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    1. I Found Light Against All Odds teams up with Monson Savings Bank for Build-a-Bike event

      I Found Light Against All Odds teams up with Monson Savings Bank for Build-a-Bike event

      10 lucky children will be pedaling their brand new bikes home Tuesday evening. I Found Light Against All Odds teamed up with Monson Savings Bank for a Build-a-Bike event. This fun and exciting event will benefit 10 children from the Springfield Housing Authority. “I just so happy for the kids and the families here in the Springfield housing authority and I’m just so proud to see the kids smile and be kids on this beautiful day,” said Stefan Davis of I Found Light Against All Odds.

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    2. STCC's College for Kids will offer youth programs for summer

      STCC's College for Kids will offer youth programs for summer

      Students between the ages of 11 and 16 can take part in fun STEM programs at Springfield Technical Community College this summer. Tweens and teens can take part in College for Kids at STCC and learn subjects such as public speaking, basketball, physics, acting, coding, and more. STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) programs will also be available at STCC.

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    3. Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau hosts 25th annual Howdy Awards

      Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau hosts 25th annual Howdy Awards

      The Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau hosted their 25th annual Howdy Awards. Monday night’s event was the first in-person award ceremony GSCVB has had since the beginning of the pandemic, and they honored 10 different awardees in hospitality in western Mass. “We have close to 350 people here tonight we were ready to come back and we were ready to honor these folks,” said Michael Hurwit, Chairman of the Howdy Committee.

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    4. MassHire hosts first career fair in 2 years

      MassHire hosts first career fair in 2 years

      MassHire Career Center held their first in-person fair since January of 2020 on Monday. The event was held at the Center Court of the Basketball Hall of Fame. Over 50 companies were looking to fill hundreds of positions, from entry-level openings to Chief Financial Officer. Beth Cardillo, the Executive Director of Armbrook Village Senior Living told 22News, “Its been very difficult for everybody and we’re hoping today we can attract people, we’re really working hard to be as flexible as we can and to really listen to people about what their needs are.”

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    5. MassHire Career Center to host annual job fair

      MassHire Career Center to host annual job fair

      MassHire Career Center will be hosting its annual job expo Monday at the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield. Over 50 companies will be taking part in this event offering a wide variety of positions. MassHire event organizers are hoping this expo will attract people to come and fill out some applications as local businesses continue to confront challenges filling job vacancies. The expo will take place from 4 to 7 Monday evening.

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    6. Greenfield Court Square seasonal setup to return

      Greenfield Court Square seasonal setup to return

      Starting Monday, May 16, Greenfield will be closing off Court Square to traffic to make way for a seasonal pedestrian plaza. According to the city, the configuration will be similar to last year with more handicapped parking available behind the city hall. Planters will be used to block off traffic to court square between main street and newton place.

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    7. Local organizations receive $75K grant to support substance abuse treatment

      Local organizations receive $75K grant to support substance abuse treatment

      $75,000 is going towards the local fight against the opioid epidemic thanks to a legislative earmark from the state. The opioid epidemic didn’t go away during the COVID-19 pandemic, and that’s why Friday’s speakers said these funds are so important. 22News was at the check presentation at Baystate Noble Hospital in Westfield with State Senator John Velis in attendance. Senator Velis has been a part of bringing in the more than $300,000 in funds to the hospital group over the years. It’s designed to support opioid and substance use prevention and treatment efforts.

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    8. 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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    9. Main Street in Springfield closed due to World’s Largest Pancake Breakfast

      Main Street in Springfield closed due to World’s Largest Pancake Breakfast

      Main Street in Springfield will be closed to traffic beginning at 10 a.m. on Friday as crews prepare for the World’s Largest Pancake Breakfast event held Saturday morning. The World’s Largest Pancake Breakfast returns to Main Street in Springfield on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. marking the City’s 386th birthday. Main Street from State Street to Bridge Street will be closed to line the streets with tables, chairs, and vendors beginning Friday.

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    10. Amherst first Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion appointed

      Amherst first Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion appointed

      In Amherst, Pamela Nolan Young was promoted by Town Manager Paul Bockelman for the position of Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI); this appointment has been referred to the Town Council for its approval based on Amherst’s Home Rule Charter. According to a news release from the town of Amherst, she has over twenty years of experience working in DEI and is a versatile expert. Young held the position, of Director of Academic Diversity and Inclusion at Notre Dame University in South Bend for the first time as well. She coordinated diversity initiatives, provided strategic training and development ...

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    11. Nearly $700,000 raised for Springfield economic development, educational opportunities

      Nearly $700,000 raised for Springfield economic development, educational opportunities

      A community organizer and her team spent the pandemic researching and applying for grant resources to mitigate the effects of COVID-19 in Springfield’s economy and education system by providing funding opportunities and technical assistance.  The funds will be used to create and maintain the efforts of the Springfield Creative City Collective. As a coalition of economic development stakeholders, the Springfield Creative City Collective aims to transform and revitalize the Springfield cultural and creative economy by implementing sustainable and culturally competent initiatives that include advocacy, racial equity, social justice, professional development, and strategic resources. Funding is going towards addressing the ...

