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    1. Plans to transform historic Northampton house into bed and breakfast to get review at Planning Board meeting

      Plans to transform historic Northampton house into bed and breakfast to get review at Planning Board meeting

      Plans for a new bed and breakfast in a historic section of Northampton will be considered by the city's planning board Thursday night, documents filed with the city show.  Deborah M. Henson, who lives at 83 Pomeroy Terrace, wants to convert sections of her single family home into a place where visitors can stay to enjoy the city.  The section of Northampton in which the house is located--Pomeroy Terrace--was just recently classified as a historic district and will be listed in the National Register of Historic Places, said Sarah LaValley, of the city's planning and sustainability office.

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    2. Suffolk Downs agrees to lease, refurbish Great Barrington track for live horse racing | masslive.com

      Suffolk Downs agrees to lease, refurbish Great Barrington track for live horse racing | masslive.com

      The company that operates horse racing and simulcasting at Suffolk Downs in East Boston has agreed to lease and refurbish the race track in Great Barrington.  Sterling Suffolk Racecourse LLC said Wednesday they will operate commercial races at the Great Barrington track while still operating simulcast wagering in East Boston.  The Great Barrington Fairgrounds are owned by Fairgrounds Realty LLC and Fair Grounds Community Redevelopment Project Inc. Racing at Great Barrington could start in 2019. Suffolk is seeking to potentially modify the track for longer races.

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    3. Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield shows off phase 1 of multi-million dollar renovations

      Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield shows off phase 1 of multi-million dollar renovations

      The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony Wednesday to celebrate the completion of Phase 1 in its multi-million-dollar renovation. Renovations and additions revealed included the Tip-Off Pavilion Lobby Presented by Mohegan Sun featuring images of iconic players and moments in the game, the impressive modern surround sound NIKE Theater, a donor recognition wall featuring an interactive kiosk, and the Coaches Circle exhibit which will pay tribute to Dr. James Naismith and celebrate current coaches who are following in his footsteps by emphasizing a commitment to positively impacting communities, players, peers, and society as a whole.

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    4. United Technologies plans to hire 35,000 and spend $75 billion with suppliers, possibly...

      United Technologies plans to hire 35,000 and spend $75 billion with suppliers, possibly...

      Aerospace and technology giant United Technologies Corp. said Wednesday it plans to hire 35,000 people -- including thousands in Connecticut -- and spend more than $15 billion on capital improvements and research and development over the next five years. UTC also announced plans to spend an additional $75 billion through local procurement of products and services, money that could include components from Springfield-area precision manufacturers. For example, UTC Aerospace in Windsor Locks has a network of subcontractors that includes Massachusetts companies like Ortiz Tool in Springfield. Among other products, UTC Aerospace makes heating controls for Orion, a spaceship that could one ...

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    5. City Council approves valet parking outside City Hall, MassLive building in downtown...

      City Council approves valet parking outside City Hall, MassLive building in downtown...

      The City Council approved a valet parking program this week that is intended to make parking more convenient for visitors to the MassLive tower building and City Hall at Court Square. The program is expected to begin July 2, based on City Hall Place, a street located between the two buildings. Councilors praised the program at a meeting Monday, and praised its sponsor, Evan Plotkin, president of NAI Plotkin. NAI Plotkin is a downtown property manager that includes the MassLive building at One Financial Plaza, 1350 Main St.

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    6. People in Business: Florence Bank hires Nikki Gleason, of Monson, to serve as Vice President/Branch Manager of new Springfield branch

      People in Business: Florence Bank hires Nikki Gleason, of Monson, to serve as Vice President/Branch Manager of new Springfield branch

      Florence Bank has hired Nikki Gleason, of Monson, to serve as vice president/branch manager of the bank's new Springfield location, slated to open this year. Gleason studied accounting at Springfield Technical Community College and completed the program at the New England School of Financial Studies at Babson College. She is a board member for Greater Springfield Habitat for Humanity as well as a fundraising committee member for Revitalize Community Development Corporation of Springfield. She will work in the bank's second Hampden County branch at 1444 Allen St., Springfield.

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    7. People in Business: Comcast announces appointment of Beverly Elliott as Vice President of Engineering for Western New England Region

      People in Business: Comcast announces appointment of Beverly Elliott as Vice President of Engineering for Western New England Region

      Comcast has announced the appointment of Beverly Elliott as Vice President of Engineering for the company's Western New England Region, which is headquartered in Berlin, Connecticut and includes more than 300 communities in Connecticut, Western Massachusetts, Western New Hampshire, Vermont and New York. In this role, Elliott oversees Comcast's network operations, including construction, product engineering and overall system integrity, as well as the reliability and resiliency of Comcast's converged, fiber-optic network. Recently, Elliott was responsible for the rollout of Comcast's new 1 Gigabit internet service which uses DOCSIS 3.1 technology to make it possible to ...

