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Take My Council, Please: REVOKED!…

(WMassP&I) After all of the drama, all the testimony, all the passion, the Springfield City Council voted this evening to deny a permit for a used car dealership on Newhouse Street in the City’s Outer Belt Neighborhood.  Yes, the tension and the anxiety over what

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Take My Breath Away…

(WMassP&I) In many ways, we have abdicated our responsibility on the Biomass issue.  When the permit was rammed through the city council on a 7-2 vote in 2008, it was hailed as a jobs creator period. Since then there has been a growing movement to

Take My Council, Please: We Want More…

Monday was a night of stunning defeats and equally stunning chutzpah.  A dozen or so cops filled the council chamber ostensibly as a show of solidarity ahead of the civilian review vote.  Other measures up included the trash fee, a petition to extend council terms

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The Insight: “Amaad” About You?…

Today we start a new series on WMassP&I called “The Insight” consisting of interviews of politicians, officials and other newsmakers within the Greater Springfield universe. Councilor Rivera (Facebook) Springfield, like many cities, has long been a place where politics is a contact sport.  Campaigns can

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Take My Council, Please: Everybody Gettin’ Schooled…

(WMassP&I) The Springfield City Council’s special session held to settle the Forest Park Middle School renovation held tonight was not as raucous as last week’s meeting.  It was not without its tenser moments, but circumstance led to a setting that provided at least a modicum