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    1. State plans roundabout in Holyoke at intersection of Route 141 and Interstate 91 - masslive.com

      State plans roundabout in Holyoke at intersection of Route 141 and Interstate 91 - masslive.com

      The Massachusetts Department of Transportation will hold a public meeting at the Holyoke Senior Center at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 10 on a proposed two-lane roundabout where Route 141 meets Interstate 91 at Exit 17.  MassDOT also proposes to improve traffic flow and access where Route 141, also known as Easthampton Road, converges with Lindor Heights. The agency must secure rights-of-way and temporary easements near the construction site.

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    2. Macy’s at Holyoke Mall, Burlington get facelifts as part of ‘Growth 150’ yearlong upgrade

      Macy’s at Holyoke Mall, Burlington get facelifts as part of ‘Growth 150’ yearlong upgrade

      Macy’s announced Tuesday that its Holyoke Mall at Ingleside and Burlington Mall stores are getting significant upgrades as a part of its 2019 Growth150 initiative. The plan saw old-line department store chain Macy’s renovate 50 stores in 2018 and another 100 in 2019, including Holyoke and Burlington. "It's fantastic news. They've made a real commitment to Western Massachusetts and the Holyoke store in particular," said Bill Rogalski, general manager for the Holyoke Mall. "It's kind of a wholesale makeover."

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    3. Developers break ground for Carew Street medical building

      Developers break ground for Carew Street medical building

      Site work and foundation construction are underway on a 14,000-square foot medical office facility developers Francis J. Cataldo Jr. and Paul C. Picknelly are building at 90 Carew St. for dialysis provider American Renal Associates and others.Part of the 1.5-acre site at the corner of Carew and Dwight Streets in the Memorial Square neighborhood was once the site of the Gardner Memorial AME Zion Church. The church was demolished earlier this year to make way for the estimated $3 million project.

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    4. Springfield considers final approval of 2 historic districts downtown - masslive.com

      Springfield considers final approval of 2 historic districts downtown - masslive.com

      The City Council on Tuesday will consider granting final approval to establishing the Trinity Block on Bridge Street and a unique Byers Street house, both in the downtown area, as historic districts.  The regular council meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall. The historic districts already have the approval of the Springfield Historical Commission and Massachusetts Historical Commission. The City Council gave first-step approval in July.

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    5. MassLive sees over 6 million unique visitors in June, surpasses Boston.com in digital audience in July - masslive.com

      MassLive sees over 6 million unique visitors in June, surpasses Boston.com in digital audience in July - masslive.com

      MassLive’s statewide growth strategy continues to show impressive results with the site topping six million unique visitors in June and topping competitor Boston.com in digital audience for the first time in July, according to the most recent data for Massachusetts and New England digital media properties from independent media analytics company comScore.

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    6. Beer Nut: Berkshire Brewing to celebrate 25 years

      Beer Nut: Berkshire Brewing to celebrate 25 years

      While there seems to be a new brewery popping up on every corner these days (not that I’m complaining), we sometimes have to stand back and tip our hats to the first breweries that set the table for craft beer in the Pioneer Valley. The first one, of course, was the Northampton Brewery, which is still going strong at 32 years. Others include The People’s Pint and Amherst Brewing Co.

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    7. HUD awards $4.3M to Springfield, Franklin County to combat youth homelessness - masslive.com

      HUD awards $4.3M to Springfield, Franklin County to combat youth homelessness - masslive.com

      The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced grants totaling more than $4.3 million to the city and a Greenfield-based organization to help with the mission of ending youth homelessness in Springfield and Franklin County.  David Tille, the New England regional administrator for HUD, announced that the grant awards to Springfield and the Community Action Pioneer Valley in Greenfield were two of just 23 awards nationwide.

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    8. State awards $73.2M for Holyoke middle school construction; Proposition 2½ override vote looms - masslive.com

      State awards $73.2M for Holyoke middle school construction; Proposition 2½ override vote looms - masslive.com

      The Massachusetts School Building Authority has awarded a $73.2 million grant for the construction of two new public middle schools in Holyoke.  But the projects are not a done deal. Voters Nov. 5 will decide whether to authorize a Proposition 2½ override to raise the rest of the construction costs, estimated at more than $132 million.

