Artwork From Homeless Shelter Residents

HCC’s Taber Art Gallery presents exhibit of artwork from homeless shelter residents

Painting from the exhibition: “Untitled #17, Acrylic, by Jaleel Aziz.

HOLYOKE, MA – The Taber Art Gallery at Holyoke Community College is proud to welcome “Impressions of Home,” an exhibition of artwork by residents of Friends of the Homeless, an overnight shelter for adult men and women in Springfield.

The exhibit runs through March 30.

There will be a reception Wed., March 22, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Alicia Shibley, of West Springfield, a 2013 graduate of HCC and an intern and arts program facilitator at Friends of the Homeless, will give a gallery talk at noon.

The art program was developed in 2016 for shelter residents to promote creativity and offer a safe harbor for visual and emotional expression.

“‘Impressions of Home’ explores a theme that is unique for every individual who deals with homelessness,” says Shibley. “It allows shelter residents to share their personal stories of resilience with the community.”

“Impressions of Home” at the Taber Art Gallery is a small showing from a larger collection of work that will be up for auction at the Friends of the Homeless’s second annual fundraiser June 5, 2017, at the Log Cabin in Holyoke.

The Taber Art Gallery at HCC is open Monday through Thursday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. during regular school sessions. It is free and open to the public and located through the HCC Campus Library lobby on the second floor of the HCC Donahue Building, 303 Homestead Ave., Holyoke.

For more information, please contact Amy Johnquest, director, Taber Art Gallery, at (413) 552-2614.


Event Also Honors Pioneering Mason Square Librarians

SPRINGFIELD, MASS.- March 16th, 2017 – The Springfield City Library is reprising one of its most popular events, entitled “My Beloved Springfield: Honoring Pioneering Librarians and Women’s Leadership Panel”. Attendees can explore local leadership development opportunities for women and girls at an information fair from 5:30-6 PM, and help honor two pioneering librarians, Mrs. Bettye Webb and Mrs. Sylvia Humphrey-Spann. Mrs. Webb and Mrs. Humphrey-Spann led the Mason Square (formerly Winchester Square) Branch Library and made it a welcoming, educational, and motivational cultural center for neighborhood residents.

The final part of the evening includes a panel of local women who will discuss their different paths to leadership. Panelists include The Rev. Catharine Cummings, activist and pastor with Wesley UMC in Springfield and Christ UMC in Northampton; Chrissy Howard, Instructional Leadership Specialist with Springfield Public Schools; Tahirah Amatul-Wadud, trial attorney with the Law Office of Tahirah Amatul-Wadud; Natasha Clark, writer, publisher, entrepreneur and founding partner of Lioness, the digital magazine for female entrepreneurs; and Ivette Ramos, Director at MassMutual Financial Group. The panel will be moderated by Decorti Rodgers-Tonge, Chair of the Accounting Department for Bay Path University. The panel will be followed by a Q&A session and light refreshments will be served.

The event is scheduled from 5:30-7:30 PM on Thursday, March 30th and will be held at the Mason Square Branch Library, located at 765 State Street in Springfield. Parking is available in lots on Hawley and Monroe streets, and overflow parking at the adjacent Wesley United Methodist Church, accessible by State Street and Monroe street.

Founded in 1857, the Springfield City Library provides nearly 5000 educational and recreational programs per year. To learn more, visit

Springfield Ward-3 Democratic Committee


Registered Democrats in Springfield, MA will be holding a caucus at Joseph Gentile Apartments, 85 William Street, Springfield, MA on April 1, 2017 at 10:00 AM to elect our delegates and alternates to the 2017 Massachusetts Democratic Convention, where Democrats from across Massachusetts Democrats will gather to adopt a new Party Platform.

The Convention will be held on Saturday, June 3rd at the Tsongas Arena in Lowell.  The caucus is open to all registered and pre-registered Democrats in Springfield, and the Democratic Committee welcomes participants. Pre-registered Democrats who will be age 18 by Sept 11, 2018, the anticipated date of the primary, will be able to participate in caucuses and run for delegate, alternates may apply to be add-on delegates, either at their caucus or online at

For more information on the caucus or the committee please contact Carl McCargo (413) 348-1431 or



P.O. Box 5475
Springfield, MA 01102


The Valley Press Club, based in Springfield, Mass., is slated to award up to six $1,000 scholarships to high school seniors in Western Massachusetts and Northern Connecticut who are interested in pursuing a career in Journalism.

Scholarship applications may be sent by mail to The Valley Press Club at P.O. Box 5475, Springfield, MA 01102 or electronically to and the deadline for submissions is April 1. According to Noreen Tassinari, Scholarship Committee Chair, scholarships will be awarded June 17.

The Valley Press Club offers several different scholarships to students looking to study journalism, including the Al Jaffe Scholarship, the 22News Scholarship and The Republican Scholarship.

Funds for the Al Jaffe Scholarship were donated by Mr. Jaffe himself, who was the Press Club’s first scholarship winner in 1964. Jaffe, who retired in 2015 as vice president of talent negotiation and production recruitment at ESPN, was a senior at Pittsfield High School when he was awarded the club’s initial $500 scholarship. He attended Emerson College and currently serves on the Emerson College Board of Trustees.

2016 Scholarship Recipients
Melanie Kos – The Republican Scholarship
Leighanne Sullivan – 22News Scholarship
Cienna Hiersche – Valley Press Club Scholarship
Calvin Filson – Al Jaffe Scholarship

The Republican scholarship, funded by The Republican newspaper and administered by the club, is for students within the newspaper’s circulation area who are planning careers in print journalism.

The 22News Scholarship, funded by WWLP-22News and administered by the club, is for students planning careers in broadcast journalism.

The Valley Press Club also finances two scholarships itself, including the Edward J. Malley, Jr., Memorial Scholarship, established in memory of the former chief photographer for the Springfield Newspapers, for students planning careers in photojournalism.

Primary emphasis is placed on career goals, writing ability, scholastic aptitude and overall achievement as measured by an applicant’s high school transcript, class rank, academic awards, SAT scores and extracurricular activities.

Over the course of five decades, The Valley Press Club has presented over $104,000 in scholarships to eligible students. Further information about the scholarships is available at, high school guidance offices, or by emailing