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Incoming Bishop Mitchell T. Rozanski, left speaks at the podium as he was introduced during a news conference Thursday morning, June 19, 2014, at the Bishop John Marshall Center, as he will be replacing the retiring Bishop Timothy A. McDonnell, right, as leader of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield. (AP Photo/The Republican, Mark M. Murray)

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 second class of students to attend four …

Springfield bishop says Cathedral and Holyoke Catholic high schools will merge, site not decided

Monday, February 23, 2015

SPRINGFIELD — The bishop for the Diocese of Springfield says Cathedral and Holyoke Catholic high schools will be merged for their long-term financial stability, but the location of a new school has not been decided. Bishop Mitchell Rozanski made the announcement Monday as the western Massachusetts diocese considers whether to rebuild at the Springfield site where Cathedral High was severely damaged in the …

Bird sightings in the area

Friday, February 13, 2015

The Audubon Society has reported a variety of recent bird sightings in western Massachusetts. The clay-colored sparrow has returned to a feeder in Belchertown. A fox sparrow is also coming to the feeder. A pine warbler is coming to a feeder in Springfield. An Iceland gull was found in West Springfield, and a …

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 …

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 …