• Press Releases


  • August 20, 2019
    Casey Conroy
    Program Coordinator 
    Chicopee Council on Aging
    413-534-3698 ext. 118
    Close the Gap Matching Challenge Grant
    Chicopee, Mass. – August 20, 2019 – In 2013, Chicopee residents embarked upon a journey to Close the Gap in services offered to its seniors through the construction of a new and enhanced senior center that would become a welcome meeting place offering a multitude of wellness services and social activities. In 2014, construction was complete anthe RiverMills Senior Center has since been welcoming hundreds of seniors daily. The Friends of Chicopee Senior Citizens, Inc., pledged $2 million towards the construction of RiverMills Center, but $200,000 remains to be raised to honor that pledge. Today, RiverMills is seeking the public’s assistance to Close the Gap.
    In 2017, The Chicopee Savings Charitable Foundation fulfilled their pledge of $250,000 to the RiverMills Capital Campaign. We are excited to announce that The Chicopee Savings Charitable Foundation has again demonstrated their commitment to the seniors of Chicopee with the establishment of the “Close the Gap Matching Challenge Grant.” The Foundation has generously offered to match all Close the Gap donation commitments received through December 2019, up to an aggregate total of $100,000.
    With only $200,000 left to raise, we hope local businesses, organizations or individuals will consider making a pledge to “Close the Gap” and become a named sponsor of the ever growing RiverMills Center. Naming opportunities for donations of $10,000 or more still exist that include a donor plaque displayed within the area sponsored.
    For more information on the “Close the Gap Matching Challenge Grant” please contact the Chicopee Savings Charitable Foundation at 413-564-2674



    August 29, 2019
    Contact: Melinda Rose
    Director of Communications
    Telephone: 413-265-2588
    For Immediate Release
    August 29,2019
    Elms College Announces 100% Hire Rate
    for Education Graduates, 6 Years in a Row
    CHICOPEE, Mass. -- The College of Our Lady of the Elms has announced that all of its Class of 2019 education licensure graduates -- both undergraduate and graduate -- have successfully landed jobs as teachers in their licensure fields or are pursuing advanced degrees.
    This outcome demonstrates our students’ diligence and commitment to children,” said Mary Claffey Janeczek, Ed.D., chair of the Education Division at Elms College. “Local school districts seek out our licensure graduates, because they are taught not only to master their subject matter, but also to teach with great compassion.”
    Elms College allows education majors to specialize in elementary, early childhood, English as a second language, moderate special needs, or secondary education. Graduate students can work toward a master of arts in teaching degree in a variety of fields including reading specialist, a master of education degree, or a certificate of advanced graduate study (CAGS). The college’s programs offer real-world, student-centric pedagogical training that prepares teachers to serve as leaders in the changing field of education.
    This is the sixth year in a row that the Elms College Education Division has reported a 100% hire rate for its graduates.
    For information about Elms College education programs, visit www.elms.edu/education.
    About Elms College
    Elms College is a coeducational Catholic college offering a liberal arts curriculum that gives students multiple perspectives on life. Founded in 1928 by the Sisters of St. Joseph, Elms College has a tradition of educating reflective, principled and creative learners, who are rooted in faith, educated in mind, compassionate in heart, responsive to civic and social obligations, and capable of adjusting to change without compromising principle.


  • September 03, 2019

    White Lion Transforms Beer Garden to a Harvest Nights Fall Venue

    Downtown’s newest attraction extends its outdoor Beer, Music and Food Venue to October 30



    Springfield, September 3, 2019 – White Lion’s Summer Beer Garden officially ended on August 31.  During the summer months the downtown beer garden, which occupies a private park in downtown Springfield, offered an eclectic line up of events and community collaborations.  The Brewery’s Local Supporting Local mantra hosted local musicians, food trucks, restaurants, special events, and nonprofit and private companies.



    Managing Partner, Ashley Clark shared, “downtown’s summer beer garden was a huge success.  We engaged several thousand visitors. A lot of visitors stopped by the beer garden on their way to or coming from other downtown establishments.  It also showcased the vibrancy, diversity, and culture that embodies the White Lion brand. The demand and requests for continuance is what led to the decision to extend 17 more days.”



    Tower Square ownership which owns the private park at 1477 Main Street is currently overseeing the buildout of White Lion’s brewery space at 1500 Main Street.  While that phase of construction remains under Tower Square’s control, White Lion will bring the festivities to the people and keep the park activated.



    Fall Events Include:


    • White Lion Wednesday 
    • Street Food Fridays
    • Local Musicians and DJ’s
    • Special Evening Hookah Nights
    • Hop Headz Home Brewer Collaboration


    White Lion's Harvest Nights will operate on the corner of Bridge and Main Street at 1477 Main Street, Wednesday and Friday 5:00pm - 10:00pm from September 4 to October 30.  Follow White Lion Brewing on all social media platforms for ongoing updates.  



    About White Lion Brewing: 


    White Lion, the first craft beer brand to go to market in Springfield, Massachusetts, the company has all of the necessary ingredients for a successful, sustainable future: A compelling brand, a smart plan for growth, and a commitment to being a vital part of the city’s renaissance.  More than a brewer, White Lion intends to serve as a catalyst for Springfield’s revitalization. 




    Press Release Contact:  Ashley Clark (413).244.1463 or aclark@whitelionbrewing.com