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    12. 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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    13. Springfield Housing Authority to receive $100k in funding

      Springfield Housing Authority to receive $100k in funding

      Representative Orlando Ramos announced that there will be a check presentation and funding announcement for the Springfield Housing Authority on Tuesday, May 10. According to the news release sent to 22News by the Office of State Representative Orlando Ramos, Representative Orlando Ramos from the 9th Hampden District has secured funding from the FY22 Budget of  $100,000 for the Springfield Housing Authority. A check presentation will be provided to Executive Director Denise Jordan and Staff at the Robinson Garden Location on 1323 Bay Street at 10:45 a.m.

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    14. $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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    15. City of Chicopee holds meeting for roundabout project

      City of Chicopee holds meeting for roundabout project

      Talks over a proposed roundabout project continued in Chicopee Thursday evening. The city hosted a public information meeting virtually allowing for public input. Earlier this year 22News told you about the recommended project to reconfigure the intersection of Montgomery street, Granby Road, and McKinstry Ave. According to MassDOT, the project would have multiple roundabouts to navigate traffic from the turnpike on-ramp to the intersection at Montgomery Street. A peanut-shaped roundabout would be added at the intersection of Granby Road and Montgomery Street, another peanut-shaped roundabout would be added at the intersection of Granby Road and Montgomery Street, and another roundabout ...

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    16. American Medical Response to hold event for Earn While You Learn program

      American Medical Response to hold event for Earn While You Learn program

      Officials from American Medical Response of Springfield and Mayor Sarno will be congratulating and greeting AMR’s 7th graduating class of EMTs from their Earn While You Learn program. According to the news release sent to 22News by the Office of Mayor Domenic J. Sarno, AMR will also honor individual first responders with an award and recognition program, highlighting the great lifesaving work they have done.

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    17. 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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    18. Springfield Regional Chamber presents Mayor's Forum

      Springfield Regional Chamber presents Mayor's Forum

      The Springfield Regional Chamber presented its Mayor’s Forum this morning at the MassMutual Center. The discussion offers a look at the personal and professional lives of elected leaders, and the future of local communities, as we move past the pandemic. Holyoke Mayor Joshua Garcia told 22News, that regional collaboration between cities, is his top priority.

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    19. Holyoke Mall hosting job fair with more than 30 employers

      Holyoke Mall hosting job fair with more than 30 employers

      The Holyoke Mall is hosting an in-person job fair Thursday for local residents looking for a job. The Get Hired Job Fair will be held from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Thursday afternoon at the lower level of the Macy’s court inside the mall. The event gives western Massachusetts employers a chance to interview, hire workers and to help job seekers connect with local businesses.

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      Mentions: Holyoke
    20. Springfield Cultural Partnership to celebrate ARPA funding

      Springfield Cultural Partnership to celebrate ARPA funding

      The Springfield Cultural Partnership will be celebrating a funding announcement and check presentation with Hampden District Senator Adam Gomez, on Monday, May 9. According to the news release sent to 22News by the Office of Senator Adam Gomez, on Monday, May 9th, at 12:15 p.m., there will be a check presentation and funding announcement for Springfield Cultural Partnership at the organization’s location at 127 State Street in Springfield.

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    21. Springfield WORKS awarded $400K for at-risk youth programs

      Springfield WORKS awarded $400K for at-risk youth programs

      The Massachusetts Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development (EOHED) has awarded $400,000 Community Empowerment and Reinvestment Grant to Springfield WORKS. The funding will help programs that identify and support at-risk children and youth in Springfield, and provide needed social services as well as career and technical education, and substance abuse recovery and prevention services.

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    22. Enjoy pancakes and free entertainment at the World's Largest Pancake Breakfast on May 14

      Enjoy pancakes and free entertainment at the World's Largest Pancake Breakfast on May 14

      The World’s Largest Pancake Breakfast returns to Main Street in Springfield on Saturday, May 14 from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. marking the City’s 386th birthday. Main Street from State Street to Bridge Street will be closed to line the streets with tables, chairs, and vendors. The event includes pancakes, bacon, milk, orange juice, and coffee for $3, $1 for children under 12, and free to 70,000 public school students that have advance tickets. It is prepared by hundreds of volunteers.

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    23. Western Mass Core providing a pathway to higher education

      Western Mass Core providing a pathway to higher education

      Two Holyoke Community College professors have started a program called Western Mass Core, which provides educational opportunities for incarcerated individuals. “We facilitate a pathway both from jail – from incarceration – to campus, or we work with students who have had experience with incarceration while they are students at HCC,” said Nicole Hendricks, HCC Professor, co-founder of Western Mass CORE.

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