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Thursday’s high school soccer: Northampton takes down defending girls state champion West Springfield

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Playing on the home field of the defending Division I state champions, Emma Tanner delivered for the Northampton High School girls soccer team Thursday night. The Blue Devils sophomore midfielder scored with 7.2 seconds left on an assist from Brigitte Goeler-Slough to beat host West Springfield, 2-1. Alex Bertuch-Wallace opened the scoring in the 48th minute assisted by Abby Springfield, but the Terriers countered less than two minutes later. Sydney …

Amtrak service interruptions following Vermont derailment to last at least through Wednesday

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Amtrak service in the Pioneer Valley will be impacted at least through Wednesday following a derailment in central Vermont Monday. Passengers who would be taking the train — Amtrak’s “Vermonter” — from points north of Springfield will be provided with alternate transportation via buses. Those passengers will be contacted directly to ensure they are aware of the service changes, Amtrak spokeswoman …

MGM President William Hornbuckle reiterates commitment to Springfield casino

Monday, October 5, 2015

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — The head of MGM Resorts International said Monday the company remains committed to building a casino in downtown Springfield despite a recent redesign that eliminated a 25-story hotel and associated apartments. The project will still include a 250-room, six-story hotel and 30 to 35 market-rate apartments that will be built in a former school department building that has been vacant …

Media General buying Meredith Corp.; companies own Springfield-area TV stations WWLP, WGGB, CBS 3, Fox 6

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Changes in the Pioneer Valley television market are on the horizon after Media General, owner of WWLP’s 22 News and The CW Springfield, announced Tuesday that it is buying Meredith Corp., which owns CBS 3 and …

Three West Springfield men rescued from sinking boat

Monday, September 7, 2015

DENNIS (AP) — Fire officials said three West Springfield men have been rescued after their 18-foot boat began taking on water offshore from Dennis on Cape Cod. Dennis Deputy Fire Chief Robert Brown said the men reported trouble at about 6:30 p.m. Sunday as the boat was about …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …