tornado anniversary

New England News
6:26 pm
Mon March 16, 2015

Neighborhood Eyesore Demolished By Federally Funded Program

A demolition crew works at a long vacant tornado damaged building on Main Street in Springfield, MA
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A long vacant tornado-damaged building in Springfield, Massachusetts was demolished today, as city officials vowed to continue a neighborhood-by-neighborhood crackdown on blight.

A former auto parts store on Main Street in Springfield was torn down Monday. The building had been vacant for more than a decade. It was damaged by the 2011 tornado. A car crashed through it.  The single story building had been seized by the city for non-payment of taxes and Springfield officials could not find anyone to buy it for redevelopment.

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New England News
6:24 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Cathedral High School Backers Encouraged By Bishop's Latest Announcement

Bishop Mitchell Rozanski announces a draft plan has been produced on the fate of Cathedral High School
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The leader of the Roman Catholic Church in western Massachusetts says there is a tentative plan concerning the fate of historic Cathedral High School in Springfield.  Although details have not been disclosed, advocates for rebuilding the tornado-ravaged school say they are encouraged.

      Bishop Mitchell Rozanski said the draft plan addresses how to continue Catholic secondary education in Springfield and how best to continue the legacy and mission of Cathedral — the city’s only Catholic high school.

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New England News
6:09 pm
Tue January 6, 2015

Final Decision On Cathedral High School Now Expected By Mid-February

U.S. Rep. Richard Neal (D-MA) and Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno speak at a Dec. 16,2014 rally to urge Bishop Mitchell Rozanski to rebuild Cathedral High School
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An announcement about the long-term fate of the historic Cathedral High School in Springfield, Massachusetts is now expected by mid-February.  Advocates of rebuilding the school that was wrecked in the 2011 tornado are encouraged by word the school will operate for one more year, at least, at its temporary campus. 

       Springfield Bishop Mitchell Rozanski will begin a series of meetings on January 24th in what will amount to the final due diligence on whether to rebuild the Catholic high school with a 130-year- history in Springfield. 

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New England News
12:20 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Unyielding Position Urged On Rebuilding Cathedral High School

Congressman Richard Neal addresses a rally at Springfield City Hall urging the Springfield diocese to rebuild Cathedral High School.
Credit WAMC

A decision on the fate of the only Catholic high school in Springfield, Massachusetts won’t be announced until after the first of the year.  Advocates for rebuilding the historic Cathedral High School, destroyed by a tornado more than three years ago, continue a public campaign.

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New England News
12:22 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Hundreds Rally To Urge Rebuilding Of Cathedral High School

Pauline Sawyer of Agawam, Ma, a member of the Cathedral High School class of 1960, was among 400 people at rally to urge Catholic Bishop Mitchell Rozanski to rebuild the school that was destroyed by the June 1, 2011 tornado
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The fate of historic Cathedral High School, the only Catholic high school in Springfield, Massachusetts, hangs in the balance.  A group of activists is campaigning to get a new school built on the spot where a tornado wrecked the Cathedral building more than three years ago.

The campaign to rebuild Cathedral High School, which includes lawn signs, bumper stickers, lobbying, endorsements from prominent politicians, letter writing, social media, radio and TV interviews is aimed at securing the vote of just one person—Bishop Mitchell Rozanski.

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New England News
12:28 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

Tornado Scars Remain Three Years Later

Cathedral High School, the only Catholic high school in Springfield, Massachusetts remains closed because of the damage caused by the June 1, 2011 tornado. Classes were moved to suburban Wilbraham
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People in Springfield, Massachusetts reflected Sunday on the third anniversary of the tornado that left a major scar on the city.   While officials say they are proud of the recovery process, they acknowledge more work is ahead. 

New homes are under construction in the low-income Maple High-Six Corners neighborhood in keeping with a master plan painstakingly put together in the months after the June 1, 2011 tornado. A new elementary school is under construction to replace one destroyed by the storm. Thousands of new trees have been planted.

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New England News
6:28 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

New Houses Going Up In Neighborhood Slammed By 2011 Tornado

New houses under construction on Central St. in Springfield, MA in a neighborhood devastated by the June 1, 2011 tornado
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Sunday marks the third anniversary of the most powerful storm to strike Massachusetts in a half-century, an EF-3 rated tornado that killed three people, injured dozens more, and damaged or destroyed 2,000 buildings between Springfield and Sturbridge.  Rebuilding in the city of Springfield has been aided by about $100 million in federal and state funds.

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New England News
6:11 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

FEMA To Pay Springfield $25 Million For 2011 Tornado

U.S. Rep. Richard Neal (D-MA) and Springfield, MA Mayor Domenic Sarno sign papers to accept $25 million from FEMA for damage to city property from the June 1,2011 tornado
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The Federal Emergency Management Agency has agreed to pay Springfield, Massachusetts $25 million for the destruction of public property by the 2011 tornado.  It is a final settlement that city officials worked relentlessly to obtain.

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New England News
12:30 pm
Fri June 1, 2012

Communities Mark Tornado Anniversary

WAMC

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.

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