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    9. MGM Springfield slates auditions for table game dealers including ‘on the spot’ hiring - masslive.com

      MGM Springfield slates auditions for table game dealers including ‘on the spot’ hiring - masslive.com

      MGM Springfield announced Monday that it is prepared to hire qualified card game dealers “on the spot” when it conducts interviews and auditions scheduled Sept. 3, and Sept. 5.  MGM Springfield is hosting the open auditions for qualified table game dealers on both dates from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., at MGM on the 9th floor of 95 State St.  “Candidates will be hired on the spot if they pass the auditions for blackjack, craps and roulette,” MGM said.

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    10. Springfield officials praise $14 million in improvements to school buildings for new year - masslive.com

      Springfield officials praise $14 million in improvements to school buildings for new year - masslive.com

      City officials praised work that was done this summer and continues in coming months to repair and improve local schools at an estimated cost of $14 million.  The projects range from new energy efficient lights at various buildings to a new roof at Milton Bradley School, costing $3,356,488, city and school officials said.  The most expensive project was $5.2 million for a new boiler at the High School of Science and Technology, officials said.

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    11. Amtrak announces Valley Flyer schedule of trains in Springfield, Holyoke, Northampton, Greenfield,

      Amtrak announces Valley Flyer schedule of trains in Springfield, Holyoke, Northampton, Greenfield,

      Travelers, starting Aug. 30, will be able to leave Greenfield, Holyoke or Northampton on the morning train, spend most of the business day in New York City and return that very night realizing the long-held dream of local rail transit advocates.According to the first timetables for Amtrak’s Valley Flyer Service released Friday by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, the early Amtrak train leaves Greenfield at 5:45 a.m., Northampton at 6:10 a.m., Holyoke at 6:25 a.m. only to arrive at Springfield at 6:53 a.m. and depart at 7:05 a.m.

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    12. ‘Western Massachusetts is a good place to do business’: Officials react to plans for Amazon distribution center in Holyoke

      ‘Western Massachusetts is a good place to do business’: Officials react to plans for Amazon distribution center in Holyoke

      An Amazon distribution center slated to open on Lower Westfield Road this fall is a sign that the Pioneer Valley has strong appeal for big business, officials said Thursday. “It’s an acknowledgment from a national and international company that Western Massachusetts is a good place to do business," said Rick Sullivan, president and CEO of the Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts.

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    13. Aerosmith delivers with first of 4 shows marking MGM Springfield anniversary - masslive.com

      Aerosmith delivers with first of 4 shows marking MGM Springfield anniversary - masslive.com

      For those who want loud, eardrum splitting rock 'n' roll music delivered with a blinding, stroke-inducing light show, veteran rockers Aerosmith delivered on Wednesday night and showed they have not lost their mojo.  It’s been nearly 30 years since the Bad Boys of Boston “walked this way” to downtown Springfield. Their appearance at the MassMutual Center — the first of four booked by MGM Springfield to celebrate the casino’s first year anniversary — was a sellout before a crowd of 5,128.

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    14. Springfield Public Schools head into new year with enhanced music and art programs, hiring 34 teachers - masslive.com

      Springfield Public Schools head into new year with enhanced music and art programs, hiring 34 teachers - masslive.com

      When students in Springfield head back to classes next week, they will be greeted by some new friendly faces.  To enhance the music and visual arts programs in the Springfield Public Schools, the school district has hired 34 full-time teachers for the 2019-20 school year, Chief Communications Officer Azell Cavaan said.

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    15. Springfield OKs clean-wood processing facility at former Bay Street junkyard

      Springfield OKs clean-wood processing facility at former Bay Street junkyard

      Northern Tree Service was recently granted city approval to move forward with plans for a clean-wood-waste processing facility on Bay Street that will benefit the city financially and transform a blighted former junkyard. The city’s Office of Planning and Economic Development approved the application for the waste wood business this month after receiving a legal opinion the Law Department that the project does not need a special permit from the City Council.

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    16. Thorndike Mills closing: What’s replacing the rug maker at the Big E?

      Thorndike Mills closing: What’s replacing the rug maker at the Big E?

