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    1. STCC hosts Massachusetts Girls in Trades Conference and Career Fair (photos)

      STCC hosts Massachusetts Girls in Trades Conference and Career Fair (photos)

      The Massachusetts Girls in Trades Conference and Career Fair was held Friday at the Springfield Technical Community College Scibelli Hall gym. Girls enrolled in area high school vocational and technical programs, along with guidance counselors and teachers, attended the event, which kicked off with a welcome by STCC President John Cook and Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno. Following the speaking program the student were divided into two groups, allowing them to network and ask questions with trade union representatives to help them plan a career in the skilled trades. Representatives were also present from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary ...

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    2. Plans to convert Chicopee downtown mill to apartments submitted, could help redevelop downtown

      Plans to convert Chicopee downtown mill to apartments submitted, could help redevelop downtown

      A proposal to convert a downtown vacant mill into a modern apartment building with 105 live-work lofts is officially getting underway. Mount Holyoke Development, owned by Herbert Berezin, has applied for a special permit to renovate the former 65,000 square-foot, five-story historic mill at the corner of Front and Depot streets, that was most recently used by Lyman Mills.

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      Mentions: Chicopee Holyoke
    3. People in Business: Maggie Ducheney named Board Member for Young Professionals Society of Greater Springfield

      People in Business: Maggie Ducheney named Board Member for Young Professionals Society of Greater Springfield

      Valley Educational Associates, Inc., a nonprofit that supports adults with developmental disabilities through supported employment and day services in Springfield, Chicopee and West Hatfield, announces Maggie Ducheney has recently joined the board of the Young Professionals Society of Greater Springfield.

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    4. Tower Square Health Expo in Springfield offers 20 services including DNA testing

      Tower Square Health Expo in Springfield offers 20 services including DNA testing

      DNA testing will be among 20 services available at the Tower Square Health and Wellness Expo on Wednesday. The event is scheduled from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the food court on the second floor. The snow date is Thursday. True Blue Health and Wellness will be one of 20 vendors offering services, screenings and education during the free daylong expo. True Blue's "True Blueprint Genetic Testing" uses cheek swabs to collect testing material. The cost of the test is covered by most health insurance plans.

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      Mentions: Springfield
    5. Salons raise more than $5,000 for Unify Against Bullying

      Salons raise more than $5,000 for Unify Against Bullying

      When salon owner Kelly Murphy attended a fashion show put on by Unify Against Bullying a couple of years ago, she immediately wanted to get involved with the anti-bullying nonprofit. "We were blown away," said Murphy, the owner of The Cutting Edge Salon and Day Spa in Agawam. "I thought, why not bring local salons together ... for a great cause?" Murphy organized the Cut-A-Thon, a daylong event in which salons donated profits from haircuts, blowouts and styling to Unify. Two salons participated in 2016, the first year, but last October six salons - five in Western Massachusetts and one in Melrose ...

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    6. U.S. Rep. Richard Neal to address Holyoke Chamber reception

      U.S. Rep. Richard Neal to address Holyoke Chamber reception

      U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal, D-Springfield, will be the main speaker at this year's Greater Holyoke Chamber of Commerce Candidates and Elected Officials Reception from 5 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday at Gary Rome Hyundai. The intent of the event at the dealership at 150 Whiting Farms Road is to introduce elected officials to the business community with a format that is a little speaking and lots of mingling, organizers said. Spiros Hatiras, president and chief executive officer of Holyoke Medical Center, also is scheduled to make remarks, organizers said.

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    7. Holyoke Community College MGM Culinary Arts Institute ready for students

      Holyoke Community College MGM Culinary Arts Institute ready for students

      Warren Leigh, chair of hospitality management and culinary arts programs at Holyoke Community College, looked over the student lounge at HCC's new MGM Culinary Arts Institute in the Cubit Building. He put himself in the shoes of a high school student choosing among HCC and bigger-name culinary programs like the Culinary Institute of America or Johnson & Wales University.

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    8. Westfield accepting applications for community development grants

      Westfield accepting applications for community development grants

      Westfield Community Development Director Peter J. Miller anticipates approximately $345,000 will be allocated to the city, which amounts to about $280,000 in grants after administrative and other costs. This is typical of the past few years. "For years we received $400,000 and into the $500,000s," said Miller. "Since 2000 the program has been cut significantly." Larger communities in the region, including Westfield, Holyoke, Chicopee and Springfield, receive automatic allocations from the federal government, while smaller communities such as Southwick compete against other towns for state CDBG funds.

