(West Springfield, MA) — West Springfield voters have rejected a plan by Hard Rock New England to build a casino on the grounds of the Big E. Yesterday’s referendum lost by a 55-to-45 percent vote. Hard Rock spent about a million-dollars trying to drum up support. Opponents spent only about 18-hundred. The vote leaves MGM in Springfield competing with Mohegan Sun in Palmer for the sole Western Mass casino license.
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A traffic configuration change is coming to a busy Northampton intersection by 2018, according to state officials. A series of proposed upgrades to Route 9 calls for construction of a roundabout intersection at the Northampton side to the Coolidge Bridge.
Lengthening of the school day is part of a plan proposed by state officials in their three-year "turnaround" plan for Holyoke's schools, elements of which will be phased in beginning as early as next school year.
At a town council subcommittee informational forum on the issue earlier this week, one councilor suggested that the town should consider an ordinance imposing minimum air quality standards on home wood burning devices.
At last night's Council meeting, the owner of Packard's directly addressed City Council President Bill Dwight and Ward 3 Councilor Ryan O'Donnell condemning their choice to march with hotel workers to deliver a message of an intent to unionize, to Hotel Northampton owner Mansour Ghalibaf.