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    1. Springfield Union Station Platform C elevator ready, awaits Amtrak inspection

      Springfield Union Station Platform C elevator ready, awaits Amtrak inspection

      The new elevator at Union Station’s completely rebuilt and handicapped-accessible Plattform C is ready for use and awaiting Amtrak inspection. Christopher Moskal, executive director of the Springfield Redevelopment Authority — the agency that owns the historic station — said he doesn’t know when that inspection will take place. He said he’s been kept up to date by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation.

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    2. Grants awarded at WorcLab offer ‘inspiration and hope’ for 31 organizations in Springfield, Worcester and across the state

      Grants awarded at WorcLab offer ‘inspiration and hope’ for 31 organizations in Springfield, Worcester and across the state

      Thirty-one envelopes stacked on a podium could almost be overlooked within a large conference room on the fourth floor on Portland Street in Worcester. Their importance, though, wasn’t lost on the dozens that packed inside the space. Each of them carried hope or dreams in the form of funding for the dozens that packed into the space Thursday morning. “It brings inspiration and hope, because there’s growth within the community,” said Ana Marie Morales of Make It Springfield.

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    3. Wurst Haus German restaurant opens Jan. 17 at former Pleasant Street Theater in Northampton

      Wurst Haus German restaurant opens Jan. 17 at former Pleasant Street Theater in Northampton

      Bavarian-style food and a variety of international beers will be on the menu for the grand opening of the Wurst Haus Restaurant in Northampton on Jan. 17. The German-­themed restaurant is a smaller version of the Student Prince & The Fort in Springfield, which opened in 1935 and is a Western Massachusetts landmark. The name is borrowed from the German-themed concession the Student Prince has run at The Big E for the last four years.

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    4. Mary Walachy retires from Davis Foundation after 23 years; praised for early education and literacy initiatives

      Mary Walachy retires from Davis Foundation after 23 years; praised for early education and literacy initiatives

      Mary Walachy, executive director of the Irene E. & George A. Davis Foundation, announced Wednesday that she will retire in June. Walachy has been associated with the foundation, which promotes early education and literacy, for the past 23 years. She will continue to represent the Davis Foundation in its role supporting Educare Springfield, a new $14 million early education center at 100 Hickory St. in Old Hill, on land donated by Springfield College. She’ll preform that role through the end of 2020.

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    5. Nouria buys $55M in Western Massachusetts gas station properties; Worcester firm already operated former F.L. Roberts sites

      Nouria buys $55M in Western Massachusetts gas station properties; Worcester firm already operated former F.L. Roberts sites

      Nouria Energy Corp. has bought 22 gas station properties it was operating after buying the businesses from Springfield-based F.L. Roberts in 2016.The transactions were recorded in December at Registry of Deeds offices in Hampden, Hampshire and Franklin counties. They include sixteen properties in Hampden County, three in Hampshire County and three in Franklin county

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    6. Chicopee requesting proposals to redevelop 2 former brownfield properties

      Chicopee requesting proposals to redevelop 2 former brownfield properties

      The city is again attempting to sell two cleaned up brownfields, including a portion of the former Facemate property, in the hopes of redeveloping the land. The city is asking for proposals from developers who want to buy an about 4-acre property on West Main Street and an about quarter-acre parcel in Chicopee Center. The Chicopee Center parcel is zoned for business and the West Main Street property and be developed for a variety of uses including residential and industrial.

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    7. PVTA will use $265K grant to integrate with regional rail, other transportation options

      PVTA will use $265K grant to integrate with regional rail, other transportation options

      The Pioneer Valley Transit Authority plans to tie itself and its riders more closely into emerging regional rail options and other transportation providers using a $265,172 state grant. The money was part of $3.5 million in Massachusetts Department of Transportation Regional Transit Authority Grant Awards announced last week.

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    8. Western Mass News names Steve Doerr its new vice president, general manager

      Western Mass News names Steve Doerr its new vice president, general manager

      The news director of an Atlanta television station has been named vice president and general manager of Western Mass News. Steve Doerr will replace John Hesslein, who was promoted to the post in March 2018 after serving as station manager and general sales manager since 2014, said Kara Kelly, associate director for corporate communications.

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    9. Westfield’s John S. Lane & Son quarries sold to Palmer Paving owner Peckham Industries

      Westfield’s John S. Lane & Son quarries sold to Palmer Paving owner Peckham Industries

      Peckham Industries Inc. of Brewster, New York, has purchased JSL Materials of Westfield, parent company of John S. Lane & Son quarries and JSL Asphalt, for an undisclosed sum, the companies announced Monday. Peckham is the same company that purchased Palmer Paving, also a maker of asphalt and builder of roads, in 2018. The JSL deal gives Peckham a big portion of the local supply chain for road building.

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    10. Springfield’s decrepit Kittredge building gets Historical Commission protection; owner who proposed demolition rethinking plan

      Springfield’s decrepit Kittredge building gets Historical Commission protection; owner who proposed demolition rethinking plan

      The Springfield Historical Commission took the first step this week toward creating a one-building historic district protecting the long-vacant 115-year-old Kittredge Building at 55 Emery St. The commission had already imposed a nine-month delay in demolition, giving the building temporary reprieve.

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    11. Stop & Shop owner Ahold Delhaize plans Connecticut warehouse, shift away from C&S Wholesale Grocers

      Stop & Shop owner Ahold Delhaize plans Connecticut warehouse, shift away from C&S Wholesale Grocers

      Stop & Shop and Hannaford supermarkets owner Ahold Delhaize plans during 2020 to open 975,00 square feet of warehouse and distribution space at a former JCPenney distribution center outside Hartford. It’s part of a three-year, $480 million plan Ahold Delhaize announced last month to transition its supply chain into a fully integrated self-distribution model and away from a reliance on C&S Wholesale Grocers.

