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Posted on: August 2, 2023

[ARCHIVED] Free public wireless now available at Beachgrounds, town common

Free wifi

Free public wireless service is now available at Beachgrounds Park at 137 Main St., and the town common on College Street at the intersection of Hadley and Woodbridge streets.

Anyone with a wireless-ready device can connect to the unrestricted Shadley-Public network at these locations.

Funding for this project was provided to the Town of South Hadley by a grant from the Massachusetts Office of Business Development to the Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts, Inc. The intent of the project is to offer publicly accessible wireless connection to people utilizing town-owned outdoor recreational properties in South Hadley Falls and in the heart of the heavily used commercial center at the northern end of town.

Other free public wireless service as well as technological support is offered by the town at the Council on Aging at 45 Dayton St. and South Hadley Public Library at 3 Canal St. Council on Aging Director Leslie Hennessey said, "More than 150 older adults have attended one, or more sessions of ‘Tech Time with Sandy’. The comments we've received from recent surveys have been overwhelmingly positive. Older adults state they feel confident in their newfound abilities, safer navigating the internet, and happier to be able to reach out to family and the broader digital world."

Council on Aging – 45 Dayton St.

Tech Time With Sandy

Wednesdays 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.; September 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. and 1-4 p.m.

Sandy, our technology wizard, can answer your questions. Examples of things she can help with include setting up your iPhone, iPad, tablet, laptop or Android. She can also help you with accessibility features, Bluetooth connections, or an Alexa! All free of charge. Call the COA to make an appointment with Sandy! 538-5030.


iPad Loan Program

Apple iPads are available for a six-week loan period (six-week renewals available if there is not a waiting list for the device). One-on-one lessons on how to use the iPad will be given by appointment. Call Emily at 413-538-5030 for information and application for the iPad Loan Program.


South Hadley Public Library – 2 Canal St.

The South Hadley Public Library on Canal Street has free wifi available Monday thru Saturday 8 a.m. - 10 p.m. T- Mobile Hot Spots may also be checked out with a valid library card to utilize free wifi at home for a three-week period.

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