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New England News
6:24 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

Stronger Regulations Put On Pawn Shops

       Stronger regulations are being put on pawn shops and junk dealers in the city of Springfield, Massachusetts in an effort to help police investigations into house breaks and stolen goods. Police say the new rules should help people throughout New England eventually recover stolen expensive jewelry and family heirlooms.

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New England News
12:20 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

New Massachusetts Cultural District Launched

Students from the Community Music School in Springfield,MA perform at the official launch of the new cultural district
Credit WAMC

A new Massachusetts cultural district has been launched in Springfield.  Advocates for the district believe it will help boost tourism, promote more art and music programs, and preserve historic buildings.

The “Springfield Central Cultural District” is an area of the city’s downtown that is home to museums, live performance venues, art galleries and historic buildings.  It is the 19th cultural district recognized by the state – a designation not easy to come by, according to Anita Walker, executive director of the state cultural council.

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New England News
12:18 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

Gaming Commission Begins Review Of Casino Projects

An artist's rendering of MGM Resorts proposed casino in Springfield, MA
Credit MGM Springfield

The lengthy process to bring casino gambling to Massachusetts has entered a final phase. The Massachusetts Gaming Commission will spend the next few months carefully evaluating projects before coming to a decision on issuing licenses.  Supporters of the MGM casino project in Springfield are already anticipating a groundbreaking.

MGM Resorts International is the only applicant for the lone casino license in western Massachusetts, but Massachusetts Gaming Commission Chairman Stephen Crosby says the five-member commission is not obligated to award the license to MGM.

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New England News
12:27 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

City Eyes Future For Historic Downtown Church

Old First Church at Court Square in Springfield, MA
Credit Wikimedia Commons

The city of Springfield, Massachusetts is continuing preservation efforts on one of the oldest church buildings in New England, while looking to find a place for the property in the plans for downtown urban renewal.

Bids are being solicited by the city of Springfield for repairs to historic Old First Church, a white wood framed building in Court Square in the heart of the city’s downtown.  Patrick Sullivan, the city’s director of buildings management, said it’s estimated the church needs $100,000 in work to repair damage caused by the 2011 tornado.

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New England News
3:31 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

Holiday Lights, Music Mark Muncipal Group's 100 Years

A post card shows the Municipal Group in Springfield, MA
Credit Boston Public Library

A complex of municipal buildings in Springfield, Massachusetts is 100 years old.  Anniversary festivities are taking place this weekend

A holiday lighting ceremony, concerts, tours and displays of old photographs and memorabilia will mark the 100th 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.  Between the two is a 300-foot Italian Campanile clock tower.

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New England News
6:08 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

Gov. Patrick Announces $200M For I-91 Project

A section of the elevated portion of I-91 in downtown Springfield
Credit WAMC

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick announced funding today for a massive transportation project in western Massachusetts.

   Governor Deval Patrick announced $200 million will be spent to replace deteriorating concrete decks on the elevated section of Interstate 91 in downtown Springfield while simultaneously studying the possibility of depressing a portion of the highway to street level or below.

   Patrick announced the project during a speech at a lunch hosted by the Affiliated Chambers of Commerce of Greater Springfield.

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New England News
12:40 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

Study Finds Strong Potential For Downtown Housing Development

A study commissioned for the city of Springfield, Massachusetts finds strong potential for new market-rate housing in the downtown area where a casino is proposed.  But housing developers say high costs and available financing are challenges.

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New England News
12:46 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

Massachusetts Designates New Cultural District In Springfield

Springfield Symphony Hall is part of a newly state-designated cultural district
Credit Wikimedia Commons

The Massachusetts Cultural Council has approved the creation of a cultural district in Springfield. Advocates for the district believe it will help rebrand downtown Springfield.

The cultural district designation will help promote attractions such as the Springfield Museums and Symphony Hall and encourage the growth of art and music festivals and the so-called creative economy. Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno said there are huge benefits to having an official state-recognized cultural district in the heart of the city.

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New England News
12:16 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

MGM's China Connection Shadows Springfield Casino Project

Credit MGM Springfield

A decision on whether MGM Resorts International is suitable to hold a casino license in Massachusetts is expected to be made by gaming industry regulators in the next two months.  Passing the mandatory background investigation in Massachusetts is proving to be no easy feat.

       When casino industry giant Caesars Entertainment, which has stakes in more than 50 casino operations in the United States and seven countries, was abruptly dropped  two weeks ago    as the operator of a proposed Boston casino, it rang alarm bells in Springfield.

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New England News
6:17 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

$1 Million DOJ Grant To Fund Attack On Street Crime

The city of Springfield, Massachusetts has been awarded a $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Justice to combat street crime in a high poverty neighborhood.

   Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno on Monday announced the focus of the grant will be on the city’s South End neighborhood, which has been the target of urban renewal efforts for decades and was the subject of a 2008 federal study on concentrated poverty in America.

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