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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    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. Willimansett Bridge between Chicopee and Holyoke to be completed in July 2015; cost increased by $3 million

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      Willimansett Bridge between Chicopee and Holyoke to be completed in July 2015; cost increased by $3 million ...two, 10-hour shifts working daily on the bridge, Wagner said. The bridge, which connects Chicopee Street, in Chicopee, with Cabot Street, in Holyoke, had serious structural problems that caused a weight restriction that... (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Palmer   Chicopee   Holyoke

    3. Barnes Air National Guard Base in Westfield, Westover Air Reserve base in Chicopee thought on right track to survive budget cuts | masslive.com

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      Barnes Air National Guard Base in Westfield, Westover Air Reserve base in Chicopee thought on right track to survive budget cuts | masslive.com ... Air Reserve Base meeting is set for 4:30 to 6 p.m. May 27 at Westover Metropolitan Airport, 255 Padgett St., Chicopee. Adam Freudberg, policy director to Gov. Deval Patrick and executive director of the task force, exp... (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   MassDevelopment   Chicopee

    4. Cabotville Mill in Chicopee to be auctioned

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      Cabotville Mill in Chicopee to be auctioned ... industrial property. The study described the redevelopment of Cabotville as crucial to the redevelopment of Chicopee Center because of its central location and attention it has received in the past, Kos said. “The cit... (Read Full Article)

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    5. Demand Is Heating Up | BusinessWest

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      Demand Is Heating Up | BusinessWest ...r off. But it’s very different now,” said Walter Breau, vice president of Academic Affairs at Elms College in Chicopee. “We have really become a 12-month institution. Students are looking to finish their schooling qui... (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   American International College   University of Massachusetts   Springfield Technical Community College

    6. Barnes Air National Guard Base, Westover Air Reserve Base part of statewide tour from base-preservation task force | masslive.com

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      Barnes Air National Guard Base, Westover Air Reserve Base part of statewide tour from base-preservation task force | masslive.com ... on for Westover Air Reserve Base is 4:30 to 6 p.m. May 27 at Westover Metropolitan Airport, 255 Padgett St., Chicopee. Other sessions are planned for Devens, Lexington near Hanscom Air Force Base, and Bourne near Joint ... (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Chicopee   Westfield

    7. Summer jobs needed across Pioneer Valley, importance of introducing young to working world stressed | masslive.com

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      Summer jobs needed across Pioneer Valley, importance of introducing young to working world stressed | masslive.com ...-21 to work in private or public sector employment. At the Chicopee event Friday, Yashira Diaz-Roperto,19 of Chicopee, described how much she learned in summer jobs as a camp counselor and as a helper in a day care. She... (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Holyoke Community College   Regional Employment Board of Hampden County Inc.   Holyoke Medical Center

    8. Gov. Deval Patrick: Make Westover a freight hub

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      Gov. Deval Patrick: Make Westover a freight hub .... Freight at Westover is not a new idea, Blair said. But he is happy to hear it spoken about by the governor. CHICOPEE - Accommodating air freight traffic squeezed out of Boston's congested Logan International Airport ma... (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Bradley International Airport   Massport

    9. Savage Arms owner looks to split sporting, defense businesses

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      Savage Arms owner looks to split sporting, defense businesses ...s Co. was first organized in 1894 by Arthur Savage in Utica, N.Y. In 1920, the company bought Stevens Arms of Chicopee and during World War II Savage made millions of firearms for the military. After the war, Savage used... (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Chicopee   Westfield

    10. Westover general confirms downsizing will happen despite politicians efforts: 334 jobs, 8 planes lost

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      Westover general confirms downsizing will happen despite politicians efforts: 334 jobs, 8 planes lost ...icient and quieter. For now, it is believed that plane will be sent to Texas after it is overhauled, he said. CHICOPEE – Brig. Gen. Steven Vautrain has confirmed that a much discussed plan to downsize Westover Air Reserv... (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Chicopee   Westfield

    11. Westover to lose 300 jobs under new Pentagon budget cuts

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      Westover to lose 300 jobs under new Pentagon budget cuts ...s C-5 cargo aircraft will transfer from Westover to Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas beginning in 2015. CHICOPEE — Westover Air Reserve Base will shed 300 jobs and half of the 439th Airlift Wing's C-5 fleet under n... (Read Full Article)

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    12. CCHS preparing workforce for high tech jobs

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      CCHS preparing workforce for high tech jobs ...PEE – Kenneth Widelo was standing in a classroom dedicated to computer science and learning about networks at Chicopee Comprehensive High School (CCHS) and told Dr. Susan Windham-Bannister, president and CEO of the Massa... (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Massachusetts Life Sciences Center   Western New England University   Chicopee

    13. Avery Dennison to shut down Chicopee plant

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      Avery Dennison to shut down Chicopee plant ...0 Avery Dennison built the Chicopee plant at a cost of $14 million. Avery Dennison had 350 workers at the new Chicopee plant when it opened. It's been a tough period for remnants of the region's once-prominent paper ind... (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Chicopee   Holyoke   Westfield

    14. Savage Arms lays off 37 at Westfield plant

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      Savage Arms lays off 37 at Westfield plant ...s Co. was first organized in 1894 by Arthur Savage in Utica, N.Y. In 1920, the company bought Stevens Arms of Chicopee. During World War II, Savage made millions of firearms for the military. After the war, Savage used ... (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Chicopee   Westfield   The Republican

    15. Community Spotlight: Chicopee | BusinessWest

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      Community Spotlight: Chicopee | BusinessWest ...tes 33, 116, and 141, connect to the city’s six neighborhoods, or communities — Chicopee Center (Cabotville), Chicopee Falls, Willimansett, Fairview, Aldenville, and Burnett Road. Kos, who was mayor from 1997 to 2004 a... (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   MassDevelopment   Springfield   Chicopee

    16. HealthSouth celebrates opening of its new acute care hospital in Ludlow | masslive.com

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      HealthSouth celebrates opening of its new acute care hospital in Ludlow | masslive.com ...Delude said the Ludlow Mills in conjunction with HealthSouth plans to develop a 1.1 mile river-walk along the Chicopee River which will be behind HealthSouth and open to the public. He said the community has not had acce... (Read Full Article)

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