D1 Hockey Regional Comes with Risks, High Expectations for the Region

Jeff Smith acknowledged that, at this time of year, he’s certainly plugged into the NCAA Division 1 hockey rankings, standings, and something called … bracketology, a science of sorts whereby an analyst, starting several weeks in advance, projects which teams will wind up in the season-ending tournament and where they will play. Most of his…

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Holyoke Wants to Move ‘Way Beyond Potential’

As he talked about Holyoke and its many marketable assets, Mayor Joshua Garcia listed everything from its location — on I-91 and right off a turnpike exit — to its still-large inventory of old mill space and a few available building lots, to its “green, clean, and comparatively cheap” hydroelectric energy. And all of these…

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Agric Organics offers mobile grocery store to help with food access

After announcing a store opening in early 2024 at 10 Chestnut St. at Sky View Tower in Springfield, Agric Organics will also be taking their products and more on the road with the introduction of the 99 Farm Mobile Store. The year-round, full-service mobile grocery store will offer fresh fruits, veggies, bread, milk, eggs, rice…

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BusinessTalk with HBRAWM Executive Director Andrew Crane

For seven decades, the Home & Garden Show presented by the Home Builders & Remodelers Assoc. of Western Massachusetts (HBRAWM) has been a much-anticipated annual event, where people come to check out what’s new in home improvement, maybe book a project or two, and have fun with friends and family. On the next episode of…

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InFocus: Regional employment outlook

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics the country’s economy is expected to add nearly five million jobs from now through 2032, especially in the health care and social assistance industries. Does that reflect what’s happening in western Massachusetts? This week on 22News InFocus we’re going look into the current situation of our state’s…

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Bay Path University to Acquire Cambridge College

The boards of Bay Path University and Cambridge College announced today that Bay Path has entered into a formal agreement to acquire Cambridge College. This move reflects a strategic focus by both institutions on planning for future success providing career-focused education models to a diverse student population. “The determination and spirit that have guided Bay…

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Florence Bank Supports West Springfield’s 250th Celebration

Florence Bank has donated $4,000 to the city of West Springfield to help support four events the city has planned in 2024 as part of a year packed with 250th-anniversary festivities. Florence Bank’s backing of the West Springfield 250th celebration specifically offers support for three 5K races, happening in March, July, and November; a block…

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Bradley gets $5 million in federal funds to help build 80,000 square foot baggage inspection system

Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks is getting $5.4 million of federal funding that will go towards a major construction project. The Connecticut Airport Authority said on Thursday that the funding will be used for the ongoing construction of an 80,000 square foot checked baggage inspection system that’s currently under construction behind the Sheraton Hotel.…

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Lt. Gov. Kim Driscoll to Keynote Springfield Regional Chamber’s Outlook 2024

Massachusetts Lt. Gov. Kim Driscoll will keynote the Springfield Regional Chamber’s premier legislative and economic forecasting event of the year on Friday, March 8 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Taking place at the MassMutual Center in Springfield, Outlook brings together business leaders and local, state, and federal policymakers to discuss this year’s economic outlook.…

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