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    1. 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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    2. 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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    3. 'It was great': Now arriving, the first batch of CTrail Hartford Line weekday riders

      'It was great': Now arriving, the first batch of CTrail Hartford Line weekday riders

      Marcello Toro took Monday what he hopes was the first of many trips on CTrail and the Hartford Line from Hartford to Springfield's Union Station. Toro took the 12:26 p.m. train Monday from Hartford and arrived at 1:05 p.m. - five minutes ahead of schedule - for a 2 p.m. job interview with MGM Springfield at the MassMutual Center. If he gets his job as a line cook at the $960 million resort casino that opens Aug. 24, Toro said he hopes to use CTrail for his daily commute into work. "It was great," he said ...

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    4. First CTrail commuter train leaves Springfield for Hartford

      First CTrail commuter train leaves Springfield for Hartford

      U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal and other local dignitaries made the ceremonial first trip south Friday on CTrail from the renovated Union Station to Hartford. "This was a wise expenditure of the public purse and those of us who voted for it had ought to defend it," Neal said upon reaching Hartford. Reminiscent of driving the golden spike that completed the transcontinental railroad, the party from Springfield headed south to Hartford where they met up with Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy and a party of Connecticut officials headed north from New Haven.

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    5. Springfield Union Station offers commuter parking rate as CTrail service begins

      Springfield Union Station offers commuter parking rate as CTrail service begins

      Starting Monday, with the arrival of CTrail train service from Springfield to Hartford and New Haven, commuters will be able to park in Springfield Union Station's parking deck for $5 a day. And starting in July, they'll be able to park in the Union Station garage for $65 a month, according to a news release issued Wednesday. Parking at Union Station will be free this Saturday and Sunday when CTrail offers free trips as a way to introduce folks to the service. Local officials, including U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal, D-Springfield, will take a ceremonial ride Friday ...

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    6. With CTrail ready to roll, travelers ponder if they'll use Springfield-Hartford-New Haven train line

      With CTrail ready to roll, travelers ponder if they'll use Springfield-Hartford-New Haven train line

      CTrail's Hartford Line begins service Saturday. CTrail and Amtrak trains will provide a total of 34 daily trips on weekdays, 12 trips on Saturdays, and 13 trips on Sundays and holidays. A timetable is available at hartfordline.com. On Friday, U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal and others will cut a ribbon at Springfield Union Station for a ceremonial launch. A party of officials from Springfield will take a train to Hartford, where they'll meet Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy, who's planning to take a train north from New Haven.

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    7. Hannoush Jewelers will open store at MGM Springfield casino

      Hannoush Jewelers will open store at MGM Springfield casino

      Hannoush Jewelers will have a store at the MGM Springfield casino, the Springfield-based chain and MGM announced today. "We are going to build, or we are in the process of building, a beautiful new store," Camile Hannoush said. "A new prototype, a whole new look. Springfield is our home." The Hannoush brothers -- Elias, Joseph, Anthony, Norman, Peter, George, Camile and Nabil -- got their start locally working for Kay Jewelers in the Eastfield Mall back in 1978. They opened their first store in Chicopee two years later.

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    8. Northampton mayor sees busy train station getting busier with planned north-south Knowledge Corridor service expansion

      Northampton mayor sees busy train station getting busier with planned north-south Knowledge Corridor service expansion

      Northampton Mayor David J. Narkewicz knows that an old technology -- the passenger train -- is a big part of his city's future. "You can see it when you drive past the station," Narkewicz said Tuesday of his city's open-air Amtrak station on Pleasant Street at the edge of downtown. "There are people lined up in the parking lot." It's a scene he feels he'll see more often starting in June 2019 when expanded train service from Springfield on the Knowledge Corridor line through Holyoke and Northampton to Greenfield begins.

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    9. Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker cites MassMutual expansion, job creation in Springfield economic development speech

      Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker cites MassMutual expansion, job creation in Springfield economic development speech

      Gov. Charlie Baker spoke before a large audience of business executives and property developers Tuesday at the MassMutual Center, but at times he was talking to just two men. State Sen. Eric P. Lesser, D-Longmeadow, and State Rep. Joseph F. Wagner, D-Chicopee, each chair the committees reviewing the Baker administration's $610 million economic development bill.

