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A ‘sense of peace’ at Mass. Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Agawam on Memorial Day

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Donna Fiorentino of Wilbraham looked around Massachusetts Veterans Memorial Cemetery on Monday, at rows of white headstones standing at attention with military precision.   “I just feel a sense of peace here,” she said. “You have to come and visit loved ones, especially today.”   She and her husband, Jim, pointed out the graves of family and friends. He’s an Army veteran,…

North Adams flood chute study secures last portion of its funding

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The city's flood management system feasibility study has acquired the last portion of its funding and is ready to move forward, according to U.S. Rep. Richard Neal.   He announced Thursday that, following months-long discussions with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, he had secured $700,000 from the Army Corps’ budget for this fiscal year in order to complete the study, which will…

Not One, But Two E-3 Visa Bills

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Congressman Mike Lawler is this week submitting an E-3 Visa bill to Congress.   He is not alone.   Congressman Richard Neal, a Democrat, and Congressman Mike Kelly, like Lawler a Republican, have reintroduced an E-3 Visa bill.   The two previously presented an E-3 bill to the House of Representatives in 2022.   A statement from the two said that Congressman…

Groundbreaking ceremony for Taxiway B South project at Barnes Air National Guard Base

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Construction for the Taxiway B South project at Barnes Air National Guard Base will soon be underway.   According to the Westfield-Barnes Regional Airport manager, this $32 million project will benefit the 104th Fighter Wing, and the municipal side of the airport, making airfield safety better for civilian and military operations. Plans for Taxiway B South include relocating and…

Tickets on sale for Berkshire Flyer

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Amtrak, in conjunction with the Massachusetts Department of Transportation and the New York State Department of Transportation, has announced tickets are now on sale for the Berkshire Flyer, the summer passenger rail service that operates between New York City and Pittsfield.   The service, which began as a successful pilot in 2022, will resume on Friday, June 21, through Monday,…

American International College in Springfield gets $1M earmark for financial literacy center

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A center devoted to financial literacy and helping locals and students at American International College in Springfield, Massachusetts is getting $1 million in federal funding. American International College says it will be able to offer free multilingual services to promote financial literacy and more with a new center. A great deal of funding for the future home for the Center for…

Military Service Academy Day held at Springfield Museums

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The Springfield Museums observed Military Service Academy Day with an annual event hosted by Congressman Richard Neal of Massachusetts. The event was put on at the D`Amour Museum of Fine Arts Sunday and acts as a way for high school students to begin a path towards military service. 22News spoke to Congressman Neal and explained to 22News how Military Service Academy Day shows students…

East-West Rail design to start soon, construction in summer 2027

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At a press conference on April 22, U.S. Rep. Richard Neal (D-Springfield) spoke alongside legislators, and local and state officials, announcing the design of East-West Rail will begin this summer. East-West Rail, part of the “inland route,” is a major component to the state’s Compass Rail project, connecting points around Massachusetts with Springfield at its heart. “Springfield is the…

East-west rail through Springfield called No. 1 priority as WMass delegation keeps up pressure

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East-west passenger rail connecting all of western and central Massachusetts to Boston — without the traffic-clogged MassPike — is the region’s number one economic development priority.   That’s what U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal, D-Springfield, said, after an hour-and-a-half-long meeting between local lawmakers and state transportation officials tasked with making the project happen,…

‘Model’ for veterans care takes shape at Massachusetts Veterans Home at Holyoke

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HOLYOKE — The foundation of the new $483 million Massachusetts Veterans Home at Holyoke is nearly complete, and the cranes are already being assembled that will raise the steel skeleton in May. That’ll mean a ”topping off” ceremony as workers finish up the framing in November and, if all goes well, officials there told U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal, that veterans should…

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