matter to workforce development and impact the lives of others to prospective students and practitioners,' Bay Path University President Dr. Carol A. Leary said in a statement. 'We are excited to bring over a century of experience in higher education to our Concord campus and share ...

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    16. CRRC rail car factory in Springfield gets certificate of occupancy

      CRRC rail car factory in Springfield gets certificate of occupancy

      Rail car manufacturer CRRC has received a certificate of occupancy for its 204,000-square-foot factory on Page Boulevard, the company said Monday in a press release. That certificate, which means the structure complies with building codes, was issued June 30, 45 days ahead of schedule.  CRRC is building a 204,000-square-foot, $95 million factory at the old Westinghouse site in East Springfield. Workers are expected to start building subway cars in the factory in early 2018.

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    17. Springfield on the rise: What's new in the downtown Transformative Development Initiative District?

      Springfield on the rise: What's new in the downtown Transformative Development Initiative District?

      From cafes to office tenants, MassDevelopment had a lot to show off on a tour this week of its Transformative Development Initiative District in downtown Springfield. Begun in 2014, the TDI program aims to focus economic development efforts in just a few downtown blocks of Massachusetts’ Gateway Cities.

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    18. Great Harvest Bread Co. to open in Longmeadow Shops | masslive.com

      Great Harvest Bread Co. to open in Longmeadow Shops | masslive.com

      Friday will mark the dawn of a holistic approach to sandwiches in the Longmeadow Shops, with the grand opening of Great Harvest Bread Co.  Longmeadow couple Jacqueline and Robert White co-own the franchise, at 714 Bliss Road, the former location of Shoenique.  The chain is committed to fresh ingredients, baking bread from scratch each day, Jacqueline White said. Wheat is shipped in from Montana each week. Bakers, who clock in at 3 a.m., stone grind the grains to bake the bread, which is used that day or donated.

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    19. Springfield's UMass Medical School Baystate campus welcomes first students

      Springfield's UMass Medical School Baystate campus welcomes first students

      When city native Kevin White was a kid, he told people he wanted to go to medical school. Now, he is -- and he's doing it here in his hometown, as part of the first class at the new Baystate campus of the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Out of 22 members of this first-ever class of aspiring physicians, four are from Springfield or nearby communities. "It's something close to my heart. I was born in Baystate," said White, 22, referring to Baystate Medical Center. "I learned everything I needed to know in Springfield." And Springfield is where he ...

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    20. 'Walk right in': MassDevelopment offers tour of Springfield Transformative Development Initiative district

      'Walk right in': MassDevelopment offers tour of Springfield Transformative Development Initiative district

      DevelopSpringfield, a public-private partnership charged with fostering economic growth in the city, has money available to cover half the rent for a qualifying new business, up to $500 a month, while the new enterprise gets established downtown. Minkarah said application details will be available soon. The program is funded by a grant from MassDevelopment, the state's finance and development agency.

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    21. FutureWorks schedules Mini Healthcare Job Fair

      FutureWorks schedules Mini Healthcare Job Fair

      Looking for employment in the healthcare industry? FutureWorks Career Center is holding a Mini Healthcare Job Fair Aug. 30, from 2 to 4 p.m., with a number of area employers and recruiters expected to attend, including Baystate Health, Cooley Dickinson Hospital and J. Morrissey - Health Care Services Group, as well as Allied Health. Job openings are said to include those for registered nurses, home health aides, and certified nursing assistants, as well as physical therapist assistant, medical assistant and food service aide.

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    22. Community Foundation presents grants to Pioneer Valley nonprofits

      Community Foundation presents grants to Pioneer Valley nonprofits

      The Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts this month gave a total of $768,500 in grant funding to area nonprofits, including $513,100 to organizations in Hampden County. Grants went to 45 projects in the Pioneer Valley, the foundation said. "The grant awards range from $2,500-$25,000 and address community needs in the areas of arts and culture, education, the environment, health, housing, economic development, and human services for residents of Hampden, Hampshire and Franklin counties," a statement from the foundation said. "Grants support existing programs and new programs that promote the mission of a local nonprofit."

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    23. European company hopes to build $80 million plant in Western Massachusetts, bringing new trash-to-energy technology to US

      European company hopes to build $80 million plant in Western Massachusetts, bringing new trash-to-energy technology to US

      A Danish energy company is hoping to bring a new and innovative technology to turn trash into renewable energy to the United States by building an $80 million waste management plant in Western Massachusetts. DONG Energy REnescience is considering six sites in the region, with five of those in Chicopee, to locate its new trash-to-energy plant. It is also considering locating a second plant in the eastern part of the state in the future, said R. Stephen Lynch, senior project manager for MSW Consultants, which is providing market research and analysis for DONG Energy REnescience.

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