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    1. FOHBC National Antique Bottle Convention draws collectors to downtown Springfield (photos)

      FOHBC National Antique Bottle Convention draws collectors to downtown Springfield (photos)

      t may be time to go back and look at those old bottles that you have been walking past in the basement, attic or garage as they could be worth some money. The Federation of Historical Bottle Collectors, which has members from all of the United States as well as from several foreign countries, arrived in Springfield Thursday to hold their annual National Antique Bottle Convention and Expo at the MassMutual Center through Sunday.

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    2. Holyoke gets MassDevelopment fellow, manager of innovation district

      Holyoke gets MassDevelopment fellow, manager of innovation district

      With just one month of work in Holyoke under her belt, Insiyah Mohammad Bergeron feels qualified to make a pretty bold statement: "I've met more interesting people on the street in Holyoke than I did living in New York or Boston," she said. "That's no exaggeration. I'm on a listening tour right now." Those interesting people include entrepreneurs, artisans, building owners and developers, she said. Her job is to get all those people connected and working together to start growing the economy in downtown Holyoke.

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    3. Owners of Callaway complex tear down obsolete office space in Chicopee (photos)

      Owners of Callaway complex tear down obsolete office space in Chicopee (photos)

      The owners of the Callaway Golf Co. complex at 425 Meadow St. are demolishing an unwanted and obsolete two-story office building even as they welcome new tenant Granite City Electric and an expansion of Callaway's golf ball manufacturing plant. "It's a great site. We've got more space available and property that can be built to suit," said Bob Flynn, chief operating officer of Calare Properties in Hudson. "We have maybe 10 or 12 acres that we can build on now out of the 50-acre parcel."

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    4. Seen@ Art Stop(s) pop-up galleries in downtown Springfield

      Seen@ Art Stop(s) pop-up galleries in downtown Springfield

      The third Art Stop(s) pop-up gallery event was held Wednesday afternoon in downtown Springfield despite a driving rainstorm that forced the cancellation of other events. Promoted by the Springfield Central Cultural District, it was a chance to have five new pop-up art galleries open at the UMass Center, the lobby of 1550 Main, the Community Foundation of Western Mass., New England Public Radio Offices and the TD Bank Building all located within walking distance.

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    5. US Rep. Richard Neal touts precision manufacturing opportunities in Western Massachusetts,...

      US Rep. Richard Neal touts precision manufacturing opportunities in Western Massachusetts,...

      Highlighting the precision manufacturing and other high-skills job opportunities that are going unfilled across Berkshire County and Western Massachusetts, U.S. Rep. Richard Neal, D-Springfield, stressed Tuesday that more must be done to connect local residents to these positions.  The congressman, who toured Lee-based Berkshire Sterile Manufacturing Inc. as part of Startup Day Across America, said the three-year-old biopharmaceutical company "highlights the opportunity for aspiration and achievement" in Western Massachusetts.

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    6. Chicopee RiverMills Center to offer Paint and Dine event

      Chicopee RiverMills Center to offer Paint and Dine event

      The Council on Aging will host a "Paint & Dine" program in August as part of its effort to expand programming. Collegian Court will cater the dinner. Participants will then pick up their brushes and paint a summer flamingo-themed painting. The event is scheduled for 5 to 7 p.m., Aug. 8, at RiverMills Center, 5 West Main St. The cost is $20. Registration is required by calling 534-3698, or stopping by the reception desk at RiverMills on weekdays.

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    7. Assisted living center to be built on Chicopee Facemate property

      Assisted living center to be built on Chicopee Facemate property

      The massive cleanup effort of the most contaminated property in the city showed results Thursday with the announcement that a developer will purchase part of the land and build an assisted living facility there. City officials revealed DS Development, of Weston plans to build a 95-unit, about 72,000 square foot affordable assisted living complex of 3.85 acres of former Facemate property that is east of the RiverMills Senior Center.

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    8. 5 major transmission, hydro and wind partners bid into Massachusetts Clean Energy RFP | masslive.com

      5 major transmission, hydro and wind partners bid into Massachusetts Clean Energy RFP | masslive.com

      The Massachusetts Clean Energy RFP, or request for proposals, was drafted last year in response to Gov. Charlie Baker's 2016 energy bill. The bill requires that the utilities procure around 9,450,000 megawatt-hours of wind, solar, hydro or energy storage -- so-called 'Class I renewables' -- to meet the state's clean energy goals.

