Category Archives: Brightwood

From 1967 to 1974 volunteer, demolition, redevelopment, home, parish; since – family and friends.

Remembering Evaristo ‘Pancho’ Rivera

Today as your family and friends honour your life during Mass at Sacred Heart in Springfield, Sue and I remember you throughout our married life. As young parents, we welcomed your and Barbara taking the kids on Saturday mornings. They … Continue reading

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The Brickyard: The Life, Death, and Legend of an Urban Neighbourhood

The diorama at the Lynn museum http://lynnmuseum.org/ memorializes urban life, neighbourhood, and a waterfront destroyed by the progress of urban renewal. Of course, one can now drive the Lynnway without a care for the past. The empty lots and greenspace … Continue reading

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Springfield 1969 – Public choices

Spring 1969 I had one major project to complete my BA in Sociology at American International College in Springfield Massachusetts. My initial proposal to do a photo-essay based on C.Wright Mills book, White Collar: The American Middle Classes was shot … Continue reading

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Tony Barnicle for Missouri State Rep

Why would I be supporting someone in Missouri? Tony Barnicle may be running for a seat there, but his values belong to all of us interested in neighbourhoods and community. Tony was the Director of the Brightwood Economic Development Office … Continue reading

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Valuing place

We are always in place. Some people, like our missed family friend, Barbara Rivera, live their whole lives making a specific place better. Each of us values a place in different ways. Some characteristics are immediately evident and measureable. First … Continue reading

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Barbara Rivera Family, Friend, Activist

Friday, February 11, 2005 By NATALIA MUÑOZ nmunoz@repub.com SPRINGFIELD – Barbara Rivera, daughter of a politically prominent Irish-American family who became a powerful advocate for poor Latinos, died yesterday at 69 after a short illness. Born Barbara Coakley in Chicopee, … Continue reading

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Remembering Connie Petrunenko

I had the pleasure and honour of working with Connie in Brightwood’s Riverview Housing project. She defined community nursing and community health long before these became concepts for me. I watched her with parents, children, and professionals. Smooth, gentle and … Continue reading

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We’re Looking For People

To The Editor [University of Massachusetts student paper]: One night early last spring one of my co-workers pointed out that Springfield had made the Big Time. Much to my amazement the big dot in Western Mass. was referred to in … Continue reading

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Tenant management video approved

Brightwood Social Services approved for producing video focusing on tenant participation in public housing project modernization in Lowell and Springfield.

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The Tenant Paper Jul 20/72

Riverview tenant council report Tenants finally get trash barrels Under the threat of action SHA finally put more barrels outside. A gain tenants showed their cooperation – the barrels were filled in two days. We must get SHA to empty … Continue reading

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