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
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.
Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno’s call for an end to refugee resettlement in the city has drawn a strong rebuttal from several social service agencies, faith- based groups, and anti-poverty activists.
A coalition including representatives of Catholic Charities, Council of Churches of Western Massachusetts, Jobs with Justice and several more groups that work with immigrants met in Springfield Friday and later held a news conference to call for a meeting with Mayor Sarno to discuss his claims that refugee resettlement had become a crisis in Springfield.
The University of Massachusetts is looking for a possible location to establish a satellite campus in Springfield. City officials believe it could be another step in efforts to revitalize Springfield’s downtown
The University of Massachusetts has put out a formal request for proposals to lease 25,000 square feet in downtown Springfield for use as classroom and office space with the potential to double the size in the future.
The 500 seat theater at American International College was filled to capacity at the start of Friday's public hearing by the Massachusetts Legislature's Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security.
Massachusetts legislators weighing dozens of proposals to reduce gun violence held a public hearing in Springfield today. They heard from people concerned about the loss of life, and also from people concerned about the potential loss of their livelihoods.
The public library system in Springfield, Massachusetts is being reorganized. It will mean longer hours of operation, but fewer branches. The buildings that are closing as libraries later this year will not be shuttered for very long, as officials today unveiled plans for new public uses.
More Massachusetts state troopers will be deployed to Springfield in response to an uptick in gun violence this summer. Funding was previously approved by the Massachusetts legislature
Members of the Massachusetts State Police Community Action Team will be assigned to Springfield following a personal appeal Monday, in writing and on the telephone, to the head of the state police from Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno.