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    1. Community Empowerment Grant helps the formerly incarcerated | WWLP

      Community Empowerment Grant helps the formerly incarcerated | WWLP

      Springfield Community WORKS and the Western Mass Economic Development council were awarded a community empowerment grant back in February of this year. Joining us today is Shawntsi Baret, workforce development consultant for Springfield WORKS and Anne Kandilis, director of Springfield Works, to share with us where they found that this aid is most needed and what their next steps will be.

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    2. $650K to be awarded to Springfield Public Schools

      $650K to be awarded to Springfield Public Schools

      The Springfield Public Schools (SPS) is to receive $650,000 to provide students with successful futures. The “Portrait of a Graduate” (POG) started three years ago to transform the school. The Barr Foundation’s Portrait of a Graduate cohort was launched in 2019 following a request for proposals. Interested communities were identified to build a community-driven Portrait of a Graduate. This means that current students will be able to gain the knowledge needed to thrive after high school such as in college, career, and community.

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    3. Greenfield launches new tourism website

      Greenfield launches new tourism website

      To prepare for the busy fall tourism season, the City has redesigned the VisitGreenfieldMA website. New features of the site include improved functionality and a refreshed design to showcase entertainment, attractions, and dining and retail listings. “VisitGreenfieldMA has established itself as the most comprehensive source of information on events in Greenfield,” said Community and Economic Development Director MJ Adams. “This new website will make it even easier for visitors and residents alike to connect with entertainment, shops and restaurants that define Greenfield as a cultural destination.”

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    4. Nearly $1M grant awarded to Greenfield for new fire station

      Nearly $1M grant awarded to Greenfield for new fire station

      The city of Greenfield has been awarded nearly $1 million through a federal grant to help construct a new fire station for the Greenfield Fire Department. A total of $987,000 was awarded from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for the city to build a new fire station. The money will also be used for emergency medical services, healthcare related audio/video equipment and a generator.

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    5. Former Springfield official Kevin Kennedy has died

      Former Springfield official Kevin Kennedy has died

      The City of Springfield’s former Chief Development Officer (CDO), Kevin Kennedy, has died. Mayor Domenic Sarno made the announcement Thursday saying “First of all, my sympathy, thoughts, prayers and encouragement to Kevin’s wife Debbie, family and friends. I was very saddened to hear about my friend and retired Chief Development Officer Kevin Kennedy’s passing – ‘he fought a valiant fight’.” Kennedy retired in 2019 after serving eight years as CDO. At the time he reflected on his involvement in some of the city’s biggest economic development projects, including the Riverfront Park renovations, working with MGM on the ...

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    6. Baker, Sarno join Springfield roundtable discussion on local entrepreneurship

      Baker, Sarno join Springfield roundtable discussion on local entrepreneurship

      Governor Baker continued his visit to western Massachusetts Tuesday, joining Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno and other city leaders for a roundtable discussion at Valley Ventures. The discussion centered on the vital role entrepreneurs play in building up the western Massachusetts economy. The Western Mass Economic Development Council, Valley Venture Mentors and Western Mass Founders Network were among attendees. The discussion was aimed at bringing awareness to successful economic developments in Greater Springfield, like the EDC’s anchor collaborative. This initiative, as Chief Development Officer Tim Sheehan explains, connects larger anchor institutions, such as universities and other big-employers, with small-business owners.

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    7. Baker visiting western Massachusetts for second day

      Baker visiting western Massachusetts for second day

      Governor Charlie Baker and Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito will be making stops in western Massachusetts. Baker and Polito will first join other state officials for the ceremonial groundbreaking of the Greylock Glen Outdoor Recreation and Nature Center in Adams at 10:00 a.m. Then traveling to Williamsburg for an announcement of the latest round of Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) grant awards.  Finally, at 2:00, they will visit Valley Venture Mentors in Springfield to meet with members of the Western Massachusetts Economic Development Council, highlighting the organization’s work to support local entrepreneurs.

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    8. Stone Soul Festival returns this weekend in Springfield

      Stone Soul Festival returns this weekend in Springfield

      Thousands are looking forward to the Labor Day weekend when the Stone Soul Festival returns to Springfield’s Blunt Park. Festival Founder and Program Chairman Jay Griffin is confident of a vibrant post pandemic return to the neighborhood festival he helped create 34 years ago. Stone Soul Festival has always had a special place in his heart. “You want me to start crying? You know, it’s a joy, it’s part of a mission that started over 30 years ago by the community, not Jay Griffin,” said Griffin.

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    9. Governor Baker, Springfield Mayor Sarno provide Civic Center parking garage redevelopment update

      Governor Baker, Springfield Mayor Sarno provide Civic Center parking garage redevelopment update

      Governor Charlie Baker and Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno held a celebration ahead of the Civic Center garage being torn down.  Monday, they celebrated the decommissioning of the parking garage that stands next to the MassMutual Center as they get ready to rebuild. In its place, a brand new five-story garage will be built. Mayor Sarno said it will have more than 800 parking spaces. 

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    10. Baker, Neal eye transforming Springfield into "national intersection"

      Baker, Neal eye transforming Springfield into "national intersection"

      Federal and state officials agreed Tuesday that Springfield can play an important role in the revitalization of passenger rail service in America, and Gov. Charlie Baker pledged to use his remaining time in office to put the long-discussed East-West Rail expansion project in position to benefit from the new federal infrastructure law. “When I was growing up in Springfield, Springfield was often described as the east-west, north-south corridor of America. And based upon the tutorial that we received today from the CEO of Amtrak, Steve Gardner, I can tell you that we’re well on our way to making this ...

