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Kennedy and Sarno with City Solicitor Ed Pikula, right. (WMassP&I)

Editorial: Springfield’s Little Things Can Matter the Most…

In the past week, there has been good news from Springfield city government. Efforts to improve the quality of life of current city residents have moved forward. Last week Mayor Domenic Sarno opened a new front against illegal dumping and today came the announcement of

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Take My Council, Please: Only the End of the Beginning (Hopefully)…

UPDATED: 1/16/16 1:29PM: To reflect a correction. Councilor Edwards led the Maintenance Development Committee in 2015, not Walsh, the 2016 chair. SPRINGFIELD—Opening its first meeting with new members with the election of a new City Clerk, the City Council began what some hope will be

Councilor Adam Gomez (WMassP&I)

For Gomez, Rising to Number 1 Was Only the First Step…

SPRINGFIELD— Ever since former Ward 1 Councilor Zaida Luna won the seat in the city’s first ward elections since 1959, the Latino establishment in the North End had tried to dislodge her. She had faced opposition in some form each election, but Luna’s own campaign style

The Inaugural Party on the stage the Old First Church (WMassP&I)

Springfield Inaugural 2016: Pomp & Circumstance…& Pom-Poms…

SPRINGFIELD—In a low-key ceremony at the Old First Church, city councilors and Mayor Domenic Sarno, who began his second four-year term, were sworn in for their new terms of office. The event did not fill the 500 seat chapel, perhaps mirroring the little interest the

Springfield's 2015. (WMassP&I)

The Year in Springfield 2015…

Another year come and gone in the City of Homes, complete with a mayoral election. While the race itself maintained an inevitable air throughout, it nevertheless revealed much about the state of Springfield. From economic interest from the Promised Land to increasing drama with MGM,

Councilor Zaida Luna accepts a proclamation on her service to the Council from President Michael Fenton on Monday (WMassP&I)

Afterglow 2015: Moonfall in Springfield’s Ward 1…

Afterglow 2015 is a series analyzing the results of the 2015 municipal elections in the Pioneer Valley and beyond. SPRINGFIELD—For one of the last times as a city councilor, Zaida Luna rose and implored her colleagues to support a resolve urging Congress to allow Puerto

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Take My Council, Please: Closing the Book on 2015…

SPRINGFIELD—During the final meeting for two city councilors defeated for reelection November, the City Council closed out the year with new ordinances and approval of grants for parks in the city. Several weighty issues will be delayed until next year when the new council is

Might the Council dare show its strength this term? (created via WMassP&I, Wikipidia, and Google image search)

Analysis: Toward a Stronger Springfield City Council?…

UPDATED: 1:29PM: For grammar and clarity. As a rule, Massachusetts city councils are weak bodies. Whether a city (or city masquerading as a town) has a mayor or a manager, councils’ powers are considerably weaker than those of their communities’ executive branch. There is a spectrum

Antonette Pepe in 2011 (courtesy The Valley Advocate)

Fire and a Fighter: Antonette Pepe 1941-2015…

UPDATED 12/11/15 4:39PM: A prior version of this post stated services for Pepe were to be held on Friday and Sunday. They will in fact be held on Friday and Saturday. A week before the Springfield mayoral preliminary in 2011, at-large School Committeewoman Antonette Pepe had

Better late than never, but still...when?. (WMassP&I)

For Latest Approvals, MGM May Find It’s Not in Kansas Anymore…

SPRINGFIELD—MGM Resorts International’s charm offensive has entered its next phase as its whittled down casino project faces scrutiny from city and Massachusetts gaming officials. Some local officials, like Mayor Domenic Sarno, mouth both robust scrutiny and sticky-sweet support for the project. Yet, MGM could encounter a