Jeremy Turgeon Quintet & Sarah Elizabeth Charles LIVE

Focus Springfield was lucky enough to catch Springfield natives Jeremy Turgeon and Sarah Elizabeth Charles performing live at local venues on back-to-back nights this past weekend. The performances can be viewed below.

Sarah Elizabeth Charles & SCOPE

Live @ Community Music School of Springfield
January 26, 2018 in Springfield, MA

Jeremy Turgeon Quintet

Live @ Gateway City Arts
January 27, 2018 in Holyoke, MA

Both videos recorded and edited by Brendon Holland.

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MLK Day Celebration 2018 [WATCH]

2018 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration: Lifting the Spirit of Healing & Unity in our Beloved Community

Watch the program live on Monday, January 15 at 11:00am, or click here to watch.

via Community Music School of Springfield:
SPRINGFIELD-Four area organizations will host this year’s Dr. King Day Celebration on Monday,
January 15, 2018 from 11:00am to 1:00pm at MassMutual Center, 1277 Main Street, Springfield. This
event is free and open to the public. This year’s theme “Lifting the Spirit of Healing and Unity” is a
collaborative celebration hosted by Martin Luther King Jr Family Services, Community Music School of
Springfield, D.R.E.A.M Studio and Springfield College.

Music, song and dance performances will provide inspiration and reflection on the legacy of Dr. King
and the continued struggle for social justice in communities across the country. The Dr. King Day
Celebration seeks to bring our community together to work toward the dream Dr. King so eloquently
spoke of over 50 years ago.

“In light of the uncertainties around race relations and the polarization of various groups who continue
to feel marginalized, this celebration reminds us we have the opportunity to engage in simple acts–at
school, at work, and in our families–that strengthen our community in the spirit of unity that defines the
legacy of Dr. King,” said Ronn Johnson CEO of Martin Luther King Jr Family Services. “We must all
speak out against intolerance and be change agents. The MLK Day Celebration inspires us reclaim the
dream of a beloved community.”
This year’s celebration will feature performances by over 700 young people from Springfield including
Sonido Musica/Springfield Public School Partnership programs; the Springfield Community Chorale, a
culturally diverse group of singers with the mission to deliver gospel and inspirational music in the spirit
of unity and in the bond of peace, led by Vanessa Ford; CMSS Martin Luther King Festival Orchestra
led by Marty Knieriem; a dramatic performance by DREAM STUDIO; an oratorical selection by
Michael Denson, (winner of the Alpha Phi Alpha 2017 Annual Senator Edward R. Brooke III Oratorical
Contest) and much more.

The Dr. King Day Celebration is free and open to the public, and all ages are welcome. The Dr. King
Day Celebration is accessible to the hearing impaired and MassMutual Center is handicapped accessible.
MassMutual Center is located in downtown Springfield, close to public transportation. For more
information please contact any of the partnering organization or visit their websites to get more
information and details about the event. #MLKDAY413.

Sponsors include MassMutual Center, Springfield Cultural Council, Westfield State University,
Massachusetts Cultural Council, Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts,the
Republican/MassLive, New England Public Radio, Springfield College and Springfield Technical
Community College

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2017 Springfield City Council At-Large Debate

Watch as the ten candidates on the ballot for Springfield City Council At-Large debate over local issues that impact you. The October 9 and October 18 debates are available live or on-demand below.

Candidates participating in these debates include (in alphabetical order):
Thomas Ashe (I)
Ernesto Cruz
Victor Davila
Justin Hurst (I)
Jesse Lederman
Jynai McDonald
Kelli Moriarty-Finn
Timothy Ryan
Kateri Walsh (I)
Tracye Whitfield

Debate #2 – Live at Western New England University on October 18, 2017

UPDATE: Thank you to all who watched this debate live. The debate can now be watched on-demand below.

Rivers Memorial Auditorium
Western New England University
Wednesday, October 18 @7:00pm

Presented by the League of Women Voters/Springfield
Moderated by the League of Women Voters’ Jo-Ann Berry.

Hosted by The Institute for Legislative and Governmental Affairs of the Western New England School of Law.
Co-sponsored by the Springfield City Library’s Civic Engagement Team, the Women’s Fund of Western Massachusetts, and the Springfield Elections Office.

Recorded live on October 18, 2017
A Focus Springfield Production

Debate #1 – Live at Focus Springfield Community TV on October 9, 2017

UPDATE: Thank you to all who watched this debate live. The debate can now be watched on-demand below.

