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Tuesday’s summer baseball/softball: Northampton Post 28 pulls out wild win against Easthampton Post 224

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

In a game that was more memorable than pretty, Northampton Post 28 gave up a lead, and then came back with three runs in the seventh to edge Easthampton Post 224, 7-6, in a wild American Legion game at Arcanum Field on Tuesday. Northampton (7-3) only had four hits in the game, but two came in the decisive seventh. Yet Post 28 did most of its damage at the plate …

Madame Bar Fly: Springfield’s Cheers, Serving up charm, good company, and cheap booze at the Ale House

Friday, June 26, 2015

The Ale House on Worthington Street in Springfield is surrounded by boarded-up buildings that loom ominously up over the small, cozy one that the bar occupies. But inside, the vibe is warm and welcoming. “It’s somewhere you can go in Springfield where you don’t have to worry about the issues of Springfield,” says Robert Walz, 45, a professional mover who lives around the …

Historic Deerfield acquires tall case clock which had been on loan to museum for decade

Friday, June 26, 2015

DEERFIELD — History is often represented by points in time and Historic Deerfield will now have a slightly easier time keeping track of its relentless march with the acquisition of an 1803 tall case clock built by 19th-century Springfield cabinetmaker William Lloyd. The 9½-foot tall clock had been on loan to the museum …

New Pope Francis High School to be built on former site of Cathedral in Springfield

Friday, June 19, 2015

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — A new Roman Catholic school will soon rise on the site of a Springfield school building that closed after it was severely damaged by a tornado four years ago. Springfield Bishop Mitchell Rozanski announced Friday that the region’s new Pope Francis High School will be …

Judge hears more on late parishioner’s gift to Springfield bishop, former St. Mary’s Church in Northampton

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A widow’s bequest of more than $750,000 to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield for use at the now-closed St. Mary of the Assumption Church in Northampton remains in dispute, but could soon be settled after a five-year legal battle, according to lawyers involved in the …

Massachusetts Small Business Development Center hosts entrepreneurship roundtable in Springfield

Friday, June 12, 2015

SPRINGFIELD — Area business owners, chamber of commerce officials and state legislators gathered in Springfield on Friday to talk about entrepreneurship. The western regional office of the Massachusetts Small Business Development Center held a legislative roundtable session titled “Entrepreneurship: The Future of the Pioneer Valley” at the Andrew …

Former Springfield City Councilor John Lysak denies charge of sexually assaulting 12-year-old girl in Goshen

Friday, June 12, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A former Springfield city councilor has denied allegations that he sexually assaulted a 12-year-old girl he knew during a 2014 camping trip in Goshen. John A. Lysak, 36, of Springfield, pleaded not guilty in Northampton District Court Thursday to charges of indecent assault and battery on …

Northampton Housing Authority unanimously hires Cara Clifford as executive director

Monday, June 8, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A Springfield woman who has worked in the housing field in West Hartford, Connecticut for nearly two decades was named Monday to succeed Jon Hite as executive director of the Northampton Housing Authority.** With little discussion, the housing authority’s board of directors unanimously voted to hire …

Police investigate fatal Springfield shooting

Monday, June 8, 2015

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Springfield police say a man riding in a car has been killed in what they call a gang-related shooting. Two officers were patrolling in the city’s Forest Park neighborhood about 1:30 p.m. Sunday when they heard multiple gunshots. They found evidence of a shooting at …

Arise with art: Valley artists donate their work for auction to benefit Springfield community group

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

It’s no secret that art — for most artists — is not a big money-making venture. Whether you’re a painter, photographer, musician, sculptor or something else, you do the work because it’s important to you. But the way …

Vito Perrone to leave Easthampton High School for principal’s job in West Springfield

Monday, June 1, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — Easthampton High School principal Vito Perrone will leave his position at the end of the school year to become the new principal at West Springfield High School. “It’s really an amazing opportunity for me professionally,” Perrone …

Larry Hott heads to Vietnam on Fulbright Grant

Friday, May 22, 2015

Right on the heels of the screening of his new film, “SciTech Band: Pride of Springfield,” Larry Hott will head to Vietnam for a month to lead a series of classes and workshops on documentary filmmaking, courtesy of a Fulbright grant. Hott, who runs Florentine Films/Hott Productions with …

Music as life lesson: Northampton filmmaker profiles the SciTech Band of Springfield

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

They’ve been dubbed “The Pride of Springfield” for the hope they embody, both in a struggling school and the hardscrabble city they live in. And for the students in the band at Springfield High School of Science and …