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License commissioners approve Paddy’s Irish Pub’s application for outdoor patio

G. Michael Dobbs
news@thereminder.com

SPRINGFIELD – The Board of License Commissioners approved the expansion of a Sixteen Acres bar and restored the license to a downtown bar at its Dec. 18 meeting.Attorney Joel Castleman, representing <...
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Mercy Medical Center opens new Carew Street building

G. Michael Dobbs
news@thereminder.com

SPRINGFIELD – The new medical office building at 175 Carew St. on the campus of Mercy Medical Center was formally opened on Dec. 18 with remarks from Congressman Richard Neal and a blessing ...
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Local colleges blast WalletHub rankings

Chris Maza
chrism@thereminder.com

SPRINGFIELD – With a recent Internet piece calling into question the quality of the college experience offered by the City of Homes, representatives of schools within the city limits jumped to its defense and even questioned the methodology through which&nbsp; the report’s conclusions were made....
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Diocese delays decision on fate of Cathedral

G. Michael Dobbs
news@thereminder.com

SPRINGFIELD – After hundreds of people from around the region gathered on the steps of City Hall to support the rebuilding of Cathedral High School on Dec. 16, the spokesman for the diocese confirmed the <a target="_blank" href="http://www....
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Renaissance School starts with post box, ends with degrees

G. Michael Dobbs
news@thereminder.com

SPRINGFIELD – Briana Dickerson said she wasn’t “college focused” until she started attending the Springfield Renaissance School. The senior was among her classmates who ceremonially walked to a nearby post box to mail college...
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Shriners unveils permanent tribute to former Melha Temple’s K-9 for Kids unit

G. Michael Dobbs
news@thereminder.com

SPRINGFIELD&nbsp; – A permanent tribute to the people and their dogs who participated in a special unit of the Shriners was unveiled on Dec. 11 at the Shriners Hospital for Children.On a wall in ...
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MassMutual teaches 2,000 eighth grade students about financial literacy

G. Michael Dobbs
news@thereminder.com

SPRINGFIELD – The MassMutual Center had an engaged audience of more than 2,000 eighth graders in the arena on Dec. 12 but their attention wasn’t on sports, but rather on financial literacy. The eighth graders were participating i...
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Springfield School Committee approves creation of ‘Empowerment Zone’

G. Michael Dobbs
news@thereminder.com

SPRINGFIELD – The Springfield School Committee voted almost unanimously to approve the creation of an “Empowerment Zone” consisting of the city’s eight middle schools as a means to improve those school...
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Show raises $12k for cancer center

Lori Szepelak
lori@thereminder.com

SPRINGFIELD – A sold-out crowd for the recent Icons of the Ages benefit helped raise $12,700 for Mercy Medical Center’s Breast Cancer Center.“We are thrilled to be able to make this sizeable donation,” said Trish LaBelle as she p...
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Trip shows development potential of rail in area

G. Michael Dobbs
news@thereminder.com

SPRINGFIELD – The potential for the regional economic development impact of Union Station and the revised <a target="_blank" href="http://www.thereminder.com/LOCALNEWS/greaterspringfield/tracksalee...
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Police Department and Dunkin’ Donuts partner for ‘Socks for Tots’ program

Chris Goudreau
cgoudreau@thereminder.com

SPRINGFIELD – A new partnered initiative between the Police Department and Dunkin’ Donuts called “Socks for Tots” officially began Dec. 4. The program, which seeks t...
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Fewer homeless living on streets, but shelter points out alarming trend

Tyler Leahy

SPRINGFIELD – Despite a harsh winter looming ahead for the Pioneer Valley, there is not a greater demand for shelters during the season because there is a slight percentage of the homeless living outdoors. As a result of the state’s “right to shelter” legislation, less than 4 percent of the homeless...
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HUD grant could yield between $30 to $70 million for Springfield

G. Michael Dobbs
news@thereminder.com

SPRINGFIELD – The city has an opportunity to apply for a one-time grant from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) that could be between $30 and $70 million, but the director of the <a target="_blank" href="http://www3.springfield-ma....
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