Paul Tuthill

Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief

Paul Tuthill is WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief. He’s been covering news, everything from politics and government corruption to natural disasters and the arts, in western Massachusetts since 2007. Before joining WAMC, Paul was a reporter and anchor at WRKO in Boston.  He was news director for more than a decade at WTAG in Worcester.  Paul has won more than two dozen Associated Press Broadcast Awards. He won an Edward R. Murrow award for reporting on veterans’ healthcare for WAMC in 2011.  Born and raised in western New York, Paul did his first radio reporting while he was a student at the University of Rochester.

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Close to $10 million in state and federal money has been spent in the last couple of years to construct or renovate parks of all shapes and sizes in Springfield, Massachusetts.

The latest project to be completed, the $850,000 renovation of Nathan Bill Park, was unveiled Thursday. 

Frank Ryan, of the East Forest Park Civic Association said the neighborhood park had become rundown and trash filled more than decade ago, but no money was available until recently.  He believes the restoration will help attract young families to buy homes in the neighborhood.

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      The spiritual leader of Roman Catholics in western Massachusetts marked one year in office Wednesday.

     Bishop Mitchell Rozanski celebrated noon mass at St. Michael’s Cathedral where one year ago he was installed as the ninth bishop of the Springfield Diocese. 

     Rozanski said it was an eventful and, at times, stressful year, as the Maryland native had to get to know the area, and make a pressure-packed decision about rebuilding tornado-damaged Cathedral High School.

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Authorities say a newly created law enforcement strike force appears to be having an impact on violent crime in Springfield, Massachusetts.

The Hampden County District Attorney and U.S. Attorney’s office have brought together local, state and federal law enforcement agencies to target for investigation people described as violent career criminals. 

DA Anthony Gulluni said the High Impact Player Strike Force formed last spring set its sights initially on 65 people. Ten have been arrested and seven remain in custody.

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The box office opened this week for a new cultural season in downtown Springfield, Massachusetts.  Tickets went on sale for 2015-2016 season for CityStage and Symphony Hall. WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill previewed the upcoming season with CityStage and Symphony Hall President Tina D’Agostino.

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Massachusetts U.S. Senator Edward Markey has been in western Massachusetts the last two days. Markey met with mayors in North Adams, Northampton, Pittsfield and Springfield.

After meeting with Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno in his city hall office Tuesday afternoon, Markey said the common denominator to help boost the economies of the cities of western Massachusetts is transportation.  He said he is hopeful Congress can strike a deal to keep federal funds flowing to highway, bridge, and rail projects for the next three years.

Municipalities have been wrestling with when to hold preliminary elections to avoid conflicts with Jewish holy days that fall on three consecutive Tuesdays in September.  The largest city in western Massachusetts will hold its preliminary election a week earlier than originally scheduled.

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A western Massachusetts-based order of Catholic sisters, consisting mostly of retired teachers, has apparently been saved from financial ruin.

Springfield Bishop Mitchell Rozanski Monday announced a $1 million donation from the diocese to the Sisters of St. Joseph, a 130- year old religious order, whose members taught generations of students in parochial schools throughout western Massachusetts and elsewhere in New England.

"Now, it is our turn to repay the tremendous debt we owe these sisters for all they have dne for us," said Rozanski.

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The University of Massachusetts Amherst has hired attorney and former town official Eric Beal as the first neighborhood liaison. The new position was a key recommendation from former Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis , who was hired by the university to consult on how to handle large off-campus disturbances in the wake of the infamous 2014 “ Blarney Blowout.”  

WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Beal.

Massachusetts election officials are advising communities to reschedule preliminary elections to avoid conflicts with two Jewish holy days.

Several cities in Massachusetts have preliminary elections scheduled on either Sept. 15th, or Sept. 22nd. Both dates conflict with Jewish religious observances.  

The Springfield City Council is holding a special meeting Monday to consider moving the preliminary to Sept. 8, the day after Labor Day. City Councilor Bud Williams fears that date will result in a low voter turnout.

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Summer is being extended in one western Massachusetts city.

Municipal swimming pools in the city of Springfield will stay open one extra week.  Mayor Domenic Sarno and several city councilors made the announcement Friday at the Forest Park pool.

" It is the right thing to do. Not only for our young people and their families for recreation and excercise but it helps on the public safety front that we keep our kids busy, " said Sarno.

The city council will vote at a special meeting to appropriate $41,000 to keep the pools open an additional week. 

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