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Mayor Domenic J. Sarno welcomes you to Springfield, the cultural urban center of Western Massachusetts.

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Abandoned Property (Unclaimed Checks)

The Office of the Treasurer now has a searchable database to serve as a notice to owners of checks issued by the City of Springfield which have not been cashed and are deemed abandoned. The database, and the procedure for claiming abandoned property, can be found here:  Abandoned Property Search >>

SPRINGFIELD TO STEP UP COMPLIANCE CHECKS TO REMOVE TRASH FROM RECYCLING BARRELS

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MAYOR DOMENIC J. SARNO ANNOUNCES DEMOLITION OF 10 PARKER STREET

June, 19, 2014 -Springfield, MA- Mayor Domenic J. Sarno and City of Springfield Housing Officials will be announcing the demolition of the long blighted building at 10 Parker Street. The building  is a City owned, tax foreclosed, property that has been an eyesore in the neighborhood for several years. Click here for more information.

HOME FULLY RESTORED BY PUTNAM VOCATIONAL STUDENTS TO BE AUCTIONED

June 16, 2014 -Springfield, MA - Mayor Domenic J. Sarno will be on hand to showcase a home completely restored by Springfield high school students as an outcome of collaboration between the City of Springfield and Roger L. Putnam Vocational Technical Academy.   Several classes of students worked hands on to rehabilitate a vacant, dilapidated property that was foreclosed for the non-payment of taxes by the City of Springfield.   The opportunity has provided students a unique, hands-on, educational experience. Click Here For More Information.

Tree Removal Assistance Available for Tornado Damaged Area In East Forest Park

June 10, 2014 -Springfield, MA - In the aftermath of the tornado, residents were instructed to fill out forms by FEMA to allow damaged trees to be removed from their property. In some cases the applications were approved on site only to reversed and denied by FEMA field workers at a later date.While the city made attempts for greater inclusion for Right of Entry work across the tornado zones, the Maple High and Six Corners Neighborhoods were the only successful applications. Click here to read more or download the application.

John Barbieri Sworn in as Springfield Police Commissioner

Thursday, June 5, 2014 -Springfield, MA- John Barbieri was sworn in as Springfield Police Commissioner at Old First Church in Court Square. The oath was administered by Judge William Boyle. Participants included: Mayor Domenic J. Sarno, Congressman Richard E. Neal, Sheriff Michael Ashe, City Council President Michael Fenton, MA State Police Colonel Tim Alben and U.S. Marshall John Gibbons. After the oath of office all present and sworn Springfield Police Officers stood and reaffirmed their oath. Click here for more photos.

Q Smokin Good Food opens on State Street

June 2, 2014 -Springfield, MA- Mayor Domenic J. Sarno joined other public officials and neighborhood business leaders today for a ribbon cutting to mark the grand opening of a new restaurant, Q,  the latest example of renewed reinvestment and revitalization along the State Street Corridor.

The First Lady of Springfield Civil Rights Movement Turns 100!

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May 27, 2014 -Springfield, MA-  At 100 years of age, Ruth B. Loving remains energized by her interests both past and present, and is referred to as the first lady of Springfield’s civil rights movement for her social activism over the years.  In the 1960s Dr. Loving served as president of the local chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. Click here to read more about Dr. Loving's memorable life.

Police Commissioner William Fitchet's Career Celebrated

May 29, 2014 -Springfield, MA- The career of Police Commissioner William Fitchet was celebrated at Springfield City Hall today. Family, friends and colleagues gathered today to pay tribute to his 42 years of service to the City of Springfield, six as Police Commissioner, in his final week before retirement. Particpants included Mayor Domenic J. Sarno, Hampden County Sheriff Michael Ashe and City Council President Michael Fenton. Click here to view photos. 

Irish Night at the Fights

May 28, 2014 -Springfield, MA- Mayor Domenic J. Sarno joined with officials at the John Boyle O'Reilly Club (JBO) to promote Irish Night at the Fights. On June 24, 2014 the JBO will host Ireland vs. America Boxing Event. The event will showcase some of the best talent from across Ireland as well as Olympic hopefuls from America.  

SPRINGFIELD COMMEMORATES MEMORIAL DAY

May 23, 2014 -Springfield, MA- The City of Springfield commemorated Memorial Day with the laying of wreaths at the City's war memorials. Participants included Congressman Richard E. Neal, Mayor Domenic J. Sarno, City Council President Michael Fenton, City Councilwomen Kateri Walsh, Springfield Veterans Services Director Tom Belton, U.S. Veteran Eugene Brice, U.S. Veteran Gumersindo Gomez  and local  Jr. ROTCs.

PAWNBROKER ORDINANCE ENFORCEMENT RESULTS IN FINES FOR SOME LICENSE DENIALS FOR OTHERS

May 22, 2014 -Springfield, MA- On March 18, 2014 the Springfield Police Department began compliance checks on all 23 licensed pawnbroker/junk-dealer establishments in the City after the amended ordinance took effect on March 1, 2014. As a result, nine of the twenty-three establishments licensed in the City were found to be out of compliance. Click here to read the release.

Fiscal Year 2015 Recommended Budget

Mayor Sarno's Recommended Budget for Fiscal Year 2015 totals $581.9 million, a 1.8% increase from the Adopted FY 2014 budget. 

Mayor Sarno’s FY15 Budget Transmittal Letter
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Bikes For Kids a Huge Success

May 17, 2014 -Springfield, MA- The Summer of 2014 got off to an unforgettable start for 160 lucky elementary school students when they were surprised with a shiny new bike and helmet. The unsuspecting kids thought they were special guests for a morning of fun and excitement at the Basketball Hall of Fame. They had no idea the fun and games were merely a prelude to the real reason they are all being assembled. The students selected to receive the bikes have been chosen by their school administrators based on their character and commitment to education. Click here to view pictures and read the press release

Atty. Mary E. McNally Named Springfield Parking Authority Director

May 9, 2014 -Springfield, MA- Mayor Domenic J. Sarno announced he has appointed Attorney Mary E. McNally as the new Executive Director of the Springfield Parking Authority (SPA). 

Attorney Mary E. McNally has most recently served as Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer in the Hampden District Attorney’s Office under District Attorney Mark G. Mastroianni. In addition, Attorney McNally was appointed in 2010 as Chairwoman of the Springfield Parking Authority by Mayor Domenic J. Sarno. During her tenure she has overseen the re-financing of authority debt, institution of the SPA Capital Improvement Plan and SPA funded Downtown Security Plan.  Previously Attorney McNally operated a Springfield based law practice for 27 years. To read the full release Click Here.

Ride to Remember II

May 7, 2014 -Springfield, MA- Members of the Springfield Police Department donate $85,000 to the Law Enforcement Memorial Foundation. This years ride will take place on September 20, 2014. The ride is in memory of fallen Police Officers Kevin Ambrose of Springfield and Jose Torres of Westfield. For more information on the ride please click here.

Pack the Nest!

$2.5 Million Clean-Up and Demolition Begins at the Former Chestnut Middle School

May 1, 2014 -Springfield, MA- $2.5 million clean-up and demolition of the former Chestnut Middle School begins. The structure located at 459 Chestnut Street as well as a privately owned structure located at 532-534 Chestnut Street, which was severely damaged by fire anddemolished because of public safety issues, will be re mediated. The total cost of clean-up will be $2.5 million and Associated Building Wreckers of Springfield will be demolishing the structure and clearing the site. Cardno/ETC of West Springfield is providing environmental and engineering oversight of the project.

$1.6 Million Announced for North Riverfront Park

May 1, 2014 -Springfield,MA- Governor Deval Patrick and Mayor Domenic J. Sarno today announced a $1.3 million investment in Springfield’s North Riverfront Park by the state and a $300,000 matching grant by the City. The funding will allow the city to develop a public green space along the Connecticut River. The project will also include a fitness trail, a series of exercise stations along Riverside Road and the Connecticut River Walk and Bikeway, which will begin at North Riverfront Park. 

UMass @ Springfield Receives $5 Million Grant

May 1, 2014 -Springfield, MA- Mayor Domenic J. Sarno welcomed Governor Deval Patrick, who announced a $5 million grant to UMass @ Springfield. The funds will be used to complete the build out of the 26,000 square foot facility which will be located in Tower Sqaure in Downtown Springfield. 

2014 Honorary Chairman of Springfield Pancake Breakfast Police Commissioner William Fitchet

April 30, 2014 -Springfield, MA- Springfield Police Commissioner William Fitchet was named the 2014 Springfield Pancake Breakfast Honorary Chairman. The Pancake Breakfast will be held on Saturday, May 10, 2014 from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. 

