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    1. New Chicopee microbrewers hoping to open business in old brewery building

      New Chicopee microbrewers hoping to open business in old brewery building

      Two friends who make beer at home are now planning to open a brewery in a warehouse that was, well, an old brewery. Patrick Randall and Jeff Thibodeau, both of South Hadley, are working to open a microbrewery on North Chicopee Street, which would be the first of its kind in Chicopee since the historic Hampden Brewery closed in the 1970s. The two have perfected their beer recipes and brewing techniques in one of their homes and are now planning to open a brewery with tap room to be called Leadfoot Brewery. They have been searching for an appropriate building ...

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      Mentions: Chicopee
    2. Springfield seeks consultant to assist with redevelopment at Court Square

      Springfield seeks consultant to assist with redevelopment at Court Square

      The city is advertising for a consultant to assist plans for a major redevelopment of a long-vacant, historic block at Court Square in the downtown, planned for housing and retail uses. The city is scheduled Nov. 6 to open proposals from consultants for the task of providing project management and related services for the development of the six-story building at 31 Elm St., and adjacent properties in the urban renewal area. "For a project of this complexity, it makes an awful lot of sense to have a person manage and advance the project on a day-to-day basis," said Kevin Kennedy ...

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    3. MassLive Media and The Republican celebrate record audience and video growth with party in newspaper's press hall

      MassLive Media and The Republican celebrate record audience and video growth with party in newspaper's press hall

      George Arwady, publisher of The Republican, praised the cooperation between The Republican and MassLive and informed the crowd on the successes of the newspaper's commercial printing operation, which publishes six daily newspapers along with weeklies and other products which amount to 240 separate press runs each week.  In the third quarter of 2017, MassLive enjoyed three months in a row of more than 4 million unique visitors, including a record 4.7 million in August. Page views for the three-month period totaled 104,061,699 broken down by 31,735,277 in July, 35,031,208 in August and ...

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    4. People In Business: Dean Rohan of Tree House Brewing Co.

      People In Business: Dean Rohan of Tree House Brewing Co.

      Tree House Brewing Co. co-founder Dean Rohan was honored with the first-ever 2017 Alumni Impact Award, which recognizes the positive contributions and innovation made by Springfield Technical Community College alumni in their workplace and profession. STCC Trustee and alumnus Frank Quigley presented the award to Rohan at Tree House Brewing Co.'s new facility in Charlton, Mass., during the STCC Foundation's Brews & BBQ fundraiser on Oct. 22. "This is something that is so humbling, something I could never, ever have imagined," said Rohan, a 1997 graduate of the physical therapist assistant program.

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    5. $43 million latest estimate to renovate Victory Theatre in Holyoke

      $43 million latest estimate to renovate Victory Theatre in Holyoke

      The cost to renovate the dormant Victory Theatre has increased to $43 million and the latest re-opening target is Dec. 20, 2020, city councilors were told Monday at City Hall. "I did use the word 'patience,' but it does take patience and persistence. It's going to happen," said Donald T. Sanders, executive artistic director of the Massachusetts International Festival of the Arts Victory Theatre (MIFA), which owns the closed theater. The Victory Theatre at 81-89 Suffolk St. opened as a vaudeville stage in 1919 and closed as a movie theater in 1979.  MIFA bought the Victory Theatre from the ...

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    6. Laid off from Berkshire Industries? Local companies want to hire you -- here's how to find them.

      Laid off from Berkshire Industries? Local companies want to hire you -- here's how to find them.

      Eight local precision manufacturers say they are looking to hire workers like those who lost their jobs when Berkshire Industries in Westfield shut down last week without warning. But people in Westfield City Hall and at the Regional Employment Board of Hampden County Inc. don't know who all the 80 displaced workers are, and how those workers can be contacted.

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    7. Westfield AA bond rating upheld by Standard & Poors

      Westfield AA bond rating upheld by Standard & Poors

      Ratings service Standard & Poor's affirmed the City of Westfield's long-term "AA" bond rating recently, according to a news release issued Monday by Mayor Brian Sullivan. The "AA" rating is the third-highest rating in S&P's system of municipal bond ratings and indicates that the debtor has a very strong capacity to pay back any money it borrows. Having good credit means the city can get a good interest rate on borrowed funds, thereby saving it money.

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    8. 'A good deal and a good opportunity': Commercial building near MGM Springfield finally sells

      'A good deal and a good opportunity': Commercial building near MGM Springfield finally sells

      A commercial building on Main Street in the South End near the MGM Springfield casino sold at auction on Monday for $700,000 to a Longmeadow businessman. Paul Gelinas, of Longmeadow, submitted the high bid for the three-story brick building at 935-979 Main St., known as South Commons II. The building is at the corner of Main and William streets. "I'm very excited, very excited," Gelinas said shortly after the auction. "It's a good deal and a good opportunity." The mortgagee selling the property was listed as Lorenzo Bliss Realty Trust.

