1. About Chicopee

    Chicopee

    Chicopee is a city located on the Connecticut River in Hampden County, Massachusetts, United States of America. It is part of the Springfield, Massachusetts Metropolitan Statistical Area. As of the 2007 census, the city had a total population of 54,653, making it the second largest city in Western Massachusetts. The current mayor is Michael D. Bissonnette.


    The city is made up of several neighborhoods, the result of the city's origin as a collection of villages in the northern-most part of Springfield, which it seceded from in 1848. These villages are now represented by the neighborhoods of Aldenville, Willimansett, Chicopee Center (Cabotville), Chicopee Falls, and Fairview.

    The city has since filled in most of its open space resulting in a number of new neighborhoods. These neighborhoods include Chicomansett (often referred to as part of Willimansett, this area is located at the southern intersection of Meadow and Chicopee Streets northward to Meetinghouse Road), Ferry Lane (an offshoot of Chicomansett surrounding Ferry Lane), Sandy Hill (the area overlooking Chicopee Center, connecting Cabotville and Aldenville), and the geographically isolated Burnett Road neighborhood.

    Chicopee uses the nickname “Crossroads of New England” as part of a business-development marketing campaign. The name reflects the city's convenient location amongst a number of metropolitan areas and its transportation network. Chicopee is located 29 miles away from Hartford, 92 miles away from Boston, 90 miles from Albany, and 140 miles from New York City. Four highways run through its boundaries: I-90, I-91, I-291, and I-391. State routes such as Route 33, 116, and 141, are major providers of regional linkage. The city is home to Westover Metropolitan Airport and is also served by Bradley International Airport in nearby Windsor Locks, Connecticut. Westover Air Reserve Base, was built here in 1940. It has one of the largest runways on the east coast at 11,597 x 301 feet (92 m).

    Reflecting the Polish background of many of its residents, a number of Polish-American businesses are based in Chicopee. These include the Chicopee Provision Company,a major producer of Polish sausage kielbasa under the Blue Seal brand and Millie's Pierogi Company, a producer of traditional Polish dumplings pierogi. Chicopee held an annual kielbasa festival at the Fairfield Mall (now the site of Chicopee Crossing on Memorial Drive) until the mid 1990's. The festival featured the World's Largest Kielbasa for a number of years (several times the city's kielbasa lost to a kielbasa in Krakow, Poland).

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    2. Environmental cleanup of Ludlow Mills project completed

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      Environmental cleanup of Ludlow Mills project completed ... Ludlow Mills. The Riverwalk will offer public space for foot traffic and passive recreation, opening up the Chicopee River to the Ludlow Mills businesses and to residents of Ludlow, Delude said. This phase of the proj... (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Chicopee   Ludlow Mills   Westmass Area Development Corp.

    3. ATK Sporting Group to lay off additional 95 employees manufacturing Savage Arms guns in Westfield, 25 in Ontario

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      ATK Sporting Group to lay off additional 95 employees manufacturing Savage Arms guns in Westfield, 25 in Ontario ...s Co. was first organized in 1894 by Arthur Savage in Utica, N.Y. In 1920, the company bought Stevens Arms of Chicopee. From the 1960s through the 1980s, the company was passed from owner to owner, including a stint as ... (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Springfield   Chicopee   Westfield

    4. Columbia Gas donates natural gas combustible indicators to Western Massachusetts Technical Rescue Team

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      Columbia Gas donates natural gas combustible indicators to Western Massachusetts Technical Rescue Team ...ng in the Deerfield River in Conway. Selkirk said. Selkirk, Boutin and several firefighters from Holyoke and Chicopee received the indicators and a two-hour training in their use at the Columbia Gas facility on Industri... (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Chicopee   Holyoke   Westfield

    5. Holyoke and state officials set ceremonial ground-breaking of old Holyoke Catholic High School into $19 million conversion to apartments

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      Holyoke and state officials set ceremonial ground-breaking of old Holyoke Catholic High School into $19 million conversion to apartments ...t its current location, still called Holyoke Catholic High School, near Elms College on Springfield Street in Chicopee. Along with private funding, Weld Management is financing the conversion with the help of $1,694,534... (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Springfield   Chicopee   Holyoke

