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    1. Newest COVID-19 Response Grants to Nonprofits Total $785,000

      Newest COVID-19 Response Grants to Nonprofits Total $785,000

      The Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts announced new grants to 36 local nonprofits through the COVID-19 Response Fund for the Pioneer Valley totaling $785,000, targeting food insecurity, homelessness, those with disabilities, and summer programs, as well as addressing immediate needs during the COVID-19 pandemic. Including this latest round, the Response Fund has awarded nearly $4.8 million in grants to nonprofits in Western Mass. that are on the front lines of serving vulnerable populations affected by the crisis. The statewide Massachusetts COVID-19 Relief Fund has provided $2.8 million in funding to support the Community Foundation’s response to ...

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    2. Bay Path University Launches IngenioUs Podcast

      Bay Path University Launches IngenioUs Podcast

      Bay Path University has unveiled the premiere episodes of its new podcast, IngenioUs. Devoted to exploring relevant, provocative topics in higher education through the lens of innovation, IngenioUs is the brainchild of its host, Melissa Morriss-Olson, provost emerita of Bay Path University, distinguished professor of Higher Ed Leadership, and creator and director of the college’s new Center for Higher Education Leadership and Innovative Practices. She is also the author of the accompanying IngenioUs blog.

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    3. Loophole Brewing Services Announces Ludlow Mills Location

      Loophole Brewing Services Announces Ludlow Mills Location

      Joined by state Rep. Tom Petrolati and leadership from Westmass Area Development Corp., Loophole Brewing Services announced plans for its new location at 90 First Ave. in Ludlow. The planned 21,000-square-foot brewery, taproom, and beer garden will occupy the former jute-processing building on a 2.5-acre parcel at the eastern end of the Ludlow Mills complex. “We are extremely excited to be part of the redevelopment of the historic Ludlow Mills and join the vibrant craft beer community in town,” said Loophole co-founder Jeff Goulet. “It is a great location for our efforts to support the craft brewers and ...

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    4. Drive-in Movie Night at Mercedes-Benz to Benefit Urban League of Springfield

      Drive-in Movie Night at Mercedes-Benz to Benefit Urban League of Springfield

      Mercedes-Benz of Springfield is hosting a drive-in movie fundraiser on Saturday, July 18 to benefit the Urban League of Springfield. Live band Malado is performing at 7:30 p.m, and the movie, The Lion King, starts at 9 p.m. All are invited to attend, and to arrive early to secure a spot. Suggested donation is $20 per vehicle if tickets are purchased in advance and $30 per vehicle if purchased at the door. Purchase tickets in advance by clicking here. “We are so excited to bring this fun summer pastime back to the area,” said Michelle and Peter ...

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    5. STCC to Hold Online Financial-aid Information Session on July 15

      STCC to Hold Online Financial-aid Information Session on July 15

      Springfield Technical Community College (STCC) will host an online workshop to help current and prospective students understand how to make a Federal Student Aid (FSA) ID. The workshop, which will be conducted through a Zoom webinar, is scheduled for Wednesday, July 15 at 3 p.m. The session is free and open to the public, but participants must register in advance by clicking here.

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    6. Sheraton Springfield Hotel Implements High-tech Airflow-distribution System

      Sheraton Springfield Hotel Implements High-tech Airflow-distribution System

      The Sheraton Springfield Monarch Place Hotel announced the installation and implementation of bipolar ionization system technology into its HVAC airflow-distribution systems, which, according to its most recent study, has been proven to neutralize coronavirus by 99.92%. This system, the AtmosAir Matterhorn Series, is currently used by the U.S. Army, Navy, Marines, and SpaceX. Steve Levine, president and CEO of AtmosAir Solutions, noted that “we are delivering a socially sustainable public-health product that can deliver results so that we can start coming together again safely.”

