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    1. Peter Pan Bus Lines Resumes Service with CDC-approved Cleaning Process

      Peter Pan Bus Lines buses will be back on the road serving major cities along the Northeast corridor starting today, June 5, and the company has developed a new cleaning process to keep both customers and employees safe. “Shutting down was one of the hardest things we have ever done,” said Peter Picknelly, chairman of Peter Pan Bus Lines and third-generation leader of the family-owned company. “We also know that our customers have been through a lot as well. So, we are happy to be back on the road, serving our customers again, but now using the best cleaning and ...

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    2. New unemployment claims fall as Massachusetts economy recovers from coronavirus - masslive.com

      New unemployment claims fall as Massachusetts economy recovers from coronavirus - masslive.com

      Fewer Massachusetts workers are losing their jobs, according to new numbers out Thursday from federal labor officials.  Massachusetts reported 27,174 initial unemployment claims filed in the week ending May 3 — that’s down from 37,740 in the previous week and 38,332 for the week before that.  More than 900,000 unemployment claims have been filed in Massachusetts since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic and stay-at-home orders meant to arrest its spread.

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    3. Collectors lined up at Basketball Hall of Fame as commemorative coins went on sale for first time

      Collectors lined up at Basketball Hall of Fame as commemorative coins went on sale for first time

      Coin collectors lined up Thursday outside the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame even before the hoop shrine put its commemorative U.S. Mint coins on sale for the first time. “It’s a rare thing,” said Kevin Winn, a member of the Nashua Coin Club who is himself from Tyngsboro. “You only get a few new issues a year. And this is the first day.” Collectors also received Thursday with their purchase a certificate signed on the spot by U.S. Mint director David J. Ryder and one signed by John L. Doleva, president and CEO of the Hall ...

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    4. Hcc, Stcc Announce Small-business Resource Series

      Hcc, Stcc Announce Small-business Resource Series

      Holyoke Community College (HCC) and Springfield Technical Community College (STCC) will jointly host a series of online workshops in June and July for area employers who want to explore programs, services, and grant-funded workforce-training opportunities to boost their small businesses. Each of the three, 45-minute remote sessions will meet from 9 to 9:45 a.m. and focus on a different government funding source.

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    5. Leadership Pioneer Valley Hosts Drive-in Graduation for Class of 2020 Leaders

      Leadership Pioneer Valley Hosts Drive-in Graduation for Class of 2020 Leaders

      Leadership Pioneer Valley (LPV) hosted a graduation ceremony for its nine-month regional leadership-development program, called LEAP, a little differently this year. This year’s group of 33 professionals from area businesses, nonprofits, and the public sector lined up in a parking lot at Holyoke Community College to hear video congratulations from employers and elected officials before receiving certificates. The program was also livestreamed on Facebook. “This class has risen to new challenges that weren’t anticipated by anyone and gotten closer as a result,” said Lora Wondolowski, executive director of LPV. “As a result, they have applied crisis-leadership techniques in ...

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    6. Springfield Preparatory Charter School plans move to new site, expanded grades - masslive.com

      Springfield Preparatory Charter School plans move to new site, expanded grades - masslive.com

      Springfield Preparatory Charter School has found a new permanent home on Roosevelt Avenue in East Springfield that will lead to an expansion of grades and enrollment.  The new school, once renovations are completed, is planned at 2071 Roosevelt Ave., at the corner of Memorial Drive,  “This building project is a huge step for the Springfield Prep community,” said Bill Spirer, founder and executive director of the charter school. “We have been looking for a permanent space for our school community for many years, and we’re thrilled to have found a property that we know will serve us well.”

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    7. Big Y, Antonacci Family Foundation, aid Food Bank of Western Massachusetts, as coronavirus pandemic makes it tough for families to keep food on the table

      Big Y, Antonacci Family Foundation, aid Food Bank of Western Massachusetts, as coronavirus pandemic makes it tough for families to keep food on the table

      The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts received more than $250,000 through the Antonacci Family Foundation and its Millions of Meals Initiative. The Food Bank and the foundation headed up by Frank M. Antonacci, COO of USA Waste & Recycling, announced the donation Wednesday. Big Y Foods also announced that it is donating an additional $125,000 to food banks in its service territory including the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts.

