1. Articles from Melissa Torres

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    1. City Mosaic brings a Springfield building back to life with mural

      City Mosaic brings a Springfield building back to life with mural

      Local artists are bringing ghost images back to life on Worthington Street in Springfield. The resurrection aims to showcase the history of the City of Firsts.Stearns Square is where this mural is on full display for all to see thanks to the Nonprofit City Mosaic’s efforts. This project was brought to life by Artist John Simpson who had a vision to rework some of the old photography ads on the wall of what once was a five floor photography supplies building called Bloom.

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    2. Mural in Springfield to immortalize iconic local photo ads

      Mural in Springfield to immortalize iconic local photo ads

      Over on Worthington Street in Springfield six local artists are bringing ghost images back to life. The resurrection aims to showcase the history of the City of Firsts. The artists garnering inspiration from old Springfield ads for this restoration mural project. John Simpson, the Chief Artist of the project, told 22News, “It’s important to Springfield because it just brings us back in time, we are not just a deteriorating city, we can renew ourselves and we can create new spots for people to hang out and bring color into the downtown.” Artist and Professor John Simpson had a vision ...

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    3. Business West holds meet and greet at Mercedes Benz in Springfield

      Business West holds meet and greet at Mercedes Benz in Springfield

      A meet and greet event was held for this year’s 40 under 40 at Mercedes Benz of Springfield. This event was for members of the Business West class of 2022. Those present Friday were nominated for their impact on their communities as game-changers. This event is meant to introduce these game-changers to one another as well as celebrate their community efforts. 22News spoke to Business West about tonight’s community meet and greet.

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    4. Springfield City Councilors call to make PVTA bus lines free

      Springfield City Councilors call to make PVTA bus lines free

      Springfield City Councilors are calling to make PVTA bus lines free for the next two years. The councilors plan to use the American Rescue Plan Act Funds and create a two-year pilot program. The program would make lines B7, G2, and B6 free. “We’ve always thought the ARPA money ought to go to the communities that were disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. Right now we can make that happen instantaneously. These are the same people who ride the bus who are on the front line. These are the same people who ride the bus who struggle to make ends meet ...

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    5. Cooley Dickinson donates to local food bank to help fight food insecurity

      Cooley Dickinson donates to local food bank to help fight food insecurity

      A local hospital has made a donation to help fight food insecurity in Western Massachusetts. Cooley Dickinson Hospital announced a 500 thousand dollar donation to the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts. The Food Bank will receive the funds over four years to launch the partnership, with spring being the expected start date. More than 100 thousand people across all four Western Massachusetts counties are served monthly by the food bank.

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    6. Holyoke Vision Center celebrate grand opening

      Holyoke Vision Center celebrate grand opening

      Holyoke Health Center celebrated the grand opening of their new and improved Vision Center Friday. The new Vision Center has a total of eight exam rooms, including two special testing rooms. The Vision Center was recently rewarded a $75,000 dollar grant from MassHealth to expand its eye care services to patients for whom English is not their first language, as well as patients with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

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    7. City of Greenfield plans to start a new chapter by selling city building

      City of Greenfield plans to start a new chapter by selling city building

      In Franklin County the City of Greenfield is starting a new chapter for the First National Bank Building indicating they are open to selling the building. Mass Development has given the city $25k dollars worth of consulting services to figure out how best to use the property. The city owns the bank property with the hopes to convert it into a performance venue, but other potential uses are emerging. MJ Adams, the Director of Community Development, said they are open to exploring differing options. “I’ll work with Mass Development whose gonna help package it up and say this is ...

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    8. 'Back to Business Career and Transfer Fair' hosted by STCC

      'Back to Business Career and Transfer Fair' hosted by STCC

      A “Back to Business Career and Transfer Fair” is being held next week for job seekers and prospective students. The event is taking place on December 8th and Springfield Technical Community College will be giving students the chance to meet with potential employers and representatives from four-year colleges. STCC is hoping to help as many students as possible prepare to either further their education, or join the workforce.

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    9. Western New England University hosts career day for Springfield students

      Western New England University hosts career day for Springfield students

      Western New England University’s Department of Education hosted a career and information session for Springfield high school students. Students from John J. Duggan Academy were able to explore possibilities in the field of education, and this initiative between the two schools bridges public secondary education and private higher education.

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    10. Bright Nights at Forest Park returns

      Bright Nights at Forest Park returns

      A time-honored tradition returns to Springfield on Wednesday night. Bright Nights at Forest Park will officially flip the switch on Wednesday evening to mark the holiday season. The lighting ceremony begins at 4:45 p.m. at Forest Park and will feature a visit from Governor Charlie Baker. Baker will be the first Massachusetts governor to make a visit to the holiday lighting event since its creation in 1995.