      Thorndike Mills will close forever by the end of this year and will no longer sell its locally manufactured, nationally famous braided wool rugs from a high-profile booth in the Massachusetts Building at the Big E. Instead, when the Eastern States Exposition opens Sept. 13, the space will be filled by the Springfield Thunderbirds American Hockey League team and by My Main Squeeze, a fresh juice company from East Longmeadow, said Frances Pearson, fairs coordinator for the state Department of Agriculture and Massachusetts Building manager for the Big E.

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    17. Manufacturers gather in Westfield for pig roast, networking

      Manufacturers gather in Westfield for pig roast, networking

      Nearly 100 people in the precision manufacturing industry and associated businesses gathered Monday night for the 13th annual Mainline Drive Pig Roast, sponsored by the Western Massachusetts chapter of the National Tooling and Machining Association.It’s a chance, said association president Kristin Carlson, for business networking and socializing and to raise some money for the Larry A. Maier Memorial Education Fund. Named in honor of Carlson’s late father, the fund supports and promotes manufacturing education for children in fifth grade and up.

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    18. Quality Beveridge of Taunton buys Williams Distributing of Chicopee, making it leading supplier of Anheuser-Busch beers in Massachusetts

      Quality Beveridge of Taunton buys Williams Distributing of Chicopee, making it leading supplier of Anheuser-Busch beers in Massachusetts

      Quality Beverage of Taunton is buying 69-year-old Williams Distributing, the company that brings Budweiser, Yuengling and other beers to bars and store shelves across Western Massachusetts. The deal, which needs the approval of Williams Distributing’s suppliers, will make Quality Beverage the Bay State’s leading supplier of Anheuser-Busch InBev brand products. The transaction is expected to close in October, according to a statement issued Monday. The two sides didn’t disclose a sales price.

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    19. Popular Springfield lunch spot Nosh adds liquor license, to introduce dinner menu

      Popular Springfield lunch spot Nosh adds liquor license, to introduce dinner menu

      Nosh Restaurant and Café in Springfield will soon be serving their freshly-baked breads, soups, salads and desserts later in the evening as they introduce a dinner menu and alcoholic beverages. The location at the back of The Shops at Marketplace on Main Street is a popular lunch stop for the working crowd in the city’s downtown. Nosh founder and owner Teri Skinner said the restaurant will tentatively begin staying open for dinner early next month.

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    20. Art-e’-Pizza restaurant switching to Thai food menu in downtown Springfield

      Art-e’-Pizza restaurant switching to Thai food menu in downtown Springfield

      The manager of the Art-e'-Pizza restaurant downtown informed the city License Commission this week that the business will change its menu to Thai and other Southeast Asian food. The commission approved the request by restaurant manager Charles Becker to change the name of the business to Sok’s Siam to reflect the new plans. The restaurant-bar is located at 272 Worthington St. The new menu should be ready by September or October, Becker said

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    21. Expanded rail service for Springfield, Holyoke, Northampton and Greenfield may begin Aug. 30; test trains running overnight this week

      Expanded rail service for Springfield, Holyoke, Northampton and Greenfield may begin Aug. 30; test trains running overnight this week

      Daily passenger train service between the city’s Union Station, Holyoke, Northampton and Greenfield could begin as soon as Aug. 30. But the start date could be pushed back depending on results of passengerless nighttime test runs Amtrak is making from Springfield to Greenfield along the Knowledge Corridor line this week, according to the Massachusetts Department of Transportation. Amtrak and MassDOT had planned to begin the service earlier this summer, but it was delayed due to track and signal work in Greenfield, according to MassDOT.

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    22. Former Yankee Pedlar owner Jeff Clayton says PeoplesBank project ‘looks great’

      Former Yankee Pedlar owner Jeff Clayton says PeoplesBank project ‘looks great’

      Jeff Clayton probably shouldn’t take Exit 16 from Interstate 91 to get to work at the Martin J. Clayton insurance Agency. The more direct route would be Exit 17A. But Exit 17A wouldn’t take him past the Yankee Pedlar, the restaurant that his family owned for 22 years before selling the buildings and land to PeoplesBank in 2017 for $1.16 million. Two years of design and construction followed and on Sept. 3 PeoplesBank will open its new Pedlar banking center at the site, having retained the portions of the old Hildreth House as a community room and ...

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