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    1. Sneak peek inside new $19.9 million Live 155 complex on Pleasant Street in Northampton (photos, video)

      Sneak peek inside new $19.9 million Live 155 complex on Pleasant Street in Northampton (photos, video)

      Way Finders, the Springfield-based housing agency that used to be HAPHousing, aimed for a niche market when it built Live 155, its new apartment building at the former Northampton Lodging site at 155 Pleasant St. And they've apparently hit that target, said Peter Serafino, project manager for Way Finders. Tenants have already claimed the 47 affordable housing units at the 70-unit building, and applicants are lining up for the remaining 23 market-rate units. There was a lottery, he said, and new applicants for affordable units are going on the waiting list.

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    2. Batteries Plus Bulbs set to open in Springfield

      Batteries Plus Bulbs set to open in Springfield

      Batteries Plus Bulbs is in a retail strip center developed by Colvest. It's next to the Aldi discount supermarket at the corner of Boston and Pasco roads and adjacent to the Colvest building that houses MedExpress Urgent Care at 1312 Boston Road.  A Moe's Southwestern Grill will open at the retail center in April, said Frank Colaccino, CEO of Colvest, which has its headquarters in Springfield. There is a Sprint phone store in the shopping plaza, and Colaccino said there is more space available.

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    3. Runnymede Farm in Westhampton looks to future with new sugarhouse for Norris family: Viewpoint | masslive.com

      Runnymede Farm in Westhampton looks to future with new sugarhouse for Norris family: Viewpoint | masslive.com

      A week ago Saturday morning, Karl Norris tossed the icy layer of maple sap from the metal bucket into the snow on the front lawn of his home along South Road in Westhampton. The sun was fading in and out behind the clouds, and a brisk wind whipped across the field. It was a tad chilly, but the sap was running, flowing far faster than he expected.  His youngest son, 16-and-a-half-year-old Austin, bent to take a gulp of the clear liquid straight from the bucket, telling visitors you can taste just a hint of maple if you sample it fresh ...

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    4. Match Day at UMass brings Springfield women closer to careers as doctors | masslive.com

      Match Day at UMass brings Springfield women closer to careers as doctors | masslive.com

      It was back in Haiti, about a year before Michele Sainvil would immigrate to the United States. She didn't see the car hit her  grandmother but she saw the blood. As a little girl, all she knew was that people were screaming 'She didn't make it,' Sainvil said this week. When Sainvil was 8 her parents sent  her to the U.S. so she could get an education. Twenty-three years later, on 'Match Day' at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, she was one of  two Springfield women who learned where she will continue her medical education after ...

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    5. 'New Springfield: Now Arriving' focus of development talk

      'New Springfield: Now Arriving' focus of development talk

      SPRINGFIELD -- The city will update the public on its economic development efforts with a railroad themed PowerPoint presentation befitting Union Station, CTRail train service and CRRC MA's planned start on MBTA subway cars next month

      "The New Springfield: Now Arriving'" presentation is set for Tuesday, March 27, 4 to 6 p.m., at CityStage, One Columbus Center. The event is free and fee parking will be available in the Columbus Center Garage.

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    6. FutureWorks to host Six Flags recruiting event

      FutureWorks to host Six Flags recruiting event

      FutureWorks Career Center will hold a recruiting event for Six Flags New England on March 19, from 1 to 3 p.m. Interested individuals need to apply online in advance of the special event. Job positions featured at the amusement park company include ride operators, game team members, and food services staff. The Agawam location has said it plans to hire 3,000 employees for its season this year which begins April 7. It held on-site job fairs last month for applicants 16 years and older for positions paying minimum wage or higher.

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    7. MGM Springfield unveils further details of $960 million casino project, requests an extra year to develop housing at Elm Street property

      MGM Springfield unveils further details of $960 million casino project, requests an extra year to develop housing at Elm Street property

      MGM Springfield unveiled new details and some changes being proposed at its $960 million casino on Thursday, ranging from its plans for a free downtown shuttle bus system to a desire to have more table games and fewer slot machines to address millennial customer preference. The details were shared with the Massachusetts Gaming Commission at its meeting in Boston.

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    8. MGM Springfield reveals deal with Indian Motorcycles to open first apparel store at casino

      MGM Springfield reveals deal with Indian Motorcycles to open first apparel store at casino

      MGM Springfield revealed Thursday that the iconic Indian Motorcycle company, which was originally founded in Springfield, will open an apparel shop at the soon-to-open casino in the city's South End. MGM previously announced that its poker room will have an old-time car theme based around Springfield's early automotive history as home to the Duryea brothers and the American factory of Rolls-Royce. MGM Springfield plans to open its $960-million in September.

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    9. AIC gets MassDevelopment financing for health sciences building, dorm | masslive.com

      AIC gets MassDevelopment financing for health sciences building, dorm | masslive.com

      MassDevelopment has provided $10.5 million in tax-exempt bond financing for two construction projects at American International College, including a $7.5 million building for college's School of Health Sciences at 1020 State St. The bond will also finance $2.5 million for a residence hall at the corner of Acorn and Cortland streets near the college's athletic complex, said AIC spokeswoman Candy Lash. It provides $500,000 for furniture, equipment and the like for the health sciences building.

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    10. Ed Kubosiak Jr. promoted to Vice President of Content for MassLive

      Ed Kubosiak Jr. promoted to Vice President of Content for MassLive

      Ed Kubosiak Jr. has been named Vice President of Content for MassLive, company president Tim Kennedy announced today.  Kubosiak, who joined MassLive in 1998 as a sports producer, has served a variety of roles in the company and for the past 13 years has been editor-in-chief of the rapidly-growing digital news organization.  "Ed has been instrumental in driving the growth of MassLive to the point where today we are among the largest news sites in New England," Kennedy said. "Our successful expansion of pro sports in Boston and increasing presence and impact in the Worcester market are the result of ...

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    11. Springfield Crrc Ma honored, rail car production begins next month

      Springfield Crrc Ma honored, rail car production begins next month

      The new CRRC MA rail car manufacturing complex in East Springfield is the state's engineering accomplishment of the year, according to the American Council of Engineering Companies of Massachusetts. The group honored CRRC at its annual meeting Wednesday. That honor comes as CRRC nears the start of production. The Chinese-owned company will start building new cars for the MBTA Orange Line in April.

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    12. Work begins on expansion of Longmeadow Big Y supermarket

      Work begins on expansion of Longmeadow Big Y supermarket

      Contractors have started work in the former bagel shop, hardware store and barbershop adjacent to the Big Y supermarket at 802 Williams St. in this suburb's main shopping district. Work on converting that space into supermarket retail area will begin in earnest within weeks with completion expected within a few months, said Mathieu D'Amour, Big Y's vice president of real estate and development. The Springfield-based supermarket chain is in the midst of getting final approval for the project from the town, he said. Town Manger Stephen J. Crane said Tuesday that Longmeadow officials will meet this week ...

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    13. Springfield sells old Indian Orchard landfill, Chapman Valve parcel for reuse as solar...

      Springfield sells old Indian Orchard landfill, Chapman Valve parcel for reuse as solar...

      The City Council has approved the sale of two Indian Orchard properties -- a former landfill and part of the contaminated Chapman Valve site -- to two local developers who will convert the sites to solar farms, self-storage units, and a small orchard. At a meeting Monday night, the council voted unanimously to transfer a 22-acre property on Oak Street, formerly part of Chapman Valve, and a 16-acre property on Pinevale Street, formerly a landfill, to Roger Roberge II and Marc Murphy, for a total bid price of $15,000. Tom Matthews, project manager for the city's Office of Planning and ...

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    14. Gov. Charlie Baker optimistic on north-south rail, but not Springfield-to-Boston train...

      Gov. Charlie Baker optimistic on north-south rail, but not Springfield-to-Boston train...

      Expanding passenger rail service between New Haven and Springfield is looking good. But expanding service from Boston to Springfield is far less certain, Gov. Charlie Baker said in a meeting with editors and reporters from The Republican/MassLive.com on Friday. Baker said he has been having "very positive" conversations with Connecticut officials about running trains along the north-south corridor from New Haven to Springfield and then to Greenfield.

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    15. Keep Holyoke's economy on track with expanded passenger rail service (Guest viewpoint)

      Keep Holyoke's economy on track with expanded passenger rail service (Guest viewpoint)

      Think of the metro areas currently thriving in the 21st century economy. Can you name any that aren't connected to other major economic hubs by passenger rail? Probably not.  As the Greater Holyoke Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Committee, we are tasked with keeping our partners in government informed as they make decisions large and small that will impact the economic landscape of our community.

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    16. Connecticut River cleanup effort turns 25; environment secretary Matt Beaton to speak in...

      Connecticut River cleanup effort turns 25; environment secretary Matt Beaton to speak in...

      The Connecticut River Cleanup Committee is still hard at work, and on April 11, the group will celebrate "25 years of collaboration across local boundaries to protect our valley's most beloved waterway." Massachusetts energy and environment secretary Matthew Beaton will be the keynote speaker at the breakfast event, to be held at the Pioneer Valley Riverfront Club in Springfield. The Connecticut River flows through more than 400 miles through four New England states to Long Island Sound. The iconic river is now significantly cleaner than it was decades ago. 

