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    1. Baker-Polito Administration Temporarily Prohibits Utility Shutoffs to Protect Ratepayers

      Baker-Polito Administration Temporarily Prohibits Utility Shutoffs to Protect Ratepayers

      The Baker-Polito administration announced further action to support ratepayers during the COVID-19 outbreak, directing the Department of Public Utilities (DPU) to issue an order prohibiting investor-owned utility companies from shutting off gas, electric, and water utility service to any customers for failure to pay a bill or a portion of a bill until the state of emergency is lifted or the DPU determines otherwise. The announcement builds on the DPU’s March 13 moratorium requesting utility companies refrain from shutting off gas and electric service to residents across the Commonwealth. The new order will expand the moratorium to include any ...

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    2. STCC Donates Personal Protective Equipment to Area Hospitals

      STCC Donates Personal Protective Equipment to Area Hospitals

      Responding to an urgent call for supplies, Springfield Technical Community College’s (STCC) School of Health and Patient Simulation is donating personal protective equipment to area hospitals and medical centers. The equipment, which includes surgical masks, isolation gowns, and exam gloves, will serve as a first line of defense for healthcare professionals and reduce their risk of contracting COVID-19 while treating patients.

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    3. Elms College Reschedules Executive Leadership Breakfast to Sept. 22

      Elms College Reschedules Executive Leadership Breakfast to Sept. 22

      Elms College has rescheduled its third annual Executive Leadership Breakfast to Tuesday, Sept. 22 due to state-mandated caution regarding large crowds and coronavirus. U.S. Rep. Richard Neal is still slated to be the keynote speaker for the event, which was originally scheduled for April 9. As the coronavirus pandemic continues to unfold, the college will announce more details as necessary.

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    4. Link to Libraries, MGM Provide Books to Springfield Students Learning from Home

      Link to Libraries, MGM Provide Books to Springfield Students Learning from Home

      Link to Libraries and MGM Springfield announced a partnership to promote learning and literacy in support of Springfield students who are out of the classroom and learning from home during the COVID-19 pandemic. Link to Libraries and MGM Springfield donated more than 1,000 books to children ranging from kindergarten through high school. The books were distributed to families through the 15 schools designated as lunch pickup sites.

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    5. HCC Donates Personal Protection Equipment from College Programs

      HCC Donates Personal Protection Equipment from College Programs

      In response to requests from area hospitals experiencing shortages of supplies, Holyoke Community College (HCC) is preparing to donate surgical masks, isolation gowns, exam gloves, and other personal protection equipment from its health-science programs to help front-line medical professionals as they battle conoravirus. HCC’s Emergency Response Team has been coordinating with the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) on the collection of supplies from the college’s Health Sciences division and its division of Business & Workforce Development.

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    6. MGM Joins Thunderbirds, Hotels, Restaurants to Feed Healthcare Providers, First Responders

      MGM Joins Thunderbirds, Hotels, Restaurants to Feed Healthcare Providers, First Responders

      As Western Mass. continues to mobilize in response to the COVID-19 crisis, MGM Springfield has brought together a group of local partners and stakeholders to help feed the men and women on the pandemic’s front lines. “This is a close-knit community, and we wanted to find some simple ways to say ‘thank you’ to those friends, neighbors, and family members working tirelessly to serve and protect us during this challenging time,” said Chris Kelley, president of MGM Springfield. In partnership with the Springfield Thunderbirds, Sheraton Hotel, Hilton Garden Inn, and Uno Pizzeria & Grill, MGM Springfield is leading an effort ...

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    7. Square One Responds to Keep Children, Families Safe and Healthy

      Square One Responds to Keep Children, Families Safe and Healthy

      As one of the region’s largest providers of childcare and family-support services, Square One is continuing to provide essential services to support the children and families who rely on them. “This is a very unsettling time for everyone,” said Joan Kagan, president and CEO. “But for families who rely on us, and other social-services agencies, to meet their basic needs, the stress and fear they are experiencing is heightened. It is critical that they know where to go to access what they need. Most importantly, we want to make sure they do not feel isolated.” The large majority of ...

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    8. The Food Bank Needs Your Help in This Time of Crisis

      The Food Bank Needs Your Help in This Time of Crisis

      We’ve all been to the supermarkets. Households are stocking up on food in response to coronavirus (COVID-19). But let’s not forget there are tens of thousands of individuals across Western Mass. who can’t even get to a supermarket — elders, people with disabilities, and households who must rely on unreliable public transportation. Others can, but they can’t even afford to buy enough food to feed their families, much less stock up for two weeks’ worth as suggested by public officials.

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    9. New England Veterans Chamber Offers Assist to Military-involved Business Owners

      The founder of the New England Veterans Chamber of Commerce (NEVCC), which serves businesses owned by veterans, active military, the National Guard, the U.S. Reserves, and their family members throughout New England, wants to hear from its constituents. As the COVID-19 sweeps across the country, temporarily shuttering businesses and devastating the economy, the founder of NEVCC wants to hear from military-involved business owners in hopes the nonprofit may be able to offer an assist.

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    10. WNEU General Counsel Cheryl Smith Honored at ‘Leaders in the Law’ Event

      WNEU General Counsel Cheryl Smith Honored at ‘Leaders in the Law’ Event

      Western New England University (WNEU) General Counsel Cheryl Smith was honored at the 15th annual “Leaders in the Law” event presented by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly. The event was held on March 5 at the Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel. Smith was chosen from a field of nominees across the Commonwealth for the 2020 In-House Leader Award. Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly Leader Awards recognize general counsel and staff attorneys who are nominated by their colleagues, clients, and other legal professionals for being leaders in the community and forward thinkers.

