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    1. Silverbrick LLC receives 1st approval to renovate Cabotville Mills in Chicopee

      Silverbrick LLC receives 1st approval to renovate Cabotville Mills in Chicopee

      The proposed project to turn the Cabotville Mill into nearly 600 apartments received preliminary approvals in the developer's first meeting with the City Council Wednesday. The City Council's Zoning Committee voted 6-0 in favor of recommending Aaron Papowitz, founder of Siverbrick LLC and 4 Perkins LLC, which is the company proposing the project, be granted a special permit for the conversion. The plans are still in the conceptual stage so the decision was made contingent on the approval of the city engineer, the fire chief and other city officials. It will also be reviewed by the Planning Board ...

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    2. People's United Bank buys Farmington Bank in $544 million deal

      People's United Bank buys Farmington Bank in $544 million deal

      The parent company of People's United Bank announced this week that it is buying the holding company of Farmington Bank in an all-stock transaction valued at $544 million. The deal consolidates two Connecticut banks that have moved into the Western Massachusetts market in recent years and continues a longtime trend of banks buying each other out to gain market share in a marketplace that is not growing. Farmington Bank, founded in Farmington, Connecticut, in 1851, moved into the Western Massachusetts market four years ago, opening a West Springfield branch in 2014 and one in East Longmeadow a year later.

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    3. MGM Springfield reveals Regal Cinemas will run luxury movie theater at its $960 million...

      MGM Springfield reveals Regal Cinemas will run luxury movie theater at its $960 million...

      MGM Springfield announced Thursday that it has chosen Regal Cinemas to operate the movie theater complex that is part of the company's $960 million resort casino project. MGM Springfield President Michael Mathis announced the selection of Regal during the regular meeting of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission in Boston. Gaming Commission Chairman Steven Crosby congratulated MGM upon announcing the selection.  Mathis said MGM Springfield is excited to partner with Regal for its seven-screen theater, as part of its entertainment offerings in Springfield. Regal currently operates nine other theaters across Massachusetts, according to the company's website.

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    4. Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield shows off renovated facility (photos, video)

      Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield shows off renovated facility (photos, video)

      The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame welcomed the public on Wednesday to see the multi-million-dollar renovation of the concourse and theater.  Renovations and additions revealed and highlighted on Wednesday included the Tip-Off Pavilion Lobby, presented by Mohegan Sun, which features images of iconic players and moments in the game. The public also got to see the modern surround sound NIKE Theater, a donor recognition wall featuring an interactive kiosk, and the Coaches Circle exhibit, which pays tribute to Dr. James Naismith and celebrates current coaches who are following in his footsteps by emphasizing a commitment to positively impacting communities ...

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    5. Myers Information Systems moving from Northampton to Westfield with plans to expand

      Myers Information Systems moving from Northampton to Westfield with plans to expand

      Myers Information Systems owner Crist Myers announced this week he will move his Northampton-based business to Westfield. Myers Information Systems, a 36-year-old media software company, provides broadcast management software and support to multimedia facilities of all types and sizes. "Our competitors are in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Tel Aviv and London," said Myers, a Longmeadow resident. The company has 20 employees as well as consultants and short-term contract employees, and Myers said he expects to expand once he relocates to Westfield.

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    6. It Takes 2 Bakery opening Saturday in Westfield

      It Takes 2 Bakery opening Saturday in Westfield

       It Takes 2 Bakery is opening its doors downtown at 31 Elm St. Saturday and will offer fresh baked goods from muffins and eclairs to cupcakes and bread. Owner Kayla Sypek began baking as a child and always dreamed of opening a bakery with her twin sister Sarah. "The only problem is, she doesn't bake," said Sypek. Instead, Sarah will help behind the scenes while Sypek does all the baking. It all started when Sypek's grandmother gave her some of her old baking pans and decorating equipment.

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    7. Putnam teen creates winning name, logo for new Springfield Schools culinary program...

      Putnam teen creates winning name, logo for new Springfield Schools culinary program...

      It was a little chili pepper in the logo of a national chain restaurant that gave Putnam Vocational-Technical Academy junior TaMya Romero her brilliant idea. A $1,000 idea. Romero was the winner of a contest between her fellow design and visual arts students at Putnam to come up with a new name and logo for an innovative culinary and nutrition program being started at the Springfield Public Schools. Her winning design was unveiled during a short program at the school attended by design students, staff, administration, and executives from Sodexo, the food contractor for the school system.

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    8. Massachusetts House passes health care bill to help community hospitals

      Massachusetts House passes health care bill to help community hospitals

      The Massachusetts House passed a major health care bill late Tuesday night. "We recognize the complex factors that are driving the health care marketplace right now and view this legislation as a smart, stabilizing mechanism to ensure residents in each corner of the Commonwealth have access to quality care throughout the changes," said House Speaker Robert DeLeo, D-Winthrop, in a statement. The bill H.4617, was named "The Honorable Peter V. Kocot Act to Enhance Access to High Quality Affordable and Transparent Healthcare in the Commonwealth," after the late Northampton Democrat who, as House chairman of the Committee on Health ...

