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An architect’s rendering of the planned Towne Shoppes of Longmeadow.

Community Spotlight There were more than 800 people at Longmeadow’s recent special town meeting in the high-school gym. They were there to consider 30 warrant items, most of them of […]

Craig and Pat Sweitzer

Community Spotlight “Sophisticated rural.” That’s how Craig Sweitzer, who has lived and worked in Monson for more than 40 years now — and served on the town’s Planning Board for […]

Al Enchill, seen here with his son, Auric

Community Spotlight Rebecca Brien grew up in Berkshire County and has lived in Pittsfield for more than 30 years now. She’s old enough to remember what it was like downtown […]

Robin Grimm says Sturbridge appealed to her for many reasons

Community Spotlight Officials in many different communities like to say they’re ‘at the crossroads’ — of their region or even New England. In Sturbridge … they mean it. Indeed, this […]

MCLA President James Birge

Community Spotlight   Jennifer Macksey grew up North Adams, and she’s seen some profound changes in her 50 years — and from many perspectives. As a young girl, she remembers […]

mixed-use facility taking shape on Main Street in Wilbraham

Community Spotlight The students have started calling it the “Harry Potter dining hall,” and with good reason. That’s the look that will be created by an ambitious initiative to transform […]

A.J. Crane

Community Spotlight     As he led BusinessWest on a tour of what’s known as the ‘carpentry building’ at the Ludlow Mills complex, A.J. Crane walked up a deteriorated but […]

Mayor Will Reichelt

Community Spotlight   Once the 17 days of the Big E Fair begin, Gene Cassidy settles into a routine he’s followed for years now. His day starts early, with a […]

Community Spotlight   As he reflected on 16 years in office and his intention to serve another four, Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno said that, while much has been accomplished during […]

Community Spotlight It’s called WorkHub on Union. This is an ambitious project to create co-working space at the Easthampton Chamber of Commerce facility on Union Street. WorkHub will create space […]

An Uphill Climb Dan Moriarty was among the participants in the recent IRONMAN competition that wound its way through many Western Mass. communities. The president and CEO of Monson Savings […]

Chris Willenborg stands in front of one of the private jets

Community Spotlight The F-35 stealth fighter is nicknamed ‘Lightning,’ and it is certainly expected to provide a powerful surge in Westfield. The Pentagon announced in April that 18 F-35A fighters […]

Bill Laplante

Community Spotlight For more than 35 years now, the property at 330 Chestnut St. in East Longmeadow, known colloquially as the Package Machinery complex, has been the subject of question […]

Putting the Focus on Community Thomas Meshako acknowledged it was a quite a change moving from the large, regional institutions where he worked the first 30 or so years of […]

Brolin Winning, general manager of the Shelburne Springs

Northern Exposure Brolin Winning and his wife used to run a barbecue stand on the Mohawk Trail, and he’d occasionally look up at the abandoned building next door, a mansion […]