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Learning from the Chef


Is there anywhere in the home more central to the sense of family and friendship than the kitchen? It is the seat ...

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Endless Ways to Make Your Wedding Cake Buzz of Spring

My favorite catering events were Spring wedding receptions because they were so diversified, traditional, simple elegance, formal, informal or welcoming family atmosphere.


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The New Passover Menu
Paula Shoyer

Paula Shoyer, author of The Holiday Kosher Baker, has done it again with her beautiful new book The New Passover Menu. Whether or not you ...

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Weddings in Japan

Not surprisingly, weddings in Japan are very different than weddings here in America. Not only are cultures different, but traditions as well. In ...

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Paint Color Can Create Just the Right Mood


Choosing a paint color for your home? Don’t ignore the psychological impact of color; hues create different moods and can affect behavior!


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Marriage and Money

The "Big Day" is around the corner and a new phase in life will begin, so it is crucial to start on the ...

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5 Tips for Winning Negotiations with Your Contractor

Big home improvement projects can leave a big hole in your pocket, but you can lower your costs with these five tips for winning negotiations ...

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The One Key to a Profitable 2016

My dad used to say, “you need to work smarter, not harder.” Early in my career, I thought to myself, “what the heck ...

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When It Comes to Time Management, It’s All About Energy


Businesses send employees to time management courses to increase engagement and productivity but are bewildered if employees return less engaged and less ...

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Who and How Many to Invite to Your Wedding?

You and your fiancé get to work on your guest list. Your friends and family list is bigger than your budget. How do ...

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The Right Makeup for the Bride

From fake eyelashes to lip gloss, makeup for the bride is a key factor in the wedding. The main goal, besides marrying the ...

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“All You Need Is Love”…No, Wait!
Do You Have a Prenuptial Agreement?

Remember that great song from the Beatles’ early days? Quite a romantic thought. But really, it is quite a distance away from – ...

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Shades of White

“Here comes the bride, all dressed in white”, or should it be optic white, or soft white, or antique white, or ivory, or ...

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North Brookfield Savings Bank Donates $500 to The Literacy Project

North Brookfield Savings Bank recently donated $500 to The Literacy Project, a nonprofit organization formed in 1984, that provides adult education in five locations throughout ...

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Professional Clothing Donations for Holyoke Career Closet Needed

Holyoke Career Closet, located on the Holyoke Community College (HCC) campus, is a collaboration between Providence Ministries Service Network and HCC that provides professional clothing, ...

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Women and False Choice: The Truth about Sexism

For millennia, women have been told who they are: loving, empathic, caring mothers and wives, who exist always in relation to others need ...

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Marissa Donato of Springfield is one of 54 Advanced Placement Teachers Named as Mass Insight Education Partners in Excellence Award Winners

Springfield Central High School Advanced Placement (AP) Biology teacher Marissa Donato is being honored with Mass Insight Education’s Partners in Excellence Award in Boston on ...

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New Marketing Director for Peter Pan Bus Lines

Peter Pan Bus Lines based in Springfield has announced that Danielle Veronesi is now the new Marketing Director for the company.

Mrs. Veronesi will ...

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Jana Bertera Joins Park Square Realty

Ted Cassell, President of Park Square Realty, is pleased to announce that Jana Bertera has joined Park Square Realty's West Springfield Office as a Sales ...

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Laurie Chimelewski joins DiSanti Realty LLC.

DiSanti Realty in West Springfield is pleased to announce that a new agent, Laurie Chmielewski, has joined their team. Ms. Chmielewski is excited to be ...

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Getting In Shape for the Big Day

Are you looking to slim and tone for the big day? Proper exercise and diet are lifelong pursuits, but if you are trying to lose ...

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Feature Story

Learning from the Chef

Karen AkunowiczIs there anywhere in the home more central to the sense of family and friendship than the kitchen? It is the seat of hospitality. For Karen Akunowicz…Read more…

A Letter from the Editor

Spring Is in the Air!

A winter of relatively warm temperatures provided us a preview of spring, and for many, the newness of the season represents a rebirth of many things, including a renewal of love! …Read more…