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Weekend Planner — Music: Springfield Symphony Orchestra kicks off new season

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

The Springfield Symphony Orchestra is kicking off the new year Saturday with a musical tour of the fjords of Norway and the forests of Finland. Assisted by three soloists, the SSO will perform works by three Scandinavian composers: Jean Sibelius’ “Finlandia,” a rousing and turbulent symphonic poem written in defiance of Russian censorship and oppression; Edvard Grieg’s Piano Concerto in …

State Police nab Erving man in Turners Falls after 120 mph chase up I-91

Sunday, January 31, 2016

TURNERS FALLS — After a high-speed chase from Springfield to Turners Falls, police apprehended a man driving without a valid licence on Sunday morning. Authorities cornered the driver, 20-year-old Anthony Fortunato, of Erving after he dodged motor vehicle stops in Springfield, Holyoke, and Deerfield, maneuvering a yellow Mustang through light traffic on I-91 …

Northampton native Julie Costello returns as CEO of Hampshire Regional YMCA

Friday, January 22, 2016

NORTHAMPTON — Julie Costello remembers scurrying down the road to the Hampshire Regional YMCA with her three siblings as a young girl, swimming in the pool and watching her brothers play basketball. Four decades or so later, she’s back — this time as its new CEO. Costello, 51, comes to Northampton from the …

In celebration of the Pencil: Springfield exhibit explores a basic artistic medium

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Before the typical painter ever picked up a paintbrush, he or she likely sketched something in pencil. Because it can be erased and redrawn, graphite, for centuries, has been a basic building block for artists to develop their …

Weekend high schools: champion wrestlers open with Red Raider titles

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Frontier, Belchertown at Red Raider Invitational at Athol, 9:00 a.m. South Hadley, Northampton, Smith Voke at Smith Vocational Quad Meet, 9 a.m. Hampshire Regional’s Brandon Weyant started his Western Mass. title defense strong with a victory at 160 pounds in the Ahol Red Raider Invitational on Saturday. He …

Granby police chief: Patrolman Shawn Rooney ‘seriously injured’ during November training session at Springfield academy

Friday, December 11, 2015

SPRINGFIELD — A Granby police officer suffered a serious eye injury during a November training session at the Western Massachusetts Regional Police Academy, Police Chief Alan Wishart said in a statement Thursday. Shawn Rooney was struck in the eye with a baton during a “defensive tactics training session” …

Attempted robbery using syringe in Springfield similar to Southampton crime

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Springfield Police are searching for a man who attempted to rob a Domino’s Pizza restaurant using a syringe Wednesday night— a crime similar to one reported in Southampton Tuesday afternoon. A man wearing a ski mask walked into the Domino’s at 790 Liberty St. in Springfield about 10 …

Springfield man convicted of drunken driving in crash that injured three children

Thursday, December 10, 2015

SPRINGFIELD — A Springfield man has been convicted of injuring three children while driving drunk in Springfield in November 2014. The Republican of Springfield reports that 59-year-old Pedro Gonzalez was found guilty Tuesday in a jury-waived trial in Hampden Superior Court. Prosecutors say Gonzalez had a blood alcohol …

A perfect way to start the week

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Poor free-throw shooting costs UMass

Monday, December 7, 2015

SPRINGFIELD — With 6 minutes, 29 seconds remaining and the game starting to get away from UMass, when Donte Clark missed the front end of a one-and-one, the crowd of 3,765 fans at the MassMutual center let out a collective groan. On its best days, UMass is a …

Depositions set for Cosby, wife in defamation case

Thursday, December 3, 2015

SPRINGFIELD (ap) — Bill Cosby’s wife of nearly 52 years will answer questions under oath next month in her first deposition since dozens of women came forward over the last year with sexual abuse allegations against Cosby. A lawyer for seven women suing Cosby for defamation said Thursday …

Christen Longley charged with murder after stabbing death in West Springfield

Saturday, November 28, 2015

WEST SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Police in West Springfield have charged a woman with murder in the fatal stabbing of another woman during what appeared to be a domestic dispute. Authorities say police responded to a home on Chester Street shortly before 10 p.m. Friday and found 30-year-old Jennifer …

Second man charged in fatal hit-and-run, drunken driving crash on I-91 in Springfield

Monday, November 23, 2015

SPRINGFIELD — A second Springfield man was arrested Sunday night in connection with a fatal three-car crash on Interstate 91 south that killed a 21-year-old Holyoke man who stopped to provide assistance at the scene. State Police said Miguel Garcia, 55, was arrested and charged with motor vehicle …