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    9. Mercy Medical Center names Harvard graduate to top post

      Mercy Medical Center names Harvard graduate to top post

      Dr. Mark Dumais has been named chief medical officer for Mercy Medical Center. A Harvard Medical School graduate who also holds a master's degree in business administration, Dumais will provide clinical and administrative leadership at the 182-bed acute care hospital as well as its affiliated facilities, including the 126-bed Providence Behavioral Health Hospital in Holyoke.

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    10. Springfield cultural organizations hope to boost region's economy through 'cultural...

      Springfield cultural organizations hope to boost region's economy through 'cultural...

      The Springfield Central Cultural District, Springfield Cultural Council, city of Springfield and the Mass Cultural Council are embarking on a new and formal cultural relationship. All three partners, while formerly working on cultural activities to boost the local economy through creative expression separately, signed a "cultural compact" on Tuesday, Jan. 16 at Springfield City Hall, to increase collaboration and partnership, together.

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    11. SilverBrick plans renovations at former YMCA at 122 Chestnut St.

      SilverBrick plans renovations at former YMCA at 122 Chestnut St.

      "Exquisite historic detail" inspired  The SilverBrick Group to buy the former YMCA building at 122 Chestnut St., said Aaron J. Papowitz, the company's founder and managing principal. SilverBrick bought the 99-unit apartment building, which served as the Springfield YMCA from 1919 to 1951, in December for $4.8 million. The company already owns the nearby SilverBrick Lofts on Main Street and plans to rebrand the YMCA building as  SilverBrick Square.

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      Mentions: Springfield
    12. Chicopee Electric Light working to offer municipal Internet to businesses then residents

      Chicopee Electric Light working to offer municipal Internet to businesses then residents

      The city's electric company hopes to begin offering high-speed broadband Internet this year, first making the service available to local businesses and then building out a network neighborhood-by-neighborhood. But one City Councilor who has studied how communities throughout the country have offered Internet services to their citizens said he will push to take a more aggressive approach to creating a full fiber optic network faster that can reach all residents and businesses in the city.

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    13. Coming for Holyoke E.N. White School students: STEM middle school

      Coming for Holyoke E.N. White School students: STEM middle school

      Courses in science, technology, engineering and math -- known as STEM -- will be the focus of a new middle school that will begin in the fall at Dean Technical High School, officials said Monday. "A STEM experience will offer our students highly engaging, hands-on learning that promotes strong problem-solving and communication skills," said Stephen K. Zrike, the state-appointed receiver in charge of managing the public schools. "These skills are critical to achieving success through college and in today's dynamic workforce," he said. The new school will be for middle school students from E.N. White School, 1 Jefferson St., because ...

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      Mentions: Holyoke
    14. SilverBrick buys former YMCA building in Springfield

      SilverBrick buys former YMCA building in Springfield

      The SilverBrick Group has purchased the former Springfield YMCA at 122 Chestnut St. for $4.8 million, according to documents filed at the Hampden Registry of Deeds Dec. 29. Aaron J. Papowitz, SiverBrick's founder and managing principal, confirmed the sale Monday but didn't go into detail about the company's plans for the building, which currently houses 99 apartments.

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    15. Westfield Community Preservation Committee considers $85,000 grant to Stanley Park

      Westfield Community Preservation Committee considers $85,000 grant to Stanley Park

      A grant request of $85,000 to help restore and repair the Colonial Village at Stanley Park was tabled by the Community Preservation Committee late last week. CPC members wanted more time to mull over changes to the grant requirements proposed by the Stanley Park board. The standard CPC agreement requires the grant recipient to make the project permanently public and give an access easement to the city. The Stanley Park board suggested making the easement good for 20 years and eliminating the word "permanent" from the agreement.

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      Mentions: Westfield
    16. MGM Springfield opens administrative building at 95 State St.

      MGM Springfield opens administrative building at 95 State St.

      MGM Springfield has opened its administration offices at 95 State St., becoming the first occupied building of the $960 million casino project. The opening and use of the 11-story building is the first casino building to open on the site which follows approximately a year of renovations. The full casino is scheduled to open in September of 2018. "Moving onsite is a great way to kick off the year of our opening," MGM Springfield President Michael Mathis said Monday. ""We have a growing workforce and this office space better suits our ever-expanding needs as this momentous new year unfolds. This ...

