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    1. $4.1M awarded to Springfield businesses affected by the pandemic

      $4.1M awarded to Springfield businesses affected by the pandemic

      The City of Springfield Thursday issued its seventh round of funding totaling $4,164,607 through the American Rescue Plan Act. Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno held a conference at City Hall to celebrate those who had been awarded funding. One recipient, The Children’s Study Home, says they hope to use the funding to help kids and teens who have been most impacted by the pandemic.

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    2. EKG technician program offered at STCC this fall

      EKG technician program offered at STCC this fall

      A Certified EKG Technician (CET) course is being offered at Springfield Technical Community College (STCC) for persons who are currently licensed or certified as a healthcare professional. The class will train students how to perform EKGs or electrocardiographs, prepare patients for stress testing, and proper application of Holter monitors. The certification is nationally recognized, offering additional opportunities for other employment in healthcare.

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    3. Funds allocated to East-West Rail project in state infrastructure bill

      Funds allocated to East-West Rail project in state infrastructure bill

      An $11 billion state infrastructure bill is heading to Governor Baker’s desk, the potential legislation includes funding for the East-West Rail project. The East-West Rail project has been an idea more than five years in the making. Supports of the project at the State House say this funding opportunity is a move in the right direction. The East-West Rail project would create rail connections between Pittsfield, Springfield, Worcester and Boston. It hopefully will lead to economic growth in western Massachusetts.

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    4. BHN named as community behavioral health center for Springfield area

      BHN named as community behavioral health center for Springfield area

      The Massachusetts Behavioral Health Partnership (MBHP) has awarded the Behavioral Health Network, Inc. (BHN) the contract to serve as the Community Behavioral Health Center (CBHC) for the Springfield area. Beginning January 1, 2023 the BHN’s CBHC will be located at their facility on Liberty Street in Springfield. The service area includes Agawam, Blandford, Chester, East Longmeadow, Granville, Hampden, Huntington, Indian Orchard, Longmeadow, Montgomery, Russell, Southwick, Springfield, Tolland, Westfield, West Springfield, and Wilbraham.

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    5. Monson Savings Bank donates $2K to Academy Hill School

      Monson Savings Bank donates $2K to Academy Hill School

      Monson Savings Bank donated $2,000 to the Academy Hill School in Springfield. According to a news release sent to 22News by Monson Savings Bank, the public was given the opportunity to cast their votes for the non-profit organizations that they wanted to see Monson Savings Bank support in 2022. This year Academy Hill School ranked as one of the top vote recipients.

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    6. 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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    7. $1.5M awarded to 6 Franklin County communities for health services

      $1.5M awarded to 6 Franklin County communities for health services

      The Massachusetts Department of Public Health awarded $1.5 million to the health department in Greenfield to help expand shared services with surrounding communities. The funds will be used for inter-municipal partnerships to include Leverett and Shutesbury and strengthen its existing ties with Deerfield, Montague, and Sunderland with additional public nurses, inspectors, support personnel, and technology upgrades, such as unified software, portable tablets, and printers to streamline and improve the efficiency of health inspections.

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    8. Springfield Technical Community College hosting “College for Kids” this summer

      Springfield Technical Community College hosting “College for Kids” this summer

      Springfield Technical Community College (STCC) is hosting “College for Kids” this summer to learn about the opportunities available in STEM fields. STCC is educating students between 11 and 16 years old to explore theater programs, basketball, the fashion industry, forensic science, and critical thinking in debate topics. The JUS10H University runs through Friday for youth ages 13 through 16 that teaches sewing, modeling and styling, and how to build a career in the fashion industry.

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    9. HCC announces STEM scholarship opportunity

      HCC announces STEM scholarship opportunity

      The National Science Foundation is offering a $10,000 scholarship to students enrolled full time at Holyoke Community College in chemistry, biology, engineering, mathematics, physics or other STEM fields. Scholarships offered by the National Science Foundation through HCC average $6,500 per year for full-time students and prorated amounts for part-time students.

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    10. Springfield named in a 'top 10 places to live in Massachusetts' list

      Springfield named in a 'top 10 places to live in Massachusetts' list

      Springfield was named one of the top 10 places to live in the state recently. The City of Springfield was named by Luxury Travel Magazine as one of the best places to live in Massachusetts. The Magazine highlighted the city as a great place for families, professionals, and students for its unique history. Being a city of firsts, the vibrant neighborhoods, recreational opportunities, and attractions make the city a destination spot.

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    11. Affordable housing units being built at former YMCA in downtown Springfield

      Affordable housing units being built at former YMCA in downtown Springfield

      The Baker-Polito Administration has awarded grant funding to build affordable housing units at the former YMCA building in downtown Springfield. A total of more than $31 million in direct subsidies, tax credits, and housing vouchers to support the development and preservation of 11 housing facilities in Massachusetts, including 237 permanent housing units and 200 shelter beds for families and individuals.

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    12. STCC offering construction trade courses in September

      STCC offering construction trade courses in September

      Persons looking to get into the construction trades will have the opportunity to take night classes at Springfield Technical Community College (STCC) in September. Registration has begun for plumbing, electrical and pipefitting courses that start this fall and run through the spring of 2023. The in-person courses will be taught two nights a week at the college.

