western massachusetts http://wamc.org en Western Mass. Turnpike Tolls Set To Be Restored http://wamc.org/post/western-mass-turnpike-tolls-set-be-restored <div style="margin:14pt 0;"><br><p><span lang="en-US"><font face="Times New Roman,serif" size="3"><span style="font-size:12pt;"><font size="4"><span style="font-size:16pt;">Tolls will soon return for motorists traveling on the western end of the Massachusetts Turnpike.</span></font></span></font></span></p> Tue, 10 Sep 2013 12:02:04 +0000 Jaired Crofut 73241 at http://wamc.org Western Mass. Turnpike Tolls Set To Be Restored Scenic Byway Campaign Aims to Discover Hidden Gems http://wamc.org/post/scenic-byway-campaign-aims-discover-hidden-gems <p>Scenic roads are a staple of western Massachusetts, and a new marketing campaign is trying to make sure people know what that part of the state has to offer.</p> Thu, 08 Aug 2013 21:40:18 +0000 Jim Levulis 71056 at http://wamc.org Scenic Byway Campaign Aims to Discover Hidden Gems Report Highlights Challenges In Obtaining Healthcare In Commonwealth http://wamc.org/post/report-highlights-challenges-obtaining-healthcare-commonwealth <p></p><p>The Massachusetts Medical Society has released an annual study revealing that patients in the western part of the Bay State are still facing challenges in accessing healthcare.</p><p></p><p></p><p>This week, the Massachusetts Medical Society released its ninth annual Patient Access to Care Study, which surveyed 1,137 physician offices across the state in fields ranging from family and internal medicine, to specialties including OB/GYN, cardiology, gastroenterology, orthopedic surgery, and pediatrics.</p> Wed, 17 Jul 2013 16:54:11 +0000 Lucas Willard 69421 at http://wamc.org Report Highlights Challenges In Obtaining Healthcare In Commonwealth Massachusetts Gaming Applicants Now Face Background Investigations http://wamc.org/post/massachusetts-gaming-applicants-now-face-background-investigations <p>Eleven applications have been filed for lucrative gaming licenses in Massachusetts. Companies that want to develop resort&nbsp; casinos&nbsp; or a slots parlor had to meet a 5PM Tuesday deadline to file paperwork and a non-refundable $400,000 fee with the Massachusetts Gaming Commission.</p><p></p><p></p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Massachusetts Gaming Commission Chairman Steve Crosby was thrilled. He said the state is primed to achieve maximum job creation and revenue from its fledgling gambling industry.</p> Wed, 16 Jan 2013 17:04:26 +0000 Paul Tuthill 55860 at http://wamc.org Massachusetts Gaming Applicants Now Face Background Investigations City Council Committee To Hear From Casino Operators http://wamc.org/post/city-council-committee-hear-casino-operators <p> A special committee of the Springfield City Council appointed to weigh casino development proposals is going to hear today for the first time from a casino operator.&nbsp; &nbsp;Springfield has become the focus of several major gaming companies competing for the lone casino license that will be issued in western Massachusetts. WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports...</p><p></p> Mon, 20 Aug 2012 16:20:00 +0000 Paul Tuthill 45966 at http://wamc.org City Council Committee To Hear From Casino Operators Gambling Commission Holds Forum In Western Massachusetts http://wamc.org/post/gambling-commission-holds-forum-western-massachusetts <p> The five member Massachusetts Gaming Commission held a&nbsp; forum Wednesday in western Massachusetts. It&rsquo;s the area of the state where competition for a lucrative casino license appears to be most keen..&nbsp; WAMC&rsquo;s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.</p><p></p><p> The chairman of the powerful gaming commission, Stephen Crosby said the apparent level of interest in western Massachusetts by major casino operators is proof the state&rsquo;s new casino law is working as intended.</p> Wed, 08 Aug 2012 22:15:00 +0000 Paul Tuthill 45063 at http://wamc.org Gambling Commission Holds Forum In Western Massachusetts Western MA Receives More Funds for Tornado-Damaged Communities http://wamc.org/post/western-ma-receives-more-funds-tornado-damaged-communities <p>More emergency funding is being sent to western Massachusetts communities hit by the tornadoes a year ago this week.&nbsp;&nbsp; WAMC&rsquo;s Paul Tuthill reports&hellip;</p><p>The Massachusetts Department of Transportation says $3.9 million dollars in federal funding is available for eight communities.&nbsp;</p><p>Massachusetts Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray , who announced the money Wednesday in Springfield, said it is to reimburse the cost of repairs that were made to streets and sidewalks&hellip;</p> Thu, 31 May 2012 11:52:38 +0000 Paul Tuthill 40131 at http://wamc.org Western MA Receives More Funds for Tornado-Damaged Communities Survey: Many Western MA Tornado Survivors Still in Need http://wamc.org/post/survey-many-western-ma-tornado-survivors-still-need <p>A survey of tornado survivors finds many with unmet needs as the one year anniversary of the natural disaster in western Massachusetts approaches.&nbsp; WAMC&rsquo;s Paul Tuthill reports&hellip;</p><p>Eight days of canvassing by disaster response volunteers in tornado impacted neighborhoods of Springfield found dozens of people who still need help ranging from major roof repairs to replacing household appliances and furnishings.</p> Thu, 03 May 2012 11:31:16 +0000 Paul Tuthill 38170 at http://wamc.org Survey: Many Western MA Tornado Survivors Still in Need