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Lessers discuss mental health concerns during the pandemic

Payton North
payton@thereminder.com

GREATER SPRINGFIELD – For the past several weeks, state Sen. Eric Lesser has been hosting a series of “lunchtime livestreams” where he hosts local experts on a myriad of topics....
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Velis promises common sense approach in Senate

Chris Maza
chrism@thereminder.com

WESTFIELD - After a convincing victory in the May 19 Special State Election, state Rep. and state Sen.-elect John Velis said he hopes to bring a common-sense, non-partisan approach to the Senate....
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Baker explains phased reopening, guidelines

Payton North
payton@thereminder.com

BOSTON – Gov. Charlie Baker announced on May 18 a phased approach to reopening the economy and the state of Massachusetts....
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Golf courses were ready when governor eased restrictions

Dennis Hackett

GREATER SPRINGFIELD – After Gov. Charlie Baker announced that golf courses would be allowed to reopen on May 7, courses in Southwick and Westfield were ready to open the doors immediately....
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Food Bank fills critical local role during pandemic

Debbie Gardner
debbieg@thereminder.com

GREATER SPRINGFIELD – Andrew Morehouse, the executive director of the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts, said the organization is currently seeing a 35 percent increase in demand for food. ...
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Western Mass. brewers collaborate to support local charities

Chris Maza
Chrism@thereminder.com

GREATER SPRINGFIELD – While the coronavirus pandemic and resultant restrictions have had a major impact on the Western Massachusetts craft beer industry, several local brewers have banded together to offer support to their communities....
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Bob the Bike Guy sees importance in helping homeless through pandemic

Sarah Heinonen
sarah@thereminder.com

GREATER SPRINGFIELD – Bob Charland is well-known in the area for his charitable work. ...
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Lesser discusses economic impact of pandemic, $49 million loss

Payton North
payton@thereminder.com

WESTERN MASS. – While COVID-19 has obvious health-related impacts, state Sen. Eric Lesser, along with other local officials, explained that the pandemic has taken approximately $49 million off the table for Western Mass....
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Facing unemployment? Local experts offer advice on adjusting to new norm

Debbie Gardner
debbieg@thereminder.com

GREATER SPRINGFIELD – As the effects of the COVID-19 stay-at-home orders continue to permeate the Massachusetts economy, more small businesses are fighting to stay afloat, and more workers are facing temporary – or permanent – job loss....
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Detailer cleans emergency vehicles

Sarah Heinonen
sarah@thereminder.com

GREATER SPRINGFIELD - Sanitation has taken on a renewed importance in the era of COVID-19 and the coronavirus that causes it. First responders are especially aware of the need to clean and sanitize surfaces with which they come in contact....
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Staying home more prompts refreshes and re–dos

Debbie Gardner
debbieg@thereminder.com

GREATER SPRINGFIELD – COVID-19 shelter-in-place advisories seem to have been a boon to one part of the economy. As people are required to spend more time in homes and yards than they have in the past, many are also deciding it’s time for a little refresh....
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Baker extends emergency order to May 18

The Reminder Publishing News Staff
news@thereminder.com

GREATER SPRINGFIELD – On April 28, Governor Charlie Baker announced on a two-week extension to the stay at home order and an emergency order that shuttered non-essential businesses and required residents to only leave their home for activities such as grocery shopping and picking up prescriptions. ...
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Districts continue remote learning, schools to remain closed

The Reminder Publishing News Staff
news@thereminder.com

BOSTON – Emphasizing that residents of the commonwealth “need to dig deep and stay put” as Massachusetts continues to maneuver through its surge of coronavirus cases, Gov. Charlie Baker announced on April 21 that all public and private schools would stay closed for the remainder...
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Facing unemployment? Local experts offer advice on adjusting to new norm

Debbie Gardner
debbieg@thereminder.com

GREATER SPRINGFIELD – As the effects of the COVID-19 stay-at-home orders continue to permeate the Massachusetts economy, more small businesses are fighting to stay afloat, and more workers are facing temporary – or permanent – job loss....
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Detailer sanitizes police cruisers

Sarah Heinonen
sarah@thereminder.com

GREATER SPRINGFIELD - Sanitation has taken on a renewed importance in the era of COVID-19 and the coronavirus that causes it. First responders are especially aware of the need to clean and sanitize surfaces with which they come in contact....
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Tips and tricks for getting the best results when using Instacart

Danielle Eaton
daniellee@thereminder.com

When the stay at home order first began, we were trekking out once every two weeks, sometimes longer, to get groceries. However, now, as the number of cases of coronavirus grows in Hampden County, we’ve resorted to using the grocery delivery service, Instacart....
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Massachusetts shutters schools for remainder of 2019–2020 school year

Chris Maza
chrism@thereminder.com

BOSTON – Emphasizing that residents of the commonwealth “need to dig deep and stay put” as Massachusetts continues to maneuver through its surge of coronavirus cases, Gov. Charlie Baker announced on April 21 that all public and private schools would stay closed for the remainder of the 2019-20 year....
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COVID-19 causes higher education to adapt

G. Michael Dobbs
news@thereminder.com

SPRINGFIELD – The commonwealth’s colleges and universities are facing uncharted territory as the semester ends and they begin preparing for a new class of students....
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GSSSI warns of COVID-19 scams

Sarah Heinonen
sarah@thereminder.com

GREATER SPRINGFIELD – While many people are giving of themselves to help their communities during the COVID-19 outbreak, “it doesn’t bring out the best in everybody,” Taryn Lee-Turgeon, protective services director at Greater Springfield Senior Services (GSSSI), said in a video she posted on YouTube...
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Baker pledges $800M to support healthcare efforts

Danielle Eaton and G. Michael Dobbs
news@thereminder.com

GREATER SPRINGFIELD – Gov. Charlie Baker announced at a briefing last week the Commonwealth would be allocating almost $800 million to hospitals, nursing facilities and other healthcare providers....
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Fire departments commit to share personnel

Sarah Heinonen
sarah@thereminder.com

WESTERN MASS. – Eight towns in Western Massachusetts have agreed to join forces and share personnel in the event that too many firefighters become infected during the COVID-19 pandemic....
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MassMutual Center could become field hospital during COVID–19 surge

Chris Maza
chrism@thereminder.com

BOSTON – Springfield’s MassMutual Center has been identified as a potential site for field hospital operations as part of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ response to the coronavirus pandemic....
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Diocese lays out distance learning plan and schedule

Chris Maza
chrism@thereminder.com

GREATER SPRINGFIELD – Families with children in area Catholic schools received an update on the academic schedule from the Diocese of Springfield....
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Resources for helping kids learn during school closures

Danielle Eaton
daniellee@thereminder.com

GREATER SPRINGFIELD – While the initial two-week closure of schools across the commonwealth concerned parents and educators, with the now extended closure has some struggling to help kids stay engaged with their education at home. ...
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Nonprofit offering grants to support foster families

Chris Maza
chrism@thereminder.com

GREATER SPRINGFIELD – A local nonprofit has created a fund to support foster and adoptive families facing difficulties as a result of coronavirus....
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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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