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A Taste of Springfield, Massachusetts

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  1. Springfield is the largest city on the Connecticut River and the county seat of Hampden County, Massachusetts, United States. As of 2009, the city's population was 155,575.

  2. Historically the first Springfield in the United States, it is the largest city in Western Massachusetts and the urban, cultural center of the Pioneer Valley. It is the third largest city in Massachusetts and fourth largest in New England (behind Boston, Worcester and Providence). Springfield has several nicknames — The City of Homes, The Birthplace of Basketball, The City of Firsts, and Hoop City.

  3. On November 3, 2009, Springfield held first-in-a-generation ward elections. Many proponents of ward representation argue that the slim Caucasian majority in Springfield keeps the city council out of touch with the needs of Springfield's large black and Hispanic populations, and that the cost of running a city-wide campaign is prohibitively high for local black or Hispanic politicians who could represent their home wards more effectively than they are currently being represented. Others argue that some blacks and Hispanics have run for office, and that the current minority representation on the Council would not increase under ward representation as proposed. Some citizens believe that the problem might be corrected by greater voter turnout among blacks and Hispanics. The plaintiffs hoped to postpone the 2005 municipal election pending the judge's ruling, but the motion was denied. The case itself is ongoing; however, further action by the Court has been stayed pending the local ballot measure.

  4. Points of interest
    Mason Square, the hub of the African American community with a sizable Jamaican community with shops and restaurants.

  5. Springfield's largest local newspaper is The Republican. It was formerly the Springfield Union-News & Sunday Republican. Smaller papers such as The Reminder and the Valley Advocate also serve Greater Springfield. Other newspapers include Predvestnik (a Russian language newspapers), El Pueblo Latino, which serves the Hispanic community, and Unity First which serves the African-American community.

  6. Springfield retains strong ethnic characteristics seen in the variety of restaurants available in all parts of the city. Springfield is home to many fine museums at The Quadrangle along with its main library. The collection includes the first planetarium in the country and the Dr Seuss National Memorial. Springfield also has its own orchestra. For the past three years, Springfield has held an annual, summer Hoops City Jazz Festival, which has drawn many people to downtown Springfield to hear live, outdoor music.

Radio Stations
WWQZ 89.5 FM Baptist Village, MA Christian Contemporary
WWUH 91.3 FM West Hartford, CT Variety
WZMX 93.7 FM Hartford, CT Hip Hop
WKSS 95.7 FM Hartford-Meriden, CT Top-40
WUCS 97.9 FM Windsor Locks, CT Sports
WDRC 102.9 FM Hartford, CT Classic Hits
WWEI 105.5 FM Easthampton, MA Sports
WHCN 105.9 FM Hartford, CT Classic Hits
WEIB 106.3 FM Northampton, MA Smooth Jazz
WHYN 560 AM Springfield, MA News/Talk
WTIC 1080 AM Hartford, CT News/Talk
WPOP 1410 AM Hartford, CT Sports
WHLL 1450 AM Springfield, MA Sports


Demographics of Springfield, Massachusetts

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Healing Racism

Public Television to Air Live Race Relations Forum Feb. 23

Local PBS station WGBY and the Healing Racism Institute of Pioneer Valley explore racism in western New England during live Thursday night special, Healing Racism: A Community Dialogue with award-winning journalist Tina Martin.

SPRINGFIELD, MASS. — With a community as diverse as the one here in western New England, it’s helpful at times to have an honest discussion about our differences—and similarities. That’s why, working with partner group Healing Racism Institute of Pioneer Valley, local public television and PBS station WGBY is hosting a unique town hall-style forum on Thursday, Feb. 23 at 8 p.m. about regional race relations.

Moderated by WGBH news reporter Tina Martin, the forum will be broadcast live from the Springfield studios. It will include a brief profile of the Healing Racism Institute of Pioneer Valley and its signature two-day “Healing Racism” seminar. Then panel of special guests will engage in a conversation about the institutional nature of racism and various manifestations of racism.

A live studio audience will be encouraged to offer thoughts and ask questions. In addition, the public television station is asking viewers to join the conversation virtually, using social media hashtag #wgbydialogue via Facebook and Twitter before, during, and after the televised event.

