Catholics in western Massachusetts are mourning the death of a beloved spiritual leader. Bishop Emeritus Joseph Maguire, retired leader of the Springfield Diocese, died Sunday night. He was 95.
Parishioners at the 9 a.m. mass Monday at St. Catherine of Siena church in Springfield’s 16 Acres Neighborhood said they were saddened to hear of the death of Maguire, who was fondly referred to even years after his retirement as the “ people’s bishop.”
Across America, it is a week of dichotomy. For many, Thursday means a massive feast, but Thanksgiving also helps shed light on the 17 percent of Americans who struggle with food insecurity. Faith groups, low-income residents, anti-hunger groups, and Congressman Paul Tonko assembled today in Albany at Emmanuel Baptist Church for the annual Thanksgiving Action Against Hunger.
Getting over the river and through the woods could prove challenging for some Thanksgiving travelers. A Nor'easter is going to develop Wednesday along the East Coast just as millions of travelers are heading to their holiday destinations.
Jeff Masters, chief meteorologist for Weather Underground, says the storm should bring rain to many coastal cities, but up to a foot of snow is expected to fall inland and at higher elevations.
The top transportation official in Massachusetts is urging people who have travel plans for Thanksgiving to “bring your patience.”
Massachusetts Transportation Secretary Frank DePaola said the heaviest traffic is expected Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday. He advised people to leave for their holiday destinations early in the morning, or after 8 p.m. to avoid rush hour commuters. He said highway crews are ready for the predicted Wednesday snowstorm.
Governor Andrew Cuomo has vetoed legislation intended to clear what one lawmaker said in June was a waiting list of 12,000 disabled individuals who needed services or housing.
Cuomo says the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities keeps improving its process, that the legislation largely duplicates what's happening, and the issue should have been addressed in the budget.
A decision on where up to four casinos will be located in upstate New York is expected to be announced December 17, the date a board reviewing casino applications is expected to meet for the final time.
New York State Gaming Commission Executive Director Robert Williams announced plans for the meeting Monday during a meeting of the commission.
16 applications have been filed and up to four casino licenses are set to be awarded for three different upstate regions: the Albany-Saratoga area, the Southern Tier-Finger Lakes region and the Catskills and mid-Hudson Valley.