Springfield http://wamc.org en 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 Coalition Of Groups, Springfield Mayor Agree To Meet About Refugee Resettlement http://wamc.org/post/coalition-groups-springfield-mayor-agree-meet-about-refugee-resettlement <p>Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno’s call for an end to refugee resettlement in the city has drawn a strong rebuttal from several social service agencies, faith- based groups, and anti-poverty activists.</p><p></p><p></p><p> A coalition including representatives of Catholic Charities, Council of Churches of Western Massachusetts, Jobs with Justice and several more groups that work with immigrants met in Springfield Friday and later held a news conference to call for a meeting with Mayor Sarno to discuss his claims that refugee resettlement had become a crisis in Springfield.</p> Fri, 16 Aug 2013 19:39:00 +0000 Paul Tuthill 71602 at http://wamc.org Coalition Of Groups, Springfield Mayor Agree To Meet About Refugee Resettlement UMass Could Open First Satellite Campus In Springfield http://wamc.org/post/umass-could-open-first-satellite-campus-springfield <p>The University of Massachusetts is looking for a possible location to establish a satellite campus in Springfield.&nbsp; City officials believe it could be another step in efforts to revitalize Springfield’s downtown</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p> The University of Massachusetts has put out a formal request for proposals to lease 25,000 square feet in downtown Springfield for use as classroom and office space with the potential to double the size in the future.</p> Wed, 07 Aug 2013 16:15:00 +0000 Paul Tuthill 70912 at http://wamc.org UMass Could Open First Satellite Campus In Springfield Gun Control Hearing Draws Large Crowd http://wamc.org/post/gun-control-hearing-draws-large-crowd <p>Massachusetts legislators weighing dozens of proposals to reduce gun violence held a public hearing in Springfield today. They heard from people concerned about the loss of life, and also from people concerned about the potential loss of their livelihoods.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Fri, 02 Aug 2013 20:17:22 +0000 Paul Tuthill 70636 at http://wamc.org Gun Control Hearing Draws Large Crowd Library Reorganization Means New Uses For Former Branches http://wamc.org/post/library-reorganization-means-new-uses-former-branches <p>The public library system in Springfield, Massachusetts is being reorganized. It will mean longer hours of operation, but fewer branches. The buildings that are closing as libraries later this year &nbsp;will not be shuttered for very long, as officials today unveiled plans for new public uses.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Wed, 31 Jul 2013 19:40:00 +0000 Paul Tuthill 70439 at http://wamc.org Library Reorganization Means New Uses For Former Branches