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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Southampton AVIATION TALK: The Southampton Historical Society will present a talk about aviation at the Senior Center at 210 College Highway at 7 p.m. April 24. June Granville Dakin, who wrote the book “Farmers Take Flight” about two Southampton men, Romaine Lambert and Mark Granville, will lead the talk. It is free and open to the public, and donations are welcome. According to a press release, before the start of … 0

Woman charged with stabbing boyfriend

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — A Springfield woman charged with stabbing her boyfriend because she thought he was cheating on her has been ordered held. Latrisa Pace pleaded not guilty at her arraignment Monday to charges including assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and intimidation of a witness. The Republican reports that bail was set at $5,000, but then revoked when it was learned … 0

Tuesday’s college recaps: Amherst men’s lacrosse holds off Springfield

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The 18th-ranked Amherst College men’s lacrosse team held off a late rally by No. 13 Springfield College to win 13-12 in Springfield Wednesday. Kane Haffey tallied three goals, while Dylan Park, Patrick Moroney and Aaron Mathias all chipped in with two goals apiece for the Lord Jeffs (10-3). Quinn Moroney added six assists … 0

Foot chase in Springfield leads to apprehension of suspect in December armed robbery at Cumberland Farms in Florence

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Springfield police early Tuesday arrested a man who is wanted in connection with a December armed robbery of a Florence convenience store. Shamaad Jones, 19, of Springfield, was arrested about 1 a.m. on Quincy Street on … 0

Springfield police boss unveils plan

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Springfield’s incoming police commissioner is vowing to make the department more proactive rather than reactive when it comes to crime. John Barbieri told a crowd of more than 300 residents at his first public meeting on Monday night that to do so he needs the … 0

Kristen Culver & Christopher Cirelli

Friday, April 4, 2014

Donald and Diane Culver, of Westhampton, announce the engagement of their daughter, Kristen Culver of Westhampton, to Christopher Cirelli of Springfield. Christopher is the son of John and Lisa Cirelli of Springfield. Kristen is employed at MassMutual. She … 0

Springfield Police Commissioner John Barbieri signs five-year contract

Thursday, April 3, 2014

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Springfield’s incoming police commissioner has signed a five-year contract that will pay him $167,000 the first year. The contract starts June 1, when John Barbieri takes over from the retiring William Fitchet. Barbieri’s initial salary is the same as Fitchet’s. The salary is subject to … 0

American Red Cross Pioneer Valley chapter Director Richard Lee to retire in August

Thursday, March 27, 2014

This August, the longtime director of the Pioneer Valley chapter of the American Red Cross will say goodbye to the best and most challenging job he says he could imagine. Richard Lee, 64, said he will step down … 2

Springfield principal Marisa Mendonsa hired to head Amherst Regional Middle School

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

AMHERST — The principal of a middle school in Springfield, who once taught in Amherst, has been hired to head the Amherst Regional Middle School. Marisa Mendonsa will be paid $110,000 annually and begins work here July 1, said Kathryn Mazur, director of human resources for the Amherst … 0

Family Finds: Film series, egg hunt, ‘The Sound of Music’ and more

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

ENVIRONMENTAL FILMS: Project Native holds its fourth annual free environmental film festival in Great Barrington. “Revolution” plays Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center; Sunday features several films at the Triplex Cinema, starting with a … 0

Making news in Valley business

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Mullins Center has new marketing director AMHERST — Rachel Meyrowitz has been named director of marketing for the 10,000-seat Mullins Center at the University of Massachusetts. Meyrowitz previously worked for Global Spectrum, which operates the Mullins Center, at … 0

Deputy chief is chosen to lead Springfield police

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

SPRINGFIELD — A Springfield native and longtime member of the department was appointed Wednesday as the city’s new police commissioner. Deputy Chief John Barbieri was selected by Mayor Domenic Sarno during a process that had come under scrutiny by some civic leaders who said it wasn’t transparent enough … 0

Massachsuetts News Roundup: Springfield names new top cop, 5 charged in Boston subway brawl, restrictions on Mass. lottery winnings sought, more

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Springfield’s new police commissioner named SPRINGFIELD — Springfield’s mayor has selected a longtime member of the police department as the city’s next police commissioner. Mayor Domenic Sarno announced Wednesday that John Barbieri will take over upon the retirement of current Commissioner William Fitchet in May. The 51-year-old Barbieri … 0