Arlene has worked in Springfield for several years, first as
a professor of English and now as the Dean of Arts, Humanities, and Social
Sciences at Springfield Technical Community College. While she was finishing
her Ph.D program at UMass, she lived in Holyoke as a convenient half-way point.
However, when it came to buying her first home, Arlene chose Springfield and
couldn’t be happier!
Arlene lives in a friendly neighborhood close to the
Watershops Pond and the college where she works. She has a quick and easy (and
inexpensive) commute and can even take the bus in when gas prices get too high.
She loves the ease of getting on I-91, so her friends and family in New York
can visit her. Arlene lived in New York for many years, and ranks Springfield’s
diversity as very similar to that city’s. She loves that she can get Puerto
Rican food at small local markets, as well as foods she’s less familiar with at
the Vietnamese and other ethnic shops.
Arlene thinks it is important to live and work in the same
community. She loves her large yard (as do her nephews from New York!), and is
so happy she decided to move here. She loves the cultural offerings of
Springfield’s downtown, especially City Stage, and would encourage others to
move to Springfield to enjoy a truly diverse small-city lifestyle.
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