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    1. Livable cities expert tours downtown Springfield: 'You need to go from good to great'

      Livable cities expert tours downtown Springfield: 'You need to go from good to great'

      Gil Penalosa, an international expert on livable cities, shared his impressions about Springfield's livability after taking a walking tour of the Quadrangle and riding all around the North End and downtown Springfield on Thursday. "When it comes to walking, the city has done some work to make crosswalks visible and have proper pedestrian crossing sings. As far as biking, it's horrible," he said, noting that people will not ride their bikes if there is not a designated bike grid that connects throughout the entire city and makes riders feel safe

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    2. Young Professional Society of Greater Springfield highlights local CEOs, features Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse

      Young Professional Society of Greater Springfield highlights local CEOs, features Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse

      In an effort to connect young professionals with successful local leaders the Young Professional Young Professional Society of Greater Springfield hosts month CEO Luncheon. This month's luncheon will be held Wednesday Oct. 21 and will feature Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse. "Mayor Morse was chosen because not only is he the CEO of the City of Holyoke but he is also a young professional. We thought his story would resonate with our membership because his story is very recent and still being told," said Jose Delgado, an organizer for the event. "He offers a very different perspective versus a CEO ...

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    3. Mass. Senate President Stan Rosenberg, other public officials reflect on passing of Amherst Town Manager John Musante

      Mass. Senate President Stan Rosenberg, other public officials reflect on passing of Amherst Town Manager John Musante

      When John P. Musante was named the Town Manager by Amherst the Select Board in September of 2010, those attending the meeting applauded after the unanimous vote. Musante's sudden passing on Sunday morning has shocked his colleagues and friends. "This is a tremendous loss of a dedicated father and husband as well as a talented, highly respected and committed professional," said Select Board chair Alisa V. Brewer in a prepared statement on the town website. "John always worked to make his beloved Amherst the best it could be. Our thoughts are with his family at this time."

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    4. Roundtable discussion at UMass Springfield focuses on housing development, jobs, food access

      Roundtable discussion at UMass Springfield focuses on housing development, jobs, food access

      Paul McMorrow, Director of Policy and Communications for the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development, said the objective of the discussions, which were held in six cities across the state, is to take what they learn and use it to shape Gov. Charlie Baker's overall community development plan. The topics discussed included preparing communities for success, fostering a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship, sector strategies, competitiveness and regulations, talent retention and workforce development and housing development.

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    5. Massachusetts Senate approves $100,000 for Spirit of Springfield

      Massachusetts Senate approves $100,000 for Spirit of Springfield

      Spirit of Springfield President Judith A. Matt has a lot of meetings with a lot of people, so when Sen. Eric Lesser met with her to discuss the needs of the non-profit, she did not think anything would come of it. "Anthony Cignoli got us together. I told Sen. Lesser a little about what we do and he was very familiar with it having marched in the Parade of the Big Balloons and flipped pancakes with the Key Club during the pancake breakfast," Matt said.

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    6. Fresh Start program gives struggling Springfield students a chance to succeed, give back

      Fresh Start program gives struggling Springfield students a chance to succeed, give back

      Faith Marrero, 17, has always dreamed of becoming a pediatrician. But over the years, life got challenging and she was left homeless, struggling to maintain relationships with her parents and make it through high school. "I was so behind on credits I never thought I would make it through high school, let alone get into college," said Marrero. On Wednesday night, she will graduate from the Springfield High School of Science and Technology and go on to American International College where she has received a $44,000 scholarship. She will study biology with the hopes of becoming a pediatrician or ...

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    7. Springfield residents eligible for $10,000 in scholarships from Springfield Partners for Community Action

      Springfield residents eligible for $10,000 in scholarships from Springfield Partners for Community Action

      Springfield Partners for Community Action is offering ten $1,000 community scholarships to both adult learners and 2014 high school graduates. Since 2003 Springfield Partners has awarded more than 150 scholarships to low-income Springfield residents seeking economic self-sufficiency through education, according to a statement released by the agency. The state Department of Housing & Community Development has been the major funder of these scholarship awards over the years.