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    8. Hardwick's Big Picture Beef co-op growing sales of meat from grass-fed livestock to Big Y, River Valley Co-op

      Hardwick's Big Picture Beef co-op growing sales of meat from grass-fed livestock to Big Y, River Valley Co-op

      Ridge Shinn, 69, grew up milking cows and formed an agricultural company that began selling beef a year ago. The operation has expanded to include sales to the 70-store Big Y supermarket chain, which touts itself as a local grocer with stores throughout New England. The Big Y weekly flier this week features Big Picture Beef's hamburg on sale at $5.99 per pound, and includes a photo of Shinn on the front page. He is the CEO and founder of Hardwick-based Big Picture Beef, a consortium of about 50 Northeast farmers that eschews the feed-lot techniques that rely ...

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    9. Ad Club of Western Mass. to host 2018 Creative Awards Thursday in Holyoke

      Ad Club of Western Mass. to host 2018 Creative Awards Thursday in Holyoke

      The very best creative work in the Valley will be on display Thursday as the Advertising Club of Western Mass. hosts its 2018 Creative Awards. This year's awards show will be held at Gateway City Arts in Holyoke, MA and Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse will start the night. All creative work and submissions will be on display, including print, photography, videos and more.

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    10. United Bank to close 3 Western Mass. locations following purchase of 6 Webster Bank branches

      United Bank to close 3 Western Mass. locations following purchase of 6 Webster Bank branches

      United Bank will close three existing branches in West Springfield, the Indian Orchard section of Springfield and in East Longmeadow after buying nearby locations from Webster Bank of Waterbury, Connecticut.  United Bank, headquartered in Hartford, announced Tuesday that it has purchased six Webster Bank locations.

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    11. Howdy Awards honor 11 for hospitality excellence in Pioneer Valley

      Howdy Awards honor 11 for hospitality excellence in Pioneer Valley

      The Greater Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau honored 11 front-line hospitality workers for excellence Monday night at the 23rd annual Howdy Awards. The Howdys are meant to recognize the folks that make a visitor's stay in the Pioneer Valley special. Maybe it's the first person you see, like a desk clerk or a restaurant greeter. Or maybe its someone you never see, possibly because they are wearing a giant blue-and-yellow bird suit. Jim Syner, mascot for the Springfield Thunderbirds, was one of the 11 honorees Monday night, as was the St. Patrick's Committee of Holyoke, previously announced winner ...

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    12. Springfield Housing Authority selects mayor's chief of staff, Denise Jordan, as new...

      Springfield Housing Authority selects mayor's chief of staff, Denise Jordan, as new...

      Denise R. Jordan, who has served as chief of staff for Mayor Domenic J. Sarno since he took office a decade ago, has been appointed executive director of the Springfield Housing Authority. The five-member authority, which oversees public housing in Springfield, selected Jordan by unanimous vote from among three finalists for the job. Final interviews occurred last week and the appointment was confirmed Monday. The appointment is pending state review and drafting of a contract. "I'm excited at the opportunity to help be a part of the Springfield Housing Authority," Jordan said Monday.

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    13. Elms College adds online certificate program in legal nurse consulting

      Elms College adds online certificate program in legal nurse consulting

      Elms College has introduced an online program for candidates to earn a paralegal studies certificate in legal nurse consulting. The 18-credit program may be done in less than one year by completing three, 8-week sessions online. Courses include health law, principles of litigation and tort and personal injury. Candidates must hold an associate's degree or a bachelor's degree as well as a current license to practice as a registered nurse. They must have completed 2,000 hours of clinical practice as a registered nurse. "The best candidates for the legal nurse consulting track are licensed nurses who are ...

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    14. Colony Club, Springfield institution that has hosted 6 presidents, closes after 103 years

      Colony Club, Springfield institution that has hosted 6 presidents, closes after 103 years

      The Colony Club in Springfield's Tower Square, a downtown staple since 1915 that has hosted six presidents, shut down Monday. "We wanted to cease operations with our heads held high," said Mark Teed, president of the Board of Governors."We made the toughest decision of all." The Club made a major push for members three years ago on its 100th birthday. But that recruiting effort was unsuccessful. It was down to 215 members from more than 300 in 2015. "I think it was just a model that wasn't meeting the needs of young executives," Teed said. "There was ...

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    15. Valet parking program proposed outside MassLive office building at Springfield's Court...

      Valet parking program proposed outside MassLive office building at Springfield's Court...

      The owner of the MassLive building at Court Square is proposing a valet parking program, intended to improve the experience for visitors of the office building and its neighbor, City Hall. As proposed, six parking spots will be set aside on City Hall Place, a one-way side street between the MassLive building, at 1350 Main St., and City Hall. The valet stand would be at the corner of Court Street and City Hall Place, and the attendants would park cars in the the designated spaces and at the nearby Civic Center garage on Bruce Landon Way.

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    16. Wellspring Harvest to hold greenhouse ribbon cutting, open house events Sunday

      Wellspring Harvest to hold greenhouse ribbon cutting, open house events Sunday

      Wellspring Harvest will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony Sunday to commemorate the completion of its hydroponic greenhouse and the beginning of its agricultural production.  The cooperative corporation will officially open its Indian Orchard greenhouse with a 2 p.m. ribbon cutting event at the 121 Pinevale St. location.  Following the ribbon cutting, Wellspring Harvest will hold a two-hour open house, which will feature demonstrations of hydroponic growing techniques, tours and free lettuce samples, according to organizers.

