Articles from masslive.com

  1. 73-96 of 5518 // « 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 ... 228 229 230 »
    1. Hampshire Council of Governments announces $4.6 million in savings for its member communities in 2015 | masslive.com

      Explore masslive.com (Dec 31 2015)

      Hampshire Council of Governments announces $4.6 million in savings for its member communities in 2015 | masslive.com

      The Hampshire Council of Governments estimates it saved its member communities more than $4.6 million in fiscal 2015 through power purchasing, group insurance and other programs.  The 15 member towns paid $25,509 in dues to the council in 2015, generating an investment return of 180-to-1, the council said in a press release. That, the council said the savings equal around $72 per resident.

      (Read Full Article)

    2. Big Y to hire 25 for new Big Y Express Gas & Convenience Stores in Longmeadow, Hadley and Wilbraham | masslive.com

      Explore masslive.com (Dec 30 2015)

      Big Y to hire 25 for new Big Y Express Gas & Convenience Stores in Longmeadow, Hadley and Wilbraham | masslive.com

      Big Y Foods Inc. announced Wednesday plans to hire 25 people to staff the three convenience stores and gas stations it purchased from Pittsfield-based O'Connell Oil Associates Inc.  Big Y announced the purchase earlier this week. the three new locations, each near a n existing Big y supermarket, represents the expansion of the Big Y Express brand .

      (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Big Y Foods

    3. MASS MoCA in North Adams invites contemporary art lovers to visit for free on Jan. 30 | masslive.com

      Explore masslive.com (Dec 30 2015)

      MASS MoCA in North Adams invites contemporary art lovers to visit for free on Jan. 30 | masslive.com

      Housed in converted mill and factory space in North Adams, MASS MoCA's rotating contemporary exhibits were featured on a list of 39 museums to see before you die by Buzzfeed.  In addition to normal exhibits, the museum offers special programming for Free Day visitors. This year's listing promises gallery dance performances, family-friendly art projects, pop-up musical performances and more. Previous Free Days have seen flash mobs, children's art projects and gallery yoga among the day's events.

      (Read Full Article)

    4. Big Y buys O'Connell Shell locations in Hadley, Longmeadow and Wilbraham | masslive.com

      Explore masslive.com (Dec 29 2015)

      Big Y buys O'Connell Shell locations in Hadley, Longmeadow and Wilbraham | masslive.com

      Big Y Foods Inc. is expanding its Big Y Express Gas and Convenience concept with the purchase of three O'Connell Convenience Plus gas stations.  O'Connell Convenience Plus are currently branded as Shell stations.  The three stations are:
      75 Russell St., Hadley
      711 Bliss Road, Longmeadow
      1993 Boston Road, Wilbraham

      Big Y said in a prepared statement Monday that it expects to begin operating these locations in late January and will convert them to their Big Y Express brand throughout the winter months.

      (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Big Y Foods

    5. Holyoke Fiber Optic Group hoping for discussion with municipal utility | masslive.com

      Explore masslive.com (Dec 28 2015)

      Holyoke Fiber Optic Group hoping for discussion with municipal utility | masslive.com

      The next meeting of the Holyoke Fiber Optic Group Jan. 4 will include discussion about scheduling a session with Manager James M. Lavelle of the Holyoke Gas and Electric Department, an organizer said.  'The Holyoke Fiber Optic group feels the city is ready to start exploring this issue and we hope to meet with Jim Lavelle sometime in January to discuss forming an exploratory committee,' organizer Peter Palombella said in an email Wednesday.

      (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Holyoke   Jim Lavelle

    6. Amherst BID has new marketing director, Ann Tweedy from Laughing Dog Bicycle | masslive.com

      Explore masslive.com (Dec 28 2015)

      Amherst BID has new marketing director, Ann Tweedy from Laughing Dog Bicycle | masslive.com

      Ann Tweedy has a new job but she won't have to go far to take it.  Tweedy, co-owner of Laughing Dog Bicycles at 63 S. Pleasant St., will be moving to 49 S. Pleasant to become the new marketing and promotion manager at the Amherst Business Improvement District.  'Ms. Tweedy is a communications specialist with a background in marketing and community relations and was selected from a strong pool of applicants to fill this position,' according to a press release.

