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A Greenfield Police Facebook photo of a Ford Mustang on the General Pierce Bridge that allegedly avoided a traffic stop and led state police on a high-speed chase from Springfield to Turners Falls, where state police stopped the vehicle while crossing from Greenfield into Turners Falls. Contributed photo/Greenfield Police Dept. Facebook

State Police nab Erving man in Turners Falls after 120 mph chase up I-91

Sunday, January 31, 2016

TURNERS FALLS — After a high-speed chase from Springfield to Turners Falls, police apprehended a man driving without a valid licence on Sunday morning. Authorities cornered the driver, 20-year-old Anthony Fortunato, of Erving after he dodged motor vehicle stops in Springfield, Holyoke, and Deerfield, maneuvering a yellow Mustang through light traffic on I-91 at speeds of up to 120 mph, …

Area business briefs

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Springfield Bridal Show Expo this month SPRINGFIELD — The 26th annual Springfield Bridal Expo returns to the Better Living Center in Springfield Saturday and Sunday . The show will include vendors showing gowns and formal wear, prizes, fashion shows, music and entertainment, disc jockeys, photographers, and videographers, limousine services, floral designs and food …

Amherst College, University of Massachusetts join other campuses in banning hoverboards, citing safety concerns

Friday, January 8, 2016

AMHERST — As winter break wraps up and students head back to campus this month, some area universities are warning them to leave a certain gadget behind: hoverboards. They aren’t worried about Marty McFly’s retro levitating device or some engineering experiment, but increasingly popular motorized devices they fear could spark fires if left …

Emergency responders rescue teen shoplifting suspect in Holyoke

Monday, November 30, 2015

HOLYOKE (AP) — A teen shoplifting suspect was rescued by a team of police, firefighters and emergency responders after she was injured while attempting to flee a western Massachusetts CVS. The Republican of Springfield reports the 13-year-old girl, who wasn’t identified, fell from an embankment Sunday onto a …

Holyoke rail tie fire highlights hazards posed by debris along Connecticut River Line

Friday, November 27, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A fire that engulfed a massive pile of discarded rail ties in downtown Holyoke this week is raising new concerns among public safety officials and area lawmakers about the hazards posed by thousands of such ties …

Traffic backups linger for hours on Interstate 91 southbound after garbage truck fire near Exit 17 in Holyoke

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

HOLYOKE — A garbage truck hauling cardboard caught fire near Exit 17 on Interstate 91 southbound Tuesday morning, shutting down a section of the highway and requiring firefighters to spend hours methodically extinguishing pieces of burning cargo. No …

Relaxing rays

Tuesday, November 17, 2015


Amherst considers further study of regional bike-sharing program

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

AMHERST — Town officials are considering endorsing continued analysis of a regional bike-sharing program that would bring bicycle kiosks to Amherst, Northampton, Holyoke and Springfield. The Select Board on Monday deferred action on a memorandum of understanding related to the Pioneer Valley Bike Share System, which aims to …

Paulo Freire Social Justice Charter School now accepting applications for fall 2016

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

HOLYOKE — The Paulo Freire Social Justice Charter School is now accepting applications for grades, 9, 10 and 11 for fall 2016. Information sessions will be held at the school, at 161 Lower Westfield Road in Holyoke, on Jan. 26 and Feb. 25, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. …

Regional agencies oppose increased Connecticut River water release by Northfield Mountain hydroelectric station

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

NORTHFIELD — Two regional organizations are objecting to a proposal for the Northfield Mountain hydroelectric station to pump and release 25 percent more water from the Connecticut River over the next several months to generate more electricity for …

Mayors of Northampton, Greenfield and Holyoke call for increased rail service

Monday, October 26, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Just as they did more than two years ago, the mayors of Northampton, Greenfield and Holyoke are calling on state officials to help establish increased rail service for commuters in the Pioneer Valley. In a joint letter to Massachusetts Secretary of Transportation Stephanie Pollack, Northampton Mayor …

Former Hampshire Regional girls basketball coach Richard Moussette denies charges of lewdness

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

HOLYOKE — Former Hampshire Regional High School girls basketball coach Richard Moussette denied charges of lewdness Tuesday morning after he was allegedly seen masturbating in a store at the Holyoke Mall earlier this month. Moussette, 54, of Holyoke, …

Edward Borucki, one of area’s last surviving Pearl Harbor veterans, dies at 94

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

HOLYOKE — Edward F. Borucki — one of the area’s last surviving Pearl Harbor veterans, and one of only a few thousand in the United States — died Saturday at the Soldiers’ Home in Holyoke. He was 94. …