MEET AND GREET CANDIDATES FOR LOCAL OFFICE

Library, Elections Office Co-sponsor Civic Engagement Event

SPRINGFIELD, MA – August 11, 2017 – The Springfield City Library is partnering with the City’s Election Commission and the League of Women Voters to offer Springfield residents an opportunity to meet candidates for City Council and School Committee. Participants can bring their concerns, ask questions and hear directly from candidates at the free event planned for the Central Library, located at 220 State Street in Springfield, on Tuesday, August 29th from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.  While there, people can also check their voter status, find out where their polling place is and register to vote. Attendees will also have the chance to take their picture with “Miss Stars and Stripes,” a light-hearted, informal mascot for the event. The program is timed to allow people to get registered before deadline for the September 19th preliminary election; municipal elections are scheduled for November 7th.

“Typically, most of the attention is paid to November elections. This year’s City Council and School Committee races have drawn great interest with 46 certified candidates, making this event a critical one for voters to speak one-on-one with the candidates and choose among them.  Partnering with City of Springfield Election Commissioner Gladys Oyola means that this event can be one-stop shopping for residents: learn about all the races and the candidates, and make sure you are registered to vote at the same time,” said Assistant Director for Public Services Jean Canosa Albano, leader of the Springfield City Library’s Civic and Community Engagement Team. She added: “This is the biggest show of interest we’ve seen as far as people running for office. It’s really encouraging to see the excitement people have for Springfield.”

“The League of Women Voters/Springfield is excited to be part of the Civic Engagement Team,” commented Linda Matys O’Connell, director of the League of Women Voters of Massachusetts. “The City Library shares our non-partisan values and is committed to offering citizens the education and information they need to participate fully in our community. Informed citizen participation is what makes democracy work for all of us.”

If you are working on a campaign and haven’t responded yet or missed the invitation, please contact Jean Canosa Albano at 413-263-6828, ext. 291.

Founded in 1857, the Springfield City Library provides nearly 5000 educational and recreational programs per year. To learn more, visit www.springfieldlibrary.org

29th ANNUAL STONE SOUL FESTIVAL

We are proud of our

29th ANNUAL STONE SOUL FESTIVAL

We Appreciate the Community’s Support

SEPTEMBER 1, 2, 3, 2017

This is a golden opportunity for the
Springfield Community
to come together.

Kid’s Night – Friday, 9/1/17
Carnival Rides, Health Fair, Talent Show,
Local Dance School Performance,
Raffles, sale of T-shirts, etc.

Entertainment Friday & Saturday @ 6:00 pm – Andrew Cade

Sunday – 9/3/17
Praise in the Park @ 10:30 pm – Elder Zachary Reynolds
Fish Fry @ 1:00 pm – Baystate Sportsmen Club
Gospel Concert @ 2:00 pm – Evenus Thompson & Will Naylor
Community Service Awards @ 3:00 pm – Danita Wilson

VENDORS ARE WELCOME
Food * Businesses/Organizations * Crafts * Jewelry * Tag Sale

Stone Soul, Inc. appreciates the POV as a way to communicate
with the community.

BLUNT PARK – ROOSEVELT AVE
SPRINGFIELD, MA

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION, PLEASE CALL (413) 737-1485

Time Is Running Out To Get Your Child Immunized for Back To School

 

SPRINGFIELD – Shopping for back to school? Did you forget something?

            How about checking those vaccine records and making sure your child is completely ready for school?

            “Time is running out to get your child’s immunizations up-to-date before the school bells ring once again,” said Dr. J. Michael Klatte, a pediatric infectious diseases specialist at Baystate Children’s Hospital.

August is National Immunization Awareness Month, which provides an opportunity to highlight the need for improving immunization coverage levels locally and across the country.

            Getting vaccinated according to the recommended immunization schedule is one of the most important things a parent can do to protect their child’s health. Diseases can quickly spread among groups of children who aren’t vaccinated. Whether it’s a baby starting at a new child care facility, a toddler heading to preschool, a student going back to elementary, middle or high school – or even a college freshman – parents should check their child’s vaccination records.

            Child care facilities, preschool programs, schools and colleges are prone to outbreaks of infectious diseases. Children in these settings can easily spread illnesses to one another due to poor hand washing, not covering their mouths when they cough, and other factors such as interacting in crowded environments.

            When children are not vaccinated, they are at increased risk for disease and can spread disease to others in their play groups, child care centers, classrooms and communities – including babies who are too young to be fully vaccinated and people with weakened immune systems due to cancer and other health conditions.

            Additionally, states may require children who are entering child care or school to be vaccinated against certain diseases. Colleges and universities may have their own requirements, especially for students living in residence halls. Parents should check with their child’s doctor, school or the local health department to learn about the requirements in their state or county.

Most vaccines are given during the first five to six years of life, when children are most vulnerable to infections. Other immunizations are recommended during adolescent or adult years and, for certain vaccines, booster immunizations are recommended throughout life.

