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New England News
12:20 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Springfield Considers Moratorium On New Pawnshops

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.

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New England News
12:29 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Mayor's Budget Reflects Hopeful Outlook After Years Of Cuts

Copies of Mayor Domenic Sarno's recommended budget for distribution to the city council.
Credit WAMC

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. 

" I'm in a good mood," said Sarno.

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New England News
6:27 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

Farmers' Markets A Welcome Sight After Long Winter

Credit WAMC

After a long harsh winter, spring has arrived in the northeast, heralded by the return of farmers’ markets throughout the region.

The Farmers’ Market at Forest Park in Springfield, Massachusetts opened for a new season Tuesday afternoon with more than two dozen vendors and a steady stream of visitors.

Bill Malloy of Springfield bought basil and plants for his home garden.  

" It's just super. It  really convinces you that spring is here. Everybody is having a good time and you get to buy food too."

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New England News
12:22 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

Block-By-Block Neighborhood Revitalization Envisioned

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
Credit WAMC

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.

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New England News
6:22 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

City's Longest Serving DPW Chief Announces Retirement

Springfield City Engineer Chris Cignoli, who will become the DPW Director on June 1st when Al Chwalek retires.
Credit WAMC

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.

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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
6:26 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

First Bike Lanes Designated In Springfield

A new bike lane on Plumtree Road in Springfield, MA
Credit WAMC

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.

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New England News
6:24 pm
Mon October 21, 2013

Banks Will Have To Post Bond With Foreclosures To Secure And Maintain Properties

Credit WAMC

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.

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New England News
6:15 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

A Large Pay Raise For Springfield's Mayor Appears Likely

Credit City of Springfield

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.

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New England News
12:35 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

Residency Requirement Pursued Despite Questions Of Legality

Credit WAMC

       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.

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