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    1. Bay Path cybersecurity students attack in order to defend businesses' sensitive data

      Bay Path cybersecurity students attack in order to defend businesses' sensitive data

      Students from Bay Path University and Springfield Technical Community College are planning cyberattacks against local businesses -- and Gov. Charlie Baker won't do anything to stop them. In fact, the state has already bankrolled the operation, and Baker offered his encouragement on a tour of the Bay Path campus in Longmeadow. The attacks will be for cybersecurity assessments the businesses will order. Students might send "phishing" emails in search of passwords, or just call up and ask for access to sensitive files. It'll be sophisticated work performed by interns under the direction of Delcie Bean and his Paragus IT ...

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    2. Dunkin' -- complete with donuts -- unveils store of the future at Springfield College

      Dunkin' -- complete with donuts -- unveils store of the future at Springfield College

      The new store, which opened last week in the Union Station Food Court area of the Richard B. Flynn Campus Union, also features a nitrogen-charged tap system for Dunkin's new cold brew coffees. The new food trend is to charge iced coffee with nitrogen to give at a creamy texture. Think of a Guinness beer. This new Dunkin' also has the latest technology for brewing coffee both hot and iced and for making espressos, including macchiatos.

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    3. Cargo rail line running through Western Mass. gets $10.8M from feds, $9.6M from state for modernization

      Cargo rail line running through Western Mass. gets $10.8M from feds, $9.6M from state for modernization

      The New England Central Railroad will use the federal money along with $9.6 million in state money and its own $9.6 million investment to replace 31 miles of rail and 20,000 cross ties, and to strengthen 20 bridges. The current state of the infrastructure doesn't allow for the movement of today's average freight cars, decreasing the amount of cargo that is shipped on the line. The modernization will specifically be paid for from the $10.8 million from the Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) program along with $9.6 million in state funding ...

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    4. Hickory Ridge owners plan solar array, end of golf at Amherst course

      Hickory Ridge owners plan solar array, end of golf at Amherst course

      The owners of Hickory Ridge Golf Club want to build a solar farm on the golf course property. This is according to the agenda for an Amherst Conservation Commission meeting  set for 7 p.m. Dec. 12 at Town Hall. Course owner Dave Wasenda of Appliedgolf in Millstone, New Jersey, he plans to build a 5.2-megawatt solar array at the 150-acre property sometime next year. "It's no secret that the golf industry has been contracting, he said. "You used to have a steady flow, the working population golfed a little, then when they retired the kept golfing and ...

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    5. Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito, mountaineer help celebrate 'Women of Impact'

      Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito, mountaineer help celebrate 'Women of Impact'

      Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito helped BusinessWest magazine and mountaineer Lei Wang -- the first Chinese woman and the first Asian-American to complete the Explorers Grand Slam -- to celebrate seven "Women of Impact" Thursday. Polito took the occasion to highlight her continued work on issues of women's economic and physical security. Look for a major public awareness campaign in the new year aimed at combating domestic violence. It'll be  the first time in decades the state will have done a similar education campaign in the media.

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    6. HealthSouth changes its name to Encompass

      HealthSouth changes its name to Encompass

      HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Western Massachusetts is changing its name to Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Western Massachusetts as part of a corporate rebranding. HealthSouth will host an Embrace Encompass event from from 5-7 p.m. Jan. 8. The event will be open to the public and will take place in the hospital cafeteria, 222 State St., Ludlow. Birmingham, Alabama-based HealthSouth Corp. launched its new name and brand on Jan. 1, 2018, according to a news release. It is transitioning 130 inpatient rehabilitation hospitals and 273 home health and hospice locations serving 36 states and Puerto Rico to the new ...

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    7. With CRRC in Springfield ready to deliver 1st MBTA Orange Line cars, China trade war worries loom

      With CRRC in Springfield ready to deliver 1st MBTA Orange Line cars, China trade war worries loom

      CRRC, the Chinese rail car manufacturer with a new factory in East Springfield, hopes the 90-day truce in the U.S.-China trade war announced this weekend turns into a lasting trade deal. But its still paying increased import duties of 25 percent imposed in July by the Trump Administration, CRRC spokeswoman Lydia Rivera said. And, according to the Associated Press, whether the truce is a breakthrough remains to be seen, with Trump tweeting his support for tariffs just a few days later. Rivera said CRRC has already asked the U.S. government for 16 tariff waivers in October and ...

