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    1. Leadership Pioneer Valley unveils 2018 class at Holyoke Wistariahurst Museum (Photos) | masslive.com

      Leadership Pioneer Valley unveils 2018 class at Holyoke Wistariahurst Museum (Photos) | masslive.com

      Leadership Pioneer Valley, also known as LPV, introduced their class of 2018 on Tuesday, Sept. 19 at the Wistariahurst Museum in Holyoke at its Reach Beyond Reception.  The annual reception event marked the beginning of an intensive, ten-month regional leadership development curriculum for the new members.  This year's class includes 33 emerging leaders from the Pioneer Valley-representing private, nonprofit, educational and public organizations.

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    2. Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito and state Rep. Angelo Puppolo tour Friendly's Ice Cream plant in...

      Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito and state Rep. Angelo Puppolo tour Friendly's Ice Cream plant in...

      She earned her first dollar as a waitress in a Friendly's Restaurant, loves black raspberry ice cream, and she couldn't wait to see where all the creamy Friendly's ice cream is created. Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito and state Rep. Angelo J. Puppolo Jr. spent time on Tuesday touring Friendly's headquarters on Boston Road, seeing first-hand where the famous ice cream is made by Western Mass. residents.  "I know how to scoop it, how to double dip," Polito told Friendly's Manufacturing and Retail President and General Manager Tim Hopkins prior to their tour.

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    3. Engineering firm Fuss & O'Neill moving into former courthouse in downtown Springfield

      Engineering firm Fuss & O'Neill moving into former courthouse in downtown Springfield

      Engineering firm Fuss & O'Neil has leased 11,133 square feet  of space at the former federal courthouse at 1550 Main St. and plans to move its Pioneer Valley headquarters there from West Springfield. "We are thrilled to be moving to Springfield," said Eric Bernardin of Fuss & O'Neill in a news release. "As an engineering firm, our job is to help create an environment that promotes and provides the groundwork for economic opportunity, civic involvement and arts and entertainment. We are excited to be part of helping Springfield grow and look forward to the future."

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    4. Women's clothing store coming to downtown Springfield; lured by MGM Springfield development

      Women's clothing store coming to downtown Springfield; lured by MGM Springfield development

      Charlene Naylor plans to open a new location of her Charlene's Boutique clothing store in downtown Springfield somewhere around Oct.  1. Naylor, who has a location on Boston Road and recently closed a shop in the Holyoke Mall, said she was drawn to her new location, 1394 Main St., by the promise of MGM Springfield. The $950 million casino and resort complex opens in Springfield's South End in 2018. Naylor described her merchandise as dressy and stylish.

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    5. 'How It's Made' TV show features Lamson kitchen knife factory in Westfield

      'How It's Made' TV show features Lamson kitchen knife factory in Westfield

      "How It's Made," the long-running Science Channel show that takes viewers on tours of factories to a soundtrack of peppy background music will feature Lamson Products and its Westfield kitchen knife factory in an upcoming episode. Jay Driscoll, social media coordinator for Lamson, said a crew from "How It's Made" visited Westfield this summer for a segment that will air later this fall. Neither he nor spokespeople for the Science Channel, one of the Discovery family of networks, could say exactly when it will air.

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    6. Former bowling alley in Westfield razed as part of urban renewal project at former Newberry's site

      Former bowling alley in Westfield razed as part of urban renewal project at former Newberry's site

      Crews from Associated Building Wreckers should have what remains of the former Westfield Candlepin Bowling Center at 11 Church St. cleared and the ground graded by Oct. 7, Westfield Advancement Officer Joe Mitchell said Friday. The Westfield Redevelopment Authority purchased the building from the Romani family earlier this year along with two nearby parcels in order to clear the property as part of the ongoing Elm Street urban renewal project. The cost of the property and demolition will total $509,000, paid by the city, Mitchell said.

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    7. Florence Bank begins push into Hampden County with grand opening of new West Springfield branch (photos)

      Florence Bank begins push into Hampden County with grand opening of new West Springfield branch (photos)

      If Florence Bank had built its newly opened West Springfield office a decade ago instead of in 2017, it would have been three times bigger than its 1,100 square feet. The bank of a decade ago would have needed teller lines and counter space for the types of routine day-to-day transactions many bank customers do online or through handheld apps, said Florence Bank President and CEO John F. Heaps.  "Now we have a branch where five people run the whole office, and they do everything," Heaps said.

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    8. $1.6 million in federal grants to fix sidewalks, renovate parks, raze eyesores in Holyoke

      $1.6 million in federal grants to fix sidewalks, renovate parks, raze eyesores in Holyoke

      Parks will get renovated, sidewalks fixed and blighted buildings demolished with $1.6 million in federal grants, Mayor Alex B. Morse said. Morse recently discussed the over 30 ways in which he has divided the city's share of federal Community Development Block Grants (CDBG), working with city agencies, the Greater Holyoke Chamber of Commerce's SPARK business program and OneHolyoke CDC.