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    17. Sisters of Providence break ground on affordable housing with elder care services in West...

      Sisters of Providence break ground on affordable housing with elder care services in West...

      The Sisters of Providence have broken ground on Hillside Residence, a $10 million project to build 36 units of affordable, elder care housing on the 27-acre Providence campus at 2112 Riverdale St. The project calls for integrating housing for residents age 62 or older with the health services they will need as they grow older, according to Sister Kathleen Popko, president of the Sisters of Providence.  "At times, the dream seemed futile," Popko told the crowd gathered Friday at the site where the housing will soon rise, recalling the ups and downs of trying to secure project funding over the ...

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    18. Look inside the new UMass Amherst mobile water treatment lab

      Look inside the new UMass Amherst mobile water treatment lab

      A new mobile water treatment lab run by UMass Amherst will help small towns test new water treatment technology.  "Some of our smaller towns are risk-averse to testing new technologies on their water treatment," said Rep. Smitty Pignatelli, D-Lenox. "This would allow them to kick the tires and test it on a much smaller basis." Pignatelli said making a mistake with a new technology can cost towns tens of thousands of dollars, so this is an opportunity for small systems to test out new technologies and see if they will work on a larger scale.

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    19. Chicopee Construction company to move to mostly vacant industrial park, city approves tax...

      Chicopee Construction company to move to mostly vacant industrial park, city approves tax...

      A local construction company is planning to move to a parcel of land in the Chicopee River Business Park, which has been mostly empty since it was created more than 25 years ago. A. Crane Construction LLC. is purchasing an about 10-acre lot known as Parcel 8 on East Main Street. The property is across the street from the main part of the Business River Park and on the side that runs along the Chicopee River, said Eric Nelson president and CEO of Westmass Westmass Area Development Corporation, which owns the industrial park. The company has not closed on the ...

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    20. Springfield Innovation Center construction to resume in June

      Springfield Innovation Center construction to resume in June

      DevelopSpringfield says it will restart renovation work in mid-June on the long-stalled Springfield Innovation Center. MassDevelopment, the state's finance and development agency, sent DevelopSpringfield a commitment letter this week putting the local agency one step closer to getting the financing it needs to complete the project, said Nicholas Fyntrilakis, chairman of the DevelopSpringfield board of directors.

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    21. Reshaping philanthropy in our community

      Reshaping philanthropy in our community

      As the generosity-dust settles on the sixth and likely final Valley Gives Day, I'm feeling more than a little sentimental. This one-day festival of community philanthropy began with a question posed by devoted community member Paul Doherty: "How can we make this Valley the most generous region in the country?" Looking back now, the "we" has clearly emerged as the most important part of that question.

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    22. Yee family, Masse's Seafood taking over Brunelle's Marina Dockside Restaurant in South Hadley, planning improvements, new name

      Yee family, Masse's Seafood taking over Brunelle's Marina Dockside Restaurant in South Hadley, planning improvements, new name

       Luke Brunelle, owner of Brunelle's Marina on the Connecticut River in South Hadley, said he's a pretty good restaurateur for the Dockside -- but only in the winter. "When I'm not doing any boat business," Brunelle said. "In the summer, there is just too much going on. I just can't pay enough attention and I can only hope I made the right decisions back before the season." The decision he made this offseason was to bring in old friends -- the Yee family, longtime owners of the former Hu Ke Lau in Chicopee and current owners and operators ...

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    23. New $45 million Chicopee development will include 4-story hotel, 3 restaurants, gas station

      New $45 million Chicopee development will include 4-story hotel, 3 restaurants, gas station

      A new about $45 million development planned for Burnett Road calls for a four-story hotel, a sit-down restaurant, a coffee shop, two fast food restaurants and a gas station with convenience store. Friday Dinesh Patel, whose business is in Springfield, submitted site plans for his project to be located on about eight acres of property on Burnett Road, next to the existing Pride Station and Fifties Diner. Patel is seeking permits to build a four-story, 14,044 square-foot hotel as the anchor of the new project that will be located near the end of Interstate-291 and the on and off ...

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    24. Ludlow Mills lands $300K in historic tax credits, says Rep. Thomas Petrolati

      Ludlow Mills lands $300K in historic tax credits, says Rep. Thomas Petrolati

      The mammoth Ludlow Mills complex has landed $300,000 in historic tax credits from the state, said Rep. Thomas M. Petrolati, D-Ludlow, a strong supporter of the ongoing preservation and redevelopment project along the banks of the Chicopee River.  The funding will help developer WinnCompanies complete a restoration project that's expected to produce 89 residential units and create up to 100 construction jobs at the iconic Clock Tower Building at Mill 8, one of the many buildings at the sprawling complex covering 170 acres between State Street and the river.

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