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Longmeadow LaCucina Express spices up the kitchen

By Katelyn Gendron Assistant Managing Editor

LONGMEADOW – LaCucina Express has a new location and a fresh way of doing business thanks to the vision of the company’s president, Michael Cimmino. The Longmeadow site, 791

Williams St., is an expansion of the Hampden location on Allen Street, but with a twist on pizza all its own. Cimmino enlisted the help of Michael Fairholme of Wood Fired Consulting in San Francisco, Calif., to spice up the pizza recipe and the way their chefs do business in the kitchen. “We’re taking his classic menu and passing it through the prism of classic Neapolitan pizza,” Fairholme explained during a recent training session with staff in Longmeadow. “I’m going to help them adapt their New York City

LONGMEADOW – The Willie Ross School for the Deaf hosted its 24th commencement on June 10 at the Foster & Constance Gleason Furcolo Student Center on the Longmeadow Campus of the Willie Ross School for the Deaf. Louis Abbate, Ed.D., president and CEO of the school, said, “We are pleased with the accomplishments of our graduating senior class who come from all over

recipe concept to more authentic Neapolitan hearth style pizza. We’ve put that style on a diet and injected a lot more flavor.”

Cimmino said he hired

Fairholme to train his staff thanks in large part to his “very impressive resume,” which includes several years working with world-renowned chef Wolfgang Puck and 12 years in Italy where he trained with a master pizza maker before returning to the United States in 2007. Fairholme’s method also allows

the staff at LaCucina Express to make pizzas faster with a cook time of two to three minutes and a peak temperature of 900 degrees in the dome of the oven. Fairholme noted he also

experimented with the restaurant’s pizza sauce and dough, opting for a tomato with “a higher sugar to acid ratio” for the sauce and a “special flour from Napoli” in order to make

community.” Five students graduated on the


Massachusetts. Willie Ross School for the Deaf strives to provide an environment of academic excellence and these five graduates are well prepared to be contributing members of our

BOSTON – State Rep. Brian Ashe (D-Longmeadow) joined his colleagues in the Massachusetts House of Representatives this month in unanimously passing legislation aimed at fighting human trafficking in the Commonwealth. The bill creates crimes for human trafficking

day of the commencement. Among those students is Raisa Alvarado from Springfield, who began attending Willie Ross in 2002 and is leaving with a certificate of completion having participated in the school-to-career programs offered at Willie Ross. Her plans are to enter the workforce upon graduating. Trevor Bynum of Springfield

also graduated and was admitted to the Willie Ross School in 1995. He was an honor roll student and star player of the basketball team, and also worked during the summer at the Easter Seals camp. Bynum also

offenses such as trafficking persons for sexual servitude and trafficking persons for forced services.

“Our primary job as elected

officials is to secure the safety of folks across the Commonwealth,” House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo said. “No one should have to

the dough “lighter.” When asked how patrons like

the new pizza since opening in Longmeadow on May 15, Cimmino replied, “It’s very well received … It’s a very thin crusted pizza that is more enjoyable and people have really [taken to it].”

He noted business was

especially busy during the multi-day power outage that hit Western Massachusetts because of the June 1 tornado. “We were inundated with business,” Cimmino added, noting that business has been “very steady” since then. “We’re seeing about 300

patrons per day,” he said. When asked what the next step for the business would be, Cimmino replied that delivery via Smart Cars would be available soon. For more information about LaCucina Express or its menu, visit

receive a state diploma from Willie Ross and has already been accepted to both the National Technical Institute for the Deaf and Gallaudet University in the fall to pursue a career in electrical engineering.

Jose Gonzalez of Springfield

attended WRSD since 1996 and also received a state diploma. While at Willie Ross he was a basketball player and participated in the work-study program. Gonzalez’s future plans will involve continuation of his employment at Evelyn’s Learning Center in Springfield. Amanda Donovan of Springfield also graduated from

experience the horrors of being sold into a life of exploitation. This anti-human trafficking legislation will help our law enforcement officials crack down on instances of this unconscionable practice in Massachusetts.” Ashe stated, “It’s sad that in this day and age that we even have

Michael Fairholme of Wood Fired Consulting spent several days with the staff at LaCucina Express to recreate its pizza recipe within a hearth cooking style.

Reminder Publications photo by Matt Mahaney Exceptional students earn degrees from Willie Ross School

Willie Ross with a state diploma. She has attended Willie Ross since age 3, having left for a period of time at age 7 and readmitted at age 13. She has been accepted to the National Technical Institute for the Deaf in the fall and is also considering other colleges. Donovan was an honor roll student and during her time at WRSD participated in cheerleading for the basketball team.

Calvin Jenkins-Holley was

admitted to Willie Ross in 1995. A resident of Springfield, Jenkins- Holley was an honor roll student and will receive a state diploma. His plan are to attend the National Technical Institute for the Deaf in

to address such a horrendous issue. It’s appalling that one human being would treat another in such a degrading manner. This bill makes it illegal and puts stiff penalties on things that most of us would never even imagine. Any bill that we can pass that will protect children as well as penalize those that take

the fall. His time at Willie Ross involved being on the basketball team and working at the summer camp for Easter Seals. The Willie Ross School for

the Deaf provides a comprehensive educational program stressing academic excellence that focuses on the development of students’ intellectual, social and emotional growth from the early childhood level through high school. Willie Ross serves students at its main campus in Longmeadow and at its partnership campus located in the East Longmeadow schools. Mainstreaming opportunities are provided at the partnership campus.

Ashe joins forces with House majority against human trafficking

advantage of those vulnerable individuals is something that I am proud to be a part of. This is a step in the right direction towards completely eradicating the use and abuse of others for sexual servitude and trafficking. This bill goes a long way towards ending human trafficking in the Commonwealth, by severely punishing those who continue in this abhorrent behavior, by setting up a task force that will continuously track and prevent further crimes from being committed and by making reparations to those victims wherever possible.”

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trafficking persons for sexual servitude and trafficking persons for forced services, each of which carries a punishment of imprisonment for up to 15 years or a fine of up to $25,000, or both. The legislation also creates the crimes of trafficking for sexual servitude or forced services on a person under 18 years-old. Each crime carries a penalty of up to life in prison.

Additionally, the bill increases protection for children by raising the age required to be considered a minor in the context of engagement in sexual conduct. Previously, only those under 14 years of age had qualified as minors in this context. This legislation increases the age to 18. The legislation authorizes all

money seized as a result of human trafficking apprehensions to be made available to human trafficking victims who are awarded restitution by a court. The bill also addresses the demand side of human trafficking by increasing the punishment for those who pay another person in

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