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    1. United Way of Pioneer Valley’s Project Toybox Donates 1,000 Toys

      United Way of Pioneer Valley’s Project Toybox Donates 1,000 Toys

      To help relieve the boredom of Hampden County’s children during a difficult time, the United Way of Pioneer Valley has partnered with numerous community organizations to deliver more than 1,000 educational, age-appropriate to families hit hard by COVID-19. The United Way’s Joe Mina moves a pallet of donated toys. Thanks to its partnership with Good360, the toys arrived at the United Way’s office on May 13 and are being distributed to the following organizations who will pass them along to children in need: Boys & Girls Clubs of West Springfield, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Westfield, Boys ...

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    2. STCC Names Darcey Kemp Vice President of Student Affairs

      STCC Names Darcey Kemp Vice President of Student Affairs

      Springfield Technical Community College (STCC) has named a higher-education administrator from New York as vice president of Student Affairs. Darcey Kemp began her new post on April 27. She had served as the assistant vice president for Student Development, Leadership, and Completion Initiatives at the College of Saint Rose in Albany, N.Y. since 2015. In her leadership role, Kemp will oversee the division at STCC charged with providing support that extends the classroom experience, including student governance and clubs, athletics, tutoring, advising, and student health and wellness.

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    3. Governor Provides Update on COVID-19 Testing Capacity and Strategy

      Governor Provides Update on COVID-19 Testing Capacity and Strategy

      The Baker-Polito administration announced an expanded COVID-19 testing capacity and strategy. As required to secure COVID-19 testing resources allocated in legislation passed by the U.S. Congress on April 24, the administration will submit its plan to expand testing to the federal government this month. The plan builds on previously expanded testing criteria, and calls for a boost in overall testing capacity to 45,000 daily tests by the end of July, and 75,000 daily tests by the end of December, with the goal of decreasing positivity rate to less than 5%. Lab processing capacity is also planned to ...

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    4. UMass Amherst Students Receive $8.3 Million in Emergency Federal Financial Aid

      UMass Amherst Students Receive $8.3 Million in Emergency Federal Financial Aid

      Emergency federal financial-aid grants totaling $8.3 million were distributed to more than 7,700 undergraduate students this week by UMass Amherst, the latest in a number of steps the campus has taken to support students experiencing economic distress due to the coronavirus pandemic. The funds were allocated through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Securities (CARES) Act. Grants were calculated based upon a number of factors, including financial need and an estimate of additional costs of food, housing, course materials, technology, healthcare, and childcare. To receive the grants, the law requires that students must be U.S. citizens or ...

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    5. MGM Resorts Releases Health And Safety Plan for Reopening Properties

      MGM Resorts Releases Health And Safety Plan for Reopening Properties

      MGM Resorts International released a report outlining the comprehensive health and safety protocols the company is implementing prior to reopening its domestic properties and resorts that were temporarily closed in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic, including MGM Springfield. The report details MGM Resorts’ “Seven-Point Safety Plan,” a multi-layered set of protocols and procedures designed in conjunction with medical and scientific experts to deter the spread of the virus, protect customers and employees, and rapidly respond to potential new cases.

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    6. Baker-Polito Administration Authorizes $1 Billion in COVID-19 Spending

      Baker-Polito Administration Authorizes $1 Billion in COVID-19 Spending

      The Baker-Polito administration filed a supplemental budget bill for FY20 that will authorize $1 billion in spending necessary to cover incurred and expected costs during the COVID-19 public-health crisis. It is expected that this spending will result in no net cost to the Commonwealth, after anticipated federal reimbursement and other federal funding sources. These expenses include the purchase of personal protective equipment, rate adjustments for providers of congregate care and other essential human services, incentive pay for state employees on the front lines at certain facilities in operation 24 hours a day, costs of temporary field hospitals and shelters, National ...

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    7. American Hockey League, Thunderbirds Cancel Remainder of 2019-20 Season

      American Hockey League, Thunderbirds Cancel Remainder of 2019-20 Season

      The Springfield Thunderbirds, in conjunction with the American Hockey League (AHL) and CEO David Andrews, announced that the league’s board of governors has voted to cancel the remainder of the 2019-20 AHL regular season and the 2020 Calder Cup playoffs due to the ongoing COVID-19 public health crisis. “After a lengthy review process, the American Hockey League has determined that the resumption and completion of the 2019-20 season is not feasible in light of current conditions,” Andrews said. “The league’s operational focus has turned toward actively preparing for the 2020-21 season. We are very grateful to the National ...

