Month: April 2018

Senator Lesser and Health New England to Host Second Annual “Thrive After 55” Wellness Fair in June

SPRINGFIELD — Senator Eric P. Lesser and Health New England announced on Tuesday that they will host the Second Annual “Thrive After 55” Wellness Fair in June.

This year’s fair will be held on Friday June 15 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Springfield College’s Blake Athletic Complex, located at 263 Alden St., Springfield, MA 01109.

The “Thrive After 55” Wellness Fair is free and open to the public. With more than 40 local organizations ranging from health and fitness to nutrition and elder law, the annual fair will connect residents of the First Hampden & Hampshire District with information and resources to help them thrive.

“I’m excited to host this event again this year,” said Senator Lesser. “Last year, we had more than 500 people attend this informational event. This year we are eager to offer an even greater variety of resources, seminars and raffle prizes!”

Health New England is proud to support the second annual “Thrive after 55” Wellness Fair hosted by Senator Lesser.

Maura McCaffrey, President and CEO of Health New England, noted the overwhelming success of the event last year and said, “This year’s event is designed to provide important and reliable information about health, healthcare and lifestyle resources available to anyone 55 years of age and older. With so many quality vendors representing diverse areas of interest it’s a great place to research local services and explore opportunities for active, healthy living.  The Health New England mission is to improve the health and lives of the people in the communities we serve, and we are grateful to be part of the team that makes this event possible.”

The free program includes a boxed lunch, educational seminars, hundreds of raffle prizes, and access to information and experts to talk to. To attend, please call Senator Lesser’s office at 413-526-6501 or visit to RSVP.


Senator Lesser and Rep. Ashe Visit Alex’s Bagel Shop for Grand Opening at New Location

LONGMEADOW — Senator Eric P. Lesser and Representative Brian M. Ashe welcomed Longmeadow breakfast staple Alex’s Bagel Shop to its new location on Tuesday.

Alex’s Bagel Shop is celebrating its grand (re)-opening after moving from its previous address on Williams Street, where it had been for about 50 years, to 398 Longmeadow St.

“We are so happy here in Longmeadow that, even though Alex’s Bagel Shop is moving, it is staying in Longmeadow! This family-owned business has a long history here, and we are glad that this history with our Town will continue. Our local businesses are the backbone of our economy, and we are grateful for their contributions to our communities,” said Sen. Lesser.

“I am thrilled Alex’s Bagel Shop has been able to remain in Longmeadow.   The town, as well as the surrounding community, have enjoyed their food for many years and it has become a regular stop for many.  Small, local businesses are the cornerstone of our economy and Alex’s Bagels is a perfect example of how a local business becomes a valuable part of a community,” said Rep. Ashe.

Senator Eric P. Lesser and Representative Brian M. Ashe help celebrate the grand re-opening of Alex’s Bagel Shop with owners Alexander and Nina Belyshev.