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Veterans offered free legal advice at Dial-A-Lawyer bi-annual event

BOSTON – State Rep. Angelo J. Puppolo Jr., in conjunction with the Massachusetts Bar Association (MBA), recently announced the MBA will present its free Veterans Dial-A-Lawyer program, a bi- annual event, on April 27 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The program is part of the

MBA’s Serving Our Veterans in the Law initiative, and a supplement to its Dial-A-Lawyer programming. The toll free phone number is (877) 686-0711. If callers get a busy

GREATER SPRINGFIELD – On May 14, the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC), in conjunction with the United States Postal Service, will be sponsoring the annual Food Drive across the nation. On this second Saturday in May, tens of thousands of letter carriers throughout the country will be picking up non-perishable food items that their patrons will be

PRESS CLUB SCHOLARSHIPS SPRINGFIELD – The Valley Press Club will award six $1,000 scholarships to high school seniors in Western Massachusetts and Northern Connecticut planning careers in journalism in June.

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will be hosting their 30 Year Reunion June 11 at the Hilton Garden Inn, Springfield. The Class of ’81 welcomes all other classes from Tech to join in the celebration. For more info, contact Chris Shea at 523-1126 or

FARMERS’ MARKET Farmers’ Market at Forest Park begins its new season on May 3 in the Cyr Arena parking lot inside Forest Park from 2:30 to 6 p.m. There is free entry to the park from Sumner Avenue or Trafton Road.

ROTARY CLUB MEETING John J. DiPietro, author and television co- host, will address the Springfield Rotary Club’s luncheon meeting on April 29 at 12:15 p.m. at the Basketball Hall of Fame. His topic will be his latest book, “You Don’t Have To Be Perfect To Be Great!” Cost $15. For more info, contact Mike Healy at 267-1217 or visit

ART SHOW, SALE FUND-RAISER The Valley Radio Reading Service (VRRS) is hosting its annual Art Show and Sale May 1 from 1 to 4 p.m. This year the

signal, they are asked to hang up and try again. They can also call the local number, (617) 338-0610. The Veterans Dial-A-Lawyer is

provided at no charge as a public service of the MBA with the financial support of the Massachusetts Bar Foundation, the philanthropic partner of the MBA. The MBA acknowledges its partnership with the Massachusetts Department of Veterans’ Services and thanks them for their important role in the success of the program.

leaving by their mailboxes. Letter carriers all across America are proud of the fact that for over 15 years they have been delivering food to the nation’s hungry. Locally, Western Mass. Branch 46 of the NALC will be participating in the drive, with all of the major cities and towns with uniformed letter carriers joining in. Last year was a tremendous success

Applications are available in guidance departments of area high schools and online at

Primary emphasis is placed on career goals, writing ability, scholastic aptitude and overall achievement as

event is located in the lobby of the Kimball Towers, 140 Chestnut St. A donation at the door is requested. This event is a fund-raiser for VRRS a reading service for the blind and print impaired.

SPRING HOUSE TOUR The Springfield Preservation Trust will host its annual Spring House Tour on May 1 from 1 to 4 p.m. “The Homes of Atwater Tour” will feature homes in the Atwater Park area of Springfield. Tickets: $15 in advance at Flowers, Flowers, 758 Sumner Ave., The Flower Box, 596 Carew St., or via e-mail at

HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL DAY The annual commemoration of Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Memorial Day) will take place Mayt at 7 p.m. Temple Beth El, 797 Dickinson St. The commemoration will include a traditional memorial service, a candle lighting ceremony and moving music, all to remember those who perished during the Holocaust.


LACROSSE TEAM FUND-RAISER Minnechaug Regional High School’s boys lacrosse team will host a bottle and can collection fund-raiser in the student

During the two-hour event, volunteer MBA attorneys man the phone lines and answer veterans’ questions regarding benefits, divorce, child support, employment and landlord/tenant issues. The MBA’s Serving Our

Veterans in the Law initiative also includes a weekly call-in service for veterans struggling with state and federal benefit appeals. Qualified veterans will be matched up with attorneys who agree to represent their case free of charge.

Letter carriers to sponsor annual food drive May 14

with over 230,000 pounds of food collected and distributed to local food pantries. Nationally, more than 1,500 branches of the NALC collected 77.1 million pounds, a record amount, boosting our 18- year history to “Stamp Out Hunger” more than one billion pounds mark. On May 14 postal patrons are

asked to leave non-perishable food items by their mailboxes.

measured by an applicant’s high school transcript, class rank, academic awards, SAT scores, and extracurricular activities. For more information about the

scholarships, call club’s past president, Trudy Tynan, at 534-4770.

parking lot on May 7 from 8 to 11 a.m. Proceeds will be used to purchase new helmets.

VOTER REGISTRATION Town Clerk Beverly J. Litchfield wants to inform residents who are not currently registered voters but wish to vote in the upcoming Annual Town Meeting on May 16 and/or Annual Town Election on May 21 that they must register to vote by 8 p.m. on April 26. For more info, call 596- 2800 ext. 200.

GREEN DAY 5K RUN On April 30, the Scantic Valley YMCA will be hosting the ProShred Green Day 5K run event. Adult race for ages 12 and older will start at 9 a.m. and costs $15. Kid’s Fun Run for those age 5 to 15 will start at 10 a.m. and is free. Race registration is at the Scantic Valley YMCA. For more info, call Bill Proulx at the YMCA 596-2749 ext. 107 or visit

SPRING QUILT SHOW The sixth annual Spring Quilt Show will take place at the Old Meeting House, 450 Main St., on May 1 from 2 to 4 p.m. There will be a weaving demonstration by Jo Miner. Admission is free and the event is open to the public.

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