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    9. New details of MGM Springfield revealed on City2City tour

      New details of MGM Springfield revealed on City2City tour

      From candlepin lanes in the bowling center to local foods in the restaurants, Alex Dixon, general manager of MGM Springfield, shared some updates on a City2City Pioneer Valley tour of the casino property Monday. Dixon explained that he'd never heard about candlepins, a New England favorite unknown outside the region, but people asked for them, so he's working to include them in the facility's 10-lane bowling center. "If it's what your local community wants, it just doesn't make sense not to include those things," he said.

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    10. MGM Springfield to host employment workshop at Chicopee High School

      MGM Springfield to host employment workshop at Chicopee High School

      Anyone looking to land one of the 3,000 jobs MGM Resorts International officials are aiming to fill at the yet-to-open Springfield casino can learn more about the opportunities next week in Chicopee.  In cooperation with Chicopee High School, MGM Springfield officials will help interested would-be employees get an idea about what jobs the company will be offering, how to best prepare for an interview and overall job skills to help them stand out. The event is scheduled to take place at the high school on Monday, Nov. 6 from 6 to 8 p.m. To attend, community members must ...

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    11. With 150 employees, Berkshire Industries in Westfield abruptly closes

      With 150 employees, Berkshire Industries in Westfield abruptly closes

      Berkshire Industries, a precision parts manufacturer founded in 1956 that recently had 150 employees, closed abruptly this week. Employees at the 100,000-square-foot facility at 109 Apremont Way referred questions to Whitesell Industries, the company's Naples, Florida-based owner. Berkshire Industries was a contract manufacturer that specialized in components for the aerospace, semiconductor, and telecommunications industries. The real estate at 109 Apremont Way changed hands in 2015 from one Massachusetts-based entity called Berkshire Industries inc. to an identically named company based in Florida. The price was $1.1 million, according to city records and the Hampden Registry of Deeds.

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    12. Westover Air Reserve Base pumps $212M into economy, construction projects boost impact

      Westover Air Reserve Base pumps $212M into economy, construction projects boost impact

      Construction at Westover Air Reserve Base boosted its economic impact on the community by $15 million for the last fiscal year, but the overall budget still has not rebounded since a series of Department of Defense cuts that started in 2012. Westover poured $212 million into the community during the 2017 federal fiscal year, which runs from Oct. 1 through Sept. 30, a gain of $15 million from the previous year's $197.2 million.

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    13. Whistle Stop Cafe derailed at Springfield's Union Station, but Student Prince's Andy Yee, Peter Picknelly ready to step in

      Whistle Stop Cafe derailed at Springfield's Union Station, but Student Prince's Andy Yee, Peter Picknelly ready to step in

      The Springfield Redevelopment Authority, owner of Union Station, and the backers of the Whistle Stop Cafe were unable to come to terms, SRA Executive Director Christopher J. Moskal said. The Whistle Stop was planned as a 1,107-square-foot Italian-themed restaurant with craft beer and wine. The owner would have been Carlo Bonavita, whose son Sergio owns Westfield River Brewing in Southwick. Bonavita's cousin, John, owned The Tavern in Westfield. Moskal said the SRA is in talks with an entity to run a restaurant, but he couldn't identify the party until the deal is further along its way toward ...

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    14. Holyoke Community College to inaugurate Christina Royal as its first female president

      Holyoke Community College to inaugurate Christina Royal as its first female president

      Holyoke Community College will inaugurate its first woman president on Friday, November 3 at 10 a.m. in a ceremony in the school's Leslie Philips Theater.  Dr. Christina Royal will be formally installed as the school's fourth president in its 71-year history when Robert Gilbert, the chairman of the HCC Board of Trustees, presents her with the presidential medallion.

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    15. Gov. Charlie Baker, WinnDevelopment celebrate 'Residences at Mill 10' at Ludlow Mills

      Gov. Charlie Baker, WinnDevelopment celebrate 'Residences at Mill 10' at Ludlow Mills

      Gov. Charlie Baker and Rep. Thomas M. Petrolati, D-Ludlow, joined WinnDevelopment officials Thursday to celebrate the property development company's completion of the Residences at Mill 10, an almost $20 million transformation of a former mill building into 75 units of mixed-income, age-restricted housing at the sprawling Ludlow Mills complex.  "Kudos to everybody who was involved in the design and delivery," Baker said to the large crowd that squeezed into the community room of the former Mill 10 building, now officially known as the Residences at Mill 10.

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    16. Seen@ ERC5 Town Chamber's 2017 Oktoberfest | masslive.com

      Seen@ ERC5 Town Chamber's 2017 Oktoberfest | masslive.com

      The event was the ERC5 2017 Oktoberfest, hosted by the East of the River Five Town Chamber of Commerce as a celebration of fall.  Around 200 guests in attendance enjoyed tasty cold beers from local breweries and a German-themed feast from area restaurants. Also featured was a raffle.  The night served as a networking event for chamber members, with Ed Zemba, president of ERC5, urging guests to mingle with people from other businesses.

