In the two years since a tornado tore through Springfield, Massachusetts a volunteer effort has spearheaded the planting of thousands of new trees. The work is being done as the U.S. Forest Service conducts a study on the environmental impacts from the loss of the urban tree canopy.
More than 4,400 new trees have been planted in Springfield in the last two years in an effort to restore, largely for later generations, the shade trees that lined streets and filled public parks prior to the June 1, 2011 tornado.
About 200 people are expected to lose their jobs when TD Bank closes a customer call center in Springfield at the end of the year.
The workers learned at a meeting Tuesday night that the 24/7 customer support center will close in December as part of a decision to consolidate call centers to locations in Maine, New Jersey and South Carolina.
The branch at the location will remain open.
Bank spokesman Jimmy Hernandez tells WWLP-TV it was a difficult decision and did not reflect job performance.