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    1. PeoplesBank buys First National Bank of Suffield for $60M

      PeoplesBank buys First National Bank of Suffield for $60M

      PeoplesBancorp, parent of PeoplesBank, will buy First Suffield Financial, Inc., parent company of The First National Bank of Suffield, Connecticut, for $60 million. First Suffield Financial shareholders will receive $12,001.85 in cash per share, according to a news release. PeoplesBank is mutual bank and has 18 banking offices in Western Massachusetts and assets exceeding $2.4 billion.

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      Mentions: Holyoke
    2. Springfield has a lot of balls in the air this week with International Jugglers...

      Springfield has a lot of balls in the air this week with International Jugglers...

      The International Jugglers' Association will converge on the city for the next six days, drawing an estimated 600 jugglers and juggling enthusiasts from around the world. The International Jugglers' Association 71st convention is expected to pump more than $1 million into the region's economy. Local hotels alone have booked 1,100 hotel rooms over the six days of the event, said Mary Kay Wydra, president of the Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau, in a press release.

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    3. Providence Behavioral Health Hospital announces cutbacks, promises to maintain services

      Providence Behavioral Health Hospital announces cutbacks, promises to maintain services

      Providence Behavioral Health Hospital in Holyoke will eliminate full- and part-time jobs in a restructuring announced last week. The hospital, part of Trinity Health of New England, can't yet say how many jobs will be eliminated. A prepared statement from the organization refers to service changes, but says no service will be eliminated entirely. Managers have been working, according to the release, to reduce partial hours or eliminate open or unfilled positions

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    4. Westover wraps up Air Show drawing crowds of 60,000+

      Westover wraps up Air Show drawing crowds of 60,000+

      When Lucas and Liam Goncalves saw an information table for the U.S. Air Force they couldn't wait to meet the people sitting behind it. "Can we go talk to them?" Lucas, 7, asked and already started running as their mother gave them the OK. The two were among some of the most enthusiastic visitors to Sunday's Great New England Air and Space Show, which an estimated 63,400 people to Westover Air Reserve Base over the two days of the event.

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      Mentions: Chicopee
    5. Downtown Amherst development proposal includes commercial space, 58 studio apartments

      Downtown Amherst development proposal includes commercial space, 58 studio apartments

      Two meetings are planned next week to review a proposal to construct a four-story building with 1,000 square feet of commercial space and 58 studio apartments on an approximately one-third acre lot at 26 Spring St. downtown. The Amherst Design Review Committee will convene Tuesday at 6 p.m. at Town Hall; the Planning Board is scheduled to meet on Wednesday at 7:20 p.m.

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      Mentions: Amherst
    6. Massachusetts' second-largest wind farm expanding

      Massachusetts' second-largest wind farm expanding

      The Berkshire Wind Power Project atop Brodie Mountain in Hancock will expand by two additional turbines, each capable of generating 2.3 megawatts, by next spring. Owner Berkshire Wind Power Cooperative announced the expansion Thursday. The cooperative is a nonprofit entity consisting of 14 Massachusetts municipal utilities and the Massachusetts Municipal Wholesale Electric Co.

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      Mentions: Chicopee
    7. $1.5 million grant to help Springfield, Holyoke and Chicopee improve water quality in...

      $1.5 million grant to help Springfield, Holyoke and Chicopee improve water quality in...

      The Connecticut River Clean-up Committee has been awarded a $1.5 million grant to help the cities of Springfield, Holyoke and Chicopee reduce sewer overflows and wastewater discharges and improve water quality in the Connecticut River watershed. The Baker-Polito administration awarded the grant, which will be administered by the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission, earlier this week. "The Connecticut River is a vital resource for communities along its banks and the funds announced today will support important ongoing community efforts to keep contaminants out of the river, greatly improving water quality and quality of life for local residents," said Gov. Charlie ...

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    8. Massachusetts House tacks $125 million in earmarks onto economic development bond bill

      Massachusetts House tacks $125 million in earmarks onto economic development bond bill

      State representatives on Tuesday night added $125 million in earmarked spending to a $666 million economic development bill before sending it along to the Senate.  The economic development bill, H.4714, is passed each year as a way to fund major projects around the state. It includes earmarks for specific projects, funding for economic development grants and money for job training.

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    9. A dealership built around a restaurant: Marcotte Ford nears completion of $8M building in Holyoke

      A dealership built around a restaurant: Marcotte Ford nears completion of $8M building in Holyoke

      Nothing says America like Mustangs, pickup trucks and pizza. Soon, at Marcotte Ford, you'll be able to buy any one of the three, or a sandwich or breakfast, or an Escape SUV or Ford parts, all under one roof.  "We did something crazy," said Bryan Marcotte, the second of three generations to run the dealership. "We decided to build a dealership around a restaurant." It's an idea Marcotte has had for a long time, starting with serving breakfast on Saturdays at the former dealership building. So the new Marcotte Ford dealership building will have at its center the ...

