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COVID-19 impacting local, national movie theaters

G. Michael Dobbs
news@thereminder.com

PIONEER VALLEY – With Gov. Charlie Baker’s Phase 3 guidelines, “small” movie theaters are allowed to open, but two local independent theaters have no immediate plans to open and the larger chain theaters have not announced their intent....
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Cumberland Farms among those raising money for disabled vets

Sarah Heinonen
sarah@thereminder.com

WESTERN MASS. – Throughout the month of July, Cumberland Farms customers can help a disabled veteran while they fill up their gas tanks and get a cup of coffee....
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State prioritizes return to in-person learning in the fall

The Reminder Publishing News Staff
news@thereminder.com

BOSTON/WESTERN MASS. – While the actual manner in which classes will be conducted remains undecided in many ways, guidance from the state indicates that a return to the classroom in the fall is the goal for Massachusetts educators....
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Springfield’s Boston Road VCA Animal Hospital to close

Danielle Eaton
daniellee@thereminder.com

GREATER SPRINGFIELD – Nearly one year after stopping 24-hour emergency services, the VCA Animal Hospital on Boston Road in Springfield will close its doors for good. ...
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Thinking about being tested for coronavirus? Here’s one reporter’s firsthand experience

Sarah Heinonen
sarah@thereminder.com

GREATER SPRINGFIELD – Gov. Charlie Baker recently announced two days of pop-up COVID-19 testing and 52 sites around the state for those people who have recently attended large gatherings, such as the Black Lives Matter protests that have occurred in many communities....
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Ridership estimates still stumbling block to East-West rail

G. Michael Dobbs
news@thereminder.com

BOSTON – Changes in methodology by MassDOT were presented to more accurately predict ridership of the proposed east-west passenger train service at the meeting on June 10 to update the progress of the study....
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Pop-up testing days for protest-driven coronavirus transmission

Sarah Heinonen
sarah@thereminder.com

GREATER SPRINGFIELD – At a June 15 press conference, Gov. Charlie Baker announced a two-day coronavirus testing event...
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Holyoke and Chicopee host peaceful protests in support of Black Lives Matter movement

Danielle Eaton
daniellee@thereminder.com

CHICOPEE/HOLYOKE – Marches supporting the Black Lives Matter movement and calling for the end of police brutality drew hundreds of people to the cities of Chicopee and Holyoke during the week of June 2....
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CARES Act funding offers needed assistance to colleges, students

Debbie Gardner
debbieg@thereminder.com

GREATER SPRINGFIELD – Though most U. S. adults received a bank account boost under April’s federal government’s Economic Impact Payment Plan, that program didn’t include the majority of the country’s young adults attending college. ...
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Baker Administration announces programs to address food insecurity

Sarah Heinonen
sarah@thereminder.com

BOSTON – On May 26, Gov. Charlie Baker announced a host of food insecurity programs designed to help residents with access to nutritious food in spite of the financial struggle many are facing in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic....
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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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