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    1. Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce names Georgia Moore president | masslive.com

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      Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce names Georgia Moore president | masslive.com

      The director of leadership gifts at Cooley Dickinson Health Care in Northampton is the new president of the Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce.  Georgia Moore was named president Jan. 10, succeeding Julie Marcus, who served as the president in 2016.  'The chamber is a vital and important resource for the Amherst area. I look forward to working with the board and chamber staff in supporting and advocating for our members,' Moore said in a press release.

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      Mentions:   Amherst   Northampton

    2. Springfield post office expands to meet growing package demand

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      Springfield post office expands to meet growing package demand

      The U.S. Postal Service is renovating the back of the Springfield post office at Main and Liberty streets to accommodate a growing volume of packages sent through the mail. The area is called the workroom floor, said postal service spokeswoman Christine Dugas. Letter carriers were moved out of the building to a nearby postal facility about a year ago to make room for construction, and they recently returned. Construction is expected to be completed by the end of February, Dugas said.

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    3. Western MA Slider Slam Challenge coming to Eastern States Expo in West Springfield

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      Western MA Slider Slam Challenge coming to Eastern States Expo in West Springfield

      The Western MA Slider Slam Challenge, hosted by the Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau, is coming to the Carriage House at the Eastern States Exposition on Thursday, Feb. 9. The first-time event will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Carriage House banquet facility at Storrowton Village, located on the grounds of The Big E at 1305 Memorial Ave. in West Springfield. MassLive's own Nick "I ate it" O'Malley, author of the website's popular "I Ate it So You Don't Have To" column, will serve as a judge at Slider Slam.

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      Mentions:   West Springfield   Springfield   Mary Kay Wydra

    4. HAPHousing building 4-story, $19.9M apartment and retail complex at former Pleasant St. lodging house in Northampton | masslive.com

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      HAPHousing building 4-story, $19.9M apartment and retail complex at former Pleasant St. lodging house in Northampton | masslive.com

      HAPHousing has begun construction of a four-story, $19.9 million building to house 70 rental apartments and 2,600 square feet of retail space at 155 Pleasant St., where a single-room lodging house once stood.  According to Peter Gagliardi, the HAPHousing president and CEO, construction is scheduled be completed in a year, with occupancy slated for March 2018.  'HAPHousing is excited to contribute to the revitalization of Pleasant Street,' he said.

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      Mentions:   Northampton

    5. Western New England University announces business scholarship

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      Western New England University announces business scholarship

      Western New England University announced this week its $2,000 Business Impact Scholarship to students from Hampden, Hampshire and Worcester counties who are enrolled as new students in the College of Business starting in the fall of 2017. "We think we have an outstanding product and we want to make Western New England university as affordable as we can to people in our region," said Bryan Gross, vice president for enrollment management at Western New England University. "We've gained a lot of positive momentum."

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      Mentions:   Western New England University   Springfield

    6. Ruben Flores-Marzan is Ware's new director of planning and community development

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      Ruben Flores-Marzan is Ware's new director of planning and community development

      By a 4-1 vote, selectmen on Tuesday confirmed the town manager's selection of Ruben Flores-Marzan as the municipality's new director of planning and community development. He begins work on Thursday, with an annual salary of $64,000, Town Manager Stuart Beckley said. Selectman John Desmond, who voted against Flores-Marzan, alluded to the fiscal condition of the town, and said, "The last thing we need to do is hire more people." Desmond also questioned whether a planning director would "inspire" economic activity. "We haven't seen any growth and I don't see that changing," the selectman said.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Ware

    7. West Springfield seeking to borrow $850K for Coburn School feasibility study

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      West Springfield seeking to borrow $850K for Coburn School feasibility study

      West Springfield officials are working with the Massachusetts School Building Authority to come up with a plan for the overcrowded school, which needs more than just a makeover, according to some Coburn teachers, who support a healthier learning and teaching environment for students and faculty.  West Side may be eligible for a grant from the MSBA, which is why city officials are looking to borrow $850,000 for a feasibility study and schematic designs for a new Coburn. The loan authorization would allow the city treasurer, with approval from Mayor Will Reichelt, to borrow the money.

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      Mentions:   West Springfield   Springfield

    8. 'Lumberyard' affordable housing in Northampton wins $5 million from state

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      'Lumberyard' affordable housing in Northampton wins $5 million from state

      The Lumberyard Apartments -- a 70,000-square-foot affordable housing project planned at 265 Pleasant St. -- will move forward with a $5 million investment from the state. The Baker administration announced Tuesday that its Department of Housing and Community Development will award the project $1.79 million in state and federal low-income housing tax credits and $3.3 million in direct rental housing subsidies.

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      Mentions:   Amherst   Northampton

    9. Christina Royal, HCC's 1st female president, aims to 'co-create our future'

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      Christina Royal, HCC's 1st female president, aims to 'co-create our future'

      History was made at Holyoke Community College on Monday as faculty and staff gathered to welcome the school's first female president. "I think there is such great potential at this institution to build off of the great work that has already existed and to be able to take HCC to the next level," said Christina Royal. Royal said she wants to hit the ground running by supporting students and increasing enrollment. "Student success is paramount at a community college and any institution," she said. "HCC has an excellent reputation for being a transfer institution, and I want us to ...

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      Mentions:   Holyoke Community College   Holyoke   William F. Messner

    10. Farms in Hadley, Leyden, and Amherst win state infrastructure grants

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      Farms in Hadley, Leyden, and Amherst win state infrastructure grants

      Massachusetts Department of Agriculture awards annual infrastructure grants to farms that are not only committed to economic success, but to land conservation. The Baker administration on Friday announced $375,000 in such grants. The grants will fund diverse projects, including orchard development, hay barn construction, farm stands, and improved milking operations -- all capital investments designed to improve viability.

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      Mentions:   Amherst

    11. Chicopee adopts tax incentive program to attract housing to downtown

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      Chicopee adopts tax incentive program to attract housing to downtown

      The Housing Development Incentive Zone, adopted in a 12-0 vote, is open only to state-designated Gateway cities, which are mainly older mill cities with a high poverty level. Tax breaks can only be given to developers of market-rate housing, City Planner Lee Pouliot said. A community has to create a zone they are targeting for market-rate development," he said. "The reason we started with the West End is we had the two mill conversion projects."

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      Mentions:   Chicopee   Holyoke

    12. Agway locations in Westfield, Palmer and Athol close, auctions set

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      Agway locations in Westfield, Palmer and Athol close, auctions set

      Westfield Farm & Home Inc. has permanently closed its Agway locations in Westfield, Palmer and Athol and auctions will take place at all three locations by order of its creditors. Auctioneers Aaron Posnik  & Co. will sell off the contents, including inventory, from the Palmer Agway Home & Garden, 1515 Park St., otherwise known as Route 20, at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 24, said Paul W. Scheer, president of Aaron Posnik & Co.

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      Mentions:   Palmer   Springfield   Northampton

    13. Sears sells Craftsman brand to Stanley Black & Decker for $775 million

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      Sears sells Craftsman brand to Stanley Black & Decker for $775 million

      Stanley Black & Decker added to its portfolio Thursday by buying the venerable Craftsman brand from Sears for for $775 million. In October, Stanley Black & Decker bought Lenox American Saw along with other parts of the the Newell Brands tool division for $1.95 billion in cash. That deal also included Newell's Irwin brand. That deal included the 500,000-square-foot Lenox American Saw factory in East Longmeadow, with its 640 employees. A total of 900 people manufacture and market Lenox saw blades and tools in more than 70 countries.

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    14. MassBenchmarks: State economy nears 'full capacity'; impact of Trump unknown

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      MassBenchmarks: State economy nears 'full capacity'; impact of Trump unknown

      The Massachusetts labor market is reaching full capacity, with a lack of skilled and ready workers already pushing up wages in the high-tech manufacturing and construction industries, according to the latest report from MassBenchmarks, a study of the statewide economy from the University of Massachusetts Donahue Institute. But that dynamism seems to be missing from much of Western Massachusetts, especially the Gateway Cities like Holyoke, Springfield, Pittsfield and their neighbors.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Springfield   Amherst

    15. Seen@ The Springfield Regional Chamber's January Business Breakfast

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      Seen@ The Springfield Regional Chamber's January Business Breakfast

      The Springfield Regional Chamber celebrated the new year with more than 100 business owners, associates, and visitors, attending the chamber's January business breakfast at the Carriage House at Storrowton Tavern on Wednesday. The meeting carried the theme for success, happiness and humor, with Keynote Speaker Dr. Steve Sobel, of Longmeadow. Guest speakers included Art Jasper, Gillian Palmer and Beth Ward. The business breakfast provides community and business leaders an opportunity to network and provide educational topics for local and regional businesses.

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      Mentions:   West Springfield   Palmer   Springfield

    16. Springfield offers federal grant funds to local nonprofit organizations in need of...

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      Springfield offers federal grant funds to local nonprofit organizations in need of...

      The city is encouraging local nonprofit organizations that serve low- and moderate-income households to apply for federal grant funds being offered by the city for needed capital improvements to their buildings. The city is offering grants of up to $25,000 per organization under the federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program. The Request for Proposals and applications are available from the city's Housing Office, beginning today, and must be returned by Feb. 3, according to a news release from the office of Mayor Domenic J. Sarno. The office is located at 1600 East Columbus Avenue, open 8:30 ...

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   Springfield

    17. Joint Amherst Chamber of Commerce-BID office opens downtown

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      Joint Amherst Chamber of Commerce-BID office opens downtown

      he office officially opened Tuesday at 35 South Pleasant St. It is operated jointly by the Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce and the Amherst Business Improvement District. The office is open five days a week, but also will be staffed by volunteers on the weekends and some nights during special events, like the monthly Arts Night Plus openings, said Sarah la Cour, executive director of the BID. The Chamber used to have a small yellow kiosk on the common where it provided visitor information, but that closed and was removed several years ago.

       

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      Mentions:   Amherst

    18. Smith & Wesson completes name change to American Outdoor Brands

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      Smith & Wesson completes name change to American Outdoor Brands

      Venerable Smith & Wesson completed its transition Tuesday to a new corporate name -- American Outdoor Brands Corporation -- which is more fitting with its diversification strategy. The new name, first announced in November, brings with it a new stock ticker symbol on the Nasdaq exchange: AOBC. The holding company has new website at www.aob.com, but will maintain its smith-wesson.com site as a product site for its the firearms brand, which will remain Smith & Wesson.

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      Mentions:   Smith & Wesson Corp.   Springfield

    19. Sears to close Enfield Square Mall store, 3 Massachusetts locations | masslive.com

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      Sears to close Enfield Square Mall store, 3 Massachusetts locations | masslive.com

      Sears Holdings, the parent of Sears and Kmart department stores, announced this week that it will close its Sears location at Enfield Square Mall, 90 Elm St.  The company will also close three stores in Massachusetts: two Kmart locations in Fairhaven and South Attleboro and a Sears Auto Center in Swansea.  The Sears auto store in Enfield will remain open, according to Sears Holdings.

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    20. Opening date set for Springfield Registry of Motor Vehicles

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      Opening date set for Springfield Registry of Motor Vehicles

      The Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles plans to open its new, expanded Springfield office in the Springfield Plaza shopping center, 1250 St. James Ave., on Jan. 23. The new office will be located in the same former movie theater building near the Chicopee line that houses Bounce! Trampoline Sport. At 17,000 square feet, it will be 70 percent larger than the existing office on Liberty Street, a facility long considered inadequate, outmoded and landlocked with insufficient parking.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Chicopee   The Republican

    21. CRRC Springfield plant might do train car maintenance for MBTA, too

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      CRRC Springfield plant might do train car maintenance for MBTA, too

      Besides supplying new subway cars for the MBTA, the gargantuan CRRC MA rail car factory nearing completion in East Springfield might get work doing heavy maintenance on cars for the T, according to the state's transportation secretary. The T is digging itself out of a $7 billion differed maintenance hole and has no interest in climbing back down under a pile of breaking equipment anytime soon, Secretary Stephanie Pollack told reporters and editors at The Republican and MassLive during an hour-long meeting Wednesday.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   The Republican

    22. Eversource reports spending $940 million on Massachusetts power grid in 2016

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      Eversource reports spending $940 million on Massachusetts power grid in 2016

      Eversource Energy in 2016 invested $940 million to improve and maintain the Massachusetts power grid, the company announced this week. The stated goal of the grid modernization effort is to increase the "efficiency, reliability and resiliency" of the electric system and make it less vulnerable to weather-related outages. In Western Massachusetts, a massive new transformer at the Northfield Mountain Pumped Storage Facility substation, combined with a mile-long high-voltage power line, are expected to "improve the flow of electricity along the commonwealth's electrical superhighway."

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Easthampton

    23. Chicopee signs lease for solar farm near Westover

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      Chicopee signs lease for solar farm near Westover

      The company, Chicopee Solar LLC., is a subsidiary of Consolidated Edison Development, Inc., which operates more than 25 solar projects stretching across the country from California to New England. It runs at least five others in Massachusetts, including one in Westfield. Even before the lease was officially signed, the company began installing the equipment needed for the solar field, Mayor Richard J. Kos said.

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      Mentions:   MassDevelopment   Chicopee   Westfield

    24. Overall picture is positive for Northampton businesses, chamber says

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      Overall picture is positive for Northampton businesses, chamber says

      Several landmark businesses announced they would close this year, from Diva's Nightclub celebrating its final Pride weekend to Gleason's Camping Supply shutting down their downtown retail operations after more than a half century in business. While there have been some well-known establishments to shutter their doors this year, others have opened or expanded, showing an ebb and flow seen in any downtown, said Suzanne Beck, executive director of the Northampton Chamber of Commerce. More than a dozen new businesses have set up shop downtown. "There has been turnover but there's also been entrepreneurs that have opened," said ...

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      Mentions:   Amherst   Northampton   Chicopee

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