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      Mentions: Holyoke Westfield
    10. VSS, Valley Steel Stamp in Greenfield, plans major manufacturing expansion

      VSS, Valley Steel Stamp in Greenfield, plans major manufacturing expansion

      The excitement at Greenfield manufacturer VSS is not necessarily for the new 17,500-square-foot building the company has under construction. It's the $10 million to $12 million in equipment and 40 or so new employees company President Steven Capshaw plans to put in that building. The former Valley Steel Stamp has 60 employees now, up from 23 when the company moved into its current Greenfield Industrial Park location 10 years ago, Capshaw said.

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    11. Helping young men 'going to jail or ... going to die': Grand opening planned for ROCA's...

      Helping young men 'going to jail or ... going to die': Grand opening planned for ROCA's...

      ROCA, an organization committed to helping high-risk individuals, will hold a grand opening for its 384 High St., location July 24. The Holyoke agency works with male clients 17 to 24 years old who need assistance with job training, life skills or cognitive behavior issues. Since October 2017, ROCA shared office space with CareerPoint at 850 High St. The new location eliminates a 10-mile journey for participants who often traveled to ROCA's Springfield office for additional services. Christine Judd, ROCA's Springfield executive director, said the Holyoke office underwent renovations. Staff began moving in a few weeks ago. "The ...

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    12. Gov. Charlie Baker announces $21 million for Westfield State University renovation project

      Gov. Charlie Baker announces $21 million for Westfield State University renovation project

      Westfield State University is among the Massachusetts public higher education institutions set to benefit from nearly $4 billion in state investments, Gov. Charlie Baker announced Tuesday.  The governor and other Massachusetts officials touted the $3.9 billion bond package, which includes funding to help address statewide capital needs, during an afternoon ceremonial bill signing at the Westfield campus. They noted that the legislation, among other things, will provide state colleges and universities a total of $950 million for capital projects over five years, including $190 million in Fiscal Year 2019 alone.

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    13. Way Finders to tear down rather than renovate old Peter Pan bus terminal

      Way Finders to tear down rather than renovate old Peter Pan bus terminal

      Workers have boarded up the former Peter Pan Bus Springfield Terminal and will soon start removing asbestos and other hazards from the building that saw its last scheduled bus in September 2017. The button-up work is the first step toward demolishing the 26,300-square-foot building that opened April 1, 1969, to make way for a new $8 million to $9 million headquarters for Way Finders, said the housing agency's CEO Peter Gagliardi. Way Finders abandoned plans to reuse the old bus terminal building as its new headquarters.

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    14. Internet search engine giant brings Grow with Google to Springfield

      Internet search engine giant brings Grow with Google to Springfield

      Google business search results -- those now-familiar listings of names, hours and locations -- are life and death for anyone trying to sell anything in the online digital world. On Monday, Google brought its "Grow with Google" event complete with seminars, product demonstrations and one-on-one coaching to the MassMutual Center. The Silicon Valley giant said 1,500 people registered to learn more about its suite of office applications like Google Sheets spreadsheets and Google Docs documents as well as Google Arts & Culture online museum and library collections.

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    15. MGM Springfield reveals that new 3,400 space parking garage will be free to patrons and the public

      MGM Springfield reveals that new 3,400 space parking garage will be free to patrons and the public

      The MGM Springfield parking garage, nearing completion in the downtown-South End area, will be free of charge to casino patrons and the general public, according to MGM. Saverio Mancini, MGM Springfield spokesman, said Friday that parking will be free in the garage in response to recent questions raised by The Republican and MassLive. "With less than 50 days until our grand opening, it's an exciting time for downtown Springfield," Mancini said. "In the coming weeks, we look forward to providing the public the details about how to access our property, including our free parking."

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    16. Want to work for MGM Springfield? Company aims to fill 75 more spots ahead of grand opening

      Want to work for MGM Springfield? Company aims to fill 75 more spots ahead of grand opening

      With just over one month to go before the Aug. 24 grand opening of MGM Springfield, the $960-million resort casino needs to hire around 70 to 75 additional food and beverage workers. MGM will host an open career fair for its food and beverage department from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday at its Career Center, 1259 Columbus Boulevard in Springfield, said Saverio Mancini, director of communications for MGM Springfield.

