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Devens Weekly News

June 18, 2021

Devens Welcomes New Firefighters, Yoga on Rogers is Back, Tweet of the Week, and more.

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Devens Weekly News

June 11, 2021

Family Fun Day June 13, Little Leaf Farms Tweet, Nashua River Watershed Summer Programs, and more.

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Devens Weekly News

June 04, 2021

Tweet of the Week, Station Visit, Lifeguards Wanted, and more. 

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Devens Weekly News

May 28, 2021

Tweet of the Week, Nashoba Valley Food Pantries, Reduce Stormwater Pollution, and Family Fun Day!

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Devens Weekly News

May 21, 2021

Topics include: Family Fun Day, Devens Vaccine Clinic, Reduce Stormwater Pollution, and MWCC Free Training Program.

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Devens Weekly News

May 14, 2021

"2021 Power 50: Jessica Strunkin", COVID-19 clinic, EMT of the Year Awards, and more.

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Devens Weekly News

May 07, 2021

Topics include: New Restaurant Opens in Devens, Online Bill Pay, National Wildfire Awareness Month, and more.

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Devens Weekly News

April 30, 2021

Topics include: The Great Exchange, Tweet of the Week, Devens Water Use Restrictions, Calendar of Events, and more.

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Devens Weekly News

April 23, 2021

Topics include: Earth Day Celebrations, Nashua River Watershed Association Video, Tweet of the Week, Updated Devens Recreation Calendar, and more.

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Devens Weekly News

April 16, 2021

Details include: Dog/Pet License, Yard Waste, The Great Exchange, Devens Recreation Calendar Update, and more.

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Devens Weekly News

April 09, 2021

Topics include: Devens Fire, Yard Waste Pickup, Business Impact Survey, MassBioEd Apprenticeship Program, and more.

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Devens Weekly News

April 02, 2021

Topics include: Recreation and Events Calendar, American Women in WWII Exhibit, EMT Training, New Great Exchange Website, and more.

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Devens Weekly News

March 26, 2021

Topics include: 'Devens in Demand' article, 2021 Events Calendar, MWCC EMT Program, Job Openings, and more.

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Devens in Demand

Banker & Tradesman, by Steve Adams • March 21, 2021

A surge of developments and business expansions – ranging from clean energy to biomanufacturing and life science research – at the state-run Devens business park are shattering the narrative of stagnant commercial real estate prospects outside Interstate 495.

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Devens Weekly News

March 19, 2021

Topics include: Easter Egg Hunt Kits, DEAC Education Survey, Job Opportunities, and more.

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Devens Weekly News

March 12, 2021

Topics include: Daylight Savings Reminder, Devens Firefighter Daniel Murphy, Easter Egg Hunt Kits, and more.

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Devens Weekly News

March 05, 2021

Topics include: Commonwealth Fusion Systems, Animal Activity, Calendar Items, and more.

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MIT energy startup homes in on fusion, with plans for 47-acre site in Devens

The Boston Globe, by Jon Chesto • March 03, 2021

The scientists behind energy startup Commonwealth Fusion Systems looked at more than a dozen sites across many states to build their first campus before settling on one less than an hour’s drive from MIT, the university where the company was born.

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Devens Weekly News

February 26, 2021

Topics include: BMS and Little Leaf Farms Expansions, Devens Fire Dept., Cultivate Small Business Program, and more.

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Pharma plant under construction in Devens is latest in a string of facilities to make biologic drugs

The Boston Globe, by Tim Logan • February 23, 2021

The drug giant Bristol Myers Squibb has started construction on a 244,000-square-foot cell therapy plant in Devens, as part of its broader campus there. The facility, where hundreds of people will work in cell therapy development and manufacturing, should be completed this year and operational by 2023.

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Bristol Myers Squibb expanding Devens facility to make cancer therapy

Worcester Business Journal, by Grant Welker • February 23, 2021

The pharmaceutical giant Bristol Myers Squibb is expanding its Devens facility by 244,000 square feet, including hundreds of new jobs in areas including cell therapy development and manufacturing.

