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Allen Vance, left, and Kelzy Rodrigues joined Connor Evans and Rob Sailer on the Amherst Regional 4x800 relay and place first at the New England championships, Friday in Boston.

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 the 28th annual New England Interscholastic Indoor Track & Field Championships, held Friday at the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston. Amherst edged …

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 week following the actual Oscars, and we’re borrowing some their elements and making them truly …

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 eventually. But for the member of Holyoke Catholic High School’s class of 1968 — the …

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 …

Roman Catholic Diocese of Springield launches $3 million annual appeal

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — The Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield has launched its annual appeal, hoping to raise the ambitious amount of $3 million. The theme of this year’s appeal is “Serve With Love,” a quote from Pope Francis. Bishop Mitchell Rozanski said in a letter to parishes last …

Wednesday’s colleges: UMass drops fifth straight with loss at URI

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Cierra Dillard had 16 points and Emily Mital added 15 but the UMass women’s basketball team fell 70-58 at Rhode Island Wednesday. Kim Pierre-Louis had nine points and 15 rebounds for the Minutewomen (8-13, 2-7 Atlantic 10). Springfield 56, Smith College 52 — Alyssa Barrett had 12 points …

Stations

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Improvements to the Connecticut River Line have allowed Amtrak to change its Vermonter route to a faster and more comfortable commuter ride from Brattleboro to Springfield. The route change diverts the train from the Amherst station and has it stopping in Greenfield, Northampton, and Holyoke instead. As always, …

Scene Here: Dinner with Friends

Saturday, January 10, 2015

It’s a cold evening on Worthington Street in Springfield, but the Resource Center has filled with warmth. In the last minutes before dinner, visitors keep busy by playing cards, writing, reading, braiding hair, and swapping stories. The Resource Center is run by Friends of the Homeless, a Springfield-based …

Engaged: Alexandra Markiewicz and Adam Hebert

Friday, January 9, 2015

Danuta Markiewicz of Manlius, New York, is announcing the engagement of her daughter, Alexandra Markiewicz to Adam Hebert, both of Belchertown. Alexandra is also the daughter of the late Michal Markiewicz. Adam is the son of Anne and …

Judge reduces bail for alleged child rapist Alphonso Cintron of Springfield to $50,000

Friday, January 2, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A judge Friday reduced the bail set for a Springfield man accused of raping a child at a former residential treatment program in Northampton. After a hearing, Hampshire Superior Court Judge Mary-Lou Rup reduced the bail …