Councilor Tim Rooke, Mayor Domenic J, Sarno, Joan Kagan, Square One and John Roberson, CHD

Children's Memorial Flag Raising

April 29, 2014 -Springfield, MA- Mayor Domenic J. Sarno proclaimed April Child Abuse Prevention month in the City of Sringfield. April was first declared “Child Abuse Prevention Month” by presidential proclamation in 1985. Since then, organizations dedicated to protecting children have used this special time of year to acknowledge the importance of families and communities working together to prevent child abuse in all its forms. By ensuring that all parents in our community have access to quality childcare, affordable health services, parenting education resources, and substance abuse and mental health programs, we make progress toward child abuse prevention. Click here to view the event, photos and press release

New Signs at the Indian Orchard Mills Unveiled

April 25, 2014 -Springfield, MA- Mayor Domenic J. Sarno, City Councilor Orlando Ramos, CDO Kevin Kennedy and Charles Brush unveiled new signage welcoming you to the Indian Orchard Mills. The Signs were made possible by a $10,000 storefront improvement grant from the City. Other projects completed in Indian Orchard: 11 Front Street: IO Main Street Auto, First Class Auto & Conditioning, Aquatic Adventures, Hannah's Kitchen (186 Main St. IO) and currently work is in process on Modern Bridal located at 536 Main Street IO. 

Happy Arbor Day!

April 25, 2014 -Springfield, MA- For twenty-eight consecutive years, the National Arbor Day Foundation has recognized the City of Springfield as a “Tree City USA” which is committed to tree planting, conservation and environmental stewardship. Springfield joins a growing list of communities to be honored with the Sustainable Community Forestry Award for successfully meeting six criteria; having a management plan, professional staff, a local tree ordinance, a local advocacy organization, strong inter-agency coordination and a current status as a Tree City USA. This year marks the twenty-ninth Arbor Day celebration in the City of Springfield. Click here to view photos

Springfield Water & Sewer Commission Announces Sewer Replacement Projects

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April 16, 2014 -Springfield, MA- the Springfield Water and Sewer Commission has announced sewer main upgrades that will effect traffic during the summer months. For more information on both projects and to stay up to date on traffic alerts across the City please visit the Springfield DPW Traffic Alerts page

Priorities of Incoming Police Commissioner John Barbieri

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$7.4 MILLION BOSTON ROAD RECONSTRUCTION SET TO RESUME

April 9, 2014 -Springfield, MA- The Department of Public Works is pleased to announce that construction activities have resumed following winter shutdown on the Boston Road Reconstruction project.

The $7.4 million reconstruction project began in the fall of 2013 and runs from Pasco road to the Wilbraham Town line, a total distance of 1.2 miles.  It is anticipated that construction will run through all of this construction season and be completed early next year.

Mayor Domenic J. Sarno stated, “This not only continues a roadway improvement project but also building upon and enhancing economic development of our Boston Road business corridor.” 

Please be advised of traffic delays that may occur as part of the construction, however, access to all businesses will remain open.

Longtime DPW Director Al Chwalek Set To Retire; Chris Cignoli To Take Over

April 8, 2014 –Springfield, MA- Mayor Domenic J. Sarno will appoint Christopher M. Cignoli as the next Director of the Springfield Department of Public Works (DPW). The announcement comes on the heels of current Director Al Chwalek’s notice to Mayor Sarno stating his intention to retire on May 31, 2014.

Click here to view photos and the press release 

Rebuilding Together To Revitalize 10-block Section Of Old Hill Neighborhood

April 3, 2014 -Springfield, MA- Mayor Domenic J. Sarno attended the announcement of Rebuliding Together's 10 year master plan to revitalize a 10 block section of Springfield's Old Hill Neighborhood. The effort will consist of over 1,000 volunteers and over 80 sponsors. The effort will focus on emoving blight from the neighborhood.  

Millie Dunbar Donates To Campanile Restoration Fund

April 3, 2014 -Springfield, MA- Mayor Domenic J. Sarno welcomes Millie Dunbar to his office on Thursday along with At-large City Councilor Kateri Walsh. Ms. Dunbar presented the Mayor with a $100 check to be donated to the Campanile Restoration Fund. Millie Dunbar is a World War II Veteran and longtime civic leader in the City of Springfield.

Smith & Wesson Gallery at Springfield Museum of History

March 24, 2014 -Springfield, MA- The Springfield Museums has received a major gift from Smith & Wesson to help support the continued stewardship of the historic firearms collection at the Lyman and Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield History. That collection, one of the most historically significant in the world, includes 1,600 Smith & Wesson firearms covering every era of the company’s existence as well as over 400,000 archival documents dating back to the company’s founding in Springfield in 1852.

Putnam Vs. Central Catholic Lawrence: State D-1 Boys Basketball Championship!

State Champions Visit City Hall

March 20, 2014 -Springfield, MA- Mayor Domenic J. Sarno proclaimed today as "Putnam Academy Boys Basketball Day" in the City of Springfield in recognition of Putnam's State Championship.  Putnam has won 34 consecutive games, with a 49-1 record over the past two seasons, the championship team finished an amazing season of basketball with a 25 - 0 record which featured an undefeated run through Western Massachusetts and beyond.  Putnam became the first Western Massachusetts Division I boys' team to win back-to-back state championships and the first since the 1991Travis Best-led Central team to complete an undefeated season.

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John Barbieri Appointed Next Springfield Police Commissioner

March 19, 2014 –Springfield, MA- Mayor Domenic J. Sarno will appoint John Barbieri as the next Springfield Police Commissioner. Mayor Sarno decided to initiate a search process and to make the announcement in advance of current Police Commissioner William Fitchet’s planned retirement in June of 2014 in order to have a smooth transition.  

Click Here to read the full release

Happy Saint Patrick's Day

March 17, 2014 -Springfield, MA- Mayor Domenic J. Sarno proclaimed today Saint Patrick's Day in the City of Springfield. With assistance from Springfield Colleen Mary Miller and her court, Mayor Sarno also raised the flag of Ireland at the steps of City Hall.

Library Express at Pine Point

March 10, 2014 -Springfield, MA- Last year an independent study commissioned by the Library Commission concluded that to have a sustainable branch system, two branches should be closed. One was here in Pine Point.

In an effort to further the sustainability of the library system Mayor Sarno dedicated half a million dollars to the library budget.

However, funding for this facility was still needed. Through a lot of hard work with Superintendent of Schools Daniel Warwick and consistent advocacy by City Councilor Clodo Concepcion we were able to keep this facility not only open but with expanded hours of 30 hours per week with library and adult literacy  services for the residents of the Pine Point Neighborhood.

SPRINGFIELD CAMPANILE PROJECT

Friday, March 7, 2014 -Springfield, Massachusetts- Plans for the Springfield Campanile Project were announced today in Springfield City Hall.  The Springfield Campanile was the tallest building in Springfield until Baystate West (now Tower Square) was built in 1973.  Contributions for the Springfield Campanile Project can be made payable to Springfield Council for Cultural and Community Affairs (SCCCA) and sent to the Springfield Campanile Restoration Project, 200 Trafton Road, Springfield, MA  01108.  All donations are tax-deducible to the extent allowed by law.. Click Here to read the full Press Release 

SPRINGFIELD PLAZA TO UNDERGO $4 MILLION RENOVATION

Acquisition made by major developers: Site Springfield’s burgeoning renaissance and leadership as reasons for investment    

March 4, 2014 - Springfield, MA - Albany Road Real Estate Partners and Davenport Companies is pleased to announce its  $35 million acquisition of the Springfield Plaza. Davenport is a Boston based investment and advisory firm and is also the development partner for MGM’s planned $800M resort in downtown Springfield. Click Here to read to full press release 

FEMA AND DIOCESE OF SPRINGFIELD REACH $38 MILLION AGREEMENT ON CATHEDRAL HIGH SCHOOL AND ST. MICHAEL'S ACADEMY RECOVERY

March 3, 2014 -SPRINGFIELD, MA- Congressman Richard E. Neal, Bishop Timothy McDonnell , Mayor Domenic J. Samo and FEMA Acting Regional Administrator Paul F. Ford today announced a funding agreement on the recovery in Springfield that includes replacement of Cathedral High School and St. Michael's Academy on Surrey Road. These facilities were severely damaged during the 2011 tornado. As a result of an innovative federal pilot program , the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the Diocese of Springfield and FEMA have agreed to fixed estimates of federal funds to supplement the Diocese's nearly $60 million insurance proceeds received last year. The federal grants are made under the provisions of the Sandy Recovery Improvement Act (SRIA) Alternative Procedures . The pilot program was authorized by Congress through an innovative change to the Stafford Act aimed at improving the speed and effectiveness of recovery while reducing administrative costs. Click Here to read the full release

SPRINGFIELD SEEKS FUNDING FOR THE FEASIBILITY OF A NEW EAST FOREST PARK LIBRARY

March 3, 2014 - Springfield, MA - The City of Springfield (City) is applying for a competitive grant from the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners to conduct a feasibility study to ascertain the possibility of building a new Library in the East Forest Park Neighborhood. The cost of the study will total $79,000 and the City is seeking the balance of $50,000 from the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.      Click here to read the full release

Springfield Citizens Police Academy To Begin!

The 37th class of the Springfield Citizens Police Academy will begin on Wednesday March 5th at 6:00 p.m. This free, 10 week, one-night-per-week class is for residents of Springfield, 18 and older, interested in Policing in Springfield and Community Partnerships. The class is held from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the East Springfield Neighborhood Office, 1437 Carew Street located directly behind Pottenger Elementary School.  This is very close to the intersection of Carew St. and St. James Avenue. . You must pre-register. To sign up and for additional information, please call Kathleen Brown at the Police Department at 787-6359 or e-mail Kbrown@springfieldpolice.net.

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Abandoned Property

The Office of the Treasurer now has a searchable database to serve as a notice to owners of checks issued by the City of Springfield which have not been cashed and are deemed abandoned. Search abandoned property >>

MAYOR SARNO VOICES SUPPORT FOR MASS MENTORING

January 30, 2014 -Springfield, MA- Mayor Domenic Sarno joined other community leaders in voicing their support for mentoring programs in Springfield. The program was sponsored by Mass Mentoring; which looks to expand mentoring opportunists here in Massachusetts. The breakfast networking event was designed to raise awareness of the youth mentoring movement in Western Massachusetts during National Mentoring Month, and to provide attendees with information on mentoring opportunities in the city.

SPA is Recruiting for an Executive Director

The Springfield Parking Authority is recruiting for an Executive Director who shall work under the direction of the Governing Board of Directors. Posting details >>

LUXE BURGER BAR OPENS DOWNTOWN

Springfield, MA– January 30, 2014 – Providence, RI-based Chow Fun Food Group is pleased to announce Luxe Burger Bar, located in the former visitor’s center at 1200 Hall of Fame Avenue in Springfield, MA, is now open for lunch and dinner. Partners and developers were joined by Domenic Sarno, Mayor of Springfield, Springfield City Council representative Orlando Ramos, and Massachusetts state senator Jim Welch for the official ribbon cutting ceremony yesterday.

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MAYOR DOMENIC J. SARNO SEEKS UPDATE ON THE FUTURE OF CATHEDRAL HIGH SCHOOL

January 28, 2014 -Springfield, MA- Mayor Domenic J. Sarno has sent a letter to The Most Reverend Timothy A. McDonnell seeking an update on the diocese’s plans for rebuilding Cathedral High School on Surrey Road.

Almost three years have passed since the June 1, 2011 tornado and Mayor Sarno has listened to the high level of frustration from both the Cathedral High School family and residents of East Forest Park.  Now that the Diocese’s insurance claim has been settled the Mayor is pushing for answers to the concerns that have been raised as to the future of Cathedral.  

In the letter Mayor Sarno highlights his belief that the neighborhood and the Cathedral High School Family has been very patient and are now entitled to answers. The Mayor has asked for a timely response to his inquiry and kindly awaits Bishop McDonnell’s reply.

Springfield to be Reimbursed for 100% for the Construction of Tornado Damaged Schools

January 29, 2014 -Springfield, MA- Mayor Domenic J. Sarno, State Treasurer Steve Grossman, State Senator Jim Welch Announce 100% financing for Schools damaged by the June 1, 2011 tornado. 

January 29, 2014 -Springfield, MA- Mayor Domenic J. Sarno, State Treasurer Steve Grossman, State Senator Jim Welch Announce 100% financing for Schools damaged by the June 1, 2011 tornado.

SPRINGFIELD RECEIVES DOUBLE BOND UPGRADE FROM STANDARD AND POOR’S RATINGS SERVICES

Standard and Poor’s Rating Service issues first ever AA- bond rating to the City of Springfield

January 28, 2014 -Springfield, MA- Mayor Domenic J. Sarno, CAFO Timothy J. Plante and the City of Springfield’s finance team have been notified by Standard and Poor’s Ratings Services that the City of Springfield’s long term rating has received a double bond upgrade; The City of Springfield has been  upgraded to AA- from A.

Read the Press Release Here.

MAYOR DOMENIC J. SARNO AND CONGRESSMAN RICHARD E. NEAL ANNOUNCE $25 MILLION IN FEMA REIMBURSTMENTS

January 13, 2014 -Springfield, MA- Mayor Domenic J. Sarno and Congressman Richard E. Neal announced today the successful approval of $25 million in reimbursements from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for the destruction of City owned facilities stemming from the June 1, 2011 tornado.  

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DPW DIRECTOR AL CHWALEK TALKS ABOUT SNOW PLOWING

DPW Director Al Chwalek highlights the City's plowing operation and offers tips to residents. READ COMBATING SNOW AND ICE HERE

DPW ISSUES "COMBATING SNOW AND ICE"

Thursday, December 12, 2013 -Springfield, MA- The Springfield DPW has issued a booklet titled "Combating Snow and Ice". The boklet offers information on the City's snow plowing operation as well as tips for how you can help!

Click HERE to view the booklet

Former NBA Star Vinny Del Negro Honored by Mayor Domenic J. Sarno and Councilor Thomas Ashe

December 6, 2013 – Springfield, MA – Mayor Domenic J. Sarno presented former NBA Star Vincent Joseph “Vinny” Del Negro with a Mayoral Proclamation honoring him as a hero in the great City of Springfield. Del Negro, a native son of the City of Springfield who first excelled in the game of basketball on backyard courts in his Forest Park neighborhood, and on the courts in Parks all across the city is being honored by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and the Rotary Club of Springfield at their fourth annual “Service Above Self” event. It is with great pride that the City of Springfield honors Vincent Joseph “Vinny” Del Negro for all of his accomplishments.

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2013 MENORAH LIGHTING IN COURT SQUARE

December 2, 2013 -Springfield, MA- Mayor Domenic J. Sarno, Principal Rabbi Noach Kosofsky and students of Lubavitcher Yeshiva Academy gathered in Court Square for the 30th lighting of the Menorah in Downtown Springfield

President John F. Kennedy Remembered

Friday, November 22, 2013 -Springfield, MA- This was the 49th time the life of President John F. Kennedy was commemorated at the site of the only other eternal flame in the United States. Three red roses were placed at the foot of the memorial stone; as well as a memorial wreath at the foot of the eternal flame. Taps was played by James Beucke.

Mayor Domenic J. Sarno also issued a proclamation proclaiming Friday, November 22, 2013 as a Solemn Day of Remembrance and Reflection on the Life of President John F. Kennedy in the City of Springfield

City of Springfield Announces Real Estate Property Auction December 11, 2013

The City of Springfield will be holding the third real estate auction of 2013 on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 6:00 p.m., at City Hall, located at 36 Court Street, Springfield, MA.  More about this auction >>

WELCOME UMASS at Springfield!

November 26, 2013 -Springfield, MA- Mayor Domenic J. Sarno, Governor Deval Patrick and University of Massachusetts President Robert L. Caret today announced a new UMass satellite center located in the Tower Square office tower in downtown Springfield to significantly expand the University’s presence in western Massachusetts and unlock a range of degree opportunities to students of all ages that will be tailored to the meet the region’s workforce needs.  

Mayor Domenic J. Sarno stated, ``This is something my administration has been working on for six years. This is an exciting announcement that will bring energy and excitement along with the more eclectic mix we are striving for downtown. I would like to thank Governor Deval Patrick, UMass President Robert Caret, UMass Amherst Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy and Chairman of the Board of Trustees Henry Thomas for all of their hard work in making this happen. This is a great next step in a truly mutually beneficial relationship.''

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TITAN ROOFING RELOCATING TO SPRINGFIELD

Wednesday, November 13, 2013 -Springfield, MA- Titan Roofing Inc. was incorporated in 1978 and is planning to move its corporate headquarters from Chicopee to a currently vacant building at 200 Tapley Street in the city’s Bay Area Neighborhood, locating a minimum of 34 new permanent jobs to the facility and making a total project investment of over $2 million. The facility will also serve as home base to many other contracted workers in addition to the 34 jobs.

Mayor Domenic J. Sarno stated “I would like to thank Titan Roofing and Kevin Campion for their belief and investment here in Springfield.” Mayor Domenic J. Sarno further stated “Titan Roofing is a leader in their field and we are thrilled to have them here in Springfield.”

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Wednesday, November 13, 2013 -Springfield, MA- Titan Roofing Inc. was incorporated in 1978 and is planning to move its corporate headquarters from Chicopee to a currently vacant building at 200 Tapley Street in the city’s Bay Area Neighborhood, locating a minimum of 34 new permanent jobs to the facility and making a total project investment of over $2 million. The facility will also serve as home base to many other contracted workers in addition to the 34 jobs.

Mayor Domenic J. Sarno stated “I would like to thank Titan Roofing and Kevin Campion for their belief and investment here in Springfield.” Mayor Domenic J. Sarno further stated “Titan Roofing is a leader in their field and we are thrilled to have them here in Springfield.”

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Springfield Police Department's Learn to Skate

The Springfield Police Department's annual "Learn-to-Skate" will begin this Saturday, November 30th at 2:00 P.M. at the "Cyr Arena" ice skating rink located in Forest Park. The instructional skate will last one hour. All ages are welcome. Every child going on the ice must havea properly fitted helmet and gloves or mittens. No child will be allowed to skate without a helmet. The skate rental and ice time is free of charge.

Springfield Police Officers will be on the ice giving ice skating instructions to the kids wanting to learn to skate. The "Learn-to-Skate" will start Saturday November 20th  at 2:00 P.M. and will run EVERY SATURDAY at the same time until December 28th. On Saturday, December 21'st the Springfield Police Officers will be putting on a "Learn-to-Skate Christmas Party" where Santa Claus will be on the ice skating and talking to kids about what they want for Christmas. There will also be refreshments served and every child will get a gift.

 

 

FORMER MAYOR THEODORE DIMAURO TRIBUTE COMMITTEE NAMED

November 25, 2013 –Springfield, MA- Mayor Domenic J. Sarno announced the formation of a committee charged with recommending a befitting tribute to former Mayor Theodore Dimauro (1978-1984) who passed away this past September at the age of 80.

Committee Members: City Councilor Kateri Walsh, Mr. Frank Foraistere, Mr. Dan Walsh, Mr. Peter Carando, Fmr. City Councilor Brian Santanielo, Bishop Bryant Robinson, Ms. Pedge Lynch, Mr. Raymond Jordan Atty. John Liebel, Mr. William Foley, Mr. Anthony Cignoli, Mr. Frank Gulluni Sr., Ms. Patricia Correira

CITY OF SPRINGFIELD RECEIVES DISTINGUISHED BUDGET PRESENTATION AWARD

November 20, 2013 -Springfield, MA- Mayor Domenic J. Sarno announced today that the City’s Finance Department has been awarded the Government Finance Officers Association’s (GFOA) Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for the sixth consecutive year.  The award was presented for the City’s Fiscal Year 2014 budget.  

The GFOA award represents a significant achievement by the City’s Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and demonstrates their commitment to meeting the highest principles of governmental budgeting and adherence to the City’s stringent financial ordinances.  The OMB satisfied nationally recognized guidelines to qualify for this award.

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SPRINGFIELD SEEKS PUBLIC’S HELP TO REPORT STREET LIGHTS THAT ARE OUT

November 20, 2013 –Springfield, MA– Mayor Domenic J. Sarno is seeking the public’s help in reporting streetlights that are out throughout the City of Springfield to Western Mass Electric Company.

To report outages please call WMECo at (413) 781-4300 or on-line at https://www.wmeco.com/wms/streetlight.aspx?nl=slr. You can also utilize the City’s 3-1-1 Call Center to report any street lights that may be out: please call 3-1-1 from a landline with in the City of Springfield or (413) 736-3111 from outside the City or on a cell phone. You can also download the 311 Android app by visiting the City’s website: www.springfieldma.gov

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MAYORS FROM AROUND THE STATE GATHER TO CELEBRATE MAYOR TOM MENINO'S REMARKABLE CAREER

November 19. 2013 -Springfield, MA- Mayor Domenic J. Sarno along with Mayors from around the Commonwealth gathered at a Massachusetts Municipal Mayors Association sponsored breakfast to celebrate Boston Mayor Tom Menino's remarkable career.

Two Years Later Baystate Metal Solutions A Success

November 15, 2013 -Springfield, MA- Mayor Domenic J. Sarno toured Baystate Metal Solutions with owner Tony Fernandez in a follow up visit from two years ago. Mr. Fernandez purchased the then 44 year old business four years ago. He has worked closely with both the City of Springfield as well as state and federal officials to expand his business to its current payroll of over 30 employees, many of whom reside in the City of Springfield.

Touring the facility located at the intersection of Armory Street and Taylor Street; Mayor Sarno was accompanied by Mr. Tom Mathews and Mr. Richard Griffin from the City's Economic Development Office.

Mr. Fernandez also sits on the Putnam High School Sheet Metal Program Advisory Board and works with students by providing internships to students.

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CITY OF SPRINGFIELD RELEASES NEW MARKET-RATE HOUSING STUDY

November 14, 2013 -Springfield, MA- Mayor Domenic J. Sarno today announced the results of a market rate housing study commissioned for Springfield, indicating a strong potential for new downtown market-rate housing. “We see tremendous opportunity here in Springfield and this study confirms that the market is there,” said Mayor Sarno. “We are confident that with the MGM project coupled with other significant projects downtown including Union Station, downtown is perfectly positioned for new market rate housing.”

The study was completed by national expert Laurie Volk of Zimmerman/Volk Associates (ZVA), who presented the findings this morning at a function sponsored by the Springfield Chamber of Commerce. The Springfield Chamber has been a strong participant and supporter of city efforts ranging from Urban Land Institute to MassINC.

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Delegation from County Donegal, Ireland Visits Springfield

Congressman Richard E. Neal, Cllr. Ian McGarvey, Mayor Domenic J. Sarno and Cllr. Paschal D. Blake. Photo by Elizabeth Quigley

November 12, 2013 -Springfield, MA- A delegation from County Donegal in Ireland visited Springfield. The delegation was received by Mayor Domenic J. Sarno and Congressman Richard E. Neal. The delegation included Cllr. Ian McGarvey, Mayor of County Donegal, Cllr Noel McBride, Cllr. Paschal Blake, Mayor of Letterkenny, Mr. Seamus Neely, Manager Donegal County Council, Mr. Michael Heaney, Director of Service Donegal County Council and Dr. John Doran of the Letterkenny Institute of Technology.

The Visit was arranged by the Western Massachusetts Economic Development Council (EDC) and the Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau. The visit was arranged to further cement the relationship that the EDC has been fostering with the West of Ireland in new business opportunities and tourism.

Boston Road Reconstruction Begins

November 8, 2013 -Springfield, MA- Mayor Domenic J. Sarno, Department of Public Works Director Al Chwalek and Chief Development Officer Kevin Kennedy announced the start of the Boston Road Reconstruction Project. The project will run from Pasco Road to the Wilbraham Town line (1.2 miles) and cost $7,400,000 to complete.

The reconstruction will better align the roadway as well as improve and reconfigure five intersections: Pasco Road, Parker Street, the Eastfield Mall, Springdale Mall and Kent Road. Sidewalks will be added and improved throughout the project limits along with streetscape and landscape improvements along the entire corridor.

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Actress From The Lion King Visits the Mayor's Office

Ms. Nancy Shepard-Murray, Ms. Sade` Murray and Mayor Domenic J. Sarno

November 8, 2013 -Springfield, MA- Ms. Sade` Murray and her mother Ms. Nancy Shepard Murray stopped in to visit Mayor Domenic J. Sarno. Sade` has just completed a two year tour playing Young Nala in the Broadway musical The Lion King. Her favorite part about touring the county was flying and meeting new people. Her favorite states to visit were Arizona and Alaska.

Ms. Sade` Murray visited the Mayor two years ago before hitting the road and came back to visit now that she is finished touring. Sade`, a Springfield resident, is now 16 and is a junior at the Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter School in South Hadley.

2013 Veteran of the Year and Springfield Veterans' Day Parade Marshall Honored

Mayor Domenic J. Sarno, Corporal Roland F. Blanchard and Veterans' Affairs Director Thomas Belton Sr.
Corporal Roland F. Blanchard
Veterans' Affairs Director Thomas Belton Sr.

November 7, 2013 -Springfield, MA- The Springfield Veterans' Activities Committee honored their 2013 Veteran of the Year recipient as well as the 2013 Parade Marshall at City Hall. This year the committee honored Roland F. Blanchard as its honoree as well as the City of Springfield's Veterans' Affairs Director Thomas Belton Sr. as this years Veterans' Day Parade Marshall. Mayor Domenic J. Sarno was on hand to proclaim today Corporal Roland F. Blanchard Day in the City of Springfield.

Roland F. Blanchard was a member of the United States Army from 1943-1946 and received an honorable discharge after serving in Europe during WWII as a Corporal in the Infantry. Honors received by Mr. Blanchard include: Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Combat Infantryman Badge, European African Middle Eastern Campaign Ribbon.