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Little Leaf Farms in Devens raises $90M for East Coast expansion

Telegram & Gazette, by Marco Cartolano • February 21, 2021

DEVENS — Greenhouse-grown lettuce producer Little Leaf Farms has raised $90 million in debt and equity financing to build new East Coast sites to satisfy growing demand for its lettuce.

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Devens Weekly News

February 19, 2021

Topics include: Free Program for Food Entrepreneurs, Business Opportunity for Sale, Tips for Organizing Your Work Space, and more.

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Devens Weekly News

February 12, 2021

Topics include: February Vacation Activities, Grab n' Go Meals for Veterans, Business Opportunity, Chinese New Year, and more.

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Devens Weekly News

February 05, 2021

Topics include: Devens DPW and Recreation, Bio-Techne Corp. Expansion, Black History Month, and more.

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Devens Weekly News

January 29, 2021

Topics include: SMC Ltd, Devens DPW and Ice Rink Updates, Francis W. Parker Charter Essential School, Virtual Home Cooking Class, and more.

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Devens Weekly News

January 22, 2021

Topics include: Bio-Techne Corp. Headquarters, Skating on Rogers, Softball League, Resident Reminders, and more.

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Connolly Brothers Completes Bio-Techne HQ

High Profile Monthly • January 20, 2021

Connolly Brothers, Inc., a construction management firm serving private commercial, industrial, and institutional clients, announced the completion of a 26,000sf addition to the corporate headquarters of Bio-Techne Corporation, a developer and manufacturer of high-quality purified proteins and reagent solutions.

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Connolly Brothers Finishes Work at Bio-Techne Corp. HQ

citybizlist • January 19, 2021

Connolly Brothers, Inc., a construction management firm serving private commercial, industrial, and institutional clients, announced today the completion of a 26,000 SF addition to the corporate headquarters of Bio-Techne Corporation, a leading developer and manufacturer of high-quality purified proteins and reagent solutions. Located at 7 Jackson Road in Devens, Mass., the construction of the new, single story addition provides a combination of manufacturing and warehouse space for the life sciences company.

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Devens Weekly News

January 15, 2021

Topics include: New CEO Dan Rivera, Important Taxpayer Information, Recycling Reminder, Ice Rink Updates, and more.

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Devens Weekly News

January 08, 2021

Topics include: Devens Ice Rink, The Great Exchange, The Bull Run Restaurant, and more.

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Devens Weekly News

December 31, 2020

Topics include: Deputy Fire Chief Adams Retires, Devens Ice Rink, Wreaths Across America, and more. 

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Devens Weekly News

December 24, 2020

Happy Holidays!

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COVID-19 Update for Devens

December 22, 2020

Effective 12/26/20: New Temporary Executive Order and revised COVID-19 measures

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Blockbuster project proof of Devens’ lure

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Devens Weekly News

December 18, 2020

Topics include: Devens RFTA Hosts Trees for Soldiers, Skating on Rogers Update, Election Results, and more.

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Devens Weekly News

December 11, 2020

Topics include: King Street Properties Development, Library Update, Local Committees and Elections, The Great Exchange, and more.

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Devens Weekly News

December 04, 2020

Topics include: New Website, Devens Annual Report, The Great Exchange, Devens Forward Climate Action Toolkit, and more.

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Despite development slowdown, the state’s life science industry keeps on building

The Boston Globe, by Tim Logan • December 03, 2020

Labs, manufacturing plants, and offices remain in high demand, and not just in Boston and Cambridge.

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Devens Fiscal Year 2020 Annual Report

November 30, 2020 View the full report

Devens Weekly News

November 25, 2020

Topics include: Holiday News, Trees for Soldiers, and more.