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    13. Affordable housing units coming to Northampton

      Affordable housing units coming to Northampton

      Persons looking to get into the construction trades will have the opportunity to take night classes at Springfield Technical Community College (STCC) in September. Registration has begun for plumbing, electrical and pipefitting courses that start this fall and run through the spring of 2023. The in-person courses will be taught two nights a week at the college.

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      Mentions: Northampton
    14. Amherst offering ARPA funds to cash strapped residents

      Amherst offering ARPA funds to cash strapped residents

      The Town of Amherst is offering a resident aid assistance program using funds provided by the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). Amherst is partnering with Family Outreach of Amherst to disburse $150,000 in ARPA money to support financially struggling residents pay overdue rent, mortgage, or utility bills. The grants will be for a maximum of $3,000 and accepted on a first come first serve basis, until funds are spent. 

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    15. UMass begins hunt for next flagship campus Chancellor

      UMass begins hunt for next flagship campus Chancellor

      There is about a year until Kumble Subbaswamy steps down as chancellor of the University of Massachusetts Amherst, but the group searching for his successor began its work Tuesday as top UMass officials highlighted how important it is to get the selection right given the challenges facing higher education generally. Subbaswamy announced last month that he plans to retire at the end of June 2023 and the UMass Board of Trustees launched a global search for his successor, led by Trustee Victor Woolridge, a UMass Amherst alumnus and current chair of the UMass Building Authority.

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    16. Greenfield Community College welcomes new president

      Greenfield Community College welcomes new president

      A new president has been appointed at Greenfield Community College, Dr. Michelle Schutt, effective July 18. Schutt currently serves as vice president of community and learner services for the College of Southern Idaho (CSI), Idaho’s first Hispanic Serving Institution. On June 21, the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education approved Dr. Schutt’s appointment.

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    17. '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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    18. Mayor Sarno announces sixth round of ARPA funding

      Mayor Sarno announces sixth round of ARPA funding

      Mayor Sarno and the city American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) announced Wednesday that the city of Springfield’s sixth round of ARPA RFP funding awards totaling $84,000 for direct cash assistance for households located within the Qualified Census Tracts (QCT).  The initial round of 60 ARPA household applications approved will each be awarded $1,400 in direct cash assistance, the most that can be awarded under federal ARPA guidelines.  The city has received 114 ARPA household applications that are eligible by the QCT.

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    19. New galaxy photos to be researched at UMass

      New galaxy photos to be researched at UMass

      New images of the distant universe from the James Webb Space Telescope have ties that are much closer to home. UMass Professor of Astronomy Alexandra Pope is going to collect data and she’ll be one of the first researchers in the country to get that kind of access. Her predominant focus is supermassive black holes and how they co-evolve with stars. She said the UMass astronomy community was blown away when they saw these images released from the $10 billion dollar observatory.

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    20. Amherst non-profit providing funding to new businesses

      Amherst non-profit providing funding to new businesses

      The non-profit called Amherst Business Improvement District has received funding that it’s offering to small business owners in town. This is the second round of funding through the American Rescue Plan, and this time it will focus on bringing new business to Amherst. Two ways this most recent funding will be used: $40,000 will help businesses open up storefronts in Amherst. New businesses can receive $5,000 to $10,000.

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    21. Springfield families to benefit from $7M grant

      Springfield families to benefit from $7M grant

      A grant award from Children’s Trust of Massachusetts totaling $1.4 million per year for the next five years is to help thousands of families in Springfield. These families will continue to benefit from Square One’s Healthy Families program due to the grant award. “Square One is proud to continue to provide this vital service to families throughout greater Springfield and to serve as a model for other programs around the country,” says Melissa Blissett, Square One’s Vice President of Family Support Services. “The program encapsulates our mission, and with the success we have achieved since program ...

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    22. Springfield welcomes back Movies in the Park

      Springfield welcomes back Movies in the Park

      Springfield’s Movies in the Park returns Monday with showtimes in four different parks each week. The event was first held last year and is now returning with new movies on large inflatable screens. Mayor Sarno stated, “My administration is committed to continuing to enhance the quality of life for our residents with these types of family fun entertainment are more important than ever as we return to a sense of normalcy. What better way to celebrate summer than with this great family friendly activity, outdoors in our beautiful park system. We are especially lucky to have the legendary Sy ...

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    23. Mural in Springfield to immortalize iconic local photo ads

      Mural in Springfield to immortalize iconic local photo ads

      Over on Worthington Street in Springfield six local artists are bringing ghost images back to life. The resurrection aims to showcase the history of the City of Firsts. The artists garnering inspiration from old Springfield ads for this restoration mural project. John Simpson, the Chief Artist of the project, told 22News, “It’s important to Springfield because it just brings us back in time, we are not just a deteriorating city, we can renew ourselves and we can create new spots for people to hang out and bring color into the downtown.” Artist and Professor John Simpson had a vision ...

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    24. Monson Savings Bank wins fitness challenge, $500 donated to Educare

      Monson Savings Bank wins fitness challenge, $500 donated to Educare

      Monson Savings Bank won the Monson Fitness Challenge by outstepping a team of Town of Monson employees. According to a news release sent to 22News by Hartling Consulting, from June 1 to June 21, Monson Savings Bank’s team of fifty-six employees walked on average 4.5 miles per day compared with Town of Monson employees who walked approximately three miles per day. In total, over the 21 days of the competition Monson Savings Bank employees walked 5,230 miles averaging 96 miles per person. The Town of Monson team walked 1,158 miles, averaging sixty-one miles per person.

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