Springfield http://wamc.org en Springfield Considers Moratorium On New Pawnshops http://wamc.org/post/springfield-considers-moratorium-new-pawnshops <p>Authorities in Springfield have begun a crackdown on pawnshops using a new ordinance put on the books just three months ago. The regulations are intended to help police recover goods stolen in house breaks throughout New England.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p> &nbsp;Three stores lost their licenses and five businesses were assessed fines after Springfield police officers working undercover found violations of the city’s new pawnbroker ordinances.</p> Wed, 28 May 2014 16:20:00 +0000 Paul Tuthill 91435 at http://wamc.org Springfield Considers Moratorium On New Pawnshops Mayor's Budget Reflects Hopeful Outlook After Years Of Cuts http://wamc.org/post/mayors-budget-reflects-hopeful-outlook-after-years-cuts <p>The mayor of Springfield, Massachusetts is proposing a city budget that he says leaves him in a good mood after years of belt tightening.&nbsp; The president of the city council is promising a speedy, but thorough review of the spending plans.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno is recommending a $582 million budget for the new fiscal year that he says will maintain essential services, result in no layoffs of municipal workers, and fund public safety academies to fill vacancies in both the police and fire departments.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 20 May 2014 16:29:00 +0000 Paul Tuthill 90867 at http://wamc.org Mayor's Budget Reflects Hopeful Outlook After Years Of Cuts Farmers' Markets A Welcome Sight After Long Winter http://wamc.org/post/farmers-markets-welcome-sight-after-long-winter <p>After a long harsh winter, spring has arrived in the northeast, heralded by the return of farmers’ markets throughout the region.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p> The Farmers’ Market at Forest Park in Springfield, Massachusetts opened for a new season Tuesday afternoon with more than two dozen vendors and a steady stream of visitors.</p><p> Bill Malloy of Springfield bought basil and plants for his home garden.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p> " It's just super. It&nbsp; really convinces you that spring is here. Everybody is having a good time and you get to buy food too."</p> Tue, 06 May 2014 22:27:00 +0000 Paul Tuthill 89821 at http://wamc.org Farmers' Markets A Welcome Sight After Long Winter Block-By-Block Neighborhood Revitalization Envisioned http://wamc.org/post/block-block-neighborhood-revitalization-envisioned <p>Volunteers tomorrow will make repairs and improvements to more than two dozen homes on one street in Springfield, Massachusetts.&nbsp; It is part of an ambitious multi-year effort by a national non-profit organization to revitalize one of the poorest urban neighborhoods in the country.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Fri, 25 Apr 2014 16:22:00 +0000 Paul Tuthill 89009 at http://wamc.org Block-By-Block Neighborhood Revitalization Envisioned City's Longest Serving DPW Chief Announces Retirement http://wamc.org/post/citys-longest-serving-dpw-chief-announces-retirement <p>The longest serving director of public works in Springfield, Massachusetts is calling it a career. The city’s mayor has announced plans for a smooth transition in a department responsible for many essential city services.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 22:22:00 +0000 Paul Tuthill 87727 at http://wamc.org City's Longest Serving DPW Chief Announces Retirement Holiday Lights, Music Mark Muncipal Group's 100 Years http://wamc.org/post/holiday-lights-music-mark-muncipal-groups-100-years <p>A complex of municipal buildings in Springfield, Massachusetts is 100 years old.&nbsp; Anniversary festivities are taking place this weekend</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p> A holiday lighting ceremony, concerts, tours and displays of old photographs and memorabilia will mark the 100<sup>th</sup> anniversary of the dedication of the civic landmarks collectively known as the Municipal Group. It consists of two Greek Revival-style buildings made of limestone and marble that house Springfield City Hall and Symphony Hall.&nbsp; Between the two is a 300-foot Italian Campanile clock tower.</p> Fri, 06 Dec 2013 20:31:00 +0000 Paul Tuthill 79338 at http://wamc.org Holiday Lights, Music Mark Muncipal Group's 100 Years First Bike Lanes Designated In Springfield http://wamc.org/post/first-bike-lanes-designated-springfield <p>Although bike lanes are a common sight on many urban streets, the third- largest city in Massachusetts only recently opened its first designated lanes for bicycles.&nbsp; But plans are in the works to make Springfield a more bicycle and pedestrian friendly city</p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Mon, 25 Nov 2013 23:26:00 +0000 Paul Tuthill 78555 at http://wamc.org First Bike Lanes Designated In Springfield Banks Will Have To Post Bond With Foreclosures To Secure And Maintain Properties http://wamc.org/post/banks-will-have-post-bond-foreclosures-secure-and-maintain-properties <p>Authorities in Springfield, Massachusetts announced Monday they will begin enforcing anti-foreclosure regulations that survived a federal court challenge.&nbsp; An activist who had lobbied for passage of the new requirements more than two years ago lamented the slow pace of implementation.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Mon, 21 Oct 2013 22:24:00 +0000 Paul Tuthill 76007 at http://wamc.org Banks Will Have To Post Bond With Foreclosures To Secure And Maintain Properties A Large Pay Raise For Springfield's Mayor Appears Likely http://wamc.org/post/large-pay-raise-springfields-mayor-appears-likely <p>City Councilors in Springfield, Massachusetts have voted for a big pay raise for the mayor after years of on-again off-again discussion.&nbsp; They&rsquo;ve also given initial approval to raise their own pay, with little prior notice.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Tue, 08 Oct 2013 22:15:00 +0000 Paul Tuthill 75171 at http://wamc.org A Large Pay Raise For Springfield's Mayor Appears Likely Residency Requirement Pursued Despite Questions Of Legality http://wamc.org/post/residency-requirement-pursued-despite-questions-legality <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; City Councilors in Springfield, Massachusetts are weighing a proposal for a strict residency requirement for non-union municipal employees.&nbsp; But the proposed ordinance faces questions about legality and a likely mayoral veto.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Mon, 23 Sep 2013 16:35:00 +0000 Paul Tuthill 74193 at http://wamc.org Residency Requirement Pursued Despite Questions Of Legality