Lawmaker proposes bill regulating auto insurance quotes

Elisha Machado: BOSTON (WWLP) – While many car insurance companies urge you to switch your insurance for savings, they could raise your premium after giving you that cheaper quote. Lawmakers hope to protect consumers from this in the future.

Several insurance companies testified before the state’s Financial Services Committee Tuesday in support of a bill ensuring that residents receive fair and accurate car insurance quotes in Massachusetts.

If passed, the bill would require insurers to check your driving history through a third party database before providing a quote or accepting a down payment for car insurance.


Springfield Thunderbirds' sales, marketing teams recognized by AHL after impressive debut season

Annie Maroon: Things may slow down in the summer - a welcome respite after a whirlwind year - but the Springfield Thunderbirds' front office is only catching its breath before heading into its second season.

Last month, Thunderbirds executive vice president Nathan Costa brought several staff members to Phoenix for the AHL Marketing Meetings. In a league where, off the ice, the teams are more collaborators than rivals, the gathering was a chance to learn from other successful franchises. But it also provided a moment to recognize the Thunderbirds staff for the work they've done so far.

City celebrates Washington Square hotel as latest piece of economic development puzzle

City officials joined with representatives from First Bristol Corporation today by Union Station to celebrate a ceremonial groundbreaking for a $21 million Homewood Suites hotel, a Hilton brand building that will bring 118 more hotel rooms to Worcester and, according to city officials, will link downtown to Shrewsbury Street and the Canal District, meshing with numerous other projects in the area.

“Like the Mercantile Center, I see this project as the result of the massive investment and years of work on the CitySquare project,” Mayor Joe Petty said. “And as CitySquare continues to move towards its own groundbreaking, I expect more development to build around this effort.”