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Cuban Immigrant Honored For Work On Behalf Of Neighborhood


A man who fled Castro’s Cuba for a new life in America has been honored in Springfield, Massachusetts for his neighborhood activism.

   A community center in Springfield’s Sixteen Acres Neighborhood has been re-named for Clodo Concepcion.  During an at times emotional dedication ceremony Thursday, Concepcion spoke proudly of the role immigrants have played in the United States.

   Concepcion, who is 81, fled Cuba in 1958 with a single suitcase.  He taught himself English, served six years in the  military and then became a business owner. He was  the first Ward City Councilor elected to represent his neighborhood.

Paul Tuthill is WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief. He’s been covering news, everything from politics and government corruption to natural disasters and the arts, in western Massachusetts since 2007. Before joining WAMC, Paul was a reporter and anchor at WRKO in Boston. He was news director for more than a decade at WTAG in Worcester. Paul has won more than two dozen Associated Press Broadcast Awards. He won an Edward R. Murrow award for reporting on veterans’ healthcare for WAMC in 2011. Born and raised in western New York, Paul did his first radio reporting while he was a student at the University of Rochester.