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    9. Women's Fund of Western Massachusetts names new CEO

      Women's Fund of Western Massachusetts names new CEO

      Donna Haghighat, whose background is in fund-raising and advocacy work in the Connecticut area, has been named the new chief executive officer of the Women's Fund of Western Massachusetts. A graduate of Hartford's Trinity College and the University of Connecticut School of Law, Haghighat has previously served as chief engagement and advocacy officer for YWCA Hartford Region, executive director of the Aurora Foundation for Women and Girls in Greater Hartford, and chief development officer at Hartford Public Library.

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    10. Eversource to build its largest solar plant at Springfield's Smith & Wesson Industrial Park

      Eversource to build its largest solar plant at Springfield's Smith & Wesson Industrial Park

      The 5.6-megawatt solar farm Eversource plans to build at the Smith & Wesson Industrial Park off Roosevelt Avenue will also generate money the city can use to rehab the "blast zone" around upper Worthington and Lyman streets, the city's chief development officer said Wednesday. The neighborhood, just blocks from the city's downtown, was heavily damaged in the Scores Gentlemen's Club gas explosion on Thanksgiving weekend in 2012.

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    11. Trinity Health Of New England shifts Mark Fulco back to Springfield to serve as president of Mercy Medical Center and local affiliates

      Trinity Health Of New England shifts Mark Fulco back to Springfield to serve as president of Mercy Medical Center and local affiliates

      Mercy Medical Center, part of Trinity Health Of New England, has named Mark Fulco president. Fulco, who has previously served the hospital in a number of capacities, will oversee Mercy and its affiliates starting on Oct. 9. "Mark is a highly respected, highly engaged health care leader with extensive experience in various areas of hospital operations. We are certain he will not only help sustain our rich legacy of providing high quality care with a compassionate touch, he will also help us reach new levels of service to our community," said John E. Sjoberg, the hospital's board chair, in ...

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    12. 'Buy Westfield Now' program offers incentives for homebuyers to choose the Whip City

      'Buy Westfield Now' program offers incentives for homebuyers to choose the Whip City

      A new incentive program offers homebuyers a few more reasons to invest in the Whip City. "Buy Westfield Now" held an open house at the Westfield Gas & Electric service center on Wednesday to share information about special deals offered by realtors, lenders, inspectors, interior decorators and others who hope to attract people to Westfield.

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    13. New $45 million Chicopee hotel, gas station complex planned for Burnett Road

      New $45 million Chicopee hotel, gas station complex planned for Burnett Road

      The owner of a now-demolished budget rate hotel is planning to construct a new $45 million development in its place. The proposal calls for a 98-room hotel, sit-down restaurant, fast food restaurant, coffee shop and gas station with a convenience store to be constructed on about eight acres of land off Burnett Road near the entrance of the Massachusetts Turnpike and Interstate 291, said Frank Quigley, construction manager for the project.

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    14. Western Massachusetts town plans 18-hole municipal disc golf course

      Western Massachusetts town plans 18-hole municipal disc golf course

      Selectmen at Monday's meeting unanimously endorsed plans for a disc golf course on public land. The Park & Recreation department proposed an 18-hole disc, or Frisbee, golf course on about 20 acres of a 60-acre municipal parcel. The land is known as Piper Farm, which is less than a half-mile from the town common. The area is bounded by Route 202 on the north side and Springfield Road on the south. Kyle Thibeault, the town's park director, told selectmen it would be free to play the course, which would boost the local economy. He said disc golf is a ...

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    15. Greyhound begins operating out of Springfield Union Station

      Greyhound begins operating out of Springfield Union Station

      Bus carrier Greyhound, which is soon to end its partnership with Peter Pan Bus Lines, announced Monday that it has started operating out of Union Station. Greyhound has a dedicated ticket counter at the newly rebuilt station, which opened in June following a three-year, $95-million renovation. But Greyhound is not using that ticket counter yet, instead directing folks to the Peter Pan desk a few feet away. Last month, both Peter Pan and Greyhound announced that they will end their cooperation agreement as of Sept. 27. after nearly 19 years.

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    16. With the 2017 Big E just days away, West Springfield fairgrounds prepare to welcome...

      With the 2017 Big E just days away, West Springfield fairgrounds prepare to welcome...

      The 2017 edition of The Big E, the biggest fair in the northeast United States, is just days away from opening and vendors are busy erecting booths, building rides, and shining every last bit of chrome. This year, visitors will be able to see Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel: The Exhibition, a recreation in photographs of the ceiling frescoes of the Vatican's Sistine Chapel. Guests will also be able to experience a bit of the Middle East desert oasis at the Camel Kingdom, which features a rare breed of dromedary, sporting blue eyes and a spotted coat.

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    17. David Starr among 2017 Massachusetts Governor's Awards in the Humanities recipients

      David Starr among 2017 Massachusetts Governor's Awards in the Humanities recipients

      David Starr, president of The Republican Co., along with Henry Louis Gates. Jr. and Sacha Pfeiffer, will be honored at the 2017 Massachusetts Governor's Awards in the Humanities next month. Mass Humanities and Gov. Charlie Baker will pay tribute to the trio at the True Stories awards dinner on Oct. 15 at 5 p.m. at the Fairmont Copley Plaza in Boston. "No one has made a greater contribution to the cultural and economic life of Western Massachusetts, over a longer period of time, than David Starr," said David Tebaldi, executive director of Mass Humanities. "Through his civic leadership ...

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    18. Pioneer Valley prepping pitch for Amazon HQ; company promises as many as 50,000 jobs

      Pioneer Valley prepping pitch for Amazon HQ; company promises as many as 50,000 jobs

      Western Massachusetts is in the early stages of preparing a proposal -- or of combining  with a neighbor's response -- to Amazon's broad but tantalizing search for second North American headquarters. Richard K. Sullivan Jr., president and CEO of the Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts, said Thursday he has notified mayors and heads of town governments here of Amazon's needs. He also informed them of the Pioneer Valley's potential to fill Amazon's needs. "You have to be in the game to win," Sullivan said.

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    19. Local music fans invited to free Springfield Jam Fest at Court Square

      Local music fans invited to free Springfield Jam Fest at Court Square

      Organizers are expecting nice weather and a very good crowd on Saturday for the daylong Springfield Jam Fest, featuring more than a dozen local bands, at Court Square downtown. The event is from noon to 11 p.m., and is free of charge, with bands using two stages to maximize the music, said Chris Russell, executive director of the Springfield Business Improvement District, which is presenting the festival. "We're very excited," Russell said. "It's local talent and a diverse genre of music -- country, rock, Latin salsa, reggae. ... It's all local from the operations to the performers."

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    20. 'Lease It Local' helps startups pay rent on Springfield storefronts

      'Lease It Local' helps startups pay rent on Springfield storefronts

      Entrepreneurs looking to rent a downtown storefront can look to DevelopSpringfield for a little help. The public-private partnership charged with fostering economic growth in the city said Wednesday that it is taking applications for "Lease It Local," a program that will help businesses rent, occupy and enliven storefronts that are now vacant or underused. An application and full details are available online at developspringfield.com/programs.html.

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    21. Lego to cut 1,400 jobs after decline in sales | masslive.com

      Lego will cut about 1,400 positions, about eight percent of the company's workforce.  The Danish toy company reported fiscal results for the first six months of the year, with revenue down 5 percent to $2.4 billion. Profits fell by 3 percent to $544 million.  'We are disappointed by the decline in revenue in our established markets, and we have taken steps to address this,' LEGO Group Chairman Jorgen Vig Knudstorp said in a statement.

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    22. Out of the rough: Callaway Golf Co. grows Chicopee factory, production workforce

      Out of the rough: Callaway Golf Co. grows Chicopee factory, production workforce

      Golf is a game of precision. Making golf balls is no less exacting, as Dominic Duvall demonstrated recently at Callaway Golf Co.'s sprawling plant in the Willimansett section of town. He placed unfinished golf balls between the sharp points of an electronic micrometer to measure it to thousandths of an inch. Each ball, with it's aerodynamic surface geometry of 332 tiny indentations -- don't call them dimples -- can be no smaller than 1.68 inches in diameter and no heavier than 1.62 ounces. The Callaway plant makes 50 million golf balls a year. That's 20,000 ...

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    23. U.S. Rep. Richard Neal announces $5.4 million in federal grants for Springfield

      U.S. Rep. Richard Neal announces $5.4 million in federal grants for Springfield

      U.S. Rep. Richard Neal, D-Springfield, said Friday that Springfield will receive four federal grants totaling approximately $5.4 million for housing programs for low- and moderate-income residents and related services. Neal and Mayor Domenic J. Sarno announced the grants from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development on the steps of City Hall. Under HUD's Community Planning and Development Program, the city will receive $5,392,632. The city annually gets HUD funds for housing and homeless assistance.

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    24. Basketball Hall of Fame inductees Rebecca Lobo, Mannie Jackson speak at Springfield...

      Basketball Hall of Fame inductees Rebecca Lobo, Mannie Jackson speak at Springfield...

      Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame inductees Rebecca Lobo and Mannie Jackson were the featured guests at the Education and Leadership Luncheon at Springfield College on Friday. Part of the 2017 Enshrinement Weekend, the luncheon recognized local high school students and business leaders. It was meant to inspire and reward the perseverance and excellence of city youth through one of Springfield's greatest contributions to the world, the game of basketball, organizers said.

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