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Devens Weekly News

November 20, 2020

Topics include: Holiday Season Kick-off, King Street Plans Biomanufacturing Campus, Fire Safety, Devens Election, and more.

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King Street plans $500M biomanufacturing campus in Devens

Boston Business Journal, by Catherine Carlock • November 19, 2020

One Boston company has seen the demand for a specific type of biotech real estate emerging “nearly out of nowhere,” and is now taking steps to fill the unmet need. King Street Properties has plans to develop a 45-acre biomanufacturing campus in Devens, with five buildings totaling 700,000 square feet.

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Devens Weekly News

November 13, 2020

Topics include: Route 2 Closure, Devens Election, Isabelle Katter, ROTC Training, and more.

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Devens Weekly News

November 06, 2020

Topics include: The Neighborhood Food Project, Freedom's Way National Heritage Area, Board of Health Update, and more.

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COVID-19 Update for Devens

November 03, 2020

Updated restrictions go into Effect November 6, 2020 across MA.

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Devens Weekly News

October 30, 2020

Topics include: Board of Health Update, New Equipment for Devens Fire, Emerson Green Development, Little Leaf Grand Opening, and more.

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Devens Weekly News

October 23, 2020

Topics include: Devens Rope Rescue Team, Route 2 Ramp Closures, Loaves & Fishes, and more.

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Devens Weekly News

October 16, 2020

Topics include: COVID-19 update, Devens Forward Climate Action and Resilience Plan, Trick or Treating, and more. 

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Devens Weekly News

October 09, 2020

Topics include: Trick or Treating 2020, Little Leaf Farms, Devens Fire Department, and more.

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Devens Weekly News

October 02, 2020

Topics include: National Manufacturing Day, MWCC Awarded Grants, Noise Bulletin, and more.

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Little Leaf Farms in Devens quadruples in size since 2015 opening

Telegram & Gazette, by Jennifer Toland • September 27, 2020

Little Leaf Farms in Devens grows “the local lettuce locals love,” as the slogan on its packages proclaims, and there’s good reason why Little Leaf Farms’ green and red leaf lettuces and arugula are filling and flavoring salad bowls around the region.

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Devens Weekly News

September 25, 2020

Topics include: Little Leaf Farms Expansion, Harvard Council on Aging, Small Business Grant Program, and more.

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Devens Weekly News

September 18, 2020

Topics include: Devens Fire Department, Clear Path for Veterans, Shirley Meadows, and more.

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Devens Weekly News

September 11, 2020

Topics include: Bear Sightings, Small Business Grant Program, UMass Donahue Economic Report, Back to School, and more.

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Devens Weekly News

September 04, 2020

Topics include: Devens Development and Employment News, Outdoor Fire Pit Advisory, DEAC News, and more.

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Devens Economic Profile and Contributions

August 31, 2020

An Economic Impact Study of Businesses and Organizations Located in Devens, MA, FY20. Prepared by the UMass Donahue Institute’s Economic & Public Policy Research Group.

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UMass Donahue Institute Finds More Than 6,000 People Work in Devens

August 31, 2020

The University of Massachusetts Donahue Institute has issued its fifth report touting the economic impacts of Devens, the 4,400-acre former U.S. Army base in north central Massachusetts that MassDevelopment has redeveloped into a sustainable and thriving mixed-use community.

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Life Science Developer Formulates Devens Plans

Banker & Tradesman, by Lauren A. Liss • August 30, 2020

After the U.S. Army’s Fort Devens base closed in 1996 – taking 8,000 military and civilian jobs with it – MassDevelopment, the commonwealth’s finance and economic development agency, was tasked with redeveloping the 4,400-acre property into a sustainable and thriving mixed-use community.

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Devens Weekly News

August 28, 2020

Topics include: Shirley Meadows Open House, Yard Waste Reminder, Upcoming Events, and more.

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Devens Weekly News

August 21, 2020

Topics include: Devens Farmers Market, Mirror Lake and UXO updates, Yard Waste Reminder, Devens Business News, and more.

