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    1. Westfield State University awarded grant for education project

      Westfield State University awarded grant for education project

      Westfield State University has been awarded a grant from the Davis Educational Foundation to support their ongoing project: Reimagining General Education: Tackling Content, Pedagogy, and Assessment to Deliver a Better Student Experience.  The $298,710 grant is from the Davis Educational Foundation, according to a news release from Westfield State University. The Foundation supports the undergraduate programs of public and private, regionally accredited, baccalaureate degree-granting colleges and universities throughout six New England states.

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    2. Greenfield Redevelopment Authority issues request for renovation of First National Bank

      Greenfield Redevelopment Authority issues request for renovation of First National Bank

      The Greenfield Redevelopment Authority has issued a request for the renovation and redevelopment of the First National Bank Building. The landmark art deco building, dating back to 1929, sits in the heart of downtown, facing Court Square. Redevelopment plans may include replacing much of the building. Greenfield Mayor Roxann Wedegartner says this building has a lot of potential, and ideas for the space range from retail, entertainment, boutique, hotel, or food hall.

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    3. Free PVTA services through the end of 2022

      Free PVTA services through the end of 2022

      The PVTA is providing free transit beginning Friday through the end of the year. A grant was provided in the state budget by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation to encourage customers to “Try Transit” by offering no-cost trips during the holiday season. No fares or passes are needed to ride PVTA bus or paratransit services from November 25 through December 31.

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    4. The Essex in Holyoke turning into affordable housing

      The Essex in Holyoke turning into affordable housing

      An affordable housing project in Holyoke was recently awarded a grant for $900,000 from the state. The Essex in Holyoke, located on the corner of Essex and Chestnut Streets, is a key part of what’s called the Library Commons Development Project, a project designed to bring safe, healthy, and affordable housing to the residents of Holyoke. The historic Holyoke building has been vacant for years, but soon, many people will be able to call it home after a renovation and restoration by Wayfinders, a non-profit that works to bring housing stability to communities in western Massachusetts.

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    5. Former Wilson’s Department Store in Greenfield to be redeveloped into mixed-income rentals and retail

      Former Wilson’s Department Store in Greenfield to be redeveloped into mixed-income rentals and retail

      Mixed-income rentals and retail will fill the former Wilson’s Department Store after it closed its doors in 2019, more than 130 years in business.  Greenfield Mayor Roxann Wedegartner announced Wednesday that the downtown property, originally built in 1882, will be redeveloped into approximately 65 mixed-income rental homes and retail spaces through the relocation and expansion of Franklin Community Co-op’s (FCC) Greenfield store, Green Fields Market.

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    6. Learn how to start a healthcare career at Springfield Technical Community College

      Learn how to start a healthcare career at Springfield Technical Community College

      Springfield Technical Community College (STCC) is hosted Allied Health Careers Exploration Night on Wednesday. This exploration night is an opportunity for anyone that is interested in becoming a healthcare professional, to learn more about STCC’s programs, and to see demonstrations with training equipment, according to a news release sent to 22News from STCC. The event is free, open to students, and to the public.

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    7. Gov. Baker signs $3.76 billion economic development bill

      Gov. Baker signs $3.76 billion economic development bill

      This past week, Governor Charlie Baker signed into law a $3.76 billion economic development bill. But what’s in it? This piece of legislation focuses on a number of broad aspects of economic development, investing in everything from health care to clean energy. The largest chunk will go toward healthcare facilities impacted by the pandemic: $850 million.

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    8. Super 60 event recognizes growing companies in Springfield area

      Super 60 event recognizes growing companies in Springfield area

      A ceremony recognizing dozens of Springfield area companies who’ve earned the respect and admiration of their fellow employers in Western Massachusetts took place on Thursday. Many hundreds of business people filled the banquet hall at the MassMutual Center in downtown Springfield. They came to honor the Super 60, as they’re called, companies whose growth and bottom line have captured the attention of the Springfield Regional Chamber of Commerce.

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    9. Bay Path University lecture helps entrepreneurs optimize their talent

      Bay Path University lecture helps entrepreneurs optimize their talent
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    10. Greenfield awarded funds for food service students

      Greenfield awarded funds for food service students

      A grant was awarded to the Stone Soup Culinary Institute, a non-profit organization that helps students earn a food handlers license in Massachusetts. The Commonwealth of Massachusetts Urban Agenda Grant Program awarded $100,000 to help fund the Stone Soup Culinary Institute, which prepares students for an array of positions in the diverse field of food service.

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    11. Western New England University students offer free legal assistance to small businesses

      Western New England University students offer free legal assistance to small businesses

      Western New England University (WNEU) Small Business Legal Clinic is now accepting applications from entrepreneurs and small business owners seeking legal assistance for the spring semester of 2023. According to a news release sent to 22News from WNEU, law students assist clients with legal issues, such as choice of entity, employment policies, contract drafting, regulatory compliance, and intellectual property issues that relate to trademark applications and copyright. This free service is available to local businesses that might not have the resources to obtain these services.

