The Chicopee Register thinks it’s a good idea. Although it might cause some problems at first, until everyone got used to it, students would be able to pay more attention to their work and less attention to how others were dressed. Most private schools have their students wear uniforms, so why not Chicopee? Having to dress appropriately prepares students for the world of work where they can’t wear sloppy clothing. In addition, reports from Springfield School officials show that adopting a dress uniform code has resulted in good things in their schools.
Archive for May, 2009
What do you think of the proposal the School Committee is studying which could mandate that all Chicopee students should wear school uniforms?May 19, 2009
By Etta Walsh
CHICOPEE – Federal stimulus money will fast-track sewer improvements to the Lorraine Street-McKinstry Avenue area that is periodically hit by severe flooding.
Residents of the area turned out for a public meeting last week that detailed the work that will bring relief from the severe flooding that has homeowners pumping out flooded basements and draining swampy yards after heavy rains.
Between 30 and 40 residents turned out for the meeting, held at the Chicopee Boys and Girls Club on 580 Meadow St., according to Ward 3 City Councilor John Vieau, who represents the district. The city is receiving about $21 million in federal stimulus funds that will finance fast-tracked, “shovel-ready” sewer projects in Chicopee this year.
“A lot of people are really thankful that things have progressed so quickly,” the councilor said. “I’m ecstatic.”
Mayor Michael Bissonnette, Department of Public Works Supervisor Stanley Kulig and Wastewater Treatment Plant Chief Operator Thomas Hamel are all supportive of the sewer project and worked to gain federal stimulus funds for its construction, he said.
Vieau said that last year’s extremely active hurricane season highlighted the flooding problems in the area, which has a history of flooding. One home had to be evacuated when eight feet of water flooded its basement and shorted out the electrical panel, according to Vieau.
“We did have a severe season last year,” Vieau said.
Hamel said the project’s target area includes portions of lower McKinstry and Shaw Park avenues, Meetinghouse Road, and Lorraine, Stedman, Roy, Vivian and Meadow streets.
Hamel said the work will:
• Install 2,500 feet of 60-inch-wide storm-drain pipe on McKinstry Avenue, between Meadow and Chicopee streets, connecting to the separated storm-drain pipe system on Jones Ferry Road, to reduce the magnitude and frequency of sewer back-ups along Meadow Street and its side streets.
• Install 5,000 feet of storm-drain pipe in those neighborhoods, connecting to the storm drain on Meadow Street. Existing separated storm-drain pipes within Sarah Jane Sherman Park and the Stefanik School parking lot will also be connected to the Meadow Street storm-drain system.
“This project will substantially reduce the storm-related overland street flooding and sewer backups within the project area and will also reduce the combined sewage flow that would be treated at the Jones Ferry facility,” Hamel said.
The projects will go out to bid this summer and construction will probably start this autumn, according to Hamel.
The wastewater treatment facility is also collecting information from residents and businesses in the area that have sump pumps or drain systems, so the city can provide a pipe in the street enabling them to hook into the city’s storm water drainage system. For information, call the Wastewater Treatment Facility, 80 Medina St., at 594-3585.
Other sewer projects that are pending in the city include Chicopee Falls, from Wheatland Avenue to East Street, and upper Granby Road.
The city is under a $150 million order from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to separate sewer and storm water pipes throughout the city, to prevent untreated sewage from flowing into the Chicopee and Connecticut rivers.
By Etta Walsh
CHICOPEE – An effort to establish a Hall of Fame, to honor outstanding former public-school athletes, is under way with a June golf tournament to raise funds and a November ceremony set to induct the first members.
The effort is spearheaded by James Blain, director of athletics for Chicopee public schools, who is serving as president of the group. Treasurer is James Raschilla and secretary is Jean McGuire.
“I decided, in my first year, that I wanted to create a Hall of Fame,” said Blain, who became the School Department athletic director in July. “Many, many former athletes have brought pride, honor and distinction to Chicopee.”
Blain said all former star athletes from Chicopee High and Chicopee Comprehensive High schools are eligible for the Hall of Fame. Two plaques, with star athletes’ names engraved, will be mounted outside the gymnasiums of both schools, he said.
And the effort will also recognize the contributions made by coaches and those who have contributed to school sports, “those who have been advocates for kids,” he said.
Athletes must have graduated from CHS or Comp at least 10 years ago, to be included in the Hall of Fame, he said.
Coaches must have had “substantial impact” on their student athletes, both on and off the playing fields, and contributors must have shown “significant support” for interscholastic programs, he said.
More than 100 nominees have been suggested for the Hall of Fame and volunteers are combing through the paperwork now, with between 45 and 60 expected to be chosen as the first inductees, Blain said.
A Nov. 13 induction ceremony will be held at the Castle of Knights, 1599 Memorial Dr., he said.
A golf tournament, the sole source of fundraising for the effort to establish the Hall of Fame, will be held June 20 at Chicopee Country Club, Blain said.
His committee estimates it will need $10,000 to create the Hall of Fame, purchase plaques for each inductee, and mount the wall plaques at each high school, he said.
Foursomes cost $100 per golfer, including carts, T-shirts and lunch. Space is limited to 36 foursomes.
Sponsorships are also available, for $700, $600 and $500, which includes foursomes, carts, greens fees, lunch on the course, an after-tournament banquet, T-shirts and recognition for sponsoring organizations at specific tees.
Tee box sponsorships are available for $100.
Check-in deadline for the tournament is at noon, with a 12:30 p.m. shotgun start, he said.
Cost to attend the after-tournament banquet only, at American Legion Post 452, 43 Exchange St., is $20.
Tournament applications are due June 1. For information and applications, call Blain at Chicopee High, 594-3574, or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.