According to Dr. Klatte, by state law, children must be up-to-date on their required immunizations in order to start school. 2017-2018 immunization requirements as listed by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MA DPH) include:

  • Two prior doses of measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine for entry into any grade level ranging from kindergarten through college graduate studies (including health science students).
  • Two doses of varicella (chicken pox) vaccine for entry into any grade level ranging from kindergarten through college graduate studies (including health science students), unless one has documented evidence of immunity or a history of varicella confirmed by a physician
  • One dose Tdap for entry into any grade level ranging from grade seven through college graduate studies (including health science students).

            The Tdap booster dose – recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for preteens at ages 11 or 12 years – provides protection against tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis (whooping cough). Children initially receive protection against these bacteria with the DTaP vaccine, which loses its protective effectiveness over time. As a result, preteens and teens need to get a Tdap booster dose. This is important not only to protect them, but also those around them – especially babies and the elderly.

According to the CDC, all preteens 11-12 years old need one dose of Tdap vaccine, one dose of meningococcal vaccine (to help prevent against bacterial meningitis), and three doses of HPV vaccine  to be fully protected against these serious diseases. A second dose of meningococcal vaccine is also necessary at age 16. The MA DPH (via the Massachusetts HPV Initiative) and the CDC urge health care professionals to give a strong recommendation for all of the adolescent vaccines recommended for boys and girls ages 11 or 12 years, and to recommend HPV vaccine as they would Tdap and meningococcal vaccines.

“I am always asked by parents if vaccines are safe for their children, largely because of inaccurate information found on the internet and elsewhere, which attempts to link autism to vaccinations. My answer to them is that vaccines are the only scientifically proven safe and effective way to protect their child from serious and sometimes deadly diseases,” said Dr. Klatte.

Parents should follow the vaccination schedule provided by the CDC, which is designed by experts to ensure maximum protection and safety for children at various ages. You can find schedules online at www.aap.org/immunization or www.cdc.gov/vaccines/schedules/.   

For more information on Baystate Children’s Hospital, visit www.baystatehealth.org/bch.

RICHIE, YOU REALLY DID IT!

Union Station officially opened to the public on Monday, June 26, 2017. This photo is from one of the many joyous opening celebrations.

Congressman Richard Neal

—–By Frederick A. Hurst—–
Congratulations to Congressman Richard “Richie” Neal for a job well done and for the vision that allowed him to see the possibilities in Springfield’s Union Station when it was little more than rubble. He has worked relentlessly on the project for decades while hoards of skeptics whispered their doubts. The outcome speaks for itself. Union Station can now be called the transportation hub of the region and Springfield can be proud.

It takes a special kind of person to fix their eyes on a distant future goal that most can’t even conceive of and to see it through to the end. If anybody could pull it off, Richie Neal was that person. He is smart, hard working and politically astute and has an unusually compassionate feel for the average person struggling to make a living, raise their kids and retire with dignity.

And he loves the city of Springfield where he was raised in the North End poor and blessed with a diverse group of friends who reflected the city’s racial makeup. Richie’s climb up the political ladder was steady and classic. Nobody has been able to repeat or even to come close to it. So it should surprise no one that he was able to raise the rubble of Union Station to a new glory in the same way he rose from the poverty of the North End to the United States Congress as the ranking member of the much sought after House of Representatives’ Ways and Means Committee.

Phoenix Rises From The Ashe

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Walking through the new Union Station should impress anyone. But for those of us who were born and raised in Springfield and recall the old station before its downward spiral, its revival is spiritual and uniquely uplifting. It stands as the paramount symbol of the rebirth of the Springfield that we knew and a message to those who doubted and to those who hope that the City of Homes is on its way back.

For that we owe Richie Neal a profound debt of gratitude. ■

Springfield Partners for Community Action Builds Community

 

SPRINGFIELD, MA ― June 2017 ― The staff at Springfield Partners has found a delicious way to celebrate the success of Paul Boyd, one of our Individual Development Account graduates.

Looking for assistance in expanding his small business, Chef Boyd enrolled in our Individual Development Account Program. Chef Boyd completed the program in May 2014 and invested his matched savings account into his own restaurant-on-wheels. “I asked the instructors the best way to start a business. I appreciate the help from everyone here from Steve, the people at the front desk, Iris, and Walt.”

Chef Boyd has been operating a food truck for the last seven years, but has been working in the restaurant industry for the past thirty-five years. Chef Boyd usually fires up the grill Monday through Saturday from 8:30am through 4pm (depending on weather).

Boyd’s Bistro will be parked behind our agency at 721 State Street (near Hancock Street) on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 11:30am-2pm. When not parked at Springfield Partners, Boyd’s Bistro can be found at State and Montrose Streets (near the TD Bank branch).

His menu includes breakfast all day and $3 sandwiches on water rolls (BBQ chicken, steak & cheese, etc.), $5 smoked ribs with a choice of sides, and several $4 pasta dinners.
Come join us on Wednesday and Thursdays this summer and enjoy some delicious, reasonably-priced food. Menu for Boyd’s Bistro.