Archive for ‘Chicopee’

September 11, 2012

Western Massachusetts observes the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks

Residents throughout Massachusetts and the nation will be marking the tragic anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. Several events honoring the victims and recalling the horror of that day will be held in several communities throughout Western Massachusetts.

Time: 9:30 a.m.
Where: Agawam Fire Dept., 800 Main Street.
Event: Memorial and prayer service, featuring speakers and music

Time: 9:45-10:45 a.m.
Where: North Pleasant Street Fire Station

Time: 7:00 p.m.
Where: Town Common
Event: Candlelight Vigil

Time: 5:30 p.m.
Where: Saint Anthony of Padua Church, 56 Saint Anthony Street
Event: Memorial Mass, celebrated by consortium of eight churches in Ludlow and Chicopee

Time: 8:00 p.m.
Where: East Longmeadow Fire Dept., 150 Somers Road
Event: Candlelight vigil

Time: 6:00 p.m.
Where: Enfield Fire Station No. 2, 199 Weymouth Avenue
Event: Parade, followed by a ceremony at the 9/11 memorial garden

Time: 10:00 a.m.
Where: Ludlow Fire Department, corner of Chapin and Center Streets

Time: 7:00 p.m.
Where: War Memorial, Converse Middle School, 24 Converse Street
Event: Candlelight vigil featuring speakers and song

Time: 9:45 a.m.
Where: Southwick Fire Department, Depot Street

Time: 10:00 a.m.
Where: Public Safety Complex, 1212 Carew Street
Event: Memorial service, featuring city leaders and song

Time: 6:00 p.m.
Where: Sons of Erin Club, 22 William Street

Time: 8:30 a.m.
Where: Melissa Harrington Hughes Memorial, Town Green


August 13, 2011

NPR talks to Chicopee mayor about U.S Credit downgrade

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The jitters generated by the decision of Standard and Poors to downgrade the triple-A  credit score has been a topic of heavy discussion over the past week. Republican Presidential candidates and conservative bloggers are deriding it as a fiasco brought on by the President and overspending, while progressives and Democrats are blasting the Tea party for creating doubt in the run-up to raising the debt ceiling.

Beyond the political realm though it could have real consequences that go beyond its symbolism. Chicopee Mayor Michael  Bissonette was interviewed briefly on the Tuesday August 9th edition of the National Public Radio show ‘Market Place’ about affects the downgrade could have on municipalities.

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July 28, 2011

Headlines on the recovery in the calm after the storm.

A display shed in the parking lot outside the Home Depot on Memorial Drive, was crushed by Thursdays storm.

The city of Wilbraham is the community in Western Massachusetts that sustained the lions share of the fury and was struck the heaviest blows of Tuesday’s storms, according to the National Weather Service. Winds, at times reaching speeds of between ninety and one hundred miles an hour.

The National Weather Service also reports that the swift, but brief winds and hail were the result of a straight line downdraft of air known as a ‘microburst’.

In old mill building just off Lyman Street that had a large section of one of its brick walls chewed out by the winds of Tuesday’s storm, will soon be demolished. The Paper city’s Acting building inspector said Wednesday that the remaining shell of the   building  housing the James A. Curran General Contractors Inc, is to be slated for demolition and was already in frail condition leading up to the storm.

In South Hadley, the Offices for the town’s Departments of Recreation and Veterans remain closed due to damage from the storms.

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May 16, 2011

A gay ole time


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The long awaited and promised slideshow of the May 7 Pride parade is now done.