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Photos: Thanksgiving night at Bright Nights 2014 in Springfield's Forest Park

masslive.com — SPRINGFIELD - Celebrating 20 years of Bright Nights at Forest Park the event opened Thanksgiving Night and will run through Jan. 4, 2015. New to the many lighting displays is a working carousel at Santa's House. Children can ride the merry-go-round and also visit with Santa and his elves.

Fire damages Paradise Pizza in Chicopee

masslive.com — CHICOPEE - Chicopee firefighters were on the scene of a fire Thursday night that appeared to cause heavy damage to a Springfield Street pizza shop. The fire at Paradise Pizza, 67 Springfield St., appeared out but firefighters were still inside chasing remaining hot spots.

Thanksgiving football game in Bridgeport, Conn., called after nearby gunshots

masslive.com — BRIDGEPORT, Conn. -- Police say a Thanksgiving Day high school football game was suspended in Bridgeport after gunshots were fired nearby. Officials suspended the game between Warren Harding and Central high schools after shots were fired around 11:15 Thursday morning at Boston and Central Avenues, according to the Associated Press.
Nov 27, 2014

Thanksgiving football game in Bridgeport, Conn., called after nearby gunshots | ow.ly/F0Fey ow.ly/i/7KbQd

Annual Parade of Big Balloons set for downtown Springfield

masslive.com — SPRINGFIELD - The annual Parade of Big Balloons steps off Friday morning along Main Street through downtown Springfield, beginning at 11 a.m. The parade, which features a giant Cat in the Hat and other balloons, marches from Lyman Street to Locust Street in the South End.
Nov 27, 2014

Annual Parade of Big Balloons set for downtown Springfield Friday. Bring the kids. | ow.ly/F0z3b ow.ly/i/7Kao8

Peter Pan Cafe in Easthampton, seized last week for unpaid taxes, reopens

masslive.com — EASTHAMPTON -- The Peter Pan Cafe in Easthampton has reopened, eight days after it was seized, closed, and locked by the Mass. Department of Revenue for nonpayment of taxes. Owners Robert LaBombard and Sandra Wheeler worked out an agreement with the state to repay approximately $58,000 in meals and withholding taxes, the Daily Hampshire Gazette reports.

Your comments: Readers respond to death of Ruth Loving, Springfield civil rights leader, at age 100

masslive.com — SPRINGFIELD - Readers are responding to the new that Ruth Loving, described as the "mother of civil rights in Springfield," died Tuesday at the age of 100. Loving, who brushed shoulders with Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks and Congressman John Lewis when she was a leader of the Springfield chapter of the NAACP, died while recuperating from a broken hip.
Nov 27, 2014

RT @WesternMAnews: Your comments: Readers respond to death of Ruth Loving, Springfield civil rights leader, at age 100: masslive.com/news/index.ssf…

Northampton Chamber of Commerce hires shovelers in time for storm

masslive.com — NORTHAMPTON - Some might think it was Christmas elves, but it was the Greater Northampton Chamber of Commerce that picked up where the Business Improvement District left off, shoveling the sidewalks in downtown Northampton after the Thanksgiving storm. A Superior Court judge dissolved the BID earlier this month, ruling it was improperly formed.

Dakin Humane Society offers Black Friday specials on pet adoptions

masslive.com — SPRINGFIELD - The Springfield and Leverett shelters of the Dakin Humane Society are offering adoption deals on Black Friday. From 12:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Black Friday 2014 survey: Top 10 stores with the best deals

masslive.com — Want to know which retailers are offering the best discounts on Black Friday? Wallethub, an online personal finance service, conducted a survey to see who's got the deepest discounts for Nov. 28. This holiday season, including November and December, the National Retail Federation predicts that total retail sales will reach $616.9 billion, an increase of 4.1 percent from nearly $592.7 billion in 2013.
Nov 27, 2014

#Holyoke's Kate's Kitchen serves 137 Thanksgiving meals to folks who left 'rubbing their bellies' s.masslive.com/SFUoVvJ via @masslivenews