      (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Amherst

    7. Gains made in education, health care sectors despite increase in Greater Springfield's unemployment rate last month | masslive.com

      Explore masslive.com (Dec 23 2015)

      Gains made in education, health care sectors despite increase in Greater Springfield's unemployment rate last month | masslive.com

      Greater Springfield lost 1,300 jobs last month, a decline of 0.4 percent making November a tough month in what had been a run of job gains in 2015.  On the year, Springfield and its surrounding towns and cities have gained 6,400 jobs since November 2014. That's a 2 percent, nearly matching the statewide average of 2.2 percent.

      (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Springfield

    8. With approvals in place, MGM Springfield plans to demolish Zanetti school in mid January | masslive.com

      Explore masslive.com (Dec 23 2015)

      With approvals in place, MGM Springfield plans to demolish Zanetti school in mid January | masslive.com

      When City of Springfield and MGM Resorts International officials dug shovels into dirt on a March morning in front of the former Alfred G. Zanetti School, the groundbreaking was largely symbolic.  Despite the confetti and speeches, the demolition crews had to wait. The building has stood standing for the last nine months as MGM Springfield continued to navigate a series of regulatory hurdles. And while site work has commenced on the casino project, its most visible signs of progress -- the destruction of the vacant low-rises which are to be replaced by shops, restaurants and a 126,000-square-foot gaming floor -- are ...

      (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Springfield   MGM Resorts International

    9. WiredWest in talks with state broadband officials this week, hoping to bring Internet to unserved communities | masslive.com

      Explore masslive.com (Dec 23 2015)

      WiredWest in talks with state broadband officials this week, hoping to bring Internet to unserved communities | masslive.com

      Representatives from WiredWest are in talks this week with the Massachusetts Broadband Institute, three weeks after the state agency withdrew its support from the group and raised concerns about the cooperative's plan to profitably operate a multi-town, fiber-optic broadband network that would be built with up to $120 million in public funds.

      (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Massachusetts Broadband Institute

    10. UMass, Amherst ink new $3.6 million strategic-partnership agreement | masslive.com

      Explore masslive.com (Dec 22 2015)

      UMass, Amherst ink new $3.6 million strategic-partnership agreement | masslive.com

      The University of Massachusetts and Amherst officials have a signed a new strategic partnership agreement that will pay the town $3.6 million for fees and services over the life of the agreement that will expire June 30, 2019.  UMass will continue paying the town for fire and ambulance services based on a formula tied to calls for service as well as for water and sewer services.  In fiscal year 2015, the university paid $381,344 for ambulance support from the town.  UMass has also paid the town $80,000 to provide additional ambulance service on the weekends.

      (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Amherst

    11. Chinese CRRC USA Rail Corp. project to build MBTA cars in Springfield on schedule, Mass. officials say | masslive.com

      Explore masslive.com (Dec 22 2015)

      Chinese CRRC USA Rail Corp. project to build MBTA cars in Springfield on schedule, Mass. officials say | masslive.com

      State transportation officials said Monday the project that will have new MBTA Orange Line and Red Line cars built in Springfield remains on schedule a year into the effort.  Two transportation administrators, who were part of a delegation that came back from China earlier this month, told the MBTA’s fiscal control board that they are keeping a close eye on the project, which is expected to total $729 million.
      In late 2014, CRRC USA Rail Corp., owned by the Chinese, won a $566 million state contract to build 284 Red Line and Orange Line subway cars: 152 Orange Line ...

      (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Springfield

    12. Gov. Charlie Baker: 24-hour Westover Air Reserve Base operation would boost Chicopee | masslive.com

      Explore masslive.com (Dec 21 2015)

      Gov. Charlie Baker: 24-hour Westover Air Reserve Base operation would boost Chicopee | masslive.com

      Around-the-clock flight operations at Westover Metropolitan Airport and Westover Air Reserve Base would be a significant boon to a base that already generated $323.9 million in economic output and employed 3,990 people in 2013, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker said during a visit to the base on Friday.  Baker discussed ongoing improvements to the base following a tour. The event was part of a daylong swing through Western Massachusetts for Baker and his executive cabinet.

