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    1. Relief and Resiliency Microgrant Program Launched In Amherst

      Relief and Resiliency Microgrant Program Launched In Amherst

      The Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce has partnered with the Amherst Business Improvement District’s launch of the Relief and Resiliency Microgrant Program to provide financial relief to Amherst-wide small businesses affected by COVID-19 closures, through the newly formed Downtown Amherst Foundation (DAF). The foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, was formed as a means to develop downtown Amherst cultural projects, such as a permanent outdoor performance space, but has shifted its focus to support Amherst economic stability during this difficult time.

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      Mentions: Amherst
    2. Thunderbirds, Uno, Nadim’s Team Up to Provide Meals to Baystate and Mercy

      On April 16, the Springfield Thunderbirds teamed up with two of its local restaurant partners, Uno Pizzeria & Grill and Nadim’s Downtown Mediterranean Grill, to deliver more than 50 meals to staff at both Baystate Medical Center and Mercy Medical Center. “Though we are not able to play hockey at this time, we want to make sure we are doing our part to give back to the community that has supported us since our inception,” said Nathan Costa, president of the Springfield Thunderbirds. “This is just one way we are able to say ‘thank you’ to the men and women ...

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      Mentions: Springfield
    3. Bay Path Alum Makes a Difference for Healthcare Workers with Gowns4Good

      Commencement ceremonies all over the country may be canceled or postponed, but thanks to one Bay Path alumnus, college students can still put their graduation gowns to good use. Nathaniel “Than” Moore a 2014 graduate of Bay Path’s inaugural class in the MS in Physician Assistant (PA) Studies program, has started Gowns4Good, and is collecting new and used commencement gowns that will be forwarded to medical facilities to use as personal protective equipment (PPE). “Medical facilities worldwide are lacking PPE and are using anything they can to protect themselves, even makeshift trash-bag gowns and masks cut from bedsheets,” Moore ...

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    4. 413Cares.org Online Resource Launched

      413Cares.org Online Resource Launched

      A new online community-resource database for the Western Mass. region, 413Cares.org, has been launched, providing residents the ability to access critical information, resources, and referrals to community-serving organizations from one online portal.The launch of the portal, in the works for three years, comes at a particularly urgent time, with the COVID-19 pandemic causing many individuals and families to search for vital services.

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      Mentions: Springfield
    5. Davis Foundation Donates $500,000 to Region’s COVID-19 Response Fund

      Davis Foundation Donates $500,000 to Region’s COVID-19 Response Fund

      The Irene E. & George A. Davis Foundation announced a grant of $500,000 to the COVID-19 Response Fund for the Pioneer Valley, established by the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts, to provide flexible resources to Pioneer Valley nonprofit organizations serving populations most impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Davis Foundation donation is part of the Community Foundation campaign to rally business and philanthropic support for the fund, and is included in the more than $3 million raised to date.

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      Mentions: Springfield
    6. Bay Path University, Longmeadow Join Forces to Support Emergency Responders

      Bay Path University, Longmeadow Join Forces to Support Emergency Responders

      Bay Path University and the town of Longmeadow have joined forces to support local emergency responders during the COVID-19 crisis by designating Theinert Hall, on Bay Path’s campus, as a public-safety quarantine center. The town and the university have forged an agreement allowing local emergency responders who need to self-quarantine the opportunity to do so in Theinert Hall, one of the university’s three residence halls.

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    7. Holyoke Company Tools Up to Manufacture Medical Face Shields

      Holyoke Company Tools Up to Manufacture Medical Face Shields

      Walter Drake Inc., a Holyoke manufacturing company, has responded to the urgent need for medical face shields by healthcare systems. In a matter of days, workers have designed, prototyped, built tooling for, and manufactured a medical face shield of the type that is in desperate demand by hospitals, nursing facilities, and other essential workers during the COVID-19 outbreak.

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      Mentions: Holyoke
    8. UMass Amherst Engineers Help Baystate Upgrade Control Cables, Power Systems for Ventilators

      UMass Amherst Engineers Help Baystate Upgrade Control Cables, Power Systems for Ventilators

      Engineers from UMass Amherst responded to a request from Baystate Health in Springfield for help in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic by designing new, longer control cables for ventilators and the elimination of battery power sources. The design changes, developed by a team of electrical and computer engineers, allow medical personnel to control the ventilators at a distance and without using personal protection equipment, and they provide a more reliable source of power.

