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Essential retailer works to stay safe while providing public with supplies

Sarah Heinonen
sarah@thereminder.com

GREATER SPRINGFIELD – Rocky’s Ace Hardware has been designated as an essential retailer during the COVID-19 crisis....
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Locals sewing masks for medical professionals in need

Danielle Eaton
daniellee@thereminder.com

GREATER SPRINGFIELD – A group of Western Massachusetts residents are working to make homemade masks for medical professionals who are working on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic....
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Local districts respond to extended school closures

The Reminder Publishing News Staff
news@thereminder.com

BOSTON/WESTERN MASS. – Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker's announcement extending the closure of schools and childcare centers statewide until May 4 may have lasting impacts on local districts and the manner in which they educate. ...
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Schools closed through May 4, shopping guidelines in place

Sarah Heinonen and Payton North
payton@thereminder.com

BOSTON/WESTERN MASS. – Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker has extended the closure of schools and childcare centers across the state until May 4. A previous order had required the closure of schools through April 6, but Baker said the additional month would “allow school districts to pr...
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Local experts weigh in on how to talk to your kids about the coronavirus

Sarah Heinonen
sarah@thereminder.com

WESTERN MASS. – With a seemingly never-ending onslaught of information about the coronavirus (COVID–19) and the illness it causes, figuring out what is going on can be overwhelming....
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Local bakeries offering unique ways to keep kids entertained

Danielle Eaton
daniellee@thereminder.com

GREATER SPRINGFIELD – Families around Western Massachusetts are stuck at home during a difficult and unique time. Local business owners around the region are working hard to provide for their customers and keep kids busy throughout the weeks they will be at home. ...
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Local colleges close campuses, shift to remote learning

Chris Maza
chrism@thereminder.com

Campuses throughout the area were closed to students, spring breaks were extended and alternative means for providing their educational programming were developed....
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Daycare centers close to limit exposure to coronavirus, local centers react

Sarah Heinonen
sarah@thereminder.com

GREATER SPRINGFIELD – Canei Newton, director of the nonprofit New Creation Child Care Center in Springfield, said she and her eight employees have been focusing on keeping their center clean and sanitized, and children and parents were being asked to wash their hands as soon as they enter....
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Velis and Cain answer question about working with the opposing party

G. Michael Dobbs
news@thereminder.com

Editors note: Due to space limitations in last week’s editions, one question answered by state senatorial candidates John Cain and John Velis had to be delayed until this week’s edition. The following is the concluding issue in the interview with both candidates....
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Part 2: Candidates for state senate seat define positions

G. Michael Dobbs
news@thereminder.com

Editors Note: Due to space limitations in last week’s editions, one question answered by state senatorial candidates John Cain and John Velis had to be delayed until this week’s edition....
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Schools, restaurants react to Baker's restrictions

The Reminder Publishing News Staff
payton@thereminder.com

WESTERN MASS. – On the evening of March 15 Governor Charlie Baker hosted a press conference where he announced a new set of sweeping measures the state would be taking to combat the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). ...
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How your community is addressing coronavirus

The Reminder Publishing News Staff
payton@thereminder.com

Since Gov. Charlie Baker announced a state of emergency on March 10 for Massachusetts, local school districts, committees, boards, senior centers, libraries and other services have begun the process of shutting down....
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Candidates for state senate seat define positions

G. Michael Dobbs
news@thereminder.com

This reporter asked the same five questions to both state Rep. John Velis and business owner John Cain. Both men are hoping to fill in the Second Hampden-Hampshire senate seat left vacant when Donald Humason Jr. became mayor of Westfield....
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Sports betting bill goes to the Massachusetts House for review

G. Michael Dobbs
news@thereminder.com

BOSTON – Is sports betting getting closer to being a reality in Massachusetts? Yes and no....
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Eversource to buy Columbia Gas following plea agreement

Danielle Eaton
daniellee@thereminder.com

GREATER SPRINGFIELD – Nearly two years after the tragic gas explosions in the Merrimack Valley, Columbia Gas of Massachusetts (CMA) admitted fault for the tragedy, will pay millions of dollars in fines and sell their Massachusetts business....
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Median price for single-family home in Mass. at $400k

G. Michael Dobbs and Katie Lanaaan, State House News Service
news@thereminder.com

GREATER SPRINGFIELD – The difference between the four western counties and the rest of the state’s housing market can be seen in sales statistics....
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