Authorities in Springfield have begun a crackdown on pawnshops using a new ordinance put on the books just three months ago. The regulations are intended to help police recover goods stolen in house breaks throughout New England.
Three stores lost their licenses and five businesses were assessed fines after Springfield police officers working undercover found violations of the city’s new pawnbroker ordinances.
The mayor of Springfield, Massachusetts is proposing a city budget that he says leaves him in a good mood after years of belt tightening. The president of the city council is promising a speedy, but thorough review of the spending plans.
Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno is recommending a $582 million budget for the new fiscal year that he says will maintain essential services, result in no layoffs of municipal workers, and fund public safety academies to fill vacancies in both the police and fire departments.
Contractors remove the roof from the porch of a house on Pendleton Ave. in Springfield, MA. It is one of 25 homes that will be repaired in the second year of a 10-year neighborhood revitalization plan by Rebuilding Together
Volunteers tomorrow will make repairs and improvements to more than two dozen homes on one street in Springfield, Massachusetts. It is part of an ambitious multi-year effort by a national non-profit organization to revitalize one of the poorest urban neighborhoods in the country.
The longest serving director of public works in Springfield, Massachusetts is calling it a career. The city’s mayor has announced plans for a smooth transition in a department responsible for many essential city services.
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.
Although bike lanes are a common sight on many urban streets, the third- largest city in Massachusetts only recently opened its first designated lanes for bicycles. But plans are in the works to make Springfield a more bicycle and pedestrian friendly city
About a dozen bicyclists braved the below freezing weather Monday afternoon to peddle along the newly marked bike lanes on Springfield’s Plumtree Road with encouragement from Mayor Domenic Sarno. The mayor joined city residents, bicycling advocates and urban planners to celebrate the completion of the bike lane project.
Authorities in Springfield, Massachusetts announced Monday they will begin enforcing anti-foreclosure regulations that survived a federal court challenge. An activist who had lobbied for passage of the new requirements more than two years ago lamented the slow pace of implementation.
City Councilors in Springfield, Massachusetts have voted for a big pay raise for the mayor after years of on-again off-again discussion. They’ve also given initial approval to raise their own pay, with little prior notice.
The Springfield City Council gave first-step approval Monday night via voice vote for a $40,000 pay raise for the mayor. If final approval occurs at the council’s October 21st meeting, the annual salary for the mayor will be $135,000 effective in January 2014. It would be the first change in the mayor’s salary in 16 years.
City Councilors in Springfield, Massachusetts are weighing a proposal for a strict residency requirement for non-union municipal employees. But the proposed ordinance faces questions about legality and a likely mayoral veto.