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Constructions workers gather on the site to watch a ground breaking ceremony for the $800 million MGM casino resort scheduled to open in 2017, Tuesday, March 24, 2015, in Springfield, Mass., Tuesday, March 24, 2015, in Springfield, Mass. The casino resort, the largest economic development project the region has seen in generations, is scheduled to open in 2017. Springfield's MGM is the first of three casino resorts expected to open in the state. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

MGM breaks ground on 1st casino in state

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

SPRINGFIELD — With confetti and fanfare, MGM officially broke ground Tuesday on an $800 million casino in western Massachusetts that represents the largest economic development project the region has seen in generations. Hundreds attended the ceremony held on a cold but sunny day in front of an old school the casino plans to raze to make way for a parking …

Family To Do List

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

CREATURES GALORE Spring is here, right? Great Falls Discovery Center, 2 Avenue A, Turners Falls, invites children ages 3 to 6 and their parents or guardians, siblings and friends to search for early signs of the season Saturday from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Free activities include arts, crafts and stories. Call 863-3221 for …

Easthampton Police issue arrest warrant for Springfield man on charges related to death of toy poodle in housebreak

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — More than six months after a toy poodle was killed during a daytime housebreak in Easthampton, police said they plan to bring charges against a Springfield man. Easthampton Police said an arrest warrant has been issued for a 37-year-old Springfield man on charges related to killing the dog on Sept. 2. Angel Villanueva, 37, who is currently being held at the …

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 …

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 …