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    1. 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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    2. 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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    3. 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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    4. 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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    5. 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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    6. 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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    7. 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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    8. 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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    9. 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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    10. Plans for new consolidated school in Mason Square section of Springfield moving forward - masslive.com

      Plans for new consolidated school in Mason Square section of Springfield moving forward - masslive.com

      Progress continues to occur on Springfield’s plans for a new consolidated school in the Mason Square area, including the governor’s recent approval of a needed park land transfer.  Gov. Charlie Baker signed the land transfer bill Friday that is needed for the consolidation of William Deberry School and Homer Street School into a new consolidated school on the Deberry site, said Peter Garvey, the city’s director of capital asset construction.

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    11. MassMutual may sell off retirement services in potential $2 billion deal

      MassMutual may sell off retirement services in potential $2 billion deal

      Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company is exploring the sale of its retirement services division in a deal that could fetch about $2 billion, according to published reports. The Springfield-based insurer is exploring the sale of the unit, which administers retirement plans such as 401(k)s for companies and has about $175 billion in assets under management, Reuters reported, citing anonymous sources familiar with the situation.

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    12. Keith Fairey named president, CEO of Way Finders

      Keith Fairey named president, CEO of Way Finders

      Keith Fairey has been named the next president and CEO of Way Finders following the retirement of Peter Gagliardi on June 30 after nearly 30 years with the organization. Way Finders, formerly known as HAP Housing, began a national search for a new CEO following Gagliardi’s retirement announcement in December. The search process was led by six members of Way Finders’ Board of Directors in partnership with consultants from Marcum LLP.

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    13. Dining out(side) in the age of coronavirus: Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno unveils rules for restaurants

      Dining out(side) in the age of coronavirus: Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno unveils rules for restaurants

      The city put out rules Friday and started accepting applications from restaurants that want to start serving eat-in diners outdoors under Gov. Charlie Baker’s coronavirus pandemic reopening plan. The city will allow — on a case-by-case basis and with the approval of the Department of Public Works — restaurants to close portions of city streets and sidewalks to use them as dining areas, said William Baker, a city spokesman.

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    14. Peter Pan Bus Lines resumes service after coronavirus shutdown

      Peter Pan Bus Lines resumes service after coronavirus shutdown

      Peter Pan Bus Lines resumed some of its intercity service Friday following a three-month shutdown prompted by the coronavirus pandemic. Company chairman Peter Picknelly described service as “limited, in major city pairs.” Service began between major cities at 6 a.m. The first bus left Springfield at 10 a.m.

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    15. 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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    16. 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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    17. 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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    18. 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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