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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, the train will continue to stop in Springfield. The switch will shave 25 minutes off the trip. Amtrak officials estimate the change should increase daily ridership by 386 percent by 2017. But before that happens, the individual stations have to be finished. Below is an overview of what will happen to the five train stations involved in the Vermonter route change and how ridership is expected to …

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 nonprofit. The organization, founded 27 years ago, also manages 110 low-income housing units next door, …

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 Richard Hebert of Easthampton. Alexandra is a chemical engineer at Eastman Chemicals in Springfield. She …

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 …

Girl, 7, hit by car in Springfield, dies

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Springfield police say a 7-year-old girl has died two days after being struck by a car while crossing a street with her mother and cousin. Police spokesman Sgt. John Delaney said the girl died Wednesday at Baystate Medical Center. Her name has not been released. …

Homily praises late Bishop Joseph Maguire’s ‘ministry of presence’

Monday, December 1, 2014

SPRINGFIELD — A retired bishop of the western Massachusetts Roman Catholic diocese, criticized for his handling of clergy sex abuse, was praised at his funeral Monday for what mourners called dedicated and joyful leadership of the church. Retired …

Homily praises late Bishop Joseph Maguire’s ‘ministry of presence’

Monday, December 1, 2014

SPRINGFIELD — A former bishop of the Springfield Diocese was remembered Monday as a family man whose kindness reached out beyond blood lines into the greater Springfield Catholic community. That community came together late Monday morning for funeral …

Berkshire Brewing Co. signs deal with MGM Casino in Springfield

Monday, December 1, 2014

DEERFIELD — There might not be a “sure bet” at any casino, but one local company’s deal with the casino planned for Springfield seems like a guaranteed win. Berkshire Brewing Co. has inked an agreement to have its pints poured at MGM Springfield. “We are thrilled to announce …

Leveled strip club’s owner sues over gas explosion

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — The owner of a strip club that was destroyed in a natural gas explosion in Massachusetts has sued the utility for $5 million, claiming the company was deprived of years of “generous” income. The lawsuit against Columbia Gas says the owner of Scores Gentleman’s Club …

Smith College Campus School students help with coat drive in Springfield

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

After a string of gun violence occurred in Springfield, killing several people including an 18-year-old girl, Armando Olivares founded “One Spr1ngfield; Young People Stand Up” on June 5. “I’m going to try to plant the seed in young people to show them they can do something good,” he …

Ex-Springfield bishop Maguire dies at age 95

Sunday, November 23, 2014

SPRINGFIELD — Former Bishop Joseph Maguire, who led the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield from 1977 to 1992 and faced allegations following retirement that clergy sex abuse and cover-up of that abuse had happened on his watch, died Sunday evening at the age of 95. Maguire died at …

John Peloquin of South Hadley ordered held without bail after incident at Springfield strip club

Friday, November 21, 2014

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — A South Hadley man arrested for brandishing a shotgun outside a Springfield strip club where his stepdaughter was a dancer has been ordered held without bail for four months after a judge ruled him a danger to society. The Republican reports that a judge at …

Second brother from Springfield sentenced to probation in Belchertown sex assault case

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A 25-year-old Springfield man was sentenced to two years probation Wednesday after accepting a plea agreement and avoiding a trial on child rape and indecent assault and battery charges. Robert D. Edwards Jr. pleaded guilty in Hampshire Superior Court to committing unnatural and lascivious acts with …