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Springfield Partners for Community Action use farmers market as venue for SNAP registration

SPRINGFIELD — About once a month, in the corner of The Farmers Market at Forest Park, Springfield Partners for Community Action Director of Community Services Tabitha Desplaines offers information to passerby about the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program through the United States Department of Agriculture and the state Department of Transitional Assistance.

Chicopee Fire Department receives grants for safety education

CHICOPEE — The Chicopee Fire Department received over $10,000 in student awareness of fire education grant funds to be used for safety education for different age groups in the city.

East Longmeadow resident to release picture book

Middle grade author and East Longmeadow resident Christina Uss will be releasing her debut picture book “The Island Before No” on July 16.

East Longmeadow parade celebrates Independence Day

EAST LONGMEADOW — Residents from East Longmeadow and throughout Greater Springfield and northern Connecticut gathered to enjoy East Longmeadow’s annual Fourth of July parade.

Local riders ‘just here to have some fun’ at Southwick motocross race

SOUTHWICK — Motocross privateers show up every summer to race the Crestview Construction Southwick National at The Wick 338 with the hope of catching lighting in a bottle and qualifying for the finals against the best professional riders in the world. But it’s still about having fun.

Hilltown Hikers embrace adventure, conservation, history

The Western Mass. Hilltown Hikers’ next group hike will be at Granville Gorge in Southwick and Granville on July 20 at 10 a.m. The hike rating is moderate, an approximately 3.5 mile loop with 600 feet of elevation gain, a brook crossing, and one steep climb to the vista.

West Springfield chief ready for challenges of modern policing

WEST SPRINGFIELD — After four and a half years as police chief and 28 years on the force, Paul Connor has retired. In his place, Mayor William Reichelt last month appointed former detective Capt. Jay Gearing.

Agawam, West Springfield students connect businesses to teens

Three Agawam and West Springfield high school students recently had a unique opportunity to spread the word among their peers about potential jobs in the area while also working to educate the business community about what young adults need from them.

Northampton school budget passes with additional appropriations

NORTHAMPTON — After several months of debate, the fiscal year 2025 budget season reached a conclusion on July 2 when the City Council approved additional appropriations to Mayor Gina-Louise Sciarra’s FY25 school budget.

Community activists demand answers on voter roll discrepancy

SPRINGFIELD — At a press conference on June 13, a small group of community activists from the Pioneer Valley Project presented data that showed a dramatic discrepancy in voter rolls among Springfield residents.

Way Finders breaks ground on Ludlow affordable housing

LUDLOW — Amid a substantial, well-documented housing shortage in Western Massachusetts, a community housing organization has broken ground on 43 new apartments in the town of Ludlow.

Family brings unique sweet treats shop to Monson

MONSON — Since moving to Monson five years ago, husband and wife Elias and April Acuna dreamed of starting a business in town. Now with their brand-new shop, CZP’s Frozen Treats, they hope to create something to deepen their roots in the community.

Magazines

Dining & Entertainment

Dinner and a Show: savoring summertime staples

If it were up to me, I would eat seafood every day. I feel fortunate to have grown up in a New England culture synonymous with flavorful fish. From flakey haddock to succulent clams, New England’s seafood covers all bases of seafood sensibilities.

Water Garden and Koi Club to conduct 29th annual Pond Tour

The Pioneer Valley Water Garden and Koi Club will have its 29th annual Pond Tour on Saturday and Sunday, July 13 and 14, from 8.30 a.m. to 4.30 p.m., rain or shine. The tour allows you to view some of the most beautiful ponds and gardens in Hampden and Hampshire counties in Massachusetts.

Dinner and a Show: 8-bit Classics and Pancake Madness

Former high schoolers likely remember the glorious half-days after completing their MCAS testing. Those mornings struck me with a wave of serenity, from sleeping in later than 6 a.m. for once to strolling into class late, knowing only a few periods stood in my way of freedom.

Opinion

What is going on with Northampton Public Schools?

On June 20, the Northampton City Council voted down the fiscal year 2025 budget after three councilors voted against it because it did not include a requested 14% budget increase for the schools, as approved by the School Committee at a meeting in April. The 14% budget increase would have ensured a level-service budget and no cuts to positions.