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BRIEFS: Granby High School coach Tom Burke to replace Florence Bank CEO John Heaps Jr. as chairman of WMass Sports Commission

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

The Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau announced Tuesday that Tom Burke will serve as chairman of the Western Massachusetts Sports Commission. Burke replaces John F. Heaps Jr., president and CEO of Florence Bank, who served a two-year term as chairman. Burke, a longtime area coach, has served has Granby High School’s golf and girls varsity basketball coach for the last nine years. The Springfield native has been or is involved in a variety of civic organizations, including the Jimmy Fund Council of Western Mass., the Spirit of Springfield, the Springfield Parking Authority, the Greater Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Springfield Youth Commission. …

Man freed from prison after 27 years sues police

Thursday, August 20, 2015

SPRINGFIELD — A man freed from prison after serving 27 years of a life sentence filed a federal lawsuit Thursday against police and prosecutors, arguing that they violated his constitutional rights. Mark Schand is seeking unspecified monetary compensation from police in Hartford, Connecticut, and in Springfield, Massachusetts, and from the Hampden County District Attorney’s office in Springfield. “As a direct result of doctored …

MIAA announces state basketball finals to be played in Springfield starting next season

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Any Western Massachusetts basketball teams that advance to the state finals will have a bit of a home-court advantage starting in 2016. The Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association announced in a press release Wednesday that all state basketball championship games will be played in Springfield. The entire championship weekend will be hosted by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and the Western Massachusetts …

Tuesday’s summer baseball/softball: Northampton Post 28 pulls out wild win against Easthampton Post 224

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

In a game that was more memorable than pretty, Northampton Post 28 gave up a lead, and then came back with three runs in the seventh to edge Easthampton Post 224, 7-6, in a wild American Legion game at Arcanum Field on Tuesday. Northampton (7-3) only had four …

Madame Bar Fly: Springfield’s Cheers, Serving up charm, good company, and cheap booze at the Ale House

Friday, June 26, 2015

The Ale House on Worthington Street in Springfield is surrounded by boarded-up buildings that loom ominously up over the small, cozy one that the bar occupies. But inside, the vibe is warm and welcoming. “It’s somewhere you can go in Springfield where you don’t have to worry about …

Historic Deerfield acquires tall case clock which had been on loan to museum for decade

Friday, June 26, 2015

DEERFIELD — History is often represented by points in time and Historic Deerfield will now have a slightly easier time keeping track of its relentless march with the acquisition of an 1803 tall case clock built by 19th-century …

New Pope Francis High School to be built on former site of Cathedral in Springfield

Friday, June 19, 2015

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — A new Roman Catholic school will soon rise on the site of a Springfield school building that closed after it was severely damaged by a tornado four years ago. Springfield Bishop Mitchell Rozanski announced Friday that the region’s new Pope Francis High School will be …

Judge hears more on late parishioner’s gift to Springfield bishop, former St. Mary’s Church in Northampton

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A widow’s bequest of more than $750,000 to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield for use at the now-closed St. Mary of the Assumption Church in Northampton remains in dispute, but could soon be settled after a five-year legal battle, according to lawyers involved in the …

Massachusetts Small Business Development Center hosts entrepreneurship roundtable in Springfield

Friday, June 12, 2015

SPRINGFIELD — Area business owners, chamber of commerce officials and state legislators gathered in Springfield on Friday to talk about entrepreneurship. The western regional office of the Massachusetts Small Business Development Center held a legislative roundtable session titled “Entrepreneurship: The Future of the Pioneer Valley” at the Andrew …

Former Springfield City Councilor John Lysak denies charge of sexually assaulting 12-year-old girl in Goshen

Friday, June 12, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A former Springfield city councilor has denied allegations that he sexually assaulted a 12-year-old girl he knew during a 2014 camping trip in Goshen. John A. Lysak, 36, of Springfield, pleaded not guilty in Northampton District Court Thursday to charges of indecent assault and battery on …

Northampton Housing Authority unanimously hires Cara Clifford as executive director

Monday, June 8, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A Springfield woman who has worked in the housing field in West Hartford, Connecticut for nearly two decades was named Monday to succeed Jon Hite as executive director of the Northampton Housing Authority.** With little discussion, the housing authority’s board of directors unanimously voted to hire …

Police investigate fatal Springfield shooting

Monday, June 8, 2015

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Springfield police say a man riding in a car has been killed in what they call a gang-related shooting. Two officers were patrolling in the city’s Forest Park neighborhood about 1:30 p.m. Sunday when they heard multiple gunshots. They found evidence of a shooting at …

Arise with art: Valley artists donate their work for auction to benefit Springfield community group

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

It’s no secret that art — for most artists — is not a big money-making venture. Whether you’re a painter, photographer, musician, sculptor or something else, you do the work because it’s important to you. But the way …