Studio A
Focus Springfield Community TV
Monday, October 9 @7:00pm

This debate is moderated by Reminder Publication’s G. Michael Dobbs, with additional support from the Springfield Central Cultural District’s Morgan Drewniany, Western Mass Politics & Insight’s Matt Szafranski, and the Republican’s Elizabeth Roman.

Recorded live on October 9, 2017
A Focus Springfield Production

Executive Producer: Stephen Cary
Producer, Engineer: Brendon Holland
Director: Josue Vazquez
Technical Director: Stephen Monahan
Graphics: Zulfiqar Manzi
Camera: Yesenia Almonte
Camera: Bobby Markham


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2017 State of the Region Conference

Springfield Union Station
Wednesday, October 18, 2017

UPDATE: Thank you to all who watched this event live. The program can now be viewed on-demand below.

Watch live as government officials and local and national leaders discuss investment in transit systems as a means of economic development and the impact this investment could have on our region. The live stream of the event will begin below at promptly 9:00am.

A Focus Springfield Production
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2017 Candidate Profiles

Focus Springfield has created a series of short profiles of candidates standing for election in Springfield, MA. Click here to read the press release. You can view the candidate profiles below (sorted alphabetically by last name). Don’t forget to vote in the preliminary election on September 19 and the general election on November 7!

If you’re having issues with a video loading, try refreshing your browser, or click here to watch the videos on our YouTube page. Focus Springfield can be contacted at or 413-241-7500 with questions or concerns.

UPDATE: Candidates that were eliminated in the preliminary election have their names crossed out in the list below. They will not be appearing on the November 7 ballot.

2017 Candidate Profiles

Tim Allen
City Council – Ward 7

James Anziano
School Committee – At-Large

Thomas Ashe
City Council – At-Large

Bob Collamore
City Council – Ward 6
This candidate has not completed a profile at this time.

Christopher Collins
School Committee – District 3
This candidate has not completed a profile at this time.

Lamar Cook
School Committee – At-Large
This candidate has not completed a profile at this time.

Ernesto E. Cruz
City Council – At-Large

Victor G. Davila
City Council – At-Large

Kevin J. Dumpson
City Council – Ward 3

Melvin A. Edwards
City Council – Ward 3

Marilyn Felix
City Council – At-Large

Michael A. Fenton
City Council – Ward 2

James J. Ferrera III
School Committee – At-Large

Lorenzo D. Gaines
City Council – Ward 4

Matthias Galvin
City Council – Ward 4

Kency Gilet
City Council – Ward 2

Adam Gomez
City Council – Ward 1

Ivelisse Gonzalez
City Council – Ward 2

Joesiah Gonzalez
School Committee – At-Large

Zaida Govan
School Committee – District 4

Barbara Gresham
School Committee – District 2
This candidate has not completed a profile at this time.

Ryan Hess
School Committee – At-Large

Denise M. Hurst
School Committee – At-Large

Justin J. Hurst
City Council – At-Large

Robert J. Kelly
City Council – Ward 4

Michael D. Kocsmiersky
School Committee – At-Large

Larry Lawson
City Council – Ward 4
This candidate has not completed a profile at this time.

Jesse Lederman
City Council – At-Large

Jynai S. McDonald
City Council – At-Large

Kelvin Molina
City Council At-Large

LaTonia Monroe Naylor
School Committee – At-Large

Kelli Moriarty-Finn
City Council – At-Large

Stephanie Murchison-Brown
School Committee – District 2

Peter Murphy
School Committee – District 4

Maria Perez
School Committee – District 1
This candidate has not completed a profile at this time.

Candejah Pink
City Council – Ward 4

Orlando Ramos
City Council – Ward 8

Timothy Ryan
City Council – At-Large

Kenneth Shea
City Council – Ward 6

Willie J. Thomas
City Council – At-Large

E. Henry Twiggs
City Council – Ward 4

Giselle Vizcarrondo
School Committee – District 2

Kateri B. Walsh
City Council – At-Large

Trayce Whitfield
City Council – At-Large

Marcus Williams
City Council – Ward 5


A Focus Springfield Production
©2017 all rights reserved

Producer: Stephen Cary, John Abbott
Editor: Brendon Holland
Distribution: Brendon Holland, Josue Vazquez
Camera: Josue Vazquez, Yesenia Almonte

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