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    1. $600 unemployment enhancement could continue, more stimulus likely in coronavirus fight, says US Rep. Richard E. Neal

      $600 unemployment enhancement could continue, more stimulus likely in coronavirus fight, says US Rep. Richard E. Neal

      The U.S. House and Senate are likely to pass another stimulus payment program and the federal government might extend a $600-a-week enhancement for unemployment insurance recipients, payments meant to soften the blow the coronavirus dealt to the economy, said U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal, D-Springfield. Neal spoke Thursday to reporters gathered outside his office in the federal courthouse on State Street.

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    2. Massachusetts new claims for unemployment drop slightly

      Massachusetts new claims for unemployment drop slightly

      Slightly fewer Massachusetts residents are filing new claims for unemployment insurance, according to statistics released Thursday by the federal government. There were 29,167 new claims for unemployment compensation filed in the week ending June 27, according to the Department of Labor. That’s down 838 claims from 30,005 claims filed the week prior. The numbers from the week of June 20 have been revised upward, according to the Labor Department.

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    3. Hampshire Mall says Cinemark is preparing to reopen; chain ripped out Eastfield Mall location during coronavirus shutdown

      Hampshire Mall says Cinemark is preparing to reopen; chain ripped out Eastfield Mall location during coronavirus shutdown

      Management at the Hampshire Mall in Hadley says Cinemark is preparing to reopen its movie theater at the mall with the rest of its chain later this month. “Our team has been on site preparing for the reopening of the Cinemark at Hampshire Mall XD,” said Lynn Gray, general manger at the Hampshire Mall. “From the mall management standpoint, we’ve been working with them towards the reopening.”

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    4. Springfield Leadership Institute 2020 participants adjust to virtual learning

      Springfield Leadership Institute 2020 participants adjust to virtual learning

      For decades the Springfield Regional Chamber has brought together local leaders to help them develop their skills when it comes to management, problem-solving and other tools to advance their careers. This year the coronavirus pandemic made it impossible for participants to meet in person, but a recent group still graduated from the course.“The 16 business professionals who embarked on our Leadership Institute program in late February had no idea that the world would soon shift drastically due to COVID-19,” said Nancy Creed, president of the Springfield Regional Chamber. “Despite challenges presented by the pandemic, this year’s class proved ...

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    5. At Baystate, Mercy, Cooley Dickinson and Holyoke Medical Center, hospital losses from coronavirus response mount -- and reopening might not be the cure

      At Baystate, Mercy, Cooley Dickinson and Holyoke Medical Center, hospital losses from coronavirus response mount -- and reopening might not be the cure

      Holyoke Medical Center took a $6-million-a-month budget hit from the coronavirus pandemic as expenses mounted and people stopped going in for other types of care. Spiros Hatiras, the hospital’s president and CEO, said Wednesday that Holyoke was nearly able to fill the gap with $3 million in cost cutting, including employee furloughs, and with aid from the state and federal government.

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    6. Big E ‘highly likely’ to close Arena concert venue this year; Eastern States submits coronavirus action plan to West Springfield, state ahead of Monday meetings

      Big E ‘highly likely’ to close Arena concert venue this year; Eastern States submits coronavirus action plan to West Springfield, state ahead of Monday meetings

      While still planning to host a 2020 fair, The Big E is ‘highly likely’ to close its Arena, a large outdoor theater venue with paid concerts, this year out of coronavirus concerns. And Eugene Cassidy, president and CEO of the Eastern States Exposition said Thursday he’s already decided to close the dormitories where young people bunk overnight while exhibiting at the fair. The Big E also cancelled the daily 5 p.m. community parade and is also going to have fewer vendors to open space for social distancing, Cassidy said. The Mardi Gras Parade, held later in the evening ...

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    7. ‘Back in the game’: Car dealerships reopen as coronavirus restrictions ease

      ‘Back in the game’: Car dealerships reopen as coronavirus restrictions ease

      No handshakes, plexiglass shields at desks and test drives without the salesperson riding along: the coronavirus and the efforts to control its spread has changed the car business. At least one thing hasn’t changed. "We are very busy," said Gary Rome, president of Gary Rome Hyundai in Holyoke and Gary Rome Kia of Enfield in Connecticut.

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    8. 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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    9. 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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    10. 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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    11. 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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    12. 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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    13. 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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    14. 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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    15. ‘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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    16. ‘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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