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    1. People in Business: Kathleen Kalmbach promoted to Assistant Professor and Director of Didactic Education for Bay Path University's Physician Assistant Program

      People in Business: Kathleen Kalmbach promoted to Assistant Professor and Director of Didactic Education for Bay Path University's Physician Assistant Program

      Kathleen Kalmbach, MS, PA-C, has been promoted to the position of Director of Didactic Education and Assistant Professor for the Physician Assistant Program at Bay Path University. Kalmbach joins the University's Physicians Assistant Program faculty full-time after serving on an adjunct faculty member and associate clinical professor for the past three years. In her new position, Kalmbach will be coordinating the didactic year of physician assistant students' education in the program. She will be giving lectures and assisting with both the skills lab and the patient assessment lab.

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    2. People in Business: Ron Davis transitiones from President/CEO to Chief Sales Officer of WAMF | masslive.com

      People in Business: Ron Davis transitiones from President/CEO to Chief Sales Officer of WAMF | masslive.com

      Ron Davis, a Sales Pro and Business Specialist of WAMF Consulting makes a major announcement. As the founder of WAMF Consulting since 2014, he has now transitioned from President/CEO to Chief Sales Officer. This new position will allow him to offer a comprehensive approach to banks, credit unions and corporations to support their Sales and Business development needs. After 37 years of selling software and services to financial institutions and corporations in the Northeast, WAMF Consulting was born. WAMF is an acronym for 'Winners are my Friends.'

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    3. MassMutual announces $1.72 billion dividend in 2019

      MassMutual announces $1.72 billion dividend in 2019

      Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Co. said Monday that its board of directors has approved a record $1.72 billion estimated dividend payout in 2019. It's an increase of more than $125 million more than 2018, and marks the 151st consecutive year that MassMutual will be paying a dividend, according to a news release. The 2017 dividend was $1.6 billion. The 2019 estimated payout reflects a dividend interest rate of 6.4 percent for eligible participating policies, maintaining the same rate as 2018.

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    4. Northern Tree Service proposes waste wood processing plant in Springfield's Bay neighborhood

      Northern Tree Service proposes waste wood processing plant in Springfield's Bay neighborhood

      Northern Tree Service Inc., of Palmer, is proposing to purchase four tax-title junkyard properties along the Bay and Tapley street corridor for $701,700 to convert them into a facility that makes mulch and other products out of clean waste wood. Northern Tree Service submitted the sole bid for the vacant properties by Thursday's deadline. It will be referred for evaluation by a city review committee, said Thomas Mathews, project manager for the city's Office of Planning and Economic Development.

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    5. Easthampton wins $3.5 million MassWorks grant to support One Ferry Street redevelopment

      Easthampton wins $3.5 million MassWorks grant to support One Ferry Street redevelopment

      Plans by developer Michael Michon to transform an old mill complex at One Ferry Street into mixed-use housing and commercial space gained traction Friday with the announcement of a state infrastructure grant. "I've got $3.5 million worth of good news today," Massachusetts Housing and Economic Development Secretary Jay Ash told a roomful of community leaders gathered at Mill 180, a building which Michon previously rehabilitated.

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    6. Boston, Springfield land on top 10 list of best cities for STEM professionals

      Boston, Springfield land on top 10 list of best cities for STEM professionals

      Boston and Springfield were among the "Top 10 best metro areas for STEM professionals" in 2018, according to statistics compiled by WalletHub, a personal finance website. STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Boston was ranked second and Springfield eighth on the list. Worcester came in at 18th.  "We made another good list," Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno said. "Glad to see our educational and workforce development are starting to pay off - this is all about a good four-letter word - jobs!"

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    7. Five Star Transportation, Whalley Computer honored as top of 'Super 60' by Springfield chamber

      Five Star Transportation, Whalley Computer honored as top of 'Super 60' by Springfield chamber

      School bus provider Five Star Transportation and Whalley Computer Associates Inc. were the top companies honored last week by the Springfield Regional Chamber of Commerce at its annual Super 60 lunch. The chamber event honors 60 locally owned companies each year -- 30 for revenue and 30 for revenue growth. The companies are nominated by banks, accounting firms and the like. Revenue figures are verified by the chamber but never made public. Some companies qualify under both categories.

