Children’s choruses join for anniversary concert April 30
SPRINGFIELD – For the first time in their histories, the Springfield Children’s Chorus and the Community Music School of Springfield’s (CMSS) Children’s Choruses will collaborate in a choral concert in commemoration of the 375th Anniversary of the City of Springfield.
The choral groups will be
joined by the String City Ensemble of the Community Music School for the special event to take place at Trinity United Methodist Church, 361 Sumner Ave. The concert is one of many special programs planned throughout the city in honor of the anniversary.
The concert, which will take Budget gap Continued from page 16
timing came with short notice – only about two hours. Allen and Fenton said the
mayor was adopting several of the points that they and other councilors had made last year concerning relying less on the stabilization funds.
City Councilor John Lysak proposed two days after the
place on April 30 at 3 p.m., is free and open to all children and families who enjoy the beautiful voices of children, and the musical accomplishments of local middle and high school string students. The program will include traditional and varied choral music for young voices, as well as lively selections for strings .
Dick Matteson directs the
CMSS Vivace Chorus and Laura Williams the Allegro Chorus at CMSS. Wayne Abercrombie directs the Springfield Children’s Chorus and Martha Knieriem is the director of String City. Vera Baker serves as the Managing Director of the Springfield Children’s Chorus.
mayor’s announcement that the city look into an early retirement program instead of furloughs. Lysak said in a statement, “Furloughs and lay-offs should be something used as a last resort method for reigning in the budget of our city, not a first and only priority.”
City Councilor Timothy
Rooke said that significant savings for the city – ones that would have prevented the $5.5 million gap – would have been realized if Sarno had taken
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save about 10 percent of its health insurance costs – $7 million – if it went out to bid. Although Sarno has said the city cannot leave the state’s insurance pool, the Group Insurance Commission (GIC), for legal reasons, Rooke maintained the city is not legally bound to the GIC and that Sarno is “hiding behind false statements.” He speculated that Sarno has not wanted to offend Gov. Deval
Patrick by pulling out of the GIC. The city’s $6 million expense
renovating a building it does not own and signing a 20-year lease at the former Federal Building on Main Street to house the School Department is another expense the city didn’t have to incur, according to Rooke. He strongly advocated the city go out to bid for new space for the School Department, but Sarno decided not to seek other possible venues. A recent proposal to start a “pay as you throw” trash fee,
RECRUITMENT On April 15, the Rotary Club of Springfield presented a check for $1,500 to Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) of Hampden County.Th
e donation is to be used to purchase a LCD projector and laptop to enhance the agency’s volunteer recruitment presentations. Pictured are (left to right) Rebel McKinely, director of Development for BBBS of Hampden County, Sue A. Lavoie, chair of Rotary Club of Springfield Service Fund, Joel Morse, director of Partnership Development at BBBS and Mark A. Niederpruem, president of Rotary Club of Springfield.
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which would have encouraged greater recycling, would have saved the city close to $800,000 in its first year, Rooke said. That proposal was rejected. Rooke said that he would rather see the city adjust the cost of the health insurance plan from a 70 percent share paid by the city and 30 percent paid by the employee to a 60 percent and 40 percent ratio instead of furloughs. He believes that people would “much rather have benefits adjusted than lose pay.”
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