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    17. Putnam Vocational-Technical Academy puts students on road to high-paying careers

      Putnam Vocational-Technical Academy puts students on road to high-paying careers

      Rafael Rivera, a sophomore at Roger L. Putnam Vocational Technical Academy, can see a clear path to a bright future from the seat of a virtual John Deere 310SL backhoe-bucket loader. Rivera, 16, is among 15 sophomores enrolled in the school's new construction and craft labor shop who can expect to land high-paying union jobs starting at $17.50 an hour in highway construction after graduation. The shop where they learn exists thanks to a $441,000 federal Pell grant that Putnam received to staff and outfit the 3,850-square-foot facility with the kind of equipment students will use ...

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    18. TechSpring redefining the future of health care in region and beyond

      TechSpring redefining the future of health care in region and beyond

      In the not-too-distant future, the delivery of quality health care could be as easy as reading a patient's palm. But the palm reader won't be tucked away in a carnival booth. Instead, the future of health care innovations will most likely come from TechSpring Health Technology Center, a digital nerve center backed by the resources of the $2.5 billion Baystate Health Systems. Currently, TechSpring is collaborating with private health care IT security company imprivata -- headquartered in the eastern part of the state -- to bring palm vein scanning technology used for positive identification of patients  to the medical ...

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    19. Bay Path University blazes trail to fit workplace, women's needs

      Bay Path University blazes trail to fit workplace, women's needs

      Started as a secretarial school more than a century ago, Bay Path University is now in the vanguard of efforts to speed up higher education's response time to the ever-changing workplace. Much of Bay Path's evolution from a four-year-college with three satellite campuses and total enrollment of 3,298 began in 1994 when Carol A. Leary became the institution's fifth president. "You can never rest," Leary said in a recent interview at the school's flagship campus in Longmeadow. "That's an important tenet we've always had."

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    20. Dietz & Co. Architects on ground floor of new Springfield

      Dietz & Co. Architects on ground floor of new Springfield

      It makes perfect sense that Dietz & Co. Architects - a firm specializing in historic restoration - would become the first tenant to sign a lease for office space in the $92 million renovation of the long-derelict and dilapidated building. Founded in 1985 by Kerry L Dietz, the firm has made a name for itself by taking old urban structures and redesigning them for 21st century use.  Over the years, the company's fortunes have mirrored downtown Springfield's revitalization progress. Now the largest architectural firm in the region with 26 employees, the company has left its distinctive mark on dozens of historic ...

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    21. Mass. Gov. Charlie Baker proposes $610 million economic development bill, including...

      Mass. Gov. Charlie Baker proposes $610 million economic development bill, including...

      Gov. Charlie Baker on Friday filed a $610 million economic development bill. The bill includes a potpourri of initiatives meant to encourage local economic development projects, help coastal communities, and incentivize business hiring. The bill would also create a permanent sales tax holiday in Massachusetts. "This bill seeks to grow the economy for all regions of the Commonwealth by providing support for small businesses, continuing the successful MassWorks program for Massachusetts' downtowns and main streets, and purchasing more equipment to expand and improve workforce skills training," Baker said in a statement.

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    22. Seen@ The 7 Chamber Networking by Night gala at Easthampton's unique Mill 180 indoor park

      Seen@ The 7 Chamber Networking by Night gala at Easthampton's unique Mill 180 indoor park

      More than 200 Chamber of Commerce members from across Western Massachusetts gathered at the Mill 180 Park for the Networking by Night social event on Thursday. The gathering was part of the Easthampton Chamber of Commerce get-together which featured raffle prizes, food, drinks, and exchanging business cards. Involved in the event were chamber groups including West of the River Chamber, the Chicopee Chamber, the Northampton Chamber, the Westfield Chamber, the Greater Springfield Chamber and the Holyoke Chamber. Sponsors included Applied Mortgage, CHH Engraving, Pioneer Landscaping, The Med Spa, Weld Management, and Mike Michon, Interland Real Estate, the owner of Mill ...

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    23. Westfield River Brewing expands event space, brings food in-house

      Westfield River Brewing expands event space, brings food in-house

      Westfield River Brewing Co. is evolving once again. From humble beginnings in a small building in Westfield to its current location in a refurbished barn at 707 College Highway, WRB has come a long way. The latest evolution is the expansion of its event space and the addition of food service. In the past, WRB offered food through vendors working in the WRB kitchen. For nearly two years, Skyline Trading Co., now located on Elm Street in Westfield, served up homemade sandwiches, soups and its signature pretzels. When Skyline needed more space and branched out, Grandaddy Frank's Barbecue took ...

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    24. Morgan Drewniany leaving Springfield Central Cultural District job to become West Springfield's community development administrator

      Morgan Drewniany leaving Springfield Central Cultural District job to become West Springfield's community development administrator

      Morgan Drewniany is leaving her position as executive director of the Springfield Central Cultural District to work for the Town of West Springfield. "She's coming over in April as our community development administrator," Mayor William C. Reichelt confirmed Thursday. "I think she'll be great," he said. "I met her through Leadership Pioneer Valley last year, as we were both in the same class. I'm very excited for her to start here."

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