Fourth of July fireworks have faded from many communities in recent years because of municipal budget cuts, but not in western Massachusetts.
Fireworks will light up the sky over the Pioneer Valley from Northampton to Springfield in the coming days thanks to community groups that in many places have put on the events for decades. Judy Matt, president of Spirit of Springfield said her organization has produced the city’s July 4th festivities for 29 years.
The University of Connecticut's Board of Trustees has unanimously approved a $1.18 billion budget for the next fiscal year.
The budget represents a 4.6 percent increase in spending over 2014 levels and includes a previously approved tuition hike of 6.5 percent.
The budget allows for the hiring of 61 new faculty members, part of a plan approved in 2011 to add almost 300 positions by 2016. The school says the hiring will make classes more available and allow more students to graduate in four years.
The Student Prince Cafe and Fort Dining Room on Fort Street in Springfield, Massachusetts. The restaurant specialized in German cuisine and was considered by some Springfield's answer to Locke-Ober, the legendary Boston restaurant that closed in 2012.
A landmark restaurant in western Massachusetts is closing.
The Student Prince and Fort Dining Room, a nearly 80 year-old family owned German restaurant in downtown Springfield, will close on June 30th. The owners said the restaurant is no longer profitable and they want to retire. Mayor Domenic Sarno said he is optimistic about a new owner.
"I get the feeling there are bidders out there who are looking to keep the tradition going."
Former Massachusetts Attorney General Scott Harshbarger has been providing free legal advice to those working to repeal the state's casino law. The State Supreme Judicial Court ruled on Tuesday that a ballot question to repeal the law can be placed on the statewide ballot on election day in November. Harshbarger says he was excited and satisfied by the courts decision to allow the vote.
When casinos were legalized in Massachusetts three years ago, the mayor of Springfield set off on a high-stakes bid to land a destination resort casino that could transform the city’s economically depressed downtown. Now, potentially within months of a groundbreaking for an $800 million casino, the project is in jeopardy.
Springfield Chief Development Officer Kevin Kennedy says when he and Mayor Domenic Sarno first talked about the strategy for getting a casino built in the city, they told each other they would remain optimistic and prepared for whatever hurdles came along.