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    1. Smith Vocational receives grant to modernize kitchen for Culinary Arts

      Smith Vocational receives grant to modernize kitchen for Culinary Arts

      Governor Charlie Baker has rewarded Northampton’s Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School with a sizable grant. Smith has been given nearly half a million dollars to upgrade and modernize the kitchen for the school’s highly popular Culinary Arts program. It’s the largest grant that the program has seen since its introduction, so there’s a lot of excitement from the top all the way down to the students. The state grant of $484,000 will enable the Culinary Arts department to purchase a food truck, and create an outdoor dining area. In addition to modernizing its kitchen ...

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      Mentions: Northampton
    2. 'Chalk for Change' project aims to make Springfield streets more colorful

      'Chalk for Change' project aims to make Springfield streets more colorful

      The city of Springfield has benefited from the many murals that dot the downtown landscape. Now different murals are in the works, courtesy of a growing number of cultural organizations throughout the city. Court Square Park was alive with artisans Saturday afternoon, working on the murals that will soon be making an appearance to help beautify the city.

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      Mentions: Springfield
    3. Green River Festival held at Franklin County Fairgrounds

      Green River Festival held at Franklin County Fairgrounds

      The Green River Festival at the Franklin County Fairgrounds will fall silent in a few hours, after a memorable three days of frolicking set to the music of some of western Massachusetts most iconic musicians. It’s been 35 years since the Green River Festival made its initial appearance at the fairgrounds. Many of the fans put up with the intense heat just to enjoy the cool sounds. 22News didn’t have to look very far to find fans who spent the whole weekend soaking up the sounds along with the camaraderie.

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      Mentions: Greenfield
    4. Lawmakers give $150k check to the Caring Health Center in Springfield

      Lawmakers give $150k check to the Caring Health Center in Springfield

      The Springfield Legislative Delegation saluted the work of the Caring Health Center with financial assistance to continue their good work helping low-income families on Monday.  22News saw the lawmakers visiting the Care Center with a large thank you check. Senator Adam Gomez and his legislative colleagues came calling at the health center with a check for one hundred and fifty thousand dollars. Since opening its doors in 1995-the Caring health center has established itself as a significant community health provider for low-income families-and more recently their vaccination programs during the pandemic.

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    5. Gary Rome donates to Forest Park Zoo in Springfield

      Gary Rome donates to Forest Park Zoo in Springfield

      By the luck of the draw, Springfield’s Forest Park Zoo received a $2,500 donation from Gary Rome Hyundai in Holyoke. Gary Rome stopped by the Zoo Friday to present the check to executive director Sarah Tsitso and the Zoo’s longtime board member Ted Hebert. During Gary Rome’s recent 25th anniversary celebration, Ted Hebert’s name was picked at random and it just so happens the Zoo is Hebert’s favorite charity.

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      Mentions: Springfield Holyoke
    6. Greenhouse in Indian Orchard celebrates 4th anniversary

      Greenhouse in Indian Orchard celebrates 4th anniversary

      The prospering Wellspring Harvest Greenhouse in Springfield’s Indian Orchard neighborhood celebrated its fourth anniversary on Friday. The Greenhouse is apparently doing so well that they’re planning a second greenhouse in the near future. They say there’s growth potential selling their produce to stores and to individuals throughout the Springfield area.

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    7. Women's Leadership Council deliver purses to women in need

      Women's Leadership Council deliver purses to women in need

      Some five hundred struggling women Thursday received purses filled with gifts from the Women’s Leadership Council of the United Way of Pioneer Valley. Working with volunteers from the Westfield Woman’s Club, Leadership Council members fanned out across Westfield delivering these gifts to women in need. It’s a spin-off from the highly successful purse giveaway in Springfield earlier this year. Alice Buckner of the United Way of Pioneer Valley told 22News, “The personal feeling that the women get emotionally when they receive the purses. We saw a lot of emotion.”

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    8. Arti-Culture 2022 held at Westfield Amelia Park Arena

      Arti-Culture 2022 held at Westfield Amelia Park Arena

      Artists, artisans, and authors from all over Western Massachusetts combined their talents Saturday for the first annual Arti-Culture 2022 at Westfield Amelia Park Arena. Instead of an ice covered surface, the hockey rink was filled with dozens of artists and crafters displaying their work for the crowd. In a nearby room, authors displayed their latest books. All these talented people were brought together by a group called, Artworks of Westfield.

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      Mentions: Westfield
    9. $200k presented at the Springfield Museums

      $200k presented at the Springfield Museums

      Governor Charlie Baker has provided $200,000 for two beloved projects at the Springfield Museums. $100,000 will fund a Latin Arts Festival followed by yearly recognition of Latino Excellence here in Western Massachusetts. Projects very dear to the heart of Springfield state representative Carlos Gonzalez. “Absolutely, it’s a proud moment for me as a legislator, to see this. Years ago we did the first Latino exhibition here. It’s going to be something to look forward to our children’s children to be able to celebrate,” said Carlos Gonzalez, State Representative for Springfield.

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      Mentions: Springfield
    10. Holyoke Community College celebrates 75 years

      Holyoke Community College celebrates 75 years

      Holyoke Community College is celebrating a milestone today, marking 75 years since the school opened its door. Since that first day in the fall of 1946, the school has graduated more than 30,000 students. A series of low keyed events Thursday called attention to what the community college has done to meet the demands of a two year college in today’s world.

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    11. Wellspring Harvest in Indian Orchard receives ARPA funding

      Wellspring Harvest in Indian Orchard receives ARPA funding

      The Springfield legislative delegation showed its appreciation to people who bring fresh produce to those who can’t get to a grocery store. Springfield State Representative Orlando Ramos and his fellow legislators presented a $75,000 check Friday to the Wellspring Harvest and Mobile Market. The funding comes from the American Rescue Plan Act. Wellspring operates a fresh fruits and vegetables delivery service to public housing tenants in the Indian Orchard neighborhood.

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    12. Big Y projected to open in downtown Springfield

      Big Y projected to open in downtown Springfield

      Springfield Mayor Sarno said Big Y Express is coming downtown. Big Y has announced plans to build a new idea, Big Y Express Fresh Market. This new plan will be at 1500 Main Street. According to Mayor Sarno, it will replace the old CVS at Tower Square. Currently, there are not any major grocery store chains in the downtown area. Sarno said this announcement comes as several market-rate apartments are being built, including the old Court Square Hotel project.

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    13. Follow My Steps Foundation Career Readiness Event

      Follow My Steps Foundation Career Readiness Event

      Becoming successful usually means attending the school of hard knocks but a Springfield non-profit called, “Follow My Steps Foundation,” tries taking some of the bumps and bruises out of the learning experience. The foundation on Saturday introduced high school students to mentors from the police and fire departments as well as local businesses. The learning experience took place at the American International College Campus Center.

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    14. Housing Authority secures ARPA Funds for repairs

      Housing Authority secures ARPA Funds for repairs

      The ten thousand residents living in Springfield’s Public Housing apartments have been assured of improved security systems and window repairs. That assurance came in the form of the one hundred twenty five thousand dollars in Pandemic Mitigation money approved by the state legislature. SHA executive director Denise Jordan told 22News just how much this gesture means to her agency.

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    15. ARPA funds contribute to new North Citizens Council

      ARPA funds contribute to new North Citizens Council

      The New North Citizens Council received a huge contribution on Friday from the state’s allocation of American Rescue Plan Funds. State Senator Adam Gomez presented a $100,000 check to the New North Citizens Council Friday afternoon. The money will help the council pursue its mission to provide advocacy, public and human services to Hampden county residents to improve quality of life.

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    16. Job fair at Chicopee High helps fill jobs in the district

      Job fair at Chicopee High helps fill jobs in the district

      A first time ever hiring event at Chicopee Comprehensive High School points up the chronic labor shortage here in Western Massachusetts. Dozens of applicants applied at Chicopee Comp today to fill jobs ranging from teachers and substitute teachers to school nurses. Assistant Superintendent Matthew Francis described the hiring event as a sign of our times.

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    17. RV, Camping, and Outdoor Show wraps up four day event

      RV, Camping, and Outdoor Show wraps up four day event

      You could feel the anticipation for a Summer getaway as the RV, Camping, and Outdoor Show wrapped up its four day run at the Big E Fairgrounds in West Springfield Monday. Since Friday, outdoor and travel enthusiasts have packed the place, many of them trading in their old RV’s for a more up-to-date model, as they plan ahead for the warmer weather and travel in a more COVID-free

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    18. Home Care Hands opens new location in Springfield

      Home Care Hands opens new location in Springfield

      A permanent new home for the latest addition to a growing human services industry here in Western Massachusetts: The people who help the elderly and infirm function in their own homes. Home Care Hands will now be able to perform its services from its new central location at 135 State Street in downtown Springfield across from the MassMutual Center. The staffing services company has seen an increase in people who who want to maintain their independence, but may require a bit of help.

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    19. Amherst Railroad Hobby Show returns to The Big E fairgrounds

      Amherst Railroad Hobby Show returns to The Big E fairgrounds

      The familiar sounds of model railroading filled no fewer than the exhibition halls of four buildings on the Eastern States Fairgrounds Sunday. The 54th annual Amherst Railway Society Hobby Show attracted model railroading enthusiasts from throughout the area. There were hundreds of displays to dazzle even the most finicky enthusiast. “We have about 410 from all over the world,” said John Sacredote, the Director of the Amherst Railway Society Railroad Hobby Show. “We have several from the United Kingdom, we’re maybe down a couple because of COVID and the storm.”

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    20. 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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    21. 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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    22. 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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    23. '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
    24. 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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