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    9. UMass Amherst tuition costs held at bay by efficiency, spokeswoman says

      UMass Amherst tuition costs held at bay by efficiency, spokeswoman says

      If the financial projections hold, University of Massachusetts Amherst students will see a $188 tuition-fee increase per semester in fiscal 2019, or a 2.5 percent increase over fiscal 2018 costs. This does not include the $50 increase to the Student Activity Fee, which students approved in December to help support renovations to the Student Union. "Tuition increases are kept at a minimum by an efficiency and effectiveness program throughout the campus," wrote UMass spokeswoman Mary Dettloff.

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    10. Relocation of ex-Yankee Pedlar building scheduled in Holyoke with viewing areas arranged...

      Relocation of ex-Yankee Pedlar building scheduled in Holyoke with viewing areas arranged...

      The spectacle of yanking a building off its foundation at the former Yankee Pedlar property and moving it intact on a truck to a lot several blocks away is scheduled to begin at 6:15 a.m. Sunday. "We ask members of the public to stay off the streets, and to give the vehicle a very wide berth," Michael Moriarty, executive director of OneHolyoke CDC, a private nonprofit housing provider acquiring the building, said Monday. The plan is for trucks and hydraulic equipment to lift the red building at 1850 Northampton St. off its roots between 6:15 and 6 ...

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    11. People in Business: O'Connell Companies appoints new Financial Vice President

      People in Business: O'Connell Companies appoints new Financial Vice President

      he O'Connell Companies announces the promotion of Joanne M. Beauregard to Financial Vice President. Ms. Beauregard fills the position vacated by Martin F. Schoenemann, who retired this spring after 38 years at O'Connell's. As Financial VP she is responsible for management of the financial, accounting, and tax matters of the company's real estate, construction, property management and biosolids businesses.

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    12. GreatHorse says it's working with Hampden to get 'all necessary approvals' for banquet center expansion, but critics of exclusive country club say otherwise

      GreatHorse says it's working with Hampden to get 'all necessary approvals' for banquet center expansion, but critics of exclusive country club say otherwise

      A lawyer for GreatHorse says the golf and country club expanded its Starting Gate banquet facility in anticipation of the Town of Hampden bringing water and sewer service to the Springfield suburb, leaving the exclusive "lifestyle club" susceptible to potential state violations. But after facing increasing pressure from the public, town officials late last year withdrew their application for a $2 million state grant that would have paid for part of the estimated $4.8 million project to bring sewer service to Hampden's west side business district. The area includes GreatHorse, Rediker Software, restaurants, stores and other commercial facilities.

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    13. 'It was great': Now arriving, the first batch of CTrail Hartford Line weekday riders

      'It was great': Now arriving, the first batch of CTrail Hartford Line weekday riders

      Marcello Toro took Monday what he hopes was the first of many trips on CTrail and the Hartford Line from Hartford to Springfield's Union Station. Toro took the 12:26 p.m. train Monday from Hartford and arrived at 1:05 p.m. - five minutes ahead of schedule - for a 2 p.m. job interview with MGM Springfield at the MassMutual Center. If he gets his job as a line cook at the $960 million resort casino that opens Aug. 24, Toro said he hopes to use CTrail for his daily commute into work. "It was great," he said ...

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    14. Gov. Charlie Baker signs $623 million life sciences bill

      Gov. Charlie Baker signs $623 million life sciences bill

      Gov. Charlie Baker on Friday signed into law a $623 million life sciences bill. The bill authorizes the state to borrow and spend up to $473 million over five years and provide tax credits of up to $150 million. "This bill demonstrates the Legislature's commitment to economic development and workforce training by providing the tools and resources to allow for the continued investment in our people, our infrastructure, and our Massachusetts-based companies," said Rep. Joseph Wagner, D-Chicopee, House chairman of the Joint Committee on Economic Development and Emerging Technologies, in a statement.

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    15. Massachusetts Senate passes ambitious clean energy bill

      Massachusetts Senate passes ambitious clean energy bill

      Massachusetts would run on 100-percent renewable power by 2047 under comprehensive energy legislation passed by the state Senate Thursday night. The idealistic goal would be reached by increasing the state's renewable portfolio standard by 3 percent every year, instead of the current 1 percent. The RPS dictates how much renewable energy electrical utilities such as Eversource and National Grid must buy.

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    16. MGM Springfield, city officials prepare for deluge of casino visitors, traffic in opening week

      MGM Springfield, city officials prepare for deluge of casino visitors, traffic in opening week

      Representatives of MGM Springfield and the city said Friday they are discussing ways to cope with the potential record numbers of people and traffic that will visit the downtown area during the opening days of the $960 million resort casino. The logistical plans and strategies for the deluge of traffic is not yet finalized, but communication with the public and local businesses will be critical in advance of the casino's grand opening on Aug. 24, said MGM and city officials. The issue was discussed Friday at a meeting of the City Council Casino Oversight Committee at City Hall.

