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New England News
8:32 am
Sat November 29, 2014

State Launches Connecticut Grown Online Store

The state Department of Agriculture has launched a new online store where people can purchase items with the "Connecticut Grown" logo to show their support for the state's agricultural industry.

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New England News
12:46 pm
Fri November 28, 2014

Springfield Officials Consider Future BID Payments

The city of Springfield, Massachusetts is considering a new three-year agreement with a non-profit organization that promotes downtown activities.

   The city council is reviewing a proposal to continue to make $70,000 annual payments to the Business Improvement District, or BID.   Springfield BID executive director Christopher Russell said the organization offers a number of programs including sidewalk sweeping, graffiti removal and marketing special events from fees paid by downtown property owners.

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New England News
10:26 pm
Thu November 27, 2014

Wal-Mart Protests Planned For Black Friday

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Protests are planned at Walmarts around the country this Black Friday calling on the company to increase worker pay.

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New England News
1:41 pm
Thu November 27, 2014

Big Balloons Launch Holiday Festivities

Credit Spirit of Springfield

The 25th annual Tower Square Parade of Big Balloons steps off at 11 a.m. Friday on Main Street in downtown Springfield, Massachusetts.

Leading this year’s parade as grand marshal will be U.S. Air Force Col.Thomas Cleland, the ROTC instructor at Springfield Central High School.  Judy Matt of Spirit of Springfield, the parade organizer, said Cleland and his family will be followed in the parade by 450 students.

"They are going to be walking with a gigantic American flag. It will be very special."

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New England News
6:14 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

Holiday Light Show Begins 20th Season

Credit Spirit of Springfield

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the largest holiday light snow in New England.  Bright Nights at Forest Park in Springfield features more than a dozen different light displays along a two-mile drive through the city’s largest park.  WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Judy Matt, president of Sprirt of Springfield, the non-profit that produces Bright Nights along with the city’s parks department.

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New England News
6:06 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

Undocumented Immigrants Hope To Navigate Adjusted System

More than 50 people turned out for the Berkshire Immigrant Center's workshop at Berkshire Community College Tuesday.
Credit Jim Levulis / WAMC

In response to President Obama’s executive actions on immigration announced last week, the Berkshire Immigrant Center is reaching out to undocumented immigrants in the region who may be affected by the deferred deportations. More than 50 people showed up for the center’s workshop Tuesday at Berkshire Community College.

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New England News
3:58 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

Gov. Patrick: 'Be Patient, Be Careful' On Roads

Downtown Pittsfield, Mass. was blanketed by several inches of snow Wednesday.
Credit Jim Levulis / WAMC

A mix of rain and snow is hitting parts of the Northeast as many start their Thanksgiving travel. The storm is forecast to last into the evening, dumping more than a foot of heavy, wet snow.

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New England News
12:40 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

New Adams Town Administrator: 'A Local Government Guy Through And Through'

Tony Mazzucco has been selected as Adams' town administrator.
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The Berkshire County town of Adams has selected its next administrator. Thirty-year-old Tony Mazzucco will fill the position vacated by Jonathan Butler this summer. Butler, 33, served for five years in the post and is now the president of the Berkshire Chamber of Commerce.

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New England News
12:27 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

Construction Begins On New Health Education Center

Holyoke Community College trustees pose in front of the building that will be renovated to become the Center for Health Education
Credit HCC

Under a reorganization that started two years ago, the community colleges in Massachusetts are becoming regional workforce development centers.  Holyoke Community College is building a new facility to help meet the demand for skilled workers in the health care industry.

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New England News
10:15 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Vermont Lawmakers Prepare Child Protection Proposals

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The co-chair of the Vermont Legislature's special Committee on Child Protection says the group is going to propose a number of new laws that members hope will close gaps in the child  welfare system identified in the aftermath of the deaths of two toddlers.

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