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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 …

Police: Springfield man drove wrong way on I-91

Monday, December 29, 2014

LONGMEADOW (AP) — A Springfield man is facing drunken driving and other charges after allegedly driving the wrong way on Interstate 91 and causing two crashes. State police say 36-year-old Hugo Gonzalez drove his pickup truck south in the northbound lanes of the highway starting in Springfield at …

Commuter rail options next step in improved rail service along ‘Knowledge Corridor’

Friday, December 19, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Now that the decades-long dream of a high-speed train zooming along the Connecticut River is a lock, the region’s leaders expect to turn their attention to the next significant game-changer — a commuter rail system shuttling …

Rail ways: Trains return to a line less traveled, now ready for speedier travel

Thursday, December 18, 2014

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the first of four days of coverage about the planned expansion of passenger rail in the Pioneer Valley. NORTHAMPTON — The Dec. 29 return of Vermonter service to Northampton and Greenfield for the first …

Suspect in fatal Chicopee stabbing faces fall trial

Thursday, December 18, 2014

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — A Springfield man charged with fatally stabbing a Chicopee woman in 2011 will go to trial next fall. The Republican reports that a Hampden Superior Court judge on Wednesday scheduled 23-year-old Dennis Rosa-Roman’s murder trial for Oct. 27. Twenty-year-old Amanda Plasse was found dead in …

Store owner arrested in alleged food stamp scheme

Thursday, December 18, 2014

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Authorities say the owner of a Springfield convenience store and market has been arrested in connection with the unlawful use of Electronic Benefit Transfer cards and food stamps. Ten illegal gaming machines also were found. The Attorney General’s Office says state police arrested 55-year-old Julio …

Driver to be charged in crossing guard’s death

Thursday, December 18, 2014

WEST SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Police say a driver who struck and killed a West Springfield school crossing guard on Monday will be charged in the accident. West Springfield Police Sgt. Hubert Rees said Wednesday that a 61-year-old Agawam woman will be charged with motor vehicle homicide by negligence. …

Tickets now available for Amtrak trains stopping in Northampton and Greenfield beginning Dec. 29

Friday, December 12, 2014

All aboard! With train service to and from New York — as well as Essex Junction and St. Albans, Vermont — in a little over two weeks, the times and fares for those trains have been made available by Amtrak. According to a new Amtrak schedule that takes …

Belchertown girls hoop loses halftime lead, drops opener

Thursday, December 11, 2014

WEST SPRINGFIELD ­— With a chance to open the season on a high note, the Belchertown girls basketball team had a nine-point halftime lead slip away in a game of runs as the Orioles fell 51-38 to West …

MGM offers update on Springfield casino project

Thursday, December 11, 2014

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — MGM Resorts International hosted what it called a construction information session as it prepares to move forward with an $800 million casino in downtown Springfield. Company officials promised an update on design and a projected construction timeline for the casino at Thursday’s event. They have …

Hinds, UMass starters struggle in loss

Sunday, December 7, 2014

SPRINGFIELD — With Seth Berger out due to a foot injury, UMass coach Derek Kellogg hoped the chance to start might ignite struggling guard Jabarie Hinds. But the junior guard remained in a funk after the Minutemen’s 84-75 …