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    17. Craft breweries popping up across Greater Springfield

      Craft breweries popping up across Greater Springfield

      When you think of Wilbraham, Massachusetts -- birthplace of Friendly's Ice Cream and where Timothy Merrick was immortalized in song after dying from a rattlesnake bite up on "Springfield Mountain" -- beer may not be the first thing that pops into your mind. But craft breweries are suddenly popping up all over Greater Springfield, including two here in Wilbraham, Springfield's eastern neighbor, and one apiece in neighboring Ludlow and Hampden. Talks are also in the works to bring independent brewers to West Springfield, according to Mayor Will Reichelt, who has been trying to make West Side more appealing to millennials ...

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    18. First CTrail commuter train leaves Springfield for Hartford

      First CTrail commuter train leaves Springfield for Hartford

      U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal and other local dignitaries made the ceremonial first trip south Friday on CTrail from the renovated Union Station to Hartford. "This was a wise expenditure of the public purse and those of us who voted for it had ought to defend it," Neal said upon reaching Hartford. Reminiscent of driving the golden spike that completed the transcontinental railroad, the party from Springfield headed south to Hartford where they met up with Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy and a party of Connecticut officials headed north from New Haven.

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    19. Gov. Charlie Baker praises 130-unit North Amherst housing project at groundbreaking

      Gov. Charlie Baker praises 130-unit North Amherst housing project at groundbreaking

      Gov. Charlie Baker and other officials were among nearly 100 people who filled a tent and spilled out onto the lawn Thursday afternoon to celebrate the groundbreaking for North Square at the Mill District, a 130-unit housing project that includes 26 affordable homes. Beacon Communities, the project developer, secured state low-income tax credits in December, necessary to help finance the project.  "This is a complete re-imagination of how this site at this point in time and into the future should be designed to support this community and its future," Baker said. "These are the kinds of things that we as ...

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    20. Baystate Noble Hospital in Westfield unveils $1.6 million entrance and lobby improvements

      Baystate Noble Hospital in Westfield unveils $1.6 million entrance and lobby improvements

       Baystate Noble Hospital officials unveiled their new $1.6 million front entrance and lobby as well as the theme of the 2018 Baystate Noble Ball: "It's Magic!" The entrance improves access and complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Automatic sliding doors, re-grading of the circular driveway and walkways to create a level surface, and a protective drive-under canopy improved the exterior.

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    21. Historic B-29 plane, others coming to Westover Municipal Airport in Chicopee

      Historic B-29 plane, others coming to Westover Municipal Airport in Chicopee

      A historic B-29 Superfortress bomber plane, one of only two in the world that still fly, will be on display at the Westover Metropolitan Airport next week and will even be open for rides. The Commemorative Air Force will be bringing three historic aircraft to the airport on 255 Padgette St., from June 20-24. The B-29 will be joined by two other planes, a C-45 Expeditor and a T-6 Texan. People will be able to view all three aircraft between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. all five days at a cost of $10 for adults, $5 for youth ...

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    22. Want to land a job at the soon-to-open MGM Springfield casino? Here's another opportunity

      Want to land a job at the soon-to-open MGM Springfield casino? Here's another opportunity

      If you are still looking to be a part of the MGM Springfield roster ahead of the casino's Aug. 24 grand opening, you still have a chance. The next invite-only hiring event is scheduled for this coming Monday and Tuesday, June 18-19. According to the casino company, all departments will be represented at the event, but recruiters will primarily be focused on food & beverage positions, including cooks, kitchen stewards, servers, bar porters, hosts, runners, and pantry and counter workers.

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    23. Chicopee approvals granted for $45M hotel, restaurant complex; more permits needed

      Chicopee approvals granted for $45M hotel, restaurant complex; more permits needed

      The Planning Board approved a site plan for an about $45 million business complex off Burnett Road that will include a hotel, gas station and several restaurants, but the developers will need other permits before they can begin construction. The approval, granted in a 7-0 vote last week, is contingent on developer Dinesh Patel receiving permits from the state Department of Transportation to create an entrance to the complex off what is technically Interstate 291. The final plans will also have to be reviewed and endorsed by the city engineer and other city officials before building begins.

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    24. With CTrail ready to roll, travelers ponder if they'll use Springfield-Hartford-New Haven train line

      With CTrail ready to roll, travelers ponder if they'll use Springfield-Hartford-New Haven train line

      CTrail's Hartford Line begins service Saturday. CTrail and Amtrak trains will provide a total of 34 daily trips on weekdays, 12 trips on Saturdays, and 13 trips on Sundays and holidays. A timetable is available at hartfordline.com. On Friday, U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal and others will cut a ribbon at Springfield Union Station for a ceremonial launch. A party of officials from Springfield will take a train to Hartford, where they'll meet Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy, who's planning to take a train north from New Haven.

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