    6. Freedom Credit Union to announce a $2.2 million downtown expansion

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      Freedom Credit Union to announce a $2.2 million downtown expansion ...Freedom branches are in the Sixteen Acres section of Springfield, the Feeding Hills section of Agawam,Ludlow, Chicopee, Easthampton, Northampton, Turners Falls, Greenfied. The credit union was originally chartered... (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   Springfield   Northampton

    7. Holyoke planners informing manufacturers about 1- and possibly 2-day closure of Canal St. for rail improvements

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      Holyoke planners informing manufacturers about 1- and possibly 2-day closure of Canal St. for rail improvements ...Businesses should have the ability to use the Route 116 bridge and circle back south through South Hadley and Chicopee if deliveries are imperative that weekend, she said. But, she said, some alternate routes may be lim... (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Amtrak   Springfield   Northampton

    8. Elizabeth Barajas-Román named to head Women's Fund of Western Massachusetts

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      Elizabeth Barajas-Román named to head Women's Fund of Western Massachusetts ... who stepped down earlier this year and is now vice president of institutional development at Elms College in Chicopee. “We are very excited to have Elizabeth as the new head of the Women's Fund.” said Michelle Theroux,... (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Chicopee   Elms College

    9. New Pioneer Valley Red Cross director Kim Goulette looks forward to new Springfield headquarters

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      New Pioneer Valley Red Cross director Kim Goulette looks forward to new Springfield headquarters ...nnounced Tuesday that Kim Goulette, most recently executive director of Lorraine's Soup Kitchen and Pantry in Chicopee, as the new head of the Pioneer Valley Chapter. She replaces Rick Lee, who is retiring. Lee, whose la... (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Springfield   Chicopee

    10. Westmass Area Development Corp. seeks bids for Ludlow Mills riverwalk

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      Westmass Area Development Corp. seeks bids for Ludlow Mills riverwalk ... news release. The Riverwalk will offer public space for foot traffic and passive recreation, opening up the Chicopee River to the Ludlow Mills businesses and to residents of Ludlow. This phase of the project will star... (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Chicopee   Ludlow Mills   Westmass Area Development Corp.

    11. Ludlow Mills Riverwalk Moves Forward

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      Ludlow Mills Riverwalk Moves Forward ...h and Westmass. The Riverwalk will offer public space for foot traffic and passive recreation, opening up the Chicopee River to the Ludlow Mills businesses and to residents of Ludlow. This phase of the project will start... (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Chicopee   HealthSouth   Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts

    12. Westover Metropolitan Airport extends hours for Basketball Hall of Fame Enshrinement

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      Westover Metropolitan Airport extends hours for Basketball Hall of Fame Enshrinement ...orial Basketball Hall of Fame hosts its annual Enshrinement Ceremony at Springfield Symphony Hall downtown. CHICOPEE - NBA superstars might never get called for traveling, but when they actually go someplace they sure ... (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Springfield   Chicopee   Westfield

    13. Economic development bill passes the legislature, setting the stage for Aug. 16-17 sales tax holiday

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      Economic development bill passes the legislature, setting the stage for Aug. 16-17 sales tax holiday ...de workforce training to help meet the critical needs of Massachusetts employers," said Rep. Joseph Wagner, a Chicopee Democrat and chairman of the Committee on Economic Development and Emerging Technologies in a stateme... (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Chicopee   The Republican

    14. Chicopee, Holyoke, Westfield, South Hadley electric companies receive state grants to improve energy efficiency

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      Chicopee, Holyoke, Westfield, South Hadley electric companies receive state grants to improve energy efficiency ...hard J. Kos said in writing. “In addition to that, we will have replaced old lights with brighter new ones.” Chicopee Electric Light officials applied for the grant jointly with the towns of South Hadley, Ashburnham and... (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Chicopee   Holyoke   Westfield

    15. Conversion of old Holyoke Catholic High School into 54 apartments underway; construction to last a year | masslive

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      Conversion of old Holyoke Catholic High School into 54 apartments underway; construction to last a year | masslive ...t its current location, still called Holyoke Catholic High School, near Elms College on Springfield Street in Chicopee. Along with private funding, Weld Management is financing the conversion with the help of $1,694,534... (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Springfield   Chicopee   Holyoke

    16. Chicopee developer proposes new 11-lot subdivision

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      Chicopee developer proposes new 11-lot subdivision ...e, which is off Granby Road. The homes will be located on a cul-de-sac that will end near the Chicopee River. CHICOPEE – A local developer is planning a new 11-lot subdivision located off another development he completed... (Read Full Article)

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