SPRINGFIELD—The bill that would bar retailers from distributing plastic bags had been cruising for passage two weeks ago. But on Monday night, concerns—some fresh, others riper—and public confusion about the ordinance bogged it down before final passage. On another level the sudden surge of unsureness
AGAWAM—As political events go, Need to Impeach and its founder and funder Tom Steyer accomplished something Wednesday night. The Californian found an engaged audience. Steyer laid out a convincing case for performing a Trumpectomy upon the White House. His audience posed thoughtful questions about the
Some time ago the Massachusetts Department of Transportation—or simply MassDOT—announced plans to replace an aging viaduct east of the former Allston Turnpike tolls in Boston. The agency will bring the Pike to ground and elevate the adjoining Soldier Fields Road. That decision was widely praised.
SPRINGFIELD—In a sign that environmental policy has become an issue for the City Council, the first major bill to emerge from the new Sustainability Committee has inched toward passage. The bill, shorthanded simplistically as a plastic bag ban, is not entirely new. However, it may
Less than a week after missing his self-imposed decision deadline, Springfield Ward 8 Councilor Orlando Ramos announced he would not run for mayor. Last month, the three-term councilor said he was “seriously considering” challenging Domenic Sarno this year. However, in a statement released early Tuesday
UPDATED 3/2/19 2:15PM: To reflect Ramos’ announcement he was delaying a decision on a mayoral run. SPRINGFIELD—It took three tries for Orlando Ramos to join the City Council. But in 2013, he defeated the incumbent, John Lysak, Ward 8 two-term councilor. Rather than shunting him
BY LINDA MATYS O’CONNELL ARTS & CULTURE CORRESPONDENT SPRINGFIELD – What started as an intimate session with friends in a Springfield living room went public in a big way Friday night as energized jazz musicians packed Focus Springfield TV’s lobby for a jumpin’ three-hour jam.
UPDATED 2/26/19 9:00AM: To include a link to Kos’s statement on WWLP and to correct the year Kos first became mayor. It was 1997, not 1995. Not long after pulling papers for reelection, Chicopee Mayor Richard Kos has declared he will not seek reelection in
UPDATED 2/22/2019 10:00AM: To reflect a correction. A prior version of this post incorrectly located Bigda’s infamous interrogation in Wilbraham. It was, in fact, in Palmer. In a dramatic turn of events, Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno announced Thursday in a hastily scheduled press conference that
BY LINDA MATYS O’CONNELL ARTS & CULTURE CORRESPONDENT Ruth Carter’s costumes for the 2018 movie blockbuster Black Panther are spectacular. Propelling the Marvel sci-fi superhero’s story, they’re redolent of Afrofuturism, cultural identity, power and pride. They may finally win an Oscar for the Springfield native at