Two competing news stories ran yesterday related to the MGM Springfield casino here in western Massachusetts. One of them involves Chip, the douchey-looking gambler-mascot of GameSense.
Northampton, MA: Nerd Nite Noho presentation on the origins of the Mafia in Springfield on 8/13/18
Hey, Northampton: Plan to hang out with nerds on Monday night. I'll be there!
Springfield Strikes Back
After he was nearly killed by the Patriarca family, Irish-Italian-American gangster “Cadillac Frank” Salemme came to lead the organization that wouldn’t have him as a member.
Domenic Sarno, son of immigrants
Although Mayor Sarno calls himself a first generation Italian-slash-American, the truth is more complicated. The mayor’s paternal great-grandparents lived in West Springfield as early as 1906, and his grandfather was born here.
The bosses of Springfield, Massachusetts
The Springfield Crew is led by Amedeo’s son, Ralph Santaniello, with his father’s backing. However Ralph, charged last year in a federal extortion case, is expected to plead guilty on 6 November 2017.
Springfield, Massachusetts, and the Genovese connection
The Genovese crime family has had a presence in Springfield, MA, since the 1920s.