Several of the western Massachusetts communities that were in the path of almost unimaginable destruction one year ago today will hold remembrance events. It will be an opportunity to reflect on the one year anniversary of the worst tornado to hit the state in a half-century and also to look toward what many hope will be a brighter future. WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.
A city -wide natural disaster rebuilding effort took place in Springfield Massachusetts Wednesday to commemorate the anniversary of the June 1st tornadoes. The city was also awarded more federal funds to cover some of the costs to repair its tornado damaged infrastructure. WAMC”s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.
As the anniversary of the June 1st tornadoes in western Massachusetts approaches, the recovery has come a long way, but there are stark reminders there is still a long way to go.
Hoping to reverse what has been called a lost decade of employment for young people, officials in western Massachusetts have launched a youth summer jobs campaign. WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.
Saying that government funded youth summer jobs programs will not come close to meeting the demand, workforce development specialists, and the mayors of the region's two largest cities appealed to the private sector to offer work to teenagers this summer.
The University of Massachusetts is looking at the feasibility of establishing satellite campuses. The mayor of Springfield wants a satellite of the flagship Amherst campus located in his city's downtown. WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.
Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno publically lobbied Monday for what he called a quicker pace to the four year old Springfield-UMass partnership.
The city of Springfield Massachusetts is facing serious financial problems, again. The city's mayor and members of his finance team met in Boston Monday with the Speaker of the Massachusetts House and the State Senate President to appeal for help. WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.
The Massachusetts Gaming Commission is being urged by some to speed up its work to shorten the expected time table for issuing up to three licenses to build resort casinos. An casino-sitting advisory committee has been created in Springfield, as officials there pursue a casino development. WAMC”s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.
A casino advisory committee is being created in Springfield Massachusetts as city officials pursue a resort casino development. WAMC’s Paul Tuthill reports…
Springfield City Council President James Ferrera said the committee will advise the council on casino sitting issues. The council could conceivably have to issue a special permit, change zoning, or take property by eminent domain to accommodate a casino development.
A survey of people affected by the tornado in Springfield Massachusetts nearly a year ago finds dozens still have unmet needs. These range from major roof repairs to replacing household appliances and furnishings with an estimated total cost of almost $1 million. WAMC”s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.
Anti poverty activists want more housing for the poor in Springfield Massachusetts. The comprehensive master plan for rebuilding from the tornado does not call for more affordable housing to be built. WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports..