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    1. 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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    2. 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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    3. 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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    4. STCC dental assistant program returns

      STCC dental assistant program returns

       Springfield Technical Community College recently announced the planned return of their dental assistant program. According to a statement released by the community college, the redesigned program will allow students to enter the workforce after a year of courses. A version of the program had been offered at STCC several years ago but has not been offered in recent academic sessions.

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    5. Springfield offering funding to nonprofits that serve low, moderate income households

      Springfield offering funding to nonprofits that serve low, moderate income households

      The city of Springfield is offering financial assistance to nonprofit agencies that need to update their facilities. The funds are part of the Federal Community Development Block Grant. The city is making $200,000 available for capital improvements to nonprofits that serve low and moderate income households. Tim Sheehan, Chief Development Officer for the city of Springfield, told 22News organizations could receive up to $25,000 for their projects, “The budgets are just so tight and some of these capital costs are just so expensive and it’s cost prohibited for them to keep up on the maintenance of these ...

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    6. Ocean State Job Lot hosting hiring events at all stores

      Ocean State Job Lot hosting hiring events at all stores

      Ocean State Job Lot will be hosting an in-person hiring event at each of its stores on October 26 and 27 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. According to a news release sent to 22News, candidates who attend the event can learn more about career opportunities, part-time and full-time benefits, 30% associate store discount, cash bonus referral program and opportunities for store leadership, supervisory, full-time, and part-time store positions.

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    7. Students visit Westfield Gas and Electric for STEM week

      Students visit Westfield Gas and Electric for STEM week

      The fourth annual STEM week is taking place this week in Massachusetts. It starts from Monday, October 18 to Friday, October 22. 22News spent the first day of STEM week with students from Westfield Middle School who were learning about career opportunities in the field. This year’s theme for STEM week is “See yourself in STEM” which was exactly what the students from Westfield Middle School did Monday.

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    8. Big Y to hold on the spot hiring event

      Big Y to hold on the spot hiring event

      Big Y is in search of new staff members, the New England grocery chain will hold an on the spot hiring event on Tuesday. According to a news release sent to 22News, this is the organization’s second round of on the spot hiring. Big Y is looking to hire across 19 locations in Massachusetts and Connecticut. Positions are available to those 18 years and older.

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    9. Local cultural organizations receive grants to support recovery from COVID-19 economic impact

      Local cultural organizations receive grants to support recovery from COVID-19 economic impact

      Dozens of museums, historical societies, and historic sites across Massachusetts have been awarded nearly $1 million in grants to support the response and recovery of the cultural sector from economic impacts of the coronavirus. Mass Humanities has announced “Sustaining the Humanities through the American Rescue Plan (SHARP)” grants to 90 organizations including six in the Connecticut Valley region. The grants were made possible through funding provided to the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) by the American Rescue Plan.

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    10. Holyoke business receives nearly $40K grant to recover from pandemic losses

      Holyoke business receives nearly $40K grant to recover from pandemic losses

      A company in Holyoke is getting some help recovering from the pandemic. Holyoke Sporting Goods was the winner of a nearly $40,000 grant. The sporting goods store has been open for decades. Holyoke Sporting Goods owner Betsy Frey told 22News she had to close down at the beginning of the pandemic because her store wasn’t considered essential. She said it really hurt her business at what is usually a busy time of year.

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    11. 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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    12. Springfield launches new app for downtown visitors

      Springfield launches new app for downtown visitors

      The Greater Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau has launched the Downtown Springfield Check-in Challenge. The new program aims to highlight attractions and restaurants adjacent to the MassMutual Center for convention attendees and anyone visiting Springfield. With over 17 local businesses included within the passport, it showcases the best of downtown Springfield in an easy and mobile-friendly way. “I think it’s a great tool to have,” said Nadim Kashouh, owner of Nadim’s Downtown Mediterranean Grill. “Especially right now, while everyone is on their phone, social media, and trying to find out information. I think it’s gonna be great for ...

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    13. Leadership Pioneer Valley receives state funds

      Leadership Pioneer Valley receives state funds

      A leadership program is getting money from the state to help cultivate more leaders in western Massachusetts. Leadership Pioneer Valley received $50,000 from the state. The organization’s mission is to develop and connect leaders to strengthen the pioneer valley. According to the organization’s executive director, the funds will go towards scholarships to make sure they have a diverse class.