      (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Chicopee

    13. Berkshire Gas parent company acquired by Iberdrola in $3 billion deal to create Avangrid | masslive.com

      Explore masslive.com (Dec 21 2015)

      Berkshire Gas parent company acquired by Iberdrola in $3 billion deal to create Avangrid | masslive.com

      UIL Holdings, the parent company of Berkshire Gas, Southern Connecticut Gas, and Connecticut Natural Gas, has been acquired by the Spanish energy giant Iberdrola. The new vertically integrated company, Avangrid, is listed on the New York Stock Exchange as AGR and led by UIL chief executive James P. Torgerson.  Avangrid, an affiliate of the worldwide Iberdrola Group, now holds $30 billion in assets and operations across 25 states, including utilities, wind energy, and natural gas storage. Iberdrola USA includes eight electric and natural gas utilities, serving 3.1 million customers in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, and New York.

      (Read Full Article)

    14. DevelopSpringfield awards 3 downtown storefront facade improvement grants | masslive.com

      Explore masslive.com (Dec 21 2015)

      DevelopSpringfield awards 3 downtown storefront facade improvement grants | masslive.com

      DevelopSpringfield has awarded three façade improvement grants through its Corridor Storefront Improvement Program totaling $110,000.  DevelopSpringfield is a public-private partnership dedicated to economic -development projects in Springfield.  The storefront improvement program provides grants of up to $10,000 per storefront for exterior improvements to first floor businesses located on State and Main Streets in Springfield. Examples include new awnings, new windows and new signs. A project can get more than $10,000 if it is made up of multiple storefronts.

      (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Springfield

    15. Investment in vocational education varies across Western Massachusetts | masslive.com

      Explore masslive.com (Dec 18 2015)

      Investment in vocational education varies across Western Massachusetts | masslive.com

      Vocational educators and workforce experts across the region agree about the need for increased state investment in preparing students for the high-skilled, high-paying jobs the region needs in the future.  But, while more of the state's resources have been directed toward vocational schools in recent years – notably 90 percent state reimbursement for construction of the Roger L. Putnam Vocational Technical Academy in Springfield – workforce training advocates say funding is still inadequate to turn out the workers the regional economy needs.

      (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Springfield

    16. Mass. Gaming Commission signs off on MGM Springfield casino starting work | masslive.com

      Explore masslive.com (Dec 18 2015)

      Mass. Gaming Commission signs off on MGM Springfield casino starting work | masslive.com

      The Massachusetts Gaming Commission voted unanimously on Thursday to allow MGM Springfield to begin early demolition and construction as part of work on the proposed $950 million casino.  In August, the Gaming Commission voted to allow MGM Springfield to open in September 2018, more than a year after MGM was first awarded the resort casino license.

      (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Springfield   MGM

    17. Lower Pioneer Valley Career and Technical Education Center opens new machine shop in West Springfield | masslive.com

      Explore masslive.com (Dec 18 2015)

      Lower Pioneer Valley Career and Technical Education Center opens new machine shop in West Springfield | masslive.com

      The handful of Lower Pioneer Valley Career and Technical Education Center sophomores who signed up for the school's new machine technology program were learning Thursday how to read a blueprint and turn that knowledge into a finished part.  'It's a fun process,' said 15-year-old Justin Wolcott of Wilbraham, 'I wasn't very interested in the wood shop. I wanted to try something new and this is something new.'

      (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   West Springfield   Springfield

    18. MassDevelopment partners: Downtown Springfield needs more coffee shops, bicycle lanes and family-friendly places | masslive.com

      Explore masslive.com (Dec 17 2015)

      MassDevelopment partners: Downtown Springfield needs more coffee shops, bicycle lanes and family-friendly places | masslive.com

      MassDevelopment, a statewide public-private economic development agency, hosted the meeting Thursday at UMass Springfield in Tower Square.  The idea of 'transformational development' is part of a six-month-old statewide push to focus economic development on relatively small pieces of geography in urban cores around the state. The hope is that by focusing efforts, the state and its local partners can have a bigger impact over the three-year life of the program, said Laura Masulis,

      (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   MassDevelopment   Springfield

    19. Companies in Springfield, Holyoke, Westfield receive state tax credits | masslive.com

      Explore masslive.com (Dec 17 2015)

      Companies in Springfield, Holyoke, Westfield receive state tax credits | masslive.com

      Companies planning expansion projects in Springfield, Holyoke and Westfield have received new state tax credits, state officials said Wednesday.  Falvey Linen Supply, the International Container Company and Boise Cascade Company have all received state tax incentives. Through the investment tax credits, the state gives the companies a break on their state taxes in exchange for the companies creating jobs in Massachusetts.