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    7. MGM Emphasizes Safety as It Reopens After COVID-forced Shutdown

      MGM Emphasizes Safety as It Reopens After COVID-forced Shutdown

      Those visiting MGM Springfield after it reopens following a nearly four-month-long shutdown forced by COVID-19 will certainly recognize the place. But much will be different at One MGM Way, to put it mildly, when it opens to its M life members this week and the general public on July 13. Plexiglass dividers are now in place between some slot machines. Many of the table games — roulette and craps, for example — will not be open for play. There are seats only at the slot machines that are in use. Those that are not bear a simple round, black sign that reads ...

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    8. Antonio Dos Santos Named Board Chairman of Westmass Area Development Corp.

      Antonio Dos Santos Named Board Chairman of Westmass Area Development Corp.

      The Westmass Area Development Corp. board of directors has elected Antonio Dos Santos its new chairman, replacing Carol Campbell as her term expires. Dos Santos joined the board in 2011 and has served in numerous roles, most recently as vice chair. He is a partner at the Springfield-based law firm Crear, Chadwell, Dos Santos & Devlin, P.C., specializing in business, commercial real estate, and commercial lending.

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    9. Northampton Jazz Festival Postpones 2020 Season

      Northampton Jazz Festival Postpones 2020 Season

      Due to the current regulations regarding community health and limitations on public gatherings brought on by COVID-19, the Northampton Jazz Festival has made the decision to postpone its 2020 festival scheduled for the first weekend in October. The Northampton Jazz Festival is a celebration of jazz music held yearly in downtown Northampton, collaborating with local businesses and performers to provide the community with musical performances. From jazz strolls to intimate venues with Grammy Award-winning performers, this weekend has become a staple of the community. Next year’s event will be held on Oct. 1-2, 2021.

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    10. Business Talk with Peter Rosskothen

      Business Talk with Peter Rosskothen

      George O’Brien interviews serial entrepreneur, Peter Rosskothen, Owner of The Log Cabin, Delanry House, D. Hotel Suites & Spa, and Delaney’s Market. George and Peter discuss the effects the pandemic has had on a local business owner in an industry focused on bringing people together, and how the current situation has compelled the companies to be more hands-on in their approach and think outside the “event” box.

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    11. Here and Elsewhere, Business Confidence Depends on Health Data

      Here and Elsewhere, Business Confidence Depends on Health Data

      Diana Szynal is encouraged by what she sees on Main Street in Greenfield as restaurants and retail continue to emerge from months of closed doors. “I certainly see people making the changes they need to make,” she said, referring to Gov. Charlie Baker’s guidance for how — and at what capacity — to open businesses safely. “We’ve seen these business making the effort to reopen and get their staffs back to work and welcome back their customers.” But no one is fooling themselves into believing everyone is ready to go out again, said Szynal, executive director of the Franklin County ...

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    12. County’s Attractions Begin to Open in a Different Kind of Summer Season

      County’s Attractions Begin to Open in a Different Kind of Summer Season

      Magic Wings is a year-round operation, Kathy Fiore said — even when its doors are shut. “This is different from a clothing store,” said Fiore, who co-owns the butterfly conservatory in Deerfield with her brother. “When we closed our doors, we still needed to have staff here, because we have to take care of whatever is happening. Butterflies are laying eggs every day. Caterpillars are hatching out every day. We need to feed and care for the lizards, tortoises, birds, fish … all sorts of animals have to be taken care of.” And that means expenses that don’t disappear when no ...

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    13. Universal Plastics’ Pia Kumar Puts the Focus on Work-life Balance

      Universal Plastics’ Pia Kumar Puts the Focus on Work-life Balance

      Back in mid-March, Pia Kumar recalls, at the height of the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, there was a good deal of absenteeism at the five plants within the Universal Plastics fold — maybe 40% by her estimate, a number that spoke volumes about the high levels of fear and anxiety within the workforce. So Kumar, who co-owns the Universal family of businesses with her husband, Jay, and has the title ‘Chief Strategy Officer’ printed on her business card, did what she says comes naturally to her. She got on the phone. “I called every single employee that was not ...