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    8. Pearson Wallace Insurance Sponsors Amherst Area Chamber Reopening Series

      Pearson Wallace Insurance Sponsors Amherst Area Chamber Reopening Series

      The Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce, along with presenting sponsor Pearson Wallace Insurance, launched a three-part series for small businesses on the reopening of the economy, featuring local experts. “Due to the COVID-19 crisis and related health and safety restrictions being lifted with each phase of reopening Massachusetts as laid out by the Baker administration, we are working in concert to provide optimal support for a recovery plan,” said Claudia Pazmany, executive director of the Amherst Area Chamber. “As a chamber in the time of COVID-19, we have been working on a theme of ‘response, reopening, recovery.’ Every step we ...

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    9. Basketball Hall of Fame Postpones Class of 2020 Induction Ceremony to 2021

      Basketball Hall of Fame Postpones Class of 2020 Induction Ceremony to 2021

      The Basketball Hall of Fame class of 2020 induction weekend has been moved to 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “We’re definitely canceling,” Jerry Colangelo, chairman of the board of governors of the Hall of Fame, told ESPN. “It’s going to have to be the first quarter of next year. We’ll meet in a couple weeks and look at the options of how and when and where.”

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    10. Hampden County Sheriff’s Office donating face shields to aid coronavirus protections for Westfield salons, barbershops

      Hampden County Sheriff’s Office donating face shields to aid coronavirus protections for Westfield salons, barbershops

      he Hampden County Sheriff’s Office is donating face shields to Westfield salons and barbershops to help the businesses reopen to customers with protections from the coronavirus. The formal donation is scheduled Wednesday at 8 a.m., at the Vivid Salon, 99 Elm St., in Westfield. “As we work to get back to business during the pandemic, the least we can do is make sure the people providing services to us have the tools they need to safely perform their trade,” Sheriff Nick Cocchi said in advance of the event. ““Our York Street Industries manufacturing training program has juggled their ...

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    11. Western Massachusetts recovery depends on working together (Guest viewpoint) - masslive.com

      Western Massachusetts recovery depends on working together (Guest viewpoint) - masslive.com

      Now more than ever, it is clear that our region’s economic recovery depends on working together.  Here in Western Massachusetts, there is an effort known as Springfield WORKS that has been bringing together employers, educators, community leaders and job seekers so that together we can figure out how to meet the economic needs of our residents and our local businesses.

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    12. State Releases Guidelines for Reopening of Childcare, Camps, Summer Programs

      State Releases Guidelines for Reopening of Childcare, Camps, Summer Programs

      The Baker-Polito administration released health and safety requirements that apply to the reopening of all childcare programs, recreational camps, and municipal or recreational programs not traditionally licensed as camps as part of the phased reopening of the Commonwealth. The Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) assembled a Health and Safety Working Group and solicited input from thousands of childcare providers from across the Commonwealth, as well as consulting with medical experts at Boston Children’s Hospital, to develop the “Massachusetts Child and Youth Serving Programs Reopen Approach: Minimum Requirements for Health and Safety.” These requirements must be implemented to ...

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    13. Monson Savings Bank Announces New Loan & Operations Center in Wilbraham

      Monson Savings Bank Announces New Loan & Operations Center in Wilbraham

      Because Monson Savings Bank continues to grow by adding new positions and new personnel, and has outgrown some of its spaces, some employees are moving this week into a new, 12,000-square-foot office space on the top floor at 75 Post Office Park in Wilbraham. This location will be the new Monson Savings Bank Loan & Operations Center.

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    14. Survey offers positive news for Western Mass travel and tourism (Editorial)

      Survey offers positive news for Western Mass travel and tourism (Editorial)

      As of April 6, according to the Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau, the business of hosting conventions, meetings trade shows and competitions in the Pioneer Valley has taken a $27-milion and growing hit from coronavirus. In 2018, travel and tourism had a $928 million impact on the Pioneer Valley’s economy, according to a 2019 study by the Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism. The industry is responsible for 5,773 jobs.

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    15. MCLA Innovation & Entrepreneurship Challenge Announces Three Winners

      MCLA Innovation & Entrepreneurship Challenge Announces Three Winners

      Although this year’s Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) Innovation & Entrepreneurship Challenge, held May 4-8, was a virtual affair, the college community still came together to view and vote for the three finalists’ pitches. The finalists, all seniors, who pitched their business ideas via video, were David Flight, Kimberly Granito, and Sierra Lamonde. The students were coached through a series of deliverables — determining a solution to a problem, developing a budget and business plan as the road map for the project or business, and presenting before a panel of judges.