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    17. CRRC to start production of MBTA cars in Springfield in 2018

      CRRC to start production of MBTA cars in Springfield in 2018

      Technicians at the Great Boston transit system's rail yard are test driving Springfield's future. The prototype Orange Line cars represent a step toward greater reliability and frequency of service for the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. What's more, the cars carry with them the hopes CRRC, the largest manufacturer of railroad rolling stock in the world, holds for expanding into the North American market. The prototype cars going through "dynamic" -- meaning moving -- testing this month at the MBTA's Wellington station in Medford were built by CRRC in China.

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    18. 2018 Hoophall Classic brings thousands - and millions - to Springfield, Convention & Visitors Bureau says

      2018 Hoophall Classic brings thousands - and millions - to Springfield, Convention & Visitors Bureau says

      College coaches from across the country converge on the birthplace of basketball every January to assess what several highly touted high school players could be worth to their programs. But before anyone even arrived at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame's 2018 Hoophall Classic, the value of the event itself was calculated by the Greater Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau. The Convention & Visitors Bureau says the 17th Hoophall Classic, scheduled Thursday through Monday, has an economic impact of $4.19 million for the city.

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    19. People in Business: Michael E. Tucker has been named a Class A Director of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston

      People in Business: Michael E. Tucker has been named a Class A Director of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston

      Michael E. Tucker has been named a Class A Director of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. Tucker is president, chief executive officer, and director of Greenfield Cooperative Bank and its parent company, Greenfield Bancorp MHC, a position he has held since 2003. A lawyer by training, Tucker began his career at the Springfield Institution for savings, where he later served as senior vice president and general counsel.

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    20. People in Business: Springfield College names Brooke Hallowell Dean of the School of Health Sciences and Rehabilitation Studies

      People in Business: Springfield College names Brooke Hallowell Dean of the School of Health Sciences and Rehabilitation Studies

      Springfield College announces that Brooke Hallowell, PhD, has been named Dean of the School of Health Sciences and rehabilitation studies, effective Jan. 2.  As dean, Hallowell, will collaborate with leadership of other divisions and units of Springfield College to participate in strategic planning and implementation activities that further the overall mission of the institution. She will oversee academic areas within her school including physical and occupational therapy, physician assistant, health science, emergency medical services management, communication disorders and rehabilitation counseling and disability studies. She will be responsible for assurance of quality of programming in line with student needs, institutional mission ...

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    21. Southworth sells Agawam plant for $1.9M; Turners Falls paper mill sold for $4M

      Southworth sells Agawam plant for $1.9M; Turners Falls paper mill sold for $4M

      Bankrupt Southworth Paper Co. is selling its Agawam plant for $1.88 million to investors from Adams. The city of Agawam has first claim on $140,000 it's owed by Southworth. Papers field this week in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Springfield detail the sale. Southworth needed court permission to transfer its assets after filing in September for federal bankruptcy protection. Southworth abruptly shut down its operations in August 2017, saying it could no longer get financing. The company, in business for 178 years, had 120 employees in Agawam, the Turners Falls section of Montague, and Seattle.

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    22. MGM Springfield continues to take shape with 2018 grand opening in sight (photos) | masslive.com

      MGM Springfield continues to take shape with 2018 grand opening in sight (photos) | masslive.com

      With a September 2018 opening coming fast, MGM Springfield officials are keeping their cards close when it comes to discussing details from inside the walls of the $960 million project.  But a walk around the 14.5 acre campus reveals a transformed section of downtown that has risen from a landscape left tattered by a 2011 tornado.  'I'm incredibly excited for 2018,' said MGM Springfield President Michael Mathis. 'We feel like this is Springfield's year to shine.'

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    23. Cambridge College, MGM Springfield launch hospitality training program

      Cambridge College, MGM Springfield launch hospitality training program

      Cambridge College's Tower Square campus is the first school in Massachusetts certified to offer classroom pre-apprenticeship training in hospitality under a program it designed with the help of MGM Springfield. Apprenticeships as a way of training people for careers make most people think of the construction trades -- for example plumbing, carpentry, steelworking -- said William McKinney, director of the division of labor standards for the state Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development.

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    24. UnitedBank opens new downtown Springfield branch at Monarch Place

      UnitedBank opens new downtown Springfield branch at Monarch Place

      Saying it wanted a presence in the heart of Springfield's financial district, United Bank opened its new branch Monday in the Monarch Place office and hotel tower at Main Street and Boland Way in Springfield. Monday was the first day of operations at the new branch office. The bank's former downtown Springfield office a few blocks away on State Street has already closed.

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