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Mayor Mike McCabe, left, presents Westfield G&E General Manager Tom Flaherty

Community Spotlight   Mike McCabe isn’t sure how or why Westfield hasn’t really been part of the discussion when it comes to stops on the planned — most believe we’ve […]

The new ownership group at Shaker Bowl

Community Spotlight Gordon Smith became superintendent of schools in East Longmeadow in 2010. Not long after, the ‘journey,’ as he called it, to build a replacement for the high school […]

Shakespeare & Company’s 33-acre campus in Lenox is open to the public for picnics and exploration of its grounds.

Community Spotlight Becky Piccolo says the Olde Heritage Tavern is the ‘Cheers’ of Lenox. It’s a place where … well, most everyone knows your name. Indeed, while it’s a popular […]

Molly Keegan

Community Spotlight   There is no official countdown clock on the massive project to widen and reconstruct roughly 2.5 miles of Route 9 in Hadley. But there might as well […]

Jacob Robinson

Community Spotlight After relocating to Belchertown a few years ago, Jacob Robinson found himself a frequent visitor to nearby Amherst and admits to falling in love with its downtown — […]

planned redevelopment of the former Wilson’s department store

Community Spotlight Virginia “Ginny” Desorgher is a retired emergency-room nurse, mother of three, and grandmother of nine. She had no real desire to add ‘mayor of Greenfield’ to that personal […]

Rachel Rosenbloom and her husband, Michael Bedrosian

Community Spotlight   Palmer is known to many as the Town of Seven Railroads, a nod to a very rich history as a transit center. Indeed, several passenger and freight […]

Chris Dunne

Community Spotlight   ‘Diverse.’ That’s the one word Jessye Deane kept coming back to as she talked about Deerfield and its business community. And with good reason. Indeed, while this […]

Rafal Dybacki (left) and Neil Scanlon

Blueprinting a Unique Culture It’s called “The Pick, Place, Podcast.” It’s co-produced by Worthington Assembly Inc. (WAi) and a collaborator — and tenant within its space in Deerfield’s industrial park […]

Big Ideas in Small Towns When Lucy Damkoehler returned to Western Mass. after 20 years away, she opened a bakery in a town she knew well — Bernardston, to be […]

Mayor Joshua Garcia, left, and Aaron Vega

Community Spotlight   As he talked about Holyoke and its many marketable assets, Mayor Joshua Garcia listed everything from its location — on I-91 and right off a turnpike exit […]

Northampton Main Street

Community Spotlight As executive director of the Northampton Chamber of Commerce, Vince Jackson spends a lot of time talking to business owners, and what he hears is generally optimistic — […]

Community Spotlight Like most other cities and towns, Lee Pouliot says, Chicopee has a housing shortage. It’s evidenced by everything from lengthy waiting lists at apartment complexes and skyrocketing rents […]

Kathy DeVarennes

Community Spotlight   Chris Brittain says the report wasn’t exactly surprising, but it was still quite eye-opening. Indeed, by the time the Boston Business Journal listed Lee as one of […]

Chris Johnson

Community Spotlight Chris Johnson was elected Agawam’s first mayor back in November 1989. He then served five two-year terms before returning to his real-estate law practice in 2000. In the […]