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    12. Wahlburgers begins construction of restaurant at MGM Springfield

      Wahlburgers begins construction of restaurant at MGM Springfield

      Equipment is in place to begin building the long-expected Wahlburgers restaurant at MGM Springfield, on a cleared lot at the corner of Main and Union streets. Wahlburgers is owned by the Dorchester-bred Wahlberg family, including lead chef Paul Wahlberg and his brothers, actors Mark Wahlberg — “Ted” and “Lone Survivor” — and Donnie of Wahlberg of TV’s “Blue Bloods.” The restaurant chain is the subject of the family’s reality TV show, also called “Wahlburgers.”

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      Mentions: Springfield MGM
    13. The Republican office building for sale, lease

      The Republican office building for sale, lease

      The Republican has put up signs to draw attention to the availability of its office building at 1860 Main Street for lease or sale. Its large adjoining production facility, where The Republican and dozens of other publications are printed, is not for sale.“For many years we have had more office space than we need,” said Publisher & CEO George Arwady, “even while our manufacturing space has grown crowded. We have tried unsuccessfully for several years to lease out all or part of this prime office space, and now we are trying to draw attention to its availability also for sale ...

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    14. Holyoke’s Gateway City Arts offers space to create but founders now look to build crowds

      Holyoke’s Gateway City Arts offers space to create but founders now look to build crowds

      Gateway City Arts has office cubicles in a coworking space, table saws in its woodshop where folks can buy memberships, a deli that turns into a taco restaurant, drag-queen bingo, resident puppet makers and a capacity-500 concert hall that regularly attracts acts like Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth and 90′s jam-rockers Rusted Root.

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    15. Springfield Regional Chamber plans event on how to launch a cannabis business, and how to manage a workforce in the age of legal marijuana

      Springfield Regional Chamber plans event on how to launch a cannabis business, and how to manage a workforce in the age of legal marijuana

      As the cannabis industry in Massachusetts matures, entrepreneurs and other people in business still have plenty of questions, from how to start a marijuana business to how to hire and manage a workforce in the age of the drug’s legal, recreational use. The Springfield Regional Chamber of Commerce plans to answer those questions with a half-day seminar, “The Buzz About Cannabis: Marijuana in the Marketplace and the Workplace,” on Jan. 28.

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    16. MGM Springfield unveils solar array; parking garage panels generate up to 10% of casino’s power

      MGM Springfield unveils solar array; parking garage panels generate up to 10% of casino’s power

      They are barely visible from the ground, but the 3,456 newly installed solar panels atop the eight-story parking garage at MGM Springfield are powerful. The panels, which go online in January, can generate 1,600 megawatt-hours of electricity, or 8% to 10% of the power needed by the $95 million resort casino. They help MGM Springfield meet its goal of being the first casino with a LEED New Construction Platinum designation from the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program.

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    17. Bright Nights’ 25th season in final days - masslive.com

      Bright Nights’ 25th season in final days - masslive.com

      After completing a VIP drive through Bright Nights at Forest Park just after ending its run for the season when it first opened, Dennis Bell, director of sales for Carpenter Decorating in North Carolina, gave a special compliment to Bright Nights and the displays the company created for the nationally-recognized holiday light show.  “Bright Nights on its last night looks better than some holiday light displays look on their first nights,” Bell told Judith A. Matt, president of the Spirit of Springfield.

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    18. ‘Peace and solace in the storm of life’; The story of Yankee Candle’s journey to the ‘scenter of the universe’

      ‘Peace and solace in the storm of life’; The story of Yankee Candle’s journey to the ‘scenter of the universe’

      Made in Massachusetts is an ongoing feature taking you inside the products made right here in the Bay State and the people who make them.It was Christmas 1969. Sixteen-year-old Michael Kittredge was short on money, so he took kitchen string, half a milk carton and some red crayon wax and made his mother a candle.

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    19. State MassWorks Infrastructure Program grants announced for Northampton, Turners Falls; money aids Stiebel Eltron expansion in Hatfield

      State MassWorks Infrastructure Program grants announced for Northampton, Turners Falls; money aids Stiebel Eltron expansion in Hatfield

      The state announced four economic development grants Tuesday for Western Massachusetts totaling more than $5 million. The MassWorks Infrastructure Program gave the city of Northampton $950,000 to pay for road, sidewalk, water and sewer infrastructure, and shared-use paths in support of the new 53-unit North Commons mixed-income affordable housing project at Village Hill, Mayor David Narkewicz said in a news release. The project is developed by The Community Builders.

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    20. Boston, Springfield ranked among among the best in nation for starting a business

      Boston, Springfield ranked among among the best in nation for starting a business

      Looking to start a business? Two Massachusetts communities were named among the most startup-friendly cities in America. Inc. Magazine released its list of the 50 top cities for starting a business in 2020, naming Boston and Springfield among the best nationwide. For the list, Inc. partnered with innovation policy firm Startup Genome to analyze data, factoring in population growth, business investment and rate of entrepreneurship in their rankings. The list featured a mix of the nation’s largest and smaller communities.

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    21. Baystate Health state-of-the-art mobile clinic invokes memories of old-fashioned house calls

      Baystate Health state-of-the-art mobile clinic invokes memories of old-fashioned house calls

      As innovative as it is, the new mobile health clinic Baystate Health will start with a $750,000 Ready Challenge Grant from TD Bank is in some ways a step back in time. Baystate and TD Bank announced the grant at news conference Friday. It’ll pay for a state-of-the -art mobile medical office built into an RV-like bus. The bus will serve hard-to-reach areas both in urban centers and rural communities.

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