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May 11 2016
Comments Off on Women & Politics: Do The Candidates Want Our Votes?

We only need to look back at the 2012 presidential election to measure the importance of the women’s vote.  If numbers alone could tell the story, the statistics shown in the graphic entitled Voter Turnout in Presidential Elections from the Center for American Women in Politics (CAWP) would say it all.  CAWP reported that a greater percentage of the women that were registered voters reported actually voting as compared to the number of registered men that reported voting. ...

Mar 13 2016
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Karen Akunowicz Is 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, hospitality was her passion. She began her career working at restaurants in the front of the house, but she moved into the kitchen to begin cooking in her early twenties to impress a girl. Chef Karen Akunowicz is one of seventeen contestants appearing in Season 13 of Bravo Channel’s show Top Chef. Airing on Thursday...

Jan 20 2016
Comments Off on Springfield on the Journey to Revitalization: Many Small Steps Moving in One Direction

Downtown Springfield once bustled with foot traffic as shoppers scurried around from store to store, especially during the holidays. From Forbes & Wallace to Steigers and the many specialty stores opening onto Main Street, people would peek in windows or go in and out to browse through all the possible choices. They might even stop at the Colonial Tea Room to refresh themselves with a great meal or an enticing dessert. There was one store few people would walk past—Johnson’s...

Dec 08 2015
Comments Off on Opening the Doors to New Memories for the Next Generation Agawam Cinemas Reopens

Kimberly Wheeler grew up watching movies with her dad.  It became her passion.  From watching vintage movies to collectables, she says that there was nothing more captivating than to focus on a good movie for a few hours.  She had no idea that one day her passion would become her vocation. The Agawam Cinemas, originally called the Jerry Lewis Twin Cinemas, opened in 1971.  Kimberly has fond memories of attending movies there as a child.  In May of 2014, the theater went dark....

Jun 28 2015
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Local Ladies of Law L to R: Gina Barry, Tanya K. Moriarty, Dawn D. McDonald, and Julie A. Dialessi-Lafley Justice is itself the great standing policy of civil society; and any eminent departure from it, under any circumstances, lies under the suspicion of being no policy at all. —Edmund Burke According to Edward W. Younkins, professor at Wheeling Jesuit University in West Virginia, “There ought to be, and many times is, a close nexus between manmade law and justice...

May 05 2015
Comments Off on Women of the ‘Y’: Models of Strength and Dedication

The Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) was founded in London as a “home away from home” for young men who migrated to the large city in 1844 and later for the sailors and merchants in 1851 in Boston. The focus of the YMCA began to shift toward an emphasis on families in 1926. However, the participation of women evolved slowly over the next several decades with differences at each individual local organization across the country. For example: • The Bridgewater...

Mar 04 2015
Comments Off on After The Yes- To Do It Yourself Or Not

First, comes that magical moment when you say YES. Your mind begins to visualize that perfect day. The walk down the aisle; the perfect song playing as you are escorted to your waiting groom; the wafting scent of your favorite flowers and the smiling facing of your wedding party looking smashing in the dresses you had always imagined. As your imagination journeys toward that special moment, this nagging thought begins pressing in—there is a long list of details and...