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    1. Way Finders in line for $2M in state money for new Springfield headquarters

      Way Finders in line for $2M in state money for new Springfield headquarters

      Way Finders, the Springfield-based housing agency once known as HAPHousing, expects $2 million in state economic development bond money for its $8 million to $9 million headquarters project. Way Finders bought the former Peter Pan Springfield Bus Terminal at 1776 Main St. back in April for $2.75 million. Way Finders took possession in June, after Peter Pan moved its offices across the street to Union Station. The housing agency quickly set about removing asbestos and other contamination.

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    2. Eversource begins rollout of 400 electric car chargers across Massachusetts; 'range anxiety' seen as enemy to emissions progress

      Eversource begins rollout of 400 electric car chargers across Massachusetts; 'range anxiety' seen as enemy to emissions progress

      With its rounded top and the two crescent-shaped handles at its side, the electric vehicle charging station on display Wednesday bears an odd resemblance to an old-fashioned gas pump. But the charger, which will be installed permanently in the Union Station parking garage in the next few weeks, is more the future than the past, said Jim Hunt, Eversource senior vice president and chief communications officer. Hunt hosted a news conference with Springfield Mayor Domenic J. Sarno, who pointed to the charger's retro look, U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal, D-Springfield, and others.

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    3. 'This is a very special place for Springfield': Peter Pan shows off Union Station offices

      'This is a very special place for Springfield': Peter Pan shows off Union Station offices

      Almost exactly one year after moving bus operations to Springfield Union Station, Peter Pan Bus Lines hosted an open house Tuesday to show off the new corporate offices upstairs from the bus berths and ticketing counters. "This is a very special place for Springfield," said Peter A. Picknelly, chairman and CEO of Peter Pan Bus Lines. "For the thousands of people every day who visit our city utilizing public transportation, this is their first impression." He said Peter Pan serves 75 cities across the Northeast and no cities of Springfield's size have a comparable intermodal transit center. And bus ...

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    4. Westfield-Barnes Regional Airport gets $2.6 million federal grant for drainage

      Westfield-Barnes Regional Airport gets $2.6 million federal grant for drainage

      U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal, D-Springfield, brought news of a $2.6 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation to Westfield-Barnes Regional Airport on Monday. The airport will use the money to improve drainage at Barnes, according to information provided by Neal's office. "The regional airport in Westfield is increasingly playing a larger and more important role in our local transportation infrastructure," Neal said in a written statement. "It also is helping to create good jobs and economic development here in Western Massachusetts. Today's federal grant is an investment in the airport's future and ...

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    5. Freedom Credit Union merges with West Springfield Federal Credit Union

      Freedom Credit Union merges with West Springfield Federal Credit Union

      Freedom Credit Union of Springfield announced Monday it is merging with the much smaller West Springfield Federal Credit Union. West Springfield Federal Credit Union will conduct business as Freedom Credit Union, according to the release. The new Freedom Credit Union will have 11 branches -- including the current West Springfield Credit Union Branch at 58 Union St. --  and more than 30,000 members once the merger is completed. The credit unions expect regulatory approval by the end of the year.

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    6. MGM Springfield has Connecticut gamblers riding the rails: CTrail and Hartford Line busy

      MGM Springfield has Connecticut gamblers riding the rails: CTrail and Hartford Line busy

      When the 11:47 a.m. Hartford Line train pulled into Springfield's Union Station, most of the 75 or so passengers getting off had one question: "How do I get to the casino?" And even though The Loop downtown bus service wouldn't start for another hour - after the traffic on Main Street cleared - the arriving passengers made bee lines for the Pioneer Valley Transit Authority waiting area downstairs or out onto Lyman Street for the walk to MGM Springfield.

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    7. 'We are just so excited about Springfield': Mark Wahlberg details Wahlburgers planned at MGM

      'We are just so excited about Springfield': Mark Wahlberg details Wahlburgers planned at MGM

      Actor-restaurateur and Dorchester native Mark Wahlberg was in Springfield back in June to scope out the then-under construction MGM Springfield site. He returned Thursday to announce that he and his family will open a Wahlburgers restaurant on the MGM campus in late 2019. The man who rose to fame with his Funky Bunch hip-hop group and continues with films like "Ted" and "Lone Survivor" promises we'll be seeing a lot more of him and his famous family.