2013 Veteran's Day Parade:

Monday, November 11, 2013 at 11:00 AM

Step Off: Springfield Technical Community, One Federal Street, Springfield, MA 01105

The Parade will travel down State Street and take a right on to Main Street ending in court Square at approximately 12:00 PM

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Smith & Wesson To Restore Veterans' Memorial

Mayor Domenic J. Sarno and Smith & Wesson President and CEO James Dedney
Veteran Affairs Director Tom Belton, Mayor Domenic J. Sarno, City Councilor Kateri Walsh and 2013 Veteran of the Year Roland Blanchard

November 7, 2013 -Springfield, MA- During a press conference at Smith & Wesson’s Springfield headquarters, and joined by Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno, the company unveiled plans to fund and oversee the repair and restoration of the historic Roosevelt Avenue Veteran’s Memorial flagpole which is located on a roadway median directly in front of the Smith & Wesson campus.  The flagpole, which serves as part of a Veteran’s Memorial erected in 1931, was leveled by severe winds from the same storm that spawned a historic tornado in downtown Springfield and surrounding areas on June 1, 2011.   

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City Council and School Committee Election

The elections for Springfield City Council and School Committee seats is November 5, 2013. Vote totals will be posted online once the polls close at 8 p.m.  See Springfield vote totals »

Puerto Rican Heritage Honored at City Hall in Springfield

November 1, 2013 -Springfield, MA- Mayor Domenic Sarno, City Councilors Kateri Walsh and Bud Williams, along with other City, School and Community leaders gathered at City Hall in Springfield today to recognize Puerto Rican Heritage Day in Springfield. Mayor Sarno read a proclamation followed by a flag rasing on the steps of City Hall.

Dads Make a Difference Kicks Off Literacy Month

November 1, 2013 -Springfield, MA- The Greater Springfield Dads Make a Difference committee kicked off the Month of November as literacy month, with a focus of raising awareness about the importance of involving men and fathers reading to their children. The committee, which organizes an annual Father’s Day Parade in Springfield and is chaired by Bud Williams, City Councilor, and Janis Santos, Executive Director of Holyoke, Chicopee, Springfield Head Start, kicked of Literacy Month at City Hall in Springfield with Mayor Domenic J. Sarno.

TD Bank Donates $20,000 To Re-green Riverfront Park

Photo provided by Bianca Doone

October 29, 2013 -Springfield, MA- Mayor Domenic J. Sarno stopped at Riverfront Park to thank over 80 volunteers from TD Bank for their time and effort in planting trees to replace ones destroyed in the June 1, 2011 tornado. A $20,000.00 grant from TD Bank made the tree planting possible. The planting was done in co-ordination with Regreen Springfield, Inc. and the City of Springfield.

City Solicitor Ed Pikula Honored for His Election as the President of the Massachusetts Municipal Lawyers Association

October 28, 2013 -Springfield, MA- City Solicitor Ed Pikula was honored by the Springfield City Council at their meeting held on October 28, 2013. Attorney Pikula was recently elected as the President of the Massachusetts Municipal Lawyers Association. He has served as the Springfield City Solicitor since 2006 and  previously served as Chief of Litigation for the City from 2001 to 2005 and Assistant City Solicitor for the City of Springfield from 1983 – 1996 and from 1998 - 2000.

Springfield Awarded $1 Million Public Safety Grant

October 28, 2013 -Springfield, MA- Mayor Domenic J. Sarno announced today a $1 million grant award from the U.S. Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation Program (BCJIP). As stated in the grant announcement published by DOJ; “Millions of Americans live in distressed neighborhoods where a combination of crime, poverty, unemployment, poor health, struggling schools, inadequate housing and disinvestment keep many residents from reaching their full potential. The complexity of these issues has led to the emergence of comprehensive place-based and community-oriented initiatives that involve service providers from multiple sectors and disciplines, as well as community representatives from all types of organizations, to work together to reduce and prevent crime and to revitalize communities.”

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Springfield DPW Issues Several Traffic Alerts

October 25, 2013 –Springfield, MA- The Springfield DPW has issued the following traffic advisories in Springfield for the next couple of weeks. Please beware of these locations and try to seek an alternate route. Your patience is appreciated while the work is completed.

Tiffany Street Update, Pine Street Milling & Paving and Fenimore Heights Paving Project

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Central Street Groundbreaking

October 25, 2013 -Springfield, MA- Mayor Domenic Sarno attended a groundbreaking ceremony for 316-336 Central Street for four new single family homes.  The site will be developed by Viva Development, a minority owned developer, into four owner-occupied homes.    The developer will be able to access up to $800,000 in Neighborhood Stabilization funds to complete this project. This project represents another piece of the Maple High Six Corners Neighborhood redevelopment following the June 1st tornado.  

 

WMECo Breaks Ground on Cottage Street Solar Facility

Tuesday, October 22, 2013 -Springfield, MA-Construction of WMECo’s third solar facility is underway in Springfield, as the company significantly expands its solar program. WMECo’s new solar plant is being built on the capped landfill at 282 Cottage Street in East Springfield.  It will contain close to 13,000 solar panels and generate 3.9 megawatts of electricity—enough to power more than 600 homes.

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Springfield Begins Implementation of Updated Property Registration Ordinance

October 21, 2013 -Springfield, MA- Mayor Domenic J. Sarno announced the beginning of the implementation of the City of Springfield’s updated ordinance requiring the registration of vacant and foreclosing properties to protect and preserve public safety, security, and the quiet enjoyment of occupants, abutters, and neighborhoods. 

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Treasurer Steve Grossman Visits Forest Park Middle School

October 17, 2013 -Springfield, MA- Mayor Domenic J. Sarno welcomes State Treasurer Steve Grossman to Springfield to recognize the Massachusetts School Building Authority surpassing the $10 billion in funding to cities and towns. Springfield has benefited by receiving over $300 million dollars to build, renovate, or repair our school buildings.

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Rays of Hope 2013

October 17, 2013 -Springfield, MA- Mayor Domenic J. Sarno Baystate Health officials and City of Springfield employees, gathered this morning on the steps of Springfield City Hall to proclaim today "Rays of Hope Day" in the City of Springfield. Mayor Sarno issued a proclamation stating in part; " Whereas, Rays of Hope is a respected and honorable event dedicated to providing programs, services, research and state of the art equipment in support of breast cancer patients and survivors through its funding to the Comprehensive Breast Center of the Baystate Regional Cancer Program and our community partners". The City of Springfield employees contribute approximately $5,000 to the Rays of Hope campaign every year.

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311 Call Center Celebrates Customer Service Week

October 8, 2013 -Springfield, MA- 311 Call Center Director Donna Carney and staff are celebrating Customer Serivce Week. Springfield's 311 Call Center handles over 155,000 calls a year for services and information. Most residents will find the Customer Service Representatives in the call center to be the most knowledgeable on the wide array of services the City performs as well as a great resource for information. The call center is available to all residents by dialing 3-1-1 from a landline in Springfield or by calling (413) 736-3111 from outside the City or from a cell phone.

Springfield Recognizes Italian Heritage Month

October 7, 2013 -Springfield, MA- While participating in the Italian Cultural Council's recognition ceremony, Mayor Domenic J. Sarno issued a proclamation proclaiming the month of October; Italian Heritage Month. It read in part: "The month of October is a time to honor Italian Heritage and the many contributions Italians have made to our community and our nation. Italian-Americans have won prestigious prizes, such as the Nobel Prize, the Pritzker Award for architecture, and the Fields Medal for mathematics.

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SPRINGFIELD REACHES SETTLEMENT WITH COLUMBIA FROM DOWNTOWN GAS EXPLOSION

October 3, 2013 – Mayor Domenic J. Sarno announced that the city has reached a settlement with Columbia Gas and its insurance company over the City’s claims arising from the natural gas explosion in downtown Springfield on Friday evening, November 23, 2012. The blast injured 18 people, including municipal employees, and leveled a downtown building, damaging municipal infrastructure such as roadway and sidewalks in the city’s entertainment district.

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SPRINGFIELD CITIZENS POLICE ACADEMY SET TO BEGIN OCTOBER 9, 2013

The 36th class of the Springfield Citizens Police Academy will begin on Wednesday October 9th at 6:00 p.m. This free, 10 week, one-night-per-week class is for residents of Springfield, 18 and older, interested in Policing in Springfield and Community Partnerships. The class is held from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the East Springfield Neighborhood Office, 1437 Carew Street located directly behind Pottenger Elementary School. You must pre-register. To sign up and for additional information, please call 787-6359.

Topics explored will include the organization of the Springfield Police Department including Traffic, Narcotics, Internal Investigations, Gangs, Crime Prevention, Community Policing, Use of Authority, Patrol Procedures, Youth Aid Bureau, Police Community Relationships and much more.

