‘I create characters through clothing’: Springfield native, ‘Black Panther’ costume designer Ruth E. Carter visits STCC

Oct 15 2018
Ruth E. Carter was in Springfield for Springfield Technical Community College’s first Comic Fest.
SPRINGFIELD — Anyone looking for advice on how to get into fashion design school, or how to sew a prom dress, should not ask Ruth E. Carter.
“I didn’t study fashion, I can barely sew, I am not a fashion [continue reading]

Patrick Rowan’s Skywatch: August great time for skywatching

Aug 9 2018
August evenings offer a special blend of ease and comfort.
August is great for skywatching here in southern New England, both day and night. Summer is loosing its grip as the days shorten ever so slightly, but with increasing dispatch. The earlier sunsets are hard to ignore, as is the temptation to stay out [continue reading]

Bloomberg Philanthropies names Holyoke national finalist for art grant

Jul 21 2018
Bloomberg Philanthropies listed the City of Holyoke and El Corazon de Holyoke as finalist for the $1 million Public Arts Challenge Grants.
HOLYOKE — Bloomberg Philanthropies on Wednesday named the El Corazon de Holyoke (The Heart of Holyoke) and the city, along with 14 communities nationwide, as finalists for a Public Arts Challenge Grant.
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High heat warnings prompt Chicopee to open spray parks

Jun 18 2018
CHICOPEE – The Parks and Recreation Department is activating spray parks Monday due to the high heat warnings.
The National Weather Service is predicting a high of 96 degrees Monday with the possibility of thunderstorms in the afternoon and at night. Temperatures are to drop to a high of 84 on Tuesday.
The spray [continue reading]

Off The Menu: Restaurants pushing ‘dining experience’

Jun 12 2018
The rise of “the experience economy” is an article of faith for marketing practice in the 21st century. Today’s consumers, marketing experts assert, are now less interested in acquiring things than they are in enjoying experiences. Buying stuff is out; having adventures and creating memories is in.
Of course the restaurant industry has long [continue reading]

Pioneer Valley Roller Derby League prepares to kick off 2018 Season (photos, video)

Apr 10 2018
missing imageGetting ready to start their 12th season, members of the Pioneer Valley Roller Derby League held a pre-season event Friday night at the Abandoned Building Brewery in Easthampton.
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EASTHAMPTON- Getting ready to start their 12th season, members of the Pioneer Valley Roller Derby League held a pre-season event [continue reading]

Urban League of Springfield celebrates ‘Black Women of Excellence’ and 105 years of history (photos, video)

Mar 29 2018
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SPRINGFIELD — As they gathered in a small room before the celebration began, the 16 women honored at the Urban League of Springfield’s “Black Women of Excellence,” event laughed and hugged and congratulated each other.
“I am deeply honored to be among this dynamic group of women,” said [continue reading]

Chef-owner of new Palmer restaurant Humble Pie describes fare as ‘from scratch, comfort food’

Dec 13 2017
PALMER — As the owner of the newest restaurant in town, chef Jordan Langley had plenty to do when the Palmer Redevelopment Authority held its second annual holiday season “Meet and Greet” on Tuesday night at the public library.
Langley, 35, opened Humble Pie on Nov. 17.
He describes his dishes as “from [continue reading]

Springfield’s Forest Park residents come together for 5th annual neighborhood tree lighting (photos)

Dec 4 2017
The holiday season has officially kicked-off in the Texel Drive and Trafton Road area of the city as more than 70 residents gathered on a traffic island for the 5th annual Neighborhood Tree Lighting Sunday
SPRINGFIELD – The holiday season has officially kicked-off in the Texel Drive and Trafton Road area of the city as [continue reading]

The Big E 2017 sets new attendance record

Oct 2 2017
WEST SPRINGFIELD — A record number of fairgoers turned out for The Big E in West Springfield this year.
According to the Eastern States Exposition, The Big E welcomed 1,525,553 in the past 17-days. The previous record of 1,498,605, was set in 2014.
“I am humbled to see the incredible support [continue reading]

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