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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 and oppression; Edvard Grieg’s Piano Concerto in …

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 back — this time as its new CEO. Costello, 51, comes to Northampton from the …

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

For family of special-needs children, a team of helpers

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

SPRINGFIELD — It takes a strict routine and a lot of help to raise a family of special-needs children. Few know this better than Eric and Dennis Volz-Benoit, who have five. Typical days involve feeding tubes, breathing treatments, …