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    8. Baker-Polito Administration Announces Four-phase Strategy for Reopening

      Baker-Polito Administration Announces Four-phase Strategy for Reopening

      The Baker-Polito administration announced a four-phase approach to reopening the Massachusetts economy during the COVID-19 pandemic, and published mandatory workplace-safety standards that will apply across all sectors and industries once reopening begins. The goal of the phased reopening, announced on May 11 and based on public-health guidance, is to methodically allow certain businesses, services, and activities to resume, while protecting public health and limiting a resurgence of new COVID-19 cases.

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    9. Westfield Bank Future Fund Awarded More Than $300,000 in Grants in 2019

      Westfield Bank Future Fund Awarded More Than $300,000 in Grants in 2019

      Westfield Bank announced that the Future Fund, a philanthropic endeavor dedicated to supporting local 501(c)(3) organizations that have a positive impact on the region’s educational, recreational, cultural, and social well-being, awarded more than $300,000 to more than 40 organizations in Western Mass. and Northern Conn. in 2019. Grant recipients included the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Westfield, Domus Inc., Farmington Valley YMCA, Friends of the Holyoke Soldiers Home, Girls Inc. of the Valley, the Boys & Girls Club of Chicopee, Junior Achievement of Southwest New England, Make-A-Wish Massachusetts and Rhode Island, Spirit of Springfield, and the YMCA ...

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    10. Massachusetts Golf Courses Reopen, with Conditions

      Massachusetts Golf Courses Reopen, with Conditions

      Saying he wanted to bring Massachusetts in line with what surrounding states were doing, Gov. Charlie Baker allowed golf courses to reopen on May 7, albeit under strict conditions. “Golf courses are not essential businesses and cannot have employees working on-premise,” the new state guidelines note. “Notwithstanding this restriction, essential services, such as groundskeeping to avoid hazardous conditions and security, provided by employees, contractors, or vendors, are permitted. Private operators of courses may permit individuals access to the property so long as there are no gatherings of any kind, appropriate social distancing of six feet between individuals is strictly followed ...

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    11. Pioneer Valley College Students Recognized for Entrepreneurial Spirit

      Pioneer Valley College Students Recognized for Entrepreneurial Spirit

      Eighty-six students from 14 local colleges and universities recently received awards for their creativity and entrepreneurial spirit, with 55 unique businesses and business concepts represented. News of the 2020 Grinspoon Entrepreneurship Initiative (EI) Entrepreneurial Spirit Awards came at about the same time as participating students’ semesters were disrupted by COVID-19. Soon thereafter, the annual entrepreneurship banquet, where more than 450 people were scheduled to attend to celebrate these students, was canceled. The Grinspoon EI class of 2020 received their award checks of up to $1,000 by mail, and they and continue to be mentored by their Grinspoon EI faculty ...

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    12. Iconic White Hut Will Reopen with Same Menu, Slightly New Look

      Iconic White Hut Will Reopen with Same Menu, Slightly New Look

      Those hungry for some good news in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic — and that’s just about everyone — received some Thursday with the announcement that the iconic White Hut, a Memorial Avenue landmark since 1939, will reopen under new ownership. Those owners, Peter Picknelly, chairman and CEO of Peter Pan Bus Lines, and Andy Yee, president of the Bean Group of restaurants, told BusinessWest they plan to start with a food truck slated to open on or soon after May 18 — the new date for possibly restarting the state’s economy — and eventually reopen the small but historic  restaurant ...

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    13. Big Y to Hold Prices on More Than 10,000 Grocery Products

      Big Y to Hold Prices on More Than 10,000 Grocery Products

      Big Y World Class Markets implemented a price freeze on more than 10,000 items as of May 1. More items are expected to be added to the freeze list. Some freeze list prices may actually go down during this period, but none will go up, and Big Y’s popular sales will continue. Despite the current volatility of food prices, Big Y has pledged to hold the line on these price-freeze items.

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    14. Confused About How to Use PPP Funds? Here Are Some Answers

      Confused About How to Use PPP Funds? Here Are Some Answers

      The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), part of the CARES Act, was launched just over a month ago to much fanfare and promise, but has been bogged down since with technical malfunctions, overwhelmed bankers, political missteps, and incomplete guidance from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). Current guidance on the forgiveness of these loans is scant, additional guidance has been recently posted, and more is expected in the near future. The SBA’s FAQs for PPP have been updated several times a week since they were originally published on April 3, reflecting the current thinking of the SBA in interpreting ...

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    15. Survey of Essential Workers Shows Widespread Health and Safety Concerns

      Survey of Essential Workers Shows Widespread Health and Safety Concerns

      Researchers at the UMass Amherst Labor Center released a new report providing some of the first data on the safety and security of essential workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Clare Hammonds and Jasmine Kerrissey conducted an online survey of more than 1,600 essential workers in Western Mass. who were at work April 17-24. As of late April, Massachusetts had the third-highest COVID-19 case count among all states, and two cities in Western Mass. ranked among the cities with the highest death rates per 1,000 population in the country — Springfield (which ranked seventh) and Greenfield (11th), according to data ...