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    11. Technology Helps Businesses Equip Home-based Employees

      Technology Helps Businesses Equip Home-based Employees

      While much of the national conversation around COVID-19 has centered around how prepared the government and healthcare sector are to deal with the pandemic, another sector has been asking itself similar preparedness questions. That would be IT firms, especially those who handle the networks of business clients at a time when companies are sending employees home en masse — not to take time off, but to work remotely.

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    12. SBA Offers Disaster Assistance to Small Businesses Impacted by COVID-19

      SBA Offers Disaster Assistance to Small Businesses Impacted by COVID-19

      The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to Connecticut small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19), SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza announced. SBA acted under its own authority, as provided by the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act that was recently signed by President Trump, to declare a disaster following a request received from Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont on March 15.

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    13. United Way of Pioneer Valley Establishes Recovery and Relief Fund for COVID-19

      United Way of Pioneer Valley Establishes Recovery and Relief Fund for COVID-19

      United Way of Pioneer Valley has established the COVID-19 Recovery and Relief Fund to provide aid and resources to those affected by the current public-health emergency. As the pandemic unfolds and schools, events, and workplaces close, hourly, low-wage workers and many others will experience unprecedented financial hardship. In Massachusetts, two in five workers lack sufficient savings to withstand a sudden loss in wages.

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    14. State Grant to Support Springfield WORKS Financial-wellness Strategies

      State Grant to Support Springfield WORKS Financial-wellness Strategies

      Springfield WORKS leads local employers, educators, community leaders, and job seekers in developing innovative solutions to meet the economic needs of area residents and local businesses. A founding member in the Springfield WORKS collaboration, Springfield Partners for Community Action, recently received a second $50,000 award from the Baker-Polito Community Services Block Grant Special Projects Fund to support Springfield WORKS financial-wellness strategies.

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    15. Baystate Is Constructing COVID-19 Triage Facility

      Baystate Is Constructing COVID-19 Triage Facility

      The Emergency Department was rather quiet at Baystate Medical Center on Monday morning. And Dr. Niels Rathlev, chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine, attributed this to the fact that the public is listening to the governor and other elected officials and staying away from the ER unless they really need to be there. But that relative quiet in the ER — one spokesperson for the hospital described it as “almost eerie” — is almost certain to be short-lived as the spread of COVID-19 continues in this region. And that eventuality was the inspiration for the construction of a rapid-response triage facility ...

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    16. Kevin Day Begins a New Phase as President of Florence Bank

      Kevin Day Begins a New Phase as President of Florence Bank

      In some ways, Kevin Day is no stranger to running Florence Bank — he was already overseeing about 90% of its departments as executive vice president, a series of responsibilities he gradually took on after coming aboard as CFO in 2008. So he was a natural choice to succeed John Heaps Jr., who recently stepped down after 25 years as president. Day’s mandate is simple — keep a bank known for its steady, organic growth moving forward, and keep cultivating the culture of teamwork that allows such growth to occur.

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    17. Businesses Deal with Growing Impact of Coronavirus - BusinessWest

      Businesses Deal with Growing Impact of Coronavirus - BusinessWest

      It was becoming clear weeks ago that the novel coronavirus would have some sort of economic impact once it washed ashore in the U.S. — but it’s still not clear, and perhaps won’t be for some time, how severe and wide-ranging the damage could be, as people cancel travel plans, curtail business operations, shut down college campuses, and take any number of other actions to stay safe. It’s a fast-moving story, and one that’s only beginning.

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    18. Pilot Precision Products Welcomes New Business-development Professional

      Pilot Precision Products Welcomes New Business-development Professional

      Pilot Precision Products, the parent company of duMONT Minute Man Industrial Broaches and Hassay Savage broaching tools, and the exclusive American distributor of Magafor and GMauvaisUSATM products, announced that Marco Morgado has joined the team in the role of the director of National Business Development. “We’re very excited to welcome Marco to his new and well-deserved role,” said CEO and founder Eric Hagopian. “His extensive cutting-tool and distribution experience is an excellent fit for Pilot and will help us further expand and solidify the strong client relationships for which we’re known.”

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    19. Behavioral Health Network Receives $15,000 Grant From Country Bank

      Behavioral Health Network Receives $15,000 Grant From Country Bank

      Behavioral Health Network Inc. (BHN) has been awarded a $15,000 grant from Country Bank, which will fund direct services for BHN’s domestic-violence programs in Ware. Country Bank’s grant to BHN will be used for innovative support and advocacy services for domestic-violence survivors, which includes partnering with Country Bank employees in offering the economic-freedom initiative known as Money School. BHN’s Money School program is an award-winning, trauma-informed financial-independence initiative designed to create long-term safety and economic security for survivors of domestic violence.

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    20. Hooplandia Has the Makings of a Legacy Event

      Hooplandia Has the Makings of a Legacy Event

      One observer referred to Hoopfest, the giant 3-on-3 basketball tournament in Spokane, Wash., as a ‘phenomenon,’ and the adjective fits. The event consumes 40 blocks in the downtown and literally takes over the city each June. Inspired, a group of organizers are looking to do something similar — although Springfield won’t be taken over — in just four months. The event is called Hooplandia, and it’s already being hailed as a slam dunk for the region.

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    21. Community Foundation Gives $341,000 to Date Through Innovation Grant Program - BusinessWest

      Community Foundation Gives $341,000 to Date Through Innovation Grant Program - BusinessWest

      The Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts’ (CFWM) Innovation Grant Program has awarded a total of $341,000 to three change-making nonprofit organizations to continue creating innovative solutions around critical issues facing the region. CFWM’s Innovation Grant Program was launched in 2016 to encourage nonprofits to develop and execute novel ideas in partnership with other entities, as well as allow organizations to construct inventive solutions with measurable impact.

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