Applications Being Accepted for Two More Westfield Neighborhoods and General Informational Sessions Planned
Westfield, MA, August 2016—Westfield residents are seeing Whip City Fiber trucks all over town these days. The high-speed fiber optic project, powered by Westfield Gas + Electric, is continuing to roll out across Westfield with two new neighborhoods now accepting applications. Residents of the Wildflower Circle/Munger Hill Road area as well as the Eastwood Acres/Scarfo Heights area are now eligible to complete their service applications at whipcityfiber.com. Customers in these areas who submit their applications before September 30 will receive a free month of service.
Whip City Fiber offers full fiber optic service to residential and commercial customers at speeds of 1 gigabit or 1,000 Mbps for upload and download.
“The residents of Westfield are anxious for high-speed internet to be available in their neighborhoods and the installations are really rolling now,” said Dan Howard, Westfield Gas + Electric General Manager. “It’s great to open the process to additional customers in these new areas. It’s really an exciting time for this project.”
These two neighborhoods now join eight others where Whip City Fiber construction and service activations are currently underway. The public is invited to attend an informational social gathering between the hours of 6PM and 8PM on Monday, August 29th at Paper Mill School and again on Tuesday, August 30th at Munger Hill School. Representatives from Whip City Fiber and Westfield Gas and Electric will be there to answer any questions relating to the construction and service installation techniques of Whip City Fiber. There will also be educational materials and displays available for those who wish to learn more about “cutting the cord” and viewing their video entertainment “over the top” utilizing the various streaming technologies available. In addition, there will also be raffle prizes and light refreshments available.
For more information, visit www.whipcityfiber.com.
Although many western New England students returned to classrooms in late August. WGBY’s commitment remains yearlong.
All summer, our Education Department staff(thanks to the many Valley Gives donations we received last May), was able to visit the YMCA of Greater Springfield, Holyoke Chicopee Springfield Head Start Inc., and New North Citizens’ Council classrooms to help stem learning loss (known as the “summer slide”). Staff encouraged summer learning by distributing and reading books, playing interactive games via WGBY’s mobile media lab, and interacting with other hands-on activities.
As a public television and PBS member station, it should go without saying that our production team kept busy, too. In fact, we spent the summer gathering background about the region’s biggest event: Eastern States Exposition. The Big E takes place from Sept. 16 to Oct. 2 and is celebrating its centennial. Our crews will head to West Springfield to capture this season for a special documentary, 100 Years on the Avenue: The Story of the Big E, which will premiere on Monday, Nov. 28 at 8 p.m. Watch the trailer at wgby.org/bige.
To be a part of local community efforts and to help promote our bilingual public TV show Presencia, WGBY will show Puerto Rican pride at this year’s parade. Our very own Vanessa Pabón-Hernandez, WGBY’s Director of Community Engagement & Education, has been bestowed with the honor of Grand Marshal during the Sept. 18 parade for her work in community education and as executive producer of Presencia.
We will also be in Great Barrington this month recording the third annual BerkshireSPEAKS at the Hevreh. This year’s speakers include such longtime WGBY partners as John Downing of SOLDIER ON and public media journalist John Hockenberry.
Finally, this is also the month when the campaign season really winds up. Frontline’s “The Choice” and PBS Newshour Debates: A Special Report will be featured. Plus, you can get the local facts with WGBY’s Connecting Point series, which has curated ballot question-related videos for you at wgby.org/vote.
Yes, it’s been a busy summer and will be an even busier fall for this public television station — and it’s all possible because of public support it receives.
Russell J. Peotter
General Manager, WGBY
Public Television for Western New England