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    8. It's official: MGM Springfield can open, Massachusetts Gaming Commission says following final inspection

      It's official: MGM Springfield can open, Massachusetts Gaming Commission says following final inspection

      After observing a series of soft-opening test nights at MGM Springfield this week and conducting a last-minute review, Massachusetts Gaming Commissioner Bruce Stebbins gave permission Wednesday for the casino to open. Stebbins, a former Springfield resident and city councilor, was the Gaming Commission's delegated authority in Springfield this week. The document he signed Wednesday afternoon is a temporary certificate of operations. The Massachusetts Gaming Commission is expected to issue a permanent certificate at its meeting Sept. 13.

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    9. Job centers, workforce boards get new names in statewide rebranding

      Job centers, workforce boards get new names in statewide rebranding

      Massachusetts job centers and the regional employment boards that help develop pools of potential employees are all getting new names -- each prefaced with the word "MassHire" -- as part of a statewide rebranding. The idea, said Kevin Lynn, executive director of FutureWorks in Springfield, is to make all the agencies more recognizable. In September, FutureWorks will shed its name and become the MassHire Springfield Career Center.

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    10. Barnes, Westover, Bradley airports look for MGM Springfield casino boost

      Barnes, Westover, Bradley airports look for MGM Springfield casino boost

      MGM Springfield's executives have been out to visit and at least one corporate jet from Las Vegas is scheduled to arrive this weekend and stay over at least one night. But it remains to bee seen how much business MGM Springfield, the $960 million resort casino that opens Friday, will bring to Westfield-Barnes Regional Airport, Westover Metropolitan Airport in Chicopee and Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks, Connecticut. "We certainly are hoping to feel the effects of the casino," said Kelly DeRonda, manager at Rectrix, the fixed-base operator providing aircraft services at Barnes. It's hard to tell ahead ...

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    11. Union Station, CTrail ready for surge of passengers for MGM Springfield opening

      Union Station, CTrail ready for surge of passengers for MGM Springfield opening

      Amtrak and the folks who run the CTrail branded trains on the Hartford Line are ready to expand service into Springfield for MGM Springfield's opening weekend if they notice a surge in ridership reminiscent of CTrail's own grand opening in June. It's hard to tell ahead of time how many people will take the trains along the New Haven-to-Springfield line, said Rich Andreski, bureau chief for public transportation at the Connecticut Department of Transportation. Passengers on the line buy their tickets from vending machines moments before boarding.

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    12. Yankee Candle reopens Holyoke Mall shop as 'CandlePower' concept store

      Yankee Candle reopens Holyoke Mall shop as 'CandlePower' concept store

      After less than a week of remodeling work, Deerfield-based Yankee Candle has reopened its Holyoke Mall shop as the first location of the company's new experimental store concept. Called "CandlePower by Yankee Candle," the 2,040-square-foot store lets shoppers customize their own signature candle using the store's fragrance blending bar. The custom candles can also include include lids and labels personalized with a photo, message or embedded video. CandlePower also carries other brands such as WoodWick, Kate Spade and Paddywax.

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    13. Riders on Springfield-Hartford-New Haven CTrail trains can now bring their bikes along

      Riders on Springfield-Hartford-New Haven CTrail trains can now bring their bikes along

       As of Thursday, passengers can bring their bicycles on board CTrail Hartford Line trains, which stop multiple times each day in Springfield, the Connecticut Department of Transportation said. ConnDOT said it changed its rules in response to passenger desire to bring their bikes along. "Cyclists throughout Connecticut welcome the new bicycle access policy on the Hartford Line. For those who ride to and from stations or put their bikes aboard local buses or on other rail lines, this new policy extends the range for car-free travel in Connecticut," stated Paul Hammer, past president of the Connecticut Bicycle Coalition, in a ...

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    14. 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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    15. 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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    16. 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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    17. 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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    18. 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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    19. 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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    20. 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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    21. 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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    22. 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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