Merriam-Webster; The Dictionary Project To Donate Dictionaries To Third Graders In Springfield

SPRINGFIELD, MASS., September 30, 2013—Today 400 dictionaries will be donated to third graders in Springfield by The Dictionary Project as part of a national program designed to support students in becoming good writers, active readers, creative thinkers, and resourceful learners by providing them with their own personal dictionary.

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GOV. DEVAL PATRICK VISITS ZANETTI SCHOOL

September 27, 2013 -Springfield, MA- Governor Deval Patrick, Mayor Domenic J. Sarno, Superintendent Daniel J. Warwick, School Committeeman Attorney Peter Murphy, School Committeewomen Antonette Pepe and Author of The Freedom Writers Erin Gruell were in attendance at the Zanetti School. Zanetti had been labeled a level 4, under-performing School. The most recent round on MCAS scores show that Zanetti is now a top-ranked level 1 school. Mayor Sarno cited the turn-around plan outlined by Superintendent Daniel Warwick and his team and the buy in from the students, teachers and parents who partnered in this successful turnaround.    

SPRINGFIELD PARKING AUTHORITY ANNOUNCES FISCAL YEAR 2014 CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PLAN

September 27, 2013 –Springfield, MA- the Springfield Parking Authority (SPA) has announced their FY2014 Capital Improvement Plan. To date approximately $100,000 in capital repairs have been made with an additional $200,000 budgeted for FY 2014. Total capital improvement expenditure for FY 2014 will be approximately $300,000. 

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CITY OF SPRINGFIELD AND EASTMAN DEDICATE CONGRESSMAN RICHARD E. NEAL INDIAN ORCHARD COMMUNITY PARK

Springfield, MA -September 23, 2013- Mayor Domenic J. Sarno, and Eastman Chemical Company today dedicated the Congressman Richard E. Neal Indian Orchard Community Park.  Located at 1708 Page Boulevard, the park has always been an important green space to the citizens of Springfield. The 18 acre park has been an integral part of the Indian Orchard community for over fifty years.  After acquiring Solutia, Inc. in 2012, Eastman continued the ongoing work to donate the private park to the City of Springfield

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MAYOR SARNO VISITS THE MASS MUTUAL CENTER

September 20, 2013 -Springfield, MA- While attending a press conference about the Springfield Parking Authority's continuous efforts in promoting Downtown Springfield's entertainment and cultural attractions; Mayor Sarno visited with the some of the Mass Mutual Center's dedicated staff. Employees at the Mass Mutual Center were dressed in Red to support Lymphoma Awareness Month.

CELEBRATION OF HOPE: PINK MASS & DINNER

September 14, 2013 -Springfield, MA- Celebration of Hope of Western MA held a "pink mass and dinner". Pictured on the left with Mayor Domenic J. Sarno is Nina Francesca Jachym and her friend Monica Brunton. Celebration of Hope of Western MA is a new non-profit that is Committed to raise funds and awareness to improve the health of people in our communities by supporting local agencies and raising awareness of ways in which people can prevent cancer.

NATIVE AMERICAN HERITAGE WEEK 2013

September 20, 2013 -Springfield, MA- Mayor Domenic J. Sarno participates in raising the Native American Heritage Flag Over City Hall. The Mayor also issued a proclamation in honor of Native American Heritage Week "The Native American Inter-Tribal Council has involved themselves tirelessly in our community by educating our children, donating clothes to the homeless and representing Springfield and Western Massachusetts when attending dedications, meetings, gatherings and conferences along the east coast"....

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MAYOR SARNO MEETS WITH CONSULATE GENERAL OF CANADA

September 19, 2013 -Springfield, MA- Mayor Domenic J. Sarno meets with Consul General of Canada Patrick G. Binns in the Mayor's Office. Mr. Binns, who works out of Boston, came down to Springfield today to meet with Mayor Sarno and promote ties between the two governments.  

F.W. WEBB OPENS NEW SHOWROOM AND DISTRIBUTION CENTER IN SPRINGFIELD

September 12, 2013 -Springfield, MA- Mayor Domenic J. Sarno, City Councilor Kateri Walsh and Officals from F.W. Webb cut the ribbon on the new Bath Center located in the Smith & Wesson Industrial Park.  F.W. Webb is New England’s Largest Plumbing & Heating Distributor. F.W. Webb, with a 40 year history in Springfield, outgrew an older facility in the North End. The New facility is 65,000 square feet and has the ability to expand the building even larger. The new facility is equipped with with solar panels on the roof that can power the entire facility on a sunny day. F.W. Webb, who originally committed to 16 jobs, has exceeded that estimate and currently employees is 25 people.

KELLY SERVICES OPENS IN SPRINGFIELD

September 9, 2013 -Springfield, MA-  Mayor Domenic J. Sarno stops by Kelly Services as they cut the ribbon to their new location at 1550 Main Street in Downtown Springfield. Kelly Services was established in 1946 by William Russell Kelly, founder of temporary staffing solutions. The company is widely recognized as a leader in workforce solutions.

VETERANS' BENEFITS INFORMATION

Thomas M. Belton, Director of the Springfield Department of Veterans Services is requesting that all veterans who are within 5 to 10 years from retiring, contact their office prior to considering retirement. He would like to offer assistance in matters of current or future benefits to Veterans who are retiring or are thinking about retiring. Read More >>

SPRINGFIELD FALCONS LAUNCH NEW WEBSITE

September 12, 2013 -Springfield, MA- In preparation for its 20th anniversary season, the Springfield Falcons Hockey Club launched its new website Thursday. The site was designed and produced by Infinity Pro Sports.

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CITY OF SPRINGFIELD RECEIVES BOND UPGRADE FROM STANDARD AND POOR’S RATINGS SERVICES

September 11, 2013 -Springfield, MA- Mayor Domenic J. Sarno, CAFO Timothy J. Plante and the City of Springfield’s finance team have been notified by Standard and Poor’s Ratings Services that the City of Springfield’s long term rating has been upgraded to A.

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CITY OF SPRINGFIELD REMEMBERS 9/11

September 11, 2013 -Springfield, MA- The City of Springfield held a 9/11 Commeration at the Raymond Sullivan Safety complex on Carew Street. Featured speakers included Chief of Staff to Mayor Domenic J. Sarno Denise Jordan, Wayne Phanuef of The Republican, Bishop Timothy McDonnell, Base Commander Colonel James Keefe of the 104th Fighter Wing, Barnes Air National Guard, David Pelletier from American Medical Response and Springfield Police Commissioner William Fitchet. The Program included: Singing of the National Anthem, Pledge of Allegiance, an emergency vehicles rollout and sounding of the sirens, the flag being lowered to half staff, ringing of the fire bell, laying of a wreath accompanied by bagpiper Sergeant Kane, a rifle salute, and the playing of Taps. 

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CAMP WILDER RECONSTRUCTION BEGINS

September 10, 2013 -Springfield, MA- Mayor Domenic Sarno, Executive Director Patrick Sullivan and Park Chairman Brian Santaniello, proudly announce the rebuilding of Camp Wilder Park with grants and donations totaling $983,000.  The Park had been affected by the June 1st tornado and over fifteen acres of woodland were lost in the storm. As part of the rebuilding meetings hosted over a six month period, the Camp Wilder park renovation was a top priority for the Sixteen Acres community.  The City has received a grant for $353,000 from the Commonwealth’s PARC program and matched by the following:  Community Development Block Grant funding of $250,000, Department of Conservation & Recreation; $180,000 and private donations from the Society of Everett Barney; $200,000. The Park renovations will include a new open field area, playground, parking, pavilion, landscape enhancements and improved trails/walkways.

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SEPTEMBER IS NATIONAL EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS MONTH

September 10, 2013 -Springfield, MA- Chief of Staff Denise Jordan and Health Commissioner Helen Caulton-Harris kicks off the City of Springfield's recognition of National Preparedness Month. National Preparedness Month is an annual campaign to encourage residents to take steps to prepare for emergencies in our homes, schools, organizations, business and neighborhoods.

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MAYOR DOMENIC J. SARNO RAISES THE GREEK FLAG

September 6, 2013 -Springfield, MA- Mayor Domenic J. Sarno today proclaimed the weekend of September 6-8, 2013, Greek Heritage Weekend in Springfield. The Greek community is celebrating the 34th Anniversary of the opening of the Greek Cultural Center of Western Massachusetts located at the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of Saint George. This weekend the Greek community is opening its GLENDI 2013 celebration which showcases the heritage of Greece by sharing with the entire City of Springfield and the surrounding region the rich history of Greek arts, crafts, music, dance, and traditional foods.