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    8. MGM Springfield revenues in line with expectations, company tells investors

      MGM Springfield revenues in line with expectations, company tells investors

      MGM Springfield brought in $42.5 million in net revenue over its first five weeks of operation, according to the third-quarter earnings report released this week by parent company MGM Resorts International. That revenue resulted in earnings of $7.6 million. MGM reported $31.6 million in start-up preopening expenses recorded just in the third quarter. Regarding MGM Springfield, MGM Resorts chairman and CEO Jim Murren had this to say during a conference call with stock analysts:

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    9. Leeds veterans hospital celebrates $19 million in funding, ongoing modernization

      Leeds veterans hospital celebrates $19 million in funding, ongoing modernization

      In an effort to offer a holistic approach to medicine and upgrade aging facilities, the VA Central Western Massachusetts Healthcare System in Leeds has improved both its radiology and audiology units as part of multi-year projects. Officials celebrated the improvements with two ribbon cutting ceremonies Tuesday afternoon. Some of the VA's buildings date to 1922 and have needed upgrades in order to match current needs, said associate director Andrew McMahon, who oversees the healthcare system's facilities.

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    10. Springfield launches $600,000 renovation project at Van Horn Park

      Springfield launches $600,000 renovation project at Van Horn Park

      The city formally launched a $600,000 renovation project at Van Horn Park in Liberty Heights on Tuesday that includes new playground equipment and a small pavilion, aided by federal grant funds. The contractor, Omasta Landscaping of Hadley, was joined by local officials and residents including Mayor Domenic J. Sarno and U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal, during the groundbreaking ceremony. The funding consists of a $300,000 federal grant from the Land and Water Conservation Fund, $150,000 in federal Community Development block grant money, and $150,000 in city funds, as detailed in August.

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    11. Westfield company submits low bid for Forest Park culvert repairs after earlier bids rejected as too high

      Westfield company submits low bid for Forest Park culvert repairs after earlier bids rejected as too high

      A Westfield company has submitted the apparent low bid for a planned major culvert repair project at Forest Park after much higher bids received in June were rejected by the city as being too expensive. Nine companies submitted proposals for the work by Friday's deadline, with the apparent low bidder listed as J.L. Raymaakers & Sons, Inc., of Westfield, at a base price of $2,461,301.60. In June, bids ranged from $3.3 million to $7.9 million and were rejected, after which changes were made in the specifications aimed at encouraging lower bids, city officials said.

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    12. With over 2 dozen current job openings, MGM Springfield Career Center moving to 95 State Street

      With over 2 dozen current job openings, MGM Springfield Career Center moving to 95 State Street

      With more than two dozen jobs currently available, MGM Springfield is moving its career center to the company's administrative building located at 95 State St.  Just over a year ago, MGM Springfield opened its career center in the Colvest Building at 1259 East Columbus Ave. with the aim of hiring the 3,000 people needed to operate its $960 million casino in the heart of the city. But now, with just 25 current openings two months after the grand opening, MGM is moving that operation into its own building. "We are excited to be moving closer to the daily ...

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    13. Tower Square owners reveal plans for 'Steiger Park' on Main Street in Springfield

      Tower Square owners reveal plans for 'Steiger Park' on Main Street in Springfield

      The investors who bought the Tower Square office building, mall and hotel earlier this year now plan to build a luxury hotel on the site of a park across Main Street, according to managing partner Vid Mitta. The one-acre Steiger Park at Main and Bridge streets was part of MassMutual's $7 million sale of the Tower Square offices and mall in April to Dinesh Patel of East Longmeadow, Vid Mitta of Lexington and Rohit Patel and Kamlesh Patel of Maine. The investors had already bought the hotel for $10.5 million, also from MassMutual.

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    14. Springfield Macarons brings sweet treats downtown

      Springfield Macarons brings sweet treats downtown

      Springfield's Market Street outdoor pedestrian shopping plaza  might not be the Champs-Elysees -- it only goes from Harrison Street to Bruce Landon Way -- but now it has macarons, those tiny almond flour cookies that somehow convey freshness in a single bite. This section of the city has some new joie de vivre now that baker Jennifer Cruz has moved her Springfield Macarons business to space that was once part of the much beloved Johnson's Bookstore, at the rear of 1383 Main St.

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    15. 110 Grill to open at Mountain Farms Mall in Hadley, joining L.L. Bean, Five Guys

      110 Grill to open at Mountain Farms Mall in Hadley, joining L.L. Bean, Five Guys

      Westford-based 110 Grill will be coming to town next year, joining L.L. Bean and a Five Guys burger restaurant scheduled to open in new buildings at the Mountain Farms Mall. "The addition of 110 Grill will provide great energy to our front door and be a complimentary addition to our current lineup of retailers and restaurants," Dan Hester, development manager at Mountain Farms Mall, said in an email.

