Originally published on Tue August 12, 2014 6:06 pm
There is a new spiritual leader for the 220,000 Roman Catholics in western Massachusetts.
56 year old Mitchell Thomas Rozanski was installed as the 9th bishop of the Springfield diocese during a nearly 2-and-a-half hour service Tuesday. The 900 seat St. Michael’s Cathedral, the mother church of the diocese in downtown Springfield was nearly filled to capacity.
Originally published on Mon August 11, 2014 4:21 pm
It will be a big day Tuesday for the 220,000 Roman Catholics in western Massachusetts, as a new bishop takes over the Springfield Diocese.
In a ceremony filled with ancient symbols and rituals Mitchell Thomas Rozanski will be installed as the new bishop Tuesday at St. Michael’s Cathedral, the mother church of the diocese in downtown Springfield.
" I am grateful to God for the call to ministry, for the call to priesthood and then this call to be the ninth Bishop of Springfield," Rozanski said Monday.
Originally published on Fri August 8, 2014 8:21 am
In the wake of at least nine fatal drug overdoses in Worcester in less than a week, the city is taking the problem into its own hands by trying to get those struggling with addiction the help they need.
Originally published on Thu August 7, 2014 3:46 pm
The Massachusetts Attorney General has filed a lawsuit against the former president of Westfield State University Evan Dobelle
A complaint filed in state court in Boston Thursday by Massachusetts Atty. Gen. Martha Coakley accuses Dobelle of spending up to $100,000 in school funds on personals purchases, trips, and meals at high end restaurants.
The suit alleges he violated state laws and university policies by knowingly submitting false claims to Westfield State for personal expenses totaling $59,000.
Originally published on Wed August 6, 2014 12:16 pm
Massachusetts will not be needed to shelter immigrant children who have come unaccompanied across the nation’s southern border. An announcement by federal officials late Tuesday ended a two-week controversy that embroiled Massachusetts in the national debate over immigration reform.
Originally published on Wed August 6, 2014 11:37 am
A Cambridge-based biotech company is seeking approval from federal regulators to use its experimental medication on patients brought to the United States for treatment after being infected in West Africa’s deadly Ebola outbreak.
Sarepta Therapeutics says if given approval, the firm will, within a few months, have enough of the injectible drug — AVI-75370 — for up to 125 patients.
The drug aims to stop the virus from replicating, allowing the body to fight it off.
Originally published on Tue August 5, 2014 5:20 pm
In Boston, some natives of Liberia are working to improve sanitation conditions and train health workers on the ground in their homeland, as the country and two of its neighbors battle a deadly Ebola outbreak.
Originally published on Tue August 5, 2014 4:51 pm
A state-financed expansion of public transportation in western Massachusetts is being launched this month.
The Pioneer Valley Transit Authority will introduce seven new bus routes, including a much demanded cross-town bus in Springfield, and a new route between Amherst and Holyoke. There will be more hours, mostly on the weekend, on 14 routes and buses will run more frequently on 15 routes. PVTA Administrator Mary MacInnes said ridership was up 2 percent last year.
Originally published on Mon August 4, 2014 8:26 am
Primary day is a little more than a month away, and while the gubernatorial election may be getting most of the attention, there’s actually a morecompetitive battle further down the ballot that’s bringing out Democratic devotees and dollars: the race for attorney general.
Originally published on Mon August 4, 2014 12:26 pm
Shoppers in Massachusetts can look forward to a sales tax holiday later this month. The Massachusetts legislature in the closing minutes of the legislative session last week set the sales tax-free shopping days for August 16 and 17.
The sales tax holiday was included in a comprehensive economic development bill that contains dozens of programs and incentives designed to create jobs. State Senator Gale Candaras of Wilbraham, who helped write the bill, acknowledges there is scant evidence the sales tax holiday does much to grow the Massachusetts economy.
The Massachusetts Inspector General issued a scathing report Thursday on a former state university president’s use of school funds for personal purposes.
Inspector General Glenn Cunha said former Westfield State University President Evan Dobelle knowingly and willingly violated school policy by spending lavishly for six years on trips and entertainment for himself, his family and friends. Cunha called Dobelle’s behavior “outrageous”
Elated to be alive and once again playing at the top of her game after a debilitating, three-year struggle with a life-threatening brain condition, the whirlwind New Orleans singer/dancer and entertainer Charmaine Neville is looking forward to performing with her famous father, saxophonist Charles Neville, on August 9 at the first Springfield Jazz & Roots Festival in downtown Springfield’s historic Court Square.