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FREE DOCUMENT SHREDDING

Keep Springfield Beautiful in partnership with Pro Shred will be hosting their Bi Annual Document Shredding Event on Saturday, September 28th 2013 from 9AM -12(noon) at Duggan Middle School 1015 Wilbraham Rd..

MAYOR DOMENIC J. SARNO DEDICATES GREENLEAF COMMUNITY CENTER TO SIXTEEN ACRES CIVIC LEADER CLODO CONCEPTION

September 5, 2013 -Springfield, MA- Mayor Domenic J. Sarno, Park Chairman Brian Santaniello, and Executive Director of Parks, Buildings and Recreation Management Patrick Sullivan today announced the naming of the Greenleaf Community Center in honor of Clodo Conception. Mayor Sarno and The Springfield Park Commission were contacted by Sixteen Acres residents requesting the City’s consideration in renaming the center after Mr. Concepcion for his tireless efforts for their neighborhood.  It was met with great support from the community and the Mayor to strongly endorse the naming of this building honoring his efforts in ensuring a positive quality of life for the Sixteen Acres neighborhood.

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MAYOR DOMENIC J. SARNO UNVEILS MAIN, FRONT AND MYRTLE STREETS INTERSECTION RECONSTRUCTION IN INDIAN ORCHARD

August 27, 2013 -Springfield, MA- Mayor Domenic J. Sarno, DPW Executive Director Al Chwalek and Chief Development Officer Kevin Kennedy officially unveiled the intersection reconstruction at the Intersection of Main, Front and Myrtle Street in Indian Orchard. The VHB, Inc. designed road improvement project began in October 2012 and was completed in August 2013. The project consisted of new traffic signal and roadway alignment which significantly improves safety. Total project cost was $882,000 and was funded through Chapter 90, old bond proceeds, and pay-as-you-go capital improvement money. The project construction was completed by Ludlow Construction on-time and 5% under budget.

MAYOR DOMENIC J. SARNO REMINDS SENIORS OF SMOKE DETECTOR INSTALLATION PROGRAM

August 23, 2013 - Springfield, MA - Mayor Domenic J. Sarno, Elder Affairs Director Jan Denney, Fire Marshall David Rivera, and Fire Commissioner Joseph Conant held a press Conference today to remind resident seniors of the City of Springfield’s Smoke Detector Installation Program. Any City resident over 60 years of age in an owner occupied dwelling qualifies for a free smoke detector(s) and installation. Simply call the City’s call center by dialing 3-1-1 on a landline in the City of Springfield or (413) 736-3111 from outside the City or on a cell phone.

MAYOR DOMENIC J. SARNO RE-OPENS HUBBARD PARK AFTER $985,000 RENOVATION

August 22, 2013 -Springfield, MA- Mayor Domenic J. Sarno, Executive Director Patrick Sullivan and Park Commission Chairman Brian Santaniello invite the public to a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on Thursday, August 22.

Funding for the renovations were made possible by a $500,000 PARC grant from the Division of Conservation Services, $200,000 from UniFirst Corporation and $285,000 in Community Development Block Grants.  The project included renovation of the ball-fields, new drainage to correct years of flooding that would occur on the fields, new parking area and improvements to the basketball court. Also, new site amenities including: fencing, lighting and picnic tables, as well as the formalization of the entrance with new signage, blacktop and plantings.

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Mayor Domenic J. Sarno Releases CBDG-DR Action Plan

August 21, 2013- Springfield, MA - Mayor Domenic J. Sarno, Congressman Richard E. Neal and Chief Development Officer Kevin Kennedy released today; The City of Springfield Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Recovery Partial Action Plan A. This document will be submitted to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) as an initial action plan as well as satisfying a precondition to receiving CDBG-DR funds. The City of Springfield (City) must submit a comprehensive Action Plan that details its unmet needs and describes the proposed uses of CDBG-DR funds to address them.

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CITY OF SPRINGFIELD TO PARTICIPATE IN NATIONAL NIGHT OUT

On Tuesday, August 6, 2013; neighborhoods throughout Springfield are being invited to join forces with thousands of communities nationwide for Annual National Night Out” (NNO) crime and drug and gang prevention event. National Night Out, will involve over 10,000 communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canadian cities and military bases around the world. In all, over 40 million people are expected to participate in ‘America’s Night Out Against Crime’ on August 6th 2013.

 

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MAYOR DOMENIC J. SARNO ANNOUNCES NEW HUNGRY HILL SENIOR CENTER AND MARY TROY PARK

July 31, 2013 –Springfield, MA- Mayor Domenic J. Sarno, Health and Human Services Commissioner Helen Caulton-Harris, Executive Director of Parks, Buildings, and Recreation Management Patrick Sullivan, Park Commission Chairman Brian Santaniello and Disability Commissioner Robert Klupa have announced the funding of $80,000 to provide upgrades to the Liberty Branch Library in order to offer senior services currently being housed at the Raymond Sullivan Safety Complex on Carew Street.       Press Release & Photos

CITY SOLICITOR ED PIKULA ELECTED PRESIDENT OF MASSACHUSETTS MUNICIPAL LAWYERS ASSOCIATION

July 25, 2013 –Springfield, MA- Mayor Domenic J. Sarno announced today that City Solicitor Edward M. Pikula was recently elected President of the Massachusetts Municipal Lawyers Association, Inc. (MMLA), formerly the City Solicitors and Town Counsel Association (CSTCA), by MMLA members, to serve for the upcoming year.  Press Release

Fiscal Year 2014 Adopted Budget

The Adopted Budget for Fiscal Year 2014 totals $571.8 million, a 1.6% increase from current FY 2013, and includes funding for 2.9% additional employees than in FY 2013 (21.9% fewer than in FY 2008).

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MAYOR DOMENIC J. SARNO BREAKS GROUND ON NEW CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL SCIENCE LABS

July 15, 2013-Springfield, MA- Mayor Domenic J. Sarno, Massachusetts State Treasurer Steve Grossman, Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) Executive Director Jack McCarthy, Springfield Public Schools Superintendent Dan Warwick and Director of Capital Asset Construction Rita Coppola; brake ground on Central High Schools’ new science labs.

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Mayor Domenic J. Sarno Visitis Go Fresh Springfield

July 11, 2013-Springfield, MA- Mayor Domenic J. Sarno along with daughters Chiara and Cassandra, visited the Go Fresh Mobile Market in Court Square. Go Fresh Market stops run Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays every week starting the last week of June and running through the beginning of November.

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ELIAS BROOKINGS MUSEUM MAGNET SCHOOL GROUNDBREAKING

July 10, 2013-Springfield, MA- Mayor Domenic J. Sarno, Massachusetts State Treasurer Steve Grossman, Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) Executive Director Jack McCarthy, Springfield Public Schools Superintendent Dan Warwick and Director of Capital Asset Construction Rita Coppola; today broke ground on the new Elias Brookings Museum Magnet School.

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City of Springfield $21.8 Million Disaster Relief Funds

The City of Springfield has been awarded $21.8 Million Community Development Block Grant Disaster Relief funds (CDBG-DR) that will be used for disaster related relief, long-term  recovery, restoration of infrastructure and housing and economic revitalization activities in the most impacted distressed areas of the City of Springfield resulting from multiple Presidentially Declared Disasters occurring in 2011 or 2012. 

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CITY OF SPRINGFIELD ANNOUNCES DEVELOPER FOR MULTI-SITE SOLAR INSTALLLATION

June 26, 2013 -Springfield, MA- Mayor Domenic J. Sarno announced today that the City of Springfield has selected a developer for multi-site solar panel installations in the City.  Following a Request for Qualifications, the City’s selection committee reviewed proposals for the installation of solar photovoltaic (PV) panels on three rooftops and one capped landfill, all of which are owned by the City.  The Real Thing, LLC has been selected as the developer.

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MAYOR DOMENIC J. SARNO TO ANNOUNCES INCREASED DOWNTOWN POLICE DEPLOYMENT

June 19, 2013 –Springfield, MA- Mayor Domenic J. Sarno is announcing a Downtown Police Deployments Strategy that will substantially enhance what is currently deployed and will be funded by the Springfield Parking Authority. Funding has been made available through cost savings efforts at the Authority and will amount to an average of $25,000 a month.  

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CITY OF SPRINGFIELD SEEKS TO SIGNIFICANTLY CUT ENERGY USE

Springfield, Mass. (June 19, 2013) —Signing a three-year partnership agreement inside Springfield City Hall, which is slated for an energy efficiency overhaul this year, WMECo and the City of Springfield have taken a giant step forward in reducing energy consumption.  It’s all part of an ongoing, aggressive strategy to reduce energy use by more than four million kilowatt-hours and save taxpayers close to $625,000.  The resulting cut in greenhouse gas emissions will be equivalent to taking nearly 600 cars off the road.

