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's Westover Air base could diversify mission add jobs with new refueling tanker planes

      Explore masslive.com (Apr 14 2015)

      Chicopee's Westover Air base could diversify mission add jobs with new refueling tanker planes ... local economy," Bishop said. Mayor Richard J. Kos, who has been working with State Rep. Joseph F. Wagner, D-Chicopee, and a variety of other local representatives and senators to prevent the budget cuts, talked about t... (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Boeing   Springfield

    3. Florence Bank Names Henry Downey VP of Commercial Lending | BusinessWest

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      ...mmercial Lending. Downey comes to Florence Bank with more than a decades banking experience, most recently at Chicopee Savings Bank, where he served as senior vice president and team leader in the Commercial Lending depa... (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   TD Bank   Springfield   Chicopee

    4. Anne Paradis Honored as PWC Woman of the Year

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      Anne Paradis Honored as PWC Woman of the Year ...ofessional Womens Chamber (PWC) has announced that Anne Paradis, chief executive officer for MicroTek Inc. in Chicopee, has been named the PWC 2015 Woman of the Year. The award, given annually since 1954, is presented to... (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Springfield   Chicopee   MicroTek

    5. Massachusetts Life Sciences Center announces $2.6M in funds for STCC, HCC, Bay Path, Berkshire Community College | masslive

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      Massachusetts Life Sciences Center announces $2.6M in funds for STCC, HCC, Bay Path, Berkshire Community College | masslive ...or the Growing Engineering Minds program focusing on ecosystems, DNA extraction, genetics and biotechnology. Chicopee Comprehensive High School: $83,806 for equipment including a 3D printer. Franklin County Technical H... (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Massachusetts Life Sciences Center   Holyoke Community College   Springfield Technical Community College

    6. Chicopee empty Lyman Mills could become loft apartments and workspaces

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      Chicopee empty Lyman Mills could become loft apartments and workspaces ... currently zoned for industrial. This is not the first time a former mill has been converted into housing in Chicopee. The historic Ames Privilege building, off Front Street, was turned into about 90 apartments in the 1... (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Springfield   Chicopee   John R. Lyman, Co

    7. UMass Amherst hosts conference encouraging minority teenagers to consider career in nursing

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      UMass Amherst hosts conference encouraging minority teenagers to consider career in nursing ...iversity of Massachusetts College of Nursing will host about 300 students from Springfield, West Springfield, Chicopee, Holyoke, Northampton and some from Brooklyn, New York for a Nursing Orientation & Celebration Confer... (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   West Springfield   Springfield

    8. Chicopee City Council hires Lee Pouliot as new city planner

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      Chicopee City Council hires Lee Pouliot as new city planner ...son," he said. "He has the degrees we want for this position." Pouliot grew up in Chicopee, is a graduate of Chicopee High School and went on to study planning and related topics, graduating from Cornell University with... (Read Full Article)

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    9. Springfield considers 9 architects vying for East Forest Park branch library feasibility study

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      Springfield considers 9 architects vying for East Forest Park branch library feasibility study ...neighborhood needs. The companies submitting their qualifications were: Caolo & Bieniek Associates, Inc., of Chicopee; Michael Dennis & Associates, of Boston; EDM Architecture/Enginnering /Management, of Unionville, Con... (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Springfield   Amherst   Chicopee

    10. Grounds for Optimism

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      Grounds for Optimism ...The conference room in the Chemex manufacturing and distribution facility in Chicopee isnt really serving the company in that capacity at this time well, not only in that capacity, to be more precise. Instead,... (Read Full Article)

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    11. Community Spotlight: Chicopee

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      Community Spotlight: Chicopee ...dition, an innovative owner-occupied, multi-family grant program will kick off this month in Chicopee Center, Chicopee Falls, and Willimansett to help make properties in those neighborhoods more marketable. “The city w... (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Springfield   Chicopee

    12. Chicopee Westover Building Supply receives recommendation to expand

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      Chicopee Westover Building Supply receives recommendation to expand ...plan review process to receive permits before construction begins, James Dawson, assistant city planner said. CHICOPEE - The Planning Board agreed approved a zone change request that will allow Westover Building Supply t... (Read Full Article)

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    13. Under construction: Human Resources Unlimited readies $2.6 million center in Springfield | masslive

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      Under construction: Human Resources Unlimited readies $2.6 million center in Springfield | masslive ...e and develop their skills, earn wages and contribute to the community. Caolo & Bieniek  Associates, inc. of Chicopee is the architect. Collins-Cochiere Construction Services of Wilbraham is the project manager. There a... (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   American International College   Springfield   Northampton

    14. Downtown Springfield parkers cross fingers as lots close, space tightens

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      Downtown Springfield parkers cross fingers as lots close, space tightens ...zens of properties within its three-block footprint including seven commercial parking lots. David Duncan of Chicopee, arriving for a court hearing at the Hampden County Hall of Justice, was surprised to find the parkin... (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Springfield   Chicopee   Springfield Business Improvement District

    15. Holyokers tied to municipal utility, whose rates are lower, despite mailing from Connecticut company: James Lavelle

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      Holyokers tied to municipal utility, whose rates are lower, despite mailing from Connecticut company: James Lavelle ...e household bills for December, only Littleton at $86.18 and Shrewsbury at $87.44 were lower than Holyoke's. Chicopee's was $94.96, Westfield's $106, South Hadley's $119.27, Russell's $127.85 and Boston Edison's $138.93... (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Greater Holyoke Chamber of Commerce   Chicopee

    16. Hampden Charter School of Science for Chicopee, Springfield, West Springfield, Ludlow approved for expansion

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      Hampden Charter School of Science for Chicopee, Springfield, West Springfield, Ludlow approved for expansion ...copee, West Springfield and Ludlow. About 65 percent of the students are from Springfield, 20 percent live in Chicopee and the remaining 15 percent live in West Springfield or Ludlow. "The Department's records indicate ... (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   West Springfield   Springfield   Chicopee

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