Injustice had no greater foe in the City of Springfield than Michaelann Bewsee. After co-founding what would become the city’s feistiest community organization, Arise for Social Justice, Bewsee contributed to innumerable battles for equality and fairness. She embraced the city’s cultural mosaic without losing sight
As abruptly as the race for Springfield mayor shifted in May, it took another jolt Monday morning. Linda Matys O’Connell, the former teacher, journalist and newsroom executive suspended her campaign for mayor. Alongside community activist Yolando Cancel, O’Connell had entered the race in days before
SPRINGFIELD—The legislative sausage-making continued for another meeting of the City Council Monday. A veto override, regulations for vehicles of all shapes and sizes, and historic preservation were all on the menu. Virtually all went by without incident or political indigestion, even the much-awaited Election Notification
SPRINGFIELD—A proposed effort to bolster voter turnout here, if not cure its anemic state, cleared the City Council Monday night. The victory was short-lived. Mayor Domenic Sarno quickly vetoed the measure, offering a garbled explanation. However, it would not be his nonsensical valley this week.
Longmeadow Daze is an occasional series about Longmeadow politics and government. LONGMEADOW—Months after a contentious school personnel decision clove this wealthy suburb in two, residents voted to institute recall elections for most municipal offices. In November, the School Committee voted to not renew School Superintendent
BOSTON—When the Central Artery came down, an old truss bridge that carried I-93 over the Charles joined it in the scrap heap. In its place rose a new structure that has become synonymous with the Hub. The Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Bridge has appeared
CAMBRIDGE—Substantively little has been or could be done to contain the flood of money into American politics ushered in by Citizens United v. FEC, the 2010 US Supreme Court case that sanctioned unlimited third-party spending in elections. A few weeks ago, people “rolled their eyes”