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ACLU Wins Challenge To City's Sign Ban


Municipalities in Massachusetts are being urged to review their ordinances that regulate signs.

This follows a legal challenge to an effort by the city council in Holyoke to ban temporary signs in the months of December, January, and February.                 

After hearing complaints last fall from some residents of Holyoke, the ACLU of Massachusetts went to federal court and obtained a temporary injunction to stop the ordinance from being enforced on free speech grounds.    The injunction was recently made permanent.

WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Bill Newman, director of the western regional office of the ACLU of Massachusetts.

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.
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