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    8. Downtown Springfield features urban designs created by UMass students

      Downtown Springfield features urban designs created by UMass students

      Students from the University of Massachusetts Graduate Urban Design Studio have staged six installations throughout downtown Springfield all using tactical urbanism, an emergent form of urban design that looks at new ways to enliven cities with temporary interventions that are inexpensive and easy to install, according to Frank Sleegers and Michael Di Pasquale, urban design professors at University of Massachusetts Amherst.

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    9. UMass Amherst hosts conference encouraging minority teenagers to consider career in nursing

      UMass Amherst hosts conference encouraging minority teenagers to consider career in nursing

      The University of Massachusetts College of Nursing will host about 300 students from Springfield, West Springfield, Chicopee, Holyoke, Northampton and some from Brooklyn, New York for a Nursing Orientation & Celebration Conference at the Campus Center on March 28, according to Carmen Rosa, coordinator for the Achieving Diversity Initiative. "Increasing Workforce Diversity in Nursing is a project sponsored by the University of Massachusetts, Amherst College of Nursing. The principal investigator Dr. Jean Swinney wrote the grant and secured approximately $1 million. The goal of the grant is to increase representation for minority and disadvantaged individuals in the nursing workforce," Rosa said ...

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    10. Want to finish college? UMass 'University Without Walls' offers undergraduate degrees, takes life experience into account

      Want to finish college? UMass 'University Without Walls' offers undergraduate degrees, takes life experience into account

      "The University Without Walls is the bachelor's degree completion program of UMass Amherst. UWW has helped over 3,000 adults earn their degrees since 1971," said Jose Delgado, Pre-admissions Advising and Recruitment Coordinator. "The program is designed for the adult with maybe a career or a family who wouldn't be able to pursue their degree the traditional way."

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    11. STCC offers workforce development for Springfield residents in Six Corners, South End neighborhoods

      STCC offers workforce development for Springfield residents in Six Corners, South End neighborhoods

      In October Mayor Domenic J. Sarno announced that the city had been awarded $250,00 in grants to assist residents who were affected by the 2011 tornado. "Providing education and job training to our residents is vital in our efforts in knocking down poverty and crime," Sarno said when the grants were announced. "Whenever we can step up and provide opportunity it is a win-win for us all."

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    12. Springfield Central Cultural District hosts artist meet and greet

      Springfield Central Cultural District hosts artist meet and greet

      The new Springfield Central Cultural District will host "Plug Into the Creative Valley," an opportunity for local artists and enthusiasts to connect and come up with ideas for the city's cultural district. "I am very excited to have the chance to meet area artists and those who value and support art in Springfield," said Katy Moonan, the new Cultural District Director. The free event will be held Nov. 18 at the Springfield Central Library from 6-8 p.m.

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    13. Springfield High School: Administrators, staff offer positive reinforcement to alternative school students with 'tremendous talents … capable of doing anything'

      Springfield High School: Administrators, staff offer positive reinforcement to alternative school students with 'tremendous talents … capable of doing anything'

      Assistant Principal Matthew Bean has been the on-site administrator at Springfield High School since 2011. Bean started his career at Springfield Academy in the late 1990s. A graduate of Boston University and Springfield College, with a master's degree in education, Bean spent some time at East Longmeadow High School as the Dean of Students and Athletic Director before heading back to Springfield in 2011 to take over Springfield High School.

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    14. Groundbreaking held for new housing development for homeless veterans in Springfield

      Groundbreaking held for new housing development for homeless veterans in Springfield

      The outreach center will work locally with HAP Housing to determine qualified applicants for the units which include a kitchen, bathroom and large bedroom/living room area, Gomez said. "There are certain criteria that veterans will need to meet in order to qualify including being a low income, honorably discharged veteran suffering from homelessness," he said. While the bilingual outreach center does offer services in Spanish to Latino veterans, the facility is open to veterans of any war and any race.

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