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    9. Chambers of Commerce Face the Same Challenges as Their Members

      Chambers of Commerce Face the Same Challenges as Their Members

      Kate Phelon says she misses her members. Claudia Pazmany recalls the early days of this crisis, when she was bought to tears on an almost daily basis by the stories related to her by devastated business owners. Nancy Creed says it’s become her mission to provide members with comprehensive and reliable information as they try to navigate their way through a crisis the likes of which they’ve never seen before. Collectively, these chamber of commerce directors — Phelon in Westfield, Pazmany in Amherst, and Creed with the Springfield Regional Chamber — spoke not only for each other, but for colleagues ...

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    10. MGM Donates Sleeping Cots, Outdoor Heaters to Mercy Medical Center, City of Springfield

      MGM Donates Sleeping Cots, Outdoor Heaters to Mercy Medical Center, City of Springfield

      MGM Springfield announced a donation of 160 portable sleeping cots and 16 outdoor heaters to Mercy Medical Center and the city of Springfield. A portion of the cots will provide much-needed overflow support for the hospital, while the other portion of cots and the outdoor heaters will assist the city’s work to help the homeless population amid the COVID-19 crisis. “We are a strong community, but this is a challenging time, and MGM Springfield will continue to do what we can to support those impacted and those on the front line,” said Chris Kelley, president and chief operating officer ...

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    11. Country Bank Makes $50,000 Donation to First Responder Recovery Home

      To help the Hampden County Sheriff’s Department successfully operate the First Responder Recovery Home for COVID-19-diagnosed first responders, Country Bank announced it will contribute $50,000 to the efforts. The contribution from the Ware-based financial institution comes with the aim of inspiring other similar organizations to do what they can to assist the department’s effort to help the people who typically help others. “These are challenging and ever-evolving times as we face the continued uncertainty regarding the COVID-19 pandemic and how it will impact our region,” said Paul Scully, president and CEO of Country Bank. “As a community ...

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    12. Community Foundation Reports COVID-19 Response Fund Grows Past $3 Million

      Community Foundation Reports COVID-19 Response Fund Grows Past $3 Million

      The COVID-19 Response Fund for the Pioneer Valley has topped $3 million in donations and is still growing, with the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts (CFWM) reporting the latest donations to the fund. The foundation also announced another $255,000 in emergency grants, bringing the total to $1 million awarded from the Response Fund to local nonprofits serving the immediate needs of the most vulnerable populations affected by the pandemic in Western Mass.

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    13. MassHire Holyoke Career Center Continues to Offer Services Remotely

      MassHire Holyoke Career Center Continues to Offer Services Remotely

      The MassHire Holyoke Career Center is letting the public known it is open for business remotely for new and current customers and members of the career center. Individuals can visit www.masshireholyoke.org to access information and staff contact numbers for career-counseling and job-search services. Staff members are available to answer questions and provide support such as résumé review and career counseling. These services are available in English and Spanish. Job postings are also available on the website.

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      Mentions: Holyoke
    14. Dress for Success Announces Common Threads Event to Go Virtual

      Dress for Success Announces Common Threads Event to Go Virtual

      Common Threads, the signature event of Dress for Success Western Massachusetts, will be held Thursday, April 16 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. as an online event. The annual event celebrates women with an evening of sharing their stories of success as they have stepped up in the world. Dress for Success serves low- to moderate-income women, many of whom will be impacted disproportionally by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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    15. Holyoke Medical Center Shares Personal Protective Equipment with First Responders

      Holyoke Medical Center Shares Personal Protective Equipment with First Responders

      Holyoke Medical Center has shared personal protective equipment (PPE) with local first responders, including Action Ambulance, the South Hadley Fire Department, and the city of Springfield. “Holyoke Medical Center is incredibly grateful for the outpouring of support and donations received through this COVID-19 pandemic by many community businesses, Novanta, and the efforts made by the Massachusetts Health & Hospital Association,” said Spiros Hatiras, president and CEO of Holyoke Medical Center and Valley Health Systems. “Today we became aware that first responders in some of our surrounding communities, who work with our patients, were in desperate need of PPE. In a time ...