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    11. Job fair for military service members and veterans

      Job fair for military service members and veterans

      Mass Hire will host a job fair for military service members and veterans this Friday at the Eastfield Mall. The job fair runs from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on November 5 in the former Macy’s building, and over 40 employers are looking to hire. Mass Hire will also offer career development services and more than 20 veteran service providers will be in attendance ready to give on-site services.

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    12. Greater Springfield Habitat for Humanity Fall fundraiser

      Greater Springfield Habitat for Humanity Fall fundraiser

      The Greater Springfield Habitat for Humanity will host a “Fall Feastival” fundraiser to help serve low income families. On Thursday, guests will have the opportunity to taste samplings from various local vendors, network and participate in a silent auction. Tickets are $50 dollars and doors open at 5:30 p.m. at the Twin Hill Country Club in Longmeadow.

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    13. Teach Western Mass offers programs to diversify the education workforce

      Teach Western Mass offers programs to diversify the education workforce

      Licensed educators in Holyoke and Springfield are being offered a certified program to help develop a culturally relevant curriculum for students in the region’s highest-need schools. Teach Western Mass has launched an official licensure one-year program for aspiring educators and licensed educators to excel at building relationships and connecting with students, by developing curriculum that is culturally relevant. The program also provides support to help teachers find jobs and excel in a classroom setting.

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    14. HCC golf benefit raises $50K for scholarships

      HCC golf benefit raises $50K for scholarships

      Nearly $50k dollars were raised at a charity golf event for student scholarships at Holyoke Community College. This past September 13, after a year hiatus the HCC Foundation Golf Classic welcomed 90 golfers to the Springfield Country Club for its annual fundraising tournament. The event this year raised approximately $49,536, which is $10k more than the last event in 2019. Epstein Financial Services played a large part and contributed over $25k. Within the past 34 years, the golf classic has raised nearly$600k for student scholarships, support programs and classroom technology.

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    15. Holyoke students receive new science equipment from STEM grant

      Holyoke students receive new science equipment from STEM grant

      A grant of nearly $190k was received from the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center and the Baker-Polito Administration to go towards Holyoke Public Schools.  The grant will be used to purchase classroom equipment for middle and high school classrooms to improve access to STEM education for students. The funds so far have allowed Holyoke Public Schools to purchase probeware equipment for students in grades six through twelve, to have access to “professional-level scientific equipment” and provide them an environment which immerses them into the world of STEM and develop a deeper understanding of the scientific process. Students are provided access to ...

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    16. UMass Amherst Dining on the spot hiring event

      UMass Amherst Dining on the spot hiring event

      The University of Massachusetts Amherst will have an on the spot hiring event on October 27 and 28. The event will run from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. on both days and UMass Dining is offering both full-time and part-time positions. UMass Dining is voted #1 Best Campus Food in America over the last six years and they are looking to expand their team. They are currently in search of help in all areas including, but not limited to, culinary, food server, warehouse, custodial, storekeeper and supervisor positions.

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    17. City of Springfield announce funding for neighborhood councils to increase community involvement

      City of Springfield announce funding for neighborhood councils to increase community involvement

      The City of Springfield has funding available to help increase awareness and involvement of residents in neighborhood councils. A pilot program funded by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts has awarded the Office of Disaster Recovery to solicit proposals in the Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness program. The City will award funding up to $10,000 per neighborhood council.

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    18. Easthampton bank launches fundraising drive for local food pantries

      Easthampton bank launches fundraising drive for local food pantries

      Easthampton Savings Bank, or bankESB, has launched a fundraising drive called Neighbors Helping Neighbors to support local food pantries. BankESB hopes that this drive will encourage bank customers, employees, and members of the community to donate money toward food pantries. The bank will actively collect donations until November 30.

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    19. $3.5 Million expansion ceremony at the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Westfield

      $3.5 Million expansion ceremony at the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Westfield

      The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Westfield will hold its grand opening ceremony for the organization’s $3.5 million, 15,000-square-foot building expansion on October 13. “We are so pleased to have provided funding for this terrific Boys and Girls Club project through the Early Education and Out of School Time Capital Fund,” said Early Education and Care Commissioner Samantha Aigner-Treworgy. “Every child deserves the opportunity to learn in this beautiful educational environment. Well-designed play spaces can absolutely enhance early learning and help children build a love of learning.”

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    20. $600K traffic light project approved in area of Brightwood-Lincoln School in Springfield

      $600K traffic light project approved in area of Brightwood-Lincoln School in Springfield

      A new traffic light will be installed to help the traffic congestion in the area of the Brightwood-Lincoln School in Springfield. According to a news release from the Office of Mayor Sarno, in partnership with School Committee member Maria Perez, Superintendent Daniel Warwick, Department of Public Works (DPW) Director Chris Cignoli and Chief Administrative and Finance Officer (CAFO) TJ Plante, a new traffic light will be installed at the Avocado / West Street / Plainfield Street intersection. 

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