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    1. SilverBrick buys former YMCA building in Springfield

      SilverBrick buys former YMCA building in Springfield

      The SilverBrick Group has purchased the former Springfield YMCA at 122 Chestnut St. for $4.8 million, according to documents filed at the Hampden Registry of Deeds Dec. 29. Aaron J. Papowitz, SiverBrick's founder and managing principal, confirmed the sale Monday but didn't go into detail about the company's plans for the building, which currently houses 99 apartments.

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    2. Westfield Community Preservation Committee considers $85,000 grant to Stanley Park

      Westfield Community Preservation Committee considers $85,000 grant to Stanley Park

      A grant request of $85,000 to help restore and repair the Colonial Village at Stanley Park was tabled by the Community Preservation Committee late last week. CPC members wanted more time to mull over changes to the grant requirements proposed by the Stanley Park board. The standard CPC agreement requires the grant recipient to make the project permanently public and give an access easement to the city. The Stanley Park board suggested making the easement good for 20 years and eliminating the word "permanent" from the agreement.

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    3. MGM Springfield opens administrative building at 95 State St.

      MGM Springfield opens administrative building at 95 State St.

      MGM Springfield has opened its administration offices at 95 State St., becoming the first occupied building of the $960 million casino project. The opening and use of the 11-story building is the first casino building to open on the site which follows approximately a year of renovations. The full casino is scheduled to open in September of 2018. "Moving onsite is a great way to kick off the year of our opening," MGM Springfield President Michael Mathis said Monday. ""We have a growing workforce and this office space better suits our ever-expanding needs as this momentous new year unfolds. This ...

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    4. CRRC to start production of MBTA cars in Springfield in 2018

      CRRC to start production of MBTA cars in Springfield in 2018

      Technicians at the Great Boston transit system's rail yard are test driving Springfield's future. The prototype Orange Line cars represent a step toward greater reliability and frequency of service for the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. What's more, the cars carry with them the hopes CRRC, the largest manufacturer of railroad rolling stock in the world, holds for expanding into the North American market. The prototype cars going through "dynamic" -- meaning moving -- testing this month at the MBTA's Wellington station in Medford were built by CRRC in China.

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    5. 2018 Hoophall Classic brings thousands - and millions - to Springfield, Convention & Visitors Bureau says

      2018 Hoophall Classic brings thousands - and millions - to Springfield, Convention & Visitors Bureau says

      College coaches from across the country converge on the birthplace of basketball every January to assess what several highly touted high school players could be worth to their programs. But before anyone even arrived at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame's 2018 Hoophall Classic, the value of the event itself was calculated by the Greater Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau. The Convention & Visitors Bureau says the 17th Hoophall Classic, scheduled Thursday through Monday, has an economic impact of $4.19 million for the city.

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    6. People in Business: Michael E. Tucker has been named a Class A Director of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston

      People in Business: Michael E. Tucker has been named a Class A Director of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston

      Michael E. Tucker has been named a Class A Director of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. Tucker is president, chief executive officer, and director of Greenfield Cooperative Bank and its parent company, Greenfield Bancorp MHC, a position he has held since 2003. A lawyer by training, Tucker began his career at the Springfield Institution for savings, where he later served as senior vice president and general counsel.

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    7. People in Business: Springfield College names Brooke Hallowell Dean of the School of Health Sciences and Rehabilitation Studies

      People in Business: Springfield College names Brooke Hallowell Dean of the School of Health Sciences and Rehabilitation Studies

      Springfield College announces that Brooke Hallowell, PhD, has been named Dean of the School of Health Sciences and rehabilitation studies, effective Jan. 2.  As dean, Hallowell, will collaborate with leadership of other divisions and units of Springfield College to participate in strategic planning and implementation activities that further the overall mission of the institution. She will oversee academic areas within her school including physical and occupational therapy, physician assistant, health science, emergency medical services management, communication disorders and rehabilitation counseling and disability studies. She will be responsible for assurance of quality of programming in line with student needs, institutional mission ...

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    8. Southworth sells Agawam plant for $1.9M; Turners Falls paper mill sold for $4M

      Southworth sells Agawam plant for $1.9M; Turners Falls paper mill sold for $4M

      Bankrupt Southworth Paper Co. is selling its Agawam plant for $1.88 million to investors from Adams. The city of Agawam has first claim on $140,000 it's owed by Southworth. Papers field this week in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Springfield detail the sale. Southworth needed court permission to transfer its assets after filing in September for federal bankruptcy protection. Southworth abruptly shut down its operations in August 2017, saying it could no longer get financing. The company, in business for 178 years, had 120 employees in Agawam, the Turners Falls section of Montague, and Seattle.

