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BRIEFS: Granby High School coach Tom Burke to replace Florence Bank CEO John Heaps Jr. as chairman of WMass Sports Commission

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

The Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau announced Tuesday that Tom Burke will serve as chairman of the Western Massachusetts Sports Commission. Burke replaces John F. Heaps Jr., president and CEO of Florence Bank, who served a two-year term as chairman. Burke, a longtime area coach, has served has Granby High School’s golf and girls varsity basketball coach for the last nine years. The Springfield native has been or is involved in a variety of civic organizations, including the Jimmy Fund Council of Western Mass., the Spirit of Springfield, the Springfield Parking Authority, the Greater Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Springfield Youth Commission. …

Man freed from prison after 27 years sues police

Thursday, August 20, 2015

SPRINGFIELD — A man freed from prison after serving 27 years of a life sentence filed a federal lawsuit Thursday against police and prosecutors, arguing that they violated his constitutional rights. Mark Schand is seeking unspecified monetary compensation from police in Hartford, Connecticut, and in Springfield, Massachusetts, and from the Hampden County District Attorney’s office in Springfield. “As a direct result of doctored …

MIAA announces state basketball finals to be played in Springfield starting next season

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Any Western Massachusetts basketball teams that advance to the state finals will have a bit of a home-court advantage starting in 2016. The Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association announced in a press release Wednesday that all state basketball championship games will be played in Springfield. The entire championship weekend will be hosted by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and the Western Massachusetts …

Officials laud local increase in Amtrak Vermonter ridership, paving the way for future rail projects

Friday, August 14, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Local ridership of the Amtrak Vermonter has increased by more than half since it was rerouted to Northampton and Greenfield in January, which officials say helps make the case for increased state and federal investment in …

Weekend Planner — Music: The Springfield Mandolin Orchestra at Porter-Phelps-Huntington Museum in Hadley

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Making its debut just this past year, the Springfield Mandolin Orchestra seeks to reclaim an era from 100 years or so ago when there were literally dozens of mandolin orchestras throughout New England. Based at Sweet Music Studio …

Conn. starts work on Springfield rail project

Monday, August 3, 2015

HARTFORD, Conn. — Construction of a second track for the expanded rail line from New Haven to Springfield, Massachusetts, began Monday, and commuters will be bused along the route for the next year. The project will boost north-south rail transportation from six daily round-trip trains to 17 a …

Engagement: Christine Ugolini & Brian Misterka

Friday, July 31, 2015

Christine Ugolini and Brian Misterka of Amherst, together with their parents, are happy to announce their engagement. Christine, formerly of Wilbraham is the daughter of Paul and Jean Ugolini of Wilbraham. She is a graduate of Minnechaug Regional …

Springfield man denies robbing Cumberland Farms in Northampton in 2013

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A 25-year-old Springfield man pleaded not guilty to unarmed robbery and larceny charges in Hampshire Superior Court Wednesday in connection with the robbery of a King Street convenience store in 2013. Monchi Castillo-Cosme was indicted earlier this month on the charges. Police allege he committed numerous …

Springfield Marine laid to rest

Monday, July 27, 2015

SPRINGFIELD — The Massachusetts Marine killed a by a gunman in Tennessee earlier this month was remembered Monday by the Roman Catholic Bishop of Springfield as “exemplary” and “a leader and a man of true courage.” Gunnery Sgt. …

Taxi crashes into Springfield pizza shop

Monday, July 27, 2015

SPRINGFIELD — A taxi has crashed through a chicken and pizza shop in Springfield, but authorities say no one has been hurt. WGGB/WSHM television (http://bit.ly/1Im1Qy3) reports police and fire personnel were called to the New York Fried Chicken and Pizza shop on State Street at about 1 p.m. …

Hometown holds wake for Marine killed in Tenn.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

SPRINGFIELD — People in his hometown paid their respects on Sunday to a Massachusetts Marine killed by a gunman who attacked a military facility in Tennessee two weeks ago. Thousands attended a public wake for Gunnery Sgt. Thomas …

Body of slain Marine returns home

Saturday, July 25, 2015

SPRINGFIELD — Hundreds of people lined the streets of Springfield waving American flags and paying final respects as the body of a Marine killed by a gunman in Tennessee was returned to his hometown. The body of Gunnery Sgt. Thomas Sullivan arrived at Bradley International Airport in Connecticut …

Alleged terrorist plotter indicted

Thursday, July 23, 2015

SPRINGFIELD — A Boston police captain’s son who authorities say plotted a terrorist attack in support of the Islamic State group has been indicted on weapons and assault charges in western Massachusetts. Federal prosecutors say a grand jury in U.S. District Court in Springfield on Thursday indicted 23-year-old …