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    1. MassMutual removes name from Tower Square in Springfield as new owners reach deal on hotel

      MassMutual removes name from Tower Square in Springfield as new owners reach deal on hotel

      The letters for "MassMutual" are coming down from Tower Square in what was -- given the current state of the sign Wednesday -- an "utual" decision between the insurer and the new owners of the 28-story building. But the recently departed Marriott sign on the complex's hotel is on its way back, according to the new owners, who plan extensive renovations at the hotel. MassMutual is removing its name from the Tower Square office building, four months after selling the downtown Springfield skyscraper to a group of investors for $7 million. The sign was on the north and south sides of ...

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    2. Springfield Innovation Center work resumes; US Rep. Richard Neal, secretary of state William Galvin announce $250K grant

      Springfield Innovation Center work resumes; US Rep. Richard Neal, secretary of state William Galvin announce $250K grant

      The long-delayed Springfield Innovation Center at 270-276 Bridge St. got a $250,000 boost Wednesday. Construction has already resumed on the the $7 million renovation project, with completion expected by the end of December. Workers started back on the renovation project earlier this week, said Nicholas A. Fyntrilakis, chairman of DevelopSpringfield, which owns the building. He said the primary tenant, Valley Venture Mentors, should be ready to move in by the end of 2018. It might take longer for the Ground Up Cafe restaurant planned for the first floor to be ready.

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    3. Now open on Springfield-New Haven CTrail trains: a restroom; ConnDOT continues work on ADA compliance

      Now open on Springfield-New Haven CTrail trains: a restroom; ConnDOT continues work on ADA compliance

      The CTrail Hartford Line has opened one restroom per train on the route serving Springfield to New Haven, and the Connecticut Department of Transportation will keep temporary handicapped-accessible bathrooms at stations in place. The on-board bathrooms reopened Monday. Meanwhile, Connecticut will continue to work on modifying the onboard bathrooms to meet modern handicapped accessibility rules.

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    4. MGM Springfield reveals 'The Loop' bus service to bring casino patrons to city attractions (photos, video)

      MGM Springfield reveals 'The Loop' bus service to bring casino patrons to city attractions (photos, video)

      MGM Springfield, the PVTA and the city unveiled The Loop Monday at a news conference with U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal at the renovated Union Station as MGM nears its Aug. 24 grand opening. The free bus service begins at 1 p.m. on opening day, just after traffic clears from a planned parade, said Sandra E. Sheehan, administrator for the Pioneer Valley Transit Authority.

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    5. Agawam High School adds manufacturing classes to meet employer needs

      Agawam High School adds manufacturing classes to meet employer needs

      Agawam High School is starting a new advanced manufacturing program after many years without one. The school has cleaned up a collection of Bridgeport milling machines dating to its construction in the 1950s, adding new computer-simulated manufacturing technology, and has a trained a math teacher in manufacturing. It's all part of a $90,000 effort to prep students for in-demand careers and for further study in manufacturing technology after high school. The 1,150-student high school will offer two classes beginning in September for 15 to 18 students in each class.

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    6. Westover Job Corps gets new management while culinary candidates are in demand

      Westover Job Corps gets new management while culinary candidates are in demand

      Westover Job Corps Center, with 234 students at its Johnson Road  location, has a new management company under an $82 million, two-year contract -- part of a regular churn of contractors within Job Corps locations across the country. The U.S. Department of Labor issued the contract Aug. 3 to Alternate Perspectives Inc., of Leesburg, Virginia. Alternative Perspectives already operates the Shriver Job Corps in Devens, Massachusetts, among other locations. Alternate Perspectives declined to answer questions about the contract, except to say that it is now reorganizing the center to fit its model.

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    7. MassMutual lays off workers in Enfield, elsewhere; no impact in Springfield

      MassMutual lays off workers in Enfield, elsewhere; no impact in Springfield

      MassMutual laid off workers Tuesday as part of a reorganization of its Workplace Solutions retirement plan business, spokeswoman Laura Crisco said. "MassMutual is making significant investments in our retirement business to simplify and enhance the experience for plan sponsors, financial advisors, third party administrators, and plan participants," she said in a written statement. "At the same time, we continually evaluate our operations to ensure we are working as efficiently and effectively as possible, delivering the best experience to our customers and the greatest value to our policyowners.