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    9. MGM Springfield continues to take shape with 2018 grand opening in sight (photos) | masslive.com

      MGM Springfield continues to take shape with 2018 grand opening in sight (photos) | masslive.com

      With a September 2018 opening coming fast, MGM Springfield officials are keeping their cards close when it comes to discussing details from inside the walls of the $960 million project.  But a walk around the 14.5 acre campus reveals a transformed section of downtown that has risen from a landscape left tattered by a 2011 tornado.  'I'm incredibly excited for 2018,' said MGM Springfield President Michael Mathis. 'We feel like this is Springfield's year to shine.'

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    10. Cambridge College, MGM Springfield launch hospitality training program

      Cambridge College, MGM Springfield launch hospitality training program

      Cambridge College's Tower Square campus is the first school in Massachusetts certified to offer classroom pre-apprenticeship training in hospitality under a program it designed with the help of MGM Springfield. Apprenticeships as a way of training people for careers make most people think of the construction trades -- for example plumbing, carpentry, steelworking -- said William McKinney, director of the division of labor standards for the state Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development.

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    11. UnitedBank opens new downtown Springfield branch at Monarch Place

      UnitedBank opens new downtown Springfield branch at Monarch Place

      Saying it wanted a presence in the heart of Springfield's financial district, United Bank opened its new branch Monday in the Monarch Place office and hotel tower at Main Street and Boland Way in Springfield. Monday was the first day of operations at the new branch office. The bank's former downtown Springfield office a few blocks away on State Street has already closed.

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    12. Springfield renews offer of federal grants to nonprofits doing building improvements

      Springfield renews offer of federal grants to nonprofits doing building improvements

      Mayor Domenic J. Sarno on Monday issued a "request for proposals" from nonprofits who might qualify for Round 3 grants of up to $25,000 for each successful organization under the federal Community Development Block Grant program. Funds must be used for rehab to the building for the purpose of preserving or expanding the existing service capacity. The city reserves the right to award more on a case by case basis.

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    13. Public meeting scheduled on potential new Westfield industrial park

      Public meeting scheduled on potential new Westfield industrial park

      An informational meeting on the potential development of 66 acres of land on Turnpike Industrial and Cabot roads is planned for Jan. 10. The public meeting will take place at 6 p.m. at the North Middle School auditorium. Westfield Advancement Officer Joe Mitchell said this is one of the required steps associated with pre-permitting the land as an industrial park under the Massachusetts Environmental Protection Agency (MEPA). "This is a friendly meeting to give information to anyone interested," Mitchell said. "It's just the start of the process."

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    14. Palmer touts electric vehicle charging stations near Mass. Pike

      Palmer touts electric vehicle charging stations near Mass. Pike

      Drivers of electric vehicles now have an oasis in Palmer. State officials joined municipal leaders Wednesday to unveil two electric vehicle charging stations in town that drivers may use free of charge. Officials say the stations fill a gap along the Massachusetts Turnpike and will encourage people to use zero-emissions vehicles. Meanwhile, town employees now are using electric vehicles for inspections and other town business. Palmer received state grants totaling $142,240 to buy the two Chevy Bolts as well as buy and install the two ChargePoint dual-head charging stations, said Planning Director Linda Leduc.

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    15. Solar cap puts drag on Massachusetts projects; alternative program in the works

      Solar cap puts drag on Massachusetts projects; alternative program in the works

      A cap on reimbursements is again stalling some solar energy projects in central and Western Massachusetts. It remains an open question whether a new incentive program for solar projects, which is expected to start this summer, will solve the problem. Gov. Charlie Baker's administration says it will, although solar industry representatives are skeptical. "We are continuing to be a national leader in solar energy and energy efficiency," said Mike Judge, director of the Renewable and Alternative Energy Division at the state Department of Energy Resources. "We're continuing to promote solar, at a lower cost than we have been."

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    16. Sears to close another Massachusetts store; see list of all 64 Kmart, 39 Sears stores included in 1st round of 2018 closings

      Sears to close another Massachusetts store; see list of all 64 Kmart, 39 Sears stores included in 1st round of 2018 closings

      This round of shutdowns once again spares Sears stores in the Eastfield Mall in Springfield and in the Holyoke Mall at Ingleside as well as Kmart locations on Route 5 in Holyoke and on Wilbraham Street (Route 20) in Palmer. Sears already announced in November its plans to shut down the Sears store in the Berkshire Mall in Lanesborough later this month. Sears isn't saying how many people will lose jobs in the closures. But workers will have the ability to apply for jobs at other Sears and Kmart locations.