Emotions remain high over Gov. Deval Patrick’s offer to temporarily house unaccompanied immigrant children in Massachusetts. No final decision has been made about where the children would stay, if federal authorities accept the offer.
Six years after Mohegan Sun planted its flag in Palmer with the idea of building a western Massachusetts resort casino, the Connecticut-based company is leaving the rural town and giving up control of a 152-acre site.
Mohegan Sun is terminating a 99-year lease on the former casino site -– a wooded hillside just off the MassPike — and giving up pursuit of a non-casino development there. Town officials and the landowner, Northeast Reality, were notified Monday.
Originally published on Sun July 20, 2014 12:46 pm
MGM is preparing to purchase two city-owned buildings in Springfield for the Las Vegas-based company’s casino project.
Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno said MGM intends to close on the sale of the properties by the end of this month despite the statewide casino referendum in November that could kill the Springfield project.
" They have honored everything they have had to honor up to this point."
Originally published on Fri July 18, 2014 12:41 pm
Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick’s announcement Friday that Westover Air Force Reserve Base in Chicopee might be used to shelter immigrant children caught base commanders by surprise.
Base spokesman, Master Sgt Andrew Biscoe, said Westover is an active airfield with operational and security concerns that would need be addressed before it could house up to a thousand children. Also, lodging at the base is used on the weekends by thousands of reservists.
Gov. Deval Patrick says no decision has been made on a request from the Obama administration for Massachusetts to shelter some of the unaccompanied children who have been streaming across the nation’s southern border
Patrick seemed sympathetic to the request when he called the situation on the southern border a “humanitarian crisis” adding Massachusetts should do what it can to help. Republican State Rep. Nick Boldyga of Southwick said the governor should reject the federal request to temporarily house the immigrant children.
In Connecticut, we're used to seeing Beluga whales at Mystic Aquarium, but residents in Fall River, Massachusetts are getting an unusual sight in an unusual place. A Beluga whale was spotted in the Taunton River over the past several days.
Originally published on Wed June 25, 2014 12:48 pm
Underneath the charm of Martha's Vineyard's picturesque beaches, peaceful woods and luxury homes is a problem: Since August, there have been six overdose deaths on the island.
"That's a phenomenal rate for a community of 16,000 people — and that's not to mention the overdoses that haven't been fatal," says Charles Silberstein, an addiction specialist and psychiatrist at Martha's Vineyard Hospital. "We've had overdoses for years, but I don't think we've ever seen this kind of number or frequency."
Massachusetts’ highest court ruled today that a question asking voters to repeal the state’s casino law can go on the November ballot. It sets up what promises to be a hard-fought campaign to decide the fate of the fledgling gambling industry in Massachusetts.
The Mayor of Springfield, Massachusetts has renewed a call for an end to new refugee resettlements in Springfield. Massachusetts Congressman Richard Neal said the mayor has raised concerns that need to be addressed.
Mayor Domenic Sarno first called for a moratorium on refugee resettlements in Springfield 10 months ago, but then backed off amid criticism from social service providers and advocates for immigrants. Sarno said his office recently learned that up to 70 refugees will be settled in Springfield in the coming year.
An artist's rendering of the Springfield casino proposed by MGM Resorts. It was awarded the state's first casino license on June 13,2014, two-and-a-half years after Las Vegas-style gambling was legalized in Massachusetts.
Originally published on Tue June 17, 2014 12:34 pm
The city of Springfield, Massachusetts has a budget in place for the fiscal year that begins July 1st. The city’s elected officials are in agreement that following years of recession-forced spending cuts, the budget for fiscal year 2015 moves the city forward.
The $581.9 million budget recommended by Mayor Domenic Sarno was adopted by the Springfield City Council Monday night by an 11-0 vote with two councilors absent. The vote wrapped up the least contentious budget season in the state’s third- largest city in recent years.
Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra and his people have said that their negotiations to move the minor league New Britain Rock Cats to Hartford had to be confidential, because speaking about them publicly could have risked the whole thing and pushed the team out of state.
The Massachusetts Gaming Commission voted on Friday to award a western Massachusetts casino license to MGM Springfield, as soon as a repeal issue is resolved. Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno called the casino one of three essential ingredients to revive the city's "urban core."
State gambling regulators considering awarding the state's first casino license to MGM Resorts International have given its proposed $800 million casino in Springfield high marks for its finances and its building and site design.