Whately remains under a boil water order after E. Coli bacteria was found in several different water samples. If you have well water or other water that was collected after July 10th you should boil it for at least a minute to kill the bacteria.
Baystate Medical Center listed as the third best hospital in the state according to a survey at US News and World Reports. Mass General number one and Brigham and Women’s number two. The rankings are based on among other things patient safety during hospital stays.
The Springfield City Council is still talking and this time acting on the city’s residency requirement ordinances. On a 9-3 vote the council will require additional reviews and steps to be taken by the Employment Department before waiving residency for certain positions in the city. Some councilors say it doesn’t go far enough. The City Council also passed a measure endorsing a state recognized Cultural District. Councilors say the designation will help draw people to the downtown area in an economic development venue.
Four Holyoke men have been charged with gun and drug violations after one of the men was found with a loaded gun behind a house on Mosher Street. All four were arraigned and pleaded innocent. A statement by Holyoke Police say Raymond Guzman, Kevin Echevaria, Julio Vega and Freddie Rivera were also arrested with multiple bags of heroin, cocaine and pot.