SPRINGFIELD, MA – At least one state lawmaker is dubious about legislation introduced by Massachusetts Governor Romney last week that would extend Springfield's control board until 2010. Currently, the state-appointed board running the struggling city is due to expire in 2007.
WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Dan Bobkoff has the story.
Burlington, VT – Burlington, Vermont has a history of creating sister city relationships. Following the Hurricane Katrina disaster, the city bonded with Moss Point, Mississippi to render aid and assistance. Meanwhile a singer from Vermont was traveling in the Gulf Coast region. Elisabeth Von Trapp's experiences there, and sister city efforts by Burlington to help, have led to a benefit concert this weekend. WAMC's North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has more.
AMHERST, MA – If you're in the market to buy a home, you're probably holding out for a better price. And if you're a seller, you've likely heard or read about speculation about the so-called real estate bubble about to burst. All this week we've been looking at housing markets across the Northeast region.
In the last installment of our series, WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Dan Bobkoff takes a look at real estate in that part of Massachusetts.
Pittsfield, MA – Pittsfield Mayor James Ruberto has offered to meet with city pediatricians who have aired their concerns about two General Electric PCB dump sites near Allendale Elementary school and how they might affect human health.
Great Barrington, MA – It seems the haggling that is taking place, between buyers, who believe the real estate bubble is about to burst, and decrease prices, and sellers, who think offers could improve any day, has missed the Berkshires. In the fourth of our five part series, WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief, Carrie Saldo has this report;
Springfield, ma – A developer wants to build a major destination hotel on Springfield, Massachusetts's struggling riverfront. But after months of negotiations and planning, the city has rejected the proposal, saying it's too expensive for the city. The developer says the city is wrong and that it will be entirely privately funded.
WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Dan Bobkoff reports.
Colchester, VT – Green Mountain Power has announced a plan that will allow their customers to select all, or a portion of, their power from renewable energy sources in New England. The plan has been implemented, in part, to spur renewables development in Vermont. WAMC's North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has more.
Burlington, VT – The Roman Catholic Diocese of Vermont has announced its plan to deal with a shortage of priests. Some churches in the state will close, while others will share priests. WAMC's North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has more.