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    16. Paragus IT’s Delcie Bean Offering Free Videoconferencing Sessions for Businesses, Organizations

      Paragus IT CEO Delcie Bean has been a featured speaker at events across the country on topics as diverse as entrepreneurship, technology, innovation, employee ownership, and employee-driven culture. He’s now offering his services — free of charge — to businesses and organizations looking to stay connected in these uncertain times.

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    17. Peter Ban, Bean Restaurant Group Delivering Lunch to First Responders, Health Workers

      Peter Pan Bus Lines​ and the Bean Restaurant Group​ are teaming up deliver lunch to first responders and frontline workers on a Peter Pan bus. The mission is to show support and gratitude to local healthcare heroes while supporting local restaurants. The first delivery will take place Wednesday, April 8, with food provided by Frigo’s.

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    18. Plastics Company Steps Up with COVID-19-related Products for Healthcare Workers

      Plastics Company Steps Up with COVID-19-related Products for Healthcare Workers

      It’s called an ‘intubation box,’ or an ‘InTuBox,’ to be more specific. As that name suggests, this is a box that helps shield healthcare workers while they are intubating a patient, thus helping reduce the likelihood of spreading infection. Pia Kumar says the product was conceptualized by an anesthesiologist in Taiwan, and in what would still be considered limited use, it has proven successful in doing what it was designed to do. And now, the company she serves as president, Universal Plastics in Holyoke, will start to produce them for healthcare providers, with the first boxes due to roll ...

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    19. Monson Savings Bank Donates $25,000 to Baystate Health’s Greatest Needs Fund

      Monson Savings Bank Donates $25,000 to Baystate Health’s Greatest Needs Fund

      Baystate Health has just completed construction of a rapid-response triage area outside of the Baystate Medical Center Emergency Department, allowing the hospital to better protect patients and medical staff from exposure to the virus as patients are being screened and tested. This new triage area is just one of the many large, unplanned expenses this health emergency has created. Additionally, the exploding demand for personal protection equipment for staff and myriad other needs to fight this outbreak are stretching resources and finances to the limit.

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    20. Bankers Say Institutions Are Committed to Helping Communities Through the Crisis

      Bankers Say Institutions Are Committed to Helping Communities Through the Crisis

      Steve Lowell called it a “fireside chat.” That’s how he chose to describe his efforts to reach out to customers during this time of crisis and communicate a number of key points. “With my wife holding my phone in front of me and me speaking onto the camera … we put it on our YouTube channel and sent out an e-mail blast with a link to it for our customers to get an update,” said Lowell, president and CEO of Monson Savings Bank, adding that, like the creator of the original fireside chat, Franklin Roosevelt, he used his to talk ...

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    21. SBA Issues Guidance on Paycheck Protection Program

      SBA Issues Guidance on Paycheck Protection Program

      With record-breaking speed, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has begun providing guidance on how the recently created Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) will work in practice, attorneys at Bulkley Richardson note. The PPP is one of the new programs created by the CARES Act, the more than $2 trillion emergency relief package fast-tracked through Congress in less than a week. The PPP is designed to encourage employers to keep employees on the payroll throughout the coronavirus crisis.

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      Mentions: Springfield
    22. CARES Act Aims to Support Economy During Viral Pandemic - BusinessWest

      CARES Act Aims to Support Economy During Viral Pandemic - BusinessWest

      The act passed in the Senate by a unanimous vote late on March 25 and was passed in the House of Representatives on March 27. The President signed the bill into law later that day.  The CARES Act looks to make a significant impact on the economy by providing loan forgiveness, supporting small businesses, enhancing unemployment insurance, and providing federal loans to industries severely impacted by the pandemic.

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    23. To Jeff Daley, Healthy Development Means Healthy Communities - BusinessWest

      To Jeff Daley, Healthy Development Means Healthy Communities - BusinessWest

      Jeff Daley boasted a long career in development, with experience on the municipal, state, and private realms, when an intriguing opportunity came about last year: the role of CEO at Westmass Area Development Corp., which oversees a number of newsworthy projects in the region, most notably Ludlow Mills. He couldn’t pass up the opportunity to connect municipalities and developers on a larger scale — and help generate the sort of economic activity and job creation that makes communities strong.

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