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      Mentions: Springfield MGM
    17. Software company moving to Westfield from Northampton to get tax break from city

      Software company moving to Westfield from Northampton to get tax break from city

      The Westfield City Council Thursday voted to give Myers Information System a Special Tax Agreement of $39,380 over six years. The tech company owned by Longmeadow resident Crist Myers is moving to the city and will receive a tax break of 100-percent the first year and 75 percent the next five years. Myers Information Systems is a 36-year-old media software company that specializes in television and radio software programs. The company is currently located on Hawley Street in Northampton and Myers said last month he plans to be operating in Westfield next spring. Myers purchased 110 Elm St. for ...

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    18. Wilbraham looks to woo businesses with website

      Wilbraham looks to woo businesses with website

      Selectmen at Monday's meeting discussed plans to upgrade the municipal website in the hopes of encouraging more businesses to locate in town. The board met with the Wilbraham Economic Development Initiative Steering Committee, which has been working on the initiative. The committee recommended that selectmen spend $1,000 for a professional photographer to take pictures for the planned website. It also recommended the board hire a project manager to put the pages together in a user-friendly way that accentuates the town's attributes. A final cost for that work has not been determined.

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      Mentions: Springfield
    19. Town officials happy passenger rail station will get a look as part of Massachusetts east-west rail study

      Town officials happy passenger rail station will get a look as part of Massachusetts east-west rail study

      Local officials remain optimistic that a passenger rail station may someday get built in town as part of a potential east-west line connecting Pittsfield to Springfield, Worcester and Boston. Town Manager Charles Blanchard said a station in town would benefit the area, and efforts will continue to be made to demonstrate that to state transportation officials. "We look forward to providing information on how a passenger station in Palmer will benefit the entire region," Blanchard said Monday in an email statement.

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    20. Bill Pepin retiring as WWLP general manager after 49 years at 22News

      Bill Pepin retiring as WWLP general manager after 49 years at 22News

      Capping a broadcasting career that spans five decades, William M. Pepin will step down as general manager of WWLP-TV, 22News, on July 30. Pepin, who celebrates his 67th birthday on Aug. 11, recalled that his fascination with television began as a 5-year-old watching a Channel 22 crew cover the Holyoke St. Patrick's Parade. "I was mesmerized. I watched them instead of the parade," Pepin said. "The next year, I did the same thing again." As a youth, he hung around the old WREB-AM, 930, radio offices in Holyoke before they hired him to work on the board at the ...

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    21. Want to buy an old fire station? Springfield willing to chip in $50,000 for redevelopment

      Want to buy an old fire station? Springfield willing to chip in $50,000 for redevelopment

      After four unsuccessful efforts in recent years to sell the former century-old Oak Street fire station in Indian Orchard, the city is trying again -- this time with a $50,000 incentive offered to a buyer willing to redevelop the site. The city's first-time offer up to $50,000 to a successful bidder is from the city's annual allocation of federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds, as approved by Mayor Domenic J. Sarno. The incentive is for exterior improvements such as roof, masonry and window repairs, according to the city's advertisement for proposals.

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    22. People in Business: Kim Lee joins MHA

      People in Business: Kim Lee joins MHA

      Kimberley A. Lee, a recognized leader in the nonprofit sector of the western Massachusetts region, has joined the staff of MHA, a nonprofit provider of residential and support services to people impacted by mental illness, developmental disabilities, substance abuse and homelessness. Lee is taking on the newly-created role of Vice President of Resource Development and Branding for MHA. Lee previously served in communications and development role in several locally-based nonprofit organizations, including CHD, Square One, the Basketball Hall of Fame and the Community United Way. She has advanced these organizations and the people they serve with an active voice in ...

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    23. People in Business: Comcast welcomes Daniel Bonelli as Vice President of Finance

      People in Business: Comcast welcomes Daniel Bonelli as Vice President of Finance

      Comcast announces the appointment of Daniel Bonelli as Vice President of Finance for the company's Western New England Region, which is headquartered in Berlin, Conn. and includes more than 300 communities in Connecticut, New York, Vermont, western Massachusetts and western New Hampshire. In this role, Bonelli will oversee all financial operations, including finance and accounting, warehouse and material, information technology, facilities, security, fleet management and environmental health and safety.

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      Mentions: Comcast
    24. With new location, Burgundy Brook Cafe in Palmer now open evenings for dinner

      With new location, Burgundy Brook Cafe in Palmer now open evenings for dinner

      Earlier this month Burgundy Brook Cafe reopened at a new location just down the road from its old digs in the Three Rivers section of town. In addition to breakfast and lunch, it now serves dinner three nights a week. Palmer's licensing board on Monday approved the eatery's application for a full liquor license, which the state is expected to approve by August, said Keith Gordon, who co-owns Burgundy Brook with his wife of 18 years, Inna Gordon, the chef and baker.

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