Around Town & In The Community – 2016

December 2016

2016 Bi-Annual Gifted Divas

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Young women from the Springfield area competed in the 2016 Bi-Annual Gifted Diva Showcase founded by Brenda’s Child. From L to R: Victoria Navarro, Qwinasia Arnold, Janayha Click, Cyrah James, Jordan Bethuiame, Hannah Woodard, Luz Acevedo, and Tori Hector.

November 2016

National Association of Hispanic Nurses

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Members of the Springfield Chapter of the National Association of Hispanic Nurses at their annual gala celebration held at Chez Josef in Agawam.

October 2016

Stone Soul Hall of Fame Recipients

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Jerald “Jay” Griffin, Bishop Bryant Robinson, Jr., Ruth E. Carter and Dr. Andrew Griffin were honored for their life time achievements at the 2016 Stone Soul African American Hall of Fame Awards on September 1, 2016.

September 2016

Third Annual Mason Square Initiative Community Family Day

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The Third Annual Mason Square Initiative Community Family Day held at Hennessey Park. L to R: Veronise McCoy, Rosa Brown, Denise Jordan, Police Commissioner John Barbieri, District Attorney Anthony Gulluni, Adrienne Osborn, and Bishop P.J. Bailey.

Springfield Jazz & Roots Festival

Springfield Jazz & Roots Festival

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August 2016

Anti_Violence March

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Rev. Angelo S. Dawson, pastor of Bethel AME Church, with other religious leaders and police officials, held an anti-violence march through the church’s neighborhood to protest violence in the community.

July 2016

American Cancer Society Relay

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Cancer survivors at the start of the Springfield American Cancer Society Relay for Life at the Springfield Central High School track.

June 2016

Annual Scholarship Luncheon

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Western Mass Chapter of Girl Friends at their annual Scholarship Luncheon along with the Scholarship committee members and Scholarship recipients.

May 2016

Green-N-Fit Neighborhood Rebuild 2016

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Revitalize CDC staff, sponsors, city officials, and Green-N-Fit participants held a press conference with the Mayes family at their Lebanon St. home as part of their 4th Annual Green-N-Fit Neighborhood Rebuild 2016.

April 2016


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Springfield Technical Community College President Ira H. Rubenzahl with STCC Diversity Council Speaker Maria Hinojosa and POV Editor Marjorie J. Hurst and Publisher Frederick A. Hurst.

March 2016

"A Home Run For Bunny"

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Mayor Domenic J. Sarno read “A Home Run For Bunny to Mrs. Adona’s 3rd grade class at Pottenger School on Tony King’s birthday. L to R: Principal Valerie L. Williams; Sarno; Tony King, portrayed in the book; Richard Andersen, author of the book; and Springfield Superintendent of Schools Daniel J. Warwick.

February 2016


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Springfield City Councilor Justin Hurst is sworn in for a 2nd term.

January 2016


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Aleana Laster brought her anti-bullying message to the Springfield Parade of the Big Balloons.

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