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    10. Expanded north-south rail service from Springfield to begin in June 2019

      Expanded north-south rail service from Springfield to begin in June 2019

      The commonwealth of Massachusetts has an agreement with Connecticut authorities and Amtrak to provide on a pilot basis two extended daily CTrail trains from Springfield with stops in Holyoke, Northampton and Greenfield. One train will run in the morning and one later in the day -- both north and south -- on the Knowledge Corridor line paralleling the Connecticut River. The only train traveling north of Springfield now is Amtrak's Vermonter, which runs once a day in each direction.  The pilot project, revealed Tuesday by Gov. Charlie Baker at a news conference in Springfield's Union Station, will cost Massachusetts $1 ...

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    11. CTrail: With commuter trains a week away, officials warn of increased traffic

      CTrail: With commuter trains a week away, officials warn of increased traffic

      Train traffic will increase on the rail line from Springfield through Hartford to New Haven starting Saturday, the Connecticut Department of Transportation warned. The ceremonial first trains of the new CTrail commuter train service won't run until June 15. Rides will be free over the weekend of June 16-17, and regular service begins June 18. But starting Saturday, Amtrak's portion of the Hartford Line service will commence, ConnDOT said in a news release. This will increase the number of daily Amtrak trains from 12 to 18. Also starting Saturday, CTrail trains will begin test runs of the full ...

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    12. MGM Springfield reveals what hotel lobby and suites will look like

      MGM Springfield reveals what hotel lobby and suites will look like

      When the $960 million MGM Springfield opens just 11 weeks from now, its 1,600-square foot Presidential Suite will include a chandelier with many hats. Probably not 500 hats, like Dr. Seuss' book "The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins," but plenty of hats just the same. And all of them will be inspired by the real-life Dr. Seuss, Springfield native Theodor Seuss Geisel, who in real life made guests at his dinner parties wear silly hats.

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    13. Natick franchisee, a UMass Amherst alum, says Five Guys Burgers and Fries on track for Hadley

      Natick franchisee, a UMass Amherst alum, says Five Guys Burgers and Fries on track for Hadley

      Plans for a Five Guys Burgers and Fries restaurant in the Mountain Farms Mall on Route 9 appear to be moving forward. Five Guys corporate offices in Virginia said the chain has plans for Hadley and the local franchisee, Natick-based Massachusetts Burger Enterprises, confirmed that the location would be in one of two new buildings on Route 9 where two vacant buildings -- a former Burger King and a former Florence  Bank -- still stand. It's a deal that was in the last few months renewed by plaza owner WS Development, of Chestnut Hill, said Marc Magerman, co-founder and CEO of ...

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    14. Gourmet Food Solutions scooping up success in Springfield with Aunt Lily's line of dips (photos, video)

      Gourmet Food Solutions scooping up success in Springfield with Aunt Lily's line of dips (photos, video)

      Aunt Lily is doing very well for Gourmet Food Solutions of Springfield. Aunt Lily isn't a she, it's the brand name for Gourmet Food Solutions' new line of dairy-free refrigerated vegetable dips. Selling under its own brand name is a departure for the 4-year-old company. It had been exclusively making dips, salsa, pesto, sauces, salads and dressings used to simmer or finish vegetables. Those products are sold under store brand names for retailers like Stop & Shop, Wegman's, Trader Joe's, Whole Foods and others.

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    15. Eastfield Mall: Sears closing clears way for redevelopment

      Eastfield Mall: Sears closing clears way for redevelopment

      The imminent end of Sears at the Eastfield Mall might signal a new beginning for the 44-acre property. Mall owner Mountain Developer, based in New Jersey, plans to buy the Sears buildings -- department store and auto center --  and its parking lot and will proceed with plans to redevelop the mall, said Nicole Sweeney, co-property manager for Eastfield Mall at 1655 Boston Road.

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    16. Hofbrauhaus in West Springfield rebooting as 1105 Main with a 'smoke and game' menu

      Hofbrauhaus in West Springfield rebooting as 1105 Main with a 'smoke and game' menu

      It really was the final goodbye to the Hofbrauhaus back in April, but it was only auf Wiedersehen -- until we see each other again -- to chef and owner Joe Stevens. Husband and wife team Joe and Liz Stevens are transforming the closed German restaurant into a new concept -- 1105 Main, named after the building's address -- that'll have what he calls a smoke and game menu featuring  briskets, ribs, wings, venison, bison and boar. He plans to keep the price of an entree under $25. "Just a twist on whatever is around," Joe Stevens said.

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    17. 'It's our oasis': Starbucks opens in plaza at Springfield's Monarch Place

      'It's our oasis': Starbucks opens in plaza at Springfield's Monarch Place

      The Monarch Place Starbucks is part of a revamped pedestrian plaza facing Main Street and Boland Way. Paul Marcelina, general manager at the Sheraton Springfield Monarch Place Hotel, said the restored fountain is back up and running and there is music playing at the outdoor seating area. "It's our oasis in the heart of downtown Springfield," he said.