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    17. With SkillSmart, EDC of Western Massachusetts connects people, training, jobs (video)

      With SkillSmart, EDC of Western Massachusetts connects people, training, jobs (video)

      Baystate Health has 12,000 employees and makes about 1,400 new hires a year of folks from outside its system, said President and CEO Mark Keroack. And as the city's largest employer, Baystate's gotten used to creating its own pipelines, or dedicated training programs to fill its need for workers, Keroack said. That's changing with Springfield Works and SkillSmart, an online portal for job seekers that tells them what skills they need for the job they want. It also helps them identify the skills they have already -- either from school, the military or just from living ...

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    18. Public invited to ribbon cutting ceremony at new Springfield South End Community Center

      Public invited to ribbon cutting ceremony at new Springfield South End Community Center

      The public is invited to a ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday for the newly completed South End Community Center on Marble Street, occurring more than six years after the prior center was heavily damaged by the 2011 tornado. Local officials including Mayor Domenic J. Sarno and U.S. Rep. Richard Neal, D-Springfield, are expected to be among the attendees at the 11 a.m. indoor ceremony at the center at 99 Marble St. The community center was previously within the State Armory building on Howard Street in the South End. The property was later purchased by MGM Springfield to be part of ...

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    19. Chicopee Assisted Living project receives preliminary approval to be built on Facemate...

      Chicopee Assisted Living project receives preliminary approval to be built on Facemate...

      Developers passed one of the final hurdles to receiving a special permit to build an assisted living facility on former Facemate factory property, after months of meetings. The seven city councilors who are members of the Zoning Committee voted 7-0 to recommend the project receive the special permit contingent on some minor modifications be made to the plans to meet concerns of some city staff.

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    20. Baker-Polito administration awards $343,000 for 'collaborative workspaces' in Western Massachusetts

      Baker-Polito administration awards $343,000 for 'collaborative workspaces' in Western Massachusetts

      The Baker-Polito administration on Tuesday granted a total of $343,845 to seven organizations in Western Massachusetts to strengthen community-based innovation and entrepreneurship. "The Collaborative Workspace Program bolsters Massachusetts' innovation and creative economies by providing entrepreneurs with physical space, mentorship, training opportunities and investment capital," said state Housing and Economic Development Secretary Jay Ash, who shared the news at an event at Gateway City Arts in Holyoke.

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    21. Ludlow Mills project scores $3.5 million MassWorks grant for construction of 'Riverside Drive'

      Ludlow Mills project scores $3.5 million MassWorks grant for construction of 'Riverside Drive'

      Rep. Thomas M. Petrolati, D-Ludlow, was joined by state Housing and Economic Development Secretary Jay Ash at Ludlow Mills on Tuesday to announce a $3.5 million state grant for ongoing redevelopment at the 170-acre site, about a third of the way through a 15- to 20-year build-out. "His word is his bond, his handshake is his commitment," Petrolati said of Ash, who awarded the MassWorks grant to the Town of Ludlow for construction of Riverside Drive. The 4,500-foot road will provide full access to the site, helping the mill's existing businesses, workers and residents and accessing an ...

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    22. Springfield City Council approves new 45-unit housing project at former Elias Brookings...

      Springfield City Council approves new 45-unit housing project at former Elias Brookings...

      The former school is in the Six Corners neighborhood. A new Brookings School was built in that area, and was fully funded by the Massachusetts School Building Authority following the tornado. HC Brookings LLC is developing the old school site for housing. The company is an affiliate of Home City Development, formerly Better Homes, which is purchasing the property from the city for $215,000 as the winning bid of two bids submitted for the site.

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    23. R.R. LeDuc Corporation, Holyoke precision sheet metal business, reaches half-century mark

      R.R. LeDuc Corporation, Holyoke precision sheet metal business, reaches half-century mark

      Robert R. Leduc, president and founder of a precision sheet metal fabrication and custom powder-coating business in Holyoke, looks young for an octogenarian. Bob, as he's known, is 80 years old but could easily pass for a much younger man. "I'm 80 1/2 years old," LeDuc said precisely, sounding like someone who has worked in a precision industry for the past 50 years. "It's my passion. I have no desire to retire," said the father of six adult children, some of whom will take over leadership of R.R. LeDuc Corp. when the time is right ...

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    24. Springfield Works introduces online SkillSmart tool linking people, jobs, skills

      Springfield Works introduces online SkillSmart tool linking people, jobs, skills

      For Anne Shecrallah Kandilis, Working Cities Challenge director for the Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts, that duplication represents a problem. All 43 agencies have their own funding streams, their own management and their own goals, Kandilis said. They all operate in silos -- up and down in their own organizations, with no one working across.  "There is such a disconnect," said Kandilis, who started at the EDC in January. Kandilis administers a program called Springfield Works, and the $475,000 Working Cities Challenge grant -- a competition sponsored by the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston -- that funds its efforts.

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