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City of Springfield Commemorates Memorial Day

Mayor Domenic J. Sarno, Health Commissioner Helen Caulton-Harris, Springfield Veterans Services Department and local ROTC’s commemorates Memorial by laying wreaths at the City’s war memorials.   View the Photos >>

Mayor Domenic J. Sarno Appoints T.J. Plante as CAFO

June 6, 2013 -Springfield, MA- Mayor Domenic J. Sarno announced today that he has chosen Mr. Timothy J. Plante as the new Chief Administrative and Financial Officer (CAFO) for the City of Springfield.

Mayor Domenic J. Sarno commented on his selection; “I am pleased to announce Timothy J. Plante’s selection as Chief Administrative and Financial Officer for the City of Springfield. In his previous role as City Finance Director and School Chief Financial Officer, he worked tirelessly on behalf of the City to recover from multiple disasters, while guiding the budget process during some of the most trying financial times in the City’s history.”

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Mayor Domenic J. Sarno Honors 911 Dispatch Department and Dispatchers

Mayor Domenic J. Sarno Honors The City of Springfield Dispatch Department

Mayor Domenic J. Sarno Recognizes the City of Springfield Dispatch Department for Outstanding Service during Citywide Emergencies

June 6, 2013 Springfield, MA - The Springfield 911 Emergency Police/Fire dispatchers are being honored at Springfield City Hall for their role in handling emergency situations over the past two years.

This year, the City of Springfield’s Dispatch Department was honored by The State 911 Department during its 4th Annual 911 Honors Awards Ceremony at Mechanics Hall in Worcester, MA.,  Specifically, the dispatchers from both Police and Fire divisions who were working when the Tornado struck and/or for the Gas Explosion that took place. 

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Final Project For $200 Million State Street Improvment Begins

Congressman Richard E. Neal, Mayor Domenic J. Sarno, and Springfield Museums President Holly Smith-Bove' will hold a press conference tomorrow to highlight the ongoing street renovations along the State Street Corridor. Construction has already begun on the $2 million road improvement project that will significantly upgrade Spring, Elliot and Edwards Streets in the historic Armory-Quadrangle neighborhood. In addition to newly paved streets, the comprehensive redevelopment plan will include improved landscaping, specialty lighting, new sidewalks and urban forestry.

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City of Springfield Celebrates Founder's Day

Mayor Domenic J. Sarno, the Springfield Board of Park Commissioners and the Department of Parks, Buildings and Recreation Management honored The University of Massachusetts’ Forest Service, the Hampden County Sheriff’s Department, Mass Mutual, the Medical Reserve Corp., Northern Tree, PeoplesBank, Congressman Neal, Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs and tornado volunteers at a reception on Saturday, June 1, 2013 at 9:30 a.m. at the Carriage House in Forest Park. 

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City of Springfield Announces Real Estate Property Auction June 18, 2013

The City of Springfield will be holding their second real estate auction of 2013 on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 6:00 p.m., at City Hall, located at 36 Court Street, Springfield, MA.  More about this auction >>

City of Springfield Celebrates Asian American-Heritage Month

W h e r e a s, during this month, we join with other cities and dedicated organizations throughout the State to recognize the profound impact that Asian American and Pacific Islander residents have had on our society. Today we say "thank you" to those who have enriched the quality of life here in the City of Springfield, whose talents and contributions strengthen our economy, protect our security, and enliven our City every day.           

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City of Springfield Celebrates Gay Pride Month

W h e r e a s, These issues affect not only the LGBT community, but also our entire City. As long as the promise of equality for all remains unfulfilled, all are affected. If we can work together to advance the principles upon which our Nation was founded, every American will benefit. During LGBT Pride Month, I call upon Springfield residents to work together to promote equal rights for all, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.

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FY 2014 Mayor's Recommended Budget

Mayor Sarno's Recommended Budget for Fiscal Year 2014 totals $571.8 million, a 1.6% increase from current FY 2013, and includes funding for 2.9% additional employees than in FY 2013 (21.9% fewer than in FY 2008).

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Tree Planting at Forest Park Aquatic Garden

Today's planting at the Forest Park Aquatic Garden was initiated by Graziano Garden Center, who also donated the Japanese Maple that was planted, as part of the statewide "Plant Something" event. More >>

Mayor Domenic J. Sarno Signs Casino Host Agreement Transmittal Letter

Mayor Domenic J. Sarno signs the transmittal letter and sends the Community Host Agreement negotiated with MGM to the Springfield City Council.  Pictured along side the Mayor is President of MGM Springfield Bill Hornbuckle; who signed the Community Host Agreement on behalf of MGM.   View More >>

Forest Park Voted Best Public Park

With 736 acres of open space and a variety of recreation options for the whole family, Forest Park, the crown jewel of Springfield, has been voted the best public park in the Pioneer Valley by the Valley Advocate!  Stop by today to see what’s blooming!   Read More >>

Springfield School Volunteers (SSV) Announces The Launch Of Its New Website

Springfield School Volunteers (SSV) announces the launch of its new website www.springfieldschoolvolunteers.org. The website was made possible in part by donations received through the December 2012 Valley Gives campaign. The one-day philanthropy push, organized by the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts, was a 24-hour effort to leverage technology and social media to help connect donors with their favorite nonprofits.  Find Out More >>

Bottles for Boston

WMAS's Bottles for Boston is an effort to raise money for those victims, first responders, and other organizations who helped in the Boston tragedy. Special commemorative water bottles are being created and will soon be available for purchase.  Find Out More >>

Mayor Domenic J. Sarno Declares April National Public Health Month in Springfield

Now, Therefore, I, Domenic J. Sarno, Mayor, of the City of Springfield, do hereby proclaim, The Month of April 2013 as “National Public Health Month”, in the great City of Springfield and call upon the people of Springfield to observe this month by helping our families, friends, neighbors, co-workers and leaders better understand the importance of public health.  View the Photos >>

Mayor Domenic J. Sarno And The City Of Springfield Participate In Light It Up Blue

Mayor Domenic J. Sarno and the City of Springfield participated in Light It Up Blue, a unique global initiative by Autism Speaks to help raise awareness about the growing public health concern that is autism. Iconic landmarks around the world was lit up in blue on April 2, 2013 to show their support for  World Autism Awareness Day. The City of Springfield Election Office’s own Gil Molina organized the event and help raise over $500 from his colleagues.   View the Photos >>

WMECo and Springfield Partnership in Energy Efficient Construction Pays Big Taxpayer Dividends

Join WMECo President and COO Peter Clarke and Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno at the newly constructed Roger L Putnam Vocational Technical Academy. The $115 million school is a prime example how the city’s energy efficiency partnership with WMECo is paying off – saving energy, increasing comfort and cutting greenhouse gases – while also saving taxpayers money.  Read More >>

Mayor Domenic Sarno Announces Staff Changes In The Finance Department

Mayor Domenic J. Sarno announced Friday that Springfield’s Budget Director LeeAnn Pasquini will be leaving the City of Springfield’s Finance Department. LeeAnn is leaving the City to pursue a position at the University of Massachusetts as the Director of Budget and Planning for the Office of the President.  Read More >>

Mayor Sarno Recognizes The 2013 Putnam Academy Boys Basketball Division 1 State Champions

Speakers included Mayor Domenic J. Sarno, Superintendent Dan Warwick, School Committeeman Christopher Collins, Principal Gil Traverso, Coach William Shepard, City Councilor Bud Williams, and Team Captain Kayjuan Bynum. Mayor Sarno offered proclamations celebrating the Putnam Academy Boys Basketball Team’s State Championship and another recognizing Coach William Shepard.  View the Photos and Proclamations >>

 

City Of Springfield Announces Abutter Lots Sales Program

The City of Springfield is announcing the “Abutter Lots Sales Program”. The program is designed to sell City-owned vacant lots valued under $25,000 to property owners with a home or building directly abutting a vacant lot.  Read More and Download Application >>

Mayor Domenic J. Sarno Announces Significant Savings At The Springfield Parking Authority

Mayor Domenic J. Sarno today made the first of several upcoming parking announcements regarding the advances in the management of parking under the Springfield Parking Authority (SPA) that have resulted in immediate savings to the taxpayers and the city budget.  Read More >>

Springfield Police announce partnership with GetCrashReports.com

As a service to our resident and the business community, Springfield Police are proud to announce a partnership with GetCrashReports.com to provide online access to all Springfield Massachusetts crash reports.  More >>

Important Information About Open Meetings

In the State of Massachusetts, M.G.L. Chapter 39, Section 23B states all governmental bodies must have meetings that are open to the public and readily available to anyone who wishes to attend.  The City of Springfield provides access to meetings online in a variety of ways. More info >>









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