Category: July

RADSpringfield keeps things rolling

7/20/2017 | Chris Maza

When H. Alex Weck first moved to Springfield from Boston, he realized there was a problem. The avid bicyclist couldn’t find a bike shop anywhere in the city. Now, standing in front of the garage at the rectory of the former Holy Family Church among a group of kids and volunteers discussing and repairing their bikes, Weck said he’s proud he’s been able to bring a needed service with the RADSpringfield Community Bike Shop. ...

Sanctuary showdown: City, churches at odds over immigration issue

7/20/2017 | Chris Maza and G. Michael Dobbs

In spite of substantial pushback from city officials including Mayor Domenic Sarno, the Springfield Sanctuary and Solidarity Network will continue its efforts to provide sanctuary for illegal immigrants. ...

Opinion: Why does the Conference Committee meet in secret?

7/20/2017 | G. Michael Dobbs

So, the big question on my mind was why on the name of all that is holy did the conference committee remove the east-west rail study from the FY18 Massachusetts budget? No one is talking, with the exception of conference committee member state Rep. Todd Smola, who was the only member of the committee to have the courtesy of returning my call. ...