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    18. Savage Arms in Westfield for sale in corporate restructuring

      Savage Arms in Westfield for sale in corporate restructuring

      Savage Arms is for sale as part of a corporate restructuring that'll see parent Vista Outdoor get out of gunmaking and focus on ammunition, hydration bottles and packs and outdoor cooking products. With 367 workers at its factory on Springdale Road, Savage is one of Westfield's largest private employers. Vista said it plans to complete its sale of Savage by the end of its 2020 fiscal year. Vista, based in Utah, has taken heat in recent months for its connections to the NRA and donations to politicians whop oppose gun control even in the wake of more school ...

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    19. MGM Springfield, PVTA: 'The Loop' bus service to connect city attractions, businesses

      MGM Springfield, PVTA: 'The Loop' bus service to connect city attractions, businesses

      MGM Springfield officials promised Friday that the casino's new free bus service, called "The Loop," will bring visitors to the doors of Springfield stalwarts like the Armory, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, the Springfield Museums and Union Station. The casino and the Pioneer Valley Transit Authority unveiled the service Friday to members of the Greater Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau in a presentation at the Springfield Armory National Historic Site.

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    20. Starbucks at Springfield's Monarch Place opens next week; will donate proceeds toward Forest Park zoo African cat exhibit

      Starbucks at Springfield's Monarch Place opens next week; will donate proceeds toward Forest Park zoo African cat exhibit

      The new Starbucks in Monarch Place opens at 6 a.m. on Wednesday, May 30, building owner Paul Picknelly said Thursday. Workers were training this week in the new downtown store at the corner of  Main Street and Boland Way. The coffee shop will donate all proceeds from its first week of business to The Zoo in Forest Park & Education Center. The money will go toward a new educational exhibit featuring two African cats, Picknelly said.

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    21. United Technologies plans to hire 35,000 and spend $75 billion with suppliers, possibly...

      United Technologies plans to hire 35,000 and spend $75 billion with suppliers, possibly...

      Aerospace and technology giant United Technologies Corp. said Wednesday it plans to hire 35,000 people -- including thousands in Connecticut -- and spend more than $15 billion on capital improvements and research and development over the next five years. UTC also announced plans to spend an additional $75 billion through local procurement of products and services, money that could include components from Springfield-area precision manufacturers. For example, UTC Aerospace in Windsor Locks has a network of subcontractors that includes Massachusetts companies like Ortiz Tool in Springfield. Among other products, UTC Aerospace makes heating controls for Orion, a spaceship that could one ...

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    22. United Bank to close 3 Western Mass. locations following purchase of 6 Webster Bank branches

      United Bank to close 3 Western Mass. locations following purchase of 6 Webster Bank branches

      United Bank will close three existing branches in West Springfield, the Indian Orchard section of Springfield and in East Longmeadow after buying nearby locations from Webster Bank of Waterbury, Connecticut.  United Bank, headquartered in Hartford, announced Tuesday that it has purchased six Webster Bank locations.

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    23. Howdy Awards honor 11 for hospitality excellence in Pioneer Valley

      Howdy Awards honor 11 for hospitality excellence in Pioneer Valley

      The Greater Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau honored 11 front-line hospitality workers for excellence Monday night at the 23rd annual Howdy Awards. The Howdys are meant to recognize the folks that make a visitor's stay in the Pioneer Valley special. Maybe it's the first person you see, like a desk clerk or a restaurant greeter. Or maybe its someone you never see, possibly because they are wearing a giant blue-and-yellow bird suit. Jim Syner, mascot for the Springfield Thunderbirds, was one of the 11 honorees Monday night, as was the St. Patrick's Committee of Holyoke, previously announced winner ...

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    24. Colony Club, Springfield institution that has hosted 6 presidents, closes after 103 years

      Colony Club, Springfield institution that has hosted 6 presidents, closes after 103 years

      The Colony Club in Springfield's Tower Square, a downtown staple since 1915 that has hosted six presidents, shut down Monday. "We wanted to cease operations with our heads held high," said Mark Teed, president of the Board of Governors."We made the toughest decision of all." The Club made a major push for members three years ago on its 100th birthday. But that recruiting effort was unsuccessful. It was down to 215 members from more than 300 in 2015. "I think it was just a model that wasn't meeting the needs of young executives," Teed said. "There was ...

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