Hispanics now make up nearly 28 percent of sworn Springfield police, a 2 percentage point increase in the last couple years. The share of black officers also increased, and a class of recruits will further diversify the department. But it has a ways to go before it reflects the diversity of the city.
Mayor Domenic Sarno told a national news outlet that he feels Springfield’s police department “accurately” reflects the diversity of his city. But the department’s own numbers tell a different story.
The candidates have discussed in-depth what they would do to combat terrorism, fix stagnated wages and reform our immigration system. But what about sexual assault?
Asnage Castelly is 37 years old, Haitian-born and has lived in the U.S. most of his life.
Kimberly Budd’s father Wayne — a onetime U.S. Attorney in Boston — grew up in Springfield, and her grandfather, Joseph A. Budd, was the first African-American supervisor in the city’s Police department.
The campaign begins with a stump speech on the steps of Dr. Seuss’ boyhood home in Springfield. The Cat has running mates, Thing 1 and Thing 2, and a remarkably serious platform.
Facing eviction for defaulting on its mortgage, the Dunbar Community Center — whose programs are operated by the YMCA — has received a $500,000 offer from the city to buy the building.
An unconventional collection of short stories and poems that tell the tale of “fun, loser outlaws” and “desperate people in wacky settings.”
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The rally follows the deadly shootings last week by police of two black men in Minnesota and Louisiana. Several speakers at the event, including Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein, also referenced the killings of five police officers in Texas.
If approved, the university says this would be the first time it’s taken such an action.
Kimberly “KJ” Morris was a Torrington, Conn., native who used to work and perform at Diva’s nightclub in Northampton, Mass.
In a statement, Mayor Domenic Sarno said he respects Mary McNally’s decision, and said he and the board were supportive of her efforts.
Until state officials moved to shut down the school this month, Eagleton served boys and young men with emotional and developmental disabilities.
The head of the Springfield Regional Chamber of Commerce, Jeff Ciuffreda, says he’s seen the economic impact of the Falcons first-hand, when, on game nights, he’s had trouble getting a table at downtown restaurants.
For the second time in two weeks, the East Longmeadow Board of Selectman has fired its interim town administrator. This follows weeks of local political turmoil, corruption allegations and leadership changes.