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State provides funding for Outing Park housing projects

G. Michael Dobbs
news@thereminder.com

SPRINGFIELD – Gov. Deval Patrick formally announced the state would provide $83 million to 24 housing projects around the state to create 1,328 units of housing.

Patrick made the announcement on July 7 in Springfield at Outing Park, formerly known as the Hollywood section of the South End.
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Rebuilding, restoration progresses inside Union Station

G. Michael Dobbs
news@thereminder.com

SPRINGFIELD – Although while driving by the city’s venerable Union Station one might not see too much progress on its conversion to an intermodal travel center, there is actually much a...
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New legislation to protect abandoned animals

Peter Spotts
PeterS@thereminder.com

SPRINGFIELD – Abandoned animals in Massachusetts can sometimes go weeks before anyone finds them, if they’re still alive, but relief is on the way.

The Massachusetts State Senate passed Bill S.942, an act protecting
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Dakin Humane Society warns public of fundraising scam

G. Michael Dobbs
news@thereminder.com

SPRINGFIELD – If you’re approached in a parking lot of a shopping area by two women who say they are raising money for Dakin Pioneer Valley Humane Society, think twice before you add money to the coffee cup they extend. Leslie Harris, the organizat...
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Travel Clinic educates, protects adventurers

By Lori Szepelak
lori@thereminder.com

SPRINGFIELD – From missionary workers to seasoned world travelers, Mercy Medical Center’s Travel Medicine Clinic can be a godsend.
   
“We offer an individualized plan based on one’s travel needs and destinatio
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Russell reveals plans for Springfield Business Improvement District

G. Michael Dobbs
news@thereminder.com

SPRINGFIELD – Chris Russell believes the conditions that some people see as challenges in downtown Springfield are actually opportunities.

The new executive director of the Springfield Business Improvement District (SBID) readily a
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Springfield Preservation Trust honors property owners for services

G. Michael Dobbs
news@thereminder.com

SPRINGFIELD – Members of the Springfield Preservation Trust gathered recently to recognize property owners who have either  maintained a historic building in the city or undertaken renovations to bring a building back to...
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Grant allows for expansion of Mason Square Library programs

G. Michael Dobbs
news@thereminder.com

SPRINGFIELD – A long vacant lot next to the Mason Square Branch Library will have a new life.

Through a partnership with Project for Public Space, Redbox and OCLC, a library collaborative, the l
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Entrepreneurs stress need for innovation

Chris Maza and Carley Dangona
chrism@thereminder.com, carley@thereminder.com

SPRINGFIELD – While many area officials consider the MGM Springfield casino proposal to be the lynchpin to increased economic development in the city, a pair of small business owners in the Pioneer Valley stressed the need for more entrepreneurial support in order for the region the thrive.

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Grants keep Association current with technology

By Peter Spotts
PeterS@thereminder.com

SPRINGFIELD – A local nonprofit organization has been granted increased resources to help them continue their mission of supporting adults, children, and families coping with developmental disabilities.
   
The Association For Community Living (TAFCL) received $51,000 in grants
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Parker Street building demolished

G. Michael Dobbs
news@thereminder.com

SPRINGFIELD – The Indian Orchard residents gathered on the sidewalk were united in their opinion of the building at 10 Parker St.: it was about time for the structure to come down.

With the word from Mayor Domenic Sarno, a crew started the process of removing the residential and retail buildi
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Casino question to go the voters – again

G. Michael Dobbs
news@thereminder.com

SPRINGFIELD – Mayor Domenic Sarno said he is “optimistic” that voters across the Commonwealth will keep the legislation in place allowing casinos to be built in the state.

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) a
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