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    16. AAA Pioneer Valley reopens branches Monday as coronavirus restrictions ease

      AAA Pioneer Valley reopens branches Monday as coronavirus restrictions ease

      AAA Pioneer Valley said it will reopen all six of its branch offices Monday following strict social distancing procedures and other guidelines for protection against the coronavirus. Registry of Motor Vehicles services will be available by appointment only, to AAA members, who can reserve a time online up to two weeks in advance, said spokeswoman Sandra Marsian. Appointments can be made by visiting www.aaa.com/appointments.

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    17. Phase 2 of Economic Reopening to Include Guidance for Restaurants, Hotels

      Phase 2 of Economic Reopening to Include Guidance for Restaurants, Hotels

      The Baker-Polito administration provided an update on the plan to reopen the Massachusetts economy and preparations for phase 2. The administration will determine the start of phase 2 on June 6. On Monday, June 1, Gov. Charlie Baker will issue an executive order with a detailed list of sectors that fall into each phase. The order will allow phase 2 businesses to bring back employees in preparation for reopening. Through this order, professional sports teams can begin practicing at their facilities in compliance with the health and safety rules that all the leagues are developing. Facilities remain closed to the ...

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    18. Back to work: Factories deemed nonessential in pandemic ramp back up, but need more employees

      Back to work: Factories deemed nonessential in pandemic ramp back up, but need more employees

      Cartamundi is back making toys and games after months of making protective face masks and safeguarding its workspaces against the spread of the deadly coronavirus. Yankee Candle’s Franklin County factory and distribution center is back as well after, like Cartamundi, having its business deemed not essential under statewide shutdown rules meant to curb the spread of COVID-19.

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    19. Elms College Distributes CARES Act Funds to 425 Students

      Elms College Distributes CARES Act Funds to 425 Students

      Elms College distributed funds to 425 students under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Stability (CARES) Act, the college announced. “We are pleased that we could ease the financial burden put on many of our students as they adapted to learning remotely during the pandemic,” said Financial Aid Director Richard O’Connor, adding that qualifying expenses included moving off campus and investing in technology to do classwork from home. “These funds have also helped offset childcare costs and preventive measures in addition to the treatment of COVID-19.”

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    20. UMass Amherst’s Olver Design Building Receives Architecture Institute’s Highest Honor

      UMass Amherst’s Olver Design Building Receives Architecture Institute’s Highest Honor

      The American Institute of Architecture’s (AIA) Committee on the Environment (COTE) announced recently that the John W. Olver Design Building on the UMass Amherst campus is a winner this year of its highest honor, the COTE Top Ten Awards. Projects “illustrate the solutions architects have provided for the health and welfare of our communities and the planet,” the AIA citation says. The COTE jury wrote of the Olver Building, “the space is made possible by an innovative wood-truss system showing us how to reach beyond the cross-laminated timber (CLT) systems to make larger spaces. Its courtyard guarantees views and ...

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    21. As coronavirus reopening plan unfolds, Northampton gets $10,000 grant to design safe outdoor dining, curbside business on Main Street

      As coronavirus reopening plan unfolds, Northampton gets $10,000 grant to design safe outdoor dining, curbside business on Main Street

      As plans to jump start the commonwealth’s economy unfold amid the coronavirus pandemic, officials in Northampton announced Thursday the community has received a multi-thousand-dollar grant to help the reopening process in the city’s business district. The city was awarded a $10,000 design grant from the Lawrence & Lillian Solomon Foundation to encourage outdoor dining and easy curbside purchases on Main Street in Northampton and Florence that abide by social distancing practices, according to a statement from Mayor David Narkewicz.

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    22. U.S. Rep. Richard Neal, Mayor Domenic Sarno set to announce $36M in coronavirus relief for PVTA

      U.S. Rep. Richard Neal, Mayor Domenic Sarno set to announce $36M in coronavirus relief for PVTA

      The Pioneer Valley Transit Authority will receive $36.6 million in Federal Transit Administration funding under the CARES Act, the major package of legislation designed to offer relief during the coronavirus pandemic. U.S. Rep Richard E. Neal, a Springfield Democrat and chairman of the House Committee on Ways and Means, is expected to join Mayor Domenic J. Sarno and PVTA Administrator Sandra Sheehan Friday for an announcement at Springfield’s Union Station.

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