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. Chicopee's cost of cleaning up the former Facemate factory soared because of unknown fuel tanks, buried buildings

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      Chicopee's cost of cleaning up the former Facemate factory soared because of unknown fuel tanks, buried buildings ...ods and provide grants to social service agencies which serve the poor. The loan is for 20 years, Dietz said. CHICOPEE – The construction of the senior center is going smoothly and is on budget and on time, but the work ... (Read Full Article)

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    3. People in Business: Jeannette Strange named mortgage specialist at PeoplesBank

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      People in Business: Jeannette Strange named mortgage specialist at PeoplesBank ...ppointment of Jeannette Strange as a mortgage consultant. Strange will focus primarily on the communities of Chicopee, Holyoke, Springfield, South Hadley and Ludlow. As a PeoplesBank mortgage consultant, she will have a... (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   West Springfield   Springfield   Chicopee

    4. Chick-Fil-A opens first Mass. free-standing store

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      Chick-Fil-A opens first Mass. free-standing store ...e Island, Vermont and Maine. CHICOPEE -- Chick-Fil-A opened its first freestanding Massachusetts location in Chicopee today, a project managed by Jones Lang LaSalle's Project and Development Services group. This is the... (Read Full Article)

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    5. Transportation Secretary says state working to buy Western Mass. train tracks

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      ...he Greater Northampton Chamber of Commerce. The event also featured remarks from state Rep. Joseph Wagner, D-Chicopee. Davey said he expects all construction on all three projects, including phase one work repairing In... (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Springfield   Northampton   Chicopee

    6. State Transportation Secretary Richard Davey talks rail, Interstate 91 viaduct

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      State Transportation Secretary Richard Davey talks rail, Interstate 91 viaduct ...Montreal. Closer to home, Davey took questions on the stalled Willimanset Bridge project between Holyoke and Chicopee. Work stopped on the bridge when the contractor went bankrupt last year, leaving neighborhoods isolat... (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   West Springfield   Springfield   Northampton

    7. Outlook 2014: Springfield company PSI 91 finds market for innovative basketballs, footballs with Under Armour

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      Outlook 2014: Springfield company PSI 91 finds market for innovative basketballs, footballs with Under Armour ... Frank, knew an opportunity when they saw one. When their employer, Spalding Sports Worldwide, closed up its Chicopee location in 2009, Touhey and Frank decided to stay in Western Massachusetts and start their own compa... (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Springfield   Chicopee   Holyoke

    8. Williams Distributing in Chicopee branches out to craft beer

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      Williams Distributing in Chicopee branches out to craft beer ... Harp, Yuengling, and even products from the small Amherst Brewing Co. and the little-known Wormtown Brewing. CHICOPEE — When Williams Distributing started operations three generations ago its mainstay was Budweiser. Fa... (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   West Springfield   Springfield   Amherst

    9. Westover Metropolitan Development Corp. in Chicopee celebrates 40th anniversary

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      Westover Metropolitan Development Corp. in Chicopee celebrates 40th anniversary ...ks has been crucial to the growth of Chicopee’s industrial base, City Planner Catherine L. Brown said. Since Chicopee, like many older cities, has little open space, the only other option is to renovate old mill buildin... (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Chicopee   Allan W. Blair

    10. Westfield cuts ribbon for Barnes Air National Guard Base runway project as state preps for national review of military installations

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      Westfield cuts ribbon for Barnes Air National Guard Base runway project as state preps for national review of military installations .... Neal said Westover and Barnes have grown in the past few years, citing expanded housing and a new tower in Chicopee. The new tower especially helps foster commercial aviation at Westover, Neal said. More commercial a... (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Springfield   Chicopee

    11. Chicopee Bancorp reports 7-cent dividend

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      Chicopee Bancorp reports 7-cent dividend ...Chicopee Bancorp, the holding company for Chicopee Savings Bank, declared a cash dividend of 7 cents per share for the recently-completed quarter . This is an increase of 2 cents per share paid in the same time... (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Chicopee   Chicopee Savings Bank

    12. MGM Resorts International details plan for Springfield casino in front of Massachusetts Gaming Commission

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      MGM Resorts International details plan for Springfield casino in front of Massachusetts Gaming Commission ...ation agreements with Ludlow, Agawam, Wilbraham, East Longmeadow and Chicopee. The agreements with Agawam and Chicopee call for each municipality to receive $125,000 up front with annual payments of $150,000. Ludlow, Eas... (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   MassMutual   Mohegan Sun

    13. Chicopee Chamber of Commerce hires Eileen Drumm as new president to replace retiring Gail Sherman

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      Chicopee Chamber of Commerce hires Eileen Drumm as new president to replace retiring Gail Sherman ...ied background of working in non-profit organizations has been hired to take over as president of the Greater Chicopee Chamber of Commerce. Eileen P. Drumm, of Chicopee, will officially begin the job on Feb. 3, but she ... (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   American International College   Baystate Health   Chicopee

    14. Menck USA window company gets $5 million in tax-exempt bonds

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      Menck USA window company gets $5 million in tax-exempt bonds ...pt bond on behalf of Menck USA Inc., which does business as Menck Windows. Menck USA, which will be based in Chicopee, was formed through a partnership between Menck Fenster GmbH, a 130-year-old Hamburg, Germany, custom... (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   MassDevelopment   Chicopee

    15. Allan Blair, president and CEO of Western Mass Economic Development Council, to retire at end of 2014

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      Allan Blair, president and CEO of Western Mass Economic Development Council, to retire at end of 2014 ... have winters and we have expenses other parts of the country don't have." Born in Springfield and raised in Chicopee, Blair worked in vocational education and job before taking jobs at the Springfield Chamber of Commer... (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   MassMutual Center   Springfield   Amherst

    16. At Springfield's Renaissance School, students march toward college

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      At Springfield's Renaissance School, students march toward college ...y-like dynamics. Physical education teacher Lori Letellier’s crew has had Thanksgiving dinner at her home in Chicopee for the past two years. Several of Letellier’s female crew members sometimes call her “mom.” Last su... (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Springfield Renaissance School   Springfield

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