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    1. State workforce development grant provides new equipment for two Westfield Technical...

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      State workforce development grant provides new equipment for two Westfield Technical...

      The School Department will use a $500,000 state grant to enhance training of students enrolled in manufacturing technology and aviation technology at Westfield Technical Academy. Superintendent of Schools Stefan Czaporowski said Wednesday the Massachusetts Workforce Training grant announced last week will be equally divided among the two vocational programs. Funding will enhance the training of at least 16 students enrolled in each program.

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    2. Pioneer Valley Railroad, DCP Midstream Terminal, get state grant to expand gas capacity

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      Pioneer Valley Railroad, DCP Midstream Terminal, get state grant to expand gas capacity

      The Pioneer Valley Railroad and DCP Midstream Terminal, a natural gas distributor in Westfield, have received a $150,000 Massachusetts Department of Transportation freight rail infrastructure grant to increase capacity in Westfield. The money will be used to rehab a rail spur serving DCP Midstream Terminal's facility on Medeiros Way and allow the company to bring in more rail cars. DCP rail shipments have already increased by 1,300 cars over the past five years, according to a news release from the Massachusetts Department of Transportation.

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      Mentions:   Palmer   Westfield   Massachusetts Department of Transportation

    3. Mount Tom Solar Farm groundbreaking at former Holyoke coal-burner set for Oct. 13

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      Mount Tom Solar Farm groundbreaking at former Holyoke coal-burner set for Oct. 13

      The transformation from decades of coal burning to harnessing solar power will take another step as the owner of the Mount Tom Power Station on Northampton Street will hold a ground-breaking for the new facility Oct. 13. The "Mt. Tom Solar Farm groundbreaking ceremony" will be at 10:30 a.m. at the 128-acre site near the Easthampton line at 200 Northampton Street, according to an invitation to the event. Representatives of plant owner GDF SUEZ Energy North America have said since shortly after closing the coal-burning plant in late December 2014 that converting the site to a solar-energy producer ...

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      Mentions:   Northampton   Holyoke   The Republican

    4. Westfield offers grants to improve downtown storefronts

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      Westfield offers grants to improve downtown storefronts

      City officials are offering grants to downtown property owners to help update and improve storefronts and facades within the Elm, Franklin and Main streets neighborhoods. The grants, up to $20,000, are being offered from the city's federal Community Development Block Grant funding and require business or property owners to invest at least $10,000 to qualify. Community Development Director Peter J. Miller explained the grants are based on a 65-35 percent investment from the city and property owner.

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    5. Downtown Chicopee business granted OK to expand

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      Downtown Chicopee business granted OK to expand

      The City Council voted 12-0 to change the zoning of a nearly 5,000 square-foot lot at 11 Chestnut St. from multi-family residential to business so Tunstall Corporation can build an addition to the back of its existing building on Exchange Street. Earlier in the month the Planning Board also endorsed the zone change, saying the property is next to other businesses and would fit with the downtown neighborhood.  "We are a business in Chicopee and we have been here for 30 years. We have 20 employees and we need more office space," said Thomas Tunstall, one of the company ...

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    6. Holyoke Mall opens new stores

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      Holyoke Mall opens new stores

      Holyoke Mall at Ingleside has opened a new White Barn candle store and a remodeled Bath & Body Works, according to a news release. White Barn is the seventh new long-term store at the mall in the last six months, joining Billy Beez, Shatter & Case, Torrid, Sprint, Zales and CilantroMex. White Barn and Bath & Body Works are both open on the lower level between Forever 21 and Sears, according to the mall

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      Mentions:   Holyoke

    7. Springfield schools on the rise: State test scores show progress overall

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      Springfield schools on the rise: State test scores show progress overall

      In the span of one year, STEM Middle Academy has gone from being labeled a Level 4 "underperforming" school by state education officials to being considered one of the best in the state.  This was one of several pieces of positive news for the city shared by Massachusetts education officials Monday. The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education released 2016 assessment data regarding the 1,604 schools across the state.

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    8. Westfield State University launches fall Guest Lecture Series | masslive.com

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      Westfield State University launches fall Guest Lecture Series | masslive.com

      Westfield State University will launch its fall Guest Lecture Series Wednesday with 'An Evening of Poetry' with Keith Leonard, class of 2008, from 5 to 6 p.m. in the Loughman Living Room at Scanlon Hall.  That will be followed Oct. 5 with a 'Why I Go to the Olympics' lecture by Dr. Amy Bass at 7 p.m. on Dever Stage at the Parenzo Hall.

