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“Special” Lady Laid to Rest…

This past Friday, Eunice Kennedy Shriver, the third sister of Massachusetts Senator Edward Kennedy, was laid to rest. Her funeral was held at an invitation only mass at St. Francis Xavier Church in Hyannis. Eunice Kennedy Shriver might be best known, outside of being the

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Re-Ward for Springfield?…

As can be expected in the midst of Springfield’s governmental shakeup, a great amount of interest has been generated in most if not all of the new races for Springfield City Council this year. While the mayoral race will attract attention, which has since been

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For-Ward 2 the Future…

Last week, lifelong Springfield resident Michael A. Fenton announced his candidacy for the Ward 2 seat on the City Council. Fenton joins a crowded field of candidates for the newly created city council district consisting of East Springfield, Hungry Hill, and parts of Liberty Heights.

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Break the Cycle…

In any number of ways, it seems fitting that the saga over Winn Development’s Longhill Gardens should coincide with the State Budget battle and tax hikes. The Compromise Budget put forth by the House and Senate includes the allegedly $1 billion sale tax hike while

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The (Sales) Tax Man Cometh…

The Massachusetts legislature has at last hammered out a compromise State Budget for FY2010 complete with cuts in programs and tax increases. Although at this time the results of the conference committee have not yet been voted on by the House and the Senate, the

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The Sixteen Acres I Hate About You…

Welcome Back. As orginally reported in Urban Compass, Colvest development group, had proposed a new retail structure at the corner of Parker St. and Wilbraham Rd some months ago. The plot of land, diagonally across from the Pride Gas Station, was slated for a bank

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Mayor THIS!…

Although time remains for another contender to throw his hat into Springfield’s mayoral ring, it seems at this point that the likely candidates will be incumbent mayor Domenic Sarno, City Councilor Bud Williams, and “non-establishment candidate” David Parkhurst. Certainly somebody else could appear, but this

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Unencumbered and Incumbent…

The Boston Globe reported today–to nobody’s surprise–that Boston Mayor Tom Menino will be seeking an unprecedented fifth term to head New England’s largest city. His plans for reelection have been rather overt, despite constant refusals to declare his candidacy or not. In the meantime, the

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Green(er) Mountain State Marriages…

Tuesday, Vermont became the first state in the country to legalize Same-sex marriage by legislative action. The Vermont House of Representative overrode Gov. Jim Douglas’ veto, passing the legislation. The state joins Massachusetts and Connecticut, where the marriages are now legal, and by the time

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Lighting Up an Issue…

The passage of Question 2 is in many ways one of the greatest victories in the history of drug reform in the United States. Say what you will about Massachusetts’ leftward political bent, but the results from last November would have been reproduced in all