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    1. The Gray House receives ARPA funding

      The Gray House receives ARPA funding

      More than one dozen Springfield non-profits on tight budgets are sharing in a windfall of federal money distributed to the city. The Gray House, an agency that cares for North End families in need, received $23,000 to replace its windows this winter. 22News broke the news to executive director Kristen McLintock. “This is a huge grant for our agency. It makes an incredible difference to be able to repair our windows to expand our services. And the energy savings, and we can reinvest these dollars so it’s wonderful.”

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      Mentions: Springfield
    2. Grand opening held for Eileen Cak's Supplies & More in Springfield

      Grand opening held for Eileen Cak's Supplies & More in Springfield

      A Springfield woman credits grit and determination for her business success since her arrival from Puerto Rico 20 years ago. Eileen “Mitra” Perez and friends from across the community celebrated the opening of Eileen Cak’s Supplies & More, a baker’s supply shop in Springfield’s Glenwood Circle neighborhood. Perez owned Eileen’s Caks in Chicopee for the past ten years. Of her burgeoning businesses, Eileen told 22News of her formula for success, “Believe in yourself, believe in yourself, if you have an idea, don’t stop at nothing. I don’t know my English, it doesn’t matter.”

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      Mentions: Springfield
    3. Springfield receives 32k masks out of 100k given from Harold Grinspoon

      Springfield receives 32k masks out of 100k given from Harold Grinspoon

      The city of Springfield has received 32,000 surgical masks as part of the 100,000 from the gift philanthropist Harold Grinspoon gave to the Big E. Mayor Domenic Sarno thanks Big E President and CEO Gene Cassidy for the gift to be stored at the city hall annex on Tapley Street. The Mayor today re-emphasized the city’s ongoing strategy to combat COVID-19.

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    4. 'Stuff the Limo' event in Chicopee to benefit military families

      'Stuff the Limo' event in Chicopee to benefit military families

      In the spirit of holiday giving, the Bridal Corner continued its “Stuff the limo” event for the fifth year. The limo was on its way to being stuffed with gifts for military families when 22News stopped by Sunday afternoon. The Pioneer Valley USO will distribute these Christmas gifts to the families of Westover personnel. Colonel Joseph Janik, 439th Air Wing Commander at Westover, is deeply appreciative of what the Bridal Corner and the USO are doing for his people. He told 22News, “It’s a great day to come out here and donate gifts for our soldiers through the USO ...

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      Mentions: Chicopee
    5. Local support agencies facing challenges created by pandemic

      Local support agencies facing challenges created by pandemic

      The COVID-19 pandemic has created new challenges for support agencies such as United Way of Pioneer Valley. The traditional ebb and flow of holiday season donations received by the United Way has been impacted by the pandemic. The United Way of Pioneer Valley has stepped up its mechanism for contacting people because of adverse conditions created by COVID-19 concerns. “We’re trying to reach out to as many people as possible to stress the need,” Jennifer Kinsman, Director of United Way of Pioneer Valley, told 22News. “It’s difficult to meet people in person so that’s been a challenge ...

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      Mentions: Springfield
    6. New England Patriots Foundation, Bank of America donate $50K to Girls Inc. of the Valley

      New England Patriots Foundation, Bank of America donate $50K to Girls Inc. of the Valley

      The New England Patriots Foundation and Bank of America came calling on Tuesday with a $50,000 check to help Girls Inc. move into a new facility on Hampden Street. Girls Inc. of the Valley is proud that the agency working with 1,000 girls is one of only six organizations chosen for the gift. In the words of its director Suzanne Parker, Girls Inc. of the Valley inspires its girls to be strong, smart, and bold through its innovative education program. “They might not have ever thought what they could accomplish. For example, we had one student who’s ...

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    7. EASTEC event in West Springfield showcases manufacturing and technology

      EASTEC event in West Springfield showcases manufacturing and technology

      Gadgets that once only appeared in science-fiction movies are now commonplace in western Massachusetts industrial plants. 22News saw the latest gadgetry vital to keeping American industry moving ahead. It’s at EASTEC on the Big E grounds in West Springfield, the biggest industrial show in the Northeast. Rhode Island based Hexagon specializes in robotic equipment, we’re assured the extra hand around the plant won’t put anyone out of work.

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    8. Apprenticeship training center for plumbers opens in Holyoke

      Apprenticeship training center for plumbers opens in Holyoke

      The Holyoke based Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 104 opened a new facility for their apprenticeship training program. Acting Holyoke Mayor Terry Murphy was among the speakers welcoming the opening of a state of the art training center. Veteran plumbers and pipefitters were among the first to tour the training ground for young men and women entering this field.

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      Mentions: Holyoke Westfield
    9. Indian Orchard food truck festival returns

      Indian Orchard food truck festival returns

      The Indian Orchard neighborhood celebrated their return to pre-pandemic times with their day-long, fifth annual food truck festival. People gathered across from Myrtle Street Park in the heart of the neighborhood, attracting dozens of Indian Orchard residents. The food was as popular as always, and after last year’s festival cancellation, neighbors were happy to gather face-to-face again. “This is our fifth year after coming out of the pandemic. I think people are just anxious to come out. I just wanted to make sure we had this opportunity to do that this year,” Indian Orchard Citizen Council President Zaida Govan ...

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    10. United Way celebrates Day of Caring at Springfield Boys and Girls Club

      United Way celebrates Day of Caring at Springfield Boys and Girls Club

      Friday was Day of Caring for employees of the United Way of Pioneer Valley. United Way employees spent their Friday at the Springfield Boys and Girls Club. They focused on performing necessary improvements to the building on Carew Street. For United Way staff in the business of helping people throughout the year, they felt right at home with this day of caring.

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