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      Mentions:   Westfield State University   Westfield

    9. Bradley International Airport preps for Aer Lingus service to Dublin, hopes for more flights | masslive.com

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      Bradley International Airport preps for Aer Lingus service to Dublin, hopes for more flights | masslive.com

      Airlines see more potential routes that could be profitable than they have aircraft to serve. But they are extremely reluctant to invest in more aircraft for these market conditions, which might not last.  So their strategy is to have a quick trigger finger and be willing to shift people and aircraft from routes that are not performing to new ones where the possibilities are — in theory — less limited, said Kevin Dillon, executive director and CEO at the Connecticut Airport Authority and Bradley International Airport.

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      Mentions:   Bradley International Airport   Boeing

    10. Springfield Regional Chamber gets Beltway lowdown from Congressman Richard Neal

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      Springfield Regional Chamber gets Beltway lowdown from Congressman Richard Neal

      Taxes, health care, energy prices and the looming presidential election drew attention this week as members of the Springfield Regional Chamber of Commerce toured Washington as part of the chamber's annual Washington Symposium hosted by U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal. "We had a very good turnout from Berkshire County and from Hampden County," Neal said.  There were 22 chamber members on the trip representing various businesses and nonprofits. They included representatives from both Baystate Health and Sisters of Providence Health System.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   The Republican   Sisters of Providence Health System

    11. Chicopee City Council approves extension for Cabotville Mill project

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      Chicopee City Council approves extension for Cabotville Mill project

      At the request of the developer, the City Council voted unanimously to delay for six months taking any action on the proposal to convert the Cabotville Mill into 600 apartments and 400,000 square feet of retail space. The council voted 12-0 this week to grant the time extension to SilverBrick LLC. The extension will expire in February, but the council also agreed to meet on the proposal in December to make sure it stays current on the plans. "We want to work with this developer. It will be a boon to the downtown," Councilor Shane D. Brooks said of ...

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    12. Mass. gets $2.5 million to expand job placement for young adults with disabilities

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      Massachusetts has received a $2.5 million federal grant to help young adults and teenagers with disabilities find employment. The money will be spent in Hampden County and in the Lowell area. The U.S. Department of Labor gave nearly $15 million to six states. The Massachusetts money will go toward expanding access to credential-based education and training for individuals with disabilities between ages 14 and 24. The state will create partnerships with employers and offer subsidized short-term work programs to help businesses hire young people with disabilities.

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    13. Springfield College, Berkshire Community College sign transfer agreement

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      Springfield College, Berkshire Community College sign transfer agreement

      Springfield College and Berkshire Community College announced an agreement this week that will allow Berkshire Community College physical fitness graduates to transfer to Springfield College's Applied Exercise Science Program with junior standing.

       

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    14. Big Lots to cut ribbon on rebuilt Springfield store

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      Big Lots to cut ribbon on rebuilt Springfield store

       Big Lots will hosted a grand opening Friday  for its rehabbed store at 90 Cooley Street, Springfield in the Five Town Plaza. Big Lots District Team Leader Chris Berger presented  a donation of $2,000 to Thomas M. Balliet School during the ceremony. A non-traditional, closeout-type retailer, Big Lots has 1,448 stores in 47 states  selling food and other consumables, furniture, seasonal goods, furniture and electronics.

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    15. Minuteman Press hosts ribbon cutting on Main Street in Springfield

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      Minuteman Press hosts ribbon cutting on Main Street in Springfield

      Minuteman Press hosted a grand opening" of its Springfield location, 1365 Main St., downtown. This will be the second location for franchise owners, Michael and Lindsey Weber, who also own the Enfield location. Minuteman Press is a full-service design, print and marketing center serving the entire business community from small businesses to corporations. They produce banners, signs, marketing materials, and more.

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    16. Mary Walachy of Springfield appointed to state early education board

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      Mary Walachy of Springfield appointed to state early education board

      The head of a Springfield-based education foundation has been reappointed to a state board overseeing early education in Massachusetts. Gov. Charlie Baker reappointed Mary Walachy, executive director of the The Irene E. & George A. Davis Foundation in Springfield, to the Massachusetts Board of Early Education and Care.

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    17. Springfield seeks architect for $1.2M improvement project at downtown Stearns Square

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      Springfield seeks architect for $1.2M improvement project at downtown Stearns Square

      The city is seeking to hire an architectural firm to design an estimated $1.2 million project for major improvements at Stearns Square in downtown Springfield and the nearby Duryea Way walkway. The submission deadline is early next month. City officials announced in early August that a proposal to move the iconic statue "The Puritan" to Stearns Square from its current site near the Quadrangle was no longer under consideration. "'The Puritan' stays exactly where it belongs," Mayor Domenic J. Sarno said Aug. 5.

