Caring Community

Gift exemplifies community support for Springfield family after accident killed pet dog, damaged home.

Lauren Welch, a student at St. Michael’s Academy,holds a book that was presented to her by Beth Hogan, right, Vice-president of the East Forest Park Civic Association. Looking on, at left, is Ann Dougal, School Principal, and Frank Ryan, President of the neighborhood association.  (Mark M. Murray / The Republican)

SPRINGFIELD — Lauren Welch, 12, said Wednesday that it was devastating to lose her family dog, Henry, killed recently when a car crashed through their home in East Forest Park, but it was nice to know that people care.

One example occurred Wednesday when Beth Hogan, a self-professed dog lover and neighborhood activist, gave Lauren a copy of the book “A Different Little Doggy”. Hogan said she read the story about the accident “and I just wanted to do something for Lauren. I felt she needed a pick-me-up.”

“It was really nice,” Lauren said of the gift. “You don’t see people every day with feelings like that. It’s nice to know that there are people out there, outside my family and my school that care about me and the accident that occurred.”

Lauren said it was “of course devastating” to lose Henry, a Springer Spaniel, and she thinks about the “good times” they had together. “He’s in a better place,” Lauren said. “And I’m plugging along.”

Hogan also donated separate copies of the book to the school itself, the EFP neighborhood library, and to the Thomas J. O’Connor Animal Control and Adoption Center, from which Henry was adopted in November. ” All the books were signed by the author, Heather Whittaker.

Ann E. Dougal, principal at St. Michael’s, said it was a very nice gesture and reflects that they are very sympathetic with events that happened. I think it is great to see the compassion that people have for one another and the way they try to embody that by reaching out. It reflects people caring about one another, forming a community.”

On April 14, an out-of-control pickup truck driven by an 85-year-old man went off the road and smashed through the Welch home at 350 Gillette Ave. The accident caused extensive damage and displaced the family for what may be four months or more. Separately, there is a fund set up help the Welch family at

Keep Our Neighborhood Beautiful !

 Join us on Saturday, May 3, anytime 9 to Noon !

*Bags and gloves are available from the City.

Bag lunches will be provided after 12 Noon 


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*Nathan Bill Park on Plumtree Rd.

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Help us Keep Our Springfield Neighborhood Beautiful

   Thank you, East Forest Park Civic Association

Great Neighborhood

The East Forest Park Civic Association wishes to commend the efforts made by the EFP Branch Library staff for making their Bright Nights Bus Trip on Friday, Dec. 20 at 5 PM a huge success!

It was a delightful, memorable evening for the children, parents, and patrons. The joy of their faces on the Peter Pan Double Decker Bus was a sight to behold, second only to the citizens in East Forest Park and Forest Park (as we traveled caroling and greeting all) on the streets to and from those spectacular Bright Nights views! We are grateful to the Springfield City Library System.

Also on Fri., Dec. 20, 12-8 PM, we hope you stopped in to Nathan Bill Restaurant’s Toy Drive where enthusiastic neighbors enjoyed a free select meal for their efforts to bring Christmas joy to children in our city.
We are proud of our new Business Partner!

The EFPCA Board of Directors

EFP Library in Our Future

In the next two weeks, residents of East Forest Park are invited to stop by the EFP Branch Library on Island Pond Road on Mondays, Wednesday afternoons or evenings or Fridays to vote on one of two sites for a proposed library  – either at the lot next to Dryden Memorial School on Surrey Road or at the Nathan Bill Park on Plumtree Road.  Voting will also be available on Tuesday, August 6,  at the EFP Branch Library table when the neighborhood celebrates this year’s National Night Out from 6-8 PM.


Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Friday, May 31, 2013 10:30 AM

Mayor Domenic Sarno, Ward 7 City Councilor, Tim Allen, Park Chairman Brian Santaniello and Patrick Sullivan, Executive Director of Parks, Buildings and Recreation Management, would like to honor all the businesses, organizations and residents who assisted with the cleanup and restoration of South Branch Park.

There will be a ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday, May 31, 2013 10:30am at South Branch Park to officially open the park for the residents of East Forest Park. We hope that you can attend.

The woodland park was hit hard by the June 1 tornado and was denied money by FEMA to assist with the restoration. Local businesses, residents and garden clubs offered assistance throughout the past year to restore this beautiful neighborhood resource. Efforts have included the removal of storm debris, the construction of a walking bridge reconnecting the trails, tree plantings and mulching the trails.
Thank you, everyone!

Our Meeting Dates

Our meetings are held on the second Wednesday of every month, Sept. through June, at 6:30 PM in the meeting room at St. Michael’s Academy behind Holy Cross Church, 221 Plumtree Road – the entrance is off the Wheeler Ave. parking lot.

Come with any questions and to learn about what is going on in our neighborhood while getting to know other residents and local businesses.