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New England News
3:39 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

Coalition Of Groups, Springfield Mayor Agree To Meet About Refugee Resettlement

Credit City of Springfield

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.

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New England News
12:15 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

UMass Could Open First Satellite Campus 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.

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New England News
4:17 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

Gun Control Hearing Draws Large Crowd

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.
Credit WAMC

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.

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New England News
3:40 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

Library Reorganization Means New Uses For Former Branches

The Liberty Street branch library will become a senior citizen social center with a new park next door
Credit WAMC

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.

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New England News
12:20 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

Springfield Mayor Seeks State Police Help As Gun Violence Flares

Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno
Credit City of Springfield

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.

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New England News
12:37 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Springfield City Council Endorses Cultural District

Springfield Symphony Hall
Credit Wikimedia Commons

Pittsfield has one. So do Easthampton, Shelburne, and a half-dozen more communities across Massachusetts. Now the largest city in western Massachusetts wants to create a state-designated cultural district.

The Springfield City Council voted unanimously this week to authorize the proponents of a downtown cultural district to apply for an official designation from the Massachusetts Cultural Council. The goals of the district are to attract artists and cultural economy entrepreneurs to generate business and jobs and promote tourism.

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New England News
5:40 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

Springfield Will Save Millions In Energy Costs After Online Auction

People shopping for a bargain typically turn to the internet and the same is true for at least one cash strapped city in western Massachusetts. 

   The city of Springfield is projected to save more than $2.6 million dollars on its electric bill in the next fiscal year after participating in an online auction to purchase electricity. Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno announced the new energy contract on Friday. He said it was an impressive accomplishment that comes as the city is facing potentially deep budget cuts.

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New England News
8:00 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

Springfield Will Hold Community Negotiations with Casino Developers

Credit Triin Q/Flickr

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — Springfield's mayor has decided to open host community negotiations with each of the two companies hoping to develop casinos in the western Massachusetts city.

Mayor Domenic Sarno made the announcement on Monday after an internal review by the city of both casino proposals, one by MGM Resorts International and the other by Penn National Gaming.

The city could have chosen to negotiate with just one developer. The plan to begin negotiations with both companies does not guarantee that agreements will be struck with one or both.

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New England News
6:21 pm
Fri January 4, 2013

Two Casino Firms Meet Deadlines

Two high powered casino operators competing to develop projects in Springfield submitted detailed proposals to the city and filed initial applications for a casino license to the Massachusetts Gaming Commission.  WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.

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New England News
5:30 pm
Fri October 26, 2012

Initiative Seeks To Inspire More Children To Attend College

Students and adults rally at Springfield MA City Hall to promote higher education
Credit WAMC

A high profile campaign is underway in Springfield Massachusetts to inspire more of the city’s public school students to attend college.  The initiative started with a pep rally on the steps of city hall and will continue this weekend with several events.  WAMC”s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.

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