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    9. New North Citizens Council finds residents want to work and learn, gets workforce development grant to help them do it

      New North Citizens Council finds residents want to work and learn, gets workforce development grant to help them do it

      The New North Citizens Council has received a $50,000 workforce development grant from the state to launch a pilot program that would get residents in one of the city's poorest neighborhoods back to school or working. Council members recently went door-do-door in the neighborhood and found that many people are looking for opportunities to work or go back to school.

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    10. The Tavern in Westfield sold to owner of Opa Opa, Kaptain Jimmy's

      The Tavern in Westfield sold to owner of Opa Opa, Kaptain Jimmy's

      After 14 years in Westfield and a total of 36 years in business, John J. Bonavita is selling The Tavern restaurant to the owner of Southampton's Opa Opa Steakhouse and Brewery and Agawam's Kaptain Jimmy's. Longtime Tavern manager Chris Osgood is staying on in a prominent role. "I consider myself a business partner of Peter Kantos," Osgood said Thursday of the Opa-Opa owner, noting that very little at the well-loved Tavern will change.

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    11. Homebrew Showcase in Springfield to benefit the Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange

      Homebrew Showcase in Springfield to benefit the Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange

      A charity Homebrew Showcase on August 5 in Springfield will benefit a non-profit tasked with helping children in the commonwealth find permanent homes.  From 1 to 3 p.m. at Paddy's Irish Pub, located at 1060 Wilbraham Road in the Breckwood Shopping Center, the event will give the public a chance to sample the work of local amateur brewers in a fun, laid-back atmosphere and enjoy complimentary food while raising money for the Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange (MARE). Tickets for the event are available with a $15 donation at the door or in advance by emailing: jumpingcometbrewing@gmail.com.

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    12. Springfield students rack up the summer reading minutes, as part of program to increase...

      Springfield students rack up the summer reading minutes, as part of program to increase...

      Molly Goren-Watts of the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission recently tested the children of the South End Community Center Summer Program on their math and reading skills. And she learned in the past three weeks, the children had read for a total of 222,000 minutes, so they don't let learning slip during the summer. The total will be updated in another three weeks. About 11,000 students are taking part in the program which was promoted by Sally Fuller, project director of Reading Success by 4th Grade, Springfield Mayor Domenic J. Sarno and Allison Gearing Kalill of Brightside ...

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    13. Monarch Place Starbucks: Cornerstone Cafe to stay, get new coffee brand

      Monarch Place Starbucks: Cornerstone Cafe to stay, get new coffee brand

      The Cornerstone Cafe -- the locally owned  coffee, soup and sandwich shop in Monarch Place -- will continue operating once a new Starbucks sets up shop in the downtown office tower. Paul Picknelly, building owner and president of Monarch Enterprises said in an email Tuesday that Conerstone will stay, but that the cafe is searching for a new high-quality coffee brand to serve. Cornerstone now sells Starbucks Coffee.

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    14. Starbucks to open downtown Springfield store at Monarch Place

      Starbucks to open downtown Springfield store at Monarch Place

      Starbucks is opening a storefront in Monarch Place, the 25-story commercial building on Main Street connected to the 325-room Sheraton hotel. The Springfield Business Improvement District confirmed Monday that Starbucks would be Monarch Place's newest tenant, after teasing the coffee chain's arrival in a Facebook post on Friday.

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    15. Holyoke Machine Co., oldest manufacturer in Paper City, shuts down and plans to auction off equipment (photos, video)

      Holyoke Machine Co., oldest manufacturer in Paper City, shuts down and plans to auction off equipment (photos, video)

      A manufacturer in Connecticut recently called James Sagalyn, owner of Holyoke Machine, looking for repairs on a giant drive shaft for one of the production machines in his shop. For the first time since Abraham Lincoln was in the White House, Holyoke Machine can't help. In February, Sagalyn closed Holyoke Machine, a machine shop founded in 1863 that built the "Hercules" water turbines that helped make Holyoke famous and whose foundry cast doors for the U.S. Capitol building.