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    12. Grant Program awards $75K to Amherst for streetscapes

      Grant Program awards $75K to Amherst for streetscapes

      A $75,000 grant was awarded to the Town of Amherst for the development of streetscape standards for the downtown area. As part of the Department of Housing and Community Development’s ongoing program of grant awards, the Town has been awarded three grants so far this week, totaling over $1 million. In its downtown zoning districts, the Town develops design standards and dimensions regulations for the private realm to complement the grant work on streetscape standards. In collaboration with a consultant, the Town hopes to assess existing conditions, implement a community engagement plan, and develop streetscape standards and implementation ...

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    13. $1.5M grant to support Cyber Security Center in Springfield

      $1.5M grant to support Cyber Security Center in Springfield

      Congressman Richard Neal will join Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno, to announce a $1.5 million grant to support the Cyber Security Center in Springfield. This is part of Congressman Neal’s long-standing cybersecurity initiatives throughout western Massachusetts. This news conference is to be held Monday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. at Union Station at 55 Frank B. Murray St.

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    14. Amtrak's Valley Flyer Passenger Service to stay in western Massachusetts

      Amtrak's Valley Flyer Passenger Service to stay in western Massachusetts

      MassDOT announced Friday night the Amtrak’s Valley Flyer Passenger Service in Northampton will become permanent fixture here in western Massachusetts. This is good news for people in our area who have been using this train service to explore our area. MassDOT was joined by state officials, including Congressman Jim McGovern at the Northampton Train Station Platform at Union Station to make the announcement. It will be a seven day-a-week service with connections in New Haven Union Station.

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    15. I'll Rise Up event held in Springfield to support local woman in need

      I'll Rise Up event held in Springfield to support local woman in need

      A conference was held Thursday night in downtown Springfield, with a mission to help local women who are experiencing trauma. The event was the first annual ‘I’ll Rise Up’ conference, hosted by New North Citizens Council. The conference focused on the challenges encountered by women and girls within the western Massachusetts community. The panel discussed how to transform trauma through education and break the barrier of traumatic experiences from childhood. Organizers of the event say trauma can hinder one’s ability to perform well in school and become successful individuals.

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    16. $755K granted to Amherst for sidewalk improvements

      $755K granted to Amherst for sidewalk improvements

      The town of Amherst has been awarded a $755,000 grant to work in the East Amherst Village Center, improving accessibility for pedestrians and cyclists. This will be upgraded under the State’s MassWorks Infrastructure Program. The sidewalks and bike lane stretching south from the village center along Belchertown Road are decades old. Since they were installed the area has thrived, adding a number of affordable housing units and businesses. Now, funding from the Massachusetts Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development will help bring people living there closer to businesses and each other.

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    17. The Artist Café opens on Main Street in Springfield

      The Artist Café opens on Main Street in Springfield

      Springfield’s newest establishment for coffee lovers, wine connoisseurs, and emerging artists held its grand opening on Thursday. The Artist Café is located at 1365 Main Street in the downtown area and offers a coffee house and wine lounge including baked goods. Mayor Sarno was in attendance which included a ribbon cutting, “I want to commend owner David Maynard for achieving his dream of opening the Artist Café.  This new vibrant Café will soon become a fixture of our downtown serving delicious coffee, baked goods, and provide a prominent venue for aspiring artists to showcase their talents. Congratulations to Mr ...

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    18. Woman-owned Pure Life Soaps opens new store in West Springfield

      Woman-owned Pure Life Soaps opens new store in West Springfield

      After handcrafting all-natural organic soaps, Kay Hernandez is opening her first retail store in West Springfield. Hernandez started to make soaps after becoming ill from a hormone imbalance that was caused by chemicals in the commercial soaps she was using. Now, after selling her soaps online and at farmers’ markets, Hernandez will be hosting a grand opening ceremony for her new store called Pure Life Soaps Shop.

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    19. Amazon hiring in Massachusetts ahead of holiday season with $3,000 sign-on bonus

      Amazon hiring in Massachusetts ahead of holiday season with $3,000 sign-on bonus

      A sign-on bonus ranging from $1,000 to $3,000 is being offered for select locations and positions as Amazon prepares to hire more than 1,600 employees in Massachusetts ahead of the holiday season. Amazon is hiring a total of 150,000 employees, including 1,600 full-time, seasonal, and part-time positions available in Massachusetts (3,100 in Connecticut) with an average pay of more than $19 per hour.

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    20. Easthampton to offer flu & Covid-19 booster vaccinations

      EASTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) - The City of Easthampton is offering residents the opportunity to get the flu and COVID-19 booster vaccines.

      On Saturday, October 15, a drive-through flu clinic will be held at the Easthampton Fire Department for ages 5 and up from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Residents can sign up using this link. Select the ‘Flu (influenza)’ vaccine option and choose clinic name ‘Flu 2022 Easthampton Fire Department.’

      COVID-19 cases rise in western Massachusetts
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    21. Greenfield launches redesigned travel and tourism website

      Greenfield launches redesigned travel and tourism website

      Greenfield has just launched a new VisitGreenfieldMA travel and tourism website. The new site features improved functions and a refreshed design to showcase entertainment, attractions, and business listings for dining and retail. VisitGreenfieldMA is managed by the Greenfield Community and Economic Development Department. The city has also made a new Instagram account to promote the website.

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