Mayor Sarno Commends D.A. Gulluni, Commissioner Barbieri/SPD Continued

Attack on Drug Traffickers

Mayor Domenic J. Sarno states, “In speaking to Commissioner John Barbieri and Springfield Police Department narcotics officers yesterday after more successful major raids and arrests were made that took 21,000 bags of heroin off our streets; ‘I remain hopeful that our court system will hold these violent repeat gun-toting, gangbanging, drug-trafficking offenders, who deal this poison, off of our streets and out of our neighborhoods!’ Even though many a times these negative individuals are let go on very low bail and/or limited bail restrictions, under the leadership of Commissioner Barbieri and our brave and dedicated men and women in blue, overall crime is down 20% in Springfield. When I’m out in all of our diverse neighborhoods, this is what our residents want – a continued crackdown on these negative individuals. Again, I commend D.A. Gulluni, SPD and our state and federal task force partners for their/our continued crackdown on these peddlers of poison.”


MAYOR MARTIN J. WALSH AND BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY ANNOUNCE SECOND COMMUNITY MEETING FOR LONG-TERM CHINATOWN LIBRARY SERVICES PLANNING STUDY

Boston Public Library’s second of three community meetings to gather feedback for planning for long-term library services in Chinatown is scheduled for Tuesday, July 18, at 6:30 p.m. in the Josiah Quincy School cafeteria at 885 Washington Street in Chinatown.

Representatives from planning firm Miller Dyer Spears will introduce the Chinatown Library Services Planning Study and review its purpose, process, and schedule. They will also present feedback received from the last community meeting, discuss the schedule for focus group meetings, and distribute a survey.  In addition, representatives from the Boston Public Library and the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services will be in attendance. Community feedback is additionally welcome at Chinatownlibrarystudy@bpl.org, and more information can be viewed via www.bpl.org/branchcapitalprojects.

The work is part of Mayor Martin J. Walsh’s commitment to restoring library services in Chinatown after more than 60 years, and is in direct response to ongoing community advocacy for library services.

Temporary library services will open at the China Trade Center in 2017, and will include services such as community gathering space, a place to study and learn, and access to computers and the internet.

WHAT: Second Community Meeting for Long-Term Chinatown Library Services

WHEN: Tuesday, July 18 at 6:30 p.m.

WHERE: Josiah Quincy School cafeteria, 885 Washington Street, Chinatown


Funding for ‘Ahead of the Game’ will Provide Job Readiness Training, Help Low-Income Adults Secure Careers with MGM Springfield

The City of Springfield and Springfield Public Schools (SPS) will expand on career readiness pathways thanks to a $171,833 grant provided by the Massachusetts Gaming Commission aimed providing workforce training programs to help low-income adults secure employment with MGM Springfield.

The grant will support a pilot program dubbed “Ahead of the Game,” which will be run largely out of the City of Springfield’s SPS Adult Education Center. The program will serve as a bridge for adult students earning their GED or equivalent by preparing them for certification classes at Springfield Technical Community College. The classes would focus on certification in skills area relevant to employment opportunities at MGM Springfield. The funding also allows the preparation for certification program to be made available to eligible high school seniors.

Mayor Domenic J. Sarno stated, “The old adage says –‘pay me now or pay me later’ – it always makes sense to invest in education and workforce development. I thank and commend the leadership efforts of Superintendent Dan Warwick and Assistant Superintendent Lydia Martinez and on our city side Chief Development Officer Kevin Kennedy. My hat’s off to MGM and the MGC for their continued belief and investment in our Springfield for putting our people to work.”

Superintendent of Schools Daniel Warwick said the initiative is an example of the community coming together to take full advantage of opportunities created by the addition of MGM Springfield.

“Early on, MGM illustrated their vested interest in education with their commitment to early childhood education. Now, we are looking at a program that will positively impact their pool of workplace ready job candidates,” said Warwick. Warwick recognized Mayor Sarno for his continued financial commitment to adult education and thanked the Gaming Commission for the grant. “This will absolutely make a difference in our community and I could not be more grateful for the leadership and support,” he said.

Assistant Superintendent of Schools Lydia Martinez, who initiated the opportunity, said the pilot program will begin this fall and is a collaboration between Working Cities, the City of Springfield, Springfield Public Schools and Springfield Technical Community College.

“We all come the table wanting the same results,” said Martinez. “This program will allow us to work together to meet that goal, which is increasing employability for Springfield residents and their families. Here in Springfield, we are fortunate to have strong partnerships and I am really excited about working together to get this program up and going.”