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Westover Air Reserve Base breaks ground on $46M hangar, opens $11M firearms range

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CHICOPEE — More than $57 million in improvements will move hundreds of Westover Air Reserve Base employees out of the cold, rain, snow or blazing sun and allow them to do many of their jobs more efficiently and comfortably. Military officers joined with federal and local officials Tuesday to break ground on a hangar designed for the inspections base personnel perform on the country’s fleet of C-5M...

Westover ARB completes new shooting range and breaks ground for hangar

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CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – An event was held at Westover Air Reserve Base for the start of a new aircraft maintenance hangar and the completed indoor small-arms firing range. Breaking ground on a new airplane hangar took place at Westover Air Reserve Base Tuesday. The hangar is for maintenance of C-5 aircrafts and the inspection program for them that takes place at Westover. The current airplane han...

Westover opens new firing range, breaks ground on new hangar

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CHICOPEE, MA (WGGB/WSHM) -- Some big changes are happening over at the Westover Air Reserve Base in Chicopee and officials said Tuesday these new updates will help the Air Force better serve our country. The Westover Air Reserve Base welcomed some special guests to the base on Tuesday to celebrate a groundbreaking. The ceremony marked the start of construction for a hangar. It will allow maintenan...

Springfield Museums among latest venues to get COVID recovery money

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A new round of federal COVID relief money has been awarded in western Massachusetts to venues that depend on ticket sales to stay in business. Among the latest recipients of funds from the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Shuttered Venue Operator Grant program is the Springfield Museums which was awarded $1.2 million. Museums President Kay Simpson said it will make up for losses suffered when ...

Springfield Museums receive $1.2 million in federal funding to help with financial losses from COVID

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SPRINGFIELD — When the Springfield Museums closed to the public during the height of the coronavirus pandemic, it was the first time in their history. “Our museums are more than 160 years old. We have never in our history been closed to the public. It was shocking,” said Kay Simpson, president and CEO of the Springfield Museums. U.S. Rep. Richard Neal, state Reps. Carlos Gonzalez and Bud Williams,...

Federal funding awarded to Springfield Museums

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Springfield Museums received $1.2 million in funding. This is all part of pandemic recovery efforts by the federal government. Museums officials said this money will ensure doors stay open. This is a lifeline to help these institutions to survive and to recover and to thrive. The Small Business Administration awarded the Springfield Museums a $1.2 million Shuttered Venu...

US Rep. Richard Neal expects passage of spending package with adjustments

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SPRINGFIELD — U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal said Tuesday that he is confident that a multi-trillion dollar infrastructure and social spending bill will pass Congress, but with some accommodations to bring down the price tag. “It’s going to get done,” said Neal, D-Springfield, who is chairman of House Ways and Means. “I think we can reassure everybody. I think the initiative that the president has prop...

Congressman Richard Neal is confident infrastructure bill will pass

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MASS. - Two major spending bills remain in limbo on Capitol Hill due to a lack of Democratic party votes. The lack of votes is due to the pricetag of the economic package, which is better known as the Build Back Better Act. Progressives want to spend $3.5 trillion in the bill, but moderate Democrats say that is too high. While back in August, President Biden's $1.2 trillion dollar infrastructure p...

Chicopee Boys & Girls Club to add outdoor pavilion with $250K CARES Act grant

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Standing outside under a small tent in the pouring raid, Jason Reed looked out onto the audience of elected officials and others and said it would be great to have a pavilion now. Alas, the Boys & Girls Club of Chicopee was just breaking ground Monday on its new 1,800 square-foot pavilion to be built behind the Meadow Street facility. Once completed, it will create a space to allow children to get...

Congressman Neal and Mayor Vieau attend new pavilion groundbreaking at Boys and Girls Club of Chicopee

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CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – Congressman Richard Neal visited the Chicopee Boys & Girls Club for a groundbreaking ceremony Monday afternoon. According to a news release sent from the Boys & Girls Club of Chicopee, the organization was the recent recipient of a grant which funded a $250,000 project. The project includes the opening of a new 1,800 sq. ft. pavilion, and ADA, efficiency, and safety upgrad...