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Devens Weekly News

August 14, 2020

Topics include: Unexploded Ordnance Information, Road Work and Closure Advisories, Job Opportunities at SMC Ltd., and more.

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Devens Weekly News

August 07, 2020

Topics include: National Purple Heart Day, Mirror Lake update, Harvard Public Schools Re-entry Plan, and more.

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Women's Institute nonprofit opens 58-unit Devens affordable senior housing facility

Worcester Business Journal • August 05, 2020

A 58-unit affordable living facility has opened in Devens to seniors 62 and up.

The development, Shirley Meadows, includes supportive services for residents to allow them to age in place, along with amenities including a large community room, bike shelter, outdoor patio and community garden.

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Devens Weekly News

July 31, 2020

Topics include: Mirror Lake, Freedom's Way Grant Program, and more.

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Devens Weekly News

July 24, 2020

Topics include: Super Town Meeting Schedule Update, Dragonfly Wellness News, Devens Farmers Market, Red Tail Golf Update, and more.

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Back to nature with outdoor yoga at Devens

Sentinel & Enterprise, by Cheryl A. Cuddahy • July 21, 2020

DEVENS — Because of Anita Perry’s love of yoga and education, she finds herself dedicated to reaching out to others and teaching them about the importance of being healthy, especially during these uncertain times.

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Fresh produce comes to Devens Farmers Market

The Harvard Press, by Hannah Taylor • July 18, 2020

Every Wednesday afternoon, John Mara sets up a farmstand in the center of Devens with a wide variety of vegetables for sale. Through an invitation from MassDevelopment, the Devens Farmers Market was first introduced last fall and has already been open for three weeks this summer. The Farmers Market will be open Wednesdays from 2:30 to 6:00 p.m. for the remainder of the summer as well as for much of the fall.

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DEAC Newsletter

July 15, 2020

For Devens residents by the Devens Educational Advisory Committee

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Water Use Restrictions Remain in Effect

July 15, 2020

Water use restrictions remain in effect through September 30th from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and includes lawn watering, vehicle washing, and external surface cleaning i.e. buildings, parking lots, driveways, and sidewalks. Contact Utilities Manager Jim Moore at 978-784-2931 with any questions.

EEE has been confirmed in Massachusetts

July 12, 2020

State officials are urging the public to take proper precautions when outdoors after the mosquito-borne Eastern Equine Encephalitis virus was detected in mosquitoes sampled in two Massachusetts communities in the past week, signaling the start of what is expected to be another active year for EEE cases, they say.

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Devens Area Restaurants Open for Business

July 01, 2020

Inviting indoor or outdoor dining choices? Delicious takeout options? Efficient curbside service? It's all within a few short miles. Make sure to call ahead and/or visit websites for the latest information. Bon Appetite!

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Fourth of July Fireworks Reminder

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Devens Community COVID-19 Important Update

June 15, 2020

Travel Restrictions for Massachusetts: As COVID-19 cases continue to rise in other parts of the country, the Governor is instructing all travelers arriving to Massachusetts - including Massachusetts residents returning home - to self-quarantine for 14 days, except that, beginning today, travelers from Rhode Island, Connecticut, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, New York, and New Jersey arriving in Massachusetts are exempt from this directive.

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Devens Weekly News: In Honor of Pollinator Week (June 22 - 28)

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EDITORIAL: The only boom at Devens is a growing economy

The Lowell Sun • January 09, 2019

When Fort Devens closed in 1996 after serving as the Army’s regional headquarters for 79 years, it’s safe to say the future of that more than 4,000-acre parcel looked uncertain at best. 

However, thanks to the bold and prescient leadership of the state’s economic-development arm, the renamed Devens has become a business-friendly dynamo with more than 100 companies of all sizes operating within this self-contained community shared by the towns of Ayer, Harvard and Shirley.

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