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Governor: New UMass center in downtown Springfield provides bridge to success

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SPRINGFIELD — In the thoughts of Gov. Deval Patrick, and many others celebrating the opening of a new University of Massachusetts downtown center at Tower Square: mission accomplished.

Patrick was among local, state and university officials who gathered at the 26,000-square-foot center on Wednesday to see the new facility, dubbed UMassCenter at Springfield, and celebrate its opening. The student interest in the new center, which opened on Sept. 2, has been higher than expected, officials said.

The center has exceeded 300 enrollments, which bodes well for the potential of future expansion, said UMass President Robert L. Caret. There is space at Tower Square that could allow the center to double in size, if needed, officials said.

Patrick said the opening of the center is one more component in the mission of providing access to higher education as a bridge to success.

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Springfield Partners for Community Action to celebrate 50-year anniversary with a red carpet event

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SPRINGFIELD — Fifty years of providing services to low-income residents in Greater Springfield will be marked by the Springfield Partners for Community Action with a red carpet event downtown Sept. 26.

During the event at the Springfield Marriott hotel, awards will be given to community supporters who have helped Springfield Partners provide services to families to break the cycle of poverty through an extensive range of programming, according to a press release from the agency.

“It is an incredible testament to the hard work of everyone involved with Springfield Partners over the last 50 years that we are now approaching this milestone with renewed vigor, to continue revitalizing our community,” said Paul Bailey, executive director.

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Naturalization Ceremony in Springfield

Constitution Day and Citizenship Day is celebrated each year on Sept. 17 in remembrance of the signing of the U.S. Constitution in 1787. USCIS marks this occasion – also known as Constitution Week – by holding special naturalization ceremonies across the country. 

Today, September 17th, a naturalization ceremony was held at the Springfield Armory National Historic Site, and our Executive Director, Chris Russell, had the pleasure of attending.

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SPRINGFIELD – Eight downtown Springfield buildings on Main Street from Falcon Way to Bridge Street will be illuminated under a $400,000 architectural lighting program announced Tuesday by the Springfield Business Improvement District andDevelopSpringfield.

The idea is to both highlight the unique architecture downtown as well as to provide a feeling of security and welcome for visitors, said BID Executive Director Chris Russell.

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Springfield Armory archeological dig yields artifacts, insight into history

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SPRINGFIELD – For archeologists like the ones who have been digging at the site of Springfield Armory’s Building 104 for the last three weeks, pieces of clay smoking pipes are the cigarette butts of the 18th and 19th centuries.

They find them everywhere.

Except, as F.Timothy Barker, a field supervisor for University of Massachusetts Archeological Services pointed out, they only found one during extensive digs at the Building 104 site in what is today the Springfield Technology Park. The absence might be explained by the fact that today’s Magazine Street was once the site of the armory’s black powder magazine, a storehouse that could have exploded.

“So there probably wasn’t very much smoking here,” Barker said, after giving local media a tour of the extensive digs three weeks into the four-week exploration of the site. “We have a good description of the magazine from George Washington himself.”

Not much smoking, but a lot of every other aspect of human life. Barker and his team from UMass found all manner of artifacts left behind by generation after generation of human habitation:

Finds include:

  • A 5,000-year-old stone blade probably used as a knife or a spear points.
  • Civil-War-era bullet, called a minie ball, which along with a modern .22-caliber shell casing is the only piece of ammunition found.
  • Chunks of charcoal made from defective M-1903 Springfield rifle stocks.The wood still still bearing lathe marks. Archeologists found the 1920s-eara pit where the charcoal was burnt. it was probably for use in a nearby forge.
  • A brass button  fused to the fireplace of a World War I barracks.
  • Post holes, probably from an early-19th-century storehouse. Workers used broken grindstones to level up the bottom of the whole. Barker said he’s seen similar work done elsewhere at the armory.
  • A pint Crown Royal Whiskey jar, probably from the 1930s.
  • A key, at the bottom of a privvy  or latrine pit. Probably dropped there by someone who didn’t care to fish it back out.
  • bone handles, probably from combs or brushes,
  • An enameled tin plate, one of the few domestic items found.

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