Local baker is putting the ‘sweet’ in sweet memories

SOMERS — Life is about commemorating milestones and cherishing those moments — whether it is a birthday, graduation, wedding or whatever the occasion. The good news is that there is a new home cottage business named Ajalicia’s Sweets that will help sweeten your special moments.

Longmeadow Select Board questions SWSC, debates water rate mitigation

LONGMEADOW — The Springfield Water and Sewer Commission was on hand at the July 15 Longmeadow Select Board meeting to answer questions and clarify the reasons behind a substantial 28.8% hike in the cost of water for Longmeadow.

Families, friends help open Kamp for Kids in Westfield

WESTFIELD — Behavioral Health Network Program Director Anne Benoit welcomed families, friends and distinguished visitors to the 49th annual Kamp for Kids Welcome Day on July 12.

West Springfield school gardens plant seeds for love of veggies

WEST SPRINGFIELD — The last week of the school year was very exciting Alma Avendano, a third grader at Memorial School in West Springfield. Not only would summer vacation start soon, but she was harvesting lettuce that she had helped to grow in the school’s community garden.

Chicopee PD kicks off fundraising campaign to help Christmas wish lists

CHICOPEE — As we reach the halfway point of the year, it is never too early to think about Christmas. The Chicopee Police Department and Mercedes-Benz of Springfield joined forces on July 9 to begin collect donations for the annual “Shop With A Cop” program.

Under the hood of the Victory Theatre, renovations continue

HOLYOKE — As progress continues on the rehabilitation project of the 1920 Broadway style Victory Theatre in downtown Holyoke, Reminder Publishing was invited by MIFA Executive Artistic Director Don Sanders for a tour of the building mid-renovation as excitement continues to loom over what is expected to be a huge cultural and tourist addition to the community.

Community Classroom begins another chapter with new Maple Street location in Northampton

NORTHAMPTON — After four years of offering invaluable academic support to students, caregivers and community members in the area at their 29 N. Maple St. location, The Community Classroom is ready to begin a new chapter in a new location within the historic Parsons Block.

Local man to stage his own one-man play

SPRINGFIELD — When store detective Ken Harris was on the lookout for shoplifters at retailers in Springfield and Enfield, he was also taking mental notes and writing a one-man play about what he saw. The 47-year-old actor and playwright is now taking the stage, portraying all 10 characters in his comedic and dramatic production of “Foes of a Minimum Wage Guard.”

Activist launches bid for U.S. House seat held by Neal for 36 years

Attorney, activist, mother — Nadia Milleron has many titles, but is hoping to add a new one in November: U.S. representative.

Dakin reopens kitten ICU, expects to treat 250 felines per year

SPRINGFIELD — Kennels line the walls of an L-shaped room at Dakin Humane Society. Peering into one of the kennels, two small, fuzzy, orange-and-white figures can be seen taking shaky steps toward the door. One kitten mewls while its roommate snacks on a bowl of wet food.

Special permit put on pause for Hilltown Sand and Gravel

HUNTINGTON — Melvin Hess and other principals of Hilltown Sand and Gravel, at 87 Worthington Rd., came before a joint meeting of the Huntington Planning Board and the Zoning Board of Appeals on July 9, to discuss whether the company needed a special permit to continue operating.


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.


Site is too small for middle school

After attending last weeks monthly meeting of the new Longmeadow Middle School Committee, we are now convinced, more than ever, that the only option being considered for a new middle school is to build a new school on the Williams athletic field.

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.