No danger Mechanics Hall closes permanently, executive director says.

During an interview on the WBJ Podcast, the executive director of Mechanics Hall in Worcester says the historic venue will reopen at some point, despite closing on June 19 and saying it might not be able to afford to reopen until 2021.

Gyms, museums may open Monday as Mass. enters Phase Three of reopening.

Mass. unemployment claims hold steady, as another 29K file.

WPI will reopen to students in August, allow for remote flexibility.

UMass Memorial surpasses 100K telehealth visits.

Commissioner: Fed aid won’t solve child care system woes.

Worcester County saw significant drop in coronavirus cases and deaths in June.

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Amid social distancing, March of Dimes launches online fundraisers.

Discover Central Massachusetts launches photo contest to support small biz.

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Spectrum health has treated 40 in detox unit for patients with COVID-19.

Spectrum Health Systems, a Worcester addiction treatment nonprofit, has treated 40 people in an isolated unit that provides medically supervised detoxification and clinical stabilization services for clients who have tested positive for COVID-19, at its Westborough campus.

Noresco breaks ground on $169M U.S. Navy microgrid.

Noresco, a Westborough energy efficiency and infrastructure firm, has begun work on a cogeneration and microgrid system expansion at Naval Submarine Base New London in Connecticut.

Amazon opens Bellingham delivery station.

Amazon has opened what it calls a delivery station in Bellingham: a smaller facility meant to help deliver packages from larger fulfillment centers.

South Carolina firm buys 24-acre Marlborough apartments for $53M.

The Avana Marlborough Apartments have been sold for $52.5 million to South Carolina firm Greystar.

Renewed Black Lives Matter protests produce modest increase in donation to local orgs.

In the month following the police killing of Minneapolis resident George Floyd, national civil rights, social justice and Black advocacy organizations like Black Lives Matter and protestor bail funds saw surges in donations, reaching a cumulative nine figures.

The impossible challenge of keeping cannabis local.

For the average Central Massachusetts consumer, it may not be immediately obvious the artisanally decorated cannabis retailer in their quiet mill town is owned by a multi-million dollar, multi-state company whose CEO lives on the other side of the country.

Running gyms, theaters and bars during a pandemic.

The DCU Center, the Hanover Theatre, Worcester Fitness, and the Compass Tavern and nightclub in Worcester all have one commonality: adapting to difficult restrictions during the coronavirus pandemic.

Today’s Poll.

The Mass. economy is slowly reopening in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, but many leisure activities remain shut down and people remain reluctant to resume their pre-COVID lives while a vaccine is still months away.

WBJ Webcast Series: Back to Business.

Movers & Shakers for July 6, 2020.

Companies with new hires and promotions include UniBank, Vision Advertising, Westfield State University and Bay State Savings Bank, among others.

Walk the walk against racism.

Scrolling through social media is always a great way to get a pulse on the times, from official statements, profile filters, and hashtags. You would have to be an ostrich to not see the Black Lives Matter movement is one of the hottest topics right now.

Editorial: Stay the course on the phased Mass. reopening.

For businesses out there still closed under Gov. Charlie Baker’s March 24 shutdown order, we feel your pain.

UMass Medical School research hits $282M.

Research spending at UMass Medical School in Worcester hit $282 million in fiscal 2019, a jump of 12% from four years prior.

MassBio says 85 Bay State companies now working on COVID-19 treatments.

The Massachusetts Biotechnology Council sees the state’s life sciences industry as more important than ever, with what it says are more than 85 companies working on tests, treatments and vaccines related to the coronavirus pandemic.

Museum of Russian Icons names new curator.

The Museum of Russian Icons in Clinton has appointed Lana Sloutsky as the curator of collections and exhibitions, the first person to hold the new position, the institution announced on Wednesday.

Mass. Tech Collaborative opens Phase Two Intrapreneur Challenge.

The Innovation Institute at the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative and Lever announced the second round of its COVID-19 Intrapreneur Challenge.

ReWalk announces $9M registered direct offering.

ReWalk Robotics in Marlborough announced on Wednesday it has entered into definitive agreements with several institutional investors providing for the issuance of nearly 5 million of the company’s ordinary shares, at a purchase price of $1.8225.

Mass. treasury draws $500M from line of credit.

State officials have had enough cash on hand since the pandemic struck in mid-March to keep up with bill payments, including large monthly local aid payments, but are now dipping into a line of credit, just in case they run into problems.

Bill extends eviction moratorium for one year after emergency lifts.

A group of lawmakers, including one of the leaders of the Housing Committee, will push for lasting housing relief in the coming weeks that would keep a mandatory pause on evictions and foreclosures in place for more than a year.

Virus leaves education funding, locations in flux.

Members of the Massachusetts Board of Education on Tuesday dove into the plan to reopen Massachusetts schools this fall under new COVID-19 precautions, with the unknown variables associated with a still-unsettled state budget looming over school districts.

Massachusetts reports no coronavirus deaths for the first time since March.

Massachusetts recorded no coronavirus related fatalities Tuesday, the first time it did so since March, according to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

PawSox won’t play final season in R.I.

The Pawtucket Red Sox had been gearing up for this to be their final season in Rhode Island before moving to Worcester.

Uxbridge cannabis microbusiness given final licensure for distribution.

The Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission gave Blackstone Valley Naturals of Uxbridge, doing business as Yamna, the final greenlight to commence operations as soon as Friday, the commission announced on Monday.

Transportation equipment and food shipments top U.S. manufacturing sector.

Transportation equipment shipments totaled more than $1 trillion in the U.S. in 2018, according to the 2018 Annual Survey of Manufacturers, whose results were released last week.

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