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    16. 25 employees laid off at Liberty Mutual in Springfield

      25 employees laid off at Liberty Mutual in Springfield

      Liberty Mutual Friday laid off about 25 employees at its 1 Federal St. office as work is outsourced to "an external partner," a spokesman said. "These changes will impact approximately 25 employees in Springfield who currently perform administrative tasks for field legal offices. These employees will have the opportunity to pursue other job openings at Liberty Mutual, or we will support each of them with outplacement assistance.

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    17. Dowd Agencies celebrates grand opening of new Ludlow office

      Dowd Agencies celebrates grand opening of new Ludlow office

      The Dowd Agencies celebrated bringing its services to Ludlow recently as the insurance provider opened its new Center Street office.  Spanning five generations, Dowd says it is the oldest insurance agency in Massachusetts under continuous family ownership.  "We are very excited about our new location," said David W. Griffin Sr., executive vice president and treasurer for The Dowd Agencies. "With all decisions made at The Dowd Agencies, we are always thinking of what is in the best interest of our valued customers."  Located at 563 Center St., the office's open house included a ribbon cutting, where staff was joined ...

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    18. President of Mercy Medical Center in Springfield notifies staff of plan to eliminate jobs, some departments | masslive.com

      President of Mercy Medical Center in Springfield notifies staff of plan to eliminate jobs, some departments | masslive.com

      The letter, sent by President Mark Fulco to staff on Wednesday, said the coming changes were necessary to allow the hospital to continue its mission.  'The decision to make these changes has been difficult and the subject of a thorough discernment process. We deeply regret that the reduction of positions is necessary,' Fulco wrote. 'We are grateful to all of our colleagues who provide a healing touch as a reflection of their commitment to Mercy's Mission and Values.'

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    19. Tennessee Gas delineates wetlands for Agawam pipeline project

      Tennessee Gas delineates wetlands for Agawam pipeline project

      Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. has properly delineated wetlands and buffer zones along its proposed 2.1-mile pipeline corridor, according to a third-party consultant's report. Wetland scientist John Prenosil of Belchertown conducted an "unbiased peer review" of wetland boundaries recently defined by Tennessee, and found "two minor issues" which have since been resolved, Prenosil wrote in an Oct. 24 letter to the Conservation Commission.

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    20. New Springfield Regional Visitor Center opens at downtown 'crossroads'

      New Springfield Regional Visitor Center opens at downtown 'crossroads'

      Even in this day of smartphones and digital marketing, visitors to the city are still looking for an old-fashioned printed pamphlet and, probably more importantly, a friendly face, said Chris Russell, executive director of the Springfield Business Improvement District. "It's that human connection," he said. "People are still looking for that personal touch." It's the reason why the BID and the Greater Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau on Thursday opened a new Springfield Regional Visitor Center at 1319 Main St.,  just across Bruce Landon Way from the MassMutual Center and across Main Street from the MassLive Building and Springfield ...

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    21. AIC opens Colaccino Center for Health Sciences, honors alumnus Frank Colaccino

      AIC opens Colaccino Center for Health Sciences, honors alumnus Frank Colaccino

      Frank Colaccino, American International College Class of 1973, remembers coming to the United States as a 6-year-old boy and sitting in an elementary school classroom without benefit of bilingual education and without understanding a word the teacher said. His older brother was in the same situation. "But we got through it all," Colaccino said. "And we became Americans."

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    22. Springfield extends deadline for Symphony Hall management bids

      Springfield extends deadline for Symphony Hall management bids

      The city is giving companies additional time to submit proposals for the management contract at Symphony Hall, as the current organization overseeing the operations prepares to leave at the end of the year. The new deadline for proposals is Nov. 26, at 2 p.m., at the Office of Procurement at City Hall. The previous deadline was Oct. 31. "The bid went out later than scheduled and the city would like the prospective bidders to have enough time to put a solid proposal together," said Lauren Stabilo, the city's director of procurement.

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    23. HCC's readies 21st century workforce with $4.55 Center for Life Sciences

      HCC's readies 21st century workforce with $4.55 Center for Life Sciences

      Holyoke Community College officially opened the $4.55 million Center for Life Science Tuesday. The center features a cleanroom training facility, a first for a Massachusetts Community College. A $3.8 million Massachusetts Life Sciences Center grant and $750,000 from HCC Foundation's Building Healthy Communities Campaign funded the center located in the Marieb Building.

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