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    14. Drivers, mechanics wanted at the PVTA

      Drivers, mechanics wanted at the PVTA

      Are you looking for a new career? The PVTA is currently hiring for bus drivers, mechanics, and an accountant. Requirements to be a bus driver include having a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL), a Passenger Endorsement and no Airbrake Restriction. Wage for bus drivers reach $21.75 per hour after a training period. The position does include benefits. The position of Bus Operator is a full-time, unionized position. Bus Operators are required to meet the DOT Medical Requirements for Commercial Licensing and need to have a current DOT Medical Card at all times. Part time positions are also available for ...

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    15. 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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    16. Paradise City Arts Festival returns with vaccination requirements

      Paradise City Arts Festival returns with vaccination requirements

      The 27th annual Paradise City Arts Festival in Northampton is back after a two-year hiatus. Event organizers said they will go a step above the requirements from the City of Northampton, asking for proof of vaccination or a recent negative Covid test. However, many of the artists are glad to be back. “I’ve actually had some of the artists who I haven’t seen in years come over and start crying because they’re so happy to be here,” said Linda Post, the founding director.

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    17. STCC awarded $130-K workforce development grant

      STCC awarded $130-K workforce development grant

      The state Department of Higher Education has awarded Springfield Technical Community College (STCC) $130,000 a Training Resources and Internships Network (TRAIN) grant. The money will be used to help people who are under- or unemployed train for careers in healthcare services. “This grant will allow STCC to train 50 people through an in-person non-credit program in four skills and critical roles that are in high demand throughout the Pioneer Valley: memory care, home health aide, CPR and certified nursing assistant,” said Gladys Franco, assistant vice president of Workforce Development at STCC.

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    18. $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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    19. Developer chosen for vacant building in downtown Springfield to become apartments

      Developer chosen for vacant building in downtown Springfield to become apartments

      A historic office building in downtown Springfield that has been vacant for years now will be turned into 41 affordable apartments. Mayor Domenic Sarno announced that First Resource Development has been chosen for the $46 million project at 195 State Street. The building used to house the Central Office for the Springfield Public Schools. The project will include 31 one-bedroom apartments, and 10 two-bedroom apartments.

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    20. Indian Orchard awarded $20K in state funding

      Indian Orchard awarded $20K in state funding

      State Representatives Orlando Ramos and Jake Oliveira were in Indian Orchard Thursday to present $20,000 in state funding that was secured for the community during the last budget cycle. The funds will go toward the Indian Orchard Blooms Campaign to pay for hanging flower baskets throughout the community as well as the 5th annual food truck festival taking place this weekend. 5th annual Food Truck Festival will be located on 117 Main Street in Indian Orchard Saturday from 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.

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    21. Job fair at the Holyoke Mall

      Job fair at the Holyoke Mall

      More job fairs are being held around western Massachusetts, as industries try to recruit workers to meet the demand during the pandemic. 22News was at a job fair held at the Holyoke Mall on Wednesday where many local businesses were there looking to get people to join their payroll. Some retailers, like Macy’s, are trying to fill positions for a very busy holiday season at the mall.

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    22. Local farm partners with Food Bank of Western Massachusetts

      Local farm partners with Food Bank of Western Massachusetts

      A partnership between local famers and organizations, has led to a new farm that will bring fresh produce to nearby communities. With food insecurity at an all time high, its essential that we have locally grown produce to rely on. Through partnership between the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts and Kestrel Land Trust, 142 acres of land is now home to a new farm.

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    23. Congressman Neal to announce STEM grants for college students

      Congressman Neal to announce STEM grants for college students

      Congressman Richard Neal announced two grants at Springfield Technical Community College Wednesday morning that will help students among Latinx and low-income families. According to a news release from STCC, the $7.35 million in grants will be used to expand support services to help Hispanic and low-income students to pursue degrees in the STEM field. STCC is a federally designated Hispanic Serving Institution, meaning their Latinx enrollment exceeds 25 percent.

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