      (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Springfield   Holyoke   Westfield

    20. G&G Medical Products to move manufacturing from China to Ware, employ up to 90 | masslive.com

      Explore masslive.com (Dec 17 2015)

      G&G Medical Products to move manufacturing from China to Ware, employ up to 90 | masslive.com

      With regulatory approval and the granting of a tax break by Ware Town Meeting last month in hand, G&G Medical Products LLC plans to substantially increase its manufacturing of disposable absorbent products and employ up to 90 in a 67,050-square-foot property in the old mill yard.  The company, which has been operating in China, plans to move their manufacturing operations here, and already lists 6 East Main St. in Ware as their North American headquarters.  'Currently, the company's products are manufactured in China. G&G plans to spend $1.5 million to purchase American Disposables and move ...

      (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Ware

    21. Holyoke Council sets residential tax rate at $19.12, business rate at $39.86 | masslive.com

      Explore masslive.com (Dec 16 2015)

      Holyoke Council sets residential tax rate at $19.12, business rate at $39.86 | masslive.com

      The City Council set a new tax rate Tuesday that will increase by $27 the yearly bill for the average single-family homeowner and avoids breaching the $40 rate for commercial property business that officials warned councilors to heed.  'We've got to take care of both homeowners and business....It's a balancing act,' Councilor at Large Peter R. Tallman said.  The new tax rate is $19.12 per $1,000 valuation for residential property and $39.86 per $1,000 valuation for business property.  The previous tax rate was $19.04 per $1,000 valuation for residential property and ...

      (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Holyoke

    22. Expansion of Longmeadow Shops set to begin by spring 2016; new CVS could open by March 2017 | masslive.com

      Explore masslive.com (Dec 15 2015)

      Expansion of Longmeadow Shops set to begin by spring 2016; new CVS could open by March 2017 | masslive.com

      After nearly a year of preparation, the owners of Longmeadow Shops are about to put their 21,000-square-foot addition out to bid, with the hopes of starting construction by spring 2016.  Town Meeting voters approved required zoning changes in February 2015, enabling Grove Property Fund LLC to proceed with its expansion project.  'It takes a long time to draw up architectural plans,' said Steve Walker, a regional property manager for Grove Property Fund. 'We didn't want to do construction in the winter.'

      (Read Full Article)

    23. USRowing to bring 800-person convention to downtown Springfield in 2016 | masslive.com

      Explore masslive.com (Dec 15 2015)

      USRowing to bring 800-person convention to downtown Springfield in 2016 | masslive.com

      USRowing will host its 2016 Annual Convention at the Sheraton Springfield Monarch Place Hotel a year from now, Dec. 1 to Dec. 4, 2016.  The news was announced at the sport's 2015 convention in Philadelphia.  The four-day convention in Springfield is expected to draw 800 people. The 2016 convention is coming to Springfield through the efforts of the Pioneer Valley Riverfront Club, a bike, paddle-run and row sports organization located on the Connecticut River in North Riverfront Park; through the Western MA Sports Commission which seeks to bring sports-related tourism to the region and through the Greater Springfield Convention ...

      (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Springfield   Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau

    24. Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau calls for Howdy Award nominees | masslive.com

      Explore masslive.com (Dec 14 2015)

      Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau calls for Howdy Award nominees | masslive.com

      The Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau (GSCVB) is accepting nominations for the 21st Annual Howdy Awards for Hospitality Excellence. Nominations can be submitted online by visiting www.valleyvisitor.com and clicking on the Howdy logo on the home page.  There are also paper ballots available at several leading area restaurants, hotels and attractions, or they can be picked up at the GSCVB, which is located at 1441 Main Street in Springfield.  The awards program was created by the GSCVB in 1995 to recognize front-line employees in the hospitality industry for providing outstanding service to their guests and customers. After ...

      (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Springfield   Holyoke   Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau

    73-96 of 5518 // « 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 ... 228 229 230 »