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Constructions workers gather on the site to watch a ground breaking ceremony for the $800 million MGM casino resort scheduled to open in 2017, Tuesday, March 24, 2015, in Springfield, Mass., Tuesday, March 24, 2015, in Springfield, Mass. The casino resort, the largest economic development project the region has seen in generations, is scheduled to open in 2017. Springfield's MGM is the first of three casino resorts expected to open in the state. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

MGM breaks ground on 1st casino in state

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

SPRINGFIELD — With confetti and fanfare, MGM officially broke ground Tuesday on an $800 million casino in western Massachusetts that represents the largest economic development project the region has seen in generations. Hundreds attended the ceremony held on a cold but sunny day in front of an old school the casino plans to raze to make way for a parking …

Family To Do List

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

CREATURES GALORE Spring is here, right? Great Falls Discovery Center, 2 Avenue A, Turners Falls, invites children ages 3 to 6 and their parents or guardians, siblings and friends to search for early signs of the season Saturday from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Free activities include arts, crafts and stories. Call 863-3221 for …

Easthampton Police issue arrest warrant for Springfield man on charges related to death of toy poodle in housebreak

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — More than six months after a toy poodle was killed during a daytime housebreak in Easthampton, police said they plan to bring charges against a Springfield man. Easthampton Police said an arrest warrant has been issued for a 37-year-old Springfield man on charges related to killing the dog on Sept. 2. Angel Villanueva, 37, who is currently being held at the …

Thursday’s colleges: Longtime Springfield College coach Naomi Graves named to 2015 Atlantic 10 Legends Class

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Springfield College women’s basketball head coach Naomi Graves was named to the Atlantic 10 Legends Class of 2015. The Legends program was established in 2013 to recognize men’s and women’s basketball players and coaches who have impacted their …

Drink up: WGBY’s Wine Lovers Weekend

Friday, March 6, 2015

Wine Lovers WGBY, the PBS station in Springfield, is holding its 30th Wine Lovers Weekend, a wine, beer and food tasting and dinner March 13 and 14 at the Springfield Marriott. The tasting takes place Friday from 5 …

MGM plans March 24 groundbreaking on $800 million Springfield casino

Thursday, March 5, 2015

BOSTON — MGM outlined its construction schedule for an $800 million resort casino in Springfield on Thursday, starting with a March 24 groundbreaking. At a rare Springfield meeting for the state Gaming Commission, officials for the Las Vegas-based casino company said they expect basic site preparation activities will …

Friday’s high schools/preps: Amherst Regional boys win 4x800 at New England track championships

Friday, February 27, 2015

The Amherst Regional boys 4x800-meter relay is the best in New England. Kelzy Rodrigues anchored the Hurricane team of Allen Vance, Connor Evans and Rob Sailer to a first-place finish in 7 minutes, 53.85 seconds to win at …

Dakin Humane Society sponsors PAWSCARS and Red Carpet fundraiser

Friday, February 27, 2015

SPRINGFIELD — Those who love both Oscar-season fashion and animals will be drawn to a Dakin Humane Society event. The animal welfare shelter will host what it’s playfully calling its PAWSCARS and Red Carpet fundraiser Saturday at the MassMutual Center in Springfield. “The event occurs less than a …

Many Holyoke Catholic coaches, parents ready to accept merger with Cathedral

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

HOLYOKE — As Holyoke Catholic softball coach Fran LaFond looked out from the bleachers in the Holyoke Community College gymnasium Tuesday night, he said he had believed the merger between his school and Cathedral High School would happen …

Springfield bishop says Cathedral and Holyoke Catholic high schools will merge, site not decided

Monday, February 23, 2015

SPRINGFIELD — The bishop for the Diocese of Springfield says Cathedral and Holyoke Catholic high schools will be merged for their long-term financial stability, but the location of a new school has not been decided. Bishop Mitchell Rozanski made the announcement Monday as the western Massachusetts diocese considers …

Bird sightings in the area

Friday, February 13, 2015

The Audubon Society has reported a variety of recent bird sightings in western Massachusetts. The clay-colored sparrow has returned to a feeder in Belchertown. A fox sparrow is also coming to the feeder. A pine warbler is coming …

N. Adams man gets 4 years on child porn charge

Friday, February 13, 2015

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — A North Adams man prosecutors say collected child pornography on his computer, loitered around college dormitories with night vision goggles, and sneakily shot video at nude beaches has been sentenced to more than four years in prison. Wade Galli was also sentenced Wednesday in U.S. …

Ex-boyfriend charged with killing Springfield teen

Friday, February 13, 2015

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — The former boyfriend of a 17-year-old high school girl who was stabbed to death in her Springfield home has pleaded not guilty to murder. Nickolas Lacrosse, 20, was ordered held without bail Thursday during his arraignment in District Court in Springfield. Lacrosse is accused of …