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    8. PVTA gets boost in state budget, still plans service cuts

      PVTA gets boost in state budget, still plans service cuts

      The Pioneer Valley Transit Authority will get more money under the state budget passed Wednesday by the Legislature than it expected under the governor's budget proposal, but it might not be enough to stop planned service cuts. The Legislature's budget adds $455,605 in funding for the PVTA as compared with the last two budget cycles. Additional funding could come from the state Department of Transportation. But the gains could also be wiped out by Gov. Charlie Baker if he decides to veto portions of the budget.

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    9. Health New England president and CEO Maura McCaffrey steps down

      Health New England president and CEO Maura McCaffrey steps down

      Maura McCaffrey, president and CEO of Health New England, has resigned effective immediately, according to  message Tuesday from Dr. Mark A. Keroack, president and CEO of Baystate Health, which owns Health New England. She's stepping down to focus on her health and be with her family, according to Keroack's message.  Health New England is a nonprofit health plan serving Western Massachusetts, Worcester County and members in Connecticut employed by Massachusetts companies.

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    10. PeoplesBank buys First National Bank of Suffield for $60M

      PeoplesBank buys First National Bank of Suffield for $60M

      PeoplesBancorp, parent of PeoplesBank, will buy First Suffield Financial, Inc., parent company of The First National Bank of Suffield, Connecticut, for $60 million. First Suffield Financial shareholders will receive $12,001.85 in cash per share, according to a news release. PeoplesBank is mutual bank and has 18 banking offices in Western Massachusetts and assets exceeding $2.4 billion.

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    11. Providence Behavioral Health Hospital announces cutbacks, promises to maintain services

      Providence Behavioral Health Hospital announces cutbacks, promises to maintain services

      Providence Behavioral Health Hospital in Holyoke will eliminate full- and part-time jobs in a restructuring announced last week. The hospital, part of Trinity Health of New England, can't yet say how many jobs will be eliminated. A prepared statement from the organization refers to service changes, but says no service will be eliminated entirely. Managers have been working, according to the release, to reduce partial hours or eliminate open or unfilled positions

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    12. Massachusetts' second-largest wind farm expanding

      Massachusetts' second-largest wind farm expanding

      The Berkshire Wind Power Project atop Brodie Mountain in Hancock will expand by two additional turbines, each capable of generating 2.3 megawatts, by next spring. Owner Berkshire Wind Power Cooperative announced the expansion Thursday. The cooperative is a nonprofit entity consisting of 14 Massachusetts municipal utilities and the Massachusetts Municipal Wholesale Electric Co.

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    13. A dealership built around a restaurant: Marcotte Ford nears completion of $8M building in Holyoke

      A dealership built around a restaurant: Marcotte Ford nears completion of $8M building in Holyoke

      Nothing says America like Mustangs, pickup trucks and pizza. Soon, at Marcotte Ford, you'll be able to buy any one of the three, or a sandwich or breakfast, or an Escape SUV or Ford parts, all under one roof.  "We did something crazy," said Bryan Marcotte, the second of three generations to run the dealership. "We decided to build a dealership around a restaurant." It's an idea Marcotte has had for a long time, starting with serving breakfast on Saturdays at the former dealership building. So the new Marcotte Ford dealership building will have at its center the ...

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    14. VSS, Valley Steel Stamp in Greenfield, plans major manufacturing expansion

      VSS, Valley Steel Stamp in Greenfield, plans major manufacturing expansion

      The excitement at Greenfield manufacturer VSS is not necessarily for the new 17,500-square-foot building the company has under construction. It's the $10 million to $12 million in equipment and 40 or so new employees company President Steven Capshaw plans to put in that building. The former Valley Steel Stamp has 60 employees now, up from 23 when the company moved into its current Greenfield Industrial Park location 10 years ago, Capshaw said.

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    15. Way Finders to tear down rather than renovate old Peter Pan bus terminal

      Way Finders to tear down rather than renovate old Peter Pan bus terminal

      Workers have boarded up the former Peter Pan Bus Springfield Terminal and will soon start removing asbestos and other hazards from the building that saw its last scheduled bus in September 2017. The button-up work is the first step toward demolishing the 26,300-square-foot building that opened April 1, 1969, to make way for a new $8 million to $9 million headquarters for Way Finders, said the housing agency's CEO Peter Gagliardi. Way Finders abandoned plans to reuse the old bus terminal building as its new headquarters.

