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Westfield, Sharon young writers inspire Littleville Elementary students

HUNTINGTON — Littleville Elementary School reading specialist Margaret Petzold arranged a special visit to the school on June 11 from two young authors to speak to second and third graders about writing.

Agawam’s $230M high school passes with 71% approval

AGAWAM — Agawam voters have approved a debt exclusion that will fund the $230,245,404 high school building project. According to unofficial results, in the June 11 special election, “yes” received 3,610 votes, 71.3% of the 5,065 votes cast. “No” received 1,455, or 28.7%.

Sonny’s Place: The ultimate family experience

SOMERS — If you are looking for a place to have fun and relax, while also reliving childhood nostalgia and creating new and adventurous memories, Sonny’s Place offers just that.

East Longmeadow aerial drone team places second in regional championship

EAST LONGMEADOW — The Flying Sparticles, East Longmeadow High School’s aerial drone team, won second place at the Northeast Aerial Drone Championship after competing with 58 other teams across 14 states.

Wilbraham Peach Blossom Festival marks eighth year

WILBRAHAM — The Wilbraham Peach Blossom Festival Association hosted its annual festival for the eighth year during this past Father’s Day weekend at Wilbraham and Monson Academy.

Holyoke Farmers Market kicks off 45th season

HOLYOKE — The Holyoke Farmers Market has returned and kicked off its 45th season over two days on June 11 and 12, marking another year of serving the greater Holyoke community with accessible, fresh produce.

Chicopee celebrates Portuguese Heritage Month with flag raising

CHICOPEE — On June 10, members of the community and local government gathered to celebrate the raising of the Portuguese flag and honor Portuguese Heritage Month.

Grayson Ty paints his own origin story on ‘Bloodline’

NORTHAMPTON — There is a moment on Grayson Ty’s new five-song EP Bloodline where the Western Massachusetts singer-songwriter resembles a phoenix rising from the ashes.

Jen’s Organics restaurant out to prove all-vegan is all-delicious

SPRINGFIELD — Jenelle Smith opened her restaurant, Jen’s Organics, in November 2023. Since then, she has built a base of customers who have responded to her array of all-vegan dishes.

Foundation kicks off campaign to support sober living for women

LONGMEADOW — Grace Dias called it “the beginning of an important journey.”

Springfield community, police agree they must get to know each other

SPRINGFIELD — Representatives from the federal Department of Justice, the Springfield Police Department and the community met online on June 12 to develop concepts that will become part of the Police Department’s Community engagement plan. The engagement plan was a requirement of the settlement agreement reached between the federal government and the Police Department in August 2022.

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Not seeking reelection

It has been a privilege to serve on the Longmeadow School Committee for the past three years. I had hoped to continue to serve in this capacity for another term, but I was recently diagnosed with breast cancer–expected treatment outcomes are very good.

I’m Voting Peterson

Last year, I led the effort to secure funds to upgrade the Longmeadow elementary school playgrounds to become compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act, which was voted on during Town Meeting in May.

Vote for Lam

My name is Maury Garrett, and I write in support of my friend, Dr. Andrew Lam, who I affectionately refer to as Andrew, for his candidacy for Select Board in Longmeadow