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    14. Smith College Team Wins Ventilator-design Challenge

      Smith College Team Wins Ventilator-design Challenge

      The SmithVent team of engineering alumni, staff, and faculty are the winners of the CoVent-19 challenge to design an easily manufacturable ventilator for use during the coronavirus pandemic, according to Grécourt Gate, Smith College’s online news portal. The team’s breathing device was chosen from more than 200 submissions to the competition launched on April 1. “In two months, we went from knowing nothing to having a functional prototype,” said team co-leader Susannah Howe, director of Smith’s Engineering Design Clinic. “To see that trajectory in such a short period of time, with people who are volunteering their ...

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    15. Springfield Library & Museums Assoc. to Receive $100,000 Grant from NEA

      Springfield Library & Museums Assoc. to Receive $100,000 Grant from NEA

      National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Mary Anne Carter has approved more than $84 million in grants as part of the NEA’s second major funding announcement for fiscal year 2020. Included in this announcement is an Our Town award of $100,000 to​ the Springfield Library & Museums Assoc. in partnership with the Springfield Cultural Partnership for Spark!: Igniting Our Community, a project in the newly renovated Pynchon Park to envision and create public art that serves to connect the city, residents, and visitors.

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    16. PVPC Receives Grant from Tufts Health Plan Foundation for Age-Friendly Initiative

      PVPC Receives Grant from Tufts Health Plan Foundation for Age-Friendly Initiative

      The Pioneer Valley Planning Commission (PVPC) received a $195,000 grant from Tufts Health Plan Foundation to convene a Pioneer Valley Age Friendly Collaborative that will engage member communities in planning for an aging population. This is one of 13 new community investments totaling $1.7 million that reflect the foundation’s support of collaborative community efforts and systems change to advance healthy aging. “We have an opportunity to think differently about how our systems are addressing community needs,” said Nora Moreno Cargie, president of Tufts Health Plan Foundation and vice president for corporate citizenship at Tufts Health Plan. “We ...

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    17. Bay Path Course Aims to Help Women in Food Service, Hospitality, Retail, Travel

      Bay Path Course Aims to Help Women in Food Service, Hospitality, Retail, Travel

      As women continue to experience the devastating impact of unemployment due to COVID-19, representing close to 60% of all lost jobs this spring, the food-service, hospitality, retail, and travel industries have been some of the hardest hit. Further delivering on its mission of empowering women, at a time when many are forced to reimagine their lives, Bay Path University is offering a free three-credit online undergraduate college course in August. The course, “Fundamentals of Digital Literacy,” will help women expand their digital technology skill set and be better prepared for the workforce of the future. The course is offered through ...

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    18. Springfield College English Professor Finalist for Mass Cultural Council Artist Fellowship

      Springfield College English Professor Finalist for Mass Cultural Council Artist Fellowship

      Springfield College Associate Professor of English Justine Dymond has been selected by the Mass Cultural Council (MCC) Artist Fellowships Program as a finalist in the category of fiction/creative nonfiction on the strength of her lyrical essay titled “Brave of Worms.” “I am so very excited with the news and the peer recognition that comes with the selection as a finalist for the MCC artist fellowship,” said Dymond, who joined the Springfield College humanities faculty in the fall of 2008. “I am thrilled to be in the company of the other finalists and fellows. Since it’s a statewide honor ...

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    19. State Announces Updated Travel Guidelines to Support COVID-19 Response

      State Announces Updated Travel Guidelines to Support COVID-19 Response

      The Baker-Polito administration announced new COVID-19 public health guidelines on travel and transportation. Effective today, July 1, all travelers arriving to Massachusetts, including residents returning home, are instructed to self-quarantine for 14 days. This guidance does not apply to travelers from Rhode Island, Connecticut, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, New York, or New Jersey. Additionally, workers designated by the federal government as essential critical infrastructure workers are also exempt from this directive. Travelers who are displaying symptoms of COVID-19 are instructed to not travel to Massachusetts.

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