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    16. Internet search engine giant brings Grow with Google to Springfield

      Internet search engine giant brings Grow with Google to Springfield

      Google business search results -- those now-familiar listings of names, hours and locations -- are life and death for anyone trying to sell anything in the online digital world. On Monday, Google brought its "Grow with Google" event complete with seminars, product demonstrations and one-on-one coaching to the MassMutual Center. The Silicon Valley giant said 1,500 people registered to learn more about its suite of office applications like Google Sheets spreadsheets and Google Docs documents as well as Google Arts & Culture online museum and library collections.

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    17. Want to work for MGM Springfield? Company aims to fill 75 more spots ahead of grand opening

      Want to work for MGM Springfield? Company aims to fill 75 more spots ahead of grand opening

      With just over one month to go before the Aug. 24 grand opening of MGM Springfield, the $960-million resort casino needs to hire around 70 to 75 additional food and beverage workers. MGM will host an open career fair for its food and beverage department from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday at its Career Center, 1259 Columbus Boulevard in Springfield, said Saverio Mancini, director of communications for MGM Springfield.

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    18. Historic Armory site sold, new owners plan $5 million project

      Historic Armory site sold, new owners plan $5 million project

      Built Partnership, a Georgia-based investor and developer, has purchased the the 140,000-square-foot Armory Watershops site and plans in investment of more than $5 million at the site. Built Partnership's plan is to redevelop the 161-year-old site into space for high-tech light manufacturing, e-commerce, storage, and office space, according to a news release. The new owners said current tenants are expected to remain on the site initially.

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    19. MassLive Building in downtown Springfield to offer valet parking starting Monday

      MassLive Building in downtown Springfield to offer valet parking starting Monday

      The MassLive Building, formerly known as One Financial Plaza, will offer valet parking to tenants and guests starting Monday. The building at 1350 Main St. has  on-site management, a gym, and a first-floor cafe as well as the offices of MassLive Media, and several other business. The MassLive Building is the first office building in downtown Springfield to offer valet parking service, building manager Evan Plotkin, president of NAIPlotkin, said.

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    20. CTrail Hartford Line ridership tops 10,000 in week one

      CTrail Hartford Line ridership tops 10,000 in week one

      CTrail, the New Haven-Hartford-Springfield train service, drew 10,719 fare-paying passengers in its first full week of operation, Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said Tuesday in a news release. The passenger count covers June 18 through June 24 on the Hartford Line. The numbers were down from the line's opening weekend of June 16-17 when about 10,300 riders took free introductory trips, the Connecticut Department of Transportation said. Malloy, a longtime passenger rail booster, said ridership will grow.

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    21. Behind the Scenes at Peter Pan Bus Lines' first day in new Union Station offices in Springfield (photos, video)

      Behind the Scenes at Peter Pan Bus Lines' first day in new Union Station offices in Springfield (photos, video)

      The Peter Pan Bus Lines' sign and logo -- a drawing of the eternal boy flying off to Neverland -- that once decorated the Springfield bus terminal on Main Street, now graces the company's new offices in Springfield's Union Station. "We wanted to create modern office space for our employees," said Peter A. Picknelly, chairman and CEO of Peter Pan Bus Lines. "We tried to blend the old with the new, with all the history we have here in Springfield." Monday was Peter Pan's first day in its new offices on the third floor of Springfield Union Station, and ...

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    22. People's United Bank buys Farmington Bank in $544 million deal

      People's United Bank buys Farmington Bank in $544 million deal

      The parent company of People's United Bank announced this week that it is buying the holding company of Farmington Bank in an all-stock transaction valued at $544 million. The deal consolidates two Connecticut banks that have moved into the Western Massachusetts market in recent years and continues a longtime trend of banks buying each other out to gain market share in a marketplace that is not growing. Farmington Bank, founded in Farmington, Connecticut, in 1851, moved into the Western Massachusetts market four years ago, opening a West Springfield branch in 2014 and one in East Longmeadow a year later.

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