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. Western Massachusetts Electric Co. to conduct aerial inspections throughout service area Wednesday and Thursday

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      Western Massachusetts Electric Co. to conduct aerial inspections throughout service area Wednesday and Thursday ...e: Northfield, Erving, Wendell, Warwick, Montague, Greenfield, Leverett, Shutesbury, Pelham, Amherst, Granby, Chicopee, West Springfield, Springfield, Belchertown, Ludlow, Wibraham, Hampden, East Longmeadow, Longmeadow, ... (Read Full Article)

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    3. Pioneer Valley Transit Authority to hold public hearings on proposed service changes, including new bus routes and hours

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      Pioneer Valley Transit Authority to hold public hearings on proposed service changes, including new bus routes and hours ...March 31, at the Valley Opportunity Council, 35 Mt Carmel Ave., and from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 8, at the Chicopee Public Library. A Northampton session is set for Wednesday, April 9, in the Northampton Council Cham... (Read Full Article)

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    4. Gov. Patrick signs bond bill authorizing $177 million to be spent improving Westover, Barnes, others

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      Gov. Patrick signs bond bill authorizing $177 million to be spent improving Westover, Barnes, others ... strategic investments the commonwealth may benefit in future considerations,” State Rep. Joseph F. Wagner, D-Chicopee said. BRAC federal Base Realigment and Closure Commission that proposes military base consolidations... (Read Full Article)

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    5. Willimansett Bridge construction linking Holyoke and Chicopee may be complete at the end of the year

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      Willimansett Bridge construction linking Holyoke and Chicopee may be complete at the end of the year ...ides has been heartfelt,” said state Rep. Aaron Vega, D-Holyoke. The bridge that connects Chicopee Street in Chicopee to Cabot Street in Holyoke was closed in August 2011 so it could be rebuilt because of structural pro... (Read Full Article)

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

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    7. 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)

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    8. 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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    9. 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)

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    10. 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)

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    11. 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)

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    12. 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)

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    13. 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)

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    14. 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)

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    15. 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)

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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)

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