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    8. Friendly's closes 6 restaurants, including Springfield and another Massachusetts location

      Friendly's closes 6 restaurants, including Springfield and another Massachusetts location

      Friendly's shut down a total of six restaurants in four states this weekend, a list that includes the Sumner Avenue location here in Springfield. The others are in Seekonk, Massachusetts; Bennington, Vermont; Rutland, Vermont; Dover, New Hampshire, and in East Greenbush, New York. East Greenbush is a suburb of Albany. Friendly's released the list Tuesday afternoon saying that it was eliminating under performing stores. "Over the past few years, we have identified and minimized the number of locations that no longer deliver the customer experience that we are working to create," Friendly's said in a news release ...

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    9. Saying Boston gets whatever it wants, WMass business leaders blast MassDOT's 'disrespect' of Greater Springfield politicians who want Interstate 91 viaduct buried

      Saying Boston gets whatever it wants, WMass business leaders blast MassDOT's 'disrespect' of Greater Springfield politicians who want Interstate 91 viaduct buried

      The Economic Development Council says the Massachusetts Department of Transportation disrespected local leaders this fall when it chose that cheaper option for the long-term future of the roadway. "If Marty Walsh walks into DOT and says, 'I want this alternative,' nobody says 'No, Mayor of Boston, stick it in your ear and go away.' The mayor of Springfield, not so much," Springfield lawyer Paul P. Nicolai said Friday in an interview. Nicolai is chairman of the EDC's infrastructure committee and one of the people who helped formulate the EDC's response to the transportation department's final report on ...

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    10. Westfield gets 1st community solar farm

      Westfield gets 1st community solar farm

      Green Street Power Partners will soon put online its 4.8-megawatt solar array at the intersection of Routes 10 and 202 with Summit Lock Road in Westfield. The company hosted a ceremonial ribbon cutting Friday. It'll be the fourth large-scale solar project in Westfield providing power to Westfield Gas & Electric and its customers, general manger Anthony Contrino said in interview this week. The rates Westfield Gas & Electric pays for the power are a confidential part of its contract with solar developer Green Street power, but he said the price is matched with market rates for power.

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    11. Delaney's Market take-home meals from The Log Cabin coming to downtown Springfield, 3 other Massachusetts locations

      Delaney's Market take-home meals from The Log Cabin coming to downtown Springfield, 3 other Massachusetts locations

      Restaurateur Peter Rosskothen will expand his Delaney's Market take-home meal concept with a location on Main Street in downtown Springfield to open in early 2019. Rosskothen opened the first and at this point only Delaney's Market in the Longmeadow Shops in 2016. He said Thursday he has further plans to add more locations in Wilbraham, Westfield and at his Log Cabin Banquet & Meeting House, 500 Easthampton Road in Holyoke. The Wilbraham and Westfield locations are not done deals yet, he said.

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    12. Boston-based developer expects to announce new retail tenant near MGM Springfield by end of year

      Boston-based developer expects to announce new retail tenant near MGM Springfield by end of year

       Developers Davenport Companies is in discussions with a retail tenant who might take up most of the Main Street-fronting space in its long-planned Davenport Square project near MGM Springfield. Charles Irving, principal with Boston-based Davenport, said recently that he expects to make a public announcement of the deal sometime before January. Davenport has long proposed an 11,000-square-foot multi-tenant building with parking to the rear on the site. The Head Start daycare facility is currently the only business on the property, occupying a section to the rear away from Main Street.

