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Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno’s Statement About the Deadly Fire That Killed Three Members of the ISWM Community

ISWM SUPPORTSpringfield Mayor Domenic Sarno issued a statement to 22News saying: I am heartened, but not surprised by the outpouring of support that continues to come in the aftermath of the tragic fire at 49 Belmont Ave. – we’ve always been a very caring city. Special thanks goes out to all our city departments, especially Fire Commissioner BJ Calvi’s ‘hands on’ approach, state public safety officials, the American Red Cross, PVTA, First Student, South End Citizens Council, Paul Picknelly of Hilton Garden Inn, neighborhood residents especially Judy Arrington, Maxine Stein and Deirdre Griffin of Jewish Family Service, Fire and Police Chaplains Rev. Cofield and Father Hamilton, and property ownership and management. When we called, they were there. A very special thanks goes out to my friend Imam Wissam Abdul Baki and his team, who when I called came on our site to play an important and pivotal role, not only in facilitating communication with all the involved families, but just as important allowing us to respect Muslim culture and traditions…more:  wwlp.com

Springfield dad dies trying to save his kids in fire

A fire investigator works near a second floor apartment window at the scene of a fatal fire on Belmont Avenue in Springfield on Sunday, March 18, 2018. The blaze killed a man and two children and sent four others to the hospital. Staff photo by Christopher Evansbrave father died with his two young children when he rushed back into a burning apartment for them after first getting his pregnant wife and toddler out, while other residents dropped a baby to safety out a window, authorities and witnesses said.

“He died for them,” Imam Wissam Abdul Baki of the Islamic Society of Western Massachusetts said of the Somalian father, who died with two of his young children on the second floor of a four-story, 20-unit brick residence at 49 Belmont Ave. in the early morning blaze today…more: bostonherald

MORE: TV NECN  – more:  WWLP Pregnant widow mourning husband who died trying to save their 2 sons –  more:  Mayor Domenic Sarno thanks Imam and team of ISWM 

Interfaith prayer service held in Springfield to show solidarity with city’s immigrant community

 

A large crowd gathered Thursday night at the South Congregational Church in Springfield to partake in an interfaith prayer service, offering support and expressing solidarity with the city’s immigrant community.

The event comes on the heels of an announcement on June 16 that the church, along with five other congregations, will pursue the establishment of sanctuary spaces in their buildings for undocumented immigrants and families in danger of deportation….MORE: MASSLIVE.COM

CITY OF SPRINGFIELD RESOLUTION #3705 : Solidarity with Muslims

r-3705-solidarty-with-muslim-community-springfiled-maPage 1: WHEREAS, the United States was founded by immigrants, many fleeing religious persecution, who enshrined freedom of religion as one of our nation’s fundamental legal and ethical principles,

and WHEREAS, the history of Islam in the United States began even before its founding when African Muslims were enslaved and brought to the Americas, where they later helped in numerous ways to build this country, including sacrificing their lives on the line in every major war from the Revolutionary War on, and…more:Solidarity with Muslims CITY OF SPRINGFIELD In The City Council 

Springfield family prepares for Ramadan

Springfield resident Tahirah Amatul-Wadud is a lawyer, a wife and a mother of six. For her, the month of Ramadan, a time when Muslims fast from dawn until sunset, is all about achieving balance in her life. The fast, which…

Heart Disease Stalks Both Genders

Heart disease stalks both genders By Kathryn Roy – masslive.com There’s a misconception that heart attack, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases affect mainly men, and therefore, women need not worry about them. However, in light of February’s designation as American Heart…