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    16. SBA Makes Economic Injury Disaster Loans Available to Agricultural Businesses

      SBA Makes Economic Injury Disaster Loans Available to Agricultural Businesses

      U.S. Small Business Administration Administrator Jovita Carranza announced that agricultural businesses are now eligible for SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and EIDL Advance programs. SBA’s EIDL portal has reopened as a result of funding authorized by Congress through the Paycheck Protection Program and Healthcare Enhancement Act. The legislation, signed into law by President Trump a week ago, provided additional funding for farmers and ranchers and certain other agricultural businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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    17. Star Spangled Springfield Postponed Due to COVID-19

      After careful consideration, the Spirit of Springfield, with the city of Springfield, has determined it is in the best interest of the community to postpone Star Spangled Springfield due to COVID-19. The event, sponsored by MassMutual, is being delayed from Saturday, July 4 to a date that has yet to be determined.  “Someone said to me, ‘we need fireworks,’ said Judy Matt, Spirit of Springfield president. “I agree 100%, but we must first think of the welfare and well-being of our community. When the time is right, we will be ready.”

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    18. Statewide Order to Wear Masks, Face Coverings in Public Takes Effect May 6

      Statewide Order to Wear Masks, Face Coverings in Public Takes Effect May 6

      The Baker-Polito administration’s order requiring the use of masks or face coverings in public places goes into effect Wednesday, May 6. The administration has ordered all residents over age 2 to use a face covering or mask in public places where maintaining proper social-distancing measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 are not possible. This statewide order supersedes previously issued guidance relative to mask use.

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    19. Home City Development Awarded State Funds for Affordable-housing Renovations

      Home City Development Awarded State Funds for Affordable-housing Renovations

      NORTHAMPTON — Home City Development Inc. (HCDI), a Springfield-based affordable-housing development organization, was awarded $2.88 million and seven project-based vouchers by the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD). Funds were awarded for renovations of New South Street Apartments, an 18-unit historic building located at 24-34 New South St. in Northampton. Project-based vouchers and supportive service funds will provide housing for seven homeless families.

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    20. Leadership Pioneer Valley Announces ‘Letting Leadership Shine’ Event

      Leadership Pioneer Valley Announces ‘Letting Leadership Shine’ Event

      Leadership Pioneer Valley (LPV) announced a virtual discussion with local leaders from different sectors about how they are leading during COVID-19, what is needed, and what we can expect. The event will be held on Tuesday, May 5 from noon to 1 p.m. on Zoom. Speakers for “Letting Leadership Shine” include Jessica Collins, executive director of the Public Health Institute of Western Massachusetts; Justin Hurst, Springfield city councilor; Joanne Marqusee, president of Cooley Dickinson Hospital; Christina Royal, president of Holyoke Community College; and Katie Allan Zobel, executive director of the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts. Other speakers will be ...

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    21. Freedom Credit Union Makes $55,000 Community Donation for Coronavirus Crisis

      Freedom Credit Union Makes $55,000 Community Donation for Coronavirus Crisis

      Freedom Credit Union (FCU) announced a donation of $55,000 to be dispersed among several community organizations at the front lines of the local fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.  “The coronavirus crisis has required that the entire community come together in response,” FCU President and CEO Glenn Welch said. “At Freedom, we wanted to honor those organizations that are at the center of the community response and contribute to the resources they need to help others during the pandemic.”

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    22. Healthcare Heroes 2020 to Honor the Heroes of COVID-19 - BusinessWest

      Healthcare Heroes 2020 to Honor the Heroes of COVID-19 - BusinessWest

      Since the phrase COVID-19 came into our lexicon, those working in the broad healthcare field have emerged as the true heroes during a pandemic that has changed every facet of life as we know it. And over the past several months, the world has paid tribute to these heroes, and in all kinds of ways — from applauding in unison from apartment-complex windows to bringing hot meals to hospital and nursing-home workers; from staging parades in front of these institutions to donating much-needed personal protective equipment (PPE).

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    23. HCC Running Free Digital-literacy Program Starting May 5

      HCC Running Free Digital-literacy Program Starting May 5

      Holyoke Community College (HCC) will run a free online program starting Tuesday, May 5 for people who want to sharpen their digital-literacy skills to become more effective remote workers and learners. “How to Work & Learn Online,” offered through HCC’s Kittredge Center for Business and Workforce Development, is a four-part workshop series that will be conducted in a live, interactive, streaming forum on May 5, May 7, May 12, and May 14 from 1 to 3 p.m.

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