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    1. MGM Resorts requires masks for all guests and visitors in public spaces at U.S. properties; state already requires them when MGM Springfield reopens

      MGM Resorts requires masks for all guests and visitors in public spaces at U.S. properties; state already requires them when MGM Springfield reopens

      MGM Resorts International, the Las Vegas-based parent of MGM Springfield, will require masks for all guests and visitors in public spaces at all of its U.S. properties. Guests who do not comply will be asked to leave the property, MGM said in a news release.

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    2. People in Business: Big Y Appoints New Distribution Leader

      People in Business: Big Y Appoints New Distribution Leader

      Big Y Foods, Inc. is pleased to announce the appointment of Stephen M. Creed to the new position of senior director of distribution and logistics. Creed is responsible for leading Big Y’s distribution teams as they transition into their newly expanded 430,000 square foot space. He reports to Michael P. D’Amour, executive vice president and COO. Creed has over 40 years of experience in the distribution industry, mostly within the supermarket realm. He began his career in 1979 with Stop & Shop, Inc. where he held various positions including both produce and grocery receiving and operations. Throughout his ...

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    3. Chef Wayne’s Big Mamou restaurant in Springfield closing; takeout kiosk will remain open

      Chef Wayne’s Big Mamou restaurant in Springfield closing; takeout kiosk will remain open

      Wayne Hooker, known to thousands as “Chef Wayne,” announced Monday that he is retiring on July 1 and closing his popular Chef Wayne’s Big Mamou restaurant on Liberty Street. He made the announcement on his Facebook page. While he is closing the main location that he has operated for 25 years, Hooker said he will continue to run his Chef Wayne’ Big Mamou Cajun on the Go takeout kiosk on Worthington Street.

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    4. Northfield Drive-In’s opening night brings moviegoers ‘a little bit of normalcy’ amid coronavirus pandemic

      Northfield Drive-In’s opening night brings moviegoers ‘a little bit of normalcy’ amid coronavirus pandemic

      Even in the 1980s drive-in theaters were already relics — fading love letters to the early days of America’s romance with the automobile. “Nationwide, drive-ins sputter along,” said the headline of a 1988 Associated Press story that described the number of theaters falling by half over 30 years, from a peak of just over 4,000 in 1958. Another 30 years on, only 321 were operating last year, according to the National Association of Theater Owners.

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    5. MassMutual $500,000 donation to Urban League of Springfield will help promote equality

      MassMutual $500,000 donation to Urban League of Springfield will help promote equality

      A $500,000 donation made by the Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Co. to the Urban League of Springfield will be used to support the Black community through scholarships and upgrades to Camp Atwater. Henry M. Thomas III, president of the Urban League of Springfield, said the funding is an investment in the community.

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    6. MassLive Media announces incentive program with up to $1 million in matching marketing grants to help businesses rebuild following mandated shutdowns

      MassLive Media announces incentive program with up to $1 million in matching marketing grants to help businesses rebuild following mandated shutdowns

      For about three months many businesses across Massachusetts have been closed due to mandated shutdowns due to the coronavirus pandemic. As some businesses have been cleared to open up, under strict guidelines as part of the state’s four-phase reopening plan, others are still waiting for approval from Gov. Charlie Baker.

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    7. Springfield east-west rail, faster broadband internet, green technologies highlight $1.5 trillion infrastructure bill

      Springfield east-west rail, faster broadband internet, green technologies highlight $1.5 trillion infrastructure bill

      A $1.5 trillion infrastructure construction bill introduced Thursday in Washington by House Democrats including U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal, D-Springfield could fund the transition away from fossil fuels, bring faster internet to rural central and Western Massachusetts as well as east-west rail.

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    8. ‘Tastes exactly the same’: White Hut burgers are back 5 months after iconic West Springfield restaurant closed

      ‘Tastes exactly the same’: White Hut burgers are back 5 months after iconic West Springfield restaurant closed

      The White Hut — at least the food truck version of it, for now — once again smells like frying onions and once again had customers lined up for their lunchtime fix of burgers and dogs. “I think you are all going through White Hut withdrawal symptoms,” joked restaurateur Andy Yee, one of the owners behind the newly reopened White Hut, as he walked back through the block-long line to fetch something for the kitchen staff.

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    9. ‘If they have a fair at all’: With Big E 90 days away, West Springfield officials want answers on coronavirus planning

      ‘If they have a fair at all’: With Big E 90 days away, West Springfield officials want answers on coronavirus planning

      Quarantines, temperature checks, social distancing. West Springfield officials have more than 53 questions, concerns and mandates the Big E must answer or agree to before the municipality will allow the annual fair to be held during the global coronavirus pandemic.

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    10. Samuel’s Tap & Table, closed amid coronavirus pandemic, will not reopen at Springfield’s Basketball Hall of Fame

      Samuel’s Tap & Table, closed amid coronavirus pandemic, will not reopen at Springfield’s Basketball Hall of Fame

      The owner of Samuel’s Tap & Table said Wednesday the venue at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame is permanently closed, citing factors that include the coronavirus pandemic as well as prior harm to the bar’s reputation and loss of patrons.“We won’t be reopening,” said owner Eddie Grimaldi. “It’s bittersweet because Sam’s was like one of my own children. Seeing it shuttered is very upsetting but at the same time, when i think of all the nonsense I don’t have to deal with any more, it calibrates that grief.”

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    11. No poker, no roulette: Massachusetts Gaming Commission sets reopening rules for reopening for MGM Springfield, Encore Boston Harbor, Plainridge Park

      No poker, no roulette: Massachusetts Gaming Commission sets reopening rules for reopening for MGM Springfield, Encore Boston Harbor, Plainridge Park

      No craps. No roulette. No poker. But there will be nearly six-foot-tall plexiglass dividers at blackjack tables separating dealers from players — and players from each other — under new rules meant to keep casino patrons from gambling with their health along with their money. The Massachusetts Gaming Commission on Wednesday discussed the set of reopening guidelines for the state’s casinos, which have been shuttered since mid-March due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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    12. Daily Hampshire Gazette, Greenfield Recorder outsource printing to Worcester County; union calls layoffs ‘devastating’

      Daily Hampshire Gazette, Greenfield Recorder outsource printing to Worcester County; union calls layoffs ‘devastating’

      The owners of the Daily Hampshire Gazette and Greenfield Recorder will cease in-house printing of those newspapers, resulting in what a union official described as massive and devastating layoffs. Publisher Michael Moses announced on Tuesday that the newspapers will now be printed by an Auburn-based commercial printer. The loss of printing and distribution work to Worcester County means that nine full-time and 20 part-time employees will lose their jobs.

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    13. More than 20 Springfield restaurants have applied to offer outdoor dining; here’s the list

      More than 20 Springfield restaurants have applied to offer outdoor dining; here’s the list

      The city has received applications from 22 restaurants seeking to offer outdoor dining as businesses continue to reopen from state-ordered shutdowns meant to guard against spread of the coronavirus. For Keith Weppler, co-owner of Theodores’ on Worthington Street, offering outdoor dining is critical as restaurants struggle to survive.

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    14. UMass Dartmouth chancellor Robert Johnson to take helm at Western New England - masslive.com

      UMass Dartmouth chancellor Robert Johnson to take helm at Western New England - masslive.com

      he chancellor of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth has been tasked to lead Western New England University in the 2020s.  Robert E. Johnson was introduced as the institution’s sixth president, ending a search that trustees said was vigorous and which received widespread national interest despite the obstacles of the coronavirus pandemic. Johnson will succeeds Anthony S. Caprio, whose 24-year tenure was the longest in the institution’s 101-year history.

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    15. Springfield Pop-Up Farm Shop delivers fresh dairy, produce downtown

      Springfield Pop-Up Farm Shop delivers fresh dairy, produce downtown

      The downtown farmers market isn’t happening this summer because of the coronavirus. But fresh foods — milk from Mapleline Farm, that famous Hadley asparagus and, starting this week, the first hothouse tomatoes from a farm in Deerfield — still hit the downtown every Friday. Just in a box, not a farmers market stall.

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    16. Coronavirus shutdown could lead to 20% of state restaurants never reopening, Massachusetts Restaurant Association says

      Coronavirus shutdown could lead to 20% of state restaurants never reopening, Massachusetts Restaurant Association says

      Bob Luz, of the Massachusetts Restaurant Association, joined a group of state senators for a listening session Friday morning and painted a picture with data from his members that reflected turmoil within the industry. Luz said two different sources projected about 3,600 restaurants of the more than 16,000 in the state may close permanently in the aftermath of the coronavirus. Gov. Charlie Baker prohibited on-site dining on St. Patrick’s Day in an order that was meant to originally last three weeks. In the three months following, Luz said 54% of the restaurants in the state remain closed ...

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    17. Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno promises no layoffs or cuts despite coronavirus impact on city’s $728M budget

      Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno promises no layoffs or cuts despite coronavirus impact on city’s $728M budget

      Mayor Domenic J. Sarno unveiled Friday a $728.6 million budget proposal for the upcoming fiscal year, saying revenue projections were cut in an “austerity” year impacted by coronavirus. The spending plan represents a $36.9 million, or 5.3% increase, over the current budget. The COVID-19 pandemic was responsible for a $38.1 million loss in revenue and additional expenses. “We are dealing with a pandemic and we are still able to put a cross a balanced budget,” Sarno said a news conference at City Hall.

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    18. STCC virtual summer preschool breaks new ground in education and training - masslive.com

      STCC virtual summer preschool breaks new ground in education and training - masslive.com

      Springfield Technical Community College student-teachers will gain experience this summer by instructing young children through a six-week virtual preschool.  The Pioneer Valley Virtual Preschool was created in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. About 14 STCC education students enrolled in a summer student teaching course will get direct teaching experience - perhaps not as anticipated, but nonetheless valuable.

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