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Luca Brashear, of Amherst Regional, does a forward 2.5 somersault during the Western Massachusetts diving championships Friday at Springfield College.

Amherst Regional’s Luca Brashear wins WMass diving championship

Saturday, February 13, 2016

SPRINGFIELD — Amherst Regional’s Luca Brashear was the 31st diver to step on the 1-meter board at the Western Massachusetts Championships on Friday. While he waited, the nerves kicked in as he prepared for his inward dive at Springfield College’s Art Linkletter Natatorium. Thirty divers later, Brashear faced the nerves and unleashed his first dive of the day that was worth a score of 20.5. It was the first of 11 that added up to 441.25 and a sectional championship title for the sophomore. “I was pretty nervous,” Brashear said. “Coming in I didn’t know if I would win or have an awful day. Diving …

Weekend Planner — Music: Springfield Symphony Orchestra kicks off new season

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

The Springfield Symphony Orchestra is kicking off the new year Saturday with a musical tour of the fjords of Norway and the forests of Finland. Assisted by three soloists, the SSO will perform works by three Scandinavian composers: Jean Sibelius’ “Finlandia,” a rousing and turbulent symphonic poem written in defiance of Russian censorship …

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 …

Northampton native Julie Costello returns as CEO of Hampshire Regional YMCA

Friday, January 22, 2016

NORTHAMPTON — Julie Costello remembers scurrying down the road to the Hampshire Regional YMCA with her three siblings as a young girl, swimming in the pool and watching her brothers play basketball. Four decades or so later, she’s …

Future builders

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

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 …

Police confirm earlier arrest of Springfield man killed in Friday crash in which musician Jeff Martell of Northampton also died

Monday, January 11, 2016

NORTHAMPTON — West Springfield police confirmed Monday that the Springfield man killed Friday in a head-on crash with Northampton musician Jeff Martell was arrested last month after a car chase. The fatal collision occurred about 5 p.m. Friday on Route 20 in West Springfield when one vehicle crossed …

As guns make news, a look inside a Springfield museum with thousands of them

Sunday, January 10, 2016

SPRINGFIELD — One wall of a Springfield Armory display sketches the evolution of machine guns. A particular weapon has special meaning for Greg Chaconas, 68, of Wilbraham. As a U.S. Marine fighting in Vietnam, the machine gun known …

Jeff Martell, popular musician with roots in Northampton and Greenfield, dies in West Springfield car crash

Saturday, January 9, 2016

NORTHAMPTON — A folk singer who was a key organizer of the Green River Festival was remembered this weekend by friends and family as big-hearted, hard-working and a linchpin of the Valley music scene. Jeff Martell was killed …

Area business briefs

Sunday, January 3, 2016

YWCA names interim executive director Springfield — Attorney Elizabeth G. Dineen, a lawyer with Egan, Flanagan & Cohen in Springfield, a former educator and past 27-year Hampden County assistant district attorney, has been named interim executive director of …

Attorney: Knife found on client was gift for mom

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — An attorney representing a western Massachusetts man apprehended on an outstanding warrant says the knife officers found on her client was a Christmas gift for his mother. The Republican reports Luis Suarez was charged in Springfield District Court with carrying a dangerous weapon after officers …

Area business briefs

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Amherst Chamber of Commerce sets meeting AMHERST — The Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual meeting at noon Jan. 12 at Osteria Vespa, 28 Amity St. The chamber will welcome new board president Julie Marcus, …

Animal road show

Friday, December 25, 2015