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    11. Springfield area survey find formerly incarcerated residents struggling to find housing, employment

      Springfield area survey find formerly incarcerated residents struggling to find housing, employment

      A new local survey is shedding light on the challenges people face when they’re going from jail to a job. Unemployment was at 3.5 percent but among formerly incarcerated people in the U.S., it’s now at 27 percent, a historic high. Locally, a survey was conducted of greater Springfield area and while housing and employment were what respondents said they wanted the most, the survey found many have a tough time getting either.

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    12. Christina Royal, President of Holyoke Community College, announces retirement next year

      Christina Royal, President of Holyoke Community College, announces retirement next year

      Christina Royal, the 4th president of Holyoke Community College’s 75-year history will retire following the 2022-2023 academic year on July 14, 2023, she announced. Royal began her career in January 2017 as the first woman, first openly gay, and first bi-racial person to serve as HCC president. In a message to the HCC community, she said, “It has been one of the greatest honors and privileges of my life to serve as the fourth president of this great institution.” She has no specific plans following her retirement and is not leaving for another job.

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    13. School supplies delivered from Stuff the Bus campaign

      School supplies delivered from Stuff the Bus campaign

      Students across western Massachusetts are preparing to head back to the classroom, and the United Way of Pioneer Valley is making sure all of those kids have the tools they need to be successful. Stuff the Bus provides backpacks filled with school supplies for students who are homeless throughout Hampden County, Granby, and South Hadley. This year there are more than 2,000 students in need, filled with school supplies for students K through 12 who are homeless.

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    14. Baker, Neal, Amtrak CEO riding train to Springfield to promote East-West Rail

      Baker, Neal, Amtrak CEO riding train to Springfield to promote East-West Rail

      Massachusetts state and federal leaders will join the CEO of Amtrak Tuesday in a train ride from Boston to Springfield to highlight the need for an east-west rail link in the state. Local leaders have for many years been pushing to develop a reliable service between the eastern and western parts of the state, but only recently has funding been committed to the effort. Earlier this month, Governor Charlie Baker signed-off on a $11.4B infrastructure bond bill that included funding for the east-west rail project.

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    15. Springfield City Council to discuss Court Square Urban Renewal Amendment

      Springfield City Council to discuss Court Square Urban Renewal Amendment

      The Springfield City Council will discuss an amendment to the Court Square Urban Renewal Plan, proposed by Mayor Domenic Sarno Monday in a public hearing. The amendment would expand the area included in the renewal plan to include 192 acres, which would cover most of the downtown area.

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    16. Celebration of arts & culture at Indie Soul Festival in Springfield

      Celebration of arts & culture at Indie Soul Festival in Springfield

      Saturday marked the 14th Annual Indie Soul Festival in Springfield! The one day outdoor music, culture and arts festival is a fan favorite in the whole tri state area. Christopher Martin from Agawam came down to support the local vendors. He told 22News, “I love Springfield, I’m from the area. I love to support all of the local events that are going on especially all of the local vendors that are here. We love to support each other.”

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    17. Music lovers enjoy MOSSO Brass Quintet concert at Forest Park

      Music lovers enjoy MOSSO Brass Quintet concert at Forest Park

      The musicians of the Springfield Symphony had an al fresco concert Saturday evening at Forest Park. The concert featured classics from Bach to Brahms, pop and jazz from Ellington to Lennon, along with a brass quintet. The outdoor concert started at 6 p.m. in the park’s amphitheater at Camp star Angelina. People were encouraged to bring their own chair or blankets and all seemed to enjoy the sounds under the stars.

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    18. Scholarships awarded to Springfield residents for community and volunteer help

      Scholarships awarded to Springfield residents for community and volunteer help

      The Springfield Partners for Community Action took the time Thursday to award $14,000 to 14 Springfield residents, each receiving $1,000 to put toward their education. Whether it’s college, trade school, or a certificate program, the Partners for Community action tell 22News it’s about helping people take the steps they need for their future.

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    19. Owner of Cooper’s Corner and State Street Fruit Store sells business

      Owner of Cooper’s Corner and State Street Fruit Store sells business

      The owner of Cooper’s Corner in Florence and State Street Fruit Store in Northampton is selling his business to an employee. The announcement was made Wednesday within a news release from the owner, Richard “Rich” Cooper. Both locations are being sold to a longtime employee Michael “Mike” Natale of Easthampton. Mike has worked in both places since 2006 and most recently as general manager.

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    20. Affordable housing units coming to Springfield, Holyoke

      Affordable housing units coming to Springfield, Holyoke

      The Baker-Polito Administration and MassHousing announce funds to help provide affordable housing in Springfield and Holyoke. The Neighborhood Stabilization Program Capital Grants awards $4.6 million to eight community-based organizations and municipalities to address neighborhood blight and create new homeownership opportunities across Massachusetts. The new program provides the funds to address blight, abandonment, and disinvestment in residential neighborhoods, by providing grants for the construction, reconstruction, renovation, or repair of substandard rental and homeownership properties.

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    21. City Mosaic brings a Springfield building back to life with mural

      City Mosaic brings a Springfield building back to life with mural

      Local artists are bringing ghost images back to life on Worthington Street in Springfield. The resurrection aims to showcase the history of the City of Firsts.Stearns Square is where this mural is on full display for all to see thanks to the Nonprofit City Mosaic’s efforts. This project was brought to life by Artist John Simpson who had a vision to rework some of the old photography ads on the wall of what once was a five floor photography supplies building called Bloom.

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