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New England Patriots donate $250K towards new synthetic turf field near Duggan Academy in Springfield – masslive.com

The city is planning to establish a new athletic field behind Duggan Academy and a $250,000 grant from the New England Patriots through the National Football League Foundation Grassroots Program will go a long way towards making that plan a reality.  The grant from the Patriots, NFL Foundation and Local Initiatives Support Corporation is part…

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Basketball Hall of Fame to close temporarily for renovations

The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame will be temporarily closed to the public from Monday, Feb. 3 to Wednesday, March 25 as it continues the final phase of its $23 million renovation program. During this time, the Jerry Colangelo Court of Dreams will be fully redeveloped, along with implementation of new interactive areas around…

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iHeartMedia announces reorganization; radio personalities sacked in Massachusetts, nationwide

iHeartMedia has laid off veteran radio staffers across the country as part of a company-wide reorganization. Billboard noted the “bloodbath” resulted in pink slips for dozens of veteran program directors and DJs in top markets nationwide. Among those reportedly impacted were Jackson Burnes, an executive producer at Classic Rock 100.7 WZLX in Boston; Deb Lawler,…

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Holyoke Planning Board gets update on Amazon traffic, parking issues

The Planning Board reviewed Amazon’s updated traffic and parking plans for the 161 Lower Westfield Road facility after a study found traffic generated by the distribution center was below past estimates. A December traffic study conducted by Langan Engineering and Environmental Services showed the facility “has had less of an impact on surrounding road network…

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TravelKuz Bus-design Contest to Raise Awareness of Big Brothers Big Sisters

FM Kuzmeskus/TravelKuz, Hale Custom Signs, and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Franklin County announced a call for entries for their first-ever collaborative bus-design contest. “We’ve got a brand spanking new coach. It’s still white from the factory,” said Pam Reipold, executive vice president of Operations at FM Kuzmeskus. “It was our mechanics, or ‘shop gods,’…

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The Starting Gate at GreatHorse Honored in WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards

The Starting Gate at GreatHorse was announced a winner of the 2020 WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards, an accolade representing the top wedding professionals across the board in quality, service, responsiveness, and professionalism reviewed by couples on WeddingWire. For its 12th annual Couples’ Choice Awards, WeddingWire analyzed reviews across more than 20 service categories, from venues…

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Easthampton’s Union Street in line for $4.2M reconstruction; hearing scheduled Monday – masslive.com

The state Department of Transportation’s highway division will convene a public hearing Monday to share information on a downtown road reconstruction project estimated to cost $4.2 million.  The proposed federal and state-funded road work is planned along Union Street (Route 141) between Payson Avenue and High Street. Read the source article at masslive.com

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