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Travelin’ Man

Travelin’ Man

It’s been a busy fall for me on the home front. Excluding my fiction writing…

Springfield Election 2013 (Sigh): You Get What You Vote For

Springfield Election 2013 (Sigh): You Get What You Vote For

Well, the 2013 elections are finally over, and the damage has been done. It’s been…

What Price Do We Pay for Quality Leadership in Springfield?

What Price Do We Pay for Quality Leadership in Springfield?

It seems every couple years the subject of a mayoral pay raise comes up in…

Springfield Primary Results | MA Governor Race

Springfield Primary Results | MA Governor Race

Springfield Preliminary Election – 2013 Springfield’s 2013 preliminary election took place this past Tuesday with…



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Geeks Gather for PodCamp Western MA 5

There was much to be heard, said and learned at this year’s edition of PodCamp Western MA, held this past Saturday at Holyoke Community College’s Kittredge Center, in Holyoke, MA. This weekend’s podcamp marked the event’s 5th anniversary and second year being held at the Kittredge Center. Like in its previous years, this years podcamp…

Geeks Gather for PodCamp Western MA 5

Travelin’ Man

It’s been a busy fall for me on the home front. Excluding my fiction writing endeavors, I’ve also been taking a few rode trips and visiting some places I haven’t been to before. Not far-away places. Just different ones. Below are just a few snaps from my visits to New York City and Cape Cod,…

Travelin’ Man

Hard Rock’s Bid Crumbles

This past Tuesday, voters in West Springfield rejected the bid by Hard Rock New England to build a casino resort by the Eastern State Exposition grounds. City residents said “no” to casino gambling by a 55 to 45 percent vote after Hard Rock spent nearly a million dollars marketing their plan. The opposition, in contrast,…

Hard Rock’s Bid Crumbles

What Price Do We Pay for Quality Leadership in Springfield?

It seems every couple years the subject of a mayoral pay raise comes up in the Springfield City Council. Earlier this year, the Springfield Chamber of Commerce recommended the city raise the Mayor’s salary to $135,000. That’s 40K more than Mayor Domenic Sarno’s current salary of $95,000. This past month, the City Council’s Finance Committee…

What Price Do We Pay for Quality Leadership in Springfield?

Springfield Election 2013 (Sigh): You Get What You Vote For

Well, the 2013 elections are finally over, and the damage has been done. It’s been some weeks since I posted here at the Intruder. I know I mentioned I would be returning to regular posts after taking the summer off, but once again life intervened and before I knew it, it was a couple days…

Springfield Election 2013 (Sigh): You Get What You Vote For
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Travelin’ Man

Travelin’ Man

It’s been a busy fall for me on the home front. Excluding my fiction writing endeavors, I’ve also been taking a few rode trips and visiting some places I haven’t been to before. Not far-away places. Just different ones. Below…

Hard Rock’s Bid Crumbles

Hard Rock’s Bid Crumbles

This past Tuesday, voters in West Springfield rejected the bid by Hard Rock New England…

Springfield Casino Vote Looms

Springfield Casino Vote Looms

With Springfield’s referendum vote on a casino resort set for July 16, time is running…

What’s Up at the Intruder: Casino Talk and More

What’s Up at the Intruder: Casino Talk and More

Ta-da! See, I made it back;-) For those wondering what the heck has been going…

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What Price Do We Pay for Quality Leadership in Springfield?

What Price Do We Pay for Quality Leadership in Springfield?

It seems every couple years the subject of a mayoral pay raise comes up in…

Springfield Primary Results | MA Governor Race

Springfield Primary Results | MA Governor Race

Springfield Preliminary Election – 2013 Springfield’s 2013 preliminary election took place this past Tuesday with…

Springfield Pre-Election Rundown – 2013

Springfield Pre-Election Rundown – 2013

One of the best things about being a little tardy on writing about local politics…

Break Time’s Over – Back to Work

Break Time’s Over – Back to Work

Ahh, so much for my summer vacation and extended hiatus from the Intruder. My empty…

Springfield Election 2013 (Sigh): You Get What You Vote For

Springfield Election 2013 (Sigh): You Get What You Vote For

Well, the 2013 elections are finally over, and the damage has been done. It’s been some weeks since I posted here at the Intruder. I know I mentioned I would be returning to regular posts after taking the summer off,…

Springfield News & Politics Blogs

The Valley Advocate: On Springfield

Casino Decision This Week

Friday’s the big day for MGM . That’s when the Mass. Gaming Commission will be in town to announce whether the company will be awarded the sole casino license to be granted in western Mass. Spoiler alert: It will, at least based on earlier comments made by the MGC’s chairman—not to mention...

Rise Together

Arise for Social Justice holds its annual meeting this Saturday, June 14. “We'll get reports from our campaigns, elect a board of directors, sing, learn a dance for a flashmob, unite!” organizers say. Topics for discussion include criminal justice, police accountability, housing, homelessness...
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Western Mass Politics & Insight

Take My Council, Please: Allow Us to Clarify…

UPDATED 8/21/14 11:18PM: For clarity and for confirmation of the mayor’s signature on the home rule petition. SPRINGFIELD—The City Council awoke from its annual summer break to take up housekeeping items, largely financial orders for a host of capital projects, […]

Carlos Gonzalez’s Second Act in Political Life…

SPRINGFIELD—An open legislative seat in a predominantly minority area may come only once in a while. Very rarely does the same person have two opportunities within a relatively short period of time. However, with the woman who won it from […]