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   Springfield

    18. Chicopee officials break ground on new Mercedes-Benz dealership

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      Chicopee officials break ground on new Mercedes-Benz dealership

      Springfield Automotive Partners Inc. broke ground Wednesday on its plans to build a Mercedes-Benz dealership on the property of the Plantation Inn, which was previously the Schine Inn. Standing in front of the boarded-up vacant hotel, owners Rich and Amy Hesse said they are in the process of removing hazardous materials from the asbestos-filled inn and hope to proceed to demolition and then construction soon. Rich Hesse said the roughly $12 million project will create a roughly 37,000-square-foot business. It should be finished, open and operating by this time next year.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Chicopee

    19. Association for Community Living changes name, partners with Valley Venture Mentors

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      Association for Community Living changes name, partners with Valley Venture Mentors

      The Association for Community Living, which serves people with intellectual disabilities, is changing its name to Pathlight and partnering with Springfield's Valley Venture Mentors. The two organizations have put out a national call for entrepreneurs with technology ideas that could increase independence for those with intellectual disabilities. Valley Venture Mentors is a Springfield business development group that provides startups with advice and expertise as they grow ideas into companies.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Valley Venture Mentors

    20. Holyoke Community College gets grant for EMT program

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      Holyoke Community College gets grant for EMT program

      Holyoke Community College has been awarded a $127,741 Workforce Skills Capital Grant to purchase equipment for its EMT Training Program.  The grant, announced this week by the governor's office, will allow HCC to expand the number of students served in its non-credit EMT classes and offer new training equipment and materials at the college's new Center for Health Education, adjacent to the main campus on Jarvis Avenue.  HCC was one of seven community colleges, vocational high schools and educational collaboratives chosen to share in a total funding package worth $2.6 million.

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      Mentions:   Holyoke Community College   Springfield Technical Community College   Springfield

    21. Western New England University to build new dining commons

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      Western New England University to build new dining commons

      Western New England University plans to construct a new 70,000-square-foot, four-story dining commons adjacent to the existing St. Germain Campus Center on its Springfield campus. A ceremonial groundbreaking is set for noon on Sept. 27 on the green between the campus center and Sleith Hall, according to a news release. Western New England University is not yet saying how much the building will cost, said spokesman Brian Zelasko. The private school's board of trustees recently asked designers to make the building bigger and a new cost estimate is not ready for the public, he said.

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      Mentions:   Western New England University   Springfield

    22. MBTA proposal could lead to more business for Springfield rail car manufacturer, but no decisions final yet

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      MBTA proposal could lead to more business for Springfield rail car manufacturer, but no decisions final yet

      The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority might increase capacity on its busy Red Line by replacing 86 subway cars instead of refurbishing them — a move that could bring more business to Springfield and the massive CRRC rail car factory now under construction on Page Boulevard. The MBTA's Fiscal and Management Control Board heard a proposal Monday from engineers to buy new Red Line cars in addition to the 132 the agency has already ordered from Chinese-owned CRRC USA Rail Corp.

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    23. ConEdison opens Westfield solar farm; 8K panels capable of powering 300 homes (photos, video)

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      ConEdison opens Westfield solar farm; 8K panels capable of powering 300 homes (photos, video)

      Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito joined officials from ConEdison Development and the city of Westfield Tuesday to formally open a $6 million solar farm at 219 Russellville Road capable of producing 2 megawatts of power, or enough for 300 homes. The project, which is up and running now, occupies 10 reclaimed acres of a 30-acre site that was once a sand pit and dumping ground for construction debris. "It would have been too easy to look at this project and say, 'No, there is too much work, there is too much to do here,'" Polito said. "But you got to 'yes.'"

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      Mentions:   Chicopee   Westfield

    24. Springfield job fair aims at helping veterans gain employment in manufacturing,...

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      Springfield job fair aims at helping veterans gain employment in manufacturing,...

      SPRINGFIELD — Springfield Partners for Community Action and Harmon Personnel Services are inviting veterans to participate in a job fair on Wednesday, Sept. 21, at the Springfield Partners office, 721 State St.

      The "Veterans Work First" job fair is from 10 a.m. to noon. The organizers are inviting all veterans and active duty personnel to take part for career placement services.

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