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    13. New Valley Bank & Trust has state and federal OK, plans 2 office locations

      New Valley Bank & Trust has state and federal OK, plans 2 office locations

      New Valley Bank & Trust Co., the first new bank to open in Springfield in 11 years, has preliminary OKs from state and federal regulators and plans to open offices in early 2019. Before opening, New Valley Bank & Trust must raise $25 million to $30 million in capital, money it will use to make loans as it begins business, said Jeff Sullivan, New Valley's proposed president and CEO. New Valley has contacted about 500 potential investors.

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    14. 'It's been a long ride': Union Station busy with rushed, stressed and fast-moving Thanksgiving travelers

      'It's been a long ride': Union Station busy with rushed, stressed and fast-moving Thanksgiving travelers

      You really had to watch your step at the foot of the stairs leading down from the train platforms at Union Station on Wednesday afternoon. The CTrail train north from New Haven and Hartford was late, and folks needed to make their bus connections at the other end of the building. They were rushed, stressed and moving quickly to get where they needed to go.

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    15. Way Finders begins demolition of old Peter Pan Springfield Bus Terminal

      Way Finders begins demolition of old Peter Pan Springfield Bus Terminal

      Demolition workers began razing the former Peter Pan Bus Terminal on Monday, making way for a new 33,000-square-foot Way Finders housing center and corporate offices. Once open in early 2020, the housing center will allow Way Finders (formerly HAP Housing) to provide  housing assistance, financial literacy education, job search help, vocational education and first-time home buyer programs to more people. It expects to boost the number of families through its doors from about 20,000 a year now to 30,000 a year or more.

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    16. Springfield's CRRC begins testing Orange Line cars for Boston's MBTA (photos, video)

      Springfield's CRRC begins testing Orange Line cars for Boston's MBTA (photos, video)

      Keep craning your neck as you zip along Interstate 291 past the mammoth CRRC MA Corp. plant. You'll probably see that subway car you've been waiting for. CRRC started running new subway cars -- Orange Line cars it's building for the MBTA -- on its 2,200-foot test track during the week of Nov. 13. Each new car costs $2.43 million.

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    17. Rewards program offered to Hartford Line train riders: Springfield deals include Thunderbirds, museums

      Rewards program offered to Hartford Line train riders: Springfield deals include Thunderbirds, museums

      The Connecticut Department of Transportation now offers a rider rewards program where consumers can get discounts at businesses and attractions by showing their tickets or passes or a downloadable coupon. That includes tickets for Hartford Line passenger trains from New Haven to Springfield. The program, called CTrides, is also open to riders on Shore Line East trains and on CTfasttrack buses in Connecticut.

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    18. Hartford Line adds trains to Springfield Union Station

      Hartford Line adds trains to Springfield Union Station

      CTrail will have one additional Hartford Line train -- on weekends and on weekdays -- serving Springfield Union Station starting Monday, according to timetables released by the Connecticut Department of Transportation. The new train arrives in Springfield at 9:47 a.m., having left New Haven at 8:15 a.m. It departs Springfield at 10:40 a.m. and arrives in New Haven at 12:12 p.m.  On weekends, it arrives in Springfield at 10:58 a.m., having left New Haven at 9:25 a.m. It leaves Springfield at 11:30 a.m. and arrives in New Haven ...

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    19. 'Have a seat': Pvta, Aarp unveil bus stop benches across Springfield

      'Have a seat': Pvta, Aarp unveil bus stop benches across Springfield

      With funding from an AARP grant meant to improve public spaces for those of all ages, city and Pioneer Valley Transit Authority officials cut the ribbon Wednesday on a dozen new bus stop benches scattered around Springfield. "So come over and have a seat," Mayor Domenic J. Sarno said by way of an invitation following a photo opportunity in Court Square.

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    20. MassMutual announces $1.72 billion dividend in 2019

      MassMutual announces $1.72 billion dividend in 2019

      Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Co. said Monday that its board of directors has approved a record $1.72 billion estimated dividend payout in 2019. It's an increase of more than $125 million more than 2018, and marks the 151st consecutive year that MassMutual will be paying a dividend, according to a news release. The 2017 dividend was $1.6 billion. The 2019 estimated payout reflects a dividend interest rate of 6.4 percent for eligible participating policies, maintaining the same rate as 2018.

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