Nov 27, 2014

Massachusetts power outages: Cities and towns with more than 50% of customers in the dark s.masslive.com/a7V2nxI | pic.twitter.com/7bjEgGNVXx

Major roadways in good shape, state police report, but thousands remain without power as 'White Thanksgiving' dawns in Western Massachusetts

masslive.com — SPRINGFIELD -- Major roadways are down to black pavement, state police report, but thousands remained without power as a "White Thanksgiving" dawned in Western Massachusetts. As of about 9 a.m., more than 20,000 Western Massachusetts Electric Co. and National Grid customers face the start of the holiday without power, according to their websites.

John Maguire of Friendly's Ice Cream chosen for JFK Award from Holyoke St. Patrick's Parade Committee

masslive.com — HOLYOKE -- John M. Maguire, president and chief executive officer of Friendly's Ice Cream, is the 2015 John F. Kennedy Award recipient from the Holyoke St. Patrick's Parade Committee. "I am truly humbled to be receiving this award and to be among the names of prior recipients," Maguire said, in a Parade Committee press release Wednesday (Nov.

Live Thanksgiving Football Coverage: Updates from all the games Thursday morning

highschoolsports.masslive.com — With a snowstorm hitting Western Mass. Wednesday into Thursday, not all this year's Thanksgiving rivalry games will actually be played on Thanksgiving Day itself. Find all the latest schedule updates here, and check out MassLive's previews below. * To access the live chat on a mobile device, click here.
Nov 27, 2014

RT @masslivenews: Longmeadow sat its starters. Plenty of opinions in the chat. Join us - Live Thanksgiving Football Coverage: MassLive ow.ly/EZq4m

Bright Nights in Forest Park kicks off tonight, offers major discount

masslive.com — SPRINGFIELD - Snow will be falling and lights will be sparkling at Forest Park for the first night of the 20th annual Bright Nights. Spirit of Springfield President Judith A. Matt said the park is ready for its holiday debut tonight at 5 p.m.
Nov 27, 2014

RT @masslivenews: Bright Nights in Forest Park kicks off tonight at 5 p.m. with a MAJOR discount masslive.com/news/index.ssf… See you there! pic.twitter.com/3VDdSQNHsy

Springfield property values database 2015: What is the assessment of real estate in the city?

masslive.com — SPRINGFIELD - The City of Springfield Board of Assessors has released its proposed fiscal 2015 real estate and personal property assessments for residential and commercial property owners, and we've created a database of the valuations. The city makes the proposed assessments available for public review ahead of preliminary and final certification by the Massachusetts Department of Revenue's Bureau of Local Assessment.
Nov 27, 2014

RT @masslivenews: Springfield property values database 2015: What is the assessment of real estate in the city? bit.ly/1rn7FcJ #springfieldma

Black Friday protests: Walmart workers in Western Mass, elsewhere to picket retail giant's low wages, treatment of workers

masslive.com — SPRINGFIELD - Walmart workers in Chicopee, Hadley and Westfield will join fellow company employees from across the country on Black Friday to protest the retail giant's labor practices and alleged mistreatment of workers.
Nov 27, 2014

RT @masslivenews: Black Friday protests: Walmart workers in Western Mass, elsewhere to picket retail giant's low wages... bit.ly/1ydndPE #chicopee

Nov 27, 2014

RT @masslivenews: Black Friday protests: Walmart workers in Western Mass, elsewhere to picket retail giant's low wa... bit.ly/1ydndPE #westfieldma

Storm knocks out power for more than 5,000 in Worcester County

masslive.com — UPDATE: By midnight National Grid was reporting full power had been restored to Marlborough. The first snowstorm of the season has knocked out power for several Worcester County towns, including widespread outages in Athol and Marlborough. National Grid reports 829 customers are without power in Westborough and 2,037 customers were without power in Athol.
Nov 27, 2014

RT @masslivenews: RT @NoahBombard: Major power outages in Athol and Westborough tonight. Here are estimated times to restore: masslive.com/news/worcester…