East Longmeadow, Massachusetts
East Longmeadow, Massachusetts
East Longmeadow Town Hall
Location in Hampden County in Massachusetts
|• Type||Town Council and Town Manager|
|• Total||13.0 sq mi (33.7 km2)|
|• Land||13.0 sq mi (33.6 km2)|
|• Water||0.0 sq mi (0.1 km2)|
|Elevation||400 ft (69 m)|
|• Density||1,209.2/sq mi (467.9/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC-5 (Eastern)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-4 (Eastern)|
|GNIS feature ID||0618182|
East Longmeadow is a city in Hampden County, Massachusetts, United States situated in the Pioneer Valley region of Western Massachusetts. It had a population of 15,720 at the 2010 census. East Longmeadow is 5 miles southeast of downtown Springfield, 25 miles north of Hartford, 88 miles southwest of Boston, and 142 miles north of New York City.
East Longmeadow is part of the Springfield Metropolitan Statistical Area, directly south of Springfield itself.
East Longmeadow hosts an annual Fourth of July Parade. It is one of the largest Fourth of July parades in western Massachusetts. East Longmeadow High School also serves as host to an annual Fourth of July fireworks display, traditionally held on July 3.
East Longmeadow was first settled in 1720 as part of Longmeadow as a section called "East Village". In 1894, East Village separated from Longmeadow, and becoming officially incorporated as East Longmeadow in the same year. A massive party was held to celebrate the newly separated East Longmeadow, where only one person was invited from Longmeadow. It was famous for its brownstone and redstone quarries. The railroad closed with the industry and the old depot used for storage.
East Longmeadow and Longmeadow compete in an annual Thanksgiving Day football game that routinely attracts a few thousand spectators. The town is also the home to the 2007 Western Massachusetts champions in Varsity High School Baseball, along with the Western Mass champions in Girls Indoor Track in 2010, and 2011.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 13.0 square miles (34 km2), of which 13.0 square miles (34 km2) is land and 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2) (0.31%) is water.
|* = population estimate. Source: United States Census records and Population Estimates Program data.|
As of the census of 2010, there were 16,187 people, 5,248 households, and 3,988 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,087.1 people per square mile (419.7/km2). There were 5,363 housing units at an average density of 413.5 per square mile (159.7/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 97.52% White, 0.74% African American, 0.04% Native American, 0.88% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 0.24% from other races, and 0.52% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.92% of the population.
There were 5,248 households, out of which 34.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 65.7% were married couples living together, 7.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.0% were non-families. 21.6% of all households were made up of individuals, and 13.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.65 and the average family size was 3.10.
In the town, the population was spread out, with 24.8% under the age of 18, 5.5% from 18 to 24, 26.4% from 25 to 44, 24.6% from 45 to 64, and 18.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females, there were 90.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.2 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $62,680, and the median income for a family was $70,571. Males had a median income of $51,062 versus $32,267 for females. The per capita income for the town was $27,659. About 2.1% of families and 3.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.7% of those under age 18 and 5.9% of those age 65 or over.
Points of interest
A point of interest in East Longmeadow is Heritage Park. Heritage Park has a body of water with swans and fish, as well as baseball fields, soccer field, play scape, and a picnicking area. It used to be called Blackman's Pond so a lot of older residents refer to it as such. Historic places in East Longmeadow include the numerous red and brown sandstone quarries that gave the town its industrial beginnings and from which the original Smithsonian Institution building in Washington was mined, and the Elijah Burt House, The Seward Pease House, The Train depot, and the First Congregational Church.
Another point of interest is the area around the central rotary. Here, there are small shops, including many restaurants such as Koffee Tyme, DeNardo's, Fazio's, Romito & Sons, the Pizza Shoppe, Center Square Grill, Bentley's, and recently The Beer Shop. The Rotary itself was made famous by Robert Ripley, author of Ripley's Believe it or Not and listed as one of the top 10 most dangerous traffic circles in the world. Also an integral part of East Longmeadow are the many churches, such as St. Michael's (Catholic), St. Paul's (Lutheran), St. Mark's (Episcopal), First Congregational (UCC), First Baptist, Cornerstone Church, East Longmeadow United Methodist, St. Luke's (Greek Orthodox) and many more. Also, East Longmeadow was home to Milton Bradley Company for many years, and still houses one of their largest facilities after Hasbro bought this corporation in 1984. In 2016 the Hasbro location was purchased by Cartamundi.
Until June 30, 2016 East Longmeadow had an annual open town meeting held on the third Monday in May presided by a town moderator, who also was responsible for appointing the town's Appropriations Committee. The chief executive board in the town was the Board of Selectmen. It consisted of three popularly elected members who held staggered three-year terms.
Besides this board which also served the role of Fire and Police Commissioners, and the Board of Health, the town had a series of independent Executive Boards. The Boards of Public Works, Planning, Library Trustees, Assessors, a School Committee and an independent yet elected Housing Authority Board. The town also has numerous advisory boards under these various executive boards.
Charter Review Commission: The East Longmeadow Charter Review Commission was elected in April 2015 to review the form of town government and to write a town charter for submission to the voters. This passed in April 2016.
In June 2016, East Longmeadow elected a seven-member Town Council. Current Town Councilors are listed below.
|Town Councilor||Year elected- End of Current Term|
|Tom O'Connor* (Vice President)||2017-2021|
|Michael Kane (President)||2016-2023|
*Appointed by Town Council to fill vacancy, won election in the next year's annual election
In December 2016, the Town Council voted unanimously (7-0) to offer Denise Menard the job of Town Manager. She was the first Town Manager in East Longmeadow history until her retirement in August 2019. Mary McNally was hired as the town's second-ever Town Manager in late 2019. She serves in that role now.
With the adoption of the new charter, East Longmeadow became a statutory city under Massachusetts state law on July 1, 2016.
Elected by the voters is a five-member school committee. They serve staggered three-year terms.
|School Committee Member||Years Elected- Current term end|
|Sarah Truoiolo (Vice Chair)||2018-2021|
|Gregory Thompson (Chair)||2008-2023|
|Elizabeth Marsian- Boucher*||2020-2023|
The East Longmeadow public library began in 1896, but in 2004 a new library built and, is now very popular. In fiscal year 2008, the town of East Longmeadow spent 1.4% ($584,361) of its budget on its public library; $38 per person.
- Kim Adler – Professional bowler, 15 national PWBA titles including the 1999 U.S. Women's Open
- Nick Ahmed – Professional Baseball Player for the Arizona Diamondbacks
- Victoria Aveyard – Writer, author of the popular YA Series, Red Queen
- Tim Daggett – Olympic gold medalist
- Joseph Grigely – American visual artist and scholar.
- Erik P. Kraft – Writer, grew up in East Longmeadow, and his novel Miracle Wimp is set there
- Kyle Smith – Writer, film critic for the New York Post, grew up in East Longmeadow.
- Frank Vatrano – Professional Ice Hockey player for the Florida Panthers.
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