“We had been talking about doing something with Healing Racism Institute of Pioneer Valley for a while,” explains WGBY’s Interim General Manager Lynn Page, “but weren’t sure exactly what or how. Then, as we lined up all of our Black History Month programming, this opportunity unfolded. The Institute really does a fine job of facilitating what can be a personal and difficult topic.”

For its part, the Healing Racism Institute of Pioneer Valley says it is eager to do the project, too. Waleska Lugo-DeJesús, the director of the Institute, says the project benefits all viewers by not only raising awareness, but also demonstrating the benefits of using established processes to discuss racism.

“Our goal is really to elevate people’s consciousness about race and help them to understand systemic inequities within that,” said Lugo-DeJesús. “We want this to be an experience that incorporates real history, exercise, dialogue, and candid conversation to define the impacts of racism, but also models how we all can discuss a difficult subject.”

Moderated by award-winning public television journalist Tina Martin (seen on WGBH’s Greater Boston and Basic Black and contributing to PBS Newshour), WGBY’s Healing Racism: A Community Dialogue will feature intellectual contributions on the subject of racism from a panel of western New England locals. They include:

  • Lisa Bakowski, principal of Boland Elementary School in Springfield.

  • Heshima Moja, co-facilitator of Healing Racism Institute of Pioneer Valley’s two-day seminars.

  • Bishop Talbert Swan, president of the Greater Springfield NAACP.

  • David Woods, principle of Longmeadow-based Woods Financial Group.

  • The panel will field questions from a live studio audience as well as from social media contributors using hashtag #wgbydialogue.

    “I was eager to host this forum,” says Martin, “because it’s an authentic, worthwhile effort — to make a tough conversation be something productive.” She adds that recent news events underscore racism as a topic in need of continued unpacking.

    “I’m especially eager to hear from the audience and read the live tweets and Facebook posts,” Martin adds. “I would love to get some real engagement going from viewers.”

    WGBY’s Healing Racism: A Community Dialogue will air live Thursday, Feb. 23 at 8 p.m. Social media participation will be led by journalist Elizabeth Roman of The Republican, MassLive, and El Pueblo Latino. Viewers can join the conversation using the hashtag #wgbydialgue on Facebook and Twitter. They can also follow WGBY at facebook.com/wgbytv and @wgby on twitter.com/wgby.

    About WGBY
    WGBY (wgby.org) is a community-supported public broadcasting organization connecting the people of western New England to events, ideas, and each other through national PBS programming and locally produced content. With four digital television channels, video on demand, podcasting, and streaming video, WGBY is one of the region’s most accessible community institutions. WGBY is available over the air on digital channel 57-1 and on cable throughout western Massachusetts and northwestern Connecticut and can be seen in high definition in western Massachusetts at Comcast 857, Time Warner 1807, Charter 782, and over the air on channel 57.

    About the Healing Racism Institute of Pioneer Valley
    The Healing Racism Institute of Pioneer Valley (healingracismpv.org) is guided by a diverse group of individuals representing all sectors in the community with the goal of establishing processes that facilitate understandings about the root causes and effects of racism and the institutional nature of racism in order to enable the building of a better and more equitable community. The Institute’s signature program is its two-day Healing Racism seminars, which provide a safe environment to learn about the impact of racism on our nation and community in a process that is engaging and transformative.

    Healing Racism: A Community Dialogue,


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    Businesses in Springfield, Massachusetts

    A small percentage of the businesses listed on BlackCityInfo.com may not necessarily be black owned and operated but have received favorable reviews from users who have visited the establishment, or from the owners themselves who warmly seek out African American patronage.