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    17. Campaign underway to bring John Olver Design Building at UMass Amherst another honor

      Campaign underway to bring John Olver Design Building at UMass Amherst another honor

      University of Massachusetts architecture professor Max Page is leading the charge to bring The John Olver Design Building at UMass even more attention. In a Facebook post, Page is reporting that the building, named one of the best new buildings last year by the Wall Street Journal, has the chance for another honor. The building was of nearly 50 selected as a Building of the Week by American-Architects and now that website is conducting a poll to determine which those earns the Building of the Year designation.

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    18. MGM Springfield jobs: Casino Career Training Institute announces information, registration sessions

      MGM Springfield jobs: Casino Career Training Institute announces information, registration sessions

      Job seekers looking to get trained for table-game jobs at the new MGM Springfield casino are invited to attend a series of information sessions and Massachusetts Casino Career Training Institute registration dates over then next few months. The first session is set for Friday at the Quaboag Region Workforce Training and Community College Center, 79 Main St., Ware.

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    19. Eversource cuts planned Western Massachusetts electric rate increase, citing new federal tax law

      Eversource cuts planned Western Massachusetts electric rate increase, citing new federal tax law

      In Western Massachusetts, the former Western Massachusetts Electric Co. territory, Eversource said the tax cut works out to a savings of $8.3 million a year. State regulators in November authorized Eversource to increase the total amount it intends to raise from customers by 24.8 million a year. Eversource now plans an increase of only $16.5 million a year. In other parts of the state, the former NStar service territory, the savings is $47.6 million a year and the $35.4 million-a-year increase would change to a $12.2 million-a-year decrease.

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    20. Hampshire College goes green thanks to yellow sun: 100 percent of school's electricity now comes from solar power | masslive.com

      Hampshire College goes green thanks to yellow sun: 100 percent of school's electricity now comes from solar power | masslive.com

      Hampshire College is now powered by the sun.  One hundred percent of the campus electricity will now come from a 19-acre solar-energy system approved by Eversource late last month.  Half the system at Hampshire had been operating since June.  At Hampshire, the 15,000 photovoltaic-panel arrays on two fields have a capacity of 4.7 DC megawatts -- which means 3,000 metric tons of greenhouse-gas emissions will be eliminated a year. That is equivalent to taking almost 650 cars off the road, and enough to power about 530 homes, the college said.

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    21. Having placed more than 1,300 people with jobs, Snapchef expands to offer free culinary job training in Worcester

      Having placed more than 1,300 people with jobs, Snapchef expands to offer free culinary job training in Worcester

      The culinary industry staffing company Snapchef is expanding its operations in Worcester, with plans to open a full-scale commercial kitchen to support its training operations. The new space, adjacent to Snapchef's current offices on Southbridge Street, will give local residents access to a free 10-week training program with potential job placements across the region, Snapchef CEO Todd Snopkowski said.

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    22. Frank Mantero of Baystate Health

      Frank Mantero of Baystate Health

      Frank Mantero, an accomplished communicator with over 20 years of experience as a strategic leader in marketing operations in global agency and corporate environments has been named vice president of Marketing & Communications for Baystate Health. In his new role, Mantero will oversee the marketing, public affairs, digital strategy, internal communications, creative services, and loyalty program departments at the Springfield-based health system, which includes hospitals in Springfield, Greenfield, Palmer, and Westfield, along with more than 100 medical practices at 85 locations throughout western Massachusetts.

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    23. Springfield Plaza owner sees new tenants in Kmart spot in '18

      Springfield Plaza owner sees new tenants in Kmart spot in '18

      An owner of Springfield Plaza expects to have one or more new tenants in the shopping center's former Kmart space sometime in 2018. But don't expect one big major retailer to take the entire 70,000-square-foot space occupied by the discount retailer until this fall. Charles Irving, a principal of Springfield Plaza co-owner Davenport Companies, said this week that retail has changed, and the demand now is for smaller spaces.

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    24. Blandford gets $1 million state grant to build broadband network with Westfield Gas & Electric

      Blandford gets $1 million state grant to build broadband network with Westfield Gas & Electric

      The administration of Gov. Charlie Baker on Friday awarded the town a $1 million Last Mile Infrastructure grant to design, engineer and construct a municipally owned broadband network. Blandford will partner with Westfield Gas and Electric to build a network that will bring high-speed internet to at least 96 percent of homes and businesses to the town. The Last Mile Infrastructure grant program has awarded more than $19.5 million to 22 towns, representing 13,000 homes and businesses, to support efforts to secure broadband connectivity in communities without commercial broadband options.

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