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    16. Hadley planners considering proposal for new Manny's location

      Hadley planners considering proposal for new Manny's location

      The owners of the Hadley Village Shops have filed for site plan approval of construction of a 7,140-square-foot retail building that a town planner said is for Manny's TV and Appliances to relocate there. Planning Board member William Dwyer said a hearing on the proposal has been continued to Aug. 1. He said one page of the application includes a rendering of the building showing the Manny's logo. The Hadley Village Shops are at 41 Russell St. (Route 9), about a half-mile from the Calvin Coolidge Bridge and the Northampton border.

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    17. Owners of former Black Pearl building in Springfield plans rehab ahead of MGM casino...

      Owners of former Black Pearl building in Springfield plans rehab ahead of MGM casino...

      A lawyer for the owners of the vacant, boarded-up Black Pearl property in the South End said Friday that renovations will begin this fall for a new restaurant. The work is scheduled to be completed well ahead of the MGM Springfield casino across the street, he said. Attorney Bart Heemskerk, who represents property owner Jhanvi Hospitality LLC, said the company reached a signed agreement with the city on Friday in Housing Court to clean the property at 1127 Main St. and to monitor it on a daily basis.

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    18. Eversource pulls plug on Hadley solar array, plans one in Franklin County instead

      Eversource pulls plug on Hadley solar array, plans one in Franklin County instead

      Eversource has withdrawn plans to develop a solar array on South Maple Street and is now looking at building it on a similarly sized property in Sunderland. The energy company listened to concerns from Hadley residents and "we agreed to look for other sites working with Kestrel Land Trust," said Eversource spokeswoman Priscilla Ress in an email.

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    19. Springfield, MassDOT team up to complete Gerena School repairs

      Springfield, MassDOT team up to complete Gerena School repairs

      State and city officials are working on getting the necessary permits to begin repairs on the German Gerena Community School tunnel, said Sen. James Welch, D-West Springfield, and Rep. Carlos Gonzalez, D-Springfield, during a small community meeting Thursday. For years the school has been plagued with mold, leaks and flooding in its tunnel, which not only serves as a passageway under Interstate 91 between the Plainfield Street side and the Main Street side of the North End neighborhood, but also has several classrooms meant to serve as a community center.

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    20. 11-acre site in Holyoke getting groomed to attract developers

      11-acre site in Holyoke getting groomed to attract developers

      Tasks like soil borings and wetlands delineations are being carried out on 11 acres on Whiting Farms Road in a grooming that city officials hope will attract a buyer. "The idea is to advance predevelopment actions so that it's more 'site ready,' " said Marcos A. Marrero, director of the Planning and Economic Development Department. "We'll be doing things such as soil borings, utility hookup survey, wetland delineation and some conceptual design patterns that can help us market the property and make it 'easier/lower risk' for a developer to advance a proposal," he said in a recent email ...

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    21. Hatfield and Williamsburg preserve 128 acres on Horse Mountain with help from Kestrel Land...

      Hatfield and Williamsburg preserve 128 acres on Horse Mountain with help from Kestrel Land...

      The Horse Mountain ridge forms an iconic landscape element separating the towns of Williamsburg and Hatfield. Now 128 acres of the ecologically diverse forest land will be preserved forever, serving recreation, wildlife habitat, and resiliency in the face of climate change. Over the course of many months, Kestrel Land Trust worked with the two communities, secured grants, and helped coordinate a complicated process. The towns now own the land, with 34 acres in Williamsburg and 94 acres in Hatfield.

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    22. Tech Foundry nonprofit seeking students from Springfield neighborhoods hit by natural disasters

      Tech Foundry nonprofit seeking students from Springfield neighborhoods hit by natural disasters

      Springfield's Tech Foundry job training nonprofit is recruiting potential students from city neighborhoods that have faced both natural disasters and economic disadvantage. "We are currently recruiting in these neighborhoods asking residents if they have the ambition, aspiration and commitment to take advantage of this 'no-cost' program and start a career in Information Technology," Tech Foundry Director of Strategic Partnerships Jonathan Edwards said in a statement. "Students who apply for and are accepted into the Tech Foundry program will ultimately begin a career that can help them attain a job where entry-level salaries will pay between $30,000 and $40 ...

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