    1. Essence Beauty Salon -  Category: Hair Salons -   24 Bay Street - Springfield, MA (413) 739-8546

    2. Gallery the Braid -  Category: Hair Salons -   468 Bridge Street - Springfield, MA (413) 733-4091

    3. Inner City Cuts -  Category: Hair Salons -   821 State - Springfield, MA (413) 781-0019

    4. Killa's African Latino Barber Shop -  Category: Hair Salons -   1007 Main Street - Springfield, MA (413) 214-7212

    5. Phenomenal Looks Beauty Salon -  Category: Black Hair Salons -   680 Sumner Ave - Springfield, MA (413) 732-3310

    6. Willie Mae House of Beauty -  Category: Hair Salons -   44 Ionia Street - Springfield, MA (413) 734-9446



    1. Alterations by Elizabeth -  Category: Clothing Repair Services -  Alterations by Elizabeth, "bring out the best in you" by keeping you in stitches. Zipper replacement and other repairs, shortening and lengthening along with detailed clothing adjustments   657 Chestnut St Springfield, Massachusetts (413) 799-4058

    2. D2D LOCALtrepreneur -  Category: Advertising Services -  D2D LOCALtrepreneur vision and mission is to help other entrepreneurs acquire NEW customers where traditional advertisement and marketing methods simply fall flat and with little to show for dollars spent. We go directly to the source. HIRE our DIRECT SALES and DOOR HANGER/FLYER DISTRIBUTION teams. We bypass the click and pay, gamble, newspaper, telemarketing, and other expensive radio and television buys. We acquire customers for YOUR BUSINESS at the DOOR locally targeted for your business. At D2D LOCALtrepreneur our costs are affordable and reasonable to market effectively in the booms and the busts economy   287 Walnut St Springfield, Massachusetts (413) 455-0893  - (visit website)

    3. Howard Motors of Springfield,Inc. -  Category: Auto -  Pre-Owned Auto Sales and Service   1120 State Street Springfield, Massachusetts (413) 732-6861  - (visit website)

    4. Taxplus Accounting Services -  Category: Accountant -   904 Carew Street Springfield, MA (413) 787-1778



    1. Big Mamou -  Category: Cajun/Creole - -   63 Liberty St Springfield, MA 01103 (413) 732-1011  - (reviews)

    2. Mattie's Cafe -  Category: Restaurant/Dancing - -   750 Boston Rd. Springfield, MA 01119 (413) 782-0085  - (reviews)

    3. Sol Karib Restaurant -  Category: Soul Food Restaurants   1236 Main St, - Springfield, MA (413) 737-1217

    4. Southern Connections Soul -  Category: Soul Food Restaurants -   1677 Main Street, Springfield, MA (413) 746-3463

    5. Theodore's Booze Blues & BBQ -  Category: Barbeque, Jazz & Blues - -   201 Worthington St. Springfield, MA 01103 (413) 736-6000  - (reviews)



    The Sankofa Youth Reach program serves Springfield youth ages 14-22, bringing dance classes to the schools and providing tuition and housing scholarships to Springfield youth to attend the Sankofa Dance Project Summer Dance Intensive at UMass Amherst.




    1. Bethel AME Church -  27 Pendleton Avenue, Springfield, MA (413) 734-7611

    2. Gardner Memorial AME Zion Church -  90 Carew St, Springfield, MA (413) 732-0401



    1. Mattie's Cafe -  Category: Restaurant/Dancing - -   750 Boston Rd Springfield, MA 01119 (413) 782-0085  - (reviews)

    2. Montenia's -  Category: Entertainment - Comfort Cuisine -    137 State St, Springfield, MA (413) 739-9656  - (visit website)

    3. Rascal's Comedy Club Management -  Category: Entertainment - Comedy Club    185On Monarch Place, Springfield, MA (413) 263-2190

    4. Theodore's Booze Blues & BBQ -  Category: Barbeque, Jazz & Blues - -   201 Worthington St. Springfield, MA 01103 (413) 736-6000  - (reviews)

    5. The Pub -  Category: (Bar) - Hip-Hop, Pop / Top 40 - -   382 Dwight St. Springfield, MA 01103



    1. Stone Soul Festival
      (September)   Blunt Park, Springfield, Mass. - and all events FREE - For more information call: Jay (413) 731-0651  - (visit website)

      The entertainment includes gospel, jazz, R&B, and dance. Sunday “Praise In The Park” begins at 10:00 am

    Hoop City Jazz & Arts Festival   More videos for Springfield, Massachusetts jazz (video)

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