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).

  2. Quotes about Chicopee

    1. As the third generation owner of The John R. Lyman Company, I am delighted to continue our commitment to Chicopee and to our local workforce. We have been manufacturing in this area for 104 years and hope to continue to many generations to come.
      In Chicopee firm plans upgrade
    2. Chicopee has done a lot of the right things. It is making major improvements in the infrastructure, the tax rate is under control and it has a pro-business government.
      Allan W. Blair in Downsizing at Callaway Golf will not cripple economy of Chicopee, city officials say
    3. Chicopee is uniquely positioned to benefit in a good economy.
      Michael D. Bissonnette in Chicopee cautiously optimistic about increased commercial development in 2011 if economy picks up
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    2. Chicopee Chamber continues workshop series

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      Chicopee Chamber continues workshop series ...ing, and Renegotiating the Lease, will be presented by attorney Stanley A. Szlachetka. CHICOPEE - The Greater Chicopee Chamber of Commerce, in collaboration with Common Capital, will present the second in a six-part work... (Read Full Article)

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    3. Iconic Student Prince Cafe, Fort restaurant sold for $160,000 in Springfield, Peter Picknelly confirms

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      Iconic Student Prince Cafe, Fort restaurant sold for $160,000 in Springfield, Peter Picknelly confirms .... However, he was less forthcoming about a reported partnership with Andy Yee, proprietor of the Hu Ke Lau in Chicopee. "There will be a formal announcement next week," Picknelly said. Yee did not return a call placed ... (Read Full Article)

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    4. Pioneer Valley, Springfield, business leaders push education, access, marketing in Plan for Progress update | masslive

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      Pioneer Valley, Springfield, business leaders push education, access, marketing in Plan for Progress update | masslive ...gh-Performance Computing Center in Holyoke and the in-progress efforts to rehab Springfield's Union Station. Chicopee Savings Bank President William J. Wagner said competition is fierce,. "You have entities from out -o... (Read Full Article)

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    5. Once homeless, Jessica Prokop draws standing ovation at United Way of Pioneer Valley fund-raiser breakfast; Michael Mathis stresses MGM philanthropy

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      Once homeless, Jessica Prokop draws standing ovation at United Way of Pioneer Valley fund-raiser breakfast; Michael Mathis stresses MGM philanthropy ...ool supplies for more than 1,300 backpacks for children, who are homeless in Springfield, Holyoke, Westfield, Chicopee, West Springfield and South Hadley. Mathis told attendees that he learned "how important small acts ... (Read Full Article)

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    6. Women’s Professional Chamber Names Carol Campbell Woman of Year

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      Women’s Professional Chamber Names Carol Campbell Woman of Year ...ors, as its 2014 Woman of the Year. The annual Woman of the Year Banquet was held at the Castle of Knights in Chicopee. The award is presented to a woman in the Greater Springfield area who exemplifies outstanding leader... (Read Full Article)

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    7. Chicopee Chamber of Commerce to offer workshops for small businesses

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      Chicopee Chamber of Commerce to offer workshops for small businesses .... Szlachetka, will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Residence Inn, 500 Memorial Drive. CHICOPEE - The Greater Chicopee Chamber of Commerce, in collaboration with Common Capital, Inc., is presenting series of workshops on... (Read Full Article)

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    8. Chicopee City Council approves money to continue Uniroyal cleanup

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      Chicopee City Council approves money to continue Uniroyal cleanup ...bursed. "This is a no-brainer. We spend $200,000 and then we get it back," said Councilor James K. Tillotson. CHICOPEE - The city has received two grants totaling $400,000 to be used to remove asbestos and other hazardou... (Read Full Article)

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    9. 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)

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    10. 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)

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    11. 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)

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    12. 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)

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    13. 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)

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    14. 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)

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    15. 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)

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    16. 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)

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