Opening statements were set to begin Friday in the court-martial of an Army general accused of sexually assaulting a captain under his command with whom he had a three-year affair.More >>
An Army captain at the center of a sexual assault case that has scandalized the U.S. military testified Friday that a general twice forced her to perform oral sex on him during their three-year, illicit affair.More >>
Friday, March 7 2014 7:18 PM EST2014-03-08 00:18:14 GMT
House Speaker Mike Hubbard says the legislature has a responsibility when it comes to the budgets and it will take into account what the governor wants, but not treat it as sacred. "In the budgeting process,More >>
House Speaker Mike Hubbard says the legislature has a responsibility when it comes to the budgets and it will take into account what the governor wants, but not treat it as sacred.More >>
Friday, March 7 2014 7:16 PM EST2014-03-08 00:16:01 GMT
Whether you know it or not, you will have to pay a fine next year if you don't get some kind of health insurance in the next 24 days. March 31st is the deadline to enroll, and avoid paying a penalty onMore >>
Whether you know it or not, you will have to pay a fine next year if you don't get some kind of health insurance in the next 24 days. March 31st is the deadline to enroll, and avoid paying a penalty on your 2014 income tax.More >>
SPRINGFIELD, MA (WSHM) -
Mayor Domenic J. Sarno met with his emergency preparedness team this morning to discuss steps the City of Springfield will be taking in preparation for the winter storm. Mayor Sarno received a weather update indicating that Springfield may receive between 12-24 inches of snow as well as potential high winds. This will be a long-duration event beginning early Friday morning and lasting until Saturday afternoon.
Friday morning will be complicated by the initial snowfall and driving will become treacherous in time for the evening commute. Please note that because of the rate of snowfall, it will be difficult for DPW to keep streets clear and safe. At times, snow is expected to fall 2-3 inches per hour. The plowing operation will not be completed until early Sunday morning, it is strongly requested that residents exercise patience and keep vehicles off the streets; Mayor Sarno also suggested that businesses take caution and consider early dismissal.
The following action steps have been proactively put into place:
A city-wide parking ban will go into effect at 9 a.m. Friday morning. Parking will not be permitted on the odd side of the street from 9: a.m. until 4 p.m. and no parking on the even side from 7 p.m. until 7 a.m. The ban will be enforced through ticketing and towing. The ban will be in effect until further notice.
The Department of Public Works and the Springfield Fire Department are strongly encouraging residents to keep cars off the road so the streets may be cleared and for emergency vehicles to pass as needed.
Parking considerations: The Springfield Parking Authority will allow parking in the Civic Center Garage off Harrison Avenue for the duration of the storm. The cost is $2 every 12 hours.
Springfield Public Schools
Springfield Public Schools have canceled classes for Friday, February 8, 2013. The Central Office will be closing at 12 p.m.
Springfield City Hall
City Hall will be closing at 12 noon for non-emergency personnel
3-1-1 Call Center
The City's 3-1-1 Call Center will be open Friday until 2 p.m., and 311 will also be open over the weekend on Saturday from noon- 6 p.m. and Sunday from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. Any callers who leave a voicemail outside of business hours will be responded to. The call center can be reached from a landline by calling 3-1-1, or from outside of Springfield or via cell phone at (413) 736-3111.
Important Message from the Springfield Fire Department
Residents should not use candles. Residents using backup generators and fireplaces should ensure there is proper ventilation to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning, especially when using equipment that requires vents or fans for airflow if there is a power outage.
Down Power Line Warning
Residents should stay away from all downed power lines to avoid injuries and call 911.
An emergency shelter will open in necessary. Springfield's Health and Human Service Department is prepared to staff and open a shelter if conditions warrant.
Food Safety Advisory
The city's Department of Health and Human Services advises residents not to consume any food that has been stored in a refrigerator at temperatures of 45 degrees for more than four (4) consecutive hours to avoid illness.
Municipal Rubbish Collection
The City's Department of Public Works indicates that rubbish collection will continue as scheduled. Items should be placed out for collection no later than 4 a.m., on the day of collection. Place barrels on the tree belt.
Helping Animals in Need
Two local animal welfare organizations are able to assist domestic animals. The following is the contact information for the Dakin Pioneer Valley Humane Society and the Thomas J. O'Connor Animal Control & Adoption Center
Dakin Pioneer Valley Human Society 171 Union Street Springfield, MA 01105 Tel #: (413) 781-4000 www.dpvhs.org
Thursday, March 6 2014 9:29 AM EST2014-03-06 14:29:24 GMT
A South Carolina woman who drove her mini-van into the ocean at Daytona Beach with her three kids inside is from Cross in Berkeley County, according to authorities in Florida. Police say they interviewedMore >>
A South Carolina woman who drove her mini-van into the ocean at Daytona Beach with her three kids inside is from Cross in Berkeley County, according to authorities in Florida. Police say they interviewed her two hours before the Tuesday afternoon incident but the woman was released because she showed no signs of being suicidal.More >>
Thursday, March 6 2014 11:04 AM EST2014-03-06 16:04:16 GMT
Batkid, the cancer patient who thrilled San Francisco with his efforts to save the city, was scheduled to appear at the Oscars but was scratched at the last minute, his mother said. Natalie Scott toldMore >>
The 5-year-old Batkid who saved San Francisco was scheduled to appear on the Oscars, but his segment was cut before the show. More >>
Thursday, March 6 2014 8:23 AM EST2014-03-06 13:23:14 GMT
They were stashed in a plastic tote and left along the highway to perish. Ten tiny puppies, all alive and well tonight, after being rescued and turned over to the KC Pet Project Animal Shelter. "He thoughtMore >>
They were stashed in a plastic tote and left along the highway to perish. Ten tiny puppies are all alive and well after being rescued and turned over to the KC Pet Project animal shelter.More >>
Thursday, March 6 2014 9:06 PM EST2014-03-07 02:06:12 GMT
A first generation United States citizen and World War II veteran received an honor all the way from Norway, 70 years after fighting. Trygve Petersen fought with an infantry division known as the "VikingMore >>
A first generation United States citizen and World War II veteran received an honor all the way from Norway, 70 years after fighting. More >>
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